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contents Spring 2019 | Volume 1, Issue 1






36 | Covert Intelligence High design meets high tech in a chic Boston condo. Text by Bob Curley Photos by Nat Rea

44 | Surprise Party





20 | Raising the Bar

61 | Urban Legends

24 | Going Green


Top-shelf tools and accessories to shake up your cocktail game. Edited by Lisa H. Speidel A primer for the urban gardener. By Lisa H. Speidel TR ANSFORMATIONS

26 | Personalize It!

Five top designers share what makes their city so special. By Debra Spark

72 | The High Life

Urban living is on the rise. Here’s what you can get for your money—from water views to rooftop pools—in some of New England’s cities. By Maria LaPiana

Designer tips for making a stylish statement in an urban condo. By Marni Elyse Katz



76 | Elevated Aesthetic

30 | Urban Outfitters

A few of the best indie shops and galleries in New England’s big cities. By Marni Elyse Katz

A garden designer heightens the appeal of a rooftop terrace. By Lisa H. Speidel

Behind the quiet nineteenth-century facade, a Boston house fairly explodes with color and personality. Text by Megan Fulwieler Photos by Sean Litchfield

52 | City Slick  n aging Boston penthouse A gets a stylish, modern new look. Text by Maria LaPiana Photos by Michael Partenio Styling by Stacy Kunstel


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Stylish City Living from New England Home

Welcome to Rise, a new publication from New England Home dedicated to the exciting changes taking place in New England’s cities. Urban areas all over the United States have been growing at an unprecedented pace in recent years, and our region is no exception to that trend. New residents of all ages are flocking to revitalized downtown neighborhoods, hungry for the energetic, cosmopolitan way of life that cities historically foster. Whether you are a young professional drawn here to work in pharmaceuticals or high-tech, or a couple moving in from the suburbs after your children have started families of their own, the attractions are often the same: lively shopping destinations large and small, easy access to music and culture, always a new restaurant from the chef of the moment, and, perhaps, a nearby watering hole to supply your preferred cocktail, craft IPA, or perfectly brewed Yirgacheffe. In-town real estate markets, therefore, are popping, and New England’s residential architects, interior designers, and landscape firms are stepping up, eager to provide the perfect home base for your urban adventure. So I hope you’ll be inspired by this survey of what’s coolest, most innovative, and most beautiful in high-rises, brownstones, and condo units throughout our part of the world: fresh spaces geared for sophisticated living. 

—Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief

Editor-in-Chief Kyle Hoepner khoepner@nehomemag.com Senior Editor Paula M. Bodah pbodah@nehomemag.com Creative Director Robert Lesser rlesser@nehomemag.com Departments and Copy Editor Lisa H. Speidel lspeidel@nehomemag.com Art Director for Rise Laura McFadden Associate and Online Editor Erika Ayn Finch efinch@nehomemag.com Contributing Editors Karin Lidbeck Brent klidbeck@nehomemag.com Stacy Kunstel skunstel@nehomemag.com Debra Judge Silber dsilber@nehomemag.com Contributing Writers Fred Albert, Regina Cole, Bob Curley, Julie Dugdale, Megan Fulweiler, Marni Elyse Katz, Robert Kiener, Maria LaPiana, Erin Marvin, Louis Postel, Nathaniel Reade, Debra Judge Silber, Debra Spark, Lisa H. Speidel Contributing Photographers Trent Bell, Robert Benson, Tria Giovan, Sam Gray, John Gruen, Keller + Keller, Michael J. Lee, Richard Mandelkorn, Laura Moss, Michael Partenio, Greg Premru, Nat Rea, Eric Roth, Brian Vanden Brink, Jim Westphalen •

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Controlled Burn

Glassblower Alissa Faber says she “finds beauty in overlooked objects, such as rotting wood or a past-prime, dried plant stem.” Her Blackened Timber Series uses wood from the forest floor as bases and molds for molten glass; when the bubbles cool and take their organic shape, they leave behind a unique burn mark—and, in turn, a sculptural work of art. Burlington, Vt., alissafaber.com

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Raising the Bar

Top-shelf tools and accessories to shake up your at-home cocktail game. Edited by LISA H. SPEIDEL

1 Deluxe Tamboured bar cabinet  | Anthropologie, various New England locations, anthropologie.com 2 Savoy bar set | Hudson Interior Designs, Boston, hudsoninteriordesigns.com

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3 Yunomi cups | Adrian King Pottery, Portland, Maine, adriankingpottery.com 4 Artisanal bitters and shrubs | Owl & Whale, Portland, Maine, owlandwhale.com

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5 Zebra coaster set | PATCH NYC, Boston, patchnyc.com 6 Teca bar cart | Casa Design, Boston, casadesigngroup.com

Andrew and Briana Volk

7 Patina bottle opener | Common Deer, Burlington, Vt., commondeer.com 8 Copper chemistry carafe and glass | Lekker Home, Boston, lekkerhome.com

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Pioneers in the Portland, Maine, craft cocktail scene, Andrew and Briana Volk launched Portland Hunt + Alpine Club in 2013; since then, they’ve earned two semi-finalist nods from the James Beard Foundation for Outstanding Bar Program. The husband-and-wife team has also opened a sister restaurant, Little Giant, in Portland’s West End, and they recently released their first book, Northern Hospitality. Here they share a signature tiki-inspired drink that pays homage to Old Orchard Beach, a hard-partying beach town thirty minutes from Portland.

Late Night at OOB #1 1½ ounces blended white rum (we use Plantation 3 Stars) ¾ ounce fresh lime juice ½  ounce fresh pineapple juice ½  ounce falernum 1  pump absinthe from an atomizer, Angostura bitters, a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, and a mint sprig for garnish

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Combine the rum, lime juice, pineapple juice, and falernum in a mixing tin. Fill the tin with ice, cap, and shake hard for 10 seconds. Strain the drink (no need to fine strain to remove the small ice chunks, as we find them pleasant and refreshing in this drink) and pour into a chilled double-old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a spray of absinthe, a dash of bitters, a dusting of fresh nutmeg, and a mint sprig. Yield: 1 drink


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The Seaport container from Domani

Going Green

A primer for the urban gardener. by LISA H. SPEIDEL 1 LIVING LARGE: PLANTS FOR LOFTS

Emily Bradley at Niche (see Sources, below) has three go-tos: birds of paradise (“these love bright indirect light, and as they get new leaves, they billow out a bit, giving them distinct and lovely shapes”); dracaena canes (as they grow in height, they don’t get too wide); and parlor palms (more forgiving in a space with lower light).


The fig is still super popular, but a cool alternative is the Chinese money plant, says Bradley. Matt McKenna, creative director of garden design at Winston Flowers, suggests placing a sculptural container on top of a pillar. Filled with trailing rhipsalis or something taller, like blue star ferns, he says, “it achieves the same height and scale that a tree would.”

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Small spaces often equal lack of light. So, think snake plants or ZZ plants, says Bradley. “They are both funky plants that don’t get too wide.” Pothos work well, too, she says. “Their vines trail, which is beautiful.” Air plants are also gaining ground, says Jordan Ford of Jordan’s Jungle. “No soil, no mess. Place them in a basket, hang them from a rafter, and just spray with water a few times a week.”


“There is nothing greater than a giant elephant ear on a roof deck,” says Ford. “With dozens of amazing varieties, they instantly add a tropical jungle feel!” Other hits? In full sun, McKenna suggests sedum angelina, asparagus fern, and star jasmine. And, when the temps dip, he turns to blue star juniper, thunderhead pine, and dogwood.

Vertical ZZ for small spaces 5 CHIC CONTAINERS

Winston Flowers has partnered with Belgium-based Domani to create a collection of frost-proof containers—aptly called the Boston line and named after local neighborhoods. “They’re perfectly adaptable to any urban space—think front stoops, terraces, and balconies,” McKenna says. The folks at Niche give a shout-out to Vermont-based potter Christopher Vaughn for his handsome planters. SOURCES Niche, Cambridge and Boston, nicheboston.com Winston Flowers, various New England locations, winstonflowers.com Jordan’s Jungle, Pawtucket, jordansjungle.net Top left photo courtesy of Winston Flowers

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Personalize It!

Designer tips for making a stylish statement in an urban condo. by MARNI ELYSE KATZ

Urban living is full of perks, but tight square footage and unadorned drywall don’t rank among them. We talked with seven local designers to get their advice on transforming cookiecutter units into singularly stylish and supremely functional home-sweethomes.

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downsizing clients who are coming from a larger abode. “Only belongings that are beloved make the move,” she says. Culling a lifetime of possessions isn’t easy, even more so when nostalgia is involved. Fischer talks through every piece, from the oversize French armoire to Mother’s Day mugs, to determine what will work. Although it can be stressful, it’s also liberating. She notes, “The new condo truly reflects who they are and everything they love.” (continued on page 28)

A comfy nook with storage TOP: Aimee Anderson designed this kitchen to accommodate multiple cooks. INSET: Fitting maximum storage into tight urban units is always key, and for one client, Eleven Interiors’ Gabrielle Pitocco even tucked in a space for reading.

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transformations Pursue Passions Newton, Massachusetts, designer Aimee Anderson ensures that hobbies translate, especially for empty nesters. For one couple, it meant allotting space for a loom and designing a kitchen that functions beautifully for their cooking club. Anderson says, “We did double sinks, a built-in teak drain board for hand-washed utensils, and a seventeen-foot counter that accommodates multiple chefs.” The setup offers ample flow and great views. She adds, “It can be sad to leave a home, but if there’s excitement around the next chapter, it can be wonderful.”

Build In Limited floor space presents opportunity. Gabrielle Pitocco of Eleven Interiors, in Boston, spanned a sixteen-foot-long living room wall with cabinets and shelving punctuated by a cantilevered compartment enlivened in a pop of green. “The homeowner sent a photo of her son in

Three bedrooms, three wallcovering treatments

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Tyler Karu carved out a highlighting niche to frame this bed. Wallpaper, art, lighting, pillows, and furniture all act as layers of pattern in a bedroom by Diane McCafferty. Gina Baran extended a statement wall onto the ceiling for extra architectural definition.

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the nook, reading and laughing,” Pitocco says. “It’s nice to see design function the way it’s meant to.” Boston-based Dee Elms designed a built-in sofa for a master bedroom that lends the ambience of an upscale suite and provides a perch for watching television and the view.

Trifecta of beauty: texture, shine, and visual pop

Embrace Quirks Turning tricky situations into major moments can be the best part of a design. To mitigate the effect of two disparate soffits in a Boston condo bedroom, Newbury, Massachusetts, designer Gina Baran ran wallcovering in a wood-like herringbone pattern from behind the bed onto the ceiling. “It creates visual impact, drawing the eye to the middle of the room and distracting from the soffits,” she explains. Maine designer Tyler Karu employed a similar stratagem in her own upstairs guest bedroom by mirroring the angle of an awkward roofline to form a decorative

ABOVE: Dee Elms used eye-catching art and a s­ tatement chandelier for dramatic focus in an otherwise understated condominium hallway. High-gloss walls, set against rougher wood on the floor, likewise pump up the glamour factor.

wallpapered niche that serves in lieu of a headboard.

Warm Up To break out of the plain white box, designers get creative with materials. In a teenage girl’s room, Diane McCafferty, of Stern McCafferty, in Boston, layered colorful abstract artwork over Christian Lacroix wallpaper with a raised, lace-like design, and hung a Verner Panton mirrored chandelier for sparkle. For renters, Gina Baran hangs framed panels of wallpaper in groups of two or three. “It still provides drama, and you can take it with you,” she says. Whether you are a young professional kitting out your first real-adult apartment or a post-kids couple moving in from the suburbs, a designer’s imagination can be your greatest friend when it comes to transferring downtown.  r RESOURCES For more about the professionals, see page 74.

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Urban Outfitters

A few of the best indie shops and galleries in New England’s big cities. By MARNI ELYSE KATZ


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1 An impeccably curated Beacon Hill

mainstay adored for its refined offerings with an organic, handmade bent, Good is the go-to for gifts and personal pick-me-ups. Its effortless arrangement of one-of-a-kind pottery, hand-carved wooden spoons, and delicate jewelry channels a Japanese meets Scandinavia meets Brooklyn aesthetic. shopatgood.com

2 PATCH NYC brims with the brand’s rich,

quirky creations, such as Art Nouveau– inspired giraffe-print trays and pillows sporting skulls nestled among cabbage roses. Fanciful displays transport visitors into a magical world, with delights like leather butterfly key fobs, recycled paper journals, and chunky brass Monopolystyle charms. patchnyc.com


3 The showroom got its start special-

izing in Dutch design, but today, Lekker Home’s roster of modern and contemporary brands also hails from Denmark, Australia, and the U.S. You’ll find an array of clean-lined furniture and accessories, from apartment-size sofas to pleated-felt pendant lights and featherweight alpaca throws. lekkerhome.com

4 Still-life photographs that hint at the

exotic, wood sculptures with a child-like bent, and oversize hipster oil portraits are all represented at Carroll and Sons. Paired with the gallery’s collection of works on paper, set up in self-serve flat files, you’ve got contemporary art that’s both edgy and accessible. carrollandsons.net

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5  An expansive shop on downtown’s main drag, Slate features relaxed

furnishings in clean lines, including Cisco sofas, hand-hewn walnut tables, and MUD tableware. There’s also a well-edited but robust selection of maker-made gifts, like modern games, washable paper totes, and artisanal maple syrup. slatehome.co

6  Barge Canal Market, a well-stocked warehouse in the city’s arts district,

showcases an ever-changing display of vintage finds. Recent discoveries touted on Instagram run the gamut—a fiberglass bowling bench; an early Alvar Aalto dining table; a swirly wicker peacock chair; signed Lucite bookends; and a vintage schoolhouse map. facebook.com/bargecanalmarket

7  Veteran artist Bruce MacDonald opened HAVOC to instill a taste for

cutting-edge art in fellow Vermonters. Abstract sculptures in marble and bronze, torched copper panels, and sharp, rhythmic stripes painted on baltic birch coexist in this high-ceilinged gallery. havocgallery.com

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Portland, Maine 8  The proprietress of 22 Milk

Street, interior designer Ariana Fischer, has a knack for infusing New England charm with a touch of modern design. The shop is styled in neutral hues and replete in textural accessories, from woolen blankets to jute rugs, along with a smattering of antiques. 22milkstreet.com

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a cobblestone street in the Old Port district, Fitz & Bennett Home carries pretty home accessories with a bohemian flavor. John Robshaw bedding, embroi-

dered lovelies from Coral & Tusk, local artists’ prints, cookbooks, and charming decorative vessels abound. fitzandbennetthome.com

10 A 100-plus-year-old former

auto showroom-turned tobacco outlet in Woodfords Corner, a neighborhood striving for a renaissance, is home to Speedwell Projects, an artist-run studio, gallery, and incubator. The not-for-profit showcases and supports contemporary works in all mediums, put forth by artists at any stage of their careers. speedwellprojects.com

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11 White Star Antiques, owned by two antiques-obsessed couples, disproves

the adage “too many cooks in the kitchen.” Instead, their combined style and know-how result in a fast-moving inventory of vintage treasures like acupuncture posters and MBTA bus scrolls mingled with 1960s-era chartreuse wingback chairs and a wooden work bench from a nearby mill, with a side of cubist sculpture thrown in. whitestarantiques.com

12 An indispensable industry resource, Brassworks Fine Home Details has an

impressive array of high-end hardware, from brushed brass pulls in architectural profiles to locksets that look more like art. The showroom also specializes in custom fireplaces in contemporary and traditional designs. finehomedetails.com

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multi-media works, realistic landscapes, and master drawings. The gallery’s roster represents a cross-section of contemporary abstract and figurative artists who rejoice in color and shape. cadetompkins.com


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Outdoor spaces are not exempt when it comes to designer imagination and playfulness. See “Surprise Party” on page 44.

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Designer Rina Okawa balanced the clean, geometric lines of the open floor plan with the softness and warmth of natural materials, including walls of walnut and mosaic stone, quartzite kitchen counters, and a leather sofa and lounge chair.

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T N TELLIGENCE High design meets high tech in a chic Boston condo. Text by BOB CURLEY | Photos by NAT REA

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PROJECT TEAM Interior design: Rina Okawa, ZEN Associates Builder: Woodmeister Master Builders


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decluttering guru Marie Kondo ever wants to create a dream house, she could turn to this Rina Okawa-designed condo in Boston for inspiration. Downsizing from a spacious home in the suburbs to an in-town apartment—even one with 3,500 square feet of living space—is a challenge under any circumstances. But Okawa’s clients didn’t just want an open layout with strong design elements and the latest in convenience gadgets; they also wanted every hint of clutter banished behind closet and cabinet doors. And, despite the insistence on keeping things tidy, they also desired a sense of warmth. “The original unit had a basic contemporary design with sleek lines, but they felt that it was too cold,” says Okawa, senior interior designer at ZEN Associates. “They wanted some softness.”

ABOVE: The television sinks into a hidden alcove in the built-in cabinet, crafted by Woodmeister Master Builders, when it’s not in use. FACING PAGE, TOP: The entry greets homeowners and guests with a sense of calm. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: A walnut dining table and pale gray chairs adhere to the color scheme defined by the walls.

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The project began with some demolition intended to create more open spaces, including taking down a wall between the kitchen and dining room and combining two bedrooms to create a master suite with a dressing room and Japanese-inspired soaking room. The latter centers on an oversize freestanding tub, specially sourced to accommodate the man’s six-foot-threeinch frame. The geometric lines of the eighteenyear-old condo remain, but Okawa introduced a variety of natural materials to provide warmth. Selective use of stone, such as in the foyer and kitchen, enhances the sense of welcome and serenity. The consistent use of walnut, in particular, provides thematic unity from room to room. “That’s not so unusual for us,” explains Okawa. “We sometimes design concepts for each room, but we like to have a very strong vision throughout the space.” All of the millwork features grain patterns carefully chosen to complement adjoining furnishings. “The idea is that they speak to each other,” says Woodmeister’s Sean Reynolds. The kitchen is a model of efficiency; the clients love to cook, but there’s nary a spoon out of place. Cabinets conceal appliances, and even the power outlets pop back into walnut-covered alcoves when not in use. With the reconstruction, the cooking area now flows across a marble-topped island into the dining area, which sits in front of knee-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Boston skyline and harbor. A potentially wasted narrow space between the dining area and den is cleverly purposed as a wine cellar, with twin chairs facing the windows for after-work cocktails with a million-dollar view. Cove ceilings help define each space—living room, dining room, and seating area— arrayed before the windows, which have automatic shades and frames repainted from the original green to dark bronze to complement the Okawa design. An

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The range is the only visible appliance in the kitchen; all others are disguised behind the cabinetry. FACING PAGE, TOP: A narrow opening between the kitchen and dining area was dramatically expanded to create the sense of openness. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The polished wood vanity top in the guest bathroom is a rare irregular shape in the home. 2019 | rise   41

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inviting leather sofa and armchairs serve to soften the edges of the living room— a function similarly performed by the leather-clad stools at the kitchen counter as well as the Molteni chairs circling the dining room table and the paired Maxalto Febo armchairs facing the Boston cityscape. The shared Japanese heritage of designer and client is evident in the ­tatami room–inspired walnut space dividers and the flower-filled shelf that welcomes visitors in the foyer, reminiscent of traditional tokonoma. Such discreet displays aside, however, what you don’t see upon entering the home are wires, appliances, TVs, or even light switches or power outlets. Okawa, Woodmeister, and home automation firm System 7 collaborated to ensure that all the technology is “a touch away . . . but not in your face,” says Ashley Jacobson, director of operations at System 7. Everything from lighting to shades to the tilting recliners is controlled from an iPad. Toilets open, close, and flush automatically. Every TV in the house is hidden: the flat-screen in the living room rises up from a cabinet built flush to the wall, while the one in the master bedroom lowers from the ceiling. “The client is crazy about high-tech gadgets,” Okawa says. In the soaking room, the TV screen slumbers behind a mirror. Wall thermostats have been replaced by small “eyeball”-type sensors, with the master controls similarly secreted behind a mirror in the foyer. Guests to this fastidiously maintained home are requested to remove their shoes, which predictably find their own spot in a dedicated cabinet beside the door. Even umbrellas are folded neatly away in their own secluded space. Okawa concedes that it was a challenge to incorporate so much technology and still keep the space feeling serene, but the results speak—very quietly—for themselves.  r RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 74.


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: In the dressing room, clothing, shoes, and accessories are all discreetly stored away in walnut cabinets and a dresser. The master bedroom features a custom headboard of dark-stained bamboo. A raised base conceals the plumbing for the master bath’s oversize freestanding tub.

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A sedate red-brick front hides the home’s true personality. FACING PAGE: A grid of lively Brooklyn street scenes greets visitors as they enter.

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Surprise Party!

Behind the quiet nineteenth-century facade, a Boston house fairly explodes with color and personality. Text by MEGAN FULWEILER Photos by SEAN LITCHFIELD

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ABOVE: Nodding to the home’s traditional past, the living room’s decorative moldings remain. RIGHT: Spikes and spiky items—the Pyrus lamp and a metal-studded chair inspired by the British punk fashion movement—are a fun theme throughout.

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n uncommonly joyful house filled with color and charm blooms in Boston’s South End, and yet passersby would never guess at all that interior exuberance. Seen from the street, the nineteenth-century Federal townhouse lines up quietly with its neighbors, keeping its delightful secrets close. Only after one crosses the threshold does the outwardly staid New England residence kick up its heels. Owners Eric Alden and Ian Tzeng’s nest is a meld of their personalities. While Alden is outgoing, Tzeng is low key. Their yin and yang infuses the rooms with a modern spirit that practically lifts the old building off its foundation. Fun furniture and vibrant hues pop up here and there like fireworks. This twenty-first-century spin didn’t happen overnight. The place had undergone numerous tweakings. Most recently, a developer had torn down interior walls to open the main floor, plugged in a parade of sun-giving windows, and updated the kitchen and baths. The improvements were life-enhancing, and no further construction was needed, but as for pizazz—there was none.

PROJECT TEAM Interior design: Josh Linder and Thomas Henry Egan III, Evolve Residential

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The couple turned to Josh Linder and Thomas Henry Egan III at Evolve Residential for help in putting their unique stamp on what Egan remembers as a white box. “Eric and Ian are edgy, cool people,” he says. “We couldn’t believe it was their house, it was so vanilla. There wasn’t a trace of them.” Of course, that was yesterday, before the transformation. With the designers’ guidance, the owners have achieved a home that exemplifies their chic, eclectic tastes. “We strive,” Egan says, “to give our clients the best version of their aesthetic, whatever that might be.” In this case, it’s a deft mix of old and new, of the exceptional and the familiar. The airy living room taking up all the second floor of the five-story house is a case in point. Two vibrant canvases by artist Jarrad Tacon-Heaslip and an ottoman reminiscent of a shaggy sheepdog coexist beautifully with a sofa clad in a gorgeously subtle hand-painted velvet fabric. The original stone fireplace sports acrylic fireplace tools, and while a weighty marble coffee table anchors the seating, the chrome-legged armchair that Alden claims as one of his favorite perches seems poised for flight.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Bee drawings in the sunroom are mounted on wallpaper intended to represent the insects’ busyness. Green-as-malachite wallpaper revs up the powder room. Festive flashlights lined up along the patio fence add nighttime ambience. A colorful lineup of cookbooks stands as a design element in the kitchen.

One floor down, at the garden level, there’s another fireplace—a simple, contemporary version this time—and drifting above it is an installation of miniature porcelain pieces by artist Christina Watka. The tiny elements conjure seashells and remind the owners’ of their Cape Cod house. Lest it be overlooked, the nearby powder room flaunts a bold malachiteinspired green wallpaper. Today’s revved up kitchen, with its multicolored bookshelves, claims this level as well. The developer’s ho-hum pendants have been replaced by hand-crafted Terzani Doodle creations. A painterly wallcovering lends zing to the bar area. Linder and Egan even rejuvenated the adjoining patio, staining the fence a tropical orange and incorporating bountiful seating that includes a pair of Kenneth Cobonpue Yoda chairs made of rattan and steel. “They’re super comfortable,” Linder insists. 2019 | rise   49

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When visitors arrive—and legions do—they find the guest room to be as lively as the rest of the house. An abstract-­ patterned Osborne & Little paper provides a kinetic backdrop for a bright-as-a-sunflower headboard and a blue cerused desk. The remaining walls are painted a barely there lilac that tempers the bold wallpaper and gives the eye a rest. Although Linder and Egan’s inspired compositions are a series of visual delights, they’re never guilty of overload. For every devil-may-care addition, there’s a calming contrast. Take the couple’s bedroom, for instance: saturated blue walls play off a ceiling clad in a pastel Nicolette Mayer paper that Linder says “recalls a hatbox interior.” Likewise, a playful oversize photo of fashion-themed books makes the perfect counterpoint for the pale walls of the master bath. The top-floor sunroom is the home’s crowning glory, a lightand color-filled aerie where one wall displays a delightful collection of Bryan Chadwick’s beautiful colored-pencil drawings of bees. The tufted, leaf-colored velvet sofa and a lime-hued Stella Peacock shag rug nod to the myriad plants. “We’re still refining every corner,” explains Linder. “We’ve so much respect for the owners’ style, their individuality and confidence; it makes it a wonderful project.” Given the creativity and fearlessness of the designers and their clients, those refinements will surely include a few more happy surprises.  r

ABOVE: Bold patterns and bright colors happily coexist in the guest room; the photograph is by David Heitholt. BELOW: “You never see a bookcase in a bath, that’s why we love it,” says Josh Linder about the master bath’s photo. FACING PAGE: An eye-catching mirror enhances light and makes the compact guest room feel bigger.

RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 74.

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City Slick An aging Boston penthouse gets a stylish, modern new look. Text by MARIA L A PIANA Photos by MICHAEL PARTENIO Styling by STACY KUNSTEL

There’s no question the condo in downtown Boston needed freshening up; it was dated and showing its age. But it was a waterfront penthouse, and its new owners were smitten with its views—not to mention its possibilities. So the empty-nesters went for it and commissioned Boston interior designer Rachel Reider to oversee a complete renovation. They wanted their new pied-à-terre to better suit them and their lifestyle and reflect the modern aesthetic they love. It helped that Reider already knew the couple and understood them perfectly. “A layer of trust is critical to the success of any collaboration,” says the designer. Since the pair had already worked with her on six homes—from the suburbs to the city, including a ski house and a beach retreat—their confidence level was high. “We had clear direction on what they wanted from a functional perspective,” Reider says. “That was really very helpful in informing the design.” One thing she knew for sure was that nothing was to block the water views. The project was “a little more urban” than she is used to, but Reider greeted the challenge with enthusiasm. “I wanted to create a space that was modern and stylish, in keeping with its 52  rise  | 2019

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The living room is the apartment in microcosm: all contours and texture, mixed materials, muted jewel tones, water references, and modern moments— carefully composed in a painterly way.

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The floor-to-ceiling sculpted fireplace wall is a showstopper. The kitchen is a simple, modern, tactile marvel, with metal-trimmed leather upper cabinets and backsplash tiles of textured antique mirror. The dining area is simple, with open cantilevered chairs, and a ceiling fixture that helps to define the space.

PROJECT TEAM Interior design: Rachel Reider, Rachel Reider Interiors Kitchen design: Donna Venegas, Venegas and Company

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downtown location—but was still comfortable and inviting.” She took the 1,500-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath unit down to the studs, reconfiguring baths and installing a new kitchen, electrical, and sound systems. Nothing was repurposed, and no furniture came along for the ride, giving Reider a totally clean slate. If there’s one thing that defines this residence, it’s the designer’s bold and innovative use of finishes and materials. The result is a layered, thoughtfully composed, luxe space that showcases texture, jewel tones, and sculptural furnishings.

Everything is tactile, intentional, and undeniably gorgeous. The palette was inspired by the environment, says Reider, and the clients’ preference for cooler hues. Metallic tones and accents bring an urban vibe to the space, while the varying shades of blue reference the water views. Because the designer and homeowners opted for beautiful wall coverings to add interest and depth, there isn’t a lot of artwork vying for attention. One exception is the large-scale painting in the living room by artist David Kidd. Says Reider: “I love that the piece is striking while also soft and ethereal. It 2019 | rise   55

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old, innovative finishes and materials define the home. Everything is tactile, intentional, and undeniably gorgeous.

doesn’t compete with the other beautiful finishes but rather complements them.” Another attention-getter: a dazzling fireplace wall crafted of chiseled limestone tile that mimics the movement of water. Materials played a starring role in the kitchen, too. “We loved working with Venegas and Company on the kitchen,” says Reider. “Every finish is unique— from the metallic wire-brushed base cabinets and the leather upper cabinets to the metal island.” The bathrooms were challenging because the footprints weren’t large, so Reider used lighter reflective materials and finishes to give the illusion of more space.

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The master bedroom is a symphony of deep, rich blues set against a gray-blue grasscloth shot through with metallic threads. FACING PAGE: The master suite’s coral-inspired lamp and ocean-blue ombré velvet armchair reference the water views.

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The mirrored wall in the living room has a good backstory. “The homeowner wanted the water view to be the first thing you saw on entering the apartment,” explains the designer. To do that, they needed mirrors. “We brainstormed different ideas that would achieve this effect, but also be more design-forward than a standard mirrored wall,” says Reider. The solution: mirrored panels of different sizes were treated with various finishes, from clear to antique to smoked glass, and strategically arranged to create a statement wall that did the trick. To truly make their home their own, the couple wanted to integrate a lot of custom pieces into the design. The coffee table in the living room is one of the designer’s favorites. “We designed it to avoid a bulky piece with a large footprint, while providing maximum surface space. It features three different layers, each wrapped in a different texture, from shagreen and parchment to a metallic finish, all of them adding interest,” she says. From wall to wall and ceiling to floor, this renovation story starts and ends with texture. Reider admits she “usually gravitates towards fabrics and furnishings” to make her mark on a project. But knowing how much her clients appreciate harder materials and finishes, she designed accordingly—and delivered with more than a measure of success.  r RESOURCES: For more information about this home, see page 74.


he result is a layered, thoughtfully composed, luxe space that showcases texture, jewel tones, and sculptural furnishings.

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ABOVE: A guest room’s textured wallpaper echoes a serene palette of silvery gray with touches of deep green. FACING PAGE, TOP: Reflective materials give the smallish master bathroom a sense of space. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: A mosaic wall in the guest shower picks up the texture theme.

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Entrepreneurial spirits MAINE CRAFT DISTILLING

Belly up to the bar at Maine Craft Distilling and enjoy an impressive lineup of farm-to-flask spirits. mainecraftdistilling.com

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Urban Legends

Five top designers share what makes their city so special. By DEBRA SPARK

Urban arts DAVID ALLYN

Ceramicist David Allyn “uses silk screening and photo decals to depict iconic and abandoned Providence buildings.” Candita Clayton Gallery— “in a very cool old mill building in Pawtucket called Hope Artiste Village”—carries his work. davidallyn.net, canditaclaytongallery.com

Trendy living

Boozy hangout


“People who don’t need a lot of space and want to live downtown where things are happening” occupy the forty-eight micro-lofts (225 to 800 square feet) that encircle the second and third floors of The Arcade Providence’s atrium. Once the nation’s first enclosed shopping mall, the 1828 Greek Revival–style building has groundfloor shopping and dining, including New Harvest, “a great local coffee roaster.” arcadeprovidence.com ROCKET TO MARS AND ADAM EDELSBERG


Bayberry Beer Hall keeps things simple yet stylish with a green wall of live plants and lightbulbs strung horizontally over the dining area. Picnic table seating offers “a hip, funky, geometric take” on the standard rectangle. bayberrybeerhall.com

Vintage finds

Rocket to Mars carries furnishings and clothing from the 1920s to early 1980s. Adam Edelsberg, a specialist in postwar art and design, has “an amazing collection” of authentic studio craft furniture and midcentury-modern furnishings and lighting, available by appointment. Rocket to Mars: 401-274-0905; adamedelsberg.com

Providence, R.I.

Kelly Taylor, Kelly Taylor Interior Design ktid.net For Kelly Taylor, Providence offers the best of both worlds: a well-preserved stock of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century homes that conjure her Charleston, South Carolina, roots, and downtown modern condos and loft spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows for city views.

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Creative network THE STEEL YARD

The Steel Yard is just that: a former steel yard, which “now brings the community together for art and design,” offering equipment for artisans, as well as public classes, workforce training for the underserved, public art projects, and artist residences. “If you want something made, you can call the Steel Yard, and they have a list of artisans who can do anything—metalwork, jewelry, you name it.” thesteelyard.org Arcade photo by Ben Jacobsen Photo, courtesy of Northeast Collaborative Architects

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Called out by Bon Appétit as one of the best new restaurants of 2018 and known for its natural wine list, the Drifters Wife “is very hipster and severe with glass globes, black walls, and gorgeous dark wood.” Cash-only Munjoy Hill Tavern is more of a Cheers-type favorite, replacing a long-time neighborhood bar with an updated-but-similar pub. drifterswife.com; Munjoy Hill Tavern: 207-536-0918


A dream commute URBAN DWELLINGS

Davis owns one of the twenty-nine four-story, passive-solar luxury townhouses in Munjoy Heights, a condo complex by Redfern Properties. Here, roof-top decks offer views of the working waterfront and the Back Cove. Nearby, Urban Dwellings, Davis’s store of curated housewares, is on the ground floor of 118 on Munjoy Hill, another new upscale condo development. redfernproperties.com, urban-dwell.co

Portland, Maine

A single-family home on Washington Street is now the site of the Black Box, five adjacent shipping containers with small shops. Current businesses (pop-up and otherwise) offer ceramics, textiles, and more. Nearby, a brick building that housed a family-owned florist for almost half a century is occupied by Forage (a wood-fired bagel store), The Shop (a raw bar and shellfish market), and Maine Craft Distilling (a bar/restaurant/tasting room/distillery that makes small batch liquor). tbbwashington.com, foragemarket.com, portland. islandcreekoysters.com, mainecraftdistilling.com

Tracy Davis, Urban Dwellings urban-dwell.com

Portland’s West End has always been fashionable, but when Tracy Davis resettled here, she chose the East End. In the last half decade, this area (which includes Munjoy Hill) has become the “it” neighborhood, substantially gentrified with contemporary condos, unique shops, and restaurants coexisting with the Portland Observatory and St. Lawrence Arts. “I like the amalgamation, the blending of contemporary buildings within this nostalgic/historic neighborhood.” ABOVE: Forage

bagels MIDDLE: Black Box shops

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M-GEOUGH One Design Center Place, Suit 410, Boston MA. www.m-geough.com

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SoWa Art + Design District has it all: galleries, showrooms, boutiques, events, festivals, and restaurants, as well as a Sunday vintage market (for fashion, jewelry, art, and other objects) and an open market with farmers’ stands, food trucks, a beer hall (in an 1896 power plant), and local handmade goods. Favorite stop? A Street Frames. “Your wish is their command. Anything you can dream up, they can execute.” sowaboston.com, astreetframes.com

Favorite hangout GASLIGHT

“We go to Gaslight a lot.” The classic French brasserie “is a very cozy place to spend time and connect with people.” gaslight560.com


Laura Preshong has “beautiful, well-considered jewelry,” and Olives & Grace “works with smaller makers, each selected because of his or her quality, design, and positive impact.” The store offers carefully selected themed gift boxes. laurapreshong.com, olivesandgrace.com

South End, Boston Tiffany LeBlanc, LeBlanc Interior Design leblancdesign.com

Not surprisingly for someone who values “connectivity” with her clients, what Tiffany LeBlanc most appreciates about the South End (beyond “all that brick”) is its “old-school neighborhood feel. People know you.” Mid-nineteenth-century, red brick, bow-fronted rowhouses characterize the area, but “modern additions on classic buildings are also really interesting.”


High-end Viola Lovely is “New York minimalist,” a well-curated boutique that “pushes the envelope more than the typical clothing shop.” violalovely.com

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SieMatic Boston One Charles Street South Tel: 617-585-9960 www.siematic-boston.com

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Signature building BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

“I am forever drawn to the wonder that is the Boston Public Library.” The Renaissance Revival/ Beaux Arts–style McKim Building with its courtyard, famous murals, and dramatic reading rooms is at one end of the block, and the modern Philip Johnson addition (with a recent William Rawn Associates update that includes an open lobby and exterior glass wall) sits on the other. bpl.org

DTR Modern


DTR Modern Galleries: Well-known artists mix with lesser known ones, including “my all-time favorite, the colorfully constructed and cleverly titled mixed-media paintings by the artist simply known as DAIN.” December Thieves: “Offers really interesting housewares; every piece is a work of art.” dtrmodern.com, decemberthieves.com

Live here


The Back Bay’s One Dalton “is a fabulous high rise—one of the most sought out addresses for millennials and empty nesters.” A restaurant and Four Seasons hotel will be on the lower floors and private residences and amenities on the upper. Meanwhile Pierce Boston is “bringing height” and luxury living to the Fenway neighborhood. onedalton.com, pierceboston.com December Thieves

Fenway/ Back Bay/ Beacon Hill, Boston Dane Austin, Dane Austin Design daneaustindesign.com

Dane Austin describes himself as “an old soul,” though he specializes in designing luxury high-rise interiors. The housing stock and new construction in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the Fenway suit this contradiction, which he exploits to “create interesting environments by juxtaposing shiny new things and wellworn accoutrements.”

Time-travel vibe AYER MANSION

“It’s fun to imagine the lively parties that took place on the grand stairs painted to look like a Greek stage at Commonwealth Avenue’s Ayer Mansion, the only existing residence by Louis Comfort Tiffany. I love the colorful stonework, facade, iconic Tiffany stained-glass windows, and central elliptical opening.” ayermansion.org

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Artist strongholds FORT POINT CHANNEL

Not all the artists have been priced out of Fort Point Channel. The Artist Building at 300 Summer Street and 249 A Street are live-work cooperatives, and Midway Artist Studios has live-work rentals. All three have gallery shows and annual open studios. 300summer.org, 249astreetcoop. com, midwaystudiosboston.com

Enchanting architecture Drink

Good eats and craft cocktails BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, DRINK, AND BLUE DRAGON

The Boston Design Center is mostly to-the-trade-only, but there are a handful of vendors serving eclectic eats out of converted shipping containers just outside the building, plus an outpost of Flour Bakery + Cafe and rising chef John daSilva’s Chickadee restaurant within. Nearby, check out Drink, “a subterranean bar in a raw space in an old industrial building,” and Blue Dragon, an Asian-inspired restaurant in “a former diner converted into a Zen space.” bostondesign.com, drinkfortpoint.com, bluedragonbos.com


Interesting architectural details to check out include the curved facades of the buildings on Melcher Street, which follow the arc of the road, and the three turn-of-the-twentieth-century steel bridges that link South Boston to Downtown. “The portion of the Boston Harborwalk that follows Fort Port Channel intersects each of these bridges.”

Seaport/South Boston Joseph Kennard, Kennard Architects, kennardarchitects.com

In 1999, when Joseph Kennard started his architecture firm, the Fort Point Channel district on the northern edge of South Boston was an industrial area full of artists occupying nineteenth-century, fourto-eight-story, brick-and-beam warehouses. When the area was renovated, many “artists were flushed out,” says Kennard, but “the buildings have come back with restaurants and residences.”

Retail therapy MACHINE AGE

“Just across the town line in Dorchester, Machine Age has a huge supply of classic midcentury-modern furniture in excellent condition.” machine-age.com

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The High Life

Urban living is on the rise. Here’s what you can get for your money—from water views to rooftop pools—in some of New England’s cities. By MARIA LAPIANA





$415,000 to $1,705,000

$500,000 to $1,099,000

Now available for presale, Verdante at Lincoln Park is a new development overlooking the revitalized Lincoln Park in Portland. The area has been called one of the most walkable places to live in the state, and the development features shared amenities like an outdoor deck, a green roof, and a guest room that can be reserved like a hotel. There’s a mix of residences available: a one-bedroom, one-bath unit for $415,000; a three-bedroom, twoand-a-half-bath penthouse for $1,705,000 . . . and lots in between.

Head across the harbor if you want the best views of Boston, say the developers at The Mark at DeNormandie Wharf. The Mark is a 107-unit East Boston condo building that’s touting the neighborhood’s growth as well as its cultural amenities and rich arts scene. There are a number of properties available, including a one-bedroom, one-bath unit for $875,000; a studio for $500,000; and a two-bedroom, two-bath residence for $1,099,000.

Information: verdantecondos.com

Information: themarkeastboston.com



Boston, Massachusetts $2,980/month to $8,320/month


$429,900 to $479,900

An industrial-era, red brick building overlooking the waterfront in Portland is home to the condos at 25 High Street. There are sixty-three units and eleven floor plans, overall, with several two-bedroom, two-bath units (with water views) still available. The residences are modern, clean-lined, and energyefficient, but it’s the building’s cool location that’s getting all the attention: it’s surrounded by Old Port, the Arts District, and the historic West End, three vibrant neighborhoods known for culture, nightlife, and fine dining. Information: 25highstreet.com

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Pierce Boston has quite the pedigree. Arquitectonica, an international architecture firm headquartered in Miami, Florida, designed the slender 406,000-square-foot glass and metal tower. The Fenway-area development includes 109 condos (most of them sold) and 240 apartments—many of them still available for lease at a variety of price points. All boast the luxury features you’d expect in such an architectural gem: floor-to-ceiling windows, open floor plans, the finest fixtures and finishes, and an abundance of natural light. There’s also a rooftop pool, fitness center, lounge, and private dining room. Information: pierceboston.com

Verdante image courtesy of Archetype Architects

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Providence, Rhode Island

1 bedroom: $3,000/month; 2 bedrooms: $3,500/month Luxury for rent in Providence! Choose from multiple apartment styles in this state-of-the-art building in Wayland Square on the East Side of the city. The fixtures, finishes, and details are on-point. A few highlights at 229 Waterman Street: Italian cabinetry, Silestone countertops, glass-enclosed rain showers, ten-foot ceilings, gas fireplaces, electric roll-down blinds, and walls engineered for soundproofing. And did we mention, you can get room service from Mare, the rooftop restaurant?

This is your chance to live in a gorgeous, thoughtfully renovated Victorian in Portland—one with 270-degree views of Portland Harbor and beyond. The well-appointed “Casco Bay Suite” has an open plan, and is light, bright, and lovely. Featuring two master suites and a kitchen outfitted with class-act appliances (a Wolf range and Sub-Zero fridge), it’s one of four condos in the building, which sits directly across the street from scenic Fort Allen Park. Information: oceangaterealty.com


Information: 229waterman.com



Proving that conversions of historic buildings can be a very good thing, the Larkin-Rice House, circa 1815, is being developed into five luxury condominiums. The building offers a modern mix of traditional architecture and every up-to-date amenity, plus, it’s a five-minute walk to downtown Portsmouth. The two-bed, two-bath “Sinclair” penthouse is currently on the market for $1,050,000, with the remaining units—including the “Townsend,” a two-bedroom in the freestanding carriage house—coming on soon. Information: 180middle.com



$899,000 to $1,080,000

Billed as the building for diehard urbanites, Port45 sits at the confluence of South Boston, the Seaport, and the South End. The usual amenities (concierge, garage, fitness center) and some extras (a smart-home integration upgrade, pet spa, dog run, and bike-sharing program) have made these sleek, modern condos all the rage—so hurry! Only a few one-bedroom and two-bedroom units are still available. Information: port45boston.com 229 Waterman photo by Chris Whirlow, courtesy of Residential Properties; Port45 and Boulevard images courtesy of Ricardo Rodriguez & Associates

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$1,869,000 to $6,000,000

For some of the best in upscale/downtown living—plus water views— there’s Boulevard on the Greenway. A historic Charles Bulfinch building is the cornerstone of this thirty-six-unit development, which is nearly 75 percent sold. Its residences are sleek and streamlined, white-on-white beauties. To fully appreciate the possibilities, just take a look at the model unit furnished by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Information: theboulevardboston.com 2019 | rise   73

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


Ariana Fischer, Ariana Fischer Interior Design, Portland, Maine, 207-210-6450, arianafischer.com Aimee Anderson, Aimee Anderson Design, Newton, Mass., 617-594-9776, aimeeandersondesign.com Gabrielle Pitocco, Eleven Interiors, Boston, 617-423-1114, eleveninteriors.com Dee Elms, Elms Interior Design, Boston, 617-451-1555, elmsid.com Gina Baran, Gina Baran Interiors + Design, Newbury, Mass., 617-564-3746, ginabaran.com Tyler Karu, Tyler Karu Design + Interiors Portland, Maine, 202-258-5239, tylerkaru.com Diane McCafferty, Stern McCafferty, Boston, 617-338-1125, sternmccafferty.com


Interior design: Rina Okawa, ZEN Associates, Woburn, Mass., 781-932-3700, zenassociates.com Builder and interior millwork: Woodmeister Master Builders, Holden, Mass., 800-221-0075, woodmeister.com Audio/video design and installation: System 7, Boston Design Center, 978-887-1200 Drapery and pillow workroom: Lori Mackeil, Lori Design, Medway, Mass., 508-533-0286, lorimackeil.com Pages 36–37: Hardwood floors throughout house by Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, wideplankflooring.com; World Amsterdam Brick Grey mosaic stone on walls from Porcelanosa, porcelanosa-usa.com; Macaubas Fantasy quartzite kitchen island counter from Cumar, cumar.com; Satellite recliner sofa and lounge chair from Roche Bobois, roche-bobois.com; Palis coffee table and end table from Roche Bobois. Page 38: Entry rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets, skcarpets.com; bench from Julian Chichester, julianchichester.com; dining area chandelier from Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com; Giano dining table by Cattelan Italia from Casa Design Group, casadesigngroup.com; Chelsea dining chairs by Molteni through Casa Design Group. Page 39: Rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets; Satellite lounge chair and Palis end table from Roche Bobois. Page 40: Bathroom floor tile from Stone Source, stonesource.com; wallpaper from Élitis, elitis. fr/en; beveled stone sink from Stone Forest, stoneforest.com.

Page 41: Kitchen counter chairs by Minotti from Montage, montageweb.com. Page 42: Dressing room drapery fabric from Rogers & Goffigon, rogersandgoffigon.com; bathroom wall and floor tile from Porcelanosa; tub from Aquatica, aquaticausa.com; Lilla 2.0 stool from Artifort, artifort.com. Page 43: Wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com; carpet from Steven King Decorative Carpets; table lamp from Armani/ Casa, armani.com; stool from Casa Design Group; bed crafted by Woodmeister Master Builders.


Interior design: Josh Linder and Thomas Henry Egan III, Evolve Residential, Boston, 617-424-0003, evolveresidential.com Drapery/pillows/bedding workroom: PMK Designs, Boston, 617-442-4400 Upholstery workroom: Partners in Design, Newton, Mass., 617-695-1950, partnersindesignltd.com Page 45: Collection of Brooklyn street art from Evolve Residential; framed by Stanhope Framers, stanhopeframers.com; console from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com. Pages 46–47: Custom Asymmetrical Diamond loveseat from Partners in Design with Zoffany fabric, stylelibrary.com; marble coffee table from Restoration Hardware, restorationhardware. com; Capo d’Opera Campodifiori table and Porro Balancing Boxes table from Casa Design Group, casadesigngroup.com; Vanessa Mitrani vase from Evolve Residential; Cooper drinks table from the Bright Group, thebrightgroup. com; shaggy ottoman from Casa Design Group; Behr Dieter Waeckerlin credenza from 1st dibs, 1stdibs.com; Linden table lamps from Kelly Wearstler, kellywearstler.com; Trion Coast drapery fabric from Stark, scalamandre.com, with banding fabric from Maharam, maharam. com; Pierre Frey pillow fabrics through The Martin Group, themartingroup.com; Pyrus spike lamp from Evolve Residential; desk from Dwayne Bailey, dwaynebailey.com; desk chair from Casa Design Group; Anana pouf ottoman from Aqua Creations, aquagallery.com; painting by Jarrad Tacon-Heaslip, taconheaslip.com, through Carolyn Kramer Gallery, carolynkramergallery.com. Pages 48–49: Sunroom’s lime shag rug from Stella Peacock through Evolve Residential; Gem

side tables from Debra Folz, debrafolz.com; bees by Ryan Chadwick, ryanchadwickartist.com, framed by Stanhope Framers; custom corner sofa by Partners in Design, with Schumacher fabric, fschumacher.com; Arteriors Watson floor lamp and small painted wooden block art from Evolve Residential; Voyageur Snowscapes wallpaper by Jill Malek, jillmalek.com; sofa pillow fabrics from Stark and Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com, with fringe from The Martin Group; kitchen’s neon bowls from Evolve Residential Showroom; R&Y Augousti tray from Barneys, barneys.com; barware and ice bucket from Tiffany & Co., tiffany.com; Doodle Pendant lights by Terzani, through Casa Design Group; outdoor coffee table from Frontgate, frontgate. com; red Kenneth Cobonpue Yoda lounge chairs from Casa Design; Poipu sectional sofa from All Modern, allmodern.com; Martini metal side table from West Elm, westelm.com; fencing stain from Eco Options, ecooptions.homedepot.com; powder room wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com. Pages 50–51: Guest room headboard custom through Evolve Residential, with fabric from Donghia, donghia.com; jute rug from Fibreworks, fibreworks.com; Kartell Ghost Buster nightstands from YLiving, yliving.com; ceramic table lamps from Home Depot, homedepot.com; Wade Logan Lawson upholstered bench from All Modern; sequin pillows from Artfire, artfire.com; desk from Ducduc, ducducnyc.com; fur throw and satin Noblesse throw from Bloomingdale’s, bloomingdales.com; Kassatex duvet cover from Nordstrom, nordstrom.com; fuchsia velvet pillow cover and teal chenille pillows from Etsy, etsy. com; Venice planter from Evolve Residential; Fantasque Cubiste wallpaper from Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com; window seat fabric from Schumacher; roman shade fabric from Osborne & Little; window shades from the Shade Store, theshadestore.com; master bath window treatment fabric from Kravet, kravet.com; towels and rug from Bloomingdale’s; photograph from Jules Place, julesplace.com.


Interior design: Rachel Reider, Rachel Reider Interiors, Boston, 617-942-2460, rachelreider.com Kitchen design: Donna Venegas, Venegas and Company, Boston, 617-439-8800, venegasandcompany.com Pages 52–53: Painting by David Kidd through

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Jules Place, julesplace.com; Watercolour Gris wallpaper from Casamance, casamance.com; custom mirror by Country Glass Company, countryglass.com; sectional sofa from A. Rudin, arudin.com; cocktail table by Art Applications, artapplicationsinc.com; Matteo lounge chair from The Bright Group, thebrightgroup.com; chair from A. Rudin; Bennett drinks table with rock crystal top from Matthew Studios, matthewstudiosny.com; Salgado Saucier single drink table from The Bright Group; Jasper leather side table by Douglas Jennings, douglasjennings collection.com; bubble pendant light from Siemon & Salazar, siemonandsalazar.com; Draper table lamp from Matthew Studios; custom buffet from Art Applications; fireplace tile from Discover Tile; rug from Landry and Arcari, landryandarcari.com; Barrows round cocktail ottoman from Bernhardt Furniture, bernhardt.com. Pages 54–55: Dakota dining table by Julian Chichester, us.julianchichester.com; side chair by Artistic Frame, artisticframe.com; London chandelier from Fuse Lighting, fuselighting.com; Watercolour Gris wallcovering from Casamance; kitchen tile from Discover Tile, discovertile.com; London pendant lights from Fuse Lighting; swivel bar stools from A. Rudin; cabinets from Venegas and Company. Pages 56–57: Metalic wallpaper in Spirit from Holland & Sherry, hollandandsherry.com; Cesare bed from Nathan Anthony, nafurniture.com; Culebra nightstand from Robert James, robert jamescollection.com; wall sconce from Matthew Studios; Madison swivel chair from Jessica Charles, jessicacharles.com; Orion table from Made Goods, madegoods.com; drapery from Makkas Drapery Workroom, makkasdrapery.com, with Romo fabric from Black Edition, black edition.com; rug from Landry and Arcari. Page 58: Master bath wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries; tile from Discover Tile; vanity by Venegas and Company; guest bath tile from Discover Tile. Page 59: Capiz wallpaper from Omexco, omexco. com; custom bed by Partners in Design, partners indesignltd.com; rug from Landry and Arcari; Wallace side table from Bradley, bradleyusa.com; Foster lamp from Arteriors, arteriorshome.com. Rise, Spring 2019 © 2019 by New England Home Magazine, LLC. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. Editorial and advertising office: New England Home Magazine, LLC, 530 Harrison Ave, Ste 302, Boston, MA 02118, 617‑938‑3991.

Interior Design: Kathleen Hay Designs Photo by: Jane Beiles Photography

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LEFT: “The interior of the home was light and bright,” says garden designer Matt Gilman, “and with floor-to-ceiling windows, the terrace needed to be an extension of the living space.” ABOVE: Well-placed plantings help to distinguish separate spaces for lounging and dining.

Elevated Aesthetic

Sleek and stunning, this penthouse terrace at 30 Dalton, in Boston, called for equally striking landscaping. Matt Gilman, garden designer at Winston Flowers, set about softening the rectangular terrace with a trio of perfectly placed container plantings. Japanese maple trees with an underplanting of verbena fill the tallest pots; hameln grasses sway in the mediumsized ones; and the smallest pots brim with 76  rise  | 2019

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white calibrachoa. In keeping with the owners’ wish for lots of green, Gilman dotted the table with low-maintenance succulents and lined the railing with boxwood hedges planted in custom zinc rectangles. Paired with neutral furnishings and drop-dead vistas of Back Bay and beyond, it’s a spectacular sanctuary in the sky. winstonflowers.com  r —Lisa H. Speidel Photos by Rosemary Fletcher

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