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IN THE ISSUE 12 EDITOR’S LETTER 14 CONTRIBUTORS 17 OUT & ABOUT DESIGN 22 Style Files What’s trending in home design 26 High and Mighty One Dalton redefines stone design 30 Patterns in a Pinch How adding a little Pepper can spice up your home décor 32

Works of Heart How an organization is transforming the lives of homeless and disabled artists

CULTURE 38 Good Host Get to know New England Living’s new host, Rachel Holt 42 Deep Read Exploring the stacks with Boston Public Library president David Leonard 46 Home Team Behind the plate with Catherine and Jason Varitek
















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IN THE ISSUE SPACES 54 Treasure Island The newest kitchen innovation to land in New England

HEART & MIND 120 Happy Campers How Jack Connors and Camp Harbor View are enriching the lives of inner city youth

60 Romancing the Stone Finding true love in a bathroom renovation

124 Saving Taste A small nonprofit making a world of difference in Rhode Island

66 Bright Thinking How a modern farmouse in New England evokes West Coast living

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128 State Of Mind Dr. Rudolph Tanzi discusses dramatic breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s research

FUN 72 Summer Catch Cousins Maine Lobster rolls into New England for a special homecoming 78 Unforgettable Getaways Plan your summer escape at one of these hot spots off the grid 84 Holding Corte Boston designer Daniela Corte unleashes her fierce fashion HOME 92 Heart of the Home A mother’s final love letter to her family

100 How the Weston Was Won The cinematic beauty and dramatic design of a home west of Boston

134 Beauty and the Beach Tips for getting ready for bathing suit season REAL ESTATE 138 Pent Up Demand A penthouse at the Mandarin Oriental redefines city living 140 Darleen Lannon Feeling right at home on the South Shore 144 FINAL THOUGHT Presidential musings from JFK

110 All Tide Up Meet the winners of Seven Tide’s design contest

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editor’s note NE W E NG L A ND

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ever in our lifetimes has the concept of home felt so meaningful. As we shipped this summer issue off to the printer, many New Englanders had already been sheltering in their homes for more than a month due to the coronavirus. Those fortunate enough to be with family during these troubling times have held their loved ones tighter and tighter, while the heroes have served us so valiantly on the front lines.

Compared to the critical contributions of doctors, nurses and other caregivers, creating a magazine feels utterly inconsequential. And yet, we hope that in some small way this issue honors their sacrifices by celebrating the simple ideals of home and family that they are protecting for our future. We are delighted to feature Red Sox hall of famer Jason Varitek and his wife Catherine on the cover of this summer issue. Some of the most cherished memories in Boston sports have come with Varitek behind home plate. Yet for this issue, readers discover another side of the tough-nosed ball player as the Variteks welcomed us into their newly renovated home in Hingham and shared some of their family entertaining secrets. The Variteks’ is one of several dazzling homes you’ll encounter in these pages. From a hilltop in Weston, Massachusetts, to the coastline of Long Island Sound, Connecticut, to the heart of Greenwich, to the city skyline of Boston, we explore the pinnacles of home design, décor, and innovation. We also profile a number of notable New Englanders who are doing good at a time when we need it most. Whether it be Jack Connors providing a brighter future for Boston’s inner-city youth, or Liz Powers lifting the homeless and disabled out of poverty across the country, or Navyn Salem feeding millions of children around the world from her factory in Rhode Island, these stories remind us that the heart and soul of New England centers on charity and goodwill. In the summer fun category, we take a taste of the newest food truck preparing to roll onto the scene thanks to Cousins Maine Lobster; we try on some of the hottest fashions created by Daniela Corte; and we rest our heads at some of wildest weekend getaways in New England. While we hope to enjoy these semblances of normalcy in the months to come, we also check in with doctors Rudy Tanzi and Min Ahn about ways to become stronger both in mind and body. From our families here at New England Living, we wish you and yours a happy and healthy summer season. Though our hearts and minds continue to be with the heroes helping us through these unprecedented times, we also remain committed to telling the stories of our remarkable region and celebrating the simple joys we can all find at home.







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Lisa Cavanaugh

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Originally from New England, Lisa Cavanaugh grew up in Massachusetts and Connecticut and spent most of her summers on Cape Cod. After graduating from Boston College and working in off-Broadway productions in New York City, she moved to Los Angeles where she became a Hollywood story editor, producer and writer. While in California, Lisa helped to launch an educational nonprofit, where she created a unique moviemaking program for teens. After moving back to the East Coast in 2010, Lisa met and married her husband, a commercial fisherman, and they now reside in the Yarmouth house that was originally her grandparents’ home. Lisa regularly writes about the rich variety of lifestyles, occupations and homes here in New England. For this issue of New England Living, Lisa explored the stunning bathroom remodel by a husband-and-wife team on the North Shore (Romancing the Stone, page 60).

Rob Duca has been an editor and writer for more than 40 years. His stories have appeared in Sports Illustrated, the Boston Globe, the Baltimore Sun, Yankee magazine and Cape Cod Life, among many other publications. He was a sports columnist for the Cape Cod Times for 25 years, where he covered the World Series, the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup finals, the Ryder Cup and the Winter Olympics. During that time, he was honored with more than 35 national and regional writing awards. More recently, Rob was editor of New England Golf & Leisure magazine, where he produced profiles on the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Rory McIlroy. Rob lives in Cummaquid, Massachusetts.


Dan Cutrona Dan Cutrona began his professional photography career at the age of seventeen by shooting for a local newspaper. After photographing his fair share of car crashes and crime scenes, Dan decided to turn his lens toward more beautiful subject matter. He spent the next twenty years capturing nearly every square inch of Cape Cod. During this time, he photographed covers for publications such as Cape Cod Life, Cape Cod Magazine, The Globe Magazine and Southern New England Living. Last year, Dan and his wife, Amy, decided to move to Miami, but they still return to New England to capture the beauty of this region. For this issue of New England Living, Dan photographed cover stars Jason and Catherine Varitek in their home in Hingham (Home Team, page 46), as well as New England Living’s newest television host Rachel Holt (Good Host, page 38).

Christina Gallardo Christina Gallardo is a certified makeup artist working in the industry since 2008. Providing luxe personalized makeup experiences for bridal and every-day beauty needs, Gallardo was responsible for the makeup on the “Holding Corte” fashion shoot. As a makeup artist, Gallardo’s goal is to empower her clients by making them feel their most beautiful. She has an intuitive eye that allows her to bring her clients’ vision to life and make them look and feel their best. On this front, she also offers individualized makeup lessons called “Master Your Face.” Gallardo believes makeup shouldn’t be a mask you hide behind, but a tool that exudes confident naturally enhanced perfection. Book Christina Gallardo’s services at and follow her on Instagram @makeupbychristinag_.

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Haley Grant

Brian Sager

After graduating from Providence College and spending a year in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Haley Grant began her career as a content writer and market researcher at Superside, a digital design agency based in Madrid, Spain. Haley currently writes for Mavens of London, a marketing consultancy, and has written for publications such as Forbes, the Saratoga TODAY newspaper and magazine, Glamping Hub, The Content Mix and Travel Away. When not writing or teaching English, Haley spends her time traveling throughout Spain and planning her next visit home to New York. For this issue of New England Living, Haley compiled the ultimate getaway guide for those looking to take their lodgings to new extremes (Unforgettable Getaways, page 78).

Based on the island of Nantucket but shooting internationally, Brian Sager specializes in fashion, wedding, commercial and fine art photography. As chief photographer of Nantucket Magazine, Brian creates editorial portraits and serves as in-house fashion photographer. His fine art photography is frequently shown at the Artists Association of Nantucket, the AAN Gala live auction and in various retail and gallery spaces. With over ten thousand miles of offshore sailing experience under his belt, Sager has photographed many of his fine art pieces while aboard sailboats in New England and the Caribbean. For this issue of New England Living, Brian photographed the fashion of designer Daniela Corte (Holding Corte, page 84), as well as the newest food truck to roll up in New England (Summer Catch, page 72).

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Hannah Osofsky Born and raised in Northampton, Massachusetts, and currently based in Boston, Hannah Osofsky first picked up a camera in middle school. Four years ago she turned pro with her passion, first by working with Porter House Media and now with Elvin Studios. Describing her work as unapologetically colorful with an emphasis on fun, Hannah tries to draw out her subject’s inner personality organically. Part of this empathetic approach came into her work after she lost her mother to an eighteen-month battle with cancer. Immersing herself in photography became a way for Hannah to focus on the positive, which she hopes is reflected in her work. For this issue of New England Living, Hannah photographed the president of the Boston Public Library, David Leonard (Deep Read, page 42).

Katie Tammaro Katie “Lilly” Tammaro has been working in the beauty industry since 2011. After starting at G20 Spa + Salon in Boston’s Back Bay in 2014, Tammaro has come to specialize in balayage, highlighting, and men’s grooming. She is passionate about beauty and well being, and can be found behind her chair at G2O Spa + Salon every week on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 2-9 p.m. and from – 6 p.m. on the weekends. For this summer issue of New England Living, Tammaro was on set for the “Holding Corte” fashion shoot where she was responsible for the model’s hair styling. Find Lilly Tammaro on Instagram at @lillyg2o and book her services at

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Deborah Feinstein, Kimberly Nelson & Susan Schechter

Lisa Tung & Daren Bascom

Dacri Hanna & Paloma Dawkins

MAAM OPENING The MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) celebrated its opening week with a special preview event for donors and dignitaries prior to its grand opening last February (Photos by Melissa Ostrow.)

Wes Karger, Askley Karger, Joana Vasconcelos, Linda McQuillan & Bill McQuillan

Mary Keefe, Gov. Charlie Baker & Tommy Vitolo

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Francesca Purcell, Patrick Purcell & Carin Keane

BOSTON WINE FESTIVAL The longest running food and wine festival in the country toasted another fruitful celebration this past year with a star-studded guest list and some of the most flavorful wines in the world. (photos by Person + Killian Photography.) Charlotte Bruce, Chef Daniel Bruce & Rachel Kelly

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BLUE RIBBON THE SPACE This was to be the weekend retreat for a family of four who live and work in Harlem. They use the home as their getaway over the weekends, holidays and summers. A century old, the home’s kitchen needed to be demolished due to termite damage and black mold. The architect then expanded the kitchen as part of an addition, where designer Ingrid Becker “massaged the layout” to create a space that would function for all four people at the same time.

THE PHILOSOPHY The overall philosophy behind this award-winning kitchen was to create a visually dynamic space that would function like a well-oiled machine for all family members. To meet this objective, the 11' x 3'3" islands—with two-inch-thick-honed Calacatta Gold tops and a Wolf microwave drawer—provide ample prep, storage and cleanup for the family. The stainless-steel 48” Pro SubZero refrigerator offered the perfect balance opposite the six-foot wide Lacanche Range, while the custom cabinetry by Deane Inc. complemented the Granada Tile flooring.

THE DESIGNER Originally from Indiana, Ingrid Becker attended Harrington Institute for Interior Design in Chicago before moving to Connecticut in 1987. She has thirty years of experience as a kitchen and bath designer and meets with clients in both of Deane’s showrooms in Stamford and New Canaan. Two years after being nominated for the best Master Bath, Becker took home the International Design Award (IDA) for this kitchen.


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DESIGNER'S TAKE THE SPACE Here we can see how the Kohler Modern Farmhouse lighting is versatile and can complement many styles. The addition of these fixtures allows this contemporary kitchen to have a modern farmhouse feel with some industrial notes. It shows how you can add in Kohler lighting to create a unique story. Whether mixing metals or matching finishes, the new additions in Kohler’s lighting is ideal for creating cohesion and carrying the quality of Kohler throughout the home.

THE PHILOSOPHY When designing a space, lighting is one of the most critical elements. Lighting evokes emotion. If a room is too dark, you may feel drab. If it’s too bright, you may feel too exposed. Thankfully, Kohler has taken that crucial design element and created something for every style and application throughout the home. You can now match the sconces in the powder room to the pendants in the kitchen as well as to the chandelier in the dining.

THE DESIGNER Elena Mancini graduated from The New England Institute of Art with a bachelor’s degree in science and interior design. With a background in furniture, textiles, and design consulting, Mancini has been part of the design team at Supply New England in their Kohler Signature Store in Burlington, MA, since January of 2016. “Designing is all about problem solving and there is a little psychology mixed in,” she says. “I like to get to know my clients, how they will function in the space and what their needs are.”


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THE SPACE The enchanting Stella House is home to photographer Sidney Bensimon. Collaborating with architect Alessandro Ronfini, Bensimon fused Scandinavian minimalism with the principals of Passive Building to create her dream home in Cushing, Maine. To maximize the light and efficiency, Bensimon and Ronfini employed Marvin windows and doors, which lead the nation in meeting the stringent Passive House Institute criteria. “The Marvin windows frame the house in such a clean way, keeping the home warm and bright,” says Bensimon. “The house is all about light.”

THE PHILOSOPHY In this age of going green, Passive Building is perhaps the most aggressive standard when it comes to designing an energy-efficient home. By employing superinsulation, airtight envelopes, sophisticated energy recovery ventilation, and high-performance windows that help maximize solar energy, Passive Houses achieve net zero or net neutral. The result is a home with pristine air quality and a comfortable, year-round temperature, while also reducing its energy consumption by 80 percent.

THE DESIGNER Alessandro Ronfini is a certified Passive House designer. After receiving his master’s degree in architecture at Universita’ IUAV di Venezia in Venice, Italy, he began his career designing buildings in Copenhagen, Denmark—which made him fluent in the Scandinavian minimalism Bensimon was looking for in her Stella House. Today, Rofini is based in New York where his work focuses on the development of tools and strategies to streamline and simplify the engineering and construction of complex facades.


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HIGH&MIGHTY Boston’s NEWEST skyscraper reaches the pinnacle of STONE DESIGN.

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BOSTON’S NEWEST HIGH-RISE, ONE DALTON STREET, is all about superlatives. Standing at sixty-one stories, One Dalton is the third tallest building in Boston and the tallest residential building in New England. Moreover, “It is the highest level of luxury Boston has ever seen,” says Dianna Walsh, a spokeswoman for the building’s developer, Carpenter & Co. One Dalton’s 742 feet of soaring steel and glass house a Four Seasons Hotel in its lower levels, with 165 luxury condominiums above, ranging from $2.5 to a reported record-setting $40 million for the penthouse. “For this project, we picked the best architect, interior designer and contractors,” said One Dalton’s owner and developer, Richard Friedman of Carpenter & Company. Naturally, the skyscraper’s architects, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, in collaboration with Gary Johnson of the firm Cambridge Seven, focused on only the finest building


materials available. Take stone, for example. Friedman sought out Cumar Marble & Stone’s founder and owner Ivo Cubi at the beginning stages of the project, knowing that Cubi’s expertise in luxury stone was second to none. “I’ve worked with Cumar for many years on projects, including my own homes,” said Friedman. “Cumar’s ability to translate the designers’ intentions into reality within the building is testament to their love of working with stones from all over the world and crafting it into true art forms.” In addition to providing travertine and jet mist granite for the magnificent Four Seasons lobby (interior design by Bill Rooney Studio), Cumar was deeply involved with the residential component of the building. They supplied unique Blue de Savoie crystalline marble from France for the kitchen countertops and Silver Wind marble from Greece for the luxurious bathrooms.

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Opposite: One Dalton’s lobby dazzles all who enter with the help of Cumar who provided the stonework for the floors, front desk and counter tops. Above: Exquisite Silver Wind marble from Greece define the luxurious residential master baths.

“The interior stone work at One Dalton is all custom, handcrafted product of exceptional quality and conveys the sophistication and elegance that a Four Seasons Hotel is known for worldwide,” described Friedman. “Cumar’s work on the project includes the interior hotel and residential lobby stone floors, front desk counter tops, Trifecta bar floor and counters, the residential kitchen tops, and the residential master bath stone tile.” Architect Johnson, who shares Freidman’s respect for Cumar, turned to the eighth-generation company without hesitation. “It was an easy decision to take the interiors of One Dalton and come up with a way to complement the exterior,” he said, “to pair it with other stones to create more diversity and complexity inside.” Johnson has traveled with Cubi to Italy to see how their stone is extracted and cut and spent considerable time in Cumar’s warehouse examining each slab for One Dalton, an experience he refers to as “double, triple, quadruple quality control.” As a result, the effect is singularly striking. “The magnificent stones from southern France and Greece that were used look beautiful as part of the overall expression within these very contemporary residences up in the sky,” he noted. There is a reason why Cumar is recognized as New England’s preeminent source and fabricator of the finest marble, granite, quartzite and exotic stones. As Johnson said, “Cumar has a very elaborate and complete selection of product that you can look at, and their knowledge of the stone product is superior to most.” Now their work is quite literally at the top of the town. NEL

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Patterns in a Pinch

How adding a little Pepper can spice up your home décor

When the couch finally arrived, there was just one problem: It was too big to fit through their door. “We actually had to pay extra to have it cut up in the street, moved into our apartment, and then reassembled,” Erin sighed. Flopping down on her new couch, exhausted, Erin thought to herself: There must be an easier, faster, more affordable way to customize your home décor. How do you spice up your space without breaking the bank? Enter Pepper Home, a direct-to-consumer startup that Erin and her grad school friend Kelsey Brown co-founded last year that creates custom home accessories like pillows, curtains, table linens, throws and wall paper. “You can make something like a basic couch amazing just by how you season it with accessories,” Erin insists. “And a lot of that comes down to picking the right fabrics.”


rin Kelly Banta’s first major purchase when she moved into her apartment in Boston with her future husband, Toby, was a custom-upholstered couch. She wanted a statement piece, something to put her own spin on their living room in the Back Bay. So she hired a decorator to order custom fabric, waited months for the couch to be manufactured, and paid more than a young couple probably should for their first piece of furniture.


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Erin and Kelsey had encountered a mesmerizing array of handcrafted textiles while attending a wedding in India and wanted to use similarly ornate patterns for their products. Yet acquiring custom fabrics in the United States can be a pricey and frustrating endeavor. “You usually have to go through interior designers or decorators just to buy them,” Erin explains. “And then you can’t just buy a single yard of fabric for a couple of pillows—you needed to buy a whole roll.”

(Top left) During the COVID-19 crisis, Pepper co-founders Erin Banta and Kelsey Brown temporarily redirected their textile operation towards making thousands of medical masks for hospital workers.

So with Pepper, Erin and Kelsey developed a workaround. They enlisted a cadre of gifted artists and designers who draw and paint one-of-a-kind patterns that are then printed on fabric. “We work with a hundred-year-old printer in South Carolina who has the most cutting-edge digital printing process in the industry today,” Erin explains. “The pieces are not only extremely high-quality, but also environmentally friendly.” Once these pieces are printed, they’re shipped to Pepper’s cut-andsew station in Tennessee where pillows, curtains, table linens, throws and other accessories are manufactured on demand. From the final click on Pepper’s website to arriving at the customer’s doorstep, the process takes a matter of days— rather than weeks or months. “We’re focused on customization, short lead times, lower prices and educating our customers,” Erin says. “We’re trying to make ‘high-quality’ more approachable.” With this in mind, Pepper has also recently introduced a new feature on its website where customers can see how the various accessories will look in their space. The company has also integrated a measuring guide and design quiz that can suggest certain styles and sizes to customers that might best fit their home’s overall aesthetic. Every month, Pepper launches a new, one-of-a-kind pattern to its online offerings, thus adding more spices for clients to cook with in their homes. And therein lies the story behind Pepper’s name. Erin and Kelsey think designing a home should be like cooking a good dish: A little pepper goes a long way. NEL


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Written by Robert Cocuzzo / Photography by Ali Campbell

How Liz Powers and her

organization ArtLifting

ArtLifting co-founder Liz Powers represents artists who are either homeless or disabled and sells their works to companies and collectors around the country.

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Making it as an artist is extraordinarily difficult, but for some, it can be a matter of life and death. Just ask Liz Powers, who has represented artists battling chronic homelessness and severe disabilities for nearly a decade. Powers first encountered homelessness while studying at Harvard, where she began volunteering at a nearby shelter. “I was flipping pancakes in the back kitchen,” she remembers, “so I never really got a chance to interact with the people.” Seeking to be more hands-on, Powers acquired a grant from Harvard to bring art therapy classes into the shelters— and that’s when she saw an untapped opportunity. “Saleable art was literally being stuffed in closets in the basement of these shelters,” Powers recalls. “I thought, Why don’t I curate the top artwork from these art groups, create a marketplace and then sell these pieces?” In 2013, Powers and her brother Spencer founded ArtLifting with $4,000 and four unknown artists. Their vision was simple yet bold: promote and sell the creations of artists who were either homeless or living with disabilities as a means of enriching their lives. “One thing I’ve learned over the years is that talent is universal, but opportunity is not,” explains Powers, who calls herself ArtLifting’s Chief Happiness Spreader. “So we’re creating a bridge to talent that otherwise couldn’t be connected to buyers.” As a social enterprise and benefit corporation, ArtLifting directs 55 percent of each sale to the artist, with the remaining 45 percent dedicated to providing them with art supplies and furthering the ArtLifting mission.

Today, Powers and her nine-person team based in Boston represent 145 artists in twenty states, including more than thirty artists based in New England. Their artwork offers a rare glimpse into the human experience that grabs beholders by the heartstrings. The pieces possess a raw, visceral aesthetic rarely found in galleries or museums. “Our artists are ‘outsider artists’ with natural talent,” Powers explains. “The vast majority of them are untrained and not following strict rules of traditional art.” With their creativity flourishing within the confines of their circumstances, these artists lean on their raw talent and employ inexpensive tools to render profound pieces of art. Their works have been exhibited in rarefied rooms coast to coast, from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to the de Young Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco. Original pieces have fetched as much as $25,000 and have landed in the high and mighty offices of former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman and FedEx founder Fred Smith. Sprawling ArtLifting prints adorn the walls of big blue chip companies like Microsoft, FedEx and Amazon, while thousands of smaller pieces hang in the homes of private collectors in forty-six states and on five continents. Yet the most compelling mark of ArtLifting’s success is the transformative effect the organization has had on the lives of its artists—artists like Scott Brenner. S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 | N E W E N G L A N D L I V I N G. T V

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Scott Brenner is one of ArtLifting's greatest success stories. Once homeless, Brenner's artwork now fetches tens of thousands of dollars.

Scott Brenner worked as a steelworker for many years until a rare condition called Horner’s syndrome forced him out of his job. Shortly thereafter, his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Both out of work, the Brenners exhausted their life savings paying for medical treatment. His life began to spiral and before he knew it Brenner was homeless, sleeping in Boston Public Garden. As an outlet for his despair, he turned to his childhood love of drawing. Brenner was inspired by graphic artists M.C. Escher and Robert Crumb and created mesmerizing line drawings with pen and ink that could take more than a thousand hours to complete. Before meeting Powers in 2014, these works were stuffed into a disheveled art folder and never saw the light of day. Today, Brenner’s pieces sell for tens of thousands of dollars. He has inked partnerships to have his designs printed on everything from notepads to mattresses. His works hang in the corporate offices of Google, Bain Capital, Dell, E*Trade, WarnerMedia and many others. Through a talent that had lain dormant in his previous life, Brenner has ascended out of poverty to become a working artist living in his own home in Maine. “My focus right now is really working on my art as a full-time thing. This is the first time in my whole life that I can focus this way,” Brenner says. “When you just draw every now and then, every time you start up, you’re kind of starting from scratch. Now, I’m involved in this never-ending process [where] my ideas are flowing and feeding off each other. I’m actually pursuing it as something I can [do] on a fulltime scale.”


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Not all of ArtLifting’s artists struggle with homelessness. When Powers founded the organization, she also sought to champion artists living with disabilities. “I realized there were art groups not only in shelters but also in social service agencies,” Powers explains. “While homelessness is very different than having a developmental disability, my goal was to create a bridge for people who otherwise wouldn’t have it and create social change.” Artists like Mia Brown, who lives with cerebral palsy, creates her dynamic, colorful paintings by moving a brush or stylus attached to a helmet. Brown’s pieces are now sold across the country and have hung in the de Young Museum and Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as in the corporate offices of Prudential, Google, LinkedIn, Brown Brothers Harriman and others. Most important, Brown doesn’t identify

herself by her physical limitations, but by the boundless reaches of her creative genius. As she says of herself, “[I am] an artist who happens to have a disability.” To date, ArtLifting’s artists have earned over a million dollars in sales, helping many of them get off the streets, out of shelters and into their own homes. Those artists living with disabilities now not only have a means of financial security, but a champion for their talents that might have otherwise remained in obscurity. True to its name, ArtLifting achieves exactly that—it lifts people up through art. Yet on the other end of the spectrum, ArtLifting also empowers people who want to help but might not know how. With more than 250 original works and 2,500 prints available for sale on its website, ArtLifting offers an opportunity for customers to not only transform a space, but to also help transform a life. NEL

Air Force Veteran, Stacey Williams is a self taught portrait artist who began painting in acrylics more than a decade ago. After being laid off during the 2008 recession, painting became Williams's creative outlet and source of hope.


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his spring, New England Living launched its third season with a fresh, new face in front of the camera. Straight from the sidelines of Fenway Park, the dynamic Rachel Holt has traded her NESN press credentials for a spot on the CBS Boston squad and will taking viewers into all the wonderful nooks and crannies of New England. We met up with Holt at the Seven Tide Showroom in the Seaport recently to get a behind the scenes look at life in the spotlight.

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What are you most excited for in the new season of New England Living? HOLT: The chance to show people something they haven’t heard about or seen before. We’re going to highlight some unique experiences and I’m hopeful viewers are able to learn something new every episode, whether it’s a cooking tip, advice about decorating their home or a fun activity they should try.

What have you learned so far? HOLT: A big part of this show is interviewing some very talented people in New England, from architects to chefs, so I feel like I’m learning something new every time we shoot. Chef Carl Dooley taught us a delicious recipe for mussels that was super easy, and I’ll definitely be using it from now on.

You’re all over the region for the show, but what makes up a quintessential New England day in your book? HOLT: My family vacation in Maine every summer is always one of my favorite times of the year. We stay near Kennebunkport and eat lots of seafood, play bocce ball on the beach, have bonfires, and we recently started holding an annual golf tournament, which gets pretty competitive.

You’re originally a Jersey girl. What was the first hard lesson you learned about living in New England? HOLT: That you need to learn how to parallel park. I’ve gotten better at it but parking on Newbury Street—as cars honk at you and pedestrians watch from the sidewalk—will always be a traumatic experience. Especially when you mess up.

Let’s talk about you…what’s one thing most people don’t know about you? HOLT: I’m an adrenaline junkie! I’ve been skydiving four times and BASE jumping once—all tandem. I also love roller coasters and wish more adults liked going to theme parks.

Wow, you sound pretty fearless. When were you most nervous for an interview? HOLT: I interviewed David Ortiz on the red carpet a few years ago. I had the biggest smile on my face the entire time. Looking back, he must’ve thought I was really weird.


Big Papi aside, if you could interview any person on the planet, who would it be? HOLT: For me, it doesn’t get any cooler than Serena Williams. She is superwoman. I would have a lot to ask her, but I would want to know what it’s like being a mom and still kicking butt at tennis.

Do you have a professional hero? HOLT: Doris Burke. She’s a trailblazer for women in sports and on television. She’s always so cool, calm and collected.

NE LIVING: Okay, rapid fire round: Would you rather have a movie theater or a swimming pool? HOLT: Swimming pool…100 percent

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Beach house or mountain cabin? HOLT: Beach house.

City or suburbs? HOLT: City!

What four items can totally change a room? HOLT: Big mirrors, fun lamps, wall shelves and cute baskets for storage.

What piece of advice would you tell your eighteenyear-old self? HOLT: Stop over-plucking your eyebrows. You don’t need to wear UGGs and sweatpants every day. Pay more attention in math class.

What are the three things you could never live without? HOLT: My toothbrush, Yelp and cheese and crackers.

Your house is on fire. (Sorry!) What three things do you run in to save? HOLT: I’m always scared I left my hair curler on when I leave the house, so this is a real fear. Call it boring, but I call it practical: my phone, my wallet and a bottle of wine

If you could break into anyone’s home, whose would it be? HOLT: Elton John’s Beverly Hills home. Judging off pictures, it looks really funky, colorful and vibrant. It’s something only Elton John could pull off. Also, I think I’m with all of New England when I say I wouldn’t mind sneaking a peek at Tom and Gisele’s home. Mostly just to see Gisele’s closet.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received in your television career? HOLT: Don’t take yourself too seriously and be able to laugh at yourself. NEL

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t first glance, David Leonard is exactly who you might expect would be running the Boston Public Library (BPL). Sensibly dressed right down to his neatly placed BPL lapel pin and aided by his salt-and-pepper hair and charming smile, Leonard has a decided air of bookishness. Yet the moment he starts telling tales of his deep-sea adventures diving with whale sharks or exploring the torpedoed gunwales of World War II-era battleships, Leonard proves the old adage that you can’t judge a book by its cover. His passion for exploring the depths of far off oceans as a hobby only accentuate the thrill of his finds on dry land as the president of the BPL. “Sometimes I still have to pinch myself that I ended up here,” Leonard says in his receding but present Irish accent. “It’s something I never would have imagined for myself growing up in Dublin.” S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 | N E W E N G L A N D L I V I N G. T V

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Indeed, sitting in his office four stories above Copley Square in the first large free municipal library in the United States, Leonard is worlds away from his modest Dublin roots. The path to this perch has been circuitous to say the least. After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and philosophy and then a master’s in philosophy at University College Dublin, Leonard pursued a doctorate at Boston College, but ended up leaving to enter Massachusetts’ budding technology industry right as the internet was exploding. He served as a Boston-based tech consultant for a national firm for a decade, before being hired as the chief technology officer at the Boston Public Library in 2009. It was an unlikely position for him. After all, Leonard didn’t have any professional experience in libraries. Instead, the role of libraries in his life was much more personal. “I remember going to the local library in college when I was trying to figure out what I was all about,” he says. “At the time, I was realizing that I was gay and I wasn’t exactly sure what that meant, so I went to the library where no one was going to ask why I was reading a specific book or what I wanted to learn about.” The library became a safe haven for Leonard, a place for independent learning and self-discovery.


As chief technology officer, Leonard modernized the BPL’s technology infrastructure. Two years later, he was promoted to Director of Administration and Technology, was briefly the acting CFO, and under the leadership of his immediate predecessor was charged with capital projects to improve such spaces in the 170-year-old library like the new Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center. Then in 2016, the BPL hit some stormy seas. Two works of art reportedly worth more than half a million dollars went missing. A nineteenth-century artifact was very nearly sold at a library tag sale. And a handful of priceless gold coins unearthed during the restoration of the McKim building were rumored stolen. All the items were eventually found and accounted for by the library staff, but the very public controversy prompted a shakeup in the institution’s hierarchy, ultimately resulting in the then president abdicating her seat. Seeking stability to weather the storm, the BPL appointed Leonard as interim president. Overnight, he became the overseer of about 21 million books, maps and manuscripts as well as the completion of the massive $78 million renovation of the Johnson building on Boylston

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Street. While the BPL’s board of trustees scrutinized nearly a hundred applications for full-time president, Leonard got to work restoring the library’s reputation. “We simply hadn’t been focused on taking as great care of our special treasures and collections as we should have,” Leonard says, “so I had the opportunity to change that.” Appointing new management, assessments were conducted for all eight hundred of the BPL’s designated "special collections" followed by the inventory and reorganization of the rarest and most valuable, as well as the continuing meticulous cataloging of tens of thousands of prints and maps. An extensive inventory and cleaning was also deemed necessary for 200,000 rare books and a million manuscripts, in some cases with each page being painstaking vacuumed twice and gently rubbed with a sponge. Most notably, Leonard oversaw the completion of BPL’s Johnson building project, a dazzling renovation that later earned a slew of design awards and heralded a new chapter of the historic institution. Less than a month before the renovated Johnson building was unveiled, the BPL’s board of trustees, along with Mayor Marty Walsh, decided that Leonard should stay on as president. Four years later, Leonard continues to lead the institution in his quiet, unassuming way. “Books and literacy are still the essence of who we are,” he says, “but there’s so much more that we offer now.” From the BPL’s sophisticated media lab where videos can be filmed, edited and produced entirely for free, to the career services department in the business library where staff help with resume development, Leonard champions the library as a one-stop shop that serves both the public’s hearts and minds. “We’ve had homeless individuals who have worked with our staff and have gone to get keys to their own apartment,” Leonard says. “We’ve shepherded them through the process, which can be daunting for people who have their act together, let alone those who don’t know where to start.” Last year, Leonard reinvigorated the BPL’s partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts through a joint exhibition showcasing 109 rarely seen works from the library’s permanent collection by the French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. On the neighborhood level, the BPL also partnered with the city’s Office of Arts and Culture to convene spaces in libraries for local artists to have their work on permanent or temporary display. “While the library is certainly part of the arts and culture space, we’re equally part of the education space and equally a part of what civic life in the city is about,” Leonard says. “This is a safe place where you can get trusted information and where individuals care deeply for every patron that comes through the door.” This year celebrates the 125th anniversary of the McKim building, a milestone that Leonard and his team are marking

by updating the master plan for the restoration of the historic landmark and a series of public lectures. “Great restoration work was done in the nineties and the early 2000s, but the full project was never finished,” Leonard explains. “Given what we were able to accomplish, starting under my predecessor, with the success of the Johnson building, this opportunity with the McKim building gives us a shot at finishing the restoration work while also reimagining services and how we engage with the public—assuming we get the support we need.” Still in the planning and fundraising stages, the McKim project will complement the city-wide restoration of the BPL’s twenty-four branches already underway through funds directed by Mayor Walsh, which is also now expected to return a permanent

Leonard credits local events like Boston Sea Rovers and operations like East Coast Divers, Boston Scuba and Mass Diving for fueling his passion for underwater exploration.

branch in Chinatown to make it twenty-five. When Leonard isn’t plotting the next big chapter for the Boston Public Library, he and his husband, Colin, get off the grid and pursue their passion for deep-sea diving. Whether it's swimming with hammerheads in the Galapagos, photographing coral reefs in the Caribbean or exploring the greatest concentration of World War II wrecks in the world in the Truk Lagoon in the Pacific, Leonard relishes the rare peace he finds in the deep. “It’s an immense privilege, and yet it’s also a meditative experience, an opportunity to step back from everyday life and just reflect while in the middle of nature,” he says. “Underwater, I feel my brain is occupied with making sure I do all the right things to stay alive, so the rest of me can calm down and pay attention to what’s happening around me.” Whether in the cold waters of New England or warmer waters elsewhere, in those quiet moments at the bottom of the sea, David Leonard is twenty-thousand leagues away from your everyday librarian. NEL S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 | N E W E N G L A N D L I V I N G. T V

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uring his fifteen-year career with the Boston Red Sox, Jason Varitek earned mythical status in the hearts and minds of the Fenway Faithful. A lunch-pail ball player short on words, Varitek epitomized the grittiness that New Englanders came to love in other Boston sports icons like Larry Bird and Bobby Orr. Whether it was stuffing his catcher’s mitt in Alex Rodriguez’s face and igniting a bench-clearing brawl with the Yankees or jumping into the arms of closer Keith Foulke after capping off the Red Sox’s first World Series win in eighty-six years, Varitek forged unforgettable memories for Red Sox nation that stretch from Lansdowne Street up to Down East, Maine. And yet despite enjoying a familiarity with the fan base that remains as strong as ever, there is a side of Jason Varitek that few have ever seen—at least until now. S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 | N E W E N G L A N D L I V I N G. T V

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“We’re huggers,” Catherine Varitek laughs before pulling each member of our team into a warm embrace and then parading us into her home in Hingham. “I thought I’d whip up a fresh arugula salad with some grilled shrimp for the photo shoot … you said a ‘summery recipe,’ right?” Catherine flashes a dazzling smile and glides behind a cutting board where a stack of fresh dill awaits her knife. “I designed most of this myself,” she says, gesturing to the rest of the kitchen, “sketched up all the cabinets on the plane from Georgia.” She pivots and pulls out two narrow drawers flanking either side of her sixty-inch, six-burner Wolf stove, revealing swiftly accessible cutting boards and knives. “We started with the kitchen and then just ended up doing the entire place,” she continues. “We still haven’t touched the basement where Jason’s man cave will be with all his baseball memorabilia … there’s a ton of it.” As if being called in from the bullpen, in walks “The Captain” himself, Red Sox Hall of Famer and two-time World Series champion—Jason Varitek in the flesh. “Thanks for coming,” he says, extending a hand as big as a lion’s paw. In the pantheon of Fenway favorites, Varitek’s name resides alongside the likes of Fisk, Pesky and Evans. Fans so love this


retired catcher that when the manager position opened up unexpectedly this offseason, they chanted his name as the heir apparent. Instead, Jason wished to spend more time with his family, which is exactly what he’s doing today by helping take care of his youngest daughter, Olivia, who is home from school with a 102-degree fever. He calls the youngster off the couch, where she’s curled up with the family’s two labs, Cola and Luna: “Come shake these nice people’s hands.” Olivia Varitek pads across the bleached walnut floor and then nestles shyly against her father. “She’ll warm up,” Catherine says. “She’s actually a great cook herself—right, Liv? Maybe you want to whip us up something later?” If being one of the few players to play in the Little League World Series, the NCAA College World Series and the MLB World Series is Varitek’s claim to fame, cooking and entertaining are Catherine’s. Born and raised in a big Greek family on Cape Cod, Catherine opened her first restaurant at the age of twenty-six. “I learned everything from my grandmother,” she says, pointing her knife to another cutting board carved with some intelligible script. “That’s one of her recipes … in Greek, of course.” Cooking for dozens of family and friends is Catherine’s greatest joy, so when she and Jason purchased

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their home in Hingham three summers ago, they were determined to renovate the space with entertaining in mind. “Yeah, I’ve always loved having people over,” Jason says, when asked if hosting was a familiar role for him before meeting his wife seven years ago. “Of course, the food was never as good. I’d just throw some meat on the grill.” All this talk about food has got everyone hungry—and Catherine seems to sense it. “I’m ordering us lunch,” she announces. We instinctively protest. After all, we’re here to photograph their home—not mess it up. But Catherine insists, sliding a take-out menu across the counter. “I’d cook for you all myself, but I know you want to keep the kitchen clean for the photos.” As Catherine orders a spread of food, we start setting up tripods, lights and scrims to photograph their exquisitely designed home. There really isn’t a need for additional lighting as the space beams as bright as Catherine’s smile. The kitchen is undoubtedly her kingdom, which she has strategically designed as tight and efficient as drum set. “It’s like my grandma taught me: You want to have everything at your hands,” Catherine explains. “So if I am standing at the stove, which my kitchen is based around, I can reach for everything to my left and right by habit.” She pulls out the drawers where every item has a designated spot. “We wanted to utilize and maximize every single space.” S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 | N E W E N G L A N D L I V I N G. T V

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The Variteks downsized from an 11,000-square-foot home in Georgia to this 6,000-square-foot home in Hingham. While 6,000 square feet is nothing to scoff at, the couple says the original space felt much smaller when they first purchased it. “The ceilings in the kitchen were seven-and-ahalf feet tall,” Jason says. “I didn’t even need to be on my tippy toes to touch it.” What started with blowing out one of the walls in the kitchen and switching out the cabinets turned into knocking down all the walls, ripping up the floor and raising the ceiling. “We brought it down to the studs,” Catherine says. “It turned into a rabbit hole of renovations.” Drawing on years of paging through design magazines


and lessons from past renovations, Catherine envisioned their first floor to feel refined, but also not overly precious. “I wanted it to be transitional with a little mix of contemporary and traditional,” Catherine says. “I wanted it bright and open, so you could see what was going on from anywhere on the first floor.” With that in mind, the living room, dining room and kitchen all feel self-contained, while also part of a big, unified space. Jason insisted on a certain symmetry to these three sections, with all the lines matching up perfectly. “Catherine carried the bulk of the design, while I carried the bulk of the details,” he says. He scrutinized the number of recessed lights, made suggestions for the bathroom and

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Flanked by trophies, Jason Varitek's home office is a treasure trove of Red Sox history.

streamlined the functionality of the kitchen by having all the electrical sockets hidden from view. When the kitchen’s quartzite countertop broke during the installation while Catherine was away, Jason was forced to select a replacement to keep the project on track. “I was scared to death because Catherine had picked the specific color and I’m not overly picky when it comes to colors,” he laughs. Despite his trepidation, Jason not only decided on a solid replacement, but he also chose the massive pieces of soapstone used for the fireplace. “I had to match up the veins so it looked like one big piece of stone,” he explains. “Now it’s all about maintaining and cleaning—that’s my job.”

To the right of the kitchen, a more casual media room has custom shelves holding family photos and an assortment of baseball mementos, most notably two World Series trophies that are displayed behind glass on either side of the television. Hanging from the vaulted hand-painted silver-leaf ceiling is a dramatic Chanteuse Chandelier from Currey & Company, which gilds the lily when it comes to the first floor’s exuberant lighting. In fact, the only dark space on the first floor is Jason’s office, a simple yet handsome study displaying some of his most memorable trophies. There’s his Red Sox Hall of Fame plaque, his Silver Slugger trophy, his 2005 Gold Glove Award and four framed jerseys each signed by pitchers whom Jason helped throw no-hitters. “When we were moving in here, I was taking that out of the box and the two baseballs fell off the trophy … and I threw them away by accident,” Catherine whispers, nodding to the Gold Glove award, “so I just got two baseballs and spray painted them gold!” The focal point of the office is a simple wooden desk. “Made that myself,” Jason says. “I built it from pieces of wood from our old house in Georgia.” He runs his hand down the desk to a small sign that reads BEHIND THIS DESK. THE MAN. THE MYTH. THE LEGEND. “I’d love to get rid of this for the photo,” he says, snatching it. “Catherine got it for me as a joke.” Fifteen minutes later, we congregate around a long wooden table where Jason has returned from picking up our lunch and unpacked containers of salad, fish tacos and one serving of pasta. “Who got the Bolognese at 10:30 in the morning?” Catherine laughs. “Oh, wait, that was me! I’m sorry gluten-free people … I don’t even care … you just have to eat what you like.” Catherine is fast-talking, fun-loving and instantly likeable. “Liv, you having lunch?” In walks Olivia Varitek proudly bearing a board of charcuterie of her own creation. There are skewers with orange slices and cheese. She places the board on the table and then offers everyone some homemade lemonade. Clearly the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to hospitality. And that’s really the story behind this home in Hingham. Yes, every detail is thoughtfully designed, strategically placed and entirely custom. But it’s the warm, fun energy that the Variteks fill their space with that defines how they live. More often than not, highprofile photo shoots are tense and time-restricted, with photographers and crew tiptoeing around their subjects reverentially. By contrast, Catherine and Jason Varitek couldn’t be more accommodating. They are truly consummate hosts, and when it comes to making a house a home—that’s really the name of the game. S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 | N E W E N G L A N D L I V I N G. T V

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Greek Grilled Shrimp and Arugula Salad 2 pounds peeled, deveined jumbo shrimp (12 to 15 per lb.) 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 fresh lemon juice Grated zest of a medium lemon 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon kosher salt In a large mixing bowl, add shrimp, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to a day ahead. Gently grease and heat an indoor griddle or outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Add the shrimp directly to the grill, turning only once. Shrimp is ready when bright pink and opaque in color, 5 to 6 minutes total cooking time.

Arugula Salad 5 ounces arugula, washed and patted dry 1 medium onion, peeled and thinly sliced 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

The Dressing Juice of half a lemon 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste In a large serving bowl, add lemon juice, then gradually add the olive oil, whisking constantly until it has emulsified and is creamy-looking. Add the arugula, sliced onion, dill and feta cheese to the bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, then gently toss all ingredients until nicely coated. Place the grilled shrimp over the greens and enjoy. NEL


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THE GALLEY IS BRINGING EXCITEMENT BACK TO THE KITCHEN kevin roy, owner, krb kitchen + bath

Kitchen design has long been a focus for innovators. Over the past century, kitchens have gone from small utilitarian rooms to lavish open concept spaces that are the social hub of the home. With integrated refrigeration, induction and steam cooking, sophisticated wine storage, water purifiers, smart technology, magnificent cabinetry with customized storage and more, one might think that every kitchen innovation imaginable has now been invented. You can change colors and finishes, but in the twenty-first century, there’s little to add to the actual operational design of the space, right? Wrong. About five years ago, three New Englanders quietly began hearing about a revolutionary new concept in kitchen design. Boston kitchen designer Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company first learned about the idea from a colleague in Georgia and then saw it for herself at the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York. Kevin Roy, owner of KRB Kitchen + Bath Design Center in Stratham, New Hampshire, learned about it from a cabinet company and has used the innovation in almost a dozen kitchens in the past three years. Around the same time, Sean Clarke, president of his eponymous New England company, also got wind of The Galley. Having just been named by Kitchen & Bath Design News as one of the “Top 50


Innovators in the Kitchen Industry” for his three award-winning Sub-Zero and Wolf appliance showrooms, Clarke was quick to jump on this revolutionary idea and worked to become The Galley’s ambassador in New England.

What’s So Revolutionary About The Galley? The Galley is a culinary workstation that incorporates style and function, creating a unique kitchen space where homeowners can prep, cook, serve, entertain and clean up all in one compact area. The Galley, which is made in America by the Oklahoma-based The Galley LLC, comes in six sizes and can be configured with colanders, cutting boards, bowls, drain racks, utensil caddies, knife blocks and much more. “Many clients see our display and start sliding the cutting boards and colanders back and forth,” Venegas says. “We show them how the accessories may fit on both the upper and lower decks. We discuss endless options for how to place it and utilize it in their kitchen. I adore products that allow me to design multiple zones or stations in any kitchen, no matter the size. The Galley allows me to provide a lot of functionality.”

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According to Roy, a five-foot Galley Workstation gives you the equivalent of fifteen feet of workspace. He likes to dispel the myth that The Galley requires a big kitchen. In fact, Roy says he loves designing them into small spaces and that they are perfect for kitchens that need to accommodate two cooks. “The Galley is bringing excitement back to the kitchen,” Roy says. “It’s going to change your whole experience in the kitchen.” The Galley offers various options for indoor and outdoor kitchens, depending on the kitchen layout and functions you would like to incorporate. There are linear Galley Workstations that are perfect for an island or straight counter, Corner Workstations, dedicated WashStations, combination Work&WashStations, as well as BarStations. Some include stainless steel basins and Galley Taps, the company’s proprietary term for specially engineered kitchen sinks and faucets. Venegas loves when a client sends her photos showing how they are using their Galley. One client has a five-foot Galley in her 17-foot-long kitchen island. She has sent Venegas photos of Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby parties, as well as spaghetti and meatball nights for her boys. “My favorite by far,” shares Venegas, “was an incredible oyster shucking event she hosted in her kitchen, where she utilized every single Galley accessory.”

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Personalizing your Galley Workstation is what this new kitchen revolution is all about. No more cooking in the kitchen and then setting up a buffet on an adjacent table to serve. No more searching for your antique wood bread board and French marble or slate cheese server in time for the party. Everything you can imagine for food prep and serving is already part of the accessories that beautifully fit into your Galley. These accessories are designed with marine grade stainless steel and trimmed with one of four beautiful finishes: natural golden bamboo, graphite wood composite, exclusive gray resin or designer white resin. In November 2019, Clarke became The Galley’s master distributor in New England. Homeowners, architects and designers can find innovative Galley displays in Clarke’s showrooms in Boston's Seaport, Milford, Massachusetts, and South Norwalk, Connecticut. “Once you play with the Galley concept at Clarke and learn all you need to know,” Clarke explains, “you’ll be given the name of an authorized independent retail dealer in your area. The Clarke team has also become the Galley ambassadors to architects and designers throughout the region, so many new designers will be designing kitchens with The Galley very soon.” NEL


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FROM A KITCHEN IN OKLAHOMA TO HOMES IN NEW ENGLAND A decade ago, an Arkansas-born kitchen designer with an uncanny knack for developing “the next thing in kitchens” tried something new in his own home. Roger Shollmier wanted to find a new way to bring friends and family together around a central focal point. While kitchen islands were touted as the answer, he felt they didn’t really do the job. Shollmier designed The Galley, a revolutionary central workstation, where every task in the kitchen could be accomplished: prep, cooking, serving, entertaining and cleanup. The layout, accessories and finishes invited family and friends to participate in food preparation, serving and cleanup while socializing and fully enjoying the space. After Shollmier’s family wholeheartedly embraced the concept, news of his innovation spread to friends and clients. More and more homeowners in Arkansas wanted his invention in their kitchens. The Galley might still be a closely held secret in Arkansas, if it weren’t for Oklahoma investment expert Scott Anderson, who is now the president and CEO of The Galley LLC, after acquiring the company in 2014. After marketing The Galley in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, Anderson met Sean Clarke, who now is making The Galley available to homeowners throughout New England.

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I NG the STONE When a husband and wife set out to renovate two bathrooms in their North Shore home, they discovered a whole new form of couples counseling

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ouples don’t often start a date night at a bathroom design center, but for Alex and Nada Jovanovic, meeting up at the Kohler Signature Store by Supply New England in the Seaport became something of a romantic ritual. The North Shore husband and wife were renovating both their master bath and the bathroom used by their three young daughters. So after Alex got out of work from his downtown office, he’d meet Nada at the Kohler store where they’d spend the next few hours collaborating with the kitchen and bath design team at Supply New England who married the couple's bathroom dreams with reality. “Everyone there is so lovely and they made the entire process simple and practical for us,” says Nada. “The designers were really great at helping us find our own voice and style. They gave us important feedback without imposing anything on us.” The Jovanovics already had a good idea of what they were looking for in each space, but making such an important investment in their family’s home took some time. “The design process took us around five months to complete, from initial concept through to final design and selection of materials,” Alex says. “The folks at Kohler were kind and patient with us throughout. It was a wonderful experience.” The couple was seeking quality materials that were durable and timeless and would also bring elegance and sophistication to the master bath and charm and liveliness to their daughters’ bathroom. “They have exquisite taste,” says Caroline Lovegood, showroom manager with Supply New England. “Alex really knew what he wanted and was very thoughtful about each element.” She adds, “Whenever Nada voiced a preference, I knew it was important to listen to her and incorporate her wishes into the design.” Their colonialstyle home was built in the 1980s, and the bathrooms had not been updated. “They came here very prepared, and initially we were providing just consulting services,” says Lovegood, “but once we looked at the entire project and talked about how the structure of the master bath would change, they opted for the full design service that we offer.”

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As part of those design services, the Supply New England team visited the Jovanovic home to assess the two spaces, take photos and measurements and get a sense of how the couple wanted the bathrooms to function and feel. The Jovanovics were looking for a clean, transitional style that would work with the home’s architecture while also feeling modern. To open up the room, they decided to remove walls and consolidate closet space in the master bath. “The shower was entirely closed in, and we knew we wanted it to feel more spacious and relaxing,” says Nada, who felt reassured that SNE designers were coordinating with their contractor throughout the process. The design team created comprehensive sketches and renderings for the project, while other members of the design team diligently researched a variety of fixtures and materials as options for the Jovanovics. “I wanted depth and texture, so we went with a marble floor and walls,” says Alex, who appreciated the many tools and options that the Supply New England team offered. “Nada’s big desire was not to have our bathroom feel cold, so we chose a mosaic-patterned Calacatta marble that has mineral deposits with subtle brown and gold tones, which gives it a softer, warmer feel.” To complement both the marble and their dark blue custom cabinetry, the couple chose the Kohler Artifacts collection in brushed bronze for the master bath fixtures. When the large cast-iron Tea-for-Two Kohler tub arrived, the entire family thought it might not make it up the staircase. “We ended up using piano movers,” Nada laughs. “They knew what they were doing, and the tub is just perfect!”


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For their daughters’ bathroom, both parents were seeking something a little more playful but still polished enough for guests. With the design team's assistance, they chose a hexagon marble for the floor, a gray Cambria countertop and blue-green glass tile for the wall behind the sinks. The light green subway shower tiles that Nada chose flawlessly accentuate the custom gold tone finish of Kohler’s Purist fixtures. “Everything came together so beautifully,” Nada says. “And through working with the Kohler team, we actually discovered the style that works for us and our home.” Alex is pleased that they were able to merge artistry and functionality in their new bathrooms. “We are hoping to be in this house for many years, so we really wanted to pick tile, finishes and fixtures that spoke to us and would make us happy for the long term,” he says. “And we achieved that.” NEL


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Designed with sunlit interiors in mind, modern farmhouse homes in New England evoke West Coast living.

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Top: A modern farmhouse feel is achieved through five-inch oak plank flooring, reclaimed wood mantels and sliding barn doors leading to a study.

nterior designer Kate Gelfand has a lot of bright ideas. Many of them come from her sandy stomping grounds in Newport Beach, California, where coastal homes are designed with large expanses of glass to maximize natural light and enhance the sense of space. While this airiness might also allow the occasional beachcomber to peep into the homeowners’ living rooms, according to Gelfand, “they would rather have sunlight than privacy.” A few years ago, when she relocated three thousand miles away to Greenwich, Connecticut, Gelfand brought this West Coast design instinct with her. Though Greenwich residents might be more reserved than their West Coast counterparts, Gelfand has found effective ways for them to still see the light without sacrificing their privacy. Shortly after arriving on the East Coast, Gelfand joined forces with another California native named Albert Orlando to develop a residential enclave close to downtown Greenwich named Avenue Terrace. The


two former Golden Staters envisioned a clean, lightfilled modern farmhouse aesthetic for the half-dozen properties clustered on a rise. “People attracted to these homes are often empty-nesters downsizing from severalmillion-dollar residences in backcountry Greenwich and want easier, more casual living in downtown,” Gelfand explains. Yet, she adds, they don’t necessarily want to relinquish the luxury amenities they’ve grown used to, so the challenge was to “put all those things into a smaller footprint.” “Many of our selections were made in the interest of making these somewhat compact spaces feel larger,” she says. High ceilings and big Marvin windows flood the interiors—white oak floors and light-painted walls—with abundant sunlight. Oversized two-over-two windows that punctuate TruStile front doors do double duty: They frame nature outside and also allow a peek into a roomy twenty-foot-high, two-level entry clad in white shiplap.

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“Every square inch was really thought out...there are a lot of high-end details in these small spaces... wherein sunshine and light are crucial.”

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Top: The master bath boasts Kallista faucets, Lacava sinks, Marvin windows, and marble floors with radiant heating.

Even the smaller details enhance the sense of spaciousness in these homes that range from 2,500 to 3,200 square feet. For example, the clean-lined, small-profile square sticking on the Marvin windows keeps the detail minimal. “It was incredibly appealing to have as much light as possible,” Gelfand says, “and [the square sticking] also reads a little bit modern versus beveled, which is really chunky on the glass.” Similarly, opting for a steel custom railing for the staircase instead of traditional wood was a way of introducing modern materials and sleek styling into the equation. The exteriors contrast tall, black wood-cased windows and dark pitched roofs against white clapboard siding and natural wood front doors. Facade features—brick chimneys, mahogany garage doors and flagstone porches—“drove what went on inside the homes,” Gelfand says. Inside, the modern farmhouse look continues, with five-inch oak plank flooring, fireplaces with reclaimed wood mantels and stone surrounds, and sliding barn doors to a study. These rustic aspects add subtle texture to an otherwise sleek environment, while the use of organic materials keeps the space feeling as though it’s connected to the outdoors, where


each resident has their own space to plant a garden or hoist a bird feeder. Maximum light, minimum clutter and an unadorned, restrained palette provide a tasteful backdrop against which to layer other features selectively. “Every square inch was really thought out,” says Gelfand, pointing to the personal touches and expert craftsmanship in the homes, including all-custom kitchens and bathrooms. “There are a lot of high-end details in these small spaces—Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, Kallista in the master baths, Lacava bathroom sinks, marble floors with radiant heating.” Aesthetically as well as geographically, the New York City bedroom community in Connecticut is a far cry from the beaches of Southern California. And yet in spite of the marked differences between the two coasts, Gelfand and Orlando achieved a design wherein “sunshine and light are crucial.” A clean, bright and open farmhouse aesthetic that still reads modern relies heavily on professionals like them to interpret it accurately. You don’t have to be a Californian to get it right, but being from a place that averages nearly three hundred sunny days a year can’t hurt. NEL

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Cousins Maine Lobster rolls into Boston for a special homecoming Written by Robert Cocuzzo


ack in 2012, if you were looking for Jim Tselikis, you could find him just

about any night of the week huddled behind a laptop in a coffee shop in the North End of Boston. The Maine native and Holy Cross grad was selling medical devices by day and cooking up a serious side hustle by night. He and his cousin Sabin Lomac had dreams of rolling out a food truck that would specialize in the delicious lobster rolls that had been a staple of their childhoods growing up in Portland, Maine. The concept was simple, yet novel: Bring fresh, succulent lobster rolls from Maine to Los Angeles. The cousins retrofitted an old Cape Cod Potato Chips truck on the West Coast. Manning the truck themselves, Jim and Sabin launched Cousins Maine Lobster on the last weekend of April 2012. Hundreds of people waited in line to get an authentic taste of Maine. The launch was so successful that the cousins also caught the attention of the producers of ABC’s Shark Tank and were invited to appear on the show. The next thing Jim and Sabin knew, they were inking a deal with Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran, who kicked their fledgling food truck business into overdrive.

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The foundation of our business is built on great relationships with good people who care and do the right thing. jim tselikis, co-owner, cousins maine lobster


Forty trucks later, Cousins Maine Lobster is a global franchise in sixteen states from coast to coast and on two continents. They have brickand-mortar locations in cities from Hollywood to Nashville to Times Square to as far away as Taiwan. The cousins themselves have appeared on everything from Good Morning America to the Today Show, while superstars like Mariah Carey, Alex Rodriguez and former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers have all dined at their trucks. The cousins have even written a critically acclaimed book, Cousins Maine Lobster: How One Food Truck Became a Multimillion-Dollar Business. Most recently, Cousins Maine Lobster is working on locations as far off as Saudi Arabia. Yet of all the new and unlikely frontiers that Jim and Sabin have cast their traps, one special place has eluded them until now. This summer, the very first Boston-based Cousin Maine Lobster truck takes to the streets. “It’s really a homecoming for us,” says Jim, who never could have dreamt of this level of success when he was back in that coffee shop in the North End nearly a decade ago. “I’m from Maine, but I really consider Boston to be my home. I’ve been wanting to come back since we started the business.” Although it has taken nearly a decade to get up and running in Massachusetts, it has not been for a lack of interest. Jim and Sabin were approached by a slew of people eager to franchise the business in Boston, but none of them met the cousins’ criteria, especially for such a meaningful location. “We really look for the best franchisees to add to our team, and I don’t say that lightly,” Jim says. “So until we met Todd and his family, it really didn’t make sense.” Medway, Massachusetts resident Todd Nelson brought all the right ingredients to the table. After a stint working in restaurants after college, Todd bootstrapped an impressive career franchising businesses. Today, he is a partner in the largest Valvoline Instant Oil Change franchise in the country, operating over two hundred locations coast to coast. “As my three kids were

Top left: Jim and Sabin with their "Shark" Barbara Corcoran. Photo by John Metcalf

getting older, I realized that they had the same entrepreneurial gene,” Todd says. “But they wanted to get into their own businesses, so we spent the last couple years looking for franchises to become a part of.” One Sunday evening, Todd flipped on the television and happened to catch an episode of Shark Tank featuring Cousins Maine Lobster. “I’ve literally only watched Shark Tank two or three times in my life, and I just happened to stumble onto this episode,” he says. “They have fantastic food, branding, public relations and an outstanding team. We discussed it as a family and decided this was the right opportunity for us.” Todd reached out to the cousins and they hit it off immediately. “Todd is a businessman and has an immense amount of experience in franchising, which was important to us, but that’s not the only reason we wanted to work with him,” Jim says. “The biggest part truly is that we want to spend quality time with our franchisees. We want to be able to call them up and jib jab. The foundation of our business is built on great relationships with good people who care and do the right thing. Todd and his family certainly exemplify that.” Indeed, Todd’s undeniable family focus, which is a cornerstone of Cousins Maine Lobster, is perhaps what best qualifies him for the coveted Boston franchise. While Todd and his wife, Irene, are helping to get their first truck up and running, they see the future of the Cousins Maine Lobster operation in Massachusetts to be in the hands

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of their children Tara, Tori and TJ. Twenty-five-year-old Tara will run the business’s day-to-day operations as general manager. After graduating with a marketing degree from Boston University, Tara worked in the marketing department of Valvoline Instant Oil Change. Her twenty-six-year-old sister Tori is a registered dietitian and will work on the truck as well as schedule and coordinate events. Lastly, their twenty-year-old brother TJ is pursuing a business degree at Bentley University and will work in the business part-time throughout school and will hit the ground running after graduation.

The entire family spent time training at Cousins Maine Lobster’s headquarters in Los Angeles, as well as up in Maine where Jim says the most important education takes place. Every franchisee climbs aboard a lobster boat to become intimately aware of every aspect of the business. “You have to meet our lobstermen, haul a lobster trap and see how hard it is to catch this product,” Jim explains. “You need to see how if you catch ten lobsters, you may only keep one. You need to see the quality of the live product, where we source it from, how it’s processed and turned into the lobster meat that we send to all of our cities.”

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Cousins Maine Lobster is committed to only using the best product—period. No matter how the price fluctuates, Jim attests, Cousins Maine Lobster strictly sources the top lobster meat and best ingredients. This commitment has not only given them a sterling reputation among everyone who tastes their rolls, but also a deep appreciation from the lobstermen they work with. “We know a lot of the lobstermen from playing sports with them as kids or just by growing up in a small town in Maine,” Jim says. “We’re a privately owned family business and we’re proud to be supporting privately owned businesses back in Maine. They’re literally the hands that feed us.” Today, Todd and his family’s gleaming, high-tech, uberclean Cousins Maine Lobster truck is up and running. They will be hitting dozens of locations around the city, from breweries to ball parks, beachfronts to street corners. “We don’t plan to plop down in one location and sit there for seven days,” Todd says. Their daily route can be tracked on a brand new app available at, and the truck can also be booked for private parties. Todd and family have big dreams for expanding Cousins Maine Lobster in Massachusetts. “We didn’t get into this to run one truck,” he says. “We want to scale to multiple trucks, storefronts and food halls.” And this certainly caught Jim's attention, as he’s been eager to have a footprint big enough in Boston to warrant his return to the city he loves most. “I talk about it all the time,” he says. “I’ve wanted to get back since the day we started.” Now thanks to the help of the Nelson family, Cousins Maine Lobster is finally lowering their traps in Massachusetts. Who knows what they’ll haul up next! NEL


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Opposite Top: The newest members of the Cousin Maine Lobster family—Tori, Tara, Irene, Todd and TJ Nelson— will be hitting iconic hot spots in Boston and beyond in their food truck beginning this summer. (Boston photos by Brian Sager/ Food photos by Victoria Putzeys and Sam Kim.)

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The newly opened Terramor Outdoor Resort in Bar Harbor, Maine takes glamping to the next level.

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They say it’s all about the journey and not the destination, but why should you settle for humdrum hotels, uninspired inns and lackluster lodgings once you get there? Part of the problem is that it’s becoming harder and harder for accommodations to move the needle when it comes to amenities. After all, even the most loaded minibar and breakfast buffet can only inspire so much. So for your upcoming summer vacation, we’ve rounded up a roster of New England’s most mind-blowing escapes. From glamping in the White Mountains to tending a lighthouse in Narragansett Bay, here’s your ultimate exit strategy.

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Indulge in your childhood dreams of sleeping high among the pines in a rustic treehouse. Perched minutes away from Maine’s Reid State Park as well as the renowned Five Islands Lobster Co., Seguin’s tree dwellings overlook a twenty-one-acre wooded hill that stretches out to breathtaking river views. Connecting travelers with a truly heightened sense of nature, Seguin encourages rejuvenation and restoration for anyone willing to take their sense of adventure up a notch. You can choose from one of three treehouses for your overnight stay: Souhegan (“Watching Place”), Madawaska (“Where Two Rivers Join”) or Isle Au Haut (“High Island”). Each dwelling is different in structure and design, but all score high marks.

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Newly opened this summer on the doorstep of Acadia National Park, Terramor Outdoor Resort is where authentic tent camping meets rustic elegance. Located only a stone’s throw from Bar Harbor’s happening shopping and dining scene, Terramor boasts luxury tents complete with a king- or queen-size bed and an upscale bathroom, topped off with charming décor. Wake up to a cup of artisanal coffee on your private front deck before grabbing a picnic lunch and spending the day hiking, kayaking, boating or biking through the park’s historic carriage roads. Once you’ve had your fill on the trails, soak up the late afternoon in the property’s pool or hot tub before treating yourself to a post-hike massage. Cap off the night with a fresh cocktail around Terramor’s campfire.

HUTTOPIA WHITE MOUNTAINS North Conway, New Hampshire

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest at Huttopia. Nestled along a serene lakefront, Huttopia boasts wood-framed huts and cozy cabins where you and five of your family or friends can answer the call of the wild. Beyond the enchanting accommodations, Huttopia has a small grocery store, a wine bar, a common terrace, a pool and a lounge area equipped with Wi-Fi—should you feel the need to check in with reality. Spend your stay boating, paddleboarding, swimming or simply sunbathing on the beach. For dinner, Huttopia fires up homemade pizza that’s served alongside handcrafted cocktails they shake up in the campground’s Airstream.

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WINVIAN FARM Morris, Connecticut

For a truly extreme escape, consider staying in Winvian Farm’s Helicopter cottage in Connecticut. Built around a fully restored 1968 Coast Guard chopper, you can sip cocktails in the cockpit or catch a movie in the cabin. Situated on 113 acres of wooded farmland, Winvian Farm offers more than a dozen eye-popping cottages, each with its own theme, while also providing luxurious amenities. Soar to new heights with yoga classes, aromatherapy spa treatments, mountain biking, hiking, hot air ballooning, kayaking and horseback riding. For dinner, land in Winvian’s seedto-table restaurant led by celebrated executive chef Chris Eddy. When it’s time to retire, head back to your helicopter cottage where a night’s sleep has never been more thrilling.


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Hop aboard the thirty-two-foot Starfish that ferries visitors out to Rose Island where you’ll discover a truly enlightening overnight. A mile off shore in Narragansett Bay, a historic lighthouse stands on this eighteen-acre island and offers five romantic accommodations, including the Curt Bunting Room, the Wanton Chase Room or the Keeper’s Apartment, each of which are steeped in rich nautical tradition and boast breathtaking views of the the surrounding bay. In the morning, stroll the two-acre lighthouse reservation and admire the birds and other wildlife that inhabit the island, before grabbing a fishing rod and kayak to try and catch dinner. If you return emptyhanded, the ferry will take you for a bite in nearby Newport. Don’t worry if you stay out too late—they’ll keep the light on for you.

BAGG'S INN Middletown Springs, Vermont

Tucked into a lush Vermont hillside, this charming Hobbit home will transport you into J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasyland. Filled with curious antiques and set on twelve rolling acres, this 1,100-square-foot underground dwelling was completed last spring by Pepper and Cynthia Clayton. Inspired by watching Lord of the Rings nearly twenty years ago, the Claytons designed the home with two sections. The “Bagg’s Inn” entrance opens up to a living room, full kitchen, master bedroom nook and a bathroom with a claw-foot bathtub, while the “Double Dragon Pub” boasts a bar, a queen-size Murphy bed and a full bathroom with a shower. After enjoying the sunset from atop the home’s grassy roof, you can walk five minutes down the meadow path to Sissy’s Kitchen, a top-rated gourmet café for dinner. When it comes time for bed, Bagg’s Inn sleeps four adults—or eight Hobbits. NEL

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Famed Boston designer Daniela Corte unleashes her fierce fashion at the Mandarin Oriental

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(Left) Silk Satin Trench Coat $1,499 Frill Pants $725 Cuore Bikini Top $95 (Above) Bombacha Pant $299 Desire High Neck Top $225 Fitzgerald Long Vest $1,495

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(Left) Sequence Racerback Dress $599 Heloisa Jacket $465 (Right) Twisted Lurex Gown $1,495


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(Left) Date Night Jumpsuit $899 Daniela Corte Gold Metal Belt $699Â (Above, Left) Bring on the Night bubble skirt $525 Strappy Tank Top $265 (Above, Right) Cowl Wrap Dress $699

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This spring, The Mandarin Oriental in Boston completed a $15 million renovation of all its guest rooms and event spaces. Incorporating both early New England design and classic Chinoiserie, the project was conceived by Champalimaud Design and reaffirms the Mandarin's position as one of the premier luxury hotels in the city. NEL


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When a mother of two was diagnosed with cancer, building a seaside home became a love letter to her family Written by Lisa Cavanaugh Photography by Raquel Langworthy

of the Rebecca Timlin-Scalera had always loved the water. She loved the sights, the sounds and the smells of the beach in her town of Fairfield, Connecticut, a place where she found peace and happiness. A few years ago, after she was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, Rebecca set out to build a home for her family that would celebrate every aspect of living on Long Island Sound. “The house became a love letter to her family,” says Sarah Weiland, who, as owner and principal interior designer of Tusk Home + Design, helped Rebecca realize her vision for the home, which was christened the Sound House. “She really wanted for her and her husband and two kids to wake up to the sea, so everything about this home was designed to incorporate the sea and sand.”

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Rebecca and her husband were living less than a half-mile away when they discovered the shorefront property, which already had an older home on it. They hired Gina Schapiro and Grace Design Build in nearby Greenwich, who then brought architect Don Fairbanks on to realize the couple’s vision. “It was always Rebecca’s dream to have a beach house,” Fairbanks says. “She really fell in love with the Ocean House in Newport, Rhode Island, and told me that she wanted her house to be her own version of that historic property.” After demolishing the existing 1980s structure, Fairbanks and his build team solved the puzzle of adhering to coastal zoning regulations. “We had to elevate the home above the velocity zone of wave and flood danger, so the first floor ended up nine or ten feet off the ground,” Fairbanks says. He came up with a dramatic front staircase that leads up to a Second Empire-style structure. “The mansard roof helps you get more space, because you can bury some square footage within the slopes.” Once inside, the three-story foyer is a strikingly open space, highlighted by a spectacular staircase. “Rebecca wanted to be able to see through the house as soon as you enter, and she originally hoped for a round staircase,” Fairbanks says. “That really would take up too much space, so we came up with an elliptical design, which works really beautifully.” The circular feel of the entry was intentional, explains Weiland, “because Rebecca wanted the home to feel like it was embracing everyone who entered.”


Top: With the goal of bringing the outside in, Rebecca and her team used Marvin Ultimate Clad windows throughout the home.

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Jelly-fish inspired chandeliers emphasize the home's nautical inspiration, while the circular staircase was intended to embrace all who entered.

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Top: Coastal details abound in the dining room, with silver seagulls and seashells adorning the walls.


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With a sixteen-foot island and built-in banquet, the kitchen is the heart of the home where family and friends gather.

Rebecca also wanted as many views of the water throughout the house as possible. “She wanted to allow the smell of the sea, the fresh air and the warm sun to flood into the space,” Weiland says. To achieve this, the builders utilized Marvin Ultimate Clad windows throughout the home, including casements and picture windows, as well as the Marvin Ultimate Bi-Fold Doors and Ultimate French Doors. “The whole back of the house opens to the beach,” Fairbanks says, “with sliders, windows, decks and balconies.” Even though the Sound House would be the family’s year-round home, it was designed with a distinctive beach house feel. There is plenty of space to relax, with playful swings and hanging basket chairs, which entice anyone to tuck in with a book or skim through the air in the tranquil living room. The house is designed to be lived in, says Weiland, who introduced materials and finishes that would stand up to the sun and sand. She also helped to

redesign the kitchen to feature a sixteen-foot island with a built-in banquet with plenty of seating. “We wanted to create a focal point for entertainment and family dinners, and to ensure that everyone would have views of the water,” Weiland says. Throughout the home, the colors and design details pay homage to Rebecca’s love of the seashore. Both soft and jeweled tones of blue mingle with ecru, sand and off-white, while maritime map wallpaper livens the home office and silver seagulls adorn the dining room walls. Weiland chose whimsical yet striking lighting fixtures representing jellyfish, nautical rope and shells for each room of the house. Four pendant lamps, reminiscent of coral, hang over the kitchen island and can be seen shining dramatically through the windows at night. “I wanted those to have a major impact,” Weiland says. “If you walk up from the beach in the evening, you can see them all lit up. It is incredible.” S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 | N E W E N G L A N D L I V I N G. T V

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With four bedrooms and five and a half baths, Rebecca Timlin-Scalera's Sound House was designed to be lived in and not held overly precious. The materials and finishes were picked to hold up to the elements, as sunlight and sea breeze pour in though the many Marvin Ultimate Clad windows. Indeed, from the soft blues of the walls to many maritime motifs throughout, the home achieves perfect harmony with its environs on Long Island Sound.


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The home has four bedrooms and five and a half baths, as well as a mudroom and two laundry areas on separate levels. There is also a large media/play room directly off the kitchen, which Rebecca specifically intended as a fun spot for her two children and their cousins and friends to enjoy. “Rebecca was always thinking of others,” Weiland says. “That is why, even as she was battling cancer herself, she created a charity to support others.” In 2016, she founded the Cancer Couch Foundation, a nonprofit organization that exclusively funds metastatic breast cancer. Up to the very end, she remained committed to working as hard as she could to fund metastatic breast cancer research. In December 2019, Rebecca Timlin-Scalera succumbed to her long-fought battle with cancer. “Her legacy is to never leave behind others still living with this disease,” Weiland says. Rebecca’s other enduring legacy is, of course, this warm home where her family can still feel her presence in the sights, sounds and smells of the sea that she so loved. NEL

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Behold the cinematic beauty and dramatic design of

a home west of Boston

Written by Rob Duca / Photography by Dan Cutrona

This home's impossibly cool vibe is found in details like the portrait of "The Dude" from the cult-classic Cohen Brothers' film, The Big Lebowski.

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lients do not typically turn the design of their new home entirely over to an architect, but that’s exactly what happened with the dramatic property that sits atop one of the highest points in Weston, Massachusetts. Christopher Pagliaro of Christopher Pagliaro Architects in Darien, Connecticut, benefited from being friends with the homeowners who trusted his vision for this extraordinary piece of land. The result is a magnificent eight-thousand-square-foot home that capitalizes on its lofty location with a second-story master bedroom suite, where nineteen windows provide eye-popping views in every direction. Pagliaro worked with John Stefanon, principal designer at JFS Design in Boston, and builder David Kane of Kane Development Corporation in Weston, to create a home that offers surprises and sophisticated touches around every corner. With five bedrooms on two floors, the home boasts a theater, an office that doubles as a lounge, a gym, a stone-walled onethousand-bottle wine cellar, a man cave that the homeowner prefers to call “the shack” and even a stone-framed exterior “secret garden.”


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Designed by architect Christopher Pagliaro, this 9,000-square-foot, fivebedroom home is perched on one of the highest hills in Weston, Massachusetts.

Upon stepping into the home’s octagonal entry, four white columns with ambient lighting beckon you forward. To the right in the open floor plan is the living room with a marble fireplace, while to the left is the kitchen. At center is a winding staircase of polished nickel and antique brass railings. An octagonal brass ring chandelier over the staircase immediately catches your attention. “It’s meant to draw your eyes up, and yet you can see through the space at the same time,” Stefanon says. “For me, lighting adds another level of craftsmanship to the home. When you walk into the home, you take in the whole view. If we brought too many elements in, it would have been overwhelming.” S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 | N E W E N G L A N D L I V I N G. T V

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Top and Left: With custom-built walnut cabinets and white oak flooring, this stylish kitchen is equipped with top-of-the-line Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances and is designed to transition seamlessly into the rest of the home.

Throughout the home, Stefanon played with lighting, providing elegance and a few whimsical touches. “The house has a beautiful layout, and I worked closely with Chris [Pagliaro] to put some of those features together,” he says. “We tried to stay with things that were subtle and understated, because the house is so powerful.” The centerpiece of most homes, especially for people who love entertaining friends and family, is often the kitchen. Pagliaro’s goal was to blend the kitchen seamlessly into the large open space, while designing additional intriguing areas for guests to gather. “If you don’t have a place to go, people will gather in the kitchen,” he says. “We wanted the house to have options of where to be by providing a different experience within the house.” The kitchen is well appointed, with multiple Wolf products, including a range with a griddle, convection steam oven and a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer. In total, there are eighteen Sub-Zero/Wolf appliances in the home. With custom-built walnut cabinets, white oak flooring and a thirteen-by-six-foot center island, the kitchen is stylish, while fitting perfectly into the concept of the open plan. The coup de grâce is the nearby pantry, which is like a second kitchen


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and includes a microwave, freezer, coffee system and refrigerator drawers. There are also Waterstone pull-down

Of equal intrigue are the ceilings. Exposed structural

faucets and Asko turbo dishwashers in both the kitchen

beams throughout the first-floor space are particularly

and pantry.

striking. “There’s not a flat surface in the ceiling. I used the

Opposite the kitchen and across the living room is the

columns and the ceiling beams to define the circulation

office/lounge. Equipped with a wet bar with an icemaker

space and create a visual corridor,” Pagliaro says. “I wanted

and an under-counter beverage center, the lounge is open

the railings to be as light and visual as possible.

to the family room but can be closed off by a mechanical


while an alabaster chandelier hangs over the kitchen table.

From the center of the foyer, a winding glass staircase

window for privacy. In the office/lounge, an amber

leads down to the wine cellar, which follows the form of

overhead light is designed to evoke the sensation of a

the octagonal entry, creating coziness. The wine cellar

ripple of water. Paired with a silver-tinted grass cloth wall

was designed to be integrated into the stairs, so with

covering, the room’s atmosphere is warm and soothing.

each step forward it comes spectacularly into view. Stools

“It’s using light to make an artistic statement,” Stefanon

discreetly placed around a center table provide the ideal

says. Likewise, the staircase is lit by a hand-forged lantern,

spot to sample that special bottle.

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Opposite: The ceiling's exposed structural beams add another striking element of intrigue on the first floor. Around: Thoughtful combinations of stone, wood and metal abound, each designed with peerless craftsmanship.

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“I believe great architecture is about curiosity,” Pagliaro says. “If you can peek around the corner and wonder what’s next, that creates the experience of architecture. As you get lower and lower down the stairs, you start to think, ‘Wow! What’s happening here?’ That’s why I wanted the glass to be part of the form of the stairs.” In the basement, there are two hallways built Opposite: The with the same stone used in the foundation. stone-walled wine cellar houses eightOne corridor leads to the “shack,” where hundred bottles as visitors can shoot billiards and watch sports on well as an intimate tasting table. Top: three enormous televisions. There’s no need to The homeowner's venture anywhere for a beverage; like the lounge man cave, what he calls “the shack,” has upstairs, the shack has an icemaker and an five large televisions, under-counter beverage center. “The homeowner billiards and a fullystocked bar. Bottom: wanted to feel like he’s left the house and gone There's not a bad somewhere else when he’s in the shack,” Pagliaro seat in the house in the home theater. says. “Once inside, you walk through those stone arches and it feels like you’re in a cave.” The objective was to design a home for having fun in a variety of spaces, Pagliaro says. From the kitchen and the adjoining pantry, to the office that transforms into a lounge, to the wine cellar, the shack and the home theater, it’s clear that no stone was left unturned in creating this Weston masterpiece. NEL S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 | N E W E N G L A N D L I V I N G. T V

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Meet the talented trio who brought home honors from Seven Tide’s inaugural design contest

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ome of New England’s most prominent designers, architects and custom home builders gathered at the Seven Tide showroom in the Seaport for an awards ceremony honoring three outstanding home projects. More than three dozen home professionals had submitted projects that they thought represented the best use of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances in a kitchen, the best use of Marvin windows in a home or the best use of Kohler products in a bathroom. After entries were judged by Vani Sayeed of Vani Sayeed Studios, David Andreozzi of Andreozzi Architecture and Michael Tartamella of Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC, the winners are…

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itchell Construction Group director of design Victoria Heydari took home the top honors for Best Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen with her project “Entertainer’s Dream.” Living up to its billing, Heydari’s airy design merged the kitchen and dining areas to create a unified space with classic and simple finishes. Globe lights hang above a large center island, providing a modern twist, while the island itself boasts soft blue tones that echo the tranquil colors of the pool seen out the window. To outfit their kitchen, Heydari’s clients turned to Clarke’s Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove showroom in Milford,

Massachusetts, where they found a forty-two-inchwide Sub-Zero refrigerator and a pair of Sub-Zero under-cabinet drawer refrigerators that allow easy access to drinks and snacks. The new thirty-sixinch-wide Wolf range features a smooth induction cooking surface for precise control and easy clean up, while a powerful Wolf ventilation system, enclosed in a custom wood hood, keeps this marvelous kitchen smoke-free and comfortable. Heydari describes her design aesthetic as “classic and crisp with a twist.” Clearly her “Entertainer’s Dream” achieves that and more.

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TOP: Globe lights hang above a large, four-seat island across from a Sub-Zero refrigerator and Wolf stove. OPPOSITE: A powerful Wolf ventilation system is enclosed in a wooded hood (top), while undercabinet drawer refrigerators allow for quick access to cold drinks (bottom).

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he winner of the Best Kohler Bathroom was Lisa Lally from The Design Studio on the South Shore. Amazingly finished in less than a month, Lally’s bathroom remodel exemplified her imagination and years of experience. Removing two walls that increased the natural light, she created an open, functional bathroom that also brought in the West Coast vibe her California-raised clients were seeking. Using a Kohler undermount bathtub allowed her to cleverly install a countertop that extends into the shower and creates a bench seat. The glass-enclosed shower is enhanced by a Kohler Purist fixed showerhead and hand shower that is fit for a spa. Opposite the tub and shower, Lally installed a dark wood-stained three-drawer vanity with open slotted shelving that adds warmth as well as a modern touch. The vanity is outfitted with a rectangular white Kohler undermount sink accessorized with a Kohler Purist faucet. A white marbled floor adorned with a gray mosaic pattern unifies the space, which has since won Lally three other contests in addition to being Kohler’s Best in Show.

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TOP: The dark wood vanity is complete with a white Kohler undermount sink and Koher Purist faucet. BOTTOM: A Kohler undermount bathtub doubles as a countertop as well as a bench in the glass-enclosed shower with Kohler Purist fixed showerhead and hand shower.

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he owner of Affinity Builders in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, William Parquet earned the award for the Best Use of Marvin Windows with a stunning new home that he calls the “Nashawtuc Residence.” Parquet is a third-generation builder who takes tremendous pride in creating high-performance structures that are durable, comfortable, quiet, efficient and solid investments. The Nashawtuc Residence utilizes Marvin’s Ultimate Window series with superior insulation and clad-frame construction to achieve maximum efficiency. Parquet oriented the home to maximize natural light while also providing spectacular views of the pool and surrounding conservation land. In fact, there are so many windows and doors in this eleven-thousand-square-foot home that it actually holds the distinction of being the largest Marvin residential purchase order in the region last year. Parquet picked out all of this glass at the Seven Tide showroom, where he regularly sends his clients to familiarize themselves with appliances, plumbing fixtures, doors and windows. Now with this award in hand, Parquet has another good reason to tell his clients about Seven Tide. NEL

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Earning the distinction of the largest Marvin residential purchase order in the region last year, the Nashawtuc Residence maximizes natural light while offering expansive views of the pool and surrounding conservation land.

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(Opposite) Camp Harbor View founder Jack Connors with executive director Lisa Fortenberry.


any consider Jack Connors to be the patron saint of Boston. From his corner office on the sixtieth floor of the John Hancock Tower, Connors literally watches over the city like a loving patriarch. A founding partner of one of the country’s most respected ad agencies, Hill Holliday, Connors’ leadership in the community has become the stuff of legend. Whether it was revitalizing schools, championing hospitals and healthcare, or helping raise $80 million for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, Connors’ transformative touch can be traced throughout the commonwealth. Yet when asked what he sees as his philanthropic legacy, the seventy-eight-year-old answers quick and unequivocally: Camp Harbor View. Thirteen years ago, Mayor Thomas Menino called Connors into his office in city hall. “Jack, you’re an idea guy,” Connors remembers the late mayor saying. “I need an idea for the kids in this city.” Menino explained that thousands of inner city kids were increasingly in grave danger during the summer months. If they weren’t dodging bullets on the streets, the mayor lamented, they were stuck alone in tiny apartments watching television while their parents worked. “These kids lived in a six-block world,” Connors says. “Nearly half of them had never seen the ocean. And if you’ve never seen the Atlantic Ocean, you’ve never seen a lobster boat, or a Coast Guard cutter, or a cruise ship, or a big sailboat—and if you’ve never seen one of those, how could you ever dream of being a captain?” Connors’ solution was creating a summer camp on Boston Harbor’s Long Island that has transformed the lives of hundreds of campers. Today, Camp Harbor View serves more than a thousand young people each summer, making it the largest program of its kind in the city. Connors outdid himself in creating a safe, fun and supportive refuge. “This place has a magic about it,” says Lisa Fortenberry, who has served as Camp Harbor View’s executive director since the fall of 2017. “It’s an unbelievably safe haven for kids who

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Located on Long Island in Boston Harbor, Camp Harbor View has ropes courses, field houses, gardens, basketball courts and playing fields.

are coming from the most marginalized communities in the city. We’re talking about middle school kids who couldn’t play in the park, shoot hoops or ride their bikes because it was too dangerous, unsafe and scary.” At Camp Harbor View, kids can be kids again, feeling safe and no longer having to look over their shoulders. There’s a working farm, ropes courses, nutritious meals, sporting events, field trips and a leadership training program designed to help high school students prepare for college as well as careers. Many of the campers return as counselors, so along with learning to swim, sail and kayak, new campers encounter leaders from their own communities. “It’s all about exposure,” Fortenberry insists. “As Jack often says, ‘You can’t dream it unless you see it.’” “We’ve been successful beyond any vision or dream,” Connors says. “But as one of our donors pointed out to me five years ago, ‘You wrap your arms around these kids for a month in the summer … but then they’re on their own for the rest of the year?’” Connors took the point to heart and directed his team to develop year-round programming off the island. They bought a 12,000-square-foot building on Plympton Street in the South End, which today provides after-school and leadership programs for the campers, as well as support services for their families. “We know that four weeks at summer camp is a wonderful


experience for most kids, but it’s not quite enough to change the trajectory of a young life,” explains Sharon McNally, the president of Camp Harbor View. “Our year-round program provides continuity and community for the teens who first meet at Camp Harbor View, as well as the opportunity for them to create lasting peer relationships, benefit from mentoring by our year-round staff and engage in activities that expose them to educational and career possibilities.” With the year-round program on solid footing and continuing to grow, Connors is now expanding Camp Harbor View’s reach once again to tackle a far more endemic challenge. “Boston is the tale of at least two cities,” he explains. “It’s obviously a place of incredible economic success, but unfortunately that rising tide hasn’t lifted all boats.” After reading a shocking Boston Globe Spotlight investigation that revealed African Americans in the city had a median net worth of just $8 (compared to $248,000 for their white counterparts), Connors is now taking aim at the systemic injustices that have held back generations of working class minorities in the city. “A lot of our campers come from families where there might be four generations of them never getting any breaks,” Connors explains. “So we’re trying to help their older siblings or their parents finally get one.” Partnering with a number of major companies in the city, Connors and his team are

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(Top) Jack Connors opening Camp Harbor View's year-round facility in the South End with executive director Lisa Fortenberry, Mayor Marty Walsh, president Sharon McNally and a group of campers.

creating an initiative to connect Camp Harbor View parents with well-paying jobs and careers. “It’s still very much a work in progress compared to the camp and the year-round program,” Connors says. “But since we’ve had so much success with those projects, we’re obligated to do something that goes a little deeper.” It’s hard to imagine a Boston without Jack Connors, but he’s working on creating an endowment to ensure that the idea he hatched with the mayor all those years ago will only continue to grow. He figures that “if we get the endowment to $70 or $100 million, this will endure long after I’m gone.” Yet with or without the endowment, Jack Connors’ legacy will undoubtedly carry on for generations to come. And while the coronavirus pandemic has thrown this summer’s camp into limbo, Jack Connors and his team haven’t faltered in continuing to support their campers and their families during these incredibly challenging times. By offering virtual counseling sessions and remote leadership programming, Camp Harbor View is providing critical emotional and educational support to their campers. Connors and his team have also been supplying groceries and emergency relief to their families, which have been some of the hardest hit amid the pandemic. Indeed, Camp Harbor View is committed to ferrying their campers through these uncharted waters and back to Boston’s Long Island as soon as possible. NEL S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 | N E W E N G L A N D L I V I N G. T V

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Saving TASTE

How a nonprofit in New England’s smallest state is making a massive difference around the world WRITTEN BY ROBERT COCUZZO


avyn Salem has helped save the lives of more than ten million children. That was the audacious goal she set ten years ago when she launched Edesia, a nonprofit factory dedicated to producing a nutrient-dense peanut butter known as Plumpy’Nut that rescues desperately malnourished children from the grips of starvation. “We actually reached our goal two months early,” Salem says. “So now I need to come up with a new number.” Whether in a refugee camp in Rwanda, a hospital in Haiti or in any number of other countries addled by a humanitarian crisis, Salem’s small factory located in the littlest state in the country is making a massive difference in the world. “One of the coolest things for me is being in, let’s say, one of the largest refugee camps in the world


in Ghana and seeing a little box of Plumpy’Nut that has Rhode Island written on the side of it,” Salem says. “That’s a proud moment knowing that we’re in all these far corners of the globe.” A Boston College grad and mother of four with little experience in philanthropy, or manufacturing for that matter, Salem first encountered Plumpy’Nut, known as a ready-to-use therapeutic food, during a trip to Tanzania where her father, grandfather and greatgrandparents were born. The nutrient-dense peanut butter paste was invented by a French pediatrician to be administered to malnourished children. With a two-year shelf life that doesn’t require refrigeration to preserve or water to consume, a 92-gram packet of Plumpy’Nut delivers a heaping dose of 500 life-saving kilocalories.

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Inspired, Salem opened a factory in Tanzania where she produced 300 metric tons of Plumpy’Nut that was distributed throughout the region as well as to eight neighboring countries. In 2010, she relocated her manufacturing operation to North Kingston, Rhode Island, building a $28 million factory that now runs twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Manufacturing millions of pounds of peanut butter each month, Edesia has become the second largest Plumpy’Nut producer in the world. Ninety-five percent of this lifesaving aid is packaged and boxed in Rhode Island and then shipped to UNICEF, USAID and Doctors Without Borders. “First and foremost, our mission is to always respond to any request from any of those organizations as fast—and for as little costs—as possible,” Salem explains. Working directly with the ministry of health in countries like Sierra Leone, Edesia directs the remaining 5 percent of its Plumpy’Nut towards helping fill the small gaps left behind by big NGOs moving on to new humanitarian crises. Back in Rhode Island, the Edesia factory itself employs more than one hundred people, the majority of whom actually came to the United States as refugees from a humanitarian crisis. “They’re from twenty-five different countries, many of them as refugees from places like Sierra Leone, Syria, Iraq,” Salem says.


“I’m continually amazed that all these people who survived a humanitarian crisis ended up working here where they are making food going back to their home countries.” Equally profound as the staggering number of people saved is witnessing the individual cases. “I can remember sitting in a clinic and seeing a child come in for the first time who was barely able to cry because all of her energy was being conserved to keep her heart beating,” says Salem, who has traveled to more than a dozen developing countries in her pursuit. “Then you see her after the first day of eating Plumpy’Nut, the end of the first week, then six or seven weeks, and it’s a complete transformation. The kid is running around, doing what a normal two-year-old does. And it all costs about fifty dollars.” Marking Edesia’s ten-year anniversary, Salem recently launched a new line of products directed toward American consumers that’s intended as a dietary supplement rather than humanitarian aid. Available in retail locations throughout New England like Wegmans and Whole Foods, MeWe is a line of three different peanut butter spreads created for preventing peanut allergies in babies, helping young picky-eaters receive adequate nutrition and supporting adults who struggle to

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(Opposite) Salem walking the storage floor of Edesia, where packets of Plumpy'Nut are ready to be shipped around the world. (Right) Each year, Salem travels to some of the recipient communities of Plumpy'nut and frequently brings her daughters along for the trip.

receive enough calories due to illness or age. “We made them in yummy flavors that don’t actually sound healthy, like cookie dough, nut butter, chocolate brownie and birthday cake,” she explains, “and yet they’re fortified with all the nutrition that young growing kids need.” WeMe was launched primarily as a fundraising vehicle for Salem’s humanitarian work, with 100 percent of the profits going directly into Edesia. However, amid the coronavirus crisis, Salem has directed a portion of her WeMe products towards school feeding programs in Rhode Island as well as to residents of New Rochelle, New York, one of the hardest hit communities in the country. Meanwhile, the demand globally for Plumpy’Nut has only skyrocketed during the pandemic. The Edesia factory continues to run around the clock, with Salem taking every precaution to keep her team healthy and safe. “Of course the coronavirus is something that affects everybody, so everyone is on alert and doing something,” Salem says, “but we have over eight thousand children who die every single day from severe, acute malnutrition. That’s not including the children who die of hunger. That number goes way up— by three times. And we know how to prevent these deaths.” Salem concludes, “So it’s fascinating to watch the response to a threat that can affect you personally and then what the response when it’s a world away.” NEL

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Dr. Rudolph Tanzi is known as the “Rock Star Scientist” for very good reason. After being part of the team that discovered the first disease gene using human genetic markers in the 1980s, Tanzi boldly predicted that he could find a gene that caused Alzheimer’s disease. He was a student at Harvard Medical School at the time, and his superiors dismissed his hypothesis as too speculative—but, sure enough, he found it. “That got me into Alzheimer’s and I never turned back,” he says.

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Today, as the chair of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Leadership Group, Tanzi is the tip of the spear when it comes to Alzheimer’s breakthroughs. Just this year, he and his team at Amylyx— a pharmaceutical company he helped found with funding from the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, a nonprofit that has raised over $100 million to support research in preventing, slowing and reversing the devastating disease—discovered compounds shown to prevent neuroinflammation, one of the chief pathologies of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), and


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Parkinson’s disease. The results were published this spring and could herald in a bright new chapter in treating Alzheimer’s patients. Tanzi is the author of four bestselling books—three of which he co-authored with Deepak Chopra—and has won a slew of awards for his work, including being named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People. In addition to his work at Amylyx and Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Tanzi is also the vice chair of Neurology, director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit, co-director of the Henry and Allison McCance Center for Brain Health and co-director of the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. To round out his rock

cause. The plaques and tangles come early. They initiate the original nerve cell death, but then the brain reacts to that over time with an inflammatory response. That neuroinflammation leads to ten to a hundred times more cell death than the original cell death that triggered it. Neuroinflammation occurs across a number of neurodegenerative diseases—not just in Alzheimer’s, but in diseases like Lou Gehrig’s disease and Parkinson’s. So if you want to help a patient, you want to stop neuroinflammation.

How do you do that? In 2008, the Alzheimer’s Genome Project, which I have directed since 2004, found the first gene that controls neuroinflammation in the brain. It was an Alzheimer’s gene called CD33. We discovered that CD33 turns on neuroinflammation, which kills most of the cells. We’ve been developing drugs to stop the neuroinflammation now, and the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund funded one of those that we have very good news about.

What’s the news? If you want to stop neuroinflammation, there

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Frates’ Ice Bucket Challenge. Luckily, Pete Frates learned about this news just days before he died. The news is that this ALS trial that was spearheaded at Mass General using the Amylyx therapy got successful results. The clinical trial showed that the drug works in ALS patients to slow down the disease by protecting the nerve cells from neuroinflammation. The details were submitted to the New England Journal of Medicine for review. It’s very exciting because this is the first therapy that helps protect nerve cells from dying due to neuroinflammation. It was done in ALS, but if it works there, you can predict that it should also work in other diseases where neuroinflammation kills cells, which includes Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

What’s the timeline? The hope is the drug first gets approved for ALS within the next year or so, and in the meantime, we’ll see how it does in Alzheimer’s. There’s a good chance that thanks to the funding from the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund the first neuroinflammation drug might be looking at approval over the next year or so.

For those not currently afflicted with a neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s, what would you recommend they do to strengthen their brains? I wrote three books with Deepak Chopra about this topic. The newest book—The Healing Self— hits on it the most. It has an action plan about how to strengthen your brain and build up your resilience against

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Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. An easy way to remember that action plan is the acronym SHIELD.

when you’re socially interacted. Loneliness is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s. Not being alone, but being alone and not liking it—that’s loneliness.

What does S stand for?

What does E stand for?

Sleep. Sleep minimally seven hours but preferably eight. Instead of five or six hours when you were thirty, get seven or eight. By the time you’re over sixty, get eight or nine hours. Force yourself to do it. If you can’t sleep through the night, take naps. Sleep is when you clean a lot of debris out of your brain that causes problems.

Exercise. We published papers with the support of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund [showing] that exercise induces the birth of new nerve cells in the brain and helps improve cognition and protect against Alzheimer’s. So even if it’s an hour or just a brisk walk a day, move and get that blood flowing.

What do H and I stand for?

What does L stand for?

The H stands for Handling Stress. Try to manage your stress levels and meditate if you can. The I stands for Interaction and staying socially engaged. The brain likes

Learn New Things. When you learn new things you make new connections between nerve cells, what are called synapses. The more synapses you make, the more you can lose, before you lose it. So I tell people, as you’re getting older, build up your synaptic reserve. That doesn’t mean brain games. Read books, learn an instrument, watch documentaries. Do what you can to learn new things, because that builds up your neuro network and your synaptic reserve. At the end of the day, dementia correlates with the loss of synapses, so the more synapses you make, the more resilience you’re creating against the ravages of that pathology that come with age.

And finally the D? Diet. The Mediterranean diet is shown to be the most helpful to the brain. Lots of plants, plant fiber, less red meat. Stop processed foods. Minimize red meat and have a more plant-based diet, vegetables, fruits, olive oil, seeds, whole grains. Plant fiber feeds your gut microbiome. So the bacteria in your gut help keep your brain healthy and help reduce inflammation in the brain.

We’re learning more and more about the brain every day. Can you tell us how much more we have to unlock? The big frontier in the brain is learning how the various areas of the brain are connected and how they can work together. People often say erroneously that we only use 10 percent of our brain. We’re using all of our brain, all of the time, but certain areas of the brain get turned on more than others. What’s important for brain health is to have different parts of the brain communicating with each other.


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What are the different parts of the brain? You have the really old part of the brain in the back called the brain stem, which is the instinctive brain—that’s fight or flight, find food, reproduce. Then you have the second oldest part of the brain called the limbic system, where Alzheimer’s hits, which has to do with desire and fear—not quite instinctive, but more emotional. Then the newest part of the brain is the frontal cortex, where you have reasoning, logic, creativity and selfawareness.

So how do those parts communicate? Remember that the brain stem is 400 million years old. The limbic system is about 100 million years old. But the frontal cortex is only four million years old. So your brain is kind of like

a locker room: The veterans call the shots. In your brain, your instinctive brain is constantly trying to control you, followed by your emotional brain. They’re the veterans. And that poor little frontal cortex is the rookie. You really have to go out of your way to put that rookie in the game, so it’s not dominated by the veterans.

How do you do that? It’s very simple. You have to be aware of what your brain is doing right now at every moment. As soon as you decide to be aware of what your brain is doing, you create the connectivity that allows your brain to function best. Is it being instinctive? Is it being emotional? Is it being creative and rational? By being the observer of what your brain is bringing you, you connect it. NEL


Dr. Rudoph Tanzi has written three international bestsellers as well as more than 550 research papers published in esteemed medical journals. Tanzi's latest book, The Healing Self, co-authored with Dr. Deepak Chopra, provides an action plan for strengthening one's brain against neurodegenerative disease as well as bolstering one's immune system.

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Beach and the

From six-packs to healthy glowing skin, Dr. Min Ahn gives his top tips for getting ready for bathing suit season INTERVIEW BY ROBERT COCUZZO

We’re entering bathing suit season, so what do you recommend for folks who are seeking a quick and easy way to lose some of their winter weight? DR. AHN: If you’re not interested in the keto diet and can’t do the Peloton five days a week, the easiest way to look good for the summer is through CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting safely freezes stubborn pockets of fat [belly, love handles, thighs, arms, bra bulge, banana roll] over the course of a half-hour treatment. The fat is then slowly eliminated from the body through natural processes. With each treatment, you can expect an approximate 20 percent reduction in the fat. Often multiple treatments are needed to get to your best result.

Losing weight is great, but how about toning? Do you have any secrets to a six-pack? DR. AHN: Innovations in nonsurgical body contouring are truly amazing. For example, Emsculpt is a revolutionary way to tone muscle. Over a half-hour treatment, your muscle fibers are stimulated so that the equivalent of twenty thousand crunches [for core muscles] are achieved. Yes, twenty thousand crunches! It does not hurt, it just feels intense. After four sessions, you can expect a 16 percent increase in muscle mass and a 19 percent reduction in fat. It can also be used on the buttocks, thighs, calves and arms. Emsculpt is incredibly satisfying and patients uniformly love the results.


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Are there any risks associated with these treatments? DR. AHN: With both CoolSculpting and Emsculpt, because there are no needles, incisions or other invasive techniques, there really are no risks. Of course, the procedures should be performed in a qualified medical setting by trained professionals.

What would you recommend for a skin regimen that will keep our faces protected during the sun-soaking season? DR. AHN: Sun protection in addition to your regular skin regimen is critical. SkinMedica has a product that is light and tinted, if desired, that blocks all wavelengths of light. It is very effective.

And for those who might not have slathered on enough sunblock back in the day, do you have any treatments that can undo the damage? DR. AHN: If you’re wanting a jump start to the season, Fraxel dual laser [treatment] is the gold standard for skin rejuvenation. It was developed at Harvard and revolutionized laser skin treatments. Fraxel touches your skin at multiple contact points resulting in collagen formation and pigment smoothing. Essentially, it’s a safe laser treatment that is highly effective for sun-damaged skin. The downtime is just a few days of mild peeling and swelling.

What’s one of the hottest trends you’re seeing today in nonsurgical treatments? DR. AHN: The hottest trend in noninvasive face and neck rejuvenation is based on radio frequency. By using this to gently heat skin and underlying tissue, we can dramatically improve skin tone, smooth wrinkles and tighten skin. In the jawline and neck, you can achieve results that approach a surgical lift. S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 | N E W E N G L A N D L I V I N G. T V

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How have you seen the demographics of patients change in recent years? Are you seeing an increase in men seeking nonsurgical treatments? DR. AHN: While we are seeing more men seeking both surgical and nonsurgical treatments, the biggest shift is with younger patients who want to prevent any signs of aging. While many people get Botox for the first time because they’ve always hated that frown line, younger people in the millennial age group are having preventive treatments so that wrinkles don’t have a chance to form. We think this is because so many young people take pictures of themselves and share them on social media, which leads to a pressure to look their best at all times.

With this increase in demand, we’re seeing nonsurgical treatments like Botox available in salons and spas. Is there any risk to receiving treatments in these nonmedical locations? DR. AHN: It is actually mandated by the board and department of health that any nonsurgical treatment should be performed by a qualified professional in a medical setting. In-home Botox parties or treatment in spas are not medical settings. Though clients can be enticed by the convenience and discounted cost, there is danger in having a treatment done without proper protections and safeguards. If something goes wrong and there aren’t trained professionals available with proper equipment, there can be serious consequences.


Are there any treatments that you yourself use? DR. AHN: Recently, I had a combination treatment of Fraxel dual laser and Morpheus8 radio-frequency tightening for my face. The Morpheus8 was used around my brows and eyes to tighten and lift, while the Fraxel was used on the rest of my face to reverse sun damage. I do love the beach! The recovery was simple with just a few days of mild redness and minimal peeling. I had it done on a Friday and was able to be social Saturday night. My skin looks great. NEL

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PENT UP By Lisa Cavanaugh

A penthouse at the Mandarin Oriental redefines city living in Boston


rban penthouses are residential aeries, typically far removed from the city below. But the extraordinary condo on the top floor of the West Tower of the Mandarin Oriental in Back Bay does a superb job of combining ultimate privacy with an intimate connection to Boston. “This property is truly private,” says Brigitte Petrocelli, listing agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “The West Tower has its own entrance for residents only and this unit encompasses the entire floor, with two elevators opening directly into the residence.” These exclusive elevators also provide direct access to four dedicated underground parking spaces, and allow the owners to directly reach the luxurious amenities of the hotel itself, such as dining at acclaimed French eatery Bar Boulud, as well as the world-class shopping available in the adjacent Copley Mall. The Mandarin is unique in that it spreads for nearly a block on Boylston Street and is not an excessively high structure, so while the owners of the penthouse can enjoy solitude in their home, the liveliness of the city can be easily savored from the nearly 2,500 square feet of outdoor living space. “The owners truly love the spectacular views of the city and the Charles River,” says Petrocelli. “ With all four exposures accessible in the unit, they can watch both the sunrise and the sunset.”

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Designed by Daniel H. Reynolds, this 6,829-square-foot, four-bed, four-and-ahalf bath penthouse overlooks Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay.

Originally purchased as raw space, the double penthouse was designed by Daniel H. Reynolds and built by award winning Lagasse Custom Builders, with Reynolds also doing all the interior decoration. The unit is an entertainer’s dream, with a full-sized walnut bar in the lounge area, a surround sound audio system, Sub Zero refrigerator and drawers , Wolf range, grill, microwave and double wall oven and multiple N’finity Pro2 wine coolers plus a top of the line caterer’s kitchen and pantry directly behind the family kitchen. In fact, the current owners have often shared this extraordinary residence for philanthropic events. “ They have hosted many charity fundraisers here,” says Petrocelli. “They have been committed to supporting a number of community non-profits and cultural institutions, and their home is perfect for large gatherings.” With four bedrooms and four and one half baths, the home is also ideal for a family, including any four-legged members. “One of the roof decks is outfitted as its own dog park space,” says Petrocelli. “The terrace off the kitchen is where the current family gathers often, as it has its own piped-in gas grill.” A media room with a retractable screen, a double sided gas fireplace in the main living area, radiant heat throughout, and a magnificent master suite with private office, massage room, dual walk-in closets and corner terrace, all complete this sophisticated and one-of-a-kind home. “This is a penthouse unlike any other penthouse in the city,” says Petrocelli. “It is so amazingly quiet and spacious yet so intimate with the city. It truly has it all.” NEL

For more information on 776 Boylston Street Unit PH2E Boston, MA, contact Brigitte Petrocelli at 617-803-5249 or visit and search MLS# 72514963.

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DARLEEN LANNON Feeling Right at Home on the South Shore

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By Lisa Cavanaugh

As one of Coldwell Banker’s top agents in the New England region, Darleen Lannon regularly applies her professional business experience to serving her real estate clients on Massachusetts’s South Shore. “One of my strengths is the ability to sit down with buyers and sellers, analyze their individual needs, go through their list of what they are looking for and come up with a plan,”says Lannon. “These strategy sessions allow me to match them with exactly the right home to purchase or position their home for a profitable sale.” A little over fifteen years ago, after she and her husband had children, Lannon transitioned from a travel-heavy sales manager position to residential real estate. “ It was a great profession to get into as a mom, as it allows me to be hyper localized in my work.” Lannon focuses solely on properties in Hingham and Cohasset where she consistently sells a large volume of homes each year. Lannon feels that one of the reasons she is so successful is that she knows the area and the inventory so well. ”I stay in my zone of what I know,“ she says. “My job, my personal life, my kids’ lives, they are all intertwined.” Interacting with her community and building relationships are also why she is so passionate about her occupation. ”I love working with people. It is the absolute best part of my job,” says Lannon, who finds great satisfaction in helping clients through a pivotal point in their lives. “ Being by their sides as they are moving onto the next chapter, and helping them reach their dreams is what I care about the most.”

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While her own familiarity with the financial industry has aided her understanding of the needs of her local real estate market, she says she does not specialize in any one particular kind of home. “I don’t confine myself to waterfront properties or first time buyers, for example,” says Lannon. “Instead, I embrace the entire gamut of home sales and work with every different price point and every different need.”

“ONE OF MY STRENGTHS IS THE ABILITY TO SIT DOWN WITH BUYERS AND SELLERS, ANALYZE THEIR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS, GO THROUGH THEIR LIST OF WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR AND COME UP WITH A PLAN.” Her business background has allowed Lannon to fine-tune her extensive sales strategies and hone her already strong negotiating skills. But it is the emotional connection to her clients that has kept her on the top of her game. “My goal is to always have empathy, support whatever they might be going through and figure out solutions for them,” she says. ”There are so many variations of situations and personalities. Making it work out for each of them is what makes this job so rewarding.” NEL

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