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The Comfort of Home
My adult children have left their apartments in
Southie and NYC to return home. They’ve bunkered
down with me in the ‘burbs, seeking the comforts
only a family home can provide as we “self
quarantine” together. At least most of us. Every
morning, my daughter, a nurse practitioner, puts on
her scrubs while my sons and I slip on our sweats.
She drives to the medical facility for her 10-hour
shift, while we charge our phones for conference
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by the fireplace.
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off, knowing her calling makes her vulnerable to this
global health crisis. Still, I am in awe of her resolve
and strength, and think the world of everyone on the
medical front lines. You are all warriors.
And, while I wish I could keep my daughter safe from
harm, I am heartened by the fact that I can give her
a safe haven. She returns every evening to a homecooked
meal that we all sit down to eat together. We
often take a walk afterwards, waving from a distance
to neighbors we haven’t seen in ages, or play a
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In times like these—when we look to our immediate
family for support and recreation—I am glad I did
my renovation, put in a home office and installed
a bocce ball court in my yard. As my 93-year-old
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14 Lush Landscapes!
A springtime celebration: breathtaking entryways,
glorious gardens and inviting landscape designs that
inspire all to live alfresco.
27 Publisher’s Picks: Outdoor Spaces
An amazing widow’s walk, the perfect pergola of a
lakeside manor and reflections on a striking and
singular window display.
30 Farmhouse Flair
An airy New England escape designed for an
equestrian and her family embraces the quiet beauty
of the paddock.
38 For the Love of Shiplap
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Whether lined by delicate, fresh-faced blooms, shocks of greenery, gated or
carved in stone, these inspired pathways say welcome, beautifully.
1. Traditional and contemporary elements harmonize in a tulip-lined gateway conceived by Matthew
Cunningham Landscape Design. Here, antique Rockport granite meets blackened stainless steel art
and an incredible show of spring bulbs. Landscape construction by Martin Lucyk Landscape Construction
2. Granite walls and a stepping stone path lead the residents of a Duxbury property, cultivated by
a Blade of Grass, to an enticing pool and patio beyond the wooden gate. Bursts of hydrangea and
other bayside plantings soften the vista’s hard lines. Photo by Charles Mayer
3. Thanks to Onyx Corporation, a Concord home heightens its connection to the landscape with
drama and tranquility. Rectangular, black granite steps “float” over the glassy waters of a reflection
pool that sits undisturbed beside a blue-gray terrace. Photo by Warren Patterson
4. Flanked by natural grasses, hedges and bountiful container plantings, the walkway of a shingled
Nantucket estate brings a bit of fanfare as it ascends from the yard to the veranda. With its lush
freedom and hints of formality, Gregory Lombardi Design’s inspired landscape design captures the
essence of the island. Landscape contracting by Atlantic Landscaping; photo by Richard Mandelkorn
Formal, carefree, historic or Japanese in spirit, these edens were carefully
cultivated to delight the senses.
1. This slice of paradise on Cape Cod, installed and maintained by the landscape artisans at Schumacher
Companies is sunny and resplendent. The garden’s pleasing symmetry, punctuated by circular urns in
full bloom and a sculpture at its center, invites nature lovers to stay awhile. Photo by Mitch Harper
2. A lush pool garden by Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design is part of a verdant backyard escape.
Its native plantings erupt against a disappearing, minimalist enclosure while rich wood fencing frames
the terrain’s perimeter. Landscape construction by Phil Mastroianni Corp.; photo by Matthew Cunningham
3. R.P. Marzilli & Company revived the exquisite beds and beauty of Newport, Rhode Island’s historic
Blue Garden. The landscape professionals installed a comprehensive new planting plan—a glorious
palette of texture and fields of purple and blue—that will preserve the intent of the private garden’s
1913 design for posterity. Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture; photo by Marianne Lee Photography
4. Spectacular and serene, this traditional Japanese Strolling Garden by Zen Associates was made
for contemplation. Its features, including waterfalls, islands, bridges and tree and plant material,
like a rare weeping hemlock, and mountain laurel and azaleas for spring color, were designed to
inspire moments of peace and pause.
Family playgrounds by the sea, courtyard living rooms and convivial
poolside terraces bring the art of living en plein air to higher ground.
1. This multitiered living space is a contemporary urban oasis in Boston’s South End. Crafted by
a Blade of Grass for an avid entertainer, this striking enclosure uses every inch to its advantage, and
includes fire and water features, artful lighting, an outdoor kitchen and lounge seating.
2. R.P. Marzilli & Company carved this family paradise with a seaside lookout from an existing terrain of
slope and ledge. Breathtaking by night and by day, the outdoor living areas include a bluestone dining
terrace, fire pit, infinity pool and dramatic fire piers that alight the pool wall. Landscape architecture by Tucker
Architecture and Landscape; photo by Rosemary Fletcher Photography
3. This fire feature and terrace, designed by Gregory Lombardi Design and constructed by Landscape
Creations, is part of an outdoor program that offers family-centric “rooms” for every season. This feelgood
setting uses classic New England materials, like granites and bluestone, to cultivate a California vibe.
Architecture: Morehouse MacDonald and Associates; construction: Sanford Custom Builders; photo by Nat Rea Photography
4. A sparkling pool terrace crafted by the Schumacher Companies is upbeat and refreshing with its Black
Irish limestone, red brick and a circular fire feature. Arcing streams of water from custom spouts within the
coping complete the effect, making a gentle splash. Photo by Mitch Harper
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Landscape Creations expands and
cultivates a shining coastal meadow.
Though a glorious meadow on the sound in Stonington,
Connecticut, looks the way nature intended, the hand of
landscape contractors Landscape Creations is undeniably
present. When a client sought to expand and rehab
the reedy, colorless coastline that stood between their
property and the water, they envisioned a minimalist,
native-looking landscape that could serve as a border
between the lawn and the home. The terrain would be a
pollinator’s playground and promote a healthy ecosystem,
with its success measured by how seamlessly the new
elements could be stitched into the existing meadow.
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Though the vista comes off as effortless, its completion
required significant work. The plentiful stones that dotted
the site couldn’t be disturbed or marred by machinery, so
seeding the grassy passages and beds called for “light
touch hand work,” offers the firm. Also, as landscape
architect Anne Penniman of Anne Penniman Associates
specified plants that abound in native landscapes but
are hard to find in commercial nurseries, specialists were
brought in to collect and cultivate seeds from the existing
meadow well in advance of the planting stage.
Once installed, Landscape Creations wouldn’t fully subject
the meadow to Mother Nature’s whim. For several seasons
they monitored the meadow with patience and persistence,
coaxing the desired sprouts while keeping the weeds at bay.
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with the development of a trusting relationship
with each client. It is essential that the design process be
a collaborative effort; one which is highlighted by clear
and effective communication. It is crucial that landscape
architects and project managers inform and educate
the client throughout the design process and project
implementation phases, so they are properly equipped to
make confident, well informed decisions.
Though passion, knowledge, artistic and technical abilities
of a landscape architect are essential ingredients to
conceive and develop a unique and enduring design, the
highest level of success in this field is achieved through
exceptional interpersonal communication. Landscape
architects and design team members must not only be
highly proficient at developing custom, visionary designs,
but must also build a trusting relationship with each client.
Talented, dedicated professionals and strong relationships
are what most often lead to positive project experiences
and optimal designs.
Each project inherently develops a history of design
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throughout the design process. Without proper
professional guidance from a landscape architect and
project management team, that history, as well as general
design intent, can often be misunderstood or lost during
the construction process. Project managers at The
MacDowell Company, are integral members of the team
from the outset of the design process and are readily
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to oversee and implement each project’s distinct design
intent and custom detailed components as envisioned.
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through implementation in a variety of ways. However,
to The MacDowell Company, the most rewarding aspect
of providing a seamless set of services is the longlasting
relationships they build with each individual
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to them and the unique spaces that are harmoniously
integrated into their homes for their family and friends
to enjoy. Collaboration, communication, trust and strong
relationships are the governing principles and ideologies
that The MacDowell Company incorporates into every
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THE VERELLEN SHOP AT ARTEFACT BOSTON IS A NEW ENGLAND EXCLUSIVE
Nine years ago, renowned designer Tom Verellen handpicked Sue and
Maureen Walsh of ARTEFACT to represent the high-quality Verellen
furniture brand in the New England market. Verellen—which is rooted
in Belgium, where flax fields and natural materials abound, and
bench-made in the U.S.—is wholly aligned with Sue and Maureen’s
aesthetic. The owners, a sister act, prize comfort, luxury and craft in
the curated items for the home they carry in their Belmont shop and
in their new South End location, a Verellen salon enhanced with select
decorative accessories, tabletop wares and “objects of desire” of their
own design and from other artisans.
For Verellen, “it’s about a better
product, better materials and
better resources,” Tom explained
at the launch of the Washington
Street boutique last spring.
Verellen’s heirloom furniture is
sustainable, customizable and,
with its soft contours, easy on the
eye. For Sue and Maureen, who
have impeccable taste and love to
entertain, comfort as well as sophistication is
key. “We want each piece to be gorgeous, but we want it
to be very approachable,” says Maureen. “We’ve always
felt that way about Verellen. “It isn’t too fussy, and the
design is spectacular.”
The pair is enthralled with the latest collection, a complete
line of sofas, chairs, dining and case goods, rife with
luxurious fabrics, new designs and subtle refinements
to Verellen classics. The line is full of curves, and “very
textural,” says Sue. “Very now.”
And yet timeless. This beautiful intersection is where
Verellen shines, as the furniture maker synchronizes
authenticity and a weaving tradition with forms that are
wonderfully fresh and current.
ARTEFACT works with the trade as well as homeowners
to customize Verellen’s luxury products. Maureen and Sue
are intimately acquainted with every piece, and can walk
buyers through the numerous fabric selections and detail
options. For more information, visit 1317 Washington St.,
Boston, 1000 Pleasant St., Belmont or artefacthome.com.
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Hamilton modular sofa in grey wool; 3) I-Beam console and
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Along with its picture-perfect views, I’m enchanted by
the design of this oceanside rooftop deck conceived by
Duckham Architecture & Interiors. A wet bar, hidden
within a faux chimney, features a dumbwaiter that makes its
ascent from a butler’s pantry below. www.kentduckham.com.
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I have always loved the romance of
a pergola, but this shaded walkway
for a manor on New York’s Lake
Skaneateles is truly extraordinary.
Indeed, the entire estate, designed
by Meyer & Meyer Architecture &
Interiors is something out of a fairy
tale, and the fact that it was a new
construction but looks steeped in
time is unbelievable to me. Visit
Though I’m a traditionalist in practice, my inner self
has a total appreciation for the modern California
style of living that blurs the lines between indoors
and out. In this Twin Cities project, the products
of Western Window Systems were key to a design
that is spare, stunning and good for the soul.
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VELUX: Not Your Grandparents’ Skylights
When people think of skylights, often age-old concerns come to mind, even though skylights today are light years away
from those of the past. Nearly ten years ago, VELUX, the ahead-of-its-time market leader in the manufacturing of skylights
and roof windows, completely redesigned the skylight, with a mission to bring “confidence back into the category.” The
resulting product is glorious, issue-free way to transform the rooms of your home with daylight.
VELUX’s Solar Paneled “Fresh Air” Skylights harness the power of natural light, beautifying living spaces, and bringing
fresh, clean air into living environments. There are no longer negatives, but rather a compelling list of benefits to adding
VELUX skylights into your home. Here, we clarify fact from fiction, allowing lingering misconceptions to remain firmly
where they ought to be: in the dark ages.
Fiction: Skylights leak. Fact: VELUX leveraged 75 years
of engineering experience to offer its patented No Leak
Promise. VELUX is so confident that homeowners won’t
have headaches with their products that they offer a No
Leak Warranty that will cover labor, materials and any
damages should issues arise. They won’t, however; VELUX
Deck Mounted and Curb Mounted Skylights have three
layers of protection, including leak barriers and step
flashing, making it nearly impossible for water to get in.
Fiction: Skylights are drafty. Fact: VELUX Skylights utilize
“Clean, Quiet and Safe Glass” designed to let fresh air
in and send stale air out, in a regulated, steady flow,
and reduce unwanted outside noise. Fresh air is vital
to a comfortable indoor climate and VELUX ventilation
solutions make for refreshed living spaces no matter the
weather. Silicon dioxide gives the glass an exceptionally
smooth surface; water sheets off, reducing spotting.
Fiction: Skylights fade furniture and art. Fact: Direct
sunlight is no longer an issue; VELUX uses glass that blocks
99.9% of UV rays. VELUX skylights can be paired with
Light-Filtering Skylight Solar Blinds, which diffuse light
through a soft, pleated fabric, or Room Darkening blinds
for bedrooms and other spaces that should be as different
as night and day.
Fiction: Skylights are an energy drain. Fact: VELUX
Skylights increase the home’s energy efficiency, allowing
residents to save on heating and cooling. When placed
strategically in new constructions and renovations,
skylights can increase the amount of daylight to the home
dramatically. Because a skylight brings in twice as much
light as a similarly sized vertical window, they can be used
in lieu of added windows to achieve more daylight with
less glazing, which equals greater energy efficiency. Plus,
VELUX’s Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights are eligible
for a 26% federal tax credit.
Fiction: You need an electrician or a pole to operate
skylights. Fact: The Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylight
comes with a preprogrammed remote control allowing
control at the touch of a button, as well as an Integrated
Rain Sensor that signals the skylight to close at the first
sign of inclement weather. A small solar panel on the
exterior of the skylight charges a fully concealed battery.
Powered by the sun, this battery opens and closes the
skylight, and eliminates the need for an electrician during
For more information, visit veluxusa.com or whyskylights.
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An airy New England escape designed for an equestrian
and her family embraces the quiet beauty of the paddock.
“The home is part of the landscape. It
looks like it should be there. With the
horse pasture out back, it just feels right.”
–Ken Frommer, Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc.
The living room’s weathered trusses and the kitchen’s custom wood hood
and island lend a warm, rustic vibe, while the shimmering backsplash and
Forester Millwork’s cream-white cabinetry provide the polish. The Xs on
the island and console evoke those of a barn, and the light fixtures are
substantial but not heavy. The kitchen is Douglas Stevenson and Erin Tracey’s
favorite room; “When you’re in it, it feels really good,” says Tracey.
When one thinks of building a summer home in New
England, Sudbury typically isn’t the first locale that comes
to mind. But, for a dressage rider who lives, trains and
competes year-round in Florida, heading north to enjoy
New England’s short but sweet season with her family and
pack of horses was a natural fit. She has roots there, a barn
for her horses and rolling, family-owned land where she
could build a timeless Shingle-Style farmhouse. She and
her brother grew up just across the property’s yellow-green
fields, and, now, so will her daughters.
Down south, the family is used to living outdoors, so
when LDa Architecture & Interiors began to design the
client’s classic New England home, Principal Doug Dick
and Senior Associate Carter Williams knew to integrate
the landscape beyond the walls as much as the setting
within. After all, trading the sweltering Florida heat for
Massachusetts’ fresh, more temperate, summer is the
reason the family comes back every year.
Nestling the home within its site was of chief importance
to the client, and, as such, drove the home’s architecture.
LDa worked closely with Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc.
early on to determine “how the house would sit,” explains
Vice President and Senior Project Manager Ken Frommer.
As the house was placed within a low-lying wooded area
abutting the horse pasture, Kistler & Knapp worked hard
to ensure the elevation—which, ultimately, was higher than
the original grading—was just right to provide views and
easy access to the yard.
Kistler & Knapp Builders’ work on this house “was top-shelf in
every way,” says Carter Williams, and the stonework, all hand
laid by David Gravlin Masonry, on the chimney and along the
foundation, front entry and garage area, is incredible. Pella of
Boston’s Architectural Series of windows and doors struck just the
right note; the products’ beautifully refined details and iron ore
color were selected to complement the exterior cladding. Right:
The “lanai,” or covered porch, is a Florida amenity specifically
requested by the homeowners. From a construction standpoint,
Kistler & Knapp took special care to ensure that the exterior
materials were just as elegant as those inside, for a seamless
Architecture: LDa Architecture & Interiors
Construction: Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc.
Interior Design: LDa Architecture & Interiors
Windows and Doors: Pella of Boston
Photography: Greg Premru
Text: Sandy Giardi
Frommer credits the architectural team for including
the golden swaths of land and sky-high oaks within
the layout of the living spaces. It then fell to Kistler &
Knapp Builders, who did the site work as well as the
general contracting, to further develop the outdoor
vistas throughout the build process—preserving trees
whenever possible, or eliminating or adding them as
needed—explain Principal Douglas Stevenson and
Frommer. As a result of the two firms’ seamless and
highly efficient collaboration, the house feels deeply
connected to its site.
“As beautiful as this house is on the inside,” offers
Williams, “the experience of being inside is all about
looking out and connecting to this very special place.”
From the great room with its soaring cathedral ceilings,
to an enchanting, breath-of-fresh-air of a master
bedroom with stunning French doors and windows by
Pella that open to a private balcony, to the kitchen,
dining room, and even the mudroom, there are vantages
The home has a feeling of airiness and space without being overly grand.
The family comes here to relax; it’s pretty but not precious, and
meant to feel easy and calming.” –Carter Williams, LDa Architecture & Interiors
everywhere to the meadow, paddocks and barn. “Those
views have a lot of significance,” says Williams, “but it is
also just objectively beautiful land. We wanted to bring
that inside as much as possible.”
While the exterior of the homestead, with its classic
stone and shingles, copper gutters and downspouts, and
low-skirt apron roof celebrate a traditional New England
aesthetic, the interior takes a more minimalist approach,
and was designed to be “clean and simple,” maintains
Interior Design Associate Erin Tracey of LDa. The living
quarters reveal an elevated rusticity as well as flourishes of
“unexpected glamour.” However, it’s the intangible feeling
of airiness and “warm-weather” sensibility conjured by the
designers and contractor that may be the home’s crowning
achievement. As for the nods to an equestrian lifestyle?
Whether subtle, like the hide rug in the great room, or
overt, like the reclaimed trusses overhead, those details
are just plain fun. LDa was careful not to overdo the riding
references, says Tracey, “but it’s what our client loves and
what this place is all about.”
In the breezy master bedroom, Pella’s transom window with custom arched top and
French patio doors frame a spectacular view of the oak tree-lined pasture and lead to
a private deck. The hardware was upgraded to a distressed bronze for a rustic feel.
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in a garage in 1978 by President Brian Stowell’s father
with a table saw, radial saw and a belt sander from Sears.
From those humble roots, Crown Point has emerged as an
industry leader in inset wood cabinetry, and now operates
from a state-of-the-art facility with top-tier machinery and
artisans, and an inspired showroom of custom designs.
The family-run business has never lacked vision. In the
summer of 2018, Crown Point launched Crown Select, a
secondary line offering the same high-quality inset and
frameless cabinetry for a lesser investment. Crown Select
is the Toyota to Crown Point’s Lexus, maintains Stowell;
they are built by the same artisans, share the same quality
standards and use Crown Point’s beautifully durable ovenbaked
finish. Both Crown Point and Crown Select offer
custom fit appliance panels and accessories, including
recycling centers, tray and flatware dividers, rollout storage
and Lemans corner units. Each arrives blanket-wrapped
direct to the site and is backed by a comprehensive, 10-
year warranty, but there are some key differences. Crown
Point offers complete customization for those looking
to “reinvent-the-wheel,” while Crown Select boasts the
merits of Crown Point with limited customization, as well as
the following distinctions....
• 1-inch thick face frames, doors and drawer fronts (the
hallmark of the highest quality cabinet)
• $40,000-50,000 for the average kitchen (*does not
include install, countertops, backsplash or appliances)
• Hand-selected woods, including Cherry, Quarter Sawn
White Oak, Sapele and Walnut, and reclaimed woods
sourced from across the U.S.
• Full spectrum of customization, including projects with
unusual specs or contours
• Walnut dovetail drawers
• A choice of 158 standard paint colors, and the option
for a custom color. Sprayed and brushed applications
• Production time: 14-16 weeks from design finalization
• 3/4-inch thick face frames, doors and drawer fronts
(the industry standard)
• $27,000-32,000 for the average kitchen (*does not
include install, countertops, backsplash or appliances)
• Square inset, beaded inset or frameless construction
• Traditional maple dovetail drawers
• A choice of Cherry, Flat Sawn Oak and Beech
• Limited customization
• A choice of 20 paint shades on hard maple, “from the
whitest white to the darkest dark”
• Production time: 10-12 weeks from design finalization
For more information, visit crown-point.com and crownselect.com.
Hawthorn Builders uses the popular
cladding in rad and wonderful ways.
Photography: Greg Premru
The resident had an appreciation for the Magnolia look, but wanted to make the modern farmhouse style her own.
The Hawthorn team was encouraged to take artistic liberty, and shiplap was among the modes of expression.
Above, shiplap is offset by a band of reclaimed wood in the hood of the kitchen and, at left, used for the ceiling in
a sun-filled breakfast nook. Hawthorn Builders was strategic in its application. “You get just enough,” says Design
Associate Lauren Passaretti, “but it’s not overdone.”
While shiplap has been around forever,
there is no doubt that the clean-lined
application is the darling of home design.
Homeowners adore the rustic yet refined
“modern farmhouse” look, and shiplap is one of the
style’s defining features. Yes, Joanna Gaines of Magnolia
fame and television’s many home shows deserve some of
the credit, admit Design Associate Lauren Passaretti and
Jessica Chabot, VP Business Development and Design,
of Hawthorn Builders, but the two also attribute shiplap’s
renaissance to a trend away from “overly complicated
design” and a shift to a fresh, full look.
Roughly 60 percent of Hawthorn Builders’ clients are using
shiplap, says Chabot; no doubt, because it is affordable,
readily available, easy to install and can be used in any
number of ways. A new home in Needham beautifully
illustrates its versatility as well as the custom builder’s
inventive applications, which were used to create visual
texture. “We walked a fine line,” explains Passaretti,
“incorporating a detail with shiplap but not making it
overbearing or overpowering the whole space.”
“We selected creatively where it will get the most
attention, but in the right way,” she continues. Shiplap
adorns the graceful archway that leads to the kitchen,
giving the open-concept space definition and a sense of
ceremony, and clads a statement-making hood over the
stove. It also shines as a ceiling over the breakfast nook,
delineating the area and drawing attention to a change
in volume. “Even though there is no case opening or wall
definition for that space,” says Chabot, “the ceiling makes
it feel like it’s a different space even though it’s the same
room. Without the texture of the shiplap on the ceiling,
that space wouldn’t have been as successful.”
Shiplap’s dimension also has a cozy air and a way of
making a home feel well established, warding off a sense
of sterility that can accompany a new construction. The
master bath, another area where the team “mixed it
up,” shows how shiplap can bring warmth and additional
interest to the rear wall. Its horizontal lines draw the eye
through the space, elongating the room and connecting
Unlike other trends, Hawthorn Builders doesn’t expect
shiplap to go away anytime soon. In fact, Chabot,
conjuring her inner crystal ball, forecasts bigger and more
varied applications in the future. “I would like to see an
even more modern bent on it, where it gets even wider—
eight or 12 inches wide—where you get a really subtle
detail. I think that’s probably how it will morph.”
Shiplap has become an alternative to wainscoting and isn’t overly
fussy. Left, a shiplap archway ensures that the open-concept
layout doesn’t feel too “exposed,” and its lines guide you into the
kitchen. Above, Chabot had the idea of painting the bathroom
trim to match the cabinets to make the shiplap pop, while the
wood underfoot and on the mirrors provided a nice sense of
Photo by Michael J. Lee
What are all the sinks wearing? Statement-making fixtures that shine in the heart of the home. Waterstone is the brand in demand
for those with traditional taste and for those with a flair for the contemporary. The Gantry Faucet in satin brass (at right)
is a focal point in kitchen designer Donna Venegas’ own home and selected as it had the “height and the proportion to fit the
scale of the island.” To see what the designer would suggest for your kitchen renovation, visit Venegas and Company at venegasandcompany.com.
Monique’s Bath Showroom offers both fixtures shown above; ask for the Traditional Standard Reach
PLP Pulldown Faucet 5600 (left) or Waterstone’s The Gantry. Visit moniquesbathshowroom.com.
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Lighting + Shading + Technology.
Driven by the System 7, Wolfers Lighting,
and Boston Shade team.
Design Gallery at the Boston Design Center,
Online at StructureLighting.com.
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Image © Hubbardton Forge
Photography: Warren Patterson
These days, home theater systems are not
solely about movies, says Evan Struhl, President
and CEO of Cutting Edge Systems Corp.
“You can watch TV or choose to become captivated
by playing video games.” Along with streaming video,
gaming has become an obsession among millennials, and,
for the young residents of a beautiful new Beacon Hill
townhome, it is undoubtedly “their hot spot.”
They approached Cutting Edge Systems because they
wanted a “killer system” in their posh, high design living
room. The catch was that the impeccably tasteful space
couldn’t look like a home theater; it needed to be a “living
room without compromise,” says Struhl.
At the touch of button, a custom speaker, designed and
built by Cutting Edge Systems, rises from its hiding space
behind the sofa to meet a motorized, 120-inch Stewart
screen. A powerful subwoofer is housed in a hidden,
custom built cabinet behind the couch. The projector fires
up from across the room; Lutron shades lower to shut out
the outside world and the lighting dims, casting a warm
glow over the high-tech scene.
The audio electronics by JBL Synthesis, says Struhl, “are
the highest quality and usually reserved for dedicated
home theater rooms.” Typically, you wouldn’t use such
a grand system in a space like this, he continues, but his
clients “wanted a lot of impact and excitement to come
through.” Cutting Edge Systems was happy to comply,
installing the motorized soundbar/subwoofer behind the
couch and a fully calibrated surround sound system that is
built in, invisibly.
As important as it is, the gaming theater is just one
component of a whole-home integration system. Cutting
Edge Systems also configured music, using small aperture
speakers that mimic the overhead lighting fixtures, video,
Lutron Palladiom keypads, lighting and shades. All of the
electronics, including an enterprise computer network with
secure WiFi, is efficiently housed in an equipment rack that
slides in and out of a custom closet.
For more information, visit cuttingedgehome.com.
brendonproperties.com; Mary Prince Photography
Many enjoy the luxury of working in a dedicated
office behind closed doors, whether the space is
masculine and masterful like a study lined with
bookshelves by Fallon Custom Homes & Renovations
(below middle), or crisp and uncluttered like Carter &
Company’s bright home office (below right) with pops
of turquoise. Other designs create desk space within
a wall of woodwork, like the gracious dove gray
built-in by Brendon Properties (above), or define it
with millwork, carving out a polished workstation
within the wall of the room à la Adams + Beasley
Associates (below left) or as a “study hall” of
sorts, as in Nicholaeff Architecture + Design’s well
articulated—and well situated—custom workstation
(top right). Mellowes & Palladino Architect’s flawless
living room design (above right) takes a different tack,
allowing for the job to get done at a glass table in
the thick of things, overlooking the landscape. Yet
Oak Development & Design’s Tiny House turned
temporary office (top left) may well be the most genius
of all; its retirement plan includes a next life as an
Airbnb on a vacation spot up north.
adamsbeasley.com; Nat Rea Photography
mellowespaladino.com; Richard Mandelkorn Photography
nicholaeff.com; millwork: Kochman Reidt +
Haigh Cabinetmakers and Detail Millwork;
Richard Mandelkorn Photography
Working remotely is the
new norm. These smart
home office designs
suit any style.
falloncustomhomes.com; Eric Roth Photography
mcarterandco.com; Michael J. Lee Photography
THE BOLD LOOK
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Concept Building is stark and striking for its
use of disparate tones.
“What really separates this house from others,” says
Owner Jeff Capello of Concept Building, “is the strong
contrast between the dark floors, the bright walls, sharp
trim lines and the sleek counters. That combination
creates a stunning feel for the space.”
Right out of the gate, the divergent tones make an
impact. In the foyer, nontraditional trim “creates a layer
of cleanliness and sexiness that you don’t get in most
traditional homes,” says Capello. It not only makes
the entry hall a stunner, it raises the bar considerably
on the level of craft needed to execute the design
In the kitchen, Concept Building took “the bright and
exciting route” over a warm and traditional look and
merged the entertainment spaces to appeal to an active
family with a fun social life. Paired with an incredible
music system, that space “not only makes for a great
meal,” says Capello, “it makes for a great night.”
A modern den mingles comfortable furnishings with
crisp, clean lines, while a bifolding exterior door brings
the outside in. As with all of the living spaces, that spare
use of trim makes for an “unforgiving” build. Yet the
Visit conceptbuildinginc.com to learn more.
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Frank Webb Home on Lighting
While most people choose their lighting
fixtures based on how the fixture looks, you
should select bathroom lighting for how it
makes you look and how well it illuminates
this all-important space in your home.
“Bathrooms should have a combination of ambient and
task lighting,” explains Jim Henderson, Frank Webb
Home’s lighting specialist. “Ambient lighting is your main
lighting source. It’s designed to illuminate the space
evenly. This can be accomplished with a decorative
overhead fixture, recessed lighting or an exhaust fanlight.”
According to Henderson, task lighting is directed so that
you have proper illumination for shaving or applying
makeup. Your bathroom is also the place where you or
members of your family may need to check a thermometer
or take medications, so creating at least one section of
your bathroom with enough directed brightness to see fine
detail is important.
Sconces, positioned on either side of your mirror, are a
popular form of task lighting. These eliminate shadows
cast from harsh overhead light. “Many medicine cabinets
now have LED lighting built into the mirrors, plus interior
and nightlights,” says Henderson. “Plus, don’t forget your
shower lighting. It’s important for bathing and shaving your
legs. Look for fixtures that are actually rated waterproof if
they will be inside your shower.”
Whether you are looking for a dramatic ceiling fixture,
artful sconces for your vanity or a lighted medicine
cabinet, Frank Webb Home offers a wide array of options
and working displays to help you envision how the light
will enhance your bathroom. With a dozen showrooms in
Eastern Massachusetts, and 45 in all, a Frank Webb Home
lighting expert isn’t far from your home.
For more information, visit frankwebb.com/lighting.
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brookes + hill custom builders, inc. ushers in a new decade with dynamic changes.
It has been a banner year at brookes + hill custom
builders, inc. The high-end custom builder and renovator
is celebrating its 10th year in business, and has marked the
milestone by moving to a new Waltham office, launching a
compelling new website and by promoting Jessica Griffith
to the role of principal, joining Eric Hill (pictured above
left) and David Brookes (right) at the helm.
Griffith, who has been at the company for seven years,
has, by all accounts, earned her new title. “She has the
respect of everyone in the industry,” asserts Eric Hill, “and
has become a tremendous asset because of how she
works and who she is.” As brookes + hill has grown, the
firm has become increasingly reliant on Griffith. “She has
accepted the responsibilities and has been a really great
fit,” says David Brookes. “This was our way to recognize
One of brookes + hill’s foremost virtues is the high
involvement of its principals. With that operational
structure, it follows that the boutique firm’s growth would
necessitate a third leader, and Griffith is well respected
within the industry. “We only take on what we can be
personally involved in,” says Brookes. “That’s something
that a lot of people cannot claim.”
Because each project is “so custom and personal,” seconds
Griffith, at least one or two principals are invested in every
project—whether in the city proper or in Greater Boston.
“There are not a lot of people that do what we do,” says
Brookes. The custom builds and renovations of brookes +
hill are complex and unique projects that require careful
oversight and management. “That’s what makes us strong.”
Visit brookesandhill.com to meet the principals in a short
video and learn more.
Derek Stearns is the Manager of Marketing, Sales and Design at Plymouth
Quarries, the 105-year-old Hingham quarry known for its Weymouth Granite.
Derek spearheads Plymouth Quarries’ education and mentorship program
that supports vo-tech schools, including South Shore Technical High School
in Hanover, Mass. Derek’s masonry expertise and communication skills have
been showcased on guest spots on PBS and as co-host of two national TV
shows. He is a regular keynote speaker at trade shows nationwide.
Ten years ago, when Derek Stearns and his cousin Dean
Marsico, head of executive sales and design at Plymouth
Quarries, were crisscrossing the U.S., and airing 200
episodes for “Rock Solid” and “Indoors Out,” they kept
hearing the same irritating line: The next generation
doesn’t like to work. “We were seeing ads showing a
piece of equipment that does the work of four people at
conventions,” says Derek, so we started to investigate this
so-called lack of labor.
Lumping an entire generation of kids together and claiming
they are all alike didn’t sit well with Derek. “That’s a
lie,” he says emphatically, “and I decided I didn’t want to
take part in that anymore. I didn’t want to talk about kids
that way.” He knew there were hard workers out there,
he and Dean would just have to figure out where to find
them—locally. “I just started knocking on doors,” he says.
“These kids don’t know you and you don’t know them, but
they’re out there and they want to work.”
Plymouth Quarries, a 105-year-old cornerstone in the region’s
stone industry, includes an educational component
as part of its mission that exposes students from South
Shore Vo-Tech and other schools to the rich opportunities
in the landscape field in a year-round program. Through
Dean and Derek with students from South Shore Technical High School.
the partnership, students see the full scope of landscape
design, tour the facility’s interior and exterior showrooms,
and learn about the products and what goes on in the
fabrication shop. They explore the different types of stone,
brick and concrete pavers and start to visualize how they
can work with these materials from a design perspective.
“The kids get jazzed up,” says Derek. “They really do.”
For Derek, fueling that fire was personal. “I struggled in
high school, with reading and books,” he admits. The one
thing he had, though, was building stone projects with his
dad, who was a master stone cutter. Derek recalls repairing
his first set of steps. The job gave him $500 in his pocket,
and, even better, a sense of pride. “I was like, ‘Wow! I like
this!’” As Derek wasn’t a “college kid,” he went to work.
“I started building and getting creative, and I have to say
it saved me.”
Many of the students on Plymouth Quarries’ program can
relate, and Derek is all about their empowerment. The
landscape industry has so much opportunity, he underscores.
“It is a multi-billion dollar industry. Let’s give it
some numbers.” It isn’t a cop-out, it’s a calling, and it’s
for this reason that Derek welcomes parents to join him
on tours and school info sessions. “In ten minutes they’re
thinking about the industry in a completely
Derek wholeheartedly believes that
Plymouth Quarries as a business has a
responsibility to the next generation. “We
can’t just expect them to find their way by
chance. We’ve got to reach out to them.”
A great career and living are within reach.
“They just don’t know it yet.”
Fifty men and women running design
companies, contracting businesses and
architecture firms are waiting to hire the
groups from South Shore Vo-Tech after
graduation. “I tell the kids all the time:
‘We have so many companies waiting to
meet you,’” says Derek. “They have no
idea how important they are.”
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Interior Design: DSK Interiors
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