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<strong>Volume</strong> X<br />

A publication of Boston Design Guide<br />

TRADE SECRETS<br />

FROM THE MASTERS OF<br />

INTERIOR<br />

DESIGN


WHEN THE VERY BEST CRAFTMANSHIP MATTERS<br />

Photographer: Eric Roth<br />

NEW HOMES | RENOVATIONS | HISTORIC PRESERVATION<br />

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Start with a clean slate.<br />

Photography: Nat Rea / Designer: Vani Sayeed Studios


Photography by Dan Cutrona<br />

WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS — WWW.JANGLEYSTEENINC.COM<br />

JGA


From the Publisher<br />

SCAN FOR SECRETS!<br />

Every publication of BDG strives to provide an immersive experience that inspires,<br />

informs, and ignites a passion for all things design. This Trade Secrets issue of<br />

<strong>PRELUDE</strong> is no exception, unveiling a collection of awe-inspiring projects from<br />

BDG’s Masters of Interior Design with their exclusive design tips, resources, and<br />

guidance at your fingertips through the scan of a QR code.<br />

From furnishings to furniture, wallcoverings to window coverings, our top design<br />

experts will reveal their must-have resources and requirements that make interior<br />

design an artform. Immerse yourself in the design philosophies that brand each<br />

designer as these QR codes further reveal links to their company information<br />

and social pages, along with exclusive BDG spotlight features. Reimagine what’s<br />

possible in your spaces. Learn. . . that it’s all in the details!<br />

Please enjoy this special tenth edition of <strong>PRELUDE</strong>, our semi-annual, direct<br />

mail publication, soon to be followed by BDG’s 27th annual guide of fine home<br />

furnishings, products and services.<br />

@BostonDesignGuide<br />

@BostonDesignGuide<br />

@BostonDesignMag<br />

Melanie Perillo, Publisher<br />

EXCLUSIVE TRADE SECRETS BY TOP INTERIOR<br />

DESIGN PROS!<br />

PUBLISHER<br />

Melanie Perillo<br />

EDITOR<br />

Maddie Brisbane<br />

DESIGN DIRECTOR<br />

Rob Silsby<br />

MARKETING COORDINATOR<br />

Talia Padilla<br />

OPERATIONS MANAGER<br />

Ian Kaplan<br />

ACCOUNT MANAGERS<br />

Lisa Almquist<br />

Ian Kaplan<br />

Colleen Keelan<br />

Maureen Lampert<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Chuck Choi<br />

Dan Cutrona<br />

Jessica Delaney<br />

Rob Karosis<br />

Michael J. Lee<br />

Warren Patterson<br />

Greg Premru<br />

Nat Rea<br />

Sarah Winchester<br />

INTERN<br />

Anna Munuz<br />

Cover: Interior Design: Kotzen Interiors LLP; Photography: Michael J. Lee<br />

There is<br />

more great design than we<br />

can squeeze into one magazine.<br />

Scan our QR Codes to go<br />

beyond the print!<br />

www.bostondesignguide.com<br />

BDG <strong>PRELUDE</strong> - <strong>Volume</strong> X, 2023, prints biannually and is published<br />

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TRADE SECRETS OF TOP<br />

INTERIOR<br />

DESIGNERS<br />

SCAN<br />

ME!<br />

Our hand-picked selection of top designers makes interior design an artform.<br />

Crafting rooms and curating resources with skill and expertise, BDG has the<br />

exclusive opportunity to reveal some of their best trade secrets and design<br />

philosophies that will inspire you and your spaces. Scan each QR code for<br />

a special BDG spotlight on these projects and their resources and for more<br />

information on our Masters of Interior Design.<br />

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TRADE SECRETS of INTERIOR DESIGNERS<br />

Jessica Delaney Photography<br />

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“Making antiques livable<br />

in modern-day design...”<br />

SCAN FOR<br />

THE RESOURCES<br />

ACAMPORA INTERIORS<br />

We love to look for ways to incorporate antique pieces into<br />

our design projects. A mix of old and new requires finding a<br />

balance between preserving the historic charm of the antique<br />

piece while also adapting it to fit modern functionality and<br />

aesthetics. In our Suburban Retreat project, we added antique<br />

chairs to the dining room that needed to be modified to fit the<br />

height of a traditional table. Working with an expert craftsman,<br />

we created extensions to the legs that perfectly matched the<br />

existing design. A little trade secret that really paid off.<br />

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“Challenge the Status-Quo...”<br />

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TRADE SECRETS of INTERIOR DESIGNERS<br />

BLAKELY INTERIOR DESIGN<br />

The Blakely philosophy is rooted in a bold approach to design and an uncompromising<br />

commitment to an elevated project experience. Through collaboration and leadership,<br />

our experienced team of creatives serves as your true project partner each step of the<br />

way, providing thoughtful solutions and a highly personal level of service. Our clientacclaimed<br />

signature process allows us to get to know you on a profound level to create<br />

a design that considers how you’ll live in every square foot. The result is a distinctive,<br />

intentionally designed home that focuses on function as much as form.<br />

SCAN FOR<br />

THE RESOURCES<br />

Greg Premru Photography<br />

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“Incorporate the unexpected...”<br />

Greg Premru Photography<br />

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TRADE SECRETS of INTERIOR DESIGNERS<br />

DIGS DESIGN<br />

I want all my spaces to deliver a sense of fun and the best way to do that<br />

is with an unexpected element, a bit of a surprise statement, that takes<br />

the room to the next level. My trick when layering bold color and textiles<br />

is balance - I offset the statement pieces with quieter moments and use<br />

vintage furnishings and natural materials to ground the color. We add in<br />

fun pops of color for personality and elements of surprise to the design<br />

without disturbing the flow of the main living areas.<br />

SCAN FOR<br />

THE RESOURCES<br />

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“Mix and match your<br />

rugs; what’s under your<br />

feet never has to break<br />

the bank...”<br />

ERIC HAYDEL DESIGN<br />

A designer’s best friends are always their trade sources; even sources like Stark Carpet,<br />

who offers both contemporary and traditional approaches to rugs and carpeting. Often<br />

to work within our clients’ budgets, we will take Stark’s wide band carpets & have them<br />

cut to size while binding or trimming the edges with a contrasting cotton or leather<br />

edge to achieve a “just for your home” look. Add in traditional, contemporary and even<br />

a little artistic under your feet will add to the personality of your home.<br />

SCAN FOR<br />

THE RESOURCES<br />

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TRADE SECRETS of INTERIOR DESIGNERS<br />

Warren Patterson Photography<br />

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TRADE SECRETS of INTERIOR DESIGNERS<br />

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Michael J. Lee Photography; Kirsten Francis Photography<br />

“Don’t be afraid of<br />

mixing patterns...”<br />

SCAN FOR<br />

THE RESOURCES<br />

ERIN GATES DESIGN<br />

Everyone has a different tolerance for mixing patterns. Some<br />

people like the cacophony of an eclectic and busy mix; others<br />

prefer something more calming. A safe rule of thumb: in one room<br />

you can mix one geometric pattern, one small scale or stripe, and<br />

one organic (floral, paisley, etc.) among your rugs, upholstery,<br />

pillows, and drapes. Having a home that creates a sense of peace,<br />

happiness and expression is an invaluable asset to a well lived life.<br />

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“It’s all about collaboration...”<br />

HEATHER VAUGHAN DESIGN<br />

Heather Vaughan Design is a luxury design firm specializing in creating beautiful custom<br />

spaces. Trade secret; Collaboration! We believe the most enduring and successful<br />

design projects are the result of a collaboration between a trusting client, an open and<br />

experienced design team, and valued trade partners. Good design is always co-created.<br />

We listen carefully to our clients’ needs, wants, and wishes and encourage them to share<br />

inspirations and ideas. Client participation in the design development process allows<br />

us to present highly detailed design customized to their taste and lifestyle. That spirit<br />

of open communication and collaboration extends to our trades people, artisans, and<br />

makers. These valued partners are behind the custom work that HVD is known for.<br />

SCAN FOR<br />

THE RESOURCES<br />

Michael J. Lee Photography<br />

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“It’s your home, don’t be<br />

afraid to show off your<br />

personal style...”<br />

INTERIOLOGY DESIGN CO.<br />

Our design team starts every project by listening. What do you love? How do you want your<br />

space to feel? Together, we explore design concepts and create a personalized solution that<br />

exceeds your expectations. Our clients loved blue so in this kitchen project we paired glossy<br />

lacquer with contemporary walnut cabinetry. For the family home on the right, we carried our<br />

clients’ love of color throughout, from the dining area with bold artwork and a wallpapered<br />

ceiling to their child’s room with wallpaper that mimics the home’s water views.<br />

SCAN FOR<br />

THE RESOURCES<br />

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TRADE SECRETS of INTERIOR DESIGNERS<br />

Jared Kuzia Photography<br />

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TRADE SECRETS<br />

“Every room needs<br />

a surprise...”<br />

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Sarah Winchester Photography


TRADE SECRETS of INTERIOR DESIGNERS<br />

INTERIOR DESIGNERS<br />

KATE COUGHLIN INTERIORS<br />

The best part of our job is working with trusting clients. Every room needs<br />

a surprise. It’s those things that a client might initially struggle with, which<br />

end up making the room. Our test is always, “Do we truly love it?” and<br />

“Would we want to live there?”<br />

SCAN FOR<br />

THE RESOURCES<br />

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“Each room should speak for itself...”<br />

KOTZEN INTERIORS<br />

My designs are timeless yet unique for each client to reflect their individuality<br />

and lifestyle. The inspiration for every space is the client themselves, with the<br />

intended functionality for the space as the driving force for the design process.<br />

With these key factors in mind, I start the process of layering textures and patterns<br />

and balancing colors in each space. Antique writing slopes are some of my “go-to”<br />

pieces as they add a bit of history that works with any design style.<br />

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THE RESOURCES<br />

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TRADE SECRETS of INTERIOR DESIGNERS<br />

Michael J. Lee Photography<br />

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“Live Life in Layers...”<br />

ROBIN GANNON INTERIORS<br />

At Robin Gannon Interiors, we are all about layered, intelligent<br />

design with a nod to the past. As our designs reflect, we think<br />

about spaces in layers. Each layer complements the one before<br />

it, creating richness and depth. This is very much like our lives:<br />

our experiences, interests, passions, and travels create the<br />

people we become. We believe your home should reflect that!<br />

Playing with color and texture, mixing the old and the new – this<br />

is how we create truly timeless spaces.<br />

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TRADE SECRETS of INTERIOR DESIGNERS<br />

Michael J. Lee Photography<br />

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TRADE SECRETS of INTERIOR DESIGNERS<br />

Tria Giovan Photography<br />

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“Work within a limited<br />

non-neutral color palette<br />

to create spaces that pack<br />

a punch but still evoke a<br />

sense of serenity...”<br />

SCAN FOR<br />

THE RESOURCES<br />

SLC INTERIORS<br />

Designing a relaxing room doesn’t mean you can’t use color and<br />

pattern. In this Primary Bedroom, we’ve applied a beautiful coral<br />

wallcovering to give the room personality. We’ve balanced it with<br />

crisp whites and soft hues in similar tones, so there’s a sense of<br />

consistency and order. You don’t need to use a monochromatic<br />

palette to achieve this holistic feel, rather, work within a narrow<br />

range of saturation across the color wheel. It will help your<br />

room maintain a serene feeling and allow for an easy and playful<br />

mixing of patterns and textures. The result: a unique and forward<br />

feeling Primary Bedroom.<br />

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“Let art lead the way...”<br />

TASTE DESIGN INC.<br />

When you have a client with a compelling art collection, let it serve as a springboard<br />

for the design. By selecting quality millwork and finishes and carefully planning interior<br />

spaces, you allow each work of art to have a revered place while retaining the classic,<br />

comfortable feel of a coastal summer home. Helping create this congruous arrangement<br />

is Benjamin Moore’s Cloud Cover, painted on the walls, trim, and ceiling of the living<br />

spaces. This uniform canvas lets art lead the way and helps ensure our compositions<br />

complement, rather than compete, with the artwork.<br />

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THE RESOURCES<br />

Nat Rea Photography<br />

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“Blend classic design with contemporary colors and<br />

patterns to create a fresh and timeless feeling...”<br />

TRELLIS HOME DESIGN<br />

I love juxtaposing classic style with a more contemporary use of color,<br />

art or fabrics - Many of our projects are secondary vacation homes that<br />

are built for families of all different ages to gather and entertain. We<br />

specialize in creating homes that are not only beautiful and a reflection<br />

of each client’s lifestyle, but also homes that are meant to appeal to<br />

all ages and become a special place for families and friends to create<br />

memories in for generations to come.<br />

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TRADE SECRETS of INTERIOR DESIGNERS<br />

Jessica Delaney Photography<br />

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LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION | MASONRY | MAINTENANCE<br />

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Shaping<br />

Kistler + Knapp Builders transform<br />

and refine a shingle-style turret.<br />

Style<br />

Architect: Hart Associates Architects; Interiors: Jennifer Palumbo Interior Design; Structural Engineer: Siegel Associates, Inc.<br />

As an integral part of a comprehensive renovation project,<br />

this exquisite Woods Hole manor required a crucial<br />

modification to elevate the home’s facade. Despite its<br />

vast size, the eye is instinctively drawn to the turret,<br />

which proudly serves as the main entrance. However, the<br />

formerly stout and conical shape of the turret left room<br />

for improvement. That’s when the discerning homeowners<br />

turned to the skilled professionals at Kistler + Knapp<br />

Builders to create a bell-shaped turret that harmonizes<br />

perfectly with the shingle style architecture. “It is a much<br />

more elegant approach across the board,” says Principal<br />

Reihl Mahoney of the new exterior aesthetic. It also<br />

provided an opportunity to enhance the interior foyer.<br />

“To maintain the same curves as the roof itself on the<br />

inside, each rafter is one piece,” Mahoney explains, which<br />

in turn allows the rafters to precisely mirror the exterior<br />

form. This meticulous attention to detail ensured that the<br />

interior lines followed the exterior’s graceful contours. To<br />

emphasize this architectural element, new curved sash<br />

windows and a captivating pendant chandelier were<br />

immaculately installed. Though the chandelier was no easy<br />

feat, a series of mockups guided the design to the finish<br />

line, and the final results edge toward perfection.<br />

To learn more about Kistler & Knapp Builders visit<br />

kistlerandknapp.com<br />

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ABOVE: Neolith Calacatta Silk Porcelain & Fireplace is Infinity Nero Marquina Satin Porcelain (Project with Zen Spaces Development & Scandia Kitchens, Inc.)<br />

BELOW: Infinity Calacatta Magnifico Polished Porcelain<br />

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Newton - Showroom:<br />

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Phone: 617-527-2558 Fax: 617-527-2588<br />

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Photo by Michael J. Lee<br />

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truly HAND-CRAFTED CABINETRY AND FURNITURE<br />

Designer: Nicole Hirsch Interiors; Photographer: Sarah Winchester Studios<br />

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Jewelry Box<br />

THE<br />

CM Ragusa builds quality into every square inch of this compact home.<br />

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Though compact in size, this stylish sanctuary makes a major statement. Once a<br />

blue-collar dwelling dating back to the 1700’s, its latest iteration, custom built<br />

and renovated by CM Ragusa Builders, is brimming with luxury. The home is a<br />

treasure trove of elegance and comfort that is optimized for modern living, aptly<br />

coined “The Jewelry Box” for its dazzling details. Bountiful upscale finishes instill a<br />

refined sophistication in every inch of the compact space. Bronze and brass hardware<br />

glisten on cabinetry that flows throughout the kitchen and dining spaces. Calacatta<br />

Viola marble lines the kitchen island, full service storage bar, and serves as a lavish<br />

backdrop for an exquisite La Cornue Château 150 range and adjacent Flamberge<br />

rotisserie oven. Space is further maximized in the kitchen with a sleek spice rack that<br />

gracefully retreats into the marble.<br />

“When renovating the property, we wanted not only to capture its history, but also<br />

to elevate and make it better than ever,” says Cal Reinhart, CM Ragusa’s Director of<br />

Operations. The home’s 18th century roots and tight size called for careful planning<br />

and thoughtful design to optimize the space. “To carve out a private backyard, the<br />

layout was completely flipped,” notes Reinhart. “We shifted the original structure to<br />

the front of the property, which was originally a vast front yard exposed to heavier<br />

foot traffic.” In the early phases of the project, waterproofing was crucial given the<br />

home’s adjacency to a pre-colonial waterway once used for commerce in the bustling<br />

coastal New England town. “We brought the structure down to its original post and<br />

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eam frame, excavated the site, and made way for a new,<br />

watertight foundation that could handle the site’s high<br />

water table,” Reinhart explains. Despite the intensive<br />

adjustments, the home’s facade preserves period correct<br />

characteristics including its original clapboard reveal.<br />

Working with the original structure also meant working<br />

with limited dimensions. To give the small space a grand<br />

feel, an abundance of rhythmic detailing was impeccably<br />

installed, including custom moldings that adorn the<br />

vaulted ceilings. From the baseboards to the wall<br />

paneling, the casing to the coffers, every molding was<br />

custom cut, showcasing CM Ragusa’s exceptional<br />

in-house millwork. “You can really see the craftsmanship<br />

that went into this project,” says Reinhart. The primary<br />

suite exudes an old-world grandeur, with black walnut<br />

and brass finishes that cleverly conceal a plethora of<br />

modern conveniences, including a large television that<br />

can be raised and lowered from the bed’s footboard. An<br />

elegant sliding ladder in the spacious “dressing room”<br />

leads to a lofted exercise space that houses a rowing<br />

machine. Ubiquitous smart home capabilities, including<br />

Josh.ai integration, serves a dual purpose: enhancing<br />

daily life while optimizing the structural efficiency of<br />

the space. This seamless blend of historical charm and<br />

contemporary luxury proves that even with a small<br />

footprint, attention to detail can create an experience<br />

that is larger-than-life.<br />

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BURSTING WITH LUXURY, THE JEWELRY BOX IS A WORK OF ART<br />

THAT PROVES THE POWER OF DETAILS.<br />

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HISTORY REINTERPRETED<br />

ARCHITECT PATRICK AHEARN RELEASES SECOND NEW BOOK<br />

The second published work<br />

from celebrated classical<br />

architect Patrick Ahearn,<br />

History Reinterpreted<br />

showcases the reimagination<br />

of the north wing of the<br />

1871 Myles Standish Hotel<br />

in Duxbury, Massachusetts,<br />

detailing the process of its<br />

dramatic transformation into<br />

a grand dame seaside estate.<br />

The step-by-step architectural<br />

metamorphosis unfolds<br />

from cover to cover, fascinating anyone who has ever<br />

wondered “what if” about a once vibrant aging property.<br />

As a case study in narrative-driven design, the book<br />

demonstrates how historically motivated augmentation<br />

and renovation can be brilliantly achieved without<br />

sacrificing any contemporary convenience. Ahearn deftly<br />

details the how and why of changes to both the interior<br />

and exterior program. By touching upon inspiring past<br />

works, he explains how the preservation of an idea as<br />

opposed to a precise structure can tug at the sentiments<br />

of memory, present an authentic attitude, and elicit a<br />

nostalgic response.<br />

The volume includes Ahearn’s own hand drawings, before<br />

and after floor plans, and countless full-page photographs<br />

from both yesterday and today to delight architecture<br />

and history buffs alike. Thanks to modern technology the<br />

printed page comes alive; readers can see the original<br />

hotel wing being moved onto a newly poured foundation<br />

and hear hotel chimes more than a century old being<br />

rung in present day.<br />

Captivating with a journey back in time and a window into<br />

Ahearn’s architectural processes, History Reinterpreted<br />

is the story of a home expertly redesigned to live for<br />

the future while respecting the past, and is an inspiring<br />

addition to any library of design books.<br />

Visit patrickahearn.com to order your copy.<br />

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Georgian<br />

REIMAGINED<br />

Revival<br />

Photography: Chuck Choi<br />

Originally built in 1905, this Georgian Revival was<br />

upgraded with a reconceptualized modern addition.<br />

Though a prior addition was added mid-century, it was<br />

clear that there was room for improvement. That’s when<br />

the owners called upon Thoughtforms Corporation to<br />

build out a newly designed addition that “respects the<br />

fabric of the community while allowing a more current<br />

aesthetic to be added,” says Mark Doughty, Principal at<br />

Thoughtforms. In fact, the entire home was renovated to<br />

harmonize contemporary elements with family friendly<br />

spaces. By gutting the interiors, Thoughtforms added<br />

insulation to improve the home’s energy efficiency, which<br />

Doughty explains brought the home into the modern era<br />

with respect to comfort, health, and energy performance.<br />

Blending contemporary and classic styles was only natural<br />

given the home’s proximity to an abundance of both<br />

contemporary and historic architecture. The resulting<br />

two-story extension includes the kitchen, primary suite, a<br />

dining area and family room. Its facade showcases COR-<br />

TEN steel cladding, selected for its minimalist aesthetics<br />

and unique “living” finish, which undergoes changes in<br />

color and texture as it interacts with its surroundings. An<br />

iron trellis frames an outdoor patio and offers a seamless<br />

indoor/outdoor transition. On the main home, exterior<br />

brick and roofing were restored to revitalize its revered<br />

character. “The clients really appreciated the exterior, but<br />

were excited to turn the interior space into their own,”<br />

notes Doughty. Echoing the addition’s aesthetic, the<br />

home’s interiors offer a minimalist, contemporary feel,<br />

with a showstopping entryway that immediately sets the<br />

tone. Through its evolution, the home embraces a forwardthinking<br />

design that honors a timeless essence.<br />

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The formal entry is a focal point on the reinvigorated Georgian facade.<br />

Stepping into the front foyer, a striking introduction to reimagined interiors<br />

ensues, featuring a dazzling dual staircase and a statement light fixture.<br />

Adjacent to the foyer is an intimate seating area that hints at what’s to come in<br />

the neighboring family room that makes up the first floor of the addition. The<br />

layout flows effortlessly toward bordering outdoor living spaces.<br />

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Top: The new addition carries on the intention of its predecessor, which was to bring the outside in. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors<br />

open up to an elevated outdoor patio enveloped by a vine adorned iron trellis.<br />

Bottom: (left) The second story of the addition features a bright kitchen with clean lines and contemporary elements that fit the bill for<br />

modern living. (right) The renovated basement space shows that less is more with a bold rug that conversates with the space’s linear cadence.<br />

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INTRODUCING<br />

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INTERIORS<br />

When Crown Point opened in 1979, they set the gold<br />

standard for custom cabinetry. Today, they continue to<br />

surprise and delight, delivering exciting new details that<br />

exemplify luxury.<br />

When the inside is every bit as gorgeous as the outside,<br />

you know it’s top-tier design. The interior of every<br />

furniture-grade Crown Point cabinet is crafted of premium<br />

American black walnut, as part of their new standard line.<br />

The rich walnut cabinet interiors are always a beautiful<br />

surprise. “Walnut organizational components are an<br />

interior treat,” says Brian Stowell of Crown Point. “Your<br />

storage needs are met, and walnut promises long-term<br />

durability. When you open up the doors on a cabinet and<br />

you look at that walnut, never having seen it before, you<br />

are taken aback by its beauty.”<br />

The most beautiful part? This next-level upgrade comes at<br />

no extra cost. Crown Point is only raising the bar, yet again.<br />

Visit www.crown-point.com learn more about Crown Point<br />

and Crown Select custom cabinets.<br />

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Unchanging Commitment<br />

Times have changed... Schumacher<br />

Companies’ commitment to their clients<br />

has not. Their original promise to stay<br />

true to the values of craftsmanship,<br />

integrity, and impeccable service remains<br />

true as ever today.<br />

Schumachers have been working the soil for generations.<br />

In 1965, the Schumacher family farm in Lexington inspired<br />

John Schumacher to start a landscaping business that<br />

eventually became one of the largest landscape companies<br />

in New England. Forty-eight years later John’s son David<br />

continues the Schumacher tradition, creating works of<br />

timeless value that honor the visions that inspired them.<br />

Boasting hundreds of years of experience spanning<br />

multiple generations, the Landscape Artisans of the<br />

Schumacher Companies recall an earlier era when working<br />

with the land was a skill acquired through years of hard<br />

work and apprenticeship. They understand both the gritty<br />

nature and the aesthetic spirit of landscaping as only<br />

dedicated professionals can. Tour our work at some of New<br />

England’s finest homes and you will see that the employees<br />

of the Schumacher Companies share a common goal:<br />

to provide the absolute best in landscape construction,<br />

maintenance, irrigation, and masonry.<br />

Visit www.dschumacher.com to learn more.<br />

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THE EXPERIENCE LAB:<br />

AN AMBITIOUS DEPARTURE FROM A TRADITIONAL SHOWROOM<br />

TSP Smart Spaces breaks away from traditional productfocused<br />

showrooms by introducing an immersive journey<br />

into the world of smart home technology integration.<br />

Located in Boston's vibrant SoWa Art + Design District,<br />

the Experience Lab is a newly renovated 3,700 squarefoot<br />

showroom that allows visitors to tangibly experience<br />

the differences offered by the latest technology solutions.<br />

Serving as a luxury residential automation showroom, a<br />

fully functional commercial audio/visual demonstration<br />

space, and a dynamic hybrid workspace, the Experience<br />

Lab offers a versatile environment that showcases<br />

technology solutions from TSP’s trusted partners.<br />

To provide visitors with a glimpse into cutting-edge design<br />

possibilities, technology installations are seamlessly<br />

integrated throughout the space in various ways. “We<br />

have exposed, architectural, and invisible installations<br />

integrated throughout the space,” explains Michael Oh,<br />

President of TSP Smart Spaces. With the installation of<br />

Josh.ai voice control, visitors can experience touch-free<br />

voice activation for tasks like adjusting lighting, music<br />

volume, and color tones in real time. The showroom also<br />

features a keypad wall that showcases design-led light<br />

control with a wide range of customizable button options.<br />

Blending innovative technology with sophisticated design,<br />

the Experience Lab exhibits a refined aesthetic that<br />

illustrates a harmonious coexistence between technology<br />

upgrades and beautiful design. “In the showroom, we<br />

present different vignettes that give an idea of different<br />

possibilities design-wise,” notes Aaron Stallings, Director<br />

of Smart Spaces. The showroom's grand finale is a home<br />

theater that provides an immersive cinematic experience,<br />

featuring a striking and colorful mural by local artist Silvia<br />

López Chavez. The theater is meticulously designed to<br />

block external light and sound, creating a captivating<br />

setting enhanced by top-quality audio/visual systems.<br />

Through an array of comprehensive demonstrations,<br />

visitors gain a holistic experience that demystifies the<br />

distinctions among various technology options. Fueled by<br />

innovation and creativity, the Experience Lab reimagines<br />

the home as a sanctuary of comfort, entertainment,<br />

security, and productivity. Check out TSP at www.tsp.space.<br />

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A<br />

As part of a multi-home revival on a serene cul-de-sac<br />

in Dover, MA, McCormack Builders’ renovation of this<br />

spacious family home was simply meant to be. Guided by<br />

the homeowner’s discerning vision, Mike McCormack and<br />

his team breathed new life into this former spec house,<br />

creating a functional and inviting environment that blends<br />

quality craftsmanship with thoughtful design.<br />

Central to the homeowner’s vision was an open concept<br />

layout that fosters an easy flow between gathering spaces.<br />

To achieve this, the rear of the house was extended by 10<br />

feet, allowing for the addition of a custom pantry and a<br />

sunroom off the kitchen. The sunroom, designed to be a<br />

versatile space for indoor/outdoor living, boasts a fireplace<br />

with stylish millwork that creates a cozy space for the family<br />

of football fans to revel in game-day excitement. Adorned<br />

with low-maintenance granite flooring and phantom<br />

screens that offer refreshing breezes and captivating<br />

views of the surrounding area, the sunroom opens up to a<br />

convenient grill area just steps away.<br />

The kitchen, a true highlight of the home, exudes both<br />

functionality and elegance. It is equipped with Sub Zero<br />

appliances, double 11-foot islands, and double wall ovens<br />

that are integrated into stunning white oak cabinetry. A<br />

custom-designed pantry, with reeded glass, white oak<br />

cabinetry, brass hardware, and accent wallpaper, was<br />

meticulously crafted to minimize clutter while maintaining a<br />

cohesive aesthetic that extends into the adjacent mudroom.<br />

As McCormack puts it, “We put the time and effort into<br />

ensuring that every single detail is thought through on<br />

every project.” The team’s unwavering commitment to<br />

quality is reflected in the carefully-selected premium<br />

materials used in the renovation. The end result is not just a<br />

house, but a home built to last, offering a comfortable and<br />

enduring living space to be cherished for years to come.<br />

Interior Design: Jennifer Stone<br />

Photography: Bob O’Connor (exteriors); Michael J. Lee (interiors)<br />

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Dover Dream<br />

A remarkable renovation project designed<br />

for year-round family living and entertaining.<br />

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Top: A welcoming living room offers an indoor family retreat, featuring an eye-catching fireplace with an exquisite herringbone texture.<br />

Bottom (L to R): With double islands and a clutter-minimizing pantry, the kitchen provides ample space for entertaining. A cohesive design<br />

aesthetic harmonizes the kitchen, pantry, and mudroom spaces. Notable features include elegant v-shaped millwork, brass hardware, tranquil blue<br />

tones, and accent upholstery and wallpaper.<br />

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the New Classic<br />

A traditional Georgian home embraces<br />

a fresh vision that blends timeless<br />

elements with contemporary flair.<br />

Striking a balance between preserving<br />

classic elements and adapting the space to<br />

accommodate a young family, Kate Coughlin,<br />

owner of Coughlin Interiors, and Eric Lien, owner<br />

of Lien Enterprises, set out to reimagine this<br />

classic Georgian home’s potential. What ensued<br />

was a gut renovation that would create a familyfriendly<br />

feel with plenty of space for the family<br />

of six. The homeowners, who had worked with<br />

Coughlin on a previous project, envisioned an<br />

open concept that felt “welcoming, inviting, and<br />

comfortable,” says Coughlin.<br />

As repeat clients, Coughlin had a sense of their<br />

style from the beginning. “They love antiques,<br />

and I love mixing those in with contemporary<br />

pieces. It creates a setting that is more personalized.”<br />

Elegant interior spaces echo the traditional<br />

exterior, with unique elements that offer a<br />

modern edge. The formal living room is rooted<br />

in classic simplicity, with a white palette that offers<br />

a bright and cheery aesthetic. A high gloss<br />

ceiling serves as an element of surprise that<br />

flows elegantly to support the overall concept for<br />

the space. Custom upholstered furnishings add<br />

swatches of blue to the space, with Pierre Frey<br />

linen print chairs that exude a timeless sophistication.<br />

With comfort and durability driving the<br />

family-centered design, “every piece of furniture<br />

needed to pass the sit test,” says Coughlin. “It<br />

was important that every part of the home felt<br />

welcoming to the whole family.”<br />

To reinvigorate the bones of the home and<br />

execute the open concept layout, Lien’s build<br />

team completed an extensive restructuring. “We<br />

didn’t change anything on the front facade, but<br />

we removed all of the wood components, left<br />

the brick, and then rebuilt all of the wooden<br />

structure within the brick,” says Lien. “One<br />

of my goals was to educate everyone on the<br />

process because it was a big undertaking.”<br />

Adding to the magnitude of the renovation was<br />

the replication of all of the original millwork. A<br />

nod to the home’s traditional exterior, Coughlin<br />

and Lien worked in tandem to honor its original<br />

qualities while adding updated elements.<br />

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A three-season room was converted into<br />

a cozy library that effortlessly blends<br />

a myriad of unexpected patterns and<br />

textures, including a show stopping<br />

antelope print rug. With ample natural<br />

light that pours in, Coughlin embraced a<br />

darker palette that cohesively converses<br />

with the bright kitchen/dining area.<br />

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“<br />

The biggest challenge was working with the<br />

bones of the house, keeping its classic appeal,<br />

and bringing in a contemporary edge.<br />

—Kate Coughlin, Coughlin Interiors<br />

“<br />

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“The biggest challenge was working with the bones of<br />

the house, keeping its classic appeal, and bringing in a<br />

contemporary edge,” notes Coughlin. “The collaboration<br />

was seamless because we had a great team bringing all of<br />

these different ideas together.”<br />

As part of the large-scale renovation, a vast mudroom and<br />

three car garage were added, and bedroom suites were<br />

expanded. The new mudroom serves as a bright informal<br />

entryway, with marble floors and repurposed windows that<br />

evoke the feeling of a solarium. An existing three-season<br />

room was converted into a cozy library that boasts unexpected<br />

yet cohesive colors, patterns, and textures that<br />

steal the show. In the family room, a cheery blue palette<br />

matches that of the kitchen/dining area, with custom<br />

upholstered furniture silhouettes that add dimension and<br />

character. “The new layout really opened it up to make a<br />

dark house much more open and bright,” says Coughlin.<br />

“Walking through the project, you can see that it’s such a<br />

happy house that will stand the test of time.”<br />

Interior Design: Coughlin Interiors<br />

Builder: Lien Enterprises<br />

Writer: Maddie Brisbane<br />

Photography: Sarah Winchester;<br />

Warren Patterson (exterior)<br />

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