In a tiny powder room near the entry, streamlined wallpaper, a sleek mirror, and a contemporary vanity keep the space from feeling cluttered.
The gray tones of the master bedroom are complimented by saturated shades of pink inspired by a rag doll the homeowner received from her daughter.
The silvery wall piece is by Providence artist Allison Paschke. An abstract painting by Michael Rich commands the dining end of the open living area.
The kitchen countertops went from granite to modern white quartzite.
Spot, the orange dog, oversees the terrace, where designer Kelly Taylor covered the concrete floor with tile and maintenance-free artificial turf. Featuring a singular chandelier and lively upholstery fabric on the chair backs, the dining room is at once sumptuous and contemporary.
The entry foyer got a shot of drama with a recessed ceiling, the ideal home for a dramatic chandelier.
The cool grays the homeowner loves form the backbone of the living room’s decor, with blue and gold providing harmony and highlights. The sheer draperies at the floor-to-ceiling windows wear banding at the top, where the opaque fabric hides the window treatments’ mechanics.
The family room reflects the spare aesthetic of the parlors, but in a more casual way. In the adjacent dining area, vintage leather chairs surround a sleek white table.
A mix of materials and textures, all in the palest of hues, creates a restful master bath.
The master bedroom’s vintage Karl Springer bed and Knoll loveseat sit on a soft rug of silk and wool.
The tall stairwell makes a perfect gallery space.
The palette was deepened to include darker grays and tans in the comfortable media room.
The clean-lined Bulthaup kichen works equally well whether the wife is indulging her own love of cooking or supervising the caterer at one of the couple’s frequent parties.
The family room reflects the spare aesthetic of the parlors, but in a more casual way. In the adjacent dining area, vintage leather chairs surround a sleek white table.
The owners’ art collection provides the home’s color.
The grand Alexander Parris staircase illustrates the fluidity of design, movement, and circulation that was so important to the homeowners.
Builder Cafco Construction Management and architect Pete Lackey opened access to the attic, creating a mesmerizing view of the skylight at the top of the stairs.
Interior designer Manuel de Santaren’s intent was to create a calm, blank canvas for the homeowners’ extraordinary collection of art and midcentury furnishings. In the back parlor, light-filtering window treatments contribute to that plan.
Marble tiles in a calming wave design cover the end wall of the husband’s bath.
The inviting reading corner is outfitted with an armchair, ottoman, and lamp from Holly Hunt. The Stark carpet was selected for its antique look.
Leo’s Luxe Linens, a Phillip Jeffries wallcovering with a hint of metallic, warms up the master bedroom, while pillows covered in a bright Quadrille fabric inject a splash of color.
The powder room is clad in a Phillip Jeffries wallcovering. The Briolette Glass vessel sink atop the painted vanity is by Kohler.
The office has built-in storage for books and mementoes while also leaving room for a set of prints by Jonathan Borofsky, a sculptor and printmaker in Ogunquit, Maine. A soft Stark carpet makes work more enjoyable, as does the Cardan office chair.
A custom quilt from Denyse Schmidt Quilts and a stash of pillows in the daughter’s bedroom go a long way in making bedtime happy.
To ensure plenty of seating in the dining area, Elms teamed the banquette with Elana chairs from the Bright Chair Company.
A waterfall edge on the kitchen counter is an elegant touch, as are the glass tiles along the backsplash, but, equipped with a full range of hidden organizational features, the room is also functional.
“A walnut ceiling provides a cool transition to the living room,” explains interior designer Dee Elms. Small details, like the silver base on the custom ottoman, bring lightness and sparkle to the setting. Atop a Hellman-Chang Xie cabinet, even the TV gains stature. And although, says Elms, “No one ever tires of the view,” motorized sheers afford privacy when desired.
The prints lining the hall to the central living area are by Pennsylvania artist Emil Lukas.
The reconfigured foyer grew chicer with the addition of a limestone tiled floor, Venetian plastered walls, and a coffered wood ceiling. Smaller in footage, there’s still ample room for a cast-resin-framed mirror, a custom console and small Holly Hunt bench.
The couple’s son can sleep in his regular bed or climb a ladder to a loft bed.
A palette of hot pink and black gives another daughter’s bedroom a rock-star vibe.
One daughter requested a Versailles-inspired bedroom, complete with a mirrored dresser.
The bathroom is a work of art itself, boasting a sink with a faucet that extends from the ceiling and mirrored walls for extra sparkle.
In the breakfast area, a glass-top table in a white-gold finish is a subtle nod to nature.
Propane-fueled tabletop fireplaces play off the birch wall sculptures and take the place of candles in the chic dining room.
The dark-blue family-room sofa is a kid- and pet-friendly choice; a game table sits in the bay window.
The living room shares a two-way fireplace with the family room and showcases colorful abstract paintings against a neutral backdrop of staggered limestone bricks and light-colored seating. Designer Shari Pellows adds edgy energy by contrasting the cool hues of the Steven King rugs with the fiery colors in the art.
A bathroom was designed for easy care and timeless good looks.
“Mix it up and let color rule” is the mantra in all of the bedrooms, including a children’s bedroom that sports blue-striped walls and mismatched bed linens.
The master suite reflects the homeowners’ love of color, texture, and Moorish design. The headboard is custom-designed by Robin Henry and upholstered in a wool felt from Holland & Sherry. The chest at the foot of the bed is a family heirloom.
The master bath is simple and elegant, a vision in white.
The homeowners fell hard for the backyard view when they first spied the fixer-upper in 2004.
The modern, streamlined kitchen was designed by architect Stacey Jacovini Storm during the initial renovation in 2007.
Henry punched up the breakfast area with bright fabrics.
The ceiling casts a rosy glow, thanks to a coat of Pantone Creole Pink paint.
A love of Moorish and Moroccan design inspired the home’s vivid colors, brilliant patterns, global accents, and eclectic blend of traditional, modern, and midcentury silhouettes. The great room sports a round sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams outfitted in a bold Fabricut fabric.
Designer Robin Henry added cool blues to lend a soothing counterpoint to the fiery reds and oranges.
Tall grasses and hardy shrubs form a pretty palette and play well with the coastal environment.
An Alverson limestone planter on the water side of the house features little bluestem grass.
For continuity, Lombardi used the same Jet Mist granite he used on the front steps to cap this weathered-steel retaining wall.
A water feature fabricated from Norstone and built into the wall provides nice ambient sound.
Lombardi designed the elevated pool to have graphic, sculptural appeal.
Avid triathletes, the owners wanted a regulation, no-wake lap pool.
Layers of plantings provide privacy but preserve the view.
To create clear pathways, Lombardi used modular, pervious, man-made pavers that lend visual interest.
For the front courtyard, landscape architect Gregory Lombardi went with a natural look, choosing plantings that will grow together nicely over time. To complete the picture, the homeowners requested a Japanese maple.
On the lowest level, a pull-down bed lets the family room double as a comfortable private suite for the homeowner’s son.
Neutral-toned swivel chairs by Kravet share an ottoman, creating a cozy reading niche in the master bedroom.
The boldly patterned Phillip Jeffries wallpaper delights the homeowner, who admits she would never have chosen such an assertive design in her previous abode.
A contemporary Avrett pendant and butterfly-print pillows lend a youthful feel to the breakfast area.
The dining room’s eye-catching abstract painting by Boston artist Trevor Watson reflects the surroundings in its high-gloss surface.
Hogarty used space-saving tricks, like stationing stools under the living room console to act as extra seating.
The classic trellis design of the Zoffany wallpaper and the handsome Barclay sink bring personality to the powder room.
Designer Nicole Hogarty orchestrated the view from the front door as a welcoming vignette that hints at the unexpected with the inclusion of the bright-red coffee tables and bulbous pendants. “There’s no foyer, so it was important for me to create a small moment there,” she says.
The Duxiana bed tucks into a headboard, with built-in nightstands and bookshelves, that separates the room’s sleeping and sitting areas.
The master bedroom holds a spacious sitting area, where a George Nakashima stool keeps company with a Holly Hunt sofa and Christian Liaigre table.
A broad window with a transom lets light wash over a cozy sitting area defined by tapered stone columns.
Along the scullery hall, the homeowner has a favorite niche that holds books and a comfortable place to read.
The kitchen is furnished with simple wood cabinetry and pale counters, with tapering stone columns that form a solid connection to the rest of the house.
A seating area in the kitchen features an Eero Saarinen Tulip Table.
The dining room, located in the open space next to the living room, offers comfortable seating to host lots of friends and family.
Wood, stone, glass, and an abundance of natural light define the living room, where a Dash and Albert rug delineates a seating area that includes Christian Liaigre sofas and Holly Hunt drum chairs.
Stone pillars along a hallway are just one way the natural world is brought indoors.
Tapered and notched rafter tails speak the language of Wright.
The house design includes bedrooms with covered porches away from the public spaces.
At this Martha’s Vineyard house, the deeply overhanging roofs, stone walls, wood colonnade, and ample windows were inspired by the iconic work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The dining and living rooms are separated by a low-lying, built-in buffet, which enables the fireplace to be visible from the dining table.
From the pool area to the back terrace, the house offers plenty of options to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
The theme of offsetting neutrals with bright colors continues in the master suite’s closet, which has custom shelves and cubbies to organize the wife’s belongings.
The bathroom off the pool room is marked by cheerful tile in a fun pattern.
In the room adjacent to the pool, Lopez chose a bright aqua woven vinyl rug to tie in with the primary color palette and also to evoke water.
Translucent sliding panels mean the prep area can be closed off or opened to a view of the fireplace.
The glass chandelier seems to float above the dining table.
“The window walls slide to the left and the right to connect the room to the landscape,” explains Hutker, who set the horizontal muntins high and low to spare the view.
A Warhol dress that the owner had in her closet is a perfect decorative counterpart to the modern stairs, which are fabricated from bronze, teak, and laminated glass
Granite slabs set into the grassy slope act as modern stepping stones.
A brise-soleil on the south-facing side of the house offers shade in the summer but lets warmth in during winter.
The entry stairs pay homage to the stone walls that are a big part of the Vineyard’s history and character.
Mindful that this is a beach house, the interior designer took comfort and durability into consideration, choosing a sofa in outdoor-rated terrycloth.
An assemblage of ottomans from the husbandâs former home were recovered to create a large coffee table for the family room.
The kitchen features built-ins and an island crafted by Kochman Reidt + Haigh.
A custom-designed dining table disassembles to become a desk or card table. Built-in bookcases give the room a dual purpose as a library.
Two families blended their lives and their belongings in this home. Designer Susan Acton helped the new husband and wife forge a sense of togetherness by mixing favorite pieces (his chandelier and her Elizabeth Eakins rug) with new furniture and accessories.
A built-in desk and a Ralph Pucci chair and lamp add the finishing touches to the son’s bedroom.
The Ralph Pucci bench adds a pop of color.
The master bedroom is a soothing oasis with artwork symbolic of the couple’s interests: floral for Beauchemin, ocean waves for Grassi, a sailor.
Innovations such as a rolling kitchen island make wise use of space.
A bird’s eye view of the living room from the third level.
A hallway on the main floor, flanked by rolling walnut doors and anigre veneer panel railings, gives way to an open-tread, oak-and-steel staircase.
Designer Lucie Beauchemin installed sheer curtains that filter in light even when drawn.
Architect Guy Grassi’s brick-and-glass design pays tribute to the adjacent row of historic homes, yet pushes the envelope of sleek, modern architecture.
A cozy book loft featuring floor-to-ceiling built-in shelves overlooks a living area with eighteen-foot windows that flood the space with sunlight.
The second-floor master bedroom is outfitted in quiet colors; French doors open to a private deck.
Plush sheepskin rugs from Overland warm the master bath.
Congenial swivel barstools belly up to an island topped with pale-blue quartzite.
Fostering modernity, the custom dining table is surrounded by sleek
chairs covered in faux leather; an iron and glass pendant by Arteriors hangs above.
The stellar layout assures the hearth, with its visually arresting biofuel fireplace by EcoSmart, is visible from almost any perspective.
The living room has a coastal vibe with its furniture, rug, and fabrics in varying shades of sand. “We wanted rooms that were simple and restful. Nothing that distracted from the gorgeous views,” says interior designer Jennifer Palumbo.
Artwork adds a spark of color to the living room’s serene palette of sea and sand hues.
Contemporary Bocci pendants and an organic teak bench from Andrianna Shamaris create a pleasing vignette in the foyer. The freestanding wall houses a TV on the living room side.
Beauty and drama merge in the master bathroom, where an egg-shaped sink rests atop live-edge, locally sourced cherry wood. Samimi-Urich chose the smoked-glass pendants because they suggest drops of water.
Sculptural floating wall panels separate the master bedroom and bathroom, adding artistic interest to the room and functioning as a backdrop to the four-poster bed. Suspended wall-to-wall cabinets provide ample storage.
A colonial-style staircase was replaced with this simple, modern design of iron and painted wood.
The dining room’s antique farm table is large enough to accommodate family and visiting friends. When illuminated, the sculptural wooden light fixture casts art-like shadows across the room. During daylight hours, large windows let in an abundance of natural light.
Steel and salvaged wood and soapstone come together beautifully in the open kitchen; reclaimed pumpkin pine forms the suspended shelves.
A neutral backdrop lets the homeowner’s art collection pop; a painting by Sierra Urich (Mitra’s daughter) hangs above an antique dry sink in the living room.
A rug of silk and wool anchors the living room space, where the focal point is a sculptural fireplace of concrete and steel. Floating shelves made from salvaged wood and a farmhouse-style coffee table add softness to the room.
The living room’s white slipcovers make for easy maintenance, while throw pillows add texture and color. The blue-velvet ottoman doubles as a stool when extra seating is needed.
The four-story, nineteenth-century Back Bay townhouse, converted
to apartments in the 1960s, has been restored as a single-family home.
The living room features two custom-designed brushed-iron and silver-leaf coffee tables, a leather daybed, a crescent sofa, and a glazed mosaic tile fireplace.
In the dining room, an antique mirror and twin sconces draw the eye to the cerused-oak sideboard.
Meeting the new owners’ request for a home that was “joyful and stylish” required gutting the interior and creating spaces, such as this first-floor living room, that are light-filled, elegant, and family-friendly.
With its mother-of-pearl wall tiles and a hammered-metal console, the entrance foyer sets the eclectic tone of the home’s interior design.
Appliances hide behind the cerused finish of the cabinetry.
The kitchen opens to the breakfast nook and a casual sitting area.
Cassina leather Göteborg chairs and a Ralph Pucci walnut and glazed-ceramic breakfast table create a comfortable breakfast nook that is set into a light-filled alcove window.
One of the two guest bedrooms features a hammered-metal headboard from Mexico and a South African metal beadwork chandelier.
The daughter’s bedroom is a riot of colors (reds and pinks are her favorites) and circles.
A reading nook in the hallway features a tree-like bookcase.
A second guest bedroom pairs a vintage chair with a contemporary lacquered-wood four-poster bed.
The textured silk wallcovering, a white plaster chandelier, floor-to-ceiling curtains, and a color palette of creamy blues and whites give the master bedroom a serene, elegant feel.
The family room’s reproduction oak plank desk is big enough for the entire family to use.
A novel sculptural swing is the focal point of the fourth-floor family room, which opens to an expansive patio.
The walls of a small powder room wear colorful tiles and Trove’s picturesque Fuoco wallcovering.
The sleek, open kitchen has a modern aesthetic that doesn’t trump functionality.
The dining and living spaces are part of an open floor plan, but the steps down to the living area help to delineate and give each room a distinct feel. In the dining area, Mario Bellini’s injection-molded chairs surround a sleek but sturdy Henk Vos dining table.
A modern L-shaped sofa perfectly complements the large corner windows, which nicely bridge outdoors and in.
The foyer is enclosed by sliding translucent glass panels that offer privacy, yet still let in plenty of natural light.
A small patio off the guest suite offers visitors a private area to take their morning coffee.
The street facade highlights the modern layers of the house, each clad in its own material.
Architect Stephanie Horowitz sited the house so that the living space opens up to the side yard to take advantage of the southern sun. The stunning modern design is a series of five varying-sized cubes arranged in a U-shape.
The Lio wall sconces in the master bath are by -Vistosi. Birkerts had the curtain made from Knoll Luxe’s -Millicent drapery fabric.
The Origami Wood wallcovering is a dynamic backdrop for the Parallel Bed with integral nightstands from Design Within Reach. The Helix pendant light fixtures are by Bec Brittain.
In the guest room, wall lamps from Urban Electric flank an upholstered headboard from Ligne Roset.
A lemon-yellow four-arm candelabrum from Dunes & Duchess in the guest room is an unexpected touch.
Hammered-gold wallpaper on the ceiling of the dining area adds texture and warmth to the room without being glitzy.
Ligne Roset’s sculptural Rewrite Desk is paired with the Clutch Dining Chair by Blu Dot in the children’s room; twin trundle beds wear a textured aquamarine fabric from Kirby Design.
The midcentury aesthetic is in full swing in the living room, where a lamp by Serge Mouille stands behind Ligne Roset’s Feng sectional by Didier Gomez and the Tati sofa table by Broberg & Ridderstråle from Asplund.
A colorful backsplash from Ann Sacks brightens the kitchen as do the brass pendant lights, with a black patinated exterior, by Tom Dixon.
A photograph by Massimo Listri of the Strahov Library in Prague is a nod to the clients’ Czech roots and a rococo counterpoint to the apartment’s clean lines.
The clients’ books and collections are displayed on the Ubiqua shelving system by Porada.
The Friday Lounge Chair by Zeitraum stands on an abstract, hand-knotted silk rug from Fort Street Studio.
The TV "floats" on a sleek stand that lets the homeowners watch from any number of vantage points but never interrupts the views of downtown Boston. A multi-arm, raw-brass light fixture by Apparatus Studio hovers over the Knowlton Brothers dining table (custom-painted in Benjamin Moore’s Mexicana) and vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar chairs.
Pilgrimage, a wall sculpture by Heather Allen Hietala, speaks to the homeowners’ love of the outdoors.
The playful nursery sports an African motif.
Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair turns a corner into a -mini-sanctuary.
Master bedroom walls wear a strié treatment in luscious blue.
A painting by Michael Hoffman adds a spark of color to the dining area.
Designer Kristen Rivoli took cues from Kathy Soles’s vivid painting Deep Water to form the palette for the living room and dining area. The homeowners’ own discoveries, like the gold and jade Thai vessel on the coffee table, bring a personal touch to the space.
A sonâs bedroom is kid-friendly but not babyish.
A powder room holds a custom vanity.
A breezeway connects the house with the garage.
The new home's shape says "barn"; while fenestration and amenities speak of the comforts of modern life.
The resurrected old Dutch barn already had the lofty heights and massive oak beams with a patina only time can impart.
A plush white rug grounds a daughter's colorful bedroom.
Barcelona chairs and upholstered Midcentury benches add verve to a serene master bedroom.
Artemide's Mercury ceiling lamp illuminates the fluid, cantilevered chairs and square table of the breakfast area.
The double-height living room's neutral color palette serves as a backdrop to dramatic artwork.
Rafael Barrios's seemingly weightless sculpture is a focal point of the living room.
In the living room, colorful twin cocktail tables by French artist Yves Klein are set against a lush white alpaca rug from Peru.
Fronting on the Chacón painting, a leather bench and a multicolor rug by Nanimarquina form the centerpieces of the house's main entrance.
Alive with urban energy, Sigfredo Chacón's installation New York Drippings frames an intimate dining area with a round table and upholstered chairs and lit by a vintage crystal chandelier.
Kitchen cabinetry handles mimic the window mullions elsewhere in the house.
The serene master bath boasts twin floating vanities and mirrored cabinets against Ann Sacks matchstick tiles framed in darker stone.
A persimmon-hued ottoman and lamp add spark to the living room’s neutral palette.
More than twenty-five scholar rocksâfrom palm-sized to seventeen feet tall are placed throughout the house and grounds.
The octagonal tower holds the master bath; glass partitions separate the oval tub from the vanity area.
A collection of windows surrounding the range hood pulls light from the mudroom into the kitchen.
The breakfast area, with its Knoll table and Blu Dot chairs, sits in the octagonal tower that is part of the addition.
Contemporary chairs surround a weather-worn trestle table in the dining room.
An unframed canvas by Doug Foltz hangs above a sideboard by Jens Risom.
The sleek living room has a contemporary slate fireplace.
The dining room holds a Saarinen table and chairs.
A Jonathan Adler desk and a Kartell acrylic chair.
The guest bath takes a dramatic turn with horizontal wallpaper and a black-and-white striped rug.
The designers cleverly chose a polished steel base for an Indian marble sculpture in the dining area.
The kitchenâs coral-colored tiled backsplash is in keeping with the homeâs concise palette.
In an intimate corner, oversize horizontal stripes on Bauen chairs play to a graphic cowhide leather Alhambra rug by Kyle Bunting.
Stephen Mueller’s buoyant watercolors, from Boston’s Obelisk Gallery, hang by the living room’s new fireplace.
The entry sports a rosewood-topped buffet by Holly Hunt, sleek sconces by Jonathan Browning and a colorful painting by Tristan Govignon.
The palette has a definite âwowâ factor, with crystal chandeliers, frosted glass, Lucite, mirrors and shiny silver chrome. âIt ups the glamour factor in a really beautiful way,â says Morgan Harrison of her fondness for reflective surfaces.
The master bedroom is an oasis of calm for the homeowners. âItâs great when you can make something beautiful but itâs also great when it doesnât overstimulate the senses,â says Morgan Harrison.
Gray leather sofas invite relaxing in the TV room.
Faux Carrara wall and floor tile wraps the master bathroom.
A calming palette of creams and blues envelops the living room, which gets a touch of extra drama from the glints of light bouncing off the starburst ceiling fixture and the convex mirror over the fireplace.
Contemporary accessories complement the foyerâs classic herringbone-pattern wood floor.
Chrome and yellow-vinyl barstools add sunny warmth to the modern kitchen, where skylights bring in natural light.
The dining roomâs silvery hues shimmer in numerous reflective surfaces, including an entire wall covered in antique mirror. The homeowners entertain frequently, so a large round table was of utmost importance to offer plenty of seating for guests and help ease the flow of conversation.