Custom bedding from Muse Bespoke adds another luxurious layer to the upholstered bed in the master suite.
Discreet LED lighting helps underscore the master bath’s quality craftsmanship, which includes a double vanity spanning the entire length of the wall.
The powder room features a Corian sink, also designed by Perez, backed with Fantasy Black Quartzite.
Architect Adolfo Perez designed the kitchen’s steel hood and the shelf beneath it to boost efficiency. Corian boxes—one a knife holder, the other a nest for oils and vinegars—support the latter.
The designer used ivory leather to re-cover the vintage chairs that surround the breakfast room’s table from Axel Vervoordt in Belgium.
The custom dining table is made from reclaimed American walnut. Below: In the study, de Santaren teams a desk of his design with a vintage Dunbar chair he nabbed on 1stdibs.
A bounty of built-in cabinetry provides a display area for treasures as well as books.
The study’s vintage Arne Norell chairs, discovered in Antwerp, give the owners a perfect perch for contemplating their eye-catching light sculpture.
The Santa Teresa wool window sheers hail from Muse Bespoke in Chicago, de Santaren’s sister’s company.
A sitting area in the living room is a minimalist’s dream with its 1930s Jules Leleu chairs.
The living room’s hearthside sitting area provides a prominent place for a painting from the owners’ collection.
A vignette in the foyer foreshadows the home’s refined aesthetic.
Modern steel doors in the foyer and the passageway to the kitchen are, says designer Manuel de Santaren, “a nod to some of the architectural details we saw in Belgium during a shopping trip for furnishings and antiquities.”
The kitchen features form and function in equal measure.
The house is a study in simplicity—and problem solving. It was a tough site, says architect Jim Estes: “Not much room and close neighbors.” To make the most of the lot, he took the house up to the setback lines, which created a courtyard on the street side.
Lots of doors and fixed floor-to-ceiling windows blur the lines between indoors and out.
The dining area can accommodate a crowd.
The soothing neutral palette makes any touch of color pop, as seen in this bedroom.
The clean and serene master bath features a floor-to-ceiling window and maple cabinetry.
The natural landscape design incorporates an abundance of native plants; the long, bottom leg of the “U” (the back of the house) is oriented to take full advantage of the water views.
Horizontal lines and a mix of light wood finishes, including walls clad in pale yellow sugar pine, contribute to the home’s seamless look.
Slats and boards on the waterside deck mimic the interiors.
To integrate the pool with the landscape, “We conceived of the rectangular pool as a farm relic—perhaps the foundation for a farm structure,” says Horiuchi. Behind the pool, plantings on the sloping lawn will grow lush over time.
Stone mason Eben Armer hand selected each locust branch for this outdoor shower he designed and built.
Reclaimed vintage white oak rafters add a rustic touch to the cedar-clad great room.
The wife orchestrated the placement of the engaging cow photos—a nod to the home’s pastoral nature.
Wood decking links the nearby parking area with the dairy barn. The barn door is just one of many thoughtful details reinforcing the home’s farm narrative.
A boon to entertaining, the butler’s pantry is accessible to the kitchen and screen porch.
The screened porch provides views of the poolhouse (which also functions as guest quarters) and the water. Stiving-Nichols and furniture maker Jeff Soderbergh collaborated on the design of the handsome reclaimed cypress dining table, one of several he crafted for the house.
The random sizes and shapes of the paving stones further the natural look of the landscaping.
“The kitchen was a labor of love,” says interior designer Liz Stiving-Nichols. The room’s wood ceiling links the space to the adjacent great room.
Guest bedrooms and the family room occupy one wing of the home. The oversize windows light the staircase to the owners’ second-floor sanctuary.
Winding steps of uneven rock lead from dock to house for a more nature-in-the-raw experience.
Modernist architect Olav Hammarstrom believed in getting close to nature, in this case a private kettle pond. In the recent update, architect Coty Sidnam’s glass rail on the deck of the main house makes “up close” even closer.
The rebuilt deck ends with an outdoor shower outside the master bedroom.
A guest bedroom sports a Flou Notturno bed and Danish modern night tables by Poul Volther.
In the family room, once an old fishing cabin, Sidnam reinforced the ceiling with tie rods and added clerestory windows to bring in light.
The breezeway entry was hard to find until landscape architect Keith LeBlanc regraded and opened up the parking court.
Iconic Arne Jacobsen chairs ring the dining table.
A guest bathroom continues the sleek lines and neutral palette of the house.
Artworks roost atop and below a Crate & Barrel table on the upstairs landing. The handcrafted felt rug from Patterson Flynn Martin reminded designer Richard Hallberg of cross-sectioned tree branches. The window on the stairway was framed with half-timbering, to make the house look like an old home that had been restored.
A built-in banquette hugs the walls of the sunroom, which was designed to suggest a screened porch that had been enclosed.
The room’s other seating area is geared toward conversation and the view, with all-weather outdoor upholstery to withstand wet bathing suits and the owner’s Labrador retriever, Sam.
The limestone on the floor is repeated on the kitchen’s island and backsplash, where it contrasts with stainless steel cabinets.
A game table anchors the center of the great room, whose retractable doors encourage easy indoor/outdoor flow, while sectional sofas surround a TV concealed behind stainless steel panels.
Antique hand-adzed timbers crown the walls throughout the main floor, instilling a sense of history and a rustic counterpoint to the sleek limestone floors.
Designer Richard Hallberg used two tables in the dining room to accommodate large or small gatherings; the woven rope patio chairs can be used indoors or out.
The homeowner says everyone congregates in the kitchen or on the deck, whose expansive table easily accommodates twelve.
A Max Frintrop painting commands the kitchen’s seating area, which features a customized pair of Alvar Aalto Paimio chairs. The television over the sideboard was recessed into the wall and framed with Sheetrock for a seamless, built-in look. The Tao Gray Light limestone floors are from Exquisite Surfaces.
The compact powder room off the dining room features a custom triangular sink crafted from limestone.
The swimming pool culminates in an invisible edge that visually blends into Buzzards Bay.
A desk doubles as a headboard in one of the guest rooms. The angled walls recall the attics the owner played in as a child.
A Wetstyle tub in the master bath overlooks scrub-covered dunes and the bay beyond.
The deck railing follows the curve of the wetlands setback abutting the house; a second seating area at the rear capitalizes on its western exposure.
The designer chose two brass bedside lamps, but opted for different tables to throw off the symmetry; two stacked navy-blue trunks sit on one side, and a single trunk fabricated from stainless steel, wood, and leather on the other.
Favreau had some fun in the kitchen, punching up the existing cabinets with blue electrician’s tape.
A well-placed sideboard delineates the kitchen/dining room from the living space, and does triple-duty as a bar and storage unit.
In the dining room, Favreau contrasted a black granite table with midcentury retro chairs upholstered in a cocoa-colored tweed.
Designer Steven Favreau likes to mix and match. Here, he blends periods (birdcage chairs are a modern foil for an antique grandfather’s clock) and price points: “The room represents a range from $19 Ikea light fixtures to an $8,000 sofa,” he says, “and it all looks luscious.”
Rick Wagner peers out of his professional-grade observatory.
Most windows, like these in the porch-like sitting room, have no window treatments to hide their clean lines or mar the view.
To maximize the home’s hilltop site, the designers added several exterior patios and seating areas while opening up the view side of the home with massive windows.
The sculptural tub in the master bath is tucked into its own cozy alcove with a close-up look at the outdoors.
Continuing the idea that it’s all about the view, the owners chose warm, neutral colors and simple, clean furnishings for the master bedroom.
Like much of the house, the bright, airy dining room is designed with invitingly neutral colors that, rather than compete with nature, invite it in.
Reclaimed vintage barn beams and iron tie rods anchor the renovated kitchen that is now flooded with light, thanks to new, generously proportioned windows.
A floating circular staircase leads to the second-floor bedrooms and continues to the observatory.
An upper story was removed to give the great room its high ceiling and an abundance of windows.
Diverse rooflines to break up the mass of this hillside residence are among the renovations that turned a rather ordinary house into a spectacular home. Other changes include larger windows to take full advantage of magnificent mountain views and a custom-made observatory for even more distant views.
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.