Another set of pocket doors on the opposite end of the bath leads to the bedroom. An Arteriors light fixture provides drama, and draperies made with Ellisha Alexina fabric complement the grasscloth wallpaper.
The floor tile, a marble mosaic from Bellew Tile and Marble, was the jumping-off point for the soft gray and cream palette. Meanwhile, walnut and black accents lend contrast.
The window features a motorized solar shade hidden behind a faux roman shade.
A sliding barn door closes off the water closet, while the shower and soaking tub—which sit across from one another—are open to the rest of the bath.
New windows bring the outside in, and the tongue-and-groove cathedral ceiling lends an airiness to the suite.
There is open access from the bath to the bedroom on either side of the closet cube. “We wanted to question the traditional relationship of bed, bath, and closet,” explains architect Will Saltonstall.
Saltonstall Architects designed a sleek oak vanity that floats on one wall of the wooden cube. Kallista sink fittings and backlit mirrors from Robern complete the contemporary look.
The steam shower, which is wired with Sonos, is sheathed in a combination of twelve-inch-by-twenty-four-inch lilac marble tiles and much smaller broken mosaic pieces of the same stone. The fittings are Kallista.
Adjacent to the primary bath, the wife’s new dressing area features coordinating custom cabinetry. Drawers in the island stow jewelry and accessories, plus there’s a hidden refrigerator drawer for beverages.
Her side of the primary bath includes a lilac-marble-topped vanity and sink; sconces from Visual Comfort flank a Made Goods mirror. The homeowners appreciate technology, so everything is automated, from the lighting inside the cabinetry to the window shades.
The designers chose metallic glass tile because its reflective quality helps bring more light into the previously dark space.
The airy bath showcases a tile floor and walk-in glass-fronted shower.
Powder room accents like the Cole & Son wallpaper reference the cabin’s mountainous terrain. The retreat sleeps as many as fourteen people in spaces like this downstairs bunk room.
Careful not to compete with the panoramic views from the ski cabin’s great room, designer Marc Langlois chose low-height furniture and used a natural, neutral design palette. Reclaimed wood faces the cabinets and fireplace, which is topped with antique skis and snowshoes.
Langlois refreshed the kitchen by changing the cabinet color to Benjamin Moore After Midnight and replacing the backsplash, countertops, hardware, and pendant lighting. Plantation shutters from Massachusetts-based Tyler & Sash offer privacy.
In the hallway that leads to the laundry room, Langlois’s turnkey design is evident in everything from framed fabric prints to the cabin’s selection of towels. Pillows add color and playfulness to the game room’s mostly neutral palette.
Pillows add color and playfulness to the game room’s mostly neutral palette.
In the dining area, as in much of the residence, the walls were painted white to open up the space, while the maple floors were sanded to their natural color and given a matte finish.
The retreat sleeps as many as fourteen people in spaces like this downstairs bunk room.
A Phillip Jeffries wallcovering wraps the primary bedroom with its Bernhardt bed topped by a cozy Pendleton blanket.
Plantation shutters in the en suite primary bath echo the ones found in the kitchen and offer privacy for the soaking tub.
A Christian Lacroix playing-card collage papers the powder room; black leather studs frame the mirror.
Michelle Michaels (left) and homeowner Pam Mittleman.
The living room’s architectural details stand out thanks to a coat of pale blue paint on the walls and windows framed in agate-patterned curtains. The sofas are covered in a plush blue velvet from Kravet.
The chairs and bar stools in the kitchen were sourced from Boston’s IL Decor, but the room’s floral Osborne & Little shades elicit oohs and aahs.
The glitter gets going in the foyer where designer Michelle Michaels paired custom art by Pauline Curtiss with a bench upholstered in a Romo iridescent velvet and a rug custom woven in an amethyst pattern.
Decorative painter Pauline Curtiss blended purples that darken toward the ceiling for the dining room’s ombre walls, while Michaels enclosed crystals in cloches for a conversation-starting centerpiece
The foyer showcases a polished French buffet from the homeowner’s previous residence and Christian Lacroix lattice wallpaper that dialogues with the original ironwork on the door that leads into the dining room.
Wallpapered in an arresting copper pattern from Designers Guild, the main bedroom features a lilac-colored duvet and shams that complement the geode-within-a-geode wall art and a faux-fur bench. The chaise lounge, shaded by curtains from Just Imagine Draperies, provides another seating option.
For the walls in the bar, Michaels went for a sedate white, echoed in a silver faux-hide rug, but all eyes turn upward toward a ceiling papered in a custom-made geode design.
Railroad Crossing (2020), 30″H x 30″W, oil on muslin, mounted on aluminum
. P 106 959 (1951 Chevrolet, Havana) (2016), 30″H x 30″W, oil on linen.
Hay Grain, Feed Flour (2019), 48″H x 48″W, oil on canvas.
: Adobe Church, Holman, NM (2020), 24″H x 24″W, oil on muslin panel.
Painter Charlie Hunter in his studio. Portrait by Rachel Portes.
The husband’s study is an exception to the color rule in the home but retains a playful touch with wallpaper awash in swimming fish.
A single accent pillow picks up the bold pink wallpaper in the primary bedroom, which is soothed by neutral linens and upholstery, a light-filled gabled ceiling, and interesting textures like the handmade tile surrounding the fireplace opening.
Entry to the home is via the living room, where an oak coffee table, natural-wood end table, and stone fireplace add a touch of rustic charm.
Green custom tile work in the kitchen is eye-catching but not excessive thanks to the otherwise neutral palette of the light-colored cabinetry, wood floors, and hemlock ceiling.
Spacious shelves provide plenty of storage.
This hangout room has no TV but plenty of comfy places to read and play games. The durable Palecek tables resemble fossilized logs, and the chandelier with its hand-picked crystals reflects light throughout the room.
The clients’ daughter worked closely with SLC Interiors to create a bedroom that reflects her individual style while still integrating seamlessly with the overall vision for the home.
Leather-backed McGuire chairs surround a Dos Gallos dining table with black iron accents that nod to the homeowners’ appreciation for all things equine.
A selection of the clients’ prized artwork hangs over a study desk with a wood top that matches the floors.
Mirrors cleverly expand the sense of space in this skinny Jack-and-Jill bathroom and reflect—literally—the bold choices in color and pattern.
Most of the wavy glass in the room is original, which gives the space beautifully refracted light. The midcentury Italian alabaster table next to the custom settee sports an unusual ring handle on its top.
Before they were married, the homeowners purchased this Emil Alzamora sculpture; Tharp commissioned the oval plinth on which it now resides.
The room’s only portrait features the homeowner’s mom and hangs above a velvet-covered Saladino bench. In the corner, a drink table is secured to the foot of a wing chair.
Designer Lisa Tharp achieved a formal living room that welcomes extended family while also showcasing a growing art collection. The residents, who moved into the home and had it remodeled in 2014 but didn’t call in Tharp until 2019, possess the 1870-built home’s floor plans from a 1936 renovation. While much of the millwork is original, the plans reveal the fireplace mantel was replaced during the 1930s project.
In an example of mixing the modern with the classic, the new Paul Ferrante hearth stool has an antique finish.
Master woodworker Wayne Towle refinished the home’s original mahogany pocket door, which separates the living and family rooms. It’s flanked by a pair of 1820s neoclassical Danish chests boasting giltwood-carved figures.
The curves of the new vaulted ceiling add to the cocoon-like feel of the primary bedroom; the wall behind the bed is a sumptuous expanse of suede tile.
A monolithic stone slab from Cumar forms the vanity counter in the husband’s bath.
A Plexi-Craft desk adds a light touch to the husband’s office.
The bar is a focal point in the family room, with its dark oak, stainless-steel inlay, and glamorous glass tile.
The living room is designed for fun, with a cantilevered pool table of oak and stainless steel. The Holly Hunt chairs swivel to watch the game or face the dramatic fireplace. “The art takes the home to another level,” says Fine about works like the Harry Moody oil painting and a silver-leaf-and-acrylic piece by Massachusetts artist Jessica Feldheim.
Architect Marcus Gleysteen devised a new oak top to turn the island in the existing Poggenpohl kitchen into a casual dining spot.
Designer Leslie Fine changed the palette’s earthy neutrals to pale grays and plums for a more modern look. Holly Hunt sofas and chairs form a seating area illuminated by a Jonathan Browning chandelier. The large oil painting by Allen Bentley adds motion and color to the space.
The foyer’s striking table is as much a work of art as the Harry Moody painting, April Wagner glass sculpture, and Thomas Osika bronze.
The dining room sets an elegant scene for entertaining.
Textured wallpaper in a smoky-plum hue gives the dining room drama.
The informal dining room sports a Cliff Young table surrounded by Artistic Frame chairs covered with an easy-care vinyl.
Bespoke cabinetry and display racks house the owners’ extensive wine collection.
Poritz & Studio created the walnut swing bed for the entry-floor lounge.
The elliptical staircase—which spans seventy-seven vertical feet—required an array of experts and artisans to complete. Ron Mott of Mott Iron Works customized the bronze balustrade. The skirts, risers, stringers, and wood handrail are by Hardwood Design in Exeter, Rhode Island. Clayton Austin of Boston Ornament Company created the stairway’s plasterwork.
Because of visibility and setback restrictions, members of Payne | Collins Design met with the Back Bay Architectural Commission during the mock-up phase of the copper-clad headhouse and roof-deck to successfully integrate it into the neighborhood, ensuring it was minimally visible from the street.
A custom sectional by Partners in Design provides a welcoming gathering spot in the living room. Curtains crafted from Holly Hunt fabric frame the Lonney White hanging sculpture in front of the windows. A Minotti lounge chair sits near the fireplace, which was designed as a modern interpretation of Savannah Helgeson’s grandmother’s fireplace.
The kitchen cabinetry is by Christopher Peacock. A custom hood by Mitchel and Mitchel hovers above a range by La Cornue.
The breakfast nook is grounded by modern parquet flooring by Chris Zizza of C&R Flooring.
The foyer features an eye-catching Patagonia granite flooring. The wallcovering is by Élitis, and Hope’s Windows created the steel-and-glass partition. Rich Corner of BluBlk crafted the handrail.
Artwork by Lídia Masllorens presides over the dining room. Minotti chairs surround a custom dining table by Jeff Soderbergh, which is illuminated by an Ochre chandelier. Throughout the house, most of the walls, ceilings, and crown moldings are painted Benjamin Moore Oxford White. Ceiling heights that reach nearly thirteen and a half feet and multi-stepped crown moldings nod to the attention bestowed upon scale and proportion.
Both the Helgesons’ dressing rooms—that’s Savannah’s here—are outfitted with custom cabinetry by Christopher Peacock.
A custom fixture by Apparatus illuminates Henry Helgeson’s tidy dressing room.
The custom pool table located on the entry floor is by District Mills.
The primary bedroom showcases sumptuous bedding and a custom Partners in Design headboard. A glamorous John Pomp chandelier illuminates the space, which is enveloped in a Holly Hunt wallcovering.
The primary bath features an Agape tub and Valéria Nascimento artwork.
Large slabs of Caribbean Island marble from Cumar and Waterworks plumbing fixtures adorn the glass, steel, and marble shower. The doors and windows are by Hope’s Windows and have a custom powder-coated finish.
Photograph by Murphy Foto Imagery
Photograph by Mike Crane. Landscape design by Mainstay Landscape.
Photograph by Jon Caron Art. Landscape design by Jenn Nawada. Hardscape by Frank Walsh Landscape. Specialty stone by Stone Sourcerer.
Photograph by Murphy Foto Imagery. Landscape design by Mainstay Landscape.
Photograph by Murphy Foto Imagery
Photograph by Murphy Foto Imagery
Photograph by Murphy Foto Imagery
Sixty identical plywood pieces form the David Trubridge Coral chandelier.
The main entrance opens into a sunny staircase comprised of reclaimed white-oak timber treads and steel stringers and rails.
The efficient mudroom features custom-designed benches, lockers, cubbies, and racks so visitors can remove and store boots, skis, skates, snowboards, and clothing.
Adding a three-story addition to this New Hampshire home gave its owners the organizational and recreational spaces they needed to accommodate their expanding, multigenerational family. The home receives a lot of traffic throughout the year, so designers included storage spaces for outdoor equipment along with rooms dedicated to indoor activities.
As part of this year-round vacation home’s addition, a covered porch offers two entry points. The door on the left leads directly into the main part of the home, while the door on the right opens to a newly constructed mudroom.
A wood-patterned wallpaper frames the custom-designed Adirondack-style bar, which is crafted from bark, branches, twigs, and zinc.
In the husband’s “man cave,” Kolb achieved a rugged vibe by incorporating various materials and textures, from the authentic barnboard wall and the cowhide ottomans to the leather sectional and Mongolian sheep chair. The side table is a repurposed Japanese sake keg, and the horn wall sconces are from Arteriors.
Among the many knockout pieces that designer Michele Kolb chose for the living room are the gray/blue suede Exhibition daybed from Modern Classics, which was inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s popular Barcelona couch, and the Stilnovo Bovet chandelier, a sculptural fixture with adjustable bronze arms
Colorful textiles in vibrant patterns from Material Culture in Philadelphia accentuate the Moroccan theme in the library; the comfy Mongolian sheep Snoopy lounge chair is from Eleanor Rigby Home.
A reinterpretation of the iconic Egg chair in orange brocade is the star of a reading nook in the kitchen; the multicolored blown-glass fixture above is from the owner’s collection.
“I love turquoise,” says the owner of the inspiration for the dining room’s palette. To balance the bold hue, Kolb selected a neutral velvet fabric for the curved banquette, and the custom-made chairs have backs fabricated from a hand-script upholstery by Design Legacy. The bronze Sputnik chandelier adds a dose of glamour.
Graceful and refined, Simon Pearce’s Benson Martini Glasses and Waterbury Tumblers dress up the dinner party.
Designer Robin Gannon.
The Modern History sideboard features glassware from Simon Pearce, including the Hartland Champagne Bucket. The painting is by Boston-based artist Jane Maxwell.
Designer Robin Gannon chose chairs with a traditional trellis pattern by Hickory Chair to balance the table’s modernity and make it feel like it belongs in the Georgian Colonial home
A hand-painted menu from Bespoke Designs echoes the Ngala Trading Co. napkins and adds a sense of occasion.
The bold black-and-white plates from Caskata’s Marrakech collection hold their own among the other tabletop pieces, while Kim Seybert gets credit for the gold Sahara charger.
A coil-stem goblet and pale gray tumbler from Boston’s Modern Relik add sparkle to the table.
The floral design features blooms readily available in the winter, including white lilies, mums, evergreens, and magnolia leaves. A low arrangement facilitates conversation.
A hand-calligraphed place card by Westport, Connecticut’s, Bespoke Designs tops a table setting that incorporates lush colors, textures, and patterns. A gilded foraged branch makes for an unexpected place card holder.
A wraparound porch—and a cute pooch—reinforces the house’s storybook charm.
The new kitchen was scaled up to twice its original size; the plain English-style cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray, and the architects added a butcher-block countertop along the far wall to accommodate the homeowner’s affinity for baking.
The team at Robert Dean Architects pared down any ornate detailing and added new windows and a wood roof; the front door got a welcoming coat of Fine Paints of Europe’s North Sea Blue.
The former carriage house-turned family home sits on a beautiful swath of land in Greenwich. “Architecturally,” says Robert Dean, “it comes across as very English in terms of both massing and the treatment of the exterior.”
The dining room, left largely intact (the table belonged to the homeowners, and the chandelier is an antique), got a refresh, thanks to recovered chairs and a new wall color (Benjamin Moore Violet Mist).
By adding dormers and borrowing space from a former guest room, the architects were able to create a true primary suite; the aesthetic, notes Dean, like the rest of the renovated home, is “modern but simultaneously of its time.”