A mosaic wall in the guest shower picks up the texture theme.
Reflective materials give the smallish master bathroom a sense of space.
A guest room’s textured wallpaper echoes a serene palette of silvery gray with touches of deep green.
The master bedroom is a symphony of deep, rich blues set against a gray-blue grasscloth shot through with metallic threads.
The master suite’s coral-inspired lamp and ocean-blue ombré velvet armchair reference the water views.
The kitchen is a simple, modern, tactile marvel, with metal-trimmed leather upper cabinets and backsplash tiles of textured antique mirror.
The dining area is simple, with open cantilevered chairs, and a ceiling fixture that helps to define the space.
The floor-to-ceiling sculpted fireplace wall is a show-stopper.
The living room is the apartment in microcosm: all contours and texture,
mixed materials, muted jewel tones, water references, and modern moments—carefully composed in a painterly way.
A raised base conceals the plumbing for the master
bath’s oversize freestanding tub.
The master bedroom features a custom headboard of dark-stained bamboo.
In the dressing room, clothing, shoes, and accessories are all
discreetly stored away in walnut cabinets and a dresser.
The polished wood vanity top in the guest bathroom is a rare irregular shape in the home.
A narrow opening between the kitchen and dining area was dramatically expanded to create the sense of openness.
The range is the only visible appliance in the kitchen; all others are disguised behind the
The television sinks into a hidden alcove in the built-in cabinet, crafted by Woodmeister Master Builders, when it’s not in use.
A walnut dining table and pale gray chairs adhere to the color scheme defined by the walls.
The entry greets homeowners and guests with a sense of calm.
Designer Rina Okawa balanced the clean, geometric lines of the open floor plan with the softness and warmth of natural materials, including walls of walnut and mosaic stone, quartzite kitchen counters, and a leather sofa and lounge chair.
An eye-catching mirror enhances light and makes the compact guest room feel bigger.
“You never see a bookcase in a bath, that’s why we love it,” says Josh Linder about the master bath’s photo.
Bold patterns and bright colors happily coexist in the guest room; the photograph is by David Heitholt.
Green-as-malachite wallpaper revs up the powder room.
Festive flashlights lined up along the patio fence add nighttime ambience.
Bee drawings in the sunroom are mounted on wallpaper intended to represent the insects’ busyness.
A colorful lineup of cookbooks stands as a design element in the kitchen.
Spikes and spiky items—the Pyrus lamp and a metal-studded chair inspired by the British punk fashion movement—are a fun theme throughout.
Nodding to the home’s traditional past, the living room’s decorative moldings remain.
A grid of lively Brooklyn street scenes greets visitors as they enter.
Favorite pieces—like the wife’s father’s lounge chair and the couple’s headboard—were redone and incorporated into the master suite.
The family room’s accent colors were inspired by the tulip painting in the homeowners’ art collection.
The kitchen features vinyl-covered bar chairs for worry-free eating.
A built-in of stainless steel and faux-ostrich vinyl makes a striking display for art pieces.
A sultry Sophia Loren ups the glam factor in the dining area.
Pops of color amid a sea of neutrals keep the living room warm and inviting.
An absence of window treatments, a low-backed sofa, and streamlined swivel chairs play up the show-stopping view from the living room of a condominium in Boston’s Seaport District.
The sofa dominating one end of the living room throws an insouciant curve at the room’s rectilinear lines. Oak beams and trim were treated to a gray-green stain that makes the wood less imposing but allows the grain to show through.
Duffy designed the master bath’s teak vanity with room to store towels and toiletries.
Graphic Romo fabrics give energy to the guest room’s reading nook.
The owners’ private sanctuary includes an ultra-suede upholstered bed.
Air, a digital photo collage by Ysabel LeMay, contrasts perfectly with the office’s midcentury desk.
“One of our goals was to provide plenty of storage,” says Duffy of the new kitchen, which has gone thoroughly modern with Leucos pendants and quartz counters.
At the table’s head, Plumb 12 (Leaves of Grass), by Henry Mandell, complements the dining area’s sophisticated tone. Intriguing accessories, like the trio of knot sculptures on the buffet, spark conversation.
The light-blocking wall separating the office from the relocated dining room has been shrunk to half its size.
A glass-topped table resting on a stone ball lends a sculptural note to the conversation area, while a fur pillow adds texture on the sofa. The paintings—Falling for You—are by Karine Léger through Boston’s Lanoue Gallery.
Rather than a massive rug that would hide the newly stained floors in the main living area, interior designer Dennis Duffy and his project captain, Michael Forman, went custom: “We designed the rug’s pattern and had a fabricator cut it,” Duffy explains. A printed velvet ottoman serves as a seat or a cocktail table when entertaining.
A deep Fleurco tub in the master bath promotes relaxing.
A silk and wool rug feels good under bare toes, while an Arctic Pear chandelier by Ochre lends sparkle.
Irving created an inviting sitting area in the couple’s bedroom.
As stylish as any grown-up haven, the little girl’s room holds an Ethan Allen bed from the owners’ previous home, which Irving refreshed with a coat of white paint. A geometric Tibetan wool rug and CB2 bedding strike additional notes of sophistication.
What was once a mere stair landing is now a sunny spot well equipped for private time with a plush daybed.
The chic mudroom incorporates a custom shade and a handy apron-front sink for washing hands.
The kitchen’s dining area sports an arresting acrylic on panel by Duy Huynh and a contemporary Apparatus chandelier in blackened brass.
To ensure the kitchen counters stay clear, Irving devised a bonanza of storage.
Irving brought the dramatic color into the family room, too, coating the bookshelves and window seat as a contrast to the room’s paler walls.
“The dining room’s focus is the wallpaper,” explains designer Kristine Irving, who also chose Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra Blue paint for the ceiling.
A favorite gathering space, the family room includes Michael Mazur’s painting White Water and a game table for hours of fun.
Working with Boston’s Krakow Witkin Gallery and Jules Place, the designer and her clients found contemporary art that beautifully complements the old room. In the same congenial spirit, modern furnishings and fixtures look right at home with the living room’s classic architectural details.
The main staircase echoes the geometric design of the home and incorporates the building blocks used in its construction—wood, metal, and glass. Above twinkles a welcoming crystal chandelier, one of the few truly ornate elements in the home.
The backyard and pool area echo just enough of the geometry of the home to remain harmonic, while landscaping, ornamental flowers, discreet lighting, and a welcoming cabana soften the edges of a space used frequently for entertaining and family time.
A huge slab of polished marble serves as a focal point in the living room, complementing the views of the lush backyard and acting as a counterpoint to the room’s sleek, modern design.
Wood-grained Eggersmann cabinetry hides major appliances and provides contrast to the monumental marble kitchen island.
“Home-sized” windows, a bedroom balcony, and native trees help create a residential feel for a structure that intends to stand out from, not blend into, its environment.
Varied ceiling heights help define spaces throughout the home, while artwork provides color and texture. A wood panel buffed to a high gloss mirrors the custom staircase, itself a piece of functional art.
The sleek, blocky basis of the home’s abstract design is mitigated by the addition of a floating canopy, brise-soleil, and extensive plantings around the entry.
Marilyn Monroe smiles over the art deco dining room, where Parsons-style J. Robert Scott chairs surround a custom table by interior designer Manuel de Santaren.
A variety of textures is at play in the wet bar, where a mix of tile, marble, and polished wood brings warmth to the ultra-modern design.
Polished tile and marble make for a glamorous bathroom.
The slate shelves of the salvaged piece are loaded with items collected by generations of Tilletts.
The screened porch looks over cornfields and a portion of the Appalachian Trail.
The master bedroom is one of the few places where Tillett fabrics—in the drapes and coverlet—are displayed.
A rusted metal shelf loaded with family mementos serves as a semitransparent room divider.
The interior and the screened porch become one when a glass garage door is raised.
Tillett’s son Patrick McBride found the vintage Robert Kayton chairs at a flea market years ago.
A painting by Leslie Tillett and a drawing by his wife, D.D., decorate the guest bedroom.
Two heirloom African chairs, too fragile for regular use, support books alongside a wasp nest treasured for its sculptural presence.
See-through white JANUS et Cie Forest chairs and a gossamer Moooi pendant light leave the view from the sitting room unobscured.
A wall of windows looks out on the rear patio sprinkled with an array of comfortable outdoor furniture.
Barn doors slide aside to reveal a master bedroom with a Mediterranean feel built around the bold Phillip Jeffries arrowroot wallcovering.
Aqua Ann Sacks oversize glass subway tiles form the backsplash in the master bathroom.
Strategic splashes of color in the living room tease the eye without distracting from the views.
The blue Schumacher Chevron D’Ete chair fabric speaks quietly to the home’s coastal location, while the Lucite table reflects the owners’ affection for modern furnishings. The splashy artwork over the mantel is by Holly S. Manneck.
A trio of Arteriors Reeves pendants dangles above the quartzite-topped kitchen island.
A bamboo-inspired bed gives a hint of the tropics to a guest room.
The dining tables sit between the living room and kitchen in the home’s central “life space,” with a glass-enclosed sitting room projecting toward the backyard.
A path paved with native stone guides visitors to the front door of a seaside
Cape Cod home that blends effortlessly into the natural environment.
Outdoor diners can enjoy the views of the sea or straight through the “life space” to the front of the house.
Designed by Robin Gannon and built by Art Applications, the twin dining room tables create intimacy when the owners are dining alone and allow plenty of room when guests arrive.
The sunroom is everyone’s favorite, thanks to the curvaceous Acapulco rockers from Blackman Cruz that set the tone for the modern, stylish space. Designer Heather Wells adhered strictly to the black-and-white palette here, and used it throughout to keep the home airy, relaxed, and beachy-casual.
The powder room is painted with Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black, a stark exception to the “white walls only” rule throughout the home.
The spacious living room is furnished with custom, linen-upholstered sofas, a custom coffee table, and for added drama, a vintage Augusto Bozzi lounge chair, all grounded by a textural dhurrie rug.
The kitchen, a study in black and white, is a classic gathering place for family and friends. A custom table/island that works for both food prep and casual gathering is surrounded by two kinds of counter stools and illuminated by industrial-chic hanging lamps.
An artful vignette features a 1950s Wormley cabinet and a vintage Fritz Schlegel wingback chair.
The dining room’s wide windows complement the originals while ushering in more light; the custom dining table, surrounded by Eames molded plastic chairs, has a modern farmhouse feel.
The fireplace’s sculptural treatment adds subtle movement to the living room. The panels of the Nada Debs cocktail table can be reconfigured for a variety of looks.
The kitchen is defined by straight lines and sleek surfaces: glass backsplash, countertops, and upper cabinets; stainless steel walls; and a quartzite dining counter.
The short walls of granite extending from the house are an aesthetic move, says Glen Valentine of Stephen Stimson Associates. “They extend the geometry of the building into the site,” he says.
The entrance area features an open stairway supported by the walls and outfitted with glass guardrails.
Designer Beth Martell and her partner, Enda Donagher, designed the family room fireplace. As elsewhere in the house, Martell used color sparingly as an accent against a neutral palette.
The front of the house presents a formal yet modern symmetry that relaxes as the house unfolds toward the back. A grid of zinc-coated copper defines the entry. The same metal is used on the exterior trim and the decorative visors above the windows. An entry court flanked by groups of hawthorn trees reflects the landscape’s classical nine-square grid.
Carefully chosen accessories and art stand out against the dining room’s simple ripple-fold curtains and pale walls.
A vintage chandelier appears frozen in air above the breakfast room table. The mirrored alcove separates the nook from the kitchen and provides another spot for decorative objects.
Classic but understated, the husband’s bath features marble tile walls and a custom vanity.
Artwork by Richard Serra pops against the white walls.
Adolfo Perez designed the variable-sized circle lights that dance across the playroom ceiling. With a ping-pong table, foosball, a billiards table, and plenty of comfortable seating, the expansive space is a favorite gathering place.
A chenille sectional makes a playful sitting arrangement in the living room.
A custom billiard table in a matte lacquer matches the concrete-lookalike walls; its organic shape appears to float, softening the straight lines of the upper play area. A sliding barn door opens to the playroom for entertaining, or closes it off for privacy.
A steel-and-concrete console in the entrance plays off the rigorousness of the sintered-stone walls and corten steel door frame.
Lined with white oak, the innovative wet bar instantly transforms the front parlor into an ideal entertainment space.
New steel-framed windows give the back parlor the feel of a Parisian atelier.
The room’s wealth of texture includes a sculptural metal Jieldé floor lamp and a bold Merida carpet topped with a hide area rug.
The sparkly Ochre pendant is a modern twist on chandeliers of the past. A hide rug by Yerra references scallop shells, playing to the wife’s love of the ocean.
Tom Rickman’s engaging landscape gives the front parlor—the first room visitors see—a burst of blue sky.
Meticulous planning allowed for additional shelving and cabinetry in the family room, where Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair from Knoll is a popular seat.
The contemporary vibe is played up with an Andy Warhol poster above a streamlined console.
A natural cleft slate fireplace studded with custom-made sconces is a focal point of the room.
The kitchen and adjacent dining area feature a combination of open shelving and custom cabinets.
The basement complete with ping-pong table and room for games galore.
Multiple textures—in the artwork by Kathryn Lipke through Stowe’s West Branch Gallery and in the variety of fabrics—along with shots of bold sky-blue against a neutral background lend interest to the living room.
Swivel chairs upholstered in blue velvet are a prime spot for enjoying conversation.
Bright, fun colors—from the wall tiles behind the wood-burning stove to the rainbow-hued carpet to the throw pillows—dominate the home’s basement level.
A pair of spider-like ceiling lamps that can be reconfigured to shed light where it’s most needed illuminates the raised island, which steps down to meet the wood-and-metal dining table.
Original brick walls and wood ceiling beams were preserved throughout the former industrial space. Cold-rolled steel with a black patina finish and reclaimed heart pine comprise the staircase, which has cantilevered elements that make it appear to float.
The second level holds a smaller seating area, grounded by a Paola Lenti rug, for intimate conversation.
The powder room’s sculptural concrete sink partners with another of Adelman’s light fixtures.
Rachel von Roeschlaub Maniatis’s acrylics on LP records add a dash of color to the media room.
Roomy, but cozy, the swiveling sofa adds a bold punch of color to the master bedroom.
In the master bath, custom wood millwork embellishes the concrete trough sink and warms the room’s pale palette.
A bright red chair and Marjorie Minkin’s vivid artwork add energy to the serene upstairs living room without detracting from the stunning view visible beyond a generous terrace with plantings by Winston Flowers.
The kitchen’s tapering metal island is inspired by midcentury iconography and fabricated by metal artisan Bartek Konieczny. Konieczny also crafted the island’s movable light fixture.
A floating wall forms the guest room headboard, where three photographic works by CE Morse hang above the bed.
In the master bedroom, Koto wood panels and a leather Christian Liaigre bed create a decidedly contemporary edge.
A free-floating staircase separates the kitchen from the magnificent, glass-walled study. Subtle shades of gray and brown on the island countertop and in the stools provide unity between the kitchen and the steel and wire railings of the stairway as well as with the softer interior of the wood-paneled bookshelves in the study.
A hidden panel in the study opens to reveal a computer work station, lacquered in the owner’s favorite orange hue.
The powder room features custom wallpaper with the text of an ancient Greek letter hand-illustrated by Brooklyn artist Katie Merz.
The guest bedroom, too, takes advantage of a view through one of the tall exterior windows, whose finely arched peak is echoed in the opening with a glass railing frosted for privacy.
A large door masquerading as a wall when open, can be swung shut to block noise in the living room from reaching the rest of the home.
Light pours into the living room from the original windows of what was once the Boston College High School auditorium, casting a warm glow on the hot-rolled steel used for the fireplace and mantel.
Japanese Shou-Sugi-Ban pyrography brings out the rich grain in the wood paneling surrounding the study, and a comfortable reading nook takes advantage of the deep wells of the original windows of the historic building.
Hidden appliances and the absence of cabinets around the range keep the kitchen uncluttered and in thematic harmony with the clean lines in the rest of the home.
A glass-and-steel wall allows light, but not noise from downstairs, into the balcony-like master bedroom.
A collection of pendants hung at various heights descends from the twenty-two-foot ceiling to illuminate the dining room. The owner’s Colonial-style chairs are just unfussy enough to play well with the home’s crisp, modernistic design.
In the master bath, textured black, hexagonal tile creates prisms with the light from fixtures that hide in the shower’s tray ceiling.
Defiant of the constraints of space, the staircase seems to pierce the glass wall of the study, integrating two disparate design elements while providing additional shelf space. The couch in the middle of the room can accommodate a pair of readers, head to foot.
A stone backed sculptural tub.
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.