Northshore Home Magazine

Northshore Home Magazine Spring 2019


Published four times a year (spring, summer, fall, and winter) Northshore Home magazine is a regional shelter publication for the North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts. Each issue highlights the best in North Shore architectural design, new construction, renovations, interiors, décor, and gardens.

United States
RMS Media Group, Inc.
4 期号


the great outdoors

AS I BEGIN TO WRITE THIS EDITOR’S LETTER, SIZABLE snowflakes are rapidly falling outside my bedroom window, layering yet another blanket of white on top of the already deep snow. It’s March 10 and I am hopeful that with the spring equinox just around the corner, blossoms and buds will soon begin to awaken this dormant North Shore landscape. In many ways this issue celebrates how our landscapes can be transformed to become extensions of our homes—truly extending our living spaces when the weather warms. One such example is in the work of landscape designer Hilarie Holdsworth who creates breathtaking gardens at her West Gloucester home. The property consists of 3.5 acres of wooded and open landscape dominated by an 18th-century reclaimed Maine barn. Holdsworth has developed the gardens over a period…


Alexandra Pecci Alexandra Pecci is a freelance writer who grew up on the North Shore and has written about its people and places for years. Her travel, food, and lifestyle stories appear in Rachael Ray Every Day, the Washington Post, and many other publications. She lives in southern New Hampshire with her husband, Brian, and daughter, Chloe. Eric Roth Eric Roth is a photographer who travels worldwide photographing interior design for many national and regional magazines. “It means more to me when I can work with the talented designers in my own neighborhood [the North Shore]. It’s wonderfully gratifying to appreciate what’s right in our midst.” Mary Grauerholz Mary Grauerholz is a freelance feature writer who focuses on architecture, style, sustainability, and health. In her previous career as a journalist, she won many awards for…


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tasteful & tidy

AFTER SUE AND TIM DOWD HAD SPENT 20 YEARS raising four kids in their Topsfield Colonial, it was time to update the kitchen. Sue dreamed of upgraded appliances, more space for storage and socializing, and a layout with more flow. The couple turned to Nancy Hanson, owner and designer at Heartwood Kitchens, who helped them create the room of their dreams without requiring a major renovation. Space was limited and the home - owners’ desires were specific, but Hanson took up the challenge of figuring out how to fit everything into a functional and appealing setup. “She was fantastic with design,” says Sue. “I wanted to work in the space that we had. We went through a bunch of scenarios.” The design they settled on was a U-shaped room, where the kitchen…

kitchen revival

PASSING THROUGH HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN Andover, you can’t miss the arresting presence of a mustard-colored Greek Revival only a stone’s throw from the campus of Phillips Academy. In fact, the 1855 home was once used as a dormitory for Abbott Academy, the sister school that merged with Phillips in 1973. Among those drawn to the elegant 19th-century structure was a couple looking to relocate from Philadelphia to the wife’s former stomping ground of Greater Boston. In the summer of 2011, they and their two young sons moved in. “When we bought the house, we knew we needed to address the kitchen,” says the wife. “But it was a daunting project and we had a few other things to take care of first.” At the very rear of the ground floor, the kitchen was…

sea & sky

A HOUSE SHOULD USUALLY INTERACT WITH ITS SURROUNDINGS, but this is even more true when the site is a spectacular perch on Gloucester’s iconic rocky coast. There’s so much to see: a glittering swath of ocean, an endless stretch of sky, birds zigzagging, boats gliding by. It’s exactly the type of view a Boston-based couple desired when they purchased their waterfront property a few years ago. Treehouse Design, a design/build firm based in Rockport, realized the couple’s vision for a contemporary home tempered by the shingled vernacular of New England. Newly built on the challenging, sloping lot, it boasts 2,200 square feet of living space. Prioritizing energy efficiency and sustainability, Treehouse called on passive home specialist Bensonwood in Walpole, New Hampshire, for prefabrication. Their super-insulated wall panels, coupled with solar panels…