Northshore Home Magazine

Northshore Home Magazine Spring 2020


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


shelter in place

THIS IS A TERM THAT I HAD NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE this March, when the world was asked to stay home during the COVID-19 health crisis. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been struck by this insidious virus. And I hope we are all staying home as much as possible to “flatten the curve.” Like many of you, I have been working from home and have had time to assess things around my house that need some TLC—the kitchen needs painting, the back bedroom needs plaster repair, the pantry needs to be reorganized, and my old floors could use a good refinishing. This time-out also gives us the chance to reassess how our homes function for our families. Is there quiet office space away from aging parents who…


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…

let there be light

WHEN JEN DULAC, COFOUNDER OF SWAMPSCOTT’S Trim Design Co., was tasked with redesigning the kitchen in a 1940s Colonial in Marblehead, she knew it would be a challenge to create a light, airy interior in the long, narrow galley space. The room remained slim despite being recently expanded after a previous renovation moved the dining room to the front of the house. The original kitchen was thin and dark, while the new kitchen would just be thin. But not dark. The homeowners, Danielle and Steve Hallisey, were determined for it to be light. Danielle preferred it to be totally white, in fact. “The old kitchen was incredibly dark—so dark and so cramped; it was like a cave,” says Dulac. “She wanted an all-white kitchen because she was so done with the dark kitchen.” Dulac and…

contemporary antique

CONSIDERING THE LONG ARC OF AN OLD HOUSE, THE task of bringing it back to its original architectural lines can be a long and winding road. Just ask Robert S. MacNeille, principal of Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders in Essex and Wellesley. MacNeille was asked to renovate a late 1880s Shingle-style home on the North Shore, about a hundred yards from the ocean, after the structure had undergone decades of quirky additions and alterations which had nearly doubled its original size. “The first addition to the house was only 10 years after its original construction,” MacNeille says. “We saw the dates, written in chalk on the roof rafters.” Besides restoring it to a state more in line with true Shingle style, MacNeille and his team also brought it back to…

shades of change

WHEN IT COMES TO MODERNIZING AN ALMOST 50-year-old home, sunlight and color can make a difference. Fresh fixtures, materials, and furnishings can too. But when an architect fully reimagines the entire property—from the landscape to the living spaces—so that each element elevates the other, a truly profound transformation occurs. This is exactly what Mat Cummings of Cummings Architects was able to accomplish for new clients looking to update their Middleton, Massachusetts, residence. The 1970s colonial suffered from the typical limitations of a structure built in that era: shallow rooms, low ceilings, dated materials, poor lighting, and very little connection to the outdoors. The couple wanted to remodel the kitchen and create a master suite but were open to Cummings’s ideas about more comprehensive improvements. “It had a wonderful yard with an existing…

got the blues

THIS YEAR, PANTONE’S COLOR OF THE YEAR, CLASSIC Blue, is gracing everything from wallpaper and stationery to end tables. Here, three prominent local designers and architects weigh in on the deep, elegant hue and offer expert tips on how to use it at home. CHRIS BROWN, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, b Architecture Studio Inc. How do you approach the new Pantone color each year? “It’s a way to explore why people are drawn to that color and then see if we have clients that may feel the same way. We are constantly looking for great classic colors that make the space complete or add a spark of interest.” What do you love most about this year’s hue: Classic Blue? “I think the classic blue gets personal, and the more you ask people you may find…