Northshore Home Magazine

Northshore Home Magazine Winter 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.

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beautiful on the inside

THIS PAST JANUARY, I HAD THE DISTINCT PLEASURE of listening in on the 2019 Bulfinch Awards judging for the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art New England Chapter—an awards program that honors the top traditional designs in both commercial and residential architecture in New England. New York architect Gil Schafer, California architect Erik Evens, and New York interior designer Steven Gambrel—all awardwinning and nationally recognized designers—carefully reviewed each submission. Their exceptional design sensibilities were brought to bear as they discussed proportion, scale, and restraint within the projects. They discussed how a building is not successful just because of its exterior detailing, but how a truly successful project has impeccable detailing on the interior as well. Good design is carried throughout the project and does not stop at the front door. I…


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. Michael J. Lee With over 20 years of combined experience in interior design and photography, Michael J. Lee has established himself as the storyteller of the finest homes in New England and beyond. His work is featured in national and regional shelter publications. Lee is a past recipient of the ASID Industry Partner recognition and winner of the BSA Design Award for Photography. Eric Roth Eric Roth is a photographer who travels worldwide photographing interior design for many…

on the lighter side


clean start

NANCY HANSON, CO-OWNER OF HEARTWOOD Kitchens, enjoys getting to design a kitchen in a large, straightforward space. It’s a bonus if she is given free rein to configure the windows and doors. Wall space, after all, is the hard currency of kitchen design. Both of these opportunities came together in a project that involved building a new home on a tear-down’s footprint. The sellers of the property had torn down the house to rebuild, and had even gotten blueprints drawn up for the project. But when they decided to sell the land instead, the buyers were given the brand-new set of architectural drawings as part of their purchase. BLUEPRINTS FOR A BLANK CANVAS The new homeowners, Sue and Phil Carr, were happy to go ahead with the seller’s drawings with a few modifications,…

clear vision

WHITE CAN BE VERY UNFORGIVING. BUT WHEN this noncolor cascades softly over an interior and is lit with precision, even the starkest white creates a mood that is both soothing and stylish. Beth Rodgers, a designer with Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops in Watertown, brought years of expertise and an appreciation for white tones when she teamed up with a couple in the redesign of their 240-square-foot North Andover kitchen. The homeowners, a professional lighting designer and his wife, had a vision coming into the project. “We knew we were going to remodel our kitchen when we bought our home,” he says. Dating to the mid-1980s, the kitchen, living room, and den were very compartmentalized, all separated by walls with small door openings. “Our vision was an open kitchen, dining, and family room,…

pied-à-terre design

THE FRENCH COINED THE PHRASE CENTURIES AGO: PIED- à-terre, a part-time home. Today the expression (literally, “foot on the ground”) carries the same meaning, but with a chic understatement. A pied-à-terre—usually a small, compact living space in a large city and within driving distance of the primary residence—gives homeowners, including many on the North Shore, an urbane home away from home. For one North Shore couple who purchased a 600-square-foot studio apartment in the heart of Boston, the pied-à-terre means the freedom to take full advantage of Boston’s vibrant city life without the worry of traveling into the city for early business meetings or back to the suburbs from late-night commitments. “The homeowners use it frequently,” says Anita Clark, principal of Anita Clark Design in Salem. “It gives them the best…