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Best of Boston Home 2014

Design excellence doesn’t simply bubble forth from the ground. It takes months, sometimes years, for the seed of an idea to blossom into a lush garden. Architects and interior designers need to make countless decisions, often in intense collaboration. This year, we decided to put successful projects in context—and honor those who achieved beauty as much through their innate talents as through their ability to work well together.

Features

The Magic Touch

After 14 years of renting on Cape Cod, a family finds their dream vacation property in a familiar place.

Seeing Red

A developer dreams up an energy-smart house for his family.

Departments

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Dyed in Wool

Exquisite handwoven blankets are crafted right here on the coast of Maine.

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Elbow Room

A diminutive Cape Cod bungalow is a study in efficient design.

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Building Blocks

North Bennet Street School’s sixth president, Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, talks transformation and what’s in store for the institution.

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Buttoned Up

Gary Ritacco uses his fashion savvy to curate a SoWa loft like no other.

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Let It Slide

Maine’s Camden Toboggan Company builds wooden sleds for the annual National Toboggan Championship.

Also In This Issue

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Up in the Air

Check out Michael Mullaney’s Transit, a piece inspired by the changing topography observed from an airplane window.

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Black and White and Red All Over

Welcome the glamour of the season into your home with these striking pieces.

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A Great Address

Mark your territory with an irresistibly chic house number.

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Happenings

Where to go and what to read for your winter design fix.

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Wild Thing

Bring the outdoors in this winter with animal-inspired accessories.

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Vanity Fare

An elegant evening on the town begins in the boudoir.

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Weekender

With haute new boutique hotels, restaurants, and art exhibits, there are countless reasons besides the beaches to hop on the next flight to L.A. this winter.

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How to Decoupage

The craft of decoupage requires plenty of space and a dry environment, making it the perfect project to start in your basement this winter.

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Little Landscape

A local artist grows happiness one miniature tree at a time.