Best of Boston Home 2014

Our annual guide to the local designers and resources that dazzled us this past year.

The Living Room

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Photograph by Eric Roth

WHY WE LOVE IT

Like much of designer Liz Caan’s work, this room has plenty of drama without taking itself too seriously. To bring “fun and energy” to the living space (part of a complete renovation of an older home), Caan played all the angles, adding splashes of color—chartreuse, amethyst, and raspberry pink—for a look guaranteed to spark lively conversation. The genesis of her palette? The bright-green glass-mosaic fireplace surround she found before the renovation began.

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ARCHITECT
Abeles & Associates

BUILDER
RSS Construction

INTERIOR DESIGNER
Liz Caan Interiors

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ACCESSORIES
Liz Caan Interiors

ELECTRICIAN
Driscoll Electric

FABRICS
Osborne & Little

FLOORING
Design Wood Floors

FLORAL DESIGNER
Winston Flowers

FURNISHINGS
Ailanthus

PAINTER
Kevin E. Carlson Painting and Decorating

RUG
Williston Weaves

TILE
Tile Showcase

UPHOLSTERER
Lousso Designs

WINDOW TREATMENTS
A.R. Steers Associates

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The Kitchen

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Photograph by Michael J. Lee

WHY WE LOVE IT

This design beautifully addresses an age-old dilemma: We want our kitchens big and open, but we don’t want dinner guests to see our mess. Architect D. Michael Collins’s solution? An 18-foot-wide, sliding-glass-door system that, when closed, completely hides the kitchen without putting up a wall. When open, the three translucent panels neatly stack away out of sight. Collins cleverly hung these doors to avoid building a floor track, a potential tripping hazard in such a high-traffic area. We also love how his team approached the large ventilation hood—the bane of every designer—turning it into a custom painted-wood-and-natural-walnut piece that hovers lightly over the island and complements the room’s sublime natural palette.

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ARCHITECT
D. Michael Collins

BUILDER
Brookes + Hill Custom Builders

INTERIOR DESIGNER
Beauchemin Grassi Interiors

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CABINETRY
Herrick and White Architectural Woodworkers

COUNTERTOPS & TILE
Progressive Marble Fabrication

GLAZIER
Architectural Glazing Systems

FLOORING
Hunt Custom Milled Wood Floors

FURNISHINGS
Webster & Company

LARGE APPLIANCES
Yale Appliance and Lighting

PLUMBER
T & J Heating, Air Conditioning, and Plumbing

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