Best of Boston Home 2014

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

The Library

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Photograph by Eric Roth

WHY WE LOVE IT

In our minds, the tablet will never, ever replace the bound book, a sentiment this homeowner obviously agrees with. Rather than archive his massive collection of tomes, he challenged his architects, Siemasko + Verbridge, to create a new library for his 1800s-era home. Restricted by environmental and zoning rules, the designers expanded into the basement, then seized the opportunity to create a signature circular staircase linking the room’s first and lower levels. And for a touch of Harry Potter–esque intrigue, they created a “secret” sliding door panel between the lower section and the client’s wine cellar.

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ARCHITECT AND INTERIOR DESIGNER
Siemasko + Verbridge

BUILDER
Gilman Guidelli & Bellow

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CABINETRY
CW Keller & Associates

PAINTER
Northern Lights Painting Company

STAIRCASE
Cape Cod Fabrications

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The Kids’ Room

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Photograph by James R. Salomon

WHY WE LOVE IT

Designer Kristina Crestin maximized this vacation home’s tiny guest sleeping quarters without minimizing its elegance. The top bunks have twin-size beds for little ones, and the bottom bunks are full-size for older children or couples. Inspired by the design of boat cabins, Crestin used every nook and cranny, providing each bunk with a built-in cubby to accommodate a reading light, books, and a clock; even the stair risers do double duty as storage drawers. The magnificent ceiling is made of reclaimed barn board, which gives the room a “summer-camp feel,” she says.

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ARCHITECT
Olson Lewis

BUILDER
Dunn Builders

INTERIOR DESIGNER
Kristina Crestin Design

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FURNISHINGS
Casa Design

LIGHT FIXTURES
Newburyport Lighting

RUG
Landry & Arcari

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