Best of Boston Home 2014

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

The Office

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Photograph by Bob Karosis

WHY WE LOVE IT

This home office adds a decidedly modern flair to interior designer Patty Kennedy’s 1890s home in historical Portsmouth. To reflect its coastal location (and keep the room bright and sunny), Kennedy used plenty of white and blue in her color scheme. Instead of hunting for a desk, she repurposed a West Elm dining table that’s big enough for her to draft up room plans. A vintage walnut credenza adds just the right amount of natural wood to the room, and looks great against the white-painted floors, accented with an area rug made of carpet tiles. The box frames above the window display some of her favorite fabrics.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER
Patty Kennedy Interiors

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PAINTER
JG Painting Co.

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The Landscape

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Photograph by Eric Roth

WHY WE LOVE IT

When landscape architect Gregory Lombardi accepted a job to design the exterior plantings for a large Georgian estate, he encountered a neglected garden created by the office of Frederick Law Olmsted. Rather than raze it or slavishly follow the highly formal 19th-century plans, Lombardi used the Olmsted drawings as a guide to create a romantic landscape that feels just on the cusp of decay. The lush plantings—white euonymus, Royal Burgundy, and boxwood—have a loose, somewhat overgrown appearance that suited the client’s aesthetic. Lombardi also restored the existing stone cherub and small pond, and designed a new gazebo fitted with a fanciful red swing and a custom plaque inscribed with the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote “Earth laughs in flowers.”

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Gregory Lombardi Design

LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR
R.P. Marzilli & Company

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ELECTRICIAN
William E. Luce Electric

LIGHTING CONSULTANT
Light This

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