Bruce Irving

Before and After: Boredom, Banished

To improve their "drywall box" of a South End duplex, Jackie Jenks and Mike Russos called on friend Beth Whittaker of Boston-based Merge Architects. Because the couple’s budget was tight, Whittaker mixed off-the-shelf décor with custom touches when remodeling the stairwell,…

Vineyard Heaven

Location,  location, location: The three rules of real estate rarely need repeating. Once was more than enough for the New York couple who built this Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, getaway on five acres overlooking Vineyard Sound and the Elizabeth Islands. They…

The Apprentice

There’s a story told about Edgar Kaufmann, the owner of the most famous house in America, Pennsylvania’s Fallingwater, and his architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Worried that his home’s reinforced concrete cantilevers might not hold, Kaufmann hired an outside engineer to…

All Dressed Up

It’s easy to see how Jim and Alina Apteker have built their company, Longwood Events, into one of the area’s premier private-function groups. Ever the perfect hosts, they usher this visitor into their Brookline home, and after handing over a…

Modern Heir

A Lexington House Grows From a Tiny 1949 Bungalow Into a Richly Crafted Contemporary Masterpiece The story of Tucker Taft’s Lexington home begins not in New England but outside Cleveland, on a road called Pepper Ridge. Designed in the ’60s…

Built Too Vast

Say what you will about our throwaway culture, at least we can dump our faddish buys when they become embarrassing. That bolero tie we wore in college? Our death metal cassette collection? The Chia Pet? All are composting quietly in…