Rachel Slade

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YOU CAN RECOGNIZE Louise Philbrick by the heavy-duty bandage on her right thumb. Like a pair of reading glasses or a favorite locket, it feels like a part of her — a constant reminder of the artist she has become….

Kitchens: Small Sensation

Photographs by Jamie Salomon Cabinets: DX202 light oak décor with aluminum edge and AL888 anodized aluminum, both Poggenpohl. Additional Cabinetry: Custom rift-sawn oak, Hawkes & Huberdeau Woodworking. Counters: Verti-Crete E169T soft glow sheen, Brooks Custom. Backsplash: Glacier Glass in Spring,…

Kitchens: Classic Clean

Photographs by Jamie Salomon Cabinets and Millwork: Custom maple painted with C2 “America’s Cup,” Stephen Terhune Woodworking. Cabinet Hardware: One-and-a-quarter-inch Aubrey knobs and four-inch Gilmore pulls, both Restoration Hardware; Nouveau M714 pulls, Top Knobs. Countertops: Honed white Carrara marble with…

Kitchens: Minimalist Marvel

Photographs by Jamie Salomon Cabinets: Black: wire-brushed, ebonized rift-cut white oak. White: MDF cabinets with white gloss lacquer. Both Venegas and Company. Counters and Backsplash: Honed silver quartzite,GerrityStone. Pendant Lights: Artemide Castore 14, Neenas Lighting. Range: 48-inch Wolf Pro gas…

Designing the Dream

DEBORAH HAWKINS EXPECTS A LOT from a house. A good design, she believes, can be a source of endless amusement. It should engage people throughout the year, its beauty shifting with the light and seasons. It should be versatile, providing…

Living Large: On the Market

On the Market   For years we’ve stood on the sidewalk, gazing longingly up at this South End penthouse duplex seven stories above Mistral. What was it like to live that high, we wondered, separated from all humanity? Did the owner…

Kitchens: French Twist

Photographs by Jamie Salomon Cabinets: Painted: Crystal Cabinet Works. Mahogany: Kountry Kraft. Both Dovetailed Kitchens. Countertops: Honed Pietra Cardosa granite and Irish limestone, both Marble and Granite. Range: 36-inch Viking dual fuel, State Street Discount. Sink: Stone Forest natural-front farmhouse…

Kitchens: Storage-Savvy

Photographs by Jamie Salomon Cabinets: Uppers: maple. Lowers: custom wood painted with Benjamin Moore “OC-50 November Rain.” Both M. F. Reynolds. Cabinet Hardware: Raybern Builder’s Specialty Hardware, Charlestown. Countertops: Cardozo granite, Louis W. Mian, and oil-rubbed maple, M. F. Reynolds….

Kitchens 2011

THIS IS IT: our biggest guide ever. Below are five stunning Boston-area kitchens packed with great ideas, plus one dream design loaded with the most innovative materials and appliances available. When it’s time to renovate, consider yourself ready. Minimalist Marvel:…