Rachel Strutt

Fair Winds

A Martha’s Vineyard metalsmith crafts intricate weathervanes.

Different Strokes

When he’s not rowing on the Charles, William Reimann is crafting an array of elaborate art and sculpture.

The Artisan Next Door: Fired Up

BILL SAX IS HAPPY to give out recipes, whether for the pistachio-grapefruit tart cooling on his counter or for a 1,500-pound batch of the “flameware clay” that he developed back in 1954. For DIY types, here’s the latter: “I just throw…

Better Than the Original

THE LOCATION? PERFECT. THE SIZE? Just right. But the condition of this 100-year-old Cambridge home? “It was a wreck,” says architect Lisa Cunningham, coprincipal of Warner + Cunningham Architects. “After years of neglect preceded by misguided renovations and additions, all…

Boston Home Spring 2010: Belgian Rhapsody

BEFORE THE WALLS were painted and antiques arranged, New York–based interior designer Bruce Bananto had already made substantial modifications to this coastal Massachusetts home. His clients, who retreat here every summer, sought his expertise in bringing interior detail to the…

Boston Home Winter 2010: Paradigm Shift

IT’S NOT EVERY DAY THAT designers get to mix bales of hay and molten metal. But when a couple in the western suburbs needed a barn to house two horses and an artist’s welding studio, Sheila Kennedy and J. Frano…

Change of Space

Four years ago, architect Judy Gleysteen came across an online listing for a tired Brady Bunch-era home in Lincoln. "I told my husband it was the ugliest house I had ever seen," she laughs. Unlike most home-hunters, though, she wasn’t…

Above and Beyond

In most homes, gleaming surfaces and floral arrangements are reserved for visiting in-laws and cocktail parties; everyday life is more unkempt. [sidebar] Yet Meichi Peng, the 34-year-old petite powerhouse of a designer who recently finished this Back Bay penthouse, reports…

Industrial Strength

The exterior is anonymous. Framed by an old metal fence and unchecked weeds, its nondescript brick walls reveal little, save for a faded mural of a Native American astride a horse. Three cats eye visitors warily through empty window panes….

Southie Style

Former Suburbanites Go Metropolitan in Fort Point Channel. When is a wall not just a wall? When it’s the focal point of an entire home. Such is the case in Tom O’Brien and Barbara Beck’s South Boston loft, where a…