Best of Boston Home 2017

by Yiqing Shao | November 22, 2016 12:03 am

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Black cabinets create a dramatic backdrop in a Cambridge home. / Photograph by Tony Luong

Here it is, our biggest Best of Boston Home issue yet. We polled homeowners and industry experts to find 137 of the most discerning designers, craftspeople, and retailers, organized by specialty and—new this year—region, including Cape Cod and the islands. Ready to build? This is the only guide you’ll need.

 

Kitchen & Bath | Outdoor | Restoration

New Construction | Sustainable

 


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Sea-Dar Construction. / Photograph Eric Roth

Kitchen & Bath

Custom cabinetry, the latest countertops, and ergonomic layouts take the chore out of cooking. These consultants bring it all home in style.

Boston

Best accessories
Kitchenwares by Blackstones

This small-but-mighty shop stocks all manner of culinary accoutrements, from decorative tea towels and hand-sharpened Shun santoku knives to sparkling glassware and Le Creuset pots.

215 Newbury St., Boston, 857-366-4237, kitchenwaresboston.com.

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Jewett Farms + Co. / Photograph by Justen Peters/50 Fish

Best cabinets
jewett farms + co.

Quality and craftsmanship come first at Jewett Farms, where a stacked team of artisans designs and builds custom cabinetry from sustainably sourced regional hardwoods.

Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place, Ste. 626, Boston, 978-961-1538, jewettfarms.com.

Best contractor
Sea-Dar Construction

Sea-Dar’s strong client relationships and pre-construction planning combine to produce masterful, and magnificent, kitchens.

580 Harrison Ave., Ste. 4W, Boston, 617-423-0870, seadar.com.

Best designer
Downsview Kitchens and Fine Custom Cabinetry

Rife with glass cabinetry, cleverly disguised appliances, and showcase-worthy islands, the spaces designed by the team here are functional works of art.

Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place, Ste. 629, Boston, 857-317-3320, downsviewofboston.com.

Best fixtures
waterworks

What started as a small plumbing-supply company in 1925 has become a haven for handmade Clothilde copper tubs, Easton hardware, and Carrara marble washstands.

Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place, Ste. 147, Boston, 617-951-2496, waterworks.com.

Best stone
adamo stone design

Adamo’s ever-changing inventory of engineered and natural stone (such as marble, quartzite, and travertine) will help breathe new life into your floors and countertops.

296 Freeport St., Boston, 617-269-9000, adamostone.com.

Best tile
DiscoverTile

Let’s face it: If DiscoverTile’s assortment of silver-infused glass panels, Italian marble, and decorative mosaics doesn’t inspire your next reno, nothing will.

Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place, Ste. 647, Boston, 617-330-7900, discovertile.com.

North

Best accessories
lula’s pantry

A chef’s Candy Land, this downtown Rockport shop features a vast array of tools, utensils, linens, cookbooks, serveware, and gadgets for the home cook who has (almost) everything.

5 Dock Sq., Rockport, 978-546-0010, lulaspantry.com.

Best cabinets
pridecraft

PrideCraft’s installation services ensure the ultimate customization of your heirloom-quality millwork—and you’ll uncover a healthy selection of semi-custom and stock cabinetry, too.

109 Sutton St., North Andover, 978-685-2831, pridecraftinc.com.

Best contractor
regatta group

Headed by North Bennet Street School alum Christian Tosi, this Marblehead firm puts a high priority on staying cost effective, detail oriented, and always on time.

183 Tedesco St., Marblehead, 781-631-9200, regattainc.com.

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Heartwood Kitchens. / Photograph by Eric Roth

Best designer
heartwood kitchens

Clients love Nancy Hanson for her made-to-order, expertly configured kitchens and baths—new construction as well as total overhauls of existing spaces—that range in style and scale from a cherry-wood traditional cabinet redo to a brand-new, floor-to-ceiling modern-in-concrete masterpiece.

75 Newbury St., Danvers, 978-762-7472, heartwoodkitchens.net.

Best fixtures
Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply

Family-owned for more than half a century, this Beverly showroom has the goods—4,500 square feet of hardware and fixtures—but truly excels in customer service, delivering on its motto of “Not just making a sale, but gaining a customer.”

97 River St., Beverly, 978-921-1200, designerbath.com.

Best stone
boston granite exchange

If you can’t find what you fancy among the 56,000 square feet of slab marble, granite, travertine, soapstone, limestone, and more for kitchen and bath—sourced from Italy, India, and Brazil—BGE will custom-order it for you.

One Parkridge Rd., Haverhill, 978-372-8300, bostongraniteexchange.com.

Best tile
Tile by Design

For 27 years, Tile by Design has been outfitting kitchens and baths in aesthetics such as traditional (you’ll find tons of granite) and exotic (think: teak, stained glass).

120 Andover St., Danvers, 978-750-6650, tile-by-design.com.

West

Best accessories
local root

If you’re serious about cooking, then you probably already know about this highly curated boutique dedicated to the culinary arts. Along with its sister shop, Didriks, Local Root offers everything you need for baking, sautéing, prepping, and serving sophisticated fare.

2284 Washington St., Newton Lower Falls, 617-916-1943, localroot.com.

Best cabinets
Metropolitan Cabinets and Countertops

Traditional, transitional, contemporary, modern—whatever style your heart is set on, this huge family-owned shop, founded in 1984, will satisfy. Find custom cabinetry and a whole lot more, sourced from their immense Norwood stone-fabrication and cabinetry shops.

505 University Ave., Norwood, 781-949-8900, metcabinet.com.

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Mitchell Construction Group. / Photograph by Warren Patterson

Best contractor
mitchell construction group

Family-owned and family-run, the Mitchell Construction Group is highly skilled at building a wide variety of kitchen styles, yet their craftsmanship and professionalism never waivers. The company’s trophy cabinet, featuring every possible builder’s award, serves as testament to its commitment to construction excellence.

511 Main St., Medfield, 508-359-7904, mitchcogroup.com.

Best designer
architectural kitchens

Bill Prachnick and his design team are masters at creating and building classic New England kitchens replete with elegant custom cabinetry and fully integrated appliances. Their bedside manner is impeccable, which helps when you’re renovating the most important room in the house.

310B Washington St., Wellesley Hills, 781-239-9750, architecturalkitchens.com.

Best fixtures
WaterSpot

Just stepping into this gorgeous kitchen and bath showroom will inspire you to reimagine your space, with every conceivable cabinet line, fixture, and countertop material on display. Overwhelmed by the possibilities? The company’s pro staff will make your shopping, designing, and ordering experience a breeze.

575 Worcester St., Natick, 508-651-2200, water-spot.com.

Best stone
Olympia Marble & Granite

Come here to pick your dream slab, and then let the fine craftspeople at this family-owned Needham shop transform it into a countertop, a fireplace surround, a sink, or architectural elements. Olympia will then deliver it and install it in your home without a hitch.

60 Charles St., Needham, 781-455-0199, olympiamarble.com.

Best tile
LaFauci Tile & Marble

True story: We came into this modest shop looking for a replacement for a unique handcrafted tile; the sales associate emerged 10 minutes later with a nearly perfect match, at a quarter of the price. You don’t find that kind of commitment to service every day.

432 Main St., Watertown, 617-924-8453, lafaucitile.com.

South

Best accessories
sur la table

Sur La Table transports shoppers to a culinary marketplace where well-stocked shelves and colorful displays offer up gorgeous cookware from such high-end purveyors as Staub, as well as holiday-themed extras.

South Shore Plaza, 250 Granite St., Braintree, 781-303-4127, surlatable.com.

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The Cabinetry. / Photograph by Daniela Goncalves/The Bearwalk

Best cabinets
the cabinetry

When Scituate native Marlene MacDonald Ketchen took over her uncle’s kitchen cabinetry firm in 2003, she rebuilt the business around her all-female team of skilled kitchen and bath designers.

190 Old Derby St., Hingham, 781-749-6777, thecabinetry.net.

Best contractor
morpheus company

Michael Cundari, who holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, began crafting custom cabinetry in 2000. Now he’s known on the South Shore as the go-to guy for fine-quality kitchen and bath renovations.

164 South St., Hingham, 781-749-0766, morpheusco.com.

Best designer
CCL Homescapes

With more than 20 display kitchens in a new 12,500-foot showroom, plus several in-house designers, CCL HomeScapes offers inspiration and expertise for homeowners ready to remodel kitchens or build from scratch.

225 Groveland St., Abington, 781-878-0715, capecodlumber.com/homescapes.

Best fixtures
Snow and Jones

Experiment with all the working tubs, whirlpools, sinks, steam showers, and showerheads on display at this family-owned plumbing supply showroom, where Kohler and Kallista get top billing.

85 Accord Park Dr., Norwell, 781-878-3312, snowandjones.com.

Best stone
plymouth quarries

Wander Plymouth Quarries’ 20-acre yard to savor 175 natural stone products sourced from around the globe, plus abundant brick options. You’re in good company: Plymouth Quarries has supplied stone to Yale University and Boston College.

410 Whiting St., Hingham, 781-335-3686, plymouthquarries.com.

Best tile
Tiles by Perfection

The impressive brands at Tiles by Perfection—which include Porcelanosa and Akdo—are backed by a staff that takes an on-point approach to choosing tile designs for kitchen and bath floors and backsplashes.

190 Willard St., Quincy, 617-479-4944, tilesbyperfection.com.

Cape & Islands

Best accessories
the cook shop

You’ll find kitchen gadgets galore at this under-the-radar gem. The bounty ranges from specialty cookware and small appliances to gourmet foods, textiles, and top-quality knives.

1091 Main St., Brewster, 508-896-7698, cookshopcapecod.com.

Best cabinets
white wood kitchens

Owner Gail O’Rourke, a master cabinetmaker, helps clients select their ideal design concept in this spotless showroom, where the offerings include custom designs along with several high-end and mid-range lines.

160 MA-6A, Sandwich, 774-413-5065, whitewoodkitchen.com.

Best contractor
encore construction

Construction and installation is a seamless process with this small firm. You’ll have a single point of contact throughout the project and an ultra-clean site throughout the renovation.

103 Main St., Dennisport, 508-760-6900, encoreco.com.

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Classic Kitchens & Interiors. / Photograph by Dan Cutrona

Best designer
classic kitchens & interiors

Explore endless options in this 4,500-square-foot showroom before embarking on your next project. Designers here are detail-oriented and patient—they understand that customers are likely to change their minds multiple times before finalizing blueprints.

127 Airport Rd., Hyannis, 508-775-3075, ckdcapecod.com.

Best fixtures
supply new england

The Kitchen and Bath Gallery at Supply New England in Falmouth has all you need to make your bathroom a sparkling sanctuary. Their team is knowledgeable and upbeat, with infinite patience—they’ll let you try out every tub in the showroom to find your perfect fit.

343 Dillingham Ave., Falmouth, 508-457-9720, supplynewengland.com.

Best stone
atlantic marble & granite

Not only does this palace of all things stone have a superb selection of slabs, the staff—from the personable showroom managers to the team of installers—strives to make the client experience a pleasant one.

59 Technology Park Dr., East Falmouth, 508-540-9770, atlanticmarblegranite.com.

Best tile
cloutier supply company

This venerable showroom has been around since the early 1980s, quickly distinguishing itself with a superior selection. Still run by the same family, the shop has kept up with the evolving market, as evidenced by its impressively varied stock.

10 Deerfield Rd., Harwich, 508-398-2136, cloutiersupply.com.

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LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects. / Photograph by Jane Messinger

Outdoor

Gone are the prim-and-proper box hedge and stiff garden chair. With these experts as your guides, turn your yard into a lush, dreamlike, and eco-friendly haven.

Boston

Best accessories
marc hall objekt

Curated by floral-design guru Marc Hall, this 1,200-square-foot showroom offers a smorgasbord of imported stone planters, elegant herb consoles, and mood-setting lanterns.

531 Albany St., Ste. 2, Boston, 617-391-6236, theworldofmarchall.com.

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Casa Outdoor. / Photograph by Sarah Fisher

Best furnishings
casa outdoor

Whether you take home the Roberti lounger, the Kettal dining table, or the Ethimo parasol, filling your yard with goodies from Casa Outdoor’s expansive catalog pretty much ensures you’ll be the envy of all your neighbors.

450 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-955-9377, casaoutdoorboston.com.

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Niche Urban Garden Supply. / Photograph by Bob O’Connor

Best garden center
niche urban garden supply

This South End staple offers a bevy of plants and locally made vessels for gardening pros, as well as workshops and design services for newbies and the horticulturally challenged. Green thumb not required.

619 Tremont St., Boston, 857-753-4294, nicheboston.com.

Best landscape architect
LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects

Steep hillsides, storm-surge zones, and ill-placed parking areas are no problem for LeBlanc Jones, which relies on native plantings—not to mention a vast understanding of local terrain conditions—to create swoon-worthy gardens, terraces, and courtyards.

535 Albany St., No. 5A, Boston, 617-426-6475, leblancjones.com.

Best landscape design and installation
parterre garden services

Helmed by a team of horticulturalists, this jack-of-all-trades firm handles everything from pruning and weeding to tree planting and insect management. Is there anything they can’t do?

2235 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-492-2230, parterregarden.com.

Best stone and pavers
hyde park masonry & landscape supplies

It’s one-stop shopping at Hyde Park Masonry & Landscape Supplies, where classics like cobble- and blue-stone pavers are as easy to find as DIY-friendly retaining-wall and fire-pit kits.

8B St., Hyde Park, 617-364-5485, hydeparkmasonry.com.

North

Best furnishings
sunline patio & fireside

The Danvers indoor/outdoor showroom has the lock on the area’s biggest selection of high-end, high-quality outdoor furniture in a variety of styles and materials—teak, wrought iron, aluminum, wicker—along with mind-easing restoration and repair services.

24 Newbury St., Danvers, 978-774-8822, sunlinepatio.com.

Best garden center
wolf hill garden center

Wolf Hill has plants and flowers arriving weekly through three seasons, not to mention staff willing and able to give advice on any topic year round, from staking a tree to finding the right drought-tolerant perennial.

104 Eastern Ave., Gloucester, 978-281-4480; 60 Turnpike Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-6342; wolfhillgardencenter.com.

Best landscape architect
rue sherwood landscape design

From design conception and development to installation, Sherwood will work with you to transform a mere garden into a thriving outdoor extension of your home.

225 Argilla Rd., Ipswich, 978-500-3131, ruesherwood.com.

Best landscape design and installation
ND Landscape

A team of more than 70 certified landscape techs, irrigation techs, arborists, and pesticide applicators is at the ready for projects big and small.

2 Martel Way, Georgetown, 978-352-5400, ndlandscape.com.

Best pool design and installation
environmental pools

Environmental Pools’ team of builders and engineers oversees all phases of pool construction or renovation—from design concept to installation—with an artisan’s approach to the latest in pool technology, efficiency, and aesthetics.

184R Riverneck Rd., Chelmsford, 978-256-0200, environmentalpools.com.

Best stone and pavers
M. O’Mahoney Company

Family-owned since 1873, this Lawrence supplier has more than 100 varieties of concrete pavers, plus an exhaustive selection of natural stone, fieldstone, veneer stone, and granite—and the ability to source whatever it doesn’t already have in stock.

175 Market St., Lawrence, 978-686-6149, momahoney.com.

West

Best furnishings
seasons four

They don’t call themselves “New England’s largest outdoor living store” for nothing. Shop here for all the finest wicker, teak, and resin brands, lovingly displayed to get you ready for the season, then take your haul home that very day.

1265 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, 781-861-1200, seasonsfour.com.

Best garden center
russell’s garden center

Indoor plants, outdoor flora, bird feeders, and so much more. Spend some time at this all-things-outdoor emporium and get countless ideas for how your garden will grow.

397 Boston Post Rd., Wayland, 508-358-2283, russellsgardencenter.com.

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Dan Gordon Landscape Architects. / Photograph by Greg Premru

Best landscape architect
dan gordon landscape architects

Elegant, refined, appropriate, timeless: Dan Gordon’s designs are all this and more. His team truly understands how to extend a home’s beauty into the landscape while creating spaces that reflect how you engage with the outdoors.

267 Washington St., Ste. 6, Wellesley, 781-237-5751, dangordonassociates.com.

Best landscape design and installation
sudbury design group

This high-end design/build firm treats every backyard with respect. From water features to lush perennial gardens to posh pavers, Sudbury offers a full range of elegant features for your exterior.

740 Boston Post Rd., Sudbury, 978-443-3638, landscapearchitectureboston.com.

Best pool design and installation
aquascape pool designs

Since 2001, Aquascape has designed and built some of the finest pools, grottos, and waterfalls in the region. Small and nimble, this crew will give the crown jewel of your backyard the attention it deserves.

107 Flanders Rd., Westborough, 508-986-9373, aquascapepooldesigns.com.

Best stone and pavers
stone gallery landscape & masonry supply

Pavers, bluestone, river rocks—this is your place for all things stone. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, they will. Top-notch customer service is simply part of the package.

49 Winchester St., Newton, 617-467-4785, outdoorstonegallery.com.

South

Best furnishings
walpole outdoors

Beyond fences and play equipment, Walpole Outdoors supplies South Shore porches and patios with Adirondack chairs in pastel hues; dining ensembles in rustic western red cedar, sleek aluminum, and teak; garden furniture; bar carts; loungers; and picnic-ready tables.

183 Washington St., Norwell, 781-681-9099, walpolewoodworkers.com.

Best garden center
every bloomin’ thing

Spending an afternoon strolling through three parklike acres of trees and shrubs is just one of the perks of visiting this garden center. The staff will help you pick just the right plants for your plots, complete with detailed care instructions. In addition to landscaping basics, they stock hard-to-find specialty varieties and organic products.

118 Cornet Stetson Rd., Scituate, 781-544-3320, everybloominthing.com.

Best landscape architect
patricia van buskirk

Harvard-trained landscape architect Patricia Van Buskirk’s vision turns so-so suburban yards into perfectly planned outdoor havens. Case in point: a playground that appears to have sprouted straight from nature.

18 Summit Dr., Hingham, 781-812-5455, patriciavanbuskirk.com.

Best landscape design and installation
hedges, inc.

Chad Frost keeps greenery lush and weed-free, perfectly balancing considerations like drainage with aesthetics.

781-934-2001, hedgesinclandscape.com.

Best pool design and installation
aquaknot pools

The South Shore set turns to family-owned-and-operated Aquaknot Pools for curvaceous custom design and installation of sleek infinity-edge pools with ocean backdrops.

55 Woodrock Rd., Weymouth, 781-335-7705, aquaknotpools.com.

Best stone and pavers
hingham lumber company

With its outdoor showroom stocked with granite, bluestone, natural cobblestones, bricks, and a full line of manufactured pavers for patios and walkways, Hingham Lumber Company will get you rethinking that lonely carpet of Kentucky bluegrass flanking your driveway.

165 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy., Cohasset, 781-749-4200, hinghamlumber.com.

Cape & Islands

Best furnishings
paine’s patio

Impressively, the foundation of this business harkens back nearly two centuries. Today, the showroom—run by the sixth generation of the Shearer family—displays a vast selection of casual and formal outdoor furniture, from big-name manufacturers to locally made products.

674 MacArthur Blvd., Pocasset, 508-563-7557, painespatio.com.

Best garden center
mahoney’s garden center

The top-notch inventory here includes world-class hydrangeas, endless tree and shrub varieties, premium annuals and perennials, and a robust selection of Christmas trees. Tap into the staff’s vast gardening knowledge as well.

958 E. Falmouth Hwy., East Falmouth, 508-548-4842, mahoneysgarden.com.

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Horiuchi Solien. / Photograph by Jane Messinger

Best landscape architect
horiuchi solien

Husband-and-wife duo Kris Horiuchi and Daniel Solien are attracting attention with their artistic landscape designs—from their signature imaginative secret gardens and expansive backyard oases embellishing coastal homes to such striking works as their 9/11 memorial at Logan airport.

200 Main St., #202 Falmouth, 508-540-5320.

Best landscape design and installation
joyce landscaping

There’s no job too big or too small for this bustling business. Whether you need a complete yard overhaul, driveway installations, or even basic yard maintenance, this hardworking team does it all.

68 Flint St., Marstons Mills, 508-428-4772, joycelandscaping.com.

Best pool design and installation
shoreline pools

Intuitive, creative, and extremely adept at conceiving a pool design that best suits your landscape, these folks make installation a breeze, with the lightest touch possible on the land.

202 Queen Anne Rd., Harwich, 508-432-3445, shorelinepoolsinc.com.

Best stone and pavers
stonewood products

Boasting examples of every type of outdoor stone available in the market, the displays here are so eye-catching and artistic, you’ll likely be inspired to emulate them in your own backyard.

15 Great Western Rd., Harwich, 508-430-5020, stonewoodproducts.com.

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Payne/Bouchier Fine Builders. / Photograph by Eric Roth

Restoration

Ever hear someone say, Wow, you could never build that now? In fact, you can, thanks to these highly skilled craftspeople dedicated to the construction methods of the past.

Boston

Best antiques
marcoz antiques

Specializing in 18th-to-20th-century European pieces, owner Marc Glasberg travels the world to handpick the mahogany case clocks, gilded mirrors, and marble-topped occasional tables that fill his sprawling Back Bay showroom.

10 St. James Ave., Boston, 617-262-0780, marcozantiques.com.

Best contractor
payne/bouchier fine builders

Quality craftsmanship, seamless project management, and an appreciation for history have long been ingredients in this firm’s recipe for success.

173 Norfolk Ave., Boston, 617-445-4323, paynebouchier.com.

Best millwork
pomeroy & CO.

This multitasking general contracting and architectural woodworking firm graces homes from Cambridge to Brookline with custom trims, moldings, and cabinetry.

18 Spice St., Charlestown, 617-242-8565, pomeroyco.com.

Best upholsterer
the custom shop

For nearly a century, this family-owned business—part of Freddy Farkel’s Fabric Showplace—has stripped, repaired, and re-upholstered furniture with an unparalleled attention to detail.

86 Coolidge Ave., Watertown, 617-926-9900, re-upholster.com.

North

Best antiques
pelletier & son

Louis Pelletier and his team handstrip, restore, and handfinish all pieces to satisfy even the most in-the-know clientele, among them Harvard University, Salem City Hall, plus various area yacht clubs, antiques dealers, and custom cabinet makers.

52 Howard St. Extension, Salem, 978-744-0199, pelletierandsonfurniturerefinishingrepair.com.

Best contractor
olde mohawk historic preservation

The firm takes a multidisciplinary, and highly thoughtful, approach to historic preservation, performing work that’s ethical, prompt, diligent, and artistic. Many of its projects are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

87 East Emerson St., Melrose, 877-622-8973, preservationconsultant.net.

Best millwork
maggio custom refinishing

With a background in piano building and restoration, the team at Maggio defines attention to detail, excelling in custom ceilings and built-in fabrication—from a simple bathroom vanity to a tri-level spiral stair—so polished and precise you’d never know it wasn’t original to your home.

171 Lincoln St., Lowell, 781-438-0931, maggiocustomrefinishing.com.

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McLaughlin Upholstering Company.

Best upholsterer
McLaughlin Upholstering Company

With custom, made-to-measure pieces of your dreams or theirs, McLaughlin has been impressing clients since 1889 with attention to detail (custom stitching, hand-tied springs) and a reputation for perfection.

1813 Revere Beach Pkwy., Everett, 617-389-0761, mclaughlinupholstering.com.

West

Best antiques
skinner

This auction is always an adventure—you never know what you’ll find. But the one thing that’s guaranteed: You’ll spend a lot less here than almost anywhere else to furnish your home.

274 Cedar Hill St., Marlborough, 508-970-3000, skinnerinc.com.

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Landmark Services. / Photograph by Shelly Harrison

Best contractor
landmark services

It takes knowledge and a team of devoted craftsmen to restore New England’s venerable homes—and Mark Landry has these in spades. A bevy of awards proves that Landmark Services offers unparalleled dedication to the art of building.

326 Washington St., Wellesley Hills, 508-533-8393, landmarkservices.com.

Best millwork
master finishing & restoration

Armed with a broad range of restoration skills, the woodworkers at this firm, helmed by Wayne and Deborah Towle, bring impressive expertise to your project to ensure that the work is not only legacy quality, but true to the period of your home.

178 Crescent Rd., Needham, 781-449-1313, waynetowle.com.

Best upholsterer
e c butler

More than just an upholstering company, E C Butler can build pieces from scratch—meaning if your great-grandmother’s settee won’t survive an overhaul, they’ll re-create it to look exactly like the original.

195 High St., Waltham, 781-893-5540, ecbutlerupholstering.com.

South

Best antiques
bg galleries

Make an appointment to visit Peter Levis’s unusual collection of Italian, French, and American finds from the ’40s through the ’70s at this marvelous 6,500-square-foot warehouse crammed with finds.

875 Washington St., East Weymouth, 617-901-4333, beyondgorgeosity.com.

Best contractor
blackburn building conservation

Blackburn’s artisans—whose specialties include restoring wood finishes, architectural columns and capitals, gold leaf, decorative plaster, and windows—have lavished TLC on such historic structures as the Old South Meeting House, the State Library of Massachusetts, and the Breakers in Newport.

48 Plymouth St., Middleborough, 508-947-1739, blackburnconservation.com.

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South Shore Millwork. / Photograph by Bob O’Connor

Best millwork
south shore millwork

From cupolas to moldings, the team of engineers and woodworkers at South Shore Millwork has been fabricating luxury architectural details and cabinetry in its state-of-the-art, climate-controlled shop for more than 20 years. 7

Maple St., Norton, 774-225-6300, southshoremillwork.com.

Best upholsterer
DiCarlo Upholstery

Whether you’re after a custom piece for your sitting room or a fresh look for one of your prized antiques, the talented team behind DiCarlo Upholstery delivers. The staff is well versed in Old World techniques, and they even make house calls for repairs.

471 Bridge St., Weymouth, 617-766-6904, dicarloupholstery.com.

Cape & Islands

Best antiques
Maps Of Antiquity

Located in a restored 18th-century Cape, this collection encompasses thousands of maps dating back as far as the 1500s, as well as historical engravings, vintage travel posters, and postcards.

1409 Main St., Chatham, 508-945-1660, mapsofantiquity.com.

Best contractor
thomas l. turcketta building & remodeling

Precise, diligent, and passionate about preserving historical architecture, Tom Turcketta will care about your restoration project as much as you do.

508-246-2246, tomturcketta.com.

Best millwork
classic woodworks

These meticulous (and highly personable) craftspeople are able to match and replicate all types of millwork with impressive fidelity to the original.

1231 MA-28 A, Cataumet, 508-563-9922, classicwoodworksinc.com.

Best upholsterer
randall j. borgatti upholstery

A true master of his craft, Randall Borgatti has been upholstering furniture using Old World techniques for more than 50 years. While his handiwork is scrupulous, he works quickly and always delivers on time.

4 Barlow’s Landing Road, Ste. 3, Pocasset, 781-235-0215, borgattiupholstery.com.

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Hutker Architects. / Photograph by Eric Roth

New Construction

Sometimes you just need a fresh start. Whether you’re considering an addition or building a new home from scratch, these top-notch pros can turn an idea into a true masterpiece.

Boston

Best accents
hudson

The covetable wares at interior designer Jill Goldberg’s South End boutique run the gamut from snuggle-worthy throws and pillows to decorative brass elephants and lobsters.

12 Union Park St., Boston, 617-292-0900, hudsonboston.com.

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Hacin + Associates. / Photograph by Michael Stavaridis

Best architect
hacin + associates

Whether you’re overhauling a stately Newton Tudor or building a shiny new loft in the South End, this is your go-to team for smart layouts, stunning detailing, and integrated interior and exterior spaces—in other words, exceptional contemporary design.

500 Harrison Ave., Studio 4F, Boston, 617-426-0077, hacin.com.

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S+H Construction. / Photograph by Eric Roth

Best contractor
s+h construction

This well-connected Cambridge firm shepherds the construction process from start to finish, executing consistently excellent projects on time and on budget.

26 New St., Cambridge, 617-876-8286, shconstruction.com.

Best fabrics
the romo group

Thanks to its seemingly endless compendium of luxe velvets, bold cottons, classic silks, and so much more, you can count on this Design Center standout to carry at least a dozen fabrics that you not only love, but must have.

Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place, Ste. 528, Boston, 617-737-0599, romo.com.

Best furnishings
room & board

We love that nearly every chair, table, rug, and light fixture in this Newbury Street retailer’s collection, which draws inspiration from the Arts and Crafts and other design movements, is made right here in the U.S.

375 Newbury St., Boston, 617-351-0020, roomandboard.com.

Best lighting
chimera

Lighting can make or break a room, which is why you need to explore the selection of Flos pendants, Holtkotter chandeliers, and Norwell sconces at this Southie showroom, like, yesterday.

327 A. St., Boston, 617-542-3233, chimeralightingdesign.com.

Best rugs
Landry & Arcari

This Back Bay mainstay continues to impress us with its unmatched selection of handwoven and antique Oriental rugs, which the family-run company sources from all over the world.

333 Stuart St., Boston, 617-399-6500, landryandarcari.com.

North

Best accents
andrew spindler antiques

Lessons in history, design, pattern, and texture come together in a conversation-starting home goods shop that might showcase custom-made African mud-cloth pillows alongside a 19th-century adaptation of the famous Portland Vase.

163 Main St., Essex, 978-768-6045, spindlerantiques.com.

Best architect
siemasko + verbridge

Thad Siemasko and Jean Verbridge lead an award-winning team of organized, disciplined architects whose greatest talents come from knowing what makes a house a home, as seen in such recent projects as a cozy mountain retreat built into a “quiet” urban hideaway.

126 Dodge St., Beverly, 978-927-3745, svdesign.com.

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Carpenter & Macneille. / Photograph by Richard Mandelkorn

Best contractor
carpenter & macneille

Masters at balancing New England old and new, Carpenter & MacNeille excel at the unexpected, from a local wood and stone Ipswich pool house to the renovation and restoration of a Marblehead Victorian.

106 Western Ave., Essex, 978-768-7900, carpentermacneille.com.

Best fabrics
zimman’s

More than a century old, Zimman’s is a true fabric palace with all the chenille, linen, velvet, Indian silks, and jacquard you could want—handily organized by color, style, and fabric subtype—plus a custom-design outfit to fill in any gaps.

80 Market St., Lynn, 781-598-9432, zimmans.com.

Best furnishings
red bird trading

Standout service heightens the thrill of the find at this shop, where modern meets vintage—a velvet tufted chair, a wood beaded chandelier—alongside pieces by local woodworkers and dare-to-dream custom upholstery and design.

50 Water St., Newburyport, 978-462-5566, redbirdnewburyport.com.

Best lighting
newburyport lighting

A North Shore fixture (so to speak) since 2001, the waterfront showroom packs in more than 75 brands, offering styles that range from organic to retro, classic to high tech, with a price-match guarantee to boot.

38R Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-499-9777, newburyportlighting.com.

Best rugs
a.j. rose carpets & flooring

North Shore homeowners turn to this family-owned emporium for all of their carpeting and flooring needs, from Karastan wool broadlooms to a broad range of cork, wood laminate, and linoleum solutions. Offering unparalleled customer service, a low-pressure sales approach, and excellent pricing, A.J. Rose earns its stellar reputation every single day.

136 Cambridge St., Burlington, 617-500-3953, ajrosecarpets.com.

West

Best accents
darby road home

While this Waltham mainstay offers custom upholstery lines and a range of delightful casegoods, we come here for the on-trend art selection. Wandering the 5,000-square-foot shop, you never know what you’ll find.

1395 Main St., Waltham, 781-899-6900, darbyroad.com.

Best architect
dewing schmid kearns architects + planners

Balanced, elegant, smart—the architects at this firm understand the New England design vernacular better than anyone around. With their deep knowledge, they skillfully play with our region’s dominant forms to create innovative and exciting spaces.

30 Monument Sq., Ste. 200B, Concord, 978-371-7500, dskap.com.

Best contractor
f.h. perry

Woman-owned and boasting a brilliant, remarkably skilled team, F.H. Perry is a national leader in home construction and remodeling, entrusted by the region’s best architects for builds with unprecedented attention to detail.

90 Elm St., Hopkinton, 508-435-3062, fhperry.com.

Best fabrics
crimson upholstering co.

You won’t believe the incredible drapery and upholstery options at this Newton showroom, where you’ll find fabric books and hanging samples from the likes of Robert Allen, Donghia, Sunbrella, and more.

175 North St., Newton, 617-924-6800, fabric-showroom.com.

Best furnishings
dayton home

Interior design ideas abound in this oasis of high-end decor accessories, furnishings, and lighting. In-house designers are on hand to help you navigate the incredible selection.

276 Washington St., Wellesley Hills, 781-772-1630, daytonhome.com.

Best lighting
wolfers

More than a lighting showroom, this is where interior designers and homeowners come to get educated about the astounding innovations happening in this illuminating industry. Expert staff ensure that your project is filled with bright ideas.

1339 Main St., Waltham, 781-205-2061, wolfers.com.

Best rugs
gregorian rugs

Since 1934, the Gregorian family has scoured Asia for the finest floor coverings available, from handknotted runners, to woven heirlooms, to antique masterpieces.

2284 Washington St., Newton Lower Falls, 617-244-2553, gregorianrugs.com.

South

Best accents
trellis home

A few well-chosen accessories from Trellis Home—perhaps a blue velvet pillow with gold rhinos or a birch-wood tray embellished with tropical parrots—perfectly amp up preppy South Shore interiors.

28 South St., #1, Hingham, 917-678-5861, trellishome.com.

Best architect
Sally Weston Associates

Sally Weston draws from New England’s classic architectural tradition to design and renovate elegant homes for the South Shore’s most glamorous homeowners. With Weston, no detail is overlooked.

222 North St., Hingham, 781-749-8058, sallyweston.com.

Best contractor
fabrizio construction

South Shore’s architects appreciate Fabrizio’s ability to turn intricate drawings into homes built to last for generations. Their crew is equally adept at building from the ground up and renovating existing homes.

781-934-7934, fabrizioconstruction.com.

Best fabrics
robin’s nest

Prolific interior designer Robin Pelissier offers stacks of swatches at her shop, including favorites by Quadrille and Thibaut. Walk-in customers can browse the hundreds of fabric books and samples, surrounded by Pelissier’s inspiration boards.

28 North St., Hingham, 781-740-4843, robinpelissier.com.

Best furnishings
delicious designs

Interior designer Roberta Sobran has curated a timeless selection of casegoods and upholstered pieces by Noir, Arteriors, and Lee Industries. Customers can try out her sofas, armchairs, lamps, mirrors, and more for up to 48 hours before purchasing.

88 North St., Hingham, 781-556-5269, deliciousdesignshome.com.

Best lighting
Fleming’s of Cohasset Village

This old-school 85-year-old shop—which also offers metal restoration services—draws shoppers searching for glass bell-jar pendants and indoor and outdoor fixtures, plus table lamps and shades in a range of styles. 2

4 Elm St., Cohasset, 781-383-0684, flemingslighting.com.

Best rugs
the rug merchant

Based on selection alone, the Rug Merchant is the South Shore’s best place to shop for broadlooms. The more than 15,000-square-foot showroom boasts carpet displays organized by price point and application, including natural-fiber selections and hand-made area rugs.

11 Commerce Rd., Rockland, 781-331-5505, therugmerchant.com.

Cape & Islands

Best accents
shor home

There’s a constantly changing, eclectic array of local artwork, lighting, textiles, and larger furnishings at this treasure trove, where owners Herbert Acevedo and Kevin Miller also run an interior and architectural design studio.

240 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-7467, shorhome.com.

Best architect
hutker architects

With offices in Falmouth and Vineyard Haven, Mark Hutker and his team of more than 30 employees create heirloom homes worthy of preservation. 5

33 Palmer Ave., Falmouth, 508-540-0048, hutkerarchitects.com.

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C.H. Newton Builders. / Photograph by Greg Premru

Best contractor
C.H. Newton Builders

For more than 50 years, this family-run business has been known as the go-to place on the Cape for the highest-quality construction. They’ll ensure that the process is seamless and the craftsmanship is unrivaled.

549 West Falmouth Hwy., Falmouth, 508-548-1353, chnewton.com.

Best furnishings
casabella interiors

The artfully curated selection in this well-designed 2,500-square-foot space is both unexpected and sophisticated. While most pieces on offer have a coastal flair, you’ll find a mix of timeless and more-modern accents as well.

389 Rte. 6A, East Sandwich, 508-888-8688, casabellainteriors.com.

Best lighting
sandwich lantern

The copper and brass fixtures exhibited in this storied showroom are handcrafted on site. Available in a variety of finishes, the awe-inspiring onion lights, chandeliers, and lanterns make this a destination for design-savvy locals.

17 Jan Sebastian Dr., #1, Sandwich, 508-833-0515, sandwichlantern.com.

Best rugs
carpet barn carpet one floor & home

This mainstay has it all: an immense selection of high-end carpets and a slew of artisan area rugs. Don’t miss the remnant selection downstairs, where you can often score a designer rug for short money.

719 Main St., Falmouth, 508-548-1443, carpetbarnrugs.com.

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Eleven Interiors/ZeroEnergy Design. / Photograph by Eric Roth

Sustainable

Starting right now, we can change how we consume the earth’s precious resources. These engineers and designers will reduce your energy bills while helping you do right.

Boston

Best architect
zeroEnergy design

Stormwater-capturing cisterns, triple-paned glass windows, and renewable bamboo flooring are just three of many devices this full-service architecture firm employs to produce ultramodern homes that are as beautiful as they are eco-friendly.

156 Milk St., Ste. 3, Boston, 617-720-5002, zeroenergy.com.

Best geothermal design
atlantic heating & air conditioning

Jump on the fossil-fuel-free bandwagon with the HVAC buffs at this family-operated Brookline company, which manages system installation and is available 24/7 for emergencies and repairs.

116 Cypress St., Brookline, 617-313-3969, atlantic-heat.com.

Best solar design
great sky solar

This employee-owned company takes the guesswork out of going green: Not only will they install your entire solar array, they’ll also come over for a free assessment to help you determine exactly what your home needs.

2161 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 888-966-0726, greatskysolar.com.

North

Best architect
charles rose architects

Rose and his team take what the AIA called “a poetic approach to design” to projects that are truly green (and not just “green”), from a family farmhouse on Martha’s Vineyard that made elegant use of photovoltaic panels and a green roof, to the physically expansive yet aesthetically intimate 24,000-square-foot, energy-efficient, limestone-and-glass admissions center at Brandeis University.

115 Willow Ave., Somerville, 617-628-5033, charlesrosearchitects.com.

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Howell Custom Building Group. / Photograph by Eric Roth

Best contractor
howell custom building group

Certified Green Professionals with the National Association of Homebuilders, husband-and-wife team Steve and Susan Howell put sustainability within reach for all budgets, calling on green and recycled materials for everything from basic eco-friendliness to high-tech water conservation techniques, air sealing, and on-site power generation.

360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, 978-989-9440, howellcustombuild.com.

Best geothermal design
sak environmental

The environmental engineers at SAK apply the same hydrogeologic expertise and turnkey design to their residential geothermal work as they do for such commercial clients as Salem State University and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

231 Sutton St., North Andover, 978-688-7804, sakenvironmental.com.

Best solar design
SolarCity

SolarCity offers the entire solar package, from design and installation of pleasantly unobtrusive rooftop panels to battery backup and a no-cost performance guarantee, plus handy energy monitoring with their MySolarCity app.

800 Research Dr., Wilmington, 888-765-2489, solarcity.com.

West

Best contractor
kenneth vona construction

Ken Vona is not just one of the most respected home builders in the region, he’s also deeply committed to sustainable construction. That starts with constructing a tight envelope, and extends to air-handling systems and water management.

11 Fox Rd., Waltham, 781-890-5599, kenvona.com.

Best geothermal design
keyes north atlantic

This top woman-led design-build firm provides the engineering and construction expertise to help you tap into the earth’s steady temps to keep your home comfortable all year round, without burning fossil fuels.

459 Watertown St., Newton, 617-964-6180, keyesweb.com.

Best solar design
Sunpower by Bluesel Home Solar

Solar is here. It’s simple, cheap, and efficient. SunPower makes it so easy to go with clean energy, you’ve got no excuses for staying chained to the old, dirty power grid.

600 West Cummings Pk., Ste. 4200, Woburn, 781-618-4029.

South

Best architect
saltonstall architects

The LEED-accredited team at Saltonstall Architects takes a sensible approach to sustainability, mixing cutting-edge techniques with what second-generation principal Will Saltonstall dubs “Yankee frugality.”

380 Wareham St., Marion, 508-748-1043, saltonstallarchitects.com.

Best contractor
aedi construction

Boston’s most respected sustainable architects turn to principals Matt Ayers and Marc Beaulieu of Aedi Construction to build sleek, eco-friendly houses overseen by LEED-accredited project managers.

26 Summer St., Hingham, 617-326-8255, aediconstruction.com.

Best geothermal design
new england solar hot water

With its in-house engineers, pipe fitters, pipe insulator, roofer, and other specialists focused exclusively on designing and installing the systems, New England Solar Hot Water has been equipping homes to convert sunlight into renewable energy since 2000.

54 Corporate Park Dr., Ste. 510, Pembroke, 781-536-8633, neshw.com.

Best solar design
solarflair energy, inc.

SolarFlair founder Matt Arner was one of Massachusetts’ first homeowners to power his house with solar energy. His team knows the ins and outs of local town regulations, as well as state and federal credits, ensuring a smooth (and eventually profitable) transition.

190 Pleasant St., Ashland, 508-293-4293, solarflair.com.

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Jill Neubauer Architects. / Photograph by Dan Cutrona

Cape & Islands

Best architect
jill neubauer architects

Jill Neubauer has been practicing eco-friendly architecture since the 1990s, long before the concept was mainstream. Environmental sustainability is a fundamental of her practice, and she aims for LEED certification on new builds and renovations by incorporating energy-efficient technologies, sustainable and non-toxic products, and natural materials.

15 Depot Ave., Falmouth, 508-548-0909, jnarchitects.com.

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Cape Associates. / Photograph by Jane Messinger

Best contractor
cape associates

With offices in Eastham, Chatham, and Yarmouthport, this lauded firm has been building green since the 1970s. Whether you’re interested in a full-scale LEED-certified new home or simply implementing a few sustainable practices into the construction, this well-run operation will get it done right.

345 Massasoit Rd., Eastham, 508-255-1770; 782 Main St., Chatham, 508-945-1010; 203 Willow St., Ste. B, Yarmouthport, 508-362-9770; capeassociates.com.

Best geothermal design
atlantic well drilling

Whatever the job—new heating or cooling system? Routine maintenance? Emergency repair?—the level of service offered by this business never wavers. The staff is eager, efficient, and knowledgeable about new technologies and incentives.

255 Weir Rd., Eastham, 508-255-1211, atlanticwelldrilling.com.

Best solar design
clean energy design

Founder Tom Wineman has decades of experience as an engineer specializing in analysis of optimal use of renewable resources. He’ll carefully consider your site and tailor a solar-powered system suited to your needs, while his team handles installation, monitoring, and maintenance of the project.

11 Oak Ln., Osterville. 508-563-6990, cleanenergydesign.com.

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