Best of Boston Home 2013
Every year we consult with dozens of local experts, then hit the pavement ourselves to create a list of talented, trustworthy pros ready to make your dream project a reality. Happy nesting!
MEICHI PENG DESIGN STUDIO
Having dreamed up designs for the city’s top penthouses and her eponymous handbag line, Meichi Peng can do, well, just about anything. But her contemporary, global aesthetic is particularly suited to that most personal of spaces: the bathroom, which, with her help, is sure to become the most breathtaking and serene room in your home.
460 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-521-8660, meichipeng.com.
LINENS ON THE HILL
Here you’ll find the Platonic ideal of a linens shop: a cozy Charles Street space in which thick, plush towels from Matouk and Yves Delorme mingle with fragrant soaps and luxurious robes. For a terrific hostess present (or, even better, a spa gift for yourself), pick up one of the shop’s lovely beeswax candles.
52 Charles St., Boston, 617-227-1255, linensonthehill.com.
CHIMERA LIGHTING DESIGN
Just a stone’s throw from the Innovation District, Chimera leads the pack when it comes to illumination for the washroom, featuring hard-to-find designs by Hunza, stunning Bocci glass spheres, and magical Murano chandeliers from A. V. Mazzega. The showroom also handles custom orders, meaning your bathroom will be anything but ordinary.
327 A St., Boston, 617-542-3233, chimeralightingdesign.com.
Alongside an elegant selection of faucets and furniture, this Connecticut-based company offers all the details that make a bathroom feel both luxe and intimate: sleek shower curtains, artisan-inspired trays and wastebaskets, richly textured rattan storage baskets, and hardware in styles from Edwardian to modern, much of it made in the U.S. and France.
Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place, Ste. 147, Boston, 617-951-2496, waterworks.com.
If high-end tile is jewelry for your walls, then this store is Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co., and David Yurman rolled into one. The displays are dazzling: shimmering vintage glass from Walker Zanger, ethereal “Climbing Vine” mosaics by Ravenna, and traditional Delft fireplace surrounds. Book an appointment with a consultant, lest you go down the design rabbit hole—all of those choices can be overwhelming.
Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place, Ste. 639, Boston, 617-426-6515; 291 Arsenal St., Watertown, 617-926-1100; tileshowcase.com.
F. H. PERRY BUILDER
You could order your bathroom cabinetry out of a catalog, but the custom work produced by F. H. Perry, crafted in exquisite walnuts and cherries and built precisely for your space, is well worth the extra wait. This woodworking shop turns out some of the finest cabinetry available, carefully finished to withstand everyday use.
90 Elm St., Hopkinton, 508-435-3062, fhperry.com.
Stroll through this 10,000-square-foot Newton showroom, and you may be inspired to build another bathroom (or two). Television mirrors, air-massage baths, artful glass sinks—they’re all here, and they’re all fabulous.
244 Needham St., Ste. 4, Newton, 617-332-6662, splashspritzo.com.