Best of Boston Home 2015

Every year we see countless beautiful designs from hard-working, creative teams all over New England. Here, we share the smartest, chicest rooms of the bunch.

kids' room

photograph by eric roth

This welcoming children’s bedroom by Andra Birkerts and Charles Myer matches the relaxed vibe of the rest of the family’s summer home. Smartly designed bunks feature massive drawers for easy access to toys and games; ladders and nooks offer places to climb and hide; and bed-height windows allow the family’s four children to enjoy natural breezes (the house is not air-conditioned) and great lake views. In choosing a palette, Birkerts referenced beach scenes; the hardwood floors are painted pale blue, while the window framing packs a summery orange punch.

Architect
Charles R. Myer & Partners
Interior Designer
Andra Birkerts Design
General Contractor
S + H Construction
Upholsterer
Partners in Design
Window Treatments
Thread


landscape

photograph by nat rea

What started as a shed renovation and new pool construction blossomed into this beautifully integrated landscape that maximizes the harbor views. Zen Associates designed the year-round ­cabana as a glassy retreat and elevated the pool to avoid the need for a fence. At night, the cabana serves as the main source of light, augmented by low point lights around the deck and in the plantings. All in all, a seamless solution to the eternal pool/pool house conundrum.

Landscape Architect and Contractor
Zen Associates
Architect
Flavin Architects
Plumbing
Uptack Plumbing & Heating
Electrician
Greaves Electric Co.
Concrete
American Concrete Systems
Gunite
PBI Gunite
Pool Cover
Ellis Pool Covers

 

Correction:
The original library story incorrectly attributed the design of the millwork to Liz Caan and omitted mention of art consultant Melissa Twomey, of VisionArt Consulting.