Best of Boston Home 2017
Our 10th annual guide to the finest local designers and resources in the region. We sourced the best of the best, from Newburyport to the Cape.
Kitchen & Bath
Custom cabinetry, the latest countertops, and ergonomic layouts take the chore out of cooking. These consultants bring it all home in style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.