Best of Boston Home 2012

From millworkers to muslin, decorative painters to doorknobs, Boston’s best can be found right here.


Wine Cellar: Charles River Wine Cellars

You’ve spent a lifetime collecting wine. Why not give it the thoughtful storage space it deserves? Charles River Wine Cellars will create a beautifully designed custom habitat for your finest vintages and everyday quaffs. No detail is missed, from barrel ceilings to humidification control, while add-ons (a tasting room, library, humidor) can turn a simple storage area into a destination.

402 Washington St., Ste. 3, Wellesley Hills, 781-235-2501,

Gym Equipment: Gym Source

Whether you have a tiny corner or an entire floor to fill, Gym Source has the equipment you need — from free weights to a full cage ensemble — at prices that won’t put a chokehold on your budget. Consultants offer free home-gym design services, and once your new gear is installed, the company guarantees a 48-hour response time for requested service.

106 Needham St., Newton, 617-332-1967,

House Automation Design & Installation: Elite Media Solutions

If you want to listen to an audio recording of the latest Wall Street Journal in your bathroom; turn up the thermostat 20 minutes before you get home; or control your fireplace, television, music system, spa, and security system with one touch of an iPad, this Wellesley company — in business since 1986 — can make it happen.

9 Forest St., Wellesley Hills, 781-237-2929,

Color Consultants: ColorTheory

Sometimes all your room needs is a hue adjustment to make it new again. That’s where Brad Dufton and Kendra Amin of ColorTheory come in. Trained in interior design, Dufton will use his uncanny ability to envision how those tiny paint swatches will translate to your walls to gently steer you to the right shade. Best of all, once you’ve made your choices, he and his team will sand, prime, and paint the place in a jiffy.

Boston, 617-304-6335,

Professional Organizer: P.O.S.H.

Getting organized is one thing — staying that way sometimes requires the help of a pro. Certified professional organizer Heidi Solomon has been turning both residential and commercial clients into models of efficiency for nearly 15 years. Whether you need to archive your slide collection or rearrange an entire office building, Solomon delivers the plan after just one consultation.

Brookline, 857-204-6240,

Pet Supplies: Fish & Bone

Though the store’s name is slightly misleading (no supplies for finned friends here), Newbury Street’s Fish & Bone offers a great selection of products for the canines and felines in your life. Here are things you won’t find in the big-box stores: hand-thrown food bowls, organic treats, and locally made apparel. What’s more, owner Kathy Palmer maintains an impressive database of dog walkers, trainers, and pet-friendly hotels and restaurants, and can even connect clients with brokers who can find pet-friendly apartments. Now that’s service.

217 Newbury St., Boston, 857-753-4176,

Photo by Warren Patteron