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Spring 2009 Issue

Vineyard Heaven

A couple builds their ideal island hideaway—for the second time.


Covet: 12 Arne Jacobsen Swan chairs, $44,400

Eight years ago, Lauren Genatossio was driving toward Providence to accept a marketing position when she impulsively turned her car around. She wound up at […]

Collected Wisdom: Lexington

An eclectic mix of art and accessories brings warmth to a midcentury Lexington house.

Sea and Be Seen

After seven years of summer rentals, a Cambridge pair finally commits to Cape Ann.

21 Wallet-Friendly Ways to Upgrade Your Décor

Maybe right now isn’t the best time to jump into a complete home renovation. But you don’t have to settle for ho-hum design. From adding […]

Goods: Editor’s Picks

Deep-purple and solid-gold statement pieces make a regal pairing.

A run-of-the-mill South End condo gets an exceptional update.

To improve their “drywall box” of a South End duplex, Jackie Jenks and Mike Russos called on friend Beth Whittaker of Boston-based Merge Architects. Because the […]

Talking Stock: Casa Design

The day she graduated from Northeastern, Zhanna Drogobetsky’s parents, owners of Watertown’s Italian Interiors, handed her a set of keys—not to a new car, but […]

Vineyard Heaven

A couple builds their ideal island hideaway—for the second time.

Brigid Sweeney explains why renting beats paying a mortgage—for now, at least.

In a certain type of women’s-magazine story—a.k.a. the “Aging Is Cool!” feature—readers are urged to celebrate their advancing age by shuddering at the ignorance of […]

Modern Renewal

Nontoxic Paint  Used to be, the average wall paint came with an unhealthy extra: possibly carcinogenic chemicals called VOCs that seep into your home’s air. […]

Tangled vacuum cords, begone. New handheld super-suckers make for a quicker, easier clean. 

DYSON DC16 ROOT 6 $150–$200, Target Form Bright-hued and utilitarian—like a Tonka truck. Feel Heavy and clunky, it won’t run without a finger on the power […]

Soaring ceilings and a minimalist design lend a couple’s Back Bay penthouse a striking aesthetic.

In most homes, gleaming surfaces and floral arrangements are reserved for visiting in-laws and cocktail parties; everyday life is more unkempt. [sidebar] Yet Meichi Peng, […]

Modest renovations add up to plenty of room for handmade touches in an architect-artist duo’s Cambridgeport home.

Back in 1995, Bill Boehm was a bachelor and a recent graduate of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. He’d served in the Peace Corps […]

Designer Fernanda Bourlot shows two ways to do a dining nook—one enviable, one affordable.

Photos by Jörg Meyer.

1. Saarinen Tulip chair, $1,392, Machine Age. 2. Ribbon pillow, $140, Simplemente Blanco. 3. Philippe Starck Passion chair, $1,192, Montage. 4. Heaven Up lamp, $990, […]

Three emerging portraitists transform snapshots of senior editor JULIE SURATT’s
twin boys into pieces of art worthy of framing.

JESSICA GATH Cambridge artist Gath, who has an M.F.A. from MassArt, works for something more than a two-dimensional likeness; she strives to recreate her subjects’ […]

Planting a personal mini-arboretum takes forethought—and some industrial-strength shovels. 

Conventional wisdom dictates that those who want a tree buy a sapling and wait a decade for boughs with decent foliage. Instant-gratification seekers, however, can […]

A little book offers big insights into life and design.

In architecture school, the jargon his professors used—”fenestration,” “trabeation”—seemed absurd to Matthew Frederick. So 13 years later, when it was his turn to lead, the […]

Furnishings, Gadgets, and Design Revolutionaries

Photo by Eric Lewandowski.

An award-winning metalsmith, Boston-based Megan K. Cronin uses sculpture and jewelry-making techniques to create intricate wall installations. This freshwater pearl, brass, and cast bronze work, […]

Improved acoustic technology puts a fresh spin on home listening.

The past 20 years have ushered in a generation of gadgets that solve age-old design quandaries—like how to avoid sacrificing half your living room to […]


Home Remedies

There’s a lot going on in the national ethos right now—enough to make a design magazine seem like a glossy extravagance. I have to admit […]