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!

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In business since 1992, the team at LDA approaches each project with a uniquely Bostonian sensibility, combining a respect for historical authenticity with an appreciation of high-tech, sustainable solutions. This translates into homes with warmth, flow, smart storage, and just the right modern touches for busy families.

222 Third St., Ste. 3212, Cambridge, 617-621-1455,


You want gas? Wood-burning? Pellet? Electric? Or simply a facelift for your ’60s-era hearth? Yankee—which displays more than 50 lit fireplaces and stoves in its 10,000-square-foot showroom—has it all. If you’re still undecided after browsing the selection, have one of the company’s design consultants come to your house to determine the best option for your space, budget, and environmental concerns.

140 S. Main St., Middleton, 978-774-1621,


Let the techies at Audio Concepts help create the soundtrack to your life. Offering a comprehensive engineering approach to all things audio and visual, they’ll set you up with high-performance systems for virtually every room in the house—from garage to master bath—and home-theater systems with acoustics that rival those of commercial cinemas.

870 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-734-1800; 90 Commonwealth Ave., North Attleboro, 508-699-8819;

Custom Cabinetry

Can cabinetry be as artfully made as the finest furniture? When Kochman Reidt + Haigh is the company crafting it, the answer is a resounding yes. Since 1976, the shop has designed, produced, and installed a dazzling array of built-in bookcases, cabinets, desks, and more, all made locally of exquisite woods. Comfortable working in both contemporary and traditional styles, the team here brings a rich luster to any interior.

471 Page St., Stoughton, 781-573-1500,


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Sofas, Sleepers, and Daybeds

Tight urban living quarters demand tailored couches and proportionately sized sectionals—a challenge given that most shops around here deal only in overstuffed, overtufted numbers. Addo Novo, by contrast, stocks Blu Dot’s refined pieces (the pride of the American modernista), Fritz Hansen’s Italian-designed sectionals, and streamlined Knoll classics. The store also offers a full range of accessories and lighting to match.

1313 Washington St., Boston, 857-284-7071,


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Decorative Accessories

Relative newcomers to top-shelf design, sisters Maureen and Sue Walsh have nailed the suburban-with-edge aesthetic better than anyone in the business. Housed in a former Belmont car dealership, their airy shop showcases an eclectic collection of home décor, including blown-glass terrariums filled with succulents, organic throw pillows splashed with black-and-white photographs of dogwood petals, and pink-resin antler accents. In other words, all things inspired.

1000 Pleasant St., Belmont, 617-993-3347,


Whether you’re looking for rustic, hand-scraped hardwoods, smooth, high-gloss boards, or environmentally friendly cork and bamboo flooring, A. J. offers something beautiful to stand on. Add in the superb customer service—starting with their prompt and professional attention and ending with a follow-up thank-you letter (complete with a list of common stain removers and a Red Sox schedule)—and this family-owned business walks all over the competition.

136 Cambridge St., Rte. 3A, Burlington, 781-272-7600; 599 Worcester Rd., (Rte. 9), Natick, 508-652-0770;

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