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.

best of boston home 2017 10 payne bouchier fine builders

Payne/Bouchier Fine Builders. / Photograph by Eric Roth


Ever hear someone say, Wow, you could never build that now? In fact, you can, thanks to these highly skilled craftspeople dedicated to the construction methods of the past.


Best antiques
marcoz antiques

Specializing in 18th-to-20th-century European pieces, owner Marc Glasberg travels the world to handpick the mahogany case clocks, gilded mirrors, and marble-topped occasional tables that fill his sprawling Back Bay showroom.

10 St. James Ave., Boston, 617-262-0780,

Best contractor
payne/bouchier fine builders

Quality craftsmanship, seamless project management, and an appreciation for history have long been ingredients in this firm’s recipe for success.

173 Norfolk Ave., Boston, 617-445-4323,

Best millwork
pomeroy & CO.

This multitasking general contracting and architectural woodworking firm graces homes from Cambridge to Brookline with custom trims, moldings, and cabinetry.

18 Spice St., Charlestown, 617-242-8565,

Best upholsterer
the custom shop

For nearly a century, this family-owned business—part of Freddy Farkel’s Fabric Showplace—has stripped, repaired, and re-upholstered furniture with an unparalleled attention to detail.

86 Coolidge Ave., Watertown, 617-926-9900,


Best antiques
pelletier & son

Louis Pelletier and his team handstrip, restore, and handfinish all pieces to satisfy even the most in-the-know clientele, among them Harvard University, Salem City Hall, plus various area yacht clubs, antiques dealers, and custom cabinet makers.

52 Howard St. Extension, Salem, 978-744-0199,

Best contractor
olde mohawk historic preservation

The firm takes a multidisciplinary, and highly thoughtful, approach to historic preservation, performing work that’s ethical, prompt, diligent, and artistic. Many of its projects are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

87 East Emerson St., Melrose, 877-622-8973,

Best millwork
maggio custom refinishing

With a background in piano building and restoration, the team at Maggio defines attention to detail, excelling in custom ceilings and built-in fabrication—from a simple bathroom vanity to a tri-level spiral stair—so polished and precise you’d never know it wasn’t original to your home.

171 Lincoln St., Lowell, 781-438-0931,

best of boston home 2017 9 mclaughlin upholstering company

McLaughlin Upholstering Company.

Best upholsterer
McLaughlin Upholstering Company

With custom, made-to-measure pieces of your dreams or theirs, McLaughlin has been impressing clients since 1889 with attention to detail (custom stitching, hand-tied springs) and a reputation for perfection.

1813 Revere Beach Pkwy., Everett, 617-389-0761,


Best antiques

This auction is always an adventure—you never know what you’ll find. But the one thing that’s guaranteed: You’ll spend a lot less here than almost anywhere else to furnish your home.

274 Cedar Hill St., Marlborough, 508-970-3000,

best of boston home 2017 11 landmark services

Landmark Services. / Photograph by Shelly Harrison

Best contractor
landmark services

It takes knowledge and a team of devoted craftsmen to restore New England’s venerable homes—and Mark Landry has these in spades. A bevy of awards proves that Landmark Services offers unparalleled dedication to the art of building.

326 Washington St., Wellesley Hills, 508-533-8393,

Best millwork
master finishing & restoration

Armed with a broad range of restoration skills, the woodworkers at this firm, helmed by Wayne and Deborah Towle, bring impressive expertise to your project to ensure that the work is not only legacy quality, but true to the period of your home.

178 Crescent Rd., Needham, 781-449-1313,

Best upholsterer
e c butler

More than just an upholstering company, E C Butler can build pieces from scratch—meaning if your great-grandmother’s settee won’t survive an overhaul, they’ll re-create it to look exactly like the original.

195 High St., Waltham, 781-893-5540,


Best antiques
bg galleries

Make an appointment to visit Peter Levis’s unusual collection of Italian, French, and American finds from the ’40s through the ’70s at this marvelous 6,500-square-foot warehouse crammed with finds.

875 Washington St., East Weymouth, 617-901-4333,

Best contractor
blackburn building conservation

Blackburn’s artisans—whose specialties include restoring wood finishes, architectural columns and capitals, gold leaf, decorative plaster, and windows—have lavished TLC on such historic structures as the Old South Meeting House, the State Library of Massachusetts, and the Breakers in Newport.

48 Plymouth St., Middleborough, 508-947-1739,

best of boston home 2017 12 south shore millwork

South Shore Millwork. / Photograph by Bob O’Connor

Best millwork
south shore millwork

From cupolas to moldings, the team of engineers and woodworkers at South Shore Millwork has been fabricating luxury architectural details and cabinetry in its state-of-the-art, climate-controlled shop for more than 20 years. 7

Maple St., Norton, 774-225-6300,

Best upholsterer
DiCarlo Upholstery

Whether you’re after a custom piece for your sitting room or a fresh look for one of your prized antiques, the talented team behind DiCarlo Upholstery delivers. The staff is well versed in Old World techniques, and they even make house calls for repairs.

471 Bridge St., Weymouth, 617-766-6904,

Cape & Islands

Best antiques
Maps Of Antiquity

Located in a restored 18th-century Cape, this collection encompasses thousands of maps dating back as far as the 1500s, as well as historical engravings, vintage travel posters, and postcards.

1409 Main St., Chatham, 508-945-1660,

Best contractor
thomas l. turcketta building & remodeling

Precise, diligent, and passionate about preserving historical architecture, Tom Turcketta will care about your restoration project as much as you do.


Best millwork
classic woodworks

These meticulous (and highly personable) craftspeople are able to match and replicate all types of millwork with impressive fidelity to the original.

1231 MA-28 A, Cataumet, 508-563-9922,

Best upholsterer
randall j. borgatti upholstery

A true master of his craft, Randall Borgatti has been upholstering furniture using Old World techniques for more than 50 years. While his handiwork is scrupulous, he works quickly and always delivers on time.

4 Barlow’s Landing Road, Ste. 3, Pocasset, 781-235-0215,

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