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Northshore Home Summer 2018

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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28 SUMMER 2018 kitchens ensure the minimalist feel would actually be successful for their everyday use." Another technique is the mingling of the barnboard and clean, white cabinets. The kitchen island, facing the sink, plays up the stark contrast, with the barn siding wrapped around crisp white slab-style drawers and topped with white quartz. The wall above the stove has clean-lined floating shelves and eye-catching hand- glazed tile. Throughout, cupped pulls and lanterns lean toward the traditional and maintain the clean lines. The apron sink, with its exposed front-facing side, was a perfect complement to the barnboard. Underneath, furniture feet lend a touch of elegant simplicity. Nutter, whose architectural offices are in Topsfield and Ports- mouth, New Hampshire, was completely on board with the tone set by the Flanagans and Gagne. Nutter had the advantage of a his- tory with the Flanagans; his firm had renovated a house for them when the couple's sons—now grown—were toddlers. "Jane has an excellent sense of design," Nutter says. "She also has the ability to maintain a consistent design clarity throughout the home." Nutter worked with Gagne, Jewett Farms, and general contrac- tor Sean Scanlon of Scanlon Contracting Co. in Hamilton to craft the concept of the renovation—opening up the first-floor rooms and linking them visually—as well as some of the key interior components. One is a wall of full-height cabinetry with rolling barnboard doors, driven by the lack of closed cabinets and, as Nut- ter says, Jane's desire for a "clean look." The doors disguise storage space; when they are closed, they are bookended by a small bar and display areas. The warm, open feel of the kitchen has its roots in the Flana- gans' unique sensibilities and the artful items they have found on their many travels. "The ability to display these items was as important to them as having a Wolf range to cook a great meal," Gagne says. "I think being able to achieve that emotional and functional balance is truly the purest measure of success we can achieve as interior designers." For contact information, see Resources on page 113. The wall above the stove has floating shelves and eye-catching hand-glazed tile.

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