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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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40 SUMMER 2018 D ESIGNER ERIC HAYDEL DOESN'T MIND TELLING you he is hardheaded. When he notices some- thing—whether it's a notion to take a differ- ent life path or an instinct that two disparate shades of blue absolutely belong together—the past (and youngest) president of the New England Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers calls it the way he sees it. And, at just 33 years old, the owner of Eric Haydel Design in the Boston Design Center is seeing a lot these days. "Homes tell stories," as Haydel likes to say, and he often opens a front door and sees the story—including the occasional plot twist—waiting to be told. When Haydel stepped over the threshold of a 1980s North Andover house to assess a redesign of the first floor's main rooms, he took in a lot, including its odd floor plan. "Like many 1980s homes, there were these weird measurements," he recalls. Flow was interrupted by underused spaces, such as the dining room, which the architecture decreed would be a formal space. "The family didn't want it so formal," Haydel says. "This is a young family with kids. The dining room was becoming a place to dump things." In the meantime, the formal tastemaker Above, The antique China Tang Dynasty horse by the fireplace really caught Haydel's attention, and he decided they would build on it.

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