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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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56 SUMMER 2018 A NYONE WHO IS EMBARKING ON A LANDSCAPING project for their historic house needs to talk with Linda and Fred Lipton. Having tackled some tricky makeover maneuvers in their own back- yard, the Liptons will gladly steer you clear of many perilous garden design mistakes. Got a long slender strip of land in a historic district? These two can tell you exactly how to create garden "rooms" that offer the illu- sion of more space. Do you share a lot with a neighbor? The Liptons merged their plan so it segments space but allows a dialogue between areas. Stymied by an odd configuration that refuses symmetry? Balancing acts are the Liptons' specialty. While they were installing their garden from scratch, these two experienced every head-scratching conundrum imaginable and came out victors. Their biggest budget-conscious bit of wisdom? "Decide on a color palette up front," suggests Linda Lipton. "You'll save time and money." Planning is what the Liptons are all about. When this seriously DIY duo came to Salem, they knew for sure that a garden was in the cards for the property where Elijah and Jacob Sanderson's cabinet shop once stood. Arrested with Paul Revere on the night of April 18, 1775, not only was Elijah Sanderson among this country's most courageous patriots, but he became a famed cabinetmaker in residence in Salem (a port town with a penchant for cabinetry) from 1780 to 1810. Not surpris- ingly, the history behind the address raised the bar to a daunting level, but the Liptons were equal to the task. cultivate The Liptons merged their plan so it segments space but allows a dialogue between these spaces. Ask these two their goal for the garden and they sum it up in a single concept: "To honor the Sanderson broth- ers' spirit." Fred Lipton is fast to add, "And that made creating the garden way more fun." Absolutely, they had a ball, especially when the "archeological dig" portion of the project revealed all manner of fun artifacts. But they needed a serious strat- egy. By the time the Liptons obtained the long, slender 70- by 30-foot sliver of real estate in Salem in 2008, the

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