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Northshore Home Fall 2018

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

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106 an ideal world, home design projects would neatly unfold from A to Z—begin- ning with the interior designer meeting the client in the space to be renovated to understand the possibilities and the homeowner's desires. For Holly Gagne, principal designer and owner of Holly Gagne Interior Design, that didn't happen. By the time she got pulled into the kitchen and living room restoration of a couple's traditional New England home in Manchester-by-the-Sea, construction was well under way. "Normally, we like to think holistically and not do any construction until the whole design plan is done," says Gagne, who frequently works on the North Shore. "However, the wife was working with a previous designer, more of a decorator, and wanted me to look at the architect's schematic plans and select the one which gave her most of what she wanted." In addition to a new deck and screened-in porch off the kitchen, the couple wanted an open floor plan to connect the kitchen to the living room area, which would be expanded further by incorporating the first-floor guest room space. "I came at if from 'What's your experience when you walk into the kitchen, and what do you want Brightening the overall area was achieved by adding a larger span of windows above the kitchen sink; the kitchen flows into a designated dining space, which leads to the living room. Off the kitchen is a sunporch. to be your focal wall?'" says Gagne. "'How are you going to use this space now that it's open to the liv- ing room? What makes sense for that flow?' And just going through that thought process—the circulation, how she wanted to use the space for entertaining and cooking, and what was going to be the right layout for that—we advised a whole new layout and new kitchen cabinetry." IN

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