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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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108 grapefruit half. She chose beige leather stools for the kitchen island and lit it from above with a hip bubble glass chandelier resembling an amino acid chain. She then installed mod rectangular brass cabinet pulls on all the cabinets and drawers in an understated satin finish. A Kilim rug in the living room added an ethnic pop, as did a hazy blue modern Oriental rug in the din- ing area, made even more eclectic with the addition of clear hanging blown-glass pendants made by an artist on Etsy and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, which became the room's sculptural focus. "The wife was very direct and knew what she liked," says Gagne, "and our job was to have all our suggestions connect with the other elements. With the fireplace, she had to go get the stones immediately Working around the master bathroom's existing Carrara marble shower, Gagne placed a thick Carrara marble slab on top of the existing vanity, which also raised it to a more comfortable height. (due to time constraints), and we suggested they have linear edges (not round) to preserve the home's clean lines and be more modern." Then, to add a casual flair, Gagne made the actual mantel from a piece of locally reclaimed wood. To match the home's existing white-painted trim, the kitchen, dining, and living room spaces were kept white. The kitchen counters and sink were white, as was the backsplash. But to add more verve to the kitchen, Gagne suggested a tiled marble backsplash in a jazzy Chevron pattern. The wife wasn't sure. "She really went back and forth on this, because the space felt so classic," says Gagne, "but this was the one element of the space that could give it a bit of personal style." In the end, the wife decided to go with Gagne's "OPEN I NG TH EI R HOUSE U P FROM ON E EN D TO TH E OTH ER CO N N E C TE D TH E FA M I LY TO TH E I R S U R RO U N D I N G S, A N D TH E N CON N ECTED TH EM AS A FAMI LY WITH I N TH E I NTER IOR SPAC E."

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