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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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109 A spa-like freestanding tub was added to the master bath; vinyl grasscloth wallpaper gives the bathroom's walls texture. suggestion, ultimately rejoicing in her decision. In fact, she and her husband so loved how the project turned out, they asked Gagne to redo the boys' bedroom and tweak their master bath. "Basically, the boys' bedroom was a big loft and we created two rooms," says Gagne, "with a door, closets, a cool study room, and built-in bureaus and closets." All the cabinetry was painted a rich gray-blue. For the master bath, most of Gagne's changes were cosmetic and were designed to better reflect the wife's taste. "She was so happy with the vibe of the down- stairs," says Gagne, "but stylistically, the bathroom just didn't feel right to her." So, working around the bath- room'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. She painted the vanity and the frames of both mirrors hanging over the double sinks a deep charcoal gray and put in a spa-like freestanding tub. Vinyl grasscloth wallpaper gave the bathroom's walls texture, while three black-and-white abstract paintings arranged by the tub added a contemporary touch. A new toilet and updated shiny chrome fixtures (to match those in the shower) added freshness, while an art deco starburst light between the mirrors on the vanity gave the bath- room an unexpected zap of playfulness. In the end, the nearly eight months of work com- pletely transformed the family's experience of their home. "Opening their house up from one end to the other connected the family to their surroundings," says Gagne, "and then connected them as a family within the interior space." What's more, she adds, all of these changes really helped the wife emotionally connect to each space. The master bath has become her place of retreat and the downstairs achieves everything the couple wanted, including the wife's sense of peace from living in a New England home that finally reflects her personal style. For contact information, see Resources on page 122.

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