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Northshore Home Spring 18

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

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48 SPRING 2018 dow frames, and a wall of built-in cabinets—resulted in a clean and bright blank slate. For the first functional area of the room, the TV stayed put and Hirsch devised a chic yet comfortable media area around it. Opting for mid-century-inspired forms, she paired a Robert Allen sofa, finished in soft gray velvet, with an upholstered Crate & Barrel otto- man, lacquered log table from Jayson Home, and articu- lated lamp from Lumens. The bold blue shag rug with a Moroccan by Stark crisscross pattern defines the space. On the hunt for art that would pop against the me- dia area's furnishings, Hirsch discovered a set of lemon and lime watercolor prints at Icon Group at the Boston Design Center. "They add some whimsy and repeat the colors you see throughout the room," says the designer. The fruits are also a wink to the twist in a martini, the owners' cocktail of choice. Centered on a bay window, the great room's enter- taining area was designed as a welcoming circle for Functional Flair DOWEL PRESENTS A NEW, CHIC FURNITURE LINE BY DESIGNER BARBARA ELZA HIRSCH There's a definite worldliness to the Barbara Elza Hirsch for Dowel furniture collection, which is not surprising considering the designer's résumé. A native of France with a background in art and fashion, the interiors maven knows the transformative potential of great furniture. "This collection has an 'Old World-meets-New-World' style," describes Hirsch. "I wanted to honor Dowel's craftsmanship and intricate wood capabilities while designing fun, colorful, and versatile pieces with interesting fabrics and details." The results speak to Hirsch's cultural experiences, including her time in Paris and family experiences in the Aquitaine and Burgundy regions, but in a fresh, crisp, and modern way. Choices include two dining chairs and their corresponding armchairs, a statement-making living room armchair with an accompanying ottoman, three end tables that can also serve as nightstands, and two counter stools. Each piece is customizable, with five Sherwin-Williams colors and two natural white oak finishes for wood frames and myriad fabric choices hailing from notable showrooms including Schumacher, Kravet, and Robert Allen. The collection is available for purchase online and can be viewed by the trade only via appointment at the studio of Barbara Elza Hirsch in Concord or Dowel's studio in midtown Manhattan. Once lackluster, the refreshed interior expresses a little edge, a little attitude, and a whole lot of charm. P H O T O G R A P H S B Y P A O L O F E L I C I A N O ( B O T T O M ) tastemaker

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