Design New England

Dream Spaces reach beyond the basics at Roomscapes

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Design New England‘s Steve Twombly and I took a photograph with our speakers (from left) Todd LaBarge, Michael Coutu, Doreve Nicholaeff, and Cameron Snyder.

Design New England’s Design Salon “Dream Spaces” at Roomscapes Luxury Design Center in Rockland last night rewarded its attendees for venturing out in the rain with a wonderful panel of speakers that tantalized all with their projects. The theme placed importance on paying attention to details when designing a client’s dream space, and the Roomscapes showroom provided the perfect backdrop with winding rooms packed with examples of the exceptional work produced for their clients.


Our first speaker, Doreve Nicholaeff of Nicholaeff Architecture + Design, provided case studies of two beautiful homes near each other and similar in layout, but with distinct ways of responding to their respective sites. Most fascinating about Doreve’s design approach is her emphasis on the stairways in each home: she believes the way one moves through the home vertically is as important as the way one moves horizontally.

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One of the many example rooms at Roomscapes is this auditorium, which was set up last night to accommodate our guests for the occasion.

Following Doreve was Mike Coutu of Sudbury Design Group who emphasized the importance of details throughout the entire site of a project — including behind the garage, which can be the perfect place for a strategically placed pergola. Mike’s collection of pool and spa projects shows how these elements truly transform a back yard into a luxurious dream space (think infinity pool overlooking a cliff).
Next up was Todd LaBarge of LaBarge Homes, who sparked so much interest with his presentation of the alternative way to build the “bones” of a home that he had the audience continually asking questions. Todd’s company made one music-loving client’s dream come true by creating an outdoor listening deck, complete with speakers embedded in the roof and a subwoofer below the floor so as not to disturb nearby neighbors while he listens.

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I got the chance to catch up with the designers at Roomscapes who are extremely knowledgeable of all design products and trends.

Our final presentation came from Cameron Snyder of Roomscapes, whose projects truly emphasize the essential task of paying attention to details when creating clients’ dream spaces. I have to say I can’t decide which detail I enjoyed (read: envied) more: the spiral clothes rack in a massive walk-in closet or the kitchen island which converts into a beverage holder, complete with drains at the bottom for melting ice — it must be seen to be believed.

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Roomscapes is a great setting to mingle and check out what is new in the showroom.

Thanks to all who came out and congratulations to our lucky winner of a couple of tickets to an upcoming Red Sox game! Please be sure to join us for our next and final Design Salon next Wednesday at The Barn at 17 Antiques in Somerville. Visit here for more information: http://designnewengland.eventbrite.com/

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