Photo: Jim Westphalen.
You can have all the tricks of the trade — the highest quality kitchen appliances, radiant floor heating in your mudroom, a luxurious master bathroom that rivals a spa — but nothing beats the feeling of simply being home. Turning into the driveway and feeling content to be in the one place in the world that’s yours, where you feel most comfortable, is what it is all about. For a Vermont artist, the 400-square-foot “micro” house on the cover of our March/April issue (on newsstands and online this week) is all he needs and wants. Photographed by Jim Westphalen, the house’s plan was carefully worked out by architect Elizabeth Herrmann to feel both appropriate and spacious. The result, writes contributing editor William Morgan, “is a distinctive and substantial dwelling that happens to be small.”
In Hingham, Massachusetts, a young family felt at home as soon as they laid eyes on a Colonial Revival near the center of town, but before their dream could come true, they had to persuade the then owners to sell them the place. They did and are living their own version of happily ever after.
Elsewhere, thanks to the town of Easton, Massachusetts, and some inventive planning, an old shovel factory was reworked into 113 new spaces for people to live. We also talk to Boston interior designer Frank Hodge, discover some “make-do” collectibles, and asked designers to create peony arrangements grand enough for the rooms of the historic Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Great design is always at your fingertips! Read Design New England’s March/April issue online!