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Design Diary: Modern Tudor Renovation By Hacin + Associates

On Sunday the Boston Globe Magazine published a new larger, format magazine. The issue included an array of lifestyle pieces, including a 10-page home decor piece, “Tudor Inspired,” that I wrote about a modern Tudor renovation. Boston-based architecture and design firm Hacin + Associates, led by David Hacin, transformed a 1932 Tudor Revival in Newton, Mass., into a modern family home.

Owned by two city guys who moved from the South End with their young daughter, this modern Tudor renovation is one of my all time favorite projects. It has an open, airy interior with sleek finishes that are juxtaposed against original details, and contemporary but comfortable furnishings. Classic patterns are applied in non-traditional ways, and masculine elements mingle with feminine infusions.

I spent a morning last month talking about the project with principal David Hacin, architect Eduardo Serrate, and interior designer Jennifer Clapp to learn all about this perfectly put together home. Here are the photographs along with design background and details. If there’s anything I’ve left out that you’re curious about, just let me know.

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Photo by Trent Bell

The living room is the main gathering place for the couple and their daughter. The limestone fireplace, original to the house, was the deal maker. One of the homeowners says, “When we saw it, we felt an instant emotional attachment.” Serrate added an architectural detail above the fireplace, to extend its presence to the ceiling. The curved windows flanking the fireplace are also original.

Serrate specified sleek wood panelling on one side of the room, while Clapp used a large expanse of an open weave drapery, made by local workroom Lori Designs Custom Drapery, on the other. The home is replete with such juxtapositions: dark versus light, solid versus soft, masculine versus feminine.

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Photo by Trent Bell

The black and white hand knotted carpet from Boston rug showroom Landry & Arcari is new, but evokes an antique look. Its textural striations are a recurring motif throughout the home. Contrast stitch on the grey linen sofa adds a hand-done feel, as do the the collection of hand embroidered pillows. (Note the swirly leafy pattern of the pillows and fireplace; you’ll see similar ones later.)

The home’s overall color palette was informed by traditional Tudor architecture. The style’s graphic elements, such as the tarred half timber latticework commonly found on exteriors and interior lime-washed walls inspired and guided them. “You don’t immediately perceive its influence,” says Serrate, “what you see is our interpretation.” Clapp adds, “We started with a Tudor house, so we wanted to honor its history rather than ignore it.”

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

The Minotti “Prince” chair has a modern silhouette but traditional plaid upholstery. The hand-tufted leather DePadova Pouf Capitonné is from Boston furniture store Showroom.

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Photo by Emily Neumann/Hacin + Associates

The butterfly shadowboxes that flank the fireplace were made by Evolution in New York City .They’re inspired by traditional English curiosity cabinets. The homeowners and Clapp selected each individual butterfly.

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

Serrate covered one wall in the living room in walnut, choosing to construct the look with multiple panels and very visible seams, rather than an unbroken expanse of walnut.

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

The foyer does double duty as the home’s gracious gateway and makeshift Thanksgiving dining room—the homeowners seat 20 around four tables. While its large footprint didn’t change, openings to adjacent rooms were added and widened to facilitate flow and draw in natural light.

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The limestone tile-clad accent wall (Artistic Tile “Smoke”), which wraps into the kitchen for continuity, refers back to the fireplace in the living room. Clapp says, “Broad gestures like these allow for a big impact without gutting the interior.” The flooring is original quarter-sawn white oak.

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

The Viccarbe “Davos” bench by Jeffrey Bernett is also from Showroom. Clapp drew a template and guide for the upholsterer to show where they wanted the fade of the custom fabric to fall on the piece. The striated effect is similar to that of the living room carpet.

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Photo by Emily Neumann/Hacin + Associates

The tread of  the redesigned stairway is made from blocks of white oak. The blackened steel rail has exposed joinery, such as the rivets at the bottom of the balusters. The handrail is also white oak. The effect is very solid and artisan-made.

The concept of visible craftsmanship, from exposed hardware to quilting and tufting, is evident in every room of this modern Tudor renovation. Clapp says,  “We reinforced this idea, which is a predominant feature in traditional English Tudor architecture, by showing off how things are built, formed, or sewn together.”

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

A defined palette permeates the home. Limestone tile wraps into the kitchen, where custom walnut cabinetry echoes the walnut paneled wall in the living room. The dark grey pieces at the top bring in a graphic element and helps to separate the monolithic shapes from the ceiling so the cabinetry feels more like furniture.

A modern Tudor renovation calls for a large kitchen with a smooth flow. About the layout Serrate says, “The center island takes precedence, allowing the chef to move in a triangular pattern, unbothered by those eating or working at table or window seat.”

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

The walnut canopy over the island provides a place to tuck recessed lighting, as well as ductwork for the hood. It also helps to create a more intimate scale, breaking up the room’s vertical elements. The Mutina ceramic floor tiles by Patricia Urquiola have a sandy texture. The kitchen opens onto the family room.

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

The dining room, which opens off the living room, features wood panelling in the exact style of the original (but painted white), which Serrate had recreated after having to rip out the existing panels due to asbestos. Originally the roomI was a library, with a small entry that Serrate widened, stretching it to five feet, and retaining the shape and details.

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For the ceiling Clapp chose a traditional wallpaper print, William Morris “Thistle”  in Mulberry. (Designed by John Henry Dearle it is one of only five machine-printed wallpapers produced by Morris & Co. in the early 20th century.) . It provides a subtle and unexpected splash of color and visual texture. Scroll back up and note how the leafy pattern echoes the fireplace carvings.

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

Clapp says, “We knew from the beginning that we wanted to use pattern as another element that was simultaneously  traditional and modern, but in a playful way, since the homeowners didn’t want the house to feel too serious.” Thus the consistent use of fun wallpaper. (You’ll see more soon.)

The Poliform “Flute” pedestal table by Roberto Barbieri purchased from Showroom is white lacquer over wood. The Moooi “Random Light” by Bertjan Pot (available online at Wayfair) is formed from resin drained yarn that is randomly coiled around an inflatable mold to create a translucent 3D fabric. Its open weave echoes the weave of the living room drapery.

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Photo by Emily Neumann/Hacin + Associates

The BD Barcelona “Showtime Chair” by Jaime Hayon, purchased at contemporary design showroom Casa Design Boston in SoWa, is highly customizable. These sport amethyst accents, from the leather armrests to the thread used to quilt the cushions, to the exposed exterior bolts.

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

The family room, which sits between the dining room and kitchen, is the most feminine room in the house. It’s also the most contemporary interpretation of the overall design concept, from the colors, textures, and silhouettes to jaunty set of the Moroso “Redondo” sofa and chairs by Patricia Urquiola. Clapp says, “This house is not just about drama, there’s a lot of comedy in it.”

The carpet, like that in the living room, is charcoal with a nubby, handcrafted vibe. The De La Espada “Lily” tables by Tokyo-based design studio Leif.designpark, are walnut with white Corian tops. The floor lamps are Flos “Glo-Ball” lamps by Jasper Morrison (available online at Lumens).

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Photo by Trent Bell

Redoing the playroom wasn’t initially part of the plan, but the folks at Hacin were so excited about designing a playroom that they did it as a surprise for the homeowners. Of course, it was greenlighted.

The couple’s old Ligne Roset “Togo” sofa by Michael Ducaroy makes for comfy seating. Clapp added a Dare Studio “Wire” table by Sean Dare and created a fun geometric pattern with Flor carpet tiles.  On the opposite polka dot wallpapered wall, inexpensive white lacquer cabinets provide toy storage.

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Photo by Emily Neumann/Hacin + Associates

Child-friendly caged scones by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. line a pin board made from Homasote fiber board painted white, where superhero drawings (along with robots and pigeons) get tacked up.

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Photo by Trent Bell

It was important to the homeowners that their daughter’s room be a place she wants to spend time. She chose the aqua felt-upholstered Blu Dot “Dodu” bed herself (available online at AllModern).  In fact, “aqua” was one of her first words. Clapp says, “We wanted a few things clash in a playful way, like the faded floral wallpaper and braided patchwork rug. The Serena & Lily “Ellie” side table in ceramic with a semi-translucent white glaze holds a stack of picture books.  A simple white blackout roller shade virtually disappears when it’s down or up.

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Clapp chose Designers Guild “Mehsama” wallpaper, a dramatically scaled floral bouquet painted in monotone shades, as the backdrop for the girl’s bedroom.

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Photo by Emily Neumann/Hacin + Associates

The homeowners found this soft-serve ice cream photo, which hangs in their daughter’s bathroom, online.

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Mutino “Pico” tile by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in red dot lines the girl’s bathroom.

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

A small bedroom became the master closet-cum-office. The homeowners didn’t initially feel like they needed a separate dressing room, but it didn’t feel right to just add a couple of small closets to the master bedroom. When the designers pointed out that their daughter could do arts and crafts on the center island, they were sold.

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

The black and white “Toile” wallpaper by Tracey Kendall is a tribute to the black and white Tudor color scheme. The dense pattern of cypress trees in a landscape is a modern reinterpretation of traditional British toile, but with a slightly off kilter, dense repeat.

The Gubi 93 chair by Boris Berlin and Poul Christiansen of Komplot Design has a black metal swivel base and is fully upholstered in purple. Serrate says, “Their daughter has such a presence in this house.”

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

Since this is more of a dressing room than a walk-in closet (not to mention an office!) the clothing couldn’t be exposed. Cabinetry with walnut accents mirror the walnut used downstairs and Mockett leather pulls are another nod to hand-craftsmanship.

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

The master bedroom is tailored and highly tactile, with cerused oak nightstands and nubby rug. A trio of low hanging pendants are set against laser-cut wool drapes, which echo the drapery panel in the living room. Tweed fabric wallpaper evokes men’s suiting. The homeowners are searching for just the right black and white photograph to hang.

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The circular forms embroidered on the bench upholstery—Maharam “Layers Vineyard Large” by Hella Jongerius—exhibits a breakdown in form, referring to the integrity (and in this case, studied imperfection) of craftsmanship throughout the house.

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

The floating vanity is made from a slab of stone that looks like wood, sourced locally at Cumar Marble & Granite. Notice the matching strip at the top of the wall too. The large format marble floor tiles are from Stone Source. A Greek key border runs inside the shower.

hacin-guest-room

Photo by Michael Stavaridis

The airy guest room is set apart from the main rooms, behind the kitchen. Erica Wakerly “Fan” wallpaper in grey and white adds just the right amount of background pattern for the simplest white bedding. A family photo the homeowners already had but didn’t know what to do with hangs above the bed while handmade copper sconces hang on each side.

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Photo by Michael Stavaridis

The powder room is also done in grey and white, with hand-glazed tiles and Flavor Paper “Secret Garden” wallpaper by Dan Funderburgh, featuring broken wine glasses, snakes, geese, acorns, locks, and other oddities.

D E S I G N   T E A M

Principal: David Hacin  |  Project Manager: Eduardo Serrate
Senior Interior Designer: Jennifer Clapp as  |  Interior Designer: Katelyn Miersma
General Contractor: Sleeping Dog Properties

F L O O R   P L A N

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Boston Globe Magazine
   February 8, 2015

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Get the Look: 72 Bar + Counter Stools

As I mentioned yesterday, we chose the bar stools for Meredith + Daniel’s  kitchen. Although we arrived at an obvious and eternally perfect classic (Bertoia!), I looked at a lot of examples of bar & counter stools. Lucky you, they’re detailed below.

First though, let’s have a lesson about rules for bar stools and counter stools:

What’s the difference between a bar stool & counter stool?
If you’ve ever shopped for kitchen stools, you’ve noticed that they come in two heights. The standard height for a bar stool is 30″, while the average height for a counter stool is about 26″.

How to choose the right height bar & counter stool?
You’ll want 8″ to 12″ of leg room between the stool and the bottom of your counter/table.

Consider the overhang.
You might find that counters with a very deep overhang call for a slightly shorter stool.

How much space should you allot between stools?
For stools 16″-18″ wide, allow about 22″ of space between them. For stools 19″-22″ wide, allow about 24″ of breathing room. Leave even more space for swivel stools and stools with arms.

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I didn’t even realize that the stools I use in Boston and Cape Cod are
Last Minute bar stools by Patricia Urquiola.

S H O P P I N G

Shop bar stools and counter stools from StyleCarrot partners and others. 

1 Vienna Barstool, $129 at Crate & Barrel.

2 Arteriors Wyndham Swivel Counter Stool, $480 at Bellacor.

3 Real Good Barstool by BluDot, $249 at Lumens.

4 BOSSE Bar Stool, $49.99 at IKEA.

5 Onda Counter Stool by Jesus Gasca for Stua, $410 at DWR.

6 Magis Steelwood by Ronan+Erwan Bouroullec, $499 at YLiving.

7 Tolix Marais Barstool by Xavier Pauchard, $335 at DWR.

8 Arteriors Home Rochefort Stool, $488 at Wayfair.

9 P.A. Bar Stool by Soren Rose Studio, $895 at Matter.

10 Ulrik Bar Stool by Alex Hellum, £205 at Heal’s.

11 Hal Stool by Jasper Morrison for Vitra, $515 at Lumens.

12 Modern Windsor Bar Stool, $149.99 at West Elm.

13 Little Tulip Stool by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, $1,535 at Hive.

14 Tractor Counter Stool by Craig Bassam, $1,275 at DWR.

15 Bay Counter Stool by Newport Furniture, $349 at Room & Board.

16 Restoration Warehouse Maxwell Stool, $348 at Candelabra.

17 Spoon Stool by Antonio Citterio for Kartell, $750 at Lumens.

18 Bertoia Counter Stool for Knoll, $1027 at DWR.

19 Felix Walnut Bentwood Barstools, $119 at Crate & Barrel.

20 Folio Leather Backless Counter stools, $269 at Crate & Barrel.

21 Industrial Stool, $179 at West Elm.

22 Upholstered Cherner Stool, $829 at All Modern.

23 OFFI Jim Barstool by Scott Laughton, $299 at AllModern.

24 Deer Bar Stool by Autobahn for De La Espada, $1,885 at The Future Perfect.

25 Era Counter Stool by Michael Thonet, $250 at DWR.

26 Flint Steel Counter Stool, $119 at CB2.

27 Emeco 1006 Navy Aluminum Counter Stool, $790 at DWR.

28 Little Apollo by Patrick Norguet for Artifort, $1,378 at Hive.

29 1961 Pierre Jeanneret Stools, set of 4 at Galerie Half.

30 Jamie Young Americana Stool, $325 at Wayfair.

31 Gigi Stool by Marco Mara for Knoll, $550 at Hive.

32 Collins Stools, $279 at Room & Board.

33 Bar Stool in Scrapwood by Piet Hein Eek, $766 at The Future Perfect.

34 Lucite Bar Stools, $3,675/pair, Sandra Oster, Decorator Tag Sale.

35 Model Six Stool by Jeff Covey, $420 at Amazon.

36 dCOR Design Gen Bar Stool, $239 at AllModern.

37 Phoenix Swoon Barstool, $149 at CB2.

38 Milo Baughman Chrome Bar Stools, $8,000/six at Orions Objects.

39 Gubi 3 Stool by Boris Berlin+Poul Christiansen $799 at Danish Design Store.

40 Staach Cain Kitchen Stool, $363 at 2Modern.

41 Kartell Charles Ghost Stool, $400/pair at Lumens.

42 Cosmo Bar Stool, £50 at Next.

43 Petite Barstools, $149 at CB2.

44 Ribbon Counter Stool, $179 at West Elm.

45 Arteriors Calvin Bar Stool, $2,112 at Wayfair.

46 Crescent Bar Chair, $117.30 at S&S Modern Furniture.

47 Kubu Hand-Woven Barstool, $149.95 at Pier1.

48 Dandelion Stool by DesignK, $345.75 at Bouf.

49 Knicker Counter Stool by Blu Dot, $299 at Lumens.

50 Facto Stools by Patrick Jouin for Fermob.

51 Deja-vu Stool by Naoto Fukasawa for Magis, $369 at Yliving.

52 Cygnus Barstool by Safavieh, $554.40 at Burke Decor.

53 Counter Stool 1C by RoomB, $660 by Yliving.

54 Stitch Chair by Cappellini, $881 at Dwell Store.

55 BCN Fixed Stools by Harry & Camilla for Kristalia, £252 at Milia Shop.

56 Kant Stool by Karim Rashid for Casamania, $265 at AllModern.

57 Graph Stool by Gus* Modern, $325 at Lumens.

58 Aalto High Chair K65 by Artek, 352€ at Scandinavia Design.

59 Reata Counter Stool, $198 at Anthropologie.

60 Hi Pad Stools by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini, $729.50 at AmbienteDirect.

61 Perch Barstool, $298 at Anthropologie.

62 Lancaster Barstool by Michael Young for Emeco, $745 at DWR.

63 Blu Dot Counterstool Counterstool, $249 at Lumens.

64 P Stool 2 by Lebello, $462 at Yliving.

65 One More Please Stool by Philippe Starck for Kartell, $450 at Lumens.

66 L’Eau Counter Stool by Calligaris, $248.65 at Yliving.

67 Church Stool by Gus*Modern, $210 at Lumens.

68 Last Minute Stool by Patricia Urquiola, $270/pair at Chairish.

69 Florence Swivel Stool, $89.99 at Target.

70 Air Counter Stool by Calligaris, $237.15 at Yliving.

71 Perch Counter Stool, $550 at Yliving.

72 One More Please Stool by Philippe Starck for Kartell, $450 at Lumens.

73 Bungalow 5 Oslo Gray Limed Oak Barstool, $500 at Burke Decor.

74 Magis Stool_One $838/set of 2 at Lumens.

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