Dangel heaps credit on contractor Ed Herman of True North Inc.
in Arlington, Massachusetts, for working with her to get the job done.
“His contribution was invaluable,” she says. He heaps credit back and
says that he enjoyed “coming up with methods of fabricating unique
pieces and installing them.” That would include the vertical column of
stainless steel Dangel wanted in one of the guest bathrooms to house
all the shower’s plumbing, and the decorative box high
up on a wall in the living room that covers the air-han-dling mechanical system and ductwork.
Dangel’s plan accommodates the wife’s collections
of objets d’art. The industrial elements of the apartment,
such as the huge wooden beams, could have overpowered the delicate
glass statuettes and pottery pieces gathered over the years. So Dangel designed special nooks and shelving to highlight the collections.
the now-sunlit hallway (above left) connects the two apartments. The
painting is by Umberto Romano. The totemlike object in a corner of the
husband’s office (above right) is a remnant of a wood beam from India. An
intaglio print above the blue-gray Cassina couch is by Hugh Kepets. In the
master bedroom (facing page, top), the painting over the bed, club chair,
occasional table, lamp, and blue china plate are all family heirlooms. In the
master bath (facing page, bottom left), the wood-grain-on-glass vanity and
mirrored medicine cabinets are by Robern. The stainless steel column in the
guest bath (facing page, bottom right) was custom-made to hold the
controls for the walk-in shower. Floor and wall tiles are by Ann Sacks.
She also carefully hung dozens of paintings by artists such as Poland-born Theresa Bernstein and 1920s Cape Ann painter Leighton Cram.
Another special touch is the stone flooring throughout much of the
apartment, custom-made by Littleton, Massachusetts, company Stoneyard, which ground down northern New England boulders for the tiles.
“It was just a really great combination,” the husband says of his
wife’s working closely with Dangel. “I’m not gutsy,” the wife says. “
Nancie is.” The result of their collaboration is nothing short of spectacular.
3 living room
4 dining area
6 guest bedroom
7 powder room
8 guest bath
10 husband’s office
11 wife’s office
13 tub room
14 master bath
15 master bedroom
BUILDER True North Inc.