NATURE REPEATS Woods wallpaper is as magical today as it was when we first spied it
after its relauch by London’s esteemed Cole & Son in 2003. It seemed to be everywhere
then — in kitchens, hallways, powder rooms. It wasn’t until much later that we discovered
this simple rendering of silver birch trees was first produced in 1959. Its creator, Michael
Clarke, was a lecturer at the Royal College of Art and among a group of designers Cole &
Son, looking for new designs, approached in the 1950s. At once haunting and playful, it is
considered a Midcentury icon. We found it on the bedroom wall of a Boston loft (see
photo, Page 121), where it lends a light but sophisticated touch to the clean-lined interior.
On a Vermont estate (Page 102), we found real-deal birch trees sublime in their beauty
that could have inspired such a design. Luckily for us, we can have both nature and art.
on the cover
A wraparound porch connects
an environmentally sensitive house
to the environment. photo by
jim westphalen, story, page 86
18 Editor’s Note
20 Out + About
26 visit • Art and Soul
An art consultant’s vibrant family
residence paints a beautiful image
of working from home.
35 selections • Off the Wall
Classic English wallcoverings are
backdrops for au courant
American floral arrangements.
46 kitchen • Space Changing
The solution to feeling cramped
was not more square footage,
just a better plan.
52 bath • Into the Light
Eliminating awkward excess brings
a master bath out of the dark.
59 great room • Urban Compact
A cohesive design brings
comfort and sophistication
to a couple’s city base.
62 preservation • Community
Asset Scrappy preservationists
restore a gem of Victorian
architecture for all to enjoy.
68 garden • A Farm Full of Flowers
At Tarrnation Farm, a father and
daughter grow bountiful blossoms
in the tricky climate of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
74 icon • Wizardry on Water
Elegantly designed and built for
speed, Rhode Island’s Herreshoffs
dominated the America’s Cup and
still capture sailors’ imagination.
80 local wares • Functional Art
Handcrafted from wood,
these pieces are as artistically
appealing as they are practical.
123 et al. • Boston Firsts
126 Advertiser Index
128 take note • Let It Rain