“It’s open and simple, not like traditional New
England rooms that are small boxes with small
The master bedroom suite is on the first
floor, while additional bedrooms and a home
office occupy the upper level. To update the
exterior, Perez replaced the original vertical
siding with stucco. And to house part of the
owner’s collection of classic cars, he designed
a large garage.
Hans Schaefer of Art/Set LLC of Attleboro, Massachusetts, was the builder. A longtime associate of Gilpin, he trained as an artist at the Rhode Island School of Design and
participated in the design of the house as well
as its execution.
“I was a strong collaborator,” he says,
pointing to the front entry with its wall of glass
as an important element of which he is espe-
cially proud. “I also designed and built the
copper Chinese[-style] top of the firepit.”
Today, his wife, artist Sarah Mott, is
responsible for the garden’s maintenance.
For the homeowners, Modern interior
design was intimidating until Tager took
them to Artefact Home|Garden in Belmont,
Massachusetts. “We knew we wanted Mod-
ern, but we are not minimalists,” says the wife.
“Sheldon introduced us to furnishings that are
warm and comfortable but contemporary.”
“She is not a big color person,” Tager
adds. “So we worked in a quieter palette to
create a sort of flowing, serene feeling. Even
the leopard-print rug in the dining room is
quiet without being boring.”
He devoted a lot of time to perfecting the
color of the flooring, which is quartersawn oak
lightened with white stain. The peaked wood
ceilings of the sunroom and family room were
given a warm honey-toned finish. The only
departure from the neutral decor happens in
the upstairs office, where the walls are lined
with boldly patterned black paper.
“He’s a dramatic guy,” Tager says of the
husband, “so his office reflects that.”
There are no curtains on the windows.
“They’re like paintings, showing us what’s
outside,” Tager says. “You can’t ignore what’s
The owners have placed several sculp-
tures in their garden, including a large red
metal piece by Middleborough,
Massachusetts, artist Rob
Lorenson. Despite their non-
gardener status, they appreci-
ate their woodland more and more as they use
it and see how its good bones and intriguing
plantings create interesting vistas year-round.
“They find the garden beautiful,” says
Gilpin with satisfaction.
for the car-collecting
homeowner, the new garage
was an important addition, but
only a handful of his classic
vehicles find space here. He
keeps others at a nearby facility.