The other night my mom and I toured Boston Magazine’s 2014 Design Home in Salisbury, MA, a net-zero energy home. I don’t know about you but I’ll never pass up a chance to do a home tour. 🙂 The home was open to anyone for the past month and every bit of the ticket proceeds went to Boston Children’s Hospital. We were invited to go during the one of the nights to talk with the sponsors of the event. Coastal Windows & Exteriors (the company that installed our five windows in June for us) invited us and I never like to say no to an event thrown by Stephanie. She knows how to do an event right. Every guest left the night with a swag bag filled with great treats… and this was after noshing on the BEST smoked salmon and shrimp cocktail…
Welcome to Boston Magazine’s 2014 Design Home:
The back porch was easily my favorite part of the house. It was a very small space, my guess is it was 12 x 6 or so but it was so soothing out there. The leaves were changing and there was a giant plate of ccupcakes on the coffee table. I may have sampled one of each kind.The back porch felt very nautical to me but without trying too hard.
From the back porch you walk into the dining room which was small but perfectly staged to fix six at a round table. This, my friends, was the best photo I could get without either:
a. running over the bartender (side note: I should have done this so I could have taken a few of the GREAT wines)
b. getting every single person in the kitchen in the photo
These photos of the kitchen don’t do it justice. These cabinets were the first ones I’ve ever seen in person that made me even mildly consider putting in a dark kitchen (you know I’m a white cabinet girl). The wood was gorgeous! The kitchen was shaped like a U and had the amount of counter space AJ and I covet.
The counters are soapstone, which my mom and I got a lot of great info on. I don’t think I would have chosen the green to go with the brown cabinets but the counter itself was gorgeous.
The living room was really great but very hard to photograph while dodging people and displays. All the furniture was incredibly comfortable and I loved the statement-making horse behind the couch and the garden stool in the very forefront of the photo.
The artwork in this home was gorgeous. All the paintings were beachy with some of the most gorgeous textures. I just love this view of these two great pieces at the top of the stairs.
There were three bedrooms, the master, the guest and the girl’s room. The guest room was way more bohemian than I decorate but I loved it.
My favorite part, probably because it’s the perfect blend of rustic and cozy, was the little bench at the end of the bed and the most gorgeous throw ever. I could have lived in that throw.
The master bedroom was very beachy chic. The bed was covered in something that looked like a grasscloth fabric with simple but luxerious linens. The room wasn’t enormous but it did have a master bath and a walk in closet.
This mirror was such a fantastic statement making piece!
The laundry room, which was right next to the master, held this really interesting map with a painting of boats on it.
The third floor held this dynamite den that would be so wonderfully practical for a family with kids (although I know my kids would destroy some of those gorgeous furnishings and rugs immediately).
Then, there was an artist painting during the event and all guests could buy raffle tickets, with the entire proceeds going to Boston Children’s Hospital, and the winner would get this painting (I did not have the lucky winning ticket, unfortunately, a man with a great looking suit did, and he was so excited I didn’t feel too badly. :))
Hope you had fun on the virtual tour! What was your favorite part?