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Archive for December, 2016

Cheers to 2017

A look back AND forward… it’s that time of year.

2016 has been a tumultuous year. But for me, the JSD team and our clients, it’s been a rewarding year of design, inspiration and growth.

I love what I do every day and continue to be inspired by helping clients realize their own vision of what their home should be: an expression of who they are and how they live.

My work is made even more rewarding by collaborating with my talented colleagues. They make it fun to get up and go to work every day. Dimiter Kostov, AIA, and I have worked together for over 12 years. Dimiter serves as lead architect on JSD projects and is uniquely suited, as my design partner, to crafting residences that echo our clients. He is also a skilled interior designer who understands furnishings, finishes, lighting, color and all the elements that go into making a custom home. This year we added Alex Muentener and Craig Bender to our team—two young, budding design associates who have already contributed to several client projects. Alex and Craig are architects in training, but talented designers in their own right. They, too, have an appreciation for residential interior design.

Exterior of Wakefield Italianate Victorian renovation project in progress

Exterior of Italianate Victorian renovation in progress

One of our more gratifying 2016 projects was a major renovation of an 1865 Italianate Victorian house in Wakefield Center. This stately, period home, on the National Registry of Historic Places, was one that captured our hearts and imaginations again and again as we added a new kitchen, mudroom and third floor master suite, while maintaining the building’s original design integrity. At the same time, we made it light-filled and perfectly suited to the contemporary lifestyle of the young professional family who owns it. They’re delighted, and we’re very proud of what we’ve wrought.

We continue to work extensively on the New England seacoast. In Southern Maine, we’re collaborating with a Texas family to extensively renovate and expand their just-purchased Craftsman cottage on a spectacular point jutting out onto the Atlantic. In Portsmouth, NH, we’re designing a contemporary home on an environmentally sensitive estuary site that is “to die for.” The owners will have the benefit of abundant glass to bring in all the natural surroundings, as well as ample interior spaces to display their fine art collection—both paintings and sculpture.

Rendering of contemporary coastal renovation in Southern New Hampshire

Rendering of contemporary coastal renovation in Southern New Hampshire

In Boston and the surrounding suburbs, we have completed and are working on a number of architectural and interiors projects including combining adjacent condominium units, contemporary and traditional kitchens and master baths, as well as an array of furnishings and finishes to outfit family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens.

Each of these projects has its own story, its own personality, its own style. And when our clients are happy with the results, nothing could make us more fulfilled.

So looking toward 2017, we hope to have another busy, productive year at JSD. And I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all our friends and clients—for working with us and, of course, for referring us to your colleagues, friends and family!

I can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for all of us.

Cheers to 2017!


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