Boston Magazine Design Home 2013

Recently I was invited to tour the Boston Magazine Design Home located at the newly constructed Concordia in Swampscott MA.  If you live anywhere near Swampscott this home is a must see and even if you don’t, it is worth the trip. Not only is the home BEAUTIFUL but 100% of the proceeds of the tour go to support Children’s Hospital.


Ocean side of Concordia image via Boston magazine

The home is right on the water and although it was foggy the day of our tour the future homeowners will have incredible views. The design and decorating of the home was coordinated by Jerry Rippetoe and Tony Sienicki. They did a fantastic job of creating a beautiful color palette of blues, creams and complementary neutrals that flowed seamlessly from room to room. There is so much to take in and share but the highlights for me was the lighting, the color palette, the window treatments, the artwork, the ceilings, and the carpets (I guess that’s pretty much everything).



The front entrance set the tone with beautiful teal and gold wallpaper that was carried up onto the ceiling, spectacular sparkling lights from Lucia Lighting, a beautiful carpet from Landry and Arcari and artwork from Kensington-Stobart Gallery.

Just around the corner from the entrance was the kitchen, designed and build by Family Kitchens. Here the designers chose a lighter version of the blue/green and white color palette.


The kitchen had every conceivable amenity and the white cabinets paired with the green Costa Esmeralda granite and coordinating tile back splash felt just right for an ocean side home.

The adjoining great room flowed seamlessly with the kitchen. Don’t you just love the blue ceiling? Another bonus is that a full wall of windows looks directly out to the ocean.


Great Room

The great room is filled with one of kind accessories and museum quality artwork such as the painting over the fireplace.


 For me the highlight of the great room is a 100+ year old carpet from Landry and Arcari. Talk about artwork for the floor! It was one of the most beautiful carpets I have ever seen. Interwoven throughout the entire piece are animals and fanciful creatures. By looking at the colors it was most likely the inspiration for the designers chosen color palette.


 Look closely and see how many animals you can spot (I see at least four in this tiny detail).

The house has three bedrooms and my favorite is the master.


master bed room

SO relaxing and soothing with the beautiful blue and silver wallpaper and that gorgeous silver bed.

The house has four bathrooms and each one is different and beautiful but they all have luxurious finishes, lighting and window treatments.


master bathroom

Even the closets are decked out and are a space to linger in.


Her closet

This is “her closet” and below is “his closet”


HIS closet

The house is open for tours Sept.12th through Oct.7th. For those of you who are local and would like to see the whole house I have two free tickets I would love to pass on. Just let me know if you would like to attend by commenting below. If more than one person wants them I will randomly pick a name on Wed.

photo (10)tickets

For more information about the home and the many fabulous sponsors or to buy tickets to tour the home click here.

I would love to hear what you think of the house and what your favorite room or feature is.



12 Responses to Boston Magazine Design Home 2013
  1. Maureen Reply

    Hi Linda,
    I would love the tickets! I adore touring designer show houses and this one has my favorite colors. Thanks for an interesting blog.

  2. Kelly Reply

    Absolutely amazing! That carpet is gorgeous. Love the great room also- the ceiling is gorgeous! Although I can not go to the tour, I appreciate your sharing these pictures.

  3. Karen Fronterotta Reply

    I would love tickets!

  4. Veronica Tostado de Domurat Reply

    New website Linda? It’s very nice

    • Linda Holt Reply

      yes Veronica, new websiste. Thanks so much for commenting on it! I hope all is well with you and your family.

  5. Meredith Reply

    you were right! great looking Show House!! Are design colleagues eligible for those tickets? would love to get a chance to see in person!
    Talk to you soon,

    • Linda Holt Reply

      absolutely Meredith. You are in the running!

  6. Susan Kanoff Reply

    Wow, this house is amazing! Thanks for sharing the photos and your insights Linda…fabulous job! I especially love the “hers” closet of course!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      I thought of you Susan when I saw the closets. They were all beautiful!

  7. Karen Fronterotta Reply

    All the rooms are beautiful but the great room is STUNNING!

  8. Tina Gleisner Reply

    Linda, Thanks for the reminder, the 3rd so I know I’m meant to get there and hopefully they’ll also let me take photos. Now to check out the new website

  9. Tina Gleisner Reply

    PS I heard from someone else that they created this condo by combining 2 smaller units so rather curious about how they did that as well.

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