WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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fireplace separating the kitchen from the breakfast nook has sharp lines, but it is surrounded by inlaid stone. And while the cabinets are painted white, it's a soft white so as not to contrast too heavily with the home's wooden tones. "We live in New England. "It's a traditional place," says Matta. "But mixing modern elements in is totally fine." Think Outside the Box If anyone knows how to build a kitchen, it's Peter Holland, owner of Riverstone Custom Builders, who has built 29 homes — both spec and custom builds. Holland and his wife, Laura, approached the building of a home for their own family with a lot of experience and high standards. They wanted to break away from the standard new construction kitchen and create a unique space with a homey feel. To achieve this, Holland honed in on unique materi- als that would provide warmth and visual interest. "I like materials with a story and a history," says Holland. "It makes it a lot of fun." After sourcing materials from his network of suppliers, Holland started mixing them together to create a visually stunning scheme. Running the length of his kitchen and family room are beautifully tex- 50 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 tured wooden beams that have been reclaimed three different times, starting in an old mill in Rhode Island before being put into service transporting old Victorian homes. The kitchen island surface is Zimbabwe black granite that was scoured with a machine to achieve a wood finish. Holland spotted it one day at a supplier and has never seen it anywhere since. The cabinetry enclosing the sink is made of worm wood, which, true to its name, achieves its texture when eaten by worms. The hood over the range is constructed of reclaimed wood. Oversized pulls grace the cabinets, thick glass light fixtures hang from P H O T O S B Y E R I C B A R R Y / C O U R T E S Y O F R I V E R S T O N E C U S T O M B U I L D E R S , L L C Ready, Set, Decorate!

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