WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2012

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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Basements That Rise Above Get creative with space, and have fun, but don't always keep function in mind. According to Newman, "Beauty is one thing; function is another." Storage needs to be considered as a useful feature but should be hidden behind closet doors with adjustable shelving. While the trend has been to relocate laundry rooms to the first or second floors, some homeowners are revamping their spacious basement locations. Basement laundry rooms can be top-notch with pull-out drying racks, granite countertops for folding laundry, and closets to hide cleaning supplies. Sources: n CHARLES RIVER WINE CELLARS www.charlesriverwinecellars.com 781.235.2501 n ELITE MEDIA SOLUTIONS www.elitemediasolutions.com 781.237.2929 n JAN GLEYSTEEN ARCHITECTS, INC. www.jangleysteeninc.com 781.431.0082 n NANCY HILL INTERIORS www.nancyhillinteriors.com 781.894.1045 n CARPENTER & MACNEILLE www.carpentermacneille.com. 978.768.7900 n J TODD GALLERIES www.jtodd.com 781.237.3434 n PENTIMENTO INTERIORS www.pentimento home.com 617.559.0450 Finally, don't forget about art. Robert Totaro of J. Todd Galleries in Wellesley says that art for the basement can be a touch more whimsical than usual or even the- matic. Paintings of wine bottles or vineyards can work well in a wine room, for example. Peruse paintings with movie themes, sports themes, musical themes, whatever makes the space personal and makes you happy. Totaro remembers one client who loved both Ireland and sports cars, and requested a custom mural of his sports cars on those rolling, verdant hills in Ireland painted right onto his basement wall. When redoing the space, remember that the basement is an area that can grow with your family and can be as formal or as laid back you want. 48 WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012

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