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Acorn Deck House Company

With over 70 years of experience, from two successful companies combined, Acorn Deck House Company has been providing the country with unique, prefabricated homes for every style. In 1995, the Acorn Homes and the Deck House companies merged to create the ultimate prefab home company. “Acorn was founded in 1947 and Deck House in 1959. They both had their own unique styles; Deck Houses were built with an exposed post and beam system, and feature signature, structural ceiling decking throughout, which is actually where the name ‘Deck House’ came from. Acorn Homes, on the other hand, were a little more traditional New England, but with a contemporary twist,” explains Valerie Graham, marketing coordinator at Acorn. In 2005, the company added a new brand, Next House, to their portfolio, and under new ownership in 2009, became the Acorn Deck House Company, acknowledging the storied history of both companies. 

While the term “prefab” might bring to mind images of cookie cutter homes in the suburbs, Acorn Deck homes are far from traditional. “While we’re a prefab company, we’re not limited to stock plans or styles. Our unique structural system, components, and materials allow us to custom design each home based upon individual client needs, and to build anywhere, in any condition,” says Design Manager and registered architect Michael Hawkes. Working closely with the client, Michael and his team study site surveys, conditions, and local restrictions or requirements, and go over the clients’ needs and aesthetic preferences to custom create a home suited to the homeowners. Once the design is finalized, the components are fabricated in Acorn’s factory in Acton, MA, then shipped to the site in manageable loads for the client’s builder to assemble.

This home in southeastern Massachusetts shows off the unique, yet timeless design possible with Acorn Deck House Company. “This is a great example of how our designs evolve based on the client’s needs. The client first came to us wanting a very modern home, so we went through several sketches and revisions to make that dream a reality. Then, the homeowner saw another home on our website that was a little more traditional, and she wanted to bring that inspiration into the design as well. So we came up with this new modern, but still traditional, home,” says Valerie. Michael elaborates, “This one really shows off the Acorn Style. You can start with a modern house, but as you start to focus on what makes that Cape Cod style, we can adapt it to have the right forms, the right material and then focus on the details to make that happen. So, this home evolved that way; it’s still a modern house, but it has that traditional feel to honor the style of the area.”

But why choose Acorn’s prefab homes? Michael discusses the benefits, most importantly, the reliability and consistency. “Throughout the entire process, we’re using a system we’ve used countless times. While you can still get a unique and tailored home, running in the background is that predictable process. We know we can give cost estimates earlier than is typical. We know the quality is going to be there because it is factory controlled, precision fit and we’re using quality materials. The time can be predictable as well, so much so that there can be overlap. The house can be constructed during inclement weather or while the site work is occurring, because it’s being made in the factory. That overlap helps with the overall time budgeting as well.” Take it from a company that has over 70 years of experience, prefab will always be in style.

For more information visit acorndeckhouse.com.

b Architecture Studio

For the past ten years, b Architecture Studio has taken custom home design to the next level, working in a truly collaborative manner with clients who are ready to take on the adventurous task of designing a home. “As a studio, we seek to do truly custom design projects. Our clients are those who really want to work and collaborate with us as we lead them through the design process into construction,” says Christopher Brown, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at b Architecture Studio. “We really do see the value, and the fun, in assembling the whole team early in the design process and in a team of experts guiding the homeowner, or small business, to make the most informed decisions around logistics, budget, schedule. Our clients seem to have an adventurous spirit and insightful ideas of what they want their home to be.” 

That adventurous spirit is exemplified in this unique Provincetown home. Located upon a hill, with gorgeous views of the water, this home is the product of a beautiful working relationship between Brown and his team, the homeowners and builders, Cape Associates. “The clients were very much intent on finding their getaway in Provincetown. They had actually seen our work down the street, which is always music to an architect’s ears. And they were quite creative and savvy and honestly delightful to work with throughout the process,” says Brown of the experience. Not only was the focus on creating an Outer Cape getaway, but making the most of a small space. At 1,100 square feet, what Brown calls a “half-Cape,” the team had to be creative when it came to storage while still feeling open and welcoming. “We made sure we designed places for shoes, coffee, wine and the homeowners,” he laughs. “And that was quite a challenge, but a fun challenge. I think we were very successful in understanding how they wanted to use the space, where their visitors and overnight guests will stay. We knew it would be a popular spot, given its location. It was about finding a home for everything within the design.”

Details throughout the home show the care and attention that went into creating the space. The undulating ceiling that leads from the living room to the kitchen brings depth and volume to an otherwise flat, low ceiling. Cubbies provide not only storage, but décor and texture to the entryway. “One aspect I love is how each of these spaces relates to one another and the comfortable flow created within a small footprint. It doesn’t feel like you’re in a tiny house, it feels very nestled. A fun design piece is the custom banquette and the furniture designed around it. It’s such a multi-use space. One of the homeowners might come down early and, this was before it was popular, do some work from home there. The next day, it’ll become a place to gather around breakfast, friends can come over, or it might be a great place to settle during the afternoon and read a book. With the natural wood, it can really withstand that daily use; it doesn’t have to be a place only used for special occasions. It’s a beach house.”

Brown credits the homeowners, of this home and all the homes designed by b Architecture Studio, with the spirit and personality of the home. “I don’t think this project portrays something unique to what we do, but rather portrays the uniqueness of this client. And that’s true for all our clients. Their personality rings true in every space and that is so much fun for us.”

For more information, visit barchstudio.com

Bilek Builders

“We love building homes that complement all of the natural surroundings of New England.”
~ Bilek Builders

“A home, for most people, is their single largest investment. We want it to be their best,” says E. Christopher Bilek, principal of Bilek Builders

It’s common to find Chris on a job site, exercising a hands-on approach to building a client’s dream home. In fact, part of what sets Bilek Builders apart is the personal attention that Chris and Alexandra Bilek bring to every project. “It’s important to us to build relationships with our clients,” explains Chris. “And often, those relationships become ones that are maintained throughout the years, even after a project is completed.”

As custom home builders, Chris and Alexandra have also formed essential connections with local architects. “We focus on what we do best, and that’s building,” laughs Chris, explaining that they often help match clients with the perfect architect for their project. “There are so many professionals designing incredible, New England-style homes, and that really inspires our work” he continues. Alexandra adds, “We love building homes that complement all of the natural surroundings of New England. Our goal is to blend with and enhance what’s already here so that we can honor that classic coastal style.”

One such seaside home sits on a bluff in Chatham with 300 degrees of ocean views. “The homeowner approached us with the desire to work within the existing structure,” says Chris. With the help of architect Sarah Jane Porter, the team at Bilek Builders completed a total renovation of the standing home, even adding space for a second story. “It’s the type of house that, when you drive up, it doesn’t appear overbearing or ostentatious, but when you get inside it is just sprawling with amazing details,” says Chris. The home kept many original elements as a nod to that classic Cape style; traditional moldings, v-groove walls, and beadboard give way to coffered ceilings and timeless cherry staircases with mahogany railings. Outside, a bow roof adds unmistakable charm.

“For us, it’s about educating our clients—everything from budgeting to setting a timeline and sourcing the best local products. We want people to understand where their money is going,” says Chris. “Building on the Cape provides so many opportunities to be creative,” adds Alexandra. “We encourage clients to choose local products as much as possible—things that enhance what already exists.” And when you get to build a vanity that looks like it’s made from driftwood—a standout moment among the many projects the team at Bilek have completed—that makes the undertaking all the more fun for the builders.

For the homeowners in Chatham, the efforts of Bilek Builders convinced them to take up the time-honored title of “washashore,” packing up their main residence in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and moving to the Cape full-time. “They told us, ‘It’s like a vacation every day.’ It doesn’t hurt that you can look out almost any window and see the ocean,” laughs Chris. 

“We strive to build a relationship like that with our clients,” he continues. “It’s about creating a working partnership. Clients put their resources and their trust in us, and that’s a big responsibility that we take very seriously. At the end of the day, we want them to love the final product.”

“And we want it to be fun,” adds Alexandra. “We want clients to enjoy the process and be excited about the results. That’s our job.”

To learn more, go to bilekbuilders.com, 975 Route 28, Harwich or call 508-945-0018.

Cataldo Custom Builders, Inc.

“Accomplishing the impossible still drives me after thirty years.”
~ Ralph Cataldo

“March 12th was the day when everything changed. We had a contracted deadline of June 15th, just three months away, and we made it,” Ralph Cataldo, President of Cataldo Custom Builders Inc. remembers. Life was moving at a normal pace for Cataldo, who was fortunate enough to be playing in a hockey tournament in Germany with two Cape-based teams. It was in an instant at 3am that everything shifted for Cataldo and the entire world. As the shutdown in Europe was announced, he rushed to purchase a plane ticket home. While also in the midst of building a clients’ dream home on Buzzards Bay, the world changed, but his team’s deadline remained the same. To start, the existing home was torn down to make way for a completely new custom design. This was to become the Devellis family’s dream getaway; a sanctuary for the unpredictable summer of 2020. Architect Denise Bonoli, landscape architect Greg Bilowz, interior designer Donna Burns, and builder Ralph Cataldo united with one common goal—for their clients to enjoy their completed home for the entirety of the summer season. 

“If not for the sacrifice of Jason Rebello, our staff in the office and the solid relationships we have with all of our subcontractors, there was no way this could have happened,” Cataldo says. The unforeseen changes the pandemic had on the building process were drastic, in terms of both supplies and labor. “Maintaining schedules was impossible. We had to wait for the anxiety and fear to calm down. That dramatically affected our schedule. We pivoted to working nights and weekends to keep people apart. Then we could open the doors with very few people. We set-up washing stations, found elusive sanitizer and paper towels, and made significant changes to the way we worked. We were trying to finish complex and highly-crafted interior finish work, while at the same time complete a built-in pool, outdoor kitchen area, a fire pit terrace, and extensive landscaping work. We all did our best,” Cataldo continues. Though on a tight schedule, Cataldo’s unwavering philosophy was to never oblige anyone to work. Team members communicated in advance, and whoever arrived each day was the team that worked on their various disciplines that day.

Fluctuating crews was one feat, and the supplies were a separate conquest. When states shut down labor and manufacturing, the project was impacted by delayed cabinet delivery, flooring delivery, and challenges in obtaining hardware and pressure treated lumber. The expected lead times increased, and thus made it more difficult to keep track of it all. “We had to be smart and order everything as soon as we could so it would arrive as quickly as possible. The only thing we could control was the order time, so that’s what we controlled, and that’s where we won the battle,” Cataldo adds. 

For the exterior, the landscaping was a substantial portion of the project. The team completed the pool, fire pit, automated screens for an outdoor kitchen area, bocce court, and a professional golf green with a bunker. The interior work was extensive as well. The home’s custom details are numerous, including a gourmet kitchen, intricate woodwork, built-ins, custom stonework, new hardwood floors and stairways throughout the home. The homeowners wanted a comfortable home with a spectacular Buzzards Bay sunset view, and that is exactly what they received.

“Everybody had to come through, and they all did. I had an aggressive schedule and everyone adhered to it. It was phenomenal teamwork. I can’t thank them enough for their trust in me: the homeowners, Jim and Paul Devellis, their project consultant Rich Lemanski, and our team, for giving us everything we needed to bring this project to completion. For me, I have been doing this for so long, I thought I had seen it all, but this year disproved that. It is still a great feeling to pull something like this off. We had four projects to complete, and all four families moved in for the summer,” Cataldo shares.

“The entire family was there for July 4th. The pool was working and the fire pit was lit. Everything was done. The Devellis family was one of the lucky ones that was able to use their home in 2020 and we are all very happy that our team came together for them,” he continues. 

“March 12th was the day when everything changed. We had a contracted deadline of June 15th, just three months away, and we made it,” Ralph Cataldo, President of Cataldo Custom Builders Inc. remembers. Life was moving at a normal pace for Cataldo, who was fortunate enough to be playing in a hockey tournament in Germany with two Cape-based teams. It was in an instant at 3am that everything shifted for Cataldo and the entire world. As the shutdown in Europe was announced, he rushed to purchase a plane ticket home. While also in the midst of building a clients’ dream home on Buzzards Bay, the world changed, but his team’s deadline remained the same. To start, the existing home was torn down to make way for a completely new custom design. This was to become the Devellis family’s dream getaway; a sanctuary for the unpredictable summer of 2020. Architect Denise Bonoli, landscape architect Greg Bilowz, interior designer Donna Burns, and builder Ralph Cataldo united with one common goal—for their clients to enjoy their completed home for the entirety of the summer season. 

“If not for the sacrifice of Jason Rebello, our staff in the office and the solid relationships we have with all of our subcontractors, there was no way this could have happened,” Cataldo says. The unforeseen changes the pandemic had on the building process were drastic, in terms of both supplies and labor. “Maintaining schedules was impossible. We had to wait for the anxiety and fear to calm down. That dramatically affected our schedule. We pivoted to working nights and weekends to keep people apart. Then we could open the doors with very few people. We set-up washing stations, found elusive sanitizer and paper towels, and made significant changes to the way we worked. We were trying to finish complex and highly-crafted interior finish work, while at the same time complete a built-in pool, outdoor kitchen area, a fire pit terrace, and extensive landscaping work. We all did our best,” Cataldo continues. Though on a tight schedule, Cataldo’s unwavering philosophy was to never oblige anyone to work. Team members communicated in advance, and whoever arrived each day was the team that worked on their various disciplines that day.

Fluctuating crews was one feat, and the supplies were a separate conquest. When states shut down labor and manufacturing, the project was impacted by delayed cabinet delivery, flooring delivery, and challenges in obtaining hardware and pressure treated lumber. The expected lead times increased, and thus made it more difficult to keep track of it all. “We had to be smart and order everything as soon as we could so it would arrive as quickly as possible. The only thing we could control was the order time, so that’s what we controlled, and that’s where we won the battle,” Cataldo adds. 

For the exterior, the landscaping was a substantial portion of the project. The team completed the pool, fire pit, automated screens for an outdoor kitchen area, bocce court, and a professional golf green with a bunker. The interior work was extensive as well. The home’s custom details are numerous, including a gourmet kitchen, intricate woodwork, built-ins, custom stonework, new hardwood floors and stairways throughout the home. The homeowners wanted a comfortable home with a spectacular Buzzards Bay sunset view, and that is exactly what they received.

“Everybody had to come through, and they all did. I had an aggressive schedule and everyone adhered to it. It was phenomenal teamwork. I can’t thank them enough for their trust in me: the homeowners, Jim and Paul Devellis, their project consultant Rich Lemanski, and our team, for giving us everything we needed to bring this project to completion. For me, I have been doing this for so long, I thought I had seen it all, but this year disproved that. It is still a great feeling to pull something like this off. We had four projects to complete, and all four families moved in for the summer,” Cataldo shares.

“The entire family was there for July 4th. The pool was working and the fire pit was lit. Everything was done. The Devellis family was one of the lucky ones that was able to use their home in 2020 and we are all very happy that our team came together for them,” he continues. 

Visit Cataldo online at cataldobuilders.com.

Kendall & Welch Building & Remodeling

“Many details pay tribute to the historic house while embracing the new.”
~ Kendall & Welch Building & Remodeling

Charles W. Tardanico, vice president of Kendall & Welch Building & Remodeling, has over 50 years of experience in the construction industry. Chuck, as he is known to friends and collegues, began his professional career as an Industrial Arts teacher at Canton High School in Canton, Massachusetts, while also working on various projects part time as a builder. When he met his wife Jane, they moved to Cape Cod, where he founded his own business, East Bay Builders, in Osterville. 

One project in particular changed Tardanico’s path going forward. During the construction of a large new home in Cotuit, he collaborated with the founders of Kendall & Welch, Damon Kendall and Ronald Welch. In 2007, he became their third official partner, contributing to their combined experience of over 120 years.

You could say the building and remodeling business has become deeply imbedded in the lives of the Tardanicos, who have built and remodeled ten properties for themselves. “If you were in the automobile business, you wouldn’t keep driving the same car,” explains Tardanico, with his distinctive, lighthearted humor.

After spending 18 years in the home they built on Bay Street in Osterville, the Tardanicos found the home becoming too big for them and decided it was time to downsize. They wanted to remain in town and stumbled upon the perfect property in the heart of Osterville village. There sat an historic 1875 Greek Revival Cape house, which the Historic Commission permitted them to replace due to its lack of architectural significance. 

When it came to the exterior, the Tardanicos knew they wanted to pay homage to the historic Greek revival style that once made up the property, so Kendall & Welch embarked on an 11-month construction process, collaborating with Northside Design Associates of Yarmouth Port and Ivan Bereznicki Associates Inc. of Osterville.

The interior of the home reflects the Tardanicos’ personal styles. Although the idea was to downsize, the overall goal was to create an open, warm and inviting space. The first floor master bedroom was a driving factor. “The master really became a focal point for what we were trying the achieve for the home and our later years,” Tardanico explains. To their delight, the master includes both his & hers walk-in closets, and a his & hers bathroom with a shower in between. 

Throughout the interior and exterior of the home, many details pay tribute to the historic house while embracing the new. The heart of the home is easily identified thanks to planked vaulted ceilings in the open concept great room and kitchen, reminiscent of an old Cape cottage, while an inviting gas fireplace sits at the room’s midpoint. The exterior architecture perfectly fits in with the style of the surrounding homes and accomplishes the goal of making the house look as if it had always been there.  

Visit kendallandwelch.com to learn more.

Sea Squared Design

“You usually have the space you need; you just need to maximize it.”
~ Christian Granfield

The enjoyment of a Cape Cod home does not need to be contingent upon square footage. With the right design and use of space, a small footprint can remain ideal as families grow and the seasons change. Founder of Sea Squared Design Christine Granfield designs spaces to maximize living. After 15 years in their Yarmouth cottage, Granfield’s recent clients opted for a complete renovation. Their home now feels spacious, comfortable, and inviting for their frequent family visitors. 

15 years ago, amidst a career in biotech and pharmaceuticals, Granfield redid her own home and fell in love with architecture and design. In 2014 she began her own design company, Sea Squared Design. Granfield continues to transform her clients’ homes by rethinking every space to be livable and usable, like this coastal, cozy cottage.

When the homeowners wanted to hire a designer, their builder, Ed Shea of Shea Custom Cabinetry, recommended Granfield. “Since I was able to come onto the project in the early stage, I could work with the family to envision what they wanted and how they would use the space. When you walk in now, it’s a small house, but it feels large,” Granfield says. The client’s main goal was to maximize space with an open concept while remaining durable for guests. The finished cottage has three bedrooms, a sitting room, an entry way with a laundry room, and two full baths, one complete with a soaking tub. In just 1,250-square-feet, the spacious feel was achieved, thanks to the team’s extensive forethought and planning.

“One of the biggest differences was the cathedral ceiling. It definitely opened up the space. We also had to fit a piano, which needs a large space and an interior wall. We fit everything in: the island peninsula, soaking tub, and even a dining table with those beautiful striped chairs,” she adds. “It even surprised me. I’m a huge proponent of you usually have the space you need; you just need to maximize it. It definitely worked out well,” she says.

The living area is the perfect blend of modern and traditional. The kitchen, designed by Donna Gavin of Botello Lumber, is bright and clean, with the perfect dining table and striped chairs nestled in to add a pop of green that ties into the front door. The stripes continue over in the kids’ bedroom with nautical navy headboards. Even with details like the wine cooler, Granfield and the team considered how the homeowners would use the kitchen to decide where it would best be placed.

Flowing throughout the home, light and airy colors mix with subtle pops of color. “I like to use colors to soothe and create a space that’s comfortable and tranquil. People walk into this home and it feels so comfortable. They all have their privacy now with all of the bedrooms. They also did their back patio and have a fire pit. They have a really happy family place. To hear how excited they are and how much they use it, that’s the biggest joy,” Granfield says. 

“For people out there that have small spaces, if you think about it enough and figure out what you need, you can typically come up with a solution that works well. Think about things spatially: how do you use a house? Where do you go to get this and that? We can think about places in our home that we rarely use and rethink how we can utilize each space best,” she remarks. 

Sea Squared Design is online at seasquareddesign.com.

Trellis Home Design

A Stylish Infusion: Allison Mattison and Trellis Home Design brings fashionable fun into your home.
“Usually when it makes you happy, it’s something you’re gonna love forever.”
~ Allison Mattison

Just as the right piece of jewelry can pull an ensemble together, the small details can have a big impact in crafting an interior space. Artfully selected flourishes—a tasselled drawer pull, tropically-hued accent pillows, an heirloom rug—can tie a room up into a positively chic space for homeowners to live and revel in. That is the head-to-toe, ceiling-to-floor level of detailing that Trellis Home Design, and founder Allison Mattison, bring to each project.

Mattison’s background in fashion is what elevates Trellis’ projects into spaces adorned with style and personality. Her career includes stints with Gap, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Michael Kors, and Lily Pulitzer, brands synonymous with fine, accessible fashion that play classic ideas against a flair for fun—something recognizable in Mattison’s aesthetic. At Lilly Pulitzer, known for their energetic and colorful prints, she cultivated a deep appreciation and interest in textiles. This, paired with a love for bold colors inspired by modern art, led Mattison to pursue a new career as an interior designer. 

In 2012, along with a close friend, she launched Trellis Home Design. The company began first as an online design service, with shoppable looks clients could browse from their own homes. Five years later, Mattison became primary principal of Trellis. Since then, the company has grown to a small and mighty team of five working out of their Hingham showroom and shop. Mattison sums up Trellis’ brand as New England sensibility with a Palm Beach flair.

“I just love the vibe of coastal homes. People want to be relaxed, and they want to still be refined, but it’s more of a lighthearted space for them,” says Mattison. “I feel like in coastal homes, people are more apt to take some risks. They want it to be comfortable and livable, but they also are willing to take a chance on a color or an accent piece for their home and that makes the project a lot more fun.”

In no home is this sensibility so celebrated than in the project taken on by Trellis in a Duxbury residence. The home has been owned by the family for over 30 years, and while the family has grown and changed themselves, much of the interior has stayed the same. The homeowners wanted to bring life and vitality back into these spaces, and what began as a project focused on the family room has quickly encompassed almost the entire home. 

A color palette of spring greens and soft white, orange and coral, cream and wheat dresses up the refreshed family room. Inspiration for the color story was pulled from the views of the cranberry bogs just beyond the room’s windows, and from artwork already owned by the family. The prints, depicting delicate lily pads harmonious in their simplicity, became a visual touchstone for the room. Pops of orange, echoing the hue of the lily bloom, bounces around the room in pillows, throws, and small accents and details. Throughout the room, Mattison is able to pull together what in less adept hands would be a cacophony of competing patterns and textures in the textiles. The space is at once calm and playful, with a multitude of small details to appreciate from the embrace of a deep-cushioned corner couch. 

Where the living room is understated in its playfulness, the dining room is exuberant. The design almost dares guests not to smile amidst the pink polka dots and blue cherry blossoms bedecking the space. For Mattison, inspiration for these bold choices came from the homeowner’s heirloom oriental rug anchoring the center of the room.

“I looked at the rug. And I was like ‘What color…what bright color can I pull from this?’ And it was really that raspberry color. So I started with that,” explains Mattison. “And then I see a little bit of blue, almost like a French blue, in there as well. So I took those two colors and ran with that as the color story.”

This color story mixes with a chorus of chinoiserie, dark wood, contemporary colors and prints to a crescendo of youthful energy. Solid swaths of french blue in the curtain panels and the head-of-table chairs are a soft backdrop to the smacking pink punctuating the rest of the room. Used most prominently in the polkadotted dining chairs, the same raspberry hue peeks out in the patterned edging of the curtains, from the base of an accent lamp and lining the back of the built-in bookcases. The dimension created by this use of colors, pattern, and texture has revitalized this space into one the family has joyfully rediscovered through Trellis’ design.

The small team at Trellis Home Design has a gift for transforming the energy of a room and of a home, the spectrum ranging from vivacious, to refreshing, to calming. For the master bedroom, Mattison creates a space that is serene yet interesting. Swathed in a palette of pale blues in soft and subtle textures, the room evokes a bouquet of blue hydrangeas- soft, delicate hues of blues and white, with sprigs of green brought in by the printed silk artwork flanking the bed. 

The successful completion of these spirited designs depends on establishing a relationship of trust with Mattison’s clients. After the team does an initial consult and walkthrough with clients, a scope and initial plan are formed. Mattison and her team present the concept to the homeowners during content meetings, and feedback and new ideas from clients are incorporated into the final design. Furnishings options are selected, finishes are chosen, and items sourced and at the ready. It is only after the final design review with the homeowners that the project moves from concept to reality. It is throughout this process that Mattison tests the adventurous extents of her clients. She will present the boldest, most colorful options first and scale back to where the client feels comfortable. 

Mattison revels in the new life her designs breathe into her client’s homes. She encourages embracing something fresh and fun. She wants to dispel the fears her clients have of a new design getting old fast.

“I hear all the time, ‘Will I get sick of it?’” Mattison says. “You know, if it makes you happy, you’re not going to get sick of it. Usually when it makes you happy, it’s something you’re gonna love forever.”

Furnishings and finishes are sourced by Trellis through design centers or from boutique shops like oomph Home, where the headboard and nightstand were found. Instagram-inspired deep dives help source unique items for client’s homes. For those looking to add a bit of extra spice to their spaces without going full-service design, the retail shop downstairs from the design studio carries decorative items and artwork from Kerri Rosenthal and Wendy Concannon. A wall of pillows and offerings of textile options offer plush and lush decor fit for any home.

What Trellis Home Design does is alchemical—transforming a space so completely that the whole energy of the room or home is changed. It takes more than a fresh coat of paint or a new sofa to do this; for Mattison the magic is in the details that take a designed space from interesting to enthralling. Jewel-toned tassels on pillows and drawer pulls, colored raffia lining the shelves of a built-in, or subtle patterning on a rug or textile bring unexpected moments of delight throughout her spaces. 

Mattison has established a company in Trellis Home Design that allows her to be constantly challenging her creative side by designing multi-dimensional spaces that her clients delight in. It is evident in her aesthetic that creating these lively and luxurious spaces is more than just a job, but a joy for her. Especially when the final room is revealed. 

“They’re so excited to see it all come to fruition,” says Mattison. “It’s just so fun to see people so happy with the totally changed space, because it changes the energy -the whole energy- of the home. And I love seeing that reaction in clients”

Learn more about Mattison and Trellis at trellishomedesign.com.



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