A traditional evergreen vine, Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) is famous for clinging to the sides of buildings, especially in the Northeast. There, it decorates buildings on venerated college campuses known collectively as Ivy League schools. Boston ivy doesn’t need a support to climb. It attaches to surfaces using special holdfasts, sort of a botanical glue. Removing this vine from buildings often results in damage to surfaces. Boston ivy grows 30 to 50 feet tall by up to 10 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Why we love it: The fall color is spectacular, including shades of red, wine, purple and burgundy. Please note that Boston ivy is considered invasive in some areas.
The living room of this gorgeous penthouse renovation, crafted by Haddad Hakansson Design Studio, plays up a contemporary styling with its furnishings' clean and sleek lines, subdued color palette and neat-as-a-pin accessory choices. The modern artwork above the sectional provide an interesting pop of color and draws the eye to its presence in the room.
Dark hardwood floors ground the entry and hallway. To create visual interest, the hardwood is laid in a herringbone pattern that changes to straight lines down the hall. Textured gray carpeting lines the staircase, while a chic light fixture adds a contemporary note.
Step outside this Boston penthouse apartment and feast your eyes on the private patio area that parallels its indoor loveliness. Simply designed patio furniture in gray metal, with bright blue upholstered cushions, is a comfortable addition to the space. The designers of Haddad Hakansson used large stone tiles for the floor and added a light blue stone wall for privacy. The blue colors used throughout is an outstanding choice to blend with the glass windows and outside environment.
Plaid settees bring country charm to the sleek wood-and-glass dining table, while an abstract chandelier adds a contemporary note. Built-in cabinets provide much-needed storage for dishes, glassware and entertaining pieces.
Sleek and stylish, this Boston penthouse boasts a view of the city that takes one's breath away! Designers of Haddad Hakanssson blanketed the exterior walls beyond this staircase with panes of glass that show Boston in all its urban glory-- touching the sky from the second floor.
The contemporary rooftop living room has 360-degree view of Boston with views of the Hancock Building, Copley Square and Beacon Street. Wood plank insets help define the seating area, which centers around a sleek fire pit. Beautiful plantings line the edge of the rooftop.
A pergola provides shade and leads out to a contemporary outdoor living area. The rooftop terrace has stunning views of Boston, including the Hancock Building, Copley Square and Beacon Street. Photography by Andy Caulfield
Not only is it difficult to concentrate on one's work with this fabulous view of Boston within sight but the furnishings in this home office also reflect a calm, relaxing air. The gray desk chair and love seat complement the taupe walls and carpet, while the colorful, contemporary paintings project color and airiness simultaneously.
This Boston penthouse's winding staircase not only showcases its ultra hip style but allows for an uninterpreted city view as one climbs each wooden tread to the second floor. Other remarkable and interesting features are the modern cafe table in metal and glass placed underneath the stairs and the gorgeous console chest and artwork that diverge from the all-white color palette.
The neutral-hued kitchen of this Boston penthouse allows the view out its windows to play a major role in the decor. Simple ash brown pendant lights hang above the counter and sink areas, while the oak cabinetry features a gray wash finish that blend well with the selected flooring. White walls and countertops complete the contemporary design.
The elegance of this modern kitchen is highlighted by the sculptural range hood, marble backsplash and waterfall countertops. These elegant features help to accentuate the beautiful views of the Boston cityscape that spreads out beneath the condo.
Designers focused on clean lines and sleek fixtures in their redesign of this Boston's penthouse's master bathroom and used a subdued white and brown color palette for a unified look. The single sink vanity, mirror, and modern wall sconces tie in with the tile flooring and and the material and trim used on the walls and in the shower stall. And, the dark brown, textured shower wall panel is a showstopper.