Marcye Philbrook
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New Castle Modern modern living room

New Castle Modern

This house was new construction in the historical district, but my clients love a clean modern feel. The views of the harbor are spectacular and the feel inside is free of clutter, yet filled with energy. Photos by

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romey321 wrote:
Need help - What type of recessed lights did you use?
   Comment   April 7, 2014
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Marcye Philbrook
They were Juno 3 3/4" low voltage incandescent recessed fixtures with adjustable trims so they could point in different directions.
April 7, 2014 at 3:39pm   
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nikkims wrote:
Could you please tell me who did the art work - Stunning room!!!! I love the feel of the complete space. If possible could you tell me either who did the art work or where it was purchased? Greatly appreciated, thanks
   Comment   October 27, 2013
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Hi Nikkims, The artist is Elwood Howell, and this piece came from Lanoue Fine Art in Boston, MA (617) 262-4400. You can find other galleries that represent him at
October 28, 2013 at 8:46am     
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Marcye Philbrook
Thanks for your question...I answered above under a personal account. Just cleaning up loose ends!
March 23, 2014 at 10:12am     
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bribandy wrote:
Wow! Beautiful windows! - What are the dimensions of the windows? You are an excellent designer!
   Comment   August 23, 2013
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I love the table, could you tell me who makes it. Thanks
November 24, 2013 at 2:38pm   
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Marcye Philbrook
It is an extension of the kitchen peninsula for eating. It is counter height with counter stools, and the top is made of Caesarstone color Concrete. I just added this photo that shows the peninsula from another angle so you can see what I'm talking about. I also added it to the project so you can see it bigger.
November 25, 2013 at 10:59am     
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ycummings wrote:
Floors - What's the brand name of these floors-love them!
   Comment   July 7, 2013
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Marcye Philbrook
They were finished on site and are clear 4" maple boards coated with a water based poly.
July 8, 2013 at 7:53am     
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branlaine7 wrote:
What is the name and type of flooring used in this room?
   Comment   May 2, 2013
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Marcye Philbrook
It is 4" maple boards with a clear water based poly on it.
May 2, 2013 at 1:01pm        Thanked by branlaine7
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tre711 wrote:
Room Size - How wide is this room, I love the open feeling :)
   Comment   March 20, 2013
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Marcye Philbrook
Sorry to take so long to get back to you! The room is 21' wide.
March 25, 2013 at 1:52pm     
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Thank you!
March 26, 2013 at 5:46am   
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alex511 wrote:
I like the look of the chairs. Do you have a photo that shows them? Or can you tell me who makes the chairs?
   Comment   March 2, 2013
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Thank you for the information, Marcye! Have you sat in this stool? Is it comfortable?
March 4, 2013 at 4:29am   
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Marcye Philbrook
Yes, actually, it is very comfortable. The clients love them.
March 4, 2013 at 6:33am     
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a79283 wrote:
Another questions re: cutting tiles? The largest I can find is 12 x 24 and 18 x 18. - Did you cut a slab or find tiles to purchase these large sizes? My fireplace is 60 inches by 94 inches and love your idea just wondering how to incorporate sizes and find the material. Thanks so much. Love it.
   Comment   February 19, 2013
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Marcye Philbrook
If your ceiling height is 94", not 9', you just need to use the same concept as before and lay it out on graph paper until you get a pleasing layout. The tiles are cut from slab or molded in concrete.
February 20, 2013 at 10:33am   
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a79283 wrote:
I have built ins on each side painted white and wondered about Lagos Blue limestone? - Cool idea about decreasing size of tiles going up. I found a limestone called lagos blue and looking at yours it looks lighter perhaps because of the light in the room and light upholestry? Have you seen Lagos Blue. I wonder if that would work? The fireplace is 5 feet across and 9 feet up. Would it work to do the same as you with decreasing the size or is it too small an area? If so what size would you start and end with. Thank you so much for sharing. I really appreciate it!
   Comment   February 19, 2013
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Marcye Philbrook
The height of the tiles is dependent on the height of your fireplace opening. If, for instance, your opening is 36" wide x 24" tall and it sits at the floor, I would do 12" x 24" tiles either side of the fireplace so the grout line at the top of the tiles lines up with the top of the opening. You almost treat the opening as a tile. The row just over the opening would probably have two 30"w x 22"h tiles so the vertical seam is centered over the fireplace. The next row up might have tiles 22" high and do the12", 36", and 12" again. Repeat the last two rows' widths at 20" high and that will bring you up to 9'. You just have to work it out on graph paper depending on what your opening is. You have the tiles cut out of slab material if limestone, and if it is concrete, have your concrete person make them. Remember to subtract from your tile measurements fora thin grout line between everything.
February 20, 2013 at 10:29am   
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a79283 wrote:
What size tiles did you cut the stone into? GReat look! - I am really struggling with my lower level fireplace and am leaning towards a limestone or concrete. Words on wisdom on either. Thanks so much.
   Comment   February 16, 2013
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Marcye Philbrook
I took my cues from the size of the fireplace opening and the width of the wall, and decreased the height of the stones from bottom to top. They ranged from 56"w x 23"h for the bottom two rows to 56"w x 19"h at the top. With either concrete or limestone be very careful of the type of mastic used to adhere them to the walls...both concrete and limestone are porous. Use a professional who has experience with this type of application.
February 18, 2013 at 9:21am   
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lfnaughton wrote:
Really like the stone on the fireplace wall. What is the stone and source?
   Comment   October 1, 2012
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The stone is Gasgogne Blue, a limestone. It was 3 cm thick and I had the slabs cut into very large "tiles". The lot of Gasgogne blue was not very blue...more on the sandy gray side. We got it at Marble & Granite Inc in Westwood MA.
October 2, 2012 at 12:11pm   
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lulufifi wrote:
love the painting on the right wall. please offer info on the painting and the table. i think the table would make a great desk for my new office. thank you!
   Comment   January 6, 2012
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Marcye Philbrook
Hi lulu,
Yes, I designed all of it, thank you! We have more to do in the room, but the clients have been busy traveling.
January 6, 2012 at 1:31pm   
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I can't wait to see what else you do. thanks so much.
January 7, 2012 at 8:15am   
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