House envy is a feeling that comes over us when we flip through a glossy home design magazine or drive around a neighborhood of architectural gems. This spring, a new television show will offer viewers a look inside spectacular properties around New England, and the series kicks off with an episode shot right here on the South Shore.Photography by Jeff Thiebauth Photography
Airing weekly starting April 2nd on CBS affiliate WBZ TV Channel 4, “New England Living” is a show that celebrates the art of living and entertaining in the Northeast. Hosted by Hingham resident Parker Kelley, each of the show’s 13 half-hour episodes focuses on the things that matter most to us all—family, friends, delicious food and, of course, the comforts of home. In its debut season, the show visits Camden, Maine; Stowe, Vermont; Bristol, Rhode Island and 10 other quintessential New England destinations. The series premiere offers a tour of a spectacular turn-of-the-century home in Hingham renovated by local architect Brian Cavanaugh that has sweeping views of Hingham Bay and the Boston skyline. Each episode culminates with a meal prepared by a local chef. South Shore foodies will recognize chef Art D’Allesandro, previously of Arthur & Pat’s restaurant, who makes an appearance on the Hingham episode, cooking up a feast that features seared porcini-crusted day-boat scallops, homemade lobster ravioli and more—all served up with a water view.
Tune in April 2nd at 11:30 a.m. to view the Hingham episode.
Star chefs. TV personalities. Boating, cycling and horseback riding. Here are some fun highlights coming up on New England Living TV.
[ Episode: Hingham, Massachusetts ]
A masterfully rebuilt home that sits high on a hill with sweeping panoramic vistas of Hingham Bay, Boston Harbor Islands and the Boston skyline. Architect Brian Cavanaugh and the homeowners took great care in preserving the integrity of the home inside and out while also reworking the floor plan to improve functionality and take advantage of the light and views. Host Parker Kelley cooks with chef Art D’Allesandro, walks the property with landscape architect Sean Papich and interviews artist Page Raillsback in her loft studio in Rockland.
[ Episode: York, Maine ]
The home of former “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi sits on 16 acres on the York River. DioGuardi, a singer/songwriter, record producer and music publisher, added paint, wallpaper and a good deal of art to this modernized farmhouse she and her husband, Mike, purchased two years ago. Host Parker Kelley visits one of the couple’s favorite restaurants, Earth, in nearby Kennebunkport, where she joins executive chef Justin Walker in harvesting vegetables for the evening’s meal.
[ Episode: Camden, Maine ]
With the help of Phi Builders + Architects, Lani Stiles got just the cheery, open home she wanted. Stiles, who moved to Camden 14 years ago, owns Megunticook Market, where locals come for everything from cold cuts and sandwiches to fresh vegetables, wine and cheese. Host Parker Kelley and Lani, who also runs a catering business, make lobster lasagna and crab cakes in the beautiful turquoise kitchen.
[ Episode: Bristol, Rhode Island ]
Retaining this home’s original bungalow feel was paramount for architect David Andreozzi, who specializes in historically based residential architecture. The home is designed with a nautical influence because the owners are highly regarded sailors. Host Parker Kelley cooks porcini-crusted tenderloin with the homeowner Maria’s friend, personal chef Kim Hersom. In the quintessential waterfront town of Bristol, Parker visits Colt State Park with the homeowners, where she takes a spin on an electric Pedago bike, from Pedago Rhode Island, one of the top 10 dealers in the world.
[ Episode: Newtown, Connecticut ]
Extensive stonework excavated from the property distinguishes this horse farm on 63 acres (35 wooded with horse trails) and its 1700s farmhouse, extensively renovated by P|H Architects for the firm’s co-founder, Peter Paulos. Host Parker Kelley makes raviolo do ouvo with chefs Romelio Pauta and Claudio Quezada of La Zingara restaurant in nearby Bethel, and goes for a horseback ride with the homeowner, Paulos’s wife, Summer, who is a professional equestrian, and the couple’s four children.
[ Episode: Beacon Hill, Boston ]
Siemasko + Verbridge took charge of the major renovation and interior design of this five-story, Federal-style row house built in 1828 and designed by noted architect Asher Benjamin. In this magical neighborhood overlooking the Public Garden, host Parker Kelley joins the homeowner and friends for the Beacon Hill holiday stroll and tree lighting, followed by a spectacular prime rib dinner prepared at the home by Davio’s chef/CEO Steve DiFillippo.