from the editor
Let us build yours.
Photography: Cheryle St. Onge, M.F.A.
Architect: Basil Walter Architects
as fickle as new england weather can be —
a balmy ides of March followed by a crippling
April blizzard is not a surprising forecast — at this
time of year, the promise of spring cannot be
denied. And with it comes the urge to spruce up
the ol’ homestead, even if just in the mind’s eye.
Boston is ready to accommodate those who dream
of home and garden improvements with events
such as the vaunted New England Flower Show.
A ritual must for many a gardener, this year’s show
opens with a festive fund-raising gala on March 7
and runs through March 16 at Boston’s Bayside
Exposition Center. This year’s theme, Rhapsody
in Green, is a reminder that there is no better place to tread lightly on the planet than
in our own gardens.
At the Residential Design and Construction show, April 2 and 3 at the Seaport
World Trade, exhibitors representing every imaginable facet of home building
and design will be on hand. There is also an impressive schedule of workshops.
From noon until 4 p.m., the show is open only to the trade. However, Design New
England is sponsoring consumer hours from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 4 to 7
p.m. on Thursday. At our pavilion, homeowners will have the opportunity to meet
and question a select group of interior designers, so bring your notebooks.
And for those who love New England’s cherished historic architecture, there is
the Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference March 13 through 15 at Hynes
Veterans Memorial Convention Center. In addition to taking in vintage and historically accurate home goods, old-house aficionados can sit in on workshops on topics
ranging from the esoteric (understanding lime mortar) to the sublime (examining the
classical and vernacular tradition in New England architecture).
With all that expertise, and the inspiration found in the pages of Design New
England, domestic dreamers will be well on their way to turning spring musings into
POR TRAI T B Y JOEL BENJAMIN
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has a busy
fashion, stills, and his new
puppy, a Pug named Bella. He
frequently contributes to our
Selections department, and for
this issue snapped a collection
of Moroccan-inspired accents,
including glimmering tiles,
colorful fabrics, and exotic home
accessories. casablanca to
marrakesh, page 25.
gail ravgiala, editor
Editor-at-large jill connors
wrote several pieces for this
issue, including a feature on a
home in Bristol, Rhode Island,
designed by Frank Roop. Says
Connors: “In Rhode Island,
the presence of the ocean and
of historic architecture are
the most compelling design
inspirations.” the well-tailored loft, page 74.
michael trotman lives in
Western Massachusetts and
divides his copy-editing duties
between fashion and design
magazines and travel books.
The veteran editor says working
with Design New England
satisfies a professional and
personal goal — to work with
“intelligent writing about