from the publisher
DESIGN NEW ENGLAND celebrated another year of
inspiring design by inviting several hundred architects, designers, and trade professionals to party at the
Nine Zero Hotel in Boston. As usual, I was impressed
by the wealth of knowledge and expertise within our
Recently, researchers for Design New England
interviewed 200 of you, our readers, and learned that
almost half of you are planning remodeling projects
this year. Because we know you place a high value
on your homes, we seek out architects, builders, and
landscape and interior designers who create spaces
that are sophisticated, innovative, and luxurious.
Last year, the Congress of Residential Architects, CORA, estimated that almost
$18 trillion in US assets were tied to home ownership, representing 30 percent of family
assets. While numbers may fluctuate due to changing economic conditions, real estate
is still a huge part of the economy — more than 50 percent of all construction activity
Our homes are central to our lives, and we are wise to invest in improving them.
Adding a new kitchen or bath, like the ones you will see in this issue, not only drives
monetary appreciation, it also brings comfort, contentment, and beauty to our everyday
lives. What other investment does that?
POR TRAI T B Y KELLY DAVIDSON
stephen twombly, publisher
DAMIAN HICKE Y
design new england party at nine zero hotel (top row from left): Jane Hassan of McDougal
Architects, Meredith Tomlin-Hilliard of Tomhill Studio, Catherine Ehlen of Lee Kimball; Patricia McDonagh and
Liz McBride of Patricia McDonagh Interiors, Gerald Pomeroy and Rebecca Carolina of Gerald Pomeroy Design
Group; Design New England publisher Steve Twombly and Jeremiah Eck of Eck/MacNeely Architects. (bottom
row from left): Shane Bracket and Craig Gale of Woodmeister Master Builders Inc.; Kristin Capizzo of Gerrity
Stone, Design New England contributing editors Estelle Bond Guralnick and Meaghan O’Neill; Design New
England editor Gail Ravgiala, Andrew Sidford of Andrew M. Sidford Architects and Loren Sidford.