from the editor
ARCHITECTURE & INTERIORS
Transform your home
of-they say hard work is its own reward, but
being acknowledged for a job well done sure feels
good. Just ask the team at Design New England,
fresh off a win in a national journalism competition that crowned our publication Best Shelter
Magazine. The award, given by the National
Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE)
and announced at its annual conference in
Washington, D.C., in June, was given for our 2008
body of work.
“This is a magazine for people who love one-
a-kind houses,” wrote the judges, who were
from the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at
Ohio University. “The magazine … builds content
that emphasizes the most interesting architec-
ture, interior design, and personal fetishes of
residents committed to original living environ-
ments.” Typical of that approach is contributing
writer Kathleen James’s story from our November/December 2008 issue that took second place in
the best feature category. “This article on a Vermont country house that goes ‘green,’ ” the judges
wrote, “takes readers through the decisions that were made to come up with the quintessential New
England home. The writer integrates the family’s commitment to community into a basic design
feature that offers a multitude of valuable design tips to readers.” We could not have put it better ourselves — that is exactly what we set out to do with each and every story in each and every issue.
NAREE members report on real estate, the environment, and design and among the publi-
tions honored with this year’s awards were Business Week, Chicago Tribune, The New York Times,
SmartMoney, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and Builder. That is company we are proud to keep.
As for those one-of-a-kind houses, you will find many more of them in this issue, which is devoted
to summer get-aways great and small, all uniquely and exquisitely designed.
the award-winning staff at Design New England
(from left) editor Gail Ravgiala, associate editor
Molly Jane Quinn, and art director Jenna Talbott.
David Sharff Architect, P.C.
gail ravgiala, editor
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nat rea, photographer, moved
to Rhode Island from the U.K.
recently and has been
discovering the architecture of
New England ever since. “The
Church at Portsmouth Abbey
is a real modernist gem,
photographing it reminded me
of the first pictures I ever took
which were of Medieval
churches in France”.
divine design, page 42
heath robbins has a
passion for all things
beautiful, fun, and
delicious and feels lucky
to make a living creating
food and lifestyle imagery.
For this story, he added
marvelous photos of
one-of-a-kind garden to
garden party, page 86
carol stocker, an
award-winning garden writer
for The Boston Globe, first
interviewed Louis Raymond in
2003 when he was design
manager for the New England
Spring Flower Show. This
story, on his own Rhode Island
garden offered inspiration for
the launch of her new blog at
garden party, page 86