from the publisher
the arrival of summer reminds us of new england’s
abundant natural beauty. As the homes in this issue prove, our
region is fueling the trend toward blending the comforts of interior spaces with the expansiveness of the outdoors.
With the season come introductions to new places, new
ople, and new design offerings, from expanded product lines
to websites, informative seminars, and a widening array of sustainable innovations. GerrityStone’s Platinum Collection, a
line of unique stones hand-picked from quarries around the
world, caught our attention. GerrityStone is also teaming up
with interior designer Frank Hodge to create a dream kitchen at
the Museums of Old York Decorator Showhouse this summer.
(Hodge’s 2008 show house room is featured on Page 40).
This spring, Design New England and Van Millwork presented our latest Home Design
minar Series. Design professionals shared their knowledge with homeowners on an extensive
list of topics including the latest in interior, kitchen, and green design, at Van Millwork Design
Center, Yale Appliance, and Wolfers Lighting. Meanwhile, at the Boston Design Center, Maria
Howe and Tonia Galeno of Ailanthus threw a party to unveil their showroom expansion.
Design New England has been working with many charity-minded groups, such as the
artha’s Vineyard Decorator Show House and Gardens, which will benefit the island’s Habitat for
Humanity. On August 5, Design New England will sponsor a seminar in the Living and Learning
Series at the show house titled “Design for Success: How Long-Term Strategies Pay Off.” We have
five top design professionals signed on for what promises to be a lively exchange of ideas.
While there is plenty to do this summer in New England, whether it’s sailing or antiquing,
llery hopping or touring a beautiful show house, don’t forget to enjoy the season the old-fashioned way — relaxing at the beach, by the lake, or in your own backyard.
stephen twombly, publisher
design seminar series
ailanthus: Stephen Twombly, Design New
England; Tonia Galena and Maria Howe, Ailanthus;
Bill Elinoff, FDO Group; Marisa Carlini, Ailanthus.
design seminar series: Adam Graber,
GerrityStone; Steve Sheinkopf, Yale Appliance; Peter
Feinmann, Feinmann Inc.; Suzanne Arsenault, Van
Millwork; Chris Zizza, C&R Flooring. gerritystone:
Dawn Carroll, GerrityStone; Gail Ravgiala, Design
New England; Rosemary Porto, Poggenpohl. ifda
walk: IFDA members led a tour of the Boston