from the editor
Back Bay | Biddeford Pool
SOMETIMES IT IS EASY TO CALL OUT THE MEN-
tors in our lives. The wise teacher, understanding relative, supportive boss, or encouraging colleague all
qualify. Other times, a mentoring alliance is less obvious. Recently, a Boston kitchen designer and I were
discussing a project she had done with a respected
local architect when she noted that she was working on
another house with him, and that, in fact, over the last
few years they had designed several kitchens together.
“He’s really been kind of a mentor to me,” she said.
Until that moment, the notion that their relationship was one of mentor and protégée had not
occurred to her. Sure, she knew and appreciated that
he had shared the knowledge and wisdom gleaned
from his years of experience, but the informality of the lessons taught and learned in everyday exchanges of ideas, spec sheets, and client meetings happened so naturally, neither
teacher nor student noticed.
That is often how mentoring plays out in the design business. An interior designer might
get guidance and encouragement from a showroom manager, a lighting specialist might find
answers from a seasoned builder, an architect might land a job thanks to a landscape designer’s
recommendation. These interactions seem routine, but examined in the light of mentoring,
they can be the subtle moments of support that keep a career on course.
If there is a mentor of any sort in your design life, nominate him or her for Design New
England’s Mentors In Design (MIDDIES) program at
DesignNewEngland.com by February
28. Charles Dickens said, “There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.” A true
mentor shares both.
gail ravgiala, editor
estelle bond guralnick is our
contributing editor for Style &
Interiors and is regional editor
for Traditional Home magazine.
She captured the essence of
personal style in her story on a
renovation that turned a spec
house into a home with a
custom fit. page 66.
russ mezikofsky and lindsey buchleitner have recently
teamed up to launch Inside Outside Photography in Hull,
Massachusetts. The seasoned photographers bring a
combined 15-plus years of experience to their work capturing
images of inspiring homes, people, and lifestyle trends. For
this issue, the two lived up to their namesake and shot the
home and shop of antiques dealer Peter Eaton and his wife,
folk art authority Joan R. Brownstein, inside and out. living
by example, page 46.