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from the editor
IT’S A RUNNING JOKE AROUND OUR OFFICE
that just about every issue we publish could be themed
“Personal Style.” It doesn’t matter what style it is — if a
home’s design doesn’t reflect the true sensibilities of the
occupants, it might look great, but it won’t feel right.
Each and every department and feature in this
issue strikes the perfect balance of both. We start with
the exuberant gardens at Campo de’ Fiori (Page 18)
in the foothills of the Massachusetts Berkshires. Every
overflowing pot and each boisterous exotic perennial
speaks to the proprietors’ embrace of garden as show
with full orchestra. At the other end of the spectrum,
and our page count, is a secluded getaway retreat in
seaside Rhode Island (Page 90). Its owners leave their
hectic professional lives at the door and are soothed by the simple but solid architecture and
streamlined interiors. In between, there is a master suite designed to be its owners’ vacation
oasis (Page 42), a house built on energy-saving principles that match the family’s philosophy
of sustaining themselves and the earth (Page 76), and a home full of color, pattern, and easy
living, which suits its happy, engaged family of five (Page 68).
Different styles, different needs, same satisfying results.
Speaking of satisfying results, we are proud to announce that Design New England has won
two more editorial and design awards from FOLIO: Magazine’s annual competition, considered the Academy Awards of periodical publishing. Our Contributing Editor for Renovation &
Architecture, Bruce Irving, won a silver EDDIE (editorial) for the feature he wrote about a net-zero-energy house on a Cape Cod bluff (“The new New World,” July/August 2010), and we won
an OZZIE (design) for our Selections feature (“We’re Seeing Red,” May/June 2010) designed by
Jenna Talbott and produced by Molly Jane Quinn. What a pleasant way to welcome spring.
gail ravgiala, editor
nancy humphrey case is a
freelance writer, lifelong
New Englander, and a
contributing writer for
Vermont Magazine. Having
recently remodeled the
kitchen in her family’s
1840s farmhouse, she was
delighted to write about
another kitchen tied to
the Vermont landscape.
northern light, page 36.
bruce irving, contributing
editor and renovation and
real estate specialist, is also a
fine writer. He impressed the
judges at FOLIO: Magazine
with his story “The new New
World” (July/August 2009)
and earned a Silver EDDIE
award. His column on New
England’s icons runs in every
issue of Design New England
and is the basis for a book to
be published this spring.
icon, page 58.
tovah martin (tovahmartin.
com) is a garden writer and
author of many books
including The New Terrarium
(Clarkson Potter, 2009). She
loves to share ideas through
her two blogs and lectures
throughout the region. With
300 potted plants and
gardens galore around her
Connecticut home, she finds
herself headed toward Campo
de’ Fiori often. visit, page 18