from the editor
REMEMBER WHEN SUMMER STRETCHED BEFORE you like the endless blue ocean of an Atlantic beach? When summer “time” was truly a different dimension, a magical elongation of dreamy, purposeless days and nights? No creaky school bus honking at the curb, no homework, no dinner at 5. Instead, you could swim until you (literally) turned blue or read only the books you liked, and lunch was a picnic at he park. This issue of Design New England brings me back to those days. First, there’s our Visit with furniture crafts- man Kevin McLaughlin and his wife, Jeannie, who changed their work/life ratio when they discovered Provincetown, Massachusetts, one summer weekend. Then there is the old-time cottage feel of the new kid- (and pet-) friendly sea- side house in Rockport, Massachusetts, where I imagine the
happy rhythm of slamming screen doors sets the tone for summer. The adult me knows that the
fleeting time between the solstice and Labor Day demands the rigors of work and daily chores and
fixing the roof, but the kid me still looks forward to summer with an expectation of endless ad lib.
Then again, things in the workaday world can prove rewarding. Design New England has, for
the third year in row, won Best Shelter magazine honors from the National Association of Real
Estate Editors. We are especially proud of this award because our content is judged by the E. W.
Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. And hats off to our printing house, The Lane
Press Inc. of South Burlington, Vermont, which won silver in the Sappi Printer of the Year for
North America competition for the production of the September/October 2010 issue of Design
New England. The award recognizes print excellence for work produced on Sappi papers, and this
year there were more than 2, 100 entries.
So, seems we’ve all earned a day at the beach.
gail ravgiala, editor
nat rea is an interiors, lifestyle,
and location photographer in
southern New England and
beyond. Recent work in Rhode
Island, including for three
stories in this issue, has taken
him to “almost every corner,
wall, door, and fence post of
the state, twice.” kitchen, page
32; brave new rugs, page 54;
one for all, page 92.
pamela reynolds is an
abstract painter with work in
numerous private and
corporate collections. A
former Boston Globe reporter,
she now writes on design and
the arts. She profiled textile
artist Meg Little, who
specializes in creating
abstract rugs. brave new
rugs, page 54.
jim westphalen specializes in
interiors, and landscape designs.
For this issue, he explored the
vibrant colors and varied
textures of artist Robin
Coleburn’s eclectic garden in
Charlotte, Vermont, just a short
distance from his home in
Shelburne. flying colors,