from the editor
we titled this issue “garden envy”, a playful way of
expressing how we covet the lush acreage and landscape
prowess it took to create the exquisite garden of interior
design guru Bunny Williams (Page 114). Elegant and rustic,
with formal parterre and naturalistic paths, it is an ingenious
coming together of complementary styles. It is surely one of
the most inviting places we’ve visited. But for me, and I posit
for my fellow amateur gardeners, the best part of exploring
the Williams back 40 is learning that it didn’t begin with
perfection. “When I started gardening, I made every mis-
take known to mankind,” Williams tells garden writer Tovah
Martin. And for that candor, we are eternally grateful, and
ever hopeful that we, too, can one day find the balance of
exuberance and discipline that makes for a compelling gar-
den and a satisfying life.
In the meantime, we continue to strive to make Design New England the best it can be — and
that meant just a bit of spring cleaning for our pages. We made Visit, our tour of a design profes-
sional’s own home, a bit more revealing by asking questions like “What career would your alter ego
pick?” For the answers from architect Mohamad Farzan and his wife and business partner, preser-
vationist Dorienne West Farzan, see the story on their delightful Newport, Rhode Island, carriage
house (Page 24). We also introduced a new department, Local Wares (Page 108), in which we fea-
ture products and shops with New England ties. We’ve also dubbed our roundup of design news
and events et al. (Page 144), a name that loosely translates to “and others and elsewhere,” which
are things we always want to cultivate.
gail ravgiala, editor
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anne mccarthy strauss,
a design and lifestyle writer,
explores an exemplary civic
neoclassical building in her story
on the spectacular restoration
of architect Cass Gilbert’s
Waterbury, Connecticut, City
Hall, where everything from the
entourage to the light bulbs
was replicated or restored.
a classic save, page 68.
joeann hart, the author of
the novels Addled and
forthcoming Float, is fascinated
by the relationship between
humans and their environ-
ments. She wrote about a
house in her hometown of
that combines eco-technology
with old-fashioned luxury.
raising the roof, page 100.
lynn karlin photographed
for design publications in
New York City before moving
to Maine in 1983 and adding
garden books and fine art
photography to her list of
specialties. All merged
seamlessly when she shot the
Connecticut garden of interior
designer Bunny Williams.
almost heaven, page 114.