from the editor
it’s our anniversary. Design New England is
blowing out the candles on six years of bringing you
the region’s most splendid homes and gardens. That
prompted us to find people who know how to celebrate
with aplomb. We looked no further than Boston’s South
End, where Reuben M. Reynolds III and Bill Casey have
earned reputations as hosts extraordinaire. We cover
them, their restored Victorian town house, and one of
their legendary dinner parties on Page 106. You’ll find a
different kind of celebration on Page 82, where we share
a garden that comes alive when others are fading into the
dark days of autumn. And in Local Wares on Page 74, we
hail the resurgence of entrepreneurial retailing by highlighting five shops that have opened in the Boston area since our last anniversary. Each offers
unique, varied, and well-selected home furnishings and accessories. Hurrah.
And after six years, we thought it was time for a bit of a wardrobe change, graphically
speaking. Our art director, Jenna Talbott, has come up with a new typeface family (see Page
12 for a brief rundown) and new designs for our recurring departments as well as our table of
contents. Oh, and she also tweaked our logo. See if you can tell the difference.
gail ravgiala, editor
kindra clineff specializes in location photography for commercial and
editorial clients. When not taking pictures, she enjoys cultivating heirloom
vegetables and flowers at her 17th-century Massachusetts home. She joined
contributing writer Tovah Martin, with whom she collaborated on two books,
The New Terrarium (Clarkson Potter, 2009) and The Unexpected Houseplant
(Timber Press, 2012), to bring us the delightful autumn garden of Connecticut
landscape designer Wes Rouse. winter can wait, page 82.
heath robbins has been photographing food and people for more than 20
years, both in his studio and on location. This assignment was everything he
loves about his “job.” “The Boston home of Reuben Reynolds and Bill Casey
was,” he says, “a gorgeous environment in which to shoot antique copper pots
brimming with lobster, custom cocktails, and the wonderfully personable Casey
singing show tunes at his piano.” music men, page 106.
kristin teig is an editorial and commercial photographer specializing in food
and lifestyle images. Originally from San Diego, she has spent the last four years
getting to know New England by photographing restaurants and homes
throughout the region. For this issue of Design New England, she traveled to
Wellesley, Massachusetts, for the grand opening of a new retail store, Carter
Dayton Home. local wares, page 74.
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