from the editor
furnishings in harmony
the other day, I was roasting some chicken with
red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms and
thought, it really is time for a new oven. Next thing I knew,
my mind’s eye had removed the wall where my trusty
25-year-old range resided, opening up the space between
the kitchen and dining room — taking with it the dining
room fireplace I have never used. As I stood at the imaginary center island, I could see out to the garden through
the French doors that had replaced the tall skinny Italianate double windows in my creaky old Victorian house.
Atop the new six-burner cooktop, onions were sweating in
the frying pan I had retrieved from the walk-in pantry of
my dreams, where the cookware and serving dishes stood
neatly at the ready. And those chicken breasts? They were finishing nicely in the double wall
ovens I have always coveted. Before I started texting friends to stop by for an impromptu dinner party, served at the long farm table I had virtually designed for the combined space, I
looked around. It would take a village of design and building professionals and lots of planning, time, and money to set my kitchen fantasy on the recycled wide-plank flooring with radiant heat that I can almost feel beneath my feet.
In the meantime, my potential guests can review the kitchens (and baths) the homeowners in our annual Kitchen + Bath issue of Design New England are generously sharing with our
readers. They all took their fantasy to fabulous reality, and having visited them all, I can attest
that these state-of-the-art spaces are used and appreciated by their owners, and envied, just
a tad, by me.
gail ravgiala, editor
matt kalinowski is an advertising and editorial photographer. For the last
decade, he has been creating imagery that reflects his sensibilities and view of
what makes compelling two-dimensional art. “The opportunity to photograph
an artist always presents great visual dialogue,” he says of his portrait session
with painter John S. Coles. “John’s story was a pleasure to capture. After the
shoot, we ate tuna sandwiches with grapes that his wife prepared for us. And
chatted about family, John Updike, and art.” have brush, will travel, page 56.
susan teare photographs residential and commercial architecture and
landscape design. Natural light, materials, and sense of place are key elements
in her work: “My hope is that you’ll be drawn in through an image to really
understand what makes the subject unique, but also to appreciate how the
design process played an essential role in creating that space.” She
demonstrates that approach in her photos for forest presence, page 98.
bob o’connor has been photographing for magazines for the last ten years. He
is most interested in capturing the spaces where people live and work. For this
issue, he hit the jackpot when he documented a former mill in Pawtucket, Rhode
Island, that had been transformed into a bright live-work loft for design principal
Eric Delin. inside the boiler room, page 84.
Back Bay | Biddeford Pool
kathleen james, like most longtime Vermonters, has several jobs. By day,
she’s director of communications and foundations at The BOMA Project, a
microfinance nonprofit that helps women start small businesses in northern
Kenya. Evenings and weekends, she’s a freelance writer and editor for Skiing
Heritage, the journal of the International Skiing History Association. But she
also loves writing about houses, and for this issue, she explores an art studio
turned guesthouse, part of a country retreat for an American family that
otherwise lives abroad. forest presence, page 98.