from the editor
furnishings in harmony
in the nether land between winter and
spring, it’s hard not to fantasize about the future. Just as
the piles of depressingly dirty snow have you praying to
the weather gods for another dusting of the white stuff,
the first crocus pokes its purple head through the dead
leaves along the driveway, and then you think anything
is possible. The grand plan for the garden takes shape
in your mind’s eye, the neglected Victorian dame is the
painted lady she deserves to be, and the kitchen counter
is piled high with tomatoes and corn fresh from the farmers market. This issue is full of fantasies: Some that come
true, like the seaside house Barbe Ennis built in Gloucester, Massachusetts (VISIT, PAGE 24), and the “grown-up”
city apartment author and historian David McCullough settled into in Boston’s Back Bay
(SECOND HONEYMOON, PAGE 114). Others are purely imagined projects (SHOW HOUSE, PAGE
61), such as a house chapel converted to a divinely sophisticated living room, or a remaking
— with some poetic license — of the living room and terrace of the late writer Kenneth Roberts in the rambling stone manor he had built in Maine in 1938. Real or imagined, all are the
stuff of design dreams.
gail ravgiala, editor
rob cardillo has been photographing gardens, plants, and the people who
tend them for nearly 20 years. “Every garden has its planned vistas,” he says,
“but more often than not I’m drawn to the unscripted moments and off-center
viewpoints where light, structure, and horticulture unexpectedly snap together.
Michael Trapp’s tremendously idiosyncratic garden provided plenty of those
opportunities.” one man’s treasure, page 106.
nancy e. berry writes about architecture and interior design for regional and
national magazines and is the author of two books on home design. For this
issue, she interviewed Barbe Ennis and discovered that Ennis, a former makeup
artist, and Berry, a former model, knew many of the same Boston fashion
mavens. Today, Ennis represents an impressive roster of stylists and makeup
artists and shares her design philosophy with Berry. visit, page 24.
S TUDIO NOUVEAU
kelly davidson is a Boston-based photographer specializing in portraits, who,
when not taking pictures, can be found out and about with her amazing rescue
puppy, Sasha. She spent an enlightening afternoon capturing the intriguing
work of modern-day blacksmith Roger Chudzik at his forge and studio in
Dorchester, Massachusetts. icon, page 94.
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