gail ravgiala, editor
in addition to kitchens and baths, a topic
endlessly fascinating in the fast-changing world of smart
appliances and man-made stone, this issue has a subtheme:
Living small. It, too, can be endlessly fascinating — and
totally chic. When you can see every corner of your living
space from every corner of your living space, design really
matters. The plan needs to be cohesive while creating divisions between, say, the sleeping area and the kitchen.
Taking very different approaches, two designers turned
compact quarters into comfortable, efficient, and personal
spaces. In the case of interior designer Michael Ferzoco, 565
square feet of a converted East Boston carriage house (Visit,
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Page 20) became his own sweet spot of efficiency. And, he says, that’s all he needs. “I don’t like
a lot of stuff. I don’t need five pillows on my sofa.” However, if you do like stuff, Katie Rosen-
feld and her client prove you can have your pillows and room to relax, too. They turned a Bos-
ton studio apartment into a one-room cocoon of bright color and lively pattern (Great Room,
Page 42). “The living room, bedroom, kitchen, foyer — it’s all one space,” says Rosenfeld. Her
client, Caroline Kofol, surveying the room full of color, pattern, and art, says, “It’s every-
thing I imagined and more.”
Isn’t that exactly what every designer wants to hear his or her client say?
michael j. lee previewed his cover shot of the kitchen of Katie Salter and Lauren
Holleran by using himself as a stand-in for the owners. “When you walk in the
front door,” he says of the house, “what is so perfectly framed by the foyer is that
kitchen with its graphic floor tile. I knew instantly it would be a strong shot.” Lee
also captured the essence of stylish apartment living in two very different homes,
one tiny, the other spacious and gracious, both on Boston’s Beacon Hill. worth
the wait, page 60; great room, page 42; boston (not too) proper, page 74.
jared kuzia is a Boston photographer whose images of architecture and interior
design center on the idea of home. He shoots for architects, interior designers,
and commercial clients, and his work has appeared in numerous publications
around New England. Of the Show House kitchen designed by Vani Sayeed, he
says, “Vani always brings something bold and eclectic to the table. The vibrant
red walls certainly added to the luminance of the room and gave a welcoming feel
to an expansive space.” kitchen, page 36.
anne d. leclaire is a writer who lives and works on Cape Cod. She is the
best-selling author of nine novels and one work of nonfiction and has been
published in 24 countries. Her upcoming novel, The Halo Effect, to be published
in April, is about an artist who paints portraits of the saints and who, like Salvatore
Del Deo, used his townspeople as models. She also has an interest in genealogy
and discovered she is a relative of poet Emily Dickinson. art, page 46.
jaci conry has been writing about design for more than a decade. She’s
particularly passionate about the modern use of historic architecture, so she was
captivated by the 1877 Cambridge, Massachusetts, Victorian renovated by
interior designer Dee Elms. “She infused the space with the perfect amount of
modernity while honoring the home’s original details,” says Conry, who also
covered a vibrantly colorful, boldly patterned Beacon Hill studio by Katie
Rosenfeld. It would be Conry’s dream home, if only there were space for her
husband and two children. worth the wait, page 60; great room, page 42.