from the editor
HAND MADE HERE
for many adults, a summer vacation house
is a touchstone to happy childhood memories. The piney
lakeside retreat in the heart of Maine and the rambling
Shingle Style house close to the pretty beaches of Rhode
Island’s Narragansett Bay, featured on Pages 112 and 88,
respectively, are both second homecomings for their owners. Nostalgia played into but did not control their vision
of a Modern home away from home, where amenities, forward design, and smart building merge to create a new place
to forge memories. New memories also motivated the owners of 11 wind-swept Block Island acres, where a new house
(Page 104) stands like a lighthouse, guiding not ships, but
children and grandchildren to family gatherings.
We also want to introduce our new department. “House Guest” (Page 80) will focus on a
different interior designer in each issue. We will do our best to get inside their creative heads
to find their motivation, inspiration, and design secrets. We think the title reflects the relationship between client and designer, the latter doing the equivalent of moving in, temporarily, as the decorative essentials are worked out. But when he or she leaves, if things were done
correctly, it still will be the client’s house.
gail ravgiala, editor
trent bell has his master’s in architecture and works as a commercial
photographer based in Biddeford, Maine, where he lives with his wife and
their two young sons. He shot the stunning new Alfond-Lunder Family
Pavilion at Colby College Museum of Art as well as our cover story about a
compound of tiny cabins on Sebago Lake — and he just happend to land
the cover photo for Sheri Koones’s lastest Prefabulous book. Busy guy.
maine event, page 50. once more to the lake, page 112. et al., page 122.
jim dugan grew up in Pennsylvania, well away from saltwater, but moved
to Maine 24 years ago to study photography and fell in love with the sea.
He photographs island real estate, sailboats, and woodworking projects,
among other things. An avid sea kayaker, he has guided trips professionally
and has paddled much of the Maine coast, camping on islands along the
way. design focus, page 56.
Custom Furniture Design Studio
tom christopher is a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden School of
Professional Horticulture. When not planting gardens, he’s writing about
them for publications such as The New York Times Magazine and Martha
Stewart Living. Using gardens as a tool for environmental renewal is his
special passion, with a focus on sustainable, biodiverse “no mow” lawns.
He was drawn to Fred Watson’s garden for its unique use of native plants as
well as its amazing design. hedge fun, page 96.
regina cole lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where she writes about
design for national and regional magazines. In covering architect John
Margolis’s rambling Shingle Style house, she learned that “he put his finger
on the never-out-of-date appeal of classical design, which is especially
strong here on the North Shore.” As for her other assignment, she says
“Mary Day is the ultimate marriage of form and function, which defines
classicism for me.” visit, page 24. design focus, page 56.