gail ravgiala, editor
if our cover story on a magical city garden
doesn’t put winter in your rearview mirror, then the near-tropical paradise atop an unassuming five-story apartment building in Boston’s North End will. Both these outdoor havens, which appear on Pages 126 and 82, respectively, were photographed at the height of their gardening
seasons, when fragrant roses and tomatoes picked still
warm from the sun help make New England seem the most
glorious place on earth. For readers with a penchant for
challenging and interesting construction projects, we suggest turning to Page 118 for a look at a Vermont house built
to the exacting energy-efficiency standards of the Passive
House Institute US, and then to Page 150 for a play-by-play on how a onetime Jamestown, Rhode Island, summer
cottage was lifted off a crumbling foundation, turned 75
degrees, and set on a new concrete basement in a clever plan that gave every room a water view.
Our own attention is on our Mentors in Design (MIDDIES) honors. We are looking for candidates from the design and building industries who have offered extraordinary guidance, encouragement, and expertise to the next generation in interior design, architecture, construction,
landscape design, and related fields. Nominations are open now through March 31 at designnew
carol stocker, longtime garden writer for The Boston Globe, where her column
now appears every Sunday in the newspaper’s Address section, is also a regular
contributor to Design New England. She and her husband, Robert Mussey,
waited out winter in Carlsbad, California, after she wrote about an exceptionally
well-designed Brookline, Massachusetts, garden that mimics a spacious English
estate garden — despite its location on a small urban corner lot bordered by busy
streets. a lot from a little, page 126.
jaci conry has been writing about design for more than a decade. She traveled
from her home in Falmouth, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and
children, to Boston’s South End to cover Jim Killian’s newly designed condo. “I was
drawn to the unique pairing of furnishings that Killian and designer Stephanie
Sabbe put together,” she says. “It gives his home a very collected feel with modern
flair.” More than that, she says, it was interesting to see how two like-minded
people collaborated to create such a unique space. it’s personal, page 134.
from the editor
kindra clineff, a Massachusetts photographer and garden enthusiast,
captured two very different landscapes for this issue. The first is a rooftop retreat
in Boston’s North End. “The visuals of lush Italian produce framing the Boston
skyline is a feast for the imagination,” she says. up on the roof, page 82. The
other is a tight lot on a busy urban corner in Brookline, Massachusetts. “One foot
into that garden,” she says, “and the city melted into a space of lightness and
whimsy.” a lot from a little, page 126.
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eric roth is known for his beautiful pictures of interiors, architecture, gardens,
people, and places. For this issue, the Boston photographer traveled to Vermont
to document an energy-efficient passive house by ZeroEnergy Design. Closer to
home he captured what he calls “a gem of architecture by the always intriguing
Gary Wolf” in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “Both of these houses have all the
elements a photographer could want: space, light, color, texture, and form.”
low tech, high return, page 118 and woodland modern, page 142.