GAIL RAVGIALA, EDITOR
our march/april issue is always one of our
favorites. It is our chance to direct our readers (and ourselves)
to the light at the end of the winter tunnel. So optimistic are
we in this pursuit that we found our garden fixes in the northern reaches of the region, where spring can come late — all the
more reason to cherish it.
Close to Woodstock, Vermont, we discovered the romantic idyll where the naturally occurring elements of stunning
views are framed by ephemeral white birch trees and enhanced
with beautiful stone walls and flowering garden beds of low-key perennials and containers of attention-grabbing annuals
(“Birches and Beyond,” Page 102).
Further north, near Stowe, Vermont, our cover story celebrates an environmentally sensitive house (“Right at Home,” Page 86) that respectfully sets its low-carbon footprint on the
landscape, delicately blurring the line between the energy-efficient indoors and the world
Then we travel to northern New Hampshire to interview a hard-working father-daughter
team dedicated to growing flowers on the duo’s farm, and loving the challenge of a short growing season (“A Farm Full of Flowers,” Page 68). It makes us pine for the sight of the first green
crocus shoots along the driveway.
from the editor
HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE BESPOKE INTERIORS
Nice eye, designer.
bruce irving is a renovation consultant, real estate agent, and contributing
editor to Design New England. His Icon column about the region’s signature
elements and curiosities is the basis for his book New England Icons: Shaker
Villages, Saltboxes, Stone Walls, and Steeples. “Every time I start one of these
stories,” he says, “I quake. What do I know about woodpiles or sleeping porches
— or Herreshoff boats? Then the research sucks me in, facts pile up, and I’m
fighting to keep to the word count.” icon, page 7 4; the science of style, page 94.
carter berg is a native of New York City, where he still lives. His work has
appeared in publications including Elle Decor, Madame Figaro, and Country
Living. He has also worked on advertising campaigns for Ralph Lauren. “I always
love photographing waterfront homes,” he says. “So for me, this beautifully
decorated house that sits on the Piscataqua River in southern New Hampshire
was perfect. Just like people, a home can be photogenic. This amazing one by
Liliane Hart was inspiring and fun to photograph.” by the bay, page 108.
jackie fox opened J. Harper Photography in 2011 and named it for her then
infant son, Jack Harper. In photographing families, weddings, and special
projects, she bucks the digital tide. “I love the look and feel of real film
photographs,” she says. She left her tiny cabin in the hills of Vermont, where she
lives with Jack, his little sister, Claire, her husband, Tommy, and their “wacky dog”
to capture the magic at a New Hampshire flower farm. garden, page 68.
nancy humphrey case is a freelance writer, regular contributor to Vermont
Magazine, and author of Simple Prayers for People of All Faiths (or No Faith).
“My work,” she says, “allows me to explore interesting topics and meet
fascinating people, from farmers and artisan cheese makers to nonprofit change
agents.” Architecture is a favorite topic (she and her husband are remodeling a
house in Vermont’s Upper Valley), so she relished writing about the eco-friendly
house architect Harry Hunt designed for his family. right at home, page 86.