gail ravgiala, editor
“serene settings” is the theme for this issue, but
Cape Cod, Massachusetts’s treasured natural resource
emerged as a coincidental sub-theme. We had opted to
feature two Cape houses for their architecture, but in both
cases, we realized their appeal stemmed as much from
how the architects worked with the glorious sites as from
how they drew the buildings. One house, our cover story,
is on meadow-like acreage with views of a protected bay in
Orleans (“Perfect Match,” Page 120). The other, in Truro,
sits within the boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore and looks across a marsh to a soft-sand beach and
the chill and sometimes churning waters of the Atlantic (“Lasting Legacy,” Page 136). These houses suit their
respective landscapes (and occupants) to a T, each one
unique, yet both quintessentially Cape Cod. Beautiful as
the Cape can be, though, the essence of its geography is its breathtaking and sometimes heartbreaking fragility. In his Icon feature on Page 100, contributing editor Bruce Irving delves
into the history of the 54-year-old National Seashore, which falls under the protective mantle of the National Park Service, which can deter the ravages of human overuse, but, as Irving
reveals, not the storms that erode the dunes and the tides that shift the sands.
joe-ann hart is the author of the novels Float and Addled. She writes about
homes in fiction as well as in articles because she believes that to imagine what a
space could become is to create the life we dream of. And, as in life, where
hurdles often serve to strengthen character, a major challenge in a renovation —
such as the immutable staircase in the dining room she writes about in this issue
— can make for a stronger design. potential realized, page 144.
jim westphalen is a Vermont photographer who specializes in interiors and
architectural photography for the hospitality industry. He is currently working on a
personal project, a body of images for an upcoming gallery exhibition that both
laments and celebrates the vanishing icons of America’s rural landscape. For our
cover story, he traveled to Cape Cod, where he captured the morning mist and the
afternoon sun in the house designed by architect and homeowner Sheila Bonnell.
perfect match, page 120.
from the editor
michael j. lee, a former interior designer, translates that experience into his
interiors photography. “There is nothing more intimate than photographing a
designer’s own home,” he says of capturing the Boston apartment of Jennifer
Glickman. visit, page 38. It was, however, a staircase, “an engineering marvel of
scale, architecture, and beauty,” that enthralled him at a city renovation. “I knew
instantly that it would be a star of the images, and its sculptural integrity shines
through the photographs’ compositions.”potential realized, page 144.
william morgan is Design New England’s contributing editor for architecture,
which he says “is one of the best jobs ever,” as he gets to roam the region looking
at fabulous houses. For the author of The Cape Cod Cottage, a modern version of
that iconic type in Orleans, Massachusetts, had a special resonance. The owner/
architect’s Scandinavian roots, Japanese experience, and Cape Cod childhood
combined in an aesthetic worthy of our cover. perfect match, page 120.