gail ravgiala, editor
“celebrating style” is the theme of this issue,
which, we are happy to report, turned out to be one of the
most fun topics we could have assigned ourselves. Rounding up the eclectic offerings on our pages was an adventure
involving romance, geography, even the high seas. We went
from the pastoral setting of a contemporary agrarian aesthetic in rural Rhode Island (Page 92) to a “sexy and sophisi-tacted” empty nest in Boston’s Back Bay (Page 106) to a fishing expedition for elusive tuna (Page 48). In between, we fell
in love with Vermont, where we found our cover story (Page
82), an antique barn re-purposed into a house for modern
living (Page 68), and a spanking new arts and education center that is a game changer for a seasonal museum that will now have programming year-round
and a firm footing in the 21st century (Page 56). With all this celebrating, we also had to mark
the advent of the holiday season with sensational decorating ideas for the forward-thinking
(Page 39). We hope some of what we found will be among your favorite things.
greg premru is celebrating 20 years photographing for the New England
design community. A native New Englander and avid outdoorsman, he
was thrilled to join Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen on his
tuna fishing boat. “We had a great day on the water despite being foiled
by the ever-elusive tuna,” says Premru. As for shooting a Nissinen dinner
party, he says, “Mikko is a most gracious host, and I felt so welcome and
at home, it was hard to remember to shoot!” kitchen, page 48.
melody ko is a photographer and visual storyteller based in Somerville,
Massachusetts. She documents people of all cultures, occupations, and
lifestyles around the world. For this issue, she photographed Boston
interior designers Patrick Planeta and Meredith Basque of PlanetaBasque.
“They care about making every piece fit, big or small,” she says, “and the
space comes together in a subtle, confident way. It’s all in the details, and
it’s quality at the highest level.” house guests, page 76.
stacy bass is a fine art and editorial photographer who captures the essence
of a place using light, color, and composition. Her work is in many private
and corporate collections as well as books and magazines. Her first
monograph, In the Garden (Melcher Media/Perseus Books), was released in
May 2012 to outstanding reviews and quickly became a bestseller. She
applied her skills to documenting the very personal Connecticut garden of
author Jane Garmey. a garden writer’s garden, page 100.
from the editor
bruce irving lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he’s a realtor,
renovation consultant, and vice chair of the city’s Historical Commission.
That and his former life as producer of PBS-TV’s This Old House conspire to
make him love all things New England, which is why he writes our Icon
column. Delving into the region’s cranberry legacy, he discovered, “
Cranberry bogs are highly engineered constructions, full of Yankee ingenuity and
requiring a tinkerer’s genius to maintain and harvest.” icon, page 62.
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