22 Editor’s Note
24 Publisher’s Note
32 visit • Rethinking the Ranch
Architect Anna Gitelman’s Modernist
aesthetic turns a ranch-style house into
a sleek home for her family.
45 selections • Black + White
Interior designers extol the virtues of
the strictly two-tone palette in three of
the smallest rooms in the house.
56 bath • Blue Grotto
Cool colors and enticing curves create a
bath that feels like a Bahamas getaway.
62 places • Restoring a Masterpiece
The legendary gardens at Naumkeag
are being returned to the glorious
vision of their renowned designers.
68 art • First Love
After years working as an interior
designer, Sarah Benham returns to her
first artistic passion — painting.
behind-the-scenes video with sarah benham
76 design focus • More than a Barn
An all-volunteer building effort gives a
community farm in Jamestown, Rhode
Island, a public face and the capacity to
carry on its mission.
86 icon • From Crabby to Sweet
Apples made their way to New England
and found the region’s hillsides ideal.
92 local wares • Wooden Wonders
96 house guest • Interior Designer
135 et al. • Things to Do, Places to Go
138 advertiser index
140 take note • Gateway to Success
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TWICE AS NICE • In Colonial New England, it was a luxury to have a house with two rooms. The popular hall-and-parlor design, used to
build the original 1670 house featured on Page 102, might seem primitively basic to us today, but it was a quantum leap for 17th-century
souls craving a little privacy. A rectangular box, the one-and-a-half-story house had a single interior wall with one door separating the
hall, usually a larger space with access to the outdoors and used for cooking and all-purpose living, from the smaller parlor, most
commonly outfitted with a bed for the adults. Such a configuration required two chimneys, one on each end of the house so that both
rooms would have some heat, which surely added substantially to the cost and labor of building. Even then, privacy had a price.
on the cover The dining room in a
renovated 1670 house in Massachusetts.
Photo by Michael J. Lee. story, page 102.