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November/Decemeber 2012 cover!

October 30, 2012 02:29 PM

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Architecture and construction by Luke Mandle of Two Ton.

It's Design New England's Sixth Anniversary, and in our November/December issue (in home and online next week) we celebrate in more ways than one. Our cover story showcases a home in a quiet corner of southeastern Massachusetts that is inspired by simple agrarian sentiments. Designed and built by architect Luke Mandle, we called it Farm Fresh in a story written by William Morgan and photographed by Eric Roth. Throughout the issue, we tweaked our own graphic design, adding a new typeface for headlines and bodytype, all to make the magazine both more attractive and easier to read. In Local Wares, we highlight some of the newest and best Boston-area retail destinations, and our Selections contributors sought out talented artisans throughout New England for a gift guide to regionally made products. Add in a South End holiday entertaining feature with delectable recipes, and we'd say we have a party!

A Beeline for Bunny Williams at the Boston Design Center

October 26, 2012 05:14 PM

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Lynn Karlin

Bunny Williams, shown here in the conservatory of her Connecticut home as seen in the March/April issue of Design New England: Almost Heaven, joined Boston-area designers last week for a talk on design and to introduce pieces from her BeeLine Home collection available through Lee Jofa at the Boston Design Center.

It's easy to be amazed by Bunny Williams. She's an American design icon with a decorating style that is at once timeless, innovative, and comfortable. Having developed her design aesthetic at New York's Parish-Hadley Associates under the tutelage of renowned designers Sister Parish and Albert Hadley, Williams started Bunny Williams Inc. in 1988, opened Treillage, a garden shop in New York, with husband John Roselli in 1991, and created BeeLine Home, a home furnishings line, in 2008. The introduction of BeeLine Home at Lee Jofa at the Boston Design Center, the line's first foray into a showroom environment, came with a delightful lunch and learn event where Williams spoke passionately and generously about her career and the inspirations for her furniture designs.

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Landscape and architecture meet at Sudbury Design Group

October 25, 2012 04:40 PM

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Speakers include, from left: Michael Coutu of Sudbury Design Group, Eliza Tan of Eliza Tan Interiors, Michael Collins of D. Michael Collins Architects, and David Dankens of M.F. Reynolds Inc.

Nestled in the woods along Old Post Road in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and surrounded by glorious fall color, Sudbury Design Group's headquarters was the perfect setting for Design New England's fifth Design Salon of the fall series. Hors d’ouerves were served and guests mingled amidst the showrooms and drafting tables of the landscape company's offices, and, since the night was warm, the crowd spilled onto the outdoor deck, where the autumn foliage and plantings created a quintessential New England backdrop. It was a lovely segue to the evening's topic, “House and Garden: Where landscape and architecture meet.”

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Accenting with Color and Light at Lucia Lighting & Design

October 23, 2012 03:04 PM

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Eric Roth

A nautical bunk room, complete with steel boat ladders, by Andra Birkerts of Andra Birkerts Interior Design (see Design New England's Fun Follows Function March/April 2011) has a light interior with fun accents of blues and greens, reds and yellows.

One of the best-known lighting showrooms in the Boston area, Lucia Lighting & Design in Lynn, Massachusetts, was the setting for our fourth fall Design Salon where the focus was on using color and light to enhance space. “Light is the reason color exists,” Andra Birkerts of Andra Birkerts Interior Design in Wellesley, Massachusetts, told the audience. Well-known for her adept and unexpected use of color, she gave a “big picture” approach to the topic. In working with clients, she says, she notices how they relate to color and interprets her observations through her designs, which result in custom, beautiful spaces such as this Rockport, Massachusetts, summer home, which our editors titled “Fun Follows Function." (July/August 2011).

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Personal Style night at Dover Rug & Home

October 12, 2012 05:02 PM

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Jim Westphalen

A rustic kitchen project by Cushman Design Group (see Design New England's Northern Light March/April 2011) New England was shown by Milford Cushman to explain how he brings the personal style of his clients to his projects.

“Personal Style” is a challenging theme to tackle. Everyone has his or her own idea of what it means. At Design New England’s Design Salon, third of the fall series, at Dover Rug & Home in Natick, Massachusetts, our presenters offered guidance on how to achieve individuality while adhering to the principles of good design.

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September/October selections, continued

October 11, 2012 02:37 PM

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We're busily getting the next issue of Design New England ready, but I can't stop
thinking of the cozy window seating areas Marc Hall, Paula Robinson Rossouw,
and Teri Maher so expressively brought to life in Selections in the September/
October issue. As the weather cools down and the air gets crisper, here’s seven
products that inspire my idea of a great spot to gaze out and ponder the world.

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Last call for Mentors in Design

October 5, 2012 04:30 PM

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By popular demand, we have extended the deadline for nominations for our 2nd annual Mentors in Design honors to October 12.

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First Impressions at ARTEFACT Home|Garden

October 4, 2012 03:40 PM

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Rich Pomerantz

Landscape designer Laura Kuhn of Laura Kuhn Design Consultation in Arlington, Massachusetts, discussed how in her projects, the house's driveway often makes a lasting first impression to visitors.

It was a beautiful night at ARTEFACT Home|Garden in Belmont, Massachusetts, this week, a perfect setting for Design New England’s second Design Salon of the fall series. The one-time Dodge auto dealership showroom, Artefact is now an enchanting space where owners and sisters Maureen and Sue Walsh have curated a beautiful collection of furniture and accessories for the home and garden.

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An architect rethinks his perspective

October 2, 2012 10:44 AM

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Allan Shope Architects

Allan Shope designed his upstate New York house as an earth-bermed structure featuring recycled glass walls, salvaged stone siding, repurposed copper roof, and photovoltaic panels.

Allan Shope's work is laden with quest these days. For 25 years, the noted architect, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, was principal at the Connecticut firm Shope Reno Wharton. There he spent his time designing houses for an extremely wealthy clientele and, he says, "architecture as power, architecture as message" was the mantra defining the often excessively large, shingle-clad houses built on phenomenal pieces of property.

Today, from his farm in upstate New York, he runs Allan Shope Architects, the four person firm he founded in 2006 and his view of the architect's role seems very different. It is an issue he addressed as keynote speaker at the recent American Institute of Architects' CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) Symposium in Newport, Rhode Island, where architects from around the country gathered to exchange ideas and information on clients (how to educate, nurture, and please them); costs (how to explain them in an era when custom homes range anywhere from $500 to $1,000 or more per square foot); and conscience (what is the architect's role?).

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About this blog

An insider's look at must-have products, fresh trends, and inspired spaces from the team at Design New England magazine.

Gail Ravgiala is editor of Design New England and a fan of both the region's historic architecture and its growing inventory of modern houses and public buildings.

Courtney Kasianowicz is associate editor of Design New England who scouts the area for new design, charming products, and local artisans both innovative and daring.

Jill Connors, Design New England's editor-at-large, is an antiques maven and design scout and will post about trends and discoveries in the field.

Bruce Irving, Design New England's contributing editor for architecture & building, is a renovation specialist who will share his insights on design and construction.

Estelle Bond Guralnick, Design New England's style & interiors editor, will post about interior design and interior designers and her favorite finds.

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