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.
1. The piece of most importance if the spot is to be cozy – the seating. Try one with
a silhouette that’s out of the ordinary – Poet Sofa, designed by Finn Juhl, available
through Design Within Reach.
2. Anchor the whole area, whether large or small, with a statement rug – hand-
knotted Sheldon Rug in Cape Blue, starts at $2,300; Ralph Lauren Home.
3. Make conversations a bit more fancy with an antique telephone – 1930s Antique
Phone from Buenos Aires, $750; The Paris Apartment.
4. A sleek, sensual side table does the trick, holding a book or a cup of coffee or glass
of wine – Tina Sugar Round Side Table; Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
6. Everyone needs a basket to store those stray items when company drops in –
renewable water hyacinth Curved Storage Basket in large, $54; West Elm.
7. Pleasurable to the eye and the nose, a potted herb will get the creative juice going
(and perhaps the appetite) – Flowering Oregano, $68, Terrain.
8. Why not dabble in the arts when you have free time? – Westminster Wooden Box
Water Colour Set, Winsor & Newton.
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.