Fresh Starts


Joel Benjamin

From left, Marc Hall, Paula Robinson, and Teri Maher contribute their design choices for Design New England September/October 2012 Selections.

Selections, our product-focused design department, is always about new ideas. But as we worked closely with the three talented designers who put together the vignettes for the feature in our September/October issue (in homes the first week of September), we realized all three were not only bringing us fresh ideas, they were each making a professional fresh start.

Marc Hall moved from the venerable Winston Flowers, where he was creative director of special events, to start Marc Hall Design in 2010. Since then he has provided floral design services for such prestigious venues as Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. He’s now adding retail to his list of accomplishments with Mark Hall Objekt set to open at 531 Albany Street in Boston’s South End this October. The shop will carry reclaimed and antique objects for the home and garden, like tables, floor mirrors, candleholders, and various kinds of vessels for plants and flowers.
Interior designer Paula Robinson Rossouw of Paula Robinson Design Group was born in Montreal to British parents. Growing up, she split her time between Los Angeles and New York and then was educated in France and England. She worked as a London-based international interior designer and design columnist for 20 years before taking time off to write The Room Planner (Ebury Press, 2007). Then she and her husband decided to move to one of their favorite vacation spots — Kennebunkport, Maine, where she says she has “never felt more at home.” She’s already established her creative credentials there by designing the living room and terrace for the 2012 Kennebunkport Historical Society’s Designer Show House held this summer. It was her first project since moving stateside, and she promises she’ll continue to trot the globe to find treasures for her clients. We’re looking forward to it.
Vermont interior designer Teri Maher also is starting to make a name for herself in New England. She lived in Santa Cruz, California, and worked on design projects in the San Francisco/Bay area before moving to Vermont to be closer to family. The recession and her daughter arrived at the same time, so starting Teri Maher Interiors was a way to work from home and create her own schedule. One of the first things she did as the firm’s proprietor was volunteer design services for those rebuilding after Hurricane Irene blew through the area. She says what attracts her most to Vermont is how its strong farming culture necessitates awareness of the environment.

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