Design New England

Cover me neon!


Wait until you see the fabulous cover of our November/December 2013 issue in the flesh. An almost-final proof (above) convinced us that the bold design scheme of interior designer Steven Favreau called for an equally bold move on our part. “We had originally picked a far more buttoned-up shade of pink for the ‘design’ of the Design New England logo,” says art director Jenna Talbott, “but at the 11th hour and as final proof approvals were being signed, the team made a unanimous decision to ‘turn the lights on’ and go for a neon shade of bright pink fuchsia.” The time frame was tight, but our printer, The Lane Press, was able to secure the special-order ink we needed in time for printing a mere 36 hours later. “When the glowing stack arrived in our offices this morning, it was as if the sun had broken through the clouds,” says Talbott. “We absolutely love it.”


The cover is a happy reflection of our theme for our seventh anniversary issue, “Celebrating Style.” Our stories and photos reflect our appreciation for the many styles found throughout the region: traditional, contemporary, ornate, minimalist, and that of designer Favreau, which defies definition. His 1832 brick “Federal, Favreau Style” house in Vermont won our hearts, and our cover.

Also in the issue is an agrarian-inspired country abode in Rhode Island custom-made for an artist couple, a sophisticated empty nest in Boston’s Back Bay, a kitchen renovation for Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, and a re-purposed antique-barn-turned-cozy-home in rural Vermont. Holiday decorating ideas (click for an online video exclusive with designer Eric Haydel), local small-batch food products, and the robust New England cranberry harvest (click for bonus photographs online) rounds out the magazine.

We think that the entire issue affirms that after seven great years of splendid homes and gardens enjoyed, there are many more to come!

Great design is always at your fingertips — read the November/December 2013 issue online!


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