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July/August 2013 cover!

June 27, 2013 01:57 PM


Trent Bell

Memories of summers past inspired the cover story for our July/August issue (in homes and online next week), a whimsical quartet of cabins on Sebago Lake in Maine. The owner attended a girls’ camp on the lake as a child and she conceived a plan to replace an existing cluster of cabins in the woods with modern buildings that are just as charming, but, thanks to technology, more comfortable and flexible. We also visit a one-time artist’s cottage in Lyme, Connecticut, turned Asian-influenced guesthouse, a family’s custom-made summer haven in Rhode Island, and a wondrous vacation home on Block Island that looked to the site, and the expert eye of Boston architect Jeremiah Eck, to embrace the island vantage.

More online: In our digital edition, click on a video extra of our staging of “Selections,” where we use the iconic furniture of Richard Schultz to set high-style outdoor dining scenarios. Then, take a look at our new department, “House Guest,” and find a slideshow of interior designer Liz Caan’s colorful projects.

Pictoral Warhol

June 25, 2013 04:18 PM

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Pat Hackett

After reading about Andy Warhol’s rambling summer house in Montauk, New York, in Jill Connors’s piece on a Rhode Island cottage built in its image (“Pastoral Wharhol,” Design New England, May/June 2013), we had a renewed intrigue in this painter of soup cans and super stars. So we are anxiously anticipating the opening of Andy Warhol: American Icon at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Ogunquit, Maine.


A Closer Look at Bay State Lighthouses

June 24, 2013 04:45 PM


Design New England contributing editor Bruce Irving delves into New England history every issue with his stories about New England’s architectural icons. For the May/June 2013 issue, “The Resolute Lighthouse” captured his (and, we hope, your) imagination. Of course, a short magazine piece can only scratch the surface of the rich legacy of the nearly 200 regional lighthouses that guided mariners through the centuries. For readers interested in learning more, we suggest Massachusetts Lighthouses: Past & Present by Arthur P. Richmond (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2013, $34.99). The author is a retired educator and photographer from North Eastham, Massachusetts, who has published a dozen books on coastal Massachusetts. Illustrated with aerial views and antique photographs, this 160-page tome explores more than 60 of the prominent seaside structures in the state.


Rock-a-thon for Boston Children’s Hospital

June 13, 2013 03:33 PM


By Loren Savini

Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers is giving back, and you can help. The first-ever “Rock-a-thon,” a fund-raiser to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital, starts Friday, June 14, at Thos. Moser’s showroom, 19 Arlington Street. Boston, with an opening reception from 5-8:30 p.m. The event continues through Sunday featuring a demonstration by Warren Shaw, a Thos. Moser craftsman for more than 20 years, who, as a 6-year-old child, had a hole in his heart repaired by the outstanding surgeons at Children’s. Shaw will meticulously construct a new Thos. Moser signature piece — the New Gloucester Rocker (pictured above) — in front of onlookers. A silent auction, which includes donated items such as event tickets, artwork, and restaurant gift certificates, will take place and local author Frances Driscoll will debut and sign copies of her new children’s book, The Swan Boat Ride, all to benefit Children’s.

Shaw’s finished rocker, which all who contribute to the cause can sign, will be donated to The Devon Nicole House, a foundation that provides families a place to stay to be near their children during their stay at the hospital. More information is at

Flowers and Jade

June 12, 2013 01:41 PM

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The historic Rosecliff mansion’s front lawn was decked out for last year’s Newport Flower Show.

Now that summer is almost in full swing, we all want to enjoy the great outdoors. The 18th annual Newport Flower Show is a great place to do just that. Held on the grounds of the historic Rosecliff mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, June 21 through June 23, the show will have an exotic Eastern flair with opulent colors, Asian gardening techniques, and expressive landscape design all lend themselves to this year’s theme — “Jade: Eastern Obsessions.”

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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