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LGBT Sitcoms British Style By Mark Adams I was reading my colleague Billy Masters’ column the other day. Billy, formerly from the Boston area, was, for many years, a popular host of various drag shows at classy joints like The Green Apple on Rte 1; then, on to bigger and better fame as a gay columnist with his then-titled “Filth-2-Go,” now, just “Billy Masters,” But I digress. Billy featured a link in his column to a video of a British TV show called “Mrs. Brown’s Boys,” of which I had heard rave reviews. It is a sitcom, created by and starring 57 year-old Brendon O’Carroll, in old-lady drag, as a foulmouthed Irish matriarch, whose favorite thing is meddling in the lives of her children. And to add to the insanity, O’Carrol’s real-life wife plays his TV daughter, and his TV son’s wife is played by his real daughter, and his sister plays his neighbor and best friend. Follow that? Hysterical. And filthy. Brendon has refused to sell series rights to the US broadcast networks because they would cut out all the swearing.You know how provincial we are over here. But it got me thinking, which I try not to do terribly often...there have always been some great gay characters in British TV comedies, as evident by both “Mrs. Brown’s Boys,” though it’s not really “gay” per se, and another British comedy that has yet to make its way across the sea. “Vicious” is the story of two aging gay men who have lived together for almost 50 years. One was a former actor, the other, a barman when they first met. If you know a couple of, shall we say, “mature” queens living in...oh...Jamaica Plain, it would be them. The partners are played by renowned actors Sir Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi. Yes, them. Stereotypical? Sure, but it was the highest rated comedy in the UK last year. Not anywhere near as racy as “Mrs. Brown’s Boys,” we’ll get to see how Americans deal with these boys shortly, as PBS has licensed the first series of six episodes for later this year. A second series is already in production. You don’t have to go back too many years to find some delightful gays in British TV comedy. I can remember the first time I saw “Are You Being Served” on the local PBS station. In case you’ve lived in a cave for the past few decades, this comedy was a hit for years in the UK before being imported
to the states. In fact, the pilot episode was shown here as a black-and-white kinescope, and I predicted at the time that it wouldn’t last a week. Being correct as usual... you can still catch episodes of “Are You Being Served” on many PBS stations. Aside from the inimitable Mrs. Slocumb, played marvelously by the late British comedienne Molly Sugden, who was always telling tales of the problems she had with her “pussy,” it also starred John Inman, who was the more-than-somewhat effeminate sales clerk Mr. Humphries. Inman and creator of the show David Croft said on many occasions that Humphries was “just a mummy’s boy.” . On the drama side, the age-old “Dr. Who” series introduced us to Captain Jack, played by Broadway song-anddance man John Barrowman. Barrowman, who is gay, played the character “straight” - that is, no mincing here. Captain Jack was supposedly bi-sexual, though he did have a torrid affair with one of his co-workers on the spin-off show “Torchwood,” the final series of which was shot in the US. You were more inclined to find lesbian portrayals in dramas, cause I guess show biz just doesn’t find them funny. Guess they just don’t hang around the right places. A couple of really good lesbian dramas were written by Sarah Waters, the most notable being 2004’s “Tipping The Velvet,” which starred, among others, Kelly Hawes, who also appeared in the popular BBC series “MI-5” and “Ashes to Ashes,” and is married to the hunky Matthew Macfayden, who can currently be drooled over...er, seen, in the BBC series “Ripper Street.” I’m so full of useless information. Waters followed up “Velvet” with a thriller miniseries called “Fingersmith” in 2005, but the title scared me away. Finally, my all-time favorite British comedy has a gay character who is never seen. “Keeping Up Appearances” stars the riotous Patricia Rutledge as Hyacinth Bucket (pro-
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nounced “boo-KAY”), a social climber whose antics are tolerated by her wimpy husband and her neighbors. The highlight of many episodes is Hyacinth’s one-way phone conversations with her never-seen son Sheridan, who is away at college, living with a “roommate,” and always asking for money from Mummy for silk sheets or similar nonsense. Of course, Hyancinth has no clue that her son might be gay. There are around 40 or so episodes, each one a gem. Oh - there’s word of a possibility that either HBO or Netflix could be picking up the “Mrs. Brown’s Boys” series, profanity and all. I can’t wait.
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Who’s your favorite teacher? by Flavia Francesquini If you were lucky, you had at least one teacher who noticed you and treated you as an individual. If you were very lucky, you have had teachers who didn’t come to work looking to preach, but to lead; who didn’t impose knowledge, but inspired curiosity. Those are the names that come to mind when we are asked about our favorite teachers. continues on next page
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The Photographs of Mark Farber | In the Shadow of Pilgrim Monument Introduction from Mark Farberâ€™s upcoming book; In the Shadow of Pilgrim Monument This work paints an impression of Provincetown, perched at the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Provincetown combines natural landscapes of incomparable beauty and serenity with town landscapes shaped by a decidedly non-random cross-section of America. To illustrate that diversity, I draw on multiple photographic styles. Pictorial landscapes, street shots, still life details, abstracts, night scenes, and people. Straight-laced documentary, and a touch of commentary. Some grab a fleeting moment; others lean on a tripod for studied composition. To root the project, every frame contains at least a glimpse of the Pilgrim Monument, a granite structure constructed in 1910 to honor the Pilgrimsâ€™ first landing in Provincetown and to attract tourists. Whether from inside the Monument or from across the bay, including the Monument in every picture geographically anchors the body of work. 14 savoirflairmagazine
Above: Interior view from base of the Monument Left Top: Canadian geese on Provincetownâ€™s soccer field with the Monument in the background Left Bottom: Flag, kayaks and a glimpse of the Monument
Above: A scenic view across Pilgrim Lake Below Left: Cross from a Provincetown cemetery Right Middle: A foggy view of the structureâ€™s top Right Bottom: A view from the forest
Mark Farber Interview by Jen Simon WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? WHAT DID YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING CONSIST OF? Photography has been a hobby since college, and my memories and experience in the black and white darkroom helped me climb the digital learning curve. As my long career in solar energy slides toward retirement, I’ve found time in the past five years to more seriously embrace photography. I’ve studied at the New England School of Photography, Mass College of Art, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. And I’m self-taught from Boston’s several magnificent photography libraries and the firehose of internet information. WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? WHERE DO YOU LIVE? I grew up in small-town Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, but I’ve been in the Boston area for 40 years. For four years now, I’ve spent about a third of the year in Truro, the quietest and arguably most beautiful town on Cape Cod. Splitting my time between city and country is a blessing. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Simply seeing lots of photography. I’ve spent hundreds of hours reviewing photography books. I learn from the diversity of styles and subjects and from changes in photographic practice over time. I’m also inspired by meeting working photographers – from the stars to advanced amateurs – and learn from their photographic journeys. WHO/WHAT HAS INFLUENCED YOUR WORK AND HOW? My inspiration for this specific project was Joel Meyerowitz’s portrait of St. Louis. Like Meyerowitz, I’m trying to paint a nontraditional portrait of a place, rooted to a local icon. WHY WERE YOU DRAWN TO THE MONUMENT IN PROVINCETOWN? I aim for two goals in this project. First is to combine my interests in many styles of photography – classic landscape, urban landscape, night images, straight documentary but with a touch of humor – into a coherent but nontraditional portrait of Provincetown. Second is to explore the notion of multiple levels or layers within an image. So every picture contains some glimpse of the Monument, from afar to close-up and even inside. I’m not playing “gotcha” with the Monument, but rather using it to bound the work geographically and visually. As I began to design the project, I initially considered landmark sites in Boston but instead was won over by the greater diversity of views in Provincetown: from magnificent seascapes to the surrealism of Commercial Street.
Above: Window view from a Provincetown store Below Middle: Fast food restaurant at night Below Right: The Monument with lights
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART IN CREATING THIS SERIES? The biggest challenge was finding fresh views. I spent six months, dozens of shoots, and hundreds of hours roaming P-town. After the cliches were duly captured, it was often a stretch to find something different and interesting. I remember one day when a photographer tourist struck up a conversation as she wondered what I was shooting. At the time, I was stretching way up and over a parked car to capture the reflection of the Monument in the rear windshield while also getting the plastic bobblehead attached to the carâ€™s antenna. I explained that, after 1000 pictures of the Monument, I needed literally and figuratively to stretch for something new. THE BEST PART? I enjoy editing and sequencing images for a book. As part of trying to offer the viewer another way to interact with the work, pairing two images into a spread poses the question: what do these pictures have in common. For example, I pair a crucifix from the local cemetery with a man fixing a sign for a bar and restaurant. In the latter image, the white sign post intersects visually with a white jet trail in the sky to form a white cross that mimics the crucifix. In both cases, the Monument watches over the scene at a rakish angle from the background. DO YOU HAVE A GENERAL PROCESS WHEN YOU SHOOT? I roam around town, on foot or in the car. I always keep one eye in front of me, searching for interesting scenes, and the other eye continually glancing around to see if I have the Monument in sight. In keeping with the diversity of styles, sometimes I work with a small handheld camera for a quickly composed street shot, while often I have the luxury of carefully composing on a tripod, particularly for the landscapes and at night. WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF GETTING THE SHOT YOU WANT? During the tourist season when I did much of my work, town, particularly Commercial Street, bustles with activity and interesting people. But itâ€™s cluttered. Isolating the interesting from the throngs was challenging.
DO YOU HAVE ANY INTERESTING STORIES FROM PHOTOGRAHING THE MONUMENT SCENES? One of my goals was to capture close-ups of the Monument at dusk. But the Monument and its associated museum are not publicly accessible but rather keep museum-like hours. My only window for close-ups at dusk was the few weeks between the beginning of daylight savings time and winter closing just after Thanksgiving. One stranger I asked to pose duly accepted and then invited me to view a collection of photos he was carrying. He is an amateur historian of Provincetown and had a fascinating collection of pictures throughout the last century. We spent a half hour on the park bench discussing P-town history and architecture. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SHOT IN THE SERIES? My favorite shot is the interior of the Monument, looking up the climbing ramps, turned yellow by the lights. I set up the tripod and waited for someone to peer over. Of the several opportunities I had, my favorite was a boy who stuck his head over for just an instant (hence the slight blur) – eyes and a cap in and out in an instant. WHAT DID YOU LEARN WHILE PHOTOGRAPHING THIS SERIES? I confirmed that photography is an exercise in creative seeing, not merely documenting. Of the infinite possible images of any place, the photographer’s challenge is to help the viewer see a perhaps familiar thing in new light.
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Is Open Concept Home Design for you?
By Chris Adams As anyone who regularly watches home improvement television programs or follows architectural trends can attest, the notion of “open concept design” has recently become very fashionable. And of course many members of the LGBT community are in the forefront of home design industry. But for those unfamiliar with the term, it refers to a home design that minimizes the use of interior – and sometimes exterior – walls and separations to create a holistic, exposed, unified living environment. These designs are usually implemented in ultra-modern structures, many often built with the open concept as part of the blueprint. However, homeowners can also work with contractors to overhaul their pre-existing houses and create—install an open concept design. Do-it-yourselfers might also thrill at the notion of conducting an overhaul to reflect this trend. It is worth noting that open concept designs need not encompass an entire home. They can be limited to an area within a home, a floor, or even just a room. For example, many restaurants employ an open-concept kitchen, where guests can observe the activities of the chef and his staff from the vantage point of their seats. In the century-old home where I spent my formative years, my father spent several weekends tearing down a wall that separated the living and dining rooms to create a space where the new form re-defined the functions and use of the area while adding a visual element of increased spaciousness. It’s easy to see why open concept design has enjoyed its recent media attention and popularity. It’s a bold, and fabulous spectacular new vision that seems to imply that it’s the next stage in what will one day be considered a standard for living spaces; indeed, it almost continues on next page
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screams “the future of architecture, now!” But, as with any fad or fashion, before you rush out and make an investment, you would do well to pause and ask yourself, “is it really for me?” Just because “the dress” (as it were) looks good on the mannequin doesn’t mean it’s going to do the same for you. Here’s a breakdown of some considerations. How much privacy do you need?: If you’re the type of person who desires a lot of personal space, then you should probably think twice about how much the open design concept works for you. Minimal use of walls and maximized use of windows can mean that everyone in the house (and sometimes, depending on the design) outside the house, are privy to your activities. This is of greater concern in a densely-populated neighborhood or house full of children or other relatives. Do you maintain a home office? If so, it might be difficult to focus on your work if you are constantly being distracted by other goings-on in your environment; it’s hard to balance the checkbook or conduct a conversation with a client if you’re acutely aware that little Joey is struggling over his math homework nearby, or that your partner is fretting over dinner plans. Also, if you tend to be an introvert who enjoys routine self-reflection and solitude, the open concept design could prove disruptive to your meditations. Conversely, an open-concept design can exponentially elevate a sense of unity and co-habitation within the home. Communication flows more freely, and no household member need suffer from a sense of isolation. Furthermore, if you or another inhabitant member suffers from claustrophobia, the open concept can help minimize that anxiety. Extroverts may also enjoy the sense of freedom and openness that the open concept facilitates. Are you playing the real estate market? If you are investing in the home to re-sell it at a premium, the open
KITCHEN & BATH concept is definitely work considering. The emerging popularity of the style, due in part to the spike in media attention, will add value to the ticket, and the visual element is a big plus; homebuyers like to see what they are paying for, and the “wow” factor establishes a significant point-of-differentiation. Also, if you plan on converting a more conventionally-arranged structure to an open concept-design, your investment and / or sweat equity would almost certainly add exponentially to the market value. Are you a pack-rat? Personal comfort is of primary importance. Do you feel cramped in your current living environment? Not enough room for the credenza you inherited from your great aunt? Is your attic or cellar overflowing with furniture that seeks placement? Employing an openconcept design could just be the solution you need without having to pack up and move. Are you a proud gay or lesbian parent (or preparing to become one?): If you have infants or toddlers about, the open concept will help you keep track of them to ensure their safety and monitor their well-being while you maintain regular daily household continues on page 68
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Create a Floating Seating Group: Open Concept Living Room By Sophie Jean Levine Open concept living rooms are usually designed so that the primary seating group will float near the focal point in the room. The focal point will usually be a fireplace, a large window with a view or the prominent wall that is first seen when you enter the room. Identify your focal point. If you are centering your seating group on a focal wall, it is likely you will position a flat screen television on that wall as the actual focal point. Your alternative is to highlight a large piece of art or a large furniture cabinet. Select an area rug. If your room is long and narrow, select a rug that is also long and narrow. The rug should conform to the dimensions of the room even though it will be much smaller. Most area rugs for living room seating groups are no more than twelve feet long. The rug should be within several inches of the focal point and have a minimum of three and a half feet open walkway on the other three sides. Position your moderately sized sofa opposite the focal point. The front feet of the sofa should rest on the area rug. There should be room behind the sofa for a comfortable walkway. If there is more than five feet behind the
Create a Floating Seating Group sofa, consider adding a narrow sofa table for additional lamp and décor placement. Try to select a sofa that is the right size for the room (small in a small room, medium in an average room and large in a very large room). The sofa should also have a back that is attractive and designed to be viewed. Place one or two lower height chairs to form a U-shaped seating arrangement when possible. Two of the chairs can be replaced with a love seat or upholstered bench. Try to select chairs that are comfortable and easy to see over if there is also a view on an adjacent wall. A large coffee table or ottoman will work in front of the sofa and chairs to hold
guests’ drinks. Small occasional tables with and without lamps can also be placed in proximity of chairs and sofa. Just be sure that the tables are not fussy and will not be in the path of traffic into and out of the seating group. If you have two focal points like a view and a fireplace that are on adjacent walls, use an L-shaped arrangement of furniture oriented toward both views. When possible create additional smaller seating groups in the same room to allow guests room to sit and read or hold smaller conversations away from the main sofa.
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By: Architect/Designer Mathew Cummings Photo: Eric Roth
New England homes were originally designed to keep us warm and cozy during our famously cold and stormy winters. Small windows and compact rooms that could be easily closed off were used to help secure the heat. Today, however, great design and advancing technologies ensure that we no longer have to live within such aesthetic limitations. More and more, homeowners are opting for open space plans, joining spaces in a way that is functional, efficient, and beautiful. Most importantly, the welcoming rooms and easy flow of this design style create inclusive spaces that make sharing quality time as natural as breathing. Open space plans are the perfect solution for both daily living and entertaining â€“ providing more opportunities to easily share our homes and our time with friends and family. For this home in West Newbury, our clients were hoping to create a pool cabana where family could gather to relax and enjoy each otherâ€™s company. Looking to the future, they planned to eventually add a living space, card room, and outdoor bar. During my initial visit, I saw that there were many small spaces that were closed off not only from each other but also from the expansive and light-filled yard. Keeping their future plans in mind, I recommended that they combine the spaces into a single open space that connected to the outside and the new pool. 28 savoirflairmagazine
The homeowners were thrilled with the potential of this functional plan. We began work on the concept, mixing the feel of an open, breezy pool cabana and a cozy family room. Our designs transformed preconceived architectural units of space into something completely unique while maintaining the comfortable feel of the home’s stately, Colonial architecture. We also paid special attention to how we integrated the indoor/ outdoor space within the landscape of the rolling green hillside. Though our designs reflect our trademark sense of style and share many thematic elements, each one is a unique creation tailored to the vision of the homeowner. We maintain balance between the “Cummings Look” and originality of design by ensuring that each room maintains its own character based on its use and the homeowners’ personalities. Like any art form, architecture is best when it evokes an emotional response. The emotional response we hoped to create with this design was one of relaxation, ease, and the feeling of being in good company. We crafted a plan that seamlessly integrated the indoor and outdoor spaces and accommodated an effortless room-to-room flow while allowing each space to serve its specific function beautifully. The living area feels like a natural extension of the outside–each space opening to the next, inviting movement from one to another depending on need and mood. The card room provides the perfect transition from the main house, at the same floor level as the existing home but accessed via double glass French doors. Although it has a cathedral ceiling, we kept the space intimate with boldly colored wainscoting set very high to diminish the human scale of the players. Generous and architecturally diverse windows along both sides provide lots of natural light and allow everyone at the card table a view, some of the pool and some of the rolling hillside. continued on next page
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Through the card room and a stepdown opening sits the bar. This room is completely open on the opposite side to the living area, connected by a half wall with column and passthrough for easy drink ordering. The fir bead board ceiling features oversized, stained moldings that blend the feel of an outside porch and an Irish Pub. Creating truly seamless connecting spaces requires more than simply removing walls. We use detailing with moldings, color and scale to create continuity between rooms. To facilitate the indoor/outdoor flow, the bar opens onto the expansive pool deck through multiple French doors, transforming it from an interior room to a poolside bar that entices people to socialize after their swim. In the adjacent family room, a fireplace is set within the lofty cathedral space, creating a dramatic focal point that juxtaposes the elements of fire and water, comfort and nature. This family space opens to the outside and easily accommodates large groups of family and friends for both daytime and evening social events. The changing area is also open to the pool and includes a greeting area in the transition space before the dressing rooms. A bathroom and laundry are strategically placed for privacy while remaining easily accessible from the living spaces. continued on page 66
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Destination New England lgbt Weddings | Ogunquit, Maine Rick Barber and Mark Renaud
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By Molly McCoy, Photos by Arline Grant Located along scenic Route 1 at the tip of Southern Maine, the little town of Ogunquit is easy to get to and hard to leave. A plethora of lgbt owned and welcoming guesthouses and clubs attract lgbt tourists to this charming seaside resort. Ogunquit offers some of the most idyllic gay or lesbian beachfront wedding opportunities in the Northeast.
cluded spots overlooking the waves. Even more magical is the transformation Ogunquit makes as the seasons change. Dappled leaves, frosted windows, and crisp evenings offer incredible backdrops throughout the fall and winter months. Whether your preference is munching on lobster rolls or dining at one of our toprated restaurants and enjoying the greener side of Route 1, Ogunquit can accommodate. Plus, the town’s varied lodging and event spaces offer a range of experiences to suit every couple’s request. Treat your wedding party to a sunset cruise, soak in the rays on our magnificent beach, enjoy a show at one of the country’s greatest summer theaters, or just sip on a glass of champagne and relax. Ogunquit is your four-season destination for any event, and we’re happy that many couples choose this “Beautiful Place by the Sea.” For more information on celebrating your wedding in Ogunquit, contact the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce at 207-646-2939 or visit www.ogunquit.org. continues on page 36 Grooms: Rick Barber and Mark Renaud
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Tennessee brides, Amanda and Beth, met in the fall of 1999 while serving in the military. They were friends through the years but deep down they both knew that they were meant to be together. Establishing a relationship would be tough; overseas tours sometimes took them away from each other for over a year at a time and tours often overlapped. So it wasn’t until 2010, when they finally found time to spend with each other, that their relationship finally began. And since then, of course, they have never looked back. In 2012, they received an amazing gift – their son, Samuel, was born. With this new addition to their loving family they decided it was time to tie the knot. After deciding to wed in Connecticut, the first thing they did was contact local LGBT wedding planner, Jules Buckley of Magenta, to help them plan their intimate destination wedding. Obtaining a marriage license in Connecticut is a fairly simple process. Couples are required to obtain the marriage license from the town where they plan to get married. Once they have it they can marry immediately. So the first priority for Amanda and Beth was to find an accommodation
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Custom Jewelry Gallery In the last issue we brought you our first Custom Jewelry Gallery. We received an overwhelming positive response from both the readership and jewelers so we’re pleased to continue this section. See the beauty of each custom piece and stories about how they were created . Each creation tells an unique tale of collaboration between designer and client. Some of the jewelry is morphed from old pieces, others from scratch. Whatever their precious metal origins this jewelry will impress.
The Perfect Marriage Plante Jewelers
This stylish ring is the perfect marriage of 14K white gold and 18K yellow gold mokume. It has a traditional band form with a sophisticated beautiful, exotic feel.
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Custom Jewelry Gallery Two Become One Peter Indorf There are no rings that say you are together forever like Peter Indorf ’s elegant “Unity” wedding bands. For the rest of your lives you will look at the delicate, loving statement on your fingers and feel joy. Made by hand primarily in platinum and 18k gold, it symbolizes the coming together of two. Offered in many variations, both with and without diamonds, you are wearing a ring so unique it has been patented. And Peter will even customize your “Unity” rings to further express the two of you.
Custom Jewelry Gallery Lives Coming Together Bill Selig Jewelers This by-pass ring showcases two solitaire diamonds representing the individuality of both lives coming together. The 14K white gold ring features 2 round diamonds bezel set with 4 princess cut diamonds channel set on the shank below each round diamond.
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their designs | interior designers Home aesthetics have always been important to our creative community. A well planned, tasteful interior has always been high on the priority lists of many gay men and lesbians. So, with that in mind, feast your eyes on some of these professional interior decoratorsâ€™ attractive rooms and get a glimpse into their design processes.
interior designer, Jeanne Finnerty A Sentimental Journey A homeowner will hire a residential interior designer for all reasons, up sizing, downsizing, and re sizing. No matter the scale or type of project, the process is always a personal journey for the homeowner and for the designer. After seeing a large collection of binders, over-filled with grandmother’s recipes, interior designer, Jeanne Finnerty, ASID, understood the significance of the renovation at hand . The new kitchen was gift from a husband to his partner and this new kitchen would carry on a family tradition of baking.
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The project began with a new space-plan to maximize counter surfaces, storage, and function . The space did not perform well nor did the aesthetics match the charm of the 19th century row house. It also had a circulation challenge: three doorways entering the small space. The effect of the renovation is a clean, traditional design that suits the historic features of the home and is also luxurious to cook in. Creamy white cabinetry and traditional white Carrera marble counter tops are warmed by the refurbished pine floors. The relocation of two doorways provides space for seating at a peninsula as well as a surface “command center” for recharging electronics. The triple casement window replaced two double-hung windows, and becomes a handsome focal point in the space. The new window design also provides the wall space that is needed to accommodate the depth of the upper cabinetry. The creative design of a thin paneled wall offsets the garden stair and accommodates the counter depth of a new refrigerator, pantry, and baking counter. The painted blue cabinetry, designed to resemble an antique hutch, was made with a wood counter top, open shelves, and a tack- board . Originally designed with a kneehole to serve as a small desk, but, because the sentiments of the homeowners extend beyond baking, the base cabinet was revised for use as a dog bed. They wanted to be sure Leo and Lola, a pair of Shiatsus, adopted from a family member, felt right at home in their new kitchen. their designs continues on next page
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Kris Shaffer Whites + Creams
After living in a rambling hundred year old home in Newton, these long time clients purchased a newer house get-a-way in Falmouth. The house has views of the ocean, with lovely landscaping and a pool. Kris Shaffer
The layout offers comfortable spaciousness without feeling cavernous. While their Newton home is richly decorated, this ocean view home was decidedly more spare and calming. This is the third home we have worked on together and while my clientâ€™s tastes are well developed and generally not sparse, she really wanted to keep this home simpler with a calming feel. She decided on mostly whites and creams, with some neutrals reaching into the grays with a bit of ocean blue. We managed to get as much out of this restricted pallette as possible.
The lower level has enough room to accommodate their blended family and hopefully any additions that come along. Each of the bedrooms downstairs has a private bath and there is a small living room for guests. Additionally, what was once just a laundry area has been repurposed with a galley kitchen. Guests have access to everything they need. The neutral color scheme has been maintained throughout the downstairs. The tone on tone roman shades for two of the downstairs bathrooms, maintain the limited color scheme which is interesting with the fabric choices.
The master bedroom, continues with the neutral theme. We hung a wonderful Zoffany wallpaper that has sparkle with a subtle stripe that accentuates the peaked ceilings. The light off the deck makes the wall behind the bed sparkle mirroring the ocean. The variety of linens we used on the bedding, while all very neutral, work together in design harmony. We appliqued a stripe border around the linen dust skirt using a fun contemporary slightly iridescent pattern on some of the linen bed shams. In the great room on the main floor, we splurged on an embroideried linen for the chaise. It has oranges and greens in it, yet the neutral ground makes it blend into the space allowing for an accent of orange. The whitewashed wood floors have a variety of rugs to help delineate the great roomâ€™s space. Again, most of the interior details are in a neutral pallette, maintaining a sense of decorative calm yet with interesting design elements that catch the eye. The dining area in the great roomâ€™s back wall has been wallpapered in a handmade Studio E sparkly yet elegant wallpaper. It is sophisticated, fun, adding a bit of drama for all those fabulous dinner parties to come. The majestic oversized round table will accommodate great gatherings in the years to come. Ten people can easily be seated around the table.
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John DiPonzio, of Design Wood Floors, is a hardwood floor designer by day and a jazz pianist by night. The creativity which drives his piano playing is the same talent employed in the design of beautifully unique hardwood floors. The floor shown (right) is an original commissioned art. The customer would choose wood species, accent color palate, organic elements, theme and area to be installed and would work with the artist to create a unique accent.This may or may not include sketches. In a residential setting , small vestibule entrances can accommodate the whimsy even if the balance of the home is more traditional. John DiPonzio A stair landing can also become a conversation piece without interfering with other established design elements. A bolder more esoteric minded designer may embrace the challenge of working with John to create a larger more prominent area in the home. That said: the purpose of showing this piece in local design magazines is more to catch the curious eye than to suggest everyone ought to have one. And though we hope to show the love of craft that exceeds the norm, we have made our business to perform all wood floor services. John prefers hand work and natural unfinished wood as a starting point so that he can add the custom complex finish application.
interior design Approach By Lydia Rouche Our community has always set trends in the interior design field but even the most talented of us can benefit from a structured approach. Of course design shows make it look so easy; the room of your dreams can be created in a few short hours, with a minimum budget and a bit of creativity. Home owners get caught up in the rush to create that perfect space. The final product, however, is often disappointing. The room looks less like the home owner imagined and more like an amateur effort. Even worse, the space is poorly planned and not conducive to everyday life. This is because design shows and articles focus on the finishing stages of interior design - they fail to teach the basics! No interior designer starts a job by thinking about the color scheme or the accessories. To design a room that is both beautiful and functional, a professional starts at the beginning. In good design, form always follows function. A beautiful space means nothing if a home owner cannot use it for daily living. So before you even think about how you want the room to look, you need to think about how you want to live in it. Make a list of all the activities you plan to do in the room. Take the living room, for example. This one room can be used for a dozen different activities, everything from watching television to entertaining friends to reading. Once you have finished the list, group together all the activities that will occupy the same space in the room. For instance, office work and homework will be completed in the desk area, while the sitting area can be used for both entertaining and watching television. Each area you have created is a zone; you will likely have more than one zone in a room. continues on next page
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Neal taught high school in California before moving to Massachusetts to be with Pat. She recalls, “I taught in a rural community in California, it was simply not safe to be out there. But I still supported students who were gay or were questioning their sexuality. I talked about bullying in Health class, I was a listening ear for those who came to me, and they knew I was on their corner.” Once she started teaching in Amherst, MA she felt a difference in climate, “One of the things I thought was very cool is that when gay marriage became a topic of debate several of my straight colleagues took the day off to get on a bus and stand in favor of equality. You don’t realize the power of having allies until they stand up for your rights!” Neal’s partner happens to be Pat Griffin, and the book she mentioned was published in 1998, entitled Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbian and Homophobia in Sports. Griffin’s list of accomplishment goes on and on but it suffices to say that she is a Professor Emeritus in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts, and in 2007 was named one of the top 100 sport educators in the United States by the Institute for International Sport. Griffin started her career in 1967, as a coach and P.E. teacher at a High School in Maryland. She was not out then, but like all the teachers who have spoken to me, she was an undercover ally of sorts, “I wasn’t officially out but you know how it is, word gets out and some-
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Baker - who taught theatre – wanted to give all her students the opportunity to be themselves without shame and without risking their safety. She believed that theatre was the perfect venue to those struggling to come into their own, “By exploring their acting skills in various scenarios they had a chance to try out different characters. My classroom was a safe environment for some kids to express themselves in ways that they were not allowed to do in other settings.” Baker’s production of Grease granted a female student the opportunity to play Danny, the lead male character. These are the experiences our youth crave everywhere; the chance to be themselves, to be accepted, to be a part of the norm, and to be whom they truly are without fearing rejection. If you stop to think about it, these are really basic needs. Times have changed and teachers starting out now have a different experience based on LGBT visibility and acceptance, equality laws, and overall sense of community support. We are, of course, talking about teachers in small pockets of New England, where the concept of civil rights has historically been one of inclusion. For those braving the small towns, rural communities, and antagonistic folks in less than friendly places all over the country, the plight continues. When you thought of your favorite teacher, you may have thought about their ability to explain a hard topic, or to make a boring subject seem interesting; you may have thought about their willingness to
listen, or to offer encouragement. I doubt that you thought about their sexual orientation because in truth, children never do. Teaching is a hard job, one that requires selfless commitment and remarkable dedication to our youth. Teachers look not only to pass on knowledge but to ensure that each generation has a chance to make the world a better place for all. LGBT educators take on that challenge despite the added obstacles they encounter every day. They add on to their immense list of goals the silent oath to cre-
ate a safe space for those who feel threatened, and to offer a friendly word to those who feel lonely, all the while making it seem effortless. To all LGBT educators across the country, and to all their wonderful allies, thank you.
Trupti n Patel
Flavia Francesquini In addition to being a writer for various publications, Flavia is a certified wellness counselor, life coach and parent coach. Originally from Brazil, she is a Smith College graduate and lives in Massachusetts with her teenage son.
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