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Contents 10 5 Amazing Ways to Show Affection

In our LGBT Relationships | Couples

By Flavia Francesquini & renee fischer

| Elegant Gifts 14 Jewelry By N. McCarty

20 Patrick & Doug | Thomas & Jimmy | weDdings

27 Attire For LGBT Weddings | Tuxedos and Gowns

Interviews By Sharon LevinE | Photos Bob Faco | Leise Jones

By Sharon LevinE

| Design | Framing | Reinvention 35 Interiors By paul chaisson | david mcwilliam | geoffrey gaunt

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Mark Adams Interviews Andrew Pemberton-Fowler How does one keep track of all that is gay on TV? Answer: One does not, because the place to find the best in gay programing could possibly be the internet. Case in point is the new gay web series called “Dudes.” Yes, “dudes” is us, as they say, and it is a “dramedy” set in the Windy City, about three gay guys who are, ahem….”trying to navigate life, love, and sex on the wrong side of thirty...and they know it.” Uh, excuse me, but shouldn’t

that be the RIGHT side of thirty? But I digress. If you are a fan of the HBO series “Looking,” you will surely enjoy this one. The writer-creator of “Dudes”is Andrew Pemberton-Fowler. I’d never heard of him, either, so I got in touch with him and asked him some probing questions about himself and the series. He didn’t know me better, so he replied.


First of all, what do you mean “the wrong side of thirty?” I’ve been on that side for...well, never mind how many years, and I find it just fine.

Andrew By “the wrong side of thirty”, I meant it can be daunting looking to the future as a “real adult” and not hav-

ing your life in order…or where you thought it would be by thirty. For Miles, David, and Tyler, a lot of their friends are married, partnered, and/or have great careers. They’re still trying to figure it out and they’re not the fresh new guys on the block anymore. I think they’ve been replaced twice over by now! For them, the “good side” of thirty was carefree and youthful, while this side of thirty is facing life as you never thought it would be and trying to figure it out before it’s too late (in their minds, anyway!).


Tell our readers a little about yourself, since you are chief cook and bottle washer on this project.

Andrew Ah! Well, I was born and raised in Princeton, NJ and have always had a love for media. I went to university in London, but while I was there, I interned on The Young and the Restless, which cemented my love for creating content. Dudes came about in 2013 because I wanted to create a web series and the idea of three gay guys trying to figure out life, love, and sex in a fresh new way appealed to me. Some of Dudes is based on my seven years in London with my two roommates at the time.


The first episode of “Dudes” opens with an erotic scene that you might expect from one of the gay porn studios. Well done. Did you plan it that way to grab everyone’s attention right off?


Actually, the first scene of the first episode is a little snippet of Miles and David on the street which led into the scene of Miles and Ray about to have sex, but it was cut in the final edit. Our director, Brett Emanuel, thought going in strong with Miles and Ray was the best choice, and he was right! It surely has grabbed everyone’s attention. I can always tell when people turn it off after that scene because the question I always get is, “Is this porn?!” My reply is generally, “No! It’s not porn… Now watch the other thirteen minutes.”

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Andrew “Randy” is the best word to describe the


are quite randy in nature. You can watch randy things with your grandmother…if she’s cool! I am quite guilty of peppering my speech with British phrases, but that comes after seven years in London. Needless to say, I love the Brits, too!

a certain type, and we had to marry the two. Our casting director, Kelly Parker, was instrumental in getting the casting breakdown out around Chicago and into the hands of actors who wanted to do the project. Our lead actors, Shaun Baer (Tyler), Ben Burke (David), and Brian Greer (Miles), are all Chicago actors. We saw Ben and Brian on the first day of casting; Shaun was the last actor we saw on the very last day of casting a month later! I remember seeing Brian’s headshot and thinking from the getgo, “That’s Miles.” He initially read for “David”, but we asked him to read for “Miles” and he nailed Ben came in the same day as Brian and only read for “David.” He sparkled on his audition tape. Ben had all of the qualities I was looking for in “David.” Shaun was the last actor we saw for the toughest role to cast. Shaun read for

You use the word “randy” to describe the series? Does that mean it’s British? I love the Brits.

series and the guys’ stories. They aren’t totally dirty, but they


The tagline for the series is “...and you thought “Girls” were dirty. Was that series an inspiration for “Dudes?”

Andrew Girls is not the inspiration for Dudes. I’ve

only seen the first fifteen minutes of Girls’ pilot, so I really can’t speak to that series. The reason I chose the tag line (“…and you thought girls were dirty…”) was to show the side of guys that had been relegated to women on HBO. The women of Sex and the City showed their bits and did things guys rarely ever do on TV. I wanted to change that and up the ante. Furthermore, I didn’t want to write a show about issues or feature simpering stereotypes. I wanted to show Miles, David, and Tyler being guys who date guys.

Tell us about the actors. Where did you find them, or have I been living in a cave?

We went through a month long casting process for Dudes. I wanted a certain type, Brett wanted

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I watched the first episode a couple of times. It reminded me a lot of the HBO series “Looking,”only without the big name appeal of Jonathan Groff and Russell Covey (I guess it’s obvious who I like on that show...but I digress) and with better acting.


Thanks! That’s a big compliment! Here’s a little known fact: While I was a talent agency assistant in LA, our New York office repped Jonathan Groff while he was in Spring Awakening. In fact, he called into the LA office during Tony season and spoke with the owner of the company.

The cast, writer, and director of “DUDES” Left to right: Brian Greer (Miles), Shaun Baer (Tyler), Andrew Pemberton Fowler (Executive Producer & Writer), Brett Emanuel (Director), and Ben Burke (David).

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the role flawlessly. He was what I had in mind when I wrote the role of “Tyler.” I think “Tyler” may be the hardest role to play because he is the romantic, but during the course of the pilot and the first season, we see him go through so many changes in his own life. Mark I can’t imagine where that relationship is headed. Any spoilers? Andrew Ah! We don’t supply spoilers! I will say that you haven’t seen the last of Jonathan (Nick Freed). I can say that there are a lot of surprises in store for Miles, David, and Tyler. Mark I can only imagine how Tyler will handle that world!


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Andrew We have a lot of great guest stars in Season One who mix it up with the Tyler, Miles, and David, so keep an eye out for them. Mark Before the emails start pouring in, are we going to see any females in this, or is this a strictly gay male look at overthirty? Andrew Originally, David’s sister, Lolly, was in the second episode of Season One. Due to rewrites, that character was cut from the season, but another female character was written into Episode 104. Amy Rapp, who plays Katherine, is the only female character in Season One. Will we have more in Season Two? I know the answer, but you’ll have to stay tuned. Mark How many episodes are you planning? Would you be interested if a broadcast network expressed interest in picking it up? And is there a small but pivotal cameo in this for me? Andrew This past June, we shot the remainder of Season One, which consisted of four episodes. If all goes to plan, we will shoot five episodes for Season Two and seven episodes for Season Three. Mark I have reason to live. The great thing about submitting questions to a writer is, you don’t have to make corrections. The first episode of “Dudes,” titled, “Have We Come to This?,” launched on April 11 and it’s currently live on Mark Adams has been an estab-

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Amazing Ways to Show Affection in Our LGBT Relationships

By Renee Fischer with Flavia Francesquini

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Couples who have been together for a long time are often asked for the secret to their relationship longevity. Although the answers vary, the common thread seems to be a willingness from all parties involved to compromise and show their true feelings as well as genuine appreciation for their mates’ efforts to do the same. Whether we are married, single, dating or just waiting for the right person to come along, we are constantly “in a relationship” since everyone in our lives become part of the wonderful web of feelings and emotions we spin every day. Peaceful relationships can lead to better sleep, less stress, higher self esteem, and a comforting sense of belonging. To check this theory I chatted with several couples and asked how they show affection, and how they are shown love, support and respect. The answers are sweet, and the advice worth trying. Here are five ways to show affection and foster fulfilling relationships, and the people who have actually put it into practice. Despite the differences in age, gender, ethnicity, marital status, geographical location, and time spent together, these couples have one thing in common: they have learned to give freely without expectations in order to be in healthy relationships.

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5 Amazing Ways

for them, while providing emotional support, and guid-

ance when requested, can bring more into the relationship than criticism. Although limits need to be set for selfpreservation and to prevent us from becoming enablers of self-destructive behaviors, unconditional and unwavering support boosts self-esteem in both individuals and builds a healthy relationship. Jeffrey Rivkin (31) from Western Mass, has been with his partner, Daniel LaFlamme for a little over two years. When asked about displays of affection, Jeffrey didn’t hesitate, “My partner does an exceptional job of using verbal and non-verbal cues to express his love. He often leaves little hidden notes for me expressing his love and offering words of encouragement on difficult days. Working as a social continued from previous page 1. Selflessness without Reciprocity

worker and attending graduate school is very demand-

One of the biggest relationship killers is the expectation of

standing, and supportive of my hectic schedule that of-

reciprocity upon giving to, or doing something for some-

ten leaves me exhausted and irritable. He’s always asking

one else. Whether you are giving time, affection, or a

what i need, or just doing things knowing that it will allevi-

new pair of shoes, don’t do it simply because you expect

ate my stress load.”

reciprocity. Doing good things “just because” will improve

Such displays of support can take on different shapes and

your mood and it will boost your relationship morale.

it doesn’t matter what you do as long as your mate agrees

All too often kids and parents use chores, gifts, or favors to

with it. Flowers and hugs are both good ways to cheer

get what they want out of each other. While it is good to

someone up, as long as that someone agrees that flowers

use chores and money to teach responsibility to children,

and hugs work for them. Pay attention to your partner’s

doing it with the sole intent of getting something in return

cues to what it is that they truly need. A clean load of laun-

may teach the wrong motivation for interpersonal relation-

dry may not seem very romantic but it may be just what

ships. Couples fall into this trap too and expect cuddles, ro-

your tired mate needs to see after a long day at work,

mance, and affection to lead to sex or favors in return. Dis-

Casey Isabelo and Ashley Jury, from Mililani, Hawaii, have

playing affection - whether through hugs, kisses, cuddles,

been together for 3 years. They are happy about their

sex, services, or gifts - without the need for reciprocity is a

home state’s ruling on gay marriages, as they have two

lot more inviting than immaturely demanding something in

children - ages 4 and 6 - and they hope to soon make

return for the action.

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Roberto Tamelini and Erick Wollf - both from Sao Paulo, Bra-

they know that they are loved, Casey (25) was very spe-

ing, but my partner has been extremely flexible, under-

zil - dated for about seven years before deciding to move in together last year. Roberto (32) can find displays of affection in nearly everything his partner does, “He worries about me, he calls me in the middle of the day just to see how i’m doing.” They agree that there has been a fair exchange between them, and that displays of affection are not bargaining tools. Erick (48) reflects on their relationship, “He’d face anything for me, and i try to give him attention and show him love. I don’t expect anything in return, on the contrary.”Roberto adds, “Being affectionate is just a way to express my feelings.” 2. Unwavering Support It is often easy to criticize our loved ones when they do something we do not approve of. However, being there

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Patrick & Douglas A Wedding To Remember

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Interview by Sharon Levine | Photos by Bob Falco of Falco Photography Doug is a Media Specialist at Nashua Community College in Nashua, NH. Patrick owns his own business, PJ’s Flowers & Weddings in Bedford, NH. He has been in floral business for 45 years. How did you meet? We met at a house party of mutual friends several years ago. Patrick fell in love with me and let me know then. I wasn’t ready at the time so we went our separate ways for 7 years. We reconnected in late May 2013. We moved in together June 8, 2013. I proposed to Patrick on July 8, 2013 at bench #8 on Marginal Way in Ogunquit, ME. We both believe that our deceased mothers got together and said these two need to be together. Why did you choose your venue? We chose Executive Court Banquet Facility because of the beautiful onsite gardens, function hall, restaurant, and hotel with its many amenities like swimming pool, in room Jacuzzi tub, and continental breakfast for us and our guests. Also the wedding coordinator and banquet staff were very friendly and helpful throughout the process. In fact much of the staff requested to be on duty for our wedding as Patrick knows a lot of them from being part of the Executive Court wedding package and delivering there often throughout the year.


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What did you like most about the venue? The quality of the service provided to us from day 1 through our special day by the owner Joyce Doucet and our wedding coordinator Milynda Marr. Any other details about your venue? The gardens for the ceremony and pictures with flowering plants, gazebos, and water features made the choice of Executive Court Banquet Facility an easy one. How many guests? 200 friends and family members Wedding party: 4 men & 4 women Who was the photographer? Bob Falco of Falco Photography. Bob was very easy to work with and caught all the special moments of our special day. When Patrick and I began planning for our wedding we were a bit hesitant in choosing a photographer as we did not know Bob and how he felt about shooting a gay wed-

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Women: hand tied bouquets of purple calla lil-

we were delighted to find out that Bob had been

ies, green roses, green cymbidium orchids, purple

a strong supporter of civil unions, then marriage, in

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wonderful photographs we have capturing our day.

Ceremony: aisle lined with potted hosta with fresh

Can you give us a description of flowers? PJs Flowers and Weddings of course with the help of longtime friend and florist Ernie Maguy and Pat Mullaney from Windmill Florist & Gifts in Fitchburg, MA

cut allium flowersand purple bows Centerpieces: 4’ pilsner vases with 2 stems allium flowers, topped with 3 allium balls, 10 stems yellow oncidium orchids, and greenery

Boutonnieres: Patrick: sage mini calla lily to match

Who made the cake?

Doug’s tie and vest, with green dot cushion palm,

Jacques Fine European Pastries-Suncook, NH 4 tiers,

variegated pitt greenery wrapped with green curled

Top tier carrot cake with cream cheese filling, 3rd tier


red velvet with 2 raspberry filling and 1 lemon filling,

Doug: purple calla lily to match Patrick’s tie and

2nd tier carrot cake, 1st tier chocolate and vanilla

vest, with purple statice, variegated pitt greenery

cake with chocolate ganache filling. Frosted in sage

wrapped with purple curled wire.

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Men: purple calla lillies, blue larkspur, variegated pitt

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What was your most memorable moment? Honestly the whole day! It was indeed a dream come true and everything turned out how we had it planned. But if we had to pick a couple of moments then they would be: Patrick: Our vows to each other. Doug: Seeing Patrick at the opposite end of the covered walkway as the procession began and walking to meet him as we walked down the aisle together hand in hand. Seeing the joy in my family’s faces during the ceremony and the moment someone caught a photo of my dad hugging Patrick just after the ceremony.

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Other special moments... a. Having the help setting up the venue from Doug’s father, sister, aunt and cousins as well as Patrick’s friends Chrissy, Katie, & Barbara. b. Our rehearsal dinner at Fratello’s Banquet Facility in Manchester’s Mill Yard with the wedding party and close friends and relatives where Patrick and I switched back and forth wearing “I am the Groom” & “I am the Bride” t-shirts given to us by the wedding party. continues

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Many lesbian brides haven’t worn a dress in years. On their wedding day, they want to wear something stylish, pretty and formal. Alexandra’s Bridal features this fashionable two piece Palazzo Pantsuit by Destiny (left) that has the comfort of pants but the glamour of contemporary wedding attire. Our bridal expert Fatima Rodrigues of Alexandra’s Bridal reports that many lesbian brides that do purchase gowns choose form fitting dresses that accentuate their athletic physiques. Left Page and Bottom Right | Designer Destiny Bridal Andrea is in a detachable, two piece Bridal Pants Suit designed by Destiny Bridal. The top is a lace scoop neckline adorned with a beaded belt at the natural waist, the pants are highwaisted lace Palazzo pants. Top Left & Right | Designer WTOO Andrea is in a designer WTOO which is a slim, sheath skirt, v-neck, v-back, m ​ itered in a chevron pattern​, with ​​ a Chapel train. Top Right & Left | Designer Love Marley Amanda is in a designer Love Marley with a v-neck, spaghetti strap, lace corset bodice​, ​Georgette band at waist​, s​ lim a-line, lace godet skirt with a lace scallop hem ​and finished with a C​athedral​​train. Bottom Right | Designer Allure Amanda is in a fitted style Allure that any vintage loving bride will adore. This classic gown, features a simple brooch and sheer sleeves with lace appliqué for added feminine texture.

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Thomas and Jimmy Wed

Thomas is a full time graduate student in a Master of Divinity program. He was born and raised in southeastern Ohio and came to Massachusetts in 2008. Jimmy is an instructional designer for an electrical distributor. He mostly grew up in Connecticut but his family also has roots in Ohio. The two met online through OKCupid. They met for the first time for lunch, which turned into a twelve hour date that included dinner and dessert and only ended because the subway was closing for the night. The romance continued to grow from there and on Valentine’s Day, Jimmy proposed with a key and a customized candy bar made by a local chocolatier Lydia Blanchard of Sweet Lydia’s.

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When planning the wedding, we both wanted to find a venue that would be a comfortable place to bring our families and friends together for the weekend. We were also hoping for an outdoor wedding where nature could supply the primary decorations. We first visited Friendly Crossways by arranging an overnight stay. The converted barn with beds decorated with handmade quilts felt very comfortable and with several outdoor locations that would be perfect for the outdoor ceremony we had envisioned, we knew it was the perfect place.


Thomas and Jimmy share a moment Photo: Leise Jones Right: Jimmy and Thomas cutting the wedding cake, Photo: Leise Jones

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antique wooden box given to us by

that the cake “not look like a wed-

On top of the beauty and comfort

Jimmy’s aunt. Our guests were then

ding dress.” They agreed that Thomas

that we both wanted, Friendly Cross-

given blankets and ushered over to

would choose the flavors, and Jimmy

ways offered us the flexibility to have

the spot where we would be married

would plan the design. The end re-

all our overnight guests in one loca-

with a backdrop of trees that pro-

sult was a two layer cake that was

tion with plenty of opportunity for our

vided gentle shade and large, moss-

decorated to look like a tree stump

family and friends to get to know one

covered rocks. At the start of the cer-

from Konditor Meister. On the stump

another better. Mary was accom-

emony, we added our own items to

were two chocolate owls, one with a

modating and helpful throughout

the time capsule and then our moth-

bowtie and the other with a top hat.

the entire process from our first visit

ers and friends—and, finally, the two

The top layer was a chocolate cake

through the planning and the wed-

of us—tied colorful ribbons around

with an oreo cream filling and the

ding weekend. Our ceremony was attended by about 65 guests. As we finished our formal pictures and the guests began

the box to seal it. We plan to open

bottom layer was a vanilla cake with

the box on our 10-year anniversary to

a raspberry-lemon filling. Thomas’s

re-experience the love and support

nephew Cyrus ate part of the purple

of our family and friends.

chocolate top hat and had a purple tongue for hours.

to arrive, they were greeted with a

After the ceremony, we invited every-

tea reception catered by Mary. Mary

one into the charming dining hall for

In the evening, those who were

worked with us to create a rainbow

cake and games. Due to our shared

spending the night joined us around

of treats that fit not only our budget,

love of games, we chose to have a


but our relaxed, kid-friendly atmo-

“first game” instead of a first dance.

(vegan and traditional) were roast-

sphere. During the reception, guests

We played Tsuro, and we tied.

ed, and campfire songs marked a

were encouraged to place notes or

One of Jimmy’s favorite things was

joy-filled end to an unhurried, sub-

small items in a “time capsule”—an

our cake. Thomas’ requirement was

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Thomas and Jimmy Wed

dued, joy-filled day of celebration

Bar Harbor were the Coffee Hound

and fellowship and family.

where Thomas got coffee and pas-

We spent our honeymoon in Maine,

tries, and Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Em-

starting with a night in Portland. From

porium where Jimmy got ice cream.

there we travelled up to Bar Har-

We also spent some time in Acadia

bor for four nights at a lovely bed &

National Park. For the last few days

breakfast called the Greycote Inn,

of our honeymoon, we spent time at

that featured wonderful vegetarian

a friend’s cabin near Augusta. The

breakfasts. Since it was just before the

whole trip was just the easygoing trip

main tourist season, it was quiet and

that we both wanted, enjoying the


quaint towns and nature of Maine



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by Paul Chaisson

Page 39 Common Decorating Mistakes by Lindsay Wilson

Page 42 Frame it right By Geoffrey Gaunt

SavoirFlair special feature

Page 46 Building Reinvention by David Mcwilliam

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My advice when seeking assistance from an interior designer is wait for the designer to ask the questions. Honestly, in order for myself or anyone else to best help you is, allow me or the designer to be asking the relevant questions. A good designer will ask the important questions. This is the only way the designer and the client together can conceptually design a space that reflects the clients likes and interests.

Specialization Designers may specialize in more modern or trendy designs. Many will only work with either commercial or residential clients. Some will be able to handle both. Also, you may have just bath or kitchen designers. Personally I do both commercial and residential. I tend to stay away from trends. They can be expensive to constantly update. I prefer a more timeless and classic approach. Some create pieces of art, I create places you’re proud to call home...

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Mistakes when hiring an Interior Designer Some clients don’t get references or check portfolios. Many feel it’s ok to try and shop around and get someone readily available and/or less expensive. If a designer is that readily available it’s sad to say there may be a bad reason for this. You get what you pay for... You may be confused by thinking its best to go cheap. Cheap is never good and always more costly in the end. My Approach My approach is and will always be an honest approach. I often will put myself in the homes and in the shoes of the clients seeking my assistance. I believe in doing it right rather than doing it over. I would delay a project in order for the client to get it done right and on time and budget. Favorite Clients Every client is my favorite client. You become friends. You spend so much time together. I however love a client who is eager, open and can appreciate great ideas and is not afraid of exploring all of the options available to them. A limited mind, will limit your options! becoming an interior decorator

ing phase, he was constantly taking his potential clients in

I have literally been designing since the early age of 4 or

tours through my home. These clients ended up becom-

5. I would constantly rearrange furniture, remake beds,

ing my clients.

and move decorative accessories. Professionally my career began when building my first home over 20 years ago.

I have always been and always will be passionate for de-

During the building process, our builder became very in-

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Are You Making Any of These Common Decorating Mistakes?

By Lyndsay Wilson “I’m good with color� you tell your friends, and you truly believe that in another life, you could have been an excellent interior designer. Then how did it happen that your living room just looks... off? Even those of us with the keenest eyes and the best style sense can fall victim to decorating blunders. Sometimes experiencing the feel of a room in person is quite different to the visions you gleaned from home magazines and your Pinterest board. Here are some of the most common style mistakes people unwittingly make when decorating their homes. continued on next page

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Getting sizes wrong Color, texture and style are always punted as the most important characteristics of a new piece of furniture, but if it doesn’t match the scale of your room, the effect is going to be awkward. Area rugs shouldn’t be more than a foot or two from the wall, light fittings shouldn’t dominate the ceiling they hang from and you’ll only go crazy trying to have a dinner party where the chair backs keep knocking against the wall. First and foremost, furniture needs to strike a good balance in the room. Not only should furniture fit harmoniously with the rest of the space, it should be similarly scaled with the other pieces. Decorating a hotel You may have heard so much advice to go with “neutral” and “classic” that you end up putting together a room that is utterly unmemorable. If your room starts to look too generic, it may be time to insert a bold, attention grabbing element. Playing with color, fun textures or sentimental items can give a dull room a bit of personality. Shake things up by throwing together contrasting elements, and don’t be afraid of injecting a little of your own quirk into the mix. One dimensional decorating If all of your furniture is pushed up against the wall, you may need to work on a more balanced arrangement. Think about the flow of traffic and how you tend to move about in the space, then arrange items accordingly. Another mistake to avoid is having everything in the room at more or less one height - try to add interest with furniture of different heights, different sized pictures or tall lamps to balance out shorter furniture items. Forgetting about lighting There’s a reason that many professional decorators think of the lighting in a space before they think of anything else. The quality of the light in

Decorating Mistakes an area can make or break the mood, no matter how well arranged everything else is. Good lighting should respect the natural light that already comes into the room and find a way to work with it. Don’t think of lighting as an afterthought - actively incorporate lamps, ceiling fittings and even candles into the whole flow of the room. Also spare a thought to how this lighting will fall on and enhance the room’s key features. Accumulating clutter There’s no greater sign that you need better storage than little mounds of clutter forming all over the room. Even the most thoughtfully decorated interior loses its charm under mounds of books, trinkets, bits and pieces. Decide on a few elegant, high impact pieces and put away other knick knacks. A pretty armoire or shelves with repurposed baskets can hide your junk while tying the rest of the room together. Of course, the only “mistake” you can make with decorating is to keep living in a space that leaves you feeling uninspired and uncomfortable. Make sure that your unique style and personality have the opportunity to really come through by giving some thought to these design basics before you dive in.

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framing it right By Geoffrey P. Gaunt, Owner Providence Picture Frame Co. & Dryden Gallery Photography by Marianne Lee Photography When framing artwork, customers most often want to know if they need to match other frames in the room, or furniture (e.g. does a cherry dining room set require cherry framing). The short answer is… “Absolutely not. frame for the artwork, not the room.” That being said, the space should be considered, just not as the primary criteria. I explain the interaction with a client like this: A framer may have several hundred frame and matting samples to choose from. A conversation should be had about the client’s personal style (e.g. contemporary, traditional, etc..). Then, a framer may guide the client towards 3 or 4 matting/framing solutions that will work for the artwork. At this point, the decor of the room can further inform the final decision.

Grid of 8 black / white vintage pictures, Framing by Providence Picture Frame Co. for Designer Sharon Lawn This is obviously a bedroom and dressing space. The content and structure of Sharon Lawn’s design fills the space beautifully -it is neat, clean, yet intimate. The art, framing, and installation all work in perfect concert within themselves and within then environment of that space.

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The dining room with rounded mirror, Framing by Providence Picture Frame Co. for Designer Sharon Lawn This is a formal space, in a very elegant vintage home. Sharon’s choice of hanging the work via braided cord and moulding hooks -speaks to a bygone era. Think Great Gatsby. The artwork is also from that era, as are the furnishings. common mistakes when framing This breaks down into three categories: Frame Design: The most common mistake, while framing, is to disregard the artwork and frame by some other criteria (as mentioned above). Preservation: The most dangerous, is to frame something you care about in a manner that won’t protect it. Some examples include not using UV glass (there are varying degrees of this, but you don’t have to spend top dollar to get great protection). Mounting artwork to a board (essentially having it glued down) -this may be OK for a poster, but not for something you really care about or may wish to resell some day. Archival framing is a HUGE topic, but it basically means that it can be unframed -years down the road- and it should be in exactly the same state as the day you had it framed.

Hanging: When hanging a newly framed item, many people hang their items too high. A good rule of thumb is that the center of your artwork should be 60” off of the floor (this is our average eye height, and the height which most museums hang their work). Choosing the right frame • Consider preservation of the work first (e.g. how will it need to be attached to the frame to best preserve it) • Design from the inside towards the outside. -Will the artwork require matting? If so, work on that BEFORE you choose the frame. • Once you get to the frame, first make certain it is strong enough to safely hold the work for years to come. -This may appear obvious, but many people would prefer a very thin frame (which is understandable, but impractical in certain cases). • Frames must compliment the work. Avoid a frame savoirflairmagazine 43

The Basement Theatre: Framing by Providence Picture Frame Co. for Designer Sharon Lawn A less formal space for family and entertaining friends. Though still referencing the the style from elsewhere in the residence, this space has a more eclectic feel -high impact, interesting artwork, and furnishings all inform the the occupant that she/he are about to have a great time in this room. Note the natural stone walls- special care needs to be taken when installing artwork on walls such as this that is too “matchy” with the artwork. Likewise, avoid a frame that competes with it.

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Design by Reinvention

by David McWilliam of InterrDesign llc So often the most compelling designs are a re-examination of what was once old, brought back to life in a new light. The Farmhouse Chic and Modern Vintage home design motifs work because they are both familiar and novel. The design elements have not been ordered on-line or pulled off a shelf, but rather re-made. I have practiced this approach for my own commercial building, home and when appropriate design clients. Seven years ago I bought a large commercial building in Amesbury, Massachusetts, out of which to run my business, a small cabinetmaking company. It was a long rectangular, old, white cinderblock building—full of potential but also suffering from many years of neglect. On one side of the building was a fourteen foot wide overhead door; sagging, rotten, and in desperate need of repair. My first instinct was to replace it with a new overhead door. While all this was going on I was also doing a cabinetmaking project in Manchester-bythe-Sea, an affluent buttoned up North Shore town—famous for its old golf course and club; The Essex County Club. The beautiful old mansion I was working on was being re-

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vamped, all the old doors of the many entrances and exits in the house were being replaced. I asked the owner if I could have them. And it was these doors that I decided to use to replace the overhead door of my old building. The doors were raised panel. I knocked out the raised panels and installed glass where the panels had been. Most importantly I turned the doors upside down, so that the larger single panel which had once been at the bottom of the door, was now at the top, and the two slender taller panels which had been at the top of the doors were now at the bottom. I lined up all the doors in the space where the overhead door had been, a total of six doors, and made the center two doors active. The effect was beautiful. I had taken what would have been tossed in the dumpster, re-interpreted it and brought both the doors and the building back to life in a novel and meaningful way. The handles on these doors were a true exercise in repurposing. I looked for handles for the doors in Amesbury Industrial hardware, which sells every conceivable piece of hardware under the sun, located in a huge old mill brick building which once used to make jackets out of smutty wool for Union soldiers during the civil war, I came across some large boat

interiors cleats. Boat cleats are rectangular pieces of metal around which one ties rope on a boat. It occurred to me that these would make perfect handles for the doors. Sometimes we can re-imagine the future through the repurposing of two familiar objects to create a new object. At other times the process involves adding something entirely newly designed to an older object. On another series of beautiful old doors which I found for my industrial building

Having recently bought a home in Gloucester Massachusetts my wife and I were bringing it back to life, tearing out old spaces to create new spaces. There was an old china cabinet which needed to go because we wanted to create a little niche in which put a seat. We saved the two doors from the China Cabinet and re-purposed them into hanging shelves.

I chose to design and make entirely new handles out of steel from scratch. In this case it was the juxtaposition of the old and the new that created meaningful visual interest.

We live in an off the shelf machine made world, and more and more in a world that is created by computer controlled machines, which is why every act of making that world personal and unique is so important. Since the settings, and the fixtures, and the environments that we call our own, will never be our own unless we actively make them our own.

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Luxury Car Innovation + Advantages By J.D. Capra With even the least expensive cars now offering a wealth of features from onboard navigation systems to satellite radio, luxury car makers are finding that they really need to pull out all the stops to capture the attention of media savy drivers. And those luxury name plates are certainly delivering, providing well heeled drivers with everything from massaging seats to flat panel displays to heating systems designed to automatically adjust to each driver’s needs. Performance has always been a hallmark of the luxury auto brands, and car makers are upping the ante here as well. Increasingly luxury car makers from Europe, Asia and North America are incorporating this high performance with superior mileage. By using a combination of technologies, carmakers are proving critics wrong and providing drivers with safe high quality cars that also get great gas mileage. Some of these high performance cars are hybrids, some are diesel and some have gasoline engines. In the works are still more ambitious automotive offerings, including plug-in hybrids, electric cars and fuel cells. No matter how good the performance, however, a luxury car would not be a luxury car without plenty of creature comforts and lots of great features. These days luxury car makers need to go far beyond heated seats and climate control systems. Today’s luxury carmakers are including such features as massaging seats and temperatures that automatically adjust to the needs of each driver and passenger. Some luxury cars even measure the body temperature of the vehicle occupants and adjust the onboard climate control accordingly. CONTINUES ON PAGE 53 savoirflairmagazine 51

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Luxury Car Innovation that say about you as a person? Some psychologists say quite a bit can be learned from a person’s car preferences and habits. Ten Advantages of Luxury Cars It’s a myth that everyone buys items based solely on cost. If that were the case, luxury products would not exist. While many people




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healing paints.

These specially

tions about why a person would

with the occupants.

Even the

designed clear coats help to re-

choose a BMW over a Chevrolet

drink holders in luxury cars are

sist scratches and make any that

or a Mercedes-Benz over a Hon-

getting the custom treatment,

do occur less visible.

da, there are some clear advantages to purchasing a luxury vehi-

incorporating new technology to keep cold drinks cold and hot

Car buyers will be happy to know

cle. Ultimately, car shoppers must

drinks hot. Some even include a

that there are plenty of great

ask themselves if the advantages

special chiller that keeps snacks

new technologies making their

of a luxury car outweigh the high-

and drinks fresh and cold.

appearance in the luxury space.

er purchase price and potentially

From the latest in navigation

higher maintenance costs.

Luxury carmakers are also doing

and entertainment to paints that

all they can to improve the looks

make scratches disappear, there

That aside, here are ten distinct

of their cars, and car owners will

are plenty of great new features

advantages to owning a luxury

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commutes more fun, more en-

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tertaining and more productive.

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on luxury cars is in the paint. Car-

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vehicle. There is a perceived level of prestige with owning anything luxurious, and since you take your car with you wherever you go, it can affect how people treat you. Don’t believe me? Try borrowing a luxury car and showing up to a nice restaurant or various social engagements. Whether it’s right or not, people treat you differently if you drive a nice car. 2. Advanced technology.   Luxury vehicles are often the first

car expect to have something

higher-quality materials and are

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that performs better than the av-

assembled using superior manu-

tomotive gadgetry. For example,

erage machine. While there are

facturing processes. The result is

some luxury vehicles have camer-

certainly exceptions, most luxury

a vehicle that overall is more du-

as that can see around blind cor-

cars are more powerful, quicker,

rable. The doors are attached to

ners and help the driver avoid a

faster, handle better and stop in

the frame with more robust hard-

potential collision. Some models

less time than other vehicles. This

ware, the body panels don’t dent

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as easily, and the interior compo-

sion systems that detect deer hid-

to drive aggressively, or if you find

nents are made of materials that

den in the forest, helping avoid a

yourself in a situation where you

collision with the animal if it sprints

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out onto the road. If you’re a fan

obstacles, like a car crash directly

of high-tech items, luxury vehicles

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9. Better materials.

number of different ways.

keep you entertained while you

As mentioned before, luxury ve-

wait. Most dealers will even lend

hicles are made of more durable

8. Better dealer service.

you a car until the work is finished.

materials. They also feature better

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