Our Spring 2018 issue features the fabulous city of Boston. After a long winter, we’re welcoming spring with a beautiful example of designer Liz Caan’s signature play of pattern, color and texture; a delightful luncheon menu created by our fabulous entertaining editor, Tamberlyn Dobrowski; and an intriguing tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and gardens guided by contributing editor and partnership director, Bek Mitchell-Kidd.
I know I have said this about other cities, but Boston is near and dear to my heart. In 1997 Rip and I moved there for him to pursue his Master in Design Studies degree at Harvard and for me to work with the world-renowned landscape architect Martha Schwartz. It was such an exciting time for both of us. We decided we wanted to be close to everything, so Rip found us a flat in the Back Bay Area. Our place had gorgeous 15-foot ceilings and moldings to die for, but it was one room (not even a bedroom) with a kitchen and bathroom. I almost cried when we couldn’t fit the couch and had to settle for a love seat and club chair by the fabulous carved marble fireplace. The rent was more than our mortgage on our starter home in Charlotte, but it was an adventure and something wonderful to do before you have kids.
Although we were both in Cambridge most of the time, we loved exploring Boston proper and all the wonderful foodie neighborhoods. Since we both studied in Italy and love Italian food and wine, the North End was our favorite, from the tried and true restaurants to the tiny hole-in-the-wall places with seven tables. We also loved walking over to Beacon Hill to have the most wonderful pizza at Figs. When the weather was beautiful—about five months out of the year—I would walk to the Public Garden or the Esplanade to get some exercise and fresh air. It was gorgeous. The cherry trees in bloom rivaled DC, and the seasonal plantings in the nation’s first public garden were stunning—rotations of pansies, tulips and alliums made my heart sing. Boston is a city with so much beauty, history and culture.
Interiors, Art + Architecture
This was not the easiest issue to publish, but we are thrilled with the outcome. Liz Caan’s multilayered interiors beautifully accented with color are a sight for sore eyes. Bek Mitchell-Kidd, contributing editor and partnership director, brilliantly covers the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, another one of my favorites. This stunning venue is not only a museum but also a garden—a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Food + Entertaining
Our fabulous entertaining editor, Tamberlyn Dowbrowski, pulls together the perfect ladies’ luncheon. The salmon is delicious and so easy to make. With something for everyone, the menu could be used for a spring night on the terrace, Mother’s Day or a graduation luncheon. And we are so grateful to our friend Paige Waugh for opening up her lovely home for the photo shoot.
Lastly, I am excited to be embarking on our fifth anniversary. I am so grateful for my fabulous team and all the amazing readers than make this work. Peachy passed away 25 years ago, but I remember her like we talked yesterday. She would be so proud, and I am happy to continue to share her love of beauty and living an abundant life with all of you. We have great things to come this year!
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