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My talented partner, Mary Van Vliet, and I decided to take our chances with a funny, dark attic space that had an almost unworkable layout. Most designers saw it as the worst space in the house; we saw it as an opportunity. With some guts, hard work and a fresh design outlook, we created a woman's private retreat and were rewarded with lots of oohs and aahs. In fact, two magazines—neither of which I worked for—wanted to photograph our space!
Today, as an editor walking through a designer show house, I want to feel that same exhilaration. Those rooms that repeat what I see every day are meaningless to me. I want a room to rattle what I know and like, and to suggest something new and exciting. Like art, I want the design of a room to engage me. I want to be wowed.
For those who are planning show houses now, here is my challenge to you: Inspire me, but also give me something to aspire to. Let's make Connecticut show houses a model for the design world.
Editor in Chief