Mary Porzelt


Mary Porzelt is an accomplished professional designer with special expertise in residential kitchen and bath design. Her career has paralleled much of the building industry’s growth since the early 1990s. Mary has been a design consultant for interior designers, architects, and builders serving regional and national clients since 1999. Mary is a graduate of Chamberlayne School of Design at Mt. Ida College and currently works as the manager and principal designer for Boston Kitchen Design in Needham, MA. Her work can be seen at

Kevin Ireton


Kevin Ireton graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky and then went to work as a carpenter for 10 years. In 1986 he joined the staff of Fine Homebuilding Magazine. A few years later, he became the magazine’s chief editor and held the position for 17 years. Ireton retired from publishing in 2009, but continues to serve the magazine as an editor-at-large. He lives in western Connecticut with his wife and two dogs, and works as a freelance writer and builder.

Gail Ravgiala


Gail Ravgiala joined Design New England as editor in November 2007. She had been the home design editor for the Sunday Boston Globe Magazine, where she edited and produced the six-times-a-year Your Home issues. Her magazine experience began in 1990 when she was named content editor for the Globe’s Your Home, Your Health, Travel, and Fashion magazines. “Design New England’s editorial goal,” she says, “is to bring to our readers the best in design, while introducing them to the professionals behind these splendid homes and gardens.” She lives in a neighborhood of 19th-century Victorian homes in Boston, where she nurtures her appreciation of architecture and solid building techniques.

Kyle Sheffield


A native New Englander and architect for over thirteen years, Kyle Sheffield has been involved in creating numerous residential projects in New England that have focused largely on designs that mediate between traditional New England architecture and the need for more diverse contemporary spatial relationships. His passion and interest in architecture focuses on the desire to knit the historic and topographic context of place with the constantly evolving design realm. Kyle has been a guest architecture critic at the BAC, RISD and other design schools throughout New England, and is a Registered Architect in the state of Massachusetts as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. He received his undergraduate degree in Architectural Studies from Connecticut College and his Masters in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

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