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By Design, a collaboration with atHome Magazine is a series of programs which explore composition, form, and function as it applies to many aspects of our lives including homes, business and commercial architecture, gardens, furniture, community spaces, and more.

Each program features one or more regional experts sharing their challenges and experiences in the world of design, followed by time for questions, comments, and mingling with fellow attendees.

Join us for four stimulating programs in 2016.

Gordon Hayward The Inevitable Garden

Gordon Hayward
The Inevitable Garden
February 23

Desha Peacock
Create the Style You Crave
May 3

Philip Zea Dunlap Furniture: A Scots-Irish Tradition November 1

Philip Zea
Dunlap Furniture: A Scots-Irish Tradition
November 1

Tuesday evenings (dates below) at 7:00.
Admission $15 / $10 for members of the Monadnock Center

For tickets, please click on the title of the program you are interested in. This will bring you to the calendar listing page for the event, where you can scroll down and find the option to purchase tickets online. You may also stop by the Monadnock Center Wed – Sat 10 – 4, or call 603-923-3235. 


February 23 – Gordon Hayward, Garden Designer ~ The Inevitable Garden

A garden with a soul, with clarity, varied emotions and an unself-conscious design, (and a feeling of inevitability) comes out of the fusion of three key elements as they pass through the mind and emotions of the designers:

  1. The people who live in and care for the garden and whose style and life stories are embedded in the design.
  2. The style, layout, materials and history of the interior as well as exterior of the house and or buildings
    associated with the garden.
  3. The land, its features, its history and its light. Architect Phillip Johnson said,
    “There is no not knowing the history of the land.” Light and shadow illuminate everything.
  4. Garden design finds it deepest, original sources of inspiration in agricultural land.
  5. A garden’s design, then, emanates from and combines these sources of inspiration – people, architecture, land and light – and it
    is enlivened by the unexpected.

This lecture gathers around photographs of fine European and American architecture, gardens and their makers. It also includes lessons learned from magnificent farms, vineyards and cattle ranches across Europe and America as far west as Hawaii.

Gordon has been designing gardens professionally from his home in southern Vermont since 1985 with particular emphasis on gardens in the Northeast, as well as the Eastern Shore of Maryland, though he does work nationwide.  He is also a nationally recognized garden writer and lecturer. He wrote for Horticulture Magazine for 25 years and lectured with the magazine on nine multi-city lecture tours across America. He was a contributing editor at Fine Gardening Magazine for six years and a contributing editor at the newly revamped Organic Gardening Magazine. He is the author of eleven books on garden design, two of which have won national awards.


May 3 – Desha Peacock, Stylist ~ Create the Style You Crave

Desha Peacock is an author, speaker, retreat leader and LifeSTYLE Design Coach. She blogs at her website, Sweet Spot Style. She’s helped hundreds of people find their “Sweet Spot”- a self-defined place of success and beauty. Her first book Create the Style you Crave on a Budget you can Afford, was listed in the Huff post as “the book to give your girlfriend” and sold out in less than 20 days. It is now in it’s second printing. Her 2nd book Your Creative Work Space is due out in 2017.

An avid seeker of beauty and culture, she’s explored the bazaars of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Central America.  She’s slept in two-dollar hostels in Guatemala and boarded million dollar yachts in the Mediterranean, all the while gathering inspiration that feeds her own unique personal style.

In this workshop Desha will share her design philosophy which is centered around the idea that we all deserve a beautiful sweet spot space, no matter your budget. We’ll talk about the importance of de-cluttering, color theory, and designing a space that creatively expresses the essence of who you are.

Desha holds a Master’s degree from The School for International Training, is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and has led workshops + retreats across the globe. She’s been quoted in the Huffington Post, Yahoo News.com, Career Rookie, US News Money and has made radio and TV appearances across the nation

August 16 – Dan Scully, Architect ~ Architecture: The Road Goes Through

Very active in the Monadnock Region/Keene community, Dan finds a visually strong modern architectural irony, and zing, in an inventive juxtaposition of a combination of historical context and a future sustainable vision, in the individual scale service of the larger community context. AIANH awarded Dan their highest honor, the Clinton Sheerr Award for Architectural Excellence. In this program Dan will layout the scenarios for some of his most challenging projects, and then explain how he and his team arrived at solutions.

In this presentation, Architecture, the Road Goes Through, Dan look at the larger issue of what an American architecture is. As opposed to a European model of central spaces, are we a nation more built upon the images of restless western movement? Are our places in fact found in the movement along the road, a dynamic, not a static, connection to our culture? How is our architecture shaped by our geologic landscape?

November 1 –  Philip Zea,  President,  Historic Deerfield, Inc. ~ Dunlap Furniture: A Scots-Irish Tradition

Prior to becoming president of Historic Deerfield, Phil Zea worked as Vice President for Museums and Collections at the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England) in Boston, and before that was Curator of Furniture at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia.  He was employed previously by Historic Deerfield for eighteen years, concluding as Deputy Director and Chief Curator. Phil has also been a staff member of the New Hampshire Historical Society, where he is now on the board of trustees, and a consultant to many museums on the topics of early furniture, clocks, engraved powder horns and historical interpretation. A New Hampshire native, Zea holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware. Phil is the 2009 recipient of the Award of Merit from the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America (A.D.A.).