About Us

At Coastal Design, you’ll get the best in home interior design and garden ideas, while joining us in building community, promoting sustainable practices and supporting charitable organizations.

Coastal Design Magazine Team in Portsmouth, NH

Our History

Established in 2018, Oak Tree Media LLC publishes Coastal Design, a quarterly luxury shelter and lifestyle publication with informative articles by nationally known writers and photographers. Coastal Design features content for readers who are passionate about home design, gardening, travel, dining, arts, entertainment and more. With a commitment to community, each issue features inspiring stories of the people and places that make seaside living special.

Geography

Our magazine is distributed to consumers and businesses along the Southern Maine Coast, the New Hampshire Seacoast, and North Shore of Massachusetts via subscriptions, demographic mailings, and newsstand sales. A vibrant online presence, including our website and social media channels, offers our readers fresh, current content.

Team

Publisher Marjorie Thorpe

Marjorie Thorpe

Publisher and Owner

Following her dream of a career in arts and education, Margie earned her degree in early education from Springfield College. After six years of teaching, she moved into the business world to help her husband start Adaptive Communications. Over time her role grew from bookkeeping tasks to serving as vice president of finance. She was named Financial Executive of the Year by New Hampshire Business Review in 2014. In 2018 she launched Oak Tree Media and is the publisher of Coastal Design. Margie and her husband Steve have three children and one grandson. Both native New Englanders, they have lived on the seacoast since 1986. “There is no better place to live.”

Gail Ravgiala Bio

Gail Ravgiala

Editor

“In the world of design, every day is filled with new possibilities,” says Gail Ravgiala, who signed on as editor of Coastal Design after a brief hiatus from publishing. The former editor of Design New England, a shelter magazine published by the Boston Globe until late 2018, sees joining our team as an opportunity to feed her passion for bringing inspiration to readers. “The New England coast is ripe with iconic architecture, design, and landscapes,” she says. “I love celebrating the work of the many talented designers, architects, builders, and craftspeople in the region.” When not covering other people’s homes, she is making improvements to her own 1886 Boston Victorian. “I waited 16 years to renovate that house and now it truly feels like home.”

Marsha Jusczak Coastal Design Creative Director

Marsha Jusczak

Creative Director

Marsha’s calling as a designer emerged early—she began her career at 16 as an intern at Frank Thompson Associates, an advertising firm in Billerica, MA. After attending college at the New England School of Art and Design in Boston, she worked at agencies and Seacoast publications as a graphic designer, art director, and creative director. From the start, she’s been key to giving Coastal Design its fresh modern look. Marsha is passionate about interior and landscape design and enjoys meeting homeowners and producing photo shoots of their condos, houses, and gardens. She lives on the coast of Maine with her husband Brian. They have two daughters and one grandson.

Featured Charity

With a community-focused culture, Coastal Design is committed to collaborating with non-profit organizations in a meaningful way. In each issue, our staff will share a personal story with our audience, delivering insightful, firsthand experience about their chosen charity. Perhaps you will find inspiration and connection to these featured causes.

The Chase Home for Children

Colors, shapes, and images have inspired Marsha Jusczak, creative director for Coastal Design, since she was a child. After art school, she quickly landed work in her field, using her skills to promote goods and services. Later, she worked in publications, where the creative use of photos and typography are key to enhancing a story’s flow.

“It’s very satisfying work,” she says. “I love meeting the people behind the stories. I’m fascinated by today’s interior designers and the way that they transform homes. I’m intrigued by the work of architects and landscape designers. They take gardens to another level, and I enjoy interacting with the homeowners. They are gracious enough to share their homes with us, which allows me to work in beautiful locations.”

Although Jusczak has made her home in York, Maine, for many years, she was not familiar with the Chase Home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, until her daughter, Allison, started working there as a residential counselor in 2018 (she is now a supervisor). Today, it is a cause close to her heart. “I have two children, and they are everything to me. It made me sad to hear about what the kids at the Chase Home had experienced. I was determined to help spread awareness.”

Chase Home

The Chase Home, a nonprofit organization, was built in 1877 as an orphanage and currently works with youth facing various crises. The facility relies on donations to sustain vital programs. “We have to fundraise one-third of our financial needs,” says Meme Wheeler, executive director.

The Chase Home serves New Hampshire youth ages 11 to 19, through four main programs, plus summer “adventure” programming. Wheeler explains that kids in need are placed at the Chase Home when their family situation makes living in their own homes impossible. These children may be dealing with substance abuse or mental health issues, and Chase counselors provide both individual and family programs in an effort to resolve the situation and reunite the family. Kids also come to the facility through the juvenile justice system.

“We also do external outreach, working with children who are not residents and their families, so we can prevent a situation from developing where children need to be removed,” Wheeler says.

The Chase Home is accredited by the state’s juvenile diversion program, which allows youth who are at high risk of getting a police record to be diverted into professional care. “We partner with the police and schools to get these kids—usually teens, ages 13 to 17—back on track,” says Wheeler. “These are kids who have been in trouble for vaping, driving while intoxicated, skipping school, shoplifting, or marijuana possession—unless someone intervenes, the next stop for them could be getting arrested. Our goal is to stop that from happening.”

“The Chase Home does incredible work to ensure that young people in need still have a future,” Jusczak says. “You can support their efforts by making a financial donation or by providing needed goods and services. A list is available at The Chase Home for Children.”

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