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.
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.
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.
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.”
Editor In Chief
As a child in St. Louis, Penny felt moved by beauty and nature—spending hours each weekend in Forest Park. She painted, drew, acted, and wrote. Degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware led to 10 years of writing about art and architecture at the News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, and an American Planning Association Journalism Award. Penny received a certificate in ornamental horticulture from Longwood Gardens. She moved with her husband Bob and their two children to coastal New Hampshire, where she’s written more than a dozen books about gardening and design. After editing a regional magazine for seven years, she partnered with Margie in creating Coastal Design.
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.
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.
Mass General Cancer Center and Rebecca’s Race for a Cure
Coastal Design’s publisher and owner, Marjorie Thorpe, is passionate about supporting the Mass General Cancer Center and their vital work in the area of brain cancer research. Her daughter, Rebecca Thorpe, was diagnosed with a Grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma in March 2017, following an unexpected grand-mal seizure. Rebecca endured major brain surgery, grueling recovery, six weeks of proton radiation, and six months of at-home chemotherapy treatments.
Although Rebecca’s most recent brain scans show her tumor is stable, it can begin to grow at any time. Since part of her tumor will always remain inoperable, she is on the “watch and wait” list, living MRI to MRI and courageously getting back to a normal routine. (She’s currently training for a half marathon!)
Placing her trust in the hands of a capable medical team brought some solace to Rebecca during her ordeal and allowed her to focus on her treatment plan. Dr. Deborah Forst, staff neuro-oncologist, and Dr. Helen Shih, director of proton therapy centers, teamed with Rebecca to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. The MGH team practices a philosophy of treating the entire patient rather than just the disease. Their standard of treatment, from support groups to a “lifestyle medical clinic” (oncology nutrition and fitness support), surpassed all expectations for Rebecca and the entire Thorpe family.
MGH is a national leader in clinical research and the development of experimental therapeutics for brain tumors. They were early adopters of using proton radiation therapy for their patients. They have been repeatedly ranked as one of the top hospitals in the country. It is why Coastal Design is involved in raising money for MGH Cancer Research. Cancer touches so many families. We are just one story. Together we can make a difference.
DONATIONS can be made directly to MGH at: Because You Can Make a Difference
Follow Rebecca’s journey on Young and Cancerous. In her blog, she shares awareness about brain cancer and offers candid opinions that are relatable to readers living through similar experiences.