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Who is the Berkshires’ “Man of Stone”?

A century and more ago, a great many Berkshire structures were built with locally quarried marble, and the elements have now sometimes eroded even the hardest varieties. Faced with crumbling stone, property owners need a combination artist and engineer, a… Read More

The Filomena–The devil (and the beauty) is in the detail of an Italianate mansion

On the day that Nick Spain and Michael Bolognino began restoring an aging, magnificent house, they didn’t think about how daunting the job would be. They just kept going. In the span of more than two years, they were learning… Read More

Three Twelves Farm–Eco-conscious renovation revives glorious Historic House

Several years ago Daniel Frisch spent the morning looking at properties without much success. He was going to be late for his golf game, but there was one more property and since it was near the club he really wanted… Read More

His Place–The ‘man cave’ done in style

The term “man cave” conjures a testosterone-laden lair, devoted to TV sports (usually with a particular team over-represented in the decorating plan), darts (or horseshoes, batting cage, golf net, etc.), cards, and drinking—or some combination thereof. There are definitely many… Read More

Don’t Leave the Light on–ways to save energy and money

Lindsey and Andreas Schmid are keen on keeping their carbon footprint small. On a recent rainy day, I stood in the basement of their 1885 farmhouse and watched the electric meter spin backward. The couple is striving for net-zero consumption—defined… Read More

How can I start composting?

Composting is a fantastic way to reduce waste, enrich soil, and lower your carbon footprint. It keeps garbage out of landfills, and it’s a wonderful alternative to chemical fertilizers. The best part is that it’s easy to get started. You… Read More

Simple Elegance–Just perfect inside and out

“Years ago when there was a lot of vacant land and people wanted to build a church or temple, they would just walk the land until they felt good about a place—the energy—that’s where they would build,” says Dan Divitto,… Read More

Getting Your Greens–Benefits of house plants & which to choose

A room festooned with lush, green houseplants is an inviting one. Whether they’re a bright green pothos sitting on a desk or a string-of-pearls suspended from a hanging planter, plants make any space feel a little more cheerful and a… Read More

Electric Avenue––The move away from gas-powered cars

Purring in from over the horizon is a silent but powerful brigade of vehicles that will transform the American car culture. For decades, electric cars have been a sideshow, a novelty act, a blip on the automotive sales chart. But… Read More

Green Goddess–Energy efficiency and style make for a hip, healthy home

When Jill and Kevin Brenner were looking to downsize from their 6,000-square-foot farmhouse in Pound Ridge, their search had a narrow scope. The new location had to be a buildable lot within the Bedford/Pound Ridge community and preferably closer to… Read More
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