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Picking Up the Luxury — on America’s Best-selling Vehicle

With 27 championships, The New York Yankees are arguably the greatest sports franchise of all time. As great as they are, the Yankees winning percentage pales in comparison to that of the Ford F-150, which has been the best-selling vehicle in America for 37 straight years. Yet, unless you live on a farm, own a [...]read morePicking Up the Luxury — on America’s Best-selling Vehicle

Creating an Alluring Indoor Garden

plants

As I write this another winter storm is brewing outside, yet I am surrounded by the aroma of the Amaryllis, Daffodils, and Hyacinth blooming on my desk. If you are lucky to have a south, east, or west exposure, you can grow all kinds of wonderful plants. Even shady northern exposures can be greened up [...]read moreCreating an Alluring Indoor Garden

Hidden Treasure — Creating a Memorial Garden

Memorial Garden

Most gardeners will tell you that they’re devoted to their plot of earth, but tucked away in a corner of Greenfield Hill is a garden that is devoted to people: the memory of those who have passed away, that is. The Memorial Garden at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church turns 20 this year, and is [...]read moreHidden Treasure — Creating a Memorial Garden

Foaling in Love Again–Raising Million Dollar Babies, like American Pharoah’s foal

Foaling in love

It is a bitterly cold February day. The skies threaten snow, the fields have yet to turn from brown to green, and the cherry and oak trees lining the paths at Sunnyfield Farm are still not close to budding. John Grau, the ebullient farm manager and overseer of Joanne Nielsen’s thoroughbred breeding program here is [...]read moreFoaling in Love Again–Raising Million Dollar Babies, like American Pharoah’s foal

On a Sunday Morning –– Life lessons in the garden

I am a gardener. Not the fancy kind. My gardens evolve much like my cooking, an unplanned painting on a canvas where I throw things together and sometimes it is delicious, yet often it needs more. Always more of something. More plants. More salt. More white. More fertilizer, more spice, more TLC. Always to be [...]read moreOn a Sunday Morning –– Life lessons in the garden

International Designer draws on local roots

William Caligari

His small leather-bound notebook is filled with sketches, notes, measurements, paint swatches, project ideas—and some French writing and a bicycle training diary for good form. What is most revealing is the range of work William Caligari does, from detailed decorating to reimagining and redesigning the layout of a gutted house. Thirty years ago, Caligari opened [...]read moreInternational Designer draws on local roots

Stage Fright – Readying Your Home for Sale

Home staging

It was time to downsize. My husband was semi-retired, and our son a recent graduate. It was hard to justify the expense of living in a 4,500-square-foot home on more than two acres. We loved our house but also had unrealized fantasies about extended European travel. I knew enough from binge-watching virtually every program on [...]read moreStage Fright – Readying Your Home for Sale

Global Home – An architect’s dream for sustainable and modern living

Architect Dream House

Up on a hill, in an area above Black Rock Turnpike, a neighborhood lined with new construction and modest 1960s Capes has a dramatic new neighbor. The contemporary design of this Romanock Road home is the creation of its owner, Rainer Schrom, an architect with Partners for Architecture in Stamford. To understand this marvelous structure [...]read moreGlobal Home – An architect’s dream for sustainable and modern living

Stained Glass Expert

Bill Dodds stained glass maker

Bill Dodds encountered his first stained-glass window when he was seven. On the way to visiting his grandparents in Pennsylvania, his family made a stop at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City to see where his parents were married. Eager to go inside—he’d never been in a church before—Dodds ran [...]read moreStained Glass Expert

Who do people in-the-know call to hang their wallpaper?

Hilary Clinton

Say you want to freshen up your home or office, maybe this time with wallpaper. You look online and then, wanting to get up close and tactile, drop into a design store to burrow into big, fat wallpaper books, sliding your fingers across the pages, feeling those blends of fabric, linen and grass. Finally, faint [...]read moreWho do people in-the-know call to hang their wallpaper?

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