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The Eclectic Collector–Ornamenting gardens with Barbara Israel

Elephants with obelisks. Chinese musicians. Copies of Canova dancers. With the fortuitous yet unanticipated purchase of 40 garden statues including these at an estate sale in the mid 1980s, “the seed was planted,” as Katonah resident Barbara Israel likes to… Read More

The Old Gaard–Generations at play in Waccabuc

For nearly forty years, Michael and Susan Stillman have called Waccabuc home. Prior to moving to this Lewisboro hamlet—dubbed “Westchester’s secret suburb”—the couple lived in Bedford Corners, South Salem, and Pound Ridge, always keeping within a 15 mile radius of… Read More

Magical Marigolds — A bloom with history

“It beguiles the senses and ennobles the spirit of man,” Senator Everett Dirksen said of the marigold in 1967 as he exhorted Congress to declare this humble bloom the American national flower. Since first discovering the popular children’s song about… Read More

Family Tides–Small style by the Beach

One half of the dynamic duo behind Fairfield Moms, the online resource for family-friend events, is Amber Smith. This young mother of two is also a talented interior designer who found her true passion by flipping houses with her… Read More

Clear Space, Clear Mind–Mastering the art of decluttering

There are few things more distressing than decluttering—perhaps a root canal. Having been a professional organizer for years, I have seen homes where even showers had been turned into clutter containers. A friend shared, “When guests come I throw things… Read More

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
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