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
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
“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
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
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
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
Just when you desperately need spring, hellebores burst on the scene.
Go beyond all those images of itty bitty bulbs when you think of spring’s first floral encounters because hellebores are anything but subtle. Rivaling any other harbinger for spring… Read More
Few know former Kent resident, Birdsey Grant Northrop by name. The often-unsung “Father of Arbor Day” is best known for his mission to plant trees in the early 19th century.
Well, Kent has recently been on another planting spree. Tens… Read More
Come spring, visitors wending through Colebrook can’t help but gape at the prominent grassy slope bursting forth with thousands of daffodils—a whopping 3,800 bulbs at last count. “People will get out of their cars and take pictures,” says owner Carol… Read More
Discovering one’s true path in life is often a circuitous route.
Diane Rath, a small-town upstate New York girl, never imagined she would live in Fairfield—let alone reimagine her career to become an interior designer.
After college, Rath built her… Read More