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The Art of It – Sparrow

Like many artists, Alissa Siegal’s paintings hang in numerous galleries, private homes, corporate collections, and universities, but her art has also appeared in the movies, notably The Bounty Hunter and Something Borrowed. “I am constantly experimenting and evolving my style and subject matter—everything from my life shows up in my work,” says Siegal. “I… Read More

Country Roads — Updating a classic

When Casey Brooks, a native of Rye, New York, returned to the northeast after a stint building custom homes in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, he initially pursued a career in advertising. But after he renovated a home for himself in Greenwich, he realized the pull of a career in construction was too strong to resist, and… Read More

Pleasant Valley Turns 90 – A historic perspective on the nurturing of a wildlife sanctuary

“We drove in over a rough dirt road, under a fine arcade of sugar maples, canoe birches and other trees, where cinnamon and interrupted ferns almost hid the mossy stone walls on either side.” John B. May remembers a walk in Lenox 90 years ago that has changed many lives. He was the director of… Read More

The Elements of Style – Area Designers show how Chic begins at home

The drift of days from summer to fall, from watching starlight in the garden to gazing at firelight from an armchair, asks that we take a fresh look at home. Stylish and beautiful interiors are important: our surroundings comfort us, shelter us, and provide the backdrop for our lives. How do we create a stylish… Read More

Dahlias With a Difference – Hollister House Garden

Where do the experts turn to fill the garden’s midsummer gap? At Hollister House, it’s dahlias to the rescue. George Schoellkopf holds strong convictions about dahlias and he’s not afraid to air his opinions. Actually, he’s cool with dahlias of all stripes in other people’s gardens. You and I can grow flouncy dahlias galore in… Read More

Modern Love- Design company BassamFellows’ furniture featured on “Billions”

When water from a broken sprinkler damaged much of the historically significant Philip Johnson building, there was considerable debate about what to do about it. Built in 1952, this was the first commercial structure designed by the post-modernist  architect who is well known for his Glass House in New Canaan. The damage was extensive and… Read More

Country Urban – Architect Carol Kurth Branches Out

While architect Carol Kurth is well known for her contemporary home designs, she gets much of her inspiration from her bucolic country surrounds. “I love the feeling I get coming back from Manhattan and pulling on to my street,” she says. “The sense of peace and tranquility just washes over me as I am transported… Read More

One-click Camping – Homeowners link with Tentrr to set up glamping sites on their land

Forty million people in the United States alone go camping each year, and together they log a whopping 600 million nights spent sleeping under the stars. Got an itch to go camping in the 413? If so, Berkshire Mountain Hideaway might be just the place. A wide grassy trail, punctuated by yellow arrows emblazoned on… Read More

The Art of Beekeeping – The Clark is home to hundreds of works of art—and bees

The scent of honey and wood smoke is as thick as the warm, dense hum. The worker bees are active today. A few hot days have come after cool, wet weeks, and the wild primrose are blooming in the pastures. David Thayer gently lifts a small wood and mesh box to show the new queen… Read More

Cabin in the Woods – A Becket renovation filled with love, creativity, and a lot of sweat

When I arrive at Nathan Hanford’s cabin in North Becket, he is outside, dressed in well-worn work pants, work boots, and an old shirt, all speckled with paint. He is standing on a ladder, staining the wide pine boards that cover the exterior of the house. Nothing would be unusual about this scene except that… Read More

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