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Stage Fright – Readying Your Home for Sale

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… Read More
Architect Dream House

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

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,… Read More
Bill Dodds stained glass maker

Stained Glass Expert

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… Read More
Hilary Clinton

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

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… Read More
Black Bear

Black Bears sightings on the rise – where and what to do

Large, black, thick-furred, long of tooth and claw, come April or thereabouts they’ll awake from their winter torpor to a town that has most certainly awoken to them. Maybe you’ve seen one lumbering along with their golly-gee gait, in our… Read More
Tommy Hilfiger Apartment

Decorating for Designer Tommy Hilfiger

High atop NYC’s Plaza Hotel, Eva Lee and Nels Christianson applied their high-end decorative painting skills to the penthouse home of Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, the iconic resort-wear fashion designer. “The views were spectacular,” says Lee, co-owner of Christianson Lee Read More
Wilton Garden Club

Sharing plants with others – great community event

Every year since its founding in 1921, as the snow begins to thaw and the first signs of green begin to peek from the earth, members of the Wilton Garden Club spring into celebratory action and begin harvesting plants to… Read More
Maplewood Senior Living

Senior living has gone gourmet, high tech and green

Finding a retirement community for mom or dad can be overwhelming. But one thing that can make your decision easier is whether or not that place is environmentally friendly. That’s where Maplewood Senior Living in Southport comes in. Wetland preservation… Read More

Soil My Undies – use this gardening trick

“Eeeww! Soil a pair of men’s underwear?” Some of Bedford’s Rusticus Garden Club members recoiled in disgust at the suggestion by Karen Simons, their co-chair of conservation. The “Soil My Undies” initiative to bury men’s underwear is one way for… Read More
Joseph Abbound & Daughter Ari

Fashion Designer Joseph Abboud & Daughter Ari tackle a house

It’s not as if Joseph Abboud was looking for a new professional challenge. After all, in addition to designing two menswear collections each year, this award-winning creative director was also overseeing both his Madison Avenue store and full-scale, seasonal fashion… Read More
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