The Romance of Outdoor Dining

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It’s early April here in New England – that time when winter coats are still needed despite our desire for spring – and galoshes – because it will not stop raining! There was even snow this week! Okay, in truth once it gets warm I’ll immediately go into “it’s a little bit hot” mode. New … Read more

Not Your Average Built-Ins

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You know, they just don’t build things the way they used to. Especially in the “average” housing market. Take for instance, this house. Built in 1914 in Arlington, MA, it was purchased by my great-grandparents in the early 1920’s. This house was built as a two-family for the average middle-class homeowner in the early 20th … Read more

Reclaiming Family Heirlooms: History vs Modernity in 2023

Linda Merrill Duxbury Garden Home coastal Angled living room fireplace

There’s been a lot of talk and articles over the last couple of years about how the kids today (I sound so old saying that!) don’t want their parents (or grandparents) family heirlooms, aka – old stuff. Collected treasures or trinkets, wedding china and silver, heirloom quality furniture – or even just mementos of childhood. … Read more

Classic New England Christmas Decor – Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2023

Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2023 Low Country Farmhouse Ext board and batten Classic New England Christmas

Following on my tour of the Warm Neutral Farmhouses on the Newburyport Holiday House Tour is this immaculate Low Country Farmhouse that is filled to the brim with classic New England Christmas charm. I’d gotten a bit of a headsup that the house was spectacularly decorated for the season and it was true! There were … Read more

Warm Neutral Farmhouses – Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2023

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My favorite annual event was last weekend – the sold out Newburyport Holiday House Tour. Due to timing, I only made it to three houses – a group of recently built warm neutral farmhouses. The tour benefits the Anna Jacques Hospital Aid Association. With close to 200 members, the “Aid” is comprised of energetic, dedicated individuals … Read more