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2 New England “Glampgrounds” & My Thoughts on Glamping (It’s a Love/Hate Thing)

Little late this morning! Well, I’m back from vacation and totally not rested at all, but very happy nonetheless! We made great memories and were in beautiful places with lots of family everywhere — York in Maine, Squam and White Lakes in New Hampshire. But we certainly weren’t in the lap of luxury. I will

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Real Estalker NH: Antique Homes in the Best Town in New Hampshire

No — local realtors are not paying me for this post. 🙂 Ever read Country Living or Martha Stewart’s Living magazines and dream of getting away from it all? Lots of people do. That’s why half of Vermont is owned by New Yorkers (they drive right up I-91) and has some absolutely picture-perfect little vacation towns in between

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The Best Furniture in America You May Never Have Heard Of: D.R. Dimes

Oh, how I hate to end phrases with prepositions!! But a headline just isn’t nearly as catchy (or as Google searchable) had I written “The Best Furniture Company of Which You May Never Have Heard.” Oh well. My 10th grade English teacher laments. Anwho! Today, I’m here to bring you that behind-the-scenes tour with one of America’s

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A Solution to Aging in Place: “Downsizing” to the Barn

It’s pretty sad, I guess, that my handsome husband and I sometimes look forward to his retirement, the kids being grown, and downsizing. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love our family and our life; it’s more than we ever hoped for. But the husband’s job can be a pretty big emotional drain, kids

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A Tiny House with Tremendous Style: When a Maximalist Goes Minimal

When feeling overwhelmed by responsibilities, children, noise, oh… just life in general, the handsome husband and I often fantasize about buying a swath of land way north in the state and plunking an off-the-grid, tiny house on it, just for us two. I totally think that we could live in 100-150 square feet for a

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Timeless Shaker Kitchen Style You Won’t Hate in 10 Years (and How to Get the Look)

For my first article for New Hampshire Magazine (on news stands now or, if you aren’t local, here’s the link), I had the very general assignment of “The Shaker Style Kitchen.” I was given some pictures of various kitchens I might profile that all had Shaker style cabinetry (more on that later), but it was really up

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ORC Week 5: Stairway to My Design Heaven, or An Online Source for Stair Runners

Hello All! Week 5 of my Artfully Fresh Foyer for the One Room Challenge, here! The foyer is done (as of 2 nights ago) and I just had it photographed yesterday. I can’t wait to show you the final reveal next week, but today I’ll be talking stair runners and throw rugs, with a great online

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ORC Week 2: The Plan, the Plaster Master, and the Myth of Mega Framing Sales

So, a lot of One Room Challenge work has been going on, and the results are going to be fantastic. This is lengthy post, with an update as to the work going on first and then some investigative reporting matching up one of America’s most popular Big Box arts and crafts shops against small framing businesses as

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