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Design Q+A: How can we prepare our lawns for the winter?

What are the best ways to prepare our lawns for the winter? You really should aerate your lawn every year and the fall is the best time to do this. Aerating is super beneficial for...

Design Q+A: Natural swimming pools

Daniel Whiting, owner and operator of Next Generation Natural Pools Native Islander Whiting shared three recent natural swimming pool projects, as well as facts about his eco-friendly business, and how natural pool installations compare with...

Design Q+A: Little changes, big impact

Danielle Zerbonne, Interior Design Consultant, Vineyard Decorators Danielle recently helped client Anna Marie D'Addarie redesign her living room, including a new sofa, chair, ottoman, and a wild-colored rug. Anna Marie has since made her own...

Design Q+A: How do we design our homes so we can ‘Age in Place’?

Have you designed a house, or even just a room, to accommodate the needs of older or handicapped people? “Aging in place is important to South Mountain,” said John Abrams, CEO and founder of...

Design Q+A: Fireplaces

From traditional and wood-burning to modern and gas-powered, fireplaces are undoubtedly the snuggest spot in the house. We’ve reached a point in design innovation where most ideas of what a homeowner might want can...

Design Q+A: Screened-in porches

First of all, do you say "screen porch," or "screened porch," or "screened-in porch"? Typically "screen porch" because it is the shortest term. In your design experience, are screen porches added to existing open porches, or...

Design Q+A: A Julie Robinson kitchen

So, tell us about this kitchen. This was a renovation; the owner is a man with two sons. The goal was to have an open kitchen area where people could gather and cook together. The...

Design Q + A: Jenny Slossberg’s outdoor shower and porch

  Tell us the story of your front porch. Last summer I was able to install a roof on my front porch, finally making it the farmers porch I had hoped for but could not afford...

For the love of pantries

A pantry is a room apart. You can stock it with whatever you want to protect or store away from the bustle of kitchen life. At its best, a pantry is not just a...

 What I know about outdoor showers: Ten tips for getting the most out of...

  First of all, I’m not an architect or a builder, just a civilian who over the years has had a couple of outside showers built, and we’ve learned from our mistakes. Although we’re still...

The Artisans: Island craftsmen and women make our houses home

An artisan (from French: artisan, Italian: artigiano) is a skilled craftworker who makes or creates things by hand that may be functional or strictly decorative. Five Vineyard craftsmen who rely on the handmade process...