Home The Local- Home & Garden

The Local- Home & Garden

Renovation project? Put a Wing on it

From the classic back-neighborhood bungalow in Vineyard Haven to the old saltbox timber frame in Chilmark — Kristen Ellsworth and William Wing do it all.  Kristen is an interior designer who specializes in artfully curating...

Making your home safer, simply

Decoration and practicality come together to make a house comfortable, utilitarian, and most importantly, a home. But safety ought to figure into the picture as well. A multitude of safety issues might present themselves...

Houseplants: What do you live with?

Winter is on its way, and life indoors prevails until well into 2020. For you, what greenery is going to cheer the indoor interval?  Think of the many gigantic, faithfully undemanding crassulas you have seen...

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...

Back to school with Kyle Crossland

Around this time in 2017, Kyle Crossland stepped through the doors of the MVRHS horticulture greenhouse and felt transported back about sixteen years to his time in high school. The space felt the same,...

Can we take a peek?

Pascal Albanese and Jeanie Hay Sternbach pay particular attention to the weather. They pay attention to the currents, the tides, the ebb and flow of pattering waves — the wind.  They live aboard Dulcinea, a...

The vine-tied fence at Lucy Vincent Beach

After moving to Chilmark seven years ago, I began to notice the intricacies of the bentwood natural fencing that lines the right side of the path leading to Lucy Vincent Beach. All the hand-tied...

Gardens of Love: Jaime Hamlin

Updated July 22 Jaime Hamlin is better known as the chef and caterer who has garnered annual Island recognition since 2008. She runs a successful catering and wedding business — now with her three sons...

Can we take a peek?

After a few missed turns down wrong dirt roads, I found Jamie Curtis’ and Jason Colin’s Chilmark home. It was around 4 o’clock, when the light starts to soften, casting pure gold on the...

Can we take a peek?

Updated August 26 The road to Rose Meadow Way in Aquinnah is winding and quiet. It curves under canopied trees with blooming summer leaves, and water views that appear in and out of sight. The...

Gardens of Love: Paul Doherty and David Behnke

Updated July 2 When visiting Paul Doherty and David Behnke's home to write about their art collection, I knew I had to return to see their garden. They purchased the home on William Street in...

Can we take a peek?

A well designed room is like a painting, and like any great artist, a designer knows when it’s time to stop. “You have to sort of look at it, and walk away from it,...

Renovating a legacy

If you’ve driven through downtown Edgartown in the last month or so, you’ve no doubt noticed the abundance of chirping cranes, buzzing saws, and “hard hat only” signs. That’s because three Island hotels, all...

When trees blow down

Back in 1973, I was looking around my newly inherited acre of land for where to build my house. I settled on a ridge between a nicely shaped oak in the front, and a...

Gardens of Love: Marie-Louise Rouff

Marie-Louise Rouff, now almost 90, moved to the Vineyard with her husband Paul Levine a decade ago from California. It wasn't so easy finding a house with an art studio for her paintings, but...

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...

Can we take a peek?

My phone buzzed on the way to this Vineyard home: “Text me when you’re here,” it read. “There’s a mean goose that attacks people.” I laughed to myself. These are the things you only...

At home with Sophia Brush Warren of Vineyard Decorators

Growing up, Sophia Brush Warren never imagined she would live on Martha’s Vineyard as an adult. However, after establishing herself in a successful corporate career in Los Angeles, the West Tisbury native was drawn...

Regenerative gardening 101

Regenerative gardening is gaining popularity across the country. It is a response to global setbacks, like climate change and population growth, which present more people to feed and fewer resources to do so. Regenerative...

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...