Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Local- Home & Garden

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...

Gardens of Love: Anna Edey

It was still winter when I visited green-living visionary and author Anna Edey in her new home in Vineyard Haven. After nearly 40 years on her 10-acre farm Solviva in West Tisbury, Edey, at...

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...

Can we take a peek?

There are certain clues to hint you’re nearing a beautiful Vineyard home. The first: The GPS won’t take you there. It’ll send you circling nearby neighborhoods, but there’s no finding this place unless you...

Gardens of Love: Beetlebung

Updated Nov. 2 I first connected with Lydia Fischer when I heard a clip of her singing. Her voice is smooth, and keys into a range of emotions that reminded me of the pre–World War...

Creating coziness

I don’t have an interior decorator gene. If you ask me how to go about making a room more cozy, I would say add some lively conversation and a 12-year-old Scotch. Throw rugs, overstuffed...

Can we take a peek?

*Updated Sept. 14 This is a series I’ve been meaning to start for a while. I’ve lived on the Island for just over two years, and do my best to soak in its beauty as...

What we’ve learned about our screened-in porch

When we first built our house, it was designed to be a post and beam summer cottage, and it was small — very small — about 1,100 square feet. But the signature room was...

Gardens of Love: Duncan Caldwell

Updated Sept. 14 Thirty years ago, Duncan Caldwell purchased an Aquinnah property and began designing a home and garden for himself and his wife Nancy. “I had a general idea, but it grew organically,” Duncan...

The Hosts: Island inn owners share their tales

Hugh Taylor, the Outermost Inn, Lighthouse Road, Aquinnah How long has the inn been in operation here? Twenty-six years. Briefly, what changes has it seen over the years? Very few ... just steadily more business. Describe your typical...

At home with Lisa Katsounakis at the Tivoli Inn

It’s been on top of lists for dream jobs for eons now: Inn Owner. In a recent boston.com story, “Bed and Breakfast purveyor” was right up there with Actor (a photo of Robert De...

Gardens of Love: Cathy Walthers

It was a rainy day when I visited private chef and cookbook author Cathy Walthers at her home and garden in West Tisbury. Cathy has a teaching kitchen that seats 10, which is what...

Farmhouse meets chic

The Lambert’s Cove Inn changed hands back in April, and new owner John Cain came in with a couple of ideas. “This is a dream come true for me,” he said. “I’ve always wanted...
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