Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Local

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...

Winter escapes

It’s time to start thinking about that well-earned winter getaway, and whether it’s hunkering down in a cabin in Vermont, scuba diving with whale sharks in the Carribbean, or learning about textiles in Mexico,...

Interior redesign for the mind

In the spirit of interior renovation, we jump to pockets of our homes that need help. Maybe it’s a dated powder room. Or a dusty dining table. Maybe it’s time for new bed linens...

Rehab in a healing garden

When the new Martha’s Vineyard Hospital was in the planning stages a decade ago, there was a movement rippling across Europe and the United States — hospital renovation to promote healing. Get rid of...

All about essential oils

Essential oils make everything smell better — your beauty products, homes, candles — they may even keep mosquitos at bay, prevent acne, or lull you to sleep. Scent alone plays a vital role in...

What Islanders Wear to Work

When people think style on Martha’s Vineyard, a certain vision sweeps over the minds of the unknowing. Salmon-colored shorts with tiny smiling whales. Pastel-pink dresses with teal embroidered flowers. He wears, but is not...

Stylish symbology

What draws us to a piece of jewelry? Beauty, fashion, and craftsmanship, to be sure, but for Ivry Russillo, creator of Ivry Belle Jewelry, it’s also about the connotation behind each metalsmithed work of...

‘Fashion changes, but style endures’

Let’s face it, when the weather gets really hot, and there is so much to do, we reach into our closets for the same old friends over and over again. A simple cotton dress...

The Florists

Emily Coulter, owner Morrice Florist 149 State Rd., Vineyard Haven 508-693-0392 morriceflorist.com How did you come to own Morrice Florist? Five years ago, I took over the business. It completely changed my life. I had never worked with flowers —...

Building a barn from scratch

Few builders know the provenance of every board they build with. Chappaquiddicker Collins Heavener does because he milled each one from Island trees and used them to build a timber frame barn at Slip...

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...

What Ails You? Lower back pain

As the bittersweet days of an ending summer near, we prepare for what’s ahead. Fall projects. The Vineyard shuffle. Back to school. Yardwork. The new season offers a menu of backbreaking work, a lot...

Bitters are better

Islander Zephir Plume is an adept of culinary arts and herbal medicine, a farmer, a forager, and a soon-to-be mama. On a recent midday afternoon at our splendid newly refurbished M.V. Museum, Plume spoke...

What Islanders wear to work

When people think style on Martha’s VIneyard, a certain vision sweeps over the minds of the unknowing. Salmon-colored shorts with tiny smiling whales. Pastel-pink dresses with teal embroidered flowers. She wears, but is not...

Sustainable style

It’s a sparkling clear Monday in July, and Phoenix Rogers’ husband Joe and fellow anglers are venturing offshore in search of tuna — without her. Rogers concedes she’d rather be fishing, but after a...

Use protection … from phone waves

In September 2013, Christy Phillips had a premonition.  One morning, she awoke from a dream that would change the course of her career and catapult her into a new passion. Phillips had dreamed that she...

The Bakers

Updated July 24 Masters of all things buttery, flaky, sweet, and savory — the bakers of Martha’s Vineyard pride themselves on an exceptional product. The Local spoke with a number of them to see what...

Gay Head Coffee: Coming to store shelves near you

There was a time when beer was beer and coffee was coffee. For the end of the day, there were Budweiser, Miller, and Coors; Michelob was a treat. Coffee was served in Styrofoam cups,...
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