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A Place Built for Sharing on Sebago Lake

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Sebago anchors Maine’s Lakes Region. The state’s second-largest lake (after Moosehead), its shoreline is dotted with summer camps... Read More »

Backyard Ice Rink Tips

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1. Pick a shady site so the ice doesn’t soften under the sun. Avoid building directly under overhanging... Read More »

Best Wood Heater You’ll Find Anywhere

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For efficient, comfortable, and clean-burning wood heat, a masonry heater is the answer. The concept’s not new —... Read More »

Block Island Bonus

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Polly Bannister first went to Block Island in 1970, and has returned many times since. Take her advice... Read More »

Block Island, RI, Weekend

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Block Island is an 11-square-mile, pork-chop-shaped landmass off the coast of Rhode Island. It may not sound like... Read More »

Block Island, RI: Photo Essay

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Malcolm Greenaway’s photographs of Block Island capture rare scenes that only a few people will ever witness in... Read More »

Christmas Decor | Bright White Nights

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Shades of silver, gray, and white echo winter and ice, while black reminds us that this is the... Read More »

Classic Christmas Decorating

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The Concord, New Hampshire, bungalow that Matthew and his wife, Jenny, call home is decked out for Christmas.... Read More »

Crafts: May Basket

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The May basket — let’s bring back a small gesture of caring and celebration of this season,” says... Read More »

Decorating for the Holidays

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New England’s style genius, Matthew Mead, creates a sparkling new look for decorating for the holidays, from tabletops... Read More »

Energy Efficient: Vermont Five-Star Home

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This brand-new house in Vermont has everything — a spacious kitchen with soapstone counters, a great room with... Read More »

Fall Picnic | Where to Go for a Foliage View

Fall Picnic | Where to Go for a Foliage View

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Want to plan the perfect fall picnic? We’ll tell you where to buy the basket, fill it, and... Read More »

Family Tradition

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Gretchen and her daughters, Megan and Phoebe, and their families celebrate Christmas Eve together. True to the artist’s... Read More »

Gingerbread Harvest Basket

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When Matthew and Jenny Mead entertain, they like their guests to have a sense of awe when they... Read More »

Gretchen Dow Simpson Decorates for Christmas

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Gretchen Dow Simpson’s home in Providence, Rhode Island, is all about what she loves: art and architecture. Her... Read More »

Holiday Countdown

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The Meads like to stretch the season by opening one gift apiece each day during the Twelve Days... Read More »

How to Paint Like a Master

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Like Lisa, you can learn decorative painting techniques from professionals. In a 1,000-square-foot studio in Boston, the Institute... Read More »

How to Win a Blue Ribbon | Cooking Contest Tips

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Have you ever thought about entering one of your creations in a cooking contest? Maybe you have, only... Read More »

Ice Rink: Home Projects

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Project: Build a backyard skating rink My brother Paul grew up on Block Island, Rhode Island, where there... Read More »

Koi Pond: Home Projects

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Project: Indoor-outdoor koi pond When John and Charlotte Pratt relocated to Bethlehem, Connecticut, they transported the koi from... Read More »

Levick Family, Blueberries, Troy, New Hampshire

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A three-mile climbing drive brings you to a hillside of berry bushes laden with so much fruit that... Read More »

Like Solving a Giant Jigsaw Puzzle

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Fifty tons of fieldstone were used in the foundation of this beautiful lake house. Jim Starkey and his... Read More »

Maps as Wallpaper: Home Projects

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Philip Detjens’s profession as an international banker took him, his wife, Susan, and their two children to live... Read More »

Mixes for Homemade Soup in Minutes

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Our weather in Dublin, New Hampshire, these past few weeks has been cold and snowy, interspersed with freezing... Read More »

More Paints We Love

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California Paints Based in Andover, MA. Premium paints and historic colors, 100% acrylic latex. 800-225-1141, 978-623-9980 californiapaints.com Benjamin... Read More »

Mud Buddies: For Mud Season

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More about mud: New England’s Fifth Season Mud Season Facts and Trivia Boots: These Timberland Earthkeepers for men... Read More »

New England Paint Colors: Put New England in Your Home

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Boldly, I’m going to say that one of our region’s most significant gifts to America is a palette... Read More »



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