No — local realtors are not paying me for this post. 🙂 Ever read Country Living or Martha Stewart’s Living magazines and dream of getting away from it all? Lots of people do. That’s why half of Vermont is owned by New Yorkers (they drive right up I-91) and has some absolutely picture-perfect little vacation towns in between […]

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  • After living in a reproduction of an 18th century home
    For 38 years, an antique home sounds very appealing. unfortunately our 1979 house has had its challenges. I could be ready to take the plunge and go for real as yiu have so enthusiastically described!!!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      I highly recommend it! You have to work around some quirks, but the charm is worth it in my book!ReplyCancel

  • Paula Moreshead

    Your town looks and sounds absolutely delightful! As a born and bred Southerner, I’m not sure if I could live that far north, but I’d be happy to give it a try, especially since I really dislike heat and humidity:-/. My husband who was born in Maine and lived there until the age of 11 is not favorable to the long winters, so I don’t think it will ever happen, but it’s fun to dream. This post is a fun read. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      My husband – a Southerner- has said some of the hottest summers he has spent have been in New England without AC 🙂 The South has so many beautiful old houses and towns. We visit Georgia very often and are always charmed.ReplyCancel

  • Them there are fighting words missy….:) But, you DO have a wonderful, beautiful town!!! Yes, so many more houses on the market from when we were looking too. I love that you love New Hampshire as much as I do!!! The thought of “what if we hadn’t taken the chance and moved here” can bring me to tears. I feel like Maine and Vermont get all the attention, and New Hampshire is like this little “secret” gem!! I like that:) xxoj.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Oh my goodness– what a terrible “what if!” We are ALL so fortunate you moved here!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy

    I am so happy to have found your blog. As someone who was born and raised in NH, and moved away a couple of times, I was happy to move back. Our weekend home is on Lake Winnipesaukee and hopefully one day (soon), it will be our every day home.
    I love the small towns, the lovely old homes, the country stores, and so much more. Anytime you start to tire of a season, another one is right around the corner. I say that we may be harder to get to know, but once you are a friend, you are a friend for life.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Hi Cindy! Nice to hear from a new reader. Winni is just wonderful–what a great getaway. And I agree with you about the seasons. Though I loved my time in San Francisco, the fact that there were no seasons really messed with my sense of the passage of time. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Was a wonderful place to grow up!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia

    I grew up in that town, and can still identify the owners of some of the houses on your blog from the 60’s. I miss Hopkinton and while I love Minneapolis, if it were possible to move ‘home,’ I would in a heartbeat. We lived on Brian Hill Road in the yellow school house and later on South Rd. Wonderful memories of swimming at The Pond, and walking to choir at St. Andrews.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Gaskill

    Enjoyed your pictures very much. However you fail to mention that at the Jane Lewellen Bandstand in beautiful downtown Contoocook there are band concerts every Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM starting on the 3rd Wednesday of June and ending eight weeks later.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Good catch. Thanks, Lucy! The concerts are, indeed, wonderful family occasions.ReplyCancel

Sorry I’m a little late this morning! The Spring 2017 ORC wrapped up Wednesday and Thursday. A few weeks ago, I picked out 10 of the featured designer/bloggers and guest participants to watch. I knew I’d have more than 10 favorites in the end. Here are the contenders for my personal favorite rooms. The Color […]

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  • What a great roundup. I too loved all of these rooms, but I have to say the standout, for me, was The Pink Pagoda. Thank you for including our shared girls’ bedroom! Definitely one of my favorite projects to date.ReplyCancel

Natural wood kitchens are back in a big way, and men the world over (if they gave the subject any thought at all) are probably celebrating. Men love wood. One of my most popular posts this year continues to be The Knotty Pine Problem and 3 Alternatives to Painting it All. It’s probably because so many wives […]

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  • Melissa Trafton

    I knew that you were thinking of me the minute I started reading the post! This made me want white countertops even more than white upper cabinets. And then I could also get rid of my funky little 3in back splash. Well, new fan and dishwasher first 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sara Becker

    Am I the friend with the wood cabinets and black counters??? Did I win? 😉 If so, our challenge is that the granite was used as a blacksplash as well – we would have to rip it all out to go with the lighter wall looks in these images and if we had to do that then we would likely do a completely different color for the counters!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Haha. No I wasn’t thinking of you this time, but so nice to hear from you, Sara!ReplyCancel

  • Paula Moreshead

    Another wonderful post…Thank you for all that goes into doing these! It’s great to see how beautifully wood cabinets can be worked into a kitchen, and it’s a nice change from all of the white.ReplyCancel

Nothing instantly says “luxe” like an all-marble bathroom. It is one of my absolute, all-time favorite looks and what I intend to do when I finally get to do a master bathroom of my own. I’m working on a master bathroom for a client right now where we are tiling the whole thing. I can’t wait to […]

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  • MaryB

    I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog and your decorating point of view. It’s part of my regular blog visit list. I always look forward to Saturdays. ^_^

    I’ll be saving your sources for future reference. We’re at the New Roof/basement drainage phase ourselves. *sigh* Someday the fun stuff will happen. *crosses fingers*ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thank you, Mary! So glad to be of help! It can be so hard to wait on the pretty stuff and do the functional stuff first. We had to work on our foundation and install a generator our first year — that blew an annual budget. Patience pays off though! Thanks for tuning in. 🙂ReplyCancel

Lately, I have tile on my brain due to a couple of projects on my plate right now. When you think of spaces needing tile work — functional or decorative — you usually think of the bathroom and the kitchen, but today we’ll focus on the bathroom. Now, the handsome husband and I have yet […]

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  • Nancy

    Always enjoy your blogs. Lots of good information and examples. Looking forward to the concert!ReplyCancel

  • hi Amy, I agree with every single word and photo in this post!! Spot on my friend! xxoj.

    p.s. Isn’t it shocking and exhausting how much time one blog post can take. Even the simplest post can take me 2-3 hours;)ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      It is! But I am so grateful for all the things I have learned from other bloggers, like yourself. I’m so happy to repay the favor if I can.ReplyCancel

  • Paula Moreshead

    I really appreciate all of the useful information and inspiration that you share in your blog post, and this one was no exception. I’ve only recently found your blog, but I plan to go back and read some of the ones I missed. Thanks for all of the hard work involved!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thank you, Paula! I truly appreciate your thoughts!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Chandler

    I love your blog! Such a treat to see your email on Saturday mornings…. I savor my second cup of coffee and your wonderfully curated photos. I like your design sense and ability to explain what works and what doesn’t, and why.. (I found you through Joan’s For the Love of A House.)ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thank you for your kind words, Barbara! And so nice to hear from a new reader. Joan is amazing. 😉ReplyCancel