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The Quest for a Keeping Room: When an Open Kitchen Doesn’t Kill the Cozy

Please give me some good advice in your next letter. I promise not to follow it. — Edna St. Vincent Millay She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it). — Lewis Carroll I always pass on good advice…. It is never of any use to oneself. — Oscar Wilde When …

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A Solution to Aging in Place: “Downsizing” to the Barn

It’s pretty sad, I guess, that my handsome husband and I sometimes look forward to his retirement, the kids being grown, and downsizing. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love our family and our life; it’s more than we ever hoped for. But the husband’s job can be a pretty big emotional drain, kids …

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Nina Farmer’s Historically Sensitive Style is Hip2Save

Boston designer Nina Farmer has been hot for quite a while now. Her name has become synonymous with Beacon Hill and a sleek, historically sensitive style. And while the design blogosphere has been buzzing with Bailey McCarthy’s big reveal of her home in this month’s House Beautiful (I admit, I’m pretty smitten myself. That DINING …

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Historically Inspired: Just How Fresh Can an Old House Get?

By American standards, I live in an old, OLD house. It isn’t First Period or anything, but 1790 is about as early as it gets in most parts. Luckily, being built late in the 18th century, our house doesn’t have the low ceilings of earlier saltboxes or Georgians, and the windows are pretty big compared to …

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