September 24, 2016

Moving My Steinway Grand Piano

My grandchildren, Jude and Truman, are learning how to play the piano.

Studying music is a wonderful way for children to develop hand-eye coordination, and discipline. Learning how to play an instrument is also lots of fun, and now that the children are four and five years old, my daughter, Alexis, thought it was the perfect time to start lessons. I decided it would be great for them to learn on my Steinway piano. It's not used nearly as much as I would like - mostly during the holidays when I host gatherings at my Bedford, New York home - having Jude and Truman play it would be so special.

Earlier this month, the piano was moved to my daughter's apartment in New York City. Pianos are one of the harder items in a household to move, considering their size, awkward shape, and bulkiness. When moving a piano, it's a good idea to enlist the help of a professional moving company. I used A. N. Piano Moving LLC. in Wayne, New Jersey. The company has been moving pianos and organs for many years. Here are some photos.

September 23, 2016

Kitchen Week at The Home Depot - Design Solutions and Inspirations

Kitchen Week at The Home Depot is a great time to upgrade your kitchen - I hope this week inspired you.

Since a family's kitchen is among the most important spaces in the home, it’s important to ensure any remodeling job provides a well-designed space - one where the family can comfortably gather together for meals, and plan the day’s activities. A kitchen remodel is usually a significant expense for most homeowners, but it's one that will last for years to come and can increase the overall value of the home. If you're planning to redo your kitchen, consider your family and your lifestyle and plan your kitchen accordingly. Make sure to choose your gadgets first. It's easier to choose cabinets and countertops to fit appliances like your refrigerator and dishwasher, rather than the other way around. Think of color, flooring, hardware, and how it all fits together.

Some of the most popular questions I hear when it comes to kitchen renovations include: how to get the most organization out of a small space, how to select the best style option or color for the kitchen, and how to make the kitchen more family friendly. Our designers work hard to incorporate pieces and features that work best in any kitchen. Below are some of our solutions and tips.

We're always seeking new kitchen inspiration. Share your kitchen remodeling stories and favorite features in the comments. Plus, from now through September 30th, check with The Home Depot in your area for special offers with our Martha Stewart Living™ Kitchens.

September 22, 2016

An End of Summer Garden Tour

Another enjoyable garden tour at Cantitoe Corners!

Yesterday, on the year’s last official day of summer, I opened my gardens for a private showing to The Garden Club of America. The tour was part of their annual Shirley Meneice Horticulture Conference. The conference was held at New York City's Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and ended with visits to several other botanical institutions and gardens in the area, including mine. It was a great honor - nearly 60-guests from various states across the country attended. Every now and then, I agree to these special guided walks to show visitors what is blooming at the time and to share how we care for all the many plantings at the farm. Unfortunately, I was traveling abroad and could not join the group, but I did call-in and wish them a most enjoyable visit and tour.

Here are some pictures of what they saw - enjoy them. And, happy autumn!