April 20, 2015

Changing the Storm Doors

The arrival of spring’s gentle breezes is the ideal time to swap out those heavy glass storm doors for the lighter, cooler framed screen inserts. It’s an easy task to ignore, but doing this every spring and changing them back every fall provides better maintenance for the doors, and better energy efficiency for the home.

It's an easy chore to accomplish and a most refreshing change for the new season. If you haven't yet changed the storm doors and windows at your home, I hope these photos and tips offer a little inspiration...

April 18, 2015

A Granite Sofa at Skylands

Skylands, my home in Maine, is now the temporary residence of an original reproduction of a Federalist period Grecian Sofa.

The “Granite Sofa” is a four-thousand pound sculpture carved out of one single piece of pink granite. It was delivered after friends suggested I house the art piece while the museum caring for it underwent renovations. I thought it would be fun, and I was sure I could find a suitable place for it. It’s a beautifully crafted carving by sculptor, Russ Kaufman, for Celeste Roberge, the internationally known artist who wanted it as a monument to the original 1805 Samuel McIntire “Grecian Sofa”, currently at the acclaimed Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.

It took a little ingenuity and elbow grease to transport the installation, but I’m thrilled and honored to have this work of art at my home. Here are some photos - I hope you enjoy them.

April 17, 2015

Repairing Stonework

Spring is always a good time to get those outdoor home projects out of the way. Here at the farm, that includes maintenance work on all the stone walkways, steps and walls that have shifted or moved over the years because of inclement weather or large growing tree roots. I prefer to have this type of work done now, before all the garden beds are in full bloom.
This week, the crew from Luppino Landscaping and Masonry came to evaluate all the stonework and make any necessary repairs. They re-leveled pavers, realigned paths, and rebuilt part of a wall at the entrance to my home, which was damaged by this winter’s heavy snow.
Here are some of the photos showing the skill and talent of these tradesmen - enjoy.