Master Gardener Patti Zins, who currently hails from the high hills of Buck Brook, describes herself as a “bit of a gypsy,” having lived previously in Illinois, Idaho, Vermont, and parts of north and south Jersey.
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CALLICOON — First, you see the light.
Somewhere below the Neversink Reservoir live and work stained-glass artisan Joan Nicole Schlafer and her design partner, Nicholas Clemente. Together they share a spacious six-acre property with multi-faceted art studios. However, before settling here, these two mega-talents looked far and wide for just the right inspiring space.
- Have the boiler and chimney cleaned.
- Check that fire extinguishers, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms work.
- Order wood or pellets for your fireplace.
- Make sure your fuel tanks are free of water and filled.
- Have your generator checked, and make sure you have enough fuel.
There is no experience quite like opening the door to your beautiful, well-kept second home in the country—and finding piles of mouse poop, half-eaten food in the cupboard and footprints in the butter that someone forgot to take back to the city.
For some of us—and by “some of us” I mean “me”—the prospect of throwing a winter party is more ominous than exciting. At least with summer parties, you can just put the guests outside, feed them summer food, and when things get slow they can watch the squirrels.
Whether you’re selling your home or looking to buy one, you’ll likely need to enlist a small village in the process of making sure the house and property are suitable. On your own, there are obvious sources with whom you’ll need to be familiar—inspectors and contractors, for example—but what about reliable repairers? Radon testers?
When people want a new look for their home, it’s easy to focus on the fun stuff. Walls. Furniture. The kitchen.
Don’t forget your floors. It’s easy to lose respect for something that gets walked on every day, something that serves as a receptacle for dirt.
RILEYVILLE, PA — A rag rug is something more than a bit of cloth on a floor. Memories, clothing, shreds of tablecloth, are interwoven.
It’s been said that moving from one house to another is one of the most stressful things an adult will experience in their lifetime.