Our Country Home Articles

Outdoor spring cleaning tips

Maintaining an organized, squeaky clean home and property can be a challenge, especially in winter. Cold weather keeps us from venturing into the yard, basement, or garage, allowing dirt, grime and clutter to pile up. That’s why spring is always a welcome break, a time of renewal that comes with an impulse to tackle spring cleaning, indoor and out. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Dennis Favello's house in Orson, PA.

Hidden roses

This story appeared in the first 2019 edition of Our Country Home.

The history of the world is full of secret roses.

The inside of the church, with a big open doorway and light pouring through on couches and a TV set.

Bobbie Oliver and Frank Kitchens wanted to maintain the angles and dimensions of the church. 

Home as a gift from the past

This is the cover story of the first 2019 edition of Our Country Home.

For 50 years, the Rock Valley Methodist Church wasn’t officially used, Bobbie Oliver explained.

Photos by Patti Zins

Variegated ficus is a small tree perfect for indoors. Note: The hardware cloth over the top of the pot keeps kitties from using it as a natural litter box.

Zindoor Gardens

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.

Photos contributed by Light Curves Glass

“Ruby’s Sunflower Rising”: a Tiffany technique stained-glass window

Light Curves Glass

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.

Illustrations by Amanda Reed

Unhoused Mouse

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.



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