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TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Depending on your space constraints, even small semi-portable outbuildings like this 5-by-7 all-weather structure purchased at a local home improvement store are easy to install and provide a great starting point for creating a she shed to call your own.

He said/she shed

What happens when your spouse takes over the house and you feel like there’s no space to call your own?


Xeth Feinberg, Rose Bevens and Mr. Tinkerbell stand in front of a painting by Xeth that depicts his house and some local deer.

Belly Acres

“Our House,” is what Xeth (pronounced Seth) Feinberg and Rose Bevens like to call their house when they’re not jokingly referring to it as “Belly Acres.” Or perhaps it’s the other way around.

20 ways to create curb appeal

Even small changes can produce big results when it comes to decorating the exterior of your home. Adding curb appeal just requires a combination of a little imagination and inspiration. Check out this list of projects that can easily dress up any style house and make it look its best—and in some cases, even enhance its value.


Photos contributed by Giniece Noble

Coffee cup and saucer from the Wildflower Garden collection

Noble Arts

In September of 2017, West Indian native and beauty-school grad, Giniece (pronounced “gin” as in the drink and “niece” as in your brother’s daughter) Noble started Noble Arts, a glass-painting company out of Narrowsburg, NY.


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Get ready for spring

Spring is almost here, and it’s time to start preparing your home for the warmer months ahead. Here are some tips to help you get your house and yard in shape. Although many of the tasks can be do-it-yourself projects, hiring professionals can also help to move things along and get the job done right.


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Housing and taxes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)—you know, that new tax law—has given many people a temporary tax break and corporations a permanent one. But one of its bigger surprises: after years of the government supporting American homeownership with tax advantages, the new law has altered some of those benefits.


Modern touches such as colored lights behind the bar combine with old-school posts and beams and wrought iron-legged bar stools.

The smartest 1800s barn

Unbeknownst to Fernando and Rachel Zorrilla, in 2006, their future home, a dairy barn, was en route from Livermore Falls, ME to Barryville, NY.


TRR photos by Joe Cooke

Our seed-starting non-dirt is part peat moss, part vermiculite.

Seed Starting 101

Full disclosure: I’m not a gardener. My wife would like to be. Our land consists of a little dirt on a lot of rocks. None of that has stopped us from trying to grow food. One of the first things we did after moving here was plant a garden, from seeds, since we didn’t have money and seeds are cheap.


Furniture maker Walter “Bo” Stevens poses in front of his studio in Eldred, NY.

Bo Stevens: DIY mastery in marquetry

Based in Eldred, NY, fine furniture maker Bo Stevens (aka Walter Stevens) initially attained his command of the craft in the boldest of ways: “At first, I acquired most of my skills by telling people I knew how to do something and then figuring out how to do it,” he explains.

 

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