Twenty-five ways to update your home without a major remodel

Now that most of us are spending more time at home, we are beginning to notice areas of the house that need freshening up. Rather than feel overwhelmed, the best way to tackle these projects is to …

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DIY: The Talking Stick

The stick doesn’t talk, the person holding it does. The stick gets passed around the room and each person gets a chance to be heard without interruption. Wouldn’t that be grand? I once …
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Building with the future in mind

The house may have taken almost two years start to finish, but done it is, and veterinarian Dr. Joe D’Abbraccio can finally relax and enjoy his home... When the pets and farm animals and their …
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Editor's letter:

This issue of Our Country Home is different from, well, all the others. This spring, driven by coronavirus, one of the usual fault lines here re-opened. There’s always been a split …

Our Country Home - June 2020

NEW YORK — It wasn’t one particular incident that drove New York City-based artist Bernard Solco to think hard about leaving the city for the country. It was changes piling on and …
Tom and Gina Kaufmann have lived in their centuries-old farmhouse on the Delaware for decades. They raised five kids there. They worked and they volunteered, they even ran a local business. The …
So, you spent the winter debating and now it’s time to sell your house. And then you look around. Do you need to fix everything? Paint? Maybe you don’t want to sink a lot of money into …
What lies ahead feels unstoppable. New evidence about the damage climate change will do constantly unfolds, and each choice that’s made has repercussions. It feels too big for small individual …
For more than 100 years, the Audubon Society has created communities where humans and birds can live together. That mission has become more urgent as the climate changes, migratory patterns shift and …

As spring arrives and the world wakes around us, more and more people are also waking up to the reality that we have to assist the precious life of our planet. Since we’ve domesticated the …

Ramona Jan and I decided to take her nonfunctional light fixture and do something about it. Maybe it’s because I’m reading Samuel Richardson’s “Pamela” right now, or …
Hang or place baskets of flowering plants along the top of the porch and/or the front steps.  Install a set of outdoor lights with colorful bulbs or shades.  Replace plain house …
The problem: The paint on the bathroom walls is badly chipped, has in fact been chipping away since I was a toddler.
Color choice is a time-honored way to manage the way we feel inside, from the outside.
By ANNEMARIE SCHUETZ LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — There’s talk that Sullivan County land is being bought up for development. Cochecton’s planning board approved a major subdivision. …
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — When designing a kitchen or bathroom, everything comes down to choice. Whether you’re undertaking a remodeling project or new construction, Linda Lee Babicz and …
Comfort: a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. To comfort: to give solace or to soothe, to ease a person’s feelings of grief or distress, to shore up the mood or …
There’s a warm humming sound coming from inside my wall. I find it comforting but my husband is completely freaked out. We investigate by looking out of the window because that’s where …
COCHECTON, NY — How do you know when you’ve come home? Not the house you were raised in, but the house you were meant to have. For Rachelle Carmack, the flat tire might have been a …