AtHome Magazine: Spring 2018

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Everyday homes & gardens of the tri-state area of NH, VT & MA

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A ‘Shipshape’ House in Brattleboro


At Home with History: Hancock Inn


Columns atHOME with Marcia




HOME ART: Randi F. Solin


GARDEN: Deer-scaping 101


GARDEN: Grow Heirloom Vegetables


LIVING GREEN: Opt Out of Phonebooks


DESIGN: Designing a Luxurious Bathroom


HEALTH: 5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Diet


COOKING: Macaron Cookies for Spring




Listings Buyers Guide Calendar of Events


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Issue 10

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PUBLISHER Backporch Publishing LLC EDITOR Marcia Passos-Duffy CONTRIBUTORS Robert Audette • Becca Curry Ann Henderson Peg Lopata • Erica Marshall Leonard Perry PHOTOGRAPHY Beth Pelton ADVERTISING SALES CONTACT US atHome Magazine 16 Russell St., Keene, N.H. 03431 603-369-2525 atHome is published four times a year (Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday) by Keene, N.H.-based Backporch Publishing LLC. atHome is a consumer publication that highlights the homes and gardens of residents in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire and Southern Vermont. This magazine is copyrighted. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. The views expressed in atHome magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of its advertisers, publisher or editor. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, neither atHome nor Backporch Publishing LLC assumes responsibility for any errors or omissions. Learn more about Backporch Publishing LLC’s publications: atHome ( The Heart of New England ( Marcia Passos-Duffy is also the co-founder/editor of the award-winning Monadnock Table magazine And the founder/editor of The Business Journal (formerly The Small Business Journal) COVER IMAGE, “SPRING MACARONS” BY BROOKE LARK

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ith both my kids out of the house, I’m going through “empty nest” ... but, alas, the “nest” isn’t exactly “empty”! Everywhere I turn I bump into the detritus of years of family living. Some of which I want to keep as a reminder of the hard work that went into raising kids (photos and videos, for example, of the kids in every stage of life). But the rest? As I look around, I wonder how I managed not only to collect all this stuff, but keep it all these years. I’m talking about charging cords for flip phones, Xbox consoles long exhibiting the blue screen of death, fans with blades that don’t turn, child-sized clothing, and even things from my youth, like 8-track tapes (for those too young to remember this clunky awkward way to listen to music, Google it for a laugh).

As we enter the spring season, there is almost a primal urge to purge the nest of stuff we no longer need or use. I call it “nesting,” a lot like what women experience in their final trimester of pregnancy. My early spring nesting has led to frequent visits to the local dump; last time I hauled 350 pounds ... junk taken from every room in my house. And there’s still more to go. While I know this is good for me, and I do feel lighter, and yes, happier in my home, I have to point out that it is not easy to let things go. It doesn’t matter if the stuff is broken and goes to the dump, or recyclable to charity, every piece of everything has a memory. But I have to say, that once I started the process, it has become easier. And the nest, which happily housed my now-flown children, is finally becoming my own.

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home art Interview by Marcia Passos-Duffy Randi F. Solin Solinglass Studio Brattleboro, Vermont Randi F. Solin, who has been an artist for 31 years, first established Solinglass Studio in Mt. Shasta, California in 1995, relocating in 1998 to Brattleboro, Vermont. Her work has been acquired by the permanent collections of The White House, The United States Embassies in Algeria, Guinea, Praia, Mauritania and Benin (Africa), Guatemala and Paraguay, and has been seen in solo and group shows in fine art glass

galleries and museums across the country. Randi’s work is currently represented in many private collections and by more than 45 art galleries nationwide. What made you decide to become a glass blowing artist? Growing up I wanted to be a senator. I wanted to impact people’s lives and affect a positive change in society. Then I visited a glassblowing studio and saw the ‘liquid light’ as a cute boy was pouring glass into a mold in the dark. The power I felt from this experience made me realize I could impact people through art.

Capturing emotion through light and shadows, colors and shapes, thought and instinct… this is art for me. My intention is to convey the energy of the moment into an experience for everyone.

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For a time, I can take people on a visual journey I have created and allow them to experience life through different lenses. I applied to Alfred University, with no formal art training or experience. I didn’t even know if photography was considered an art but I had been pursuing photography since the age of 12. I applied using a photography portfolio that I developed in a darkroom I had built in my closet in high school. I was accepted based on my background as a fantastic student, an entrepreneur and with a strong record of citizenship having been the youngest person to ever create and manage a 5K road race for St. Jude’s Hospital. Once accepted, I not only found an inner peace in creating works of art but also, the passion and drive to teach and share the scientific wonders of glassblowing with others. For over 30 years, I have felt honored and privileged to be able to do what I love, support four employees and my family with my artwork. Describe your style of glass blowing. Representing a fusion of the American Studio Art Glass movement and classic Venetian glassblowing, each glass sculpture requires a viewer to interact with its interior life, to feel its incredible weight and mass, and engage in its optics and coloration. My optics serve as the window into my coloration process — into the soul of a piece — allowing a viewer to peer into its life, like the rings of a tree.

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eer-scaping combines landscaping and garden plants not for deer, but to discourage them. It is one of three main control techniques, probably the one most try after deterrents but before resorting to fencing. Here are 10 deer-resistant strategies that relate to choosing and placing your plants, and to designing your landscape. These and many other tips can be found in the book “Deerproofing Your Yard and Garden,” by Rhonda Massingham Hart. As with any controls, if the deer are hungry enough, only exclusion or proper fencing may work. 1. Choose deer-resistant plants. This is the first place most begin. After you decide what type of plant you want for such features as foliage, texture, color and habit, then choose from plants deer tend to avoid. Instead of hybrid roses for instance, substitute the more thorny rugosa ones. If you like spring bulbs, try daffodils instead of tulips. Of course, make sure plants you choose will grow in your climate, soil and site. If you must have a certain plant that deer like too, be ready to use repellents and other strategies. 2. Create entries to your property that are not attractive to deer. They are creatures of habit, so tend to beat down the same path. Find where they usually enter your property, and put the most deer resistant plants here. This is the place to begin using repellents and other strategies. Such entries may be the place for play areas, paved areas, ground covers or lawn.

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3. Protect the perimeter or edges of your garden or property. You might use an unattractive (to deer) hedge that is fuzzy, thorny or strongly aromatic. If the deer pressure isn’t high, you might just mix such plants in a border for the same effect. I like to move pots of tender and fragrant herbs, such as rosemary and pineapple sage, that I have overwintered inside around the landscape in summer. 4. Uses terraces, multiple levels, wide hedges or double fences around your landscape. This is another way to protect your perimeter. Deer can jump, but won’t if they are not sure they’ll have a safe landing. This is the idea behind low wire fences that slant outward. If you have a wood rail fence, just add another one four to five feet away to create this “unsafe” zone for deer clearance. 5. Use multiple levels within your landscape. Deer don’t like climbing up and down, in and out of areas, or getting into confined spaces. Create intimate garden “rooms” with plantings, trellises and walls. Use raised beds and sunken areas. Your landscape will be more interesting to you, but much less attractive to deer. 6. Camouflage your choice plants. You do this by confusing the deer’s sensitive nose by inter-planting highly aromatic plants such as garlic or herbs. They sense danger with their noses. If this sense is blocked, and they can’t “smell” danger, they won’t be comfortable. You also can hide choice plants with taller plants in front, or surround trees and shrubs with unappetizing


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garden Grow Heirloom Vegetables! (And Enjoy More Flavor & Nutrition) by C S Wurzberger


t’s time to start thinking about what types of vegetables you’re going to grow in your garden this year. How about a better tasting vegetables with more nutritional value? Let’s take a look at adding some heirloom seeds to your mix! First, in case you didn’t know: Heirloom seeds are the old-time varieties that have been handed down through multiple generations of families. They are not the standard hybrid seeds that are created by crossing two varieties together or the generically modified versions. They are the original seeds that have been around, in some cases, for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Many gardeners choose them for their exceptional taste and nutritional value. “A lot of breeding programs for modern hybrids have sacrificed taste and nutrition,” says George DeVault, executive director of Seed Savers Exchange, the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom and other rare seeds. For example; the standard Florida tomato is a good example. Instead of being juicy and flavorful tomato, it simply tastes bland with minimal flavor. Not how a tomato should taste. That’s because it is picked green and gas-ripened for easy growing and shipping. Instead, why don’t you try growing the Brandywind, OTV. Here you’ll find some rich flavor! The other great quality about heirloom 12 Home at

seeds is they are open pollinated seeds, which simple means they produce a “true plant.” The parent plant and the seeds are the same and will grow the same plant year after year. Simply put, they are truly predictable. Unlike the hybrid seeds, which are normally sterile. If they do blossom, they can be an unpredictable variation of the two parent plants. What’s also fun about heirloom seeds is they’ll grow into unusual shapes and colors for you. Not the perfectly modified ones you see at the grocery store. Plus, by growing heirloom seeds you’re helping to preserve the old varieties of vegetables. Along with keeping their history alive. For example, the history of the Jimmy Nardello pepper goes back to his mom, Angela Nardello, who sewed pepper seeds into the hem of her skirt before setting sail from Italy bound for America. This was her way of keeping her heirloom seeds safe. It is a one-of-a-kind pepper with a fresh, fruity sweetness that resembles ripe cherries and was named after her son. So have fun in your seed selection process. Explore the varieties available to you and discover more about the historic story behind them. And, as with any plant, make sure you are choosing varieties that will grow in your climate. Have fun growing a tasty and nutritious garden this season! C S Wurzberger, a.k.a. The Green Up Girl, lives in Marlboro, Vermont.


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• Directories are a burden on local governments, who pay nearly $60 million annually in recycling and disposal fees for unwanted phone books. • In fact, every 100 unwanted phone books removed from printing and distribution reduces greenhouse gas emissions equal to nearly 2,000 miles driven by a passenger vehicle. Do you use your yellow pages directory? If not, do your part to save trees. Here’s how you can opt out today: 1. Visit 2. Enter your zip code and create an account. 3. After completing registration, click “opt out of or order directories.” 4. Choose “opt out of all” option, then “save changes” and hit “confirm.” Did you opt out? Tweet about it and tag us @NHDES with #TheseWereTrees This article courtesy of GreenWorks, a publication of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services,

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ot everyone has an affinity for boats, but for Graeme King, designer and builder of championship rowing shells, his love for them began when he was only five years old watching a news reel of a shell race. The fascination continued later as a youngster exploring ships in the harbor of his homeland, Adelaide, Australia. So it’s not surprising King, a mechanical engineer, has come to own a home — though many miles from the sea — that was designed to look like a ship. King’s “ship” in Brattleboro is an ongoing renovation, most of which he has done and continues to do on his own. He has had a lifetime of experience working with his hands, beginning at age 12 looking after his family’s home. As an adult he worked for decades building rowing shells where a millimeter shaved off a boat can make the difference between winning and losing a race. King’s renovations are done just as he designs and build shells — with

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an engineer’s precision and a craftsman’s artistry. King bought the art deco style “ship” house in 2010, but its story begins much earlier. As King tells it, in 1938 newlyweds Dr. and Mrs. J.R. Malloy went sailing on the Queen Mary for their honeymoon. They so enjoyed themselves that they hired Brattleboro architect, Alan W. Bartlett, to design a house that was like a ship, complete with portholes. When King and his wife Becky Day, a longtime resident of Brattleboro, moved in, the house’s 4,400 square feet was showing signs of age. King envisioned not only bringing it back to its former beauty, but making it a more practical place to live. King has done, and continues to do, everything from design, to the removal of decades of ingrained dirt and grime. For starters, he relocated and designed some new bathrooms, but also spent hours and hours grinding down dozens of uneven walls and ceilings. He’s clearly a per-

fectionist — he’s an engineer, so inches matter. “If there’s anything I would have done differently,” King admits, “I would have made the main bathroom about three inches narrower and the second bathroom three inches wider.” King creates simple elegance by balancing form and function. This can be seen in such features as a revolving metal door for a small bathroom cabinet for cup and toothbrushes, a large round miret a boatman ror that hides a medicine cabinet and a built-in vanity with secreted d the mirror in its top. You could imagine in high seas everything would stay tt l e b o ro just put. Moreover, as on beautiful ships, deco home there’s a balance between wide open spaces and delicate details. t is being The entry hall, for example, though not a large area, seems far grander n s fo r m e d to with its well-polished, deep red, commercial grade VCT (vinyl comemble decks position tiles). This classy glow didn’t come a ship. easy. Oak floors in the living and dining area needed sanding and re-varnishing. The linoleum on the PEG LOPATA stairs to C deck (the upper floor), os by Beth Pelton very thick at 3/16-inches, had some 70 years of build-up and looked black. King scrubbed each step and riser clean then used floor finish to return them to their original luster. In areas of heavy use, practicality reigns. King has retained the metal-edged counters in the butler’s pantry, for example. Easy to wipe down and no mess when there’s the inevitable spills. A ceiling was added and railings were replaced on the porch off the kitchen to make this outside space more usable. King admits the old railings weighed a ton and were hard to remove. King painted all the walls base white. The result is a feeling of wide-open spaces and clean lines, recreating what one feels on a ship — an endless ocean beyond the smooth planks of the decking. Since the ceilings range from 7 foot 1-inch to 7-foot 3 inches (lower than typically found in homes) original fixtures hung too low and so King replaced almost all of them. King grants that some especially tall people might not like this aspect of the house, but after all, you’re on board, mate-y! With improvements on the porches, there are numerous outdoor places to enjoy infinite room above your head.


Most rooms have an airy feel — clearly a goal that King was aiming for. The nursery once had built-ins and felt crowded, fine for a small child. But this room became a guest room, so King removed those. To increase coziness, he added built-in bookshelves in the library. “Structurally,” King says, “this house is very solid.” It has steel beams to support its unusually heavy weight due to the brickwork and wide spans. Many rooms benefit from these spans, such as the living/dining room, which light-filled and minimally furnished, has a generous spaciousness. The solidity of the house’s innards is, of course, hidden. But one can feel the good bones of this house because King has smartly retained some original weighty details, such as the heavy glass gridirons in the fireplace in the living/dining room. Not surprisingly, the captain of this ship’s favorite area is the “bridge,” a long, but not wide, enclosed porch-like space. The room was once a porch but now is fully enclosed. This is one of the few jobs King didn’t do himself, though he did rebuild all the windows, even down to taking apart and rebuilding the worn-out metal properly. It’s the captain’s working space, but with (Continued next page.)

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SHIPSHAPE (continued)

The owners painted all the walls base white. The result is a feeling of wide-open spaces and clean lines, recreating what one feels on a ship — an endless ocean beyond the smooth planks of the decking. Above: The captain’s “bridge” of the home. Left: The exterior of the ship-house. Below, the pantry and kitchen.

a cozy area for two to watch something on the flat screen, it’s not just a work zone. The bridge has the original pine floors, but sanded, varnished and heavily polyurethaned, their orange tint glows in the southern light that flows into this space. The ocean is miles away, but here in this room you truly feel you are on the high seas. “A” deck, or the basement, still has much work to be done. Once the party rooms, King is fixing up the bar, complete with a doublemini-sink and installing a bathroom. This part of the house has some of the most obvious ship-like details such as portholes and just-forlooks rivets in the beams overhead. Whether it’s a strategically placed sculpture that quietly carries the art deco design theme of the house, or the necessary installation of a new driveway, it’s evident this renovation gives King joy, albeit with a bit of aggravation sometimes thrown in. As craftsman and engineer he’s used to that. Says King, “It seems overwhelming when you start. You slug away and away. But the most rewarding thing is in seeing the end results after a long grind ... seeing it all come together.” Peg Lopata is a freelance writer based in Vermont.

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Marcia and Jarvis sold the internet marketing firm on’t be surprised if one of the first faces you they had founded in Massachusetts and in 2011, they see when you open the front door of the Hanpurchased the bed and breakfast. cock Inn is furry with a lolling tongue. Say Marcia admitted she felt some trepihello to Potter, a well-aged dation about giving up their way of life golden retriever, who owners Marcia in Sudbury, but her husband was all on and Jarvis Coffin call “The most popboard, she says. ular staff member at the Inn.” “Jarvis is an inveterate entreprePotter’s No. 1 job embodies the neur,” says Marcia. “He was ready to spirit that’s at the heart of the jump in headfirst.” Hancock Inn — to help visitors feel at home. Newbie innkeepers, “We never dreamed of being innbut naturals at it keepers,” says Jarvis, on a beautiful Until late 2017, Marcia and Jarvis lived day with sunshine streaming through in a small attached apartment, which is the windows of the inn’s front sitting now occupied by Duncan Peltason, the room. “But we had always lived in Hancock Inn’s new resident innkeeper. antique houses. We immediately felt He and his wife, Sue, moved to Hancock very comfortable here.” from Port Alfred in South Africa where Originally from Sudbury, MasDuncan, an American citizen, had spent sachusetts, Marcia and Jarvis had years in the hospitality business. stayed at the Hancock Inn during “We didn’t really know what we were visits to see their respective parents, doing when we first moved here,” says who lived in town. Marcia and Jarvis Coffin ... and Potter. Marcia. “Hancock was slowly becoming a If they arrived as innocents to the center of gravity for us,” says Jarvis. hospitality industry, they quickly adaptBut they hadn’t seriously consided to their new lives. ered moving to Hancock until Jarvis’ brother, who owned a summer home in town, notified them that the inn was Continued next page. up for sale.

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HANCOCK INN (continued) “We followed our instincts,” says Marcia. “Our first thought was ‘What would we like to see as guests?’” Fortunately, the inn, which was built in 1789 by Noah Wheeler, was in pretty good shape when they bought it, but there was some deferred maintenance to catch up on. “There was a lot of ‘buffing of the gem’ that needed to be done,” says Marcia. Because much of that work involved improving upon the inn’s grounds. Jarvis says they put a lot of work into the inn’s croquet course and its vegetable and flowers gardens. “We think the best feature of the inn is the great outdoors,” says Jarvis. And New Hampshire’s scenery is what usually brings first-timers and repeat visitors to the Hancock Inn, he added. “For many people, a New England vacation is on their bucket list,” he said. The lure of the region It’s not only the scenery and the inn’s proximity to Mt. Monadnock that bring folks to the inn, says Marcia, but also the region’s history. “That’s a big draw,” she says. Many visitors come on a pilgrimage to the Monadnock Region; perhaps to place a stone on Willa Cather’s tombstone in Jaffrey or sit in the same spot on the mountain where sat Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Also nearby is the world-famous MacDowell Colony,

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a refuge in Peterborough for artists of all kinds. Catering to those who want to learn more about Colonial America, Marcia and Jarvis also host “History Weekends,” featuring field trips and dinner speakers. Of course, the inn gets plenty of day trippers — folks staying for a night during foliage and apple-picking season — as well as wedding parties and family reunions. In the winter — while the intrepid might venture out to cross-country ski along Hancock’s gently sloped landscape, skate or go ice fishing in one of the many nearby ponds — visitors are often found just lounging in front of a wood stove in one of the inn’s cozy common rooms, reading a book or playing a board game. And because each room, unlike some other bed and breakfasts in the area, has its own bathroom, lodgers might be there just to tune out and relax before venturing downstairs to the Fox Tavern for dinner. Stepping back in time While there is plenty of history throughout the inn, with its slightly canted, wide pine floors and its stenciled walls, the tavern is a real throwback to Colonial times. With green-framed windows, its wooden tables and chairs, it would be easy to imagine a town crier striding into the room with the latest news or a musket-carrying pioneer shaking snow off his buck-skinned shoulders. The menu changes for the seasons to include local produce, but New England mainstays, such as its famous pot roast and pan-roasted fish, keep visitors and

locals alike coming back for more. The tavern offers its guests a full breakfast, which includes homemade breads and granola, bacon, homemade sausage and corned beef hash, broiled tomatoes, home fried potatoes and, of course, eggs cooked-to-order. Executive Chef Ben Harwood and his crew of kitchen helpers also offer their “Innkeepers’ Supper,” featuring a single, home-cooked meal — such as spaghetti and meatballs, roast loin of pork, grilled chicken under-abrick, beef bourguignon, or a New England boiled dinner — for a prix fixe amount of $18.99 per person. Modern amenities Despite the history on tap at the inn and the tavern, modern amenities are not frowned upon. “We are very fortunate to have wonderful things such as air conditioning and internet,” says Marcia. While each room has the aforementioned private bathroom, some have whirlpool tubs and one even has a two-person Jacuzzi. A number of rooms have either gas or electric fireplaces. “Nothing here is typical, says Marcia. “No two rooms are alike.” Since their purchase of the inn in 2011, Marcia and Jarvis invested heart, soul — and pocketbook — in their adopted home town. One year ago in February, they purchased the Hancock Market. Jarvis told the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, the local newspaper published twice a week in Peterborough, that it would have been a shame for Hancock to lose its local market. “The idea of a country market is about as New England as maple syrup,” Jarvis told the Ledger-Transcript. “Every community wants to save theirs and when they’re lost, it’s a void.” “Hancock is a wonderful community,” says Marcia, and any visitor to the inn can tell from their enthusiasm and their love for the town, the commitment Marcia and Jarvis bring to Hancock is genuine and long-term. “Our roots in Hancock are new,” says Jarvis. “But they are broad.” Robert Audette writes from Swanzey, New Hampshire.

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by Ann Henderson

10 Steps to Designing a Luxurious Bathroom


athrooms have evolved in today’s home. Most of us would agree that this remodel or new home element is critical to a well-designed, functional home. The personal nature of the space gives us an opportunity to be intentional about the environment in which we begin and end each day. Choices abound and expenses can add up quickly. A vision and an eye on practical choices are of equal importance. The idea is to create a space that invites the user to linger. Here are 10 key considerations for designing a bathroom that feels pampering no matter the size or the budget. 1. A questionnaire and notebook. Often when working with new clients I give them a list of questions about lifestyle and aesthetic considerations. For such a utilitarian space as a bathroom, you should do the same for yourselves. Questions like who will be using the bathroom, personal hygiene habits of those using the space, safety and special needs are important to note. A not-to-exceed budget is also important as are thoughts or photographs of aesthetic preferences. Beginning a creative notebook is fun and helpful and can be in any format — a journal, a Pinterest board, a binder or a folder on your desktop. 2. The mood or inspiration of your bath. Bathrooms should have some sort of relationship to adjacent spaces, particularly a master bath to a master bedroom. That said, this should not limit creative thoughts or that wish list of things that will make your bath uniquely splendid. Restful, clean, uncluttered and bright are obvious criteria. From that wellspring, many creative visions can come to fruition but the objective is to stay true to that inspiration that got you excited in the first place. 3. Outside/inside. Nothing expands the small bathroom like a window. The idea of creating an area that feels like one is bathing or showering outside is universally appealing. In new construction or remodeling always think in terms of adding light and bringing the outside in. Issues of privacy are a factor particularly on a first floor but they are easily controlled through materials choices inside and/or landscaping outside.

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4. Door openings. Even in large bathrooms I often specify sliding doors. The ease of operation, the access to the space and the perception of more space makes this option a great choice. Glass, frosted glass, decorative materials or wood grains, the sliding door has an opportunity to become part of your design inspiration. Sliding doors with grab bars and locking hardware are available if needed for additional safety or privacy. 5. Lighting and ventilation. Lighting is critical for creating a bathroom space that invites us in to stay and indulge ourselves. Although the bathroom is small, the lighting should be from a variety of sources creating good task, decorative and accent lighting. Task lighting has to do with the mirror and the sink area. My preference is side sconces hung at eye level. Accent light may help illuminate the shower, a closet area or an architectural feature such as cove molding. A decorative light strategically located can suggest the mood like no other element and add sparkle and ambiance to the lighting plan. Lights and ventilation fans should always be on separate switches. 6. Budget. Bathrooms are expensive and can run up in cost without careful budgeting. However, they are on the top of the list of home improvements that add to resale value. I often dream big and then scale back; this helps prioritize the must-haves. Things that add cost with very little return at all are rearranging water, plumbing and electrical lines, elaborate fixtures in colors that may quickly become outdated, overuse of tile and tiled shower elements and custom cabinetry. 7. Tile choices. Tile is certainly an element that can transform a utilitarian, boring box into a sparkling jewel box. The range of cost and cost of a good installer can quickly add up in tile selection and there can be too much of a good thing with elaborate tile schemes. The floor and shower floor are the most pragmatic and I often start there. I don’t like matching floor and wall tiles but there should always be a very close relationship whether it is color or actual materials choice. I tend to gravitate towards neutral colors or lighter cool colors for tile as they visually expand the space. A good

installer can help you come up with creative installations giving simple squares and rectangles beautiful overall patterns. 8. Accessories and storage. Where those towels, towel bars, tissue holders and robe hooks are going should be thought out before construction begins. Walls may need to be blocked or a couple of extra inches allowed on either side of the sink. If there is room for a closet or storage that is always terrific but less is more in a bath and huge linen closets are not always the best solution. Family baths may do better with a bench and drawer storage. 9. Consistent finishes. This does seem pretty obvious, but it can get right down into the smallest of details in the bath. Metal finishes as mundane as the toilet lever should be consistent. This would apply to everything from the lights to the cabinet knobs to the faucets and accessories. An easy rule of thumb that keeps things from snowballing and spiraling in cost is any version of silver or stainless. Obviously plumbing fixtures should be the same in color and I often choose white. A vanity sink could be the exception if such a decision contributes to the inspiration. There should be a smooth transition from wall to tile and a consistent trim color that works with the overall scheme. The vanity can be a contrasting element but should never dominate as it will most likely be the largest solid object in the space. Tile and countertop finishes should always be compatible.

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5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Diet By Becca Curry


pring is in the air, and it’s time for spring cleaning! The weather is getting warmer, and people are starting to feel the itch to purge their homes and welcome the new season. But “spring cleaning” can go beyond just your home. Spring is a great time to take a closer look at your diet and “clean up” your health. Cleaning up your diet can mean getting rid of the junk and/or adding more healthful foods. Below are five tips to apply spring cleaning to your diet:

1. Swap out fruit juices for the actual fruit.

Eating fruit, instead of just drinking the juice, can help cut down on added sugar yet still allows you to enjoy some sweetness.

2. Go meatless one day a week.

Reserving one day a week to go completely vegetarian can help reduce your saturated fat intake and boost your vegetable and grain consumption. This swap can be as easy as trying new vegetarian recipes or making substitutes for meat in meals. Tofu and mushrooms are a great meatless options to add into recipes that call for meat.

3. Switch white bread to whole wheat bread.

Whole grains, such as 100 percent wheat bread, are recommended by the USDA to comprise at least half of our grain intake each day. This “clean up” can be made for more than just bread: Substitute whole wheat pasta or add in other whole grains such as old-fashioned oatmeal to your pantry.

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4. Reach for water before any other beverage.

Including water in your day is important to stay hydrated. It can also help to stop you from over eating. Sometimes our thirst can be mistaken for hunger, so before grabbing your afternoon snack of the day try to sip on water and see if you are hungry or simply thirsty.

5. Get five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

The farmers’ markets are popping up again; these markets provide lots of great local produce. Snacking on fruits and vegetables throughout the day can help satisfy your hunger and boost your nutrient intake! Spring is also a great time to get outside and exercise. Spring cleaning your house can count as an exercise! Or you could choose to spend a Saturday walking around town and picking up produce at the farmers market for an easy and fun workout. Utilize this time and take advantage of the freshness all around you. Let it inspire you to create freshness in your life and also go outside and enjoy it! Happy spring! This article is reprinted with permission from Healthy Monadnock,

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acaron cookies (not to be confused by macaroon cookies, which are made with shredded coconut and condensed milk) are created with almond flour and egg whites, a basic cookie recipe that dates back to the 16th century. But adding filling and sandwiching two of these cookies together ... and making them every color of the rainbow ... is a relatively new invention made popular by a Parisian pastry shop in the early 20th century. These are beautiful pillowy cookies, perfect for your spring table (or, teehee, to pose for an Instagram shot on your porch railing!)

FILLING 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened 2/3 cup powdered sugar Gel food coloring Extracts or flavoring such as orange, mint, lemon, almond or vanilla RECIPE NOTE Macarons are delicate creatures that need a low, steady temperature to cook properly. Use the convection setting on your oven if you have it. Use parchment paper for baking.

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a large mixing bowl using a fine mesh sieve. Press it with a rubber spatula; if there are any lumps left over, discard. Mix together. In a separate bowl, whisk (or beat on medium speed with a mixer) egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until forms soft peaks. Add the fine sugar, a little at a time and continue to whisk until the whites are thick and glossy. Now, gently stir (by folding and turning) in the powdered sugar and almond flour mix. Add the food coloring and vanilla extract. In selecting a food color for the cookie, think of what flavor filling you’d like. For example, pair orange coloring cookie with orange extract for the filling, yellow coloring with lemon extract for the filling, green coloring for the cookie with mint or pistachio flavor for the filling. Be creative! Continue to fold and turn until the batter

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Bake 20 minutes, or until cookies rise and are shiny. Transfer to cookie rack to cool. Repeat procedure until all cookie dough is baked. When completely cooled, peel cookies off parchment paper and sandwich with a layer of filling (see instructions for filing, below). To make icing filling: Beat the softened butter until it is fluffy, then gradually beat in the confectioners sugar. Add the flavorings and color of your choice. Use about 1/2 teaspoon of the filling inside the flat side of one macaron, and sandwich together with another macaron with a slight twist to bond together. You can serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.


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Spring Rummage Sale The First Congregational Church of Walpole, N.H. April 6, (4-6), April 7 (9-1) 603-756-4075 A Capella for MAPS April 7 The Colonial Theatre Keene, N.H.

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Reflections on the Passage of Time: Blanche Moyse Chorale April 13 & 15 Bellows Falls/Brattleboro, Vt. blanche-moyse-chorale Baby & Toddler Expo April 15 Cheshire Children’s Museum Keene, N.H. www.cheshirechildrens Brattleboro Pub Sing April 16, 3-5 p.m. McNeils Brewery Brattleboro, Vt. Monadnock International Film Festival April 19-22 Keene, N.H. Monadnock Region Earth Day Festival 2018 Apr. 21 (noon-4 p.m.) Monadnock Food Co-op, Keene, N.H. A Musical Feast Greater Keene Pops Choir April 29

MAY 2018

The Great New England Spring Craft & Artisan Show May 6 Milford, N.H. events/160950097848015 Requiem for the Living Monadnock Chorus May 12 & 13 Peterborough, N.H. NH Sheep & Wool Festival May 12 & 13 Deerfield, N.H. nh-sheep-wool-festival Pulenc & Mozart Brattleboro Concert Choir May 19 & 20• Brattleboro, Vt. Children and the Arts Festival May 19 Peterborough, N.H.

Vermont Open Studio Weekend May 26-27 Statewide Slow Living Summit May 31-June 1 Brattleboro, Vt.

JUNE 2018

Strolling of the Heifers June 2 Brattleboro, Vt. The Thing in the Spring June 7-11 Peterborough NH Keene Artwalk June Keene, NH Tiny House Fest June 23 Brattleboro, Vt. Gilsum Rock Swap June 23-24 Gilsum, N.H.


Monday Night Contradance Mondays, 8-10:30 p.m. Nelson Town Hall, N.H. Celtic Music Jam Tuesdays, 7:30-10 p.m. Harlow’s Pub, Peterborough, N.H. Open Studio Paint Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, N.H.

Weekly Classic Films Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Bellows Falls Opera House, Bellows Falls, Vt.

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center Cheshire Children’s Museum

Music Salon Thursdays 7-9 p.m. Brattleboro Music Center

Colonial Theatre

Live Music at the Whetstone Thursdays 8:30-11 p.m. The Whetstone Station, Brattleboro, Vt. Ukulele Club Third Friday at 7pm, February-June Dublin Community Center Dublin, N.H. dublinhub Jazz Fridays at the Lounge Every Friday, 7-10 p.m. The Lounge, Brattleboro, Vt. Brattleboro Gallery Walk 1st Fridays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Downtown Brattleboro Vt. MacDowell Downtown First Fridays. March-October Family Dance Series 1st Fridays, 6:30 p.m. Heberton Hall, Keene Public Library, Keene, N.H. Meet the Draft Horses 1st Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon Draft Gratitude, Winchester, N.H. First Saturday Contradance 1st Saturdays, 7 p.m., Peterborough Townhouse Peterborough N.H.

Celtic & Old Timey Jam Session Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. DelRossi’s Trattoria, Dublin, N.H.

Visit the websites of these local organizations to learn about upcoming shows, films, concerts, exhibits and more!

Open Mic Night Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Fitzwilliam Inn, Fitzwilliam, N.H.

Apple Hill Brattleboro Music Center

Historical Society of Cheshire County Mariposa Museum Marlboro Music Festival Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts Gallery Monadnock Center for History & Culture Monadnock Folklore Society NextStage Arts NH Open Doors Tours Peterborough Folk Music Society Peterborough Players Redfern Arts Center Sharon Arts Center Gallery The Heart of New England Thorne Sagendorph Gallery Vermont Center for Photography Vermont Jazz Center Find atHome on Facebook!

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