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Spring 2021

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

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Contents Features

12 • atHome with History: The Bridges Inn 16 • An Artisan Couple’s Forever Home




30 Years exPerience

Full Service Accounting Tax PreParaTion • BookkeePing • Payroll

4 • atHome with Marcia 5 • Shop Local 10 • Sustainable Living 22 • Pets atHome 24 • Design

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I’m in a constant stage of purging stuff, especially in the spring. It amazes me, truly, how fast my home accumulates things, like books, for example. This winter (in preparation for spring and out of pandemic desperation to “do something”) I got rid of boxes and boxes of books. I had created a little library a few years ago and just shoved, willy-nilly, all the books I had scattered under beds, in various bookcases, in the basement into just one place: “The Library.” It was a tiny room that once was my son’s nursery. It was a lovely project. But I quickly realized I had more books than bookcases that fit into this little space. So for years, the library, yes, had books on shelves, but also books shoved sideways and on the floor and in boxes, completely disorganized and not even the semblance of what a “library” should be. So, at the end of this winter, I went through all my books ... I mean ALL of them. I did the Marie Kondo method of looking at each item, holding it, and deciding if it inspired joy. Well, if not joy, then a deep desire to keep it to read over again, to reference, or as a beloved keepsake. It took me weeks. But I realized I had no desire to keep books that I have read at book club, or books about fashion from the 80s (!) or machinery from the 1800s (?). When I finally organized my “new” library, I realized that there were just a few things I truly was interested in: gardening, cooking, spirituality/religion, travel, the art of writing, and the classics. The rest? Donated. You can find my eclectic (and slightly strange) collection in bins at the next book sale at the Historical Society of Cheshire County. I’m sure the 80s fashion book will be highly sought after.

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id you know your local historical society may have a store? Our very own Historical Society of Cheshire County on Main Street in Keene has a beautifully renovated museum store reopening to the public (after a pandemic hiatus) on April 23. The following pages are just a taste of the books, gifts and artwork that are available at this delightful museum store. You can visit the store, or order online at

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NIGHT SKY GUIDE $9.95 Detailed instructions on the use of night sky charts, perfect for the beginner. Includes 4 seasonal night sky charts (spring, summer, fall, winter), showing all major constellations, asterisms, nebula, and other objects visible with the naked eye. Includes “pointers” to orient the beginner skygazer to the most important things to look for. Detailed moon map showing important “maria” (seas) and craters, as well as chart showing phases of the moon. Indestructible waterproof lamination Instant access to just what you need to know. Available at The Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene and online at

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Shop Local Gicleè PRINTS $120 The Historical Society of Cheshire County is offering limited edition gicleè prints of four local paintings by well-known local artist Howard Hill as a fundraiser for the Historical Society. The four paintings are entitled: Blackberry Lane Jaffrey Farm Mt. Monadnock from Jaffrey Spring Thaw-Harrisville (shown here >) Only 5 copies of each print have been made and each is signed and numbered by the artist. The prints are 15” x 21” in size. Each print is mounted, matted with archival mat board, and shrink wrapped. The cost is $120.00 for each limited edition print. These prints would make wonderful gifts or decorations for your home. They are available only at the Historical Society of Cheshire County on Main Street in Keene (or online at

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Pop the Habit of Using Balloons with these Eco-Friendly Alternatives


hen it comes to preparing for a celebration (graduation, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, first postCOVID party!) one of the first things on most people’s to-do list is to head over to the party store and buy a colorful bouquet of helium balloons. While balloons may be a fun way to decorate and an easy way to entertain the little ones, they can have an incredibly harmful effect on wildlife and the environment. The reason can be explained by simple physics: What goes up must come down. When balloons are released into the air – whether on purpose or by accident – they have to come down somewhere, polluting natural areas and harming wildlife. Animals, such as birds and turtles, often mistake balloons for food and even get entangled in balloon ribbons. From 2005 to 2016, Blue Ocean Society, an organization based out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, found 6,025 pieces of balloon debris off of the New England coasts. While there are individuals and organizations on the clean-up end of the balloon debris problem such as Blue Ocean Society, it is possible for you to prevent this problem from the source. Luckily, there are many balloon alternatives that will help make your summertime parties a little more festive. Here are a few eco-friendly crowd-pleasers that make great alternatives to balloons: BUNTING Bunting is an easy way to brighten up any room or patio, and can be made using materials you have laying around the house. All you need is some fabric scraps cut into the shape of your choice, extra wide double fold bias tape, some fabric glue and voila, you have the ingredients for a beautiful, homemade bunting. Hang the bunting on walls, on tables, or across your fence – it is versatile and can be reused for any occasion.

We’re talking bubbles, flowers, bunting, ribbon dancers and tissue pom poms!

FLOWERS Trade the balloon bouquet for a flower bouquet, using flowers from your garden or from a local flower shop. Divide the flowers into mini bouquets and place them in canning jars. Arrange the canning jars around the rooms where your guests will be to add a little bit of cheeriness to every corner of the house. The flowers will be sure to add a pop of color

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to your party, and can make great party favors (that is, if you choose not to keep them for yourself). RIBBON DANCERS While kids may love playing with balloons, ribbon dancers are a fun and interactive alternative that won’t fly away when children accidentally let go of them. You can make your own reusable ribbon dancers by cutting fabric into long strips and tying or gluing them to sticks.

TISSUE PAPER POM-POMS Looking for that same 3D burst of color as balloons? Look no further than tissue paper pom-poms. Dig into the bin where you keep all of your wrapping paper and grab some tissue paper for a fun craft to do with your kids. Tissue paper pom-poms are great table toppers, wall decorations, or ceiling-hangers, plus, they can be reused if you store them in a space where they won’t be compressed! These balloon alternatives will make for colorful summer party decor that will give you peace of mind knowing that you helping to prevent plastic pollution. Looking to make even more of an impact? Join New Hampshire’s Blue Ocean Society for one of their monthly beach clean ups to help maintain the quality of New Hampshire’s pristine beaches. This article is courtesy of Greenworks, a newsletter put out by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.


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here’s only one thing more New England than a covered bridge, and that’s a 1792 white clapboard homestead next to a covered bridge. So, a person coming to New Hampshire, say for foliage or maple sugaring season or to get pictures of the state’s many covered bridges, might consider staying at Bridges Inn in West Swanzey. “I have always had this fantasy, this dream, to own a bed and breakfast,” said Susan Schuster Karalekas, who bought the inn in 2006. When Susan moved to West Swanzey from Keene with her family, she was newly divorced and working at Markem-Imaje. “I moved here with my adult children, my daughter and her husband, and my son, the chef,” she said. “My kids ran the inn at the time, and this eventually became my son’s full-time job.” Susan was born into a family that owned restaurants in Maine, and she worked in restaurants and food service

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throughout her high school and college years. She also traveled across the United States and around the world, which allowed her to see the hospitality industry through the eyes of a tourist. Three years after she bought the inn, she remarried to Nick Lupinin. When the kids moved out to pursue their own dreams, she and Nick took over managing the inn and preparing the meals for their guests. “This has been a delightful fulfillment of my dream,” said Susan. The historic house has also been known as the “Old Mansion” and “Stratton Place.” It was built by Richard Stratton, the wealthy owner of a cotton and woolen mill in the village of West Swanzey. Stratton’s son, John, married Susannah Whitcomb, and they lived in the “Old Mansion” until it was sold to Roswell Whitcomb. George E. Whitcomb later became the

Top: Exterior of The Bridges Inn, located in West Swanzey. Inset: Bridges Inn owners, Nick Lupinin and Susan Schuster Karalekas. Next page: One of the guest rooms at the Bridges Inn.


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(continued) bridge in the area, and the walls are adorned with pictures of covered bridges. Shelves and tables are festooned with memorabilia related to covered bridges, too. Each of the rooms has a modern, private bathroom and air conditioning and wifi and cable TV. “During fall foliage season, we have people here from all over the world,” said Susan. Many of them stay at Bridges Inn as part of a route through New England that often includes Boston, Maine’s coast, and the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont. They also come for outdoor recreation, watch a loved one graduate from Keene State College, or attend a wedding. “But some just come for a getaway,” said Susan. “We’ve had people come from Australia, Israel, Hong Kong, Germany, England, Africa and Canada.”

Susan said she loves meeting people and chatting with them, and some of her guests have become friends after repeated visits over the years. “People who want to come to a BnB tend to be educated, articulate, worldly and culturally diverse,” she said. “They are looking for a real New England experience. They want to see how people live and not just a superficial view.” Susan and her husband live in the attached barn, which they renovated to include bedrooms for their children and grandchildren. They cook and clean and are also available to answer questions or just listen. “There is a psychological aspect to being an innkeeper,” she said. “Like talking to a barber or a hairdresser, people just want to talk and aren’t really looking for answers.” Because of the pandemic, though, they haven’t been able to host the multi-guest breakfasts that bring people from around the world together around the dinner table. “I still cook up a full breakfast with eggs, maybe an apple crisp, lots of fresh fruit, potatoes and unlimited coffee and tea,” she said. But she misses those days when her customers could rub shoulders during the communal breakfast time. “I just love what I do,” he said. “I absolutely love the people, and I look forward to them coming back.” And while business has been slow this past year, Susan and her husband have been counting their blessings. “You read about people who are in horrible situations,” she said. “But we have potable water, heat, a roof over our heads and enough to get by. We are doing OK.”


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An Artisan Couple’s Forever Home

Brattleboro, Vermont By Peg Lopata Photography by Kelly Fletcher


hat began as a Vermont 60s shack has been given new life by glass artisans Marta and Josh Bernbaum. This home is more than a structure to live in — it reflects its owners and their own work: artistic, creative and beautifully crafted. Their design style echoes the style of acclaimed 1940s Japanese-American furniture designer George Nakashima. This theme of letting wood be wood — though it now may be a step, a vanity countertop or a column — is carried throughout the house’s design. "We combined mid-century modern a with a natural live edge twist," says Marta (pictured here with son, Finn).


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The Bernbaums purchased this fixer-upper in Brattleboro in 2005. They could see it would allow them to build their glass studio on the site; it had views of Mt. Monadnock and lots of light. "It had potential," says Marta. The entire space of three floors now has three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, all within about 2,000 square feet. There’s also a two-car garage, an owner-built chicken coop and a 1,500 square foot glass studio with the ground floor for Josh and the top floor for Marta, including a work table for her to hold her classes. "It’s just a 100-foot commute from our house," says Marta. The house was originally a 420-square-foot camp. It had various additions attached over the years by three different owners. The roof was leaking, there was pine paneling, red shag carpeting and where three different floors met up, there was a variance of about an inch or so. "We really struggled in the early stages reconfiguring the place," says Marta. "We just didn’t know how to change things." But they got to fixing right away.

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PHOTOS FROM TOP LEFT, CLOCKWISE: The house cat approves of the greenery lining the casual dining area. The formal dining room. Inset: Chairs made by Japanese-American furniture designer, George Nakashima. The kitchen in the open-concept home. The colorful glass vases created by artisan Josh Bernbaum. NEXT PAGE: The couple’s dog at the foot of the hand-hewn wood staircase; a view of the open concept home. Bowls: by artisan Marta Bernbaum.


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"The night we moved in," explains Marta, "We painted the brown kitchen cabinets red." Then they made do just replacing the pine paneling and shag carpeting with drywall and wool carpeting upstairs and birch flooring downstairs. They did a good deal of work themselves, such as some demolition, redoing the guest room and the built-ins for the library and guest room. Serious remodeling began seven years later. Despite the many competencies and talents of this couple, they did have to hire professionals, such as builder Dan MacArthur, Marlboro, Vermont and architectural consultant Steve Lloyd, Brattleboro. In addition, they hired two Brattleboro artisans: artist Ron Demers, who made custom vanities and a door and Walter Slowinski, a potter who made clay tiles for the wall behind the woodstove. They had to address the heating problem — no getting around that in Vermont. Insulating the attic and basement were paramount to improving heating efficiency. When the Bernbaums bought the place, the heating system was a blower-powered woodstove with massive ducts in all the wrong places and a propane-powered heater in the basement. "It was BRRRRR!" says Marta. So they updated the heating system with a new Vermont-made Hearthstone woodstove that burns cordwood. There is a hot water baseboard heating system throughout the house that runs on propane, including panels that look like large, flat baseboard units in the bathrooms and the main living area. Vents with fans that include temperature controls cut into the first-floor ceiling help circulate the air upward to the second floor.

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All the old windows were removed to make the central living space easier to heat. Overall, they tripled the glass content, which might make a house harder to heat and cool, but the windows are covered by Hunter Douglas insulated window shades; upper ones are remote controlled. Marta says they work great, keeping in the warmth in the cold seasons and the heat out in summer. The Caribbean salmon-pink exterior siding with turquoise trim is gone, replaced with a siding color of soft green and more New England colors of blue and cranberry for the trim. The leaky roof is gone, replaced with a new standing seam metal roof. The vaulted ceiling in the main space was removed to make for a cozier feel in the open concept floor plan. That space has been sectioned into areas for cooking, casual meals, hanging out and dining. The dining area is a showcase for Nakashima, with his simple, slim, slab-style wood dining table and seats with brown reeds. Like all his furniture, the wood’s "flaws" are not removed, so we know the furniture comes from trees. It’s elegant but not fussy. Keeping things playful, there’s a row of vintage children’s trucks along a high shelf in the dining area. Below are displayed intricate baskets, glassworks and other objects d’art. The Bernbaums favor the works of the local craftspeople, such as basket maker Jackie Abrams. "We like living with locally made art," says Marta. "It’s like surrounding ourselves with our community." To further express the Nakashima design philosophy, exposed beams on the first-floor living space are wrapped in clear pine; stairs to the second floor are cherry with "live" wavy edges on each tread and vanity edges have also been left in their natural shape. Supporting columns, one at the foot of the stairs and another near the kitchen island, are also cherry, cut from the property. Other natural materials abound, such as locally hand-forged rails for stairs. The second floor has a very different feel than the first as the spaces are clearly demarcated with walls and doors. On the landing area between the rooms is an Ikea storage unit with frosted glass doors tucked into the wall. The master bedroom abounds with windows. If not for the luxurious materials throughout this room, it’s almost like camping out. A cozy small second bedroom and TV room are comfy caves. Bathrooms on the second floor include many artistic details, such as the deep, rustic tones in the tiling on the floors and in a shower stall. In the future, the Bernbaums hope to renovate the master bathroom, adding a Japanese-style soaking tub. But they’re not in any hurry. So many touches, such as the artistic doors and custom tiles, already give them great pleasure. Marta loves having a kitchen being central in the open floor plan. The Bernbaums have created an artisan’s abode that embodies their love of nature and expresses their ideas about design. For example, Marta explains, "We defied some concepts that say you have to have symmetry. For example, we have

varying sizes of handles on the cabinetry in the kitchen. It works because the handles are proportional to the varying sizes of the drawers." The house is a reflection of themselves: creative people who love the natural world but also appreciate practicality, such as enclosing a kitty litter box in its own space with a cat door and vent fan. "I pinch myself daily that we live in a place where absolutely every decision was made with intention and love," Marta says. "Everything is as we chose to create it. This is not a house we intend to flip. This is our forever home." 603-365-1910 • Free Estimates!

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Pets atHome Spring-ing into Tricks with your Dog By Amee Abel

As the days are getting longer, we all feel more playful. We’re happy to spend more time outside with our dog, but just letting them nose around without guidance is apt to get them in trouble with your neighbors. Instead of pet-shaming, keep your pup occupied, learning to perform a variety of “tricks.” “Why tricks?” you ask. Unlike control behaviors (sit, down, stay and come), tricks develop your communication between you and your dog while adding goodwill and joy to your relationship. Tricks such as spin, bow, sit pretty, and high five help your dog’s fitness and muscle development. Tricks such as fetch, bring it, find my keys or thing-in-thing allow your dog to be helpful around the house. Besides the fun that you and your dog will have learning and perfecting your trick repertoire, tricks have a remarkable way of improving life for you and your dog. The more a dog learns, the easier it is for them to learn more. As your training connection becomes stronger, your dog’s overall behavior will become better. Several organizations sanction trick performance as a sport. You and your dog can earn recognition as you work up their ladder of achievement. Here are two programs you may be interested in. American Kennel Club (AKC) offers Trick Dog titles. Learn more about them at Do More With Your Dog (DMWYD) is another trick dog-sanctioning body. You can learn more about them at

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A Designer’s View: Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces


hen it comes to home design trends that are inspirational no matter where you live, the outdoor living space is top of the list and here to stay. The array of potential grounds and views is beautifully vast; however, the design objective is simply unwavering, creating a seamless, inviting transition from indoors to outdoors. This project is where the three pillars of home design — landscaping, architecture and interior design — can display their graceful conception and integration. I have selected six common outdoor spaces to discuss in greater detail. Whether you are working with a team of design professionals or you are a DYI crusader, I hope these design tips will help you achieve results that are gracious, beguiling invitations to enjoy the relaxing and restorative energy of the great outdoors. 1.The Small Balcony The challenge of your balcony space is that it is most likely a small square or rectangle. The trick is keeping a sense of comfort without clutter. Furniture should be low and arranged to face whatever view you may have. The balcony entry naturally divides your space into small seating groupings, so think of this as a tiny pathway. For example, a teak chaise or long bench on one side pairs elegantly with a small seating area of synthetic wicker on the other. Look for comfortable, lightweight chairs and ottomans that offer flexible arrangements. Chunky cushions help even small seats feel luxurious, and tables as small as 12” in diameter can offer just enough space for a drink or snack. Keep furniture finishes consistent in color but allow cushions and accent tables to provide some splash. Planters with hedges or shrubs are a wonderful green privacy wall, and if a splurge is a possible plan for a retractable awning to provide shade. For the finishing sparkle, add bistro lights and oversized hurricanes for a magical evening ambiance. (Continued) >

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DESIGN (continued) 2. The Patio A spacious connection to the lawn or surrounding flora, your patio is elegantly created as an extension of your interior space. Keep in mind that there will most likely be a height change that is most successfully accomplished with wide stairs running the structure’s length. The modern design also allows an incredible walk-out experience with no height change and a flooring extent that is seamless from indoors to outdoors. Keep your patio entrance free and wide, thus offering an unobstructed view of your softscape and inviting space for mingling. Most patios will be large enough for a formal seating arrangement for 4-8 and a dining arrangement for 6-12. The seating area should feel like an outdoor living room with a sofa, two chairs, a coffee table and two side tables. A rectangular dining table can offer seating flexibility with added leaves and/or a pull-up bench. I like selecting finishes that are natural and reflect the environment — wood, stone, synthetic wicker or bamboo. Fabric on cushions and umbrellas can establish your desired palette but keep it simple and make sure the fabrics are indoor/outdoor rated. You may have space for a built-in serving area or a small outdoor kitchen. At the very least, a long table for serving makes entertaining a snap. Make sure there is room for circulation around this area and that it is convenient to the patio entrance. Modern outdoor finishes and fixtures are designed to withstand the elements, which you will want to consider carefully for carefree outdoor living. (Continued) >



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DESIGN (continued) 3. The Deck Like the patio, the deck is an appealing extension of your interior space. Because it is raised, it has the feeling of floating in space, and you want to keep that vibe going. Decks have railings that should be left uncluttered and open. There should be a clear, well-defined path between the exterior door and the stairs to the lawn below. Also, tending to be smaller and self-contained, careful planning will allow you to decide the most important functions of this space, thus avoiding overcrowding. Perhaps you have room for a small seating and eating area atop the deck with a cooking area that can be located under the dockside. Two stairs to the lawn, or perhaps you have a wonderful open patio for living room seating underneath the deck? I like to keep furniture choices simple with clean lines that enhance the deck railing’s architectural details. Outdoor carpets are carefree and fun, defining seating areas and settling safely atop the wood or composite wood decking. A pergola or tent overhead will contribute to the sense of a graceful, cloistered space while offering shade. With so many architectural details, less is more in designing an inviting perimeter that integrates harmoniously with furnishings and finishes.

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DESIGN (continued) design as a garden living room and most definitely will incorporate the traditional sky blue ceiling in some hue of blue or blue/green. Indoor furnishings can be combined with outdoor furnishings, and electrical hardwiring is possible. Make sure you are code compliant and that your materials are mildew- and moisture-resistant. Traditional sisal carpets are now available in high-performance synthetic yarns, and performance fabrics like Crypton are perfect for indoor/outdoor use. A beautiful table or chest of patinated wood can be protected with marine varnish. Often accessed from another living space, the screened porch should feel like a natural continuation of that space’s style and palette. Creative opportunity abounds in the eclectic play of indoor and outdoor elements of design. 5. The Pool Sparkling under moonlight, starlight or sunlight, the pool is a shimmering oasis that speaks of summer. As beautiful as the cool waters are, the hardscape around the pool is equally as important. In planning, safety first, of course, with thereafter following careful considerations of the largest expanse of decking possible in a material appropriate to your interior and exterior architectural style. Allow at least 3’ between furnishings and the pool’s perimeter and think of each side of the pool as a designated function. For example, the long side of the pool is perfect for lounging chaises and small tables. The end of the pool suits two small seating groupings or a dining space very well. The scale of furnishings can be large and a bit more dramatic but always make sure it works with adjacent outdoor spaces. Make sure to allow space for umbrellas on the deck, and large planters can bring color and natural interest to the hardscape. Choose a limited analogous palette in your umbrellas, cushions and pillows in a hue that is joyful yet congruent with the surroundings. Think of a fun oversized piece to store an abundant supply of fluffy towels, so guests always feel at home. 6.The Outdoor Kitchen In this, the fastest-growing home design industry, anything you can imagine can be created — retractable glass walls opening kitchens to the great outdoors, hardscape structures surrounding appliances designed to withstand the elements, dining spaces built into dramatic ledges. With so many choices, where to begin? Here is a project in

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