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Winter 2021

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

A Vermont Home Filled with Winter Light Plus: The Burrell House Gets New Life The Two-Toned Kitchen Make Your Home Dog Friendly

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As I review the events of 2020, and the first weeks of 2021, I am rendered speechless, as most of us are. Sitting here in the relatively quiet corner of New England, I have found my thoughts turning to what we can do in the midst of a global pandemic, civil unrest and a long, unforgiving winter. I recently listened to an inspiring segment on NPR about how people have survived uncertain times in the past. In short, the segment emphasized that we need to be easier on ourselves. This is not a time to “should” on our thoughts or feelings or actions, or to confront these crazy times with a stiff upper lip, or soldier through our fears isolated and alone. This is a time to take care of the health of our body, mind, soul. This is a time to reflect, check our “battery level,” and ask for help if we need it. For example, I’m guilty of NOT being aware that my battery level is running dangerously low. As a selfavowed news junkie and former journalist, I watch the news and reports on social media obsessively whenever there is breaking news on the pandemic, the economy, the political world. It is exhausting, to say the least, especially when news is “breaking” almost every day. My partner is usually the first to notice that I am depleted: I drink too much coffee, stay up late flipping through different news outlets on YouTube, and binge mindlessly on potato chips and chocolate. One evening he made a suggestion: Instead of the news we could watch something that transports us to another, happier place. He suggested the BBC series, “All Creatures Great and Small.” He had most of the old VCR tapes of the series. The series has transported me every evening to a 1930s world filled with British humor, farm animals and seemingly simpler problems. For me, watching this delightful series (which, by the way, has been remade and will air on PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre this month), has been a way to escape ... at least temporarily. And I won’t make any excuses for that. We all need an escape. And eating potato chips and chocolate (or overindulging on anything) is really not the best way to do it. I can’t stop our world from crashing down. And I don’t intend to bury my head in the sand. But now, at least, I have a tiny escape valve to help me get through it. Here’s to a better 2021 and beyond,

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Donlin Foreman Skilled Leather Works Craftsman Horse Hill Studio Harrisville Mill, Harrisville, NH Visiting the studio of Donlin Foreman is a lot like stepping back in time. For one, it’s located in the basement of the Harrisville Mill Building, which has quite a history in itself. His south window allows the sun to illuminate the one-room studio, which is packed full of leather of different shades and projects of all sorts: from belts and buttons to cabinet handles, vases, door handles, and even “steins,” all made from leather. Leather, once heavily relied upon by people for survival needs ( think clothing and saddles), Donlin has kept the craft of leatherworking alive at a time when most of these objects are now mass-produced or made of petroleum products ... nylons, plastics, faux leather, etc. Donlin’s ethic in his craft runs deep. His talent, recognized as an “affinity” long ago, had to wait

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“All of my work (including my dancing) is built on human history ... the history of making, crafting, storytelling, our lives as creatures who are always building something.” until he completed his first career as a professional modern dancer. Clearly, Donlin’s life has been about creating. First through his body as a dancer, and now, through his hands. At Donlin’s Horse Hill Studio, this is what I learned about this fascinating artist and his wonderful wares. Donlin, tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into leatherwork/dance. I was born in Kentucky, but I grew up in Foley, Alabama. I have an identical twin brother, and when we were young, he was very creative and talented, and I often compared myself to him, wondering what my “creative talent” was. When I was in high school in the late 1960s — a time of leather vests, fringe, and that kind of stuff — I started mocking up some bracelets and other leather items. My mother noticed and took me to the Tandy Leather Company, where I took some classes, and I realized that I had an affinity for leather. I did more projects and started to build a business for myself. But later it came time for college, and I went, thinking I needed to pursue something academic. So I majored in marine biology, but soon (with my class in organic chemistry), I realized that wasn’t going to work. Then I started pursuing theater, and that’s when I began to realize that I also had an affinity for movement because, in my modern dance class, I was much better than most of the other students, including the girls! So I signed up for ballet classes and found I enjoyed and excelled at those as well. At the


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realized my 30 years of being with Jacqulyn was over. Jenny and I married and had our first son in New York City. When we were expecting our second son, we realized we didn’t want to raise our family in the city, so we moved north to Harrisville (New Hampshire), which was near Jenny’s hometown of Milford. I still taught dance, but my career was winding down, and I eventually realized that this was the time to return to my love of leatherwork and launch my second career as a leather craftsman. I began doing more leatherwork again, and in 2015 Horse Hill Studio was incorporated in the Harrisville Mill. Tell us about some of your products. I like to fashion pieces out of leather and found objects. For example, [there’s a] leather “tankard” that was first commissioned by a couple in Peterborough as a gift for their son, with a tree embossed on it and a piece of mineral/ rock in the handle. Many steps went into making it: I used birchwood for a mold, which I cut in half lengthwise. I did the tooling on the leather, then wet the leather and wrapped it, nailed it together, and trimmed it. Then I drove wedges into the wood, expanding and stretching the leather until it dried, shaping it. Then I finished it by fashioning the handle, and finally, the bottom and putting three coats of food-grade epoxy on the inside to make it “beer proof.” One of the Jack in the Green (Morris Dancer) members saw it and liked it too, so they ordered some with their logo on it. I also love to make drawer handles in a similar way — wetting and molding the leather. I also do embossing — by

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>atHOME with Art (continued) time, I had a leather business outside of school, which was growing quickly, and I was receiving some great offers for consignment work. That was when I realized I had to make a choice. Should I continue to pursue leatherwork for a career, or should I pursue dance? It was a major turning point for me. I realized then that I wanted to be a dancer — that I was a dancer, and that I could save leatherwork for later in life ... so now it’s “later!” What happened with your dance career? After three years of training, I was invited to join the Martha Graham Dance Company — with whom I danced for over 20 years as one of their principal dancers. Then, I was a craftsperson of a different sort — of movement and dance. After Graham, I founded a company with my first wife, artistic partner and mother of our son (Jacqulyn Buglisi) Buglisi/Foreman Dance, where I danced, choreographed, and directed for 15 years. During that time, I was a professor of professional practice at Columbia and Barnard. Near the end of those years, I met my current wife, Jenny Emerson, also a dancer, and I soon

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first carving the image into linoleum blocks. [There’s a] particular design I first saw long ago (a double-headed rooster). I love it because it’s an ancient one, found in a horseman’s tomb in Siberia, dating back to about 580 AD. Also, a favorite is using old book printing plates from “Sun Circles and Human Hands” — Native American designs from hundreds of years ago ... my mother and aunt wrote/edited this book in the 1950s. What else do you like to make? Well, I sometimes make belts and other things people request. But my favorite thing is to sculpt leather ... into forms for candlesticks, vases, door handles, bowls, pouches, buttons, sweater pins, purses, serving trays — (out of slate, with leather handles), and other sorts of vessels — things that people can hold, and that hold their things. Where can people find your work? I usually show and sell my work at fairs and farmers’ markets, but with COVID right now, that’s not happening. I have some things at The Walpole Artisans Co-op and Hannah Grimes in Keene. But these days, I mostly do commission work. While I don’t keep much inventory here in the shop, I do have a Facebook page where people can see some of my work — and I’m working on a website. Amy Bright writes from Harrisville, New Hampshire.

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obin Westen is up for an adventure — she’s spending her first winter in her Brattleboro summer house, what she calls “The Glass House.” For this native New Yorker, a winter here could be magical — or maybe something else. She’s a bit concerned. But winter blues? Cabin fever? How can you get depressed and claustrophobic in a glass house? Westen is ready. She just bought a hot tub. Though this winter in her glass house is a new experience, Vermont winters are not entirely new for Westen, 70, a journalist with many books and articles to her credit. She lived full-time in Brattleboro for 14 years in an 1800s farmhouse. But neither she nor her late husband, Howie Brofsky (aka Dr. Bebop), a jazz musician, were the handy types. They eventually found living in an old decaying Vermont colonial wasn’t the bucolic experience many a New Yorker fantasize about. “The house was falling down around us,” she says. “Long winters brought me down, especially in a drafty house. “Because I’m a true-blue native New Yorker, I was missing my roots, cultural events, intellectual liveliness and my old friends. I longed to be back in the noisy, busy, culturally and ethnically diverse city.” They moved back to the city. But the lure of Vermont is strong, or so say the natives. Robin concurs, “I couldn’t totally release Brattleboro from my soul.” From the proceeds of the sale of the farmhouse and some of the property it sat on, she built an economical, super low-maintenance summer home on the remaining land. She made the two-home arrangement work by renting out the glass house during the winter while living in a loft in Brooklyn. Every summer, while the city was sticky and uncomfortable, Westen escaped to relish Vermont at its best. Westen designed the house herself, hiring master builder and contractor Peter Vanertuin, of Brattleboro, to build it. The creation was a collaboration, she notes. “Peter was instrumental,” explains Westen. “He made plenty of suggestions. If some of my ideas didn’t make sense or were a little wacky, Peter would offer alternatives. Whenever Peter had a design question, my answer was always, ‘Put in a window!’ Since he understood and appreciated my minimalist aesthetic and my number one priority — sunlight — we were a perfect team.” Adds Westen, “What was particularly wonderful about the construction of the glass house is that Peter mentored my son, Gabe, during the construction. From that experience, Gabe became a builder and contractor.” The design is open-concept with a loft-like and industrial feel, which is exactly what Westen wanted. Westen incorporated many elements found in her Brooklyn loft apartment, which, as she describes, “is blasted with sunlight.” To imbue that well-used converted factory feel in a brand-new house, the main room is entirely one open space for the living room, dining area and kitchen. An almost ceiling-height wall partitions off a small bedroom; on this floor, only the bathroom is completely contained within four walls with a door. The ceilings are extra high throughout the entire main floor. The industrial ambiance is further enhanced in the details: • Metal pipe for a railing and banister • Stainless steel for the bathroom vanity • Matte gray tile in the shower and on the kitchen counters • Rubber tile for the bathroom floor



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WINTER LIGHT (continued) Some areas are illuminated with strung lights on taut wires; other areas have curvy steel track lighting with gray mesh shades. The utilitarianism is balanced with simple, discrete warm touches, such as bright yellow risers on a stairway from the basement to the upstairs, a vibrant red floor in the main floor bathroom, a strip of sunflower yellow on a window sill in the shower stall, and kitchen counter stools in tawny orange. Industrial materials are kept in check due to the abundant use of natural materials, mostly woods: dining chairs with tan wood legs, window trims with blond-colored wood, and pale bamboo floors. But not all admired Westen’s creation. “I got a lot of flak for the way the house looked. My excavator, an eighthgeneration Vermonter, tried to convince me to toe the line, at least by planting a big lawn.” Westen didn’t follow his suggestion. Her son’s friends called the house “The Toaster.” She has heard neighbors refer to it as “The Box.” “Those who dig it call it ‘The Glass House,’” says Westen. And that is most certainly what it is. Says Westen, “There are windows everywhere.” The main bedroom enjoys the sunrise; the living area and kitchen, sunset. Full moons illuminate the entire main floor space. “There’s no solid wall without windows, except on the lower level,” says Westen. Downstairs contains two guest bedrooms, a half bath and a storage area. To complete the modern look, the house shape is sim-

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ple; there’s no elaborate trim, a sun-bleached gray deck spanning the length of the western side of the house has no railing. The roof is almost entirely flat, and the siding is corrugated aluminum. Vermont homes usually have wood clapboard, so for this locale, aluminum was a highly untraditional choice. Westen says, “Some Vermont traditionalists have ridiculed it.” Of course, the inevitable problem with houses with lots of glass is the potential for overexposure, in more ways than one. With heat-holding floor-to-ceiling shades on the more exposed side, maintaining a comfortable temperature problem was solved. Natural seclusion addressed the other problem: lack of privacy. Westen’s home is tucked away on four and a half acres down a long driveway. This setting helped Westen achieve her other important design goal, which was to have the feeling of almost no separation between outside and inside. Like the great outdoors, there’s a wide-open feeling within the 2,000 square feet space with walls painted white. There are no knick-knacks. “I’m opposed to any kind of clutter,” explains Westen. “Vermont summers are visual knock-outs! My thought is that nature is the greatest decorator, and it’s right here outside every single window!” This seamless connection to the outdoors was easily accomplished throughout the main room because of the walls of windows, but it’s also achieved in the main bathroom, where one wall of the shower stall is a floor-tostall-height pane of glass. Bringing the outside in visually — considering Vermont’s long, cold winters — is a great

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survival tool for those not interested or hardy enough to get out and about for long bouts in the icy air. As with almost any home, the Glass House is not perfect. Westen admits the low-end kitchen cabinets and appliances, which were chosen to keep down building costs, have not been ideal, especially the Ikea cabinets. “If I had another go at it, “says Westen, “I would invest in higher-end appliances and substantially better cabinetry.” That said, Westen loves this house: its location is perfect, private and yet close to town and the interstate. The light, the sky, field, wildflower garden, and hills are antidotal views for this urbanite. It’s low maintenance. “I can give the house a thorough cleaning in less than an hour — including washing the floors,” says Westen. The grounds require little attention. The small patch of lawn can be mowed with a push reel mower. Vegetable gardens are in boxes, and the siding never needs painting. Though it’s a glass house, it’s small enough, so Westen doesn’t feel vulnerable here. “It’s a love affair. I’m filled with gratitude,” Westen says. “I’ve already done the four-season life in Vermont, and truly, I’m done with it. I’m dreading the long, bleak winter, but consider myself super lucky to have this option this winter. I feel safe and held in Vermont in my beautiful glass house.” Peg Lopata writes from Somerville, Massachusetts.


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The Burrell House Keene, New Hampshire By Robert Audette Photography by Beth Pelton


pening a bread and breakfast was not the intent of Josh and Ditteke Gorman when they bought 117 Washington Street in Keene in 2017. “I purchased the building because I was just enamored by it,” says Josh Gorman. “I shot first and asked questions later. I just wanted to own it, and I thought I could do something good with it.” The Burrell House, named after its original owner, George Burrell, was built in 1853. Over the years, its use changed. For a while — in the 1940s and later — it was used by people coming to town for just a day or two. Later, it was used for office space; most recently, it was the home of a local woman. It sat vacant and decaying for several years before the Gormans purchased it. “I pretty much make my living buying old properties,” says Gorman. “I like taking turn of the century properties and giving them a new life.” Gorman, who identifies himself as a real estate entrepreneur, owns and manages a handful of multi-family buildings in the area, but he had grander visions for the Burrell House. “A lot of other uses might have been easier to do, but I felt I would have been doing the building an injustice,” he says. “I did not want to do anything that would cut up the layout. I wanted to modernize the use of the building while retaining its historical integrity.” Left: The grand entryway at the Burrell House in Keene, New Hampshire. Center: The Gorman family pose at the front door of the Burrell House, which is in the process of being turned into a bed and breakfast. Josh Gorman says they hope to open to the public after the pandemic as a family business.

And Gorman didn’t want to have another multi-family building to manage, nor did he want to carve the building up into office space, of which he notes Keene has a surplus. So, he and his wife decided to try a bed and breakfast. “Once you own it, you have to get your head around it to get a better idea of what you could do with it,” says Gorman. “Most important to me was keeping the building true to its history. They don’t make stuff like this anymore.” The plan to run the bed and breakfast as a family business, he says, with his wife managing the building and him doing all the behind the scenes work to keep it comfortable and welcoming. “The inn thing seemed pretty cool to me,” he says. “It’s like a stewardship for me. I feel pretty lucky to own this building. If I can pull this off, it will benefit the community.” Converting the rooms into comfortable spaces where visitors could relax and spend the night required a lot of work. “It was a beautiful building with great bones, but the infrastructure, like the plumbing, was weak,” he notes. “The front porch was rotted out. Carpet had to be ripped out. A lot of things like that.” Under the carpeting, Gorman found the original narrow plank wooden floors on the first floor and wide plank flooring on the second, which he has restored to its original luster. He installed new windows throughout the building, repaired the lath and plaster walls, removed an old bathroom, installed nine new bathrooms, one for each of the nine rooms, updated the electrical system and installed a zoned heating system. “It was a big challenge squeezing nine bathrooms into this building and making it appear they were


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BURRELL HOUSE (continued) always here,” he says. “But I think I pulled it off. It was time-consuming, but it was worth it.” He plumbed each of the rooms separately, rather than putting them on a single line. He also installed sprinklers and a fire alarm system and soundproofed the rooms by putting in an extra layer of drywall on the ceilings. The idea of restoring the building and using it as an inn got a huge boost from the state’s 79-E program, notes Gorman. The statute is a temporary property tax relief program that encourages the redevelopment of properties within areas of Keene’s downtown and Marlboro Street corridor. “If you meet the criteria, the city will grant you five years of pre-construction

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PHOTOS FROM TOP LEFT, CLOCKWISE: Signs on the front of the Burrell House on 117 Washington Street, Keene, New Hampshire. A sitting room in the renovated bed and breakfast. One of the renovated bedrooms at the Burrell House. The Carriage House, which was almost demolished; now refurbished, painted and standing tall. NEXT PAGE: One of the nine new bathrooms installed in the bed and breakfast.


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ready when the pandemic is officially over. “We don’t want to get this business off on the wrong foot,” he says. Taking it slow also gives him time to decide what to do with the renovated carriage house. “I was close to tearing it down, but it was too beautiful,” says Gorman. He envisions it as a sort of event space for people renting the Burrell House, a place to host wedding dinners, birthday parties or graduation celebrations. Burrell House’s website is up and running, but the Gormans won’t be taking regular reservations until well into 2021. To learn more about the Burrell House, which was added to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places last year, visit

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3. Masks are not Flushable.

The material in these masks is not dispersible, which means that no matter how many times a mask is swirled down the toilet, through the pipes and into either your septic system or sent to a wastewater treatment plant, it will not break down like toilet paper. Flushing masks can cause clogged toilets, drains and malfunctions at wastewater treatment plants. Please dispose of your masks properly in the trash can with the rest of your solid waste. And when the bag is full, make sure you tie it tightly so the waste stays contained.

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Home Improvements Can Make it Easier to Live With Your Dog By Amee Abel, CPDT-KA



henever I’m invited to help a client deal with an unmanageable dog, my first step is a behavior assessment. As much as you may find a behavior obnoxious, unappealing, frightening or dangerous, your dog does not feel the same way. They do it because it’s working well for them. I can’t read your dog’s mind; I can, however, observe your dog’s behavior and make some educated guesses about what your dog finds fulfilling about the behavior that you “just wish would stop.” Does your dog assault the DoorDash Delivery person? All that barking and carrying on makes you miserable, but your dog see the behavior as successful. The intruder goes away after depositing a yummy smelling treasure. We know it’s because there are other deliveries waiting; your dog believes it was his or her aggression that drove off the intruder. Pestering people at the dinner table? Every time someone makes eye contact with the dog to tell them to “go lay down,” the dog understands that they have successfully reminded you to save some for them. Stopping these behaviors is enough to make you crazy! Often a modest home improvement can help you get control. Adding a barrier gate to create a front door foyer can stop you dog from overwhelming delivery people or guests as they enter (see photo example, left). It can also prevent inadvertent escapes. An exercise pen that encloses a dog bed can enforce a “stay on your bed while we’re at the table” rule while your dog is learning. Other problem solvers can include a dog door that opens on a fenced outdoor area. Allowing Fifi more access to the correct place to pee can be a good way to avoid house training accidents. Is your hound obsessed with overseeing wildlife or walkers out your window? Consider frosted window overlays to help Fido relax his constant vigilance at the window. Preventing the dog from practicing the behavior you don’t want is a first step to changing the dog’s behavior from terrible to terrific. The next step is training the dog to do something else. A Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) can guide you through the training process. Your dog trainer can build a customized training plan that addresses your household’s specific needs. Doggy interior modifications don’t have to trash your home’s décor. Beautiful furniture-style dog crates can enhance a room while helping your dog’s behavior. A crate that doubles as an end table can supply a way to control your dog’s participation in the TV snacks while allowing Fido to join in on movie night. An online search for “designer dog crates” brings up many resources for handsome dog crates in a variety of styles. Remember to select your crate size based on your dog’s comfort. An at-home, relax-in-comfort sized crate should provide your dog with enough room to stand up and turn around, as well as have good ventilation, a place for a water dish, and flooring surface that suits your dog’s idea of comfort. Some dogs like soft beds; some prefer a stiffer surface. Physical management of your home provides a quick reduction in noxious behaviors. Paired with training, dog-focused home improvements can go a long way to reducing stress in your life. And, they can help you remember why you love your dog.

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PHOTO, left: Doggy interior modifications don’t have to trash your home’s décor. Gates can be attractive while providing control to prevent your dog from misbehaving when people come to the door. Photo courtesy of Amee Abel.

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