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New Town Renovation

Byron and Denise Doane have each done renovations before, so it should not come as a surprise that their house on the Riviera Canal looks so professional and well put-together. The original house was within a row of U.S. Navy houses built in 1958 and started life as a two-bedroom,[…]

More than 60 years old: OIRF January Home Tour

Travel back in time with Old Island Restoration Foundation’s 60th anniversary home tours to some of the oldest on the island. From 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18, the foundation is sponsoring properties constructed from the mid-1800s and even older, all within easy walking distance[…]

Design and decor with British flair a hit in the States

Britain’s political climate may be gloomy, but on the decor front the sun is shining. Young designers and established firms are crafting furniture, lighting and accessory collections that celebrate vintage patterns, tweak the traditional and offer a new take on British history. There are porter’s chairs, for instance, from the[…]

Salvage shops offer sustainable decor with a story

Two of the hottest trends in home decor are sustainability and authenticity. No wonder architectural salvage shops are busy. Homeowners love features that come with a story, says Rich Ellis, publisher of Architectural Salvage and Antique Lumber News. “When you can point to your floor and say it came from[…]

Perfect wish for the new year

I’ve always been fascinated by phrases, their meanings and origins, such as “one fell swoop” and “waiting with baited breath.” Rob Sprogell, always a good punster, offered this for “baited breath”: “A cat who eats a piece of cheese, lays down, opens his mouth and waits to bait the mouse.”[…]

Restoration Foundation kicks off its 2019 Holiday Home Tour

Everyone on Old Island Restoration Foundation’s December Home Tour sure wants to avoid raindrops on roses, but plenty of bright copper kettles may be seen on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28, in celebration of the home tours’ 60th anniversary. From 3 to 7 p.m. lots of our favorite things are[…]

Peacon Lane, aka Gruntbone Alley, home is a labor of love

Jennifer Stephens’ home on Peacon Lane is decked out for the holidays, inside and out. Everywhere you look it’s Christmas, with her favorite theme from the book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Grinches are plentiful, with one Grinch wreath crocheted by an artistic cousin and another found on her front[…]

Buying the perfect Xmas gift

Even though I received many emails about toilet preferences, I’m done talking about toilets. However, just one last word, my friend Sophie did weigh in on the virtues of low toilets, but she’s a short person, which I think has something to do with this. No, she swears it has[…]

Cool stationery and notecards elevates the handwritten note

We’re all emailing, texting and DM’ing as fast as our thumbs can type these days, but there’s also some Old School pushback. For many style-savvy communicators, handwritten notes are the thing. Whether it’s a follow-up thank you or a stand-alone communique conveying anything from warmth to wisdom, the humble notecard[…]

Toilets revisited!

I assume everyone is totally sated with Thanksgiving fare and resting before the onslaught of Christmas and everything associated with the season, both good and annoying. This is a time when many of us assess the year past and make resolutions for the coming year. Most of us have a[…]