A Ghost of Christmas Past

W hen I was a kid, my mother loved Christmas.   I see now it was fitting because Carolyn liked sparkly things all year round, and she kind of lived in this world with fairy sprites and earthen …

YOURS & MINE : Holiday Traditions

There are holiday traditions in aspirational books and television shows. Then, there are the real family traditions to celebrate the holiday season. Here are some good ones shared by local familiar faces. From an annual Christmas Eve date with a book to baking countless pies, locals celebrate this season in their own ways.

Taking the “Cramp” Out of Your “Camp” 

Here in New England, Jen Coles writes, spaces and sightlines can be “wonky.” But there are some pro tips to make spaces feel great to live in.

Almost 20 years ago, my then-husband and I went to a real estate open house where I promptly fell in love with a crazy fixer-upper, writes Manchester-based interior designer Jen Coles. Learn pro tips on how to make tough layouts and spaces work.

A Beginner’s Guide to Fall Planting and Maintenance

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  Spring and summer are perhaps the busiest times of year for gardeners.  However, fall also is a prime time to tend to gardens. The tree and bare root retailer Bower & Branch advises that …

All the News That’s Fit to … Build?

<p><em>Rockport’s Paper House museum, made of more than 100,000 newspapers in the 1920s by a mechanical engineer from Sweden, still stands and is open to the public.</em></p>

Right up the road, in Rockport, an under-the-radar museum is the enduring marvel of engineering, with newspapers. Visitors and residents alike are familiar with the dramatic perimeter drive around …

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Beech Trees Under Threat
One of our favorite properties for a beautiful walk in Manchester-by-the-Sea is Coolidge Reservation. We are awed by this property with its scenic marshy pond and the trail that leads to the vast …
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Local Gardens: Turning Your Lawn into a Flower Garden
  Last Spring (2022) we agreed the grass in our backyard needed to go.  The mowing, raking, weeding, no longer were of interest!  The lawnmower was left at the end of our driveway and was …
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Joseph Solman: Overlooked Paintings at Mercury Gallery in Rockport
Joseph Solman (1909-2008) was a seminal figure in the modernist art movement that flourished in 20th century Manhattan. He drew critical praise for his expressionist paintings of people, street …
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At Home Now: Tile Away the Hours
As an interior designer I spend a fair amount of time in building supply stores, one of which is the tile store.  And as I chat with my sales rep and make my selections, I sometimes turn a corner …
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seARTS Art on the Rocks Opening Reception June 8
The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS) proudly announces the seventeenth anniversary of its partnership with the Bass Rocks Golf Club for the Annual seARTS Art on the Rocks Program. …
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Essex Artist Exhibiting Work June 7 - 30 at Santander Bank, Manchester
Essex artist Deb Johnson will display her paintings at Santander Bank in Manchester from June 7 through the 30th. Deb grew up in Rockport and has lived in Essex for 46 years.  Spending summers …
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Sculpture Dedication of MBTS Artist McAlister "Mac" Coleman
A dedication of McAlister “Mac” Coleman’s first welded steel piece after 53 years will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 4th, on the Campus of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, in Gill, …
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Success at 2023 North Shore Horiticultural Society Plant Auction
LAST THURSDAY at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, the North Shore Horiticultural Society held its popular annual plant auction.  Jo Goodwin-Rogers served as auctioneer, sharing her expertise as rich …
<p><em>Parents, coaches and sailors pose at the Manchester Yacht Club at the end of the coed sailing season.</em></p>
ME Varsity Sailing Team Report
We ended the sailing season with two events on the Charles River in Boston, and a cook-out at the Manchester Yacht Club. Mass Bay League Fleet Race Ian Carlin and Cole Cote, our top skipper and …
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At Home Now: It’s Time and You Know it: the Spring Spruce Up
It’s May. It’s finally seasonally warm and we are all, at last, thinking of being out more than in.  There is nothing more delicious than opening windows, watching the pets sunbathe in the …
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Going Blond: How to Use Light-Toned Wood in Your Home

Going Blond: How to Use Light-Toned Wood in Your Home

(NewsUSA) - They say blonds have more fun, but there are non-frivolous reasons for choosing pale or light-finish hardwoods for floors, cabinetry, paneling, and millwork in your home. “Many species …

3 Ways to Use Propane in Your Home

(Family Features) A reliable, environmentally friendly energy source, propane can help power key home systems and appliances. Consider these ways to integrate the clean energy source into your home.

Planning home improvements in 2024? Start at the top

(BPT) - At first glance, the value of some home improvements can be hard to see — particularly when the improvements are in the attic. While a gleaming kitchen backsplash, an expansive patio …

Do you need a standby generator? 6 things to know before you buy

(BPT) - Every day on the news, it seems, there's a report about another extreme weather event. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2023 was a record year for …

How to prepare for power outages and stay safe this winter: Life-saving tips from CPSC

(BPT) - When a severe weather event like a winter storm hits your town, a portable generator can power your necessary appliances, electronic devices and medical equipment. The U.S. Consumer Product …

Improve home value and safety by leveling uneven floors

(BPT) - Do you have a basement or other room with unlevel flooring? This can make the space difficult to use, plus detracts from your home's overall value. Change this problem into opportunity by …

How to maintain a healthier home on a budget

(BPT) - Living healthily remains a primary concern for many today, with homeowners looking to make home improvements with an emphasis on the health benefits of living in an environmentally friendly …

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2024's most lead paint-vulnerable cities
Paint Gnome compared the 500 biggest U.S. cities to determine 2024's most lead paint-vulnerable cities.
From hobby shops to garages and storage facilities, buildings tailored to one’s lifestyle are popular across America.
Hobby Shops and Recreational Buildings Popping Up All Over
(NAPSI)—If you’re like many homeowners seeking to enhance your property and support your lifestyle interests, adding a freestanding hobby shop, vehicle storage building or recreational facility …
It’s a cool idea to know the answers to 12 important questions before you use a snow thrower.
12 Questions to Ask Before Powering Up the Snow Thrower: Keep Safety Top of Mind
(NAPSI)—Snow flurries and winter storms can be unpredictable and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) encourages home and business owners to prepare in advance before bad weather hits. …
Now is the Time to Take Control Before Winter Power Outages
Now is the Time to Take Control Before Winter Power Outages
(NewsUSA) - For homeowners across the United States, cold weather can cause heightened concern each winter. Severe weather events themselves threaten safety and comfort, but they are made even more …
A clean HVAC system is more efficient and doesn’t use as much energy to maintain a comfortable temperature this winter, ultimately saving you money on utility costs.
Simple Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill
(NAPSI)—There’s good news for the 46% of U.S. households who heat their homes with natural gas this winter: it’s expected to cost 7.8% less this year than last year. Heating with electricity or …
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Home Exterior Trends for 2024

(Family Features) If you're looking to refresh or improve your home's function and style in the new year, consider these 2024 home exterior trends.

Inspiring Ideas for Your New Home

(Family Features) Whether you're shopping for a new home, renovating your current space or building from scratch, consider some of the latest trends while searching for inspiration.

The ultimate holiday wishlist: Essential appliances for every home

(BPT) - Gift-giving and the holidays are practically synonymous, but you've likely forgotten to get a gift for someone special. Can you guess who? You! LG Electronics USA is here to help you pick out …

5 tips to create a spa-inspired shower

(BPT) - Today’s homeowner wants their bathroom to be a sanctuary for relaxation and self-care, so it’s no wonder that the bathroom redo has become one of the most popular renovation …

Give Guests The Gift of Clean Air

For happier, healthier holidays, have your home’s air ducts professionally cleaned.

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, when family and friends gather at your house, you can all breathe easier if you’ve done one unexpected thing: Have your air ducts cleaned.   The Problem Even the …

Three No-Stress Tips for Tidying Up at Holiday Time

Greet holiday guests with a home that looks and smells as clean as you’ve made it.

(NAPSI)—If the holidays are at your house this year, you may find they can be even more magical when you have a good plan for cleaning up before and after the company comes.   Keep Holiday …

Caring for your home and family

How to eliminate problems with your sewage ejector system

(BPT) - If you've experienced issues with your existing sewage ejector, you know how troublesome it can be. You can end up with bad smells and clogs that mean frequent calls to your plumber — …

Secure Your Financial Future During Home Renovations

(BPT) - Home renovations can be expensive. In fact, an average home renovation cost $22,000 in 2022, according to Houzz research. Even with the cost being substantial, more than half of homeowners …
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Debunking Common Bathroom Remodeling Misconceptions

(Family Features) Many homeowners put off upgrading essential spaces like the bathroom because they perceive the hassle or expense outweighs the benefit.

How to Build an Energy-Efficient Home

(Family Features) Sustainable architecture and materials can help ensure you rely less on limited resources while reducing the cost of operating your home.
Transitional design 101: How to bring this sophisticated look to your home
Americans are embracing the simplicity of transitional style. Rent explains how you can apply this dynamic interior design philosophy to your own home.
Level up your New Year's resolutions with the help of smart appliances
(BPT) - Ready to start 2024 and improve your home life? You don’t have to do it alone. This year, achieve your New Year’s resolutions with a little help from smart appliances and …
New year, new home: 5 inspiring trends for 2024
(BPT) - The new year brings an air of excitement and inspiration that many people channel into new projects. This year, use that energy to refresh your home! Your home should be a space that you …
How to add functionality to the kitchen without sacrificing style
(BPT) - As the heart of the home, you want your kitchen to reflect your style but also help you get the job done — whether that’s cooking, cleaning, entertaining or numerous other tasks. …
From Raspberry Blush to Rustic Greige, these were 2023's Colors of the Year
Rent.com collects 2023's Colors of the Year from the leading producers of paint and interior design materials.