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Season to Taste

Heady herbs are summer treats we should have close enough to pick fresh at a moment’s notice.

As old as the proverbial hills, herbs influence everything from favorite cuisines to premier toiletries. And without trying to replicate Sturbridge, you can grow your own. n Simply incorporate a few in the flower border, tuck a handful in the vegetable garden or fill a container for the deck. Requirements vary according to the herb but not much. In general,…

Show Time

Part scavenger hunt, part marathon and the rest circus, The Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show is chock full of treasures and more thrilling than the big top. Best of all—no waiting involved—the remarkable week-long event is kicking off another colorful season this month.

Held three times a year in what used to be the drowsy village of Brimfield, Massachusetts, this humongous week-long tag sale consists of some twenty-three individual shows known as fields, each with a name and each jammed with hundreds of dealers. This month’s show runs Tuesday, May 13 to Sunday, May 18. Opening days for the fields are staggered, allowing…

Drama Queen

Orchids, less finicky than you imagine and worth every penny, are available in myriad colors, sizes and shapes to chase those winter blues away.

Charles Darwin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Raymond Chandler and Rex Stout are just a few well-knowns from a long list of orchid fans. With more than 100,000 available hybrids, there’s a flower for every taste. And not unlike the world of roses, every enthusiast has favorites. What sets these beauties apart is that most cultivated orchids are epiphytic. Translation? They grow on…

Treasure Hunt

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In Warren, historic buildings and shops intertwine up and down streets George Washington once traveled on a visit to Rhode Island. One of the oldest communities in the state, Warren has a past that includes agriculture, shellfishing, boat building and textile manufacturing. Ever-evolving, the town has become a fertile hunting ground for antiquers and flea-market junkies. Zigzag about in search…

History Lesson

At Home [Interiors]

Islands are treasures in themselves. But Jamestown has a lion’s share of remarkable architecture, too, that in light of ever-encroaching development, residents are wisely stepping up efforts to conserve. Charles L. Bevins’s work is a perfect example. “Bevins was Jamestown’s finest shingle-style architect,” says Campbell-King. Often overshadowed by his more flamboyant Newport contemporaries McKim, Meade and White, Bevins designed several…

Connecticut Chic

Cruise the refined shops nestled in the heart of Stonington village for a diverse and delightful cache of treasures.

Unlike other historic havens, Stonington, Connecticut, is stylish, not quaint. An air of sophisticated joie de vivre pervades this village that was founded in the seventeenth century. The old houses are polished to perfection, the gardens are colorful but well-clipped, and even the fishing boats seem upbeat. This unique spirit enhances the many shops as well and entices us, at…

Off to Work

No train, no bus, no painful car pool chitchat and all that unspent gas money? We went in search of busy people with easily commutable offices—as in just a few steps from their back door—to see how they pull it off.

Federal CaseSean Conway ran a nursery for thirteen years and now designs products for Target. His popular PBS show, “Cultivating Life,” began airing a new season just last month. Given his media exposure and high-profile agenda (Martha Stewart is a fan), it’s easy to picture Conway ensconced in a glitzy office. Instead every morning, the Tiverton-based designer walks from his…

at home [outdoor living]

Pool PartyUnlike earlier pools, new models slip into all kinds of settings. Easier to maintain than ever, beneficial to your health (think of the exercise), a pool transforms a mundane backyard into a sumptuous water world. Form FittingTalk about a summer idyll (opening page). Newport architect William Burgin of Burgin Lambert Architects perfected this Jamestown setting with a ceramic tile-trimmed…

Shop Talk

John Dunnigan has an international reputation. A professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, he heads the school’s furniture design department. RISD grad Nicholas Hollibaugh was the recipient of the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts 2007 Crafts Fellowship. Each artist’s work takes a different direction, but their dedication is identical. Both will tell you that working with…

Leaning Green

After years of happy comings and goings, this 1865 farmhouse in Westport, Massachusetts, was in need of an update. To nudge the home into the present century, Portsmouth designer Michele Foster of Foster Associates and her team, Scott Galczynski, Chris Cote and Michelle Hartwell, merged twin parlors, flipped the stairs and added a modest 600 square feet. Today, the client’s…