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If Walls Could Talk 2   Wallcoverings can add a contemporary feel to a historic home without gutting walls.  Preserving the original structure of a typical,...

It’s almost St Patrick ’s Day, so it’s time to make my once-a-year Irish Soda Bread. I am at least 25% Irish, but I am 100% in love with soda bread.  Still a...
Wallpaper mural in dinning room

Wallpaper is bACK

If Walls Could Talk… As a master paper hanger with over 30 years’ experience in the art of paper hanging, I am very excited about the resurgence of newly-...

I made some stock after I cooked a chicken a few nights ago, and it was sitting there in the fridge, just asking to be used, so this morning I thought I'd make...

Sometimes it’s just the simplest things that give the greatest return.  I’ve loved beets since I was a small child. In season, we picked them fresh from the...
Meyer Lemons

My Meyer Lemon tree is like the Energizer bunny – it just keeps on going. It simultaneously has blooms and fruit of varying ripeness for at least half the year...

Berried shrubs are often overlooked as a garden addition, but in fall and winter, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing bright red berries dotting the...
Most the leaves are down now

Part 3 of moisture issues in historic homes

My last article was on how to inspect the roof of your home, historic or contemporary. This week I am addressing how to maintain your gutters so that you can...
Moss, Buckling and missing shingles

My last article was on the causes of moisture issues in historic houses. On the slim chance that you have not already voraciously devoured this thrilling topic...
Mildew and algae

Now that we are getting cooler days and closing up the windows and are no longer using air conditioners we are starting to notice the musty smells more. It is...
Vermillionaire is still blooming...and it's October

Of all the flowering pots I had on my deck this summer, I love the ‘Hot Pot’ the most.  Or maybe the new succulent pot. Or maybe even the one with the Stipa in...

Summer in a Jar is one of my most-used cookbooks of all time.  Published in 1986, it is perfect for home gardeners who just want to make one or two jars of...

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