Our Country Home - Fall 2023

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A Matamoras Craftsman that will win your heart

MATAMORAS, PA — Pull up to 143 Pond Dr. and experience a true dose of Americana, from its traditional Craftsman lines to its relaxing backyard oasis—elevated to an elegant scale. The …
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Fixing the plaster disaster

When I was a child, the wall in the upstairs hall had a mysterious bulge. It was maybe five feet up, way over my head, and was the most tempting thing ever. What was in there? …
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Keeping safe and dry this summer

This year, May and June started out cool and dry—actually too dry at times, bordering on a drought. Once the warm weather did arrive, it brought with it a good deal of rain. With all the …
Just in time for curling up by a toasty fireplace, this stunning Narrowsburg, NY home is ready for its new family. Twin Rivers is named for its frontage on both Ten Mile River and Perry Pond …
The big news in real estate these days boils down to two things—interest rates and inventory—according to local real estate brokers and salespeople. “We have a lot of people …
Fall is a beautiful time of year—a great time to sit on the porch with a hot cup of tea and watch the colorful leaves fall.  But with winter on the way, it’s smart to cut short …
One thing I realized about living in the country is that the seasons seem more pronounced than they do in the city. It’s as though they flow into each other in front of my eyes.  …
As much as we want to ignore it, the colder temperatures are upon us. If you’ve taken advantage of summer gardening over the past few months, you’ll be harvesting what you’ve grown; …
DAMASCUS, PA — Just across the old steel bridge that spans the scenic Upper Delaware River between Damascus and Cochecton, NY, there is a colorful little cottage filled with a lifetime of art …
Years ago, I traveled on two occasions to the lushly beautiful island of Jamaica. Each time, at restaurants I visited, I was more often than not brought a bowl of steaming hot broth as a prelude to …
Just where has the growing season gone? This summer has been a challenge, starting out very dry and becoming a deluge. But for those gardeners who love to putter, there’s still lots to do and …
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Amy and Wes Gillingham, stewards of Wild Roots Farm, reside in a hand-hewn, solar-powered Swedish-style log home, built lovingly over a period of years on Wes’s …
Dear readers, One of my favorite country artists is Randy Travis, and a line from one of his songs is resonating with me lately: “As long as old men sit and talk about the weather …
I returned to Sullivan County in late April, after spending half a year in Oaxaca, Mexico. There, the produce is abundant year-round, and only occasionally does a vendor tell me that some fruit or …
The warm weather brings an abundance of opportunities to buy fresh produce. Luckily, our area has a bounty of farmers’ markets. Of course, it’s fun to grow some of your own stuff, …
As the summer months unfold, warm weather creates a unique chance to expand our living space to include the outdoors. Regardless of the size of your home, a thoughtfully decorated outdoor space, …
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Elevate your outdoor retreat with 4 innovative hardscaping designs

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Monday, May 13
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Building an ADU? Save space and energy by going tankless

Monday, May 13
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High-ROI Spring Home Projects

Monday, May 13
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5 Home Updates to Provide Peace of Mind for Your Family

Monday, May 13
(Family Features) Home improvement projects often focus on updating the aesthetic of your house, but upgrades that make your …