Ask the Experts: Spas and Hot Tubs

Ask_JimHedlund Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar James R. HedlundAdvanced Spa and Pool603 579-2727 Which features do homeowners typically look for in a spa?Things have changed over the past few years. Consumers aren’t interested in 140 jets and five pumps, requiring a 100-amp breaker. Consumers want quality and hydrotherapy, combined with efficiency. Gone are the days when homeowners weren't concerned about a $100 per month electrical expense. What are the latest developments in outdoor spa design?Higher-end manufacturers are producing spas with better, more innovative jetting running from high...

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Ask the Experts: Cleaning Services

Ask_JenniferHilton Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Jennifer HiltonThe Maids603 964-1633maidsnh.com What is your best tip for saving time when cleaning?Having a carryall bucket with all the necessities (furniture polish, glass cleaner, cleaning cloths, trash bags, all-purpose cleaner, etc.) will literally cut cleaning time in half. Also, start in one room and work clockwise around the room with your carryall; this will ensure you stay focused and complete each room thoroughly. What is the first thing you would say to most homeowners to help them be better organized?Donate...

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Ask the Expert: Kitchen Designers

Ask_NancyBither Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Nancy Bither, Atlantic Design Center(207) 363-3004 - atlanticdesignctr.com How would you describe your design style or philosophy?My approach is a little more technical than some. While style is critically important, I tend to think function is the priority. I want to know the appliance details and the storage needs before I talk about what my client wants for a door style or finish. However, coordinating the whole picture successfully is still the most satisfying part of my job. What is a common...

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Ask the Expert: Stonework

Ask_SteveGreen Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar   Interview by Kristen Schwaegerle Steve Green Carved In Stone 603 659-4026 thechiseler.com What attracted you to working with stone? Do you consider stonework artistry? My attraction began with the availability of stone. Walking along the beach, through a field, or down a road, there was beauty, uniqueness and potential everywhere. There is artistry in any job well done, and the goal in any project I undertake is to do it well. Is there something special about working with stone in New...

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Sand Castles: Interiors Inspired by the Coast by Tim Neve

(Harper Collins Publishers, 2015)

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Tim Neve wants you to have fun decorating your home. As the title suggests, Sand Castles, the first interior design book by the editor of Australian Coastal Home magazine, suggests that coastal design should be as fun, impermanent, and inspired by your surroundings as making sand castles on the beach. Known for his love of neutrals and textures, Neve says that coastal interiors should reflect the easy, carefree aesthetic of the seaside.

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My Cool Kitchen by Jane Field-Lewis

(Pavilion, 2015)

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If you like your kitchen aesthetic to wander further afield than granite countertops and white cabinets, My Cool Kitchen will satisfy your every creative need. Author Jane Field-Lewis adds a fourth book to her exploration of “cool” dwellings, covering more than 30 kitchens crisscrossing from Los Angeles to New Zealand to Copenhagen.

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Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing, & Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties by Debra Lee Baldwin

(Timber Press, 2013)

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If you crave some winter color or are simply looking forward to summer planting, consider adding some succulents to your life. Once you get started, they are so easy to propagate that it may be hard to stop collecting. Succulent expert Debra Lee Baldwin offers an excellent guide to the geometric plants with her latest book, Succulents Simplified.

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Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots through Gardening by Fran Sorin

(Braided Worlds Publishing, 2014)

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For readers open to expanding their creative side or developing a more rounded view of gardening, the 10th anniversary edition of Fran Sorin’s Digging Deep provides a definitive resource. A garden is for her not a space to be designed by someone else or done purely for aesthetic reasons but a place to let imagination flourish.

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A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers by Liza Bakewell and Kerry Michaels

(Maine Women Write, 2015)

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A Gateless Garden is a gem of a book. The layout is simple—each spread contains a full-page, black-and-white photograph by Maine photographer Kerry Michaels, a frequent contributor to Coastal Home, and a short quotation chosen by Liza Bakewell, executive director of Maine Women Write and former anthropology professor at Brown University. For inclusion, the writer must at some point have lived and written in Maine and felt its influence in her work.

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The Creative Shrub Garden: Eye-Catching Combinations for Year-Round Interest by Andy McIndoe

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Beautiful, long-lasting gardens can be created almost exclusively with well-chosen, artfully arranged shrubs: that is the premise of The Creative Shrub Garden, written by award-winning British designer Andy McIndoe. Aiming for year-round interest, his planting schemes rely not so much on flowers as on form and foliage for their varied effects.

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Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden by Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner

(Skyhorse Publishing, 2013)

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The art of fairy gardening rises to a new level with Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden, a captivating book by co-authors Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner.

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Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar

If you watch Extra Virgin on the Cooking Channel, you know how passionate Gabriele Corcos, a Tuscan native, and Debi Mazar, his wife and a noted actor, are about sharing la dolce vita.

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Like their show, their cookbook inspires with Tuscan ingredients and style. Corcos writes, “Our food is rustic, but in its own way supremely delicate.”

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New England’s Historic Homes and Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius

(Union Park Press, 2011)

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Peer through the rippled panes of an old home, and you peer through years of history. Antique homes are our windows to the past. As Mark Twain said, “To us, our house was not unsentient matter—it had a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see us with…” New England’s Historic Homes and Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius welcomes us into 36 of the region’s finest historic properties, each carefully selected for its historical significance, visual appeal, and exceptional story.

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John Robshaw Prints: Textiles, Block Printing, Global Inspiration, and Interiors by John Robshaw with Elizabeth Garnsey

JohnRobshawPrints1 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar John Robshaw Prints: Textiles, Block Printing, Global Inspiration, and Interiors by John Robshaw with Elizabeth Garnsey (Chronicle Books, 2012) Part travelogue, part autobiography, and part eye candy, this remarkable coffee table book is ultimately a celebration and homage to the craft of fabric printing. Written by John Robshaw with Elizabeth Garnsey, John Robshaw Prints: Textiles, Block Printing, Global Inspiration, and Interiors is a glorious montage of ideas, imagery, history, and how-to. Bringing the reader to exotic and fascinating locations, the narrative meanders...

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