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Editor's Welcome: Storytime

PennySpring copy2Last summer was my first visit to Naumkeag, an impressive Berkshire estate and National Historic Landmark. There I met Penelope, a charming toddler who, with her parents’ blessing, became an instant friend because of a shared name and the rakish way we wear our sun hats. We are pictured at the bottom of Fletcher Steele’s Blue Steps. Steele, who died in 1971, was perhaps the first modern landscape architect in America. He designed this iconic staircase in concrete, integrating it into a naturalistic woodland hillside planted with birches. In the Winter 2017 issue, Katy Sternberger, Coastal Home’s archivist and copy editor, describes Naumkeag’s restoration and connection to the northern New England seacoast.

Coastal Home is chockablock with captivating tales of dwellings and their owners, from Crystal Kent’s “Silver Lining” about a grand Georgian-revival home (once a prison) in Dover, New Hampshire, to Allison Knab’s look at a contemporary Stratham development house—both photographed by Rob Karosis. DIY readers will appreciate writer Barbara MacLeod’s foray into the world of repurposing old furniture and can follow step-by-step directions on how to do it. Writer Katie Curtis introduces fans of HGTV’s Fixer Upper to Stratham’s Mark Dagostino, our winter talent and co-author of The Magnolia Story with Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Landscapes in this issue are filled with fun and practical ideas. Whether it’s planting a fragrant garden, cultivating stunning houseplants, or immersing yourself in tulips, the winter issue will inspire you to dream and plan. Writer Therese Ciesinski visits a Rhode Island tulip farm that attracts thousands of visitors, who pick their own bouquets from acres of brilliant blooms. Read her tips on tulips and enjoy Kerry Michaels’ lavish photography.

Now pull up a wing chair and settle in for a good, long read. The best stories on the Seacoast await you in the winter issue of Coastal Home.


Penelope O’Sullivan, Editor

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