A gardener for the ages
What is the essence of a garden? An escape to restore the soul? A magical place that lets the imagination soar? Or a feast for the senses that transports you with its lush beauty and fragrance? To garden designer James Brewer of James Brewer Garden Design in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, a garden is all these and much more.
A stonemason creates enduring art
New England is a region of rock, from the granite faces of its many hillsides and mountains to its rocky shores and boulder-strewn fields. The early settlers crafted walls, foundations, and buildings from this rock, but stonemason and landscaper Phil O’Donnell of Stratham, New Hampshire, sees rock differently. For him, its weathered and varied forms are inspiration for his art.
An artist’s love affair with color and light
Clear panes of glass are part of our daily lives; they let in light and visions of the outside world. Maya Travaglia, however, adds color, shape, texture, and an artist’s vision to her glass creations, creating designs of beauty and meaning.
An artist creates a visual feast
Jamie LaFleur is continuously immersed in art. As an artist, he strives to convey on canvas surroundings that are meaningful to him. As owner of the Banks Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he eagerly shares diverse and impressive collections with others.
A restoration artist brings antiques back to life
Every piece of furniture tells a story. Who made it and why? Was it fashioned as a gift or piece of art, or was it made to be sturdy and useful? Over the years, time embellishes the story as owners come and go. Paint, scars, and insect damage may alter a once lovely appearance. Underneath a damaged facade, however, the original wood remains, waiting for its patina to be rediscovered. Uncovering that beauty, while staying true to the furniture’s history, is the mission of restorer and conservator Robert Hanna of Brentwood, New Hampshire.
Creating coastal vegetable varieties
Growing vegetables from seed is one of the most rewarding gardening experiences. Not only can you choose from many exciting varieties, but what could be healthier for body and spirit than eating what you know you planted yourself? For best results, it pays to grow vegetables that suit your climate. Enter plant breeder Brent Loy, who develops plants adapted to the needs of regional seed companies and gardeners.
Ed Hopkins looks to nature in his work as an arborist
Trees, shrubs and landscapes surround us. Here in New England, lush greens, bold crimsons and barren branches frame picturesque seasonal views. Ask Ed Hopkins, president of Urban Tree Service, A Tree Health Company Inc. of Rochester, New Hampshire about nature, though, and you’ll get a bit of a different perspective.
A green home helps this young family cut costs
One growing family’s desire to downsize their home proves that, even in our materialistic, wasteful society, we can aspire to live simpler, smaller, more sustainable, and—yes—richer lives.
Apartment living goes green and gets connected
Drew and Ezra Temko, both 30, moved to the Seacoast from the Philadelphia area two years ago. “We likely would not be living in Newmarket if it weren’t for the Mills,” Drew says. “I traveled to the area prior to our move and fell in love with the Mills for several reasons: being on the water, the beautiful exterior of the building, heated floors, large windows, and the location in downtown Newmarket.”
New Hampshire homeowners see the bright side of solar energy systems
Not far from the Seacoast, a little more than a half hour from downtown Portsmouth, is the town of Farmington, New Hampshire. Much like neighboring towns Rochester and Dover, Farmington’s history is steeped in mill manufacturing.
How builders are reshaping sustainable home design
On a small lot in Rye Harbor, New Hampshire, not far from the rocky shoreline and the swell of the sea, sits a recent residential project that pushes the boundaries of sustainable design. The 2,400-square-foot home is replete with energy-efficient technology that reduces heating and electricity bills, generates home energy credits, is environmentally friendly, and looks good doing it, too.
Improving water quality with nature as a guide
When you think of things designed to help consumers and homeowners reduce their environmental footprint, chances are some of the first to come to mind are of the high-tech variety: solar PV systems, spray-foam insulation, electronic monitoring equipment, and other, costly investments. However, the last two decades have seen a considerable uptick in another eco-conscious application, the rain garden, which demands far less in the way of both maintenance and materials.
Right-sized homes blend sustainability with beauty
Deb Regan, a resident of Laurel Court in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, lived two blocks away on Mangrove Street when she first happened upon her future neighborhood. She had become intrigued by the construction of what was described as a “high-performance” subdivision.
One man’s quest to turn stone into splendor
Few nicknames resonate with more authority than the Granite State, that steadfast New Hampshire moniker that serves as a reflection of the state’s people as much as it does the endless bounty of rock below.
Local experts help find balance in chaos
You spent weeks planning Thanksgiving dinner—ordered the free-range turkey, stocked up on a bevy of local libations, put your own well-honed spin on all the fixin’s—and now, it’s over. With the faint din of football droning in the distance, you dry the last dish, grab your glass of merlot, and head to a living room filled with laughter and loved ones. Scanning the room to take in the smiling faces, the family, and friends, you forget for a second the untold hours and near disasters that made it all possible.