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Into the Open – New England Farms

Who doesn’t love that time of week when you head to the farmers market, pick up your CSA or simply pop by the local farm stand. You become mesmerized by the vibrant colors, fresh aromas and dazzling textures of the produce. But have you taken the time to go beyond and explore the land from which mother nature created these masterpieces? With 65 organic farms and 111 sustainable farms in Massachusetts providing everything from produce and dairy to herbs and honey there are opportunities to … [Read more...]

Sanctuary for Sleep

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Transforming the bedroom may be just what the sleep doctor ordered.  By Beth Prandini  It was just over a decade ago when Armella Stepan’s life changed. The former General Manager of Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica was scheduled for a routine laparoscopy and a brief inpatient stay. Instead, a life-threatening surgical mishap hospitalized her for two months. Upon her return home, things spiraled out of control. Unknowingly, Stepan had been treated with Avitan, an addictive anxiety … [Read more...]

Stylish Kitchen Solutions ~ Jill Wolff shares expert kitchen advice and design tips

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Known for her clean and elegant style, interior designer Jill Wolff shares kitchen advice and design tips to gear us up for a season of entertaining. ~~ Interviewed by Marina Chetner           Photography by Adam Latham and Everett Fenton Gidley ~~ The kitchen is the beating heart of the home. It’s where the art of meal creation happens; it’s a gathering spot for family and friends.  For many home cooks, the kitchen is their place of refuge, while for others, this space functions as a … [Read more...]

Mariel Hemingway Finds Refuge at Home

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At 51, Mariel Hemingway says she is finally learning how to play A setting for the pursuit for play is found in her cozy 1.7 acre ranch that features an expanding outdoor gym and organic farm set deep in Malibu Canyon. Mariel shares this idyllic setting Mariel with her partner, Bobby Williams. Bobby is delivering the workout ethos of Venice Beach to the couple’s ranch. He’s continually adding to the converted corral lined with sand, where he's installed a pair of custom-built balance bars … [Read more...]

Relationship – The No-Games Guide to Love

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Looking for love? Craving a real connection? Sick of the games? Then stop playing them.   by Laurel House   You might not even realize the games you play. You may think that you are abiding by "the rules," following the conventional dating expectations that dictate when you should call, not call, make yourself available, pretend to be busy, and tiptoe around the truth… which isn't lying, it's just not being exactly transparent. Screw the rules! It's time to get … [Read more...]

Mariel Hemingway finds Refuge at Home

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At 51, Mariel Hemingway says she is finally learning how to play. A setting for the pursuit for play is found in her cozy 1.7 acre ranch that features an expanding outdoor gym and organic farm set deep in Malibu Canyon. Mariel shares this idyllic setting Mariel with her partner, Bobby Williams. Bobby is delivering the workout ethos of Venice Beach to the couple’s ranch. He’s continually adding to the converted corral lined with sand, where he's installed a pair of custom-built balance bars … [Read more...]

Home Feature – David Hertz Home Design

Contemplative Home Design David Hertz incorporates elements of water in his Venice home Acclaimed architect David Hertz is an expert in environmentally conscious design. Not only is water the creative inspiration behind many of the home’s features, this element also plays an important role in the construction’s sustainable blueprint. To show us this relationship, Hertz takes us on a tour of his Venice Beach property. By Marina Chetner We’re on the balcony of the second floor of the … [Read more...]

Their Perfect Home

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Achieving Harmony in the City From Natural Heights The vision: a home with a phenomenal view, peaceful yet close to the city, spacious enough to house three kids and four dogs, and host gatherings for extended family and friends. Enter: Encino. Here, homeowners Elaine and Dan were drawn to a serene setting -- a beautiful open location with views of snowcapped mountains juxtaposed by a panoramic scene of the San Fernando Valley that mesmerizes at night with twinkling city lights. This was the … [Read more...]

Bring Nature Indoors for Health and Harmony

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Right now - stop, take a moment, and recall a time when you felt completely relaxed and at peace. For many of us, that experience involved being surrounded by the healing energy of nature. Whether breathing in the ocean air, daydreaming under the sun, or walking along a mountain steam, nature can have a magical way of melting away stress, uplifting mood, and soothing the soul. Bringing nature into the living environment increases health, happiness, and productivity, according to feng shui. As … [Read more...]

Create Space for Love at Home

INDIAN SECRETS OF VASTU ENHANCE INTIMACY Vastu, the science of architecture and sacred space also referred to as the Yoga of design, offers harmonizing suggestions to align your home with the laws of nature to help bring you into this temple. As Marianne Williamson wrote, “Romance is one of the sacred temples that dot the landscape of a human life.” Keep your bedroom a serene, beautiful, and private space; make it a peaceful retreat for sleep and intimacy, a true sanctuary in this busy … [Read more...]

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