Category Archives: COTTAGE LIVING

Perennials on Parade + Shopping for an Instant Cottage Garden

The morning after I got back from my Italian vacation — April 3rd, I think it was — I called my plumber out on the East End of Long Island and said, “Charles, would it be jumping the gun to … Continue reading

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Season’s End on the East End

I’VE CLOSED UP SHOP in East Hampton for the winter. Had to. My house has no heat, and the nighttime temperatures have dipped into the 40s and even 30s. Yes, I have a fireplace, a space heater, down comforters and … Continue reading

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1920s Sarasota

                          I’M JUST BACK from Florida’s Gulf Coast, where I attended Sarasota Mod, a conferenceĀ aimed at educating the public (and hopefully saving) the city’s stock of innovative post-WWII … Continue reading

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Last Suppers

THE ROLLER COASTER RIDE IS OVER. I’m officially in contract to sell my East Hampton, N.Y. cottage, after a long winter of offers, negotiations, anticipation and disappointments. Closing will be on or before May 15 — five years to the … Continue reading

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Paint Ho!

FIRST THERE WAS AEGEAN OLIVE, a green-brown (center top), as well as a brown-brown and a purple-brown. I stared at those three patches all summer. Then it became September, and a friend suggested we get on with it, and paint … Continue reading

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Rockaway Bungalow Storm Story

TWO WEEKS AFTER SANDY, my friend M., who has invested huge sums of money and energy fixing up a 1930s bungalow, above, in the far reaches of Queens, New York, has just had her first experience with FEMA. A few … Continue reading

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Anything but Snail Mail(boxes)

THESE WHIMSICAL — OK, kitschy — mailboxes were photographed by my wasband (wubby?) in upstate New York. I like to express my individuality indoors, but when it comes to something right out on the road for all passersby to see, … Continue reading

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