Fall Home 2014:
In homes early October, on newsstands mid-October.
Our semi-annual home issue takes you to Kitchen Disneyland, a private Eden in Methuen, a southern inspired home in Andvover, the High Point Market in North Carolina, and the Newburyport Holiday House Tour. Plus unique items for your home, town profiles, real estate stats and more.
- Decorating Trends: Linda Holt highlights the return to tradition. >>
- Gardening Essentials: Susan Mitchell provides pointers for perfectly pruned plants. >>
- IntEARior Design: Alexander Prezzano discusses custom home audio systems. >>
- Kitchen Essentials: Dean Johnson spices things up with some exotic seasonings. >>
- Entertainment Essentials: Kim Gobbi mixes up tips for the perfect DIY cocktail party. >>
September / October 2014:
In homes early September, on newsstands mid-September.
- Cover Feature: A Pizza Tour of the Merrimack Valley. >>
- An Interview with Pulitzer-Prize Winner Paul Harding. >>
- Matters of Life & Beth: It’s a Dog’s Life. >>
- Style File: There’s a Monster in My Closet. >>
- Travel Advisory: Twin Farms in Barnard, Vt. >>
- Wine Notes: Pairing Wine with Cheese. >>
- From the Kitchen: Meh, September. >>
- A Guide to Area Schools and Colleges. >>
- Earthly Beauty: Discovering a Cleaner Cosmetic. >>
- It’s not Easy Being Green: Choosing “Natural” Personal Care Products Can Be Tricky. >>
- Meet Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora of NECC. >>
- Plus our regular local features, Happenings. Dining Guide, Arts and Community Calendars.
On Reading, Writing and the Arts: Paul Harding won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his debut novel “Tinkers,” but despite that literary renown, he’s pretty much a regular guy. Bookish and cool, he divides his time among writing, teaching and the role of stay-at-home dad. Emilie-Noelle Provost recently spoke with the prize-winning novelist. >>
It’s Not Easy Being Green: They say that beauty is only skin deep. No doubt your daily routine includes some lather here, a dab of fragrance there, a swipe of antiperspirant, etc… We’re rubbing a lot of stuff onto our bodies. Is it all healthy or, as some contend, does the quest for beauty wind up going more than skin deep?
A Guide to Area Schools and Colleges: Back-to-school is a great time to think about your children’s future – what options are out there for private schooling and college? We surveyed some of the area’s leading institutions of learning in this month’s special education section. Check here for our Guide to Area Schools and Colleges. >>
For the Love of Science and Learning: Who is Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora? In addition to being a well-regarded faculty member at Northern Essex Community College, and the recently appointed executive director of Lawrence campus and community relations, she is a mother, amateur chef, spice collector, gardener and former research scientist.
Style File: A Lesson Before Tying: Ties were once de rigueur for men, but the business-casual movement pushed them back into the closet except for weddings and funerals. The poles are shifting again, however, and ties are making a comeback. We have a few tips for you, summed up in four simple words: color, pattern, texture and balance. >>
Earthly Beauty: From what we eat to what we wear, going clean is mainstream. So if you’ve thought about making the switch from your standard cosmetics line to a more natural one, we have some insights on how cleaner products can benefit your skin and enhance your beauty. Read ‘Creating a Cleaner Cosmetic’ here. >>
The readers have spoken! We’re happy to present the recipients of our third annual Merrimack Valley Magazine Awards. The top picks in each and every category were chosen by you, our readers. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, and congratulations to the winners: See the results here. >>