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Attack of the Caterpillars

I am a desultory vegetable gardener. Abetted by friends’ and neighbors’ prolific generation of tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, even the more exotic sorts of veggies, I get to turn my garden into a wanton aesthetic paradise of impractical or inedible blooms and foliage, or just grow whatever the pollinators might like best. One year at work, my… Read More

Sarah Courchesne

From Greeting Cards to Handblown Glass; Buying Art on Any Budget

If you think buying art doesn’t fit into your budget, you haven’t visited Lowell’s Western Avenue Studios or Helen Thomas Simply Smashing in Andover.  Western Avenue Studios (WAS) is located in an enormous complex of former mill buildings. It houses 300 artists in 250 studios and 50 live/work lofts. Paintings, woodworks, photography, jewelry, letterpress creations,… Read More

Jen Myers

Open House: Making a Chelmsford Home Look Light, Bright and Updated

When the Hardy family needed someone to remodel their Chelmsford home, they knew who to call. After all, they had been working with designer Debbe Daley on other projects for a decade, and her eye for integrating old and new, and for invigorating classic looks with pops of color, was perfect for them. The Hardys… Read More

Doug Sparks

The Trouble with Shrubs

I wouldn’t like to say my garden is unkempt, and I wouldn’t like to say it suffers under the fits and starts of my ambitions and inattentions. I would like to say my garden is independent, and that the plants there thrive on benign neglect. If I’m being honest, though, my neglect veers troublingly close to… Read More

Sarah Courchesne
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