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You can tell a lot about people’s feelings toward an animal from how they oversee its death. Pet dogs and cats are ushered out in a barbiturate haze, surrounded by beloved family members. Cattle and pigs are, we hope, swiftly and cleanly dispatched, though usually someplace out of sight and out of mind. But stroll… Read More

Sarah Courchesne

2018 MVMA Winners – Home Chic

Thousands of ballots have been cast, the results tabulated, and now we present the winners of the 2018 Merrimack Valley Magazine Awards. This spring, the top picks in all categories were chosen by our readers via our online voting platform. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote and congratulations to all the… Read More

Doug Sparks

Backyard OASIS

This outdoor living oasis was designed by homeowners Laura and Jim Koglin. Its harmonious design concept was heavily inspired by their decade spent living in South Carolina. Upon entering between granite pillars, guests immediately note the one-of-a-kind saltwater pool and elevated spa. The surrounding multidimensional travertine slab tile mimics the geometric angles of the pool…. Read More

Lysa Pelletier

Letting the Light In: Darlene Allen Transforms a Belvidere Home

When Paula Gouveia moved to Lowell’s Belvidere neighborhood, she turned to Darlene Allen for help. Her new home felt cramped and out-of-date. As Allen states, “It felt like a rabbit hole.” To begin the transformation, Allen had three starting points. 1. Gouveia wanted the home to sparkle. 2. She wanted an open design with more… Read More

Doug Sparks
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