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Fresh Start By Nancy E. Berry


Spring is the perfect time to make a change for the better in your home and garden. As the ground thaws and the storm windows come off, assess what updates you can make to transform your dwelling from ho-hum to warm and welcoming.


Quality vs. quantity continues to be a trend in the home marketplace. A home’s square footage can be minimal as long as the home is well constructed and personalized to your family’s lifestyle. So why not reconsider your interiors this spring and make some simple design changes? Local design experts offer simple solutions to dress up a drab interior.


Organization is also key to the design of your home, and so compartmentalizing belongings in the mudroom, pantry, and laundry room with proper shelving, drawers, and cubbies can keep everything in its place. We’ll take you through the proper steps to create a clean and well-organized home this spring.


Speaking of updates, the kitchen continues to be the heart of the home and is becoming more family-centric—we’ll address what’s new this year in kitchen design and materials. Blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors, the open-air kitchen continues to be a popular trend; we offer great advice for incorporating an outdoor kitchen into your garden. And while improving the patio with a new grill, we’ll also explore customizing garden rooms to create intimate spaces in which to dine, read a book, or simply tend a small perennial garden.


Get a fresh start this spring with a little help from our local experts!