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Tommy Awards 2019 Official Rules

TOMMY AWARDS CONTESTOFFICIAL RULES Promotion: The Tommy Awards Contest ("Contest") is sponsored by This Old House Ventures, LLC, 262 Harbor Drive, Stamford, CT 06902 ("Sponsor"). The Contest starts at 12:00:01 PM Eastern Time (ET) on August 28, 2019 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on October 6, 2019 ("Contest Entry Period"). Who may enter: Contest open to the legal residents of 46 United States and District of Columbia, excluding residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, and Maryland, and to residents of Canada, excluding the province of Quebec, who are 21 years of age or older and who are Insider Members at…

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A Modest Beach Cottage on Martha’s Vineyard Goes from “Bad Seventies” to “Good Seventies”

When NYC interior designer Ellen Hamilton recently undertook the renovation of a 1970s beach cottage in Chilmark, Massachusetts, she knew it would be neither the biggest project she’d ever undertake, nor the most dramatic transformation—but its modesty is exactly what appealed to her. Chilmark is a town on Martha’s Vineyard, a small island near Cape Cod that’s both undeniably beautiful and undeniably wealthy. “When you see a coastline like this,” says Hamilton, “everyone’s initial instinct is to overbuild—to have a glamorous and big house.” (The next-door neighbor is a well-known billionaire.) But her client wanted to keep both the footprint and…

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On Our Radar: 4 Up-and-Coming Ceramicists to Watch in Maine

We’ve written about ceramics and the talented ceramicists who create them from all corners of the globe—from Portugal to London to North Carolina—so it only made sense to highlight a few from Maine, a place where the artisan spirit is not only alive, but flourishing (in fact, we’re celebrating it all week). On our radar: A new collection from a perennial favorite, a 14th-generation artisan, and more. Here’s a look. Ariela Kuh Above: In the coastal community of Lincolnville, Maine, ceramicist Ariela Kuh of ANK Ceramics handcrafts tableware in a charming studio and finishes each piece with glazes mixed in…

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This Old House Cast Reflect on 40 Years of Life Lessons and Home Renovations

“Whatever your budget, whatever the project, plan for surprises.”—Tom Silva“Tailor your investment to your longevity in the house,” Tom says. If you’re going to move in five years, get some nice appliances, paint, and maybe refinish the floors. But if you’re sticking around, Tom advises homeowners to spend money on “the stuff you don’t see”—robust framing, proper flashing, extra insulation, high-efficiency systems. “Otherwise you’re going to end up having to deal with gaps in trim, doors that don’t close properly, rot, drafts, and high utility bills.” In fact, his devotion to quality is what landed Tom on the show. He…

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In Order To Be Green, An Economy Must Be Fair First

Yellow Vest protests in France have been prompted by a sense of social inequality, not a rejection of a green economy. Photo credit: vfutscher / CC BY-NC / Flickr This post originally appeared at Ensia. The gilets jaunes protests in France are a visible—and violent—symbol of a general malaise that has spread to many Western democracies: a gulf of understanding between governing elites and disaffected voters. Many outside of France were quick to characterize this organic street movement as fundamentally anti-environmental, a popular rejection of French President Emmanuel Macron’s climate and green energy policies. It’s true that two of the…

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Kitchen of the Week: Hudson Valley Farmhouse Kitchen Reborn

A while back we dropped in on artist Dunja Von Stoddard’s 1880s farmhouse in Rhinebeck, New York, and especially admired the kitchen. Dunja recently tweaked the space, so on a trip to the Hudson Valley, I stopped by to take another look. The kitchen may appear to be historic (exposed beams, wide-plank floors, soapstone counters), but it’s the result of an extensive and painstaking restoration. When Dunja purchased the home, most of its the historic charm had been obscured by some ill-conceived Reagan-era edits. “My mother and my realtor thought I was crazy to buy it,” Dunja admitted. With red faux-terracotta…

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