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In reading Kelly’s comment to the prior post on “What’s Your Dream Home…?“, my memory went back to an article read in 7 Days. Kelly’s dream was a Swiss Family Robinson experience in a Treehouse – and if she can get to Lincoln, Vermont, she could live out that fantasy at Tiny Fern Forest. The ad is on AirBnB.com (which was the topic of Katherine Flagg‘s 2012 “Home Away from Home” article in 7 Days).

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It must indeed be a “Vermont Thing,” for I have found other treehouse rentals!

For instance, in Waterbury, Vermont, there is Moose Meadow – which features a log home AND this TREEHOUSE:

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Country Living has an online photo gallery which opens with Moose Meadow, and includes EIGHT other Treehouse accommodations — From Oregon, to South Carolina, and even Hawaii.

NB: the BIG SUR Treehouse might even appeal to PoshPedlar, who also commented on the “What’s Your Dream Home…?” post. W-o-W!

And RelaxShacks.com makes mention of Tiny Fern and another Vermont cabin that’s perched so precariously I’ll give it a nod here — in Barton, Vermont (also listed on AirBnB).

If you’re interested in the “Tiny House” movement, do check out the RelaxShacks blog – and Derek Diedricksen‘s book (take a deep breath, for it’s a LONG title:) Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshakle Retreats, Funky Forts (and Whatever the Heck Else we could squeeze in Here).

So, Miss Robinson (aka Kelly), there are indeed treehouses out there for you to try!

… just looking at the exterior of THIS home, featured recently in the New York Times – here’s the one _I_ wouldn’t mind inhabiting:

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Writer Elaine Louie‘s article is accompanied by nineteen photos – though most of them treat objects found within this Stockton, New Jersey home. How I wish they had included more interior shots of whole rooms. Although antiques are lovely, and antique-hunters will be glad to see the ‘from where,’ ‘how purchased’ and ‘prices,’ the rooms of this place would have been more meaningful!

The exterior shot shows the balance exhibited by this facade. How inventive to included ONE brown door. It really propels you up the walkway and to the “front” door. As do the twin – very big, very bold – lamps. Can almost see the candles flicker in them, from this distance.

What melts my heart, though, is the stone work. There is a town in the southern part of our state that is quite famous for its stone buildings: CHESTER DEPOT, Vermont. On the National Historic Register!

So, I was already predisposed to enjoy the looks of this property.

The owners – John and Judy Hobday – date the house to 1810. Hear the clop of hooves…? The swish of skirts, and the click of boots on the walk…?

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Even their “outbuilding” has great character — something of that wistful “enchanted cottage” look, especially with the creeping vine.

 

 

 

 

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And, inside, a Simon Pearce Handblown Lamp – One of the main Simon Pearce sites being located in Windsor, Vermont (in the southern part of our state).

Spring and Summer is a time of year that MANY municipalities encourage owners of historic or unusual houses to open their doors for viewing. I cannot say that this home is open for visitors, but I did run across a listing – another New York Times article entitled (appropriately!) Gawkers, Welcome. Tickets prices run the gamut of not-bad to pricey – but their list encompasses the whole country. How could it not start off in the Metro area, but it does then meander up to New England (brief stop in Vermont), down to the south, and over towards the west.

I encourage readers of The Inside Scoop at CellularWindowShades to “show & tell” about YOUR dream place. It may be a locality – it may be an architectural style. You can include a photo, or a link – but especially, tell the story of “why you love it”. Give us something to add to our Pinterest boards, for instance What’s Your Style? or Favorite Places & Spaces.

 

 

This year, to honor ARBOR DAY, our company has decided upon planting a tree

CellularWindowShades.com has been in our “new” home three years now, and our plot of land has slowly taken on a new character. There are a couple of keen gardeners in our midst! So among the thoughts on what type of tree we might plant came such thoughts as:

  • I’d like to see something flowering.
  • It must produce something edible – cherry? pear? apple?
  • It should be something that can survive with little maintenance; it must be something that survives long and cold winters.

Current thoughts are leaning towards this little beauty:

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One WordPress Blogger has this particular specimen in the garden. I was so happy to find Gardening in the Lines: A Diary of Gardens because I have so little desire to garden, but LOVE looking at the work of others. Flowers, shrubs, quiet spaces in cool corners – all call to me (though do I heed that call by doing anything myself?? Does raking in the fall count?). Alas, it may not be an active blog – but the photos are still there for all to see.

Some of my favorite pins on Pinterest involve “the garden”. Our board for “GARDENS & FLOWERS” shows a broad range of applications, from potted plants and cut arrangements, to vast public gardens. And don’t discount the whimsical: find our hollowed log planter or mosaic stone swirl walkway. FUN!

There is one thing about being in the window shades business: Windows look out on the world. And whether you cover your windows for light control or privacy, when you look out you hope to see something that makes you smile…. And flowers – with their bright colors and pungent scents – are the ticket. Here in Vermont we’ve had a recent snow storm, but we’re told that “spring is just around the corner”. Our Arbor Day Tree — whatever variety it might in the end be — will soon herald that blossoming season: spring cleaning, new decorating, open windows, garden parties.

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This recipes offers a “secret ingredient” for what looks to be a *divine* slice of Banana Bread. I plan to welcome in the month of March with a nicely-buttered piece and a cuppa!

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from Courtney Price @ Courtney Price Design

Bestselling author James Patterson announced a “first round” of funding to help Independent Booksellers. Read on to find out why CellularWindowShades (a Vermont-based company) is so thrilled!

Saying that Independent Bookstores are VITAL to communities,
Patterson is seeking information about more Indies
for further disbursements of his $1 Million.

Nominate Your Favorite Independent Bookseller Today!

In 2010, The New York Times ran a lengthy article on Patterson’s prolific output – stating that he out-sold Steven King, John Grisham, and Dan Brown combined. The article is a fascinating look at the “how” behind his industry. Writer Jonathan Mahler likened former ad-exec Patterson to Mad Man‘s Don Draper! Indeed, this one article – outlining as it does Patterson’s rise from first-time author to multiple books (with co-authors) each year rolling out onto the bestsellers’ list – gives all readers a Patterson-tutorial in a nutshell.

In 2011, CNN reported on Patterson’s ideas for getting kids to read, iterating what most readers would think the perfect solution: the encouragement of reading for children starts at HOME. At the time, Patterson was launching the site ReadKiddoRead, and pointed up the “bargain” he made with his eight-year-old: No Lawn Mowing required, but: You’re going to READ every day.

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The article also has several further links parents will be glad to look over (my favorite: GuysRead.com). For the older child, visit Patterson’s Young Adult site (featuring his Witches & Wizards series). Encourage your local Independent to go “along for the ride” with Patterson’s brand-boosting ideas.

NPR’s current story (which you can listen to, as well) mentions some of the projects Independents have in mind:

“Each individual bookstore will receive up to $15,000 from Patterson, who places no limits on how they use that money. ‘It ranges from Andover Bookstore, where a son and daughter wrote and their father hadn’t had a raise since 1988…. Children’s Bookstore in Baltimore, they give books to schools and they want kids to keep the schools. Book Passage out in California will do more book fairs with it. Little Shop of Stories down in Decatur, Ga., they’re buying a bookmobile.'”

Publishers Weekly has a quick list of the Indies who have found “a check in the mail”. KUDOS to TWO Vermont Indies: Phoenix Books (Essex and Burlington locations) and The Norwich Bookstore (Norwich).

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BIG SHOUT OUT to these Vermont Independent booksellers!

What better to talk about on a MONday than … the WEEKEND! so it was with interest that I opened the Houzz article, 10 Steps to a Happier Weekend, by Laura Gaskill.

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I must confess, I LOVE my home. Not per se where it is; not super far away: highway, airport, train (you get the idea), but the physical space around me: masterfully-plastered ceiling in the living room, flagged by warm pine on the walls. A picture window, flanked by two more windows that just invite-in  the welcome winter sunshine, and a lovely (but under-utilized) fireplace. One bedroom is a dazzling sprightly yellow; the other a comforting water-blue. Hardwood floors, and warm-under-foot area rugs creates a pleasing environment.

My favorite weekend – like the one just past – I’ll mention as I outline the GREAT IDEAS that Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill gives us. Let’s countdown with her, and see how many ideas we can incorporate this coming weekend!

  1. Kick Off the Weekend Right – “amen!” to putting away the work week on Friday nights.
  2. Indulge on Saturday Morning – mornings are my favorite. The sun streaming in the big window helps; a comfy chair beside the window; a pile of books and a cuppa tea beside the chair. Nirvana! This weekend was spent reading. A fascinating historical “mystery” about lost and found manuscripts; I couldn’t put the book down till I finished it Sunday night.
  3. Save Up Saturday Treats – this rather goes back to No. 2: indulge – croissants, a favorite tea, a bouquet of flowers.
  4. Schedule Serenity – give yourself a “break”. At my house, the radio plays all day – classical in the a.m., and opera in the p.m. Rather like travelling, but without having to leave my armchair.
  5. Set a Work-Home Boundary – Disconnect, or, if you must, choose “pockets of time” to do what can’t be left.
  6. Pick a Weekend High Point – this could be a home project, or maybe just dinner and a movie!
  7. Cook a Double Dinner – this one had me puzzled, until I read the commentary: in short, cook enough so you have left overs! Consider, also, cooking enough for an elderly relative, friend, or neighbor. A co-worker snowblowed for his snowed-in neighbor, a dear friend of mine, this past weekend. That was really nice to hear!
  8. Go thru a Sunday Evening Check List – nothing worst than “preparing” for the week ahead at the last possible minute. Stressful! Laura gives us a short list of things to “hit” before Sunday ends.
  9. Create (weekend) Closure – “Let yourself off the hook for ANYTHING that didn’t get done.”
  10. Set a Positive Intention for the week ahead – mine this week is looking over that pile of books (or maybe there’ll be something new in tomorrow’s mail). Happy President’s Day for those lucky enough to have a three-day weekend this week!

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taking a long & relaxing bath is easy, when you’ve this tub and wicker display

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