Vannes a city of great gardens and 16 th century timber frame homes

We didn’t sail into the port. We couldn’t bother to get tides right and opening bridges. We hopped a bus and off we went. You can read all you want about Vannes on google. What we loved were the timber frame homes ( as we built the back side of our house out of twistedContinue reading “Vannes a city of great gardens and 16 th century timber frame homes”

Kirby paints on a Herreshoff sailing boat

Kirby paints are made here in the US. Kirby paints have been around since the 1800,s. If your ever in New Bedford Mass go take a look at where the paints are made and meet the owners. I use them both on boats and in my home. They do exceptionally well on the hulls andContinue reading “Kirby paints on a Herreshoff sailing boat”

Cooking on Fire. Hearths & Old Country Kitchens

I have a thing for simple fire cooked foods and lonely old country kitchens. This year we had our friends and neighbors over for fire cooked meals every Wednesday for the month of june. It was fantastic getting outside and cooking the real way. ( the way i did for so many years on aContinue reading “Cooking on Fire. Hearths & Old Country Kitchens”

STORM SANDY SALVAGED OAK BECOMES TIMBER FRAME HOME

http://https://vimeo.com/122190885 When sandy blew thru the Hudson Valley in 2012 a few 100 year oaks parted way with the earth. Julien and I had to mill them up for timber in our new addition. We called in Johnny who worked them down the hillside with his bob cat. Then he transported them to an AmishContinue reading “STORM SANDY SALVAGED OAK BECOMES TIMBER FRAME HOME”

A well worn HOME

The patina is what catches me. every time. when looking at houses or antiques, when watching sailboats sail by. Those glistening perfect specimens are never what they seem to be. They certainly do not hold a soul. Patina is frequently destroyed in restoration projects. We cant seem to resist the urge to paint over the past.Continue reading “A well worn HOME”

Fine Paints of Europe Glossy Door

I have been painting with Fine Paints of Europe paints for years. This year I was able to head up to Woodstock Vt and join 50 other obsessed Fine Paints of Europe painters to become certified. Officially I am now a certified Fine Paints of Europe painter. When someone contacts me for painting of their NewContinue reading “Fine Paints of Europe Glossy Door”

Finishes- old and new finishes I adore

I really am obsessed with Finish’s. I love the glossy mirror look of High Gloss paint as well as the dry flat matte of chalk. lime and milk finishes.   These walls are lime plastered. I painted them out with Black Milk Paint. I love the way you can layer milk paints to get differentContinue reading “Finishes- old and new finishes I adore”

the FINE People of Vermont

Headed out this last weekend for Woodstock Vermont to spend a day with 60 painters who are obsessed with Fine Paints of Europe. Not only is fine paints of europe ( John Lehey) the best available paint in america but Woodstock is one of those best american towns. We stayed at THE GRIST MILL HOUSE.Continue reading “the FINE People of Vermont”