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Vermont Homes and Gardens: Custom Creation

Both the designers and the owner love the results of high-tech detailing and innovative finishing touches to this fine lakeside home.

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Vermont Magazine • March/April 2013
Story by Jordan Werner • Photos by Carolyn Bates

As the owners of Sheppard Custom Homes, Tom and Donna Sheppard have lived in many spectacular houses. When they were designing a new house for themselves, they saw an opportunity to experiment on a large scale. The result is visually stunning, technologically advanced, and true to its environment. It is so great, in fact, that they never got to move in. As the Sheppard Custom Homes crew was starting work on it two years ago, Tom received a call asking if the house was for sale. “My wife thought it was a little big and over the top, so we decided to sell it,” said Tom. “The new owner was great. His instructions were to finish the house exactly as we would if we were going to move in.”

Tom Moore crafted all the woodwork for the house. Donna wanted the house to have an open floor plan, but the space was so large that it would have been overwhelming. Tom’s woodwork serves to make some separation and designate different rooms while leaving the floor plan open. Each room has its own angle, but the wood ties them all together. The beautiful woodwork that Tom Moore fashioned presented a challenge when it came time to light the house— there was very little room to put light switches without ruining the detail of the wood. To solve the problem, Tom Sheppard decided to program the whole house to run on iPad and iPhone technology. No matter where you are, you can turn on the lights. “I never thought I’d get excited about an electronic house, but it eliminates more than half of the light switches in a house this big,” he commented. “It’s my first electronic house but it won’t be my last!”

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Take some time and enjoy the ocean view... Hampton Beach in NH

ocean-view-final.jpgWhen walking around Hampton Beach in NH, there is so much to take in. The beach, the landscape, and the architecture are all around you. And then there is the sculpture. Just north of A street is the wonderful sculpture. It was surrounded by black fencing as though she were in prison, and landscape architects: ORW created a brand new home for he...
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Bringing Wilmington Vermont Back to Life

Wilmington Vermont - Photographer Carolyn BatesWilmington Pulls Together To Bring Its Historic Downtown Back To Life Vermont B/A A year and a half ago, Tropical Storm Irene ravaged many Vermont towns, including Wilmington. By January 2012, the Wilmington Fund VT was established and hard at work. Tamara and Dan Kilmurray, longtime second home owners, felt the losses and destruction of Wilming...
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Done with Style: Anne Marie Brunet, CKD, CBD

AnneMarieBrunet-cichetti-12af CLB3977a-sh-web-srgb-1-wtrmkSheridan Interiors, Cornwall, ONT. Anne-Marie's creativity in solving architectural and interior design problems is ten star.  Working with her, as an architectural photographer, to photograph spaces she has designed since 2003, I highly respect her work. I was trained by several contractors to understand excellence in their work, so I look f...
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These old bones will tell a story. Renovating one of Burlington’s historic homes.

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VERMONT MAGAZINE

Old Bones, New Energy

Renovating one of Burlington’s historic homes.

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It's All about Augie!

Read more about Augie on "I am ready for my close-up".
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WILMINGTON, VERMONT: Recovering from Irene 1 year later.

WILMINGTON CLB7562d-sh-web-srgbOne year after the devastating Irene hurricane ruined all or part of every one of the 59 buildings in national historic registrar town of Wilmington, VT, flowers bloom in every pot, window box, and garden. With $12 million in damage, the recovery is not over yet. Buildings are still being renovated, bought and sold, and Ann Coleman, the artist who ...
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THE ULTIMATE SUMMER VACATION: BEAUTIFUL SUMMER COTTAGE FOR RENT WITH SHARED SANDY BEACH ON CRYSTAL LAKE.

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Check out the places you go while on vacation!

To my friends everywhere.

We are renting our family summer cottage, on Crystal Lake, Frankfort, MI. It is just  45 minutes south of  the airport in Traverse City, and 10 minutes from Frankfort, MI.  One of the great adventures is to visit the Sleeping Bear Lakeshore National Park, Please network the rental of our cottage at Crystal Lake in Frankfort, Mich.  If you put a rental together for us, I will see that you get a finder's fee. If you rent it for your friends or family, we will negotiate a lower rent.  

Thank you very much,
Carolyn

One of our renters described our cottage so very well, and what it was like to stay there.

I just want to tell you I really loved that place.  I had this vision in my head that I wanted a house right next to the water so, when we arrived that first evening, I was a little disappointed in the location.  My opinion soon changed.  I loved being up in the woods where it was quiet.  The houses I saw that were next to the water had a road right against them.  That was definitely not what I had in mind.  Besides, I could hear the water and see it from our room and I didn't have to worry about the boys every minute with cars and water.

Like I said, I loved it there.  I think the floors are pine.  They are great.  We definitely want to come back up sometime, but don't have a plan yet.  Our summers are getting so miserable around here (Missouri)I just about can't stand it anymore.  Most of this summer was 90's & 100's.  I go from one air conditioned environment to the next.  It was heaven not having the ac at the house.  I at least had the window in the bedroom open every night so I could hear the wind through the trees.  Wouldn't you know it, we came home to a nice cool down period.  

Thanks,
Justin

Crystal Lake Waterfront Jun-Oct Handicap Access
Frankfort New Frankfort, Michigan

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Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 411834
4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths. Sleeps 8: short walk to semi private beach, stone fireplace in living room, dining room, patio, deck, screen porch, dish washer, washer, dryer,  private deck, parking, linens.  No dogs, No smoking. Telephone, TV, WIFI  provided. Handicap ramp and semi handicap bathroom. Cleaning provided between renters. Real cottage feel.  Wood walls, no sheetrock! Timberframe, two stories. June, July, Sept, Oct. Out by 11 in by 3. $1900-$2250.

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Vacation Reading!

If you are looking for some great reads while vacationing at Crystal Lake, then look no further than local author Robert Wangard's books. Though Malice is his latest fast pace mystery, you should start with the first in book in the series Target. The hero of these novels lives in a summer cottage on Crystal Lake! You can also read the short stories in Hard Water Blues. They are excellent and each one is different with twists that amaze you.


What do you while on vacation? I have the perfect spots to explore!

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WILMINGTON, VERMONT

wilmington-2011af-cbates0161-shFlood damaged building bought by new non-profit in Wilmington. The Wilmington Fund VT is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the recovery of Wilmington, Vermont. The Please donate to this fund! Wilmington is an awesome town. It is important to make note of the flood levels and river level. The water in the river rose 30 feet an...
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The Past & Present: Wilmington, Vermont

Wilmington flood of 1938 Historic Image of Wilmington (left); Image by Carolyn Bates 2011 (right) The town was founded around 1751 and was located at the top of Lisle Hill.  The fathers of the town later chose to locate down the hill by the river, casually referred to as “Mill Hollow”. There seems to be a big discrepancy whether the town was chartered in 1...
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Cocaine Kills: A Prayer for Tara Smith

Cocaine KillsTara Jean Smith Jan. 31, 1976 - Feb 1, 2012 Tara J Smith Iv user, age 36, dying of heart failure Please spread the word. Tara wants to prevent others from her fate Will be 36 Jan 31, 2012. She has 1-10% chance of living more than a month. Infection ravages her heart muscle and abscesses are between her two valves, and around her aorta valv...
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Look what I got for Christmas this year!

today ms sally gets her xmas present from CarolynThis year I bought Ms. Sally a MeteorLight for Christmas. This toy is great and as you can see, she loves it. A little about the Meteorlight Whether your schedule prevents you from exercising your canine buddy during the day, or you just prefer carousing with him or her at night, our tennis ball-sized Meteorlight K-9 LED Ball is the perfect exerc...
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Featured Book - Cleveland: Inside Outside

I LOVE this book on Cleveland. The author, Jennie Jones, shows off many of the beautiful buildings were in the city. I must admit, I had no idea that there were so many of them. I usually drove through it at night in the 1960's and got very lost on my way back home from Skidmore...

Cleveland: Inside Outside: A Personal Photographic Journey (1981 – 2011)

Cleveland: Inside Outside: A Personal Photographic Journey (1981 – 2011)
by Jennie Jones, a Celebrated Photographer and Author

In 2010, Jennie Jones, a well known photographer, donated some 22,000 images to the Michael Schwartz Library, Special Collections at Cleveland State University representing thirty years of her work. Arnold Berke, the Senior Contributing Editor of Preservation Magazine says “Her work is a priceless record of Cleveland’s heritage of construction and design. She is a creative artist with strong individual aesthetics who has dedicated her life to sharing the beauty of Cleveland with the world.”

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays 2011Spreading the Holiday Cheer!
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Profile of lobsterman Bill Colby of Spruce Head Island, Maine

ckportraitUSECaleb Kenna created a two-minute multimedia story called "8 Pounds Short", a profile of lobsterman Bill Colby of Spruce Head, Maine.     Combining video, audio and  still photos, this piece was created during a Multimedia Masterclass with Bob Sacha at the Maine Media Workshops. More About Caleb Kenna Caleb Kenna is a photograp...
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Helping Families in Wilmington, VT

Deerfield Raging WaterWith Devastation... A community comes together The Deerfield River Valley Human Web closed on 31 December 2011, and we want to thank the hundreds of people who together donated nearly $210,000.     And yes, even after all this flooding, there is a rainbow at the end. Want to help? Here is how. Deerfield River Valley Human Web ...
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Some SIMPLE tips to make your images pop.

Do you want to know the secret for making your images brilliant and pop right off the screen at your visitors? If your answers is yes, then watch this video and learn for yourself. In the video Grover Sanschargrin interviews Kristina Sherk, a Washington DC-based image retoucher, photographer, photo assistant, production manager. Get your pens rea...
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My Photograph of Kate Nadeau's Kitchen Pubished in Book "Simply Imperfect"

 Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House

 

Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House is about appreciating the simple and letting go of the superficial – the perfect antidote for a society in recovery from a decades-long consumerist binge. Far more than home décor, wabi-sabi is a state of mind: living modestly in the moment, stripping away the unnecessary, finding satisfaction in everyday things. Simply Imperfect recounts wabi-sabi’s rich history, tracing it from its Zen Buddhist roots through to the present day.

 

Photograph by Carolyn L. Bates of Kate Nadeau's Kitchen
Photograph by Carolyn L. Bates of Kate Nadeau's Kitchen
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Watershed Studio architecture, LLC

Watershed Studio architecture, LLC Daniel Johnson, ArchitectNon-Traditional Design Watershed Studio architecture, LLC is an award-winning firm committed to improving the quality of the built environment through design excellence and community engagement. We employ a rigorous analytical process in order to achieve a high level of design. Watershed engages in work on a variety of pro...
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Elliot House B&B

Anne and George VolandShelburne, VT.Phone: 802-985-2727 Take a look at Carolyn's online book featuring the Elliot House B&B by clicking here.
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