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July 21, 2014

If you have envisioned a holiday where the most strenuous thing you do is turn the pages of a wonderful novel or sip from a chilled glass of Prosecco, I have found a little corner of heaven for you. Not as well-known as Tuscany, Piedmont is the region west of Milan and northeast of Genoa. In one of the most beautiful valleys I discovered an early 17th century, butter-coloured villa right out of a picture book. ...(read more)

July 14, 2014

One of the fastest growing trends in outdoor furniture is reclaimed teak. This beautiful tropical hardwood is highly valued for its naturally water-resistant properties and durability. Because teak is protected by its own natural oils, it’s best not to apply varnish or any water sealants as they will bubble and peel. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays turns the wood’s golden hue to weathered silvery grey.

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July 7, 2014

Porches come in all sizes from a tiny covered entranceway just big enough to hold a chair and welcome mat to a roomy wraparound veranda. Traditional or modern, a porch delivers an invitation to come and sit, to relax alone, or to congregate with friends and family. There’s no better place to take in the view, whether it’s a busy streetscape or a magnificent mountain vista....(read more)