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Dec. 10, 2018

Simplistic Beauty & Holiday Decorating

By: Holly Pembroke • Interior Decorator • Middlesex, VT.

As I get ready for the holidays I think about traditions and what this time of the year means to me - family, home, comfort, giving, and simplicity. Around the holidays it is so easy to get lost in the schedules, parties, and stress. It can be overwhelming and expensive - but it doesn't have to be.

I have a sign in my kitchen that says "keep it simple". That sign has been with me for 10 years as a reminder in my life and in my approach to decorating. To me, simplicity is beautiful. I highly recommend the book Lagom; a wonderful message to remind us of balance in everyday life. In Swedish the word Lagom means not too much, not too little. 

This year for holiday decorating I challenge you to keep it simple. 

Use things we already have in abundance in Vermont and bring in something from the outdoors:

  • pine cones
  • branches
  • greenery

Be creative and don’t spend a lot.

I am excited to showcase some of my favorite holiday decorations and inspiration from some of my closest friends.

Karen

Every time I walk into Karen’s beautiful mountain home, whether it’s holiday time or not, I feel so at peace with the natural elements that she has brought inside. Her birch trees are so simple, yet so spectacular.

 

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Nov. 15, 2018

Renovated Vermont Farmhouse | Home Design

Landmark is excited to announce that we have a new guest blogger, Holly Pembroke, who will be bringing us her expertise on interior design and all things home staging! Please enjoy her blog:

My partner and I renovated an 1890’s farmhouse in 2017 with the help of an amazing team.  When we first looked at the house, it was vacant, cold, and dark, but I could see and feel the love and energy in that house.  

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Nov. 5, 2018

Vermont Winter Here We Come | Local Mountains

With winter on its way, many of us Vermonters are eagerly awaiting the chance to take advantage of the snowfall. Below are all the places to ski downhill in the area, and their estimated opening dates, so get excited!

SUGARBUSH

This ski resort in Warren is quite a staple in the valley, and their estimated opening is around November 17th! They offer plenty of deals and hold a number of events throughout the year, including a weeklong celebration during Christmas week.

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Oct. 12, 2018

Selling Your Home | Home Staging

There are some things that every home seller should make sure to cross off their list as they approach putting their home on the market. Some smaller tasks to keep in mind are:

Cleaning: Give everything a quick shine, from counters to frequently trafficked rugs. You don’t want your home to seem too lived in and turn people off

Lighting: Make sure to showcase the natural light of your space – just check that you’re not revealing a bunch of dirty windows (see above).

Yard: Keep your walkways clear and keep the time of year in mind. If it’s fall, get out that rake. If it’s winter, get that shovel and salt.

Home Staging

A big step to take in selling your home is to stage it for potential buyers. While the small tasks above are part of this, staging is a bigger process of making your home really shine and allowing the potential buyer to see what the possibilities are.

If you’re not convinced the extra work is worth it check out the statistics below:

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Oct. 10, 2018

Your Vermont Fall Guide | Hike, Explore, Bake

Hike

What could be a better way to appreciate the fall weather than to get out in the middle of it all? Vermont has some of the most beautiful and accessible trails in the country, get out there before the leaves disappear!

The best way to beat the leaf-peeping crowd, if you can swing it, is to go early on a weekday morning. Our favorite hikes are the sunrise on Camel’s Hump in Duxbury (rated hard) or if you’re looking for something shorter check out Stowe Pinnacle (rated moderate)! If you’re lucky, the “Stowe Dogs” will find you and do this trail with you, a pair of two wonderful Golden Retrievers who live in the area and love climbing the mountain with people. Recognize them by the bell they wear on their collar.

Hunger Mountain (Waterbury) is another good local option that is shorter than Camels Hump but still rated difficult. Near the top, you'll get to try out some of your rock climbing skills!

Be safe and have fun! Always remember a flashlight and plenty of water, most trails are well marked.

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Sept. 25, 2018

Let’s Decorate | Home Décor For Fall

Fall decorating starts now!It’s time to start thinking about ways you can spruce up your home décor for fall! Below are some tips and tricks to keep your front porch looking beautiful during the Vermont foliage season.

Choose a Color Scheme – It’s easy for us to get lost in the décor filled store shelves. You pile up your cart with items that look cute or pretty but, in the end, you find that only a few of the pieces you’ve purchased actually look good together, let alone look good with the color of your porch and front door! No need to worry, if you plan your color scheme ahead of time, designing the look of your front porch becomes quick and painless. Try sticking to colors that are not only popular for fall but also complement the look and feel of your home. Some great ideas for fall color schemes are:

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Sept. 13, 2018

What to do Near You | Fall Events and Activities

The air is crisp, pumpkins are being harvested, and the leaves are changing colors, all signs of the arrival of everyone’s favorite season, fall. Vermont is famous not only for its fall foliage, but also the plethora of fall events and activities that you can attend! Go ahead and check out the ones we’ve listed below:

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Aug. 27, 2018

Home Study Space | Back to School Season

With most children going back to school this week it’s time to start the homework grind again. If your kid is like most, staying focused on assignments can be a struggle, especially when it’s still so summer-like outside. Take a look at our list of what it takes to make an effective home study space.

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Aug. 14, 2018

Vermont Summer Fun: Champlain Valley Fair

 

The biggest fair in Vermont is right around the corner!

One of the most memorable events of any summer is going to the local fair with your friends and family. We’re lucky enough to have the Champlain Valley Fair located just over in Essex Junction. Make sure to stop by August 24th through September 2nd to check it out.

We’ve broken down what we love about the fair below:

Rides

No fair would be complete without a large selection of rides and the Champlain Valley Fair has them in spades. You can choose to purchase a ride bracelet or individual tickets depending on how often you expect to be whipping around on rides.

Gentler attractions include a carousal, haunted house ride, various small roller coasters, and fun houses.

If you’re interested in something that will really get your heart racing, check out the Zipper Wheel, Enterprise, or High Rising Swings. (Young children must meet ride requirements and be accompanied by an adult.)

Games

The assortment of games are too many to list but you’ll definitely be satisfied with the fair's collection of classic and new games. Try out the ring toss, balloon darts, or duck races!

Live Entertainment (Grand Stand Events)

8/24 – Old Dominion – Country Music

8/25 – Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias – Stand Up Comic

8/26 – Night of Fire & Destruction – Monster Trucks & Stunts

8/27 – Wunderle’s Circus Extravaganza

8/28 – The Machine Performs Pink Floyd – Free Concert with Fair Admission

8/29 – Double Figure 8 Racing

8/30 – Demolition Derby

8/31 – Rick Springfield, Eddie Money, Greg Kihn, Tommy Tutone – Misc Pop & Rock

9/1 – U.S. Freestyle Motocross Championship

9/2 – Billy Currington – Country Music

Learn more about each event here.

Other Entertainment

There is a collection of shows every day from an actual human cannonball to racing pigs, and hypnotist Steve Bayner. Make sure to check out the full schedule of daily events here.

Farm Life

See the adorable and impressive array of animals throughout a maze of tents. Old McDonald's Farm is a classic with all your favorite farm animals side by side. See newborn piglets frolicking around their mother or chicks hatching right before your eyes!

Right next to McDonald's you’ll find tents with goats, sheep, cows, horses, rabbits, a variety of birds, and more! Educational workshops are available throughout the fair as well as live shows with Wildlife Wendy and others.

Competitions

There are competitions for everything under the sun! Visit the expo center and see who took home first for everything from bonsai trees and garden vegetables to cooking and crafts. See the list of competition here.

Vendors

Local and regional artisan vendors are scattered throughout the fair. You can find them in the convention center and in various places as you walk across the grounds. We highly recommend stopping by their tables and tents for souvenirs and gifts!

Food

There is no way to go wrong with fair food unless, of course, you decide to go on a particularly thrilling ride and don't have the strongest of stomachs! Dive into deep-fried goodness with corn dogs, french fries, and fried dough. It's the end of summer, live a little!

July 26, 2018

Seven Hacks for Home Maintenance | Summer

After the harsh Vermont winter, summer is finally here, and we’re all eager to lay back and relax. Unfortunately, there are a few chores to be taken care of before the fun and relaxation can begin. But don’t worry; We’ve compiled a list of summer chores to remember as soon as the weather turns warmer.

Inspect and Repair Patios and Walkways

Our first instinct upon the first sign of the summer months is to kick back and relax, but if your deck or patio is in need of repairs, you’re more likely to find yourself with an injury disrupting your summer plans. Avoid this by inspecting your patios and walkways as soon as possible. If you have a deck, be sure that all wooden slats are stable and secure, as well as any railings. Bring old, splintered wood back to life with a fresh coat of varnish. If you have a stone patio or walkway, adjust uneven portions or cracks to avoid tripping and causing injury. You can do this by prying up your displaced pavers and smoothing and evening out the bed with playground sand. Just replace the stone, and you’re all set. Good as new!

Take Care of Landscaping and Gardening

A good landscaping job can add so much more to a home. All eyes will land on your beautiful home when you take the extra time to tend to your lawn and garden. Be sure to trim and water your lawn as often as it requires, cut hedges and bushes, and remove any dead plant life from gardens. Keeping up with these tasks often, on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, can keep your lawn looking fresh and tidy!

Mulch Your Flower Beds

Another important part of landscaping and gardening...be sure to mulch your garden! Mulch can help to keep weeds and other unwanted plant life in check by insulating your plant beds. You can do this by adding 2 to 4 inches of mulch to your garden.

Tend to Smaller Repairs

Remember when you swore you’d fix that creaky door hinge or loose board in the fence once winter was over? Well, winter is over, and now is as good a time as any to tend to those smaller repairs and tasks you’ve been putting off due to the snow.

Wash Your Windows

As you tend to all your smaller repairs, add a note to your list of chores to wash your windows! All the hard work you put into your landscaping will be for not if you can’t see it past the dirt and grime left by winter’s harsh conditions.

Give Your Grill a Spa Day

Before you throw your next big neighborhood barbeque, be sure to properly inspect your grill for any issues that may have come from last summer’s shindigs. Make sure any gas hoses and connections are secured and be sure to clean your grill! No one wants to eat the leftovers from last summer.

Make Sure Your AC is Running Smoothly

Be sure to have your AC inspected by a professional to be sure your AC is in perfect order this year! It’s much better to be safe than sorry, especially in the summer heat!