In early 2020, just when the country was stunned with the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its associated lockdowns and restrictions, Amber was reeling from a breast cancer diagnosis.
“Everyone was freaking out about COVID,” she says. “And I was worrying about my job, my friends and family, and possibly dying of cancer.” Over the next 18 months, Amber endured seven surgeries. COVID restrictions meant support was limited to friends dropping care packages on the front porch. But she was grateful, in the midst of the pandemic, to have the surgeries that saved her life. Read More »
Built in 1794 and filled with students throughout the 1800s, the one-room schoolhouse on Route 82 in East Haddam, Connecticut, was abandoned in 1929. For more than 30 years, it sat empty. When word spread in the late 1960s that the historic building would be torn down, a group of concerned citizens stepped in to save it. The Hadlyme North School was lovingly restored and opened to the public for social gatherings. Read More »
When the owners of a solar energy company in New Jersey sought to transform a former gym into a contemporary workspace, they turned to the talented hands of Karly Fajardo, design consultant and principal of Block LII Design. Saving only the bathrooms and a large mezzanine platform, Karly transformed the space blending sleek, industrial materials with a colorful palette to create an inviting headquarters for Vision Solar. Read More »
When the owners of a new brewery in North Charleston, South Carolina, started developing the concept for their business, they turned the clock back 300 years for inspiration. Working with The Middleton Group, a local architecture studio, the design for the new building was created from the concept of the common house. Read More »
An avid gardener, Debbi enjoys growing and cultivating a wide variety of plants at her home near Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. But cold winters meant that her patio plants, citrus trees, and orchids had to winter over inside the house. As her collection grew, Debbi needed more space. Read More »
Ringing in the new year often brings a reflection on the previous 12 months. But, like most people, we’re putting 2020 in the rear view mirror and focusing on the new, and hopefully improved, year ahead! Read More »