This week, I’m in the mood to return to one of my favorite places…Telemark in Norway…the place responsible for creating the musical but dour Solberg clan I’m so proud to belong to. Although I’m not gonna lie…I am very greatful I didn’t inherit my sense of humor from them, or else I might think shit […]

This past weekend I went on a day trip to one of my favorite places in the entire world, the Mohonk Mountain House and Preserve. The Mohonk Preserve is the largest visitor and member-supported nature preserve in New York State, with 165,000 annual visitors and 8,000 protected acres of cliffs, forests, fields, ponds and streams. […]

This week we are going to Hazlehurst, Mississippi, the birthplace of Robert Johnson…the King of the Delta Blues Singers. Unlikely but amusing legends say Robert made a deal with the devil at the crossroads of Highways 49 and 61, which resulted in his mastery of the guitar and the blues. Unfortunately for the world, any […]

WILLIAM E. WATSON THE YEAR 1904 JANUARY ROBERT E. WATSON These words are etched into a wood panel in the antique red barn of our House of the Week. I have no idea who the Watsons were, but I imagine the answers lay in the thousands of historical household documents in boxes also stored in […]

It’s that time of year for HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt! You may be about to click out of this article already based on this information alone. However, I URGE you to stick with me for just a minute. Something exciting is about to happen here at The Taste Maven. The FIRST EVER TASTE MAVEN HOME […]

It’s hard not to fall in love with a little red chapel in the woods. And when said woods look pristine and slightly slow-covered and I am currently sitting in a pool of armpit sweat in the muggy 90 degree weather New England soooooo loves to produce? Let’s just say I find the following images […]

I love a good fixer-upper. Nothing makes me happier than to see something with a history of its own be given a second life. I am pretty much staunchly anti-newly constructed homes in general. I don’t see what the point is of making a house where there was nothing when our current environment is so […]

It is getting closer to the summer equinox when the days are getting longer and nighttime comes later and later. I can’t help but think of the land of the midnight sun at this time of year. There’s something about it still being light when dinner is done that makes the creative juices flow. In […]

Built around 1840 in Orange County, North Carolina, the Smith-Cole House is a four bedroom, 3 bath classic antebellum federal style farmhouse. On the market now for $1,395,000, the last time this Chapel Hill home was for sale was back in 2002, when it went for $875,000 to award-winning historic home preservationist Diane Eckland. Well, […]

As I’ve been nearing the end of my graduate school application and acceptance process, my partner in life and I have been diligently researching the prospective cities of our future occupation. When I say diligently researching, this really means that Dan has been checking craigslist for living situations that fit realistically in our budget while […]