A Contemporary Dream Home: Along the shores of Wellesley Island

The waterfront side of the home.

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Home is Where you Anchor: Riding through life on a St. Lawrence Barge Yacht


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Autumn 2016: Homes Feature Story

A Cape Vincent Treasure



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It’s a man’s world

Clayton resident Audie Cerow’s man cave. He built the personal space, outfitted with Toronto Maple Leaf’s regalia, about 10 years ago when he finished the top story of the garage on his secluded waterfront property in the Windward Cliffs neighborhood. Photo by Amanda Morrison/ NNY Business

Some go all out when creating personal retreats

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Hot — and cool — new design trends

Bold patterns, colors all the buzz for the new year

Peggy DeYoung stands outside her shop, Porch and Paddle, on James Street in Clayton. Photo by Justin Sorensen.

Every October, North Carolina is host to the largest furniture trade show in the country.

For one week, every building in the city of Highpoint’s downtown district is a showplace for the furniture and home interiors market. Here, manufacturers unveil their latest collections, new fabrics, and colors to the trade. Touring the showrooms, distinct themes emerge. This year my visit to the market found trends based on natural textiles, traditional patterns and recycled materials.

Linen is the upholstery fabric of choice on sofas and chairs. It is a natural fiber that is durable, comfortable, and easy to live with. Linen’s natural color varies in shades of beige, but it dyes well and is commonly shown in grays and blues. Linen also hangs well, making it a wonderful fabric for drapery, allowing just enough sunlight to pass through an open weave. The fabric softens and mellows with age and will always have a slightly wrinkled texture. [Read more…]

Bright palette for Sackets log home

Adirondack weaver, artist creates living room centerpiece

Living room furniture from above. Photo by Justin Sorensen

Family traditions and the owner’s deep desire to move back to the north country inspired this log home. It reflects special memories from spending summers with her family in their log cabin. To create her own special place, she first found the land: a few acres of woods along a creek. Situating the home was the most difficult task of the entire project. She spent months looking at the land off Dodge Avenue and the views from many angles. In the end, the site allowed her to keep most of the trees on the land, including a pine tree cluster for privacy and a wonderful creek view.

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Create outdoor spaces that shine: Hannawa Falls home great example of life with nature

Peggy DeYoung

Summer is finally here. Whether it is along the shores of the St. Lawrence River or Lake Ontario, at a retreat in the woods or backyard in town, outdoor living is a necessity.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Northern New Yorkers spend as much time as possible outdoors. Today, many new products are designed for outdoor living, tolerating sun, wind and the elements.

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Victorian charm in Alexandria Bay: A quaint bed and breakfast with the classic touches of home

Peggy DeYoung

The Captain Visger House opened in June of 2007, providing Alexandria Bay with an upscale, intimate lodging and dining alternative. Today, the inn has three guest suites on the second floor as well as a gathering room. There is also a first floor suite that is handicapped accessible with common areas that include a parlor and dining room with breakfast nook.

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Picking perfect plants means knowing the space


Brian Hallett in the main greenhouse at Halletts' Florist and Greenhouse, Adams. Photo by Justin Sorensen.

Look out any window and it’s hard to believe another gardening season has begun in Northern New York. We believe that no matter how our garden turned out last year this will be the year to have the garden of our dreams. As you head to your favorite local garden center, farmers market or road-side stand, think about the amount of sunlight that your intended planting site receives. This is the single most important factor to consider when choosing flowering annual or perennial plants.

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Classic design meets modern comfort

A family fishing getaway is born from long-time camp traditions

Interior designer Peggy DeYoung, left, and architect Diana Grater inside a home they collaborated on in Hannawa Falls. Photo by Jason Hunter.

By Peggy DeYoung and Diana Grater

The owner of this family compound grew up in Potsdam through high school, as his four brothers before him. When the brothers left for college, his parents retired to the family fishing camp on the Raquette River in Hannawa Falls. Through the years the camp became the site for family reunions. It was remodeled and renovated to accommodate an increasing number of in laws and cousins. When water damage and the ensuing structural deficiencies proved too significant, the house was torn down and rebuilt on the existing footprint.

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