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SPRING 2019

SPRINGTIME

HACKING IKEA

INTERIORS READY FOR


SPRING WITH KATIE BALDWIN

INSIDE BUNNY WILLIAMS’


LATEST RENOVATION

HOW MICHAEL TRAPP’S


DESIGNS BREAK THE RULES

FROM THE GARDEN TO


THE MARKET, WHAT’S
YOUR ECO IMPACT?

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Editor’s Notes On Paint


I
’ve become obsessed with two dozen tones of cornflower
home interior paint, and just blue possessing varying, indis-
how complicated the simple tinguishable undertones of
task of selecting a shade can be. green or gray or purple… well,
I read countless interviews with nothing starts to look right.
interior designers, and even For a not-all-together brief
pause films to inspect the wall period there were so many dif-
colors in the backgrounds of ferent color samples splashed
dramatic scenes, making notes across my bedroom wall that
when a vivid moss green or a it began to look like a child’s
perfect Hampton’s house gray smock after art class. I confess,
catches my eye. I may have gone sample mad.
Ira Glass, host of NPR’s “This Samples are, however, terrifi-
American Life,” has some advice cally handy — and absolutely
on writing that I believe ap- necessary. You really can’t trust
plies to paint as well. He warns the paint chip fans or what you
that beginner writers will often see photographed in glossy
struggle with comparing their magazines.
good taste in literature to their There are two local stores
own work, anguishing over the where I became a bit of a regu-
divide. With paint it may seem lar — Herrington’s in Lakeville,
PHOTO BY ALEXANDER WILBURN initially simple to envision an which carries Benjamin Moore
Paint chip cards are useful sources of inspiration, but to truly test out what ideal color, but as soon as you’re
a color looks like, the next step is purchasing a sample to paint on your presented with choices, say over Continued on page 4
wall. Hues can vary greatly depending on light sources and the time of day.

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… notes on paint Benjamin Moore, but there’s a


lovely selling point — less than
Continued from page 3 200 shades. If you want a Far-
row and Ball yellow, there are
paint samples and Meta44 in pick one color to test, then buy only 11 to choose from. That’s
Millerton, which carries sam- samples of the next lighter and nothing! For those struggling to
ples of Farrow & Ball. darker shade to compare. This trust their eye, the Farrow & Ball
Benjamin Moore is American- will look a bit mad on your wall. catalog can be like a guide book
made paint available in thou- You may find yourself thinking, from an interior designer. While
sands of colors and appears to “Aren’t these the same color the names are as fanciful as
be geared toward personalities with only slight, slight differ- they come — “Borrowed Light,” ILLUSTRATION BY ALEXANDER WILBURN
that lean toward the perfection- ences?” But sit with them for a “Nancy’s Blushes,” “Mouse’s
ist side. With Benjamin Moore, few days. You may be surprised Back” — some are so self-explan- painting your sample on dif-
my advice is to have a clear plan. by which one becomes your atory they read like hints. Who ferent walls within the same
Remember it. Keep it in your favorite. could fault you for following the room as well, and watching
mind as if a magician has asked Farrow & Ball, found at instruction of “Breakfast Room the way it changes wall to
you to remember your card. You Meta44, is a British paint manu- Green” or “Gallery Room Red?” wall, morning to evening.
are the ace of spades. You are facturer so tied to the sense of I find Farrow & Ball colors Paint is tricky business, and
“Palladian Blue.” history and charm found in particularly temperamental while a color may look per-
With so many selections, it’s market towns in Dorset like the however. Some may disagree, fect in a well-lit professional
all too easy to do what I did: one John Farrow and Richard but I found their shades can photograph at a certain time
walk into Herrington’s looking Maurice Ball came from, that depend greatly on the light, and of day, you want a color that
for a sample of Avon Green and it’s almost a lifestyle brand. For the neutral shade that works in you can live year round,
walked out with Chippendale those in the know, Farrow & Ball a south-facing room will likely from the darkest day in win-
Rosetone (pink), Sleigh Bells is as much about status as own- appear drastically different, ter to the brightest morning
(gray) and Collingwood (off- ing a pure-bred Labrador. even cold, in a low-light room in spring.
white). The better strategy is to It costs twice as much as facing north. I recommend — Alexander Wilburn

Springtime
Spring 2019

Notes on Paint Bunny Williams


By Alexander Wilburn ...........................p. 3 By Alexander Wilburn .............................. p. 14
Michael Trapp No Waste Shopping
By Debra A. Aleksinas ............................p. 5 By Alexander Wilburn ......................... p. 17
Rethink Your Gardening Spring Cleaning Isn’t A Chore
By Janna Siller .........................................p. 7 By Sophia Kaufman ............................ p. 20
Koi Pond Revisited Do-Ikea-Yourself
By Debra A. Aleksinas ............................p. 9 By David Wilburn .................................p. 22
A Designer’s Window Plant Like An Expert
By Anne Day ............................................p. 11 By Leila Hawken ...................................p. 25

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Michael Trapp
And The Traveler’s Eye
By Debra A. Aleksinas

E
very home can use a sea- to be expensive in order to have
sonal refresh, and spring visual impact. Second, home-
inspires beauty and cre- owners should not get hung up
ativity. So where to start? on design rules.
I recently asked West Corn- “It’s about the creative aspect
wall designer Michael Trapp, and getting people to look at
who specializes in antiques, things differently. There is no
ancient artifacts and textiles, right way or wrong way, and
for a few pointers. Even though there are no taste police. If you
he was jet lagged, having just get tired of something you can
returned from a buying trip to just change it.”
Asia, he was excited to share Judging from his distinctive
some tricks of his interior style, Trapp practices what he
design trade at his circa-1830’s preaches. His home/shop is
Victorian revival home over- filled with surprising objects
looking the rushing Housatonic collected over decades of world
River, which also doubles as his travel.
antiques shop. Each winter he spends
First and foremost, he said,
PHOTO BY DEBRA A. ALEKSINAS
decorative items do not need Continued on page 6
Outdoor items indoors, like statuary, urns and ceramic pots, can refresh
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“There is no right way or


wrong way, and there
are no taste police.”

… Trapp
Continued from page 5

months in exotic places, in


search of objects that catch his
eye. Some are for clients, and
others are for his home or shop.
His recent trip to Asia yielded
Ming dynasty plates from a
shipwreck, and 18th century
cabinets from an apothecary
store in Jakarta.
Trapp is especially fond of
natural objects like shells,
animal bones, Spanish moss, as
well as natural containers filled
with branches or plants, which
can give a home a feeling of the
outdoors. “Something outside
that you can bring in, like statu-
ary, urns or pots, always give
you the feeling that you can
push the season ahead.”
Most of all, be creative, said
Trapp, and if live plants aren’t
your style, consider other op-
tions. Urns and pots can be
filled with all sorts of inter-
esting materials and objects:
dried branches, pieces of coral,
stones, a glass jar filled with
bird eggs, a grouping of figu-
rines.
“A lot of people like to stick
to convention because it’s safe,” PHOTO BY DEBRA A. ALEKSINAS

but a little creativity can go a Trapp’s West Cornwall home features a mural made from antique Portuguese wall tiles depicting “The Last Supper.”
long way toward finding your
personal aesthetic. your home. Over the decades quarter-acre footprint. can go a long way. “Sometimes
As spring starts to blossom, he has transformed his West “It’s not about what you you just need to look outside
so do requests from clients Cornwall property into an Ital- have, it’s what you do with it,” the box, and be more free.”
looking to create rooms within ian villa-style garden with lush said the designer, who noted Michael Trapp is an antiques
a garden, said Trapp, an idea landscaping, outdoor garden that homeowners don’t need dealer and interior and garden
which allows for movement rooms and a reflecting pool. The to reside in palatial homes in designer. His retail store is in West
from one space to the next and enormity of its visual impact order to create an inspirational Cornwall. For more information
expands the overall feeling of belies the site’s compact, three- environment. Creativity, he said, go to www.michaeltrapp.com
SPRINGTIME, April 2019 7

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My Koi Pond Revisited:


This Time It Will Work!
By Debra A. Aleksinas

L
ong ago kept as pets by ing my day, I would take my
Chinese and Japanese em- cup of coffee out to the small
perors, koi are today prized pond to visit and feed the three
for their beauty and reputation orange and one white koi,
for bringing happiness, harmo- which are known not only for
ny, luck and love. their playful demeanor (yes,
Some species of koi even have fish do have personalities), but
a lifespan of up to 200 years. also as harbingers of good luck,
Unfortunately, mine lasted all of prosperity, courage and success.
two months before ending up Unfortunately for my young
as sushi to a back yard predator fishies, luck and prosperity
a few summers ago. A novice to were not in their future. I can’t
water gardening, I enjoyed the speak for their courage, but I
beauty and tranquility four koi definitely lacked success.
brought to my garden pond, On one of my morning visits,
which I built inexpensively much to my shock and dismay,
using a heavy-duty liner, basic the pond turned up empty.
filtration/pump system, live Broken-hearted and more than
plantings and natural stones.
PHOTO BY TIM DORN
Most mornings, before start- Continued on page 10
These Japanese koi are among the 80 fish stocked in Tim Dorn’s 23,000
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… koi pond revisited


Continued from page 9

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their untimely demise, I retired animals away, and be below the
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As it turns out, there were
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Dorn, who designs, installs and
ericnelsonconstruction@gmail.com two problems: I hadn’t dug the maintains ponds for clients. He
pond deep enough, nor did I has even transformed former
provide adequate places where swimming pools into koi ponds.
the fish could hide from curi- The next consideration is
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Tim Dorn, owner of Kent Koi them. Also, keep in mind that
Ponds & Waterfalls, graciously as fish grow, they create more
offered the following key point- waste, so you may eventually
ers for building and maintain- need to upgrade the filter.
ing a backyard garden pond. For me, the start of spring
For those more serious garden- means fine-tuning my plans for
ers, Dorn, whose 23,000 gallon a new pond and dreaming of
pond holds about 80 Japanese the tranquil mornings to come,
koi ranging from four to 48 coffee in hand, when I walk out
inches in length, also shared to my garden to visit the gleam-
basic information on maintain- ing fish as they dart about the
ing larger koi ponds. sparkling, cool waters. They will
To begin with, placement, have plenty of plants to keep
he said, is key. Consider a loca- them shaded, help regulate
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SPRINGTIME, April 2019 11

The Bright View From


A Designer’s Window
By Anne Day

Y
es, people do change win- and designing living spaces for
ter slipcovers for summer old friends and new friends.
ones, said Lakeville interi- After working with “an amazing
or designer Katie Baldwin, when mentor and inspiration,” New
I asked her about affordable York/Salisbury/Florida interior
ways to brighten the house for designer Robin Bell, Katie has
spring and summer. Though I been in business as an interior
was with Baldwin to learn about decorator for five years. Though
window treatments — she man- about 75 percent of her clients
aged to slip in lots of other hints are weekenders, Baldwin also
for brightening up a winter- loves to help people who want
tired house. More on that later. to live here on a budget with
Baldwin, a graduate of Salis- their home decorating needs.
bury Central, Housatonic Valley One way to date a house,
Regional High School and Fash- Baldwin said, is to hang on to
ion Institute of Technology, had old-fashioned window treat-
worked in fashion merchandis- ments. The heavy chintz drapes
ing in New York and San Fran- of the ’80s and ’90s have given
cisco for years and said she’s
PHOTO BY ANNE DAY
now happy to be back home Continued on page 12
Interior designer Katie Baldwin was mentored by celebrated
designer Robin Bell before opening her own studio in Lakeville.

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ing window treatments can be formance fabrics so that the sun
a room-changer. She suggested does not damage the material.
removing a heavy valance that She also always recommends
blocks too much light. lining the fabric to prevent sun
Baldwin loves using linen damage and to increase the
shades for simplicity and light. amount of blockage when they
Also, she said, “I love how fresh are pulled shut.
bamboo shades look in a garden On a visit to a client’s newly
SPRINGTIME, April 2019 13

PHOTO BY ANNE DAY


Leaving behind the heavy drapes of the past, Baldwin’s
recommendation for windows is to let the light in.

purchased house in Lakeville, the accent color. In her Lake-


Baldwin showed me a before ville office, Baldwin’s working
and after. In a room she has with navy and saffron but if she
not worked on yet, the win- wanted to change the warm
dows were covered by heavy mood of the saffron-accented
damask drapes which puddle room, she’d swap the saffron
onto the floor and were topped throws, pillows and vases for
by a matching heavy valance some similar accessories in a
— even with the curtains open, fresh springy citron green —
very little light got in. In the suddenly you’d have an entirely
room Baldwin has just finished new feeling in the room.
designing, the natural colored Baldwin is a decorator who
linen shades were pulled up to prefers to collaborate rather
let the afternoon light in and than dictate. She said, “I like
the place felt bright and invit- partnering with clients, I want
ing, and one sensed that spring to help people realize their
is around the corner. vision — to bring their dream
Though window treatments to life — not mine. It’s all about
are a relatively inexpensive way collaborating.”
to brighten a room, there are Katie Baldwin Designs is in
even more inexpensive and less Lakeville. For more information
permanent ways, like changing call 917-536-5365 or go to www.
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Bunny Williams
Continues To Leave Her
Stamp on Falls Village
By Alexander Wilburn

I
n a town as small as Falls
“There are is so much
Village, practically painted
as miniature portrait of New talent around here,
England living, residents notice it’s unbelievable the
exactly when the holiday flags beautiful things that are
have been taken down from made in this area. I want
the lamp posts, and if those
lamp posts are lit at the right to support the glass
hour. It’s easy to spot changes, blower who isn’t selling
especially when those changes wares at Barney’s, or
are happening to the very quiet the potter who isn’t at
Main Street, typically free from
foot traffic apart from home-
Bergdorf’s.”
owners taking their dogs out for
a walk.
Luckily, Fall Village’s most
recent change isn’t disrupting
the quiet town. It’s a renova- interiors for the 2010 reopening
tion project helping to renew of the historic Falls Village Inn,
the street’s sense of aesthetic built in 1843, free of charge.
cohesion. 100 Main Street, a one- “I wanted to help the Falls Vil-
story commercial space with lage Inn because it was impor-
a gray-blued industrial facade, tant for the town, and I think
had served various functions for this newly renovated building
the community, including a gro- is going to be important for the
cery store, before settling into town.”
its role as vacant eyesore. That Sitting by the fireplace in
is, before it caught the eye of her conservatory for a Sunday PHOTO BY ANNE DAY
celebrated decorator and taste morning interview, Williams Celebrated decorator Bunny Williams has lived in Falls Village for 36 years.
maker Bunny Williams. discussed her affection for Along with founding Trade Secrets in the town and designing the interiors
Williams made a home for small town life. “I fell in love at the Falls Village Inn, she has recently purchased a Main Street building.
herself in Falls Village 36 years with this house. I fell in love
ago after purchasing a neglect- with it before I even turned in in 2005 by Harry N. Abrams, “I would like it to be a co-
ed Victorian in need of a revi- the driveway. I loved the allée “Any rational being would have operative of high-end local
talization. It was in her Falls Vil- of trees, and I loved the way it considered all the work that had artisans. Art, furniture, china,
lage backyard that she founded sat up on a hill over this little to be done and walked away.” pottery, weaving — there are is
Trade Secrets, the massively village. I thought Falls Village Equally undaunted by the shab- so much talent around here,
popular plant and antiques sale is an untouched little part of by exterior of 100 Main Street, it’s unbelievable the beautiful
that benefits Women’s Support New England that’s really quite Williams saw the potential for a things that are made in this
Services in Sharon. She’s gone special. Now I’ve come to have a space to draw buyers to Falls Vil- area. I want to support the glass
on to purchase additional prop- long history with the town. ” lage and establish a retail hub blower who isn’t selling wares
erty in Falls Village, including As Williams wrote in “An that celebrated and invested at Barney’s or the potter who
her studio and a Greek Revival Affair With A House,” a coffee- in the sophisticated work of isn’t at Bergdorf’s.”
home across the street for her table account of the effort she skilled Litchfield County craft- Implementing William’s vi-
friend. Williams designed the poured into the estate, printed ers and artists. sion of the building is Churchill
SPRINGTIME, April 2019 15

Building Company, who can


still be seen working to finish
the project for this summer.
“The design process was cer-
tainly interesting,” explained
Seth Churchill, craftsman and
owner of the custom building
firm in Lakeville. “We had to
transform the building from
something nobody wanted
to touch, and in fact, I think it
was considered for being torn
down, into something that
Bunny created to be not only
a functional space, but some-
thing that architecturally fits
into the Falls Village Main Street
landscape. That’s not easy to do.
She has great vision and design
sense, while being sensitive to
the surrounding architecture
was important.”
It turns out, reimagining the
building started from the top.
“We ended up having to
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“Looking around Falls Village really guided us…”

… Bunny Williams
Continued from page 15

do the whole roof over, that England homes with columns


was big job,” said Churchill. tying in imagery from the Greek
“The original building had the Revival architecture of the town
trusses, but this portion on the — while still maintaining an in-
right was part of the expansion dustrial edge that feels modern
that buried the right side of instead of downtrodden.
the truss. Once we squared off “I think when Bunny bought
the facade. It’s hard to explain, it the thought was, ‘Now I own
but every building knows what this thing. Oh my god, what am
it wants to be. Once we clean I going to do with it?’” Churchill
it up, there was a blank canvas said. “We had a certain respon-
for us to work with, and look- sibility, especially if you’re
ing around Falls Village really Bunny Williams, and you have
guided us and told us what it a reputation of doing wonder-
should look like.’ ful things. There was a sense of
The once anonymous 100 responsibility to not fail and to
Main Street, now Falls Village keep up that bar, that expecta-
PHOTOS BY ALEXANDER WILBURN AND ANNE DAY
Workshops, infuses the classic tion. That’s a tough one. But she
Above, 100 Main Street as it appeared in fall 2017, before being
purchased by Williams. Below, Falls Village Workshop in March 2019
white clapboard color of New did it.”
as Churchill Building Company worked to complete the exterior.

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No Waste Shopping
For A Colorful, Vegan
Spring Salad
By Alexander Wilburn

T
he best thing about driving essentials and tucked into your
in the country is that you glove compartment will save
can be ready for anything. the day every time.
Unlike in the city, where any That said, it’s not always easy
small bag you pack may have to eliminate excess plastic and
to last you through your morn- paper from your food shopping
ing subway ride, your day at the — meat will be wrapped in pa-
office, your post-work-catch-up per, and commonly used ingre-
with friends, your last minute dients like salt will most often
shopping… with your car you be packaged in cardboard. For
can be prepared and that means most people, there will always
there’s no excuse to still be be waste with grocery store
reaching for paper or plastic shopping. Still, there are four
bags when shopping for food.
A canvas bag, packed with a few Continued on page 18
PHOTO BY ALEXANDER WILBURN

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decrease your paper trail. from organic cotton, sustain-
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up and fold, Marie Kondo-style, Last on the list is an item so
so they take up relatively little synonymous with millennial-af-
space. This is something many fection that it might feel a little
shoppers already do, but it’s silly to carry, but the mason jar
worth going the extra step and is still handy. Grocery stores like
also carrying reusable produce Guido’s Fresh Marketplace in
bags. For frequent vegetable Great Barrington have loads of
buyers, the plastic produce bags seeds, oats and sweets you can
can really add up and create a buy from bulk receptacles, so
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of things: more greenery, a for it all over the globe; some
poetry unit in school, a re- attribute the concept to the Per-
newed effort towards New Year’s sian New Year, Nowruz, which
resolutions, the promise of falls on the first day of spring, or
summer. Something about the the Jewish practice of thorough-
return of the sun might make ly cleaning the house before
you want to fill your house with Passover. The Catholic Church
lemons and cherry blossoms, or also cleans the altar thoroughly
air everything out so it smells before Good Friday.
like fresh linen and vanilla. And The timing of spring cleaning
of course, there’s always the historically has also been based,
promise (or threat, depending in some places, on climate and
on your point of view) of spring weather patterns. In continen-
cleaning. tal climates, such as the United
The concept of spring clean- States, before the invention
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ing is self-explanatory — a of mechanical cleaners, early
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doors open but not hot enough tional focus. Netflix shows like
for insects to be an issue yet “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”
— accumulations of soot from and the reboot of “Queer Eye” “Despite the hectic nature of everything all around us, or
fires throughout the winter (now in its third season) are
could be beat clean from the hugely popular. Pinterest, Tum-
perhaps because of it, there seems to be a growing cultural
furniture and tidily disposed. blr and Instagram have large trend toward active, holistic self-improvement, often with
Some theorists believe that even D.I.Y. communities that revolve more than a shade of minimalism …”
daylight saving time plays a around reusing and repurpos-
role: the more sunlight we have, ing, adding an ecological bent
the more energized we are, and to self-improvement.
likely to have the enthusiasm to Perhaps most interestingly, a As technological production member watching “The Wind in
do the chores or carry through growing number of people are continues to increase, and the the Willows” as a kid, and being
with New Year’s resolutions that actually cutting down on the urgency of confronting climate so enamored of the idea of
feel more energy-consuming in kinds of technological applianc- change continues to escalate, spring cleaning — particularly
the winter. es they invest in — some going it is interesting to think about whitewashing — that I took a
The future of spring cleaning so far as to choose flip phones how we — as individuals and as piece of white chalk and began
is as fascinating as its historical over smartphones. The practice a society — might have to start industriously scribbling over all
trajectory. Despite the hectic of spring cleaning is evolving to rethinking how we approach of our walls with it. While the
nature of everything all around include even the intangible ar- “spring cleaning,” as something color blended in (quite nicely,
us, or perhaps because of it, eas of our life that feel cluttered, other than a habit with religious in fact), for days afterward there
there seems to be a growing as people choose to unfollow or or historical precedents. But would be a chalky residue. I’ve
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into a piece of furniture that looks handcrafted
and custom made for your decor. How? With
paint. It’s actually very easy — but also a little
complicated.”

4-inch trim roller frame with a able at any hardware store.


high-density foam roller (you’ll (Don’t buy the newer advanced
need two of them) and a pair of synthetic shellac — stay with
plastic disposable roller trays, the original.) This primer does
so the work will go really fast. not need to be thinned, but will
You will need to thoroughly require two coats. It cleans up
clean all the surfaces with a with ammonia and water.
solution of TSP (trisodium Lay out your pieces and
phosphate) to make sure there give each one a first coat. Ap-
is nothing on the surface of the ply virtually no pressure with
laminate. Ikea pieces are lami- the roller or the paint will just
nated with plastic, so you need smear around. Make sure you
to prime all the visible lami- paint the finished edges with
nated surfaces. Acrylic paint a pretty dry roller so the paint
will never stick to laminate,
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Association it dry for
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White Interior Primer; it’s avail- Continued on page 24
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and named for its matte finish.”

… do-Ikea-yourself
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minutes and apply the second


coat. If you did drip on an edge,
sand it out with a little piece of
sandpaper before the final coat.
After an hour, turn everything
over and repeat. Let it dry over-
night.
Here is a useful trick and
why we have two roller frames
and rollers: I don’t clean the
roller between coats. I put the
PHOTO BY ALEXANDER WILBURN

It takes a few days of the work, but the end result brings vibrant, and
roller in a fold-top clear plastic
inexpensive color to any room in your home. sandwich bag and put it in the
refrigerator. It will stay moist
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and clean out the roller tray PHOTO COURTESY OF TINA HILLIER

with the primer — just scrape


the paint back into the con- 20 percent water in order to roll
tainer and cover it with plastic it smooth. You can choose to
wrap. For the acrylic paint (see use any premium acrylic paint
below) I wash out the tray in the (I prefer eggshell to semi-gloss)
sink with warm water and soap. if you don’t want to wax. This is
The roller still goes in a bag and very subjective.
in the refrigerator. Your first coat will not cover
Now start with the fin- very well because the primer is
ish paint in the color of your really slick. The second coat will
choice. I use Chalk Paint® by completely cover if you are care-
Annie Sloan finished with a coat ful. Sometimes the edges and
or two of wax applied with a corners need a final touch up.
fine steel wool pad and buffed That’s it! Assemble as usual
with a towel. Chalk Paint® by and touch up or wax any spots
Annie Sloan, which has nothing you missed. Wait a few days for
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captivating landscape solutions

PHOTO BY ANNE DAY

Noreen Driscoll of Sweethaven Farm led a workshop on planting succulents


for spring, but her easy to follow advice can be applied from home.

How To Plant Your


Succulents Like garden center

An Expert Gardener design install : maintenance

By Leila Hawken

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weethaven Farm, once a bury for the Christmas season

KENT
significant draw for seri- (At the closed Chaiwalla tea
ous gardeners throughout house in 2018 and at Sweet Wil-
the region when it was located liam’s Bakery in 2017), Driscoll
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Although she has previously
opened a pop-up shop in Salis- Continued on page 26
26 SPRINGTIME, April 2019

… how to plant
Continued from page 25

planters at LaBonne’s Market in Noreen Driscoll fills


Salisbury. She also maintain sev-
eral public gardens in Lakeville, a planter with three
including Bauer Park. things: “thrillers, fillers
Driscoll has been in business and spillers.”
since 1986, when she started
out by selling herbs and other
products at farmers markets. simply put a bit of gravel in the
Currently, Sweethaven Farm is bottom of the container, and
a floral and event design busi- then fill half-way with soil. Suc-
ness, including floral design for culents can include sedum and
weddings. chicks and hens. Add more soil
When filling a planter, and top with a few stones. Water
Driscoll adheres to a favorite infrequently. Succulents do not
concept, practiced by successful need much water, and they are
gardeners: thrillers (something fairly foolproof.
taller and eye-catching), fillers “There are no mistakes in gar-
(to fill in around the featured dening — just start over,” com-
planting), and spillers (to trail mented Jan Honick of Salisbury
over the edge and downward). who was attending the event.
That’s all there is to it. To learn more about Noreen
To make a container garden Driscoll and Sweethaven Farm go
PHOTO BY ANNE DAY

Driscoll advises you to care for your succulents by watering them infrequently.
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