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This photo provided by West Elm shows throw blankets for fall.  If you're looking for an easy, low-commitment and cozy way to change the look of your home for fall, consider stocking up on throw blankets. (West Elm via AP)

It’s a wrap: decorating with throws and blankets

Thursday, September 3, 2015

If you’re not up for big projects like repainting the walls or adding insulation to the attic this fall, consider stocking up on throw blankets for an easy, low-commitment way to change the look of your rooms — and keep cozy. Whether turned out in luxurious cashmere or a soft synthetic, a throw is a snuggly alternative to zipping up another sweatshirt or cranking up the thermostat when the temperature dips. “People just love that soft, extra-cozy feeling to wrap up in them,” said Jami Supsic, style director for Country Living magazine. “Nothing would be better on a winter night than having a chunky throw …

Surrounded by beauty: Belchertown artist’s yard is filled with gardens of all kinds

Thursday, September 3, 2015

From the beginning, when she built her contemporary house in Belchertown 17 years ago, Karen Chrisman knew she wanted to surround her home with gardens. “I had the plan in my head, I knew what it would look like and it is pretty close,” she said in a recent interview. Her gardens were …

Get Growing: Time to bring the houseplants back inside

Thursday, September 3, 2015

September is the month for new beginnings. Even though it may be 90 degrees this week, fall is in the air and it’s time to prepare houseplants for the journey inside. It’s important to bring them indoors in September before there is any need to turn on the furnace. They need to acclimate …

Eat up

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ice cream social The second annual Ice Cream Social will be held at Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. rain or shine. Once again Herrill’s Ice Cream is donating the ice cream. Steve …

Let’s Eat: Smoky Corn Polenta with Tomato Salad

Friday, August 28, 2015

Corn often is served the same way in summer — hot on the cob, stirred into chowder or folded in seasonal casseroles. In this easy recipe adapted from Sameh Wadi’s “The New Mediterranean Table,” its sweet kernels are …

The real thing: Sangria returns to its refreshing Spanish roots

Friday, August 28, 2015

The pitcher of red wine dosed with a confetti of fruit and orange slices seemed so festive - until the next morning’s headache. That was the old bastardized sangria, the one featured at patio parties in suburban America …

Stealth steak: Salads for the meat-and-potatoes crowd

Friday, August 28, 2015

Even as I attempt to eat less red meat, I still crave steak. During the summer months, its virtues suit our lifestyles. Steak cooks quickly, is easy to transport to a picnic and tastes great hot, warm and …

Candice Dodge & Patrick Salvas

Friday, August 28, 2015

Candice Marie Dodge and Patrick David Salvas, both of Enfield, New Hampshire, were married July 25, 2015, at 2 p.m., at Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Northampton, by Deacon Mark Kolasinski. Stacy Waxler and Ashley Parsons served as maids …

Patrick Boudreau & Samantha Whitley

Friday, August 28, 2015

James D. and Laurie A. Boudreau of Southampton announce the engagement of their son, Patrick L. Boudreau, to Samantha N. Whitley, both of Westfield. Samantha is the daughter of David Whitley of Ware. Patrick is currently employed at …

Millers celebrate 50th

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bob and Pat Miller, of Westhampton, celebrated their 50th anniversary with family and friends at a party hosted by their children. The Millers were married on July 24, 1965, at the Westhampton Congregational Church by the Reverend Ernest …

friends & neighbors

Friday, August 28, 2015

Amherst Solomon Goldstein-Rose, who is studying engineering and public policy at Brown University, has been awarded a Udall Scholarship for leadership, public service, and commitment to the environment. The $5,000 scholarship also provided the chance to meet like-minded students at a four-day conference in Arizona. Easthampton Christopher Hinch …

Jennifer Allen & Peter Atkinson

Friday, August 28, 2015

Jennifer Allen and Peter Atkinson were married July 6, 2015, aboard the Queen Mary 2, while on a transatlantic crossing from Southampton, UK to New York City. Jennifer is the daughter of Beverly and the late Robert Allen …

Valley Bounty: Summer squash and zucchini

Friday, August 28, 2015

Summer Squash and Zucchini On this last Saturday in September, it seems fitting to herald a sometimes-unsung summer vegetable. Sure, zucchini can be prolific and overlarge, but young and fresh from the farm it’s a different creature altogether …