American Home

A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House By Gil Schafer III (Author) & Eric Piasecki (Photographer), Published By Rizzoli, 2017.

For award-winning New York-based architect Gil Schafer, the most successful houses are the ones that celebrate the small moments of life, houses with timeless charm that are imbued with memory and anchored in a distinct sense of place. Essentially, Schafer believes a house is truly successful when the people who live there consider it home. It’s this belief, and Schafer’s rare ability to translate his clients’ deeply personal visions of how they want to live into a physical home that reflects those dreams, that has established him as one of the most sought-after, highly-regarded architects of our time.

Detail Pages Of Interiors From A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House.

In this big, beautiful new book, A Place To Call Home Schafer follows up his bestselling The Great American House, by exploring the ways in which place is fundamental to the idea of home, sharing his process, taking readers on a detailed tour of seven beautifully realized houses in a range of styles located around the country. Each in a unique place, and each with a character all its own. 250 lush, full color photographs of these seven houses and other never-before-seen projects, including exterior, interior, and landscape details, invite readers into Schafer’s world of comfortable classicism.

Detail Pages Of Interiors/Exteriors From A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House.

A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style, And Memory In The New American House, Schafer shows how traditional and classical principles can blend with a sense of place to create homes in a range of styles, all with the satisfying tensions of fancy and simple, past and present. “I am, to be sure, a classical architect,” says Schafer. “As important as a commitment to classicism has been to me, no less meaningful is the desire to create architecture that is effectively responsive to a set of circumstances.” While Schafer is absolutely a classical architect, he is in fact a modern traditionalist, and A Place To Call Home showcases how he interprets traditional principles for a multiplicity of architectural styles within contemporary ways of living. Creating a cohesiveness that shortchanges neither history nor modernity.

About

In addition to his architectural practice, Schafer lectures around the country on the relevance and livability of traditional residential architecture today and is the author of two bestselling books, The Great American House and A Place To Call Home. He is a member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and winner of Veranda’s “Art of Design Award.” Schafer serves on several non-profit boards and advisory councils, including the Yale School of Architecture’s Dean’s Council and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. His projects have been widely published both here in the U. S. and abroad in: Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Veranda, Town & Country, Country Life, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among many others.

Mantra Magic

 Meaningful Mantra For A New Year

A mantra is a sound, syllable or group of words which, when recited, are regarded as capable of producing spiritual transformation. A word common in the eastern world made up of two words: man meaning “mind,” and tra meaning “instrument.” So, a mantra is an instrument of the mind. In eastern religions, and the mystical traditions of Christianity, mediators use mantras to center themselves and bring greater unity between the mind, body and spirit.

In many respects, a New Year’s Resolution is a kind of mantra. But, like mantras, resolutions must be practiced daily with intention and integrated into your way of being. A beneficial place to begin is with the mantra: Embrace All That Is You. Make this your new year mantra, or come up with your own. Think personalization and empowerment. Then, meditate. In fact, if you make only one resolution this New Year’s, choose to meditate every day. Align yourself for a stellar year ahead. Meaningful mantras will manifest. Blessed journey.

Falling Forward

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. Fall Into Winterland Worthy Wish List. When it comes to dressing the part for New England weather and preparing for the upcoming season, as the first snowflakes begin to fall, there’s some element of advance planning that’s required. Fall into Winter in style with these wonderful wish list worthy wares. This minimalist guide will ensure you are 100% ready with realistic, really enjoyable trends to try out. The infusion of traditionally tried-and-true, tasteful textures, cushy comfort, plus beautiful and beneficial Winter-strength protection, is something to take pleasure in.

The Old Farmer’s AlmanacAmerica’s oldest continuously published periodical! Always timely, topical, and distinctively useful, with a pleasant degree of humor, the Almanac has been beloved for centuries by people from all walks of life. As the nation’s iconic calendar, each year’s edition will mark the days, months, and seasons; preview astronomical events; and cover a range of related topics: weather forecasts, cultural and culinary trends, gardening, anniversaries, recipes, home remedies, pets, folklore, amusement, contests and more, all in the inimitable way it has done since 1792.

Easily pull together your seasonal look with a blazer.Slim and tailored, J.Crew’s newest blazer is made with wrinkle-resistant wool from a family-owned mill in Italy. Brilliant with a white shirt and jeans, dressed up or down, an eye-catching Fall layering piece and wardrobe essential. The cult of J.Crew once known for its preppy Nantucket ancestry has become a force in fashion, with its blossoming boy-girl style-androgyny with a dash of sequins and nerdy glasses. Accessorize with these Caramel leather gloves lined in cashmere and tipped with touchscreen technology -because texting a friend to meet up for cocoa shouldn’t involve frostbite.  J.Crew always gets on trend casually chic right.

Keep warm dry and stylishly seasonal with these rural landscape classic wares. Best-in-class Bar Harbor Boots from L.L. Bean, the quintessential American company based in Maine known for its iconic boots and catalog, plus clothes and gear designed for getting out there, with cutting-edge technology for staying safe and warm. Whose motto is the outside is inside everything they make. Complete the theme with an equal parts rugged and refined unisex Bleecker Backpack from Coach. The traditional American company considered a global leader in luxury handbags, that continues to innovate each season, while also retaining their coveted vintage styles. Every Winter, Coach Bags and Bean Boots top many a New Englander’s Christmas wish list.

Ultra-versatile Autumn-hued his and hers Patagonia picks, the Radalie Parka and Nano Puff Jacket with recycled Thermogreen insulation, will keep you warm in sustainable style whether you’re headed up a mountain or caught in a sudden storm. Driven by a love of wild, beautiful places and design that favors simplicity and utility, Patagonia has grown from its roots in alpine climbing to delivering a wide range of athletic performance gear while minimizing its environmental impact. Founder Yvon Chouinard’s environmental philosophy expresses deep concerns about the planet’s health in the face of climate change with his philosophy for responsible business: Do Good. Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire, and challenge the culture of consumption that is at the heart of the global ecological crisis.

For swoon-worthy skin, look no farther than Living Libations Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever, an all-in-one cleanser and moisturizer that can be used to grace the face, tempt the nose, and make skin sing from head to toe! No brand bottles inspired natural  beauty better than Living Libations. Their best-selling elixir is just brimming with omegas, antioxidants, fatty acids, vitamins, lipids, and hundreds of bioactive compounds to restore skin to its natural state of luminous, sparkling wonder. A beneficial facial and body moisturizer that doubles as soothing facial cleanser that’s Winter wish list worthy. Pay special attention to your lips as well and complete your replenishing self-care reverie with this seabuckhorn and evening primrose Lip Mask treatment from the luxurious and indispensable eco lip beauty brand, Henné Organics.

When the days turn cold and wet Dr. Hauschka’s Spruce Warming Bath Essence is an invaluable aid. Resinous Norway Spruce essential oil has a calming effect and lets you breathe freely while jojoba moisturizes your skin. It also supports your circulation and offers intensive, long-lasting warmth for your body, both inside and out. A blissfully beneficial bathing product from Dr. Hauschka. Tip: Add a few drops to a small bowl of water to bring a fresh, deep forest scent to any room. Another seasonal favorite from the iconic brand is Hauschka’s Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil. A hard-working healing hands remedy that features hydrating flower and seed oils to soften and support. Hauschka’s holistic skincare line since 1967, has focused on preparing botanical extracts based on rhythmical exposure to elemental polarities and homeopathic principles, to activate the skin’s natural healing process to achieve balance.

A blend of glossy, Green and Golden leaves makes this fresh, hand-crafted Magnolia Wreath a stylish selection for Fall into Winter decorating. From Terrain, a Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite and renowned garden, home, and lifestyle brand with a fresh approach to living with nature. An approach that bridges the gap between home and garden, the indoors and the outdoors, and embraces decorating with plants to invite the garden into living spaces. Fresh and rustic door decor epitomizes New England farmhouse style & charm.

New England Soup Factory Cookbook, By Chef Majorie Druker.

The New England Soup Factory Cookbook contains 100 of Boston’s best-tasting traditional and creative soup recipes accompanied by fun stories and beautiful full-color photography. Chef Marjorie’s commitment to sourcing only the best ingredients the local markets have to offer has allowed her to joyfully simmer soup from scratch, capturing seasonal flavors at their peak and creating wholesome, satisfying meals in a bowl. This cookbook is a savory collection of customer favorites with recipes that have easy-to-find ingredients, simple instructions, plus there’s plenty of beautiful photos to showcase how to present each soup. It’s the perfect gift for soup-lovers, out-of-town friends and your own cookbook collection.

Season’s Song

Winter Worthy PlaylistWonder. Wisdom. Words. Now Carefully Curates Brilliant Books And Perfect Playlists To Browse And Enjoy Via Goodreads And The Music Player Each Season For Your Reading And Listening Pleasure.

K.D. Lang Performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” From The Winter Worthy Playlist, At The Vancouver 2010 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Pitch perfect performance magic. #goosebumps

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver, By Mary Oliver,  480 pgs.

A Wonder. Wisdom. Words. pick from the Curated Winter Goodreads. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career. Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver herself, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world.

Just Breathe

Our Neck Of The Woods Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

Let the golden scent of Fall fill your senses and home with this warm, earthy and aromatic body mind spirit diffuser blend. Diffusing is a stylish and beneficial way to instantly transport the best parts of Autumn to your indoor living space, and create year-round seasonal spa-like magic with essential oils. Best in therapeutic-grade essential oil brands -also offering a nice selection of high-quality diffusers specifically engineered to maintain the therapeutic properties of the oils, recommended by Wonder. Wisdom. Words. when creating your blends and diffusing:  dōTERRAEdens Garden, Floracopeia, Living Libations & Rocky Mountain Oils. Just Breathe!

Waking Up

Waking Up For iPhone & Android

Join Sam Harris, neuroscientist, philosopher, bestselling author, and host of Wonder. Wisdom Words. favorite podcast Waking Up, for a course that will teach you to meditate, reason more effectively, and deepen your understanding of yourself and others. Designed for anyone who wants to begin the practice of mindfulness meditation, as well as for those with an established practice. The long-awaited for app + Waking Up Course is available for iPhone & Android.

  • Daily meditations led by Sam Harris
  • A series of short talks by Sam Harris on a wide range of topics, including consciousness, negative and positive emotions, free will, the self, moral philosophy, the neuroscience of meditation & more
  • A self timer for silent meditation

About

Sam Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. He is the author of five New York Times bestsellers and the host of the Waking Up Podcast. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics -neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, and rationality- but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves & the world is changing our sense of how we should live.