18 Editor’s Note
20 Out and About
26 visit • Urban Idyll
Conscious of her family’s carbon footprint, this architect embraces city living.
37 selections • Collective Thinking
What some might consider offbeat
items are lovingly collected and
prominently displayed as pieces of art
by their collectors.
48 kitchen • Room for All
On a Rhode Island farm estate, a roomy
open-plan kitchen replaces an original
1930 servants-only work space.
54 design focus • He’s Big on Small
Ethan Waldman proves that a tiny
house is full of huge possibilities.
62 preservation • Rehab and Revival
From derelict to upstanding citizen, a
historic mansion is again the pride of
68 places • Filling a Niche
Built on a challenging in-fill lot in downtown Burlington, Hotel Vermont is a
triumph of creative vision and design.
74 art • Clear Vision
Artist Connie Kolman brings vibrancy to
glass with paint, paper, and an inherent
sense of color.
80 icon • Journey to Sublime
Fantastical extremes of weather
and beauty are found atop Mount
Washington’s storied summit.
86 local wares • Favorite Things
Four gifts to stockpile for the holidays.
135 et al. • Wrapping, Ornaments, Books
140 Advertiser Index
144 take note Just Reward
Kudos for Boston’s quintessential
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FIRKIN THE BUCKET Lynda Sutton, Design New England’s field editor and stylist, is a collector of all things country and utilitarian (Selections,
Page 37), including antique wooden buckets known as firkins. Derived from the 15th-century Middle Dutch word vierdekijn, meaning fourth, “
firkin” is a unit of measure equal to one-fourth of a barrel (approximately 40 liters). As containers, they were used to hold liquids, butter, salt, and
sometimes fish, but in the current world of craft brewing, a firkin is associated with small-batch beer or ale. Also called sugar buckets, Sutton’s
firkins have a base that is slightly wider than the top and a wooden handle and lid. The oldest, and most valuable, are fastened with pegs. Newer
versions were finished with brads, and finally staples were used. On eBay, antique firkins go for $150 to more than $400, and, says Sutton, chipping vintage paint adds value. “A firkin in old milk paint is the ‘find,’ ” she says. “Green is the most common; blue and salmon are rare.”
on the cover A tiny house in snowy Vermont. Photo by Susan Teare. story, page 54.