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Did you know the tomato, that hard-working staple of culinary culture, was first known as the pomme d’amour—the love apple? It’s true, and who could blame early cultivators? These gorgeous fleshy fruits are related to the mandrake, which means “love plant” in…

Home Office

By Ashley Blanchard The afternoon light is spilling through the window while I sip hot tea and check email from my white sofa—a luxurious oasis in a house with two young boys. I look up to admire my bookshelves that…

Smart Homes

By Amy Coutee What is a Smart Home? If you’ve got three or four home automation systems tied together—a security system, lights, heating and air, and audio, for example—feel free to call your house “smart.” If not, a whole wave…

Frangrance garden

By Erin Parkhurst The smell of warm pine needles returns me to the Midwestern summers of my childhood and the unfettered joy of exploring the woods; the insistent sweetness of magnolia recalls the anticipation I felt watching great blooms unfold…