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  • In another life

    Todd Vendituoli

    It seems like it was in another life but in reality it was just another chapter of a varied life that has explored many avenues with more to come. During this time in our lives, we raised sheep and naturally …

  • Baked Haddock

    Sidney Vendituoli

    One of the things I love about being back in New England is the seafood.  I grew up on cold water seafood, and really prefer it to that other kind down south.  Our lobsters taste better than those warm water …

  • The New Keurig 2.0 – New Features Reviewed

    Todd Vendituoli

    You probably assumed I made a typographical error since the Keurig 2.0 isn’t available for sale but I was lucky enough to receive one via a Klout perk to try out. The Keurig 2.0 is a whole new way to …

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  • Quinoa Salad with Roasted Red Pepper and Corn

    Sidney Vendituoli

    A couple years ago our son’s girlfriend came to visit with us in the Bahama’s for 10 days.  Being a vegetarian, she kindly brought much of her own foods, and had great pride in introducing us to her diet.  One …

  • Can you spot the roofing error?

    Todd Vendituoli

      Can you spot the roofing error or maybe it’s not really an error? It should be fairly obvious or at least I think so. Now when you look at the ridge line and the valley, all the lines intersect. …

  • Sebastian Errazuriz’s Explosion Kinetic Cabinet

    Todd Vendituoli

    Here’s a great example by Sebastian Errazuriz of combining art and furniture in a wonderful kinetic cabinet called Explosion that changes as parts are moved. As you can see in the animation below it really is a mind blowing piece …

  • A collection of beach kitchen designs

    Todd Vendituoli

    Here’s a small collection of beach kitchen designs that I’m sure you’ll appreciate seeing now that summer is here and maybe you’ll even decide to add something new to yours. If the beach inspired kitchen is something that you love …

  • The Singita Boulders Lodge in Africa

    Todd Vendituoli

    Seventeen years after opening, Singita Boulders Lodge in the Sabi Sand has been reinvented to reveal its essential character. Located on the boulder-strewn banks of the Sand River, the original inspiration for the lodge came from the geometry of these ancient, weathered …

  • Kelowna House in British Columbia, Canada

    Todd Vendituoli

    The Kelowna House in British Columbia, Canada offers modern design and architecture with incredible views and pools overlooking the water. The home was designed by architect David Tyrell. If you would like to see more of this home, please stop by …

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  • Yachts in Newport Harbor

    The other day we were in Newport, RI and visiting friends that have a boat so we went around Newport Harbor and admired some of the incredible yachts. When I was younger I spent a great deal of time in …

  • The Stammtisch Table by Alfredo Häberli for Quodes

    The Stammtisch Table by Alfredo Häberli for Quodes features a wooded top and metal joined with wood for the legs. Stammtisch means “the regulars table”. The joining of the metal and wood for the legs is done in the same fashion as for handgrip …

  • Natural swimming pools

    Natural swimming pools by definition use no chemicals to treat the water but rely on fish, plants and other organisms to keep the water fresh. Like most things there are pros and cons to having a natural swimming pool. Due …

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  • The Acton Fair- 149 years running

    Todd Vendituoli

    Yesterday we went to the Acton Fair which has been going on for the last 149 years. It’s a small country fair in Acton, Maine and a summer highlight for many. It’s interesting to walk around and see the various …

  • Easy fix for a slow bathroom sink drain

    Todd Vendituoli

    Every once in awhile you get a bathroom sink that drains rather slowly and sometimes it’s an easy fix that doesn’t require Drano or a plumber. This sink drain was slower than slow. Now the problem may have been more …

  • Not sure what Facebook is doing these days

    Todd Vendituoli

    I’m really not sure what Facebook is doing these days as they post many of my articles like this and it really bothers me. Now maybe it’s just me and it’s their fun way of telling me that if I …