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Building At The Base

Bondville’s home improvement landscape is growing, with a cadre of new businesses congregating at the base of Stratton Mountain. Between the expansion of Londonderry Hardware, a community favorite, and the genesis of a new collaborative space uniting interior design, custom cabinetry, and construction, the quaint town has become a one-stop mecca for the design project of your dreams…


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Holiday Giving Guide

The Stratton Magazine annual gift giving guide is back. Find that perfect thing for everyone in your life at these local shopping destinations. Whether it’s something for your home, your kids, your significant other, or even yourself, get it locally here in Manchester and the Mountains…


Their Own Holiday Inn
Their Own “Holiday” Inn

Among the interesting and remarkable cast of characters who do appear in their own sequels at the Wilburton Inn for Christmas and New Year are several storied families who seem to claim part ownership of the mansion just by virtue of the fact that they’ve been repeat guests, not just two or three times, but year after year for decades…

Food & Drink

Holiday Entertaining
Holiday Entertaining

It’s your turn to host—don’t panic! We’re going to share a few tips on preparing the moistest of turkeys and provide recipes for accompanying sides to satisfy a diversity of palates and dietary needs. With a little planning you will create an easy, elegant, and welcoming gathering…


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Lighting the Way

Here is the short and simple truth: Every single detail that the architect, builder, and decorator created in your home will look a thousand times better after a lighting designer makes a plan to illuminate the walls, ceilings, stairs, floors, counters, cabinets, and design elements to their best advantage. Guaranteed…


Gifts Galore

Get inspired by these finds and give the perfect gift to all of the special people in your life. We’ve compiled the latest and greatest from stores around the area to assist with your holiday shopping.


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Ramsay Gourd

“It always surprises me, that moment when I just ‘click’ with clients and find a hidden connection between us, when they give me, as a design professional, permission to express what they see as beautiful.”


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Go For Green

Green Companies in Our Backyard … and the local initiative that’s putting them together to create a “green economy”


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Home automation moves into the everyday with a suite of services that allows you to manage your home with the touch of a button or with voice command…

Good Works

Nailed It!

Right up front, we’re going to say it: Home Sweet Home. And there are no homes sweeter than those built right in Manchester Center by volunteers and the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate to meet the region’s need for affordable housing.


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Small World. Big World.

In July, a new store popped up on Main Street in Manchester, Vermont. Walking through the door, it’s easy to tell that Mela Artisans has brought something completely new and special to the community. More than a boutique, this store has a story behind it.


Bright New Ideas For Selecting Lighting For Your Home

I sat down with Joanne VanDeusen, the proprietor of The Lighting Place on Main Street in Manchester to have a chat about the most common lighting questions. I came away with lots of new tips and a few tricks in helping to select the proper fixtures. Here is what she shared with me.


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Something in your home is naked. I hope it isn’t your windows.

Window treatments like most things in the marketplace have come a long way. They are no longer the little old lady lace affair with polyester sheer under drapes and the style and price varies widely to fit any desire or budget.

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Recipe for a Great Wedding

A Good Taste of Vermont with Plenty of Ecuadorean Zest!