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When Elizabeth Miles decided to do up a boathouse in her grounds, she wanted it to leave a lasting impression on her guests.

The charming one-bedroom getaway on the shore of Loch Ewe is kitted out in the finest Harris tweed fabrics with Highlands-inspired artefacts and vintage accessories to ensure it casts its spell on all who stay there.

There
is also a kitchen and dining area in a quirky shepherd hut, which reflects the ancient Wester Ross town of Poolewe’s past.

Elizabeth,
who lives with her family in Pool House, said: “We wanted to create something a bit different and I decided on the vintage look.

“We started building it seven years ago and it was only completed in October last year.

“I’m
delighted with the finished result. It’s really quirky and I loved creating the vintage feel, which came quite naturally to me as my own house is more than 300 years old. I love going antique shopping and sourcing the right pieces to complete the look. It’s been a fantastic project.

“Previously, the boathouse was used for storing things so it’s great to see how this space could be transformed into something a bit different.

“I wanted a complete change and had a lot of fun with the décor.

“It was a lot of hard work though.

“We
had to knock through the walls to put in the wood-burning stove. But this was a must-have as in the winter months, the crackling wood-burner provides a cosy ambiance.”

Peter Jolly

Elizabeth Miles outside the charming one-bedroom boathouse

 

The
boathouse’s location right next to the sea also adds to its magical quality. Nearby there are iconic mountain ranges and waterfalls and the pebble beach is right on the doorstep.

There is also a hot tub for those in need of some luxury and relaxation.

Elizabeth
added: “The location is one of my favourite things. You have a great view of the otters and their cubs. There are also lots of seals. It’s a fantastic part of the country and a great place for a holiday.”

The accommodation is let on a self-catering holiday basis.

She
said: “We decided to add a shepherd’s hut, as we wanted people to experience the whole package. This way they can stay here and cook for themselves. It’s been made in a Victorian style with hand-carved wheels.
But we have added some modern touches such as under-floor heating.

“I had lots of fun sourcing the old books and vintage pieces from second-hand shops and the internet. The throws that I have scattered around create this warm and cosy feel.

“I also found a Victorian chair in an antique shop. I covered it in Harris tweed and it’s so comfy to curl up in with a book.”

If
you ever tire of the view, you can retire to the bedroom and snuggle up
in the hand-built king-size bed with the sound of the river running outside the bedside window.

Elizabeth added: “It was such a wonderful project to take on and so far, the response we have had has been amazing.

“We’ve
already had one proposal and a honeymoon here. At first, I thought because of its quirky feel that it would mostly appeal to younger people
but I think even the older generations love the idea of staying in a boathouse with a shepherd hut to do their cooking.

“It’s something a bit different. The hot tub is an added bonus.

“I love to spend time here. It’s the perfect getaway and it has a really relaxing atmosphere. It’s really cute.”

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Iron Horse opens again for estate sale

Owner Frank Martino fondly remembered

Susan Martino is Frank’s daughter-in-law. She and Frank’s friend Susan Harmon set out some of the specialty liquor bottles that had been displayed behind the bar at the Iron Horse Tavern.

A little of this, a little of that

For sale in the Iron Horse was just about anything you could imagine and some things you couldn’t.



Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 12:30 am

Iron Horse opens again for estate sale

By Joe Gentile
Columbia-Greene Media

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HUDSON — Neon light returned Saturday to the Iron Horse Bar’s sign above Hudson’s South Seventh Street as buyers made one last call on the estate of late bar owner Francisco “Frank” Martino.


Eighty-two years old, Martino died last October at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He served his country in the Korean War and later Hollywood celebrities, from Meryl Streep to Paul Newman, in the iconic Hudson bar he opened at 14 S. Seventh St. in 1969. Originally dubbed the State Grill, Martino renamed it 18 years later after film director Hector Babenco adapted scenes from the Iron Horse Bar in William Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Ironweed” at Martino’s establishment.

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Howard’s Daily: Scrap Zero Tolerance Rules

A learning environment in schools requires safety and order. “Zero tolerance” rules, which first surfaced in the early 1990s, were intended to guarantee safety. School cultures had corroded in the wake of the “due process revolution,” and absolutist rules were intended to shore up principals’ authority to act promptly in the face of violent or anti-social behavior.

But the rigid legal approach exemplified in zero tolerance rules has instead fostered a downward spiral of cynicism and legalisms. The worst offenders still argue over discipline — can you prove it? Meanwhile, every few weeks, there are news reports of children suspended for harmless activities: for example, the first-grader suspended for kissing a girl’s hand, or the seventh-grader suspended because she had “possession” of a pill for one second (before she immediately rejected it), or the honors student expelled because a kitchen knife was in the bed of his pickup truck (it had fallen out while he was helping his grandmother move), or the second-grader suspended because he munched his pop tart into the shape of a gun.

Zero tolerance rules have become a standing joke — a reflection of educators’ lack of authority, not a useful tool of school order.

Now comes the Florida legislature with a bill, sponsored by the National Rifle Association, to supposedly solve the unfairness of rigid zero tolerance rules. Its first flaw is that the bill fights the scourge of “overlegalization” with more legalisms. It requires every school to come up with a detailed code of conduct. Its second flaw is that it is transparently designed to serve the NRA agenda, not the unfairness of rigid rules. Here is an excerpt of the NRA’s mono-minded proposal:

Simulating a firearm or weapon while playing or wearing clothing or accessories that depict a firearm or weapon or express an opinion regarding a right guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is not grounds for disciplinary action…. Simulating a firearm or weapon while playing includes, but is not limited to:

1. Brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food item to simulate a firearm or weapon.
2. Possessing a toy firearm or weapon that is 2 inches or less in overall length.
      

I especially like the reference to the Second Amendment — do children worry about a constitutional right to bear arms?

Let’s start again. Fairness almost always requires context. Unilaterally kissing a girl may be excusable in a kindergartner but not in a high school senior. Brandishing a switchblade is different than accidentally leaving a kitchen knife in the bed of a truck. Making a drawing of a gun is different than bringing a gun. That’s why zero tolerance rules are counterproductive, fostering a culture of legal argument instead of being tethered to community norms of right and wrong.

Fairness, in other words, always requires human judgment. Educators must get their authority back. That doesn’t mean they can do anything they want. It is easy to have, say, a teacher-parent committee, or even a student committee, to look at charges of unfair discipline. But only in the most extreme cases should school discipline end up in a legal proceeding. Students are being sent home, not to jail. 

As a first step to a solution, instead of using the silliness of zero tolerance as a vehicle to advance one agenda, it would be more constructive to come up with a model statute that restores common morality to disciplinary decisions. Several years ago, Texas repealed its zero tolerance regime, requiring instead that educators consider factors like a student’s intent when making disciplinary decisions.

Here is my proposed model statute:

“Notwithstanding any rule, including zero tolerance rules, a principal shall have no legal obligation to discipline a student where circumstances are such that the principal believes discipline would be unjust or unfair.”

A statute like this would obviate the overreactions to students playing cowboys or soldiers, and also all other rigid overreactions. Bad law should be fixed, not used as a vehicle for one group’s agenda.

For more Howard’s Daily posts, visit commongood.org/blog.

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    Q&A with interior designer and ‘Collected Cool’ author Jay Jeffers

    “I want every home to feel collected,” he said. “The furniture, accessories, art and personal objects should come from different periods and be of different materials. And a collection of any sort speaks to the inhabitant; these things are the soul of the house.” 

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    In an interview with L.A. at Home, Jeffers, who owns San Francisco home decor boutique Cavalier with husband Michael Purdy, talked about his own homes and decorating for others.

    How do you make collections look cool?

    Oftentimes, clients want to spread things throughout the home, but a collection is so much more impactful if it is grouped in one location and edited to be only the best pieces. If you have a collection of 50 mortars and pestles, let’s choose the best 15. And if all 50 of them are amazing, then let’s design a specific case for them.

    What do you collect? 

    My husband, Michael, and I collect vintage creamware that we keep in an etagere in our dining room in St. Helena. We also have developed a collection of portraits. This was not intentional. I just started buying paintings, photography and sketches, and one day someone came into our home and said, “How long have you been collecting portraits?” It was an “Aha” moment. 

    Aside from gray trim I don’t see a lot of that color in your rooms. What are your go-to paint shades? 

    I do love a warm gray because just about any colors work with it, but I tend to use it sparingly. For several years, I loved persimmon and oranges. Before that: acid green. Today, it’s a dusty blue or a deep, deep forest green. Treat smaller rooms with drama — dark paint makes rooms intimate. Even black. So many people are afraid of it, but I did a dining room in black and it’s the sexiest room ever. 

    In an age of cocoon bedrooms, why are your bedroom designs so lively?

    I especially get that if a client has kids, their bedroom can be the quiet, serene escape. But I have clients that might work, eat dinner, play games with the kids and watch TV in their bedroom, so why not give the bedroom a personality? At home, I put some of my favorite furniture and objects in the bedroom. It’s nice to be surrounded by pieces with great memories that make me feel good.

    Lightning round: What quick fixes can transform a home?

    The ceiling is the most forgotten part of the home. Lacquering it in a bright color is fantastic, especially in dining rooms. Adding a color or wallpaper to the back of shelves is a nice way to get a little bit of color or pattern for someone who might think doing the entire room would be too much. Put dimmers on every light — even under-counter lights in the kitchen. And remember: A fantastic interior is a layering process, and those layers should include scent — fresh, clean, natural candles—and sound. I put speakers in every room, including the powder room and dressing rooms.

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    Elementary, My Dear: 8 Elements You Never Heard Of

    Unless you’re a real science geek, chances are you never knew these eight elements even existed. Nonetheless, many of them form the foundations of modern life, from europium (a critical element in television and computer screens) to tellurium (used in solar panels and memory chips). Here’s a sample of little-known but important elements you’d rather not live without.

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    Foley Square at Murray Hill to Welcome First New Residents This Spring

    MURRAY HILL, NJ – Construction is progressing rapidly and contracts are being accepted on Foley Square at Murray Hill, a new community of 22 townhomes being built on South Street in Murray Hill by Foley Square at Murray Hill, LLC, based in Summit. In the next few weeks, the first buyers will be moving into this community.

    “Reaction to our newly furnished model unit has been tremendous. We recently had a very busy grand opening,” said Michele DiBenedetto, sales associate with the New Providence office of Prudential New Jersey Properties and listing agent for Foley Square at Murray Hill. “We currently have seven contracts and the first three buyers will be moving into their places in April.”

    The architectural firm responsible for Foley Square at Murray Hill is Kapuscinski-Luongo Architects. Part of that firm’s intention with Foley Square has been to design the homes to fit in with the landscape of its surroundings and maintain a connection to the colonial style prevalent in many of the homes in New Providence and Murray Hill.

    “There was no better firm for this project,” DiBenedetto said. “Their work reflects the integrity of the community and their design sense is impeccable.”

    Six different layouts are available at Foley Square at Murray Hill, each featuring an open floor plan. Pricing begins at $699,000. Luxury features include gourmet kitchens with choices of granite counters, KitchenAid Stainless Steel appliances and choices of wood cabinetry. Master bedroom suites feature full baths with double vanities, soaking tubs, separate shower stalls and walk-in closets. Many models have a fireplace and dressing room in the master suite, as well. Additional features include fireplaces in the great room, a finished lower level, two-car garage, classic moldings, hardwood floors, recessed lighting and optional personal elevators.

    Howard Weinerman, a principal of Foley Square at Murray Hill, LLC, developer of the project, was on hand to greet people at the open house and answer questions that prospective buyers might have. “Foley Square includes seven separate parcels of property that we needed to acquire to make this project a reality,” Weinerman said. “It took over three years to acquire all the necessary land and another two years to make this project a reality. We envision Foley Square will meet the needs of everyone from first time buyers, commuters to Manhattan, to empty nesters, who want to change where they live but maintain many of the amenities and comforts of a beautiful home.” 

    Foley Square at Murray Hill LLC and its principals have been prominent developers in New Jersey for more than 25 years.

    “The developers are committed to quality construction at a luxury level,” DiBenedetto said. “The customizable aspect of these units appeal to buyers today. Each buyer has the opportunity to meet with designers to select cabinetry, granite and tile. Personal elevators are another option since there are three living levels in each unit.”

    The community is within walking distance of the Murray Hill Train Station, the New Providence business district and area schools.

    More details about Foley Square at Murray Hill can be found at foleysquareatmurrayhill.com. DiBenedetto can be reached by email at Michele.D@prudentialnewjersey.com, on her cell at (908) 432-5603, or at the New Providence Office of Prudential New Jersey Properties at (908) 464-5200.

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