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If Amana has its way, its Jot Dry-Erase Refrigerator will send yellow-sticky notes the way of glass milk bottles. To showcase the versatility of this eraser-friendly appliance, the company commissioned six local artists, collectively known as EYE, to paint three new Amana Jot refrigerators in the Croton-on-Hudson home of one of its members. Applying their improvisational group talent to this functional canvas was a new challenge. The result? An artist-worthy appliance that undoubtedly will hold up to “buy milk” messages and small-fry doodles.



country french kitchens

Carolina Fernandez is a Wall Street wonder by day, but the Connecticut-based author of Country French Kitchens (Gibbs Smith, 2008) has earned the right to write about home design: eight renovations under her belt and more than 100 published articles give her the credentials to create a work that offers both good reading and good resources. This gorgeous tome is an art-book-quality inspiration, providing strategies to translate the ever-popular Country French style to homes on this continent (the three Westchester kitchens featured in the book are proof positive of that).




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Sushi lovers rejoice! German kitchen designer/furniture maker Studio Becker recently introduced new kitchen accessories that fit neatly into its drawers for extra ease. Our favorite: the Sushi Set Insert, which travels from drawer to tabletop with one swift movement. With service for eight, the smart set includes beech trays, crystal wasabi saucers, stainless-steel chopstick rests, and two crystal sake pitchers. Talk about a roll out.




Sure, we’ve all been on a mission to find the perfect sequin clutch or divine decorative baskets. But what if that mission actually helped change the world? That’s the goal of nonprofit Nest, which supports women artisans in developing countries by providing micro-credit loans that help them create sustainable businesses. On Nest’s site (buildanest.com) the darling clutch (below, $40) was hand-crocheted by Turkish loan recipient Sevinc Esen; the raffia woven basket ($25) by Specioza, Nest’s loan recipient in Rwanda—both good buys in all senses of the word.




the equinox resort & spa, manchester, vermont

Just re-freshened by a multi-million-dollar renovation, this 2,300-acre property dating back to 1769 epitomizes the best of the oh-so-picturesque Green Mountain state. An impeccably restored historic inn nestled in a picture-postcard setting, it delivers the just-right blend of gracious hospitality (think charming B & B) and the elegant ambiance and amenities of a full-scale luxury resort.

Do: While fall foliage season is an especially enviable time for a visit, the Equinox is a true four-season destination. Expect access to every active pursuit that you could possibly imagine—and plenty you wouldn’t—like falconry, off-roading, shotgunning, and fly-fishing. Or, if you’d rather burn your calories scoring discounted Burberry or Escada, head up the road to the Manchester Designer Outlets. Afterward, indulge in some serious spa pampering—treatments feature local maple sugar and wildflowers—or soak up the scenery on one of the inviting rocking and Adirondack chairs dotting the lawns and old-fashioned porches.

Dine: Sample traditional New England cuisine in the resort’s historic Marsh Tavern or enjoy hearty steakhouse fare in its new Chop House.

Details: The Equinox Resort & Spa, 3567 Main Street/Route 7A, Manchester Village, Vermont (800) 270-2132
equinoxresort.com. Cost: $259 to $909 per night, depending upon season and accommodation.—Laurie Yarnell



ceramics, clay, and crafts in the county

Think of art as one-dimensional? Broaden your artistic horizons with All Fired Up! A Celebration of Clay in Westchester, running in October and November. This project, led by the Westchester Arts Council and the Clay Art Center (among other sponsoring organizations), will feature 68 parallel art exhibits that explore ceramic expression—from folk arts to fine arts, historical to contemporary.

Not to miss: A national invitational exhibit featuring some 600 tiles by 250 clay artists (Clay Art Center in Port Chester). Large-scale installations sited within living natural environments (Mariani Gardens in Armonk). Ceramic figurines by current artists shown alongside figurines drawn from homes within our community (Pelham Art Center). Contemporary tableware by more than 105 potters from across the country (Tarrytown’s Lyndhurst), and many more. For a complete list of exhibitions and details, click on
allfiredup.info or call (914) 428-4220.
As part of the celebration, the Westchester Craft Show will return to the Westchester County Center in White Plains from October 17 through 19. The show features hand-blown glass, delicate porcelain, precious metals, and wearable art in the form of jewelry, handbags, and distinctive clothing, along with handcrafted furniture and wood-turned vessels. Further show information is available by calling Crafts America at (203) 254-0486, the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050, or clicking on craftsamericashows.com.

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