The Color of Home

From his captain’s chair in the dining room of his new home, Steve Gray can see two paintings that he and his wife, Sharman, commissioned depicting their childhood homes. Sharman’s shows an elegant home place her family called “Riverview,” situated on the Sunflower River in the Mississippi Delta outside of Greenville. His is a humble,…

The height of downtown living

On cool fall evenings, David DiRocco likes to open the windows on his veranda, light a fire in the fireplace, and let it battle the crisp air while he settles in with a drink to watch a game. It’s one of the things he enjoys most about his loft on the top floor of the…

Winter squash: Heritage in the home garden

Our connection to winter squash can be traced back to this country’s Native American roots. It was a staple of the “Three Sisters” tradition practiced by many tribes across North America. Squash, corn, and beans were commonly clustered together in mounds because of their symbiotic benefits to one another – a technique now known as…

Cooking with winter squash

Risotto a la Zucca Corrado Corrias enjoys creating flavorful pumpkin-inspired dishes at his restaurant, Da Corrado Ristorante, on Lake Oconee Parkway. He says the Marina Di Chioggia variety is a favorite for Italian cooking. “These particular pumpkins have a lot of flavor and are easy to work with because they are soft and already naturally…

Historic Washington: Home to a different era

The little town of Washington, Georgia, is a quiet, charming place nestled about halfway between Augusta and Athens. It had an early involvement in Georgia’s history and features a handsome collection of architecture through the centuries, as well as an inviting population of people and businesses who make it an interesting, educational, and fun place…

Saving Grace

Hundred-Year-old church finds a home at Hundred Acre Farm Just east of Madison, nestled on a hillside off Highway 278, is a farm, a hundred-acre farm in fact, with picturesque red barn buildings, chickens roaming by the dozen, and rolling grassy fields. Aptly named Hundred Acre Farm, the land is owned by Dr. Ellis Johnson…

Lesson in letting go: What to keep? What to toss?

“Fame, if you win it, Comes and goes in a minute Where’s the real stuff in life, to cling to?” – Jimmy Durante singing “Make Someone Happy” Good question. Where is the “real stuff in life?” Unfortunately, it’s been displaced by the unreal stuff, the stuff crammed inside closets and stacked in garages. And clinging…

Boys’ home proves it’s “Never Too Late”

George Henry Lewes once wrote, “The only cure for grief is action,” and that is exactly how John and Kelly DeGarmo chose to overcome a personal tragedy. After losing their firstborn baby due to a brain deformity in the mid-1990s, the DeGarmos not only grieved, but dedicated their lives to caring for children in need….

Bringing modern comfort to Oconee Brewing Co.

When I was first invited to walk through the future home of Oconee Brewing Co., in downtown Greensboro, the dusty concrete and brick walls supporting the dilapidated roof, rotted by decades of neglect, wasn’t reason for pause. I only saw what the former Chero Cola plant was going to become. Since our firm had completed…