Oasis on Oconee

For a moment, you can forget where you are. The sound of rushing water over boulders. The shade of palm trees. Summer music piping through the swim-up bar. An occasional “thwack” of a golf ball. By the looks of the 60,000-gallon pool on one side and white sand beach on the other, you can imagine…

From the bottom up: Lake home turns entertaining on its head

The beauty of custom homes is the ability to adapt to the strengths of its surrounding environment – a wall of windows to enhance views, open living spaces to foster entertaining, outdoor areas that blend with the interior. Common to lakefront homes are walkout basements that allow easy access to the lake or pool. Often,…

Home on the Range

Texans first, golfers second: Buddy Clarke and Dien Stout make their second home overlooking the Creek Club’s signature hole Sitting in the unusual stone seats surrounding Buddy Clark and Dien Stout’s fire pit, one might be able to imagine themselves far out on the Texas range, a pot of stew hanging over a fire. But…

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…

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…