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The Farmers Market and a Very Fancy Kitchen Range

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A big transition took place this past weekend in my home town in Maine.  A relatively small local shift made a big statement and everyone is excited.

Our indoor winter farmers market

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…..has relocated to its warm weather home at Waterfront Park on the Kennebec River.

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While the early morning temperature was a bit brisk people seemed pleased to be outside as they gathered their vegetables, meats, eggs, cheese, honey and a wide assortment of locally grown or manufactured products.  My tote was filled with fresh eggs, beets and salad greens and I’ll be ready for my next purchase of locally raised been and pork by months end.

All in all it was morning spent learning about local farmers (amazing what happens when you ask a simple question), making new acquaintances (who I’ll see most every Saturday) and supporting my local economy.  Definitely, a beautiful experience.

Back home after the gym on Saturday morning I fried up two farm-fresh eggs popped some freshly baked English muffins into the toaster and was flipping through the new Veranda magazine when I came across this gorgeous image of a very fancy stove.










Guess who had a bout of appliance envy? Yep.  That would be me. Though when push comes to shove (and the remodeling dust starts to fly) I’ll be investing in an AGA.  More about that later.  For now follow me into the rabbit hole of very colorful, very top-of-the-line La Cornue ranges.

To experience the entire rabbit hole click this link and see the entire gallery of images on either of our Facebook pages….our public page (click here) or our private page (The Enthusiasts…click here).  Then decide which is your favorite color?

Here’s to a more beautiful world!

James Swan and Million Dollar Decorating

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About the author, James

With the launch of the new podcast, Million Dollar Decorating, James Swan adds media-host to his career accomplishments. The interview-based show becomes the first daily podcast devoted to the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living and features interviews with the world’s leading designers, decorators, architects and artisans. Life-style leaders like Robert Couturier, Sandra Nunnerly, Vicente Wolf and Timothy Corrigan populate the podcast where unguarded conversations reveal behind-the-scenes sources of inspiration, resources and stories that inspire and motivate.
James Swan has built a career crafting classically influenced interiors across the United States. Swan has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune and wrote for the “Trends & Shopping” column in House & Garden magazine. His book “101 Things I Hate About Your House” won a 2011 American Bookseller’s Award.
Television appearances on HGTV’s “Homes Across America,” speaking engagements with the professional design industry association NEOCON, regular guest spots on national radio programs have consistently placed Swan in the media spotlight.
Swan’s career took off back in Northern California at a noted San Francisco architecture firm, where he managed residential interiors. After that, Los Angeles beckoned, specifically the prestigious design firm of Frank K. Pennino & Associates, where as senior designer he managed high-profile projects, and earned a reputation for refined classical design that succinctly reflected his clients’ lives. In 1999, Swan opened his own firm in Beverly Hills.
Swan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and music from Southwestern College in Waxahachie, Texas, and studied in Arizona State University's Architecture and Design master's degree program.
Swan is a past member of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, serving on its Executive Board of Directors. His other commitments include PAWS/LA, which assists with the care of pets for people living with disabilities, and KidSmart, an art education foundation for inner-city youth. In his free time, Swan may be found furthering his passion for skiing and traveling. Currently he lives and works from his home on the Maine coast.