Fall Home and Garden 2017 Jeanna Shepard

As if to keep the Indian Summer going just a little while longer, we're indulging our obsession with screened porches in this Fall Home & Garden issue of the Vine. We stumbled on a beautiful detached porch this summer that gracefully solves the old problem of how to add on a porch without blocking lightflow to the house. Joann Frechette and Bob Nash's porch lies just far enough away to be separate, and yet it is connected by a pergola and deck that make it feel accessible. It doubles as a living and dining space, and has turned out to be a much loved (and used) space. We thought it might offer inspiration for your own project—dream this winter, build in the spring.

We also asked Brad Woodger to write about the nostalgia some of us (okay, of a certain age) feel about childhood days—and nights—spent on the porch. The Beautiful In Betweens is a lovely read, regardless of how much porch time you've got under your belt.

By chance, we're also featuring three men in this issue who personify the Islander who does more than one thing well. In fact, we're introducing a semi-regular feature called "The Double Life," because so many Islanders have this affliction. Brian Athearn, techie and farmer, kicks off the series in this issue. We also interview Brian Nelson, a green technology engineer as well as a musician. And, in keeping with our home theme, we feature one of the Island's finest craftsmen, cabinetmaker John Thayer (who also has a boatbuilding background).

No shortage of inspiration on this Island.


 — Susie Middleton

No baking required! This holiday, thanks to a wealth of talented Island bakers, you've got options.
A West Tisbury couple created an outdoor destination for dining and living, while keeping their new porch from blocking lightflow to the house.
Cabinetmaker John Thayer crafts heirloom-quality furniture with the eye—and experience—of a fine boat builder.
Nine to five, he's the MV Tech guy; after that, Brian Athearn is the sheep-breeding, pig-keeping, chicken-raising man on the tractor at Runamok Farm, his family homestead.