Sheri Koones and her husband lived in a 6,800 square foot house in Greenwich, Conn., but then the kids moved out and their house was just too big. So they downsized. I spoke with Koones (also a contributor) about her new book Downsize: Living large in a small house (The Taunton Press, Oct. 2019) and her experience and those of others who have taken the plunge.

Why did you write this book?

Over the years, I’ve become more and more interested in houses that are energy efficient, sustainable and right-sized. As I’ve been writing and doing research for my columns and books, I’ve seen a trend toward smaller houses and have been interested in how people are able to move from larger houses to smaller ones and still feel very comfortable and happy.

Lux Legacy – Albert Mertz – Hotel Hartness

Lux Legacy – Albert Mertz – Hotel Hartness

Albert Mertz has overseen lavish hotels in the most glamorous cities and locales in the world. Now he’s excited to be in Greenville taking the helm of a family legacy project – Hotel A new level of luxury is coming to Greenville with the opening of the Hotel Hartness on the city’s east side. The hotel’s General Manager Albert Mertz has worked with global brands such as Ritz-Carlton and Mandarin Oriental. As an experienced hotelier, he has a distinguished thirty-year history in all aspects of hotel management. TOWN magazine asked Mertz to showcase the vision for this new bespoke resort which will include places to drink, dine, spa, and stay.

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