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slide14Leah Leah Sullivan Century 21 Albertson Realty Cell: 631.816.0876 Leah is blessed to call the North Fork her year-round home and for the opportunity to raise her children in the same hamlet that she was raised. She enjoys a deep-rooted connection to the community and environment, and has firsthand knowledge of the area and its’ unique history. Leah is an active member of the Mattituck Civic Association and proudly supports local organizations that promote environmental stewardship and sustainability. Real Estate was preceded by twelve years of government service employed as a Senior Congressional Aide, where she came to realize her individual strengths as a listener/communicator and discovered that her passion lies with helping others to resolve problems to achieve desired outcomes.

slide3 By Sophie Overton Kitchen countertops are changing. Moving away from high-maintenance granite and marble, more designers are turning to composite materials made of crushed stone bonded with resin. Whenever she has a client who does a lot of cooking and entertaining, Elyse Parkhurst, who with her business partner Caitlin Flynn, forms the design team at North Fork Design Co., recommends doing the kitchen islands and countertops in engineered stone. “Granite and other quarried stones look gorgeous but they can be difficult to maintain. We find that a lot of clients with families are looking for more durable options,” she says. “Marble, in particular, is very porous and can etch if it comes in contact with acidic foods like vinegar. And if you spill a glass of wine on it, it can be very hard to remove.” Happily, advances in engineered stone mean that manufacturers are coming closer to replicating the look of the real thing. Instead of buying from a big box store, Parkhurst recommends visiting a stoneyard where you can see the various slabs--each one is unique--and ordering a custom-fabricated piece. “We still pick out every slab we use and we encourage our clients to take part in the selection process,” she says. “Even people who aren’t design fiends can become excited about kitchen countertops once they start looking at materials.”

slide5“Concerning the difficult question of color, once wrote Edith Wharton, it is safe to say that the fewer colors used in a room, the more pleasing and restful the result will be.” More than a century  later, the question remains as vexed and contentious as ever. No wonder so many of us take refuge in the comfort of neutrals, those reassuring earth tones that are the equivalent of a soothing murmur. How to create a color scheme that works? We spoke to color consultant Amy Wax who offers her best tips below.

slide5By Ruth Thomas Holiday shopping on the North Fork can be an exciting and enjoyable experience. Treasures abound in the many local shops and stores throughout the quaint hamlets of the North Fork, featuring beautiful clothing, fine accessories, handmade jewelry, fun children’s toys, delicious chocolates, and so much more. Shop local and discover the many fine gifts the North Fork has to offer during the holidays.

slide4by Richard Cairns These days it seems as though every new restaurant in this country is eager to establish its farm-to-table creds. Yet if the restaurant is Japanese and the chef is ambitious, nationalist pride trumps local produce almost every time. (Certain celebrated chefs have even been known to import tomatoes from the motherland.) Stirling Sake and Sushi, in Greenport, is a notable exception to the rule.