- Oliver Parini | John James
This time of year, Vermonters pretty much diverge into two camps: those who hit the slopes as often as possible, and those who hunker down and pine for spring. We can't help you with the first part, but this issue offers some indoor inspiration. Fellow foodies can whet their appetites with Becca Brown McKnight's kitchen redo, while homeowners concerned about energy efficiency might follow the model of Burlington's first certified passive house. If your budget is more modest, take some hygge tips from an interior designer at Slate. What if you have to sell your house — or buy one — in winter? Local real estate agents point to some unexpected advantages. And finally, because frozen pipes are a thing, we honor the people who fix 'em with a profile of master plumber Chris Boudreau. Stay warm!