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Design New England

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An architect turns his old barn in Newport, Rhode Island, into a light-filled multipurpose haven for family and guests.

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Meet Tom Brady, water boy

Tom Brady gave his son Benjamin a drink at ice hockey practice Saturday morning in Brookline.

MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki at UMass Lowell.

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Talking politics with Steve Kornacki

Given the current political climate, there’s plenty to discuss.

Doretta chef Brendan Pelley and Celebrity Page TV’s Sonia Isabelle.

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WCVB and Celebrity Page TV host holiday soiree

After the official tree lighting on Boston Common, the holiday festivities continued at this after-party.

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Make way for (well-dressed) ducklings

Nancy Schön’s sculpted ducklings get new outfits

Quote of the day: Chelsea Handler

You’ll never guess what’s in her closet.

Peng Chang-kuei.

Peng Chang-kuei, 98; chef credited with creating General Tso’s chicken

Mr. Peng’s dish, a staple at Chinese restaurants in the US, featured lightly battered pieces of dark chicken fried in a chili-accented sweet-and-sour sauce.

Celtics (from left) coach Brad Stevens, Jonas Jerebko, Terry Rozier, and Smart with kids (from left) William, Michael, and Andy.

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Celtics visit to Boston Children’s Hospital helps patients rebound

The C’s score big smiles from youngsters

Casey Affleck (left) and John Cena.

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John Cena and Casey Affleck tapped to host ‘SNL’

The pair will host on successive weeks

Jay Z performs in Cleveland earlier this month.

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Jay Z’s confidantes coming to Concepts in Cambridge Sunday

Emory Jones and Kareem “Biggs” Burke will mark the anniversary of “Reasonable Doubt.”

David Coffee as Ebenezer Scrooge and Kevin Massey as Fred in North Shore Music Theatre's original musical production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Photo by Paul Lyden.

Your week ahead

Five things to do, Dec. 5-11

“A Christmas Carol,” stories of presidential campaign history, magic lanterns, and more.

Style Watch

Designing an easy, elegant family room for empty nesters

An outdated space in Concord becomes a subtly nuanced retreat.

Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: The future pharmacist and the Floridian

Health care is their calling. Will they fill a prescription for romance?

Connections

The guy I didn’t choose

I Googled my first love and found the unexpected.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What does your money buy in Plympton?

A sampling of homes on the market includes a Colonial with hardwood floors and an antique Cape with a first-floor master and laundry room.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What is it like to live in Plympton?

“I’m not even sure I knew where Plympton was growing up in Middleborough, and it’s the next town over,” said Plympton resident Kathy Keirstead.

ASK THE MORTGAGE EXPERT

How Fed rate changes affect home buyers

All signs point to an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve, and soon.

ASK THE CARPENTER

Tips for selecting a tankless hot water heater

Contractor Rob Robillard answers readers questions about water heaters and a malfunctioning shower.

MY FIRST HOME

Country roads? Take me home to Mass.

Our excitement was interrupted only by my tears over the acres and acres of flat farmland and lack of trees.

Not your ordinary holiday gifts

As functional as they are unique, these cheeky choices will delight and suprise.

Love Letters

He went silent for a week

When I told him that I again felt like I didn’t want to keep doing this unless it was going somewhere, he was completely silent.

What if we thought of monogamy as a spectrum?

In a recent study, only 51 percent of people under 30 reported that their ideal relationship would be completely monogamous.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher in October.

Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher welcome second child

Kunis and Kutcher are parents for the second time.

Miss Conduct

Advice: Is it rude to give out lists for holiday presents?

Plus, no, you really don’t need to talk to people on shared transportation.

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Trained as a missionary with an eye toward the multicultural

Deepak Bardhan’s Instagram account features a diverse mosaic of faces complemented by his own poetry,

Cars

A New Porsche Cayman, and Still a Driver’s Dream

Porsche is adamant that it doesn’t sell transportation; it’s in the experience business. The automotive industry practically invented the hype machine, but Porsche has turned it into an art.

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Cavort with cast members of the Boston Ballet

Celebrate the holiday with a dose of make-believe

The AirSelfie, not yet in production, is a small drone that can take photos with the aid of an app.

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For tech, tiny is huge right now

We’ve seen the future, and it’s really small. Tiny computers, cameras, and drones are coming to a pocket near you.

Hot Ticket

Julian Edelman becomes a . . . children’s book author?

We know that Julian Edelman is a talented football player. But apparently, he’s an author, too.

Jewelry maker Emily Scott

Fashion

Tips on picking an engagement ring

Jewelry maker Emily Scott’s new nuptial line debuts this season with engagement rings and wedding bands for men and women.

A chef serves hot chocolate to passengers aboard the Polar Express.

Polar Express returns to the Cape

The Cape Cod Central Railroad reintroduces the Polar Express to Massachusetts.

Darlene Love and her husband, Alton Allison, on the coast of Queensland, Australia, near Brisbane.

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The VIP Lounge with Darlene Love

We caught up with singer Darlene Love to talk about all things travel.

Sweet treats at Snowvillage Inn.

Getting in the holiday spirit, one cookie and one inn at a time

Though for some it may be all about cookies and candy, for others the tour is all about the crawl: traveling from inn to inn, immersed in New England rural culture.

1. “Beach memories” glass vases, Kevin Becker, Westwood.

New England makes its presents known

In this season of giving, why not give friends and family a little (or big) something that’s made here in our region?

Christopher Muther

Thong or sarong? Sport top or tankini? Cracking the swimwear code of the Caribbean

Topless or covered-up? Speedos or board shorts? While many Caribbean islands are geographically close, their swimsuit dress codes can be miles apart.

A skier at Loon Mountain, on its recent opening day, looks out over the White Mountains.

These ski deals will give you a lift

Lift ticket price shock can indeed be a deterrent for skiers and riders without a season pass. That is, unless you do your research.

Disney guide book author knows a thing or two

Julie Neal, the author of “The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World” series, has spent more than 2,500 days at the theme park.

Sips

How to make Trina’s Starlite Lounge’s Sweater Weather

The cocktail that pairs perfectly with apple pie.

Tables

Benedetto and Ruka open, plus other restaurant news

Chef Jason Santos’s Buttermilk and Bourbon is coming soon.

Ask Amy

Grieving family struggles to come together

Advice from Amy Dickinson

A worker at Melrose Plantation helps with conservation of the murals.

The African House murals of Clementine Hunter

Although self-taught artist Clementine Hunter may not be a household name, she is well-known to most Louisiana residents, who, for more than 40 years, have made field trips and family outings to Melrose Plantation, just south of Natchitoches.

Mahoosuc Guide Service offers dogsledding trips in the northwoods of Maine.

Here, There, and Everywhere

During the holidays, you may find yourself wondering, “Why should kids have all the fun?” The Fairmont Copley Plaza asked the same question.

The “Property Brothers,” a.k.a Jonathan and Drew Scott.

Millennials love home makeover shows, even though they don’t own homes

HGTV, home to crafty designers and savvy house flippers, is increasingly the destination of young audiences.

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Model who filed paternity suit against Julian Edelman has the baby

The Patriots receiver apparently flew to Los Angeles to meet the little one.

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Health and Wellness | Magazine

Could marijuana be the next performance-enhancing drug?

Some athletes think cannabis can be key to tougher training and faster recovery.

Health and wellness | Magazine

Fitness hacks from Zdeno Chara, Jae Crowder, Rebecca Lobo, and more

Eight pro athletes, trainers, and health gurus tell you how to eat, find time to workout, and get in the zone.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II posed with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren in April. Her sixth great-grandchild is due in the spring.

Great-grandchild No. 6 coming for Queen Elizabeth II

Officials say Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter Zara Tindall is expecting her second child.