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living in: the cider house rules

by amym

Not many movies portray a New England fall better than The Cider House Rules. Set in Maine among apple orchards, rambling old buildings, seaside towns and lobster docks, it’s obvious why we crave the 1999 adaptation of John Irving’s novel when fall rolls around. Toby Maguire plays an orphan trained as a doctor who struggles with the morality of providing health services to pregnant mothers who arrive at the orphanage. Moral dilemmas aside, we’d jump for joy to be adopted into the scene. — Amy Merrick

1. Vintage Apple Crate, $40; 2. Avoca Plaid Throw, $168; 3. Welsh Pillow, $148; 4. Antique Glazed Jug, $42; 5. Vintage Work Bench, $2495; 6. Frye Sabrina Boots, $222; 7. Antique Apothecary Bottle, $175; 8. Honeycrisp Apples, $3/lb; 9. Headband, $8; 10. Wooden Peeler, $5.50

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Scratchy wool; functional-yet-ladylike work boots; baskets, bags and crates in every shape imaginable; and more apples than we’d know what to do with — The Cider House Rules crosses every item off the list of what we’re dreaming about this fall. If you can’t catch the train headed to Maine before the last leaf drops, let Maine come to you by stacking the firewood high and sitting back with a big mug of cider. It’ll rule, I promise.

1. Opinel Pocket Knife, $8; 2. Zinc Bucket, $88; 3. Ash Pack Basket, $125; 4. Cedar Incense, $8; 5. Heather Fingerless Gloves, $12; 6. Apple Peeler/Corer, $28; 7. Vintage Basket, $135; 8. Wooden Grape Lug, $28; 9. Step-Stool Chair, $244; 10. Chiarugi Doctor’s Bag, $628

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