March 2015 Home Personality: Homes with architectural details

March 2015 Home Personality: Homes with architectural details

281 Lambert Road, New Canaan, Conn. $7,995,000 Wendy Fog, Brotherhood & Higley, 203-979-6277 Our Home of the Month: This historic center hall colonial, designed by Cameron Clark, features a symmetrical Colonial Revival façade accented throughout with elegantly crafted architectural details and elements. The home has a formal entry/stair hall with...
The art of letter writing

The art of letter writing

During the Middle Ages, the art of letter writing emerged as a means of public discourse. Written communication was used for business and commercial transactions. Scientific journals of this period functioned as extended communication between scientists. This practice of transcribing scientific research and discoveries was the provenance of modern journals....
Help your home’s exterior rebound from harsh winter weather

Help your home’s exterior rebound from harsh winter weather

The seasons can be harsh on homes, and perhaps no season is more taxing on a home’s exterior than winter. Harsh winter weather can take a toll on roofs, gutters, landscaping, and just about any other part of the home that must face the cold head on. The following are...
Easy cannoli filling

Easy cannoli filling

EASY CANNOLI FILLING (Makes enough for about 12 mini cannoli shells or 6 large shells) www.chefsilvia.com I buy cannoli shells from a local bakery, make a filling in about 10 minutes and take my cannoli to my sweethearts. Really, leave the fuss of making your own shells (unless of course...
Fitting into a house’s history

Fitting into a house’s history

Stepping from the living room to the kitchen of one Ridgefield home is like stepping between centuries. Constructed in 1780 and gut rehabbed in 2003-05 — with an addition and other updates and renovations in between — the two rooms are divided by a massive stone fireplace of locally quarried...
The Recipe Box: "Healthy Appetite" recipes

The Recipe Box: “Healthy Appetite” recipes

RATATOUILLE BISQUE www.cookingwithauntieina.blogspot.com Ingredients: 1 small head of garlic, roasted (easy to do…cut off top, pour on a bit of olive oil, wrap in foil and bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees in the oven. I threw mine in the toaster oven.) 1 large red bell pepper, chopped and...
Updating jewelry insurance appraisals

Updating jewelry insurance appraisals

With the current gold market above $1,200.00 per ounce, everyone who has their jewelry insured from an earlier time should be aware that those insurance levels are most likely no longer adequate, even if you have the type of policy that raises values automatically over a period of time. Ten...
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Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Brookfield Craft Center offers winter classes The Brookfield Craft Center, located at 286 Whisconier Road (Route 25 at 202), Brookfield, Conn., has announced its class schedule for 2015. Classes include clay, painting and drawing, fiber, metal, wood, glass, jewelry, tech and design, introductory level classes, masters series, and open studios. For class descriptions and schedules,...
Get your BBQ ready for spring

Get your BBQ ready for spring

It has been a long, cold, harsh winter; warmer temperatures are just around the corner, however, and thoughts are turning to warm afternoons in the backyard grilling juicy steaks, delicious hamburgers or seasonal vegetables. But you want to make sure you can get the most out of your grill. To make it last and improve...
LED there be light

LED there be light

Proper lighting is immensely important for any home. Whether providing safe passage from garage to entryway, or through hallways in the middle of the night, warmly and graciously illuminating a front door, creating adequately lit task areas for cooking, computer work and reading, or evoking just the right mood in the dining room, excellent lighting...
Kosher cooking: Modernized for a new generation

Kosher cooking: Modernized for a new generation

The title of Ronnie Fein’s cookbook says it all – modern. The Modern Kosher Kitchen, Fair Winds Press, is not your traditional kosher cookbook and you don’t need to be Jewish to have success with these delicious recipes. “My recipes are basically good, easy-to-prepare, mostly healthy American dishes that also happen to be kosher,” says...
March 2015 HomeBriefs

March 2015 HomeBriefs

Darien Consignment Shop continues Christman legacy The Darien Consigment Shop, located at 523 Post Rd., Darien, formerly known as Christman’s, is continuing the legacy of the Christman family furniture business. The nature of the business, according to Gary Christman, who co-owns the company with his wife, Melodie, has changed to address style and trend changes...
The clean air act: Houseplants can help sanitize the home

The clean air act: Houseplants can help sanitize the home

Choosing houseplants takes time and thought…Size, appearance, need for light, temperature, easy-care or demanding? While homeowners care a lot about the interior decoration aspect of the plant, they rarely think about those amazing plants that will clean the air — plants that can banish toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, alcohol and acetone, which are in...
Elizabeth Jackson: Estate sales & showroom

Elizabeth Jackson: Estate sales & showroom

A turn-of-the-century silk beaver hat perches atop a mid-century sofa; an art deco sterling service designed by famed Fratelli Cucchioni sits on an adjacent glass coffee table. These are a few of the pieces found at Elizabeth Jackson’s showroom, located at 207 Liberty Square, South Norwalk, and she is eager to share their history. In...

Flaky

By the time you read this, you might be stretched out on a hammock in your back yard. As I type this, the region is recovering from the second snowstorm in a week. The last time anything of this magnitude fell out of the sky, the local public works department dropped the snowball. I was...

Greening the MLS

How much is your house worth? In many cases the decision to “go green” is based purely on finances. As an architect who specializes in making homes more energy-efficient and sustainable, the biggest question I get is, “What is my ROI?” Return on investment is important. Most of the things we recommend to homeowners are...
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day: 5 drinks recipes

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: 5 drinks recipes

Even on a Tuesday – this year’s March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day can tempt infrequent drinkers to get out and enjoy the festivities. But you don’t have to drink dyed-green beer to tap into the spirit of the holiday, says Steven Earles, ceo of Portland-based Eastside Distilling (www.EastsideDistilling.com). “With each successive year, consumers are...
Throw an at home children's birthday party

Throw an at home children’s birthday party

Planning and putting on a birthday party for your little one can be both exciting and intimidating, especially with so much inspiration all around today, from flipping through magazines to gazing at Pinterest boards. Nevertheless, it can be surprisingly easy to throw an unforgettable birthday bash that will leave kids and guests completely impressed. “A...
Tomato Soup with Herbed Sour Cream

Tomato Soup with Herbed Sour Cream

(Serves 4 to 6 ) www.chefsilvia.com Ingredients: 1 28 oz (793.8 g) can of crushed tomatoes 2 cups (473.1 ml) chicken broth (or as much as you like to reach preferred consistency) 1 medium garlic clove – finely chopped 3 tablespoons (44.3 ml) olive oil – or just enough to lightly cover the bottom of...