Celebrate birds this spring

Celebrate birds this spring

Bird watching is a pastime enjoyed by people of all ages. While many people trek into the woods to see their favorite birds, homeowners can take steps to entice these fascinating and feathered friends right to their backyards. Organizations celebrate the call of the bird in a variety of ways....
‘Celebrating the Art of Living’ with a designer house tour

‘Celebrating the Art of Living’ with a designer house tour

Philanthropic organization Near & Far Aid is readying for its annual designer house tour which opens the doors to six homes decorated by renowned designers in the enclaves of Westport and Southport. [wide] [/wide] The tour, Celebrating the Art of Living, will be held Friday, May 8. “Near & Far...
New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour 2015: 23rd tour features dramatic spaces and distinctive styles

New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour 2015: 23rd tour features dramatic spaces and distinctive styles

On Thursday, May 14, seven New Canaan homeowners will celebrate the 23rd New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour by showcasing their extensively remodeled and newly constructed homes. The homes vary in style and setting, but all feature distinctive trends in upscale kitchen and home design. Ticket guidebooks ($70 for...
April 2015 Home Personality: Homes designed by notable architects

April 2015 Home Personality: Homes designed by notable architects

173 Ferris Hill Road, New Canaan, Conn. $4,995,000 Architect: Louise Brooks Rachel Walsh, William Pitt Sotheby’s International, 203-912-5908 This New Canaan Colonial style home was designed by Louise Brooks in 2000 and features a long tree-lined driveway leading up to a stone fronted residence with a courtyard. The house was...
Ballard Greenhouse plant sale scheduled

Ballard Greenhouse plant sale scheduled

With the unusually snowy winter finally at an end, spring has burst forth, and with it, one of Ridgefield’s most anticipated events: The annual Ballard Greenhouse plant sale, run by members of the Caudatowa and Ridgefield garden clubs. Scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend, the plant sale runs Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m....
Cultivating a love of houseplants

Cultivating a love of houseplants

Houseplants are a great way to bring nature indoors year-round — minimal green thumb required. “You need some basic knowledge regarding the needs of an individual plant. It’s quite easy as long as you’re paying attention to your watering schedule and providing proper light and humidity,” says Amie Copeland Stark, owner...
It’s spring —  Bring the outside in!

It’s spring — Bring the outside in!

Open the windows; breathe in the air; it’s spring and it’s time to let the outside in. Airing out used to be when women dragged out the carpets and hung them outside and beat them clean with a broom or dragged everything out of the house and washed down the...
Working with a (green) architect

Working with a (green) architect

Have you been thinking about remodeling your home but don’t know where to start? Do you need an architect? Do you want to make a more energy-efficient and healthy home and at the same time get more space and improve its look and flow? You may need an architect. Or...
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...
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...
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Traditions of the decorated egg

Traditions of the decorated egg

Traditions are the core that keeps the family together. Families gathered on Easter to participate in many different traditions that have been passed down through time. One classic tradition is decorating Easter eggs — from wooden to fresh, people have their own take. Jill Dion has created her children’s likenesses on Easter eggs. She hopes...
Spring: Time for home improvements and energy savings

Spring: Time for home improvements and energy savings

The Connecticut Green Bank’s rapidly expanding Smart-E residential loan program offers Connecticut homeowners easy and affordable loans to finance more than 40 eligible energy upgrades using a local contractor, according to Kerry O’Neill, director of residential programs. In collaboration with nine participating community banks and credit unions, more than $6 million in loans have been...
Home Briefs: Home art, antiques, wildflowers

Home Briefs: Home art, antiques, wildflowers

Local painting Sometimes you have to decorate your home with your own painting. And sometimes you need to show it off to the public. A collection of original oil and watercolor paintings by Stratford artist Wallace Sloves will be on display at the Stratford Library through April 30. Viewing hours are Monday-Thursday, 10-8, Friday and...
Learn healthy cooking to bring to your tables

Learn healthy cooking to bring to your tables

“Farm-to-table” is more than a slogan at Jones Family Farms in Shelton. As a cooking school located on a farm, the classes in the Harvest Kitchen are able to use many ingredients grown on-site. Seasonal foods are the focus for many sessions, showing how fresh ingredients make for healthier and delicious meals, according to a...
Get learning all about that paper

Get learning all about that paper

Families are invited to get creating paper at a special session. Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced a program at Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby on paper making for the entire family. Children and adults are invited to come and explore all that is paper during a special program on Saturday, April 25,...
Get learning all about orchids on April 18

Get learning all about orchids on April 18

A family-friendly presentation all about orchids is coming to the Kellogg Environmental Center, courtesy of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. [wide] [/wide] Add some dramatic spring color to your home with orchids. Join Dave Tognalli, from the Connecticut Orchid Society, on Saturday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. to learn all about orchid care...
April 2015 HomeBriefs

April 2015 HomeBriefs

Seasons Too dresses up the outdoors Winter weary homeowners are ready for the warmer weather, and with the snow finally gone, they have the same yard, terrace or patio that hasn’t been visible in six months. To help spruce up these spaces, Seasons Too, with locations at 836 Post Rd., Darien, and in Larchmont and...

Sound judgment

I listen to a lot of books. History is a favorite. Very often the narrative is as follows: “Captain Henderson built a stately mansion on the hillside overlooking the harbor. It cost him $17,000 — which is the equivalent to $22 million in today’s money.” Things are always changing, improving and costing more. Even “I...

A new spot for antiques and pastry

Traci’s on Main Pastry and Antique Shoppe opened up in Ansonia in March. Traci is a pastry chef with more than 26 years of experience. Her experience varies from pastry chef, wedding cake maker, donut maker, with a specialty in cookies. Traci’s on Main is also an antique shop that specializes in unusual and affordable...
From time to time

From time to time

Despite a plethora of contemporary electronic watches and clocks (not to mention cell phones) available for purchase today, many people still seem to own at least one mechanical time-keeping device, whether it be a wristwatch, desk clock, mantle clock, wall clock, or “Grandfather” (tall case) clock. It has been my observation that for the most part, owners...
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...
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,...