April 2014 Home Personality: Homes with gourmet kitchens

April 2014 Home Personality: Homes with gourmet kitchens

8 Brandon Circle, Wilton, Conn. $1,995,000 Lorraine Winsor, Realty Seven, Inc., 203-762-5548 x33 Our feature home this month: 8 Brandon Circle’s gourmet kitchen is a chef’s oasis. Designed by Deane, it features all the bells and whistles a homeowner could want, including a 6-burner Viking gas cooktop, Dacor double convection...
A rare find: How Horton Design creates special, livable living spaces

A rare find: How Horton Design creates special, livable living spaces

I worked as an assistant for a high-end interior design firm years ago. I recall once being tasked with buying thousands of dollars worth of rare books for a homeowner’s library. “Make sure the books will look pretty on the bookshelves,” were my only instructions. Did the homeowner prefer Jane...
Practical magic:  Kingswood Kitchens conjures dreams into reality

Practical magic: Kingswood Kitchens conjures dreams into reality

If you decide to have your kitchen built by the Kingswood design team, you can be sure it’s truly yours — the only one exactly like it in the world! Randy Fender, one of Kingswood’s designers, explains that at Kingswood they not only design customized kitchens but they make them...
New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour 2014: 22nd Tour features dramatic spaces and special styles

New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour 2014: 22nd Tour features dramatic spaces and special styles

On Thursday, May 8, seven New Canaan homeowners will celebrate the 22nd 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 2014 HomeBriefs

April 2014 HomeBriefs

Fleur De Lis on TV West Redding-based Fleur De Lis, an interior design-oriented antiques shop, was featured recently on a segment of “Barry’d Treasure,” an A&E reality spin-off of the hit show “Storage Wars,” according to Fleur De Lis owner Dottie DeLuca. “They were filming between Boston and Lancaster, Pa.,...
Building my passive house - Part 2

Building my passive house – Part 2

This is the second entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my own newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program developed in Europe to assist home-building professionals seeking to build highly energy-efficient homes (www.phaus.org for more information). The cottage...
Making your home senior ready

Making your home senior ready

There are many things homeowners can do when getting the residence safer for someone who cannot get around the house like they used to. Skip Wyatt, of Mr. Handyman, recently gave some tips as to what to do to get your home ready. He said most a homeowner can do,...
Fairfield's Annual Dogwood festival scheduled

Fairfield’s Annual Dogwood festival scheduled

A long-time tradition that shepherds in the spring season, Greenfield Hill Congregational Church’s 79th Annual Dogwood Festival will once again take place on the church’s grounds and town square May 2-4. Once again, the festival will take place a week prior to Mother’s Day. “Our 79th Dogwood Festival is a...
Near & Far Aid Designer House Tour scheduled

Near & Far Aid Designer House Tour scheduled

Lovers of fine architecture and design, and admirers of all things beautiful can once again delight in Near & Far Aid’s upcoming Designer House Tour, an opportunity to visit several homes in Fairfield, Southport and Westport that reflect a variety of architectural and visionary decorating styles. The 2014 Designer House...
The Recipe Box: Signs of Spring

The Recipe Box: Signs of Spring

Our recipe category for next month:  “Let’s Get Bathing-Suit Ready!” Please email your favorite healthy main dish, side, salad and dessert recipes to home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. GARLIC-LEMON SHRIMP SKEWERS W/ZUCCHINI QUINOA (Serves 4 – 6) Janine...
Ballard Greenhouse Plant Sale scheduled for Mother's Day weekend

Ballard Greenhouse Plant Sale scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend

Heralding the spring gardening season, the annual Plant Sale at Ballard Greenhouse, run by members of the Caudatowa and Ridgefield garden clubs, will take place May 9 – 10 (Fri. and Sat.), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ballard Greenhouse (rain or shine). Among the plant sale’s extensive array of...
Jane Gershon Weitzman authors fantasy art shoe book

Jane Gershon Weitzman authors fantasy art shoe book

Jane Gershon Weitzman, wife of shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, has recently authored Art & Sole, a book featuring 150 fantasy art shoes made of highly unique materials — including feathers, paper, ceramic, metal, resin, playing cards, corrugated cardboard, Swarovski crystals, even fresh flowers and frosting — that she has discovered...
New Canaan Garden Club Spring Tree and Shrub Sale

New Canaan Garden Club Spring Tree and Shrub Sale

The New Canaan Garden Club is once again holding its Spring Tree and Shrub Sale. Orders being taken March 20 – April 20. The organization is offering two trees and two shrubs chosen to appeal to a wide range of gardening interests. All proceeds will be used for civic improvements...
Show and sell: Weed & Duryea sets the stage for one-stop home shopping

Show and sell: Weed & Duryea sets the stage for one-stop home shopping

When New Canaan native Francis Weed returned home after serving in the Civil War and opened a coal, lumber, feed and timber retail business, the 23-year-old probably never imagined that the company would one day evolve into a one-stop home shopping resource for area homeowners and builders. Francis, in need...
The Recipe Box: Easter

The Recipe Box: Easter

LASAGNA WITH GROUND LAMB (Serves 12 – 15) Chef Silvia Bianco, chefsilvia.blogspot.com When I’m making a traditional meat lasagna I usually use ground pork and beef but for this Easter I thought it would be interesting to use ground lamb. The recipe is the same regardless of what meat (or...
The Recipe Box: Passover

The Recipe Box: Passover

Cooks Wanted!

 We are continuously adding recipes to our website, and would like to include your favorite recipes! Currently, we’re requesting recipes for Easter and Passover. Please email us at home@acorn-online.com, and include your recipe or recipes, your name and town. Please be very specific regarding measurements, ingredients and directions....
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Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Ballard Greenhouse Plant Sale Scheduled for Mother’s Day Weekend Heralding the spring gardening season, the annual Plant Sale at Ballard Greenhouse, run by members of the Caudatowa and Ridgefield garden clubs, will take place May 9 – 10 (Fri. and Sat.), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ballard Greenhouse (rain or shine). Among the plant...

Mail strom

Gather round kiddies, Old Uncle Ben is going to regale you with another one of his endless tales of the good old days. Please turn off your cell phones and pagers. When the folks suburbanized in the early 50s, there was a cluster of mailboxes in a mid-intersection island at the bottom of the street....
Darien property offers rich history and legend

Darien property offers rich history and legend

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty has listed the renovated and updated historic John Waterbury House in the heart of Darien. The historic home is set on more than two acres overlooking a land trust meadow with mature trees and manicured lawns. It was once the dwelling of Lt. John Waterbury, who fought in the American...
Mother’s Day: Gifts from the heart

Mother’s Day: Gifts from the heart

Mother’s Day is a perfect time to ask yourself how much you really know about your mother.  It’s a time to get to know the person that she is outside of her role as mother or wife. How much do you know of your mother’s past? Do you know what interests her? Do you know...

Lynn Hoffman designs eco-elegant interiors

As Earth Day approaches, going green is on the minds of many. Enter Lynn Hoffman, the Stamford-based designer with experience 25 years strong in eco-elegant interiors. Hoffman has recently announced the debut of her updated website, lynnhoffmandesign.com. Hoffman’s portfolio is showcased on her upgraded site, revamped by DarrylO Web Design, in conjunction with Maida Design...

Protect your family from a silent danger in your home

Once you become a homeowner, the safety of your home and the loved ones who live there become a main concern. A few common precautions you’ve taken to protect your family from danger include having a security system professionally installed, regularly testing your smoke detectors and creating an emergency escape plan. But you may be...
Kings Food Markets announces gourmet tasting event

Kings Food Markets announces gourmet tasting event

Beginning Friday, April 4, Kings Food Markets (Kings), 26 Arcadia Rd., Old Greenwich, Conn., will celebrate a weekend-long spring tasting event. Shoppers who attend the event will be welcomed to taste their way through the store as Kings offers three consecutive days of signature samplings and exclusive cooking demonstrations. In addition, Nutritionist Francine G. Blinten, CCN, CNS...
Spring cleaning

Spring cleaning

Ah, spring cleaning in April — a traditional rite of passage into the very welcome warmer months of May and June. Historically, this refers to housecleaning, as well as outdoor items  — but it would be an excellent idea for you to consider adding your jewelry to the list. Of course, jewelry always looks best when it’s been cleaned, but there are several very good reasons why you...
Open house

Open house

Without change, things stagnate. That includes homes. Change keeps the rooms in a house revitalized. For instance, formal dining and living spaces are taking on whole new purposes as well as great new looks. The kitchen is no longer just a utility space where food gets cooked and pots, pans, and dishes get cleaned. Formal...
Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior living

Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior living

Here’s the scenario: Daughter, 47, husband, 49, two teenage boys. Daughter has very pleasant part-time job, lives in nice house, purchased 20 years ago. Her mother, 79, has been in an automobile accident, has several fractures, and is confined to a wheelchair. Daughter’s brother lives far away. Daughter lives nearby. The most practical, affordable solution?...
Conquering cabinet and pantry clutter

Conquering cabinet and pantry clutter

For passionate cooks and entertaining enthusiasts, the kitchen is command central, with well-organized pantries and cabinets an essential component of a pleasureable, creative experience. Michael Jackson, kitchen and bath designer for Ring’s End, is a firm believer in high-efficiency organization. “If you really like to cook or love to entertain, you need to determine how...
The color purple

The color purple

When most people hear the term “wine-making,” they generally think of Napa Valley, Italy or France. Surprisingly, however, Connecticut is also hospitable to the process. Though the climate affects the varietals that grow best and Connecticut grapes don’t attain quite the sweetness that more southern varietals can, commercial vineyards here keep increasing — and so...
Home Personality: Homes with Brick Exteriors

Home Personality: Homes with Brick Exteriors

246 Mansfield Avenue, Darien, CT $3,749,500 Ingrid Hess and Debbie Previte, William Pitt Sotheby’s Our feature home of the month: Built in 1995 on over 4 acres in the neo-Georgian style of the English country home, this stately brick, 5 bedroom, 8 bath, 8,000+ sq. ft. modern manor underwent a $2.5mm renovation in 2007, creating...