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...
Love is in the air: Last minute gifts for your Valentine

Love is in the air: Last minute gifts for your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you still haven’t found a special gift for your valentine — whether it’s candy, candles, monogramed soaps, pajamas, or dog and cat paraphernalia you’re thinking of — here are some local stores that carry gifts for the holiday: Deborah Ann’s Chocolates, Ridgefield,...
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...
February 2015 Home Personality: Colonial homes 5,000 sq. ft.+

February 2015 Home Personality: Colonial homes 5,000 sq. ft.+

121 Chichester Road, New Canaan, Conn. $4,099,000, 7,000 sq. ft. Jaime Sneddon and Kendall Sneddon, Halstead Property, 203-966-7800 Our feature “Home of the Month”: Built by one of New Canaan’s premier builders, Woodcrest Homes, most recent stone and shingle estate. Prominently sited on two acres abutting a 12 acre land...
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...
Building my Passive House — Part 10

Building my Passive House — Part 10

This is the 10th and final entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes, and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). Those of...
Winter gardening: Starting bulbs inside

Winter gardening: Starting bulbs inside

As I sit at my desk staring outside at the barren landscape below I am already dreaming about what I can plant in the spring. With temperatures dipping into single digits it will be a while before any of us can get our hands really dirty. But there are some...
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!

Cooking classes at Cucina Casalinga Friday, March 13, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: All About Pizza! How to Make Authentic Pizza in Your Home Oven Impasta di Pizza – homemade dough for pizza and focaccia Salsa di Pomodoro per la Pizza – plum tomato sauce for pizza Pizzette alla Siciliana – individual small deep fried...
Online tool aids metal roof selection

Online tool aids metal roof selection

The Metal Roofing Alliance website, www.metalroofing.com, offers a variety of tools to help homeowners choose a metal roof. One of the company’s new tools, “My New Metal Roof,” lets homeowners see exactly what their home will look like with a metal roof.  After uploading a photo of their home, or choosing a similar style home...
Home improvement lecture series offered

Home improvement lecture series offered

The CT Green Building Council, in conjunction with the Norwalk Mayor’s Energy and Environmental Task Force, is offering a two-part home improvement lectures series entitled, “New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home,” which will address cost effective improvements to existing homes, including resource conservation, utility bill savings, weatherization, financing and design. Part I of the series,...
Explore the alternatives to granite countertops

Explore the alternatives to granite countertops

Granite has long been a popular countertop material for homeowners looking to combine functionality with aesthetic appeal in their kitchens. But granite is no small investment, and homeowners looking to refurbish their kitchens should know there are a multitude of countertop materials available to those working on a budget or those who simply want to...
Add value to your home with renovations

Add value to your home with renovations

Homeowners choose renovation projects for a variety of reasons. Although many improvements are made to increase functionality and comfort of a home, several others are seen as worthwhile investments. These investments can add up to a higher resale value when the time comes to sell a home. Certain projects have a history of providing a...
Valentine's Day gifts from the Glass House Design Store

Valentine’s Day gifts from the Glass House Design Store

Looking for a special Valentine’s Day gift? The Glass House Design Store, 199 Elm St., New Canaan, features brass heart paperweights, brass key corkscrews and brass heart key rings, all from Werkstätte Carl Auböck, Vienna. Also available are cast iron casseroles, vases, pitchers, decanters, Dahlström cookware, trays, serving platters, salt and pepper shakers, tea kettles,...
Protecting your jewelry Q&A

Protecting your jewelry Q&A

Q: I often hear about homes being robbed, and people losing their jewelry. How can I protect myself from having that happen? Should I get a burglar alarm system? Buy a safe? A: Never leave your fine jewelry in an obvious place, such as in a jewelry box on your dresser, or “hidden” in the...
Incorporate "Marsala," Pantene's Color of the Year, into your home

Incorporate “Marsala,” Pantene’s Color of the Year, into your home

Marsala, the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year, is a rich and complex hue that seamlessly blends both regal and earthy elements. The new Pantone color is named after the fortified wine that complements the most satisfying of meals, and with minimal effort, incorporating Marsala in the home can make any space feel cozy and...
Glass railings available from Ridgefield Glass

Glass railings available from Ridgefield Glass

Ridgefield Glass, a Ridgefield, Conn.-based company founded in 1974, offers glass railings as an effective way to modernize a home, according to John Petchonka, owner. “Staircases have the potential of standing out as a focal point in a home or office environment,” he explains. “Using glass to adorn the sides of stairs is an elegant solution...
If walls could talk: A vintage New Canaan home has tales to tell

If walls could talk: A vintage New Canaan home has tales to tell

Homebuyers fall into three general categories; those who buy new construction, those for whom neighborhood or commuting distance are primary and age and style secondary, and those who are drawn to vintage homes for their architectural charm and intriguing histories. New Canaan resident Rachel Walsh is in that last category. In January 1997, Rachel, her...
Get an organic night's rest

Get an organic night’s rest

The word “organic” has been trending for a while. Most people associate it with produce and other foods — you can’t miss the burgeoning organic displays in grocery stores — but it’s also a growing segment in the home fashion industry. While there have been organic products available for the home for decades, over the...
January 2015: Homes with Wine Cellars

January 2015: Homes with Wine Cellars

87 Maple Avenue South, Westport, Conn. $4,750,000 Cynthia Melchiorri, William Pitt Sotheby’s International, 203-227-1246 Our Feature Home of the Month: Set on 2.5 level acres in Greens Farms, Westport, Conn., this 19th-Century estate, restored to its natural palette and elegance, houses a wine cellar on the lower level (below a rustic stone floor), unique in...