Diamond dilemma — Part II

Diamond dilemma — Part II

I hate to bring this up, but as long as we’ve been on the subject of making choices when buying diamonds (please see last month’s column, thehomemonthly.com), there are also diamonds that have been man-created, and I’m not just talking about synthetics. One of the two methods for doing this involves the same process (HTHP) that may be used to...
Unforgettable

Unforgettable

When interior designer Olga Adler and her husband, William, decided to purchase a dated 1960s beach house on Westport’s Saugatuck Island in 2012, a stone’s throw from the ocean, they had several goals in mind. First and foremost, they wanted a year-round vacation home, a simple beach house with a...
Launch pads

Launch pads

If sofas could talk, imagine what they’ve witnessed! One of the most lived-in pieces of furniture you can own, a sofa fosters family closeness, guest hospitality, reading, napping, cuddling, snacking, and pet naps, and is the center of attention and style-setter of any room it’s in. The Darien Design Center...
August 2014 Home Personality: Homes with Spectacular Gardens

August 2014 Home Personality: Homes with Spectacular Gardens

152 Cheesespring Road, Wilton, Conn. $1,599,000 Elaine Gibbons, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 203-858-7452 Our feature “Home Personality of the Month” — Landscaping for this four bedroom, 4700 sq. ft. home begins with a 120 foot long boxwood hedge along the driveway that leads to a Williamsburg-inspired front door garden...
The heat is on!

The heat is on!

Cookouts with friends, family barbeques, and picnics by the water are as classic this time of year as the rise in temperature and the lengthening of days. The soft sizzling of flames and drifts of smoke epitomize these summer traditions. Grilling and the corresponding equipment, accessories, and various techniques can...
Building My Passive House - Part 6

Building My Passive House – Part 6

This is the sixth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org...
‘lil Fairy Doors line debuts

‘lil Fairy Doors line debuts

A line of decorative whimsical fairy doors, intended for both children and adults, has been launched; the doors, available in pink, purple, yellow, green, blue and red, come packaged with a bottle of ‘lil Fairy Dust, mounting supplies and a note to the fairies. The doors can be placed low...
Keep growing with season-extending gardening tips for fall

Keep growing with season-extending gardening tips for fall

Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum...
The Recipe Box: "Make the most of summer fruit!"

The Recipe Box: “Make the most of summer fruit!”

  BLUE LEMON’S PEACH TART (Serves 12) Bryan Malcarney, Blue Lemon Restaurant,15 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, (203) 226 – 2647, bluelemonrestaurant.com; Rorys Restaurant, 416 Post Road, Darien,(203) 655-9453, rorys.net Ingredients: 12 ripe peaches Short Bread: 8 oz. butter, melted 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup flour Crème Patissiere (pastry cream): 1 cup...
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Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Silvermine School of Art announces Open House, exhibition Silvermine School of Art, located at 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, Conn., will be holding  a Faculty Exhibition beginning on August 21 and running through September 11. An opening reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 21; an Open House will be held on...
Down to earth: Tips for green living

Down to earth: Tips for green living

Kermit was wrong … it is easy being green I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to ways I can live more sustainably. With two young children, it’s really important for me to set a good example. We are primarily a vegetarian household.  We recycle (my 3-year old is a master in her own...

Storing children’s artwork

It’s not long now before school starts and the art work begins to show up at your door step, every day, in large quantities and in large sizes. At art stores they have what they call “portfolios” which is what artists and photographers carry their artwork and photographs in. Well, they used to before the...

Moving on

1968 was a turbulent year. I am not an historian, nor is this the venue to review the past. I moved some junk this week. In 1968, amid the mayhem and hijinx of the world, voters were given the option of selecting Richard Nixon, Eugene McCarthy or George Wallace. Mainstream, peacenik or racist. Over at...
Diamond dilemma, Part I

Diamond dilemma, Part I

Anyone considering the purchase of a diamond these days is faced with a multitude of choices, not only those concerning the “4 C’s”, which are Carat, Color, Clarity, and Cut. (“Cut”, by the way, is the least understood, and can have a 40% — or greater — impact on the overall value, all other factors being equal; your jeweler can...
Sam Bridge Nursery offers herb air-drying tips

Sam Bridge Nursery offers herb air-drying tips

If you have an herb garden you know what a great pleasure it is to have access to your own home-grown herbs — ones that are exactly to your taste, rather than a generic supermarket blend. Drying or freezing some of your herbs can give you that pleasure year-round. Along with the taste advantage, your...
Summertime appliance malfunctions: Quick fixes

Summertime appliance malfunctions: Quick fixes

Summer is the prime season for blackouts and power surges, so many of your household appliances may start acting faulty. But did you know that at least 25% of all appliance repair and maintenance calls are made for problems that can be solved with something as simple as the flick of a switch? The editors...
Bathroom maintenance 101

Bathroom maintenance 101

Have you inspected your bathroom lately?  Richard Fogel, owner of Grout Rescue CT, a Westport, Conn.-based company, suggests that with every change of season you take time to carefully check your bathroom tub, shower, tile floors, toilet and sink.  Richard, who has been repairing bathrooms professionally for almost a decade, says there is no reason...
The big picture

The big picture

Saranda Berisa has what seems like a glamorous job designing interiors for high-echelon clients with no-holds-barred budgets. As director of interior design and decoration with New Canaan-based Wadia Associates, she gets to jet off to the Paris design shows to see all the newest, most beautiful products and trends. Her work takes her to the...
July 2014 Home Personality: Homes with Stunning Views

July 2014 Home Personality: Homes with Stunning Views

21 Baywater Drive, Darien, Conn. $4,000,000 Mark Pires, 
Coldwell Banker Previews International, 203-247-2655 Our Feature Home of the Month: This waterfront home, built in 1928, served as the original Noroton Yacht Club. Rebuilt in 1983, the home is located in the heart of Noroton Bay, right next to the current Noroton Yacht club. The property...
To pressure wash or not to pressure wash

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash is not the question. It’s whether to do it yourself or not to do it yourself. After interviewing several facilities about renting and/or buying a pressure washer, also known as a power washer, and then speaking with some pros, here are some points to consider before doing your...

Members of a special club

My daughter, grandson and I were born into a unique club in which only those who are left-handed and a middle child can be members. Let’s start with the first criterion, left-handedness, a trait we share with 13% of the world’s population. My father was intrigued when he realized I was left-handed. He dabbled in...