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...
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...
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...
Building my passive house - Part 5

Building my passive house – Part 5

This is the fifth 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 for...
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...
Trending: Serene bedrooms

Trending: Serene bedrooms

The biggest trend in bedroom design right now: Serenity. Soft, muted, monochromatic colors schemes, lots of textures rather than pattern, and simple furnishings, allow you unwind and rejuvenate before the next hectic day of running around. Here are some beautiful inspiration shots from Houzz.com. Mirror mirror Mirrored finishes can add...
Flower power

Flower power

As spring unfolds in bursts of peonies, day lilies, and other nascent flowers, the sweet perfume and bright colors of seasonal flora entice the senses. While it is common to appreciate the sight and smell of the warmer season’s blossoms, many will also be indulging in floral tastes. Food enthusiasts,...
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Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Silvermine Arts Center events 64th Annual Art of the Northeast: Now through July 26; curator talk by Andrew Russeth is available online; Guild Group Show, curated by Deana Haggag, director of The Contemporary in Baltimore, August 2 – September 14, Reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., artist talk August 26 at 6:00 p.m. Also opening...
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...

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...
Hot air

Hot air

“Only in New England can you drive to work in the morning with the heater on and return home later with the air conditioner blasting.” – Random Facebook entry I type this as June is ending. I recall warmer Junes. Summer officially started a week ago, but I was wearing a light jacket last month....
Don't get scorched with high energy bills

Don’t get scorched with high energy bills

Tired of your energy bills spiking as the sweltering summer weather forces you to crank up the AC? Need some easy advice on how to keep your thermostat and energy bill low? Don’t let the seasonal scorchers get you down; save some time and money this summer. Editors at The Family Handyman have compiled a...
Trending: Window treatments

Trending: Window treatments

When you walk into any room in your home, what’s the first thing you notice? Is it the couch? Or your new side table from that antique shop you bought last week? It could be. What is often overlooked, however, is that the overall ambience of any space sets the tone for how you feel...
Jewelry security while traveling

Jewelry security while traveling

Few people ever consider going on vacation without taking at least some jewelry with them, and this is where trouble may come calling — because for the most part, there is no viable way to keep jewelry safe completely when traveling. Never leave jewelry in an unattended suitcase (or car trunk), locked or otherwise. (FYI, if you have secreted your jewelry in...
Get moving with tips from The Family Handyman

Get moving with tips from The Family Handyman

June is a time for fun in the sun with family and friends! But for many of us, it is also a time for that dreaded move. To help make your moving experience less stressful, the experts at The Family Handyman (www.thefamilyhandyman.com) have some quick tips to help you spend less time moving and more...
Glen Gate announces award winner

Glen Gate announces award winner

Glen Gate Company of Wilton, has announced that company Design Director J. Brandon Jones of Stratford, Conn., has been awarded the 5 under 40 award for landscape design by “New England Home.” The 5 under 40 awards program selects the top emerging talent in the fields of architecture, interiors, furniture, home accessories and landscape design...

Clean up on energy savings

The calendar officially says summer, and the weather is feeling that way, too. The energy experts at Abest Power want to ensure residents are also adapting their home for warm weather to reduce energy consumption and cost. “Most homeowners think about insulation and heating equipment before the cold winter season, but insulation and a system...
Don't go batty over snakes

Don’t go batty over snakes

  Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding residents that snakes are becoming more active at the same time people are venturing outdoors to enjoy the nice weather. We’ve all jumped a little when a garden snake appears while we’re weeding or just sitting outside. DEEP is reminding residents that it is...