The Vignette Modern Roman Shade with the LiteRise cordless lifting system.

Shades are ‘Mom’s Best’

Hunter Douglas Vignette Modern Roman Shades with the LiteRise cordless lifting system have received the “Mom’s Best” award as part of a competition created for moms and expecting moms to share insights about products with one another.
The shades, which come in 15 woven fabrics and 102 fabric/color combinations, have no exposed rear cords and feature soft fabric vanes suspended between two sheers to softly filtered light.

The shades lift manually at the base; the mothers who reviewed the product noted that it was easy to lift the shadings, and that the vanes can’t be broken by little hands.

For more information or to find a retailer, call 1-800-274-2985 or visit hunterdouglas.com.

Winterize your home

Design Builders and Remodeling, Inc., a Ridgefield-based firm that specializes in additions, renovations, new home construction, bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling and new kitchens, is offering tips on how to winterize your home.
Roof
• Shingles. Check for damage.
• Flashing. Check for wear and tear.
• Look for signs of mildew.
• Remove debris.
Chimney
• Check masonry for cracks.
• Check chimney cap for damage.
• Inspect and clean the chimney and fireplace.
• Gutters
• Clean gutters and downspouts.
Windows and doors
• Check panes, sills, latches and frames for damage.
• Replace broken or cracked glass.
• Clean and wax tracks of sliding doors.
• Check weather stripping and replace if loose.
• Check caulking around windows, doors and trims. Replace loose caulking.
• Clean out window wells of basement windows.
Exterior
• Clean out storm drains.
• Trim trees and shrubs near the house.
• Repair all broken or uneven areas of driveways and sidewalks.
Basement
• Check interior and exterior walls for cracks and repair cracks.
• Check walls, rim joist and crawl spaces for mildew and dampness.
• Close crawl space vents.
• Check for rodents that migrate indoors in the fall.
Plumbing
• Check outside faucets for leaks.
• Drain and shut off outside faucets.
• Check faucets and under sinks for leaks.
• Caulk and grout around bathtubs.
• Check the water heater for signs of rust or cracks. If you find rust, the tank should be replaced soon.
• Check washer hose connection.
• Check sump pumps and drains.
Electrical
• Test smoke detectors and replace batteries.
• Clean covers of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
Furnace
• Replace furnace filters.
• Have heating system serviced.
Other
• Clean dryer vents.
• Check the dryer hose for wear and tear.
• Check the insulation and ventilation in your attic to prevent ice dams from forming.
• Keep a roof rake and plastic shovel on hand to remove snow from the roof to control ice dams and do not let snow build up more than 12 inches on the roof. Excess snow build up can damage and weaken a roof and possibly cause a collapse.
For more information, visit dbarinc.com or call 203-431-9104.

A Centerpiece Basket from Indulge by Mersene

Wounded Warrior project

Indulge by Mersene, a new local small business, kicked off the grand opening of its new location at 24 Railroad Place (across from the Westport train station) by donating $5 on every Centerpiece Basket to The Wounded Warrior Project, a charity to assist wounded service members. The fundraiser runs through the end of January, 2013.

The Centerpiece Basket — which retails for $99 and is available both in store and online — was created and conceived by shop owner Mersene Norbom. The Centerpiece Basket comes with a burlap runner, candle, pine cones, twigs, berries, and other natural elements.

Visit the Indulge by Mersene website at indulgebymersene.com, or call 203-557-9410.

Cultural exhibit

“My Father’s Stuff II: Unfinished Works,” from fiber artist and Connecticut resident, Pam Lacey, has opened at the Bridgeport Arts + Cultural Council, and will run through February 13.

The Bridgeport Arts + Cultural Council is located on the ground level of the Arcade Mall, 1001-12 Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 11 to 3. For more information, call 203-522-4154 or visit bridgeportarts.org/.