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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...
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...
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....
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 more information). In this column,...
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...
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 a touch of glamour and...
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...

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...
July 4th Pet Safety Tips

July 4th Pet Safety Tips

The Fourth of July is one of the most stressful and potentially dangerous times of the year for pets.  While you and your family, friends, and neighbors are celebrating the holiday with fireworks, pets are finding these festive activities anything but celebratory. Many pet parents assume that if their pet is not afraid of thunder...
Treasure hunt

Treasure hunt

  There’s no exact science to art selection, but following personal preferences and obtaining advice from professionals can make the search pleasurable and satisfying. “Finding artwork is like falling in love with another person. You’ll know it’s yours when you see it — and often, you won’t be able to get it out of your...
The good earth

The good earth

  Unique is a word that tends to be overused when describing something that is unusual or rare, but a luxury, 5,000-square-foot Adirondack-style home in New Canaan that is certified LEED Platinum by the US Green Council — more than 94 percent of the home’s energy needs are met by solar technologies — and which...