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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...
Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Aux Delices offers winter cooking classes Adult classes: January 28, 7 – 9:30 p.m., Comfort Foods: Chicken Bouillabaisse with Rouille. Truffle Mac and Cheese, Tunisian Lamb Stew. $125 February 4, 7 – 9 p.m., Bar Snacks: Spicy Crisp Chicken Wings, Spiced Nuts, Double Fried Crisp French Fries and Paprika Aioli, Gougeres, Caramelized Onion Tarts. $125...
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...
Picking the perfect paint color

Picking the perfect paint color

Whether you want to paint a single wall or every room in the house, there are excellent local resources to help you. These paint experts agree that paint is just as important as carpeting, furniture or window treatments to create a mood. The color on your walls is powerful. Do you want serenity or lively...

Pay the piper

It always starts innocently. You are standing in the shower and suddenly nothing goes down the drain. The water is rising halfway up your shin and does not appear to be planning to respond to gravity. Since you are a Homemoaner and somewhat versed in these matters, you go to the tool bin with wet...

How to buy a furnace

With winter in full swing, heating bills are on the rise and for people looking to lower their costs, the best place to look is of course at the furnace. For homeowners looking into a new furnace for their home, Stephen Schroeter, senior vice president of Napoleon Fireplaces, suggests the following tips: * Size matters...
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 you who have hung with...
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 creative ways to satisfy the...
New Year's (jewelry care) resolution

New Year’s (jewelry care) resolution

With the start of a new year, one of the resolutions that you may wish to consider is making better provisions for the care of your jewelry. “Care” should not be limited to an occasional do-it-yourself cleaning; in fact, there are a number of aspects regarding care that most people overlook entirely. A professional inspection and cleaning of your jewelry...
Mother Nature:  A Darien homeowner brings the outdoors in at Christmastime.

Mother Nature: A Darien homeowner brings the outdoors in at Christmastime.

During the months of November and December, Darien resident Cynthia Princi can be found in the produce section of the local grocery store at least once a week, and she’s not necessarily buying food for her family. Cindy relies on nature’s bounty when it comes to decorating her house for the holidays, and for Cindy,...