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A rare find: How Horton Design creates special, livable living spaces

A rare find: How Horton Design creates special, livable living spaces

I worked as an assistant for a high-end interior design firm years ago. I recall once being tasked with buying thousands of dollars worth of rare books for a homeowner’s library. “Make sure the books will look pretty on the bookshelves,” were my only instructions. Did the homeowner prefer Jane Austen? William Shakespeare? Tolstoy? Danielle...
Practical magic:  Kingswood Kitchens conjures dreams into reality

Practical magic: Kingswood Kitchens conjures dreams into reality

If you decide to have your kitchen built by the Kingswood design team, you can be sure it’s truly yours — the only one exactly like it in the world! Randy Fender, one of Kingswood’s designers, explains that at Kingswood they not only design customized kitchens but they make them in their own Danbury factory....
New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour 2014: 22nd Tour features dramatic spaces and special styles

New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour 2014: 22nd Tour features dramatic spaces and special styles

On Thursday, May 8, seven New Canaan homeowners will celebrate the 22nd New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour by showcasing their extensively remodeled and newly constructed homes. The homes vary in style and setting, but all feature distinctive trends in upscale kitchen and home design. Ticket guidebooks ($70 for general and $100+ for patron...
Building my passive house - Part 2

Building my passive house – Part 2

This is the second entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my own newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program developed in Europe to assist home-building professionals seeking to build highly energy-efficient homes (www.phaus.org for more information). The cottage The cottage I bought for...

Mail strom

Gather round kiddies, Old Uncle Ben is going to regale you with another one of his endless tales of the good old days. Please turn off your cell phones and pagers. When the folks suburbanized in the early 50s, there was a cluster of mailboxes in a mid-intersection island at the bottom of the street....
Making your home senior ready

Making your home senior ready

There are many things homeowners can do when getting the residence safer for someone who cannot get around the house like they used to. Skip Wyatt, of Mr. Handyman, recently gave some tips as to what to do to get your home ready. He said most a homeowner can do, however, if they are unsure,...
Mother’s Day: Gifts from the heart

Mother’s Day: Gifts from the heart

Mother’s Day is a perfect time to ask yourself how much you really know about your mother.  It’s a time to get to know the person that she is outside of her role as mother or wife. How much do you know of your mother’s past? Do you know what interests her? Do you know...

Lynn Hoffman designs eco-elegant interiors

As Earth Day approaches, going green is on the minds of many. Enter Lynn Hoffman, the Stamford-based designer with experience 25 years strong in eco-elegant interiors. Hoffman has recently announced the debut of her updated website, lynnhoffmandesign.com. Hoffman’s portfolio is showcased on her upgraded site, revamped by DarrylO Web Design, in conjunction with Maida Design...
Spring cleaning

Spring cleaning

Ah, spring cleaning in April — a traditional rite of passage into the very welcome warmer months of May and June. Historically, this refers to housecleaning, as well as outdoor items  — but it would be an excellent idea for you to consider adding your jewelry to the list. Of course, jewelry always looks best when it’s been cleaned, but there are several very good reasons why you...
Show and sell: Weed & Duryea sets the stage for one-stop home shopping

Show and sell: Weed & Duryea sets the stage for one-stop home shopping

When New Canaan native Francis Weed returned home after serving in the Civil War and opened a coal, lumber, feed and timber retail business, the 23-year-old probably never imagined that the company would one day evolve into a one-stop home shopping resource for area homeowners and builders. Francis, in need a job after the war,...
Open house

Open house

Without change, things stagnate. That includes homes. Change keeps the rooms in a house revitalized. For instance, formal dining and living spaces are taking on whole new purposes as well as great new looks. The kitchen is no longer just a utility space where food gets cooked and pots, pans, and dishes get cleaned. Formal...
Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior living

Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior living

Here’s the scenario: Daughter, 47, husband, 49, two teenage boys. Daughter has very pleasant part-time job, lives in nice house, purchased 20 years ago. Her mother, 79, has been in an automobile accident, has several fractures, and is confined to a wheelchair. Daughter’s brother lives far away. Daughter lives nearby. The most practical, affordable solution?...