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April 2014 Home Personality: Homes with gourmet kitchens

April 2014 Home Personality: Homes with gourmet kitchens

8 Brandon Circle, Wilton, Conn. $1,995,000 Lorraine Winsor, Realty Seven, Inc., 203-762-5548 x33 Our feature home this month: 8 Brandon Circle’s gourmet kitchen is a chef’s oasis. Designed by Deane, it features all the bells and whistles a homeowner could want, including a 6-burner Viking gas cooktop, Dacor double convection ovens in stainless steel finish,...
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...
The Recipe Box: Signs of Spring

The Recipe Box: Signs of Spring

Our recipe category for next month:  “Let’s Get Bathing-Suit Ready!” Please email your favorite healthy main dish, side, salad and dessert recipes to home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. GARLIC-LEMON SHRIMP SKEWERS W/ZUCCHINI QUINOA (Serves 4 – 6) Janine Vairo, PartyStyle Box Stylishly themed...
New Canaan Garden Club Spring Tree and Shrub Sale

New Canaan Garden Club Spring Tree and Shrub Sale

The New Canaan Garden Club is once again holding its Spring Tree and Shrub Sale. Orders being taken March 20 – April 20. The organization is offering two trees and two shrubs chosen to appeal to a wide range of gardening interests. All proceeds will be used for civic improvements in New Canaan. The Stewartia...
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?...
Conquering cabinet and pantry clutter

Conquering cabinet and pantry clutter

For passionate cooks and entertaining enthusiasts, the kitchen is command central, with well-organized pantries and cabinets an essential component of a pleasureable, creative experience. Michael Jackson, kitchen and bath designer for Ring’s End, is a firm believer in high-efficiency organization. “If you really like to cook or love to entertain, you need to determine how...
The color purple

The color purple

When most people hear the term “wine-making,” they generally think of Napa Valley, Italy or France. Surprisingly, however, Connecticut is also hospitable to the process. Though the climate affects the varietals that grow best and Connecticut grapes don’t attain quite the sweetness that more southern varietals can, commercial vineyards here keep increasing — and so...
Home Personality: Homes with Brick Exteriors

Home Personality: Homes with Brick Exteriors

246 Mansfield Avenue, Darien, CT $3,749,500 Ingrid Hess and Debbie Previte, William Pitt Sotheby’s Our feature home of the month: Built in 1995 on over 4 acres in the neo-Georgian style of the English country home, this stately brick, 5 bedroom, 8 bath, 8,000+ sq. ft. modern manor underwent a $2.5mm renovation in 2007, creating...