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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...
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,...

Protect your family from a silent danger in your home

Once you become a homeowner, the safety of your home and the loved ones who live there become a main concern. A few common precautions you’ve taken to protect your family from danger include having a security system professionally installed, regularly testing your smoke detectors and creating an emergency escape plan. But you may be...
Near & Far Aid Designer House Tour scheduled

Near & Far Aid Designer House Tour scheduled

Lovers of fine architecture and design, and admirers of all things beautiful can once again delight in Near & Far Aid’s upcoming Designer House Tour, an opportunity to visit several homes in Fairfield, Southport and Westport that reflect a variety of architectural and visionary decorating styles. The 2014 Designer House Tour, set for Friday, May...
Jane Gershon Weitzman authors fantasy art shoe book

Jane Gershon Weitzman authors fantasy art shoe book

Jane Gershon Weitzman, wife of shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, has recently authored Art & Sole, a book featuring 150 fantasy art shoes made of highly unique materials — including feathers, paper, ceramic, metal, resin, playing cards, corrugated cardboard, Swarovski crystals, even fresh flowers and frosting — that she has discovered and commissioned by artists over...
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...
Preservation society

Preservation society

“Among the most fragile objects we’ve worked on,” says Patsy Orlofsky, founder and director of the Textile Conservation Workshop, “is a large silk engraving of The Declaration of Independence. Printed in the first quarter of the 19th century, it is an extremely rare commemoration of the original document.” The TCW, as it’s sometimes called, specializes...
Act II: A new stage in life prompts a homeowner to renovate

Act II: A new stage in life prompts a homeowner to renovate

  As life circumstances change, many people like to change their surroundings to match them. So it was with a semiretired Easton homeowner after a divorce and selling off businesses he had built. His 21-year-old house has been elegantly renovated to reflect his taste and current lifestyle, while also creating spaces that exhibit his sense...