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Booksigning at Gilbertie’s On Saturday, December 20, Sal Gilbertie, local author and owner of Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, will be selling and signing his new book, Cooking with Microgreens, at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport. Sal Gilbertie is the third-generation proprietor of Gilbertie’s Herb Garden in Westport and Easton, and is the microgreen supplier...
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,...
Deck your halls with decorated houseplants

Deck your halls with decorated houseplants

Beautiful evergreen trees aren’t the only plants that enjoy getting “spruced” up for the holidays. Houseplants also show off their Christmas green when placed in the spotlight. Whether you like a subtle look or go all-out glitz when decorating your home for the holidays, don’t forget that indoor plants can add extra interest and sparkle...
Creating sentimental holiday décor

Creating sentimental holiday décor

The holidays are – as they should be – a sentimental season. And holiday décor is an excellent way to help celebrate past traditions and start new ones. Big Lots has partnered with two leading home décor bloggers – Blulabel Bungalow’s Erika Ward and Tatertots and Jello’s Jennifer Hadfield – to share tips and tricks to...
‘Festive Home’ turns 10 this holiday season

‘Festive Home’ turns 10 this holiday season

Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ 10th Annual Festive Home is a cheerful holiday marketplace fund-raiser event.  It is open for business through Tuesday, Dec. 23, with extended hours Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The theme this year is “Be Brilliant!”  Eleven designers have been paired with member artists, contributing their talents and...
Tips to slash heating bills this winter

Tips to slash heating bills this winter

The temperatures outside are quickly dropping, which means your heating bills will soon be rising. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save energy at home. Spokespersons for The Family Handyman have tips that are easy to implement, won’t cost much and will definitely save money on your heating bills. Here are a few of...
Holiday decorating made simple

Holiday decorating made simple

Vowing to make the holidays easier this year? Transition your home into a winter wonderland without all the unnecessary stress. The key, according to Big Lots and blogger Brandi Jeter Riley from Mama Knows It All, is to plan ahead and keep decorating simple. 1.  Start by selecting a theme or color. Whether you enjoy glitz and glam, traditional red and gold or...
Building my Passive House — Part 9

Building my Passive House — Part 9

This is the ninth 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). Because my heating requirements are so small, my house...
Say it with flowers

Say it with flowers

Arranging flowers is such a delightfully creative art form, the perfect pursuit for those who wish to display expressions of beauty, elegance and grace throughout their home. From formal or extravagant, to sweet and simple, flower arrangements utilize the most beautiful material with a seemingly endless array of textures, shapes, and gorgeous colors. Flower arranging...
Building my Passive House - Part 8

Building my Passive House – Part 8

This is the eighth 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). In my previous columns, I’ve written about how foundation,...
Fire prevention tips from The Family Handyman

Fire prevention tips from The Family Handyman

National Fire Safety Prevention Week (October 5-11) is upon us. Cut down deadly fire risks by exercising good safety habits and simple prevention measures. To help, The Family Handyman has rounded up the “Big 7” most common causes of preventable home fires and steps you can take to keep them from starting. Prevention costs little...
Making a house a home

Making a house a home

If you’ve ever watched an episode of virtually any renovation show on HGTV, it’s likely you’ve seen a family similar to the Edwardses. The couple, who have three kids and a dog, started out in a small New York City fourth floor walk-up with no elevator, and moved, after the birth of their first child,...
September 2014 HomeBriefs

September 2014 HomeBriefs

‘lil Fairy Doors line debuts A line of decorative whimsical fairy doors, intended for both children and adults, has been launched; the doors, available in pink, purple, yellow, green, blue and red, come packaged with a bottle of ‘lil Fairy Dust, mounting supplies and a note to the fairies. The doors can be placed low...
Constant cravings: Hunger for the latest kitchen appliances drives trends

Constant cravings: Hunger for the latest kitchen appliances drives trends

Outdoor grilling and dining are two of the best things about summertime. However, once vegetable gardens die down and the evening air feels chillier, it’s time to leave even the most lavish of outdoor rooms and seek the warmth of our indoor kitchens. So, what’s cooking indoors? The continued evolution of kitchen design has made...