Home Improvement
Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Mark Twain House marks anniversary On September 19, 1874 — 140 years ago — Samuel L. Clemens (“Mark Twain”) and his family moved into their newly constructed home on Farmington Avenue in Hartford. The house, restored to its former glory, still stands looming over the avenue and welcoming visitors. On Wednesday, October 8, The Mark...
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...
Make every day a spa day: Remodeling tips from the experts

Make every day a spa day: Remodeling tips from the experts

A lovely aesthetic with optimum function is the key to a fabulous bathroom makeover. “It should be full of natural light, easy to clean, with ample room,” says Mark Mosolino, owner, Mosolino Development (www.mosolinodevelopment.com), New Canaan. “Think beyond basics. Design to totally love it! Make it a room to spend a little more time in...
Down to earth: Tips for green living

Down to earth: Tips for green living

Kermit was wrong … it is easy being green I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to ways I can live more sustainably. With two young children, it’s really important for me to set a good example. We are primarily a vegetarian household.  We recycle (my 3-year old is a master in her own...

Storing children’s artwork

It’s not long now before school starts and the art work begins to show up at your door step, every day, in large quantities and in large sizes. At art stores they have what they call “portfolios” which is what artists and photographers carry their artwork and photographs in. Well, they used to before the...
Launch pads

Launch pads

If sofas could talk, imagine what they’ve witnessed! One of the most lived-in pieces of furniture you can own, a sofa fosters family closeness, guest hospitality, reading, napping, cuddling, snacking, and pet naps, and is the center of attention and style-setter of any room it’s in. The Darien Design Center (dariendesigncenter.com) is one of the...
Building My Passive House - Part 6

Building My Passive House – Part 6

This is the sixth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). The Passive...
‘lil Fairy Doors line debuts

‘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 on a wall or high...
Summertime appliance malfunctions: Quick fixes

Summertime appliance malfunctions: Quick fixes

Summer is the prime season for blackouts and power surges, so many of your household appliances may start acting faulty. But did you know that at least 25% of all appliance repair and maintenance calls are made for problems that can be solved with something as simple as the flick of a switch? The editors...
Bathroom maintenance 101

Bathroom maintenance 101

Have you inspected your bathroom lately?  Richard Fogel, owner of Grout Rescue CT, a Westport, Conn.-based company, suggests that with every change of season you take time to carefully check your bathroom tub, shower, tile floors, toilet and sink.  Richard, who has been repairing bathrooms professionally for almost a decade, says there is no reason...
To pressure wash or not to pressure wash

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash is not the question. It’s whether to do it yourself or not to do it yourself. After interviewing several facilities about renting and/or buying a pressure washer, also known as a power washer, and then speaking with some pros, here are some points to consider before doing your...
Building my passive house - Part 5

Building my passive house – Part 5

This is the fifth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy-efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). In this column,...