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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...
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...
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...
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...
‘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...
Trending: Window treatments

Trending: Window treatments

When you walk into any room in your home, what’s the first thing you notice? Is it the couch? Or your new side table from that antique shop you bought last week? It could be. What is often overlooked, however, is that the overall ambience of any space sets the tone for how you feel...
Trending: Serene bedrooms

Trending: Serene bedrooms

The biggest trend in bedroom design right now: Serenity. Soft, muted, monochromatic colors schemes, lots of textures rather than pattern, and simple furnishings, allow you unwind and rejuvenate before the next hectic day of running around. Here are some beautiful inspiration shots from Houzz.com. Mirror mirror Mirrored finishes can add a touch of glamour and...
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...
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...