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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...
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...
Pawsable interiors

Pawsable interiors

Honoring your pets’ needs while maintaining your home’s sophisticated style can be tough. Cat beds, dog crates, feeders, litter boxes, it can all add up to a look that’s not great. But there are ways to organize the chaos and even make your home better looking in the process. Here are some ideas I found...

Getting ready for your project

Renovations and decorating are a family affair. Sometimes they involve all household members, including children. As in any process, the more people are involved, the crazier things can get. Want to stay sane and get your project finished on time and budget? Here are some tips on how to get ready: 1. Create a “style...
Architectural photographer Jane Beiles: Shooting for the stars

Architectural photographer Jane Beiles: Shooting for the stars

There was no getting around it. For the best view of the magnificent swimming pool and pool house and the stunning countryside around it, Jane Beiles was just going to have to climb to a neighboring rooftop to shoot it. She was on location in North Salem, N.Y., with a photo editor and a client,...
Housewarmings: Reopening with a new look, style offering

Housewarmings: Reopening with a new look, style offering

Almost anyone who has lived in Fairfield or Westchester County for any duration is likely familiar with the name Caiati/Drexel Heritage. I recall moving to the area in the late 1980s and often passing the large home furnishings store in Darien. I had only just graduated from college and was renting an apartment, and “grown-up”...
A house for all seasons - particularly Christmas!

A house for all seasons – particularly Christmas!

This Darien home is a wonderful spot for a large family all year round, but that’s especially true at holiday time. Every year, just before Thanksgiving, the six-bedroom, 7,800-square-foot home comes alive with lights inside and out, five Christmas trees and all sorts of decorations that the family has collected over the years. “I think...
Christmas tree basics

Christmas tree basics

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start putting up the tree and digging out those boxes of lights and decorations. To help save some stress and maintain merry spirits, The Family Handyman offers the following tips: ·Christmas trees can be extremely difficult to handle: It’s important to first check the height of...
Enhance your holiday landscape 


Enhance your holiday landscape 


Add a little holiday sparkle to your landscape for you and your guests to enjoy. No matter the weather outside, a few decorative touches can greatly increase the beauty and enjoyment of your winter landscape. Try one, two or all eight of these tips to improve your landscape’s winter appeal: *Add some solar powered accents....
Deck the halls safely this holiday

Deck the halls safely this holiday

Decking the halls for the holidays is a beloved tradition for many families. A home’s exterior festooned with lights help create a festive holiday mood, while stockings hung by the chimney and a Christmas tree in the living room bring that holiday cheer inside. Though the holiday season is a festive time of year, it...