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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...
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...
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...