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The autumn garden: A work in progress

The autumn garden: A work in progress

As summer shifts into autumn, yard work for many means raking leaves and moving the outdoor furniture indoors or covering it to withstand winter. Whatever color is in the yard comes from Mother Nature’s annual fall spectacular as the deciduous leaves change from green to reds, golds and oranges, the conifers retaining their green. Goldenrod...
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,...
Unforgettable

Unforgettable

When interior designer Olga Adler and her husband, William, decided to purchase a dated 1960s beach house on Westport’s Saugatuck Island in 2012, a stone’s throw from the ocean, they had several goals in mind. First and foremost, they wanted a year-round vacation home, a simple beach house with a pool, and they strategically chose...
The good earth

The good earth

  Unique is a word that tends to be overused when describing something that is unusual or rare, but a luxury, 5,000-square-foot Adirondack-style home in New Canaan that is certified LEED Platinum by the US Green Council — more than 94 percent of the home’s energy needs are met by solar technologies — and which...
Act II: A new stage in life prompts a homeowner to renovate

Act II: A new stage in life prompts a homeowner to renovate

  As life circumstances change, many people like to change their surroundings to match them. So it was with a semiretired Easton homeowner after a divorce and selling off businesses he had built. His 21-year-old house has been elegantly renovated to reflect his taste and current lifestyle, while also creating spaces that exhibit his sense...
A novel approach

A novel approach

For someone like myself who never left my home state (Michigan) until I was 16, it is a bit mindboggling to imagine crossing a state line every time a few steps are taken off a home patio and into the backyard. But so it is with one home on Lukes Wood Road in New Canaan....
Redding reno results in year-round retreat

Redding reno results in year-round retreat

In real estate, it is said that for every house there is a buyer. In some cases, however, it takes a while for the buyer to appear, especially when the house is custom built with some unusual features and the seller is not particularly motivated. So it was with an inverted U-shaped ranch-plus-partial-second-story home in...
The Green House Effect

The Green House Effect

Leslie and Bob Lawrence had lived in their “sweet 1954 Cape” for about a decade when the arrival of two children and the demands of modern life led them to decide, in 2007, to update and expand their Rowayton home. “There was no consideration for moving,” said Leslie, “as we love where we are. It’s...
The Last Resort: A builder's well-appointed home serves as his family's permanent vacation destination.

The Last Resort: A builder’s well-appointed home serves as his family’s permanent vacation destination.

Describing themselves as homebodies who love to entertain, Sharon and Rich Rosano thought carefully about everything they wanted when building their New Canaan home six years ago. Flow, amenities and proportion were important, as was technology. “I love that I can pretty much run the house from my iPhone,” admits Rich, an Rochester Institute of...
The Music Man

The Music Man

If you’re not in the music business, you might not immediately recognize the name Joey Levine. You can be sure, however, that you are familiar with his work. The Queens native and Fairfield County resident is responsible for some of the catchiest, most famous songs and jingles, literally, in cathe world. He’s written and composed...
Modern Family

Modern Family

I must admit — having lived in New England all my life — that I have a penchant for traditional style. Phrases like “rustic charm,” “wide-plank” wood floors, “beadboard paneling” and “farmhouse sink” are all music to my ears, and I never imagined that I could feel similarly towards a contemporary style home. The thought...
Connecticut dreaming and restoring a historic property

Connecticut dreaming and restoring a historic property

There is a park bench on a crest along a driveway of an expansive property in Ridgefield, contiguous to open space, that serves as a reminder of the homeowners’ humble beginnings, a treasured gift from wife to husband on their 10th anniversary. It has moved with them through three homes. “We call this our ‘Where...
Tower Cottage on the Ridge

Tower Cottage on the Ridge

Historical Highlights 1890 — Renowned architect Charles B. Northrup is commissioned to build the home for Nathan Lounsbury Rockwell, nephew of Connecticut Gov. Phineas C. Lounsbury, who along with brother George, owned much of East Ridge at the time. Both brothers served as governor of Connecticut. (Phineas Lounsbury lived in what is now the Ridgefield...
Vintage charmer on Wilton’s Nod Hill

Vintage charmer on Wilton’s Nod Hill

Historical highlights 1795 — Samuel Durring Olmstead builds small farm house on Nod Hill Road. (Olmstead is son of Samuel II, a veteran of the American Revolution.) 1802 — Olmstead sells the house and one acre to David St. John for $81. (St. John in turn sells to Gershon Thomas, a shoemaker, first of three...