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Get your BBQ ready for spring

Get your BBQ ready for spring

It has been a long, cold, harsh winter; warmer temperatures are just around the corner, however, and thoughts are turning to warm afternoons in the backyard grilling juicy steaks, delicious hamburgers or seasonal vegetables. But you want to make sure you can get the most out of your grill. To make it last and improve...
Preventing and treating frozen pipes

Preventing and treating frozen pipes

Frozen water pipes and leaks can quickly lead to disaster. Water damage can result in costly repairs, some of which may not be covered by home insurance policies. Preventing frozen pipes and leaks is essential once the mercury starts to dip. Water expands when it freezes, and if it expands enough, it can cause pipes...
‘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...
TIps to slash heating bills this winter

TIps to slash heating bills this winter

The temperatures outside are quickly dropping, which means your heating bills will soon be rising. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save energy at home. Spokespersons for The Family Handyman have tips that are easy to implement, won’t cost much and will definitely save money on your heating bills. Here are a few of...
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...

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...
Get moving with tips from The Family Handyman

Get moving with tips from The Family Handyman

June is a time for fun in the sun with family and friends! But for many of us, it is also a time for that dreaded move. To help make your moving experience less stressful, the experts at The Family Handyman (www.thefamilyhandyman.com) have some quick tips to help you spend less time moving and more...
Conquering cabinet and pantry clutter

Conquering cabinet and pantry clutter

For passionate cooks and entertaining enthusiasts, the kitchen is command central, with well-organized pantries and cabinets an essential component of a pleasureable, creative experience. Michael Jackson, kitchen and bath designer for Ring’s End, is a firm believer in high-efficiency organization. “If you really like to cook or love to entertain, you need to determine how...
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...
Buying a condo? Make sure your pets can come

Buying a condo? Make sure your pets can come

If you are a pet owner and are interested in purchasing a condo, you should become familiar with the condo homeowners association rules and regulations which will state whether pets are allowed and if so, how many and what the restrictions are. The pet owners I know — myself included — treat their pet like...