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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”...
Holiday Happenings 2013

Holiday Happenings 2013

Holiday Stroll, Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop The holidays will be set in motion again, December 7 and 8, in downtown Greenwich at the 5th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend. This annual tradition features horse drawn carriage rides, carolers, musicians, professional ice sculptors, bouncy castles for children, specialty food trucks, a Greenwich Art Council family...
Sis Boom bah! Fabric designer revs up holiday spirit with sale

Sis Boom bah! Fabric designer revs up holiday spirit with sale

On November 7-9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., local fabric designer and author Jennifer Paganelli, owner of Sis Boom, will host her annual holiday sale, which she runs each year from her farmhouse-turned-showroom at 40 East Meadow Road, Wilton. Goods range from vintage-inspired ornaments, stockings and wreaths to pillows, banners and clothing. A majority...
Ridgefield Holiday Festival of Trees

Ridgefield Holiday Festival of Trees

Beginning Friday, November. 22, and running through Sunday, November 24, the 16th biennial Holiday Festival of Trees is opening at the Ridgefield Community Center with the historic mansion being magically transformed into a dazzling celebration of the Christmas season. From floor to ceiling the mansion will be adorned with Christmas decorations and creatively decorated Christmas...
Betty’s Teas offers autumn flavors

Betty’s Teas offers autumn flavors

  Fall teas have arrived at Betty’s Teas, which opened in August at 162 Main St., New Canaan. The family business, owned by Deidre Lane and her two children, Caitlin and Collin Shapiro, features a wide variety of teas, as well as biscotti, honey and chocolates, virtually all made in Connecticut. “I’ve been a tea...
The Dock Shop

The Dock Shop

It could very well be that Michael La Scala, owner of The Dock Shop, has salt water running through his veins. An avid fisherman since the age of four, when his father first put a fishing pole in his hand, he’s lived on or near the Atlantic most of his life (a childhood spent in...
HomeBriefs: June 2013

HomeBriefs: June 2013

Home decor trends from Darien Design Center When in comes to interior design, there are definite trends, according to Jackie Christman, interior designer and owner of Darien Design Center,  “Sometimes trends move toward or away from a particular style,” Jackie explains. “Right now the styles continue to move away from wood furniture in any sort...
HomeBriefs: May 2013

HomeBriefs: May 2013

Plant sale Spring is in full bloom, and The Redding Garden Club is holding its annual plant sale this Saturday, May 11, from 9 to 1 on Redding’s Town Green. “In addition to finding top-quality plants, it’s a great chance to visit and share tips with other gardeners,” said plant sale chair Lynn Grant. There...
HomeBriefs: business accolades + new products

HomeBriefs: business accolades + new products

Spring has sprung at Design Solutions What’s new for home this spring? Pauline Dora, owner of New Canaan-based Design Solutions, says, “We have some new indoor/outdoor furniture, like a sofa that’s covered in white ‘Sunbrella’ fabric, which can be used inside or out.” The store is also carrying Nantucket-inspired outdoor poufs with matching pillows, brightly...
Take advantage of Sales Tax Free Week

Take advantage of Sales Tax Free Week

Connecticut’s annual holiday from the sales tax began on Sunday, Aug. 19, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 25. Tax free purchases are expected to save consumers as much as $7.5 million statewide, especially on back-to-school shopping. On average, it is estimated that families will spend nearly $700 on back to school purchases this year. During this third...

The Summerhouse in New Canaan

When Margaret Schwartz was growing up in suburban South Salem, N.Y., she and her best friend/next door neighbor Megan Freyer probably spent time playing house, and they probably knew they would be best friends forever. What they didn’t know, however, was that they would some day wind up running a funky traditional/eclectic home furnishings shops...

Braswell Galleries … A destination

If you are looking for a good deal, head to Braswell Galleries, a 42,000-square- foot warehouse at the end of Sniffen Street in Norwalk. You can’t miss the brick edifice with patio furniture, statuary, planters and a wagon outside the building. Once you step in the gallery, you may spend hours in the showroom. Amidst...
The Heart of Rodier Flowers

The Heart of Rodier Flowers

Flowers and Valentine’s Day go together like the “horse and carriage” lyrics in the Frank Sinatra song, “Love and Marriage … You can’t have one without the other.” “Flowers are so much apart of special occasions,” said Mary Jones the owner of Rodier Flowers on Main Street in Ridgefield — whether they’re large milestone events...