If walls could talk: A vintage New Canaan home has tales to tell

If walls could talk: A vintage New Canaan home has tales to tell

Homebuyers fall into three general categories; those who buy new construction, those for whom neighborhood or commuting distance are primary and age and style secondary, and those who are drawn to vintage homes for their architectural charm and intriguing histories. New Canaan resident Rachel Walsh is in that last category....
Get an organic night's rest

Get an organic night’s rest

The word “organic” has been trending for a while. Most people associate it with produce and other foods — you can’t miss the burgeoning organic displays in grocery stores — but it’s also a growing segment in the home fashion industry. While there have been organic products available for the...
January 2015: Homes with Wine Cellars

January 2015: Homes with Wine Cellars

87 Maple Avenue South, Westport, Conn. $4,750,000 Cynthia Melchiorri, William Pitt Sotheby’s International, 203-227-1246 Our Feature Home of the Month: Set on 2.5 level acres in Greens Farms, Westport, Conn., this 19th-Century estate, restored to its natural palette and elegance, houses a wine cellar on the lower level (below a...
Building my Passive House — Part 10

Building my Passive House — Part 10

This is the 10th and final entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes, and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). Those of...
Winter gardening: Starting bulbs inside

Winter gardening: Starting bulbs inside

As I sit at my desk staring outside at the barren landscape below I am already dreaming about what I can plant in the spring. With temperatures dipping into single digits it will be a while before any of us can get our hands really dirty. But there are some...
The Recipe Box: Holiday entertaining

The Recipe Box: Holiday entertaining

GINGERBREAD BUNDT CAKE WITH GINGER GLAZE Tami Ganeles-Weiser of TheWeiserKitchen.com Ingredients: Cake: 3¼ cups flour, sifted and divided, plus 2 tablespoons (419 grams) cake flour for dusting ½ cup (66 grams) currants 3 tablespoon cognac or brandy 2 teaspoons (11 grams) vanilla extract 2 teaspoons (18 grams) grated fresh ginger...
Updating jewelry insurance appraisals

Updating jewelry insurance appraisals

With the current gold market above $1,200.00 per ounce, everyone who has their jewelry insured from an earlier time should be aware that those insurance levels are most likely no longer adequate, even if you have the type of policy that raises values automatically over a period of time. Ten...
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Plenty of gift ideas await at the Glass House Design Store

Plenty of gift ideas await at the Glass House Design Store

The Glass House Design Store in New Canaan offers myriad  just-in-the-nick-of-time gifts that you might not find anywhere else this holiday season. Located at 199 Elm St., store hours through Friday, Dec. 19, are 10 to 3, and on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 11 to 6.  For very last minute shopping it will be open...
Home sweet home: Scent your house with holiday cheer

Home sweet home: Scent your house with holiday cheer

There’s nothing better than walking into a home full of the smell of an evergreen Christmas tree and fresh flower arrangements of cut cedar, incense, pine, lilies, and roses. Eucalyptus, pinecones, candy canes, and bayberry in arrangements are nostalgic scents, according to Keith Barker, owner of The Gardener’s Center & Florist in Darien (gardenerscenter.com). “Earthy...
Mother Nature:  A Darien homeowner brings the outdoors in at Christmastime.

Mother Nature: A Darien homeowner brings the outdoors in at Christmastime.

During the months of November and December, Darien resident Cynthia Princi can be found in the produce section of the local grocery store at least once a week, and she’s not necessarily buying food for her family. Cindy relies on nature’s bounty when it comes to decorating her house for the holidays, and for Cindy,...
Shake it up! Elegant holiday cocktail parties made easy

Shake it up! Elegant holiday cocktail parties made easy

Sparkling lights, the happy sounds of holiday music … ’tis the season to celebrate with family and friends! Elegant, easy cocktail parties are a wonderful way to entertain a crowd, be it large or small, with none of the fussiness and labor of a more formal dinner party. Let’s get the party started! Ensure a...
Gallery Barn transforms into a Festive Home

Gallery Barn transforms into a Festive Home

Ridgefield Guild of Artists has had a makeover. The gallery on Halpin Lane in Ridgefield is now a holiday marketplace for its 10th annual Festive Home. This year’s theme, “Be Brilliant,” says it all. The usual white-walled gallery space has been transformed into vibrant holiday home vignettes showcasing a variety of gift-giving, decorating and entertaining...
Deck your halls with decorated houseplants

Deck your halls with decorated houseplants

Beautiful evergreen trees aren’t the only plants that enjoy getting “spruced” up for the holidays. Houseplants also show off their Christmas green when placed in the spotlight. Whether you like a subtle look or go all-out glitz when decorating your home for the holidays, don’t forget that indoor plants can add extra interest and sparkle...
Making cookie memories

Making cookie memories

The thing about an old cookie press is that it can make a lot more than just cookies. The cookie press I’m talking about is silver-colored, made of some kind of thin metal. The hollow cylinder is closed at each end with silvery pink caps, and a black handle at one end twists downward to...
A meeting of the minds: Interfaith couples share their blended holiday traditions

A meeting of the minds: Interfaith couples share their blended holiday traditions

In our increasingly global culture, it’s not only world travelers who embrace the thoughts and ideas of far-away lands. Those who stick close to home have also opened their minds and hearts to global influences around us, creating intoxicating blends of experiences, beliefs and lifestyles. This becomes especially evident during the holiday season (known only...
December 2014 Home Personality: "Homes for holiday entertaining"

December 2014 Home Personality: “Homes for holiday entertaining”

255 Brush Ridge Road, New Canaan, Conn. $2,995,000 Jane Campbell, Brotherhood & Higley Real Estate, 203-253-2820 Set on a high ridge with Long Island views, this landmark vintage 1903 colonial, with architectural detail, three fireplaces, many interesting windows, and beautiful views, comprises 6,700 square feet and combines yesterday’s charm with today’s amenities. The grand foyer...
Junk Drawer

Junk Drawer

“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I don’t. Now and then, however, when the surfaces in the house become cluttered with pens and tools or cooking utensils, we go around and pick stuff up. Most frequently it ends up in one of the several junk drawers around the place. There’s one in the kitchen, one in...

Mother Nature: A Darien homeowner brings the outdoors in at Christmastime.

During the months of November and December, Darien resident Cynthia Princi can be found in the produce section of the local grocery store at least once a week, and she’s not necessarily buying food for her family. Cindy relies on nature’s bounty when it comes to decorating her house for the holidays, and for Cindy,...

Home sweet home: Scent your house with holiday cheer

There’s nothing better than walking into a home full of the smell of an evergreen Christmas tree and fresh flower arrangements of cut cedar, incense, pine, lilies, and roses. Eucalyptus, pinecones, candy canes, and bayberry in arrangements are nostalgic scents, according to Keith Barker, owner of The Gardener’s Center & Florist in Darien (gardenerscenter.com). “Earthy...