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...
September 2014 Home Personality: "Homes for the Sports Enthusiast"

September 2014 Home Personality: “Homes for the Sports Enthusiast”

26 Covelee, Norwalk, Conn. $2,325,000 Fran Burger, Fran Burger Realty Group, William Raveis Real Estate, 203-682-0883 Our feature “Home of the Month”: Nestled in Covelee Association, this Aspen-style Barn, designed by noted architect Peter Cadoux, is the perfect haven — year-round or weekend retreat — for the sports enthusiast. Paddle-board,...
Building My Passive House - Part 7

Building My Passive House – Part 7

This is the seventh 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). Let me answer the...
Diamond dilemma — Part II

Diamond dilemma — Part II

I hate to bring this up, but as long as we’ve been on the subject of making choices when buying diamonds (please see last month’s column, thehomemonthly.com), there are also diamonds that have been man-created, and I’m not just talking about synthetics. One of the two methods for doing this involves the same process (HTHP) that may be used to...
Keep growing with season-extending gardening tips for fall

Keep growing with season-extending gardening tips for fall

Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum...
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‘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...
Diamond dilemma, Part I

Diamond dilemma, Part I

Anyone considering the purchase of a diamond these days is faced with a multitude of choices, not only those concerning the “4 C’s”, which are Carat, Color, Clarity, and Cut. (“Cut”, by the way, is the least understood, and can have a 40% — or greater — impact on the overall value, all other factors being equal; your jeweler can...
Sam Bridge Nursery offers herb air-drying tips

Sam Bridge Nursery offers herb air-drying tips

If you have an herb garden you know what a great pleasure it is to have access to your own home-grown herbs — ones that are exactly to your taste, rather than a generic supermarket blend. Drying or freezing some of your herbs can give you that pleasure year-round. Along with the taste advantage, your...
Summertime appliance malfunctions: Quick fixes

Summertime appliance malfunctions: Quick fixes

Summer is the prime season for blackouts and power surges, so many of your household appliances may start acting faulty. But did you know that at least 25% of all appliance repair and maintenance calls are made for problems that can be solved with something as simple as the flick of a switch? The editors...
Bathroom maintenance 101

Bathroom maintenance 101

Have you inspected your bathroom lately?  Richard Fogel, owner of Grout Rescue CT, a Westport, Conn.-based company, suggests that with every change of season you take time to carefully check your bathroom tub, shower, tile floors, toilet and sink.  Richard, who has been repairing bathrooms professionally for almost a decade, says there is no reason...
The big picture

The big picture

Saranda Berisa has what seems like a glamorous job designing interiors for high-echelon clients with no-holds-barred budgets. As director of interior design and decoration with New Canaan-based Wadia Associates, she gets to jet off to the Paris design shows to see all the newest, most beautiful products and trends. Her work takes her to the...
July 2014 Home Personality: Homes with Stunning Views

July 2014 Home Personality: Homes with Stunning Views

21 Baywater Drive, Darien, Conn. $4,000,000 Mark Pires, 
Coldwell Banker Previews International, 203-247-2655 Our Feature Home of the Month: This waterfront home, built in 1928, served as the original Noroton Yacht Club. Rebuilt in 1983, the home is located in the heart of Noroton Bay, right next to the current Noroton Yacht club. The property...
To pressure wash or not to pressure wash

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash is not the question. It’s whether to do it yourself or not to do it yourself. After interviewing several facilities about renting and/or buying a pressure washer, also known as a power washer, and then speaking with some pros, here are some points to consider before doing your...

Members of a special club

My daughter, grandson and I were born into a unique club in which only those who are left-handed and a middle child can be members. Let’s start with the first criterion, left-handedness, a trait we share with 13% of the world’s population. My father was intrigued when he realized I was left-handed. He dabbled in...
Hot air

Hot air

“Only in New England can you drive to work in the morning with the heater on and return home later with the air conditioner blasting.” – Random Facebook entry I type this as June is ending. I recall warmer Junes. Summer officially started a week ago, but I was wearing a light jacket last month....
Building my passive house - Part 5

Building my passive house – Part 5

This is the fifth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy-efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). In this column,...
Don't get scorched with high energy bills

Don’t get scorched with high energy bills

Tired of your energy bills spiking as the sweltering summer weather forces you to crank up the AC? Need some easy advice on how to keep your thermostat and energy bill low? Don’t let the seasonal scorchers get you down; save some time and money this summer. Editors at The Family Handyman have compiled a...
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...
The Recipe Box: "Make the most of summer fruit!"

The Recipe Box: “Make the most of summer fruit!”

  BLUE LEMON’S PEACH TART (Serves 12) Bryan Malcarney, Blue Lemon Restaurant,15 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, (203) 226 – 2647, bluelemonrestaurant.com; Rorys Restaurant, 416 Post Road, Darien,(203) 655-9453, rorys.net Ingredients: 12 ripe peaches Short Bread: 8 oz. butter, melted 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup flour Crème Patissiere (pastry cream): 1 cup milk 4 egg yolks ¼...