April 2014 Home Personality: Homes with gourmet kitchens

April 2014 Home Personality: Homes with gourmet kitchens

8 Brandon Circle, Wilton, Conn. $1,995,000 Lorraine Winsor, Realty Seven, Inc., 203-762-5548 x33 Our feature home this month: 8 Brandon Circle’s gourmet kitchen is a chef’s oasis. Designed by Deane, it features all the bells and whistles a homeowner could want, including a 6-burner Viking gas cooktop, Dacor double convection...
A rare find: How Horton Design creates special, livable living spaces

A rare find: How Horton Design creates special, livable living spaces

I worked as an assistant for a high-end interior design firm years ago. I recall once being tasked with buying thousands of dollars worth of rare books for a homeowner’s library. “Make sure the books will look pretty on the bookshelves,” were my only instructions. Did the homeowner prefer Jane...
Practical magic:  Kingswood Kitchens conjures dreams into reality

Practical magic: Kingswood Kitchens conjures dreams into reality

If you decide to have your kitchen built by the Kingswood design team, you can be sure it’s truly yours — the only one exactly like it in the world! Randy Fender, one of Kingswood’s designers, explains that at Kingswood they not only design customized kitchens but they make them...
New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour 2014: 22nd Tour features dramatic spaces and special styles

New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour 2014: 22nd Tour features dramatic spaces and special styles

On Thursday, May 8, seven New Canaan homeowners will celebrate the 22nd New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour by showcasing their extensively remodeled and newly constructed homes. The homes vary in style and setting, but all feature distinctive trends in upscale kitchen and home design. Ticket guidebooks ($70 for...
April 2014 HomeBriefs

April 2014 HomeBriefs

Fleur De Lis on TV West Redding-based Fleur De Lis, an interior design-oriented antiques shop, was featured recently on a segment of “Barry’d Treasure,” an A&E reality spin-off of the hit show “Storage Wars,” according to Fleur De Lis owner Dottie DeLuca. “They were filming between Boston and Lancaster, Pa.,...
Building my passive house - Part 2

Building my passive house – Part 2

This is the second entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my own newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program developed in Europe to assist home-building professionals seeking to build highly energy-efficient homes (www.phaus.org for more information). The cottage...
Making your home senior ready

Making your home senior ready

There are many things homeowners can do when getting the residence safer for someone who cannot get around the house like they used to. Skip Wyatt, of Mr. Handyman, recently gave some tips as to what to do to get your home ready. He said most a homeowner can do,...
Fairfield's Annual Dogwood festival scheduled

Fairfield’s Annual Dogwood festival scheduled

A long-time tradition that shepherds in the spring season, Greenfield Hill Congregational Church’s 79th Annual Dogwood Festival will once again take place on the church’s grounds and town square May 2-4. Once again, the festival will take place a week prior to Mother’s Day. “Our 79th Dogwood Festival is a...
Near & Far Aid Designer House Tour scheduled

Near & Far Aid Designer House Tour scheduled

Lovers of fine architecture and design, and admirers of all things beautiful can once again delight in Near & Far Aid’s upcoming Designer House Tour, an opportunity to visit several homes in Fairfield, Southport and Westport that reflect a variety of architectural and visionary decorating styles. The 2014 Designer House...
The Recipe Box: Signs of Spring

The Recipe Box: Signs of Spring

Our recipe category for next month:  “Let’s Get Bathing-Suit Ready!” Please email your favorite healthy main dish, side, salad and dessert recipes to home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. GARLIC-LEMON SHRIMP SKEWERS W/ZUCCHINI QUINOA (Serves 4 – 6) Janine...
Ballard Greenhouse Plant Sale scheduled for Mother's Day weekend

Ballard Greenhouse Plant Sale scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend

Heralding the spring gardening season, the annual Plant Sale at Ballard Greenhouse, run by members of the Caudatowa and Ridgefield garden clubs, will take place May 9 – 10 (Fri. and Sat.), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ballard Greenhouse (rain or shine). Among the plant sale’s extensive array of...
Jane Gershon Weitzman authors fantasy art shoe book

Jane Gershon Weitzman authors fantasy art shoe book

Jane Gershon Weitzman, wife of shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, has recently authored Art & Sole, a book featuring 150 fantasy art shoes made of highly unique materials — including feathers, paper, ceramic, metal, resin, playing cards, corrugated cardboard, Swarovski crystals, even fresh flowers and frosting — that she has discovered...
New Canaan Garden Club Spring Tree and Shrub Sale

New Canaan Garden Club Spring Tree and Shrub Sale

The New Canaan Garden Club is once again holding its Spring Tree and Shrub Sale. Orders being taken March 20 – April 20. The organization is offering two trees and two shrubs chosen to appeal to a wide range of gardening interests. All proceeds will be used for civic improvements...
Show and sell: Weed & Duryea sets the stage for one-stop home shopping

Show and sell: Weed & Duryea sets the stage for one-stop home shopping

When New Canaan native Francis Weed returned home after serving in the Civil War and opened a coal, lumber, feed and timber retail business, the 23-year-old probably never imagined that the company would one day evolve into a one-stop home shopping resource for area homeowners and builders. Francis, in need...
The Recipe Box: Easter

The Recipe Box: Easter

LASAGNA WITH GROUND LAMB (Serves 12 – 15) Chef Silvia Bianco, chefsilvia.blogspot.com When I’m making a traditional meat lasagna I usually use ground pork and beef but for this Easter I thought it would be interesting to use ground lamb. The recipe is the same regardless of what meat (or...
The Recipe Box: Passover

The Recipe Box: Passover

Cooks Wanted!

 We are continuously adding recipes to our website, and would like to include your favorite recipes! Currently, we’re requesting recipes for Easter and Passover. Please email us at home@acorn-online.com, and include your recipe or recipes, your name and town. Please be very specific regarding measurements, ingredients and directions....
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March 2014 HomeBriefs

March 2014 HomeBriefs

Charles Hilton Architects’ projects win HOBI awards Three projects by Charles Hilton Architects won 10 separate 2013 HOBI awards recently. Sponsored by HBRA (Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut), the HOBI (Home Building Industry) awards recognize builders, remodelers and other members of the housing industry for “excellence in home design and construction, home technologies...
Building my passive house

Building my passive house

Passive House Institute US offers a certification program developed in Europe to assist home building professionals seeking to build highly energy efficient homes (www.phaus.org for more information). This is the first entry in what will be a series of columns about the design and construction of my own Passive House. This is a rigorous process,...

Possible side effects

As a lapsed real estate agent, I can tell you that nothing lowers the asking price of a house more than the lingering stench of decades of cigarette smoke. Ever book the Marlboro man’s former hotel room? Hey old timers, remember how we could smoke everywhere: rental cars, restaurants, bars, office buildings, hospital rooms, and...
The Recipe Box: Hearty Winter Soups, Stews & Chilis

The Recipe Box: Hearty Winter Soups, Stews & Chilis

Our recipe category for next month:  “Signs of Spring” Please email your favorite springtime recipes, including main dishes, sides, salads and desserts, to home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. PUMPKIN AND TURKEY CHILI (Makes one large pot of chili) Lucretia Delfino, Norwalk, CT Ingredients:...
March birthstone: Dual identity

March birthstone: Dual identity

Being somewhat of a traditionalist, it makes me a bit crazy when I see people attempting to promote the use of light blue topaz as a substitute for the March birthstone, which is aquamarine — although aquamarine is not the only birthstone for the month. Bloodstone (also known as heliotrope), which today is considered to...
Fairfield County Antique and Design Center opens

Fairfield County Antique and Design Center opens

The Fairfield County Antique and Design Center (FCADC), a multi-dealer space featuring over 80 dealers of antiques, art and fine home furnishings, has opened for business, according to Geoffrey Walsky, proprietor. Geoff, who has a passion for fine art and antiques and who formed the concept for this venture with his wife, Sharon, explains, “We...
Love, life, & the pursuit of chocolate

Love, life, & the pursuit of chocolate

The tradition of exchanging chocolates on St. Valentine’s Day emerged in England in the mid 1800s. Courtly love abounded and the Victorians practiced their romantic ideals with gifts of sweets and love notes. Richard Cadbury, part of a British chocolate manufacturing family, entered this scene with visions of heart-shaped boxes, handmade and filled with delectable...
Home Personality: Mid-Century Modern Style Homes

Home Personality: Mid-Century Modern Style Homes

22 Father Peter’s Lane, New Canaan, CT $3,995,000 Rita Kirby, William Pitt Sotheby’s International, 203-984-7665 Our Feature Home of the Month: The Frank Lloyd Wright/John Howe House. Prestigious private lane, seven gorgeous acres, 7,000 square feet and a magnificent modern masterpiece designed by John Howe and featured on national public television and in numerous publications....
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...
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...
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...
Celebrate "Heart Health" month with a healthy diet

Celebrate “Heart Health” month with a healthy diet

In honor of Heart Health month, Kings Food Markets, 26 Arcadia Rd., Old Greenwich, has partnered with Atlantic Health System to create a “Stay Healthy” initiative and Mary Finckenor, registered dietitian for the Cardiac Health Center of Morristown Medical Center, has helped Kings identify three simple foods you might not expect to help you promote...