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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Trending: Serene bedrooms

Trending: Serene bedrooms

The biggest trend in bedroom design right now: Serenity. Soft, muted, monochromatic colors schemes, lots of textures rather than pattern, and simple furnishings, allow you unwind and rejuvenate before the next hectic day of running around. Here are some beautiful inspiration shots from Houzz.com. Mirror mirror Mirrored finishes can add...
Flower power

Flower power

As spring unfolds in bursts of peonies, day lilies, and other nascent flowers, the sweet perfume and bright colors of seasonal flora entice the senses. While it is common to appreciate the sight and smell of the warmer season’s blossoms, many will also be indulging in floral tastes. Food enthusiasts,...
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Community gardens: A growing summer activity

Community gardens: A growing summer activity

If you’re looking for a great summer activity, whether it’s fun for the whole family or a way to meet awesome new people, the hottest trend in gardening may be perfect for you. Community gardens have recently taken off in popularity. As the perfect fun and affordable way (you’ll save bundles on fruits and vegetables!)...
July 4th Pet Safety Tips

July 4th Pet Safety Tips

The Fourth of July is one of the most stressful and potentially dangerous times of the year for pets.  While you and your family, friends, and neighbors are celebrating the holiday with fireworks, pets are finding these festive activities anything but celebratory. Many pet parents assume that if their pet is not afraid of thunder...
Bird feeding etiquette

Bird feeding etiquette

Fabulous food, pretty presentation and attention to detail can earn you a reputation as an amazing host among your human guests. But when you serve your feathered friends, are you committing a feeding faux pas that you fear may prove unforgivable? Birds may be small, but they pack long memories into those little craniums, and...
CTGBC green home tour in Westport

CTGBC green home tour in Westport

A home located at 7 Otter Trail, Westport, Conn., will be part of the Connecticut Green Building Council Spring 2014 green homes tour, scheduled for this Saturday, June 14, 12 – 3 p.m. Completed in 2010, the energy efficient house, which was designed by Ridgefield-based Trillium Architects, features a geothermal system, an 8kW PV solar...
Treasure hunt

Treasure hunt

  There’s no exact science to art selection, but following personal preferences and obtaining advice from professionals can make the search pleasurable and satisfying. “Finding artwork is like falling in love with another person. You’ll know it’s yours when you see it — and often, you won’t be able to get it out of your...
The good earth

The good earth

  Unique is a word that tends to be overused when describing something that is unusual or rare, but a luxury, 5,000-square-foot Adirondack-style home in New Canaan that is certified LEED Platinum by the US Green Council — more than 94 percent of the home’s energy needs are met by solar technologies — and which...
June 2014 Home Personality: "Homes with Pools and Pool Houses"

June 2014 Home Personality: “Homes with Pools and Pool Houses”

23 Kettle Creek Road, Weston, Conn. $5,850,000 Michelle & Company, 203-454-4663 Our “Home of the Month”: Perceived as one of the most architecturally significant estates in Weston, this 14,000 sq. ft. home is situated on nearly four landscaped acres. It was designed by noted architect, Roger Ferris, and is an artfully executed balance of fine...
Special effects

Special effects

Since 1979, David Prutting, owner of New Canaan-based Prutting & Company Custom Builders, has brought custom-built homes to our area. He started as a carpenter, then added roofing and shingle skills and over the next years created his custom building and construction management business. One of the keys to his success, he says, is his...
Homegrown goodness: Kitchen gardens make a delicious difference

Homegrown goodness: Kitchen gardens make a delicious difference

Imagine the enticing aroma of basil, mint and rosemary perfuming the air right outside your kitchen door. Or picking fresh baby lettuces or fat, juicy tomatoes right in your own backyard. When you plant a kitchen garden, you create a delectable opportunity to live well and eat well. Kitchen gardens are growing in popularity, and...
Getting the yard ready for summer

Getting the yard ready for summer

Just because the old dead leaves have been raked and the garden hoses positioned does not mean that a yard is ready for summer. Spring clean-up is one thing, but spring preparations for summer is something else entirely. First rule of thumb is to make sure your tools and equipment are in good order. When...
Building my Passive House - Part 4

Building my Passive House – Part 4

This is the fourth 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...

June 2014 HomePlanner

  The Glass House Summer Party scheduled The Glass House Summer Party will take place on Saturday, June 14, from 12 to 4. With support from Swarovski, the party will feature a picnic lunch, lawn games, music, and a silent auction along with opportunities to experience Fujiko Nakaya: Veil and the entire Glass House campus....