Celebrate birds this spring

Celebrate birds this spring

Bird watching is a pastime enjoyed by people of all ages. While many people trek into the woods to see their favorite birds, homeowners can take steps to entice these fascinating and feathered friends right to their backyards. Organizations celebrate the call of the bird in a variety of ways....
‘Celebrating the Art of Living’ with a designer house tour

‘Celebrating the Art of Living’ with a designer house tour

Philanthropic organization Near & Far Aid is readying for its annual designer house tour which opens the doors to six homes decorated by renowned designers in the enclaves of Westport and Southport. [wide] [/wide] The tour, Celebrating the Art of Living, will be held Friday, May 8. “Near & Far...
New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour 2015: 23rd tour features dramatic spaces and distinctive styles

New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour 2015: 23rd tour features dramatic spaces and distinctive styles

On Thursday, May 14, seven New Canaan homeowners will celebrate the 23rd 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 2015 Home Personality: Homes designed by notable architects

April 2015 Home Personality: Homes designed by notable architects

173 Ferris Hill Road, New Canaan, Conn. $4,995,000 Architect: Louise Brooks Rachel Walsh, William Pitt Sotheby’s International, 203-912-5908 This New Canaan Colonial style home was designed by Louise Brooks in 2000 and features a long tree-lined driveway leading up to a stone fronted residence with a courtyard. The house was...
Ballard Greenhouse plant sale scheduled

Ballard Greenhouse plant sale scheduled

With the unusually snowy winter finally at an end, spring has burst forth, and with it, one of Ridgefield’s most anticipated events: The annual Ballard Greenhouse plant sale, run by members of the Caudatowa and Ridgefield garden clubs. Scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend, the plant sale runs Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m....
Cultivating a love of houseplants

Cultivating a love of houseplants

Houseplants are a great way to bring nature indoors year-round — minimal green thumb required. “You need some basic knowledge regarding the needs of an individual plant. It’s quite easy as long as you’re paying attention to your watering schedule and providing proper light and humidity,” says Amie Copeland Stark, owner...
It’s spring —  Bring the outside in!

It’s spring — Bring the outside in!

Open the windows; breathe in the air; it’s spring and it’s time to let the outside in. Airing out used to be when women dragged out the carpets and hung them outside and beat them clean with a broom or dragged everything out of the house and washed down the...
Working with a (green) architect

Working with a (green) architect

Have you been thinking about remodeling your home but don’t know where to start? Do you need an architect? Do you want to make a more energy-efficient and healthy home and at the same time get more space and improve its look and flow? You may need an architect. Or...
Easy cannoli filling

Easy cannoli filling

EASY CANNOLI FILLING (Makes enough for about 12 mini cannoli shells or 6 large shells) www.chefsilvia.com I buy cannoli shells from a local bakery, make a filling in about 10 minutes and take my cannoli to my sweethearts. Really, leave the fuss of making your own shells (unless of course...
The Recipe Box: "Healthy Appetite" recipes

The Recipe Box: “Healthy Appetite” recipes

RATATOUILLE BISQUE www.cookingwithauntieina.blogspot.com Ingredients: 1 small head of garlic, roasted (easy to do…cut off top, pour on a bit of olive oil, wrap in foil and bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees in the oven. I threw mine in the toaster oven.) 1 large red bell pepper, chopped and...
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Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Brookfield Craft Center offers winter classes The Brookfield Craft Center, located at 286 Whisconier Road (Route 25 at 202), Brookfield, Conn., has announced its class schedule for 2015. Classes include clay, painting and drawing, fiber, metal, wood, glass, jewelry, tech and design, introductory level classes, masters series, and open studios. For class descriptions and schedules,...
LED there be light

LED there be light

Proper lighting is immensely important for any home. Whether providing safe passage from garage to entryway, or through hallways in the middle of the night, warmly and graciously illuminating a front door, creating adequately lit task areas for cooking, computer work and reading, or evoking just the right mood in the dining room, excellent lighting...
March 2015 Home Personality: Homes with architectural details

March 2015 Home Personality: Homes with architectural details

281 Lambert Road, New Canaan, Conn. $7,995,000 Wendy Fog, Brotherhood & Higley, 203-979-6277 Our Home of the Month: This historic center hall colonial, designed by Cameron Clark, features a symmetrical Colonial Revival façade accented throughout with elegantly crafted architectural details and elements. The home has a formal entry/stair hall with marble floor and plaster cornice,...
The art of letter writing

The art of letter writing

During the Middle Ages, the art of letter writing emerged as a means of public discourse. Written communication was used for business and commercial transactions. Scientific journals of this period functioned as extended communication between scientists. This practice of transcribing scientific research and discoveries was the provenance of modern journals. In the private sphere, letters...
Kosher cooking: Modernized for a new generation

Kosher cooking: Modernized for a new generation

The title of Ronnie Fein’s cookbook says it all – modern. The Modern Kosher Kitchen, Fair Winds Press, is not your traditional kosher cookbook and you don’t need to be Jewish to have success with these delicious recipes. “My recipes are basically good, easy-to-prepare, mostly healthy American dishes that also happen to be kosher,” says...
March 2015 HomeBriefs

March 2015 HomeBriefs

Darien Consignment Shop continues Christman legacy The Darien Consigment Shop, located at 523 Post Rd., Darien, formerly known as Christman’s, is continuing the legacy of the Christman family furniture business. The nature of the business, according to Gary Christman, who co-owns the company with his wife, Melodie, has changed to address style and trend changes...
The clean air act: Houseplants can help sanitize the home

The clean air act: Houseplants can help sanitize the home

Choosing houseplants takes time and thought…Size, appearance, need for light, temperature, easy-care or demanding? While homeowners care a lot about the interior decoration aspect of the plant, they rarely think about those amazing plants that will clean the air — plants that can banish toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, alcohol and acetone, which are in...
Elizabeth Jackson: Estate sales & showroom

Elizabeth Jackson: Estate sales & showroom

A turn-of-the-century silk beaver hat perches atop a mid-century sofa; an art deco sterling service designed by famed Fratelli Cucchioni sits on an adjacent glass coffee table. These are a few of the pieces found at Elizabeth Jackson’s showroom, located at 207 Liberty Square, South Norwalk, and she is eager to share their history. In...

Flaky

By the time you read this, you might be stretched out on a hammock in your back yard. As I type this, the region is recovering from the second snowstorm in a week. The last time anything of this magnitude fell out of the sky, the local public works department dropped the snowball. I was...

Greening the MLS

How much is your house worth? In many cases the decision to “go green” is based purely on finances. As an architect who specializes in making homes more energy-efficient and sustainable, the biggest question I get is, “What is my ROI?” Return on investment is important. Most of the things we recommend to homeowners are...
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day: 5 drinks recipes

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: 5 drinks recipes

Even on a Tuesday – this year’s March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day can tempt infrequent drinkers to get out and enjoy the festivities. But you don’t have to drink dyed-green beer to tap into the spirit of the holiday, says Steven Earles, ceo of Portland-based Eastside Distilling (www.EastsideDistilling.com). “With each successive year, consumers are...
Throw an at home children's birthday party

Throw an at home children’s birthday party

Planning and putting on a birthday party for your little one can be both exciting and intimidating, especially with so much inspiration all around today, from flipping through magazines to gazing at Pinterest boards. Nevertheless, it can be surprisingly easy to throw an unforgettable birthday bash that will leave kids and guests completely impressed. “A...