Unforgettable

Unforgettable

When interior designer Olga Adler and her husband, William, decided to purchase a dated 1960s beach house on Westport’s Saugatuck Island in 2012, a stone’s throw from the ocean, they had several goals in mind. First and foremost, they wanted a year-round vacation home, a simple beach house with a...
Launch pads

Launch pads

If sofas could talk, imagine what they’ve witnessed! One of the most lived-in pieces of furniture you can own, a sofa fosters family closeness, guest hospitality, reading, napping, cuddling, snacking, and pet naps, and is the center of attention and style-setter of any room it’s in. The Darien Design Center...
August 2014 Home Personality: Homes with Spectacular Gardens

August 2014 Home Personality: Homes with Spectacular Gardens

152 Cheesespring Road, Wilton, Conn. $1,599,000 Elaine Gibbons, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 203-858-7452 Our feature “Home Personality of the Month” — Landscaping for this four bedroom, 4700 sq. ft. home begins with a 120 foot long boxwood hedge along the driveway that leads to a Williamsburg-inspired front door garden...
The heat is on!

The heat is on!

Cookouts with friends, family barbeques, and picnics by the water are as classic this time of year as the rise in temperature and the lengthening of days. The soft sizzling of flames and drifts of smoke epitomize these summer traditions. Grilling and the corresponding equipment, accessories, and various techniques can...
Building My Passive House - Part 6

Building My Passive House – Part 6

This is the sixth 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...
‘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...
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...
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...
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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...
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 a touch of glamour and...
Jewelry security while traveling

Jewelry security while traveling

Few people ever consider going on vacation without taking at least some jewelry with them, and this is where trouble may come calling — because for the most part, there is no viable way to keep jewelry safe completely when traveling. Never leave jewelry in an unattended suitcase (or car trunk), locked or otherwise. (FYI, if you have secreted your jewelry in...
Get moving with tips from The Family Handyman

Get moving with tips from The Family Handyman

June is a time for fun in the sun with family and friends! But for many of us, it is also a time for that dreaded move. To help make your moving experience less stressful, the experts at The Family Handyman (www.thefamilyhandyman.com) have some quick tips to help you spend less time moving and more...
Glen Gate announces award winner

Glen Gate announces award winner

Glen Gate Company of Wilton, has announced that company Design Director J. Brandon Jones of Stratford, Conn., has been awarded the 5 under 40 award for landscape design by “New England Home.” The 5 under 40 awards program selects the top emerging talent in the fields of architecture, interiors, furniture, home accessories and landscape design...

Clean up on energy savings

The calendar officially says summer, and the weather is feeling that way, too. The energy experts at Abest Power want to ensure residents are also adapting their home for warm weather to reduce energy consumption and cost. “Most homeowners think about insulation and heating equipment before the cold winter season, but insulation and a system...
Don't go batty over snakes

Don’t go batty over snakes

  Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding residents that snakes are becoming more active at the same time people are venturing outdoors to enjoy the nice weather. We’ve all jumped a little when a garden snake appears while we’re weeding or just sitting outside. DEEP is reminding residents that it is...
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...