Help your home’s exterior rebound from harsh winter weather

Help your home’s exterior rebound from harsh winter weather

The seasons can be harsh on homes, and perhaps no season is more taxing on a home’s exterior than winter. Harsh winter weather can take a toll on roofs, gutters, landscaping, and just about any other part of the home that must face the cold head on. The following are...
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...
Love is in the air: Last minute gifts for your Valentine

Love is in the air: Last minute gifts for your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you still haven’t found a special gift for your valentine — whether it’s candy, candles, monogramed soaps, pajamas, or dog and cat paraphernalia you’re thinking of — here are some local stores that carry gifts for the holiday: Deborah Ann’s Chocolates, Ridgefield,...
Fitting into a house’s history

Fitting into a house’s history

Stepping from the living room to the kitchen of one Ridgefield home is like stepping between centuries. Constructed in 1780 and gut rehabbed in 2003-05 — with an addition and other updates and renovations in between — the two rooms are divided by a massive stone fireplace of locally quarried...
February 2015 Home Personality: Colonial homes 5,000 sq. ft.+

February 2015 Home Personality: Colonial homes 5,000 sq. ft.+

121 Chichester Road, New Canaan, Conn. $4,099,000, 7,000 sq. ft. Jaime Sneddon and Kendall Sneddon, Halstead Property, 203-966-7800 Our feature “Home of the Month”: Built by one of New Canaan’s premier builders, Woodcrest Homes, most recent stone and shingle estate. Prominently sited on two acres abutting a 12 acre land...
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...
Building my Passive House — Part 10

Building my Passive House — Part 10

This is the 10th and final 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). Those of...
Winter gardening: Starting bulbs inside

Winter gardening: Starting bulbs inside

As I sit at my desk staring outside at the barren landscape below I am already dreaming about what I can plant in the spring. With temperatures dipping into single digits it will be a while before any of us can get our hands really dirty. But there are some...
Updating jewelry insurance appraisals

Updating jewelry insurance appraisals

With the current gold market above $1,200.00 per ounce, everyone who has their jewelry insured from an earlier time should be aware that those insurance levels are most likely no longer adequate, even if you have the type of policy that raises values automatically over a period of time. Ten...
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January 2015: Homes with Wine Cellars

January 2015: Homes with Wine Cellars

87 Maple Avenue South, Westport, Conn. $4,750,000 Cynthia Melchiorri, William Pitt Sotheby’s International, 203-227-1246 Our Feature Home of the Month: Set on 2.5 level acres in Greens Farms, Westport, Conn., this 19th-Century estate, restored to its natural palette and elegance, houses a wine cellar on the lower level (below a rustic stone floor), unique in...
Picking the perfect paint color

Picking the perfect paint color

Whether you want to paint a single wall or every room in the house, there are excellent local resources to help you. These paint experts agree that paint is just as important as carpeting, furniture or window treatments to create a mood. The color on your walls is powerful. Do you want serenity or lively...

Pay the piper

It always starts innocently. You are standing in the shower and suddenly nothing goes down the drain. The water is rising halfway up your shin and does not appear to be planning to respond to gravity. Since you are a Homemoaner and somewhat versed in these matters, you go to the tool bin with wet...

How to buy a furnace

With winter in full swing, heating bills are on the rise and for people looking to lower their costs, the best place to look is of course at the furnace. For homeowners looking into a new furnace for their home, Stephen Schroeter, senior vice president of Napoleon Fireplaces, suggests the following tips: * Size matters...

Pound Ridge Clubhouse remodeler receives HOBI Award

Spokesmen for Pound Ridge Golf Club have announced that custom builder Mark Mosolino, owner of New Canaan-based Mosolino Development, L.L.C., has received a Home Building Industry (HOBI) Award from the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut for his renovation of its clubhouse. Mark Mosolino earned the “2014 Best Commercial Rehab Overall” award for his...
Preventing and treating frozen pipes

Preventing and treating frozen pipes

Frozen water pipes and leaks can quickly lead to disaster. Water damage can result in costly repairs, some of which may not be covered by home insurance policies. Preventing frozen pipes and leaks is essential once the mercury starts to dip. Water expands when it freezes, and if it expands enough, it can cause pipes...
New Year's (jewelry care) resolution

New Year’s (jewelry care) resolution

With the start of a new year, one of the resolutions that you may wish to consider is making better provisions for the care of your jewelry. “Care” should not be limited to an occasional do-it-yourself cleaning; in fact, there are a number of aspects regarding care that most people overlook entirely. A professional inspection and cleaning of your jewelry...
Give a gift with a message

Give a gift with a message

What female doesn’t like a piece of jewelry for Christmas? Not many. And jewelry with an inspirational message can be a special keepsake. Love Sees jewelry, created one year ago by Nancy Diehl, a Wilton resident and mom of two teenaged daughters, features sterling silver, delicate necklaces and bracelets engraved with various love phrases. “Love...
Top new toys for boys: And hot updates to classics, too

Top new toys for boys: And hot updates to classics, too

Buying for boys this holiday season? There are two pieces of good news: 1) Industry experts have done the research on what’s hot for you, and 2) There is no single must-have-for-all hot toy. “It’s really what’s ‘hot’ for the child, about what the child is interested in,” said Adrienne Appell, a toy trends specialist...
Gift exchange dos and don’ts

Gift exchange dos and don’ts

Gift exchanges in the form of grab bags, auctions, swaps and other games make for fun additions to holiday festivities. They also can be a part of any family or friends gathering to add excitement and entertainment to the occasion. The following are a few do’s and don’ts to ensure participation in gift exchanges is...
Time to stuff  those stockings!

Time to stuff those stockings!

With one week left until Christmas, it is time to scurry, scurry, scurry and tick those gift items off your list and turn to the stockings hung by the chimney with care. While it’s easy to hit the local CVS, Walgreens or mom-and-pop pharmacy and buy some small toiletry items and toys, playing cards, or...
Plenty of gift ideas await at the Glass House Design Store

Plenty of gift ideas await at the Glass House Design Store

The Glass House Design Store in New Canaan offers myriad  just-in-the-nick-of-time gifts that you might not find anywhere else this holiday season. Located at 199 Elm St., store hours through Friday, Dec. 19, are 10 to 3, and on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 11 to 6.  For very last minute shopping it will be open...