A French connection

In a small French village called Giverny, about 50 miles west of Paris, blooms a beautiful and diverse garden anchored by a serene water-lily pond. The idyllic garden, with its exquisite water features, is the work of impressionist artist Claude Monet, who drew inspiration from this oasis in many of his paintings. While Monet’s bountiful … Read more

Let the games begin!

Whatever your favorite sport happens to be, why not build your own private court or field in your back yard? Basketball and tennis courts, soccer fields, multi-sport facilities that transform into ice rinks come winter — if you dream it, you can build it.   And if all you want is a simple basketball hoop … Read more

May 2019 Home Personality: “I’ll be outside!”

1555 Burr Street, Fairfield, Conn. $2,150,000 Michelle&Company/William Raveis Real Estate, 203-454-4663  Our feature home of the month: Burrwood House is an iconic New England country retreat on over two acres in Greenfield Hill. Built in 1819 and lovingly renovated and restored by the current owners, this landmark home was the working farm of the prominent Fairfield Burr Family … Read more

A room with a view

Before the advent of social media and smartphones, a porch served as a place for socialization. People would stroll through the neighborhood after dinner and visit with neighbors taking in the evening from their front porch, trading stories about their days while enjoying a mild summer’s eve or a crisp fall night. While nightly porch talk may … Read more

Control crabgrass before it appears

Crabgrass is a common problem that appears in summer. According to Lowes, crabgrass plants produce thousands of seeds between midsummer and early fall. While the first frosts of late-fall or early winter kill the crabgrass plants, the seeds produced by the plants remain dormant throughout winter and then begin to grow as the ground temperature … Read more

April 2019 Home Personality: “Mad for Mod”

218 Sleepy Hollow Road, New Canaan, Conn. $8,500,000 Inger Stringfellow and John Hersam William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty 203-321-9361 Our feature home of the month: The Wiley House, custom designed and built in the early 1950s, should be toured in person so as appreciate its uniqueness. Mimicking his own Glass House, renowned architect Philip Johnson designed this one-of-a-kind structure just a few years after creating … Read more

March 2019 Home Personality: “Top Chef”

111 Spring Valley Road, Ridgefield, Conn.$4,895,000 Laura Freed Ancona, William Pitt Sotheby’s International RE, 203-733-7053  Our home of the month: Welcome to Mallard Pond, a custom designed and built country estate set on 5.71 pastoral acres complete with scenic pond and rolling meadows and featuring a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, including custom kitchen and cabinetry by Putnam … Read more

Winter entertaining ideas

Winter entertaining need not end once Christmas and New Year’s Day have come and gone. Getting together with friends and family is still possible even if the weather outside is frightful. When Mother Nature takes a chilly turn, those who don’t want the party can consider the following entertaining ideas. • Indulge in sweet treats. … Read more

How to uncork bubbly safely

Special occasions like birthdays, holidays, and of course, New Year’s Eve, are often enhanced by the inclusion of sparkling beverages. Sipping a chilled glass of bubbly can make everything feel more festive and indulgent. However, those bottles of champagne, cava or prosecco can pack quite a punch — and not just because of their alcohol … Read more

Holiday cookie swap

If you like to bake, it’s likely that you’ve participated in a holiday cookie swap. Like many holiday traditions, the origin of this delicious custom lies ages ago in solstice rituals conducted long before Christmas became the huge commercial holiday it is today, according to history.com. Winter solstice festivals have been held for centuries, across … Read more

Gray is here to stay in home design

Decorating a home in neutral tones has long been recommended as a way to sell a home quickly. But the color gray also provides a blank canvas for homeowners who have no intention of putting their homes on the market anytime soon. Beige and white have long been go-to colors for neutral living spaces. But … Read more

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