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

December 2018 Home Personality: Eat, drink and be merry!

123 Kettle Creek Road, Weston, Conn. $4,800,000 Andrew Whiteley & Merilese Fernschild Al Filippone Assoc./William Raveis, 203-258-1595 Our home of the month: Enter through stone fences and drive through 6 acres of park-like setting lined with flowering dogwoods and 100-year-old oak trees, arriving at the front porch of this Queen Anne style Dinyar Wadia-designed home. … 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

Small kitchen improvements that maximize functionality

Many homeowners wish for expansive kitchens. Modernized kitchens that include sought after features and showcase the latest trends go a long way to improving the overall value of a home. As desirable as such kitchens may be, some homes simply don’t have enough space for a centerfold-worthy kitchen featuring an island, wine refrigerator and walk-in … Read more

October 2018 Home Personality: “Homes with history”

249 Nod Road, Ridgefield, Conn. Built 1790, $1,095,000 Jack Baldaserini, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 203-244-2243 Our “Home Personality” home of the month: Set on 3.3 acres of the scenic Nod Road, this circa 1790 center chimney Colonial with its Neo-Greek period addition comprises rooms are generous in size, which each encompassing a sense of pride … Read more

September 2018 Home Personality: “Set in stone”

123 Saddle Rock Road, Stamford, Conn. $11,950,000 Robert Blosio & Larry Palma William Pitt Sotheby’s International RE 203-249-7164 Our feature home of the month: Saddle Rock House, a Richardsonian-style American country home, was designed and built in 1914 by the famed Hunt and Hunt Architects for renowned inventor, Thomas Robins, who is best known for … Read more

August 2018 Home Personality: “Flower power”

579 Frogtown Road, New Canaan, Conn. $3,950,000 Christine Saxe, Halstead New Canaan 203-273-1548 Our home of the month: Open and majestic, the land, gardens and setting at 579 Frogtown Road in New Canaan are unparalleled. Comprising over eight acres of rolling meadows, formal perennial gardens and broad, grassy lawns punctuated by elegant garden statuary and … Read more

June 2018 Home Personality: “Let’s hit the beach!”

12 Shorehaven Road, Norwalk, Conn. $5,250,000 Michelle&Company/William Raveis RE, 203-454-4663 Our feature home of the month: Nestled on a secluded acre steps from Shorehaven Country Club in Norwalk, this spectacular beachfront estate allows for relaxed coastal living. Built in 2001 as an homage to the iconic Southampton-style home of Samuel Parrish, this distinctive shingle-style home … Read more