Cold comfort

Thomas Edison. Benjamin Franklin. Marie Curie. Alexander Bell. Leonardo Da Vinci. Willis Carrier (who?). You’re probably familiar with the first five inventors on this list, but the sixth is one that may not ring too many bells. In fact, I’d never heard of Willis Carrier until, curious, I decided to find out who was responsible … Read more

The roll of a lifetime 

In 1989, two years after I graduated from college, I got a job as an editor for an interior design trade magazine. The focus of the publication was wallpaper, or “wallcoverings,” as it was referred to in those days. Homeowners at the time installed wallpaper, and very often, a coordinating border, on almost every wall, … Read more

Modern love

I have had a longtime love affair with history, beginning with my history minor in college and culminating with my historic home obsession. I spend a lot of time on Instagram and Pinterest looking at photos of old saltbox-, colonial- and farmhouse-style homes, beehive ovens, stone walls, exposed brick, fieldstone fireplaces, old barns, wide-plank wood … Read more

She’s out of control

Anyone who knows me even slightly can tell you how much I hate technology, particularly when it doesn’t work. Even as I write, I’m on hold with our TV service provider, trying to find out why the replacement remote control I ordered two weeks ago has yet to arrive. This is the fourth phone call I’ve … Read more

Giving your trees some TLC

Cold weather can take its toll on a property, especially in regions of the world where winters are harsh. Most parts of the landscape are vulnerable to damage from winter storms, but trees may be especially susceptible. By the end of winter, many homeowners wonder if their trees would benefit from some professional TLC. Tree … Read more

Call of the wild

I feel like our home is a beacon for virtually every variety and species of living creature … we’ve had field mice, birds, bees, ants, fruit flies, moles, voles, squirrels, bunnies, fox, coyote, raccoons, and deer visited upon us over the years. All that’s missing are the frogs and locusts. One morning this past September, … Read more

Independents’ day

This Saturday, November 24, is designated, “Small Business Saturday.” With that in mind, and with the holiday shopping season upon us, I thought I would take this opportunity to talk about one of my heroes: the small business owner, the independent retailer. Making your list, checking it twice, and shopping small: This Saturday, Nov. 24, … Read more

If walls could talk…

Well before our daughter left for college last month, she was planning, like many incoming freshman — particularly girls, I have learned —  her room decor. We had already purchased the requisite comforter, sheets, cozy throw, small rug, husband (backrest), and a plethora of coordinating toss pillows … next she had to turn her attention … Read more

My happy place

At least once or twice a week, I drive past a home on a corner, not far from our house, that I always think of as “happy.” The farmhouse style home features a soft, sky blue exterior, a dark green front door and shutters, white trim, white picket fencing, mature trees, and a happy (there’s … Read more

Pick up sticks!

I probably wouldn’t describe our family as “outdoorsy.” While we do spend some time outside — my husband likes to run and take care of our yard and pool, and I love to walk our dog — we don’t camp, hike, bike ride, rock climb, or go white water rafting (although we did go kayaking … Read more

Sitting pretty

The stately Italianate house at 528 Main Street has been a New Canaan landmark for many years. Built for a wealthy merchant in 1848, it was originally part of a 40-acre farm bordered by the Five Mile River in the rear. The home site is near the intersection of Main Street and Old Norwalk Road. … Read more

August 2018 Home: Fun and games

One rainy summer afternoon, I was driving on I-95 with my daughter when we passed a pop-up carnival on a road close to the highway. I could see the top of the Ferris wheel, the merry-go-round, and a couple of other rides, and almost instantly, I felt my heart beat a little faster in anticipation. … Read more

BPC wins Housing Innovation award

Local custom home builder BPC Green Builders of Wilton recently received the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 “Housing Innovation Award” in the category of Custom Homes (for Buyers), for the fourth time in five years. The DOE’s Housing Innovation Awards recognizes the nation’s most innovative builders who are taking housing to the next level of … Read more

December 2017 Home Personality: “Homes for the Holidays”

170 Ridge Acres Road, Darien, Conn. $4,075,000 AnnMarie Wheeler Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, 203-856-5900 Our feature home of the month: Enchanting French Chateau with 9 fireplaces features sensational entertaining spaces inside and out. Situated on 3.73 acres in private association, minutes from town, schools and transportation, this 5 bedroom, 5.2 bath compound blends Old World charm … Read more

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