Lighten up!

Chandeliers are a stylish light fixture that can, often, outshine a room; consequently, designers are strategically integrating them into the décor. “Choosing the right light fixture can add drama and excitement or soothing quiet serenity to any space, and there are many different kinds and styles,” says Donna Moss of Donna Moss Interior Design in … Read more

Fancy that!

Make your dinner table a holiday masterpiece. “A beautifully appointed table is a place to gather with family and friends to celebrate the special moments in life,” says Roland Wolfe, creative director of Hoagland’s in Greenwich. “Blending traditional elements with a modern twist continues to be a big idea in decorating that allows you to … Read more

An old-fashioned love story

You know what they say about the best-laid plans … When Joe Pagliarulo and his wife, Margie, were ice skating 25 years ago, they looked across Gorham’s Pond in Darien and saw a 2.4-acre waterfront property located at 40 Swifts Lane. They knew it would be perfect for their dream home once they tore down … Read more

A taste of Europe

You never know when inspiration will strike and you find that one meaningful item for your home.   “One of my favorite spaces in this home is the library. We loved a bar in Ireland so much that we found out the pub was closing so we bought it, had it shipped to America, and … Read more

Eat, drink, and be merry!

Many of today’s homes feature an open concept design, but homeowners still appreciate a defined space for dining. “The delineation can come from an area rug, light fixture, or wall finish that visually separates and defines the use of space,” explains Jesse Carrier, a principal, along with Mara Miller, of Carrier & Company Interiors, an … Read more

Make your garden a bird magnet

Chinese astrology may say it’s the year of the dog, but according to the Connecticut Audubon Society, every year is the year of the bird. “Birds are always front and center in our minds,” contends Patrick Comins, executive director of the Connecticut Audubon Society. “We have more than 400 different species of birds in Connecticut. … Read more

Island life

A kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s not complete without a multi-functional island to pull it together. “The kitchen island is a place for people to gather at the center of the kitchen. Our clients want islands for cooking, baking, and eating as a family, and for entertaining family and friends,” says … Read more

Open your door to holiday sparkle  

Spread some seasonal joy by decorating your front door in a Christmas motif this holiday season. “Your front door should be your holiday welcome greeting to friends, family and neighbors. Something for all to enjoy, including you,” says Jennifer Coleman, owner of JKC Designs Ridgefield. “It should be a sneak peek of what’s behind — … Read more

Christmas in Vermont

There’s nothing more fun than spending a few days at the Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, Vt., and getting holiday cooking tips from Rhys Lewis, the inn’s executive chef. “I love the holidays,” says Lewis, who explains that it’s not difficult to host a memorable Christmas dinner. “Keep it easy. Do a little advance … Read more

Penelope: The perfect pet

Let me introduce you to Penelope. She’s been part of my family for two years, since my daughter brought her home one day from college. I’m responsible for her care and well-being. She’s a cutie, green with skinny pink spikes (which I learned are called spines), nestled in pebbles in a small white clay pot … Read more

In good taste

Turkey may be the star of your Thanksgiving menu, but an autumn tablescape creates an inviting backdrop. “Decorating the dining table is a fun and beautiful expression of the season. It sets the stage for celebration and always adds to the festivities,” says Silvia Bianco, resident chef at Williams-Sonoma at the Danbury Fair mall. “A … Read more

Copper: A metal of honor

Copper is more than just a shiny metal. “Copper has a living finish — its patina is oxidizing, always changing. The color muddles, darkens, etc.,” notes Veronica Campbell, kitchen and bath designer at DEANE, Inc. in Stamford. “A custom hood Deane made from brass and copper shows how the color plays off the range and … Read more

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