Flower power: Spring trends

Spring’s celebratory times are on the horizon. Flowers add a festive touch to any type of gathering, such as weddings, proms, graduations, Easter, and Mother’s Day. Local independent florists are anticipating this season with excitement as they embrace the new trends in florals, arrangements, and colors. “Expect prom season and wedding season to be coral … Read more

Comfort and joy

Thanksgiving weekend is the most popular time for decorating your home for Christmas. Neighborhoods become alive with white outdoor lights that illuminate houses, yards, trees, and figures that become realistic once darkness falls. Jane Mazzocchi, decorator for the Hunter Douglas Gallery at DUC Interiors in Norwalk, recommends looking around your home or office to find … Read more

Summer flowers: A feast for the eyes

Adding new plants to your garden doesn’t have to happen only in spring; it can take place all summer long. Enjoy your favorites such as peonies, lavender, black-eyed Susans, daisies, bee balm, marigolds, and geraniums, but also stroll through your local garden center for new ideas. Benedict’s Home and Garden in Monroe, for example, is … Read more

Every day fresh

The aroma that wafts from an oven where bread is baking is enough to make one’s mouth water. Making bread at home can be enjoyable and satisfying, but if you don’t have enough time, there are a number of local bakeries whose crews do this while you sleep. “Everything at Wave Hill Breads is old … Read more

Soup’s on!

Nothing says comfort food like a bowl of steaming soup on a blustery fall day. Think beyond the canned variety to discover tasty and nutritious alternatives. Although soup is still a lunchtime American standard, it can also make for a delicious dinner when paired with a salad and thick slices of artisan bread.     If … Read more

A range of options

Why do some people choose to spend more than $6000 on a kitchen range when they can get one for $600? It’s not just the array of sizes, colors, trims or the number of ovens, burners, and grills that are tempting, it’s their new features and reliability that attract serious, dedicated home cooks. They’re not … Read more

That’s the spirit!

  June 21 is the first day of summer, as well as the longest one. After that, each day gets shorter by a minute or two. Since summer is a fast runner, now is a good time to think of refreshing libations for the lovely days ahead. Many of the following summer cocktail suggestions from … Read more

Let the holiday spirit move you

“One in 10 families is near the poverty line in Fairfield County,” says Wade Gibson of New Haven-based Connecticut Voices for Children, “and this time of year—holiday time—is particularly difficult for them.” Thanksgiving abounds with food drives. The focus in December is collecting toys for children who otherwise would do without. If you’d like to … Read more

Let’s talk turkey: Thanksgiving to go

Last year 11 people gathered around our table, marking the first time our son and his wife were hosting Thanksgiving. An ad from a local restaurant for take-out turkey dinners caught their attention. As with any good daughter-in-law, and she is a good one, we discussed it, did the math, and agreed this was a … Read more

One-stop decorating

Ring’s End is celebrating its 114th anniversary this year. This family-owned business comprises a flagship design center located at 181 West Ave., Darien, with additional design center locations in Branford, Danbury, Fairfield, New Milford, Norwalk, Stamford, Trumbull, Westport and Wilton. All have an expansive selection of fabrics, wallpapers, rugs, blinds, shutters and shades plus full-time … Read more

Cleaning house

Spring seems to be the time that most homeowners really start cleaning house, and that often begins with the vacuum. Fairfield County Vacuums, located at 11 High Ridge Road in Stamford, is a 12-year-old family-owned business and an authorized dealer of Oreck and Miele vacuums, according to Bruce Vandermark, owner and chief diagnostician, with free yearly … Read more

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