New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour ‘19 

by Stacy Murphy and Malia Frame; photos by Jane Beiles On Thursday, May 16, New Canaan CARES will be celebrating its 27th Annual Kitchen & Home Tour, as generous homeowners open their doors for this beloved New Canaan tradition. The Grand Sponsor this year is Hannelore & Co. at William Raveis. “New Canaan is one … Read more

Ridgefield estate marries vintage and modern details   

Country kingdom. That’s how Sally Slater’s father fittingly described their family home. “It was my dad’s kingdom. He loved it. My dad used to talk about putting a wall up around it,” says Slater. “He never ran out of creative projects to do, from building stone towers in the stream to building a greenhouse with … Read more

Member of the board: How I learned to decorate with Pinterest   

I didn’t get Pinterest at first. All those magazine-worthy photographs of cunning little cupcake people — with no recipes attached. All those beautiful pictures of DIY bunkbeds that doubled as homework stations disguised as spaceships — with no accompanying instructions. And all those images of stuff, stuff, and more stuff that people aspire to buy. … Read more

Christmas in Connecticut: A Ridgefield home gets decked for the holidays

For many people, holiday decorating may involve a wreath on the front door, electric candles in the windows, a tree or two, some garland wrapped on a staircase or draped across a fireplace mantel above stockings hung with care, a nativity and a few special family mementos. For others, however, holiday decorating is a passion, … Read more

Festive Home brings sparkle to the holiday season

Ridgefield Guild of Artists (RGOA) presents its 14th annual Festive Home holiday showcase, running now through Sunday, Dec. 23. The white-walled galleries of the antique barn, located at 34 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield, have been transformed into a magical marketplace for the event. This year’s theme is “All That Glitters!” Stepping through the doors, visitors … 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

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

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

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