The good life!

  In a word association quiz, many people might respond to the word “family” with words like “mother,” “father,” “sister” or “brother.” However, dog and cat owners typically include their pampered pets as part of the family and close to the heart, so it’s not surprising, then, that they decorate their homes with all of … Read more

A room with a view

Before the advent of social media and smartphones, a porch served as a place for socialization. People would stroll through the neighborhood after dinner and visit with neighbors taking in the evening from their front porch, trading stories about their days while enjoying a mild summer’s eve or a crisp fall night. While nightly porch talk may … 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

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

A tree with all the trimmings

With the holidays in full swing, it’s time to decorate and get into the holiday spirit,and a good place to start is with your Christmas tree. “Traditionally when you think of a Christmas tree, you picture ornaments, lights, tree toppers, and shiny bright tinsel, but there is so much more you can do with your … Read more

Gray is here to stay in home design

Decorating a home in neutral tones has long been recommended as a way to sell a home quickly. But the color gray also provides a blank canvas for homeowners who have no intention of putting their homes on the market anytime soon. Beige and white have long been go-to colors for neutral living spaces. But … 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

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

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