A French connection

In a small French village called Giverny, about 50 miles west of Paris, blooms a beautiful and diverse garden anchored by a serene water-lily pond. The idyllic garden, with its exquisite water features, is the work of impressionist artist Claude Monet, who drew inspiration from this oasis in many of his paintings. While Monet’s bountiful … Read more

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

Let the games begin!

Whatever your favorite sport happens to be, why not build your own private court or field in your back yard? Basketball and tennis courts, soccer fields, multi-sport facilities that transform into ice rinks come winter — if you dream it, you can build it.   And if all you want is a simple basketball hoop … Read more

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

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

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

April 2019 Home Personality: “Mad for Mod”

218 Sleepy Hollow Road, New Canaan, Conn. $8,500,000 Inger Stringfellow and John Hersam William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty 203-321-9361 Our feature home of the month: The Wiley House, custom designed and built in the early 1950s, should be toured in person so as appreciate its uniqueness. Mimicking his own Glass House, renowned architect Philip Johnson designed this one-of-a-kind structure just a few years after creating … Read more

New Canaan’s in-town treasure 

It’s the best of both worlds — traditional Queen Anne architecture meets luxurious contemporary lifestyle in a home, located at 83 Oak St., New Canaan, and built in 2006. The choice New Canaan location is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, churches and the library in the heart of town. And it’s for sale. After … 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

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