How does your garden grow?

Interior designer and Darien resident Jane Ellsworth Bewkes has always had a thing for brick Georgian homes. Growing up, she would often visit her grandmother who owned one (built in the 1920s) and she would admire its architecture and elegant decor. As a young girl, she got an early start in interior design by walking … 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

June 2018 Home Personality: “Let’s hit the beach!”

12 Shorehaven Road, Norwalk, Conn. $5,250,000 Michelle&Company/William Raveis RE, 203-454-4663 Our feature home of the month: Nestled on a secluded acre steps from Shorehaven Country Club in Norwalk, this spectacular beachfront estate allows for relaxed coastal living. Built in 2001 as an homage to the iconic Southampton-style home of Samuel Parrish, this distinctive shingle-style home … Read more

Plan a backyard birthday bash!

Unicorns. Superhero Girls. Emojis. All were potential themes for my daughter Ava’s seventh birthday party last month. Harry Potter won out, however, and this year, we decided to host the birthday party in our backyard. Late spring and summer months are a perfect time to take a birthday party — or any party, for that … 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

Modern pools have all the bells and whistles

This is not your grandma’s pool. While the typical backyard pool years ago was a plain rectangle — simple in form and look — today’s pool is sleek and usually custom-made. Shape choices are nearly limitless, and with options ranging from adjoined hot tubs to adding waterfalls and fountains and colorful lighting, the family pool … Read more

Kips Bay Show House sparks design inspiration

Last month, the 46th annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City opened to the public, revealing the creativity and design expertise of 22 of the nation’s most acclaimed interior designers and architects. Since its inception in 1973, the Show House has grown into a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts and … Read more

Spring into the garden

With the danger of frost just about over, mid-May is the perfect time to get gardens prepped for planting and to trim up shrubs and bushes. Gardeners have plenty of projects to keep them busy before putting the first flower or seedling into the ground. Margaret Barnes of Trumbull, who earned certified master gardener status … Read more

Family photos tell a story

  Picture a family portrait and the image that likely comes to mind is a large photograph hanging over the fireplace of a family posing for the camera, usually in matching outfits. Today, family portraiture is closer to high art, with candid moments a key part of photo shoots, resulting in interesting photography arrangements that … Read more

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