Q and A

By Joe Brandt | November 26, 2018
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Q: One of my daughters has suggested that instead of leaving everything up for grabs after I’m gone, I should list my good jewelry in my will, so there’s no quarreling— but I’ve looked at everything, and have no idea as to how to even begin to divide it up between the three girls. Any help … Read more

Tips on organizing your family

By The Home Monthly | November 12, 2018

Modern families seem to be juggling more than ever before. When time seems to be a luxury, an ability to stay organized can help families manage the hustle and bustle of daily life more effectively. A recent online survey conducted by an internal research team on behalf of The Huffington Post polled more than 1,000 … Read more

An old-fashioned love story

By Pamela Brown | November 7, 2018

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

November 2018 Home: Tudor time

By The Home Monthly | November 7, 2018

15 Tunxis Trail, Redding, Conn. $744,500 Laura Freed Ancona William Pitt Sotheby’s International 203-733-7053 Our home of the month: Approached via a stone pillared entry on 2.65 park-like acres with stone walls, lush lawns, flowering gardens, and an irrigation system, this 4,000 sq. ft. stately English stone Tudor was custom built by noted Italian stone … Read more

Small kitchen improvements that maximize functionality

By The Home Monthly | November 1, 2018

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


By Joe Brandt | October 29, 2018
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The following is a collection of random questions that have been posed by readers of this column during the past year. Q: I want to sell a few items that I never wear anymore, but the price of gold has dropped in recent months. Should I wait until gold goes up again? A: It is … Read more

A guide to safely removing fallen leaves

By The Home Monthly | October 25, 2018

Raking leaves is a chore many people immediately associate with autumn. Even though raking seems like a simple activity, it’s still possible to be injured while removing leaves from the yard. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center advises that pain from outdoor leaf chores can range from strained back muscles to twisted knees. Blisters on … Read more

Improving your entertaining spaces

By The Home Monthly | October 23, 2018

Some homes are seemingly built for entertaining, while others may need a little help to make them more fit for hosting dinner, holiday gatherings or an evening with friends. Overall, one-quarter of people entertain guests in their home either daily or weekly across the globe. One-third entertain monthly, according to findings from GFK Insights. People … Read more