Winter entertaining ideas

By The Home Monthly | January 9, 2019

Winter entertaining need not end once Christmas and New Year’s Day have come and gone. Getting together with friends and family is still possible even if the weather outside is frightful. When Mother Nature takes a chilly turn, those who don’t want the party can consider the following entertaining ideas. • Indulge in sweet treats. … Read more

How to uncork bubbly safely

By The Home Monthly | December 28, 2018

Special occasions like birthdays, holidays, and of course, New Year’s Eve, are often enhanced by the inclusion of sparkling beverages. Sipping a chilled glass of bubbly can make everything feel more festive and indulgent. However, those bottles of champagne, cava or prosecco can pack quite a punch — and not just because of their alcohol … Read more

New Year’s Resolutions, Revisited

By Joe Brandt | December 26, 2018

What new year would be complete without a list of New Year’s Resolutions — even though you know (in your heart of hearts) that the chances of keeping them are likely to be slim to none? According to advanced hypothetical calculations, you’re probably still in the process of sorting out your list, so I would propose that … Read more

Giving your trees some TLC

By Lisa Sullivan | December 24, 2018

Cold weather can take its toll on a property, especially in regions of the world where winters are harsh. Most parts of the landscape are vulnerable to damage from winter storms, but trees may be especially susceptible. By the end of winter, many homeowners wonder if their trees would benefit from some professional TLC. Tree … Read more

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

By Janis Gibson | December 5, 2018

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

December 2018 Home Personality: Eat, drink and be merry!

By The Home Monthly | December 5, 2018

123 Kettle Creek Road, Weston, Conn. $4,800,000 Andrew Whiteley & Merilese Fernschild Al Filippone Assoc./William Raveis, 203-258-1595 Our home of the month: Enter through stone fences and drive through 6 acres of park-like setting lined with flowering dogwoods and 100-year-old oak trees, arriving at the front porch of this Queen Anne style Dinyar Wadia-designed home. … Read more

Call of the wild

By Lisa Sullivan | December 5, 2018

I feel like our home is a beacon for virtually every variety and species of living creature … we’ve had field mice, birds, bees, ants, fruit flies, moles, voles, squirrels, bunnies, fox, coyote, raccoons, and deer visited upon us over the years. All that’s missing are the frogs and locusts. One morning this past September, … Read more

Q and A

By Joe Brandt | November 26, 2018
jewelry box

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

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