Conquering cabinet and pantry clutter

By R. E. Glowa | March 12, 2014

For passionate cooks and entertaining enthusiasts, the kitchen is command central, with well-organized pantries and cabinets an essential component of a pleasureable, creative experience. Michael Jackson, kitchen and bath designer for Ring’s End, is a firm believer in high-efficiency organization. “If you really like to cook or love to entertain, you need to determine how … Read more

The color purple

By Lois Alcosser | March 12, 2014

When most people hear the term “wine-making,” they generally think of Napa Valley, Italy or France. Surprisingly, however, Connecticut is also hospitable to the process. Though the climate affects the varietals that grow best and Connecticut grapes don’t attain quite the sweetness that more southern varietals can, commercial vineyards here keep increasing — and so … Read more

Home Personality: Homes with Brick Exteriors

By The Home Monthly | March 12, 2014

246 Mansfield Avenue, Darien, CT $3,749,500 Ingrid Hess and Debbie Previte, William Pitt Sotheby’s Our feature home of the month: Built in 1995 on over 4 acres in the neo-Georgian style of the English country home, this stately brick, 5 bedroom, 8 bath, 8,000+ sq. ft. modern manor underwent a $2.5mm renovation in 2007, creating … Read more

The Recipe Box: Hearty Winter Soups, Stews & Chilis

By The Home Monthly | February 28, 2014

Our recipe category for next month:  “Signs of Spring” Please email your favorite springtime recipes, including main dishes, sides, salads and desserts, to Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. PUMPKIN AND TURKEY CHILI (Makes one large pot of chili) Lucretia Delfino, Norwalk, CT Ingredients: … Read more

March birthstone: Dual identity

By Lisa Sullivan | February 28, 2014
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Being somewhat of a traditionalist, it makes me a bit crazy when I see people attempting to promote the use of light blue topaz as a substitute for the March birthstone, which is aquamarine — although aquamarine is not the only birthstone for the month. Bloodstone (also known as heliotrope), which today is considered to … Read more

Home Personality: Mid-Century Modern Style Homes

By The Home Monthly | February 12, 2014

22 Father Peter’s Lane, New Canaan, CT $3,995,000 Rita Kirby, William Pitt Sotheby’s International, 203-984-7665 Our Feature Home of the Month: The Frank Lloyd Wright/John Howe House. Prestigious private lane, seven gorgeous acres, 7,000 square feet and a magnificent modern masterpiece designed by John Howe and featured on national public television and in numerous publications. … Read more

Preservation society

By Lisa Sullivan | February 12, 2014

“Among the most fragile objects we’ve worked on,” says Patsy Orlofsky, founder and director of the Textile Conservation Workshop, “is a large silk engraving of The Declaration of Independence. Printed in the first quarter of the 19th century, it is an extremely rare commemoration of the original document.” The TCW, as it’s sometimes called, specializes … Read more

Act II: A new stage in life prompts a homeowner to renovate

By Janis Gibson | February 12, 2014

  As life circumstances change, many people like to change their surroundings to match them. So it was with a semiretired Easton homeowner after a divorce and selling off businesses he had built. His 21-year-old house has been elegantly renovated to reflect his taste and current lifestyle, while also creating spaces that exhibit his sense … Read more

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