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French Twist–An Elegant Holiday Celebration

For close to a year, Bill McDonald, a vice president at IBM, and his wife Jannine Hart-McDonald, an illustrator and textile designer, searched for their forever home throughout lower Fairfield County. They viewed multiple properties in Greenfield Hill, Westport, Southport,… Read More

Art & Soul–A Rowayton designer creates a festive story with local art

Rowayton native Elena Phillips loves to help clients create homes that work for how they live, showcasing their favorite colors and textures, and making the space make sense as a whole. This is abundantly evident in the home of Katie… Read More

Any local pros who can decorate my home for the holidays?

»The holiday season might be a fun-filled time of the year, but picking out and setting up lights, trees, wreaths, and decorations can be a hassle. Consider eliminating this stressor by taking advantage of one of the many holiday decorating… Read More

Welcome Home–Updated traditions in a new setting

When I was growing up in Florida, we always opened new pajamas on Christmas Eve,” recalls Thalia Stamatelos, a Bedford Hills mother of two. “So I expanded that idea for my own kids. Each year, they get a crate filled… Read More

Tied With a Bow–The Trials of Wrapping Gifts

It’s deeply embarrassing, but no one in my immediate family can decently wrap a gift. It’s much worse than mere bungling; it’s awful, including reusing last year’s wrapping paper because I’m thrifty and don’t Brits do this? I believe this… Read More

The Secret Biennial Tiger Hollow House Tour

It’s as tightly guarded as the Academy Award winners and the recipe for Coke—what houses are on this year’s Tiger Hollow Holiday House Tour. Six homes—resplendent in holiday décor—will be open to ticketholders on Friday, December 6. This biennial… Read More

What’s the deal with the blue tree on Wilton Road West?

Mimi and David van Wees and four children live in a beautiful blue classic home, where Main Street becomes Wilton Road West. When they bought the house in 2004, this birch tree was growing close to the house. Says David:… Read More

How do I keep holiday greenery fresh?

The first rule of holiday greenery is to always buy the freshest greens available. As soon as you get them home, cut the end of the stems at a 45-degree angle with pruners and crush them lightly. Then place immediately… Read More

Barn Again–Repurposing an old barn

About ten years ago, we starting renting a weekend house in Rhinebeck—on the Hudson,” recalls Patricia Machado, who shares a home base during the week in Manhattan with her husband Jeff Neuman and daughter Sophie. “Jeff finally said we have… Read More

What’s with all the Wild Turkeys in the area?

These days, wild turkeys are a common sight in our area, but it wasn’t always that way. Turkeys have a storied history, full of misadventures and triumphs, that continues to this day. The Spanish were the first to bring turkeys… Read More
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