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Let’s Party! How and why to plan a Summer Block Party

Block Party

Rosalie Witt watched as the little girl meticulously examined the materials on her neighbor’s lawn. A box, some tape, streamers—she browsed, then spoke: “I’m intrigued.” So began her engrossing project, transforming the plain box into an elaborate cardboard house. “She drew decorations on the inside, hung streamers as curtains,” says Witt. “She didn’t want anyone [...]read moreLet’s Party! How and why to plan a Summer Block Party

Not Your Father’s Hardware Store — Local store thriving

Wilton Hardware

When Keeler Hardware closed seven years ago, Tom Sato, a 30-year Wilton resident, decided to give up his New York marketing career and lengthy commute to fill the void by opening Wilton Hardware. “We opened a few weeks earlier than planned in October 2012,” recalls Sato. “It was right after Hurricane Sandy hit, and we [...]read moreNot Your Father’s Hardware Store — Local store thriving

A 1700s Colonial Home Inspires its Owner

Colonial House

My daughter came home disappointed from a fifth-grade visit to Keeler Tavern Museum, constructed in 1713 and famed for the British cannonball still embedded in its flank. “It’s just like our house,” she complained. Indeed, the interior of our colonial farmhouse on George Washington Highway, built circa 1739, modestly reveals its age: wide chestnut floorboards; [...]read moreA 1700s Colonial Home Inspires its Owner

Picking Up the Luxury — on America’s Best-selling Vehicle

With 27 championships, The New York Yankees are arguably the greatest sports franchise of all time. As great as they are, the Yankees winning percentage pales in comparison to that of the Ford F-150, which has been the best-selling vehicle in America for 37 straight years. Yet, unless you live on a farm, own a [...]read morePicking Up the Luxury — on America’s Best-selling Vehicle

Creating an Alluring Indoor Garden

plants

As I write this another winter storm is brewing outside, yet I am surrounded by the aroma of the Amaryllis, Daffodils, and Hyacinth blooming on my desk. If you are lucky to have a south, east, or west exposure, you can grow all kinds of wonderful plants. Even shady northern exposures can be greened up [...]read moreCreating an Alluring Indoor Garden

Hidden Treasure — Creating a Memorial Garden

Memorial Garden

Most gardeners will tell you that they’re devoted to their plot of earth, but tucked away in a corner of Greenfield Hill is a garden that is devoted to people: the memory of those who have passed away, that is. The Memorial Garden at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church turns 20 this year, and is [...]read moreHidden Treasure — Creating a Memorial Garden

Foaling in Love Again–Raising Million Dollar Babies, like American Pharoah’s foal

Foaling in love

It is a bitterly cold February day. The skies threaten snow, the fields have yet to turn from brown to green, and the cherry and oak trees lining the paths at Sunnyfield Farm are still not close to budding. John Grau, the ebullient farm manager and overseer of Joanne Nielsen’s thoroughbred breeding program here is [...]read moreFoaling in Love Again–Raising Million Dollar Babies, like American Pharoah’s foal

On a Sunday Morning –– Life lessons in the garden

I am a gardener. Not the fancy kind. My gardens evolve much like my cooking, an unplanned painting on a canvas where I throw things together and sometimes it is delicious, yet often it needs more. Always more of something. More plants. More salt. More white. More fertilizer, more spice, more TLC. Always to be [...]read moreOn a Sunday Morning –– Life lessons in the garden

International Designer draws on local roots

William Caligari

His small leather-bound notebook is filled with sketches, notes, measurements, paint swatches, project ideas—and some French writing and a bicycle training diary for good form. What is most revealing is the range of work William Caligari does, from detailed decorating to reimagining and redesigning the layout of a gutted house. Thirty years ago, Caligari opened [...]read moreInternational Designer draws on local roots

Stage Fright – Readying Your Home for Sale

Home staging

It was time to downsize. My husband was semi-retired, and our son a recent graduate. It was hard to justify the expense of living in a 4,500-square-foot home on more than two acres. We loved our house but also had unrealized fantasies about extended European travel. I knew enough from binge-watching virtually every program on [...]read moreStage Fright – Readying Your Home for Sale

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