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Historic Home with Modern Flair

You know the expression, “If these walls could talk …” Well, at the historic Greek revival masterpiece at 89 Westway, a stone’s throw from Southport Harbor, I imagine these particular 19th-century walls would have terrific stories to tell. This house is a key dwelling that makes up the Southport Historic District, which was listed on [...]read moreHistoric Home with Modern Flair

Master florist and gardener offer sage advice

When it comes to growing your own, cut flowers are the latest backyard crop, their popularity fed in large part by flower arrangements on social media feeds. “Every home can be made more beautiful with flowers,” says master floral designer Ariella Chezar, whose most recent book, Seasonal Flower Arranging, will inspire any gardener to pursue [...]read moreMaster florist and gardener offer sage advice

Secret Garden — A Work of Heart — that’s on the Garden Conservancy Tour

Secret Garden

When Tom Harris moved into his North Wilton home 25 years ago, it was a pokey ranch-Colonial hybrid with tiny windows and virtually no landscaping. “It was as dark as a tomb,” says Harris, “the yard was non-descript, just overgrown bushes. At the edges of the property it was like a jungle.” But the new [...]read moreSecret Garden — A Work of Heart — that’s on the Garden Conservancy Tour

Where History Blooms

The Tapping Reeve

For the town’s 300th anniversary, the Litchfield Historical Society gives the community an opportunity to explore its past al fresco. Many organizations would be envious of the Litchfield Historical Society’s dilemma. Faced with six virtually blank acres adjacent to the Tapping Reeve House and Law School museum, they were tasked with the delightful duty of [...]read moreWhere History Blooms

License to Drive — Handling your kids learning to drive

License to Drive

If you have a child about to celebrate his or her 16th birthday, a driver’s license has likely been a frequent topic in your house. For those of you navigating this for the first time, it can be very overwhelming, a little scary, and sometimes confusing. In the State of Connecticut, individuals must be 16 [...]read moreLicense to Drive — Handling your kids learning to drive

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

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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

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