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Who do people in-the-know call to hang their wallpaper?

Hilary Clinton

Say you want to freshen up your home or office, maybe this time with wallpaper. You look online and then, wanting to get up close and tactile, drop into a design store to burrow into big, fat wallpaper books, sliding your fingers across the pages, feeling those blends of fabric, linen and grass. Finally, faint [...]read moreWho do people in-the-know call to hang their wallpaper?

Black Bears sightings on the rise – where and what to do

Black Bear

Large, black, thick-furred, long of tooth and claw, come April or thereabouts they’ll awake from their winter torpor to a town that has most certainly awoken to them. Maybe you’ve seen one lumbering along with their golly-gee gait, in our woods, our meadows, our roadways—our yards. Ridgefield, like an increasing number of Connecticut towns, serves [...]read moreBlack Bears sightings on the rise – where and what to do

Decorating for Designer Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger Apartment

High atop NYC’s Plaza Hotel, Eva Lee and Nels Christianson applied their high-end decorative painting skills to the penthouse home of Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, the iconic resort-wear fashion designer. “The views were spectacular,” says Lee, co-owner of Christianson Lee Studios in Ridgefield. Brought in by the lead designer Cindy Rinfret, the fine-finishing duo worked [...]read moreDecorating for Designer Tommy Hilfiger

Sharing plants with others – great community event

Wilton Garden Club

Every year since its founding in 1921, as the snow begins to thaw and the first signs of green begin to peek from the earth, members of the Wilton Garden Club spring into celebratory action and begin harvesting plants to share with the community at their annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale. This springtime harvest tradition [...]read moreSharing plants with others – great community event

Senior living has gone gourmet, high tech and green

Maplewood Senior Living

Finding a retirement community for mom or dad can be overwhelming. But one thing that can make your decision easier is whether or not that place is environmentally friendly. That’s where Maplewood Senior Living in Southport comes in. Wetland preservation tops the list at this new facility scheduled to open in June. The community sits [...]read moreSenior living has gone gourmet, high tech and green

Soil My Undies – use this gardening trick

“Eeeww! Soil a pair of men’s underwear?” Some of Bedford’s Rusticus Garden Club members recoiled in disgust at the suggestion by Karen Simons, their co-chair of conservation. The “Soil My Undies” initiative to bury men’s underwear is one way for gardeners to see if their soil contains the beneficial micro-organisms that decompose organic material and [...]read moreSoil My Undies – use this gardening trick

Fashion Designer Joseph Abboud & Daughter Ari tackle a house

Joseph Abbound & Daughter Ari

It’s not as if Joseph Abboud was looking for a new professional challenge. After all, in addition to designing two menswear collections each year, this award-winning creative director was also overseeing both his Madison Avenue store and full-scale, seasonal fashion shows. But then his daughter Ari mentioned that she was interested in flipping a house. [...]read moreFashion Designer Joseph Abboud & Daughter Ari tackle a house

Defining Garden Spaces

Surveying your yard you realize your landscaping is looking a little sad. Don’t despair. You can blend the utility of an outdoor space and the beauty of a landscaped yard with some proper planning. Most spaces created by Jeff Kuffel, a landscape architect with Hoffman Landscapes, fall into one of two categories: areas designed for [...]read moreDefining Garden Spaces

Therapy in the Dirt: Why gardening is a psychological upper

Feeling cooped up? Cabin feverish? Climbing the walls? You are so not alone. The days may be lengthening, but frigid weather still puts the kibosh on romping in the borders; average lows this time of year hover around 32 degrees, and it’s possible that a blizzard could dump a foot or more of the white [...]read moreTherapy in the Dirt: Why gardening is a psychological upper

Bugged: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Don’t laugh, but I’m terrified of spiders, especially when I can see the whites of their eyes. True story: One morning years ago, while brushing my teeth, I saw an eight-legged creature—I swear it was the size of my head—moseying across the bottom of the bathtub. Screaming, I ran into the hall, slammed the door [...]read moreBugged: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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