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Holiday party: Out-of-the-box themes

Holiday party: Out-of-the-box themes

Parties are an integral part of the holiday season, when friends and family gather to celebrate and give thanks. For holiday hosts, parties are a great opportunity to make the season even more festive with an event that guests won’t soon forget. The following are just a few themes to make your holiday party as...
5 reasons to mom-and-pop holiday shop

5 reasons to mom-and-pop holiday shop

Quick: Picture the holiday shopping experience. An image of a crowded Black Friday at the mall or a big-box retailer may well come to mind. Yet, when the National Retail Foundation surveyed consumers in October about holiday purchasing this year, close to 30% planned on doing at least some shopping at local/small businesses. There are...
O’ Christmas tree: Finding your family’s finest fir

O’ Christmas tree: Finding your family’s finest fir

In most homes during the holidays, the tree takes center stage, so choosing the “perfect one” is important. Do you cut your own? Buy one that is already pre-cut? And what type of tree should you buy: Balsam Fir, Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine? It’s a process that can be as easy or as complicated as...
Historic Holidays to the North and South

Historic Holidays to the North and South

• Trek north to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on weekends in December for the 35th Annual Candlelight Stroll at the Strawbery Banke Museum, which has 40 buildings within the waterfront neighborhood of Puddle Dock. Historic activities on and around the 10-acre grounds include horse-drawn carriage rides, traditional barrel-making and 18th century hearth cooking demos, and tinsmith...
Capturing  the magic of Christmas’ past with historical holiday tours

Capturing the magic of Christmas’ past with historical holiday tours

Connecticut is brimming with holiday festivities, many of which date back decades or otherwise serve to bring on childhood nostalgia. A little harder to come by are events that truly take one back in time. “The draw to historic holiday celebrations is how they offer a peek at the past,” said Melanie Bourbeau, curator at...
No cost effective staging tips: Sell your house, not your home

No cost effective staging tips: Sell your house, not your home

Whenever I take a listing, I will go through the house and make a list of suggested tips that will improve the appearance of the property and make it more appealing to the buyer. Even though selling a home can be an emotional time, I always tell the sellers that they are selling their house,...
What to look for in an investment property

What to look for in an investment property

Historically, the appreciation rate for real estate is strong. Even when the housing market declines, long-term investors in real estate can rest easy knowing that property values tend to rebound rather quickly, rewarding patient investors in the process. Looking at real estate as a long-term investment is just one way approach a potential investment property....
Rooms with a View celebrates design

Rooms with a View celebrates design

Interiors showcase Rooms with a View, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary and whose honorary chairperson is national tastemaker Thom Filicia, will be hosting a weekend of design and has announced its theme for 2014: “20/20 Visions.” The event, which will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, 10 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov....
Make every day a spa day: Bathroom remodeling tips from the experts

Make every day a spa day: Bathroom remodeling tips from the experts

A lovely aesthetic with optimum function is the key to a fabulous bathroom makeover. “It should be full of natural light, easy to clean, with ample room,” says Mark Mosolino, owner, Mosolino Development (www.mosolinodevelopment.com), New Canaan. “Think beyond basics. Design to totally love it! Make it a room to spend a little more time in...
Sofas: Finding the perfect launch pads

Sofas: Finding the perfect launch pads

If sofas could talk, imagine what they have witnessed! One of the most lived-in pieces of furniture you can own, a sofa fosters family closeness, guest hospitality, reading, napping, cuddling, snacking, and pet naps, and is the center of attention and style-setter of any room it’s in. The Darien Design Center (dariendesigncenter.com) is one of...
An added item to properties  have benefitted the community

An added item to properties have benefitted the community

This seasonal bench decorations at the corner of Twinbrook Drive and Pease Road in Woodbridge was submitted by Nina Kadan-Lottick. About five years ago, she, along with her neighbor and friend Aileen O’Rourke bought two benches and put them at the corner of their respective properties for their children. O’Rourke’s husband, Eugene Caracciolo, assembled the...
Holiday fair and tag sales to spruce up your home

Holiday fair and tag sales to spruce up your home

Here’s a list of holiday fair and tag sales so you can find those items to spruce up your home. Ansonia The Ansonia High School PTSO hosts a craft and vendor fair and is looking for vendors/crafters. The fair is Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9:30 to...