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Antiques trail to add ease to finding the perfect piece

The first-ever Connecticut Antiques Trail, a curated online guide to the antiquing experiences across the state launched recently. Those seeking the perfect item for their homes can use this to help find it. The Antiques Trail winds through historical and scenic Connecticut, representing all five regions — Fairfield, New Haven, Mystic, Hartford and Litchfield —...
Bird feeding etiquette

Bird feeding etiquette

Fabulous food, pretty presentation and attention to detail can earn you a reputation as an amazing host among your human guests. But when you serve your feathered friends, are you committing a feeding faux pas that you fear may prove unforgivable? Birds may be small, but they pack long memories into those little craniums, and...
Plant yourself! Homegrown Harvest helps homeowners get in the gardening game

Plant yourself! Homegrown Harvest helps homeowners get in the gardening game

I’m what you might call the armchair quarterback of gardening: Instead of sitting back and re-constructing football gameplays, I second-guess the HGTV garden show players. After watching their shows, it’s fun to imagine how my own garden could look — if I had a garden, that is. I’ve never been too successful in the growing...
Homegrown goodness: Kitchen gardens make a delicious difference

Homegrown goodness: Kitchen gardens make a delicious difference

Imagine the enticing aroma of basil, mint and rosemary perfuming the air right outside your kitchen door. Or picking fresh baby lettuces or fat, juicy tomatoes right in your own backyard. When you plant a kitchen garden, you create a delectable opportunity to live well and eat well. Kitchen gardens are growing in popularity, and...
Building My Passive House - Part 3

Building My Passive House – Part 3

This is the third entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program to assist home building professionals seeking to build highly energy-efficient homes (www.phaus.org for more information). The project began with the demolition of the existing cottage....

Tips to keep you and your home safe this hurricane season

The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season has begun and there is no better time to prepare your home and family for whatever Mother Nature may send our way. “We plan year-round for storms. Our crews and equipment are always at a high state of readiness, and we continually maintain and improve our gas and electric infrastructure...
Monroe native opens organic pest control

Monroe native opens organic pest control

Pure Solutions opened their newest location in Westport in May. The new location is managed by Matthew Brisch, originally from Monroe and current resident of Shelton. Pure Solutions-Westport provides organic and safe alternatives to harmful pesticides in the control of ticks and mosquitoes to Connecticut communities. “Expanding to Connecticut allows us to help more people...
Keep pests away from entertaining areas

Keep pests away from entertaining areas

Outdoor entertaining is one of the joys of nicer weather. People routinely gather on the patio or around the pool when the weather warms up, and such recreational activities can foster companionship and reduce stress. However, if nuisance animals and insects are sharing entertaining spaces, these pests can quickly put a damper on the festivities....
Osborne Homestead Museum offers garden tours

Osborne Homestead Museum offers garden tours

With the opening of the Osborne Homestead Museum, lovers of home objects steeped in history can take tours of it again. The museum opened its 31st season in May. Guided tours will introduce visitors to the life of Frances Osborne Kellogg, and to her extensive collection of antiques and fine art in this Colonial Revival...
Get buzzing about bees at June 14 presentation

Get buzzing about bees at June 14 presentation

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will host a free program by Mark Creighton, the state beekeeper, entitled “All About Bees, Our Great Pollinators” at the Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 14. Attendees will learn about the history, behavior and current threats facing this important pollinator. Following the...
Savings available to homeowners preparing their homes for summer

Savings available to homeowners preparing their homes for summer

As residents already know, the weather can change at a moment’s notice and before we know it, the warm summer temperatures will be here. Energize Connecticut is advising homeowners that now is the time to ensure your home’s air conditioning (A/C) system is efficient, up-to-date and Energy Star-certified.  As part of the Energize Connecticut initiative,...
Going energy efficient can help save you money

Going energy efficient can help save you money

Energy-efficient advancements in lighting offer consumers an opportunity to reduce their energy bills. One thing that consumers can do to save energy is to install super-efficient Energy Star LED light bulbs. One LED light bulb can last up to 25 times longer and uses about 80% less electricity than an old-fashioned incandescent. There is an...