Whether you’re looking to redo your home from top to bottom or freshen up one room, Connecticut has home furnishing stores that make it easy. Each one offers in-house interior design services with talented designers on hand to navigate you through myriad choices in not only furniture, but ru…

Restoring a historic home to its former glory certainly speaks to the heart. Who, we wonder, once lived within those walls? What stories they would have to tell, if only we could ask them. It’s fun to let your imagination run wild, but there’s also a lot to ponder before embarking on a resto…

There was a time, not so many decades ago, when a large apple orchard grew along a section of scenic Nod Hill Road near Olmstead Hill Road. Back then itinerant workers would come into town to work in the orchard. A handful of those workers were housed in a guest cottage in front of the beige…

For a night defined by food, family and gathering at the table, it’s as if the dishes and bowls take their own place of honor amid the feast.

For many, the pantry is a bit nostalgic, conjuring up simpler times. It’s a closet or walk-in space in the kitchen, or nearby, with shelves lining the walls from floor to ceiling. From canned to boxed goods, paper towels and other non-perishables, everything seems to be stored in there.

The home theater in the house at 50 Eveningside Drive isn’t just a big room with a large-screen TV. It’s a legit theater, with a projector, lights that dim at showtime and a curtain that pulls back to reveal a screen, which descends from the ceiling. The wallpaper border pasted around the ro…

Sage Steele grew up in a military family, moving from place to place so often that she can matter-of-factly say “I’m not from anywhere.” Steele was born in the Panama Canal Zone, then an unincorporated territory of the U.S. and now part of Panama, and lived in four different countries by the…

Outside the house I grew up in and in which I still live, there are three towering, gnarled trees that I am in love with. They are older than anyone alive, and one of them has an old wooden swing drilled into it. My family has always called them the three sisters. This summer, representative…

William Raveis Real EstateForty years ago, 28-year-old Westinghouse International systems analyst William Raveis Jr. was pretty disgruntled. Despite his success in spearheading a company project that integrated domestic and international shipping, involving long hours and weekend commutes to…

Connecticut Home & Garden: Home-Selling TipsReal estate agent Jim Porto re­members a determined client who, on studying the market analysis of his home a few years back, looked up and asked simply: “What do I have to do to sell my house fast?” Sensing that this client was a tad more adve…

Winning Project, New ConstructionCottage style marries energy efficiency in this iconic shoreline home designed by CK Architects in Guilford, making it easy on the eyes … and the pocketbook.

Winning Project, Accessory BuildingHistory is repeated in the best possible way  as Greenwich architect Charles Hilton cultivates a new gardener’s cottage on a small working farm.