It is way down the list of websites maintained by state government where one would think to search out words of wisdom from the likes of Mark Twain, William Shakespeare and Ralph Waldo Emerson. But there the luminaries appear, courtesy of the Connecticut Department of Banking, with a Russian…

Tis the season to celebrate. And yet, as we all know, finding just the right combination of food and drink to entertain friends and family in the comfort of home can be a bit, shall we say, daunting. To help ease the process, we asked Roe Chlala, co-owner and senior event consultant for the …

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…