It is the most crucial question to ask of anyone assessing their personal finances: what’s the bare minimum needed to live out the retirement years, and what steps should one take to have plenty of cushion to live the retirement they want?
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…
In a world where everyone accumulates so much stuff, beautiful built-ins serve as a creative way to organize it all.
The award is named for distinguished Connecticut residential architect Alice Washburn, an early-20th-century Connecticut designer and builder, largely self-taught, whose work is known for its thoughtful, stylistic and programmatic invention.
Connecticut historic gardens, in all varieties, shapes and sizes, offer visitors a peek into our horticultural past.
There are tally marks on the ceiling beams of Old Lyme’s Wade-Tinker House. The faint white lines on hand-hewn beams in the home’s expansive third-floor attic look like they might have been made by a hand grasping a simple stick of school-room chalk. But “if you rub them,” says Marcello Marv…
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…
From simple bird baths to babbling streams and intricate waterfalls, there are water garden features to suit all tastes and budgets.
Whatever your fancy, there is so much you can do to deck out your deck these days.
When homeowners are hunkering in for a chilly Northeast winter with windows and doors sealed, indoor toxins are trapped in the house as well.
Two new adjacent, multi-million-dollar spec houses on Darien’s Brush Island represent a new venture for Harris.
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…
A short distance from Greenwich’s famous Avenue, perched on William Street, is a 500-square-foot jewel box of a retail studio. It’s the brainchild of interior designer Patrick Mele.
Hidden behind stone pillars and decorative iron gates, down a long corridor of tall evergreen trees, is a 3.38-acre level and gently sloping property at 1894 Cross Highway that could be mistaken for the English countryside.
The annual Alice Washburn Awards are a joint effort of the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Connecticut Magazine to acknowledge excellence in traditional house design.
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…
The backyard of yesteryear was a childhood refuge where youngsters climbed trees, built forts, and played hide-and-seek. Today, some backyards rival resort destinations, so prominent are their water features, culinary amenities, and creature comforts.
Making your patio or backyard an extension of your home is not only possible — it is an idea that is in high demand. That’s the message Chris Palmer and his team at Outdoor Design & Living in Fairfield share with their clients.
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…
When John and Carol Berczuk first laid eyes on 180 Strobel Road more than 20 years ago, they saw a lot they wanted to change — and one thing they wanted to keep relatively the same.
Kathryn Hays has been chasing the water for years.
The lessons I learned when it was time to downsize my life, and what you need to know
For a case study in true heartbreak, observe the way New Haven artist Mohamad Hafez’s art has shifted over the years.
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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…
Connecticut's New Historic Barns Trail Showcases Agricultural Treasures