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Rebecca Haynes

Weaving her own story

Basket artist Kari Lonning uses nature as her inspiration By Abby Luby/Photos by Amy Dolego Finding a bird’s nest in her rose trellis excites basket artist Kari Lonning. Seeing the nest’s natural weave and dense texture inspired Lonning to create her famous “hairy technique” baskets with their multi-colored, crisp tendrils that emit a certain “buzz.” […] [Read More]

Seven Oaks show house

More than furniture and paint, designers bring artistic vision By Rebecca Haynes Most designers are artists, really. They have a vision for the space they’re working on — from colors to furniture and textures to lighting. So putting together a room in a designer show house is a task most relish. For Aleksandr Golubchik and […] [Read More]

Don’t miss our free garden seminar!

Winterizing Gardens and Landscapes for Exceptional Results Don’t miss Life@home’s seminar series, set for 1 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 9, at Nielsen’s Florist & Garden Shop. Come and hear Life@home garden writer Kerry Ann Mendez, who will offer tips galore to get your gardens and landscapes winter-ready. She’ll focus on how to bring more color […] [Read More]

Maximizing your cold-weather lawn

By Kerry Ann Mendez Living in the Northeast has many perks, but year-round gardening is not one of them. Most of us stare at bleak winter landscapes for five, if not six, months of the year. But that’s no reason to despair when the gardens are buried under snow. By making some simple wardrobe adjustments, […] [Read More]

Heating Up

Family gets creative to add outdoor living space By Larissa Lytwyn Problem: The owners of this Sherman home lacked adequate recreation space because of their large, prominent driveway. Solution: Shayne Newman, owner of YardApes Inc. of New Milford, transformed the end of the driveway into a cozy paradise, including a fire pit. “Fire pits can […] [Read More]

Bonsai artist has soul for the task

By Nancy DeFelice Stamford’s Shanti Bithi Nursery has a feeling of serenity. Rocks adorn the entrance as natural sculpture and a statue of Buddha sits on a stone wall. The graceful curve of terraced stone steps leads to a four-foot bonsai planter that showcases a miniature grove of lush Alberta spruce. All as nature intended, […] [Read More]

Bloodroot recipes

Tara Rubano’s Empanadas (makes 32 empanadas, or 4-8 servings depending on what else is served) Chickpea Dough ingredients 1 cup dried chickpeas, see note 1 Baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon ground cumin 2/3 cup coconut oil, see note 2 method Soak chickpeas overnight and cook according […] [Read More]
Categories: Chef @home recipes

Friends help Bloodroot owner test new recipes

By Valerie Foster For five lucky women, Monday night is their weekly chance to talk, laugh, share and enjoy the food experiments du jour that Selma Miriam has been busy perfecting. For Miriam, Monday is her day to try out new recipes — add a pinch of this, a touch of that — and ultimately, […] [Read More]