With its smooth back, crisp, tailored lines and 78-inch width, this Lee Industries Apartment Sofa packs a lot of personality into a smaller package.
I fell desperately in love with the “Artistry Pink” fabric pictured here. Upholstered in it, the piece is urbane yet delicate – and feminine without being “girly.”
It comes with two 20-inch throw pillows.
$3,343. Design Solutions, 146 Elm Street, New Canaan. (203) 966-3116 or (866) 903-3744.
I tell the story that when I came to look at this house to potentially buy it, it was winter and I came after work so it was dark. I tell that story to people who come to visit because what I didn’t see in the dark, and it’s a good thing I didn’t or it could have changed my mind, was that my next door neighbor’s house was dilapidated. No joke. Vines had overtaken the house, birds made their home in the siding and part of the back of the house was quite literally falling down! Sadly the woman was a recluse who passed away not too long after we bought our house.
We’ve been wondering when or if it was ever going to be restored to it’s former glory. Lucky us, a contractor has bought the house and is fixing it up for his daughter. The other bonus is that my husband happens to know the contractor and instead of trashing all the furniture in the house, he let us have it to do with it what we wish. We’re (I dragged my husband into this) excited about cleaning up the furniture, giving some of it away and selling the rest. There are some really nice pieces. It drives me batty that there are so many people who are so quick to throw something out that still has a lot of use and value — because it’s the easier thing to do!
These two mid-century pieces just need a little spit and polish and then they’re off to my sister’s house.
Isn’t this set of leather-topped nested tables sweet? Continue reading
I found this adorable white wooden decorative bird cage at Home Interior Consignments in Brookfield.
Wouldn’t it be perfect on a shelf in a sun room, on a sideboard, or even above kitchen cabinets, if you have a big space to fill? It could enliven virtually any space – even standing alone. Or fill it with live plants, (or artificial, if you’re so inclined,) or a collection of LED candles of differing heights, to add a little extra interest. I’d worry about using real candles, although they might not pose a problem.
In fact, the piece could even be put to use as a centerpiece on a serving table. The sky’s the limit for its uses!
$65. Home Interior Consignments, 270 Federal Road, Brookfield. (203) 775-4663.
By Amy Dolego
Our dear friends, Susan and Steve, affectionately call us, “The Pioneers” and I’m beginning to think it’s an apt description. My husband and I have learned how to fell trees, move rocks, till the land and dig until we drop. Dennis reminds me quite often that we are doing most of these things with mere hand tools and true grit, although we did resort to purchasing a scary chain saw with a 20” blade. Six acres is a lot of land, so we’ve concentrated on cleaning up and restoring one section at a time. One of these areas was a dark hole of a place on the north side of our home. When we first bought the property it was infested with weeds, scrub trees, rambling vines and trash. No one could attempt to walk through it without a machete in hand. But, after two seasons of hard work, we finally tamed and transformed it into our new shade garden.
It all started with a fabulous Christmas gift from my brother-in-law, Bruce. It was a cool tool called an “Alligator.” It has jaws that open to fit around small trees and when the handles are squeezed together, it zips right through them, cutting them down. Armed with my Alligator, I cleared all of the scrub maples myself and relished in my new-found independence. I dragged them to one side and piled them against the stone wall where they awaited the chipper. I sprayed the weeds and watched them wilt. Continue reading
Fill this purse with posies, petunias or pansies – or a flower that doesn’t begin with “p,” if you prefer.
This planter is constructed of a netting frame covered with sheets of moss, and lined with plastic to protect the bag and retain moisture.
The folks at Shakespeare’s Garden in Brookfield predict the bags will last about a year outside exposed to the elements, or much longer inside. I bought one this spring and have kept it inside. The color hasn’t faded a bit, and it still looks pristine.
Shakespeare’s Garden at Burr Farm, 25 South Obtuse Road, Brookfield, (203) 775-2214.
Why do I love Etsy? Let me count the ways. By now you probably know all about the goodness that is Etsy -— the marketplace that brings artisans from around the globe together in one place. The community they’ve created with events, forums, teams and a super-informative blog are a few of the reasons I love Etsy. But most of all, I love their “Finds” or “Top Picks.” This is where the Etsy teams scour their marketplace to bring me beautiful, weird, awesome, sweet or silly things to buy … or in my case, just drool over. Warning: It is impossible to only spend a few minutes on Etsy. Here are a few lovely items from eco-conscious vendors.
1. It was hard choosing justone design to feature from Colorstorydesigns. Their colorful designs, made from recycled magazines, are lots of fun. From art to frames to vases, you’ll find lots of great gifts here.
2. I’m in love with the whole collection of pillows from Ekofabrik. These pillows are made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottle felt. But you must see the pillows featuring designs of vintage paper money — so beautiful.
3. A gal after my own heart! A2homemade believes “good furniture deserves a second chance.” I couldn’t agree more!
4. Don’t these tumblers made from recycled wine bottles transport you to a warm, tropical place? Bottlecrop has many creative products made from recycled glass bottles.
Check out this article plus loads of other home-related reads in the August / September issue of Life@Home Magazine.
What are your favorite stores on Etsy?
Magazine reading has never been so stylish a pursuit.
These Tutti Frutti magazine holders by Glas are constructed of chamfered 10mm-thick glass, and available in the clear glass at the forefront of this photo, plus 15 lacquered glass colors, including the three pictured here. The colors are positively delicious!
$750. Signorello of Westport, 11 Wilton Avenue, Westport. (203) 221-3200. www.signorellowestport.com
By Amy Dolego
After the tennis court was demolished, we were left with a giant dirt patch. As luck would have it, the tennis court wasn’t the typical 50 x 100 size. It turned out to be a whopping 7,500-square-foot area or about one-third larger than we anticipated. This meant more topsoil, more seed, more labor and, ultimately, more money. For some unknown reason, none of us, including the contractor, measured it first. Oh well…
It’s too bad we had such a late start in the season because of such a rainy June. Once July sets in, it’s hard to grow grass. Seeds bake in the extreme heat and our tennis court was located squarely in full sun exposure. We’d have to be diligent about watering the grass seed several times a day and we secretly hoped for a rainy July.