December 2014

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Celebrating the Holidays at Rebecca Ellsley's Little Cabin in the Woods

Celebrating the Holidays at Rebecca Ellsley's Little Cabin in the Woods

'Twas 14 Years ago when Designer Rebecca Ellsley bought a run-down log home in the Old Hill section of Westport. “It was in terrible condition,” she recalls. “The roof leaked—you could see daylight between all the logs.” Though it might have seemed like a huge undertaking for a 30-year-old, Ellsley was up to the task. She grew up in a European-style hunting lodge her mother, Beverly, the founder of Beverly Ellsley Designs, had restored in the mid ’70s. “I love log homes,” she says. “It was a big nut to take, but who else was going to save it?”
An Elegant Home Fills with Family Traditions During the Sweetest Season

An Elegant Home Fills with Family Traditions During the Sweetest Season

Each year during the holiday season, the tidy kitchen tucked inside this 1939 Georgian Colonial is converted into a makeshift coffee-cake factory. “It’s an old family recipe, and we all participate in making lots of cakes and giving them to friends and family,’’ says the homeowner, who recruits her husband, their two youngsters, and his two adult children for the assembly line. “There’s brown sugar, eggs and aluminum foil everywhere. It’s a tradition.”
Andre Kreft of Savor Fine Foods LLC Bakes Holiday Cookies with Natural Ingredients from Local Suppliers

Andre Kreft of Savor Fine Foods LLC Bakes Holiday Cookies with Natural Ingredients from Local Suppliers

A few years ago, Connecticut native Andre Kreft returned to his roots after spending his adult life in California as a graphic and visual artist. He moved to Litchfield County and founded Savor Fine Foods LLC, trading in a color palette for a taste palate. With an enthusiasm for life and all things pure, beautiful and delicious, he now bakes and sells cookies that have unusual and nontraditional flavor combinations. These happy little morsels are all made with love and natural ingredients from local suppliers.
Tag Along with Joe Bastianich for the Perfect Ingredients to Create Your Own Holiday Buffet

Tag Along with Joe Bastianich for the Perfect Ingredients to Create Your Own Holiday Buffet

Many years ago, while living in Greenwich, we would take our two children to a family-style, Italian-American pizza restaurant in Port Chester, NY, called Tarry Lodge. Fast-forward some 30 years and the Landmark building is still there, but the food scene is considerably different. Worldly and sophisticated palates now enjoy an authentic experience of Italian culture in cuisine, wine and artisanal products at Bastianich and Batali’s Tarry Lodge restaurant and Tarry Market.
'Tis the Season! Find the Perfect Gift to Show How Much You Care

'Tis the Season! Find the Perfect Gift to Show How Much You Care

Holiday gifts from local Connecticut retailers and beyond. Find the perfect present for everyone on you list, from the adventurer, to the social butterfly to the person who has everything.
Cool Blues and Icy White Jewels Are Sure to Dazzle

Cool Blues and Icy White Jewels Are Sure to Dazzle

Baby it's cold outside. As the temperature drops, add one of these icy jewels, including Syna's diamond and blue topaz briolette earrings, Carelle's Florette Bombay ring with diamonds and Chopard's diamond Feather earrings, to your holiday look.
Pour on Western Design Inspiration with a Visit to These Luxury Ranch Properties

Pour on Western Design Inspiration with a Visit to These Luxury Ranch Properties

For those looking to add a touch of the Wild West to their Connecticut home, these three ranches well-designed luxury ranches are proving a hotbed for New England interior inspiration.
Design Inspiration that Goes From the Bookshelves to the Coffee Table

Design Inspiration that Goes From the Bookshelves to the Coffee Table

11 coffee table books arriving just in time for the holidays, including Jack Carlson's Rowing Blazers, Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, Suzanne Slesin's The French Ribbon and Artfully Modern, Interiors by Richard Mishaan
Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh and Other Gifts To Wow Even the Most Seasoned Hostess

Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh and Other Gifts To Wow Even the Most Seasoned Hostess

Make sure you snag a second invite this season. Here, 15 hostess gifts designed to delight at your next holiday gathering.
15 Tips for a Chic and Happy Holiday from Designer Mary McDonald

15 Tips for a Chic and Happy Holiday from Designer Mary McDonald

I have loved Christmas since I was a little girl. For my entire life, I’ve been making ornaments, gingerbread houses, wreaths, and decorating my environment with scheme after scheme. It is one of the few times a year you can get kind of theatrically crazy without being seen as corny. It appeals to my more crafty side as well. And I always love going to people’s homes and seeing how they’ve embraced the season—from the most rustic to the most glittering and dramatic and everything in between. I’d like to share some decorative (and a few social) tips that have worked for me over the years.
Pick the Perfect Champagne for Every Personality on Your List

Pick the Perfect Champagne for Every Personality on Your List

The seductive siren likes her rosés, blanc de blancs and iconic “female” Champagnes. The alpha male, James Bond wannabe, likes masculine Pinot Noir-driven Champagne. The sensualist prefers bottles with inspiring motifs and savors a poetic tension in the blend. With zero or low sugar added to blend, the calorie conscious can drink more than a glass. A real spendthrift, the Bon Vivant likely to order bigger format bottles to entertain and live the dream.
Deeds & Don'ts: Seven Great Giftable Estates

Deeds & Don'ts: Seven Great Giftable Estates

This season, why not put a new spin on “home for the holidays” and consider the listings featured here as the ultimate gift? We’ve even organized them according to passion points and favorite pastimes with contact information for the Realtors who will guide you through a highly personalized “holiday house tour.” Our best to you this season!
The Clean Bedroom Hosts a Green Panel Discussion

The Clean Bedroom Hosts a Green Panel Discussion

The Clean Bedroom and Cottages & Gardens Editorial Director D.J. Carey hosted a green panel discussion and book signing.
An Exclusive VIP Dinner at the Christian Liaigre Manhattan Townhouse Showroom

An Exclusive VIP Dinner at the Christian Liaigre Manhattan Townhouse Showroom

Christian Liaigre and Cottages & Gardens Editorial Director D.J. Carey held an exclusive VIP dinner for Connecticut designers at the beautiful Christian Liaigre Manhattan townhouse showroom. Designers discussed where and how they find their very own design resources.
Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

December's must-haves for the design obsessed shopper.
Celebrating the Holidays at Rebecca Ellsley's Little Cabin in the Woods Gallery

Celebrating the Holidays at Rebecca Ellsley's Little Cabin in the Woods Gallery

'Twas 14 Years ago when Designer Rebecca Ellsley bought a run-down log home in the Old Hill section of Westport. “It was in terrible condition,” she recalls. “The roof leaked—you could see daylight between all the logs.” Though it might have seemed like a huge undertaking for a 30-year-old, Ellsley was up to the task. She grew up in a European-style hunting lodge her mother, Beverly, the founder of Beverly Ellsley Designs, had restored in the mid ’70s. “I love log homes,” she says. “It was a big nut to take, but who else was going to save it?”
An Elegant Home Fills with Family Traditions During the Sweetest Season

An Elegant Home Fills with Family Traditions During the Sweetest Season

Each year during the holiday season, the tidy kitchen tucked inside this 1939 Georgian Colonial is converted into a makeshift coffee-cake factory. “It’s an old family recipe, and we all participate in making lots of cakes and giving them to friends and family,’’ says the homeowner, who recruits her husband, their two youngsters, and his two adult children for the assembly line. “There’s brown sugar, eggs and aluminum foil everywhere. It’s a tradition.”
Unexpected Flavor Combinations Take These Unique Cookies to the Next Level

Unexpected Flavor Combinations Take These Unique Cookies to the Next Level

A few years ago, Connecticut native Andre Kreft returned to his roots after spending his adult life in California as a graphic and visual artist. He moved to Litchfield County and founded Savor Fine Foods LLC, trading in a color palette for a taste palate. With an enthusiasm for life and all things pure, beautiful and delicious, he now bakes and sells cookies that have unusual and nontraditional flavor combinations. These happy little morsels are all made with love and natural ingredients from local suppliers.
Tag Along with Joe Bastianich for the Perfect Ingredients to Create Your Own Holiday Buffet

Tag Along with Joe Bastianich for the Perfect Ingredients to Create Your Own Holiday Buffet

Many years ago, while living in Greenwich, we would take our two children to a family-style, Italian-American pizza restaurant in Port Chester, NY, called Tarry Lodge. Fast-forward some 30 years and the Landmark building is still there, but the food scene is considerably different. Worldly and sophisticated palates now enjoy an authentic experience of Italian culture in cuisine, wine and artisanal products at Bastianich and Batali’s Tarry Lodge restaurant and Tarry Market.
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