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Landscape Architect Mario Nievera has a natural touch for gardening

With his brand new book Forever Green, out this September, Mario Nievera talks of his natural gardens and approaches to creating unique landscapes.

Tony Connecticut towns and their unique takes on living well

We’ve scouted some great finds on where to enjoy all your town has to offer. From shopping at Essex village’s Silkworm to boating at the Greenwich Polo club we’ve got you covered!

Bold Bright and Beautiful at the New York Gift Fair

Twice a year, the New York International Gift Fair presents an enormous venue of international exhibitors bringing the very best in home, lifestyle and gift brands to the city.

Celebrate the colors of fall with rich and vibrant jewelry

We've picked the perfect statement pieces for the season. From a stunning David Yurman cinnamon quartz yellow gold necklace to Sorab and Roshi carved green aventurine leaf earrings, you will be sure to stand out in these deep hues of color and jewels.

Style Setters

Tell us what your favorite piece of Hamptons architecture is? We ask those in the know.

Celebrate CTC&G's 8th Anniversary with these Connecticut connections

From Tucker Robbins handcrafted Wire Wheel sconce to Parc Monceau's chic French-style dining tables, we've discovered some of the most unique and locally sold products to add a little bit of personality to every home.

Summer Stock

Make the best of what’s left of the season with these summertime essentials that will top the waves for the perfect beach day.

Building Blocks

From ancient stone columns to Baroque period wooden doors, we’ve dug deep and found five architectural discoveries brought back to life.

Style Setters

What is the most exotic decorative accessory you’ve seen? We ask those in the know!

Magic Carpet

Her mason said it couldn’t be done, but Margaret Kerr was determined. It was 1986, and she was in the middle of designing a medieval herb garden at her house. Two rectangular spaces were just “crying out to be rugs.”

Beyond the G&T

A gin and tonic is the very essence of summer. But in the past few years, several distilleries have been producing top-notch, small-batch gins that deserve a lot more than a splash of tonic.

Pottery Barn

During a particularly stressful time as a Washington, D.C., lawyer more than 25 years ago, David Fram made a decision to throw pottery instead of fits.

Perfect Pairings

We’ve hit the town taste testing delicious duos of local eats and drinks. Check out where we went and what we ate!

Perfect Picks!

We’ve found the perfect picks to make any outdoor occasion, fun, fresh and fashion forward.

The Plush Life

Garden designer Victoria Fensterer teaches us the ins and outs of how she designs unique, lushly layered landscapes.

New Products and Styles that are Heating Up this Summer

Indulge this season in new and exciting products for your home and beyond.

What’s Poppin?

Pop-up shops are the reigning darlings of the retail industry. They are an inexpensive way for brands to generate buzz, and, for the consumer, a chance to buy something one might not usually have access to.

Bling It On!

Be the life of the party with these chic and shimmery cocktail rings.

Builder Recognition Innovator Winners

Connecticut builders that you should know.

At Your Service

From dish platters from the 1800s to Danish motif tea sets, our antiques expert is serving up some amazing culinary discoveries.

Revitalizing the Legacy of Lalique

Updating a luxury brand with strong ties to the past can be a challenging mission. But legendary crystal company Lalique is doing just that in a big way.

The New Amped-Up Gin & Tonic

A gin and tonic is the very essence of summer. But in the past few years, several distilleries have been producing top-notch, small-batch gins that deserve a lot more than a splash of tonic.

Mediabistro Interviews Cottages & Gardens

This being the last few weeks before everyone takes off for their cottages in the Hamptons and family compounds in Maine, Michael’s was chock full of A-listers, including Barbara Walters, Arianna Huffington and a squadron of social types. I was joined today by Marianne Howatson and Kendell Cronstrom and we had plenty to talk about.

Meet Our 2012 IDA Judges

IDA judges suggest which creative outlets spark the most innovative ideas.

Natural Touch

Geoffrey Nimmer of East End Gardens channels his calm and collective personality in order to create serene organic-landscapes.

Architecture Innovator Winners

Contemporary to classic architecture dominates the landscape in Connecticut.

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Designer Spotlight

English Country Home
Bestselling author Chris Mead sold over 500,000 coffee table books on design, and has been decorating the Hamptons for 30 years. From beach cottages to family summer homes, & NYC Apartments. English Country Home sells an eclectic mix of modern and antique furniture, and has everything for the home, and is a must-see destination and a unique shopping experience. With over 20,000 sq. ft. of inventory, English Country specializes in instant gratification and Chris believes interiors should be both beautiful and functional.

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33 Crooked Mile Road, Darien, CT
Magnificent blend of classic Connecticut craftsmanship and style with the ease of contemporary living, filled with natural light and modern flow. Each space has been designed with exquisite attention to detail, from the intimate paneled library to the luxurious master bathroom with heated glass mosaic floor and elegant soaking tub. Set on a private cul-de-sac with a pool surrounded by beautiful gardens, enjoy privacy and serenity in a park-like setting only 5-minutes from Darien town and train.



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20 Juniper Road, Darien, CT
One of the largest waterfront properties in Darien. Magnificent 11-room estate on 7.1 private acres looking south to Long Island Sound and north to Goodwives River and Rings End Bridge. The 8,300 sq.ft. home includes: great room with 12’ ceilings and 2 limestone fireplaces, gourmet kitchen with breakfast room, family room with stone fireplace. 10 sets of French doors to expansive flagstone terrace. 5 en-suite bedrooms with water views, 8 bathrooms, full basement with billiard room, astroturf play room, workshop. Includes a pool/spa, outdoor shower and dock and more!



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29 Barn Lane, Bridgehampton
Beautiful 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom home conveniently located between Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor. This 6,400 SF Dutch Gambrel home is the perfect place to relax or host family and friends this summer. 10’ – 11’ ceilings throughout main level including a designer kitchen featuring breathtaking stonework with Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances. The master suite showcases a luxurious bathroom. Finished lower level, upgraded construction features, and integrated concierge services by Chaloners make Barn and Vine the easiest home for you.

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Unprecedented Compound, East Hampton NY
Featured in the Wall Street Journal Mansion section and the New York Post, this luxurious 23-acre compound minutes from East Hampton Village includes an approx. 18,000-sq.ft., 12+ bedroom main house, chic 6-bedroom former carriage house, and charming horse stables with paddocks and riding fields. The Cotswold-inspired main house with heated gunite pool, oversized spa, pool house, and hard-court tennis is framed by stone courtyards, covered arbors, and idyllic gardens.



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265 Thimble Island Road
Lifestyle & Luxury meet the sea in this 4 bedroom waterfront home with panoramic views of the Thimble Islands. This home embraces it’s surrounding & is the epitome of seaside elegance. The interior is caressed with charm & character. The walls of windows bring in the light of illuminating ocean sunrises & by evening the interior space is filled with picturesque evening sunsets. The lush side courtyard & wrap around deck both take on spectacular water views making this home the envy of the most rich & famous.

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11 Musket Ridge Road, Wilton CT
Perched at the top of a roaring Silvermine River waterfall on almost 4 acres, the property spreads out into Wilton and New Canaan. Every inch of this home has been perfected to capture the timeless appeal of the river while exuding ultimate refinement and good taste. The architect-designed home captures river views and sounds, and almost every room opens to one of the magnificent decks or to a private balcony.

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