“I usually think of one thing I want to make. Last year I wanted a big, poufy skirt. Something in tulle. So I started there,” said Sally, whose husband, Ken, dressed as a storybook wizard. “It was just like Cinderella’s gown, it fell apart at midnight and turned into a pumpkin.
When Joan Hurwit bumped into Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at a cocktail party last year, the art aficionados found that they shared a passion, and soon thereafter, they shared a mission – creating beauty from the ugly aftermath of the 2011 Halloween nor’easter that damaged the grounds of the governor’s home and felled 40 trees.
“We’re doing the surrounds in Carrara marble. It’s considered the most humble stone, yet it’s the most pleasing to see. Every slab has its own personality and look,” says Louise. She’s especially fond of its clean finish, critical for a mother of three college students.
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Since their arrival 43 years ago, the Howards have enjoyed the role of the region’s most prolific hosts, headlined by Ann’s starring role in the culinary firmament. From humble beginnings came forth an enterprise including the award-winning Apricots restaurant, Ann Howard at the Bond, and Ann Howard Catering.
I relish discovering old things and making them into something new. As a child, during my frequent trips abroad, I was always stopping to look at the buildings, the gates and stone walls. One day these architectural details would be entrenched in my mind as a key part of a well-appointed home.
With warmer weather comes an onslaught of social obligations and soirees: indoor/outdoor luxury barbecues with finger buffet, riparian entertainment with al fresco nibbly bits, and the ever-present scramble for weekends away.
Maintenance is part of the price we pay for owning a home. Recently, I surveyed the damage wrought by time on my home—carefully observing fences, arbors, trellises, balconies and lintels (load-bearing and usually decorative pieces of wood or stone placed over an entranceway).