Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses Opens New Facility

By Friday, March 27, 2015 Permalink 0

Greenwich garden center Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses new 26,000 square foot facility is now open for shopping. Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, which has been a strong presence in Greenwich for 85 years, has opened brand new retail space for their customers this year. They built a new Nexus Greenhouse complete with a new store, a new retail area, new growing range, a new potting area and more. In addition to improving efficiency - the new facility collects roof runoff which is re-circulated and then used for irrigation. It’s also more energy efficient; applying zone heating (only heating areas where plants are located), heat curtains are used to retain heat at night and a new open roof in the greenhouse eliminates the need for cooling fans. The family is excited to have implemented improvements that will enable a third generation of Bridge’s to grow their business. The new greenhouse is ...

Warm Up Through Winter with a Weekend Girlfriend Getaway at Montage Kapalua Bay

By Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Permalink 0

Had enough of this winter yet? As anyone bold enough to step outside surely knows, the winter of 2014-2015 has been a biting one, with icy blasts from our neighbor up north and jaw-dropping snowfalls across many regions of the country. Parts of Buffalo and western New York got seven feet of snow in November. The fifth largest snowstorm in Chicago history swept through town over Super Bowl weekend. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh declared February the city’s snowiest month on record – on February 9. And frigid temperatures have been felt from…to…well, just about everywhere. So, how about some warmth to help you survive the rest of the season? You’ll find plenty at Montage Kapalua Bay on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Perched overlooking picturesque Kapalua Bay on the northwest coast of Maui, the resort and its onsite Spa Montage offers an impressive array of health-focused, culturally inspired and bone-warming spa ...

Christopher Todd Antiques & Interiors

Christopher Todd Antiques & Interiors opened in Westport, CT in Mid October and it is quickly filling a void in Fairfield County’s home antique and design store arena. As well as selling curated antiques, object's d'art, and fine North Carolina upholstery by a division of O Henry House Ltd, they also provide Design Services and can custom upholster one of their many seating options. If one is on the market for a side table they have just the perfect one, as they have a collection of faux wood and other faux finished side tables from a custom shop in Georgia.  Clients can chose from a plethora of custom faux finished options. While they only sell Made in USA furnishings, they also have antiques sourced from France, England, Italy and Scandinavia. Clients can also see more of their antiques at their website www.thehighboy.com. The store also specializes in Italian painted furniture, rococo consoles ...

Publishers Letter

By Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Permalink 0

 With 2014 firmly in our rearview mirror, we have had a chance to relect of the past year and we would like to thank all of our partners and readers for making this past year a wonderful one for us. As it marked our 10th Anniversary, we truely appreciate all of the people who offered us congratulations and their continued support. We have also welcomed many new partners into our fold. It is wonderful to see them embrace our publication, understand what true partnerships are and share with us their wonderful projects. We have always positioned ourselves as a community of creative experts, combining our efforts to bring beauty to our readers, I am pleased to see our circle expand exponentially in the past year and look forward to the continued growth of our message throughout 2015 and beyond. On a separate note, we would like to offer congratulations to Matt Cowan ...

Francine Home Collection: Luxurious Custom Design Italian Woven Linens and Towels

Interior designer Francine Murnane is founder and president of Wilton, Connecticut-based Francine Murnane Interiors providing beautiful, client-centric interiors in a range of transitional, classical, and modern styles.  Founder, interior designer Francine Murnane is known for her diverse style and commitment to clients has earned her projects in Los Angeles, Miami, Manhattan, and abroad. In addition to local projects, her work includes a sprawling multi-family residence and villas in Saudi Arabia; a penthouse in Cairo; luxurious apartments in Dubai; a waterfront residence in Virgin Gorda; and residences in Beverly Hills, and Montecito CA. Francine Home Collection is a line of custom, high quality bed linens, sheets and towels for the bed and bath made from the highest quality, percale weave sateen cottons and linens, with thread counts ranging from 400 to 1000.  Textiles are manufactured and woven in Italy, but the embroidery of the bedding is all completed here in the USA. Francine Home ...

The Lost Art of Dining

By Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Permalink 0

Written by Linda Kavanagh Fine dining is endangered, family style dining is now the product of a broken home, service is substandard at best; and since when is hibachi just for kids? It used to be that going out to dinner was an event. Reservations were made and you looked forward to it all week long. Perhaps you even dressed up for the occasion. Nowadays it seems that people are more concerned about being overdressed, as opposed to underdressed while dining at their favorite restaurant of the month. In their defense, restaurants these days pride themselves on offering a “fine dining experience” with a “come as you are” invitation. While I can certainly appreciate the no-jacket-required mantra, how about we follow that up with no-yoga-pants-allowed and instruct our children to change out of their soccer uniforms and put on clean and more respectable clothing for dinner at a restaurant? The term “fine dining” ...

How to Find Your Kitchen Style

By Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Permalink 0

If you're planning to remodel your kitchen, you have a lot of decisions ahead.   Everyone who is design conscious suffers from a bit of “design schizophrenia”, so it is almost inevitable that you will be drawn to more than one style of kitchen.  Here's how to find inspiration, get organized and start making some choices. 1. Keep a file.  Pinterest, Magazines or the old fashioned file folder—whatever works for you!  Tear out every kitchen you see that strikes a chord with you, even if you’re not sure why (more on this later.)  The more photos you save, the more data points you will have to help determine your true style.  If you like a certain design aspect, keeps NOTES so you can watch for trends across your selections. 2. Keep A List.  Before you begin the renovation, keep a list handy in the kitchen to jot down notes on how you use ...

UNRAVELING UPHOLSTERY- 5 Questions with Chris Upholstery Owner Chris Hamalidis

By Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Permalink 0

In your opinion, what is trending now in home decor? There’s a huge resurgence of Lucite furniture that has become popular over the last few years.  Popular back in the 1960s, Lucite’s signature look is chic, simple, and versatile.  Today, we’re updating that 60s look by pairing it with contemporary styles that give customers a lot of options when it comes to coordinating within their design scheme.  It’s especially great for smaller spaces as the transparent look gives the illusion of taking up less space.  We offer different style benches, chairs and custom legs for beds.  If you don’t want commit with a large piece you can use small decorative accents.  We even have lucite drapery hardware. How do you know if your piece is worth reupholstering? By the weight.  You can easily determine whether a piece of furniture is worth reupholstering by the weight.  A sturdy, heavy wooden frame usually means you ...

New Series Introduces the Interior Designerlebrity

By Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Permalink 0

In the moments leading up to the first take, Barbara Viteri takes in her surroundings. The television production crew dash across the gorgeous purple studio space, perfecting Viteri’s million-dollar set before filming begins. She looks over and exchanges a warm smile with one of the industry’s leading interior designers seated across from her. As her mind drifts back to the grunt work it took to reach this level of stardom in her career, Viteri hears, “We’re rolling in 5, 4, 3, 2, ...” The show, Designerlebrity™ Talk with Barbara Viteri, gives this well-respected guru the perfect platform to introduce the best and brightest of the interior design industry to viewers in a fresh and unique way. With a brief conversation, or a quick skim of Viteri’s resume, it’s not difficult to figure out why The Design Network approached her for this project. The young entrepreneur has been on the fast track to ...

Home is Where the Art is – Experts share their secrets to selecting the perfect piece for your place

By Monday, September 29, 2014 Permalink 0

For many home owners, the selection of artwork is often considered an afterthought when planning a space. Yet the addition of art can add more to a room than mere decoration.  \Indeed, art has the ability to truly set the tone for any design project. But how does one obtain the right piece for their room? The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have great art. Just as long as the creation reflects your own personal taste. Luckily, the area is rich with local artists who can work with clients to make the perfect masterpiece for their home. To that end, East Coast Home + Design reached out to gallery owners, artists and an art therapist to ask the simple question, “How do you define the importance of art in the home?” Along the way, we gained perspective on the power of art to ...