Archive for February, 2013

On top of Briar Brae

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Classic Connecticut colonial is what comes to mind when you think about real estate in Darien.  19 Briar Brae delivers just that.  SO tidy, SO nicely set up, and and a BRAND NEW FAB MASTER BATH!  (We haven’t seen one of these since Oak Park).  The light was pouring in throughout the house on the morning I saw it.  Yes, even in January/February you feel the light streaming in. The house sits high on the hill, and has a terrific FLAT yard.  Consider this 4 bedroom 3 1/2 bath house if you want something absolutely move-in ready.  Asking $1,749,000. Listed by Ellen McCue at Kelly Associates. THIS PROPERTY HAS AN ACCEPTED OFFER AND IS NOT BEING SHOWN.

Top O'Hill

Top O’Hill.  I can see a coat of Tennis Court White and some pale ocean green shutters.  Check out Farrow & Ball’s new colors this season.

front hall

There are a lot of nice details to work with, including the arched doorway into the living room.


Its a bright red, but what would Mary McDonald do?  A little black, a little orange, a little chinoiserie chic! And, note the arched door here.


This is a nice clean palate to work with for some great decorating. I was recently reminded how fabulous Brunschwig’s “La Portugaise” is. Might look great in this room. A classic that lives on.  Thank you Albert…


Fabulous size for a master bedroom. The fireplace is a nice detail, but what’s really important is the master bath that is brand new. It’s so new it wasn’t ready for the photos! I saw the space. It’s great!


Oh yes, the flat back yard! The stone wall is another detail not to be over looked.


One of the three other bedrooms. Each is in tip top shape, very tidy, very ready for all those toys (I saw absolutely no hand marks or crayon marks on the walls. WOW!)


The “great” room, off the kitchen.  Meg Braff has some gorgeous wall papers that would look fabulous in this room. She’s got one called Sporting D’ete that would be perfect. The double doors lead out to the terrace.


The kitchen is in great shape and is a good working space for someone who likes to cook. One of those Oomph lanterns would look amazing here!

It so rare to find a place that you can just move into and start decorating.  The possibilities are endless.  The other bonus here is that it is a straight shot up to New Canaan’s Waveny Park, and Elm Street shopping.  Kind of nice to have Darien’s conveniences and New Canaan so easily accessible.

The Spring market is heating up so get a move on!  Check this one out if you are looking for a house with lots of  space (and bathrooms!  there are 3 1/2!).

If you would like to see this house, please call us.  We would love to show it!

If you are currently working with an agent, this is not a solicitation.

Valentines for lunch

Friday, February 15, 2013

A PERFECT DAY…having lunch at home with good friends.


Don’t save the silver….use your most beautiful items every day.




Look at this table! You do not have to buy the arrangements….experiment yourself.


Don’t you think Pam should go into the flower business?



An easy lunch of quiche, popovers and chicken salad.



Valentines Day can be a day to appreciate any love we have in our lives.  The older I get (yet I am only 29), the more important it becomes.  And of course the Veuve Clicquot (for lunch)doesn’t hurt.



Our local lust hits House Beautiful

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Photo courtesy of House Beautiful.

The color section is one of my favorite parts of House Beautiful. I even bought the special issue they put out a few years ago (and was also made into a book).  I just love color on walls, and love to experiment even if I have to fix it (and yes, repaint a room). I could start a second hand paint sample store if I wanted to.

I jumped for joy when I saw our very own Annie Mahoney as one of the decorators talking about her favorite color.  They were specifically talking about which color to use from room to room  and the color was black…one of my favorites!  Maybe I will break out the paint samples and pick a hall or room to try today.


Check out Annie’s new website…it is fantastic and full of her creative designs.

Are we on the verge of a changing market? It sure seems that way.

Friday, February 8, 2013

The market is really heating up!  The pace is now running with “the bulls” and if you are serious about getting into the market, now is probably a good time.


A couple of new houses to consider:

15 WILSON RIDGE – Charming, four bedrooms, move-in condition.  What else would you want ?  A perfect solution for someone who wants to jump to a bigger space. It sits on a nice piece of property, privately tucked on the back of Wilson Ridge. This won’t last. Listed by Sheree Frank at Kelly Associates. Asking $1,425,000.

15 Wilson Ridge.  A very nice four bedroom Garrison Colonial

15 Wilson Ridge. A very nice Garrison Colonial


What everyone asks for… a large flat yard!


Imagine your beautiful things in this room. Very nice!


15 SHIELDS – If you want an appointment to see this, get in line. I hear they are running back to back all week. This is an elegant and beautifully maintained house with access to a private tennis court and amenities that include snow plowing and road maintenance. Great grown up house with kid friendly space. Some good bang for the buck here. Listed by Sheree Frank at Kelly Associates. Asking $1,735,000.

15 Shields

15 Shields


What we call “grown up, gracious space”.


Great ceiling height and lots of light in this dining room.

2 BISHOPS GATE – This is a fabulous and authentic reproduction of the original 1773 house owned by the Bishops. Completely redone with top of the line materials and finishes. The house shows beautifully with the owners gorgeous fabrics and furniture. It is just off the Post Road, but they have well designed landscaping so you really don’t know it when you are enjoying your summer evenings on terrace. Bring it on Frontgate. Here’s to suburban living! Listed by Cathy Lawton at Kelly Associates. Asking $2,499,000.

Really like the back of the house.

Really like the back of the house.

Oohh la la... what a kitchen!

Oohh la la… what a kitchen!





















If you are currently working with an agent, this is not a solicitation.