Shop + Taste
A carefully curated selection of vendors selling everything you need for the holidays, from cozy home decor to toasty outerwear and lots of goodies in between for everyone on your shopping list.
Connecticut’s Hottest Food Trucks & Live Music.
Sunday, December 7 from 10am to 3pm
Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, CT
To add a bit of Glitz and Glam to your holiday décor take a mercury glass vase or urn, line the bottom with tin foil and put a string of white lights inside and hide the cord in the back. Add you favorite fresh greens: pine, magnolia leaves, evergreens, juniper, boxwood and some holly berry branches. This can be particularly festive lit up at night on a mantle, side board, console or end table.
When putting your garlands on the mantle or banister add some fresh greens: magnolia leaves, boxwood, pine, holly and wire around garland to give it a real full look. It will look and smell just like Christmas! Do not forget to add the lights! Restoration Hardware has battery operated lights that are wonderful and easy to use!
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends to remember all that we are thankful for. The act of thanksgiving is an expression of thanks and
love. This year find little ways to make your holiday dinners and family time special. Try finding old photos of family members to use as place cards. Create little”isms” on paper scrolls , they should be expressions that members of your family would use. Every one gets a turn to try and guess who the “ism” belongs to from the scroll they chose.
Remembering our blessings and showing appreciation for all we have is key especially at this time of year. The majority of us rush through our days, which is why we need to slow down and enjoy time spent with loved ones on Thanksgiving. Sitting down to a delicious family dinner allows us to reconnect with our family and friends. Setting a beautiful and serene table helps us to realize the importance of this holiday. Below are a few Thankful tablescapes to inspire you, a recipe for roasted veggies, and you can also click on to my Pinterest and Houzz to see more ideas on holiday decorating.
Join me… be GRATEFUL…pass it on…
the fact is …Gold is back! Yes in styles that are glam or others that are more architectural looking, either way it works and looks fresh.
Shawn Capiz Drum is elegant without being fussy. The shine of the light through the shells creates a warm, soft glow.
Cream, grey and blues are always my favorite…serene and soft….adding pops of green keeps it casual.
Large pops of strong colors having being showing up in family rooms, living rooms, kitchens and yes…bedrooms…
Contrast banding on the skirts of chairs and sofas is trending and giving skirted items a new look. Fabrics that run a stripe in the center for a color blocking effect have been making a splash in the market.
Want to increase your business?
Fairfield Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday Sept 23 at 6:30
Artisan Restaurant and Bar
at the Delamar Hotel In Southport
We cordially invite you to join our open house after business hours
Come to network and make new friends!
We are looking to expand our group and would enjoy the opportunity
to meet anyone who is interested in getting in on the ground floor of our new leads group.
We invite you to bring any friends who might be looking to expand their business
and be more involved in the community
DECORATING AND DESIGN KNOW HOW HOM237
Join Fairfield Interior Designer, Kelly Anne Sohigian, owner of kellydesigns of CT for 2 nights of learning decorating and design basics that will take your home environment from drab to amazing. You will learn valuable tips about color, scale, proportion, lighting and the all-important accessorizing in your home. Please bring a “before” picture of a room you’d like to improve so you can receive specific tips. This is like having your own personal interior decorator. Bring all your questions and be ready to gain confidence and design know how and transform your home. Handouts will be provided. You will learn about choosing colors, scale and furniture layouts. We will work with scale models and layouts. You will also learn about proper lighting and how to accessorize your room. We will draw your “problem” room to scale. In addition, everyone will bring a photo of the “problem” room and the scale drawing of that room and we will work on layouts for that room and discuss any other decorating or design details needed to complete project.
Schedule : Weekly – Tue 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 10/14/2014, ending 10/21/2014
Location : LUDLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL (RLMS)
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HOW TO DECORATE A BOOKSHELF OR MANTLE (NEW) HOM239
Join Fairfield Interior Designer Kelly Anne Sohigian, who will show you how to achieve a professional, pleasing-to-the-eye look for your bookshelf or mantle. She will teach you how to make compositions that flow and look beautiful. You will work many different ways to get a dynamic look and make the bookshelf or mantle the focal point of your room. Once you have the basics, you will be able to change out items for different seasons easily. Your friends and family will think you hired an interior decorator!
Schedule : Weekly – Tue 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM; starting 10/28/2014, ending 10/28/2014
Location : LUDLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL (RLMS)
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Warm it up…
You can take the cool whites and light colors and exchange them for warmer shades. Trade in the cotton and linen for textures of wool and velvet. Add a nice glass of red wine and cozy up to the fireplace.
Add Some Layers
Fall’s crisp weather calls for layering up your wardrobe – put the same idea to work in your home and toss cozy wool, cotton, chenille or even luxurious cashmere throws over furniture in rooms where your family or guests gather.
Add Fresh Flowers
Nothing brightens up your home for the season like vases filled with fall flowers. Sunflowers and alstromeria are great choices because they’ll remain beautiful for up to a week. or longer. Trader Joe’s has bunches that will do the job. The trick to keeping blooms fresh is to remove all leaves below the water line and change out the water every few days. Or a tall vase filled with scarlet maple branches can create a show-stopping fall arrangement.
First I would recommend looking at your Pinterest boards or Houzz ideabooks to see if certain colors keep popping up in almost every photo. Usually you can start to pull together the colors you gravitate towards when you look at the photos you have saved. You can use an inspiration photo to model your project after or use something like a piece of art, fabric or rug as a place to begin to draw inspiration for colors that you might like to use.
- If you’re not feeling entirely color confident on the first try, don’t give up! Try these tricks:
- Select and use only one color from your inspiration piece on the walls. Pick a second color for major accents.
- Figure out three groups of color in your object- light/safe, medium/adventurous, and intense/daring. Now figure out what kind of environment you want- safe, adventurous, or daring? Well, there you go,give that old roller a whirl and see where the magic of color can lead you.
- If you’ve got a curtain fabric or carpet that you’re starting with, look for the least pronounced color in it and use it on the walls. If there’s lavender in the background,for example, or a coral color in a small detail, pull it out and put it front and center using paint. This trick always leads me to a surprising balance and gets people asking about the inspiration for an interesting palette.
Your patio and garden is an extension of your home…
View your Patio and gardens as an extension of living space. After all we spend most of our time outdoors during the summer. Why not create a lovely garden and patio area to dine alfresco and enjoy a great evening with friends and family. In doing so you will need space for a table and chairs for dining, chairs for sitting around the fire pit, a place for the grill, possibly some open space for a dance floor or a bar area, outdoor lighting that offers different kinds of light, comfortable cushions, pretty gardens to surround you and of some course music!
For lighting you will want to include overhead lights which can be string lights or led lights on an umbrella, awning or pergola. Then you will want to include garden lights that light up walkways and plantings in the garden, and you can always use spot lights for high light or add outside lamps or lanterns.
Create seating areas for conversation and cocktails amidst the beautiful plantings and great masonry work. Set the ambiance for great night outdoors, make the most of it! We deserve it after such a long hard
Remember when planting your pots choose containers that will drain properly, use potting soil that has some nutrients and fertilizer in it to help the plants grow. When selecting what to plant keep this in mind: You need a Fill, a Spill and a Thrill! Look for something that can be the center attraction something tall or spikey for the thrill, then use something that spreads out like bacopa or lobelia or the fill, lastly choose something that spills like sweet potato vine, vinca, or wavy petunias that will go over the brim and spill out of the container. This recipe always makes for beautiful planters!
There’s a party in the backyard !
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Gorgeous garden looks…
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What to do to get your house and outdoors ready for summer
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