3 Things to do this Weekend: August 28th and 30th

Event: Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival Venue: Norton Park Date: August 28 – 30, at 5PM (Friday) Description: Starting at 5:00pm on Friday, the festival features Balloon Glow at dusk and fireworks around 9:15pm. On Saturday: Balloons launch at 6:00am. There...

6 Essentials for the Perfect Tailgate Party

With fall and football season fast approaching, here are some essentials to plan the perfect party! Courtesy of Design Happens, an HGTV blog.   1. Eat This. These nacho-stuffed potato skins are the ultimate football snack…errr…meal. They’re easy to eat with one...

The 3 Principles of Interior Design

A beautifully decorated interior not only functions well but it creates a mood or a feeling and shows off the personality of the family that lives there. It’s attention to these three important ingredients — function, mood and personality — that ensures...

Things to Do This Weekend: August 22nd – 23rd

Event: The Incredibles Venue: Southington Drive-In Date: August 22, 2015 at 6PM Description: This Saturday night, enjoy a night of family fun with a showing of The Incredibles at the drive-in! $10 per car for Southington residents; $15 non-residents. Event: 2015 New...

World of Design: 10 Treehouses to Send Your Spirits Soaring

Whether it’s a playroom that inspires childhood adventure, a cozy bedroom filled with birdsong or a leafy sanctuary perfect for some peaceful meditation, a treehouse speaks to all of us as a place where we can free our imaginations. Here’s a selection of 10 amazing...

5 Steps to a More Organized Home for Back to School

This A+ plan will have your family ready to greet the first day of school with a smile. As if summer isn’t crazy enough, the transition to school can make home life even busier and messier. Schedules are a mix of school activities and the last-hurrah-of-summer, and...

The 10 Most Cost-Effective Renovations

High-end, major remodeling projects don’t always offer the most favorable return on investment when you sell your home. Lower-cost but highly visible changes can often do more to increase profits in a sale, as Tim McKeough writes in the Real Estate section of the New...

3 Things to Do This Weekend: August 15th – 16th

Event: Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival Venue: Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford, CT Date: August 15th – 16th from 8 am – 5 pm. Description: The Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival, ranked as one of the top ten dragon boat races in the...

When a Smart Home Is Too Smart for its Own Good

Smart-home systems can control everything from the lighting to the temperature to the music, but they don’t always make life easier for homeowners. At his home in New York, hotelier and real-estate developer Ian Schrager has a “smart-home” system that allows him to...

Two Sanity-Saving Tips For Moving-In Day

No matter how intensely you prepare for moving day, you may still face problems if you overlook three sanity-defeating challenges. Can you and your partner really think clearly when swamped by distractions, exhaustion, and disorientation? If the ramped-up activity of...

How Home Staging Can Help Sell Your Home

Staging your home can make your it more appealing to prospective buyers, but how effective is it? Take a look at the following infographic to see some numbers. Infographic courtesy of the National Association of...

5 Things to Do This Weekend: August 8th – 9th

Goshen Farmers Market at Miranda Vineyard August 8 – August 10, 2015, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in Goshen, CT – More Information Available for purchase: a wide array of fresh fruits & veggies, baked goods, maple syrup, honey, soaps, jewelry, wooden & fiber...

11 Ideas for Better Backyard Privacy

Sunshine and warm temperatures invite you and your family to spend entire days outdoors, so it’s important that you be able to enjoy endless hours in your backyard without worrying about too much exposure to the sun—or curious passersby. Try one of these 11 solutions...

8 Smart Ways To Make A Small Kitchen Look Larger

A large, open kitchen may be the dream of most homebuyers today, but with restrictive budgets, smaller square footage, or homes that were built before this trend took over, not all are making the grade. If you find yourself with a smallish kitchen, there are ways to...

5 Things To Do This Weekend: August 1st – 2nd

Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze August 1 – August 23, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in Middlefield, CT – More Information The sunflower maze at Lyman Orchards opens this weekend – with a new dinosaur theme! Long ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth, dominating the...