House of the week: Rowayton

Something about this massive flag post, green lush lawns and distant Long Island Sound views… Also, if you are a golfer, there you go right on Shorehaven Golf Course. You can literally walk to it. Our former house was right next to a golf course and we really enjoyed the views. In this house, I would want to put up more hedging for privacy though but that’s just me.

83 Old Saugatuck Rd, Norwalk, CT 06855

4 beds, 4.5 baths and a separate studio building for a home office, yoga studio etc.

Love this wraparound deck.

83 Old Saugatuck Rd, Norwalk, CT 06855

Glass French doors let in plenty of light and give this Nantucket style house airiness.

83 Old Saugatuck Rd, Norwalk, CT 06855

I like the addition of the wine cellar to the dining room.

83 Old Saugatuck Rd, Norwalk, CT 06855

Dining room with a built in wine storage

I guess they tried to be more creative in the kitchen also but I think an island should have been built in the middle. Also both chairs have some kind of plush fabric which is a mess waiting to happen. Islands are popular for a reason.

83 Old Saugatuck Rd, Norwalk, CT 06855

Such a pretty view.

83 Old Saugatuck Rd, Norwalk, CT 06855

Master bath, I really like the wood vanity, warms up the space.

83 Old Saugatuck Rd, Norwalk, CT 06855

Love the stone wall and built in drawers. Drawers are the unsung heros of any closet and bedroom.

83 Old Saugatuck Rd, Norwalk, CT 06855

What a gorgeous and inviting library!

83 Old Saugatuck Rd, Norwalk, CT 06855

You can walk out to the garden from the library.

It doesn’t have a pool but you are probably going to join the golf club and use one of their 3 heated pools. More details here.

The club itself is quite beautiful.

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Shorehaven Golf Club

Monday Musings

Happy April! Spring is finally here! I was actually weeding this weekend and dug up some cannas from last year that I was too lazy to dig out last fall, they need to be dug out every fall and stored in peat moss over winter to be planted again in the spring. Massive pain in the butt as they grow quite a bit over summer but they are gorgeous, bloom non-stop till the frost finally kills them and we all enjoyed watching hummingbirds dine on them 3x a day! As I dug them up, I realized that half of the tubers had somehow survived the winter, so I had to replant them.

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Red Giant canna lilies in my garden last year

1.Martha Stewart mentioned that she had been working on her Easter menu when I met her in Wilton library few weeks ago, if you missed that story, it’s here. I have not gotten that far (clearly no Martha) but was looking around on Easter decor. How adorable are these finds from Pier1?

I had done something similar last year simply using large white pom-poms from Michaels and using a safety pin to attach them to the backs of my chairs.

 

I’ve always used a bunch of daffodils or tulips as centerpieces but am tempted by these egg cones. A few scattered about the table would look so cute and whimsical!

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Beaded Easter Egg Cone

If I were to buy any more plates, my loving husband would take away from credit cards and I couldn’t really judge him too harshly for that. I would love to have a huge pantry where there are 4 sections each dedicated to a season where I could store all the china and glasses and platters and bowls. Thanksgiving, Halloween, Spring and oh, Christmas…. I was a thrift store looking for unusual glasses and found this really elaborate red and gold ones, it took considerable strength to walk away! So, I will not be buying these beauties, but how adorable are they though? Great for spring and summer, mother’s day, birthdays for girls. Yellow napkins for Easter, pink for Mother’s Day and blue for summer. Apparently also have a napkin fetish and then of course you must have napkin rings!

floral plates for spring and easter

Floral butterfly dinner plates

2. I own a lot of gardening and interior design books, I wish I had more time to read them! I was thumbing through a book on Carolyne Roehm’s gardens in Weatherstone, her home in Connecticut. Love love love, I just wish I had a small staff of gardeners helping me! Can you imagine the time it takes to maintain something like this?

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Crabapple and parterre gardens

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Same garden with tulips

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Carolyne in her beautiful garden. I mean really, when will my garden be done so I can whimsically run around in it wearing a gown, confusing both my dog and my neighbors?

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Front of her house with rose beds

3. This is the best hand cream. It’s super emollient and definitely stays on for while. It’s a little sticky for like a minute and then you are fine. My hands get really dry, especially when gardening, so this has been amazing. It lasts awhile, available at Amazon for 9.99

Cutemol Emollient Cream, 2-Ounce

Best hand cream ever.