Come springtime, every vase, urn, and pitcher in Alicia Zalka’s collection fills up with fresh lilacs.

throwing a birthday party for a house presents a challenge that might  lummox even Miss  Manners, Letitia Baldrige, or Emily Post. But in 2008, when Alicia Zalka  decided to host a bash for her Litchfield County, Connecticut, home’s 200th year, she knew precisely  how to go about it. First she rounded up 50 friends to toast the guest of honor. Then Zalka planned a dreamy afternoon snack—champagne plus bonbons from the local Bridgewater Chocolate company. The  main event was, however, the cake: an exact replica of the federal-style structure, all the way down to the brickwork (fashioned from red fondant), and topped  with 200 candles. It was particularly important to get those sugary blocks just right, since the actual  bricks “were pressed right here on the property,” Zalka explains. You can’t blame her for wanting to celebrate her home. And not just because the place is…
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For the Love of COLOR

shop owner Jutta Verde rosa brings a lifelong enthusiasm for vibrant textiles, a passion for making things by hand, and loads of creative energy to the 1740s Connecticut home she shares with her husband,Tommy—brightening traditional interiors in unexpected ways. In the kitchen, a cheerful array of dishes and roses forms a still life. OPPOSITE: A mélange of pillows demonstrates Jutta Verde Rosa’s talent for layering texture and color. It also shows her skill for repurposing: Jutta fashioned the pillow in the foreground from a cable-knit sweater. Fruit-punch colors provide a vibrant foil to the kitchen’s rustic beams and wood paneling. Jutta’s handiwork is everywhere—from the trim she crocheted for the curtains to the chair seats, which she covered with fabric from cast-off Designers Guild swatch books. Each cushion is a…
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About

Karin Lidbeck-Brent, is a freelance photo stylist, editor, designer and producer, creating dozens of lifestyle and home design features every year for the nation’s leading magazines, including Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living and Good Housekeeping and New England Homes magazine. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, she began her career as the Associate Crafts Editor for Woman’s Day. With an extensive background in design, Karin has styled and produced features on a wide array of topics, including home interiors, lifestyle, floral design entertaining, and holiday decorating. In addition to her magazine work, Karin lends her styling and production skills to numerous advertising, marketing, catalog and television projects. Karin oversees every project she undertakes, from start to finish. This includes all phases of project development, from initial story concepts,…
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