Don We Now Our Jeweled Apparel

The holidays are here, and so are the parties and gatherings! Accessorizing your outfit can be a challenge, but a piece of statement jewelry is a sure way to add festive elegance to any look.

We turned to Peter Suchy Jewelers, who curated six pieces from his trove of treasures, for ways that you can bring some extra sparkle to your holiday parties. Whether you stay chic with a chunky ring or frame your face with sparkly earrings, here are some styling tips for holiday belles to jingle all the way through the festivities.

Domed gold ring with garnet and diamond accents.

Peter Suchy Jewelers

Talk about sparkle. With a rare 5.88-carat purplish-pink garnet surrounded by four tapered baguette diamonds and 42 round full-cut diamonds, let bold rings like this take center stage. Wearing it as the only ring on your hand, its brilliance will really shine.


White and yellow gold dangle earrings with rubies and diamonds

Peter Suchy Jewelers

These stunner earrings are all about that eye-catching shape. Two pear rubies glint at the edge of these tear-shaped earrings, surrounded by 74 round diamonds. With statement earrings like these, make sure to wear your hair back to let every facet catch the light.


Yellow and white gold ring with peridot and diamonds

Peter Suchy Jewelers

Sometimes, the statement is about an unexpected color, like this bright yellowish green 14.83-carat peridot, ringed by 16 round diamonds. As a wink to the classic holiday colors, pair green jewels with an all-red outfit to glam up holiday looks.


Platinum ring with rubellite tourmaline and diamonds

Peter Suchy Jewelers

Though striking on their own, some statement pieces really sing when paired with complimenting jewelry. Because of its sleek, almost mod setting, this 1950s-1960s ring with an 8.14-carat reddish tourmaline and diamonds pairs well with stacked bangles that echo its elegant simplicity.


Vintage yellow gold clip post earrings with rubies and diamonds

Peter Suchy Jewelers

There’s so much to love about these vintage beauties, circa the 1950s-1960s, with 20 purplish-red rubies and two diamonds set into a textured flower shape. When wearing vintage statement pieces, look to their time period for inspiration on how to dress for your holiday parties. In this case, a high boat neckline or an A-line skirt sets the stage for vintage glamour.


Antique Victorian yellow gold and platinum ring with blue sapphire and diamonds

Peter Suchy Jewelers

Circa 1900, this marquise-shaped ring stuns with 62 bright European-cut diamonds and an alluring ocean-blue sapphire. An elongated pendant necklace would pair perfectly with the ring’s striking shape. With ornate pieces such as this, simple stud earrings add just the right amount of shine without looking overdone.


Peter Suchy Jewelers

1137 High Ridge Road, Stamford, 203-327-0024; petersuchyjewelers.com

Dive In

Before you can laze away the warm months floating on an inflatable swan in your luxurious swimming pool, you have to actually install that dream pool first. With over twenty-five years in the business, Roger Haggerty, president of Haggerty Pools, knows a thing or two about taking the plunge into pool ownership. Read on for his tips that will keep you from getting lost in the deep end.

What are the biggest differences between pools used for fitness versus recreation?

With regards to fitness, people are interested in a lap-length pool that will give them a solid workout without having to constantly turn. A pool length of 50 feet or larger is ideal for swimming laps. The depth of a pool isn’t as imperative as the functionality of the pool. Each pool we construct is built around clients’ specific needs, whether it’s specializing in exercise, aquatic therapy, or distance.

For recreation, clients aren’t usually looking for size. They’re looking for features that they can enjoy during family gatherings like fountains, waterfalls, spas, and sun shelves. We still do pools that are seven, eight, or nine feet deep, but we find that families are choosing shallower pools these days.

What kind of maintenance does the average pool need? 

The average maintenance program includes opening and closing the pool and weekly maintenance, plus any service calls. We offer weekly maintenance where a service tech will take care of everything, including cleaning the pool, skimming the water, checking the balances and adding chemicals as needed, backwashing filters, cleaning baskets, and generally making sure that everything is running properly.

What safety precautions should people consider for their new pools?

To me, the biggest safety precaution is to always have someone watching the pool when kids are in it. Next, making sure that your builder builds the pool properly and up to code. Lately, we’ve been building a lot of rectangular pools with automatic covers so that the pool is always closed when it’s not in use. Not only are automatic covers a safety feature, but they also minimize heat loss.

What are the most popular additional features that people pick?  

Clients often get inspired by things they see on vacation, like glass tiles, or fire bowls that either have fire or both water and fire coming out of them. Another popular feature is to have water in motion, be it a deck jet, a waterfall, or a sheer descent coming out of the wall that will fill the space with the relaxing sound of water.

What’s the biggest headache people run into while have a pool installed?

 The part of the job that’s not fun is if we hit a ledge or something unforeseen in the ground and have to let the client know that there’s an issue that will either lead to a delay or an added cost. There are some older yards where you might hit sites where builders used to get away with burying debris from construction. One time we found the remains of a swimming pool buried in the ground on the site that was allocated for the new pool. No one even knew the old pool was broken up and left in the same spot.


Haggerty Pools
203-348-6899
haggertypools.com

Interior Inspirations

Maybe it’s the change in nature—the budding leaves and the blooming flowers—that has us itching for a home refresh this time of the year. Looking to spruce up your space? Lillian August’s flagship Norwalk Design Center is holding its Epic Sale, where you can turn your design dreams into reality.

WHO
From her home textiles and wallcoverings business in the 1980s, to the Connecticut showrooms that showcase her collaborations and fabulous signature designs along with hundreds of the best brands in design, Lillian August has been at the forefront of the interior design industry for decades. Lillian’s sons, Dan and John Weiss run the company’s four Connecticut locations in Norwalk, Greenwich, South Norwalk, and Stamford, offering everything from quick, budget-friendly refreshes to full-scale interior services for the whole home.

Lillian August Epic Sale

WHAT
During the Lillian August Epic Sale, the entire Norwalk Design Center is marked down for the company’s biggest event of the year. You’ll find everything from designer furniture to warehouse stock, plus accessories and rugs, all at prices slashed up to 70% off.

WHERE
The company’s flagship Norwalk location is a designer’s dream. If you’re looking for some interior inspiration, all you need to do is stroll the 100,000 square-foot showroom and take in the show-stopping pieces from hundreds of brands. Plus, you’ll find thousands of fabric and rug options in every color under the sun. With an expertly styled bookshelf here, a cluster of perfect pendant lights there, it’s easy to wander the showroom for hours. Not that you could ever get lost, with over twenty in-house designers nearby to guide you.

Lillian August Epic Sale

WHEN
The sale opens to the public on Friday, May 5th at 10 AM. Here’s an insider tip: With truckloads of new inventory arriving daily, make sure you drop by more than once to check out the new treasures before they’re snatched up.

Lillian August Epic Sale

PERSONAL TOUCH
Though the Lillian August Design Center boasts a wealth of gems, if you don’t find the perfect piece, both special and custom orders are marked down to their best prices of the year. Love the lines of a sofa but not the fabric? Swap it out for a new style (and with what you’ll save—do yourself a favor and spring for the matching chairs).

If you’re looking to tackle a bigger interior design project, visit the Lillian August Design Center to book a complimentary consultation, schedule a site visit, and have your designer present you with a floor plan and design scheme. From the first spark of inspiration down to the white-glove installation, the team at Lillian August will help you upgrade your space from basic to breath-taking.


The Lillian August Epic Sale
Starts May 5th at 10 AM
Lillian August Design Center
32 Knight Street
Norwalk, CT 06851
www.lillianaugust.com

Beat Those Pests

With the spring months finally here, it’s time to open the windows for some much-needed fresh air, run around the yard with the kids, and dine on the deck al fresco. We chatted with Jim McHale, president of JP McHale Pest Management on how you can let nature back into your life without bringing on the bugs.

What pests should people be on the lookout for during this time of year?

Our biggest pest problems this time of year are eastern subterranean termites, carpenter ants, deer ticks, wasps, and mosquitos.

What’s the most efficient way to control deer ticks in your yard?

May, June, July and September are high-risk times and are key months for regular lawn maintenance and careful treatment of planting beds. It’s especially important to focus precisely timed treatments on zones where the managed lawn ends and wooded areas begin.

We’re also on the verge of launching a new product that uses special food pellets strategically placed in rodent pathways. Mice feed on the pellets and become vaccinated and unable to transmit the spirochete associated with Lyme disease. Not one mouse will be harmed during this process.

What’s the first thing someone should do if they spot carpenter ants in their home?

I usually ask the client how many they are observing per day. Is it only when it’s hot and sunny? Do the ants still appear during rainy weather? If they see five or more everyday, that’s a good indication that a nest exists within their home, which is usually a sign of a moisture problem. A professional should be called in to locate and destroy the ant colony. If you only spot carpenter ants during periods of drought or high temperature, it’s likely that a colony exists outside and foragers are traveling in for a bit of moisture.

Since there are so many species of ants, proper identification is key. People can download our app on their smartphone, take a picture of a captured ant specimen, and send it to us for free, no obligation identification.

As the weather warms, what are your biggest tips to prevent critters from making their way into homes?

Homeowners can protect themselves by eliminating standing water outside, making sure rainwater is diverted from the foundation, trees limbs are cut back away from roofline, doors are flush with no gaps, and pipe entryways are sealed. Inside, make sure that all open windows have screens, and be sure to store pantry products in sealed containers. For a night out on the deck, use low-voltage lighting and an oscillating fan to ward off weak flying pests.

Our Home Pest Prevention Program is also an excellent way to enhance your comfort and bring you peace of mind. We examine and treat your home during strategic weeks, three times a year, to intercept invasive pests. We also treat vulnerable areas to prevent nests and places where pests can hide in the winter months.


JP McHale Pest Management, Inc.
800-479-2284
www.nopests.com