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Here’s a little glimpse into our typical conversation on the drive to any of our “At home with” features. You know, the features where we basically invite ourselves over to interesting people/local celeb’s homes, for a chat and to hang out. It goes back and forth like this, “I hope they like us, I hope they feed us, I hope they’re fun, I hope they offer us a drink, I hope they don’t think we’re weirdos.”

Our visit with actor Paul Marcarelli (the “Can you hear me now?” guy) and Ryan Brown at their recently renovated country home in Litchfield, did not disappoint on any hope…

We enjoyed Sheila Nevins’ book, You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales so much that we bought it twice! Once, on Audible, because that’s how we roll, and because the cast of famous readers were too much to resist! Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep, RuPaul, Gloria Steinem, Whoopi Goldberg, and Rosie O’Donnell, to name just a few. The second time we bought it was in hardcover, for Sheila to sign when we went to meet her at her gorgeous Litchfield home. Over the course of the evening, we discussed the book, life in Litchfield County, the acceptance of aging…and other fairy tales.

This week’s #WCW is Sheila Nevins!

As our blog is turning two this month, we decided it was time to start planning Unlocking Litchfield’s dream office. Who better to help us with such a quest than Haver & Skolnick Architects, based in Roxbury. Renowned in Litchfield County and beyond, Haver & Skolnick are known for balancing the quintessential “Litchfield” look, while keeping things modern with a healthy dose of 21st century convenience. This would work for us and our vision!

We’ve driven by their office and antique store countless times (and you probably have too!), so it was time to stop in and meet the dapper duo, Charles Haver, and Stewart Skolnick.

MOMIX is an internationally acclaimed dance company based in Washington Depot. We joined Choreographer and Artistic Director Moses Pendleton and Associate Director Cynthia Quinn at their home, also in Washington Depot, for a fireside chat.

Moses Pendleton impressed us with his passion and enthusiasm about pretty much every topic we spoke about. We both left the interview inspired and seeing nature and our surroundings in a slightly different perspective. Moses and MOMIX will do that to you!

Teresa Dufour is the morning traffic reporter for WTNH News 8’s Good Morning Connecticut and co-hosts CT Style. We’ve been watching Teresa since 2006 when she was on WFSB Channel 3 as their morning traffic reporter and correspondent on Better Connecticut, a daily lifestyle show.

It’s becoming apparent that we have a “thing” for our local news station personalities. We’re kind of in awe of them. They get up every morning and go on camera, composed, and engaging. Not to mention they have to pick out a different outfit every day. We asked Teresa all about that kind of stuff. That, and questions about love, shopping, family, and Thanksgiving.

Teresa and her husband Brandon (entrepreneur/The Next Street) and son Dante (17 months) live in Middlebury. We crossed the LC border and headed over to Teresa’s house to hang out for the day. Teresa’s mom was Dante sitting. Thanks, Mom!

Today we’re at home with Orthodontist Adam Goodman, DMD, at his weekend abode in Washington.

After recently moving into the area and spending several weekends, Dr. Goodman was pleasantly surprised to bump into some of his patients. Occasionally he will deliver an Invisalign aligner or clip a poking orthodontic wire right from his Washington home, or even make a house call!  We headed over like Welcome Wagon and talked about teeth, life in Litchfield County, movies, and Invisalign. Dr. G has been fitting Invisalign since it launched in 1999 and travels the country training other dentists and orthodontists in the artistry of giving patients the perfect smile!

Nancy Novogrod has had an impressive career as an editor in the magazine world. First, as Editor-in-Chief of House & Garden, and then for twenty years as Editor-in-Chief of Travel + Leisure magazine. The places she must have gone, done, seen!

Nancy and her husband split their time between New York and Kent…which is a good thing because we most certainly wanted to visit the home of somebody so well traveled! We’re willing to guess that being the EIC of Travel + Leisure would involve a fair bit of world commuting.

Also, we had questions…

How we love having Unlocking Litchfield as an excuse to meet our interesting neighbors! Inquisitive by nature, our “At home with…” features allow us to capture a glimpse into the lives of some really cool people. Today’s power couple is Alexander and Gina Duckworth. The Duckworths and their two younger children, Aubrey and Sebastian, live in Litchfield on the weekends and during the week, they’re being all kinds of fabulous in their careers in NYC. Come, be a Nosy Nancy alongside us!

John Scofield is and artist and designer living in Sharon, CT with his wife Bartley Johnstone, and their daughter, Evie. John’s folding music stand is in the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work has been published and reviewed in Arts, Design Times, Elle Decor, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Metropolis, New York Times, Progressive Architecture, Traditional Home, Vogue and other publications. We visited with John and Bartley a couple of weeks ago, and we present to you; “At Home with John Scofield.”

Sometimes you just want to hang out with your friends, drink red wine, and eat delicious nibbles. It helps when your friends are talented, artistic, interesting people because then we can interview them, and turn them into a blog post! Multi-tasking is our bag.

We went to local New Milford artist Suzanne Heilmann’s beautiful home (built in 1790) to capture some shots of her work and ask her a question or two. Just what makes an artist tick? Also in girlfriend-hangout-attendance, actor/director/artist Yolonda Ross (read her interview next week).

Suzanne Heilmann is a texturalist. Read on…