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Blueprint CT Home

When enough people tell us that we must go check out a new business…well, we must go check it out! We’re a curious duo. The store in question is Blueprint CT Home, located on the lovely Litchfield Green.

Blueprint CT carries a curated collection of elements for the home. From vintage furniture, textiles, glass, and art objects from around the world, to unique items by of-the-moment artisans.

Say hello to a treasure trove of lust-worthy things…

R. Derwin Clothiers Men’s and Ladies stores are back together again ❤️ Yay!

R. Derwin has been a mainstay on pretty West Street, looking on to the Litchfield green, since the 80s. The two departments, men’s (upstairs) and women’s (downstairs) started together under one roof at 43 West Street and eventually gained in size and needed to move a few doors away from each other. Throw in a few more moves after that, all on West Street, until we reach today when the two stores are back together again. Awww. We went along to the grand opening to see the Ladies store in its shiny new digs…right next door to those lovely Men!

Here’s an enjoyable outing suggestion for you – a visit to Litchfield County Auctions! Have you ever been? We’ve driven by many times and had no idea of the fun shopping opportunities we’ve been missing out on.

At a recent auction, a rare painting by the Chinese-French artist, Zao Wou-Ki (1921-2013) “Oiseaux Dans Les Nids” (Birds in the Nests), sold for a total of $487,500. Maybe we would find our own rare bird!

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!

Restaurant: Tavern off the Green, Litchfield

When you are hankering for: Contemporary American with influences from all ethnicities

Occasion: We were headed north to the Warner Theater to do a feature on MOMIX and needed to fuel up for the night ahead! Tavern off the Green was conveniently located on Route 202, en route to Torrington.

First, let us share with you some fascinating “did you know…?” eye facts. Because, why not.

  • Did you know it’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open? (probably)
  • Did you know the pupil of your eye expands as much as 45% when you look at somebody you love? (possibly not)
  • Did you know…there are colors that are too complex for the human eye to perceive, called “impossible colors.” *

*all facts provided by a Pinterest board called “eye trivia.”

Ok, and on with the show…

We popped in to Eyes on Litchfield to say hello, and check out some frames. Having had a mutual heart fest on Instagram we felt like we knew the team already! Dr. Tommasina – Owner/Doctor, Christian Baillargeon – Optician, and Nick Wescott – Practice Manager were all there and gave us a warm welcome. This is not your average Optometrist office, apparent the moment you walk through the doors.

The Silly Sprout

Come along, kids! We’re going to show you what’s going on in The Silly Sprout, a shop for children located at 469 Bantam Road, Litchfield. We met with owner Jessica Dell’aera for the full tour…and to see what the kids of Litchfield County are into these days.

Workshop Inc. is another one of those really great (slightly off the beaten path) clothing boutiques that we have here in Litchfield County. You’re either in the know, or you know now! This place is great! We discovered so many designers and lines that we never knew…and now love!!

We bring to you four different looks each and a Q&A with store owner Jan Nelson. Workshop Inc can be found at 10 Cobble Court, Litchfield, in perhaps the cutest cobblestone courtyard we’ve ever seen.