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California Closets

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Closet Encounters

Tired of clutter around the house - and in the garage and basement too? With their new showroom in Norwalk, the design pros at California Closets are ready to help you tackle spring cleaning on a new level. Inside the showroom, which is built into a two-story home setting, you can scope out the selection of systems for closets, home office, media centers, mudrooms, pantries, garages and more and get ideas for solutions that would work well in your home. Then, schedule a free in-home estimate and a designer will assess your space, map out a system on a laptop and give you a price on the spot. "You don't have to have all the answers before we come," says Cathy Brennan of California Closets. "And you don't have to take everything out of your closet." In spite of the company's name, it is based in Shelton, Connecticut and everything is manufactured here, so lead times are quick. You can expect an installation date with two to three weeks of your appointment. Best of all, everything is installed in one day.

565 Westport Avenue, Norwalk, 203-924-8444
californiaclosets.com


Creative Spirit

"Art has a certain energy that can completely transform a room and uplift your spirit," says Patti Maguire, whose new gallery is named Anam Cara, meaning soul friend in Celtic. Patti's family is originally from County Down and Donegal, and she was inspired in part by her travels around Ireland to turn her passion for art into a business. Her bright gallery houses relatively affordable art and jewelry, such as the Maya J line of simple gold and diamond necklaces, and she aims to make shopping for art less intimidating, encouraging adults and kids to come and browse. Patti also works with interior designers to source art for their clients. Her collection includes local artists Greenwich - based Kimberly Salib, known for her textured oil paintings and David Morico of Norwalk, who creates structured abstract art, as well as Irish painter Richard Hearns and Celtic woodworker Patrick
Gallagher. Also on display are vibrant oil paintings by Will Day, who uses a varnishing technique that dates back to the Dutch Masters. Day, who grew up in Darien and now lives in Boulder, will be the artist showcased during this year's Art to the Avenue. "In today's hectic world, people need art more than ever, " says Patti. "It helps our whole being to be around art."

18 Greenwich Avenue, 203-869-2824

Anam Cara
"Sweet Love" by Will Day

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