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The next time youre planning a big party, or even hosting a dinner for a few special friends, forget Colin Cowie or David Tutera ... consider instead calling interior designer and stylist Olga Adler for help. The Ridgefield-based, former press-rela-tions executive and event producer boasts a celebrity roster, which includes such world-renowned artists, writers and musi-cians as Sophia Lauren, Claudia Schiffer, Catherine Deneuve, Jane Seymour and Nicholas Sparks.
Born and raised in Europe, Olgas design aesthetic combines European sophistication with American sensibilities. Her exper-tise includes full-service design, decorat-ing, renovating and consulting, as well as
custom-designed furniture, cabinetry and rugs.
Fashion is my biggest influence; I love the interplay of color and texture, says Olga, who has a bachelor of arts and a masters degree from the University of Warsaw, and studied interior design at New York University. Decorating is like getting dressed its all about layers and how they work together.
Olga applies this philosophy to her varied projects, including one where she styled a home after the clients favorite outfit. Friends were throwing a party for this woman and they asked me to make the space all about her and her favorite things, which included camel-hair coats, crisp
by G. Lisa Sullivan
Petit Singe collection: Octagonal Charger Plate $66, Round Dinner Plate $39, Leaf Dessert Plate $35. Berry and Thread collection: Berry Bowl $26, Olive Wood 5-piece place setting $150, Isabella Large Cake Dome and Pedestal $495, Glass Napkin Ring $25, Cameron Large Goblet $125, Fiorella Large Goblet $58: All by Juliska. Silver Shells $18-$24: Lillian August. Burlap 108" diameter tablecloth $69: Ballard Designs. Tiger Print Napkins: custom by Olga Adler Interiors (price upon request).
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white shirts, blue jeans and Louis Vuitton bags. Consequently, I styled the space after her favorite clothes and accessories.
When it comes to entertaining, Olga advises people to ask for help. Not all of us are Martha Stewart, she says. We dont have to be good at everything! If you are a great cook but feel your house needs some help before a party, hire a stylist to help prepare the space and determine how the guests will flow, where to place the bar, what music to use, etc. And always hire bar and wait staff if youre having more than 10 guests.
To keep things interesting and less for-mal, consider buying a folding party table (my favorite, 48 round) and have a table cloth made for it. You will be able to set the table in any room of the house, depending on your mood. I use mine in the sunroom in the summer and I move it to the living room in front of the fireplace for cozy din-ners in the winter."
Olga has styled for parties, music videos and concerts, award ceremonies, photo shoots and countless homes. Her work
Buffet Plate $5.95, Tinge Aqua Plate $6.95, Tetra Bowl $2.95, Dotty Wooden Placemat $12.95, Kyoto Flatware 5-piece setting $36.95, 3-Ring Napkin Ring $3.95, Olivewood Cheese Board $15.95, Water Goblet $4.95, Viv Wine Glass $3.95, Glass Birdie $6.95: All by Crate&Barrel. Jumbo Peanut Salt & Pepper $48: Lillian August. White Seahorse Ornament $4: Olley Court. Napkins and Centerpiece: designers own.
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Its all about growing and eating healthier, fresher, pesticide-free food from a source close to home. At the first of a monthly sustain-ability-themed series at Wiltons Ambler Farm, three local farmers from Ridgefield, New Milford and Easton described their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. Consumers buy shares in a given farm in exchange for a guaranteed portion of its output. This provides them with fresh produce during the grow-ing season and it gives the farmers a reliable source of income at the beginning of the growing season when need is greatest.
How did these three become farmers? When Patricia Popp was a child and her dad asked her to help him with his organic vegetable garden, she literally turned up her nose because he was using fish oil as fertilizer. Today, she and her husband run a four-acre vegetable farm, Sport Hill, in Easton, and theyve just purchased 15 more acres to expand their crops.
Dina Brewster, an English major, taught poetry at a school in the Bronx until one day, when the class was reading Walden, she quit her job and went back to revive the Ridgefield farm her grandparents had owned since 1936. The Hickories is now her pride and passion, with
Whats a CSA?THREE LOCAL FARMERS EXPLAIN
by Lois Alcosser
At Fort Hill in New Milford, shareholders also share the labor as well as the produce.
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15 acres under cultivation. Im riding my grandmothers tractor! she says.
Paul Bucciaglia runs Fort Hill Farm in New Milford on land perpetually rented from Sunny Valley Preserve, a project of the Nature Conservancy. It started with nothing and now I have 20 acres under cultivation.
Neil Gluckin, Friends of Ambler Farm board member, prefaced the talk with sobering statistics: 300 years ago, farming was the principal source of income for 94% of the areas residents. Today, it provides livelihood for less than 1% of the states population. The state loses 7,000 to 9,000 acres to development every year. About 20 years ago, CSA was a brave experiment in America. Today, the goal of growing food locally using organic-farming practices for fresher, healthier, tastier produce has grown to where there are over 2,500 CSA farms across the country.
The three farmers who spoke grow hundreds of varieties of vegetables. The Hickories is also cultivating fruit trees and has added eggs, bread, meat and cheese. Fort Hill offers flowers, pumpkins and hay rides. On its new acreage, Sport Hill will grow corn.
Shareholders become part of the farm, picking berries, discovering new foods, experiencing a new relationship to the land and to other members, and teaching their children to realize that vegetables dont grow packed in boxes in the freezer.
In fact, one of the more humorous aspects of life for a CSA farmer, according to Patricia, Dina and Paul, is what they call grocery guilt, the self-consciousness of shopping in a supermarket where people may see them purchasing packaged goods.
I have an actual fear of people in town see-ing me buying groceries, says Dina, Its as if I should never be seen touching anything that isnt organic.
When Dina began farming, she says she knew absolutely nothing. Today she believes that farming isnt the solution; its the problem. Huge farms are polluters and profit is the main motivation. Whereas we have to ask ourselves when we farm, not just is it going to make money, but is it good for the soil? The Hickories started with 20 shareholders five years ago, and now has 200.
Paul started with a basket of vegetables at a table under a tree and today Fort Hill gives him a profitable, full-time liv-ing. Whats needed is flat, well-drained, stone-free land, which is hard to find in Connecticut. Soil building is important and crop rotation. Vegetables take a lot out of the soil, but its hard to give the land a rest when youre committed to having produce for 400 shareholders.
Patricias story is different. In 1997, we bought a 1740 historic house in Easton.
A luncheon sampling of Sport Hills wares draws an enthusiastic group of diners.
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Youre planning a party! You want to host a dinner for your business associates, or invite your friends to a brunch theyll always remember. Creating the right atmosphere for your festive occa-sion is just as important as the menu you concoct for your guests.
If you have a big event coming up, no matter how lovely your residence, you may want to add some new decorating touches. Luckily, you dont need to travel far and wide to find them. Consider popping over to Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, adjacent
to the top of Greenwich Avenue, an area now known as Designer Row. You can park your car, grab a coffee and stroll up and down Putnam as you check out all the retail destinations.
To truly enjoy your guests you want to be able to see them, and they, in turn,
their food. Lighting is key to creating the ideal ambiance. Remains Lighting/The Nanz Company offers a large selection of lighting fixtures, including many styles of chande-liers.
Next in line is S. Wyler Inc. offering antique English silver, porcelain, furniture and fine art. David Wyler is the fourth gen-eration in his family to run the store, and he with his mother Marjorie deal mainly in antiques.
If a hostess wants a silver bowl for the center of the table, a candelabr