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Clinton Kelly At Home In His Favorite Room: The Kitchen

It’s been more than 14 years since television personality, author and part time Connecticut resident Clinton Kelly began his TV career as co-host of TLC network’s popular reality show “What Not To Wear.” These days you can find him on ABC’s afternoon lifestyle show “The Chew,” dishing out lifestyle, cooking and home decorating tips along with co-hosts Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz and Michael Symon.

While Manhattan might be home during the work week, it is the circa 1969 house in Kent he shares with husband Damon Bayes that Kelly considers home. And his favorite room right now is the very impressive kitchen that sits in the midst of his great room and is surrounded by a picture perfect view of the Litchfield Hills.

A casual Kelly, barefoot in Nantucket red Bermuda shorts and a polo shirt, shares his decorating tips, his approach to the major remodeling undertaking as well as few things about Mary, his Jack Russell Terrier, and his take on the therapeutic value of washing dishes.

Q: When you and Damon first moved, the kitchen was well, not quite as grand as this.What happened?

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First look inside the Forge, Long Island City’s new amenity-packed rental

A little over a month after leasing got underway, the developers behind Long Island City’s The Forge are now showing off the model homes of the 38-story rental building. The model homes are representative of the different apartment sizes the building at 44-28 Purves Street has to offer: studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms.

Rents at the Brause Realty and Gotham Organization start at a pricey $2,485/month for a studio, and apartments here come with a “Feng Shui certified layout.” All apartments here also have KitchenAid and Bosch appliances, Quartz kitchen countertops, white oak flooring, and washers and dryers in-unit.

As for amenities, there are 26,000 square feet of them. They include an outdoor pool, and movie theater, a rooftop lounge, a fitness center, a sculpture garden, and a children’s playroom, among many other features.



The FXFOWLE-designed building has been in the works since at least 2015. The 38-story tower topped out in September last year, and move-ins are now underway.



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First look inside the Forge, Long Island City’s new amenity-packed rental

A little over a month after leasing got underway, the developers behind Long Island City’s The Forge are now showing off the model homes of the 38-story rental building. The model homes are representative of the different apartment sizes the building at 44-28 Purves Street has to offer: studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms.

Rents at the Brause Realty and Gotham Organization start at a pricey $2,485/month for a studio, and apartments here come with a “Feng Shui certified layout.” All apartments here also have KitchenAid and Bosch appliances, Quartz kitchen countertops, white oak flooring, and washers and dryers in-unit.

As for amenities, there are 26,000 square feet of them. They include an outdoor pool, and movie theater, a rooftop lounge, a fitness center, a sculpture garden, and a children’s playroom, among many other features.



The FXFOWLE-designed building has been in the works since at least 2015. The 38-story tower topped out in September last year, and move-ins are now underway.



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How to stop fireplace smoke smells from stinking up the place during summer

Q: How do I stop my wood-burning fireplace from smelling like smoke in humid weather? A faint smoke smell would be okay, but this is obnoxious. It seems worse when the air conditioner or even the washer and dryer are running. The smell just wafts on in from the chimney. We have a glass door installed, but it doesn’t help.

Burke

A: Chimney smells stink up indoor air when the air pressure is lower indoors than out. Especially in a house that was built to be fairly airtight, this can happen when a dryer or other exhaust fan runs or if there are leaks in heating and air-conditioning ducts. To equalize the pressure, air moves down the chimney, making your house stink. Summer conditions add to the problem because the outdoor air is hot and humid and therefore heavier than the drier, cooler indoor air.

In theory, closing the damper on your fireplace should stop the airflow where the air picks up the smell. But fireplace dampers often don’t seal very well. For a better seal, you could have a chimney sweep install a spring-loaded stainless-steel damper at the top of the fireplace flue. AT Chimney Sweeps in Arlington (703-659-1699; atchimneysweeps.com) would do this for $629, said Veronica Campbell, the administrative assistant.

Or, for $42.99 to $86.99, depending on the chimney width, you could install an inflatable device known as a Chimney Balloon, available at Amazon.com. It has mixed reviews, however, with some buyers reporting that it punctures as easily as a water balloon. Filling a hefty plastic bag with insulation and stuffing that into the chimney opening at the base of the fireplace might work just as well and would surely cost less. Just be sure to remove the plug before you use the fireplace.

If closing off the chimney doesn’t stop the smell, call a heating and air-conditioning company to assess air balance in your home. It might help to pipe fresh air directly to combustion appliances (which would include the dryer if yours is a gas model). Or you might benefit from a heat-recovery ventilator, which could introduce more fresh air but in a way that uses the temperature of indoor air to preheat or precool it so you don’t waste energy. Sealing leaks in heating and air-conditioning ducts or balancing the system by adding more openings might also be part of the solution.

Q: We have a KitchenAid Superba garbage disposal that was installed in January 2011. For the past few months, it has failed to grind up and flush vegetable matter that it previously had no problem with. The blades rotate, chopping up the waste, but the waste does not exit the unit. I called the manufacturer for guidance. I was told to fill the disposal with ice to help with grinding. Although some relief was obtained, much of the waste remained in the disposal. Any ideas about why it is failing? Is it time to replace it?

Arlington

A: This is a three-fourths-horsepower model that’s still sold. It has a five-year limited warranty that would cover a repair visit to your home — if it were still in effect. But the warranty expired about 1½ years ago, a sign that it’s probably time to replace the unit. The current cost is $279 at Lowe’s and perhaps even less from other retailers if you shop around online.

If you’re reasonably handy, you could probably install a new unit yourself. KitchenAid provides installation instructions that appear straightforward. But if you want professional installation, Lowe’s would do that for about $120, said a spokesman at the company’s Beacon Center store in Alexandria (703-765-8011).

Before you resort to that, you might try repeating the ice trick a couple of times. Disposals sometimes work poorly because of a buildup of grease and other debris. Ice particles whip around in the mechanism and pick up the gunk, helping to clean it.

Also try another cleaning method that the manufacturer suggests in its care manual: With the unit off, place a stopper over the opening and fill the sink halfway with warm water. Mix one-fourth cup baking soda with water and dump it in. Turn on the disposal as you remove the stopper. If you’re lucky, the force of the water, plus the bubbling action and grease-cutting properties of baking soda, will help restore the unit’s performance, as well as eliminate any foul odors. After the sink drains, remove the sink baffle and clean it by hand or in the dishwasher. Replace it before you operate the disposal again.

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It’s wedding season: We’ve got the hottest gifts on this year’s registries

First comes love, then comes the wedding registry.

In fact, when it comes to starting a life together the first march down the aisle for nearly weds is usually done at their favorite home furnishings store, bar scanner in hand, check list at the ready.

According to a 2016 study by online wedding planning resource the Knot, 88% of brides and grooms, or 1.6 million couples, create at least one gift registry via store or online website, and previous surveys have revealed most brides would prefer guests stick to the list.

To find out exactly what gifts couples are hoping to love and to cherish happily ever after, we asked experts at popular registry sites to dish on the latest trends and reveal the items that continually crop up on everyone’s wish lists.

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Father’s Day gifts for the man who loves to cook

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