I can become obsessed about things. Those of you who know me won’t be shocked by that statement. But the dirty truth is that if I see something I like, it goes into this hidden area of my brain and I absolutely CAN’T get the thought out of my head no matter how hard I try. Full throttle obsession.

It can be a variety of things that do this to me. The most perfect necklace that I saw on a girl walking down the street in NYC. An insane pair of shoes I caught a glimpse of on that gorgeous woman sitting two seats behind me in a restaurant. The most comfortable yet chic chair that graced the living room of a party I attended. And the obsession that haunted me the past three years… A shallow type bowl made out of what looked like a slice of tree that housed the most delicious guacamole that my friend Bob makes and offers at his gatherings and parties. The minute I saw that bowl…. OBSESSED. He told me that his sister gave it to him as a gift and that he thought she found it in Vermont. Ugh. This could be like finding a needle in a haystack.

So the search began. Surely I would be able to find something similar.  Yet trips to NYC, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont all turned up empty.  Surely with my keen internet shopping skills I could find one.  Nope.  And finally –  last week at a gathering where Bob’s sister Hanna attended I had to find out.  WHERE did she get that bowl?  And her response? Oh! just a few towns over from a company called City Bench.  WHAT????  She then told me the story about this company and less than 48 hours later I was meeting Ted at their shop.  They basically salvage grand, historic trees that are being torn down from areas being developed {usually around New Haven} and turn them into cherished pieces of furniture that can be passed down from generation to generation. Each  of their pieces bears a “birth certificate” describing the tree’s origin, significance, and story. Their aim is to build a meaningful and lasting enterprise, which creates positive environmental and social change, and contributes to the vitality of the communities in which they operate.  Amen!!!




We found our bowl… or “trencher” as they call it, but we left with plans for the farm table we are going to have built for our dining room.  The finishes feel luxurious and we know that future generations of our family will gather around the same table and break bread for years to come.


Sarah Chloe

//Sarah Chloe bracelets

There haven’t been too many fashion items I have been stalking lately.  Mostly because my attention has turned to redecorating my house and all my extra spending money has been going in that direction! {Home posts coming soon}  Instead of glamorous heels or the perfect bag… my eyes have been set on the coolest kitchen faucets and designing my dream bed.

This little bauble however caught my eye and went immediately into my shopping cart!  And since arms are meant for stacking, a girl can never have too many classic bracelets.



There are some projects and some clients that are just fun from the minute you start collaborating….. Network Connecticut is one of them.

If you live or work in Connecticut and don’t already know Ann Nyberg you are missing one of our state’s best ambassadors! Ann is our safe place.  The person who tells it to us straight.  No side agendas, no ego, no phony.  She is all about helping others, promoting our state, encouraging us all to make connections and making the state a better place to live and work.  She is always on, always there and always willing to help out.  So it made total sense for her to pair with a dream team to create this movement.

Network Connecticut is about us.  It’s a place to go to learn, to explore, to Get Your Word Out. It’s about learning more about businesses with original content like the regular podcast Upside with Mike Maguire.   It’s about finding fun things to do through it’s happenings posts.  It’s about showing who we really are and enjoying a laugh via Booth Babble. It’s fun, it’s informative, it’s interesting and it’s TOTALLY Ann!

A huge thank you to the Network Connecticut team of Ann Nyberg, Noah Finz, Heather Colby and Mike Maguire for trusting their dream of what Network Connecticut can and will be to dreamscapes design group.  As a resident and business owner in the state, I am truly excited about this site and to see how it evolves.  Thanks for caring.  Thanks for sharing.

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