More than 200 sales associates from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut and Westchester, N.Y., including agents from Darien and New Canaan, recently attended a special panel discussion on luxury home trends, followed by a networking reception at the Clarke Showroom and Test Kitchen in Norwalk.

The sales associates were invited to participate in the event as Coldwell Banker Previews International Property Specialists for luxury homes.

In addition to receiving a private tour of the Clarke Showroom, the sales associates were able to gain insight into the latest trends in home design through a panel discussion that featured four experts, including Sean Clarke, general manager of Clarke. The discussion was moderated by Cottages & Gardens Editorial Director D.J. Carey.

After the discussion, participants were also able to network with their colleagues from the Corcoran Group in Manhattan in the kitchen showroom and meet Lidia Bastianich, American chef, cookbook author and award-winning television host. Bastianich tapes her television show, Lidia's Kitchen, in the Norwalk kitchen showroom.

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