Sitting Pretty home decor sets up shop in New Canaan


NEW CANAAN — Laura Mason, owner of the Sitting Pretty home decor store, had so many locals visiting her Westport shop that she recently decided to move it to New Canaan.

“I came here because I had a lot of great customers from New Canaan,” Mason said. “This town has a wonderful downtown with stores owned by individuals, so every store has their own style and charm — very personal.”


Sitting Pretty has a new second floor shop at 111 Elm St. in with colorful items from far corners of the world and right nearby.

Mason said she curates a wide array of personal and household items from local artists as well as from the Netherlands, Italy, Morocco, Japan and France. She sells furniture, sweaters from France, lamps, puzzle cards, trays, gifts, ottomans and much more.



Prior to COVID-19, she traveled widely, bringing back items from her trips that she brought back to her store in Sconset Square in Westport.

Many of those items were sold to people from New Canaan.

The Westport native is excited about moving her store to New Canaan.

“I like the idea of being in a town like that,” Mason said. “The people here are very aware of creating a good vibe.”


Mason, an experienced designer, educated in interior design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, said she likes the designer Epice from Paris and carries many of the designer’s items. She started at first with Epice scarves.

Traveling to France, “I discovered they had a home line. I was excited,” because “I don’t see these products anywhere else. I was glad to bring back something more unusual.”


She helps people shop for items to add flair to their homes, by looking at pictures of their rooms on their phones.

“I tell them

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Thai man is bitten on the penis by a python while sitting on the toilet

Thai man is bitten on the penis by a python while sitting on the toilet, leaving his bathroom sprayed in blood

  • Siraphop Masukarat, 18, was bitten by the snake on Tuesday evening  
  • He yelled in terror as he ran out of the bathroom in Nonthaburi, central Thailand
  • Teenager was rushed to hospital to have the injury on his penis treated 

A teenager was rushed to the hospital after a python bit his penis as he sat on the toilet.

Siraphop Masukarat, 18, went to the loo on Tuesday evening when he felt a sudden searing pain in his manhood. 

The teenager looked down and saw the python with its jaws clamped around the tip of his penis. It quickly let go as blood spurted around the toilet bowl.

A teenager was rushed to the hospital after a python bit his penis as he sat on the toilet, pictured above

A teenager was rushed to the hospital after a python bit his penis as he sat on the toilet, pictured above

Siraphop Masukarat, 18, (pictured) went to the loo on Tuesday evening when he felt a sudden searing pain in his manhood

Siraphop Masukarat, 18, (pictured) went to the loo on Tuesday evening when he felt a sudden searing pain in his manhood

Siraphop yelled in terror as he ran out of the bathroom with his pants around his ankles in Nonthaburi, central Thailand, around 13 miles north of Bangkok.

The teenager’s panic-stricken mother calmed him down before paramedics rushed the lad to the nearby Bang Yai Hospital to have his wounded manhood treated.

Doctors gave Siraphop three stitches in the glands at the tip of the penis and treated the bite wound with antibiotic wash, to kill any bacteria from the python’s fangs.

Siraphop said: ‘I was using the toilet but a few moments after I sat down, I suddenly felt pain in my penis. I looked down and saw there was a snake hanging in the toilet. Then there was blood everywhere.

‘It was only a small snake but its bite was so strong. I hope that my penis can recover.’

Siraphop yelled in terror as he ran out of the bathroom with his pants around his ankles in Nonthaburi, central Thailand, around 13 miles north of Bangkok

Siraphop yelled in terror as he ran out of the bathroom with his pants around his ankles in Nonthaburi, central Thailand, around 13 miles north of Bangkok 

Animal handlers arrived at the two-storey home and began searching for the snake, which was still coiled up in the toilet bowl

Animal handlers arrived at the two-storey home and began searching for the snake, which was still coiled up in the toilet bowl

They used snake catching equipment to snare the python, which measured around 4ft long. They took it into a sack before releasing it back into woodland

They used snake catching equipment to snare the python, which measured around 4ft long. They took it into a sack before releasing it back into woodland

Animal handlers arrived at the two-storey home and began searching for the snake, which was still coiled up in the toilet bowl.

They used snake catching equipment to snare the python, which measured around 4ft long. They took it into a sack before releasing it back into woodland.

Siraphop’s terrified mother, Sutapath, said she was still in shock about the incident.

The snake bite spurted blood around the toilet, pictured above. Siraphop's terrified mother, Sutapath, said she was still in shock about the incident

The snake bite spurted blood around the toilet, pictured above. Siraphop’s terrified mother, Sutapath, said she was still in shock about the incident

She said: ‘I don’t know how the snake got into my house. It

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