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Coastal Calm Nature guides the palette at this beach-ready home by Jamie Marshall Photography by Marco Ricca

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A Move to Connecticut Turning a weekend retreat into a permanent home Excerpted from Arriving Home: A Gracious Southern Welcome by James

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Designer Brian del Toro has an impressive pedigree, having worked at some of the most prestigious firms in New York, including Parish-Hadley Associates, David Kleinberg Design Associates and Bunny Williams, before establishing his own firm in 2010. His work has appeared in multiple publications and at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in NYC. Working with a repeat client on the home featured in “Coastal Calm” (page 44), del Toro says, “Being lucky enough to work on multiple projects with a young family as their lives change and move forward is the biggest honor a designer can have. That level of trust and respect is what makes everything worthwhile.”

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Born and raised in Milan, Marco Ricca’s photography career began at the age of 22 when he traveled the world with a camera gifted to him by his mother. Travel was a natural starting point, but his love of beauty and design soon led him to the field of architecture and interiors. “I have been very passionate about documenting the many designers’ visions for the past 20 years,” says Ricca. “I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I love every day.” Ricca photographed the home designed by Brian del Toro, featured in “Coastal Calm,” page 44, and says, “I have always admired his simplicity and attention to detail to tell his story.” —Mary Fitzgerald

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Southern author, speaker and designer James Farmer is known for creating beautiful, welcoming homes that engage all the senses. He is the author of best-selling books on entertaining and design. His most recent publication, Arriving Home, excerpted in this issue, includes projects from Georgia to Connecticut, including the gracious Litchfield County home found on page 54. “For my second interiors book, I wanted to inspire and illustrate how the graciousness of Southern style translates into warm interiors for our clients in homes across the country,” says Farmer. “As an interior design firm, our task is to go beyond creating aesthetically pleasing vignettes to transform houses into homes.”


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Melissa Kaye’s 18k yellow gold Lola Double ring with diamonds and enamel. $5,650. farfetch.com, shop.melissakayejewelry.com.

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Tiffany & Co’s necklace in18k yellow gold and platinum with aquamarines, yellow beryls, rock crystals and diamonds from the 2021 High Jewelry Collection, Colors of Nature. Price Upon Request. Tiffany & Co., Westport, Tiffany & Co. Greenwich, tiffany.com.

JL Rocks’ diamond ring in rose gold and enamel, each, $475. JL Rocks, Westport, JL Rocks, Greenwich, jlrocks.com.

Katherine Jetter’s limited edition diamond and neon pink hexagon earrings $3,400. Mitchell’s, Westport, Richards, Greenwich. shop. mitchellstores.com katherinejetter.com.

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LEOPARD SPOTTING

The Sebastian chair from Bunny Williams Home features a comfortable saddle seat and chamfered legs, suitable for a desk or dining. The leopard print upholstery is finished with a ribbon trim. $2,350, as shown, available through Trovare Home Design, trovarehomedesign.com, bunnywilliamshome.com.

WILD THING

Go a little wild with Samuel & Sons’ Menagerie linen and canvas border, perfect for trimming upholstery, window treatments or pillows. The leopard pattern is embroidered in wool and accented with lustrous yarns. Colors include Emerald, shown here, Lapis and Onyx. Price upon request, samuelandsons.com.

OUT OF AFRICA

One of Stark Carpets most iconic patterns, Antilocarpa, mimics the pattern of an Antelope hide. This popular print is timeless, but when you are ready to be a little daring, opt for the dramatic Azure colorway. Price upon request, starkcarpet.com.

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WHAT’S NEW

CAMP STYLE

Set up camp with Lee Industries’ portable safari stool. The Zora Chocolate print is applied to hair-on-hide leather and stretched on an oak frame. $600, available through Schwartz Design Showroom, schwartzdesignshowroom.com.

SAFARI CHIC

Travel to the Savannahs of Africa without leaving your home—set the table with Zebra placemats from Joanna Buchanan. Artisans in India hand sew the beading, lending glitter and glam to this graphic print. $128, available through Hoagland’s of Greenwich, hoaglands.com, joannabuchanan.com.

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Wallcovering from the Mémoires collection from Élitis replicates the panther’s spots in a dramatic block arrangement. The washable wallcovering is digitally printed on vinyl on a paper ground. Price upon request, available through the NYC showroom, elitis.fr.

LEAPING CHEETAHS

Scalamandré’s legendary pattern Zebras now has a friend— Leaping Cheetahs. Pouncing and frolicking, the magestic creatures are digitally printed on a rich Clementine field. Price upon request, scalamandre.com.

ONE COOL CAT

Hailing from the Orley Shabahang Animal collection, the Leopard rug is handknotted in the brand’s signature Meyghan weave in hand-spun Persian wool, colored with organic vegetable dyes. $11,725, orleyshabahang.com.

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WHAT’S NEW

SPOT ON

The Gwenora Dalmation table lamp from Made Goods sports a playful Dalmatian hair-on-hide print with seam detailing and a linen lampshade. $700, available through Housewarmings, Greenwich, madegoods.com.

WILDLIFE REFUGE

Rest and relax on the Cheetah Kings Velvet Pouffe from Ardmore Design. Made in South Africa, the joyous jade-colored fabric and brass base add to the ottoman’s exotic allure. $1,325, available through Ngala Trading Co., ngalatrading.com, ardmore-design.com.

SHOW YOUR STRIPES

Lee Jofa’s Dinisen fabric from the Merkato collection is made in Italy of linen and cotton. The eye-catching Zebra pattern appears that much bolder in the Ruby colorway, but equally striking in Emerald, Lapis, Desert, Dove or Smoke. Price upon request, kravet.com.

HIDE AND SEEK

This hide rug from CB2 is stenciled with a faux zebra print. Each vintage-inspired and distressed rug will be unique in shape, size and tone. $699, cb2.com.

THE MIGHTYJUNGLE

A new collection for the Vale London­—World’s End—includes Mighty Jungle in Midnight, a folkoric pattern depicting the animals, flora and fauna of the Central American rainforest. Available printed on textured paper or cotton fabric in four vibrant colors. Price upon request, available through Fabricut, fabricut.com, thevalelondon.co.uk.

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readily available at other retailers. A well-appointed product portfolio includes artisanal and decorative items from Glaze, Louise Roe and Hawkins New York, jewelry from Gabriela Artigas, plus paintings from fellow artists like Julie Bowers Murphy and skincare items by L:A Bruket. A percentage of sales will benefit the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting basic human rights. curio.shop. FBC London

MADE IN THE SHADE Design studio Workstead launched its inaugural lighting collaboration with Schumacher. The collection, called Shaded, marries architectural light boxes inspired by Workstead’s archetype fixtures with classic fabrics from Schumacher’s vast catalog. The introduction includes three sconce designs: Vault, Gable and Block. “Our goal was to create a series of distinct fixtures that pushed the wall sconce typology in a new direction through the rich pairing of Schumacher fabrics with three architectural shapes,” says Workstead Principal Robert Highsmith. workstead.com. COLOR CRUSH To celebrate the brand’s 60th anniversary, Roche Bobois commissioned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos to design a line of seating and decorative accessories. “When we approached Joana Vasconcelos to collaborate with Roche Bobois, we had two wishes in mind. Our first intention was to give voice to a contemporary artist who is touching yet surprising and to offer her to work with an unusual medium of expression: the functional object,” says Nicolas Roche. “But

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above all, our goal was to offer our clients the chance to bring home a piece of a dream: a creative, flamboyant and delightful collection.” The result is the BomBom collection of colorful, multifunctional sofas in organic shapes that can be composed and combined to design your own comfort. Rugs and pillows in the collection are based on the artist’s original designs. 200 Madison Ave., NYC, 212-889-0700, roche-bobois.com.

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INTERNATIONAL DEBUT Entrepreneur and notable British designer, Fiona Barratt-Campbell of FBC London recently opened her first U.S. showroom at the New York Design Center. The move also marks the international debut of FBC London’s newest furniture collections, Column and Rain. BarrattCampbell’s designs are inspired by history and nature, and executed by artisans and craftsmen predominately in the Northeast of England. The 1,700-square-foot showroom will showcase a range of FBC London’s signature pieces and curated objects. “Having lived and studied design in New York, I know Manhattan well and the NYDC was the natural choice for our debut into the U.S. market,” says Barratt-Campbell. NYDC, Suite 401, 200 Lexington Ave., NYC, 315-7662200, fbc-london.com. FEEDING YOUR CURIOSITY Artist, mom, avid traveler, philanthropist and Darien resident, Suzie Jellinek has added shop owner to her resume with the opening of a virtual store, Curio Shop. In addition to selling her abstract paintings, she will offer “undiscovered pieces” not

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LUXURY TEXTILES Blending ancient craft weaving with a modern and luxurious sensibility, Rosemary Hallgarten is known for her sumptuous fabrics and rugs in ombrés and boucles in sustainable materials, including alpaca, shearling, Tibetan wool and plant fibers. Headquartered in Connecticut, Rosemary Hallgarten opened a flagship showroom last October in the New York Design Center. Commenting on the new Rosemary venture, Hallgarten Hallgarten says, “We are excited to bring the unmistakable quality of life, luxury and luminosity of Rosemary Hallgarten textiles directly to designers and clients as we collaborate on designs and custom projects within this creative and inspirational showroom space.” The textiles are beautifully displayed in vignettes and paired with furniture from the neighboring suite FBC London. NYDC, Suite 409, 200 Lexington Ave., NYC, 212-315-8270, rosemaryhallgarten.com. —Mary Fitzgerald ROSEMARY HALLGARTEN: JOSH GADDY

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1. Safavieh’s Mirage collection includes luxurious rugs inspired by Hollywood glam with lustrous tone-on-tone motifs in a handloomed satin-soft viscose pile. safavieh.com. 2. The Rory rug from Lulu and Georgia is a handwoven flatweave in a muted color palette with stylish fringe. luluandgeorgia.com. 3. Tamam’s Turkish rug is a midcentury design by Zeki Müren in wool on cotton. shop-tamam.com. 4. Made in Nepal, the Mount Nelson rug from Mark Inc. is fashioned in wool and silk with a high/low profile. markinccarpets.com. 5. Roche Bobois’s Cloudy rug is hand-tufted in seven thread colors in wool and vegetal silk. roche-bobois.com.

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Connecticut Classic This Westport waterfront home lists for $10,995,000 with Cyd Hamer of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Westport. 917744-5089.

sited along Beachside Avenue in Greens Farms, designed by architect Jack Franzen in 2014. The façade of this 13,000-square-foot manse impresses, with its landscaped circular drive, formal gardens and columned portico. But it’s also packed with fun amenities, including a ProLinks Par 3 golf hole, a pool and pool house, a three-acre pond with a dock and a 900-square-foot rooftop deck. Inside, there are eight bedrooms, two offices and an attached guesthouse, along with a home theater and gym. It’s offered for $12.6 million by Cyd Hamer of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. Down the shoreline along Compo Beach is a classic Connecticut Colonial with views over Long Island Sound out front and the stylish pool and pool terrace out back. Starting at the bottom and working our way up,

the lower floor offers a playroom, gym, media room, au pair suite and a wine room with an adjoining bar and lounge area. Jump into the elevator to access the main floor, which boasts a 60-foot-long porch accessed via the living room and formal dining room. Exhausted? No problem, the nearly 10,000-square-foot home also offers seven bedrooms, the largest of which has a fireplace, two balconies and two dressing rooms, along with a spa-like bath. The property lists for $10,995,000 with Cyd Hamer of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.

In Greenwich, the landmarked Captain John Ferris House is on the market for $2.5 million. The good captain’s family founded Old Greenwich in 1656. Today, the fully renovated 4,142-square-foot home sits on a little less than a half-acre just off of Shore Road, a short walk to Tod’s Point and the beach. It offers four bedrooms, a home office and a new kitchen with an adjoining family room. Susan Holey and Pete Danielsen of Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich have the listing. 203-969-4320 and 203-231-7784.

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In southport village, a gracious greek revival home is on the market for $4.2 million. Built in 1835 for a ship captain, the exteriors are entirely 19th-century, with ornate windows and a wide wraparound porch featuring hand-carved columns. The interiors have been thoroughly renovated by architect John Toates, who built two new wings housing a great room, home office and spectacular main bedroom suite that offers 10-foot exposed-beam ceilings, a fireplace, a balcony and a spa-like bath with a brushed-steel slipper tub. The new kitchen is also swell with marble countertops, a Lacanche stove and two islands. The home sits on more than five acres, a The Good Life A cofounder of Life magazine once owned this Ridgefield carriage house, now listed for $1,995,000 with Sally Slater of Douglas Elliman in Bedford, NY. 914-584-0137.

Captain’s Quarters Once owned by a 19th-century ship captain, this Southport antique is listed for $4.2 million with Amy Waugh Curry of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices of Westport. 203-913-8744.

rarity in the village, featuring a parterre kitchen garden, an apple orchard and an organic grassy field. It lists with Amy Waugh Curry of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The cofounder of Life magazine, John Ames Mitchell, was once among the notable literary types that resided in Ridgefield—a list that also stars playwright Eugene O’Neill and children’s book authors Maurice Sendak and Richard Scarry. Mitchell lived on a West Lane property that included a circa-1899 carriage house that was converted into the home that’s now on the market. The repurposing of the spaces once used for horses and buggies retained some of its original features, including massive barn doors, rustic beams, handsome wide-board flooring and a stone fireplace with a chestnut mantelpiece. Among the many updates, all designed to align with a barn aesthetic, is the capacious kitchen featuring an oversized chestnut-topped island, soapstone countertops and a Wolf six-burner stove, along with two Thermador dishwashers. Dutch doors in the great room open onto a covered terrace that extends to the pool, featuring a builtin spa. There’s also an office on the first floor with a full bathroom and door that leads to the outside. The 1.5acre property lists for $1,995,000 with Sally Slater of Douglas Elliman. —Diane di Costanzo

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Coastal Calm NATURE GUIDES THE PALETTE AT THIS BEACH-READY HOME BY JAMIE MARSHALL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARCO RICCA

Bright & Light (top) The living room is grounded by a custom Perennials rug through David Sutherland. Kravet swivel chairs and a Swaim Furniture chaise face off across a Troscan coffee table. Textural Tableau (opposite and following page) At one end of the room, a Vanguard sofa wears a Theo performance fabric. The whitewashed cork wallcovering from Stark is the perfect backdrop for a pair of vintage sconces from 1stDibs and an array of African woven baskets from Kazi. See Resources.

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MAGINE A YOUNG COUPLE who sells their New York City apartment and moves into a beautiful Craftsman-style home in Darien. Four years and two kids later, their broker calls to tell them the house of their dreams has just come on the market. “My husband said, ‘I’m not moving again,’” the wife recalls. “I convinced him to go have a look. We moved again.” The husband is an avid fisherman and had long dreamed of living on the water. The five-bedroom house ticked that box, and more. Set in the private Wilson Point section of Norwalk, it has its own beach with direct access to Long Island Sound. It’s also part of a close-knit community. “In the winter, there is caroling, in summer, there are lobster bakes, and in the spring, a giant Easter Egg Hunt. It’s a really magical place to live,” says the wife. Equally magical is Brian del Toro’s interior design, which lets the seascape take center stage. “The views are spectacular,” says del Toro. “It can be very shallow at low tide, so you get all these sandbars that appear and disappear in different shapes every day. It’s a beautiful, everchanging vista.”

The designer had worked with the couple twice before and had a keen sense of their aesthetic. The house, which dates from 2006, “is simple and understated with traditional details but without being wedded to one particular style,” says del Toro. “It basically runs parallel to the water, all rooms looking out onto it.” French doors in the living room and large windows everywhere make the most of the mesmerizing view. Other than a few small renovations by VAS Construction—switching out two fireplace mantels, adding mirrored doors to the open bookcases in the living room, retiling the master bathroom—most of the interior changes were cosmetic. Designer and homeowners agreed the interiors should reflect the waterfront setting without screaming “beach house.” “I didn’t want whatever was inside to distract from all those views out the windows,” he says. “I wanted a very calm, simple interior that allowed your eye to go outside and not be blocked by too much decoration.” To achieve that goal, del Toro let nature guide the way. He incorporated a mix of coastal hues: think driftwood, sand, taupe and gray, accented

Gathering Spot (top) In the family room, a J.D. Staron rug complements the stonework in a new fireplace by VAS Construction. A coffee table from Kravet sits between a Vanguard sofa in a Delany & Long fabric and a pair of chairs from Lexington Home Brands. Welcome Home (opposite page) The front hallway sports whitewashed grasscloth walls and a blue-and-white Patterson Flynn Martin area rug. The bench is from Robert Allen; the vintage Murano glass chandelier is through Olde Good Things. See Resources.

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Easy Breezy (this page) A mixture of fabrics and textures takes its cue from the coastal setting throughout the downstairs, including this Vanguard loveseat with throw pillows in a Gretchen Bellinger fabric. Waterfront Dining (opposite top) Palecek chairs provide seating at a custom Cliff Young dining table. The carved concrete chandelier is from Faux Bois Furniture, and the wool carpet is from Stark. Perfect Landing (opposite bottom) The designer whitewashed the existing grasscloth walls on the second floor to give them a naturalistic feel. See Resources.

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Serene Sanctuary (above and opposite page) In the first-floor master suite, an A. Rudin chaise is upholstered in Perennials fabric. The bed is from Hickory Chair, the dresser is from Century Furniture, and the custom plaster walls are by Omar Yacoub of Maatsch Finishes. A pair of Visual Comfort sconces from the Light Touch illuminates the mirrored cabinets in the bathroom, where custom cabinets are finished with Lisa Jarvis hardware from the Brass Center. Bright Spot (left) In a girl’s bedroom, the light fixture is through Blanche Field, and the bed is from ducduc. See Resources.

with varying shades of blue (the husband’s favorite color ) and lots of different textures for interest. Even the living room walls have an unexpected treatment—whitewashed cork with the barest trace of silver leaf underneath. “It’s about having a very natural, nubby texture that feels appropriate to the beach and yet adds tiny bits of glam that make it feel more grownup,” the designer says. In the family room, furnishings are anchored with a plaid wool rug, then topped with textured throw pillows. At the same time, a nautical theme appears in subtle, but sophisticated, ways. A pair of 1940s French rope sconces adorn one living room wall; directly opposite, a brass sailboat sculpture seems to float above the marble fireplace. In the dining room, a custom chandelier cast in concrete is meant to replicate a piece of driftwood. “It’s kind of sculptural and looks like something that might have washed up on shore,” says del Toro. “But it has an elegant purpose.” This room, more than any other sums up the designer’s vision. “It’s this whole element of versatility,” he says. “The table is ten-feet long and it drives home the fact that there is no formal dining room—the dining area is, in fact, part of the kitchen. It’s all very easy and calming.” This emphasis on versatility and a relaxed lifestyle is apparent throughout. “They have two young children and easy-going friends. They wanted a beautiful interior without it being too precious,” says del Toro. “Most of the fabrics downstairs are indoor/outdoor, including the hand-knotted rug in the living room. They are scrubbable, washable, sticky-finger proof and fade resistant. That was a big answer to making the whole house elegant and elevated yet very beach-ready.” ✹


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Perfect Blend The new homeowners were keen on having the warmth and collected feel of a Southern home, set amid the gorgeous mountains and verdant landscape of Litchfield County. See Resources.

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Entry Point (opposite page) Schumacher’s “Hydrangea Drape” in a neutral colorway gives the eye vertical interest. Pattern Play (top) Anchoring the larger sofa wall is a coromandel screen, complete with gold, ivory and jade highlights depicting everyday life in a Chinese village. Two lattice-patterned club chairs add colorful touches. Face To Face (above) A pair of sofas clad in Cowtan & Tout “Treasure Flower” provide bold pattern and set the color palette. An antique family heirloom Oushak carpet gives a softer palette underfoot, mimicking the bolder hues above. Over the mantel, a Venetian harbor scene brings the room’s colors to the fireplace wall. See Resources.

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Some of my favorite rooms in a home are not necessarily those that are grand or significant in scale, but ones that serve as hyphens, niches, connectors and links joining additions, wings or rooms. The niche in this home serves as vestibule between the foyer and living room but has architectural charm with great arches and windows. With a wide gallery and foyer, this home opens up like a chapter of a great book. The dining room is an homage to country homes and English tradition. As a traditionalist, I usually follow the formula of table, chairs, serving pieces, etc., yet my creative side pushes the envelope to break the rules just a bit. I wished to take the “formal� aspect away from this dining space but allow proper furnishings to still hold their place. Gorgeous, classic and always in style, a mix of brown or wood furniture always has its place. This base allowed me to springboard into other finishes and styles, and mix genres, for

Dine-In Style (top) A custom mahogany and ebonized dining table serves as the center point of the room. A sisal and wool diamond-pattern rug grounds the space and gives an earthen element and pattern repetition with the trellisbacked chairs. In The Details (left) A stunning antique sideboard in a finish similar to the dining table helps command attention. See Resources.

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Casual Dining (opposite page) The wife’s family table from her childhood home in North Carolina now hosts her family in Connecticut. A Sanderson toile is used on the windows. See Resources.



Kitchen Cachet (top left) For the kitchen, we were able to open the space to serve as a multifunctional room for cooking, dining and sitting. Using pops of white—with the nearly white marble, trim, barstools, background of the paper and fabric, and in accessories—gives the kitchen a fresh vibe. Complementary Touch (left) Wallpaper from Thibaut in a small trellis pattern adds visual texture without competing with the tactile textures of wood, stone and fabric. Cozy Retreat (above) The sunroom is light and cheerful enough for summertime use but cozy enough for the coldest of days. A custom velvet sectional is tucked into the corner, while tiger-patterned slipper chairs provide extra seating. See Resources.


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a lovely effect. The walls are clad in a perfectly peach grasscloth, giving depth and texture to the walls in that British tradition of dining room colorways, while the ceiling is lacquered in a rich green—smooth and inky against the grasscloth for congruent complementing. In formal living rooms, as with dining rooms, I love to adhere to the formality of appropriate, formulaic furniture placement yet bend that rule for how we live today. A favorite arrangement of mine is placing two small sofas perpendicular to the fireplace wall and a larger sofa anchoring an opposite wall and flanked by two chairs. This allows for gracious amounts of seating and traffic flow while also creating niches for conversation among a group of folks or intimate enough for a couple of guests. ✚

Suite Spot (opposite page and top) Bullion fringe, nailheads and tufting add details to the upholstery pieces that make up the sitting area of this suite. An embroidered Brunschwig & Fils check dresses the windows. Touches of handpainted artistry are seen in the chinoiserie chests that flank the bed and the coffee table. Erika Powell fabrics were used to make the lampshades. A custom bed, monogrammed linens and silver-framed family photos make the room truly personal. Verdant Bliss (right) The Litchfield County home is surrounded by a lush tree-lined landscape. See Resources.

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Farm Living When these homeowners wanted to build a new house (this photo) whose roof lines echoed the profile of the surrounding Litchfield hills, they called on architect Allan Shope. Landscape design is by Ana Hajduk of Singing Brook Gardens. The pool area (below) is furnished with Tucci umbrellas, B&B Italia chaises, Dedon sofas, loveseats and chairs. See Resources. 

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WHILE MOST HOMEOWNERS go shopping for furnishings and accessories, the owner of this Kent home also went shopping for boulders. She recalls the architect, Allan Shope, calling one day and asking her to meet him along the side of a road in Litchfield County. “I drove from our home in Westchester, where we were then living, not knowing exactly what he wanted,” she recalls. “But he’d said there had been an avalanche on a hillside and that the owner of the land had offered Allan the chance to come and get whatever he wanted, for free. When I got there, Allan told me to pick out my favorite boulders that were tumbled all over the hill.” Shope recognized the grade of stone and their hues as perfect building materials for the house he was designing for the couple. Many of those stones were used to fashion a massive fireplace and chimney in the living area, an architectural element the homeowner says, “appears to just rise up from the earth.” Indeed, the stone element appears so natural to the house and landscape that moss and lichen still peek out from edges. “The rocks 66

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were fitted together like puzzle pieces,” notes the homeowner. Other boulders collected that day were used as hardscaping by the pool and as adornments throughout the property, which comprises 214 acres. When interior designer Eve Robinson first met the clients, she was a bit startled by how they wanted to live. The couple had established a working vegetable farm (though the land is now devoted exclusively to growing flowers), and they envisioned the rooms of their new home filling with sheep and chickens, as much as with family and friends. “As the design process went on,” says Robinson, “their desire for finer things prevailed.” The animals were welcome to roost and nest in comfortable quarters outdoors. “The whole project and idea kind of reminded me of the old TV show ‘Green Acres,’” says the designer, “where sophisticated homeowners have the idea to start a new life in a small country town.” These homeowners have enthusiastically embraced their new rural locale, growing colorful anemones, peonies, roses, lilacs, hydrangeas, snapdragons and other flowers typical to the Northeast. They and their staff at what is known as Anderson Acres Farm, sell blooms to the Connecticut Flower Collective


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The vaulted main living area is lit with natural light and Jeff Zimmerman’s pendant through R & Company. A pair of Holly Hunt sofas are backed by Holly Hunt consoles—the one on the right is topped with Japanese lamps from the 1970s through Studio Van Den Akker; the custom floral-motif rug is from Fort Street Studio. In the dining room, a BDDW dining table is surrounded by Holly Hunt chairs. David Wiseman’s Glacier pendants orbit above the tabletop; Ochre sconces provide further light. See Resources.

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Pops Of Color The den assumes a jewel-like presence, the result of furnishings and accessories that include Osborne & Little’s fabric on a Jens Risom sofa, an Azadeh Shladovsky pouf, Tai Ping rug and Maya Romanoff’s handpainted wallpaper. The artwork is by Brian Rutenberg. See Resources.

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Simply Stylish (this page) Jerry Pair shelving is used in the mudroom, where a Paola Lenti custom rug is placed atop porcelain floor tile from Stone Source. Warm Welcome (opposite page) The home’s entry is announced by Hervé Van der Straeten’s bronze pendant lamp through Ralph Pucci and a rug from Judy Ross Textiles. Some 250 butterflies adorn the wall, an art installation by Paul Villinski. A pair of Demiurge New York slipper chairs are covered in Mongolian lamb fur. See Resources.


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and individual stores, as well as to the public in a weekly sale in their on-site barn. “During the height of Covid,” says the homeowner, “that market became especially important to people in the community. ‘This event is the highlight of my week,’ is something we heard often.” In collaborating closely with the homeowner, Robinson became quickly aware of her client’s penchant for artisanship and detail, as well as the color blue. “It’s one of my favorite colors,” the homeowner admits. “It’s soothing, it has a connection to water and nature and sky.” One of the stated goals the homeowner gave the architect was for a house that was intimately and constantly connected to its natural locale. The very roofline of the house echoes the undulations of the nearby Litchfield Hills, while views from every room embrace the outdoors. Meanwhile, in addition to a flood of natural light, Robinson introduced sculptural chandeliers and lighting sources in every room—from a bird’s nest– shaped one in the foyer to a tree-like branching expanse in the living room. “I often regard lighting as jewelry,” says Robinson. “Bringing in incredibly special lighting pieces is a way to finish a room and really make it sparkle.” Robinson and the client collaborated most conspicuously on the main staircase, as much a practical architectural element as a sculptural one. “The client wanted to push the envelope, in terms of design,” says Robinson, “and we did that with the staircase.” After Robinson designed it, the client had the novel idea to soften the treads with pieces of blue leather, stitched with white threading. While goats and sheep are not negotiating the stairs, the couple is. As the client says, “We added padding beneath each tread, and it feels really wonderful on our feet every single time we go up and down the staircase.” ✹


Master Class (clockwise across spread from this page) Blue Holland & Sherry draperies make a dramatic statement in the master bedroom, where diaphanous Loro Piana bed hangings are complemented by Casa del Bianco bedding. The Jens Risom chair and ottoman are upholstered in Zinc Textile fabric. In the master bathroom, a vanity anchored by a pair of Stephen McKay sconces is complemented by an Ann Sacks wall mosaic. Alongside the window, a Waterworks freestanding tub is provided privacy with Pierre Frey draperies backed with Pollack sheers. See Resources.  

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Sweet Serenity With views to the Aegean Sea and mountains beyond, this Greek residence is an oasis of calm. The swimming pool enhances the spa-like setting. See Resources.

AEGEAN DREAM Updates at a midcentury home in Greece embrace the surrounding seascape BY MINDY PANTIEL | PHOTOGRAPHS BY IOANNA ROUFOPOULOU

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Rock Solid (clockwise across spread from this page) Stone flooring was used for pool decking and patios. Modernist architect Aris Konstantinidis used stacked stone walls to imbue the structure he designed in the 1960s with a fortress-like sense of security. The prevailing grays and browns in the stonework anchor the property to its surroundings. See Resources.

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HE GREEK REGION KNOWN AS ATTICA—Athens is located there—is a triangular-shaped peninsula that stretches from the southwest coast of mainland Greece out into the Aegean Sea. While the capital city is decidedly dense and urban, the sprawling coastlines revel in mountain vistas and expanses of impossibly green olive trees. It was along a portion of the latter that Aris Konstantinidis, long heralded as the father of Greek architectural modernism, designed a home in the 1960s. Influenced by Germany’s Bauhaus movement, which rejected embellishment of any kind, the building’s simple stacked stone walls, and fenestration perfectly situated to embrace the rugged seascape, seem to have stood the test of time. That is, until you step inside. Fast-forward to the current century and the series of small separate rooms that defined the original floor plan no longer worked with the contemporary affection for big, open gathering spaces. Called upon to rework and update everything, including the layout, interior designer Katerina Veremi Xynogala gutted the interior and crafted a series of more commodious chambers, while never losing sight of the integrity of the original architecture. “I followed the existing aesthetic as much as possible,” says Xynogala, who maintained the size and locales of the window and door openings but exchanged the existing panes and frames for better-insulated versions. She also removed the old marble floor tiles and then “placed them again to follow, as much as possible, the aesthetic of the house.” february 2021 cottagesgardens.com ctc&g

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THE DESIGNER NEVER LOST SIGHT OF THE INTEGRITY OF THE ORIGINAL ARCHITECTURE


Retro Redux (clockwise across spread from opposite page) In the outdoor dining area, Bitta host chairs and Stampa metal side chairs surround Vieques tables by Patricia Urqioloa, all from Kettal. In the living room, floor coverings from Gan Rugs complement the Sits green sofa and Frigerio coffee table. In the hallway. the contemporary metal shelving and lighting are from Mogg. See Resources.



Subterranean Luxury (opposite page, top to bottom) Oak floors run through the lower level, where a round steel Blunt dining table and Sits chairs provide a place for casual meals and sampling wine from the adjacent wine cellar. Oak bookcases anchor a sitting area that includes a Sits sofa, a stone-and-oak Columbus coffee table, and stools from Pomax. See Resources.

All Around The House (this page, clockwise from top left) The kitchen and master suite open to an outdoor living room outfitted with Kettal seating and tables. Xynogala designed the wood dining room table. She also designed the oak kitchen cabinets fashioned by a local artisan; the island is Greek marble. Stone elements in the powder room are in keeping with the overall design. See Resources.

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Tone On Tone A gray bed cover and pillows from Scapa Home in the master bedroom (this photo) are a soft contrast to the home’s heavily textured stone walls. Outside (below), cushions in similar colors top Kettal seating: The sofa and small mesh tables are by Patricia Urqiola, and the accent pillow fabrics are by Doshi Levien. See Resources.


THE BEAUTIFUL GREEK WEATHER ALL BUT MANDATES EQUALLY WELCOMING OUTDOOR SPACES

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In the master suite, a local artisan crafted the sinks with marble from Kavala. Lighting from Mogg illuminates the stairwell. Xynogala designed the metal partition that separates the bathroom from the sleeping area as well as the headboard upholstered with fabric from Scapa Home. Hanging lights are by Hind Rabii. See Resources.

Unfussy furnishings like a Sits living room sofa (the green upholstery mimics the shade of Chalkidiki olives) and Xynogala’s own dining table design (a wooden top with steel base by a local artisan) are in keeping with the modernist architecture, as are the oak veneer kitchen cabinets also of her design. Noting the “basement was like a warehouse,” the designer transformed the lower level into a lounge area with a casual dining space located next to the new wine cellar. A separate structure houses two guest bedrooms with a small kitchen partitioned off with space-saving sliding glass doors. The beautiful Greek weather all but mandates equally welcoming outdoor spaces, and here the al fresco living and dining areas are no exception. Protected from prevailing winds by impervious stone partitions, Xynogala peppered the spaces with Kettal furnishings with frames and cushions in neutral tones perfectly in sync with the walls built over a half century ago. ✹ february 2021 cottagesgardens.com ctc&g

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54 Pages 44–53: Interior design, Brian del Toro, Brian del Toro Inc., briandeltoro. com. Contractor, VAS Construction, vasconstruction.com. Wall finishes, Omar Yacoub, Maatsch Finishes, Brooklyn, NY, 917-916-1045. Living room: Wallcovering, Stark. Rug, Perennials. Chairs, McGuire. Chair fabric, Scalamandré. Swivel chairs, Kravet. Fabric on chairs, Christopher Farr Cloth. Chaise, Swaim Furniture. Fabric on chaise, Perennials. Pillows on chaise, Duralee, Groundworks and Kravet. Bean bag, Lepere. Sofa and chair, Vanguard Furniture. Sofa fabric, Theo. Pillow fabric, Kravet and Chivasso. Chair

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fabric, Perennials. Lamp, Christopher Spitzmiller. Lamp shade, Blanche Field. Coffee table, Troscan. Coffee table fabric, Pindler. Window treatment fabric, Chivasso. Window treatment fabrication, La Regence Inc. Wallpaper, Innovations. Mantel, Chesney’s. Tables, Cliff Young Ltd. Sconces, 1stDibs. Sconce shades, Blanche Field. Wall baskets, Kazi. Entry hall: Stair runner, J.D. Staron. Rug, Patterson Flynn Martin. Bench, Robert Allen. Chandelier, Olde Good Things. Family room: Rug, J.D. Staron. Sofa and loveseat, Vanguard Furniture. Sofa fabric, Delany & Long. Loveseat fabric, Giati Elements. Pillow fabrics, Pierre Frey and Gretchen Bellinger.

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Coffee table, Kravet. Pair of chairs, Lexington Home Brands. Chair fabric, Mariaflora. Chandelier, Siemon & Salazar. Window shade fabric, Chivasso. Window seat fabric, S. Harris. Window seat pillows, Duralee. Dining room: Rug, Stark. Chairs, Palecek. Chair fabric, Holly Hunt and Pierre Frey. Table, Cliff Young Ltd. Window treatment fabric, Chivasso. Chandelier, Faux Bois Furniture. Accessories, Global Views. Upstairs hallway: Rug, J.D. Staron. Master bedroom: Rug, Patterson Flynn Martin. Bed, Hickory Chair Furniture Co. Bed cover, Ann Gish. Bed linens, Casa del Bianco. Dresser, Century Furniture. Drapery fabric, Schumacher. Shades,

Hartmann & Forbes. Chair fabric, Kravet. Chaise, A. Rudin. Chaise fabric, Perennials. Pillow fabrics, Larsen and Hodsell McKenzie. Chandelier, Palecek. Master bathroom: Sconces, Visual Comfort. Hardware, Lisa Jarvis. Girl’s bedroom: Rug, Patterson Flynn Martin. Bed, ducduc. Drapery fabric, Kravet. Light fixture, Blanche Field. A MOVE TO CONNECTICUT

Pages 54–63: Excerpted from Arriving Home: A Gracious Southern Welcome, by James Farmer III. Published by Gibbs Smith, gibbs-smith.com. Interior design, James Farmer III, jamesfarmer.com. Entry: Wallpaper, Schumacher. Living room:

Items pictured but not listed here are either from private collections or have no additional details. CTC&G relies upon the providing party of the image to give accurate credit information.

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Sofa fabric, Cowtan & Tout. Casual dining area: Window treatment fabric, Sanderson. Kitchen: Wallpaper, Thibaut. Bedroom: Window treatment fabric, Brunschwig & Fils. Lampshade fabric, Erika M. Powell Textiles. GREEN ACRES

Pages 64–73: Interior design, Eve Robinson, Eve Robinson Associates, everobinson.net. Architect, Allan Shope, shopearchitect.com. Landscape design, Ana Hadjuk, Singing Brook Gardens, Wassaoc, NY, 845-789-1294. Pool area: Umbrellas, Tucci. Chaises, B&B Italia. Sofa, loveseat, chairs and coffee table, Dedon. Sofa and chair fabric, Delany & Long. Main living area: Lighting, Jeff Zimmerman. Sofas, sofa fabric, side tables and console, Holly Hunt. Console lamps, Studio Van Den Akker. Brass object on console, Hervé Van Der Straeten. Club chairs, Bernd Goeckler. Club chair fabric, Armani Casa. Coffee table, Mondo Collection. Blue sofa fabric, Christopher Hyland. Window treatments, J. Paul Studio. Drapery fabric, Sahco. Rug, Fort Street Studio. Dining room: Dining table, BDDW. Chairs, Holly Hunt. Pendants, David Wiseman. Sconces, Ochre. Entry: Pendant lamp, Ralph Pucci. Rug, Judy Ross Textiles. Butterfly art installation, Paul Villinski. Chairs, Demiurge New York. Den: Sofa, Jens Risom. Sofa fabric, Osborne & Little. Pouf, Azadeh Shladovsky. Rug, Tai Ping. Wallpaper, Maya Romanoff. Artwork, Brian Rutenberg. Roman shade fabric, Fromental. Chair, ottoman and floor lamp, Wyeth. Drinks table, Hervé Van Der Straeten. End table, Liaigre. Table lamp, Pamela Sunday. Coffee table, Studio Van Den Akker. Cabinet hardware, E.R. Butler & Co. Stairway: Leather treads, Christina Z. Antonio. Mudroom: Bench, Holly Hunt. Bench leather, Spinneybeck. Shelving, Jerry Pair. Rug, Paola Lenti. Tile flooring, Stone Source. Pendant lights, Lindsey Adelman. Wall hooks, Noble & Wood. Master bedroom: Drapery fabric, Holland & Sherry. Bed, Holly Hunt. Bed hangings, Loro Piana. Bedding, Casa del Bianco. Chair and ottoman, Jens Risom. Chair and ottoman fabric, Zinc Textile. Floor lamp, Liaigre. Drinks table, Simon Coste. Master bathroom: Wall tile, Ann Sacks. Tub, Waterworks. Tub filler and faucets, Rohl. Vanity hardware, Nanz Hardware. Drapery fabric, Pierre Frey. Sheers, Pollack. End tables, Maurice Marty.

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Pages 74–83: Architect, Aris Konstantinidis. Designer, Katerina Veremi Xynogala, roomservice.gr. Outdoor dining area: Host chairs, side chairs and tables, Kettal. Living room: Floor coverings, Gan Rugs. Sofa, Sits. Coffee table, Frigerio. Lights, Delightfull. Accessories, Room Service. Hallway: Shelving and lighting, Mogg. Lights in bookshelves and stairs, Seletti. Lower level dining area: Dining table, Blunt. Chairs, Sits. Lower level sitting area: Sofa, Sits. Coffee table and stools,

Pomax. Outdoor living room: Seating and tables, Kettal. Master suite: Lighting, Mogg. Headboard fabric, bed cover and cushions, Scapa Home. Bedside pendants, Hind Rabii.

SOURCE LIST 1stDibs, 1stdibs.com A. Rudin, arudin.com Ann Gish, anngish.com Ann Sacks, annsacks.com Armani Casa, armani.com Avenue Road, us.avenue-road.com Azadeh Shladovsky, azadehshladovsky. com B&B Italia, bebitalia.com BDDW, bddw.com Bernd Goeckler, bgoecklerantiques.com Blanche Field, blanchefield.com Blunt, bluntmanufacture.fr Brian Rutenberg, brianrutenbergart.com Brunschwig & Fils, kravet.com Casa del Bianco, casadelbianco.com Century Furniture, centuryfurniture.com Chesney’s, chesneys.com Chivasso, chivasso.jab.de Christina Z. Antonio, christinazantonio. com Christopher Farr Cloth, christopherfarrclcoth.com Christopher Hyland, christopherhyland. com Christopher Spitzmiller, christopherspitzmiller.com

Cliff Young Ltd., cliffyoungltd.com Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com David Sutherland Inc., perennialsandsutherland.com David Wiseman, dwiseman.com Dedon, dedon.de Delany & Long, delanyandlong.com Delightfull, delightfull.eu Demiurge New York, demiurgenewyork. com Ducduc, ducducnyc.com Duralee (see Robert Allen) E.R. Butler & Co. erbutler.com Erika M. Powell Textiles, erikampowell. com Fabricut, fabricut.com Faux Bois Furniture, fauxboisfurniture. com Fort Street Studio, fortstreetstudio.com Frigerio, frigeriosalotti.it Fromental, fromental.co.uk Gan Rugs, gan-rugs.com Giati Elements, giatielements.com Global Views, globalviews.com Gretchen Bellinger, gretchenbellinger. com Groundworks (see Kravet) Hartmann & Forbes, hartmannforbes. com Hervé Van Der Straeten (see Ralph Pucci) Hickory Chair Furniture Co., hickorychair.com Hind Rabii, hindrabii.eu Hodsell McKenzie (see Zimmer + Rohde) Holland & Sherry, hollandandsherry.com Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com

Innovations, innovationsusa.com J Paul Studio, jpaulinc.net J.D. Staron, jdstaron.com Jeff Zimmerman (see R & Company) Jens Risom, jensrisom.com Jerry Pair, jerrypair.com Judy Ross Textiles, judyrosstextiles.com Kazi, kazigoods.com Kettal, kettal.com Kravet, kravet.com La Regence Inc, nylaregence.com Larsen (see Cowtan & Tout) Lepere, lepereinc.com Lexington Home Brands, lexington.com Liaigre, liaigre.com Lindsey Adelman, lindseyadelman.com Lisa Jarvis, lisa-jarvis.com Loro Piana, ii.loropiana.com Mariaflora, mariaflora.com Maurice Marty (see Twenty First Gallery) Maya Romanoff, mayaromanoff.com McGuire, macguirefurniture.com Mogg, mogg.it Mondo Collection, mondocollection. com Noble & Wood, nobleandwood.com Ochre, ochre.net Olde Good Things, ogtstore.com Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com Palecek, palecek.com Pamela Sunday, pamelasunday.com Paola Lenti, paolalenti.it Patterson Flynn Martin, pattersonflynnmartin.com Paul Villinski, paulvillinski.com Perennials (see David Sutherland) Pierre Frey, pierrefrey.com Pindler, pindler.com Pollack, pollackassociates.com Pomax, pomax.com R & Company, r-and-company.com Ralph Pucci, ralphpucci.com Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com Rohl, houseofrohl.com Room Service, roomservice.gr S. Harris (see Fabricut) Sahco, kvadrat.dk Sanderson, sandersondesigngroup.com Scalamandré, scalamandre.com Scapa Home, scapahome.com Schumacher, fschumacher.com Seletti, seletti.it Siemon & Salazar (see A. Rudin) Simone Coste (see Avenue Road) Sits, sits.eu Spinneybeck, spinneybeck.com Stark, starkcarpet.com Stone Source, stonesource.com Studio Van Den Akker, studiovandenakker.com Swaim Furniture, swaim-inc.com Tai Ping, houseoftaiping.com The Nanz Company, nanz.com Theo, theodecor.com Thibaut, thibautdesign.com Troscan, troscandesign.com Tucci, tucci.com Twenty First Gallery, 21stgallery.com. Vanguard Furniture, vanguardfurniture. com Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com Waterworks, waterworks.com Wyeth, wyeth.nyc Zimmer + Rohde, zimmer-rohde.com Zinc Textile, zinctextile.com

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MEET THE DESIGNER

Dale Chihuly Departing from glassblowing tradition, Dale Chihuly pioneered the technique of using gravity and centrifugal force to let molten glass find its shape in its own organic way. The result is vivid multicolored, mesmerizing creations. “I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in some way that they’ve never experienced,” he says. Never afraid to experiment, developing innovative techniques to express his bold artistic vision, he recently turned his attention to rugs. Five designs commissioned by The Rug Company­—Pheasant, Rosette, Cylinder, Poplar and Harvest—translate Chihuly’s visions into two-dimensions. Born in Washington state nearly eight decades ago, his ongoing impact there includes co-founding the Pilchuck Glass School and creation of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit in Seattle, the city where he resides with his wife Leslie, the President and CEO of Chihuly Studio, and their son Jackson.

You studied interior architecture in college. What role should a rug play in room design? A beautiful rug can transform a room. It can be an accent, a featured piece or a strong foundation for great furniture and art. My approach to design is all about the curation of work in the space. My taste is eclectic, and I like to be surrounded with pieces I love…a Picasso ceramic, a collection of Pendleton trade blankets, a wonderful chandelier hanging from above, an antique Venetian mirror, some great chairs by designers and architects I admire, a colorful kilim. What is an object you would never part with? That’s a tough question! Today I would say my collection of books on Van Gogh, one of my favorite artists.

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nature. My team and I have always had fun finding descriptive names for the objects in natural terms…herons, frogs, foot, seaform. While we live in the natural world and can’t help being inspired by its beauty, I never try to mimic nature. After a bodysurfing injury and losing an eye in an auto accident you’ve developed team work. How does that affect your artistic dynamic. I wouldn’t be able to accomplish sculptures made of thousands of blown parts alone, and I’m lucky to have assembled and mentored one of the best teams in the world. I can convey very complex and challenging ideas and with time spent experimenting and exploring what the material can do, we get some pretty amazing results. What is your aim in using color? I am energized and inspired by colors and will use as many shades as I can get my hands on. I love to see how light transmits through different colors of glass and how this relationship can transform a space. It’s magical.

Which rug collection piece do you favor? I love them all for different reasons. I am drawn to the movement in Pheasant.

What’s your own favorite color? I fall in love with different color combinations daily and may never identify a favorite. If I had to choose just one color, chartreuse would be a strong candidate.

Why are so many of your works named for nature? Because of my organic approach to glass, the forms sometimes resemble things found in

What colors do you associate with New England? The fiery reds and oranges of the trees in fall. —Sharon King Hoge

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Artistic Vision (above) Chihuly’s Cylinder rug from the Rug Company collection installed for display in London’s Royal Botanic Gardens. (below) Colorful blown glass streamers decorate Chihuly’s “Fiori” floating installation at Nashville’s Cheekwood Estate and Gardens. PORTRAIT, BOTTOM: ©CHIHULY STUDIO. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED; TOP: COURTESY OF THE RUG COMPANY, ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW

How did your artwork translate to designing rugs? The challenge was for the weavers! I provided designs inspired by my work in glass, and the Rug Company translated the designs beautifully, conveying the color, shapes, and movement of my work through an opaque material.


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