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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS LETTER FROM THE CEO

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

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THE LIST

The ultimate guide to design professionals featured this past year in the pages of CTC&G, plus our 2019 CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards winners and finalists, and the past recipients of the CTC&G Innovator Award

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CHAPTER 1 DESIGNING YOUR DREAM HOUSE

Architects and builders weigh in on how this pandemic has affected how they are designing, constructing and remodeling homes

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CHAPTER 2 EMBRACING THE OUTDOORS Experts give insights on how to maximize the potential of your own outdoor sanctuary

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CHAPTER 3 MAKING A MOVE

The housing market has done a 180-degree turn, shifting from a buyer’s to a seller’s market

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CHAPTER 4 DREAMING OF KITCHENS AND BATHS

Designers discuss how to make these hardworking spaces look and feel good

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CHAPTER 5 READY, SET, DECORATE!

Interior designers offer answers on creating spaces that truly work for the new normal

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CHAPTER 6 SHOPPING IN STYLE

Refresh your space with accessories and artwork from area shops and showrooms

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ON THE COVER

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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

FORM + FUNCTION Connecticut Design Guide, the pandemic hit. A new reality set in for our team: We would all be working on different chapters individually from our home offices. While producing this guide, we noticed that homeowners in our state were looking at their homes with a new purpose and so were we. After spending months living and working in the same place, we all started to see what worked and what didn’t. This was the lens that we used to create this issue of the Design Guide. Conversations the editors had with experts in the fields of designing a home, a landscape, a kitchen, and bathrooms all confirmed this theory. How we live in our homes has shifted dramatically. More people are residing in our homes at the same time, often multiple generations all with different needs. We need spaces that allow us to have our distance, as well as to enjoy being together. Hopefully, this guide will prompt you to really think about what you want—and need—to live life in 2021.—The Editors of CTC&G

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IT IS NOW! According to the U.S. Postal Service, between March and June this year, 16,000 New Yorkers changed their addresses to Connecticut, and since then the influx has continued unabated. This unprecedented movement of homeowners and renters to Connecticut has increased the need for our design guide. Design professionals are in higher demand than ever before, and our new neighbors need to know who they are. The Connecticut Design Guide 2021 makes the introductions, while providing advice on getting your new house together and highlighting our region’s dazzling array of top shops and showrooms. Also in the guide is “The List,” a compendium of the interior and garden designers, architects and builders whose projects have been featured in our pages in the past year. Intentionally sized on the smaller side, this guide can be popped into a tote bag and is available at real estate offices and design showrooms, and can be purchased at area newsstands and online, too. Happy hunting!

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CHAPTER ONE

DESIGNING YOUR

DREAM HOUSE We've all had a lot of time to look at homes this past year. Now we're realizing that some of our rooms are not working as well with the entire family camped under one roof. Considering this new normal, CTC&G asked professionals how this pandemic and work-fromhome existence has affected how they are designing, constructing and remodeling homes in Connecticut.

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FEATURING: Alisberg Parker Architects Audio Command Systems Hobbs, Inc. Prutting & Company Custom Builders Redwood Construction & Consulting Ring's End Shope Reno Wharton UCE Fine Builders Wadia Associates

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THE NEW NORMAL

HOW HAS THE PANDEMIC affected architects and builders? We went to the experts for their insights. WE ASK THE

EXPERTS Louise Brooks Brooks & Falotico brooksandfalotico.com

Ryan Fletcher Fletcher Development fletcherdevelopmentllc.com Arthur Hanlon Shope Reno Wharton shoperenowharton.com

Neil Hauck Neil Hauck Architects neilhauckarchitects.com

Charles Haver and Stewart Skolnick Haver & Skolnick Architects haverskolnickarchitects.com Scott Hobbs Hobbs, Inc. hobbsinc.com

Andrew Kotchen Workshop/APD workshopapd.com

“We were inundated with calls for pools and pool houses, outdoor rooms, in-home offices, homework spaces, in-home gyms, and expanded kitchens. These were obviously a response to people being quarantined in their homes, to employers requiring work from home, to children being taught virtually.”—Neil Hauck

“New clients are paying particular attention to dining spaces—which I absolutely celebrate! Usually, we like to design dining spaces integral in the house flow. This way the dining area becomes familiar as opposed to that forlorn room you’re forced into a few times a year and can’t wait to leave. This means less time scarfing a quick meal at a kitchen bar stool and more time assembled at the dining table.”—Greg Tankersley

Judy Larson Gardiner & Larson Homes gardinerandlarsonhomes.com Nancy Lovas Lovas Architects lovasarchitects.com

Matt Matthews Significant Homes significanthomesllc.com

Christopher Pagliaro Christopher Pagliaro Architects christopherpagliaroarchitects. com David Prutting Prutting + Co. prutting.com John Ruddy Ruddy Builders jnruddy.com

Greg Tankersley McAlpine House mcalpinehouse.com

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“CLIENTS HAVE UPDATED AND EXPANDED THEIR CURRENT HOMES OR EMBARKED ON BUILDING A NEW HOME TO ACCOMMODATE MULTI-GENERATION LIVING. THEY WANT COMFORTABLE WORK SPACES WITH APPROPRIATE ZOOM-WORTHY BACKGROUNDS, AND MANY ALSO DESIRE AN EXERCISE/YOGA SPACE. ALL OF THESE REMAIN VERY HIGH ON EVERYONE’S LIST.”

“THE LIMINAL SPACES—THE IN-BETWEEN PLACES LIKE STAIRCASES, HALLWAYS, ENTRIES, NOOKS AND TERRACES—SEE SO MUCH ACTION, AND NEVER MORE SO THAN IN THE HIGH-TRAFFIC, CLOSE-QUARTERS TIME OF COVID. WE ENVISION MUDROOMS THAT SERVE AS A BARRIER AND DECONTAMINATION ZONE BETWEEN THE OUTSIDE WORLD AND THE HOME. SEAMLESS, ENGAGING SECONDARY SPACES AND TRANSITIONS BETWEEN WORK AND PLAY, INDOOR AND OUTDOOR, AND PUBLIC AND PRIVATE AREAS ARE GAMECHANGING WHEN YOUR ENTIRE DAY (OR WEEK OR MONTH) IS SPENT IN ONE PLACE.”

—Andrew Kotchen

“Bipolar ionization air filtration for forced air systems is a redhot new technology. The system enhances air quality in your home using your existing air-handling systems. It creates an electronic charge with a high concentration of ions that kill pathogens. Clients are envisioning different accommodations for entertaining: They’re interested in doors and walls that can easily open to the outdoors for fresh air, as well as places guests can go to maintain distance.”—David Prutting

—Louise Brooks

“People want social interaction in their homes. A real bar—not a wet bar cabinet—where people sit and someone is behind the bar serving them is becoming more common. I don’t believe that this is because bars and alcohol are on the rise, but because people are tired of their company standing around the kitchen island. And a bar that is located remotely from the kitchen expands the social use of the floor plan. Similarly, a second, higher (taller) island in a kitchen partially accomplishes the same thing. People don’t want to ‘settle in’ around a working kitchen island.”—Christopher Pagliaro

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DESIGNING YOUR DREAM HOUSE “Great WiFi is an absolute must. With multiple family members working/studying at home, you need to have capacity to handle the load. People are also focusing on ensuring that multiple family members can all have at least semi-private, quiet space to be on line. This sometimes involves modifying open floor plans to provide extra privacy and noise blocking.”—Scott Hobbs “People are letting go and starting to have some fun with their properties in an effort to give themselves and their children the opportunity to pursue their passions and hobbies without having to travel. I think this concept also helps to relieve some of the outside stresses that we’re all dealing with. Adult or family play houses with bowling alleys, golf simulators, gyms, arcades, climbing walls, hockey rinks are all the rage.”—Matt Matthews

WE ASK THE

EXPERTS

“We expect the pandemic to modify a lot of what a person views as important within their home. Everyone has had to adjust to a way of living vastly different than what they were accustomed to. The home has become a refuge where large amounts of time are spent, it is only natural for the custom home building industry to adapt and evolve in order to meet our clients’ needs. Surfaces that repel bacteria and pathogens—like copper and brass fixtures, countertops made from nonporous materials so they can be disinfected thoroughly—are taking precedence.” —John Ruddy

“WE USE A WHOLE HOME AIR PURIFICATION SYSTEM WITH MERV 15 FILTERS IN CONJUNCTION WITH GERMICIDAL LAMPS. THIS SYSTEM IS, BY DESIGN, GERMICIDAL AND KILLS OR INACTIVATES 99 PERCENT OF GERMS AND VIRUSES WHILE CAPTURING UP TO 95 PERCENT OF PARTICLES USING AN ELECTRICAL CHARGE TO KILL THEM. THE SYSTEM WORKS SUCH THAT EVERY CYCLE OF AIR, POLLEN, ANIMAL DANDER, SMOKE, BACTERIA AND OTHER POLLUTANTS ARE TRAPPED AND HELD TIGHTLY AGAINST THE FILTER. AN ELECTRICAL CHARGE THEN BURSTS THE CELL WALLS OF THE PATHOGENS RENDERING THEM INACTIVE OR DEAD. THE UV LAMP THEN TAKES THE SYSTEM A STEP FURTHER AND INHIBITS BOTH FUNGUS AND MICROBIAL GROWTH WHEN IT IS APPLIED TO THE CENTRAL A/C SYSTEM. THE UV LIGHT WORKS TO CLEAN THE A/C COIL AND PREVENT THE MICROBIAL GROWTH BY DESTROYING THE DNA OF THE FUNGUS TO KILL IT OR INACTIVATE IT.”

—Ryan Fletcher

PHOTOGRAPHS BY: (THIS PAGE) ELLEN MCDERMOTT (MARCH 2020); (RIGHT) NEIL LANDINO JR. (MAY 2019)

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“Now that families are home more—they are apparently getting on each other’s nerves. More and more, our clients seem to want the open kitchen/ family/dining area space, but also the separate ‘kid’s room’ near the kitchen, but with doors that can be closed for quiet. And, a first floor ‘man cave’ (no longer in the basement) and/or ‘adult room.’” —Judith Larson “MANY FORMER WEEKENDERS IN OUR AREA HAVE BECOME FULL-TIME RESIDENTS. THEY’RE SEEKING REFUGE AND WANT TO CREATE SELF-SUFFICIENT RETREATS WITH ALL THE AMENITIES FOR COMFORTABLE LIVING, WORK AND PLAY. THE NUMBER ONE REQUEST IS TO CREATE A SEPARATE OFFICE SPACE, PREFERABLY IN ITS OWN BUILDING, AWAY FROM THE HOUSE. WITHIN JUST THE LAST MONTH, WE’VE HAD TWO SEPARATE REQUESTS TO BUILD WRITING STUDIOS. WITH RESTAURANT DINING SO LIMITED, WE’RE ALSO SEEING INCREASED INTEREST IN CREATING THE PERFECT KITCHEN AND DINING SPACES WITHIN THE HOME, ALL IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE VEGETABLE GARDEN.” —Charles Haver and Stewart Skolnick

“We have seen the request for specific amenities that allow larger families to live together peacefully and safely: pocket doors to create acoustic separations for multiple activities in our open plans; commercial grade WiFi systems due to the increased amount of devices from more family members; upgrades in our HVAC systems—whole house ERV (energy recovery ventilator) replaces dirty stale air with fresh air in an energy efficient manner and HEPA filtration units are requested frequently.”—Arthur Hanlon “People are appreciating rooms again. Family structures are changing. Children are moving home from college or in from the city due to online courses and remote working. Older family members are deciding to age-in-place with their children. These changes are giving a need to reimagine existing space or adding on efficiently and seamlessly. Important aspects of these projects are to create privacy when desired, yet connection for coming together. Understanding and planning for future changes and flexibility of space is also critical.”—Nancy A. Lovas

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ALISBERG PARKER ARCHITECTS

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lisberg Parker Architects is an architecture and interior design firm known for their creativity and comprehensive design services. Providing a turnkey experience by offering architecture, interior design, and construction management services, projects are a complete collaboration with the owner. Founded more than 30 years ago, the firm continues to adapt to the changing needs and wishes of clients to help them translate their desires into reality. Principals Susan Alisberg and Ed Parker lead their team and work closely with every client to ensure their taste, budget, and schedule are met. No matter the style of the home, whether based on historic precedent or a modern expression of form and materials, the team at Alisberg Parker uses their years of experience to create a modern family home that exceeds expectations. While many firms can build a beautiful house, few strive to make the experience of building as fun and effortless as Alisberg Parker.

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AUDIO COMMAND SYSTEMS

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t ACS, “Smarter By Design” is all about employing a more intelligent and elegant approach to technology design, installation, and AfterCare. Your home should be an oasis from the outside world that your family can enjoy together. ACS makes your experience more enjoyable and easier to manage. Their dedicated AfterCare team works tirelessly to ensure your home technology will always exceed your expectations. You know ACS as the leader for more than 44 years, delivering exceptional whole-home integrated solutions, including distributed audio and video, home theater, lighting control, and motorized shades solutions. ACS strives to educate clients about the latest in emerging technology and integrate those systems into your home. Their latest innovations include: home networks, home wellness, energy integration, integrated systems, and outdoor audio and lighting. ACS deployed networks are fast, uninterrupted, and secure for the increased workloads that we are bringing home, streaming entertainment, and commerce that we all engage in online. They regulate the environment in your home, purifying air and water, and providing dynamic lighting designed to harmonize with your body’s natural rhythms. ACS ensures your home receives unmatched energy security even during severe weather events while providing clean energy at all times. They have custom-designed systems that provide one-touch control of your home technology or no-touch control using secure voice assistance. ACS brings your in-house distributed music system seamlessly to outdoor spaces, transforming them into elegant, livable square footage. Adding landscape lighting to your home is an investment in pleasure, safety, and curb appeal.

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HOBBS, INC.

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obbs, Inc. is a third-generation family run business that has been building distinctive custom homes for more than 65 years. The company was built on the core values of integrity, quality, and customer service which are still at the forefront of their business. Hobbs, Inc. works with renowned architects and discerning homeowners in Connecticut, Westchester County, New York City, the Hamptons, and New Jersey. Their employees constitute the most professional collection of knowledge and talent in the high-end residential construction business. Hobbs, Inc. is committed to transparency with their clients in every aspect of the planning and building process in order to minimize your stress and maximize your peace of mind. Their goal is to exceed your expectations while making your dream home a reality.

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203.966.0726 / hobbsinc.com


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PRUTTING & COMPANY CUSTOM BUILDERS

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ounded in 1975, Prutting & Company offers more than 40 years of successful construction management experience, including new construction, remodeling and home maintenance. The Company focuses on the cutting edge of environmentally-sensitive and progressive-minded construction, executed with precision craftsmanship. Their highly-skilled employees draw from the best of current technologies, ensuring the finished product will have solid and enduring value, and fulfilling the design team’s highest expectations. They have worked with many top architects and designers from across the country in successful collaborations, producing very satisfied customers. Let them help you as they now offer service to the East End. 36

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REDWOOD CONSTRUCTION & CONSULTING

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edwood Construction & Consulting focuses not only on premium construction and remodeling but also on their client’s needs and satisfaction. They’re not happy until you’re happy. They strive to cover all bases on every job to simplify the process for you and let you handle other important things in your life. They’ll deliver on promises and build with high-quality materials and workmanship so you can rely on dependable products that will last. The company is eight years strong and backed by decades of experience in project management, home-building and design, luxurious remodels, and other construction projects. They deliver results, not excuses or setbacks. When it comes to any construction project, Redwood goes full steam ahead and provides efficient, quality workmanship, which is why others often refer them to their friends and families. They know the headaches you face and want to eliminate those for you with the services you need. 38

203.653.9105 / redwoodconsultingco.com


(this page) Hobi Award Winner for 2018 Best New/Old Home. (opposite top) Hobi Award Winner for 2019 Best Residential Remodel ($2-3M). (opposite bottom) Hobi Award Winner for 2019 Best Bathroom Remodel ($100K).


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RING’S END

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ing’s End is a Connecticut-based lumber and building materials retailer. The company takes its unique name from Ring’s End Landing on the Good Wives River in Darien, Connecticut, where they were founded. As a third-generation, family-run business with a rich history dating back to 1902, Ring’s End is guided by a tradition of service and a commitment to innovation. The company is dedicated to their vision to be the premier resource in the building supply industry for builders and remodelers, painting contractors, architects, and homeowners. As the largest retailer of both Marvin windows and doors and Benjamin Moore paint in the Northeast, Ring’s End continues to expand and evolve as an industry leader. The company now has 9 full-service locations, 10 free-standing paint centers, most with dedicated design and décor showrooms, a commercial paint and lacquer facility, a custom millwork shop, a centralized distribution warehouse, and an education center. Always proactive with emerging product lines, embracing technology with the launch of an e-commerce website, committed to empowering their customers with the tools to succeed, supportive of the shared interests and goals of the communities they live and work in, and investing in the future of our planet by building relationships with partners aligned with sustainability, Ring’s End is poised to continue their tradition of service and remain true to their vision for the modern age. 40

800.390.1000 / ringsend.com


Crystal Cabinet Works, French Villa Square Inset, Overcast, Smithouse Design Team with Bria Hammel Interiors, photo by Jennifer Hughes (this page); The 2020 This Old House Idea House in Fairfield County, supplied by Ring’s End, builder and designer: The Greyrock Companies, architect: Jamieson Architects (opposite top); Benjamin Moore 2021 Color of the Year: Aegean Teal 2136-40 (opposite bottom)


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SHOPE RENO WHARTON

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hope Reno Wharton (SRW) is a nationally-acclaimed architectural firm that enriches the lives of their clients through designs that are beautiful, functional, and enduring. Renowned for refined residential architecture, SRW is also known for specialized commercial and hospitality projects that are informed by the firm’s residential philosophy and expertise. Energy efficiency, care for the environment, enjoyment, and dependability over the course of many generations guide the design process regardless of style, location, or scope. Every SRW project results from intentional, mindful collaboration and sensibilities derived from a true love of the craft. Shope Reno Wharton was established in 1981 and is led by five partners: Jerry Hupy, Arthur Hanlon, Michael McClung, Don Aitken, and John Gassett. Their longtime dedication to the firm and a collective method of working has attracted and retained a staff of talented architects and administrators. Together, the company offers attentive service and an inspiring portfolio of homes, estates, equestrian facilities, and hospitality projects that are located across the country. Reflected in each commission is the firm’s commitment to architectural character and an understanding of how people aspire to live their lives. Appreciation for SRW’s practical and humanist approach is underscored by a significant number of clients who return for additional projects.

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CE Fine Builders prides itself on forging uniquely crafted environments. An unparalleled work ethic, exceptional craftsmanship, and sophisticated technology turn client visions into dream homes and private getaways. The firm’s focus on breathtaking and alluring high-end residential builds complements their rich history of technical engineering and commercial projects. A reputation for expertise, professionalism, and transparency has been a hallmark of the organization for more than 60 years. Each project is viewed as a work of art and an opportunity to showcase craftsmanship through the team’s extensive capabilities – including magnificent custom millwork, innovative architectural concrete, and a dedication to sustainable building practices. The firm’s devoted supervisory role and strong team culture contribute to their highly efficient process and close client relationships. UCE Fine Builders’ prominent portfolio throughout Connecticut, the Hudson Valley and the Berkshire mountains, exemplifies their ability to develop residences that live harmoniously within the context of the client’s landscape. By utilizing organic materials and consciously integrating natural light, meditative aspects of nature permeate and support architectural designs. UCE Fine Builders seeks to create comfortable, durable, and extraordinary spaces that continuously exceed industry standards.

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(this page) Contemporary Farmhouse, Millerton, New York. Architect: OlsonKundig, Photographer: Nic Lehoux. (opposite top) Marron Hill Estate, Litchfield, Connecticut. Architect: SoysterTaylor Designs, Photographer: Tom Taylor. (opposite bottom) Grander Views Contemporary, Sharon, Connecticut. Architect: Architecture Research Office, Photographer: Elizabeth Felicella.


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ince the establishment of Wadia Associates more than 40 years ago, Dinyar Wadia and his dedicated team of designers have earned a reputation for designing and building high-end homes, gardens, and interiors. Over the years, they have helped sculpt the local environment to become an important regional proponent of Classicism. Their skillful design sensibilities have provided a seamless fit of their traditionally-styled homes into the eclectic fabric of Fairfield County. Although avowed New Classicists, Wadia Associates have a pluralistic approach to traditional design that is not rooted in a slavish imitation of the past. More appropriately, it is based upon reinterpreting the past and updating it for the present. And while all of their designs feature the classic proportions and exquisite details of houses from a bygone age, the firm is still able to incorporate all the amenities and needs of a modern American family. As Dinyar is fond of saying, “It is traditional architecture for the modern world.�

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OUTDOORS These days, outside spaces have taken on more importance than ever, fulfilling many needs—from room to spread out and safely socialize to places that invite recharging and relaxation. Local experts weigh in on maximizing the potential of your own outdoor sanctuary.

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BREATHING WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 THINGS CLIENTS ARE ASKING FOR IN OUTSIDE SPACES?

“We are designing amazing sculpture into the landscape for our art-loving clients. For those who love to entertain, we are designing fully integrated family entertainment centers to include multiple generations of friends and families— including such elements as swimming pools, lap pools, stainless steel spa or small splash pool, outdoor kitchen, dining and lounging areas with fire elements, bocce court or other socially (distant) outdoor games. Our clients enjoy having native pollinator gardens to attract birds, butterflies and bees—lately used as a source of outdoor education for children.”—Nancy King

“THERE IS A GREAT DESIRE AND NEED FOR EXTENDED SEASON OUTDOOR LIVING. OUTDOOR PAVILIONS—WITH HEATING, HEATED FURNITURE, AND FIREPLACES ARE IN DEMAND. VEGETABLE GARDENS ARE MORE MEANINGFUL THAN EVER—AS ARE OUTDOOR COOKING AREAS.”—Janice Parker WE ASK THE

EXPERTS James Doyle James Doyle Design Associates jdda.com

Elizabeth Hendrickson Kathryn Herman Design kathrynhermandesign.com Nancy King Seventy Acres seventyacres.com

Janice Parker Janice Parker Landscape Architects janiceparker.com Rosalia Sanni Rosalia Sanni Design rosaliasanni.com

“Swimming pools, seasonal and progressive color and larger dining spaces.”—James Doyle

“SWIMMING POOLS, FIRE FEATURES, AND INTIMATE GATHERING SPACES FOR FAMILIES.”—Elizabeth Hendrickson “It’s hard to narrow it down to only three. These days, if you can think of it, clients are requesting it. People want to enjoy their landscapes every way possible—morning, noon and night—all times of year. At the top of the wish list are patios, firepits and pools—each layered with greenery for seasonal interest, lighting for night time, shade for summer and heat for cold days.”—Rosalia Sanni PHOTOGRAPHS BY: (TOP) JORGE GONZALEZ-GUILLOT, LANDSCAPE DESIGN BY ROSALIA SANNI DESIGN; (OPPOSITE) PHOTOGRAPHY AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN BY SEVENTY ACRES

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EVERYONE IS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO EXTEND THE OUTDOOR SEASON

HOW ARE YOU INCORPORATING SOCIAL DISTANCING IN YOUR DESIGNS? “CREATING DESTINATIONS WITH PURPOSE KEEPS PEOPLE ENGAGED IN THE OUTDOORS AND WITH EACH OTHER IN A MEANINGFUL WAY, AND ALLOWS A PERSONAL DISTANCE THAT FEELS NATURAL AND UNFORCED. DESIGNING RESTING SPOTS NEAR ACTION AREAS, FOR EXAMPLE, PATIOS NEAR POOLS, OR FIREPITS NEAR PLAY LAWNS, HELPS WITH THAT. PEOPLE CAN SPREAD OUT AROUND A PROPERTY— SOME STOPPING TO SIT AND CHAT WHILE OTHERS ARE DOING SOMETHING ACTIVE… EVERYONE INTERACTING.” —Rosalia Sanni

“All of our work is residential, so we are actually designing to bring families together and create large spaces for gathering as well as flexibility with outdoor furnishings.” —Elizabeth Hendrickson

“We have changed the furniture layouts in our landscapes, allowing for more area for socializing. Garden spaces and paths are generally wide enough for comfortable circulation, and there is more space in outside ‘rooms’ than inside ‘rooms.’ Therefore, the furniture shifting and addition of new furniture and seating areas has been our main focus. ”—Janice Parker

“We like to design outdoor gathering spaces as seamless transitions from the indoor gathering spaces. Generous seating and entertainment areas, mindful of a property’s unique microclimates, help to make special places comfortable and safe while enjoying those in your pandemic bubble!”—Nancy King

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POOL SAV VY WHY IS THE POOL MARKET SO HOT?

“PEOPLE REALIZE THE VALUE AND SAFETY IN STAYING HOME. AND POOLS ARE GREAT FAMILY GATHERING SPACES.”—James Doyle “FAMILIES ARE NOT TRAVELING AS THEY USED TO AND ARE ALL GATHERED TOGETHER AND SPENDING MORE TIME AT HOME. PUBLIC POOLS AND COUNTRY CLUBS ARE NOT AS ENTICING AS THEY ONCE WERE, AND PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THEIR OWN YARDS AND HOW THEY CAN BE ENHANCED AND ENJOYED.” —Elizabeth Hendrickson

“The past summer was brutally hot and social interaction was limited. Many public pools and beaches were closed. People are aware that their homes are also a sanctuary, and a pool is a feature that brings so much to a landscape and life outdoors.”—Janice Parker

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BEST PLANTINGS AROUND POOLS? “We typically like to incorporate a large lawn around a pool with a perimeter of color using both flowering shrubs and perennials. Adding a shade tree nearby is a nice respite on a hot summer day, and helps to provide a canopy of green.”—Elizabeth Hendrickson

“Dynamic landscapes that change with the seasons. In a pool area it’s fun to include looser plantings including our native grasses, perennials and annuals for a breezy, casually elegant surrounding.” —Nancy King

“The ideas are limitless, and it is exciting when a pool is planted with something special that ties in with the rest of the property. A combination of evergreen hedges, shaped trees, summer flowers and a lush green lawn can make a pool very welcoming and keep it looking good through all seasons.”—Rosalia Sanni

“We love adding summer herbaceous plantings as this is when most people use their pools. Obviously, ornamental grasses add sound and movement in the wind and add delightful sensory elements.”—James Doyle

“WE WORK WITH ALL TYPES OF ORNAMENTAL PLANTS, BUT THE MOST APPRECIATED PLANTINGS ARE MATRIXES THAT ARE CREATED WITH PLANTS THAT DO NOT ATTRACT BEES—SOUTHERN MAGNOLIAS, BIRCHES, CONIFERS, ORNAMENTAL GRASSES, ROSES AND MANY DIFFERENT SPECIES OF CAREX.” —Janice Parker

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osalia Sanni Design is an award-winning landscape design studio whose approach strikes a balance between architecture, nature and people. Comprehensive services include master planning, construction supervision, furniture sourcing, and an open dialogue that often continues after completion. Rosalia Sanni Design believes that good design enhances people’s lives profoundly, and should offer more than a collection of beautiful pictures. Landscapes should suit the lives of the people who live in them in a meaningful, fun and deeply personal way. Visit their design studio in Greenwich, Connecticut and follow them on Instagram @rosalia_sanni_design for inspiration. 56

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MAKING A MOVE CHAPTER THREE

Who could have predicted how life would change in 2020 and the effect it would have on real estate in Connecticut. It’s been a crazy ride, and it’s not over yet. Housing has done a 180-degree turn, shifting from a buyer’s to a seller’s market as city dwellers flocked to the suburbs in record numbers.To make sense of these unprecedented times, we asked local real estate professionals for their insight and advice.

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PEOPLE APPEAR TO BE VALUING HOME NOW MORE THAN EVER. HAS THIS HAD AN EFFECT ON THE REAL ESTATE MARKET? “HOME HAS ALWAYS BEEN SYNONYMOUS WITH COMFORT, SAFETY AND SECURITY, AND CERTAINLY THIS PANDEMIC HAS MADE THAT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR. WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE, PEOPLE REALLY TOOK STOCK OF THEIR HOME ENVIRONS AND SPENT TIME AND MONEY TO MAKE HOME IMPROVEMENTS. OTHERS MADE THE DECISION TO MOVE, WHETHER IT WAS TO UPSIZE OR DOWNSIZE.” —Scott Durkin

“Perspectives on home ownership are changing. It has now become a refuge and a workspace. We are seeing owners investing back into their homes and also seeing potential buyers look at how their next home could better suit their needs.”—Ryan Raveis

EXTERIOR PROJECTS

HAS THE ROLE AND IMPORTANCE OF EXPERTS THE REAL ESTATE AGENT ALTERED? WE ASK THE Scott Durkin Douglas Elliman elliman.com

Carolyn Klemm Klemm Real Estate klemmrealestate.com Carol Langeland William Pitt williampitt.com Ryan Raveis William Raveis raveis.com

“The agent is as important as ever in order to successfully navigate new market realities, especially in connection to virtual showings and closings.” —Scott Durkin

“THE MARKET HAS CHANGED A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT. BUYERS AND SELLERS SHOULD DEAL WITH AN EXPERIENCED BROKER WHO KNOWS THE MARKET. PRICING CAN BE TRICKY—OVERPRICED HOMES AREN’T GOING TO SELL, SO REALISTIC PRICING IS KEY. AN AGENT MAY PRICE A HOME UNDER MARKET TO CREATE A BIDDING WAR—AN EXPERIENCED BROKER KNOWS WHEN TO MAKE THIS CALL.” —Carolyn Klemm PHOTOGRAPHS BY: (THIS PAGE) DAVID MCCAUGHAN (JANUARY 2020); (OPPOSITE TOP) JOHN BESSLER (FEBRUARY 2020); (OPPOSITE BOTTOM) COURTESY OF WILLIAM RAVEIS - ALAN BARRY

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MANY CITY DWELLERS FLED TO THE SUBURBS AT THE OUTSET OF THE PANDEMIC. WHAT HAVE YOU WITNESSED AT THE LOCAL LEVEL? “Litchfield County has always attracted buyers from New York City. But we also see many buyers from all over, especially California. Our buyers are a sophisticated group. They come for the schools, the country and the proximity to NYC. A recent change is that we are seeing more Fairfield County brokers showing properties here. They are coming from places like Greenwich, because they are running out of inventory in the lower counties. More and more people are considering this area for their permanent home.” —Carolyn Klemm

“The pandemic gave New Yorkers exposure to our beautiful towns and all they have to offer in lifestyle, schools, food, culture and open spaces—these amenities became a priority for so many city dwellers. What began as an escape turned into the place many chose to call home.”—Ryan Raveis

WILL THE “EXODUS” CONTINUE? “New Yorkers are by no means abandoning New York City. In actuality, they are looking for a second primary home in close proximity to the city, to work, study and entertain.” —Scott Durkin “I have spoken to a few agents in the city who say the media has overhyped this exodus. Many New Yorkers still believe it is the greatest city in the world. Those people will ride it out, because they can’t imagine living anywhere else.”—Carol Langeland

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THE INDUSTRY HAS HAD TO ADAPT DURING COVID. TELL US SOME WAYS IT HAS CHANGED “I DO THINK BUYERS REALLY LIKE THE 3-D ONLINE TOURS, AND I OFFER THEM ON ALL MY LISTINGS. BUYERS KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE THEIR WAY AROUND NOW. VIRTUAL SHOWINGS, ON FACETIME OR ZOOM, MAY STILL TAKE PLACE BUT ‘SIGHT UNSEEN’ HYSTERIA HAS DIED DOWN.” —Carol Langeland

“I think we have realized certain efficiencies, thanks to technologies such as Zoom and the use of electronic signatures. We have truly adopted new ways of showing properties to buyers around the world that will only continue to evolve and strengthen our client reach and customer service.” —Scott Durkin “We had already seen a shift in the real estate industry to more cutting-edge technology and practices, but the pandemic enabled us to really put those tools to the test, including implementing virtual open houses, ‘dollhouse’ viewing and 3-D tours, Zoom and FaceTime. We were able to quickly and efficiently pivot to the new world of working and closing deals remotely. Two of our agent teams recently facilitated a sale of a $12 million waterfront property in Southport to a family relocating from California—all done virtually.” —Ryan Raveis PHOTOGRAPHS BY: (THIS PAGE) VICTOR HARSHBARGER (FEBRUARY 2020); (OPPOSITE TOP) TIM LENZ (JANUARY 2020); (OPPOSITE BOTTOM) COURTESY OF WILLIAM RAVEIS - MARCOTT STUDIOS

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WE ASKED OUR PANEL to sum up what items are buyer must-haves and what’s no longer on the top of the list during this unusual market. Here’s what they had to say.

ON THE LIST HOME OFFICES AND DEDICATED WORKSPACES To facilitate WFH or home schooling, buyers are looking for at least one, often two, office (or extra bedrooms that can be used as workspaces). SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY Integrated services for the home, including security and communication. Good WiFi and cell phone service are a MUST! GENERATOR Working from home requires being fully powered at all times. LARGE, EAT-IN KITCHENS Families are eating at home, and the kitchen continues to be the gathering spot. Buyers want updated, spacious kitchens with all the bells and whistles. GYM AND WELLNESS AREAS Many people are choosing to work out at home, so a dedicated space for exercising, like a yoga or spin studio, are desirable. A finished basement can serve as a personal gym.

POOL Space for a pool is second to finding a home with one.This has suddenly jumped up the list because people are forgoing vacations and spending more time at home. OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE Buyers want acreage and places to entertain at home. Amenities like patios, decks, screened-in porches and outdoor fireplaces are in high demand.

OFF THE LIST WALK SCORES The home’s proximity (walkability) to shops, restaurants or the train station is not as important as it once was with people working from home. HOUSES THAT ARE PROJECTS Buyers want turnkey properties. Homeowners are taxed enough with child care, home schooling and working from home and would rather not spend their time and money making home improvements. POSTAGE SIZE BACKYARDS Small lots are low maintenance, but buyers are looking for privacy and room to spread out.

SELLER TIPS > The house should be in mint condition. Appliances should be up-to-date and anything that could impede a sale should be taken care of. Klemm suggests getting the septic, radon and water testing done before listing. > Price it right. Yes, the market is hot ,but buyers still want value for the dollar, and they are savvy shoppers. Plus, the home’s value needs to appraise correctly to secure a mortgage. With things happening so fast, there aren’t always real comps to support the sudden uptick in pricing, says Langeland. Note: Cash offers won’t need an appraisal.

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> Don’t delay. See new listings right away and act quickly if you really want the property. > Get preapproved for a mortgage or offer cash. > Go in strong and prepared to buy. > Klemm has seen an increase in buyers bidding with no contingencies (like a home inspection) and buyers going directly to contract to secure the deal and show how serious they are.

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Denise Davies D2Interieurs d2interieurs.com

Douglas Graneto Douglas Graneto Design douglasgraneto.com Ingrid Leess Leonard+Leess Design leonardleessdesign.com

Fiona Leonard Fiona Leonard Interiors fionaleonardinteriors.com Tori McBrien McBrien Interiors mcbrieninteriors.com

Lynn Morgan Lynn Morgan Design lynnmorgandesign.com Gara Morse Gara & Co. garacompany.com Joseph Najmy NuKitchens nukitchens.com

Alicia Orrick Orrick & Company orrickandcompany.com Christopher Peacock Christopher Peacock peacockhome.com Terri Ricci Terri Ricci Interiors terriricci.com

Amy Zolin Clarity Home Interiors clarityhomeinteriors.com

FAVORITE COLORS

“I AM INSPIRED BY ENGLISH KITCHEN DESIGN THAT IS TIMELESS WITH CLEAN LINES. I LIKE TO USE WARM WHITES THAT SOFTEN THE CONTRAST WHEN MIXING COLORS IN THE KITCHEN. FARROW AND BALL’S WIMBORNE WHITE NO. 239 PAIRED WITH A BLUE (FINE PAINTS OF EUROPE NAVY BLUE) IS CLASSIC.” —Amy Zolin

“I lean toward subtle and clean palettes that stand the test of time. With white and clean fixed items— cabinets, counters, tile—warmth gets infused with wood tones in trays, butcher blocks, bar stools and other accents.” —Fiona Leonard

“Bathrooms are best when the marble and the counters blend together, so the features of the room stand out. If I am using a calacatta or statuary, I like a white paint like Benjamin Moore’s White Dove.” —Amy Zolin

“In the kitchen, I have two favorite whites: Mountain Peak White by Benjamin Moore (2148-70) if a creamy, off-white is needed; and Chantilly Lace (OC-65) for a true white, bright without being stark. If a client is game for color, on an island or in a butler’s pantry, I encourage them to really go for it. We are about to use Summer Plum (2074-20) as part of a kitchen refresh!” —Andrea Cross PHOTOGRAPHS BY: (THIS PAGE) DENNIS CARBO (JULY/AUGUST 2019); (OPPOSITE TOP) JEFF MCNAMARA (JULY/AUGUST 2019); (OPPOSITE BOTTOM) JOHN GRUEN (JULY/AUGUST 2020)

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WARMING UP THOSE WHITES “I TEND TOWARD A SLIGHTLY WARMER SHADE OF WHITE. IT STILL FEELS CRISP AND CLEAN AGAINST ANY MATERIAL. WOOD—SUCH AS A WOOD COUNTERTOP OR JUST AN OVERSIZED WALNUT CUTTING BOARD OR A WOOD BOWL COLLECTION ON THE SHELVES—IS THE EASIEST WAY TO WARM UP A KITCHEN. WE ALSO USE LIGHTING TO GIVE AN INTIMATE GLOW TO THE KITCHEN.”—Terri Ricci “Blending natural woods always helps warm up a white space, either on an island or as an accent with open shelving or the interior of glass cabinetry. I also love to have a really strong piece of art against a white wall, which is sometimes all you need to punch up the room. The beauty of a white space is that the room can be changed around every so often by switching a pillow or a painting or colorful dinnerware. That’s why we love a white space so much. It never goes out of style.” —Christopher Peacock

STORAGE SOLUTIONS

“At the Kitchen and Bath Show in 2019, I saw the best storage solution so none of that space is wasted. Kessebohmer Clever Storage has developed a sleek yet simple and functional cabinet insert called the Magic Corner that allows you to make the most of all of underutilized space. With a simple pull, the front drawers glide out and the back drawers move to the front to give you access to what’s hiding in the corner. They also have a tall pantry insert system called the Lavido that has floating shelves with transparent sides.”—Tori McBrien

“You always have more space than you realize—six-inchdeep shelves can hold glasses and mugs. And pantries don’t need to be room-sized. Pantry spaces can just be 12 inches deep. Switch to drawers for all under-counter storage. Dishes in drawers provide easy access.”—Ingrid Leess

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“We are using lots of large-scale marble and porcelain, and covering as much of the room as possible. Typically, we limit the color palette, and by rarely using more than two different materials or colors, we are able to create a serene and tranquil environment. To warm up the space, we use more light wood-toned vanities, often without hardware.”—Gara Morse

“I BELIEVE MIXING IS KEY IN A KITCHEN. NATURAL WOOD ELEMENTS HELP KITCHENS RELATE TO ADJACENT LIVING AND DINING SPACES. TEXTURAL TILES, LIKE THOSE FROM PRATT & LARSON—OR FROM MUTINA, WHICH I USED IN MY OWN HOME—PROVIDE SOME INTEREST BUT ARE UNLIKELY TO LOOK DATED IN A FEW YEARS. FOR COUNTERTOPS, WE SEEM TO USE QUARTZITE AGAIN AND AGAIN. IT TICKS OFF SO MANY BOXES AS IT IS ORGANIC, HAS NICE MOVEMENT AND GREATER DURABILITY/LESS MAINTENANCE THAN MARBLE.”—Andrea Cross “I love a bathroom where I can escape and calm down. I associate whites or light grays with calm. I love taking one stone and using it throughout in different sizes. If the bathroom is smaller, design 12-inch by 24-inch for the floor, if bigger 24 by 36. Stack the tile in the shower, 4 by 6 or larger and, if the budget allows it, use solid slab. Consider using that same stone as the baseboard and the trim. If the stone you love is highly figured, then you might want relief on the countertop with a more solid material, but it should match tonally. When all is done, breathe deeply and relax.”—Alicia Orrick

WHAT STYLES ARE HOT?

“Clients want stylish and functional kitchens, but their primary interest is to create a personalized custom kitchen that is reflective of who they are and what their interests are. For example, stainless steel framed cabinets to hold serving platters and dishes for a client who entertains frequently, or a nine-foot custom hood to reflect a chef’s dream.”—Peter Deane

“Clean lines: Flat-panel cabinetry in a matte finish lacquer feel, which is almost velvety to the touch, often with no handles or very subtle integrated pulls. Color combinations of tone-on-tone— mixing gloss perimeter with matte island—black-and-white color motif or mixed with textured flat wood veneers.”

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TUB, SHOWER OR BOTH?

“Although perhaps 90 percent of our clients say they only take showers, when it comes to the master bath, the majority will request both a bath and a shower to be included. There is an expectation that both should be available, especially with an eye to resale. You never know, the next owner might love to indulge in bubble baths.”—Douglas Graneto “Clients tend to want both tub and shower in their master suite. The idea of a tub is usually either a necessity for daily use or just a visual reminder that their bathroom is the ultimate Zen sanctuary. Some clients have allowed space for large bathrooms so the tub will sometimes become the focal point of the space. A shower is always a must. I like to steer clients toward zero-entry showers. I love a spa moment of walking into a hot steamy shower with the single turn of a temperature-controlled knob. It’s all about creating that dreamy space for clients to unwind at the end of the day. Depending on the space, you can create this without the ‘wow’ tub factor.”—Terri Ricci “With clients spending more time in their homes, they want a spa experience. We are doing a lot of oversized tubs and showers with steam, jets, double controls and multiple heads. We’re putting upholstered seating in master baths for a spa feel. Oh, and aromatherapy machines!”—Denise Davies

“WHEN SPACE ALLOWS, OUR CLIENTS OPT FOR BOTH A BATH AND A SHOWER, THOUGH OFTEN THE DECISION TO INCLUDE A BATH IS FOR RESALE VALUE. REALTORS OFTEN ADVISE THAT IF THERE ARE OTHER BATHTUBS IN THE HOUSE, THEY CAN FORGO IT IN THE MASTER. THIS FREES UP VALUABLE SPACE TO DO KNOCKOUT SHOWERS WITH LOTS OF BELLS AND WHISTLES LIKE DOUBLE SHOWER HEADS, RAIN SHOWERS AND JETS.”—Gara Morse

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WELLNESS BY DESIGN IN THIS EXCERPT from her new book, kitchen and bath designer Jamie Gold offers tips on creating your dream master bathroom | By Jamie Gold We all know the key tenets of wellness: exercise regularly, eat well, and minimize stress. But to truly feel your best, says Jamie Gold, you need living space to work as hard as you do. From her new book, Wellness by Design (Tiller Press), she offers some tips for the master bath. The master bath is where we start our day and where we get ready for bed every night. It’s also where we shower or bathe after our workouts, brush our teeth, shave, do our makeup, and attend to bodily needs. This

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is prime real estate in our daily lives, as well as in the value of our homes. It can also be prime real estate for our wellness. The master bath can impact our safety, health, work and athletic performance, schedules, recovery, and comfort. These can be enhanced not only by what’s in the room but how it’s laid out. The good news is that many of today’s popular design trends are naturally beneficial to our well-being.

ADAPTED FROM WELLNESS BY DESIGN BY JAMIE GOLD. COPYRIGHT © 2020 BY SIMON & SCHUSTER, INC. REPRINTED BY PERMISSION OF TILLER PRESS, A DIVISION OF SIMON & SCHUSTER, INC. PHOTOGRAPHS BY: (THIS PAGE) PHOTO COURTESY OF WALLDRAIN FROM QUICKDRAIN USA.; (OPPOSITE) PHOTO COURTESY OF KOHLER CO.


HEALTHY BATHROOM

COMPONENTS One of the most desirable features of a master bathroom is a spa-inspired shower. In most cases it will have a bench, more than one type of showerhead, and a lowor zero-threshold entry, allowing you to walk (or roll) in without having to step over a raised lip. Such a shower can be a terrific health booster for the serious fitness enthusiast, especially with certain enhancements:

A HANDHELD SHOWERHEAD WITH A MASSAGE SETTING will let you aim a pulsating jet of warm water onto a targeted muscle group, much as sitting in a jetted tub would. It will also let you shower while seated if you’re fatigued or injured. A LINEAR DRAIN, which is a sleek, straight alternative to a standard centered round model, can be installed below a shower bench or next to a wall, which largely eliminates a trip hazard. This is especially true of the tiledin versions, which minimize gaps in the tile that can catch a toe or cane, and those that mount directly on the wall where it meets the floor. A BENCH can serve as a comfortable perch for a standard or a steam shower, which brings benefits of its own. Attractive models can be found online or at bath stores. Many are teak, which requires maintenance to keep its ruddy tones. A stainless-steel model is a more maintenance-free option, but it will feel colder at first and can get uncomfortably hot, depending on your preferred water temperature. A STEAM SHOWER can ease chest congestion, coughs, and allergies. It can also increase circulation and decrease blood pressure, reduce muscle and joint soreness, and open your pores. There are cautions to using steam showers, though, including not staying in to the point of dehydration and making sure they’re cleaned well so you don’t catch another user’s germs. (Low-maintenance shower walls, such as porcelain slab, will greatly facilitate cleaning.) Do consult with your doctor before installing or using a steam shower to make sure it won’t present any risks to your health. Your steam-shower experience will also be enhanced with water filtration, so that you’re not breathing whatever impurities and minerals are present in your well or local reservoir. BIDET-STYLE TOILETS are another health-enhancing bathroom component. They combine the features of a

standard toilet with the intimate cleaning features of a bidet. Bidets are fairly common in Europe and Asia and are catching on in the United States, too, but as toilet add-ons rather than separate fixtures. The benefits of personal cleaning with water rather than paper are less intimate irritation and potentially more thoroughness. Drying by warm air is also more comfortable than paper. If you’re not remodeling your bathroom but want to enjoy a bidet’s hygienic benefits, there are bidet seats you can add to many standard toilets. As with a bidet-style toilet, you will need to add electrical power close by to make the models with heated jets and dryers work. Another toilet type to consider is the WALL-HUNG MODEL. This will allow you to adjust its mounting height to the user. A wall-hung toilet is also easier to clean. There are wall-hung models with bidet functionality as well. One additional bathroom component with wellness benefits is PLANT LIFE. Plants add tranquility and reduce stress reduction—they are ideal for a relaxing spa bathroom environment—and they can improve air quality. For bathroom spaces, choose varieties that love moisture and will thrive in your bathroom’s light level. Your local gardening professional or a horticulturalist can help you choose the right plants for your space.

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or more than 100 years in business, Torrco Design Center has been a family-owned and operated decorative plumbing, lighting, and kitchen and bath hardware company with locations in Waterbury, Danbury, East Windsor, Fairfield, New Haven and Stamford, Connecticut. Three of their showrooms share space with their trusted partner, Tile America. Torrco’s showrooms offer hundreds of products displayed in beautiful vignettes that will be sure to inspire anyone. No matter how big or small the project is, their experienced design consultants will listen, offer input and guide you through the entire process from start to finish. Builders, designers, architects and homeowners rely on Torrco Design Center for their product selection, personalized customer service and product knowledge. Visit their website to schedule an appointment to meet with a design consultant and make your visions a reality! 76

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When home is where you live, work, educate and generally spend the majority of your time, design details have an everlasting impact. We reached out to interior designers for answers to questions about creating soothing sanctuaries and designing spaces that truly work for today’s new normal.

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FEATURING: Apadana Fine Rugs Arhaus Axel Interiors Clarity Home Interiors Douglas Graneto Design Elissa Grayer Interior Design Hogue Interior Design Linherr Hollingsworth Lorraine Levinson Interior Design ND Interiors Roughan Interiors Vita Design Group

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REQUESTS “Outdoor spaces where they can entertain safely and also be an extension of their that transition homes. for cool weather with heating lamps and fire pits are a must!”—Young Huh

Outdoor living rooms

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EXPERTS John Douglas Eason John Douglas Eason Interior Design johndouglaseason.com Erick Espinosa Anthony Baratta anthonybaratta.com

Philip Gorrivan Philip Gorrivan Design philipgorrivan.com

Young Huh Young Huh Interior Design younghuh.com Fiona Leonard Fiona Leonard Design fionaleonardinteriors.com

Matthew Patrick Smyth Matthew Patrick Smyth Inc. matthewsmyth.com

“Sustainability: As

comfort level

“‘Let’s upgrade the .’ More thought is being put into how comfortable and inviting a room is for everyone in the family. No sacrifices…no compromises. It has to look great, but comfort is key—which is ideally how it should be. The piece that may have looked interesting but no one really wanted to sit in is history!”

—Matthew Patrick Smyth

we’re spending so much time in the confines of our homes, we’re also becoming more inquisitive of how our furnishings are made, what they’re made from and how that may impact the lives of our families.”

type of work we do, clients want less clutter and fewer tchotchkes around. To us, however, that does not mean to turn down the volume in terms of color, pattern or style. We can work with that.”

“Lately we’ve been getting a lot of requests to design particularly Zoom rooms—in addition to second homes.”

Homeowners are cooking more than ever and are realizing what they don’t like about their existing workspaces. Most people seem to be sick of their old countertops and backsplashes. Another change I notice is simplifying cabinetry and islands legs.”

—John Douglas Eason

home offices,

—Philip Gorrivan

“Simplicity. It seems that no matter what

—Erick Espinoza

“Kitchen updates!

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SOOTHING

SANCTUARIES WHAT’S A PAINT COLOR YOU CAN SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH?

“I’m mad about Benjamin Moore’s Tucson Teal 2056-10. I especially love the strength of this color and would generously use it for sleek, glossy cabinetry and walls. In fact, I like this color so much, I used it as a signature color in my husband’s new gallery, Culture Object, in Manhattan. This color has a lot of punch, just right for an escape from these challenging times.” —John Douglas Eason

“Pale Cadet from Pratt & Lambert. It’s just the right shade of what we like to call ‘blue-gray-green.’ It creates the most gorgeous backdrop for art, and overall is so pleasant.”—Erick Espinoza

“I love Benjamin Moore’s Oystershell 864. It is a soft green with undertones of gray that is soothing, and as calming as being by the ocean.”—Young Huh

“I love Benjamin Moore’s Dark Linen. It has a slightly green hue, and reminds me of the first leaves of spring.”—Philip Gorrivan

“BENJAMIN MOORE’S NEWBURG GREEN IS A COLOR I CAN GET VERY COZY WITH. IT PLAYS WELL WITH WARM AND COOL TONES AND GIVES OFF A SOOTHING VIBE. IT’S RICH AND MOODY BUT ALSO UNCOMPLICATED AND PROVIDES A NICE POP AGAINST NATURAL WOOD GRAIN.” —Fiona Leonard

“Benjamin Moore’s Sherwood Green HC-118 has a soothing and reassuring value that is so welcomed these days.”—Matthew Patrick Smyth

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WHAT ARE CLIENTS ASKING FOR IN HOME WORK SPACES AND WORKOUT SPACES? “I AM CONTINUING TO FIELD CALLS ABOUT DESKS FOR HOMEOWNERS AND THEIR CHILDREN. I AM FINDING THAT MAKING A CUSTOM DESK CAN BE FASTER THAN SOURCING A READY-MADE OPTION THESE DAYS. IN ADDITION, EVERYONE IS LOOKING FOR GOOD TASK LIGHTING AND COMFY DESK CHAIRS.”—Fiona Leonard “Everyone is requesting areas where each family member can Zoom without disturbing others and have attractive backgrounds. Art, wallpaper and proper lighting, plus composed views are key.” —Young Huh

“It seems Zoom rooms are at the top of the list, next to home gyms and more workable kitchens. The other thing I am seeing requests for is having multiple seating areas/ moments in a house so people are not on top of each other.” —Philip Gorrivan

“Standing desks are actually becoming more and more popular. I get it. I share that desire! Sitting all day can do a number on you and having that flexibility to stand and work at a computer or stand and work on projects is a game changer.”—Erick Espinoza PHOTOGRAPHS BY: (THIS PAGE TOP) ELLEN MCDERMOTT (SEPTEMBER 2020); (THIS PAGE BOTTOM) KEITH SCOTT MORTON AND ERIC RICHARDS (APRIL 2018)

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FUELING BODY

& SOUL “We’ve had clients buy small studio apartments that will function as their own gym due to Covid. People would like padded floors, good lighting, mirrors for checking out form—and physique—mats, Pelotons, ellipticals, and areas for free weights.”—Young Huh

“They’re asking where to put the Peloton. We are carving out spaces all over the house for the new ‘Peloton room.’”—Matthew Patrick Smyth

“PEOPLE WANT PELOTON TREADMILLS, BIKES, A FEW DUMBBELLS AND YOGA EQUIPMENT.”

—Philip Gorrivan

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ith winter upon us, and as the cold and snow blanket Connecticut, we want to feel comfortable when we are inside. We curl up on the couch next to the fireplace and enjoy the finer things in our home. A key element to any room is a handmade rug, which adds a compelling design component to any space. Apadana Fine Rugs believes that our homes should reflect who we are and the journeys that we have taken. That is why your space deserves a rug that is a work of art, with a story and soul. For this reason, they curate the most exquisite pieces from across the globe that are alluring to the eye and extraordinarily posh. Apadana’s showroom in Norwalk, Connecticut and its website are uniquely designed to help you find a rug that fits your taste and aesthetic needs. For more than four decades, their showroom in Norwalk and its website, apadanafinerugs.com, have been Connecticut and New York’s preeminent source for handmade rugs. Discover their extensive collection of rugs, which are pleasing to the eye, exquisite to touch and curated exclusively for the interior design community and discriminating individuals. 84

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Elegant Moroccan-style, handmade wool rug with a black field. This rug has accents in white, blue and red in a gorgeous allover geometric design.


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nown for beautiful furniture and décor handcrafted by artisans around the world, Arhaus offers heirloom quality pieces for the entire home—indoors and out. Father-and-son team Jack and John Reed founded Arhaus in 1986, and made a commitment on day one to never source wood from rainforests and to protect the Earth’s resources whenever possible. Now, with 70+ store locations across the United States and a pledge to plant one million trees in the next 10 years, Arhaus has grown to become an industry leader in innovative practices and inspired design. In addition to a globally curated collection of furniture and décor, every Arhaus showroom offers an expert team of interior designers who provide complimentary design services—both in person and virtually—as well as robust custom-design capabilities and special offerings for industry professionals. Find your inspiration at Arhaus’ two Connecticut showrooms, Danbury and Norwalk.

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Inspiration in bloom. With more than 500 new arrivals to explore, Arhaus is ready to help you celebrate the beauty of nature in every room.


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key strength of Axel Interiors’ work is in employing a full range of new, vintage, and custom pieces. Layering these elements — using antiques of all periods alongside modern art, for example — they create designs that are sophisticated and timeless. Axel offers comprehensive design direction and project management, and their services (interior architecture and space planning, art advisory, and furniture design/sourcing) are also available on an à la carte basis. Whether completing a large-scale new build or single room refresh, their designers maintain the same level of professionalism and fierce attention to detail, ensuring a process for their clients that is as transparent and stress-free as possible. Principal designer Andrea Cross is a 25-year industry veteran, who brings an extensive knowledge of art, antiques, and design history to her work. Each member of the Axel team has a degree in interior design as well as work experience in an allied field. Axel values their client partnerships, and truly respect their priorities and practical needs alongside aesthetic preferences. Their projects reflect the personality of the homeowner, are approachable, and supremely functional. As one client described their collaboration; “Andrea has been one of the most exemplary and professional individuals that I have ever retained. I cannot recommend her strongly enough. We will miss the creativity she brought to our life during the process.” (MI, Westport) 88

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Projects in Westport (this page) and Essex, Connecticut (opposite) combine fine art, antiques and custom contemporary pieces to create warm, inviting interiors — each reflecting the interests and lifestyle of the homeowners. Photography by MaryEllen Hendricks.


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larity Home Interiors is an award-winning interior design firm located in Greenwich, Connecticut. Owner and principal Amy Zolin has 20 years of experience in the field of interior design and established the full-service design firm in 2010. Zolin approaches each design project with a passion and commitment to innovation which shines through in her work. The company prides itself on sustaining valuable partnerships with architects, builders and a select group of tradesmen that offer the highest quality solutions for your home. With a fresh eye and unparalleled resources, the Clarity team tailors a space to embody a client’s individual personality. Clarity’s interior projects encompass the realm of transitional style accompanied by modern detailing. They craft a timeless, sophisticated aesthetic that lacks pretense and remains luxurious without sacrificing the client’s comfort. Clarity Home Interiors strives to provide exceptional service, exceeding client expectations, and offers the finest resources available to the trade.


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raneto has 25 years of experience beginning his career in custom furniture specializing in antiques and the design/ fabrication of modern furniture alongside vintage restoration. He is recognized for his talent in creating a classic juxtaposition between vintage and modern. He is praised for finding a seamless match between a solid architectural backbone and its unique individually layered compliment. Whether designing for clients in Greenwich, Manhattan, the Hamptons, the Caribbean, Palm Beach, Miami or Virginia, Graneto strives and achieves timeless, livable environments that always improve over time. Attentive, highly organized and deadline-oriented, Graneto draws client praise for both his creativity and project management skills. He is described by architects, builders and clients as a team player and talented problem solver. “Douglas and the rest of his company were excellent! I would highly and enthusiastically recommend all aspects of Douglas’ work including his continued and constant professionalism, deep and thorough knowledge, second-to-none work quality, and ability to successfully navigate and resolve issues. This together with Douglas’ general pleasantness and good-natured disposition would make him desirable to any project team.” Specialties include architectural design, interior design, and furniture production. Featured in Architectural Digest, CTC&G, HC&G, LOOK, Serendipity, Design+Décor, East Coast Design, and Traditional Home.

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lissa Grayer has an innate understanding of modern luxury rooted in the traditions of New York City and East Coast Design. Her experienced team of designers and project managers bring their diverse talents to every design project, evoking a unique dynamic that translates across genres. The firm’s style reflects a casual elegance, mixing classic lines with natural materials, creating inviting spaces that feel authentic and timeless. Grayer’s turn-key approach to each project is delivered with an owner’s representative attention to detail, keeping the client’s goals and financial interests at the forefront. Custom finishes, rich fabrics and performance materials provide each client with a home that embodies her warmhearted spirit. Celebrating her 20th year in business with accolades from both industry and client alike, Grayer is frequently featured in national and regional magazines for her tastefully designed residential projects including Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors & Design, and East Coast Design & Décor. Launched in 2001, Grayer created her namesake design firm and quickly became the chosen designer for young families transitioning from New York City to the idyllic suburbs of Westchester County. Since then, the firm has also become known for mastery in the planning, design, and project management of large-scale estates, luxury apartments, and vacation retreats throughout New York, Connecticut, and the Hamptons. Grayer brings her eye for style and quality, and her unflinching passion for lifestyle design to every home; classic luxury for modern living. 94

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“Function, comfort and harmony are my touchstones.” Says Grayer, “I live each project through the eyes of my clients.”


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ichelle Hogue cares about how you live. It is her passion. She believes good design should be thoughtful and honest. A home should be a refuge, a sanctuary, personalized and intimate, a place you always want to return. Understanding that interiors impact how we function and our overall health, Hogue believes good design should be experienced, not just seen. With a background in marketing, Hogue went back to school for interior design, following her passion since childhood. A trendsetter and tastemaker, she combs the markets and boutiques, bringing the latest concepts, unique dÊcor, textiles and artwork to each project. Since embarking on her design career, Hogue’s projects have been featured in over a dozen publications, showcased in multiple Designer Show Home tours, and received numerous national and local awards. The hogueID team is celebrated for rendering fresh design solutions while instilling trust, transparency and performance every step of the way. Offering design-build services in Connecticut, Florida and beyond, Hogue collaborates alongside an elite team of artisans, with a shared goal of bringing customized, livable luxury to life. Recognized for her curated, organic interiors, hogueID takes care of the details, from blueprints to bar soaps, designing happy spaces for happy people. Create a haven, a destination that welcomes you and your loved ones. Afterall, nothing is more important than the people for whom the space is created. To view additional projects, follow along on Instagram, @hogueid.



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inherr Hollingsworth’s reputation for providing exceptional service, enduring quality and interiors with a timeless aesthetic has established her brand as a nationally recognized, award-winning luxury interior design firm. “Luxury is the ultimate joy one experiences from a well-designed space. The energy of an interior where all materials and textures have been selected and proportioned correctly, inspires a sense of calm, confidence, and an intelligent aesthetic.” With a passion for architecture and organic form, Hollingsworth’s work is best known for its richly soulful vibe, a low-keyed yet sophisticated modern aesthetic. Behind her interiors is a constant attention to detail and a commitment to go above and beyond for her clients. Acutely aware of the influential role her work plays in shaping a family’s quality of life, Hollingsworth maintains a steadfast focus on creating beautiful spaces that function seamlessly. Constantly inspired by new challenges, the Hollingsworth team welcomes clients interested in pushing the boundaries of design to create artful and unique interiors. Hollingsworth credits her team’s well executed process and shared commitment to delivering wellmanaged projects, in gaining her client’s ultimate trust. In addition to her interior work, through a wonderful partnership with Kravet, Hollingsworth has cultivated “Bohème” — a signature lifestyle collection of fabrics, wallcoverings and trims available through Kravet worldwide. 98

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hy should you hire Lorraine Levinson and her team before you start your renovation or build your new home? Where do we start? Levinson has a unique eye for color and pattern as well as a practical, business-oriented approach to projects. Founded in 2008, Lorraine Levinson Interior Design has always focused on creating homes that express the unique family that lives there. Her process begins with learning what the client needs and loves while striving for results that will stay fresh and functional for years to come. Levinson has always been committed to meeting deadlines and budgets. She excels at working from the ground up and operating as a team with the architect, contractor and homeowner. Levinson speaks “contractor-ese” and is able to translate issues into solutions that her clients can easily understand, which keeps projects on track and budgets in line. Levinson and her team are known for unexpected designs that combine hard-working finishes with beautiful details created specifically for you. Of course if you aren’t renovating we can help you as well! To see more of Lorraine Levinson’s inspired designs, follow her on Instagram @lorrainelevinsoninteriordesign.



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D Interiors has been making clients “happy to be home” since 2012, and never has feeling good in our homes been more important to us than now. Nancy Davilman brings a wealth of talent and experience to her practice. She is distinguished for her discerning style and regard for her clients’ tastes, lifestyles and the character of their homes. A creative artist with a background in psychology and financial services, Davilman is uniquely skilled at interpreting her clients’ goals, communicating effectively and working effciently within prescribed budgets and deadlines. Davilman takes a holistic approach to design and truly listens to what her client wants their home to look like as well as how they want each room to make them feel. As such each project is unique and tailored to the clients taste while still maintaining an updated contemporary and comfortable vibe. The result is timelessly stylish spaces that are in equal parts beautiful and functional — often featuring unexpected elements and one-of-a-kind finds from her travels and vast network of sources. An award-winning and published designer, Davilman works on both construction related and design projects throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties and beyond. 102

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hristina S. Roughan of Roughan Interiors is an award-winning designer who believes her clients’ home should reflect their personal style. Roughan is known for her curated approach to modern/traditional design that creates the ultimate livable interior. Her 20 years of experience allows her to offer a luxurious and refined product that translates from apartments, vacation homes, condominiums and primary residences around the world. Roughan is a full-service design firm with locations in Connecticut and New York City. Follow Roughan Interiors at @roughaninteriors for design inspiration.


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ita Design Group’s architect-led design build firm combines a mastery of modern design with more than 20 years of proven construction experience under one roof to craft their client’s vision. Their process is collaborative, innovative and enjoyable, while bringing full transparency and accountability to the construction process. VDG’s method ensures the proper balance of design and amenities with cost and budget. Using advanced visualization techniques and leveraging their knowledge of the latest building materials, VDG explores the boundless design possibilities to inspire their work and create homes that are as unique as the clients who commission them. 106

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The most successful interiors are layered with unique antiquities, artwork and decorative objects. These elements lend character to a room and offer a glimpse into the inhabitants' personality. Amazing sources, right here in Connecticut, are filled with wondrous goods to help you accessorize your home and create your own story. Happy shopping!

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Lattice House Vintage Brutalism period wall sculpture. 411 Pequot Ave., Southport, 917-5200120.

Oomph Bar cart in charcoal with glass and painted raffia shelves. 21 W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 203518-8068, oomphhome.com.

George Home Antique Korean roof decoration in terra-cotta and clay. 4 Titus Rd., Washington Depot, 860868-0323, georgehomect.com.

Mandarine Home Ocean herringbone plush throw, Double Play bowl, Bristol coverlet, Lagoon linen, taupe linen and aqua Kasai pillows. 863 Post Rd., Darien, 475-328-9962, mandarinehome.com.

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Kerri Rosenthal House Rules Blocks of Love in acrylic. One Sconset Square, Westport, 203-557-6800, kerrirosenthal.com.

West Elm Asymmetrical Acacia wood wall mirror. 35 Main St., Westport, 203-226-2311, westelm.com.

Diane James Home Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig tree. 112 Main St., Norwalk, 877-434-2635, dianejameshome.com.

West | Out West Sisteron throw by Teixidors in merino wool. 9 Riverside Ave., Westport, 203-557-8486, westouteast.com.

Jonathan Adler Amoeba zipper pillow in corded embroidery on linen. Available through Bloomingdale’s, Norwalk, 100 N. Water St., Norwalk, 203295-6000, bloomingdales.com, jonathanadler.com.

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SHOPPING IN STYLE Habitatgreenwich Grass and sisal vase, ceramic urchin table lamp, African beaded-bone necklaces, camel hair scarf and Allison Meyler abstract. 234 E. Putnam Ave., Cos Cob, 203-900-1233, habitatgreenwich.com.

Mis en Scene Pumpkin Circles valet tray by Ethnicraft. Mis en Scene, 88 Main St., N., Woodbury, 203-422-0567, misenscenehome.com.

Bungalow Sienna traditional Pit Loom pillow woven in New Zealand wool and cotton. 4 Sconset Square, Westport, 203-227-4406, bungalowdecor.com.

Glass House Design Store Nimbus vases by KleinReid. 199 Elm St., New Canaan, 203-594-9884, designstore. theglasshouse.org.

Olley Court Hand-turned maple burl bowl by artist Phil Gatreau. 418 Main St., Ridgefield, 203-438-1270, olleycourt.com.

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Dawn Hill Antiques Swedish wood trough bowl with original blue paint. Dawn Hill Antiques, 11 Main St., New Preston, 860-868-0066, dawnhillantiques.com.

Ethan Allen Meraki striped table lamp. 2046 W. Main St., Stamford, 203-352-2888, ethanallen.com.

Tusk Home + Design Jeffen Surfside ottoman/stool 1375 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-319-0001, tuskhomeanddesign.com.

Cynthia Byrnes Contemporary Art Thoughts that Linger, watercolorgouache on Fabriano paper, by Sarah Hinckley. 203-581-3133, cynthiabyrnes.com.

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ARCHITECTURE Amanda Martocchio Architecture New Canaan 203-966-5707 amandamartocchio.com Brooks & Falotico Associates New Canaan 203-966-8440 brooksandfalotico.com Charles Hilton Architects Greenwich 203-489-3800 hiltonarchitects.com Daniel Frisch Architecture NYC 212-489-8941 danielfrisch.com Ed Clemente Fairfield 203-254-1060 F+H Architectural Design and Consulting Washington Depot 860-733-5151 fharchitecture.com Imagine Architecture Fleetwood, NY 212-906-9158 imaginearchitectureny. com James Schettino Architects New Canaan 203-966-5552 schettinoarchitects.com Jim Denno Designs Milford 203-258-4280 jimdennodesigns.com

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Over the past 17 years, CTC&G has been the go-to source for design inspiration for homeowners and designers alike. In each issue, we present the work of talented practitioners in the fields of design, architecture, building and landscape. Here is a list of the distinguished professionals whose exemplary work has graced the pages of the magazine this year, plus the 2019 CTC&G Innovation in Design Award winners and finalists, and all of the recipients of our prestigious Innovator Award. For the complete list, go to cottagesgardens.com/thelist.

Joeb Moore & Partners Greenwich 203-769-5828 joebmoore.com J.P. Franzen Associates Architects Fairfield 203-259-0529 franzenarchitects.com Neil Hauck Architects Darien 203-655-9340 neilhauckarchitects.com New England Design Mansfield 860-423-0334 newenglanddesign.com Oliver Cope Architect NYC 212-727-1225 olivercope.com Richard Beard Architects San Francisco, CA 415-458-2600 richard-beard.com Roger Ferris + Partners Westport 203-222-4848 ferrisarch.com The Kaali-Nagy Company New Canaan 203-966-8254 kaali-nagy.com Vita Design Group Westport 203-283-1561 vdgarch.com Windigo Architecture Morristown, NJ 973-425-7680 windigodesign.com

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GEORGE ROSS (FEBRUARY 2020)

THE LIST

DESIGNSTOPS MUST-HAVES FOR THE DESIGN-OBSESSED SHOPPER

Workshop/APD Greenwich 212-273-9712 workshopapd.com

Davenport Contracting Stamford 203-324-6308 davenportcontracting.com

BUILDERS

E.R. Salvatore Associates Stamford 203-324-2276 ersalvatore.com

Brookes + Hill Custom Builders Waltham, MA 781-861-0086 brookesandhill.com

AVERY & DASH

A Set of three multicolored cased and polished glass bowls by Rachel Woodman. Call for more information. 203.325.8070 averydash.com

SPECIAL PROMOTION

Buttendorf Building and Remodeling Fairfield 203-650-2030 buttendorf.com Coastal Construction Group Westport 203-984-6869 coastal-lux.com

Fieber Group New Canaan 203-972-4975 fiebergroup.com Gardiner & Larson Homes New Canaan 203-972-1409 gardinerandlarsonhomes. com


DESIGNERS

Tallman Building Company Southport 203-254-3055 tallmanbuilding.com

Amanda Martocchio Architecture New Canaan 203-966-5707 amandamartocchio.com

The Glazer Group Rowayton 203-866-1902 glazergroup.net

Amy Coe Home Westport 203-258-5044 amycoehome.com

Warrington Homes Darien 203-246-8014 Waverly Construction Shelton 203-257-3926 waverlyct.com

JOHN BESSLER (FEBRUARY 2020)

Yankee Custom Builders Greenwich 203-588-1556 yankeecustombuilders. com

Kinney Woodworking Kent 860-927-3280 kinneywoodworkingllc. com Mayfair Construction Southport 203-622-1070 mayfairconstruction.com

Quinn Contracting Fairfield 203-223-6286 Ruscoe Sedito Construction Washington 860-868-1279 ruscoesedito.com Significant Homes New Canaan 203-966-5700 significanthomesllc.com

ASH NYC NYC 212-518-3153 ashnyc.com Ashley Whittaker Design NYC 212-650-0024 ashleywhittakerdesign. com

DESIGN STOPS MUST-HAVES FOR THE DESIGN-OBSESSED SHOPPER

Ginger, Corbett Lighting

Jade Fine Homes Danbury 203-948-2255 jadefinehomes.com

Andrew Frank Interior Design 917-287-0250 East Norwalk andrewfrankinterior design.com

CHLOE WINSTON LIGHTING DESIGN

With unmatched experience and exceptional brands, Chloe Winston offers a handcurated selection of trending, yet timeless lighting to perfectly complement your home. 203.957.8686 chloewinstonlighting.com

SPECIAL PROMOTION


GEORGE ROSS (JANUARY 2020)

THE LIST

DESIGNSTOPS MUST-HAVES FOR THE DESIGN-OBSESSED SHOPPER

DAVENPORT

Davenport maneuvers effortlessly between smaller renovations, custom homes and property management. Their project management skills transfer seamlessly and the goal is to deliver your vision! 203.324.6308 davenportcontracting.com

SPECIAL PROMOTION

Axel Interiors Norwalk 203-299-3155 axelinteriors.com Barsanti Desmone NYC 646-837-6422 barsantidesmone.com Carrier and Company Interiors NYC 212-706-1025 carrierandcompany.com CD Interiors New Canaan 203-966-2949 cdnewcanaan.com CFK Interiors Washington Depot 860-733-5252 cfkinteriors.com

Charlotte Barnes Interior Design & Decoration Greenwich 203-622-6953 charlottebarnes.com Christine Donner Design Norwalk 203-966-0160 donnerkitchens.com Clarity Home Greenwich 203-340-2468 clarityhomeinteriors.com D2 Interieurs Weston 646-326-7048 d2interieurs.com


GEORGE ROSS (SEPTEMBER 2020)

Daniel Frisch Architecture NYC 212-489-8941 danielfrisch.com Denemede Rowayton 203-939-9838 denemede.com Erin Gates Design Newton, MA 617-928-5159 eringatesdesign.com Eve Robinson Associates NYC 212-595-0661 everobinson.net Henry & Co Design NYC 917-388-3436 henryandcodesign.com

Janet Zachar Interior Design Bedford, NY 203-561-9616 Judith Larson Associates New Canaan 203-972-1409 gardinerandlarsonhomes. com

DESIGNSTOPS MUST-HAVES FOR THE DESIGN-OBSESSED SHOPPER

Kadlec Architecture & Design Chicago, IL 312-644-9270 kadlecdesign.com Kerry Hanson Design New Canaan 203-803-6308 kerryhansondesign.com

DIANE JAMES HOME

The most beautiful faux floral arrangements, handmade to order in Connecticut. Their designs are so lifelike, they even fool the bees! Stop by their new showroom and see for yourself. 203.846.0303 / dianejameshome.com SPECIAL PROMOTION


CLAIRE TAKACS (JUNE 2020)

THE LIST

DESIGNSTOPS

DESIGN STOP

MUST-HAVES FOR THE DESIGN-OBSESSED SHOPPER

DRAPERIES & INTERIORS

DRAPERIES & INTERIORS OF GREENWICH

Offering full service custom window treatment and interior design services on all levels — whether you need help in just one room or your entire home. 203.489.3010 / draperiesandinteriorsofgreenwich.com SPECIAL PROMOTION

Kit Kemp Firmdale Hotels London, UK kitkemp.com

Orrick & Company Greenwich 203-532-1188 orrickandcompany.com

Laura Michaels Greenwich 203-531-7047 lauramichaelsdesign.com

Pam Ackerman Minneapolis, MN 917-359-9643 pamelaackerman.com

Matthew Patrick Smyth NYC 212-333-5353 matthewsmyth.com

Sidney Marshman Designs Darien 203-561-0205 sidneymarshmandesigns. com

McGrath II NYC 212-289-1462 mcgrath2.com Mehditash Design Newport Beach, CA 917-499-3627 mehditashdesign.com

TC Designs Weston 917-443-3135 tcdesignsco.com


Kathryn Herman Design New Canaan 203-966-1221 kathrynhermandesign.com Kristen Andronowitz New Canaan 203-966-5080 Lindsay Burn Landscape Design Greenwich 561-319-5225 lindsayburn.com Miroslava Ahern Landscape Design Studio Nantucket, MA 508-333-5138 ahernllc.com Pine Meadown Gardens Southbury 203-264-6066

NEIL LANDINO JR. (JUNE 2020)

Providence Design North Salem, NY 914-497-1399 providencelandscapes.com

Victoria Hagan NYC 212-888-1178 victoriahagan.com Workshop/APD Greenwich 212-273-9712 workshopapd.com

LANDSCAPE

Dan Gordon Landscape Architects Wellesley, MA 781-237-5751 dangordon.com

Robin Kramer Garden Design Reading, MA 978-526-4221 robinkramergarden design.com Susie Aldrich Westport 203-984-2615 susiealdrich.com Water Street Design Associates Stonington 860-415-9913 waterstreetdesign associates.com William Kenny Associates Fairfield 203-366-0588 wkassociates.net Yankee Landscaping Weston 203-226-3292

DESIGN STOPS

Gregory Lombardi Design Cambridge, MA 617-492-2808 lombardidesign.com

MUST-HAVES FOR THE DESIGN-OBSESSED SHOPPER

James Doyle Design Associates Greenwich 293-869-2900 jdda.com Katherine Field and Associates Inc. Newport, RI 401-848-2750 katherinefield.com

KENNETH LYNCH & SONS

The Dolphin Arm Grand Chair is a classic, timeless addition to any outdoor setting. Handcrafted by skilled artisans, the Florentine Classics Collection is a distinguished choice, available in a variety of finishes. 203.264.2831 / klynchandsons.com SPECIAL PROMOTION


THE LIST Finalist Beinfield Architecture South Norwalk 203-838-5789 beinfield.com

ARCHITECTURE Winner Saniee Architects LLC Greenwich 203-625-9308 sanieearchitects.com

BATH DESIGN

Winner Robert A. Cardello Architects, LLC Westport 203-853-2524 cardelloarchitects.com Finalist RoomSecret Greenwich 203-832-0185 roomsecret.com

AMANDA VILLAROSA (JULY/AUGUST 2019)

CTC&G 2019 INNOVATION IN DESIGN AWARDS WINNERS AND FINALISTS, AND RECIPIENTS OF OUR INNOVATOR AWARD

Finalist P|H Architects Newtown 203-426-6500 ph-archs.com

DESIGNSTOPS MUST-HAVES FOR THE DESIGN-OBSESSED SHOPPER

THE LINEN SHOP

As a purveyor of luxury linens and home furnishings since 1974, The Linen Shop is known for exceptional quality, unparalleled choice and personalized service. 203.972.0433 thelinenshopct.com SPECIAL PROMOTION

Finalist D2 Interieurs Weston 646-326-7048 d2interieurs.com

GARDEN DESIGN

Winner Doyle Herman Design Associates Greenwich 203-869-2900 dhda.com

Finalist Sean Jancski Landscape Architects Rye, NY 914-967-1904 sjlandscapearchitects. com Finalist Rosalia Sanni Design LLC Old Greenwich 203-918-4619 rosaliasanni.com


JANE BEILES (JULY/AUGUST 2019)

KITCHEN DESIGN

Winner Huestis Tucker Architects, LLC Woodbridge 203-248-1007 huestistucker.com Finalist Studio Dearborn Mamaroneck, NY 914-815-2707 studiodearborn.com Finalist Tami Wassong Interiors Larchmont, NY 914-833-8829 tamiwassong.com

Finalist Austin Patterson Disston Architects Southport 203-255-4031 apdarchitects.com

INTERIOR DESIGN

DESIGNSTOPS MUST-HAVES FOR THE DESIGN-OBSESSED SHOPPER

Winner D2 Interieurs Weston 646-326-7048 d2interieurs.com Finalist Sage Design Southport 203-553-9656 sagedesign.com

PETER DAITCH PHOTOGRAPHY

Daitch’s colorful, painterly images capture a world in motion. His large scale, limited edition prints will make a statement in any home (shown: Surf 1, 60”x 40”). peterdaitchphotography.com SPECIAL PROMOTION


NEIL LANDINO JR. (JULY/AUGUST 2019)

THE LIST

DESIGNSTOPS MUST-HAVES FOR THE DESIGN-OBSESSED SHOPPER

RPAC GALLERY

RPAC Gallery offers original art and high-quality prints. Visit them at 410 Main Street in Ridgefield, or shop their extensive collection online. 203.894.5609 rpacgallery.com

SPECIAL PROMOTION

Finalist Karen Wells Design New Canaan 203-273-7897 karenwellsdesign.com

Finalist Clarity Home Interiors Greenwich 203-340-2468 clarityhomeinteriors.com

SMALL SPACE DESIGN

BUILDER RECOGNITION

Finalist Austin Patterson Disston Architects Southport 203-255-4031 apdarchs.com

Finalist Silver Heights Development Darien 203-635-2224 silverheightsdev.com

Winner Kelly & Co. Design Redding 203-247-3951 kellyandcodesign.com

Winner Shoreline Pools Stamford 203-967-1203 shorelinepools.com


Barbara Sallick (2015) Waterworks NYC 212-371-9266 waterworks.com

INNOVATOR LIST 2010– 2020

Robert A.M. Stern (2016) Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP NYC 212-967-5100 ramsa.com

Jamie Drake (2010) Drake | Anderson NYC 212-754-3099 drakeanderson.com Bunny Williams (2011) NYC 212-207-4040 bunnywilliams.com Alexa Hampton (2012) NYC 212-753-4110 alexahampton.com Jonathan Adler (2013) NYC 212-787-0017 jonathanadler.com

COURTESY OF SILVER HEIGHTS DEVELOPMENT (JULY/AUGUST 2019)

John Edelman (2014) Design Within Reach Westport 203-557-6611 dwr.com

DESIGNSTOPS MUST-HAVES FOR THE DESIGN-OBSESSED SHOPPER

FINALIS T

FINALI ST

Finalist P|H Architects, LLC Newtown 203-426-6500 ph-archs.com

Elizabeth Eakins (2017) Norwalk 203-831-9347 elizabetheakins.com Christopher Peacock (2018) Christopher Peacock Greenwich 203-862-9333 peacockhome.com Victoria Hagan (2019) Victoria Hagan Interiors NYC 212-888-1178 victoriahagan.com Anthony Baratta (2020– 2021) Flanders, NY 212-966-8892 anthonybaratta.com

ROSALIA SANNI DESIGN

An award-winning landscape design studio whose approach strikes a balance between architecture, nature and people — believing landscapes should suit the lives of the people who live in them in a meaningful, fun and deeply personal way. 203.918.4619 / rosaliasanni.com SPECIAL PROMOTION

DESIGNSTOPS MUST-HAVES FOR THE DESIGN-OBSESSED SHOPPER

RUDDY BUILDERS

Ruddy Builders specializes in custom home building and historic home renovations, blending timeless design with exceptional beauty that inspires and endures. Instagram @ruddybuilders. 203.223.6054 / jnruddy.com SPECIAL PROMOTION


INDEX OF

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Alisberg Parker Architects.......................................................30

Gault Stone & Landscape Suppllies........................................54

Apadana Fine Rugs................................................................84

Hobbs, Inc. ............................................................................34

Arhaus....................................................................................86

Hogue Interior Design.............................................................96

Audio Command Systems......................................................32

Home Boutique of Greenwich.................................................17

Avery & Dash........................................................................116

Julian Chichester....................................................................10

Axel Interiors...........................................................................88

Kenneth Lynch & Sons.........................................................121

California Closets......................................................................2

Kohler Signature Store by Plimpton & Hills................................8

Chloe Winston Lighting Design.............................................117

Linherr Hollingsworth..............................................................98

Clarity Home Interiors.............................................................90

Lorraine Levinson Interior Design..........................................100

Clarke– Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove Showroom................................21

Marvin....................................................................................13

Crown Point Cabinetry..............................................................4

ND Interiors..........................................................................102

Davenport............................................................................118

Orrick & Company..................................................................11

Deane, Inc................................................................................1

Peter Daitch Photography.....................................................123

Design Within Reach..............................................................19

Prutting & Company Custom Builders....................................36

Diane James Home..............................................................119

Redwood Construction & Consulting......................................38

Douglas Graneto Design.........................................................92

Ring’s End..............................................................................40

Draperies & Interiors of Greenwich........................................120

Robert A. Cardello Architects................................................129

Elissa Grayer Interior Design ..................................................94

Rosalia Sanni Design .....................................................56, 125

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TISERS Roughan Interiors.................................................................104

RPAC Gallery....................................................................... 124 Ruddy Builders.....................................................................125 Seventy Acres Landscape Architecture and Design................58 Shope Reno Wharton.............................................................42 Shoreline Pools ......................................................................15 The Fifth Avenue Group at Morgan Stanley...............................6 The Linen Shop....................................................................122 Torrco Design Center..............................................................76 UCE Fine Builders..................................................................44 Vita Design Group................................................................106 Wadia Associates...................................................................46

GEORGE ROSS (OCTOBER 2020)

West | Out East......................................................................23 Wren Kitchens........................................................................66

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