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Long Division A creative design carves new spaces to accomodate changing family needs

Keep it Simple An architectural gem gets a family-friendly refresh

David Masello Photography by Emily Sidoti

Alexa Stevenson photography by Jane Beiles

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Dream Bedrooms for Children Inspiring spaces for sleep, study and play Excerpted from Dream Rooms for Children by Susanna Salk

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Perfect Timing With renovations complete, this household was ready for an unexpected new take on family life by

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Style Shifter At her weekend home, Paris Forino comfortably mixes clean-lined elements with their traditional counterparts by

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DEPARTMENTS 14 Editor’s Letter

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Letter from the CEO

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Contributors

Meet the Designer West Chin

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Architect West Chin’s love of clean, minimal lines is evident in his high-end architecture, interiors and furniture by Sharon

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What’s New Out of the Box

Wrapped and woven­—organic furnishings in wicker, raffia, rattan and roping by

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Design Notes A peek inside the latest buzz-worthy design news happening in the area by

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Home Edit had a love-hate relationship with our homes. We loved that our homes offered safety and security from the pandemic, yet we complained about how the rooms didn’t work for our new lifestyle. We loved having the entire family working and schooling together, yet we wished our homes were bigger or more easily adaptable. And, most of all, we got tired of looking at the same walls every day. It seemed as if our homes had become static—you know, frozen in time. ■ With spring in the air, I remembered my mother’s annual cleaning binge. The entire house was undone and then redone so it sparkled again. As a child, I was fascinated by the process and eager to help. As an adult, well…but not this year! Taking a note from my mother’s playbook, I decided I would do a spring cleaning. (Remember last year when everything was getting a “deep cleaning”?) Just one glance at my bookshelves bursting at the seams and I was off and running. Clutter seemed to have made a home in any vacant spot. I started editing then actually cleaning. I loved how much better the bookshelves looked and therefore, how much better our living and family rooms looked. Not deterred, I plunged into the abyss of the coat closets. I whittled down the contents and found some forgotten treasures (some of which went to charity). I found three pieces of art that I had never gotten around to framing. To accommodate these pieces, I had to make space and adjust the other art in the room (these were put away and will probably make a return appearance in a few years!). Accessory chairs were given life with new fabrics and trim, and wintery pillows were replaced with lighter cotton and linen ones. Lastly, I added some of Adaire’s art to her old room—which is now my new office—so she will feel some ownership to the redecorated space. Truthfully, my spring editing is ongoing. Once I saw what a big difference small changes made, I felt ready to tackle the attic. ■ With the change of seasons, it is time to open your homes to brighter and fresher possibilities. Big or small, change will revitalize your home, and you will fall in love with it anew. Seize the moment. And once again, do what your mother told you to do!

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Designer Lynn Morgan has been creating stylish homes for more than 25 years. Her colorful designs can be found all across the country in posh locations like Nantucket, Hilton Head, Palm Beach and her hometown of Savannah. Based out of Rowayton, Morgan’s varied projects include the Connecticut home found on page 50, “Keep It Simple.” “I loved working on this beautiful 1930s French Normandy house,” says Morgan. “Relocating from New York City, this young family wanted to put their own spin on the home while maintaining the architectural integrity of the property. It was such a fun project.”

PARIS FORINO

Paris Forino established her design studio in 2012 after building a portfolio of work with designers and architects in both Sydney and New York. She holds a degree in design from the University of Technology in Sydney and has gained a reputation for understated elegance­­, melding tradition with modernity. Function, context and harmony are touchstones of her residental and commerical interiors. Forino’s own home (see “Style Shifter,” page 68) is a weekend getaway from NYC for the designer and her family. “We have been coming here for five years and couldn’t be happier,” notes Forino. “The house and the surrounding town and scenery are quite magical.”

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EMILY SIDOTI

Award-winning photographer Emily Sidoti creates interior portraits, thoughtfully composing each image to portray the personality of the home. Her work has appeared in print and online with both national and local magazines. She earned a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences where she developed her skills, style and affinity toward interiors and architecture. Describing the home she photographed on page 42, “Long Division,” Sidoti says, “The rooms flowed so effortlessly together, while they each made their own bold statement. Every inch of the home was begging to be photographed.”

MICHELLE HOGUE

“Your home should be a refuge, a safe haven, a place that you can’t wait to return to over and over again,” says Michelle Hogue. With that in mind, the Westport designer set to work on the residence featured in“Long Division” (page 42). She recalls that the home was well loved but needed an update to give it a light, bright and fun attitude. Her full-service designbuild firm, Hogue Interior Design, is equipped to choreograph every stage of the design process—from concept to construction to the carefully curated interiors. “Nothing makes us happier than creating functional, personalized spaces that reflect a client’s personality,” adds Hogue. —Mary Fitzgerald

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April 2021 From NYC to Norwalk

NEW EXHIBITION AT The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum presents its new exhibition titled, “Socially Distant Art: Creativity in Lockdown.” Artists from across the United States digitally submitted their interpretations of social distancing, isolation and the many challenges they have experienced during the pandemic. Open April 8 through August 29. Admission will be included with the purchase of a guided tour ticket. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 203-838-9799 or visit lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

Aldrich Undercover A “Secret” Virtual Art Sale May 6 to 9, 2021 Purchase tickets and learn more at thealdrich.org Over 95 participating artists Test your eye. Buy what you love. 258 Main Street | Ridgefield, CT 06877 | thealdrich.org

(clockwise from top left) Barry Guthertz, Norwalk Storm; Kathie Milligan, Forced Separation; Megan Chiango,“No. 1,” The Love Warrior Project series.

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The Greenwich Historical Society’s spring exhibition will focus on the fascinating history of gardens in Greenwich and the people who designed, tended and delighted in them. Rarely seen architectural and landscape drawings and stunning photographs of some of Greenwich’s finest gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Warren Henry Manning, Marian Cruger Coffin and others will be on display. Member preview days, April 28–30. Open to the public, May 1 through September 5. Greenwich Historical Society, 47 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob. For more information and to purchase tickets call 203-869-6899 or visit greenwichhistory.org.

The New York Botantical Garden announces its latest exhibition “KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature.” This will be the first-ever comprehensive exploration of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s lifelong fascination with the natural world across the garden’s 250-acre landscape. The exhibition will include multiple outdoor installations, including monumental sculptures of flora that will transform the entirety of NYBG, as well as her signature polka-dotted organic forms and mesmerizing paintings of plants and flowers. Open April 10 through October 31. Advanced-timed, limited-capacity tickets are on sale now. The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit nybg.org/kusama.

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Out of the Box WRAPPED AND WOVEN—ORGANIC FURNISHINGS I N W I C K E R , R A F F I A , R AT TA N A N D R O P E | P RO DU C ED BY MARY F ITZGERA LD HANGING AROUND

Inside or out, the Marina hanging chair from Arhaus invites fun and relaxation. Constructed in a powdercoated aluminum, the frame is wrapped in an all-weather rope. $2,349, SoNo Collection, Norwalk, arhaus.com.

SUNNY OUTLOOK

The ornate flower motif of Made Good’s Waverly mirror is formed from woven natural rattan wicker. $1,350, available through Housewarmings, Greenwich, madegoods.com.

SIDE BAR

The Balabac rattan sideboard from British style brand Oka is fashioned from mindi and durian wood. Rattan-wrapped doors are accented with metal ring handles. $1,650, oka.com.

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ROARING ’20S

This rattan single drawer bedside table hails from Soane’s Templeton collection and was inspired by a 1920s design. The elegant curved sides of pale oak are wrapped in rattan. $5,125, soane.com.

SCREEN TIME

Made in France, the Scale screen from Atelier Vime is woven in rattan with wood and leather. The French word “vime” originates from the Latin word for soaked, flexible wood, and this purveyor upholds the tradition of wickerworking in the Provence region. Price upon request, ateliervime.com.

NAUTICAL NOTE

The large Oval Rope Chandelier by Fisher Weisman sports a sophisticated coastal aesthetic. The eightlight chandelier is also available in black, blue and brown sisal roping. $6,780, fisherweisman.com.

COLORFUL STRIPES

Aleman Moore presents the Copa Grande-Stripes side table, handcrafted to order in Hudson, NY. Three colors of hand-dyed wheat straw are braided and sewn into bold, beautiful stripes with a stained and lacquered birch-ply top. $3,060, alemanmoore.com.

CRAFTED CURVES

Designer Leanne Ford lends her cool, effortless vibe to her namesake collection for Crate & Barrel. The Fields Cane Back Accent Chair is constructed in solid white oak bentwood with retro caning. The curvaceous silhouette is Ford’s contemporary take on the traditional barrel chair. $999, Westport, crateandbarrel.com.

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PARADISE FOUND

Amanda Lindroth’s Paradise bed is a showstopper with a lofty 8.5-foot canopy. The graphic design of the fretwork frame is handcrafted in a pole rattan and the skirt and feet are covered in a tightly woven rattan matting. $3,000, amandalindroth.com.


WHAT’S NEW

CRISSCROSS PATTERN

The macramé effect of the Bandelier accent chair from Longaberger is achieved with interlaced white cowhide leather. The Danishinspired design is finely crafted with sungkai wood in a natural finish. $459, longaberger.com.

A NEW TWIST

Finely twisted jute is stretched over the metal frame of the Manhattan pendant light from Selamat. This fixture can stand alone or be grouped together at various heights for extra impact. $325, available through Perigold, perigold.com, selamatdesigns.com.

VINTAGE COCKTAIL

The design of the Jonathan Adler Riviera cocktail table is reminiscent of the 50s era. A coiled stacked rattan is coated with a honey stain and the back-painted glass top adds a touch of color in Celadon. $795, available through Bloomingdale’s, SoNo Collection, Norwalk, bloomingdales. com, jonathanadler.com.

CIRCULAR MOTION

What’s new from Palecek—the Ella lounge chair in Elm Grey. The metal frame is wrapped with split rattan accented with rattan bindings in a gray wash finish, supported with black tapered metal legs. The fixed upholstered seat is accompanied by a loose back cushion. $3,752, palecek.com.

RAISING CANE

The modern design of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ Sedona bed features woven cane panels inset into a solid steam-bent oak frame. The platform bed is available in queen or king sizes. $3,861, Greenwich, mgbwhome.com.

SHELF LIFE

A collaboration with NY-based interior designer Ariel Okin, the Benny Rattan Bookcase from Society Social flaunts beautiful natural rattan detailing and four tall shelves. $1,995, shopsocietysocial.com.

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DESIGN NOTES

CROSSING STATE LINES Family owned and operated, Bilotta Kitchen & Home has added a new showroom in Greenwich, joining ranks with its three existing New York area locations to provide greater accessibility to the CT market. Already a trusted resource in the tri-state area, the company is well known for its handmade cabinetry, innovative products and inspirational design. In addition to kitchens, Bilotta Kitchen & Home creates custom crafted bathrooms and living spaces. “We’re excited to bring the Bilotta brand and service to CT,” says partner Jim Bilotta. Currently open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10–4, or by appointment, 209 River Rd, Ext., Cos Cob, 203-210-0107, bilotta.com. Clarence House

TURNING 60 Legendary decorative fabric brand Clarence House will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year. Founded in 1961 by NYC interior designer Robin Roberts, the company has continued to produce some of the most iconic and storied textile patterns in the industry. To commemorate the milestone, Clarence House will honor each decade of its legacy with a special program to be rolled out over the course of the year. Six enlisted interior

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designers will be assigned a specific decade to illustrate a design moment using Clarence House patterns, past and present. The talents of Rayman Boozer, Michelle Nussbaumer, Garrow Kedigian, Keita Turner, Drake/Anderson and Frank Ponterio will highlight the successive centuries, with Boozer leading the way with a tribute to the ’60s. “I could not think of a better way to celebrate our 60th than to look back at the decades that led us to where we are,” says David Klaristenfeld, V.P. of Fabricut. Clarence House fabrics are available through Fabricut showrooms, clarencehouse.com. DESIGN DIRECTION Calico, formerly known as Calico Corners, opened the doors to its new Westport location in February. With 60-plus stores nationwide, the Westport destination is the first “design shop” model for the company and a one-stop resource for custom decorating. The timing couldn’t be

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better, as people are spending more time at home and looking to upgrade their interiors. Supriya Himatsingka, head of brand and design, notes, “We are adapting to meet the design needs of our communities and customers.” Fabrics are displayed by collection and color, and furniture is presented in room settings with coordinating draperies and shades to inspire and showcase Calico’s custom craftsmanship. A designated design area creates an inviting workspace for consultation and collaboration, and iPads allow customers to visualize fabric choices on furniture frames through the brand’s proprietary C360 virtual app. 224 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-254-7904, calicocorners.com. OLD WORLD GLAM Decorative Crafts steps up the glam in its Greenwich showroom with fabulous new finds sourced from Italy, including Murano glass mirrors, crystal lamps and finely crafted furniture. Founded in 1928, the business maintains a working relationship with approximately 25 small artisans in northern Italy, many of whom, like Decorative Crafts, are family owned and multi-generational. Offering both contemporary and traditional designs, each Decorative Craft piece is created by master craftsmen. 50 Chestnut St., Greenwich, 203-531-1590, decorativecrafts.com. COLOR POPS Greenwich-based Fayette Studio has teamed up with interior designer

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Melanie Morris to launch an exclusive capsule rug collection. The designs reflect Morris’ signature happy, graphic and comfortable style. “Melanie brings out a unique personality in each of her projects,” says Kyra Schulhof, founder and CEO of Fayette Studio. “I had no doubt collaborating with her would result in something distinctively modern, sophisticated and fun.” The seven original rug designs, unveiled in March, are available in three to four curated colorways but are fully customizable in material, size and color combinations. “I approach designing products in a similar way as I do designing interiors—it should feel fresh, but not too serious,” says Morris. “The result is a marriage of my love of the simple, modern and playful in a colorful, graphic collection.” 28 Bruce Park Ave., Greenwich, 203-7691617, fayettestudio.com. —Mary Fitzgerald BILOTTA: IN COLLABORATION WITH GRANDBERG & ASSOC. ARCHITECTS

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272 Via Marila, Palm Beach Stunning 5BR/5.2BA Mid-Century Modern home situated on 17,800 +/- square foot lot in the North End. Gourmet chef’s kitchen with oversized island and top-of-the-line appliances overlooks outdoor dining area. Serene outdoor spaces with large pool and patio perfect for entertaining. Additional highlights include library, wet bar, and convenient front and rear driveways.

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White House Located along the beach in Southport, this circa-1929 Colonial lists for $5.6 million with Pam Toner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Edie Anderson of William Raveis, both in Westport. 917-319-1580 and 203-858-4668.

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year old, the spring season is, essentially, a continuation of the same theme—housing inventory is at an all-time low, sellers are getting their asking prices (or more), and everything is selling. Plus, as a sign of old things to come, Realtors are starting to offer in-person open houses again, along with virtual tours, which they say are here to stay. Here are our six picks for the month’s most impressive listings (and, just in case you’re the type who laments the end of ice season, there’s something for you, too). IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO BUY IN SOUTHPORT…

The village of southport, with its first-class yacht and golf clubs, is tucked between Westport and Fairfield (and is properly part of the latter). Pequot Avenue runs along the beach and into town, where it’s lined with jaw-droppingly gorgeous antique homes. And one of the

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avenue’s classic Colonials has just been listed, a two-acre property with direct views to Long Island Sound and within walking distance to the beach. The now-5,044-square-foot main house was built in 1929, on the eve of the Great Depression. No expense was spared when constructing the home, which offers a main bedroom with a private deck, and five additional bedrooms. This time of year, the gracious grounds are also a draw, featuring


English Country Private Estate 91 Upper Hook Road, Katonah, NY

5 BEDS | 4.1 BATHS | 5,000 SQFT | 10.81 ACRES | $5,900,000 Enjoy this private and tranquil estate set on nearly eleven acres on one of Katonah’s most coveted roads. This special property at 91 Upper Hook Road has its very own serene pond, naturally flowing waterfall and gentle babbling creek. This classic colonial home offers a luxurious and comfortable lifestyle with sophisticated spaces. 91 Upper Hook has been decorated in a timeless neutral palette with many English country house charms including wide plank wood flooring, original millwork and herringbone brick floors, all enhanced with elegant modern upgrades. The light filled entrance hall welcomes you with open views through to the expansive and beautiful property. There are many opportunities to take advantage of outdoor fun and relaxation with a professionally landscaped pool area, quaint wooden foot bridge to the property’s wide lovely fields and woods, flagstone patios at the main house and guest cottage, potting shed for gardening and a newly renovated screen porch. A separate guest cottage above the two car garage offers flexible options to complete your unique needs. The location is ideally and conveniently situated to the quaint, historic towns of Bedford and Katonah; down the road from the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and to the hiking trails of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Equestrian pursuits are effortless with direct access to the more than 100 miles of Bedford Riding Lanes and the numerous horse barns in neighboring towns. 91UpperHookRoad.com

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Our first big-deal listing is in bridgewater, an actual castle that’s just hit the market for $4.5 million. Socked away on 18.14 wooded acres, it’s the ultimate property for people who prefer privacy. While there’s not a moat, fortress-like features include stone turrets and parapets, complete with the tooth-shaped merlons used to shield soldiers back in the day. But the 6,045-square-foot interiors are thoroughly modern, especially the main-bedroom suite, which is comprised of a turret-shaped sitting room, two balconies and a spa-like bath with a whirlpool tub. It’s offered by Kellie Martone, of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. Compound Interest This gorgeous Greenwich Georgian, on 8.39 lakefront acres, lists for $8,995,000 with Leslie McElwreath of Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich. 917-539-3654.

a swimming pool, a rose garden, a vegetable garden, an herb garden located just off the kitchen, and an exterior garden “room” sheltered by tall privet hedges. It lists for $5.6 million with Pam Toner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Edie Anderson of William Raveis. IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO BUY IN GREENWICH…

One of the most expansive for-sale estates in greenwich was designed by Paul Marchese, who served as an architect for the original World Trade Center destroyed on 9/11. For his family, Marchese built a traditional Georgian manor home, fronted by a gardened courtyard and a stone façade, and flanked by a portico. Constructed in 2000, the manse looks decidedly Old World throughout its nearly 15,000-square-foot interiors. There are 12-foot-high coffered ceilings, plaster crown moldings, arched doorways, intricately carved mantels and, in the library, walls of custom paneling. But there are also modern amenities, including a home theater, a wine cellar, a billiards room with a bar, and a mirrored gym with a steam shower and sauna. The six-bedroom home is offered by Leslie McElwreath of Sotheby's International Realty for $8,995,000.

Fit For A Queen This castle-like estate in Bridgewater comes complete with turrets and 18 private acres. Kellie Martone, of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Danbury, lists the property for $4.5 million. 203-948-1034.

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A Stamford property offers a cool amenity you don’t see every day—a professional indoor hockey rink, complete with a high-tech scoreboard, heated benches, two locker rooms, a viewing lounge and even a Zamboni. Oh, and there are two houses on the 13-acre property, with a total of six bedrooms, along with a swimming pool. Rita Kirby and Janet Jorgensen, both of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in New Canaan, share the $5,900,000 listing. 203-984-7665 and 203-856-1318.

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Farm Fresh Cobble Hill Farm in West Cornwall offers 187 acres of fun, including horse amenities, a pool and tennis court and a circa-1860 manor house. Peter Klemm, of Klemm Real Estate in Washington Depot, lists the property for $6,995,000. 917-864-4940.

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Another new-to-the-market spread spans some 187 West Cornwall acres, with its hilltop crowned by a circa-1860, red-brick Georgian. Cobble Hill Farm, as it’s called, has extensive equestrian amenities, including a gray-clapboard horse barn with a tack room, plus two additional barns for hay storage and other animals. There’s a pool, a tennis court and a large pond. And there are all sorts of ancillary buildings scattered across its hills and dales—a guest house, a caretaker’s house, an artist’s studio and, handy this time of year, an antique maple sugar house. It lists for $6,995,000 with Peter Klemm of Klemm Real Estate. Finally, in nearby Kent, Dragonfly Farm has popped onto the market, listed for $11,499,000. It too offers room to roam across its 41 acres, which also feature nearly every sporting amenity imaginable: there’s a swimming pool with a stone pool house, a tennis court, a soccer field and basketball, golf and archery practice areas. Interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber led the renovation of the circa-1827 main house, keeping intact its rustic stone walls, beamed ceilings and original wood floors. There’s also an antique guesthouse, a massive barn and a garage that was fashioned from the property’s carriage house. Peter Klemm of Klemm Real Estate has the listing. —Diane di Costanzo

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Work & Play (above and opposite page) A new home office is furnished with Bertoia chairs from 2Modern at a pair of built-in desks. Ceiling wallpaper by South African designer Sarah Ord is through Sarza. Custom metal-and-glass doors offer privacy to the space, which has a Corvos sectional through Article, a circular coffee table from Four Hands, and a rug from Cowhides Direct. See Resources.

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HERE ARE TWO KINDS OF WINDOWS, both in evidence in this Westport traditional Colonial. There are, of course, the kind you see through, and then there is the window of opportunity, of which these homeowners and interior designer Michelle Hogue took full advantage. Although the planning for the redesign of the first floor of this house began prior to the pandemic, it wasn’t until all interiors—except our own—closed that the real work could begin inside this home. “We started demolition July 12, 2020,” recalls Hogue, “and by August 24, all was done.” Adds homeowner Lauren Nathan, “It was summer and we knew to seize the moment. My husband, Gil, and I had planned on sending our kids to camp, and when that couldn’t happen, we went ahead with the redesign. We spent our days living our ‘Wizard of Oz’ existence, going into and out of our basement,” she says, referencing those storm doors into which Dorothy’s family retreated when the tornado came. Hogue, who has offices in Westport, CT, and Santa Rosa Beach, FL, is unusual in the business in that she’s an interior designer and a licensed general

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contractor. “I believe strongly that the design process is as important as the implementation,” she says. “The shorter the distance between signing the contract and finishing the job, the happier the client and the happier my team.” Nathan sought Hogue’s help not because she was unhappy with the house she and her family had occupied since 2009, but rather because “it looked lived in and was showing wear and tear. Plus, my husband was working from home and had no dedicated office in which to work.” What began as a way to transform a playroom into an office/studio morphed into a vaster project involving replacing floors, buying new furniture, removing transoms and moldings, filling in skylights, adding closets, applying shiplap to select walls and framing out a fireplace wall in the family room to create reading niches. “When Michelle came to the house,” says Nathan, “she assured me that she could make the home an even happier, livelier place.” In keeping her promise to her client, Hogue chose, for instance, decidedly fun sheepskin coverings for the dining chairs. “With three kids, I thought, white, in the dining room?” asks Nathan rhetorically, “but they’re easily removed and the chairs underneath are made of rope and designed for indoor/outdoor use.”


Fun House In the dining room (opposite page and above left), sheepskins are draped on Four Hands chairs, while a Kelly Hoppen pendant light illuminates a Custom Furniture LA table. Wallpaper by Jennifer Latimer is complemented by a collection of vases and vessels on custom floorto-ceiling shelving. In the mudroom (above middle and below), custom cabinets sport RH hardware; the herringbone-pattern flooring is through Karen Berkemeyer Home. The powder room (above right) features an RH vanity and hardware. See Resources.


Luxe Lounging In the family room (above), intimate reading nooks flank the fireplace, while a Verellen sofa wraps the room. In the master bedroom (opposite page), Arne Jacobsen sconces flank a Kathy Kuo bed, which is dressed in Pine Cone Hill bedding; the chandelier is from Arteriors. Design Details (below, left to right) Interior designer Michelle Hogue arranges beads on a Clubcu coffee table. A sculptural lighting fixture through Blue Hand Home illuminates the hallway landing above a chair from Article. A pair of vessels from Arteriors complement a painting, Neutral Swirl, through Wendover Art Group. See Resources.

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MICHELLE ALSO TAUGHT ME THAT NOT EVERY ISLAND HAS TO HAVE PENDANTS HANGING ABOVE, SO OUT THOSE WENT

A blocked wallpaper pattern, paired with complementary-colored vases, many collected by Nathan’s mother, gives the room a sense of whimsey that works for formal or casual meals, or simply as a place for kids to put together puzzles. Among the commonalities the homeowner and Hogue discovered was their love of things with a significance beyond function or appearance. Nathan and her husband met years ago at Tulane University, so Hogue found a photograph of Mardi Gras beads that now hangs in the office/studio. To fashion a dedicated office, Hogue closed off a door between the family room and playroom. While the husband does now have a real workspace, this is a family that loves to be together, so the room is also equipped with children’s desks, a TV and a sofa. Also evident is a wallpapered ceiling—what Hogue refers to as “the fifth wall”—that uses paper made by women in South Africa, and a portion of the proceeds goes to women in that particular village. As for the yellow, Hogue insists the color “raises a person’s IQ and makes you alert. Individual pops of color against neutral backgrounds have an effect without being overwhelming.” To finish off the space, a sleek steeland-glass door provides privacy and a sense of office chic. In the kitchen, the space and fixtures are virtually identical to what had existed, except that the cabinetry was painted white and faux tops added to make them flush with the ceiling. “Michelle also taught me that not every island has to have pendants hanging above, so out those went,” says Nathan. The family stayed away from the house during the one-day installation process. When they walked in for the reveal, Nathan likens the experience to being on a home improvement TV show. “How I wish we could have filmed our reactions,” she recalls. “It was one of those moments with my hands on my cheeks, the kids running around exploring everything new. We came back to a new home, even though it had long been our home.” ✹

A Well-Lit Space Existing kitchen cabinets were painted, hardware was changed, and molding was added to visually link the cabinets with the ceiling. The new backsplash is crafted from Nanacq glossy ceramic tile through Karen Berkemeyer Home. A steel-and-fiberglass Menu lighting fixture through Rouse Home stretches out above the Clubcu kitchen table. See Resources.

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Crème De La Crème (right) The owners of this 1930s French Normandy-style home enlisted the help of interior designer Lynn Morgan for a 21st-century update. Belle

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An architectural gem gets a family-friendly refresh

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Morgan. “We wanted the architecture to sing, so we didn’t want to touch it all,” she says. “It’s part of the background. We painted nearly everything white, which made the 1930s architecture look beautiful and crisp. We enhanced everything with paint and fresh furnishings, and—since it’s on the water— brought in all these blues with pops of red.” “I’ve always liked good rich colors and my husband prefers things more simple,” says the client. “We want to acknowledge that this is our primary residence and wanted something that is a little more formal, but we do have kids and a dog and wanted to keep it clean, uncluttered and unfussy.” In the living room, the original fireplace and carved plaster detail above the mantel sit comfortably with more modern pieces and a simple color palette that runs throughout the interiors: soothing blues with accents of red. Tufted red chairs and a lacquered red console table came with the clients from their city apartment. Velvety chairs and a sofa in a soft blue plus stools wearing a zebra print keep it fun, while a wool-sisal blend on the floor keeps the room from feeling too stiff.

Gather Around A custom sectional in the sunroom (top) wears a durable Stroheim fabric; the pillows and ottomans are covered in Quadrille prints; and the sisal rug is through A.T. Proudian. A Knoll Saarinen tulip table in the breakfast nook (opposite page) is surrounded by chairs in a Brunschwig & Fils zebra print. The light fixture is through the Urban Electric Co. See Resources.

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In The Details (across spread from left) Above the wet bar hangs Liquid Grids #93 by Martin Klein through Heather Gaudio Fine Art; the bar accessories are from Pottery Barn. Oliver the cat gazes out toward the pool from the kitchen. A backsplash crafted from glass tiles by Erin Adams from Ann Sacks complements Bristol gray marble countertops. See Resources.

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By Design (above) In the dining room, the table is custom through Old Mill Road Company. The painting above the fireplace, Bloom #180909, is by Korean artist Kim Heekyung through Heather Gaudio Fine Art. Shelly Denning painted the walls with a soft blue in a cross-hatch design to add texture to the room. Palette Pleasers (left) In the family room, two club chairs wear Schumacher’s iconic Chiang Mai Dragon print, and Morgan outfitted the rest of the room to complement. The rug is custom through J.D. Staron. Shine On (opposite page) A desk nook is covered in high lacquer peacock blue from Fine Paints of Europe. See Resources.

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“WE ENHANCED EVERYTHING WITH PAINT AND FRESH FURNISHINGS, AND—SINCE IT’S ON THE WATER— BROUGHT IN ALL THESE BLUES WITH POPS OF RED”


The client’s own modern art balances the more traditional details. “It’s not too much of a departure from our NYC apartment, but we certainly didn’t have all of this light,” says the homeowner. “It’s also a lot less formal.” The sunroom looks out to a terrace with views of the Sound. “This was their only big room,” says Morgan. “Right off the kitchen, it has incredible light, and we wanted a huge sectional to make it a gathering point.” A custom navy sectional wraps around the room and two ottomans—in a blue-and-white print—move around easily for extra seating. “Everything in this room is high performance,” says Morgan. Blue and white continues in the adjacent breakfast nook, where a funky print covers custom chairs designed by Morgan surrounding a tulip table. “The house is so architecturally beautiful and then you have these amazing views,” says Morgan. “We had to keep it simple but fresh. Clean 58

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lines and a simple color palette keep you interested but is not overwhelming.” “Lynn is so good because she has her style—and I love her style—so that made it pretty easy to agree on direction,” says the client. “She kept after me on things that would make a difference.” The paneled bed nook in the master bedroom is not made for today’s king-sized mattresses. Morgan insisted on leaving it and simply putting a bed in front of it. “We kept the decorating simple so the architecture and the views could be the stars,” says Morgan. The master bathroom, which was done when the house was previously renovated, was left unchanged. “The best piece of advice Lynn gave was that you cannot fight this bathroom, and that’s how we settled on the seafoam color palette,” says the client. “Lynn really thought of things we never would have. I love that half the house is indoor/outdoor. We really live here.” ✹


Pretty Cozy (opposite page) Upholstery in the living room is covered in a soft blue Kravet velvet. The X benches are Tudor House, and the bronze-andtravertine coffee table is custom. The lacquered red console is through Oomph. Calm Waters (right) The linens in the seafoamcolored master bathroom are through Home Boutique of Greenwich. The wall tiles are Waterworks Waterglass. Soul Soothing (below) Artwork by Claudia Mengel hangs over the original mantel in the master bedroom. The carpet is through A.T. Proudian. See Resources.


DREAM ROOMS FOR CHILDREN Inspiring spaces for sleep, study and play

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y original book, Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play, was born from the realization that we as a culture were starting to embrace the philosophy— not to mention the aesthetics—that children’s areas deserved to be places that didn’t stagnate in the stage where the children were at that very moment. Basic primary colors and fairy tale and super hero characters were ceding to sophisticated patterns and unique color hues and vintage furniture with dashes of whimsy. Children were being given more of a center stage in their little worlds at home and those worlds in turn, were aesthetically on par with the adult spaces in the rest of the house. Almost ten years later, as I compile some of my favorite spaces for dream rooms for children again, I see we have moved the boundaries even farther without inspiring spaces losing our sense of fun and practicalsleep, study, and play ity. I see rooms that identify a child as a whole child, not necessarily only by gender. I see workspaces that cohabitate cleverly within play spaces, susanna salk thanks to open minds and open planning. I see that children have

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DEBBIE PROPST, ONE KINGS LANE iNTERIOR DESIGN A daybed serves as invaluable seating in a nursery, with the intention that a young child can grow into it and use it as a bed with a soft back to lean against once the crib has been outgrown. The ladder with blankets is a functional way to add more dimension and texture to the room. Photo by Stacey Bewkes.

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CELERIE KEMBLE, KEMBLE INTERIORS, INC (opposite page) In her Dominican Republic retreat, designer Celerie Kemble conjures up a family playroom (complete with extra bedding) that feels equal parts fantasy and familial. The papier-mâché masks on the walls are by local teenagers, many of whom were winners in the annual Carnival mask contest held in Río San Juan. “They set the tone,” says Kemble. “I wanted fanciful without feeling babyish.” The wicker bed, chairs, coffee table, and turtle table were found though various flea markets and vintage vendors and then shipped to the island. Kemble designed the ceiling light. “Wacky never dates itself,” she says. Photo by Douglas Friedman.

TIM BARBER, PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT, TIM BARBER, LTD, AND KRISTEN PANITCH INTERIORS (above) Providing separate work and sleep spaces for two children, ages six and ten, was as important as maximizing a play space that could last beyond their early childhood years. Case in point: The sofa now occupies the space that held the former changing table. “We prioritize adaptability— especially in family homes,” says its architect, Tim Barber, who created the space with designer Kristen Panitch. Photo by Jean Randazzo.

had an even greater hand in their creation and I see parents telling designers how important it is to them that their newborn’s space adapt to their baby’s eventual growth, both physically and emotionally. I see dining room furniture placed below framed children’s drawings and I see rocking chairs placed alongside blue chip modern art. There aren’t just two brands or colors for cribs, there are hundreds. I see bunk beds worthy of luxury cruise ships. But the most repeated word by both designers and parents when describing their intent at fashioning these spaces is “timeless.” Parents want spaces that can adapt and accommodate whatever the future may bring. Because when it comes to our children, we may give them timeouts but in the end, there is never enough time with them before they leave. The phrase “empty nest” implies that when one’s grown children leave the home, the home is then empty. But I believe that a home is as alive as we the parents who still live in it. For you never stop being a parent. You want your children’s rooms to be able to welcome them when they come home and remind them that you are there to give them their space, but also to give them shelter. april 2021 cottagesgardens.com ctc&g

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HANNAH CECIL GURNEY (this spread) “My priority for this room was to engage the imagination and to inspire—much as I was as a child by the wallpapers with which my father filled our home,” says Hannah Cecil Gurney of her three-year-old’s London bedroom with its play area. “The hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper depicts the sprawling grasslands of the African savannah, filled with animals rendered in a striking monochrome palette, which I love for its non gender-specific theme, so the room can be shared or reinhabited easily.” Cecil Gurney offset this palette with very specific accents of bold primary colors, from the vibrant yellow for the custom-built shelving to the deep blue of the curtains trimmed in a rich red. The eighteenth-century bed frame was resized to a child’s proportions by Cecil Gurney and upholstered in Dedar’s Young and Lovely in Rouge Marinière. Photos by Douglas Friedman.

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BEDROOM DESIGN TIPS “My favorite trick for a child this age is a custom twin-and-a-half mattress. It is in between the size of a full and twin and allows a little extra room for a sleepover friend without taking up too much space in a room. Full sheets fit fine, so no custom linens are needed.”—Palmer Weiss “Children grow up very quickly, so their rooms should offer solutions that are ageless and age appropriate for all years. Flexible, hidden storage in a child’s room is particularly important, so the space can look tidy quickly.” —Amy Lau “You always apply the same skills to a child’s room as you would to any other room in the house: You want it to function and be comfortable and endure.” —Miles Redd “I always request to meet with the children whose rooms I’m designing. They are who create the inspiration for their own rooms. The look on their faces when they first walk into the rooms says it all.” —Julie Hillman “Kids don’t care so much about furniture arrangements: Just chairs floating and some empty space to play is what counts. And a white rug is like a blank canvas for Legos.” —David Netto “When designing a bunk room, it’s essential to balance practicality, safety, comfort, and whimsy. We make sure that ladders are scaled and pitched ergonomically for both children and adults.” —Bradley Stephens “Design kids’ rooms so that they grow with the child. Spend more on furniture and case goods that are functional and fun and let bedding and age-specific details that will wear with time come from more value-priced sources.” —Ma Allen “I always have our clients with children make sure to have the furniture and carpets sealed by a company like Solutions, who we use in Los Angeles, to protect from the inevitable stains.” —Joe Lucas

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LISA SHERRY OF LISA SHERRY INTERIEURS (this image) This is the room of a seven-year-old girl who loves to host sleepovers. “I wanted her BFF to have a matching twin for when she came over,” says designer Lisa Sherry, “and the rest of the room is sleeping bag ready!” Wallcovering and top of bed from John Robshaw. Photo by Makenzie Loli.


JETT THOMPSON HOME (above) “This room in Crested Butte, Colorado, was created to accommodate kids of all ages, so we used queen, full, and twin beds to maximize sleeping areas in the space of a historic building,” says Florida-based designer Jett Thompson, who made sure to install charging stations and reading lights into each nook. “For those brave enough to scale the ladder, the top is like a secret fort with a Lego playroom and beanbag chairs.” Photo by David O. Marlow.

While researching images for this book, I came across a bedroom in a Brooklyn apartment for two young siblings: At the far end of the wall was a smoky mural of trees and clouds. It gave a dramatic destination to the small space. Cassandra Warner, its designer, as well as parent to two children (not to mention photographer of the space) kindly gave me the online resource for the digital wallpaper—another wonderful newer invention for parents and finicky kids!—and it suddenly made me want it for my son Winston’s room. When I called Winston to ask what he thought, he was rushing between college classes on the West Coast but told me to send a picture. I sent a follow-up text of both the Brooklyn room and a swatch from the wallpaper’s website. In seconds, he replied: “Go for it!” Within days, my husband and I were rolling out the sticky printed sheets to create the virtual forest within the real Connecticut one just outside those walls. Stepping back to view it from the threshold, the pastoral effect was as compelling as in the picture: It made you want to enter and then linger. And isn’t that what we long for our children to do after their adventures when they come home? ✹ april 2021 cottagesgardens.com ctc&g

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Inherited Greenery (this spread) The mature landscape that surrounds the 1920s Dutch Colonial was among the draws for interior designer/ homeowner Paris Forino, who along with her husband and young son was seeking a weekend home. The serene green environs provided inspiration for the interior design. See Resources.

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At her weekend home, Paris Forino comfortably mixes clean-lined elements with their traditional counterparts

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ARIS FORINO CAME TO NEW YORK in 2003 with an interior design degree from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and a skill set honed during her first job at a Sydney firm. She also arrived with a decidedly contemporary bent. “Things are much more modern in Sydney but here people often respond to things that are historically referenced,” says Forino. “I definitely had to shift my style.” By the time she opened her eponymous firm in 2012, that “shift” found her comfortably mixing clean-lined elements with their traditional counterparts. In Forino’s world, velvet cushions and metal accents are happy companions, tufted sofas offset the crisp edges of stone coffee tables, and that idea of balance is essential to everything she touches. Consider the weekend home she shares with her husband and their young son as an illustration. Intent on finding a getaway in Litchfield County, the couple settled on a 1920s Dutch Colonial on a tree-lined street filled with similarly styled residences in Middlebury. Noting the layout in the well-maintained historic structure was perfect and that there was no need for structural changes, the fact that it “wasn’t our taste” was liberating. Instead of dealing with skeletal issues, the focus could turn to redoing the existing oak floors with a light pickled finish, refreshing the walls with paint, wallpaper and new trim, and updating the kitchen with stone countertops and a crackle tile backsplash. Holding nothing back, Forino wasted no time establishing the overall design scheme in the entry, where the striped wallpaper, antique rattan chairs with bone inlay, and an oversized Chinese crackle vase signal her desire to

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Welcoming Entry (opposite page, clockwise from top left) The condition of the well-maintained historic residence was impeccable. In the entry, handpainted Farrow & Ball wallpaper is part of an opening statement that includes antique chairs from Sutter Antiques and a Chinese vase from Naga Antiques. Shaped trees and shrubs are part of the charm in the formal gardens. Fine Dining (this page) The silver-plated chandelier from Remains Lighting sets a sophisticated tone in the dining room, where the Paul McCobb table is from Neven & Neven Moderne, and the rug is by Madeline Weinrib. Vintage chairs from Finch Hudson wear Rose Tarlow fabric. See Resources.

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Clean And Serene (this page, clockwise from top) Forino designed the sofa and marble-andwood coffee table in the family room, where the lamps are from Circa Lighting, and the charcoal portraits are by Bertha Cohen. The club chairs are from Arenskjoid Antiques. The Thonet natural oak kitchen counter stools are from Chair Up. The homeowner/ designer is pictured poised on a Dmitriy & Co chaise in the living room. See Resources.

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Kitchen Update (opposite page) The existing cabinets were refreshed with Benjamin Moore’s Timber Wolf, and the new marble counters are through EurAsia Stone. The crackle tile is through Nemo Tile, and the light fixture is from Remains Lighting. See Resources.


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mix things up, and have some fun. “The wallcovering is a little historical, the chairs look nicer than a bench, and with the vase they make a pretty vignette,” says the designer, who introduced a pink stair runner that brings a smile while paving the way for other such moments like the rosy tone in the living room art deco rug, and the mauve-colored fabric on the master bedroom chairs. Those pink hues are part of a quiet palette that extends to include pale blues and greens, all inspired by the landscape. Admitting to having very little to do with the formal gardens—“Lucky for us the previous owner had a green thumb,” she shares—Forino acknowledges the shaped shrubs and mounds of purple and pink flowers exerted an influence. “There’s a gentle aspect to the house and surroundings that I wanted to reflect on the interior, and the pinks, florals and bird motif definitely reflect the gardens,” says the designer, who painted the kitchen cabinets a shade of blue in sync with the environment. With soft pastels providing the colorway, a variety of Swedish furnishings— like the 1920s chest in the living room and circa 1940s armchairs in the family 74

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room, the latter upholstered with a Pierre Frey pattern—serve as grounding elements. “I have a real penchant for Swedish pieces,” says Forino, who also took to pairing traditional items with current century lighting and artwork. In the living room, for example, a pair of Marianne McGinnis watercolor fashion illustrations float above a Dmitriy chaise—“I love that juxtaposition,” she adds—and the contemporary cloud chandelier in the breakfast room contrasts with the Scandinavian-style farm table of her own design. Meanwhile, back in the family room a pair of modern charcoals over a clean-lined sofa do a dance with the aforementioned Swedish armchairs, as Forino reminds us, “It’s all about playing with that balance.” Along with keeping the equilibrium, the designer selected items and fabrics appropriate to the locale. “You don’t want the vibe of a house in Connecticut to feel like it belongs in Miami,” says Forino. “All of the vintage pieces are from the era of the house and give it a sense of gentleness and refinement in keeping with its history and location.” ✹


Adult Retreat (opposite page) In the master bedroom a Dmitriy & Co bed is swathed in Jim Thompson fabric, and the luxurious pistachio mohair bouclé rug is from Sacco Carpet. The pink armchairs are from Moroso. Child’s Play (this page) An orange wool tiger rug from Crate & Barrel is part of the fun in the son’s bedroom, where Donghia penguin fabric (now discontinued) covers the bed. The window covering is fabricated with Jim Thompson fabric. See Resources.

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Mix Master (this page and In the living room, designer Fiona Leonard complemented the clients’ existing furniture with a geometric Kaleen Anegada flatweave rug in silver. The circular Vanguard coffee table is through Wakefield Design Center. See Resources. opposite)

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PERFECT TIMING WITH RENOVATIONS COMPLETE, THIS HOUSEHOLD WAS READY FOR AN UNEXPECTED NEW TAKE ON FAMILY LIFE BY CATRIONA BRANCA | PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVIDSON MCCULLOH

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Dining Delight Kravet’s Kraus wallpaper in indigo wraps the dining room. The chandelier is from Circa Lighting, and the collection of vases on the table is from West Elm. See Resources.


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What’s Cooking (top) In the kitchen, a Jax sputnik-style chandelier through Shades of Light illuminates an RH table; the Riviera dining chairs are through Serena & Lily. The leather counter stools are from Williams Sonoma Home. Caesarstone’s Airy Concrete quartz tops the counters, and the backsplash tile is Polished Pearl through Stamford Marble Imports. Invitation To Lounge (above) In the family room, a Lee Industries sectional wraps around a custom ottoman. The throw-pillow fabric—Cornelius in Ocean—is through Studio Four NYC. See Resources.

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Ready For Anything (clockwise across spread from above left) In the mudroom, orchids through Arranged Floral Design Studio top a console from CB2; the mirror is from Ballard Designs; custom built-ins are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Newburyport Blue. Yamazaki storage baskets from Crate & Barrel keep things organized in the new walk-in pantry. The study room desk is from Ikea; the zebra rug is through Fabulous Furs. The lower level has a Lee Industries sofa and hexagon-shaped Blu Dot ottomans. See Resources.

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family,” says the designer. “So, we opened it up and created a dream mudroom.” The adjacent pantry was created by transforming an outdated bar area. “When we gutted the kitchen, we decided to create a pretty and functional pantry where the bar was and added a barn door in case the client wanted to close it off,” explains Leonard. Organization and storage were top of mind when planning the mudroom. Leonard designed a mix of open and closed storage that includes a spot to hang jackets and a place to store backpacks and sports equipment. She even set aside space for a tech closet. “The room is largely angular, so we decided to soften the space with a round mirror,” says Leonard. “The herringbone floors were a request from the client. Bonus is that the tile floor is heated—no cold toes when taking off winter boots.” Although the kitchen was gutted, the layout remained the same. Changes include a larger island, updated cabinets and durable surface materials like the Caesarstone countertops. “My client and her family don’t live far from the water, and they vacation on the Cape every summer,” says Leonard. “I think they wanted to bring a little bit of that vacation feeling into this space. We looked to local artist Kelly Rosetti for the perfect piece in the kitchen that reminded them of sunny summer days.” 82

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Above the breakfast table area, a whimsical sputnik-style chandelier delivers a youthful vibe. “Lighting can really elevate a project. I often tell my clients to push outside of their comfort zone with lighting. Safe lighting choices can often feel dated,” explains Leonard, who warmed things up in the dining room with a brass chandelier by Circa Lighting and then wrapped the room in an indigo wallpaper. The living room breaks with the home’s primarily blue-and-white palette with the introduction of warm tones and playful pattern and texture. “While almost all of the furniture is new, our client wanted to reuse the sofa and chairs from their old home. It was a lot of fun to marry these items with their new aesthetic,” says Leonard. “A new rug, coffee table and some fun pillows helped to pull it all together.” In the lower-level, it was time to ditch outdated paneling and install a wall of built-in cabinets, stylish shiplap and a new bar area. “This family space has been a saving grace during Covid,” notes Leonard. The final outcome exceeded the homeowners’ expectations. “We moved at the start of the pandemic and were unaware that we would be spending so much time inside the home,” says the homeowner. “But even after a year, we still feel it is new and exciting.” ✹


Sweet Dreams In the main bedroom (above), Serena & Lily night tables flank an RH bed; drapery fabric is Pindler. The homeowners’ existing twin beds (below) are complemented by custom throw pillows and a Stanton Carpet Jazzy area rug; the Simple Shapes mountains mural is peel-and-stick. Custom stripes adorn the walls in a daughter’s bedroom (opposite page), which is furnished with night tables through Worlds Away and a Pottery Barn bed. See Resources.

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WINE & SPIRITS

It’s Sherry Time T H I S F O R T I F I E D W I N E I S T O O O F T E N M I S U N D E R S T O O D A N D S U R P R I S I N G LY C O M P L E X

Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana located on the sea in Sanlúcar de Barrameda is famous for its Manzanilla La Gitana (meaning “gypsy woman”), which is aged in a family solera dating back to the early 19th century.

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BODEGAS TRADICIÓN FINO VIEJO ($47) From one of the newer bodegas in Jerez, which inherited reserve wines from among the oldest bodegas, the wine is extremely dry, saline and unique, having been aged a decade in oak, which is not typical for a fino. At Bodegas Tradición everything is done by hand from solera refilling to bottle lacquering. BODEGAS BARBADILLO MANZANILLA PASADA PASTORA ($19) Owning more than 1,200 acres in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Bodegas Barbadillo, family-run in its seventh generation, is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. Bottled with minimum filtration and possessing aromas of briny saline and green apple, Pasada Pastora is aged for years under the solera system and has intense fruity and toasted hazelnut flavors.

brightest acidity. It is excellent paired with salty snacks. Manzanilla is a fino made only in the coastal town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. With its floral bouquet, it pairs exceptionally well with oysters and raw fish. Amontillado and oloroso are the two oxidative styles, one accidental and one deliberate. Fullflavored amontillado, at 18 percent alcohol, accidentally loses its flor blanket as it ages, letting air into the barrel. As a result, it takes on oxidative hazelnut and umami flavors, making it an interesting food wine, especially when paired with pork and poultry. The flor is broken deliberately while making oloroso. The wine, at 19 to 20 percent alcohol, is aged for many years giving it rich woody, walnut flavors and extra longevity (after opening, it can be kept in the refrigerator for a month, whereas the fresher styles should be consumed within several days). Oloroso stands up well to beef and wild game. The final style worth discovering is palo cortado, the most complex of the bunch. It starts under flor, like fino, then morphs into an amontillado, before finally veering in oloroso’s direction. Palo cortado, often at 20 percent alcohol, is a wild, complex Sherry to sip on its own. —Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave

BODEGAS HIDALGO NAPOLEON AMONTILLADO ($20) Founded in 1792, the family-owned, eighth generation Bodegas Hidalgo produces Sherries from its own 420 acres of organically farmed vineyards. The amontillado is fragrant with almond, caramel and coffee aromas, and toasted nuts and salinity on the palette. “Napoleon” is in tribute to the bodega’s selling wine to the French army during the Peninsula War (and cleverly selling to the British army under a Wellington label). GONZALEZ BYASS LEONOR PALO CORTADO ($30) One of Spain’s most recognized wine brands, the Gonzalez family has been producing Sherry in a range of styles since 1835 in their historic bodega. Considered the wild, unpredictable style, this palo cortado, which has spent 12 years in the solera system, has hazelnut, bitter orange and toasty aromas with a touch of saline. EMILIO HIDALGO GOBERNADOR OLOROSO ($27) Fifth generation Bodegas Emilio Hidalgo, founded in 1874 and known for its elegant Sherries, has an international reputation as the Sherry for connoisseurs. Aged over a decade in 100-year-old barrels, darkhued Gobernador, at 20 percent ABV, is dry and richly flavorful with walnuts, tea and a hint of smokiness.

TOP LEFT: BODEGAS HIDALGO LA GITANA; BOTTLES (TOP TO BOTTOM): BODEGAS BARBADILLO, BODEGAS HIDALGO, EMILIO HIDALGO

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oor Sherry. So often misunderstood, the fortified white wine from southern Spain’s Andalusia region—to which a small amount of brandy is added after fermentation to preserve it—is much more complex than it tends to get credit for. The best Sherry is a far cry from the sweet creamy postprandial served in tiny glasses by grandmothers everywhere. I found a world of wonder in the five dry Sherry styles: fino, manzanilla, amontillado, oloroso, and palo cortado. Serious Sherry is a terrific savory wine that pairs well with food and is best served chilled in white wine glasses. The dry styles from the JerezXérès-Sherry region are produced from Palomino grapes in a special microclimate kissed by both easterly and westerly winds. The fermented wines are first fortified then aged in barrels under the solera system, where new wine is continually added to the aging wines. But what is unique about Sherry is flor, a film of indigenous yeast found in Andalusia that naturally forms over the wine in the barrel. Fino and manzanilla are the two styles where the flor stays intact, protecting the young wine from oxidation. Fino Sherry, with its aromas of almonds and wild herbs, is the driest and lightest style, at around 15 percent alcohol, with the

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Pages 42–49: Interior design, Michelle Hogue, Hogue Interior Design, hogueid. com. Home office: Chairs, Knoll. Wallpaper, Robin Sprong through Sarza. Sectional, Article. Coffee table, Four Hands. Rug, Cowhides Direct. Door, floating shelves and closet, Hogue Interior Design. Roman shades, Select Blinds. Dining room: Dining chairs, Four Hands. Light fixture, Kelly Hoppen. Table, CFC. Wallpaper, Jennifer Latimer. Rug, Linie Design. Sheepskins, Sheepskin Town. Drapery panels, CB2. Placemats, Terrain. Vases, Hawkins New York. Faux greenery, West Elm. Shiplap, custom rope shelves and leather straps for window treatments, Hogue Interior Design. Candlesticks,

Bel Mondo. Love block, Kerri Rosenthal. Mudroom: Built-ins, Hogue Interior Design. Hardware and wall hooks, RH. Tile flooring, Karen Berkemeyer Home. Vessels, Arteriors. Artwork, Wendover Art Group. Powder room: Vanity and hardware, RH. Wall tile, Karen Berkemeyer Home. Shiplap, Hogue Interior Design. Mirror, CB2. Sconce, Schoolhouse. Art, Pottery Barn. Photograph, Mark MacKinnon Photography. Towels, HomeGoods. Basket, Amazon. Family room: Sofa, Verellen. Coffee table, Clubcu. Bench cushion upholstery, Kostas Upholstery. Pillows, Homelosophy. Sconces, Circa Lighting. Picture frames, CB2. Rug, Ben Soleimani. Roman shades, Select Blinds. Faux plant, Crate & Barrel, Vessels,

Bungalow. Master bedroom: Bed, Kathy Kuo. Bedding, Pine Cone Hill. Sconces, Arne Jacobsen. Chandelier, Arteriors. Rug, West Elm. Side tables, Brass & Burl. Roman shades, Select Blinds. Coffee table, Clubcu. Hallway landing: Light fixture, Blue Hand Home. Kitchen: Backsplash tile, Karen Berkemeyer Home. Light fixture, Rouse Home. Table, Clubcu. Placemats, Terrain. Pottery, West Elm. Cutting board, JK Adams. Faux plant and black frame, Crate & Barrel. Utensil holder, HomeGoods. KEEP IT SIMPLE

Pages 50–59: Interior design, Lynn Morgan, Lynn Morgan Design, lynnmorgandesign.com. Sunroom: Rug, A.T. Proudian. Sectional and ottomans,

Tudor House. Sectional fabric, Stroheim. Ottoman fabric, Quadrille. Pillows, Quadrille and Perennials. Lamps, Hwang Bishop. Coffee table and side tables, Lynn Morgan Design. Bar area: Artwork, Heather Gaudio Fine Art. Accessories, Pottery Barn. Kitchen: Table, Knoll. Chairs, Tudor House. Fabric, Brunschwig & Fils. Light fixture, The Urban Electric Co. Sink, Shaws. Dishwasher, Miele. Backsplash tile, Ann Sacks. Dining room: Table, Old Mill Road Company. Artwork, Heather Gaudio Fine Art. Decorative wall treatment, Shelly Denning. Study: Paint, Fine Paints of Europe. Family room: Rug, J.D. Staron. Sofa and chairs, Tudor House. Sofa, chair and pillow fabrics, Schumacher. Fabric on round ottomans, Stroheim.

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Square ottoman fabric, Holly Hunt. Side tables, Oomph. Living room: Rug, RediCut Carpets & Rugs. Sofa and benches, Tudor House. Bench fabric, Sonia’s Place. Sofa, ottoman and chair fabrics, Kravet. Pillow fabrics, Amy Karyn and Jim Thompson. Console, Oomph. Master bedroom: Bed, chairs and ottoman, Tudor House. Bed fabric, Romo. Pillow, Quadrille. Bench, Chelsea Textiles. Bench and ottoman fabric, Romo. Carpet, A.T. Proudian. Chair fabric, Quadrille. Artwork, Claudia Mengel. Master bathroom: Tile, Waterworks. Linens, Home Boutique.

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DREAM BEDROOMS

Pages 60–67: Excerpted from Dream Bedrooms for Children, by Susanna Salk, Rizzoli New York, rizzoliusa.com. STYLE SHIFTER

Pages 68–75: Interior design, Paris Forino, Paris Forino, Inc., parisforino.com. Entry foyer: Wallpaper, Farrow & Ball. Chairs, Sutter Antiques. Vase, Naga Antiques. Dining room: Table, Neven & Neven Moderne. Chairs, Finch Hudson. Chair fabric, Rose Tarlow. Rug, Madeline Weinrib. Chandelier, Remains Lighting. Living room: Chaise, Dmitriy & Co. Artwork, Marianna McGinnis. Sheers, Pierre Frey. Charcoal artwork, Grace Weaver. Lamp, West Elm. Family room: Light fixture, Apparatus Studio. Table, coffee table and sofa, Paris Forino. Club chairs, Arenskjold Antiques. Chair fabric, Pierre Frey. Lamps, Circa Lighting. Kitchen: Countertop, Eurasia Stone. Faucet, Rohl. Tile, Nemo Tile. Cabinetry paint, Benjamin Moore. Light fixture, Remains Lighting. Stools, Chair Up. Master bedroom: Bed, Dmitriy and Co. Area rug, Sacco Carpet. Chairs, Moroso. Makeup table, Paris Forino. Child’s room: Rug, Crate & Barrel. Bed, Paris Forino. Bed fabric, Donghia. Window treatment fabric, Jim Thompson Fabrics. PERFECT TIMING

Pages 76–83: Interior design: Fiona Leonard, Fiona Leonard Interiors LLC, fionaleonardinteriors.com. Living room: Throw, Fiona Leonard Interiors. Rug, Kaleen Anegada. Coffee table, Vanguard through Wakefield Design Center. Pillow fabric, Romo. Dining room: Wallpaper, Kravet. Chandelier, Circa Lighting. Vases, West Elm. Kitchen: Countertops, Caesarstone. Backsplash tile, Stamford Marble Imports. Counter stools, Williams Sonoma. Table, RH. Chairs, Serena & Lily. Chandelier, Shades of Light. Family room: Sectional, Lee Industries. Ottoman, Classic Upholstery. Pillow fabric, Studio Four NYC. Mudroom: Orchid, Arranged Floral Design Studio. Console, CB2. Mirror, Ballard Designs. Built-ins, Alrich Cabinetry. Paint, Benjamin Moore. Cushion fabric, Schumacher. Pantry: Tile, Tile Shop. Baskets, Yamazaki. Study room: Desk, Ikea. Rug, Fabulous Furs. Lower level: Sofa, Lee Industries. Ottomans, Blu Dot. Main bedroom: Bed, RH. Night tables, Serena & Lily. Drapery fabric, Pindler. Rug, Masland Carpet. Twin bedroom: Rug,

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Stanton Carpet. Mural, Simple Shapes. Custom pillows, Fiona Leonard Interiors. Guest bedroom: Bed, Pottery Barn. Night tables, Worlds Away. Pillow fabric, Peter Fasano. Bench, Classic Upholstery.

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BEVOLO GAS & ELECTRIC LIGHTS The delicate contour and horseshoe shape of the London Street Yoke Lantern creates a handsome hanging lantern that accurately complements formal architectural elements. 504.522.9485 bevolo.com @bevolo

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West Chin

If “less is more,” there’s abundance to be found in the clean, minimal lines of West Chin’s high-end architecture, interiors and furniture. Son of immigrant parents, Chin grew up in the New York City area speaking Cantonese along with English in a multi-generational family crowded with siblings and friends. “We always had space for more people, more room, more food,” he says. Working with his architect father as a teenager ripened Chin’s interest in design. Pursuing his love of architecture, in 1992 he founded WCA and then in 2006, the FTF design studio, building and decorating homes and commercial spaces that combine style with function, in a spare understated aesthetic. Furnishings designed for clients along with brands reflecting his design philosophy are carried in three West Out East retail outlets. The divorced father of college-age Sebastian, Chin loves entertaining and creative cooking which reflects his practical philosophy, “No need to bring anything, I open the fridge, pull things out and make a dish.”

What draws you to minimalism? I happen to like stark, pure lines. Contemporary is forgiving, if it’s not perfect you can wing it, go back and put a moulding over it. There’s no forgiveness in modern. Our designs are meant to be clear, clean, elegant canvases for our clients, the frame for their lifestyle. How do you make modern “frames” feel “homey”? With finishes and furniture, the right wood flooring is warmer, and even in a couch with hard, clean lines, you can use a fabric texture you fall into, that embraces you. And I always incorporate a lot of plants.

How do your commercial and residential projects differ? In commercial, you’re designing for a group of people. Residential is much more specific, for a defined person or family. Doesn’t your spare style clash with Connecticut tradition? Modernism can work in a traditional space. In Westport, a design-forward suburban community, our shop shows how a 1900s cottage can serve as an ornate frame surrounding simple, clean pieces of art. How does your hobby­—chopping wood— reflect your outlook on life? In Asian culture, if you’re using energy it should at least produce something. It’s a workout that’s productive. —Sharon King Hoge

Could you ever use a patterned chintz? It depends on the client, but we’d work it in through the millwork, placing the chintz into an environment that frames it, inside a closet, a bookcase. How do your homes reflect family values? The center of the house is the kitchen no matter what. It is the heart of the house. Everything radiates off the kitchen. What led you to design fixtures and furniture? We’d search for items missing in the marketplace. In 2006 there were no flush door handles. They’re harder to install, but it’s a cleaner look, modernized and minimal, so we made it part of our line.

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(clockwise from top) West Out East’s new Westport store shows modern accessories in a traditional setting. Corian kitchen counters are softened with wood and a warm brown marble. Chin incorporates textured fabrics and plants to add homey touches to clean lines and stark shapes.

BOTTOM LEFT: DYLAN CHANDLER; ALL OTHERS: MARCO PETRINI

How is your Chinese heritage reflected in your work? Chinese culture is style and function. We don’t believe in excess, everything is used properly or saved. Even in a 20,000-square-foot house, every part has to be effective and efficient.


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