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Editor’s Letter

Shades of the Seas

This summer, jewels that combine gems in ocean hues from deep blues to tropical greens have a calming effect by

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Letter from the CEO

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Marketplace Designer Baths

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Get the look with these new-to-market fixtures, furnishings and surfaces by

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Meet the Designer Daniela Fantini

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

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and gardens are green and full of blooms! The green carpet of the lawns is so lush—and it’s time to enjoy that neglected aspect of our properties before summer’s heat burns it away. I hear a collective exhale as we emerge from months of being indoors. And I am feeling blue. But don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t be happier! I have surrounded myself with blue, and it has gotten me through this pandemic. My thrice weekly indoor swimming has been a blessing! ■ But why do we call a sad state of mind “the blues?” I just don’t get it, and I am in no position to comment on sadness or depression. A quick online search points to Chaucer, West African funeral rites and Washington Irving. I love all the myriad shades of blue. Remember my new bathroom makeover a few years ago? I just had a round tablecloth in a blue jungle print with a royal blue ribbon trim made for Adaire’s apartment in the city. The hues of blue seem to offer so much in our world of design. Navy makes a handsome dining room. Baby blue, of course, is a traditional trope. And Tiffany has the ultimate branding expression with its signature color. How many decorators hear from clients who say they want that “beachy vibe?” Manufacturers have responded by creating products from refrigerators and ovens to fabrics and wallpapers—­­in a wide-ranging palette of blues. ■ But why? For me, blue is water and sky. We are surrounded by them and they seem limitless. They offer hope and possibility—and fun. ■ Perhaps just seeing a lake, a pool or the ocean reminds us of our childhood. Hours spent jumping in the waves, playing tag in the pool or water skiing on a lake can lift our spirits and remind us of how important simple fun can be. Yes, we might have lost a sense of fun during this pandemic. But perhaps this is the most important role for water right now. So, I say be a child again and laugh—a lot. We need it.

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Getting out and about!

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Greenwich Polo is sold out for the season! However, all is not lost. Should the Governor increase the attendance percentages for events this summer, you may be able to squeeze in! ■ CTC&G’s Player’s Lounge is a major attraction. Located field side, with music, two bars, tastings and pop-up shops, it is the place to be. That is, unless you are in the CTC&G Polo Pub built by Apex Projects and designed by Studio Bartolotta. ■ The pub boasts a large indoor/outdoor screen provided by Advanced Home Audio, with live broadcasting from the field and is tucked right under the grandstand. ■ A full season is planned, kicking off Super Sunday, June 6, with a live fashion and shopping event with a VIP lounge hosted by Nordstrom. Polo events run right through the summer, culminating in the East Coast Open in midSeptember. ■ For more information, visit cottagesgardens.com/greenwich-polo-club. ■ We are all looking forward to the Innovation in Design Awards, which have been moved to October 19 at the Greenwich Country Club. The extra time has allowed us to receive an even larger group of entries, and we will be treated to the best in Connecticut design at the gala and awards ceremony. ■ This Year’s Innovator award will be presented to designer Anthony Baratta, whose love of bold colorful interiors is celebrated in his new book Decorate Happy, published by Rizzoli. ■ I hope that many of you will be able to come out and enjoy these experiences with us. See you there. hear that

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AMY AIDINIS HIRSCH

Connecticut native Amy Aidinis Hirsch delivers creative designs with unexpected, one-of-akind style. Accomplished in both traditional and modern vernaculars, Hirsch’s eponymous firm has landed projects across the country— spanning from Montana, Wyoming and Colorado to Martha’s Vineyard, Manhattan and Connecticut. Regardless of the size and scope of the project, her boutique firm maintains meticulous attention to detail and service. The pool house shown in “The Rear View” (page 60) is her own and a perfect example of her ability to make any locale feel luxurious and livable. “Our pool house is an open-air retreat—our own private resort,” says Hirsch.

SUZANNE GANNON

Suzanne Gannon is an award-winning journalist who covers travel, culture, architecture and interior design. She is a past contributor to CTC&G and her work has appeared in numerous other prestigious publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and author of In the Garden. In this issue, Gannon writes about outdoor living in “The Rear View,” page 60, and notes, “At the height of Covid, it struck me that our outdoor retreats assumed a marked significance—for contemplation, recreation and socialization, or simply a breath of fresh air.”

NEIL HAUCK

Over the past 30 years, Neil Hauck, principal of Neil Hauck Architects, has developed a reputation for designing distinctive new homes that embody simple elegance with careful attention to detail and sensitivity to the site and surrounding context. He is also skilled at designing transformative renovations to existing homes, as illustrated in the project featured in “A Home of Her Own” on page 74. “It was a joy to collaborate with our client, an accomplished interior designer, on this wonderful renovation,” says Hauck. “We took a rather pedestrian house, re-worked the plan to accommodate the particulars of her relaxed lifestyle and gave the interiors a fresh new look."

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June 2021 From Greenwich to Southport

GRANDIFLORA CTC&G is the proud media sponsor of the Grandiflora Garden Tour! This tour is the signature event and most important fundraiser of the year for local nonprofit, the Greenwich Botanical Center. All manner of gardens and styles are represented in this year’s in-person and virtual self-guided tours spanning from New Canaan to Rye, NY. Proceeds from Grandiflora allow the GBC to continue its mission of promoting horticulture, conservation and the arts through education, outreach and events. Friday, June 4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Brunch in a box at GBC on Sunday, June 6, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Greenwich Botanical Center, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit greenwichbotanicalcenter.org/ grandiflora-garden-tour.

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The Pequot Library and media sponsor CTC&G present the annual Southport Garden Stroll featuring more than 10 of Southport’s finest private gardens. Pick up your garden cards and maps at the Pequot Library and view the stunning floral locations on display. Friday, June 4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pequotlibrary.org/gardenstroll.

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Saddle up for Greenwich Polo Club’s 2021 season, which kicks off with the Greenwich Cup on Sunday, June 6. Guests will once again have the opportunity to meet and greet players, listen to live music and sip on cocktails in the CTC&G Players’ Lounge. Be sure to visit the CTC&G Polo Pub by Apex Projects with Studio Bartolotta to toast to a spectacular season! Sundays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27. Greenwich Polo Grounds, 1 Hurlingham Dr., Greenwich. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit greenwichpoloclub.com.

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Vietri’s crisp white Lastra dinnerware in melamine is fresh and versatile, paired here with Drop drinkware, Settimocielo flatware and Viva Bohemian linens for a classic coastal tablescape. Prices start at $19, available through Saybrook Home, Old Saybrook, saybroookhome.com, vietri.com.

BLUE MOON

Lenox’s Luna nesting dinnerware includes six bowls and two plates, available in blue, green or white. The pieces stack together for an all-in-one set, making it easy to carry outdoors for alfresco dining. $120, available through Bloomingdale’s, SoNo Collection, Norwalk, bloomingdales.com, lenox.com.

SHADES OF SUMMER

A limited-edition summer collection is being offered from Heath Ceramics in calming shades of blue, including Icy Glacier, Bright Blue and Moonstone. The Plaza Tray set is perfect for serving appetizers or tapas. $89, heathceramics.com.

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VERY VERA

Anthropologie celebrates the late American artist Vera Neumann’s legacy with an exclusive collection of cheerful tabletop and summer accessories. The bamboo fiber and melamine plate, shown here in yellow, is also offered in a fun plaid and orange fruit pattern. $8, Westport, anthropologie.com.

BUG OFF

Keep the bugs away so you can play with Skeem Design’s Palo Santo citronella outdoor incense. All-natural citronella oil is blended with hints of tea tree, cedar and citrus. Formulated to be used outdoors, each stick will fend off annoying pests for up to an hour. $26, available through Outdoor Design & Living, Fairfield, outdoordesign.com, skeemshop.com.

ISLAND TIME

Kick back with a refreshing cold drink with Amanda Lindroth’s islandinspired drinkware and accessories. The round Island tray is made from natural willow and sports brown leather handles, accompanied by rattan-wrapped tumblers. Set of four tumblers, $75; tray, $120, amandalindroth.com.

FRESH FLOWERS

GREEN WITH ENVY

Reactive emerald-green glaze is speckled with white to create Blue Pheasant’s Eloise dinnerware. This handmade stoneware collection is perfect for everyday but can be dressed up for company too. Pricing starts at $22, available through Hoagland’s, Greenwich, hoaglands.com, bluepheasant.com.

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No table is complete without flowers. Show off your garden’s blooms in Aerin’s Calinda hand thrown tapered vase. The glazing technique renders a natural textural appearance, and the hand painted gold rim adds a touch of glam. $525, available through Hoagland’s, Greenwich, hoaglands.com, aerin.com.


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TOAST TO SUMMER

The Henri glass from Hudson Grace is the life of the party in eight vibrant hues. Each glass is unique with the hallmarks of blown glass, including character-defining imperfections, asymmetry and air bubbles. $14 each, hudsongracesf.com.

PAINTERLY STYLE

The Brushstroke placemat from Kim Seybert is created using a silk screening process and adds an artisan touch to the table. Shown here in natural and orange, the placemats are also offered in blue, green or white with natural. Set of four placemats, $140, kimseybert.com.

LANTERN LIGHT

Serena & Lily’s Kent lantern lends the natural warmth of rattan with candlelight for evening soirees. Offered in two sizes: small, $128 and large,$148, Westport, serenaandlily.com.

BOLD STATEMENT

Each porcelain piece in the Jonathan Adler Helsinki dinnerware collection is branded with bold asterisk stripes in bright blues, orange, green and yellow. Five-piece dinner set, $88, available through Bloomingdale’s, SoNo Collection, Norwalk, bloomingdales.com, jonathanadler. com.

PICNIC FARE

Outfit your next picnic with provisions from Reed Smythe. Shown here: Margot tablecloth, sugar maple cutting board, green goblets, hand-thrown cups, large copper tray and tall Choctaw basket in crimson and orange. Prices range from $65–$475, reedsmythe.com.

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ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Actress, philanthropist and hostess Marlo Thomas has partnered with Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn to present a curated tabletop collection. Her pieces are inspired by her personal finds acquired over decades of world travel. Thomas notes, “I am thrilled Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn asked me to bring my love of entertaining to their customers. To see my very favorite pieces brought to life is a dream come true; I can’t wait to see how customers use these versatile, classic items in their homes, and I hope they have as much joy sharing them with their friends as I have with mine.” The home entertaining collection is comprised of more than 10 items, including serving pieces, cheese boards and barware, perfecting for hosting a party. 25 Church Ln., Westport, 203-221-1065, williamssonoma.com, potterybarn.com.

BRILLIANT LIGHTING Laurent Lighting and Design has opened a second location in Darien, following the success of its existing Ridgefield store. Catering to homeowners and the trade, the boutique lighting shop is housed in the former Darien playhouse. Led by owner Nancy Dichiora, the team of lighting specialists provides a wealth of product knowledge with more than 30 years’ experience in the lighting industry and interior design fields and offers in-home consultations. The 1,100-square-foot showroom carries 50-plus lighting brands—including upscale brands like Fine Art Handcrafted Lighting, Palecek, Hubbardton Forge, Simon Pearce and Laurent’s signature lighting line—along with hardware, rugs and exclusive Italian hardwood flooring. Dichiora thinks of lighting and flooring as the bookends of a room, bringing the design story together, and notes, “Lighting can draw attention to artwork, highlight a home’s architectural features and enhance a beautiful design—adding atmosphere and ambience to a space.” 1077 Boston Post Rd., Darien, 475-4007727; 719 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield, 475-400-4700, laurentlighting.com. MASTER CLASS Farrow & Ball and MasterClass designer Kelly Wearstler have teamed up to introduce the California

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Collection, a palette of eight sunsoaked hues. This partnership is Farrow & Ball’s first color collection created by an outside designer. “Color is the spirit of a room and provides expressive power to transform a space with your personal voice, whether you’re painting all of your walls, or just one,” says Wearstler. The debut collection is rooted in Wearstler’s belief that colors found in nature provide a sense of serenity and a feeling of belonging in the surrounding environment. In crafting the palette, she was inspired by the light of the Pacific and the landscape of California. The paint shades coordinate with the

THE SECRET’S OUT Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Fleur De Lis Antiques and Design in West Redding’s historic center is one of Fairfield County’s hidden gems. It’s worth the trip to explore the 3,500-square-foot showroom packed with antiques, midcentury modern furniture, artwork, lighting, jewelry and decorative accessories. Not surprisingly, the shop is a favorite haunt of set designers looking for period furnishings, and many of Fleur De Lis’ pieces have been featured in film, stage and television productions, including hits like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Owner Dottie Earle-DeLuca has been buying and selling antiques for 35 years and is happy to share her expertise. If you can’t make it to Redding, Fleur De Lis’s selections are sold through the marketplace platforms of 1stdibs, Chairish and Etsy. Store hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11a.m.–5p.m., or by appointment, 4 Long Ridge Rd., Redding, 203-664-1673, fleurdelisct. com. —Mary Fitzgerald

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Rush Jewelry Design’s opal and tsavorite Kinetic Drop earrings in 22k yellow gold. $8,740, rushjewelrydesigns.com.

Sanjay Kasliwal’s tanzanite, emerald and diamond necklace from the Bloom collection. Sold as a set with matching earrings. $45,000, sanjaykasliwal.com.

Karma El Khalil’s Chysocolla Double Ridge ring in 18k gold. Price upon request. karmaelkhalil.com.

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Harry Winston’s Central Park bracelet with emerald, aquamarine, sapphire and diamond set in platinum. Price on request. harrywinston.com.

Katherine Jetter’s tanzanite and grey Tahitian pearl Tik Tok earrings with diamonds in 18k white gold. $10,800, katherinejetter.com.

Graff’s sapphire and emerald high-jewelry necklace in 18k white gold. Price upon request. Graff, NYC, graff.com.

Temple St Clair’s Dream Catcher pendant with iolite, peridot, tsavorite, and sapphire in 18k gold. $5,500. Mitchells, Westport, Richards, Greenwich, shop mitchellstores.com.

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DESIGNER BATHS GET THE LOOK WITH NEW-TO-MARKET FIXTURES, FURNISHINGS AND SURFACES

DRUMMONDS

Drummonds’ double Buttermere vanity is formed with a hand-poured English clay bow-front top on a brushed brass stand. The mirrors, taps and lighting are also by Drummonds. Vanity, $5,900; mirror, $1,065; sconce, $675; glass shelf, $420; towel ring, $235, A&D, drummonds-uk.com.

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN HARDWARE

The irregular shape of Rocky Mountain Hardware’s Organic Square cabinet pull lends a complement to any style in a sleek bronze finish. $52, available through Canaan Distributors Corp., canaandistributors.com, rockymountainhardware.com.

TOTO

The streamlined silhouette of Toto’s Aquia IV Arc Washlet and C5 toilet hides the hardworking features, including its ultra-highly efficient water usage and Dynamax tornado flush technology. $797, available through F.W. Webb Company, fwwebb.com, totousa.com.

CALM, COOL & COLLECTED

Taking her cue from the traditional architecture and the bucolic surroundings of this Litchfield County home, designer Claudia Kalur of CFK Interiors created a serene oasis in this primary bathroom. Soft green walls are paired with crisp white woodwork for a calming effect. The vanity, designed by project architects Hottenroth & Joseph, leans toward contemporary with a Lucite base, but is grounded by Kalur’s choice of classic detailing, including Kohler sinks, Sigma faucets and Waterworks lighting and accessories.

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MTI

What sets the MTI Cássandra freestanding oval tub apart, is its asymetrical deck. This feature serves as an interesting visual detail but also provides a convenient ledge. The generously sized tub is offered as a soaker or air bath and is made from MTI’s signature SculptureStone of natural stone and high-performance resins. $11,125, available through Torrco, torrcodesigncenter.com, mtibaths.com.


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BARBER WILSONS

British-brand Barber Wilsons has been creating bespoke taps and bathroom fittings for more than a century. The Mastercraft concealed thermostatic shower control features a traditional lever hand, twoway diverter and coordinating Mastercraft cross handle crafted from solid brass. $7,170, available through Modern Plumbing Supply, modernplumbing.biz, barberwilsons.com.

CALIFORNIA FAUCETS

California Faucets’ Hermosa traditional style single-handle tub filler is constructed in solid brass and is offered in more than 28 handcrafted finishes. Prices start at $2,255 for polished chrome and $3,608 for premium finishes, available through Bender, benderplumbing. com, calfaucets. com.

THOMPSON TRADERS

Debuting a new collection in collaboration with designer Kara Cox, Thompson Traders’ Quintana freestanding soaking tub is uberluxurious, handcrafted in copper and brass in a burnished nickel and satin brass finish. $12,297, available through Ferguson Showrooms, fergusonshowrooms.com, thompsontraders.com.

LIAIGRE

Sophie Lafont designed the gentle curves of the Nuage side table for Liaigre. Topped in Carrara marble with a nickel-plated bronze base, the table is an elegant addition to a feminine bathroom. $12,030, liaigre. com.

GENERATION LIGHTING

Designed by Thomas O’Brien for Generation Lighting, the Palma 2 light sconce features mouth-blown glass and handcrafted details. $289, available through Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.

CAESARSTONE

ANN SACKS

Perfect for a bathroom, the Platform collection from Ann Sack marries the beauty of wood with the maintenance-free performance of porcelain tile. The tile replicates the natural irregularities and texture of flat-cut Oak in a honed finish and is offered in five colorways. $8 per square foot, available through Kohler Signature Store by Plimpton & Hills, kohlersignaturestorewestport.com, annsacks.com.

Hailing from Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection, this crisp white concrete surface includes delicate touches of subtle gray. $75–$125 per square foot installed, available through Nukitchens, nukitchens.com, caesarstoneus.com.

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WALKER ZANGER

Walker Zanger boasts thousands of shape and color combinations to fit any design vision in its Handmade-toOrder collection. The possibilities are endless with 32 white clay body shapes and 108 color options. Price upon request, available through Karen Berkemeyer Home, karenberkemeyerhome. com, walkerzanger.com.

This black and white bathroom was created by Denise Davies of D2 Interieurs for her teenaged son. She describes it as “modern with a masculine touch.” Davies’ intention was to create a timeless bathroom that her son would never outgrow. Tile choices include a grid-patterned wall tile from Karen Berkemeyer Home and floor tile by Porcelanosa. A CB2 mirror hangs above a custom vanity, designed by Davies and built by Old World Construction, punctuated with a deep vessel sink from Whyte & Co. and a Jason Wu matte black wall faucet by Brizo. PHOTOGRAPH BYJANE BEILES

CAMBRIA

Cambria’s Annicca natural quartz makes a dramatic statement in this walk-in steam shower. Cambria is nonabsorbent and available in full slabs, so steam and moisture can’t penetrate the surface. Price available upon request, available through Ring’s End, ringsend.com, cambriausa.com.

SONOMA FORGE

ROOM & BOARD

Crafted by artisans in North Dakota in solid wood and solid-wood veneer, the Berkeley vanity from Room & Board bridges classic and contemporary. The Reeves mirror features a retro-style inset frame in a graphite finish. Vanity, without top, $999, with top, $1,599; mirror, $549, roomandboard.com.

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Sonoma Forge’s hand-forged WaterBridge wand hand shower is shown here in matte black with a new hand shower bracket and backing plate. Offered in rustic copper, rustic nickel, satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze. $850, available through Bender, benderplumbing.com, sonomaforge.com.


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ARTERIORS

The asymmetrical composition of the Hillard chandelier is created with a tiered bronze steel frame, antique brass arms and opal glass globes. The fixture is damp rated for use in bathrooms. $3,120, arteriorshome.com.

BOFFI/FANTINI

Designed by the late Paik Sun Kim, the AK/25 faucet is part of the Aboutwater series by Boffi and Fantini. The faucet opens and closes on a hinge, so it neatly tucks away when not in use. The collection includes wall-mounted and deck-mounted faucets, tub fillers and shower fixtures. $3,015, available through Waterware Showrooms of Plimpton Hills, waterwareshowrooms.com, A&D, fantiniusa.com.

KOHLER

Kohler and Harman Kardon teamed up to launch the Kohler Moxie showerhead and wireless speaker for a shower and sound experience. Available with either a portable Bluetoothenabled speaker or smart speaker with embedded Amazon Alexa, the showerhead provides hands-free functionality. $239, available through Kohler Signature Store by Plimpton & Hills, kohlersignaturestorewestport.com, kohler. com.

NATIVE TRAILS

Native Trails’ Nipomo concrete vessel sink is shown here in a new charcoal finish. The clean rectangular shape can be installed as an apron-front, undermount or vessel sink. $665, available through Bender, benderplumbing.com, nativetrailshome. com.

DURAVIT

Duravit outfitted this bathroom in its Happy D.2 Plus series by Sieger Design. A free-standing tub is wrapped in a graphite super-matte panel and features soft rounded corners. The matte black console is also available in a chrome finish. Completing the look, the round smart mirror features integrated technology, allowing the user to alter the light brightness and temperature—from warm to cool—and defog the mirror. Console, $3,500; mirror, $2,875; tub, $4,725, available through Waterware Showrooms of Plimpton & Hills, waterwareshowrooms.com, duravit.us.

ANTONIOLUPI

Antoniolupi’s freestanding O24 marble sink brings art to the bath, fashioned from 24 segments of marble strips glued radially together with contrasting colored epoxy resin. The basin is white Carrara marble, and the pedestal is black Marquina marble. Pricing starts at $12,500, antoniolupi.it.

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A BOLD APPROACH Not one to shy away from color, Meghan De Maria of Moss Design was drawn to this vibrant handmade tile from New England Tile. The safer bet for this Southport farmhouse bath would have been simple white subway tile, but De Maria trusted her instinct and opted for a dramatic saturated green field tile set in a herringbone pattern. The sophisticated palette of this primary bath is highlighted with chic brass fittings from Kohler for a fresh, updated look.

SUN VALLEY BRONZE

The Lift series hand towel bar by Sun Valley Bronze was developed in collaboration with Jackson, Wyomingbased CLB Architects, shown here in a burnished silicon bronze finish. $426, available through Katonah Architectural Hardware, katonahhardware.com, clbarchitects.com, sunvalleybronze.com.

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THERMASOL

Bringing together light, sound and water, HydroVive by Thermasol has 300 jets that create varying levels of water pressure, plus 200 dimmable LED lights in a spectrum of color and state-of-the-art speakers for a multi-sensory shower experience. $7,490, available through Bender, benderplumbing. com, thermasol.com.

DORNBRACHT

LONDON BASIN COMPANY

Beautiful inside and out, the Octavia basin from the London Basin Company features an Oriental design incorporating three colors of symbolic significance: red for good fortune and joy, blue for health, prosperity and harmony and white representing purity and renewal. $1,180, londonbasincompany.com.

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The new CYO bathroom series from Dornbracht features a sculptural C-shaped spout, inspired by a design from the company’s 1969 archives. The faucet collection can be customized with various handle inserts and finishes. Price upon request, available through Torrco, torrcodesigncenter.com, dornbracht.com.


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ARTISTIC TILE

Sourced from Spain, this Enamel Moss field tile is exclusive to Artistic Tile in the U.S. The artfully crafted tile features a range of tones and shades for a unique painterly effect and is offered in six colorways. $10 per square foot, available through Tile America, tileamerica.com, artistictile.com.

HOUSE OF ROHL

Hand polished for an ultra-smooth feel, Victoria + Albert’s Corvara rimless oval-shaped vessel basin is clean and modern in a stylish blue. It’s shown here with the Miscelo collection faucet from Rohl. Sleek and minimal, the faucet was designed by Italian designer Nilo Gioacchini and is available in various finishes. Vessel sink, $1,097, faucet in chrome, $998, all available through Modern Plumbing Supply, modernplumbing.biz, houseofrohl.com.

SAMUEL HEATH

WATERWORKS

This thermostatic shower set from Samuel Heath’s One Hundred collection features winged levers and a matte brushed gold and bronze finish for a look of understated elegance. The collection is named after the location of the company’s brass foundry, dating back to the mid-nineteenth century—100 Leopold Street—in Birmingham, England. $6,890, samuel-heath.com.

Brass accents dress up the Pullman vanity by Waterworks. Shown here in Midnight with brass, additional finishes and wood tones are offered with a choice of nickel or brass accents. As shown, $7,907, available through Waterworks, Greenwich, waterworks.com.

NANZ

A shared appreciation for quality craftsmanship brought designer Suzanne Tucker and Nanz hardware together. The premier collaborative collection consists of six architecturallyinspired suites. The gemstonelike facets of the Bel Air knob can be customized in any of Nanz’s 30-plus finishes. Pricing upon request, nanz.com.

INFINITY DRAIN

Don’t overlook the details— even a shower drain can be striking, as demonstrated by Infinity Drain’s line of eight decorative drain covers in four sizes and five finishes, including matte black, oil rubbed bronze, polished stainless, satin bronze and satin stainless. Prices start at $95, available through Torrco, torrcodesigncenter.com, infinitydrain.com.

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having a home that provides comfort, security and—especially when summer rolls around—spaces for outdoor fun. In keeping with the theme of the issue, we’ve rounded up listings with such splashy amenities as pools—indoors and out—ponds and beaches. So, grab a sun hat and join us for a tour of six for-sale homes, all with wonderful water features. COASTLINE SPREADS

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home has just hit the market for $12,950,000. Architect Jack Franzen designed the 9,000-square-foot Colonial to take in sweeping views to the harbor and across Long Island Sound. The pool terrace offers multiple spaces for relaxing, including a dining area and an outdoor “room” around a firepit. And while the façade is styled to reflect Southport’s historic

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The Long View A brand-new Southport home, with spectacular views over Long Island Sound, has just listed for $12,950,000 with Andrew Whiteley and the On the Harbor team at AFA Homes in Southport. 203-258-1595.


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and spa and there’s also a private wooden walkway leading to the beach. Janet Peckinpaugh of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty has the $3 million listing. LAKESIDE ESTATE

A A Sound Investment Built along the Old Lyme coastline, this modern home lists for $3 million with Janet Peckinpaugh of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. 860-985-3659.

aesthetic, the interiors are thoroughly modern. The entry hall, for instance, has open sightlines to the wall of glass in the back of the house and its views over the water. The kitchen and living room give access to the back terraces, offering easy inside-out entertaining. And the main bedroom features a vaulted ceiling, two large walk-in closets, an office and a private deck with glass railings to keep the views unobstructed. It’s listed with Andrew Whiteley and the On the Harbor team at AFA Homes. Further up the coastline in Old Lyme is another architect-designed home, this one built by Bruce Beinfield in 1983. The façade takes its cues from Connecticut’s classic Colonial, with its 12-over-12 windows, steeply pitched roofline and all-white palette. But the backside, which looks out over Long Island Sound, is a study in cubes and glass, with multiple balconies and a dramatic three-story staircase leading to a rooftop deck. The massive, lower-level deck offers a pool

$40 million greenwich estate offers multiple ways to get wet, along with an impressive, 15,000-square-foot French Normandy main house. Called Topping Hill, it was designed by architect Ralph Mackin and built by Hobbs Construction to feature exquisite materials throughout—hand-cut slate roofs, limestone floors from France and windows framed in bronze. The main house features an indoor 45-foot-long pool with a full-length skylight and sliding doors that make the walls practically disappear in warm weather. Outdoors, along the lake, there’s a private dock and a stone boat house. And across the 27-acre grounds you’ll also find a Har-Tru tennis court with a pavilion, a formal rose garden, kitchen gardens, flower gardens and rolling meadows. It lists with Coldwell Banker brokers Pam Cunconan and Katie Schaller.

Spread Out A 27-acre Greenwich spread, on a lake with a private dock, lists for $40 million with Pam Cunconan and Katie Schaller of Coldwell Banker in Greenwich. 203-550-4282 and 914-882-3359.

SCOUT’S HONOR Because it’s that time of year, we bring you a listing that’s truly campy—in that it’s a former sleepaway camp. Called Camp Candlewood, along Candlewood Lake in New Fairfield, the property spans nearly 90 acres, including 1,800 feet of waterfront. It’s being sold by the Girl Scouts and also includes A-frame sleeping cabins and a dining hall. It lists for $9,250,000 with Ryan Cornell and Dawn Kaam, both of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Westport. 203-200-0203 and 917-297-6430.

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One Cool Pool A Fairfield Beach listing offers this chic pool terrace, along with two outdoor kitchens. It lists for $3,799,000 with Sara Santos of Coldwell Banker Realty. 203-209-6243.

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its pool terrace has all the chic of an Ace Hotel. Built in 2018 by Bella Homes, no outdoor amenity was overlooked, starting with the infinity-edge spa and pool. There’s an open-air outdoor kitchen with a long granite bar and pizza oven. There’s also a covered lounging space with a double-sided fireplace and television and, on the roof, another outdoor kitchen with a grill built into a stone wall. The interiors of the 5,500-square-foot home are lovely as well, offering five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a wine room and an elevator. It lists for $3,799,000 with Sara Santos of Coldwell Banker Realty. Along Sasco Hill in Southport, another stylish pool is part of a postand-beam barn. There appears to be a party waiting to happen at the saltwater pool and hot tub, just steps from the classic, two-story red barn with one wall that slides open for access to the bar, dining area and stone fireplace, and a lofty second floor with a lounging area and bedroom. The nearly 10,000-square-foot main house, designed by architect Mark Finlay, is spectacular from top to bottom. More specifically, the top is crowned with a widow’s walk for taking in views over Southport Harbor and Long Island Sound. There’s a wine room, gym and home theatre on the

You’re Invited This party barn, part of an impressive Sasco Hill estate, lists for $6,950,000 with Andrew Whiteley and the On the Harbor team at AFA Homes. 203-258-1595.

lower level. And in between, there are six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, including a main suite with a spa-like bath. It lists for $6,950,000 with Andrew Whiteley and the On the Harbor team at AFA Homes. Finally, in Ridgefield, the Maple Hill Estate has a “wellness wing” that centers on a 68-foot-long indoor lap pool and spa, built alongside a wall of French doors opening onto an outdoor patio. There’s a full kitchen and dining area near the pool and above it, on the second floor, there’s a gym, changing room, bathroom and family room. But the real attraction is the gracious, 13,000-square-foot main house, offering six bedrooms, including a main suite featuring a fireplace, private balcony, two dressing rooms and a jetted tub. It’s offered for $3,500,000 by Karla Murtaugh of Karla Murtaugh Homes in Ridgefield. — Diane di Costanzo Be Well The Maple Hill Estate in Ridgefield offers an entire wellness wing, with a gym, 68-foot lap pool and spa. Karla Murtaugh of Karla Murtaugh Homes in Ridgefield lists the property for $3.5 million. 203-856-5534.

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OCATION PLAYS such an important part for me when designing a home,” says Ellen Levinson of Ellen Levinson Design. “My design aesthetic changes with each project. I am currently working at one of the residences of the Four Seasons in Brickell, Miami. As you can imagine, Miami and Connecticut are worlds apart when it comes to design. I think it’s important that the home reflects where it is—and, of course, the people who are living there.” The inspiration for this newly constructed coastal Connecticut home came from its location in a historic harborside village. For this project, Levinson turned to architect John Toates, who specializes in historical and traditional fundamentals, details and aesthetics. “We worked closely together, and he shared some unique sources,” says Levinson. “For example, the fireplace mantels and inserts in the living room and dining room are antiques that I selected from his contact. The windows in the house all have ‘wavy’ glass to mimic windows of homes built in the Greek Revival period, and the brick used on the outside of the house and on the walkways is antique.” The family’s collection of antiques from the home they’d lived in for the previous 15 years were the perfect complement to the historic feel of the new house. “Then, to bring it into the 21st century, I married the antiques with more modern upholstery, lighting, art and accessories,” explains the designer. “Being on the water, I was drawn to a neutral palette with colors that stand on their own but don’t fight the beauty of the grounds that are visible from every window.” Design challenges arose from the architectural constraints of certain rooms. For example, the sunroom is less than nine feet wide, so when creating a small dining area plus a sitting area, Levinson placed a large mirror

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The Great Outdoors (clockwise across spread from this photo) Gloster chaises are shaded by Tuuci umbrellas. The pool, which faces the harbor, was designed by architect John Toates. The surrounding area has several spaces for lounging and dining. A trellis with a climbing hydrangea and lavender clematis forms a lush backdrop for a Henry Hall Designs table and Giati chairs. The pollinator garden is filled with native grasses and native flowers including Aronia, Clethra, New England aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Liatris, Lobelia, Lupine, Penstemon and Creeping phlox. See Resources.

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over the fireplace that reflects the harbor outside when seated on the sofa. And in the living room, double French doors and flanking walk-through windows open onto the covered porch making furniture placement difficult. “But those walk-through windows are so cool,” says Levinson. “They also allow for a great indoor/outdoor feel when relaxing in the living room.” Levinson tends to showcase a focal point in a room with other furnishings in supporting roles “while still being quietly beautiful in their own right.” In the living room, two Nancy Corzine chandeliers along with a Caio Fonseca painting take center stage. In the office, an artistic Hervé Van der Straeten light fixture is complemented by a colorful Rug Company carpet: At the husband’s request, Levinson inserted one bright orange square in the patchwork of the carpet’s mellow colors. In the kitchen (layout, cabinetry and ceiling design by Toates), the polished nickel/stainless steel hood and the Lacanche stove command attention. “Although the kitchen is light in color, I wanted to create something less cookie-cutter, so one of the cabinets is made of black walnut and the TV sits on an antique dresser,” says Levinson. “As a foil to the brown marble kitchen counters, zinc was also used, and then again in the butler’s pantry and potting room.”

Inside Stories (clockwise across spread from top left) A sitting area formed from an antique oak trestle table and RH chairs is positioned next to a sunroom window. A collection of eight paintings by the late Connecticut artist Enid Munroe hang over the fireplace in the living room. Nancy Corzine chandeliers illuminate the living room; the coffee table was designed by Ellen Levinson from an antique French iron fence. A sculptural Hervé Van der Straeten chandelier adds a contemporary note to the office; the rug is from the Rug Company. The kitchen island is topped with brown marble from AKDO. See Resources.

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Gardens Galore Located on the lower level, the flower/ vegetable garden (this photo) is filled with a variety of rotating crops, such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, fennel, cucumbers, string beans, plus zinnias and dahlias. Knock-Out roses (opposite page, bottom right) run along a stone wall. Dine-In Delights (opposite page, top and bottom left) An Osborne & Little wallpaper wraps the walls of the dining room. The dining table is from the Enid Ford Atelier; the wood flooring is antique fumed oak from Baba Antique Wooden Floors. See Resources.

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The potting room—which houses a growing collection of garden tools and plant pots—is located by the side entrance and also acts as a mudroom with a wall of closets and shelves. A certified landscape design consultant, Levinson designed all of the gardens at the property with the exception of the pollinator garden, which was a collaboration with William Kenny Associates. “These gardens were recently accepted into the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens,” notes Levinson. Just outside the kitchen door, the herb garden is regularly planted with the homeowners’ favorite herbs and lettuces, and the pool is situated to be enjoyed easily with adjoining spaces for lounging and dining. The back of the house features a covered porch with rocking chairs, lounge chairs and a small table for two overlooking the harbor and neighboring yacht club, while the porch overlooks the lower-level flower/vegetable garden. The pollinator garden, requested by the husband, is located between the boathouse and dock, and with the guidance of William Kenny Associates, Levinson selected plant material to create interest in all seasons. “Last year, I removed many of the grasses and replaced them with smaller, native flowers like coreopsis and coneflowers,” says Levinson. “The wildlife population has expanded, and the homeowners regularly see a variety of songbirds, butterflies and bees.” ✹

Sublime Scene (this photo) The home is sited to take full advantage of harbor views from all angles. Suite Success (opposite page, clockwise from top) In the primary suite, the upholstered bed is by C&D Upholstery, the chandelier is a Barbara Barry design. The drapery fabric is by Victoria Hagan. The tub and faucet are from Waterworks. See Resources.

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THE REAR AMY AIDINIS HIRSCH INTERIOR DESIGN

LAURA BOHN DESIGN ASSOCIATES AND CAROL KURTH ARCHITECTURE

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Backyard Destination Black-stained horizontal cedar planks (left) wrap the exterior of this pool house. Poolside (this photo), RH chairs are shaded by Tuuci umbrellas, while a Dedon Rilly Cocoon double daybed has its own canopy. The entrance to the pool house is flanked by a pair of hornbeams. The pool is by Ocean North Pools. See Resources. PHOTOGRAPHS BY AMY VISCHIO

A LOOKY-LOO PEEKING AT designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch’s backyard might mistake it for an Aman Resort—a spectacular, undercover property in low-key Cos Cob, passkey required. Its focal point is a cube clad horizontally in cedar planks stained black as coal, a deliberate contrast to its creator’s highwattage-white, 21st-century farmhouse, a rest for the eyes on a late-July blazer. “This was always part of the master plan,” explains Hirsch, who tapped her original team—Vicente-Burin Architects and builder Keith Manca—to bring her plan to life. “I wanted a low-maintenance, simple box that would remind me of my travels.” Open-air structures in Australia and New Zealand—no fussy windows, no buckling doors—were among the designer’s inspirations, and she approached the project with one of her hallmarks: perpendicularity, which provides a backbone for an oxymoronic aesthetic of lean abundance. Cedar, poured concrete, and ipe—the South American hardwood that goes silvery when weathered—made the short list, their linearity softened by mondo grasses. Ipe coping keeps the pool looking neat, while four hornbeams salute the virtue of symmetry. Work began in 2019, and by June 2020, when most other watering holes were off-limits, the inky-black gunite pool with UV filtration got its first dipper. And they didn’t stop dipping until late fall. Her kids do their homework by the pool, and Hirsch says she can’t get enough of it herself. “In the midst of this frightening moment, it felt great to have a project that would keep people working,” she notes. After a float, Hirsch and her guests can retire to her “terrarium,” 350 square feet of soothing darkness featuring potted exotics, voluminous ferns, and acres of succulents. It’s skewered with accent pillows like cantaloupe chunks and lounge chairs the color of copper. Only if the peeper on the walkabout stays til twilight does she glimpse the stunner: A tangle of ropey LED strands that glow beneath a tilted, slatted roof. “That’s the jewelry,” says Hirsch. She wears it proudly—and with gratitude. 62

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Private Paradise The interior of Hirsch’s pool house is illuminated with a Luke Lamp Co. Tracer Loop, while a seating arrangement includes Gloster’s Kay lounge chairs and RH club chairs. The greenery is from Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, McArdle’s Floral & Garden Design, and Green of Greenwich. Pillows are from Perennials, and the channeled cushion in the foreground is custom in a Gloster fabric in Gunsmoke. See Resources. PHOTOGRAPH BY AMY VISCHIO


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Blue Heaven The bright-aqua swimming pool has a unique vanishing edge. Janus et Cie lounges and umbrellas complete the inviting scene. See Resources. PHOTOGRAPH BY PETER MARGONELLI

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THE SOUL OF THIS PROPERTY lay in an old stone fence, a remnant of a dairy farm paddock from the turn of the last century. The demarcation became an axis in an exhilarating outdoor plan that pays homage to history while showcasing nature’s bold extravagance. Landscape architect Eric Groft of Oehme, van Sweden & Associates joined architect Carol Kurth and interior designer Laura Bohn in matching the magnificence of the three-story, 15,000-square-foot main house. Part cultivated, part wild, the outdoor rooms, like the interlocking volumes of zinc, stucco and kiln-dried ash of the principal residence, summon the elements of earth, air, water and fire. A Roxbury granite wall—evocative of the one on the dairy farm and fitted with fountains—defines the length of the bright-aqua swimming pool; firebowls are tucked between boulders and perched on stone slabs; the glass wall beneath the infinite edge grants an aquarium-like view of underwater frolicking; an expansive terrace accommodates the clients’ very serious tango-dancing vocation; and a two-story cabana offers unobstructed views of the pool and property. “Architecture is a backdrop for living,” says Kurth, who adds that the installation fully aligns with the global vision for the five-acre project. “I’m proud of the integration of form and nature, the synergy of built and natural.” Variations on the swimming-pool blue show up inside the lavish cabana where Bohn supplemented her trademark grays with colorful accent pillows, a biscuit-tufted sofa, large-format art and sleek barstools. To bring the ceiling down to human scale, she hung a whimsical mobile of illuminated clouds. “The property has all the bells and whistles. You don’t need to leave,” says Bohn. “Ever.” 68

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Indoor/Outdoor Living (left) On the patio, furnishings include a Paola Lenti sofa, Janus et Cie table and chairs and Normann Copenhagen light fixtures. Inner Peace (this page, bottom and opposite page, top) The soothing tones of Sherwin Williams’ Repose Gray fill the cabana, where Bohn supplemented her trademark grays with blue-and-white accent pillows on a Resource Furniture sofa. Cloud lighting is by Molo Design. Water World (opposite page, bottom) Brightly colored Paola Lenti Sand chairs provide seating alongside a Fire Features firebowl. See Resources. PHOTOGRAPHS BY PETER MARGONELLI

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Under Cover (this photo) The pool features an automated cover, which is deployed only in the dead of winter after the built-in spa no longer keeps swimmers warm enough. Adventures In Contrast (opposite page, top) The white brick of the wood-burning fireplace contrasts with the materials in its immediate environment. Teak furniture is a combination of Gloster and Barlow Tyrie. Garden Palette (opposite page, bottom) Green and white foliage lends the property a sophisticated look. See Resources. PHOTOGRAPHS BY HULYA KOLABAS

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“A NOD TO MOD” is this Darien homeowner’s shorthand for her new addition, an outdoor kitchen/pool house that snugs up like a sleek she-shed to her classic, Shingle-style five-bedroom. But the contrasting addition—stainless steel cabinetry, infrared heat, dining for 20-plus—is more than an HGTV quip; it’s just one part of an entertainment multiplex. “I wanted to be on vacation,” says the owner, who imagined something timeless, transitional and tranquil, something that would bring joy to others, which is her hobby. According to Hamptons architect Paul Rice, many iterations were needed to achieve an indoor-outdoor program that would be used in its entirety. “There was no prototype,” says Rice, who designed the primary residence, finished in 2010. “There was always an experimental element to the process, which she worked through.” Rice collaborated with the original team: architect and interior designer Ward Welch of Studio SFW in New York and Darien-based custom builder Ed Zimmerman. Pre-pool house, outdoor hospitality had two options: a wisteria-frilled veranda used for bring-your-own-bib lobster boils and tented Christmas parties or a screened porch, with its South Beach-style sectional, made for late-afternoon napping. But in the pool-and-pool-house era, coincidental with the Age of Corona, the menu has expanded. In addition to the three-sided shelter, a new wisteria-adorned pergola now provides cover for an outdoor teak lounge with a white-brick fireplace and an outdoor TV. Movie nights with popcorn and/or s’mores are a double feature for three daughters who spent so much of their quarantined summer in the pool that their hair turned green. The illuminated salt-water pool—Esther Williams-style fountains, a Class III-rapids spa—is all action. Spectators watch from chaises on a bluestone beach, cabana boy optional. Thoughtful details throughout yield a casual sophistication that is both functional and approachable. A coda to the entire scheme may be the shower enclosure, where horizontal cladding is a surprising textural adventure amidst white brick, raw cedar, bluestone and graying teak furniture. “It relates to the house but it’s also separate,” says Rice. “It’s a little gift-wrapped box.” june 2021 cottagesgardens.com ctc&g

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Poolside Perfection (clockwise across spread from right) Three Birds teak chaises echo the aesthetic of the screened porch in the background. A concrete-topped trestle table found at an estate sale is surrounded by allweather faux-wicker chairs from Home Depot. At the far end of the pool, a lanterned storage bungalow is encircled with a skirt of Shasta daisies, beach roses and peonies. The outdoor kitchen features stainless steel cabinetry from Danver, a Lynx grill and burners, True refrigerators and a Broan hood; the RH table is surrounded by Dedon chairs; wall sconces are weathered zinc by Ralph Lauren; and galvanized pendants are from Barn Light. See Resources. PHOTOGRAPHS BY HULYA KOLABAS

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Easy Living A porch swing (this page) from the Porch Swing Company is topped with Annie Selke pillows. The addition of steps (opposite page) and a flagstone landing are among the changes that breathed new life into this modern farmhouse. See Resources.

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WITH THE HELP OF ARCHITECT NEIL HAUCK, DESIGNER KATHY LOZIER TRANSFORMS HER NEW RESIDENCE TO FIT A MORE CASUAL LIFESTYLE

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Outdoor Style (this page and opposite page, top) The home’s casual theme extends to the outdoor living spaces where a built-in bar was among the additions. Cocktails can be enjoyed on the seating from Williams Sonoma, and al fresco dining takes place at the teak and stainless table and chairs from Kingsley Bate. Welcome Home (opposite page, bottom) A new railing and a runner from Redi-Cut Carpets & Rugs updated the existing staircase. The custom Lucite bench is from Trovare Home Design. The umbrella stand is from Mecox Gardens. See Resources.

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front porch caught her eye, she contacted architect Neil Hauck, who designed her previous residence, to help with the heavy lifting. “There were things about the existing plan that didn’t work for her lifestyle, and among the requests were a new kitchen, an expanded family room, and the addition of an office and mudroom,” explains Hauck. “She also wanted to reconfigure the second floor to create a master suite and add two more bedrooms.” Noting local zoning setback restrictions and a very tight site, Hauck had no choice but to work within the existing footprint, and the transformation started with enclosing a porch on the back of the house. “That allowed us to create a small office, decent powder room, and to expand the family room,” 78

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explains Hauck, who used the extended square footage below to accomplish the bedroom program above. Cosmetic changes to the exterior—like new windows with painted charcoal sashes, square columns replacing existing round ones, and a refreshed red-cedar-shingle roof—enhanced the classic farmhouse look. “The form didn’t change,” Hauck says. “We just put a new set of clothes on it.” Similarly inside, all the original trimwork made way for more substantial moldings, built-in shelving and cabinetry, all of the architect’s design. “When you get Neil involved, all of a sudden you have four-inch moldings,” says Lozier. “He is such a purist.” Examples of his craftsmanship are evident


Dining Options In the kitchen (opposite page), pendants from Circa Lighting cast a glow on the marble island where the acrylic bar stools are from Gabby; the inlaid marble backsplash tile is from New England Tile. An original bay widow (left) provides the backdrop for the oak dining room table from the Old Mill Road Table Company and custom chairs wearing Susan Connor linen; the mirror is by Carol Canner for Carvers’ Guild. Comfort Plus (below) In the family room, all the seating and the navy leather ottoman are from Serena & Lily. See Resources.

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In-House Retreat Sisal from Schumacher in soothing indigo swaths the den walls. The chairs are covered in Carolina Irving linen through John Rosselli & Associates. Lamps from Circa Lighting top a Serena & Lily console. A pair of linen cubes from Imagine Home are tucked underneath. See Resources.


Cubby Convenience Architect Neil Hauck designed the mudroom millwork (left), and Pirone Construction handled the fabrication. The oil painting is by Elizabeth Higgins. Office View (bottom) The family room offers a peak into the newly created home office, visible just to the left of the ceramic table lamps by Regina Andrew. The painting is by Lori Glavin. Suite Dreams (opposite page) In the primary bedroom, the architect designed the shelving unit that frames the custom slubby linen bed with pillows in an Elizabeth Eakins linen. Phillip Jeffries grasscloth covers the walls. See Resources.

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“THE HOUSE HAS SO MUCH MORE PERSONALITY THAN IT DID WHEN I FIRST WALKEDIN HERE” everywhere from the mudroom­—where the shiplap siding is exactly aligned with the door casings—to the master bedroom, where the crown molding integrates perfectly with the bed cabinetry. The inclusion of a coffered ceiling in the kitchen was Lozier’s idea, as were the floating shelves, two-inch-thick Danby marble counters, and the marble backsplash tile. About the latter she says, “The tile is the strongest thing in the room, and I was attracted to the various shades of gray.” Those soft dove tones emerged as part of a pastel palette that includes a cream-colored sofa clad in a textured nubby linen and whispers of blue linen on the reupholstered chairs in the den, and the palest of lavender grasscloth on the master

bedroom walls. “I like soft colors and natural fibers,” she adds. In nonpandemic years, the kitchen and family room are the activity hubs, and durable fabrics on the clean-lined sectional and armchairs were natural choices. “People should be able to eat and bring a glass of wine in there and not worry about anything,” says Lozier, whose low-maintenance attitude carried over to the outdoor living rooms, where she worked with Oliver Nurseries to replace the lawn with easy-to-care-for hardscaping and a few planting beds. “I wanted the interiors and outside spaces to reflect my casual lifestyle,” she adds. “The house has so much more personality than it did when I first walked in here. It really is mine.” ✹ june 2021 cottagesgardens.com ctc&g

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Pages 36–41. Page 36: Interior design, Claudia Kalur, CFK Interiors, cfkinteriors.com. Architect, Hottenroth + Joseph Architects, hjnyc.com. Fixtures, Sigma. Sconces, pendants and towel bars, Waterworks. Vanity and medicine cabinet design, Hottenroth + Joseph. Vanity base, Palmer Industries. Vanity top, Marble & Granite Creations. Sinks, Kohler. Towels, Matouk. Shutters, Appletree Design Depot. Page 38: Interior design, Denise Davies, D2 Interieurs, d2interieurs.com. Wall tile, Karen Berkemeyer Home. Floor tile, Porcelanosa. Faucet, Brizo. Sink, Whyte & Co. Mirror, CB2. Pendant, Industry West. Vanity design, D2 Interieurs. Vanity construction, Old World Construction. Page 40: Interior design, Meghan De Maria, Moss Design,

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mossdesignct.com. Design/Build, Three Beans Design Build, 203-613-1013. Tile, New England Tile. Fixtures, Kohler. HARBORSIDE HAVEN

Pages 50–59: Interior and landscape design, Ellen Levinson, Ellen Levinson Design, ellenlevinson.com. Architect and pool designer, John Toates, John Toates Architecture & Design, toatesarchitecture. com. Pollinator garden, Kathleen Haas, William Kenny Associates, wkassociates. net. Exterior: Shutters and trim, Azek. Pool patio: Chaise lounges, Gloster. Umbrellas, Tuuci. Chairs, Giati, Table, Henry Hall. Sitting area: Chairs, RH. Living room: Paintings, Enid Munroe. Chandelier, Nancy Corzine. Sofa, C&D Upholstery. Carpet, Stark. Coffee table, Ellen Levinson Design. Office: Chandelier, Hervé Van der Straeten.

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Carpet, The Rug Company. Kitchen: Cabinetry design, John Toates. Stove, Lacanche. Marble countertops, AKDO. Dining room: Wallpaper, Osborne & Little. Dining table, Enid Ford Atelier. Flooring, Baba Antique Wooden Floors. Primary suite: Upholstered bed, C&D Upholstery. Chandelier, Barbara Barry. Drapery fabric, Victoria Hagan. Primary bath: Tub and faucet, Waterworks. THE REAR VIEW

Pages 60–73. Pages 62–65: Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design: Design, Amy Aidinis Hirsch, LLC, amyhirsch.com. Architect, Vicente Burin Architects, LLC, vbarchitect.com. General contractor, Keith J. Manca, KJM Building Company, kjmbuilding. com. Pool contractor, Ocean North Pools, oceannorthpools.com. Exterior:

Chaise lounges, RH. Daybed, Dedon. Umbrella, Tuuci. Chairs, Gloster. Pool house interior: Light fixture, Luke Lamp Co. Sofa and club chair, RH. Chairs and ottomans, Gloster. Pillows, Perennials. Fabric for cushion, Gloster. Appliances, Aitoro. Plants, Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouse, McArdle’s Floral & Garden Design and Green of Greenwich. Pages 66–69: Laura Bohn Design Associates and Carol Kurth Architecture: Design: Laura Bohn, Laura Bohn Design Associates, lbda.com. Architecture, Carol Kurth Architecture, carolkurtharchitects.com. General contractor, Legacy Construction Northeast, legacydevelopmentllc.com. Landscape architect, Oehme, Van Sweden, ovsla.com. Poolside: Lounges and umbrellas, Janus et Cie. Chairs, Paola Lenti. Firebowl, Fire Features.

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RESOURCES Patio: Sofa, Paola Lenti. Table and chairs, Janus et Cie. Light fixtures, Normann Copenhagen. Pool house interiors: Paint, Sherwin Williams. Sofa, Resource Furniture. Cloud lighting, Molo Design. Exteriors: Exterior cladding, Thermory USA. Windows, Arcadia Custom. Pages 70–73: Paul Rice Architecture and Studio SFW: Architect, Paul Rice, Paul Rice Architecture, paulricearchitecture.com. Architect and interior design, Ward Welch, Studio SFW, studiosfw. com. Builder, Ed Zimmerman, Bradford Estates, 203-722-3488. Pergola patio: Teak furniture, Gloster and Barlow Tyrie. Pool deck: Chaises, Three Birds. Side tables, Gloster. Dining veranda: Faux wicker chairs, Home Depot. Lighting, B-K Lighting. Outdoor kitchen: Cabinetry, Danver. Grill and burners, Lynx. Refrigerator and ice maker, True Residential. Hood, Broan. Sink and faucet, Franke. Table, RH. Chairs, Dedon. Sconces, Ralph Lauren. Pendants, Barn Light Electric Company. Exterior: Sconces, Wayfair. Heater, Infratech. A HOME OF HER OWN

Pages 74–83: Interior design, Kathy Lozier, Blythe Designs, blythedesignsct.com. Architect, Neil Hauck, Neil Hauck Architects, neilhauckarchitects.com. Builder, Jeff Pirone, Pirone Construction, pironeconstruction.com. Landscape design, Oliver Nurseries, olivernurseries.com. Custom millwork, Neil Hauck Architects. Moldings, Iline from Interstate Lumber. Study: Chair and Roman shade fabric, Carolina Irving. Wallpaper, Schumacher. Lamps, Circa Lighting. Console table, Serena & Lily. Front porch: Swing, The Porch Swing Company. Outdoor pillows, Annie Selke. Patio area: Outdoor dining table and chairs, Kingsley Bate. Seating furniture, Williams Sonoma Home. Entry hallway: Lucite bench, Trovare Home Design. Lighting, Hudson Valley Lighting. Stair runner, Redi-Cut Carpets and Rugs. Umbrella stand, Mecox Gardens. Kitchen: Bar stools, Gabby Home. Lighting, Circa Lighting. Custom range hood, Focal Metals. Backsplash tile, New England Tile. Dining room: table, Old Mill Road Company. Dining chair fabric, Susan Connor. Lighting, Circa Lighting. Mirror, Carvers’ Guild. Family room: Furniture, Serena & Lily. Painting, Lori Glavin. Lamps, Regina Andrew. Mudroom: Painting, Elizabeth Higgins. Primary bedroom: Pillows, Elizabeth Eakins. Lamps, Regina Andrew. Ceiling and over-bed lighting, Circa Lighting. Wallpaper, Phillip Jeffries.

SOURCE LIST 1stdibs, 1stdibs.com Aitoro, aitoro.com AKDO, akdo.com Annie Selke, annieselke.com Appletree Design Depot, appletreedesigndepot. com Arcadia Custom, arcadiacustom.com Azek, azekco.com Baba Antique Wooden Floors, baba.com Barbara Barry (see Circa Lighting) Barlow Tyrie, teak.com Barn Light Electric Co., barnlight.com B-K Lighting, bklighting.com Brizo, brizo.com Broan, broan-nutone.com C&D Upholstery, 203-838-2200 Carvers’ Guild, carversguild.com

Caroline Irving Textiles (see John Rosselli & Associates) CB2, cb2.com Circa Lighting, circalighting.com Danver, danver.com Dedon, dedon.de Elizabeth Eakins, elizabetheakins.com Elizabeth Higgins, elizabethhigginsartist.com Fire Features, firefeatures.com Focal Metals, focalmetals.com Franke, franke.com Gabby Home, gabbyhome.com Giati, giati.com Gloster, gloster.com Green of Greenwich, greenofgreenwich.com Henry Hall, henryhalldesigns.com Hervé Van der Straeten (see 1stdibs) Home Depot, homedepot.com Hudson Valley Lighting, hvlgroup.com Industry West, industrywest.com Infratech, infratechheatersusa.com Interstate Lumber, interstatelumber.com Janus et Cie, janusetcie.com John Rosselli & Associates, johnrosselli.com Karen Berkemeyer Home, karenberkemeyerhome. com Kingsley Bate, kingsleybate.com Kohler, kohler.com Lacanche, frenchranges.com Lori Glavin, loriglavin.com Luke Lamp Co., lukelampco.com Lynx, lynxgrills.com Marble & Granite Creations, marbleandgranitecreationsllc.com Matouk, matouk.com McArdle’s Floral & Garden Design, mcardles.com Mecox Gardens, mecox.com Molo Design, molodesign.com Nancy Corzine, nancycorzine.com New England Tile, newenglandtile.com Normann Copenhagen, normann-copenhagen. com Old Mill Road Company, oldmillroadtable.com Old World Construction, 203-544-9263 Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com Palmer Industries, sinklegs.com Paola Lenti, paolalenti.it Perennials, perennialsandsutherland.com Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com Porcelanosa, porcelanosa-usa.com Ralph Lauren, ralphlauren.com Redi-Cut Carpets and Rugs, redicarpets.com Regina Andrew, reginaandrew.com Resource Furniture, resourcefurniture.com RH, rh.com Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouse, sambridge. com Schumacher, fschumacher.com Serena & Lily, serenaandlily.com Sherwin Williams, sherwin-williams.com Sigma, sigmafaucet.com Stark, starkcarpet.com Susan Connor, susanconnorny.com The Porch Swing Company, theporchswingcompany.com The Rug Company, therugcompany.com Thermory USA, thermoryusa.com Three Birds, three-birds.com Trovare Home Design, trovarehomedesign.com True Residential, true-residential.com Tuuci, tuuci.com Victoria Hagan, victoriahagancollections.com Waterworks, waterworks.com Wayfair, wayfair.com Whyte & Co., whyteandcompany.com Williams Sonoma Home, williams-sonoma.com

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Daniela Fantini Leonardo da Vinci’s declaration that “water is the driving force of all nature” could be adapted as a motto for the firm led by Daniela Fantini. Headquartered on a bucolic Italian lake­–its factory is linked to its own waterside boutique hotel–the company creates and manufactures cutting-edge bath fixtures. It also supports humanitarian water projects. “Lake Orta is the ‘genius loci’ of Fantini, a great inspiration for our work,” Daniela explains. “We are surrounded by the rhythm of the lake which allows us to be more balanced and thoughtful.” In her 20s, Daniela, then a law student, joined the business which her father and uncle had established in 1946. Sharing their “great passion” for perfection, high quality and social responsibility, she worked her way up from procedural tasks to management, expanding Fantini’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. In addition, she launched a plan to work with different international designers for a wide range of products and collections. Learning that clean water was scarce in the Masango region of Burundi in Central Africa, Daniela promoted construction of an aqueduct and neighborhood wells through its “100 Fontane: Fantini for Africa” project. Profits from the firm’s iconic Balocchi line help fund the project which now provides freshwater access to 30,000 people. With a fondness for cooking and gardening, Daniela resides with her mother and sister in Pella, the small lakeside village where her home, the factory, the hotel and the harbor are harmoniously integrated through gardens and the green environment.

What do you consider the cornerstones of Fantini’s philosophy of sustainability? Safeguarding the consumer’s health and using energy-saving techniques in the product and production process.

Ciao Bella (clockwise from left) Serene Lake Orta is Fantini’s setting and inspiration; a Casa Fantini guest bath in a signature sleek modern design; the Icona Classic nickel faucet.

Why are your manufacturing methods so important? The production process must always be up to date using the most advanced technology. We work on the product and the production process at the same time.

You produce the AboutWater collection in partnership with the distinguished Italian kitchen and bath firm Boffi. What is it like to work together? We have a lot in common, sharing ideals, ideas, aims, and attitudes, and it has been natural to join in a partnership based on the concept of creating faucets and shower systems with a modern and elegant design. What lessons are gained from hotel clients at the Casa Fantini? I learned that taking time for yourself is a common need. The possibility to do it in a beautiful place, surrounded by an amazing natural landscape with the slow rhythm of the lake is even more joyful. What is meant by “lake time?” It’s the slow pace that the mystical aura of the lake and the silence suggest.

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Why was it meaningful to sponsor the “100 Fontane” project creating over 100 local wells in Burundi? Children had been missing school to walk two hours a day to fetch water. Now it is within 10 minutes of every neighborhood. The issue of water is really connected to what Fantini does, our main theme. Do you prefer flat or sparkling water? I usually drink plain water, but I also like sparkling. What is your favorite water sport? I love swimming—in our lake or by the sea. And I have to ask your thoughts on director’s Guillermo del Toro’s film “The Shape of Water?” A poetic movie about the magic of water and the beauty of any form which is connected to water itself. —Sharon King Hoge

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What are the essential characteristics of a well-designed faucet? Function is a prerequisite, but there is no magic formula. For us, it must have something special and innovative both from the formal and aesthetic points of view. And a visual balance too.


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