CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens) JULY/AUGUST, 2021

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Modern Love With trusted design help from Dufner Heighes, a pair of empty nesters tries something new by

Alexa Stevenson Ellis

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European Flair A design duo sets up a chic contemporary home in Litchfield County By Catriona Branca photographs by Costas Picadas

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House Above the South Shore A new Martha’s Vineyard home honors the site’s agrarian past Excerpted from Martha’s Vineyard New Isl and Homes By Keith Moskow and Robert Linn David Sandberg (Esto) Matthew Carbone

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Forming a Narrative Interior designer Heide Hendricks composes a home wrapped in an ode to nature by

David Masello Tim Lenz

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A New Chapter Making a fresh start in a sunny Rowayton home by Jamie photographs by

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Innovation in Design

Editor’s Letter

The Best of the IDAs

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The Innovation in Design Awards’ top winners in the categories of Architecture and Builder Recognition from the past four years Mallory Abreu, Eva Hagberg Fisher and David Masello

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Wine Summer Quaffs

Wine world’s hot trend: a low-alcohol experience by

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Meet the Designer Young Huh

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Contributors

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What’s New Out of the Box

Make the most of summer with weatherfriendly products designed for outdoor living by

Young Huh changed her career direction after law school and followed her passion into design by Sharon

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

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Mary Fitzgerald

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Deeds & Don’ts Inside stories behind area real estate deals by

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I see it as it looked one afternoon In August,—by a fresh soft breeze o’erblown. The swiftness of the tide, the light thereon, A far-off sail, white as a crescent moon. The shining waters with pale currents strewn, The quiet fishing-smacks, the Eastern cove, The semi-circle of its dark, green grove. The luminous grasses, and the merry sun In the grave sky; the sparkle far and wide, Laughter of unseen children, cheerful chirp Of crickets, and low lisp of rippling tide, Light summer clouds fantastical as sleep Changing unnoted while I gazed thereon. All these fair sounds and sights I made my own.

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GREG DUFNER AND DANIEL HEIGHES WISMER

Principals Greg Dufner and Daniel Heighes Wismer, of New York City-based architecture and design firm Dufner Heighes, collaborate closely with their clients, overseeing each phase of a project, from engineering to finish selection and furniture fabrication. The firm has completed apartments and luxury homes across the country, from Vermont to California. Their work has graced the covers of magazines and appeared in The New York Times. Dufner is an architectural designer and a graduate of Cooper Union and commissions the custom furniture for their projects, as well as selecting the lighting and finishes. Heighes Wismer is a licensed architect, with a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University, and handles the specification and production of architectural drawings. Recalling the project found on page 46, “Modern Love,” Dufner and Heighes Wismer note, "It’s such an amazing midcentury structure that it was important to us to respect the original James Evans design while updating the home to include contemporary comforts and meet our clients’ needs.”

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CLAIRE MAESTRONI AND GIORGIO MAROULIS

Describing the home they shared, featured in “European Flair” (page 52), Claire Maestroni and Giorgio Maroulis had this to say. “While we usually present our work for clients, these images actually show the home we rented for ourselves in Washington, CT. We combined some of our favorite art pieces with beautiful, minimalist furniture in a variety of textures and materials and thoughtful styling to create a comfortable, personalized home in under a week!” Maestroni moved to the U.S. from Paris, France and graduated from Parsons School of Design and has been an interior designer for nearly two decades. Maroulis, a native of Athens, Greece, graduated with degrees in architecture and interior design from Parsons and the Cooper Hewitt Museum and has over 30 years of experience. In 2013, they teamed up to found Voce Di Design Studio, which combines their unique skillsets, European tastes, and a passion for sustainable, minimal and functional design. —Mary Fitzgerald

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COCHRAN: ANDREA CARSON PHOTOGRAPHY; MAESTRONI, MAROULIS: COSTAS PICADAS

Elisabeth Peyton Cochran's style is eclectic and worldly. She mixes an array of materials and textures for a fun, cozy and comfortable aesthetic, as illustrated in the Rowayton home she designed for her mother (see “A New Chapter” page, 74). “This was a fun and challenging project that incorporates lots of layers, color and family heirlooms that tell a story and share a history,” says Cochran. Prior to breaking out on her own and establishing EPiC, she worked at the award-winning design firms of Mancini Duffy and Eric Cohler Design in New York City. Graduating from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Studio Art and Parsons with a A.A.S. in Interior Design, Cochran has woven her education and travel experiences into her practice, bridging old world sensibility with contemporary style.


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GREENWICH POLO

Greenwich Polo Club’s 2021 season is underway and there are still many opportunities to enjoy a match at the CTC&G Players’ Lounge. Mingle with polo players, listen to live music and sip on cocktails in the VIP lounge furnished by Design Within Reach and Fermob. Trot over to the new CTC&G Polo Pub by Apex Projects with Studio Bartolotta to toast to a spectacular season! Sundays: July 18, 25 and August 29. Greenwich Polo Grounds, 1 Hurlingham Dr., Greenwich. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit greenwichpoloclub.com.

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MoCA Westport will display its summer exhibition, “Élan Vital,” juried by Max Teicher and Emily White of the Gagosian gallery. The term Élan Vital represents the creative force within an organism that is responsible for growth, change and necessary or desirable adaptations. The exhibition is composed of 11 artists selected through the museum’s first Summer Open Call, working in a range of mediums including painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, ceramics and sitespecific installation work. On view now through August 21. MoCA Westport, 19 Newtown Turnpike, Westport. For more information, visit mocawestport.org.

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HANG OUT

Linger outside a little longer with Currey & Company’s Ripley lantern. Designed for exterior use, the wrought iron fixture features seeded glass panes and is also offered as a wall sconce or post light. The Midnight Trilux finish is fade, crack and rust resistant. $2,190, available at Connecticut Lighting, Hartford, ctlighting.com, curreyandcompany.com.

CIRCULAR MOTION

Annie Selke’s colorful Bowline rug is suitable for indoor or outdoor decor. The filigree mandala rug is handcrafted in a performance fiber rope with a non-slip latex backing. The round rug is available in five sizes and five colorways, including Sprout shown here. $164–$1,044, available through Katahdin Furniture, New Haven, annieselke.com.

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PAVING THE WAY

Porcelain pavers are having a moment, providing a design alternative to natural stone. Gault offers a variety of porcelain products that resemble stone, wood or traditional tile, which can transition from indoors to outdoors. Resistant to extreme temperatures, the low-maintenance, anti-slip, stain and scratch resistant, and eco-friendly material is an extremely durable option—plus they are made in the USA. Price upon request, Gault, Westport, gaultstone.com.

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WHAT’S NEW

DOOR STOPS

Danver has unveiled a new cabinet door style for its outdoor kitchen line—Venice. Available in powder coated finishes, including realistic wood grains, neutrals and bold colors, Venice is a modern take on a classic door style in a corrosion-resistant stainless steel. Pricing available upon request, Danver, Wallingford, danver.com.

HYGGE HAPPINESS

Danish architect Bodil Kjaer designed the BK13 Swing Sofa for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1959. The timeless form is made of solid teak suspended from knotted ropes. Weather resistant, the swing can be used indoors or out, and Sunbrella fabric cushions can be added for extra comfort. $1,700, available through Hive Modern, hivemodern.com, carlhansen.com.

LUXURY OUTDOORS

TROPICAL FLAIR

The Rio collection from Élitis pays homage to the florals and botanicals of the tropics in complex indoor/outdoor weaves. The prints can be mixed and matched with geometrics and solids. Rumba and Cha Cha Cha, shown here, add Latin spice to outdoor upholstery. Price upon request, elitis.us.

You probably never imagined using velvet outdoors, but why not? Mokum’s South Beach Stripe is inviting in a lush weather-friendly, high performance velvet. Shown here in Sapphire, there are six colorways in Mokum’s new Club Tropicalia outdoor collection. Price upon request, available through Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com, jamesdunloptextiles.com.

POOL PARTY

With the push of a button, the mechanized Azenco Pool Deck slides into place, transitioning an in-ground pool into an entertaining venue. The sturdy decking provides insulation and safeguards the pool while unattended and can support patio furniture for an attractive space to relax. The decking can be configured to fit most pools and is an ideal solution when outdoor space is at a premium. $15,000, azenco-outdoor.com.

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Outdoor upholstery, pillows and drapery deserve the same attention to detail as indoor pieces. Schumacher’s indoor/ outdoor Ombre trim tape with variegated stripes in graduated tones is a chic finishing touch. Price upon request, fschumacher.com.

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WHAT’S NEW

FIRED UP

Become the ultimate grill master with Wolf’s 36-inch outdoor gas grill. The stainless-steel unit can be built-in or used as a freestanding cart and boasts 25,000 BTUs. Two powerful halogen lights illuminate the grilling surface for nighttime barbecues. $6,345, Clarke, clarkeliving.com, subzero-wolf.com.

FIESTA TIME

Inspired by a trip to Mexico and the bold colors and energy of Mexican midcentury architect Luis Barragán’s graphic work, Serena Dugan created Condesa, one of five new outdoor textile patterns. Combining color and shapes, the high-performance fabric with integrated water, stain and UV resistance is offered in four dramatic colorways: Agave/ Lime, Hyacinth/Pumice, Mushroom/Peony and Midnight/ Cherry (shown here). $188 per yard, available through Temple Studio, templestudiony.com, serenadugan.com.

KEEP COOL

FASHION FORWARD

Mosaics have long been used in pool surrounds, but the options were limited. Happily, times have changed. Show off a sporty stripe with Ida, a weather-resistant tile from New Ravenna’s Femme & Function collection. The handcut stone mosaic is fashioned from tumbled Dolomite with tumbled Indigo Glazed Basalto. Price upon request, available through Greenwich Tile & Marble, greenwichtileandmarble.com, newravenna.com.

Oomph and Big Ass Fans combined creative and engineering forces to present the Haiku fan in Oomph’s signature lacquered colors. Choose from Oomph’s fun and sophisticated palette—shown here in Knockout Orange—or design your own in a custom shade. The silent and smart fan features environmental sensors and can be controlled via an app and voice integration. $2,850, available through Oomph, Greenwich, oomphhome.com.

TAKE OUT

Fire up the portable Ooni Karu pizza oven for stone-baked pizza in just 60 seconds. The multi-fuel oven uses wood or charcoal and can be adapted for gas with an Ooni gas burner. Reaching 950 degrees in just 15 minutes, you can make homemade pizza quicker than dialing for take out. $349, available through Sur la Table, surlatable. com, ooni.com.

MOVE OUTDOORS

Create an outdoor room with the Walpole Outdoors Pergola in handcrafted Azek solid cellular PVC. Add a shade canopy in Sunbrella fabrics and lighting to cook or entertain day or night. Price upon request, walpoleoutdoors.com.

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DESIGN NOTES

DESIGN NOTES

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

Samuel Heath

FRESH PAINT F. Schumacher & Co. acquired digitally native paint company Backdrop, expanding its portfolio of global design brands. The architectural paint line was founded in 2018 by husband-and-wife team

Natalie and Caleb Ebel, initiating a fresh approach to paint shopping (no more lugging paint cans home from the store). Backdrop offers a curated palette of 50-plus colors in premium, Green Wise certified and low-VOC paints that are shipped

Backdrop

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directly to your door. “Backdrop represents a very exciting expansion into the paint market for FSCO.” says Timur Yumusaklar, president & CEO of F. Schumacher & Co. “This is a natural complement to our existing wall and floor covering brands.” backdrophome.com. TRANSFORMATIVE DESIGN British brand Samuel Heath collaborated with award-winning interior designer Rachel Usher to present its latest brassware collection of taps, showers and accessories. Exploring Samuel Heath’s One Hundred collection, Usher developed six concept mood boards, including inspiration for minimalist, luxury,

OUTDOOR INVITATION Answering designers’ and clients’ requests for outdoor living furniture, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has expanded into the exterior furnishings arena. Introducing its first-ever outdoor collection, MG+BW unveiled two distinct styles—each with 11 pieces—Del Mar in sustainable weathered solid teak and Bauhausinfluenced Sanibel in handcrafted cast aluminum. All are offered with performance fabrics in a choice of eight nature-inspired hues. Umbrellas and outdoor pillows in Sunbrella round out the collection. “As our homes increasingly become seamless multi-functional spaces, the outdoor area is now as important as any room in the house in being a place of connection, engagement, and gratitude for everything that defines comfort,” says Allison O’Connor, president and CEO. 45 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 203-661-4480, mgbwhome.com. —Mary Fitzgerald

VIVID-TEK: MINDY BRIAR PHOTOGRAPHY

HOME ENTERTAINMENT Westport resident and entrepreneur Mark Motyl saw a problem and developed a timely solution. In the age of Zoom calls and virtual learning, he realized there was a need for a home entertainment/communication system that could take center stage in the home, rather than being hidden in the basement. Partnering with a local premier cabinetmaker and top tech firms, he devised Vivid-Tek. The immersive in-home theatre’s 110-inch screen is hidden away in a well-appointed, customizable credenza or bench. Motyl opened a Westport showroom in March to enable clients to experience the media system’s exceptional picture and sound quality firsthand. To learn more and visit the showroom, call for an appointment. 1252 Post Rd., E., 203-800-9951, Westport, vivid-tek.com.

calming, family, contemporary and small bathrooms. The hardware is offered in a variety of metal finishes and designs for bespoke tailoring, and Usher demonstrates its versatility to create relaxing, restorative spa-like environments. “Samuel Heath’s One Hundred collection harnesses the refined qualities of British craftsmanship,” says Usher, “a brassware collection which is aesthetically refined and designed to be objects of absolute beauty in their own right.” samuel-heath.com.


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ecause last year’s summer fun was curtailed, the 2021

season was hyped as the summer of the century. And it hasn’t disappointed, with entertaining, events and athletics back in full swing (safely so, of course). While all properties are selling quickly, homes equipped with outdoor amenities are in high demand. Here are five of them for your consideration, all of them party ready. See you in September! WATERFRONT FUN

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eachside avenue is where you’ll find some of westport’s most beautiful homes, many of which have sandy beaches, private docks and views over Long Island Sound. New to the avenue is a justbuilt contemporary designed by architect Roger Ferris. The louveredwood-and-glass dwelling sits along a sweeping stretch of road with dramatic views over the water and Southport Beach. Outdoor amenities

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Top Notch Roger Ferris designed this chic Westport contemporary, topped by an expansive roof deck. It’s offered for $7.5 million by Elizabeth Steffen of Higgins Group and Jenny Bentley Carmichael of Riverside Realty Group, both in Westport. 203-226-0300 and 203-293-5454.


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Wow Factor While it’s hard to pick just one “wow” amenity at this Wilson Point home, the pool would be on anyone’s wish list. The property is offered for $8,995,000 by Alexandra Friedman of Compass. 917-544-4221.

include a circular saltwater pool and wraparound decks, as well as a 1,500-square-foot roof deck, accessed via a retractable glass ceiling. Inside, the 4,250-square-foot interiors center on an open-plan living room with a stylish fireplace wall and glass walls that open onto the decks. The home office and main bedroom suite also open onto decks, and there are an additional three ensuite bedrooms. It lists for $7.5 million with Elizabeth Steffen of Higgins Group and Jenny Bentley Carmichael of Riverside Realty Group. The Wilson Point peninsula, part of South Norwalk, offers the convenience of SoNo’s shops and train, along with 100 acres of quiet waterfront living, with most homes boasting stunning views over Long Island Sound. On the market for $8,995,000 is a gracious stone manor house with a formal façade that gives way to resort-like interiors and amenities. The foyer features a dramatic staircase and a double-height space with a long wall of glass doors, offering access to the terrace and views to the water. On the lower level, there’s a wood-paneled wine cellar, a home gym and a media room with plush theater seats. The main bedroom suite has a fireplace, sitting room and private deck, and there are an additional six bedrooms. Outdoors, there’s an expansive infinityedged pool, a stone terrace with a firepit and a private dock. It’s offered by Alexandra Friedman of Compass. Estate Plan Spa life is on tap at this gorgeous Greenwich compound, listed for $12,995,000 with Jennifer Leahy of Douglas Elliman in Greenwich. 917-699-2783.

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Another grand family compound is in the Old Hill neighborhood in Westport. This one is a circa-1920s stone-and-brick Tudor on three acres, featuring a pool and a pool cabana, with a kitchen, full bathroom, and laundry. The gardened exteriors also offer a HarTru tennis court with viewing pavilion and stone fireplace. Inside the nearly 11,000-square-foot home are Tudor-style details, including lofty, beamed ceilings; arched doorways; French doors and a total of nine fireplaces, including a cozy kitchen hearth. And there are nine bedrooms in all, including an impressive master suite with a sitting room. Jaclyn Picarillo, of Unique & Luxury Properties, affiliated with Higgins Group, lists the property for $5.5 million. LAKEFRONT LIVING

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directly on Lake Waramaug with a floating deep-water dock, this threeacre property was designed to take in water views from nearly every room. The main floor centers on a lofty great room with a soaring stone hearth and a double-height window wall. It flows to the open-plan kitchen and dining area, which come equipped with a wet bar with a Sub-Zero wine fridge. The main bedroom suite, on the lower level, features polishedconcrete floors, a spa-like bathroom, a fireplace and access to a garden room. There’s also a chic shed-like office with its own little terrace. It lists with Peter Klemm of Klemm Real Estate. —Diane di Costanzo

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Due to historically low inventories of for-sale homes, more than a quarter of all homes sold in the U.S. were not yet completely built, per Census Bureau data from January 2021. Not surprisingly, the hot housing market has builders scrambling to meet demand—an effort hampered by COVID-impacted lumber supplies, the rising costs of buildable lots and continuing labor shortages. And while it may sound counterintuitive to buy a house before stepping foot in it, there are advantages. Many still-underconstruction projects offer buyers discounts, as well as the chance to customize a little—or a lot.

Lake News Just listed for $4,950,000, this Washington contemporary has a private dock on Lake Waramaug. It’s offered by Peter Klemm of Klemm Real Estate in Washington Depot. 917-864-4940.

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Like a display in a boutique, this 19th-century New England farmhouse sits perched atop a hill. Once a 1940s cape, the now renovated home became the framework for an ambitious newlywed couple’s dream home on a stunning Fairfield County property. “Every time I drive by, I fall in love with it again,” notes Jack Shostak, owner of Shostak Construction. “It’s not incredibly massive, and yet it captures your eye.” A large part of this effect, says Shostak, is the result of incorporating a front porch built in locally sourced wood, as it would have been nearly 200 years ago. Fir flooring on the porch, custom mahogany fasciae and clapboard siding supplement the second-floor addition to define a clear entrance point. Although the design schema of Browning Residential Design aligned with traditional farmhouse structures, according to Shostak, it was the attention to detail that made the straightforward structure so engaging. “It’s just simple lines, not incredible amounts of detail,” says Shostak. “But the detail put into it was done with a purpose. The molding, the window casings, it’s all very substantial.” TEXT BY MALLORY ABREU

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The site for this pool house, a prominent rise overlooking the Connecticut River near Lyme, is dramatic in its own right, but Nautilus Architects wanted to create a structure that would further define its setting. The team of designers restricted the structure’s color palette to gray, silver and black as a way to offset every architectural element and material. Concrete, steel, glass and stone respond to the natural setting and work to foster both solidity and a sense of transparency. Notable details include a black, steel-framed clerestory, a vigorously articulated cantilevering I-beam, and sliding pocket doors that open the building directly to the pool, transforming it into a pavilion. TEXT BY DAVID MASELLO PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL ELSDEN

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There was no choice for Peter A. Giordano, general contractor for this pool house in Lyme, to achieve anything short of perfection. Giordano, who heads the Mystic-based Tier 1, had to pour and construct the concrete walls on site in such a way that their surfaces would be flawless, since the finished product would also form the finished interiors—notably the fireplace wall, kitchen space and bath/shower area. The steelwork, too, that defined the dramatically articulated clerestory and that served as the frame and support for the sliding glass door also had to be seamless, for what was an aesthetic element was also a supportive one.

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On the spot of a former working dairy farm in Sharon— complete with silos, pastures and barns—is now a kind of reinvented farmhouse meant wholly for our day and time. This spacious fieldstone and wood residence (set amid a 2017 IDAs Landscape Design winner by Wesley Stout Associates) designed by Reese Owens Architects serves as “the new farm’s emblem.” The clients’ wish to incorporate a silo into the structure could easily have become a cliché. But the design cleverly introduced an otherwise windowless concrete silo into the envelope of the structure, then capped it with a dramatic glass wraparound roof from which the clients can now survey their land. The vigorously articulated stone barn portion of the structure contains the main living spaces and incorporates a massive rolling door that fosters an effortless melding of indoor and outdoor spaces. TEXT BY DAVID MASELLO PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL BIONDO

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In the old days, a farm silo was a relatively simple structure to build. But in the case of this newly constructed farmhouse in Sharon, a 40-foot silo, made of concrete and topped with a glass dome, required considerable engineering and crafting skills by its contractor, Brenner Builders. “There wasn’t a lot of tolerance in the interior diameter of the silo,” says company president Kevin Brenner, “and so we had to custom make supports for the form in our mill shop. We had to hire a crane to drop in the staircase from above. The dome couldn’t be put in place until the stairs were inside the form.” Now that the house is done, Brenner says, “There’s nothing about this house we’re not proud of.”

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It seems that the classic New England farmhouse, with its origins dating back centuries, might have been the first Modern house. Such dwellings were simple, clean forms absent of extraneous architectural ornamentation. Saniee Architects sought to replicate some of those vernacular houses with this new residence they designed for their clients. The overriding principle was to allow the materials, the textures and the colors to do much of the visual architectural work. One of the motifs that the architects introduced, both inside and on the exterior, was that of woven sticks. The vertical boards on the exterior are echoed throughout the interiors, most notably with an intriguing, even sculptural, staircase, whose stick-like motif serves also as an interior wall. Ceiling beams further emphasize the idea of woven sticks. Meanwhile, an expansive glass wall effortlessly melds the interior with the outside. ✹ TEXT BY DAVID MASELLO PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID SUNDBERG/ESTO

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The biggest “problem” of a house designed by architect Mahdad Saniee is its biggest asset. “A house of this modest scale designed by anyone else would have been relatively easy to execute,” says the project builder David Lionetti, president of Shoreline Pools, “but Mahdad’s attention to detail required paying extra attention, at every moment, to all of my builders. Everything he designs is at the highest level of detail—even the plumbing and the fixtures, the alignment of the beams, the doors, the soffits.” Saniee’s house was meant to replicate a typical New England farmhouse, simple in its geometry and unembellished, but he imbued every room and surface with a degree of detail that elevates the residence. “Was this a difficult house to build?” Lionetti asks rhetorically. “Only in the details.”

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Midcentury Mania Architectural designers Greg Dufner and Daniel Heighes Wismer of Dufner Heighes updated, renovated and restored a house that was originally built by James Evans in 1962. The house centers around an inner courtyard (above) and is secluded in the woods with views of the lake (below); the Richard Schultz lounge chairs are through Knoll. Natural cladding (opposite page) is painted charcoal gray to soften the structure into the landscape; the Artemide wall sconce is through Y Lighting. See Resources.

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WITH TRUSTED DESIGN HELP FROM DUFNER HEIGHES, A PAIR OF EMPTY NESTERS TRIES SOMETHING NEW

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Open Plan (this page) Cedar and Moss pendants illuminate the kitchen, which has new custom Henrybuilt cabinetry, BDDW bar stools and Blue Star appliances. Modern Moments (opposite page, clockwise from top) A Lindsey Adelman fixture illuminates a Saarinen Tulip table surrounded by Carl Hansen Wishbone chairs in the dining room, where a grouping of parakeet prints by Luke Stephenson hangs over the double-sided fireplace. New Pella windows in the courtyard take full advantage of the views. See Resources.


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story that when children grow up, the parents often look to downsize. In this particular case, though, the move came with a few requirements. Repeat clients of the architectural design firm Dufner Heighes were looking to trade in their current, larger, traditional house for a midcentury modern version, in the suburbs, but—here’s the catch—without the suburban feel. “We looked at a few houses with them,” says Daniel Heighes Wismer, “and this one [a 1962 house designed by James Evans] ticked all the boxes. It’s a good location to the city but feels secluded—like you are in the country. It is a very unusual square donut-shaped house with a garden in the middle. They fell in love with the site, and, by the time we were done, they were in love with the design.” The house presented more than a few challenges. “We didn’t want to come in and impose a vision different from what existed,” says Wismer, “but it needed an update.” Adds Greg Dufner, “If anything, we opened the house up more so there is a continuous flow, while being sensitive to what was already there.” The majority of projects Dufner Heighes takes on involve both architecture and interior design, and this one was no exception. “The problem with modern houses,” says Wismer, “is that when they were doing this, it was all new, so a lot of the details are really rudimentary as they just figured things out on the site while they were building. A lot of the house was in rough shape, and we had to figure out what could be updated or saved.” They gutted the house—everything but the tongue-and-groove ceilings remained, and replaced or enlarged the windows, while being respectful to its original aesthetic, to take better advantage of the views. They painted the outside a charcoal gray to soften it into the surrounding landscape, which is heavily wooded. “It was really more of an intervention than it looks like,” says Dufner. Inside, they painted the walls a light gray throughout and used white oak on the floor and white-washed the ceiling. “Everything centers around the courtyard,” says Wismer. “It is a continuous space, and the house is not very big, so we wanted it to flow. We kept it very simple with no jarring spaces. We didn’t want things to seem chopped up or small.”

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Gang’s All Here (above and opposite page, bottom left) In the living room, a Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair and ottoman sit with a pair of Dune sofas and a Finn Juhl pelican chair. The artwork over the stairs is by Yannick Demmerle through Arndt Fine Art. See Resources.

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The kitchen stayed in the same location, but they took the walls off both ends so that it opens up to the dining room, where they enlarged the window so it looks out over the lake. Like the rest of the house, most of the pieces in the dining room are from previous projects with the clients. A Lindsey Adelman pendant from their townhouse now resides over a Tulip table surrounded by white oak Wishbone chairs. The living room sits on the other side of the dining room’s double-sided fireplace. It’s a big, long room with multiple seating areas. “We’ve done all these previous projects for them, so we were able to cherry pick pieces and put them in one space,”’ says Wismer. “It was kind of like their greatest hits.” Adds Dufner, “They love Danish design, and it really was easy for us to pull everything together—we didn’t even reupholster anything. The palette from house to house was consistent, so it naturally worked together.” “They are really great clients and are willing to take some risks even if they don’t understand what the end product is going to be. They went in knowing they wanted a modern house and went after it,” says Dufner. “Half of our projects are repeat clients. It’s a great process from the beginning. There is a trust there. We knew this client wanted a soothing home that felt like an escape. We wanted to respect what was there—a beautiful and simple design.” Says Wismer, “They were in love with the idea of living in this special space and they had all these amazing pieces. We are always educating them about furniture and how spaces should and could work. To me, this was the graduation of this client.” ✹


Serenity Now In corner of the primary bedroom (left), an Ib Kofod-Larsen chair from Brdr. Petersen is paired with a Kieran Kinsella orange side table from BDDW. The bed is through Room & Board, and the linen drapery is through the Shade Store. The bathroom (below right) tile is Daltile; the white woven-leather stool is from Waterworks. See Resources.

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Natural Attractions (clockwise across spread from this page) In the dining/sunroom, Panton chairs topped with sheepskins surround a custom oak-and-steel table. The back deck is outfitted with Roberta Schilling black-rope chairs with white Sunbrella seat cushions. An inviting pool completes the scene. See Resources.

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EUROPEAN FLAIR A design duo sets up a chic contemporary home in Litchfield County BY CATRIONA BRANCA | PHOTOGRAPHS BY COSTAS PICADAS

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ting,” notes Maestroni. “In order to bring it to our liking, we treated it almost as a staging project, but with some slight interior design improvements and complete painting throughout.” They also changed much of the lighting, introducing Arteriors sconces in the living room; a large Nuevo floor light in the dining room; an elegant Herman Miller wall sconce in a guest bedroom; and a unique wood-carved table lamp from RT Facts in the primary bedroom. Artwork played a central role in the design of the home. “In any of our design projects, we always start from the art,” says Maestroni. Although most of the couple’s art collection is European, the majority of the clean-lined furnishings are domestic, with the exception of a dining table inspired by Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt and Danish Panton chairs. This combination in the dining/ sunroom, partnered with a large black-and-white print by Costas Picadas and a one-of-a-kind console from the Antique and Artisan Gallery creates an aesthetic of warm minimalism and European timelessness. Soothing colors flow throughout the entire home. “A neutral palette is the


Timeless Touches (above) Artwork in the living room includes a Terry O’Neill print of Brigitte Bardot and Circle by JeanMarc Louis. Seating includes a Calvin Klein Home sofa and lounge chair, plus a Le Corbusier chaise through Cassina. Arteriors sconces flank the windows. Dine In Style (right) A Nuevo Raku floor light illuminates a Calvin Klein Home table and chairs in the dining room. See Resources.


Kitchen Cachet (this page) Faux leather counter stools from Nuevo add to the kitchen’s contemporary feel. Personal Spaces (opposite page, left to right) In the main bedroom, a linen and wood upholstered bed wears a Holly Hunt Fabric; the table lamp is from RT Facts. Herman Miller’s Nelson Bubble light illuminates a West Elm Martini side table in a guest bedroom. The main bathroom is a soothing retreat in neutral grays and whites. See Resources.

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“A NEUTRAL PALETTE IS THE BEST BACKGROUND FOR NOT ONLY THE ARTWORK AND THE FURNITURE, BUT ALSO TO AVOID ANY DISTRACTIONS AND ALLOW OUR MIND TO ENJOY THE ENVIRONMENT”

best background for not only the artwork and the furniture, but also to avoid any distractions and allow our mind to enjoy the environment,” Maestroni explains. “We prefer to use bright colors as an accent that we repeat in several rooms, either through the art or the accessories. It is almost as an ‘Ariadne’s thread,’ where we will follow this touch of colors to guide us through the home and bring us to harmony.” In the kitchen, white and gray matte-finish shaker cabinetry complements modern walnut base cabinets. “The kitchen cabinets were new when we moved in, but we were able to make the space more modern by the use of the sleek Nuevo faux-leather counter stools.” Metal shelving above the island adds to the contemporary industrial-restaurant vibe.

Even though hues are kept at a minimum, a variety of textures abound. “We used different materials such as leather, sisal, wool and linen to bring the outside in and to include the organic aspect that is always important to us,” explains Maestroni. In the living-room bookcases, for example, a carefully curated selection of books and art pop against a removeable wallcovering in a gray grasscloth finish. “It complements the gray in the kitchen and creates a background for books and objects.” Also in the living room, an iconic Le Corbusier chaise longue is finished in cowskin and black leather, while a black wood stump creates a naturalistic end table. And the designers’ favorite aspect of this Litchfield County family home? “Here, we’re surrounded by nature, giving it the feeling of a tree house.” ✹ july/august 2021 cottagesgardens.com ctc&g

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of previously unbuilt land in the heart of the farming and artistic community that is known as “up-island” Martha’s Vineyard. The long agrarian history of the windswept southern edge of the island underpins the design approach to the project. In deference to the site’s history as a sheep-grazing field and to the simple New England forms that shape the area’s architectural heritage, we developed the house and studio as a pair of barns with low pitched roofs that sit quietly in the landscape. The two buildings form a series of courtyards and outdoor spaces, with varying degrees of privacy and views. Based in a love of the dense aggregation of New England farm complexes, we sited the studio 60

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and the house barns tightly together, creating a charged space between them. On arrival, the house presents as a single-story structure, tucked neatly into the landscape. From the meadow, a grass pathway leads up the hill to a broad stair and an elevated, large south-facing porch back to the farm road and meadow landscape. The sweeping Atlantic views are experienced only after a visitor enters the house; the northwest entry courtyard is edged by a mute, charred cedar wall with screened apertures, creating a private courtyard with views west over the rolling fields and stone fences. An integral process in the making of the house was the research and testing that went into producing the shou sugi ban louvers on the exterior, which screen private spaces and shade the interior without diminishing


Up-Island Elan (clockwise across spread from above) Approached from the courtyard, the house and studio appear to be solid but slightly abstracted traditional barn forms. The site plan reveals the charged relationship between the structures. The recently released book is a collection of contemporary residential architecture on Martha’s Vineyard. Generous steps lead from the porch to the meadow below.

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Slide Show A fully glazed corner of the living area opens up to become an outdoor space.



Top To Bottom (opposite page) The elevated, panoramic living space sits above a stone walkway with built-in bench seating and concrete detailing. Airy Abode (this page, clockwise from left) The main living area, featuring a custom fireplace, looks onto panoramic views of greenery and the seascape beyond. The kitchen serves both the dining room and the outdoor dining porch. The light wells on the lower level are planted with towering trees, bringing the landscape inside the house.

views. The basis of this treatment is a traditional Japanese method of wood preservation using heat. Our team rented a warehouse in the Bronx to assemble and burn the timber louvers ourselves, scorching, washing, and sealing each of them by hand. The result is a dark, elegant, and weatherproof facade that complements the landscape. Inside the buildings, bleached ash lines and lightens all surfaces. The ceilings in the public rooms lift to the high ridges, with dropped areas to create a children’s sleeping loft high in the roof. Blending natural and man-made spaces was a consistent focus of study. The lower level consists of a series of bedrooms with shared spaces between that look into light wells, landscaped with local rocks and moss. We took advantage of deep foundation walls buried in the hillside to plant trees underground. The below-ground light wells bring daylight, rain, and nature into the lower level. People walk over glass bridges above the trees to reach the front door. These trees bud and blossom more than a month before the rest of the island, as the wells funnel natural sunlight and rain, while keeping out damaging gusts. ✹ july/august 2021 cottagesgardens.com ctc&g

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Serene Surroundings The Saugatuck River (this page) runs through the bucolic property of a 1928 neo-Colonial house (opposite page) in Weston. See Resources.

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photo) From the curb, the house appears more modest in scale, defined by three dormers. Interior designer Heide Hendricks fashioned a breakfast nook on one side of the main living room, using 1940s leather bridge chairs from 1stDibs and a vintage table set on a cowhide rug. The mudroom is painted with Farrow & Ball’s Purbeck Stone; the slate flooring is through Tiles Direct. The shady grounds are shot through with beams of sunlight. See Resources.

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McConnaughey, who works as a Connecticut Realtor following a long career as a flight attendant for Delta, refers to Hendricks as “the best therapist a girl could have.” While the homeowner has a special talent for staging interiors for prospective home buyers, she admits to never before hiring an interior designer. After a thorough search for the right designer, she and her husband chose Hendricks after viewing her previous projects. “David and I were struck by her sense of colors, the way she uses them, and her ability to tell the story of a home and its occupants. Every one of Heide’s projects relates a narrative.” The McConnaugheys had stories they wanted to tell—and still make— with their home, which they purchased in 2018. Both came to the home with objects collected separately over the years—he with such things as vintage duck decoys and his mother’s black lacquered Baker furniture and she with a variety of objects amassed from her world travels. The existing accessories and furnishings made for a home, according to Hendricks, that “felt like it had already been lived in, but which was also fresh.” Of her relationship with the couple, she adds, “We synched right away and discovered early on that many of the resources on her wish list were already on mine.”




A Storied Composition (this page) The homeowners had their architect for the project, ART Architects, design custom shelving in the living room. The coffee table is vintage, and the accent table (foreground) by Andrew Martin is made of a petrified wood stump. See Resources.

Natural Instincts (opposite page, Thomas O’Brien sconces from Circa Lighting flank artwork by Bryan Nash Gill on one end of the family room, which is furnished with an RH sofa, a Hans Wegner rocking chair from 1stDibs and Blu Dot ottomans. Hans Wegner chairs from the 1950s surround a custom dining table made of walnut with a cast-iron base. Animal trophies hang in the office and elsewhere in the home; the armchair is from Hammertown Barn. See Resources. clockwise from top)


Reflecting Well (above) In the family room, Hendricks purposely chose a high-gloss paint, Farrow & Ball’s Ammonite, as a way to visually raise the ceiling and infuse and animate the room with reflected and refracted natural light. Antique Chinese chairs through Montage face off against a midcentury Jens Risom bench. ART Architects created a Dutch door to access the bar. See Resources.

Both Hendricks and the homeowners recognized the biggest interior design challenge as being the first-floor family room, situated at the rear of the house (the house is entered, essentially, on the second floor, with the land sloping to grade at the rear). What appeared to be a dim, low-ceilinged, basement-like space has since been transformed into a light-flooded family room with direct access to a terrace, the grounds, and, eventually, the riverbanks. Hendricks chose a high gloss paint for the ceiling, a visual trick that made the room feel far taller. “The glossy finish reflects light off the river and bounces it around onto the surfaces,” says Hendricks. As the homeowner emphasizes, “Until that room was transformed, my husband and I said that we had bought a three-story house but that only two were used. Now we use every single part of the house.” To make the room extra accommodating for 72

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The Best Rest (opposite page, clockwise from top) A guest room features a pair of twin RH beds wih Rough Linen bedding; walls wear Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room Blue. The cushions on a window bench in the primary suite are from Kirsten Hecktermann. In the main bedroom, a Ballard Designs lamp tops a West Elm nightstand alongside a custom Morris & Co. bed. See Resources.

the couple and their guests, a former closet was renovated to house a bar—a space concealed by a Dutch door. A living room of equal size, situated directly above the family room, features built-in bookcases, a stone fireplace, and a novel breakfast nook at one end. “Having a bistro table with chairs at one end didn’t make sense to me at first,” admits McConnaughey, “but Heide is so smart that she knew we’d be at that table all the time.” McConnaughey—who reads a lot of poetry and tends to see her home and its surroundings as a kind of visual poem—remains aware of the effect Hendricks’ design has had. “Heide took a snapshot of how we wanted to live in the house, and we’re now living the movie version of it. My whole life, I’ve always been searching for a completed home, until now that is.” ✹



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Light & Bright (this page) The conservatory doubles as a dining room, where Cisco Brothers chairs sport a mix of Kravet, Beacon Hill and Michael Smith fabrics. A Best & Lloyd Oyster chandelier is suspended above the dining table, which has a custom purple faux shagreen top. Simon Pearce hurricanes and a floral arrangement by Kim Delgado at Mary Stuart Flowers top the table. Continuous Color (opposite page) The hue from the dining room is echoed in the spring garden with beautiful purple allium. See Resources.

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UPRE COCHRAN was on a mission. After spending nearly 40 years in a spacious colonial farmhouse in New Canaan, she was ready for a reset. “After my husband died, I needed a change,” she says. DuPre found the change she sought in coastal Rowayton, where she fell in love with a 1920s stucco cottage with beautiful light and water views. “My house was so dark and isolated,” she notes. “Here, I can sit at my desk all day and stare at the river.” The house in question was “quaint and cozy with a French country cottage feel” adds interior designer Peyton Cochran, DuPre’s oldest daughter, who guided the top-to-bottom makeover. “It was brighter and cheerier than what she was accustomed to, and it had a history to it, which she loved.”

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Initial plans called for a modest renovation, but before construction could start, the house had to be raised five feet due to FEMA regulations. In the process, “we decided to design the house my mother wanted from the ground up.” DuPre enlisted the help of her longtime friend Louise Brooks and her firm Brooks & Falotico, with whom she had done three previous renovations. High on DuPre’s wish list—space enough for entertaining, a large kitchen (she is an accomplished cook) and room for overnight guests. The architect reworked the flow of the house, slightly expanding the footprint, and adding a third floor and an attached garage, each with its own guest suite. The open-floor plan is warm and inviting with high ceilings, and wide-plank oak floors that were refinished by Stephen Gamble. “We used reclaimed wood to add that patina and comfortable feel that she loves,” says Louise. “Halfway through the construction, we added a glass conservatory dining room where an exterior terrace was planned.”


Cool & Calm (this page) Boston Terrier Ronan and English Bulldog Lucille are right at home in the living room, where a Lee Jofa sofa sports a Cowtan & Tout linen and custom swivel chairs through Chris Upholstery are covered in a Kravet cotton. Artwork by Katie Ré Scheidt hangs above a fireplace surround by Concrete Encounter. The side table is through Augustus & Carolina. The rug is through Palace Oriental Rug. Island Vibe (opposite page) The pewter range hood from the Antique and Artisan Gallery sets the tone for the open kitchen. Stephen Gamble finished the wood floors and cabinetry, and the island lighting is through the Urban Electric Co. The New Ravenna backsplash tile is through Greenwich Tile & Marble. See Resources.



Good Eats (opposite In the breakfast room, a gilded mirror above the wet bar, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, is a family heirloom. The handcarved bleached-teak pedestal dining table is through Andrianna Shamaris. The chairs are from Cisco Home. The George Kovacs chandelier is through Lumens. Snug Space (right) A large landscape painting by William Sullivan sets the tone in the den. The gold-framed painting is by Bernie Horton. The ceiling wood is from the original home’s floors. See Resources. page)


Red Alert (this page, clockwise from above) In the guest room, the framed artwork is by Lisa Cates, the wooden wall sconce is from Chairish, and the beds are dressed with lime green quilts through Soft Surroundings. Benjamin Moore’s Bulls Red Advance in high gloss complements a woven rush side chair through Jo-Liza International, while an old quilt was repurposed into curtains. The bathroom is entirely done in lime green Moroccan tiles through Greenwich Tile & Marble. Serene Sanctuary (opposite page, clockwise from top left) In the primary bedroom, the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Rain. A floral painting by Anne Harris hangs above a custom media console. The fabric for the Roman shades is from Designers Guild. In the primary bathroom, the custom window treatments above the green marble tub from New England Stone, were originally antique family heirloom linens. A pair of the Urban Electric Co. sconces flank the antique metal dental cabinet, now a display case for DuPre’s collection of seashells. See Resources.

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When it came time for the interiors, Peyton took her cue from her mother’s eclectic sense of style and their mutual love of finding and collecting things. “Every room in this house reflects her colorful, artistic and Southern personality, drawing from years of family travel to beach and mountain houses in the Carolinas and in St. Croix,” explains Peyton. Much of the décor consists of family heirlooms and mementos from her travels that have “taken on a completely new life in this airy, light and neutral background.” Peyton and her mother spent hours scouring antiques stores, repurposing old fabrics and introducing modern elements into the mix. “My mother loves a good story,” says Peyton, “and in this case, each room has a story to tell.” Nowhere is this more evident than in the kitchen, where the story started with a vintage range hood. “I just loved the look of it,” DuPre says. “I had to have it.” The hood’s warm pewter patina drove the rest of the design, including the custom hardware and quartz countertops, the open shelving and the oak floors and cabinetry. “The vintage weathered wood and exposed beams are really reminiscent of Pawleys Island for us,” says the designer. Similarly, the Oyster chandelier in the conservatory was another must-have. “It reflects her bubbly personality,” Peyton says. Six dining chairs are covered in a mix of jewel-tone and animal-print fabrics, and the table is topped in a faux purple shagreen. The overall effect is both whimsical and elegant. “It’s a room that my mother really enjoys,” adds Peyton. “It’s become a bigger entertaining space for her, which she loves to do a lot.” The mood changes slightly in the living room where a Lee Jofa sofa and a pair of Chris Upholstery swivel chairs provide a quiet backdrop for a few key pieces, such as the bleached teak coffee table and clamshell-topped side table. Here a contemporary artwork has pride of place over the fireplace. “It’s very eclectic—a lot of neutral and great pockets of color, just like the house,” says Peyton. “As much as my mother gravitates to color, she also like calm and serene. It’s one of the reasons she moved to Rowayton.” ✹ july/august 2021 cottagesgardens.com ctc&g

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ow often have you spun your bottle of “light” rose around, inspecting the front and back labels in search of its alcohol level, only to discover 14 percent inscribed in miniscule print? Many wines touted as “light” are anything but. There’s a marked difference between sipping a table wine with a low 12-percent ABV (alcohol by volume) and one straining towards 15 percent. After a few strong glasses of wine, you may feel like you added a couple of tequila shots. These days, many health-conscious wine drinkers prefer a low-alcohol experience. Wine brands are responding by dialing their ABVs way down below 10 percent. New Zealand, as a country, was an early pioneer in producing low-alcohol wines that don’t compromise flavor, under their “NZ Lighter” initiative. Cooler maritime climates allow for slow grape ripening, which generates less sugar in the grapes. Sugar ferments into alcohol, so therefore less sugar, less alcohol (and fewer calories). This year, Kim Crawford­—a leading New Zealand winery—introduced a Sauvignon Blanc with only 7 percent alcohol. In certain cool climate wine regions, like Portugal’s Vinho Verde and Italy’s Piedmont, the grapes ripen slowly and thus develop less sugar. In Piedmont they use the Moscato grape, which is naturally low in alcohol and lower still when made into the sparkling Moscato d’Asti. In sunnier California it’s more challenging to grow grapes with less sugar. Kendall-Jackson, whose Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay has been America’s bestselling wine for decades, released a 9 percent Chardonnay for the first time this year, using

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From New Zealand, Kim Crawford Illuminate Sauvignon Blanc ($18) has only 7 percent alcohol and 70 calories per serving. It’s crisp with passion fruit, guava and bright citrus notes. Illuminate Rosé ($18) displays watermelon and raspberry flavors. With aromas of white flowers and pineapple, KendallJackson Avant Chardonnay ($17) at 9 percent alcohol, and 85 calories, shows a hint of vanilla and hazelnut. From the Asti region in Piedmont, this 100-percent Moscato Rosa Regale Sparkling White ($20) has only 7 percent alcohol and lovely aromas of acai flowers, orange, sage and honey. Coming in cans, having a slight fizz and a refreshing flavor, Gazela Vinho Verde ($3) from Portugal has 9 percent ABV and 87 calories per can (250ml). Serve well chilled.

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Freixenet Alcohol-Removed Cava ($12) from Spain comes in Brut and Rosé and both are fruit forward, celebratory sparklers. From Germany, Leitz “Eins Zwei Zero” Riesling ($17) has aromas of citrus, rhubarb and tarragon. Winemaker Johannes Leitz worked hard to retain Rielsing’s varietal character in his zero expression. Made from 100-percent Pinot Meunier grown in Long Island, Wolffer Petite Rosé Verjus ($42 for 12 bottles, 355ML) with its flavors of pear and peach, is refreshing with its slight sparkle.

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a blend of both ripe and less ripe grapes. “Our initial harvest of grapes is picked on the earlier side to ensure lower sugar,” explains winemaker Randy Ullon. “A secondary harvest later in the season offers more complexity and concentration [and blending the two] produces a fuller-bodied, structurally balanced and delicious wine, lower in alcohol and calories.” The wine world is also responding to teetotalers who want their wine without an alcohol buzz. Abstainers often start off by “taking the pledge” to do dry January— which officially launched in 2013 and grew to an estimated 6.5 million participants this year—and then decide to continue abstaining. Winemaker Gloria Collell, from the behemoth cava company Freixenet in Penedès, Spain, worked for years to create the right Alcohol-Removed Cava. Simply growing grapes in cooler climates won’t lower the ABV that much; producers need to remove the alcohol by separating the wine into its component parts in a process called vacuum distillation. By removing the alcohol, the texture, body, flavor nuances and energy are all lost, so often grape juice and sugar must be added to round out the wine. Leitz, in the Rheingau in Germany, has been one of the innovators in producing outstanding non-intoxicating Riesling. While I’ve never pledged dry January, and can’t imagine I ever will, I’ll happily sip light low-alcohol wines—Vino Verde, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc—all summer long. To welcome the season, last night I enjoyed a guilt-free glass of Kendall-Jackson’s low ABV Chardonnay, a perfect match with a simple meal of grilled scallops. —Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave


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Resources & More… H E R E ’ S W H E R E T O F I N D T H E D E S I G N P R O F E S S I O N A L S A N D P R O D U C T S F E AT U R E D I N T H I S I S S U E

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Pages 34–43. Pages 36–37: Architect, Margaret Browning Kufferman, Browning Residential Design, browningdesignct. com. Builder, Jack Shostak, Shostak Construction, LLC, 203-255-5875. Structural engineering, David Kufferman, PE Structural Engineers, kuffermanstructures.com. Landscape design, Jed Dugid, Oliver Nurseries and Design Associates, olivernurseries. com. Cabinetry, Wallace Company Woodworking, LLC, 203-767-3356. Exterior: Windows and doors, Jeld-Wen through Clearview, Inc. Sconces, Cape Cod Lanterns. Rocking chairs, Walpole Outdoors. Family room: Sofa, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Kitchen: Stools,

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S. Timberlake. Appliances, GE Appliances. Faucet and sink, Rohl. Pages 38–39: Architect and interior design, Christopher Arelt, Nautilus Architects, nautilusarchitects.com. Builder, Peter Giordano, Tier 1, tier1pd. com. Carpenter, Gary Lankerd, Lankerd Carpentry Custom Builders, 860-608-5423. Structural engineer, Justin Jacobson, Jacobson Structures, jacobsonstructures. com. Civil engineer, McDonald/Sharpe & Associates, mcdonaldsharpe.com. Lighting consultant, Conceptual Lighting, conceptuallighting.com. Architectural concrete, Surface Elements. Doors and windows, Arcadia. Floor tile, Italian Tile Imports. Ipe roof elements, General Woodcraft Inc. Linear pendant fixture,

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PureEdge Lighting. Plumbing fixtures, Grohe. Kitchen sink, Elkay. Kitchen cabinets, Custom Cut Interiors. Stainless steel upper cabinets, Lasertron Direct, LLC. Steel bar counter, 21 Bridge Design. Pages 40–41: Architect, Reese Owens, Reese Owens Architects, reeseowens.com. Builder, Brenner Builders, brennerbuilders.com. Interior design, Kristin Allen, Avantgarden Ltd, avantgardenltd.com. Stonework, North Stone Landscaping, 860-210-1766. Structural engineer, Jim DeStefano and Kevin Chamberlain, DeStefano & Chamberlain Structural and Architectural Engineering, dcstructural.com. Mechanical and electrical engineer, Salamone & Associates, salamoneassoc.com.

Sustainability, Steven Winter Associates, swinter.com. Landscape architect, Wesley Stout Associates, wesleystout.com. Wood windows and doors, Interstate + Lakeland Lumber. Steel windows and doors, Serramenti Brombal. Entry sconces, globe lighting and dining chairs, Avantgarden Ltd. Sofa, Dmitriy & Co. Sofa fabric, Loro Piana. Armchairs, Jean de Merry. Armchair fabric, Coraggio. Rugs, Odegard Carpets. Laverne side table, 1stDibs. Binoculars, Mantiques Modern. Shades, Mecho. Pages 42–43: Architecture, Saniee Architects LLC, sanieearchitects.com. Builder, pool and landscape design, Shoreline Pools, shorelinepools.com. Interior design, Busta Studio, bustastudio.com.

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Pages 46–51: Architect of record, Louis Campana Architect, louiscampanaarchitect. com. Interior design, Dufner Heighes Inc., dufnerheighes.com. Landscape designer, Benedek & Ticehurst Landscape Architects, btlandarch.com. Exterior: Windows, Pella. Sconce, Artemide. Lounge chairs, Knoll. Entry: Rug, BDDW. Dining room: Pair of lamps, Visual Comfort. Art over credenza, Angelina Nasso. Pendant lighting, Lindsey Adelman. Dining table, Knoll. Dining chairs, Carl Hansen & Søn. Kitchen: Cabinetry, Henrybuilt. Lighting, Cedar and Moss. Bar stools, BDDW. Cooktop, wall oven and refrigerator, Blue Star. Living room: Sofas, Dune. Coffee table, Kerry Joyce. Low side chair, Finn Juhl. Wing chair and fur lounge chair, PP Møbler. Rug, Aronson’s Floor Covering. Colored side table, The Future Perfect. Art over fireplace, Bill Jacobson. Round Edward Wormley side table, Dunbar Furniture. Lamp, Visual Comfort. Photograph over stair, Yannick Demmerle. Main bedroom: Drapery, The Shade Store. Bed, Room and Board. Bedside and standing lamp, Visual Comfort. Lounge chair, lb Kofod-Larsen. Orange side table, Kieran Kinsella for BDDW. Rug, Aronson’s Floor Covering. Bathroom: Cabinetry, Henrybuilt. Ceiling light, Cedar and Moss. Sconces, Visual Comfort. Medicine cabinets, RH. Faucets, Kohler. Wall tile, Daltile. Stool, Waterworks.

Sofa, Hammertown. Pillows, Kirsten Hecktermann. Area rug, Fibreworks. Mudroom: Bench, 1stDibs. Flooring, Tiles Direct. Paint, Farrow & Ball. Sitting room: Accent table, Andrew Martin. Bobbin chair fabric, Rocky Performance Velvet. Living room: Sconces, Circa Lighting. Mirror, Hammertown. Chairs, Montage. Terrarium, Hunter Bee. Carpeting, Fibreworks. Shelving and Dutch door, ART Architects. Jens Risom Bench, Hendricks Churchill. Dining room: Blinds, Joss Graham. Chandelier, Antler Chandeliers. Dining table, Get Back, Inc. Dining chairs, Pamono. Office: Armchair, Hammertown. Paint, Farrow & Ball. Den: Artwork, Bryan Nash Gill. Paint, Farrow & Ball. Sofa, RH. Sconces, Circa Lighting. Ottomans, Blue Dot. Rocking chair, Hans Wegner from 1stDibs. Shelving, ART Architects. Carpeting. Fibreworks. Guest bedroom: Bedding, Rough Linen. Lighting, Matt Alford Studio. Paint, Farrow & Ball, Nightstand, Hendricks Churchill. Beds, RH. Primary bedroom: Bench cushion fabric, Kirsten Hecktermann. Window treatment fabric, Schumacher. Bed

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Pages 74–81: Architect, Louise Brooks, Brooks & Falotico, brooksandfalotico.com. Interior design, Peyton Cochran, EPiC, epicmad.com. Builder, Robert Landowski, L&L Builders, LLC, landbuildersllc. com. Breakfast room: Dining table, Andrianna Shamaris. Dining chairs, Cisco Brothers. Dining chair fabric, Beacon Hill and Kravet. Wet bar paint, Farrow & Ball. Wet bar hardware, Ashley Norton. Chandelier, George Kovacs. Conservatory: Floral arrangement, Kim Delgado of Mary Stuart Flowers. Chandelier, Best & Lloyd. Head dining chair fabric, Kravet. Right dining chair fabric, Beacon Hill. Left dining chair fabric, Jasper Fabrics. Dining table top, Kinon. Stone flooring, Port American Design Center. Hurricanes, Simon Pearce. Trees, Nielsen’s Florist & Garden. Plants, Copia Home and Garden. Main bedroom: Wall sconces, The Urban Electric Co. Antique dental cabinet, Olde Good

Things. Paint, Benjamin Moore. Collages, Katie Ré Scheidt. Large floral painting, Anne Harris. Throw blanket, Saved NY. Bench fabric, Fortuny. Roman shades, Ben Baena & Son. Roman shade fabric, Designers Guild. Purple and white sham, La French Goose. Purple and orange pillow, Eastern Accents. Orange scalloped pillowcase, Matouk. Carpet, Bloomsburg Carpet. Console/media cabinet, A-Design, Artur Raczkowski. Main bath: Paint, Benjamin Moore. Tub marble, New England Stone. Tub faucet, Rohl. Towel and grab bars, Invisia Collection. Window treatments, Ben Baena & Son. Kitchen: Metal hood, The Antique and Artisan Gallery. Stools, Augustus Carolina. Island lighting, The Urban Electric Co. Countertop, Aurea Stone. Faucets, Rohl. Cabinetry, A-Design, Artur Raczkowski. Cabinetry finish and floors, Stephen Gamble. Backsplash, Greenwich Tile & Marble. Living room: Painting, Katie Ré Scheidt. Framing, Artists Market of Norwalk. Sofa, Lee Jofa. Rug, Palace Oriental. Custom swivel chairs, Chris Upholstery. Chair fabric, Lee Jofa. Fireplace mantle,

EUROPEAN FLAIR

Pages 52–57: Interior design, Claire Maestroni and Giorgio Maroulis, Voce Di Design Studio, LLC, vocediid.com. Exterior: Deck chairs, Roberta Schilling. Dining/sunroom: Table, Voce Di Design Studio. Panton chair, Vitra. Photograph, Costas Picadas. Console, The Antique and Artisan Gallery. Living room: Sofa, lounge chair and coffee table, Calvin Klein Home. Chaise, Cassina. Sconces, Arteriors. End table, Voce Di Design Studio. Bench, CB2. Photography, Terry O’Neil. Artwork, Jean-Marc Louis. Dining room: Table and chairs, Calvin Klein Home. Floor lamp, Nuevo. Kitchen: Stools, Nuevo. Guest bedroom: Side table, West Elm. Main bedroom: Table lamp, RT Facts. Upholstered bed, Voce Di Design Studio. Bed fabric, Holly Hunt. HOUSE ABOVE THE SOUTH SHORE

Pages 58–65: Excerpted from Martha’s Vineyard New Island Homes (Monacelli, 2020), monacellipress.com. Design, Schiller Projects, schillerprojects.com. Architect, Gray Organschi Architecture, grayorganschi.com.

COSTAS PICADAS

FORMING A NARRATIVE

Pages 66–73: Architect, Albert, Righter and Tittman, artarchitects.com. Interior design, Heide Hendricks, Hendricks Churchill, hendrickschurchill. com. Builder, PJT Inc. Construction, 203-869-6365. Exterior: Lighting, Circa Lighting. Built-in bench, ART Architects. Breakfast nook: Chairs, 1stDibs.

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Concrete Encounter. Side table, Augustus & Carolina. Coffee table, Andrianna Shamaris. Cabinetry hardware, Turnstyle Designs. Den: Custom club chair and ottoman, Chris Upholstery. Gold framed painting, Bernie Horton. Large landscape painting, William Sullivan. Rug, Fibreworks. Chandelier, Augustus & Carolina. Side table and small chair, The Collected Home. Fabric on small chair, The Patchwork Co. Guest room: Artwork, Lisa Cates. Wall sconce, Chairish. Quilts, Soft Surroundings. Console and bamboo mirror, Elizabeth Taylor Satterfield. Bamboo curtain rod and rings, Deco & Deco. Quilted curtains, Ben Baena & Son. Woven rush chair, Jo-Liza International. Paint, Benjamin Moore. Guest bathroom: Mirror and vanity, Elizabeth Taylor Satterfield. Wall tile, Mosaic House. Hardware/accessories, Rejuvenation.

SOURCE LIST 1stDibs,1stdibs.com 21 Bridge Design, 845-591-0614 A-Design, Artur Raczkowski, 203-3957192 Andrianna Shamaris, andriannashamarisinc.com Andrew Martin, andrewmartin.co.uk Angelina Nasso (see Stux Gallery) Anne Harris, anneharrisstudio.com Antler Chandelier, antlerchandelier.net Arcadia, arcadiacustom.com Arndt, arndtfineart.com Aronson’s Floor Covering, aronsonsfloors.com ART Architects, artarchitects.com Artemide (see YLighting) Arteriors, arteriorshome.com Artist’s Market of Norwalk, artistsmarket.com Ashley Norton (see Canaan Distributors) Augustus & Carolina, augustusandcarolina.com Aurea Stone, aureastone.us Avantgarden Ltd, avantgardenltd.com Ballard Designs, ballarddesigns.com Ben Baena & Son, benbaenaandson.com BDDW, bddw.com Beacon Hill, robertallendesign.com Benjamin Moore (see Ring’s End) Bernie Horton, 843-237-5676 Best & Lloyd (see George Smith) Bill Jacobson (see Julie Saul Gallery) Bloomsburg Carpet (see Palace Oriental Rugs) Blue Dot, bludot.com Blue Star, bluestarcooking.com Brdr.Petersen, brdrpetersen.com Bryan Nash Gill, bryannashgill.com Calvin Klein Home (see Voce Di ID) Canaan Distributors, canaandistributors. com Cape Cod Lanterns, capecodlanterns.com Carl Hansen & Søn, carlhansen.com Cassina, cassina.com CB2, cb2.com Cedar and Moss, cedarandmoss.com Chairish, chairish.com Chris Upholstery, chrisupholstery.com Circa Lighting, circalighting.com

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Grohe, grohe.us Hammertown, hammertown.com Hendricks Churchill, hendrickschurchill. com Henrybuilt, henrybuilt.com Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com Hunter Bee, hunterbee.com Interstate + Lakeland Lumber, interstatelumber.com Invisia Collection (see Canaan Distributors) Italian Tile Imports, italiantileimports.com Jasper Fabrics (see Michael S. Smith Inc.) Jean de Merry, jeandemerry.com Jean-Marc Louis, jeanmarclouis.com Jeld-Wen (see Clearview, Inc.) Jo-Liza International, jolizainternational. com Joss Graham, jossgraham.com Julie Saul Gallery, juliesaulprojects.com Katie Ré Scheidt, katierescheidt.com Kerry Joyce (see Dessin Fournir) Kieran Kinsella (see BDDW) Kinon, kinon.com Knoll, knoll.com Kohler, kohler.com Kravet, kravet.com Kirsten Hecktermann, kirstenhecktermann.com La French Goose, lafrenchgoose.com Lasertron Direct, LLC, lasertrondirect.net Lb Kofod-Larsen (see Brdr.Petersen) Lee Jofa, kravet.com Lindsey Adelman, lindseyadelman.com Lisa Cates (see EPiC Interiors)

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Young Huh

After accommodating her parents’ wish for her to become a lawyer, Young Huh came to realize the legal profession didn’t appeal. “I’d never thought of doing anything different, but I had my first child in law school and that really made me realize I had to do what I love,” recalls Huh. Her husband encouraged her to think outside the box, and “a million personality tests” steered her to the decorative arts. Studies at Parsons School of Design and an internship led to interior design commissions, and in 2007 she established her own firm. With projects featured in national magazines and newspapers, Huh specializes in residential work but won recent acclaim for a colorful revitalization of the Point Grace resort in Turks and Caicos. An active member of the design community, she has been a judge and winner of the CTC&G IDA Awards and supports numerous charitable projects. She says, “If I can design a vignette and raise money for good works, it’s a privilege to be able to give back.” Her third child graduates this spring from college, and Huh and her attorney husband recently bought a country home, a base for the family to gather and enjoy the outdoors. “Our chance to connect with nature, and I can garden–or try to,” she says.

While launching your career, how did you juggle studying, raising three children and running the household? In the early days, I wasn’t making any money. Every dime I made, I spent on nannies. But I felt I was investing in my future, and my husband was very supportive.

What is the starting point? We always start with the architecture—the bones of the house—and then think how we can transform it to the modern age, though always respectful of the original. Why do you favor texture and bright patterns on walls? Tired of light walls, people are realizing they can add a lot of interest, joy and impact with wallpaper. The transformation is felt immediately. What is a “must” in patio design? You want to have different and varied types of seating, a variety of seating heights, and areas where you can sit and enjoy the space. What do people look for in hotel design and how do you acheive that? Hotels are a bit of fantasy. You want to feel awestruck when you walk into the public space—by the dramatic scale of the lobby or a beautiful view. The guest rooms you want

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pop up and having that resilience and patience is really important; it’s the ability to not panic but just problem solve. are well appointed with comfortable beds with a kitchenette for snacks—the kind of care that makes you feel pampered. What’s your favorite hotel? The Ett Hem in Sweden. It means “at home” and you feel like you’re a guest in a super luxurious home. Why is pink a perfect color choice in a tropical environment? Pink works well with the coral reflections and the light, bringing a lot of cheer, softness and happiness to the environment. Why do you like to feature a touch of wanderlust? Everyone loves things that remind them of travel. Italian crafts, French textiles, Sicilian pottery, a rug from Nepal or Morocco add a kind of sophistication that people are looking for these days. How does practicing daily yoga affect your business? It’s taught me patience and to focus on form and the moment. Unexpected problems

What leads you to be so involved in the design community? One of the fears I had switching to design was that I would be in this small luxury field, without an impact on society. I found that there’s no profession more generous and charitable than the design community. How does your background in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, link to Connecticut? Suburban life has always been precious to me—the notion that you have neighbors, community, a home with a yard, the American dream. What are lingering benefits of your law and English degrees? Law helps you think in a structured way about problem solving, those intellectual skills are very useful in design. And everybody must know how to write. You’re renovating your new country house. How is it different to design for yourself? I don’t have to get into someone else’s head!!! It’s just me—and my husband. —Sharon King Hoge

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How do you describe your style? Always grounded in classical principles, we try to express the design intent of whatever project we have, not imposing our style onto clients but trying to understand how they want their home to feel and then making it better than they’d imagined.

Tropical Vibes (left) A vivid palm leaf pattern reflects Huh’s forecast of a “wallpaper revival.” (above) Scallop detailing and straw accessories accent a pink foyer at Point Grace hotel.


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