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HOME+DESIGN March / April 2016



40 Bay Head Haven Story by Maria Brown


Subterranean Splendor Basement Rehab Completes Greenwich Home Modernization

Story by Christine Benton


At Land’s End After falling in love with life on the Long Island Sound, a couple turns to Hemingway Construction and Pagliaro Batels Sajda Architects to make their dream a reality

Story by Maria Brown





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Editor-in-Chief Matthew J. Kolk mattkolk@me.com 203-820-1092 Managing Editor James Eagen Contributing Writers Tracy Dwyer, Lisa Gant, Susan Heller, Lollie Mathews, Jennifer Jackson-Outlaw, Sarah Robertaon, Kait Shea Contributing Photographers Jane Beiles, Michael Biondo, Phillip Ennis, Tria Giovan, John Gruen, John Hannon, Paul Johnson, Neil Landino, Mark La Rosa, Tim Lee, Daniel Milstein, Janice Parker, Durston Saylor, Debra Somerville, Eric Striffler, Jonathan Wallen, Woodruff/Brown Photography Copy Editor Elena Serocki Graphic & Web Design East Coast Home Publishing

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EDITOR’S LETTER Earlier this month, we conducted our annual Builders and Architects Roundtable at Gault Stone in Westport. This is always a large event for us and this year did not disappoint. This year was the largest we had hosted and the conversation was quite lively to say the least! Without giving away the farm, since the article will be appear in the May issue, I have to say, the market is definitely shifting, or should I say evolving. The core wants and needs of the homeowner is markedly different then roundtables we have had in the past. I look forward to sharing this with you. Several of our attendee’s are being featured in this issue. Hemingway Contractors and Pagliaro, Bartels, Sajda partnered to create an amazing home on Belle Island in Rowayton. This home is to die for. From the quality of construction, to the incredible architecture, to the stunning interiors, this is a home that truly is an instant classic. Todd Drury and Rick Krug share a lower level in Greenwich which has been transformed into an amazing space. Luxury throughout, it is an entertainment sanctuary. We would like to welcome two New Jersey Designers: Marisa Lafiosca and Heidi Piron. Their project in Bay Head, New Jersey is magnificent and reminds us that style is everywhere, you just have to find it and we believe we have in these two individual firms. Enjoy!

Matthew Kolk Editor-in-Chief mattkolk@me.com

Correction: Photos from the Versatex article in the November/December 2015 issue were provided by Seifert Construction.

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Refresh for Spring

Visual Comfort Crystal Cube Spherical Pendant in Polished Nickel. visualcomfort.com

BARBARA FEINSTEIN bfeininteriors.com Spring 2016 feels light and breezy at B Fein Interiors. Ground your fresh Spring room with this wool and art silk floral rug from Jaipur Rugs. Repeat the flower bursts of the rug with a flower-shaped mirror from Uttermost. Hang this Visual Comfort sparkling, spherical crystal pendant up above for beautiful clear Spring light. Then when the birds return from the Winter, they’ll be happy to roost just like this clear glass bird on a box from Arteriors.

Uttermost This mirror is in full bloom with its curved strips of beveled mirrors accented by a metal frame finished in lightly antiqued silver. Center mirror is beveled. uttermost.com

Arteriors Ideal sitting on a bedside table or bath suite vanity, the mouth blown clear glass birds adorn the elegant ivory lacquered boxes lined in gray microsuede. arteriors.com

Bungalow 5 The Brigitte Collection is the kind of shapely, romantic design that might have come from society decorators like Frances Elkins or Dorothy Draper early to mid-century. Each serpentine piece is realized in luscious lacquer color with tassel pulls in silver. bungalow5.com

Jaipur Combining fluid lines with highly textured hand-tufting, this durable, easy care rug in rich shades of bayou and golden green is constructed using a plush mix of tufted wool and art silk for a lustrous finish. jaipurliving.com

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ROBIN MCGARRY robinmcgarry.com My design philosophy is to create unique designs for each client- and these vendors allow us to customize to our clients’ specific needs, which we love to do! I don’t use the “formula philosophy” or “cookie cutter attitude” to create a “signature look”; I would hope that my signature is creating a great design for each client- reflecting their personality, not mine. Although we may incorporate an accessory or fabric that is “current” or fun with the look of today, I keep larger furnishing purchases classic and timeless, as they are long-term investments for clients. Trends come and go.

Baroncelli Saturno Pendant Polished chrome ceiling canopy. Ring in polished black nickel, polished gold or polished copper finishes. baroncelli.com

Bolier Domicile Chaise Walnut frame with polished steel base. bolierco.com The Silk Touch The Silk Touch customizes floral arrangements with the finest silk in the world for corporate and residential interiors. thesilktouch.com



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Dessin Fournir Lodi Side Base Finished in antiqued iron with honed absolute black granite top.dessinfournir.com

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Naula Desk and Cube Modern simplicity and oldworld claftsmanship. naulaworkshop.com

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JAN HILTZ janhiltzinteriorsllc.com

Worlds Away The vintage yet modern Rowan light in black. worlds-away.com

Codarus codarus.com

“Simple but a big look at 42” wide for any room.”

“Beautifully sculptural framed bench with 18-karat goldleaf finish and with the modern luxury of Mongolian lamb fur.”

AFK Hollywood chest painted in Anatico White with Gold Gilding. afkfurniture.com “Lovely small chest to be used in a hallway, foyer or children’s room. The pop of pink inside the drawers is a wonderful surprise to the alreadybeautifully detailed finish on the outside.”

Made Goods madegoods.com “The Floris by Made Goods is an amazing 48” wide and made of Mangrove wood roots giving this mirror its organically dramatic silhouette.”



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Always start with clean line and neutral seating and build from there. Red is a classic unlike greys, pale blues and trendy colors, red never goes out of style. Mix it up! Modern sofa, chairs, paintings and sculptures pair beautifully with 19th century chinoserie pieces. Color brings them together!

Red Linen Pillows ralphvuolodesigns.com

RALPH VUOLO ralphvuolodesigns.com

Pop Red Chair Sculpture Chair ralphvuolodesigns.com

Modern Abstract Sculpture ralphvuolodesigns.com

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LINDA RUDERMAN lindaruderman.com

Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments benjaminmoore.com “This paint color is very fresh for spring”

Kim Seybert Fez Placemats, East West Placement , East West Napkin , Wood Constellation Napkin Ring. kimseybert.com “I love these placements, they are perfect for Indoor/Outdoor dining. For an additional accent, try layering two (as shown here)”

Stark custom indoor/outdoor carpets from Stark’s 2016 line. These are made of 80% Acrylic/ 20% Polyester. These are ALL custom, made to order. Therefore, we can custom color and/or create any geometric design. Made in India.stark.com “These carpets look like indoor, but can be used in exterior spaces, and their patterns will coordinate with any color palate because they can be made in custom colors”

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Christopher Spitzmiller pair of wide zig zag lamps in marigold christopherspitzmiller.com “Yellow is the most luminous of all colors in the with purchases and shipping, and can even suggest accommodations, spectrum, in almost every culture it represents if needed. sunshine,happiness, and warmth”

We arrive at Antichita Trois, where I’m introduced to Alberto Anfodillo. Once again I’m whisked away—indeed, my feet barely touch the Gypset Travelof a somber palazzo. Of course, the ground ground!—to the interior assouline.com floor is reserved for acqua alta, and thus left vacant. We enter an elevator that is small even by European standards and are brought to the most spacious rooms of his magnificent palazzo. Alberto guides us through his treasure trove of antique paintings on reverse glass; a collection of lions (the symbol of Venice); ancient boxes, some as PUZZLE CHANDELIER beautifulbyonathe inside the outside; furniture; paintings; glass; and, Inspired house of as cards, our Puzzle Chandelier is made ofsheets course,ofchandeliers (this is Venice, all). I’ve always been fond of solid brass layered into after a dynamic composition. The Modernist warmed by the luminous of Architectural Venetian Murano chandeliers, now I’mup convinced that Design by Sara Baldwin forfeel Newisand Ravenna, The Aurelia fromantique metal. your Chandelier above a circularoftable, is theHang way to go.isPuzzle Delft Collection a modern American interpretation a cen-like

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What catches my eye are paperweights from the 1950s, decorated with mythological creatures.


Orseola and Chiara walk me back to where the tour began, and I am pleasantly surprised to find myself in familiar surroundings. Then I realize we have made a large circle, and they have given me a lesson in getting around Venice, too. Leaving Venice is like parting with a lover; I daydream to linger a little longer before returning to reality. Visitors can at least can take comfort in bringing something back home—a beautiful lion, box, chandelier, a commissioned Luigi Bevilacqua fabric for that very special upholstery and/or unique bag. Finds like these add sparkle to The Jenning Brutalist Ribbon interiors and wardrobe, lifting one out of the sea of sameness.

Table Lamp will dazzle in the modern home with striking ilVenice is a bewitching city that I can’t wait to get back to as soon lumination, simple geometric as possible. It makes me yearn for more. And it makes me wonder, designs and bold metal done Scalamandre Spring 2016 fabric Where will The Antiques Diva takeIndoor/Outdoor me to travel and shop next? BIZET TABLE in a gold leaf finish. book. The colors Linda has selected are the Azincdoor.com stunning is topped following: 27056-002 Surf,hand-wrought 27059-002 Surf,base 27058-002 The Antiques Diva &27067-003 Co circular tempered glass. Distinctively Surf,with Surf scalamandre.com Toma Clark Haines individual and suitable for a range of up, I love these fabrics for settings. + 49 (0) 171 “Surf’s 386 2213 Before period andfresh contemporary remind me of the water” christopherguy.com antiquesdiva.com spring, theyZanzibar Ticking Woven Cotton Rug dashandalbert.annieselke.com

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ANTHONY MINICHETTI amaarchitectllc.com Anthony Minichetti Architect’s design team recommends refreshing your home with shimmering metallic objects from the sea for the 2016 spring summer season and beyond. Include a pair of gold dipped driftwood tea tables by Z Gallerie. Celebrate the warm weather by chilling your favorite bubbly in a silver bowl set on an octopus pedestal by Blue Pheasant. Treat yourself to dine on Rosenthal plates illustrated with Les Tresors De La Mer. Upgrade your powder room sink with one of nature’s spectacular creations in an authentic giant sea shell sink as AMA has in a recent project.

Z Gallery Octopus Bowl in silver. zgallery.com

Versace Les Tresors De La Mer 12” service plate by Versace rosenthalusa-shop.com

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AMA Architect Giant Shell Sink custom design vanity in powder room by AMA LLC. amaarchitectllc.com

Z Gallery Leaf Sequoia End Table in gold leaf. zgallery.com

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STEPHANIE RAPP stephanierappinteriors.com.

Jonathan Adler Toulouse Quadrefoil Tray with hand mottled effect for luxe texture. jonathanadler.com “The Toulouse Quadrefoil Tray looks like a four leaf clover.... in mottled purple that is.”

Kravet Hits the Spot Citron kravet.com “Add a fresh look to your interiors for Spring with throw pillows inspired by Sunny Citrons.”

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Global Views Marilyn Dining Chairs globalviews.com ““I love how these airy acrylic Marilyn Dining Chairs are guaranteed to transform any staid dining room with their transluscent elegance. ”

Zoffany THarlequin Twist zoffany.com “Let a breath of fresh air in with this ‘sheer with a twist’ fabric for blinds or breezy drapes.”

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JHON ORTIZ SCOTT FALCIGLIA thetailoredhomect.com A fresh concept for interior home design has spurred Jhon Ortiz and partner, Scott Falciglia to open The Tailored Home, a spacious Design Center-Showroom with Open Workroom Concept, in Westport, CT. The pair are making original statements in Custom Upholstered Furniture, Dining & Coffee Tables, Window Treatments, Reimagined Vintage Pieces, as well as Linens, Decorative Pillows and other accessories. All are made in Fairfield County, CT. From the minute you set foot inside their space you’ll experience the difference in their vibe, where you can catch an inspiration from their beautiful, diverse in-store offerings to create fresh looks for your home. Or with the guidance of our experienced design staff, you can become a collaborator, watching your ideas realized on-premise by artisanlevel craftspeople. Whether your style is tried and true or somewhere in uncharted territory, The Tailored Home is the resource you’ve been hoping for.

History Comes Alive Romance comes to life in a frenzy of color. A petit settee, c.1850, perfect for the interiors of today in turquoise and white lacquer. Velvet upholstery. 60w x 27d x 33h.thetailoredhomect.com

Reclaimed, Rustic and Ready Hand-crafted locally in Fairfield County, CT. Natural beauty meets serviceability in this Pedestal Table, finished with rubbed matte pigments of grey and white and multiple layers of wax. Seats five. 51 Diam x 30h. thetailoredhomect.com

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A Relaxing Look Back Fall into a reverie in this c.1970s Recliner. Chrome is a hot trend and simplicity is everything! Woven Chenille upholstery. 27w x 36d x 36h. thetailoredhomect.com

Italian Vintage Urns Light The Way Pair of Hand-turned, Antique Italian Urns vibrantly re-purposed as Table Lamps. Turquoise Glaze.15w x 13d x 40h (height includes shade).thetailoredhomect.com

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Julia Contacessi Old World. juliacontacessi.com “I am always looking for talented artists to commission one of a kind pieces for clients. This piece showed among many by this talented local artist. Each piece lending itself to a different color palate. I favored this piece for the strong whites and blues with metallic highlights and varying textures. I tend to be drawn to abstract art in large scales and believe that nothing completes a room like that perfect piece!”

JD Staron Abstract Tibetan. jdstaron.com “I was initially drawn to the rug because of the many hues that appeared woven throughout the rug. The background of slate with woven creams, greys and light blues in a almost watercolor pattern. The mixture of wool and silk textiles makes the rug durable yet luxurious. I would place this rug in a family room as the visual pop with muted greys and whites throughout the furniture in the room and brass accents.”



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Mr Brown Tassiat Lamp. schwartzdesignshowroom.com “What is not to love about this lamp? I could see it making its home in so many different rooms… The oversized take on a classic urn in the crisp white with a cascading divet detail make it so fun and interesting. It is almost a piece of art on its own with the way the light falls on the details and the acrylic base. It reminds me of the beauty found on an ostrich egg. ”

Peter Jacob for Wesley Hall schwartzdesignshowroom.com “Everything about this sofa makes it stand out! The fabric is a classic tweed with a hidden herringbone woven throughout, capped off by a fabulous dove grey leather trim. The padded tight back sofa lends to the comfort while still maintaining the sleek lines. My favorite detail however is the overall lines of the sofa, making a classic form more modern, detailed and beautiful with the sloping arm and detailed notch as well as the wooden foot and surrounding rail complete the piece. Depending on the fabric could easily be transformed into a masculine or feminine piece depending on the installation!”

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Story by Cristine Benton

he annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is the largest kitchen and bath event, and the primary industry showcase in America. It’s the “pulse” of the industry—like a trip to Disneyland for kitchen designers. Sponsored by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), KBIS exhibits the latest innovations and trends from leading kitchen and bath brands. Each year it attracts kitchen and bath designers, dealers, architects, remodelers and builders from all over the world. With the improving economy encouraging manufacturers to introduce new products, the show has become better and better over the past few years, especially since it has been combined with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show. This year’s event, held in Las Vegas from January 19–21, was no exception.

Kitchen designer Chuck Wheelock, founder of Wheelock Design Associates: Chuck has been a kitchen industry visionary for more than 26 years, and is known for crafting uniquely personalized kitchens. His design studio serves as a sumptuously designed, “happening” spot for design explorations, architectural events and cultural gatherings in the quaint town of Old Greenwich, CT.

We asked the following industry professionals who attended the show for their unique insights and personal observations on the latest trends in kitchen designs and products:

Show attendees viewed the latest product innovations to stay on top of new concepts that will be appearing in the future. They also enjoyed networking opportunities that were second to none, with designers from all over the world willing to share a wealth of knowledge with their peers. “The intercultural sharing of philosophy and technology was stimulating, noted Peter, who attended the La Cornue party at the Bellagio. “It is rare that you can spend an evening with a group of designers and engineers from France, discussing the evolution of our industry.” One important function held the day before the show opened was the NKBA Design Competition and Industry Awards event held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Here, veteran designers could meet fa-

Rebecca Reynolds, president of New Canaan Kitchens in Fairfield County, CT: Rebecca is one of the nation’s foremost kitchen designers, with more than 20 years of experience and an award-winning portfolio of distinct kitchen and bath projects throughout the country. She is also the co-founder of the Kitchen Design Network, whose site, due to launch in 2016, will be devoted to the ultimate online kitchen design resources for homeowners, designers and brands. 26

Peter Salerno, the owner of Peter Salerno Inc., a kitchen design firm with showrooms in Wyckoff and Mendham, NJ: Peter’s company has received 34 national awards since 2002, including Kitchen of the Year in 2012 and the Most Innovative Showroom in 2015. His business experience and industry knowledge, combined with his passion for art and architecture, have made him one of the most sought-after designers in the industry.


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miliar colleagues and soak in the energy and enthusiasm of the next generation of designers. According to show attendees, the overall trend in kitchen design seems to be a definite move away from the traditional or classical and towards a universal embrace of the contemporary. The white kitchen, always a staple, was not prominently displayed at KBIS; noteworthy instead was a greater use of color and mixing of materials and metals, including some beautiful new sinks in hammered nickel, copper and bronze. But even though more color intro’s were on display, especially in the laminate groups, the appeal of color tends to be regional. In the Northeast, white kitchens are still in demand, partly because a house with a white kitchen is easier to sell. This dichotomy is exemplified by the interior color trendsetter Benjamin Moore, which selected “Simply White” as the company ’s 2016 color of the year. One trend in interior design that is making its way to the kitchen and bath industry is the teaming up of luxury brands with nationally recognized designers to add “designer panache” to their products. For example, La Cornue developed the “Couleur Collection,” a complete pastel-colored palette with textured gray overtones from award-winning interior designer Suzanne Kasler, representing high-end luxury with a custom color finish. Also on display were equally beautiful “Griege,” beige, and black and white. Stainless-steel fixtures and appliances, which are difficult to take care of, are being replaced by stainless steel with a

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carbon-look finish: matte black or smudge-proof gray. Another trend that seems to be taking hold is the return of brass fixtures: not the traditional polished brass, but brass with a brushed and satin finish. Manufacturers continue to make giant strides in the development of durable, man-made products that replicate the look of natural stone. Although granite countertops are still popular, they are declining. Quartz, however, is currently number one in market share, and laminate is experiencing a bit of a rebirth. The interesting twist to this storyline is that many of the currently popular quartz and laminate surfaces closely mimic the look of natural stone, such as granite and marble. The luxurious look of marble without the maintenance is exemplified by Cosentino’s product “Dekton,” which is composed of porcelain, glass and quartz. This product, which was first put on the market in 2013, came in five striking new colors at KBIS, each looking just like natural stone. The color offering that stood out the most was “Aura,” an imaging of a rare Italian Calacatta marble. It looks dramatic, featuring large-scale gray veining on a pale white background. Each Aura slab has an endless symmetrical pattern, so that the veining continues seamlessly from one installed section to the next. Another name in the collection is “Kairos,” which features a soft milky-white with subtle stripes of pale gray veining in an interpretation of Italian Carrera.

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Not to be outdone, quartz surface veteran Caesarstone introduced nine new colors in all, each inspired by marble, granite and other types of natural stone, but featuring ease of care and maintenance. These include interpretations of natural marble called “Statuario Nuvo” and “Statuario Maximus.” Statuario Nuvo features a white background with dark veins enriched with a diffused delicate subsurface vein structure. Statuario Maximus has broad shades of gray veins sweeping across its soft-white base color, further enriched by delicate background veins. While painted cabinets are still very popular, there is renewed interest in warm woods and mixing paint and wood. Until recently, white oak was a forgotten wood in cabinetry. Now it’s making a comeback in quarter-sawn or rift cut, with enhancement of the grain by glazes or cerused finishes. Other trends are touch fronts (as opposed to handles) and built-in lighting applications. Stoves made a big impression—everything from industrial-looking designs to revolutionary double ovens utilizing steam and convection, with steam being the main feature. These stoves will change the way the consumer cooks by providing a way to prepare food for better taste and more nutritional value. And you don’t need a new kitchen to add a steam oven—it can be installed under a countertop. Rather than regarding “grander as better” with respect to kitchen space, there is more of a trend towards functionality and ease of 28

navigation. There is a balance to achieve between fine-tuning the latest technology to make kitchen life easier for homeowners, but not making it so complex that people (especially the older generation) are afraid of it. The younger generation want the latest, the smartest and the fastest, while more mature users tend to want things simplified. Tying in to the “Internet of Things” were a host of smarter tech products and appliances that, thanks to modern technology, can be controlled remotely from a mobile phone or tablet. For instance, coffee makers can be turned on to brew, ovens preheated, and refrigerators programmed to “tell” householders when they are running out of milk. An amazing exhibit was a 3D-printed metal faucet by DXV, a division of American Standard, one item in a full line of fixtures on display. The faucet has a beautiful hollow design with a crisscross, open-weave pattern. Under-cabinet refrigeration is definitely taking hold, and not just in the kitchen. More and more manufacturers are producing it, so it has become more affordable. Now you can reach for a cold drink in the media room or master bedroom without having to trek all the way down to the kitchen. Another “under” innovation is the under-counter microwave drawer, which is conveniently located below the counter, allowing


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easy top-loading access and less clutter on the countertop. Also of interest were some new styles of wine holders. These are small, the size of a microwave for just one case of vino, or skinny, so that six bottles can be tucked away anywhere.

The consensus from the show is that the modern kitchen is destined to be more innovative, attractive, comfortable and timesaving than ever before. And designers are already anticipating what will be on display next year at the KBIS in Orlando, FL.

An attention-grabbing storage device was a “Not-So-Lazy Susan” from Glideware, operated by a top wheel and designed so that pots and pans hang down from it without clanking into each other. It’s an excellent solution for keeping pots, pans and lids organized.


Much interest was shown in wall tile designs, many of which featured a textured look. Dimensional tiles with a sculptured appearance in concrete or porcelain were consistent across manufacturers. Also evident was the proliferation of black and white tiles in dazzling geometric patterns from manufacturers like Daltile, Ann Sacks and Walker Zanger. Let’s not forget the less exciting subject of plumbing, which is moving into the modern age with the use of digital valves. The traditional system can be likened to a mechanized heart, consisting of a behind-the-wall series of mechanical valves. To control a shower, for instance, there is a different valve for each different spray pattern. With the new innovative digital valve system, there are no moving parts; pipes can be plugged into a single manifold and programmed to operate each spray mode.

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Rebecca Reynolds Rebecca Reynolds Design 203.972.3800 rebeccareynoldsdesign.com Peter Salerno Peter Salerno, Inc. 511 Goffle Road Wyckoff, NJ 07481 201.251.6608 petersalernoinc.com Chuck Wheelock Wheelock 232 Sound Beach Avenue Old Greenwich, CT 06870 203.527.0020 chuckwheelock.com

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Kitchens & Baths

Art in Kitchens & Baths Story by Lollie Mathews


mong ones home furnishings, artwork as the stands one important piece that can give the true essence of the homeowner. One of the many locations that art hangs is in the bathroom and kitchen. Local contemporary abstract artist Julia Contacessi agrees and explains her process as a “combination of conscious and subconscious exploration. With a focus on color, texture and composition.” Julia strives to deliver an atmospheric, feel-good effect in every one of her pieces. In addition, she finds beauty in the contrasting nature of things. Her brand position is “Life. Style. Art.” and style is single-minded


and focused on the simplicity of beauty in the moment. Julia’s goal is to “drown out the noise and clutter to find a sense of calm. The end result is clean, fresh and modern.” The bathroom is all about beauty and personal retreat, think spa and sanctuary. Julia recommends hanging work “that transports you or lets you daydream” thus the 20 minutes soaking in the tub, away from reality helps carry you through the rest of your day. She likes “the artwork to help further that concept”, so landscapes like wind, dreams and divinity or abstracts like sea smoke really work well. One can also dial-up the glam with very affordable custom mirror


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framed prints. Julia also “likes pairs or multiples in the bath. As wall space is shared with necessities such as towels or shelves, the amount of room one has to work with may me limited or broken into sections.” As the typical homeowner spends a majority of their time in the kitchen, it makes sense to hang beautiful artwork in this hub of the home. With the increase in open floor concepts there is even more reason to think of adding art into the kitchen. The organic flow thru the kitchen to other areas of the home gives more visual access to the artwork. One can take a neutral wall and transform it thru hanging a large colorful canvas, almost acting as an accent wall. Julia likes shelving and wants the homeowner to “consider adding multipurpose shelving for everyday objects layered with art and cookbooks. It adds function and interest to your space.” And if you already have open shelving in your kitchen even better to mix it up. “Next to a stack of plates and water pitcher layer in some drama and color with a bold abstract piece or favorite black and white photo.” These types of vignettes add another layer to the design process and tells a better more personal story of the homeowner. Another benefit to art in the kitchen is taking advantage of the popular fresh white cabinetry as a background for a pop of color in your artwork. All of the art featured in these photos can be purchased at juliacontacessi.com.

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Outdoor Spaces

Story by Lisa Gant

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shingle style facades on these projects because people want that comfort exterior that feels like home. But as architects, how are we challenging ourselves to translate the most more modern interior to a different ne of the challenging conditions in any provide adequate water to the plants, particularly during the first few exterior, whatever that landscape is? is shade, it can be caused by several fac- years while their root systems establish, even drought tolerant or xeriScott Hobbs: People tors looksuch at modern housestrees andand think, it’s going as large canopy adjacent build- scape plants will need sufficient water to become established enough elcome It’sstruggling atrue. new Ifyear to andsurvive in that it’s months a new start. Isn’t it great? time autilizdigit thevein, dry hot of late summer. We Every recommend the but lawnthat in to this area is to leak like a sieve, thisings; is a typically nightmare, is2016! no longer changes on the calendar, we all get to start fresh! 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abandon our love of lawns and embrace alternative ground covers and perennials. Below are several examples of perennials with interesting foliage suitable for shade gardens: Astilbe: The fern like foliage of this perennial works well in drifts, creating a soft textured ground cover. From early to mid-summer its feathery pink and white plumes attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Several varieties such as Astilbe ‘Delft Lace’ and ‘Chocolate Shogun’ have burgundy foliage and stems with pink flowers for added interest. Bugbane: Late summer fragrant white flowers tower above the fern-like bronze and deep purple foliage of Cimicfuga ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ and the nearly black leaves of ‘Chocoholic’ reaching between three to five feet in height these naturalizing perennials blend well with shrubs. Coral Bells / Foamy Bells / Foam Flower: Plant breeders have been crossing these woodland perennials to create amazing color combinations from silvers and purples too chartreuse and reds, features include contrasting colored veins and undersides of leaves. Tiarella cordifolia ‘Running Tapestry’ is a spreading foam flower that quickly covers open spaces with its red veined foliage and soft white bottle brush style flowers. The silver leaf coral bell Heuchera ‘Dolce Blackberry Ice’ features dark purple veins on the top side of the leaf with amethyst toned undersides. For high color contrast the chartreuse leaves of Heucherella ‘Alabama Sunrise’ have bright red veins, the foliage of this Foamy bell turns red for fall. Deadnettle: The small silver leaves of this quick spreading ground cover, give

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the impression of dappled light; white, pink and purple blooming cultivars flower repeatedly from early spring to late summer. Lamium ‘Purple Dragon’ and ‘Orchid Frost’ have slightly darker toned flowers that pop against the shimmery foliage in both the landscape and cascade out of container gardens. 36

Ferns: The fine soft texture of the foliage provides a striking contrast to plants with large leaves such as hosta and hydrangea. Athryium nipponicum ‘Pictum’, Japanese painted Fern, has silver blue-green foliage with pink accents; the new fronds of Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’, an Autumn Fern, emerge in shades of orange and red before turning green at maturity. The Christmas Fern, Polystichum acrosti-


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choides, is native to the northeast and its evergreen foliage provides year round interest. Goldenray: The leaves of this moisture loving perennial emerge a chocolatey purple color and mellow to deep bronzy green, Ligularia dentata ‘Britt Marie Crawford’ features late summer bright yellow daisy-like flowers. Hakone Grass: This shade tolerant ornamental grass provides a soft texture that moves with the gentlest of breezes, the green and gold stripes of Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ develops fuchsia streaks after the first frost, for a brighter look ‘All Gold’ provides an electrifying chartreuse yellow pop of color. Lenten Roses: Hellebore flowers, in shades of pink, burgundy, white and yellow, emerge between late fall and early spring. The semi-evergreen foliage is sometimes accented by red veins and blue green mottling. Helleborus ‘Winter Thriller Mix’ includes a combination of both single and double flowers in the full color Lucian Vita spectrum and will naturalize over time. Hosta: A mainstay of shade gardens, provides a contrasting texture to fine foliaged shade plants and once fully established the large foliage suppresses weed growth. Fragrant summer blooms in shades of white, lavender and purple attract butterflies and hummingbirds. From tiny miniatures less than six inches tall, such as Hosta ‘Cameo’ to giants such as Hosta ‘Blue Angel’ approaching almost four feet in height, this diverse group of perennials provide colorful foliage combinations in shades of green, blue, white and chartreuse - Hosta ‘Remember Me’ is a true chameleon, the yellow center of its new leaves matures to a bright white in contrast to its blue green margins. Lungwort: Spring flowers emerge over several weeks in white and pastel shades, changing colors as they age. Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ features dark pink to purple blooms with silver polka-dotted foliage, Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ blooms in white fading to soft pastel pinks and blues with silver mottling. Solomons Seal: Pairs of leaves edged in cream, line the arching stems of this medium sized perennial, in early summer fragrant Michael Smith white bells hang on the underside of the stems, and the fall the foliage turns bright yellow. Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ is a tried and true performer, once established the plant will slowly create aLyons: dense colony. Foster I’m a contractor so I’m going to do whatever the design professional tells me, but designers actually have some influWhether youthe areclient looking to up create a focal point in aprofessionals sea of green or ence on what ends with. So, are design on blocks of color toa more enjoy contemporary from afar, incorporating unique foliage average pushing idea or a classical one? into the landscape adds months of interest the garden. ensure that Susan Ailsberg: I don’t think it’s onetothing or theToother. I think you haveisselected theI appropriate plants for your garden, both the everyone doing it, think it’s a change. moisture and light for your selections. Peter Cadoux: I’m requirements kind of intrigued by desired all the plant responses because everybody in the room is saying pretty much the same thing. What Resource I’m seeing is clients that don’t want wasted space and technology ASLA, PLA isEva notChiamulera, such a horrible thing. I haven’t really heard a contradictory Austinexcept Ganimmaybe Landscape thing theDesign, diningLLC room component of it and there is a 320 Kings Highway Cutoff happy medium there. I do believe there is still a gathering area that SILVER METALLIC Fairfield, 06824than wants to CT be larger just BRANCH the breakfast table but doesn’t want to GLASS BASE 203.333.2003 be ostracized to the LAMP front ofWITH the house where no one is going to use lionspaw.co it,AustinGanimLandscapeDesign.com it can be used more if it’s in a location in an open plan.

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Bay Head Haven Story by Maria Brown | Photography by Christian Garibaldi

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A screened front porch is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beverage on a hot day. The interplay of different textures adds interest to the inviting space.

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The finishing touches “are what make the space unique and your own,” says Marisa. Here, an oil painting of a beach scene provides a pop of color, and a lamp evokes the feeling of sand and stone.

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hen Marisa Lafiosca and Heidi Piron brought their collective expertise to a beach house in Bay Head, NJ, their clients got the perfect place to unwind with family and friends for the summer.

Heidi had recently finished a three-phase renovation of the two kitchens and five bathrooms in the client’s permanent residence, so she was naturally their first choice when they sought to renovate the kitchen in their newly acquired vacation home. “They brought me in very early,” Heidi says. “That would be my takeaway—the earlier you meet with a designer, the better off you are.”

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The distressed breakfast table is worry-free and has extensions to accommodate a crowd.

During that meeting, Heidi recommended that the homeowners seek the advice of an architect as well. In the original floor plan, the rear of the house contained three separate rooms: kitchen, dining room and den—all of which were quite small and created a long, dark and narrow effect. Since the clients intended to make some additional minor changes to the floor plan down the road, it made more sense to renovate the entire house upfront. “They looked to us for our expertise based on past projects,” Heidi says of guiding her clients to undergo the larger project. In addition to suggesting an architect, Heidi (who specializes in kitchens and baths) also recommended Marisa Lafiosca for the design of the other spaces in the home. Having worked with Marisa before, the client agreed and the collaborative effort was underway, with Heidi taking the lead on the overall aesthetics. “When I first met with the client, she was talking all about gray,” Marisa explains. “That set the tone for Heidi’s kitchen and the interiors throughout the house. But in the main living areas, we worked off the kitchen cabinet selection.” “Marisa’s spot on,” Heidi says. “The first thing the client shared was a driftwoodcolored cabinetry. That was the launching point for the feeling of the house.” The designers employed several strategies to provide their client with the organic, casual vacation home they envisioned. First, they used durable matte finishes and East Coast Home + Design

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Driftwood-inspired cabinetry in the butler’s pantry pay homage to the home’s proximity to the beach.



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The large kitchen is designed with entertaining in mind.

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a neutral color palette to make cleanup and maintenance a breeze. For example, the family-room table has a coating that allows it to be wiped clean. Then, as a result of enlarging the kitchen, there really wasn’t space left to allow for formal dining and living rooms. “But the beach is all about everybody being in the kitchen or out on the deck, just relaxing,” Marisa says. Organic accents complete the relaxing vibe. The screened front porch is another great place to kick back in the summer. An indoor/outdoor area rug looks like seagrass and adds texture, but has the requisite durability for the space. (There are no windows or shades on the porch to pull down in bad weather.) It’s also suitable for the high traffic that passes in and out of the home’s front door. A variety of textures are incorporated on the porch with rattan furniture, cedar shake walls and ceramic stools that evoke the feeling of drums. Just inside the front door, a small entrance area gives way to a casual and comfortable family room. Here, Marisa mixes patterns to add visual interest to the space. “As a designer, I love mixing it up,” she explains. “We kept it pretty clean with the exception of the pattern; we fell in love with the fabric on the chairs.” The couch, four matching chairs in patterned cloth, and extra ottomans provide plenty of seating for family and friends to lounge indoors on the odd rainy day, or to cozy up in front of the fireplace during those late summer evenings. A short hallway passes into the rear of the home, which is now bright and open. A breakfast area houses a furniture piece that Heidi designed to offer storage as well as personalization of the space. She describes the color as a “gray, foggy blue that goes with the driftwood colors of the butler’s pantry.” It is a nice accent to the other, more neutral colors throughout the kitchen, and pairs nicely with the table Marisa selected. The distressed finish of the table and chairs make them maintenance-free, and exten East Coast Home + Design

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A small sunroom off the master bedroom contains office space as well as some comfortable seating for reading or lounging.

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The subtle interplay of textures in the master bedroom.

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a neutral color palette to make cleanup and maintenance a breeze. For example, the family-room table has a coating that allows it to be wiped clean. Then, as a result of enlarging the kitchen, there really wasn’t space left to allow for formal dining and living rooms. “But the beach is all about everybody being in the kitchen or out on the deck, just relaxing,” Marisa says. Organic accents complete the relaxing vibe. The screened front porch is another great place to kick back in the summer. An indoor/outdoor area rug looks like seagrass and adds texture, but has the requisite durability for the space. (There are no windows or shades on the porch to pull down in bad weather.) It’s also suitable for the high traffic that passes in and out of the home’s front door. A variety of textures are incorporated on the porch with rattan furniture, cedar shake walls and ceramic stools that evoke the feeling of drums. Just inside the front door, a small entrance area gives way to a casual and comfortable family room. Here, Marisa mixes patterns to add visual interest to the space. “As a designer, I love mixing it up,” she explains. “We kept it pretty clean with the exception of the pattern; we fell in love with the fabric on the chairs.” The couch, four matching chairs in patterned cloth, and extra ottomans provide plenty of seating for family and friends to lounge indoors on the odd rainy day, or to cozy up in front of the fireplace during those late summer evenings. A short hallway passes into the rear of the home, which is now bright and open. A breakfast area houses a furniture piece that Heidi designed to offer storage as well as personalization of the space. She describes the color as a “gray, foggy blue that goes with the driftwood colors of the butler’s pantry.” It is a nice accent to the other, more neutral colors throughout the kitchen, and pairs nicely with the table Marisa selected. The distressed finish of the table and chairs make them maintenance-free, and extensions on either end allow the table to accommodate even the largest of dinner parties. The adjacent kitchen is the perfect blend of form and function. Closer inspection reveals a brush-painted look to the cabinet finish. “It does speak to the collaboration,” Heidi says. “Marisa’s color palette ties into the cabinetry and the gray pleather on the white chairs.” (The pleather was yet another aspect of practicality: it’s easy to wipe clean, but gives the high-end feel and comfort of leather.) On the second floor, the master bedroom boasts a small porch on the front of the house. It holds a small office as well as chairs and ottomans for a quiet place to read or lounge. Heidi maximized the space in the small master bathroom to allow for maximum storage. The clients’ two boys each have their own rooms on the second floor as well. With twin beds in both, they provide plenty of space for friends. The third floor was also designed with guests in mind. There’s a family room with a beverage area, bathroom and two guest bedrooms: perfect for providing a visiting family East Coast Home + Design

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with a private space of their own. “And it has a fabulous view of the ocean!” Heidi says. Or, if adults are downstairs in the kitchen or family room, the third-floor family room is an ideal place for the kids. The beverage area has an under-counter refrigerator and a dishwasher drawer, so there is no need to trek cups and snack bowls up and down from the kitchen. Of the overall design, Marisa says, “As a rule, I really love to mix a lot of old in with the new. Most furniture and tables are new and custom-ordered, but I shop at local antique stores and get some great one-of-a-kind pieces. We didn’t want it to look like the usual beach house.” Heidi agrees. “I think that in vacation houses, clients are willing to step out of their comfort zone,” she notes. “When it comes together, there’s nothing that’s too daring—but it’s expensive, so they want to be careful. And sometimes when you’re careful, it gets bland or boring.” The project drew to a close just in time for Fourth of July weekend, and the clients were thrilled to celebrate in their newly renovated beach house. But before installing the art and accessories, Marisa reached out to the client. “I called and said, ‘I have great stuff; do you just want to get here and everything’s in place?’ She said, ‘Go for it.’” So, naturally, Marisa was thrilled to get a call from the owner after the family arrived at the house. “She was so happy!” Marisa recalls. “It was great that the client was willing to do that, sight unseen.” 52


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A small snack and beverage kitchen on the third floor offers refrigeration and even a dishwasher drawer for convenience.

Then, not four months later, Hurricane Sandy pounded the Northeast, making landfall near Atlantic City, NJ, with winds clocked at 80 mph. The designers wondered what would become of the house. Marisa remembers, “We had just finished, it was perfect, they were happy, they had their first great summer there, and now we’re bracing for Sandy. I mean, that house is right across the street from the beach.” But when the storm was over and the designers spoke to their client, they were relieved to hear that everything inside the house was intact. The unfinished basement had been flooded and the pool, landscaping and new fence destroyed, but for the most part the house had successfully weathered one of the worst storms in history. Heidi credits the homeowners with their choices in the project. “They took their time and did it right,” she says. “They decided in the end to take the correct steps and, after Sandy, it proved to be the correct investment for them.” Resources Marisa Lafiosca ML Interior Designs 44 Maple Street 2nd Floor Summit, NJ 07901 908.263.7916 mlinteriordesigns.com

Heidi Piron Heidi Piron Design and Cabinetry 44 Maple Street 2nd Floor Summit, NJ 07901 908.598.0035 heidipiron.com

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Splendor Basement Rehab Completes Greenwich Home Modernization

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he basement in question belongs to a lovely 5,700-square-foot brick colonial in Greenwich, CT, built around 2005. The owners have an eye for more modern finishes than were supplied by the original design, so it was natural for them to set about putting their personalized touch on the interior. The rest of the house had already been modernized when they turned their attention to the basement. An already finished yet nondescript space, the basement contained a children’s play area, a bedroom, a gym and wine chillers. The focus of the children—now teenagers—had changed, and with it the need for playrooms and toy areas. Realizing the time had come to update the basement to reflect the current needs of the family, the owners turned to interior designer Kathleen Hay of Kathleen Hay Designs, who had worked with them on several other projects. Kathleen recommended the design/ build firm of TR Building and Remodeling, Inc., of New Canaan, CT. TR Building handled all aspects of the project, including the architectural design, millwork and construction. The choice of flooring was limited due to the existing concrete slab floor, which made it impractical to use wood. Before the advent of innovative man-made flooring materials, the only options were carpet or tile. Here, the team chose an attractive porcelain plank flooring made to look like reclaimed wood, which they laid down in the wine room, bathroom, and mudroom (which opens into the garage). As the homeowners are wine lovers and collectors, one of the most important considerations was the creation of a wine room. The design team changed the East Coast Home + Design

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footprint of the space that contained the original wine chillers to maximize its usage and storage capacity. The result is a destination wine-tasting room with a lounge area for hanging out with wine-loving friends. Air conditioning the entire room to 55 degrees to make the wine comfortable wouldn’t have done the same for the adults, so six Sub-Zero wine chillers were provided for the sauvignons and chardonnays. (A wine collection of up to approximately 900 bottles can be housed in this fashion.) Locking, custom-made glass pocket doors were installed between the wine room and the adjacent media room to provide privacy and separation between 58

adults and teens. The ceiling of the wine room features a reflective silver leaf pattern, and the walls are covered with an Abaco material with a metallic finish. Designers created a cozy appearance with a biofuel Planika fire element on the back wall. Although this gives off some warmth, its primary purpose is aesthetic and to provide ambience. The fire element is adorned with a white stacked ledgestone that adds dimension and an interesting bit of shimmer.


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At the island bar, stools and a table are arranged so that hosts and guests can have a drink while watching a game on the large TV. The shroud of the custom-made bar is composed of glossy white shiplap boards, and the countertop is genuine two-inch-thick ebonized walnut with a highgloss, lacquered finish. Beneath the bar top, a prep area built of a white engineered stone offers an ideal surface for mixing the company’s favorite drinks. Refrigerated drawers and a wall of custom-built cabinetry provide storage for glasses and other items. LED lighting beneath the bar illumi-

nates the perimeter of the bar area. The media room, just outside the doors of the wine room, is comfortably furnished with a large chaise-end sectional couch complete with ottomans, where guests can enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Another unique feature of this basement is the custom-built, long-narrow-table version of a shuffleboard game, which forms the focal point of the media room, with every other component in the room designed around it. Wall-to-wall carEast Coast Home + Design

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peting, custom-designed built-ins and a large TV set provide additional warmth and coziness. The ceiling of the media room has the same reflective silver leaf pattern as the wine room, lightening the overall brown tone of the area. The walls are covered with a hemp cloth in an “elephant” tone, which is basically a brown-gray. Square rivets that create stripes and add dimension and texture are installed vertically to give the impression of a taller ceiling. The room is illuminated by LED lights set inside the towers of glass-fronted, custom built-in cabinets. All in all, it’s a sophisticated playroom for the whole family. The basement bedroom, which accommodates guests, was modernized with custom-built bunks consisting of two queens on the bottom and two twins on top. The bunks have built-in storage drawers below and cubbies along the back wall of the upper bunk. The bunks are painted white, with the décor adding touches of navy, and a painted shiplap on the walls enhances the clean, nautical feel. This room is popular with the family’s two teenagers, who enjoy having their friends over for sleepovers. The TR team also updated the full bath. The floor is the wood-look-alike porcelain noted above, and the walls are decorated with a “granite stone” cork covering in off-white, with a mica fleck in a copper tone. A contem-

porary vanity and modern lighting complement the contemporary look. Just around the corner from the media room, the new gym location houses a variety of exercise equipment, mirrored walls and a ballet bar. Designers replaced the usual “smelly” gym mats with an odor-free floating cork floor that resembles wood but is soft on the feet and free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The team used lots of reflective material to lighten the potential gloom of a basement room with very little natural window light. The basically neutral palette throughout the rest of the house was retained in the basement décor by the use of taupe and browns, which meld beautifully to create a restful ambience. The goal of creating a relaxing, serene space has been achieved. Resources Todd Drury, Rick Krug TR Building and Remodeling 28 Vitti Street ​New Canaan, CT 06840 203.664.1303 trbuilt.com

Kathleen Hay Kathleen Hay Designs PO Box 801 Nantucket, MA 02554 508.228.1219 kathleenhaydesigns.com East Coast Home + Design

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At Land’s End After falling in love with life on the Long Island Sound, a couple turns to Hemingway Construction and Pagliaro Batels Sajda Architects to make their dream a reality Story by Jennifer Jackson Outlaw Photography by Carl Vernlund

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n many respects, this renovation has all the elements of a classic story: A determined family with a dream. A group of skilled artisans focused on making it happen. And the iconic Long Island Sound, which served as the picturesque backdrop for a certain F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

For the customers, a couple looking to transform their beach house into space worthy of Jay Gatsby himself, there was only one builder they could trust to work on the project: the team at Hemingway Construction. “We’ve had the pleasure of working with this client for years, coming together for a total of eight projects,” explained Hemingway Construction’s CEO Peter Sciarretta. “Our founder and president Sal Sciarretta has had a long working relationship with the wife, so there was complete trust as we started on this journey.”

Beautiful Beginnings

It was this familiarity that first convinced the couple to turn to Hemingway when they decided to purchase a secondary summer home on Bell Island, CT, in 2004. At the time, the homeowners were simply looking for a beachfront getaway to entertain guests and escape fast-paced big-city living. After taking ownership of the home, the couple partnered with Hemingway along with the design team of Pagliaro Bartels Sajda (PBS) Architects to make it over. As a result of the initial hard work and creativity, the project was honored by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut as the “Best Renovation Under $1 Million.” Almost a decade after that noteworthy accomplishment, the husband and wife realized they wanted to slow down and enjoy the sandy beaches full-time. That meant they would have to adapt their home into something that could accommodate more extended wear and tear. The transformation would prove to be quite a task. Not only did the couple have to be mindful of updates that would provide the necessary creature comforts of daily life, but they also had to get past extensive regulations prior to breaking ground on their endeavor. “The regulatory process was quite a hurdle at the beginning,” said PBS Architect founding partner Christopher Pagliaro. “In many respects, we were limited in our initial planning because of the zoning issues as well as FEMA Outside, the couple created a patio area for sunbathing and lounging in private.

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guidelines.” Fortunately for the resolute homeowners, Pagliaro’s design firm had someone on staff who was well versed in dealing with government restrictions on coastal construction. Eventually, the team was granted the permits needed.

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Upon starting the reconstruction, Pagliaro and Sciarretta both realized that one of their biggest challenges would be making the best use of existing space. The house had a slim, front-to-back split-level layout. Due to some of the aforementioned restrictions, they were unable to do any dramatic expansion beyond the addition of a third level complete with an eagle’s nest. And because the couple’s new beachfront home was essentially a downsizing for them, the team


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Due to the open design of the layout, ceiling designs serve as a way to distinguish between rooms.

was tasked with how to fit the homeowners’ most beloved furnishings, many from their much larger residence in New Canaan, into this approximately 3,000-square-foot domicile. “The beach home itself was rather narrow,” Pagliaro explained. “When we looked at how we could assist them, we saw it would be a good idea to make the space as open as possible.” After a careful

review of their options, they elected to remove many of the house’s walls and columns to create a light and airy atmosphere. And while this proved to be aesthetically pleasing, it left them with the problem of how to distinguish between the different rooms. Amazingly enough, the answer lay literally above their heads. “We figured out that the best solution was to use the ceiling to East Coast Home + Design

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After a careful review of their options, they elected to remove many of the house’s walls and columns to create a light and airy atmosphere. And while this proved to be aesthetically pleasing, it left them with the problem of how to distinguish between the different rooms. define the areas,“ said Sciarretta. “It was such a natural solution.” Each room prominently featured a uniquely designed ceiling that was carefully crafted to bring a clear identity to each location: A coffered ceiling served as the perfect match for the living room’s custom baseboards and elaborate crown molding. A glass block ceiling offered just the right elegant illumination to the formal dining room. The eagle’s nest made use of beams reminiscent of a nautical post.

Honoring the Sound

Another main objective of the couple was to make the stunning beach atmosphere an essential part of the home’s interior design. “They had a huge love of the sound,” Pagliaro said. “It was really important for them to bring in views of the water whenever possible. We kept this in mind as we worked with them to design the space.” To accommodate this request, the team installed large Europeanstyle windows with Marvin glass in the kitchen, living room and 68

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dining room. They also included strategically placed windows and skylights on angled walls to help illuminate the space while bringing the best of the beach indoors.

The Floating Staircases

One of the most architecturally beautiful components of the home’s final design is the pair of free-floating staircases that serve as one of the home’s centerpieces. What makes them so phenomenal is the fact that they are not attached to any outside wall, but appear to be freestanding, so that anyone on the reinforced steel steps would be treated to an almost 360-degree view of the surrounding room. “The staircases are definitely one of my favorite features of the house because they are just cool,” said Sciarretta with a smile. “Walking on them feels like you are floating on air instead of climbing endlessly.”

It’s All in the Details

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planning stages. Most of the furnishings and artwork were carefully curated from their personal collection, with many of the rooms specifically designed to showcase them. As the clients had a very formal sense of style, they chose a monochromatic color scheme to better allow their signature pieces to come alive with color. And although the wife had a lot of experience with decorating, the couple decided to work with their long-time interior designer, Chris Gulotta, to better meet their expectations. “I have worked with them for close to 25 years, and have been fortunate to help them transform numerous residences to reflect their design vision and lifestyle,” said Gulotta. “We pay close attention to current trends while maintaining a classic, timeless look, reflecting their amazing taste and attention to detail.” And, indeed, the customers’ attention to detail was evident in some of the finishing touches in the home. The master bathroom boasts floor tiles made of mother-of-pearl, and most of the home was custom milled with elaborate paneling. Since entertaining guests was also important to the clients, some modern touches were added to make the house a much-sought-after place for formal events. Nineteen flat screens in a variety of sizes were installed in the house, including one in the family room that rises from the floor on demand. Outside, the team created a lush exOne of the couple’s favorite features is the pair of free-floating staircases connecting the three levels. East Coast Home + Design

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terior landscape featuring an elegant stone barbecue and a brick seating area that is perfect for gathering friends and family.

Finishing Touches

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in designing. But for Sciarretta, the project is more than just an elegant property: it illustrates the larger power of collaboration. “There’s no question that everyone’s egos were checked at the door with this project,” he said. “The two teams spent hours working together on-site to meet the client’s vision. And it was a privilege and an amazing experience to work with PBS Architects.”


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The clients wanted to include as many views of the sound as possible. Here, Marvin windows open up to a veranda overlooking the water. The clients were heavily involved with every aspect of the home design, including the elegant mother-of-pearl tiling on the floor in the bathroom.

In fact, Hemingway Construction was so dedicated to completing this project that the firm actually turned down additional work during this time. It’s a reminder that, beyond the awards and accolades, what is sometimes most revered is the simple satisfaction of a job well done. Gatsby ’s Nick Carraway himself would be proud.

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The rich blues of the Long Island Sound offer the perfect pop of color in contrast to the monotone hues in the home.

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Resources Architect Christopher Pagliaro Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects 3 Pine Street South Norwalk, CT 06854 203.838.5517 pbs-archs.com

Interior Designer Christine Gulotta CMG Designs 319 Sailors Lane Bridgeport, CT 06605 203.394.3819 cmgulotta@optonline.net

Builder Doug Horn, Peter Sciarretta Sal Sciarretta Hemingway Construction 115 Mason Street Greenwich, CT 06830 203.625.0566 hemingwayconstruction.com 76

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Sorrelle Gallery Fine Art


orrelle Gallery Fine Art in New Canaan, CT, is literally paving the way for artists and art lovers. Director Miranda Girard and Assistant Director Rafaella LaRoche have truly unlocked the secret to buying art and understanding how it works in your home.

Miranda and Rafaella educate their clients about mixing certain genres of art. For instance, they show them how to incorporate different styles of art among a traditional painting, and mix in a contemporary painting.

Each woman is an accomplished artist in her own right. Miranda is an exhibiting and commissioned Connecticut artist whose often figurative, representational paintings and drawings are motivated by expression, emotion and environment. She graduated summa cum laude from Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor’s Degree. Originally from Espírito Santo, Brazil, Rafaella resides in Connecticut but continues to work with the Brazilian community. She photographs events such as the Miss Brazil USA pageant, and her work is featured in Brazilian Times magazine and Brazilian newspapers. Her additional projects include Broadway performer portfolios, advertisement design and editorial photographs. She is currently an English major at Fordham University.

Sorrelle has developed a system used by no other galleries in the area. It makes the process of purchasing art a seamless one, even if you are a novice at the experience. The experience begins the second a client walks into the crisp, clean and inviting gallery. Miranda and Rafaella let the client absorb the art on display and eventually build a relationship with the person, learning everything there is to know to help the homeowner select the piece that best suits him or her. Their system involves either going to a client’s home and taking a picture of the chosen wall space where the art will hang, or asking the client to email them a photo of the space. Once they receive the photo, the two work their magic and “position” the painting on the pictured wall, giving the homeowner a clearer understanding of how it will look in the surroundings.

The two women have a true love of art and enjoy the process of helping their clients, transforming the typical gallery visit into a personal journey. One of their customers recalls, “We wanted someone to help us understand and reflect our—not their—sensibilities in our purchase, and that’s what Rafaella and Miranda did. From the first time we walked into the gallery to talk about our ideas, to evaluating their extraordinary inventory of options, and then to ultimately hanging the painting we selected in our home, they focused on making our vision come to life.”

Miranda and Rafaella understand that buying art is an investment, and that the client needs to be totally confident in his or her purchase. Their complimentary consultation is an important step for homeowners, ensuring them that they have chosen the correct piece of art for their homes. With many clients having second homes that are far away, the gallery ’s service proves invaluable. Prospective clients are beyond thrilled by yet another part of the Sorrelle experience: being able to bring home a piece of artwork and exhibit it in their homes on a trial basis, with no obligation to buy.



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Many interior designers also come to Sorrelle for assistance in picking out art for their clients’ homes. “As a designer, I am always seeking guidance in finding fine art for my clients,” notes Robyn from Robyn Klein Interiors in Mamaroneck, NY. “The staff at Sorelle Gallery go out of their way to help. They have brought numerous paintings to my clients’ homes for approval. With their sophisticated use of computerization, they help us visualize how different works of art will look on the walls.” Sorelle Gallery Fine Art 84 Main St New Canaan, CT 06840 203.920.1900 sorellegallery.com

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The Tailored Home

A fresh concept for interior home design has spurred Jhon Ortiz and partner, Scott Falciglia to open The Tailored Home, a spacious Design Center-Showroom with Open Workroom Concept, in Westport, CT. The pair are making original statements in Custom Upholstered Furniture, Dining & Coffee Tables, Window Treatments, Reimagined Vintage Pieces, as well as Linens, Decorative Pillows and other accessories. All are made in Fairfield County, CT. From the minute you set foot inside their space you’ll experience the difference in their vibe, where you can catch an inspiration from their beautiful, diverse in-store offerings to create fresh looks for 80

your home. Or with the guidance of our experienced design staff, you can become a collaborator, watching your ideas realized onpremise by artisan-level craftspeople. Whether your style is tried and true or somewhere in uncharted territory, The Tailored Home is the resource you’ve been hoping for. The Tailored Home 1276 Post Rd. East Westport, CT 06880 203.292.9111 tailoredhomect.com


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