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HOME+DESIGN November / December 2016



Form Meets Function

A classic-style waterfront home is renovated and modernized to meet the needs of a big family and showcase the breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound Story by Haifa Faraj Photography by Michael Biondo


Long Island Luxe

Elegant Animal Prints Create Sophisticated Signature Style in this Long Island Dream Home Story by Jessica Rivest Photography by Neil Landino


The Cue Spot

Drab and Dated Colonial Is Transformed into a Modern Architectural Dream in a Fantastic Multiphase Project Story by Jessica Rivest Photography by Peter Krupenye


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hat a year we have had! Wonderful weather, no major hurricanes, by the time you read this the election will be over and we can simply get back to business! Can I get an “amen” to that! (oh, and I can’t forget: the pain of 108 years has finally ended. Go Cubbies) This issue was a really interesting one to put together. Reaching out to the most talented bunch of Architects to have them share with us some of their more “outsideof-the-box”, fun projects, I believed was going to be a challenge, but was I wrong. They came back with amazing projects. From full wings built just for entertaining to fabulous pool houses to entire playgrounds, such a spectacular mix. Who ever thought of a luggage room? Rounded out by three projects that just shine, this is a wonderful issue to cherish for a very long time. It is filled with talent and creativity. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season as well as a prosperous new year.

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The Importance of a Stunning Master Bath At its best, a master bathroom is a personal sanctuary that sets the tone for both the beginning and end of your day. Interior Designer Christina Roughan from Roughan Interiors shares her thoughts on creating an inviting retreat


ecently Klaffs interviewed Christina Roughan of the international firm Roughan Interior Design. Beginning her career in 1994, Christina has vast experience and a keen eye, enabling her to create warm, sophisticated interiors that are timeless and tailored while remaining friendly and approachable. She believes that interiors are to be lived in, and should reflect the people who reside in the space. Christina’s design portfolio is known for deft combinations 20

of texture and subtle color, while combining modern traditional accents to create livable, crisp interiors. She has designed interiors throughout the world, with her clients as diverse as their locations. In our interview with Christina, we decided to focus on the master bath:

Name three components of a master bath that most homeowners would never think of.

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There are so many items that come to mind. Potted plants and pedestals look amazing in a bathroom, as a burst of color. A fireplace mantel with a chic screen can be functional or decorative, and placing candles inside will give it amazing light.

Tell us some creative, fun ideas you can incorporate into a master bath. Adding seating such as a small settee—modern or traditional—is wonderful and looks fantastic. Also, try incorporating antiques in special places, such as antique hooks for robes, simple white vases on shelves, or sculptures on columns. It gives the space a sitting-room environment.

Please advise a homeowner on a tight budget: Where to spend and where not to? Flooring is important as it’s so visual, therefore I would spend on floor tiles and a vanity. You can get beautiful fixtures that are cost-effective, and line the shower in simple subway tiles, which now come in a variety of colors. For the full interview go to

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ARCHITECTURE Our Favorite Architects share some of their projects inspired by Family, Fun or Folly

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he homeowners of this particular gem in a New York suburban village have a large extended family, and wished for a beautiful and dynamic space in which they could spend weekends and holidays. That wish list of purpose-driven spaces is what steered their partnership with Grandberg & Associates Architects. Building upon an existing pool house, the firm developed a home within a home, complete with a full kitchen and dining area and a luxurious selection of amenities. Family members arrive under a covered entryway before being ushered into a reception area; a lavatory off this foyer provides for the needs of guests. An airy, light-drenched beverage hall leads the way into the pool house proper, where an open floor plan reigns supreme. There’s plenty of room to lounge, along with a lovely view of the pool and lush surrounding foliage. A lower level opens up new possibilities, with the space designed to fit a playroom for games and movies (with beverage bar!), as well as a crafts room, gym, home office and more. Building upon the existing pool house was an inspired choice for the homeowners, as it allowed them to develop a seasonal structure into a year-round, lived-in space. While the pool house is of great benefit to their extended family, it also enables the homeowners to enjoy their own hobbies, thus giving them space to both entertain and create. Their vision for the home turned out to be as practical as it is luxurious: affording them superior and multilayered use of their existing space, it a sumptuous and energetic dream made real. East Coast Home + Design

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f variety is the spice of life, then contrast is a welcome addition to the palette. Such is the case with this striking pool house designed by Jonathan Wagner. It stands proudly as both sculptural focus and living space on the homeowners’ property, a contemporary foil to their more rounded and traditional-style dwelling nearby.

The space emerged from the interplay between architect and homeowner. The architect was charged to develop something unique and special, and the homeowner was eager to welcome something truly contemporary. The pool house is composed largely of one high-ceilinged central cube, with walledin treated cedar mitered together for an elegantly minimalist look. Exposed stone accents the interior, culminating in a granite-framed fireplace with an eye-catching boulder standing alongside. An outstandingly crafted wet bar is cleverly built into the wall close to the fireplace, and the room is illuminated by a large central LED oculus ensconced among sleek fans. The robust exterior features include a bench-embraced fire pit, inset shower and barbecue area. A large rectangular canopy provides shade, its materials echoing those used in the nearby home. To a visitor looking out from inside the pool house, the house, patio and pool all flow seamlessly together in harmonious balance. The homeowners wanted a space where they could relax and entertain, but they’ve discovered so much more in their pool house. This bright and clean space radiates vitality, inviting them to use it much more than they expected: it’s not only a retreat and space for entertainment, but also a place where they feel comfortable working. They use the pool house more than they dreamed—and isn’t that one of the best compliments you can give an architect about his work?


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Christopher Spitzmiller pair of wide zig zag lamps in marigold “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 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 clients wanted an open, free-flowing house that would take adThe Modernist warmed by the luminous of Architectural Venetian Murano chandeliers, now I’mup convinced that antique Design Baldwin forfeel Newisand Ravenna, Aurelia fromLathrop vantagebyofSara a dramatic waterside location onaThe a cove. Sellars metal. your Chandelier above circularoftable, like is theHang way to go.isPuzzle Delft Collection a modern American interpretation a cenArchitects and Landscape Architects were fortunate to colourArtemis Nixon, or in a here fabulous turies old familiar craft, . Shown is a foyer. hand cut jewel glass laborate on this classic modern home. David Rachtian a Venetian partialMica, Persian descentWhite on hisand father’s mosia inisLapis, Lazuli,ofthem Lolite, Absolute erie’s shown team decided to update to an off-white finish. Doing so side. Spinel. At his shop we find antique Persian rugs from Tabriz, Kashan, Blue not only helped lighten the rooms but also offered the enduring look While Howard Lathrop of Sellars Lathrop provided the overall dePhoto credit: Chuan Bing. Isfahan and China, around which one could easily build a room. This that couple for wasthe seeking. helped provide a sense of sign the direction housePlus, and the thecolor site, Ibiza he knew it was important Collection thoughtfully arranged and packed antique storeLounge also features glassuniformity home. from Artemis, to bring in within Tara M.the Vincenta a firm known for its ware, silverware, jewelry and important, sought-after Jewish pieces. pertisewhites, in coastal plantsand andsilver, sensitive ecological locations. Howard grays, which “really makes decorated the artWhat catches mytaupes eye are paperweights from the 1950s, The couple were thrilled with the results—a timeless home that is says he and Tara “worked collaboratively to meld the interior of the work stand out nicely,” she says. with mythological creatures. just as with welcoming to their kids as to their adult guests. house the exterior.” White and was Chiara also integrated into modern Orseola walk me back to the wheresleeker the tour began, powder and I am “Hedgerows and stone walls work together to formits thefixtures interplaytoof room, which was long and narrow, and needed pleasantly surprised to find myself in familiar surroundings. Then I INTERIOR DESIGNER planes and solids that create the designthat aesthetic,” he The palbe small Laracircle, believes aresays. important realize we and have modern. made a large and theywhites have given me a lesson Valerie etteuse ofGrant hardscape materials is limited to washed river rock, narrow in smaller rooms intogetting around Venice, too.and dark rooms that have no winValerie Grant Interiors concrete pavers, Ipe wood deck and case, nativeLara stone“didn’t outcropping. dows or don’t get much light. tiles In this want 14 Friar Tuck Circle Retaining walls are natural concrete matching the pavers. A native to clutter the long empty wall with artwork,” she says, “soa Leaving Venice is like parting with a lover; I daydream to linger Summit, NJ 07901adjacent stone wall runs to thepatterned road and atsilver-white the parking area. instead I chose a delicately wallpaper little longer before returning to reality. Visitors can at least can take 917.921.1916 to fill the wall withsomething a bit of shimmer and tons of interest.” comfort in bringing back home—a beautiful lion, box, Tara white, provided a clean, simple landscape that keeps fits thethe architecture and The silver and gray color scheme small room chandelier, a commissioned Luigi Bevilacqua fabric for that very spespectacular waterfront setting. As she explains, “Howard and I were light and bright evenunique thoughbag. it has no like windows. cial upholstery and/or Finds these add sparkle to The Jenning Brutalist Ribbon was to be simple and architectural, in agreement that the landscape interiors and wardrobe, lifting one out of the sea of sameness. 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legance and reserve are the watchwords in this adeptly designed beach house by Anthony Minichetti. Brand new and crafted to encompass nine bedrooms, this residence abounds with spaces thoughtfully arranged into a fashionable staging ground for holidays with family and close friends.

The remarkable exterior is as fascinating as a puzzle box, drawing the eye with its playful embellishments and riffing on the classic shingle style of other beach houses in the neighborhood. Inside, a centrally located exercise room provides outstanding views of the ocean, while a billiards room includes a foosball table and a dartboard that is pragmatically mounted on a painted-

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cork inset panel. Nearby, a slate inset panel encourages guests to keep score and scrawl messages for one another in chalk. Rooms for youngsters are cunningly designed with luxurious built-in bunk beds, featuring storage underneath. The master bedroom stands apart from all other spaces, wrapped in a peaceful bubble focused around pampering. The room has an airy feeling, and a freestanding tub in the middle of the space invites the homeowner to enjoy views of the bay off the back terrace. Outside, the graceful luxury continues with an infinity edge pool featuring a blue glass mosaic bottom and attached spa. From the pool, swimmers and loungers can admire tall sea grasses and the calm bay beyond. A pier, weathered to the eye, offers a seemingly endless walk that vanishes into the water. In these surroundings, both chic and natural, the homeowner’s desire for a place to create fond memories is charmingly fulfilled.

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opportunities for interaction and contemplation: a low window artfully frames a magnificent boulder; another wall features a sliding panel permitting views of sky or landscape; and the last wall, translucent, screens the teahouse from the road while encouraging the interplay of light and bamboo shadows.

The teahouse sits to the east of the home, a short walk through needle-leaf maple trees and bamboo. This distinctive space sits above the green-carpeted lawn, with an organically arranged three-stone path leading to a granite slab that welcomes visitors. The granite is locally sourced, grounding the teahouse in its environment, and the walls are built of untreated aromatic cedar. Three walls cradle visitors, providing

The landscape formed the backbone of this distinctive space, particularly the august boulder sitting just east of the structure. Inspired by the bamboo grove and the homeowners’ connection to Eastern philosophy and art, Naomi Darling carefully crafted the teahouse to fit the space. An area of the property that was once used only intermittently is now an inviting destination for reflection and deliberate awareness, as well as a space that nurtures intimate meals and gatherings.

erenity can be hard to find in our modern lives, especially when our homes are situated near busy roadways. Luckily, these Connecticut homeowners worked with Naomi Darling Architecture to carve out an oasis of peace on their property. Cool and shadowed during the day, and warm and welcoming in the evening, this open structure feeds both the senses and the soul.


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“garden folly ” is decorative architecture created simply to astonish and delight—and this observatory designed by Bob Faesy is no exception. Centrally located on property being developed as a private park, this garden folly encourages walks, interaction with the local environment and appreciation of surrounding views, while also reminding all who use it of the many activities surrounding them. As the homeowners developed this private park, working with Faesy-Smith Architects and local landscape architect Geoff Middeleer, they encouraged native and natural beauty in woodsy areas and carefully cultivated grasses, ferns and flowers. These are wonderful spaces, but also areas that could become claustrophobic with no open views. The folly allowed them to build a fun, central structure that elevates visitors above the space in a thoughtfully constructed ediValerie or Multiple soft neutralpathways colors as converge the backdrop for fice of often metaluses andwhite stone. on the her designs. While white in particular feels incredibly clean and refolly, made of stone and woodchips and even a bridge spanfined, she also loves using different shades of white together to add ning a river of flowers. Alternating design elements in the dimension, from bright to trueapproach whites to the creamier tones. She says she railing draw visitors structure. makes sure to incorporate a “variety of materials, textures and details to elevate theatoverall design and create interest in a room. “ espeLingering this observatory invites contemplation, cially with a tranquil pond nearby providing a refuge for Valerie believes “youthis neverobservation tire of white,”point, and shevisitors can’t think “a waterfowl. From canofsee more soothing color to surround yourself in.” She also thinks that the park’s putting green, tennis court, swimming pool and white can beenvironmental powerful if usedviews—including to create the overall alook of a room, or abundant soothing spillin a more pared-back way as an accent color. ing pond and its adjacent stone walkway, and the woods and native plants so freely nurtured. This is one garden folly that unifies its surroundings and engages all visitors with gladness and grace.

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hat do you do if you love going to the movies, but you also enjoy socializing at home? You collaborate with Vita Design Group! The homeowner of this marvelous basement theater wanted a space to foster that special “out at the movies” feeling, while also providing a comfortable home-based venue where their children and friends could socialize. The basement renovation they achieved is masterful. Lucien Vita artfully shaped the space to fit the client’s requirements, constructing tiered seating, a terraced ceiling and an inset projector, using luxurious materials and a color scheme evocative of the best grand movie theaters. An oversized screen hangs at the front of the room, embellished with lavish red curtains that can be pulled closed. Large Luxe chairs provides comfort for the audience, and a deluxe sound system fills out the viewing experience equipment. Double doors open onto this distinctive space, which is adorned with a rounded window to complete the feel of a theater. And, should the homeowners screen a musical concert, the lights flash in sync with the music, thanks to custom LED lighting. The theater doesn’t stop with the viewing room. The rest of the basement features a lounge for socializing before the screening, and a concession stand furnished with shelves presenting a wide selection of luscious candies. There’s even a popcorn machine! Incorporated shelving for the homeowner’s entertainment library keeps the space organized. From the lighting and color palette to the extravagant finishes, every inch of this space was thoughtfully created to foster that posh movie-going feeling.

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ome distinctive spaces begin as very specific projects that grow, burst into riotous life and greatly enrich the lives of those who shape them. This recreational complex, meticulously and meditatively crafted by architect Peter Paulos of P H Architects, is one such space. It began as a tennis court addition but eventually became a robustly-featured family fun location. Measuring less than half an acre, the space was once an old sand ring for horses, surrounded by wetlands. The homeowners requested an environmentally conscious development plan, which P H Architects delivered while merging the many separate features into an organically balanced whole. A playground for children fronts a family pool and hot tub, which lie alongside a magnificent gazebo equipped with lounging and dining elements. Under the gazebo’s columned awning is a barbecue and food prep space, as well as a fire pit accentuated with a pergola designed to draw the eye and cleanly vent the smoke. A terraced and grassy amphitheater steps down from the gazebo to embrace the tennis court. Nearby are a basketball court, putting green, bathroom and changing room for the pool.

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The most important part of this recreational complex was that the homeowners intended to use it for numerous purposes. They desired a welcoming and useful space to encourage family gatherings—a place for their children to be entertained and their grandchildren to play. This splendidly wrought recreational complex has succeeded in spades, with the homeowners using it year-round for intimate activities like summer barbecues and autumn marshmallow-roasting around the fire pit, as well as for grand affairs like family reunions and even weddings! Indeed, this location and this family are built to last.

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hile a garden draws man’s attention to the earth, constellations of stars draw man to the sky. This elegantly simple yet breathtaking celestial garden gazebo manages to draw attention to both. The homeowners of this august Georgian estate wished to replace an old wooden gazebo on a rocky outcropping of their verdant grounds. They desired one that would resemble the appearance of their home. Architect Charles Hilton rose to the challenge, distinguishing himself with this intimate and meditative space. 52

Octagonal in shape, the pavilion is built using five different types of handmade brick to authentically echo the brickwork on the client’s residence. Screened windows ring the space, offering views of the lush vistas across the grounds. An inset bench circling the interior allows visitors to gaze at the garden comfortably, or perhaps read or meditate. The entryway is set with a screen door featuring a Chippendale lattice panel, reflecting the same feature on the main house. The bell-shaped roof is finished with lead fish-scale shingles and crowned with a custom copper pineapple finial. Inside, a star-shaped lantern descends from the ceil-

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library built to showcase an impressive book collection is often noteworthy, but this private library designed by Sellars Lathrop Architects is truly exceptional. Howard Lathrop worked extensively with the homeowners to create an extraordinary home that was built from the ground up with numerous multi-use spaces and energy efficiency in mind. Born from the homeowner’s academic interests and extensive book collection, the library is designed for both display and use. It’s not just a gorgeous and airy library, however. The space encompasses a full-service bar in one corner and a large dining table to accommodate dinner parties. A central reading area illuminated by skylights and a wall of windows produce a sun-drenched atmosphere. Glassed into one wall is a temperature-controlled wine cellar, featuring unique wire racks designed East Coast Home + Design

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by Lathrop and the homeowner. But the pièce de résistance is a hidden room tucked behind one of the glass-fronted cases for rare books. Swing the bookcase wide open, and you’ll find an intimate space for poker, brandy and cigars. A separate ventilation system protects the library and the rest of the house from cigar smoke. A spiral staircase in this room leads up to a balcony running along one wall of the library, reminiscent of the Morgan Library In New York City. 56

Ample space and seating allow the homeowner to spread out his papers and books on working days, or to host fund-raising parties and concerts. A walk-in fireplace permits roaring fires on winter evenings, and the library’s skylights can be opened to let in fresh air. This majestic space easily serves the homeowner’s needs, providing a marvelous study, dining room, hosting venue, cocktail lounge and reading room—all with beauty and class.

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he homeowners of a residence surrounded by a beautiful wooded landscape in Greenwich, CT, wanted to add a natatorium to the exterior that would include two separate water features, an Infinity spa and an Infinity swimming pool. James Schettino Architects of New Canaan and Hemingway Construction of Greenwich were engaged to work on the project together. The clients asked for a layout that would be comfortable for the two of them, yet spacious enough to accommodate their family and friends visiting from overseas. The design team strategically placed the addition to connect the existing billiards room, family room and kitchen in a seamless transition. The addition captures light from all directions with custom-ordered clad Marvin bifold doors that extend viewing and provide an open flow to the property and gardens. The swimming pool features infinity edges and automatic covers, with temperatures controlled by the users through Smart technology. If one user prefers a hotter temperature than another, the pool and spa can be programmed to accommodate both. A carefully and technologically designed HVAC system— with heating, cooling, dehumidification, and pool and spa heaters—is equipped with pool water flow and pressure meters. An intricate exhaust system is engineered to prevent fogging of glass and chlorine odor from entering the home. The lighting system creates scene and mood lighting, as well as colors in the pool. Exterior landscape lighting is incorporated so that the mood created inside becomes part of the exterior on the rolling lawns. All-weather, in-ceiling speakers provide audio from any device, and two flat LED TVs offer viewing from the pool or the lounge. A bath and changing room features a full bathroom with spa shower, changing room and aquatic closet for towels, goggles, flippers and other gear. The open arrangement of this addition, with its high ceilings and strong architectural beams, offers plenty of gathering space and free flow to other rooms. Indeed, the interior and exteriors are truly married by the architectural design. 60

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hile working on an extensive project and renovation for the homeowners of a charming colonial farmhouse, Ed Story designed by Lisathis Gant Parker enjoyable pool house of neoclassical design. His clients desired a beautiful pool on their weekend and holiday property in a space that would be perfect for their young children and also well suited for entertaining guests. The main residence nestles into a rocky outcropping at the left of the driveway, leaving a wide expanse of lawn open before visitors. The lawn slopes down to a quiet pond and tree-shaded vista, creating the perfect stage for a pool house with leanings toward garden follydom. With proportions and columns evoking Greek architecture, the pool house is designed around a center lounge flanked by a small kitchen, rec room, changing room and more. This center space features folding glass walls, allowing the pool house to marry indoors to outdoors and become a gateway between the front of the property and the pastoral scenes beyond. An infinity-edge pool is bounded by a striking stone wall, visually linking the pool to the pond a little farther on, while custom Jerusalem limestone tiles give a modern touch to the verdant poolside lawn. This pool house embodies the serendipity that can spring from the interplay between architecture and landscape. Because of the sloping lawn and floodplain, Alisberg Parker Architects had to raise the space, which created the breathtaking infinity edge linking pool to pond, and perfectly incorporated a pragmatic yet architecturally pleasing enclosure. This distinctive space gives the homeowners a striking weekend getaway, ideal for year-round entertainment. 64

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his marvelous six-acre estate, built in 1915, is nestled away on the harbor in Darien, CT. The homeowners wanted an expansion that would bring more light into the home and accommodate the needs of their large family. “This home is an addition/renovation classic,” says Christopher Quinn, lead associate at the Old Greenwich office of Ben Krupinski Builders, which also has locations in South Hampton and East Hampton, NY. “We created a clean, sleek, modern design without interrupting the function of the space.” Working collaboratively with architect Michael Haverland and the client’s own interior design firm, the builders were able to customize the new, much-needed features seamlessly into the original home.

Bringing in the Bay

Surrounded by the bay, this traditional residence enjoys panoramic views of Darien Harbor and New York City beyond.

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Indeed, Quinn describes it as “a waterfront-secluded gem of a property.” Measuring 13,000 square feet, the three-story home has eight bedrooms, ten bathrooms, a three-car garage, a full chef ’s kitchen and staff quarters. To bring bay views throughout the home, the team removed an entire tower of the house and built a flat roof with a metal arbor and floor-to-ceiling glass walls. With a third of the home renovated to add form and function, it is an impeccable combination of old and new.

Family Life

The kitchen boasts an eight-burner range, double confectionary ovens, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking the bay. Above the kitchen on the second floor, separate his and hers master bathrooms combine modern, sleek design with classic charm, basically creating an oasis for the homeowners. The bathrooms feature separate showers, toilet areas and vanities with numerous drawers for storage.

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It was very important to the client that different spaces in the home provide plenty of storage and order for the family and their pets. One of these spaces is the wonderful mudroom, which offers a separate entrance through the carport. Functional for the children, it also helps avoid cluttering the living room.

Unique Features

The most unique feature of this extraordinary home, says Quinn, is “the indoor/outdoor language”—specifically the way the architect and builders adjoined the kitchen and outdoor pergola, enabling the family to gaze out at the New York skyline beyond the pool and the harbor. The design showcases how the exterior language is brought indoors through the wide, expansive steel and glass walls. The kitchen was moved from the center of the house, and two outdoor patios are connected by steel arbor and trellis in a seamless combination. The property also includes a separate pool house/ yoga studio.

Custom Interiors

Shaded sections of the elevations should the dramatic transformation of the home.

The home is an ideal combination of functional and beautiful. Once inside, a visitor is welcomed by the formal living room and an expansive glass wall in the center that overlooks the harbor. A wide staircase leads to the bedrooms and butler’s pantry, and beyond that a cozy family room with a fireplace. The home is filled with unique and lovely light fixtures and wall finishes that were custom created by the client, who is an art collector with a keen eye East Coast Home + Design

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The polished brass bar opens to engage the family room on axis with the fireplace.

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Custom polished stainless pulls and door frames in two configurations over light-gray lacquered cabinets break up the scale of the kitchen and are modern but rich with detail.

for design. An outdoor living room, consisting of a metal and wood arbor pergola structure, adjoins the home to the pool house. The goal of the project was to create sleek, modern lines without interrupting the spatial use of the property so that the children would feel comfortable in the home, even while surrounded by modern design. Tiny details throughout the residence add to this sleekness.

The Renovation

The entire area highlighted in blue was built to expand the kitchen, create more light in the home and provide a rooftop that could be used to enjoy the views. The steel arbor creates two covered outdoor dining areas and is a sunshade for the large steel windows. The third-floor game room and gym have access to the new roof deck.

The Team

Quinn worked closely with architect Haverland and the client to help bring the homeowners’ ideas to life. “We pride ourselves on the long-term relationships we build with our clients and partners, as much as we do the superior quality of the projEast Coast Home + Design

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The new mudroom and stairway connect the first floor to the third floor and basement, mirroring the architectural vocabulary of the kitchen and master bathroom additions.

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His master bath has slabs of dark marble with warm brown accents, a black glass vanity with nickel surrounds and an open shower to maximize views.

ects we complete,” explains Ben Krupinski in his firm’s mission statement. In this project, a huge team effort that was fully transparent helped bring about a smooth renovation. “A well-built project,” says Quinn, “is where everyone’s input is accounted for.” Resources Architect Michael Haverland Architect Michael Haverland One Union Square West, 913 New York, NY 10003

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Box 4285 East Hampton, NY 11937 212.780.9188 Builder Ben Krupinski Builders Christopher Quinn 13 Arcadia Road, Suite 11-15 Old Greenwich, CT 06870 203.990.0633 East Coast Home + Design

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Long Island Luxe Elegant Animal Prints Create Sophisticated Signature Style in this Long Island Dream Home Story by Jessica Rivest | Photography by Neil Landino

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iane von Furstenberg knows a thing or two about style. She has been credited with saying, “Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it.”

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her custom dream home, she called on Jan Hiltz to help bring her style to life. Jan says her client had a vision of how she wanted her home to reflect her signature style, and wanted animal prints to be a central focus. Jan says she’s never had a client ask for animal prints to be used throughout an entire home, but she was up for the challenge. “That was the trick—to make it subtle so you didn’t think you were walking into the wild kingdom,” says Jan. “It is tastefully woven in, and she was thrilled.” And because her client had a style and vision she wanted to accomplish, the design came together per-

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Subtle textures like the alpaca rug and cozy fur blanket connect the living room with the theme without being too obvious

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fectly. “The project went very smoothly as we had a really good understanding of how the end project would turn out,” adds Jan. “She trusted my judgment completely, which is key when designing an entire house. She trusted me to elevate and turn her likes into something tasteful and beautiful.” Jan is known for her ability to blend comfort and sophistication with a dash of the unexpected into every one of her client’s homes. This Long Island dream house is no exception. “The client wanted it to be young and sophisticated with pops of color,” explains Jan, “and be very different from the design aesthetic normally seen in the Long Island area.” Using that as a springboard for her design, Jan dove into the project to create a home where every aspect of the house reflects the client’s vision and signature style. “She absolutely loves animal prints,” says Jan, “so every room has a thread of an animal print, whether it be a subtle texture or an obvious print.” The signature style of the home includes a neutral palette with color and patterns in unexpected places. Animal prints, colorful art and accessories, and beautiful gold finishes accent the neutrals and create the sophisticated style with a little bit of funk mixed in. Jan describes the project as one that interior designer dreams are made of because of her client’s open mind and “her ability to go with the unconventional; she was fearless.” She says every design aspect of the home, including the breathtaking paintings, welcoming pillows, unusual wallcoverings and accessories were selected with care to create a beautiful outcome that flows through the home. The home features an airy family room with fantastic pieces like the hexagon-patterned front on the side table, the beautiful paintings, unique fuchsia chairs on either side of the impressive fireplace and the signature animal piece—a faux ostrich-skin ottoman—in the center of the room. In the living room, distinctive end tables that Jan picked up at the furniture market in High Point, NC, frame the attractive white couch that is set with colorEast Coast Home + Design

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A cozy pillow offers a pop of color in the family room, while the unique zebra-print chairs in the eatin kitchen portray the signature style of the home.

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ful, welcoming pillows. Gorgeous silk lavender curtains adorn the windows, a striking piano anchors the room in the corner and a plush alpaca fur rug continues the animal theme. Zebraprint chairs give the eat-in kitchen a fun style, while the gold-trimmed chandelier offers the sophistication the client loves. The sleek kitchen mixes gold and silver metals to perfection, and the gas stove trimmed in gold is a perfect focal point. In one bathroom, zebra print covers the bathroom walls, while a stunning mirror elevates the look. The classy pink and white nursery features a unique tufted crib and lovely patterned wallpaper from Osborne & Little. The children’s bedroom, designed to grow as they do, features a beautiful gray upholstered bedframe and headboard, stunning white plush area rug and charming zebra print in the window coverings. The Jack and Jill bathroom has a fun jeweled lizard printed wallpaper. But it’s the master bedroom that is pure perfection in showcasing the client’s signature style: the modern bench at the foot of the grand bed gives the room a pop of color; the completely different lighting options in the crystal chandelier and the face profile bedside lamps speak to the client’s style; and a faux horsehair ottoman in a little sitting area offers a touch of animal in the bedroom. The spacious master bathroom has a clean, sleek look with an attractive freestanding bathtub and huge shower. Little details like the funky chandelier and fur stool in front of the makeup vanity help keep the client’s signature style flowing through the East Coast Home + Design

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Zebra print makes an appearance in the children’s bedroom, which is designed to grow with them.

house. Even the laundry room has a subtle raised cheetah print wallpaper. No major design project can ever go off without a hitch, though, and Jan says the snag she ran into was getting enough of the gorgeous Calacatta floor tile in the spacious master bathroom. The team switched to a Thassos tile for the master bath instead, but the changes didn’t stop there. That one decision snowballed into changing the flooring in three bathrooms. Jan says she still got to use the Calacatta tile her client loved, just in different spaces. She credits her client’s adaptability to making the project so successful, noting, “It was good she was open-minded and flexible.” The other objective of this design was to make the sophisticated style family-friendly as well. Jan says she picked carpet and rugs that were not only beautiful and elegant, but also stain-resistant. She knew this growing family would occasionally have spills and, as with most families, stains are a part of life. So she chose fabrics that could be easily cleaned—something her client has thanked her for several times already. East Coast Home + Design

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Trust is key when designing an entire house. Jan says her 25 years of experience and work with a wide range of clients help establish that trust and make her clients realize that, when working with an interior design professional, a major project can be stressfree. She says her love of beautiful, livable spaces got her into interior design and keeps her striving to create those extraordinary spaces for her clients. Resources Interior Designer Jan Hiltz Interiors Jan Hiltz 21 Bridge Square Westport, CT 06880 203.361.9943 East Coast Home + Design

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THE CUE SPOT Drab and Dated Colonial Is Transformed into a Modern Architectural Dream in a Fantastic Multiphase Project Story by Jessica Rivest | Photography by Peter Krupenye

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hen a young couple with a growing family purchased a 1960s colonial, they wanted to make some major changes and create a more modern backdrop for their traditional home. The renovations could not be done all at once, however, but in several phases over the course of many years. To achieve the look they wanted, the clients needed both an architectural team and a construction team. They called on Carol Kurth, FAIA, ASID, principal of Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors, as the architect and interior designer and Legacy Construction Northeast LLC to bring their vision to life.

by brothers Chris and Tom Yaroscak and in-laws Nicole Riess and Joe Luppino. The firm strives to exceed the expectations of its clients while working to the highest industry standards. Legacy Construction brings quality, safety and integrity to every project, from speculative homes to residential custom construction to one-of-a-kind renovations. It has won multiple HOBI awards, including Best Speculative Home, Best Custom Home Over 12,000 Square Feet and Best Custom Remodel in two different categories. This multiphase project required Kurth and Legacy to work in concert through the entire span of the project and, together, create a strategic construction and design plan.

Carol was the natural choice, as she is known for using layers of modernism with traditional elements and textures woven in to create a harmonious space. Her work has won many design awards and has been featured in national publications like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on national television programs like NBC News and MTV Cribs. Legacy Construction Northeast, brought on as the construction company on this major undertaking, is a family business, started

The new design is dubbed “The Cue Spot” because of the cool billiards family room. The renovations created a casual living space with an industrial vibe by integrating industrial steel sheeting, steel plate detailing, timber-outlines ceiling and reclaimed brick throughout the home. The modern kitchen and dining areas and living-room lounges work with the contemporary billiards family room to create the modern vibe the clients were searching for. But all of that took time… a lot of time over several East Coast Home + Design

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Wider hallways make this once-cramped colonial open and airy.


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renovation phases. The first phase of the project was to remedy safety issues, and was done before the clients even moved into the home. Legacy Construction was brought in to perform the first round of renovations, including a new stair rail system and interesting popup ceiling details. The second major phase of the renovation covered most of the first-floor living areas. Carol Kurth planneda design that made the narrow, dark hallways wider and brighter. She also created fun yet functional family and dining spaces, as well as the focal point billiards room. The warm, bright, textured billiards area is the perfect complementing contrast to the dining room’s clean, white design. Carol also brought in interesting design elements, like a blackened steel datum line that travels around the family room at the height of the door openings, which serves to connect the overall design of the rooms. The jambs and panels also feature the blackened steel. Legacy’s team worked on constructing new casework and the low-profile batten panel grid with a tree-bark veneer ceiling feature in the living room during this phase. All these details helped transform the client’s home from the traditional one they had purchased to one with a more modern design. The third phase was a tricky one, as the clients remained in the home during a complete gut and renovation of the kitchen and mudroom area. Carol worked in collaboration with Bilotta Kitchens to design an open kitchen plan with a fun, fresh, modern twist. The focal point of the kitchen is the great built-in booth that is perfect for this East Coast Home + Design

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The fantastic built-in booth in the kitchen is the perfect area for a growing family.


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Reclaimed brick creates texture in this modern, open kitchen.


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growing family to sit together for a meal or work on homework. Other eye-catching features in the kitchen include the use of reclaimed brick and other textured accents that mix well with the stainless-steel appliances. Because the clients were in the home during this phase, both the design and construction teams had to work diligently to keep the project on schedule, while also working around the family’s schedule. Essential to this phase was the addition of a full-time project superintendent. Legacy brought in PJ Hendrick to execute the detailed project and keep everything running smoothly. “PJ did an amazing job!” says Legacy Construction principal Chris Yaroscak. “He brought the project in on time and budget and was key to the success of this phase.” Carol says the benefit of a multiphase project is that the clients get realistic ideas of what will work within the functionality of their everyday lives. “The clients have time to live in their home and know their programmatic needs and, from our point of view, focus on those in a way that otherwise time doesn’t often allow,” she says. “In this case, the kitchen transformation was done several years after two other phases, and had been on the wish list since day one. We had an opportunity to really know the homeowners and their tastes, and they had a lot of trust in us to convey their spirit into the project.” One of the major challenges of this entire enterprise was the need to create new HVAC ductwork. The teams wanted to increase the ceiling height and minimize the encroachment of the ductwork, so they got creative. They worked around the finished basement and tight crawl spaces by devising flatter, wider ductwork. This ingenuity was used throughout the project, and is part of why it was such a success. East Coast Home + Design

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All great entertaining spaces need a bar; this one was added during this multiphase project.


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Communication was key throughout the process, not only between the design and construction teams, but with the clients as well. Because all parties involved made that a priority, this major undertaking and complex project was completed flawlessly. For those taking on such an extensive project, it is natural to have a sense of great pride when it is completed, and to have a favorite aspect of the home. Chris’s favorite “hands-down,” he says, is “all of the cool, custom built-ins and materials. In the kitchen, the special features include the cerused wood banquette and brick wall that complement the clean lines of the cabinetry to create a very functional, custom yet cool space. We have constructed many projects with a similar scope of work; however, this one stands out as one of the finest from design through execution.” The three-phase project involved opening up walls, widening hallways, combining rooms to make larger spaces, updating features, adding interesting details and creating an overall architectural impact. In doing so, the design and construction teams transformed a typical center hall colonial with its dark and dated décor, narrow halls and lack of character, to a sunlit, interesting, timeless home perfectly suited for family life and entertaining.

Resources Architect Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors Carol Kurth 644 Old Post Road Bedford, NY 10506 914.234.2595 Builder Legacy Construction Northeast Christopher T. Yaroscak Thomas G. Yaroscak 4 MacDonald Avenue Armonk, NY 10504 914.273.4511

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NATURALLY LUXE KERI MCKAY INTERIORS Vignette at Sorelle Gallery September 2016

My vignette design was inspired by gallery artwork from both Ned Martin and Alina B. I chose Fractals, by Ned Martin, as the focal point of my design. I was drawn to this natural, yet graphic oil painting on reclaimed aluminum printing plates. The luxurious silvered mirrors by Alina B added visual texture and beautiful light reflection. This ‘Naturally Luxe’ vignette marries organic colors and textures with lavish materials, details and design. Contemporary, nature-inspired furnishings and accessories create a peaceful backdrop, setting the stage for the intricately detailed artworks of recycled aluminum, glass and silver. The clean-lined console table has a triangular oak base and is topped in black vellum. On either side sits a crocodile-inspired upholstered chair and cylindrical end table, which boasts a beautiful graphic pattern of faux turtle shell. The chrome side table is crowned with a petrified wood-slice and atop the console sits shimmering votives made from natural selenite crystals. A sumptuous grey shag area rug and Mongolian lamb fur pillow add the final layer of texture and softness. This naturally luxe space is the perfect retreat for quiet reflection and inspiration. Items provided by Wakefield Design Center. 102

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ARCHITECTS NIGHT OUT Tony Savino of AP Savino and East Coast Home + Design hosted an evening at Cask Republic in Stamford Guest were treated to specialty bourbons, wines and tasty bites.

THE TAILORED HOME ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY Jhon Ortiz and Scott owners of The Tailored Home Celebrated their one year anniversary on Ocotber 18th with an evening of Music, Food and Drink

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LAFFS, the most innovative home design store in the country, is proud to announce the launch of its new website – rebuilt and reimagined to appeal to today’s increasingly sophisticated and knowledgeable consumers.

zine. KLAFFStyle Magazine provides unique content highlighting renowned local designers, builders and architects, along with the experience of the experts at KLAFFS. The online publication will also feature stories focusing on the top brands that set the trends for home design as well as tips and inspiration from industry experts. KLAFFStyle will be updated weekly with new content and articles.

The new site includes a visual overhaul, innovative content, improved functionality, a simplified main menu and detailed product information, all of which was designed to provide a user-friendly experience. In conjunction with the new website launch, KLAFFS is debuting its exciting… paradigm-changing… online magazine entitled: KLAFFStyle.

“With the launch of KLAFFStyle Magazine, KLAFFS is once again breaking new ground in the industry,” says Passero. “This first-ofits-kind online magazine is ‘the’ place to find the latest news, trends, tips and ideas from true style makers. is a true gamechanger.”

“The relaunch of enhances our well-established position in the market as the leading home design store,” explains Joe Passero, chairman and owner of KLAFFS.

The mission of KLAFFStyle is to provide consumers and industryfollowers with a unique resource for inspiration, conversation and actionable ideas for their home, life and style.

“We realize that to appeal to our design savvy, sophisticated and educated customers, we needed a strong, engaging, online component that provides the ultimate user experience,” continued Mr. Passero. “We want consumers to receive relevant content and, importantly, feel like their online experience is an extension of our beautiful, one-ofa-kind, showrooms. We are really proud of the new look and feel of”

“At KLAFFS, we love when customers walk into our showrooms to see and try our products and benefit from the expertise of our KLAFFS staff,” said Candace Pereira, Lighting General Manager. “KLAFFS. com and KLAFFStyle dramatically improves the KLAFFS home design experience by making it easier than ever for people to virtually walk into our showroom before they physically come in.”

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