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contents JAN/FEB 2019 vol. 14 | issue 1


advertisers index BUILDING & HOME IMPROVEMENT Clarke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Cornerstone Contracting . . . . . . . . . . . . 10


Dibico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9


Fame Luxury Stone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

BUILT TO ORDER A new build maximizes space and water views while fulfilling a family’s wish list.

Gault Family Companies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Grand Entrance Gates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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Hilton Architecture & Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . Cover 2, 1


Hobbs, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Filled with art, light and open space, a new home checks all the boxes.

Michael Smith Architects . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

i n te rvi ew by judy ostrow

Neil Hauck Architects . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14


Robert A. Cardello Architecture + Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13


Sound Beach Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

66 RESOURCE-FULL GUIDE A guide of industry professionals based in Fairfield County and beyond

Tallman Segerson Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

76 GOOD STUFF 50 finds to freshen up

Vicente Burin Architects, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

NOTE: In the 2018 A-List Awards design competition, a renovation project submitted by Pivko Designs was honored as a finalist in our Renovation: Trad/Classic category by our judging panel. The list of design professionals that should be credited was incomplete at the time of submission and printing of our A-List issue (Nov/Dec 2018). The complete list is included below: Architect: Pivko Designs, New Canaan; 203-778-3585; Residential developer: Maiden Lane Group, New Canaan; 203-594-7345; Interior designer: Michael Canoro, Eastman-Interiors, New Canaan; 917-612-5635; Contractor: Renovation One, New Canaan; 203-570-4394;


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or many people, building a brand-new house is the ultimate dream. However, as many who have embarked on the process know, what you may have to go through to achieve the end result—a truly custom home made just for you— can be anything but dreamy. While challenges ranging from foundation issues to space constraints can arise, having the ability to fine-tune a façade you love, choose flooring, wallpaper and lighting that speak to you, and craft spaces that specifically cater to how you live makes every obstacle you come across so worth it in the end.¶ On this side of our special split issue, we’re featuring a new home custom-built for a Westport family. The couple worked side by side with architect Jack Franzen, builders John and Steve Segerson and designer Chrystal Toth to blend New England, California and Scandinavian influences into a chic yet livable family home that utilizes every space to the fullest (“Built to Order” on page 20). Then we head to New Canaan, where designer Tina Anastasia and builder Ryan Fletcher created a new home filled with light, open space and art that blends a traditional exterior with a relaxed interior (“Open Minded” on page 46).¶ And if you’re ready to assemble a team for your next project, we’ve included a comprehensive resource guide of industry professionals based in Fairfield County and beyond (see page 66), with a digital version available at While athome does not endorse the professionals in this guide, we’re confident you’ll find plenty to choose from! In addition, our special Goods section in the center of the issue is packed with great products that can help make your new build, renovation or redesign everything you hoped it would be. It’s time to get inspired!


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opposite: This new build, incorporating New England, Scandinavia and California influences, has red cedar shingles on the roof and red cedar on the siding. Landscaping is by Outdoor Design & Living; the concrete bench is from Lillian August. above: The pool cabana features a pair of Joshua Tree lounge chairs from Ralph Lauren and artwork from ARC Fine Art; the outdoor light on the side of the garage door is from Hubbardton Forge.

Westport with an old tennis court on it. When my wife came over and looked at it, we decided that was it—we loved it. Jack Franzen: Because it was a tennis court, it was built up high. The town measures the height from the existing grade, so we were able to use that to our advantage.

What compelled you to build a custom home? Husband: My wife and I had lived in Southport for eight years,

and we did a relatively small renovation on our home. We had approached Jack Franzen, asking if he knew anyone who would take a project that small. He said he would do it, and we couldn’t have been happier with it. We then had the opportunity to move to Switzerland, and we were there for three years. Once we knew we were coming back here about a year before we did, we realized that we had always wanted to build a house. So the first thing we did was call Jack.

Since you were still in Switzerland at the time, how did you kick off the project from overseas? Husband: We had our architect, but we needed a builder. We asked Jack about anyone he had worked with who had expertise building on the water, and we loved Tallman Segerson the most. Aside from the reference Jack gave them, they were the best equipped to work with us while we were in Switzerland for another year. Wife: We used GoToMeeting while we were there to collaborate on the project and get everyone in the same room.

How did you find the right property? Husband: Since we were living in

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top: A runner from J.D. Staron travels up the staircase, with Covet sconces from Kelly Wearstler lighting the way; a peek into the first-floor powder room. bottom: A console table and sconces from Ochre greet visitors in the foyer; the planks in the mudroom are painted in Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore. opposite: In the mudroom, a QLOCKTWO wall clock by Biegert & Funk tells the time while also making a statement, and a lamp from Axel Interiors and a stem vase from Dubokk rest on the console. A custom walnut coat rack by Chrystal Toth Designs organizes the family’s coats.

“Our intention is not to resell this house. We knew we may do things that may not work for resale, but it’s the way we live , so we wanted to do it.” —the homeowner

Steve Segerson: John was in communication with the homeowners in

she understood the building side of things, so the team worked really well together. They all spoke the same language, even though my wife and I didn’t. They would be talking about molding, and we would look at each other like, “Um….” [laughs]

Switzerland, and I dove into the project when it was ready to start. How did you assemble the rest of the team? Wife: We went to another property that Tallman Segerson built, and that’s how we found Chrystal. We walked into the house and thought, “If she can do this, she absolutely can do our house.” We also hit it off personality-wise, but I think you can see that pretty easily! Husband: Chrystal was our second designer. One of the things I love about her, and one of the reasons it didn’t work out with our first designer, is that

How did you decide where to site the house, pool and gym?

Wife: Gray’s Creek is in the back, so that’s our big water view, and the Sound is across the street. It was really tricky, and that’s why the pool is in the front yard. Husband: Which is a credit to Jack. It’s why working with him is amazing.


this spread: A wall of doors in the back of the great room opens up to showcase peaceful views of Gray’s Creek for an indoor/outdoor feel. The sofa and custom ottoman were made by Brownstone Upholstery, and the armchair is from Verellen. The seating area is centered on the clean-lined fireplace, which has a custom mantel of AKDO white ash and a surround and hearth of soapstone. The reflective ceiling, painted in Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace, conceals a TV above.

One of my favorite Jack moments was when we first got the property: He was standing on a ladder in the middle of the tennis court—he said he was checking out the views from the “second floor.”

drove around and took photos of stone fronts we liked and sent them to each other. Then they found a mason to get it just right. It’s the perfect example of a team effort.

I heard there’s a story behind the stone front on the exterior.

What was the design process like? Husband: We had the chance to go

Wife: When you say “custom build,” these guys are custom builders all the way. The stonework was a labor of love, and I appreciate it every day. Husband: The base of the home had to be elevated, but we didn’t want it to look like it was on stilts, and Jack did a wonderful job designing it so it doesn’t. We wanted to cover the area underneath with stones, so we all

through every room and work out a lot of details. Jack said this was the most cost-efficient renovation he’s ever done because we redesigned the whole house on paper before we built it. As far as must-haves, there were things my wife and I came up with, and John and Jack would push back a bit and say, “When you go to resell this….” But our intention is not to

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this spread: Painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe, the bar is the perfect place to watch TV, play pool or catch up over cocktails. The walnut pool table is by District Mills, and the walnut sconces are by Cerno.

resell this house. We knew we may do things that may not work for resale, but it’s the way we live, so we wanted to do it. Wife: One requirement was that there couldn’t be any unused space. Husband: We wanted the home to be really open, and we wanted every space to be functional. The biggest leap we’ve ever done was putting the pool in the front, but you never really use your front yard. Wife: And God forbid we have a space that’s wasted, even if it’s the front yard! [laughs] Husband: It maintains the view of the creek in the back of the house, and it created an extra entertaining space.

Husband: We brought in Scandinavia as well as some California. While we live in Connecticut, we still wanted indoor/outdoor living. It’s really a Scandinavian-New England-California home.

What inspired the home’s look and feel? Husband: We’ve lived a lot of

How did you balance an open plan with a cozy feel? Husband: We wanted

places. We both grew up outside of Chicago, and we’ve lived in Newport Beach, Dallas, Australia for a year, Zurich. There were things from all of these different places that we really liked. Wife: For me, Melbourne and Zurich were absolutely the most influential.

a great space for entertaining but also one that felt comfortable. It was a lot of challenges to throw at the team. We knew it was going to be a big space, but we didn’t want it to feel like one, so scale was really important. Chrystal Toth: Your inspiration photos were these Belgian concrete boxes.

Did you stick with the established design plan? Husband: We stuck with

the spirit of the design plan. [laughs] JF: Once you get approval, you really can’t mess with the envelope— the spaces were the spaces. But we tweaked a lot of things. Wife: We made the bar bigger and the dining room smaller, but we didn’t drastically reconfigure anything.


They were sterile, plaster boxes with a single flower and a single low chair. [laughs] But they would say, “We need to watch TV and hang out,” and I was like, “None of these are comfortable!” None looked like Connecticut, and none looked like the beach. Wife: We’ve had a lot of homes and done small renovations, so when you’re building new, you really want it all. Chrystal had to be a bit of a magician, but she found pieces that filled the space, made it feel comfortable and functioned in all of the ways we wanted. Husband: We have three kids and two dogs, so it was going to get lived in. Where does everyone tend to congregate? Husband: It depends on what

we’re doing. The bar has a big TV, so that’s a great place to watch a game. CT: The bump-out accommodates a sofa and makes it a den as well as a pool table room. It’s multifunctional. Husband: When you’re not watching the TV that comes down from the ceiling in the great room, that is.… So there’s a TV concealed in the great room ceiling? Husband: My wife

didn’t want a TV just sitting on the wall that you stared at all the time. John Segerson: It was built into the bedroom above.

A view of the great room from the kitchen offers a chic study in contrasts, with the darker bar on the left and the lighter dining room on the right. Plenty of windows and doors throughout the home bring in the outdoors.


this page: In the light and airy dining room, Thibaut chairs by Verellen are seated around a custom live-edge table. A Kelly Wearstler light fixture hangs above, and the custom antique mirror in a float frame is by Westport Glass. The views outside are framed by drapes in a Cowtan & Tout fabric. opposite: Pillows covered in a Mark Alexander plaid dot the great room sofa. Large glass sliding doors can close off the kitchen from the great room when needed.

“We’ve had a lot of homes and done small renovations, so when you’re building new , you really want it all .” —the homeowner


JF: And it was a challenge because it was after the fact. We had to redesign the millwork in the bedroom to fit in the machinery. Wife: It’s in our older son’s room, but we said, “He’ll be going off to college—he won’t mind!” [laughs] CT: But with the way it’s designed, it looks intentional.

CT: The track of the coffee bar is insane. I wanted a sliding door, but we couldn’t have it open because there wasn’t enough room. We also needed that open slat so the fridge could breathe, so that was the another trick. Husband: The other thing my wife pushed for—and she was spot-on— was separate bathrooms. I thought we would miss the alone time in the morning, but she said, “That’s not the quality alone time we need!” [laughs] When we designed them, we worked with Chrystal on the aesthetics and got to put our own personalities into them. Wife: It really brings you closer together; you can come out looking lovely for your partner. The secret to a happy marriage is separate bathrooms!

Did you incorporate existing furniture throughout the house?

Husband: For the most part, we started fresh. Our furniture wasn’t the right scale for this house, and we thought, why build this house and then not properly furnish it? CT: We took their old dining room table and put it in the office, and we put a Balinese chest in the guest bedroom. We also took their old bed, cut it down and made it into a new bed.

Did your children have input into their rooms? Wife: We asked them to

name one thing they’d like for their rooms. CT: I had a little design interview with each of them, and they chose one thing they wanted, and we surprised them with one. Wife: So one got crazy lights, another got an expression wall and another got sports paraphernalia.

Your master suite looks like a great escape. Wife: The idea was to never have to leave that room if we don’t want to, which is why we have the built-in coffee bar, the fireplace, the view and the soft chairs. Husband: When we were in Switzerland, we traveled all the time. We pulled a lot of influences from the different hotels we stayed in, so the coffee bar was something I think we saw in Geneva. JF: And that’s not unusual. A lot of things people ask for are from hotels.

The flooring varies throughout the house. Tell me about the material used and those decisions. CT: I think most of the character aesthetically

comes from the flooring.

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The expansive kitchen features a Calacatta marble backsplash and countertops, with custom bleached ash topping the generous island. Stools by Arteriors offer plenty of seating for family and friends.


left: Outside the kitchen, a set of Wüd chairs are pulled up to a custom concrete-and-walnut table—designed by Chrystal Toth Designs— for game nights. right: The kitchen pantry backsplash is tiled in a pick from TileBar, and the Waterstone faucet and countertop by Concrete Encounter are elegant elements. below: The breakfast area is furnished with a dining table from RH and Verellen chairs in a Holland & Sherry fabric. The cardboard pendant is by Graypants.

“While we live in connecticut , we still wanted indoor/outdoor living. It’s really a scandinaviannew englandcalifornia

home.” —the homeowner

this page: The laundry room marries form and function with custom tile from Creative Tile and a Shaws Original sink and Rohl faucet. opposite: A hanging light by Ochre lights up the foyer below; a custom carved wood sculpture graces the entry to the master suite.

The mudroom was inspired by Morocco when we went there, and for the laundry room, my wife found a tile she liked through a designer in London. But we wouldn’t get it here—they forgot to put it on the boat it was supposed to go on. CT: And they kept sending the wrong color—it wasn’t the right blue. We had to do three Pantone colors, and then it was perfect.

JF: People underestimate how important flooring is. It’s one of the first things I notice when I go into a house. Husband: We spent a lot of time on it. We wanted to have the feeling of reclaimed wood, but with the scale of the house, finding that much reclaimed wood was a challenge. JF: We went with center-cut white oak, which was good because the center is the whitest part of the tree. Husband: And you’re going to see us all shudder when I say this, but... the color of the wood! When they did the floors, they left the product on a bit too long. The floors looked really white, like they were covered in powder. CT: The product we used was a bit temperamental, so we did many things to modify that stain to get it just right. We did twelve or thirteen samples. Husband: And we got it to where it looked pretty good, and over time, it’s weathered beautifully. That’s another example of a team effort. Wife: It was a lot of pain and suffering for a floor, but it was worth it. Everyone who comes to our house says, “I’d love to know what color that is.” And I say, “I can’t tell you. We don’t know!” [laughs] Husband: Then we had to figure out the tile in all of the rooms.

Any other challenges you faced? JF: There were two things that came up,

almost at the end of the job, where we had to raise the cabana six inches, and we had to put the electric meter up to a certain height. It was like the two smallest things on the property were the biggest problems. There was also a lot of engineering on this job. Husband: We had a couple of fun little challenges, like the letter we got saying there might be a protected species on the property, so they said we couldn’t do anything. A week later they came back and said, “Oh, we were wrong.” But for a week, we’re sitting there saying, “What do we even do?” SS: We also reworked the main staircase after it was installed. We changed it from an open Colonial to a box system. Since it was curved, it was a little difficult, but we took care of it.

this spread: The serene master bedroom is a true retreat, anchored by an upholstered bed customdesigned by Chrystal Toth Designs. Coffee is ready at any time thanks to the custom built-in wet bar made from bleached ash.


It’s obvious that every detail was considered carefully.

above left: With views of the Sound, comfortable Verellen Duke chairs in the master bedroom are perfect for both lounging and working from home. A ficus tree from Terrain brings a touch of nature inside, and The Frame TV from Samsung functions as a work of art when not in use. above right and opposite: The couple’s separate baths showcase their personalities, with a Hans Wegner valet chair and Sonneman vanity light in the husband’s, and Ochre pale horn pulls and marble floor file from New England Tile in the wife’s.

Husband: We tried to be thoughtful with everything. JS: The planning that went into some of the cabinetry, like her closet— the sunglasses here, the necklaces there…. When I was there a day or two after you moved in, I was amazed to see that you had everything exactly where it was supposed to be. CT: Remember we found the perfect hangers for you, and the kids have their own colors? And there isn’t one exposed lightbulb in the house except for the guest bedroom bathroom. Every single decorative light fixture has a lens or is fully enclosed, and they’re all the exact right color temperature. JF: There’s a lot of technology in the house, like geothermal and audio/ visual features. SS: We weren’t going to do as much of a smart home, but it evolved into a very serious smart home.


this page: In her bedroom, the couple’s daughter can showcase fun mementos and books on custom plumbing-pipe-and-ashwood shelving designed by Chrystal Toth Designs. A Rebecca Atwood pillow tops the bed, and a bone inlay bench sits at the foot. The hanging chair is from RH Teen.


this page: In one of the sons’ bedrooms, custom bleached ash shelves by Chrystal Toth Designs display his Lego creations. A desk from West Elm is set up for homework, and a woven leather bench from Room & Board sits beneath the window. The custom built-in bed with LED lighting was a special request.

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Husband: We put solar panels on the house, and the first floor has radiant heat—that was a Switzerland thing. And there were little things, like how we didn’t want a TV in our bedroom, but these guys were smart enough to say, “You might want a TV one day.” And we said, “No, we won’t.” And we now have a TV in our bedroom. What do you feel when you come home every day? Wife: I feel joy.

Husband: And I get that feeling all the time because I work out of state. Every time I come home, it’s so nice to come back to this house because we got to design and pick everything. It’s “us” through and through. JF: It’s also a beautiful property. The street, to me, is the best street in Westport, or anywhere in quite a radius. CT: You two were some of the only clients I’ve had who, when I asked how you wanted the house to feel, said, “We want it to feel like us.” When we sat down with the plans and went room by room, I asked, “How do you want this room to feel?” And sometimes, it wasn’t even words— it was pictures or a feeling. Husband: The nice part about working from home is that I can work in any room, and they each have a different feel. If my wife’s working from home, she’s upstairs in the bedroom, kicked back in those nice chairs up there, with a good view. Wife: And sometimes I’m in the dining room. There’s a huge table in there and all of these windows to the backyard, and there’s so much light. You can work and enjoy the view—it’s so peaceful. Any last thoughts? Wife: What sums it up for me is that when we travel

to different places, it’s really hard to leave—I feel like we have everything we want here. It brings me such happiness every day, and it was a labor of love. I loved everybody on this team, and we worked so well together. It’s hard to leave because I think, Oh, I could be at home! I could go to the gym, swim in our pool or sit on the deck and look at the Sound while I read a book. Husband: At the end of a vacation, most people say, “Oh, I have to go home.” And we’re like, “Oh! We get to go home!” We can’t wait. —interview by lauren fetterman Resources: Architect: J.P. Franzen Associates Architects, Fairfield; 203-259-0529; Interior designer: Chrystal Toth Designs, Westport; 203-429-4227; Builder: Tallman Segerson Builders, Fairfield; 203-254-1971; Landscape designer: Chris Palmer, Outdoor Design & Living, Fairfield; 203-259-9630;


aThe home opens up in the back, seamlessly blending indoors and outdoors. White Label outdoor furniture surround a Sutherland coffee table on the patio, and a custom concrete ping-pong table below is always at the ready, Landscaping is by Outdoor Design & Living.

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begin again

BUILD NEW interview with tina anastasia, mark p. finl ay interiors; ryan fletcher, fletcher devel opment ll c; & the homeowners | phot o gr apher jane beiles

open minded A new in-town home filled with art, light and open space checks all the boxes

above: Modern furnishings and a contemporary sculpture provide hints about the interiors within. Fletcher added the patio to the homeowners’ specifications once the house was completed, installing a gas-powered firepit to create an instant outdoor gathering place.


above: The home’s traditional Shingle-style profile has been given some distinction with its subtly curving dormers and a wide fascia beneath the first-floor roof. Carefully pruned and rounded evergreen borders provide a simple and elegant finish to the street-facing portion of the landscape.

This house has a traditional exterior profile but a very contemporary

Husband: We wanted an open interior plan and lots of light. The home’s

feel inside.

finishes were all Ryan—but also all ours. It was such a perfect fit; we asked him to execute his ideas and vision. If you asked me today if I could move into one of his houses, sight unseen, I would do it. My wife wanted a house that felt connected after being in a home with lots of rooms and walls. Literally, with the floating staircase, the entire home is connected. Our son can be on the third floor, my wife and I on the second, and our daughter in the basement, but we’re together in the open spaces that are tied together by the staircases. Again, open was the key—the 1958 floor plan of our old house was a series of walls, unconnected rooms and floors. We tend to spend a lot of time at home since I’m a teacher. Our favorite time is being huddled up as a family.

Tina Anastasia: The house is on a street close to downtown New Canaan.

Its exterior blends with the traditional styling of its neighbors, and the interiors reflect the young and relaxed environment that the homeowners were looking for. Ryan Fletcher: This is a style I personally feel most easy about. I believe many young buyers like to live a very clean and simple life, but most still like to come home to a time-tested exterior style that they know everyone will understand and appreciate. It allows for a bit more homeowners’ peace of mind that they’re not too outside of the box when thinking about a home’s resale value. JAN/FEB 2019



“Many young buyers like to live a very clean and simple life, but most still like to come home to a time-tested exterior style that they know everyone will understand and appreciate.� —ryan fletcher


above left: The mudroom has a modern slant; artwork is from Appleton Art Design. above right: The stairwell’s transparency is enhanced by large windows. near left: Another piece of art is reflected in the powder room mirror; artwork is from Appleton Art Design. opposite: The foyer opens to an expansive view made possible by the open floor plan. Without taking a step, the homeowners’ love for art is apparent. JAN/FEB 2019



Design choices such as the simple horizontal line of the breakfast area pendant light and clear acrylic counter stools help to amplify the flowing quality of the space.

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above: Ethereal ballet images by painter Ryn Del Mar complement the simple lines and soft gray fabrics used in the breakfast area. The same soft tones create a calming backdrop for a busy kitchen. opposite: Rug choices set the palette for the furnishings; a hair-on-hide area rug is the underpinning of the living room.

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above left: The wall paneling—grooved horizontally to imitate shiplap—directs the eye from room to room. The transition space between the mudroom and kitchen is enhanced by the homeowners’ favorite painting, “Reverent” by Ned Martin (larger canvas at left). above right: The small dimensions of the foyer powder room are enlarged by the clever use of a tall mirror. Artwork is from Appleton Art Design.

Is there anything here from your old place? Husband: We literally

How did you begin? TA: We usually start with rugs, and this house was no

brought folding chairs and a folding table for dinner, a horrible Oriental carpet, the kids’ bedroom furniture for familiarity for them, and four bean bags to watch TV. Nothing else came with us, and that was the idea and was necessary to do this home justice when we decorated.

exception. We built the ideas for fabric from the area rugs, keeping some of the same tones. It was an evolutionary process, and it took a bit more than a year and a half to finish. What the homeowners needed first were pieces in the main rooms. We determined early on that they had a taste for modern furnishings. Husband: We wanted to maintain the openness of the floor plan, clean lines and a bright, airy feel. TA: When we do interiors, our main goal is getting the right fit, and we

When did Mark P. Finlay Interiors come on board? TA: Ryan referred the

homeowners to our firm when the house was structurally complete, and they were looking for some help with furnishing.


below: The living room was designed to be wellused: a large sectional invites conversations and curling up. Acrylic legs on the ottoman lighten its appearance while providing a table surface or extra seating when needed.

above and opposite: The dining room is wrapped in a Kravet wallcovering to give the space some quiet intimacy. Two cartoonstyle paintings by Cabell Molina (opposite) from Love Art hang in the space, along with another Ned Martin painting (above). The table is illuminated by a Moooi Heracleum fixture. right: Small-scale paintings adorn shelves in the butler’s pantry.

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consider form, function and scale. We allow for the pathways that need to be maintained within the space. Then we focus on the style and function of the furnishings that are ultimately chosen. In this case, we also helped with some of the final finishes: the wallcovering in the dining room and decorative lighting throughout.

The artwork is such an important ingredient in these interiors. What was the process for developing the collection? TA: We made referrals

to several local galleries for the art. Sorelle Gallery in New Canaan was a major source for the paintings and sculpture. Husband: This is very important for us; we had never once considered artwork seriously. However, the home Ryan built, the furniture that Finlay found for us and just the open spaces and windows and light deserved nothing less than incredible art. We first looked at a piece of art by Ned Martin; that started it. We planned on buying his piece, maybe one or two more, but the home brought everything to life. After having Ned’s work hung, it started a landslide. Sorelle would come and go, leave pieces, work with us and the artists, and were incredible facilitators in our venture into this realm of buying art. Totally new, but not daunting, thanks to them.

There is a lot of transparency that seems to be reflected in the choice of furnishings: an acrylic console at the entry, transparent legs on furniture and see-through counter seating in the kitchen. They maintain the sense of open space. TA: We wanted this throughout the interiors, to retain its more modern feel, so we tried to keep the pieces we chose both neutral and light in scale. This made for a serene backdrop for the homeowners’ art collection, which is colorful and unique.


this spread: An exquisitely cozy reading room is the wife’s favorite space. Shelves for books and objects, a warm fireplace and seating with silver metallic footstools are both glamorous and comforting.

this spread: A neutral palette runs through the entire house, including the master suite, where bright accents provide some spice in the tranquil space. Elegant features include an expansive window seat and tray ceiling. opposite: Fletcher’s team created all of the home’s cabinetry with contemporary, clean lines. The artwork near the window seat is from Southport Galleries.


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this page: The master bath window overlooks a beautiful tree perfectly centered in the view. opposite: In the master sitting room, shimmering touches such as the silvery pouf and pendant fixture provide an elegant place to unwind. The blue artwork is from Love Art.

“We wanted to retain a more modern feel throughout the interiors, so we tried to keep the pieces we chose both neutral and light in scale.” —tina anastasia

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“We wanted to maintain the openness of the floor plan, clean lines and a bright, airy feel .” —homeowner

What are your favorite rooms in the house?

In addition to the color that the art collection brings to the interiors,

Wife: I love the reading room. It’s where my daughter and I spend time

the color red pops up in accessories throughout the house and outside

reading together by the fire. Also, it has one of my favorite pieces of mirror art by Alina B. The metallic foot cubes are so different from anything we had before, and I love them as a reminder of how our tastes have evolved. The bookcases in here are the most personal part of the home, with family pictures and books I’ve read. Finally, Tina did an amazing job incorporating my love of safaris and elephants by hanging a great photo over the center of the bookcase; it breaks up all the little squares nicely. I also love the window treatment in this room—it’s light and geometric. I think that space is playful and glam, as Tina would say! Husband: My favorite spaces are the third floor and the patio out back. I think the third floor, with its unique ceiling and windows at the far end, is just a metaphor of what the home is: bright and unexpected. The back patio with the firepit is an extension of the home. It functions as another room that we use from April to November or whenever. I love opening the patio doors and tying everything together for the family. It’s great to be connected regardless of whether we’re inside or out.

on the patio. Husband: That patio sculpture is called “Red Autumn” and was made by Rob Lorenson. We do happen to love red, in general, and I’m a ridiculous Manchester United Football Club fan. They’re known as the Red Devils, and I would be lying if the red doesn’t remind me of them. And my wife says the red is a reminder of my red beard! [laughs] Resources: Interior designer: Tina Anastasia, Partner and Director of Interior Design, Mark P. Finlay Interiors, Southport; 203-254-2388; Builder: Ryan Fletcher, Principal, Fletcher Development LLC, Norwalk; 203-286-6166; Architect: Mose Associates Architects, Ridgefield; 203-438-5355; Artwork: Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan; 203-920-1900; Landscape designer: Artemis Landscape Architects, Bridgeport; 203-683-1808;


this spread: A triad of paintings by Kiyoshi Otsuka lines the stairway to the third floor, where a sitting room has been furnished as a retreat for the family to relax with a peaceful view of the outdoors.

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Alana Irwin Interiors 203-536-6216 Alexis Parent Interiors Fairfield 203-451-5630 Alice Black Interiors Greenwich 203-938-4898 Allison Caccoma San Francisco 415-678-5449 Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design Greenwich 203-661-1266 (PAGE 2, 3) Audrey Sundheimer Interiors Old Greenwich 203-698-2269 Axel Interiors Norwalk 203-299-3155 Barbara Fibak Design Greenwich 203-536-3601 Barsanti Desmone New York City 646-837-6422 Bonnie Paige 203-331-7512 Brooke Crew Interiors Westport 214-546-8562

Christine Donner Kitchen Design Norwalk 203-966-0160 Christopoulos Designs Bridgeport 203-576-1110 Chrystal Toth Designs Westport 203-429-4227

Capellini Design Associates Brooklyn 914-844-3689 capellinidesignassociates. com

Clarity Home Interiors Greenwich 203-340-2468

CarmiĂąa Roth Interiors Greenwich 203-987-5961

Clean Design Scarsdale, NY 914-725-0995

Carol Egan Interiors New York City 212-671-2710

Connie Cooper Designs Westport 203-256-9183

Caroline Kopp Interior Design Westport 917-797-9756

Curry & Kingston Cabinetry Cos Cob 203-900-1121

Carrier and Company New York City 212-706-1025

D2 Interieurs Weston 646-326-7048

Caryn Bortniker Design Westport 203-984-4614

Dalia Canora Design Rosslyn, VA 203-505-4404

Chapin Interiors Bronxville, NY 914-361-1157

Davenport North Greenwich 203-629-9181

Charlotte Barnes Greenwich 203-622-6953

DEANE, Inc. Stamford 203-327-7008 New Canaan 203-972-8836 (RENOVATE COVER 2)

Cherie Zucker, Inc. New York City 212-662-8888

Debra Lipset Designs Westport 203-247-0095

Christina Murphy Interiors New York City 212-842-0773

de la Torre Design Studio New York City 212-243-5202

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Deschapelles Design 203-561-9314 DesignDot New Canaan 203-331-5787 Diane Karmen Interiors 203-247-0998 Drake/Anderson New York City 212-754-3099 Eastman-Interiors New Canaan 203-594-7345 Eleish van Breems Westport 203-635-8080 (RENOVATE PAGE 2) Elemental Interiors Montclair, NJ 646-861-3596 Elena Phillips Interiors Rowayton 203-295-8554 Emma Jane Pilkington New York City Eric Roseff Designs Boston 617-282-9725 FigTree Designs Rowayton 914-473-9786 Fiona Leonard Interiors 203-662-0857 Foley & Cox Interiors New York City 212-529-5800 Forehand + Lake Fairfield 203-259-7636

G2 San Rafael, CA 415-355-0055 Gari Hill Dansky Greenwich 203-661-3004 Gary Cruz Studio New York City 212-243-3250 Georgia Zikas Design West Hartford 860-904-5902 Gilles Clement Designs Greenwich 203-717-1919 Westport 203-349-5300 GLDesign Southport 203-554-0585 Good Bones Design by Graham Veysey Greenwich 203-340-9147 Grayson De Vere 203-661-1100 Havilande Whitcomb Design Westport 203-227-7902 Healing/Boice Design Westport 203-226-8777 Heike Hein Home Westport 203-434-0059 Hilderbrand Interiors New Canaan 203-722-9642 Hillside Design Fairfield 203-767-1899

Hilton Interiors Greenwich 203-717-1005 Hue Designs Interieurs Design Studio 212-343-0800 Iliana Moore Interiors Bronxville, NY 917-689-1937 J. Doyle Design New York City 212-533-5455 Jan Hiltz Interiors Westport 203-331-5578 Jennifer Smokler Interiors Westport 203-227-0477 Jill Kalman Interiors Westport 203-645-1561 Jill O’Shea Home Design Westport Jody Fierz Interiors Ridgefield 203-722-1447 Joe Ginsberg New York City 212-465-1077 Julie White Interiors Upper Nyack, NY 845-729-2838 JWH Design & Cabinetry Rye, NY 914-967-6020 Karen Berkemeyer Home Westport 203-454-0032

Last Detail Interior Design Darien 203-921-5151

Lucy Interior Design Minneapolis 612-339-2225

Pamplemousse Design New York City 212-535-2087

Laura Michaels Design Greenwich 203-531-7047

Lynn Morgan Design Rowayton 203-866-1940

Laurie Woods Long Island City, NY 214-324-5004

Lynne Scalo Design Greenwich 203-222-4991

Parker & Company Designs Southport 203-256-2742 parkerandcompanydesigns. com

Katherine Cowdin Inc. Greenwich 203-661-4844

LBG Interior Design Greenwich 203-625-8375

Marcia Tucker Interiors Greenwich 203-409-3692

Kathleen Hay Designs Nantucket 508-221-0159

Lee Ann Thornton Interiors Greenwich 203-485-0322

Mark P. Finlay Interiors Southport 203-254-2388

Kathy Yates Interior Design 203-522-6113

Liliane Hart Interiors New York City 212-505-9791

McCory Interiors Burlington 860-922-8727

Lin Moty Interiors 203-826-7221

Michael Whaley Interiors New York City 203-595-9845

Karen Bow Interiors Darien 914-953-1517 (RENOVATE PAGE 9) Karen Houghton Interiors Nyack, NY 845-358-0133 Kat Rosier Greenwich 203-912-9890

Katie Ridder New York City 212-779-9080 Keri McKay Interiors Fairfield 203-414-0133 Kerri Rosenthal Westport 203-557-6800 Kim Kirby Interior Design Middletown, RI Kimberly Handler Designs Greenwich 917-414-4507 kimberlyhandlerdesigns. com (RENOVATE PAGE 13) Kismet Interiors KL Home Fairfield 203-955-1843 L Tutun Interiors Rye, NY 914-772-3614

Linda Hoffman Interiors Greenwich 203-622-7084

Molly Patton Design Fairfield 203-520-0598

Linda Ruderman Interiors Greenwich 203-552-9700

Monica Kahn Design 917-734-4944

Linda Sonders Design Naples, FL 239-213-0880

Morgan Harrison Home New Canaan 203-594-7875

Linherr Hollingsworth Norwalk 203-299-1327

Moss Design Southport 917-292-6153

Lisa Friedman Design Westport 203-292-8568

Muse Interiors Greenwich 203-344-9444

Lorraine Levinson Interior Design Greenwich 914-393-6389 lorrainelevinsoninterior

Nick Olsen New York City 212-366-6405 Nightingale Design Rowayton 203-246-9235


Patricia Hill Designs Greenwich 203-869-1719 Pembrooke & Ives New York City 212-995-0555 Pimlico Interiors New Canaan 203-972-8166 PL Design Westport 203-550-5371 Raquel Garcia Design Fairfield 203-521-4189 Rebecca Reynolds Design Westport 203-972-8300 Rinfret, Ltd. Greenwich 203-622-0000

Sam Allen Interiors 203-984-5590 Sandra Morgan Interiors Greenwich 203-629-8121 Sarah Blank Design Studio Greenwich 203-655-6900 Shelley Morris Interiors New Canaan 203-801-9911 Shelter Interiors Milford 203-301-4886 Spencer Cox Interiors New Canaan 917-312-3105 SSDstyle New York City 917-907-2407 Stephanie Rapp Interiors Weston 203-216-5835 Stirling Mills Interior Design New Canaan 203-594-9596 Studio Dearborn

Robin Henry Studio New York City 646-409-3099

Susan Glick Interiors Westport 203-984-4112

Roughan Interiors Weston/New York City 203-769-1150

Susan MacLeod Interiors Rowayton 203-945-7856

Sage Design Southport 203-553-9656

Susan Thorn Interiors Cross River, NY 914-763-5265

Sage & Ginger New Canaan 203-594-9862

Susie Earls Design Southport 203-218-4590

Tamara K Designs Riverside 917-434-8638 tamara-k-designs Thom Filicia New York City 212-736-6454 Tiffany Eastman Interiors Fairfield 203-209-8746 Toni Gallagher Interiors Rye, NY 914-522-7697 Tricia Foley Design Tusk Home + Design Westport 203-319-0001 Voce Di ID Greenwich 203-422-0567 Wowhaus 917-301-2637 (RENOVATE PAGE 1, 11)

LANDSCAPE DESIGN/ MANAGEMENT: Anchor Botanicals Brooklyn 718-781-2830 Aquino Garden Landscaping and General Construction Services Stamford 203-570-0598 Artemis Landscape Architects Bridgeport 203-683-1808 Austin Ganim Landscape Design Fairfield 203-333-2003 austinganimlandscapedesign. com

Avant Gardens


Conte & Conte, LLC Landscape Architects Greenwich 203-869-1400

Freddy’s Landscape Company Fairfield 203-855-7854

Delaney + Chin San Francisco 415-621-9899

Johnsen Landscapes & Pools Mt. Kisco, NY 203-629-9001 Kate Reid Landscape Design Greenwich 888-543-5753

Gardensheds Lambertville, NJ 609-466-7224

Keith E. Simpson Associates New Canaan 203-966-7071

Michael and Sons Nurseries White Plains, NY 914-682-4224 Morano Landscape Mamaroneck, NY 914-698-4065 Nantucket Heritage Landscapes Nantucket 508-228-5187 nantucketheritage

Devore Associates Fairfield 203-256-8950

Gerbert & Sons Landscaping & Irrigation Stamford 203-324-3817

DLTC Landscape Contractors Bridgeport 203-338-9696

GlenGate Property & Pool Wilton 203-762-2000

L&L Ever-Green Norwalk 203-838-1144

Doyle Herman Design Associates Greenwich 203-869-2900

Grass & Gardens Southbury 203-264-3778

Land Morphology Seattle 206-443-2120

Haggerty Pools Norwalk 203-348-6899

Landivar Landscaping Stamford 203-353-1410

Oliver Nurseries & Design Associates Fairfield 203-259-5609

Highland Design Pound Ridge, NY 914-764-5480

The LaurelRock Company Wilton 203-544-0062

Outdoor Design & Living Fairfield 203-259-9630

Hoffman Landscapes Wilton 203-834-9656 (PAGE 6)

LeJardin Unionville 860-550-3386

Pat Miller Designs Greenwich 203-904-4777

Lindquist Design Associates Bridgeport 203-335-9895

Pieper Associates Woodbury 203-273-5577

Lindsay Burn Landscape Design Greenwich

Reed Hilderbrand Cambridge, MA 617-923-2422

Louis Fusco Landscape Architects Pound Ridge, NY 914-764-9123

Regal Blu Pool & Spa Stamford 203-355-3689

Drakeley Pool Company Bethlehem 860-274-7903 Earthscapes Landscape Management & Development New Canaan 203-966-2843 Elise Landscapes & Nursery New Canaan 203-966-3200 English Gardens & Designs 203-273-9334 englishgardensanddesignsllc. com Environmental Site Developers Ridgefield 203-438-2300 Eric Rains Landscape Architecture South Norwalk 203-354-6500 Fairfield House & Garden Company Bedford, NY

Kent Greenhouse & Gardens Kent 860-787-5068

Homefront Farmers Ridgefield 203-470-3655 Innocenti & Webel Locust Valley, NY 516-674-4200 Janice Parker Landscape Architects Greenwich 203-340-2824

McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center Greenwich 203-661-5600

Jennifer Anderson Design & Development Wilton 203-834-9666 jenniferanderson-designs. com

Meehan Ramos Pools Stratford 203-378-8900

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Nature’s Design Madison 203-640-1434 naturesdesignmadison. New Beginnings Landscaping Ridgefield 203-431-0333

Roberto Fernandez Landscaping Greenwich 203-869-3171 Robin Kramer Garden Design Reading, MA 978-526-4221 robinkramergardendesign. com

Rolling Lawns Mamaroneck, NY 914-381-0123 Rosalia Sanni Design Old Greenwich 203-918-4619 Rutherford Associates Old Greenwich 203-637-2718 Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses Greenwich 203-869-3418 Sandoval’s Landscaping & Masonry Stamford 203-969-7991 Sasco Farms Landscape Design Southport 203-345-5758 SCAPE Landscape Architecture New York City 212-462-2628 Sean Jancski Landscape Architects Rye, NY 914-967-1904 Seventy Acres Landscape Architecture & Design Wilton 203-470-2742 Shoreline Pools Stamford 203-967-1203 Southport Design Works Fairfield 203-913-1867 Spaces Landscape Architecture Quogue, NY 631-899-4800 spaceslandscapearchitecture. com

Spaulding Landscape Architects Stamford 203-322-6404 spauldinglandscape Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects Cambridge, MA 617-876-8960 Summer Rain Sprinkler Systems Greenwich 203-629-8050 Susan Cohen Landscape Architect Riverside 203-637-4225 susancohenlandscapes. com (RENOVATE PAGE 14) Swimm Pools Darien 203-656-4336 Wagner Pools Darien 203-655-0766 Walpole Outdoors 800-343-6948 Water’s Edge Pools Stamford 203-323-9710 Wesley Stout Associates New Canaan 203-966-3100 Wilber & King Stony Creek 203-488-0201 Young’s Legacy Landscaping Newtown 203-491-2257

SHOWROOM/RETAIL: Aitoro Appliance 401 Westport Avenue Norwalk 203-847-2471

The Antique and Artisan Gallery 69 Jefferson Street Stamford 203-327-6022 theantiqueandartisangallery. com Artemisia 23 Lyme Street Old Lyme 917-797-7644 AWK Design Antiques 360 Fairfield Avenue Stamford 203-984-4222 Beehive 79 Sanford Street Fairfield 203-955-1122 Bender Plumbing 235 Westport Avenue Norwalk 203-847-3865 Bungalow 4 Sconset Square Westport 203-227-4406 California Closets 565 Westport Avenue Norwalk 203-529-7290 Caravan Curated Home 12 Burtis Avenue New Canaan 203-966-9660 Clarke, New England’s Official Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove Showroom and Test Kitchen 64 South Main Street South Norwalk 800-845-8247 (PAGE 15; RENOVATE PAGE 3) The Collected Home 161 Rowayton Avenue Rowayton 203-956-0990

County TV & Appliance 2770 Summer Street Stamford 203-295-7795

Get Back Inc. 7 Fulling Lane Kent 860-215-3096

Design Within Reach 711 Canal Street Stamford 203-614-0787 154 Post Road East Westport 203-557-6611

Hamptons Antique Galleries 441 Canal Street Stamford 203-325-4019 hamptonsantiquegalleries. com Hiden Galleries 47 John Street Stamford 203-363-0003

Dovecote 56 Post Road East Westport 203-222-7500

Holly Hunt Off the Floor 375 Fairfield Avenue, Suite 102 Stamford 203-658-8525

Eleish van Breems Home 99 Franklin Street Westport 203-635-8080 (RENOVATE PAGE 2)

Joseph Stannard Antiques Station Place, PO Box 481 Norfolk 860-542-5212

Eliko 102 Madison Avenue New York City 212-725-1600

Kirby and Company 1029 Post Road Darien 203-309-5900

Farrow & Ball 32 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich 203-422-0990

Kirby Girl 14 Brook Street Darien 203-309-5901

The Flat 42 Railroad Place Westport 203-557-6854

Lattice House 411 Pequot Avenue Southport 203-292-3683

Flowers & Flowers 876 Post Road Darien 203-662-9666

LEICHT Kitchens 11 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich 203-340-9933

Fofie & Mia’s 2417 Boston Post Road Larchmont, NY 888-417-6071

Lemon Dahlia Flowers Wilton 203-260-7886

George Home 4 Titus Road Washington Depot 860-868-0323

Lillian August Design Center 32 Knight Street Norwalk 203-847-3314 (RENOVATE PAGE 16, 17)


Lillian August Atelier 195 Greenwich Avenue Greenwich 203-489-3740 (RENOVATE PAGE 16, 17) Lillian August Stamford Warehouse Shop 47 John Street Stamford 203-847-1596 (RENOVATE PAGE 16, 17) The Linen Shop 21 Elm Street New Canaan 203-972-0433 The Local Vault 301 Valley Road Cos Cob 203-409-7245 Millie Rae’s 1799 Post Road East Westport 203-259-7200

203-222-1620 975 Ethan Allen Highway Ridgefield 203-431-9337 Patrick Mele 60 William Street Greenwich 203-717-1888 The Perfect Provenance 47 Arch Street Greenwich 203-900-1133 Post Modern Home 110 Post Road Darien 203-202-9647 Putnam & Mason 34 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich 203-900-1414 Ring’s End

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 45 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich 203-661-4480

ROOM 36 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich 203-557-9066

The Modern Antiquarian 69 Jefferson Street Stamford 914-844-8877

Rosemary Hallgarten 116 Sherman Street Fairfield 203-259-1003

Modify Furniture Bridgeport 203-587-1199

Schwartz Design Showroom 330 Fairfield Avenue Stamford 203-817-0433 schwartzdesignshowroom. com

Nest Inspired Home 20 Purchase Street Rye, NY 914-921-6378 Oomph 21 West Putnam Avenue Greenwich 203-518-8068 600 East Putnam Avenue Cos Cob 203-869-3084 919 Post Road East Westport

Serena & Lily 35 Elm Street Westport 203-635-8000 Stems + Co 95 Rowayton Avenue Norwalk 203-286-6895

Swoon 9 Sconset Square Westport 203-557-0997 The Tailored Home 2 Greenwich Avenue Greenwich 203-542-5056 1276 Post Road East Westport 203-292-9111 Wakefield Design Center 652 Glenbrook Road Stamford 203-358-0818 (RENOVATE PAGE 4) Waterworks 23 West Putnam Avenue Greenwich 203-869-7766 White Birch Studio 21 Jesup Road Westport 203-557-9137 Wit Westport 203-571-8658

HOME SERVICES: ABH Plumbing & Heating Stratford 203-283-1576 Advanced Home Audio Shelton 203-922-0051 A.G. Williams Painting Company Greenwich 203-618-0058 ALV Lighting Solutions Stamford 203-329-2721 alvlightingsolutions.weebly. com Artgroove

Artistic Upholstery and Fabrics Norwalk 203-849-8907 artisticupholsteryandfabrics. com Brothers Painting & Decorating Hampton Bays, NY 631-728-2820 Castano Painting Norwalk 203-242-8103 Chris Upholstery Norwalk 203-849-7716 Classic Upholstery Norwalk 203-845-8776 Coastal Electrical Contractors Fairfield 203-767-2469 Conceptual Lighting South Windsor 860-644-4358 Custom Furniture & Design Litchfield 860-567-3519 customfurnitureanddesign. com Deux Femmes Decorative Art + Design Bridgeport 203-545-1995 FlĂśe Painting Norwalk 203-829-9271 Frama Exclusives Wilton 203-846-2810 Greenwich Property Management Greenwich 203-869-0589 greenwichproperty (RENOVATE PAGE 12)

Hemming Birds Bedford Hills. NY 914-666-5812 Hinged 203-557-8300 Hollow Tree Self Storage Darien 203-655-2018 (RENOVATE PAGE 10)

Light New England Boston 617-286-7181

Ron Neal Lighting Design Solana Beach, CA 760-942-4240

Litehouse Associates Stamford 203-327-7157

Rudolph Biagi & Sons Greenwich 203-869-3220

Mark Florian Wallpapering 203-913-7073

Ruggles Workroom Stamford 203-357-1928

HomeCare by Fabricare Norwalk 203-957-3838

MOR-HE Art Tectonics 347-993-3723

SNS Electric Stonington 860-535-1233

Houston Upholstery New York City 212-645-4032

New England Custom Floors Westport 203-227-2819 newenglandcustomfloors. com

Stitch NYC Brooklyn stitch-nyc-inc

Innerspace Electronics Port Chester 914-937-9700

New England Electric, Electrical Contractors Danbury 203-778-3602

Interiors Haberdashery Stamford 203-969-7227

Northeast Generator Bridgeport 203-336-3031

Jameson Wall Covering Fairfield 203-372-0777

NY Custom Furnishings Long Island City, NY 718-392-0214

J.G. Ferro & Co. Stratford 203-378-1889

Opus Audio | Video | Control North Haven 203-498-0407

JM Shea Ridgefield 203-431-4435 Joseph Williamson Painting Cos Cob 203-629-7911

Palace Oriental Rug of Wilton Wilton 203-762-7060

JP McHale Pest Management Buchanan, NY 800-479-2284

Patdo Light Studio Port Chester, NY 914-937-6707

Lance Woven Leather East Norwalk 203-852-6829

Plateau Painting Co. Mamaroneck, NY 914-631-5140 Rich Wallcovering Stamford 203-223-8621

Leo’s Painting Hamden 203-248-3169

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Sweeten 212-671-1713 (RENOVATE PAGE 7) TecKnow Westport 203-TEC-KNOW Top of the Line Drapery & Upholstery Stamford 203-348-0000 Traditional Draperies Bridgeport 203-365-0634 Uriu, LLC New York City 212-828-3160 Wallpaper Hangups Bethel 203-313-0059 Westy Self Storage 888-893-7897 (RENOVATE PAGE 14) The professionals included in this directory were culled from past issues of athome and other Moffly Media titles. None of the professionals listed are endorsed or guaranteed by athome or Moffly Media in terms of quality of work or expertise.

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finds to freshen up Whether you’re starting with something old or something new, we’ve rounded up SMART PICKS for a stylish upgrade.


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when it comes to style of home, cust omers are requesting more c ontemp or ary builds. clients want t o blend old and new, asking for tr ansitional and modern farmhouse homes.

a few luxurious & outrageous requests of local builders: d o g showers, car barns, gar ages equipped with tesl a chargers and subterr anean tunnels.












Pullman cabinetry in walnut with brass hardware; price upon request. Greenwich, 203-869-7766;

Inkstone 02 wash basin; from $3,828.

Modern house numbers by Richard Neutra; starting at $24.50. Design Within Reach, Stamford, 203-614-0787;

Fan in Rainwashed; starting at $2,135. Greenwich, 203-518-8068;

Lustre wallpaper in Amazonite/Rose Quartz; to the trade. Schwartz Design Showroom, Stamford, 203-817-0433; schwartzdesign

8� door pull in polished nickel; $88.

2 SCHOOLHOUSE Nicolai tissue holder; $64.

3 HOUSE OF ANTIQUE HARDWARE Avalon doorbell in aged bronze; $50.95. houseofantique

5 ARCHITECTURAL GRILLE 209 Half shell perforated grille; price upon request.

6 TERRAIN Copper and brass mailbox; $98. Westport, 203-226-2750;

8 ONELINK Safe & Sound smartlink smoke and carbon monoxide alarm with Amazon Alexa; $199. Best Buy, Norwalk, 203-857-4543;

10 PORTOLA PAINTS Voodoo, Kimono; quarts from $22-$34.

13 ALEXA HAMPTON FOR GLOBUS CORK Vicenza colored 100% cork tiles; $12 per sq ft.

11 CALIFORNIA FAUCETS Corsano culinary pull-out kitchen faucet; to the trade.


15 THE SHADE STORE Alejo in Willow by Nate Berkus; custom pricing. Westport, 203-635-0000;



Skyfall live sawn French oak flooring; $19.95 per sq ft. Ridgefield, 203-493-5024;

Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation round top window; custom pricing. Hatch & Bailey Co., Stamford, 203-348-7785;



Vougeot range; starting at $9,545.

Monogram doorknobs; starting at $487.




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24” integrated wine column; price upon request. Zemel’s TV and Appliance, Danbury, 203-743-6761;

what are the investments homeowners should make but don’t want to?


ac oustic isol ation, exterior insul ation, forward-thinking hvac systems.


—evan cronly, prutting

Palissandro Bronze fireplace surround on a 1920s hearth; price upon request. Brooklyn, 718-389-8360;



Palmetto wallpaper; $98 per roll. Westport, 203-635-8000;


23 LG 6.2 Total capacity LG TWINWash™ System with LG SideKick™; starting at $2,579. Lowe’s, Norwalk, 203-642-0264;


23 dive in:

Refuge small round outdoor wall sconce; $226. Greenwich, 203-622-1417;


all of our builders and architects c onfirmed that clients are still requesting p o ols.

Louis XVI Tassel Pull, No. 72180; $93-$167 each, depending on finish.

26 WALKER ZANGER Sterling Row Collection porcelain and marble tile; $60.20-$158.55 per sq ft. Karen Berkemeyer Home, Westport, 203-454-0032; karenberkemeyerhome. com

27 ATLANTIC PREMIUM SHUTTERS V-groove flat panel shutter; price upon request. Ring’s End, Westport, 203-226-6133; ringsend. com





28 OWENS CORNING Duration® Designer Colors Collection shingle series in Black Sable; price upon request.

av erage time to build and complete a custom home:

29 CLÉ

18 months

Solid rectangle 2”x 8” x 5/8”; $19.51 per sq ft.

30 STONE FOREST Papillon bathtub in Cumulo Granite; $26,000.

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31 FAME LUXURY STONE Madagascar Black marble; price upon request. West Haven, 203-821-7164;

32 WOLF 30” Warming drawer; $2,060. Clarke, Norwalk; 888-354-3607;


33 OFFICINE GULLO Articulated arm pot filler, lever handle; starting at $2,352. New York, 800-781-7125;

34 TRUE RESIDENTIAL The True 48” matte black with gold hardware; $19,390. Aitoro Appliances, Norwalk, 203-847-2471;


Stropp wall hook; $69 for set of two.







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average number of requested garages: not t wo, bu t three!









what tops clients’ most-requested lists? tr ansitional finishes, even more open spaces, and c onvenience c oupled with technol o gy.


—richard rosano, rr builders




how smart is your home?

36 KOHLER Ombré faucet finish in rose gold to polished nickel; spout starting at $612.50. Handle sets starting at $363. Westport, 203-5775388;

38 ROCKY MOUNTAIN HARDWARE Edge Passage set; starting at $657. Canaan Distributors, Stamford, 203-356-1000; canaan



Preference Red No. 297, Sulking Room Pink No. 295; $100 per gallon. Greenwich, 203-422-0990;

Essex switch plate; $26. Westport, 203-221-0015;








AF78725 Palampore by Anna French; to the trade. Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, 203-358-0818; wakefield

Tao sink in honed matte marble with brass inserts; price upon request.

Porcelain pavers in Wood Tabac; $288. Westport, 203-227-5181;

Four gang rotary dimmer; $573. D&D Building, New York, 212-486 9700;




Letterbox plate in polished brass; $134. Weston Hardware, 203-227-7995;


Aquastorm pavers; custom pricing. Paramount Stone, Stamford, 203-3539119;

Bristol 23 K” ceiling medallion with 4” center hole; $68.95. houseof

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Coin drapery hardware; to the trade. New York Design Center, 212-726-9030;

48 JEFFERSON BRASS COMPANY Frank Lloyd Wright door knocker; $143.

49 NANZ No. 1074 Studio Line pull; price upon request. Greenwich, 203-987-4403;

50 REJUVENATION Patton cabinet knobs and pulls; starting at $19.


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contents JAN/FEB 2019 vol. 14 | issue 1




Clarke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3


Davenport . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Deane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cover 2

CREATING INTEREST A large sunporch is transformed into a one-of-a-kind kitchen.

Greenwich Property Management LLC .................... . 12


Hollow Tree Self Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Renoviso

LIGHT WORK A formerly dark library sees the bright side of lightening up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Sweeten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7


Westy Self Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

MODERN MAKEOVER A traditional kitchen is modernized with chic finishes and custom touches.

DECORATING & HOME FURNISHINGS Eleish Van Breems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2


Karen Bow Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

CHARMED LIFE A Rowayton Victorian receives fresh updates .

Kimberly Handler Designs . . . . . . . . . . 13

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n one sense, renovations are about limitations. Whether you’re expanding, updating or gutting, limitations are inevitable—but they can also spark the creativity that results in truly reimagined spaces. Working within the same footprint or modernizing while maintaining historical authenticity can be challenging, but embracing these “limitations,” while breaking through them using ingenuity and skill, is about seeing the potential that comes with changing your perspective.¶ On this side of our special split issue, we’re featuring incredible kitchen transformations by designers Rebecca Reynolds (“Creating Interest” on page 18) and Gianna Santoro from Deane, Inc. (“Modern Makeover” on page 30). In between, . we step inside a dramatic home office renovation by Amy Aidinis Hirsch, who proves that lightening up is completely workable (“Light Work” on page 22). In Rowayton, Calla McNamara refreshes an 1800s Victorian—and makes room for plenty of guests—while honoring the home’s roots (“Charmed Life” on page 34). And finally, we visit a Greenwich home reoriented by Carmiña Roth, who repurposed rooms, improved the flow and blended contemporary pieces with family favorites for a collected feel (“Refresher Course” on page 50).¶ In addition, our special Goods section in the center of the issue (page 68) . is packed with great products that can help make your new build, renovation or redesign everything you hoped it would be. And if you’re ready to assemble a team for your next project, flip to the other side to check out the comprehensive resource guide of industry professionals based in Fairfield County and beyond, with a digital version available at While athome does not endorse the professionals in this guide, we’re confident you’ll find plenty to choose from. Happy planning!

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a fresh design perspective and will take your decor to new heights. With more than twenty in-house designers who can help you with everything from refreshing a home office to outfitting a sprawling new home, no project is too small or large. At Lillian August, it’s all about what works for you and your aesthetic. With showrooms, warehouses and ateliers in Norwalk, Greenwich and Stamford, Lillian August is your one-stop resource for a result that reflects your inner style. So … you’re ready to tackle a home design project, but you don’t know how to get started? One of your best bets is to flag a few of your favorite looks, either in magazines or on your Instagram feed. Then, peruse one of Lillian August’s local showrooms and note pieces that catch your eye.


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When you begin homing in on a style or two that grabs you, it’s time to talk to one of Lillian August’s designers. Stop by the front desk and check your intimidation at the door. These professionals are on hand to answer your questions and take you for a spin around the showroom floor to get to know you better. Developing relationships and getting to know clients are the keys to Lillian August’s longevity as the area’s most enduring home retailer. Started by Lillian August and her sons, Dan and John Weiss, nearly 30 years ago, Lillian August has remained at the helm of the home design industry by offering an unprecedented selection of quality products from around the world, along with top-notch design services and unparalleled customer experience. Ready to Love How You Live®? Visit

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A FARMHOUSE MAKEOVER The editors of Traditional Home magazine loved this fresh twist on a Vermont farmhouse so much that they devoted 20 pages to it in their July/August 2018 issue. This luxe second home has a surprisingly bright, modern approach instead of the more traditional dark, Alpine look that is de rigueur in most mountain homes. In a bold move, Lillian August interior designers Nancy Galasso and Richard Cerrone breathed new life into the expected barnhouse decor by thinking outside the

Lillian August Design Center 32 Knight Street, Norwalk The flagship location has 100,000-square feet of design inspiration, including a cafe, rug gallery, art gallery project space and more. There are more home furnishing brands here than any other local showrooms. Phone 203.847.3314

Lillian August Greenwich Atelier 195 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich The newly opened Lillian August Atelier is bigger and better with a central location on Greenwich Avenue. This inspiring space showcases the best in home furnishings. Phone 203.489.3740

box. They took their cues from soaring windows and a base of airy white walls, then layered in accents and furnishings with natural wood tones, touches of warm brass and swaths of easy-to-live-with gray and blue for a light, clean sensibility. Next, they staged various cozy groupings of upholstered furniture to take in the beautiful mountain views. What makes the interiors most interesting? The deftly layered mix of new and vintage furnishings, rich textural rugs and throws and sumptuous (yet durable) fabrics. The end result is a relaxed yet modern family retreat that feels like a sprawling upscale resort one might find out in Telluride or Beaver Creek. To warm up the large living spaces, the homeowner wanted to bring in pieces with character. She explained, “I love going to the Brimfield antiques market, and I don’t know how many times I spotted something I liked, then saw it was tagged L.A.—Lillian August. John Weiss [the firm’s chief operating officer] has such an eye for vintage.” So, walking through the rooms, you’ll spot vintage baskets, antique signage and other personal touches with patina, history and character. Working with Lillian August designers on this one-of-a kind mountain escape, the weekends can’t come fast enough.

Lillian August Stamford Warehouse 47 John St., Stamford Newly reopened in a vastly expanded and redesigned space, this showroom offers far more than just unique warehouse finds and clearance deals. Now you can shop an even more expansive rug gallery and more of the best brands, as well as a dedicated trade showroom. Phone 203.847.1596

Layering the design and mixing unique materials are sure ways to create the envied wow effect. The jewel-like quartzite countertops introduce movement; the rift cut oak cabinetry adds a sense of warmth . and calm.

interview with k arin lidbeck, homeowner | phot o gr apher john bessler

Creating Interest

Rebecca Reynolds Design helped transform a large sunporch into a one-of-a-kind kitchen layered with colors and textures

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this spread: “I love a glass cabinet with purpose,” says kitchen designer . Rebecca Reynolds. “As a stylist, Karin introduces personality and personal taste with a lifetime of collected serving pieces.”


Age and style of home: 1970s Cape

Biggest challenge: I didn’t want the typical one-color white kitchen.

Length of renovation: The whole-house renovation took seven months.

The challenge was using multiple materials and colors. Finding all the right components that worked together harmoniously was key. A signature touch: We integrated dog bowls into the base of a cabinet. A special request fulfilled: Finding the right cabinet company is the first and most important decision in the kitchen process. Rebecca suggested Crystal Cabinetworks, one of her go-to custom cabinet companies that would not only meet our needs for customizing cabinet design details but also accommodate special finishes and woods, including the driftwood look I was hoping for. For the color of the cabinets, I really liked that I could send them any Benjamin Moore color, and they could create the cabinets in the color of my choice. Once I had my colors chosen and samples in hand, Rebecca and I searched for the perfect stone for the counters. I looked from Connecticut to Massachusetts for one that would work with my cabinet colors. We then found a quartzite stone with streaks of blues and greens that reminded me of the colors of Chatham’s water.

Setting the scene: The original kitchen was much smaller, with Formica

counters, linoleum floors and limited storage and counter space. Design concept: I wanted an inviting kitchen with layers of different textures and colors creating visual interest. I think multiple treatments of cabinetry in different colors and materials create a kitchen that feels more like a room and less like a kitchen. That was the direction we headed! What launched the design: My husband and I sold our Connecticut home and moved to Cape Cod, where we bought my parents’ home in Chatham. The house was worn and needed a complete renovation. Making an impact: We moved the kitchen from its smaller, closed-in location and used the large sunporch as the footprint for the new kitchen. Favorite/unique feature: From the beginning, I visualized the back wall of the kitchen filled with windows surrounded by a beautiful tiled wall, creating dramatic impact and a wow factor as you come into the space. I wanted a wall of unobstructed window light providing views to the outside. We knew the right tile would be the key to a thoughtful design. I looked and looked, yet nothing seemed right until Rebecca found a tile she thought might be perfect at one of her local sources, Tile Designs by Laura. She had just brought in this new of line of artisan tiles, and when I saw the samples, I was so excited. Laura suggested I take the sample board home to see it in the space. This is when the last piece of the kitchen puzzle fell into place.

Resources: Kitchen designer: Rebecca Reynolds Design, Westport; 203-972-8300; Architect: Sam Streibert, Streibert Associates, Chatham, MA; 508-945-1459; Builder: Jim Gronski Construction, West Chatham, MA; 717-870-6683; Cabinetry: Crystal Cabinetworks, supplied by Rebecca Reynolds Design Tile: Tile Designs by Laura, North Haven; 203-407-8453;

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this page: A Poliform Bristol sectional through Hundred Mile, upholstered in Larsen Foraker fabric in Pearl, anchors the library’s chic seating area, while an Aquila chandelier from Pagani Studio balances out the proportions of the vast space. The walls are upholstered through Amy Aidinis Hirsch in Savel’s Matador cotton velvet in White Roses, topped off by decorative tape trim featuring Samuel & Sons Quinn Quilted Border in Dune.

Light Work A formerly dark library sees the bright side of lightening up interview with amy aidinis hirsch, amy aidinis hirsch interior design, ll c | phot o gr apher amy vischio

How did you maximize the layout? There was a doorway that led

opposite: A pair of Holly Hunt Harlow lounge chairs, upholstered in . Savel’s Matador cotton velvet in White Roses . and Christian Liaigre . lisse leather in Brume, . compose a small seating area near the fireplace. The original oak floors were stripped to achieve . a much lighter shade.

into the backside of the living room, and it interfered with our layout. To get around this, I changed where the client would sit and work. He had been previously working where the bay area is, so I rotated the room and utilized that large wall for the sitting area and created a mini sitting area near the fireplace and another near his desk. This gave him a much more expansive working station. With all of the monitors he uses, he needs room to spread out. What materials and finishes did you use? The floors were oak, so we

stripped them for a much lighter color. The material I did introduce was walnut, but I bleached it. The key was to take a more modern approach, so we used large sheets of walnut in the vestibule and bar. I wanted an expanse of beautiful wood that had grain and offered motion but in a more serene way. And you continued the walnut paneling behind the desk? Yes. Because

this room is so large, we upholstered all of the walls in this really fabulous, lush cotton velvet, and I wanted his desk to be a feature. I didn’t want all of this white traveling throughout the space, so to balance out the bar, we introduced the walnut in the desk area. He has storage on the left and right, and his desk is actually a large buildup of sheets of the veneer. Very shallow cabinets on either side conceal the technical components of his computers, and his workstation is extremely minimal, has a touch-latch system and encompasses the height of the room with the repetition of the walnut. What prompted this library renovation? The clients, who were referred

Does the sitting area feature any existing pieces? Everything there

to me by another client, had purchased this home about two years ago, and this library is where the husband works. He loves being in brighter spaces, and he wanted a tranquil, quiet place where he could work and shut out the outside world.

is new. The key to doing a room that has simplicity is proportion, and having a sofa that was extremely long, with this small ottoman on the end that acts as a chaise, balanced out the weight of that wall. Everybody is into gray, and I just couldn’t do one more gray room, so this creamy white acts as an alternative to gray—it’s so beautiful. The rug is a viscose blend, and it’s darker than the furniture. They’re simple pieces. You don’t need to have a lot of things; you just have to have the right things.

What was the original library like? It was so dark and so cavernous. The architecture and limestone fireplace were heavy, and the ceilings are about eleven feet tall. A technique was used on the cabinetry, ceiling and coffers that looked like cerused wood, but up close you could see it was a technique that penetrated the wood, so it looked almost like it was scratched throughout. To fill that would have taken a tremendous amount of work, and we also felt it was just too dark for him.

I loved the padded pocket doors. The jamb that divides the bar from the

library is gigantic, and there were pocket doors there before. We created a panel system for this beautiful cream leather, and the walnut seen on the ends acts as the introduction to how you open and close the doors. Because the client wanted solitude, I felt that the more upholstery I could add, the more of a haven it would be. The use of padded elements gives him that quiet zone.

So a total gut renovation was in order? Yes. Once we stripped everything down and brought the space back to its simpler form, you could sense just how large and vast the room really was. We left the configuration of the bar, which is within the vestibule you enter before coming into the library. The library is also removed from the family areas of the home, so we were able to really soundproof it. We took the space down to the studs, insulated it properly and did all of that before we moved on to the decorative elements.

How did you refresh the bar? We removed everything, continued the

walnut and used a beautiful honey onyx for the countertop, which is also what we used for the fireplace mantel. We took away the bulk, while maintaining the sink and the fridge, and condensed it into a much more streamlined space.

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Did the bathroom get the same treatment? A little bit. We did some wall-

paper, and the fixtures somewhat remained. We took the existing door, stripped the paneling on the outside and applied our walnut paneling to it so it recedes; you only see it because of the hardware. I didn’t just want a doorknob—I wanted something that was more elegant yet hardier. It’s beautiful cast brass hardware from Lisa Jarvis. It’s like jewelry. The fireplace also looks completely different. It was a Gothic limestone

fireplace, and it was bulbous, encroaching into the space too much. We literally plucked it right off and replaced it with something super clean and modern. The honey onyx here adds warmth to the floor and the walnut and ties in the white; it’s a pure luxe material. I was so happy they went with it. Any other challenges? This space isn’t a true rectangular box; it’s really

three separate zones, so the layout was a little tricky. Since the ceilings were so tall, we had to supplement with other lights. We added pendants above his desk to humanize the space, and the light fixture over the seating area was enlarged to balance it all out. When you strip something down and make it so minimal, you have to be prepared to figure out what the scale needs to be.

above: The pocket doors leading from the bar and bathroom into the library are covered in custom upholstered panels by Amy Aidinis Hirsch in Christian Liaigre lisse leather in Brume. Large sheets of bleached walnut lend movement and a modern feel to the bar. opposite: The Sacco 100 percent silk boodia madams carpet in cream is slightly darker than the upholstery; the flowers displayed on the coffee table are from Green of Greenwich.


this page: The heavy Gothic limestone fireplace was replaced with a clean, modern honey onyx one; Sea Urchin pendants in a dark bronze patina from Holly Hunt illuminate the desk from above. opposite: Hardware from Lisa Jarvis and accessories from Putnam & Mason top off the streamlined bar. Honey onyx reappears here on the countertop. .

What finish drove this room? The walnut really completed this space.

The client is very savvy about color. His mother was a decorator, so he appreciates and understands it. The color here couldn’t be too yellow or too white. He was really involved and had such a keen eye for what he wanted. That collaboration was so beneficial. —interview by lauren fetterman

Resources: Interior designer: Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design, LLC, . Greenwich; 203-661-1266; . General contractor: JARMAN, LLC, Greenwich; 203-661-0664; . JAN/FEB 2019




interview with gianna santoro, deane, inc. | phot o gr apher paul johnson

Modern Makeover Chic finishes, rich woods and custom touches update this traditional kitchen

Age and style of home: Georgian Colonial built in 2001 Length of renovation: Three months Setting the scene: The original kitchen had a traditional cherry perim-

this spread: Traditional cherry cabinetry gave way to horizontal fumed-oak, grain-matched veneer in the main kitchen.

eter, with a distressed painted island with seating straight across the back and a seated desk. Design concept: The clients wanted a streamlined, modern kitchen with a sophisticated look and durable materials. They wanted a space conducive for cooking, entertaining and eating. What launched the design: Interior designer Douglas Lederman and I looked through inspirational photos and started pulling samples that I had to develop the look. Making an impact: The updated finishes and beautiful rich wood veneers make the space. The kitchen has a horizontal fumed-oak, grain-matched veneer, and the butler’s pantry is fumed eucalyptus in a high gloss. With the kitchen’s high-gloss white upper cabinetry, slab backsplash and counters, the space feels light and bright. JAN/FEB 2019



this spread: The butler’s pantry boasts fumed . eucalyptus in a high sheen and Taj Mahal quartzite countertops. In the main kitchen, a built-in TV above the steam oven hinges out, revealing storage behind it.

Favorite/unique feature: There is a built-in TV above the steam oven

that hinges out with tray storage behind it. It’s at perfect viewing height, visible by people sitting at the island and cooking, without sacrificing storage space. Biggest challenge: There weren’t any real challenges, but we did need to incorporate twelve appliances without it looking too kitchen-y. A signature touch: Rather than a specific look or item, my signature touch is working closely with each client to create a space that will best suit their needs. A special request fulfilled: To organize the cabinetry with custom interior accessories for optimum organization and specialized cooking gadgets and small appliances. Resources: Kitchen designer: Gianna Santoro, Deane, Inc., Stamford; 203-327-7008; Interior designer: Douglas Lederman, Audrey Sundheimer Interiors, Old Greenwich; 203-698-2269 Builder: Al-Jon Construction Corporation, Croton-on-Hudson, NY; 914-329-5520

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left: A third-floor guest room was originally papered . in pink toile.

near left: The original master bath was small and out of date. right: The exterior of the . traditional Victorian. . opposite right: . The existing study was taken over to expand the new master bath; the bunk room on the third floor needed to . accommodate more overnight guests.

right The master bedroom was . lacking space and functionality.



CASE STUDY NO. 1 CHANGEMAKERS: Calla Studio + PG Design & Carpentry AGE AND STYLE OF HOME: 1800s Victorian SQUARE FEET BEFORE AND AFTER: Square footage remained the same LENGTH OF RENOVATION: Phased out over a year

interview with call a mcnamar a, call a studio | phot o gr apher jeff mcnamar a

CHARMED LIFE A Rowayton Victorian receives fresh updates while honoring its history

above: A table by Knock on Wood was paired with the clients’ existing curtains and chairs in the light-filled breakfast nook. opposite: Located off of the breakfast nook, an outdoor dining area overlooks peaceful views of the property.


“We found a balance between choosing things that were appropriate for the house and its time period and updating it.” —calla mcnamara


What was the starting point for this renovation? I met the clients through

architect Bruce Beinfield, who had done a renovation for them in 1992, where he had bumped out over the garage and created additional rooms on the third floor. The clients had just moved back from Singapore, where they had been living for three years in a very modern apartment, and when they returned home, they felt like their house needed an update. They also have adult children and grandchildren living in the area, so the project was definitely oriented to having guests over. How would you describe their house? It’s an 1800s Victorian, and it had

William Morris wallpaper that had been installed twenty-five years ago. It looks like a traditional Victorian and was very well-maintained, with beautiful English gardens and water views. While the house was very charming, it didn’t have the clean, modern feel the clients had grown accustomed to. They had raised their kids here, so they were ready to spruce it up. Did any requests top the list? While they were living in Singapore, the clients

loved having a large closet and a large, modern master bathroom, and they were returning to this antique home with a tiny closet and tiny bathroom. With all of their children moved out of the house, the clients wanted their master suite to be a place they could truly enjoy. We took over an adjacent room they’d been using as a study and created an entire master suite that includes a walk-in closet and a much larger bathroom with a big vanity, shower and tub. Did you end up keeping any existing elements of the house during the project? As in most Victorians, the floors had been updated and patched in different areas with different types of flooring, but there were original floorboards in some areas. On the second floor, we painted all of the floors white, which was the biggest game-changer in making the space fresher and brighter. We maintained the original bannister and its stain to pay tribute to what the house had originally looked like. The kitchen wasn’t authentic to the house, but we updated it.

this spread: New countertops by Everest Stone and an updated backsplash from D&D Fine Homes helped refresh the kitchen. A working stucco fireplace was left untouched during the renovation.

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this spread: Martinique “A” Beverly Hills wallpaper from Designer Wallcoverings perfectly complements the colors and antiques in the second-floor guest room. . Brass twin beds were refinished in a high-gloss black lacquer, and the clients’ existing bedside table is nestled in between them. The bedroom connects to the new study, . which is outfitted with Visual Comfort sconces, an area rug from Brimfield and the clients’ existing chair.


What did that entail? The cabinetry was looking a little creamy, the countertops were grouted tile, and the backsplash was a green floral tile. We saw a lot of potential in not tearing everything out but rather making it look more current. Working with the terracotta floor, which definitely set the tone, we went with a dark color to minimize the floor. We took out the countertops, replaced the sinks and faucets, replaced the backsplash, repainted all of the cabinetry and swapped out a few appliances that were on their last legs. For the most part, the fireplace was left as is. I thought letting it be a piece of the old charm was sweet. That breakfast nook definitely looks bright and fresh. How did that come together? The French doors were existing, as were the curtains and chairs, and the walls were previously a bright lime green that matched the curtains. It was an interesting challenge to edit out things that felt like they were from the past while keeping things the clients loved or that were interesting. When we renovated the kitchen, we weren’t sure we would reintroduce the curtains, but in the final stages, we temporarily put them back up because we hadn’t picked anything else yet. Then we all decided that we loved the curtains—they were a fresh start now that the entire palette had changed.


this page: Artemide Tolomeo wall lamps flank the bed in the master suite. Pulled up alongside is a table from Chairish, and Moroccan cactus silk pillows from Brimfield, Euro shams by Chris Upholstery and a Serena & Lily throw blanket softly accent the room. opposite: Curtains by Chris Upholstery in a Pindler & Pindler fabric were paired with shutters from the Shutter Company, and seating includes a Serena & Lily chair and a vintage settee sourced by the client.

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this spread: The master dressing room provides plenty of storage, thanks to streamlined cabinetry by PG Design & Carpentry. A seagrass rug from Westwood Flooring adds texture, and a chair from Brimfield is a cozy spot to . unwind. A sliding door, also by PG Design & Carpentry, . offers access to the new master bath.

How did you tackle the master suite upgrade? Since the house was old

below: A Caesarstone . floating sink, marble from Luxury Stone and . plumbing from California Faucets evoke a clean, modern feel in the master bath. A basket from Serena & Lily underneath the . vanity corrals extra towels. opposite: The clients’ existing clawfoot tub was incorporated into the new layout, and Tadelakt covering the shower walls adds depth to the space. Shutters from the Shutter Company provide privacy while allowing light . to filter in.

and didn’t have up-to-date insulation, we took this room down to the studs and added insulation and lighting, but we left the floors and painted them white. The bed was originally facing out the other way, but since the clients had purchased the home, a few houses had gone up across the street. Moving their bed actually gave them a much better water view and also enabled us to create a better flow into the new walk-in closet and bathroom. We incorporated an existing chest of drawers and a bedside table, and other pieces are vintage ones we found. Was is difficult configuring the new master bath and closet? You go

through the closet to access the bathroom, and since we had limited space, it was a bit of a puzzle orienting those spaces in a way that made it functional to access the bathroom while also creating generous-feeling spaces. In terms of where things were laid out, they were the natural locations given the spaces we were working with. The clients had a clawfoot tub they wanted to repurpose, and while it was larger than I think we would have spec’d in the first place, it pushed us to create an alternative layout that ended up being a really great option. You then created a new study in another room? Yes—since we took over the husband’s existing study for the new master bath, we moved his study across the hall into what was once a bedroom. He needed bookcases, and adding these built-ins worked out well because we could disguise some of the oddities in the wall while creating a nice workspace for him. Since the rest of the house is now light and bright, we wanted a contrast in here. He had a few dark frames and some more masculine wood furniture, so we highlighted those pieces with a dark backdrop. The high gloss we used on the trim and doors is very reflective, so it’s not a dark space—it has a lot of depth. The study connects to a guest room with great wallpaper. How did you choose that? The client is a big fan of wallpaper, and we’d both seen that

one used before. We waffled back and forth on it, but then we brought it into the space and found it worked really well with the colors and played off of some of her antiques. She has an antique chest and a few rattan pieces in there, and the paper was a playful way to refresh the room. We also lacquered the existing twin brass beds black. The room had one bed in it originally, but given the number of grandchildren coming to visit, we put two beds in there to accommodate more guests. There’s another great wallpaper in the third-floor guest room. Tell me about that. This room was part of the renovation that was done by Bruce

Beinfield. There was pink toile wallpaper in here, so our first instinct was to take it down and maybe paint the room. But there is something so JAN/FEB 2019



“We had a litle love affair with india hicks combined with some moroccan influences .” —calla mcnamara

left: Ikea bunk beds and bedding offer flexible sleeping options for . overnight guests in the third-floor bunkroom. . An Urban Outfitters area rug is a colorful addition. opposite: Quirky angles found in the third-floor guest room are playfully highlighted by the Ashford House Bali Leaves paper. The Serena & Lily bed . and matchstick shades by the Shutter Company . emit an airy vibe.

charming about this space, and once we took the wallpaper down, we realized how much the pattern on the walls highlighted its quirkiness. We thought putting up another wallpaper would be fun, especially with the kids and grandchildren staying here. This one had a lot of movement, which helped with some of the lines in the room.

was updating the least amount of pieces as possible without making it feel like we were forcing things. A lot of extra furniture had been moved from room to room, and that made spaces feel cluttered. We were less focused on particular pieces and more focused on holding on to things that were sentimental to the clients and finding ways to implement them, whether that was moving them to a different room, giving them new life with paint or just editing the other pieces around them so they could stand out.

The bunkroom also looks ready to host plenty of small visitors.

The clients had been trying to use this room as a bunkroom, but since the number of grandchildren has grown since the bedroom was first configured, they were running out of bed space. We struggled a lot with whether to build in bunks, but we realized it might be a short period of time where built-in bunks would be useful. So instead we got Ikea bunk beds and lacquered them white, and we put a crib in the back corner. We ultimately made the space more flexible for their family.

the clients? It varied. We found a few vintage bedside tables, like the bamboo one in the master bedroom that was layered in to match their existing tea table. There is a fair amount of Serena & Lily in here as well, and the client is a big fan of Brimfield, so we worked in pieces she found there. She really has an eye for that.

Did anything specifically inspire the home’s overall new look? I would

How have the clients been enjoying their updated home? They really

say we had a little love affair with India Hicks [laughs] combined with some Moroccan influences. We had to find a balance between choosing things that were appropriate for the house and its time period and updating it. The clients are originally from England, and I think it speaks to English sensibility to have a mix of different cultures in one space. They also travel quite a bit, so they picked up inspiration along the way.

love having a walk-in dressing room and a nice master suite to relax in. I also think it’s been really fun having grandchildren stay over in the bunkroom. It’s easy to accommodate all of their family. —interview by lauren fetterman

When you did introduce something new, was it brand-new or “new” to

Resources: Interior designer: Calla Studio, Rowayton; 203-810-4632;

How did you edit the furnishings to achieve that balance? The challenge

General contractor: PG Design & Carpentry; 203-918-1583


above left and right: The family room was painted a dark green shade; the dining room, sited in the front of the house, was later repurposed as the library and the kitchen pantry. left: The home’s formal foyer had marble flooring. below: The original master bedroom was refreshed; . renovating the kitchen was a top priority. opposite, bottom right: A red “drinks room,� located off of the kitchen and sunroom, was rarely used by the family.



CASE STUDY NO. 2 CHANGEMAKERS: Carmiña Roth Interiors + William D. Earls AIA Architect + Tallman Building Company + CJS Millwork + Pat Miller Designs STYLE AND AGE OF HOME: Georgian Colonial built in 1966 SQUARE FEET BEFORE AND AFTER: 8,194 square feet to 8,174 square feet (20 feet returned after swapping a garage bay for the new master bath) LENGTH OF RENOVATION: Three months

this page: Beckoning from the living room, a Vladimir Kagan sofa in a Sandra Jordan alpaca wool ombrĂŠ fabric cozies up to two midcentury Italian chairs from The Flat in Donghia fabric. The rug is by Merida Studio; the window treatments are crafted from fabric and custom embroidered trim by Holland & Sherry. .

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A Greenwich home is reflowed —and spaces repurposed —to reach its full potential

interview with carmiÑa roth, carmiÑa roth inte riors, & william earls, william d. earls aia architect | phot o gr apher amy vischio

this page: Painted in Farrow & Ball, the foyer is topped with a Murano chandelier from Carlos de la Puente Antiques; the Tara Vaughan sculpture on the table is from Putnam & Mason. Hermès wallpaper and light fixtures from Circa Lighting adorn the powder room.

How were you introduced to the clients, Carmiña? Carmiña Roth: A local real estate agent who had seen my work introduced me to her clients, who

were moving back to the United States after a long stint in Europe.

How would you describe the original home? CR: The house is a brick Georgian Colonial-

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What did the project entail? CR: The project was executed in two

consecutive phases. After the clients purchased the home in April 2016, we only had enough time to redecorate the house so that they could move in and get their three teenage daughters settled in time for school that fall. We primarily focused our attention on refinishing and retiling floors, painting the entire interior and designing window treatments and rugs. Everything was relatively cosmetic in nature during this phase.

How did you manage that? CR: The collaboration began with only one

initial meeting with the clients to walk through the house together. They left me with a binder containing photographs of their existing home along with its contents, so we already had an idea of furniture pieces that we could incorporate into their new home. After the initial meeting, we worked primarily via email and phone as they were still overseas during this time. I would send comprehensive packages containing options for fabric swatches, rug samples and paint chips—we were very fortunate to have clients who were trusting of our vision. They quickly recognized the challenges of long-distance decorating and consistently made the many

decisions necessary to keep the project moving forward in the short time that we had. During this phase, we kept the original function of all the rooms the same, and the kitchen and baths remained mostly intact except for new paint. Fortunately, our clients were very pleased with the initial transformation of the house, and we commenced planning for phase two as soon as they moved in. What happened during the second phase? CR: The clients moved into their home a few months after beginning the project, bringing with them a beautiful collection of largely French and Italian antiques that they had acquired while living and traveling abroad. We had completed the kids’ rooms with all new furnishings, after which we could really focus on enhancing the rest of the house. During this stage, we analyzed each piece of furniture they owned for its suitability in the new surroundings. We began mixing these classical components with new contemporary elements, and that is when the present design really took shape. By that time, the clients had lived in the house long enough to understand its flow, and how they wanted to alter it to suit their lifestyle, so it became

below: Two arched doorways add architectural symmetry to the living room, which is wrapped in Silky Strings wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries. The clients’ antique Italian chairs, upholstered in a green Loro Piana fabric, flank a blue leather Luteca Air sofa. A portrait of the family dog by collage artist Peter Clark was a birthday gift from the husband to the wife. opposite: The bar cart displays a cocktail shaker from Putnam & Mason and decanters from The Flat; the sconces by the fireplace are from Carlos de la Puente Antiques.

out of the drinks room and made that the dining room. We moved the office to the former dining room, using some of the space to create a new pantry, and widened the opening between the kitchen and family room. The powder room had a door that opened right onto the foyer. We created a curved wall in the foyer that leads to a vestibule to hide the powder room door. This wall mimics the existing curved staircase. We also added arched openings between the major rooms to give them a more classical feel.

evident that it was time to collaborate with an architect to begin making structural changes. I introduced them to William Earls, an architect with whom I have worked several times. We began thinking about kitchen and bath renovations, which led to even more exciting changes. What architectural changes did you make, and what was the thought process behind them? William Earls: The house had an unusual layout. The family room was

being used as an office. The kitchen had a huge island with a bend in it. There was a room to one side of the kitchen that was called the “drinks room” because it had a small bar in it, but that clearly wasn’t being used to its full potential. CR: The wife wanted a new kitchen and more pantry space, which the current kitchen was lacking. The husband sometimes works from home, and he needed dedicated office space, which, again, the existing house didn’t really have. He was working out of the family room, but since it opens onto the kitchen, a popular family gathering spot, it was short on privacy and not conducive to taking important phone calls. WE: We proposed a straightforward kitchen layout and took the bar

Any other areas that needed updating? CR: We ended up renovating much of the core of the ground floor plus the master suite. The existing layout of the home had a large, formal foyer with marble floors. We reconfigured it slightly to allow for a larger powder room, and we replaced the marble floors with beautifully stained wood to keep the floor treatment visually consistent with the adjoining rooms. As mentioned, we also replaced many square cased openings between rooms with gracious arched doorways; additional ones were added between the kitchen and dining room and the dining room and living room to create better circulation between the rooms. The principal living spaces are now more oriented toward the beautiful


this spread: The “drinks room” was repurposed as the new dining room, with arched doorways now leading to the living room on one side and the kitchen on the other. . Fromental hydrangea wallpaper speaks to the client’s love of flowers; . a photograph by J Henry Fair through Cynthia . Byrnes Contemporary Art adds impact. The table is . custom by Carmiña Roth Interiors.

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zones of the room. The central seating area was further defined by adding a second arched doorway (there was only one to begin with) in the room connecting to the new dining room, creating a long, centralized wall across from the fireplace. Then we balanced the grand piano at one end of the room with a second seating area on the opposite side, where we placed a Vladimir Kagan sofa on the diagonal flanked by midcentury Italian chairs.

backyard and encourage indoor/outdoor living in the warmer months. On the second floor, we expanded the master suite to create a large master bath and two spacious his and hers dressing rooms. Did the clients have any special requests? CR: The wife is an amazing cook, so a chef ’s kitchen was a top priority. We started by envisioning the ideal chef ’s triangle and the space between cooking stations, including how far the island should be from the refrigerator and range. We then selected cabinets from Waterworks and started visiting marble yards to view stone slabs. Every detail in this kitchen was carefully considered, from the appliances and the finishes to the customized bread and knife drawers. Our goal was to make this a truly functional kitchen— as well as a gorgeous one—for everyone in the family to enjoy.

I love the artwork above the sofa! CR: The husband commissioned this

piece as a birthday gift for his wife. The London-based collage artist Peter Clark composed this picture of the family dog out of memorabilia that had been collected by the family over time, such as ticket stubs and maps of places they have been. It was originally intended for a more casual area of the house, but once it arrived, we thought it would inject the perfect amount of whimsy into the formal living room, where it’s juxtaposed with more serious antiques, such as a French Trumeau mirror over the fireplace and a gilded gold weathervane. It really makes the room!

Was that hutch in the kitchen an existing piece? CR: Yes, and it holds sentimental value to the wife and stores her silver and linens, so we designed the architectural changes to accommodate its placement. It adds an eclectic touch to the rest of the space, which is much more modern, and it preserves an element of their family history. I don’t like when a room looks like it came straight out of a design showroom, and in this case, we were blessed with an existing collection of antiques that we wanted to incorporate into our overall design scheme.

How did you decide where to site the dining room? CR: The original layout of the house had the drinks room off of the foyer, between the kitchen and sunroom, and it contained a large wet bar and a set of French doors leading out to the back patio. Since the space wasn’t really being utilized all that much by the clients, and given its location adjacent to the kitchen, we thought this would be an ideal place for the dining room. As previously mentioned, Bill added arched doorways to connect this room with both the living room and kitchen. He also placed transoms above the French doors to maximize the beautiful view to the backyard. It really is a jewel of a room. The hydrangea wallpaper is from Michael Berman’s

How did the living room come together? CR: The room is quite large, but rather long and narrow with a fireplace oriented at the center of the main wall. We schemed the furniture placement carefully so that the seating plan would be centered on the fireplace, while equally utilizing the two end


“Orienting the rooms that the family spends the most time in toward the beautiful gardens in the back completely changed the entire feel of the home.” —carmiÑa roth

this spread: The new chef’s kitchen features cabinetry through Waterworks, lighting pendants from Remains Lighting and Farrow & Ball paint on the walls. The architecture of the house now has many enfilades, or suites of rooms with doorways in line with each other,

this spread: Every detail in the kitchen was carefully considered, from the appliances and finishes to the customized bread and knife drawers. The modern look and feel of the space is juxtaposed by an existing hutch, which holds sentimental value to the clients; architectural changes to the space were made to accommodate its placement.


“Our clients had the wisdom and foresight to purchase a classically proportioned , solidly built house and shared our vision of bringing it into the twentieth century without having to do a total gut renovation.” —carmiÑa roth

this spread: The wall between the family room and kitchen was opened up a bit to create a stronger connection between the two spaces. Seated next to the built-ins, an Anthony Lawrence-Belfair sofa is covered in a Schumacher suede, and another sofa dressed in a bright patterned Schumacher fabric adds a touch of youthfulness and fun to the room.

new wallpaper line for Fromental and was a fun way to incorporate the wife’s passion for flowers, as well as a way to connect it to the gardens outside. An antique lacquered sideboard is paired with a contemporary photograph sourced from Cynthia Byrnes Contemporary Art, which adds gravitas to the entire ensemble. Now this new dining room is used regularly, and the clients’ daughters read and do homework there. It’s hard to believe the new library was once the dining room. CR: That

room was inspired by my visit to the recently renovated Ritz Paris, where I was impressed by the painstaking restoration of a long corridor clad in exquisite blond cerused oak. That hall ends in an intimate drinks bar tucked away in the back of the hotel, where eggplant lacquered walls mingle with tangerine-colored accents. I brought back photos of the millwork and excitedly showed them to the husband, who was on board with replicating something similar in his library. I added those same accent colors through the textiles we used on the window seats, pillows and chair. A contemporary Remains Lighting fixture floats above the antique leather-topped Louis XVI desk, and bookshelves house a curated


age to the house. We noticed that one of the bays of the four-car garage wasn’t being fully used, so we proposed taking off the garage door and making the side a lattice wall so the garage wouldn’t count as square footage. We added the master bath and created a covered porch out of that garage bay. That porch, which is near the pool, now houses all-weather cabinetry and an outdoor ping-pong table. The clients now say that every house should have a space like this! CR: The original master suite had a large bathroom and two small walkin closets. We took the space that had originally been the master bath and converted it into two large dressing rooms; the old walk-in closets became a small sitting room and office for the wife. In the bedroom, we only changed the ceiling trim, removed cove lighting and added new crown moldings. The client’s Gustavian secretaire provided the cue for the room’s serene color scheme of pale celadon and aqua. We reupholstered a pair of antique French bergères in a dark teal velvet to add a punch and repurposed their antique brown nightstands by painting them a pale ecru. Speaking of colors, what inspired the palette seen throughout the house? CR: We used a lot of silvery grays and blues with accents of

amethyst throughout. The architecture of the house now has many enfilades, or suites of rooms with doorways in line with each other, so it’s important that when you gaze through these elegant arched doorways, you see a hint of color that ties each room to the next. We carefully planned the paint schedule so that when you look two or three rooms deep, the colors subtly complement each other and work as one palette. For example, the foyer, which is at the core of the house, contains a large powder blue Murano glass chandelier and vintage Dorothy Draper stools flanking the front door, which are covered in dark purple Holly Hunt leather. To your left is the library containing eggplant and orange accents, and to your right is the living room, which includes similar tones of colors in the lighting fixtures, an ombré Vladimir Kagan sofa and a blue leather Luteca Air sofa. In this room, we also added some chartreuse accents to keep everything fresh, which can be seen in the clients’ antique Italian chairs upholstered in a Loro Piana fabric and even more subtly in the custom Holland & Sherry embroidery on the window treatments. All of these bold colors play beautifully against the mostly neutral backdrop to create a sophisticated, layered effect in the spaces. There are lots of nuanced details, and this is what makes a space visually interesting.

this spread: A portion of the original dining room was transformed into the husband’s library. Accessed by a cerused pocket door, the room is sheathed in millwork by CJS Millwork for a timeless look, and a Chesney’s steam system fulfilled the need for a fireplace without affecting the home’s façade. The chair, window seat and pillows are covered in Loro Piana wool fabrics.

collection of old books and Winston Churchill memorabilia. The room called for a fireplace between two existing windows, but we weren’t able to place a vent without affecting the façade of the house, so we sourced a Chesney’s steam system that looks just like a real fire. Paul Tallman, the contractor, and CJS Millwork really knocked the ball out of the park to make Bill’s drawings come to life. Although the room was carved out of a portion of the former dining room, it now looks and feels like it has been there forever. Even the pocket door that opens into the foyer is cerused on one side and painted on the other, so it’s a seamless transition.

Bill, is there an element of the home that you really enjoyed working on?

WE: The house is a wonderful brick Georgian Colonial, but the existing entry portico didn’t seem to be of the same caliber. We created a rendering for a more classically appropriate front entry portico. The client wasn’t sure at first, but then he walked out to the driveway, took a look back at the portico and nodded in agreement that it had to be replaced!

How was the master suite expanded and updated? WE: We really wanted to add a more gracious master bathroom over an existing first-floor sunroom, but the town wouldn’t allow us to add any additional square foot-


“The clients were attracted to the great bones and proportions of the house and saw its potential to suit their family’s lifestyle.” —carmiÑa roth

this page: To achieve a serene feel in the master bedroom, an existing Gustavian secretaire launched the soothing color palette of pale celadon and aqua. A pair of antique French bergères were reupholstered in a dark teal velvet, while the clients’ antique brown nightstands were painted a pale ecru. The headboard is covered in a Holland & Sherry fabric, and the . draperies are by Coraggio Textiles.

was excellent, Bill did a great job, and the clients were committed and patient. The clients always chose to do what would add the most value to the house and what would be the most aesthetically pleasing in the long run—truly dream clients!

Did you run into any obstacles on the project, Carmiña? CR: We knew

that timing was going to be tight in order to finish phase two during the clients’ second summer owning the house. I give Paul Tallman a ton of credit for having everything seamlessly planned out, which minimized disruptions, and any small “surprises” were taken care of as they arose. I think the worst thing that happened was that the kitchen island was so large that the slab cracked during fabrication and had to be remade. This project is a testament to the great team working on it—Tallman

What decision made the biggest difference in how the home functions?

CR: Definitely moving the dining room. Orienting the rooms that the family spends the most time in toward the beautiful gardens in the back


this page: The new master bath, built out over the . sunroom below, is outfitted with a luxurious tub, . cabinetry and fixtures all from Waterworks. . The flooring underfoot is from Greenwich Tile.

completely changed the entire feel of the home. All of the rooms now relate to one another through the repeated use of arched doorways, creating a wonderful flow between spaces. Our clients had the wisdom and foresight to purchase a classically proportioned, solidly built house and shared our vision of bringing it into the twentieth century, without having to do a total gut renovation. Thanks to open-minded clients, an extraordinary team and some imagination, we were able to achieve some extraordinary results! —interview by lauren fetterman

Resources: Interior designer: CarmiĂąa Roth Interiors, Greenwich; 203-987-5961; Architect: William D. Earls AIA Architect, Wilton; 203-762-7462; Builder: Tallman Building Company, Southport; 203-254-3055; Millwork: CJS Millwork, Stamford; 203-708-0080; Landscape designer: Pat Miller Designs, Greenwich; 203-904-4777;

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