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contents NOV/DEC 2021 vol. 16 | issue 4

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departments 10 EDITOR’S NOTE

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12 GET THE GOODS Color trend: Olive Green; Fringe; Winter Tabletop

A-LIST WINNERS Check out the projects that took home top prizes at this year’s A-List Awards. i nt e rvi ews by nat ha n tava res, m a l ia m c k i n non f r ame & e l i z abet h k eyser

18 SHOP TALK Local design news, the latest collections, haute happenings and more

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A-LIST FINALISTS See forty-six more incredible spaces.

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i nt e rvi ews by ji l l joh n s on m an n , ri s a g ol dblum & e l i z abet h k eyser

128 LAST WORD Words of wisdom from our panel of A-List judges.

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vol. 16 | no. 4 | nov/dec 2021 editorial

sales & marketing publisher, athome; fairfield living publisher-at-large, greenwich

editor

Megan Gagnon megan.gagnon@moffly.com

Jonathan W. Moffly jonathan@moffly.com

assistant editor

Veronica Schorr veronica.schorr@moffly.com

chief revenue officer publisher, greenwich

Andrew Amill andrew.amill@moffly.com

advisory editor

Donna Moffly donna.moffly@moffly.com

publisher, westport•weston•wilton

contributing editors

Gabriella Mays gabriella.mays@moffly.com

editorial director

publisher, new canaan•darien

Gina Fusco gina.fusco@moffly.com

Cristin Marandino cristin.marandino@moffly.com editor, new canaan•darien

publisher, stamford

Julee Kaplan julee.kaplan@moffly.com

Karen Kelly-Micka karen.kelly@moffly.com account executive

editor, fairfield living; stamford; westport•weston•wilton

Hilary Hotchkiss hilary.hotchkiss@moffly.com

Diane Sembrot diane.sembrot@moffly.com

account executive

Rick Johnson rick.johnson@moffly.com

art senior art director

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partnership and big picture manager

Kathleen Godbold

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Tim Carr tim.carr@moffly.com

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editor’s note /FOR THE WIN I

would be lying if I were to say I wasn’t slightly panicked when I accepted this editor role knowing I’d have to take on the A-List Awards (just two months shy of the scheduled date). In my eight years on the athome masthead as market editor and eventually, style director, I never worked directly on A-List but saw the countless hours that went into making it happen (hence the panic). I had only experienced the fun part: attending prior events as a guest; mingling at cocktail hour and taking in the awards ceremony as a member of the audience. Now, I would be responsible for managing the success of the program and its unending list of moving parts. So this one had to be different—not just for me—but for everyone who celebrated with us in years past. After all, the whole world has changed since our last bash at The Palace Theatre. Moving the venue to a brand new waterfront spot in Stamford’s South End gave us a chance to reimagine our evening and, most importantly, take advantage of that glorious outdoor space. The Village proved to be the perfect setting for everyone to gather comfortably and reconnect after so much time apart. Check out the photos on page 24 to see just how happy our crowd was to be out for a night among friends.

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As for the awards, we handed out twenty-two trophies to a group of new and returning winners and applauded forty-six finalists for their excellent work. You can see all their projects starting on page 34, in what amounts to a comprehensive guide to the best of what our design community offers. Whether you’re looking to renovate, rebuild or refresh, you’ll find plenty of ideas in our A-List section. To our judges: designers Mara Miller and Jesse Carrier of Carrier and Company, Damian and Britt Zunino of Studio DB, and Brian Sawyer of Sawyer|Berson; architect Edward Siegel of Edward Siegel Architect; and landscape architect Keith Williams of Nievera Williams, thank you for giving your time and consideration to our entrants. To our sponsors: thank you for your continued support and for making such a night possible. And to all of you: winners, finalists and design friends, thank you for welcoming me into your world. I look forward to seeing (and toasting) you again soon.

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HOW TO SCAN: OPEN, AIM & TAP

MEGAN GAGNON Editor

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WHEN IT COMES TO GREEN, WE’RE ALL ABOUT OLIVE

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AERIN Calinda round vase; $295. Hoagland’s, Greenwich; hoaglands.com

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CEDAR & MOSS

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ARTERIORS Leandro lounge chair; $3,380. Schwartz Design Showroom, Stamford; schwartzdesign showroom.com

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ASPLUND Frame 160 Cabinet; $5,400. shophorne.com

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—meghan de maria and courtney yanni, moss design

ST. FRANK Alpaca throw blanket; $225. stfrank.com

BUNNY WILLIAMS HOME Nailhead sofa in olive solid velvet; starting at $7,800. Trovare Home Design, Greenwich; trovarehomedesign.com ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF DESIGNERS/BRANDS

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Pearl wall sconce; $399. cedarand moss.com

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goods/FRINGE BENEFITS TASSEL TRIM IS A MAXIMALIST-MUST

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i l ove fringe because it sets the char acter t one of the client! it can add that t ouch of whimsy t o something serious.

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Buchanan fringed bed in gold washed linen; $4,198. Westport; serenaandlily.com

NeKeia Collection Nairobi pendant; $2,480. Laurent Lighting, Darien; laurentlighting.com

Tripolino L coffee table by Cristina Celestino; $5,505. editionsmilano.com

Francois silk brush fringe; to the trade. fschumacher.com

Venus gold mirror; $5,340. artemest.com

Atolla tassel table lamp; $109. Burkedecor.com

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goods /DECO DINING GET GRAPHIC WITH YOUR WINTER TABLE

1 CRATE & BARREL Calder cocktail glasses; $12.95 each. Westport; crateandbarrel.com

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3 DEBORAH RHODES Round 15” lacquer placemat with black marble design; $80 each. deborahrhodes.com

4 MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS Handblown whiskey decanter; $167. Greenwich; mgbw.com

if you want a pl ayful table, try scat tering smaller arr angements of fl owers in various heights. you can also try adding in a few elements such as seasonal farmer’s market finds for thanksgiving or ornaments for christmas.

Wentworth gold 5-piece place setting; $95. New Canaan; ralphlauren.com

6 ANTHROPOLOGIE Marais taper candles; $22 for set of two. Westport; anthropologie.com

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7 ESTELLE Colored wine stemware in amber smoke; $75 for set of two. Nordstrom, Norwalk; nordstrom.com

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shoptalk THE LATEST DESIGN NEWS

MAKING A MASTERPIECE A NEW BOOK CHRONICLES THE INSPIRED VISION OF SLEEPY CAT FARM IN GREENWICH b y v e r o n i c a s c h o r r

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Sleepy Cat Farm: A Gardener’s Journey; $50. Monacelli Press, November 2, 2021; sleepycatfarm.com/book

racefully lulling over 13 immaculate acres is one of Greenwich’s most iconic estates: Sleepy Cat Farm. A passion project of Fred Landman since acquiring the property in 1994, the farm draws on European and Asian influences and the thoughtful planning of Greenwich architect Charles Hilton. Garden spaces and buildings with names like The Golden Path and The Celestial Pavilion evoke the atmosphere of the farm: a fully immersive experience of contemplation, appreciation and solitude—with plenty of benches to help in that end. But Landman, with the help of his wife Seen Lippert, an accomplished professional chef, wanted to do more than create a garden with majesty. In

the spirit of sharing the farm’s bounty, they provide fresh, organic produce to the surrounding community. The owners are also committed to instilling public awareness of horticulture and landscape architecture through hosting charitable events and garden tours. As Landman says, “One of my greatest joys is when other people come here and get to experience what I experience every day. The most important thing is that they leave happy.” Sleepy Cat Farm: A Gardener’s Journey recounts the transformation of Landman’s Georgian Revival home and its grounds by Hilton and landscape architect Charles J. Stick. Hilton, one of Greenwich’s (and the industry’s) notable architects, says working on Sleepy Cat Farm was one of

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the most unique projects in his career. “Twenty-seven years ago, we began working with Fred on the estate that would eventually become Sleepy Cat Farm. What began as a renovation to the main house blossomed into 10 different projects that span across the 13-acre property and vary greatly in style from Georgian, to French Normandy, to Italian neoclassical.” The renovation projects ran the full gamut of challenges you’d expect when reviving old buildings, says Hilton: “The primary challenge was creating an aesthetic that was collectively cohesive with the other buildings, the bucolic landscape and the interiors, while simultaneously allowing each building to have its own unique identity.” What sets Sleepy Cat Farm apart from other estates is its dedicated and visionary mission. “The comprehensiveness of Fred’s vision and the consistency and thoroughness of his approach to integrate architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and the culinary and fine arts into one exceptional place is a rare and very joyful experience.” His proudest moment? “The French Normandy main house, because of its uniqueness, comfortable wide-open spaces and its integration with the surrounding landscape.”

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left: A wisteria arbor in full bloom provides a canopy over the Chippendale-style bench, which overlooks the boxwood cat maze. right: The garden beds, home to delicious, organic vegetables.


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shoptalk right: A vignette by Grace Rosenstein (2017). below: Laura Whitmore, Tori Vought, Jessica Ryan, Rosinne Chlala, Amy Vischio and Parker Rogers wearing glasses to honor Albert Hadley at last year’s RWAV event.

Designing for the Greater Good ROOMS WITH A VIEW holds their annual A Night at the Hadley Fundraiser to provide scholarship for NYSID students by veronica schorr

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OPENING PARTY Celebrate the 26th year of Rooms With A View Thursday, November 4, 2021 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.

A NIGHT AT THE HADLEY INDUSTRY NETWORKING EVENT (to the trade) A fundraiser for the scholarship fund Friday, November 5, 2021 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

COLLECTOR’S NIGHT An evening of sparkling conversation, intriguing artists, fabulous art, tempting food and delicious cocktails Saturday, November 6, 2021 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. A conversation with David Netto 5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. Collector’s Night Reception 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

above: A vignette by Forehand + Lake (2017).

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GENERAL SHOW DAYS & HOURS • Friday, November 5th & Saturday, November 6th 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. • Sunday, November 7th 12 P.M. to 5 P.M.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY VISCHIO

lbert Hadley, the “Dean of American Design” and longtime Southport weekender, helped birth the vision of Rooms With A View: a 12-person mix of emerging and established designers, some from New York, and some from Fairfield County. The challenge? Create small concept rooms, or vignettes, measuring only 6’ x 8’ x 8’. The goal? Present the best in art and design, bring the design community together, and support those who are underserved. Since 1993, the Southport Congregational Church has housed this yearly event, and Rooms With A View has donated over $1.7 million to local charities. This year’s fundraiser, A Night at the Hadley, is hosted by athome creative director-at-large Amy Vischio. All proceeds will go directly to the Rooms With A View Scholarship, a $5,000 prize awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student at New York School of Interior Design. The winning student will also be invited to present a vignette at Rooms With A View. Guests will be delighted by an evening of industry networking and a celebration of the greater design community, not to mention delicious food and refreshing cocktails at The Hadley Bar. Rooms With A View is regarded as one of New England’s leading annual design events. Its list of participants reads like a guide of the industry’s top talent, with alumni like honorary chairman Thom Filicia. roomswithaview.org


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shoptalk The secondfloor studio looks out onto the street below

Clean Slate New Canaan artist CAS Friese opens on Elm Street b y j u l e e k a p l a n

HERE TO HELP

Within Reach stores. All her images are either one of a kind or in a very limited run. She is open to working with clients on custom works as well, and works on every detail of the product herself— even down to framing options. Friese says she loves that her spot on Elm brings in lots of foot traffic and she also enjoys being able to connect with so many local galleries and artists that flock to New Canaan. “I love being part of this community where art is celebrated and people visit as a real destination for creativity,” she says. “I see myself here for many years to come.” 32 Elm Street, New Canaan; casfriese.com

THE FINISH BRINGS THEIR DESIGN STUDIO AND A NEW STOREFRONT TO SOUTHPORT by veronica schorr

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left: Friese working in her new space where the floors, ceilings, molding and ductwork are all painted white. right: Customers get personalized service from the artist, including framing suggestions.

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ooking to tackle a redesign but unsure where to start? Or maybe you’re stuck in living room limbo with a space that’s only halfway done? Check out The Finish, created by Stephanie Purzycki and Kaitlin Madden to fill a niche they saw both professionally and personally: people needed accessible, trustworthy interior design advice to help finish their spaces, but didn’t want to (or couldn’t) hire a designer. Their model offers access to a growing network of designers and à la carte options for budgets and projects, big and small. Now they’re ready to share all their finishing touch finds at a brand-new storefront in Southport. Featuring a mix of new, old and vintage items from local, small-batch, family-owned and female-founded businesses in the Fairfield County area as well as from around the globe, The Finish’s seasonal selection will bring you one step closer to a space you’ll love living in. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday and Monday by appointment only. 293 Pequot Avenue, 203-200-0480; thefinish.co

PHOTOS: COURTESY OF CAS FRIESE; COURTESY OF THE FINISH

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ew Canaan’s newest gallery glows. Bathed in bright white paint, CAS is the perfect backdrop for the work that fine art photographer Casey Friese creates. Known for her neutral landscapes (sun-bleached sand, faded coastlines), her pieces reflect a love of finding beauty in simplicity. This new space (Friese previously had a gallery at Gray Barns Mercantile in Silvermine) offers her a much-needed workshop on the second level, where she can spread out, meet with clients and experiment with her own works. In addition to what she has in the gallery, she offers a collection of art available exclusively at Design

above: The Finish’s Southport store offers seasonal home goods to spruce up your space. below: Founders Stephanie Purzycki (left) and Kaitlin Madden.


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A-LIST AWARDS and the winners are...

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inety pages. Sixty-eight judge-selected entries. Endless possibilities for your next home project. Let the work chosen for this year’s A-List Awards serve as your guide, as both a well of inspiration and a comprehensive directory of our local pros. From stunning transformations and reimagined landscapes to sophisticated suites and playful spaces, there are ideas for every room in (and outside) your house. Get to know our 2021 winners and finalists, and if you’re hoping to add your name to next year’s list, look out for the call for submissions soon!

by nathan tavares, malia m c kinnon fr ame, eliz abeth keyser, jill johnson mann and risa goldblum

2021 PANEL OF JUDGES

MARA MILLER Carrier and Company

JESSE CARRIER Carrier and Company

BRIAN SAWYER Sawyer | Berson

EDWARD SIEGEL Edward Siegel Architect

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WINNER Douglas VanderHorn Architects

PROFESSIONALS Architect Douglas VanderHorn, Principal David Milliken, Project Manager Douglas VanderHorn Architects @dvharchitects Greenwich; 203-622-7000 vanderhornarchitects.com Interior Designer Holly Centurino Threads Interiors Mount Pleasant, SC; 704-904-5633

Builder/Contractor Significant Homes New Canaan; 203-966-5700 significanthomesllc.com A/V Consultant and Roller Shades InnerSpace Electronics Mt. Kisco, NY; 914-937-9700 innerspaceelectronics.com

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opposite: Her bathroom with its watery palette and separate free-standing tub in a sea of basket-weave Thassos marble tile. right: His bathroom vanity with a custom mirror hiding two medicine cabinets. The steam shower with its handsome gray tile. Her vanity with its glinting hardware and turned wood leg.

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ow more than ever, homeowners are learning the value of separate spaces. Case in point: these divided his-and-hers bathrooms designed by Douglas VanderHorn Architects for a classic brick Georgian home. When reimagining the main suite, VanderHorn decided to take a tip from a behavioral quirk of one of the clients: The husband had taken to using a small bath in a nearby bedroom, instead of the main bathroom, so he wouldn’t wake his wife. The new layout replaces a bedroom with closets and distinct bathrooms, complete with water closets and wow-worthy washing areas. An added bonus? Separate spaces means no quibbling over design compromises, allowing each space its own aesthetic. The wife’s bathroom favors a light palette with watery blue

walls that add a breath of color to the down-like gray custom vanity with its turned wooden feet. The homeowner can start her day in the marble shower before a quick pamper at the custom makeup station. The freestanding tub by the window alcove—floating in a sea of basket-weave Thassos marble tile—invites for evening soaks. His bathroom, meanwhile, is a handsome interplay of light and dark. The richly stained vanity contrasts with the cloudy walls, with an industrial-leaning light fixture drawing the eye upwards. The soapstone countertop, dark and threaded with gray, mirrors the natural variation of the honed herringbone floor tile. And the steam shower with its anti-fog mirror upgrades a morning shave from a chore to a spa-like indulgence. From the radiant heat of the floors to the automated roll shades, what unites these spaces is a top-to-bottom take on luxury. – by nathan tavares

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WINNER Saniee Architects, LLC

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hen’s the last time you heard a bathroom described as “exciting?” Necessary, yes. Soothing? Hopefully. But owing to show-stopping stonework and bold layout decisions, Saniee Architects re-envisions the bathroom from a utilitarian space into a strikingly modern and (dare we say it) exciting escape. The first thing most people will notice are the walls. The enormous slabs of oversized tile— creamy white cracked through with gray—infuse the space with a tectonic energy that hints at the driving heartbeat of the earth. The meticulously placed slabs follow the natural flow of those gray threads, which Saniee cited as a major challenge. The layout divides the space into three areas:

the water closets with transparent glass doors that let in the light, a central grooming hub, and the bathing space. A large glass wall transforms the bathing space into one wet room that’s a union of function and flair. The crisp walls contrast with the dark tile floor, which has a central drain and a slight pitch to catch the water from the showers. Yes—that’s plural, with one shower head by the custom stone bench, and another rain shower that drops a colossal column of water. A more leisurely soak is just a few steps away in the soaking tub with its custom stone base to account for the pitch of the floor. The grooming hub, meanwhile, sees sleek vanities paired with oversized mirrors that glint with the same metal edges as the hardware throughout. The energy of the space even extends heavenward, with a showpiece of a light fixture that suggests a creature in motion. – by nathan tavares

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opposite page: The oversized tile slab walls sing in the wet room with its camouflaged shelving and custom stone bench. right: Serenity awaits in the soaking tub with its custom stone base. The translucent glass doors of the water closets allow light reflected from the oversized mirrors to filter in. below: Even the placement of the vanities and mirrors doesn’t interrupt the gentle flow of the tile’s pattern.

PROFESSIONALS Architect Saniee Architects, LLC Greenwich; 203-625-9308 sanieearchitects.com Creative Director and Art Curator TRR Designs Greenwich Interior Designer Crina Popescu Studio Westport; 203-507-7979 crinapopescu.com General Contractor Cum Laude Group White Plains, NY; 914-946-2488 cumlaudegroup.com


WINNER Laura Kaehler Architects

PROFESSIONALS Architect Laura Kaehler, Project Designer Matt Arnott, Project Architect Laura Kaehler Architects @laurakaehlerarchitects Riverside; 203-629-4646 kaehlerarchitects.com

Interior Designer Laura Kaehler Architects Riverside; 203-629-4646 kaehlerarchitects.com

Windows and Doors Upstate Door Warsaw, NY; 800-570-8283 upstatedoor.com

Builder Fernando Neupmann, Project Mgr Neupmann Construction Danbury; 203-770-2071 neupmannconstruction.com

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opposite page: The dramatic blue lacquered walls and ceiling, in contrast with the existing marble floors, are the perfect canvas for art. above: Though installing the windows and solid oak pivot door between two existing walls was a challenge for the builder, the light look was more than worth the work.

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t’s hard to imagine that this art-gallery like space was once a ho-hum home entryway. Though the clients loved the contemporary architecture of their home, one thing that needed lightening up was the foyer. Owing to the low roof line and the foyer’s perch at the inside corner of the house, the space was once a dark and drab afterthought—now soaring to masterwork heights, thanks to Laura Kaehler Architects. First up was axing the solid wood door in favor of an oak pivot door that’s flanked by glass sidelights and transom windows to look on the bright side. The lighter shade of the oak window frames and door blends in with the natural palette of the home’s interior. And since all that glass means

you can now spot the entryway from the outside, Kaehler wanted to think bold for this new focal point. As in bold blue—a deep, dramatic hue of lacquered paint with just the right amount of sheen, which contrasts with the crisp marble floor. The hue provides a saturated backdrop for the artloving clients to show off one of their favorite works. Though ceilings are an often overlooked aspect of a room, Kaehler decided to extend the blue hue up to the ceiling to dial the drama to its height. And as an added boon, blooms from the entryway garden are reflected in that glossy ceiling. Ultimately a space that invites guests to the rest of the house, the dramatic color and sun-soaked setting are bound to make you want to linger a while. – by nathan tavares

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WINNER Brooke Crew Interiors

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Brooke Crew Interiors @brookecrewinteriors Weston; 214-546-8562 brookecrewinteriors.com

Upholstery Artistic Upholstery Norwalk; 203-849-8907 artisticupholsteryandfabrics .com


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he custom hanging chair in the corner, with its vibrant cushions and detailed ties, sums up this bedroom for a soon-to-be thirteen-year-old: Buoyant and fun while still capturing a chic vibe. Designer Brooke Crew had previously worked on this same space when the client’s daughter was five years old, and this latest refresh bids adieu to pink fussiness and says hello to an airy escape with tailored touches. The palette plays on a compromise between mother and daughter. Mom wanted soft blues and greens, while daughter wanted crisp white. The middle ground? A textured white grasscloth wall covering topped with green tape for a pop of color. Fabric choices add a flair without feeling noisy, too, with floral

textiles adorning the custom window treatments and ottoman. A canopy bed sings as the centerpiece of the room, crowned with its Quadrille fabric and breezy drapery for a luxe entryway into each day. Other design choices, meanwhile, focus on cutting the clutter and creating spaces to both hang out with friends and hit the books. Custom cabinets and shelves surround a desk and vanity area that dominates one wall by a window, where the room’s resident can pin keepsakes onto the custom fabric pinboard. The room’s original bed finds new life as an upholstered sofa, decked out in the same soft blue textile as the canopy bed, for friends to hang out on in the newly decluttered lounge area. And that hanging chair in the corner is the perfect perch to soak up all the trimmings in this space that will last through earlyteen dreams and beyond. – by nathan tavares

opposite page: By the new lounge area, the room’s resident can spy all her treasures and keepsakes that adorn the fabric pinboard and shelves of her desk/vanity. above: A close-up of the new canopy bed with its luxe fabrics that hint at floral without feeling fussy. A corner hanging chair seems to float near the white grasscloth wallcoverings. The canopy frame sings with a repeating floral textile.

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WINNER Hine Builders PROFESSIONALS Builder Hine Builders @timhine Southport; 203-255-5508 timhine.com Architect Shea Murdock Michael Levy Murdock Solon Architects New York City; 212-929-3336 murdocksolon.com Landscape Design Edmund Hollander Margie Bart Maryanne Connelly Hollander Design Landscape Architects New York City; 212-473-0620 hollanderdesign.com

Interior Designer Patrick Ryan New York City; 646-526-3532 patrickryansoffice.com Acoustical Engineer Steve Haas SH Acoustics Milford; 203-877-6340 shacoustics.com Structural Engineer Hage Engineering New York City; 212-358-7778 hageengineering.com Mechanical Engineer P.A. Collins P.E. Stamford; 212-696-5294 pacollinspe.com

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Civil Engineer S.E. Minor & Co. Greenwich; 203-869-0136 seminor.com

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conundrum for architects: How to craft a sprawling, modern space without it feeling cold and cavernous? For this retreat in the backcountry of Greenwich, Hine Builders looked to nature. The home’s nearly six-acre wooded plot is bordered on three sides by wetlands and feels like an oasis, with huge windows drawing those natural views inside. The clients also wanted the best of both worlds, hoping for a private retreat that could also function as a large entertaining space when that social mood strikes, especially for soirées by the pool. The structure itself—with one asymmetrical roof that spans the main residence, a combined indoor/ outdoor sanctuary for the owners’ dogs, and the guest living space—is a low-slung form that feels nestled in the surrounding landscape. With

rough-sawn cedar louvers, western red cedar shiplap siding and glints of natural copper, the materials are a masterful mix throughout. Inside unfolds in minimal art-gallery glamour, with floors of decorative concrete in the public spaces that reflect the fringed trees from those mammoth windows. The sleek kitchen boasts Brazilian cabinetry and a breakfast nook that extends outside—one of many indoor/outdoor spaces, which also includes an al fresco dining spot with a fire pit. But the biggest challenge of the design is one you won’t be able to note. The living room doubles as a performing space for the homeowner, a concert pianist, to tickle the ivories of two baby grand pianos. Hine harmonized with the acoustical engineer and architect on the concert hall-worthy ceiling and walls with their camouflaged acoustic elements. By the staggering Corten steel-wrapped fireplace, everything is music to the ears. – by nathan tavares

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opposite page: The low-slung house is divided into three separate volumes. above: The sleek kitchen with its wraparound banquette framed with views from the grand steel windows. A polished lilac marble stone vanity in a bathroom appears as if it’s floating near the Venetian plaster wall. this image: The grand living area with its star of a Corten steel-wrapped fireplace.

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WINNER Douglas VanderHorn Architects

Cottage Core PROFESSIONALS Architect Douglas VanderHorn Douglas VanderHorn Architects @dvharchitects Greenwich; 203-622-7000 vanderhornarchitects.com

Builder/Contractor Vebi Gjyliqi V&A Value Construction Stamford; 203-667-1707 vnaconstruction.com

Interior Designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design Greenwich; 203-661-1266 amyhirsch.com

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opposite page: The entryway to the refinedyet-unfussy kitchen, where the paneled Tudor arch matches the swooping shape in the island. left: Light from the leaded glass triple casement windows shimmers on the sink hardware and side lights. The pantry with its bluelacquered cabinets peek towards the wine storage room. below: Fashioned like an antique-inspired hutch, this custom cabinet houses a bar sink and stows the refrigerator and freezer.

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tanding under those paneled Tudor archways of this graceful kitchen, you might forget that you’re not actually in a centuries-old home in the rolling English countryside. Douglas VanderHorn Architects crafted a stone English country cottage that feels like an antique lovingly cared for generation after generation, and the kitchen had to exude that same vintage elegance. But where those actual cottages are often cramped, outdated and dark, this hub of the home for a modern family called for a spacious and storage-packed layout. With a mix of refined and more rustic materials, the finishes bring the pinnacle of past inspiration into the bright present. The stained hardwood floors showcase all the natural variation of the material—knots and all. That same beauty threads through the natural wood island and the beams that crown the space. Other finishes exude elegance, from the metal range hood to the white painted cabinetry and the saturated backsplash that’s the blue-gray of English mornings. And here, the light itself is almost an architectural element as it streams in through the leaded glass triple casement windows and glints off the family heirloom-like hanging pendant lights. The adjoining pantry, though, flirts with a bit more flair. High-gloss lacquered paint—echoing the blue-gray of the backsplash—graces the cabinets and trim of the jewel box of a space, catching the glow from the light fixture like a cluster of gems. In the nearby the wine storage room, the homeowners can grab some vintage red off the American cherry shelving before drinking in the vintage vibe of their graceful getaway. – by nathan tavares

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WINNER Olivia Charney Interior Design

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The décor includes everything from nods to the traditional feel of Farfield’s Greenfield Hill, to a mix of new furnishings, architectural salvage and the husband’s quirky collection of antique signs and case pieces. The staggering 13-foot ceiling of salvaged barn board and antique wooden beams from New Hampshire commands the eye and adds warmth and texture atop walls wrapped in shiplap. Charney counts the antique door—a treasure discovered at a dealer in Manhattan—as her favorite feature. Reclaimed from an old church and converted into a Dutch door to keep the pups in the mudroom, the top stained-glass window casts a kaleidoscope of light into the kitchen. Remixing that piece inspired the rest of the design, including the harmony of woven wicker chairs and handsome copper hood over the range. – by nathan tavares

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ometimes you can just stand in a space, close your eyes, and almost hear its story. In this Fairfield kitchen whipped up by Olivia Charney Interior Design, you can hear the chopping of vegetables at the island for family meals, chatter from the adjoining family room and raucous kids chased by dogs as they bounce across the handsome dark floors and outside to the family farm. It’s the kind of kitchen that feels pleasantly weathered by time and lots of happy memories, so it’s a surprise to hear that the home is actually a new construction on a nine-acre property. When plans for rehabbing the original structure fell through due to years of neglect by the previous owner, Charney was tasked with time-travel to come up with the design.

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Olivia Charney Interior Design @oliviacharneyinteriordesign Fairfield; 203-292-5618 oliviacharney.com

Contractor David Walsh Summit Development Southport; 203-354-1500 summitdevelopment.com

Architect David Ball The Monroe Partnership Norwalk; 203-957-3900 themonroepartnership.com

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above: With 13-foot ceilings, the scale finds balance with an oversized kitchen island for weeknight meals and the grand custom cabinets that are a pared-back take on traditional. below: The dining area, against a backdrop of shiplap walls, features woven wicker chairs. The adjoining family room doubles as a showcase for the husband’s antique sign collection. The rough-hewn beauty of the ceiling, made of salvaged barn board and antique beams, unites the flowing space.


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WINNER Scott Springer Architect

PROFESSIONALS Structural Engineer Domenico Antonelli B-Cubed Engineering Westport; 203-349 5916 bbb-engineering.com

Builder/Contractor Eliot Cabot Harpswell Builders Redding; 203-241-6701 harpswellbuilders.com

Millwork David Bartlett Bartlett Woodworks Easton; 203-268-9408 bartlettwoodworks.com

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pen-concept designs may be de rigueur these past several years, but sometimes you need to set some boundaries. Just take this kitchen, which is a sleek study in space delineation dreamed up by Scott Springer Architect. After all, why spend all that time and effort creating a dining room that you’ll never use? Perhaps it’s fitting that a palette of crisp white bordered throughout by dramatic black fills out this space, an expansion on a 1978 Colonial, which is all about borders between the kitchen, breakfast room, living room and dining room. In the main kitchen space, gray and white marble backsplashes with a glimmer of glam, thanks to gold flourishes, add subtle texture among the pure white Shaker-style cabinets and Calacatta Trevi quartz countertops.

Meanwhile, the cabinet pulls, faucets and custom showpiece of a hood dial up the drama in matte black, with flashes of garnet from the colored knobs on the Wolf range. While the family can grab a quick bite at the island, most morning meals are savored in the breakfast room, which is separated by a serving counter. There, a tulip table, sleek chairs and the pendant light nod to mod and invite to the adjoining living room with its fireplace of Belvedere quartzite in a leather finish. Convenient access to the serving areas were intentional, with portals considered from both living and family rooms. Springer cites the glazed wall with sliding doors that separate the kitchen and dining room as his favorite moment in the design. Thanks to the glass, the space enjoys a visual connection to the kitchen. And thanks to the door itself, which sanctions off this intimate space, the family can enjoy some distraction-free mealtime connection, too. – by nathan tavares

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WINNER Charles Hilton Architects

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here are living rooms, and then there are rooms you just want to live in. With grand gestures and a global influence, this living space by Charles Hilton Architects is definitely the latter. And that dreamy palette that plays with pale blues, grays and creams? It’s enough to make you sigh with relief as you sink into the cushions of that overstuffed couch and rest your feet on the plush gray rug. But before getting into the global

influences, you first have to travel to the past. It’s impossible to guess that this graceful space was once built on the prior garage of a 1920s EnglishGeorgian-Colonial hybrid, formerly part of a Rockefeller homestead. Hilton completely gutted the oddly proportioned rooms—knocking down walls, ripping up floors and reworking the existing low concrete ceiling— to carve out a more open and light-flooded space which connects to the rest of the house. The team fought the instinct to bedeck the living space in an English cottage style, which is a go-to trope for period homes with

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left: An elliptical archway leads to the breakfast room. below: A closer look at the pilaster and archway, which add architectural interest.

PROFESSIONALS Architect Charles Hilton, Principal Daniel Pardy, Associate Partner and Project Manager Charles Hilton Architects @charleshiltonarchitects Greenwich; 203-489-3800 hiltonarchitects.com Interior Designer Miles Redd Redd Kaihoi New York City; 212-674-0902 reddkaihoi.com

this architecture, and instead cranked up the youthful energy. A vibrant Arabesque wallcovering selected by interior designer Miles Redd whisks the clients away to further shores. The vibrancy offers a floral and flowing counterpoint to the stately elliptical archway that leads to the kitchen and breakfast room. The same global spirit also graces two commissioned paintings of Babylonian scenes by Tim Kent that are windows to far-off lands, all while an arched doorway invites you to explore the lands right outside. – by nathan tavares

Contractor Robert Levine Home Construction New Canaan; 203-594-7663 Lighting Designer Gary Novasel Patdo Light Studio Port Chester, NY; 914-937-6707 patdolight.com

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WINNER Karen Bow Interiors

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above: With a subdued palette and an open layout, the room focuses on water views offered by copious windows.

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ount on Karen Bow to find a way to make a monochromatic palette still make waves. And speaking of waves, the entire layout of the living room completely flows around maximizing stunning views of the water. Bow bucked the instinct to craft a typical room centered around the glass fireplace with its plaster finish, instead maintaining an open layout with lots of seating and sightlines out to the shore. The sleek custom sofa spans the entire room, inviting guests to sit back, prop their feet up on the custom sawhorse ottoman and soak up those water views. Not even tabletop knickknacks get in the way, with everything stowed in the custom room-spanning shelves behind the couch.

And while the architectural choices and the layout don’t detract from the lure of the sea, the space still sings with enough detail and interest to float on its own. The subdued palette nods to the nautical—with blue-grays of beachy mornings, seafoam white and sand-colored oak chevrons on the ceiling, which draw the eyes upwards—without a single nautical stripe or buoy in sight. Textures and patterns feel soaked in the clients’ love of both an old-world vibe and a modern aesthetic, from the classic club chairs upholstered in a Schumacher fabric that’s the gray of a stormy sea, to the antique concrete bust discovered at an antique store in England, which sees new life as a glass side table. And amid all this is a welcomed island of color: A commissioned painting by Alexander Yulish, which crackles with electric energy. – by nathan tavares

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Karen Bow Interiors @karenbowinteriors Darien; 914-953-1517 karenbow.com Upholstery Artistic Upholstery Norwalk; 203-849-8907 artisticupholsteryandfabrics.com

Architect Vicente-Burin Architects Fairfield; 203-319-9571 vbarchitect.com Builder E.R.I. Building & Design Darien: 203-655-6952 eribuild.com

above left: An antique bust reimagined as a glass side table. Classic club chairs and footstools find new life with Schumacher fabric. Textures abound, from the geometric carpet to the oak chevron ceiling. above: A charred wood split coffee table echoes the abstract shapes in the commissioned painting by Alexander Yulish.

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WINNER Renée Byers Landscape Architect

above: The pool and spa area, with its deck of bluestone planks inset into the lawn. Stone arched portals create framed vignettes by the home. opposite page: Four large black gum trees and fringed native grasses, shrubs and perennials soften the edges of the outdoor spaces. Buffer plants of varying heights along the river camouflage the graded banks of the rain gardens.

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he joy of the 1.1-acre landscape of this 1927 Tudor? It’s coveted spot overlooking a bend in a tidal river that flows to the Long Island Sound. But the headache? Living right by the water means the site is prone to flooding. Which is exactly what happened during the final stages of landscape construction, when a surprise nighttime storm swept the tide over the seawall and carried dozens of plants downriver. Luckily for the homeowners, the team—who called an all-hands-on-deck to reposition those plants—specifically chose salt-water tolerant plants for just that reason. Storm surges aside, within these outdoor rooms crafted for an active family flows a sense of breezy ease. Byers replaced a stagnant kidney-shaped swimming pool, 360 feet of crumbling stone seawall, and

a hodge-podge of plants and patios with this serene shore escape, which boasts a new seawall, pool and spa, plus multi-level stone terraces. The oversized rectangular swimming pool lures for summer dips, while the required pool fencing is decked out in mesh and weathering cedar to not block those shore views. The deck area—shrouded by four large black gum trees—is a maze-like masterpiece of long bluestone planks set within a field of lawn, which also camouflages a subsurface leaching system to collect storm water. Elsewhere, the family can gather in the outdoor kitchen, dining area and sunken terrace, with the plantings flowing from the riverbank and swathing private spaces in native iris, mountain mint and more. And it’s not just the family who favors the new flora. The new flowering tapestry attracts plenty of pollinators to this serene spot on the shore’s edge. – by nathan tavares

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A Shore Thing


PROFESSIONALS Landscape Architect Renée Byers Landscape Architect, P.C. @reneebyers_landscape-architect Greenwich; 203-489-0800 reneebyers.com Consulting Coastal Engineer RACE Coastal Engineering Stratford; 203-377-0663 racecoastal.com Wetlands Consultant Paul J. Jaehnig Wetlands and Soils Consulting Ridgefield; 203-438-9993 Consulting Civil Engineer Hudson Engineering & Consulting Elmsford, NY; 914-909-0420 hudsonec.com Consulting Structural Engineer Ruspini Consulting Engineers Monroe; 203-410-9482 Consulting Architect (Kitchen Doors) Stoll & Stoll, Architects New Rochelle, NY; 914-576-0800 stollarchitects.com

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WINNER James Doyle Design Associates PROFESSIONALS Landscape Architect James Doyle Design Associates @jamesdoyledesignassociates Greenwich; 203-869-2900 jdda.com Architect Brady Design Southampton; 631-283-3111 bbradydesign.com

Builder B & W Construction Shirley, NY; 631-657-6008 bwcli.com Landscape Contractor Warrens Nursery Water Mill, NY; 631-726-4767 warrensnursery.com

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erhaps like many of us, the ambling landscape surrounding this 1882 shingle house designed by famed 19th-century architect James L’Hommedieu was in need of more than a little direction. An unharmonious sprawl squandered the grandeur of the grounds, until James Doyle Design Associates breathed a sense of purpose into the site, using classic design components and focal points to spark a sense of journey. The landscape is a dance of celebrating and concealing. Privet hedges that hark back to a grand English estate carve out private spaces, while other hedges separate the parking area and hide the existing concrete basketball court. Design decisions, meanwhile, elevate the parking court from eyesore to showpiece, with white-painted existing brick piers and

columnar kindred spirit oak trees that soar from the gravel and Belgian block-strewn ground. Up the formal bluestone path by the front door, the symmetrical entry garden is a riot of colorful perennials bordered by boxwood—delighting visitors and pollinators alike. Other spaces know when to crank up the drama, as a custom gate by the entry garden leads to an outdoor room that begs for sunset cocktail soirées. Here, Japanese holly hedges carve out a semi-private escape, bolstered by the up-lit pleached Linden trees, with an antique urn overflowing with seasonal annuals as a show-stealing focal point. Elsewhere at the side of the house, an enormous sycamore creates a shady garden strewn with gravel paths and perennials. It’s the perfect spot to rest before rejoining the revelry and making a splash in the renovated pool with its new bluestone coping. – by nathan tavares

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Interior Designer Stewart Manger Interior Design New York City; 917-261-6815 stewartmangerdesign.com


opposite page: The grand landscape is a play of mature trees, hedges and jewel-toned flowers. above: A bounty of blooms border the bluestone path, which leads to a garden room. From above, hedge work and column-like trees carve discreet outdoor spaces. White-painted brick piers lead to the gravel and Belgian block parking court. below: New plant material boosts the privacy of the pool area, creating a secluded escape.

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WINNER Douglas VanderHorn Architects

Work It

The main office contains a built-in desk and special items like the leather Ralph Lauren rhino ottoman and wingback chair that the client has owned for years.

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his light-infused, elegant office and library has come a long way from its former identity as a dark, cramped upstairs playroom. Douglas VanderHorn Architects and his team capitalized on the space’s “tree house” effect with its views of the property’s treetops and lush vegetation by removing two small gabled dormers and adding two new larger ones. Double-hung windows were also installed, and three skylights set into the ceiling to allow sunlight to flood the room and highlight the contrasts among the rich colors, deep hardwoods and earthy leather and metal accents. Full-height paneling is consistent throughout and evokes an old-world, yet current feel. Trovare Home Design in Greenwich worked to achieve the client’s goal

of creating a beautiful space that was set apart from the rest of the house. They painted both rooms in Benjamin Moore’s Amazon Green, which evokes a refined and timeless look. Upon entering the space, guests see a handsome lounge that can be used to formally greet clients or as a relaxing refuge at the end of the day. Built-in shelving and cabinets house the owner’s collection of books and vinyl record albums, and custom closet cabinetry adds storage space underneath the main roof pitch. This renovation was finished at the onset of COVID and brought the client’s work-from-home experience to a new level, particularly since at-home offices have become a critical part of working life. The owner couldn’t be happier about this unique retreat that honors the serene views and gives him a place to be productive. — malia m c kinnon fr ame

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above: Custom shelving, metal and brass accessories and sconces add warmth. A portrait of the owner’s late father occupies a prominent spot on the wall above an iconic Linn Sondek LP-12 turntable. left: The cozy lounge functions as a formal place to greet clients.

PROFESSIONALS Architect Douglas VanderHorn, Principal David Milliken, Project Manager Douglas VanderHorn Architects @dvharchitects Greenwich; 203-622-7000 vanderhornarchitects.com Interior Designer Trovare Home Design Greenwich; 203-869-5512 trovarehomedesign.com Builder/Contractor Peerless Construction Old Greenwich; 203-273-9394 peerless-construction.com

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obert A. Cardello Architects designed this stunning lower level as part of the complete project for this 18,000 square foot home but didn’t finish construction of this section until one year after the clients moved in. The main goal was to create an exceptional wine cellar and tasting room, and the owners also requested a

golf simulation room and a gym/dance area for recreation. The team went above and beyond to design a unique two-room cellar constructed of stone, wood and glass that is home to the owners’ extensive collection of wine and other rare spirits. Guests first enter an arched viewing space called the “ante room,” which reveals a selection of rare wines and Jeroboam bottles beautifully lit and displayed on a radial wood racking system. Two steps down lies the stunning main cellar, which can store over

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Builder Christopher Quinn Formerly with APEX Projects 315-569-4490


opposite page: The handsome ante room is on the way to the main cellar. top row: More views of the handsome ante room and arches that run throughout the cellar. bottom row: The family blows off steam in this luxury home gym. The Crown Jewel of this space, a custom wine room, dominates the entire lower level of the home and captivates guests.

5,000 bottles. This mesmerizing space showcases beautiful symmetry and includes strategic lighting and grooved shelving units that display the wine behind glass walls in temperature-controlled U-shaped aisles. Details like the cozy gas-lit fireplace and the organic raw-edged walnut table for tastings make this grand and sophisticated space one-of-a-kind. Custom limestone floors run through both rooms, and the groin vaulted ceiling—an architectural feat in itself—is the coup de grace, which

highlights the graceful archways throughout this space and softens the surrounding stone. When not in the wine cellar, the owners love their bright and airy golf simulation room, which leads out to the back yard. The family gym is filled with state-of-the-art equipment and spacious enough to allow for dance or floor aerobics. The idea of balancing work and play is alive and well in this magnificently curated home. —malia m c kinnon fr ame

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WINNER Kimberly Handler Designs

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ow many people can say their basement is both sophisticated and sexy?” asks designer Kimberly Handler, who turned a large, unfinished lower level into a dream play space for adults to relax and entertain. The challenge was dividing this vast area into zones that would meet all the requirements of the owners as well as flow together and look cohesive. Handler achieved continuity by painting all the walls in a blue/gray high lacquer finish. This soothing yet seductive hue allows the full bar, custom wine room, tasting room, TV area, arcade, bunk and craft rooms to feel like one expansive unit.

A spectacular custom wine room greets guests as they descend the staircase from the main level, and the glass-enclosed space features both dark wood and lucite racks, as well as a window into the bar. A nearby tasting room with a TV and four swivel chairs is enclosed by brass-inlaid doors leading to an arcade full of life-size video games and an air hockey table. Just adjacent, a custom bunk room perfect for overnight guests features original art by Jen Lewis. What makes this space extra special is the attention to detail and the fact that most items are custom, including the wine room and bar, the pool table and the open-ended twelve-foot sectional, which allows visitors to sit and play simultaneously. The result is a sophisticated sanctuary that offers a little bit of everything. Who would ever want to leave? —malia m c kinnon fr ame

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Kimberly Handler Designs @kimberlyhandlerdesigns Greenwich; 917-414-4507 kimberlyhandlerdesigns.com opposite page: A gorgeous glass-enclosed wine room is the focal point of this dreamy space. this page, clockwise: Guests sitting at the custom bar can look through a small window into the pretty wine room; a custom design by Mitchell Pool Tables sits underneath six brass Tech Lighting pendants; The arcade features a variety of video games, an air hockey table and jack wall art; The large sectional and eat-in banquette provide plenty of seating for entertaining; A chic tasting room is enclosed by a pair of brass inlaid doors.

Architect John Scarlato Scarlato Architects Armonk, NY; 914-273-7350 scarlatoarchitects.com Builder Ed Ensign Ed Ensign Contracting Harrison, NY; 914-835-2144 edensigncontracting.com Wine Room Kessick Wine Storage Systems Greenville, SC; 864-297-1911 kessickwinecellars.com

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WINNER Smart Playrooms

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Karri Bowen-Poole Smart Playrooms @smartplayrooms Rye, NY; 914-260-3042 smartplayrooms.com

above: A rope wall, spider swing, climbing wall, gymnast rings and monkey bars create the perfect haven for active kids

esigner Karri Bowen-Poole felt lucky to have a clean palette to work with when designing this whimsical kids’ play space. Her Greenwich clients had just moved into a new, modern home with a 2,500 squarefoot basement, and they wanted it to include a large area for physical activity, an arts and crafts studio, some table top games, a playhouse and a TV lounging area. Bowen-Poole and her team rose to the task and customized the design to fit the interests of the clients’ children, ages 6 and 10, as well as their many cousins and friends who come over to play. To organize the space, the designer created several zones, each with a

different theme. The kid/teen gym includes a climbing net, basketball hoop, wall ladders, a rock wall, a swing, monkey bars, a trapeze and gymnast rings—in other words, a ninja warrior circuit! Another spacious arts/crafts area features a Parsons-style table for drawing, painting, playing board games or doing puzzles. The favorite part of this basement, however, is the custom-built playhouse with bright yellow windows that functions as a loft for sleepovers and includes a smaller play area underneath for younger kiddos. Since this family’s roots are abroad, an oversized peel-and-stick map hangs on the wall of the TV room so the crew can track their travels. Bean bag chairs, blue pod chairs, foosball and ping pong tables finish off this vibrant room. There is so much to love in this well-appointed space that allows kids to be energetic as well as creative. —malia m c kinnon fr ame

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above: This cozy TV room is ideal for family movie night or watching a show; Flor tiles create a colorful design and are easy to replace if necessary; A neon sign that says “Believe in Yourself” inspires and adds visual interest. below: The playhouse was built with room to accomodate friends for sleepovers.

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WINNER Charles Hilton Architects

Classic Beauty PROFESSIONALS

above: Post-renovation, the façade of the home retains its classic country manor design; left: A custom mural, commissioned by the designer, makes a showstopping statement in the entry hall (pictured below, prior to renovation).

Architect Charles Hilton, Principal Daniel Pardy, Associate Partner and Project Manager Charles Hilton Architects @charleshiltonarchitects Greenwich; 203-489-3800 hiltonarchitects.com

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Interior Designer Miles Redd Redd Kaihoi New York City; 212-674-0902 reddkaihoi.com Contractor Robert Levine Home Construction New Canaan; 203-594-7663 Lighting Designer Gary Novasel Patdo Light Studio Port Chester, NY; 914-937-6707 patdolight.com

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right: Before (below) and after views of the sunroom; The walls and ceiling were covered in green wallpaper that evokes a tented oasis.

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young couple loved their 1920’s English-GeorgianColonial hybrid house on a parcel that had once been part of a Rockefeller homestead, but it needed some updating and TLC. While they wanted to keep the home’s English country vibe, the owners wished to infuse some vitality and fun into its traditional style. Enter Charles Hilton Architects and designer Miles Redd, who updated floor plans and utilized bright colors and hints of global influences to bring this home into the current century while keeping it true to its origins. Hilton’s team tackled several maintenance projects, including updating the insulation and glazing as well as matching and replacing the original slate roof tiles. They reconfigured a highly-trafficked wing over the former garage, gutting several dark, cramped rooms, and reconstructed them to create a larger, more open and comfortable family living space. The

breakfast area was also reworked, and a new Dutch door and bay window were installed to reveal garden views. In the sun room, the team removed heavy pilasters on the walls to showcase the graceful arched ceiling and also rebuilt the bar, updating it with a thick Calacatta marble top, brass sink and fixtures. Just outside the adjacent dining room, a classical pergola was built to encourage al fresco dining and entertaining. Renowned designer Miles Redd put his eclectic stamp on the interiors, adding bold flourishes and bright colors throughout. Favorite features include the two-story woodland mural in the foyer and the family room wallpaper, which includes elaborate Arabesque arches. This project was a labor of love and an exercise in blending old with new, meeting the primary goal of the clients and turning this estate into a beautiful legacy for generations to enjoy. —malia m c kinnon fr ame

left: The exterior breakfast room (“before” pictured above) wall was extended and an expansive bay window installed to transform this space into a cheery room bathed in sunlight.

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WINNER Olivia Charney Interior Design

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above: This large dining room evokes Greenfield Hill’s gracious past, updated with a dose of Southern hospitality. The custom millwork, salvaged fireplace mantel and chandelier make the room look like it’s been there forever. Guests can’t believe it’s a new build.

Southern Charm

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ospitality is the heart of this home on a nineacre property in Greenfield Hill. The new house replaced an unsalvageable Cameron Clarke home and was designed to fit in with the neighborhood’s traditional architecture. Although the husband and wife of this busy family of four have different aesthetic styles, they agreed the dining room would be “her” room. The Charleston, South Carolina, native values hospitality, and wanted guests to feel instantly welcomed into the home. The room was placed so that it is the first that a visitor sees. This grand, neo-traditional dining room evokes Clarke’s love of millwork. The generous room was outfitted in architectural salvage and

custom trim, including a fireplace mantle with Ionic columns. Custom trim on the ceiling was taken from a detail of a cabinet door. Chinoiserie “Bright Pavillion” wallpaper by Miles Redd envelops the room in a soothing blue botanical mural. Floor-to-ceiling bay windows draw the eye to the landscape beyond. The room—with 12-foot ceilings— was furnished with pieces from the client’s collection, chosen for their scale. The French antique mirror was bought in from Charleston. Because she didn’t want the room to be overwhelmed by wood pieces, Charney suggested painting the chairs white. It instantly updated a classic. The overall effect is as intended, drawing guests in to a room that is both grand and welcoming, a place that speaks to tradition, a certain formality and a gracious way of living. — eliz abeth keyser

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left: The size of the room made scale all the more important. Chinoiserie “Bright Pavillion” wallpaper by Miles Redd added the right color, scale and composition. Pieces from the clients antiques collection were also chosen for scale. The chairs were painted white so that the brown pieces wouldn’t overwhelm the room.

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Olivia Charney Olivia Charney Interior Design @oliviacharneyinteriordesign Fairfield; 203-292-5618 oliviacharney.com Architect David Ball The Monroe Partnership Norwalk; 203-957-3900 themonroepartnership.com Contractor David Walsh Summit Development Southport; 203-354-1500 summitdevelopment.com

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commercial space |

WINNER Beinfield Architecture

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opposite page: The master suite’s soothing palette of whites and creams adds to its spa-like vibe. The feathered Roman shade is an ombré alpaca linen in Oat, the curtains are a micro bouclé in Powder, and the Oanh Setee by Bright Group is covered in a plush Suri alpaca called Gatsby. The three-legged table is from Terrain.

PROFESSIONALS Architect Bruce Beinfield James Wassell Seelan Pather Nathan Dalesio Beinfield Architecture @beinfieldarchitecture South Norwalk; 203-838-5789 beinfield.com

Interior Designer Jessica Sanseverra Carol Beinfield Beinfield Architecture @beinfieldarchitecture South Norwalk; 203-838-5789 beinfield.com

above: Interior private spaces for co-working and conferences were created with recycled windows. Norwalk artist Jahmane painted a graffiti mural on the perimeter wall. Reclaimed industrial lighting provides large scale needed for this industrial space. below: This adaptative re-use renovation of an old factory building in East Norwalk into a 42-unit residential features an awesome amenity: A great room and co-working spaces that layer ornate chandeliers and luxurious surfaces onto concrete and steel to celebrate the industrial past.

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above: The comfortable lounge area of the great room is centered around a fireplace set into a wall of reclaimed wood.

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ecadent decay is the theme of these amenity spaces in Brim & Crown, a residential building with 42 units. This adaptive reuse of the 1929 Hat Corp. of America factory in East Norwalk is steps away from the East Norwalk train station and includes street-level offices, retail, restaurant and co-working space. After paring the building back to its raw, concrete and steel core, architect Bruce Beinfield and his team used reclaimed, recycled and salvaged materials to celebrate the industrial past. Within an open space, they created a great room, conference and co-working rooms. Inspired by the basement of the château where the Rolling Stones recorded Exile on Main Street in the early 1970s, the vibe is louche luxe. Ornate crystal chandeliers illuminate

distinct spaces within the great room: lounge, dining/conference table and bar. Light-filled conference rooms and co-working spaces are created with floor-to-ceiling recycled windows. A graffiti mural by Norwalk artist Jahmane plays across the perimeter walls, adding vibrant color and energy. Soft textures and rich fabrics bring warm contrasts to the concrete, steel, metal ducts, glass and vintage industrial lighting. Furry chairs make a sexy statement around a generous dining/conference table, with a plush oriental rug beneath. In the lounge, seating surrounds a contemporary black firebox set into a wall of reclaimed wood. Leather club chairs have retro deco lines. The aqua sofa pops, with contrasting purple pillows. Creative use of materials sets this residential amenity space apart. This is a cool place to hang, work or throw a party. These days, a cool community is an amenity. — eliz abeth keyser

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WINNER Karen Bow Interiors

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abovet: Karen Bow designed custom pieces, scaling a headboard to work with high ceilings, designing a vivid emerald velvet settee and using recycled glass from a shipyard in Brooklyn on a console.

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he rug was the starting place in this luxurious bedroom retreat for a ground-up home in Bronxville. The client’s favorite color is green, and the rug’s erased botanical pattern in green and gray grounded the room in an initial soft layer. From there, designer Karen Bow added more layers of contrasting materials and textures. The gray chevron wallpaper creates a soothing background with a subtle energy. The green velvet settee absolutely pops. Bow designed it, and it’s modern, energetic and fun, and big enough for two, with a morning tray of coffee and a laptop. The biggest challenge was scaling the headboard to the high-ceiling room, without creating a bed that was too high. Bow designed an oversized

curved headboard, upholstered in gray textured fabric, with a traditional carved wood edge. She framed the bed in cherry and used contrasting black metal legs. The masculine/feminine theme continues with the textures on the bed, gray pillows decorated with bows and a lace throw. Matching nightstands, upholstered in white leather with brass fittings, are topped with vintage lamps. Windows hung with sheer white and gray curtains give a sense of the movement of light. Bow designed a console table that features green antique glass salvaged from a Brooklyn shipyard. An eye-catching antique bamboo chair with yellow velvet cushions creates a vignette with an original Damien Hirst from his Mandala series. Layers of textures, from lace to smooth leather, from iron to warm wood, create a play between masculine and feminine, traditional and modern, energy and rest in this lavish bedroom. — e l i z a b et h k eys e r

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this page: The client’s favorite color, green, was the starting place for this luxurious bedroom retreat filled with contrasting materials and textures. Textured fabrics contrast with smooth leather, black iron and cherry wood to create a contrast between masculine and feminine.

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Karen Bow Interiors @karenbowinteriors Darien; 914-953-1517 karenbow.com

Architect Michael Smith Architects Norwalk; 203-563-0553 michaelsmith architects.com

Upholstery Artistic Upholstery Norwalk; 203-849-8907 artisticupholstery andfabrics.com


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WINNER D2 Interieurs

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Splash Pad

above: This light-filled, modern pool house was built to blend in with the property’s iconic mid-century modern house in New Canaan. The living room’s spare, sleek design has fun with a Danish-modern-style chair in turquoise and an eye-catching carved wood hand chair. both pages: Despite its small scale, the multi-level design fits a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, changing room and wine tasting room. Interior designer Denise Davies designed a clever kitchenette, papered in Amoebiance by Flavor Paper, with custom cabinets painted a saturated turquoise shade, topped with green-painted glass.

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Denise Davies D2 Interieurs @d2interieurs Weston; 646-326-7042 d2interieurs.com

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enise Davies has a passion for mid-century modern design, art and architecture, so she was the perfect interior designer for a New Canaan couple who needed more room but wanted to maintain the integrity of their iconic mid-century Bimel Kehm. Kehm was a sculptor, painter and architect who built three houses in New Canaan in the 1950s. The solution was a separate lightfilled, modern pool house which complements the flow of the landscape and grounds. The small scale of the building was the biggest challenge for the designer, who worked from the ground up with the architect and contractor. Despite its small scale, the multi-level pool house cleverly fits in a guest room, bar/

Architect Kenneth McGahren Architect Pound Ridge, NY; 203-964-7999 architectmcgahrenctny.com

Landscape Architect Keith E. Simpson Associates New Canaan; 203-966-7071 keithsimpsonassociates.com Millwork Marek Bil Old World Construction Redding; 203-544-9263 Contractor West Construction New Canaan; 203-966-7918 westconstructioncorp.com

kitchenette, changing room with two walk-in closets, bathroom, wine tasting room and temperature-controlled wine storage. Davies maximized the small spaces, making the most of natural light with a cool, sleek design, with pops of fun color and texture. The living room, on the upper level, opens on to a balcony overlooking the pool. It is separated from the sleeping area by a wall with custom shelves for a screen and media. The spare design allows for statement pieces, the 1960s carved wood hand chair and a Danish modern-style chair upholstered in textured turquoise. A Slim Aarons photograph evokes retro poolside glamour. The bar/kitchenette makes a statement with groovy Flavor Paper wallpaper from Brooklyn and custom cabinets painted in saturated turquoise, and topped with painted glass. In the entry, colorful tile is ready for wet feet from the pool, while a jewelrylike light fixture above draws the eye up the stairs. — eliz abeth keyser

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WINNER Douglas VanderHorn Architects

Double Vision

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rom the front, it looks like a traditional 19th-century shingle summer house befitting the traditional estates along the Greenwich harbor—the swooping lines of the double gables, weathered shingles and traditional, pleasing proportions of windows in their varied shapes. Tuscan half-columns on stone bases create a solid, understated, comfortable formality to the entrance beneath a covered porch. But take a look at the waterfront side! French doors, windows, terraces and a four-story tower preside over a pool and lawn that slope to the water. Beneath the façade of Alaskan yellow cedar, this is a new build with all the contemporary amenities.

The idea was “approachable eclecticism.” The four-story tower makes a statement from the water and creates intimate and alluring spaces within. In the main bedroom, it’s an alcove with the best water views (an ongoing debate in a house filled with amazing views). On the top floor, it’s an alluring covered balcony. Inside, an open concept maximizes water views. The entry invites guests through three wide openings into the great room, where four sets of French doors with glass transoms open to the terrace. The lowest level has playrooms for multi-generational gatherings. For the grandkids, there’s a pirate ship with three decks, and lots of places to climb, hide and store treasures. The bunk room has a nautical theme with built-in beds under a curved beamed ceiling. The adult space has a wet bar, billiards table, access to the terrace and pool and great views. — eliz abeth keyser

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both pages: The front and rear elevations of this new build are strikingly different; the front looks like the house has been there since the 19th century, while the rear, the waterfront side, with French doors, terraces and windows, celebrates the amenities to enjoy multi-generational family parties.


PROFESSIONALS Architect Douglas VanderHorn, Principal Phil Summers, Project Manager Douglas VanderHorn Architects @dvharchitects Greenwich; 203-622-7000 vanderhornarchitects.com General Contractor Ben Krupinski Builder Old Greenwich; 203-990-0633 bkbuilder.com Ship Fabrication Mark Alex Maidique South Norwalk Skunk: Architectural Engineering & Fabrication South Norwalk; 203-642-4900 sonoskunk.com Muralist Nels Christianson Christianson Lee Studios Ridgefield; 203-798-0098 christiansonlee.com

Landscape Architect Wesley Stout Associates New Canaan; 203-966-3100 wesleystout.com Lighting Consultant Patdo Light Studio Port Chester, NY; 914-937-6707 patdolight.com Geothermal Consultant Haley & Aldrich Rocky Hill; 860-282-9400 haleyaldrich.com A/V Consultant Realm Norwalk; 203-552-5272 realmcontrol.com Millwork All Star Woodworking Yorktown Heights, NY; 914-769-9161 allstarwoodworking.com Crane Woodworking Norwalk; 203-852-9229 cranewoodworking.com

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FINALISTS

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Green & Grain Style @greenandgrainstyle Jenn Cutler Green & Grain Style Redding; 310-844-8181 greenandgrainstyle.com

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Jenn Cutler Green & Grain Style @greenandgrainstyle Redding; 310-844-8181 greenandgrainstyle.com

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aren Bow was looking to imbue this Martha’s Vineyard master bathroom with a serene, spa-like feel. She chose neutral shades—soft gray, taupe and bisque—and basketweave clay tile to lend old-world elegance. “It’s my favorite feature,” says Bow. “I really love how it grounds the space, helping to define the color palette of sand on the beach, seashells and maybe a seagull here and there.” A unique feature is the mixing of chrome and brass finishes, unexpected accents that liven up the room, while the walls are covered in floor-to-ceiling shiplap, a Martha’s Vineyard classic detail that is echoed throughout the home. Designer and client taste melded as perfectly as the colors in this bright yet soothing space, bringing this main bathroom retreat to fruition. – by jill johnson mann

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Karen Bow Interiors @karenbowinteriors Darien; 914-953-1517 karenbow.com Architect Patrick Ahearn Architect Boston; 617-266-1710 patrickahearn.com

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learly, this is more than a bathroom; it is an experience. Hemingway was tasked with marrying an interior main bath spa to an exterior private oasis. The result is a modern masterpiece that feels like a private resort. The bathroom is equipped with a soaking tub, which is attached to an exterior hot tub. A motorized wall of glass in between provides ease of alternating cold and hot plunges. These seamlessly connected tubs are a favorite feature among many amenities: electronic toilet, motorized solar shades, 18-foot-long floating teak vanity, Atlantic Bluestone flooring, mosaic tile, heated back and head rests in both tubs and an exterior sun deck. “The biggest challenge was to make the bathroom feel like a resort where the client can ‘come home to vacation,” says Peter Sciarretta. “They did not want the spaces to feel like you are entering a bathroom or exterior terrace but a true sundrenched retreat.” – by jill johnson mann

Architect Leroy Street Studio New York City; 212-431-6780 leroystreetstudio.com Glass Shower Door Design Architectural Shower Door Designs Stratford; 203-887-9359 Stonework The Stone Workshop Bridgeport; 203-275-8586 stoneworkshops.com

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floor tile, and the floor in blue and gray penny tiles—perfect for a growing boy. Walnut stools to match the vanity provide an elegant solution for a child’s bathroom. “The custom abstract shower curtain from Pierre Frey is my absolute favorite thing in this room,” says Bow. “I felt the young boy needed a softer entrance into the NOV/DEC 2021

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he goals for this Greenfield Hill farm home were to unify the varied aesthetics and collections of the owners and incorporate architectural salvage to make this new build feel like it has always been here. The front door, salvaged from a Manhattan town house and dating back to the mid 1800s, sets an authentic first impression. The architect had to reconfigure the stairs and lower guest suite to fit this antique treasure, but the overall aesthetic of the “new” old door was worth the challenge. An old gate was converted into a console table topped with a mirror made out of a window from the original home. The large Ionic columns, replicas of those at the White House, were once in President Taft’s New York residence. “This space is so unique in its incorporation and use of architectural antiques,” says Charney. – by jill johnson mann

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Olivia Charney Interior Design @oliviacharneyinteriordesign Fairfield; 203-292-5618 oliviacharney.com Architect David Ball The Monroe Partnership Norwalk; 203-957-3900 themonroepartnership.com Contractor David Walsh Summit Development Southport; 203-354-1500 summitdevelopment.com


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he owners of this Greenwich waterfront home acquired a love of Mediterranean-style architecture while living on the West Coast. Architect Scott Raissis envisioned the home as “a transitional Mediterranean villa—inspired by the classical style but fully adapted to the modern day.” Traditional white stucco walls and wooden beams are married with modern metal windows and doors, which flood the entry with natural light and treat arriving guests to a sneak peek at the stunning cove. The architect’s eye for detail is apparent throughout the space. The stairway, made of solid American walnut with a custom handrail and hammer-finished wrought-iron balusters, is a favorite feature. The custom wainscotting and base molding, which are rolled around corners and through the traditional arched doorways, are a unique and elegant feature. A built-in black-walnut wardrobe, in place of a hall closet, sets this entryway apart. – by jill johnson mann

PROFESSIONALS Architect Thompson Raissis Architects @thompson_raissis_architects Darien; 203-399-0100 tr-architects.com General Contractor RT Management Darien; 203-399-0100 tr-architects.com

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Wood Floors High Gate Wood Floors Milford; 203-745-9488 highgatewoodfloors.com Wood Finishing Stephen Gamble Historic Floors and Finishes Greenwich; 203-866-0892 stephengamble.com


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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Denise Davies D2 Interieurs @d2interieurs Weston; 646-326-7042 d2interieurs.com

Contractor West Construction New Canaan; 203-966-7918 westconstructioncorp.com

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Architect Mike Cusato Cusato Architecture Westport; 203-395-4663 cusatoarchitecture.com

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Davies used abundant texture—even on the fun, feminine chandelier—and tone-on-tone color to achieve a sumptuous, relaxing aesthetic. Her favorite feature is the “Cloud Mauve Fabric” wallpaper from Bradley’s Emma Hayes collection. “The wallpaper is everything in this room,” says Davies. She also adores the en athomefc.com

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suite bathroom; the pink-framed vanity mirror delicately connects the design schemes in the two rooms of this teen retreat. Despite the inherent complexities of anything regarding teenage girls, Davies says, “There weren’t any challenges in this space. It all came together just perfectly.” – by jill johnson mann


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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Cami Luppino Alana Irwin lulu HOME @luluhome.cami @luluhome.alana Greenwich, CT and Bedford, NY; 914-234-8684 luluhomedesign.com

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his soon-to-be mom wanted a feminine, soft, multifunctional space that would grow with her sweet baby girl, who would make her entrance during COVID quarantine. Lulu Home gave this nursery distinct areas, like the rattan day bed mom/nanny rest area (with whimsical wall sculpture and book storage) and the Sherpa rocker, which solved the challenge of lending a spacious feel to the light and bright but not expansive room. Lulu Home’s favorite aspect is the tonality of the design—different materials in varying textures create a sophisticated, boho chic nursery. “We used timeless materials that have an elevated quality to them,” says Cami Luppino. The commissioned fiber art piece hanging above the crib will set the room apart, long after there is no use for a crib in this gorgeous bedroom. – by jill johnson mann NOV/DEC 2021

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his client needed a nursery that could also function as a guest room. William Lyon, who considers growing families his forte, centered twin beds on one wall and a crib on the opposite and chose a bold design scheme that appealed to this client’s love of color, texture and pattern. “Painting the tray ceiling Farrow & Ball Babouche yellow gives the space a cheerful glow,” says Lyon of his favorite feature, “while the textured woven accents play beautifully against the more neutral walls, allowing for the octopus drapery and solid navy and yellow accents to dance in harmony.” The changing table and reading nook feature cute animal accents, which are balanced by more mature elements—a Serena & Lily sconce, plaid wallpaper—on the bed side. The biggest challenge with this project was simply trying to capture its various eye-catching design elements in photos. – by jill johnson mann

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he goal here was a home that embraces design in all forms while being ecoand farm-to-table friendly. The striking modern exterior is balanced with an interior of soft textures juxtaposed with hard surfaces. Walnut, concrete and zinc unify the inside and outside. This couple met on a dance floor, and the dynamic tango room on the top floor is a favorite feature. The curved, soaring space with a suspended “light cloud” illuminating the dance floor is as sensuous as the dance it is named for. The home includes an indoor lap pool, a greenhouse, solar panels, an electric vehicle charging station, bird safety glass and landscaping and trails that encourage native species and wildlife. Carol Kurth comments, “The language of design is reflected in the forms and materiality of Tango House, imbuing the firm’s ideology of architecture as a backdrop for living, and interiors as an inspiration for lifestyle.” – by jill johnson mann

PROFESSIONALS Architect Carol J. W. Kurth, FAIA ASID John Rapetti, Assoc. AIA Carol Kurth Architecture @carolkurth Bedford, NY; 914-234-2595 carolkurtharchitects.com Interior Designer Laura Bohn Laura Bohn Design Associates New York City; 212-645-3636 lbda.com Builder/Contractor Legacy Construction Northeast White Plains, NY; 914-273-4511 legacydevelopmentllc.com Landscape Architect Eric Groft Oehme, van Sweden | OvS Washington, DC; 202-546-7575 ovsla.com

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Laura Kaehler Architects

Architect Laura Kaehler, Project Designer Dave Reilly, Project Architect Laura Kaehler Architects @laurakaehlerarchitects Riverside; 203-629-4646 kaehlerarchitects.com Pool Design, Hardscape and Landscape Design Laura Kaehler Architects Riverside; 203-629-4646 kaehlerarchitects.com Builder Ashley Shapiro, President Bill Juthnas, Project Manager Milton Development Westport; 203-441-8385 homesbymilton.com Kitchen Designer Marybeth Woods, Designer Milton Development Westport; 203-441-8385 homesbymilton.com Pool Builder Wagner Pools Darien; 203-655-0766 wagnerswimmingpools.com

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his client wanted a contemporary home with a beach house feel and views of Long Island Sound from as many rooms as possible. The property sloped up in back, so the home is designed in a C shape, angling the rooms toward the optimal views at the rear of the house. On the main level, the kitchen, dining and living rooms are open to one another and the pool terrace and gardens via large sliding doors. A modern Zen garden along the steep property line below the kitchen is a favorite feature. The five-foot grade change was a challenge, but dual levels on each floor are a perfect solution with a bonus of adding privacy. “To maximize evening entertaining, we created a large roof deck,” says Kaehler. “Comfortable seating surrounding a gas fire pit makes for a warm, intimate space on cooler nights.” Glass railings provide unobstructed views of the Sound. – by jill johnson mann


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wanted to design a unique transitional modern space that complemented the relaxed vibe and easy-living island lifestyle here on Saugatuck Island,” says Oliver Wilson of this new home in the Saugatuck Shores area of Westport. A mix of timeless natural materials—steel beams, reclaimed wood, a steel staircase, floor-to-ceiling glass—and an open floor plan create an inviting space flooded with light; it feels both warm and slightly industrial. Unique to the neighborhood, the front of the house is modern and white while the side structure draws in elements of an updated barn. Working within a flood zone was a challenge, as was maintaining a sense of privacy on a smaller lot with height restrictions. The riverstone masonry, landscaping and pool add to the tranquil vibe and create private outdoor living space. – by jill johnson mann

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FINALISTS PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Ingrid Becker, Deane, Inc. @kitchensbydeane Stamford; 203-327-7008 deaneinc.com Architect Louis DiBeradino Studio DiBerardino New Canaan; 203-972-8704 studiodiberardino.com Interior Designer Alexa Hampton New York City alexahampton.com

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General Contractor Hobbs, Inc. New Canaan; 203-966-0726 hobbsinc.com

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he clients, who relocated from New York City, fell in love with this home but wanted to upgrade the kitchen to reflect their passion for cooking and entertaining. Beneath this charming and intelligent design was the primary goal— and challenge—of maximizing counter and storage space. The main marble island serves this objective, while a second island, with a walnut top, matches the butler’s pantry. The designer also recessed the cabinetry

into the walls to deepen the cabinets and inverted a decorative edge to gain counter space. The soft white cabinetry has a custom, brush-stroke finish. “The kitchen shines with unlacquered brass hardware and accents sourced from England that patinas as it matures,” notes Peter Deane. Another favorite feature is the glass-door cabinetry with interior lighting to showcase the client’s beautiful collection of tableware. – by jill johnson mann

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kitchen design: TRADITIONAL/CLASSIC | PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Rinfret, Ltd. @rinfretltd Greenwich; 203-622-0000 rinfretltd.com Architect Christopher Pagliaro Architects Darien; 203-838-5517 christopherpagliaroarchitects.com Tile Dushi Marble & Granite Stamford; 203-978-0038 dushimg.com

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infret, Ltd. was tasked with renovating an outdated, rustic kitchen in a newly purchased home. “I have worked with this homeowner for decades on numerous projects, so I knew that she would want an elegant, airy space,” says Cindy Rinfret. “I love how the sophisticated lanterns and beautiful ceiling bring a luxurious sophistication while the porcelain floors and white cabinetry make for a space that is light and inviting.” The biggest challenge was not to upstage the star of this space: the stunning view of Long Island Sound. Rinfret chose a serene palette that integrates seamlessly with the rest of the home’s design scheme. The unexpected use of porcelain in the kitchen floor catches the eye, as the textured faux bois design at first looks to be whitewashed wood. This ties into the intricate panels of cerused wood in the ceiling—a favorite feature. – by jill johnson mann

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his client, who often has wildflowers and a bowl of fresh eggs from her chickens on her countertop, views the kitchen as the heart of the home. She wanted this space to be comfortable, light-filled and uncluttered. Calla Cane added three large steel-framed windows to catch natural light and add depth, a 16-foot island and cabinetry that conceals the owner’s most used appliances. “The dark cabinetry is a bold statement in the space, which we found really highlighted the beautiful antique farmhouse features of the home,” says Cane. The kitchen is entirely custom, including painted interior cabinets and LED lighting to highlight their contents. Cane faced the challenges of an antique home—low ceilings, meandering floor plans, lack of natural light, leaky windows and poorly insulated walls—and created a kitchen customized to its owner’s lifestyle and integrated into the natural beauty of the property. – by ji ll johnson mann


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his kitchen project is part of a two-year, complete home renovation for a Connecticut waterfront estate. In order to take advantage of the magnificent lake views, the original kitchen walls were removed, and the space was completely reconfigured. The kitchen now flows into the open family room. The lighting pendants are natural handmade rope highlighted with a custom blue, a favorite color of the homeowners. The modern light fixture and oversized pendants were designed by D2 Interieurs, adding additional blue accents that complement the unique leather dining chairs. All appliances are paneled to provide a seamless look. This redesign features two 10-foot islands adorned with quartz waterfall countertops, state-of-the-art appliances, custom white oak cabinetry and custom wood beams, which were added to delineate the space. – by risa goldblum

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Denise Davies D2 Interieurs @d2interieurs Weston; 646-326-7042 d2interieurs.com Architect Mike Cusato Cusato Architecture Westport; 203-395-4663 cusatoarchitecture.com Builder Marek Bil Old World Construction 203-544-9263

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he goal of this kitchen design was to create a comfortable yet luxurious family gathering space, keeping it both symmetrical and usable while respecting the existing features of the house. Situated in a home originally built in 1901, the architect teamed up with Kitchens by Deane to give a more modern point of view. Floor-toceiling windows provide stunning water views as a backdrop. Design features include waterfall edge, quartz countertops and flat-paneled, gray cabinetry. Lucite pendant lighting over the functional island is carefully designed not to obstruct the waterfront view. The solid slab backsplash enhances the kitchen’s glossy, clean feel, contrasting with the dark wood flooring. Since state-of-the-art appliances were a must for this home chef, RAC included a steam oven, microwave, built-in coffeemaker station and separate column refrigerator and freezer. – by risa goldblum

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Crina Popescu Studio

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his contemporary lounge space was created for the entire family to enjoy, with many luxurious touches. The straightforward room layout features a sculptural statement credenza and sleek oversized sofa, coordinated with soft finishes. Designed with the ultimate TV experience in mind, the comfortable seating area offers acoustic textures and concealed A/V equipment. Organically shaped, “fluid” coffee tables purposely contrast with the formal architecture of the room. The use of coordinated shades of gray and color accents were combined with art pieces from the client’s personal collection. Natural light spills into the space through large floor-to-ceiling windows, which brings the room to life throughout the course of the day. The result is a living space that is bright and friendly during the day but moody and sophisticated at night. – by risa goldblum

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Crina Popescu Studio @crina_popescu Westport; 203-507-7979 crinapopescu.com Creative Director/Art Curator TRR Designs Greenwich Architect Mahdad Saniee Saniee Architects LLC Greenwich; 203-625-9308 sanieearchitects.com General Contractor Cum Laude Group White Plains, NY; 914-946-2488 cumlaudegroup.com


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Architect Jay Levy Studio Bedford Corners, NY; 914-231-7191 jaylevystudio.com General Contractor P. Morrissey Contracting Mt. Kisco, NY; 914-241-6933

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his large living space is open to the main entrance of the home, so getting the proportion and scale of the furniture correct was the main goal. It was also vital not to overdo the space and distract from the stunning outdoor views. The large-scale, tufted, gray leather ottoman serves as a focal point and grounds the space without being overpowering. Curved sofas serve as the perfect complement. A variety of poufs and chairs were added for additional seating. The upstairs art gallery is a feature that can be enjoyed from both levels, and newly added wood beams float in the space above it. Each piece of artwork was carefully selected to complement one another. The custom, built-in bar features modern stools and is the perfect spot for entertaining. – by risa goldblum

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he goal of this full, historic renovation of a grand living room was to create an updated version while keeping the integrity of the old-style architecture in this historical home. Using a mix of antique pieces and new furniture, the seating areas were carefully planned to make the large space feel intimate. The elegant, curved ceiling is made of Venetian plaster with a hint of mica. The large coffee table is made of parchment and wood, and its strong lines are softened by a modern, curved sofa. The side tables were customdesigned, and the console is antique. Blue is a favorite color of the client, so it was chosen for the rug, pillows and other accent pieces. Even the thoughtfully curated bookshelves are color-coordinated. European French doors open up to the lush countryside, and the second-floor art gallery showcases carefully chosen pieces that are intended to complement the decor. – by risa goldblum

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PROFESSIONALS Landscape Architect Devore Associates @landscapesofdevoreassociates Fairfield; 203-256-8950 devoreassoc.com Architect Oliver Cope Architect New York City; 212-727-1225 olivercope.com Outdoor Furniture Design John Danzer Munder Skiles munder-skiles.com

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he goal of this project was to create an inspired landscape that is organic and sustainable, while also enhancing the clean lines of the contemporary farmhouse. Trellises support numerous varieties of berries, and blueberry bushes line the entrance to the garden and orchard. A cutting garden of deer-resistant perennials borders the house. Native slabs of fieldstone provide a linear link from the pool and vegetable garden to the main house. Double gates and apple trees are situated at the entrance to the pool. A new farm pond is a wonderful focal point, providing hours of enjoyment to the family. The firepit is strategically located below the pool, providing views of the tranquil pond. The working garden really serves its purpose: during COVID, the family successfully lived off the gardens and orchard, rarely having to purchase fruit or vegetables. – by risa goldblum


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he landscape architect’s goal was to maximize the use of this 2.5-acre property while complementing the classic, shingle-style home. The area was re-graded into a variety of plateaus and spaces to accommodate the client’s desire for outdoor terraces, a large play lawn, a swimming pool and a tennis court. The planting design focuses on color and texture and the creation of individual spaces with visible horizontal and vertical plane separations throughout the landscape. Flowering cherry trees help shield the tennis court at the bottom of the property. There are spots for outdoor lounging and alfresco dining at the pool and at the rear of the house. An ancient sycamore tree holds a regal place on the property and was worked this into the new landscape plan so that it could continue to flourish. – by risa goldblum

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his sprawling property received a series of site improvements designed to meet the recreational and lifestyle needs of a young family while protecting the existing wetlands surrounding the home. Because the area had been previously unusable due to flooding conditions, a series of multi-level bioretention filtration and stormwater infiltration zones were created to solve the problem. Locating the pool and patio entertainment areas immediately adjacent to the main residence allowed for extensive planting zones. Subtle lighting and a new sound system were added to enhance the entertainment spaces. The infinity-edge pool features custom-designed glass tiling, a sun lounge, a lap lane, play area, and a year-round spa. The custom power-coated steel firepit appears to be a natural part of the landscape. A six-foot stone wall at the back side of the infinity-edge pool serves a dual purpose in elevating and leveling the area. The wood gate offers privacy, sound and safety protection from the busy road. – by risa goldblum

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his functional outdoor space was developed along an extremely pitched hillside, resulting in a dramatic multi-level terrain that provides access to the main rooms of the house. To extend the indoor living space outdoors, a large terrace was created with a short set of steps leading directly to the kitchen. An opposing staircase invites visitors to explore the lower gardens. The fireplace wall separates the terrace from the driveway. The walls supporting the main terrace are open to below, creating a large, covered outdoor play space. Paved and unpaved garden “rooms” are seamlessly joined with sculptural plantings surrounding winding stone staircases. The planting design was created to ensure privacy while enhancing the existing natural environment, and features a landscaped edge of white pines, red maples, dogwoods and fern-leaf beech. – by risa goldblum

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Fence Contractor Gary Prato Garon Fence Co. Bedford Hills, NY; 914-6665596 garonfence.com

Pool Builder David Lionetti Shoreline Pools Stamford; 203-967-1203 shorelinepools.com

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his clean and modern outdoor living and dining space in New Canaan features a pool and spa terrace designed for family time and entertainment. A set of terraced, boulder retaining walls were built to level the grade, creating a flatter space for the pool and recreational area, and steps were added to allow access to the side of the house. Stone steps with lawn joints create a soft path to the dining and living area, and the pattern on the custom gate adds visual interest. Elegant plantings soften the edges of the paving and masonry and provide color throughout. The large outdoor kitchen and living area provide ample space for large or small group gatherings. The extra-long kitchen counter provides plenty of room for seating, food preparation or platter presentation. – by risa goldblum


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his converted sunroom has been turned into an inspiring home office workspace for executive duties. The furniture plan was designed to take advantage of the outside views, with a Zoom-ready backdrop of the pool and garden. The exposed brick wall—original to the 1920s house—combined with the slate floor creates a natural color palette for the space. The patina of the copper ceiling light fixture adds a warm metal element, and the indoor/outdoor area rug and bench fabric are both decorative and functional. Because this was originally a seasonal space, climate control was vital. Styled space heaters and a sisal floor covering helped solve this problem. The blue rattan guest chair adds a pop of color. Custom benches feature cushion seating that was notched around the antique window casings for a perfect fit. – by risa goldblum

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Georgia Zikas Design @georgiazikasdesign West Hartford; 860-904-5902 georgiazikasdesign.com Custom Workroom The Finishing Room Weatogue; 860-490-8704 thefinishingroom.com

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Karen Bow Interiors @karenbowinteriors Darien; 914-953-1517 karenbow.com Architect Vicente-Burin Architects Fairfield; 203-319-9571 vbarchitect.com

Builder E.R.I. Building & Design Darien; 203-655-6952 eribuild.com

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esigned for a busy mom who needed a space of her own, this home office is truly a contrast between masculine and feminine. The black background of the wallpaper, coupled with the marble desk, gives the room a masculine quality, while the color choices are classically feminine. The floor is adorned with a custom-sized magnolia rug and plays well with the colors in the botanical wallpaper. Many shades of pink were tested until the perfect dusty rose was selected for the woodwork. Two vintage chairs covered in a silk chevron pattern sit beside the desk for visiting guests. The mixed-medium desk features waterfall-edge Carrara marble and cerused wood, providing both form and function. The Sputnik chandelier is the centerpiece of the room and was selected to complement the trellis pattern in the wallpaper. — risa goldblum


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his 18th-century Litchfield County stable was given new life as a rustic pub. Repairing the existing structure and preserving the original features were priorities. The massive iron stanchions and decorative grates of the stalls were carefully preserved and now house a variety of vintage arcade games. The largest birthing stall takes on new life as a bar with a Westchester bluestone counter. A nearby tavern table is perfect for a game of poker. Adding to the equestrian details, the original horse saltlicks mounted in each stall were repurposed as convenient bottle holders. Other rustic touches include antique wood planking, natural-cleft bluestone and rough plaster, as well as antique wrought-iron hardware. The pub features hand-crafted distressed tin and copper light fixtures. — risa goldblum

PROFESSIONALS Architect Charles Haver Stewart Skolnick Haver & Skolnick Architects @haverskolnickarchitects Roxbury; 860-354-1031 haverskolnickarchitects.com

General Contractor Jim Churchill Churchill Builders Woodbury; 203-263-2157

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his on-site recreation barn was designed to be used yearround for swimming, exercise and relaxation, and features an “endless pool” and a gym. The entry contains a small beverage station, a stackable laundry and a bath. The beverage bar offers views of the lap pool to the right, state-of-the-art exercise equipment to the left, as well as a relaxing seating area. Both the gym and pool room feature vaulted ceilings, and large glass sliding doors provide access from the pool room to the backyard. Balancing humidity control with an indoor pool was a challenge, so two systems were installed for separate climate controls for both sides of the building. The project’s ventilation system was carefully planned for year-round comfort, and the mechanical equipment was strategically positioned in a loft space above the laundry, bath and bar.

Lighting Consultant Amy Vitale ALV Lighting Solutions Stamford; 203-329-2721 alvlightingsolutions.weebly.com Builder Paul Tallman Tallman Building Company Southport; 203-254-3055 tallmanbuilding.com

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Surveyor/Civil Engineer Jason Spath Huntington Company Surveyors & Civil Engineers Fairfield; 203-259-1091 huntllc.net Professional Engineer David Seymour David Seymour, P.E. Westport; 203-259-8911 PHOTOGRAPHY BY NEIL A. LANDINO

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he goal of this project was to convert what was formerly a kid’s playroom into a chic, adult hangout. Inspired by the homeowners’ recent honeymoon in Italy, the focal point of the room is a custom wall mural that was designed to reflect their personalities and truly sets the tone for the space. It is complemented by a modern, built-in fireplace on the opposite wall. The walls are custom finished in faux plaster. The furniture layout includes a sitting area for socializing, a pool table and a fully functioning bar in a cerused gray finish, all of which encourage guests to make themselves at home. The pool table, originally a dark mahogany, was transformed with gray lacquer to enhance the primary color in the wall mural. The collection of books and other sentimental touches all take inspiration from Italy. — risa goldblum

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Karen Bow Interiors @karenbowinteriors Darien; 914-953-1517 karenbow.com

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Upholstery Artistic Upholstery Norwalk; 203-849-8907 artisticupholsteryandfabrics.com Builder Robert Lewandowski RL Construction 203-667-1794

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PROFESSIONALS Contractor Luigi Altamura Altamura Homes Greenwich; 203-524-8952 altamurahomes.com

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Interior Designer Cami Luppino Alana Irwin lulu HOME @luluhome.cami @luluhome.alana Greenwich, CT and Bedford, NY; 914-234-8684 luluhomedesign.com

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here’s no such thing as boredom in this play room for teens by Lulu Home in Greenwich. Cartoonbright blue, yellow, orange and pink hues reoccur in Mod molded plastic furniture, an upholstered poppy-pink swivel chair, and bold, graphic pillows in Kerri Rosenthal fabrics. The message is: Have fun and hang out. The client wanted a place his kids and their friends would enjoy. The ping pong table, painted in colorful pop graffiti style, says, “Own Your Magic.” Round tulip tables are ready for crafts, while a vintage Spin the Wheel game serves as art. An oversized sofa faces a wall-mounted screen, perfect for watching teen fave Stranger Things. The biggest challenge for designers Alana Irwin and Cami Luppino was the space itself, dominated by white walls, lofty angled ceiling and skylights. They grounded the space with eye-catching details that bring a sense of creativity and a bit of mischief—that vintage Vespa’s calling out for a joy ride. — eliz abeth keyser

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Denise Davies Karri Bowen-Poole Smart D2 Playrooms @smartd2playrooms Weston; 914-260-3042 smartd2playrooms.com

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Brooklyn apartment building with lots of young families needed a re-do of the communal playroom. Karri BowenPoole and Denise Davies redesigned the awkwardly shaped room, adding an eye-catching blue slide that sends kids into a foam pit. It’s one of several play zones designed for kids one to seven years old. The Furman Street playroom is full of eco-friendly toys and activities for building, climbing, tumbling and playing house and market. Based on a philosophy that play is learning, the climbing wall, rope, tunnel and basketball hoop encourage the use of gross motor skills. Felt bins filled with blocks and Legos are easy for kids to access and put away, and for playing alone or together. The designers chose a color scheme in pastel shades of gray, pink, yellow and blue with the goal of creating a gender-neutral playroom. — eliz abeth keyser

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Interior Designer Calla Cane @callacane Solana Beach, CA; 858-345-1975 callacane.com Builder Kramer Lane Construction Stamford; 203-515-8541 kramerlane.com Stylist Anna Molvik New Paltz, NY; 845-399-7507 annamolvik.com

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his sleek, modern farmhouse is a full renovation of a 3,929-square foot antique home in Wilton. A new wood-burning fireplace transformed the original, drafty, unused living room into the heart of the house. Now visible from the kitchen and dining room, a white modular sectional large enough for the whole family draws everyone in. This is a room for relaxed contemporary living, curling up with a blanket before the fire, while one of the kids plops down on a faux fur rug and gets lost in a book. Concealed behind a sound-proof door, a small TV room (containing the only TV in the house) allows the parents to limit screen time. Hand-hewn posts and beams contrast with large black steel window frames that pull the eye past highceiling white walls to the landscape, visually expanding the space. The main bathroom has a lighter palette with misty gray tile, while the powder room is moody, with black walls and copper fixtures. — eliz abeth keyser

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hen an empty-nester Westchester couple decided to spend more time in New York City, they left tradition behind. After a one-year search, they found a 6,000-square foot apartment on the Upper East Side with ah-maazing floor-to-ceiling views of Chrysler Building, Central Park and the East River. The stuffy brown parquet, paneled library and brown kitchen called for a gut renovation. Claire Paquin of Clean Design used a palette of creams, beiges and bright grays, with accents of black and bronze, and opened up the space, creating a flow between living and dining rooms and kitchen. She curated a collection of large, modern pieces of furniture. (In fact, many of the pieces were too large to fit in the service elevator and had to be assembled on site.) Within this pristine space, the designer creates energy within a limited palette, with eye-catching furniture, light fixtures and contemporary art work. The living room was designed around a full-wall installation of artist Pamela Sunday’s ceramic panels of organic forms. — eliz abeth keyser PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Claire Paquin Clean Design @cleandesignpartners Scarsdale, NY; 914-725-0995 cleandesignpartners.com Architect MR Architecture + Décor New York City; 212-989-9300 mrarch.com

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General Contractor SilverLining New York City; 212-496-7800 silverlininginc.com Artist Pamela Sunday pamelasunday.com

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Olivia Charney Interior Design @oliviacharneyinteriordesign Fairfield; 203-292-5618 oliviacharney.com

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Contractor Bill Towle Towle Custom Builders Fairfield; 203-667-0956 towlebuilders.com Architect Meg Browning Browning Residential Design Westport; 203-610-1478 browningdesignct.com Landscape Architect Kristina Gates Regina O’Brien Southport Design Works Fairfield; 203-913-1867 southportdesignworks.com Stone Mason (restoration of fireplace) Milan Strada North Salem, NY; 914-329 6046 milanstrada.com Wallpaper Installer Joe Shea JMSHEA Ridgefield; 203-431-4435 jmshea.com Wallpaper Installation Jim McGrath Jameson Wallcovering Fairfield; 203-258-7347 Cabinetmaker Geoffrey Wallace Wallace Company Woodworking Milford; 203-876-2233 Millwork Pat and Jeff Marshall South Britain Millwork, LLC Southbury; 203-228-4810 sbritmillwork.com Stone Fabricator Chris Le Sauvage Precision Stone Marble & Granite Greenwich; 203-769-1231 precision-stone.com

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hen a Fairfield family with three boys bought this historic 1823 mansion facing Southport Harbor, the community hoped the house wouldn’t change. They needn’t have worried. The house has been sensitively shored up, restored and renovated. Interior Designer Olivia Charney brought back the architectural grandeur with custom handcrafted replicated trim, casing, moldings and architectural salvage. She oversaw materials, fixtures, finishes and the full interior décor. A range of blues hues, in textured sea grass wallpaper, oriental rugs and glossy painted built-in shelves, reference the ever-changing tones of the seaside setting. She had the original oak pocket doors restored. A marble Bolection-style mantel now graces the living room. In the kitchen, restored icebox doors cover upper cabinets. The feeling in this home is grand, yet liveable, with all the amenities an active family needs. — eliz abeth keyser

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Interior Designer Karen Bow Interiors @karenbowinteriors Darien; 914-953-1517 karenbow.com

arien interior designer Karen Bow transformed a large, unused foyer into a welcoming dining room. An eye-catching, lively pattern of linen and grass cloth covers the walls. The clean lines of a custom fireplace mantel and sideboard are painted in lacquered navy. The room’s white, gray and blue palette contrasts with wood and metal textures. A leaded glass bell jar hangs over a wood-and-metal Restoration Hardware table. The designer created layers of texture with the carpet and C&C Milano fabric on antique chairs, café seats and stools. The family passes through this room between the kitchen and family room. Rustic, cozy, with a bit of industrial chic, this dining room is ready for family and friends to light a fire, pull up the extra chairs to the table and celebrate being together. — eliz abeth keyser

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Interior Designer Kimberly Handler Designs @kimberlyhandlerdesigns Greenwich; 203-340-9213 kimberlyhandlerdesigns.com

Builder Jim Gardiner CLT Development Fairfield; 203-2925297

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ophistication can be fun. The homeowners wanted a fun, family-friendly dining room, so Greenwich designer Kimberly Handler started with the ceiling. She covered it with grass cloth in a chevron pattern in shades of faded blue and purple. The purple informed the color of fabric on comfortable and sturdy chairs set around a gleaming wood table. The room is simple, serene and plush, with fun provided by two (two are more fun than one) dramatic chandeliers and large artwork, a humorous pastiche of media, Hollywood and industrial food. Handler was in on the design from the framing of this (hard to believe) new construction home. A butler’s pantry with custom cabinetry provides a handsome staging space for dinner service. This stylish dining room has drama; it’s just waiting for the family to take their seats and the banter to begin. — eliz abeth keyser


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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer William Lyon Designs @williamlyondesigns Stamford; 203-489-5624 williamlyondesigns.com

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Eco-Friendly Building Products Center for Green Building Mamaroneck NY; 914-777-9111 centerforgreenbuilding.com Art Installer Rye Art Gallery & Framing Rye, NY; 914-967-5645 ryeartgalleryandframing.com

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his clean, crisp design was created for a client with health concerns, who wanted a Scandinavian palette and transitional twist. William Lyon used eco-friendly paints and sealants, and natural fibers in this bright room. The walnut refectory table contrasts with the clean lines of highbacked chairs slip-covered snuggly in white linen. A row of crystal candlesticks mirrors the ornamentation on the refectory table’s legs. The art, a sepia-toned photo of an ancient arched colonnade, balances the room and optically expands it. A black iron and white globed chandelier brings a pleasing circular form, repeating the curve of the arches in the art work. Silk drapes hang from simple black iron rods. This is a serene room where the family can gather to breathe clean air and eat healthy, balanced meals. — eliz abeth keyser NOV/DEC 2021

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Architect Douglas VanderHorn Douglas VanderHorn Architects @dvharchitects.com Greenwich; 203-622-7000 vanderhornarchitects.com

or his new headquarters in Greenwich, architect Douglas VanderHorn demonstrates what can lie behind an historic façade. He brought back the front exterior of this 1928 historic house, restoring and replacing windows and cladding it in Alaskan yellow cedar shingles. Inside is bright, open and airy, with curved features, like the arched window niche in the reception area. Reclaimed clear leaded glass pocket doors allow light into the library/conference room, where a curved wall and slightly bowed beams give a nautical reference. The main workroom makes the most of the façade’s windows, with natural light illuminating workstations with lots of counter space and lower built-in storage. Downstairs, the break room has polished concrete floors, and garage doors that open to a patio where staff can eat lunch. A ping pong table provides an outlet for friendly competition and sometimes, an aha moment. — eliz abeth keyser

Interior Designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design Greenwich; 203-661-1266 amyhirsch.com Builder/Contractor Peerless Construction Old Greenwich; 203-273-9394 peerless-construction.com

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Landscape Designer Matthew Willinger James Doyle Design Associates Greenwich; 203-869-2900 jdda.com Lighting Consultant Patdo Light Studio Port Chester, NY; 914-937-6707 patdolight.com

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Meghan De Maria Courtney Yanni Moss Design @moss_design_ct Southport; 917-292-6153 mossdesignct.com

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enry C. Reid Jewelers needed an update. The mahogany cases and forest green were outmoded. Designers Meghan De Maria and Courtney Yanni of Moss Design realized that more than a cosmetic update was in order. Today’s shopper of fine jewelry wants an experience. The job expanded into a gut renovation and a collaboration with hospitality designer Christian P. Arkay-Levlier. The exterior sets the tone: refined, elegant, balanced, with copper gas lanterns, vintage planters, high-gloss deep blue (BM Polo Blue) façade and brick sidewalk. It speaks of the craftsmanship of local artisans. Inside, the space is bright with a feeling of refined and fun luxury, the room and glittering cases lit by large double pendants from Bone Simple. The Polo Blue color reappears in tall display cases. Customers can look through four glass insets in the white oak floor to watch craftspeople in the workroom below. A built-in bar is stocked with sparkling wine and colorful macarons, which customers enjoy in two seating areas with custom loveseats. — eliz abeth keyser

Hospitality Designer Christian P. Arkay-Leliever @cparkayleliever 203-685-5177 arkay-leliever.com

Architect Peter Cummings Inc. Fairfield; 203-767-0643 petercummingsinc.com Commercial Business Henry C. Reid Jewelers Fairfield; 203-255-0447 hcreidjewelers.com


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he homeowners wanted a sanctuary, a retreat from their busy family of three active, growing boys. Designer Oliver Charney created a bedroom suite with two distinct spaces— a bedroom and plush lounge, divided by a sleek, floating mantel-less fireplace. Despite its seamless look, the room originally stopped at the fireplace. A new addition was extended over an existing porch. This bedroom was part of the restoration, renovation and interior design of an 1823 mansion overlooking Southport Harbor. You’d never know you were in a historic structure in this bright, luxurious space, with textured grass cloth walls, silk drapes and upholstered headboard that mirrors the arch of the barrel ceiling. Super-plush wool rugs call for bare feet. Husband and wife can indulge in their own shows; there are TVs on both sides of the room. — eliz abeth keyser

Interior Designer Olivia Charney Interior Design @oliviacharneyinteriordesign Fairfield; 203-292-5618 oliviacharney.com

Architect Meg Browning Browning Residential Design Westport; 203-610-1478 browningdesignct.com

Contractor Bill Towle Towle Custom Builders Fairfield; 203-667-0956 towlebuilders.com

Wallpaper Installation Jim McGrath Jameson Wallcovering Fairfield; 203-258-7347

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his calming and refined retreat has a Hollywood glamour. The clients, a busy actress and litigation attorney, wanted a place to relax and reconnect. The ordered, calming nature of Madame de Pompadour wallpaper by Schumacher envelops the room. Gold accents contrast with romantic pastel blues and pinks of soft upholstered furniture, as seen in the bench at the end of the bed. The blue upholstered headboard and bed frame provide enough drama for the simplicity of pure white sheets in fine linens. Built-in shelves display a curated selection of white, pastel and gold books and objects. Matching nightstands, lamps and oval mirrors provide soothing symmetry. The biggest challenge? The chandelier over the bed took the team a weekend to install and secure into the concrete ceiling. The most luxurious design feature? The drapes; they’re motorized and can be operated from bed. — eliz abeth keyser

Window Treatments Diane Sargent Classic Drapery Derby; 203-906-5086 Painting Pawel Cembryznski PW Painting & Carpentry 203.550.2544 Shading Anthony Ash AMA Shading Solutions Congers, NY; 914-760-1089 amashading.com

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hristina Roughan Interiors transformed a historic outbuilding from the 1800s into a multi-functional pool and guest house and reading room. The open interior gave the designer a blank palette. She let the architecture—the cathedral ceiling and tall arched windows—shine. A sectional daybed fits into the room without grabbing attention. The lines are clean, the fabric gray, and accent pillows blue. No formality here, just a place to kick back. The pool’s blue tones inspired the choice of turquoise ceramic stools that also function as side tables. Blues also appear in the abstract paintings on the walls. Outside, on the covered porch, the cushioned settees flanking the French doors have lighter, more feminine lines, which play against the texture of French oak chairs. The symmetrical arrangement echoes the historic formality of the exterior.

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Emily Fuhrman Sage & Ginger @sageandgingerdesigns New Canaan; 203-594-9862 sageandginger.com Architect Greg Piwko Pivko Designs New Canaan; 475-204-1113 pivkodesigns.com

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historic barn kept its charming size, shape and details but was rebuilt and reborn as a fully modernized pool house that’s a year-round retreat. Against a neutral palette and clean, crisp design, pops of tropical color say, “Vacation!” An extra-deep sectional, decorated with whimsical tropical pillows, faces the TV and linear gas fireplace. The feature wall is papered in a tropical tree leaf pattern. Reclaimed wood beams draw the eye to the vaulted 19-foot ceiling and two dramatic chandeliers. The height allowed for a loft space, where guests can work or sleep. The changing room and bathroom are placed beneath the loft. The bathroom has the designer’s favorite feature—the indoor/outdoor shower. The outdoor shower is built from cedar planks, while the indoor shower is spare and modern. Outside, the building’s cedar façade is stained white. Two seating areas lure with soft surfaces splashed with orange cushions. — by eliz abeth keyser NOV/DEC 2021

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Architect Rachelle Roll, Project Manager Robert A. Cardello Architects @cardelloarchitects Westport; 203-853-2524 cardelloarchitects.com

Timber Owen MacDonald, Project Manager New Energy Works 800-486-0661 newenergyworks.com

Builder Chris Quinn, Managing Director Dave Ridolfi, Project Manager Ben Krupinski Builder Old Greenwich; 203-990-0633 bkbuilder.com

Landscape Designer Wesley Stout Associates New Canaan; 203-966-3100 wesleystout.com

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he clients, a young family, had a lot of goals for their home. They wanted a house where they could be casual with family but formal when entertaining for business. Along with a main house, they wanted a guest and pool house, home office, gym and wine cellar. Putting all of this under one roof was the challenge for architect Robert Cardello. To keep the stone façade of the 17,000-square foot house from looking massive, Cardello used a gambrel roof form, which the clients had loved in their previous house, to make the façade “bow down.” The great room’s massive timbers are structural as well as visually stunning. A two-sided fireplace divides living and dining spaces. The connected barn has a guest suite, gym and recreation room, craft room and wine cellar for a 5,000 bottle collection. — by eliz abeth keyser

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his new chateau, inspired by the architecture of Normandy, France, has a surprise inside: a clean, contemporary interior. The open flow and cool colors and textures on walls and ceilings are meant to create visual awareness and experiences as one moves through the house. High ceilings and the two-story wall of windows bring lots of natural light and airiness to the living room, which is warmed by a fireplace in winter. The property on 15 acres in Conyers Farm, a gated community in Greenwich, presented the biggest challenge for the architect. The topography descends 20 feet from the street to the house, and another 15 feet from the house to the pool. The architect tiered and terraced the land, cleverly carving the house into the site. From outside, with a courtyard and terrace, the house makes an elegant statement. Inside, the foyer makes a dramatic modern statement with stone slabs cantilevered into the wall and a transparent railing. — by eliz abeth keyser

PROFESSIONALS Architect Steven Mueller Architects @steven_mueller_architects Greenwich; 203-869-3758 stevenmuellerarchitects.com Contractor Ryan Fletcher Fletcher Development Darien; 203-286-6166 fletcherdevelopmentllc.com

Interior Designer Niko Nakos Steven Mueller Architects Greenwich; 914-826-6301 stevenmuellerarchitects.com

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WINTER MARKET CHRIST CHURCH, 254 E. PUTNAM AVE, GREENWICH Find something for everyone on your list at our thoughtfully curated holiday market with 35 vendors offering the finest in Holiday Gifts, Jewelry, Clothing, Specialty Foods, Flowers and items made to be enjoyed with family & friends. A portion of all proceeds to support the Historical Society’s programs in education, the arts and historic preservation. Thursday December 2 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Opening Night Cocktail Reception

Friday, December 3 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Jewelry Appraisals by Doyle

Saturday, December 4 9:30-a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

FESTIVAL OF TREES GREENWICH HISTORICAL SOCIETY December 2, 3, 4 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Our third annual Festival of Tabletop Trees celebrates the talents of local retailers, organizations, and designers who help us make our homes festive sanctuaries during the holiday season. View, purchase or bid on a tree via on-site silent auction.

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL GREENWICH HISTORICAL SOCIETY December 3, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. On Friday evening, the Greenwich Historical Society’s Cos Cob campus will come alive for the holidays, with activities for all ages. Enjoy holiday crafts and gingerbread decorating, a special visit from Santa, and Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk as he brings Charles Dickens’ immortal tale to life using a treasure trove of characters in an intimate, imaginative and inspire blend of theater and storytelling. The historic Bush Holley House, decorated in grand holiday style, will be open for our annual candlelight tours. Sweet treats, refreshments and holiday cheer on tap! Family and individual tickets available at greenwichhistory.org.

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Ownership Statement Athome in Fairfield County Magazine U.S. Postal Service. Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation. (Required by 39 U.S.C. 3685) 1. Publication Title: Athome in Fairfield County. 2. Publication No.: 1941-9503. 3. Filing Date: October 1, 2021. 4. Issue Frequency: 4 times. 5. Number of Issues Published Annually: 4. 6. Annual Subscription Price: $19.95. 7. Complete Mailing Address of Known Office of Publication: 205 Main Street, Westport, CT 06880. 9. Full Names and Complete Mailing Addresses of Publisher, Editor, and Managing Editor: Jonathan Moffly, Publisher, 205 Main Street, Westport, CT 06880. Megan Gagnon, Editor, 205 Main Street, Westport, CT 06880. Megan Gagnon, Managing Editor, 205 Main Street, Westport, CT 06880. 10. Owner: Moffly Publications, Inc. 11. Known Bondholders, Mortgages, and Other Security Holders Owning or Holding 1 Percent or More of Total Amount of Bonds, Mortgages, or Other Securities: None. 12. For Completion by Nonprofit Organizations Authorized to Mail at Special Rates: Not applicable to Athome in Fairfield County Magazine. 13. Publication Title: Athome in Fairfield County. 14. Issue Date for Circulation Data Below: September/October 2021. 15. Extent and Nature of Circulation: a. Total Number of Copies (net press run): *12,708**10,310; b(1). Paid/Requested OutsideCounty Mail Subscription Stated on Form 3541: *2,727 **1,927; b(2). Paid In-County Subscriptions: *5,795 **4,094; b(3). Sales Through Dealers and Carriers, Street Vendors, Counter Sales, and Other Non-USPS Paid Distribution: *490 **490; b(4). Other Classes Mailed Through the USPS: *63 **200; c. Total Paid and/or Requested Circulation (Sum of 15b (1), (2), (3), (4): *9,075 **6,711; d. Free Distribution by Mail (Samples, Complimentary, and Other Free): d(1). Outside-County as Stated on Form 3541: *0 **0; d(2). In-County as Stated on Form 3541: *1,336 **1,084; d(3). Other Classes Mailed Through the USPS *0 **0; d(4). Free Distribution Outside the Mail or Other *1,049 **1,105; e. (1), Total Free Nominal *1,447 **930; e. Total Free(Carriers or Nominal Rate Means): Distribution (Sum of 15d (2), (3),or(4): *5,714 Rate Distribution (Sum of 15d (1),of(2), *2,385 **2,189; f. Total Distribution (Sum of **5,170; f. Total Distribution (Sum 15c(3), and(4): 15e): *14,888 **13,612; g. Copies Not Distributed: 15c and 15e): *11,460 **8,900; g. Copies Not Distributed: *1,248 **1,410; h. Total (Sum of 15f, *1,169 **1,310; h. Total (Sum of 15f, 15g): *16,057 **14,922; i. Percent Paid and/or Requested 15g): *12,708(15c **10,310; Paid and/or Requested Circulation (15c divided byStatement 15f. times Circulation dividedi. Percent by 15f. times 100): *61.6 percent **62.0 percent. 17. This 100): *79.2 percent **75.4 percent. This Statement of Ownership willofbethis printed in the Noof Ownership will be printed in the17.November/December 2020 issue Publication. 18. vember/December 2021 issuefurnished of this Publication. 18.isI certify that all information furnished I certify that all information on this form true and complete. I understand that on this form is true and complete. I understand that anyone who furnishes false or misleadanyone who furnishes false or misleading information on this form or who omits material or ing information on thisonform whomay omits materialtoorcriminal information requested on this form information requested this or form be subject sanctions (including multiple may be subject to criminal sanctions (including multiple damages and civil penalties). Elena V. damages and civil penalties). Elena V. Moffly, Business Manager/Treasurer, October 1, 2020. Moffly, Business Manager/Treasurer, October 1, 2021. *Average No. Copies Each Issue During *Average No. Copies Each Issue During Proceeding 12 Months. **Actual No. Copies of Single Proceeding 12 Months. **Actual No. Copies of Single Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date. Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date.

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OUR A-LIST JUDGES ON MAKING ADJUSTMENTS AND MOVING FORWARD

MARA MILLER Carrier and Company

JESSE CARRIER Carrier and Company carrierandcompany.com

Question A

After the initial shock of quarantine and adjusting to home schooling, we quickly realized that our clients’ needs and inquiries had greatly increased. Restructuring our teams internally was where we saw the biggest shift. We came together as a team to support each other and hired new talent as well.

BRIAN SAWYER Sawyer | Berson

EDWARD SIEGEL Edward Siegel Architect

KEITH WILLIAMS Nievera Williams

sawyerberson.com

edwardsiegelarchitects.com

nieverawilliams.com

Question A

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Question A

More than ever, quality counts. We encourage our clients to build, landscape and decorate better so that they and future generations will enjoy the benefits.

As luxury residential architects, our approach to design hasn’t changed. What has changed is what we are designing. As our clients moved out of NYC, our apartment renovation projects reduced while our country house projects increased. And the home office became a vitally important space.

The biggest change for me has been putting more thought into outdoor spaces and their use. The demand for exterior spaces/ outdoor rooms, in any environment, has blown up in a big way. Designing these spaces isn’t new for us, but with such a high demand, it has caused us to pause and think more about the design intent, practicality of the space and how it will be used.

Question B

An expanding residential and architectural design industry with greater interest and support for our contractors and artisans.

Question B

We are looking forward to returning to some sense of normalcy in all aspects of our lives. NYC is cheap right now. It’s a good time to reinvest in the City, and we’re seeing signs that that’s beginning to happen.

Question B

With the addition of our debut collection with Loloi Rugs, we now can offer Carrier and Company’s signature to nearly every part of the decorating story, including another product introduction in 2022. We cannot wait to complete our own renovation and redecoration, too!

When they’re not volunteering their time to serve on our expert panel, our a-list judges are busy with their own design projects. Here, they share their insights on a year marked by unpredictability and look ahead to a brighter future. athomefc.com

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Question B

I’m looking forward to seeing our firm continue to expand our work around the globe. Collaborating with architects and designers, new and old, and dreaming up timeless garden designs.

CARRIER AND COMPANY: SANG AN; BRIAN SAWYER: BOBBY DOHERTY; EDWARD SIEGEL BY AARON TREDWELL FOR COOPER ROBERTSON ; KEITH WILLIAMS BY MATTEO INNOCENTI/MIP STUDIO

A. How has the last year affected the way you approach design? B. What are you looking forward to seeing in 2022?


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