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10 EDITOR’S NOTE

A-LIST WINNERS Check out the twenty-five winning projects from the eleventh annual A-List Awards. e di t e d b y ju dy o st row & l au re n f et t e r man

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12 GET THE GOODS Color trend: Burgundy; Concrete Ideas; Arch Madness

A-LIST FINALISTS See fifty-nine more amazing spaces. e di t e d b y l au re n f et t e r m an , m al ia mc k i n non fr ame, j i l l joh n s on & nat ha n tavares

18 HAUTE STUFF Neutral Ground 22 SHOP TALK Local design news, the latest collections, haute happenings and more.

Kitchen by Morgan Harrison Home

28 HOUSE PARTIES A-List Awards virtual ceremony

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144 LAST WORD The A-List judges have it.

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ELEVENTH ELEVEN ANNUAL A-List Awards 2020

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ince 2010, our special A-List Awards issue has always been a treasure trove of inspiration. By highlighting the winners and finalists of our annual design competition (and crediting the professionals they partnered with on their amazing projects), this issue is essentially a little black book of vetted design pros in Fairfield County and beyond. Whether you’re looking to update your kitchen, redesign your children’s playroom or even embark on new construction, home improvement is on everyone’s to-do list these days, and hiring an A-List team will ensure your next project is just what you need to feel at home. Starting on page 32, we’re showcasing the twenty-five winners and fifty-nine finalists of this year’s competition. If you virtually partied with us during the awards ceremony, check out the submitted event photos starting on page 28, and if you missed it, visit athomealistawards.com to watch the full video of the ceremony. And though celebrating in person wasn’t possible this year, we hope you will see—and feel—what this community celebration is all about. Last but not least, we want to thank this year’s amazing panel of 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—who committed their time and talents to selecting our finalists and winners. We thank them, along with our sponsors, who made our first-ever virtual ceremony possible. As we pop one more bottle of champagne to mark the close of our eleventh anniversary of A-List, we hope you will celebrate right along with us. It may be hard to believe, but the call for entries for the 2021 A-List Awards will be here before you know it.

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HERMÈS H Deco dinnerware; starting at $80. Greenwich; hermes.com

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AERIN Small block print napkin; $39.95 for set of four. Williams Sonoma, Westport; williams-sonoma.com

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Midnight Port Zellige 3.5” x 4” x 3/8” hex; $2.24 per piece. cletile.com

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MARIO LUCA GIUSTI Acrylic ruby water goblet; $23. jungleeny.com

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HAKOLA Bobo velvet sofa by Joanna Laajisto; $4,498. finnishdesignshop.com

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Ping Pong table; $13,216. jamesdewulf.com

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Rho concrete basin; $2,080. jlhardwareatx.com

Freya accent lamp; $258.75. burkedecor.com

Table tiles in concrete; $35. areaware.com

Euclid 2-light sconce; $249. Chloe Winston Lighting Design, Norwalk; chloewinstonlighting .com

Dorsey console; $5,700. madegoods.com

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Reimagined The Lloyd’s Harmonious Design Creates Inviting Spaces n at u r a l m at e r i a l s i n v i t e y o u t o s t ay RMS Companies recently unveiled The Lloyd, a premier boutique hotel located at the former Hotel Zero Degrees in the center of downtown Stamford. From the moment of arrival a sense of style and warmth unfolds. “My goal to reinvigorate this somewhat tired building and space was to stimulate the guest upon first impression,” said Bruce Beinfield, Principal of Beinfield Architecture. “By gradually introducing a layer of warm natural elements and striking geometric shapes consecutively throughout the guests’ journey, we provide an engaging experience.” A warm brown wall cladding system was added to the exterior of the building with an elegant vertical pattern to seamlessly

unite the exterior and interior spaces. Upon entry, guests are immediately overwhelmed with a sense of “getaway” from the abundance of organic materials that create an array of warm inviting nooks and intimate seating and dining areas. Honeybrown wood paneled ceiling boards were applied to canopy the large open space while cement board wall panels in natural gray tones provide a sense of stability and balance. Dramatic floor to ceiling drapery has been layered in throughout the entire lounge and library spaces in a soft sand linen texture while furnishings with natural elements such as woven jute, rattan, hair on hide and lamb’s wool were added as an extra layer between this cozy space and the busting city outside. Landscape Designer, Martha Baker embedded a row of tall fastigiate beech trees to beautify

the streetscape, which once pruned, will resemble evergreen columns along the front line of the hotel. Framing the entrance, oversized boxwood shrubs planted in horizontal wide planked Ipe wood boxes were positioned to harmonize the surrounding linear shapes. “The notable curbside entry design was intentionally curated with a combination of architectural and natural elements as a teaser for the interior feel,” stated Baker, Martha Baker Landscape Design. To set your expectations even more, an 8ft signature woven wood ball sculpture was commissioned by Brooklyn-based Baker Structures and centered around smaller complimentary boxwood shrubs with linear Hakone grass to create a known location to visit for rejuvenation and balance. Guest rooms are uniquely appointed with modern West Elm furnishings to offer a sense of style and the comforts of your own home. Saddle-brown tufted leather headboards are found in each room against a chic accent wall painted in rich green, creating a natural environment against the soft brown striations of the wood

floor. Hints of stone accents with strong charcoal black steel details were layered into the scheme to balance the subdued colors while framed art prints, by a variety of local artists, were selected to compliment the tailored grey herringbone upholstery and enhance the crisp white hotel bedding.

personalized services enhance guest experience Upon arrival, the guest-first ethos engulfs you from the warm hospitality team to the whatever-you-need mindset. Travelers will appreciate The Lloyd experience from the luxurious amenities including a 24-hour fitness center, Peloton bike, The Mirror, fresh healthy breakfast offerings, seasonal cocktails and bar bites to the personalized services such as complimentary shuttle service, valet parking, fresh brewed coffee delivered to your door each morning upon request and late night chocolates offered with nightly turn-down service. Altogether, hospitality is reimagined at The Lloyd.

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Cirkus chandelier; $665. finnishdesign shop.com

Marble Roxbury petite console; $11,990. kellywearstler.com

Fern storage cabinet; $2,498. Westport; anthropologie.com

Slim archway mirror; $2,950. thefutureperfect .com

Arc armchair; price upon request. cuffhome.com

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CC-Tapis Cinquecento Veneziano rug; $12,000. cc-tapis.com

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shoptalk THE LATEST DESIGN NEWS

fabric; in Nantucket, Verellen’s Paola club wing chair is upholstered in the Kalahari Oatmeal fabric. right: Edie van Breems and Rhonda Eleish

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ELEISH VAN BREEMS EXPANDS IN WESTPORT AND OVER TO NANTUCKET

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leish Van Breems is making its to-the-trade

modern furnishings and accessories and 18th- and

presence in Westport known in a big way.

19th-century Swedish antiques.

To the delight of its loyal following, the

A dedicated, to-the-trade sales team in both

Scandinavian interior design, home furnishings

locations can help with long-term projects and

and antique brand recently unveiled two new

sourcing. “We believe that today, more than

to-the-trade showrooms across from the train

ever, customer service and collaborative client

station. The 2,000-plus-square-foot dedicated Lee

relationships are essential to building loyalty and

Industries showroom, located at 22 Railroad Place,

being a good partner,” says Rhonda Eleish, one half

features a wide selection of frames and cushions,

of the design duo that includes Edie van Breems.

a full range of Lee fabrics and the Lee complete

From the start, the partnership with Lee

bed program. In addition, Eleish Van Breems has

Industries was a natural fit. Lee’s mission to create

opened a freestanding 2,500-square-foot Verellen

innovative, styled, high-quality home furnishings

showroom at 42 Railroad Place, carrying a range of

in an environmentally friendly manner aligns with

upholstery and case goods along with midcentury

the vision at Eleish Van Breems Home, and Lee continued > athomefc.com

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Eleish Van Breems Home continues to spread its mantra of “bring good design to everyone” with a new shop in Nantucket. Visitors are transported to a Nordic summer retreat that celebrates Scandinavian style and craftsmanship while embracing island sensibility and the ease of living on the water. The enviable space on the water in the heart of downtown has an extensive collection of throws, rugs, pillows, lighting, pottery, jewelry, leather goods and even Swedish dog wear. The collections show the makers whose work resonates with Eleish Van Breems Home’s sense of quality and craftsmanship. The shop has a blend of Scandinavian antiques, midcentury furniture, brands Verellen and Dedon and the Eleish Van Breems proprietary line made in Sweden. Eleish Van Breems Home’s location in Westport is a jumping-off point for the product and brands seen in Nantucket, and a relationship between the two stores enables refreshes and restocks throughout the season. At the moment, there are lamps by potter Natan Moss, fine brass and leather lighting by Avantgarden, linens by Axlings and Chhatwal & Jonsson, tableware from Gustavsburg, and Craft Studio and Paradisverkstaden Pottery of Öland, Sweden. The store also caters to designers with ready-made furniture, upholstery, lighting and more that can be delivered immediately. 14 Easy Street, Nantucket; 508-901-9912; evbantiques.com

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above: In Westport, the he Lee Dylan two-piece sectional is covered in the Maui White

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above: In both vignettes, Lee’s L9169-00 ottomans are topped with the Angora Snow natural hide, and a Rug & Kilim rug in the Morocco pattern covers the floor.

has earned Gold Exemplary status as a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. The partnership with Verellen was also a match made in heaven. “Verellen is known for its great design, superb quality and dedication Eleish. “Its modern, sophisticated look complements our curated

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one-of-a-kind pieces, and, as we aren’t limited to ‘one style,’ the options are limitless.” #lifejustgotbrighter

To learn more, call 203-635-8080 or visit evbantiques.com. In addition, the duo’s flagship retail store, Eleish Van Breems Home, is around the corner at 99 Franklin Street in Westport and is open to both retail and trade clients.

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Expanding naturally New online shop by RAQUEL GARCIA DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPHS: KARLI WILLIAMS

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nterior designer Raquel Garcia is known for her seaside-inspired design and a beloved signature style that has attracted a loyal following through the years. Her aesthetic is now available to everyone through her new carefully curated online store, the Raquel Garcia Design Shop, where hand-selected home décor and fashion accessories are all chosen by the designer herself. Garcia launched the online store as an extension of her work with clients in Connecticut, New York City and beyond. After designing luxury homes for two decades and being featured in some of the top media publications, she felt that an online shop was a natural expansion for her design firm, and it’s been received with much enthusiasm. Given the greater demand for online shopping options, and the fact that everyone is spending more time at home than ever before, those with an eye for beauty and design are searching for the right pieces to elevate their home and bring in the natural elements, and Garcia’s new online shop fulfills those needs. Explore the collection of tabletop items, home accents, upholstery and more. Raquel Garcia Design, Fairfield; 203-521-4189; shopraquelgarciadesign.com 

It all started with a showroom visit. “Designing and building great homes has always been our dream. That’s why we send our clients to a Bender Showroom right at the outset to help them design their bathrooms. There, they can meet with a Bender Showroom consultant and turn on the faucets, climb in the tubs, open the cabinets, touch the tiles, play with the lighting and much more. It’s simply impossible to have this kind of experience online.”

Chris O’Dell The O’Dell Group

Kathleen Poirier, AIA

Kathleen Poirier Architects, LLC

Get inspired, in person, at a Bender Showroom near you. bendershowrooms.com | 203.848.6748 Hartford | New Haven | Norwalk | Waterbury decorative plumbing | kitchen & bath cabinetry | lighting | tile & stone © 2020 Bender Plumbing

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shoptalk left: The new workspace must define traffic flow and allow for social distancing in collaborative spaces. below: Revised floor plan design by the team. bottom: Christine Stucker and James Veal, the creative force behind Fairfield County’s DistanceDesigns.

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S M A R T D E S I G N I N T H E T I M E O F C O V I D - 1 9 W I T H DISTANCEDESIGNS’ J A M E S V E A L

If the traditional office is outdated due to Covid-19, what’s the future of workspaces? “Post-Covid, companies need to change on an operational and habitual level. A redesign must be more than just placing desks six feet apart and adding hand-sanitizer stations, which could eventually erode work culture and have a negative implication on productivity. Reduce the footprint, lessen the touchpoints and ensure that activity-based tasks can be accomplished with the safety aspect built right in. Companies still need an office space that will enhance and reinforce their brand and corporate culture, while growing and enticing talent—no matter what the industry.” What’s the new overall goal? “Our goal is to empower people through design while achieving proper social distancing. We are redesigning and reimagining spaces that reinforce a brand culture but in the safest way possible. We solve problems through design as we 'futureproof' the modern workspace. There are tons of positives to office working environments; we just need to eliminate the negatives.” If remote work is working, why have an actual office? “The major factor people miss from the office is socializing and collaboration. In our recent survey, we found that if office space design was optimized for specific tasks like collaboration, 66 percent

of respondents said they would be more likely to want to undertake the specific task in an office. In addition, they are concerned about career development. When questioned about how being in an office affects career growth, more than 72 percent of respondents answered that they believe working in a physical office with a boss, manager, mentor or colleague—as opposed to working remotely and individually—will help their career growth. Workspaces have to be a hybrid model that empowers people where they do their best work, both at home and in an office.” How do you start designing a new office? “Out with the old and in with the new, as they say. We are breaking with the traditional model of an office space catering to the company as a whole and packing employees into a space. New design focuses on and improves the employees’ experience and well-being. We are well-versed in this concept through our background in retail design where we are primarily focused on the consumer experience in the environment. We break down how consumers walk through the space, how they feel and interact with that space, what is the best for them—and then we design from that perspective. We are applying that discipline to the corporate workspace to create healthy, empowering and sustainable environments that employees will want to come back to and do their best work.” athomefc.com

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What about technology? “It plays a huge role and is a perfect example of how design can solve problems. First, it will drive and support health and safety, as every control will be done from a personal device with limited physical touchpoints. For example, we will use technology—primarily our smartphones—to automatically turn on and off the lights, control the heating or book a meeting room. There will be docking stations for your laptops in order to limit communal electronics. All this will help enable social distancing. Second, it needs to reinforce activity-based tasks and promote productivity. Good technology is key for collaboration, communicating with teams and supporting remote working. Our viewpoint is less is more: Companies should have three tech platforms for collaboration that are super easy, otherwise people will not use it. Seamless technology must be in place to support the activity for those in the office and those simultaneously working remotely.” distancedesigns.com

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ust like that, The Office is dated. When Covid-19 blew into town, desk workers flew out of their offices and quickly set up shop at home. So what does the global pandemic mean for office space in Fairfield County? JAMES VEAL and CHRISTINE STUCKER are on it—they recently launched DistanceDesigns, an area architecture and interior design studio that addresses office health and safety issues and creates sustainable solutions. They look beyond retrofitting space to meet new policies and to proactively design for productivity and interaction in the new normal. Here’s what James Veal shared.


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his oval-shaped space is the entry to a Bronxville home designed in 1930 by Delano & Aldrich. Graceful curves and arches are a hallmark of the venerable firm, so the reworked interiors honor the original plan, seamlessly blending modern design elements with a more traditional form. Slightly revising the footprint of the entrance enabled Pimlico Interiors to envelop the space in

floor-to-ceiling paneling, adding drama and cohesion to the space and accentuating its arched openings. Working out the paneling’s design proved to be the biggest challenge, and it required significant work with the architect on the puzzle of managing a tall, curved layout from the floor of the entrance to the top of the stairs. The carefully constructed plan achieves the desired aesthetic—it is

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Melissa Lindsay Pimlico Interiors Westport; 203-972-8166 pimlicointeriors.com Architect Michael Baushke Apparatus Architecture San Francisco; 415-703-0904 apparatus.com Builder Hobbs, Inc. New Canaan; 203-966-0726 hobbsinc.com

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left: Vintage elegance has been preserved in this ovalshaped space, with a pop of golden yellow provided by a custom curved sofa. right (top and bottom): The black glazed entry door and other high-contrast accessories complete the sophisticated introduction to a classic home.

Finish details then complete the look. Doors to adjacent spaces are curved, with hidden door hardware that does not interrupt the design and flow of the space. Decorative wall sconces and a new, more modern iron handrail apply functionality to the scheme with a light touch, and a custom-fabricated curved sofa applies a jolt of color and a happy moment at the foot of the stairs.

dynamic and elegant yet unfussy. The rich, glossy black chosen for the front door sets the stage for high-contrast finishes inside, including white walls paired with floors dyed in a dark stain and black and white marble tile in the vestibule. While this oval entrance was not large enough to hold any furnishings in the center, a rich wood column with a vintage bust provides visual interest against the paneled backdrop.

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CHARLES HILTON ARCHITECTS WITH FOREHAND + LAKE

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s the central living space of a grand and classic Georgian residence, this design reflects the husband’s appreciation of the quiet and expansive feel of the great international hotels he frequents in his business travels. It also respects the more modern lifestyle and furnishings his wife enjoys, with an attention to scale and proportion that gives the extraordinary space an ambience that is simultaneously warm and comfortable. Achieving this harmonious result required an integration of hundreds of details, starting with the arrangement of openings and massing of key features. The room is bookended with paneled and mirrored chimney breasts; to ensure balance, the three arched openings on the east and west elevations were proportioned appropriately to the size of the room, enhanc-

ing its grandeur. At the same time, the pilasters, chimney breasts and ceiling beams—all massive in size—were clad with finely detailed panels and refined moldings that provide a relatable human scale. Using natural white oak with a subtle graining for the panels also adds warmth to the room. The designers anchored the comfort factor with two luxurious custom wool-and-silk area rugs, allowing the space to be divided into mirrored sitting areas—another choice that provides more intimacy for the clients and their guests. The generous use of soft finish materials—hand-embroidered drapery, calfskin upholstery, cut velvets—adds tactile enhancement to the room’s soothing palette and its atmosphere of relaxed luxury and coziness.

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opposite page: For a dramatic space in an equally grand home, attention to proportion was essential, and meticulous care was paid to the size and symmetry of furnishings as well as architectural elements. below: A neutral palette softens and warms the nearly 30-foot-tall space. Natural white oak with a subtle graining was used for all of the casings, moldings and paneling. right: To create the custom matching pendants and sconces, the designers used foamcore models hung in place to get the scale just right.

PROFESSIONALS Architect Charles Hilton Charles Hilton Architects Greenwich; 203-489-3800 hiltonarchitects.com Interior Designer Raymond Forehand Christina Lake Forehand + Lake Fairfield; 203-259-7636 forehandlake.com Builder Ian Hobbs Hobbs, Inc. New Canaan; 203-966-0726 hobbsinc.com

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INNERSPACE ELECTRONICS WITH LAURA KAEHLER ARCHITECTS

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his winning project brings new meaning to the phrase “whole house entertainment system.” When the lot next door to the clients’ home became available, it presented the unique opportunity to transform their dream of an ultimate grownup play space into a reality. The couple’s creative team first tackled the infrastructure, with Laura Kaehler Architects designing a full-size house to contain spaces for almost every imaginable leisure pursuit. After crafting an exterior envelope that blends in seamlessly with neighboring properties, the architect and InnerSpace’s technical experts worked to customize the interior, plus the outdoor pool and terrace space. The result is a maximal audio, visual and sports and fitness experience in its own completely private setting. The structure has three floors to accommodate all of the clients’

requirements. The lower level includes a golf simulator room, batting cage, playroom, media room and squash court. The main floor contains the great room with a kitchen and living room space, as well as a basketball court. The second floor holds a world-class gym and also provides an office and a master suite so that the house can function as guest quarters when needed. In addition to a practically invisible and integrated sound system to carry audio indoors or out, the team found solutions to build in all of the automated functions aesthetically, without multiple panels of visible hardware. The ten-room playhouse has a standalone control system that links to the main house; all of the electronics—from motorized shades to movie screenings to pump and spa operation—can be controlled on-site or remotely with a touch of a button.

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opposite page: An indoor basketball court is just one of the recreational spaces in the full-size playhouse. this page (clockwise from top left): The media room offers a 123-inch projection screen; a world-class gym overlooks the ball court; a kitchen and living spaces create a second guest house function for the structure; outdoor spaces include a state-of-the-art sound system in addition to the pool and spa.

PROFESSIONALS Electronic Systems Integrator InnerSpace Electronics Mt. Kisco, NY; 914-937-9700 ieiny.com Architect Laura Kaehler Architects Greenwich; 203-629-4646 kaehlerarchitects.com

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Builder Doron Sabag SBP Homes Stamford; 203-323-2200 sbphomes.com

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SMART D2 PLAYROOMS

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hen a Greenwich couple wanted to renovate their threecar garage into a play space for their young children, they turned to Smart D2 Playrooms. A few years before, when the clients were renting a home while building this one, they had hired Karri Bowen-Poole and Denise Davies to design a playroom for the rental. The family had been thrilled with the result, so when it was time to expand the play area of their new home, they knew Smart D2 Playrooms would deliver the perfect space for their three kids. The garage

floor was cement, and the walls were drywalled before the project began. It was important to the clients that all three children were excited to play with each other and to engage with the materials and equipment in the garage, so Bowen-Poole and Davies customized the features and elements to the interests of the family’s active 2-year-old boy and 6- and 8-year-old girls. The design included three connected custom built-in playhouses, a climbing rock wall with a rope, colorful swings and plenty of storage for toys. Since the girls love art, an art studio with organized

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opposite: An ample amount of custom storage was incorporated to keep toys organized and out of sight when not in use. this page: A climbing rock wall and rope are found in one corner, and connected custom built-in playhouses give the children their own individual spaces to play and read. Two colorful swings were added to encourage physical play.

materials and a pegboard wall was also a must. Whether playing with each other or with friends, the children can read in their own personal nooks, create a masterpiece on the Lego wall, paint in the art studio and engage in open-ended educational play. Easyto-clean white mats cover the garage, and the painted garage doors add additional pops of color. While designing a garage has it challenges— such as utilitarian materials and holes for water runoff—the play space looks and feels like a finished room ready for fun.

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

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landscape: greater than 1 acre

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

Irrigation Steve Geckler Aqua-Lawn Fairfield; 203-367-7444 aqualawn.com

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

Masonry Angelo Luppino Luppino Landscaping and Masonry Mt. Kisco, NY; 914-666-7028 luppinolm.com

Builder Christopher Quinn Ben Krupinski Builder Old Greenwich 203-990-0633 bkbuilder.com

Pool Bill Drakeley Drakeley Pool Company Bethlehem; 860-274-7903 drakeleypools.com

Civil Engineer Ted Milone Redniss & Mead Stamford; 203-327-0500 rednissmead.com

Landscaping Chris Bailey Luppino Landscaping and Masonry Mt. Kisco, NY; 914-666-7028 luppinolm.com

Arborist Rich Whitehead Hutchinson Tree Care Specialists New Canaan; 203-966-5163 hutchtree.com Glass Dennis Grimaldi Westport Glass Westport; 203-227-0432 americanframeless.com

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or a couple who spend the winter at their Florida home, this twoacre coastal property on one of Connecticut’s most beautiful harbors offered an ideal summer location for their needs. The clients wanted to optimize the spectacular waterfront views with an entry courtyard and an integrated series of terraces for cooking, dining and entertaining. While the site itself is two acres—normally sufficient to contain all the desired features—its inherent constraints required the landscape architect to address a significant list of challenges. A neighbor’s view easement, a beautiful and massive tree and the property’s natural coastal slope narrowed the extent of buildable terrain by half. The plan exceeded expectations with spaces designed to cascade from the house, maintaining the spatial connections among the terraces. The careful layout provides spectacular vistas to the harbor, the Sound and

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left: The landscape offers maximum function on a compressed footprint. below (top to bottom): A series of terraces accommodates spaces for relaxation, cooking and entertaining; the highlight is the infinity-edge pool with its clear glass side providing an underwater view of the Sound; every square foot of the plan opens to the panoramic prospect.

the islands beyond from every part of the space. To accommodate the functions of outdoor living, the design locates pool equipment in an underterrace vault. Permeable synthetic turf was utilized to minimize the area of paved terraces, and with current regulatory requirements, the driveway was designed with a permeable stone paving system to collect, store and cleanse the stormwater recharge while not reducing usable property. At the waterfront, the required shore setback was honored and restored with native plantings. The highlight of this dramatic landscape is the infinity-edge pool, with its shore-facing glass wall that provides one of the site’s most incredible views from an underwater perspective. A specially designed pool cover sits within the pool floor; when released, it floats to the top of the water to protect the structure from the elements. NOV/DEC 2020

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or this small lot in Southampton, Diane Devore of Devore Associates worked intimately with the client, architect and interior designer to ensure that every element, from the inside out, merged seamlessly together. The client wanted her house to frame the landscape and for the landscape to extend into the house, and she desired a simple, elegant outdoor design that reflected the architecture and interiors. To fulfill this wish, Devore developed a series of garden rooms that related directly to the interior rooms and porches. Using a seaside palette, the drive is lined with plantings of different textures. Juniper needles contrast with the soft round green leaves of hydrangeas, while vertical grasses soften the edge. The front game lawn is planted with swaths of grasses, along with grass-like perennials such as amsonia and lavender for seasonal color, and a curved bench is tucked in

the corner. A sunken white garden is an extension of the living room and library, and a small gravel terrace there is perfect for evening cocktails, as a water feature muffles the sound of any passing cars. Panels of limestone act as a transition from the porch to the lawn, and from there, steps lead up to the lawn plinth, where a raised pool becomes flush with the grade. The pool is raised 18 inches on one side, offering the client a place to sit while her grandchild swims. On the upper plinth, a dining terrace, formed under a grove of pleached lindens and framed by boxwood and privet hedges, overlooks the pool. While Devore’s greatest challenge was creating level changes on a flat property that appeared as if they truly belonged, the sunken white garden and the raised lawn plinth achieved that goal. From the pots to the angular wood fence, every detail was carefully thought out.

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PROFESSIONALS Landscape Architect Devore Associates Fairfield; 203-256-8950 devoreassoc.com

Architect/Builder SBP Homes Stamford; 203-323-2200 sbphomes.com Interior Designer Monika Brugger New York City 646-239-6516

Planting and Maintenance Summerhill Landscapes Sag Harbor, NY 631-725-0005 summerhill landscapes.com

opposite: Panels of limestone act as a transition from the porch to the lawn. From here, lawn steps lead on up to the lawn plinth, where the raised pool becomes flush with the grade. below, top left: The sunken white garden was designed to be an extension of the living room and library. A small gravel terrace is perfect for an evening cocktail, and a water feature muffles the sounds of passing cars. below, top right: Using a seaside palette, the entrance drive is lined with plantings of different textures. bottom: On the upper plinth, a dining terrace was formed under a grove of pleached lindens and framed by boxwood and privet hedges.

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above: In this colorful dining space, the original mantel is accented with a tile surround of newly made Victorian William de Morgan designs. A midcentury Italian chandelier is overhead, and a polypropylene rug, sewn to resemble tatami mats, is underfoot. opposite, top left: The Vladimir Kagan-inspired custom window seat is pulled up to a custom tea table. The window shades are made to resemble Japanese “sudare” blinds. opposite, top right: The Pointillist night sky painting is vintage, and the antique sconces are from Lumiere, Inc.

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asked with creating a space that could handle dining, entertaining and homework time for a young family of six, Robin Henry worked with the adventurous client to craft an unstuffy, familyfriendly dining room that could handle children, guests and pets without surrendering to an all-white palette. Housed in a Larchmont home that hadn’t been updated in decades, the end result is a room full of vibrant colors and textures that play up the home’s Victorian architecture while meeting the modern needs of a young family in an antique footprint. Utilizing the clients’ existing table and chairs, the dining room is crowned by a midcentury Italian chandelier, while a polypropylene rug, sewn to resemble tatami mats, covers the floor. The original fireplace

mantel is accented by a tile surround composed of newly made Victorian William de Morgan designs, and a pair of midcentury cabinets on either side store the children’s art supplies, charging laptops and schoolwork. In the nearby seating area, a Vladimir Kagan-inspired custom window seat curves around a custom tea table by Robin Henry Studio. Henry settled on matchstick shades inspired by Japanese “sudare” blinds. The shades, lined with silk and punctuated with tassels, filter the light coming in, and custom bendable sconces by Avantgarden come in handy during study time. On the other side of the room, two skirted tables from the clients’ previous home were joined with a fabricated top, and a vintage Pointillist painting is bookended by antique sconces from Lumiere, Inc.

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PROFESSIONAL Interior Designer Robin Henry Studio Westport; 646-409-3099 robinhenrystudio.com

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DOUGLAS VANDERHORN ARCHITECTS

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ot every architect gets the opportunity to revisit one of his own designs to apply a broader scope and function to the initial concept. In this case, when a large residential property was subdivided, the main house’s elaborate Colonial pool cottage became part of a new lot. Its owners gave the original architect, Douglas VanderHorn, the assignment to transform what had been an accessory structure into a full primary residence.

Enlarging the concept of symmetrical massing that had made the cottage so compact and attractive, the reworked façade updated and refined its appearance. Removal of the original dark shutters lightened and contemporized the front elevation. A new second floor over the structure’s central core and the addition of two new intermediate side wings provided the extra space needed to expand the living space for use as a home. This strategy did not disrupt the rear of the house, which faces the pool.

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PROFESSIONALS Architect Douglas VanderHorn, Principal David Milliken, Project Manager Douglas VanderHorn Architects Greenwich; 203-622-7000 vanderhornarchitects.com Interior Designer Isabelle Vanneck Davenport North Greenwich; 203-629-9181 davenportnorth.net General Contractor Gatehouse Partners Greenwich; 203-532-9486 gatehousepartners.com Landscape Architect Rutherford Associates Old Greenwich; 203-637-2718

PHOTOGRAPHS BY GUS CANTAVERO (AFTERS) AND DOUGLAS VANDERHORN ARCHITECTS (BEFORE)

left: The reimagined rear elevation keeps the structure’s profile and landscape intact. above: Restrained details and symmetrical massing define the front façade, and the extended cottage continues all of the original materials, trim and detailing. right: The former pool house interiors were transformed into gracious living spaces, including the light-filled great room.

Projecting rear wings with curved corners remained intact and retained their function to enclose the outdoor entertaining space. The result is a home that has a modest and traditional style yet does not sacrifice the functionality expected in a larger home. The floor plan provides sight lines from the front entry to the pool and from the kitchen into the living space. Upstairs, the second floor, brightened with new pediment dormers, has been designed as a dedicated and spacious master suite. NOV/DEC 2020

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n 1840s house on God’s Acre—New Canaan’s central and historic neighborhood—very much required some TLC as well as an improved layout of interior space. On a tight renovation schedule, KARP wanted to preserve the vintage Greek Revival façade that faces the street. At the same time, they needed to undo the haphazard additions to the house put in place in the 1960s and the early 2000s. They replaced the

outdated and ill-fitting features with a completely reworked floor plan. After restoring and rebuilding the historic façade, they put up a complementary and well-scaled street-facing addition. Inside, the space was thoroughly transformed. To highlight the renewed interiors, they installed three 12-by-4-foot skylights, illuminating the core of the home. White oak floors and doors add to the warmth throughout the house,

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left: A worn exterior gets a complete transformation with new elements modeled after the historic details. above and below: With exteriors that honor the original landmark house, interiors and outdoor spaces capture the amenities and features required for modern living.

Builder KARP New Canaan; 203-972-3366 karpassociatesinc.com Interior Designer Robin Carroll KARP New Canaan; 203-972-3366 karpassociatesinc.com

and bright new spaces speak to 21st-century tastes. A full-service side entry has a mudroom and a second powder room. The open-plan kitchen/living/family room has a separate “working” kitchen space to keep messes out of sight. The second floor plan provides a convenient laundry room as well as a master suite featuring such desirable amenities as dual walk-in closets, a spacious bath with tub and steam shower, and its own private deck. While the restored antique windows and trim out front maintain the home’s historic character, the interior features offer contemporary comfort. With the family’s relaxed lifestyle in mind, KARP did not neglect today’s outdoor needs. Renewed exterior spaces include room for open-air dining and entertaining. NOV/DEC 2020

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office/library

this page: A chevron wood floor effortlessly ties together all of the shades of wood in the light-filled office. A custom built-in standing desk and ample storage provide a sleek yet efficient workspace. opposite: A custom blue plastered wall is the backdrop for one of the custom sofas with removable arms for power naps.

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his executive Manhattan office with exceptional views of the New York City skyline needed to be both functional and stylish for Karen Bow’s client. During this top-to-bottom renovation, she designed custom cerused wood built-in cabinets with gray leather drawer fronts to hold her client’s personal belongings as well as a television that could be either exposed or concealed. Blackened steel panels were installed to cover up television and computer hardware, adding a masculine, dramatic look, and plenty of file cabinets and storage were incorporated. One of the client’s top priorities was a standing desk, so Bow stylishly configured it with a companion barstool, covered in a custom colored leather, that can be discreetly stored under the desk, and a classic execu-

tive Saarinen chair was reupholstered in a companion leather. When a more intimate meeting is required, beyond the conference room, the office needed to house up to six people comfortably. With that in mind, two custom sofas were designed and fabricated with removable arms to comfortably define each seating space. As the client works late hours, the arms can be removed for a quick power nap. To showcase the view of the walkaround terrace, the office walls were finished in white plaster, save for the accent wall. Finished in a dark navy blue plaster, this wall is home to a one-of-a-kind art piece. Grounding the space is a chevron wood floor that effortlessly ties together all of the shades of wood in this light-filled office.

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office/library PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Raymond Forehand Christina Lake Forehand + Lake Fairfield; 203-259-7636 forehandlake.com

Architect Charles Hilton Charles Hilton Architects Greenwich 203-489-3800 hiltonarchitects.com

Builder Ian Hobbs Hobbs, Inc. New Canaan 203-966-0726 hobbsinc.com

above left: A three-tiered coffee table sits on a cut-and-loop rug with a subtle stripe pattern. Hermès patterned pillows adorn the chairs to the left, and a custom mohair recliner sits to the right. above right: The view of the lake is framed by bronze-and-alabaster hanging lanterns set in front of leather draperies. opposite: Two vertical onyx-and-bronze sconces flank the fireplace, and a pair of chocolate leather ottomans with hand-stitched details sit in front. Off to the left is a high-gloss Macassar ebony desk.

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or a client who travels constantly, a library that doubles as a personal sanctuary is just what he needs when he is at home. Knowing how much time the client would spend in this space, Forehand + Lake, working with Charles Hilton Architects, designed his library to exude comfort and a sense of calm. The cleaner lines of the walnut beams, with a subtle, darker walnut inset trim detail, helped distinguish this room from the rest of the home. The fireplace surround is composed of six steel panels that bear a uniform but subtly modeled finish, and Asian influences are found throughout, from the high-lacquer vermilion-and-black cabinets to the blackened-nickel-and-parchment chandelier to the bronze-and-alabaster hanging floor lanterns framing the view of the lake beyond. The

walnut beams seamlessly transition to taupe inset leather-wrapped tiles that cover the walls and several doors. The pattern is at once random and uniform, providing both interest and a serene feel. The curved, high-gloss Macassar ebony desk complements the threetiered ivory-lacquer-and-Macassar coffee table in the seating area, which also includes a loose-back sofa with inset bronze metal details and a walnut base. The sole must-have for the client was a motorized recliner, so Forehand + Lake designed a custom dark camel mohair chair with camel piping that looks nothing like a typical recliner (and has no wires in sight). A cut-and-loop rug in a subtle stripe pattern grounds the space, and two chocolate leather ottomans with hand-stitched details are cozy perches in front of the fire.

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above: A soaking tub is nestled into a niche clad in antiqued mirrored tiles. opposite: Beautifully crafted ceiling-hung mirrored cabinets and marble-topped vanities face each other, bathed in abundant natural light. Two fully equipped showers—one inside with every possible spa detail and its own shaving station, and one outside to enjoy in fine weather—provide sideby-side luxury. The custom metal-framed glass opening to the outside offers maximum illumination, screened for privacy by the color planking of the open-air space’s surround.

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looded with natural light, this master bath offers beautiful views to the home’s private outdoor areas plus an artful arrangement of all of its amenities. Ceiling-hung floating medicine cabinets cast their reflection over his-and-her vanities placed opposite one another in a peninsular design that enhances the room’s symmetry. The warm gray tones of the cabinetry and other elements are drawn from the veining of the custom Calcutta marble vanity top. Antique brass accent hardware takes its cue from the custom gray-and-brass light fixtures that carry the angular theme of the peninsula and traditional multi-paned windows from floor to ceiling. Textured oak floors in a wide chevron pattern enhance the bath’s smooth transition from the master bedroom.

This room’s major surprise is that there are three bathing options in the layout. A 6-foot Waterworks soaking tub nests within a niche that softly reflects light from its surrounding walls set in a brick pattern with 12-by-24-inch antiqued mirrored tiles. The 7-by-12-foot indoor shower room, with its walls, floor and ceiling lined with book-matched Italian marble slabs, is fitted with multiple shower heads, body washes and shaving vanity opposite the shower area, offering maximum options for a spa-like experience. But luxury does not stop there—step through the door of its metal-framed glass wall to an outdoor shower and feel the warm cedar floorboards underfoot. The planked walls provide privacy for a refreshing summer rinse or a winter recharge.

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Right Angles


PROFESSIONALS Architect Steven Mueller Architects Greenwich; 203-869-3758 stevenmuellerarchitects.com

Contractor Sean Thaler JTT Construction 201-919-7107

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bath design: transitional / modern PROFESSIONALS Architect Laura Kaehler, Principal Matt Arnott, Project Architect Laura Kaehler Architects Greenwich; 203-629-4646 kaehlerarchitects.com Interior Decorator Jack Montgomery, Lead Designer Jack Montgomery Design Greenwich; 203-957-3292 jackmontgomerydesign.com Builder Ian Hobbs, Partner in Charge Randy Burr, Superintendent Victor Autore, Office Manager Hobbs, Inc. New Canaan; 203-966-0726 hobbsinc.com Tile and Stone Fabricator Merolle Brothers Tile & Marble Yonkers, NY; 914-237-6738 merollebrothers.com Millwork Sterling Custom Cabinetry Bridgeport; 203-335-5151 sterling-custom.com Glass Contractor Ridgefield Glass Ridgefield; 203-438-3105 ridgefieldglass.com Custom Concrete Jeff Kuryluk Concrete Encounter Bridgeport; 203-659-4765 concreteencounter.com Stone Kathy Stuart, Stone Sales ABC Stone Hicksville, NY; 516-997-9412 abcworldwidestone.com

this spread (clockwise from top left): Clear glass partitions visually enlarge this master bath suite, from a shower wall that adjoins a narrow hall toward the dressing room; an adjoining sauna with its three transparent walls; and the clever alignment with other glass features for the mirror over the floating vanity.

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o create a calming and restful bath for the master suite in a second-floor renovation project, Laura Kaehler Architects wanted to use a few key materials and a simple palette. The need to bring natural light from the outside into the space also made transparency an important feature of the design. The room’s peaceful atmosphere was achieved with the use of gray floor tile, a gray concrete countertop with integrated sinks on the double vanity and gray stained oak floating cabinetry. This calming surface scheme belies the ample storage provided by the room’s built-in drawer and closet capacity. What distinguishes the soothing surroundings is the unique pop of blue found in the shower. The architects discovered a quantity of Blue

Macauba granite slabs, and this unusual stone, quarried in Brazil, provides a soft, wavy pattern of several shades of the color. The design team had the stone book-matched and then applied it to the shower’s ceiling, walls and floor, retaining one thick slab for a floating bench. An ingenious use of glass walls provides the transparency, light and feeling of spaciousness in the fairly narrow floor plan. Facing an interior hallway to the dressing room, the far wall of the shower is clad in glass, as are its pivoting doors and sidelights on the other side. The last item on the clients’ checklist was a sauna just outside the bathroom; with a cedar back wall, the glass-walled sauna extends the feelings of openness and serenity that are at the core of the design concept.

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ited on a hilltop affording distant mountain views, this new 1,000-square-foot pool house is set on a scenic 70-acre gentleman’s farm in Washington, Conn., which serves as a weekend retreat for a Manhattan couple and their four children. The building includes a central lounge with a visual connection to the pool, a gym that can be used throughout the year, a pantry, a powder room, laundry and storage for pool toys and accessories.

The pool house takes it cues from the surrounding historic barns and cottages of the rural property, interpreted with contemporary details. The classic New England saltbox form is clad in silver weathered siding and punctuated by crisp copper overhangs and lanterns. Fully retractable glass doors facing the pool blur the line between indoors and out, and the bluestone paving of the pool terrace extends inside, creating a porch-like interior.

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PROFESSIONALS Architect/Interior Designer/ Landscape Architect Charles Haver Stewart Skolnick Haver & Skolnick Architects Roxbury; 860-354-1031 haverskolnickarchitects.com Landscape Planting Design Wesley Stout Elisa Miret-Pollino Cory Jorgensen Wesley Stout Associates New Canaan; 203-966-3100 wesleystout.com Construction Manager Seth Churchill Churchill Building Company Lakeville; 860-596-4063 churchillbuildingcompany.com

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Structural Engineer Kevin H. Chamberlain, P.E. DeStefano & Chamberlain Fairfield; 203-254-7131 dcstructural.com

The simple, elegant interior of whitewashed pine boards and bluestone slabs reinforces the concept of the interior as an open-air pavilion. A double-sided central fireplace warms both the lounge area and adjacent gym and extends the use of the building into the cooler months, and contemporary furnishings and lighting provide playful accents. The copper outdoor shower, set among bamboo and banana trees, evokes the feel of a tropical rain forest.

Mechanical Engineer Delbert Smith CES Middletown; 860-632-1682 ceseng.com Civil Engineer/Surveyor Curt Smith Smith & Company Woodbury; 203-263-0068 smithsurveyors.com Lighting Consultant Ken Daniel Westwoods Architectural Lighting Design Sharon; 860-364-5390 westwoodsdesign.com AV/Technology Consultant David Barson Opus AVC North Haven; 203-498-0407 opusavc.com

this page: Whitewashed pine boards and bluestone slabs reinforce the concept of the interior as an open-air pavilion. The fully retractable glass wall facing the pool allows the line between interior and exterior to vanish, creating a true indooroutdoor experience. opposite page: In the evening, the central fireplace is reflected in the pool.

Challenged by an abbreviated schedule, the team worked through the winter toward a Memorial Day opening. The contractor constructed a temporary heated tent enclosing the construction of the pool and terraces. Within the given time frame, the architects also specified and installed all of the interior furnishings for the building, and the surrounding landscape was designed and installed. The final coffee table was placed minutes before the clients arrived on Memorial Day weekend.

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Diana Byrne DB Design Rye, NY; 646-246-2617 dbdesigninc.com

Architect Doug Patt, AIA Allentown, PA 610-657-3244 dougpatt.com

Builder Jack Truman Prutting + Company Custom Builders Stamford; 203-972-1028 prutting.com

opposite page: A colorful, hexagonal-patterned custom rug dictates the room’s playful palette. this page (clockwise from left): Moving the bunk away from the window makes room for a swing; a mix of patterned wallcoverings extends into the bathroom; ceiling fixtures from Bocci provide candy-hued illumuniation; all combine for a bright and inviting space.

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his preteen’s bedroom was light and bright, but in its previous layout, the bed blocked both her beautiful window and the lovely view. To start off the redo, designer Diana Byrne flipped the custom bed to the opposite wall, which immediately opened up the space for a more colorful and carefree plan. Taking a cue from her young client’s sweet and fun-loving style, a playful mix of color and pattern, plus wellchosen furnishings, brings youthful energy to the space. Choosing a customizable Swizzle carpet from Kinder Modern, Byrne created its layout to align with the shape of the floor space. She loved the hexagonal motif, the happy colors and the endless possibilities for connecting the segments.

Byrne chose wallpaper for the walls and ceilings, providing a lively background for clean-lined and simple white furnishings. For the bedroom, the designer selected an abstract Seabrook pattern for the walls and a softly shaded Phillip Jeffries grasscloth for the ceiling, illuminating the room with colorful balloon-like surface mount lights from Bocci. In the bathroom, more patterns mix, with Kerri Rosenthal’s Studio Floor paper on the walls, Jarlath Mellett’s Dot on the ceiling and a dreamy blue Waterworks Disc tile on the floor. A fun project for everyone, the only snafu came at the finish line, when the client’s cute dog ate the wow feature—a swing covered in faux fur—and the wait for its replacement was very long (but worth it).

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commercial space

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hen they purchased a city block in downtown New Haven that for years had been a nondescript on-grade parking lot, the developers sought out a firm to provide an imaginative plan for its reuse. They aimed to construct 400 residential units, add communal facilities and retail space, and conceal and enclose the parking component in an above-grade structure. With these goals in mind, the architects saw their challenge as providing an appealing residential identity, with features and amenities that support a feeling of community. Ideally located two blocks from the city green and the urban Yale campus, the design was guided by the lifestyles of its target demographic of Yale graduate students and Yale New Haven hospital staff. Architecturally, the public areas celebrate the warmth and texture

of the raw concrete structure, layered over with a palette of hot rolled steel and concrete block. This framework serves as a backdrop for comfortable furnishings in community-friendly spaces that are modern in form and function. The first phase of the project—called The Audubon—is now complete, with 169 apartments, parking for 700 cars and a new restaurant on its most prominent corner. Coinciding with a major shift toward working from home, Audubon’s “Zoom rooms” provide quiet private spaces outside of the apartments for virtual meetings. The second phase of development will complete an inventory of wellappointed apartments and townhomes and will add bike rooms, music performance spaces, grow rooms, an art studio and a chef ’s kitchen and dining room for residents to hold dinner parties and social gatherings.

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opposite page: The public spaces of this new downtown development offer a variety of options for community-building functions, including generously proportioned areas for socializing. this page (clockwise from top left): Amenities such as communal lounging niches, “Zoom rooms,� fully equipped party spaces, private work-from-home spaces and reading rooms make the 400-unit project attractive to the university and hospital populations who work nearby.

PROFESSIONALS Architect Beinfield Architecture Norwalk; 203-838-5789 beinfield.com

Client Spinnaker Real Estate Partners South Norwalk; 203-354-1547 spinrep.com

Builder A. Pappajohn Company Norwalk; 203-523-0303 apappajohn.com

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kitchen design: trad / classic

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he owners of a beautifully detailed 19th-century Victorian home wanted an up-to-date kitchen/family room addition in a modern style that could comfortably and seamlessly exist with the original, fairly elaborate detailing of the existing house. Huestis Tucker Architects had to manage a balance between traditional architectural details and a layout that suited the clients’ wish for a bright, open space that would take advantage of the natural light and the views of their garden out back. What evolved was a single, large room with a 10-foot ceiling and an axial arrangement and centering of doors, windows and beams that organized the floor plan into discrete areas for cooking, eating and relaxing. Facing south, the addition projects into the garden, where three large expanses of steel-framed glass on three

sides provide abundant natural light and lovely views to the outdoors. Many components of the new space feature details and materials that are more modern-feeling, yet their integration in the space shows the same meticulous attention to craft found in the antique part of the house. The architects saw their task as one that marries a 21st-century addition to a vintage structure in a manner that respects the quality and character of the original. For example, the English mantel-style range hood, which is the focal point of the kitchen, echoes the fireplace mantel—original to the house—in the sitting area. The finely mullioned steel doors and windows refer to the decorative and graphic quality of the home’s original leaded glass windows with an updated function and expansive prospect. The details are all carefully rendered expressions of modern life with a bow to design precedent.

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opposite page: The kitchen’s work, dining and relaxing areas combine traditional elements tweaked for some modern sleekness. this page: Darkened metallic details, such as the frames for windows and doors, brackets for open shelving, lighting with a modern edge, and slender legs for kitchen and table seating, reference vintage elements and provide an updated feel in this addition to a classic Victorian home.

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his Greenwich home, built in the 1980s, required a full update by its new owners. Working closely with the recently married couple, designer Michelle Morgan Harrison instilled a thoughtful mix of old and new, vintage and antique, bold color and bold art as the common thread for the home’s design, and the spacious new kitchen embraced this theme. In the working area, a bright navy blue island was paired with crisp white perimeter cabinetry, and a Bianca White Carrara full-height slab backsplash creates a clean, sleek look. Brass and crystal can be found throughout the space, and satin brass barstools, hardware and faucets pop against the white. Behind the sink, the windows were enlarged to open up the wall and to showcase views of the pool, the gardens and the architecture of old ruins on the property, and the tall cabinets

flanking the sink are faced in German antique mirrored glass. Artwork by Linda Colletta also makes a statement behind the island. The original stainless-steel hood was salvaged and updated with the addition of brass strapping, and brass-and-glass doors converted an unassuming pantry into a stunning wine room. The satin brass metalwork was repeated in the suspended shelves over the breakfast bar peninsula, where a collection of dinner and serving ware in navy, gray and white is conveniently stored. In the light-filled breakfast room, a vintage Murano glass feather chandelier illuminates the table, composed of glass, Lucite and brass, and navy velvet-and-brass dining chairs and soft white sheers add elegance to the space. Jewel tones in every shade flow throughout the home, and they work beautifully with this kitchen as the anchor.

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Setting the Tone


opposite page: A bright navy island pops among crisp white perimeter cabinetry. this page (clockwise from top left): Artwork by Linda Colletta makes a statement behind the island; windows were enlarged to showcase views of the property; a Murano chandelier hangs above the breakfast table; brass-and-glass doors transform a pantry into a wine room, with the satin brass metalwork repeated in the suspended shelves over the breakfast bar peninsula.

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Morgan Harrison Home New Canaan 203-594-7878 morganharrisonhome. com Cabinetry Sterling Custom Cabinetry Bridgeport 203-335-5151 sterling-custom.com

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opposite: The stone wall in the adjacent living room was monotonous, so a brushed metal accent was introduced to define the fireplace, adding interest and anchoring the space. The brushed metal is repeated on the kitchen hood (above left), tying both spaces together. In the dining area, the wow factor is the delicate chandelier, which contrasts with the live-edge ebony dining table. above: The wood floor and stone countertops soften the strength of the emerald green cabinetry.

PROFESSIONALS Architect/Interior Designer Susan Alisberg Alisberg Parker Architects Old Greenwich 203-637-8730 alisbergparker.com

Builder/Contractor Richard Stumpf II RJ Stumpf Construction Basalt, CO 970-618-6767 rjstumpf.com

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hen repeat clients decided to undertake a gut renovation of their Colorado vacation home, Alisberg Parker Architects were elated to take on the task. Knowing the clients’ penchant for saturated hues, the firm incorporated shades of emerald green throughout the home, and the kitchen was no exception. The bold hue, selected to star on the cabinetry, served as the foundation for the space and was offset by a more neutral palette of rich, textured materials. To meet the meal prep, dining and socializing functions of a ski house kitchen, the firm designed with flexibility in mind. Creating a working kitchen in a relatively small space meant making judicious use of a walk-in pantry, where a countertop was added on three sides to form a second hidden workstation. Rich wood floors and man-made statuary stone counters

soften the strength of the green cabinetry, and the dramatic wedge-shaped island allows guests to pitch in with cooking or sit with a cocktail. In the dining area, a delicate chandelier, organic in shape, contrasts with a liveedge ebony table set against the view. The open feel of the first floor continues with a suspended glass cabinet, accessible from both the kitchen and living room, that allows family and guests to mix drinks at the bar area while interacting with those watching TV or enjoying the fire. As a backdrop to the striking cabinets, Alisberg Parker Architects created a dark, brushed metal hood, which serves as a companion piece to the impressive fireplace surround added in the living room. The similar styling and finishes on the hood and surround tie the two rooms together and create a feeling of cohesion in this getaway.

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traditional architecture / greater than 7k sq. feet CHARLES HILTON ARCHITECTS WITH FOREHAND + LAKE

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Architect Charles Hilton Charles Hilton Architects Greenwich; 203-489-3800 hiltonarchitects.com

Builder Ian Hobbs Hobbs, Inc. New Canaan; 203-966-6006 hobbsinc.com

Interior Designer Raymond Forehand Christina Lake Forehand + Lake Fairfield; 203-259-7636 forehandlake.com

Landscape Designer Maryanne Connelly Hollander Design Landscape Architects New York City; 212-473-0620 hollanderdesign.com


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opposite page: The façade incorporates five different handmade bricks in buff, red and blackened colors. The bricks, the cornice, the balusters and the windows were all overscaled to make the composition appear smaller than it otherwise would. this page (clockwise from top right): Oversize openings flood the home with natural light; the grand entry’s stone floor pattern introduces the architectural palette; the rear elevation opens to lakefront, providing magnificent views; a tall tray ceiling, generous windows and French doors keep the family room airy; an indoor natatorium was built beneath the rear terrace for the views and optimum ventilation.

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exquisite bespoke details results in surroundings that harmoniously blend the couple’s wishes. Every part of this home was carefully imagined and meticulously constructed. The entryway introduces the color palette of the house, arranged in a pattern inspired by the Campidoglio in Rome. The large volume of the living room was proportioned so that neither the width nor the height of the space is overwhelming or out of balance. All fixtures and openings were custom-crafted to ensure the proper scale, and they produce surroundings that are comfortable as well as memorable. Just as the project was nearing completion, the third and final parcel of land that permitted substantial open space and a formal driveway on axis with the center of the house became available and was purchased by the clients. This grand approach completed the vision of their ideal home.

ore than six years from inspiration to completion, the main house of this Greenwich estate is the jewel of a 13-acre property with frontage on Putnam Lake. The clients, intent on creating a home that reflects their inspirations, were drawn to this area of town and its beautiful Georgian-style residences. Inspired by Belton House, a notable British country estate, and David Adler’s 1928 Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts, the exterior has classic symmetry and an enduring material composition of brick and stone. Inside, the main living space reflects a merging of influences of the two clients. The husband, who travels internationally for business, has always loved the respite he finds in the lobbies of Asia’s finest hotels. He wanted light, expansiveness and modern luxury, while his wife prefers a softer, more transitional environment. The interplay of grand proportions and

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ROBERT A. CARDELLO ARCHITECTS

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hese clients, who own a restaurant in New York City, loved escaping to the coastal, rural community of Larchmont. While the location of their home was idyllic, the original house was dated and too small for their growing family, so Robert A. Cardello Architects designed a new home that fit nicely on the narrow lot without maximizing the allowable coverage. The first and second floors are just under 3,350 square feet, and the basement provides 650 square feet of storage and “crazy kid space,” specifically requested by the owners for their two young boys. In keeping with the quaint, shoreline neighborhood, the façade of the house is clean and elegant, with a steep pitched, slate-composite roof. Marvin Ultimate casement windows and French doors, painted black inside and out, add to the charming, European appearance. The two-story front entry

foyer features custom metal railings, a limestone tile floor and a selection of light fixtures that enhance the European feel, and a short hallway, with a curved ceiling, leads to the main living space on the left and a guest suite on the right. The interior is clean and unembellished, using strictly drywall without crowns or casings to allow the architecture to speak for itself. The main living space offers a quality chef ’s kitchen, a dining area, TV space with a cozy fireplace, and a sitting area for reading or chatting while a meal is prepared. Custom wood beams help to define the spaces, and the sitting area’s vaulted ceiling adds charm. The program also includes a first-floor office, a second-floor play space overlooking the foyer, a master suite—with a floating vanity wall that separates the bedroom from the bath—and two en suite bedrooms.

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opposite: The main living area houses places to cook, eat, watch TV and relax. Custom wood beams help to delineate the separate areas. above: The rear elevation shows the spacious patio with a balcony above, and the modest house size leaves plenty of yard for the children to enjoy; in the living space, open shelves flank the fireplace, which is painted to appear like concrete. below: With plenty of cooking space, the kitchen was the main focus for the client, who is a professional chef; the two-story front entry foyer features custom metal railings, a limestone tile floor and a selection of light fixtures that enhance the European feel.

PROFESSIONALS Architect Robert A. Cardello Architects Westport; 203-853-2524 cardelloarchitects.com

Builder Domus Constructors Greens Farms; 203-852-6789 domusllc.com

Interior Designer Karin Sherman Larchmont, NY

Window and Doors Marvin marvin.com

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PROFESSIONALS Architect Sellars Lathrop Architects Westport; 203-222-0229 sellarslathrop.com

Builder Fore Group Farmington

Structural Engineer Kevin Chamberlain DeStefano & Chamberlain Fairfield; 203-254-7131 dcstructural.com

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his new 4,500-square-foot certified Net-Zero residence sits on a popular creek in Fairfield with great views to Long Island Sound and a protected nature reserve to the west. The owners, with six adult children between them, wanted to build a budget-friendly new home to replace their existing FEMA non-compliant structure. By providing a sustainable, energy-efficient, low-maintenance lifestyle, the house was envisioned to be the family homestead for present and future generations, and the clients knew that the team at Sellars Lathrop Architects could bring their dream to life. Setbacks, FEMA regulations, height constraints and solar orientation all played major roles in the home’s shape and rooflines, and the house needed to fit into the traditional shoreline neighborhood. With its multiple gable roofs but large glass expanses, the character seems more transitional than

traditional. Aside from creating living spaces and five bedrooms, a critical goal was to orient the house for maximum PV and passive solar gain. The main entry door is below the flood elevation to ensure that the complete entry foyer—with steel stairs, stone floor and wood walls—is flood-proof. The main, public rooms are beachy casual, open-plan and space-efficient, with expanses of triple glazed Euro-style windows and sliding doors facing east, south and west. Exposed steel framing, painted a deep slate gray, allowed for wide open spaces and views and reveal higher ceilings. The simplicity of the interior spaces is offset by the nature views, and the exterior materials are maintenance-free. While developing the design to meet Energy Star and Net-Zero certification was challenging, the winter sun heats the house, energy bills are next to nothing, and the clients can easily ride out the next storm.

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SELLARS LATHROP ARCHITECTS


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ts profile suggests a bit of New England vernacular, rendered in spare geometry. But this home’s simple and refined materials palette provides a modern sensibility for the residence that architect Paulo Vicente created for Amy Aidinis Hirsch and her family. The finished plan is a perfect enclosure to reveal the interior designer’s personal style. The architect specified large windows, as well as the creation of all-glass openings as links to connect the structure’s main sections. This key element illuminates the house with daylight and complements the discerningly edited interiors with the beauty of the natural outdoor surroundings. Hirsch’s own designs are often a study in contrasts: light and dark, sharp linear compositions relaxed with rustic elements. For her own home, this

effect begins with the exterior: white roofs and cladding, dark trim and natural wood accents. During the day, the transparency of the openings provides a visual connection with the outdoors, softening the home’s precise angles. At night, the structure’s presence is like that of a lighthouse, with each room’s pendants glowing through the wide glass openings. Inside, the arrangement of architectural details and furnishings reveals a careful eye for balance. An open-riser stair filters outside light from the mudroom entry into the kitchen, with its rustic exposed wood beams and 21st-century chandelier. Pale, light-reflecting hardwood floors—used throughout the home—and the under-island wood paneling and counter seating serve as counterpoints to the precise dark-andlight planes of the kitchen’s work area.

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Country Clarity


opposite: Glass links between sections and a spare palette of black, white and wood accents provide a refreshed modern rendering of farmhouse style. this page: White roofs and board and batten siding contrast with the garage’s horizontal boards stained black as well as black-metal-framed openings. The combination emphasizes the simplicity of the structure, and its crisp lines nod to traditional form.

PROFESSIONALS Architect Paulo Vicente, Principal in Charge Vicente-Burin Architects Fairfield; 203-319-9571 vbarchitect.com

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

Builder Keith Manca Keith J. Manca Building Company Newtown; 203-270-3608 kjmbuilding.com

Landscape Architect Kathryn Herman Kathryn Herman Design New Canaan 203-966-1221 kathrynhermandesign.com

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above: A Phillip Jeffries floral paper brings the room together. opposite (clockwise from top left): Fixtures and accessories become jewelry, beginning with the Lee Broom crescent chandelier in the vestibule space, a collection of nudes in shimmering frames from Swoon gallery in Westport, and Siemon & Salazar wall sconces in a rose gold finish. The Lola lounger by Verellen from the Schwartz Design Showroom creates a cozy reading corner, and the oversize vintage glass-and-gilt chandelier, dubbed “the Beast,” is a keynote for the overall scheme.

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or their home on the Five Mile River in Darien, Karen Bow’s longtime clients called on her once again to give their home what she and they call an “Old World modern” sensibility. Bow notes that such grand projects evolve and require attention to the transitions from space to space. The ceiling height and shape of the master bedroom called for wallpaper with a large motif, and the calm, soothing colors of the Phillip Jeffries’ Bloom wall panels spoke to both the clients and the designer. The beautiful bed had featured a canopy in the original house before its complete architectural transformation; to update this central furnishing for the new space, Bow had the canopy removed, and her client found the perfect brass finials to top each post. Underfoot, Bow placed a Kelly Wearstler design from The Rug Com-

pany. Its ambling abstract pattern provides a lively note for the overall picture. Other textiles offer harmony with texture and palette-enhancing color; the needlepoint bird pillow, lush bedding from the Home Boutique of Greenwich, and back pillows and complementary bench upholstery fabric from Nobilis are just a few of the selections that add to the serenity and sensual beauty of the space. One vintage piece applies a dramatic finishing note to the room. Found at L’Antiquaire in Westport and destined for the upstairs foyer, the bedroom’s central chandelier proved too large for its original spot and became a key feature around which other fixtures were chosen and placed. Nicknamed “the Beast” for its grand scale, Bow acknowledges that it landed where it absolutely belongs.

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In Full Bloom


PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Karen Bow Interiors 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

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

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bedroom: transitional / modern

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Raymond Forehand Christina Lake Forehand + Lake Fairfield; 203-259-7636 forehandlake.com

FOREHAND + LAKE WITH CHARLES HILTON ARCHITECTS

Quiet Opulence

Architect Charles Hilton Charles Hilton Architects Greenwich 203-489-3800 hiltonarchitects.com Builder Ian Hobbs Hobbs, Inc. New Canaan 203-966-0726 hobbsinc.com


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opposite page: A handstitched leather paneled niche perfectly frames and aligns with the bed and nightstands. this page: The room is grounded by a pale gray geometric wallcovering. A walnut bench with a handstitched shagreen cushion sits in front of the fireplace.

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brass chandelier frame. At the foot of the bed, the television is contained within a cabinet framed in sleek mahogany and faced with soft goatskin in a geometric pattern. The room’s furnishings combine in harmony on a hand-knotted gray silk-and-wool rug that has a subtle ombrÊ fade pattern. A fireplace surround, crafted by a local artisan, runs the full height of the room. Hewn from marble, it was cut and honed into a multifaceted pattern that provides a dynamic yet softening effect not usually associated with this material. The challenge was creating an interlocking motif of varying-size rectangles stepped back from one another and set to different planes, and this puzzle needed to be perfectly random to achieve the desired effect. Positioned as its central feature, this unique element completes the room.

pening to a terrace with a magnificent lakefront view, the master suite of a Greenwich manor house is impressive in its comforting appointments as well as its architectural grandeur. The expansive floor plan and 14-foot ceilings demanded thoughtful attention to filling this private space with furnishings that make a refined and sophisticated statement. The designers chose a palette of striking materials used in counterpoint. Their goal was for the finishes to be fittingly luxurious while simultaneously soft and calming. The lacquered rosewood bed frame is inset with an embossed lambskin headboard and subtle inlaid polished brass details. This juxtaposition of gleam and texture continues overhead with hand-formed, opaque glass discs hanging from a satin

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Contractor Marcus Dierna Dierna Construction Fairfield; 203-913-5232

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n this formerly outdated, L-shaped ranch finished into a center-hall Colonial, designer Diane Rath created a foyer full of color and pattern yet grounded in timelessness. Due to the home’s original footprint, the stairs were kept in the rear, and the entry was moved from the right side to the center. Thanks to the back staircase, the ceiling was two different heights in this space, so a large cased opening broke the entry into two parts, evening out the ceiling and keeping the original height in the front. A classic checkerboard marble floor bordered in black outlines the parameters of the space, and rather than working against the shape created with the cased opening, it highlights it, delineating the “entry” and the “hall.” The reds and pinks found in the graphic artwork complement the art deco-like green-and-white scalloped wallpaper, and in a nod to juxtapositions that provide a sense of balance, Rath placed an antique drop-leaf farm table in the more modern interior.


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leopard carpet sets the tone when stepping through the pivoting front door of this newly constructed old-world modern home. On one side of the entry, an arched plaster cove holds an oversize brass floor-length mirror, and a matching cove on the other side houses a custom art piece—that symbolically represents each member of the family—placed above a custom latticed iron table with brass accents. Surrounded by white plaster walls, the foyer also includes a powder room finished with a custom-cut marble floor, a brass detailed vanity and a playful mob scene “Where’s Andy Warhol” motif wallpaper. Around the corner, a plaster staircase with ironwork curves around a charred-wood-and-marble table, and a custommade ombré stair runner travels upstairs.

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

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Architect Mike Cusato Cusato Architecture Westport; 203-395-4663 cusatoarchitecture.com General Contractor West Construction New Canaan; 203-966-7918 westconstructioncorp.com

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his luxe living room was part of a gut renovation by D2 Interieurs of a palatial waterfront estate on Lake Lillinonah. The clients, who escape here from New York City on weekends, love color and soft fabrics, so designer Denise Davies kept the palette soft and neutral while still infusing color thoughtfully. Due to the large proportions of the space, she created several seating and entertaining areas, and a custom 14-foot rounded bar, with John Pomp handblown pendants above, overlooks the room. Arteriors chandeliers crafted from shells hang from the coffered ceiling, and custom inlaid wood built-ins appear as pieces of furniture. Custom rugs by D2 Interieurs add texture, while Holly Hunt ombrĂŠ fabric panels instill a dreamy quality. French doors that open up to the lake view were added to allow plenty of light in, and the windows were renovated to optimize the water views. athomefc.com

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Roughan Interiors Weston and New York City; 203-769-1150 roughaninteriors.com Architect Hirsch|Corti Architecture New York City 212-219-2609 hirschcorti.com Contractor IA Contracting Brooklyn; 718-832-1182

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his pied-à -terre originally slated for just a paint job turned into a gut renovation, and Christina Roughan was in charge of hiring the contractors and architects. To create a modern traditional home in a New York City high rise, Roughan designed an elegant escape with understated formality that captures the views of Central Park, highlights art and pops of color, and feels both feminine and masculine. Since the client is tall, height in the living room was maintained by creating a strong hold for the ceiling to carry a ceiling light. The room is relatively rectangular, so Roughan softened the space with curves, and the Vladimir Kagan sofa was the first purchase—it was ordered in two pieces and sewn on-site so that the parts would fit in the elevator. An antique Swedish table and chairs mix with soulful objects for an inviting curated experience; a lounge chair is ideal for reading; and the mirror above the console is actually a leather-framed TV. NOV/DEC 2020

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his captivating living room evokes Parisian chic with a fresh nod to midcentury modern. A black-and-white patterned horsehair-stuffed sofa was scaled perfectly to size for this petite living space, and two edgy black leather side tables topped with oversize walnut-and-brass vintage lamps from Paris sit on either side. Ripped curtain fabric in a gray tone frames the windows, and a midcentury modern club chair covered in a charcoal Belgian linen is nestled in the corner. A custom erased heritage rug in shades of blues and grays with touches of gold covers the floor, and perched on top is a vintage round coffee table with a brass base along with two stools in a hand-painted velvet. The midcentury modern marble 3-D tile that surrounds the fireplace provides the perfect setting to enjoy the original Andy Warhol artwork that hangs above.

PROFESSIONALS Builder Comstock Residential Contracting Briarcliff Manor, NY; 914-762-0100 comstockres.com

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

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

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PROFESSIONALS Architect/Interior Designer Susan Alisberg Alisberg Parker Architects Old Greenwich 203-637-8730 alisbergparker.com Builder/Contractor Richard Stumpf II RJ Stumpf Construction Basalt, CO; 970-618-6767 rjstumpf.com


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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Denise Davies D2 Interieurs Weston; 646-326-7048 d2interieurs.com Architect Mike Cusato Cusato Architecture Westport; 203-395-4663 cusatoarchitecture.com General Contractor West Construction New Canaan; 203-966-7918 westconstructioncorp.com Custom Cabinetry and Millwork Old World Construction Redding; 203-544-9263 Stone Dushi Marble and Granite Stamford; 203-978-0038 dushimg.com Appliances Aitoro Appliance & Electronics Norwalk; 203-847-2471 aitoro.com

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oused in a waterfront home on Lake Lillinonah, this colorful play space by D2 Interieurs appeals to adults and kids alike. A vintage hand chair and a custom Lucite coffee table filled with gumballs are standouts in the room, and a large-screen TV is perfect for watching movies. A pool table and foosball table stand ready for family tournaments, and a bar/kitchen—clad in graphic Clé cement tile—is stocked with snacks and drinks. Since the room also serves as a pool house for the property, a laundry room is conveniently concealed behind barn doors, and window treatments crafted from Emma Hayes’ River fabric highlight the full lake views. The overall vibe is fun and sophisticated with an organic feel, and the pops of blue bring the outdoors in. And in case a directive is needed, a custom neon sign, “Go Jump in the Lake,” is on display.


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space: ADULT bath design: play trans/modern pool house PROFESSIONALS Builder Hemingway Fine Homes Greenwich; 203-625-0566 hemingwayconstruction.com Architect Christopher Pagliaro Architects Darien; 203-838-5517 christopherpagliaroarchitects. com Interior Designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design Greenwich; 203-661-1266 amyhirsch.com Landscape Architect Artemis Landscape Architects Sandy Hook; 203-683-1808 artemisla.com

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A/V Professional Advanced Home Audio Shelton; 203-922-0051 advancedhomeaudio.com

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hy should the kids have all the fun? That was the thinking behind a young couple’s home renovation that produced an outdoor entertaining space for children and adults, a home theater and an indoor/outdoor adult cabana and bar. The new state-of-the-art movie room seats eight, and blackout shades can be raised or lowered with the touch of a button. An adjacent whimsical concession stand has a popcorn maker and open shelving for any type of candy imaginable. In the bar, designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch clad the ceiling and walls with authentic reclaimed corral boards from Montana and covered the floor with supple leather laid in a herringbone pattern. Bronze-and-blackened-steel shelves display liquor, and the bar itself has a jaw-dropping chiseled-edge waterfall marble countertop that cascades down the front in a jagged diagonal line. This elegant play space emits an older classic feel, yet has all the elements of cutting-edge, transitional design.

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Carey Karlan Last Detail Interior Design Darien; 203-921-5151 careykarlan.com Builder Davenport Contracting Stamford; 203-324-6308 davenportcontracting.com Window Treatments Traditional Drapery Bridgeport; 203-257-1125 Wallpaper Installation Mark Florian Wallpapering Huntington; 203-913-7073

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or longstanding clients, Carey Karlan of Last Detail Interior Design created a multipurpose playroom that could grow with the couple’s young children. An active play space with climbing equipment already existed in the family’s basement, so Karlan designed this room for quieter activities, such as homework, art projects, watching TV and hanging out. Complementing the cheerful shades of coral, gray and white found throughout the room, a Lee sectional is covered in a bright Thibaut performance fabric, and a Duc Duc play table with a chalkboard top and built-in paper roll is ready for drawing. A Saarinen-style table and swivel tulip chairs from LexMod are set up for playing games, finishing assignments or creating artwork, and custom Duc Duc storage units conceal toys and supplies for art projects and homework. Karlan reoriented the TV for family moviewatching, and she added shiplap around the room and the adjoining bathroom and topped it with fun wallpaper in each space. Instead of artwork, a kite soars in the air.


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

Graffiti and Painted Logos Andrea Casey 203-927-8884 andreacasey.com

Custom Drafting Table and Side Table Tom Richards Southern Restoration Senoia, GA restoreandreuse.com

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his playroom was cleverly revamped into a dreamy art studio for a creative 11-year old girl. She wanted a clean, industrial vibe with a personalized touch, so William Lyon painted the previously purple walls white, took out the existing carpet tiles, painted one wall with chalkboard paint to function as a blank slate for the client’s artwork, and commissioned a carpenter in Georgia to make a drafting table with a zinc countertop and swivel stools. A custom life-size pegboard was installed with adjustable peg shelves for art supplies, and the designer framed a selection of the girl’s artwork in uniform white frames to display. A “chill zone” features a comfy sofa, a bandanna rag rug and logos from the girl’s favorite TV shows hand-painted by artist Andrea Casey. Every inch of this studio is functional as well as beautiful and fits this artistic young girl’s personality to a T.

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his industrial-chic craft room and lounge area is happy, colorful and the perfect retreat for creative play. A queen-size omnibus ottoman is made with modular back cushions that can be configured for comfort while playing video games or watching TV, and the oversize piece can also be converted into a queen-size bed for sleepovers. A patterned rug beneath echoes the colors of the adjacent craft room, and custom taupe USM modular storage units house video games, toys and endless Legos. The fully stocked art studio nearby is meticulously organized utilizing companion gray USM storage units. The walls are covered in a taupe-and-gray vinyl washable wallpaper, while colorful floor tiles cut into a modern graphic were ordered with extra pieces for replacements. A rice table provides hours of tactile play, and a Lucite easel in the corner encourages creativity to flow. Finishing off the space, while keeping a watchful eye over all the crafty chaos, is a Princess Leia Lego figure art piece.

Interior Designer Karen Bow Interiors Darien; 914-953-1517 karenbow.com Architect Michael Smith Architects Norwalk; 203-563-0553 michaelsmitharchitects.com

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his resort-like pool house landscape is set on a 70-acre farm in Washington, Conn. The program included creating a new pool with integral spa, a lounging terrace, an outdoor shower and a series of planting environments. The design of the pool and terrace is an extension of the classical pool house plan, with symmetrical elements organized on a central axis. The bluestone terrace is framed by beds of tall grasses for a sense of privacy; the copper outdoor shower is nestled among bamboo, banana trees and elephant ears for a tropical rain forest effect; and a romantic shade garden can be found behind the pool house. A tight deadline posed a challenge, but a temporary heated tent over the pool and terraces enabled construction to continue through the winter. The family’s favorite feature is a hammock, hanging above a crescent of Russian sage, black-eyed Susan and maiden grass.

PROFESSIONALS Architect/Interior Designer/Landscape Architect Charles Haver Stewart Skolnick Haver & Skolnick Architects Roxbury; 860-354-1031 haverskolnickarchitects.com Landscape Planting Design Wesley Stout Elisa Miret-Pollino Cory Jorgensen Wesley Stout Associates New Canaan 203-966-3100 wesleystout.com NOV/DEC 2020

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Landscape Planting Installation Brian Cossari Peter Lawrenia Hoffman Landscapes Wilton; 203-834-9656 hoffmanlandscapes.com Construction Manager Seth Churchill Churchill Building Company Lakeville; 860-596-4063 churchillbuildingcompany.com Pool Subcontractor Bill Drakeley Drakeley Pool Company Bethlehem 860-274-7903 drakeleypools.com

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Civil Engineer/ Surveyor Curt Smith Smith & Company Woodbury 203-263-0068 smithsurveyors.com Lighting Consultant Ken Daniel Westwoods Architectural Lighting Design Sharon; 860-364-5390 westwoodsdesign.com AV/Technology Consultant David Barson Opus AVC North Haven; 203-498-0407 opusavc.com


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his property is a fine example of an estate that gave Philadelphia’s Main Line its character and reputation, but the grounds lacked spaces for modern outdoor living. To herald in a new era, James Doyle Design Associates created a series of formal and intimate garden spaces that complemented the open landscape and echoed the history of the site. Since the home lacked a formal approach or arrival sequence, the driveway and courtyard were reimagined for an arrival experience that befits a house of this architectural stature, and a water feature in the courtyard adds extra sensory appeal. The terraces off of the back of the house were decorated and furnished for intimate and large entertaining events, and the main plateau, with a sculpture by Antony Gormley, is framed by two sets of four cubed Tilia cordata and a sheared Carpinus betulus hedge. The swimming pool garden became its own destination, with a new granite wall serving as a backdrop and a privacy screening.

Landscape Designer James Doyle Design Associates Greenwich; 203-869-2900 jdda.com

Irrigation Installation Aquatica Service Industries Forest Grove, PA; 267-897-4740 aquaticaserviceindustries.com

Landscape Installation Terren Landscapes 610-284-4400 terrenlandscapes.com

Arborist John B. Ward & Co. Bryn Mawr, PA; 610-525-1562 johnbward.com

General Contractor Pinemar, Inc. Ardmore, PA; 610-649-5075 pinemar.net

Lighting Advanced Electrical Services Group 610-649-1900 advancedesg.com

Interior Designer Victoria Hagan Interiors New York City; 212-888-1178 victoriahagan.com Structural Engineer Structural Design Associates Downingtown, PA 610-458-4470 structuraldesignassociates. com

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Masonry Joseph Manero & Sons Glenside, PA; 215-885-3711 josephmaneroandsons.com Art Installers Atelier Art Services Philadelphia 215-842-3500 atelierstorage.com

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he owners of this 1930s stone cottage longed for a pool but were told the front yard was the only option on their sloping lot— until Renée Byers took over, carving a plinth into the land in the optimal spot for privacy, convenience, sunshine, scenery and accessibility from all main living areas. Faced with the challenge of a 20-foot slope across the narrow pool garden, Byers devised a high, L-shaped retaining wall bordered by low plantings on the lower side and twin grass banks that sculpted the land in gently controlled folds on the upper side of the pool. The result is timelessly elegant yet unforced, fitting the land so snugly it feels as though it has always been there. Stone steps provide structure to the “gardens within the garden,” prompting visitors to slow down and appreciate nature’s many forms and textures up close and to take in the mountain views.

PROFESSIONALS Landscape Architect Renée Byers Landscape Architect Greenwich; 203-489-0800 reneebyers.com Structural Engineer Carl Ruspini Ruspini Consulting Engineers Monroe; 203-268-9973

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PROFESSIONALS Landscape Architect Renée Byers Landscape Architect Greenwich 203-489-0800 reneebyers.com

Architect Charles Hilton Charles Hilton Architects Greenwich 203-489-3800 hiltonarchitects.com

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enée Byers was tasked with situating a pool, spa, guesthouse, garage and outdoor entertaining area on a half-acre lot adjacent to the clients’ primary home. Byers and architect Charles Hilton masterfully balanced interior-exterior relationships, creating an oasis that joins easily to the main house yet remains a private and serene destination on its own. The front of the guesthouse fits quietly in context with the neighborhood, while the rear opens up in a lively ensemble of covered porches around the pool. A cross axis occurs at the midpoint of the guesthouse, pulling the gaze from the entrance of the house across the rear courtyard to the outdoor fireplace centered on the pool. Garden rooms include seating, lounging, dining and outdoor cooking areas and a lawn panel, and the buildings evolved relative to the landscape. Recalling classical reflecting pools set within a built courtyard, the pool is the organizing element of the garden.


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PROFESSIONALS Landscape Designer Rosalia Sanni Design Greenwich 203-918-4619 rosaliasanni.com General Contractor Redwood Construction Bethel; 203-653-9105 redwoodconsultingco. com Architect for FeakeFerris Restoration and New Home Dodaro Architects Old Greenwich 203-637-7530 Restoration of Historic Portion of Home Greenwich Point Conservancy in strategic alliance with the homeowners Old Greenwich 203-637-3400 greenwichpoint.org/ the-ferris-homestead Landscaper Gro Pro Landscape Co. Old Greenwich 203-637-2004 groprogardens.com

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he first and oldest home in Greenwich—the FeakeFerris House dating back to 1645—was restored by the homeowners and the Greenwich Point Conservancy, and it now sits alongside the owners’ new home. Rosalia Sanni Design reimagined the landscape at the same time to fuse old and new. The historic parts of the home were treated with era-appropriate elements: plants that might have been imported from England or natives found locally, native stone walls and gravel surfaces, a kitchen garden, and apple and pear trees. Newer treatments provide modern functionality: a heated driveway, large entry motor court, evergreen and ornamental plantings, linden trees and a shady garden walk. Challenged with reimagining a historical context to the landscape without any record of one, Sanni first had to connect the landscape to the past and then infuse it with fresh, modern and practical elements to balance the architecture and setting.

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rama is served in this dining room that mixes oldworld elegance with nods to mod. In this newly constructed home, the interiors had to exude elegance without showboating over front-to-back water views. A clean slate of white-painted brick walls set the stage for knockout pieces like the custom blackened walnut dining table with its hammered brass base and the blue-and-gold-flaked Lindsey Adelman Cherry Bomb chandelier. Blue-stitch detailing pops against the black felt of the classic dining chairs, while a bench on one side of the table prevents the space from feeling cluttered. The art mixes the old and the new with a little wink: a moss installation in an antique frame has just a bit of the original painting poking out; an antique painting from Norway draws the eye with its deep colors; and vintage porcelain busts on the table keep guests guessing.

Architect Vicente-Burin Architects Fairfield; 203-319-9571 vbarchitect.com

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

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his crown jewel of a dining room, connecting the kitchen and living room of this Greenwich home, overflows with jewel tones. The clients were recently married in its gardens, and the interior design—a colorful union of old and new styles—is a symbol of their merging families. Though the home was built in the 1980s, the original moldings, sconces and the chandelier dripping in crystal above the modern Saarinen-style table with its hammered nickel base seem like an art-deco dream. Bold bursts of color, including the lush emerald chairs, vases and the modern artwork that sings against the subtle metallic silver sisal wallpaper, pop in the neutral palette. Vintage touches include an antique dark wood sideboard, and the clamshell-detailed corner niches—filled with only crystal and china for an airy feel—ground the room with a sense of timeless elegance. PROFESSIONAL

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Interior Designer Morgan Harrison Home New Canaan; 203-554-0941 morganharrisonhome.com

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Architect Michael Baushke Apparatus Architecture San Francisco 415-703-0904 apparatus.com

Builder Hobbs, Inc. New Canaan 203-966-0726 hobbsinc.com

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his dining room pulls a clever trick—it makes you feel as if you’re both lounging in a garden room and breaking bread in an old-world estate. While everything feels as if it’s from another time, the architectural details and aesthetic were recreated as part of a complete gutting of this historic Bronxville home built in 1930. The French doors with restoration glass that flood the serene space with light and the carved limestone fireplace are new showpieces that seem as if they’ve always been there. The arched niche is original to the home, but the addition of mirrored panels both reflects the antique chandelier from Austria and grounds the space. The hand-painted wallcovering from de Gournay adorned with florals, birds and butterflies creates cohesion in a space that the homeowners pass through on their way to other public parts of the home.


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fter years in this ranch with two active children, these clients had come to love one-story living, but they wanted to harness renewable energy and achieve a Net-Zero lifestyle. They had invested early in solar panels, but their home needed to be updated and expanded. Sellars Lathrop Architects overhauled the ranch, opening up low ceilings and turning dark rooms into bright, open spaces for large family gatherings and entertaining. The existing kitchen, family room and screened porch were significantly removed to make way for new foundation walls and rooflines that were solar-friendly. Sunlight pours into the large, new kitchen; a cathedral ceiling and double-sided fireplace transform the family room; and an expansive covered porch with an outdoor stone fireplace is surrounded by trees and the green lawn for a romantic feel. By designing this sprawling house to meet NetZero certification, Sellars Lathrop Architects created a truly 21stcentury modern ranch house.

PROFESSIONALS Architect Sellars Lathrop Architects Westport; 203-222-0229 sellarslathrop.com Builder J & J Custom Builders Milford; 203-876-0051 jjcustombuilders.com Interior Designer Barbara Gisel Design Haverford, PA; 610-649-1975 bgdltd.com

Kitchen Cabinet Design/ Fabrication Karen Berkemeyer Home Westport; 203-454-0032 karenberkemeyerhome.com Structural Engineer Kevin Chamberlain DeStefano & Chamberlain Fairfield; 203-254-7131 dcstructural.com


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his project entailed a gut renovation of a very traditional home for a client who wanted to modernize the house entirely. Keeping the overall structure and rooflines intact, Tanner White Architects embarked on a complete facelift of the home. An entirely new layout was designed, new European windows and doors were installed, and the pool was relocated. Since the stone on the front needed to stay, the team compensated with delicate wood siding, modern black windows and trim, and a stately glass front entry, which stands out as a contemporary element bookended by the two traditional stone gables. The interiors were completely refreshed to reflect the client’s desire for a European modern aesthetic, and a favorite feature is the front staircase that floats from the wall, with stainless-steel cables reaching to the ceiling.


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hristina Roughan’s client requested an office where she could enjoy the view and be surrounded by art, texture and warmth, and the relatively small space also needed to function as a guest room when needed. For a piece that meets both of these needs, Roughan custom-designed a chic yet comfortable curved sofa—now called the Slane sofa—which doubles as a pullout queen bed for overnight guests. Opposite the sofa, a platinum Rose Tarlow chair is pulled up to a custom cerused oak desk with a platinum inlay, and two Holly Hunt ottomans and a modern chair offer additional seating. A custom ombré silk-and-wool carpet grounds the space with a hit of saturated color, and an Hermès wallcovering adds a soft glow. In the corner, Niermann Weeks standing lights can be turned on for reading, and a custom mirror behind the sofa reflects the views outside.

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Roughan Interiors Weston and New York City 203-769-1150 roughaninteriors.com Architect Hirsch|Corti Architecture New York City 212-219-2609 hirschcorti.com Contractor IA Contracting Brooklyn 718-832-1182 Drapery and Custom Sofa Anthony Lawrence-Belfair Long Island City, NY 212-206-8820 anthonylawrence.com


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YVONNE FERRIS INTERIORS

Interior Designer Yvonne Ferris Interiors Westport; 203-292-8614 yvonneferrisinteriors.com

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his office was part of a complete renovation of an 1840s captain’s house in Southport. While the room could potentially serve as a bedroom, it felt natural to designer Yvonne Ferris to maintain the space’s original function as an office. During demolition, an abandoned fireplace was discovered behind the wall, and while it unfortunately was unusable, Ferris embraced and celebrated this unexpected feature—she painted the inside white and clad it in a light-colored marble. Now lending a sense of serenity, the fireplace anchors the room, gives the space architectural integrity and provided depth on either side to build shelving. Thanks to multiple windows, the white color palette and reflections from an antique French mirror, this workspace feels light, bright and ethereal.


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PROFESSIONAL Architect Jay Valade Deborah Szabo Maureen Kokorda Mark P. Finlay Architects Southport; 203-254-2388 markfinlay.com

Builder Hobbs, Inc. New Canaan 203-966-0726 hobbsinc.com

Interior Designer David Kleinberg Design Associates New York City 212-754-9500 dkda.com

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his opulent master bath is housed in a waterfront 18,000-square-foot Shingle-style residence in Southport. For the design of the master bath, the overall concept was to create a spacious and luxurious room that provided the clients, who have three older children, with a special destination within their master suite. To capture the views of Long Island Sound, the freestanding shower room was fitted with plumbing thoughtfully routed so that no pipes hindered the sight line, and a custom marble bench along the back shower wall is a relaxing spot to enjoy the vistas through the sprawling expanse of windows. To afford the most water views possible, a strategic layout, materials and finish selections created transparent layers facing the waterfront.

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ith views of the lake outside and plenty of natural light, this master bath offers a soothing escape for busy parents as well as an oversize tub for bathing the kids. Created by combining two separate bathrooms and a closet, this spacious new bathroom also includes a large shower—covered in glass tile of varying shades of blues and grays for a “cloudy” effect—and a freestanding navy vanity with a silver inlay detail. Hidden closets were tucked behind the vanity for overflow storage, and two tall glass apothecary cabinets backed in lavender beadboard give the room a cozier feel. After bath time, the kids take a seat on the large, comfy lavender ottoman, and a perfectly scaled mosaic pattern was chosen for the gray-and-white marble floor. The daring use of navy and lavender over typical white sets this space apart.

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Kathy Hodge Sage Design Fairfield; 203-553-9656 sagedesign.com

Builder Nast Construction 914-490-9984

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his master bath was part of a large renovation of a historic home in Bronxville, built in 1930 and designed by architects Delano & Aldrich. With an overall design direction of traditional and time-honored, Melissa Lindsay of Pimlico Interiors created a bathroom that would transport the clients back to the time of its original design. To give a hint of what the space would have looked like nearly 100 years ago, the engineered hardwood floors were carried into the vanity/tub area, and Lindsay designed a reeded vanity that feels more like a piece of furniture. She also worked with several artisans, from a decorative painter to someone who hand-carved the wood medallions from a sketch she drew, to add to the old-world feel, and she placed the freestanding tub on an angle to work within the footprint. The restoration glass on the windows, the medallions and the hand-painted glaze throughout are understated elegance at its best.

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

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Interior Designer Melissa Lindsay Pimlico Interiors Westport; 203-972-8166 pimlicointeriors.com

Architect Michael Baushke Apparatus Architecture San Francisco; 415-703-0904 apparatus.com

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HEMINGWAY FINE HOMES

PROFESSIONALS Builder Hemingway Fine Homes Greenwich 203-625-0566 hemingway construction.com Architect Leroy Street Studio New York City 212-431-6780 leroystreetstudio.com Shower Doors Architectural Shower Door Designs Stratford 203-887-9359 Stone The Stone Workshop Bridgeport 203-362-1144 stoneworkshops.com

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orget a master bath. Here you’ll find a master oasis, an expansive first-floor bathroom connected to an outside hot tub and private sundeck for a spa-like escape that upgrades the clients’ house into their own private resort. This space prizes size, from the stately shower with its frameless glass panels to the 18-foot custom floating double vanity of solid teak with a slab countertop of Danby Olympian white honed marble. A skylight drenches the surroundings in sunlight from above, while tucked away in a private commode you’ll find a separate urinal and electronic toilet. Motorized windows and solar shades separate the interior and exterior soaking tubs, allowing the clients to easily hop back and forth between hot and cool soaks as they transform bathing into a luxurious day at the spa.


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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Katie Canfield Studio KC Stamford; 845-705-0684 studiokcinteriors.com

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t's impossible to even imagine this formerly outdated master bath with its cramped layout when you spy this newly reconfigured and renovated space that exudes a contemporary art gallery vibe for a funloving couple. An accent wall of metallic blue-and-black tile in the large double steam shower dials up the drama among the crisp backdrop of the shower’s white thassos tile and wall-to-wall milk-glass bench. Both the transom window in the accent wall and the skylight suffuse this gleaming space in light. At the vanity, high-gloss black Fantini fixtures flirt with pop-art forms at the long milkglass countertop, with mod-like Hubbardton Forge sconces adding movement above. And when a walk on the dark side is calling, the homeowners can soak in the freestanding matte black tub by Victoria + Albert.

General Contractor J.R. Stanley Builders Darien; 203-650-2977 Tile and Stone Bella Pietra Darien; 203-655-1322

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Amy Zolin Clarity Home Interiors Greenwich; 203-340-2468 clarityhomeinteriors.com

Architect Granoff Architects Greenwich; 203-625-9460 granoffarchitects.com

Builder Gatehouse Partners Greenwich; 203-532-9486 gatehousepartners.com

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hink fire and water don’t mix? Take one look at this modern, streamlined master bathroom that draws inspiration from the Japanese art of preserving wood using fire, and think again. Shou sugi ban, as the 18th-century technique is called, involves charring wood, and that stripe-like texture inspired the dramatic tiles of the stunner shower. Juxtaposed with sleek clear glass for added depth, the shower takes center stage as a dark and dramatic showpiece against the subdued palette. Custom walnut millwork elevates a large closet from just storage to an artistic statement that cuts the clutter, while a double vanity with a polished quartzite countertop nearly shimmers among the wood surrounds. The mix of materials paired with the sleek lines of this minimal space makes for a bathroom where the homeowners can find a Zen-like calm to start and end their days. athomefc.com

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PROFESSIONALS Architect DeMotte Architects Ridgefield 203-431-8890 demottearchitects.com

DEMOTTE ARCHITECTS Builder Rob Knorr Nordic Construction Pound Ridge, NY 914-764-1100 nordicconstructioninc.com

Landscape Architect Joe Pajonas Joseph Pajonas Studio Greenwich 203-321-5611 jpsla.com

Kitchen Designer Randy O’Kane Bilotta Mamaroneck, NY 914-381-7734 bilotta.com

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his 1,000-square-foot pool house, which overlooks a patio with a fire pit and a beautiful pool, doubles as a guest cottage and was designed to complement the French Country style of the main home built at the same time. A charming Dutch door opens into a spacious great room, which showcases a stunning wood-paneled cathedral ceiling buttressed by west coast Douglas fir timber trusses. The open floor plan reveals a living area, kitchen and dining space, while a bathroom, laundry, mechanical room and storage room make up the remaining areas. Special features like the 7-inch-wide plank white oak floors, the New England limestone fireplace and a selection of neutral, comfortable furnishings evoke a warm ambience akin to a luxurious modern lodge. The beauty of this peaceful, serene space lies in the simplicity of the design, the rich architectural detail, and the unique style that’s unexpected in our neck of the woods.


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he goal of this project was to create a pool “environment” with a pool house, terrace and infinity-edge pool with an integrated spa. Nautilus Architects took every advantage to capitalize on the west-facing views, and to that end the long, narrow pool house provides a wall that leads the eye towards the stunning vistas. The pool house includes a changing room and bathroom, a lounge area and a kitchen with a built-in bar-height steel dining table, and the space is arranged in a linear manner so that all functions are close to the pool. The sleek design incorporates hues of gray, silver and black and is constructed of contemporary architectural materials including concrete, steel, glass and stone to accentuate the natural surroundings through contrast. Twentyfive-foot sliding panel doors fold into the stone wall, making the indoor space seamless with the outdoors. The finished design is an owner’s dream oasis and an architect’s technical triumph.

General Contractor Peter Giordano Tier One 860-912-2299 Carpenter Gary Lankerd Lankerd Carpentry Custom Builders Waterford; 860-608-5403 Structural Engineer Justin Jacobson, P.E. Jacobson Structures Deep River; 860-575-3172 jacobsonstructures.com Civil Engineer Angus McDonald / Gary Sharpe and Associates Old Saybrook; 860-388-4671 mcdonaldsharpe.com Lighting Consultant Conceptual Lighting Huntersville, NC; 833-544-4812 conceptuallighting.com

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PROFESSIONALS Architect William D. Earls AIA Architect Wilton; 203-219-7838 williamearls.com Landscape Architect John R. Conte Conte & Conte, LLC

Greenwich; 203-869-1400 conteandconte.com General Contractor Kim Conte Fairfield House & Garden Bedford, NY; 203-661-8900 fairfieldhouseandgarden.com

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o detail was spared in this gorgeous pool house situated between a new tennis court and the pool. The clients wanted the space to have a Balinese influence—while keeping its exterior respectful of the traditional main house—and an open porch with enclosed private spaces, all raised two steps off the grade, reflects this planning. Natural cedar was used for the vaulted ceiling, walls and exposed beams, and the floating bed, paddle fans, rattan sofas and woven pendant lighting create a peaceful vibe. Special touches include an ornate teak coffee table, designed by Earls and custom-made by a craftsman in Bali, and a stainless-steel vanity with a carved mirror in the full bath. Ceiling-mounted gas heaters extend the warmer seasons, and spaces for dining, lounging, changing and laundry make this a favorite family spot.


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ho wouldn’t want to start the day in this bedroom, with its palette of wispy grays and soft pinks, and feel like they’re waking up in a gauzy cloud? From the oversize bubble chandelier down to the plush carpeting with just a hint of geometric texture, the room exudes a calm vibe. And when the young teen resident needs a boost of confidence, all she has to do is glance at the “I woke up like this” statement piece set against the soothing cloud wallpaper. A soft pink couch is the perfect perch for hangouts with friends, while a desk nook offers a quiet reprieve for study time. A massive brass mirror both brightens and extends the space, and the sense of harmony floats into the adjoining bathroom, where gray shower tiles and dreamy textures set the backdrop for everyday pampering. athomefc.com

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PROFESSIONALS Architect Ryan Salvatore Design New York City 212-475-0050 ryan-salvatore.com

Interior Designer Goldesigns Potomac, MD 301-279-0754

General Contractor Construction Management Group New Canaan 203-966-3388 cmgbuilder.com

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f not for the bunk beds—perfect for sleepy time and pillow forts—kids might just be too excited to sleep in this petite play land. This grandkids’ suite, housed in an 1800s barn that has been reimagined as a guesthouse for a property on Long Island Sound, overflows with cheerful colors, toys and storybooks for inquisitive young minds. The painted vertical boards and exposed ceiling beams nod to the barn theme of the outbuilding, while the smaller scale shows that here, kids are the boss. During playtime, small sliding doors between the bunks are designed for games of peekaboo and whispering secrets. A standout custom feature in the adjoining bathroom is the pull-out drawer stool that allows bite-size tykes to reach the sink, and playful artwork offers a little nudge to wash those hands.

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he gummy bear chandelier is just a hint of what you can expect in this bedroom shared by two young sisters: an aesthetic that’s lots of fun with a touch of sweetness. You’d almost think that the pendant light is made of real candy, but the gummy bear toys add a whimsical touch, bolstered by the bold pops of pink in the window treatments, bed frames and duvets. Part of a palatial estate in Bridgewater, this bedroom needed separate spaces for storage for each girl but also had to feel cohesive. With a soothing sense of symmetry and a base of simple white walls and a gray area rug, the playful artwork and accessories like a quirky balloon animal sculpture are the icing on the cake.


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wo roads diverge for Two Roads Brewing’s specialty brewery: part function, part fun. The team viewed the design as part science lab and part “theme park,” inviting guests to peek at the inner processes of a working brewery. The scope involved brewing up a state-of-the-art facility, plus spaces like a tasting room for guests to enjoy brews, all topped off with a boardwalk where visitors can stroll the surrounding wetlands. Inside, expansive windows and a wealth of wood warm up the industrial steelsteeped aesthetic. From the lobby, an elevated bridge connects to the tasting room, and along the way visitors can peek at the working brew floor below. A funky vibe infuses the tasting room, with vivid art and beer barrel tables, and the bar features a tap wall backed with live greenery. A dining room for special functions, a commercial kitchen, administrative offices, a rooftop beer garden and a “cool ship”—a vessel used for brewing in Medieval times—were also part of the design.

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PROFESSIONALS Architect Neil Hauck, Principal Brian O’Connor Robert Metzgar Neil Hauck Architects Darien; 203-655-9340 neilhauckarchitects.com Contractor Petra Construction North Haven; 203-865-6043 petraconstruction.com


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PROFESSIONALS Architect Laura Kaehler, Lead Designer Richard Basic, Team Architect Victor Sheptovitsky, Team Architect Laura Kaehler Architects Greenwich; 203-629-4646 kaehlerarchitects.com Interior Designer Tim Macdonald, Lead Designer Greg Knudsen, Project Designer Timothy Macdonald, Inc. New York City; 212-593-4333 timmacinc.com

Contractor Sam Champi, Lead Builder GTL Construction of NJ Parsippany, NJ; 201-358-0300 gtlconstruction.com Lighting Designer Gary Novasel, Lead Designer Patdo Light Studio Port Chester, NY; 914-937-6707 patdolight.com Zen Garden Designer Jeff Erb, Lead Designer Plants Specialists New York City; 347-371-3700 jeffreyerb.com

LAURA KAEHLER ARCHITECTS

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ith its light-filled interior and abundance of natural elements, you’d sooner mistake this space for a Zen-like retreat and not the 10,000-square-foot headquarters of a financial firm in New York City. The biggest challenge was creating an engaging entryway in an otherwise ho-hum elevator hallway to signal the firm’s ethos to clients, so the team crafted a wooden vestibule with a cherry floor and slatted wood walls and ceiling, all accented by gentle lighting and slatted glass doors and sidelights. Inside the lobby, a raised Zen garden—with elements denoting earth, water, fire, wood and metal—is found beneath an undulating lit ceiling. Curving glass walls delineate perimeter office spaces and the conference room while allowing daylight to filter into the interior workspace, and a palette of wood wraps employees in warmth. Feng shui was further introduced by curving all corners at columns, curving room walls and installing a soothing water feature.


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hen a property is graced with views—like the stunning Atlantic seascapes by Hogs Head Golf Club in Waterville, County Kerry, Ireland—sometimes the best decisions are all about not getting in the way. A wealth of windows abounds in the 17,000-square-foot clubhouse, forty-eight-guest-room lodge and seven private cottages. The design grounds the structures to the surrounding Irish landscape, using all local Kerry stone and slate. The clubhouse perches on an elevated site so guests can swim in the vast Atlantic vistas. Brimming with oak, stone and glass, the grand clubhouse is meant to look like a Viking meeting hall, though the sleek lines and inviting, plush furnishings offer the comfort and texture of home. With a sense of deep connection to the area, you’d never think that one of the main challenges was designing this space from over 3,000 miles away. PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Robert Rizzo Cobble Court Interiors New Canaan; 203-972-7878 cobblecourt.com

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all it a culinary miracle that the homeowners can tear their eyes away from the views of both the lake and those showstopping ceilings in this kitchen and get any cooking done. Here, subtlety sings in an open and airy transitional space that also encompasses the dining room and mixes in natural components like wood and the engineered stone of the island. The luxe lake house look owes much to the palette of white walls, the translucent light blue glass subway tiles and the abundance of windows. Walnut beams and the Jayhawk paneled ceiling add rich depth and texture without feeling too rustic. A cozy banquette, with a walnut tabletop to match the nearby butcher block, beckons for breakfast, while the simple pendant light fixtures above the island don’t distract from those sweeping lake views just outside.

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Architect Peter Coffin Doyle Coffin Architecture Ridgefield; 203-431-6001 doylecoffinarchitecture.com

Interior Designer Jody Fierz Interior Design Ridgefield; 203-722-1447 jodyfierz.com

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kitchen design: TRAD/CLASSIC PROFESSIONALS Architect Robert Dean Architects New Canaan 203-966-8333 robertdeanarchitects.com

Cabinet Fabricator Century Woodworking Pleasant Valley 860-379-7538

Stone Fabrication Stepping Stones Marble & Granite Norwalk; 203-854-0552 classicstones.com Custom Hood Betlan Corporation Newtown; 203-270-7898 betlan.com

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Interior Designer Gauthier-Stacy Boston; 617-422-0001 gauthierstacy.com

Contractor Olson Development Newtown; 203-972-7722 olsondevelopmentllc.com

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hough this kitchen boasts a generous scale, it’s actually modest in terms of the modern updates the clients asked for, as well as the overall size of their pre-war Georgian Revival home. So Robert Dean Architects got to work, cleverly integrating dual dishwashers, two ovens, trash pullouts and more within the sophisticated and subtle cabinetry that is capped with the room’s crown molding, adding to the unified feel. The custom range hood’s elegantly curved shroud conceals a high-powered ventilation system, and custom door panels reveal a side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer. The oversize, furniture-like antiqued oak island takes the spotlight, with a Calacatta marble countertop, hidden outlets, turned legs and rows of drawers for easy storage. But the design knows when to flirt with a bit of flair, offering glimmers from the Ann Sacks Versailles mirror backsplash and dangling earring-like polished nickel Charles Edwards lanterns.

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SARAH BLANK DESIGN STUDIO

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oring kitchens bring on the blues, which is definitely not what you’ll find among the azure artistry of this kitchen, created as part of the 2020 Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Palm Beach. Color in the kitchen is often considered risky when it needn’t be, so Sarah Blank went for Benjamin Moore’s Blue Dragon for the cabinets and hood, adding warmth and a wow factor. A large antique tailor’s table stitches the space into place, serving as a spot to prep meals and gather with friends, with the contemporary pendant from Remains Lighting as a bold juxtaposition overhead. Leather paneling layers on a bit of texture, while artwork by local artists adorns the space. And, as an extra bonus to say cheers to, the former pantry finds new life as a wine cellar—painted a deep hue— complete with a bell-like light fixture ringing down from above.

PROFESSIONALS Construction/Carpentry Taconic Builders West Palm Beach, FL 561-229-1177 taconicbuilders.com

Interior Designer Sarah Blank Design Studio Greenwich; 203-655-6900 sarahblankdesignstudio.com

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ome statements don’t need to be loud to make an impact, like the subtle palette and luxe details that make this spec kitchen a standout. With the directive to create a kitchen that would differentiate itself against a predictable white one, Peter Deane went for a more transitional style. A gorgeous steel-and-glass partition frames the space and draws your eye to its focal point, the custom stainless-steel hood, while glimmers of light from the dual ovens and the clutter-cutting stainless-steel appliance garage join the sheen. The storage sings with a transitional style, as the pure white upper cabinetry and stylish desk area are complemented by the sleek, rift-cut white oak base cabinets that add warmth along with the wood floors. Gold hardware, a striking porcelain slab backsplash and subtle white quartzite countertops add just the right dose of dazzle.

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Linda Carruthers Carruthers Designs Darien 203-656-2308

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Kitchen Designer Peter Deane Deane, Inc. Stamford 203-327-7008 deaneinc.com

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esigned to be seen, this open kitchen presents a stylish and uncluttered face to the adjacent living area. A structural beam clad in wood salvaged from the house’s original framing defines the space and complements the warm white oak flooring and oak cabinetry. Flanking the sink, refrigerator and freezer columns hide behind door panels that line up with the top of the windows and underside of the soffit for a clean architectural line. The working kitchen provided a unique opportunity to accommodate for storage as well as a space to prepare for entertaining behind the scenes. Here, Shakerstyle cabinets provide both hidden and open storage, with tall pullout pantries and glass-front cabinets on one side and floating shelves above a workstation on the other. The breakfast nook’s casement windows look out onto the side entry porch, allowing for good-bye waves to the kids heading off to school, and USB-equipped outlets built into the banquette keep devices powered up.

Builder KARP New Canaan; 203-972-3366 karpassociatesinc.com

Interior Designer Robin Carroll KARP New Canaan; 203-972-3366 karpassociatesinc.com Kitchen Designer Joel Salwocki New England Cabinet Company New Britain; 860-225-8645 necabinetco.com

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et there be light in this sunlight-dappled kitchen that Ryan Salvatore salvaged from its ill-planned, “landlocked” former design. In this Victorian home modified over time, the existing kitchen had no relationship to the clients’ backyard, and the family room was five steps below it. To connect the kitchen to the yard and to access natural light, the space was opened up with a broad cased opening into the dining room and family room beyond, and the head heights of the windows were raised significantly. Elevating the floor in these rooms also reduced the relative difference in floor heights, and the kitchen now feels like a plinth looking out onto the terrace and yard. Simple flat millwork panels, concealed finger pulls and flush countertop edges all contribute to a modern take on traditional cabinetry, and a Danish design aesthetic reigns supreme.

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Architect Ryan Salvatore Design New York City 212-475-0050 ryan-salvatore.com

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Emily Fuhrman Sage & Ginger New Canaan; 203-594-9862 sageandginger.com Architect Teo Siguenza Architect Bedford, NY; 914-234-6289 teosiguenza.com Contractor Matos Andrade Andrade Construction Danbury; 203-302-8477

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eatpacking District restaurant or home kitchen? Industrial delights and wowfactor finishes transform this kitchen— a 1985 laminate bore before its gut renovation— into a hotspot. By removing walls between the kitchen, dining room and sitting room, Sage & Ginger doubled the size of the kitchen, optimized the flow and created an overall cohesive space. Differing ceiling heights offered an opportunity to craft discrete zones, including the main kitchen under a 14-foot vaulted ceiling, a windowed breakfast bay with a tray ceiling, and a dining area with a chef ’s table. Smokey glass gleams from the cooktop vent and behind the two bars—one for coffee, one for cocktails—and Bianco Beatriz marble countertops and slab backsplash play off the minimalist black cabinetry without hardware. And those of us who never imagined a fireplace in the kitchen will find that the play of flames elevates even everyday chores.


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PROFESSIONALS Builder Hobbs, Inc. New Canaan; 203-966-0726 hobbsinc.com

Interior Designer David Kleinberg Design Associates New York City; 212-754-9500 dkda.com

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his 18,000-square-foot S-shape, Shingle-style home sits on seven acres of waterfront property. While the property consisted of four lots, zoning restrictions required that the home fit on one, so Mark P. Finlay Architects designed the house to spread across the site and then strategically angled it to give each area a unique perspective. The first floor offers 180-degree water views from nearly every room, and the bedrooms upstairs also benefit from varied ocean scenery. As the focal point of the entry, the staircase nook leads to the large living and dining spaces, while a sunroom—reminiscent of a 19th-century conservatory and fitted with retractable roof shades—and covered porches accent the rear of the house. In the back, the patio features a fireplace, pergola and pool. Both scaled and proportioned to the site and referential to local, vernacular architecture, this home pays strong attention to massing and detail, fully embracing the Shingle style.

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esigned for a young family who live casually but entertain formally, this 17,000-square-foot home embodies a rustic-elegant vibe. The gambrel style allows the architecture to “bow down” to the first floor and soften the scale of the exterior, and a collage of materials creates a bucolic yet sophisticated feel inside and out, with stone, barn wood and reclaimed timbers contrasting with high-gloss details. A majestic great room with a 28-foot ceiling houses a living room and dining room with a two-sided fireplace in between, and the reclaimed timber trusses, which were crane-lifted into place, support the roof and define the space. The family room and first-floor master suite flank a large rear courtyard used for entertaining, and a connected barn boasts a three-car garage, guest suite, gym, rec room, craft area and wine room. The self-supporting stone arch between the house and barn—a favorite feature—was designed and built as the Romans would have.

PROFESSIONALS Architect Robert A. Cardello Architects Westport; 203-853-2524 cardelloarchitects.com Interior Designer Julie Nightingale Design Rowayton; 203-246-9235 julienightingaledesign.com Builder Chris Quinn, Managing Director Dave Ridolfi, Project Manager Ben Krupinski Builders Old Greenwich; 203-990-0633 bkbuilder.com

Timber Owen MacDonald, Project Manager New Energy Works 585-924-3860 newenergyworks.com Landscape Designer Wesley Stout Associates New Canaan; 203-966-3100 wesleystout.com Lighting Rachel Calemmo Christian Rae Studio Southport; 203-220-9575 christianraestudio.com

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Kathleen Hay Designs Nantucket, MA; 508-221-0159 kathleenhaydesigns.com Architect Rob Sanders Architects Wilton; 203-761-0144 rsarchct.com Builder TR Building & Remodeling New Canaan; 203-429-9638 trbuilt.com

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he owners, a busy family and active entertainers, desired a modern farmhouse with a traditional exterior and a transitional interior with clean lines, a light palette and updated finishes. In the foyer, a custom Chippendale-inspired staircase sets the tone for the forward-thinking house. The living and dining rooms were situated on opposite sides of the entry, away from the less formal “family” areas, so that guests can be sequestered in beautifully designed spaces away from the utility of the home. The chef ’s kitchen and butler’s pantry are a modern take on an upstairs/downstairs theme, and a homework room off of the kitchen has proven especially useful during virtual schooling. The biggest challenge was fulfilling conflicting dreams of a wraparound porch on three sides of the home and a light-filled interior, so glossy white plantation shutters were installed in most of the rooms to reflect natural light into the space, and finishes such as pickled and cerused white oak floors and crisp white trim enhance the brightening effect. NOV/DEC 2020

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traditional architecture: LESS THAN 7K SQ. FEET PROFESSIONALS Architect Margaret Browning Kufferman Browning Residential Design Westport; 203-610-1478 browningdesignct.com Structural Engineer David Kufferman PE Structural Engineers Fairfield; 203-256-1712 kuffermanstructures.com Builder Garrett Wilson Builders Fairfield; 203-259-3333 garrettwilsonbuilders.com Interior Designer Kristin Nick Tides Change Design Fairfield; 203-521-3906 tideschangedesign.com Landscape Architect Wendy Lindquist Lindquist Design Associates Bridgeport; 203-335-9895 lindquistlandscape.com

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his Shingle-style home in the Southport Historic District was designed for clients who often work from home, love entertaining and enjoy visits from their adult children. The couple desired an exterior that would be respectful of the size and scale of nearby homes as well as an interior with an open floor plan for modern living that would include two home offices but no formal living or dining room. To harmonize with the surrounding homes, the house was set back from the road, the garage was tucked out of sight, and the second floor sits within the gambrel roofline, minimizing mass and eliminating almost all attic space. The couple plans to spend their retirement here, so an elevator allows easy access to the master suite and the basement media room and gym. Designed for a casual and fun lifestyle, the main living space opens up to an in-ground pool with a stone patio and pergola at the rear.

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traditional architecture: LESS THAN 7K SQ. FEET PROFESSIONALS Architect Jennifer Huestis Huestis Tucker Architects Woodbridge 203-248-1007 huestistucker.com Interior Designer Barbara Varacchi Varacchi Interior Design 203-550-5750 Contractor Juan Velez New Hope Carpentry Fairfield; 203-455-7744

Paneling and Millwork New Hope Carpentry and Weed & Duryea (Northeast Building Supply) 203-366-4757 nbslumber.com

Cabinetmaker Aaron Zawadski Rock Ridge Fine Cabinetry & Millwork 203-296-2344 rockridgemillwork.com

Tile and Countertops Genrose Stone + Tile 860-346-1923 galleriadesign center.com

Mantel Stone Gault Stone Westport 203-227-5181 gaultstone.com

Landscape Architect Sean Jancski Landscape Architects Rye, NY 914-967-1904 sjlandscape architects.com

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horsewoman and her family wanted a modern yet classic home that feels like a family farm compound, so the organization and connection of three main buildings around two courtyards were the defining principles of the design. A winding drive leads to an informal auto court centered on a welcoming front porch, and then continues past the barn, through the arched porte cochere to the inner courtyard, where the garage, breezeway and mudroom are accessed. Smaller wings projecting from the sides of the house temper its scale, and inside, the great room and kitchen in the back open up to a sunny rear terrace. Trees removed from the site were milled to form the arches and beams in these rooms as well as the kitchen island and tabletop. Many materials were locally sourced, and the geothermal heating and cooling system uses no fossil fuels. With its small-scale buildings connected by courtyards, the home feels like it evolved over time. NOV/DEC 2020

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PROFESSIONALS Fireplace Wittus: Fire by Design Pound Ridge, NY; 914-764-5679 wittus.com

Architect/Interior Designer Kate Dundes Gustavson/Dundes Architecture & Design New York City; 212-251-0212 gdarchitects.com

Plumbing Bruce Botticelli Botticelli Plumbing & Heating Danbury; 203-794-9297 botticelliplumbing.com

Carpenter Krzysztof Bury Burmauer Contracting Ridgefield; 203-403-3783 burmauercontracting.com

Electric Michael O’Connor Davenport Electric Co. Weston; 203-454-9995

Drywall and Painting Matt Ackerly Trayner & Co. Rye Brook, NY; 914-934-5151

HVAC Chris Ryan Geothermal Energy Options Poughkeepsie, NY; 845-240-1827 geo-us.com

Cabinetry Joe Ferro JG Ferro & Co. Stratford; 203-378-1889

Masonry Cesar Diaz Cali J & Company Norwalk; 203-722-8404

Windows Solar Innovations Pine Grove, PA; 800-618-0669 solarinnovations.com

Civil Engineer Leigh Jones Barton & Loguidice Somers, NY; 914-232-3646 bartonandloguidice.com

Floors Ismael Ibarra New England Custom Floors Westport; 203-227-2819 newenglandcustomfloors.com Tile Shpend Thaqi ST Tile & Marble Installers Stamford; 203-428-5666 Entertainment System Ira Fagan I Design Fairfield; 203-259-2423 idesigntheaters.com

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his modern addition consists of a luxurious master suite with a large deck and sweeping views of the forest, a guest suite, a glass entry hall and a garage. The goal was to create two bedroom suites physically separated from the open-plan existing house. The addition is a bold form conceptually tied to the existing home—which also underwent renovations—through a shared material and color palette on the exterior, and large expanses of stonework tie in existing site walls throughout the property. The glass box linking the two sides frames a beautiful view of the forest and reservoir beyond. In the glass stair tower, the staircase and sidewalls are constructed of solid walnut, and at night, the whole space glows like a lantern. This house, with such a striking modern presence on a road of primarily traditional homes and horse farms, often stops traffic.

Landscape Designer Camilla Worden Camilla Landscape Design Sherman; 203-790-9809 camillalandscapedesign.com Fencing and Outdoor Shower Greg Weyant Grand Entrance Gates Mt. Kisco, NY; 800-486-7553 grandentrance.com

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his seasonal residence overlooks a lake, but Nautilus Architects worked around existing oak trees to imbue this contemporary home with as much a tree house feel as a lake house feel. Constructed of steel, wood framing and a structural insulated panel roof, the house stands three stories high, with living on the lower level, the kids’ bedrooms above and an open-plan master suite on the top. All levels have decks and panoramic lake and sunset views. The soft green hue of the butterfly-shaped roof and the deep brown of the western red cedar shingles steer the bold shape into harmony with its surroundings. The steep slope of the property and the secluded lake proved challenging, as many of the construction systems, notably the roof, had to be craned into place from the street above. The uplighting set into the decks and balconies illuminates the house at night and draws admirers out boating on the lake.

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PROFESSIONALS Architect/Interior Designer Christopher Arelt Nautilus Architects Lyme; 860-227-1169 nautilusarchitects.com General Contractor Gary Lankerd Lankerd Carpentry Custom Builders Waterford; 860-608-5423 Structural Engineer Elisha Gallup, P.E.

Civil Engineer Nemergut Consulting Killingworth; 860-663-2384 nemergutconsulting.com Lighting Consultant Conceptual Lighting Huntersville, NC 833-544-4812 conceptuallighting.com Landscaping Landscape Specialties


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hese clients, who spent time living in Japan, wanted a textured, richly detailed modern house with a Far East influence, including a traditional tatami room. Unlike the neighboring Capes and Colonials, this unique home is asymmetrical and made from varied materials, including wood, limestone, stucco and concrete. On the exterior, custom mahogany vertical slats serve as privacy screens as well as decorative elements, and the use of Jerusalem limestone panels creates a sustainable and timeless look. A 10-foot-tall entry leads into spaces with high ceilings and large, European-style windows and sliding doors, and rooms are simple, open plan and Zen-like. The tatami room is made of materials shipped from Japan, and a ping-pong room off of the kitchen is a fun escape. Heading upstairs, a three-story steel-and-glass stairwell with a floating walkway allows light to fill the center of the home all day.

PROFESSIONALS Architect Sellars Lathrop Architects Westport; 203-222-0229 sellarslathrop.com Builder Pecora Brothers Greenwich; 203-590-9027 pecorabrothers.com

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Prefab Consultant LABhaus Cambridge, MA; 617-936-3482 labhaus.com

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alance is the name of the game for this master bedroom, housed in a historic Bronxville home built in 1930 by architects Delano & Aldrich. Pimlico Interiors softened things up, imbuing the space with femininity, from the whimsical floral wallcovering to the tufted curved headboard to the traditional carved marble fireplace with subtle floral detailing. Ebony nightstands ground the gentle color palette, and a gilt bamboo chair is just one of many vintage finds in the room. A double-sided, floor-to-ceiling built-in wrapped in leather with antique mirror panels offers space-saving storage as well as a partition upon entering the master bath. To strike the right balance between traditional and modern in the relatively small room, each finish, fixture and piece of furniture was carefully and thoughtfully chosen for a breathtaking design that feels just right.

PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Melissa Lindsay Pimlico Interiors Westport; 203-972-8166 pimlicointeriors.com Architect Michael Baushke Apparatus Architecture San Francisco; 415-703-0904 apparatus.com Builder Hobbs, Inc. New Canaan; 203-966-0726 hobbsinc.com

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Architect Hirsch|Corti Architecture New York City; 212-219-2609 hirschcorti.com Contractor IA Contracting Brooklyn; 718-832-1182 Drapery Workroom Anthony Lawrence-Belfair Long Island City; NY 212-206-8820 anthonylawrence.com

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or this gut renovation of a New York City bedroom, previous poor planning had squandered the enviable city views, but with a new, spa-like aesthetic, soft colors and some savvy architectural sleight of hand, Roughan Interiors upped the penthouse appeal of this onceclaustrophobic boudoir. To create hidden closet space in a rather small area, a chic yet functional gray Anigre wood wall offers concealed storage in the entryway to the bedroom, and the back wall was built out to soundproof the room without taking away precious space. Mallory Page art is a point of interest, and peeks of peonies and the floral forms of the statement light fixture bring a natural touch to the city skyscape just outside. athomefc.com

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Interior Designer Roughan Interiors Weston and New York City 203-769-1150 roughaninteriors.com


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ou’d almost swear you’re in the French countryside, swathed in shades of pale blues and silvers, in this dreamy firstfloor master suite. The homeowners can take in the views of their picturesque gardens through the suite’s conservatory, framed by curved windows designed by Charles Hilton, right from their walnut canopy bed, which beckons from below a hand-blown Venetian glass chandelier. The bedroom oozes luxury, from the handembroidered linen draperies to the heavenly plush hand-knotted silk-and-wool carpet with a subtle grid pattern that echoes the play of light on the reflective surfaces. Behind the bed, a custom hand-penciled chinoiserie three-paneled mural set in silver-and-black-clay frames lends a vintage vibe, while the polished quartzite fireplace surround transitions to antique mirror with inlaid nickel above. A lacquered goat skin cabinet camouflages a TV so today’s tech doesn’t seem out of place in this timeless escape. PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Raymond Forehand Christina Lake Forehand + Lake Fairfield; 203-259-7636 forehandlake.com

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Architect Charles Hilton Charles Hilton Architects Greenwich; 203-489-3800 hiltonarchitects.com

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Builder Ian Hobbs Hobbs, Inc. New Canaan; 203-966-0726 hobbsinc.com


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or this rustic-modern guest room, Karen Bow brought the glamour with beautiful textures, unexpected wall treatments and a romantic color palette. All of the surrounding walls are covered in a horizontal textural wallpaper—in hues of yellow, taupe and powdery blue-gray—that resembles plaster, creating warmth and interest. Reclaimed wood boards from a local barn adorn the cove ceiling, heightening the space with some added texture while not distracting from the organic forms of the cream antler chandelier. Luxe textiles in earth tones bring a bit of romance to ranch, thanks to the headboard upholstered in patchwork hides, the white gauzy coverlet accented with golden embroidery and the cream fur of the reading chair tucked in the corner. Lacking legs to weigh them down, custom beige faux-leather floating nightstands with pulls in organic forms float from the creamy walls, lending to an already dreamy atmosphere.

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

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Builder Brandon Romero The PRG Group Big Sky, MT; 406-995-3400 theprggroup.com


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reating a vibrant indoor/outdoor space, art and architecture blend in this master bedroom with all of the luxuries of a hotel suite. The offsetting of the bed wall creates a headboard for the king-size bed as well as large art niches on either side. The ebony-stained wood feature wall is fitted with recessed LED lights to showcase the custom artwork on display. Opposite the bed, 4-by-8-foot porcelain slabs create a monolithic stone surround on the chic indoor/ outdoor fireplace, and nearby chairs beckon to a cozy spot in front of the fire. A hallway leads past dual showroom-worthy closets to the bright master bathroom, where the homeowners can soak up the sunlight. At night, motion sensors automatically activate nightlights to illuminate the way to the bathroom.

PROFESSIONALS Builder KARP New Canaan; 203-972-3366 karpassociatesinc.com

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Interior Designer Robin Carroll KARP New Canaan; 203-972-3366 karpassociatesinc.com

Bedroom Interior Designer Robin Springer, Lead Designer Stickley Furniture | Mattress White Plains, NY 914-948-6333 stickleyaudi.com

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PROFESSIONALS Interior Designer Kathleen Hay Designs Nantucket, MA; 508-228-1219 kathleenhaydesigns.com Architect Rob Sanders Architects Wilton; 203-761-0144 rsarchct.com Builder Todd Drury TR Building & Remodeling New Canaan; 203-349-9202 trbuilt.com

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n this master bedroom, a couple with three young girls wanted a serene bit of refuge that was removed from the rest of the house for quiet and privacy. The clients prefer soft, neutral tones, so visual interest was brought in with sumptuous textures and patterns, and reflective surfaces and mirrors add a touch of glam to the cloud-like palette of layered creams, whites and silvers. One of the biggest hurdles was the scale of the large, vaulted room, and by carving out separate areas to lounge, nap and read—like the daybed by the window framed in custom drapery— the space still exudes a sense of intimacy. The contemporary fireplace, clad in chunky yet glistening quartz, grounds the room with its solid yet airy façade. When the light hits, the quartz shimmers in the center of this glaminfused retreat. athomefc.com

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maginative. Innovative. Inspiring. When it comes to describing our A-List Awards judging panel, choosing just one word that adequately captures the expertise and ingenuity of these design pros just won’t do. So, we’re going to let their amazing work speak for itself—if a picture is worth a thousand words, these project images say it all.

BRITT ZUNINO & DAMIAN ZUNINO STUDIO DB studiodb.com

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EDWARD SIEGEL ARCHITECT edwardsiegelarchitects.com

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CARRIER AND COMPANY: SANG AN (PORTRAITS) AND MARCO RICCA (PROJECT); STUDIO DB: MATTHEW WILLIAMS; BRIAN SAWYER: CHRIS CHURCHILL (PORTRAIT) AND JOSHUA MCHUGH (PROJECT); ED SIEGEL: AARON TREDWELL FOR COOPER ROBERTSON (PORTRAIT) AND PETER MURDOCK (PROJECT--WHILE PARTNER-IN-CHARGE AT COOPER ROBERTSON); KEITH WILLIAMS: MATEO INNOCENTI/MIP STUDIO (PORTRAIT) AND MICHAEL STAVARIDIS (PROJECT)

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