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contents MAR/APR 2019 vol. 19 | issue 2
departments 10 EDITOR’S LETTER
13 STATUS REPORT
Realtors are counting on a high season as buyers move in.
BUZZ How retail is changing in New Canaan and Darien; The major renovation of the Ox Ridge Riding and Racquet Club. SHOP Fill your closet with all the best trends for spring. HOME Palomino Bazaar’s Kate Ferguson transforms a traditional colonial. GO We test the new BMW X4. DO Your spring wellness check. EAT The best waffles ever; Dinner made easy; Cocktails at your house
by l i z an de r s on stein ke
COMFORT ZONE A peek inside the Rowayton home of designer Elena Phillips b y m a l ia mc k i n non fr ame
39 PEOPLE & PLACES
IN FULL BLOOM
Light A Fire; Person-to-Person
A stunning New Canaan landscape
by a n na l a n e
95 INDEX OF ADVERTISERS 96 LAST WORD
BRITISH FASHION Trends from the other side of the pond by m e g a n g ag non
A cheery, light-filled dining room by Palomino Bazaar.
c ove r : phot o by ja ne bei les
t h is page: ph ot o by eri n kestenbaum
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We also have a feature by Frame who toured interior designer Elena Phillips’ newly renovated and re-designed Rowayton home. From the high-gloss lacquer navy walls in the dining room to the custom furniture and specially decorated kids’ rooms, Phillips put her stamp on every corner. The place is a real stunner. And, writer Anna Lane takes us through the landscape of talented New Canaan designer Michael Canoro in “In Full Bloom.” Canoro details out how he conceived the grounds and created a family-friendly outdoor oasis that we can all dream of. Hint: the pool house design can add just as much impact as the actual pool. Next, turn to our spring fashion feature by market editor Megan Gagnon who explores designs coming from England. She shows us three fresh takes on women’s fashion from designers Marlene Oddershede Bach, Safiyaa Daniela Karnuts and Saloni Lodha. We think you‘ll be inspired. Finally, don’t miss our Last Word column by Lemonstripes creator Julia Dzafic. She shares with us some of the ways she updated her own home with the help of Darien designer Prudence Bailey of Prudence Home + Design. We’re pretty sure you can (and will want to) use her advice in your own homes. Happy spring!
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ur towns have the formulas to make for perfect places to live— gorgeous architecture, sprawling landscapes, charming downtowns, connected communities and excellent schools—to name just a few. These are all reasons I moved here. And why my friends continue to move here. And yet, homes aren’t selling like they used to, and there’s a trend these days of younger buyers gravitating to smaller in-town homes. In my mind, that’s totally fine. If you have a larger home, you may want to stay put for a bit, hire a designer and spruce up the place. Real estate is all about change. And eventually, it’s your house that will be in demand. In this issue, writer Liz Anderson Steinke digs deep into the market in our “Spring Forward” real estate forecast that will not only help you figure out a possible move (or not), but it will demonstrate why our towns continue to be desirable places to live. And, on an even more positive note, if you’re in the market and want to take on an 8,000-square-footer on a four-acre plot, now’s your chance to score a great deal. Speaking of spring, this feels like the perfect opportunity for a refresh. And this issue is packed with ways to do it. Interior designer Kate Ferguson of Palomino Bazaar gives us some great tips on how to spruce up our spaces in “In Living Color” and Malia McKinnon Frame explores new ways to better our health locally through exercise, skincare and healthy eating in “Time to Reset.” And, be sure to check out our story on the all-new Ox Ridge Riding and Racquet Club. They’re all about starting new.
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THE WAY WE SHOP IS CHANGING, BUT OUR DOWNTOWNS ARE POISED TO OFFER CUSTOMERS SOMETHING TRULY UNIQUE. HERE, CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CHAMBER HEADS IN NEW CANAAN AND DARIEN
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executive director, New Canaan Chamber of Commerce WHAT EXCITES YOU THE MOST WHEN IT COMES TO RETAIL IN NEW CANAAN? Our new economic development/ tourism committee is really very exciting. Many towns have it, but we are looking to approach it differently since we aren’t a commercial town looking to bring in big corporations. We see this as a way to get people here through our attractions — the Glass House, Grace Farms, the Silvermine Art Guild. We have so much to bring people to New Canaan, and we need to dig deep into how that plays into retail. WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES RIGHT NOW? There are so many pressures due to factors like raising costs of rents and personnel. And we all know that people are going to shop online. I always say you should put your money where your house is. It’s our job to support our stores by
shopping local and bringing new businesses to town.
president and executive director, Darien Chamber of Commerce
WHAT IS SURVIVING AND WHAT IS NOT? Providing customers with an experience is key. Our restaurants, nail places, boutique fitness… these are the places that are really thriving. You have to provide shoppers with something very special. She La La has it down. Her price points are right on. Wave is doing well also selling a range of price points. Elm Street Books has been having a great couple of years. Our art galleries like Sorelle and Heather Gaudio are thriving. These are the people who understand their customers.
WHAT EXCITES YOU THE MOST WHEN IT COMES TO RETAIL IN DARIEN? We have a very exciting and interesting steady influx of small businesses moving here including retail merchants, restaurants and fitness boutiques. If you look around, there’s not a ton of empty space in Darien anymore, which in itself is very exciting. WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES RIGHT NOW? Our biggest challenge is to continue to remind people to get out and shop and dine locally to support local businesses.
HOW IS NEW CANAAN’S RETAIL SCENE EVOLVING WITH THE TIMES? Some of our bigger spaces are having a hard time renting, but landlords are seeing that and working to make them easier to work with. We’re beginning to see spaces on Main Street fill in, and those are mostly ones that have been divided up into smaller units. In the end, it’s really all about evolving with the times and making sure are doing that.
WHAT IS SURVIVING AND WHAT IS NOT? Darien is not a cookie-cutter town and we don’t have a lot of chain shops, which just shows that what is surviving is a truly unique experience. Treating the wellness of the person as a whole from
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what to wear to beauty and fitness is really working. To and From is not just a nail place, it’s a peaceful and truly delightful experience. Our fitness boutiques are performing very well… Club Pilates, Barre Method, Pure Barre, Salt Cave, Lymber, Osteostrong, Cold Play. Sokayri, a fantastic new place that designs custom fashion is unique and the attention to detail is incredible. Overall, we’ve gained more than we’ve lost here. HOW IS DARIEN’S RETAIL SCENE EVOLVING WITH THE TIMES? I really believe we are keeping up and beyond. We have a lot happening here with our new Darien Downtown redevelopment project (now officially labeled The Corbin Project) scheduled to break ground this year. And there’s going to be more happening to bring people here — Pear Tree Point Beach will be redone and feel more like Weed Beach, Ox Ridge is under renovation and will offer more sports, fitness and dining. The Noroton train station will be refurbished. It really doesn’t matter where in this town you are, there is so much happening.
THE OX RIDGE RIDING AND RACQUET CLUB UNDERGOES A MASSIVE RENOVATION
Equestrians can now enjoy new stables, a massive indoor arena and lots of room for equipment.
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X RIDGE HUNT CLUB may be 104 years old, but the wellloved Darien riding club is just getting started. Now known as Ox Ridge Riding and Racquet Club, the facility and grounds are knee-deep in a massive $11.5 million renovation that will benefit members in a whole new way. The club, which currently serves roughly 60 members, will be able to serve 250 members with a huge new range of offerings including paddle tennis and squash. Club executives are able to partly finance the project through funds gained by selling 16.25 acres of protected land back to the town of Darien in 2017. “That land will be open to members of the town to use, but can never be built on,” stressed the club’s president Richard Colligan. “Selling it back to the town has really allowed us to grow.” Staying true to its award-winning equestrian roots, the expansive 27,000-square-foot, 67-stall stable has just been completed, all with an extra-large indoor ring, top-of-theline footing, tack rooms, treadmills and heated bathing area for horses. Outside, there’s even more room for them to roam across the 22-acre property along with new jumper and hunter rings. The biggest change will likely be the June opening of the 18,000-squarefoot clubhouse which will house a fitness center (complete with Peloton equipment), pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a squash court with six singles and two doubles courts and a full-service restaurant and bar to serve traditional American grill fare to members only. The outside of the clubhouse will have a large wrap around
Artist renderings of the new club show a state-of-the-art fitness facility overlooking the squash courts. A full-service restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily. The exterior of the clubhouse has a wrap around terrace for year-round outdoor dining.
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porch with a fireplace and opportunity for outdoor dining. The new clubhouse will also allow Ox Ridge to offer more private events and a new outdoor lawn space will specifically be for outdoor events. The design, Colligan explained, will stay true to its architectural roots but offer modern conveniences. “We call it understated country charm,” he says. “It will be comfortable and inviting but upgraded in a big way.” In addition, Colligan said there will be four new paddle tennis courts built outside, complete with lights for night play and a warming hut. Along with the renovation, the club will continue to offer members the
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ability to take riding lessons, whether with their own on-location horse or with one of the club’s own highlytrained horses and ponies. Caretakers live on-site to ensure 24/7 care for the horses. Colligan also announced the hiring of Will Newnham, a wellseasoned squash player and the new head squash professional at Ox Ridge. Newnham, who grew up in England and now lives in Stamford, comes to the club from the Racquet & Tennis Club in Manhattan. At Ox Ridge, Newnham will establish and develop a squash program to encourage all ages and skill levels in the sport. “We will have the only squash facility
million was spent on the extensive renovation
“we call it understated country charm. it will be comfortable and inviting but upgraded in a big way.” —richard colligan, president, ox ridge
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in Darien and one of the largest in the area,” Colligan said. “Squash is only growing in popularity.” Colligan says he’s confident that the additions and improvements underway will drive membership. He hopes to attract young families in the area looking for a “different kind of club.” “Mom can work out while her daughter takes a riding lesson and her son plays squash,” he says. “Then they can all meet for lunch at the restaurant. That’s the kind of club we want to be, to serve our members who have a range of interests.” Membership ranges from $5,000 to $50,000.
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PALOMINO BAZAAR ADDS PERSONALITY AND FUNCTION TO A TRADITIONAL COLONIAL IN NEW CANAAN
Ferguson worked with a local builder to create this wire -brushed oak table with a custom blended stain. “We created a one-of-a-kind modern heirloom,” she says. “At the same cost of buying a table from a store.” 3 SEATING The emerald green velvet chairs here were chosen above other options because they were immediately available from Anthropologie; they are also super comfortable. 4 NO MESS Consider stain-treating velvet with a Fiber-Seal fabric care system, especially when kids are around — even the tidiest guests can spill a little wine. In the dining room, Palomino Bazaar designed a custom table and drapes and opted for chairs from Anthropologie.
hen KATE FERGUSON, founder of New Canaan-based interior design firm PALOMINO BAZAAR, was tasked with adding personality to her clients’ traditional colonial, she was all for it. The home, located on the east side of town, needed a complete kitchen redo, but she also signed on to decorate the light-filled dining room and foyer. Her clients wanted a home to fit the needs of their family — a couple from Brooklyn that loves to entertain at home, and their fouryear-old daughter. Here, Ferguson shares tips and tricks to achieve the look and functionality her clients were hoping for.
DESIGNER TIPS Dining Room “Because this dining room is the first room you see when passing through the foyer, we wanted it to make a big statement,” Ferguson says. “The yellow silk drapes pop against the neutral walls and literally glow in the afternoon sun and feel warm and inviting at night.” newcanaandarienmag.com
1 DRAPERY If you’re going to do window coverings, think about investing in a custom option. Here it was a priority because of the impact they provide. 2 DINING TABLE Think about how you will use the table and find (or build) one to suit your needs. Here, Ferguson’s clients wanted something durable but casually elegant that can be used for dinner parties or giant jigsaw puzzles.
5 THE WALLS Buy original art whenever possible. The piece in this room by Jennifer Pino complements the bold colors and modern-meetstraditional approach. It was an easy investment because it’s a wrapped canvas. “Over time, when the clients want to add layers to the space, we can add a custom frame,” she notes. 6 THE FLOOR An animal print rug adds character to a space, but acts like a neutral, making it easy to add bold colors everywhere else.
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“A foyer is the home’s first real opportunity to show guests your personal style, and sets the expectation for what’s to come,” Ferguson said.
1 WALLPAPER In a home with average ceiling heights, utilize a graphic wallpaper that is subtle yet draws the eye upward. Here, a classic example from Farrow & Ball.
2 DETAILS Add color and detail with furnishings that make sense for how you use the space. A fun vintage credenza like the one here was lacquered to add a punch of personality, but it also serves as a place to drop keys and store things like winter hats and gloves.
3 TAKE A SEAT If there is no mudroom in the home, consider a bench or chair to sit on while putting on shoes.
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“Go for timeless materials and high-quality cabinetry and fixtures,” Ferguson stressed. “Kitchens are investments and it’s not where a homeowner should cut corners even if they don’t plan to keep the home long-term. Potential buyers will notice and see value in quality, and this is not an area to get creative with colors or trendy tile.”
Add a second dishwasher if you entertain often or have a large family. “I have yet to find someone who regrets this,” she says.
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to drive. I liked it right away. But…. “interesting,” as I say. The brawny front end that stretches out so grandly is paired with a sloping roof, short-butt rear end to make sure the X4 is not just another cookie-cutter luxury crossover. The rakish, coupe-like roofline serves, as it does on other German vehicles with this design motif, to take away headroom from rear-seat passengers and also reduce rear-view sightlines. There is, however, a welcome amount of hauling space. The turbo-4 base engine has
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STATS BMW X430I Base: $50,450 As tested: $57,895 Drivetrain: 248-hp 2-liter 4 AWD EPA mileage ratings: 22/29 mpg
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pring is a time for renewal and growth, and it’s a great season to add something new to your routine and let go of things that aren’t serving you anymore, explains DONNA JACKSON, founder and director of SARASWATI YOGA in Norwalk. Her advice as we usher in the spring season includes: BE IN THE MOMENT “It’s a little easier to try and be present when there’s so much extraordinary beauty surrounding us in spring,” notes Jackson. “Start with the idea that you want to become more mindful, and begin in small ways with achievable goals,” Suggestions include taking a 15-minute walk, stopping
every once in a while to breathe in the warm air or feel the breeze on your face or reaching out to a friend with whom you’ve lost touch. PUT THE PHONE DOWN This may seem obvious, but one of the best gifts we can give our friends and family is our undivided attention. “Why not give yourself and your loved ones the gift of a technology cleanse, or at least limit your screen time?” suggests Jackson. “If you miss your child’s laugh or the little crocus on your front lawn, that moment is gone forever,” CONSIDER YOGA Many people shy away from yoga because they claim they’re not flexible, and the workout might be either too challenging or not vigorous enough. “If you’re a beginner, start in a beginner class,” recommends Jackson. If you have a smart teacher and practice correct alignment yoga will improve core strength, bone strength and flexibility, plus it’s an essential complement to other workouts like running, weight training and spinning. newcanaandarienmag.com
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“Following the winter months, limit your use of skin products that contain retinol,” says JURGA RIMKUTE, owner and creative director at LANPHIER DAY SPA in Darien. Retinol is an ingredient present in many beauty products that causes the skin to peel and rejuvenate, leaving skin temporarily sensitive to the sun. “Skin treatments with retinol are usually done during winter months when the sun isn’t as strong,” she notes. Besides following a healthy diet and drinking plenty of lemon water, Rimkute highlights the importance of protecting your skin with sunscreen every day. She also recommends getting a facial every six to eight weeks and following a consistent skin care regimen.
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ince 2016, residents of Los Angeles have been enjoying Daley Delivery, a healthy food delivery service offering up fully prepared, family-friendly meals brought right to their doors. And now it’s available throughout Fairfield County, too. Founder Christine Daley grew up in Southport and launched the Connecticut branch to honor her mother, from whom she learned to cook. Each week, Daley creates a seasonal menu from which customers can choose two proteins, one pasta or soup and three sides. Meals are prepped in Daley’s South Norwalk kitchen and deliveries are made on Tuesday each week—just be sure to order by noon on Saturday. Current offerings include broiled salmon with mustard and honey, turkey meatballs, tomato soup and zucchini fritters. All proteins are organic and non-GMO, and gluten-free pasta is available. “The whole idea,” says Daley, “is to try to create less waste, and save time and eat well.” The cost starts Christine at $200 per week Daley for a family of two adults and up to four kids (under the age of 10). Specific, customized meal plans can be prepared for an additional fee. Order online at daleydelivery. com. — AL
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FORWARD After a rougher-than-expected sales year realtors are hoping that offering immense value will drive local buyers
robust inventory of homes for sale
and dropping prices should combine to make it one of the best years to purchase a home in recent memory, local experts say. They’re hoping nervous window shoppers, including fiscally-cautious millennials, will decide it’s their time to put down roots.
by liz anderson steinke
For sellers, on the other hand, that means taking a hard look at the competition in their price range, being realistic about what a property will go for and making thoughtful improvements when needed to help their homes stand out from the crowd.
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MASTERING THE MILLENIALS What drives the incoming generation of home buyers is DIFFERENT THAN THE GENERATION BEFORE
eople used to come to the market with an attitude of thinking they’ve got the world by the tail, said Jeff Kelly, office manager at Houlihan Lawrence in Darien. “They wanted everyone to know it and have a house that was reflective of that. Somehow that’s not cool anymore.” Lynley Middleberg, brokerage sales manager for William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Darien, put it a different way: “Buyers who want a lot of land and are looking for a sprawling estate are practically unicorns now.” The newest generation of buyers are priSmaller, in-town homes are what millenials are looking at.
FIX IT OR FORGET IT Key renovations will go a long way toward helping a home stand out
oday’s buyers can search online for homes more quickly than ever, or dismiss a house right off the bat for outdated décor. Presenting a house in its best light from the start is key, realtors say, even if it means investing some money to make it lighter and brighter for today’s savvy clients. Declutter and de-personalize, consider fresh paint. Make sure floors are in good condition. Take down touches like heavy drapes or store your grandmother’s armoire to help give a sense of space. Some of those things are not major expenses “but they’ll quite often be the difference in whether
marily interested in being close to a downtown, and are leery of a property’s carrying costs, along with other expenses associated with home ownership. And while they often have connections to Fairfield County already, they are also more prone to stay in their-post collegiate city world until young children pull them toward suburban living, realtors say. Millennial buyers are also a little less secure about their financial future and wary about being burned by a repeat of the 2008 housing bubble and ensuing recession. “In many cases it’s not that they can’t buy, it’s that they don’t want to feel like they are overpaying,” Kelly said. That wariness has driven more would-be buyers to rent first, realtors say. However, with the market’s turn, Howell suspects many of those renters are now ready to make a jump. New Canaan-based developer Arnold Karp is counting on millennials testing the local waters to help fill Merritt Village, a 109-unit mixed condo and apartment development he’s putting up in town, tentatively set to open in mid-2020. He pointed to a 12-unit apartment building he developed in New Canaan called The Crossing; six of the 12 original tenants have already gone on to
a house moves quickly,” said John Dunn, a sales agent at Houlihan Lawrence in New Canaan. Kitchens and bathrooms— especially master baths—are prime decision drivers for buyers. If possible, they should be updated, realtors say. Because white or light cabinetry is on most buyers’ wish lists, sellers should consider painting out darker wood, realtors say, depending on the condition of the rest of the kitchen. “Buyers want to see how they could live in your house, not how you are living there,” noted Jeanne Howell, manager at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - New England Properties in New Canaan.
Shiny new kitchens are still important to buyers.
HOUSE: JANE BEILES; KITCHEN: AMY VISCHIO
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online by design
A rendering of Merritt Village, set to open in 2020.
“BUYERS WHO WANT A LOT OF LAND AND ARE LOOKING FOR A SPRAWLING ESTATE ARE PRACTICALLY UNICORNS NOW.” –LYNLEY MIDDLEBERG, brokerage sales manager for William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in Darien
Tools like virtual staging give buyers a real view of what a home can look like
inancial circumstances vary, and not every home is able to be re-imagined in real life. Realtors have other tools they can turn to, like virtual staging that shows a room’s potential, to help buyers visualize easy changes either when window shopping or even when touring a property room by room. Middleberg called such online tools “a great way to make a minimal investment and give the house a fresh look, without having the full commitment for a six month (in-person) staging contract.” Because realtors now take the approach that “all of our first showings are done online,” she said, the strategy of adding videos to home listings, especially drone video “is getting bigger and bigger.” “You feel like you’re walking through [the property], it gives you a really good sense of how the house flows,” she said. “It gets someone in the house more quickly and more invested in the house when they get there [in person] because they have interacted with it via video” already. At the same time, Dunn cautioned that younger web-savvy buyers should remember online browsing is a “great first step, but nothing really replaces going through the town, going through the neighborhood.” A realtor can help shed light on which home is on a busy corner or why one has more value than another, he noted. “Sometimes you have to see it to believe it,” he said. “That’s the fun part of the job – it’s our job to know not just the inventory but the area, to know what the needs are of any particular client, and to find a property that checks as many of those boxes as possible.”
buy their own homes, he said–five in town and one in Darien. Getting younger couples to take the first step into a community is key, Karp said. More housing variety aimed at younger couples as well as empty nesters is also headed to market in Darien, where David Genovese’s Baywater Properties plans this year to begin redeveloping more than seven acres in the heart of town into a mixed-use space that includes 116 apartments. Across town in Noroton Heights, two redevelopments of existing shopping plazas would bring a combination of more than 170 apartments to that neighborhood.
“People who want a certain price for their house – those people are starting to drop out of the market, this isn’t the market for them,” said Kelly. “People who really do need to sell are starting to come to grips with needing to stage it, spend some money, do something” to distinguish it from the pack. Howell recalled one home in New Canaan that had been on and off the market for at least six years. “Everyone called it the ugly green wallpaper house. It was all pink and all green–even pink carpeting. We repainted everything, staged it a bit and for under $20,000 (in improvements) that house sold on the first day (back) on the market.”
Realtors say that first showings happen online, so videos that capture a real-time feeling of the property is important.
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2019 RENO VS DEMO Builders look to buy smaller homes to rebuild and suit the needs of a modern buyer
Waterfront homes in Darien are still in demand.
by the numbers
— estimated by JEFF KELLY, office manager at Houlihan Lawrence in Darien
Late winter storms and economic forces made for a slower than expected 2018
eading into the 2018 spring market, realtors were optimistic. Sales prices were up overall from the year before certain price points showed particular indications of strength, and listings were on the uptick. Then came a series of latewinter storms that held back early shoppers, and economic forces that ultimately buffeted the buying season far more than expected. Rather than embracing the wide array of choices, many shoppers got cold feet, realtors say. At year’s end, the sales volume in Darien was down 14.6 percent from 2017, with 258 properties sold compared to 302 the year before. New Canaan sales were off 16.1 percent, with 209 sales versus 249 in 2017. In the smaller market of Rowayton, sales were down 20.7 percent, from 87 to 69. “I think every firm here was a little surprised by that downturn,” Howell noted.
Certain market slices took a particularly big hit. For example, 43 homes in Darien sold for between $2 million and $2.499 million in 2017; a year later that figure was cut in half, to just 21. “Those are the houses that used to sell — a nice five-bedroom Colonial for $2.6 million, that thing used to sell like hotcakes,” said Kelly. “The numbers bear out a problem.” In Darien a handful of big-ticket closings, some on the in-demand waterfront, helped the median sales price in Darien end off just 2.8 percent, finishing the year at a $1.4 million, down from $1.44 million a year earlier. New Canaan fared a little worse, with its median sales price dropping 9.6 percent to $1.387 million from $1.535 in 2017. Rowayton–where 69 properties sold in 2018 compared to 87 the year before—saw the median price drop from $1.325 million to just $975,000.
owell said in New Canaan, some of the lowest-priced properties are drawing in developers who can now get run-down homes cheaply enough to tear them down and make their margins with a spec build. She said she was amazed to see one local builder snap up two houses on the same street for demolition last year. “I haven’t seen that in a long time,” she said. “It’s wild.” In Darien, Kelly estimated about half the homes that sold under $700,000 in 2018 were headed for demolition by contractors who saw opportunity to make their margins with a lower entry price. No matter what the price point, realtors say, almost no buyer asks for a Magnolia Home-inspired fixer-upper. But “when we find a person who’s willing to do a little work, we hold on to them very tightly because there is a lot that can be seen in that (renovation) market and there’s a lot of really good deals to be had,” Middleberg said. “If you are willing to put in a little bit of work, there’s a lot more comfort in the equity that can come back out.” Buyers looking to do a renoavtion are a rare find.
DARIEN HOME: KYLE NORTON; ROWAYTON BREAKFAST NOOK: JEFF MCNAMARA; OPPOSITE: CONTRIBUTED
HALF OF THE HOMES IN DARIEN THAT SOLD UNDER $700,000 IN 2018 WERE HEADED FOR DEMO BY BUILDERS LOOKING TO MAKE THEIR MARGINS.
new buying potential
Generation Z could be on the lookout for bigger homes, outside of the town center.
Generation Z could soon be in the market for something big
eal estate, much like everything else, is all about change. According to Gillian De Palo, vice president, sales for William Raveis Real Estate in New Canaan, sellers can look forward to the next generation of buyers: Generation Z. De Palo said that this generation is being compared to to the Depression/WWII “Greatest Generation.” “Gen Z grew up with financial insecurity while coping with terror threats and war,” she explains. “Early reports call them pragmatic, hard-working and driven by financial security. They are less interested in entrepreneurialism
IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT CONSERVATIVE BUYERS look for deals more than ever
ricing a house is always key – but never more than in this time of wary buyers and ample competition. “New Canaan, like the rest of the tri-state regional market, we feel we’re in a re-set right now” regarding home prices, says Janis Hennessy, president of the New Canaan Board of Realtors and an agent at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in town. That means realtors are having some tough conversations with would-be sellers about what the market realistically will bear. Kelly said home prices compared to previous years are “all coming down” —and the higher the price, the bigger the downward trend. “As you get down toward entry level, those prices are holding fast a little better,” he said. “If you get up into high twos and threes you get some pretty big moves southward in terms of pricing.” MARCH/APRIL 2019 NEW CANAAN•DARIEN
and more interested in staying put in companies and hopefully in homes.” She says they are a frugal bunch, seeking value, and may take interest in those homes farther from the center of town as offering an opportunity to pursue their American Dream. “Most importantly, after an abundance of screen time, they crave social connections and will be drawn to the finest asset New Canaan offers to any generation,” she said. This, De Palo said, is a pretty big shift from the millenial buyer, who look for the ease of buying a smaller, ready-to-move-in home.
Middleberg said buyers are using that trend to their advantage, driving prices down further. “Even if something is priced very tightly in the beginning, which is what we all strive to do, buyers are typically not coming in with an offer unless they see movement from the sellers first,” she said. “It’s almost like a game of chicken.” Dunn said to come up with the most market-savvy price, his entire office tours and reviews a property, with each agent giving their own take. Then they have what may be a tough conversation with a wouldbe seller. “If you have the information and you’ve done your homework and you have the analysis, while it’s never easy to have those conversations at least it’s understood you’re coming at it from an analytical perspective,” Dunn said.
– according to JEANNE HOWELL, manager at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services — New England Properties in New Canaan
In many cases, a fresh coat of paint can mean making the sale, or not
Agents have to take each property on a case by case basis and do some detective work to figure out why one sat while another sold, she said. Middleberg said sellers may want to even consider doing “pre-listing inspections.” She said this does not necessarily mean a full property inspection to determine issues that would require disclosure, but rather to give a better sense of what might come up with a buyer. This gives owners the option of addressing those issues prior to going on the market or of factoring any needed fixes into the home’s pricing strategy, she said.
wners who tired of their homes lingering for sale in 2018 responded by pulling their properties from the market well before year-end, Kelly said. Inventory dropped from 246 single-family homes listed at the end of September to just 172 on Dec. 31. Whether those sellers will try again in 2019 remains to be seen. Howell suggests some owners who really need or want to move their properties in 2019 will have to “re-launch” them by not just adjusting the asking price but throwing in an improvement, such as freshly painted walls, to lure in new views.
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OWNERS WHO NEED OR WANT TO MOVE THEIR HOMES IN 2019 WILL HAVE TO “RELAUNCH” THEM.
CLOSING THOUGHTS New Canaan and Darien are STILL DESIREABLE TO POTENTIAL BUYERS
ortgage rates, national and state leadership, the local economy and the nuts-and-bolts impact of the new federal tax laws—which will become more concretely apparent to individual families in April—all remain X factors in the spring housing market. But no matter what, the tightly-knit communities of Darien and New Canaan, their well-regarded school systems and the other factors that make for a good quality of life locally should continue to prove attractive to many buyers and help properties here hold their relative worth, experts say. “Things change, tastes change,” said Dunn. “At the end of the day what doesn’t change is the town itself and the area you are buying into.”
HOUSE PHOTO BY JANE BEILES
New Canaan and Darien’s attributes as small, charming towns with excellent schoools remain key factors in bringing new people.
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by malia mckinnon fr ame
Smart planning and a meticulous eye for detail helped rowayton designer elena phillips create her family’s dream home
phot o gr aphy by jane beiles
left: Elena Phillips at the entry of her newly-renovated and designed Rowayton home. this page: Phillips put her stamp on everything
throughout the home, from accent pillows to wallpaper. A look at the home’s exterior, which was also updated. MARCH/APRIL 2019 NEW CANAAN•DARIEN
Prussion Blue laquered walls and printed drapes add drama to the dining room.
ing in my walk-in closet, the kitchen bothered me and overall I wasn’t happy with the aesthetic,” she explains. The family moved out for over six months and forged ahead with a third and final revamp. “Everything was thought out, and every part of the house was touched except for two rooms,” she remembers. This renovation brought about big changes, including a new and improved kitchen. Phillips wanted an open floor plan, so she extended the kitchen into the back wraparound porch, enlarging the space and making it more family-friendly. “We have a two, three and almost nine-year old, and we hang out mostly in kitchen,” she says. For extra light, she added sliding glass doors and additional windows that match those on the other side of the home. Since blue is her favorite color, the versatile hue is present throughout. The lower part of her custom cabinets are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, and Strong White adds a striking contrast on top. She also opted for brass hardware everywhere because, “it patinas over time, is warm and works well with blues.” A 36-inch farm sink and a sleek SubZero were also on Phillips’ wish list. “I’ve always dreamed of having a clear door refrigerator,” she says.
lena Phillips loves a project. The interior designer honed her skills working in New York City for heavy hitter firms David Kleinberg Design Associates and Cullman & Kravis before starting her own business in 2012 which serves clients in Fairfield County and beyond. When asked about her signature style she explains, “I get to work with people who love traditional, modern and everything in between, so my style tends to evolve every day.” When her family moved into their 1885 Victorian in Rowayton at the end of 2010, it was time for Phillips to turn her attention to her own home. She did some cosmetic work including wallpapering, painting, redoing the downstairs floors, reworking some of the rooms and adding a mudroom. Fast forward to 2014, when her second child was on the way and the growing family needed more space. Renovation number two involved adding trim, rethinking the use of certain rooms and replacing the stone floor in the kitchen. The family enjoyed the home for three more years, then with the arrival of baby number three in 2016, the designer realized she’d need to take the house down to the studs to achieve her vision. “The baby was sleep-
“Everything was thought out and every part of the
The cozy living room is set up for family gatherings with a custom game table and new gas fireplace.
house was touched.” —elena phillips
A reading nook inside the home office.
lips’ grandfather and was a fixture in her own Victorian childhood home which happens to be located down the street. A serene ocean photograph by Richard Misrach that she and her husband bought each other hangs on the wall. “I’m drawn to anything with landscape or water,” says Phillips. Textural sisal rugs add warmth to this room and the adjoining living area, unifying the two spaces. The living room is all about family fun, evident from the custom gaming table inset with dark blue leather that sets the stage for hours of quality family time with puzzles, Scrabble and card games. A large screen television doubles as a piece of artwork, another clever feature. Fine art plays a major role in the home’s décor, as Phillips comes from a family of artists and loves displaying their talents. An eye-catching sculpture by her mother, artist Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh was chosen for this room, as well as a colorful painting by her brother-in-law, Frank P. Phillips which hangs over the mantel. “I have several pieces of my family’s work that I rotate throughout the house,” she explains. Moving upstairs you’ll see the same understated, sophisticated elegance in play. A peaceful, neutral-toned master bedroom is bathed in the natural light from three big square windows that face the backyard. “When you lie
On the island, a thick two-inch Danby marble countertop sourced in Vermont looks like jewelry combined with shiny brass pulls from Classic Brass. “I love how the island has a warm caramel color mixed with gray, so it works well with my stainless steel and brass.” The mom of three incorporated child-friendly fabrics where possible, strategically covering her barstools in a printed fabric by Rebecca Atwood that camouflages stains, and accented them with brass nail heads. Other details like the brasstopped lip of the refuse bin and brass baseboards around the island add a special touch and withstand the wear and tear of a young family. A custom sectional fits snugly into a nook near the island so Phillips can cook while her kids read or watch TV in plain view. The best part of the room is the beautiful view that overlooks a large back yard and the restored barn. “We have a great outdoor zone now,” she says. Moving to the front of the home, the dining room draws you in with high gloss Prussian Blue lacquered walls and printed whimsical drapery panels by Clarence House. A fun, sparkly Phillips Jeffries Mica wallpaper covers the ceiling and adds a touch of glam. “This room isn’t too serious, and now that we don’t have infants we hope to entertain a lot,” she explains. A stately grandfather clock resides here, which belonged to Phil-
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“The island has a warm caramel color mixed with gray so it works well with my stainless steel and brass .” —elena phillips
Phillips chose brass hardware as an accent in the kitchen and Rebecca Atwood fabriccovered stools to mask any stains and spills.
in bed you can see the reflection of the trees in the TV,” notes Phillips. Her master bath is covered in a unique silver metallic Katie Ridder wallpaper printed with a whimsical seaweed motif. When it came to the kids, Phillips designed the rooms around their personalities. The girls love purple and pink, so one room has fun purple quadrille fabric Roman shades that complement sweet Serena & Lily twin wicker beds. The nursery has pink walls and is a transitional space that can be converted into a walk-in closet, dressing room or a playroom as the girls get older. Her son loves soccer, so his walls are painted a vivid kelly green that emulates the soccer field, and maps—another interest— adorn the walls. After a lot of work, the Phillips family moved back into their home in April 2018. The last undertaking was finishing the 1,000-square foot barn, which Phillips claimed for her office. Downstairs there’s a guest bedroom, and an upstairs aerie is home to her library of swatches, rug samples and wallpaper. Phillips kept the original 13-inch pine plank flooring, which contrasts beautifully with a set of modern dark green pendants, mixing old and new. To finish, she added a new metal roof, restored the board and batten exterior and painted it dark gray. The barn has become a muchneeded sanctuary as well as a calm workspace where creativity can thrive. Happily, the end-result for this fun young family is an updated home with a Victorian farmhouse feel that preserves much character and charm. “It’s so nice to be settled,” says Phillips. “I wanted my home to reflect what I love but also be practical for my family. It really feels like home.”
The kids’ rooms were designed with their personalities in mind. The girls, who will soon share a room, love pink and purple and Phillips’ son is big into soccer, so his walls are kelly green, similar to that of a field.
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a new canaan couple bring its family-friendly landscape to life i n t e rv i ew b y a n na l a n e
The PennoyerRaymond-Smith House, circa 1790
| ph ot o g r a phy b y dav e c opp oll a
The reimagined 1920s sunken garden.
How did you end up in New Canaan?
when michael and fred canoro relocated
We chose New Canaan primarily for the excellent school system, but also for the land and play space. I wanted to have that “old Connecticut” kind of experience, and I fell in love with the property. We have 400-year-old sugar maples, a huge sycamore right behind the house that’s upwards of 300 years old, and lots of other well-established trees. We have blueprints of the updates that were done in 1922 and in 1944, and I really took the lead from those drawings to restore the property and grounds to the grand farmhouse that it must have been.
to Connecticut in 2014, they fully embraced suburban living, trading their Manhattan apartment for a historic house in New Canaan. The couple sought more space for their growing family—Sofia, 6, and Cooper and Carter, 5—and they found it in a centuries-old house on four acres. The project was a huge undertaking. But Michael, founder of Eastman-Interiors and managing partner at Maiden Lane Group, was up for the task. In addition to renovating the entire house, the couple transformed the garden into a lush private oasis ideal for family life and entertaining. Here, we speak with Michael about the whole process.
How long did it take to landscape the garden?
We purchased the home in January 2014, moved into the house in fall of 2014, and then we continued to work on the outbuildings. We did extensive landscaping over the past few years, and everything finally got finished in the spring of 2018. So it took, overall, four and a half years. It’s been a long process. We plan to do some wetland renovation next spring, but other than that we’re pretty much done. Did you have a landscape designer?
I’m an interior designer and I don’t draft, so I had Diane Starr of DB Landscape Designs put it on paper for me. I put together a master plan for the whole property, of which 80 percent has been executed.
above: White and pink astilbe in the front garden; one of the many mature sugar maples gracing the property. below: Flowering lobelia erinus and seating in the breakfast garden.
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top and middle: Blue and white furnishings and a bold chandelier accent the indoor/ outdoor living room in the pool house. bottom: Roses capture the morning dew.
Canoro removed the former 1970s pool and built a modern kid-friendly pool and pool house on the other end of the property.
beam barn, which I’m using as my office, and to the back of that we have a play structure and a fully fenced-in area for the kids.
When facing a project of this scale, where does one start?
One of the first things we did was restore the sunken garden. We redid all of the hand-stacked wall work around it. We used the original bluestone pavers that outlined the interior of the garden, and kept the same format that was here in the 1920s. We redid all of the plantings in there, we put grass in the center and added a fountain.
What’s one of the best features of your garden?
We have this wall of Tardiva hydrangea plants that separate our back lawn from the pool. In August they’re in full bloom and they have big white hydrangea blooms so it’s like this white cloud of beautiful blooms all around the pool. It’s stunning.
Did you keep any of the original plants?
In the front of the house there are 100-year-old rhododendrons that we kept, and I feed them and make sure that they stay healthy. They act as screening from the road, but they’re also beautiful, just gorgeous. Other than those, because we did so much wall work and putting lawns in, all the plantings are new.
Did you have a color scheme in mind when you planned the garden?
The sunken garden is all purples and pinks. All the roses in there are a hot pink, there are purple irises, and in the spring we have peonies. There’s also a rose bed leading up to the guest cottage and I have all yellow roses in there that we cut all of the time.
Can you share with us how you manage to have an exquisite garden that’s also child-friendly?
What’s your favorite garden spot?
When we purchased, there was a 1970s pool on the other side of the property [from where the pool is now]. We removed that pool—it wasn’t very kid-friendly—and we put it to the rear of the house with a new pool house. On the opposite side of the property from the sunken garden there was a dilapidated stable/barn that we took down. I built a new post-and-
I love the sunken garden. It’s so quiet, and between hearing the river and hearing the fountain it’s just so lovely. We especially love it in the spring when all the things are popping up, and we do an Easter egg hunt every year. This is where we want to be with our family for the next 25-plus years.
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lorals for spring? For MALENE ODDERSHEDE BACH, they truly are groundbreaking. The botanical motifs in the designer’s work have come to define her futuristic-meets-feminine aesthetic. They have marked her collections since she came on the scene in 2011—and was quickly named one of Fashion Scout’s Ones to Watch (UK’s independent showcase for emerging and established design talent). After pivoting from her studies to be a mathematician, Bach found a creative outlet on the London styling scene and discovered her love for fashion. But her analytical approach reveals itself in her attention to detail, evident in the poppies that appear on her latest pieces. Her fascination with these flowers results in another gorgeous display of wearable dresses and separates; worthy of the fashion community’s attention and with a fresh take on British fashion, one of our own new brands to follow. newcanaandarienmag.com
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landscapes; these flowers endure tough conditions and still perfectly embody a force of nature that might not be obvious at first glance. The Icelandic poppy itself is hairy and quite alien-like before the flower has sprung, but beautiful and fragile once in full flora. What’s been the hardest part about working in fashion?
It’s extremely hard work and definitely not a nine-to-five job. The challenges met throughout every part of growth in the business are difficult, but at the same time, it’s also what makes fashion and running your own business exciting. The fashion cycle is endless, with four seasons a year. It becomes a struggle to have time enough to be creative and actually just design. How does London inspire your work?
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How did you get started designing?
I was brought up in the countryside on a farm in Denmark and moved to London for school after turning nineteen. I specialized in mathematics, but I struggled with the idea of either working in a bank or teaching math. Somehow moving to London opened up a world of creativity that I hadn’t previously experienced in the rural countryside of Denmark. I was offered a job to style a friend’s band, and I found myself having an interview at London College of Fashion—I had no portfolio, borrowed a friend’s camera and frantically put something together. Luckily, I got accepted, and I quickly realized that the design and textile path was much more suited and challenging for me. Throughout my first two years, I worked endlessly as an assistant in the
London is great for diversity, and there’s so much variety to suit everyone. I like the industrial architectural history of London, some of which is still present. The local communities, made up by all these different nationalities, really make London what it is. I live next to a nature reserve and like the fact that while you live in London, you still very much can always find a green oasis near you.
costume department on a BBC live TV production, and interned for designers Steve J & Yoni P, Anne Sofie Back and eventually Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. After a few seasons, I went freelance and worked for a few designers pattern-cutting before receiving the Ones To Watch accolade that essentially launched the brand to become what it is today.
What defines British fashion?
British fashion is known for pushing the boundaries and I think today it still provides a bit of freshness to the market.
Why did you decide to set up shop in London?
I always adored London from visiting with my mother as a teenager and couldn’t imagine being based anywhere else doing what I do. I like the buzz and the fact there’s always something going on.
Who’s your style inspiration?
I’m not sure if I have a specific person that I see as a style inspiration. For me, I think it’s more of an overall woman, who is strong, independent and with a can-do attitude, while still very much being subtle and humble and willing to pull her sleeves up to help her peers if required.
What inspired your spring collection?
It was inspired by the unstoppable force of nature encroaching on our man-made world and the film Annihilation. Nature in itself is fascinating. Take the fight of Icelandic poppies—included in our prints and jacquards—against harsh
What makes your designs different?
Our collections start with the
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textiles, and these form a full story before the actual design aspects start. With some of our fabrics, we photograph every element, such as the Icelandic poppies throughout their flowering process and then digitally put it all together to create a print, which then gets developed in the jacquards and then embroidered. Also, we produce in London and source all our textiles from Italy. I think producing locally and keeping your supply chain as local as possible is very important. What’s something our readers would be surprised to learn about you?
I’m pretty good at driving tractors and also building walls and wiring electricity on building sites. Shop Malene Oddershede Bach at shop.nordstrom.com
n the short time since she launched her label SAFIYAA in 2011, DANIELA KARNUTS has quietly and steadily forced the fashion world to take notice with her bespoke, ultra-feminine creations. Stylish celebrities favor her on the red carpet (Jennifer Lopez, Gigi Hadid and Chrissy Teigen have all worn her designs) and most recently, she’s been a repeat favorite of HRH The Duchess of Sussex, who’s been stealing the royal spotlight with her formal looks. Safiyaa, named after Karnuts’ daughter, was born out of the designer’s desire for a wardrobe that worked for her corporate job but with attention to detail, expert tailoring and contemporary style. Karnuts’ focus is on fit, not the endless cycle of fashion shows and trend-chasing; and with no formal training, she’s created an atelier where women from all over come to experience her one-of-a-kind craftsmanship. newcanaandarienmag.com
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Made to Measure
Who is the Safiyaa woman?
The Safiyaa woman is a strong and confident woman who knows what she wants. She is chic and timeless and wears clothes to accentuate her personality. What makes your designs different?
I am a woman designing for women. I understand how to accentuate the body and bring out that inner confidence we all have. I also know that if a woman feels comfortable and beautiful in her outfit, she will look and feel her best. Our mission is to make a woman shine from within. When did you feel like you’d made it?
Like raising a child, building a company and a brand is an ongoing journey that is forever moving and growing. I take the gratification from the direct client feedback that we receive, which gives us a sense of purpose and joy. Moments like HRH The Duchess of Sussex wearing Safiyaa, are cherished moments.
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Q&A How did you get started designing?
As a young woman searching for the right clothing, I always admired the service that men were offered on the Saville Row in London, which wasn’t available to women. I wanted something that would be a timeless staple versus a fashion “it” piece that would come and go so quickly. This was my starting point to build the Safiyaa brand, a demi-couture brand at a ready-to-wear price point.
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Why did you decide to set up shop in London?
Being from Germany, London is the closest true metropolis. It is a hub for new and aspiring businesses with people from all over the world; and with women who still enjoy the timeless elegance of dressing. It was only natural for Safiyaa to start in London.
What inspired your spring collection?
Our spring collection is inspired by the allure of women like Carmen Miranda and Cher; women who are unapologetically sensual and live their passions. The collection is set in a tropical environment with joie de vivre.
Who’s your style inspiration?
I love Cate Blanchett’s taste and the poise and elegance of Barbara Goalen (the first British supermodel). True class and intellect are what make style timeless.
What’s your favorite part about designing a new collection?
What’s your favorite evening wear look right now?
Once a new collection is begun and I set the mood, it feels like a fresh start each season; like giving birth. We are nurturing and maturing something until it gets to a place we are proud of. Each collection, we have a lead woman that we look to, and a feeling we want to create as well as a lot of architectural and cultural references.
The effortless and modern chic of a jumpsuit; the ability you have to be so versatile with one look. It has a younger vibe and feel to it, yet has the ability to still be a glamorous evening wear look when combined with our harnesses. What do you love to do when you’re not designing?
I love to spend time with my family and my dog, go to hot yoga, read and watch TED talks. I also love to travel, which always gives me a fountain of inspiration.
How does London inspire your work?
Its vibrant art and social scene lends itself to starting a business; and the sense of occasion in Mayfair, where our showroom is, gives off an old school grandeur.
Shop Safiyaa at Mitchells, Westport and Richards, Greenwich
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ALONI LODHA travels a lot. The designer splits her time between Hong Kong and London, with regular stops in Korea and her native India. It was this jet-set lifestyle that inspired Lodha to create the initial dresses that would come to distinguish her namesake brand; that magical formula of flattering, feminine silhouettes and a bold mix of vibrant prints. And with their easy glamour and vivid patterns, they became instant favorites on the fashion scene. Although sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set up shop in the UK, her Indian heritage weaves its way into her work. Bright colors taken directly from Mumbai markets, and metallic embroidery translated from the saris in her grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection, are what set her designs apart. As she continues to whip up sought-after collections and inspire wanderlust season after season, Saloni devotees will be packing her pieces into their closets and carry-ons. newcanaandarienmag.com
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heavily embroidered blouses and kaleidoscopic, tie-dye Bandhani fabrics are often paired with an abundance of jewelry. I cherish the memories of long afternoons spent unfolding and folding my grandmother’s extensive sari collection. If I think about it, these saris were the real inspirations behind my initial interest in textiles. I always keep in mind my Indian heritage while designing but don’t translate it literally into our clothes. I think the way we as a brand celebrate bold colors and patterns is our way of bringing the spirit of India into the collections. Who is the Saloni woman?
The Saloni woman is cosmopolitan, with an eclectic mix-it-up fashion philosophy and is always a touch adventurous in the way she dresses. She is feminine without being too girly and is looking for clothing that is versatile, fun, affordable and beautifully made, with attention to detail. Saloni is a “motherdaughter” brand. A mother might buy a dress for her daughter that she can envision wearing herself, and a daughter might help her mother choose a dress that she wants to borrow for a wedding. Our customer is conscious of what she wears but is not necessarily fashion-obsessed.
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Q&A How did you get started designing?
When I moved to Hong Kong in 2001, the market was dominated by luxury brands, so I saw a gap for something more personal. I decided to set up pop-up boutiques and sell one-off pieces made in collaboration with artisans from back home. In 2008, while sitting in a block-printing factory in Jaipur, I realized my dream was to create a global brand that would take the rich heritage I grew up with and blend it with the global nomadic life I was living.
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Why did you decide to set up shop in London?
London is a creative melting pot and it felt like the right city for the brand. What inspired the spring collection?
I love summers. The collection
brings together playful shapes with crisp cottons and energetic hand-drawn prints that are animatedly layered with Naïfpainted elements. The joyful femininity of the collection gives you a free-spirited mood. What’s your favorite part about working in fashion?
I have fun working in fashion. My vision is to be original; design, create and entertain my customers with the fantasy of Saloni.
What makes your designs different?
I built a brand synonymous with my nomadic lifestyle. Women of all ages come to us for our signature dresses and collections that are imbued with feminine, playful and easy elegance.
How does London inspire your work?
London inspires me in so many ways. I feel at home here. It has the best design schools, museums, parks. Everywhere you look, there is inspiration.
When did you feel like you’d made it?
Never, I think. Dream client?
How does your Indian heritage inspire your work?
My love affair with textiles began at a very young age. My family originally hails from Rajasthan, and women from my traditional community still wear saris on a daily basis. Their
Dream travel destination?
Nepal is next on my list. Shop Saloni at ModaOperandi.com
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Murphy Brothers Contracting Mamaroneck, NY 203-629-1291 murphybrothers.com
New England Stone Milford 203-876-8606 newenglandstone.com New England Tile Fairfield 203-367-7733 newenglandtile.com New Generation Healthy Homes Fairfield 203-921-9426 newgenerationhealthyhomes .com Nordic Custom Builders Cos Cob 203-629-0430 nordiccustom.com Oliver Wilson Construction Westport 203-820-5847 oliverwilsonconstruction.com Olsen Built Homes 203-389-6413 olsenbuilthomes.com Olson Development Newtown 203-972-7722 olsondevelopmentllc.com Ottavio’s Custom Stonework 203-767-3948 Pagano Contracting Palm Beach, FL 772-485-8455
McNulty Development Melville, NY 631-547-1400 mcnultydevelopment.com
Pecora Brothers Greenwich 203-590-9027 pecorabrothers.com
Merolle Brothers Tile & Marble Yonkers, NY 914-237-6738 merollebrothers.com
Peerless Construction Old Greenwich 203-273-9394
Mezzano’s Shoreline Construction North Haven 203-214-9886 mezzanosshoreline constructionllc.com
PG Design & Carpentry Stamford 203-918-1583
Praxis Home Builders New Canaan 203-570-4394 praxishomebuilders.com Precision Architectural Woodwork Stamford 203-216-1095 precisionarchitectural woodwork.com The PRG Group Bozeman, MT 406-530-1709 theprggroup.com Prime Renovations & Painting Hampton Bays, NY 917-287-2878 Prutting & Company Custom Builders Stamford 203-972-1028 prutting.com
Rockwood Construction Company Greenwich 203-869-2223 Rom Stone Fabrication New Rochelle, NY 914-654-0161 romstonefabrication.com Rosbeck Builders Edgartown, MA 508-693-6300 rosbeckbuilders.com RRBuilders New Canaan 203-972-6100 rrbuilders.com Sabine’s New House Greenwich sabinesnewhouse.com SBP Homes Stamford 203-323-2200 sbphomes.com
Quality Marble Fabrication and Restoration Corp. Stamford 203-504-2900 qualitymarblect.com
The Shanahan Group New Milford 203-770-9151 shanahangroupllc.com
Red Canoe Partners Greenwich 203-661-3681 redcanoepartners.com
Signature Home Remodeling Fairfield 203-667-0956 signaturehomeremodel.com
Redwood Construction & Consulting Bethel 203-653-9105 redwoodconsultingco.com
Significant Homes New Canaan 203-966-5700 significanthomesllc.com
Remodeling Consultants Mamaroneck, NY 914-381-6900 Stamford 203-321-1250 remodeling-consultants.com Renoviso Boston 888-867-1660 Yonkers, NY 914-559-2056 Cherry Hill, NJ 215-399-9704 renoviso.com Rick Sillo Construction New Canaan 203-966-8305 ricksillo.com Rinehardt | Miller Interiors Edgewater, NJ 212-643-4283 rinehardtmillerinteriors.com
Silva Brothers Contracting 914-439-4670 Silver Heights Development Westport 203-635-2224 silverheightsdev.com SMI Construction Management New York City 718-937-1090 smiconst.com Smith & Company Woodbury 203-263-0068 smithsurveyors.com Stephen Gamble Historic Floors and Finishes Greenwich 203-866-0892 stephengamble.com Sterling Associates Newtown 203-426-0021 sterlingassociatesllc.com
Sterling Custom Cabinetry Bridgeport 203-335-5151 sterling-custom.com
VAS Construction Darien 203-622-3221 vasconstruction.com
The Stone Workshop Bridgeport 203-362-1144 stoneworkshops.com
Vita Design Group Westport 203-283-1561 vdgarch.com
Stony Kill Enterprises Rochester, NY 845-626-2473
Wainscot Solutions New Milford 203-509-8120 wainscotsolutions.com
Taconic Builders Mamaroneck, NY 914-698-7456 taconicbuilders.com
Audrey Sundheimer Interiors Old Greenwich 203-698-2269 Axel Interiors Norwalk 203-299-3155 axelinteriors.com
Barsanti Desmone New York City 646-837-6422 barsantidesmone.com
Tallman Building Company Southport 203-254-3055 tallmanbuilding.com
Wernert Cos Cob 203-869-1110 wernert.com
Bonnie Paige 203-331-7512 bonniepaige.com
Tallman Segerson Builders Fairfield 203-254-1971 tallmansegerson.com
Weston & Sampson Peabody, MA 1-800-SAMPSON westonandsampson.com
Tarzia Group Stamford 203-322-1900 tarziagroup.com
Westwood Custom & Antique Flooring Old Greenwich 203-629-7600 westwoodflooring.com
Tile America Stamford 203-323-5922 Fairfield 203-367-6449 tileamerica.com
Westwood Flooring & Design Center Wilton 203-762-6300 westwoodflooring.com Wojtek Ultimate Construction Ridgefield 203-829-7806
Tile Designs by Laura North Haven 203-407-8453 tilesbylauract.com
Woodland Partners Darien 203-655-0204 woodlandpartners.com
Tischler und Sohn, Ltd. Stamford 203-674-0600 tischlerwindows.com
Wright Building Company Norwalk 203-227-4134 wrightbuildingcompany.com
Toll Brothers Horsham, PA 855-897-8655 tollbrothers.com Town + Country Door and Operator Company Norwalk 203-563-9300 townandcountrydoorco.com Tri State Marble & Tile Yonkers, NY 914-377-1100 tristatemarble.com Twelve Development Cos Cob 203-625-2675 12development.com V&A Construction Stamford 203-667-1707 vnaconstruction.com
DESIGN/DECORATE: Alana Irwin Interiors 203-536-6216 alanairwin.com Alexis Parent Interiors Fairfield 203-451-5630 alexisparent.com Alice Black Interiors Greenwich 203-938-4898 aliceblack.com Allison Caccoma San Francisco 415-678-5449 allisoncaccoma.com Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design Greenwich 203-661-1266 amyhirsch.com
Christina Murphy Interiors New York City 212-842-0773 christinamurphyinteriors.com
Barbara Fibak Design Greenwich 203-536-3601 barbarafibakdesign.com
Walpole Outdoors 800-343-6948 walpoleoutdoors.com
Teixeira Construction Danbury 203-948-2212
Cherie Zucker, Inc. New York City 212-662-8888 cheriezuckerinc.com
Christine Donner Kitchen Design Norwalk 203-966-0160 donnerkitchens.com Christopoulos Designs Bridgeport 203-576-1110 christopoulosdesigns.com Chrystal Toth Designs Westport 203-429-4227 chrystaltothdesigns.com
Brooke Crew Interiors Westport 214-546-8562 brookecrewinteriors.com
Clarity Home Interiors Greenwich 203-340-2468 clarityhomeinteriors.com
Bruce Bierman Design New York City 212-243-1935 biermandesign.com
Clean Design Scarsdale, NY 914-725-0995 cleandesignpartners.com
Busta Studio Tappan, NY 845-680-6899 bustastudio.com
Connie Cooper Designs Westport 203-256-9183 conniecooperdesigns.com
Calla Studio Norwalk calla.studio
Curry & Kingston Cabinetry Cos Cob 203-900-1121 curryandkingston.com
Capellini Design Associates Brooklyn 914-844-3689 capellinidesignassociates .com
D2 Interieurs Weston 646-326-7048 d2interieurs.com
CarmiĂąa Roth Interiors Greenwich 203-987-5961 carminarothinteriors.com
New Canaan 203-331-5787 thedesigndot.com Diane Karmen Interiors 203-247-0998 dianekarmen.com Drake/Anderson New York City 212-754-3099 drakeanderson.com Eastman-Interiors New Canaan 203-594-7345 eastman-interiors.com Eleish van Breems Westport 203-635-8080 evbantiques.com Elemental Interiors Montclair, NJ 646-861-3596 elemental-interiors.com Elena Phillips Interiors Rowayton 203-295-8554 elenaphillipsinteriors.com Emma Jane Pilkington New York City emmajanepilkington.com Eric Roseff Designs Boston 617-282-9725 ericroseffdesigns.com FigTree Designs Rowayton 914-473-9786 figtreedesignsllc.com Fiona Leonard Interiors 203-662-0857 fionaleonardinteriors.com
Dalia Canora Design Rosslyn, VA 203-505-4404 daliacanoradesign.com
Foley & Cox Interiors New York City 212-529-5800 foleyandcox.com
Davenport North Greenwich 203-629-9181 davenportnorth.net
Forehand + Lake Fairfield 203-259-7636 forehandlake.com
Carrier and Company New York City 212-706-1025 carrierandcompany.com
DEANE, Inc. Stamford 203-327-7008 New Canaan 203-972-8836 deaneinc.com
G2 San Rafael, CA 415-355-0055 g2designusa.com
Caryn Bortniker Design Westport 203-984-4614 carynbortnikerdesign.com
Debra Lipset Designs Westport 203-247-0095 lipsetdesigns.com
Chapin Interiors Bronxville, NY 914-361-1157 chapininteriors.com
de la Torre Design Studio New York City 212-243-5202 delatorredesign.com
Charlotte Barnes Greenwich 203-622-6953 charlottebarnes.com
Deschapelles Design 203-561-9314 deschapellesdesign.com DesignDot
Carol Egan Interiors New York City 212-671-2710 caroleganinteriors.com Caroline Kopp Interior Design Westport 917-797-9756 carolinekopp.com
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Gari Hill Dansky Greenwich 203-661-3004 garihilldansky.com Gary Cruz Studio New York City 212-243-3250 garycruzstudio.com Georgia Zikas Design West Hartford 860-904-5902 georgiazikasdesign.com
Gilles Clement Designs Greenwich 203-717-1919 Westport 203-349-5300 gclementdesigns.com GLDesign Southport 203-554-0585 livegldesign.com Good Bones Design by Graham Veysey Greenwich 203-340-9147 goodbonesdesign.com Grayson De Vere 203-661-1100 graysondevere.com Havilande Whitcomb Design Westport 203-227-7902 hwdesignllc.com Healing/Boice Design Westport 203-226-8777 healingboice.com Heike Hein Home Westport 203-434-0059 Hilderbrand Interiors New Canaan 203-722-9642 hilderbrandinteriors.com Hillside Design Fairfield 203-767-1899 hillside-design.com Hilton Interiors Greenwich 203-717-1005 hiltonarchitects.com Hue Designs hue-designs.com Interieurs Design Studio 212-343-0800 interieursdesignstudio.com Iliana Moore Interiors Bronxville, NY 917-689-1937 ilianamoore.com J. Doyle Design New York City 212-533-5455 Jan Hiltz Interiors Westport 203-331-5578 janhiltzinteriorsllc.com Jennifer Smokler Interiors Westport 203-227-0477 jennifersmoklerinteriors.com Jill Kalman Interiors Westport 203-645-1561 jillkalmaninteriors.com
Jill Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shea Home Design Westport jillosheahomedesign.com Jody Fierz Interiors Ridgefield 203-722-1447 jodyfierz.com Joe Ginsberg New York City 212-465-1077 joeginsberg.com Julie White Interiors Upper Nyack, NY 845-729-2838 juliewhiteinteriors.com JWH Design & Cabinetry Rye, NY 914-967-6020 jwhdesigns.com Karen Berkemeyer Home Westport 203-454-0032 karenberkemeyerhome.com Karen Bow Interiors Darien 914-953-1517 karenbow.com Karen Houghton Interiors Nyack, NY 845-358-0133 karenhoughtoninteriors.com Kat Rosier Greenwich 203-912-9890 katrosier.houzz.com Katherine Cowdin Inc. Greenwich 203-661-4844 Kathleen Hay Designs Nantucket 508-221-0159 kathleenhaydesigns.com Kathy Yates Interior Design 203-522-6113 Katie Ridder New York City 212-779-9080 katieridder.com Keri McKay Interiors Fairfield 203-414-0133 kerimckayinteriors.com Kerri Rosenthal Westport 203-557-6800 kerrirosenthal.com Kim Kirby Interior Design Middletown, RI kimkirbyinteriordesign.com Kimberly Handler Designs Greenwich 917-414-4507 kimberlyhandlerdesigns .com Kismet Interiors kismetinteriorsstudio.com
KL Home Fairfield 203-955-1843 klhomect.com
Lisa Friedman Design Westport 203-292-8568 lisafriedmandesign.com
Pamplemousse Design New York City 212-535-2087 pamplemoussedesign.com
Shelter Interiors Milford 203-301-4886 shelterinteriorsllc.com
L Tutun Interiors Rye, NY 914-772-3614 lauratutuninteriors.com
Lorraine Levinson Interior Design Greenwich 914-393-6389 lorrainelevinsoninterior design.com
Parker & Company Designs Southport 203-256-2742 parkerandcompanydesigns. com
Spencer Cox Interiors New Canaan 917-312-3105 spencercoxinteriors.com
Last Detail Interior Design Darien 203-921-5151 careykarlan.com Laura Michaels Design Greenwich 203-531-7047 lauramichaelsdesign.com Laurie Woods Long Island City, NY 214-324-5004 lauriewoodsinteriors.com LBG Interior Design Greenwich 203-625-8375 lbginteriordesign.com Lee Ann Thornton Interiors Greenwich 203-485-0322 leeannthornton.com Liliane Hart Interiors New York City 212-505-9791 lilianehart.com Lillian August Design Center 32 Knight Street Norwalk 203-847-3314 lillianaugust.com Lillian August Atelier 195 Greenwich Avenue Greenwich 203-489-3740 lillianaugust.com Lillian August Stamford Warehouse Shop 47 John Street Stamford 203-847-1596 lillianaugust.com Lin Moty Interiors 203-826-7221 lin.moty.us Linda Hoffman Interiors Greenwich 203-622-7084 lindahoffmaninteriors.com Linda Ruderman Interiors Greenwich 203-552-9700 lindaruderman.com Linda Sonders Design Naples, FL 239-213-0880 lindasonders.com Linherr Hollingsworth Norwalk 203-299-1327 linherrhollingsworth.com
Patricia Hill Designs Greenwich 203-869-1719 patriciahilldesignsct.com
Lucy Interior Design Minneapolis 612-339-2225 lucyinteriordesign.com
Pembrooke & Ives New York City 212-995-0555 pembrookeandives.com
Lynn Morgan Design Rowayton 203-866-1940 lynnmorgandesign.com
Pimlico Interiors New Canaan 203-972-8166 pimlicointeriors.com
Lynne Scalo Design Greenwich 203-222-4991 lynnescalo.com
PL Design Westport 203-550-5371 pldesignllc.com
Marcia Tucker Interiors Greenwich 203-409-3692 marciatuckerinteriors.com
Raquel Garcia Design Fairfield 203-521-4189 raquelgarciadesign.com
Mark P. Finlay Interiors Southport 203-254-2388 markfinlayinteriors.com
Rebecca Reynolds Design Westport 203-972-8300 rebeccareynoldsdesign.com
McCory Interiors Burlington 860-922-8727 mccoryinteriors.com
Rinfret, Ltd. Greenwich 203-622-0000 rinfretltd.com
Michael Whaley Interiors New York City 203-595-9845 michaelwhaleyinteriors.com
Robin Henry Studio New York City 646-409-3099 robinhenrystudio.com
Molly Patton Design Fairfield 203-520-0598 mollypattondesign.com Monica Kahn Design 917-734-4944 mkahndesign.com
Roughan Interiors Weston/New York City 203-769-1150 roughaninteriors.com
Morgan Harrison Home New Canaan 203-594-7875 morganharrisonhome.com
Sage Design Southport 203-553-9656 sagedesign.com
Moss Design Southport 917-292-6153 mdmossdesign.com
Sage & Ginger New Canaan 203-594-9862 sageandginger.com Sam Allen Interiors 203-984-5590 samalleninteriors.com
Muse Interiors Greenwich 203-344-9444 museinteriors.net
Sandra Morgan Interiors Greenwich 203-629-8121 sandramorganinteriors.com
Nick Olsen New York City 212-366-6405 nickolsenstyle.com
Sarah Blank Design Studio Greenwich 203-655-6900 sarahblankdesignstudio.com
Nightingale Design Rowayton 203-246-9235 julienightingaledesign.com
Shelley Morris Interiors New Canaan 203-801-9911 shelleymorrisinteriors.com
SSDstyle New York City 917-907-2407 Stephanie Rapp Interiors Weston 203-216-5835 stephanierappinteriors.com Stirling Mills Interior Design New Canaan 203-594-9596 stirlingmills.com Studio Dearborn studiodearborn.com Susan Glick Interiors Westport 203-984-4112 susanglickinteriors.com Susan MacLeod Interiors Rowayton 203-945-7856 susanmacleodinteriors.com Susan Thorn Interiors Cross River, NY 914-763-5265 susanthorninteriors.com Susie Earls Design Southport 203-218-4590 susieearlsdesign.com
Wowhaus Westport 917-301-2637 wowhaus.com
LANDSCAPE DESIGN/ MANAGEMENT: Anchor Botanicals Brooklyn 718-781-2830 anchoraquariumservice.com Aquino Garden Landscaping and General Construction Services Stamford 203-570-0598 aquinogarden.com Artemis Landscape Architects Bridgeport 203-683-1808 artemisla.com Austin Ganim Landscape Design Fairfield 203-333-2003 austinganimlandscapedesign .com Avant Gardens avantgardensllc.com Conte & Conte, LLC Landscape Architects Greenwich 203-869-1400 conteandconte.com Delaney + Chin San Francisco 415-621-9899 tdelaney.com
Tamara K Designs Riverside 917-434-8638 houzz.com/pro/twinglet/ tamara-k-designs
Devore Associates Fairfield 203-256-8950 devoreassoc.com
Thom Filicia New York City 212-736-6454 thomfilicia.com
DLTC Landscape Contractors Bridgeport 203-338-9696 dltcusa.com
Tiffany Eastman Interiors Fairfield 203-209-8746 tiffanyeastmaninteriors.com Toni Gallagher Interiors Rye, NY 914-522-7697 tonigallagherinteriors.com
Doyle Herman Design Associates Greenwich 203-869-2900 dhda.com
Tricia Foley Design triciafoley.com Tusk Home + Design Westport 203-319-0001 tuskhomeanddesign.com Voce Di ID Greenwich 203-422-0567 vocediid.com
Drakeley Pool Company Bethlehem 860-274-7903 drakeleypools.com Earthscapes Landscape Management & Development New Canaan 203-966-2843 earthscapesct.com Elise Landscapes & Nursery New Canaan 203-966-3200 eliselandscapes.com English Gardens & Designs 203-273-9334 englishgardensanddesignsllc .com
Environmental Site Developers Ridgefield 203-438-2300 envsite.com Eric Rains Landscape Architecture South Norwalk 203-354-6500 ericrains.com Fairfield House & Garden Company Bedford, NY 203-661-8900 fairfieldhouseandgarden.com Freddy’s Landscape Company Fairfield 203-855-7854 freddyslandscape.com
Mt. Kisco, NY 203-629-9001 johnsenlandscapes.com Kate Reid Landscape Design Greenwich 888-543-5753 katereidlandscape.com Keith E. Simpson Associates New Canaan 203-966-7071 keithsimpsonassociates.com Kent Greenhouse & Gardens Kent 860-787-5068 kentgreenhouse.com
landscapesllc.com Nature’s Design Madison 203-640-1434 naturesdesignmadison .business.site New Beginnings Landscaping Ridgefield 203-431-0333 newbeginningsridgefield.com
Outdoor Design & Living Fairfield 203-259-9630 outdoordesign.com
Gardensheds Lambertville, NJ 609-466-7224 gardensheds.com
Land Morphology Seattle 206-443-2120 landmorphology.com
Pat Miller Designs Greenwich 203-904-4777 patmillerdesigns.com
Gerbert & Sons Landscaping & Irrigation Stamford 203-324-3817 gerbertandsons.com
Landivar Landscaping Stamford 203-353-1410
Pieper Associates Woodbury 203-273-5577
The LaurelRock Company Wilton 203-544-0062 laurelrock.com
Reed Hilderbrand Cambridge, MA 617-923-2422 reedhilderbrand.com
LeJardin Unionville 860-550-3386
Regal Blu Pool & Spa Stamford 203-355-3689 regalblu.com
Grass & Gardens Southbury 203-264-3778 Haggerty Pools Norwalk 203-348-6899 haggertypools.com Highland Design Pound Ridge, NY 914-764-5480 highlanddesigngardens.com Hoffman Landscapes Wilton 203-834-9656 hoffmanlandscapes.com
Lindquist Design Associates Bridgeport 203-335-9895 lindquistlandscape.com Lindsay Burn Landscape Design Greenwich lindsayburn.com Louis Fusco Landscape Architects Pound Ridge, NY 914-764-9123 louisfusco.com
Homefront Farmers Ridgefield 203-470-3655 homefrontfarmers.com
McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center Greenwich 203-661-5600 mcardles.com
Innocenti & Webel Locust Valley, NY 516-674-4200 innocenti-webel.com
Meehan Ramos Pools Stratford 203-378-8900 meehanramos.com
Janice Parker Landscape Architects Greenwich 203-340-2824 janiceparker.com
Michael and Sons Nurseries White Plains, NY 914-682-4224
Jennifer Anderson Design & Development Wilton 203-834-9666 jenniferanderson-designs .com Johnsen Landscapes & Pools
Morano Landscape Mamaroneck, NY 914-698-4065 moranolandscape.com Nantucket Heritage Landscapes Nantucket 508-228-5187 nantucketheritage
Sean Jancski Landscape Architects Rye, NY 914-967-1904 sjlandscapearchitects.com
Oliver Nurseries & Design Associates Fairfield 203-259-5609 olivernurseries.com
L&L Ever-Green Norwalk 203-838-1144
GlenGate Property & Pool Wilton 203-762-2000 glengatecompany.com
203-345-5758 sascofarms.com SCAPE Landscape Architecture New York City 212-462-2628 scapestudio.com
Seventy Acres Landscape Architecture & Design Wilton 203-470-2742 seventyacres.com Shoreline Pools Stamford 203-967-1203 shorelinepools.com Southport Design Works Fairfield 203-913-1867 southportdesignworks.com Spaces Landscape Architecture Quogue, NY 631-899-4800 spaceslandscapearchitecture. com Spaulding Landscape Architects Stamford 203-322-6404 spauldinglandscape architects.com
Roberto Fernandez Landscaping Greenwich 203-869-3171 robertofernandez.com
Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects Cambridge, MA 617-876-8960 stimsonstudio.com
Robin Kramer Garden Design Reading, MA 978-526-4221 robinkramergardendesign. com
Summer Rain Sprinkler Systems Greenwich 203-629-8050 summerrainsprinklers.com
Rolling Lawns Mamaroneck, NY 914-381-0123 rollinglawns.com
Susan Cohen Landscape Architect Riverside 203-637-4225 susancohenlandscapes.com
Rosalia Sanni Design Old Greenwich 203-918-4619 rosaliasanni.com
Swimm Pools Darien 203-656-4336 swimmpools.com
Rutherford Associates Old Greenwich 203-637-2718
Wagner Pools Darien 203-655-0766 wagnerswimmingpools.com
Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses Greenwich 203-869-3418 sambridge.com
Walpole Outdoors 800-343-6948 walpoleoutdoors.com
Sandoval’s Landscaping & Masonry Stamford 203-969-7991 sandovalslm.com
Water’s Edge Pools Stamford 203-323-9710
Sasco Farms Landscape Design Southport
Wesley Stout Associates New Canaan 203-966-3100 wesleystout.com
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Wilber & King Stony Creek 203-488-0201 wilberandking.com Young’s Legacy Landscaping Newtown 203-491-2257 youngslegacy.com
SHOWROOM/RETAIL: Aitoro Appliance 401 Westport Avenue Norwalk 203-847-2471 aitoro.com The Antique and Artisan Gallery 69 Jefferson Street Stamford 203-327-6022 theantiqueandartisangallery. com
County TV & Appliance 2770 Summer Street Stamford 203-295-7795 countytv.com Design Within Reach 711 Canal Street Stamford 203-614-0787 154 Post Road East Westport 203-557-6611 dwr.com Dovecote 56 Post Road East Westport 203-222-7500 dovecotewestport.com Eleish van Breems Home 99 Franklin Street Westport 203-635-8383 evbantiques.com
Artemisia 23 Lyme Street Old Lyme 917-797-7644 artemisiainc.com
Eliko 102 Madison Avenue New York City 212-725-1600 elikorugs.com
AWK Design Antiques 360 Fairfield Avenue Stamford 203-984-4222 awkdesignantiques.com
Farrow & Ball 32 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich 203-422-0990 us.farrow-ball.com
Beehive 79 Sanford Street Fairfield 203-955-1122 thebeehivefairfield.com
The Flat 42 Railroad Place Westport 203-557-6854 theflatwestport.com
Bender Plumbing 235 Westport Avenue Norwalk 203-847-3865 benderplumbing.com
Flowers & Flowers 876 Post Road Darien 203-662-9666 flowersandflowers.com
Bungalow 4 Sconset Square Westport 203-227-4406 bungalowdecor.com
Fofie & Mia’s 2417 Boston Post Road Larchmont, NY 888-417-6071 fofiemia.com
California Closets 565 Westport Avenue Norwalk 203-529-7290 californiaclosets.com
George Home 4 Titus Road Washington Depot 860-868-0323 georgehomect.com
Caravan Curated Home 12 Burtis Avenue New Canaan 203-966-9660 caravancuratedhome.com
Get Back Inc. 7 Fulling Lane Kent 860-215-3096 getbackinc.com
Clarke, New England’s Official Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove Showroom and Test Kitchen 64 South Main Street South Norwalk 800-845-8247 clarkeliving.com
Hamptons Antique Galleries 441 Canal Street Stamford 203-325-4019 hamptonsantiquegalleries. com
The Collected Home 161 Rowayton Avenue Rowayton 203-956-0990 thecollectedhome.com
Hiden Galleries 47 John Street Stamford 203-363-0003 hidengalleries.com Holly Hunt Off the Floor
375 Fairfield Avenue, Suite 102 Stamford 203-658-8525 hollyhunt.com
69 Jefferson Street Stamford 914-844-8877 modernantiquarianshop.com
35 Elm Street Westport 203-635-8000 serenaandlily.com
Joseph Stannard Antiques Station Place, PO Box 481 Norfolk 860-542-5212 josephstannard.com
Modify Furniture Bridgeport 203-587-1199 modifyfurniture.com
Stems + Co 95 Rowayton Avenue Norwalk 203-286-6895 stemsandco.com
Kirby and Company 1029 Post Road Darien 203-309-5900 kirbyandcompany.com Kirby Girl 14 Brook Street Darien 203-309-5901 kirbygirl.com Lattice House 411 Pequot Avenue Southport 203-292-3683 LEICHT Kitchens 11 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich 203-340-9933 leichtgreenwich.com Lemon Dahlia Flowers Wilton 203-260-7886 lemondahlia.com Lillian August Design Center 32 Knight Street Norwalk 203-847-3314 lillianaugust.com Lillian August Atelier 195 Greenwich Avenue Greenwich 203-489-3740 lillianaugust.com Lillian August Stamford Warehouse Shop 47 John Street Stamford 203-847-1596 lillianaugust.com The Linen Shop 21 Elm Street New Canaan 203-972-0433 thelinenshopct.com The Local Vault 301 Valley Road Cos Cob 203-409-7245 thelocalvault.com Millie Rae’s 1799 Post Road East Westport 203-259-7200 millieraesstore.blogspot.com Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 45 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich 203-661-4480 mgbwhome.com The Modern Antiquarian
Nest Inspired Home 20 Purchase Street Rye, NY 914-921-6378 nestinspiredhome.com Oomph 21 West Putnam Avenue Greenwich 203-518-8068 oomphhome.com Patio.com 600 East Putnam Avenue Cos Cob 203-869-3084 919 Post Road East Westport 203-222-1620 975 Ethan Allen Highway Ridgefield 203-431-9337 patio.com Patrick Mele 60 William Street Greenwich 203-717-1888 patrickmele.com The Perfect Provenance 47 Arch Street Greenwich 203-900-1133 theperfectprovenance.com Post Modern Home 110 Post Road Darien 203-202-9647 postmodernhome.com Putnam & Mason 34 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich 203-900-1414 putnammason.com Ring’s End ringsend.com ROOM 36 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich 203-557-9066 roomonline.com
Decorating Hampton Bays, NY 631-728-2820 Castano Painting Norwalk 203-242-8103 castanopaintingsvc.com Chris Upholstery Norwalk 203-849-7716 chrisupholstery.com
Swoon 9 Sconset Square Westport 203-557-0997 swoonwestport.com
Classic Upholstery Norwalk 203-845-8776 classicupholsteryct.com
The Tailored Home 2 Greenwich Avenue Greenwich 203-542-5056 1276 Post Road East Westport 203-292-9111 thetailoredhomect.com
Coastal Electrical Contractors Fairfield 203-767-2469 coastalelectricct.com Conceptual Lighting South Windsor 860-644-4358 conceptuallighting.com
Wakefield Design Center 652 Glenbrook Road Stamford 203-358-0818 wakefielddesigncenter.com
Custom Furniture & Design Litchfield 860-567-3519 customfurnitureanddesign .com
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203-762-7060 palaceorientalrugs.com Patdo Light Studio Port Chester, NY 914-937-6707 patdolight.com Plateau Painting Co. Mamaroneck, NY 914-631-5140 Rich Wallcovering Stamford 203-223-8621 Ron Neal Lighting Design Solana Beach, CA 760-942-4240 rnld.com Rudolph Biagi & Sons Greenwich 203-869-3220 Ruggles Workroom Stamford 203-357-1928 rugglesworkroom.com SNS Electric Stonington 860-535-1233 snselectricllc.com Stitch NYC Brooklyn madeinnyc.org/company/ stitch-nyc-inc Sweeten 212-671-1713 sweeten.com TecKnow Westport 203-TEC-KNOW tecknow.me Top of the Line Drapery & Upholstery Stamford 203-348-0000 Traditional Draperies Bridgeport 203-365-0634 Uriu, LLC New York City 212-828-3160 uriullc.com Wallpaper Hangups Bethel 203-313-0059 wallpaperhangups.com Westy Self Storage 888-893-7897 westy.com
The professionals included in this directory were culled from past issues of athome and other Moffly Media titles. None of the professionals listed are endorsed or guaranteed by athome or Moffly Media in terms of quality of work or expertise.
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EVENTS A-list Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 An Evening with Laurel House . . . . . . . 92 Best of the Gold Cost 2019 . . . . . . . . . 88 The Darien Foundation Presents Rock the Yacht . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County 2019 Benefit: Dance the Night Away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 The Novel Tea Featuring J. Courtney Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Optimus Healthcare: Building Connections for Healthy Minds: A Symposium on Mental Health . . . . . 37 Spring for Abilis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Time to Shine: An Evening to E•A•T . . . . 91 Women Empowering Women . . . . . . . 90 Young Women's League of New Canaan Kentucky Derby Fundraiser . . . . . . . 93
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JULIA DZAFIC TEAMS WITH LOCAL DESIGNER PRUDENCE BAILEY TO BRING HER HOME TO LIFE
Use books and décor boxes as risers to give shorter objects some height. 3: THE POWER OF ODD NUMBERS
Odd numbers work best in styling a surface. Three is the smallest number to create a distinguishable pattern in our brains, which are simply trained to gravitate towards odd numbers for visual interest and depth. You can also group things in increments of five, seven, nine…You get the idea. 4: YOUR TREASURES
Prudence Bailey and Julia Dzafic in Dzafic’s home.
1: STYLE AROUND A LIGHT
2: THE HIGHS AND LOWS
When styling a bar cart, console or any table that can accommodate a light source, add one and use it as your anchor. If you start with gorgeous lighting (like a stylish, colorful or just-plain-stunning table lamp), you can keep the rest simple.
Scale is so important in styling a surface, so make sure to use objects with varying heights to keep the eye interested. For instance, something tall, medium and short will always create a well styled surface as the eye is more drawn to it than things of a uniform height.
A house isn’t really a home if it doesn’t showcase your personal touch. A room with beautiful furnishings is nice, but it doesn’t become a reflection of you until it’s accessorized. Place books you love, treasures from travel and other objects you love around your home to show everyone who you are through design. 5: THE POWER OF MOTHER NATURE
Bring the outdoors inside through flowers, leaves or succulents in unique or glamorous vessels. These natural elements provide instant pops of color and texture and create a welcoming feel throughout.
JULIA DZAFIC IS THE CREATOR OF LEMON STRIPES, A LIFESTYLE BLOG COVERING EVERYTHING FROM WELLNESS AND DESIGN TO STYLE AND MOTHERHOOD. SHE LIVES IN STAMFORD WITH HER HUSBAND ANEL, DAUGHTER AMALIA, AND PUP BOOTS. LEMONSTRIPES.COM, @LEMONSTRIPES. newcanaandarienmag.com
PHOTO BY JULIA D’AGOSTINO
’ve always been obsessed with design — even as a kid I aspired to be an interior designer. I’m confident enough to know what I like and what I don’t, but when it came to making my house into a home, I needed a little help. Last year I met Prudence Bailey of Prudence Home + Design, a local designer who has completely changed the way I think about interiors. In today’s digital world, delayed gratification isn’t something we’re used to, and lots of virtual design studios are popping up where rooms can be completed in a matter of weeks. I’ve worked with those studios and always ended up unhappy and redoing the work. In stepped Bailey who taught me that patience is a virtue, and a room has to be designed as a whole, not piece by piece. She has transformed countless rooms in my house, and whenever she comes over for a project, she rearranges my bar cart and side tables, making them look magazine-ready. For spring, we put our heads together to share our top five tips for styling a surface (think tables and shelves) in your home. After all, a well-styled table can make all the difference.
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