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featured homes 90 Personal Best Susanna Salk’s own Lake Waramaug home stands as the perfect illustration of the breezy, eclectic approach this style maven has long espoused. Photography: Michael Partenio Text: Dan Shaw Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

100 Crossover Hit The Shingle-style exterior says “Classic Connecticut,” while the contemporary, new interior speaks to all the needs and desires of a modern, young family.

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A designer’s delight in the beauty she sees in the everyday world inspires a joyful serenity in her own home.

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On the cover: Vintage “pleather” chairs, a hand-hewn table, modern drum shades, and classic crewel draperies create a stunning effect in Susanna Salk’s Lake Waramaug home. Photograph by Michael Partenio. To see more of this home, turn to page 90. fall 2013  New England Home Connecticut 17

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departments 22 From the Editor 32 Artistry: Into the Wood A chance encounter with a six-inch block of redwood led to Peter Petrochko’s lifelong passion for turning chunks of trees into uniquely beautiful objects. By Charles Monagan

38 Interview: Mari Ann Maher The newest partner at Stamford’s Antique & Artisan Center talks about the highlights of her first year on the job and the center’s ambitious plans for the future. Interview by Kyle Hoepner / Portrait by Matthew Furman


48 In Our Backyard: Brush with Greatness Decorative artist Heidi Holzer’s endless fascination with the possibilities of paint gives faux finishing a very good name. By Maria LaPiana 131 Perspectives Connecticut designers have all the angles on geometrics. Edited by Paula M. Bodah 138 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 144 Trade Notes New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business. By Paula M. Bodah

148 New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in Connecticut’s shops and showrooms. By Kaitlin Madden

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155 Resources A guide to the professionals and products in this issue’s features. 158 Advertiser Index 160 Sketch Pad An upholstery and drapery workroom moves into new territory with the design of a reclaimed-wood sofa.

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Into the Wood A chance encounter with a six-inch block of redwood led to Peter Petrochko’s lifelong passion for turning chunks of trees into uniquely beautiful objects. ///////////


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wood he loves. Inside the shed, leaning against the walls, stacked on the floor, and threatening to tumble right out the door, are dozens of different species of milled wood—cherry, walnut, and maple, to be sure, but also butternut, koa, and gonçalo alves. Outside, in rougher form and spilling out in every direction like an

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unruly herd, are what Petrochko refers to as “chunks” of various trees—catalpa here, copper beech there, a huge, knotty black cherry burl in between. From all this raw wood, Petrochko produces pieces of exquisite craftsmanship and beauty—a straight-out act of alchemy he’s been perfecting for some forty years. Petrochko’s sculptural output involves both strength and precision, what with all the wood hauling and splitting, band saw-

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ing, laminating, hand carving, and disc sanding. Look at his work and you’ll see he’s a purist who prefers natural, irregular shapes and forgoes stains and dyes. His pieces may find some practical use in a buyer’s home, but more often they stand as objects to wonder at and admire. Petrochko grew up in Bridgeport, where his father—it should come as

student was handed a six-inch cube of redwood and told to “make a composition.” “I spent thirty hours carving through it like a giant carpenter ant,” he remembers, “and then another thirty hours sanding

From all this raw wood, Petrochko produces pieces of exquisite craftsmanship and beauty—an act of alchemy he’s been perfecting for some forty years. no surprise—had a firewood business. Next door to the Petrochko home was a large property where Petrochko spent many hours daydreaming as a young boy. “When I was six or seven, I used to go over there and just observe,” he recalls. “There were woods and a brook—acres, it seemed like. Ever since, I’ve felt close to the natural world.” Petrochko went to the University of Cincinnati, expecting to become an architect. He vividly recalls an assignment Front Row_CT-FAL13_.5h_v1:Layout 1 given during his freshman year. Each

it.” And somewhere in those sixty hours a passion was born. Gradually sensing that architecture would not be in his future, he left Cincinnati and enrolled at the Silvermine College of Art in Norwalk to study fine arts. Again and again, he returned to wood, and during the crafts boom of the 1970s he 9/14/13 11:12 1 boards, found himself sellingAMhis Page carving

boxes, and canisters. He made a metronome for one client, a king-size bed for another. “I made whatever it was that someone wanted,” he says. And along the way, he began making a living. By 1980, he was able to drop the landscaping business that had paid the bills, and focus on producing fine wooden bowls, laminated vessels, furniture, and sculpture. Eventually, he was invited to prestigious national crafts shows, and his work was collected everywhere from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to the White House. Back by his shed, Petrochko casts his eye over the wood spread out all around


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him and begins to tell their stories. The chunk of oak on the outdoor worktable is one of four given to him by a couple from Wilmette, Illinois, who met him at a crafts show at Northwestern University and want proper commemoration of a big oak that once graced their yard. Petrochko will make four laminated vessels from what they gave him. He has studied the oak, chalked off where he wants to go with it, cut a series of trenches with a chainsaw, and now is going to work on it with a gouge and mallet. At length, he will trim off the excess wood, then take it to his basement workshop in the main house for refining, polishing, and laminating. Moving on, he notes that the sugar maple logs by the door came from the nearby Quaker Farms Volunteer Fire Department, which he happened to be passing one day as they were taking down the tree. He asked if he could bring some of

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are more similarities than differences between my careers in New York and Stamford. I am still surrounded by a trade clientele, but also enjoy our retail customers who need a little more direction and inspiration. I really like bringing New York decorators here and exposing them to all that the Antique & Artisan Center has to offer, not to mention the other antiques centers nearby. In New York I was responsible for overseeing just one dealer’s antiques. But now I work with more than 100 dealers on a daily basis—and they’re all located under one roof! The variety of merchandise that passes through my hands is just wonderful. It’s a really exciting time to be here: the Antique & Artisan Center was the first antiques center to open in this part of Stamford, some sixteen years ago, but the neighborhood today has the largest concentration of antiques centers in the country. There are 785-plus dealers

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KH: How does the work in Stamford differ from what you were doing as director of John Rosselli Antiques in New York? MAM: Honestly, I have found that there

now occupying close to 200,000 square feet of retail space, and together they’ve generated more than $180 million in sales in just over fourteen years. KH: What is your take on the Fairfield County market? Are there any things about the community that you’ve found interesting or surprising, compared with

New York? MAM: I view the typical Fairfield County

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KH: There are some changes of focus coming at the center, I gather, especially in terms of connecting with the design trade. What should we expect to see? MAM: For one thing, we have added a

ing fabrics and Samuel & Sons trim that will give the finishing touch to any room. Some of the lines we’ll carry are Tania Vartan’s printed linens and cottons; Elanbach’s printed linens and cottons (imported from Wales); Savel’s gorgeous printed velvets, woven linens, and an extensive collection of mohair fabrics; and John Saladino’s textured linens, wool paisleys, and silks—plain and quilted. But with vendors from all over bringing me their wares to see if they are a good fit for the A&A Upholstery Studio, the list is truly evolving on a daily basis ...so this is just the beginning.

gorgeous, custom-built library that offers everything from coffee-table books to classics. We can now outfit a complete library for any client, with old books bound in either cloth or leather, or with new books. KH: I’ve heard you’re now carrying some lines of new products by companies like Edelman Leather, in addition to your antiques business. MAM: The Upholstery Studio followed the

completion of the library. We now offer in-house custom upholstery services, as well as furniture refinishing, and can provide our clientele with a wonderful selection of antique textiles and designer fabrics by the yard...plus, we can custom order any fabric. I’d really like your readers to know how 1 Half Horizontal template:Layout easy we have made the process of having a treasured piece brought back to life. For

KH: What about a proposed garden area that will include garden furniture, statuary, ornaments, and such? MAM: Our next big endeavor will be an

the shopper looking for a quick fabric makeover or to cover a new cushion, our designer fabrics are perfectly priced from $18 up to $200 If you 1really want 3/12/13 3:39a yard. PM Page to dive deep and create a whole new look, our studio offers a wide array of coordinat-

outside Garden Folly that will include stone, terra cotta, and architectural elements for both the inside and out. We will keep you posted on that! KH: I’m sure Illumé, the New York–based bespoke lampshade boutique and light-

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ing workshop run by your partners Mark Candido and Ron Scinto, will continue to be part of the mix. MAM: Mark and Ron are such an impor-

Then we’ll turn our focus to planning a spring 2014 roundtable discussion that will be by invitation only. Our goal is to have twenty of the most interesting designers, architects, and artists together with twenty of the most unusual antique dealers and midcentury shopkeepers. Private invitations will be mailed at least three weeks in advance and will include a topic of discussion that has yet to be determined. Let’s see who comes up with the most outrageous answers!

tant part of the changes being made here, and together, if I may say so, we make an amazing trio. Because Illumé is located in the heart of the design district and Ron oversees the day-to-day running of things in New York, he has his finger on the pulse of what’s hot and trending. Mark’s time is focused on Illumé’s sister business, The Accessory Store, and making sure he is providing his client base with the latest in shades, lighting, and decorative home items. The three of us get together quite often to push ideas back and forth, exchange sources, and determine how we can successfully meet the ever-changing needs of our savvy shoppers. KH: I can’t imagine you don’t have some promotional events being prepared, in conjunction with these other changes? MAM: Oh yes, most definitely. We are

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designers will be releasing new books just days before the party—so we thought it would be fun to feature them on the same night. This party should prove to be a real “who’s who” event.

Center growing into a full-service design center that will provide one-stop shopping for anyone looking to fill their home with beautiful antiques, custom upholstered furniture, and the best accessories to be found in the tri-state area. It will be full steam ahead for Mark, Ron, and me as we have a lot to do and even more to look forward to. •

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recent conversation thread on an interior design website resulted in a lively discussion about whether it’s acceptable to paint faux brick in a New York City apartment. Most responders rejected the idea out of hand: “When it comes to faux, just say no”; “Faux brick is like a fake convertible top on your car, or a toupee”; and “You cannot replicate the brick look for a wall. It’s just not possible. Period.” Clearly, these folks have never heard of Heidi Holzer. It’s only a mild exaggeration to say that the decorative artist is something of an alchemist. She has a mastery over paint, and is a rarity in a field that has gotten a pretty bad rap. To be sure, Holzer does faux well. Really well. But that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface. Her work runs the textural gamut from simple glazes to rich “tortoise shell” trim

(in Tommy Hilfiger’s apartment at the Plaza) to Venetian plaster inlaid with real abalone. Recently, she sat for a chat in the 900-square-foot refurbished barn she turned into her studio. It sits just steps away from her home in Redding, next door to a pretty country church. Holzer, an erstwhile jewelry designer and boutique owner, is petite, an energetic sprite, and a gracious hostess. Her midwestern roots (she hails from Michigan) and sense of style mandate that if there is going to be conversation, there must be refreshments, so she brings out a plate of prosciutto, melon, and figs, and a pitcher of San Pellegrino water and orange juice. Her design assistant, Maria

Sanders, joins her at the table. Holzer took a meandering path to this job catering to elite designers and commercial establishments, as well as some very particular private clients. Always the artist, she started out designing and manufacturing turquoise jewelry. Eventually, she segued into retail, opening two clothing boutiques in the greater New York area. It was only when she hired an artist to paint faux marble in CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Columns wearing a

faux giant-tortoiseshell glaze stand against faux travertine walls. For the Venetian plaster walls in a dining room, Holzer dragged the finish horizontally across the wall with a palette knife. Hammered copper squares were glazed and sealed to create this distressed copper-leaf finish.

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compound she now calls home. one of her stores that she found her true Four full-time artists execute the passion. “That was twenty-one years ago,” designs that Holzer creates, and every she says. “I’ve been painting ever since. I project is unique to a client’s space— love what I do and consider myself lucky whether it’s the home of a prolific conto make a living at it.” temporary painter or one of ten Smith & She moved to Connecticut in 1996, Closet & Storage_CT-FAL13_.5h_v1:Layout 1 9/12/13 11:49 AM Page 1 restaurants. and worked in Norwalk before finding the Wollensky

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Winston Flowers As temperatures neared 100 degrees in Fairfield County on July 18, the design community took respite in the cool paradise of Winston Flowers’ new Greenwich store for New England Home Connecticut’s summer networking event. Guests were greeted by the enchanting aroma cast by the floor-to-ceiling flower arrangements that enveloped the store, and those brave enough to face the heat enjoyed a zen-like roof deck with views of the town. Attendees also sampled award-winning hors d’oeuvres from Marcia Selden Catering, and listened to a presentation on the positive shift in the housing, remodeling and interior design markets given by Design Sherpa’s Adam Japko. The night didn’t end there: after the event, Winston Flowers sent floral arrangements to everyone who showed up.




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(1) Maria Sanders and Heidi Holzer of Heidi Holzer Design and Decorative Work flank Susan Bijleveld of Finished in Fabric (2) Ellen Kebabian and Peggy Kebabian flank Connie Cooper of Connie Cooper Designs (3) David Winston of Winston Flowers with New England Home’s Adam Japko (4) Daniel Pardy of Charles Hilton Architects with Connie Giuliani of Connie Giuliani, Inc. (5) Adrienne Weston of Winston Flowers with Matt Giardina of Front Row Kitchens

(6) Doris Meinelt, Ann FitzGerald of Realm Control, and Taylor Lagerloef of Rinfret, Ltd. (7) Daryl Tucker of Empire Paving with Ross Tiefenthaler of Tiefenthaler, Inc. (8) Richard Basic of Laura Kaehler Architects, LLC, with Regina O’Brien of Gregory Lombardi Design (9) Sharon Bothwell Willis with New England Home’s Roberta Mancuso and Jolley Frank of Jolley Frank Interiors

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(1) The 2013 judging committee flanking this year’s award winners (left to right): Kyle Hoepner, Adam Simha, Keith LeBlanc, Phoebe Lovejoy Russell, Rina Okawa, Matthew Cunningham, Sara Ossana, Jonathan Glatt, Tiffany Eastman, Susan Orpin, Diane McCafferty, and David Stern (2)Gorgeous handcrafted awards were provided by Woodmeister Master Builders.

On the evening of September 12, New England Home joined colleagues and friends for an unforgettable celebration of the most promising regional talent in residential architecture and design at the fourth annual 5 Under 40 Awards party. The guests of honor for the night included furniture designers Sara Ossana and Jonathan Glatt of O&G Studios, landscape architect Matthew Cunningham, and interior designers Phoebe Lovejoy Russell, Rina Okawa, and Connecticut’s own Tiffany Eastman. Stunning arrangements by Winston Flowers set the stage as guests sipped signature cocktails by Triple Eight Distillery, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Davio’s Restaurant and marveled at custom rugs designed by the winners in conjunction with Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting. The highlight of the night was a live auction of the rugs, during which guests showed not only their great support for the honorees, but also their generosity: proceeds from the auction benefited Barakat, a Cambridge, Massachusetts–based charity that supports literacy and education for women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

(3) Bidding for the winners’ custom rugs was very enthusiastic! (4)The lofty galleria made a perfect party space. (5)Landry & Arcari’s Jerry Arcari shared the intricacies of the rug-making process. (6)Two successful auction attendees celebrate their acquisitions. (7)Bubbly prosecco, signature cocktails, and delicious tidbits kept partygoers fueled.

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Erskine-Middeleer Associates llc


Erskine - Middeleer Associates, LLC is an award-winning, full-service design firm specializing in architecture, landscape architecture, site planning, and interiors. Principals Silvia Erskine and Geoffrey Middeleer are committed to a holistic approach to design through the careful integration of architectural and landscape form. Involved with each of their projects from the earliest consultations through the final stages of construction, they create designs that meld the visions of their clients with the historical, regional, and natural contexts of each site. The firm has completed numerous residential projects, including new homes, additions, and extensive renovations. The houses the firm has designed span a range of styles in a variety of locations, from shoreline sites to eighteenthcentury farm properties. Each project, regardless of size, is approached with the same focus on creating thoughtful, appropriately scaled and detailed design solutions.

Special emphasis is placed on responding to landscape and architectural character, topography, views, and solar orientation, while incorporating innovative technologies and environmentally sensitive building elements. Quality materials and creative detailing are combined to create timeless, elegant spaces that provide comfort and delight. The firm’s portfolio also includes municipal and institutional landscape projects. Last year, the firm won an American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Honor Award for the landscape design of Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve in Westport. Previously, they received an ASLA Merit Award for work at Greens Farms Academy and since 2004 have been involved in the landscape design of Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich. For more information about Erskine - Middeleer Associates LLC, visit their website at erskinemiddeleer.com.

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Grandberg & Associates Architects


Established in 1978, Grandberg & Associates provides unparalleled architectural design services to a diverse client base in the Northeast. A recipient of numerous professional awards and citations, Grandberg & Associates is known for its unique, imaginative, and non-formulaic residential architecture. Exquisite interior and exterior detailing is a hallmark of our custom designs. From complex additions to large estates, we pride ourselves on our problem-solving expertise and commitment to our clients from concept through construction administration.

Working with Grandberg & Associates presents an opportunity to experience design expertise and service at the highest level. Our homes reflect the needs of our clients as well as being responsive to individual site opportunities and stylistic options. A recent recipient of the Palladio Award as well as numerous AIA Design Awards, Grandberg & Associates’ work has been published in both design books and nationally distributed periodicals. Put simply, our homes stand the test of time.

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Huelster Design Studio, LLC


Huelster Design Studio, LLC offers full-service design expertise in the total home environment: from architectural and landscape design to custom-designed cabinetry and furniture. The studio has been creating distinctive new homes, additions, and renovations for more than two decades, from Connecticut to California. Our portfolio includes fresh interpretations of traditional building forms, twenty-first-century homes and landscapes, midcentury modern renovations, and historic structures and gardens. Our talented professionals bring enthusiasm and experience to each project: principal Kevin Huelster, AIA, landscape architect Katherine Kamen, ASLA, and architect Jane Gitlin, AIA, offer a unique set of additional skills including woodworking, fine art, and writing to their professional abilities. Drawing upon their extensive knowledge of construction, architectural history, horticulture, and craftsmanship, each

design challenge is evaluated and explored to maximize the experiential and aesthetic qualities of the structure and site. Our design values embrace a harmonious relationship between structures and site as well as the efficient use of space. Traditional methods and materials are integrated with new technologies, resulting in dependable, state-ofthe-art dwellings. We utilize environmentally responsible materials and methods to design energy-efficient homes and sustainable landscapes. The character and style of each completed project resolves the unique set of desires, problems, and circumstances posed by the client and site. The result is projects that reflect the ideals and spirit of our clients.

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Laura Kaehler Architects, LLC


“We design homes that are places of lived art.” We are a small, award-winning boutique firm located in Greenwich. Since 1993, we have been designing residential projects, including new homes, renovations, and additions, as well as interiors. We view each project as a blank canvas and will work closely with you to create a home for you that is a place of “lived art.” While we don’t have a signature design, we do have a signature competency… the ability to design a custom home that is an extension of you: one that responds to who you are, what you do, and how you live. This requires that we engage in ongoing, meaningful dialogue; a process mastered over the years from working with many clients. You talk. We listen. Together, we discover, distill, and identify your preferences, aspirations, and needs. We take this information and filter it through our aesthetic

expertise to create your design. Firmly committed to the concept of “Responsible Luxury®,” we use environmentally responsible materials and methods to maximize resource efficiency and convenience. Over the years, we have developed close working relationships with a team of accomplished builders, consultants, craftsmen, and landscape architects. Together, we know how to translate your vision into reality effectively and seamlessly. We will remain involved in your project from inception to completion, maintaining the same degree of interest and enthusiasm whether it is a small renovation or large new construction. Our institutional and municipal projects include the design of the Greenwich Garden Education Center and Cos Cob Library as well as a 17,000-square-foot art gallery for the Seven Bridges Foundation in Greenwich.

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Michael Smith Architects


Founded in 1999 by principal Michael Smith, the firm’s underlying design philosophy centers on the idea that carefully applying the design principles of simplicity, consistency, and authenticity will yield a timeless work of architecture regardless of the style or type of building. Michael and his team have designed a wide range of high-quality projects including large single-family custom residences, residential renovations, boutique commercial projects, educational facilities, and multi-family residential projects. Michael Smith Architects (MSA) and its current staff have more than seventeen years of experience in a diverse range of projects focusing primarily on highly customized residential architecture in the Fairfield County and the New York City metropolitan area. “At MSA we believe that every project deserves its own unique solution that represents a combination of thoughtful design with a complete understanding of the client’s

priorities. We work to create custom solutions that respond to the client’s wishes, the environment, and the historical context of the project.” Smith says. Further, MSA takes a holistic approach to the design process by considering not just the exterior architecture but also the design of the interior trim, finishes, and cabinetry to create a consistent overall aesthetic that will stand the test of time. In addition, through its membership in the United States Green Building Council, MSA strives to incorporate many sustainable or green features into its projects wherever possible, and takes great care to integrate these new technologies into each design in a seamless and harmonious way.

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Neil Hauck Architects


Neil Hauck Architects is an award-winning design firm catering to a wide range of clients from our offices in a historic building in the center of Darien. We have compiled a diverse body of work over the past twenty-five years, including new homes, home renovations, civic, religious, and commercial projects. We take a holistic approach to the design process whereby each project evolves as a unique response to the client’s intentions, as well as the particulars of the site and surrounding context. We begin the design process by spending time at the site to observe such things as the landscape, topography, surrounding views, and the site’s orientation to the sun and prevailing breezes, so that we can design with these things in mind. Our goal is to create distinctive residences that are light and airy, that function well, that blend seamlessly into the natural and built environments, and that embody refined elegance. We try

to avoid the temptation to cater to the latest trends, in hopes that our designs will achieve a timeless feeling. Some of our recently completed projects include renovations to the historic First Church Congregational of Fairfield, an expansion of the Darien Historical Society, a new building for Brooks Brothers in downtown Darien, renovations to a 150-year old factory building to convert it to a craft brewery for Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, and a number of distinctive private residences located throughout New England.

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Pat Miller has created beautiful homes and living spaces in Fairfield County since 1980. Whether new construction, renovations, or interior space planning, her approach to design is to create something special and exciting for each client. In every style home, from traditional, to shingle style, to contemporary and more, attention to detail and quality of materials is of the utmost importance. Offering a personal touch from designing to overseeing makes sure that every job and every client are special. Pat’s design skills are matched by her sensitivity to each client’s needs and requirements, which have helped established her as one of the most accomplished and soughtafter local designers. Her many renovations over the years reflect how small, simple houses can be transformed into warm, gracious, and inviting homes. Her new homes show how she can take a piece of land and create an exciting new

structure from nothing other than the imagination of the client and the designer. The firm specializes in dealing with local regulatory boards, and making presentations before zoning and conservations boards. All projects utilize the services of licensed engineering professionals, established designers and skilled, proven, and reliable local contractors—with all decisions the result of a consensus between the client and designer. Perhaps the greatest sign of her success is the recognition of what her clients identify as a “Pat Miller House,” a home that combines function and design with that elusive quality that is so rare in many of today’s homes—charm. The final result: the pleasure of walking into one’s own home and saying “Wow!”

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Robert A. Cardello Architects


At Robert A. Cardello Architects, blending integrity of design with our client’s vision has been the cornerstone of our success over the past fourteen years. We pride ourselves on truly understanding the pattern of living and how our clients engage with their surroundings, whether for an individual, couple, or family. Transforming that knowledge, in collaboration with our clients, into a place of comfort and enjoyment they can cherish for years to come is what we do best. We adhere to a strict level of professionalism and, most important, build a strong long-term relationship with those we are fortunate to work with.  Our scope of services extends from schematic design through construction administration. We take the time to thoroughly review the architectural process with all our clients, laying the ground work for a smooth and enjoyable experience.

Although our focus is high-end residential design, we have also completed an array of commercial projects designed to enhance the environment and ergonomic development of the community. Our level of commitment and quality applies to all venues. We appreciate the emotional and tangible investment put into each project and make it our mission to ensure a positive outcome for all those involved.

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Robert Dean Architects


As “an academic architect of the old school,” Robert Dean, along with his firm Robert Dean Architects, combines an intimate knowledge of the history of architecture and a willingness to use style skillfully and respectfully in the design of each building project. As a result the firm’s work is unusually varied, and each project represents a considered result from a design process that brings together style, history, function, and joie de vivre. Having studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, Robert Dean has served on the faculties of Syracuse and Columbia Universities teaching design and conducting research on the history and meaning of architecture in the broader context of American culture. He has a depth of knowledge of the midcentury modern architects of New Canaan, and of the evolution of Connecticut’s rural towns during the nineteeth century. As a practicing architect Mr. Dean has led New Canaan-

based Robert Dean Architects for more than twenty-five years—and has established credentials that range from historical construction detailing to large-scale site planning. Prior to starting his own practice, he had worked for notable New York practitioners including Robert A.M. Stern, Philip Johnson, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Mr. Dean also sustains a very active involvement in voluntary and pro-bono services related to town planning and historic preservation, and he has been involved in issues of public policy related to historic preservation and community development. He serves as an advisor to preservation groups, and as an active advocate for thorough and thoughtful design as an essential ingredient of community.

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Steven Mueller Architects


Steven Mueller Architects, LLC is a boutique architectural firm located in the heart of Greenwich. The firm’s work exemplifies a personal commitment to achieving the finest architectural expression through a cooperative relationship with the client. Each project is designed to enhance the lives of the occupants by developing practical, dynamic, and creative solutions. SMA is a full-service enterprise dedicated to design excellence specializing in architecture, planning, construction, and interior design. There is a sincere commitment to working creatively and administratively with maximum efficiency on each project. From estates to cottages, each project begins with a dialogue between Steven Mueller and the client. A design concept, created in response to the client’s ideas and desires, establishes architectural imagery, style, and space. This informed process ultimately results in a residence of distinction.

Visit SMA’s award-winning website to see a plethora of the firm’s architectural projects ranging from new construction to renovations. Steven Mueller received his architectural degree from The Ohio State University. Steven has been practicing architecture since 1977 and has been in private practice since 1993. He is a licensed architect currently registered in the states of Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. In addition, he is a registered interior designer licensed in Connecticut. Professional memberships include the American Institute of Architects, the Connecticut Society of Architects, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Personal Best Text by Dan Shaw + Photography by Michael Partenio + Architecture: Harold Tittmann, Tittmann Design + Consulting + Interior decorating: Susanna Salk + Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

An antique mantel from the Salks’ previous home provides a sense of history, and a fire screen from Pergola in New Preston adds sparkle. FACING PAGE: A pillow from Pier 1 enlivens an old settee from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams that Susanna reupholstered in an ikat fabric from Ballard Designs.

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Susanna Salk’s own Lake Waramaug home stands as the perfect illustration of the breezy, eclectic approach this style maven has long espoused.

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A vibrant red chinoiserie bar from a consignment shop has a bold, sculptural presence. FACING PAGE, TOP: The lighter shingles on the new addition will eventually weather to match the original house. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Salk believes that an entryway should be as comfortable as any room, so she furnished hers with a rug from ABC Carpet & Home and a sofa from J. Seitz in New Preston.

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usanna Salk practices what she preaches. The author of several style books, including Be Your Own Decorator (Rizzoli, 2012), approaches interior design with a refreshing, down-to-earth attitude based on expert knowledge gleaned from working with scores of world-class designers during her years as an editor at Elle Decor and House & Garden. An enlightened amateur, she doesn’t view decorating as an art form per se but rather as a means to an end: the creation of a cheerful backdrop for meaningful moments with family and friends. Salk and her husband, Eric, an emergency-room physician, moved to the bucolic northwest corner of Connecticut some fifteen years ago after stints in Los Angeles and Manhattan. Like so many of the urban “expatriates” in this quiet part of the state, the couple wanted to raise their children in a wholesome environment while maintaining access to the cultural life of New York City, less than two hours away. They bought a 200-year-old house in rural Roxbury, which they furnished primarily with local and period antiques. Like most serial decorators, the Salks are always on the prowl for new projects, and once they finished their house they discussed buying a fixer-upper and flipping it. A savvy real-estate agent told them about a small, woebegone summer cottage on Lake Waramaug, just fifteen minutes away. “It was one of the rare properties on the lake with a flat lawn and its own dock,” says Salk, who imagined using it as the world’s most convenient vacation

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Salk painted the backs of the built-in shelves chartreuse to give them definition and make the books pop. The window seat is upholstered in fabric from Ballard Designs. LEFT: A modern table and bench in the front hall represent contemporary country style.

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Drum shade fixtures from West Elm hang over an expansive handcrafted table from York Street Studio in Woodbury. Susanna surrounded the table with “pleather� chairs she found on eBay. The crewel draperies are from Anthropologie.

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Working with local architect Harold Tittmann, they attached a new building to the old one, adding a master bedroom, office, playroom, mudroom, and kitchen. In the process, the old kitchen became a dining room that bridges the two structures. Salk’s urbane approach to country style is evident the moment she opens the front door. “I like to have sophisticated elements in a casual setting—I like the dichotomy,” she says. She finds inspiration in the idiosyncratic elegance of Old Money decor, which she has chronicled in two books, A Privileged Life: Celebrating WASP Style (Assouline, 2006) and C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon (Rizzoli, 2013). “I got the leopard-print pillows for the sofa in the entry when I was working on the C.Z. book,” she says. “She always had leopard prints in her country house and I thought, ‘That is exactly what I am going to do, too.’ It just worked with the striped sofa we’d had for ten years. When you mix things you love, they just naturally go together.”

The judicious use of unexpected, quirky, even flamboyant elements is the linchpin of Salk’s style. The entry leads to the new dining room, where an enormous handcrafted table takes center stage. The piece was created by the Salks’ friend and neighbor Stephen Piscuskas, the founder of York Street Studio, an artisanal home furnishings company in nearby Woodbury. “We’ve always had a sentimental attachment to the table because it was a gift from Stephen, and he came to our house to assemble it,” says Salk. Sadly, Piscuskas died suddenly last summer at age fifty-five. “Now we treasure it even more,” Salk says. Still, she doesn’t treat the table as precious; she has surrounded it with “pleather” chairs—two in white and four in a bittersweet hue—that she found on eBay, and has illuminated it with a pair of hanging drum-shade fixtures from West Elm. Layering in an abstract painting that once belonged to Eric’s father and crewel draperies from Anthropologie, Salk has created a room that is eclectic without being eccentric. Another handcrafted table dominates Fall 2013  New England Home Connecticut 97

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the new cathedral-ceilinged kitchen, this one an eight-foot-long island made from antique rough-sawn oak by a local woodworker. Weathered beams that span the room provide a subtle country touch. Two antique French armchairs that belonged to Eric’s father, sporting a pretty Barclay Butera fabric depicting white flowers and birds on a paprika background, sit near the fireplace, giving the new room a sense of family history. The fireplace in the living room is another memento from an

earlier chapter in the Salks’ lives. “That mantel was in the basement of our house in Roxbury and we brought it with us here,” Salk explains. So are the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams settees that she recovered in an exuberant ikat fabric from Ballard Designs. The fireplace screen came from Pergola, a garden-antiques store in the nearby village of New Preston. “The owners brought it over to let us see how it looked before making the commitment to buy it,” Salk says. “A great fireplace screen is like a great piece of jewelry for a room.” The judicious use of unexpected, quirky, even flamboyant elements—such as the living room’s red chinoiserie bar she discovered at a consignment shop—are the linchpin of Salk’s style. “The bar is like a piece of sculpture, and it has so much personality,” she says. Salk takes fierce pride in finding bargains from sources such as Anthropologie, Ballard Designs, and West Elm. “You are going to laugh when I tell you that the living room rug with the big flower pattern came from Pier 1,” she says. “I drove over there and brought it home myself! The room would be so much less exciting if I

“People are much braver now. It’s rare to go into a house and see just one kind of style,” according to Salk. “They want to mix it up.” had put down sisal or an oriental rug.” Back when the couple first moved to Connecticut, Salk says, the country look was popular in decorating. Now, she says, “people are much braver. It’s rare to go into a house and see just one kind of style. That’s kind of dated. People aren’t so onenote anymore. They want to mix it up.” Salk believes we should all live in houses that excite us and reflect our own sense of style, and she will keep producing books, blog posts, and segments for the Today show to get her message across. “I want to encourage people,” she says. “It is easier and cheaper than you think to have a house with personality.” • Resources For more information about this home, see

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Antique beams give the kitchen a sense of continuity with the original house. FACING PAGE, TOP: Serena & Lily linens are topped with a colorful pillow and throw from J. Seitz on the master bed. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Eric’s study holds a daybed from West Elm and an owl print once owned by designer Miles Redd that Susanna bought at a benefit.

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A previous renovation by architect Robert Cardello created the exterior look of this Shingle-style home in Darien. Inside, architect Martina Burin made changes to accommodate the family’s more contemporary tastes.


The Shingle-style exterior says “classic Connecticut,” while the contemporary, new interior speaks to all the needs and desires of a modern, young family.

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he water is rushing

this autumn morning, whooshing against the mossy sides of a stone creek bed and under an arced wooded bridge. On the clipped front lawn of the four-acre property, hydrangea trees cling to their last blossoms. The backyard pond lies calm—except for the fountain sending up its dazzling rainbow spray—and dotted with the first fallen leaves. The bucolic setting, complete with bird calls, would lead you to believe you were on an old Litchfield County estate rather than smack dab in the middle of Darien.

The house, originally a 1950s ranch, had already been reimagined as a classic Shingle-style structure by builder Kent Eppley in concert with Norwalk architect Robert Cardello. He lived here with his family for four years, until the children started getting older and it was time to take on something smaller than the roughly 8,000-square-foot home. The new owners, a family with three young girls, loved the traditional exterior of the house but had much different ideas for the interior. They turned to Fairfield architect Martina Burin to convert the core into a more contemporary living space, and brought in interior designers Kathleen

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>>> “Our goal was to respectfully work with a traditional home, but with a super-clean interior plan,� says fairfield architect Martina Burin.


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Rock paintings by Rhode Island artist Todd Moore hang in a grid pattern above the sofa in the living room. The dining room, with its Ironies table and A. Rudin chairs, encourages lingering. Glass and iron wine cellars in the dining room echo the grid pattern of the paintings in the living room.

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Manchester and Catherine Holleman Branch, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, to impart an appropriately modern tone to the decor. Eppley graciously stayed on as builder, transforming the house once again for the new owners. The building’s proximity to the pond meant the footprint couldn’t change, but inside and in the air above anything could happen. “Our goal was to respectfully work with a traditional home, but with a super-clean interior plan,” says Burin. That meant opening the house to the outdoors

whenever possible and bringing in as much natural light as was feasible. To make way for the sweeping interior changes, most of the house was gutted, and some rooms were rearranged and realigned. Manchester and Holleman Branch strove to straddle the traditional-meets-contemporary mix in terms of furnishings, art, and accessories. “The transition, from outside to in, couldn’t be shocking or disconcerting,” says Manchester. “The clients wanted the interiors to be warm.” Up the stone steps, past the shingled porch, and into the foyer the transition is subtle. Paneled walls with barely-there crown and base moldings signal a break from the past. Through the foyer to the right lies an open, formal living room that flows into the dining room and beyond to a leather-paneled billiards room and the husband’s office, with its hunting motif. From the front door, visitors spy a sliver of the water view that lies beyond the vast family room and deck. “In terms of detailing, we tried to keep things as simple as possible,” says Burin. “It’s all about leading you to the water view. You get a sense of one space flowing into the next. I wanted the foyer to be a portal, not a destination.” ABOVE: A wooden bridge crosses a creek bed that runs through the front yard. RIGHT: Spray from a water feature animates the pond in the backyard. 104  New England Home Connecticut  Fall 2013

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The flow fits the family’s love of entertaining. While the narrow living room’s loose arrangement feels designed for cocktails and small bites, the adjacent dining room with its upholstered chairs invites lingering. Flanking the room’s commanding mantel is a pair of 1950s gilded chests holding sleek ceramics and a sculpture. On the opposite wall, two cages of iron and glass hold the couple’s wine collection. “The clients had seen Jennifer Aniston’s grotto wine cellar in a magazine and loved the idea of having a wine room in the dining room,” says Manchester. “A stone grotto would’ve looked crazy, so we did the cages with the metal grid.” “It keeps the room from being overly formal,” says Holleman Branch. “The room wouldn’t be as dynamic without it, and I think shows the adventurousness of the client.” Doors that open to the terrace help the room

embrace the outdoor vistas. “My goal was to reference every space back to the wonderful view,” says Burin. Nowhere is that view on bigger, better display than in the large family room. Here Burin removed a roof gable, dropped the vaulted ceiling, and installed knotty alder beams, creating extra space for the new master bedroom that wraps over the top of the house. In contrast to the traditional look of the ceiling, the fireplace takes a contemporary tone, with its hearth made up of a single slab of bluestone balanced on eightinch steel balls. A modern coffee table pairs with more-traditional, rounded-arm sofas and chairs, while the wool rug and grasscloth blinds keep the look casual. The designers kept the palette quiet, letting texture, rather than color, provide visual interest and a sense of warmth. In the kitchen, which sits off the family room,

BELOW: Burin opened up the back of the house to the pond view by installing floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room. The alder beams she added overhead give a cozy feel to the space. Top Left: The kitchen’s central T-shaped island offers both extra prep space and seating. Bottom Left: The breakfast area’s table base mimics the X at the end of the kitchen island.

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LEFT: The “floating” glass shower and white furnishings give the master bath its airy ambience. Below: Custom linens by Boston’s Patterson Group cover a Dessin Fournir bed in the master bedroom.

it’s hard to tell where the walls end and the cabinetry begins. One line flows into the other through a combination of open, glass-front and simple paneled cabinets that provide plenty of space for both storage and display. Here, as in the rest of the first-floor rooms, a mixture of wood, rough stone, and sleek metal creates a sophisticated feel. In the center of the room, a T-shaped island with large raw-wood Xs on each end provides an informal dining area that supplements the breakfast table and chairs nearby. The natural wood of the island and the ceiling “sort of knits the space together,” says Burin. The remodeling included building an addition above the family room to create a master bedroom and bath overlooking the pond. Pale walls, white ceilings, and large windows give the whole suite a sense of lightness, but the master bath seems almost to hover on some otherworldly plane. Burin designed a shower that looks like a floating glass box, while a legless vanity and highgloss white finishes add to the room’s airy feel. The space is a serene getaway for the new homeowners, especially this time of year when they can look out over that tranquil pond with its backdrop of trees ablaze in the colors of autumn. And, like most every other spot in the house, it’s also one more area that makes the most of a property worth marveling at no matter the season. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 155. Fall 2013  New England Home Connecticut 109

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A designer’s delight in the beauty she sees in the everyday world inspires a joyful serenity in her own home.

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Diverse elements unite happily in the living room, where striking charcoal-on-paper drawings set off a steer’s head cunningly crafted of metal washers. The herringbone-patterned hide sofa pillows hail from Dovecote in Westport.

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lbert Einstein—a genius, certainly, and perhaps more of a design expert than we thought—once remarked that there are two ways to live: as though everything is a miracle or as though nothing is. Even a short conversation with interior designer Gina Eastman leaves no doubt into which camp she falls. Eastman sees beauty in everything, and her enthusiasm for the world around her infuses her designs with what can best be described as subtle joy. The 1810 carriage house set on a pastoral stonewalled property she purchased several years ago is a prime example. Having been previously renovated, the dear Fairfield County building required only cosmetic changes. “It called for a different spin,” Eastman says. “I like to mix things up, so I envisioned a juxtaposition of old and new: a little Chippendale and a touch of edginess. Above all, I wanted to make

it the kind of place people love to come to.” The challenge, of course, was to marry these diverse elements and keep the intimately scaled rooms feeling clean and contemporary. Eastman, who has a custom furniture line, Eastman Designworks, was hardly intimidated. Since this was her

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The covered patio sports an alfresco dining area. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Eastman painted

the entry mirror with white lacquer to highlight its design. Her living-room desk is positioned to capture views of the old stone walls she loves. Nearby, a handcrafted wood seat joins a medley of textures.

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Animals, faux fur, horns, and hide mesh so easily with the furnishings, the carriage house feels almost magical. own home, she simply let her personal aesthetic guide her. “When we’re in tune with our surroundings, it feeds us,” she says. “I’m always on the hunt for inspiration, and I find it everywhere. There’s so much beauty to take in—art, light, the landscape, forms, and shapes—everything plays into the design process.” Because touches of nature make her happy, they pop up like wildflowers everywhere in her home. Animals, faux fur, horns, and hide mesh so easily with the furnishings, the carriage house feels almost magical. To accommodate her deft mixing and matching, Eastman wisely keeps her palette pale and uniform. Sharp contrasts of black and white interject modernity, while antique wide-plank floors and original black iron hardware speak to the history of the house.

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Eastman, who admits to a penchant for white lacquer, uses it freely to showcase the silhouette of, say, a vintage mirror or claw-foot table. An understated entry vignette with a streamlined console, a reclaimed mirror, and porcelain greyhound—all in white (save for the flowering branches she regularly stages here)—is so soul-lifting that cares fall away just by crossing the threshold. And that’s exactly what the designer intends. “It’s all about being comfortable and curling up wherever you want,” she says. In the living room, Eastman eschews distractions such as television. Instead, she has created a setting for contemplation or, even better, conversation. Sheers at the windows soften the light falling on a cowhide rug. A cocktail table with a top upholstered in slick leopard print invites a tray of drinks or a stack of books. And twin antique chests flank the pillow-strewn sofa above which Eastman has mounted a metal steer’s head. As skilled at mixing textures as she is at intermingling eras and styles, Eastman has intuitively made every corner inviting. The desk she uses for paperwork is actually an antique table. The designer swapped out the original top for one of Calacatta marble. A mercury-glass lamp with a cork shade perches to one side. Her chair is a favorite old find with a reupholstered hide seat. And should anyone doubt it, yes, those framed feathers prominently displayed on the easel are real. The throw, however, is faux fur, lined in appeal-enhancing cashmere. The nearby dining room has all the requisites for hosting a festive dinner with friends. Eastman has lightened the mood with a glass-topped, whitelacquered Chinese Chippendale table and dark Hepplewhite-style chairs. A lacquered étagère holds vintage glasses at the ready. “The scale is a tiny bit

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Crystal knobs add sparkle to the breakfast area’s lacquered sideboard. FACING PAGE, TOP: Snakeskin-printed sheers dress windows in the office, where Eastman works at a glass-topped desk. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM:

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Eastman discovered the covered patio’s driftwood table base at the Antique and Artisan Center in Stamford and gave it a see-through top. FACING PAGE, LEFT TO RIGHT:

“Bubble baths revive me,” says the designer, praising her master bath with its smart black-and-white theme. Holly Hunt velvet gives the master bed headboard a sumptuous look and feel.

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As skilled at mixing textures as she is at intermingling eras and styles, Eastman has intuitively made every corner inviting.

kooky, but it’s all fun,” she says. The clever designer never allows her kitchen to drift into the humdrum either. Because this room was a later addition to the original structure, it lacked the distinctive wide-board flooring found in the rest of the house. The floor here has its own particular character, though, thanks to the coat of ink-black paint Eastman has given it. An oversize Buddha head replaces the ubiquitous fruit basket on her lacquered breakfast table, while linens and sundries find homes in a lacquered sideboard handed down from Eastman’s sister. Eventually, Eastman reveals the origins of her affection for these graphic black/white combinations: “Audrey Hepburn’s iconic evening dress in the movie Sabrina! It made a lasting impression,” she admits with a laugh. So chic on Hepburn and so stylish here, it’s the ideal mix for breathing life into the master bedroom and bath as well. “I grounded my bedroom with a really cozy white rug. Sleeping quarters, I think, should always be luxe,” Eastman explains.

Noir walls, ceiling, and floor catapult the petite master bath into the glamorous (but understated, à la Hepburn) realm, too. Eastman offsets the sultriness with snowy tile and a skirted sink. A trio of small stag horns adds a lighthearted touch of nature and helps tie the bath to the rest of the happy house. For Eastman, home is a refuge. At the end of the day, these rooms—including the fashionable covered patio with its striped wicker—allow her to rest and recharge. Of course, not everyone finds solace in the same look, she says. “Some clients prefer bright colors, some long for neutrals; some like traditional scenes, others crave contemporary,” she notes. “There are so many possibilities. I listen closely and strive to give clients their own voice.” It takes someone with finely tuned sensibilities to appreciate the many points to which people gravitate. Eastman’s talent for absorbing everyday things—the angle of a storm cloud on the horizon, the delicate intricacies of a bud on a vine—makes her more receptive to her clients’ dreams. And, if she senses they feel uncertain, she can always tell them about Sabrina (or maybe Einstein). That’s sure to ignite a creative spark. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 155. Fall 2013  New England Home Connecticut 117

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The original architect and a tried-and-true decorator team up to renovate a late 1980s Georgian Revival. After a quarter-century, what house doesn’t need a little work? Text by Maria LaPiana // Photography by John Gould Bessler // Architecture: Judith Larson, Gardiner and Larson Homes // Interior design: Kathleen Walsh // Landscape design: Sergio Restrepo // Builder: John Farnham, Premier Remodeling & Design // Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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Blues of every hue prevail throughout the classic home. Though formal, the dining room and living room (facing page), are not off-limits to the homeowners’ three small children, thanks to sisal rugs, durable casegoods, and forgiving fabrics; a mix of three—including faux leather—adorn the dining chairs.

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he proud period revival wore its prodigious moldings like, well, a crown. The year was 1988, and like many new builds on Connecticut’s Gold Coast, it was a serious home, appointed in the style of the day, complete with dark wood, brick fireplaces, and terracotta tile. Architect Judith Larson remembers designing the house as part of a subdivision in New Canaan: “Twenty-

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five years ago, I was just beginning my career in residential architectural design and construction, and when this house was built, cherry cabinetry, terracotta tile, detailed plaster-like interior trim, and lacquered brass hardware were very popular,” she says. The brick exterior was true to its Georgian roots (it still is), so as the years went by, the home’s stately facade veiled its increasingly dated rooms. It suited the previous owners, who lived there for twenty years, quite well. Along came a young couple looking to move up from Manhattan. They had two young children and another on the way; times had changed for them, (and soon would for the house). By chance, they called on Larson, and the architect jumped at the chance to improve upon her earlier work. “It was a wonderful coincidence, and quite an interesting challenge for me,” she says. The thought was that a spruced-up kitchen and master suite would suffice, but the job snowballed, as these things often do. “The project eventually encompassed the entire house,” says Larson. “We did not only a new kitchen and master suite, but new back stairs, family room millwork and stone fireplace, interior trim, lighting, arched entranceways, mudroom and laundry, formal wet bar and powder room, guest suite, children’s bathrooms, as well as a finished attic level where there now exists a new ‘man cave’ with views of Long Island Sound.” veryone The process was agreed the collaborative from the house had start. Early on, the a formal, homeowners called on a decorator with classic beauty; the challenge was whom they’d worked in the past—Kathleen making it more Walsh of Kathleen inviting to guests Walsh Interiors, in and better suited New York City—and to a young family. a kitchen designer, Veronica Campbell of the Stamford Kitchen design company Deane. The design professionals meshed, along with builder John Farnham of Premier Remodeling in New Canaan, and the renovation went smoothly, thanks to guidance from the clients, whom Larson describes as “very warm, friendly, and relaxed, with good taste.” Everyone agreed the house had a formal, classic beauty; the challenge was making it more inviting to guests and better suited to a young family. “They loved the flow and size of the rooms, the high ceilings, thick walls, and large windows,” Larson says. “They knew they could make it their own.” “They were looking for something very youthful and fresh,” Walsh adds. “Since the wife had grown up in New Canaan, there was a little bit of ‘coming home,’ and while she loved her mom’s house, she didn’t want to live in it.”


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The white-on-white kitchen is punctuated by a judicious use of blue: lanterns, decorative plates, and the room’s “little spark,” ginghamstyle wallpaper on the ceiling. FACING PAGE, TOP: The home’s original archways are echoed in the butler’s pantry. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: A breakfast area combines deep woods with the kitchen’s ever-present white.

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The sun-filled conservatory features halfround transom windows, a tropical feel, and furnishings that encourage kicking back. FACING PAGE, TOP: The conservatory opens onto a casual patio and broad lawn. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The dark cherry library was made more feminine with a jolt from green-lacquered walls and rich velvet accent chairs.

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Larson opened up the public spaces by echoing the archways the clients loved and by lightening up the moldings throughout. “We widened the opening between the kitchen and the family room, where we replaced a brick-clad fireplace with a new stone one, created a coffered ceiling and built-in cabinetry,” she says. The result is family-friendly, warm, and—yes— fresh. “Casual is not the right word” for the transformation, says Walsh. “I’d call it useful and elegant.” “We started with colors, textures, and fabrics ... things that look pretty together,” the designer says. “And once we’d culled the elements down to the wife’s favorites, we began urnishings to assign them to took “a lot rooms.” of different The library, inidirections,” tially designed with says Walsh. “The a man in mind, client wanted a mix would become the of antique and new, wife’s retreat, so high and low.” “we knew we had to make a statement in there,” says Walsh. “Because it would be her personal space, we didn’t decide on its color or details until we had an idea how the dining room and living room would look.” It’s easy to see what color made the final cut, given that the house is awash in shades of sea and sky. “She loves blue, obviously,” says Walsh, “so it’s the common thread throughout the house, but we used many different shades and textures.” For furnishings, they went in “a lot of directions,” she says, because the client was open to ideas. “She wanted a mix of antique and new, high and low.” “And along with the color blue, I’d say we nailed it with lighting,” adds Walsh. “We added some very


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fun pieces—from chandeliers to sconces to pendants to table lamps—that create a nice conversation throughout the house.” Each room has what the designer calls “a little spark.” The library is “all about the green lacquer on the walls. In the dining room, we mixed three fabrics on the chairs. And in the kitchen, it’s the wallpaper on the ceiling. Coupled with the lanterns, it looks fantastic.” Veronica Campbell, the kitchen designer, says Walsh made a very good call when she chose the wide-patterned paper over the kitchen island. “It is a very long room and it has a very high ceiling. We knew right away we had to bring the ceiling down and the cabinetry up.” They decided to double-stack the white cabinets and paint them blue on the inside. Simple molding creates the illusion of a tray-like detail overhead that plays with the room’s proportions. A classic work triangle and a variety of seating options help to make the space as practical as it is lovely. “It was all part of the lightening and brightening process,” says Campbell. “And it reflects the wife’s sunny disposition.” So, room by room, the classic house was made current. With pleasing proportions and beautiful details courtesy of Larson, it “was hard to mess things up,” says Walsh with a laugh. “Our goal was to bring it up to date and allow it to evolve,” she says, “because after all, people are living here.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 155. 126  New England Home Connecticut  Fall 2013

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A new paneled wall and raised hearth replaced a heavy fireplace in the master bedroom. FACING PAGE, TOP: The master bath was refreshed by white and gray marble tiles, an enlarged shower, and a new vanity. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Two walk-in closets were combined to create a dressing room with mirrored cabinetry and a central island with a polished mahogany wood top.

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Geometrics: Fabrics/Wall Coverings


Old World Weavers Fabric from Stark ///

“The vibrant turquoise and lime-green shapes are toned down with the metallic-gray accents to create a playful yet sophisticated fabric. I am using this on a swivel chair for clients who are doctors so they can come home and relax after a long and busy day at work.” Hartford, Boston Design Center, and New York City, starkcarpet.com


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“Ikat is an ancient pattern, and I absolutely adore using it in the home. These amazing wall coverings would be perfect for a powder room or dining room, creating subtle geometric patterns and turning any space into a jewel box.” Holly Hunt, New York City, (212) 891-2500, hollyhunt. com; Webster & Company, Boston Design Center, (617) 261-9660, webstercompany.com; phillipjeffries.com


St. Christopher Wallpaper, by Given Campbell ///

“Given Campbell does compositions of everyday images that form wonderful, geometric patterns. I just love what happens to the airplanes in this pattern. I would like to use this, shown here in Above the Clouds colorway, for one of my aviation clients.” givencampbell.com, through Havilande Whitcomb Design


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Geometrics: Accessories

“Ellen Scarborough is a great resource for unusual things. This dramatic, oversize lamp, with its geometric cutouts, reminds me of Matisse’s late work. It’s glazed white with a dark yellow inside. I usually bring my finds to The Accessory Store for shades, and they can rewire anything.” Ellen Ward Scarborough Antiques, Stamford, (203) 329-0100, ellenwardscarboroughantiques.com; The Accessory Store, Stamford, (203) 327-7128, stamfordshades.com


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“I love the clean, geometric shapes in this resin and polished-nickel lamp. The artistic design creates a sculptural effect that makes the lamp function as a piece of art.” Arteriors, New York City, (646) 786-4848, arteriorshome.com



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Connie Cooper’s background in textile design and a seven-year stint living in Asia have helped to nurture her eclectic approach to design and her ability to create unique spaces that are fresh and interesting but will stand the test of time. Connie Cooper Designs, Westport, (203) 256-9183, conniecooperdesigns.com

“The right accessories complete a room while creating unity and sophistication. This gorgeous shagreen box, with its brass diamond-pattern inlay, is perfect for a coffee table or console.” Flair Home Collection, New York City, (212) 274-1750, flairhomecollection.com


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Geometrics: Furniture


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“I am always looking for great pieces that have good lines and can be repurposed. This chair was found in one of the multi-dealer warehouses in Stamford. I reupholstered it in a black-and-white houndstooth fabric from Lee Jofa, which imparts a classic pattern onto the form of the simple geometry of this chair.” Similar chairs through Hiden Galleries, Stamford, (203) 363-0003, hidengalleries.net


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“I love the way the classic Greek key motif was used in conjunction with the more modern shape of this console. The bold contrast of the charcoal gray and cream finish makes it especially striking. This console was custom designed for an entryway to give it a transitional and dramatic look.” Old Biscayne, through Connie Cooper Designs CHRISTINA SULLIVAN ROUGHAN

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Having worked in London as well as in New York and Connecticut, Havilande Whitcomb brings an international sophistication appropriate to the setting and unique to the people living in it. She also designs both interiors and exteriors of private jets, and her firm, Aviation Aesthetics, has an international following. Havilande Whitcomb Design, Westport, (203) 227-7902, hwdesignllc.com


“These nesting tables are the epitome of beauty. Every angle is subtly different yet visually perfect and functional. I would pair them with a leather club or wing chair—instant chic!” John Lyle Design, New York City, (646) 344-1964, johnlyledesign.com


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Geometrics: Floor Coverings


Lance Wovens Carpet 417 in Desert ///

“What a wonderful way to dress up a study, library, or music room. Lance Wovens’s rugs are traditional with a modern accent, and with their exquisite craftsmanship and detailing will last a lifetime.” Norwalk, (855) 852-6829, lancewovens.com


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“The very large repeat in this gray wool and silk handmade Nepalese rug makes a dramatic statement for any type of room. It would make a great backdrop for other fabrics and furniture using a variety of shapes, patterns, and colors.” Wilton, (203) 762-7060, palaceorientalrug.com


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Christina Sullivan Roughan believes that interiors are meant to be lived in, and reflect the people who live in them. “Each client has different needs, desires, and budgets,” she says. “It’s my job to extract that information and create a beautiful interior tailored to each client.” Roughan Interior Design, Weston, (203) 769-1150, roughaninteriors.com

“With hints of traditional and modern in its color tones of cantaloupe silk and ivory, this rug would form an interesting backdrop for a room that needs a fresh look. I like that rather than perfect shapes, the lines of this geometry look hand-formed and natural.” Judy Ross Textiles, New York City, (212) 842-1705, judyrosstextiles.com


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Design Life

Out and about in celebration of design and architecture in Connecticut

All the latest in homecontrol technology was on display at the celebration for the grand opening of Realm in South Norwalk. We were proud co-sponsors of the party, where design professionals mingled as they savored drinks and refreshments from Marcia Selden Catering and enjoyed a display of fine art from co-sponsor The Drawing Room.






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England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso (2) Chris Kirchen, Lori Kirchen, Alease Fisher Tallman, and David Scott Parker (3) Olive Hurley Doyle, Maria O’Callahan, James Doyle, Bill Lynders (4) James Doyle, Kathryn Herman, and Neil Landino (5) Caroline Christie, Elizabeth Gonzalez-Guillot, and Kathryn Herman

Should your party be here? Send photographs or high-resolution images, with i­nformation about the event and the people in the ­photos, to New England Home, 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118, or e-mail images and information to pbodah@nehomemag.com. 138  New England Home Connecticut  Fall 2013

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No summer is complete without at least one barbecue. Front Row Kitchens capped off the season with a cookout at the Norwalk showroom. The party doubled as a way to show off the latest goods for the kitchen and to celebrate the debut of a new line of grilling products from Albano Appliance.

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Larock, and Cameron Schmitz (2) Michael Larock and Jill Kralovenec (3) Philippa Brillis and Jill Kralovenec (4) Kenleigh Larock, Eric Reinemann, Lexi Bishop, and Jill Agonis (5) Brenda Garand and Jonathan Sessions (6) Gordon Hiltz, Jan Hiltz, and Michael Larock (7) Catherine Mitchell, Emilie Lee, and Anne Skidmore









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The Milford Yacht Club made a lovely setting for ASID CT ’s annual meeting, where the harbor served as a backdrop for a presentation by architect Dinyar Wadia, the evening’s guest speaker.





asiD CT (1) Ann FitzGerald, Dinyar Wadia, and Lynn Garelick (2) Susan Bijleveld, Peggy Kebabian, and John Kebabian (3) Catherine Cleare, Robin McGarry, and Connie Cooper (4) Amy Eisenberg and Craig Smith


GANIM’S GARDEN CENTER & FLORIST threw its second annual Ladies Night this summer. An a cappella group entertained the women, who enjoyed a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts while they browsed the goodies for sale, including plants and flowers, soaps and lotions, and jewelry and other gifts.





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New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business

by paula M. Bodah

Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems have been helping homeowners attain the serene look and feel of Swedish design ever since they opened their antique shop and interior design business in 1998. Now the partners in Eleish van Breems have published Reflections on Swedish Interiors, a book that celebrates examples of Swedish design at its best. The 255-page tome from Gibbs Smith, with pictures by Fairfield photographer Neil Landino, features homes by a number of design luminaries known for their simple, beautiful approach to design. Book: $50, gibbssmith.com; Shop: Washington Depot, (860) 354-0700, evbantiques.com

Good news for those who mourned the closing of the Lillian August shop on Greenwich’s Elm Street a few years ago. The popular home-decorating destination, whose flagship showroom is in Norwalk, has opened in downtown Greenwich again, at 28 East Putnam Avenue. (203) 489-3740, lillianaugust.com

Stark has long been known for providing gorgeous custom-designed rugs and carpets. Now the company has launched Stark Cleaning and Restoration so you can be sure your rugs stay beautiful. Antique and contemporary rugs and carpets can be cleaned, restored (including reweaving), and given fiber protection. Upholstered furniture and draperies can get the same expert treatment, too. Norwalk, (203) 899-1771, starkcarpet.com

Given her passion for traveling the world to discover wonderful things for the home—and her delight in creating the perfect piece if she can’t find it in her travels— it’s no surprise that

Mar Silver

Andrea and Barry Reiner have plenty to celebrate these days. Their company, InnerSpace Electronics, is marking its twenty-fifth anniversary, and they just won Electronic House magazine’s Gold Award for “Best Home Theater up to $25,000.” The room’s stunning big-screen projection system, invisible surround-sound, and advanced control system impressed the judges, as did the company’s ingenuity in turning a difficult, oblong space into a cozy, attractive gathering place for the family.

recently opened a retail space to share Silver her treasures. Her constantly evolving inventory features artwork, objects, and furniture she has gathered, as well as her own line of furniture and accessories, The Plunk Collection, in a charming gallery called, simply, Mar Silver. The new shop sits at 14 Post Road in Westport. (203) 297-6049, marsilverdesign.com.

Port Chester, N.Y., (914) 937-9700, innerspaceelectronics.com

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Back in 1938, John Ganim opened a fruit stand in Bridgeport. Ganim’s Outdoor Market was a family affair, with three generations pitching in as the business grew from a summer fruit stand to a year-round concern selling everything from spring flowers to Christmas trees. Now based in Fairfield, Ganim’s Garden Center & Florist is celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary this autumn. Still a family business, Ganim’s has a full-service garden center and florist, does landscaping installation and maintenance for homes and business, and offers landscape design services in conjunction with Austin Ganim Landscape Design. (203) 333-5662, ganimsgardencenter.com, ganimsflorist.com

Pleasant surroundings enhance the workday. For Catherine Cleare Interiors, a new office in the heart of downtown Greenwich takes that concept a step further. The light, bright, and airy new space in a beautifully restored old building on Field Point Road gives Cleare more space to spread out, while ceilings and walls of glossy white usher in the natural light and make the perfect backdrop for nailing just the right choices in colors and finishes. (203) 454-9430, cleareinteriors.com




What’s in a name? In the case of Bartels-Pagliaro Architects—now Pagliaro Bartels Sajda—it represents the addition of partner Nicholas A. Sajda, an architect who began his career as a student of Roger Bartels and has worked for the firm since 1992. Sajda’s partnership isn’t the only exciting news: the company recently moved to a new studio and launched an engaging new website. South Norwalk, (203) 838-5517, pbs-archs.com


It was a busy summer for Hartford-based interior designer Joanne Riley. Her company, The Interior Edge, has added an office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Riley, who also maintains an office in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, has earned a real estate license, too, and has forged a relationship with New York’s Living Real Estate Group. Her goal, she says, is to use her design expertise to help clients beginning in the househunting phase of creating their dream home. (212) 560-0355, interioredge.com

A.G. Williams prides itself on its

tradition of giving back to the community. This year, the Greenwich painting company teamed up with Her Haven to help convert an old Victorian building in Bridgeport into the Tina Klem Serenity House, a women’s recovery house. A.G. Williams donated $6,000 in painting services to the effort. Other Connecticut companies that donated goods or services include Norwalk’s Closet and Storage Concepts and New Haven’s Kebabian’s Oriental Rugs.

Earning accolades is nothing new for Grandberg & Associates Architects, and now the firm has a new website to show its award-winning projects off to their very best advantage. Designed by photographer Michael Biondo, the site takes viewers on a tour of its varied projects, including a stone-and-shingle manor house in Greenwich that won several AIA Awards, a Palladioaward–winning residence in Westport, and Greenwich’s Stanwich Congregational Church, which earned the prestigious Faith and Form religious architecture award. Mount Kisco, N.Y., (914) 242-0033, grandbergarchitects.com

(203) 618-0058, agwilliamspainting.com; (203) 957-3304, ­closetandstorage​ concepts.com; (203) 865-0567, kebabians.com

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Reading Room Bibliophiles, rejoice! Standing seven feet tall, this architectural, hand-rubbed black mahogany bookcase, now at LCR, has ample room (and the strength to match) to hold all of your favorite tomes. West Hartford, (860) 231-7742, lcrcollection.com

Terrifically Tangled Part of Italian designer Paola Navone’s new collection for Crate & Barrel, these red Como Loopy taper holders are a welcome antithesis to the formal table. West Hartford, (860) 236-8900, and Westport, (203) 222-9500, crateandbarrel.com

Hot Ticket Simplicity is in-demand at J. Seitz. “We can’t keep this chair in stock!” says Joanna Seitz, owner of the New Preston–based store, of this versatile iron and linen club chair. New Preston, (860) 868-0119, jseitz.com

Flaming Red Part of L’Objet’s fall Cabinet of Curiosities collection, this handsculpted Limoges porcelain candle with 24 karat–gold details will be a keepsake long after it’s burned out. Available at Hoagland’s. Greenwich, (203) 869-2127, hoaglands.com

Animal Attraction Interior designer Samantha Knapp, part of the family behind Greenwich workroom Tiger Lily’s, recently launched her own line of furniture for the store, including an asymmetrical metal ottoman, which can be ordered in a variety of different cowhides. Greenwich, (203) 629-6510, tigerlilysgreenwich.com

Shining Service ’Tis the season for celebrations, and with it, of course, come the requisite libations. Dress your best vintage for the party with this elegant brass champagne bucket from Bungalow Decor. Westport, (203) 227-4406, bungalowdecor.com

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Spruced Up All-weather finials from Spruce Home & Garden will become a welcome addition to your backyard landscape this fall as flora begins to fade. New Milford, West Hartford, and Westport, (877) 633-2236, sprucehomeandgarden.com

About Face Duralee’s new Peeling Planks wallpaper, found at DesignSourceCT, features a trompe l’oeil that proves the charming patina of whitewashed barn board can make an equally pleasing backdrop indoors. Hartford, (860) 951-3145, designsourcect.com

Natural Light A gold-tone bamboo base adds a bit of whimsy to what would otherwise be a classic floor lamp. The light, by Aerin Lauder for Visual Comfort, can be found at Lillian August. Greenwich, (203) 847-3314, and Norwalk, (203) 847-3314, lillianaugust.com

Mad for Plaid This watercolor plaid, velvetupholstered chair seems like it should feel busy, but the deep tones and dark finish work together to create a vibe of cozy, subtle fun. The chair, from Taylor King, can be ordered through the Connecticut Design Center. Norwalk, (203) 2991700, connecticutdesigncenter.com

Dine in Style Masculine symmetry and feminine finishes combine to create the perfectly balanced dining chair. The linen-upholstered piece, available at the Darien Design Center, is part of manufacturer Jessica Charles’s new collaboration with interior designer John Black. Darien, (203) 655-8739, dariendesigncenter.com

Bird’s Eye View A clear Lucite base allows creamcolored ostrich upholstery to be the luxe focal point of this elevated end table, available through the Wakefield Design Center. Stamford, (203) 358-0818, wakefielddesigncenter.com

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Featuring the latest trends in home furnishings, new product introductions, book signings, and more including: 12:00 – 5:00 pm Designer Portfolio Review Bring two of your favorite projects and have New England Home’s editor review them for possible consideration in an upcoming issue Presented by Karin Lidbeck-Brent, Contributing Editor at New England Home 12:30 – 1:15 pm C2 Paint Mother Nature’s Finest: Barry Dixon’s New Licensed Collection for C2 Paint. Presented by Colleen Scully, Director of Business Development at C2 Paint

Light lunch to follow 1:30 – 2:15 pm Interior Designer Laura Kirar for Arteriors Home How international travel and art inspire the creative design process. Presented by Laura Kirar, President and Creative Director at LAURA KIRAR* Design 2:30 – 3:15 pm Romo’s Exclusive Fabrics and Wallcoverings Romo will share their newest fabrics and wallcoverings, from the Orvieto and Marlow collections to the Kashta and Kintore collections. Presented by by Daniel Artica, Sales Representative at Tarlton Deutsch, Inc. 3:30 – 4:15 pm Samuel & Sons Passementerie Samuel & Sons Passementerie will share the latest innovations in trim products and how they can enhance today's interiors. Presented by Niel De Marino, Regional Sales Representative at Samuel & Sons Passementerie 4:30 – 5:15 pm Talk and Book Signing Author to be announced.

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Page 113: Driftwood cocktail table from the Antique & Artisan Center, stamfordantiques.com. Page 114: Dining chair fabric by Quadrille, quadrillefabrics.com. Page 117: Headboard by Traditional Drapery, Bridgeport, (203) 365-0634, with fabric by Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com; area rug from the New York Carpet Company, thenewyorkcarpetcompany.com. TIME & AGAIN Pages 118–127 Architect: Judith Larson, Gardiner and Larson Homes, New Canaan, (203) 972-1409, gardinerandlarson.com Interior designer: Kathleen Walsh, Kathleen Walsh Interiors, New York City, (212) 255-0209, kathleenwalshinteriors.com Builder: John Farnham, Premier Remodeling & Design, Ridgefield, (203) 403-5002, premierremodeling.us Kitchen designer: Veronica Campbell, Deane, Inc., New Canaan, (203) 972-8836, kitchensbydeane.com Landscape design and maintenance: Sergio Restrepo, Stamford, (203) 561-4062 Window treatments and upholstery: Interiors by Royale, New York City, (212) 753-4600 interiorsbyroyale.com Millwork and Cabinetry: Renaissance Millwork, Easton, (203) 249-9755, renaissancemillwork.com, and Parish Millwork, Ridgefield, (203) 544-0687, parishmillwork.com

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Vaughan Designs. Pages 122–123: Table, side chairs, and custom counter stools from Bausman & Company, bausmanandcompany.com; chair and stool faux leather from Innovations USA; stool back fabric (inside) from JA Design Studio, jadesignstudio.com, (outside) from Delaney & Long, delaneyandlong. com; wallpaper on ceiling from Carleton V, carletonvltd.com; pendants from Urban Electric, urbanelectricco.com; backsplash from Artistic Tile, artistictile.com; cabinets from Deane, kitchensbydeane.com; chandelier from Foundry, foundrylighting.com; countertop from Stonehenge Marble and Granite, stonehengellc.com; wet bar wallpaper from Rose Tarlow; cabinet hardware from The Nanz Company, nanz.com; light fixture from Chameleon Fine Lighting, chameleon59.com. Page 125: Club chairs from Brunschwig & Fils, brunschwig.com, in Zimmer & Rohde fabric, zimmer-rohde.com; area rug from Patterson, Flynn & Martin; drapery fabric from Elizabeth Eakins Fabrics, elizabetheakins.com; table lamp from Arteriors Home, arteriorshome.com; lamp shade from Abat Jours Custom Lamp, New York City, (212) 753-5455, in fabric by Rogers & Goffigon through DeLany and Long, delanyandlong. com; side table from Robert Lighton New York, robertlighton.com; throw pillow fabric from Holland & Sherry, hollandandsherry.com, with fringe from Samuel and Sons, samuelandsons.com. Page 126: Bench seat fabric from Designers Guild, designersguild.com; sconces from Hudson Valley Lighting through Metropolitan Lighting Co., hudsonvalleylighting.com; pendant from Remains Lighting, remains.com; rug from Patterson, Flynn & Martin. Page 127: Four-poster bed from Iatesta & Company, davidiatesta.com; bedding by Matouk through Fine Linens, finelinens.com; coverlet from Casa Del Bianco Design, casadelbianco. com; drapery fabric from Schumacher; custom ottoman from GBC Upholstery, gbcupholstery. com, covered in leather from Cowtan & Tout; swivel chairs from A. Rudin, arudin.com, covered in Schumacher fabric; side table from Made Goods, madegoods.com; wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com; sconces from Palmer Hargrave, palmerhargravelighting.com; chandelier from A. Rudin; rug from Patterson, Flynn & Martin; fire screen from Wm. H. Jackson Company, Inc, wmhj.com. •

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A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue A&J Custom Draperies and Shades  49

JMKA Architects  151

Albano Appliances  149

Jolley Frank Interiors  147

AmericasMart Atlanta  16

Kebabian’s  19

Amy Aidinis Hirsch  2–3

Klaff’s  back cover

Aqua Pool & Patio, Inc.  43

Laura Kaehler Architects, LLC  74–75

Austin Ganim Landscape Design, LLC  133

Lillian August  21

Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc.  137

Linda Ruderman Interiors  28

Berkshire Wilton Partners  157

The Linen Shop  8

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens  145

Mar Silver Design  14 –15

Carol Flanagan Interior Design  133

Marcia Selden Catering and Event Planning  128

Catherine Cleare Interiors, LLC  36

Marianne Donahue Interiors  129

Charles Hilton Architects  62–63

Marvin Gardens  89

Clark Gaynor Interiors  155

Michael Smith Architects  76–77

Closet and Storage Concepts  50

Morgan Harrison Home  52

Coastal Construction Group  142

Mr. ShowerDoor  41

Coldwell Banker Previews International  37

Neil Hauck Architects, LLC  78–79

Colony Rug Company  51

NuKitchens  24

Connecticut Lighting Centers  130

Olson Development  29


Connie Cooper Designs  141

Paramount Stone  8–9


Connie Giuliani, Inc.  26

Patricia M. Miller Residential Design, LLC  80–81

Construction Management Group  57

Phoenix Audio Video  135

Country Club Homes  20

Realm Control  39

Cugno Architecture  143

Rinfret Design Limited  23

Daniel Conlon Architects  64–65

Robert Cardello Architects  82–83

Davenport Contracting  147

Robert Dean Architects  84–85

DEANE–Rooms Everlasting  inside back cover

Rowayton Seafood  154

DesignSourceCT  27

Runtal North America  47

Douglas VanderHorn Architects  66–67

S&W Building and Remodeling  46

Doyle Herman Design Associates  139

Samuel Owen Gallery  141

The Drawing Room  4–5

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We were recently given the challenge to step away from our core expertise of fabric upholstery and use reclaimed barn wood for the frame of a sectional sofa designed for an apartment in New York City. To create the sectional we started with specifications from the designers, Dwayne Clark and Bob Gaynor of Clark Gaynor Interiors, and made a sketch to work out the details of how to build it. We then located a source for the reclaimed wood and got busy on the construction of the framework. Each piece of wood was carefully selected for its weathered color and distressed condition, and was then cut with precision and fitted together like a puzzle. The removable tray, in sharp contrast to the reclaimed wood around it, is made from black walnut. The end result, as you can see: a one-of-a-kind piece of custom furniture. We enjoyed working with the reclaimed wood so much that we are going to start producing other items with it, ranging from frames and mirrors to furniture. So our workroom now not only specializes in antiques restoration, upholstery, and drapery, but in custom reclaimed-wood items as well. Susan Bijleveld, Finished in Fabric, Haddam, (860) 346-4843, finishedinfabric.com

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