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No Great Lack of Subject Matter of the multifarious bits and pieces that are used in constructing and kitting-out a property: bricks, shingles, stone, paint, grasscloth, platinum leaf, carpet and tile, door hardware, bath fixtures, chandeliers, lamps, sofas, nightstands, vases, bedding, glassware, paintings or prints, trees, grasses, pool furniture, garden ornaments . . . you get the idea. Potential combinations are almost limitless. Consider two outdoor spaces, on pages 63 and 80: both are gorgeous in their own ways, both represent interesting approaches to aesthetics, both are being enjoyed by lucky people in Connecticut

in 2013. And in what format should we consider these people, places, possibilities and constituent parts? As a feature story, a photo essay, an interview, a profile of an artist, a history lesson, a product lineup, a review of recent home electronics? It’s like holding a single emerald up to the light, turning it slowly in your hand, drinking in the beauty of every facet from every angle, savoring the reflections within the gem and refracted glimpses of the world beyond. I don’t think we’ll run out of things to talk about or people and resources to share with you for a long, long time. —Kyle Hoepner

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58 Dutch Treat The homeowner’s love of antiques and nostalgia for her native country inspired the evolution of a dream home in the Litchfield Hills. Architecture: Ken Daniel, Visual Terrain / Photography: John Gruen / Text: Maria LaPiana / Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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26 Artistry: Wonder Woman Bonnie Edelman’s awe at the beauty of the world is reflected in the magical quality of her photography. By Caroline Cunningham / Photographs courtesy of Heather Gaudio Fine Art Gallery

32 Interview: Daniel Conlon Extreme weather in the past few years poses special new challenges for architects. Interview by Kyle Hoepner / Portrait by Julie Bidwell Special Marketing Section: Portfolio of Fine Interior Design 87

40 In Our Backyard: Contemporary Classics In its Torrington workrooms, The New Traditionalists embraces classic style with a modern twist. By Maria LaPiana ///////

112 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 116 Trade Notes New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business.

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118 Perspectives Connecticut designers envision the perfect sun room. Edited by Erin Marvin

126 New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful and now appearing in Connecticut shops and showrooms. By Erin Marvin 130 Resources A guide to the professionals and products featured in this issue.

on the cover: Designer Denise Davies’s own Weston home radiates energy inside and out. Photograph by Michael Partenio. To see more of this home, turn to page 74.

134 Advertiser Index 136 Sketch Pad From conception to hand drawing to AutoCAD to reality, architect Steven Mueller describes the progression of a new house.

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unifying thread in her work has remained the same. She records astonishing beauty in the natural world; her photographs are both homage and celebration. Edelman’s images also reflect the artist’s own intuitive confidence and grace. Her easy warmth turned a formal interview into a long and laughter-filled conversation in which she discussed her artistic journey, from making jewelry as a child to creating photographs that are held in private and public collections, including many Ralph Lauren stores,

around the world. Edelman has worked hard for her success, and takes nothing for granted. She also has a deep appreciation for the unexpected magic in the universe, and it is perhaps this sense of wonder, above all else, that gives her work such resonance. Edelman started her career in publishing, first at Seventeen as an assistant to the creative director, and then at GlamClockwise from top left: Girl with Ram Head

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our, where she reported to the European market editor. She found time to explore the extensive archives at Condé Nast, photocopying layouts and advertising from back issues dating back to the 1950s through the 1970s: “I was obsessed with midcentury architecture and furnishings, and it was so exciting to see these in context,” she recalls. She shared this interest, and many Half Horizontal template:Layout 1 weekends exploring local flea markets, with John Edelman. They married a few

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years later; John is now president and CEO of Design Within Reach. When a job opened at Sports Illustrated, Edelman, who had played volleyball at Connecticut College, considered the chance to combine her interests in sports, travel and fashion a dream come true. And so it proved to be: she spent two years as the magazine’s travel editor, scouting exotic locations and coordinating all the details for the swimsuit issue. She also worked closely with photographers like Francesco Scavullo and Sante D’Orazio, and soon concluded that “this is the life for me.” In 1998, Edelman and her husband moved with their young children to Ridgefield. She started taking photographs, and enrolled in workshops with Mary Ellen Mark and Keith Carter, among others, to learn and refine her technique. A successful portrait photography

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business followed. Edelman also devoted time to her fine-art portfolio during annual trips to Uruguay, where she stayed with a close friend on her family’s farm. Edelman used 35 millimeter and digital cameras, as well as a 2Ÿ Rolleiflex; she also experimented with a Lensbaby, a flexible plastic lens that creates indistinct1 Half Horizontal template:Layout margins around a precise focal point. Her black-and-white images of horses and of

the magnificent rural landscape have a dream-like quality, as if taken in a time and place long ago. Exhale Press published a luxurious volume of this work, Sermo Per Equus, in 2010. Edelman has explored other subjects in depth. She was entranced by the anthropomorphic 3:52 qualityPMof fiddleheads in the 6/17/13 Page 1 countryside, and used a backdrop to make detailed photographs of them. Red Mark

shows the delicate and textured stems turning to one another, like an intimate family gathering in the woods. Girl with Ram Head is from a series that Edelman shot in Germany, where huntsmen honor the lives of the animals they hunt, just as their ancestors have done for centuries before them. The photo of a child holding a ram’s head in a refracted circle of light is a powerful and poignant memorial. In her Scapes series, Edelman’s deliberately blurred photographs capture sweeping horizons of color in pictures of land, sea and sky. Her disciplined attention to tonality, proportion and framing is what makes this work so compelling and so gorgeous. Like a realist painter who moves toward abstraction, she’s learned the rules. And now she gets to break them. • EDITOR’S NOTE Bonnie Edelman’s photographs can be seen in Waterways II, an exhibition running through August 24 at Heather Gaudio Fine Art, New Canaan, (203) 801-8590, heathergaudiofineart.com. To see more of Edelman’s work, visit bonnieedelman.com.

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Daniel Conlon Extreme weather over the past few years has been keeping this Georgetown-based architect very busy—and he sees plenty more work to come, for himself and for Connecticut’s homeowners. ///////////

Interview by Kyle Hoepner Portrait by Julie Bidwell

Kyle Hoepner: Perversely, the destruction caused last fall by Hurricane Sandy, and by Irene in 2011, has had a useful side for Connecticut architects and builders. Can you tell us a bit about that? Daniel Conlon: Irene and Sandy brought

sharp focus to the issues involved in coastal construction. In the short term, the damage caused by the storms has generated a lot of design and construction activity. While most of the media coverage of Superstorm Sandy focused on New York and New Jersey, parts of coastal Connecticut experienced widespread damage. Entire neighborhoods in several towns were left uninhabitable. The repair and replacement of those buildings has created a tremendous amount of work for architects, engineers and builders. But in the longer term, the effects of

new regulations for flood damage prevention will be much larger. The expansion of flood zones will require many more homeowners to purchase flood insurance and address flood compliance issues when altering their homes. Buildings will be stronger and safer, but they will be more costly, and we will be climbing more stairs to get into them. KH: What are the regulatory changes, and what do they mean for homeowners? DC: Coastal communities have adopted

the most recent flood-zone maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which in most cases raise the minimum elevation at which habitable space can be occupied. This was the second revision to the maps in three years, and to make things even more confusing, the way the elevation is measured

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to date. So owners of flood-damaged homes have to determine whether their cost of repairs will exceed that 50 percent threshold. If so, they must elevate the building or rebuild above the base flood elevation; if not, repairs can be made but the owner remains vulnerable to another storm—and since they have used up a chunk of their flexibility under the 50 percent rule, it is likely that the house will have to be lifted or replaced after the next big storm hits. KH: That sounds complicated. DC: The complications are just begin-

ning. Once a decision is made to meet the flood regulations, owners have to decide whether to raise the structure or demolish and rebuild. This brings in another complex set of variables: What is the condition and construction quality of the existing home? Are the foundations adequate to support the lifted structure? If I tear it down, will the local zoning ordinances let me put it back in the same place? Is my property in a high wind zone specialtemplate:Layout structural design 1 Halfrequiring Horizontal or impact glazing? How long will all of the required design and approvals take?

Which agencies—ranging from the Army Corps of Engineers to the local planning board—have jurisdiction? Even property owners who escaped damage from Sandy and Irene will face many of the same regulatory questions should they ever decide to renovate or rebuild. KH: In design terms, what does this mean both practically and visually? DC: The practical issues are fairly

straightforward. Buildings and mechanical equipment need to meet minimum elevations, and in many cases to meet requirements for high wind zones. We go through the decision process outlined above, then look at specific construction requirements: Is there working space to lift the structure? What are the soil conditions and what type of foundation will be required? Will our excavations fill with water at high tide? Then we determine if zoning variances are required in either height or coverage (the maximum area of a lot that can be built on). Coverage comes 6/17/13 4:14 PMoften Page 1 into play because new, longer stairways are needed to access higher first floor elevations.

Aesthetically, for me, the key consideration is how the building meets the ground. In “A” flood zones, enclosed foundations are allowed when certain conditions are met. In more restrictive “V” flood zones, the building must be elevated on piers. This is more challenging, architecturally. How do we avoid the appearance of a house on stilts? How do we get into this building? Another challenge is how to address the home’s relationship to neighboring properties. In the near term at least, formerly uniform streetscapes will be sprinkled with newly elevated buildings. It is important to be sensitive to this, because, barring a truly horrible disaster scenario, it is likely to take a generation before existing housing stock catches up with new design requirements. KH: Do you have any preferred design solutions? DC: In “V” zones, where we need to be

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the space below the building for outdoor living. In “A” zones, where nonstructural filling is allowed, we have used terraces to create an intermediate grade between the existing lot and the first floor. KH: How are different cities and towns reacting? DC: That, in my opinion, is the most

interesting big-picture question of all. Raising the base flood elevation vertically has a huge impact on the number of properties within a given flood zone. The new FEMA maps generally raise the base flood elevation by one to two feet. In some low-lying coastal areas a two-foot increase moves the zone boundary many hundreds of yards inland. This greatly increases the number of existing buildings within the flood zone, and especially the number of nonconforming structures. Homeowners whose properties formerly had no flood design requirements may suddenly find they have to partially fill in their basement, install flood vents and find a place for mechanical equipment on the first floor. The number of properties that will be required to carry flood insurance in

order to get financing will also increase dramatically. Flood insurance rates are rising sharply, and rates for conforming and nonconforming structures are different, so there will be motivation there for property owners to bring their buildings into compliance. I think the cities and towns should be making accommodations for property owners to encourage compliance with flood regulations without violating other local ordinances. Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission, for example, has adopted new regulations allowing buildings greater height and additional lot coverage when a structure is elevated to meet flood regulations. Other towns have amended zoning regulations allowing additional height for properties in flood zones, offered expedited approvals and waived permit fees. One thing I’d love to see is a more streamlined process. We often have to present a project to several boards and commissions charged with review of specific elements of the project. It would be great if, in the case of an individual home, more of these approvals could be adminis-

trative, provided the project meets certain prescriptive criteria. KH: Where do you see us headed from here? DC: I see the picture becoming more and

more complicated. So far I’ve focused most of my comments on coastal work, but flooding is also an inland issue. I’ve lived in southwest Connecticut all my life, and I see areas that never flooded years ago flooding now on a regular basis. We seem to be having more frequent severe storms and there is little question that sea level is rising measurably. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s “Climate Change Primer” quotes numerous scientific sources predicting that today’s “100-year storms” are likely to happen every seventeen to thirty-two years, and that Connecticut sea levels will rise by a foot to a foot-and-a-half by 2100. We’ll be required to design buildings capable of withstanding deeper water and higher winds. The challenge going forward will be to keep our design ideas fresh while complying with an increasingly complex matrix of applicable regulations. •

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he desire to sink into Sofa no. Sixty-Six is overwhelming. It’s like falling in love with someone hip and handsome—who happens to be well mannered, with a fine pedigree he doesn’t ever mention and an old soul that makes you feel as though you’ve known him forever. Bed no. Ten Forty? Let’s not even go there. These and other pieces from The New Traditionalists trigger lots of longing and delight. This is furniture influenced by classic designs both useful and beautiful, interpreted with a modern sensibility— but manufactured the old-fashioned way, by hand, using locally sourced hardwoods and beautiful water-based finishes. Founded in 2009, the company’s SoHo showroom befits its contemporary appeal.

But while every piece is designed in New York City, it is all made just over two hours away, in Torrington. “We knew we wanted to manufacture in the U.S.,” says Brady Wilcox, founding partner and chief creative officer. “It was less a patriotic sentiment, but more of a proximity thing.” In Connecticut, he found an abundance of twentieth-century manufacturing facilities. “I liked the idea of resurrecting a building like that. The one we found was originally built in 1897,” he says. Along with fabulous old factories dying to be tapped for adaptive reuse, Wilcox and his partners also discovered a workforce of trained craftsmen well equipped to staff the enterprise. The New Traditionalists employs some thirty-five full-time workers in Torrington,

including artisans trained in traditional painting techniques, woodwork and furniture restoration. They value what Wilcox calls Old World furniture-making techniques, which means they build hardwood frames using custom joinery methods, hand-tied upholstery and handrubbed finishes. The company also cross-trains its workers. “Everybody learns about everything and is extremely involved in every part of producing a piece of furniture,” Clockwise from above left: Adorned with an accent strip of Kelly-green leather, Table no. Thirty Three is made of native maple with a worn-lacquer silver-and-onyx finish. Console no. Thirty One features leather drawer faces and satin nickel pulls. ­Dining Chair no. One Eighty is upholstered in a velvety hide with suede piping.

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says Wilcox. “The people who work for us become experts.” The design team spends time at the factory at least two to three times a week. “One of our biggest commitments to the brand is our connection between the design studio and the shop floor,” Wilcox explains. “We don’t just sketch something and send it over to them; we are active and collaborative from start to finish.” The New Traditionalists is run by the same folks who brought us ducduc, a modern line of children’s furniture, in 2004. It was a natural evolution. “After a few years of success with ducduc, our team set out to conquer the rest of the home,” says Wilcox. Several of the company’s founders, Half Horizontal template:Layout 1 which include Philip Erdoes, David Harris, Rebby Gregg, Bob Lasko and Wilcox, had

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The finishes are exquisitely applied and the upholstery of the highest order (if surprising at times—that’s why they are the new traditionalists). Not to worry if you don’t care for the combinations on display in the showroom or online; you can have it your way. “We have been really pleased with the clients’ embracing of the customization possibilities with our furniture,” says Wilcox. “We definitely have our own vision, but it’s so interesting to see how other people choose to make our pieces.” • The New Traditionalists Torrington and New York City (212) 226-1868 thenewtraditionalists.com

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It’s difficult to imagine a more suitable showcase for these sophisticated, well-traveled owners than this Fairfield County home. From the lofty ceilings to the open, well-organized floor plan, architecture and art complement one another. It wasn’t always this way. Built back in the “Mad Men” era, the circa-1960s house sported a number of attributes. Era-appropriate exposed timbers lent character, and lake views provided unending charm. But to forge a more livable dwelling as well as a proper backdrop for a collection that includes a number of large sculptures, the owners had to pry apart the vintage rooms and bump-up

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he owners don’t settle for mundane. The gleaming stone floors throughout the living spaces reflect a montage of furnishings and fabrics as carefully chosen as the art. the square footage. “It wasn’t exactly a complete gut. Basically, we took the building’s symmetrical form and added two wings. Roughly speaking, we doubled its size. Unlike in the old days, the house flows,” explains architect David Austin of Austin Patterson Disston Architects in Southport. Austin, along with project architect Marti Cowan, led the renovation. Maintaining a number of elements including the heavy timbers, the skillful architects created a cleaner, more modern home that, at the same time, adheres to the vocabulary of the original structure. That might sound simple enough in theory, but today’s house delivers a number of ambitious surprises. The new wing that contains the kitchen and family room, for instance, also holds a generous gallery and guest quarters below. The architects cleverly tucked the perfectly scaled, two-story addition

into the hill, maximizing the sloping site. Steel stairs framed with glass begin their descent in the kitchen where a bank of Allmilmo cabinetry assures everything from cookware to canned goods a stylish niche. On summer mornings, guests open their door and walk directly to the pool for a dip or plant themselves on the terrace in fashionable Dedon chairs. There’s even a supremely functional kitchenette (more Allmilmo cabinetry) hidden here to serve overnighters as well as pool-goers and spa-revelers. “The pool includes a spa within the rectangular water surface, a perimeter gutter system so that the water elevation is at the same elevation as the stone terrace, and an infinite edge at the far end toward the lake,” explains landscape architect Richard Johnson, who was a principal with Falmouth and Cambridge, Massachusetts–based Stephen Stimson Associates, Landscape Architects at the time and has since formed his own eponymous Falmouth firm. Another masterful pool sits in the wing on the opposite side of the house where the master suite and children’s rooms are situated. Macassar doors in the master bedroom open to reveal—talk about a

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A striking glass screen defines the kitchen. Facing page, top: An art gallery and guest quarters occupy the lower walk-out level. Facing page, bottom: The inner courtyard with a reflecting pool and an adjacent gallery displaying paintings by Pedro Calapez is situated in the opposite wing.

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restorative space—an inner courtyard with a shallow reflecting pool. Generous clumps of bamboo waving at the water’s edge introduce a dash of green and fashion a connection to the outdoors. Anyone who has seen the posh family room with its upholstered furnishings by Holly Hunt, a handsome low-slung coffee table by Moura Starr and velvetembossed window sheers won’t be surprised that the owners’ private sanctuary also sports its own share of sumptuous touches. “My clients didn’t want organic,” says designer Suzy Azadi. “They wanted chic.” The palette, which relies heavily on purple, adds a level of bold richness. But toss in a Duxiana bed and a Holly Hunt lacquered night table and it’s more than obvious this is no ordinary refuge. A pair of wall-

mounted, polished metal birds keeps watch over the owners while they rest. The adjacent master bath is another study in luxe. Azadi designed the streamlined his-and-hers marble and wood vanity. “I love this bath. It’s simple and elegant,” she says. A spacious glass-tiled shower and beautiful lake views unfolding alongside the tub provide the owners good reasons to unwind and savor their surroundings. Make no mistake, though, as dazzling and polished as this home looks it’s also—thanks to the astute architects—functional. Just because the breakfast area in the family room includes a circular table by artist-designer Hervé Van der Straeten (who first gained attention for his jewelry designs) and a stunning multi-armed noir chandelier by Baccarat doesn’t mean it’s any less versatile. It’s just that the owners, who collaborated closely with the designer and architects on all aspects of the project, don’t settle for mundane. The gleaming stone floors that run throughout the living spaces reflect a montage of furnishings and fabrics as carefully chosen as their art. Even the landscape is fine-tuned to the nth degree. Stephen Stimson Associates fashioned marvelous stone retaining walls to forge a flat area for the pool and devised stellar plantings that, as Johnson tells it, “are in accordance with the minimalist aesthetic of the house.” A screen made up primarily of American holly ensures privacy along the property line. And there are also major plantings of Heritage birch— prized for its peeling bark—and autumn flowering cherries that produce delicate pale-pink blossoms twice a year. All this is in addition to a verdant lawn that tips ever so gently toward the water. Steel railings on the deck ensure that views from inside the home’s generous supply of windows are unhindered. Still, to understand that the house itself is now a work of art, visitors are best directed to go down to the lake and look back. From that vantage point, there’s no mistaking it. •

Clockwise from top left: The luxurious master bedroom has views of the lake and the inner courtyard. White marble and linens foster a sense of airiness and light in the master bath, which puts the focus on the surroundings, too, with its generous window. Guest quarters have a view through glass doors to the stone terrace and pool.

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The decorative gable, a signature element of the Cape Dutch architectural style that inspired this elegant home, provides a baronial touch. Facing page: With her canine welcoming committee, owner and innkeeper Regine LavergeSchade greets visitors at the front door.

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d u treat c h The homeowner’s love of antiques and nostalgia for her native country inspired the evolution of a dream home in the Litchfield Hills.

“Go on, close it. Give it a good push, and listen.” A visitor obliges, opening wide the front door to Regine Laverge-Schade’s home, and then slamming it shut. It swings easily and closes hard. It’s loud, but it doesn’t rattle the sturdy house. “I knew I had to have a real Dutch door, a heavy one,” says Laverge-Schade with a satisfied smile. She found the eighteenth-century antique in her native Holland and had it shipped here, because in building her dream home she was determined to replicate the look and feel of houses she’d known and loved. Set in a postcard-worthy river valley in Litchfield County, the charming home was inspired by South African Dutch Colonial architecture. It started with a vision, and with the expert assistance of architect Ken Daniel and builder Walter Johnson, the woman who Summer 2013  New England Home Connecticut 59

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came to this country as a young bride in the 1960s made it real: a literal home away from home. Laverge-Schade moved to Connecticut in 1977 with her then-husband, Hendrik Laverge. They lived for a time in what she calls a “white elephant” in the town of Washington before embarking on this labor of love, a three-story, 4,200-square-foot paean to all the things she loves (Dutch and otherwise). European style infuses the country estate on forty-two acres. The house is stately, with its ivycovered stucco facade showcasing an ornate gable in classic Cape Dutch style. The graveled courtyard offers glimpses of the sweeping stonework that forms patios and niches at the rear, sheltering the home in a close embrace. The home is pedigreed and tasteful but not ostentatious, its rusticity perfectly at home in the Litchfield Hills. “The interiors have evolved over time,” says Laverge-Schade. In homage to her homeland, she has decorated the place with many pieces that have been in her family for years. Treasures large and small, including an outsize portrait of the great-grandmother for whom she was named, fill the rooms. As an erstwhile dealer and longtime collector of antiques and garden ornaments, she has added many incredible finds over the years. Front-to-back, the house is quite narrow, designed to let the breezes flow freely through doors and windows. Enter the foyer through the famous Dutch door and the space has a formal feel, with sixteen-inch-square Carrara marble tiles from Holland and elegantly framed paintings hung high and low. In the dining room, directly ahead, a distressed eighteenth-century mahogany table from an old monastery holds court, surrounded by high-back wicker chairs. Half sconces from Laverge-Schade’s father’s family home, backed by antique mirrors, illuminate the space with reflected light. To the right of the foyer lies the living room, a space both grand and snug with its ornate marble fireplace surround, wide oak floors and an eclectic mix of chairs, sofas and settees from various periods. A low sofa and a plush armchair, both sporting cream-colored upholstery, cozy up to a coffee table with an iron frame and two glass shelves.

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The lower shelf holds a modern sculpture by a local artist that speaks to its owner’s love of contemporary art. Classical artwork has its place here, too, in a collection that adorns the walls above the sofa. With pride, Laverge-Schade opens the door to a seventeenth-century Flemish armoire that her father used as a liquor cabinet and points to a Bible verse he taped to the inside. A corner den offers privacy and comfort with eclectic style; alongside fine furnishings and treasured antique paintings sits a chair LavergeSchade unearthed at a local auction and purchased for $14. In the pleasant country kitchen on the other side of the house, everything—from the floorto-ceiling cabinets to the countertops to the iron-and-glass table—was made to last, by design. “When I went to look for my door,” remembers Laverge-Schade, “I went to a farm in Holland and discovered very talented woodworkers who designed kitchen cabinets.” She was so enamored of their work that she had them design hers, but found the cost prohibitive once she priced them out in the States. Undaunted, she recruited the craftsmen to travel to Connecticut and outfit the entire kitchen and the baths as well as lay the home’s flooring. Among the treasures they imported and installed: the marble floor tiles, a Belgian bluestone countertop in the kitchen and pantry, the backsplash made of reproduction Dutch antique tiles and a range hood salvaged from an old canal house. Before leaving, the workmen bestowed a special gift, installing the entry’s inlaid brass compass rose. Laverge-Schade decided to open her home to 62  New England Home Connecticut  Summer 2013

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In the pleasant country kitchen, everything—from the floor-to-ceiling cabinets to the countertops to the iron-and-glass table—was made to last, by design.

Filled with greenery, a dining alcove on the patio radiates European charm. Facing page, clockwise from top left: The kitchen cabinets were custom built on site by Dutch cabinetmakers. Guests can borrow walking sticks, boots, hats and more, all found in the mudroom. The iron-and-glass kitchen table is a family heirloom. Summer 2013  New England Home Connecticut 63

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Comfort is fundamental throughout the home, as evidenced by the cozy corner den, an elegant retreat. Facing page, top: The first-floor suite offers privacy and easy access to the terrace, pictured to the right. Facing page, bottom: Laverge-Schade furnished the guests’ rooms in the Old World style she’s cherished all her life.

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Guests can rent the cozily furnished Blue and Green rooms on the second floor, or the Red Suite on the first floor, which has its own entrance, bath and kitchen. guests in 2009. She secured the necessary permits and reconfigured the bedrooms, took up residence in rooms over the garage and opened the Hidden Valley Bed & Breakfast. Guests can rent the cozily furnished Blue and Green rooms on the second floor or the Red Suite on the first floor, which has its own entrance, bath and kitchen, plus access to the terrace overlooking the nature preserve for which the B&B is named. Several defined spaces surrounding the house are furnished with elegant (and heavy) vintagestyle patio furniture. Laverge-Schade loves to tell the story behind the furniture. Some years ago, while visiting her brother who was living in Zimbabwe at the time, she discovered a foundry whose owner was delighted to cast copies of some antique furniture she loved. The commission was rather extensive, and thus was launched Jardins Paradis, her garden furnishings business. Like the interiors of her home, the landscape has evolved over time, says Laverge-Schade. She relies largely on the arboreal expertise of Albert Piskura, of MP Property Management in Washington, and a good friend, Roeland Everwyn, who visits from Holland every two years or so, to help her prune trees. Looking back, Laverge-Schade says that building her home was a wonderful experience. She’s happy to be able to share it with guests now, most of whom, she says, “treat it with respect and enjoyment.” That pleases her, she adds, “because I just love it to pieces.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 130. Summer 2013  New England Home Connecticut 65

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In Good Company

A fieldstone cow barn finds new life as a guest cottage so stylish and comfortable its owners use it as a getaway themselves.

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The greenwich Historic District commission allowed architect laura kaehler to add a pergola to the back of the 1908 barn and enlarge a few windows, but otherwise preservation was the motto of the renovation.

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In theory,

a guest cottage is a luxury. It’s a space that’s often underutilized and neglected, but this guest cottage in one of Greenwich’s storied waterfront neighborhoods is different. In fact, it’s become a vital part of the owners’ lives. “We stayed in this cottage when we renovated our house, which was the chauffeur’s quarters on a big estate a long time ago,” says the owner. “The guest cottage was originally a cow barn and there was nothing special about the interior. When we decided to update it, we thought it should be someplace we’d want to stay ourselves.” The couple called in Greenwich architect Laura Kaehler, who had successfully remodeled the old chauffeur’s quarters, and Boston-based interior designer Eric Roseff, who had decorated residences for them in Montana and on Nantucket. They needed a team who had their backs because the Greenwich Historic District Commission would be scrutinizing the plans to ensure that the integrity of the 1908 fieldstone barn was preserved. “The Commission didn’t want us to remove a single stone!” says the owner. “They would not allow us to add a wall of French doors in the back, but we did convince them to allow us to enlarge a few windows.” A previous refurbishment had left no historic interior details to preserve, allowing Kaehler the freedom to do a gut renovation. “Before, you walked in and there was a giant staircase that bisected the barn, and all the rooms were dark and small,” she recalls. “I immediately saw that 68  New England Home Connecticut  Summer 2013

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The colors of the open kitchen’s custom glass backsplash from Ann Sacks inspired designer Eric Roseff’s furniture choices such as the barstools upholstered in cloud-colored all-grain leather from Edelman. Facing page, top: The one-time cow barn maintains the historic charm of its exterior. Facing page, bottom: Vintage chairs by Milo Baughman upholstered in glazed linen from Holly Hunt surround a custom table by Martha Sturdy from Baker Furniture.

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Clockwise from above: The custom hair-on-hide coffee table/ottoman by Kyle Bunting makes the living room a kick-off-your-shoes space, where the owners watch football games or have cocktails by the fire. Roseff furnished the living room with textured neutrals, adding patterned pillows for visual interest. The designer’s choices play off the Zebrino marble fireplace surround and bronze mantel designed by Kaehler.

we needed to move the stairs and make the living area a two-story space.” Although the revamped cottage would have only one bedroom, the owners wanted the 1,200-square-foot cottage to be self-sufficient with a fully equipped cook’s kitchen and laundry facilities so that guests would truly feel at home. “It proved to be very handy after Hurricane Sandy,” says the wife. “My mother lived here very comfortably for several weeks.” The couple made it clear that they envisioned using the cottage as a getaway for themselves, too. “They loved the idea of being able to go on a vacation on their own property,” says Kaehler. “And since they would not be living here every day, they were willing to be more daring and modern.” The architectural changes were structural as well as aesthetic. “We excavated

to add a crawl space for radiant heat and new mechanicals,” says Kaehler. “We had to add support beams under the existing roof line. It was quite an engineering feat. Our builder, Koushouris Construction, deserves a lot of credit. We were also able to add a dormer, a pergola and enlarge some windows.” To heighten the drama of the twostory living area, Kaehler designed a soaring fireplace flanked by window seats and built-in cabinets stained the color of espresso. “I wanted the room to be anchored by the fireplace mass, which I designed as a piece of sculpture.” For the surround, she chose a horizontal-striped Zebrino marble framed by a floating bronze mantel by Kostas Custom Iron Fabrication in Norwalk. “I wanted to use really rich materials that were also neutrals so there’d be a range of decorat-

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The owners wanted the cottage to be self-sufficient with a fully equipped cook’s kitchen and laundry facilities so that guests would truly feel at home.

ing possibilities,” she explains. Although the cottage was not a tabula rasa when Roseff joined the project (the kitchen’s marble island and colorful Ann Sacks glass tile backsplash had been specified by Kaehler before he got involved), the designer admired the architect’s choices. He understood that his longtime clients wanted to go in a new direction while staying true to their tastes. “The wife is not a color person,” he says. “She wanted the furnishings to be tailored, comfortable but not fussy. We pulled subtle bits of color out of the marble and backsplash, but primarily we used neutrals.” The nuanced palette is subdued, sumptuous and sensuous. “The goal was to ‘paint’ with neutrals, using layers and layers of texture,” says Roseff, who mixed shiny glazed linen with natural Summer 2013  New England Home Connecticut 71

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A silk-and-wool Tibetan rug warms the upstairs bedroom, where bedside tables by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams flank an A. Rudin bed. Facing page, left to right:

Sheer woven curtains offer privacy but let the light in. A Corbin Bronze sculpture stands guard on the landing.

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The cottage is “where we have cocktail parties for new neighbors or charities. Everyone we know asks if they can come spend the night.”

nubby linen and long-hair hide along with silk-and-wool rugs. The combination of smooth and rough surfaces and shiny and matte finishes creates a restrained but luxurious resonance. Comfort was a paramount concern. “This is where they wanted to be able to watch the Super Bowl,” explains Roseff, who chose upholstered pieces from Holly Hunt that are sleek but generously proportioned. Linen curtains to soften the space have a modern look with their rectangular chrome rods with square

rings. They also serve to darken the room to let the owners watch a football game on a sunny afternoon. Since the kitchen is open to the living area, it needed to be furnished with the same sense of richness and refinement. Roseff paired a metal-and-resin table by Martha Sturdy with an upholstered banquette and a trio of vintage chrome Milo Baughman chairs. The pendant lights over the island by architect-turned-glass designer Alison Berger are dazzling without being ostentatious. “I wish my own

kitchen were this nice,” says Roseff. Upstairs, the bedroom, which has a small corner balcony overlooking the living room, is similarly soigné. “We wanted this to be a room where anyone would feel comfortable,” says Roseff, who used a silk-and-wool Tibetan rug and curtains made from woven and sheer linen to create a soothing monochromatic cocoon. He found the perfect lounge chair at the Baker showroom in Boston, and flanked the bed with tables from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams paired with lamps by Thomas O’Brien for Circa Lighting. The whole project took eighteen months, which seemed like forever to the owners, who were nervous about whether they were making the right choices. “I said to the team, ‘They built the Empire State Building in less time!’ ” the wife says. “But it was worth the wait. After Eric installed everything, we walked in and had an aha! moment like on one of those reality TV shows.” Now, the cottage gets used more than she ever expected. “It’s where we have cocktail parties for new neighbors or charities,” she says. “It’s where my husband and I will go for a drink at the end of the day to have some privacy.” She also enjoys that she’s the envy of her friends: “Everyone we know asks if they can come spend the night.” • Resources For more information about this home,

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Team Spirit Best friends and frequent collaborators join forces to give one of them a home that reflects both her vivacious aesthetic and the creative spark the two generate together.

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The lack of curtains lets the view be part of the living room’s decor no matter the season. Left: All of the doors to the house are painted citron, adding pizzazz while being appropriate to the rural setting.

Text by Dan Shaw Photography by Michael Partenio Interior design: Denise Davies, D2Interieurs, and Kerri Rosenthal Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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Left: The dining room’s

“I am a modernist at heart, which makes it a challenge to live in a classic New England country house,” says interior designer Denise Davies as she welcomes a visitor to her 1929 home on three manicured yet rural acres in Weston. A native of Miami who grew up in a color-saturated Art Deco house, Davies has developed a sunny, effervescent aesthetic that seems entirely right for contemporary Connecticut, where former city folk like her want to combine the intimacy of small-town life with the intensity of urban style. Davies, a former fashion executive, collaborates frequently with Kerri Rosenthal, an artist and color consultant. The two are a madcap pair—a latter-day version of TV’s Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz (who lived just down the road in Westport, in the final season of I Love Lucy). They are best friends whose manic energy informs every project they undertake together. “This house reminds me of the one Lucy lived in,” says Rosenthal, who is swiftly interrupted by Davies who notes: “It’s not one of those Fairfield McMansions!” Indeed, the house has human-scaled rooms with lovely proportions, but it’s modest by today’s supersized standards. Several times since the 1960s, the three-bedroom house was added onto in a higgledypiggledy fashion, and the layout did not immediately make sense to Davies and her husband, who have ten- and eleven-year-old sons. “So we lived here for a while and we didn’t do anything,” she recalls. They initially hired an architect to reorganize the space and design an addition, but realized that they’d be destroying the house’s quirky character and decided to leave well enough alone. “With Kerri’s help, we changed the flow,” says Davies. “The dining room became the living room, which we discovered had once been the garage! The living room became a studio. A room that was being used as Pilates studio became the dining room. We kept the family room as is and we enclosed an open porch and made it a mudroom.” The mudroom entrance is the first indication that Davies and Rosenthal don’t play by the traditional preppy, Ralph Lauren–inspired rule book. It has lemon-hued grasscloth walls and gray lacquered cubbies for each member of the family; drawers with gleaming chrome hardware hide sneakers and muck boots. “It was Kerri’s idea to paint the door to the mudroom citron,” says Davies. “Kerri is a genius with color.” The decorating respects the bucolic Connecticut landscape and harmonizes with the outdoors

existing built-ins were given new hardware and painted teal, and now hold designer/homeowner Denise Davies’s collection of midcentury pottery and art books. Below: A painting by Kerri Rosenthal hangs on the high-gloss gray walls of the foyer. Facing page: David Hicks wallpaper sets the mood in the dining room, where, instead of a chandelier, a “hairdryer” lamp illuminates the vintage table that sits on hide rugs.

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Right: Traditional gray

and white go bold with an accent of citron. Below: Davies claimed the former living room as the office for D2 Interieurs. Facing page: The breakfast nook sounds a wake-up call with walls of tequila lime, a geometricpatterned rug and vivid toss pillows.

whether the trees are green, gold or covered in snow. “You’ll notice that there aren’t any window treatments in the living room. Why would we want to hide the view?” The first thing Davies did when she bought the house was to replace the “spindly deck” with a gracious stone patio that frames the view from the house to the swimming pool. She did all the landscaping, too, working with the existing stone walls and shrubs so that the backyard looks like a wellpreserved park. “The property is what really sold us on the house,” says Davies, who lived in lofts in SoHo and Tribeca before moving to Weston. Although her clients usually want all their upholstery to be brand new, Davies has a penchant for pieces with history and patina. In the living room she paired midcentury Italian armchairs in turquoise fabric with new cafe au lait-colored sofas. The ’70s-style chandelier, Lucite coffee table and chrome lamps are all vintage finds as well. Decorating the dining room, which sits in the middle of the house, was especially challenging—and satisfying. “It had this wall of built-ins that I was ready to rip out, but then Kerri suggested painting them a custom vintage teal to work with the fabulous

The house

pulses with energy, and Rosenthal’s large painting of a dripping yellow heart adds pizzazz to the pale gray foyer.

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native of Miami who grew up in a colorsaturated Art Deco house, Davies has developed a sunny, effervescent aesthetic.

The stone patio Davies built by the existing pool looks as though it’s always been there. She gave it a contemporary attitude with a cement table from CB2 and classic Verner Panton chairs.

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A dynamic mural by Rosenthal adds energy to the large, sunny master bedroom. Left: Son Jesse’s bedroom recalls the early 1970s and the heyday of rock and roll, with its bold graphic patterns and picture rails holding vintage albums. Below: Davies’s own guitar makes a fitting prop when she’s not practicing for the lessons she and Jesse take together.

Davies takes

classes with her son at Fairfield’s School of Rock, which explains the electric guitar in the master bedroom.

David Hicks wallpaper we found,” she says. “Now I keep my books and collection of midcentury ceramics on the shelves and I love them.” Instead of a chandelier in the low-ceilinged room, Davies used a gigantic swing-arm standing lamp from Design Within Reach. “My husband always hated that lamp—he called it the hair dryer—but he loves how it looks here.” The vintage wood-and-chrome table is surrounded by a mix of rattan and midcentury Italian schoolhouse chairs. On opposite ends of the room, a mirrored chest from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and a Mylar disco mirror reflect each other, making the space sparkle. The house pulses with energy, and Rosenthal’s large painting of a dripping yellow heart adds pizzazz to the pale gray foyer. The friends’ high/low shtick is on display upstairs

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in the boys’ bedrooms where David Hicks carpet from Stark sets the tone along with accessories from Jonathan Adler. “We used my husband’s old album covers as art in one bedroom because my son Jesse loves classic rock and roll,” says Davies, who takes classes with him at the nearby Fairfield School of Rock, which explains the electric guitar propped in a corner of the master bedroom. “My bedroom is the biggest room in the house, and it’s where I practice the guitar,” says Davies, who asked Rosenthal to paint an abstract mural behind the bed based on a piece of wallpaper they’d seen. She designed the blown-glass chandelier for the cathedral ceiling and added a vintage Art Deco dresser that she lacquered white, which reminds her of her Miami roots. “I wanted the room simple because the best part is the view of the pool and the backyard,” she says. Back downstairs in the studio/office, Davies and

Rosenthal are anxious to get back to work. “We collaborated on eleven projects last year and we have done seven already this year, and we want to break our own record!” Davies says. How do they manage to be so hyper-productive? “We drink a lot of coffee,” Davies says jokingly, and then goes onto explain that she’s developed close relationships with a variety of tradesmen who can keep pace with them. Most important, the pair only takes on clients who understand their shared vision. “We don’t do cookie-cutter interiors but color is essential to all our projects,” says Rosenthal. “We absolutely believe that color makes you happy.” Certainly, Davies’s giddiness is testament to their design philosophy. “Every time I turn in our driveway,” she says, “I cannot believe that I am lucky enough to live here. It makes me so happy.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 130. Summer 2013  New England Home Connecticut 83

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Richard Ott is founder and president of Richard Ott Interior Spaces, a residential and commercial design firm based in Hartford, since the mid-1990s. Ott’s work has been featured in publications including the New York Times and the Hartford Courant, which applauded “his beautifully conceived and executed design.” Ott studied interior design in college and went on to work in residential design, commercial retail design and in the interior design department of an architectural firm in his native St. Louis. He brings his diverse background to his work today, creating spaces that combine timeless style with comfort and livability, both in New England and across the country. Ott never has been defined by a signature look. His portfolio demonstrates a stylistic fluency ranging from contemporary to traditional. All of his designs are derived

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after careful consultation with his clients. Hallmarks of Ott’s spaces are an individualized approach to each project and an emphasis on creating rooms that reflect the tastes and needs of those who live and work in them. In addition to creating interiors for private clients, Ott is co-founder and co-owner of DesignSourceCT LLC, the acclaimed 25,000-square-foot, to-the-trade design showroom that opened in Hartford in 2005. Ott maintains many community affiliations and is an active member of Rebuilding Together Hartford. Additional images from Richard Ott’s professional portfolio may be seen on his website, www.RichardOttInteriors.com


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Modern harmonious interiors are what iH design studio is all about. Function, flow and color coordination are the key elements behind the firm’s success. Each room has its own identity, but still the ambience travels throughout the entire structure, creating a total, comfortable home. Often natural tones are used to create a spacious atmosphere with elements highlighted and contrasted to give the room a spark. The finest materials and timeless design elements blend in creating a home of sustainable existence. iH design studio is a sister company to the well-known Interiors Haberdashery, a designer custom workroom and upholstery manufacturer. Since 1990, owners Paul Guzzetta and Philip Shortt have produced home furnishings for the most exclusive homes both here and abroad. The inception of the interior design division has brought a fusion of the owners’ fashion history with the interior design world.

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Both partners have haute couture experience and international manufacturing abilities, which translate to great coordination, cohesively designed interiors and aptly chosen fabrics and color that meet clients’ lifestyles and needs. iH design studio is a full-service interior design company offering both residential and commercial design services. The company offers a fully integrated interior design package. The staff works with their clients’ visions, from design conception all the way through architectural and shop drawings of millwork, and installation of the complete vision. New to the corporate structure is a furniture division, called 4-orm. Designed by partner Paul Guzzetta, this segment of the business features solid mahogany pieces that are hand-shaped in designs that have a mid-century vibe and Asian undertones. Visit www.4-orm.com for more details.


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Jan Hiltz Interiors is a full-service design firm specializing in the creation of beautiful interiors with the livability required by today’s modern families. With more than twenty years of experience in interior design, Jan has built her firm on a “word of mouth” advertising platform. As a small company located in the Saugatuck area of Westport, she believes in treating each project as if it were her only project. Her personal service and attention to her clients’ needs are paramount to her success. From project management to dealing with a renovation or building a new home, Jan makes any process seamless. She offers a comprehensive approach to her clients by creating floor plans, selecting lighting, fixtures, tile, cabinetry and paint colors, choosing furnishings and weaving existing furniture into the mix, all while offering sound advice to meet both lifestyle and budget.

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All projects are given the same priority, whether you are looking to decorate an entire home from the building process to move-in, or simply starting with a family room or any single room. Jan believes that anyone taking the time to hire and invest in a designer has made their home and its rooms a priority, and she treats each project accordingly. It doesn’t matter if there are ten rooms or one. Each project begins with a conversation about what goals should be achieved at the end. Floor plans are then drawn up and samples of each piece of the project are assembled. Several meetings are held before the plan is set in motion. Once the selections are made, all the client has to do is wait until everything is ready for delivery and “the big reveal!” The design process is made to be fun and effortless. The enthusiasm from Jan’s clients at the end of each project and the passing of her name on to others says it all.


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culminating in the successful realization of her clients’ viFor more than ten years, Jean Marie McLaughlin, owner of sions. Meticulous planning, along with the integration and New Canaan–based JMac Interiors, has followed her passion enhancement of the architectural elements in a space are for interior design, creating beautiful and timeless interiors hallmarks of JMac designs. They result in warm, balanced throughout the tri-state area and beyond. With attention to roomsrealization that harmonize their and anMcLaughlin, emphasis onowner client of service,culminating McLaughlininlistens the successful of her with clients’ vi- surroundings and appear to For more than ten years,detail Jean Marie havealong evolved McLaughlin toInteriors, and interprets the unique and design aesthetic of planning, sions. Meticulous withover the time. integration and has found that marryNew Canaan–based JMac has followed her needs passion ing classical elements modern her beautiful clients, a and skill timeless developed following extensive training in architectural enhancement of the elements in awith space are conveniences provide her for interior design, creating interiors clients theinhome of balanced their dreams. bothand interior design andattention speech communication. profeshallmarksHer of JMac designs. Theywith result warm, throughout the tri-state area beyond. With to believer in giving back to the community, McLaughlin sional affiliations include ASID membership, Connectiroomsthe that harmonize withAtheir surroundings and appear to detail and an emphasis on client service, McLaughlin listens has participated in charitable events including New Canaan cut Coalition Interior Designers, DWD. haveand evolved over time. McLaughlin has found that marryto and interprets the unique needs andofdesign aesthetic of AAUW Cares, the New Canaan Garden full-service design firm, Jmac works with ing classical elements with modern conveniences provideClub her Tablescapes and the her clients, a skill developedAfollowing extensive training in Interiors Christmas Tree Festival. Well-published, her work projects ranging from new construction, clients withhome the home of Fairfield their dreams. both interior design andclients speechon communication. Her profeshas to appeared in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Hamptons custom millwork design and space planning, to back A believer in giving the community, McLaughlin sional affiliations includerenovations, ASID membership, the ConnectiCottages & Gardens, Home + Design and enhancement finishes. in charitable hasand participated events includingEast NewCoast Canaan cut Coalition of Interior interior Designers, AAUW andthrough DWD. color, fabric New England Home Connecticut. SheJmac believes that aworks homewith is the ultimate expression of Canaan self, Cares, the New Garden Club Tablescapes and the Follow her blog at A full-service design firm, Interiors which guide the design more effectively, Christmas Treeblog.jmacinteriors.net. Festival. Well-published, her work clients on projects ranging fromhelps new her construction, home processFairfield has appeared in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Hamptons renovations, custom millwork design and space planning, to Cottages & Gardens, East Coast Home + Design and interior enhancement through color, fabric and finishes. New England Home Connecticut. Follow her blog at She believes that a home is the ultimate expression of self, 102 Special Marketing Section blog.jmacinteriors.net. which helps her guide the design process more effectively, full page.indd 1

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KELLIE BURKE INTERIORS

Specializing in high-end residential interiors, Kellie Burke established her West Hartford–based interior design firm in 1995. After earning her degree from Skidmore College in upstate New York, Kellie worked as a studio artist by trade and also as a faux painter. After studying design in Florence, Italy, Kellie continued traveling and found inspiration for her design work in many different countries including; Portugal, Russia, Italy, France, Brussels, England, Estonia and Scandinavia. One of Kellie’s philosophies in designing a home is that “it should feel like a well-traveled home and not have a matching store-bought look.” Her favorite style is Old World to transitional with a focus on family friendly environments. She understands functionality with kids and feels that “scale is the most important design element.” Kellie feels interior design should be about a client and designer coming togeth-

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er to create a unique space. Kellie’s design firm is located in prestigious West Hartford Center. Her attached design studio provides exquisite furniture in luxurious fabrics of your choice, high quality oil paintings, decorative lighting, custom tailored window treatments and other fine accessories for the home. Kellie provides a full spectrum of design services styled to suit each client’s needs and taste.


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LILLIAN AUGUST Furnishings + Design

Decorating a home is an exciting journey, one that promises the discovery of an array of unique furnishings, expert advice and endless inspiration. At Lillian August, our passion is helping you find your personal style along the way and creating an interior that’s all yours. Our design team at Lillian August knows there is a giant leap between the selection of a sofa and decorating an entire home. Here at Lillian August, we have everything under one roof to help make your design project run smoothly from the start. From space planning, lighting, and wall color, to project management, furniture selection and installation, the interior design specialists at Lillian August will offer sound advice that fits both your lifestyle and budget. Our design team will tend to every detail you can imagine and perhaps even a few you haven’t.

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Our process starts with an interview. We interview a client to see what your preferences are in terms of style, color and budget. This process is called our “Master Plan,” a guide or road map of how your individual design process will unfold. The plan also allows us to look to the future as we help you envision a space that grows with you. Lillian August... One stop shopping to help you Love How You Live!


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Norwalk Design Center 32 Knight Street Norwalk, CT (203) 847-3314 South Norwalk Outlet 85 Water Street South Norwalk, CT (203) 838-0153 New York City 12 West 20th Street New York, NY (212) 206-1883 Opening Summer 2013 Greenwich 26 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich, CT www.lillianaugust.com Special Marketing Section 107


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Cindy Rinfret, principal designer of Rinfret, Ltd. has been creating iconic interior design and defining true “Greenwich Style” for more than twenty years. Best known for her roster of high-profile clients, including Tommy Hilfiger and Regis Philbin, Cindy has earned recognition nationwide for the projects she has designed across the country. Rinfret, Ltd. is renowned for creating comfortable yet luxurious interiors that reflect a life well lived. Cindy’s interior design career began after a prestigious education at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Copenhagen School of Architecture in Denmark. In addition to her interior design firm, Cindy has a shop, Rinfret Home & Garden on Greenwich Avenue, which is filled with an eclectic mix of English, modern and transitional accessories and furniture pieces. Cindy’s work is illustrated in her new book Greenwich

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Style: Inspired Family Homes (Rizzoli) as well as her first book Classic Greenwich Style (Rizzoli) and on the covers of numerous magazines including Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors + Design and New England Home Connecticut, as well as in articles in Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Architectural Digest, the New York Times and House Beautiful. Cindy has received many awards for her design work, including the 2012 A-List Award for Best Living Space by atHome, three Innovation in Design Awards from Connecticut Cottages & Gardens (in 2010, 2011 and 2013), The Andrew Martin Interior Design Review for the World’s Leading Interior Designers (which the New York Times called the “Oscars of the Interior Design World”), the Luxe Interior + Design Gold List in 2013, and Mountain Living’s Home of the Year Award and Top Mountain Interior Designers of 2010.


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Design Life

Out and about in celebration of design and architecture in Connecticut

there’s nothing quite like getting together

with colleagues in the business to give designers a fresh new look at things. The ASID CT Design Symposium 2013, held at The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien, offered plenty of inspiration, with vendors showcasing their latest products. A buffet dinner was followed with a presentation by designer Jamie Drake called “Mixology: Eclecticism is the Perfect Interior Cocktail.” The annual two-day TRADE SECRETS, a rare-plant and garden-antiques sale followed by a day of garden tours, remains as popular as ever, giving blossomlovers a chance to explore gorgeous outdoor spaces and pick up a few things for their own yards. The event raised money for Women’s Support Services, a nonprofit organization that helps victims of domestic violence.

TRADE SECRETS  Parker Rogers and Christopher Philip / Michael Trapp and New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel / Annie Selke, Bunny Williams and Jaime Kelly / Stacy Kunstel and Clinton Smith

ASID Ct DESIGN symposium 2013 Lynn Garelick, Jamie Drake and Sara Hopkins / Barbara Schmidt and Ryan Harrison / Michelle Baker and Christopher Kennedy / Katie Goldberg and Jamie Stern / Nancy Snyder Legrand / Pat Karsten, Kellie Burke and Susan Pinckney / Alix Perrachon / Robin London Horn, Carey Dougherty and Steve Desloge

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We joined Greenwich’s SAMUEL OWEN GALLERY as sponsors of an opening of an exhibit of Bob Tabor’s stunning photography. Horse Whisperings features Tabor’s romantic, sculptural photographs of horses. The prolific SUSANNA SALK’s new book, C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon, played a starring role at a signing party held at the lovely Mayflower Inn and Spa in Washington. The WAKEFIELD DESIGN CENTER’s spring Market Day, an event filled with seminars and talks, networking opportunities and the chance to catch a first look at the latest trends for the home, was as inspirational as it was well-attended.

Samuel Owen Gallery  Bob Tabor, Susan Bijleveld and Matt Giardina / Kevin Dailey, Victoria Vandamm and Lee Milazzo / Kenleigh Larock, Mike Larock, Susan Bijleveld, Ellen Roberto and New England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso / Chris Wright, Vonne Whittleton and Foster Lyons

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Trade Notes

New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business By Erin Marvin

The latest addition to the SoNo Design District is CYRILLA, a boutique and atelier with a bold, sophisticated collection of furniture and home accessories. Owner Cyrilla Yanez also provides custom design services. Her design sensibility reflects her unique background as a native Californian with strong roots in the South who moved to Greenwich as a teen and lived in Manhattan and Southampton, New York. South Norwalk, (203) 939-9222, cyrillahome.com

New from Image Publishing Group, The Art of Classical Details, by Phillip James Dodd (a senior design associate and director of marketing at New Canaan–based Wadia Associates), takes a close-up look at contemporary classical architecture, with essays by renowned architects, scholars and craftsmen and an illustrated portfolio of some of today’s finest classically designed homes.

Design guru and Falls Village resident Bunny Williams recently launched her first rug collection for Doris Leslie Blau. Taj, an aloe and silk rug shown here, is one of many rugs Williams designed that, she says, “you can really build a room around” and come in a variety of textures including hemp, silk-andwool blends, looped wool and flat weaves. Interior Design Building, New York City, (212) 752-7623, dorisleslieblau.com

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Ralph J. Reda’s A & J Custom Draperies and Shades has opened a new to-thetrade workroom, offering virtually every type of window treatment fashion, from simple roller shades to wood blinds and shutters to hand-crafted custom-made draperies. Stamford, (203) 724-9500

Ruderman

A change of scenery always seems to bring a new perspective, and that can lead to inspiring new ideas. That’s what Linda Ruderman Interiors

envisions with its new studio and office space on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich. Her studio may be new, but her passion for creating “classic and timeless interiors for modern-day living” will be traveling with her.

Claudia F. Kalur is off on new adventures, signing on with Harold Tittmann at his architectural firm. Kalur, who was most recently the manager of Privet House and still does design projects for her own company, A Room for Frances, will be launching an interior design department as an associate with Tittman Design + Consulting. Bantam, (860) 361-9666, tittmann.com

After twenty-two years, Greenwich-based HiltonVanderHorn Architects has become two separate firms: Charles Hilton Architects and Douglas

Greenwich, (203) 5529700, lindaruderman.com Hilton and VanderHorn

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The two men welcome the new opportunities that arise from striking out on their own, and they anticipate a smooth transition. Greenwich, (203) 489-3800, hiltonarchitects.com; (203) 622-7000, vanderhornarchitects.com

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Perspectives

Connecticut designers share their favorite resources EDITED BY ERIN MARVIN

The Sun Room: Seating

CHRISTINA LAKE

Erva Chair by Box Furniture ///

“We love this chair because the rattan frame adds a beachy/garden flair to any space. The loose, downfilled back and seat cushions are comfy to crawl into and read a book. We recently used this in a master sitting room overlooking a beach in the Hamptons.” Through Forehand + Lake

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“This is the ultimate indoor/outdoor porch swing. It would be a knockout in an indoor sunroom with piles of colorful pillows. Love its refined design and rotating tabletop. It’s a perfect perch for reading, snoozing and relaxing. I can see spending hours nestled here.” Dedon, New York City, (212) 334-3345, dedon.de

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Float by Paola Lenti ///

“I love the feeling of these chairs for lazy days and relaxing in external environments; they adjust to the body—its positions, its movements. Light and informal, Float can be easily moved and, with its pouf, almost becomes a chaise lounge.” DDC, New York City, (212) 685-0800, ddcnyc.com

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The Sun Room: Planters

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Avant Garden Planters ///

“Inspired by old French wine hods, these sleek planters are made from a heavy stainless steel, will never rust, are plant-friendly and easy to move around. They are industrial looking, but can be placed in a traditional or a more contemporary setting.” Avant

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Catalina Pots ///

“These lightweight pots have the beauty of stoneware and yet are so practical because they can be used outside all year. Their sculptural shapes and vibrant blue color make such a statement. A mix of the different shapes and sizes full of greenery would be stunning.” Accent

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Shield by Paola Lenti ///

Co-owner of LaBella Spaidal Interiors with business partner Dina Spaidal, Deb LaBella is known for creating classically chic interiors across all design genres. LaBella’s clients trust her to bring in a little of the unexpected and “wow” factor. LaBella Spaidal Interiors, Fairfield, (203) 659-0402, labellaspaidal.com

“I like using this oversize white planter because it is great for big plants and trees. It creates a natural shield in the landscape and can be moved around according to the mood. The structure is made of powder-varnished stainless steel.” DDC, New York City, (212) 685-0800, ddcnyc.com

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The Sun Room: Table MARCIA TUCKER

Giro by Paola Lenti ///

“I adore using this table for indoors and out. The thin top is made of lightened concrete, without resins, is recyclable and can be adjusted to your desired height. The structure is in powder varnished aluminum and it goes anywhere.” DDC, New York City, (212) 685-0800, ddcnyc.com

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Cage Collection Side Table by Phillips Collection After collaborating with Raymond Forehand for eleven years, Christina Lake recently became a partner in the business, which will change its name to Forehand + Lake this fall. Lake calls her firm’s look “transitional,” with its combination of clean lines and traditional elements. Fairfield, (203) 259-7636, rjforehand.com

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“I love this tea table; the cage base has elements that remind me of something you would find in a greenhouse. It’s perfect for a sunroom!” Lillian August, Norwalk, (203) 847-3314, lillianaugust.com

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Lisa Corti Textiles ///

“In the summer, I like to set my tables with Lisa Corti textiles. They are brightly colored, original and printed entirely by hand. Small imperfections are part of what makes each piece unique.” Through Marcia Tucker Interiors

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Belmont Latte Mug ///

“I love the simplicity of these mugs. They work in every setting and are all hand thrown for a more casual feel.” Simon Pearce, Westport, (203) 226-2353, simonpearce.com

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“Looking at these cheery cups and saucers makes me happy. I would use them for serving treats and condiments during the summer months along with tall glasses of iced tea.” Kate Spade Greenwich, Greenwich, (203) 622-4260, katespade.com

Born in Rio de Janeiro, raised in New York City and San Francisco and schooled in London, the well-traveled Marcia Tucker is known for her careful organization and concise precision. Her designs reflect a thoughtful mix of traditional and contemporary with a distinct European flair. Marcia Tucker Interiors, Greenwich, (203) 409-3692, marciatuckerinteriors.com 124 NEW ENGLAND HOME CONNECTICUT SUMMER 2013

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Two of a Kind Robert Allen and DwellStudio may be the perfect match: the duo’s new indoor/outdoor fabric line, Modern Bungalow, marries midcentury modern designs with vibrant colors. Available at DesignSourceCT. Hartford, (860) 951-3145, designsourcect.com

Seeing is Believing Klaff’s lights up with Sonneman’s new Level pendant, which leaves nothing to the imagination with its clear mesh shade and wire mesh diffuser. Danbury, (203) 792-3903, klaffs.com

Relaxation Station With its perfectly reclined position, the Hug chaise from Jessica Charles invites lounging in style. Available through House in the Country, Hugs are available in a variety of fabrics and leathers. Woodbury, (203) 263-6660

Kitchen Classics Here are five beautiful reasons to spend some time in the kitchen. Colorful, vintage Scandinavian enamel pieces by Cathrineholm and others are now on the shelves at George Champion Modern Shop. Woodbury, (203) 263-8442, georgechampioncompany.com

Bathing Beauty The humble faucet turns elegant with THG Paris’s new gold and Lalique crystal handles, now at Modern Plumbing. Named for the water nymph it depicts, Naïade is sure to delight and surprise. New Milford, (860) 354-4448, modernplumbing.biz

A Comfortable Relationship Hancock & Moore’s Jordan chair, new at Bakers Country Furniture, boasts a marriage of fabric and leather that is sure to bring happily ever after to any home. Stafford Springs, (860) 684-2256, bakersfurniture.com

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Nesting Instincts When one just isn’t enough, consider Councill’s new Ella nesting tables, now at Safavieh. The trio of triangle-shaped tables is a modern nod to a classic home accessory. Stamford, (203) 3274800, safaviehhome.com

Shine On Each glassybaby tea light (available at DK Schulman Design) takes four artists and three layers of glass to create. Founded by a cancer survivor, glassybaby has donated more than $1.3 million to charities. New Preston, (860) 868-4300, dkschulmandesign.com

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Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes BEST IN SHOW PAGES 50–57 Architect: David E. Austin, Austin Patterson Disston Architects, Southport, (203) 255-4031, apdarchitects.com Project architect: Marti Cowan, Austin Patterson Disston Architects Interior designer: Suzy Azadi, Azadi Design, Weston, (203) 336-8695, azadidesign.com Builder: Bill Marshall, Artisans Home Builders, (203) 604-6001, artisanshb.com Landscape architects: Richard Johnson, Stephen Stimson Associates, Landscape Architects, Falmouth, Mass., (508) 548-8119, and Cambridge, Mass., (617) 876-8960, stephenstimson.com Pages 50–51: Purple settee designed by Suzy Azadi, Azadi Design; sofa and chairs from Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com; lacquered coffee table from MouraStarr, mourastarr.com; curtain fabric by Pierre Frey, pierrefrey.com; carpet from Stark, starkcarpet.com. Page 52: Outdoor furniture from Dedon, dedon.com. Page 53: Chairs designed by Suzy Azadi; table by Herve Van der Straeten, vanderstraeten.com; chandelier by Baccarat, us.baccarat.com. Page 54: Gallery paintings by Pedro Calapez, calapez.com. Page 55: Kitchen cabinetry from Allmilmo, allmilmo-us.com. Pages 56–57: Master bed by Duxiana, duxiana.com; night tables by Holly Hunt; carpet from Stark; master bath cabinetry and vanity designed by Suzy Azadi; outdoor furniture from Dedon. DUTCH TREAT PAGES 58–65 Architect: Kenneth Daniel, Visual Terrain, Washington, (860) 619-0071, visualterrain.net Builder: Walter Johnson, West Mountain Builders, Washington, (860) 868-7528, westmountainbuilders.com Interior millwork/tile work/kitchen design: Co de Zinger, de Zinger Antique and Historic Building Materials, The Netherlands, +31-299-690273, dezinger.nl Tile source: Bibby Veerman, Amsterdam Corporation, Litchfield, (860) 567-1350, dutchtile.com Landscape design/tree work: Eric Murray, Albert Piskura and Roeland Everwijn, MP Property Management, Washington, (860) 868-7158 Stonework/masonry: Luis Gutierrez, LG Landscaping, Washington, (860) 868-2706, lglandscaping.net Garden/plant installation: John and Judy Acerbi , Litchfield Hills Nursery, Litchfield, (860) 567-9374, litchfieldhillsnursery.com Painter: Fernando Garcia, Best Brush Painters, Roxbury, (860) 946-7148 Decorative painter: Claire Petitt, Claire Petitt Decorative Arts, San Francisco, Calif., (415) 939-3338 Pages 58–59, 61, 63, 65: Garden furniture and accessories from Jardins Paradis, Washington Depot, (860) 868-9401; Pennoyer & Newman, pennoyernewman.com; Pergola, New Preston, pergolahome.com; and Guy Wolff Pottery, Bantam, guywolff.com; tablecloth from Best Monogram, bestmonogram.com. 130  New England Home Connecticut  Summer 2013

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Pages 60–65: Furniture and accessories from Berkshire Home & Antiques, berkshirehomeandantiques.com; Black Swan Antiques, dutchantiquetiles.com; Campman Antiquair, campmanantiquair.nl; Dawn Hill Antiques, dawnhillantiques.com;

exceptional quality custom fabrication full workroom capability

Green Hill Trading Co., greenhilltrading.com; The Hickory Stick Bookshop, hickorystickbookshop. com; J. Seitz & Co., jseitz.com; Jennings and Rohn Antiques, jenningsandrohnantiques.com; Litchfield County Auctions, litchfieldcountyauctions. com; Period-Antiques, period-antiques.net; R.T. Facts, rtfacts.com; Washington Supply Company, washingtonsupply.com. IN GOOD COMPANY PAGES 66–73 Architect: Laura Kaehler, Laura Kaehler Architects, Greenwich, (203) 629-4646, kaehlerarchitects.com Interior designer: Eric Roseff, Eric Roseff Designs, Boston, Mass., (617) 282-9275, ericroseffdesigns.com Builder: Koushouris Construction, Cos Cob, (203) 253-5192, koushourisconstruction.com Landscape architect: Susan Cohen, Susan Cohen susancohenlandscapes.com Page 67: Vintage chairs by Milo Baughman from Cain Modern, cainmoderne.com, upholstered in glazed linen from Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com; dining table by Martha Sturdy from Baker, bakerfurniture. com; banquet fabric from Kravet, kravet.com; print by John Thompson through Webster & Company, webstercompany.com; Corona pendant light by Jose Solis Betancourt through Holly Hunt; shade fabric by Kerry Joyce Textiles, kerryjoycetextiles.com, through the Martin Group, martingroupinc.com. Page 68: Pendant light fixture by Alison Berger, alisonbergerglassworks.com; backsplash tile by Ann Sacks, annsacks.com; barstools upholstered in leather from Edelman Leather, edelmanleather.com. Pages 70–71: Hair-on-hide coffee table/ ottoman by Kyle Bunting, kylebunting.com; mantel by Kostas Custom Iron Fabrication,

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kostascustomironfabricationllc.com, sofa from Holly Hunt in Holly Hunt Great Plains Napa fabric through Webster & Co.; Sevilla rounded-back chairs from Holly Hunt with Aspen fabric by Threads through Lee Jofa, leejofa.com; lounge chair from Holly Hunt in Great Plains Ebb and Flow fabric; rug from Landry & Arcari, landryandarcari.

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the Martin Group; pillow fabrics from Jasper by Michael S. Smith through Studio 534, s5boston. com, Cassaro, through Webster & Co., and Zimmer & Rohde through Webster & Co.; Great Plains Basmati window seat fabric by Holly Hunt through Webster & Co. Pages 72–73: Silk-and-wool Tibetan rug Steven King, stevenkinginc.com; bed by A. Rudin through M-Geough, mgeough.com; bedside tables from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbw.com; bedside lamps by Thomas O’Brien for Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.; ikat duvet fabric from Dedar, dedar.com; lounge chair from Baker, with fabric from Christopher Farr, christopherfarrcloth.com; Raise the Bar Great Plains curtain fabric by Holly Hunt; balcony sculpture by Corbin Bronze through Webster & Co.

TEAM SPIRIT PAGES 74–83 Interior designers: Denise Davies and Kerri Rosenthal, D2Interieurs, Weston, (203) 557-0407, d2interieurs.com Pages 74–75: Sofas from Room & Board, roomandboard.com; table lamps from Montage Modern-Vintage, montagemodern.com; chandelier from Center 44 Antiques and Modern Marketplace, center44.com. Page 76: Dining room wallpaper by David Hicks, davidhicks.co.uk; swing-arm lamp from Design Within Reach, dwr.com; vintage wood-and-chrome table from 1stdibs, 1stdibs.com; zebra-pattern stenciled cow hide rug from Saddleman’s of Santa Fe, saddlemansofsantafe.com. Page 77: Staircase runner from West Elm, westelm.com; foyer rug from Hokanson, hokansoncarpet.com. Page 79: Geometric rug from Lillian August, lillianaugust.com; toss pillows from Jonathan Adler, jonathanadler.com; window treatment fabric by Trina Turk for Schumacher, fschumacher.com; pedestal table from Knoll, knoll.com; hanging lamp from Worlds Away, worlds-away.com. Page 80: Cement table from CB2, cb2.com/ furniture; Verner Panton chairs from Design Within Reach; sofas by emu, emuamericas.com. Pages 82–83: Boy’s bedroom rug by David Hicks through Stark, starkcarpet.com; master bedroom rug from Stark; custom beds by D2Interieurs; night tables from West Elm; master bedroom chandelier custom by D2Interieurs. • 132  New England Home Connecticut  Summer 2013

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Ad Index A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue A&J Custom Draperies and Shades  25 Amy Aidinis Hirsch  2–3 Aqua Pool & Patio, Inc.  49 ASID Connecticut  125 Austin Ganim Landscape Design, LLC  29 Austin Patterson Disston  33 Berkshire Wilton Partners  33 Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens  28 Carol Flanagan Interior Design  88–89 Charles Hilton Architects  13 Cherie Greene Interiors  117 Clark Gaynor Interiors  90–91 Clean Design  92–93 Closet and Storage Concepts  41 Coldwell Banker Previews International  38 Colony Rug Company  131 Connie Cooper Designs  94–95 Construction Management Group  37 Country Club Homes  22 Daniel Conlon Architects  43 DEANE–Rooms Everlasting  inside back cover DesignSourceCT  96–97 The Drawing Room  4–5 Dujardin Design Associates, Inc.  84 Erskine Middeleer Associates  135 Fifthroom  130 Finished in Fabric, LLC  19 Fox Hill Builders  27 Front Row Kitchens  45 Garden Bloggers Conference  134 Gault Stone and Energy  47 The Granite Group  48 Gregory Lombardi Design  15 Heidi Holzer Design and Decorative Work  86 Homefront Farmers  8–9 Huelster Design Studio, LLC  119 iH Design Studio  6–7, 98–99 InnerSpace Electronics  115 J. Namnoun Oriental Rug Gallery  inside front cover 134  New England Home Connecticut  Summer 2013

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Jan Hiltz Interiors  100–101 JMac Interiors  102–103 JMKA Architects  85 John Arnold  121 Kebabian’s  17 Kellie Burke Interiors  104–105 Klaff’s  back cover Laura Kaehler Architects, LLC  115 League of N.H. Craftsmen  117 Lillian August  106–107 Linda Ruderman Interiors  133 The Linen Shop  86 Longwood Events  127 Marianne Donahue Interiors  44 Marvin Gardens  18 Michael Smith Architects  30 Morgan Harrison Home  108–109 Mr. Showerdoor  24 Neil Hauck Architects, LLC  132 NuKitchens  14 Olson Development  31 Paramount Stone  21 Phoenix Audio Video  42 Realm Control  35 Rinfret Design Limited  110–111 Robert Cardello Architects  39 Robert Dean Architects  20 Runtal North America  23 S&W Building and Remodeling  121 Samuel Owen Gallery  113 Sharon McCormick Design, LLC  10–11 Shope Reno Wharton  1 Tiefenthaler, Inc.  34 Vermont Soapstone  113 Wakefield Design Center  84, 119 Yankee Stone Driveways  36 /////// New England Home Connecticut, Summer 2013 © 2013 by Network Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. Editorial and advertising office: New ­England Home, 530 Harrison Avenue, Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118, (617) 938-3991, (800) 609-5154. Corporate office: Network Communications, Inc., 2 Sun Court NW, Suite 300, Norcross, GA 30092 (678) 346-9300. Summer 2013  New England Home Connecticut 135

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