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Michael Fein


ou’ve no doubt noticed that this issue of New England Home Connecticut looks different. Our Winter 2013 cover is the face of an entirely redesigned magazine. Fresh new kinds of stories are also in the works, to be phased in gradually over the months to come. We’ve been feeling it was time for an update, one that reflects both how our region’s design world and our own position in that world have evolved. Since we began publishing New England Home in 2005, the design scene in this corner of the U.S. has broadened noticeably, not simply in terms of how many people are interested in the character of the settings in which their lives take place, but in the eclectic variety of tastes those people represent. And that same trend has been evident in our Connecticut-focused issues. Classic “Olde Greenwich” style, while without doubt still iconic and cherished, is less and less the order of the day, at least in unadulterated form. California style, global style, eco-style: all are filtering into our neighborhoods and living rooms in fascinating mixtures and hybrids. Formerly distinct notions of traditional versus modern are blurring

The Look of Change, a Change of Look as homeowners become less tied to the tenets of a particular aesthetic and more interested in finding their own personal fit of utility, comfort and looks. I expect this publication not just to reflect the choicest examples of these trends, but to be an active participant in their development. We have worked our hardest to celebrate the finest accomplishments of the area’s gifted professionals. We’ve searched for artists and artisans to profile, driven highways and byways sniffing out unique resources, spelunked the caverns of the Internet on a quest for

promising ideas and piquant visual treats. We’ve done our best to expand that robust web of knowledge and personal connections that leads to innovation. The new New England Home Connecticut will continue to showcase the most interesting and exquisite residential work being done today—from historic to traditional to totally contemporary—in a crisper, more lively setting. The goal: to truly embody the full range and vitality of Connecticut style in this second decade of the twenty-first century. —Kyle Hoepner

Corrections and Amplifications In the feature “Classic By Design” in our Fall 2012 issue, some of the design credits were wrong. The home’s architect was Jose

Ramirez, J.L. Ramirez Architect, New York City, (212) 792-0061, The landscape architect was Diane Devore, Devore Associates, Fairfield, (203) 256-8950, We regret the mistakes.

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Featured Homes 66 Greenwich Glamour Outside this stately home echoes the architectural style of its neighbors, but inside it has a modern spirit all its own. Architecture: Doug MacMillan, MacMillan Architects / Interior design: Michelle Morgan Harrison, Morgan Harrison Home / Photography: John Gould Bessler / Text: Erin Marvin / Produced by Stacy Kunstel

74 Keeping it in the Family When a son heeds his mother’s wise advice to take over her house, the result is a fresh new look for the lovely old home as well as a sense of continuity every generation welcomes. Interior design: Parker Rogers, Parker & Co. / Photography: John Gould Bessler / Text: Megan Fulweiler / Produced by Stacy Kunstel


84 Barn Raising A textile artist and her architect meld their talents to bring a weary old farm building back to life as a vibrant home. Architecture: Kraig Kalashian / Interior Design: Rosemary Hallgarten / Photography: John Gould Bessler / Text: Maria LaPiana / Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent


Other Features 92 Special Focus: Kitchen and Bath Design Beautiful Connecticut kitchens and baths come in many different flavors. Here are a few recent favorites that have caught our eye. Text: Paula M. Bodah

Departments 12 From the Editor 22 Artistry: Clear Intentions Making art from glass has been Adam Waimon’s calling since childhood, and today the twenty-something wunderkind is breaking new ground crafting pieces that surprise and intrigue. By Kris Wilton 28 In Our Backyard: Furniture with Flair Three friends offer a spirited approach to home furnishings, inspired by their favorite seaside haunts. By Allegra Muzzillo ///////

104 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. Special Marketing Section: Portfolio of Distinctive Kitchens and Baths 43

108 Trade Notes New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business. By Paula M. Bodah 112 Perspectives Globally inspired finds for the home from Connecticut designers. Edited by Lisa E. Harrison

120 New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful and now appearing in Connecticut shops and showrooms. By Lisa E. Harrison

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124 Resources A guide to the professionals and products featured in this issue. 126 Advertiser Index 128 Sketch Pad Catherine Cleare looks to history in designing her foyer floor. On the cover: Michelle Morgan Harrison used the homeowner’s love of blue, cream and silver

to bring drama and elegance to the dining room of a Greenwich home. Photograph by John Gould Bessler. To see more of this home, turn to page 66. 14  New England Home Connecticut  Winter 2013

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Clear Intentions Making art from glass has been Adam Waimon’s calling since childhood, and today the twenty-something wunderkind is breaking new ground crafting pieces that surprise and intrigue. ///////////

By Kris Wilton / Photography by Mark Johnston

A Top: Saffron Acorns (2009), blown and carved glass, 10″H × 11″W × 7″D. Above: Clear Cut Vessel No. 5 (2006), blown and carved glass, 15″H × 8″W × 6″D.

dam Waimon’s path to becoming an artist was, well, as clear and smooth as glass. With an artist mother— Connecticut printmaker Deborah Weiss— and grandmother, he grew up in an art-focused environment. A family trip to Italy the summer before he started high school clarified his vision. On a tour of Murano’s legendary glassmaking factories, he watched as an artisan crafted a glass horse in a matter of seconds. “He whipped it out of nowhere,” Waimon says. “And it wasn’t just a basic horse; it was a beautiful, elegant horse raised up on hind legs as if it were bucking. That image really never left me.” Waimon went on to earn a degree in

glass at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and establish himself as a working glassmaker and artist. His work has been shown in several Connecticut galleries as well as in juried group shows such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ summer auction and the annual “Red Hot Glass” show at the Tacoma Museum of Glass in Washington. Perhaps owing to his childhood exposure to working artists, Waimon exhibits a steadfastness of purpose uncommon so early in an artist’s career. Still only in his twenties, he works as an assistant to glassmakers Elizabeth Pannell and James Watkins, helping produce their commercial glassware line, Peàn Doubulyu, by day and using their Providence studio to

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produce his own artwork in the evenings and on weekends. Without their support, he says, “I wouldn’t be able to make my work, to be honest.” Waimon works in series, each with a distinct look and process and each tackling a new creative or technical challenge. In his “Carved” series, he works with color and texture, creating beautifully hued, meticulously carved objects inspired largely by the natural world. Whimsical but sophisticated, these pieces, which

Waimon calls “incredibly labor intensive” undergo a multi-step process. LimonCello, for example, comprises two yellow forms shaped and textured like something from a coral reef. Each bears a kind of spout, one pointing up, one toward the other, suggesting two friends in conversation, and a surface meticulously carved with bumps and striations. As with all the pieces in the series, Waimon cast and carved it, then sandblasted it to smooth and homogenize the surface, and

finally reheated it to achieve an almost pearly luster. Several concerns run throughout Waimon’s work, including the interaction and negative space between forms. Saffron Acorns is made up of two forms that, as the title suggests, resemble nuts rendered in an autumnal orange. Sleek and stylized, the unevenly sized subjects nod jauntily toward one another, each bearing carefully ridged sides and hundreds of delicate hand-carved dots representing an acorn’s nubby cap. While the “Carved” works look to nature for sophisticated colors (cerulean, grape, lemon) and forms (nuts, blossoms, honeycombs, sea creatures), Waimon’s “Pagliacci” series has a very different aesthetic. Named for the Ruggero Leoncavallo opera, this series uses only black, white and gray, a reference to the character Canio’s costume in a production that impressed Waimon. Like Canio, each object wears stripes that delineate the forms’ contours, calling attention to their three-dimensionality and evoking sophisticated computer modeling, particularly given the limited palette. Each piece in the series includes

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Top left: Pagliacci Septet (The King Pin and his

Check Mates) (2011), blown glass, 10″H × 35″W × 6″D. Bottom left: Cerulean Coral Study (2009), blown and carved glass, 14″H × 11″W × 9″D. Below: Tortoise Shell (2009), blown and carved glass, 12″H × 7″W × 6″D.

at least two cast forms—sometimes symmetrical, sometimes off-kilter, sometimes delightfully misshapen—coexisting pleasingly. In Jack in the Box, we see three, all in black with thin white stripes: a tall, strong oblong one flanked by shorter, three-dimensional figure eights, their top halves turned slightly away, as if they were characters looking up at the central figure. As in all the “Pagliacci” works, the stripes are themselves meticulously applied strips of glass. For an exhibition opening on May 17 at Behnke Doherty Gallery in Washington Depot, Waimon will debut a series he calls “Passage.” For this work, Waimon has set himself a new challenge: to use only clear glass, putting “more emphasis on the exterior and interior forms” and allowing textures to “give the piece structure and unique detail.” “Glass is such an unusual medium,” he says. “You can shape it however you want. It’s hot, it’s cold, you can cut into it, you can reheat it. You can create optical illusions with it if you want. You can do anything.” With his thoughtful approach and his willingness to experiment, there’s no doubt that Waimon’s return to simple clear glass will produce something unexpected. • EDITOR’S NOTE To see more of Adam Waimon’s work, visit

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f the word oomph embodied furniture, just what would it look like? To Amy Rice, the answer is simple. “Traditional pieces with a twist,” she says, emphatically. The story of the New Canaan–based home furnishings company Rice cofounded with Patty Hopple and Louise Brooks is more twist than traditional, however. Long, arduous meetings, where business plans are agonized over and various bumps in the road abound, usually define such inceptions. Hopple laughs, recalling the sunny afternoon in February that she, Rice and Brooks first conceived of oomph, now a wildly successful homefurnishings brand. The three women, longtime friends, were relaxing on a beach

on Harbour Island in the Bahamas—cocktails in hand—when inspiration struck. They found themselves, in the wake of the country’s two-year-long economic crisis and guided by similar interests (Hopple and Rice have backgrounds in interior design; Brooks is an architect), craving some positivity. “At that time, everyone had a white sofa,” Hopple says. “We wanted to make versatile, uplifting pieces that would singlehandedly update it— pieces with oomph,” she adds, explaining the genesis of the company name. What started with the introduction of a capsule collection of colorful throw pillows and lacquered cocktail and coffee tables has ballooned into a growing line with chairs, mirrors, lighting and more.

The trio showed their first pieces at the August 2009 New York International Gift Fair, just seven months after they decided to design furniture, and as Rice says, “oomph took off that day.” Prominent New England–based designers like Sandra Morgan in Greenwich, Louise Hurlbutt in Kennebunkport, Clockwise from above left: “tini” quilted racetrack pillow in navy zigzag and white cotton-linen blend; poplar wood “newport” coffee table with oomph’s bright-blue hue called synergy; “tini I” table of poplar and glass tile in navy.

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The New England Home Connecticut Fall Networking Event at The Drawing Room Design Showroom, Art Gallery and Tea House On November 29, New England Home Connecticut welcomed advertisers to the newly expanded Drawing Room Design Showroom, Art Gallery and Tea House for our fall networking event. Along with ample opportunity to interact with fellow trade professionals, guests also got to explore the spacious new showroom filled with furniture, lighting, rugs, gifts, accessories and more. Next door to the new showroom was the old showroom, now fully reconfigured as a gallery—currently featuring work from seven East Coast artists—and cafe. At the end of the evening three lucky guests also walked away with wonderful raffle prizes. 34 NEW ENGLAND HOME CONNECTICUT WINTER 2013

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GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT Commanding 4.5 acres overlooking a peaceful fresh- water lake, this Italianate-style Villa evokes the powerful presence of earlier days with 21,000 square feet and grand rooms throughout. $26,080,000

NEW CANAAN, CONNECTICUT Hidden behind custom-designed iron gates, this spectacular estate spans 11 + acres of privacy. The luxurious 15,000-square-foot home was custom built to the highest standards. $10,800,000

OLD GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT Prairie-style four-bedroom Contemporary on .75-acres with new dock on Greenwich Cove. 5,000 square feet of dynamic living space focused around the free-spirited beauty of the landscape. $3,995,000

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LYME, CONNECTICUT 1902 Italianate estate presides over 16 private acres of lawn and hidden gardens sweeping to Selden’s Cove. Fabulous period details, pool house, tennis court and boat house. A return to Renaissance living. $3,900,000

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DARIEN, CONNECTICUT Sprawling four-bedroom Cape home set on the Goodwives River featuring superb renovations, gorgeous views, vaulted great room with limestone fireplace and a gourmet kitchen. $3,300,000

WESTPORT, CONNECTICUT Exquisite five-bedroom home set on a private cul-de-sac with 360-degree views of Westport, 16 superbly-crafted rooms, luxurious master suite, finished lower level and heated pool. $2,799,000

NORWALK, CONNECTICUT Canfield Crossing is a luxury gated community on the shores of Long Island Sound. 6,300-square-foot home features a gourmet kitchen, large windows, oak floors, a pool with spa and waterfall. $2,779,000

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The Ultimate Bath and Kohler would like to congratulate Blackdog Builders, Winners of the 2012 Design The Ultimate Bath Contest! Featuring Kohler products throughout, the winning entry (shown to the right) was designed by Jane Face from Blackdog Builders

(L-R) Rand Hinman: Director of The Ultimate Bath Showrooms, Ed DelGrande: Kohler Master Plumber, Jane Face: Design Consultant, Blackdog Builders, Kathy Bush-Dutton: Publisher, New England Home Magazine, Scott Stielow: Kohler Faucets Channel Manager

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Your home should be your safe haven, a place where you can relax and leave the stresses of the world behind. When it comes to renovating your home, you want quality service without all of the stress and aggravation that usually come with the territory. For over twenty years, Casatelli Marble and Tile has collaborated with prominent builders and interior designers on high-quality residential custom home projects. We believe that it is our job to provide you, the customer, with the finest products available with a personal touch.

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This is why we specialize in custom-designed tile creation, to give your home a look of comfort and elegance. If you are looking to build your dream kitchen, remodel your bathroom or just do some minor renovations, we can lend a hand. From assisting you in choosing the right product and colors for your project, to the installation, our experienced and friendly staff will make your building experience as painless as possible.

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Casatelli Marble and Tile Imports 34 Riverside Avenue Norwalk, CT 06850 203 847 6880 Special Marketing Section 45

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“Bringing interior visions to life” is the design mission behind the team of Clark Gaynor Interiors. With over twentytwo years of experience, Dwayne Clark and Bob Gaynor have created spectacular interiors for luxury residences, restaurants, night clubs, and commercial buildings in Connecticut, New York, and throughout the US. The duo is highly recognized for their interior design sensibility, and for creating spectacular kitchens and baths. Their specialties extend to furniture design, textiles, and wall coverings. The team has earned an impeccable reputation for design because of the details of their work, the invaluable customer relationships formed, the use of high-quality materials, and their hands-on involvement in every phase of a project, ensuring consistency. Though the firm’s projects have varied in style and scale, common to all is dedication to client satisfaction. The approach for each client’s project is the same:

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“a challenge that needs to be solved.” Designs are based on the principle that a space should be built to engage. Clark Gaynor Interiors does not prescribe to any set ideal, instead, each client’s unique personality and goal is considered, while also respecting the esthetics and demands of the space. Clark Gaynor Interiors recently partnered with Phoenix Audio Video and redesigned its high-tech showroom, establishing a second location for the firm in Fairfield County. Their most recent commission has been restoring a floodravaged, landmark restaurant in lower Manhattan, bringing it back to the heart of Wall Street.

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Here is something you won’t see very often: a bit of print promotion for Front Row Kitchens. After twenty-five years of delighting our customers, the great majority of our projects come from folks for whom we’ve worked before, and from their friends and families. This just seemed like a great chance to step out of my usual role—solving the puzzle of how to make the smartest use of kitchen space, and creating great designs—to express some feelings about our work. When I established Front Row Kitchens with my sister, Barbara Laughton, in 1985, little did I realize that two-anda-half decades later we would still be excited to collaborate on memorable and beautiful kitchens. It is hard to say who is happier when one of our projects is recognized by a national publication. Recently, one was selected from top designs nationwide, and featured on the cover of the Plain &

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Fancy Cabinetry catalog. Other key members of our team—the installation crew (twenty years and counting!) and our project manager, Dick Laughton—are often the part of the experience our customers talk about most, with these words: accessible, expert craftsmen, reliable and trustworthy, considerate, committed and talented. My confidence is founded on the countless beautiful projects and satisfied clients. I’m really happy to be able to share our story. We’d love to meet you, and find out how we might help you with your projects. We do all types of remodeling and space planning for interior renovations throughout the home, all with the same care and expertise. Stop by and see what’s possible. We have a great showroom, and are delighted for you to use it as an idea generator. Sincerely, Matt Giardina.

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iH design studio is all about modern, harmonious interiors. Function, flow and color coordination are the key elements behind the firm’s design success. Kitchens and baths are no exception. In today’s lifestyle, these rooms have become some of the most important spaces in our homes. iH believes each room should have its own identity, but the ambience should travel through the entire structure to create a complete, harmonious environment. In the kitchen and bath areas the use of the finest materials and timeless design elements provide for a home’s sustainable existence. The availability of new and exciting components in the market today makes it easy to creatively reach our clients’ visions. Kitchens are no longer the room of food preparation. They have become the heart of the home, encompassing a space for family to gather. The food preparation zone is paired with an inviting area for the family to “hang.”

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Powder rooms, different to bathrooms, are often treated as fantasy spaces, fulfilled and engaging, something to talk about. Bathrooms today are a spa-like sanctuary for total self-indulgence, a place to wake up and be revitalized, with Jacuzzis and steam shower amenities. Every homeowner deserves this space of escape. iH design studio is a sister company of 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 company offers a fully integrated interior design package. They work with their clients visions, from design conception thru architectural and shop drawings of millwork and then on to installation to achieve the vision.

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INTEGRAL RENOVATION PROJECTS, LLC Boutique design studio in New Canaan offering modern European kitchens and baths.

Serving Connecticut, New York, and other parts of the Northeast, Integral Renovation Projects has fifty years of European product, design and project management experience. IRP works directly with European manufacturers and provides innovative and exclusive products new to the US market. IRP oversees all projects from design through installation. IRP’s new Fairfield County design studio showcases samples of high-quality European kitchen and bath products by manufactures including Aster Cucine and Poggenpohl as well as unique tiles, inlaid wood flooring, furnishings, colorinjected glass block and brick, and more. “According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value report, the average price of a major kitchen remodel can range from $50,000 to $100,000+,” says IRP. “These numbers can be overwhelming, especially in these challenging financial times, but people don't realize that they can

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have spectacular European modern kitchens for the same or less price as designs with American products.” “Many people are looking overseas for inspiration for their kitchens and complete, modern European kitchens are gaining in demand now in many prestigious areas, including New York and Fairfield County,” says the IRP team. “We travel throughout Europe to find the best products and freshest trends to bring to our area through our showroom. Many of our products are exclusive in the US. We also take great pride in being a one-stop shop for these products and services. People appreciate our knowledge and the convenience of our service.” IRP provides its exclusive clientele with crisp, clean, modern, ergonomically created kitchens and baths with the latest in European trends and quality products.

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Specializing in “pillar to pillow” interior design, Morgan Harrison Home is a full-service interior design firm based in New Canaan. An A-List Finalist 2012 for both Best Kitchen and Best Bathroom Design, services include interior design, construction oversight, kitchen and bath design, and space planning. Morgan Harrison Home often works with homeowners from the conception stage of a construction project. Whether it’s new construction or an addition, owner Michelle Morgan Harrison and her associates partner closely with contractors and architects as part of the design team in order to achieve the most cohesive and beautiful end results possible. Clients are ensured a smooth and enjoyable design experience characterized by precise attention to detail—whether on the particulars of a faucet or window treatment, cabinet or bathroom tile design, or the

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full oversight of a given project budget. Starting with the philosophy that the flow of color from room to room is essential for creating a cohesive point of view in any home, Michelle artfully mixes styles and periods, ranging from very contemporary to elegantly traditional, producing beautiful, classic rooms with a modern twist and a hint of glamour. Michelle believes that the design of kitchens and baths are critical to the overall point of view of the interiors of a home. Every detail selected, from color palette and cabinet details to hardware and stone, as well as storage and function, is critical to the overall design of each space as well as to the overall flow of the home. She is known for her mix of finishes and textures and her ability to create family friendly homes that reflect her clients’ personal style and sensibilities.

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Morgan Harrison Home 2 Old Stamford Road New Canaan, CT 06840 203.594.7875

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NuKitchens, located in historic South Norwalk, is a unique kitchen company that has built its success on one simple business philosophy…providing value at every step in the kitchen remodeling process. They offer a complete range of services, from concept and design to total renovation. The company specializes in kitchens with decades of experience and know-how. NuKitchens offers the finest brands in America to create the complete kitchen, including Plain & Fancy cabinetry, UltraCraft, Artistic Tile, Kohler, Lutron kitchen lighting and more. But what really makes this place special is the fact that their long-standing relationships with manufacturers have helped NuKitchens obtain the most competitive prices

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around, which are, in turn, passed along to their customers. Simply put…the world’s most beautiful kitchens don’t have to be the world’s most expensive. With more than four generations of remodeling heritage in the owner’s family, NuKitchens really knows what they are talking about. They will work with just about every budget to create a unique kitchen lifestyle. But perhaps best of all is their personal approach to every design. They are really easy to work with and will do everything in their power to make the entire process as simple as possible. For more information, visit or visit their beautiful showroom located at 132 Water Street, South Norwalk, CT (203) 831-9000.

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  NuKitchens 132 Water Street South Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 831-9000

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Paramount Stone has been setting the standard for quality craftsmanship in design, fabrication, and installation of marble, granite and building stone in Connecticut and the tri-state area for twenty years. We do all of our interior and exterior fabrication at our showroom in the heart of the Gold Coast, allowing us to assure the timeliness and quality of all of our products. Though we offer the best, we have custom design solutions for all budgets. No matter how complex or simple the design, our highly trained staff will work with you to complete the project successfully. Our many offerings and capabilities include: -On-site marble and granite fabrication -On-site Indiana limestone and bluestone fabrication -Design consultation -Free estimates and prompt delivery

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-Complete line of mason’s tools and supplies -Fully stocked yard -A wide variety of building stone, including bluestone, veneer, wallstone and landscape boulders -On-premise custom fabrication -Tile, thin stone and concrete paving systems We pride ourselves on our motto that clients come first. From the time you walk in the door, we make it our priority to be attentive, and to manage your expectations by keeping the lines of communication open. Visit our showroom for an on-site design consultation and let us help guide you to the perfect creation. Visit us at

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T I T U S B U I LT , L L C Design • Custom Joinery & Millwork • Build

At Titus Built, one of Fairfield County’s premier home renovation and remodeling companies, their goal is to exceed their clients’ expectations by delivering excellent service and value with integrity, accountability and a positive can-do attitude. They pride themselves on their stellar reputation in Southern Connecticut, and the fact that 80 percent of Titus Built clients are repeat or referral based. Their integrated services provide a proven, systematic and efficient process simplifying all home renovation projects, including bathroom and kitchen remodeling. In addition to offering architectural design and construction, their product selection specialists will help you select the best fixtures, appliances, tile and more for your kitchen or bathroom renova-

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tion. Titus Built’s wide range of services also includes custom cabinetry and millwork, allowing them to create not only one-of-a-kind spaces, but custom kitchens and bathrooms of great design and superior quality with on-time delivery. Before starting your next kitchen or bathroom project, give this award-winning firm a call. Jeff Titus will meet with you, discuss options, and develop a space that will enhance your home to fit your family’s lifestyle today and for years to come. Titus Built is a 2012 HBRA of Connecticut Home Building Industry award winner for Remodeled Home of the Year and Best Residential Remodel $750,000 to $1 million. Titus Built: Building Clients for Life … One Home at a Time.

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WHEELOCK MAIDIQUE Kitchen Design and Cabinetry


Wheelock Maidique are architects that know and love kitchens. They have the training and experience to provide exclusive, individual kitchens full of character, personality and innovative design, all backed by outstanding customer service. Mark Maidique designed his own homes in Miami and Connecticut. The experience of “being your own client, and the limitations of budgets,” established his belief that handson is the best way to learn about design. Chuck Wheelock has been in the kitchen industry for more than twenty-five years, practicing design, project management and sales direction for major domestic and international firms. The pair have opened a unique store at 232 Sound Beach

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Avenue in Old Greenwich. Part work space, part showroom, the new location, expertly decorated by Claudine Maidique Noir, turns the process of building or remodeling a kitchen into an artistic experience. Customers can explore and touch examples of the duo’s fine work in two showroom kitchens, and then sit down at a conference table in the same open space and map out their dream cabinetry and household hub. A new take on classic cabinetry style will be revealed in early 2013. While their kitchens grace the homes of celebrities and high-net worth families, Wheelock Maidique will work with clients to create masterful results, whatever the budget.

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Wheelock Maidique 232 Sound Beach Avenue Old Greenwich, CT 06870 203-527-0020 MICHAEL BIONDO

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We have invested many years into budgeting alone, creating reports and correspondence that are unmatched in the industry. Full detailing for all costs is a must. Up-to-date projections, in order to guide the project to success, means constant oversight and never letting up or sacrificing quality and cutting corners. Good old-fashioned general contracting, combined with the project management process, perfectly aligns the clients’ goals for a complete fiduciary relationship for investors, developers and homeowners. CMG is an advocate for Passive House construction and design for the most efficient buildings in the world delivering exceptional air quality.

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The dining room’s silvery hues shimmer in numerous reflective surfaces, including an entire wall covered in antique mirror. The homeowners entertain frequently, so a large round table was of utmost importance to offer plenty of seating for guests and help ease the flow of conversation.

Text by Erin Marvin / Photography by John Gould Bessler / Architecture: Doug MacMillan, MacMillan Architects / Interior design: Michelle Morgan Harrison, Morgan Harrison Home / Builder: Rick Jaccarino, Jaccarino Construction / Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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glamour Outside this stately home echoes the architectural style of its neighbors, but inside it has a modern spirit all its own.

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A calming palette of creams and blues envelops the living room, which gets a touch of extra drama from the glints of light bouncing off the starburst ceiling fixture and the convex mirror over the fireplace. Facing page, top: Contemporary accessories complement the foyer’s classic herringbone-pattern wood floor. Facing page, bottom: Chrome and yellow-vinyl barstools add sunny warmth to the modern kitchen, where skylights bring in natural light.

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hen Kate and Daryle DiLascia purchased this property in Greenwich it was for location alone. They liked both the private county club community that envelops the house and this particular site’s adjacency to a beautiful lake, which would pull double duty as a spectacular backdrop and a place for their children to enjoy hours of outdoor entertainment. The original house—small, bland, brick— had good bones but needed a facelift and additional space to accommodate the young family. The DiLascias reached out to Ridgefield architect Doug MacMillan for help, asking him to renovate and rebuild the structure to its fullest potential. MacMillan and his team took the house down to its studs, saving the basic shell but opening up the kitchen, expanding the downstairs public areas and adding a screened-in sunroom and a two-car garage. Bedrooms were moved to the second floor, and all face the lake for panoramic views that promise sweet dreams and sunny mornings. Throughout the house, floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors, as well as new skylights over the kitchen, bring in copious amounts of natural light. Inside, interior designer Michelle Morgan Harrison, of the New Canaan–based firm Morgan Harrison Home, revamped the interiors with a decidedly modern flair. Kate wanted things to be kept simple yet beautiful—not to mention easy to clean as she’s also the mother of three children Winter 2013  New England Home Connecticut 69

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The palette has a definite “wow” factor, with crystal chandeliers, frosted glass, Lucite, mirrors and shiny silver chrome. “It ups the glamour factor in a really beautiful way,” says Morgan Harrison of her fondness for reflective surfaces.

The master bedroom is an oasis of calm for the homeowners. “It’s great when you can make something beautiful but it’s also great when it doesn’t overstimulate the senses,” says Morgan Harrison. Facing page, top: Gray leather sofas invite relaxing in the TV room. Facing page, bottom: Faux Carrara wall and floor tile wraps the master bathroom.

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under the age of twelve. Spaces suitable for easy entertaining were another important consideration as was—a somewhat more surprising request—a room to house a ping pong table. (Table tennis is one of the family’s favorite pastimes.) Morgan Harrison, a former fashion editor for ELLE and Mirabella, turned to her roots to find inspiration for the interior palette, talking with Kate about her favorite colors when it comes to clothing. Kate’s penchant for white, cream, light blue and silver apparel— along with the occasional pop of yellow—is reflected in color choices. The overall calming palette has a definite “wow” factor, with crystal chandeliers, frosted glass, Lucite, mirrors and shiny silver chrome glittering throughout the house. “It just adds a lot of life to a room and ups the glamour factor in a really beautiful way,” says Morgan Harrison of her fondness for reflective surfaces. The dining room, for example, is layer upon layer of sparkle and shine: a large starburst mirror hung on an antique mirrored wall; iridescent silver wallpaper; the sheen of gray silk drapes topped with a valence accented by silver tape; gray mohair dining chairs whose hues change with the light; and chrome, crystal and glass accessories of all sizes catching and casting reflections around the room. When it comes to entertaining, the room is a definite crowd pleaser, and the custom round table can easily accommodate a dozen guests for dinner parties. The living room is equally glamorous and inviting, with swaths of sunlight pouring through multiple windows and a large mirror over the fireplace reflecting the furniture’s soft cream, silver and blue hues. Plenty of seating options invite large gatherings, with a piano ready to host the musically inclined. Most evenings end in the adjacent game room, where a regulation size, etched-glasstopped ping pong table rests on chrome legs beneath twin chandeliers. The room’s artwork was created by the DiLascia children, who dipped ping pong balls in silver paint and bounced them off pieces of white canvas. The abstract “paintings” hang above cushioned benches on Lucite legs where players await their next turn. Additional game time takes place at a custom etched-glass chessboard. “They’re really a fun, amazing family, and I Winter 2013  New England Home Connecticut 71

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think the house reflects that,” says Morgan Harrison. “They love entertaining and having fun together with friends and family.” Family-friendliness reigns even in the midst of all this modern elegance, with textiles, surfaces and furnishings chosen for their wearability and wipeability: vinyl, highly durable velvets, Teflon-coated leather, resilient mohair chairs, washable sisal and wool rugs, and patterned carpet to hide the occasional stain. Though Kate and Daryle favored serene, creamy hues for their master bedroom, the kids wanted color, and lots of it. The boys’ rooms are Jack and Jill, with headboard walls bedecked with wide stripes of blue and white in one room and brown, orange and white in the other. Bright greens and blues were chosen by the DiLascias’ daughter, and the guest room is oh-so-mod with gray and yellow hues in a mix of ikat and chevron patterns. Bedrooms are comfy and cozy and reflect each child’s style, but all boast a contemporary flair that matches the rest of the house. Even in the kitchen—a sea of stark, cool white—nothing feels untouchable or too delicate for small hands. Morgan Harrison added small bursts of sunny yellow here, too, to warm things up. “The problem with modern is that it can be very bare and lack a lot of character,” the designer says. “That’s the reason for the pop of yellow—to liven it up a bit.” Horizontal paneling wraps kitchen walls and joins the space to a small adjacent office, a cozy nook Kate loves. Interior millwork throughout the house also nods to a more contemporary aesthetic; MacMillan favored flat panel work, as opposed to raised panels, and cove crown molding with a simple, clean arc, rather than the ornate crown found in more traditional homes. “This house is an interesting blend,” notes MacMillan. “The outside is very traditional, but the inside trim work, millwork and decorating style has a modern flair.” “It was a challenge to create that balance,” adds Morgan Harrison. “We came up with a very glamorous yet modern transitional look.” Style labels aside, every element comes together perfectly to make this house a true classic beauty both inside and out. • Resources For more information about this home, see

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Most evenings end in the adjacent game room, where a regulation-size, glasstopped ping pong table rests beneath twin chandeliers. “They’re really a fun, amazing family, and I think the house reflects that,” says Morgan Harrison.

Sport and style merge in the family’s game room, where crystal chandeliers hang above a custom, etched-glass ping pong table with a chrome base. Facing page, top: Wall-mounted Lucite boxes hold ping pong balls and paddles. Facing page, bottom: An etched-glass chessboard invites more family game time.

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k e e p i n g i t i n When a son heeds his mother’s wise advice to for the lovely old home as well as a sense

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Symmetry, as in dual corner cupboards, twin ladderback chairs and matching upholstered dining seats, fosters a calm and serene air in the dining room. The Ralph Lauren fabric for the chairs and drapes was repurposed from the Rooms with a View show house sponsored annually by the Southport Congregational Church.

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Like his mentor Albert Hadley, Rogers is skilled at blending styles and eras. In the living room, Byrd Swift’s vibrant painting teams with an antique tea table and family heirlooms including a rose medallion bowl and silver candlesticks. Facing page: An antique table anchors the entry.

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I n h e r i t e d a n t i q u e s cozy up to newer pieces of furniture, whimsical contemporary candlesticks mar ry with old silver, and art abounds. arental suggestions all too often fall by the wayside, but every once in a while a child recognizes sound advice when he hears it. Consider interior designer Parker Rogers’s story. He and his partner, Christopher William Philip, had been house hunting for years to no avail. Then, Philip’s mother stepped in to offer the perfect solution. The duo could buy her Southport home. In a win-win situation, the sale would ensure that the lovely 1916 center-hall colonial would stay in the family and free her to purchase a more age-friendly nest for herself. Had Rogers and Philip, a senior vice president with the global ad agency Doremus, not heeded her advice they might still be looking for their dream residence. Instead, they wisely found Philip’s mother an equally stellar but more suitable abode, oversaw its remodeling and made sure she was happily ensconced. As for giving the old homestead their personal stamp, that’s a process the two have been savoring, step by step, ever since. “It’s a labor of love,” Rogers says.

Because they both adored the house as it was, their modern advancements haven’t altered its original state. Sure, the roof was replaced, the heating system upgraded, the kitchen and master bath remodeled and the palette tweaked (“at least three times since we moved in,” Rogers admits), but the gracious layout and genteel old-school ambience remain in place. The house continues to be the family’s holiday gathering spot for siblings scattered far and wide. When, for a brief moment, the men toyed with the idea of relocation, the clan—nieces and nephews included—unanimously voted it down. It’s a tribute the two don’t take lightly. “The more the merrier,” insists Rogers. “We want family and friends around even when there are little kids in tow. Houses are made for living. If something breaks, it doesn’t matter. Memories are what count.” And, certainly, these rooms are filled with those. What keeps things fresh and welcoming is Rogers’s skillful mixing. Inherited antiques cozy up to newer pieces of furniture, whimsical con-

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More clever juxtapositions unfold at the other end of the living room, where two look­alike French-Chesterfield sofas hold court. The custom pillows are by John Robshaw. Facing page, left to right: A gold rabbit from Bunny Williams’s Beeline Home collection adds a whimsical note. The bar table is from Lillian August.

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temporary candlesticks marry with old silver, and art abounds. Like his mentor, the late great American designer Albert Hadley, Rogers creates immensely comfortable rooms layered with meaningful details that draw people in. It’s no mystery why these timeless, chic spaces appeal to all ages. The energetic Rogers credits Hadley’s encouragement with leading him to start his Southport-based firm, where, along with interior designer Katie Holmberg, he tends an ever-growing client roster. “Hadley was a classic southern gentleman. He played a great role in my life,” Rogers says. Indeed, looking around Rogers and Philip’s living room, it doesn’t take much to imagine Hadley would feel right at home here. Book-lined shelves, antique bird prints, oriental rugs, sconces above the fireplace—it’s all so congenial. Endless options for where to sit or to set down a cocktail make the space as inviting as it is stylish. Beneath a whimsical pig painting (a birthday present from Philip to Rogers some twenty years ago) sits a bar with a heady assortment of fine scotch. A vibrant painting by Byrd Swift lights the space like a sunrise. Take a seat on the leather sofa below the painting and your eye is drawn across the entry hall, where a bright red lantern hangs above a French antique table, and through to the dining room. There, antique English chairs upholstered in Ralph Lauren stripes, a handsome sideboard and Philip’s collection of antique Blue Willow china convey a traditional feeling of home without a hint of stuffiness. 80  New England Home Connecticut  Winter 2013

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Ralph Lauren Home’s Sudan Weave wallpaper wraps the kitchen above Carrara marble countertops. Decorative painter Topher Carnes executed the graphic floor. Facing page, top: Trimmed hedges and topiary complement the Dutch colonial. Facing page, Bottom: Fauxbookshelf wallpaper by Brunschwig & Fils gives the reading room added personality.

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A cozy library off the kitchen sports club chairs covered in Lee Jofa fabric and a coffee table from Bungalow 5. Facing page, left to right: Waterworks fixtures dress the gentlemanly master bathroom. Frette linens and Ralph Lauren custom pillows cozy up the master bedroom.

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I n t h e m a s t e r bedroom, a framed banner unearthed at a tag sale recalls days spent on the Cape. Shelves burst with books and antique night tables keep essentials at hand. Rogers, who claims never to have learned to cook, stands in awe of Philip’s abilities. No surprise then, that he was all for the kitchen renovation that enlarged the space by several feet, making room for crowd-pleasing conveniences like dual dishwashers, a trio of sinks and a hardworking Wolf range. The custom cabinets are topped with marble and a storage-boosting antique Irish cupboard tucks beneath the windows. But the floor is the real icing on the cake: a collaborative design by Hadley and Rogers along with decorative painter Topher Carnes of Finishing Impressions in Bridgeport, the stunning floor is a graphic visual treat. The library, adjacent to the kitchen is, says Rogers, “our go-to room.” And indeed it’s a retreat every house should have—a spot well suited for reading with a dog in your lap (the men own two) and the world at bay. Rogers added plenty of bookshelves and cleverly bumped out a window-lined alcove for a sofa sheathed in cheery Osborne & Little stripes. On the second floor, Rogers has concocted the same sensespleasing brew of comfort heavily laced with personal touches.

In the master bedroom, a framed banner unearthed at a tag sale reminds the designer, an avid sailor, of days spent on the Cape. Shelves burst with books and antique night tables keep essentials at hand. Last year, with the help of architect Silvia Erskine, the owners tackled the master bath. Out went the tub and in its stead arrived a generously sized walk-in shower. The elegant and airy room is fitted with a heated marble floor—a special gift for winter nights. And, oh yes, on top of everything else, Philip is an avid gardener. When summer arrives, there’s no end to the flowers and vegetables. Warm-weather dinner parties are staged in a dear outdoor lattice building—more evidence, clearly, that what Rogers and Philips have forged is not merely a highly attractive home but a way of life that celebrates even the smallest moments. “We feel very blessed,” says Rogers. “Our joy is in sharing what we have.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 124. Winter 2013  New England Home Connecticut 83

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Intent on preserving the integrity of the ancient barn, Rosemary Hallgarten insisted that stark white walls and the building’s original beams form the backdrop for her mostly modern furnishings. The homeowner’s artfully designed rugs take center stage throughout the home.

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Barn Raising A textile artist and her architect meld their talents to bring a weary old farm building back to life as a vibrant family home.

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Architect Kraig Kalashian transformed a worn and dusty hayloft into a book-lover’s sanctuary. A rug designed by Hallgarten invites barefoot lounging. Facing page: The metal silo (top) houses the remodeled barn’s connecting entry hall and stairwell (bottom). 86  New England Home Connecticut  Winter 2013

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he tired barn in Westport

hardly seemed habitable when architect Kraig Kalashian saw it for the first time. “It looked worn down and aged,” he remembers. “It had been converted to a residence but only in a very basic sense. It was set up in a very dysfunctional way. It looked like someone had installed drywall and that was it.” To the barn’s prospective buyers, however, the ancient structure felt venerable, authentic, European. “We looked for property for a day and a half, then we found the barn and fell in love with it immediately,” says Rosemary Hallgarten. “It maybe reminded us a little of home, of our heritage.” The British textile designer (with husband, Simon, one young son and another on the way) was moving from the West Coast to Connecticut to be closer to New York, where her custom rug business was flourishing. Having lived in smart, but cramped quarters in San Francisco, the couple was ready to spread out. The thirtyby-sixty-foot barn, built in 1789, had incredible add-on potential—plus that Old World sensibility that spoke to them. “We wanted to keep the integrity of the actual barn and what it represented,” says Hallgarten. “We wanted to make as few changes as possible, and also mix a sense of history with a modern aesthetic.” They trusted Kalashian, who is an old friend, implicitly, so with the straightforward directive that they didn’t want the new part to simply copy the old, the architect drew up plans for an integrated wing that allowed his clients to redefine the barn’s existing space while creating new rooms that suited the young family’s lifestyle. Kalashian’s 4,000-square-foot addition puts Winter 2013  New England Home Connecticut 87

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old and new together in an L-shape, connected by a metal-sheathed silo that forms the entry. Inside the silo, a curvaceous staircase with a modern metal balustrade leads to the second floor. “It’s what I call the knuckle of the house, the thing that connects both the public and private spaces,” says Kalashian about the silo. “The stair hall works exceptionally well, organizing the way people walk through the house. And the skylight at the top of the silo brings light into a space that would otherwise be very dark.” Anchoring the addition is the expansive kitchen. As a former chef, Simon brought his experience with restaurant kitchens to bear in conceiving the space with its modern, almost commercial aesthetic. “We’ve remodeled several places together, so the kitchen really is the sum of our experiences,” says Hallgarten. “Simon had a visual idea; he wanted it to have stainless steel, marble counters and be a good working space.” In the original old barn, off to one side of the kitchen, Kalashian designed a spacious living room/ dining area, beyond which sit two bedrooms. North, south and west “We looked for of the kitchen, the addition holds property for a mudroom, playroom, three-car a day and a garage and a squash court. The new/old home made an half, then we ideal canvas for the creative couple, found the barn whose design sense was manifested and fell in love in materials, paint colors, finishes immediately. and furnishings. “We had a very active partnership,” says Kalashian. It maybe “Being a designer, Rosemary knew reminded us a what she wanted.” little of home.” Hallgarten’s artistic bent goes back a long way. She was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to Gloria Finn, a well-known textile artist who had woven rugs in Italy. Although Hallgarten started out as a jewelry designer, she was inspired by her mother to switch to the more tactile art of textile design, and she never looked back. Not surprisingly, texture figures prominently throughout the house. Kalashian and the couple reclaimed barn wood and original beams wherever they could, and laid finished concrete with radiant heat over the entire first floor. The honed floors look almost like leather, creating a powerful contrast for Hallgarten’s hand-woven rugs. The living room is grounded by a big, gray Philippe Starck sofa that had previously domi88  New England Home Connecticut  Winter 2013

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The dining room reflects the homeowner’s belief that a house should “be built up gradually, bringing in different things with different stories.” The Roche Bobois glass table moved with the family from San Francisco, the shelving wood came from the old barn, and the metal cabinet was an antiques shop find. Facing page: The commercial-grade kitchen (bottom) stands in sharp contrast to the home’s weathered walls (top).

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The cozy private quarters put comfort and texture above all else. Linen-covered chaises by Tom Verellen in the master bedroom blend seamlessly with pillows, throws and rugs of Hallgarten’s design. Facing page: Dark woods help ground the bedroom (bottom), while pale neutrals prevail in the en suite bath (top). 90  New England Home Connecticut  Winter 2013

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nated the couple’s small San Francisco home. Two chairs are upholstered in Hallgarten’s fabrics, one a leather shag and the other alpaca bouclé. The mustard and white alpaca rug—measuring roughly twenty by twenty-five feet—is “probably as big as our old house,” says the artist. In the adjacent dining area, a Roche Bobois glass table takes center stage. Glassware lines the custom-designed shelves against the wall and fills an old glass-front army medicine chest, one of those lucky finds that comes from browsing antiques stores. “I do not believe in shopping for everything in one place,” says Hallgarten. “A house should be built up gradually, bringing in different things with different stories.” Upstairs in the addition are a media room, game room and the generous master suite, which bridges the connection to the original barn. The master bedroom is a study in contrasts—dark casegoods and flooring against soft, off-white bedding, upholstery, throws, rugs and pillows. Twin chaises by Tom Verellen are covered in casual Belgian linen. The old barn’s hayloft is now a second-floor library with floor-toceiling bookcases, a comfy chair for “One of the reading and a plush rug, another of most rewarding Hallgarten’s creations. Two addiaspects of this tional bedrooms, each with its own bath, fill out the rest of the original project is how barn’s second floor. we were able to “One of the most rewarding do something aspects of this project is how we modern that were able to do something modern that melds with the old traditional melds with the barn,” says Kalashian. “But there’s old traditional nothing comparable to it. This is barn.” truly a historic structure with modern amenities. It’s one of a kind.” The artist thinks of her home as “a place to try out ideas,” and see her rugs in situ. “I very much see rugs as pieces of art for the floor. I love color, but over time trends have called for more neutral rugs in different shades of gray,” she says. “My work is much more patterned and textural now, although I do try to have one or two fun rugs in my collection every year.” Her new home has provided inspiration for her work, as well as room to grow. “It’s a fabulous space, and I love having so much room,” says Hallgarten. “I finally feel like I can show some of my things—and breathe.” • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 124. Winter 2013  New England Home Connecticut 91

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Special Focus:

Kitchen and Bath Design Beautiful Connecticut kitchens and baths come in many different flavors. Here are a few recent favorites that have caught our eye. Text by Paula M. Bodah

Something Old-World, Something New

The expansive, light-filled kitchen in this Jacobean-style home in Greenwich gets used for much more than cooking. The walnut-topped island is homework central for the kids, and when the parents throw a party it becomes a gathering spot for guests. The architect kept the space bright and airy with light-colored cabinetry, then introduced oak flooring and ceiling beams for warmth. Stainless steel appliances, Phillip Jeffries raffia wallpaper and barstools covered in leather and fabric lend a contemporary touch, giving the grand house a livability that suits its young family. Architecture: Wadia and Associates, New Canaan / Interior design: Cindy Rinfret, Rinfret, Ltd., Greenwich / Builder: Sound Beach Partners, Stamford / Photography: Jonathan Wallen

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Let There Be Light

The kitchen was the last room Alicia Orrick and the owners of this Darien house tackled, and it was, Orrick says, a challenge. Two windows shed the only light on the workspace, an island dominated the center of the room and the dining area cowered in a dark corner. Working with designer Lindy Weaver, Orrick hit on the idea of removing the island entirely—a brave step in this day and age when islands are all the rage. An old oak monastery table now doubles as a prep area and casual dining space. Orrick brought in more light by adding to the bank of windows and knocking out two walls—one to open the space to the family room and one to open a stairway to the second floor. Architecture and interior design: Alicia Orrick, Orrick & Company, Greenwich / Interior design space planning: Lindy Weaver, Lindy Weaver Design Associates, Cos Cob / Photography: John Gruen

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All Dressed Up

A colonial-style home in New Fairfield called for a kitchen that matched the formality of the rest of the house. Ornate chandeliers crafted of gold-finished black metal hang from a beautifully detailed mahogany soffit, illuminating the granite-topped island. Cabinets with column details and handsome moldings offer plenty of storage above and below granite counters, and a backsplash of handmade porcelain tiles pulls it all together. Soft color, in the sea-mist-hued upholstery of the dining chairs and the silk valance above the window adds a final, pretty note to the neutral palette. Architecture: Doug MacMillan, MacMillan Architects, Ridgefield / Interior design: Sharon McCormick, Sharon McCormick Design, Durham / Builder: Heritage Homes, Ridgefield / Cabinetmaker: Gregory Builders, Bethel / Photography: Michael Partenio

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Reorganized Labor

The efficient, family-friendly kitchen in this Greenwich house started as a dark, cramped, hard-to-work-in space. Designer Veronica Campbell gutted the room then reconfigured it, situating appliances conveniently close to one another to make the space a model of organization. It’s good-looking, too. An island topped with a thick slab of Carrara marble acts as a focal point for the bright, new space, while glass-front cabinets with walnut interiors add warmth to the mostly white room. Interior design: Veronica Campbell, Deane, Inc., Stamford / Builder: JP Farnham, Premier Remodeling and Renovation, New Canaan / Cabinetmaker: Deane, Inc. / Photography: Jane Beiles

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Go Ahead, Indulge

Like the kitchen on page 92, the wife’s bathroom in the same Greenwich house blends traditional and contemporary, this time in a sumptuously feminine space. Wadia Associates saw the bay window as the perfect place for the luxurious tub. Designer Cindy Rinfret covered a sweet old chaise with practical terry cloth, then paired it with a resin table from Oly that has a frankly modern sensibility. A traditional bell-jar lantern has a contemporary nickel finish. Polished mosaic tile floors, textured wallpaper and floor-to-ceiling draperies in a woven sheer from Brunschwig & Fils further ramp up the luxe factor. Architecture: Wadia and Associates / Interior design: Cindy Rinfret, Rinfret, Ltd. / Builder: Sound Beach Partners / Photography: Jonathan Wallen

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but the mood was sunny when Richard Lambertson and Suzanne Cassano dressed their Warren shop, Privet House, in shades of blue from top to bottom for a party they called AN EVENING OF BLUES. The fete followed close on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, creating a welcome and uplifting distraction for partygoers. Stamford’s Wakefield Design Center welcomed designer THOM FILICIA for a book-signing party to celebrate his new book, American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat, published by Clarkson Potter. Filicia’s book about discovering and fixing up his own retreat on a lake in New York is part memoir, part decorating book and wholly lovely to look at. We can never get enough when it comes to books about design, especially when they’re as lavish as The Big Book of Chic, by designer MILES REDD, published by Assouline. Redd was on hand to sign books for a happy group who turned out at the Antique & Artisan Center in Stamford. The New Canaan showroom of DEANE was a great setting for an intimate gathering, which we co-sponsored. Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres local architects discussed trends in cabinets, counters and materials. Some 700 people got together at the beautiful Aqua Turf Club in Southington to celebrate the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut’s annual HOBI AWARDS. We were pleased to be a part of it all, and congratulate the winners across categories from residential to commercial, new construction to remodeling.

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The unusual building materials didn’t stop Hilton-Vanderhorn Architects from creating an award-winning piece for the 2012 Greenwich Canstruction Competition. The firm won both Jurors’ Favorite and People’s Favorite awards for the eight-foot-tall sailboat and lighthouse—made out of 4,289 tin cans—they built for the event, a fundraiser for the nonprofit community group Neighbor to Neighbor. Greenwich, (203) 862-9011,

New this spring from Rizzoli press: designer Cindy Rinfret’s new book Greenwich Style: Inspired Family Homes. Rinfret invites us inside Greenwich houses she has designed (including her own home, Laurel Hill), and shows us how she achieves the quintessential Greenwich look: stylish, elegant, yet always designed for the comfort of the families who live in them. $55,; Rinfret, Ltd., Greenwich, (203) 622-0000;

The 2012 HOBI Awards, the annual program from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut, celebrate the very best in construction and remodeling. Among this year’s winners were Titus Built, a Redding design/build firm whose work on a Norwalk home was named Best Residential Remodel $750,000–$1 Million, as well as Remodeled Home of the Year. Meanwhile, Brindisi & Yaroscak Custom Builders won two awards for their custom home building, including the beauty below designed by Bartels-Pagliaro Architects. Titus Built, Redding, (203) 834-0275,; Brindisi & Yaroscak Custom Builders, Darien, (203) 656-1948, brindisiandyaroscak. com; Bartels-Pagliaro Architects, Norwalk, (203) 838-5517,

Dwayne Clark and Bob Gaynor have worked together for years, combining their talents and varied experiences. Clark, who grew up in Louisiana and has traveled the world, was an entertainer with Disney before taking up design. Gaynor hails from southern California and has worked in design for film, television and theater from Los Angeles to Broadway. It’s no surprise that those diverse backgrounds would result in the sort of design the duo is known for: inventive, fresh and with a dramatic flair. Now they’ve formed a new partnership, Clark Gaynor Interiors, with offices in Manhattan and Fairfield. (203) 274-8659, (212)

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Trade Notes

It’s a journey into new territory for Connecticut Lighting Centers. The company recently opened a showroom to offer a wide range of decorative and functional hardware. The new 1,000-squarefoot showroom, inside the company’s Hartford location, has everything from cabinet and drawer pulls to bath hardware, door- knockers and house numbers in styles from simple and classic to one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces. Hartford,

One more reason to become a regular visitor to The Summer House, a boutique with a wonderfully eclectic collection of furniture, home accessories, antiques and unique gifts: monthly events featuring the highly regarded New Canaan interior designer Shelley Morris. At the “Ask Shelley” evenings, Morris will give talks about design trends and good practices, and attendees can get those pressing decorating questions answered. New Canaan, (203) 594-9550,

(860) 249-7631,

Smart companies fill their rolls with talented people. Such is the case with Kais Custom Builders and their recent announcement that Foster Lyons has joined the firm as a managing partner. Lyons was trained as an engineer and has worked in the construction industry for twenty-five years, giving him in-depth knowledge of both the design and construction sides of the building industry. He was recently co-owner of Greenwich’s Coastal Point Construction and over his career has worked as a project and construction manager with other Connecticut and New York building companies. Norwalk, (203) 8574795,

It’s a new home for Carol Flanagan Interior Design. After twenty-five years in Westchester, N.Y., the firm has opened a new office in Greenwich. Flanagan, who went to Parsons School of Design to pursue her true passion after a successful career in product marketing in the cosmetics business, works with clients in New York, Connecticut, Florida, Colorado and Nantucket, Massachusetts. Greenwich, (203) 769-1869,

Talk about multi-tasking. A new organization called Ports of Cause celebrates American design and innovation in the yacht-building industry while raising money for global ocean conservation and clean water programs. It is the brainchild of designer (and yachting devotee) Joyce Clear, principal of Clear Group International, an interior design company whose expertise includes custom interior cabinetry and furnishings for yachts. Ports of Cause refurbishes luxury vessels—like the classic 1967 motor yacht The Highlander, shown here— which are then used as mobile showcases for excellence in design as they travel to locations to host fundraising events. Bridgeport, (203) 858-3432, 110  New England Home connecticut  Winter 2013

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Connecticut designers share their favorite resources eDiteD BY liSa e. HarriSOn

Global Inspirations: Accessory

Suzanne nOvik

Wunderley Mirror ///

“For me, this mirror is the perfect accessory. Time-honored craftsmanship incorporates mosaic mother-of-pearl shell with a border of bone and wood. Made in Damascus, this piece is beautifully chic and complements a contemporary or traditional setting. I love when things are handmade; they have heart and soul.” through Suzanne Novik interiors

SanDra OSter

Wanderlust Box ///

“Storage, conversation piece, a pop of color and texture. Admire the Wanderlust box for its form with bold, multicolored African motifs, or take advantage of its function to tuck away baubles for safekeeping.” GilleS Clement

Robin Baron design,

Circle Mirror Tray ///

“This handmade large-scale tray—thirty by twenty-four inches—is an eyecatcher without being too showy. The geometric silver-leaf pattern nods to English designer David Hicks, and it has that nice reflective quality of an antique mirror.” through House of Clement

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Global Inspirations: Light Fixture

Sandra Oster

Cocco Contemporary Pendant ///

“The design and texture of this pendant, handmade on the island of Murano, is reminiscent of an alluring crocodile skin. I would use multiples in different sizes and at varying heights to add drama and create a stunning focal point.” Nella Vetrina Showroom, D&D Building, New York City, (646) 415-9150,

Suzanne Novik

Debut Shade ///

“J & S Design Studio is a new venture for my design partner, Jan Bullard, and me. This European-influenced shade, shown here on a lamp from Visual Comfort, is tailored and elegant—a true conversation piece to enhance any style room.” Weston, (203) 227-6633,

Gilles Clement

Murano Glass Chandelier ///

“This hand-blown Murano glass chandelier has an organic, sculptural feel reminiscent of flowers. The eighteen small bulbs create an ethereal atmosphere in the room and cast a beautiful light on a dining room table, especially when hung in pairs.” Through House of Clement

Sandra Oster, award-winning designer and founder of the designer-curated boutique, pushes the boundaries of design to create unique and distinctive homes that are luxurious, yet livable. Sandra Oster Interiors, Greenwich, (203) 661-2356,

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Goatskin Buffet ///

“This European midcentury-style console is an incredibly interesting piece. The solid mahogany buffet is wrapped in bleached goatskin, which is varnished for a high-gloss look, then finished with solid brass legs and hardware. It would make a statement in a dining room or foyer, though I’m a firm believer in breaking the rules, so you could use this anywhere, even in a bedroom.” Through House of Clement

Global Inspirations: Furniture SUZANNE NOVIK

Christopher Guy Bench ///

“Christopher Guy creates the ultimate sophisticated drama with the motif of an acanthus leaf incorporated into a Greek Ionic column-style bench. It exemplifies a modern twist on a classical design. This collection is so chic!” Robert Allen Group, D&D Building, New York City, (212) 421-1200,


Janette Dining Table ///

“Nature and art collide in this museum-quality dining table handcrafted by Jim Evanson. Tropical influences inspire this design of inlaid banana leaves arranged in a radial pattern and set in resin with a polyurethane finish. It can be customized in different sizes, finishes and exotic inlays such as loofah sponge, coconut husks or rice paper.” Evanson Studios, Parisian-born interior designer Gilles Clement is known for his contemporary residential designs inspired by a neoclassical style. He opened House of Clement in 2010, with locations in Paris, Westport and Fairfield, and is launching his own transitional furniture line that bridges Parisian Art Deco and Hollywood Regency styles. House of Clement, Westport, (203) 349-5300,

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Global Inspirations: Wall Covering or Fabric

Sandra Oster

Ostrich Leg Wallpaper ///

“I love layer upon layer of texture; it keeps things interesting. Brett Beldock’s wildly exotic wall covering has such richness and depth. This paper, inspired by an African safari, is subtle, yet provocative, and it plays very well with others.” Brett Design, New York City, (212) 987-8270,

Suzanne Novik

Cole and Son Albery Wallpaper ///

“I love when walls create moody backdrops to enhance a foreground, achieving true elegance. Because of the sheer illusion of this paper, it possesses an Old World sense of mystery and fantasy that adds to its dramatic effect.” Lee Jofa, D&D Building, New York City, (212) 688-0444,

Gilles Clement When approaching a space, Suzanne Novik toys with the unexpected. “There should be an interesting mix of elements and a surprise or twist to the scheme,” says the designer, who likes to blend classic with contemporary and incorporate family heirlooms, memorabilia and antiques to give a room personality. Suzanne Novik Interiors, Weston, (203) 454-5557,

Neoclassic Transitional Fabric ///

“I’m not shy when it comes to color—I use a lot of citrus, orange, navy, very vibrant hues. Hand-printed and made in France, this fabric, which I would use for curtains, on a chair or for pillows, represents neoclassicism in its purest form.” Through House of Clement

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Unique, beautiful and now appearing in Connecticut shops and showrooms

Cocktail Couture Break out the brandy. This adjustableheight drinks table we spotted at Pimlico has a sophisticated brass finish and marble base. With a clean, current silhouette, it could live well in either a traditional or contemporary home. New Canaan, (203) 972-8166,

Sleeping Beauty A handsome focal point, this leather upholstered bed from Artelier adds dimension and drama—and a dreamy Italian sensibility—to your sleeping quarters. Greenwich, (203) 422-0567,

Good Night Your bed will beckon on a blustery night when it’s dressed in Harrison, by Traditions Linens. Available at Linen Press, the plaid flannel bedding, with a wonderfully modern, masculine appeal, is no snooze. Old Greenwich, (203) 637-0200

Solid Ground Step up your game with this stunning wood flooring, made in Italy by Parquet In and sold through Integral Renovation Projects. Traditional parquet is inlaid with marble or glass, creating an innovative, and completely customizable, contemporary look. New Canaan, (203) 807-2591,

Après Ski The classic Adirondack gets a coldweather makeover. The Drawing Room stocks these smart seats made from salvaged German skis, a perfect antidote to a long day on the slopes. Cos Cob, (203) 661-3737,

Cool Factor Sub-Zero, the go-to brand for refrigeration, has added a French-door model to its popular line of built-in fridges/freezers. Now available at Putnam Kitchens, the sleek doubledoor design offers flexible storage solutions and easy access, especially in smaller spaces. Cos Cob, (203) 6612270,

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“Home accessories should be personal reflections of your individual style and taste. Through color we define personality, mood and attitude.�

New in the Showrooms

Sure Footing Subtle yet still statement-making underfoot, Le Perouse is a new pattern offered in Mark Inc.’s hand-knotted carpet collection. Fabricated from jute and silk, it can be custom colored or sized. Greenwich, (203) 861-0110,

Perfect Plating Simon Pearce’s new Royalton Collection

dials up the drama at any dinner party. The ruffle-edged design and graphic forms in multiple silhouettes create visual appeal—and conversation. Greenwich, (203) 861-0780, and Westport, (203) 226-2353,

Light Show Add a dash of dazzle to your dining nook with Robert Abbey’s appropriately named Bling chandelier, at Dovecote. The eggplant-shaped glass droplets provide intrigue and ambience. Westport, (203) 222-7500,

Harlequin Romance The hand-woven Harlequin pillow from Lance Wovens is fabricated from hand-dyed calfskin. Leather, especially with a pop of lime, not only stands out on any sofa, but it’s also incredibly soft to the touch. Norwalk, (855) 852-6829,

Hot Seat Suitable for small spaces, the armless Lulu Slipper Chair by Jessica Charles, now at Connecticut Home Interiors, mixes midcentury and Hollywood glamour. Available in three bold hues, the versatile Lulu is equally at home as a dining or desk chair. West Hartford, (860) 236-5856,

Get Your Goat Keep winter’s chill at bay with colorful mohair throws by Baby Mo. Super soft, and they’ve got a good story to tell, too: the animal-friendly blankets are handloomed at a self-empowerment factory in South Africa. Find them at Comina, West Hartford, (860) 233-9726, and New Canaan, (203) 966-0555, —Lisa E. Harrison

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Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes Greenwich Glamour Pages 66–73 Architect: Doug MacMillan, MacMillan Architects,

Ridgefield, (203) 431-3329 Interior designer: Michelle Morgan Harrison,

Morgan Harrison Home, New Canaan, (203) 5540941, Builder: Rick Jaccarino, Jaccarino Construction,

Redding, (203) 788-3556 Landscape designer: Anna Tunderman, Avant

Gardens, Redding, (203) 610-0403 Pages 66–67: Custom-sized Tribeca dining table

from Century Furniture,; Oly chairs with Oly mohair fabric (front),, and Kravet fabric (back),; demilune sideboard in antique white from Hickory Chair,; chrome and glass bar cart from Vanguard Furniture,; silk window treatment fabric from, with trim from Samuel & Sons, samuelandsons. com; sunburst mirror from Arteriors Home,

from Fabricut,; Glam Grass wallpaper

Middeleer Associates, Georgetown, (203) 762-

from Phillip Jefferies,; glass ball


pendants in kitchen from Arteriors Home; bar stools

Decorative painter: Topher Carnes, Finishing

from Vanguard in Pollack vinyl, pollackassociates.

Impressions, Bridgeport, (203) 918-6503,

com; bowl from Lazy Susan; Viking Range top,; frosted glass cabinets from

Pages 74–75: Drapery fabric and dining chair fabric

Ridgefield Glass,; countertops

by Ralph Lauren,; dining

from Paul’s Marble Depot,;

chairs with caned seats from British Khaki/Robert

custom horizontal channel groove wall paneling

Lighton,; Chinese sea grass rug

in Benjamin Moore white, benjaminmoore.

from Redi-Cut,; mirror from

com; cabinets in Cascade White from Benjamin

Pottery Barn,

Moore; white linen window treatments from

Page 76: French antique center table from

Banksville,, with

Dovecote,; Chinese pagoda

bright yellow accent linen from Osborne and Little,

lantern from JM Piers,

Page 77–79: Custom pillows by John Robshaw,

Pages 70–71: Master bed from Vanguard Furniture; corduroy pillows from Ralph

with Kravet fabric; nightstands from Hickory Chair;

Lauren; wing-back chair damask fabric from Lee

vases from Tozai Home,; bench

Jofa,, with piping from Samuel & Sons,

from Worlds Away,; linen drapery; gold bunny from Bunny

fabric from Fabricut; window hardware from Deco

Williams Beeline Home Collection, bunnywilliams.

& Deco; bedding from Barbara Barry, barbarabarry.

com; bar table from Lillian August, lillianaugust.

com; accent king shams from Schumacher; accent

com; We 3 Pigs painting by Matthew Brzostoski,

monogram pillow from Legacy Linens, legacylinens.

com; Skylight wall color from Farrow & Ball, farrow-

Page 80: Biblioteque wallpaper in blue and red,; custom antique mirrored wall; leather sofa from Design Within Reach,

from Brunschwig & Fils,; carpet

from Notre Monde,; chandelier

end table from Global Views; coffee table from

from Redi-Cut; fur throw from Dovecote.

and sconces from Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.

Euro Style,; pillows from Ryan

Page 81: Kitchen floor painted by Topher Carnes,

com; tray and decanters from Arteriors Home,

Studio,; table lamp from Dunes and

Finishing Impressions; Sudan Weave wallpaper; candlesticks from Lazy Susan,

Duchess,; wall and floor tile

from Ralph Lauren Home; White Dove wall; glass centerpiece bowl from

from Porcelanosa,; stool from

paint from Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.

Global Views,; Asian print from

Vanguard Furniture, covered in Schumacher fabric,

com; planter pots from Guy Wolff,;


with contrast welt from Robert Allen; wall sconce

Carrara marble counters from Connecticut Stone,

Pages 68–69: Coffee table from Oly; sofa, sofa

and mount from Robert Abbey,;; Wolf range and hood from

fabric, barrel chair from Kravet; barrel chair fabric

alabaster bowl from Made Goods,;

Sub-Zero Wolf,; dishwashers

from Kravet (front) and Robert Allen (back),

vase from Tozai Home.

from Aitoro,; cabinet pulls from Klaff’s,; white wing chairs and

Pages 72–73: Lucite box from CB2,;

ottomans from Hickory Chair; rug from Stark;

chess table and chair from Plexi-Craft; vinyl

Page 82: Custom couch in fabric from Osborne

Lucite accent table from Plexi-Craft, plexi-craft.

cushion from Kravet; custom etched glass ping

& Little,; Bay Island drapery

com; standing lamp from Visual Comfort; urchin

pong table from Ridgefield Glass, on mirrored

fabric from Ralph Lauren Home; club chairs and

sculptures from Oly; convex mirror from Reflecting

X table bases from Vanguard Furniture; glass

fabric from Lee Jofa; coffee table from Bungalow

Design,; Starburst ceiling

chain-link chandelier by Nuevo Living, nuevoliving.

5,; Ocelot sofa pillow fabric from

fixtures from Global Views; drapery fabric from

com; metallic thread white sheers from Kravet, with

Cowtan & Tout,; sea grass carpet from

Kravet, with hardware from Deco & Deco,

Lucite hardware from Deco & Deco.

New York Carpet,; French; glass and chrome fireplace screen from Klaff’s,; fireplace stone from Tile

Keeping It In The Family Pages 74–83

America,; bubble mirror in foyer

Interior designer: Parker Rogers, Parker & Co.,

Waterworks,; pot from Guy

from Oly; lamp and bowl from Waylande Gregory

Southport, (203) 256-2742

Wolff; additional accessories and side table lamps

Studios,; silvered mirrored

Builder: Mike Constantine, MLC Design Build,

from Ralph Lauren Home; sea grass carpet from

table from Notre Monde; Lucite console table from

Weston, (203) 544-1235

Redi-Cut; linens from Restoration Hardware,

Serge de Troyer,; drapery fabric

Master bath architect: Sylvia Erskine, Erskine-, and Frette,;; wallpaper from Schumacher,

antique bar cart from Dovecote. Page 83: Bath fixtures and towels from

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corduroy pillows from Ralph Lauren Home; banner frame designed by Parker Rogers and crafted by Accents Gallery & Framing,; Burberry plaid blanket, Barn Raising Pages 84–91 Architect: Kraig Kalashian, Kraig Kalashian

Architecture & Design, Flanders, N.J., (973) 5840007, Interior designer: Rosemary Hallgarten, Westport,

(203) 259-1003, Builder: Sterling Associates, Newtown, (203) 426-

0021, Textiles and rugs: Unless noted, by Rosemary

Hallgarten Pages 84–85: Gray sofa by Philipe Starck, starck.

com; black leather sofa and ottoman from DeSede, Page 89: Extendable glass dining table from Roche

Bobois,; dining chairs, dining room rug and centerpiece from Lillian August, Special Focus: Kitchen and Bath Design Pages 92–101 Pages 92–93, 100–101: Architect: Wadia and

Associates, New Canaan, (203) 966-0048,; interior designer: Cindy Rinfret, Rinfret, Ltd., Greenwich, (203) 622-0000,; builder: Sound Beach Partners, Stamford, (203) 323-2200, soundbeachpartners. com Pages 94–95: Architect and interior designer:

Alicia Orrick, Orrick & Company, Greenwich, (203) 532-1188,; interior design/ space planning: Lindy Weaver, Lindy Weaver Design Associates, Cos Cob, (203) 869-6764, Pages 96–97: Architect: Doug MacMillan,

MacMillan Architects, Ridgefield, (203) 431-3329; interior designer: Sharon McCormick, Sharon McCormick Design, Durham, (860) 349-1349,; builder: Heritage Homes, Ridgefield, (203) 431-0016; cabinetmaker: Gregory Builders, Bethel, (203) 794-0726, Pages 98–99: Interior designer: Veronica Campbell,

Deane, Inc., Stamford, (203) 327-7008, deaneinc. com; builder: JP Farnham, Premier Remodeling and Renovation, New Canaan, (203) 224-0077,; cabinetmaker: Deane, Inc. • Winter 2013  New England Home Connecticut 125

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Ad Index A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue Amy Aidinis Hirsch  2–3 The Antique and Artisan Center  16 ASID Connecticut  102 Austin Ganim Landscape Design, LLC  111 Back Bay Shutter Co. Inc.  25 Berkshire Wilton Partners  119 Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens  107 Carol Flanagan Interior Design  39 Casatelli Marble and Tile Imports  44–45 Clark Gaynor Interiors  46–47 Coldwell Banker Previews International  41 Connecticut Stone Supplies  26 Connie Giuliani, Inc.  113 Construction Management Group  64 Country Club Homes  127 Daniel Conlon Architects  126 DEANE–Rooms Everlasting  inside back cover Design Source CT  19 The Drawing Room  4–5 Dujardin Design Associates, Inc.  123 Finished in Fabric, LLC  117 Front Row Kitchens  48–49 Galerie ISL Paris  117 Gault Stone and Energy  20 The Granite Group  42 Heidi Holzer Design and Decorative Work  115 Hilton-VanderHorn Architects  35 Homefront Farmers  8–9 iH Design Studio  6–7, 50–51 InnerSpace Electronics  32


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Jan Hiltz Interiors  109 Jeff Soderbergh Custom Made Sustainable Furnishings  31

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Design ideas in the making

Stephane Kossmann

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The floor in my foyer is designed in the Gothic style. The field pattern is from a silk fabric used as a hanging over the front of a church altar, and the border pattern is an Italian Gothic mosaic ornament from the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. I used historic ornament archives (C. B. Griesbach’s Historic Ornament: A Pictorial Archive and Medieval Ornament by Karl Alexander von Heideloff) to research these patterns and combine them together. The floor is a white oak, which receives darker stains well. Decorative painter Jonathan Kohrman first drew the stencils on the floor, then stained the pattern to create the design, working from light to dark. Altogether we used four different stencils and six different stain colors, followed up with a polyurethane finish as a top coat to protect the stencil pattern. Catherine Cleare, Catherine Cleare Interiors, Westport, (203) 454-9430,

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