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16 From the Editor 24 Artistry: Weaving a Legacy The techniques and materials have changed little in 2,000 years, but Helena Hernmarck’s eye-popping tapestries push the boundaries of the ancient art. By Kris Wilton

28 Interview: George Champion From his little shop on Woodbury’s quaint Antiques Row, one dealer has quietly built up a thriving trade in an unexpected quarter: modern design, often with an Italian accent. Interview by Kyle Hoepner / Photography by Jane Shauck 34 HOBI Awards: The State of Custom Building Connecticut’s annual Home Building Industry Awards provide an ever-evolving survey of our region’s best residential design. By Kyle Hoepner 113 Perspectives Connecticut designers dream up stylish sleeping quarters. Edited by Catie Parrish 120 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 126 Trade Notes New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business. By Paula M. Bodah

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Connecticut’s home-design scene is similarly diverse, capacious enough to provide beautiful accommodations no mattter what your response to frigid weather. If you’re the cool, calm, classic sort, turn to page 88 for a dose of quiet elegance. Silvery blues, taupes, and lavenders will soothe your senses. The daringly chill might even want to imagine the kitchen’s Carrara marble as sheets of ice and the stacked travertine surrounding the family room fireplace as igloo blocks, transforming Westport into a private camp on Baffin Bay. If lodge-like warmth is more your style, the house you’ll find on page 96 (we were lucky enough to photograph it with a perfect powdering of flakes) will be the ideal match. Consider how those rough-hewn timbers, that beaten iron, the nubbly upholstery—a private bar!—could make your home life a sort of permanent après-ski. And if jolts of high-octane hues are just the thing to lift your spirits from the frosty doldrums, pages 78 and 104 are both likely to delight. Vivid shades deployed by two designers in their own unique ways make an almost equatorial diversion from the icy landscape without. Even our featured artist in this issue may be of help. Helena Hernmarck is nothing but innovative when it comes to the subject and style of her work, but the fact remains that one important function of tapestry in earlier centuries was to help cocoon those drafty rooms in castles and manor houses. No matter what your preferred mode of dealing with the season from January through March, we’ve got you covered until the advent of those tantalizing, oh-so-far-off hints of New England spring. —Kyle Hoepner

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Weaving a Legacy The techniques and materials have changed little in two thousand years, but Helena Hernmarck’s eye-popping tapestries push the boundaries of the ancient art. /////////// Helena Hernmarck (2), courtesy of browngrotta arts

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hances are, the word “tapestry” conjures for you the intricate medieval hunting scenes hanging in the Met. Tapestry production began as early as the third century BC, but it is probably the Middle Ages that we most associate with the hanging artworks. Le Corbusier, a connoisseur and designer himself, once called them nomadic murals: in the Middle Ages especially, they could be easily rolled up and transported from residence to residence—and also provided the added benefits of nicer acoustics and insulation from chilly stone walls (not to mention a convenient hiding space for Shakespearean characters). While beautiful in their fine detail and rich tones, those medieval masterpieces can feel confined by the flatness of the medium and the aesthetics of the day:

unicorns and castles and family shields all vie for space within the same plane, for a rather busy decorative effect. Ridgefield-based artist Helena Hernmarck, considered one of the most influential tapestry artists working today, does something vastly different. While her techniques are largely traditional, the art she creates seems unbound by any limitations of the medium. Influenced by

post-war advances like abstract expressionism and Pop art, she experiments with scale and texture, depth and perspective, representation and abstraction. The TOP: From a 1974 exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, left to right, Poppyfield (1974), 120″H × 84″W, wool and linen; Steel 1 (1973), 92″H × 112″W, wool and linen; Annie Now and Then (1973), 13″H × 38″W, wool and linen. ABOVE: Detail from Homage to Mary Kahlenberg (2012), 48″H × 55″W, wool, linen, cotton, and plastic.

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results range from nature imagery that is breathtakingly alive, such as the gorgeous almost thirteen-by-twenty foot Poppies, featured in a 2012 exhibition at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, to unexpected usages for soft wool, to confident illusions of texture, to tonguein-cheek pop imagery. Representing a sheet of paper that’s been folded and unfolded, Ballyhooly Document performs an act of physical magic: transmuting a heavy weaving of wool into what appears to be a light, simple, manipulable sheet of paper. It’s

almost impossible to believe that you can’t reach out and touch its smooth surface and lingering creases. In other works, Hernmarck uses wool—so soft, so fuzzy— to recreate nearly opposite properties. In a 1970s commission for Bethlehem Steel, she weaves a highly realistic steelwork with furnaces blazing; in Dragline Bucket, a commission for the Peabody Coal Company in St. Louis, she brings to life the cold metal teeth of heavy construction equipment. Commissions make up the bulk of Hernmarck’s output. “I always say tapestries are best when they’re big, and you can’t make a big one on spec,” she says. “You have to have the commission.” After graduating from the University College of Arts, Crafts & Design in

Stockholm in the early 1960s, Hernmarck moved to Canada and eventually to New York during a time when both fiber arts and Scandinavian design were peaking in popular interest. She found enthusiastic reception with leading architecture firms, a loyal client base, and artistic recognition, holding solo shows in the mid-1970s at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She even had a brush with stardom, making national headlines when she loaned Little Richard a photorealist tapestry she’d made of him and it went missing after he used it as a CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Waterfall (1987),

104″H × 169″W, wool, linen, and cotton, collection of Vattenfall Company Sweden; Ballyhooly Document (2002), 62″H × 48″W, wool, linen, and cotton; On the Dock (2009), 43″H × 57″W, wool, linen, and cotton; Folk Costume Details (2006), 184″H × 115″W, wool, linen, and cotton.

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backdrop on the Johnny Carson show. (Its whereabouts remain a mystery.) Influenced by clients’ desires, Hernmarck’s subject matter has varied over the years. But certain concerns persist, among them challenging the limitations of the two-dimensional plane and of wool as a medium—and doing so with confidence and maybe even a wink and a nod. Abstract works such as Tabula Rasa show squares of color hovering over their backgrounds like magic carpets. “Think I’m confined to this wall?” they seem to taunt. “Think again.” Elsewhere, she plays with trompe l’oeil: Urn, for example, inserts a giant classical vessel in the

“I always say tapestries are best when they’re big, and you can’t make a big one on spec,” says Hernmarck. “You have to have the commission.” decidedly neoclassical lobby of an office building in Atlanta. Hernmarck owes her achievements to a masterful eye and a painstaking process. Each tapestry can take up to a year to complete. The process begins with the creation and approval of a design, then the yarn has to be spun and dyed to her specifications—she works only with a particular fourth-generation family farm in Sweden that raises purebred Rya sheep, known for their long, shiny wool. “And then the weaving proceeds, very slowly,” Hernmarck says. Working on an elevenfoot loom, two weavers putting in full days complete only about five or six inches a week. “That’s what it takes to make something look that interesting,” she says. “You can use faster techniques, but then they don’t have that lasting impression.” These days Hernmarck, now seventytwo, is preparing for a large exhibition in Sweden later this year. She’s also working to relocate a few works that have recently become “homeless,” she says, including two abstract tapestries commissioned by I.M. Pei’s office for the Pitney Bowes Stamford headquarters in the 1980s. “Of course I get involved sometimes in rescuing my work, and they end up in museums,” she says. “That’s one of the things that happen when you get to this stage.” • EDITOR’S NOTE: Helena Hernmarck is represented in


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George Champion From his little shop on Woodbury’s quaint Antiques Row, one dealer has quietly built up a thriving trade in an unexpected quarter: modern design, often with an Italian accent. ///////////

Interview by Kyle Hoepner Photography by Jane Shauck

Kyle Hoepner: How long have you been dealing in twentieth-century modern furniture and design? George Champion: In one form or

another, I have been dealing this material for about twenty-five years. KH: I’ve read that your interest in the field grew out of your father’s manufac-

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turing work. Can you walk us through how that happened? GC: My father was a person

who appreciated, loved, and expected the best from the people and the things around him. He was always showing me the difference in a quality product versus an inferior model, why a certain machine was better designed or better constructed than another. He always pointed to cast iron versus stamped steel, leather versus plastic, and had little or no tolerance for shoddy design or build quality. KH: Did you expect to end up doing what you do now? GC: I don’t think I did. I think it became

a natural extension of my own collecting. My own quest for knowledge and refinement just seemed to need an outlet beyond what I was doing for myself. KH: Have you always collected the same sorts of things? GC: My collecting interest started with

Shaker furniture. It was the first furniture I ever loved, and I sought it out with fervor. This beautifully made, unadorned, practical furniture is, in my eyes, the first great modern furniture. It became my bridge from antique to modern—in much the same way, I later learned, it served for many of the Scandinavian and other modern designers, even the great George Nakashima. KH: Are you a Woodbury native? If not, what about Woodbury drew you to settle and open your shop there? GC: I’ve been here quite a while, but I’m

not a native. I do live in Woodbury in addition to having my business here. Woodbury is a great town, retaining its rural charm, but offering all the services you would find in a larger town or city. My shop on Main Street is easily accessible from I-84 and not a long drive from New York or any Connecticut city. KH: Midcentury modern design has been having a notable vogue in recent years. Do you see that continuing? GC: I do see this period of design as

finally getting its due. It is important

KH: Looking around your shop, Italian design seems to account for a pretty large share of your acquisitions. GC: After exploring this material as much

material, historically and aesthetically. This kind of design, born out of new ideas, new materials, and intelligent new designers educated in new curriculums of the time (Cranbrook, the Bauhaus in Germany and Chicago, and others), formed a whole new expression that I think will stay with us the way great designs of the past (Chippendale, Queen Anne, etcetera) have. KH: What changes have you seen in the market over time? What changes in the kinds of pieces being collected? GC: It seems to have started with the

very pure pieces, with the Bauhaus, and moved on to the early modern pieces designed by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, and so forth. As the Internet became more prevalent, interest seemed to increase for more international designs and eventually more obscure designers, American and otherwise.

as I have, I have found that the Italian designs, primarily midcentury and continuing forward, are usually the ones that get my heart fluttering. It’s hard to explain; perhaps it’s a soulfulness, a disregard for market demands ...or like the feeling you get when you listen to Pavarotti, see a Ferrari, or hear a Ducati motorcycle go by. For whatever reason, these are the things I like to surround myself with, and I continue to enjoy sharing their beauty with others. KH: You have recently restored the Victorian house next door to your shop for use as additional gallery space. How has displaying in that setting affected your business? GC: Using the house as a showroom

has changed our business dramatically. Let’s face it: most people in Connecticut have a fairly traditional home, and the Victorian has allowed us to display our modern pieces in a traditional setting. The pieces show well, and it gives people the

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confidence that this kind of design can look good in a space that may be closer in feel to their own homes. My shop is not one full of objects that happen to fit particular criteria based on a specialty of style or movement. The objects in the shop, regardless of their significance, are there because they had a special resonance for me when I discovered them. Whether it be an ashtray from a hotel in Florence, a plywood tray from Denmark, or vintage McIntosh stereo equipment, they all have meaning for me and become the mix that visitors to the shop seem to enjoy. KH: Do you sell online? GC: We do have a web presence and

often sell that way. It is business, but not my favored way of doing business. Most of my customers become friends of the shop; they stop by to look and say hello, and we develop relationships that are beneficial to both of us. Online customers are usually one-time buyers, surfing for what they want; they seldom develop

glass, plywood, wire, and aluminum in new ways; or later innovators like Marcel Wanders making a sit-able chair out of macramé rope and resin. These are things that interest me, and that I think collectors in general should be paying attention to. KH: Where do you see yourself going from here? GC: I believe I will continue to deal in

into anything more. KH: What is it about midcentury modern design you particularly love? What qualities would you most urge potential fans or collectors to appreciate? GC: In addition to the outward beauty

and utility of an object, I am interested in the innovation it represents, in its being the first or the best at expressing something—whether it be a great artist such as Noguchi giving us beautiful furniture and lighting forms; or industrious pioneers like Charles and Ray Eames using fiber-

the older material that interests me, from the U.S., Italy, France, Japan, and other countries, but hope to expand on those offerings with newer designs that excite me. I travel to the Milan fair [the Salone Internazionale del Mobili, held every spring —ed.] most years and keep my eyes and ears open for exciting new things that are happening anywhere. It would be a joy for me to bring these things in and have them appreciated here in little old Woodbury. • George Champion Company Woodbury (203) 263-8442

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Tucked into an amazing hillside site in the middle of Greenwich, this intricately detailed, Normanstyle beauty earned its creators the award for Best Custom Home 6,000–7,000 SF. Builder: Robert J. Levine, Home Construction; Architecture: Charles Hilton, Charles Hilton Architects; Landscape architecture: Charles J. Stick

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A subdued palette of whites and grays, enriched by textured limestone flooring and rough beams, defines the kitchen of this house. The look—contemporary, but alluding to a long-lived history­— secured the HOBI for Best New Old Custom Home. Builder and


designer: Sound Beach Partners

3  Concrete Proof Although the Town of Greenwich initially had some doubts about the materials, perseverance paid off as this Zen master bath retreat walked away with the Best Bath Feature award for its concrete double infinity tub. Builder: Brindisi & Yaroscak Custom Builders; Architecture: Chris Pagliaro and Nicholas Sajda, Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects

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ach autumn the cream of Connecticut’s custom homebuilding industry gathers in a special location. Amid the drifting scent of prime rib and the tink-tink of glassware and silver being deployed atop crisp linen, cocktails are downed, friends and acquaintances greeted, backs patted, business alliances renewed. Then comes dinner, and the breathless wait to discover just who in the room will take the laurels for creating the most beautiful and immaculately crafted homes. The level of perfectionism on view in each year’s HOBI winners is impressive, not to mention their sheer visual appeal. As a sponsor of the 2013 awards, we’d like to share here some of our favorites. •

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Midcentury style lives on in a Stonington house that sprawls comfortably across its rocky coastal site. Expanding and adapting a post-war dwelling by former Rhode Island School of Design professor John Lincoln, this re-imagined abode captured the award for Outstanding Custom Home 5,000–6,000 SF. Builder: Prutting & Company Custom Builders; Architecture: Joeb Moore + Partners Architects; Landscape architecture: Reed Hilderbrand Associates

5  Country Chic The Best Custom Home 3,000–4,000 SF award went to this fieldstone residence with attached barn, perfectly attuned to the rustic aura of its Litchfield County town. The home’s cladding was reclaimed from old stone walls in the area. Builder: Ralph Corbo, The Corbo Group; Architecture: Richard K. Merrell, Merrell Associates

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At the other end of the ruralurban spectrum, this petite shingled specimen, tucked into an established neighborhood in Old Greenwich, might have just a bit of Arts and Crafts bungalow in its ancestry. Understandably, this home was chosen Best Fairfield County In-Town Custom Home. Builder: LoParco Associates; Architecture: Brian J. Mac and John Linn, Birdseye Design; Landscape architecture: Jeff Kuffel, Round Meadow Landscapes

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The 2013 award winner for Best Master Suite Addition included one particular space that would undoubtedly have topped the “I So Totally Want One of Those” category, if there were one: this sleek, glass-fronted, LED-lit, walk-through shoe closet. Builder: Richard Rosano, R.R. Builders; Architecture: Brooks & Falotico 36  New England Home Connecticut  winter 2014

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8 A Study in Style The HOBI winner for Best Spec Home $2–3 Million included, among many other luxuriously conceived amenities, this striking office/study, playing off rough against refined. Builder: SIR Development; Architecture: William A. Achilles, Achilles Architects; Interior staging: Meridith Baer Home Editor’s Note: The annual Home Building Industry (HOBI) Awards are presented by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut. For more information call (860) 2165858 or visit


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Lillian August Furnishings + Design On the beautiful evening of October 10, New England Home welcomed advertisers, local design professionals, and friends to Lillian August’s spacious and alluring Norwalk showroom. From eclectic furniture and dazzling accessories to fabrics, antiques, and rugs, there was no shortage of beautiful items to spark conversation and keep the mood fun. Along with ample opportunity to n ­ etwork and browse the latest edition of New England Home ­Connecticut, attendees also were treated to a delicious assortment of wine and cheese provided by the Mirabelle Cheese Shop. And at the end of the event one lucky guest took home the Lillian August gift card raffle prize!




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Wilton Partners with Ira Grandberg of Grandberg & Associates Architects (7) Amabel Chan of Marvin Gardens with New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel (8) Jan Hiltz of Jan Hiltz Interiors and Gordon Hiltz (9) Peggy and John Kebabian of Kebabian’s with Rob Sanders of Rob Sanders Architects and Ross and Cate Tiefenthaler of Tiefenthaler Construction (10) Michele Oppenhimer, Matt Giardina, Dick Laughton, and Barbara Laughton of Front Row Kitchens

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1 2013 inductees: (top row) Aaron Moser and David Moser (accepting the award on behalf of their father, Thomas Moser) flank Patrick Ahearn, Jeff Hodgson, H. Keith Wagner, and Anthony Catalfano. (bottom row) Gregory Lombardi, Cindy Rinfret, Ann McCallum, and Andrus Burr 2 Beautiful skyline views and decor set the scene for celebrating 3 Andrew Goldstein of Thoughtforms gives the closing toast 4 New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel introduces the 2013 inductees 5 New England Home’s Robin Schubel with Gary Rousseau of Herrick & White 6 Jan Gleysteen of Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc., with Brigid Williams of Hickox Williams Architects, Chelsea Strandberg of Payne/Bouchier, and Patrick Hickox of Hickox Williams Architects 7 New England Home’s Roberta Mancuso with Jon Brodeur of Emme









New England’s residential design community came together for the seventh time to celebrate the premier figures in our region. The scene was set with gorgeous decor and the State Room’s dramatic views of the Boston skyline. Following a festive cocktail hour, guests settled in for dinner and the event kicked off with a presentation of the 2013 New England Design Hall of Fame scholarship to Endicott College. Emcee Stacy Kunstel, New England Home’s homes editor, then proceeded to present awards to the 2013 inductees: architects Patrick Ahearn, Andrus Burr, and Ann McCallum; interior designers Anthony Catalfano and Cindy Rinfret; landscape architects Gregory Lombardi, H. Keith Wagner, and Jeff Hodgson; and furniture maker Thomas Moser.


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Inspired by the original architect’s fondness for French Farmhouse style, and by the Petit Hamlet at Versailles, we transformed a dilapidated shingled structure on this Greenwich property into a stone, stucco, and half-timbered French Normandystyle house.


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A graduated slate roof adds scale and character while new French doors and casement windows of naturally finished oak complement the stucco- and half-timbered walls. The Connecticut granite base matches existing walls on the site.

Charles Hilton Architects 170 Mason Street Greenwich Connecticut 06830 (203) 489-3800

The Challenges: The eighty-year-old house’s deteriorated state meant rebuilding much of the foundation, gutting the structure, and reconfiguring the interior space, all while adhering to zoning regulations. Re-imagining it as a French Country farmhouse transformed the building into a focal point of the property.


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The Goal (this page): We wanted to update this bungalow for a couple who was downsizing. The house is on a corner lot across the street from Long Island Sound, with views of the water. Our goal was to improve the sightlines of the home, while improving the curb appeal. The whole interior was reconstructed for an improved, updated style of living, while the exterior became bright and appealing. We added height to the home and enlarged the windows to make the most of water views.


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The Starting Point (facing page): The property resides on a small, in-town lot, and there was a desire to preserve the charm of both the existing home and the neighborhood. Still, there was a lot of potential to improve curb appeal. As builders, we renovated this home as a spec. We wanted to increase the energy efficiency of the home and to rehab an outdated 1960s addition. On the exterior, we kept the beauty of the rounded stone. For the interior, we upgraded all mechanicals, brought the electrical to code and installed foam insulation. All the rooms were refurbished with the allure of modern day conveniences. This home won a 2011 HOBI Award for “Outstanding Spec Home Remodel.�

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The Opportunity:

The Solution:

Situated on a sloping hilltop meadow with panoramic views of Long Island Sound, the existing home started life as a classic Connecticut colonial. Subsequent additions and renovations added some modern amenities, but left the relationship of the building to the hillside unresolved. The new owner’s programmatic requirements, and their desire for a home which supported their active lifestyle and interests provided the basis for the solution.

A new masonry terrace covering a gymnasium and home theater provides multilevel access to the outdoors. The terrace has both open and covered spaces and includes an outdoor kitchen, a fireplace, and a wood-fired pizza oven. The balance of the existing plan organization was left intact, but each space was carefully rethought to capture light and views. The hip-roofed family room gave way to a gabled structure, the master bedroom and sunroom below were reshaped, and the original front-to-back foyer received a new doorway to frame the view.




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Daniel Conlon Architects 4 Old Mill Road | PO Box 418 Georgetown, CT 06829 (203) 544-7988

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The Goal: This imposing Tudor in a New York City suburb had an impeccable pedigree, woodwork, and details but was ill suited to modern family life. The homeowners hired Boris Baranovich Architects, Davenport Contracting and interior designer Steven Gambrel to design, rebuild, and reinvigorate the venerable home.

The Strategy: Rethink and repurpose rooms while keeping the plasterwork, woodwork, and stained-glass windows that make the home special. The dining room, adjacent to the kitchen, became the family room, and the passÊ reception room the dining room. The library’s oak paneling was stripped of paint and returned to its former glory. The dull, gold toned kitchen is now a light washed, white, eat-in kitchen.

DAVENPORT Contracting, Inc. Davenport Contracting, Inc. 78 Har vard Avenue | Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 324-6308 |

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The Back Story: Although a total renovation had been completed prior to purchasing it, our client immediately set out to revamp the house. The home’s beautiful waterfront site made this a worthwhile investment.

The Goal: The goal was to create a better-functioning home with elegant details more consistent with the Georgian style that the house was intended to be.

The Hidden Technology: This room is where films are reviewed by the couple for a run in their art house cinema in Stamford. Accompanied by surround sound audio, a large television rises on command from the cabinet within the arched niche, and the space is transformed into an intimate screening room.



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Douglas VanderHorn Architects 31 East Elm Street Greenwich, CT 06830 (203) 622-7000


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The Goal: Exceptional space planning and kitchen design, cultivated from years of experience, yields exceptional results. These projects demonstrate how reconfiguration of existing space with fresh ideas in design and appliance location can dramatically change the aesthetic along with the functionality of a kitchen.



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Our Story:

Our Purpose:

Huelster Design Studio, LLC offers full-service design expertise in the total home environment: from architectural and landscape design to custom designed cabinetry and furniture. The studio has been creating distinctive new homes, additions, and renovations for more than two decades, from Connecticut to California.

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


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The design goal of this newly purchased colonial in Mid-country Greenwich was to create inviting living spaces for the family to entertain in by unifying and opening up the flow of the formal living spaces and to give them some much-needed character.


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The living room was a long, narrow space that made seating a challenge. The dining room, which was adjacent to the living room, was not connected to it. Light was limited to two front windows only and it acted essentially as a walk thru to the kitchen.

Morgan Harrison Home 2 Old Stamford Road New Canaan, CT 06840 (203) 554-0941

The Design Summary: We opened up the wall between the dining and living rooms to create a light-filled space that’s unified by soft shades of blue and white. Seating areas at opposite ends of the room, are connected by a backless chaise. The result is a sophisticated space.


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The Summary:

The goal for this home was to embrace the history of the 225-year-old house while creating a more comfortable, family-friendly space for a family of six. The added challenge was to complete the project within two months.

The kitchen was constrained by the adjacent family room being dropped down to a lower level by two steps. By raising the level of the family room to match that of the kitchen, we created one great open space.

The Elements: The homeowner approached the project with great taste and plentiful ideas like how the space should function and incorporating dark granite countertops. New stainless steel appliances including dishwasher drawers and a wine cooler finished off the additions.



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Nukitchens 132 Water Street South Nor walk, CT 06854 (203) 831-9000


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The Elements:

Transforming an outdated master bedroom into a luxurious master suite was the name of the game. The formula for a transitional feel: sophisticated color scheme + classic furniture + modern accents.


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Olga Adler Interiors Westport, CT (203) 221-2411

New hardwood floors in the bedroom and a brandnew marble bathroom were the starting point. A monochromatic palette built on textures of wool, silk, Lucite, and polished-nickel and mirror finishes creates a look that’s simple and timeless.


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The Must Haves:

Owners were downsizing to their lakefront cabin as their primary residence but wanted an expansion capturing authentic history and materials from Candlewood Lake.

The Summary:

Preserving the original 1937 front door as the centerpiece, and surrounding it with craftsmanship to maintain the harmony of that period look was essential. Another “must-have” was sourcing out native stone materials that matched the existing stonework on the site.

Custom wood and stone craftsmanship, using locally sourced materials, combines to achieve the client’s dream of the aged natural look; blending original, period-style design with modernday comforts and efficiencies.



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Olson Development LLC 47 Pine Street | New Canaan, CT 06840 (203) 972-7722—New Canaan (203) 227-2516—Westport

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The Starting Point:

The word renovate means to restore to life, vigor, and activity. To renovate a home is to bring it a new life filled with beauty, warmth, activity, function, and love.

The Design Summary: The job and the joy is to fulfill the client’s wishes beyond their dreams, by creating unimagined spaces while designing within the confines of the existing home.


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Patricia M. Miller Residential Design LLC. 318 Good Hill Road Weston, CT 06883 (203) 227-7333

The wish list: a list of dreams.

The Challenge: The key to renovating is to add to or remodel an existing home by keeping what is best and removing what does not work. The goal is to make the final project seem as though it has always been there.


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The Goal (this page): The young couple who inherited a traditional Cape Cod-style house wanted a modern floor plan that took advantage of the beach views. Cardello delivered by incorporating large expanses of glass to let the landscape in.

The Goal (facing page top):

The Goal (facing page bottom):

Our Greenwich waterfront project won the 2013 A-List Award for “Historical Home Renovation.” This house, originally built in 1898, deserved a historically correct restoration, so Cardello’s team reused original millwork, then hand-built new millwork to match it. Cardello appreciated the opportunity to build and expand on the strengths of the house.



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Robert A. Cardello Architects 97 Washington Street South Nor walk, CT 06854 (203) 853-2524


The nondescript colonial was transformed into an eye-catching home all while providing the client a new master suite and an enlarged kitchen/ family room which screams “comfortable living.” Attention to architectural detail gives this new facade the curb appeal the family was looking to achieve.

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The Design Strategy:

A farm in Vermont, the multi-generational gathering place for an active and growing family, needed more space.

The Challenge: Provide large new spaces for the family, while sustaining the scale and character of the historic farmhouse.

We looked back to 100-year-old photos of the house, to gain inspiration from the house’s original configuration with attached barns and sheds. We took inspiration from these to expose the heavy-timber frame of the existing kitchen wing, to restore some inappropriately-renovated areas, and to create a new heavy-timbered gathering room and game room.

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Robert Dean Architects 111 Cherr y St. New Canaan, CT 06840 (203) 966-8333


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The Goal:

The Challenge:

Our clients wanted to downsize with the ability to reuse beloved furniture pieces. Their new home needed to express their sensibility for traditional, formal elegance.

Our mission was to transform the outdated home our clients purchased into one that is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and which reflects the true essence of our clients’ personalities and manner of living.

The Design Summary: The kitchen is truly the heart of this home. The fireplace makeover, tied into new glazed cabinetry through continuous moldings, sets the tone for the rest of the home.



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Sharon McCormick Design, LLC (860) 349-1349 (203) 609-1373


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Je Ne Sais Quoi A knack for spotting perfect objects in unlikely places, a talent for mixing and matching, and a touch of magic result in a Sharon designer’s eclectic, deeply personal home.

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A colorful Oushak ­carpet sets the library’s welcoming tone. The George Nelson pendant lamp adds a modern note, while classic articulating brass lamps from Michele Varian aid nighttime reading.

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Benjamin Moore colors— Abingdon Putty for the house, Georgian Brick for the shed—enliven a wintry landscape. Nashville, Tennessee, artist Nathaniel Mather’s painting hangs above the library’s vibrant daybed. The bar cart is a junkyard find. FACING PAGE: Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo popped an industrial window into the barn, which serves today as an office, exercise room, and storage depot.

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a yurt, or a cave it still would have ended up looking like a million dollars. It seems that anything the multifaceted interior designer Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo touches becomes immediately infused with style. As it happens, though, it was a 2003 Shakerinspired house behind a prim picket fence in Sharon that captivated Dragoo and her husband. After years of searching, they had seen every kind of home, or so they thought. This one, however, was different. The seller, Rafe Churchill, was a local contractor who had built the house for himself, incorporating a stunning commercial storefront door in the main living area. It might have been a touch quirky that the fireplace was upstairs, and it could be seen as a drawback that there was only one closet in the whole house. In the end, though, what did those things matter when everything else was terrific and the

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There’s no doubt that Dragoo’s collections are in great measure responsible for boosting the home’s appealing personal vibe.

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Elevated on cake stands beneath a glass cloche, miniature clocks garner special attention. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Dainty cups parading atop

a rustic cabinet create a fun contrast. The Statue of Liberty holding a bulb aloft came from Dragoo’s mother. Antique canisters house sewing supplies. Dragoo’s husband selected the colorful china.

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The dining room’s dark walls “make things pop,” explains the designer. FACING PAGE, TOP: Dragoo and the family pet, Tauren Poodle, get ready to entertain. The lively painting in the kitchen is by Albuquerque, New Mexico, artist Deborah Donelson. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The dining room art is an entrancing collection of vintage, antique, and thrift-store finds.

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location—a lovely rural road—looked like it belonged on a New England postcard? If the fireplace or closet situation gave the couple reason to hesitate, you’d never know it today. The fireplace warms a welcoming study, and myriad storage solutions ranging from antique trunks to vintage cupboards make closets seem superfluous. With her usual exuberance, the designer, who has offices in Sharon and Manhattan, swept through the house, leaving her mark on every surface and in every corner. Take the chic library, where Dragoo replaced the floor tiles with a coating of pale, commercialgrade, epoxy enamel. For contrast she covered the wall in Benjamin Moore’s Chalkboard gray. Out went the existing kitchen, too, and in came creamy, two-inch-thick Carrara marble countertops, sophisticated black-maple cabinets crafted by Hunt Country Furniture, and a shiny Aga range. “It has six burners and four ovens,” says the designer, who adores baking (she stages an annual cookie and champagne party) almost as much as good design.

“Happy Chances” or “Accidentism,” is how interior designer Dragoo explains her design philosophy. Her design philosophy, she proclaims, is “Happy Chances” or “Accidentism,” terms coined by the Swedish artist Estrid Ericson and Austrian architect and designer Josef Frank. Ericson founded an interior design firm in Stockholm in 1924, and

Frank later joined her. The firm, Svenskt Tenn, continues to thrive, and its credo—basically, follow your heart—seems as fresh as ever. Writing in Form magazine in 1958, Frank summarized it this way: “There’s nothing wrong with mixing old and new, with combining different furniture styles, colors and patterns. Anything that’s in your taste will automatically fuse to form an entire relaxing environment.” Don’t worry about planning every detail, Frank wrote. A home shouldn’t be contrived, but “an amalgamation of the things that the owner loves and feels at home with.” In Dragoo’s case, that’s a great many interesting items indeed. Among her many skills is spotting treasures, often in unlikely places. Her transfer station, for instance, has yielded a number of worthwhile discoveries, including the fabulous bar cart that now sits gleaming in her library. Once, she arrived with her trash to find a man toting a midcentury daybed, which she nabbed as well. “I was so excited to get to him before he tossed it, I accidentally locked myself out of my car and had to hire a locksmith,” she recalls with a level of joy that’s contagious. The stunning Winter 2014  New England Home Connecticut 85

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refinished and upholstered daybed rests alongside the library’s oversize window. If she hadn’t let on, one would take the art that hangs on the dining room wall to be a priceless collection rather than an amazing trove of mostly vintage, antique, and thrift-store beauties. The thoughtful grouping couldn’t be a better backdrop for the reproduction French dining table. Guests sit down to Versace china and Baccarat crystal sparkling in candlelight. There’s no doubt Dragoo’s collections are in great measure responsible for boosting the home’s appealing personal vibe. A cache of miniature Bulova clocks— a collection begun for her by her late father—is a

dazzling sight beneath a glass cake dome. And her Statue of Liberty army continues to grow. “I buy lots of them on eBay. Sometimes I pay more for the shipping than the actual item costs,” she says with a laugh. Amassed together—Dragoo’s favorite way of display-

Jaunty splashes of orange create cohesion from one space to the next in lamps, flowers, even cocktail nakpkins. ing things—the famous ladies create a memorable vignette, as do beloved teacups stashed in a glass case. In winter, when the snow flies, the second-level study is the kind of idyllic retreat most of us dream about. True to her philosophy, Dragoo blends a host of disparate elements into one delicious whole. A drop-dead gorgeous leather Natuzzi sofa scattered with vintage crewel pillows, a see-through Aero coffee table, and a grid of treasured antique lithographs that once belonged to her mother-in-law happily co-exist. The nearby marriage of a vintage partner’s desk with vintage Hepplewhite-style chairs upholstered in an ikat fabric by Mally Skok seems equally harmonious. Antique glass canisters, vintage lamps, and heirloom rugs—all meld without missing a beat. Dragoo painted all the doors and window sashes black, cleverly providing a unifying thread that pulls you from one space to the next. Also creating cohesion are her jaunty splashes of orange in lamps, flowers, even cocktail napkins. The couple’s private quarters and the adjacent sitting room are so in step they read like a single, gorgeous room. To gain additional space, the couple knocked down a wall and borrowed the room next door. Their regal bed, with its dramatic, linendressed headboard rests beneath a cool, handcrafted O’Lampia Studio chandelier. That Dragoo makes it all—choosing the right objects, the mixing and the matching—look so effortless only adds to the charm. But the truth is, behind her seemingly effortless style lurks a heap of talent and the eye of a born designer. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 132. 86  New England Home Connecticut  Winter 2014

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Dragoo designed the tufted headboard in the cozy master bedroom. FACING PAGE, TOP: A custom wood-veneer shade tops the midcentury Scandinavian lamp that sits on the Natuzzi sideboard in the study. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Heirloom lithographs depicting farm scenes hang above the study’s fireplace.

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Designer and homeowner Susan Glick replaced the cozy dark tones of her living room with dusty grays and amethysts. A sofa that once wore olive-colored fabric was reupholstered in gray velvet and paired with new custommade wing chairs. RIGHT: A sunburst mirror reflects light from the ceiling, now covered in silver-leafed paper.

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of Reinvention) A clever designer takes a fresh look at her old possessions and brings a new glamour to her own classic colonial.

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An update would mean “repurposing much of what I had, cleaning up the details, and reinventing rooms with new colors,” says Glick. 90  New England Home Connecticut  winter 2014

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homeowner who calls on an interior designer may have in mind a top-tobottom metamorphosis or a barely-there freshening up. The client’s budget and the degree of displeasure with his or her surroundings figure into the scope of the project. But when the home is a designer’s own—when she has invested in highquality furnishings, but has grown weary of her dated spaces, when she loves her things but is inspired every day by new colors, fabrics, and finishes—the project may fall somewhere between a total makeover and a clever ruse made possible by fresh paint, new materials, and a few well-chosen accessories. Fortunately, Susan Glick, a designer with a penchant for a decidedly modern aesthetic, has a knack for reinventing fundamentally sound interiors, and her Westport home is a case in point. “I really can envision what a space will look like,” Glick says. “Beyond the current furnishings, I can see where it’s going.” Several years ago, she got the bug to redo her house, a center-hall colonial she and her husband built sixteen years ago. Back then, she says, she was careful to choose an architectural

style that was classic and clean, and decorated it in “a traditional manner, what was in vogue at the time.” Because the bones of the house were good, and because Glick still loved much of what she’d filled it with the first time around, she felt that updating would mean “repurposing much of what I had, cleaning up the details, and reinventing rooms with a new color palette.” So while her home has changed significantly, she didn’t switch everything out— not even close. She resurfaced, reupholstered, and revamped. She fine-tuned it room by room, ditching the trendy and keeping the classics, albeit giving them a fresh look. The transformation started in the kitchen and progressed to the nearby family room. Next came the master bedroom, then the living room and center hall. Glick made only a few changes in the dining room. All told, the project took close to two years. “When it’s your own home, the process is a little bit slower,” she says. “You

ABOVE: Accessories with a more

modern influence give the dining area off the kitchen an updated feel. Left: Glick kept the dramatic, dark walls in her dining room. FACING PAGE: Dark-green granite counters gave way to white Calacatta marble in the kitchen. Glick swapped out a country pine table for the contemporary dark-wood table and surrounded it with streamlined chairs in white leather.

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have to squeeze it in.” The kitchen had been white with dark-green granite countertops and a backsplash adorned with ceramic fruits and vegetables. “The first thing I did was take away all the details,” says Glick. “I left only the cabinetry and the flooring.” Now, Calacatta marble counters and a backsplash of marble subway tile complement the clean, light cabinetry. Polished-nickel hardware and a serene gray wall color by Farrow & Ball add to the sophisticated vibe. The country pine table and traditional chairs in the casual dining area gave way to a round table in dark wood with a contemporary X-leg base and streamlined chairs covered in white leather. Overhead, a pendant lamp sports a drum shade in shiny nickel. The family room as Glick designed it originally was, she says, “gorgeous,


“When it’s your own home, the process is a little bit slower,” says Glick. “You have to squeeze it in.”


with a very English feel.” As much as she loved it, though, the room, with its skirted sofa, faux-linen wall treatment, and brick fireplace now felt a bit too heavy and layered. Glick stripped the sofa of its skirt and bullion fringe and re-covered it in quiet beige. With its exposed legs stained a darker color, the piece took on a more current attitude. “In order to really understand how to convert existing furnishings into new ones, it helps if you have a really good workroom,” she says. She does, in Norwalk-based Artistic Upholstery. 92  New England Home Connecticut  winter 2014

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Silver travertine replaced the red-brick surround of the fireplace in the family room. Glick redid the cocktail table with walnut stain, stripped the sofa of its fussy skirted upholstery, and added a new sisal rug and gray velvet lounge chair from Lillian August. Left: Susan Glick relaxes in her transformed home.

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When it came to the bedroom, Glick wanted everything to be soothing, but at the same time she wanted to up the glamour factor.



In the master bedroom, Glick achieved both serenity and glamour by covering the ceiling with crushed-mica wallpaper and outfitting the custom headboard in silk and mohair. The chandelier’s crystals are set in a silver-leafed mount. A formerly floral chest now boasts silver metallic paint and a mirror finish.

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A platinum-hued sisal rug with a diamond pattern adds texture and panache, while the silver-colored travertine that replaced the red brick of the fireplace further ratchets up the contemporary feel. A decorative painter repainted and glazed the classic white bookcases in silvery gray, adding a strié finish for dimension. Glick gave the cocktail table new life by changing its cherry stain to walnut and updated a console table by replacing its turned legs with streamlined ones. As a backdrop for her new-old pieces, Glick covered the walls with an extra-fine grasscloth in pale platinum. Lillian August chairs in dark-gray velvet and furry white pillows add the final touch to a room that now feels light, airy, and thoroughly up-to-date. Moving on to the master bedroom, the designer swapped out the Swedish Country style for a sophisticated look reminiscent of a fine hotel suite. She wanted everything here to be soothing, but at the same time she wanted to up the glamour factor. The ceiling, outfitted in crushed-mica wallpaper, shimmers above walls that wear a subtle but stunning blue-gray paper with a textured Moroccan-gate pattern. The room’s crowning glory is its light fixture—an upside-down pyramid of round and teardrop-shaped crystals set in a mount trimmed with silver leaf. The piece, Glick says, “has a very clean, clear light that reflects the

mica paper and bounces off the walls.” More sheen comes from the custom headboard of silk and mohair, silk charmeuse bedding, and the draperies in pale silveryblue accented with horizontal bands of taupe chenille. And for pull-out-all-the-stops sparkle, Glick took a floral painted chest and had it completely refinished with silver metallic paint and mirrored sides. Back downstairs, Glick reinvented the living room from the baseboards to the crown molding. Originally, she says, “it had beautiful, chocolate-brown walls and an olive sofa. It was warm and cozy, and nearly every finish was antique gold leaf or bronze.” With an eye toward modern chic, the designer replaced her dark palette with a variety of dusty grays, amethysts, and blues. New, custom-made wing chairs in wool and linen embellished with nail-head trim keep company with the old sofa, now reupholstered in matte gray velvet. Pieces finished in gold leaf and bronze were redone with finishes of pewter and silver. The new draperies hang from nickel hardware, and, over the fireplace, polished-nickel sconces flank a favorite painting that adds a jolt of vivid color. For the finishing touch, Glick covered the ceiling in a Donghia silver-leaf tea paper. “I like to think our house has a little history now,” Glick says. “It took a combination of vision and reinvention,” she says, but the result is a modern, classic home, more in sync with her signature style as a designer. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 132. winter 2014  New England Home Connecticut 95

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Beauty and the Beams Rough-hewn good looks and meticulous craftsmanship make a handsome barn-inspired Redding home both dramatic and cozy.

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Looking perfectly ­comfortable in a wintry setting, this Redding home takes its design cues (and even some of its building materials) from nearby ­Connecticut barns.

+ Text by charles monagan + Photography by robert benson + Architecture and construction: michael greenberg & Associates + interior design: paige Hammond, Westport Interiors + produced by karin lidbeck brent

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The spectacular staircase mixes verticals, horizontals, and diagonals with wood both rough-hewn and polished. FACING PAGE, TOP: A cozy corner bar offers snowy views. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The house’s rich oak flooring is most evident in the open kitchen.

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It may not top the list of things a would-be buyer wonders about while house hunting, but in this part of the world maybe it should at least hold a place among the aesthetic considerations: what will the house look like— what will it feel like—when it’s snowing outside? In the case of this baronial barn house in Redding, the answer is easy to guess: Let it snow! Set on twenty-three acres of woods, rolling fields, and one gorgeous pond, this substantial yet snug dwelling is a cross between a modern Telluride lodge and the humble New England barns whose old boards lend it so much of its character. With six fireplaces making the luxuriant wood interiors glow, it’s a good place to ride out a storm, which, in part, is what builder Michael Greenberg had in mind right from the start. “We thought that, given the nature of the property, something totally barnesque would work best, something that would feel like home in all seasons,” Winter 2014  New England Home Connecticut 99

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says Greenberg, whose Westport-based Michael Greenberg & Associates handles almost all aspects of its projects, including design, construction, millwork, and even landscaping. “Our goal is to be genuine and true to the location,” he says. “A lot of what we do uses reclaimed materials. There was a nearby barn that we dismantled, and a couple of other barns as well. A lot of wood went into this project.” It is wood that seems to distinguish all of Greenberg’s projects, and wood that has given birth to a couple of his other Connecticut spin-off businesses, both located in Ridgefield. Good Earth Millworks specializes in hand-finished wood products, such as cabinetry, custom moldings, libraries, and wine racks. Riverbend Wood Floor Company salvages wood from old barns and industrial buildings and gives it new life as flooring or millwork. Both businesses played important roles in the building of the house in Redding, as did the firm’s resident architects and designer/craftsmen. “There’s such a good dynamic when you’ve got the designer and the shop working in sync,” Greenberg says. In this house, those details are what give the house

“Our goal is to be genuine and true to the location. A lot of what we do uses reclaimed materials,” says Greenberg. subtlety and refinement despite its size—6,800 square feet of living space, not including the basement, tennis pavilion, and guest house/garage—and a heavy helping of rough-hewn good looks. The contrasts begin at the front entrance, where a golden chestnut doorway is set off against a facade of natural barn wood. The welcoming message is unmistakable. Inside, an enormous central hearth made from native fieldstone, some taken right from the property, soars upward through the beams and beyond to the roof. Nearby, tucked under an exposed second-floor walkway, is a cozy bar, where the barstool view through multiple windows takes in snow-laden evergreens. The dining area and kitchen, all contained within the same big open space, continue the snowy show and the showy indoor glow. The craftsmanship in the cabinets, window frames, center island, and even the stove’s exhaust hood stands out. And so does the richness of the flooring. “The floors are all reclaimed oak,” says Greenberg. “We bring it in from the field, re-mill it, and find a new life for it. We love to find distinctive properties and then build unique houses.” The woodworking is especially bold in the crisscrossing planes of the main staircase. Here, roughhewn beams and newel posts contrast with the lighter, more refined balusters, handrails, and treads. Diamond-shaped designs in the stairway are echoed in the big windows that accompany the ascent. The robust wood treatments continue upstairs as well, where the master bedroom’s soaring ceiling finds strength in its network of massive beams, and even

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Some of the fieldstone for the central hearth was taken from the property. FACING PAGE, TOP: Wondrous wrought-iron lighting fixtures create a focal point in virtually every room. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM:

The Michael Taylor dining table sits atop a stone base.

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Custom millwork, such as the master bedroom’s cabinets and mantel, is one of the house’s signatures. FACING PAGE, TOP: Outdoor structures cut impressive profiles, even in winter. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: A tub enjoys dramatic views and its own proscenium arch.

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the master bath raises the drama of its sinks and tub by placing them beneath proscenium arches of oak. As for the restrained interior look, Paige Hammond, of Westport Interiors, had already worked with the owners for eighteen years on multiple homes and knew well their tastes and dislikes. She first learned of the property when the wife called her in a bit of a panic. “You must come up here right away,” she said to Hammond. “My husband just went out for a ride in his car and he bought a house!” Hammond arrived to find Greenberg’s work nearly done. Her plan was to keep the interiors as simple and easy as possible and let the architecture and the views out onto the property do most of the talking. “The owners absolutely love the rustic design,” she says, “and we didn’t want to intrude on that. For instance, they wondered about an Oriental rug in front of the big fireplace, but we finally decided the focus should be on the room and the view out to the water, so we ended up with something plainer. Similarly, the window treatments, with only a few exceptions, are blinds that can all but disappear and let the views pour in.” Color shows up here and there, as in the family room, where a dining table and banquette front a

Hammond kept the interiors as simple as possible to let the architecture and the views do most of the talking. bow window. “This is where the family spends a lot of its time,” said Hammond, who enjoyed a free hand in picking out all the elements. “The reds in the rug, window seat, and couch lend some coziness. There’s some red in the grasscloth on the walls there, too.” Hammond enjoyed working with Greenberg and his multi-faceted approach. “The chemistry helps a lot,” she says. “It’s always very nice when an interior designer can work so easily with a builder. There were no struggles. I’m not interested in being an architect, but I could bring an idea in—a tin ceiling in one room, for example, or the dining table in the family room—and we could figure out ways to get it done. By working together that way we could achieve what we were both really there for: to create a warm and wonderful space for the family. When they’ve got eighteen for dinner they know the house is working with them all the way.” And if it just happens to start snowing outside, so much the better. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 132. Winter 2014  New England Home Connecticut 103

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Written and produced by Stacy Kunstel // Photography by Michael Partenio

In Living Color why not design a room around a painting? that’s just how artist kerri rosenthal keeps recreating her own vibrant home. Surrounded by the tools of her trade in her attic studio in Weston, artist Kerri Rosenthal layers on the color. The evolution of her art led her to redesign her home’s interiors.

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ny story about Kerri Rosenthal’s home must also be about her art. The first thing you see after you’ve crossed the threshold of her Weston home and given her woolly dog, Maggie, a pat is a painting that practically jumps off the wall. The piece bursts with more color

than a ripe citrus salad, and hangs above a wash of white—white walls, white console, white pouf. Twelve more canvases—acrylic paint thick and glossy in every color the sky could possibly be between dawn and twilight—cover the walls beyond. Paintings in the living room to the right and the dining room to the left all bear Rosenthal’s signature.

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¢¢ ¢¢ A custom table by D2 Interieurs holds sculptural pieces in the dining room, which Kerri sometimes uses for client meetings. Facing page: Colorful accessories pop in the living room, where walls of Benjamin Moore’s Jet Black set off the crisp white trim and shelves.

On a bright winter day Rosenthal is painting in the warmth of her attic studio. Her energy—and it takes a lot of energy to paint as she does—almost competes with her work, her beaming disposition as sunny as her favorite colors. She works the canvas with such confidence that you’d think she’d been a painter all her life, yet it was just seven years ago

that she first picked up a brush. The house came long before that. Rosenthal calls it her cookie-cutter house. New, nondescript, but nicely constructed, it sits on a little hill in a residential area of similar homes. Twelve years ago, she and her husband, David, weren’t house hunting, but found themselves walking through this one on a sunny Winter 2014  New England Home Connecticut 107

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afternoon. “I saw the doubleheight windows, and I loved the house immediately,” says Rosenthal. “The light hit me. I cried. I just got that feeling. I thought, ‘I have to live here. I have to live here now.’” They sold their home in New Jersey in two days and the pair became Connecticut residents. Her move to becoming a painter had an equally dramatic start. She and David were out to dinner with friends in Greenwich when she saw a painting she just went crazy for. “The next day I went to an art store,” she says. “I bought paper and acrylics. I bought every book by every artist. I painted in the basement next to the boiler.” Her first paintings were abstracts with lots of yellow; then came colorful landscapes. “Color was ingrained in me and came out in my painting,” she says. “Other painters like neutrals, but I just went for full color.” Before long, her art was influencing her feelings about her home. “The house started out French country because that’s what everybody was doing,” she recalls. “I was painting more modern than the house actually was. As I evolved as a painter, my interiors evolved, too.” Rosenthal began to change the look of the house

realized I had a knack for interiors when a client came to my house to purchase art, fell in love with my home, and asked me to help with hers,” says Rosenthal.

room by room, using her friend Denise Davies, an interior designer living nearby, as a sounding board. The two found they were so in tune they began working together on projects, forming D2 Interieurs. “I realized I had a knack for interiors when a client came to my house to purchase art, fell in love with my home, and asked me to help her with hers,” Rosenthal says. The great room, with its soaring ceilings and tall windows posed a particular challenge. Open to the breakfast area, kitchen, and entryway, and with a balcony above it, the room floats in the middle of the house. “There are no walls in the room, so I created visual walls with furniture and filled the vertical height with paintings,” she says. She grounded it with overscaled pieces; for example, a large sofa, an enormous veneered coffee table, and a pair of mod vintage table lamps that stand at least four feet high. In cozy contrast is the den, with its low ceilings, warm beige walls, and electric orange chairs. “Sometimes I’ll paint a painting and design a room around it,” says Rosenthal. “That’s what happened in the den.” The painting between the windows came first. “I didn’t know the art could even fit there. I don’t plan,” she explains. “I pulled different elements from around the house. I had two vintage orange chairs from Montage in Westport. Then, boom—there was my room.” The living room began with the art above the fireplace. Rosenthal painted the walls dark blue, then, deciding that looked too historical, switched to black. “I just had to do it,” she says of the black, which continues into the backs of the bookshelves in the room. David found the massive coffee table. “When he

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¢¢ ¢¢ Vintage orange chairs complement Kerri’s artwork with a bit of extra punch in the television room. The ottoman is another custom D2 Interieurs design. FACING PAGE, TOP: Open to the kitchen and upstairs balcony, the great room serves as a family catch-all for art, TV, and music. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: One of many Jonathan Adler pieces in the house is this vase holding Bells of Ireland.

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¢¢ ¢¢ A graphic piece of art in black and white, from Lillian August, dominates the master bath. FACING PAGE, TOP: A Pottery Barn Teen cupboard with cutouts, lavender drapery fabric from Duralee, and a John Robshaw quilt give elevenyear-old Emma’s room an edge. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: A palette of cool blues creates a soothing atmosphere in the master bedroom.

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makes a suggestion it’s always good,” Rosenthal says. She often changes out the art as pieces sell, which leads to more rearranging, putting the house in an artistic state of flux. But is it decorated? “I don’t think my house feels decorated,” she says. “I don’t have window treatments in my living room or rugs everywhere. I can just switch some paintings around and do something else. No fancy fabrics. The house has an organic, real feel.” The bones, for the most part, are neutral, with lots of white or dark walls and linen-covered furniture. “I go to Bungalow or Dovecote for pillows, switch out my books, and then I’ll just rework a room,” she says. “My house has been a labor of love for twelve years. I waited for all the pieces to come to me. That’s why it doesn’t feel decorated.” The most designed spaces in the house are the bedrooms. Eleven-year-old Emma got full use of the D2 talents, requesting purple for her room. “She loves purple, so we just toned it down to a lavender,” Rosenthal says. “I designed the bed with Denise. The headboard fabric is a sheet I liked.” The master bedroom is a serene wash of whites with touches of blue. There’s simply nothing colorful or jarring about it. The adjacent bath is dominated by a vintage textile design in black and white along with favorite pieces by Jonathan Adler. “I feel like each room is a painting,” says Rosenthal. “For clients of D2 we flow from room to room with color, but each of my own rooms is individual. My bedroom and bath are vanilla and beautiful and I need them to be that way.” Creativity and self-expression are Rosenthal’s


osenthal often changes out the art as pieces sell, which leads to more rearranging, putting the house in an artistic state of flux.

lifeblood. “Who knows where it will lead to next?” she says. “Who knows what tomorrow will bring?” No doubt, there will be art involved. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 132.

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Connecticut designers share their favorite resources EDITED BY CATIE PARRISH

Perspectives Stylish Sleeping Bedding KIMBERLY LEVIN

Saxon Bedding by Sferra ///

“Sferra’s Saxon embroidered bedding is offered in a versatile palette. The embroidered border is both elegant and bold, while the quilted duvet and shams provide a nice textural balance. The bedding straddles the line between feminine and masculine, and the result is clean sophistication.” Bloomingdale’s, New York City, (212) 705-3038,


Samantha Bedding ///

“This crisp, white, Egyptian-cotton percale with hand embroidery sets the tone for a comfortable, good night’s sleep.” Léron Linens, D&D Building, New York City, (212) 753-6700,


Impala Faux Fur from Duffield and Crest ///

“I recommend high-quality, white bed linens and minimal decorative pillows. Who wants all that daily assembly? However, this sexy faux-fur blanket thrown—not folded— at the foot of the bed adds instant chic and texture, and is divine to curl up in.” Dovecote, Westport, (203) 222-7500,


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Stylish Sleeping Beds CAROL BREWER

Artistic Dipped Bed ///

“It’s so easy for anyone to get a custom-bed look with these unique appliqued details on the head- and footboards. The polished acrylic feet give this bed a light and floating feeling, ready for dreamland.” Artistic Frame, New York City, (212) 289-2100,


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“I encourage clients to choose upholstered headboards with clean-lined bed skirts. I work with my upholsterer to create custom shapes, often built extra high, to add drama and fill the tricky wall behind the bed.” Sun Upholstery, Millbrook, N.Y.,


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The combination of her Southern heritage and years spent living and working in Manhattan has provided Katie Rittenberry with both the grace to handle challenging situations and the toughness to get the job done. Rittenberry Designs, New Canaan, (917) 881-3257,

“This upholstered bed with its high wingback design will surely become the focal point of the bedroom. Whether covered in an understated gray herringbone, shown here, a large-scale patterned fabric, or even adorned with nail heads, this piece is a stunner. I love the simple lines of the bed’s tapered feet, which balance the curvaceous and ample headboard.” Lillian August, Norwalk, (203) 847-3314,


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Hudson Swing-Arm Wall Lamp by Best & Lloyd ///

“To free up space for books, water, night creams, medicine—even the luxury of a photograph or bouquet— I strongly recommend swing-arm sconces instead of lamps. These beauties add unexpected color and a little funk.” George Smith, The Fine Arts Building, New York City, (212) 759-7888,


Athena Lamp ///

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Chubby Baluster-Form Table Lamp by Visual Comfort ///

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“This nightstand strikes a smart balance between masculinity and femininity with its clean, unfettered lines softened by polished brass detailing and an antique cream finish. This simple yet stylish silhouette provides an easy solution to bedside storage.” Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, (203) 358-0818,


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“This side table is the perfect height and overall scale for a kingsize bed. It includes a pull-out tray, ample space for stacking books, and a good-size bottom drawer. And, most important, its vaguely Mandarin profile, quality hardware, and high-end finish make it a stylish addition to any boudoir.” Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, (203) 358-0818,


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“I just love this simple, clean, white lacquer frame turned super-elegant with inlaid mother-of-pearl drawer fronts.” Artistic Frame, New York City (212) 289-2100,


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The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut’s annual HOBI AWARDS celebration was a record-setter, with 725 gathering at the beautiful Aqua Turf Club in the Plantsville neighborhood of Southington. We were pleased to be a part of it all, and congratulate the winners across categories from residential to commercial, spec to construction, new construction to remodeling, and more.












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(1) Arnold M. Karp and Paul Stone

The Greenwich location of SIMON PEARCE hosted a reception to unveil interior designer Rachel Laxer’s ­holiday installation for the store. The event was part of Simon Pearce’s Designer Showcase Series, a partnership with the local design community that raises awareness of the area’s creative talent. Simon Pearce donated 20 percent of the evening’s sales to the Breast Cancer Alliance, Greenwich.




(1) Christine Alston, Rachel Laxer, and Megan Mahoney (2) Debbie

Kniffin, Debbie Boehringer, and Amy Nussbaum (3) Rachel Laxer and Yonni Wattenmaker


of Karp Associates with Robin Carroll (2) Chris Nelson and Ron Janeczko of Landworks Development (3) Jack Truman, Heath Horn, and David Prutting of Prutting & Company (4) HOBI Awards producer Joanne Carroll and Peter Sciaretta of Hemingway Construction (5) Joanne Hoerner with HBRA of CT CEO Bill Ethier (6) Liz and Gerald Verna of Verna Builders (7) Michael and Anthony DeRosa of DeRosa Builders (8) Jim Blansfield of Blansfield Builders with HOBI judges Paul Liistro, Pete Fusaro, and Frank Sanford (9) HBRA of CT vice president Nort Wheeler and Robert Levine of Home Construction (10) Darren Andreotti and Robert Sprouls of Bluewater Home Builders with HBRA of CT president Ken Boynton (11) Steve LoParco and Dean Deltosta of LoParco Associates flank Fairfield County HBRA president Maureen Hanley-Belitto

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SARAH BLANK DESIGN STUDIO celebrated the holidays with a party in its beautifully appointed architectural studio in Darien. Showcasing Amanda Smith Caterers, the gathering included food every bit as inspired as the surroundings, if the happy looks on the faces of the guests as they sipped and nibbled are any indication.

The Gunn Memorial Library and Museum was the beneficiary for the twenty-seventh annual


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was observed at the opening reception for the gallery’s most recent exhibit, Drawn: Exploring Contemporary Drawing. Artwork by New England, New York, and UK artists made a fine backdrop for merrymaking.

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Lucky guests at the preview party enjoyed live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity for first dibs on an impressive collection of carefully curated antiques and contemporary collectibles.

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Designer HOLLY HOLDEN was pretty in pink—her favorite color— as she signed copies of her new book, The Pretty and Proper Living Room, at a holiday tea hosted by the Brunschwig & Fils showroom at DesignSourceCT.



(1) Holly Holden and Beth Malloch (2) Jennifer Walker and Michelle Raiti (3) Rhydian Moreno, Marilyn

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It was a festive scene as the Connecticut chapter of ASID celebrated the holidays with an event at the C. Parker Gallery in Greenwich. Guests mingled, enjoying food and drink, against a backdrop of the gallery’s extensive collection of paintings ranging from ninteenth-century masters to rising stars who have been exhibited in salons, museums, and major galleries around the world.







There’s always something inspiring for Connecticutarea designers at the







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from the latest trends to the newest products to book signings. New England Home editors held an afternoon session for designers to show off projects that might show up on our pages in the future.


(1) Laura Kirar, George Snead, and Colleen Scully (2) Olga Adler and Dale Minske (3) New England Home’s Karin Lidbeck Brent and Beth Cannon (4) Liz King (5) Kathleen Bivona, George Snead, and Chris Gulotta (6) Author Alix G. Perrachon

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(1) Connie Cooper, Catherine Cleare, and Sally Steward (2) Fran Pastore and Steven Mueller (3) Gina Romanello, Andrea Reiner, and Niko Nakos

It was a moving-in party for architect STEVEN MUELLER and designer CATHERINE CLEARE, both of whom have new offices in a beautifully remodeled Victorian in the heart of downtown Greenwich.




The hottest new trends in materials and design were the topic at Conversation, Crepes and Cocktails when DEANE hosted an evening get-together at its handsomely appointed Stamford showroom.







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New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business

Josh Leher

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by paula M. Bodah

If you need evidence that Allan Greenberg is among the most influential architects of the classical movement, his new book will put any doubts to rest. Allan

Greenberg Classical Architect, new from Riz-

zoli, celebrates the long career of the architect, who has offices in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Greenwich. The hardcover monograph showcases the houses, apartments, and university and civic buildings that display Greenberg’s style with its emphasis on classic beauty and artistic integrity in every detail. $75, Rizzoli, Gold and Williams

Twenty-five years ago,

small furniture company in North Carolina. “We wanted to have a small company that only did business with nice people,” Gold says. Little did the design duo imagine that by their silver anniversary they’d have 600 employees in stores all over the country, not to mention a nationwide reputation for their impeccable taste and the quality of their offerings. The company plans a year-long twenty-fifth anniversary celebration that will include events at their signature stores to benefit local charities. Greenwich, (203) 661-4480,

In addition to the decade she spent as a decorator for Lillian August, Danise Talbot has a background that includes buying and selling vintage and estate jewelry. She’s combining both her favorite pastimes in her new business, Danise Talbot Design. Her studio and retail space overlooking the Saugatuck River is a charming mix of decorative accessories and furniture culled from estate sales and flea markets in Connecticut and New York, and she can help customers design a room around any of the one-ofa-kind pieces they happen to fall in love with. She also plans regular trunk shows of the antique and estate jewelry she has a passion for collecting. Westport,

Benjamin Wheeler

Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams decided to start a

(203) 952-1112,

Last year, its thirtieth in business, was especially rewarding for KARP ASSOCIATES. The construction firm won a 2013 HOBI Award for Best Residential Remodel in the $4 million to $5 million category (for the Greenwich house pictured here); was ranked number thirty-three in Remodeling magazine’s annual list of the 550 biggest home-improvement companies; won a Big 50 award for exemplary business practices, management skills, community service, design, and craftsmanship from Remodeling; and was ranked fourth on Professional Remodeler magazine’s list of market leaders in New York and New Jersey. Now that’s how to celebrate an anniversary. New Canaan, (203) 972-3366, keep in touch Help us keep our fingers on the pulse of Connecticut’s design community. Send your news to 126  New England Home Connecticut  Winter 2014

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Since she founded her eponymous design firm a decade ago, Westport-based Olga Adler has gained a loyal following for her blog,, and her weekly Home & Design blogazine. The European-born designer is celebrating the tenth anniversary of OLGA ADLER INTERIORS by working on a national launch of her popular sub-brand, Rent My Eye. Westport, (203) 221-2411,

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The accolades just keep piling up for James Doyle and Kathryn Herman, of Doyle Herman Design Associates. In 2012 the two were inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame, and late in 2013 they won the landscape prize in the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s annual Stanford White Awards for Excellence in Classical and Traditional Design. The jury was Doyle and Herman impressed with how seamlessly the gardens interact with and pay homage to the historic 1920s Greenwich home they surround. Greenwich, (203) 869-2900,

There’s nothing like a state-of-the-art kitchen to provide inspiration. The newly renovated culinary center at Deane’s Stamford showroom certainly inspires with its stylish appointments. Everything about the space is fresh, from the extra-thick walnut top on the island to the Taj Mahal quartzite of the counters and the sliding panels that hide niches behind the range’s backsplash. It makes a great setting for the c­ ompany’s frequent demonstrations and cooking lessons. Stamford, (203) 327-7008,

Paul Guzzetta and Philip Shortt, partners in iH Design Studio, are starting 2014 with a new venture. PAOLO GUZZETTA FIRENZE offers luxury leather goods from Italy, specializing in desk accessories for the office or the home office. The line comes in fifteen top-grain leathers and in finishes, styles, and colors to go with any decor from the daring (how about pink snakeskin?) to the handsome classic shown here. Stamford, (203) 252-2553,

After more than seventy years in the business, VA Solutions Construction Group is hardly content to rest on its laurels. As a new year begins, the family-owned contracting and design/ build group is expanding its reach, branching out from its residential and commercial work in Fairfield County and Westchester County, New York, to focus on high-end residential work in Litchfield County, home base for general director Vanessa Ajdinova, the thirdgeneration head of the firm. Roxbury, (646) 360-2009

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Unique, beautiful and now appearing in Connecticut’s shops and showrooms

See the Light The hexagonal Nantucket Lantern from Oomph, handmade in New England, is a fresh spin on nautical style in sixteen high-gloss lacquered colors. New Canaan, (203) 216-9848,

Artisanal Import At Trovare Home, shoppers are stopping in their tracks over this gray cup chair (also available in orange and tan) that’s made of sea grass applied by hand in Italy. If you love the tulip base of a classic Saarinen table, you’ll swoon for this seat. Cos Cob, (203) 869-5512,

Go-To Gift Every winter, Lafco’s smoky Feu de Bois/Ski House scent is Fine Linen and Bath’s best-seller. (If you’ve ever taken a sniff, you’ll know why!) This season, they’ve debuted a new candle and soap set that’s sure to become a gifting staple. Stock up now. Branford, (866) 352-4522,

Leggy Looker A smart adaptation of a midcentury classic, the Finn Leg Bench at Irwin Feld Design boasts sculptural lines and handmade details. Available in custom sizes and finishes, it’s shown here in black cerused oak with a diamond-seamed buttoned top. Stamford, (203) 588-0567,

Nesting Instinct When entertaining every guest needs a drink, and every glass needs a surface upon which to be set. With their clean lines and polished steel bases, you’ll love these gray hide side tables, available at Rinfret. They take up little (physical or visual) space—leaving more room for mingling. Greenwich, (203) 622-0000,

Mother Nature You’ll adore the luxury-meets-safari vibe of Casadeco’s new Victoria collection. The animal-inspired fabric line can be found at Arnitex. New York City, (866) 794-9777,

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Throw Down Beat the winter chill with one of these alpaca and merino wool throw blankets. Nubby polka dots add a playful touch to the design. At Olley Court, you can see them in two sizes or order in a custom color. Ridgefield, (203) 438-1270,

Basket Case Made of naturally water-repellent New Zealand wool, these handmade AKiS Design baskets are ideal for corralling damp winter gloves, hats, and scarves at the door. They also feature leather and brass-detail handles for easy toting, and can be found at J.Horton. Madison, (203) 779-5343

High Gloss Shine on! This polished inlaid crystal console table is a stunning addition to the Pimlico floor. To add to the opulence, thin brass plate trims the keyholes and lower shelf. The clean lines make it a smash for contemporary-glam spaces. New Canaan, (203) 972-8166,

Fine Fusion Custom-furniture designer PaulBloom marries modern sensibility and Zen aesthetic withhis Leah table. A removable fossil is suspended on the stainless steel base, and a vanilla lacquer bottom shelf anchors the piece, which can be found at Bloom Design. New Haven, (203) 773-9992,

Mirror, Mirror Reflect upon a remarkable new treasure at The Drawing Room: the arched Sapphire mirror, part of Bunny Williams’s line for Mirror Image Home. With its mirrored edge and gold trim, it brightens any foyer. Cos Cob, (203) 661-3737,

Cover Up Satisfy your craving for cozy by upholstering a piece of seating in the new Juta fabric at Rogers & Goffigon. It’s an incredibly soft blend of linen, cotton, jute, and bamboo—with a touch of synthetic—and is available in six rich colors. Greenwich, (203) 532-8068 —Catie Parrish

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Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes

Southport, (203) 259-5828,

cabinet color from Benjamin Moore; painting by

Interior staging: Meridith Baer Home, Los Angeles,

Deborah Donelson from Fleckenstein Gallery,

Ca., (310) 204-5353,; custom cabinets by Hunt Country Furniture,;


A CERTAIN JE NE SAIS QUOI PAGES 78–87 Interior designer: Amy

Page 34:

Beth Cupp Dragoo,

1. Details, Details

ABCD Design, New York

Builder: Robert J. Levine,

City and Sharon, (212)

Home Construction, New

924-9989, abcddesign.

Canaan, (203) 594-7663 Architect: Charles Hilton, Charles Hilton Architects, Greenwich, (203) 489-3800, Landscape architect: Charles J. Stick, Charlottesville, Va., (434) 296-1628 2. Cool Beauty Builder and designer: Sound Beach Partners, Stamford, (203) 323-2200, soundbeachpartners. com 3. Concrete Proof  Builder: Brindisi & Yaroscak Custom Builders, Darien, (203) 656-1948, Architect: Chris Pagliaro and Nicholas Sajda, Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects, South Norwalk, (203) 838-5517, Pages 36–37: 4. Modern Master 

com Builder: Rafe Churchill, Churchill Brothers, Sharon, (860) 364-5152, Upholstery workroom: Thayer Durell, T.L. Cie Antiques and Decorations, Pine Plains, N.Y., (518) 398-6268 Pages 78–79: Chalkboard gray wall color and White Dove trim by Benjamin Moore,; French bergères from Pooter Olooms,, in Vanguard linen,; gold garden stool from Wisteria,; articulating brass lamps from Michele Varian,; gray mohair Edward Wormley Dunbar sofa from Irwin Feld Design,; end tables from RT Facts,; daybed upholstered in

Builder: Prutting & Company Custom Builders,

Fern Mango fabric by Romo,; ottoman

New Canaan, (203) 972-1028,

from Barclay Butera Home, barclaybuterahome.

Architect: Joeb Moore + Partners Architects,

com, upholstered in Holly Hunt velvet, hollyhunt.

Greenwich, (203) 769-5828,

com; orange corduroy wool Case Study daybed

Landscape architect: Reed Hilderbrand

and George Nelson Saucer lamp from Modernica,

Associates, Watertown, Mass., (617) 923-2422,; French bombé chests from

Baker Furniture,; vintage

5. Country Chic

denim pillows from Andrianna Shamaris,

Builder: Ralph Corbo, The Corbo Group, Roxbury,; fabric for ticking-stripe

(203) 509-5118,

pillows from Traditions Linens, traditionslinens.

Architect: Richard K. Merrell, Merrell Associates,

com; floral arrangements throughout house by

Waterbury, (203) 753-6676

ABCD Design.

6. City Charmer

Page 80–81: Abingdon Putty and Georgian

Builder: LoParco Associates, Greenwich, (203)

Brick exterior paint colors from Benjamin Moore;


vintage heirloom lamp with custom lampshade

Architect: Brian J. Mac and John Linn, Birdseye

by Shandells,; mixed media bull

Design, Richmond, Vt., (802) 434-2112,

painting over orange sofa by Nathaniel Mather,

Landscape architect: Jeff Kuffel, Round Meadow

Page 82: Antique glass English canisters with brass

Landscapes, Norwalk, (203) 655-5112, round-

lids from Scott and Bowne,

Page 83: Gold clocks under cloche by Bulova,

7. Object of Envy, with mirror installation by Kent Glass,

Builder: Richard Rosano, R.R. Builders, New

Kent, (860) 927-1105.

Hicks pendant by Thomas O’Brien from Circa Lighting,; Aga range, aga-ranges. com; Shaws fireclay apron-front sink from Rohl Home,; rug from Housatonic Valley Rug Shop, Cornwall Bridge, (860) 672-6134; vintage wood boxes on floor and countertop vintage toolbox from Millerton Antiques Center,; Miele built-in coffee system, Page 86: China White wall color from Benjamin Moore; vintage partner desk from Rolling River Antiques,, refinished and repaired by Jack Apiella, Allcraft Furniture Repair, Sharon, (860) 364-5413; vintage Hepplewhitestyle hand-painted chairs upholstered in Ikat Crazy fabric from Mally Skok Design,; gray armoire cabinet and antique mirror cabinet doors by Alistair Jones, Sharon, (860) 364-9886; sofa from Natuzzi,; glass cocktail table from Jennifer Furniture,; metal trunk side table from Hunter Bee,; Rumford-style fireplace screen by Anvil Wrought Iron Furniture,; antique farm scene lithographs framed by Housatonic Fine Art and Framing, Cornwall Bridge; cowhide tray on cocktail table from Aero,; vintage midcentury Scandinavian lamp from RT Facts; wood veneer lampshade by Shandells; black mirror sideboard from Natuzzi; vintage leather cube with brass nail-heads from Dabney McAvoy Home,; club chairs from Beacon Hill Design, beaconhilldesign. com; French wine grape basket from Lesprit, Page 87: Kendall Charcoal wall color by Benjamin Moore; industrial side tables from RT Facts; lamps and custom grasscloth lampshades from Shandells; decoupage tray from John Derian, johnderian. com; plaid bed pillows from Romo; velvet bed pillows from Calypso St. Barth, calypsostbarth. com; Belgian linen headboard pillow blanket and duvet from Libeco,; Gothic Neo-Geo chandelier by O’lampia,

Canaan, (203) 972-6100,

Page 84: Chelsea wall color by Benjamin Moore;


Architect: Brooks & Falotico Associates, New

French reproduction table from ABC Carpet

Interior designer: Susan

Canaan, (203) 966-8440,

and Home,; Shaker-style dining

Glick, Susan Glick

Interior designer: Melissa Lindsay, Pimlico Interiors,

chairs from DWR,; turned wood chair

Interiors, Westport,

New Canaan, (203) 972-8166, pimlicointeriors.

from Willow Creek Gallery, willowcreekgallery.

(203) 984-4112,


com; Versace Primavera china by Rosenthal,

8. A Study in Style; matte gold flatware from Huzza,

Builder: SIR Development, Westport, (203) 227-; stemware by Baccarat, us.baccarat.

Carmen Vergara, Greenwich, (203) 531-1083


com; rose bowl from Tiffany,

Upholstery workroom: Artistic Upholstery, Norwalk,

Architect: William A. Achilles, Achilles Architects,

Page 85: Wickham gray wall color and black

(203) 849-8907

Decorative painter:

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(203) 246-4139,,

Pages 92–93: Rug from Redi-Cut Carpets & Rugs;

and Denise Davies, D2

lamps from Dovecote,; lounge chair from Lillian August,; chenille sofa fabric from Lee Jofa, Pages 94–95: Mohair-upholstered headboard from Artistic Upholstery; wallpaper from Wakefield Design Center,; chandelier from Klaff’s,; curtain fabric from Zimmer- + Rohde; benches fabricated by Artistic Upholstery; nightstands from Hickory Chair,

Interieurs, Weston, (646) 326-7048, Page 106: Jet Black wall color from Benjamin Moore,; Saturn sconces from Serge Mouille,; custom sofa by Jan Hiltz, Page 107: Chandelier and dining chairs from Restoration Hardware, restorationhardware. com; dining table by D2Interieurs; rug from Stark,; black lamp from West

BEAUTY AND THE BEAMS PAGES 96–103 Architect: Michael Greenberg, Michael Greenburg & Associates, Westport, (203) 2267958, Interior design: Paige Hammond, Westport Interiors, Westport, (203) 227-7090 Builder: Michael Greenburg & Associates Page 98: Antique Kilim rug from Kaoud Carpets & Rugs, Page 99: Woven bar stools from Bauer International, Page 100: Rug from Merida Carpet,; dining chairs from Sterling Collection,; chandelier from Ebanista, Page 101: Chandelier from Foundry Lighting,; Louis XIV lounge chair from Charles Pollock for Knoll,, in Bergamo

Elm,; candelabras from Dunes and Duchess,; sideboard from Studio A,; tabletop sculpture from Lillian August, Page 108: Leather poufs and vintage cocktail table from Dovecote,; sofa from Verellen,; lamp from Adesso, Page 109: Kingsport wall color from Benjamin Moore; custom item from D2Interieurs; vintage Florence Knoll chairs through Montage Modern,; carpet from New York Carpet,; Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa, gold lamps, and zebra pillows through Dovecote; end tables, sofa pillows, and chair pillows from Bungalow 5, Page 110: Art from Lillian August; vintage tulip side table from Dovecote; vase from Jonathan Adler, Page 111: Cornforth White wall color in daughter’s room from Farrow & Ball,; carpet from Redi-Cut Carpets & Rugs, redi-cutcarpets. com; headboard by D2Interieurs; lamps from Worlds Away,; quilt by John

fabric,; cocktail table from

Robshaw through Fig Linens,; ceiling

Flat Rock Furniture,; sofa

light and heart pillow from Jonathan Adler; drapery

from Charles Pollock for Knoll with fabric from

fabric from Duralee,; cabinet from

Robert Allen,; pillow

PB Teen,; master bed headboard by

fabric from Clarence House,;

D2Interieurs; upholstered stools from Dovecote;

armchair from Charles Pollock for Knoll with fabric

nightstands from Studio A; lamps from Bungalow

from Stroheim and Roman,; Kona

5; sconces from Artemide,; bedding

design rug from Merida Carpet; ottoman from

from Restoration Hardware and Fig Linens. •

Tudor House Furniture,,

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with fabric from Zimmer + Rohde, zimmer-rohde. com. Page 102: Chaise from Tudor House Furniture with fabric from Kravet,; rug from Patterson, Flynn & Martin,; bed from Michael Taylor Designs, michaeltaylordesigns. com, with coverlet fabric from Kravet. Page 103: Skirted swivel chair from Tudor House

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Design ideas in the making

You never know when or where the next inspiration will appear. About two years ago, Paul Egee, my design collaborator for thirty-three years, and I were discussing design ideas while sitting at his desk looking out of the window. We like the view across the street—a kind of woodsy tableau—and on this day we became fixated on the glass insulators on top of the telephone poles that are part of the scene. That led to an online adventure looking at vintage insulators, which are really beautiful, very diverse, and highly collectible. Moments later we were talking about designing lights that could incorporate heavy glass. The result is Watt, a collection of heavy, molded-glass shades for sconces and pendants in clear, amber, and light blue. The sconces are attached to a large-scale back plate for a very substantial effect. My personal favorite is the light-blue glass sconce with a nickel back plate. Barbara Sallick, Waterworks, Danbury, (203) 546-6000,

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