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home design. He quickly became one of Suzanne’s biggest supporters and the unofficial PR person for her shop. KH: How did the idea of Privet House come into being? PH: When the space a few doors down from Suzanne’s antiques shop became available, she asked Richard, who had always talked about owning a shop, to consider opening one. After giving it some thought, Richard said he would consider opening a shop if Suzanne became his “partner in retail.” When we first started talking about opening Privet House, we felt there really was a need for a shop that felt like an emporium . . . a place where you could just wander around and always feel an unexpected sense of discovery. KH: Is there a particular design philosophy behind the things you show at the two shops? And how you present them? PH: From the outset, we wanted Privet House to have its own unique voice that would resonate in everything that we do: in the physical presence of the shops, in the product assortment, in the visual merchandising, in the overall ambience and shopping experience, in our website and social networking and all public relations and marketing initiatives. Regarding the merchandise itself, from the beginning we agreed that, when shopping, if we both got that “love it . . . can’t live without it . . . want it for myself ” feeling about something, then we could buy it for Privet House. KH: From having begun in a tiny town in Litchfield County, you seem to have developed a very large footprint in the design world further afield. How did that happen? PH: That is very flattering . . . but we do both come from the worlds of fashion and design, and neither of us is a stranger to building a brand. That said, it is always nice to know you have a fan club out there, encouraging you to do your best and being supportive of your efforts. KH: How do your Warren and Greenwich stores differ? Do the differences extend to the people who shop there? PH: Physically, the shop in Warren is a larger, loft-like space located in a small hamlet in the middle of nowhere, while the Greenwich shop is a series of rooms on two floors in a very charming nineteenthcentury house located just off of very busy Greenwich Avenue.


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I would say that our Warren customer, generally speaking, is more of a weekender. This particular area in northwestern Connecticut is a popular weekend community for many New Yorkers, particularly artists, writers, composers and interior and fashion designers. Greenwich is more of a primary-home community, and homeowners from Fairfield County, as well as interior designers with businesses based in the surrounding communities, frequent that shop. Also, although Privet House as a whole does have a distinctive look, so much of what we sell is either vintage or antique that

the one-of-a-kind pieces lend a distinctive personality to each shop at any given time. KH: Both of you have strong New York City connections, but there is no Privet House there. Why is that? PH: We are both New Yorkers and definitely can envision ourselves keeping shop there. Maybe Privet House is like a Broadway production—we are perfecting our craft outside the city first. Or maybe we’re just waiting for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to make us an offer we can’t refuse! KH: Has the trade—and how you practice it—changed over the time you’ve been operating? PH: The retail landscape has changed drastically in recent years. So many smaller, independently owned specialty shops have disappeared, discounting has become the way of the world, and online shopping is one of the fastest-growing segments of the retail business. The tougher economy has taken its toll on independent retailers and has put

greater demands on the survivors. Smaller businesses like ours have to be much shrewder about identifying opportunities and creating interest; we really have to give our customers a reason to get in their cars and come visit us. And our hope is that once they do, the experience will be one that is memorable and one they will want to share with their friends. KH: Over these past four years, are there any things you wish you had done, but didn’t, or things you did do and wish you hadn’t? PH: We opened our first shop in May, 2008, which was just four months before the world started to end that September. In hindsight, our timing could not have been worse, and as a result we have never had the opportunity to “ride the crest of the wave.” But as the economy slowly starts to improve, it is certainly something we are looking forward to. KH: A major bit of buzz right now, of course, is about your new collaboration with Target. What’s the low-down on that? PH: We are really excited about our exclusive collaboration with Target and being part of The Shops at Target. Our collection for Target was inspired by, and reflects the aesthetic and appeal of, many of the pieces and products you will find at our Privet House shops. It’s a beautiful collection of home decor and accessories, from tabletop to garden items, storage crates and baskets, as well as an assortment of candles. The more than 125 pieces in the assortment range in price from $1.99 for a gift bag to $159.99 for a large, rope-textured pouf. (By the way, the line will be available at all Target stores and on for a limited time beginning May 6.) KH: Is there anything else you’d like to add? PH: Target is known for its innovative partnerships, and we are so pleased to be a part of this new collaborative model. Target is truly showing its support for distinctive specialty retailers like Privet House, and this arrangement allows us to share our brand with a national audience of shoppers who, like us, want to discover good design that is affordably priced. KH: Finally, visitors to your website will undoubtedly want to know: have you ever actually been to Capri together? PH: We have both been to Capri—but together, not yet . . . only in spirit. •

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Warholian wall installation Chemical Landscape. Here, Savage repeats one silk-screened image—rows of birds sitting on power lines—which she transferred from a photograph using paper lithography, a technique she considers among her specialties. “There’s something about the grittiness of a paper lithograph that I really like,” she says. “I like clarity but also that worn-out kind of feeling.” Clockwise from above: Noose, Part of an extended Lampwick, and Roxy’s Cell Tower, body of work dealing all from the Blue Plate Specials both with birds themseries (2010), paper lithograph monoprints; Quattro (2009), selves and also with things carborundum aquatint with “birdish”—power lines, mixed media; Maison Series I–VIII cages, clouds, the urban (2012), charcoal/eraser drawings environment—the image was inspired by a car ride during which Savage and her family spotted thousands of birds spanning power lines near Monomoy Island off Cape Cod. “Stop the car for art!” she cried, leaping out to capture the scene with her camera. Set against a range of shades brighter or more “chemical” than the typical sunset, the repeated Xerox-like image nonetheless calls to mind common experiences: peering out car windows as a child and languorous evenings spent staring at a fading sky. At once familiar and mysterious, Savage’s

avian imagery tends to spark viewers’ own memories. At a dinner party one night, she recalls, “Every single person had a story about birds.” If Chemical Landscape presents a stylized, ordered world, Savage’s more recent work delves into something much messier. Here she’s moved on from birds to houses, an image whose personal resonance she admits she’s still uncovering. In work after work Savage manipulates the core image—a childish stick-figure house—using, it seems, every tool at her disposal. There are scratchy, primitive-looking etchings; triptychs adorned with disorganized doodles and drips and blobs of color; a crayon series in which the title Maison is furiously obliterated with thick, scrawling black strokes. It’s clear that Savage’s technical skill is such that she no longer needs to adhere to the rules; the effect is of a virtuoso cellist laying down the bow and going for the strings directly. “I think one of the things that makes my teaching and my artwork unique is that I try to be fearless,” she says. “I’m at the point of my life where it’s coming out of me. Yeah, I’m afraid, but if I’m afraid, so what?” The key, she says, is getting it all out: “Then you refine it, you hone it, and there’s the beauty.” • Editor’s Note To see more of Savage’s work, visit

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New Canaan, CT $3,595,000 Westport, CT $2,799,000 MLS#133630, Sneddon Associates, 203.219.3769 MLS#98528201, Jillian Klaff Homes, 203.858.2095

Stamford, CT $2,495,000 MLS#98519286, Jan Milligan, 203.253.1770

Westport, CT $2,350,000 MLS#98527089, Leslie Smith Clarke, 203.984.1856

Fairfield, CT $2,199,000 MLS#81154, Phyllis Doonan, 203.363.7142

New Canaan, CT $2,199,000 MLS#98525926, Hannelore Kaplan, 914.450.3880

Stamford, CT $1,995,000 Stamford, CT $1,995,000 MLS#98520903, Richard Kent, 203.324.5427 MLS#98501427, Jean Ruggiero, 203.912.1284

New Canaan, CT $1,995,000 MLS#98524724, Kelly DeFrancesco, 203.667.4074

Westport, CT $1,849,000 MLS#98527140, John Gray, 203.524.3386

Westport, CT $1,849,000 Fairfield, CT $1,699,000 MLS#98527424, Donna Beretta, 203.451.1540 MLS#98525234,Al Filippone Associates, 203.368.8754

Stamford, CT $1,299,000 MLS#98528274, Marianne Broekmeijer, 203.913.6068

Newtown, CT $1,295,000 MLS#98503472, Marcia Izzo, 203.733.9655

Stamford, CT $1,250,000 Danbury, CT $1,160,000 MLS#98525301, Chris Carozza, 203.912.6819 MLS#98525429, Patty McCarthy, 203.733.7006

Easton, CT $1,050,000 MLS#98523986,Al Filippone Associates, 203.895.0961

Southbury, CT $874,000 MLS#98516045, Shari Sirkin, 203.910.3207


For more information on these and other luxury homes or to speak to an Exceptional Properties Specialist, call 877.298.2780.

Photos by Phil Nelson

By Invitation


The New England Home’s Connecticut Winter Networking Event at Lillian August Furnishings + Design On January 26, Lillian August’s spacious and enticing showroom welcomed advertisers for our winter networking event. From gorgeous fabrics to beautiful antiques, there was no shortage of accessories, furniture and rugs to spark conversation and keep the mood fun. Along with ample opportunity to network, attendees also snacked on appetizers and sipped wine—and one lucky guest took home the Lillian August gift card raffle prize!

Skye Kirby of Lillian August with Peter M. Deane of Deane, Inc. • Lisa Cavataro, Dick Laughton and Barb Laughton of Front Row Kitchens • New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner with Frank Fasanella and Trudy Dujardin of Dujardin Design Associates, Inc. and Bob Gaynor of RDYC Interior Design + Architectural Development • Molly Hirsch of Molly Hirsch Interiors, Mayson Linn of Fordham Marble, Vincent Sciarretta of VAS Construction and furniture maker Jeff Soderbergh • Katya Kopaskie with Jerry Hupy and Michael McClung of Shope Reno Wharton and Joyce Sardo of Fordham Marble • Jay Hanseman and Michael Smith of Michael Smith Architects LLC with New England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso • Beth Cannon of Wakefield Design Center with Ron Cerrito and Shirley Cerrito of Cerrito Furniture • Suzanne Bellehumeur of Mural Interiors with Joe Najmy and Mary Najmy of NuKitchens

Creating well-designed outdoor spaces allows you to make the most of your home year round. From seating and tables to umbrellas, accessories and outdoor upholstery, we can help you build your ideal entertainment destination.

Love how you live Outdoors.

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PAT I O , I N C .

The complete source for a lifetime of pool enjoyment.

For more than forty-two years of continuous operation, Aqua Pool & Patio, Inc., has been enhancing finer homes throughout southern New England with its unique, custom designed, in-ground Gunite swimming pools. Using our outdoor living room design concept, the staff at Aqua Pool can create special designs for customers’ homes, which accurately reflect their individual lifestyles. Aqua Pool provides a handcrafted addition to the home produced by trained and experienced artisans and craftsmen. While traditional methods and values are important in Aqua’s family-owned business, the company also embraces the advantages of modern technology. Aqua encourages the incorporation of in-floor automatic pool cleaning systems to reduce owner maintenance time to a minimum. It also recommends electronic controls for pool functions and waterfeature controls. The ability for customers to control their

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complete pool environments from inside their hot spas is convenient. The ability to exercise this control from in the home or even from the car is amazing. From stone-covered natural pools tucked away in the woods to classical designs adjacent to the home, Aqua’s designers can fulfill all your wishes. Aqua Pool also can provide Gunite pool renovations. From a simple coping or tile replacement to a complete pool refurbishing, Aqua can give pools a refreshing new look. With the addition of new, upgraded mechanical equipment, Aqua can create the feeling of a brand-new pool. For pool owners with very busy schedules, Aqua also offers pool service, maintenance and repairs. It can provide annual services, including spring openings, weekly cleanings and service and fall closings. In addition, the company offers vacation pool sitting or repairs as needed.

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Austin Ganim Landscape Design offers a full range of design, installation and maintenance services for properties of all sizes and styles. Whether renovating an existing landscape or starting from scratch, the Austin Ganim Landscape Design team assists clients through the entire process. Our design-build division works with homeowners to create timeless landscapes that not only please clients at completion but provide enjoyment for years to come. Having backgrounds in horticulture, garden design, historic preservation and landscape architecture, as well as hands-on experience in landscape design, installation and maintenance services, the staff at Austin Ganim is able to create a seamless transition between the home and garden. Our professional services division offers landscape services to other design and construction professionals and their clients. Whether it’s a builder in need of design-build servic-

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es or a landscape architect searching for a firm to install its design, Austin Ganim’s client-care associates assist each client to ensure the project is a success. Austin Ganim Landscape Design guides projects from start to finish. Its staff meets with clients at the property to discuss the scope of work. After an initial consultation, the Austin Ganim staff determines the appropriate type of services, and, if needed, the landscape architect or garden designers develop a tailored landscape plan, review the material selection with the clients and provide a cost estimate. In addition, they work with clients or their team to coordinate the installation, to source specialty plant materials and, assist with project phasing. Once the scope of work has been finalized, the company’s skilled crews install the landscape and hardscape. After installation Austin Ganim offers lawn and landscape maintenance services to keep the property looking its best.

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As the solemn hibernation of winter yields to the budding hopefulness of spring, we find ourselves looking for inspiration. The folks at Connecticut Stone believe that outdoor environments are oases. Whether celebrating with family and friends or enjoying a much needed afternoon of solitude, the backyards created by Connecticut Stone host some of the most memorable and important times. This year, the staff at Connecticut Stone promises to spend even more time outside enjoying the peace and tranquility of home. They look forward to the arrival of the first

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sign of spring: the crocus. It’s a reminder that it’s time to start planning gardens, walkways and pool decks. They gather ’round the fire to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. They dine out and barbeque on the patio while enjoying the happy chatter of loved ones. They pledge to create a landscape that lasts a lifetime. For ideas and inspiration, visit Connecticut Stone’s showroom in Milford or Middletown. Its knowledgeable staff will be happy to help turn dreams into reality.

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E A RT H S C A P E S Landscape Management & Development, Inc.

For more than seventeen years, Earthscapes has created timeless designs that blend seamlessly with the existing architecture of the home and its surrounding environment. The company accomplishes this by using a dedicated team of creative designers, knowledgeable horticulturists and tireless craftsmen who bring a repertoire of skilled perspectives to make each and every project a unique blend of talent meeting each client’s individual needs. Earthscape’s goal is to form a valuable and long-lasting relationship with its clients, educating them in the process of hardscape and plant material selection, construction techniques and the delicate ecological balance of a landscape design that harmonizes with their home and family. Our staff researches the best materials and resources for designs, down to the smallest detail, such as choosing the right color cover for a fire-pit or the perfectly scented lilac to

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place near a favorite chair. Earthscapes also offers a full maintenance department to serve all yearly landscaping needs, from the simplest of services, such as lawn mowing and snow plowing, to the more complex all-inclusive services required by many of the finer homes in the area. As caretakers of our clients’ property, Earthscapes helps them identify their property’s specific requirements, makes suggestions and informs them of any issues, so they can make the best decisions for the well-being and keeping of their landscapes. Whether creating a new environment or taking care of an existing landscape, Earthscapes will be there every step of the way to fulfill clients’ visions and maintain their property to its full potential, creating a setting where friends and family will experience the joy and beauty of a functional and timeless outdoor living space.

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Erskine-Middeleer Associates LLC is an award-winning, fullservice design firm based in Wilton, Connecticut, specializing in architecture, landscape architecture, site planning and interiors. Principals Silvia Erskine and Geoffrey Middeleer are committed to a holistic approach to design through the careful integration of architectural and landscape form. Involved with each of their projects from the earliest consultations through the final stages of construction, they create designs which meld the visions of their clients with the historical, regional and natural contexts of each site. The firm has completed numerous residential projects, including new homes, additions and extensive architectural and landscape renovations. The firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residential landscape work includes a wide range of project types, from shoreline sites to eighteenthcentury farm properties. Each project, regardless of size, is

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approached with the same commitment to site stewardship and creative detailing, with special emphasis on quality materials and year-round interest. The natural characteristics of the site and the architecture of the home inform the design of each garden, and particular attention is paid to enhancing a sense of place through thoughtful artistic intervention. Plants, stone, water and light are combined to create timeless, elegant spaces. The firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landscape portfolio also includes municipal and institutional projects such as Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve and Greens Farms Academy in Westport and Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich. In 2006, the firm won an American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for the landscape design of the Lower School at Greens Farms Academy. For more information about Erskine-Middeleer Associates LLC, visit

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There’s something about growing vegetables that simplifies life, that literally “grounds” us. Talk to most people about vegetable gardens and they’ll get nostalgic about their parents’ or their grandparents’ garden and wish they could have one of their own. But growing food is not something we’re taught these days; it’s been bumped from life’s curriculum to make room for texting and GPS navigation. That’s where Homefront Farmers comes in. Homefront Farmers designs, builds and maintains organic raised-bed vegetable gardens throughout Fairfield County. Each carefully crafted garden is designed to be healthy, productive and a beautiful enhancement to the owners’ property. “People want gardens for many reasons,” says Vonne Whittleton, a founder of Homefront Farmers. “My clients want to feed their families food that they know is grown in a healthy and nutritious way—food that’s free of chemi-

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cals. For other clients it’s about lifestyle, teaching their children where food comes from and sharing the experience of watching it grow.” Co-founder John Carlson takes a more global perspective on the enterprise. For him, it’s not just about providing a product and service that people will love, it’s about helping the environment. “The local food movement is about a very simple idea, that it’s crazy to ship lettuce all the way from California when a better-tasting head can be grown fifty feet from your door,” says Carlson. Clients love the “additional outdoor room” that the garden structures provide and rave about the homegrown taste of fresh organic vegetables picked from their own backyards. Beautifully crafted gardens, healthy tasty food and benefits to the environment…what’s not to love!

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LaurelRock’s Landscape architects believe a home’s outdoor landscape is a natural extension of its interior living spaces and an expression of a client’s lifestyle and design sensibility. LaurelRock’s mission of enhancing Connecticut’s outdoor lifestyle, while preserving the health and beauty of our natural environment, has become the company’s hallmark, among residents and the trade alike. Over the last thirty-six years, LaurelRock’s award-winning landscape architects have created more than 1,000 residential landscapes for the region’s most beautiful homes, with an eye for integrating a home’s architectural style and keeping the views, from the inside-out, always in mind. LaurelRock is one of the only landscape design/build and maintenance firms in Fairfield County that started as a landscape architectural firm. Its design-driven approach, together with its construction and landscape management services, enables the

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company to meet all of its client’s outdoor needs. During the conceptual design process, LaurelRock designers ask questions, listen carefully, sketch ideas, research products and share options. The result is a master plan and cost analysis, ensuring that clients receive the highest value for their investments. Working with LaurelRock throughout the design/build process not only ensures that the design is brought to life in the way it’s envisioned, but also ensures that the project is completed on budget and on time, delivering exceptional quality and creativity every step of the way. And because LaurelRock’s continued involvement with a client’s property is key to helping the landscape mature properly, the company makes caring for and maintaining every aspect of a client’s property its business. As a full-service firm, LaurelRock does the fine gardening so that clients can sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

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If you’re interested in amassing a collection of objects for your home that conveys a strong sense of individuality and energy, you’ve found your creative partner at Marvin Gardens. Owner Amabel Chan constantly searches for home and garden elements that can be used indoors and outdoors—be they antique, vintage, contemporary or traditional. The current range of services offered by Marvin Gardens includes interior and exterior designs, on-site container planting, re-upholstery, custom-made tables, consoles and bookcases, furniture refinishing and contractor service referrals, electrical, plumbing, custom cabinetry, painting, lawn maintenance and stonework. “Our design philosophy encourages risk taking on the homeowner’s part and the willingness to incorporate unusual and unexpected elements,” says Chan. Marvin Gardens’ products include an extremely large se-

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lection of outdoor iron, cement and stone containers, iron sculpture, architectural elements, wrought-iron garden and driveway gates, antique floorboards and hand-hewn beams. There is also interior furnishing, accessories, lighting, home decor accents and repurposed items. One of Marvin Gardens’ main goals is to determine whether or not the client has furniture/accessories with good form. If so, Chan strives to incorporate these pieces into the design and then move to the design’s “bones.” For services that are beyond Marvin Gardens’ scope, the store provides great resources for clients to select architects, home builders, landscape designers, commissioned artists, etc. Through this foundation, known as Eleven Shades of Grey, local artisans, companies and others with entrepreneurial spirit can come together to create a sense of community.

Marvin Gardens 713 Danbury Road Wilton, CT 06897 (203) 544-2020

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PA R A M O U N T S T O N E C O .

Paramount Stone is a leading fabricator of natural stone—all done in-house and under the watchful eye of skilled craftsmen. The company’s staff works closely with homeowners, designers, builders and architects to help them achieve their vision. Customer satisfaction is the company’s highest priority. Since Egyptian, Greek and Roman times, natural stone fabrication has been chosen because of its abundance and durability. Granite, marble, travertine and limestone can be obtained in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Skilled artisans can work with the stone’s natural beauty to create a showpiece that will enhance a home for generations. For projects like kitchens and baths , stone’s natural beauty and economical cost make it highly desirable. Homeowners and designers alike are often pleasantly surprised to discover that natural stone is often less costly than manmade imitations. Paramount Stone has the capability to service all natural

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stone requirements. Craftsmanship is done in the company’s state-of-the-art fabrication facility. Its showroom offers samples displaying the majority of natural stones that are currently imported into the United States, as well as stones indigenous to this area. For customers’ convenience, Paramount stocks all loose and palletized materials on site, including tiles and granite, marble and limestone slabs. Also, customers have the option to view additional slabs at importers’ yards. Paramount Stone has become an important tool to industry trades people by offering the finest in service and quality, as well as competitive pricing. Customers visiting the showroom will find it a comfortable and relaxed place in which to make selections. Paramount’s knowledgeable staff, who have decades of experience, are readily available to offer assistance. Customers who are thinking about a project should stop by the facility, look at Paramount’s selection and talk with its experts.

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In business for more than eighty years, Young’s Nurseries is the area’s premier landscape supply, design and installation resource, featuring everything from the largest trees to the smallest garden tool. Young’s Nurseries grows and stocks more than sixty acres of plant material and sources it all over the country. Whether you’re looking for a creative landscape design or a few ideas to enhance a certain area, Young’s Nurseries is pleased to offer complimentary onsite landscaping consultations. Young’s Nurseries has been listed as one of the top 100 nurseries in Nursery Retail Magazine for more than seven years. It is dedicated to supplying customers with the highest quality and most extensive selection of plant material possible. Young’s is the go-to provider of large trees, shrubs and plants in the region. Growing in the fields at the Woodbury location you can find everything from specimen flowering

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trees, specimen shade trees and dwarf specialty conifers to screening evergreens ranging from 5 to 35 feet and a large selection of ornamentals. Young’s Nurseries experienced staff and dedicated crew are devoted to customer service so that replacements and follow-up tasks can be handled in a timely manner. The garden center offers a full array of gardening items including pottery, tools, supplies and gift items. One unique service the garden center offers is customized containers. The garden center staff can help you select materials or design a container specifically for you. The greenhouse is stocked with a unique selection of tropicals, houseplants and seasonal annuals. View Young’s online catalog and be sure to visit its two locations: Wilton and Woodbury, serving Fairfield, Litchfield and Westchester counties and beyond. You can also find us on Facebook.

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An art consultant turns her connoisseur’s eye to her own home, giving the historic Litchfield house a design update that blends beauty and practicality, elegance and ease. Text by Megan Fulweiler • Photography by Michael Partenio • Interior design: Lauren Della Monica, LPDM Fine Art Consulting • Builder: John Cappello and Sons • Produced by Stacy Kunstel

Watercolors by artist Vico Fabbris line the stairs. Facing page left to right: An antique Federal mirror lends grace to the entry hearth. The beautifully symmetrical, classic exterior enthralled Lauren Della Monica right from the start.

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Walls painted Benjamin Moore Cloud White complement the living room’s pale furnishings. Facing page top: An antique sconce is a grace note above a canebacked settee. Facing page bottom: A sunny conversation area in the living room centers around a sculptural modern table.

ot every wife has a spouse who so trusts her judgment he would suggest she purchase a house without his involvement. But, then, Lauren Della Monica is a woman apart. A sought-after art consultant and an author (she co-authored Flying the Colors: The Unseen Treasures of Nineteenth-Century American Marine Art and is working on a second book that concentrates on contemporary American landscape paintings), Della Monica is known for her keen eye. It might also have helped that, since her family was in the real estate business, her husband knows an apti-


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tude for spotting gem-like homes is in her DNA. And truth be told, he could have been growing just a tad weary. “We’d been searching three and a half years when a new listing popped up,” Della Monica remembers. “It was too big. But I showed it to my husband as an example of the perfect house.” Armand was the epitome of encouragement. “Get in the car and go make an offer,” he urged. Long story short: patience and perseverance paid off. The lovely 1773 Ephraim Kirby house in Litchfield is theirs, and Della Monica’s affection for the place has deepened with every passing hour. Over the years since it was built, the home had been hauled back from the street twice to escape the en-

croachment of civilization. Now perched in the very middle of three verdant acres, it’s the best of two worlds—private, yet accessible to the town’s goings-on. Dotted with trees both pedigreed and newly introduced, the setting is as peaceful as one of the pastoral pictures Della Monica so admires. And the interior? Well, that’s where the happy surprise plays out. The structure was sound, which made cosmetic changes the primary order of business. Rather than attempt to replicate the past, though, Della Monica launched a sensitive reinterpretation. Her goal was to maintain the home’s sense of history while introducing her own modern sensibility. “We’re young and I wanted Spring 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 77

Antique green glass from Della Monicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection enlivens the dining room. Facing page top: A painting by Sarah Hinckley makes a statement in the dining room. Facing page bottom: George, a Welsh terrier, relaxes in the study below a portrait of himself by Susan Randall.

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our home to have that young feeling,” she says. “I’m not stuck on historic colors. Things like comfort are more important.” Della Monica ushered in a pleasing neutral palette throughout the home’s public spaces, paired traditional and contemporary furnishings and sought out forgiving materials like sisal, linen and Ultrasuede to accommodate the couple’s army of family and friends. When her Welsh terrier, George, catapults himself onto a sofa, as he frequently does, no one frets. A welcoming make-yourself-at-home-spirit resonates year round. In winter, visitors step through the front door into the generous entry hall to find a fire blazing on the hearth. The floor is a stenciled checkerboard wrought by previous inhabitants and too wonderful, the owners wisely decided, to edit. Come spring and summer, guests move from the cream-colored living room through French doors onto the south veranda for a view of the property’s most historic tree: a 200-year-old copper beech. The living room projects a formal air at first, with its gleaming dark floor and gold accents, but Della Monica made sure to design it to accommodate real life, too. The sofa’s linen slipcover, for example, can be whisked off in a jiff for cleaning. Charming juxtapositions like the delicate hand-painted antique cane bench perched alongside an edgy chrome tray table keep the mood lighthearted. And then there’s the glorious art—a Charles Burchfield lithograph above the tray table and a still life by Katherine Ann Hartley (one of two in the couple’s collection) over the mantel. The dining room owes its cozy feel to its six-foot-teninch ceiling, the lowest in the house. Why it should be this way, Della Monica says, is a mystery. The chandelier had to be rescaled to be a bit shorter and wider to make it the perfect fit. Nixing the classic combo of dark chairs and table, Della Monica fearlessly lacquered the table snow-white. At its center sits a handcrafted lamb’s-ear sphere by Bethlehem artist Ray Baker. An arresting oil painting by Sarah Hinckley provides an unexpected splash of dreamy color. Della Monica ushered in a pleasing neutral In the kitchen and family room, everyone’s favorite palette throughout the home’s public spaces. place to spend time, Della Monica fostered a countrified air by transforming the previously bright-colored space with walls painted Benjamin Moore’s Briarwood, a shade that fluctuates between gray and olive green with the day’s passing, and a custom-stained maple floor. Two beefy ceiling beams

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were installed, making the spacious kitchen feel more warm and inviting. Della Monica also commissioned Bethlehem cabinetmaker Woody Mosch to craft a top using 200-year-old barn wood—in a nod to the age of the original house—for the existing island. The stainless-steel vent hood and soaring metal backsplash were painted jet black to help visually balance the galley with the adjacent family room and its new floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. An avid chef, Della Monica is delighted that Armand has begun to get enthused about cooking, too. One of the culinary duo’s recent dinner party menus is impressive even by Julia Child’s standards: lobster ravioli, coq au vin and chocolate mousse. 80 New England Home’s Connecticut Spring 2012

Kitchen amenities include custom pendants and charming linen valances. Facing page top: The guestroom’s cottagey air appeals to all ages. Facing page bottom: Gleaming copper pots and a dark hood enhance the kitchen’s country ambience.

The house sports five bedrooms, so overnight guests are teamed with her practical “who cares about spills?” approach has made for the grandest, happiest kind of home. easily accommodated. The most requested guest room, though, is the “cottage room,” a sweet green bedroom accessible from the kitchen by a back staircase. Della Monica grew up on Cape Cod, Rather than attempt to replicate the past, Della where blue and white make a familiar marriage. In Litchfield, though, it’s about the Monica launched a sensitive reinterpretation. woods and rolling hills, she says. “There’s so much green outside, I wanted some inside.” She chose complementary shades of green to People sense this is a nest to be cherished and enjoyed— cover the room’s walls and floor, and added pert painted not unlike a work of fine art. • beds that once graced her childhood bedroom. In the end, Della Monica’s fine-tuned connoisseurship Resources For more information about this home, see page 134. Spring 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 81

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Designer Jan Hiltz played up the living roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brightness with a ceiling covered in gold grasscloth, gold accessories and a geometric print Victoria Hagen fabric for the draperies that has its own golden glow. Spring hues of turquoise and green add to the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elegantly playful feel.

Written and produced by Stacy Kunstel • Photography by John Gould Bessler • Interior Design: Jan Hiltz • Architecture: Robert Storm • Builder: Able Construction

A family’s wish for youthful, colorful surroundings is met in a Westport home that blends practicality, whimsy and classic style.


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Durable fabrics, including the faux ostrichprint vinyl on the ottoman, are pretty and kid-proof in the family room. Facing page clockwise from top: A niche in the family room makes a fiery focal point with its yellow grasscloth. Interior designer Jan Hiltz. The homeowners were attracted to the rooflines of the Westport home.


here are a few things a Californiaraised girl needs if she is to live happily in New England. The practical items include an attached garage and a mudroom, particularly if she’s the mother of three little ones under the age of four and has a 130-pound Bernese mountain dog. The others—likely even more important—are pieces that remind her of her family, along with punches of color to get her through the New England winter. “They wanted bright and fresh and young and colorful,” says interior designer Jan Hiltz of the owners of this house in Westport. Hiltz first worked with the couple when they were newlyweds, buying furnishings and redo-

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ing a kitchen in their first house. As their family expanded, they needed a larger place that they would want to call home for years to come. “I drove by and I loved the architecture of the house, and I loved the rooflines and the shingles,” the wife says. “Growing up in California you could never have wooden shingles on the roof because of the fire hazard. I thought if I was going to live in New England, I wanted to live in a house that looked like New England.” Architect Robert Storm of Westport had designed the white clapboard structure with its gracefully swooping rooflines, and Able Construction was just getting ready to put up the drywall when the couple purchased the home, giving them the opportunity to make minor

“If I was going to live in New England, I wanted a house that looked like New England.”

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Indoor-outdoor fabric on the bench and faux crocodile on the chair seats make it easy to clean the breakfast room after feeding three children under the age of four. Facing page top: French cafe–style barstools bring color and texture to the white kitchen. Facing page bottom: Hiltz added punch to a boy’s room by rimming one wall in nail-head trim.

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changes and to choose tile and finishes. While Hiltz and the homeowners got to work from scratch on the interiors, it didn’t mean that they started with all-new furnishings. “We used every piece from her previous house,” says Hiltz. “It can’t all be new. It wouldn’t have any personality if it was.” Fabrics and furniture in the house had to be kid-friendly, too. “Durability was really important for me,” says the homeowner. “I have three kids under the age of four and host play dates with four to twelve kids.” Just past the mudroom, the open kitchen, breakfast area and family room are the heart of the home for the family. Different shades of gray paint on the walls unify the spaces, and multiple windows offer views to the backyard. Like any thirty-something planning and designing a home, the homeowner, Hiltz says, “has every design magazine and is constantly reading them. She’s online, she’s savvy and she’s involved.” “Color was really important to me. I love color,” the homeowner says. In a China Seas fabric, the family room curtains play navy and aqua off one another, lightening up the light-gray walls and charcoal-gray sectional sofa, which wears a kid-proof polyester velvet and holds a number of pillows in indoor-outdoor fabric. A bright-white customdesigned ottoman in faux ostrich with nailhead trim is as impervious to peanut butter and jelly as it is to Bordeaux. “I didn’t want to do just a navy and aqua room,” says Hiltz. “The room needed a pop and a surprise.” She took a niche that was to be a built-in bookshelf and covered it in a bright-yellow Phillip Jeffries grasscloth. A pair of navy lamps and a colorful abstract by Weston The open kitchen, artist Kerri Rosenthal give the breakfast area and room an added jolt. An open breakfast area sits family room are the between the family room and heart of the home kitchen. Hiltz chose a table with for the family. elegant lines by Bungalow 5 and designed a bench covered in indoor-outdoor fabric to go with it, making the room feel like an additional sitting area as much as a place to eat cereal. She covered the seats of the Oly dining chairs in faux croc, but chose a more delicate botanical by Osborne & Little to sheathe the backs. “We figured kids aren’t going to put their hands inside the backs of the chairs,” she says. As much as the homeowner likes whimsy, the branchelier chandelier was a leap even for her. “Jan has strong Spring 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 89

A custom headboard of white velvet dominates one wall of the master bedroom, while navy silk draperies pick up the bedding’s navy trim. Top right: In the master bath, a family heirloom chair was recovered to fit the navy and turquoise theme. Bottom right: Custom vanities have simple nickel fixtures.

opinions and I have strong opinions, and we meet in the middle,” the homeowner says. “Sometimes she pushes me to the edge of my comfort zone and it ends up being one of my favorite things.” Among the homeowner’s prized possessions are the pieces of furniture she inherited from her great-grandmother. A caned sofa and chair ended up in the living room paired with a contemporary Oly coffee table and geometric-patterned drapes by Victoria Hagan. “It looks so much better when everything isn’t brand spanking new,” says Hiltz, who loved incorporating the older pieces into the design. The drapes had hung in the homeowner’s previous living room, but the ceilings there were only seven-and-a-half feet tall. “In this house the liv90 New England Home’s Connecticut Spring 2012

ing room ceilings are nine feet,” says Hiltz. “We added white to the tops of the draperies to lengthen them. They look even better than they did in the last home!” After the public areas and the children’s rooms were completed, Hiltz and her clients turned their attention to the master bedroom. “The master bedroom was the last space in the house that we finished,” says Hiltz. “At first we just painted, constructed the headboard and put up the draperies.” Now, to go with the custom white-velvet-upholstered headboard—“a little touch of luxury for the couple,” the designer says—there are equally luxurious lacquered nightstands and silver Festoni lamps. In the master bath, awash in white, another family

With its blending of old and new, the house is a family-friendly mix of elegance and exuberance.

piece sits near the tub. The wood-framed antique chair is now covered in Aqua Trellis fabric by S. Harris, giving it the updated look that suits a young family’s home. “That’s what makes her home so beautiful,” says Hiltz. “She includes pieces from her family in her contemporary look.” “I wanted my house to feel young,” says the homeowner. “We’re in our thirties and we didn’t want to feel like we were walking into our parents’ homes.” And indeed, with its blending of old and new, neutrals and bright colors, classic style and whimsy, this house is a family-friendly mix of elegance and youthful exuberance. •

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Be My Guest When this stone-and-stucco carriage house was built in 1905 at the foot of the driveway leading to a waterfront mansion on Long Island Sound, it was designed to be charming on the outside and utilitarian on the inside. “It originally had cement floors with drains so they could wash off the horses,” says Stamford-based interior designer Victoria Vandamm. “It had been renovated many years ago in the most rustic way so it could be rented out as an apartment. My client wanted to transform it into a guesthouse where friends and relatives would feel comfortable, perhaps pampered.” • The homeowner, an accomplished artist with a keen color sense, had started the project on her own by purchasing two floral armchairs, chosen because they evoked the blowsy pink roses that envelop the Fairfield County cottage in the summer. But when her life suddenly got too hectic, she called on Vandamm to take over the job. “It would have been easier for Victoria to start from scratch,” says the owner, “but I liked the chairs and I never imagined that we’d make so many changes. The original plan was just to spruce the place up.” • As they talked about redecorating the living room, the women quickly recognized that a full-scale renovation of the open kitchen would be necessary. “It became obvious that the kitchen had to have cabinetry that looked like real furniture because it is part of the living room after all,” says the owner. “It dictated everything we would do.” • After visiting several kitchen showrooms, Vandamm concluded that she would have to design custom cabinetry to get the effect—and efficiency—they wanted. The centerpiece would be an island and dining

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The no-frills interior of an old Fairfield County carriage house turned visitors’ quarters gets dressed up to match the enchantment its charming exterior promises. Text by Dan Shaw • Photography by Michael Partenio • Interior Design: Victoria Vandamm • Architect: Michiel A. Boender, Edgewater Group Architects • Builder: Andy Moore, Ram Construction • Produced by Stacy Kunstel

A medley of pinks and greens brings harmony to the living room. The desk behind the sofa unfolds to become a dining table, and the painting behind it is by the homeowner. Previous pages: Designer Victoria Vandammâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention to detail is evident in every room of the two-story stone-andstucco guest cottage with its mix of Mediterranean and Arts and Crafts styles.

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Decorative painter Suzanne Bellehumeur gave the kitchen cabinets an aged French country look with multiple layers of paint and a seal of tinted furniture wax. Facing page top and bottom: The cabinets display both everyday dishes and ceramic art, like the plate by potter Lala Howard that holds a place of honor on the top shelf.

bar that would bridge the two spaces, emerging organically from the new floors made from planks of reclaimed wood. “The kitchen became a labor of love,” says Vandamm, explaining how she created an appropriately Old World aura by choosing soapstone counters, crackled glass for the cabinet doors and a farmhouse sink the color of a worn penny. Vandamm hired decorative painter Suzanne Bellehumeur, who stained the island an antique brown and gave the cabinets a French country patina by using multiple layers of paint in two shades, aging them with strategic sanding and topping them with a layer of tinted wax to minimize wear and tear. Making the most of a galley kitchen is second nature to Vandamm, who tucked refrigerator drawers into the 98 New England Home’s Connecticut Spring 2012

island, stashed the microwave into a cabinet and camouflaged the washer/dryer with a rough-hewn door that creates the illusion that there’s another room beyond. “My husband is a yacht broker and we sail,” she says. “That’s why I am so organized and make sure to use every nook and cranny when I design a kitchen.” Once the kitchen was figured out, she could focus on the living room. The pink flowers on the club chairs could not be ignored. “But we didn’t want a pink and green room!” says Vandamm, laughing at the preppy connotation those colors have in this coastal corner of the state. Nevertheless, the room is a tone poem in nuanced shades of pink and green. “I am very careful how colors must be worked out, so I

went in the direction of rose and rust in the curtains by Jim Thompson,” says Vandamm, who upholstered the sofa in a primarily pink Lee Jofa fabric based on an old tapestry that’s more gutsy than girly. “We painted the walls a buffed-out celery that doesn’t hit you in the eye as a color but plays wonderfully with the green outside in the spring and summer.”

“I make sure to use every nook and cranny when I design a kitchen,” says Vandamm. Then she doubled back to the kitchen, setting zippy barstools upholstered in leafy green leather at the island between the kitchen and living space, and installing pink Spring 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 99

The bedroom, designed around the fourposter bed, gets a cozy European country house feel from the paper that covers the walls as well as the rustic beamed ceiling. Facing page top: An antique desk doubles as a dressing table. Facing page bottom: Romoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mirabel wallpaper dresses the charming bathroom.

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Moroccan glass tiles for the stovetop’s backsplash. “It’s a rose-based theme that doesn’t hit you as pink,” she says. The master bedroom is equally enchanting. “This is my love—what I am most proud of,” confesses Vandamm as she looks up at the peaked ceiling that follows the lines of the roof. “None of these beams were here. I immediately pictured a Cotswold cottage with antique beams and wallpaper on the ceiling, which is so cozy. I am lucky to have a magician of a wallpaper guy, because at one point the roof leaked and he had to patch the paper, which is not so easy when you have all these beams at crazy angles.” While other decorators might have felt that enveloping the room in Osborne & Little’s Scroll wallpaper made a bold enough statement, Vandamm decided to push the European country look with Lambourne Sage curtains from Lee Jofa that feature birds perched on tree branches (which is exactly what you might see out the window). “If you used a solid fabric, you would feel like you’d hit a wall,” she says, noting that the simply dressed fourposter bed the client moved from her main house offers a nice counterpoint to the cacophony of patterns. “I like that the room is jazzy and that it’s both English and French,” says the owner. “I don’t like things to be too theme-parky.” Vandamm was confident that the patterned carpet and reading chair upholstered in another bird fabric from Sanderson would harmonize in a way that feels calming, not chaotic. “When I work, it’s a layering of patterns and textures, and I look at them all together until I find the ones that can play together and shake hands,” she says. “I wanted you to be able to pull the curtains closed and feel really cozy,” she adds, noting that the windows were slightly crooked so “it was quite a balancing act to hang the

“I like that the room is jazzy, and both English and French. I don’t like things to be too theme-parky.” shades and curtains to get a sense that everything was straight, because, in fact, nothing lines up perfectly. But that’s the wonderful feel of an old house.” The client says she’s overjoyed that the guest cottage is now as romantic on the inside as it is on the outside. “We think of it as a place for couples to stay without their kids,” she says. “Now, we call it the ‘honeymoon cottage.’ ” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 134. Spring 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 101


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The Elizabethan-style home drew the owners with both its charm and its solid construction. Left, top to bottom: Many details, including the front door, are original to the house. An antique umbrella stand holds old canes designer George Snead found in a Paris shop. The oak woodwork of the graceful staircase was restored to its original luster.

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A new diamond-pattern rug from Nepal in the living room forms a transitional backdrop for the homeowners’ favorite, more traditional, furniture from previous houses. Right, clockwise from top: Snead custom-blended the soft mushroom wall color. Blue accents enliven the neutral palette. The gilt on a hand-carved Italian sconce gleams against the restored woodwork.


veryone knows about the benefits of exercise. But who’d have thought a husband’s passion for weekend bicycle rides would yield the lifelong payback of the perfect home for him and his young family? “We’d been in New Canaan for a couple of years, but we knew our house wasn’t our forever house,” his wife says. “My husband loves to bike, and he rode every street in town. One day he came home and said, ‘I found our house.’ We went back to look at it that afternoon. We got halfway up the driveway and said, ‘This is it.’ It was destiny.” From the outside, the 1910 Elizabethan-style house had everything the couple wanted. Its four acres included big swathes of lawn in front and back—perfect for the pair’s energetic ten-year-old twins. The landscaping was pretty,

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if a bit overgrown, and included many ornamental trees and bushes. And the house itself was as solidly built as it was enchanting. “It’s built like a fortress, with concrete and steel construction,” says the homeowner. Inside, some decorative updating was in order. “There was white shag wall-to-wall carpeting on every inch of the floors, even the bathrooms,” the wife says. “And the beautiful old woodwork had been pickled a tannish-green color.” Beyond the cosmetic renewal, the couple knew some architectural change would be necessary. The old kitchen with its butler’s pantry and the floor plan of separate, somewhat formal rooms didn’t quite meet a modern family’s needs. “It was a true old-style house,” the homeowner says. “We wanted to keep the history and the architecture, but make

it a house for the way people live today.” Before going ahead with the purchase, the couple asked New Canaan–based architect Dinyar Wadia whether the changes they imagined were possible. “Mr. Wadia was very excited,” the homeowner says. “He could envision the house, keeping it the way it should be, historically, but working with us to make it work for our living style. It was a good match from the beginning.” Wadia and project architect Rob Lominski forged a new design based on respect for the original architecture. “The key,” says Wadia, “is integrating the changes with the existSpring 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 107

ing design. It has its roots in history. You don’t want to put your own imprint on it; it just wouldn’t be right.” The architects bumped out the back of the house to add a family room and a porch and to enlarge the kitchen. “As in most houses today, there’s a connection between the kitchen, breakfast room and family room,” Wadia explains.

“We wanted to keep the history but make it a house for the way people live today.” “It’s a nice, pleasant place to begin and end your day.” A new master bedroom was added above the family room, and on the first floor, a small addition next to the 108 New England Home’s Connecticut Spring 2012

New transitional dining chairs from Hickory Chair surround the homeowners’ traditional double-pedestal dining table. Left top: Richer tones and an eclectic furniture selection give the new family room a more contemporary touch. Left bottom: The small kitchen was gutted and enlarged.

living room holds a new study. Existing parts of the house were returned to a more era-appropriate look: walls were re-plastered, the old oak woodwork was stripped and restored to its former beauty, and the steel window casings were removed, cleaned and put back in place. “We used as many of the existing doors and windows as possible,” Wadia says. It’s impossible to distinguish the old parts of the house from the new. Outside, the addition follows the original rooflines of the house. Inside, tray ceilings, half columns and other architectural elements bring old and new together seamlessly.

Interior designer George Snead, who had worked with the couple on their previous house, joined the process early on. When his client called, Snead says, “She said it’s never too early for the designer. She wanted help with stain colors and paint and slate for the roof and a lot of those details. We probably spent two weeks driving all over Fairfield County looking at slate roofs!” Snead custom-blended interior paint colors in an array of browns—from mushroom to caramel to taupe—to suit the homeowner’s longstanding penchant for earthy neutrals. The palette is similar to that of her previous house, Snead notes. “Back when she chose this palette people Spring 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 109

Architects Dinyar Wadia and Rob Lominski added a pleasing curve to the ceiling in the master bedroom. Facing page clockwise from top: The four-poster bed is from Leonards. An overscale chandelier brings an arts-and-crafts touch to the breakfast room. The addition on the back follows the rooflines of the original part of the house.

were more into jewel tones. It served her well because it’s still very current.” The similar palette also meant pieces from the old house could make themselves right at home in their new environment. “We used almost everything from the old house,” Snead says. Among the notable exceptions, Snead persuaded his client to buy new dining chairs to go with her double-pedestal table. Now the traditional table is surrounded by a collection of more transitional pieces from Hickory Chair. “It’s just a cleaner, slightly edgier look,” Snead says. The seats are upholstered in a khakiand-taupe mini-geometric fabric that’s just a shade darker than the tone-on-tone Tibetan rug that made the move from the living room of the previous house. Wanting to 110 New England Home’s Connecticut Spring 2012

highlight and soften the large windows without obscuring them or the view, Snead devised narrow panels of cut raised velvet on wool that hang to either side. For the living room, Snead set his clients’ well-loved furniture against mushroom-colored walls and atop a new diamond-pattern rug of wool and silk from Nepal. Shades of blue in the velvet sofa, toss pillows and a pair of Louis XVI–style chairs add a soft punch of color. Snead took the new family room in a slightly more transitional direction, matching a spindle-legged coffee table brought from the old house with clean-lined sofas and chairs. Walls painted a warm caramel color and then given a frottage treatment with a darker tobacco hue bring texture to the space, and accents of brick red add warmth.

The same mix of warmth and elegance continues in the breakfast room, with its arts-and-crafts–style rug (a rectangle Snead had cut into an octagon to better fit the shape of the room and the natural traffic pattern), simple table and chairs and a slightly overscale reproduction chandelier that looks like antique hand-forged metal. The remodeling, a two-year-long task, was daunting, but well worth it. “It was the project of a lifetime,” the wife says. “People ask when I’m going to do the next one and I say never. This is our forever home.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 134. Spring 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 111

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Al Fresco Hampton Chair by Palecek “Constructed of all-weather synthetic rattan, a pair of these Palecek chairs would be perfect on the front porch. They’re well made, beautiful and, best of all, durable.” DECORATIVE INTERIORS, GALLERIA DESIGN CENTER, MIDDLETOWN, (860) 638-3818, WWW.GREATSTYLENOW.COM

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Side Tables


Bronze Side Table “The organic, sculptural shape of this piece reminds me of waves. It doubles as a side table or extra seating.” MECOX




W-A-V-E Table by Melissa Makris “Inspired by the world’s great oceans, this spinning table becomes kinetic sculpture as the silky-smooth waves roll around its stationary core. Bringing together people, art and style, the W-A-V-E table is an extraordinary interactive experience.” MELISSA MAKRIS DESIGN FOR LIVING, WESTPORT, (203) 226-4159, WWW.MELISSAMAKRIS.COM

Tin Patchwork Table “I love the distressed look of this unique side table. The tin top resembles remnants of old ceiling tiles hammered and pinned into a patchwork pattern.” DECORATIVE INTERIORS

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For Laurie Dragunoff, “Decorating a porch is all about balancing comfort and durability with style.” At her 3,000-square-foot showroom, she offers furniture, lighting, window treatments and a vast library of fabrics and wallpapers. DECORATIVE INTERIORS, GALLERIA DESIGN CENTER, MIDDLETOWN, (860) 638-3818, WWW.GREATSTYLENOW.COM

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Nature-Themed Cushions “Inspired by vintage French botanical prints, these appliquéd pillows would look charming on the front porch this spring. Both are handmade in America by skilled artisans.” DECORATIVE INTERIORS



Flourish Scroll Fabric from Old World Weavers “In fresh, citrusy green, this fabric is sophisticated, classic and whimsical at the same time. It reminds me of an endless spring vine.” STARK CARPET, NORWALK,

DeLany & Long’s Sea Urchin Fabric “Although this new fabric from DeLany & Long is water-, mildew- and stain-resistant, it has the feel of luxurious chenille.” GREENWICH, (203) 532-0010, WWW.DELANYANDLONG.COM

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“I focus on the art of living well and am on a constant quest for joie de vivre!” says designer and fine art photographer Melissa Makris. Inspired by history and the natural world, she specializes in integrating vintage pieces with classic modern style. MELISSA MAKRIS DESIGN FOR LIVING, WESTPORT, (203) 226-4159, WWW.MELISSAMAKRIS.COM

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Aubergine Oil Jar by Elegant Earth “Unlike the costly and hard-to-find original antiques, these jars are economical and cast in a frost-proof concrete.”




Hydrangea Wall Hanging “As in the rest of the home, accessories are key to demonstrating your personal style on the front porch. This floral print is handembellished and finished with a clear varnish to give it a more personal touch and original feel.” DECORATIVE INTERIORS


Vintage French Clock “This fabulous vintage train station clock face from France conveys the warmth of history and evokes travel stories abroad. It also makes us pause to contemplate the ways we choose to spend our time—and what better place for that than the front porch?” BUNGALOW, WESTPORT, (203) 227-4406

“The front porch is so evocative of lazy afternoons, cold iced tea and being lost in a book,” says Alicia Orrick. “Keep it comfortable and restful to the eye, letting sensuous textures and lines take the place of strong patterns. If it’s done right, who’d ever want to go back inside?” ORRICK & COMPANY, GREENWICH, (203) 532-1188, WWW.ORRICKANDCOMPANY.COM

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1 French Connection The oh-so-elegant Crevecoeur chandelier is lighting up Parc Monceau. Stop by to bask in its luxurious glow and peruse other refined fixtures from Niermann Weeks. WESTPORT, (203) 3190001, WWW.PARC MONCEAU




2 Dash of Flash We’ve taken a shine to the Augustine Pearl side table by Interlude Home, one of many sophisticated new pieces at Wakefield Design Center. Its mother-of-pearl finish makes a glam statement for spring. STAMFORD, (203) 358-0818

3 Chic Storage Handcrafted of gray cerused oak with six handy drawers, the Fairfax cabinet by Bungalow 5— a new addition at Shelter Interiors—is just as practical as it is pretty. MILFORD, (203) 301-4886, WWW.SHELTERINTERIORSLLC.COM

4 Puttin’ on the Glitz 3


All the rage at Olley Court, the Bling pillow from Lance Wovens shines in soft Italian leather. The store stocks the cushions in a range of fashion-forward colors and designs. RIDGEFIELD, (203) 438-1270, WWW.OLLEYCOURT.COM

5 Spring Seating Pay a visit to Pergola for a peek at the Salt chair. Its lightweight powder-coated aluminum frame and resin slats promise stylish outdoor relaxation for many seasons to come. NEW PRESTON, (860) 8684769, WWW.PERGOLAHOME.COM

6 Blast from the Past Admire this giraffe-print bowl and other ceramic wares from Waylande Gregory Studios at The Summer House. Handmade in Peru, the pieces are based on designs from the 1930s and ’40s. NEW CANAAN,




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

paintings by Kerri Rosenthal; gray throw from Fig Linens,; chandelier by Schonbek from Klaff’s Home Design Store,; master bath wall color from California Paints; painting by Kerri Rosenthal; great-grandmother’s chair recovered in fabric


from S. Harris in Aqua Trellis,;

PAGES 84–91

vases on vanity from Lillian August.


Interior designer: Jan Hiltz, Jan Hiltz Interiors,

PAGES 74–81

Westport, (203) 331-5578, www.janhiltzinteriors

Interior designer: Lauren Della Monica,

LPDM Fine Art, New York City, (917) 697-0591,

Architect: Robert Storm, Westport, (203) 222- Builder: John Cappello and Sons, Litchfield, (860) 567-5515 Landscape design and plantings: Kent Greenhouse and Gardens, Kent, (860) 927-4436,

9055, Pages 84–85: Ceiling grasscloth from York Wallcoverings,; Ice Gray wall color by California Paints, www.californiapaints .com; Holland Sheer curtain fabric by Victoria Hagan,; coffee Interior plants and flower arrangements: Sarah Worden Natural Design, (860) 361-9435, Page 75: Watercolors by Vico Fabbris through

table from Oly,; gold vases from Arteriors,; cocktail table next to arm chair from Worlds Away,; lamps from Bungalow 5,; rug from Design Mate-

BE MY GUEST PAGES 94–101: Interior designer: Victoria Vandamm, Vandamm Interiors, Stamford, (203) 622-9070, www Architect: Michiel A. Boender, Edgewater Group Architects, Greenwich, (203) 531-6870, Builder: Andy Moore, RAM Construction,

LPDM Fine Art,

rials,; painting above

Stamford, (203) 325-0503, www.ram

Pages 76–77: Lithograph over bar by Charles

mantel by Janet Slom, through Westport Art

Burchfield and painting over mantel by

Center,; sofa table

Decorative painter: Suzanne Bellehumeur, Mural

Katherine Ann Hartley, both through LPDM

from Currey & Co.,; chair

Interiors, Stamford, (203) 219-8988, www.mural

Fine Art; sofa upholstery and drapery fabrica-

with nailhead trim from Oly.

tion by Fabric Studio, Litchfield, (860) 567-

Pages 86–87: Family room drapery fabric from

Pages 96–97: Club chairs from Lee Industries,


China Seas,; custom; linen chairs from Parc

Pages 78–79: Oil painting by Sarah Hinckley

ottoman by Jan Hiltz; sofa from Patagonia


through LPDM Fine Art; Madeline Weinrib rug

Trading Company, www.patagoniatrading

tufted leather bench from Hallman Furniture,

from ABC Carpet and Home, www.abchome; floor lamps from Currey & Co.; white; sofa from TCS De-

.com; custom Schumacher silk drapes by Zim-

tray and vase with branches from Lillian Au-

signs,, with Car-

gust,; niche grasscloth

pet Bag fabric from Lee Jofa,;

from Phillip Jeffries.;

toss pillows from Lillian August, www.lillian

painting by Kerri Rosenthal, www.kerrirosenthal; curtain fabric from Jim Thompson; navy lamps from Bungalow 5; grass-

Fabrics,; curtain

cloth painted table from Bungalow 5; gold tray

rods and rings from Brimar, www.brimarinc

from Lillian August.

.com; shades from Hartmann & Forbes, www

Page 88: Branchelier above breakfast table

from Wishlist,; table from

Pages 98–99: Barstools by Bausman & Com-

Bungalow 5; chair back fabric from Osborne &

pany,, with

Little,; custom bench

embossed leather seats from Edelman Leather,

by Jan Hiltz covered in indoor-outdoor fabric

from Pindler & Pindler,

Pages 100–101: Scroll bedroom wallpaper from; custom pendant lights

Page 89: Kitchen island lights from Regina An-

Osborne & Little,;

from The Urban Electric Company, www

drew,; boy’s bedroom

Lambourne Sage curtain fabric from Lee Jofa;; custom valances by

wallpaper from Osborne & Little.

curtain rods and rings from B. Berger, www

Fabric Studio; vintage owl prints in guest

Pages 90–91: Lamps in master bedroom from; shades from Carol’s Roman

room from Vintage Print Gallery, www.vintage

Festoni,; nightstands from

Shades,; antique

Worlds Away; custom headboard by Jan Hiltz;

stool covered in Pearl fabric from Lee Jofa with

man’s,; custom chandelier by Canopy Designs,; reproduction Swedish side table from Van Der Wolks Interiors, Osterville, Mass., (508) 4201175; lamb’s ear centerpiece crafted by Ray Baker, through LPDM Fine Art; chair upholstery by Fabric Studio; study sofa upholstered by Fabric Studio; portrait of George by Susan Randall through LPDM Fine Art. Pages 80–81: Hand-crafted kitchen island top by Woody Mosch Cabinetmaker, www

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Great interior design takes hard work – and the skills of a qualified designer. Let us help you find someone with the education, experience and commitment to get it done right.

View portfolios for professional interior designers in your area at: AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Resources Annecy trim from Samuel & Sons, www.samuel; Bittersweet Moss carpet from Silver Creek,; Chateau chandelier from Canopy Designs,; Mirabell wallpaper in bathroom by Romo,

CHANCE OF A LIFETIME PAGES 104–111 Interior designer: George Snead, George Snead Interiors, Stamford, (203) 912-2004, Architects: Dinyar Wadia and Rob Lominski, Wadia Associates, New Canaan, (203) 9660048, Landscape design: Doyle Herman Design Associates, Greenwich, (203) 869-2900, Pages 106–107: Rug from Palace Oriental Rug of Wilton, Wilton, (203) 762-7060; painting over fireplace by Stephano from Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, (203) 912-9735. Page 108: Chandelier from Niermann Weeks,; dining chairs from Hickory Chair Furniture,; curtain fabric from Robert Allen | Beacon Hill, Page 109: Sofas from Patagonia Trading Company,; chairs and ottoman from Wesley Hall, www.wesleyhall .com; coffee table from Milling Road by Baker,; rug from Turabian and Sariyan,; curtain fabrics from Duralee Fabrics, Pages 110–111: Master bed from Leonards,; chairs and bench at foot of bed from Hickory Chair Furniture; dresser from Scott Thomas Furniture,; botanical prints from Trowbridge Gallery, www; chandelier from Currey



& Co.,; rug from Turabian and Sariyan; custom bedding from Wakefield Design Center; breakfast room chandelier from Currey & Co.; rug from Palace Oriental Rug of Wilton; table and chairs from Woodland Furniture,

Daniel Conlon, AIA | LEED AP 4 Old Mill Road | P.O. Box 418 Georgetown, CT 06829 (203) 544-7988 |

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THE EVOLUTION OF THE CUSTOM HOME A Day of Tours and Seminars at the Beautiful Smith Meadows Estate in New Canaan, Connecticut to benefit

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Thinking about building or renovating? Sign up for this must-attend event to discover the latest possibilities in home design and technology. Tour this stunning estate, learn directly from industry experts about the most important things to consider when building or renovating a home, and support a worthwhile cause.

Experts on the following topics will demystify, clarify and inspire you to be in the know when embarking on your next home design project: Smart Home Technology Geothermal, HVAC, Solar Energy Home Appliances Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Benefits of Low and No-VOC Paint Finishes Decorative Painting Techniques Outdoor Living Solutions

Landscape Design The Latest Trends in Countertop and Tile What’s New in Home Insulation Green Energy Solutions LED Lighting Options Designing Comfortable Living Spaces and Much More

Join your hosts, Country Club Homes, Michael Smith Architects, and Total Care on Wednesday, May 16th. Sessions and tours are at 10 A.M., 12 P.M., 2 P.M. and 4 P.M. Refreshments will be served. Along with

Tickets are $45 each or two for $75 and must be purchased in advance. Space is limited.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact: or call 203-762-0550 All ticket proceeds from this event will benefit the Fairfield County Community Foundation

  Announcing the 2012 Continuing Education Series for Design Professionals presented by NuKitchens and New England Home Connecticut Save these dates and join us at the NuKitchens state of the art showroom for a series of educational sessions, networking and a chance to see firsthand, the latest products available in custom kitchen design. All sessions are 4 pm to 6 pm and refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Karin at 203 831-9000

Coming this spring: May 2, 2012 Recycled Glass Surfaces: From Curbside to Countertop This one hour long course is designed to teach individuals about the process of turning recycled glass into beautiful, sustainable and environmentally friendly countertops. It is also designed to educate those about the importance of using green materials and becoming LEED certified. June 6, 2012 LED Lighting: The Future of Illumination The industry is banking on LED lighting as the way forward, and it’s virtually the only bulb technology for the near term future. Learn how to design and implement LED lighting into your plans. And save these dates this fall for: September 12, 2012 Sustainable Kitchen Design: Materials Matter Sustainable design goes beyond beauty, durability, efficiency and budget. It is important to consider how such goals are achieved, about the effect on people and the environment. Learn about “cabinetry with a conscience”...that cares about air quality, resource management, environmental stewardship and community relations. Develop techniques and choose materials to help diminish a design’s impact on the world around us. November 7, 2012 Universal Design Born out of efforts to improve access for people with disabilities, Universal Design incorporates concepts that improve function and access for every household member and guest with regard for varying age, size and abilities.

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Amy Aidinis Hirsch 4–5 The Antique and Artisan Center 20 Aqua Pool & Patio, Inc. 52–53



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ASID CT 136 Austin Ganim Landscape Design, LLC 54–55 Austin Patterson Disston 143 Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc. 140 Bartels-Pagliaro 127 Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens 142 Benjamin Moore 73 Breakwater Renovation & Design LLC 123 Brooks and Falotico Associates, Inc. 27 Casatelli Marble and Tile Imports 112 Cerrito Furniture 133 Clarke Distributors 18 Coldwell Banker Previews International 93 Colony Rug Company 30 Connecticut Stone 19, 56–57 Construction Management Group 129 Cottage and Bungalow 117 Country Club Homes 39, 138 Daniel Conlon Architects 137 DEANE–Rooms Everlasting Inside back cover Design Source CT 35, 120 Doyle Herman Design Associates 102 The Drawing Room 2–3 Dujardin Design Associates, Inc. 129

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Earthscapes, Inc. 58–59 Erskine Middeleer Associates 60–61 Finished in Fabric LLC 115 Fordham Marble 133

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Gardiner & Larson Homes 119

Gregory Lombardi Design 25 Heidi Holzer 123 Hilton-VanderHorn Architects 17 Hollingsworth Design 43 Homefront Farmers 62–63 iH Design Studio 10–11 InnerSpace Electronics 125 J. Namnoun Oriental Rug Gallery Inside front cover JMac Interiors 141 JMKA Architects 32 Karp Associates 9, 73 Katherine Cowdin 21

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Advertiser Index Klaff ’s Back cover The LaurelRock Company 64–65 Lillian August 47, 130 Linda Ruderman Interiors 28 The Linen Shop 112 Longwood Events 38, 114 Mar Silver Design 23 Marianne Donahue Interiors 83 Marvin Gardens 66–67 Michael Smith Architects 49 Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams 15 Nina Cuccio Peck Architecture and Interiors 22 NuKitchens 37, 139 Olga Adler Interiors 131 Orrick & Company 119 Paramount Stone 68–69 Parc Monceau 103 Prutting & Company 121 RDYC Interior Design + Architectural Development 125 Rinfret Design Limited 13 Robert Cardello Architects 14 Robert Dean Architects 31 Runtal North America 41 Builder: Hobbs, Inc. Photos: Chi Chi Ubina

Samuel Owen Gallery 131 Sharon McCormick Design LLC 33 Shell Décor 135 Shelter Interiors 127 Sheridan Interiors 113 Shope Reno Wharton 1 Stage to Show 6–7 Stirling Design Associates 8 Taste Design, Inc. 117 Tiberias Construction, Inc. 24 Total Care 82 Upstate Door 139 VAS Construction 50 Victoria Lyon Interiors 102 Wainscot Solutions 48 Wakefield Design Center 44, 72–73

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William Raveis Real Estate 45 Young’s Nurseries 70–71 Zerodraft Connecticut 29 ARCHITECTS

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Sketch Pad Design ideas in the making

PLANTING DESIGN IS not just about the plant as a horticultural or ornamental object. It is also about our own

aesthetic preferences and, perhaps most important, our relationship with nature. A unified planting scheme marries indoor and outdoor environments, softens structural elements and provides texture, drama and color. The sketch above was created for a major renovation of a home, where this section of the landscape was redesigned to accommodate an existing brick fireplace. We also reconfigured and repaved the patio and added the sitting wall to help integrate the fireplace into its surroundings. The homeowners envisioned a simple, restrained planting composition— reflecting their desire to unwind at their weekend retreat. Our studio created broad, sweeping planting layers to balance the landscape against the square and rigid outdoor terrace. Together with the architect and clients, we explored a variety of alternatives inspired by New England’s shoreline vernacular. Planting scheme A envisioned using the existing wood’s edge while layering two ornamental grasses against an evergreen foil. Scheme B reinforces the foreground with a boxwood hedge set against large masses of hydrangea and Calamagrostis x acutiflora “Karl Foerster” feather reed grass. Ultimately our client chose a hybrid design, featuring hydrangea and a native wooded border. DICKSON DEMARCHE, THE LAURELROCK COMPANY, WILTON, (203) 544-0062, WWW.LAURELROCK.COM

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