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Country Club Homes Inc. has been renovating and building custom homes throughout Fairfield County since 1955. A family owned and operated design and build firm, they work closely with both architects and homeowners. Their commitment to personal service and devell oping and maintaining close country club homes relationships with the homeowners is d e s i g n. r e n o v a t e. b u i l d. a key element to their business. Carolyn Wheeler and Walter Cromwell, Jr. are the principals of this award winning company that is located in Wilton, Ct. This marks the eighth consecutive year that Country Club Homes, Inc. has received industry recognition by the Home Builders Association of Connecticut (HBA CT). WWW.COUNTRY CLUB HOMESINC.COM

A holistic vision creates a better home: that is the premise upon which Michael Greenberg & Associates do their work. The foundation for this all-encompassing approach: the company’s fully integrated suite of services, which span from concept to construction to landscaping. Throughout their history, a prevailing philosophy has held true - to produce homes which are true to an unyielding commitment to excellence in design and craftmanship. www.MICHAELGREENBERG-ASSOC.COM

Wainscot Solutions recently hosted a lunch that included 5 of Fairfield counties finest building firms. We wanted to share our products and services with these premier firms with hopes of not only strengthening relationships but of helping them stay competitive in an ever-expanding market place. With custom built products from Wainscot Solutions, builders can cut costs, and time on their projects while never compromising quality and/or integrity. So from all of us here at Wainscot Solutions, we thank all of you who attended. Read a little about our new friends below;

RMS Residental specializes in custom building luxury homes that combine top of the line workmanship and architectural styling with designer accouterments and upscale amenites to ensure a rewarding lifestyle investment for the homeowner. RMS Companies, Fairfield County’s most premier real estate firm incorporates three divisions: RMS Residental, RMS Development and RMS Commercial. From conception to completion, our reputation is one built on reliability and trust. RMS Companies prides itself on its customer centric philosophy and its dedicated team of experts. Our range of knowledge and years of experience empowers us to manage costs and control all assets. At RMS we pride ourselves on going above and beyond clients’ expectations. Our best practices are consistently aligned with our guiding principles: Client-Focus, Excellence, Innovation, Achieving Results, Community and Sustainability. RMS Residential was recognized as the 2007 Builder of the Year by the Home Builder’s Association of Connecticut. WWW.RMS-COMPANIES.COM

Breakwater Renovation & Design LLC is a full-service design build company that was founded in 2000 on three basic principles: exceptional customer service, aesthetically pleasing design solutions and up-to-date building materials. They pride themselves on truly understanding a client’s wants and needs, and creating functional restructured spaces within a specified budget. Lisa White, managing partner and founder. A registered Interior Designer with over 25 years experience in creative space planning and project management. Fred Held, associate partner and master carpenter. The go to guy, combining high quality workmanship with jobsite leadership and coordination. Breakwater specializes in additions, kitchens, bathroom and historic renovations. WWW.BREAKWATERRENOVATION.COM

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directly on the heels of the hectic holidays, tend by contrast to have something of a somber, contemplative aura to them. We hear a lot of the usual fleeting folderol about resolutions and new starts, of course, a brief media flash quickly forgotten. But in a quieter, almost subterranean way, the heart of winter does feel like a time to buckle down, to examine and engage with our lives and goals in a spirit of renewed seriousness. The new calendar year at New England Home’s Connecticut also means the advent of a new publishing cycle: four more issues to fill with the finest in home design. 2011 saw our first full, quarterly foray into the Connecticut market, as distinct from the rest of New England. As new kids on the block, locally speaking (we’ve been at it considerably longer, of course, in points north and east), we were wondering how our particular approach to residential architecture and interiors would play in an area that already hosted no great shortage of design magazines. The answer: we’ve been welcomed, immediately and with open arms, into the showrooms and offices of the premier professionals and the homes of the most accomplished and design-savvy clients. Why is that? I’m convinced that this instant connection has had to do with our uniquely focused approach. We don’t cover, say, food or travel or couture except as they influence design. Our jewelry is the hardware and accessories that can adorn a garden or a room; lifestyle stories, for us, are about creating the most compelling spaces in which to live. A limited brief, yes, but we come at our beautiful subject from as many imaginative and considered angles as we can. Think if it as holding a scintillating diamond up to the light, turning it in your hand to capture the brilliance of each exquisite facet. It’s a joy for us to dig into Connecticut’s trove of intelligence, luxury, design sophistication, and share the results. It’s a privilege to be bringing together the players—homeowners, designers, architects, landscape wizards, suppliers of wonderful resources, and so on—who will collaborate on still more gorgeous homes. Thank you.

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Featured Homes 64 Moody Blues Cool blues and grays take on a decidedly warm character in a Greenwich home


70 Acquiring Minds A Litchfield County couple’s eclectic collections are right at home in a


78 Graying Gracefully Who says colonial has to be traditional? Not the designer who took

this Westport family home from cozy classic to sleek sophisticate. INTERIOR DESIGN: MAR SILVER • PHOTOGRAPHY: BJÖRN WALLANDER • WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

86 Romance of the Stone Inspired by old Newport, a new Tudor-style home overlooking the

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20 Interview: C2 Limited Design Associates Whether designing for the luxury hospitality

industry or the home, this talented team finds inspiration in their Southport surroundings. INTERVIEW BY KYLE HOEPNER • PORTRAIT BY PETER BAKER

24 Artistry: Variety Show Litchfield County artist John Scofield delights in exploring the

possibilities of paint, wood, concrete and more. BY NENA DONOVAN LEVINE • • • 96 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 102 Trade Notes New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business. 104 Calendar Special events for those who are passionate about fine design. Now in the Galleries Upcoming art exhibitions in Connecticut 104 On the cover: Anthony Como’s gracious design brings an Old World sensibility to a Tudor-style home overlooking the Farmington Valley. Photograph by Robert Benson. To see more of this home, turn to page 86.

110 Perspectives Three area designers deck out a cozy family room. Wish List Susan Bednar Long shares a few of her design must-haves. 118 120 New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful and now appearing in Connecticut shops and

showrooms. BY KARA LASHLEY 124 Resources A guide to the professionals and products featured in this issue. 126 Advertiser Index 128 Rooms We Love The 2011 Designer Show House at the elegant Ocean House in Watch Hill,

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hristina Romann and Craig Smith have been collaborating for many years on the design of luxury hospitality projects around the world, first with various firms in New York City and more recently (since 2008) as principals of C2 Limited Design Associates in Fairfield. New England Home’s Connecticut talked with them just before the holidays about how their business and their partnership have evolved. Kyle Hoepner: You have long worked together in hospitality and resort design. Would you care to share some of your favorite projects over the years?

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C2: We have been designing and re-styling private clubs, luxury hotels and resorts, many with historical and geographical significance, for twenty-plus years. Our long-term partnerships have led to our becoming curators and design stewards for many of our favorite hotel, club and resort clients. Some of our most memorable assignments have been the Greenbrier Sporting Club at the famed Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, the award-winning repositioning of the historic Hotel Hershey and Cottages in Pennsylvania and the envisioning and resort styling of the Turks & Caicos



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Sporting Club, an exclusive private island resort and residential development in the British West Indies. Newer assignments include the exclusive Tryall Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the Coral Beach & Tennis Club in Bermuda. KH: More recently you’ve also moved into designing second (or third, or fourth or fifth . . . ) homes for residential clients. How did this transition take place? C2: It began when we were asked to create several homefurnishings collections that embodied the unique flair and contextual aesthetic of the resort we were designing. Within a month of completing our first featured home interior at the resort, we closed on assignments for eight more homes. KH: Why the focus on secondary homes? C2: The focus was not intentional; it really just fell into our laps through word of mouth. Our clients tend to run in the same circles and all seem to have social connections through the resorts and private clubs we work on. KH: Do you see hotel and resort design influencing home design in general these days? Or vice versa? C2: It is interesting that you pose this question. Our hotel and resort clients are all gravitating toward a residential feel—albeit in a commercial setting requiring durability, safety-code compliance and the like—while our residential clientele all want their bathrooms to be spa-inspired and their bedrooms tailored after hotel suites. KH: Are there differences in how you work with institutional versus private clients? Or changes in approach that have developed over time with your older clients? C2: Since the day we started our firm we have been blessed with the absolute best clients, many of whom have become friends, leading into multigenerational relationships within families. The only real difference we have seen over time is the desire for a fresh take on what is truly classic. You see this, for example, in Christina’s Dorothy Draper–inspired interiors at The Greenbrier and her transitional clubhouse decor at Long Island’s Old Westbury Golf & Country Club. KH: How do the two of you work together as a team? I gather that, generally, Craig focuses on the architecture and planning and Christina on the interiors—but I’m sure in reality there is plenty of cross-pollination or overlap back and forth as you hash out new designs. C2: There is a delineation, with Christina handling the soft goods, furnishings and color palette and Craig handling the sense of space, interior flow and period detailing. With that said, the delineation is really blurred through the cohesive integration of details, materials, fixtures and furnishings. What you will see in all of our spaces is that the interior details support the palette and furnishings as much as the furnishings and light fixtures counterbalance the rooms’ proportions. It has always been not merely the statement of space but rather the intense experience of the space that matters to us. KH: What motivated your move to Connecticut? C2: Southport was the real attraction for both of us. In our eyes, Southport is the quintessential New England harbor village— quaint yet elegantly refined in both its architectural aesthetic and residents. KH: Are there special aspects to working here? C2: Considering the aforesaid, every day and every season is an inspiration in good taste and the way life is meant to be lived. •

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hough he cut his teeth in the art world working with a noted abstract expressionist, don’t expect to find John Scofield violently hurling paint at a canvas. As studio assistant to Robert Motherwell in the mid-1970s, Scofield got a master class in painting, but the mild-mannered artist didn’t embrace the premise of that volatile movement—namely, that the intense emotions driving the creation of an artwork are also its subject matter. Even when it is not representational, “My work is more subject-specific,” he says. It’s also just as likely to make use of wood, metal or concrete as it is paint and canvas. Over nearly four decades, commission by commission, the versatile Scofield has forged a body of work—from drawings and paintings to furniture and landscape structures—that defies easy stylistic characterization. No matter the medium, however, his art often touches on a central theme: the paradoxical idea that perimeters and limits

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create connections. For Scofield, edges and boundaries are beginnings, not endings. Growing up in Stamford and Greenwich, Scofield had several mentors whose skills dovetailed with his artistic interests, including Charles Stuttig, a local locksmith who gave him a job, and architect Walter Kilham Jr., the father of a friend. Kilham owned a cherrywood music stand that made a lasting impression on the young Scofield. “I was mesmerized by that stand,” the artist says of the piece, which was designed by Wharton Esherick, considered by many the dean of American craftsmen. “It was the most elegant thing I had ever seen. The wood was handsome but the form was grace itself. It was not relying on the attractiveness of the wood to be interesting. Even I could tell that. And it made me wonder if I could make something like it.” Several years later, while studying furniture design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Scofield did just that, crafting a minimalist music stand and trading it for a silver belt buckle a friend had made. A praying mantis-like bundle of articulated sticks, Above: Folding Music Stand Scofield’s work resembled a (1971), black lacquer over oak. traditional music stand about Clockwise from upper left: as much as today’s sleek wind Pamet River; Salvo; Dietrich turbines resemble windmills Bonhoeffer’s Silence; Partition in Dutch tulip fields. The de- ’47, all from the Band Width series (2010), acrylic and pensign would go on to win a cil on Arches handmade paper prestigious furniture design competition sponsored by Progressive Architecture magazine and eventually wind up in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent design collection. Scofield went on to great things, too. In the early 1970s, he served as apprentice to master furniture designer Wendell


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Artistry Castle through a grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. Later, he became Motherwell’s assistant, helping the painter with the massive work Reconciliation Elegy, which now hangs in the National Gallery. In the years since, Scofield has made his mark via dozens of solo and group shows, both in the United States and abroad.

the structures incorporate ribbon-like wave patterns, executed in wood, that seem to presage Scofield’s most recent work: his Band Width paintings. More than merely visual, the small-scale color studies, measuring seven and a half inches by five and a half inches, reflect the artist’s deep interest in history. Like any good his-

Locally, you can catch a glimpse of his work at Kent Village Barns, the twelve-building shopping complex and wellness center just off Kent’s Above: I-Miss-You Table/ Main Street. (Scofield’s wife, Water, Fire, Sky, Bone (2002), Bartley Johnstone, has a carved and painted wood base clothing and home acceswith bird’s-eye maple top. sories store there.) As design Below, left to right: Drawing for Three Shadows Table coordinator for the Barns, (1990), watercolor and pencil Scofield camouflaged unon paper; Three Shadows Table sightly gas meters and air (1990), carved and painted conditioning units with seatmaple legs, forged iron, glass ing and exterior hardscape structures of his own creation; he describes them as transitional forms between the Barns and nature, at once connecting them but also defining their separate qualities. Two of

torian, Scofield is a storyteller, and tales of all kinds underlie the Band Width paintings. Some of the works bear the names of places he’s been (Ocracoke, Pamet River) and a few that he hasn’t. Some reference historical moments (Partition ’47, The Strange Case of I.G. Farben); others, literature (Pylon, a William Faulkner novel). Their size notwithstanding, the paintings pack visceral punch. The hues and juxtapositions in Bosphorus Strait, for example, produce uncanny déjà vu, whether or not you’ve been to Istanbul. There is a compelling, even thrilling, inevitability to the mix and progression of the luminous color bands. In their own quiet, breathtakingly simple way, these small works manage to say plenty. •

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Editor’s Note You can reach the artist at John Scofield Designs, Sharon, (860) 671-0153,

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A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, Amy Aidinis Hirsch gained close to a decade of experience working for several of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Interior Designers before launching her own company, Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design, five years ago. From Martha’s Vineyard to Wyoming, from Nantucket to California, Amy’s installations perfectly suit and complement each unique client and architectural situation. Her success lies in her zest, attention to detail, and ability to constantly listen to each client’s need, no matter the scale of the project. Collaboration with the client is everything. Amy’s clients appreciate her precise attention to every detail: the trimmings in a window treatment, the wood inlay in a dining table, the antique ribbon on a custom sofa. Her eye for detail and her vision in successfully combining multiple elements give Amy’s designs a creative sophistication that

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blends traditional with luxe, modern with unexpected. She takes classic, time-tested elements and adds that perfect, surprising detail for an overall effect of livable beauty full of vitality. AAH Interior Design is on the rise to be one of the most respected full-service design firms in New England, redefining rather than reinventing the wheel. Recently, Amy introduced bSpoke, an online design and lifestyle magazine featuring her work and inspirations. AAH Interior Design has also received notable recognition for cleverly layered components and eclectic sophistication with modern sensibilities. Visit her website at, bSpoke at

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

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

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Linherr Hollingsworth embodies a quiet sophistication, and for the last fifteen years, she and her team have worked to deliver chic, classically appointed architectural interiors. “I’ve always looked at interiors in the same way that I like to dress—comfortable and timeless. Nothing trying too hard,” says Linherr. “I have a penchant for custom patinas and materials that age and possess a sense of history. I love mixing eclectic vintage pieces with more streamlined classics. If we can’t find it, we make it.” Whether Linherr takes on a renovation or a newly built residence, her experienced team brings a wealth of in-depth knowledge and unsurpassed level of project management. They always welcome the collaborative and creative process, and Linherr’s enthusiasm and drive inspires her team to exceed their clients’ expectations. In fact, they’ll often tell their customers, “if it can be imagined, it can be designed!”

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Typically, after the initial client meetings and project assessment, Linherr hand selects several architects, builders and artisans for the client to review. Then a timeline is set and work begins. Linherr’s spaces satisfy the eye and soothe the soul, reflecting calm, timeless elegance. It’s the unexpected that make her designs memorable: glass, leather, metal, a bit of shimmer, an elevated color hue, with constant attention to texture and scale. Whether she is creating a fresh spin on a residential interior or designing a seriously sleek commercial project, Hollingsworth Design specializes in a level of detail that far exceeds the expected. “Often our clients come to me and say, they feel so at home in their spaces. They always seem so surprised and delighted that we have listened to them, capturing who they are and how they like to live. That’s when we know we’ve accomplished our goal—interiors that are uniquely our clients.”

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

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

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JMAC INTERIORS Jean Marie McLaughlin, ASID.

For over ten years, Jean Marie McLaughlin, owner of New Canaan-based JMac Interiors has created beautiful and timeless interiors. With attention to detail and an emphasis on client service, McLaughlin listens to and interprets the needs and design aesthetic of her clients. Completing training in the classics, she holds a degree from the New York School of Interior Design. In addition, she recently completed coursework for the LEED Green Associate in Sustainable Design. Her professional affiliations include ASID membership in the Metro New York chapter, the Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers, AAUW and DWD (Designers Who Dare). A full-service design firm, JMac Interiors has worked on projects ranging from new construction, home renovations, custom millwork design and space planning. She believes that a home is the ultimate expression of self. This belief guides her in realizing her clients’ visions. Meticu-

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lous planning, along with the integration and enhancement of the space’s architectural elements are hallmarks of JMac’s designs. They result in warm, balanced rooms that harmonize with their surroundings and appear to have evolved over time. Marrying classical elements with modern conveniences provide clients with the homes of their dreams. An ardent believer in giving back to the community, McLaughlin has contributed her design skills to numerous charitable events including New Canaan Cares, the New Canaan Garden Club Tablescapes and the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival. She has also been a media spokesperson for the Darien Antique Show. Her work has appeared in Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, East Coast Home + Design and New England Home’s Connecticut. Most recently the 2011 New Canaan Home for the Holidays House Tour showcased her own home.

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LILLIAN AUGUST Furnishings + Design

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

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

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Linda’s design philosophy is to create classic and timeless interiors for modern day living “I have a classic point of view even when I am creating modern interiors,” she says. “My passion for the craft, along with my solid design principles, allows me to create rooms of purpose, practicality, comfort, intimacy and most important livability for today’s modern families. Every project and interior space that I design must reflect my client’s tastes and needs. Attention to detail, personal service and sensitivity to the client’s needs are keys to a successful project.” At LRI, our firm believes in customizing each design and decoration project for each of our clients. Linda Ruderman firmly believes that the journey a homeowner embarks upon with the interior designer should be enjoyable and educational. She uses her substantial background and extensive knowledge of interior design to ensure that this

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happens. Linda works very closely with her clients designing their interior spaces to articulate the client’s own histories, passions, needs and desires. To each and every home project, Linda brings continuity, circulation and sustainability. Of paramount importance is functionality so that the home fits today’s modern lifestyle. LRI creates spaces perfectly tailored for each individual project, whether it’s commercial or residential.

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Specializing in interior design and space planning, Morgan Harrison Home is a full-service design firm based in New Canaan, Connecticut. Michelle Morgan Harrison, owner and principal designer of Morgan Harrison Home, approaches design with a careful balance of classic and modern influences. Starting with the philosophy that the flow of color from room to room is essential to creating a cohesive point of view in any home, Michelle typically layers color monochromatically using quiet or bold bursts of color to add interest, and is known for her mix of finishes and textures and use of vintage accents that bring authenticity to a home. Each project Morgan Harrison Home undertakes also carefully considers how families will use a given space and how it will reflect the client’s personal style and sensibilities.

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Beginning her career in fashion twenty years ago, Michelle honed her eye for color and texture while styling both fashion and home decor editorials as the senior fashion editor at ELLE magazine and as fashion director of Mirabella magazine. Michelle later served as senior editorial director at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she oversaw the fashion direction and editorial content for the retailer’s award-winning catalogs and online presence. Michelle brings her fashion sensibility to each project she undertakes by building inviting color palettes and compelling blends of finishes to create casual yet elegant designs that are both sophisticated and family friendly. Her designs consistently delight her clients and have garnered Morgan Harrison Home numerous accolades.



Morgan Harrison Home 2 Old Stamford Road New Canaan, CT 06840 STACY BASS PHOTOGRAPHY

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PA R C M O N C E A U Full Interior Design and Furniture Design Services.

Parc Monceau, in Westport, finds its perfect niche in helping new homeowners who need interior design, but don’t want to pay exorbitant fees. Thus, we have created a purchasing and fee structure that saves clients money. We also offer twenty percent off fabric. During our initial consultation, we ensure that your furnishings are in the best spots before suggesting new purchases or updates. Many times, we revitalize furniture by stripping and re-staining or painting it or by adding new hardware or a new stone or glass top. On a design project in New Canaan, we took our customer’s heirloom buffet, changed the feet, painted it a washed gray and added a gray soapstone top for a fraction of what a new piece would cost. Our design approach remains constant: timeless, yet timely. We strive to be forward-thinking so that homeowners can walk into their homes ten years from now and feel as if they

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are current. Comfort, both visually and literally, is our guiding principle. Whether we are designing a traditional or contemporary interior, it’s all about creating it in a new way. We like to choose a limited number of materials and colors and repeat them throughout the home to create continuity. Parc Monceau is a thirty-year-old business providing complete interior design services. Custom sofas can be delivered in three weeks. Custom dining tables are handcrafted locally, using an endless combination of woods and designs. Our hands-on customer service makes our store unique and our interior design services popular. Tracy Dwyer, proprietor, spends eight weeks annually traveling to locate furniture and fabric trends at the best prices. Parc Monceau hosts its first fabric fair, February 1-2, which is open to the public. Come see the savings.

1375 Post Road East Westport, CT 06880 203-319-0001

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RDYC Interior Design creates the most beautiful and appropriate design solutions tailored to its clients’ needs and the unique features of each project. The two principals are Ron Yeffet and Dwayne Clark. Yeffet offers his international business sensibilities he acquired by developing hospitality, residential and high-rise super-structures. Dwayne Clark brings twenty years of experience, initially inspired by the Disney Corporation. He built showrooms in the Dallas Design Center, Southern California and Northern New Jersey. His furniture and textiles knowledge is vast, and represents the industry’s leading manufacturers. From first sketch to final punch list, every phase of every project has the principals’ hands at the controls. The firm accepts nothing less than first-rate performance. RDYC’s expertise ranges from authentic historical styles to innovative modern designs. Whether the team is working on a classically inspired masterpiece in the suburbs or an airy open 50 Special Marketing Section

loft in Tribeca, the team approaches each project with imagination, and is determined to explore it from all angles. “Our buildings and living spaces are designed to stand the test of time, and are cherished for their character and grace for future generations,” says Clark. Recently the firm participated in the Seven Oaks Designer Show House in Greenwich, Connecticut, collaborating with interior designer Victoria Vandamm to tackle the immense drawing and music rooms. Caviola Builders masterfully executed the unique coffered ceiling while Phoenix Audio Video created the artful video and sound system. “When great design, superior craftsmanship, and passion collide, magic happens,” says Bob Gaynor, lead designer. The firm has recently been chosen for the DIFFA Emerging Designers 14th annual tour of “Dining By Design” in March 2012, sponsored by Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

RDYC INTERIOR DESIGN + ARCHITECTURAL DEVELOPMENT 251w 39th st. • Eighth Floor New York, NY 10018

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Sharon McCormick Design creates elegant interiors for discerning clients who appreciate beauty, quality and comfort. Sharon’s signature is classic design, which endures the test of time. Her unique custom interiors are thoughtfully planned to accommodate and enhance the client’s individual lifestyle. Whether a project is a new home, renovation or redecoration, attention to detail is a key element of the firm’s luxury design service. Sharon and her staff specialize in project management services and turnkey spaces. She recognizes that her clients are successful people with busy schedules, and seeks to remove the angst and worries clients often feel in undertaking a large project. She works hand-in-hand with the architect and builder, creating a synergistic team working to provide the client with an inimitable home.

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Sharon McCormick is a national spokesperson for the American Society of Interior Designers. Her awardwinning work has been published in numerous national and international magazines, newspapers and books. She is a graduate of Williams College and Paier College of Art. A former CPA and CFO, Sharon earned an MBA at Western New England University. Sharon has participated in six designer show houses.

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Shelly Linder, the principal of Shell Decor, brings her warm personal style and meticulous attention to detail to interior design projects of every size and scope. She pairs creative vision with deft managerial skill, bringing a rare combination of artistry and organization that’s necessary to oversee every phase of design, decoration, construction or renovation. Shelly’s esthetic is based on a thorough understanding of light and color, contrast and texture, space and culture. This knowledge forms the basis of Shelly’s pleasing, practical designs that result in elegant, livable surroundings that are inviting, functional and timeless. Shelly’s success over the past twelve years is a testament to her close working relationships with her clients. She interprets each individual’s needs and priorities and translates them into comfortable styling. She works with a longstand-

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ing team of dedicated professionals, including contractors, architects, lighting experts, custom cabinetmakers, upholsterers, and antiques and arts dealers, all of whom share her high standards for quality. From concept to completion, Shelly’s focus is on creating a home environment that will exceed her clients’ highest expectations. Every home should be a true reflection of the owners and their families—who they are, how they live and what they enjoy. Shelly at Shell Decor interprets her clients’ lifestyles to create homes that are comfortable, yet sophisticated, practical and artistic. Ultimately her homes become the perfect blend of form and function.

Shell DĂŠcor Greenwich, CT (203) 422-2034

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S H E LT E R I N T E R I O R S , L L C Design for the way you live and work.

Designers Tricia Izzo and Carolyn Kron, through Shelter Interiors, in Milford, Connecticut, work collaboratively with clients, whether they’re assisting a family in creating a beautiful home or working with a team of architects, engineers and builders to create a dynamic workspace. Being a full-service firm, they design both residential and commercial interiors using textiles, color and the latest design products, creating personalized, comfortable and appealing environments. Shelter Interiors helps clients fulfill their needs and their dreams. From hundreds of Connecticut designers, Tricia and Carolyn were selected to participate in the renovation of the Governor’s Mansion, designing the pool house. In addition, the designers’ work has appeared in several publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, Kitchen and Bath Ideas and Renovation Style. Connecticut Cottages & Gardens lists them in its “Little Black Book” of top-100 design firms. They also received a 2011 IDA award for kitchen design. 56 Special Marketing Section

For the home, the designers at Shelter Interiors work closely with clients to help them express their personalities through unique designs that not only fit their needs today, but will endure for years. They can assist with room layout, space planning and project managment, as well as selecting flooring, plumbing, window treatments, furniture and accessories. For commercial clients, Shelter Interiors can assist with layouts and fixtures for retail spaces, as well as furnishings for corporate conference rooms, offices and hospitality facilities.

Shelter Interiors, LLC Milford • Westport 203.301.4886

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Whether a modest bungalow, an expansive mansion or something in between, every home is going to have a profound effect on the family who lives there. Julianne Stirling of Stirling Design Associates loves how changes in architecture and interior design play with a room’s energy—and she loves making those changes in the lives of her clients. Look how the subtle “in and out” movement of the cabinetry planes takes what could have been a massive wall of shelves and instead provides cabinetry that nestles into the space. See how the hardwood floor’s herringbone pattern adds a patina that tells you this home will be here a long time. The Chinese style coffee table is high style enough for this family room to entertain guests, but solid enough to take the abuses of everyday use. The furnishings are as rich in texture and varied in provenance as the artifacts on the shelves. It takes an experienced and creative designer to

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bring together, not only the fabrics and furnishings, but to add architecture to a room—the fireplace, cabinetry, floor, lighting, moldings, etc.—creating spaces that elevate the experience of those who live there. Isn’t that the ultimate goal of interior design?

Stirling Design Associates 766 Old Post Road Fairfield, CT 06824 203.255.5422

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V I C T O R I A LY O N I N T E R I O R S, LLC Be Inspired. Feed Your Soul with Where You Live.


Today, more than ever, we all need spaces in which to live, work and play, that are not only functional, comfortable and attractive, but inspirational. We all deserve inspiration in our lives, and, in fact, need it in order to be able to passon our own gifts to the world. This is the motivation behind all of Victoria Lyon Interiors’ designs. Whether you draw inspiration from family, art, architecture, history, landscape, music, or literature, creating spaces that speak to your passion is Victoria’s forte. A background steeped in the history of art, architecture, landscape and design enables her to move fluidly between stylistic genres and even to combine them in new and interesting ways. Her familiarity with construction, including her designation as a Certified Green Practitioner by the National Association of Home Builders, makes Victoria the perfect professional with whom architects, landscape architects and

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builders can collaborate for renovation and new construction projects. Some highlights of her design career include interiors for several mid-century modern masterpieces by Philip Johnson, Marcel Breuer, Victor Christ-Janer and Jack West, as well as participating in several prestigious designer showhouses. She has lectured in a number of prestigious venues on the subjects of art, architecture, design, and environmentally friendly practices and materials. With over twenty years of experience, Victoria Lyon Interiors has the unique resources and project management skills to create a home that will be a joy for you to live in forever.


Victoria Lyon Interiors, LLC 26 Arcadia Road, Suite 6 Old Greenwich, CT 06870 O: (203) 540-5350

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Moody Blues Cool blues and grays take on a decidedly warm character in a Greenwich home that wraps its owner in feminine sensuality. TEXT BY REGINA COLE • PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA MOSS • INTERIOR DESIGN: TIFFANY EASTMAN • BUILDER: ROB ZARZUELA • PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

The living room’s modern sensibility plays against the gentle patina of aged wood. In the dining room beyond, the blues and grays echo and intensify. Right: Accessories and upholstery take their cue from the hues in the living room’s large abstract painting.


n a space that feels simultaneously romantic and subtle, sexy and serene, Tiffany Eastman demonstrates graceful solutions to at least two Herculean design challenges. In a northern climate, she created a decor based on blues and grays that is anything but cold. And she executed her plan within the rigid limitation caused by the elevator that opens to the living room of this 1930s brownstone apartment in a downtown Greenwich historic district. “The elevator measures eighty-four inches, so the sofa is eighty-three and a half inches long, and so is the big mirror in the living room,” the designer says. “You sacrifice,” she adds, noting that every project brings its unique constraints. Sacrifice is not the word that comes to mind upon entering the 2,500-square-foot, three-bedroom condominium. Rather, the overwhelming impression is of calm, deeply self-aware feminine elegance. In fact, the sophisticated interior Eastman created is so perfectly on target it’s hard to believe that the last time she collaborated with this client, the end result looked very different (though no less striking). Back then, the Stamford interior designer worked with another firm. Just before Eastman went off on her own, the client came for help with a large, colonial-style center-entry house in the western part of the state. “Her life was different then,” Eastman recalls. “The big colonial reflected her lifestyle when she worked in the finance industry.” Some two years later, the homeowner left her job on Wall Street and traded her big suburban house for an apartment closer to the city. Her new quarters called for a different Winter 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 65

The dining room murmurs in the subtle languages of sophistication, mystery and romance. look and feel altogether, but, says Eastman, “She reached out to me because she knew that she and I are on the same page aesthetically. She wanted a chic, more contemporary flair.” In the client’s previous house, beige dominated the palette. For her new home, the designer says, “She told me she wanted a cool palette, and that she loved blue.” Often topping the list of beloved colors, blue can bring a chill to rooms in our New England climate. “Blues don’t have to be cold,” Eastman explains. “It comes down to layering and the textures of all the fabrics. We used five different blues and grays in the living room, from the ice-blue sofa upholstery to the charcoal-gray carpet. Gold warms in curtain rods and accessories here, as well as in the bedroom, dining room and sunroom.” The key, she continues, is in imbalance: “The composition should be slightly left of center, not equally balanced. Textures, tones, warmth and cold: the imbalance is where the magic happens.” The dining room, for example, murmurs in the subtle languages of sophistication, mystery and romance, with charcoal-gray Venetian plaster walls, modern nickel sconces, a clean-lined glass chandelier and an antique Sheraton sideboard. Curtain rods, a Napoleonic ormolu clock and the sideboard’s original brass hardware provide just enough warmth to spark Eastman’s off-center juxtaposition. “She wanted dark, sexy,” the designer says. “In dining rooms, we can take more risks, so we chose this wall treatment. Venetian plaster done in soft, dark colors is stunning. We incorporated mica into the mix for a bit of shine, then finished with a top layer of wax. The result is dramatic and subtle at the same time.” She points to the gray metallic mesh draperies and metallic chair fabric. “They don’t read metallic, but they add to the subtle shimmer.” The sensibility, she says, was inspired by the painting above the Sheraton sideboard, which the homeowner brought from her previous house. “Those whites and grays—that’s the mystery and nuance we wanted.” The sideboard is one of a handful of pieces that made the move. “She had sentimental attachments to various pieces but didn’t hang on to anything that didn’t work,” Eastman says of her client. “We handpicked and edited.” The atmospheric space of the dining room opens into the calmly chic living room, where charcoal-gray accents echo the dining room’s dark wall color. Here, too, Eastman incorporated another classic antique from the owner’s previous home. “The juxtaposition of the tall clock to one side of the doorway and the large ab66 New England Home’s Connecticut Winter 2012

A round dining table softens the room’s square shape. A glass chandelier suits the room’s dark drama and metallic sheen. Facing page clockwise from top: Lanterns flank the draped entry to the sunroom. Curved table legs and reproduction Regency chairs bring a feminine touch to the kitchen. The dining room’s Sheraton sideboard lends classic grace to modern design.

stract painting on the other side strikes the right note,” she explains, adding that the rich wood tones and neoclassical ornamentation of the statuesque clock bring unexpected zing to a clean-lined, modern composition. The dining and living rooms reflect in the large mirror ensconced on an Eastman-designed stand. “We placed this very traditional, classic French frame

“The look that matters is the client’s, not the designer’s. In the end, when she turns the key, I’m not there.”

The master bedroom, with its gray strié walls, is serene but personal. Facing page clockwise from top: The sunroom is all about the view. Here, subtle metallic shine continues in blue-gray fabric on custom ottomans. Driftwood-inspired end table bases and coral bring nature in. The building sits in a historic district.

with metal leaf onto a squared-off base sprayed with softly metallic paint,” she says. “That gives it a more contemporary look and makes the mirror look like artwork.” The mirror flanks the entry to the sunroom, which overlooks a lovely congregation of steeples on Greenwich Avenue. Beyond lies Long Island Sound, and on a clear night the lights of Manhattan shine in the distance. “There is no way to dress the windows, but I am a firm believer in framing a room, so we put sheers on the only wall,” Eastman explains. “They never close; the homeowner loves the sexiness of the way they flow as one walks into the living room.” Eastman’s deft touch shines throughout the home.

In the master bedroom, gray strié walls seem to make the room float. Even the functional kitchen has a romantic side, with a breakfast table whose mirrored base was adapted from a Regency torchiere. Does this Zen elegance represent the designer’s own signature? “I do believe that a designer has a look,” she says. “But,” she hastens to add, “the look that matters is the client’s, not the designer’s. In the end, she is the one who returns home in the evening, and when she turns the key, I’m not there.” Eastman may be gone, but her work has left an indelible impression. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 124. Winter 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 69

Having owned King Charles spaniels, the Pedens delight in the art that lines their stairwell. Facing page: House and setting are enchanting, from the original siding and numerous collections to the mossy stone walls.

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Acquiring Minds Vintage guitars, Staffordshire dogs, pre-war train sets—a Litchfield County couple’s eclectic collections are right at home in a lovingly refurbished 1750 colonial.

Text by Megan Fulweiler • Photography by Laura Moss • Architecture: Charles Myer, Charles R. Myer & Partners • Interior design: Paulette Peden, Dawn Hill Antiques • Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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Okay, a room devoted to trains—as in shelves and shelves of colorful locomotives—is a bit unusual. And one or two dog paintings are delightful, but a stairwell chock-full of winsome canines? John and Paulette Peden are well aware that their penchant for surrounding themselves with great numbers of the eclectic items they love is not something everybody understands. You either get it or you don’t, the couple is quick to admit. Collecting is the Pedens’ passion, and it just so happens that these artful souls also have an incredible knack for display. Their popular shop, Dawn Hill Antiques in New Preston, is renowned for beautiful eighteenth- and nineteenthcentury finds. John is a photographer who specializes in capturing well-known musicians (think Bob Dylan and The

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Rolling Stones) and high-end guitars, too. His latest project—a coffee table book entitled The Guitar Collection—can be found in bookstores. Not don’t-touch-this, don’t-touch-that kind of people, they use their treasures in their everyday lives. Their classic porch furniture hails from the 1920s. On chilly nights, guests snuggle down under hand-stitched century-old quilts. Clearly, this duo couldn’t move into just any old house. Their collections required a fitting background and room to expand. Granted, a traditional 1750 center-chimney colonial isn’t the most spacious of home designs. But here’s where the magic comes in. The original house, its chestnut siding amazingly still intact and its dear blue shutters framing the

Clockwise from left: The homeowners replaced the living room’s barn siding with handsome paneling. Paintings of mythical animals and nineteenth-century English transferware form an engaging tableau. The two-story addition is a harmonious addendum to the house. Like the house, the grounds appear timeless.

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A vintage chandelier—“in the spirit of Brighton” says Paulette Peden—lights the porch. Facing page top: A raised hearth warms the kitchen. Facing page bottom left and right: A copperscreened porch adjacent to the kitchen is a favorite spot for the Pedens.

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front door, is what you see as you approach. The poetically rural setting complete with rippling river, stone walls, sugar maples and flower gardens evokes thoughts of England. Not visible until you circle around the house is the grand addition that makes this Litchfield County dwelling as livable as it is lovable. Indeed, it’s the best of two worlds. Like Mr. Blandings’s dream house, though, the country retreat also had its share of problems. Previous alterations had undermined the original structure’s character. Determined to recapture its true essence, the proud new owners set out to find an architect. They interviewed several, but when Cambridge, Massachusetts, architect Charles Myer “lit up” upon seeing the owners’ exuberant collections, John says, the choice was obvious. And, as time would prove, so fortunate. Like the Pedens, Myer was enamored with what he calls a “truly beautiful house.” To salvage its antique charm, modern additions were peeled away and the original house was gutted and painstakingly reconstructed. At the same time, Myer added two more-appropriate wings—one to hold the porch and the other the kitchen, with a spacious sunlit arcade and two bedrooms above. The hilly site could have been a nightmare. But Myer, along with project architect Susan Dunbar, devised the clever idea of “locking the building into the hill using a series of stone walls, terraces and steps,” Myer says. The skillful excavations put today’s kitchen several feet below grade. Standing at the sink, the owners look directly into the garden. “We can go eyeball to eyeball with a rabbit,” John exclaims. The twelve-foot-wide garden is framed with a stone wall sheathed in espaliered fruit trees. All the property’s stone walls are dry-laid, of course, as they would have been centuries ago. The owners have topped them here and there with dimunitive antique sculptures. (Garden antiques are among their shop’s hot sellers.) Like the stones, the sculptures are slowly gaining a mossy patina. “We’ve been so lucky. Damp weather has made the moss flourish,” Paulette recounts happily. The spacious copper-screened porch adjoins the kitchen.

How anyone can tear himself away from this welcoming room is hard to imagine. In an area where many houses sport fireplaces but few are ever enlisted for cooking, the Pedens’ raised hearth is a weekend workhorse. Non-cooks claim a vintage Kem Weber armchair and direct, or pitch in and fix a salad at the cherrywood island. “The owners really wanted to reference the old house, and they understood how the nature of certain materials could help bring the place back to life,” says Myer. Case in point: all the cabinets, whose design and knobs were inspired by a late eighteenth-century cupboard, were given an oil finish to heighten the wood’s luster. New walls were hand-plastered to provide an authentic texture. The decor teems with the couple’s finds, giving the space a highly personal feel. Whereas some of us can barely decide where to station a plant, Paulette mixes with assurance. One cupboard holds a stash of McCoy pottery from the ’30s and ’40s, French turn-of-the-century plates and splendidly decorated midcentury Burleigh Ware jugs. “The house came first and then the shop followed,” Paulette says. “We started decorating with our collections and realized we had enough to launch a store.” Nineteenth-century Staffordshire dogs atop the living room mantel look positively smug next to John’s hoard of vinyl records. And that sleek ’50s Fender guitar resting on a nineteenth-century lolling chair? The perfect touch. Paulette and John are masters at matching disparate collections. What’s more, they adore each and every piece. (John also has a business selling vintage Fender guitars and amps.) In truth, that’s probably the key to their engaging decoration. When they moved in, the living room was clad in barn siding. Today’s newly installed raised paneling better speaks to the home’s age. The antique Oriental rug couldn’t have found a more idyllic spot. “Everything in the house is old except the TV,” Paulette admits with a laugh. And where do the owners head when they want to catch a favorite show? The train room, of course. In addition to rows of fantastic pre-war trains, there’s a couch and vintage chairs for kicking back, something it’s hard to imagine this wonderfully creative couple ever really have time to do. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 124. 76 New England Home’s Connecticut Winter 2012

The train room’s vintage arm chair keeps company with a wee stool snagged at a flea market. Pre-war stamped-steel Lionel trains form the bulk of the Pedens’ collection. Facing page top: The guest room’s interior windows borrow hall light.

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Simple geometric paneling in the family room and entryway (facing page) show the shades of gray used throughout the home. The warm ash hue is a signature color perfected by designer Mar Silver.

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Who says colonial has to be traditional? Not the designer who used a touch of gray to take this Westport family home from cozy classic to sleek sophisticate. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BJÖRN WALLANDER • INTERIOR DESIGN: MAR SILVER • WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL

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Sliding glass doors replaced walls in the dining room. An antique chestnut barrel used as a table base lends an industrial touch. Facing page left: A living room vignette illustrates Silver’s easy mixing of modern, vintage and antique pieces. Facing page right: A trail of handmade silk rugs makes for a plush pathway between rooms.

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ne of the most outrageous design oxymorons out there, after decorative modern, might just be sexy colonial. Devoid of drama or sleekness, the typical center-hall colonial can be the architectural equivalent of oatmeal: comforting and sustaining but hardly exciting. Few talents could have managed the transformation of such a space from its suburban groundings into something so urbane, but in the hands of Mar Silver, this home in Westport reinterprets every idea of family living today. What started out as a small interior renovation for a family with two young children turned into a two-year, front-to-back, floor-to-ceiling transformation. While the layout stayed basically the same—the very definition of colonial with an entry staircase, formal living and dining rooms, second-floor bedrooms and a kitchen that opens to a large family room—in the end, no wall or ceiling went untouched. “I see everything architecturally first,” says Silver, a Westportbased designer. “I start by thinking about how the walls play into each other and how art is

going to fit on the walls.” Throughout the house she contemporized all the moldings and doors, simplifying them to modernize the spaces. She also dropped or reconfigured ceilings in a number of rooms, including the hallways, which she articulated as a series of inverted trays with cove lighting downstairs and lower soffits upstairs. “Dropping the ceiling makes the house so much cozier,” she says. Not only cozy, but cocoon-like in terms of the simplified interior architecture, the custom-designed silk rugs that anchor every room, the thick mohair covering the furniture and the warm gray palette of the entire house. For many designers, contemporizing a space would mean painting it white and eliminating most ornamentation and accessories, but for Silver it was about adding just the right color. Shades of gray in a combination of tones coat Winter 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 81

each room, while woodwork is either painted or stained Silver’s signature gray hue. The colors unify the house beautifully, enveloping the spaces in mothwing softness. “For me, gray is more soothing than stark white,” the designer says. “Grays look beautiful with woods.” With this color scheme, “The home has a little more drama,” says Silver. “It’s a bit more moody. I think the grays we selected are warm rather than cold. Moving slightly in the tone makes the space—one soft gray flows into the next.” The dramatic motif starts at the front door, where Silver enlarged the entry into a sitting room and updated the stairwell by cladding it in gray-stained oak and sheets of glass. “When I think about colonial it’s the dark stain that’s the eyesore for me,” says Silver. “It’s so busy. The whole approach to this house is to be architectural, but soothing and calm. I wanted to make the two-level entry a lot sexier, but at the same time adding wood, which adds mass and grounds the space. The glass keeps it from being too heavy.” From the foyer the eye is drawn to a sitting area, where a

quartet of chairs covered in pony hide surrounds a low coffee table. All are from Plunk, Silver’s own furniture line, and the chairs echo the stained oak paneling in the entry. In the formal dining room to the left of the foyer, Silver blew out the walls and replaced them with sliding glass panels framed in wood. Offsetting the Deco-era crystal chandelier and modern art is a giant petrified wood bowl sitting atop a table made from an antique chestnut washing bin. It’s the type of juxtaposition that Silver repeats in a number of rooms, mixing the organic with the industrial and refined. Her own path to becoming a designer is as atypical as her work. She started out in the antiques business, importing and selling to the trade. Her design career took off around 2000 as her customers began asking her to go to their clients’ homes to consult on antiques and art. “I’ve been collecting art since I was sixteen,” she says. “I have a huge love of art.” Silver is still a collector. A number of art and furniture pieces in the house 82 New England Home’s Connecticut Winter 2012

Roberto Dutesco prints are framed in walnut and surrounded by high-gloss lacquered ceilings and built-ins in the media room. Facing page left: Silver freshened the sitting room’s vintage chairs with white pony hide and her signature gray stain. Facing page right: Smoke-gray Ann Sacks glass tile covers the kitchen backsplash while woven leather barstools from Mark Albrecht sit in the foreground.

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had lingered in one of her four or five storage units. “As I travel I collect lots of things and keep them in my inventory,” she explains. “When I find the right place for it, I bring it out.” One such piece graces the living room. Two long, white sofas sit facing one another in front of the fireplace, but it is a walnut secretary against a gray wall that garners most of the attention. Silver’s other vintage finds include a massive glass-topped Lucite desk used in the wife’s upstairs office. The designer added barn wood to one wall of the office, which also features a Matteograssi chair and a handwoven rug from Nepal. As in other rooms of the house, one of the first words that comes to mind is sumptuous. Mohair, acrylic, midcentury modern furniture and the gray theme all combine to make seriously sexy spaces. Even the functional family room, with its large flat-screen TV, paneled fireplace wall and sectional sofa, exudes a luxe vibe. Still, there was room to push the envelope. In the first-floor media room, Silver pumped up

the color quotient of the wooden jewel box of a space with a super-highgloss lacquered ceiling and details in a mouthwatering plum. Walnut paneling encases a pair of Roberto Dutesco horse prints while the rest of the room is about comfort—down pillows and sofa wrapped in thick silk mohair and a leather ottoman large enough to hold the stockinged feet, drinks and popcorn of the whole family. “We wanted to do a media room with a wood paneling, but not a traditional media room,” says Silver. “Lacquering the ceiling and wall gave a contemporary edge to the room. It’s a nice balance. It’s not so dark and heavy. The lacquer reflects and lights the walnut paneling.” It’s certainly not what one would expect to find in a colonial, but the unexpected trumps the typical in this classic house with a sophisticated twist. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 124. 84 New England Home’s Connecticut Winter 2012

A vintage Lucite and glass table makes a sleek desk in the wife’s second-floor office. Facing page: The soft, moody-sexy palette continues in the master bedroom and bath.

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A geometric-patterned wool sisal rug adds a casual note to the living room’s more formal taffeta curtains, crystal chandelier and ocked settee. Top right: Limestone lends an elegant touch to the front door of the Tudor-style house. Bottom right: The house sits on seven landscaped acres.

ROMANCE of the STONE Inspired by old Newport but tweaked to satisfy contemporary tastes for airiness and light, a new Tudor-style home overlooking the Farmington Valley enfolds its owners in grandeur. Text by Paula M. Bodah • Photography by Robert Benson • Architecture: Jack Kemper, Kemper Associates • Interior design: Anthony Como, Luxe Interiors • Landscape Design: Creative Exteriors • Builder: Marion Czaplicki, Maric Associates • Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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f a glimpse of this stately Tudor-style house puts you in mind of Newport’s Gilded Age, the couple who live here wouldn’t be surprised. In fact, that’s just what they were aiming for. Not the unabashedly opulent “cottages” like Marble House or the Breakers, mind you, but rather the quietly grand homes built by yesteryear’s more modest captains of industry. Rising from its perch on a mountaintop overlooking the Farmington Valley, the three-story stone-and-brick house with its turret, dual chimneys and multiple rooflines would look right at home on turn-of-the-twentieth-century Bellevue Avenue. Inside, though, it becomes clear this gracious home was designed for modern-day living. The high-ceilinged rooms flow one into the other for the open feeling favored by today’s families. There’s not a dark, drafty corner to be found; sunlight spills through every window, and each room offers a view to the valley or the home’s own beautifully landscaped seven acres. All this airy brightness comes from the design devised by Farmington architect Jack Kemper and interior designer Anthony Como of Luxe Interiors in New Rochelle, New York. Along with the homeowners, the two worked as a team from the very beginning of the project. “We spent about six months designing the house,” Como recalls. “We had meetings every single week.” The first challenge lay in granting the clients’ wishes for a home with all the grandeur and romance—but none of the gloomy reality—of Newport’s English-inspired stone manor houses that so charmed them. “I wanted to bring the outside in,” the wife says. “I wanted lots of light and cross ventilation.” The solution took the form of a long, slender design that lines the rooms up along the property’s north-south axis and lets light and air flow east to west through them. “The plan is laid out so every room has a view,” Kemper notes. In front, the tall turret and its bank of high windows, a copper-roofed bay window and a series of slim dormers in the roof pull in the eastern light. In back, three bay windows reach out to welcome the afternoon light and show off vistas of the valley. The floor plan is contemporary in its openness, yes, but rooms

The high-ceilinged rooms

A panel of Stark chinoiserie wallpaper stands in for art on the dining room wall. Facing page top: Sunlight spills through the many windows of the turret that soars above the foyer. Facing page bottom: A porte-cochère separates two- and three-car garages.

flow one into the other for the open feeling favored by today’s families.

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The wife’s library is both dramatic and cozy. Facing page clockwise from left: The mirror in a second-floor hallway niche reflects a similar niche across the hall. Dark-gray cabinetry contrasts with Calcutta gold marble in the kitchen. The back entry does double duty as a sitting room.

In the wife’s library, furniture and accents of deep red set a rich tone against

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are divided by classic Old World columns and arches and paneled in millwork with a jaw-dropping level of detail. The foyer is enough to induce a swoon, soaring as it does up to the roof of the turret. “The entry is about fifty feet tall,” Kemper says. “It’s so cool.” The front doors—antiques from Italy that Como and the wife found in an antiques store—open onto a floor of jetblack granite and honed white limestone. The rounded walls are clad in millwork painted a soft white, and a Holly Hunt crystal chandelier gleams overhead. A staircase tucked off to the right gracefully wends its way around the foyer to the upper floors. As tempting as it is to linger in the welcoming entry, the living room beckons straight ahead, with its wide bay window drawing the eye through the house and to the view of Farmington Valley. A rolled-arm sofa dressed in camel-colored velvet nestles into the bay, a perfect spot for a quiet tête-à-tête. The solid stone fireplace is the focal point for an additional seating area, where two armchairs, a second sofa and a settee covered in a romantic flocked fabric keep company under an antique crystal chandelier. Here again, the millwork, crafted by Clement Letourneau of Wood-

charcoal-gray paneling.

The house has the grandeur and romance of old Newport and the

The tub in the wife’s bathroom sits in its own niche overlooking the grounds. Facing page top: A console with a Viennese glass mirror makes a pretty vignette in the second-oor hallway. Facing page bottom: A freestanding wall of millwork in the center of the master bedroom ensconces the bed.

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freshness and comfort a modern family wants. work Specialties, in Bristol, is a quiet star. “Once we decided on the fireplace, I gave Clem a detailed sketch of the crown and he mimicked it for the moldings in the living and dining rooms,” Como explains. Curtains of silk taffeta dress the windows. “I wanted them to feel like a ball gown,” the designer says of the rich deep-gray window treatments. Two steps up, past a set of columns with ornate capitals, sits the dining room. A long table—an antique that was one of Como and the wife’s first purchases for the house—holds court under a ceiling covered in a metallic silver-leaf paper and sporting ornate medallions from which hang twin crystal chandeliers. Around the table, elaborately carved nineteenth-century English chairs alternate with upholstered chairs. The kitchen is as hardworking as can be but, with its dark gray cabinetry and Calcutta gold marble, no less dramatic than the rest of the house. “When I came up with the idea of the dark cabinetry, my clients weren’t so sure,” Como recalls. “I mean, who wants a black kitchen? But they love it!” Como chose a palette of mushrooms, camels and grays for most of the house, deviating only in the wife’s library, where furniture and accents in deep red set a rich tone against charcoal-gray paneling. Upstairs in the master bedroom, the wife admits, she and her husband were stymied in trying to choose the best spot for the bed. “I wanted to be able to wake up and look at the view,” she says. “Anthony suggested we float the bed in the middle of the room.” She wasn’t convinced, until the designer showed her his plan: a freestanding millworked wall that ensconces the bed’s headboard and even provides built-in night tables and shelves for knickknacks. Husband and wife agree the house is everything they dreamed of, and more. It has all the grandeur and romance of old Newport, while sacrificing none of the freshness and comfort every modern family looks for. What’s more, the whole team raves about the process. Architect and designer have formed something of a mutual admiration society, praising each other’s skill and imagination and agreeing that they thoroughly enjoyed working together. Of course, in the end, it’s the clients whose opinion matters most, and they’re as enthusiastic as the pros. As the wife says, “We watched our dreams come to fruition because of these wonderful people. I am perfectly happy.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 124.


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in spades at the WAKEFIELD DESIGN CENTER Trade Day, an event chock-full of seminars and talks (including one by our own editor-in-chief, Kyle Hoepner), networking opportunities and the chance to check out the very latest fabulous trends for the home. Artist Todd Lim’s colorful work formed an energetic backdrop for guests who attendShould ed the opening of his exhibit at Greenyour party be here? Send photographs wich’s SAMUEL OWEN GALLERY. or high-resolution images, Franco Grimaldi’s SEVEN OAKS with information about the DESIGNER SHOW HOUSE was a event and the people in the photos, to New England Home, great success, a 13,000-square-foot 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, English manor in Greenwich Boston, MA 02118, or e-mail dressed beautifully by top designers images and information to pbodah@nehome and artists. Not only did the show house wow and inspire the many people who moved through its rooms, it also raised money for the Humane Society of the United States. It was four show houses in one at the OCEAN HOUSE in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, as designers from New York and Connecticut displayed their talents in four of the lovely waterfront hotel’s suites. Catch a glimpse of their work on page 128. Never one to rest on her considerable laurels, designer Mar Silver recently introduced her own line of furniture. Guests gathered at Artelier in Greenwich for a party to debut her elegant, sophisticated PLUNK COLLECTION. You can see more of Silver’s design work on display in the feature that begins on page 78.

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Remember life before Facebook? Neither do we. Trudy Dujardin has added a Facebook page to her catalog of internet-based communications to go with her newly designed website and a facelift given to her blog site, Holistic House. Now her Wesport-based Dujardin Design has more ways than ever to share news, decorating ideas, inspiration and thoughts about living, as she puts it, “gently green.” Oh, and of course you can follow Dujardin on Twitter, too., www.holistic, /dujardindesign, @dujardindesign

Greenwich interior designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch has joined the blogging world with her site In posts that are as refreshing and modern as her design sensibility, Hirsch dishes about her everyday inspirations, from dining to shopping to traveling. “bSpoke is a blog that studies what happens when life experience and interior design are combined,” she says. “As a designer, I come across things that inspire my creativity almost constantly, whether it’s the vibrant color of moss growing on a stone wall or that perfect find at a local antique dealer. Taking that inspiration and sharing it with a wider audience is how bSpoke came into existence.” Greenwich, (203) 661-1266,

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Now here’s a case where the humble “before” looks absolutely nothing like the princely “after.” Charles Hilton, of Hilton+VanderHorn Architects, accepted a 2011 Palladio Award for his firm’s dramatic renovation of a Greenwich residence into an idyllic French country–style farm. Inspired by Marie Antoinette’s hamlet at the Palace of Versailles, the firm’s winning project references the scale, forms and character of the period Normandy village while respecting its New England setting through the use of vernacular building materials.

The winning streak continues for Country Club Homes. The company won a 2011 HOBI Award, marking the eighth consecutive year it’s been honored by the Home Builders Association of Connecticut. The firm earned its most recent prize—Outstanding Spec Home Remodel—for a renovation (along with Michael Smith Architects, another Wilton company) of a 1911 New Canaan manor. The sensitive remodel kept all the character of the home’s original stone and shingle details while making it super energy-efficient for today’s lifestyle. You can see more of the house at the website of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. Wilton, (203) 762-0550,, 102 New England Home’s Connecticut Winter 2012

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Gwathmey Siegel: Inspiration and Transformation

If you’ve ever looked at the I Spy books with your children, then you know Walter Wick’s photography—groups of old toys in nostalgic, if not magical, settings, leading viewers to ponder and dream. The Bruce Museum has put together a retrospective of forty large-scale, eyepopping works, as well as exhibits and videos that explore Wick’s process. Bruce Museum, Greenwich; (203) 869-0376;; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., 1–5 p.m. Sun.; $7

Through January 27

Architectural Digest describes this as one of “the season’s best museum shows.” Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects is featured in an exhibit that explores the firm’s best-known work, including the renovation of and addition to the Guggenheim Museum, through drawings, blueprints, models and photographs. Yale School of Architecture, Paul Rudolph Hall, Second Floor Gallery, New Haven; (203) 432-2292; www.architecture; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat.; free

19 Sylvia Wald: Seven Decades Through March 18

A retrospective of Sylvia Wald’s sevendecade career will be presented at the Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts. A variety of media, techniques and imagery show Wald’s artistic evolution, from social realism of the Great Depression to printmaking from the 1940s and 1950s to later sculpture. Wald liked to use unlikely materials, such as industrial wire, bamboo and driftwood, to create intriguing assemblages. Fairfield University, Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield; (203) 2544242;; 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., noon–4 p.m. Sun.

28 Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic Through April 22

29 Barrão: Mashups Through June 10

In his first American solo show, Brazilian artist Barrão presents his whimsical and rather bizarre ceramic clusters and mashups. The artist scouts secondhand stores, flea markets and dumpsters to find materials for these sculptures, which subvert the original function or idea of the object in order to reveal new relationships, from unexpected similarities to unseemly contradictions.With every element free from its previous function, the sculpture arrives at a new identity. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield; (203) 438-4519; www.aldrich; noon–5 p.m. Tues.–Sun.; $7



Cooking Class with Chef Michel Nischan James Beard award-winning chef Michel Nischan guides participants in creating delicious and satiating meatless dishes for everyday dining or special entertaining. This is a rare opportunity to spend an evening with one of America’s finest chefs. Clarke Culinary Center, South Norwalk; (800) 842-5275, ext. 206; www; 6–8 p.m.; $85 Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color The Greenwich Antiques Society presents Elena Phipps, president of the Textile Society of America and former senior research scholar and conservator of the

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ArtSpace New Haven (203) 772-2709 Library Science Through January 28 Multiple artists explore viewers’ personal, intellectual and physical relationships to libraries

Silvermine Arts Center New Canaan (203) 966-9700 Grace Shanley: Circle of Life— Then and Now Jak Kovatch: Director’s Choice January 8–March 4 Two different perspectives on figurative art

Kehler Liddell Gallery New Haven (203) 389-9555 Alan Shulik: Photos Peter Wickenden: Sculptures February 2–March 11 Though they work in different mediums, both artists share an interest in stone

Flinn Gallery Greenwich (203) 622-7947 New York State of Mind February 2–March 14 Six artists depict New York City life

Samuel Owen Gallery Greenwich (203) 422-6500 Black & White Carpet February 9–26 Stéphane Kossmann’s black-andwhite celebrity shots from the Cannes Film Festival

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This symposium takes a closer look at how sophisticated digital technology has impacted traditional architectural methods. The event kicks off on Thursday with a lecture by Massimo Scolari, the William B. and Charlotte Shepherd Davenport Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. His talk will be followed by a reception for the exhibition Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture, 1967–2012, on view in the School of Architecture Gallery until May 4. Yale School of Architecture, Hastings Hall in Paul Rudolph Hall, New Haven; (203) 432-2288; www; 6:30–8:30 p.m. Thurs., 2–5 p.m. and 6:30–8:30 p.m. Fri., 9:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. and 2–5 p.m. Sat.; free


Valentine’s Day Champagne Fundraiser R&B soul crooners Jeffrey Osborne and Peabo Bryson join forces to bring romance to the Ridgefield Playhouse. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with a glass of champagne from Cellar XV and food from Bissell House, East Ridge Café, Piccolo’s, Ritz Asia and Southwest Café. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield; (203) 438-5795;; 6:30 p.m.; $225


Jazz NightOut In an intimate, cafe-style performance, two musicians lend an unforgettable note to the Arts Center at Killingworth’s annual jazz evening. Headliner is award-winning trumpeter Eddie Allen, who has recorded and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Etta Jones and others. Rounding out the evening will be music prodigy Alma Macbride, a pianist and flutist. Appetizers and desserts are included. Early reservations are suggested as the event usually sells out. Ivoryton Playhouse, Ivoryton; (860) 6635593;; 7:30 p.m.; $25–$35


Masterpieces of Colonial New England Furniture Frank Levy, partner in Bernard & S. Dean Levy of New York City, will speak about the best in American antique furniture at this event sponsored by the Greenwich Antiques Society. Refreshments to follow the presentation. Bruce Museum, Greenwich; (203) 854-6565;; 1 p.m.; $20

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The Family Room: Sectionals

• Three area designers deck out a cozy family room • Wish List: Susan Bednar Long shares a few of her design must-haves


Bond Street Sectional by Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman “When I purchase a sectional, its overall silhouette is what speaks to me: the arms, the back, the legs and the cushions. The Bond Street sectional has a beautiful sloping arm, a fresh, tailored look and very comfortable cushions. The decorative legs add just the right amount of ornamentation.” THE MARTIN GROUP, BOSTON DESIGN CENTER, (617) 951-2526, WWW.MARTINGROUPINC.COM


Keaton Sectional by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams “The Keaton sectional is a great piece that fits almost any decor. It is comfortable but also tailored and polished. I especially like its box-edged back pillows that are the same height as the back. With its block legs and antique brass nailhead trim, it’s a classic.” GREENWICH, (203) 661-4480, WWW.MGBWHOME.COM


Lee Industries 7822 Series Sectional “Sectionals are a great way to invite people to sit together, whereas a sofa usually accommodates only two. Togetherness is what a family room is all about! I prefer these oversized pieces to look as sleek and clean as possible—like this Lee Industries design—so that they don’t visually overwhelm the room.” DESIGN SOLUTIONS, NEW CANAAN, (866) 903-3744, WWW.DSNEWCANAAN.COM

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Southwest Persian Luristan Rug “If you can find the perfect one, an area rug can have great impact in a family room. It defines the living space, absorbs noise, highlights your color palette and adds pattern. I love this Persian beauty because of its geometric pattern, which keeps the room open to all sorts of possibilities, and its spicy red tones, which add energy and warmth.” J. NAMNOUN ORIENTAL RUG GALLERY, HARTFORD, (860) 522-6368, WWW.JNAMNOUN.COM


Keri Tibetan Carpet by Madeline Weinrib “I love all of Madeline Weinrib’s designs. The Keri carpet in silver would add a splash of ethnic pattern to the family room.” MADELINE WEINRIB ATELIER, ABC CARPET & HOME, NEW YORK CITY, (212) 473-3000, EXT. 3780, WWW.MADELINEWEINRIB.COM


Stark Carpet’s Zudora Rug “I love sisal in any setting but especially in relaxed, informal spaces like family rooms. It is beautiful and practical, and in this dark tobacco color, it can hide a multitude of sins.” NORWALK, (203) 899-1771, WWW.STARKCARPET.COM

“Comfort is essential in a family space,” says Olga Adler, author of Private Retreats, Public Statements: Distinctive Interiors of Fairfield County. “A successful family room has high-quality furniture and a color scheme that can be easily updated by changing accessories.” OLGA ADLER INTERIORS, RIDGEFIELD, (203) 438-4743, WWW.OLGAADLERINTERIORS.COM

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Barbara Barry’s Lotus Floor Lamp “At a perfect height of about sixty-eight inches, the Lotus floor lamp has a shape that’s immaculate, classic and sophisticated. The texture of the warm gilded finish adds great interest. Also available in a plaster-white finish, this lamp would look spectacular in any setting, traditional to modern.” THROUGH AMMATTI DESIGN



Pimlico Tripod Boom-Arm Pharmacy Floor Lamp “I hate overhead lighting in a family room, and I love pharmacy lamps. This fabulous floor lamp—available in bronze, antique brass and polished nickel—fits the bill.” THE

Gunter Brown Textured Ceramic Floor Lamp by Arteriors Home “I used this lamp on a project recently, and I love how organic it feels. The ceramic base is heavily textured—up close it looks like tree bark. The shade is chocolate brown with an olive-brown lining, and it diffuses light beautifully.” NEW YORK DESIGN CENTER, (800) 3221400, WWW.ARTERIORSHOME.COM


Fearless when it comes to showcasing a broad range of styles, Kristen McCory loves mixing elements from various genres to achieve cohesive and comfortable interiors. “We encourage each client to be involved in the design process,” she says, “resulting in spaces that are deeply personal.” AMMATTI DESIGN, BURLINGTON, (860) 922-8727, WWW.AMMATTIDESIGN.COM

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Game Tables OLGA ADLER

Leo Game Table by Windsor Smith Home Collection “The most formal of my selections for the family room is the Leo game table. Finished with the finest details, including a leather top with Greek tooling and antique brass hardware and casters, it’s a work of art.” (310) 476-3004, WWW.WSHCOLLECTION.COM


Julien Game Table by Hickory Chair “Crafted in solid maple with a light walnut finish, the Julien game table could fit into a wide range of interiors. The unlikeliness of the drawers is what drew me to this piece. Each petite drawer is positioned toward the left corner on all four sides—a quaint surprise. In a family room this table would add charm, comfort and a place to gather for a friendly game of cards, chess or backgammon.” THROUGH AMMATTI DESIGN


No. 220 Game Table by Rose Tarlow Melrose House “I love this crackled-lacquer game table by Rose Tarlow because it fits into just about any style of decor. This special piece has the quality and timelessness that I look to incorporate in my interiors.” NEW YORK CITY, (212) 750-7700, WWW.ROSETARLOW.COM

“I prefer light, airy rooms with minimal use of pattern and maximum use of texture,” says Shelley Morris. “I love to infuse a room with collections, books, art and whatever else moves one’s spirit or rekindles fond memories. The family room should be casual; it’s where comfort rules!” SHELLEY MORRIS INTERIORS, NEW CANAAN, (203) 8019911, WWW.SHELLEYMORRISINTERIORS.COM

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What are some things you’d love to use in a project?

Susan Bednar Long, Greenwich Susan Bednar Long discovered her calling at an early age. As a kid growing up in New Canaan, she recalls, “I was always drawing houses and floor plans.” That childhood passion led her to pursue a fine arts degree in sculpture, which led to a job at a Beverly Hills design/build firm. Soon, Long found herself in New York, designing stores for Ralph Lauren and Coach. In 1998, she cofounded Tocar Interior Design, enjoying a successful ten-year run before branching out on her own. Her “modern traditional” style appeals to clients who desire a “warm contemporary look,” Long says, “something crisp and clean but not cold.” Besides countless homes and high-end commercial spaces, her résumé includes the living room of the Connecticut governor’s mansion, which she recently revamped in rich shades of chocolate, charcoal and camel as part of the building’s 100th anniversary makeover. Apart from her travels—Nantucket is a favorite destination—Long credits her longtime design hero as a major influence on her elegant, tailored aesthetic: “I love and always have loved Bill Blass. He was definitely an inspiration for my own home and also the governor’s mansion.” S.B. LONG INTERIORS, (203)






1 One Fifth Nesting Cocktail Tables by Ralph Lauren Home “The ebony shagreen finish is a wonderfully subtle take on this classic shape— Deco done right.” GREENWICH, (203) 869-2054, WWW.RALPHLAURENHOME.COM 2 Lenore Gimpert Paintings “I discovered Lenore’s work through Judith Singelis at Argazzi. Her technique is classical but the impact is joyful and modern. I’d love to use this piece in a formal setting.” ARGAZZI ART, LAKEVILLE, (860) 435-8222, WWW.ARGAZZIART.COM


3 Charles Stone in Gesso Crackle by Ann Sacks “This texture is so unusual, like an Old Master painting, and plays beautifully off the metallic bronze. It’s transporting.” GREENWICH, (203) 622-1689,



4 Cole Stool by Made Goods “I love the subtle gold sheen—it’s a shot of glam where you would least expect it.” LILLIAN AUGUST, NORWALK, (203) 847-3314, WWW.LILLIANAUGUST.COM 5 Tanner’s Craft Collection from Colonial Bronze “This hardware line is an inspired offspring of two great companies, Edelman Leather and Colonial Bronze. It’s the kind of thoughtful detail that makes a room look finished.” TORRINGTON, (860) 489-9233, WWW.COLONIALBRONZE.COM 6 Huxley Table Lamp from Andrew Martin “A refined statement piece—like a work of art.” NEW YORK CITY, (212) 688-4498, WWW.ANDREWMARTIN.CO.UK


7 Henry Faucet by Waterworks “These new fittings were inspired by Industrial Age designs. I think they are a luxurious touch for a modern bath.” GREENWICH, (203) 869-7766, WWW.WATERWORKS.COM

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New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful and now appearing in Connecticut shops and showrooms BY KARA LASHLEY

1 Scene Stealer The grisaille-style upholstery on this birch side chair from Rinfret Home & Garden depicts a charming scene: women washing laundry beside an ancient temple. GREENWICH, (203) 622-0204, WWW.RINFRETLTD.COM



2 Perfectly Plum Deck the walls with Casadeco’s Nangara wallpaper in this smoky purple hue, available through Arnitex. An understated pattern of overlapping rings gives the paper an organic feel. COS COB, (866) 794-9777, WWW.ARNITEX.COM

3 Rare Find Made of naturally bleached willow, this early-1900s floor cabinet from northern China— on display at Mandarin Collection—stretches just over seven feet long and features delicate carved patterns. WESTPORT, (203) 454-4030

4 Glass Act



Pick your favorite shape, pattern and color, and Comina will order you a handmade monopoint pendant by Tracy Glover. Shown: Fishbowl shape in Licorice Stick pattern and Watch Hill colorway. WEST HARTFORD, (860) 233-9726, WWW.COMINA.COM

5 All Fired Up These beautifully glazed porcelain wares, the work of Westport ceramicist Lauren Kaplan, are flying off the shelves at Bungalow. Kaplan, who hails from South Africa, also produces stoneware and raku pieces. WESTPORT, (203) 227-4406

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Head to House of Clement for sumptuous pillows by Michelle Hatch. Shown, left to right: Edinburgh in linen and Eternal Knot in silk, both embellished with nailhead accents and Swarovski crystals. WESTPORT, (203) 3495300, WWW.HOCPARIS.COM

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In A Tender Craft, Lori Warner gives new life to a panel from a Brockway skiff. The mixedmedia work, along with others in the artist’s boat panel series, is on view at Lori Warner Gallery. CHESTER, (860) 3224265, WWW.LORIWARNER.COM

8 Merry and Bright Ikats, paisleys and embroideries—oh my! The richly patterned fabrics of Schumacher’s Martyn Lawrence Bullard collection recently made a colorful debut at the Wakefield Design Center. STAMFORD, (203) 912-1438

9 Sitting Pretty It doesn’t launch until spring, but we couldn’t resist giving you a peek at Linda Ruderman’s LR Home collection. This elegant settee is one of our favorites from the new line. GREENWICH, (203) 552-9700, WWW.LINDARUDERMAN.COM

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Resplendent in a silver leaf and polished stainless finish, the Graffiti fixture by Corbett Lighting, available through Grand Light, is sure to make its mark on your home. NEW HAVEN, (203) 777-5781, WWW.GRANDLIGHT.COM

11 Double Your Pleasure Veral Harlan Furnishings just added the Crowley bench to its lineup of custom furniture. Handmade in Canton of solid American walnut, this handsome piece is sold in pairs. NEW HAVEN, (203) 495-8030, WWW.DDHARCH.COM

12 Hot to Trot Much admired at Spruce Home & Garden’s brand-new Westport location, the Estancia butterfly chair from Roost sports a rustic cowhide cover with leather stitching. WESTPORT,




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

MOODY BLUES PAGES 64–69 Interior designer: Tiffany Eastman, Tiffany Eastman Interiors, Stamford, (203) 209-8746, www Builder and cabinetmaker: Robert Zarzuela, Zarzuela Construction, Bridgeport, (203) 5218465, Custom painting: Donna Benedetto, Fairfield, (203) 556-1705, Pages 64–65: Painting by Kerri Rosenthal, (203) 246-4139,; sofa designed by Tiffany Eastman, fabricated by Tudor House, (203) 288-8451, www.tudor; sofa fabric by Holly Hunt, (212) 755-6555,; chairs from Tudor House with fabric by Holly Hunt; pillow fabric by Holly Hunt; pillow fabrication by Sue McDonough Workroom, Milford, (203) 878-0706; carpet by Stark, (212) 752-9000,; bench designed by Tiffany Eastman, fabricated by Tudor House, with velvet fabric from Zimmer & Rohde, (212) 758-7925, Page 66: Kitchen table from Julian Chichester, (336) 886-2454; chair fabric from Pollack Associates, (212) 627-7766, www.pollack; wallpaper by Peter Fasano, (413) 528-6872,; drapery fabric by JAB, (212) 486-0500,, fabricated by Sue McDonough Workroom; drapery hardware from Morgik Metal Designs, (212) 463-0304, Page 67: Drapery fabric by New York Elegant Fabrics, (212) 302-4980,; fabricated by Sue McDonough Workroom; hardware from Morgik Metal Designs; chairs designed by Tiffany Eastman, fabricated by Tudor House; chair fabric by Holly Hunt; table designed by Tiffany Eastman, fabricated by Niermann Weeks, (212) 319-7979, www; chandelier from Visual Comfort, (713) 686-5999, www.visualcomfort. com; carpet from J.D. Staron, (203) 351-1130,; pillow fabric by Holly Hunt. Pages 68–69: Drapery fabric by JAB; pillow fabric by F. Schumacher, (212) 415-3900,; ottomans from Tudor House with Bergamo fabric from Donghia, (212) 935-3713,; settee by Tudor House with fabric by Holly Hunt; lamps from Hiden Galleries, (203) 363-0003, www; end tables from the Antique and Artisan Center, (203) 363-0003, www; carpet from New York Carpet Distributors, (203) 255-0266,; bedroom armoire, fabricated by Zarzuela Construction; carpet from Stark; pillows by Sue McDonough Workroom in fabrics by Lee Jofa, (212) 688-0444,, and Bergamo from Donghia; window seat fabric by Dedar through Jerry Pair, (212) 546-9001,; window shade fabric from Lee Jofa; headboard, fabricated by Tudor House, with fabric by Dedar through Jerry Pair; bedding from Touch of Europe, Westport, (203) 227-3355. 124 New England Home’s Connecticut Winter 2012

ACQUIRING MINDS PAGES 71–77 Architect: Charles Myer, Charles R. Myer & Partners, Cambridge, Mass., (617) 876-9062, Interior designer: Paulette Pedan, Dawn Hill Antiques, New Preston, (860) 868-0066, www

GRAYING GRACEFULLY PAGES 79–85 Interior designer: Mar Silver, Mar Silver Design, Westport, (203) 341-0413, Builder: Paul Gudas Carpentry, Stamford, (203) 274-5756 Page 79: Entry bench from Holly Hunt, (212) 755-6555, Page 82: Vintage chairs with upholstery by the Plunk Collection, Mar Silver Design; coffee table from the Plunk Collection; curtain fabric from Rogers & Goffigon, Greenwich, (203) 5328068; kitchen backsplash tiles from Ann Sacks, (203) 622-8884,; barstools from Mark Albrecht, (718) 786-9860, www Page 83: Photos by Roberto Dutesco through Samuel Owen Gallery, (203) 325-1924, www Page 84: Nightstand from the Plunk Collection through Mar Silver Design.

ROMANCE OF THE STONE PAGES 86–93 Architect: Jack Kemper, Kemper Associates, Farmington, (860) 409-7155 Interior designer: Anthony Como, Luxe Interiors. New Rochelle, N.Y., (914) 217-0637, www Landscape architect: Creative Exteriors, (860) 870-8789, Builder: Marion Czaplicki, Maric Associates, South Glastonbury, (860) 633-0166 Millworker: Clement Letourneau, Woodwork Specialties, Bristol, (860) 583-4848 Custom painting: Donna Benedetto, Fairfield, (203) 556-1705, Pages 86–87: Chandelier from United House Wrecking; fireplace mantel by Dennis & Leen through Holly Hunt; Chesterfield sofa in bay window by Althorp Living, Lillian August, (203) 847-3347,; pillow fabric from Old World Weavers through Stark; coffee table in front of bay sofa from the Antique and Artisan Center; matching table lamps from Hiden Galleries, (203) 363-0003, www.hiden; side tables from Greenwich Living Antiques, (203) 274-5130, www.greenwichliving; armchairs from Hiden Galleries with leather from Edelman Leather, (212) 7513339,; settee fabricated by Tudor House, (203) 288-8451, www, with fabric from Robert Allen, (212) 421-1200; wood coffee table from Lillian August; white urn from Hiden Galleries; sisal rug from New York Carpet; drapery fabric from Jerry Pair, (212) 546-9001, www, fabricated by Sue McDonough Workroom, Milford, (203) 878-0706; sofa and armchairs from TCS Designs, Hickory, N.C.,, with fabric by Lee Jofa, (212) 688-0444,

Page 88: Chandelier by Dennis & Leen through Holly Hunt, (212) 755-6555, www.hollyhunt .com; crystal wall sconces from the Antique and Artisan Center, (203) 327-6022, www; wood sconces and wood doors from United House Wrecking, Stamford, (203) 348-5371, www.unitedhouse; stair runner from New York Carpet, (203) 255-0266, www.newyorkcarpet; chairs from Golden Oldies, (718) 4454400,, with fabric by Old World Weavers through Stark, (212) 7529000,; oil paintings from Hampton Galleries, (203) 325-4019, www Page 89: Mural wall covering from Stark; Georgian dining chairs from Greenwich Living Antiques; upholstered dining chairs by Henredon from Safavieh Home Furnishings, (203) 3274800,; table from Golden Oldies; chandeliers and sconces from King’s Chandelier Company, (336) 623-6188, www; ceiling paper by Winfield Design from MDC Wall Coverings, (800) 621-4006,; rug from New York Carpet. Page 90: Bookcases fabricated by Colonial Woodworkers, (860) 633-5530,; mantel from United House Wrecking; travertine floor from Tile America; desk from Habersham, (800) 422-3772;; woman figurines from Greenwich Living Antiques; faux leather ceiling from Innovations, (800) 227-8053, www; wall sconces from the Antique and Artisan Center; coffee table from Hiden Galleries; club chair from TCS Designs with fabric and trim from Kravet, (212) 4216363,; sisal rug from New York Carpet; oil painting from Hamptons Galleries; red velvet drapes from Ralph Lauren, (888) 475-7674, Page 91: Kitchen island light from Fine Art Lamps, (305) 821-3850,; cabinets from Ralph Lauren; side entry wall panels by Luncrusta through Lee Jofa; settee from TCS Designs; grass cloth wallpaper from Holly Hunt; wall sconces and urns from the Antique and Artisan Galleries. Page 92: Wallpaper from GP & J Baker, www; chandelier from the Antique and Artisan Center; tub and fixtures from Plimpton & Hills, (860) 824-7942, www.plimptonhills .com; drapery sheers from Holly Hunt, fabricated by Sue McDonough Workroom. Page 93: Bedroom wallpaper by Romo, (212) 319-7666,; carpet from New York Carpet; bedding from Lynnens, (866) 629-3659,

ROOMS WE LOVE PAGE 128 Samantha Knapp, Tiger Lily’s Interior Design Studio and Workshop, Greenwich, (203) 6296510, Philip Gorrivan, Philip Gorrivan Design, New York City, (212) 339-7696, Betsey Ruprecht, Betsey Ruprecht Decorative Antiques, Stamford, (203) 550-7242, www Jean Doyen de Montaillou, Greenwich, (203) 249.2484, •
















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four top designers from Connecticut and New York to decorate four of the seaside resort’s suites. The gorgeous results were opened to the public as a fundraiser for the WARM Center, a program that provides shelter and food for the needy. Here’s a glimpse of the designers’ work. A. Azure and turquoise bring a touch of what Samantha Knapp calls “Baja chic” to the studio space she designed. B. A tabletop of purple felt with nailhead trim makes for dramatic dining in the suite designed by Philip Gorrivan. C. Betsey Ruprecht’s master bedroom reflects its seaside location without being predictably “beachy.” D. The elegant Ocean House was rebuilt in 2010. E. Jean Doyen de Montaillou’s palette of purples and pale yellows turns the Lighthouse Suite into a chic, modern space. (For information about the designers, see page 124.)

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