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have changed in interesting ways. During high school and college I stood frankly on the ascetic and even puritanical end of the spectrum. Aesthetic judgments were stark, philosophical positions uncompromising and fiercely held. Franz Kline was good; J.M.W. Turner was bad. Patti Smith, sure; don’t even talk to me about Air Supply—that kind of thing. More recently, though, styles and genres that would once have sent me running in affronted horror have begun to become not only comprehensible but enjoyable. (A few of my less-charitable friends assure me this is an early sign of encroaching senility; I prefer to consider it a product of riper understanding.) An example: just this year I have found myself more than once praising a piece of 1920s American art pottery, something I once would have sworn would never, ever happen. It’s like the way children are about food. At age four or five, a combination of carrot sticks, apple juice and hunks of Kraft Singles may seem like the only acceptable diet. But moving on eventually to tacos and olives definitely makes life better, and with time and curiosity even uni and a nice, ripe Stilton can begin to unfold their delights to initiates. Acquiring a broader experience and focusing on things in a richer, more informed context makes all the difference. So it has been with me in many areas of life, including work. My evolving duties at New England Home have meshed beautifully with a growing catholicity of aesthetic enjoyment. Since we are a regional magazine, our subject matter can be defined by geography and level of mastery, rather than by staking out a particular quadrant of style. Even better: it becomes not just a pleasure but an obligation to celebrate the increasing diversity of work being done in today’s New England. We have Federal houses restored with a copy of Asher Benjamin in hand; we have lofts of raw steel, Lucite and travertine; and we have everything in between, with influences from everywhere. It can all be gorgeous and over time, I hope, you’ll find it all here.

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Corrections and amplifications: We learned after we went to press with the Summer 2011 edition of New England Home’s Connecticut that the garden featured in the story called “Pure Heaven” in our Outside Interest department was originally designed by Southport architect Mark Finlay of Mark P. Finlay Architects and installed as a team effort by Finlay along with Edmund D. Hollander and Mary Anne Connolly of Edmund Hollander Landscape Architect, New York City. Hoffman Landscapes, whom we mistakenly credited for the garden’s design, are responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the garden. We regret the error. We also published incorrect sourcing information for three of the products in that issue’s Wish List department. The Ribbed Sconce is available from Chameleon Fine Lighting, New York City, (212) 355-6300,; the Grass Rug is available from Michaelian & Kohlberg, New York City, (212) 431-9009,; and the Carosello Lamp is available from Donghia, D&D Building, New York City, (212) 935-3713,


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62 Bringing the Beach Home A little maritime influence, a few modern touches and a lot of

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Departments 20 From the Editor 36 Outside Interest: Storybook Romance Literary favorites inspired the enchanting gardens

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that’s poised to become the next big thing in home decor. BY DANIEL SHAW • • • 96 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 100 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. 104 112 Perspectives Three area designers imagine a handsome foyer. Wish List Linherr Hollingsworth shares her favorite things for the home. 120 It’s Personal Finds from the staff of New England Home. 122

On the cover: Designer Charlotte Barnes used rich colors against a background of brass furnishings and silvery wallpaper to bring a luxurious, yet contemporary, look to the master bedroom of a Greenwich home. Photograph by Michael Partenio. To see more of this home, turn to page 82.

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Storybook Romance Literary favorites from childhood inspired the enchanting gardens that surround a Norwalk home. TEXT BY JANICE RANDALL ROHLF • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL PARTENIO


f you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” The quotation comes from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 book, The Secret Garden, a tale that captivated a Connecticut homeowner when she

story and other children’s literary classics for inspiration. They also turned to landscape architect Tara Vincenta, principal and founder of Artemis Landscape Architects in Bridgeport. “She had a passion for her work and shared our vision for the possibilities of making our yard a haven and wonderland,” says the homeowner, who also yearned for the outdoor area to be an extension of the indoor space. Combining practicality with whimsy, reality with imagination, designer and client came up with a concept

of outdoor “rooms” that became known collectively as The Enchanted Woodland. Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden is the client’s favorite place to while away the hours when she’s in Manhattan. Like the oasis in the middle of New York City, her patch of woodland on the Connecticut shoreline has sinuous paths, rustic wood benches and bronze plaques bearing favorite quotations. “I won’t grow up” from Peter Pan (the husband’s favorite childhood story) is burned into the trunk of a tree. Clockwise from top left: Relaxed ornamental grasses contrast with clipped, potted boxwoods near the gazebo. A sunny perennial border. Repurposed stone lions flank a rustic footbridge. For the gazebo floor, Artemis Landscape designed a compass rose.

was a child. Those words still hold so much resonance for the homeowner—now grown and with young grandchildren—that when she and her husband were seeking ideas for the two acres surrounding their house on Wilson’s Point in Norwalk, they turned to this 36 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2011

Outside Interest The project entailed more than fantasy, however. Because the Shingle-style house sits close to the road, the homeowners sometimes felt, says Vincenta, “like their lives were on display.” To deal with this, she says, “We needed to strike a balance between creating privacy and maintaining and deferring to the beautiful views.” Believe it or not, living with a view of Long Island Sound has a downside. Setback restrictions and planting, grading and drainage requirements imposed by the town presented a challenge. For example, obtaining approval for the swimming pool’s location adjacent to a

tidal pond demanded wetland restoration planting, mainly native ornamental grasses such as spartina and shrubs like chokeberry and beach plum, along the border of the pond. Necessity is the mother of invention, so the spa was tucked within the pool in order to create space for a limestone terrace. Upright hollies around the pool area ensure privacy for swimmers but are short enough to allow views of the harbor for those standing on the terrace. As a counterpoint to these clipped hedges, an all-season blooming rose softens the terrace’s edges. Outside the pool an undulating border sports rhododendron, hydrangea, lilac, ornamental grasses and perennials. The original designers of the house, Bartels-Pagliaro Architects of Norwalk, came back to create the gazebo. The sweet stone-and-shingle structure with its Artemis-designed bronze, granite and bluestone compass rose in the floor not only affords magnificent views of the tidal pond but, Vincenta says, “serves as a pivotal connection between the 38 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2011

home and the greater landscape.” Fancy and practicality merge throughout the garden in the rustic pieces constructed by Rob Davis of Romancing the Woods. Davis upgraded an existing child’s tree fort and created Never Never Land–like tepees, as well as an arched cedar-twig footbridge and the gates and archways that separate the garden’s areas. By happy coincidence the previous homeowners left two stone lions behind. Now they flank the footbridge in homage to Aslan, a central character in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. With two acres of sweeping lawn, harbor views, coastal

woodland, perennial gardens, a tidal pond, a pool and a deepwater dock, asking the homeowner to choose her favorite spot to sit and reflect is a million-dollar question. There’s the round dinner table on the porch, where she and her husband watch the egrets at dusk; the Adirondack chairs for bird-watching at the edge of the pond; his-and-her hammocks in the shady Sweet Slumbers area of the woodland garden. Pose the same question to visitors, however, and the answer comes quickly: the giant rendition of the Red Queen’s chair in Alice in Wonderland. “The eight-foot-tall chair Landscape architect: Tara captures everyone’s fancy,” acVincenta, Artemis Landscape knowledges the homeowner. Architects, Bridgeport, (203) Enchanted by every inch 740-7979, www.artemisla .com Gazebo architect: of their fairytale garden, husBartels-Pagliaro Architects, band and wife seem destined Norwalk, (203) 838-5517, to enjoy its magical outdoor rooms happily ever after. •

Clockwise from above: A rustic twig gate from Romancing the Woods. Distant views of a tidal pond can be glimpsed from the poolside gazebo. Twin Adirondack chairs perch overlooking the pond.

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ana Brandwein and Danny Oates bought a house with a barn in rural Sharon nearly a decade ago, planning to use it as a weekend retreat. During the week they lived in New York City, where she worked in the marketing department of Elektra Records and he was an artist and toy designer. “We thought Danny could have a studio here, and I could relax,” Brandwein says.

Brandwein doesn’t relax much here anymore. When the couple moved to Sharon full-time seven years ago, she began developing a line of handcrafted functional ceramics, hoping her gossamer porcelain pieces would become the nucleus for a home furnishings collection. “I dreamed of becoming the next Clockwise from above: Botanically inspired trays. Jonathan Adler,” she says. Now, A ceramic and wood lamp she’s on the cusp of making her on one of Danny Oates’s company, dbO Home, a national tables. A wildflower makes brand. In addition to the bowls, an impression in clay. cups, cake stands and lamps she produces in her cowshed-turned-studio, she has a new line of mass-produced stoneware serving pieces for West Elm. Though she comes from a creative family (her father was a Mad Men–era art director and her mother designs bedding and needlepoint canvases), Brandwein didn’t become an arti42 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2011

san until she was in her forties. “I always wanted to learn to make ceramics, but I was afraid I would not be good so I never tried,” she says. “But then 9/11 happened, and there was a feeling that life is short.” She took a ceramics class and soon her apartment filled up with one-of-a-kind pieces she’d made after work. Her mother suggested she hold a sample sale. “A sample sale is such a New York City thing to do,” Brandwein says, rolling her eyes. “I invited my friends over and they bought things.” Encouraged by her friends’ reaction and savvy enough to know she needed to check out the competition to find her niche, she went to the New York International Gift Fair.


Made Here There, she was smitten by Brickhouse Soap (now the Soap & Paper Factory), an artisanal company that wrapped its product in vintage wallpapers; Brandwein proposed making soap dishes to be sold with the soaps. It was a seminal collaboration. “It got us into some national magazines,” she says. She then caught the attention of an editor at Real Simple, who wanted to feature her work in the magazine’s holiday gift guide. “But when she learned that everything was oneof-a-kind, she said she couldn’t,” Brandwein recalls. “It made me realize I had to learn to make multiples if I was going to succeed.” Clockwise from below: Brandwein honed her formula Oates’s natural-edge for fashioning delicate-looking tables. A selection of teacups, plates and bowls in the cups and bowls. Oates small studio Oates built for her. works on a table base. “The setup was basically a single kiln, a table and a rolling pin,” she says. She e-mailed photos to small retailers in New York City and got orders from four trendy stores, which led to being discovered by Corky Pollan, the influential style editor (and, coincidentally, a Sharon neighbor), who featured her dishes in Gourmet magazine. “That was incredible validation,” she says. “Then I got my first

really big order from ABC Home, and I had to get serious.” To meet her deadline, Brandwein bought three more kilns and hired assistants. She taught them how to roll clay, hand-cut or mold it (around forms made by Oates) and then press wildflowers or honeycomb into it to create botanical motifs. “The designs were definitely inspired by living here in the country,” she says. Oates, who built natural-edge tables for her to use for display, has become Brandwein’s creative partner as well as her husband. “We have design meetings while walking the dogs,” says Brandwein. His contributions are often unexpected. “It’s usually my misinterpretation of her idea that turns out well,” he says, pointing to the three-legged bentwood base he designed when she said she wanted to make cake stands. “I imagined something simple and traditional,” she says, “and Danny made something that was truly modern and beautiful.” 44 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2011

Their collaboration has led to the company’s expanding to include Oates’s furniture, lamps with porcelain-and-wood bases and handcrafted Peruvian textiles. Most days, though, they do their own thing. On a late summer afternoon, Oates is in his barn working on a Norwegian-style rowboat. Brandwein is in her studio, making pottery, answering calls from cusdbO Home tomers and sending out packages (860) 364-6008, to editors for photo shoots. Once they’re done for the day, they might indulge in one of their favorite ways to unwind, taking a drive to Westchester County for dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, the acclaimed locavore restaurant, where all the bread plates come from dbO Home. •


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t was an eventful day for this 1917 Georgian Colonial when Maryellen and Ron Spears arrived. As pretty as the southwestern Connecticut house was, and as gorgeous the acreage that spread about it like green skirts, time was nipping at its heels. Past renovations had somewhat dimmed its true spirit and left the lovely home in need of rejuvenation and some twentyfirst-century improvements. Lo and behold, Maryellen was an artist. And artists bring their talents—design sense, color know-how and boundless creativity—home. This scenario, though, was

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even richer. Maryellen’s background included studies in interior design, space planning and architectural drafting as well as fine arts. Not only could she read a blueprint, if so motivated she could draw one up herself. “What a pleasure it was to work with her,” says interior designer Julianne Stirling of Stirling Design Associates, whom the couple enlisted to help with the sensitive renovation. “Maryellen is an artistic person, a painter who knows her style. She loves beautiful things but she also loves quality.” The mandate was to recapture and enhance the home’s original essence, while also making it more livable, more

Era-appropriate moldings and paneling were reintroduced in the entry and throughout. Below: Vintage wooden sconces elevate the powder room. Facing page: A Waterford crystal chandelier and antique oriental rug bring formality to the dining room.

practical. Because grown children and friends would be in and out for large occasions and small, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough that the house look fabulous; it also had to be functional. Comfort and a smart use of space were key. To that end, an awkward addition was removed and a more generous one built in its place. With this fresh version came everything from a mudroom, a family room, a butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry and a handsome kitchen to an elegant powder room and a to-die-for master suite. There, carefully orchestrated built-in closets parade along two sides of the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s posh dressing room. The savvy Stirling, whose firm is based in Fairfield, designed

these and the rest of the home’s cabinetry to exacting standards. “It’s all about planes,” she says. “A simple run of cabinets would have been boring. Instead, we moved them in and out. Textures—glass, wire, fabric and wood—give the eye a reason to linger.” The same tricks are also employed in the master bath. Inspired by the French Empire style, Stirling designed a distinguished cherry vanity. Hovering above is a complementary mirror with recessed side panels that swing open to disclose his-and-hers medicine cabinets. The floor clad in pale marble contrasts with the rich wood tones and helps keep the room’s ambience light and airy. Not everyone gets a tour of the owners’ private domain, of course. But the public areas are equally impressive. Just look at the kitchen and family room, where Stir56 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2011

Knotty alder cabinetry gives the open kitchen a warm glow. Facing page top: The butler’s pantry leads to a sweet potting room. Facing page bottom: A reclaimed chestnut interior and new white cabinetry bring stature to the hallway niche that is now the butler’s pantry.

ters and parquet floor are a testament to the imaginative ling and Maryellen collaborated to devise an open plan planning that resulted in a space that’s equally beautiful that furthers conversation while providing the cook all the amenities. On the roster of helpful appliances are dual and efficient. According to the happy homeowners, Stirling’s attention to how her clients like to work and what refrigerators that disappear from sight, cleverly confined was needed where was no less than spectacular. within armoire-like cabinets of knotty alder. Between the two, Stirling concocted an open cabinet she playfully laThe mandate was to recapture the home’s original bels “a little folly.” “I wanted essence, while also making it more livable, more practical. the cabinet to take away the fridges’ seriousness,” she says. In the butler’s pantry another of Stirling’s stunning “It looks like a handcrafted piece we might have discovcabinets (this one designed to resemble an old French ered at the Brimfield Antique Show.” buffet) brims with a collection of antique Quimper potVisitors ensconced in the adjacent family room enjoytery. The route through the meticulously crafted pantry ing a cocktail before dinner, say, gaze into a kitchen that leads either to the potting room or the dining room. belies its role. The stucco range hood, the marble counFall 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 57

A onetime porch became Maryellen’s airy new office. Facing page clockwise from top: A variety of planes and textures add visual interest to dressing room cabinetry. The posh master bath was inspired by the French Empire style. Maryellen’s antique ink wells sparkle on her desk.

The first is a newly forged garden-like space with a stone floor. A vintage wrought-iron Edwardian lantern and an old-fashioned wall sink conjure visions of strawhatted ladies arranging bouquets. Green-and-white Summer Hill wallpaper and Lee Jofa fabric make the setting daisy-fresh. The dining room, with its Waterford chandelier and stately fireplace, exudes formality. Waterford sconces are mounted on the gold-framed mirror above the fireplace. The antique rug—like most rugs in the house—hails from Oscar Isberian in Chicago. Walls are painted Farrow & Ball’s Stone White. “I love Impressionism—all the colors derived from nature. It’s just a case of selecting the right values and intensities,” Maryellen says. For color consultation, she recruited David Hammond of DH Design in New Canaan. Their final palette came together as a romp outdoors: “green for grass, chocolate for trees “Maryellen is an artistic person, who knows her and blue for the sky, just like Mothstyle. She loves beautiful things but she also loves quality.” er Nature. You can’t go wrong,” Maryellen says. The admirable living room with its mahogany-hued walls is further proof that the artist is right. Against the sultry meltedchocolate background, furnishings and accessories like the floor-to-ceiling antique mirror take on greater stature. The room’s sparkle, coming from a mirrored alcove and Ralph Lauren tables of iron and glass, plays off the more masculine elements, such as the burly leather ottoman and beefy upholstered chairs that practically beg you to sit and converse. When architect Matthew Schoenherr of Z: Architecture, who designed the addition and other renovations, moved on, the owners invited Dinyar Wadia, principal of Wadia Associates in New Canaan, to be their architectural consultant. With his help and Stirling’s, they were finally able to see to completion what they refer to as their “labor of love.” There’s not an inch that wasn’t tended to. The front door swings open to an entry that sports walls painted in an appropriate muted striped pattern and distinguished architectural details. Visitors get the message right away: this house is grand but also warm and inviting. Welcome. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 130. Fall 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 59

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BRINGING THE BEACH HOME A little maritime influence, a few modern touches and a lot of color give a young Southport family a place to call their own. WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL • PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA MOSS • INTERIOR DESIGN: LYNN MORGAN

Tucked amid hydrangeas and boxwood along a quiet Southport street, the white clapboard colonial sits, elegant and unassuming, behind its white picket fence. It’s a fair jaunt to the ocean a few miles away, but at this home life’s a beach the minute you walk in the door. • A sea of soft blue covers the living-room walls, and chunks of coral and bleached starfish decorate the tables. On the wall opposite the fireplace, a large painting by the artist Charles Miesmer seems to provide an endless horizon view. Underfoot, the woven apple-matting rug evokes Harbor Island hideaways, and a mirror-top coffee table from Lillian August reflects a large sea-foam-green vase. “I think of it as a beachy farmhouse with artsy and sophisticated rooms in it,” says interior designer Lynn Morgan, who helped this young family pull together a cohesive look with 62 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2011

A creamy coat of paint took built-ins from dark to airy in the media room. Animal prints and contemporary art bring a modern ďŹ&#x201A;air. Facing page top: Boxwoods frame the classic colonial. Facing page bottom left to right: Scenes from the media room, third-ďŹ&#x201A;oor playroom and dining room.


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In the living room it’s about duos; pairs of loveseats, chairs, demilunes and mirrors give symmetry to the long space. Facing page: Turquoise touches run throughout the house from plates to accessories and art to upholstery and curtain fabrics.

contemporary art, antiques and new pieces. “I love to fish and my husband grew up fishing, too, so there’s a bit of a nautical theme to the house even though we’re not on the water,” the wife says. The painted floor in the entryway heralds the casual,

couple found Morgan, whose office, Lynn Morgan Design, occupies an enviable perch above the water in downtown Rowayton. A former editor at House & Garden magazine and a frequently featured designer in a number of national publications, Morgan specializes in

OF ART EVERY DAY. IT’S NOT ABOUT THE NAMES, IT’S ABOUT THE FEELINGS.” shoes-off atmosphere. It’s a home for children—two, ages six and eight—and two dogs as energetic as the kids. “There’s nothing really fussy here,” says Morgan. “It’s all pretty casual, especially the simple family room off the kitchen where the whole family tends to crash.” After purchasing the property a few years ago, the

using color to evoke a beachy sense of happiness. “They’re a young couple. It’s not a huge house; we just needed to inject a lot of color and a lot of love into it,” says Morgan, who replaced dark hues and layers of floral wallpaper in the three-story home with a palette of oyster, turquoise and lavender on the first two floors and a Fall 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 65

Whites and brights dominate a thirdfloor family room. Facing page clockwise from top: A bold canvas curtain separates tub and toilet in the third-floor bath. The kids’ favorite colors—navy and orange—stripe the playroom floor. A giant marlin adorns the stairwell.

jolt of orange and navy (the sons’ favorite colors) on the third floor. At one end of the first floor, the media room—which serves as a second family room and library—started off with black walls and mahogany shelves. Morgan quickly suggested lightening it up. “We put up grasscloth as an alternative and then painted the bookshelves,” she says. The homeowner chose the zebra-print chairs, which coordinate perfectly with the industrial metal coffee table and a sofa with oversize nailhead trim skimming the bottom. Along with the Mies van der Rohe daybed that came from the wife’s father’s New York apartment, there’s plenty of seating for watching movies on the dropdown screen that lowers in front of the French doors leading to the backyard. From the media and living rooms to the dining room with its contemporary photography and paintings hanging on the grasscloth walls, the house is filled with art. It was a huge influence on the project that the wife grew up in a Greenwich home filled with modern art and for a time was the art director for a magazine. “My dad was a big collector and my uncle was an artist,” she says. “I love art. I could buy a piece every day. It’s not about the names, it’s about the feelings.” “She wasn’t afraid of color or modern art,” says Morgan. “A lot of people are scared of color, but things can get boring without it. This couple really embraced it. We would always collaborate on selecting pieces. She has friends who are artists and photographers.” On the third floor, a photo by Lacey Terrell, a Los Angeles–based photographer whom the wife grew up with, hangs above a custom sofa covered in Ralph Lauren navy canvas and piped in bright orange. The photo shows a blue-andwhite circus tent being erected in a field with cotton-ball clouds stretching overhead. Morgan played out the whimsy of the print in the sitting room, bathroom and playroom, using bold colors and stripes on the walls,

floors and fabrics. Wide stripes of orange and blue cover the playroom floor while the bathroom is wrapped in thick stripes of blue and white. The energetic punches are a far cry from the softer hues in the rooms below, but Morgan makes it work. “It was just about opening up the house to the light and brightening the rooms,” says the wife. “We don’t like clutter-y houses. We specifically asked Lynn to give us a clean, simple design.” Small and quiet, the master bedroom comes together as the perfect parental retreat built around the wife’s favorite color, lilac. It’s especially apt, the homeowner says, because the room looks out over a wisteria vine growing on a backyard pergola. Simple armless upholstered chairs nestled around an iron table sit in front of a painting in purples and lime greens. A host of plummy hues, from the lavender linen draperies to the fig and eggplant shades in the pillows and linens, sing a soft countermelody to the blues in the rooms below. As serene as the bedroom is, it still doesn’t top the wife’s favorite spot in the house. Just off the kitchen, Morgan created a breakfast nook with a built-in bench and wonderful backyard view. Woven café chairs in white as crisp as a Top-Sider’s sole sit across from the bench, sharing a teak-topped table with an iron base that Morgan repainted a playful bright blue. “I love the bistro chairs,” the wife says. “I wanted them white to keep the look clean.” Blue bowls, pitchers, a pair of oversized blue and green seahorses on the wall and custom pillows all inject oceanic colors into the space. “Our house is definitely a home,” the wife says. “It’s meant to be comfortable for me, for the kids.” Call it beachy or modern or a bit of both, this is a house that doesn’t need the ocean outside its door to feel as relaxing as a waterfront cottage. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 130.

With bistro chairs and seahorses presiding, seaside colors pop in the breakfast area (this page and facing page right). Facing page top and bottom: The master bedroom is outďŹ tted in the wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite shades of lavender.









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The resurrected old Dutch barn already had the lofty heights and massive oak beams with a patina only time can impart. Architect Reese Owens and designer Karen Davis added local stone, matte black metal and furnishings in a variety of textures, colors and patterns to create a home that’s both earthy and sophisticated.


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hen architect Reese Owens asked the new owners of a poetically beautiful piece of land in western Connecticut what kind of a house they wanted to build on the site, they requested “something special, something that fits the land.” Owens, of Halper Owens Architects in Greenwich and Washington Depot, is known for projects that range from designing a long list of Ralph Lauren stores to restoring a prime piece of a historic downtown to individualistic private residences. To give his clients, a New York family with young children, something really special, he teamed up with builder Chris Washington of Woodbury, barn builder Edwin Cady of Roxbury and interior designer Karen Davis of nearby Washington.

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Davis and Owens designed the rectangular steel fireplace surround and log carrier. Facing page top: Gentle wood patinas and the colors of nature suit the dining room. Facing page bottom: Davis says she chose materials that look as though they belong here, as in this cozy retreat behind the living room.

The result of their collaboration received a 2009 Merit Award for Design Excellence from AIA New England. The stunning and comfortable 6,000-square-foot weekend retreat with lyrical views is actually a circa1690–1710 Dutch barn that spent most of its life on a working farm in Sharon Springs, New York. “Barns have such interesting typology,” Owens says. “There is no need to embellish.” We New Englanders must agree, because we certainly seem to love barns. New England vernacular architecture’s gentle giants, they arouse elegiac passion as our rural landscape continues to give way to malls and housing developments. We make pilgrimages to superstars like the 1826 Round Stone Barn at Hancock Shak-

er Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, or Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb’s medieval-inspired 1886 Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. Function, grace and beauty on such a monumental scale inspire us, all the more because barns are vanishing, albeit long after the rural life they supported. Cady’s task was to dismantle a 300-year-old farm building he had found years earlier and rebuild it to serve as a getaway for an urban family. Barn-builder to A-list stars, historic preservationists and those who just want to live in something unique, Cady has been saving barns since 1960. His company, East Coast Barn Builders, has become the largest mover of antique postand-beam frames in the country. He still scouts them, Fall 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 75

but finding standing old barns in salvageable condition has become increasingly hard. “If I go to see nine, I might buy two,” he says. Cady, who grew up on Long Island, New York, and trained as a carpenter, was part of the army of builders that raised Levittown, the Long Island subdivision that was mother of all suburban housing developments. After a stint in the Marine Corps, he returned to his work, eyeing area barns that had fallen into disuse. “I saw some great old barns and tried to save them, but lost them to other buyers,” he recalls. The new homeowners “Then I saw that they had told their architect, Reese no idea how to take them down or put them back up. Owens, that they had a “You have to know how simple stylistic goal: The to dismantle the barn; you can’t just reduce it to a pile house should be special, of rubble,” he explains. “We and fit the land. use cranes to lift massive beams, and we meticulously inventory each part, down to the pegs. Taking it apart teaches you how it was built. Every piece gets power washed and sprayed for bugs, but that’s all. The old beams and rafters are beautiful.” Karen Davis agrees. “The barn’s patina and the setting are inspirational,” the designer says. “The beams and rafters, along with local stone, reclaimed old flooring and gently uneven plaster walls, are beautiful elements that drove the interior design.” Davis’s scheme pairs the house’s inherent texture with sleek, understated furnishings designed to meet the everchanging needs of a growing family. The rooms flow into each other, the natural drama of their skeleton informing the designer’s choice of textures, tones and materials. Davis selected interior hues that echo those outside the enormous windows, sourcing materials from local companies whenever possible. Having begun her design career on the West Coast, she has a Californian’s love for indoor-outdoor living. Her version pairs rooms with porches, their function-extending counterparts, and adds 76 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2011

The new home’s shape says “barn,” while fenestration and amenities speak of the comforts of modern life. A breezeway connects the house with the garage. Facing page top: Beams hold the racks for pots and pans. Facing page bottom: A built-in kitchen alcove repeats the colors and patinas found throughout the house.

The screened porch, another nod to rural life, is a lovely place to spend some twilight time. Facing page top: The master bedroom is all architecture and serenity. Facing page bottom: Beneath the ancient beams: a gleaming white marble bath.

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the New England necessity of screens. Within the traditional barn form, Owens and Davis designed a black steel open-tread staircase featuring a catwalk across the entry/living room. Instead of oft-used steel cable, slender steel rods shape the horizontal balusters. “Less hardware and clutter,” Davis says. She is uniquely equipped for a challenge that daunts many designers: creating cozy, intimate areas within a barn’s vast volume of space. “I worked my way up in the business, including working in the hospitality field,” she says. “My experience there was all about great big spaces.” Key to the integrated, stylish decor she devised for this house is furniture that, old or new, sports uneven, patinated surfaces. In the dining room, the oak trestle table’s zinc top hints at the bumpy, scarred surface beneath. Slabs of walnut compose the living room coffee table, while a freeform cluster of wood mushroom shapes interlock to form the coffee table in the library. Even rectilinear pieces like the front hall’s elegant console table favor wood that has the softly worn look of many years’ hands. “You have to know how Throughout the house, to dismantle a barn; Davis echoes the black metal staircase in table stretchers you can’t just reduce it and chair bases. Black steel to rubble,” says Ed Cady. manufactured to her design holds firewood and forms the “I won’t put up a barn I fireplace surround. did not take down.” While the front façade hints at the home’s agrarian past, the rear elevation shows a geometric composition of breezeways and screened porches. Unassuming gray tints the barn-like vertical siding; the trim, too, pays homage with barn red. But the front door reveals that the owners did not shy away from the modern, outside or in. Traditional slates lead to a fieldstone and slate entry. Instead of a barn door, however, guests enter from the shallow porch that nods to Greene and Greene through a magnificent nailhead-studded door whose flanking glass panels gracefully bow to modernism. Barn living never looked so chic. • Editor’s note: For a different take on barn renovation, see this issue's Sketch Pad, page 136. Resources For more information about this home, see page 130. Fall 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 79


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Ready to downsize as their sons head toward adulthood, a Greenwich couple moves to a smaller house but takes their easygoing design sense with them. Text by Paula M. Bodah • Photography by Michael Partenio • Interior design: Charlotte Barnes • Landscape design: Martha Baker Landscape Design • Produced by Stacy Kunstel

A mix of periods, styles, textures and colors sets the tone in the foyer. Facing page top: The 2003-built house looks like an old estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carriage house. Facing page bottom: Mature apple trees were brought in to add character to the landscape.

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any emotion can rival the pride parents feel watching their children spread their wings and fly the nest, it must be the joy of welcoming them home, taking pleasure in their young-adult company and enjoying their sibling camaraderie. That’s what life is like these days for one Greenwich couple, the parents of four almost-grown sons. With the boys off to college and boarding school, the husband says, “we’re quasi empty nesters.” No need, then, for the 8,000-plus-square-foot house that once suited an active family of six; it was time for a new nest, one cozy enough for two but big enough to accommodate sons home for weekends and vacations. Their new 4,500-square-foot home—a 2003-built stone-clad house with the look of an old carriage house on a country estate—was move-in ready, requiring nothing more than redecorating. “It was tastefully done,” the husband says, “just not to our taste.” Greenwich-based designer Charlotte Barnes knew all about their taste, having worked with the couple on two previous homes. “They have a love of color and a sense of comfort and fun,” Barnes says. “They wanted a grown-up house, but also one where their sons could come home with a bunch of guys and watch football and play pool.” Barnes set the tone early, bringing a mix of ingredients to the foyer. A nineteenth-century ebonized table takes center stage on a colorful antique oriental rug. Modern touches make an entrance in the chandelier above the table and the zebra-print runner on the stairs to the second floor. On the table, a late eighteenth-century silver tray keeps compa-

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Designer Charlotte Barnes used the painting over the ďŹ replace as her inspiration for the color scheme in the living room. Facing page from top: Turquoise and orange accessories add a pop of color. Charlotte Barnes. The living room contains a more casual area focused on the billiard table.

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ny with a vase from the 1920s and a contemporary photograph on an acrylic stand. In the background, a Buddha statue rests on a leather-topped table from the 1940s. “This was a fun project for me,” Barnes says. “I got to really splash out here with textures, periods of history and colors.” The fun continues in the living room, where Barnes says her biggest challenge was creating a room that works as well when the boys want to have a group of friends over as it does when their parents want to throw a more intimate cocktail party. “They wanted a billiard table and a big TV, but they also wanted to have a great place to sit and have conversation,” Barnes says. Her solution divides the room in two visually by creating a sitting area with the fireplace as the focal point. Two antique wooden armchairs face the hearth, but can be turned to become part of the billiards area. A large TV hides behind the paneling that surrounds the fireplace. “You can open the doors and have a Super Bowl party or keep them closed for a lovely dinner party,” Barnes says. For the color palette she took inspiration from a colorful contemporary painting her clients brought from their old house and that now hangs over the fireplace. Against the warm beiges of the sofas and the rug’s Greek key motif, the painting’s medium blues are echoed in the patterned fabrics the designer used in window treatments, toss pillows and on a lounge chair by the fireplace. Its deeper blue is reflected in the velvet cushions of the wooden armchairs, while its blacks, reds and sunny tones find their way into decorative accents and accessories. “Again,” says Barnes, “it’s all very eclectic, with a mix of textiles and colors and styles.” 86 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2011

A brawny brass coffee table fronts a sofa covered in soft velvet—“the perfect hangout couch,” Barnes says.

Raspberry-hued walls surround the breakfast area in warmth. Facing page top: The kitchen opens onto the casual family room, decked out in taupe and rust. Facing page bottom: The kitchen sports a zinc range hood. Modern and traditional come together in the dining room

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The study, with its black-lacquered walls and leopardprint rug, is a favorite spot for the husband.

Her clients liked the sage green the previous owners had used on the family room walls, so Barnes kept it, adding burnt orange and touches of teal to zip up the palette. A brawny brass coffee table fronts a sofa covered in soft cut velvet—“the perfect hangout couch,” Barnes says. The previous owners’ good taste extended to the kitchen, which the new owners and their designer deemed just perfect as it was. Color takes over in the breakfast room, where walls of raspberry red pop against white wainscoting. “I found an Alan Campbell Quadrille fabric for the curtains, and painted the room around that,” the designer explains. Picking up on the sky in a painting of a barn that hangs on the wall, Barnes opted for a blue-and-white fabric with an exaggerated herringbone pattern for the chairs that surround the circular pedestal table. The study, with its black-lacquered walls and leopard-print rug, is a favorite spot for the husband. “It’s very manly,” Barnes says of the room, which she outfitted with a sofa covered in gray flannel with leather trim and an ottoman decked out in Donegal tweed. Her clients’ confidence in her was a blessing when it came to the master bedroom, Barnes says. The wife wasn’t convinced about the silvery leaf-patterned wallpaper the designer selected. “She loved it till it went up; then she wasn’t so sure. I said, ‘You do like it. Just trust me.’ ” Once Barnes added a plush carpet, colorful pillows and a bench covered in sumptuous purple velvet, her client agreed the paper was the perfect choice after all. Outside, Martha Baker Landscape Design reworked the home’s surroundings, bringing in sixteen old apple trees from an orchard in upstate New York. “We wanted to create the kind of feel that the house was an old carriage house built in an orchard,” the husband says. Their new, smaller home suits these soon-tobe empty nesters perfectly, the husband adds. “It really reflects our taste. It wasn’t meant to try to conform to any particular look.” The house wraps the parents in comfort. And when their brood of boys returns to the nest, the space seems to expand, making room for all the pride, joy, laughter and love that’s part of life in this family. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 130.

Menswear-inspired fabrics bring a masculine air to the study. Facing page top: A relaxing spot for two outdoors. The mirrored cabinet in the master bedroom came from the dining room in the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous home. Leaf-patterned wallpaper with a silvery shimmer adorns the master bedroom.

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CONNECTIONS all their time making our lives more beautiful. Oftentimes, they’re just as concerned with making it more livable for the less fortunate among us. So it was with CONNECTIONS, an ASID Connecticut gathering at DesignSourceCT. Sure everyone had a grand time, but even better, the event raised money for and awareness about A Hand Up, a Hartford-based nonprofit organization that helps people coming out of homelessness by picking up and delivering furniture to them. In Old Lyme, the Lyme Art AssociaShould tion celebrated summer with a gala your party be event. LAVENDER AND LYME drew here? Send photographs a colorfully dressed crowd to eat, or high-resolution images, with information about the drink and enjoy each other’s comevent and the people in the pany, all to benefit restoration projphotos, to New England Home, ects for the association’s historic 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118, or e-mail building and grounds. If anything images and information to could make New Canaan’s Philip pbodah@nehome Johnson Glass House more special, it would have to be an event that let people wander the house, grounds and art collections of the forty-seven-acre spot all while enjoying a lineup of edible treats from a handful of award-winning chefs. DINE WITH DESIGN, held in association with a new cookbook called Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America’s Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans, was a fundraiser for the house and grounds.



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Trade Notes New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business The Greenwich location of Privet House took the summer off, and now it has reopened with a whole new collection of European antiques, vintage treasures and “curiosities and collectibles.” Owners Richard Lambertson and Suzanne Cassano, who also have a shop in Warren, spent a good part of their summer scouting the countryside of Belgium, Italy and France for the new items. Greenwich, (203) 340-9544, and Warren, (860) 868-1800,

A fiftieth anniversary is no time to rest on one’s laurels, at least for the “new” DEANE—Rooms Everlasting. The company has always gone beyond kitchens, and the Golden Anniversary of the third-generation company seemed like the perfect time for a new name (replacing Kitchens by DEANE) and logo to reflect their true mission. Stamford, (203) 327-7008,

If you want to see just about every type of stone available for your next remodeling project, check out Connecticut Stone Supplies’ new 5,000-square-foot showroom. The new quarters are in the Galleria Design Center in Middletown, and highlight both traditional and “outside-the-box” uses of stone. The space is slated to open in late fall, and will be the third location for the company, which has showrooms in Milford and Stamford. Middletown, (203) 882-1000,

Rug expert Alix G. Perrachon has a gorgeous new book out by The Monacelli Press. The Decorative Carpet— Fine Handmade Rugs in Contemporary Interiors has one beautiful photo after another of the use of rugs as an integral component in great interior design. Gracing the cover is a photo of a Westport living room designed by Weston interior designer Robin McGarry. “This room was a modest size, so the pattern and scale of the rug needed to be proportionate,” McGarry says about the vegetable-dyed, hand-knotted rug from Michaelian & Kohlberg. Robin McGarry ASID Interior Design, Weston, (203) 454-1825, 100 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2011

We all know how important small businesses are to our economy, so it’s nice to hear about well-deserved recognition. NuKitchens was recently honored with the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce 2011 Small Business Award. NuKitchens, which began as NuWay Kitchen Showrooms in 1956, has had projects featured in Home, Country Living, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living and Bon Appétit.

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honored as a 2011 Top Design Firm by Hotel Management. It’s hardly the first such recognition for the company, which has also been named among the best in its field by Interior Design and Town & Country. Fairfield, (203) 259-2555,

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donated $15,000 in painting services to the Doug Kitchen and Paul Viggiano of A. G. Williams first Greenwich-area recipient of its “Home in Painting Company with Denise and Sydney Petrone Need” program. The home of Sergeant Roger Petrone, a veteran of the Greenwich Police Department who was diagnosed with ALS five years ago, got a bright new interior paint job that included a new look for Petrone’s eight-year-old daughter’s bedroom. Greenwich, (203) 618-0018,

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Norwalk Quilt Trail

printmaking, and his ability to shed light on the slowly emerging suburban culture made him a prominent American scene artist. This exhibit features more than thirty prints and several canceled plates by the artist from the private collection of Dr. Dorrance Kelly of West Redding. Bruce Museum, Greenwich; (203) 8690376;; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., 1–5 p.m. Sun.; $7

Through November 16

Exhibits, lectures, workshops, quilting bees and gallery talks help create awareness of and appreciation for a form of Americana that combines elements of art, local history and culture. Approximately forty quilts will be on display at diverse cultural heritage and tourism sites around Norwalk. For more information, visit


Autumn Art Trail & Outdoor Arts Festival Through October 9


Discover the work of representational and modern painters, jewelers, fabric artists, sculptors, woodworkers and glass artists at this two-day outdoor arts festival. Afterward, head out on the Art Trail to explore the private studios of local artists around the shoreline of Connecticut. Madison Town Green, Madison; (860) 663-5593;; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., noon–6 p.m. Sun.; festival is free, Art Trail is $10

The Exacting Eye of Walker Evans Through January 29, 2012

Photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975) captured a place in American social, cultural and artistic history with his unforgettable images of the Great Depression. This exhibition recovers Evans’s post-Depression work by tracing the thread of his recurring artistic themes from the 1940s through the 1970s, revealing images of economic hard times, capturing the essence of local identity and discovering the beauty in common things. Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme; (860) 4345542;; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., 1–5 p.m. Sun.; $9


The Prints of Martin Lewis: From the Collection of Dr. Dorrance Kelly Through February 26, 2012

A premier American printmaker of the twentieth century, Martin Lewis (1881– 1962) was a master of the intaglio techniques. After moving to Connecticut from New York in 1932, Lewis incorporated the topic of country life into his

New Canaan (203) 966-9700 September 25–November 4 Memory and Metamorphosis A one-man show by Joe Saccio

Samuel Owen Gallery Greenwich (203) 422-6500 October 6–November 3 On Every Street Original art from more than twenty street artists, curated by Michael DeFeo

Gregory James Gallery New Milford (860) 354-3436 October 8–November 6 Christopher Magadini November 26–January 15, 2012 Small Treasures & More

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Roseland Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

Greenwich (203) 622-7947

Through October 16

One of the leading juried fine arts and crafts shows in New England, this festival features 175 artisans and their wares, including jewelry, woodworking, pottery, clothing, metalwork and more. Enjoy live music, a food court and first-floor tours of Roseland Cottage. Roseland Cottage, Woodstock; (617) 994-5100, ext. 5514;; 10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.; $5

27 Semiannual Fine Art Auction

Original works by such renowned painters as Jasper Cropsey, Birge Harrison, Martha Walter, John White Alexander and others—plus a pair of original etchings by Rembrandt and a rare etching by the Italian master Campagnola—will be sold by Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers at its semiannual auction. Previews will be held from October 17 until auction day, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (except Sunday, October

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Silvermine Arts Center October 27–December 7 Still Life: Breaking New Ground Group show of five artists presenting new directions in still-life art; a painting by Margaret Morrison is shown here

Lyme Art Association Old Lyme (860) 434-7802 November 18–January 7, 2012 Deck the Walls Holiday group show

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This annual fundraising event for Silvermine Arts Center features wine and hors d’oeuvres during a special private viewing of more than 500 small original works of art. Adding the element of surprise, the artist’s signature on the back of each painting is revealed only after purchase. A silent auction will also be held to raise funds for the Arts Center. Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan; (203) 966-9700; www.silver; 5–7 p.m.; $35, advance reservations required


Andrea Dezsö: Haunted Ridgefield Through December 31

Visual artist and writer Andrea Dezsö incorporates into her work stories of her life, her family members living and dead, and her native Romania’s folklore as conveyed by her mother. For her project at The Aldrich, Dezsö will create a site-specific multimedia installation—a giant tunnel book inspired by Ridgefield’s haunted mansions and their stories—on the windows of the museum’s historic Main Street building. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield; (203) 438-4519; www.aldrich; noon–5 p.m. Tues.–Sun.; $7


English and French Antiques and Fine Art Auction Winter Associates, one of New England’s finest auctioneers and appraisers since 1979, will auction English, French and other Continental antiques and fine art from Rhode Island and New Hampshire mansions on November 7. Previews will take place on November 6 from 2–4 p.m. and on November 7 from 3–6:15 p.m. (or by appointment). A December 5 auction will showcase contents of other fine estates. Winter Associates, Plainville; (860) 793-0288;; 6:30 p.m.

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Antiques and Art Auction Fairfield Auction is one of the premier estate auction galleries in New England, specializing in antiques and fine art. The company will be holding a sale of

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30th Annual Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival Through December 4

Local interior and floral designers magically transform Fairfield’s historic Burr Homestead into a festive show house. Each holiday vignette is filled with beautiful handmade wreaths, trees, garlands and decorations that are available for purchase. The theme for this year’s festival is “A Special Year . . . 30 Years of Giving,” with proceeds benefiting St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services. Other special events include a gala preview party on December 1, a quilt raffle, a wine tasting and more. The Burr Homestead, Fairfield; www.fairfield; 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.; $10 for house tour, check Web site for special event pricing


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17th Annual Holiday House Tour This year’s house tour will feature a nineteenth-century designer show house as well as four other fine Woodbury homes, including the Leroy Anderson House, where the American classic “Sleigh Ride” was composed. The Designer Showcase House will be decked out by area decorators and artisans to reflect the “Christmas in Connecticut” theme. A special preview party will be held on the evening of Friday, December 9. Call (203) 2633810 for more information. •

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The Foyer: Entry Consoles

• Three area designers imagine a handsome foyer • Wish List: Designer Linherr Hollingsworth shares her favorite things • It’s Personal: Finds from New England Home staff


John-Richard Rosewood and Églomisé Bar Cabinet “This glamorous bar cabinet is a showstopper, with rosewood mirrored doors decorated with brass grilles, a curved backsplash and tapered legs. Thanks to the cabinet’s two serving slides and an interior equipped with two mirrored drawers, the foyer can be worked into the circulation pattern while entertaining. It may even help keep your guests out of the kitchen!” DESIGNSOURCECT, HARTFORD, (860) 951-3145, WWW .DESIGNSOURCECT.COM



Modern History ThreeDrawer Commode “I went with a commode in lieu of a table to give the foyer some visual weight. This classic piece offers the warmth and beauty of walnut wood with minimal ornamentation.” DESIGNSOURCECT

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Dario Console by Gregorius Pineo “I chose this console for its clean lines and the contrast between the driftwood-colored slab top and the hammered iron base. The big trend that we’re seeing right now in wood finishes is an open-grain oak with a gray glaze on it.” HOLLY HUNT, NEW YORK CITY, (212) 755-6555, WWW.HOLLYHUNT.COM

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Giustina Chandelier by Currey & Company “I am partial to glass chandeliers, as the eye gets to travel through the fixture. This chandelier keeps the eye moving around the space as well as giving it some subtle bling.” DESIGNSOURCECT



Bella Figura’s Chateaux Lantern “The dramatic scale of this fifty-inch-high lantern works beautifully in a two-story foyer as an alternative to the expected chandelier. Intricate ornamentation draws the eye upward, while the bronze finish updates the lantern’s classicism.”

Brindelle Pendant by David Iatesta Design “I love this fixture. The organic-looking branches inside the glass cylinders relate nicely to the wood top of the Dario console table.” JOHN ROSSELLI & ASSOCIATES, NEW YORK CITY, (212) 593-2060, WWW.JOHNROSSELLIASSOCIATES.COM


“I’m obsessed with Mother Nature,” admits Catherine Cleare, who was drawn to the organic look and feel of her selections, from the branches in the chandelier to the driftwood finish of the console. A video tour of Cleare’s own foyer can be found on her Web site. CATHERINE CLEARE INTERIORS, LLC, WESTPORT, (203) 454-9430, WWW.CLEAREINTERIORS.COM

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Carvers’ Guild Checkered Regalia Mirror “Perfect for eclectic interiors! The gold leaf accents are elegant and classic, a fantastic counterpoint to the contemporary black and white tiles. This graphic mirror is a definite statement piece. Your visitors will certainly be curious about what lies beyond the foyer.” WEST GROTON, MASS., (978) 448-3063, WWW.CARVERSGUILD.COM


Oceanic Vessels by Formations “Available in a variety of sizes, these cast-stone planters really reflect the magic and wonder of nature.” HOLLY HUNT


Always leaning toward the classic look, Richard Ott takes a “less is more” approach to design. “I don’t like to overwhelm the eye with too much stuff,” he says, “especially in the foyer, which is the first introduction to the home.” RICHARD OTT INTERIOR SPACES, HARTFORD, (860) 880-0246, WWW.RICHARDOTTINTERIORS.COM 116 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2011

Fergie Agate Slice Sculptures by Arteriors Home “I love decorating with what nature has provided. These agate slices really make you wonder ‘how does nature come up with this?’ Their patterns are similar to the walnut grain of the Modern History commode. This is truly art.” DESIGNSOURCECT

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Mod Star Rug by Barbara Barry for Kravet “You can have this rug customized in an array of color and texture combinations. The feeling is light and airy, yet it’s a wonderful anchor for the foyer. I find it extremely inviting and sophisticated, as well as fun to look at.” DESIGNSOURCECT


Turkish Patchwork Rug “Stark’s patchwork rugs are made of semi-antique pieces that have been cut, dyed, assembled and sewn together by artisans to create art for the floor. Each carpet has its own unique characteristics. This is truly a wonderful way to recycle and preserve semi-antique pieces.” STARK CARPET,


Mahal Rug with Pharaoh II Border “I love the multitude of colors in this wool Wilton rug. I recently used this style to create a cohesive bridge of color between rooms adjoining the foyer—a trick of the trade!” STARK CARPET


“The ‘wow factor’ is essential in a foyer,” notes Sharon McCormick, whose work has been featured in numerous publications since she launched her firm in 2002. “Guests may only linger there for a few minutes, so make it SHARON MCCORMICK DESIGN, LLC, DURHAM, (860) 349-1349, WWW.SHARONMCCORMICKDESIGN.COM


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Perspectives • Wish List


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Linherr Hollingsworth, Norwalk Linherr Hollingsworth believes that great design should evoke emotion— and for her clients, it’s safe to say, that emotion is often pure joy. From her stylish studio in a former factory building, the charismatic designer and her team create utterly sophisticated spaces that seem to exude the same positive energy that Hollingsworth brings to her work. “When asked to describe my look, I bounce back and forth between handsome pieces with strong architectural lines and sexy, hippie, vintage,” says the designer, who launched her firm fifteen years ago after a career in fashion. “I have always been drawn to patinas that are worn and subtle, never trying too hard.” In a palette of muted colors with a hint of shimmer, her Wish List selections certainly reflect that sensibility. She’s particularly enchanted by the vintage wallpaper she came across while visiting Gracie’s New York City showroom. “For years the papers had been stored away and forgotten about. What a treasure trove!” Adds the designer: “This is what I love about my job; you just really never know what you’re going to discover.” HOLLINGSWORTH DESIGN ASSOCIATES, (203) 299-1327, WWW .HOLLINGSWORTHDESIGN.COM




1 Jackson Table by Bradley Hughes “Clean-lined, straightforward and strong, the Jackson dining table gets my vote!” ATLANTA, (404) 814-9595, WWW.BRADLEY-HUGHES.COM 2 Simon Pearce’s Barre Dinnerware “Who could resist the organic shapes and matte patina of the Barre tabletop collection? Completely minimalist, it’s super-sexy in both black and ivory. I’ve chosen these for my new everyday dishes!” GREENWICH, (203) 8610780, WWW.SIMONPEARCE.COM

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3 Knotty Bubbles Chandelier by Lindsey Adelman “Lindsey Adelman triumphs with this chandelier, a modern cluster of brass, rope and opal glass balls. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any urban loft or beach retreat.” ROLL & HILL, BROOKLYN, N.Y., (718) 387-6132, WWW.ROLLANDHILL.COM 4 Vintage Gracie Wallpaper “You can only imagine my reaction when I stumbled upon this vintage metallic paper. I see it inset as wardrobe panels in a dressing room or used on furniture. Truly a gem!” NEW YORK CITY, (212) 924-6816, WWW.GRACIESTUDIO.COM 5 SAHCO Shimmer Fabric “Sexy, sexy, sexy! I would drape long panels of this super-subtle metallic fabric against ivory clay walls, or use it as throw pillows to add a touch of glamour.” BERGAMO, NEW YORK CITY, (212) 888-3333, WWW.BERGAMOFABRICS.COM 6 Studded Shelter Sofa by John Saladino “The Shelter sofa is, hands down, the most comfortable sofa around. It adapts magically, like a chameleon, to so many types of fabrics, hinting of an era gone by. My personal choice would be to cover it in a combination of subtle calf leather, waxed linen and Rubelli silks.” NEW YORK CITY, (212) 6846805, WWW.SALADINOSTYLE.COM

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Perspectives • It’s Personal Favorite finds from the staff of New England Home’s Connecticut

Erin Marvin, Managing Editor I have fond memories of Christmas dinners at my grandparents’ house: the wedding china carefully laid on the table, the silver polished to a mirrored shine and crystal goblets winking in the candlelight, all resting atop snow-white linens. And with the holidays just around the corner, I’m looking for ways to add some sparkle to my own home. I may not yet have the china, the silver or the crystal, but a halfdozen of these petite, gold glass hurricanes by Jamie Young placed along the center of a long table dressed in white would add a warm glow to any holiday gathering. With their subtle shimmer and elegant shape, the gold-leaf–layered candleholders seem the perfect start to new family traditions. $184 FOR A SET OF THREE. ISLAND TRADER, WESTBROOK, (860) 399-7039

Stacy Kunstel, Homes Editor There’s comfort in the familiar, whether it be a favorite silhouette or fabric or, in my case, a certain style of chic ceramic ware by Boston-based artist Jill Rosenwald. I was delighted to find that Melissa Lindsay and Jill Saunders now carry the line at Pimlico, their shop on New Canaan’s Elm Street. The pumpkiny hue (a color Rosenwald calls tangerine) of the bowls and their Greek-key design dress up any bar cart or serving tray. I’d love to use them to serve dip or as a crudité plate on game day. (Now I just need to find a team with those colors!) TRAY, $128; DIP BOWLS, $48 EACH. NEW CANAAN, (203) 972-8166, WWW.PIMLICOHOME.COM

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Paula M. Bodah, Senior Editor I’ve been replacing the lamps in my house, one at a time, with the goal of finally having light fixtures that meet three criteria: provide good light to read by, wash the rooms in attractive ambient light and look great when they’re turned off. The Birdie lamp by Foscarini, a sleek lamp made of aluminum and polycarbonate, fits the bill beautifully. A diffuser shines light down for reading and reflects it upward to bathe the room in its glow. My favorite is the version in plummy amaranth, shown, but it also comes in bright orange for braver folks and white or gray for those who like their lamps to keep a low profile. Both floor and table sizes are available. $653 (TABLE), $747 (FLOOR). SIGNORELLO, WESTPORT, (203) 221-3200, WWW.SIGNORELLO WESTPORT.COM, AND GREENWICH CONTEMPORARY LIGHTING, COS COB, (203) 622-1441, WWW.GREENWICHCONTEMPORARYLIGHTING.COM





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1 Contemporary Comfort Available through Signorello of Westport, Patricia Urquiola’s cozy Redondo armchair for Moroso cocoons you in its super-soft curves—no pillows necessary. WESTPORT, (203)




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3 Show Your Stripes Perk up any room with Magdalena York Collection’s durable Lina runner. Woven in Scandinavia from 50 percent recycled plastic strips, it’s surprisingly soft underfoot. FAIRFIELD, (203) 254-9293, WWW.MAGDALENA YORKCOLLECTION.COM



4 Just Dreamy After a day of apple picking, we wouldn’t mind a nap in the plush Crystal platform bed, part of Swaim’s new Kaleidoscope line. See this sleeping beauty at DesignSourceCT. HARTFORD, (860) 951-3145, WWW .DESIGN SOURCE CT.COM

5 Trunk Show J. Seitz is all set for fall with Michael Aram’s Bark vases. The polished aluminum finish resembles white birch, while the darker copper hue conjures cherry bark. NEW PRESTON, (860) 868-0119, WWW.JSEITZ.COM

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We like what we see in Modern History’s new Florentine mirror. A vision in gold leaf, this classy statement piece is available through Lisa Davenport’s Home Gallery. GLASTONBURY, (860) 6598476, WWW.LISADAVENPORT.COM

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7 Inner Beauty Anything but square, Swarovski’s new ReveaLED pendant fixtures, available through Connecticut Lighting Centers, glow with a hint of subtle sparkle from within. HARTFORD, (860) 249-7631,




8 Easy Seat New on the scene at Sheridan Interiors, the sculptural J chair by Roost features a rustic three-legged design. Crafted of rich sheesham wood, it’s ideal for extra seating. WILTON, (203) 762-2888, WWW.SHERIDAN INTERIORS .COM

9 Special Occasional Coming soon to Lillian August, the gold and travertine Haviland occasional table is one of many stylish pieces in DwellStudio’s brand-new furniture line for Precedent. NORWALK, (203) 8473314, WWW.LILLIANAUGUST.COM

10 Pattern Play 9


We’ve fallen for the spirited Germaine sofa, a recent addition at HB Home. Featuring raised-edge details, its handsome white oak frame is a perfect foil for bold upholstery. WESTPORT, (203) 2268777, AND GREENWICH, (203) 6294999, WWW.HBHOMEDESIGN.COM

11 Long on Charm Samantha Knapp of La Maisonette has been busy creating fabulous new designs for her custom pillow collection. Roll With It, an elongated bolster, makes its debut this fall. COS COB, (203) 629-6510, WWW.MAISONETTESTORE.COM

12 High Style Any way the wind blows, this circa-1880s eagle weather vane—just in at Hamptons Antique Galleries—looks splendid with its copper base and traces of original gilding. STAMFORD,




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Photo by Eric Roth. Painting by Bart Gulley, courtesy of art+interiors.


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

AN ARTISTS’S EYE PAGES 52–59 Architect: Matthew Schoenherr, Z: Architecture, New Haven, (203) 776-8484 Architectural consultant: Dinyar S. Wadia, Wadia Associates, New Canaan, (203) 9660048, Interior designer: Julianne Stirling, Stirling Design Associates, Fairfield, (203) 255-5422, Cabinetmaker: Custom Craft, Cranston, R.I., (401) 941-8840, Color/styling consultant: David Hammond, DH Design, New Canaan, (917) 414-2958, www Pages 52–53: Antique Chinese porcelain and mirror through Mandarin Antiques, www; armchairs by Sherill,; iron and glass tables from Ralph Lauren Home, www.ralphlauren; bronze horse sculpture from Hawthorne Gallery,; green plant from Earth Garden Florist, www; antique rug from Oscar Isberian Rugs, Pages 54–55: Dining chairs by Sherill through Interior Motives,; mirror from Laura Barton Framing, Westport, (203) 226-1240; Waterford chandelier and sconces from Interior Motives; rug from Oscar Isberian Rugs; powder room sconces from Rue Fauborg St. Honore, Greenwich, (203) 8697139; sink base designed by Stirling Design, crafted by Custom Craft and hand painted by Knock On Wood Antiques, Darien, (203) 6559031; wallpaper by Osborne & Little, www Pages 56–57: Potting room cabinets by Stirling Design, crafted by Custom Craft; backsplash tile from Waterworks,; wallpaper by Summerhill,; fabric by Lee Jofa,; pantry cabinetry by Stirling Design, crafted by Custom Craft; hallway cabinet by Stirling Design; kitchen hanging light by Visual Comfort, www.visual; cabinets designed by Stirling Design, crafted by Custom Craft and hand-painted by Knock on Wood Antiques; floors by Contour Parquet,; tile from Waterworks; counter from Castelli Marble, www; antique olive jars from Foxglove Antiques, www.foxgloveantiques .com; family room sofa by Sherill; armchair by Lee Jofa with Pierre Frey fabric, www.pierrefrey .com; swivel club chairs and fabric from Lee Jofa; wallpaper by Zoffany,; cabinetry by Stirling Design, crafted by Custom Craft; rug from Oscar Isberian Rugs. Pages 58–59: Inkwells through Foxglove Antiques; rug from Oscar Isberian Rugs; wallpaper by J. Baker for Lee Jofa; cabinets by Stirling Design, crafted by Custom Craft; sconces from Rue Faubourg St. Honore; master bath vanity and mirror designed by Julianne Stirling, crafted by Custom Craft; tile from Waterworks.

BRINGING THE BEACH HOME PAGES 62–69 130 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2011

Interior designer: Lynn Morgan, Lynn Morgan Design, Rowayton, (203) 866-1940, www.lynn Page 62: Blue altar table by Red Egg, Page 63: Rug from A.T. Proudian,; Holly Hunt sofa fabric, www.holly; coffee table from Circa Antiques,; zebra stools fabric by Kirk Brummel for Brunschwig & Fils, www; painting above fireplace by David Morico,; woven baskets from Red Chair Antiques,; orange throw from Company C,; photo behind sofa by Lacey Terrell, Pages 64–65: Drapery China Seas fabric from Quadrille,; bar cart from 1st Dibs,; dining table from Circa Antiques; Laura Kirar dining chairs from McGuire,; with Ralph Lauren fabric, www.ralphlaurenhome .com; photograph on wall by Lacey Terrell; sofa fabric by Ralph Lauren; cocktail table from Lillian August,; rug from A.M. Collections,; mirrors from Bungalow 5,; roman shade fabric from Robert Allen, www, with Rogers & Goffigon trim, Greenwich, (203) 532-8068; armchair Zig Zag fabric from Quadrille; green gourd lamps from Treillage, /treillage; tree from Diane James Home, www Page 66: Custom sofa covered in Ralph Lauren canvas; coffee table/ottoman from Anna French,; pillows and swivel armchair fabrics from Ralph Lauren. Page 67: Fabric panel from Jerry Pair, www; rug from Jonathan Adler, www; orange stool from Emissary, Page 68: Large painting from Dovecote,; chairs fabric by Ralph Lauren; beige zebra-stripe pillow fabric from Brunschwig & Fils; drapery fabric from Osborne & Little,; lamp from Williams-Sonoma,; painting above bed by Valerie Wall through Lynn Morgan Design; Travers Grammont pillow fabric from Thomas Lavin, Page 69: Table from Parc Monceau, www.parc; bistro chairs from T.K. Collections,; light fixture from Summer Hill,; pillows custom from Lynn Morgan Design.

BARN AGAIN PAGES 72–79 Architect: Reese Owens, Halper Owens Architects, Washington Depot, (860) 868-4000 Interior designer: Karen Davis, Davis Raines Design, Washington, (860) 868-7112 Builder: Chris Washington, C&L Restoration, Woodbury, (203) 270-7752 Barn builder: Edwin N. Cady and Edwin N. Cady Jr., East Coast Barn Builders, Roxbury, (860) 355-2217 Interior millwork: Kent Millwork, Bethany, (203) 393-9751

Pages 72–73, 75: Pillows from Privet House,, Pimlico, www.pimlico, and J. Seitz,; sofas from George Smith,; chair fabric by Gailbraith & Paul from Holland & Sherry,; end table from Edelman Leather, www.edelman Page 74: Artwork by Anish Kapoor, www.anish; photography from KMR Arts, www; bench by James Murphy, www; chair fabric from Donghia,; area rug from The Rug Company,; pillow fabric from Bergamo, www.bergamofabrics .com; sectional from Room & Board,; wooden containers from Pergola, Page 76: Tiered wire basket from Pimlico; seagrass basket and wooden box from Pergola; large basket from Pottery Barn, www.pottery; kitchen chairs and barstools from York Street Studio, Page 77: Stonework, masonry and hardscaping by C&L Restoration. Page 78: Bed by John Hutton through David Sutherland Showrooms, www.davidsutherland; nightstand from Ralph Lauren Home,; throw from The Linen Shop,

ALL IN GOOD FUN PAGES 82–89 Interior designer: Charlotte Barnes, Charlotte Barnes Interior Design and Decoration, Greenwich, (203) 622-6953, www.charlotte Landscape architect: Martha Baker Landscape Design, Greenwich, (203) 661-7393, www Page 83: Zebra stair carpet from AM Collections,; 1920s silver vase from B.K. Antiques,; leather-clad table from Aero Studios, Pages 84-85: Billiard table from Billiard Restoration Service, www.billiardrestoration .com; velvet sofa fabric from Rogers and Goffigon, Greenwich, (203) 532-8068; coffee table from C.J. Peters,; patterned armchair fabric from Quadrille, www.quadrille; fabric on wooden armchairs by Robert Kime through John Rosselli, www.john Page 86: Coffee table from The Antique and Artisan Center,; rug from The New England Collection, www; sofa fabric from Hinson & Company,; drapery fabric from Home Couture through Quadrille; dining chairs from Todd Merrill Antiques, www.merrill; curtain fabric from Fortuny, Page 87: Curtain fabric by Alan Campbell through Quadrille; breakfast table from Treillage, Page 88: Master bedroom wallpaper by Allegra Hicks,; rug from Turabian & Sariyan,; pillow fabrics from Quadrille. •

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Albano Appliances 113 American Society of Interior Designers 110 Amy Aidinis Hirsch 30 Apadana Fine Rugs 106 Aqua Pool & Patio, Inc. 34 Artelier 121 Austin Ganim Landscape Design, LLC 111 Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc. 18 Bartels-Pagliaro 27 Brooks and Falotico Associates, Inc. 61 Casatelli Marble and Tile Imports 92 Catherine Cleare Interiors, LLC 108 Cerrito Furniture 105 Charlotte Barnes 123 Coldwell Banker Previews International 94 Colony Rug Company 22 Connecticut Stone 48 Construction Management Group 49 Cornice Realty 115 Country Club Homes 31 Custom Interiors 115 Daniel Conlon Architects 123 Darien Design Center 129 DEANE—Rooms Everlasting 51 Design Source CT 4–5 Diana Sawicki Interior Design, Inc. 39 The Drawing Room Inside front cover, 1 Dujardin Design Associates, Inc. 127 Earthscapes, Inc. 2–3 Ellsworth Ford 80 Finished in Fabric, LLC 131 Fovama Oriental Rugs, LTD 98 Gardiner & Larson Homes 117 Grandberg and Associates 103 The Granite Group 16–17 Heidi Holzer 60 Hilton-VanderHorn Architects 71 Hollingsworth Design 50 iH Design Studio 10–11 Jenn-Air 12–13 Jmac Interiors 107 JMKA Architects 119 Jonathan Wagner 46 Karp and Associates 108 Katherine Cowdin 29 Klaff ’s Back cover The LaurelRock Company 103 Fall 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 133

Advertiser Index Lillian August 43 Linda Ruderman Interiors 45 The Linen Shop 99 Mar Silver Design 70, 124 Marble and Granite, Inc. 23 Marvin Gardens 40 Mason Style, LLC 109 Michael Smith Architects 81 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 19 MJM Construction 102 Neil Hauck Architects, LLC 32 NuKitchens 26 O&G Studio 132 Olga Adler Interiors 93 Olson Development 37 Orrick & Company 133 Pamela Jimenez Design 113 Parc Monceau 134 Preferred Properties 131 Putnam Kitchens 8–9 Rinfret Design Limited 21 Robert Dean Architects 28 Robin McGarry 47 Samuel Owen Gallery 95 SB Long Interiors 102 Sharon McCormick Design, LLC 6–7 Shell Decor 33 Shelter Interiors 121 Sheridan Interiors 97 Shoreline Painting Contractors, Inc. 127 Stirling Design Associates 41 Tiberias Construction, Inc. 101 Total Care 117 Vandamm Interiors 119 Vicente-Burin Architects 111 Victoria Lyon Interiors 129 Wadia Associates Inside back cover Wainscot Solutions 14–15 Wakefield Design Center 91, 135 William Raveis Real Estate 90 Wright Brothers Builders 25 Zerodraft Connecticut 35 New England Home’s Connecticut, Fall 2011 © 2011 by Network Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. Editorial and advertising office: New England Home, 530 Harrison Avenue, Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118, (617) 938-3991, (800) 609-5154. Corporate office: Network Communications, Inc. 2305 Newpoint Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, (770) 962-7220. 134 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2011

Save the Date November 8, 2011

New England Home’s Connecticut and Wakefield Design Center present

To The Trade Only Market Day Featuring the latest trends in home furnishings, new product introductions, lectures, and more including: On Display: The Secret to Selecting and Hanging Art- George Snead Brilliant Ideas: Lighting a Space Concept to Completion- Stu Haviland at Currey & Co. Schumacher Debuts- Martyn Lawrence

Bullard of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators Editor’s Picks: How to Get Published-

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Sketch Pad Design ideas in the making

RENOVATING A CAVERNOUS space into a cozy getaway can be an interesting endeavor. When a Connecticut

client commissioned us to recast a barn adjacent to their home for use by guests, we were instantly excited about the prospect, as barns are the vernacular of New Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architectural fabric. Redefining the layout was our first task at hand. We needed to create the illusion of intimacy yet still keep the integrity of the structure, so separating the space to include sleeping quarters and a large entertainment area, while maintaining an open floor plan, was critical. Our approach to the millwork design was classic yet rustic, and blends harmoniously with the structure. We kept the framework and millwork light in color to offset the general impression of darkness a barn can sometimes create. Splashes of color from fun and stylish fabrics (that are all durable: the camel Ultrasuede on the sofas, for example, can withstand anything from a pen mark to a glass of red wine being spilled, while still maintaining its richness) and an outdoor version of a sisal rug also help warm up the potentially harsh openness of an overscale space. We opted for lantern lighting that likewise fits in nicely with the feel of the barn and adds to the warmth of the ensemble. All of these elements ultimately came together to create a gracious retreat for years to come. SARANDA BERISA, DIRECTOR OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND DECORATION, WADIA ASSOCIATES, NEW CANAAN, (203) 966-0048, WWW.WADIAASSOCIATES.COM

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