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publishing New England Home’s Connecticut. And, three years in, I continue to be amazed by the profusion and variety of home design to be found in a geographical area of only 4,842 square miles. (This, by comparison, is roughly two-fifths of greater New York’s 11,842 square miles.) There are simply a whole lot of highly talented architects, interior designers, custom builders, showroom owners, artisans and other purveyors of the myriad goods and services that go into the creation of superior living quarters, packed into a small state. Not coincidentally, Connecticut is also home, full- or part-time, to a hefty trove of people with the interest, means and design savvy to create for themselves what HGTV would call a “dream home.” (If it’s something you achieve time and again, though, as many Connecticut residents do, it seems to me the word dream doesn’t quite apply; it’s more a matter of having a vision and knowing very well how to execute it.) Result: rich pickings for a style magazine like this one. Something else to be noted with gratitude is that Connecticut’s design community, poised as it is between the twin gravitational fields of Boston and New York, is still a thing unto itself. Although many top-stratum professionals work beyond the local area, a surprising number spend much of their careers creating homes within a small radius, with the occasional foray across state lines. Also, houses in Greenwich or Kent or Old Lyme just don’t look quite like houses in other parts of New England or in the Hudson valley. Roofs are differently pitched, gable ends and eaves are differently proportioned, the use of stone and millwork in kitchens is not the same. Such differences are subtle but piquant—the design equivalent of terroir in the wine world. Those are just two reasons why creating issues of New England Home’s Connecticut continues to be a delightful process of discovery, almost like having a magic garden in which you can find new and different plants every morning. The same neighborhood or town will continue to produce previously unknown cultivars of beauty at unexpected intervals if we continue to search diligently. Then it’s up to us to prune, arrange and present them to you as a quarterly bouquet for your browsing pleasure.

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Warp Speed Color, light and pattern combine for a shadowy, painterly effect in the durable and deftly woven rugs created by Monroe weaver Patricia Burling. BY MARIA LAPIANA

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tion to thread lengths of yarn over and under and over again until they are no longer discernable as lengths of yarn but rather a rug, throw or wall hanging. It’s repetitive to say the least, yet Burling never tires of it. But she does welcome an opportunity to chat. In fact, the energetic artisan who runs her business, WillowWeave, out of her Monroe home, loves company. “I did the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in April and I talked to so many people, literally, I talked nonstop for four days,” she says. She discussed art in general and weaving in particular; she answered countless questions and entertained possibilities for her work. Her passion paid off because she came away from the show with six orders for custom rugs. Burling’s new clients will be in good company. Her work has been commissioned for use in corporate offices, private residences, medical buildings and hospitals (she recently completed a series of wall hangings for the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale–New Haven). She has been invited to exhibit at juried shows and her work has been shown/hung/displayed in museums and galleries from New York City to Carlsbad, California. Burling’s rugs are singular in construction, color and pattern. Known as warp-face weaving, her technique incorporates forty-eight warp yarns per Clockwise from top: Olive inch; by weaving wool into dense, Grove (2011), wool, 30" × seemingly impenetrable ridges, 84"; Jubilation (2009), wool, 6' × 6'; Synergy she produces extraordinarily (2010), wool with reflective durable reversible rugs. rayon accents, 4' × 6' Function may come first, but form—and a striking use of color blending—is a very close second. Bold and geometric, many of Burling’s patterns are evocative of Native American and kilim designs. Her


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palettes often come from nature, but she is an attentive traveler whose visits to foreign lands have imprinted colors in her memory that she will use months, even years, later. Rich, subtle variations of color define Burling’s work. She takes pains to get shades exactly right, asking clients to send pictures, swatches, threads—anything that will help her to understand precisely what colors she’ll use in a given piece. She describes the gentle gradation of hues that distinguishes her rugs as “pointillism with yarn.” She says that the light-and-shadow quality of her work is “Moresque,” or characteristic of Moorish art. Burling loves to tell the story of how weaving “found” her. Originally from Cromwell, she found herself in an unfamiliar place, with three small children, when her husband took a job in North Carolina some thirty years ago. Aching for something to occupy her Above: Asante Sawa time, she befriend(2010), wool with reed a woman who flective rayon accents, 4' × 6'; right: Concerto happened to be a weaver. Intrigued, (2012), wool, 4' × 6' but never having been trained as an artist, Burling just watched, until her friend suggested she buy a loom and try it herself. So she did. Never mind that she had to sell her family room furniture, two of her husband’s suits (“he looked ugly in them”) and his collection of country music records to pay for the small loom on which she made nothing but cranberry-and-rust-colored 26 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2012


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scarves for a time. It was done. And she was just beginning. Today, Burling has three looms (including her very first). The largest will accommodate a rug six feet wide; seaming allows her to double, triple, even quadruple that. Thus far, the largest rug she’s made is twenty-seven feet long.

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Burling finds it hard to sit still. She couldn’t sit and work even if she wanted to because she’s so petite her arms won’t reach from one end of the loom to the other. That doesn’t bother her, though; standing and stretching all day has kept her limber and ache-free. How many pieces has she made, standing at that loom for hours on end over thirty-two years? “I don’t really know. People think I’m crazy, but while I do keep an inventory of every job, I’ve never added them all up,” she says. “I want to be surprised when I retire!” That’s not likely to be anytime soon. Burling says she won’t stop working as long as clients want her rugs. • Editor’s Note To see more WillowWeave rugs, visit www.patriciaburling.com

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A Breath of Fresh Air An outdoor area designed for family relaxation as well as pull-out-all-the-stops entertaining is a favorite gathering spot well into autumn. BY ERIN MARVIN • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL PARTENIO

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planned for comfort, entertaining and her family,” says designer Jan Hiltz. “We wanted the patio designed in a certain way, but we had to make sure it worked around the sectional and that there was enough seating. There’s only so much real estate to work with, so how it all fits in is like a puzzle.” This puzzle came together perfectly. A black-cush- Clockwise from above left: ioned teak sectional curves A large sectional sofa invites lounging in the pool house, around a wide, round, where two walls retract to knee-high table. A matchmarry indoor and outdoor ing chaise offers additional spaces. A stone fireplace is the seating within the glow of a focal point for a sitting area. Twenty-eight ceramic pots fireplace. The teak adds bursting with blooms add color warmth to the coolness of as well as sculptural interest. the stone in the fireplace and outdoor kitchen. Behind the sofa, a stainless-steel grill stands at the ready for impromptu family meals or planned fêtes with friends, and a nearby wrought-iron table seats six. Planted greenery and large pots bursting with colorful

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reaching out to her usual vendors to no avail and traveling to New York City to scour the D&D Building. Finally, she found what she was looking for Left: The pool is perfect for swimming laps, with a built-in Jacuzzi for relaxing. Facing page left to right: A sleek, well-appointed outdoor kitchen overlooks the pool. A bluestone patio acts as a unifying theme for the outdoor “rooms.”

flowers surround the space. Hiltz and the homeowner gave just as much careful consideration to the second large seating area off the home’s living room, but here the choices were driven by color rather than shape. “Did you ever try to find outdoor furniture that is

black?” Hiltz asks with a laugh. It was no easy feat: outdoor furniture comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes— and invariably in shades of brown and green, with the occasional charcoal. But the homeowner had her heart set on notso-common black. Hiltz went on the hunt,

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like feel. Hiltz chose fabrics for durability —a wise choice for a family with three young children. In the pavilion, black barstools belly up to the indoor/ outdoor kitchen, a perfect spot for making afternoon snacks or mixing up evening cocktails. Doors and windows open up completely to the pool area, and another large sectional, this one a smoky gray, invites family and friends to sit back and relax. A fuchsia rug contrasts with the dark charcoal floor, echoing the pink flowers just outside and adding a punch of color—augmented by the sofa’s arrangement of vibrant throw pillows—to the room. More brightly patterned pillows on the chaises longues lining one edge of the

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pool and yellow ceramic garden stools enhance the overall color palette. At the center of the outdoor space, a swimming pool sparkles in the sunlight. Throughout the pretty space, nods to nature are never far away. Strategically placed planters overflowing with colorful

blooms add visual interest and help delineate the “rooms,” which are all linked by a bluestone slate patio and surrounded by lush lawn and low stone walls. It’s the perfect combination of nature and nurture. • Editor’s Note For information about the professionals involved in this project, see page 140.

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wildly imaginative asymmetrical chair Little made in art school (there are only two others like it; they are in museums). Her workroom and office are on the second floor. The neighbors are a bit bemused by it all. On a late summer morning, Little is settled into a chunky porch chair in her leafy backyard, legs to one side, an arm draped over the back (her favorite way to sit). A slight woman who keeps her graying hair cropped and wears no makeup, she’s dressed in a plaid flannel shirt, jeans and sensible black


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Made Here shoes. She’s quick to note an irony that’s hard to miss. “I present myself as masculine,” she says, “but there is a decidedly feminine side to my work. It’s flamboyant and curvaceous.” Little and Wheeler met some thirty years ago in the UK; both shared a love of art, a fascination with furniture as art, and after a while, a fascination with each other. Married now for twenty years, the couple’s collaboration was gradual at first. Simpatico in many ways—they have the same aes-

thetic, work ethic and style of problem solving—over time they’ve discovered that their unique talents dovetail perfectly. Little is the visionary (although she hastens to add that her partner is a very good editor) and Wheeler is the technical guru. She makes sketches while he perfects mechanical drawings. She’s the face of the company, and he runs the business side. Little’s design process always begins with an interview. “There’s a lot I need to know,” she says. “I measure clients, ask

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drawings are finessed. Some work is farmed out (any visible wood is crafted by area cabinetmakers), then the piece is assembled onsite. “Sometimes a piece is 98 percent Far left: A cardboard and there, but wood model of “chair to we know share,” a research project on seating for intimate conversa- intuitively tion. Left: anon ottomans with when it’s not slip-on covers in felted wool, right,” says a collaboration with textile Wheeler. artist Jean Cacicedo. Below: a quartet of nipa ottomans in- “So we stop, spired by the necklines of step back, haute couture 1960s dresses. think it over.” Finally, Little “dresses” the piece with fabric (her favorite is felted wool), folding, fussing and tweaking it to her specifications. Little believes that furniture should be “warm and approachable,” and until recently, strictly custom. But she’s blazing new territory. She’s currently developing designs for a chair, bench and ottoman that will be available to order. A few select

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The New England Home’s Connecticut Summer Networking Event at Fordham Marble On July 19, New England Home welcomed advertisers to Fordham Marble in Stamford for our summer networking event. The beautiful Fordham Marble showroom set the stage for an evening of fun with friends old and new. Along with ample opportunity to network, snack on appetizers and sip wine, several attendees walked away with fabulous prizes at the end of the evening.

Susan Bijleveld of Finished in Fabric, LLC and Lauren Hutnick • Naway Yusengco of Brooks & Falotico Associates Inc. and David van de Sande of New River Contracting • New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel and Juliet Teakle of Pavilion Tent Company • Steven Mueller of Steven Mueller Architects with New England Home’s Roberta Mancuso and Lindy Weaver of Details East • Annette Sciarretta, Denise Sciarretta and Vincent Sciarretta of VAS Construction • Connie and Al Giuliani of Connie Giuliani Inc. • Joyce Sardo, Mayson Linn and Mario Sardo of Fordham Marble with Rick Koch of Davenport Contracting Inc.


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On the evening of September 13, New England Home and the New England design community came together to honor and celebrate the hottest up-and-coming talent in residential architecture and design through the third annual 5 Under 40 Awards. The winners for 2012 are John Day (architecture and interiors), Asher Dunn (furniture), Connecticut’s own Amy Aidinis Hirsch (interiors), Elizabeth Stiving-Nichols (interiors and furniture) and Kelly Taylor (interiors). Stunning arrangements by Winston Flowers set the stage as guests sipped signature cocktails by Triple Eight Distillery, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Davio’s and marveled at custom rugs designed by the winners in conjunction with Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting. Amidst all the fun, attendees also showed their great generosity with robust bids during a silent auction of the rugs, with the proceeds benefitting Barakat, a Cambridge, Massachusetts–based charity that supports literacy and education for women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


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BERKSHIRE WILTON PARTNERS, LLC

Berkshire Wilton Partners, LLC is a custom builder with experience in both traditional and modern residences. The firm focuses on the process of construction, rather than design and style. We began the business constructing large estates, developing properties that required extensive infrastructure, and creating service buildings and main homes. Our early traditional projects have involved time-honored methods of load-bearing masonry and wood timber framing, and have evolved to include unique and specialized projects like sophisticated long-span riding arena structures. We built our first modern house more than ten years ago, and we understand the structural challenges and technological innovation needed for modern designs. We realize that initial decisions about the work and the building process determine the quality of the house in the end. Paul Reiss, the firm’s principal member, helped found

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BWP in 2001. He earned a master’s degree in architecture from Yale and has extensive experience in the field. He now works closely with architects, owners and decorators on each project, carefully overseeing the details of each building. Reiss and his project managers guide the process through planning and construction, helping each client to make decisions that will keep quality at the forefront of each project. The firm offers advice and resources, and takes a conservative view of every project to provide lasting value. Berkshire Wilton Partners has built houses and estates in the Hamptons, Millbrook, Bedford, Litchfield County, Greenwich, Rhode Island, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Projects built by BWP have appeared in Architectural Digest, The New York Times Design Magazine, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal and many regional magazines.


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Berkshire Wilton Partners, LLC 15 River Road, Suite 225 Wilton, Connecticut 06897 203.761.9943 www.berkshireconstruction.com Special Marketing Section 55


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CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT G R O U P, L L C

Construction Management Group is a licensed homebuilder, working primarily in lower Fairfield County to produce both commercial projects and fine custom homes. The company was founded on the principle that the interests and goals of a builder and its clients should be in sync with one another. The company started out with the simple ideas that there should be no incentive to drive up costs for the homeowner, and profit should never be gained by adding costs to the scope of the project. The company upholds this principle by providing full accounting documentation and explanations of construction costs to each client, including a thorough and accurate budget that conveys their true cost of execution. Salvatore Zarrella, founder of the New Canaan–based homebuilding firm, wanted to make sure that he created a system that would give the client the feeling that they had total control over their building process, almost as if they

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were building the home themselves. This translates into complete transparency, as well as unmatched quality and attention to detail. Construction Management Group stands upon its impressive and successful track record of producing end results that exceed clients’ expectations, and are on time and under budget. It’s not often that this claim can be made so consistently, and the company is proud of its reputation. Mr. Zarrella has successfully completed building science studies under the Passive House standard, a system developed in Germany and globally recognized for the most energy-efficient buildings in the world. He is a hands-on-builder, with extensive field experience in cabinet making, stone fabrication and carpentry, relentlessly looking after every detail on his projects. Quality of construction is paramount for Construction Management Group, as every home project is treated as if it were the company’s own.


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Construction Management Group, LLC 58 Pine Street New Canaan, CT 06840 203-966-3388 www.cmgbuilders.com ARCHITECTURE BY ANDREW NUZZI

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C O U N T RY C L U B H O M E S , I N C .

Country Club Homes, Inc. has been building and renovating homes throughout Fairfield County since 1955. A familyowned and operated design and build firm, Walter Cromwell, Jr. and Carolyn Wheeler, principals of the company, work directly with both architects and homeowners to build houses that meet their very exacting specifications. You’ll have the freedom to choose the smallest details to gain the biggest goal: your happiness. Carolyn’s inherent knowledge and eye for detail combined with Walter’s design and project management skills bring you, the owner, a unique male and female perspective on every project. Let them guide you through what may seem like an overwhelming process, and make it a rewarding one. Whether they are building a custom residence or renovating an existing home, they make sure that the workmanship represents the classic craftsmanship they are known for pro-

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ducing. Quality, affordability and sustainability are an integral part of their design and construction. Large or small or somewhere in between, a unique and special home can be yours with Country Club Homes, Inc. The key to their success is their commitment to a new level of personal service. For them, communication is critical; responsiveness, essential. They take the extra steps to ensure the utmost in quality, style and customer satisfaction, from the moment they break ground to the final finishing touches. Since 2004, the Home Builders Association of Connecticut has awarded Country Club Homes, Inc. with 17 HOBI Awards. The “HOBIs” are the most competitive and prestigious awards in the state for the home building industry. For more information about Country Club Homes, Inc. and to view pictures of their portfolio, visit their website at www.countryclubhomesinc.com.


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Country Club Homes, Inc. 462 Danbury Rd. Wilton, CT 06897 203-762-0550 www.countryclubhomesinc.com Special Marketing Section 59


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D AV E N P O RT C O N T R A C T I N G, I N C .

Davenport Contracting, Inc. has been a trusted and reliedupon source for pre-construction estimating, construction management and fixed-bid pricing for clients in Fairfield and Westchester County for more than 25 years. The firm offers a variety of custom services, from schematic plan evaluations, to budget creation and clarification, to site visits and coordination of owner/architect meetings, depending on each client’s needs. Whether guiding clients through a new construction from the ground-up, or managing a smaller-scale renovation or home improvement projects, partners Richard Koch and Brian MacDonald make it a priority to keep clients informed through every step of the decision-making, budgeting, selection and construction process. Davenport works with clients early in the planning and design phase to assist in developing project plans and setting realistic budgets.

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They maintain a team chemistry that includes not only their clients but also the architect, interior designer, project manager and crew in order to provide clients with exceptional quality and seamless execution at an agreed-upon price. In addition to construction management, Davenport Contracting also offers property management services, designed to keep clients’ homes functioning at and looking their best. Property management offerings include creating custom maintenance plans, providing handyman and emergency services, and property inspections and monitoring. The ultimate goal of Davenport Contracting? To establish long term relationships by ensuring that the construction, renovation and maintenance of their clients’ homes runs smoothly, and within budget. Call Davenport Contracting at (203)324-6308 and make sure your next project is a success.


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DAVENPORT Contracting, Inc. Davenport Contracting, Inc. 78 Harvard Avenue Stamford, CT 06902 203-324-6308 www.davenportcontracting.com Special Marketing Section 61


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NORDIC CONSTRUCTION

Nordic Construction Inc. has been building and remodeling homes in the Westchester and New York metropolitan areas—including Manhattan and parts of Connecticut—for over 25 years. During this time, we have been privileged to work with wonderful clients on many fine projects and homes. We pride ourselves on our meticulous work, absolute integrity and transparency. We engage directly with our clients and often participate in site and team selection, design development, cost vs. value optimization and all aspects of construction through completion. In the spirit of classical architecture, Nordic brings together a respect for fine design, a mastery of time-honored traditional building techniques and a strong emphasis on the science of building. Our workmen are experts in their respective fields, are collaborative in spirit and uphold the highest trade standards. We have been honored to work with a variety of gifted design professionals and engineers, and we will help 62 Special Marketing Section

you assemble the best team to meet your specific needs. Nordic fully embraces the use of environmentally responsible materials and practices, both with respect to immediate energy savings as well as future maintenance requirements and lifecycle costs. Nordic is up-to-date on all state, local and federal incentives for high-yield and environmentally friendly installations. We build homes that use a fraction of the heating and cooling energy used by homes that are merely built to code, by relying on our extensive list of local, regional, national, and international suppliers and sources. Nordic is mindful that the relationship you have with your home lasts long after the building process is complete; to us, your satisfaction with homeownership is as important as your satisfaction with our work. This understanding is at the heart of every calculation and discussion throughout construction, and is why our customers can expect the highest quality work at unequaled value.


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Nordic Construction 26 Upper Shad Road Pound Ridge, NY 10576 914.764.1100 www.nordicconstructioninc.com Special Marketing Section 63


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OLSON DEVELOPMENT LLC Custom Home Building and Renovations.

With unyielding attention to detail and decades of field experience building homes with his own hands, Mark Olson has devoted his 28-year building career to creating lasting value for his clients. Mark personally oversees all projects from concept to completion.

Olson Development’s hands-on business model has led to long-term relationships and repeat business—many clients stay with Olson for years after construction finding convenience and security in OLSON @ HOME, the builder’s small projects and homecare division.

Olson Development specializes in both new construction and remodeling, with particular experience in complex architectural designs, waterfront construction, tear downs, and whole house remodeling.

OLSON @ HOME provides homeowners with high quality, smaller scope projects, including specialized carpentry and masonry as well as kitchens, baths and handyman projects.

Olson’s portfolio spans a diverse range of architectural styles and project sizes. This experience, coupled with detailed planning and communication skills, ensures a successful project, an enjoyable process, and quality craftsmanship.

Olson Development has been featured in both local and national publications, however, ultimately they judge their success by the satisfaction of their clients.

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Olson Development LLC Custom Homes & Renovations 47 Pine Street New Canaan, CT 06840 New Canaan: (203) 972-7722 Westport: (203) 227-2516 www.olsondevelopmentllc.com Special Marketing Section 65


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S & W BUILDING AND REMODELING

In 1983, Scott Evarts and his father, Ward, set out for excellence, establishing their company, S&W Building Remodeling, Inc., in Fairfield County. Since then, the company has gained a reputation for quality and precision, combined with honesty and integrity. With Scott’s master-level craftsmanship and Ward’s extensive experience, they’ve created an in-house staff of knowledgeable full-time administrative personnel, and professional framers and trimmers that will complete your project with efficiency, dedication and perfection. S&W has the seasoned know-how and skill to execute any residential needs. The company prides itself on the ability to complete an entire subdivision or just one home in a timely manner. Their client portfolio consists of everything from a state-of-the-art addition of just several hundred square feet, to floor plans larger than 10,000 square feet. S&W also provides innovative building solutions.

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Whether it’s fabricating second floor additions on site and lifting them by crane into place, or manufacturing custom millwork right out of their shop, it’s attainable at S&W. Finally, S&W provides clients with the reassurance of a hands-on approach, making a point to work closely with everyone involved in the project’s completion, from the architect to the homeowner. With over a quarter of a century of exacting performance in construction, they ensure that your desired concept will become reality—no matter the scope. In celebrating their thirty-year anniversary, S&W’s distinction is unmatched. “The first thing they build is trust.”


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S&W Building and Remodeling 18 Reynolds Street Norwalk, CT 06855 203 831-8300 swbuildingremodeling.com

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VA S C O N S T R U C T I O N , I N C .

VAS Construction is a premier builder of fine luxury homes throughout Fairfield County. Whether it’s a 2,000 sq. ft. addition, or the new construction of an 8,000 sq. ft. residential home, the finished project will exude the attention to detail, fine craftsmanship and beauty that are the essence of a VAS Construction original. We truly pride ourselves on our ability to create award-winning masterpieces: VAS has won numerous HOBI Awards, the home building industry’s most prestigious honor presented by the Home Builders Association of Connecticut. Our top-notch services consist of: Exteriors and Landscaping: We do everything from sweeps, wood shingles and monochromatic siding and trim, to Arts and Crafts Nantucket-style homes. All homes are landscaped by VAS with mature plantings that surround the home as well as extensive stone walls, patios and our signature outdoor stone fireplaces. Interiors: Regardless of size, our goal is to make sure that 68 Special Marketing Section

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CLASSIC BY DESIGN With mindful planning, impeccable taste and a flair for the dramatic, an interior designer creates a show-stopping Greenwich home—her own. TEXT BY MARIA LAPIANA • PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA MOSS • INTERIOR DESIGN: LINDA RUDERMAN • LANDSCAPE DESIGN: JOSE RAMIREZ, RAMIREZ LANDSCAPING • BUILDER: TODD SMITH, AMERICAN CARPENTRY • PRODUCED BY KARIN LIDBECK BRENT


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Curated with care, the furnishings in Linda Ruderman’s home are evocative of the designer’s signature traditional style. Period and custom pieces wedded with well-chosen antiques lend her rooms an elegant authenticity.


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he estate gates part slowly, like curtains on a stage, to reveal a class act: a courtyard and neatly manicured lawn framing a classic New England colonial, complete with porte cochère and double mahogany doors sheltered by a columned portico. The opening scene was thoughtfully directed by Linda Ruderman, an interior designer known for furnishing exquisite traditional homes on Connecticut’s Gold Coast. She built this, her own home, in keeping with the vernacular style for which her Greenwich neighborhood is known. “Of course I would build a backcountry, center-hall colonial,” Ruderman says with a laugh. “It is Round Hill Road, after all.” The home’s facade reliably foreshadows the drama that unfolds within—beginning with an elegant foyer in the round, with an inlaid compass rose and handcrafted brass sconces. A coffered ceiling opens to a second-story landing with an ornamental balustrade, creating an interior “skylight” that bathes the space in a golden glow. Beyond the foyer, a grand piano sits in front of wide windows that offer a view of lush lawns (and on a clear day, Long Island Sound). Ruderman hardly skimped on architectural detail, but she says she deliberately kept the house “clean, with a simple background that appeals even to those who may prefer a more transitional style. It doesn’t have heavy dentil moldings or a winding staircase.” As elegant—even grand—as the house is, its simplicity keeps it from feeling stiff or ostentatious. “I think that even though it’s large, it doesn’t feel that way,” the designer says. What her home does have is a polished, pulled-together quality, like a smart outfit assembled by someone who knows how to wear clothes. Nothing was left to chance, and a long time was spent curating the furnishings that fill its rooms; in some instances, Ruderman designed spaces around her collections of fine antiques and treasured accessories. 74 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2012


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Architectural details abound throughout—from an interior “skylight” in the foyer to coffered ceilings and an antique mantel in the living room. The palette is intentionally neutral, providing contrast for curvaceous seating and richly textured accessories.

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The more formal spaces house first-rate antiques; the music room, for example, is minimally furnished with just a few knockout pieces: a George III settee, a striking rosewood table from Florian Papp and that stunner of a Steinway piano. The living room, whose focal point is an English antique fireplace mantel, features eighteenth-century gilded-frame chairs, a Pembroke table from Gary Sergeant Antiques, striking sconces from Remains Lighting and, for good measure, a gorgeous pair of new custom chairs designed by Ruderman, from her LR Home collection. The generously scaled dining room makes an ideal backdrop for the designer’s circa-1850 English table (set with silver candelabras) and chairs. A Stark carpet grounds the room. Mirrorimage niches showcase two substantial console tables simply adorned with antique knife boxes. The walls wear wide, fauxpainted stripes and sport sconces designed by Ruderman and fabricated in France. A bright sunroom, yet another elegantly appointed space, has an informality that appeals to the designer’s casual side. A cheerful crewel by Nancy Corzine covers the scallop-back overstuffed sofa. A series of framed African orchids lends interest to the wall behind the sofa. A Holly Hunt coffee table keeps company with

“I love to cook, garden and entertain; my outdoor spaces do that in a gracious way.” an iron table Ruderman discovered in a shop on Paris’s Left Bank. This sweet room is Ruderman’s true haven. “It’s so quiet and peaceful,” she says. “It’s where I keep my books . . . my art books, garden books, reflective books. It’s where I go to think.” Although decidedly genteel, the home has a family feel, which is no surprise since Ruderman brought up five boys here. Down the hall from the formal entry, to the left through pocket doors, the casual family rooms are furnished with kick-back style. A half-wall divides the TV and breakfast rooms; a well-planned, working kitchen stands just beyond. While aesthetics always inspire her work, the designer says she places a premium on “circulation, flow and functionality.” Her kitchen is a prime example. Not as grand as some Greenwich kitchens, this is a serious cook’s space, with a smart, usable island, commercial range, twin fridges, sinks large enough to work in and—most important—ample seating for family and friends. It feels more spacious when it’s open to the breakfast room, of course, but it can be closed off to hide prep work or cleanup. The flow of these spaces is proof that Ruderman loves to entertain. A door from the breakfast room opens onto the veranda, and a few steps down, to the outdoor kitchen and pizza oven, which she says she uses “all the time, for everything.” The veranda overlooks the pool, bocce court and crisp, lovingly tended gardens that meander down to the Sound. “I’d say that all of my outdoor spaces really reflect who I am as a designer,” says Ruderman. “I love to cook, garden and entertain, and those spaces are set up for me to do that, all in a gracious way.” So, how did such an accomplished designer arrive at all the right decisions when it came to planning her own home? It wasn’t 76 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2012

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The home’s facade is grand, inviting and traditional. Every exterior feature, especially the outdoor entertaining spaces, was given the same attention to detail as the interiors. The porch, casually furnished with wicker and wrought iron, is one of Ruderman’s favorite spots because, she says, it reflects who she is as a designer.

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The paneled library is classically styled, with both masculine and feminine touches. Facing page, top: The sunroom is Ruderman’s go-to space for relaxation and reflection. Facing page, bottom: The kitchen is stylish but no-nonsense, perfect for this serious cook who loves to entertain.

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The more formal spaces house first-rate antiques. easy. Ruderman allows that it can be possible to know too much. “They say you’re your own worst client,” she says with a laugh. “I’m so busy that I didn’t always have the time I needed to work on my home. You would think it was easy—I have so much access and information. But that made it hard, too, because if I couldn’t find the right fabric I wanted, I’d say, ‘Well, I’ll just wait for the fall or the spring line to come out.’ To be honest, it’s still evolving.” On the bright side, she says, “I know what I like. And I didn’t have to convince anyone. When I work with clients, I want to make sure they understand everything. I go to bed thinking, ‘Did I do this or tell them that?’ I’m always thinking.” In business for thirty years, Ruderman says she’s now seeing a style shift among many of her clients, especially younger couples with children. “They’re telling me they don’t want to live in their parents’ houses,” she says. “It’s not that they don’t appreciate traditional, but they want something with a twist, a contemporary surprise.” Now an empty nester, Ruderman says she’s having a stylistic change of heart herself. In fact, she thinks her next house will be a complete surprise to those who know her. “I’m thinking it will have cleaner lines and focus on simplicity,” she says. “I imagine it will be . . . more modern.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 140. Fall 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 79


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The living room’s bold console table has a sculptural effect. Facing page, top row: Reflective objects such as vases and metallic details, along with a sculpture of Ganesh, a tribute to the homeowner’s heritage, give the home its personal touches. Facing page bottom: Sheer fabric from Pollack is lined to give the living room drapes their fullness.

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With help from a talented design team, a couple moves from sky’s-the-limit flights of fancy to a solid design concept—and the house they were dreaming of all along. WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL • PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN BESSLER • ARCHITECTURE: LANCE ZIMMERMAN, ZIMMERMAN ARCHITECTURE • BUILDER AND INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE: ED ZIMMERMANN, BRADFORD ESTATES • INTERIOR DESIGN: CAREY KARLAN, LAST DETAIL INTERIOR DESIGN

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When Bhinesh and Mina Patel moved from London to Darien, they let their imaginations run wild. “Unlike in England, we thought we were free to build any type of house we wanted,” says Bhinesh. “We had all kinds of crazy ideas in our heads. We looked at all kinds of fancy, very elaborate designs from Tuscan villas to French châteaux and from Georgian and Victorian to contemporary.” Bhinesh combed the Internet for ideas, studying photographs of properties on real 84 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2012

estate websites. The couple drove around Fairfield County taking pictures of houses and bought books on construction and design. Bhinesh had just come off fifteen stressful years working for a hedge fund, and now he wanted to pour his energies into designing a home for his family. For all the online searching, it was by word of mouth that the Patels found their

builder, Ed Zimmermann. Ed, who founded his building and design firm, Bradford Estates, twelve years ago, brought along architect Lance Zimmerman of Zimmerman Architecture to help the couple hone their vision. By this time, Mina was set on having a brick house, while for Bhinesh it was important that the house appear symmetrical and have an easy flow among the rooms. With Ed and Lance they determined a colonial Georgian would be the perfect fit.


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Builder Ed Zimmermann played with the shape and size of the crown moldings to get just-right proportions in rooms. The Hickory chair sofas wear Kravet Couture fabric. Top right: Decorative painter Heidi Holzer applied plaster horizontally to the dining room walls. Bottom right: In the foyer, shots of purple break the neutral palette.

“Ed, along with Lance, helped us steer away from the crazy ideas toward more sensible ones that would be in keeping with the area,” says Bhinesh. This is, after all, Darien, where the tradition of building is exactly that—traditional. Lance worked with the family on the exterior design and the layout of the rooms, helping them incorporate the ancient Indian doctrine of Vastu Shastra, a study of architecture that dictates certain alignments of spaces in the layout, such Fall 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 85


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as the placement of the front door, the kitchen and bedrooms. The interior architecture was left to Ed. “It’s my favorite part of the house,” he says. “Most of it we do on site. Sometimes I draw on walls or nail up pieces to show clients exactly what I’d like to do.” It was Ed who suggested the Patels work with Carey Karlan, of Last Detail Interior Design in Darien, on furnishings and fabrics, and it was Ed’s striking millwork and molding details that led Karlan to start the design process with the walls and floors. “I felt the architectural details were fabulous, but strong,” says Karlan. “Plain vanilla walls would be lost between the crown molding and paneling, so my first impression was to do something exciting. I wanted to employ a rich, vigorous neutral that could stand up to the architectural detail.” Once Karlan and the Patels settled on the rugs they wanted, the designer brought in decorative painter Heidi Holzer, who worked the rug colors into the wall finishes. The foyer’s painted paneling was given the subtlest shimmer with a mica-flecked strié, playing off the shiny silk rug that lies just inside the front door. The walls between the wainscoting and crown molding in the dining room were finished with herringbone plaster in a color reminiscent of milk chocolate that complements the geometric rug and full draperies. In the living room, with its fireplace and facing sofas covered in a heavily textured Kravat Couture fabric, Heidi covered the walls in a buffed stormy gray Venetian plaster that makes the trim look as prim as a just-pressed shirt. “The color is so rich it makes the walls look thick,” says Karlan. “In this house it’s certainly not about faux finish as art. Here, the finishes just blend in and give the house a wonderful polished quality.” As dramatic as the gray is, the living room feels serene. An overhead chandelier and rock-crystal sconces on the fireplace give off sparkle without being froufrou and echo the glint of the mirrored coffee table and beaded pillows. A large architectural console lends the room its modern lines on a wall where art might have been lost. All the downstairs rooms except the 86 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2012


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A graceful archway connects the kitchen and family room, allowing the two rooms to flow as one. Facing page top: A niche lends depth to the family room, where the neutral color scheme punctuated with purple continues. Facing page bottom: The home’s Georgian style suits the Darien neighborhood.

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kitchen have some type of wall covering. In the family room, which can be seen from the foyer and is open to the kitchen, Karlan installed grasscloth backed in shimmery paper that keeps the earthy colors and industrial-inspired coffee table from looking too colorless. Shots of purple—Mina’s favorite color—appear in the pillows. An archway connects the family room and kitchen, where Ed designed the cabinetry and custom hood. A breakfast area at one end overlooks the backyard. Upstairs, the Patels got their own retreat in the form of a master suite just off the sweeping staircase. Here, the nailheadtrimmed headboard is covered in velvet reminiscent of the color on the living room walls. “The geometric, masculine rug and headboard contrast with the feminine curve of chairs and the delicate nightstand lamps,” says Karlan, who didn’t want the space to be too his or too hers. The bed faces a fireplace, which forms the wall between the bedroom and a small sitting room with a curved sofa, bookshelves and a fluffy lamb’s wool ottoman. The master bath, done in shades of white, sits at the end of a hallway just past the closets with their dressing areas. Ed jokes that Bhinesh worked as the assistant general contractor during the entire process, asking tons of questions and getting a crash course in construction. “We are glad that we built the house rather than buy a ready-made one,” says Bhinesh. “We learned a lot about home design. This was a very big project, much bigger than we had anticipated. It was a very steep learning curve. We had to make

“I wanted rich neutrals that could stand up to the architectural detail.” a million different decisions and, looking back on it, there were so many places where we could have messed up. We are glad that everything came together as it did. The end result is way beyond what we thought we were going to accomplish.” It was the right team, it turns out, to design a house with the just right style, not only for a family from London, but for Darien as well. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 140. 88 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2012


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This page and facing page bottom: Hard and soft textures pair up in the master suite sitting room overlooking the backyard, Facing page top: The quiet master suite adds royal purple to a silver and gray setting.

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The genteel clapboard house sits on two well-tended acres overlooking Washington’s historic green. Right: The entry, displaying just a few of the objects the homeowner has collected over the years, hints at the easy comfort of the house.

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t all started with mushrooms. Not the real thing, but a magazine spread about the edible fungi that caught Michele James’s eye. She had recently bought a new house, a classic whiteclapboard dwelling overlooking the historic green in Washington. Now, as she thought about what she wanted her new place to look like, she turned to what she calls her image book. “I like to start with colors,” she says. “My image book is inspirational photos—typically nature pictures—that I cut out of magazines.” • First up in her book: pages of mushrooms in all their muted glory—silvers, grays, bronzes, black, and shades of white from pure and snowy to tinged with earthy tones. “I’d never seen anything so beautiful,” James says. She decided then and there that those hues would form the basis for her interior design. • It fell to Karen Quinn to transform that inspiration into reality. Having worked with James on several previous homes, the West Cornwall–based designer already had a good feel for what would make her client happy. “This was our fourth project together,” she says. “We’re reading each other’s minds, finishing each other’s sentences at this point.” • Lovely as the house was, the two women agreed it needed a decorative overhaul that would increase its intimacy and downplay its formality. They achieved the former by adding crown moldings to once-bare walls in some of

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the living spaces, and the latter by incorporating furnishings and fabrics with a contemporary feel. Quinn used a wall color from C2—a hue called Grout— throughout the first floor. “It takes on a very soft, pale gray feeling, but it has a little kick to it,” she explains. The color brings continuity to the rooms, but Quinn kept things from getting boring by using it in different ways. In the garden room, a tranquil sitting area outfitted in shades of palest gray, lavender and green, the walls received a faux treatment, while in the living room and entry the gray color is complemented with bright trim that Quinn created by blending Benjamin Moore’s Super White and Linen White. Quinn imagines the living room was a front parlor in the original 1949-built house, The lovely house needed its snug size. She made a decorative overhaul to given it cozier still by dressing the increase its intimacy and fireplace with new molding downplay its formality. and installing milled cabinet doors on part of the open shelving flanking the fireplace. The brick surround and interior were painted black. “I insist on black fireplaces because I don’t like to see the scorch from flames,” James says. Working with the brown tones in her client’s favorite mushroom photo, Quinn created a seating area that pairs ikat-upholstered swivel chairs with a plush sofa in hues from pale 94 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2012


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Designer Karen Quinn created an intimate sitting area focused on the spacious family room’s stone fireplace. The palette takes its cue from the honeytoned paneling. Facing page top: A front parlor makes a cozy space for lowkey entertaining. Facing page bottom: The ikat-covered lounge chairs swivel.

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Light spills in on a second, smaller sitting area in the family room. Facing page top: Yet another corner of the family room makes the perfect spot for casual dining. Facing page bottom: The kitchen needed little more than new light fixtures to freshen it up.

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ecru to milk-chocolate. The furniture— including a vintage coffee table with brass feet, painted legs and a Carrara marble top—sits on an antique Oushak that made the move from James’s previous home. While the living room offers an intimate spot for entertaining on a small scale, the family room can take on a crowd. It would be an understatement to call this room, with its high ceilings and sizable footprint, spacious. “It’s huge!” says Quinn. The designer brought all that space down to size by creating multiple seating arrangements. A curved banquette tucks into a corner just outside the kitchen, giving James an inviting spot for casual dining. The large stone fireplace commands a sitting area with two oversize sofas, while a window-lined nook makes a perfect spot for quiet conversation with its more modest-size sofa and lounge chair separated by a fun zebra-print rug. That the whole space came wrapped in paneling, molding and shelving in a warm honey color only fueled Quinn and James’s belief that mushrooms were the right inspiration for color; curtains, pillows, upholstery and the custom wool and silk rug in front of the fireplace all continue the theme in shades of cream and light browns and golds. The kitchen, which came equipped with a bright-red Aga stove, needed little more than freshening up with new lighting and some refurbishing of the statuary marble counters. Structurally, the house served James’s needs beautifully when it came to the living areas. The master bedroom was another story. Here, the two women gutted the space and rebuilt a master suite that gives the homeowner a luxurious haven with a spa-like feel. The anything-but-ordinary shower sits behind glass doors. Shower heads drop from the ceiling at either end, and a drain runs the length of the floor (which was lowered and tilted during the renovation) to collect While the living room the falling water. The offers an intimate spot for floor is a mosaic of entertaining, the family stone and marble in room can take on a crowd. watery shades of blue, green and gray, and the built-in vanity wears a top of Blue Celeste marble. In the bedroom Quinn installed what she calls a “seriously beautiful bed” of twisted metal and outfitted the room in soft icy-gray-blue, cream and white. “It’s very peaceful, very feminine,” she says. Outside, James says, the house needed little more than a power-washing and new paint on the shutters. She turned Fall 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 97


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her attention, instead, to the landscaping. “When I buy a house, one of the first things I do is work on landscaping,” she says. With help from Meadowbrook Gardens, a New Milford company, she got rid of overgrown plantings and added an herb garden, an English rose garden, perennial beds, low boxwood hedges and lots of hydrangeas. James, who owns an executive recruiting firm in New York City and London, spends weekends and as much downtime as she can in her new home, entertaining friends, family and clients or just relaxing with her cats, Jesse and Frank. Her previous country homes all stood on large swaths of land in more remote areas. Now she “My real estate agent tells enjoys living on her more-manageable me this is my ‘forever two acres in town. house,’ ” James says. “I’m “I love being in pretty sure she’s right.” town,” she says. “It’s so social. I’m right next door to the post office and cafe, I can watch the kids walk to and from school, people wave when they walk by. “I’ve had eighteen homes in six years in Litchfield County,” the self-proclaimed “house-a-holic” continues, “but my real estate agent tells me this is my ‘forever house.’ I’m pretty sure she’s right.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 140. 98 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2012


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Shades of cream and white give the master bedroom a feminine feel. Facing page top: Meadowbrook Gardens worked with the homeowner to bring beauty and privacy to the pool area. Facing page bottom: The garden room adds hints of pale lavender and green to the gray that unites the first-floor rooms.

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New Canaan $3,495,000 MLS#98516103, Diane Jenkins, 203.803.5703

Greenwich $3,495,000 MLS#82548, Jean Ruggiero, 203.912.1284

Westport $3,400,000 MLS#98544200, Nancye Fritz, 203.247.5134

New Canaan $3,295,000 MLS#98539532,Wendy Brainard, 203.253.7790

Easton $3,100,000 MLS#98543818, Crosby Middlemass, 203.558.2046

Greenwich $3,000,000 MLS#82517, Herb Ehrlich, 914.329.4330

Wilton $2,825,000 MLS#98531200, Julie Carney, 203.451.9966

Westport $2,599,000 MLS#98530021, B. Stroll/D. Kandrak, 203.856.6577

Fairfield $2,200,000 MLS#98529748,Al Filippone Assoc., 203.339.1277

Redding $1,999,000 MLS#98538936, Barbara Morris, 203.431.2583

Fairfield $1,795,000 MLS#98546627, Linda Gardner, 203.394.2419

Stamford $1,795,000 MLS#98540096, Patricia Johnstone, 203.559.1741

Stamford $1,775,000 MLS#98543783, Steve Anastos, 203.461.0153

Westport $1,699,000 MLS#98542862, Billy Nistico, 203.682.0897

Stamford $1,095,000 MLS#98529827, Keith Thompson, 203.653.5727

Newtown $875,000 MLS#98545262, Lisa Gallagher, 203.948.6429

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heir quest? Find the proverbial needle in a haystack. In a neighborhood of gorgeous classic homes, Tony and Anne Greenberg were searching for something different. “We wanted a contemporary house in the land of colonials,” quips Tony. The couple’s hunt eventually circled back to the first dwelling their real estate agent had suggested: a rare 1960s design. Never mind that the structure warranted serious updating. The Fairfield County location was ideal and the backyard landscaping (pool included) was lovely. The Greenbergs (Tony is president of Up Ventures, a New York real estate development and investment company; Anne is an entrepreneur and co-founder of the Society of Lacquer, a media company focused on the nail enthusiast) took possession and, with two little daughters in tow, moved in for the summer to get acquainted with their new address and better understand its issues. At season’s end, with their thoughts together, the couple called for professional help. A number of skillful architects responded,

but the chemistry with Greenwich-based architect Laura Kaehler was spot on. Over time, the owners, who have a passion for art and a keen interest in design, had accumulated dozens of ideas. Kaehler grasped their vision, says Tony. “She understood we wanted to blow the place up and make it wide open.” Beyond adding space, the young couple wanted a home that felt fun—a spirited everyday nest as well as a cool venue for entertaining. Having enlisted their design team, which included Kaehler; project architect Victor Sheptovitsky, who has since moved on to another firm; interior decorator Michael Popowitz also from Laura Kaehler Architects; and New Canaan–based Hoffman Contracting, the owners felt safe retreating to the city while construction was under way. The transformation, which entailed gutting 95 percent of the existing house, consumed the better part of two years. Once the dust finally cleared, however, it was evident every minute had been well spent. The original dwelling consisted of a pair of two-story structures linked by a single-story entry. Kaehler’s ingenious reconfiguration maintains the basic shape but adds major drama and excitement. A soaring new entry and a spacious master suite addition above the kitchen/dining area catapult the airy design, which grew from

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The fireplace wall boasts four Benjamin Moore colors, including attention-getting Electric Orange. A Tord Boontje rug provides a textural counterpoint to the resin floor. Facing page: Phillip Jeffries wallcovering sets off a sitting nook near the fireplace.

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4,500 to 6,400 family-friendly square feet, solidly into the twentyfirst century. The parents have a sanctuary with all the desired elements: private sitting room, bedroom, luxe pebble-floored bath, dressing room for Tony and a glamorously girly make-up room for Anne (complete with chandelier and satin-etched mirror). The children, in addition to their bedrooms, have a cheery playroom with a durable Marmoleum tiled floor. And there are extras: a balcony cantilevered over one end of the living room affords a spot for reading or crazy-busy parents-need-time-out conversation. Although yesterday’s house also had a contemporary design, the space seemed stubbornly closed off from nature. Adding multiple windows and glass doors to maximize garden views and lengthen-

The floor conveys a gallery-like ambience, even while being the quintessential spillsdon’t-matter surface.

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Not influenced by what or who is currently in vogue, the couple buys dynamic pieces they love, primarily by international pop surrealists.

ing the deck for greater outdoor access has changed all that. Even the motor court and driveway have been reconfigured. Today’s traffic is directed right to the front door, rather than alongside the garage as in the past. A dry stream bed (in reality, a subtle drainage solution) just beyond the entry, developed in collaboration with Fairfield landscape architect Diane Devore, plays on the home’s slightly Asian feel. Visitors cross the stream via a mahogany footbridge, which turns every arrival into a distinct journey, explains Kaehler. “The bridge makes you feel like you’re going somewhere very special.” When the front door opens, that becomes “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” apparent. The architecture is clean, the materials heady and the finishes beautiful. The Greenbergs’ modern sensibilities shine from one polished corner to the next. The chic foyer sets the tone. One of the many requests the very involved owners posed was the slick marriage of mahogany slats and LEDs that line the wall here. Kaehler’s eye-catching custom design steps the slats in and out, boosting interest. On the opposite wall, she designed an artful Mondrian-like pattern of clear and frosted glass along with mesh panels to highlight the staircase and provide privacy for the second level. Forge ahead into the dining room and the ultramodern vocabulary continues to unfold. From the ceiling’s recessed core, which is clad in a glass-beaded wallcovering and illuminated with colorchanging lighting, swings a Bocci chandelier. Philippe Starck’s Mademoiselle chairs with Lucite legs appear to barely settle upon the gleaming ebony-stained oak floor. A custom-colored Mirtillo buffet by Mytto backs into a niche dressed in a Phillip Jeffries lacquered dark-as-night wallcovering. Reminiscent of a shadow box, the niche spotlights the edgy green piece and colorful Gabriel Ben-Chaim painting, inherited from Tony’s grandmother, above. The Greenbergs’ art collection was launched during their city days. Finally, with wall space to spare, they could expand. Not influenced by what or who is currently in vogue, the couple buys dynamic pieces they love, primarily by international pop surrealist artists they admire such as KAWS, SupaKitch and Tim Biskup. Increasingly in-demand Pop Surrealism, which began in the 1970s, utilizes cartoon imagery and culls ideas from popular culture. The atmospheric painting hanging over the double-sided fireplace that 108 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2012

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The gleaming, ultramodern dining room is a visual feast of color and texture. Facing page, top: A hall vignette includes Iris, a painting by Ana Bagayan, a skull depicted by Tim Biskup and ceramics by Jaime Hayon. Facing page, bottom: Dissected figures by KAWS stand at attention in the living room. Fall 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 109

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CB2 circular side tables and orange footstools nabbed at a flea market lend color to the second- level balcony that overlooks the living room. Facing page, top: The master bed rests on an Ultrasuede upholstered platform. Facing page, bottom. Absolute black granite countertops bring drama to the master bath’s vanity. 110 New England Home September/October 2012

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The Greenbergs’ modern sensibilities shine from one polished corner to the next. separates the living room from Tony’s study is by Manga comics– inspired Thai artist Sung. Really, the entire light-filled house couldn’t be a better art showcase. The living room’s pristine resin floor, in particular, conveys a gallery-like ambience, even while being the quintessential spills-don’t-matter surface for a family. High-end furnishings in this lofty space include a Tord Boontje rug and a long, curvaceous de Sede leather couch. “When the owners watch the fire, they turn one way; to see the piano, they swivel in the opposite direction. The sofa’s back rests on a track,” decorator Popowitz says with obvious glee. No doubt he’s delighting in the countless details that make the home as livable as it is memorable. Imagine if every project ended with all parties so equally thrilled. “This was a real team effort,” Tony happily recalls. “We all said yes a lot.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 140. Fall 2012 New England Home’s Connecticut 111

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Save the Date November 1, 2012 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: 12:30 – 1:15 pm Stanford Furniture The American Original: A look at furniture design trends that are meeting the lifestyle needs and desires of clients today, and the original hallmarks of style, comfort, customization and service that continue to define the premium-quality furnishings in America’s best interiors. Presented by Randy Short, President of Stanford Furniture 1:30 – 2:15 pm Beacon Hill Captivating and Original Techniques in Textile Design: A revealing presentation on one-of-a-kind techniques and craftsmanship in textile design, inspired by the new ANKASA: ICONIC collection, an exclusive collection of distinct patterns and exquisite embroideries and wovens. Presented by Alexis Audette, Robert Allen/Beacon Hill 2:30 – 3:15 pm InnerSpace Electronics Smart Interiors: An informative presentation on how to seamlessly integrate essential digital technologies to create smart and beautiful interiors for the 21st century client. Presented by Barry Reiner and Armando Flores 3:30 – 4:15 pm NuKitchens Island Love: Creating the “Heart of the Home”: An insightful look at kitchen design, highlighting lifestyle and design trends, new custom design solutions and the timeless importance of the kitchen in home design Presented by Joe Najmy, NuKitchens 4:30 – 5:15 pm JD Staron Carpet Design and Innovation: An inspiring look at carpet designs leading and breaking today’s trends and the innovative visions behind them. Presented by Gosia Staron, Erin Scott 5:30 pm New England Home A special style presentation by Stacy Kunstel and Kyle Hoepner of New England Home’s Connecticut, to round out the day Wine reception to follow, refreshments will be served

Wakefield Design Center 652 Glenbrook Road Stamford, CT RSVP to: info@wakefielddesigncenter.com For more information, please contact 203.358.0818 or visit www.wakefielddesigncenter.com

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Thank you to our presenting sponsors Award-winning InnerSpace Electronics offers one-stop-shopping for all facets of home systems integrations. They design and sell home theaters, multi-room audio/video, lighting control, home automation, automated window treatments, acoustical design, soundproofing, telephone/intercom systems and computer networks. InnerSpace Electronics works with homeowners, architects, builders and interior designers to provide the best smart home services, technology and conceptual support. They understand both the technology, and the structure of a house, which allows for effective communication with all professionals involved in a project. To ensure the best service, InnerSpace Electronics technicians are certified by the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA).

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Whether you need new cabinetry or a total kitchen renovation, NuKitchens is your one-stop resource. The team of kitchen specialists at NuKitchens will call upon their decades of experience to transform your home and change the way you live. The NuKitchens business philosophy is simple, and one that has been with the company since it began in the 1950s: they’ll help you make the best decisions while making the most of your budget. NuKitchens offers trusted brands like Plain & Fancy, Medallion Cabinetry, Caesarstone, Rohl, Blanco, Hafele and Artistic Tile. NuKitchens, LLC | 132 Water Street | South Norwalk, CT 06854 | (203) 831-9000 | www.nukitchens.com

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Stanford Furniture – An American Original The new ANKASA: ICONIC collection combines a dynamic vision for fashion and home with the captivating and original design that Beacon Hill is known for. We created this collection in partnership with Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia, founders of Ankasa, in order to bring their exquisite Indian embroidery techniques home to Beacon Hill. Together, Ankasa and Beacon Hill have developed a collection that offers the designer a unique decorative linen resource. The result is a grouping of worldwide exclusive patterns, exquisitely made embroideries and wovens: fabrics that pay homage to Beacon Hill’s legacy of tradition and craftsmanship, while raising the bar for contemporary artisanry. Robert Allen

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Stanford Furniture, now 20 years old, specializes in premium-quality upholstered and occasional furniture for the interior design trade. Style, comfort, fabric selection and quick delivery are its hallmarks. Stanford’s products include chairs, sofas, sectionals, recliners, beds, dining chairs, chaises and theatre seating, among others. Stanford creates hand-applied finishes in your choice of lacquered, rubbed and aged techniques. Spring Down cushions and Blend Down backs are standard, with adjustable glides, hand-tied springs and spring edges. Your customers will love our high quality and limitless tailoring variations. Stanford Furniture | 2860 North Oxford Street | PO Box 69 | Claremont, NC 28610 | (828) 459-1992 | www.stanfordfurniture.com


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Design Life Out and about in celebration of design and architecture in Connecticut FERNANDO LUIS ALVAREZ GALLERY From left to right: Renee Hollander and Ken and Donna Gilbert • Isma Pastor, Paco Camus, Fernando Luis Alvarez and Kabir Valencia

AUTUMN JUST HAS THE FEELING OF NEWNESS, DOESN’T IT?

Even for those of us long past the stage of back-to-school shopping, the season still signals a fresh start. That’s certainly how it felt at the Greenwich showroom of MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS, which made a beautiful backdrop for a party to celebrate the company’s great-looking new line of furniture for fall. In Stamford, the FERNANDO LUIS ALVAREZ GALLERY launched Paco Camus Private Collection, a new space featuring the work of the hot young Spanish furniture designer known for his contemporary, yet timeless, Should pieces crafted from American walnut.

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goodies, making for a shopper’s paradise. Local color (and fragrance) was on display when the third-generation family-owned WINSTON FLOWERS celebrated the opening of its seventh New England location, a 3,500-square-foot store in Greenwich. The season’s parties reminded us what fun new beginnings can be, though we admit a new piece of furniture for the living room or a bright bouquet of fresh flowers makes us far happier than those school supplies ever did.

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WESTPORT, CONNECTICUT New six-bedroom classic Shingle-style waterfront home features water views from nearly every room. Grand foyer, gourmet kitchen, luxurious master suite, deep-water dock. $7,995,000

ESSEX, CONNECTICUT Gracious French manor home set on 11+ acres in desirable Essex area featuring elegantly remodeled marble baths, new chef’s kitchen, four bedrooms, expansive patio, and pond. $2,800,000

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Trade Notes New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business It’s not enough to work on other people’s spaces; designers need to freshen up their own surroundings every now and again. For Olga Adler, that meant moving her office and studio. The designer is loving the bright, airy new space in downtown Westport that’s now home base for her work designing interiors known for their European chic and mix of global influences. WESTPORT, (203) 221-2411, WWW.OLGA ADLERINTERIORS.COM

Why didn’t someone think of this before? The Itsy Bitsy Ritzy Shop, a new online boutique, specializes in high-

quality custom-made furniture for small spaces. Norwalk residents Marcia and Dean Harris offer multi-functional pieces—all fabricated in America and many made right in Connecticut— designed to fit into tiny spaces. Each of their four lines includes accessories, too, so you can outfit a room or a whole apartment in one fell swoop. WWW.ITBRSHOP.COM

Home theaters are taking on a whole new personality, as Phoenix Audio Video’s new showroom proves. The company’s state-of-the-art “smart home” showroom features all the latest and greatest when it comes to technology, including PRIMA Cinema, which lets you watch a movie at home the same day it’s released in theaters. And, because of a partnership with RDYC Interior Design, potential buyers and their designers can get some great ideas on how to create a home theater that’s as stylish as it is high tech. PHOENIX AUDIO VIDEO, FAIRFIELD, (203) 338-0706, WWW.PHOENIXAUDIOVIDEO.COM; RDYC INTERIOR DESIGN, FAIRFIELD, (203) 274-8659, WWW.RDYCNY.COM

Tune in to “This Old House” on October 25 and catch a glimpse of Fairfield’s Eleish van Breems studio. Designers Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems will be showing host Kevin O’Connor just how they transformed their studio’s interior using the traditional Swedish design techniques that have earned the duo their well-deserved reputation as experts on Scandinavian style. FAIRFIELD, (860) 354-0700, WWW.EVBANTIQUES.COM

Barbara McEntee offers interior design through BAM Interiors and staging of houses through her business Greenwich Showcase Design. Now she’s added a retail boutique to her menu of services. The space, in a modern, new building, has a main-level showroom featuring home accessories and furnishings, while the lower level holds a selection of custom-designed pieces and refurbished antiques the designer has used in her staging business. She also plans to make her resource room, chock full of fabrics, wallpaper and more, available to area designers. GREENWICH, (203) 354-0278, WWW.BAMINTERIORS.NET

Congratulations to Glen Gate Company. Not only did the Wilton landscape design firm win two gold awards at the 2012 Association of Professional Landscape Designers conference, but one project—a remodeling of the pool area at a Greenwich home—earned the company the prestigious Designer of the Year award. WILTON, (203) 762-2000, WWW.GLENGATECOMPANY.COM


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There’s plenty of news to report from Integral Renovation Projects. The specialists in European

kitchen and bath design have a new showroom to display their custom cabinetry and other beautiful things for these allimportant rooms. View the latest trends and products resulting from the company’s recent partnership with Modalita, an importer of luxurious Italian furnishings. NEW CANAAN, (203) 807-2591, WWW.INTEGRALRENOVATIONPROJECTS.COM

Taking advantage of Westport’s newly minted special exception regulations designed to save historic properties from the wrecking ball, Huelster Design Studio, LLC, has moved their offices into a circa 1710 farmhouse at 38 Compo Road North—the third oldest house in town. Architect Kevin Huelster designed the property to include a contemporary home that, together with the renovations to the historic structure, forms a thoughtful composition, preserving a piece of history and employing the latest in geothermal and solar technology. WESTPORT, (203) 227-5334, WWW.HUELSTERDESIGN.COM

People contemplating a kitchen redesign have a new place to look for inspiration. Wheelock Maidique, the kitchen design company owned by designers/architects Chuck Wheelock and Mark Alex Maidique, recently opened a new studio/showroom in Old Greenwich. The 1,000-squarefoot space holds two showroom kitchens that show off the pair’s work, including their customfabricated cabinets, giving clients a real-life idea of how their own kitchen might look and function. OLD GREENWICH, (203) 527-0020, WWW.WHEELOCKMAIDIQUE.COM

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Chair No. Forty-Five “When modern details and a traditional frame collide, creativity and energy fill the room. Dramatic leather straps and antique brass buckles add a softness to this dining chair, perfect for clients who are urban but haven’t left their suburban roots.” THE NEW TRADITIONALISTS, NEW YORK CITY, (212) 226-1868, WWW.THENEWTRADITIONALISTS.COM

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Landscape Chaise “Your body will melt into this exquisitely contoured chaise, which gives the appearance that it’s floating in a room. This piece is a great way to add a modern element to your living space.” B&B ITALIA, NEW YORK CITY, WWW.BANDBITALIA.COM

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Holly Chair “This chair brings a splash of color, texture and whimsy to a room. It would be equally at home in a traditional or contemporary space.” DESIGNED BY HOLLY HUNT, AVAILABLE THROUGH KYLE BUNTING, WWW.KYLEBUNTING.COM

Drawing on her extensive travels for inspiration, Soudi Amini crafts high-style yet accessible rooms that nod to the past but are still in sync with a modern aesthetic. SOUDI AMINI DESIGN, EAST STAMFORD, (203) 406-0290, WWW.SOUDIAMINIDESIGN.COM

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Shagreen Side Table “The perfectsize drink table, this shagreen and bronze piece could not be more chic. I like that it could provide a sophisticated update to a more traditional decor.” PIMLICO

DWAYNE CLARK

Empire Side Table “This night table is remarkably useful and simply beautiful, with its ebony finish accented with a strip of brushed chrome and a drawer front dressed in Tuscan Sand leather. The finish and leather detail can be customized.” DESIRON, NEW YORK CITY, (212) 353-2600, WWW.DESIRON.COM

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Dwayne Clark, a twenty-two-year veteran in the interior design industry, specializes in high-end home theater design, and has overseen a broad range of residential, commercial and hospitality projects throughout the U.S. RDYC INTERIOR DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURAL DEVELOPMENT, FAIRFIELD, (203) 2748659; AND NEW YORK CITY, (212) 391-2033, WWW.RDYCNY.COM

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Nexus Storage Cube “This stylish and versatile piece can serve as a side table or ottoman while providing hidden storage for anything from magazines to throws.” DESIGN WITHIN REACH, STAMFORD, (203) 614-0787, AND WESTPORT, (203) 227-9707, WWW.DWR.COM


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Offering Unmistakably European Modern Kitchens & Baths 203.807.2591 WWW.INTEGRALRENOVATIONPROJECTS.COM

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Kyle Bunting Ripcord Rug “I like this rug with its strong geometric pattern and its contemporary take on traditional elements. With simple accessories and clean-lined furniture, this rug could take center stage in any room.” HOLLY HUNT NEW YORK A&D, NEW YORK CITY, (212) 891-2500, WWW.HOLLYHUNT.COM

DWAYNE CLARK

MELISSA LINDSAY

Calvin Klein Prairie Collection Rug “Hide Rugs are the perfect way to add a bold statement to any foyer, bedroom or living space, and also lend softness and texture to wood or another hard surface.” NOURISON,

Kyle Bunting Kashmir Rug “I’m obsessed with this rich slate color and very subtle Marrakesh design. Everyone needs a hide in their home—especially if you have kids because the stains just wipe right off.” HOLLY HUNT NEW YORK A&D

NEW YORK CITY, (212) 545-1030, WWW.NOURISONRUGS.COM

Melissa Lindsay’s style has been described as “organic glamour.” She combines hints of sparkle with natural elements to build interest and bring rich texture to her designs. Clients also benefit from a trip to Lindsay’s retail shop. PIMLICO INTERIORS, NEW CANAAN, (203) 972-8166, WWW.PIMLICOINTERIORS.COM

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New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful and now appearing in Connecticut shops and showrooms BY LISA E. HARRISON

1 Autumn Accents Seamlessly transition from summer to fall with these Belgian linen pillows, all the rage right now at Trovare Home. COS COB, (203) 869-5512,

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2 Vintage Glow Delicately etched glass shades and original silver-plated brass make this early twentieth-century chandelier from Restoration Lighting Gallery the perfect dinner party conversation starter. HARTFORD, (860) 4932532, WWW.MYRLG.COM

3 Opposites Attract The Maurice console table by Councill toys with contrast— pristine white gloss lacquer against a striking swirled mahogany wood veneer. Find it at Safavieh Home. DANBURY, (203) 790-7200, SAFAVIEHHOME.COM

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5 Detail Oriented It comes down to the details in the RLH Collection Hepplewhite wing chair, new at J. Seitz and Co., with its exposed walnut frame and brass ferruled casters. NEW PRESTON, (860) 868-0119, WWW.JSEITZ.COM

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This rattan drum table by Woodbridge that just arrived at Sheridan Interiors infuses a space with an oh-so-subtle taste of the tropics. Shaped rattan is stained a deep brown and dressed up with a diamond-design inlay top. WILTON, (203) 762-2888, WWW.SHERIDAN INTERIORS.COM

8 Back to the Future Sit back and sink in. Classic quilting meets today’s color palette (Hampton’s yellow), with Rachel, a statement-making leather sofa by Hancock & Moore at Connecticut Home Interiors. WEST HARTFORD, (860) 236 5856, WWW.CTHOMEINTERIORS.COM

9 Regional Roots What’s in a name? Rogers & Goffigon’s Lewis—named for one of the Hebrides Islands off the coast of Scotland—pays homage to the textures and colors of products woven in the region. GREENWICH, (203) 532-8068

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11 Cultural Reflections A rich navy lacquer finish gives this Asian-inspired mirror at Lillian August a dose of color and shine. NORWALK, (203) 8473314, WWW.LILLIAN AUGUST.COM

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

OUTSIDE INTEREST: A BREATH OF FRESH AIR PAGES 30, 32–33 Interior designer: Jan Hiltz, Jan Hiltz Interiors, Westport, (203) 331-5578, www.janhiltzinteriors llc.com Architect and contractor: Raymond Design Builders, Fairfield, (203) 256-1246, www .raymonddesignbuilders.com Pool house kitchen designer: Rami Afifi Home, New York, Connecticut, San Francisco, Chicago, (415) 689-6836, www.ramiafifi.com Landscape architect for patios, fireplace and grill area: John DeFeo, Model Properties, Ridgefield, (914) 589-0446, www.model properties.net Pool installation, masonry, lighting: R.I. Pools, Norwalk, (203) 838-0798, www.ripoolsinc.com Flower bed design and planting: Foster’s, Easton, (203) 374-1959, www.fosters-inc.com Pot planting: Flowers by Michele, Westport, (203) 981-0763

ROOMS WE LOVE PAGES 42, 44 Page 42: Interior designers: A: Victoria Vandamm, Vandamm Interiors, Stamford, (203) 622-9070, www.vandamminteriors.com, and Hoffman Landscapes, Wilton, (203) 834-9656, www.hoffmanlandscapes.com; B: Barbara McEntee, BAM Interiors and Greenwich Showcase Design, Greenwich, (203) 354-0278, www .baminteriors.net; C: Kathi Gernat, Kathi Gernat Interior Design, Greenwich, (203) 258-2838, www.kathigernatinteriordesign.com; D: Victoria Vandamm and Suzanne Bellehumeur, Mural Interiors, Stamford, (203) 219-8988, www.mural interiors.com; E: Victoria Lyon, Victoria Lyon Interiors, Greenwich, (203) 540-5350, www.victorialyoninteriors.com. Page 44: F: Liza Cousins, New York City, (845) 239-2585, and Barbara Boland, Darien, (516) 710-4061; G: Steve Watson, Steve Watson Interior Design, Stamford, (203) 674-8595, www .swidesign.com; H: Isabelle Favette and Tom Wolff, Favette and Wolff, Brewster, N.Y., (914) 552-1238, www.favetteandwolff.com, (914) 2995020, www.twwolff.com; I: Amabel Chan, Marvin Gardens, Wilton, (203) 544-2020, www .marvingardensusa.com; J: Soudi Amini, Soudi Amini Design, Stamford, (203) 406-0290, www.soudiaminidesign.com.

CLASSIC BY DESIGN PAGES 72–79 Interior designer: Linda Ruderman, Linda Ruderman Interiors, Greenwich, (203) 552-9700, www.lindaruderman.com Builder: Todd Smith, American Carpentry, Stamford, (203) 329-3836 Millwork and cabinetry: American Carpentry Landscape designer: Jose Ramirez, Ramirez Landscaping, Port Chester, N.Y., (914) 9370768, www.joseramirezlandscaping.com Swimming pool builder/installer: Signature Pools, Norwalk, (203) 866-7665, www .signaturepoolsinc.com 140 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2012

Page 72: Dining table from George Subkoff Antiques, www.subkoffantiques.com; dining chairs from Mill House Antiques & Gardens, www.millhouseantiques-ct.com Pages 73–75: Club chairs from Linda Ruderman Interiors, www.lindaruderman.com; drapery fabric from Cowtan & Tout, www .cowtan.com; Pembroke table from G. Sergeant Antiques, www.gsergeant.com; gilded frame chairs from Galerie Steinitz, www.steinitz.fr, with fabric from Larsen Fabrics, www.larsen fabrics.com; carpet from Stark, www.stark carpet.com; sconces from Remains Lighting, www.remains.com; cocktail table from John Boone, www.johnbooneinc.com; foyer wallcovering by Zoffany, www.zoffany.com; compass rose fabricated by Mark Giglio Decorative Painting, New York City, (212) 431-8926; wall sconces custom designed by Linda Ruderman Interiors; grandfather clock from Roderick Antiques Clocks, www.roderickantique clocks.com. Page 77: Wicker furniture from JANUS et Cie, www.janusetcie.com Page 79: Cocktail table from Holly Hunt; www.hollyhunt.com; sofa from George Smith, www.georgesmith.com, with Nancy Corzine fabric, www.nancycorzine.com; sisal carpet from Stark; kitchen stool fabric by Lee Jofa, www.leejofa.com.

GEORGIAN, JUST RIGHT PAGES 82–89 Interior designer: Carey Karlan, The Last Detail, Darien, (203) 921-5151, www.careykarlan.com Architect: Lance Zimmerman, Zimmerman Architecture, Norwalk, (203) 849-8385, www .zimmermanarchitecture.com Builder: Ed Zimmermann, Bradford Estates, Darien, (203) 662-1030 Pages 82–84: Venetian plaster walls by Heidi Holzer Design and Decorative Work, www.heidi holzer.com; modern console, lamps, vases, photographic art from Wakefield Design Center, www.wakefielddesigncenter.com; sofas by Hickory Chair, www.hickorychair.com, with Kravet fabric, www.kravet.com; coffee table by Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, www.ef-lm.com; chairs from Lee Furniture with Lee fabric, www.lee industries.com; sconces by Vaughan Designs, www.vaughandesigns.com; chandelier by Visual Comfort, www.visualcomfort.com; carpet from J.D. Staron, www.jdstaron.com; drapery fabric from Pollack Fabrics, www.pollackassociates .com, with installation by Best Dressed Homes, www.bestdressedhomes.net; drapery hardware throughout by Jab, www.jab.de; drapery workroom Traditional Draperies, Bridgeport, (203) 365-0634; fabric on square pillows on sofa by Schumacher, www.fschumacher.com; end tables from Wakefield Design Center. Page 85: Dining room Venetian plaster walls by Heidi Holzer; chandelier and sconces from Niermann Weeks, www.niermannweeks.com; table by Councill, www.councill.com; sideboard and mirror from Hickory Chair; carpets from J.D. Staron Galleries; drapery fabric by William Yeoward Fabric through Designers Guild, www .designersguild.com; strié foyer walls by Heidi

Holzer; chest by Modern History, www.modern historyhome.com; chairs by Jessica Charles with Osborne & Little fabric, www.jessica charles.com; lamp and art from Wakefield Design Center. Page 86: Sofa, ottoman and chair from Hickory Chair; lamps, art, coffee table, side tables, mirror, pillows, accessories from Wakefield Design Center; console table from Julian Chichester, www.julianchichester.com; grass cloth wallpaper from York, www.yorkwall.com. Pages 88–89: Bed fabricated by Traditional Draperies with Pindler & Pindler fabric www .pindler.com; drapery fabric by Schumacher; chairs and bedside tables from Hickory Chair; bench, lamp tables, lamps, art and pillows from Wakefield Design Center; curved sofa from Weiman Preview, www.weiman-preview.com.

HOME AT LAST PAGES 92–99 Interior designer: Karen Quinn, Karen Quinn Design, West Cornwall, (732) 616-5867 Carpentry and cabinetry: Stephen Mader Carpentry, New Milford, (860) 354-1045 Landscape designer: Meadowbrook Gardens, New Milford, (860) 350-4200, www .meadowbrookgardens.net Drapery fabricator: New Upholstery Shop, Scituate, Mass., (781) 545-0589 Page 93: Table hand painted by Clem Martin Painting, New Milford, (203) 417-2677; vintage ottoman from Privet House, www.privethouse .com; C2 wallcolor in grout, www.c2paint.com, with trim in linen and super white from Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com. Page 94: Vintage coffee table from BG Galleries, www.beyondgorgeosity.com; swivel chairs from Cisco Brothers, www.ciscobrothers .com, with Schumacher fabric, www .fschumacher.com; candlesticks from Duane Modern, www.duanemodern.com; roman shade fabric from Travers, www.zimmer-rohde.com. Page 95: Custom sofas in Dedar linen, www .dedar.com; rug from Colony Rug Company, www.colonyrug.com; pillow fabrics from Harlequin, www.harlequin.uk.com, and Groundworks at Lee Jofa, www.leejofa.com; tiger footstool from Privet House. Page 96: Coffee table and bronze lamps from J. Seitz & Co., www.jseitz.com; curtain and shade fabrics from Lee Jofa. Page 97: Custom banquette fabric from Cowtan & Tout, www.cowtan.com; kitchen roman shade fabric from Galbraith & Paul, http:// galbraithandpaul.com; cushion fabric from Manuel Canovas, www.manuelcanovas.com. Page 98: Garden room sofa and ottomans in Dedar linen with trim from Samuel & Sons, www.samuelandsons.com, fabricated by New Upholstery Shop; planters and lamps from Privet House; demilune tables from J. Seitz; vintage mirror from Hampton Galleries, www.hampton galleries.com; rugs from Colony Rug Company; decorative painting by Clem Martin Painting. Page 99: Canopy bed from Oly, www.olystudio .com; shagreen bedside table from Ironies, www.ironies.com; lamps from Nancy Corzine, www.nancycorzine.com; antique chair from Vol


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1. Antiques, www.vol1antiques.com, in Kravet Couture silk, www.kravet.com; carpet from J.D. Staron, www.jdstaron.com; grasscloth from Phillip Jeffries, https://phillipjeffries.com.

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Albano Appliances 132 Amy Aidinis Hirsch 2–3

A BRAVE NEW WORLD PAGES 102–111 Architects: Laura Kaehler and Victor Sheptovistsky, Laura Kaehler Architects, Greenwich, (203) 629-4646, www.kaehlerarchitects.com Interior design: Laura Kaehler and Michael Popowitz, Laura Kaehler Architects Builder: Hoffman Contracting, New Canaan, (203) 966-8000, www.hoffmancontracting ct.com Landscape architect: Diane Devore, Devore Associates, Fairfield, (203) 256-8950, www .devoreassoc.com Pages 102–103: Mahogany and glass door, mahogany and LED custom lighting design and “Mondrian” wall designed by Laura Kaehler Architects, www.kaehlerarchitects.com; floor tile, Ferroker by Ston-Ker, from Porcelanosa, www.porcelanosa.com; chandelier from the Geometric Collection by Schonbek, www .schonbek.com. Page 105: Gray and white patio furniture from Brown Jordan, www.brownjordan.com; outdoor pillows from Heidi White, My True Blue, Edgartown, Mass., (508) 627-6066. Pages 106–108: Sofa from de Sede, www .desede.com; fireplace wall colors by Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; motorized solar shades and nook upholstery by Paulo Zangiacomi, Ztek Designs, http://ztekonline .com; seat cushion by Place through Pollack, www.pollackassociates.com; Glamgrass wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries, through Holly Hunt, www.hollyhunt.com; pendants by Tech Lighting, www.techlighting.com, with bronze leaf wrappings by Tord Boontje for Habitat, www.habitat.co.uk; flower rug by Tord Boontje, www.tordboontje.com; Osorom bench by Konstantin Grcic, www.konstantin-grcic.com; L’eau chair from Calligaris, www.calligaris.com; resin floor by Walt Honer, Fusion Floors, www .fusionfloors.com. Page 109: Mademoiselle chairs by Philipe Starck, www.starck.com; Mirtillo buffet by Mytto, www.mytto.eu; lighting by Bocci, www.bocci.ca; window treatment fabric, Brera, by Bergamo, www.bergamofabrics.com, with installation and fabrication by Ztek Designs; ceiling cove wallcovering, Murano Chalcedony, by Innovations, www.innovationsusa.com. Page 110: Matching chairs from Ikea, www.Ikea .com; green Jeanie chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, www.mgbwhome.com. Page 111: Window treatment fabric by Christian Fischbacher, www.fischbacher.com; headboard and bed shelf in Ultrasuede by Kravet, www .kravet.com, with fabrication, installation and upholstery Ztek Designs; custom Tibetan wool/silk rug designed by Laura Kaehler, with Alix Perrachon of Alix Unlimited, www.alixunlimited .com; motorized solar shades by Ztech Designs; master bath floor pebbles and Nero Mosaic Zoom Linealty shower tile through Greenwich Tile & Marble, Greenwich, (203) 869-1709. • 142 New England Home’s Connecticut Fall 2012

The Antique and Artisan Center 18 Aqua Pool & Patio, Inc. 143 ASID CT 123 Austin Ganim Landscape Design, LLC 127 Back Bay Shutter Co. Inc. 39 Bartels-Pagliaro 120 Berkshire Wilton Partners 54–55 Breakwater Renovation & Design, LLC 143 Brooks and Falotico Associates, Inc. 17 Casatelli Marble and Tile Imports 135 Catherine Cleare Interiors, LLC 80

Klaff ’s back cover Lillian August 45 Linda Ruderman Interiors 27 The Linen Shop 131 Marianne Donahue Interiors 10–11 Marvin Gardens 34 Michael Smith Architects 49 Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams 29 Morgan Harrison Home 52 Nordic Construction 62–63 NuKitchens 43, 113 Olson Development 64–65 Paramount Stone 70 Phoenix Audio Video 81

Clarke Distributors 90

RDYC Interior Design + Architectural Development 33

Coldwell Banker Previews International 116

Rinfret Design Limited 13

Connecticut Stone Supplies 35

The Robert Allen Group 113

Connie Giuliani, Inc. 32

Robert Cardello Architects 25

Construction Management Group 56–57

Robert Dean Architects 91

Country Club Homes 58–59

Runtal North America 51

Daniel Conlon Architects 20

S&W Building and Remodeling 66–67

Davenport Contracting 60–61

Sharon McCormick Design LLC 28

DEANE-Rooms Everlasting inside back cover

Shell Décor 21

Design Source CT 37

Shelter Interiors 135

The Drawing Room 4–5

Sheridan Interiors 71

Dujardin Design Associates, Inc. 125

Shope Reno Wharton 1

Erskine Middeleer Associates 26

Stanford Furniture 113

Finished in Fabric, LLC 141

Steven Mueller Architects 133

Fordham Marble 47 Front Row Kitchens 137 Gault Stone and Energy 31 The Granite Group 121 Heidi Holzer Design and Decorative Work 50 Hilton-VanderHorn Architects 41 Home Builders & Remodelers Association of CT (HOBI awards) 133 Homefront Farmers 14–15 Huelster Design Studio, LLC 139 iH Design Studio 6-7 InnerSpace Electronics 113, 119 Integral Renovation Projects 129 J. Namnoun Oriental Rug Gallery inside front

Sudbury Design Group 8–9 Taste Design, Inc. 132 Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers 23 Total Care 100 Upstate Door 127 VAS Construction 68–69 Victoria Lyon Interiors 131 Wakefield Design Center 40, 112–113 Warren Chair Works 141 William Kleinmann Architect 38 William Raveis Real Estate 101 Winston Flowers 115 Zerodraft Connecticut 117

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New England Home’s Connecticut, Fall 2012 © 2012 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., 2 Sun Court NW, Suite 300, Norcross, GA 30092 (678) 346-9300.


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Specializing in Additions, Kitchens, Bathrooms and Historic Renovations throughout Fairfield County and Connecticut


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MICHAEL PARTENIO

Design ideas in the making

FOLLOWING ON THE SUCCESS of our first series of Dunes and Duchess turned-wood lamps and candelabras,

I wanted to create something more modern, more sleek than our original design, something that could stand on its own as a sculptural piece. It’s a design I’d been thinking about for a really long time, but just hadn’t had the time to draw. One night, sitting in my hotel room while I was on a photo shoot—although not, as it happens, a shoot for New England Home!—I grabbed a pad from the nightstand and started sketching. I wanted the new candelabra to be more feminine. The bottom parts of the candle cups are like tall heels, and the body of the candelabra evokes the shape of a flapper gown from the 1920s—I thought about how dresses from that era started at the shoulder and came straight down into a flare, giving the women such a clean, elegant line. From a design standpoint, this candelabra works perfectly in a more refined or transitional interior. MICHAEL PARTENIO, DUNES AND DUCHESS, DANBURY, (203) 733-5598, WWW.DUNESANDDUCHESS.COM

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