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116 124 106 FEATURED HOMES:

106 RETRO ACTIVITY A designer updates his own Greenwich home with an appreciation for its 1970s contemporary appeal. | Text by Bob Curley  | Photography by Michael Partenio  | Produced by Stacy Kunstel

116 SOMETHING OLD... SOMETHING NEW A bold, contemporary addition to a 1920s home links past and present. | Text by Fred Albert  | Photography by David Sundberg/Esto

124 SWEET SUCCESS A New Canaan home gets refreshed and updated, but stays delightfully true to its 1920s cottage origins. | Text by Debra Judge Silber  | Photography by Tria Giovan  | Produced by Stacy Kunstel ON THE COVER: Andy Warhol’s Rorschach wallpaper makes a bold backdrop in the bedroom of designer Philip A. Gulotta Jr.’s own contemporary Greenwich home. Photograph by Michael Partenio. To see more of this home, turn to page 106. Winter 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  13

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In This Issue

Winter 2019 I Volume 10, Issue 1

34 28 18 From the Editor

56 Calendar | Edited by Lynda Simonton

24 Artistry: Paper Trail Will Holub’s art begins with paper, a medium whose fragility and resilience makes it the perfect vehicle for his meditations on the nature of life. | By Bob Curley

28 Metropolitan Life: City Chic A Stamford apartment is infused with the personality—charming quirks and all—of its occupant. | Text by Megan Fulweiler  | Photography by Michael Partenio  | Produced by Stacy Kunstel


34 In the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in Connecticut shops and showrooms.


38 New England Design Hall of Fame Gala

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43 Perspectives Classic fabrics with enduring style; form and function come together in a stylish media room; Eric Mauskopf of J. Pocker on showing off your artwork to its best advantage; Veral Harlan Fine Home Furnishings designs pieces that run the gamut from traditional to contemporary; a New Canaan living room gracefully balances warm and cool, relaxed and formal.

58 Scene & Heard New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business. | By Paula M. Bodah

66 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. | Edited by Cassidy Mitchell

134 Resources A guide to the professionals and products featured in this issue. 135 Advertiser Index 136 Sketch Pad A “butterfly” design lets a Darien home make the most of the views from just about every angle.


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Editor’s Letter

We All Need To Get Away


inters in New England always include snow. And the thought of snow, for many people, leads instantly and inexorably to visions of schussing through the early-morning powder on a secluded mountain trail, pine branches flashing by, eyes tearing and cheeks stinging in the frosty wind. Skiing may seem like the epitome of a group activity—happy bands of family and friends trekking off to enjoy the weekend slopes—and yet the act itself can feel distinctly ­solitary. The idea of a getaway, likewise, can have both communal and individual meanings. The first is exactly that social, let’s-get-ourselves-away-and-outof-the-daily-grind kind of fun I referred to above. But even those of us most committed to interpersonal bonhomie will sometimes need the occasional quiet moment with morning coffee or a book, or— come on, admit it—a few minutes’ restorative nap before diving back into the festive scrum.

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In this post-holiday season, the urge to solitude may be even stronger than usual; plus, frigid weather and only fleeting hours of sunlight may enhance our tendency to cocoon. Don’t fight it too much. Our lives don’t often include enough time out. Architects and designers, naturally, keep this kind of thing in mind when devising vacation retreats for their clients. Yes, heading to Vermont for a few days of winter sports is supposed to be a time for bonding in front of the great room fire. But equally important is that little balcony off to the side, or the window seat built into the landing at the top of the back stairs. The well-planned home includes places for togetherness, but also places to be alone. Getaways within a getaway, as it were. A primary residence in the city or the suburbs, likewise, should be able to function as a sanctuary (see page 124 for a perfect example). Vacations and weekends are not the only times when we require relief from the constant pressures of work and family, the unceasing temptations of mobile-phone email and twenty-four-hour news. There will be collective spaces for cooking and dining, for hanging out, conversing, and playing games. There will be functional spaces for storage, for doing homework. And there will be that special site you use to restore your soul—maybe the soaking tub, maybe the office where you secretly binge-watch the newest HBO series, maybe a windowed nook in which you sit for just a moment and simply contemplate the winter wonderland beyond the glass. Whatever your preferred method of getting away may be, just make sure to do it sometimes. —Kyle Hoepner

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Will Holub’s art begins with paper, a medium whose fragility and resilience makes it the perfect vehicle for his meditations on the nature of life. touch” is the unexpected • “Please message in Will Holub’s work, where

the fragile medium of cut or torn paper is thickly lacquered to protect it from curious fingers and the ravages of light and time. And yes—there’s a deeper meaning at work in the artist’s choices, too. Holub, a Wisconsin native, began his artistic career in New York City in the 1980s, where he spent several years creating realistic portraits of people, transferring images from pastel-coated tracing paper to canvas or linen, then finishing

ABOVE: Chrysanthemum Shield (1988), acrylic and paper on canvas, 62"H × 62"W. BELOW: Black, White and Blue (2018), acrylic and paper on linen, 16"H × 16"W.

with acrylic and oil paint. For more than thirty years, however, textured paper has been a signature part of his work, enduring through what he calls “stylistic variations” that range from the understated grids and paper patchworks of his White Works and Marked Works series to the bold colors of his Redondo Paintings, which get their distinctive, tree bark-like surface from a mix of acrylic gel and RollA-Tex—the same stuff house painters use to add texture to ceilings. “When I began incorporating paper

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“PAPER IS PLANT-BASED, SO IT IS SUBJECT TO THE SAME NATURAL CYCLES AS PEOPLE ARE, MINUS THE RECYCLING BIT UNLESS YOU BELIEVE IN REINCARNATION,” SAYS WILL HOLUB. into my paintings back in the late 1980s, there was no Internet, and paper was literally everywhere,” says Holub. “Recycling was becoming more common, so the notion of repurposing a material like paper felt congruent. I was also very drawn to the idea of tearing things up, only to reassemble them in a revitalizing way. The process I established, which includes tearing, marking, painting, adhering, and rubbing, was and continues to be both meditative and stimulating.” Past works have incorporated photographic images and other representative elements, but his current creations are, he says, “purely abstract, influenced by the light, colors, and natural beauty of the Connecti-

cut shoreline where I live and work.” The artist resides in Old Lyme, which is the third major geographic muse in his career after New York and Santa Fe. The urban canyons of Manhattan helped inspire some of Holub’s gridded works, while New Mexico’s famous open skies and sublime light are reflected in his use of saturated color and occasional references to trees and arroyos. “I’ve been profoundly influenced by all these environments, with their unique qualities of light, and varied topographies and weather,” he says. “The pearly light of southeastern Connecticut and its humidity—the yin to Santa Fe’s yang—have led me to use a more subtle range of colors and an undulating patterning derived from the movements of trees and water.” The ARCS series of paintings, Holub’s most recent works, comprise hundreds of individually painted, hand-torn, curved paper strips glued onto canvas. They seem at a glance as fragile as a holiday card made in elementary school, but there’s more durability and meaning to his work than meets the eye. “Paper is plant-based, so it is subject to the same natural cycles as people are, minus the recycling bit unless you believe in reincarnation,” Holub says. “This fragility, and my art-making efforts to preserve and protect it for posterity, represent the shared and very human challenge to come to terms with life’s

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BELOW: Slipper (2018), acrylic and paper on linen, 48"H × 36"W. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Van Cleeve (2003), acrylic and paper on linen, 10"H × 10"W; Marked 2 (2000), videotape emulsion and photo paper on linen, 26"H × 26"W; Tiffin (1999), acrylic and paper on canvas, 35"H × 35"W; Canyon (2005), acrylic and paper on canvas, 27"H × 27"W.

only true certainty.” Decades of exhibiting his work in galleries and museums across the country made him aware of the wear and tear artwork endures, and this led him to strive to make paintings that are “built to last” by using color-fast acrylic paints and archival paper, then sealing the surface of each painting with an invisible polymer skin. “The tension between what you might describe as the fragile and the ephemeral and my protective process adds a mindful

dimension to paintings that might otherwise be appreciated only for their formal attributes,” he explains. Of course, given their tactile nature, his works also call out for appreciation by senses other than sight. “People often respond first by wanting to touch,” says Holub, who speculates that viewers “identify with the physical acts such as tearing, gluing, and rubbing that are employed in the creation of the work. “This sense memory amplifies the impact of color and composition,” he says. “So I always want my paintings to deliver a kind of haptic reminder of how—if not precisely why—I spend countless satisfying and stimulating hours composing my intricately layered paintings.”  EDITOR’S NOTE: To see more of the artist’s work, visit Winter 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  27

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Metropolitan Life

City Chic

A Stamford apartment is infused with the personality—charming quirks and all—of its occupant. Milan? It easily could be • Manhattan? either. On a soft evening when the balcony

doors are wide open, the setting sun illuminates the apartment’s interior and transforms the city of Stamford down below with heady shades of pink and gold. Antonio Vergara, director of merchandising and a buyer at Wakefield Design Center, is not oblivious to his home’s location-defying charm. In fact, he designed the 1,200-square-foot apartment to convey a worldly sophistication. From carefully curated mementoes to textures and colors, Vergara’s home is a model for creating an alluring spirit using objects you love.

ABOVE: Newly painted walls change color with the light. “Sometimes it seems like the sunset is happening inside,” says owner and designer Antonio Vergara. A graphic black and white Kate Spade rug helps delineate the living area. LEFT: The dining table has a top of hand-riveted zinc on a base of hammered aluminum.


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“OUR HOMES ARE VISUAL REPRESENTATIONS OF WHO WE ARE AS INDIVIDUALS,” SAYS ANTONIO VERGARA. “THEY TELL A LOT.” ABOVE, LEFT: A wealth of textures and personal mementoes (from the Hermès cashmere throw to a South African shell sculpture) provide rich visual interest. “I’ve traveled a good deal, and when I’ve seen something beautiful, I’ve taken it home,” Vergara says. ABOVE, RIGHT: Matisseinspired prints and an eclipse-style floor lamp lend the bar character.

There are some quirky elements—among them South African sculptures of shells and feathers and what he labels “creepy portraits”—but these additions only further ramp up the dwelling’s personality. Take those ink-drawn portraits, for example. The more soulful than sinister man and woman by midtwentieth-century French artist Jean Paul ­Parent were given to Vergara as birthday gifts by a dear friend. “I wouldn’t live anywhere without them. She has this incredible stare, and he looks like the dark silent type,” he explains. The duo resides in the dining area overlooking a conversation-promoting round table clad in sheets of hand-riveted zinc. The chairs are upholstered in eggplant-hued velvet. And the accompanying loveseat sports piping in the same sultry aubergine shade along with two basketball-shaped orange pillows. Providing an arresting backdrop is a work by Alabama-based artist Kent Walsh. “It all started with the art,” says Vergara. “The inside of the floating frame is purple, so that’s how the chair color developed. I

wanted to make this spot feel three-dimensional, as though you were inside the painting.” Since it’s an open living/dining layout, borders might easily have smudged. But Vergara defines the latter with another large painting, this one by Kelly O’Neal. Mirrors with antiqued glass flank the piece and visually enhance the apartment’s dimensions. Dim the lights, says Vergara, and the whole place assumes an “underground New York clubby feel.” Should guests request a cocktail, a lacquered bar cart stands stocked and ready. The versatile apartment sofa is littered with pillows—some in eggplant to telegraph the dining chairs and others in white cowhide and linen. The throws are cozy alpaca, and the lamps on board the concrete Howe end tables are brass and steel. The mirror-topped coffee table is as round as a button. In fact, spend some time here and it becomes clear that circles are one of Vergara’s favorite motifs. Pressed to explain, he recounts how design is, like a circle, a “process that never stops.” Clients change their minds, change their tastes, or change their address. “Things are always evolving, so there’s always something to look forward to,” he says. Of course, those clients who are lucky enough to get a peek at Vergara’s personal space have no doubt

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Metropolitan Life they’ve come to the right source for advice. There may be a lot to take in, but the ambience is serene and there’s a strong continuity throughout due to the cohesive palette. The ink had no sooner dried on the lease, Vergara says, then he had the painters busy covering all the apartment walls in Benjamin Moore’s easy-on-the-eyes Revere Pewter. It’s a congenial background for Vergara’s wellplaced pops of color and a soothing choice for his bedroom, where three of Christopher Marley’s framed amethyst crystals (symbols of harmony and balance) float like stars above his custom Bernhardt bed. The bed, too, is dressed in tonal shades of pewter with a cowhide pillow decorated with hand-stitched sequins stationed at the forefront. The Lucite-handled nightstands sit up on legs to conjure a sense of airiness.



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White cowhide pillows girded with handapplied metal chains dress the Jessica Charles Lexi swivel chairs in the master bedroom’s sitting area. “I’m addicted to cowhide,” says Vergara. FACING PAGE: Mr. Brown lamps foster the designer’s nighttime reading and—with additional bulbs hidden inside their hollow bases—up the glamorous mood.


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And each one holds a stately hand-painted lamp. Skillful at finding space even when it’s at a premium, Vergara established a friendly sitting area with swivel chairs alongside his bedroom window as well. This is where he starts his busy day, he says, coffee in

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5 1. The Heart of the Home Inspired by the life-giving blood vessels of the body, the hand-built coil stoneware 4-Way Venule vessel is equally intriguing as a work of art or a spot to keep blossoms fresh. | Mis en Scene Home, Washington Depot, 2. Good Bones Small treasures deserve to be tucked away in a special spot, like Jamie Young’s handsome, sculptural hexagonal box with a gray-stained bone mosaic veneer. | Olley Court, Ridgefield, 3. Call of the Wild Limited-edition Elk chairs, a collaboration by Gus* Modern and Pendleton Woolen Mills, evoke a classic wingback chair design, but are updated with contemporary materials and bold, organic lines.

Sunbrella produces the Pendleton fabric, making them as carefree as they are good-looking. | CADO Modern Furniture, Milford, 4. Ahead of the Curve There’s a bit of magic in the Luna wall-mounted faucet from Graff. The light, airy design—a simple arc that seems to float on the wall—will add the “wow” factor to a powder room. | Plimpton & Hills, Hartford, 5. Aged to Perfection With its aged gold leaf and brass finishes on a composite base, the Madailãn table lamp from Currey & Company has the venerable look of an antique. An off-white shantung shade completes the illusion. | Lillian August, Norwalk,

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A Night of Celebration!

dramatic views from the windows at Boston’s • The State Room were matched by the beautiful floral decorations created by Marc Hall Design as New England’s residential design community gathered to celebrate the twelfth annual New England Design Hall of Fame gala. A lively cocktail hour kicked off the evening. Guests caught up with each other over signature cocktails (and lined up for their chance to ham it up in a photo booth) before settling in for dinner and the awards ceremony. The honors began with a presentation of the 2018 New England Design

Hall of Fame charitable contribution, which was accepted by Suzanne Picher on behalf of Heading Home, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Greater Boston. The audience cheered as emcee Stacy Kunstel shared the work of the inductees and presented each of them an award crafted by Simon Pearce. This year, the honorees were Connecticut’s own Mark P. Finlay, of Mark P. Finlay Architects in Southport, along with Brian J. Mac, Birdseye; Mollie S. Johnson, Mollie Johnson Interiors; Robert Marzilli, R.P. Marzilli & Company; and David Webster, of Webster & Company.

1. New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel and Kathy Bush-Dutton drawing the winner of this year’s Great Giveaway prize | 2. Courtney Taylor of Taylor Interior Design, Charles Myer of Charles R Myer & Partners, and Sarah Lawson of S+H Construction | 3. Inductee Robert Marzilli thanks his family | 4. Janine Dowling of Janine Dowling Design, Bill Burg of Webster & Company, Merrie Pendlebury of Wolfers Lighting, Kathleen Hay of Kathleen Hay Designs, and Jennifer Custard of Elms Interior Design | 5. Caroline Brooke, Alexandra Johnson, inductee Mollie S. Johnson, and Whit Johnson ham it up at the Swoon Booth | 6. Beautiful decor by Marc Hall Design sets the scene  | 7. Guests enjoying the Swoon Booth | 8. New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel with Hall of Fame inductee David Webster  | 9. The State Room had a festive air | 10. New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton and Kyle Hoepner kicking off a night of celebration

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5. Fireworks by Albert Hadley | Hinson, Donghia, New York City, 6. Josselin | Brunschwig & Fils, Kravet, Stamford Waterside Design District, 7. Hollyhock | Lee Jofa, Kravet, Stamford Waterside Design District, 8. Lotus | Galbraith & Paul, Holland & Sherry, New York City, 9. Zebras | Scalamandré, Stamford Waterside Design District,


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Beth Krupa creates a stylish media room for some serious movie viewing or a Netflix bender. The scene is set for this beautiful and highly functional media lounge when you descend dramatic marble stairs by Antolini. ¶ Krupa makes sure everyone is comfortable on an expansive modular sofa with three-level seating. The perch is particularly luxe swathed in lush velvet from Holly Hunt. Underfoot, the Stark carpet complements both the color and sumptuousness of the upholstery. ¶ The importance of acoustical treatments in a residential media room can’t be overstated, says Krupa. Any audio system, regardless of quality and cost, can be rendered boomy and unintelligible without proper treatment. Artnovion’s Sahara W Absorber panels are a good-looking, functional enhancement. ¶ Now all you need to add is the popcorn!  | Beth Krupa Interiors, Old Greenwich, 203-890-9292, | 1. Sahara W Absorber panels by Artnovion, Realm, Norwalk, | 2. Bend Large Round Light by Peter Bristol, Visual Comfort, Circa Lighting, Greenwich,  | 3. Cotton velvet sofa fabric in Prussian Blue, Holly Hunt New York, | 4. Concept sketch from Beth Krupa | 5. Format modular sectional seating, Bernhardt, Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, | 6. Prosperity carpet in Graphite, Stark Home, Stamford Waterside Design District, | 7. Italian marble by Antolini, Ferrazoli Imports, Middletown,, and Stone Source, New York City,

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Five Questions

Eric Mauskopf, president of J. Pocker, explains the vital role custom framing can play in displaying artwork.


Many of your designers have a background in history and art? Why is that important? We are always trying to match the right frame with a client’s artwork. So it is valuable that our designers are knowledgeable about various styles, eras, and regions. Say you bring in a painting that was done in the 1700s

in England. Our designers will recognize its origins and suggest a frame that represents that region and era. This is important for historic preservation reasons as well as aesthetics. We’ve worked with pieces by artists as varied as Matisse to Rembrandt to Picasso. The last thing you want is a frame that is totally out of

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Five Questions

whack with the artwork. While we don’t want you staring at the frame instead of the art, it should be complementary.


How can a quality frame enhance the value of a painting or other artwork? I don’t think it can increase the monetary value per se, but the aesthetic value of an image can be increased when you put a really beautiful frame around it. A custom frame means you’re showing off your work with something made by hand by an artisan who is taking the time to ensure that it is perfect and one of a kind. Framing is often an afterthought, especially in larger interior design projects. Unfortunately, framing is put off until a significant part of the interior design budget has been exhausted. When a designer is working on a room or whole home, it’s important that they consider how the art will be presented as part of the plan from the beginning, not just something to throw on the walls to

complete the project.


What is a typical process for choosing a frame? It works several different ways. Clients can come to us on their own and discuss their wants and needs with our designers. Often an interior designer will pick a couple of frame styles they think would work and show them to the client. Or a designer can send us the color of the client’s walls and other design details, such as what else is in the room, so we can get an overall sense of what the space looks like and match the frame to that look. We can customize any sample we have, too, so a frame can start off looking one way and end up including a number of other details we added during the design process.


What about trends and new developments? Modern is very hot now, although, of course, we still see lot of traditional frames. Gold, for example, never goes out of style. Once you get into custom finishes, it’s about what works with the artwork. We are also seeing a lot of oversized artwork

lately, such as pieces as large as eight feet by eight feet. Big pieces like this can be tricky to frame. If it’s a canvas, it’s easy to put a float frame around it, but once you start working with a frame and different types of glass, usually Plexiglas, it can get very expensive. TV mirrors are gaining in popularity. These are basically TVs mounted behind a framed two-way mirror. When the TV is off you only see the mirror, but when you turn it on, the mirror disappears and all you see is the TV.


What steps should people take to preserve their art? Conservation of artwork is paramount. Something that hangs on a wall with a lot of exposure to sunlight will need a significantly higher-quality glass or Plexiglas to keep the UV rays out. We often see older pieces that were framed with regular glass as little as thirty years ago that have yellowed. You can often lose an artist’s signature, especially if it is down by the corner, after years in direct sunlight with a low level of UV protection. We also have different levels of non-glare glass, so we can prevent most glare. | J. Pocker, Greenwich and Westport,

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The furniture that architect David D. Harlan and interior designer A. Defne Veral design could not be more personal. Sometimes traditional, sometimes modern, the pieces are always created for a particular space and need. A friend wants a dining room table for her apartment? A client wants an AV-compatible conference table that seats sixteen? Harlan’s sister wants a TV cabinet for the wall at the foot of her bed? Okay, then. And for a fun flourish, the results are often named after the children of the commissioning client. Veral and Harlan’s separate New Haven–based firms share an office, and they often collaborate, making the married couple, as Veral says, “partners in all crimes.” In 2004, furniture design became an add-on to their services, with Harlan doing the initial design and Veral offering suggestions and hiring regional fabricators. The results can be seen at Houzz or on the couple’s respective business websites. The traditional and modern lines of Veral Harlan Fine Home Furnishings (VH) could not be more different. The former is often made of mahogany and frequently features urns, whether as base pedestal for a weighty dining table, finials for a bed frame, caps for table legs, or decorative flourish for a hand-painted cabinet. The modern line uses simpler forms like flared legs and flatfaced drawers for tables and desks, and a wider range of woods. A horsehair headboard is part of a master bedroom set that includes gray-stained oak chests with no visible hardware. An example of just how custom VH designs are? When the owners of the bedroom set wondered how they would eat on their new library’s expensive leather ottoman, Harlan said, “You need trays,” so he designed some. Now, the ebonizedwalnut trays with red-stained ash bases occupy the same room as the long, open rectangle of a VH Waverly console. The clients’ daughter (Waverly) does her homework here on VH redcapped stools, even though she and her brother also share a study with two VH white-laminate and walnut desks. This furniture is as yet unnamed, because of a small problem—the clients commissioned so many VH pieces, they ran out of family members to name them after.  | Veral Harlan Fine Home Furnishings, New Haven, and

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Formal, yet relaxed, this New Canaan living room also gracefully treads the line between warm and cool, traditional and contemporary.


Red walls within a classical architectural frame are a nod toward old-school decorating—but their particular tomato-soup hue points more in the direction of youth and élan.


Custom upholstery and drapes are executed in creamy neutral tones and, with the addition of pillows and a Julia Contacessi painting in cooler blue, serve to moderate the glow of the walls.




Old counterpoints new throughout, as in the matching of modern Theodore Alexander consoles with ornate wall mirrors by Lillian August for Hickory White. Sculptural lamps from Regina Andrew manage to bridge both worlds.




Adding just a touch of animal print is a classic design move—and contributes still another dash of fun.



The room’s carpet, too, pairs a time-honored oriental design with present-day colors, thus lightening the rich oak floor.


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The Fairfield County PWB is dedicated to supporting the professional development of women in the home building industry through monthly meetings, seminars, charitable work and networking opportunities wherein they educate each other on trends in the marketplace and tips to improve their skills and their businesses. PWB members hold positions in different areas of the home building industry including builders, architects, home stagers, suppliers, project managers, interior designers, financial lenders and more.

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1 1) Asher B. Durand’s Progress (The Advance of Civilization) is among the works discussed in New Approaches to the Hudson River School, presented by the Greenwich Decorative Arts Society. 2) See Lokapala, an artifact from the ancient Tang Dynasty, at Buried Treasures of the Silk Road. 3) The Connecticut Spring Antiques Show features the wares of dealers from across the country.



Annual Associate Artists Show January 18–March 1 Beat the winter blues with a visit to the historic Lyme Art Association, where an exhibit features paintings, sculptures, and works in a variety of other media created by association members. I Old Lyme, 860-434-7802,

FEBRUARY New Approaches to the Hudson River School February 4 The lecture, presented by the Greenwich Decorative Arts Society, will discuss new discoveries resulting from the international loan exhibition Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings shared by Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kornhauser will explore the artist’s legacy in launching the national school of landscape painting in America, known today as the Hudson River

New England Home’s Luxury Living Talk Series: The Art of Living with Art January 17

A handful of Connecticut’s most notable gallery owners and other experts consider the myriad ways art can add beauty to your life and your home. The panel discussion will be moderated by Kyle Hoepner, New England Home Connecticut’s editor-in-chief. Panelists include Rhonda Brown and Tom Grotta, co-curators of browngrotta arts; Heather Gaudio, principal of Heather Gaudio Fine Art; Kathryn McCarver Root, principal of KMR Arts and KM Installations; and Eric Mauskopf, president of J. Pocker.  I browngrotta arts, Wilton, For information and to register, email 56  New England Home Connecticut | Winter 2019

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Buried Treasures of the Silk Road February 10–June 2 Take a trip down the Silk Road at an exhibit that explores the cultural and artistic styles that traveled along this legendary route across China, Central Asia, and Western Europe. I Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut Flower and Garden Show February 21–24 The Connecticut Convention Center will be transformed into a gardener’s paradise, with landscape exhibits spread out over more than an acre within the center’s Exhibit Hall. A program of more than 20 speakers ensures that there will be plenty for gardening lovers to learn while they enjoy the scenery.  I Thursday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $18, $16 for seniors, $5 for children. Hartford, 860-844-8461,

MARCH The Herter Brothers and Gilded Age Interior: The William H. Vanderbilt House March 4 Join Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for a discussion about the Herter Brothers and their work on William H. Vanderbilt’s Fifth Avenue mansion. Completed in 1882, it was not only the grandest house in America of the time, but it was also the crowning achievement of Herter Brothers, the preeminent cabinetmakers and decorators of America’s Gilded Age. I 1:15 p.m.–3 p.m., Bruce Museum, Greenwich. For information, and to reserve a space, email Architectural Digest Design Show March 21–24 Designers and homeowners alike will enjoy this event showcasing more than 400 brands. From well-known manufacturers to independent craftspeople, the show provides plenty of design and renovation inspiration via seminars, vignettes, and more. Speakers include many design luminaries, including Jeffrey Bilhuber, Genevieve Gorder, Alexa Hampton, Laura Kirar, and others. I Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Piers 92 & 94, New York City, Connecticut Spring Antiques Show March 23–24 Antique dealers from across the country will exhibit their wares at this annual show celebrating 45 years of presenting the best of American furniture and decorative arts. I Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $15. Hartford Armory, Hartford,  EDITOR’S NOTE: Events are subject to change. Please confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit. Lokapala photo by Paul Mutino; Luxury Living Talk photo by Michael Partenio

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The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut has been bestowing its annual Home Building Industry Awards (HOBI) for twenty-five years, now. This year’s silver anniversary celebration recognized many of our friends in the industry. Among those honored were Closet & Storage Concepts, Innerspace Electronics, Bender Showrooms, Aitoro Appliance, Tile America, Gault Stone & Landscape Supplies, O&G Industries, Front Row Kitchens, and Karp Associates. | For a complete list of winners, go to To see photos of the awards gala, turn to Design Life, page 76.


A HOBI Award winner from Front Row Kitchens

Southport Stunner

Congratulations to Austin Ganim Landscape Design for its recent award from the Connecticut Green Industry Alliance. “Sharing the Beauty,” which earned the honor in the Unique Landscapes category, is indeed a stunner, a Southport property with some 2,000 flowers that bloom from early spring to late fall, bringing as much joy to the neighbors as it does to the homeowners. I Fairfield,

Finish Line

Fans of the custom finishes created by Heidi Holzer Design and Decorative Work will be delighted to hear about Holzer’s newest venture, creating and manufacturing custom wallpapers based on her popular decorative finishes. The new company, called Trowel & Paper, will initially offer the artisan papers in five designs and three colorways, all handcrafted at the G&B Cultural Center, a historic building in Wilton. Holzer hopes her new papers mean her work can reach a broader market. Trowel & Paper will eventually have its own website, but meanwhile, prospective clients can reach Holzer through her design firm’s website. I Redding,

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) held its seventh annual Stanford An award winner White Awards from Doyle for Excellence Herman Design in Classical and Associates New Traditional Design, recognizing outstanding achievements in architecture, interiors, landscape, urbanism, and building craftsmanship and artisanship throughout Fairfield County, New York, and New Jersey. The Connecticut firms honored for 2018 were Charles Hilton Architects for residential architecture, and, in landscape design, Doyle Herman Design Associates and Janice Parker Landscape Architects. I Greenwich, hiltonarchitects. com; Greenwich,; Greenwich,



As you’d expect, there were plenty of beautiful projects among the winners at the 2018 Design Awards from the New England Regional Council of the American Institute of Architects. We’re especially taken by the striking pool house Roger Ferris + Partners designed for a Westport home. Tucked into a grassy slope, the contemporary structure features a tall glass wall that offers a panoramic view of Long Island Sound.  | Westport,

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Scene & Heard FLOORED! The Hudson Company has just made it easier for Connecticut homeowners to have access to its beautiful custom-milled wood flooring, paneling, and beams by opening a showroom in Ridgefield. The new facility on Ethan Allen Highway—designed by New York-based Brad Ford and outfitted with furnishings from FAIR, Ford’s own collection of furniture and accessories—showcases more than 100 products from the company established in the Hudson Valley back in 1995. | Ridgefield,

Backyard Beauty

A Fairfield County property designed by Matthew Biron, a landscape architect with Hoffman Landscapes, won a Gold Award of Excellence from the National Association of Landscape Professionals at the organization’s annual awards ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky. The winning project involved a backyard overhaul that gave the homeowners a new swimming pool, multiple terraces, an elevated fire pit, and an outdoor shower. I Wilton,

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After some thirty years of running her firm out of Bronxville, New York, landscape architect Renée Byers has expanded, opening a location in Greenwich. Byers, who is known for her focus on residential landscapes and for the diversity of her projects, has won many design awards, and her work is featured in Charlotte M. Frieze’s book Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens. I Greenwich,


The folks at Karp Associates are thrilled to have been selected by This Old House to be the construction company for its 2019 Idea House. The company will renovate a circa-1840 Greek Revival home in New Canaan’s historic district. The facade will be preserved so that the result will remain true to the architectural style of the old structure, but behind it, a whole new house will be erected, using the latest and best modern materials. The curious can keep tabs on the progress via live web cam through  I New Canaan,

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If you find yourself in Palm Beach, Florida, this winter (lucky you!), be sure to stop by the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Among the twenty-one designers whose work will be featured for the second annual Palm Beach version of the show house are four of our own Connecticut talents. One room will sport the clean-cut, sophisticated style of Billy Ceglia, of Billy Ceglia Designs; Tina Anastasia, director of interior design at Mark P. Finlay Interiors, returns to her native Florida to show off her work; and New England Design Hall of Fame inductee Cindy Rinfret, of Rinfret, Ltd., and Lee Ann Thornton, of Lee Ann Thornton Interiors, round out the Connecticut contingent. The show house runs from January 26 to February 20. | palmbeach; Sandy Hook,; Southport,; Greenwich,; Greenwich, Kips Bay photo by Rise Media. The Hudson Company photos by Michael Biondo. Karp Associates photo by Michael Dinan.

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The Connecticut chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) welcomes a new president with the appointment of New Preston–based interior designer Karen Davis to head its board of MADAME directors. Davis’s PRESIDENT twenty-five years of experience at the helm of Davis Raines Design stand her in good stead to lead the professional organization. Her work has been featured in many magazines, including New England Home. |;

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Joe Lucas and his business partner at the time, Parrish Chilcoat, started small when they opened their Harbinger showroom in Los Angeles in 2008. Today, designer Lucas is the sole owner, and Harbinger has grown on both coasts. The West Coast location is now a 5,000-sqare-foot presence in L.A., and in December, Lucas opened a showroom on the sixth floor of the New York Design Center. The East Coast spot will offer Harbinger by Hand’s upholstered goods, as well as vintage finds and products from other brands, including Fromental and Hector Finch lighting  I New York City,


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Networking Event

Networking Event at Tile America


Local craft beers and culinary delights—including bacon dipped in chocolate and hung on a miniature clothesline!—were on the menu at New England Home Connecticut’s fall networking event. The Tile America and Torrco Design Center teams welcomed guests to their recently expanded Fairfield premises, and two lucky partygoers left with bottles of spirits provided by Litchfield Distillery.












| 1. Robin Raab, Rita Szabo, and Aaron Petillo of Tile America | 2. Jose D’Auria from Gatehouse Partners and Ryan Coyle of Tile America | 3. Vanessa Olsen, Penny Greenhut, and Angela Legg of Tile America | 4. Guests enjoying themselves in the Tile America showroom | 5. Chris Shea of Domus Constructors and Michael Mavrovitis of Michael Smith Architects | 6. Matthew Dougherty of Matthew R. Dougherty Architect and Fred Harris of Phoenix Audio Video & Systems Integration | 7. Brandon Jones and Cheryl Russ of Glen Gate Company with John Jelliffe of Digital Home Systems | 8. New England Home’s

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Debra Judge Silber with Peggy Kebabian of Kebabian’s Rugs and Elisa Billings of Elisa Billings Interiors | 9. Pierrette Schnell of Schnell Interiors, Brian Kinas of Phoenix Audio Video & Systems Integration, and Donna Moss of Donna Moss Interior Design | 10. Andrea Crowley of Torrco, Marcia Noble of New England Home, Emily Fasano and Dawn Corbo of Torrco | 11. Pierrette Schnell of Schnell Interiors and Cheryl Dixon of Dixon Interiors | 12. New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner, Brian Kinas of Phoenix Audio Video & Systems Integration, and Cheryl Russ of Glen Gate Company Photography by Regina Tamburro

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Design Life Luxury Living Talk at Aitoro

Guests raved about the latest Luxury Living Talk at the Aitoro Appliance Showroom. Kyle Hoepner, New England Home’s editor-in-chief, moderated the discussion, “Kitchen Confidential: Insider Advice for Creating Extraordinary Kitchens,” with an all-star panel sharing their insights about luxury kitchen design, from lighting to cabinets to tile and more.













| 1. Barbara Sweeney, panelist Max Bender, and Maria Matluck | 2. Gary Rousseau, Tony Aitoro, Mindy Gerhardt, and Tori McBrien | 3. John and Irina MacPhee and Kristen Sullivan | 4. Guests mingle in the showroom | 5. Joe Marotta, Birgit Anich, and Brian Hyla | 6. Rocco Lafaro, New England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso, and AJ Aitoro | 7. Sarah Blank, Louise Shames,

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and Andrea Piacentino | 8. Deborah von Donop with Kuldar and Sandra Visnapuu | 9. Barbara Laughton and Lora Mazurak | 10. Carla Snowdon and Kimberly Levin | 11. New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner | 12. Susan Bijleveld and Carol Schuler | 13. Panelists Tony Aitoro, Sarah Blank, and Carlo Vona

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Design Life Relaunch of Lambertson Truex Brand at Privet House

Privet House in New Preston threw a party to celebrate the relaunch of the fabled Lambertson Truex brand of luxury leather accessories and the publication of New York Magazine design editor Wendy Goodman’s latest book, May I Come In?






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On an autumn Sunday afternoon, guests gathered at the Hartford Preservation Alliance for a tour that featured the kitchens and dining rooms of six historic homes. Each home showcased the perfect mix of historic architecture and modern design. 3


| 1. New England Home’s Debra 4 Judge Silber with Kellie Burke  | 2. Mark Fisher, Luciano Valles, Sylvia Perdikis, Johnny Burke Jr., and Mark Zeytoonjian | 3. Betty Anne Zeytoonjian and Johnny Burke Sr.  | 4. Ashley Szyluk and Kara Sundlun | 5. Richard Gesualdi, Johnny Burke Jr., and Johnny Burke Sr.  | 6. Kellie Burke and Jack Kemper

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| 1. Peter Nichols, Greg Domres, and Wendy Goodman | 2. Privet House is home to some of the most eclectic and colorful designs in New England | 3. Richard Lambertson, Wendy Goodman, and John Truex. Wendy holds her namesake Wendy Tote from Lambertson Truex.  | 4. Wendy Goodman and Ron Norsworthy | 5. Wendy Goodman’s beloved original Wendy Tote alongside the newly minted version.  | 6. Owen and Julie Einhorn



Privet House photos by Debra Silber Hartford Preservation Alliance Kitchen Tour photos by David Sloane

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Design Life Greenwich Design District’s Taste & Tour

The Greenwich Design District’s annual Taste & Tour event emphasized setting the scene for fall, featuring the latest trends in interior design and entertaining. New England Home Connecticut hosted a Taste of Vermont at Christopher Peacock, serving cider from Eden Specialty Ciders.






Showroom Unveiling at O&G Industries

O&G Industries hosted New England Home Connecticut and guests for a party to show off its newly redesigned Bridgeport showroom. Guests mingled over cocktails and marveled at the fullscale kitchen and bath vignettes and almost countless products that are beautifully displayed.


| 1. Kara Oneglia, Sonia 4 Maldonado, Diane Hayden, and Sheryl Lentine  | 2. Lisa Pak and Gardner Stevens | 3. Donna Chestel and Marjuan Donah  | 4. Ben Canino, Eric Rains, and Scott Lockwood  | 5. Bob Rizzo welcomes the crowd

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| 1. Shop owners, organizers, and sponsors gather for a group portrait | 2. A floral demonstration at Waterworks | 3. New England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso with Susan Bijleveld and Gilles Clement | 4. Chef Kurt von Kahle cooks up a storm with Constantin Oltean in the Bulthaup showroom | 5. New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton with members of the Christopher Peacock team and their clients




Greenwich Design District’s Taste & Tour photos by Phil Nelson O&G event photos by Regina Tamburro

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Design Life Wakefield To The Trade Day

Guests at the Wakefield Design Center’s fall To The Trade Only Market Day were treated to expert insights, advice, and inspiration from a handful of notable figures in design, including Suzanne Kasler, Ryan Korban, Young Huh, Joni Vanderslice, and Denise McGaha.






Rooms with a View Opening Party

| 1. Suzanne Kasler signs copies of her new book, Sophisticated Simply, with George Snead  | 2. Anna Brown, Betsy Perry, Antonio Vergara, and Patricia Espinosa | 3. Maeve Carr, Keira Heath, and Barbara Russell  | 4. Ryan Korban with New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner | 5. Design icon and author Suzanne Kasler with panelists Joni Vanderslice, Denise McGaha, and Young Huh

For Rooms with a View’s (RWAV) twenty-fourth year, the Southport Congregational Church threw its most festive celebration yet. The gala opening was just one of several parties throughout the weekend-long event that features designer vignettes in the Gothic Revival–style church.


| 1. Russell Melzer, Beth Dempsey, 4 Francine Gardner, and RWAV designer Carey Karlan | 2. Lynn Morgan, RWAV designer Billy Ceglia, and Jim Ribaudo | 3. Bob Beloff, Jessica Kenney, and Amy Aidinis Hirsch  | 4. RWAV designer Tina Anastasia in her space | 5. RWAV designers Lauren and Suzanne McGrath in their vignette | 6. Heidi Holzer and Marjorie Brown

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Wakefield To The Trade Day photos by Karen Sheer Rooms with a View Opening Party photos by Phil Nelson

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Design Life Tusk Home + Design Art Panel Event

Tusk Home + Design sure knows how to throw a party. Cocktails and conversation at the Westport showroom preceded a lively panel discussion featuring five acclaimed interior designers and five inspiring artists.



The Home Builders & Remodelers Association’s HOBI Awards


| 1. Shannon Stirling, Linda Colletta, Melissa Teitel, and Sarah Weiland  | 2. Stephanie Rapp and Chris Quinn | 3. Christopher Philip, Parker Rogers, and Peggy Kebabian  | 4. Panelists Puja Pattni, Yvonne Claveloux, Linda Colletta, Denise Davies, Michelle Morgan Harrison, Christina Roughan, Sarah Weiland, Parker Rogers, and Melissa Teitel  | 5. Robin Liotta and Christina Lake

This fall the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut (HBRA) hosted its Twenty-fifth Anniversary Home Building Industry (HOBI) Awards, honoring the best projects and people in the business.


| 1. Chris Nelson, Pete 4 Fusaro, Joanne Carroll, Nort Wheeler, Eric Santini, and Jim Perras  | 2. Joanne Hoerner and Joe Filanowski | 3. Kerry and Steve Schroeder | 4. Andrea Salzillo, Jay Ferry, and Danica Caruso | 5. Joanne Carroll, Chris Nelson, and Jim and Kylene Perras

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Tusk Home + Design Panel Event photos by Phil Nelson HOBI Awards photos by Jim Fuhrmann

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➊ Portfolio of Fine Architecture

Brooks & Falotico Associates, LLP


rooks & Falotico is an awardwinning residential architecture firm based in New Canaan, made up of more than 20 talented professionals, and helmed by founder Louise Brooks and partner Vincent Falotico. The firm has designed hundreds of homes across the country. Their work ranges in scale and complexity, from 500-square-foot renovations to multi-building estates, and seamlessly transitions between 80  New England Home Connecticut | Winter 2019

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traditional and modern. The firm offers comprehensive architectural services, with both partners involved at every stage. From chef ’s kitchens and spa-like bathrooms to batting cages, bowling alleys, and basketball courts, no idea is off limits when it comes to designing the homes of their clients’ dreams. The firm is known for creating innovative solutions to site and design challenges. They design every

building with its surroundings in mind—think waterfront homes built to last while maximizing water views; ski-in-ski-out mountain-side lodges for every season; and classic facades in traditional neighborhoods, which give way to contemporary interiors. Louise, Vincent, and their collaborative team take great pride in the relationships they build with their clients, learning about their lifestyles in order to build their perfect home.


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➊ A traditional exterior makes for a seamless addition to a historical property.

➋ The shape of this covered terrace takes advantage of panoramic water views.

➌ Sculptural, soaring stairs are drenched in natural light.

➍ This contemporary butler’s pantry has a farmhouse sink, wine fridge, and dishwasher.

Brooks & Falotico Associates, LLP 199 Elm Street New Canaan, CT 06840 203-966-8440

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➊ Portfolio of Fine Architecture

Connecticut Stone


ith one of the largest stone selections in the country, it’s no wonder Connecticut Stone has been the stone supplier of choice for the country’s best designers, builders, architects, and homeowners for almost 70 years. Whether you’re looking for the perfect slab of Calacatta marble for a floor-to-ceiling fireplace or mixing several of our natural stone veneers for a completely custom blend, Con-

necticut Stone has the resources and the expertise to work through any designer or architect’s concept and make that dream a reality. With more than 10,000 highquality products, our team of industry professionals, and a designer or architect’s vision, we can fabricate and manufacture everything from countertops and fireplaces to patios, building stone, and more. By custom cutting and finishing every project to

be unique and unlike any other, our final product will never disappoint. Whether you’re in the area or across the country, we treat every project as if it’s our only one. So, stop in to browse our 13,000-square-foot showroom or give us a call at 203882-1000 and we’ll ship the stone right to you! No matter where you are in the country, we’re here to supply you with the stone of your dreams.

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➊ Carried over from the outside of the house, the conservatory has the same custom blend of granite and fieldstone in blue and gray tones to create a cooler, calmer look. ➋ Built with a custom blend of natural stone veneer, the exterior of this house uses a square cut pattern to achieve a more modern look. ➌ The Taj Mahal Quartzite waterfall island has a custom edge detail, and a leathered finish to highlight the natural characteristics of the material. ➍ This Calacatta Crema marble slab fireplace has a polished finish, giving this artist’s studio a sophisticated, luxurious, and clean look and feel.

Connecticut Stone 138 Woodmont Road Milford, CT 06460 203-882-1000


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➊ Portfolio of Fine Architecture

Daniel Conlon Architects


aniel Conlon Architects is dedicated to the creation of distinctive homes inspired by their surroundings and tailored to the lifestyles of our clients. The award-winning firm has been recognized for its practical plan organization, flowing spaces, and crisp details. While of paramount importance, design excellence is one of many skills an architect must

possess to guide a project from the excitement of the initial sketches to the completion of the punch list. Creativity, communication, and technical expertise, along with the effective management of the complex permitting, budgeting, and construction processes are all essential. The firm takes pride in delivering these services with integrity,

professionalism, and a sense of humor, striving to provide an enjoyable client experience. Whether a modest addition or a substantial new home, Dan personally oversees every project, delivering fresh ideas backed up with years of experience. The vast majority of the firm’s work comes through client referral, with many returning time after time.

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➊ The sweeping covered porch extends living space while visually reducing the height of the building, which was driven by flood regulations. ➋ Entry foyer with view to breakfast area, and “secret” door to the powder room in paneled wall. ➌ Integral flower boxes with automatic drip Irrigation on the porch roof and rails create a welcoming entry. ➍ South facing window on the stair landing fills the double height foyer and its adjoining spaces with natural light.

4 Old Mill Road P.O. Box 418 Georgetown, CT 06829 203-544-7988


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Douglas VanderHorn Architects


ouglas VanderHorn Architects is a residential design firm, dedicated to delivering the most exceptional homes in the North East to a distinguished and diverse clientele. For more than thirty years, Douglas has created buildings of enduring character that accommodate current lifestyles and seamlessly incorporate modern building technologies. Projects range from historically sensitive renova86  New England Home Connecticut | Winter 2019

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tions and additions to traditionally inspired new designs. The office currently consists of ten highly dedicated individuals with specialties ranging from classical architecture and historic preservation to building science and sustainable design. Clients have the opportunity to visualize projects through a variety of rendering and advanced computermodeling techniques. With decades of experience in a range of styles,

including Federal, Shingle, French, and contemporary, Douglas VanderHorn Architects creates homes that are architecturally appropriate for the site and the surrounding neighborhood. Projects generally have a similar intent: to build a home that complements its surroundings, while creating a series of interior spaces designed for contemporary living.


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A new shingle style home is perched to capture the harbor views despite challenging grading and ecological constraints. Extensive site developments are organized on high ground allowing the landscape to cascade and then fall naturally towards the tidal wetlands of the meandering coastline.

Douglas VanderHorn Architects 41 West Elm Street Greenwich, CT 06830 203-622-7000


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➊ Portfolio of Fine Architecture

John R. Mastera + Associates Architects


ohn R. Mastera + Associates Architects Studio was founded in 1987, on the principle of seeking design perfection in every project. That drive for perfection has made the firm one of the TOP 100 Luxury Home Architecture Firms in North America (by BOND, London— Custom Top 100). Hear more in the

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interview with Mr. Mastera at Each project is uniquely conceived for its particular situation and completed with proficient project management. Nothing is too modern, too traditional, or too organic to create a space full of beauty and functional-

ity. Through his mastery of modern techniques in construction and materials, architect John Mastera consistently produces exceptional, award-winning work that is thoughtful, evocative, and captures a vision unique to each client.


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➊ A home and cabana that includes a home office, bowling alley, basketball court, home theater, car collection, workout center, and pool. ➋ A modern New Canaan home in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. ➌ A circular stair with skylight and chandelier in a Westport home. ➍ An outdoor living room complete with a T.V.

70 Turner Hill Rd. New Canaan, CT 06840 203-966-6696




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Portfolio of Fine Architecture

Michael Smith Architects


ounded in 1999 by principal Michael Smith, the firm’s underlying design philosophy centers on the idea that carefully applying the design principles of simplicity, consistency, and authenticity will yield a timeless work of architecture, regardless of the style or type of building. Michael and his team have designed a wide range of high-quality projects,

including large single-family custom residences, residential renovations, boutique commercial projects, educational facilities, and multi-family residential projects. Michael Smith Architects (MSA) and its current staff have more than seventeen years of experience in a diverse range of projects, focusing primarily on highly customized residential architecture in Fairfield County and the New York City metropolitan area.

“At MSA we believe that every project deserves a unique solution that represents a combination of thoughtful design with an understanding of the client’s priorities. We work to create custom solutions that respond to the client’s wishes, the environment, and the historical context of the project,” Smith says. Further, MSA takes a holistic approach to the design process by considering not just the exterior architecture, but also the design of the

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interior trim, finishes, and cabinetry to create a consistent overall aesthetic that will stand the test of time. Through its membership in the United States Green Building Council, MSA strives to incorporate many sustainable or green features into its projects wherever possible, and takes great care to integrate these new technologies into each design in a seamless and harmonious way.

41 North Main Street, Suite 101 Norwalk, CT 06854 203-563-0553

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O&G Industries Masonry Division and SBP HOMES


magnificent 18,000-squarefoot estate designed and built by SBP Homes is perched on four acres overlooking Long Island Sound and the Greenwich Islands. The residence facade was highlighted with masonry products from O&G. The Seneca Buff limestone veneer and Pine Hall Yellow ornamental architectural trim and accents flank the elegant

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design that include headers, column base and caps, window surrounds, recessed panels, and cove and dentil moldings. Leading up to the estate from the shore are Elberton granite steps and landings methodically positioned and placed to create a warm and inviting approach to the outdoor retreat. A covered pool pavilion and infinity edge pool featuring Jerusalem

Ramon Gray antiqued limestone foster an elegant atmosphere for outdoor entertaining. Construction of the home including all site work and landscaping was completed in 14 months. The masonry and pool were meticulously installed by DCC Masonry & Landscape and Meehan & Ramos Pools.


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➊ The front entry facade of the home features Seneca Buff veneer stone and granite accents. ➋ The rear facade, looking up from the water, shows the extensive site terracing from the water’s edge utilizing the Elberton granite steps and landing. ➌ A central feature in the office is the Antakar fire brick. ➍ The pool and patio features Jerusalem Ramon Gray antiqued limestone; the pool was built into the side of the existing site rock.

O&G Industries Masonry Division 203-881-5192

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SBP Homes 289 Selleck Street Stamford, CT 06902 203-323-2200

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➊ Portfolio of Fine Architecture

Patricia M. Miller Residential Design


at Miller has created beautiful homes and living spaces in Fairfield County since 1980. Whether new construction, renovations, or interior space planning, her approach to design is to create something special and exciting for each client. In every style home, from traditional to shingle style to contemporary, and more, attention to detail and quality

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of materials are of the utmost importance. Offering a personal touch from designing to overseeing, ensures that every job and every client is special. Pat’s design skills are matched by her sensitivity to each client’s needs and requirements. This has helped establish her as one of the most accomplished and sought-after local designers. Her many renovations over the years

reflect how small, simple houses can be transformed into warm, gracious, and inviting homes. Her new homes show how she can take a piece of land and create an exciting new structure from nothing more than the imaginations of the client and the designer. The firm specializes in dealing with local regulatory boards, and making presentations


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Pat’s design skills are matched by her sensitivity to each client’s needs and requirements.

➌ before zoning and conservation boards. All projects utilize the services of licensed engineering professionals, established designers, and skilled, reliable local contractors—with all decisions the result of a consensus between the client and designer. Perhaps the greatest sign of her success is how her clients identify her designs as homes that combine function and design

with that elusive quality so rare in many of today’s houses— charm. The result: the pleasure of walking into one’s own home and saying, “Wow!”

318 Good Hill Road Weston, CT 06883 203-227-7333


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Rob Sanders Architects


ob Sanders Architects is best known for sensitive, responsive designs that engage both architectural and natural context. By carefully listening to client needs and dreams, drawing on experience and a well-honed sense of appropriate scale, the firm creates stylish, elegant spaces for discerning clients. RSA specializes in restoring and adapting buildings from the last three centuries, preserving architectural character and history while accommodating twenty-first-century needs. New 96  New England Home Connecticut | Winter 2019

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homes and ancillary structures are all treated with the same thoughtful approach. Timber-frame structures, including new and antique homes and barns, are a particular specialty. RSA believes that your living spaces should be infused with the beauty that comes from correct proportions, scale, materials, and the quality of light. Traditional and indigenous materials are used in 21st-century ways to create thoroughly modern spaces that feel “just right.” Beyond fine design, hallmarks of

RSA projects are respect for the site and the desire to conserve resources with environmentally responsive designs. We are sensitive to the sun’s seasonal movements around a property and its impact on day lighting and passive heating; to the direction of prevailing winds; and to wetlands, important trees, and other landscape features. Project honors include AIACT’s ‘Alice Washburn’ award and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.


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Rob Sanders Architects The Carriage House 436 Danbury Road | Wilton, CT 06897 | 203-761-0144

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Robert A Cardello Architecture


esigning custom homes is both a privilege and a pleasure. At Cardello Architects, we love what we do, and this becomes obvious to anyone who enters our workspace. But more notably, we want the whole design process to be as fun for our clients as it is for our team. Our staff works in a studio environment where ideas are shared and teamwork is encouraged. Each project is a blend of our clients’ visionary lifestyle and our design98  New England Home Connecticut | Winter 2019

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ers’ ability to capture the details and nuances that create inspired, custom spaces where people can thrive. We develop both residential and commercial projects, with a specialty in fine custom homes. Our strong commitment to exceptional design stands above everything else. Listening to a client’s vision is the first step, but developing a plan that turns their vision into reality is the most rewarding. A positive and trusting relationship between client and architect is a key component to

the success of a project, and ultimately to the success of the business. RAC has enjoyed many repeat customers and word-of-mouth recommendation remains a cornerstone of our firm. Architecture is a profession that allows your lifetime’s work to remain even after you are gone, and the structures you’ve created are actually a lasting symbol of your artistic desire. These points should be celebrated by all architects, and at RAC we are reminded of them every day. ALL PHOTOS BY WOODRUFF BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY

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➊ This house was designed for entertaining, featuring a massive great room constructed using Vermont timbers with back covered porches to allow the entertaining space to spill into the outdoors. Dual stair towers add to the symmetrical façade. ➋ The Gambrel design of this 15,500-squarefoot house gives it a low-slung, approachable scale while incorporating strong design elements such as a barn-like garage and an arched stone porthole to the pool area and pool house. ➌ This grand foyer is fitting of the 17,000-square-foot summer house, nestled in the woods of Greenwich. The view past the floating stair offers plenty of open space toward the park-like back yard. ➍ The transitional interior of this Rowayton beach house features large retractable glass walls out to the multi-tiered patio with a year-round pool and sauna.

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A Place To (Un)Chill

A comfortable corner of the living room may be the perfect spot to soak up a few minutes of winter sunshine— a bit of warmth for body and soul. A happy mix of furniture, art, and objects enlivens this Greenwich home. See “Retro Activity,” page 106.

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Retro Activity A designer updates his own Greenwich home with an appreciation for its 1970s contemporary appeal. ❙ Text by Bob Curley ❙ Photography by Michael Partenio  ❙ Produced by Stacy Kunstel

Emphasizing the home’s hilltop location, the front retaining wall and stairs were replaced, the yard leveled, and the driveway widened and re-pitched to add drama to the entry. FACING PAGE: An abstract Vermont limestone sculpture stands sentinel outside the custom double doors, which were restored by the owner.

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hilip A. Gulotta Jr. aims to create what he calls “warm, personal, and real homes that are designed to reflect the lives of the people who live in them.” It’s a task that became at once more intuitive and more daunting when the house was his own, and the “people” were himself and his husband, Richard Upton. As a designer with clients in Fairfield County, New York City, and the Hamptons, Gulotta’s renovation of the modern Greenwich home the couple purchased in 2016 seemingly was right in his professional wheelhouse. The clean lines of the house, designed back in 1978 by Paul Marchese Design Associates of Greenwich and Rubinstein & Scialla Architects of Livingston, New Jersey, offered a neutral palette for Gulotta’s aesthetic, which blends traditional designs with modern sensibility. And obviously there would

be no quibbling with the clients over the mix of new and vintage furnishings, wall coverings, and other features. Plus, Gulotta had a strong vision about what he wanted. “The overall goal was to create a design that is a true reflection of who I am as a designer while respecting the architecture of the house,” he says. Within that simple mission statement, however, lay a couple of significant challenges, starting with the condition of the property. The house, says Gulotta, had been neglected for more than a decade.

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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: The staircase wall makes an ideal spot for a sitting area. The signature staircase spirals down to the living room, offering glimpses along the way of the dining room, foyer, and sitting area. In the dining room, Hollywood Regency host chairs and 1960s-era Steen Østergaard Cado chairs embrace a modern, burled-wood Parsons table.

PROJECT TEAM Interior design: Philip A. Gulotta Jr. Contractor and cabinetmaker: Miroslaw Wandzel, Wandzel Construction

“The exterior was in poor condition, the yard was overgrown, and the place looked abandoned and sad,” he recalls. Inside, the decor hadn’t fared much better. “It was cold, dark, and dated.” Still, the designer saw the possibilities. “When I saw it, I knew it had the potential to be a spectacular home. The bones were great. It just needed a lot of love and attention.” Eight weeks of that attention would end up being devoted just to the front entrance. “The doors were in horrible condition, with dry rot and warped wood,” Gulotta says. “It would have been much easier to replace them, but because they were custom made and so unique, my objective was to restore them.” That meant stripping, hand-sanding, and refinishing—a laborious exercise in colormatching the stain on three different types of wood between the doors, mullions, and saddle. He also recognized that, while the redesign was primarily to please himself and Richard, the finished project would have a large audience of critics. “I absolutely felt extra pressure because I’m an interior designer,” he says. “The house is not only a reflection of my personal style, but it gives me the opportunity to Winter 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  109

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Seasonal flowers in designer/homeowner Philip Gulotta’s favorite color—vivid orange—match an Italian glass tray. Kelly Wearstler wallpaper creates a vibrant mood in the powder room. The living room showcases Gulotta’s talent for making mismatched elements play well together.

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s­ howcase my abilities in both interior design and architecture.” Gulotta began by playing to the home’s location, a hilltop site that ushers in natural light from three and sometimes four sides. He enhanced the indoor-outdoor interplay by painting walls and ceilings white, installing light wood floors, and keeping window treatments simple. A double-height spiral staircase, the strongest design feature of the original home,

was retained and restored. The crisp and clean interior created a gallery-like space showcasing not only the designer’s skill in effortlessly mixing vintage, midcentury modern, and custom furniture, but also his extensive collection of abstract and fine art, photography, and mixed media. “I like using bold colors and patterns in smaller applications like pillows, accessories, and art,” he explains. “I have

always been drawn to furs, skins, horn, and animal prints because of nature’s organic qualities. They add texture and warmth. It creates a great juxtaposition with the bold colors and modern and midcentury furniture.” Little surprise, then, that one of his favorite spots is his walk-in closet. “I love Schumacher’s iconic leopard print and was so excited to use it in my master bedroom closet,” he says. “I covered Winter 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  111

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Gulotta with one of the prized pieces in his extensive art collection, a painting by American abstract artist William Metcalf. The sunny breakfast room has an outdoorsy Saarinen tulip table. Form never surrenders to function, even in the kitchen, where the gray tile backsplash is matched by a custombuilt island finished in a high-gloss lacquer. FACING PAGE: Blue and orange make a bold statement in the family room.


absolutely felt extra pressure because I’m an interior designer,” says Philip Gulotta Jr. “The house is not only a reflection of my personal style, but it gives me the opportunity to showcase my abilities in both interior design and architecture.”

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: An elk-skin rug and wallpaper inspired by Andy Warhol’s Rorschach paintings bring masculinity to the master bedroom. Matching 1970s campaign chests by Henredon flank the bed. In a home full of animal prints, nothing is more delightfully primal than the master bedroom’s walk-in closet with its Schumacher leopard wallpaper.

everything in it. I used it on the walls and ceiling and even the back of the door, the Roman shades, and upholstery. The only things not covered in it is the cabinetry— which I lacquered in a matching color, of course—and the area rug. The room is magical; I could live in there.” Every room has a distinctive design profile, sometimes built around a prominent architectural feature, other times around a favorite furnishing. In the living room, for example, the focal point is a richly textured, floor-to-ceiling slate fireplace, which Gulotta topped with a mantel lacquered in his favorite color, a vibrant orange. Furniture coverings in the room are more restrained—chocolate brown velvet for the sofa, navy leather on a chair— but the coffee table is a custom Lucite piece, and the art and accessories stand

out with bolder colors. Sisal and more animal skins serve to soften the room. Gulotta designed the master bedroom around the custom headboard covered in Italian cut velvet in shades of chocolate, taupe, and cream. “The fabric is wool and silk; it feels amazing,” he says. Other seductive textures include a pair of cork lamps. Depth is provided by wallpaper patterned after Andy Warhol’s famous Rorschach inkblot test. “The wallpaper and headboard give the room the masculinity I was looking for,” says Gulotta. His affection for modern and organic materials is fully realized, at last, in a Lucite bench upholstered in mink. Small spaces in the house, too, get plenty of design attention, including an area by the staircase where visitors are

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love Schumacher’s iconic leopard print and was so excited to use it in my master bedroom closet,” says Gulotta. “I covered everything in it. The room is magical; I could live in there.”

welcomed with a strategically situated, 1960s-era Italian settee and an English channel-back armchair with hand-carved wood trim. “From this vantage point you get a 360-degree experience of the house,” notes Gulotta. The designer also was not shy about asserting his vision in secondary rooms, like a powder room with walls, ceiling, and a door covered in gold and cream graphic paper. “I think small rooms should have big personalities,” he says. “They should be like jewelry boxes.” Approached through fresh landscaping and a redesigned driveway and entry, the painstakingly restored double doors now lead into a home with ample room to entertain, hunker down, or throw open the shades and let the sunlight stream in—in short, a house where “good architecture and interior design go hand in hand,” Gulotta says. It’s a mix that pleases even the harshest critics—the designer and his spouse. “We couldn’t be any happier living here,” he says. “It suits our lifestyle ­perfectly.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 134. Winter 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  115

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A new front entry only hints at the changes to this 1925 Tudor. Although the house was in good shape, much of the interior was gutted to accommodate design and energy updates, and the old roof, stucco siding, and half-timbering were replaced. One thing that hasn’t changed: the venerable American elm in front.

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WHEN IT COMES TO BUILDING AN ADDITION, there are two schools of thought:

replicate the existing architecture, or go for something completely different. Joeb Moore subscribes to the latter approach. The architect’s addition to a 1920s Tudor-style house in Rye, New York, stands in stark contrast to the original’s Merry Olde England mien. Sleek and

boxy, with a flat roof and floor-to-ceiling windows, the addition asserts itself with a bravado that’s both attention-grabbing and shrewdly understated. Tucked behind the Tudor and hidden from the street, the new wing’s squat proportions and charcoal siding pay homage to the old house without upstaging it. Owner Chris Perriello, a finance professional, and

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A generous deck wraps around the addition in back. Ceiling heaters warm the covered area, which features an outdoor TV that hangs over the family room’s see-through fireplace. Mahogany siding echoes the Tudor’s half-timbering and continues over the windows as a privacy screen.



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his wife, Dana, a fashion stylist, loved the neighborhood but couldn’t find a house there that suited their contemporary tastes. So they decided to buy a traditional house and transform it through remodeling. “We wanted to try to fit in with the neighborhood,” Chris says, “but make the house a little unique.” The couple lived in the old dwelling for a year so they could get a sense of what worked and what didn’t. The Tudor’s shortcomings were quickly apparent. The interior was divided into lots of little rooms, with a central staircase that impeded circulation and no communal areas that the Perriellos could share with their children, Olivia and Luke. “They wanted an addition that would give them multiple family spaces,” Moore says. Working with project architect Doug Patt and con­tractor Rick Bellefeuille, Moore eliminated the old


staircase and installed a stairwell in the 1,500-squarefoot addition. The stairs anchor one end of a circulation spine that joins the new and old structures. A new family room and mudroom flank one side of the passageway, while the other opens to a totally redesigned kitchen, giving the Perriellos a free-flowing family space that’s always bustling with activity. While the old house felt closed off from its surroundings, the addition feels almost evanescent, with glass doors at every turn linking the family room to the deck and backyard beyond. (Even the fireplace is transparent, so the Perriellos can enjoy it while sitting on the back deck.) Sunlight enters from every direction, bouncing off the kitchen’s white-glass backsplash, matching cabinet fronts, and crystallized-glass counters. White oak base cabinets add a warming note and support the back of a banquette that juts into the corridor, anchoring a family breakfast area. The Tudor’s old chimney was incorporated into the new stairwell, which is illuminated by a twostory window. The architects extended the home’s wood siding across the window, eliminating every other board to produce a series of slats that preserve the view out but obscure the view in. “If that was all glass, everybody moving up and down the stairs would feel very exposed,” explains Moore, who

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LEFT: A window wall illuminates the new stairwell, which is anchored on one side by the old exterior chimney. BELOW: The new family room offers abundant views of the backyard—even through the fireplace. FACING PAGE: The Tudor’s original fireplace was preserved, but the rest of the living room was updated so it blends seamlessly with the contemporary rooms in back.

table with Corian for easy cleanup. She avoided antiques and limited accessories to minimize upkeep. “It’s all totally bulletproof,” she says. “You could hose it off if you wanted to. And yet it certainly doesn’t look like a kids’ space.” With one notable exception, that is. The owners really had no use for the existing sitting room off the living area, so Byrne turned it into what she calls an un-sitting room, with just a shag carpet and a hammock suspended from the ceiling. “This seemed like an opportunity to have fun, and the kids love it,” reports the designer, who once saw eight children piled in at once. Given the home’s mixed pedigree, “it just seemed fitting not to take ourselves too seriously,” she says. “This house is not for everyone. But that’s why I think it works.” The same playful spirit is evident in the dining room, where a lemon-colored backsplash lends swagger to the bar, and a vacant wall is covered in

repeated the effect over the windows in the master bath (where shades provide extra privacy). To help blend old and new, the architects cleaned up the interiors of the Tudor, updating the trim and installing recessed lighting and the same white oak floors that appear in the addition. Walls throughout were painted a single shade of white, and the rooms were decorated in a consistent manner, with neutral modern pieces scaled to fit the smaller rooms in the old part of the house and the larger spaces in the addition. “They wanted it modern, but also kid-friendly,” says interior designer Diana Byrne, who used vinyl upholstery in the dining areas and topped the kitchen

PROJECT TEAM Architecture: Joeb Moore and Doug Patt, Joeb Moore & Partners Architects Interior design: Diana Byrne, DB Design Builder: David Prutting and Rick Bellefeuille, Prutting and Co. Landscape design: Joeb Moore & Partners

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The old dining room was updated with a lemon-colored bar and fanciful wallpaper. Daughter Olivia enjoys a private suite in the Tudor’s former attic. Her parents (and dog Sasha) got a new master suite on the second floor of the addition, with privacy shades that descend from a recess in the ceiling. A banquette protrudes from the renovated kitchen, turning part of the circulation spine into a breakfast area.

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a dappled abstract wallpaper. The spidery lines of a Serge Mouille lighting fixture protrude from the ceiling, adding a midcentury vibe to the mix. Another Mouille lamp graces the living room, where it holds court alongside the original stone fireplace. The trio of cowhide rugs splayed beneath a Noguchi coffee table help center the seating group without intruding on the much-used pathway that runs along the edge of the room, connecting the front door and family room. That front door once opened directly into the living room, so the architects added a new vestibule, crowned with an asymmetrical gable (in homage to the home’s Tudor roots) and sheathed in slatted siding that hints at the design vocabulary in the rear addition. The frosted-glass door glows like a lantern at night under the outstretched boughs of a behemoth American elm—a rare survivor of the Dutch elm disease that ravaged North America during the last century. The second floor of the addition houses a new master suite, while Luke got a remodeled bedroom on the old second floor and Olivia scored a teen’s dream suite in the former attic. The basement under the addition serves as a playroom for the kids—and a magnet for their friends, who rarely refuse an invitation. “Our house became one of the houses that kids like to come to, because we have space for them,” Chris says. “And it’s fun.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 134.

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A New Canaan home gets refreshed and updated, but stays delightfully true to its 1920s cottage origins.

Sweet Success

Recovered and refreshed, a chaise the homeowner already had creates a visual pause at the base of the staircase. Designer Shelley Morris replaced the home’s narrow-strip redoak flooring with wide-plank white oak to lighten the interior.

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ABOVE: The living room arrangement is the sum of vintage and contemporary pieces discovered in shopping trips to Connecticut and Brooklyn, unified by a painting by Paul Balmer. RIGHT: Paired with ottomans clad in metallic leather, a traditional table creates a transition from the living room on the left to the dining area on the right. FACING PAGE: Newly purchased Robert Motherwell prints join the homeowner’s desk and chairs in the entry.

PROJECT TEAM Interior design: Shelley Morris, Shelley Morris Interiors Interior architectural design and construction: FORM Ltd.

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Designer Shelley Morris is up front. “My clients work harder than anybody else’s clients,” she says, without a hint of apology. In her opinion, a client’s involvement is a prerequisite for a successful design. Morris will lead, counsel, educate, and advise, but after that, she says, she wants the person who will be living in the home to make the choices. “I don’t make decisions for them. They have to go out into the world with me, and I work with what they respond to.” Winter 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  127

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Having clients accompany her on sourcing excursions is non-negotiable. “I tell them that before they sign on the dotted line,” says Shelley Morris.

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LEFT: Structural beams clad with reclaimed barn wood introduce an organic element into the cozy den. BELOW: The homeowner was smitten by the 1920s cottage. “It was the perfect space for me,” she says. FACING PAGE: Opposite the desk in the entry, Morris surrounded an antique table of Coughlin’s with chairs she had reupholstered and painted white.

When Morris says “go out into the world,” she means exactly that. For this designer, having clients accompany her on excursions through Connecticut and New York sourcing rugs, furniture, art, and accessories for their homes is not just fun and interesting. It’s non-negotiable. “I don’t accept that they won’t go,” she says. “I tell them that before they sign on the dotted line.” It’s not something everyone would sign up for. But Patty Coughlin did. The longtime Greenwich real estate agent discovered the designer online, even

though Morris’s business, Shelley Morris Interiors, is based in New Canaan. She was impressed by Morris’s transparency and inspired by her emphasis on client involvement. Most of all, Coughlin says, “I loved the fact that not all of her houses looked the same.” Twenty years in real estate had introduced Coughlin to some of the most distinctive homes Fairfield County had to offer, and she herself owned a lovely condo in Greenwich. But, she says, “I always dreamed of having a sweet little cottage.” When some family members relocated to New Canaan, she found herself spending time in the town, beguiled by its openness and charm. Her decision to join them was sealed when she walked into the 1920s cottage with the diamond-paned windows, second-floor balconies, and spacious combined living and dining room. “It just felt like home,” Coughlin says.

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The Paul Balmer painting in the dining room is Coughlin’s favorite. “Every time I look at it, I smile,” she says. She and Morris found the dining room’s unique ceiling fixtures during a shopping foray in Brooklyn. FACING PAGE: Reconfiguring the kitchen and opening it to the den was one of the first updates Coughlin made to the home’s interior.

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Lovely though it was, the place needed sprucing up. She revived the exterior by replacing the aging balconies and adding copper gutters and a new wood-shingle roof. Then she called in FORM Ltd. of Greenwich, a firm she knew from her real estate practice, to attend to the dark and dated interior. “It had a lot more of a traditional look,” says FORM partner and design chief John Leontiou. “We modified it to make it more updated and contemporary.” They started in the kitchen, flipping its orientation for a more efficient use of space, and then expanding the opening into the den. In the den, they added a zero-clearance fireplace flanked by bookshelves and raised the ceiling, giving character to exposed structural beams by cladding them in reclaimed barn wood. In the living room, they converted the wood-burning fireplace to gas and replaced two small windows with a larger one, brightening the space. The front foyer got a black-and-white harlequin tile floor. Upstairs, they enlarged the master closet and reworked the layout in the bathroom, adding an elegant freestanding tub. The completed alterations shifted the interior in a lighter, brighter direction, but there was one critical surface still to be reclaimed: the narrow-strip red-oak floors that Coughlin assumed she’d replace with a similar product. Morris swiftly intervened. “She’s like, ‘Stop! Come to my house and look at my floors,’ ” Coughlin says. She did, and realized immediately what her easy-breezy house needed: wide-plank, glazed flooring of character-grade white oak. “That’s the thing that changed the house the most,” she says. “It lightens up

the entire home and gives it a different feel.” Morris knew it would. What she refers to as the envelope—the ceiling, walls, and floors—is critical to the finished look. She determines the colors and textures of those surfaces first. Once they are established, she inventories her client’s existing pieces and sets them in a floor plan, striving for balance, but not necessarily symmetry. “Symmetry can be boring,” she says. “It’s nice to have things that are a little unexpected.” Similarly, she likes to combine pieces that relate in color, shape, or texture, but differ enough to create visual interest. “I try to find things that speak to one another but are also in contrast, pieces that create a sense of harmony but at the same time create energy.” Choosing those pieces, she reiterates, is up to the client—including Coughlin, who found Morris’s

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“I try to find things that speak to one another but are also in contrast, pieces that create a sense of harmony but at the same time create energy,” says Morris.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: The master bath was reconfigured and updated with a custom double vanity. The bedroom’s muted palette is brightened by another of Paul Balmer’s paintings. A seating group in the master bedroom offers a bird’s-eye view through the windows that wrap the stairwell. OPPOSITE PAGE: Morris convinced her client to depart from the home’s light palette in her home office.

treasure hunts the highlight of the process. Morris took her shopping in her favorite Connecticut locations—Avery & Dash in Stamford for furniture, Westport’s Bungalow and Swoon for accessories—along with a New York outing to hit Brooklyn and TriBeCa. She introduced Coughlin to the work of artist Paul Balmer, whose paintings are found throughout the house. “I fell in love with his artwork. It’s interesting, bright, and happy, just what I wanted this house to be,” Coughlin says. She admits she wasn’t certain quite what she wanted in her new home, but she knew she was finished with formality. “I was honestly up for anything,” she says. “I just wanted it to look relaxed, a little funky, and the opposite of what I was coming from. Every day when I walk in here, I want it to feel like a vacation.” And as is often the case when having fun, Coughlin found herself making choices she might not have made under more sober circumstances. Case in point: her home office, where Morris urged her to retreat from the overall aesthetic in favor of a richer, more contemplative space. “She said, ‘Trust me, it’s going to look great,’ and I did trust her,” Coughlin says. The room, painted a glossy Farrow & Ball gray, is now her favorite. The designer is just as happy with the results as the homeowner. “She was open-minded and up for a

challenge, for something new and different,” Morris says of the client who dared sign on the dotted line. “She really wanted it to be a creative journey for her. And that’s what it turned into.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 134.

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The owner “really wanted it to be a creative journey for her. And that’s what it turned into,” says Morris.

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


Interior design: Antonio Vergara, Wakefield Design Center, 203-424-7739, Pages 28–30: Custom upholstered sofa from Precedent,; art over sofa, original acrylic on board, by Kelly O’Neal,; white cowhide and black linen pillows from V Rugs & Home, vrugsandhome. com; Howe concrete side tables from Made Goods,; blanket by Hermès,; rug from Kate Spade, katespade. com; swivel chair with brushed brass base from Thayer Coggin,; Noor zinc-wrapped dining table and Sylvie dining chairs from Made Goods; settee from Mr. Brown,; limited-edition giclée by Kent Walsh,; candelabra from Dunes & Duchess,, all sourced through Wakefield Design Center, wakefield Pages 31–33: Custom upholstered Maxime bed from Bernhardt,; nightstands from Belle Meade Signature,; table lamps from Mr. Brown; Lexi swivel chairs from Jessica Charles,; amethyst crystals in preservation frames from Christopher Marley,, all sourced through Wakefield Design Center.


Interior design: Philip A. Gulotta Jr., Greenwich, 203-395-9904, Contractor and cabinetmaker: Miroslaw Wandzel, Wandzel Construction, Stamford, 203-667-4615 Drapery workroom: Traditional Drapery, Bridgeport, 203-365-0634 Pages 108–109: Vintage 1906s Italian bar cart by Aldo Tura, vintage iron bench, vintage Italian settee, Hermès blanket, and channelback chair all through Philip A. Gulotta Jr.; Ikat toss pillows from The Drawing Room,; Tusk table by

Baker,; vintage Milo Baughman dining table, vintage Steen Ostergaard chairs, Hollywood Regency host chairs, vintage console, vintage glass decanters and bud vase, midcentury painting (artist unknown), and vintage Gaetano Sciolari chandelier through Philip A. Gulotta Jr.; wool and jute rug from Safavieh, Pages 110–111: Powder room mirror from Worlds Away,; Kelly Wearstler wallpaper from Lee Jofa,; living room mantel paint from Fine Paints of Europe,; Golden Ticket Bunny over fireplace by Adam Dare, adamdare. com; zebra-skin bench from Oly, olystudio. com; navy leather Ludlow chair from Hickory Chair,; blue Ikat pillows from Dovecote, Westport, 203-222-7500; brass floor lamp from Jonathan Adler,; area rug from Stark,; all other furniture and accessories through Philip A. Gulotta Jr. Page 112: Breakfast room vintage Saarinen Tulip table, Bertoia chairs, chrome lamp, and horn pedestal through Philip A. Gulotta Jr.; drapery fabric from Holly Hunt, hollyhunt. com, with grosgrain ribbon trim from Samuel & Sons,; sisal rug from A.T. Proudian,; kitchen backsplash tile from Rye Ridge Tile,; island lacquer from Fine Paints of Europe. Page 113: Rug from J.D. Staron,; sectional sofa from Gus* Modern, gusmodern. com; armchair fabric from Kravet,; Rosewood side table from Century Furniture,; chrome floor lamp by Jonathan Adler; roman shade fabric from Holly Hunt with trim from Samuel & Sons; all other accessories through Philip A. Gulotta Jr. Pages 114–115: Canopy bed from CB2, cb2. com; headboard fabric from Lee Jofa; bedding from Restoration Hardware, restorationhard; vintage campaign chests from Henredon Furniture,; Andy Warhol Rorschach wallpaper from Flavor Paper,; rug from A.T. Proudian; other accessories, furnishings, and art through Philip A. Gulotta Jr.; closet wallpaper and

fabric from Schumacher,; cabinet lacquer from Fine Paints of Europe; rug from A.T. Proudian; drawer hardware from Klaffs,


Architecture: Joeb Moore, Joeb Moore & Partners, Architects, Greenwich, 203-769-5828, Interior design: Diana Byrne, DB Design, Rye, N.Y., 646-246-2617, Builder: David Prutting and Rick Bellefeuille, Prutting and Co., Stamford, 203-972-1028, Interior millwork/cabinetry: Joe Ferro, J G Ferro & Co., Stratford, 203-378-1889, jgferro. com Landscape design: Joeb Moore & Partners, Architects Audio/Video design/installation: Lou Gordon, Soundworks, Armonk, N.Y., 914-765-0461, Pages 120–121: Sectional sofa from Gus* Modern,; coffee table from Design Within Reach,; floor lamp from Serge Mouille,; cowhides from Outpost Original, outpostoriginal. com; family room coffee table from YLiving,; fireplace from Wittus,; wallpaper from Black Edition, blackedition. com; rug from Stark, Pages 122–123: Dining table, chairs, and sideboard from De La Espada,; wallpaper from Black Edition; light fixture from Serge Mouille; rug from Turabian & Sariyan,; custom kitchen table by Eva’s Design and Decorating, White Plains, N.Y., 914-949-2717; chairs from De La Espada, with vinyl upholstery from Kravet,; cooktop by Wolf,; counters from Glassos,; faucet from Grohe,; stool from YLiving; master bedroom bed from Thom Filicia, thomfilicia. com; bedspread from Home Boutique of Greenwich,; Magis Cyborg armchair from YLiving; rug from Stark; master bath floor tile from Porcelanosa, porcelanosa-

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Interior design: Shelley Morris, Shelley Morris Interiors, New Canaan, 203-801-9911, Interior architectural design and construction: FORM Ltd., Greenwich, 203-869-6880, Pages 124–125: Chaise fabric from Rogers & Goffigon,; stool from Bungalow,; coral sculpture from Lillian August, lillianaugust. com, on Lucite pedestal from Swoon, Page 126: Painting by Paul Balmer, paulbalmer. com; midcentury gray chairs and throw pillows from Seaport Flowers and Home, seaport; coffee table from The Future Perfect,; sofa fabric from Rogers & Goffigon; midcentury sofa, lamps, and side tables from Bungalow; Barcelona daybed from Design Within Reach,; wooden vase on round table and mirror over fireplace from Bungalow; stools from Lillian August. Page 127: Robert Motherwell prints and midcentury Murano sconces from Avery and Dash, Page 128: Artwork from Bungalow; chair fabric from Rogers & Goffigon. Page 129: Verellen sectional sofa, large chair, and rug from Lillian August; barrel chair from The Future Perfect; center table from Bungalow. Page 130: Painting by Paul Balmer; dining chairs from Design Within Reach; dining table from Lillian August; hanging lights from Home Stories, Page 131: Island and cabinets by FORM Ltd.; black granite countertops fabricated by Dushi Marble & Granite,; backsplash tile from Rye Ridge Tile,; range hood from RangeCraft,; stools from Design Within Reach; lamps from Lillian August. Page 132: Sitting area chairs and ottoman from Montauk Sofa,; drapery fabric from Rogers & Goffigon; bed from Brownstone Furniture, brownstonefurniture. com; fabric on small ottomans from Rosemary Hallgarten,; painting over bed by Paul Balmer; master bath vanity from FORM Ltd., with Carrera marble top by Dushi Marble & Granite; faucets from Rohl,; ceiling light and sconces from Circa Lighting, Page 133: Rug, console table, and ottoman from Lillian August; chandelier from Home Stories; Thomas O’Brien desk from Century Furniture,; chairs from The Future Perfect; grasscloth shades from Conrad Shades,; chaise from Montauk Sofa; railing wall color from Farrow & Ball,

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Home Builders & Remodelers of Fairfield County 54 Homefront Farmers, LLC 6–7 InnerSpace Electronics, Inc. 40

Advanced Home Audio 31

Jan Hiltz Interiors, LLC 41

AIA Connecticut 64

JMKA | architects inside back cover

Aitoro Appliances 16

John R Mastera + Associates 88–89

Aqua Pool & Patio, Inc. 51

Karen Berkemeyer Home 55

Artemis Landscape Architects 61

Kebabian’s 20

Ben Krupinski Builders 49

Kellie Burke Interiors 12

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Bespoke Designs 77 Beth Krupa Interiors 65 Brooks and Falotico Associates, LLC 80–81 Bulthaup of Connecticut 15 C Studio Design, LLC 33 Charles Hilton Architects 10 City Bench 69 Closet and Storage Concepts 22 Connecticut Appliance and Fireplace Distributors 77


Landmark Exteriors 75 Lattice House 53 The Linen Shop 55 Luxury Home Design Summit 57 Michael Smith Architects 90–91 Morgan Harrison Home 4–5 Neil Hauck Architects, LLC 27 NuKitchens 29 O&G Industries Masonry Division 92–93

Connecticut Lighting Centers & Restoration Lighting Gallery 32

Parker & Company Interior Design 104

Connecticut Stone Supplies 82–83


Crown Point Cabinetry 25, 45

ProSource of Stamford 59

Daniel Conlon Architects 84–85

Rebecca Reynolds Design 71

Dean’s Stove & Spa 48

Riverhead Building Supply Corp. 57

DesignSourceCT 21

Rob Sanders Architects 96–97

Digital Home Systems 73

Robert A. Cardello Architects, LLC 98–99

Dina Spaidal Interiors 69

Robert Dean Architects 100–101

Domus Constructors, LLC 39

S&W Building Remodeling, Inc. 73

Douglas VanderHorn Architects 86–87 The Drawing Room 63 Ed’s Garage Doors 75 Eleish Van Breems inside front cover Finished in Fabric, LLC 62 Fletcher Development 17 Freddy’s Landscape and BioNova Natural Swimming Pools 35

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Sellars Lathrop Architects, LLC 102–103 Shope Reno Wharton 1 Shoreline Painting and Drywall 2–3 Tile America 19 Torrco 42 Tusk Home + Design 57 Wakefield Design Center 11, 71

Front Row Kitchens, Inc. 40 Gatehouse Partners 8–9 Gault Stone & Landscape Supplies 37 Georgia Zikas Design 47 Hemingway Construction 78

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Noroton Bay area. The property, part of a neighborhood first laid out in the 1920s, has dynamic vistas in several directions: toward a cute cove with boats, out across two islands to Long Island Sound, and even, on the side away from the water, a view of downtown Stamford off in the distance. With so many unique viewpoints to be captured, this seemed like a great spot for a “butterfly” floorplan, featuring angled wings projecting out from a central living area. Using this scheme, the kitchen, breakfast room, living and dining areas, den, back porch, three different bedrooms with balconies, and even a circular stair tower including two floors’ worth of windows (on the corner looking back toward Stamford) all get to partake in the home’s scenic surroundings. | Robert Cardello, Cardello Architects, South Norwalk, 203-587-8628,

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