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architecture and interiors magazine might have little cause to stray outside the comfortable confines of his own corner of the world. After all, the professionals whose work would concern him, the houses and gardens that would be appropriate for his publication, are all, by and large, located within an easy four hours’ drive of his front door. Well, my schedule over the past few months pretty much demolishes that assumption. In between jaunts to Newport, Portsmouth and New Canaan, there have also been designrelated journeys to places like Paris and Los Angeles. It’s true that such excursions have their touristic side, and I’m hardly going to complain about being forced to spend an occasional afternoon trudging the grueling length of the rue de l’Université. But however far these places might be from Essex and Cos Cob in a purely geographic sense, on the aesthetic front the connections can be very close indeed. Paris in late January is home to one of the biggest design trade shows in the world, Maison & Objet, as well as a small-


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er but, in terms of pure cachet, perhaps more rarified event, Paris Deco Off. Thousands of architects, designers, editors and shop owners converge to scope out the hottest trends, pick up new product lines, catch up on gossip and drink kirs. The first annual Design Bloggers Conference, probably the largest, most comprehensive gathering so far of that burgeoning community, convened at the end of February in a particularly stylish corner of West Hollywood. Surrounded by storied destinations such as the Pacific Design Center, Almont Yard and the La Cienega Design Quarter, we all spent two intensive days sharing experiences, inspiration, best practices, technical information—and of course more gossip. But what, you may still be thinking, does all this really have to do with a New England–based magazine? Although our region continues to have very much its own characteristic look and feel, all of us are increasingly immersed in a thoroughly national and international conversation about what good design can mean. The houses featured in the following pages show influences from England, France, Italy, China, India and American folk art, yet all of them clearly belong just where they’re situated, in Connecticut. The furniture and accessories they contain are ever more likely to have been culled from sources across the United States or across the ocean, but under the curatorial eye of local design teams. Part of my job as an editor, even in a territory comprising only a single state, is to keep abreast of the global influences being felt—and exerted—by our top designers, and to help guide readers—some of whom are those same designers—to the trends and resources that will fire their creative imaginations. So while I’m sitting out Milan’s Salone del Mobile and North Carolina’s High Point this spring to catch a few days in the office, I’ll probably head back to New York again in May for the ICFF, Kips Bay Show House and Design Week. No sacrifice is too great for the cause!

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lock prints? I made one at camp.” Ridgefield artist Deborah Weiss sometimes gets that response when she mentions her work as a woodcut printmaker. But as anyone who sees Weiss’s creations realizes at once, they’re a far cry from a camper’s craft project. Those a bit more familiar with the medium will also recognize how much her work departs from traditional woodcut printmaking. Her fluid, diaphanous studies mingle and merge a dozen hues, bursting the constraints of the age-old form. Weiss’s work resembles that of earlier printmaking masters, like Hans Holbein in the sixteenth century or Katsushika Hokusai in the nineteenth, about as much as Water Lilies resembles the Mona Lisa. Holbein printed and bordered his representational scenes in stark black ink; Weiss creates ab-

stract imagery in lush tones. Though colorful, Hokusai’s work—even his well-known Great Wave—is static, motionless; Weiss’s woodcuts, by contrast, seem to ripple and flow across the page. The form can be “very strict and rigid,” the artist acknowledges, “but I’ve turned it into something that’s freer and less restrained.” A former graphic designer, Weiss fell in love with the medium a decade ago, inspired in part by her interest in handmade Asian papers, with their unpredictable Clockwise from above: Branch to Branch (Green Print Portfolio), thickness and random editioned woodcut, 19" × 42"; coloration. Today, she creWatermarked III, unique wood ates two distinct styles of relief print, 23" × 22"; Vernal Season, unique woodcut, 17" × 17" woodcut prints. The first involves layering numerous printings with opaque and transparent inks to produce striking multi-hued abstractions. The artist’s Silk Road and 26 New England Home’s Connecticut Spring 2011

Watermarked series exemplify this major facet of her output, whose textures and sense of movement evoke both the natural world and the layered, woven feel of textiles. Weiss also works in another mode, using nontoxic inks to print botanical silhouettes on lokta, a handmade paper from Nepal. In these bold, hand-pulled prints, which Weiss has assembled in a separate collection called Green Print Portfolio, the silhouettes float among the mysterious, shadowy stains and blotchy freckles inherent to the organic paper.

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As fluid and spontaneous as her art appears, a careful process underlies it. While each piece offers “an element of surprise,” Weiss says, “there are always technical issues that come into play.” Selecting the right wood species for the block is crucial, as the grain affects how much detail she can carve. Weiss typically turns to tight-grained Shina plywood, locally sourced luan or birch, or salvage wood, whose grain resembles rivulets and eddies. Carving time depends on the wood, but it’s never a quick job. Using implements such as futatsu wari (Japanese precision tools), a large wood gouge and a small Dremel power tool, Weiss carves her patterns and images onto wood blocks that are larger than the paper. The technique allows her to position the sheet on different parts of the same block for multiple overprintings. She always makes the first printing in an opaque ink, adding subsequent layers in transparent hues. The artist has to reckon with how the colors will change when laid over each other, and how they’ll absorb—or not absorb—into the paper. Sometimes she cuts a full-size sheet into wide sections, which gives her greater freedom in placing the paper on the block, reassembling the sections to create the final work. Weiss’s unique methods, which she honed at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, have won her plenty of recognition. She has exhibited nationally, including at the 28 New England Home’s Connecticut Spring 2011

International Print Center New York, as well as in China. Her work can be found in many private and corporate collections, such as those of Fidelity Investments, Unilever and the RitzCarlton and Four Seasons hotels. In November, Kean University in New Jersey will mount Clockwise from above: print a solo show of Weiss’s woodfrom the Silk Road series, cut artistry. unique woodcut, 26" × 17"; “We have had a terrific reStructure in Nature (Green Print sponse to Deborah’s work,” Portfolio), editioned woodcut, 60" × 30" and 34" × 16" says David Behnke, of Behnke Doherty Gallery in Washington Depot. “Her wonderful sense of color, manipulation of registration and use of the woodblock grain itself as part of her compositions . . . make her prints instantly recognizable.” Indeed, whether or not they know anything about woodcut printmaking, people are drawn to Weiss’s abstract, nature-based imagery. “I hope viewers appreciate work that suggests rather than dictates,” she says. “When someone tells me that a particular print or series reminds them of something they have observed, I am pleased.” • Editor’s Note To see more of Weiss’s work, visit her Web site,

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he work of Richard Scofield Historic Lighting tends to leave people scratching their heads. Is it real or reproduction? By all appearances, the company’s fixtures seem to hail from such periods as colonial New England or ancien régime France. In fact, their electric bulbs might be the only giveaway that the lights are crafted at a twenty-first-century Ivoryton workshop owned by Doreen and Jon Joslow. There, the company’s artisans create faithful reproductions of seventeenth-, eighteenth- and nineteenth-

idea that well-crafted pieces endure. In keeping with that conviction, the company relies almost entirely on authentic materials and tried-and-true methods. The hand tools Scofield artisans use to trace their patterns and bend and fold metals are “old, old, old,” Doreen says, their handles scarred by nicks and burns. For copper, iron, wood and other raw materials, the company turns to New England suppliers.





The exterior sconces Scofield Lighting created for the Ocean House are a shining example of the company’s penchant for authenticity. Whereas some manufacturers would have painted or plated the fixtures, attempting to prevent rust, Scofield’s craftsmen used sixteen-ounce copper, which acquires a lovely blue-green patina in salt air. Coatings inevitably degrade in seaside environments, Jon explains, but untreated copper pieces “last practically forever” when exposed to the elements. It’s safe to say that master craftsman Richard Scofield, the company’s founder and a stickler for historical accuracy, would approve of the Joslows’ leadership. After setting up shop in Stamford in 1974, Scofield eventually moved the company to Main Street in Chester, where Doreen and Jon— passionate lighting collectors—first ventured into the store. Five years ago, they bought the company from a former employee (who had inherited it upon Scofield’s death and moved it to Ivoryton) and proceeded to quadruple their business by forging relationships with designers, architects and builders. Designer Rhonda Eleish, co-owner of Eleish van Breems Antiques in Washington Depot, is one of their devotees. “I’m very picky about lighting. There’s a lot out there that’s very flimsy,” she says. Scofield’s fixtures, on the other hand, “age beautifully. The quality is really phenomenal.” While the company’s designs are a natural fit in period or new-old houses, Eleish, whose firm is known for Swedish-style interiors, finds that they look unexpectedly fresh elsewhere. “I can use their pieces in European, even contemporary projects,” she says. (Her favorite is the versatile English Box sconce, an aged tin stunner embellished with a gold leaf detail.) For the Joslows, it’s a treat to collaborate with clients on the custom projects that account for almost a third of their sales. Recently, Doreen worked with Jack Franzen, principal of J.P. Franzen Associates Architects in Southport, to design 34 New England Home’s Connecticut Spring 2011



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he ideal time to peek in on this Fairfield County paradise might be late afternoon, when golden sun patinas the roses. On the other hand, early-morning dew clinging to the silvery lamb’s ears is something to behold. And, of course, moonlight has its charms. Not limited by the clock or even the calendar, this pretty garden offers constant rewards. Summer, though, is its main focus and the season that best highlights not only the appealing plants and pool but also the wellconceived plan. Recently included in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens, the impressive setting owes its merits to owner Ellen Levinson, an interior and garden designer. When she and her husband, John, decided it was time for a pool, they didn’t just plunk it down willy-nilly. Instead, they carefully studied their two-acre property for suitable locales. One thing was for certain: the couple didn’t want the pool crowding their historic 1830 home. Southport architect John Franzen, whom the owners had previously enlisted to design their handsome garage, was recruited to help. With his guidance, the Levinsons determined that a far corner of the deep yard was ideal. This savvy solution left plenty of Above: Antique stone obelisks open grass and, at the same guard the idyll’s side entry. time, created a feeling of disRight: No ordinary utilitarian building, the green garage has tance and a sense of removal its fair share of flowers includfrom everyday occurrences. ing hydrangea, golden hops Pool—and picturesque pool and Russian sage. house—would serve as a destination. With family and friends in tow, the owners could travel down to the pool and spend long, languid afternoons relaxing. A backdrop incorporating a stone wall and a mass of green shrubs and trees would help ensure that the gathering point would remain a private world—a remarkable feat considering there are nearby neighbors and a busy town within walking distance.

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Outside Interest “We also wanted the pool house to look like it had always been here,” Levinson says of the roughly 500-square-foot cottage that sprang up. And with a fieldstone façade and cedar-shingled sides, it most assuredly does. The arched front door is reminiscent of a fairytale house or, as Franzen sees it, “a sweet New England farm building.” A cedarshingled roof heightens the spell, as does the pergola that cools the stone patio for al fresco meals. Come July, trumpet vine dripping through the pergola bursts into bloom, its apricot flowers lasting through September. Levinson saw to it that the building was equipped with all the amenities, including a dressing room, bathroom and kitchen. White-pickled pine paneling and cheery yellow cabinets exhale a fresh, garden-y feeling of their own. A reproduction oldfashioned cookstove with modern capabilities lends a playful note. And wet feet come and go on the

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limestone floor with never a worry, making the day-off ambience all the sweeter. “An indoor sitting area was unnecessary,” the designer says with a laugh. “If you’re here it’s to enjoy the outdoors.” The alluring blue-as-sky pool sports a diving stone (much more romantic than a board) and a bluestone surround. Beyond—just over the low stone wall—are the robust flower borders, which are Clockwise from top: Garden also visible from the house furniture by Giati elevates and, according to Levinson, the comfort factor. Pots of almost always feature somelush annuals add a color splash. Among the plants thing in bloom. in the espaliered apple-tree Consulting with garden bed are brunnera, lilies, designer Ken Twombly, who lamb’s ears and lirope. was then with Twombly Nursery in Monroe, Levinson unleashed her horticultural creativity. Sculptural topiaries—spiral Alberta spruce at the front entrance and spiral boxwoods at the side entry—are immediate attention-getters, but that’s just the beginning. Close examination reveals layers of shapes, colors and textures. Spring offerings like azaleas, lilac standards, volup-

tuous peonies and baptisia give way to classic summer treats such as catmint, salvia and phlox. Roses are abundant. Repeat bloomers such as Pink Meidiland, Carefree Delight and Carefree Wonder sing out for weeks on end alongside bright Happy Returns daylilies and hydrangea. The fall finale is led by peegee hydrangea and stalwart chrysanthemums. Winter—but who needs to look ahead?—affords the garden an opportunity to show off its structure. Topiaries along with clipped and variegated boxwood, daphne, Japanese maple, a crabapple tree and buddleia wantonly flaunt their curvaceous shapes in snow. The only annuals Levinson allows are those that burst like fireworks from containers. Not content with familiar fillers, the clever designer follows her mood, composing a dramatic array with, say, datura, Abyssinian gladiolus, lantana, ipomea and verbena. “In my pots, I always use contrasting foliage— could be golden, silver, variegated, burgundy—to make the whole arrangement pop,” she says. Like all the other elements in this noteworthy garden, the ever-lush display never fails to elicit appreciative sighs and admiring words. • Resources For information about the professionals involved in this project, turn to page 114.

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A couple raises a historic church from the dead, giving the abandoned house of worship in Old Lyme new life as a family home. Written and produced by Stacy Kunstel • Photography by Michael Partenio • Architecture: Laurent T. DuPont • Builder: Michael Avgerinos

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The living room retains vestiges of its former life as a church with its high ceilings and subtly stained glass windows. An eclectic mix of antiques— including old religious icons that speak to the 1843 building’s past—and new pieces create a warm ambience.

Homeowner Michele Mergy kept the original tile that runs throughout the former church. Facing page top: The church’s center aisle now leads to a modern kitchen instead of an altar. Facing page bottom: The Mergys removed the church steeple and added a sunroom off one side, but left most of the structure in its original state.


Call it Divine Providence. Michele and Lee Mergy were living in New Canaan when they cheerfully began to entertain the idea of a summer residence in Michele’s hometown of Old Lyme. Rolling through town one afternoon with their two children in tow they passed the church on Old Lyme Street where, as a child, Michele had attended Mass and taken her first Communion. A for-sale sign stood plugged into the unkempt lawn and the front door had been left wide open. Curious, the Mergys wandered into the large clapboard structure that had been sitting neglected for at least a few years. The pews where Michele had once bowed her head had long been sold, leaving the building vacant and still. No choir in the loft to summon parishioners, no echoes of sermons past, just a neglected space threatening to mar the otherwise pretty main street. That afternoon the couple went to the broker’s office with an offer. “It was basically an abandoned building,” says Michele. “We walked right in and I said I had to have it.” It was potential rather than nostalgia that drew Michele to the space. The soaring ceiling, slate-tile floor details and arched stained-glass windows looked to her more like a family home than a house of worship. Being in the picturesque downtown area

just a minute’s walk from the ice cream stand, shops and Cooley Gallery wasn't bad, either. Built by the Baptist Society in 1843, the church had held congregations since before the Civil War. Sold to the Catholic Church in the 1930s, it served as a community mainstay until it was shuttered in 2003. Purchasing the building took almost eight months, giving Michele more time to plan as well as assemble an architect and builder team, which included family friend Laurent DuPont of Laurent T. DuPont AIA Architects and Mike Avgerinos of Avgerinos Contracting, who had worked with the couple on three other projects. Spring 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 51

Midcentury modern Castelli chairs join a massive eighteenth-century English oak dining table. Facing page top: A collection of furniture covered in vintage linen provides a cozy spot by the ďŹ replace. Facing page bottom: A variety of artifacts add to the home’s personality.

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“I do a lot of historic renovation in my work,” says DuPont. “I jumped at the chance to work on this one. I’m a history buff, and this is an architecture that is truly lovely. It’s a circa-1840s church on a very historic street, where you’ll find a collection of period houses—Italianate, Victorian, Federal—but this was a beautiful, simple, white New England church.” Creating spaces to live and sleep within the lofty building was the first order of business. The Mergys and DuPont took advantage of the existing choir

The soaring ceiling, slate-tile floor details and arched stained-glass windows looked to Michele Mergy like a family home. loft, dividing it into two bedrooms and baths for the Mergy’s fourteen-year-old son and ten-year-old daughter. DuPont kept the area along the balcony exposed as a sitting/play area for the children, setting the bedroom walls away from the sight line from below. “Both Lee and Michele were very sensitive about keeping the character of the church,” says the architect. “We kept the choir loft look and had the open sitting area span the width of the nave.” Michele and Lee took up residence on the first floor in what were probably changing rooms behind the altar, carving out a small master bath next to the bedroom with a vintage looking claw-foot tub and

side-by-side sinks. What was previously the priest’s office to the left of the altar became Lee’s home office. Fond of the sanctuary’s open format, DuPont and the Mergys tried to keep the airy feeling as much as possible in designing rooms for living. Two walls that float on either side of the center aisle now divide the former sanctuary space into four Spring 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 53

The Philippe Starck Ghost Chairs seem to disappear among the garden plants and owers. Facing page clockwise from top: Michele created the claw-foot, granitetopped coffee table, then surrounded it with Philippe Starck bubble chairs. Antique and vintage statuary completes the look.

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The furnishings Michele chose reect a reverence for the space, balanced with a dose of whimsy.

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Modern mixes with antiques and animal prints in the master bedroom. Facing page: The Mergys added the sunroom addition for a sitting area bathed in natural light in contrast to the stained-glassďŹ ltered light in the living room.

areas. Two—one a living room the other a space with a pool table—fall under the children’s bedrooms, giving them a lower ceiling height. Two additional sitting areas along with the dining room lie in front of the loft under the full height of the church’s ceiling. “I wanted to keep a loftlike feeling, but we needed some walls for privacy,” says Michele of the minor division between areas. “Two gas fireplaces separate the four spaces,” says DuPont. “The center aisle of the church basically remained the same.” The end of the nave, where the altar once stood, now holds the kitchen. Two steps up from the home’s main level, it serves as a look-out point with a view of almost every room in the house. DuPont worked with Michele to orient the space to the middle of the church, placing a large wooden island in the center and separating it from the seating area with a balustrade. “I wanted to get the sense of an altar,” says Michele of the kitchen island. “I love antiques, and I love the look of wormy, stained, worn wood.” The island top has the feel of an old butcher-block. A slab of two-inch-thick Carrara marble surrounds the sink, and the perimeter counter and backsplash are also Carrara. Above the island hangs a crystal chandelier, one of ten in the house. After the renovations the Mergys spent a summer here, then discovered it was too hard to leave. What

After the renovations, the family spent a summer in the house, then decided it was too hard to leave. was initially a summer home felt more like somewhere they would like to live full time. As they waited for the New Canaan house to sell, Michele began filling the open spaces with antiques. While she says she is not a religious person, she found herself more drawn to religious icons now that she’s living in what was God’s house. “In the space I try to recognize all religions,” she says. “There are antiques from various denominations—Buddhist, Hindu, Egyptian, crosses, angels from Germany.”

The furnishings Michele chose reflect a reverence for the space, balanced with a dose of whimsy. Giant stone paws ground the large coffee table in front of a vintage leather sofa. Michele chose mostly English chairs and sofas with exposed seams and tiny nailhead trim upholstered in vintage French linen for the sitting areas. “I thought the simplicity of the upholstery would balance well in the space,” she says. “I wanted it to be a clean, peaceful atmosphere. There’s so much color in stained glass windows that I didn’t want much color in the upholstery. Keeping the upholstery simple feels modern.” There is a peace that pervades the space, whether intentional or not. “I almost feel like I saved the space because I was a little girl here and had my Holy Communion here,” says Michele. You could say the heavens opened for the Mergys to move in. “It’s a joyful space and we saved it,” says Michele. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 114. Spring 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 57

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onny and Joe Bob Edwards found much to love in the traditional, colonial-style house they bought when they moved from Texas to Greenwich six years ago. The six-bedroom home was in good shape, thanks to a renovation by previous owners, and offered plenty of space for the couple and their three young sons. The large yard held a pool and multiple terraces, making it a welcoming place for the sort of outdoor entertaining that had been so much a part of the family’s life back in the Southwest. • As they settled in, Bonny decorated the house in a style that suited the classic exterior. Traditional furniture and accessories took up residence against a palette of greens, reds and golds. Now and then, though, she found herself attracted to pieces with a slightly more contemporary feel and began to wonder if a more modern look would better suit her active family. “I wanted to lighten things up, and make the house more soothing and airy,” she says. • On the advice of a friend, she invited Greenwich-based designer Michelle Morgan Harrison to take a look at the house. As the two talked and Morgan Harrison showed photos of her previous work, Bonny was


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Designer Michelle Morgan Harrison brought drama to the living room with a wall of antiqued mirrored panels and glamorous materials like the silvery white sofa fabric and the combination of a silver-and-white patterned fabric from David Hicks and a metallic linen from F. Schumacher (facing page) on the chairs.

impressed with the designer’s approach. “She did different styles for different people,” she recalls. “She didn’t have her own style that she was imposing.” To give Bonny and Joe Bob the look they wanted without doing away with their favorite things, Morgan Harrison went through the house with the couple, identifying furniture, art and accessories they loved too much to lose. “It wasn’t so hard,” Bonny says. “There were some paintings and some rugs, but I was really ready for a change.” Previous owners had put on an addition intended to open the kitchen and enlarge the family room. Because the new space had a high ceiling while the older section still had its low ceiling, the family room—while indeed larger—was functionally the equivalent of two smaller rooms. Morgan Harrison brought new and old spaces into a harmonious whole by replacing the high ceiling 62 New England Home’s Connecticut Spring 2011

in the addition with a lower, coffered ceiling. Playing off the handsome white cabinetry and a pillared halfwall in the kitchen, she added columns on either side of the family room. The fireplace that had stood largely ignored at one end of the older space now became the

In the living room, the designer introduced silver and white to dramatic effect.

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Classic and modern elements mingle in the dining room chandelier. The dining chairs wear an easy-to-clean Sunbrella velvet. Facing page bottom: The brass-and-glass tableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shape is a perfect match for the tufted dining chairs. Facing page top: Colonial-style light ďŹ xtures and bar stools made way for a more modern interpretation. 64 New England Homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Connecticut Spring 2011

focal point for the spacious new family room. “I love how the kitchen flows into the family room now,” Bonny says. Cozy but traditional furniture was swapped out for low-lying sofas with an elegant modern shape and sleek barrel chairs that are every bit as comfy as the overstuffed easy chairs they replaced. A pair of rich-toned oriental rugs made way for one large and lovely silk carpet from Stark in a luxurious goldenwheat color. And the reds, greens and deep golds of the old space have given way to a breezy palette of aqua, camel and buttercream. “I knew I wanted a more neutral look,” Bonny explains. “When we started looking at fabrics I was drawn to the pale bluish-greenish. It’s soft; it’s so soothing.” The same restful color scheme forms the basis for the living room, but here Morgan Harrison has ratcheted up the glamour in a big way. The aqua has lightened to the palest of blues and is found only in the wool-and-silk rug and the occasional toss pillow. The camels and buttercreams of the family room have morphed into dazzling golds, and the designer has introduced silver and white to dramatic effect. The room’s far wall seemed to waste its potential, standing as little more than a backdrop for the seating area. Morgan Harrison covered the entire expanse with panels of antiqued mirrored glass, adding visual impact and making the room seem much larger. A swoop-armed sofa wears a sumptuous silverywhite linen. A pair of Hollywood-elegant Thomas Pheasant chairs that Bonny and Joe Bob already owned were recovered in a combination of metallic linen from F. Schumacher and a silver-and-white patterned fabric from David Hicks.

As grown-up as the new decor is, Morgan Harrison made sure the house remained kid-friendly.

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A golden sunburst mirror and a vintage brass peacock provide finishing touches. Lightened up, too, is the library that doubles as Joe Bob’s office, where Morgan Harrison painted the dark paneling a luscious butterscotch shade, then added a boldly patterned carpet in a soft neutral and dressed the windows in simple linen with a butterscotch trim. As grown-up as the new decor is, Morgan Harrison made sure the house remained kid-friendly. “It really needed to work for a family,” she says. “The trick was the fabrics I chose. I used a lot of vinyl and Kravet’s Smart Weaves fabrics.” In the dining room, for example, the chairs are covered in a Sunbrella velvet that Morgan Harrison swears is indestructible. “You can spill ketchup on it and it wipes right up,” she marvels. The sophisticated tone of the living areas continues to the bedrooms. In the master bedroom, the designer converted the velvet draperies into roman shades and brought in a new bed with an upholstered wingback headboard. The boys’ rooms, too, find a way to be stylish yet age appropriate and a bit whimsical. For the youngest son, who was moving from crib to “big boy” bed, she created a playful room in a palette of cranberry, dark brown and cream. For another son, who needed some persuasion to give up his Star Wars–themed room, she outfitted the space in irresistible deep, dark chocolate and buoyant orange. “It’s fun and modern,” Morgan Harrison says. “It’s a great room for a boy to grow up in; it’ll grow with him.” Indeed, the whole house has taken on a more fun, modern aspect that’s just right for its young family. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 114.

The boys’ rooms, too, find a way to be stylish yet age appropriate and a bit whimsical.

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A sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom is kid-friendly but not babyish. Facing page top: Coffered ceilings forge unity between the family room and kitchen. Facing page bottom: Velvet roman shades and an upholstered headboard add a plush note to the master bedroom.

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A New Canaan couple merges two modernized condos, creating a single home that honors an old house’s past and gives it a beautiful future. Text by Megan Fulweiler • Photography by Michael Partenio • Architecture: Mark Howland • Interior Design: Nancy Serafini, Homeworks Interior Design • Builder: Bogdan Gutowski, BG Construction • Landscape Design: Paul Winsor • Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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Existing and new brickwork blend seamlessly. Facing page top: Behind the pristine white fence, lilac standards and well-clipped boxwood hedges enhance the reborn historic homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character. Facing page bottom: The handsome rock was relocated for optimum viewing.



ike so many of us, Mike and Mary Helen Fabacher avidly monitor real estate ads. “Somehow no matter where we are, we always manage to find ourselves looking at the photos in realtors’ windows,” Mary Helen says with a laugh. Still, it’s not all daydreaming. In twentyeight years of marriage, the venturesome couple has owned a dozen houses. The quintessential example of the care and thought they bring to each new address, though, could be their most recent acquisition—which, after six years, happens to be the nest where they’ve stayed put the longest. They hadn’t planned on tackling such a robust project, but how could they have resisted? The lovely old house (the oldest part dates back to 1741) had been divided into two separate condos. One was for sale. Although smitten, the Fabachers decided it was far too small. On the chance the other owner might also be interested in selling, Mike knocked on the door and inquired. Lo and behold, everything fell together. Instead of purchasing half a house, the Fabachers became caretakers of one of New Canaan’s oldest homes. There was just a slight bump in the road on the way to their moving in. Bringing the house up to today’s living standards meant an overhaul of everything from the roof right on down to the systems and interior. The home’s bones were awe-inspring (work would reveal the original chestnut timber frame and hand-hewed joists), but there was also a slew of old-age problems as well as some


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Gingham, dots and ďŹ&#x201A;orals both vivid and subdued mingle in the living room. Facing page top: A Jacobean-style humpback sofa adds liveliness. Facing page bottom: Shortening the living room made room for a snug library.

modern additions that compromised the Colonial’s integrity. For help, the owners recruited experts they’d relied on in the past: Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, interior designer Nancy Serafini and architect Mark Howland (who was at that time with Berg/Howland Associates; he now heads an eponymous firm in New Canaan). Serafini has completed three projects with the Fabachers, including one on Nantucket, Massachusetts, where she also maintains a home. “I think of Mary Helen as a dear friend,” Serafini says. “She’s one of the warmest people I know.” As it turned out, having friends on the lengthy job was a plus. The home’s pedigree subjected it to stringent preservation requirements and close scrutiny by the town’s Historic District Commission, all of which Howland took in stride. “This kind of work is great fun,” he says. “It’s like a wonderful puzzle, getting things to fit together and, at the same time, safeguarding a home’s character. Everything you do needs to be sympathetic to the home’s age.” Outside, the renovation brought fresh clapboards, reproduction doors and efficient windows made with old glass to original dimensions. Southport-based garden designer Paul Winsor saw to the landscape, creating memorable gardens all around. He resurrected aging hardscape and devised new stonework that would look like it had been in place forever. A long list of plants that complement the architecture includes peonies, lilac standards, hydrangeas in myriad colors and rows of sprightly boxwood. Inside, an extensive set of improvements transpired to merge

If conviviality can be rated, the dining room, with its conversation-promoting round table, scores high. the two units into a comfortable whole. The dividing wall and a flight of contemporary stairs were demolished. In the oldest section of the house, existing rooms were stripped to their framework to allow for the installation of up-to-date mechanicals. Once the modern systems were in, walls were re-plastered, doors were revamped with restored pre-Revolutionary hardware and handsome moldings—a collaboration between the architect and Mill River, Massachusetts, custom millwork designer Neil Blackwell—went up. A beautiful kitchen was also created, connecting via the breakfast room to a twentieth-century addition that holds the totally rehabbed family room, playroom and garage. 74 New England Home’s Connecticut Spring 2011

Designer Nancy SeraďŹ niâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talent for marrying patterns plays out again in the dining room. Facing page top: Custom wood pulls enhance kitchen cabinets. Facing page bottom: A nineteenth-century chandelier lights the breakfast area.

“The master bedroom’s canopy gives the illusion of height,” Serafini says. Facing page top: An old sleeping porch became a sunwashed master bath. Facing page bottom: A needlepoint chair is the bedroom’s finishing touch.

Upstairs blossomed, too. A medley of wee rooms became a spacious master suite with sitting and dressing rooms, while a former sleeping porch morphed into a sumptuous bath with a pedestal tub and mosaic floor. As Howland and Serafini skillfully drew the picture together, the house regained its past glory and acquired a bright future. The traditional but lively decor enhances the transformation. Furnishings are casually elegant—no hands-off museum airs. Rich colors, such as the dusty rose of the fabulous strié wallcovering in living room and library, highlight the handsome millwork and evoke the coziness older homes are known for. (In shortening the rectangular living room to improve its proportions, Howland found space for the snug, richly detailed library.) At living room windows, side panels marry with fabric valances. But library and kitchen windows sport a less formal attitude with brisby-pleated cafe curtains parked just above the midpoint. “Hanging cafes in that fashion is a trademark of mine,” Serafini says. “They heighten the room and give privacy, but don’t shut out light.” If conviviality can be rated, the dining room, with its conversation-promoting round table, scores high. An amenable size for small groups, the room is also ideal for a candlelit dinner for two. Walls clad in a dreamy blue Brunschwig & Fils linen-and-cotton print fabric add to the delicious intimacy and up the prettiness. The sunny kitchen is, as the owners had hoped, the hub of all activities. The motif—cheery wallpaper, meticulously executed custom cabinets crafted by Michael Humphries Woodworking in Northfield, Massachusetts, and countertops of white marble and black granite—suits the home’s age. Stainless steel appliances add a hint of modernity. As the astute Howland explains, there’s also symmetry, which gives order to all the elements and prevents the kitchen from coming across, he says, “as a modern imposition.” Reclaimed chestnut floors link the kitchen with the breakfast and keeping rooms. The last, with its impressive hearth and original mantel, is the Fabachers’ favorite spot. One wonders, though,

The traditional but lively decor enhances the transformation. Furnishings are casually elegant. how do they decide? Every space, including the master bedroom with its flower-strewn curtains and canopy, venerable framed needlepoints and warm reddish carpet, fairly hums “welcome.” Commendably, Howland, Serafini and the dedicated owners have fused past and present. The question is, will the urge to move on strike the couple again? If it does, clearly it will be to another home’s benefit. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 114. Spring 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 77

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inter’s frigid grip has finally relaxed its tight hold and surrendered to the gentler spring breezes that seem to bring us back to life each year in New England. The lengthening days infuse our homes with natural light and help awaken the sleeping landscape that surrounds us. It’s a time for change, both inside and out. • Situated on fourteen acres in the backcountry of Greenwich, this classic center-hall colonial epitomizes just such a sense of transition. While traditional architectural elements provide a framework for the home, the interiors have been given a fresh, contemporary design by Linda Ruderman-Rosier, of Greenwich-based Linda Ruderman Interiors. “The clients’ goal for their home was to have a comfortable living space that was functional for their young family, with a sophisticated design aesthetic,” RudermanRosier says. Frequent travelers and avid art collectors, her clients wanted to be “surrounded by peacefulness and comfort” when they returned home. • The foyer establishes that

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The foyer’s antique marble makes a dramatic statement beneath a contemporary velvet settee. Facing page: The living room’s custom “see-through” mahogany and velvet sofa unites two of the room’s three seating arrangements. Spring 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 81

Clockwise: A sunny yellow sofa and a painting by Australian artist Tracey Moffatt warm the foyer’s niche. Luxuriously upholstered pieces mix cleverly with bronze, acrylic and wood in the living room. The house wears a stately, traditional façade.

Quiet drama reigns in the formal living room, where the designer made the most of the long, narrow space.

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peaceful sensibility right away with walls painted a quiet neutral set off by handsome millwork in a crisp white. Such tranquility doesn’t preclude a dose of the theatrical, however, in the form of a vivid painting by Australian artist Tracey Moffatt, which hangs above a clean-lined sofa the color of a Meyer lemon tucked in a niche along one wall. The black-and-white marble floor adds further excitement, pulling the eye through the space and into the heart of the house. Quiet drama reigns again in the formal living room, where the designer made the most of the long, narrow space. “This proved to be the most challenging room of the project because of its size,” says Ruderman-

Rosier. “My intent was to create three different seating areas, yet make the room feel very interactive when occupied by a large group.” Taking center stage is a custom mahogany and velvet back-to-back, “see-through” sofa designed by Ruderman-Rosier to bring a touch of old Hollywood glamour to the room. One side of the sofa looks toward a wall of windows, where the light spills onto a second seating area presided over by a grand piano. The other side of the sofa completes an arrangement that includes a set of Edward Ferrell club chairs and a Henry Royer bronze-and-glass coffee table. Glass-and-acrylic cigarette tables—just the right size to hold an evening Spring 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 83

French doors and high windows give the breakfast room the feel of a greenhouse. Facing page top: Lush landscaping surrounds the pool and softens the lines between outdoor living spaces. Facing page bottom: The spacious veranda affords plenty of seating.

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Windows have been purposefully left unadorned, blurring the lines between interior and exterior. cocktail—provide a bit of additional sparkle. A second sofa snuggles in a classical recessed niche opposite the room’s fireplace. French doors flanking the fireplace lead to the well-manicured grounds, which are also visible from cleverly designed window seats at each end of the room. Windows have been purposefully left unadorned, blurring the lines between interior and exterior and flooding the room with natural light. The Jim Thompson silk wallcovering adds a sumptuous layer to the room and, along with the Paul Lee rug of silk and wool, brings the seating arrangements into happy cohabitation. The result is a room equally well suited to the energetic buzz of a large cocktail party or a quiet evening with a few close friends. In contrast to the subtle tones of the living room, the library boasts rich, warm color in the knotty pine paneling surrounding the fireplace and in the deep blue of the room’s velvet sofa. “I wanted the room to embrace you as you entered the space,” RudermanRosier explains. To accomplish that, she says, “I incorporated varying textures, such as luxurious velvet, cashmere, leather and wool, into the design scheme.” Brass andirons in a classical Greek key motif shine from the double-sided fireplace, which looks through to the dining room. A sleek brass-trimmed Jansen coffee table echoes the gleam of the andirons. A paint-

ing by Damien Hirst, part of the homeowners’ large collection of contemporary art, keeps watch over the cozy scene. Nowhere is the connection between indoor and outdoor environments more evident than in the airy double-height breakfast room off the kitchen. Windows on two levels and multiple French doors that open to the Spring 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 85

“If I had to use one word to describe the master bedroom it would be serene,” Ruderman-Rosier says.

landscape convey the feeling of being in a large, luxurious greenhouse. The strong rectilinear elements of the room’s architecture are softened by the curvaceous table and chairs and the hexagonal floor tiles. One set of French doors looks out on a terrace, where the JANUS et Cie table and chairs seem to mirror their indoor counterparts. The terrace is part of a creative landscape, designed by Ruderman-Rosier along with Wesley Stout Associates, that weaves together native plantings, verdant lawns and architecturally inspired planters overflowing with colorful blooms. The importance of the outdoor environment comes into play again in the master suite, where RudermanRosier integrated the views into her design. In the sitting area, three windows behind a desk have been left bare to allow maximum exposure to the outside. The large center picture window that frames the custom contemporary desk is bordered on either side with double-hung windows adorned with a circular motif. That delicate scrolling is echoed in the ceiling medallion and chandelier, as well as in the sleeping-area fabrics that drape the windows and cover the bed. 86 New England Home’s Connecticut Spring 2011

Millwork, including the recessed-panel doors of the sitting room’s built-in cupboards, gives the suite a rich, classical look. In the sitting area, RudermanRosier created a little sanctuary, covering the curved sofa, club chair and tufted ottoman in a calming neutral fabric with an interlocking trim motif. A glassand-metal oval table adds more texture to the space and provides a reflective surface to catch the light that floods in through the windows. The designer tied the sleeping and sitting areas together with another carpet of silk and wool by Paul Lee. The sleeping area holds a second spot for lounging, a custom-designed sofa in a recessed bay along an expanse of dividedlight windows. Here, the windows are dressed in a combination of gently pleated roman shades and traditional floor-to-ceiling drapery panels. “If I had to use one word to describe this room it would be serene,” Ruderman-Rosier says. “My intention was to create a clean, tailored, relaxing sanctuary, and I think my clients would agree that we were successful in doing just that.” As night falls, the room’s sense of restfulness and tranquility offers the perfect ending to the day and the promise of a bright tomorrow. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 114.

Natural light spills into the master bedroomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sitting area. The window detail is echoed on the ceiling and in the chandelier, coffee table and fabric trim. Facing page left: Bold colors and warm wood set a cozy tone in the library. Facing page right: A second sitting area is tucked into a niche near the bed.


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Vintage Gambrel Colonial restored to enjoy the understated elegance of the past and convenience of today. Breathtaking views of Long Island Sound and the salt marsh. Walk to beach. MARIE LEE $2,950,000


Early American Colonial exceptionally reconstructed on 3.6 waterfront acres with plaster walls, original materials, a state-of-the-art kitchen, five bedrooms, and cove access. MADELINE MATTSON $1,695,000


New six-bedroom classic Shingle-style waterfront home features water views from nearly every room. Grand foyer, gourmet kitchen, luxurious master suite and a deep-water dock. KMS PARTNERS $9,250,000


Converted oceanfront barn in a historic enclave with glorious beaches and a golf course offers large open spaces, a master suite with private staircase, and seaside patio. LUCRETIA BINGHAM $2,850,000


Dramatic custom country retreat on 12.5 acres features 3,200 square feet, five fireplaces, a first-floor master suite, stunning kitchen and beautiful water views. R. PARKMAN / D. GREGORY $1,250,000


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around feeling sorry for herself. When she found herself mired in the winter blahs last year she brought a handful of fellow design professionals together and started DESIGNERS WHO DARE. The group helps its members define goals and build strategies for Should your party be achieving success. “We’ve seen minor here? Send photographs miracles happen because of these or high-resolution images, meetings,” Stirling says. with information about the event and the people in the SHELTER INTERIORS held a photos, to New England Home, leather and wine event at their 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Milford studio and store. Design Boston, MA 02118, or e-mail images and information to professionals were treated to a talk pbodah@nehome about the process of procuring and processing high-end leather, courtesy of Kevin Cleary of Edelman Leather, as well as to a wine tasting lesson with Len Gulino, aka The Wine Tutor. A glass of good wine can go a long way toward relieving the winter blahs, we believe, especially when it’s combined with a fun evening of networking and learning. Ridgefield designer Terri Reilly and her crew had a busy winter. They helped celebrate the Ridgefield Guild of Artists FESTIVE HOME SHOW, an annual event during which the galleries in the guild’s 200-year-old barn are transformed by local designers and the public is welcomed to browse and buy. Reilly and her colleagues at TR Design also had a brush with fame when they staged the Connecticut home of one of the rap world’s biggest stars for the reality show MTV CRIBS.

MTV CRIBS From left to right: Lori Bova, Annie Hill and Terri Reilly

DESIGNERS WHO DARE From left to right: Jean Marie McLaughlin, Katie Keating, Ellen Dunn, Andrea Williams, Julianne Stirling and Eileen Corbin

SHELTER INTERIORS FESTIVE HOME SHOW Robin Curnan, Susan Buzaid, Terri Reilly and Lori Bova

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Now in the Galleries


Jenny Dubnau: Head On The subjects of artist Jenny Dubnau’s most recent series of straightforward portrait paintings include artists Shimon Attie, James Esber and Thilo Hoffmann—all of whom currently have work on view at The Aldrich. This selection of sitters functions as a mirror reflecting back upon those whose own projects focus on portraiture, enabling them to examine their own feelings when the gaze is turned on them. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield; (203) 438-4519;; noon–5 p.m. Tues.–Sun.; $7

14; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $60 advance, $75 day of tour

January 30 through June 5

Design Hollywood: 2011 ASID CT Student Fashion Show Teams of students and design professionals create “wearable art” made out of wellknown manufacturers’ products; designs are inspired by Hollywood films. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers. Black “designer” attire requested; RSVP by April 8. Fantasia, North Haven; (203) 322-2263;; 6–10 p.m.; $40–$85

29 Near & Far Aid House Tour

Featuring five exceptional designer homes in exclusive enclaves of Westport, Southport and Greenfield Hill. A pretour Designer Power Breakfast with guest speaker Jamie Drake will be held at the Patterson Club (9:15–10:45 a.m.; $65) and, after the House Tour, a Toast the Tour cocktail reception (7–9 p.m.; $100–$200) at a beautiful waterfront home in Southport. Fairfield/Southport/ Westport; (203) 259-1710; www.nearand


Art to the Avenue

49th Annual Outdoor Ridgefield Antiques Market Great dealers and new enthusiasm ring in this annual antiques market, to benefit the Lounsbury House Community Center. Featuring appraisals by Jack and Rosie De Stories of Fairfield Auctions in Newtown. Lounsbury House lawn, Ridgefield; (914) 273-4667;; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $7

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Home Tour Join more than 500 tour goers and experience a number of exclusive homes throughout New Canaan. A gourmet boxed lunch can be reserved in advance ($15). Additional tour information is provided at the time of ticket purchase. New Canaan; (203) 966-7862; www.newcanaan; 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; $50


Spring Garden Tour Enjoy a rare peek into private home gardens in the Stamford area. To complement your experience, each garden has knowledgeable UConn Master Gardeners to answer your questions, as well as local artists and musicians. Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Stamford; (203) 322-6971;

Send notice of events and gallery shows to Calendar Editor, New England Home, 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118, or by e-mail to Photos and slides are welcome. Please submit information at least three months in advance of your event. 94 New England Home’s Connecticut Spring 2011

Clinton (860) 669-7278 February 16–May 29 Group Show Group exhibition by gallery artists

Through May 31

Art to the Avenue, the Greenwich Arts Council’s annual spring celebration, turns Greenwich into a strolling art gallery that brings contemporary artists to downtown store windows through the month of May. All art is for sale. Opening Night festivities are Thursday, May 5, from 5:30–8 p.m. Greenwich; (203) 862-6750;


Sylvan Gallery

Silvermine Galleries New Canaan (203) 966-9700 February 27–April 1 Martin Kremer: Cathness Lines A one-man show by Martin Kremer

Lyme Art Association Old Lyme (860) 434-7802 March 4–April 23 On Holiday: The Artist Travels Featuring work inspired by artists’ travel experiences

Kehler Liddell Gallery New Haven (203) 389-9555 March 10–April 10 Kristina Kuester-Witt & Alan Shulik Painter Kristina Kuester-Witt presents figures in conversation; Alan Shulik’s photography captures the spirit of the moving figure

Flinn Gallery Greenwich (203) 622-7947 March 24–April 27 June Einhorn: A Retrospective A tribute to accomplished artist June Einhorn

Zorya Fine Art Greenwich (203) 869-9898 April 21–May 31 Bohdanna Kesala An exhibition of Bohdanna Kesala’s acrylics, oil and wax on canvas

Photo: Neil Landing Photography

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Garden Sanctuary: Benches

• Three area designers envision a garden paradise • Wish List: Designer Lindy Weaver picks kitchen favorites • It’s Personal: Finds from the staff of New England Home


St. Croix Bench from Holly Hunt “This contemporary bench is hefty enough to stand alone on a patio or under a pergola. It would offer great extra seating for a garden cocktail party.” THROUGH SHELTER INTERIORS TERRI REILLY

O’Brien Ironworks Mandarin Settee “Imagine sunning yourself on this beautiful garden bench with a cup of tea and a favorite book—life is good. Available in China red and several other colors, the bench could be used indoors as well.” THROUGH TR DESIGN


Keswick Bench by McKinnon and Harris “I love this bench because it comes in a variety of great colors and has a fantastic lacquer powder-coated finish. Its fresh, classic look blends harmoniously with garden scenery.” THROUGH WADIA ASSOCIATES

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Marble Granite Limestone Counter Tops Vanity Tops Fireplaces Tiles Tables

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Chinese Symbol Planter by Pennoyer Newman “The four seasons are depicted in Chinese symbols on the sides of this exquisite planter. The piece can stand alone as a beautiful sculpture, but filled with an array of greens it becomes even more spectacular.” THROUGH TR DESIGN


Antique Honeycomb Chimney Pots “A beautiful garden sanctuary has to have stories to tell. This stunning pair of circa-1870 chimney pots originally graced a country house in Norfolk, England, and would be lovely holding baskets of flowers on either side of a garden entrance.” THE ELEMENTAL GARDEN, SOUTH WOODBURY, (203) 263-6500, WWW.THEELEMENTALGARDEN.COM


Seibert & Rice’s Poetry Pot “This pottery vase has a beautiful shape, whether you use it as a planter or as a decorative piece in your garden. Some of the words have been intentionally rubbed out to give it an ancient look. We love the thought of relaxing in the garden and composing a poem of our own.” FLEURESCENT, MILFORD, (203) 283-7880

“I always try to finalize a space with a piece of the past,” says Saranda Berisa, director of interior design and decoration at Wadia Associates. “New England residents are very in touch with history and love to tell friends the stories behind items in their homes.” WADIA ASSOCIATES, NEW CANAAN, (203) 966-0048, WWW.WADIAASSOCIATES.COM

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Stainless Steel Chain Sculpture by Gold Leaf Design Group “This spectacular hanging sculpture features polished balls that seem to float on a flexible stainless steel rope. When several chains are grouped together, a faint tinkling sound enlivens the garden.” THROUGH TR DESIGN


Parramatta Arbor “The perfect size for an intimate grouping of furniture, this arbor could be tucked in a secret garden as an unexpected surprise, or used as a focal point near a large planting area.” TRELLIS STRUCTURES, EAST TEMPLETON, MASS., (888) 285-4624, WWW.TRELLISSTRUCTURES.COM


French Wrought Iron Gazebo “This beautiful antique gazebo could serve as an enchanting outdoor dining room. I envision it covered with climbing hydrangea and roses, both of which have a long-lasting, aromatic bloom and look gorgeous even when not in season.” THE ELEMENTAL GARDEN

Going into business together was a natural move for longtime friends Carolyn Kron and Tricia Izzo. The designers recently opened a second studio and shop, offering furniture, accessories and great gifts. SHELTER INTERIORS, WESTPORT, (203) 341-9535, AND MILFORD, (203) 301-4886, WWW.SHELTERINTERIORSLLC.COM

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Water Mill Side Table from McGuire “Thanks to its tightly woven top, this petite drum-shaped table doubles as a stool. Though it resembles traditional wicker, its woven resin construction gives it a fresh, contemporary look.” THROUGH TR DESIGN SARANDA BERISA

Fluted Lotus Side Table from Mecox Gardens “I adore glazed pottery, and this is a great way to bring it into a project. I just love the imperfections in the glaze. This piece can function either as a side table or as extra seating. Its solid form would balance out an airier bench, giving the arrangement a pulled-together elegance.” THROUGH WADIA ASSOCIATES


Jacques Garcia Chi Chi Side Table from McGuire “We love this table for a garden sanctuary because of its great modern style. With the metal rivets reminiscent of nailhead accents, it has an indoor furniture look that’s unexpected for the outside.” THROUGH SHELTER INTERIORS

Whether the setting is traditional or contemporary, elegance and comfort go hand in hand for Terri Reilly, an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers, who’s been creating unique spaces for her clients for more than twenty-five years. TR DESIGN, RIDGEFIELD, (203) 994-4366, WWW.TRDESIGNASID.COM

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Lindy Weaver, Cos Cob You could say that Lindy Weaver’s path to becoming a kitchen designer was 100 percent organic. Passionate about cooking and growing her own food, Weaver remodeled her family’s kitchen in the early ’80s—“my Martha Stewart phase,” she calls it—and friends soon recruited her to transform theirs. “And it just snowballed from there,” Weaver says. Whether it’s a two-tiered cutlery drawer to maximize storage or a customized charging station for cell phones and iPods, no detail is overlooked in a Lindy Weaver kitchen. “It’s not just how the kitchen looks,” she says. “It’s what goes on inside the cabinets.” Of course, her designs are just as beautiful as they are functional. “I believe in maintaining a strong architectural connection between the kitchen and the house,” she explains. Despite the trend toward more minimalist design, Weaver notes, “The idea of the kitchen as the heart of the home, that’s still there. It’s still the room where—not only is food stored and prepared—homework gets done, things get Googled. It’s where the family lives.” DETAILS BY LINDY WEAVER DESIGN ASSOCIATES, COS COB, (203) 8696764, WWW.DETAILSEAST.COM




1 Vassaro Chandelier by Gregorius Pineo “At just over four feet long and two feet wide, this glorious light fixture would make a large rectangular island the visual focal point of any kitchen. The scale is bold, but the feeling is light and airy thanks to the glass side panels.” AVAILABLE THROUGH DETAILS 2 Hudson Barstool from Design Within Reach “I love comfortable island seating—a place to hang out when reading the newspaper or checking out the latest news on your iPad, or just to sit and gab with friends and family. This stool is one of the most comfortable I’ve ever had the pleasure to sit on. Philippe Starck’s design executed in recycled aluminum will last forever. And it brings an ‘edge’ to all but the most traditional kitchen settings.” GREENWICH, (203) 422-2013, WWW.DWR.COM 3 Metal-Trimmed Cabinetry “This door is made of fumed, quartered European larch veneer and is framed with faux antique iron trim—a wonderful look for a butler’s pantry or wine cellar. Or better yet, a kitchen with simple concrete counters.” AVAILABLE THROUGH DETAILS

4 Sub-Zero’s PRO 48 Refrigerator “I wasn’t a fan of all-stainless steel refrigerators until Sub-Zero introduced the glass-door version of the PRO 48. A true commercial look and a multitude of compartments make this refrigerator/freezer visually interesting.” COUNTY TV AND APPLIANCE, STAMFORD, (203) 327-2630, WWW.COUNTYTV.COM 5 Farmhouse Sink by Sun Valley Bronze “What a luxury! Hand-cast in solid bronze, this sink is so very elegant— and indestructible. It’s available in different finishes and would fit as easily into a more contemporary kitchen as it would into a farmhouse.” AVAILABLE THROUGH DETAILS

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

Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief Coming in April: Litchfield Style: Classic Country Houses of Connecticut, a new book by design writer Annie Kelly and her gifted photographer husband, Tim Street-Porter. If the more casual, offhand take on American eighteenth-century style—surfaces not too pristine, colors not too saturated, upholstery not too tightly tailored—makes your heart beat faster, this book will be a little bit of heaven. Even the occasional trespass into nineteenth-century territory is kept quite chaste, although we do get a dollop of something grander at the end courtesy of Carolyne Roehm. The book makes a fun pairing with Jane Garmey and John M. Hall’s Private Gardens of Connecticut, brought out last autumn by The Monacelli Press. Place the two tomes side by side, for example, to experience both indoors and out Robert Couturier and Jeffrey Morgan’s French-flavored neoclassical fantasy in South Kent, or savor two more essays at capturing the charms of a property designer Bunny Williams already chronicled at length in her own An Affair with a House. $45. AVAILABLE THROUGH WWW.RIZZOLIUSA.COM OR AT AREA BOOKSTORES.

Stacy Kunstel, Homes Editor Midcentury design is a hallmark of New Canaan, where such treasures as Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Marcel Breuer’s former home (both of which are open to the public) sit among the clapboard classics that most people associate with the town. While I’m not hunting for my own modernist masterpiece to live in, I do love browsing Mason in downtown New Canaan for authentic antiques from the middle of the twentieth century. I recently came across this mint-condition shell chair by designer Hans Wegner sitting among the other Danish masterpieces there. I love the extra-broad back and spindly arms of this piece. Now if only Wegner had made an outdoor version. $3,200. NEW CANAAN, (203) 966-6655, WWW .MASONSTYLE.NET

Erin Marvin, Managing Editor Prints: Friend or frenemy? A minimalist at heart, I tend toward the latter, eschewing plaids, florals and stripes for solid colors. Few exceptions—a small Greek key pattern brushing the hem of a curtain, a pale, tone-on-tone damask wallpaper— appeal to my subdued design sensibility. With that said, I do see their appeal, especially when they add pops of color to an otherwise muted room. Take these brightly patterned Bungalow pillow covers from John Robshaw, which would make great accents to an indoor sunroom or outdoor seating area. Robshaw originally used this type of heavy cotton for rugs before trying it for these casual pillows. “The rough cotton takes the block and dye reluctantly, which creates a softer layered print,” he says. A soft layered print sounds like a mighty fine exception to my otherwise pattern-free palette.

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1 Style and sustainability coexist perfectly in the Cosmo sofa from Cisco Brothers, a recent arrival at Comina. Made in Los Angeles of eco-friendly materials, the sleek sofa is shown here in a delightfully neutral velvet fabric. We like it au naturel, or bedecked with a colorful menagerie of pillows. NEW CANAAN, (203) 966-0555, AND WEST HARTFORD, (860) 233-9726,

3 Take a walk on the wildly beautiful side with Mark Inc.’s Mantra carpet. Handknotted in Nepal of 100 percent silk, it's divine in Glacier Blue (shown here) but is also available in custom colors, as well as silk, wool and jute blend options. This is one mantra we’ll want to repeat all over the house. GREENWICH, (203) 861-0110, WWW.MARKINCCARPETS.COM


2 We’ve seen coral, seahorse and sand dollar motifs aplenty, but we’re still charmed by the latest ocean dweller to surface on the tabletop: this whimsical sea turtle from Vagabond House. Available at Woodbury Pewter, the fun, functional serving piece is finely crafted of pewter and sustainably harvested Makah wood. WOODBURY, (800) 648-2014, WWW.WOODBURYPEWTER.COM

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5 Ignite a mini explosion of color with the Volcano bowl, one of many fresh accessories available at Olley Court. Handblown in Argentina, the glass vessel comes in five shades; here, it conjures sea and sky in a gorgeous blue. Pair it with a couple of the shop’s John Robshaw pillows for an instant spring makeover. RIDGEFIELD, (203) 438-1270, WWW.OLLEYCOURT.COM

4 Covered in pristine white cowhide, this sophisticated stool may well cause a stampede toward the Wakefield Design Center. The glamorous statement piece, exclusive to the design center, measures 18 inches square and stands on gleaming chrome legs. And it’s not the only hot item in stock: a blue-green mercury glass lamp also caught our eye. STAMFORD, (203) 912-1438

6 Don’t let its classic proportions fool you: Baker’s Maze armchair isn’t afraid to show its playful side. Part of the Michael S. Smith collection, which debuts this spring, the seat features an unexpected cutout back and nailhead detailing. Maze may be steeped in traditional English style, but it’s hardly stodgy, especially in daffodil-yellow upholstery. GREENWICH, (203) 862-0655, WWW.KOHLERINTERIORS.COM/BAKER

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7 Is it beach season yet? Serena & Lily’s crisp and breezy Ventura bedding has us dreaming of a getaway to a seaside bungalow. Made in Portugal and available at Linen Press, the duvet sports a medallion print in sandy beige, while the all-cotton sheets are adorned with aqua-colored rings—just right for a beachy boudoir. MYSTIC, (860) 536-5192, WWW.LINEN PRESS.COM

8 Spring has sprung at Spruce Home and Garden, where it’s all about brightening up the indoors with garden elements. Decorated with vibrant poppies, this pretty bone china dishware from Red Vanilla brings a delicious pop of color to the tabletop. Its graphic design and square shapes certainly whet our appetite for springtime style. NEW MILFORD, (860) 3554383, WWW.SPRUCEHOMEANDGARDEN.COM

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9 Color us happy. The Modern Colors collection of couture fabrics from Kravet promises to breathe new life into a winter-weary room. Featuring saucy stripes (shown) and other bold patterns, the collection includes embroideries, silks, sheers, linens and textures in captivating hues like aqua, chartreuse and coral. Let the mixing and matching begin! STAMFORD, (203) 504-2640, WWW.KRAVET.COM

10Stunning . . . seductive . . . streamlined? Whatever it stands for, this S-shaped side table, a new arrival at Pimlico Home, will add a touch of serious style to any living space. Clad in aged brass, the unique piece measures 16 inches by 12.5 inches, and stands 18.5 inches tall—the perfect perch for a refreshing libation. NEW CANAAN, (203) 972-8166, WWW.PIMLICO HOME.COM

11 Look what just washed up at Design Solutions—the enchanting Beachhead Mirror from Currey & Company. Rustic yet refined, it could add a bit of seashore chic to any abode. Indeed, we think it’s one of the fairest mirrors of them all, particularly when teamed with the store’s coordinating driftwood lantern. NEW CANAAN, (866) 903-3744, WWW.DESIGN SOLUTIONSTORE.COM

12 There’s a lot to like about the Lawson chest, now starring in Mitchell Gold’s spring lineup. Its simple shape shines in a white lacquer finish, and two pairs of mirrored doors get the royal treatment with fancy fretwork. The chest’s supporting cast includes a pair of complementary side tables, a console table and an étagère. GREENWICH, (203) 661-4480, WWW.MGBWHOME.COM

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Garden and interior designer: Ellen Levinson, Ellen Levinson Design, Southport, (203) 255-0217 Architect: John P. Franzen, J.P. Franzen Associates Architects, Southport, (203) 259-0529, Builder: Howard and Kenneth Ryan, H. Ryan Builders & Son, Southbury, (203) 515-6378, (203) 264-2484 Plant consultant: Twombly Nursery, Monroe, (203) 261-2133,

BLESS THIS HOUSE PAGES 48–57 Architect: Laurent T. DuPont, AIA, Architects, New Canaan, (203) 966-5185, Builder: Mike Avgerinos, Avgerinos Contractors, New Canaan, (203) 966-3310, www.avgerinos Landscape design: Old Lyme Landscape, Old Lyme, (860) 434-5311 Pages 48–50: Dean Gipson coffee table from Harborview Center for Antiques, Stamford, (203) 325-8070, Page 51: Kitchen cabinetry and island by Chris Elwood, Essex Architectural Millwork, Groton, (860) 304-0346; flooring from Exquisite Surfaces, Greenwich, (203) 422-2005, www; Dean Gipson upholstered bench from Harborview Center for Antiques; antique chandelier from Hiden Galleries, Stamford, (203) 363-0003, Page 52: Dining table from John J. Gredler Works of Art, New York City, (212) 966-2514,; Castelli dining chairs from Ghislain Antiques, New York City, (212) 4507988,; chandeliers from Harborview Center for Antiques. Page 54: Outdoor furniture by Philippe Starck through Design Within Reach, Greenwich, (203) 422-2013, and Westport, (203) 227-9707, Page 56: Late nineteenth-century bed from Harborview Center for Antiques.

MODERN MOVEMENT PAGES 60–67 Interior designer: Michelle Morgan Harrison, Morgan Harrison Home, New Canaan, (203) 554-0941, Builder: Weldon Construction Management, Shelton, (203) 926-9535 Painting: Shoreline Painting Contractors, Greenwich, (203) 302-1086, www.shoreline Pages 60–62: Chairs by Thomas Pheasant through Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Greenwich, (203) 862-0655,, with seat fabric by F. Schumacher, New York City, (800) 523-1200,, and back fabric by David Hicks through Lee Jofa, New York City, (212) 688-0444,; sofa from Lee Industries, Newton, N.C., (800) 892-7150,, with fabric from F. Schumacher; white pillow fabric from Kravet, Bethpage, N.Y., (516) 293-2000,; 114 New England Home’s Connecticut Spring 2011

gold pillows from The Drawing Room, Cos Cob, (203) 661-3406,; drapery fabric from Kravet; drapery rods from Gaby’s Shoppe, Dallas, Texas, (800) 299-4229, www; coffee table from Hickory Chair Company, Hickory, N.C.,; carpet from Mastour Galleries, New York City, (212) 685-0060,; brass peacock from Mason, New Canaan, (203) 966-6655,; mirrored wall from Notre Monde, Columbus, Ohio, (614) 4444596,; sunburst mirror from Worlds Away, Memphis, Tenn., (901) 5290844,; tabletop tray from Lillian August, Norwalk, (203) 847-3314, www; large vase by Barbara Barry for Global Views, New York Design Center, (212) 7258439, Page 63: Dining table and chairs from Hickory Chair Company; chair fabric from Sunbrella, Glen Raven, N.C., (336) 221-2211, www.sunbrella .com; vases from Lillian August; drapery fabric from Kravet; drapery rods from Gaby’s Shoppe; chandelier from Visual Comfort, Houston, Texas, (713) 686-5999, Page 64: Carpet from Stark Carpet, Norwalk, (203) 899-1771,; chairs from Hickory Chair Company with Lee Jofa seat fabric and back fabric by Robert Allen through DesignSourceCT, Hartford, (860) 9513145,; drapery fabric from Kravet; drapery hardware from Restoration Hardware,; table lamp from Arteriors Home, Dallas, Texas, (877) 488-8866, Page 65: Bar stools from McGuire through Baker Knapp & Tubbs with vinyl seats from Kravet; pendant lights from Remains Lighting, New York City, (212) 675-8051, Page 66: Sofas from Hickory Chair Company with Kravet fabric; barrel chairs from Lee Industries with Kravet fabric; accent table from Global Views; stools from Hickory Chair Company; coffee table from Pearson Furniture, High Point, N.C., (336) 882-8135, www.pearsoncompany .com; rug from Stark Carpet; Calvin Klein drapery fabric through Kravet; lamp from Visual Comfort; bedroom lamp from Visual Comfort; bed from Hickory White, www.hickory Page 67: Bed from Bassett Home Furnishings,; bedding from Pottery Barn,; desk and desk chair from West Elm,; rug from Dorello Carpets, Norwalk, (203) 8470335; pillow from Jonathan Adler, New York City, (212) 772-2410,

JOINT ADVENTURE PAGES 70–77 Architect: Mark Howland, Howland Architecture Studio, Somerville, Mass., (617) 661-2030, Interior designer: Nancy Serafini, Homeworks Interior Design, Wellesley Hills, Mass., (781) 2377666, and Nantucket, Mass., (508) 825-0825, Project management and millwork design: Neil Blackwell, Mill River, Mass., (646) 541-2122, Garden designer: Paul Winsor, Paul Winsor Spring 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 115

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COLONIAL REVIVAL PAGES 80–87 Interior designer: Linda Ruderman-Rosier, Linda Ruderman Interiors, Greenwich, (203) 5529700, Landscape architect: Wesley Stout, Wesley Stout Associates, New Canaan, (203) 9663100, Pages 80–83: Wall fabric from Jim Thompson through AsiaStore, New York City, (212) 327-9217,; carpet from Paul H. Lee Carpets, New York City, (212) 656-9995; “see through” sofa by Linda Ruderman Interiors, made by Daniel Scuderi Antiques, New York City, (212) 947-2499,, Spring 2011 New England Home’s Connecticut 117



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Resources and upholstered by J. Edlin Interiors, New York City, (212) 243-2111, in Rogers & Goffigon fabric, Greenwich, (203) 532-8068; sofa in niche from Edward Ferrell, New York City, (212) 758-5000,, upholstered in Rogers & Goffigon; Edward Ferrell club chairs in Lee Jofa fabric, New York City, (212) 688-0444, www.leejofa .com; club chairs by Holly Hunt, New York City, (212) 755-6555,, upholstered in Lucia Phoenix by Rogers & Goffigon; chair by fireplace by Linda Ruderman Interiors with fabric by Rogers & Goffigon; square coffee table by Holly Hunt; oval coffee table by Henry Royer through Niermann Weeks, New York City, (212) 319-7979,; end tables designed by Linda Ruderman, made by Daniel Scuderi Antiques; small glass tables by Allan Knight, Dallas, Texas, (214) 741-2227, www.allan; table lamps from Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Greenwich, (203) 862-0655, www; floor lamps by Carole Gratale through Edward Ferrell; chandelier from Wired Custom Lighting, New York City, (212) 446-6025,; table in foyer by Linda Ruderman Interiors, made by Daniel Scuderi Antiques; yellow sofa from Edward Ferrell in fabric by Tassels & Trims, Greenwich, (203) 622-0271, Page 84: Chandelier by Formations through Holly Hunt; Berman/Rosetti dining table through Edward Ferrell; chairs designed by Linda Ruderman Interiors with David Sutherland fabric, New York City, (212) 871-9717, Page 85: Furniture and fabrics by JANUS et Cie, New York City, (212) 752-1117, www.janusetcie .com. Pages 86–87: Sofa and chair from Edward Ferrell in Rogers & Goffigon fabrics; pillows from Cowtan & Tout, New York City, (212) 753-4488,; carpet from Stark Carpet, Norwalk, (203) 899-1771,; end table, made by Daniel Scuderi Antiques; table lamp from John Rosselli Antiques, New York City, (212) 750-0060, www.johnrosselli; headboard made by Interior Decorating by E & J, Long Island City, N.Y., (718) 609-6336,, with fabric by Rogers & Goffigon; chaise made by Daniel Scuderi Antiques, upholstered by J. Edlin Interiors in fabric by Pollack, New York City, (212) 627-7766,; benches made by Jozef Custom Ironworks, Bridgeport, (203) 384-6363,, upholstered in Rogers & Goffigon fabric; draperies made by Interiors Haberdashery with Hodsoll McKenzie fabric through Zimmer & Rohde, Stamford, (203) 327-1400, with trim from Tassels & Trims; carpet from Paul H. Lee; sitting area sofa from Ebanista, New York City, (212) 223-1318,, with Hodsoll McKenzie fabric through Zimmer & Rohde; club chair and ottoman made by Interior Decorating by E & J in Rogers & Goffigon fabric; slipper chair in Rogers & Goffigon fabric from Edward Ferrell; coffee table and floor lamp from John Boone, New York City, (212) 758-0012, www.john; chandelier from Nancy Corzine, New York City, (212) 223-8340, www.nancy •

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