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VOLUME 13, ISSUE NO. 1

130 Features 112 Surprise Sanctuary

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120 Expect the Unexpected Traditional colonial from the front and modern marvel in the back, this New Canaan home serves up plenty of surprises.

130 The Glam Factor

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VOLUME 13, ISSUE NO. 1

Special Marketing Section 81 Gallery of Fine Architecture

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48 Here & There 31 Shop Visit John Robshaw weaves himself into the fabric of Falls Village.

38 Rooms We Love A soothing palette and luxe aesthetic bring a sense of peace and quiet to a primary suite and sitting room.

44 Things We Love Begin and end your day with glamorous fixtures, curvaceous shapes, and a dash of color.

48 Past Perfect After an insightful restoration, Mark Twain’s guest rooms are again all about drama.

54 Smith on Style Editor at Large Clinton Smith shares takeaways from the most recent Luxury Home Design Summit.

58 Artistry Do Lizzie Gill’s mixed-media collages criticize or celebrate the past?

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66 Design Dispatches Read up on industry news and mark your calendars with these must-attend events.

70 The Scene A look back at a host of design-related events.

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John Robshaw weaves himself into the fabric of Falls Village. TEXT BY TOVAH MARTIN

Textile designer John Robshaw’s new Falls Village shop transforms the rooms of an old New England home. The decorative arts of the Mughal Empire inspired the shape of the headboard in this bedroom.

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aybe it’s no surprise that John Robshaw settled in the Litchfield Hills; after all, the designer loves layers of all kinds, even geographical ones. Give him a room, and he will stack it with mountains of nubby hand-stitched voile throws, chambray coverlets, and cotton slub quilts. Plush hand-blocked pillows in saffron, amber, ochre, indigo, peacock, and similar vibrant hues will be piled high. Paisleys, arabesques, medallions, and floral motifs will hang as wallcoverings and curtains.

Robshaw’s attraction to textiles began after he earned his fine art degree from Pratt Institute and started selling print designs to fashion houses. He frequently traveled to the Far East to study and practice textile techniques at legacy workshops and immerse himself in block-printing projects inspired by Mughal gardens and tribal patterns. By the late 1990s, though, he hit a roadblock when the workshops gave him an ultimatum: pack up or increase orders to make textile print runs profitable. Reluctant to call it a day, Robshaw had to decide what to do with all those ikats,

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John Robshaw totes quilts to restock shop shelves beside a bone-inlay cabinet. Robshaw’s line of tabletop linens features block prints in hues that would work in any setting. Exotic animals create a theme for his hand-embroidered tea napkins.

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To accent his upholstered Bihar bed, Robshaw hung pre-tied turbans above it. Robshaw’s Shiza Ottoman and a one-of-a-kind slipper chair complete the cozy space.

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to open a showroom (with a studio on the second floor) in Falls Village. The neighborhood was Robshaw ready. “This is a hotbed of interior design,” he quickly realized of the tiny town that also boasts the artisanal collective 100 Main. “There’s so much energy and versatility running around here. It’s a testing ground for ideas.” Turning out seventy-five to 100 new prints every six months, John Robshaw’s shop serves casual shoppers and design professionals alike. Aside from the fabrics, a slew of bone-inlay cabinets, sculptural pieces, and tribal vessels from Pakistan, India, Turkey, and Uzbekistan abound. It all feels so comfortable. John Robshaw, Falls Village, johnrobshaw.com

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chinoiseries, toiles, and stylized floral prints he was producing. A bedding line made sense. From there, it was an easy segue into upholstered furniture, curtains, shades, and printed jute rugs. Creative juices continued to flow into upholstered headboards and beds with an Asian flair. And harkening back to his fashion roots, Robshaw couldn’t resist whipping up some percale pajamas and robes. By 2001, Robshaw had officially started his eponymous company. In 2021, it all came to Connecticut where the exotic patterns fit tongue and groove into the region’s historic homes. Robshaw and his family had been weekending in Sharon for years, and though Robshaw’s company still maintains a studio in New York City, rather than investing in pricey New York shop space, the designer opted

Pillows in vintage fabrics soften teak-carved Naga chairs beside an antique Indian celadon hutch. The moss green shop with black trim was formerly a humble village home. Robshaw creates designs and then sends them to block makers in Jaipur, India, who carve the patterns into hardwood for printing.

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No stranger to the Rowayton house, Nightingale has overseen multiple renovations, most recently this revamp of the main bedroom, bath, and adjacent sitting room. To give the latter more privacy, up went a wall with a pocket door. The new palette is creamy, the vibe is feminine, and the fabrics—the chairs, ottoman, and daybed are covered in faux sheepskin—are luxe. Photography by Jane Beiles

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“I’m a big believer in moving things around and seeing things with a fresh eye,” says designer Julie Nightingale. She repurposed and, when it came to the furniture, recovered many pieces from other rooms in the house, including the small sofa and ottoman.

To tie together the spaces, Nightingale chose the same Mark Alexander window-shade fabric in opposite colorways for the bedroom and sitting room; the lighter version hangs here.

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Embracing the symmetry of the room, Nightingale placed matching tables and lamps on either side of the upholstered wingback bed; the oversized stacked river rock lamps are by Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort, and the white-lacquer nightstands hail from one of the designer’s favorite stores: homenature, in Southampton, New York.

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The ottoman is covered in a textured Holly Hunt indoor/ outdoor fabric so it can get wet without a worry.

The pale gray ridged porcelain tile behind the mirrors has a silvery metallic shimmer that plays well with the high-gloss gray cabinetry and white quartz countertop.

The towel ladder is reclaimed teak. “I wanted to incorporate a piece that adds texture and feels organic to offset the metallic tile,” explains Nightingale.

The twelve-foot-long vanity wall is a new addition; the upper cabinets not only provide storage, but also create niches that give the space a his-and-hers feel.

For continuity, Nightingale carried the wallpaper (an off-white Phillip Jeffries grasscloth with a metallic thread) and the carpet (a grounding charcoal and ivory wool weave) into the bedroom, which, coupled with the soothing symmetry of the room and interior design, lends the space a quiet sophistication. In the adjacent bathroom, Nightingale says she “kept things monochromatic so nothing felt too heavy and balanced the feminine with the masculine.” To wit: the pretty satin brass fixtures are countered by porcelain tile that reads like concrete. A handsome touch in a decidedly delicate multiroom revamp. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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Suite Spot After an insightful restoration, Mark Twain’s guest rooms are again all about drama. BY TOVAH MARTIN

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possible, it was also at the forefront of design. Nearly 150 years later, we’re finally understanding and witnessing the brilliance behind the Mark Twain House & Museum’s Mahogany Suite, thanks to the

The original Reform Gothic half-tester bed that Mark Twain commissioned specifically for the Mahogany Suite was still in the museum’s collection; the bed’s colorful inset Minton tiles inspired the carpet. Ornate mahogany doors lead to the suite’s bath and sitting room.

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: An etched glass gasolier hangs beneath the bedroom’s original plaster rosette, which echoes the colors in the replicated Candace Wheeler ceiling paper. A plush velvet recamier lounge stands in front of the replicated, complementary wallpaper patterns; the metallic dado paper features hives and clover, while the paper above depicts honeycomb and shimmering bees. A mahogany dressing chest matches the bed, and the door to the right leads to Twain’s personal library.

memoirs and letters had preserved the suite’s original decor—period photos didn’t exist—when the Mark Twain House engaged Parker to restore the rooms in 2017. “These rooms were an enigma,” recalls Parker. Before becoming a museum in the 1960s, the home served various purposes, including as a library and boarding house. The suite’s bespoke wallpaper had been

research of restoration architect David Scott Parker. With Twain’s input, Edward Tuckerman Potter designed the mansion in 1873 with an 1881 update that included the groundfloor Mahogany Suite, which features a dressed-to-impress bedroom, sitting room, and state-of-the-art bathroom reserved for guests. Spearheading the aesthetic movement that was gathering momentum at the time, Twain collaborated with trendsetters Louis Comfort Tiffany and interior designer Candace Wheeler to bring the majesty of nature indoors through the suite’s decorative arts. From the carpet underfoot to the ceiling paper above, every thread was meant to be cohesive. Unfortunately, only

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RESTORATION ARCHITECT DAVID SCOTT PARKER WENT INTO SLEUTH MODE, PIECING TOGETHER THE SUITE’S PRECISE DNA THROUGH PAINSTAKING RESEARCH. stripped, and the overall scene lacked many of its original elements, so Parker went into sleuth mode, piecing together the suite’s precise DNA through painstaking research about Twain, the home’s original design team, and what was considered fashionable in the late 1800s. Every aspect held challenges and discoveries as Parker worked with conservators from Connecticut-based John Canning & Co. and artisans from the finest design houses to reestablish the details, finishes, and fixtures from the suite’s glory days. For his stellar achievement, Parker received 2021 Bulfinch and Palladio awards. (He was also inducted into the New England

Design Hall of Fame last year.) But for Parker, the real thrill came when the Reformed Gothic furniture Twain and Tiffany envisioned was reinstalled and silver bee wings once again shimmered as if in motion on the Wheeler-designed wallpaper recreated by Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers. Mark Twain would be tickled, especially with the wallpaper. The humorist was invariably serious about his home—and the great outdoors—quipping, “Architects cannot teach nature anything.” But as Parker has proven with this project, they can certainly celebrate it.

At a time when most homes utilized outhouses, Twain’s manse boasted four bathrooms. The dedicated guest bathroom includes a water closet, restored vanity, and zinc-coated copper tub recessed into a mahogany surround. Through meticulous analysis of paint traces, restoration architect David Scott Parker matched the room’s original wall color and gold-leaf striping.

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Editor at Large Clinton Smith shares takeaways from the most recent Luxury Home Design Summit.

FIELD NOTES Although a historic nor’easter in late October had the potential to wreak havoc on the second annual Luxury Home Design Summit, held at the Chatham Bars Inn in Massachusetts, the show—presented by New England Home and Esteem Media—went on without incident. It would take far more than driving rain and eighty-mile-per-hour wind gusts to deter some of New England’s premier (and hardy) interior design, architecture, and building professionals from attending. More than 200 industry pros from the region and as far away as Utah and Chicago comprised this year’s summit. Renowned architect Bobby McAlpine kicked off the conference on a Tuesday afternoon with a meditative poem as evocative as the homes he presented, most of which are featured in his firm’s latest book, Poetry of Place (Rizzoli). Next up, Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington, assistant vice president for forecasting and analysis at the National Association of Home Builders, shared data-driven analytics on real estate and the current state of building and remodeling. She confirmed what everyone’s talking about: the market is red hot, and supply chain issues will continue to linger. On day two, best-selling author and keynote speaker Andrew Davis challenged the audience to think about how constraints and restrictions can spark innovation and help build new business. Sean Low, a business coach who focuses on the design industry, followed suit by encouraging attendees to take the time to define their niche audiences to build a solid client base. His advice: you and your firm can’t be all things to all people. (A good reminder.) New England Home contributing editor and uber-stylist Karin Lidbeck Brent next moderated a lively discussion on photoshoots with three in-demand photographers, Greg Premru, Laura Moss, and Sarah Winchester. The takeaway: know your needs. Do you require images for your portfolio,

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website, or social media? All of the above? Be specific. In this age of the Great Resignation and a limited talent pool for unfilled professional and trade positions, Billy Clark and Clayton Apgar of Billy Clark Creative Management shared the ins and outs of recruiting and retaining top talent. Hint: it’s no longer just about pay and benefits. And business, marketing, and leadership coach Ginna Christensen dissected the finer points of being a good leader to both grow business and foster growth among employees. In her talk, Five Neuroscience Secrets of Persuasive Communicators, Nancy Harhut, the cofounder and chief creative officer of HBT Marketing, revealed the secrets of “neuromarketing.” Her thoughtprovoking presentation revealed how ideas and marketing messages can be worded in very subtle ways to reap far greater rewards. On Thursday morning, as the nor’easter’s winds subsided, Los Angeles-based designer Madeline Stuart was a veritable ray of California sunshine as she shared her passion and enthusiasm for all things home with an engaging and highly personal presentation featuring some of her most memorable projects. Many are also captured in her recent book, No Place Like Home (Rizzoli). Next up, Stacey Brown Randall, author of Generating Business Referrals Without Asking, had audience members rethinking everything they thought they knew about referrals. In closing, Nir Bashan, a world-renowned creativity expert and founder of The Creator Mindset, urged attendees to unleash their creativity to harness new business growth. After nearly three days of presentations, the topic seemed perfectly apropos, encapsulating a summit infused with an array of professional, personal, business, and creative development opportunities for attendees to explore in the year ahead. For details on the 2022 summit, which will be held in May, visit luxuryhomedesignsummit.com/subscribe to receive conference updates. Illustration by Monica Hellström. Photograph by Melissa Ostrow

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Any Time Do Lizzie Gill’s mixed-media collages criticize or celebrate the past?

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izzie Gill could print the found images she uses in her collages directly onto her canvases. Instead, the Sharon-based artist chooses a laborious, arm-tiring, weeks-long image-transfer process of gluing printed paper to the canvas, letting it dry, then carefully scrubbing off the back of the paper with plastic Brillo pads. Why? Because she enjoys digging down through the layers of time and discovering new things, like an archeologist would remove layers of soil. “It excites me,” she says. “I’m layering images and layering time.”

An earnest thirty-two-year-old who works in a tidy barn-turnedstudio overlooking Litchfield County’s peaks, Gill demonstrates this same archeological proclivity in the rest of her methods. She used to dig down through layers of old magazines in thrift stores and vintage shops to find the iconic, idyllic images of the Baby Boom era she likes: a perfectly coiffed suburban housewife on the sofa (Poised & Ready), an actress on Geotag (2021), 56"H x 40"W, acrylic, ink transfer, and oil on canvas.

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the beach (Summer Solstice), a pipesmoking Ward Cleaver type (Single For a Reason (Again)). Now she also scours the Internet, which allows her to venture farther back in time than the supply of old magazines permitted, for instance to images by old masters from sixteenthcentury Holland. Once she’s glued her found images to the canvas and scrubbed off the paper pulp, Gill’s layering of time and materials continues. She adds textures and colors with glazes, modern acrylics, silk screen, and spray paint. The result, she says, is “textured layers of history” that, when combined, create a time of their own.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: Artist Lizzie Gill in front of Midnight Sun (2021), 62"H x 56"W, acrylic, image transfer, and oil on canvas, and Geotag (2021), 56"H x 40"W, acrylic, ink transfer, and oil on canvas. High Dive (Mountains) II (2021), signed verso, 46"H x 40"W, acrylic, image transfer, and oil on canvas. How Does Your Garden Grow (2021), signed verso, 42"H x 36"W, acrylic, image transfer, and oil on canvas.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: Meet Me Anywhere (But My

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“ IT EXCITES ME. I’M LAYERING IMAGES AND LAYERING TIME.” —Artist Lizzie Gill

Gill’s interest in time travel began early in life, following her father to auctions and flea markets. Her stockbroker grandfather’s New York City apartment was so filled with early American treasures, including a painting of the White House that now hangs in the White House, that it felt to her like a “very delicate museum.” Her father so voraciously collected old trains and planes that she refers to his hobby as “eclectic hoarding” and says she became something of a minimalist as a result. So, is her art a way to celebrate the past or to get over it? Gill isn’t sure. “I think there is a sadness in my work,” she says. “Nostalgia can be a type of sadness about a time that’s passed. It is also a way to pay homage.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: Lizzie Gill’s work will be exhibited at Troutbeck in Amenia, New York, from January 15–February 27. Visit troutbeck.com for details. To see more of Gill’s work, visit lizziegill.com.

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New England Design Hall of Fame The highly anticipated New England Design Hall of Fame returned for its fourteenth year with a gala at the InterContinental Boston in November. This year the Hall of Fame welcomed six new members. With the help of each inductee’s family and friends along with industry professionals from throughout New England, it was a night to remember. A special thanks to the evening’s sponsors, and congratulations to this year’s recipients.

Jeremiah Eck of Eck MacNeely Architects with inductee David Scott Parker of David Scott Parker Architects

Master of Ceremonies Clinton Smith of New England Home

Colin Flavin of Flavin Architects and Thaddeus S. Siemasko of SV Design

Chris Magliozzi of FBN Construction, Kevin Cradock of Kevin Cradock Builders, and Robert Paladino of Mellowes & Paladino

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2021 inductees David Scott Parker of David Scott Parker Architects, Lisa Tharp of Lisa Tharp Design, Jean Verbridge of SV Design, Adolfo Perez of Adolfo Perez Architect, Allison Iantosca representing F.H. Perry Builder, and Steven Siegel of Steven Siegel Associates

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Rooms with a View: Collector’s Night Collector’s Night, sponsored by New England Home Connecticut, offered a unique opportunity to meet some of the artists on display at the Rooms with a View fundraiser. Interior designer David Netto kick-started the night with a talk on art and design today and on the late designer Albert Hadley, founder of Rooms with a View. During the reception, guests perused the art gallery and room vignettes.

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Luxury Home Design Summit New England Home and Esteem Media’s Luxury Home Design Summit made its long-awaited return in October. Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod hosted the three-day conference and networking event for leaders in the home design industry. The sold-out summit featured keynotes from Bobby McAlpine, Andrew Davis, and Madeline Stuart.

Charles Hilton of Charles Hilton Architects

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Mally Skok of Mally Skok Design and New England Home’s Clinton Smith

Joe Werner and Kathryn Herman of Kathryn Herman Design with Austin David Mill of A.D.Mill

Architect and designer Bobby McAlpine delivers his keynote presentation

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Bespoke Designs Grand Opening New England Home’s Jenna Talbott joined Shari Lebowitz, owner of Bespoke Designs, to celebrate the Westport showroom’s grand opening. The intimate gathering allowed for personal tours of the space and included demonstrations on layering and incorporating personalized stationery into table settings.

New England Home’s Jenna Talbott and Roberta Mancuso

Alyssa Palmer and Kim Mixer of Bespoke Designs

Shari Lebowitz of Bespoke Designs

Lindsey Barnhorst of Aesthetic Movement, Jeanne Collins of JerMar Designs, and Andrea Cross of Axel Interiors

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David Scott Parker of David Scott Parker Architects

David Newcomb and Nicholas Rotondi of Charles Hilton Architects

Gina Calabro and Holly Leonard of AIA Connecticut

The Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosted its Awards Gala to recognize individuals and firms who have made outstanding contributions in both commercial and residential architecture in Connecticut. In November, industry professionals from throughout New England gathered to honor the 2021 awardees at the Aria Banquet Hall in Prospect.

Eleish Van Breems Roundtable Last fall, the Eleish Van Breems team hosted a lunch-and-learn roundtable discussion with New England Home’s Jenna Talbott at Eleish Van Breems Studio in Westport. The talk covered navigating the supply chain and managing client expectations accordingly.

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Brooks & Falotico Associates, LLP

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e design homes with context and clients in mind—homes that respect the history and vernacular of their location, interact beautifully with the landscape around them, and are tailor-made to the lifestyles and desires of their owners. Our perspective is informed by our personal travels, as well as the projects we’ve had the good fortune of working on. From waterfront compounds in Connecticut, Florida, and Bermuda to ski lodges in Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana, each home is an opportunity for inspiration. We think of every project as a team effort with clients, builders, interior designers, and other consultants. Listening is the first step in every project, and making our clients happy is always our main goal—our creative process must be collaborative to be successful. With an appreciation for homes with a sense of place and a keen understanding of how a client will use their space, we design timeless buildings and thoughtful, livable architecture.

➊ A sweeping great room with a wine cellar, inspired by homes in Napa Valley. ➋ Newly constructed contemporary home on Long Island Sound designed for a large family. ➌ An open kitchen designed for entertaining. ➍ Large windows and glass walls let natural light stream through this house.

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Brooks & Falotico Associates, LLP Exceptional Residential Architecture Brooks & Falotico Associates, LLP 199 Elm Street New Canaan, CT 06840 203-966-8440 brooksandfalotico.com

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Christopher Pagliaro Architects

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hristopher Pagliaro Architects was founded as a designoriented studio that believes architecture is a performing art that leads to client satisfaction. The firm has developed a reputation as the creator of exceptional architecture throughout North America. Its guiding principle is that all projects should enhance the complete context within the environment. Each home is exceptionally functional, applying

key concepts of place, space, light, scale, and material. The hallmark is the marriage of building and site. A well-organized spatial flow provides the primary contribution to our design and maintains the sensibility with which one space relates to the next, creating an elegant and functional plan. Projects are designed to maximize the daylight, enticing you into the space and conveying a sense of opti-

mism and possibility. There is an experience to architecture. It is not simply the location of a window, but the manipulation of the building’s envelope so that space becomes a part of the view. It is not singular, but multiple, experienced from different angles and through multiple spaces simultaneously. A Christopher Pagliaro design is not just a building, but a place at peace with itself.

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Architecture is the play of light on form.

Christopher Pagliaro Architects 320 Post Road, Suite 160 Darien, CT 06820 203-838-5517 christopherpagliaroarchitects.com

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Connecticut Stone

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ith more than 70 years of experience helping builders, homeowners, and design professionals turn their ideas into reality, Connecticut Stone knows what it takes to produce one-of-akind pieces. We have over 10,000 different products available, such as Marble, Quartzite, ThinStone, Bluestone,

and more, and our team of expert craftsmen can fabricate, custom cut, and shape any project to your unique specifications. Whether you’re looking to create a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a pool deck and patio, or clad your home in natural stone, Connecticut Stone has the materials and expertise to bring your visions to fruition.

It doesn’t matter if you’re down the street or across the country, we take on any project, big or small. If you’re in the area, stop by our 13,000-square-foot showroom or give us a call at 203-882-1000 to talk to one of our staff members. No matter where you are, our team is here to help bring any designer or architect’s dream concept to life.

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➊ This kitchen features Calacatta Gold Honed Marble countertops paired with 3x6 white glossy subway tiles. ➋ With the help of architect Peter Cadoux and Builder Hobbs, Inc., CT Stone created a custom blend of three different types of stone in a square-cut pattern. ➌ This bathroom uses Calacatta Honed Waterjet Mosaic for both the floors and walls. Architect: Mark Finlay Architects, Builder: Hobbs Inc., Designer: G2 Interior Design. ➍ 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.

Connecticut Stone 138 Woodmont Road Milford, CT 06460 203-882-1000 tyra@connecticutstone.com connecticutstone.com

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InnerSpace Electronics, Inc.

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iscover elegant home electronics design that includes lighting, shading, and personal wellness that leverages all of today’s modern technology. Let InnerSpace Electronics show you how Lutron’s natural lighting can be combined with shading to put a spotlight on what matters most: your home aesthetics and family life. Our exclusive services include

science-based lighting design with beautiful controls, and an unlimited selection of the finest designer lighting fixtures and motorized shades to enhance your overall décor. As specialists in the innovative Ketra lighting, we bring you natural illumination throughout the day that’s in perfect harmony with your body for enhanced energy and sleep. When lighting and window treat-

ments are combined with controls, the result is elevated convenience and beauty. One touch on a stunning keypad, and all lights, shades, and more are set to your mood. Even control them while you’re away. At InnerSpace, we provide technology excellence with an emphasis on your home décor and aesthetics— so you can enjoy your best life.

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Careful and complete design, collaboration, installation, and elegant one-touch controls go into every InnerSpace lighting project. The leading local technology and smart-home provider, InnerSpace can also deliver motorized window treatments, entertainment systems, home theaters, networking systems, security, and more. Bring natural light indoors with Lutron’s Ketra, the highest quality and healthiest indoor light that enhances your décor, art, mood, and overall wellness.

InnerSpace Electronics, Inc. 45 Kensico Drive Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914-937-9700 innerspaceelectronics.com

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JMKA | architects

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n the words of one of our clients “it is awesome…the most amazing thing is how well the architecture, the design, and the furnishings all combine to create exactly what we were hoping for… ”~S.L. JMKA | architects believes in architecture that is grounded in its place, that responds to the natural environment and merges with the landscape. Using regional materials, we design buildings that are environmentally responsible,

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authentic, and sustainable. We design for the present but are influenced by the past, and have a vision for timeless solutions. During the process, we consider the natural light, materials, and detail that are specific to each project. Exceptional architecture, we believe, comes from a design solution that responds to the circumstances inherent in each challenge. It is a hallmark of our firm’s design that we continue the same high level of detail on the interior as on

the exterior. Our projects reflect our expertise in custom-designed furniture, hardware, and lighting. JMKA | architects takes a collaborative approach, working closely with the client, the builder, the interior designer, and the landscape architect to address the complexities of each project. This is how we ensure every home is as successful as it can be. A unique, personalized architectural process is the hallmark of our firm.

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JMKA | architects 25 Imperial Ave Westport, CT (203) 222-1222 jmkarchitects.com

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Laura Casale Architect, AIA, ASID

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aura Casale Architect, AIA, is a full-service architectural studio specializing in residential architecture with a classical style and sensibility. Laura’s passion for historic architecture, combined with her strong design aesthetic, offers creative solutions to today’s modern programs. The firm specializes in architecture, interior design, interior decoration, and landscape design. Each project is conceived through an in-depth analy92

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sis of the client’s program and site while maintaining an important focus on the art of building and craftsmanship. In addition to residential work, Laura’s portfolio includes commercial, retail, and institutional projects. A third-generation designer, Laura is committed to fine workmanship and service. She earned her architectural degree at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, which included their foreign study program in Rome. Her

professional programs of post-graduate study include the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Institute of Classical Architecture in New York. Laura established her own practice thirty years ago in Manhasset, New York, after ten years of commercial work in New York City. These experiences gave Laura a strong background in professionalism, design and, most importantly, client services and standards in practice. PHOTO CREDITS: ➊❸RIC MARDER, ➋❹ADAM KANE MACCHIA

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Laura Casale Architect, AIA, ASID 84 Bridge Road Manhasset, NY 11030 516-365-5896 lauracasalearchitect.com

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Matthew R. Dougherty Architect

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atthew R. Dougherty is the principal architect of his New Canaan-based architectural firm, which specializes in the design of high-end residential projects. Focusing on custom-built homes and renovations, he creates awardwinning projects that are rooted in both traditional New England style and transitional design. With extensive experience in all

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aspects of design, the firm offers a full scope of services including schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, and negotiation and construction administration. The firm concentrates its designs on the unique goals and dreams of the homeowners for every project. By working closely with clients, we devise and fulfill a personalized

architectural plan that integrates style, function, and sophistication. All aspects of each home are considered in the design process, from the exterior detailing to the interior architectural woodwork, cabinetry, and finishes. The goal for every design is to provide harmony within the finished homes that represents the distinctive style of each homeowner and is comfortable for today’s living.

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By working closely with clients, we devise and fulfill a personalized architectural plan that integrates style, function, and sophistication.

Matthew R. Dougherty Architect, LLC 27 Pine Street, Suite 500 New Canaan, CT 06840 203-296-4669 matthew@mrdarchitect.com mrdarchitect.com

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Michael Smith Architects

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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 michaelsmitharchitects.com

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Neil Hauck Architects

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eil Hauck Architects is an award-winning design firm with a distinguished portfolio of new homes, renovations, and historic preservation projects sprinkled throughout the New England landscape. Not tied to any one style or formula, we employ a holistic approach to the design process where each project evolves as a unique response to the client’s hopes and dreams and to the particular 98

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characteristics of the building site. We begin by exploring initial concepts through a series of freehand sketches, and develop the chosen scheme into a finished design that is presented to the client using state-of-the-art computer modeling techniques and/or physical models. From there, detailed construction documents are prepared that incorporate the full range of exterior and interior design elements. We

provide our clients with the highest level of professional service throughout each phase of a project. Our completed projects can be characterized as having clean architectural lines, a rich palette of natural materials, light and airy interiors, and floor plans that provide comfortable circulation between rooms and spaces. We strive to create sustainable designs that will stand the test of time. PHOTO CREDIT: TIM LEE PHOTOGRAPHY; BUILDER: HOBBS INC.

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➊ The main body of this house represents a fresh interpretation of the quintessential New England farmhouse. ➋ The attached garage with game room above is a modern barn constructed with authentic post-and-beam framing. ➌ This cozy nook on the second floor provides a wonderful place to snuggle and read. ➍ Located in the link between house and barn, this stair floats from floor to floor. It is constructed of a powder-coated steel frame with Black American Walnut components.

Neil Hauck Architects 859 Post Road Darien, CT 06820 203-655-9340 neilhauckarchitects.com

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Patricia M. Miller Residential Design, LLC

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at Miller has created beautiful homes and living spaces in Fairfield County for more than thirty years. 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 modern to traditional to Shingle and more, attention to detail and quality of materials is of the utmost importance.

Pat’s design skills are matched by her sensitivity to the client’s wishes and requirements, which has helped established 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 other than the imaginations of the client and the designer. Pat creates a concierge service for each of her clients. She is there each step of the way, from crafting the initial design to overseeing the many decisions needed for the final construction, making every project unique and every client special. The result is walking into one’s own home and saying “Wow!”

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Pat creates a concierge service for each of her clients.

Patricia M. Miller Residential Design, LLC 318 Good Hill Road Weston, CT 06883 203-227-7333 pat-miller.com

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Robert A. Cardello Architecture

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esigning custom homes is both a privilege and a pleasure. At Robert A. Cardello Architecture, it is obvious to everyone who enters our workspace that we truly love what we do. But more notably, we want the design process from start to finish to be as enjoyable 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 designers’ ability to

capture the details and nuances that create inspired custom spaces. 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 proj-

ect and, ultimately, to the success of the business. RAC has enjoyed many repeat customers, and wordof-mouth recommendations remain a cornerstone of our firm. Architecture is a profession that allows a lifetime of work to remain throughout the span of decades or centuries. The structures created are a lasting symbol of an architect’s creative pursuit in life. These points should be celebrated by all architects, and at RAC we are reminded of them every day.

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➊ This expansive ten-plus-acre property offers over 14,000 square feet inside with state-of-the-art finishes and open, elegant spaces for all to enjoy. This double-story great room is the focal point of the home featuring a double-sided fireplace and a floor-to-ceiling glass wine storage unit. ➋ Our clients were moving from overseas and fell in love with a remote woodland property on a narrow lake offering views of a waterfall and island. They were drawn to modern architectural elements such as black windows, stucco siding, metal roofs, and clean interior layouts—resulting in a truly beautiful design. ➌ One of our most widely referenced projects, this Greenwich home’s formal lawn area is surrounded by covered porches that extend the living space outdoors. The gambrel design gives the house an approachable scale while incorporating strong design elements such as a transitional barn-like garage and a stone arched porthole to the pool area. ➍ Our client came to us seeking a weekend escape from the city right on the Long Island Sound. This home was built on a tight lot in Rowayton, CT, but we managed to maintain an expansive interior floor plan that makes the living spaces feel spacious and open.

Robert A. Cardello Architecture 60 Post Road West Westport, CT 06880 6 West Putnam Avenue Greenwich, CT 06830 203-853-2524 cardelloarchitects.com

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Robert Dean Architects

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obert Dean Architects, of New Canaan, has earned a reputation as masters of style and livability in residential architecture. Whether converting an old barn, recalling an apt historical precedent, or conceiving a contemporary glass villa, Mr. Dean and his team combine an intimate knowledge of architectural history and a willingness to use style skillfully in the design of each building project. 104

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As “academic architects of the old school” in an updated form, the firm’s work is unusually varied. Each project represents a considered result from a process that brings together style, history, livability, and joie de vivre. Mr. Dean has led Robert Dean Architects for more than 30 years, and has established credentials that range from historical construction detailing to large-scale site planning.

Mr. Dean also sustains active involvement in voluntary and pro-bono services related to town planning and historic preservation. The firm brings together an experienced team of people with seasoned and complementary talents, who like working together and who know how to listen to others. They enjoy drawing clients, contractors, consultants, and craftsmen into the adventure of creating a beautiful home. PHOTO CREDIT: NEIL LANDINO

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Robert Dean Architects applies a discerning eye for style and breadth of architectural skill to make beautiful houses that are easy to live in.

Robert Dean Architects 111 Cherry Street New Canaan, CT 06840 203-966-8333 robertdeanarchitects.com @robertdeanarchitects

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Studio Dumitru

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stablished in 1999 in Westport, Studio Dumitru is a boutiquestyle office focused entirely on the client, the ultimate beneficiary of our architectural efforts. Studio Dumitru offers a full range of architectural services, including and not limited to design, interior design, design build, and product design. From the very beginning, our main body of work focused on a highly

personalized form of residential design. We like to claim that we don’t design houses, we design homes. We make every possible effort to customize every product, leaving our design boards to the ones who will ultimately experience them. Everything is personalized to the requirements of each project—to the specific requirements of each lifestyle, style, surrounding, vernacu-

lar integration, and last, but not least, the individual taste. We have had the opportunity to design homes in multiple styles, from classic Georgians to English manors, Tudors, Dutch Colonials, classic New England colonials, Shingle-style, and modern. None of them received any less attention, love, and care than the other. However, stylistic purity is our credo.

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Studio Dumitru 25 Sylvan Road South Suite I Westport, CT 06880 203-226-5156 studiodumitru.com

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anderHorn Architects specializes in residential design within a diverse collection of traditional and contemporary styles. Douglas and his namesake firm create transformational alterations and distinguished new homes by focusing on the goals and inspirations of each individual client. Founded on careful analysis and planning, each

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VHA design incorporates innovative building technologies, modern conveniences, and tailor-made features into elegant, imaginative, and captivating architectural solutions. VHA’s dedicated associates’ specialties range from classical architecture and historic preservation, to building science and sustainable design. In addition to in-house staff,

a network of talented landscape architects, interior decorators, engineers, contractors, and artisans are called upon for each project. Our guiding intent: to build a timeless home that complements its surroundings, with gracious interior spaces designed for contemporary living.

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➊ Exquisite architectural detailing and brickwork take center stage in this Edwardian English Arts & Crafts manor. ➋ The limestone family room mantelpiece recalls its Edwardian influence yet proves that classic design can still feel contemporary. ➌ The covered loggia offers a sheltered place to dine and relax while showcasing the outdoor fireplace and pool views. ➍ Clean and streamlined interiors echo the sculpted forms of the exterior brick archways.

VanderHorn Architects 41 West Elm Street Greenwich, CT 06830 203-622-7000 vanderhornarchitects.com

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If there's one commonality between the projects on the following pages, it's that each one defies tradition in favor of rooms that function for the homeowners. Take this bar and lounge, for example. The space previously served as a library nobody used. Now it's one of the liveliest spots in the home. See page 130.

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The double-height living room offers comfortable seating for the view: Le Corbusier’s iconic chaise in cowhide, an RH sofa, and a bouclé-clad swivel chair, all atop a circa 1890 Serapi Heriz carpet from Iran. FACING PAGE: Architect John Allee replaced an intrusively curved baluster originally on the mezzanine over the living room with a simpler, leaner one. A Barbara Vaughn photo from KMR Arts in Washington Depot hangs above the fireplace.

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t’s becoming a common pandemic story: urban family renovates country home as a getaway. Then cities impose lockdowns and deep soul-searching leads to a lifestyle about-face. Country house becomes full-time residence and city apartment becomes pied-à-terre.

“It was always going to be a home where we spent weekends and the bulk of our summers,” says the wife of the New York City couple who purchased this late 1990s builder’s home near Lakeville. As it neared

ABOVE: The gray grout between Cle Tile’s

Moroccan zellige backsplash, says designer Heide Hendricks, mimics shadow lines. BELOW: The eating nook in the kitchen features a custom oval table and banquette and vintage chairs acquired from Hunter Bee in Millerton, New York. FACING PAGE: The dining room is built for entertaining with an antique farm table, woven rush side chairs, a wing chair in Sister Parish fabric, and 1947 Paavo Tynell lighting reissued by GUBI.

completion in February of 2020, COVID-19 turned the world upside down. “The boys were nine and eleven, and they had been playing hockey up here on weekends since they were five and seven. It’s where their social lives were.” The choice was clear. Architect John Allee recalls a 4,800-square-foot main house (there’s also a guest house on the property) in fine condition. “But the owners needed better finishes and bigger entertainment spaces,” he explains. Much could be achieved by opening rooms up—eliminating the wall separating kitchen and dining room, removing columns that visually segmented the living room, and replacing and amplifying fenestration. An 800-square-foot addition also accommodated a new walk-out basement, pool house, and game room.

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Color appears mainly through rugs and upholstery, in shades that echo the trees, hayfields, stone outcroppings, and sky outside the windows. Aesthetically, Allee bridged the couple’s tastes. The husband is a modernist who prefers neutral palettes, while the wife loves color and a softer vernacular modernism. “Balancing clean lines and industrial touches with honest materials like plaster, a reclaimed stone floor, and hemlock wood ceilings,” explains Allee, “made the house feel purer.” This approach also dovetailed Allee’s own modernist leanings with the more rural farm aesthetic of builder Andy Belter. “But Heide was the glue,” says the wife, speaking of designer Heide Hendricks. “Early on I realized it was going to be fun because there wasn’t a color she didn’t like,” recalls Hendricks, “even orange and red, which are usually at the top of people’s lists of colors not to use.” The key was judiciously deploying that color against a mostly neutral palette, as well as mixing furnishings that straddled traditional and modern eras. “We favor authentic finishes and materials,” observes Hendricks of choices like the mottled, chalky plaster walls, unlacquered brass, honed stone,

and natural woods. “Whatever makes the interiors look warm and tactile and responsive to the view. I’d rather not see something faux distressed. I prefer to let it get there over time.” Color appears mainly through rugs and upholstery, in shades that echo the trees, hayfields, stone outcroppings, and sky outside the windows. Furnishings typify the modern-traditional mix for which the firm is known. The dining room, says Hendricks, “blends the humble simplicity of a farm table with

On one side of the sunroom, a Moroccan carpet grounds a 1930s reed-and-rattan sofa and chair upholstered in a Sister Parish fern pattern around a weathered Irish pine bench found on the property. FACING PAGE: On the other side of the sunroom—formerly a screened porch—a 1940s sofa in butterscotch linen and chairs from Made Goods sit atop another Moroccan carpet.

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John Allee, Allee Architecture + Design INTERIOR DESIGN:

Heide Hendricks, Hendricks Churchill BUILDER:

Andy Belter, Belter Builders

ABOVE: Hans Wegner sewing tables bearing Simon Pearce lamps flank the custom primary bed by Studioilse. The ceiling here, as throughout the house, is natural hemlock. LEFT: In the powder room, Allee used shiplap siding, which Hendricks paired with a floor of green encaustic tile. FACING PAGE: On the exterior, under the standing-seam metal roof, Allee alternated areas of western red cedar shakes with ten-inch shiplap board. He also increased the size and number of windows to take advantage of rolling farmland surrounding the house.

LANDSCAPE DESIGN:

Judy Murphy, Old Farm Nursery

modern lighting by Paavo Tynell.” The primary bedroom, she says, “is a nod to early American Windsor furniture, but made modern with an extrahigh headboard.” These she paired with Hans Wegner sewing tables that double as nightstands. The comfort and approachability of the aesthetic provided crucial grounding during a difficult time. “It was this home they christened during COVID and couldn’t imagine leaving,” says Hendricks. Who could blame them? EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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“Balancing clean lines and industrial touches with honest materials like plaster, a reclaimed stone floor, and hemlock wood ceilings made the house feel purer.” —ARCHITECT JOHN ALLEE

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Architect Laura Kaehler and interior designer Jack Montgomery recently took on the renovation of a lakeside 1970s colonial that they had both worked on more than a decade ago. The most recent project included expanding the primary suite and updating the rear facade, giving it a much more contemporary look with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that expand views of the water.

EXPECT the UNEXPECTED

Traditional colonial from the front and modern marvel in the back, this New Canaan home serves up plenty of surprises. Text by Alyssa Bird | Photography by Stefan Radtke

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reating a dream house isn’t necessarily a one-shot deal: sometimes it requires multiple phases over several years, but luckily, patience is often rewarded in the end. Such was the case with this New Canaan project that architect Laura Kaehler and interior designer Jack Montgomery had each worked on more than a decade ago. During Kaehler’s first go-round with the 1970s colonial, the homeowners

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The home’s front facade remains largely untouched. The living room sports a sleek vibe, thanks to new windows, Stanton rugs, and a variety of custom seating upholstered in Romo (purple) and Osborne & Little (orange) fabrics. Kaehler and Montgomery collaborated on a new window above the front door that frames a xylophone-inspired light fixture by Venini. Also in the living room, a fireplace surround features black granite tiles inset with a handblown glass installation by artist Andrew Erdos.

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asked what the architect might be able to do in the future, and she presented them with a sketch for a new rear facade. That sketch eventually became the inspiration for this most recent renovation, which included expanding the primary suite and updating the living room, the daughter’s bath, and some entry details, as well as redecorating the dining room, music room, and the daughter’s

bedroom. In rethinking the home’s colonial bones, the architect was able to let her imagination run wild, thanks to homeowners whose tastes are anything but traditional. “The clients wanted something minimal and contemporary that would maximize both the daylight and the views out to the lake,” explains Kaehler, who envisioned a rear wing with floor-

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“THE HOMEOWNERS AREN’T AFRAID OF STATEMENT PIECES AND BOLD SHADES. HAVING CLIENTS WHO ARE OPEN TO DARING CHOICES IS SUCH A BLESSING.” —Interior designer Jack Montgomery

ABOVE: Montgomery helped the color-

loving homeowners transform an extra space into a new music room where they can also display pieces from their contemporary art collection; the drop-like light is by Leucos, and the circular wall art is by Manuel Mérida through Heather Gaudio Fine Art. RIGHT: The powder room, which was completed by Kaehler during the first renovation, features a red glass mosaic tile backsplash, a black-and-white marble floor, and a custom vanity topped with Striato Olimpico marble.

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to-ceiling glass occupying all three levels, from the top-floor primary suite to the living room on the main floor to the walk-out basement. “I don’t like when people try to copy older architecture,” says Kaehler, “so we brought something new to the table that’s more representative of this era.” To help with the construction— which included adding roughly 375 square feet to the primary suite, thereby lining up the exterior wall with that of the living room below—the architect brought on builder Ian Hobbs, a longtime collaborator. “We love being challenged with contemporary architecture,” says Hobbs. “Traditional moldings are meant to hide imperfections, but we replaced those with very minimal versions that required us to be very precise. It takes more planning since any non-allignments will stand out.” While the rear of the house was completely reworked, the front facade

ABOVE: The kitchen, which is painted Benjamin Moore Spring Moss, contains a walnut-and-steel dining table designed by Montgomery, chairs from Hive, and a rug from Stark. BELOW: A mural created by Montgomery and based on an aerial photo of an African irrigation system makes a statement in the daughter’s bedroom. FACING PAGE: Montgomery painted the dining room Benjamin Moore Dark Lilac and designed the table and banquette to coordinate with Kartell chairs; the artwork on the left is by Theodoros Stamos.

remains largely inconspicuous, save for a sleek new horizontal window above the door. Kaehler and Montgomery collaborated on this detail, which frames a sinuous Venini glass light fixture that recalls a xylophone. That playful piece serves as a hint to visitors of what’s to come. The client directive for the interiors was clear: color, color, and more color. “The homeowners aren’t afraid of statement pieces and bold shades,” says Montgomery, who notes that the couple’s fascination with art has skyrocketed since he first met them and is now a major factor in the design scheme. “Having clients who are open to daring choices is such a blessing.” An existing green kitchen and red powder room are now joined by an

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orange-and-purple living room, a lacquered plum dining room, a music room with red art and accents, and a calming blue primary suite—the latter of which was top priority for the busy couple. “They both have stressful jobs, so this space functions as their retreat,” says Kaehler. “It has everything you might need: a wet bar, a sauna, a fireplace, and a porch with a spa. Jack refers to it as the ‘James Bond suite.’ ” And Montgomery clearly has a special affinity for this space. “As a designer, I form such intimate relationships with my clients, and they were blown away when we revealed this room to them. This house is truly a dream come true for the homeowners, and to be part of that is powerful.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

ARCHITECTURE:

Laura Kaehler, Matt Arnott, Laura Kaehler Architects INTERIOR DESIGN:

Jack Montgomery, Jack Montgomery Design BUILDER:

Ian Hobbs, Hobbs

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CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW: Blue

dominates the newly expanded primary suite; Montgomery commissioned artist Norbert Brunner to create a glass installation for the wall that separates the bedroom from the rest of the suite. The dressing room is painted Benjamin Moore Seaport Blue. The suite includes a cedar-and-glass sauna, a wet bar, a fireplace, and a porch with a spa.

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Architect Jeffrey Mose has shepherded the home from its initial design and construction to this third iteration for current homeowners Kimberly and Chris. The Juliet balcony on the third floor offers Kimberly a breath of fresh air from her new two-story closet and dressing room.

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The

Glam Factor

Plans to enlarge a bedroom lead to a renovation that takes a colonial from demure to dazzling. Text by PAULA M. BODAH Photography by LAURA MOSS Styled by ASHLEY BASTOW

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nterior designer Jeffrey Butler Haines’s clients, Kimberly and Chris, loved their classic center-hall colonial, but they wanted to give it a brighter look and feel. “I kept telling Jeffrey I wanted sparkle and shimmer,” Kimberly says.

To tell the truth, the couple wasn’t planning a major remodel. For the most part, the house was perfect for them and their three boys. They really only intended to enlarge their second-floor bedroom suite. They called on Jeffrey and Christine Mose, the husband-and-wife team at Mose Associates Architects. Jeff Mose had designed the house in 2005, then worked with the second owners on some renovations, and he was happy to undertake a third set of tweaks.

ABOVE: Pretty parterre gardens add a formal touch. BELOW: The

design team removed a heavy fieldstone fireplace that sat between the living room and a sunporch. Closing in the porch resulted in a long, light-filled living room made cozy by a new gas fireplace against one wall. FACING PAGE: The foyer was treated to a new marble floor and new moldings and ceiling trim in a lighter Regency style.

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ABOVE: Architect Christine Mose’s changes to the kitchen included swapping out twin islands for one larger one, the better for family gatherings. RIGHT: Designer Jeffrey Butler Haines gave the dining room extra glamour with metallic chinoiserie wall panels from Gracie. FACING PAGE: Haines opted to skip a dining room rug, letting the homeowners’ dining table and re-covered chairs “float” on the gleaming parquet floor.

As so often happens, those “tweaks” turned into something considerably more. “The bathroom renovation became a bathroom addition, which triggered a new plan for the whole suite,” says Jeff Mose. The new suite is an oasis of luxury in a palette of rosy hues that begins with a small sitting room that opens to a spacious new bedroom, a large, spa-like bathroom, and his and hers closets. Because the remodel called for some fairly extensive structural changes, including breaking through the ceiling to give Kimberly a two-story closet/dressing room, the design team and their clients found themselves taking a second look at the flow on the entire left side of the house. On the first floor, they decided, the smallish living room and a screened sunroom should be combined to create an expansive gathering spot, an undertaking that meant removing the large wood-

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burning fireplace in the middle of the space and enclosing the sunroom. “We have a lot of family in the area, so we wanted a bigger room to congregate,” says Kimberly. The library, a handsome room that Kimberly confesses no one ever used, would become a sophisticated bar and lounge. And then, relates Jeff Mose, “As typically happens, there’s an inflection point where you realize the rest of the house isn’t going to keep up.” So the team turned their attention to the right side of the home, where the great room, dining room, and kitchen reside. Luckily a few cosmetic fixes brought things up to snuff. Haines warmed up the great room by outfitting the walls with shiplap and adding furnishings in shades of blue, oatmeal, and cocoa. Christine Mose reworked the kitchen, replacing two islands with one larger one that encourages gathering and laying out an efficient plan that includes two refrigerators. “I have three boys, who are constantly eating, so I need a lot of fridge space,” Kimberly says.

RIGHT: A champagne tasting room sits just off the lounge and bar area. BELOW: An unused library was reconceived as a lounge and bar, where cabinets of glossy black with brass trim and a luminescent quartz counter add a big dose of glamour. FACING PAGE: For the lounge, Haines created a deeper version of the living room’s palette with chenille-covered furniture in warm blue-green tones.

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ABOVE: The design team broke through to the third floor to give Kimberly her two-story closet; Haines painted the walls a demure blush pink. LEFT: The stylish main bedroom blends traditional and contemporary elements in sophisticated tones of silver, white, and buff. FACING PAGE: The architects added the cupola high above the tub in the main bathroom; Haines installed the free-form blown-glass Vaughan Designs chandelier that gleams above the mosaic floor of marble and quartz.

Once the structural work was complete, the architects went through the house, switching out weighty colonial-style moldings and trim for architectural details in a lighter Regency style. To achieve the fresh sparkle Kimberly sought, Haines introduced a palette of blues and greens paired with cloud-white woodwork and neutral furnishings and fabrics. The entry hall’s walls and ceiling wear a sky-blue lacquer that lets the wainscoting and trim pop and feels as airy as a summer sky. The living room’s apple-green walls continue the cheerful theme. Opulent touches like the foyer’s quartz

ARCHITECTURE: Jeffrey Mose, Christine Mose, Mose Associates Architects INTERIOR DESIGN: Jeffrey Butler Haines, Butler’s

of Far Hills BUILDER: Joseph Mirra, Pyramid Custom Homes LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Craig Studer, Studer Design

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chandelier, the living room’s beaded chandeliers, and the dining room’s metallic chinoiserie wallpaper lend an elegant look. “I like to say it has a bit of a Park Avenue feel,” Haines says. “It depicts an era of

glamour and style.” The house now holds the best of old and new. “It’s a very traditional home,” the designer says. “But it also feels very youthful.”

The design pros switched out finishes and furnishings in the outdoor seating area, accenting the ceiling with a dark stain and bringing in wicker furniture in a mix of natural and white. FACING PAGE: The great room went from cavernous to cozy once Haines added the shiplap to the fireplace wall. A palette of oatmeal, cocoa, and deep blues adds to the warm ambience.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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