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In This Issue

Fall 2014 Volume 5, Issue 4

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featured homes 58 Evolution From Within

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78 Silver Lining

A Greenwich house blossoms into a true home as a couple and their design team let the process unfold gradually.

A South Kent home reaps the benefits of its owners’ years of seeking out unique, wonderful pieces for their clients.

A post-hurricane cleanup leads to a complete makeover, turning a Saugatuck Island beach house into an elegant yearround family home.

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86 Artistically Inclined A series of gracefully sloping gables helps bring cottage coziness to an expansive coastal Greenwich home. Written and produced by Stacy Kunstel Photography by Robert Benson Photography

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32 Artistry: Mind Meld Interior design and fine art come together with stunning results in the work of Rita Petta and Rebecca Thompson. By Allegra Muzzillo 38 Plugged In: Star Tech The newest home technology is easy to use, practically invisible, and smarter than ever. By Lisa Montgomery


44 In Our Backyard: Bohemian Rhapsody Design-led and inspired by timeless historical models, Juliska has made its mark on the tableware market—and it’s just getting started. BY MARIA LAPIANA 125 Perspectives Elegant elements for the bath from top Connecticut designers. EDITED BY LYNDA SIMONTON 132 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 136 Trade Notes New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business. BY PAULA M. BODAH

142 New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in Connecticut shops and showrooms. BY LYNDA SIMONTON

146 Resources A guide to the professionals and products featured in this issue. Special Marketing Section: Portfolio of Fine Interiors 97

150 Advertiser Index 152 Sketch Pad Architectural details inspired by French style lend additional grace to the parlor of a Georgian home in Greenwich.

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ily room does indeed function as a haven of brightness, warmth, and togetherness for significant periods of time. All of which really brings home to me (sorry, couldn’t resist) just how many of the design projects shown in this magazine over time are made for families. I think this isn’t quite so pervasive in most other high-style publications—there you’ll often find more upperfloor perches for power couples, more single-celebrity nests, more pieds à terre that may see occupants only a scant few days between January 1 and December 31. Read through some of our issues, though, and such phrases as “child-friendly finishes” and “gathering spot” jump out. It’s undoubtedly a consequence of demography—that is, proximity to the thriving but cramped economic powerhouse that is New York City—that so many of the homes in Fairfield County are occupied by families. It’s somewhat less true of Litchfield County, land of many weekend country getaways, but towns such as Roxbury and Washington and Kent aren’t exactly devoid of residences that accommodate a full complement of parents, kids, and pets—not to mention frequent visitors who share at least some DNA with the full-time occupants. The fact that so many families in such a small geographical area are living real, full, everyday lives, yet still (with the help of able and obliging local architecture and design firms plus a panoply of beautifully stocked shops and showrooms) creating uncompromisingly beautiful spaces in which to do it, is testament to the importance design holds for many people today. That so many of these houses show up in our pages is testament to the fact that Connecticut families are managing the feat with enviable panache. —Kyle Hoepner

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he better part of another year has come and gone. Summer, while not really so very far in the past, has already acquired the gilded feel of a distant memory. School-age children are deep into their studies and sports schedules. The atmosphere at work has that “time to be serious, folks, noses to the grindstone!” quality, and you are undoubtedly girding yourself for the soon-to-hit glut of fall fund-raisers and then—almost immediately thereafter, it sometimes seems—holiday festivities both personal and professional. Yet, despite its apparent brevity, this is a time of year when really meaty home life takes place, tucked in between the travels and frivolities of summer and winter breaks. Those game tables get used, there is no shortage of athletic spectacles and HBO specials to fill those TV screens. Evenings are long and chilly enough, and darkness falls early enough, that the fam-

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LEFT: The vertical stacking of Oro cubes accentuates the scale of the room’s furniture and its high ceilings. BELOW: Scatta wallcoverings are easily altered by snapping on a series of separate accessories, like wooden daisies or fabric pompons.

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he union of interior designer Rita Petta and artist Rebecca Thompson can be traced back to a yearlong study in Florence, Italy, nearly seventeen years ago. Among the city’s acclaimed Renaissance-era sculptures, fountains, and museums, the women’s lives and creative sensibilities harmonized as they pursued master’s degrees, Petta in historic preservation, Thompson in art restoration. Although

the two acquired distinct professional training, they discovered parallels that linked them, artistically and personally, before opening their namesake Oakville studio in 2007. “In between, we both had our own careers,” says Petta. “But,” adds Thompson, “we saw how to connect what we were doing separately, and turned it into a single endeavor we felt even more passionate about.” The two women soon carved out a

niche market for original artwork they would make together (paintings, sculptures, and later, wall coverings)—one that deftly overlapped the worlds of art and interior design. The company’s predominantly largescale sculptural works have a powerful presence due both to their stature and craftsmanship. “They grab you, pull you in, and stop you from thinking about anything else,” says Thompson. Handcarved Oro cubes, for example, have real impact. Ranging from seven inches square to twenty inches square, the burlwoodveneer wood blocks can be wall-mounted, singly or in groupings, or put together to form functional pieces of furniture, such

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The artists encourage interaction. “We enjoy seeing it,” says Petta, “especially since it has traditionally been taboo to touch art—it furthers the viewer’s involvement.”

as benches and consoles. Their 16-karat gold-leaf concave surfaces retain a warm glow in even the darkest room. “They have such meditative value, too,” adds Thompson, “because they virtually exist in that place between light and sound.” Amid the artists’ juxtaposition of tradition and function is the keystone principle of encouraged interaction. “We enjoy seeing it,” says Petta, “especially since it has traditionally been taboo to touch art—and because it furthers the viewer’s involvement within her environment.” Gilded Falling Blocks and the polishedgranite Prayer Wheels invite contact via twisting, turning, spinning. Abacus, too,

features moveable parts, and its stunning artistry takes it way beyond its storied use as a mathematical tool. Even the tactile Scatta line of wallcoverings features pompon- and daisy-shaped accessories designed to attach and detach through a system of metal snaps. Petta Thompson’s art is characterized by centuries-old techniques (gilding, wood turning, printmaking) and media (India ink, marble dust)—and the duo works tirelessly to modernize the traditional applications. The artists’ cotton- and rice-based wallcoverings, especially, reveal decidedly modern spins. Although Sol is embossed in a traditional etching press, a

hand-carved acrylic plate (versus copper) is now used because of its imperviousness to high pressure and moisture levels. And the transparent synthetic-gel beads on Lido are hand-applied so precisely, it looks as if their pattern is computer-generated. Thompson maintains that solid skillsets have given the women confidence and latitude to utilize, and develop, contemporary media. “Sometimes,” she says laughing, “you can’t find exactly what you need in the art supply store.” Her Sumi-e, or Japanese-inspired, abstract ink paintings are often crafted with a four-foot brush that she retrofitted herself, using a wooden broom handle. “When using unusual tools

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Artist Rebecca Thompson applies an antiquing agent to a copper-gilded wall covering. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A grouping of Thompson’s black-and-white ink paintings evokes a vast landscape. Petta Thompson’s Ravenna wallcovering incorporates copper pigment; its custom paint mixture gives it its shimmer. Wooden Prayer Wheels feature tops gilded in 12-karat gold and bases made to look and feel like marble. Abacus is composed of hand-carved, moveable poplar stars and beads that invite viewer interaction.

as brushes,” Thompson explains, “you have to be sure about what will happen on the canvas—and at the same time be willing to accept the result, whatever it is.” Each custom piece is produced inside the pair’s 8,500-square-foot workspace in Oakville’s industrial-era Old Pin Shop

Factory—a landmark building featuring rich architectural detailing and a celebrated pre–World War I history. Now, the light-filled studio houses Petta Thompson’s vast collection of go-to media and custom-built, twenty-foot plywood tables designed to accommodate impossibly long rolls of paper. “The space is so flexible,” says Thompson, “we’ve reconfigured it multiple times.” Petta Thompson’s work can now be seen in Donghia showrooms throughout the country and in Wynn Resorts here and abroad. Up next for the partners: multilayered Graffio wallcoverings in additional colors and finishes, burlwoodveneer wallpaper, Oro blocks in fiberglass and concrete (for outdoor installations), and several smaller, sculptural tabletop accessories. And, as always, the company will maintain its participatory, tried-and-true strategy: the duo will always adhere to Old-World processes. Says Petta: “They’re exactly why we love making the work.” • Editor’s Note To see more of Petta Thompson’s


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in finishes to complement or blend with the wall surface. You can take it a step further by incorporating a system wherein your choice of canvas artwork can be lowered over the screen when it’s not being used. Companies including Media Decor (a division of Leon Speakers) and VisionArt offer a variety of prints and frames, or you can supply them with your own art or photograph. Another popular option is a mirror TV. Integrated within the structure of the mirror, and offered by companies such as Séura, the TV remains invisible until it’s turned on. ”Meshing technology like flat-panel TVs into the interior design has always been one of

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go hand in hand in a Westport home, designed by Laura Kaehler Architects with interiors by Robin Liotta of HB Home, where a Savant integrated control system takes care of lights, media, security, climate, and window shades. Savant’s TrueControl turns an iPad into a control panel. Speakers the size of a paperback book can be installed in a wall and rendered virtually invisible. FACING PAGE, LEFT TO RIGHT: The Allure Moving Art system offers more than 3,600 works of art to camouflage the TV. A mirror TV, like this one in a bathroom, vanishes when it’s turned off.

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The ability to consolidate the controls of several individual systems under one interface can minimize the appearance of technology significantly. “For a project where we might have mounted a dozen or more keypads and touch panels to the walls for control, we might only install two, relying instead on the control capabilities of a mobile device,” says Barry Reiner, president of InnerSpace Electronics, in Port Chester, New York. And don’t worry that you need to be a tech wizard. Today’s technology is remarkably user-friendly. The transi-

tion from traditional keypads to mobile devices as a primary mode of control, Reiner says, comes naturally to most consumers. Thanks to enhancements in technology and clever installation techniques by home-systems installers, electronic systems can coexist peacefully with a home’s visual environment. And with the help of a qualified installer, they can be integrated seamlessly into the design of the house. It’s a perfect union of form and function, resulting in a home that’s as architecturally stunning as it is smart. •

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best tableware in the world.’ Period. But being from England, he wouldn’t want to assume anything.” She laughs. The “almost factual history” on the company’s website will make you smile. Juliska’s wares—from glass and dinnerware to linens and lighting—will make you swoon. Selling through 600 premium retailers around the country (including Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Saks

Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman) and beyond, the company is fast becoming a leader in tableware design in the U.S. It all started when, while traveling in Europe, the couple fell in love with Bohemian glass. They started collecting the handworked pieces (produced by a melding of glass-blowing techniques from the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries) and were soon inspired to manufacture authentic reproductions. They sold them under the name Juliska (a Hungarian diminutive of Julia) as a way of honoring the heritage of the glass. The company is best described as “design-led,” with an aesthetic that A Firenze charger, with its Florentine marbling in shimmering gold and platinum, makes a dramatic partner for the simpler Acanthus whitewash salad plate and the mouth-blown Amalia wineglass.

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“Our customers say Juliska makes every day pretty for them, that it’s an everyday indulgence,” says Capucine. resonates with so many, according to Capucine, for two reasons: history and philosophy. “Our collections are based on patterns that have stood the test of time,” she says. “All of them are different. We go from pewter stemware to bamboo to Country Estate dinnerware inspired by toile. They don’t even look like they come from the same company.” It’s the way Capucine and her creative team interpret a pattern that makes a glass or a plate so timeless and broadly appealing. The recently launched Field of Flowers line, for example, was inspired by botanical drawings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Capucine says they studied many of them, cut out images of the ones they liked, pieced them together to create a “bouquet,” and voila! A new collection was born. The Goodings source products all over the world, but they’ve established headquarters and a flagship store in the shadow of I-95, on Canal Street in Stamford. Capucine was born in France and raised in the States; David left his native England to attend college in New York. They met in 1997 and married a year later. They couldn’t be happier about having adopted Connecticut as their home. They’re bringing up their children

(“three girls, scalawags, ages eleven, ten, and seven,” says their mother) in Shippan Point, on the southern tip of Stamford. “We consider ourselves very fortunate to live and work here,” she adds. “We absolutely love it.”

She and her husband care deeply about everything Juliska—from photo shoots and copywriting to merchandising to the team of professionals they work with. “I like to think that’s what makes us different, she says. “It all shows a lot of love.”

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FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A large pitcher in the Berry & Thread pattern that launched the company. Berry & Thread flatware with gold accents. A place setting from the Pewter collection. An Antique Lace napkin. A place setting from the Bamboo collection. BELOW: An Amalia column pendant lamp.

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Juliska’s products are manufactured wherever the couple finds the best artisans and craftspeople. “We follow the craft,” Capucine says. “If we know the best ceramics are coming out of Portugal, that’s where we’ll go. We make our Bohemian glass where they make it best, in the Czech Republic and Poland.” They also strive to price their wares so that they are affordable for many people “We know what our customer feels comfortable paying,” says Capucine. “It’s hard to keep our prices down sometimes, but we look at materials and go from there.” What’s next? “We definitely want to grow, wherever we can add value and bring the Juliska lifestyle to others,” she says. But the company’s growth is measured. “We’re introducing a small, edited collection of wood furniture, some dining tables, and armoires,” she adds, “inspired, as always, by fine craftsmanship and techniques.” “Our customers say Juliska makes every day pretty for them, that it’s an everyday indulgence,” says Capucine. And that, in the end, is the company’s simple mission. • Juliska Flagship Store 465 Canal Street, Stamford (888) 414-8448 Fall 2014  New England Home Connecticut 47

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A custom carpet from J.D. Staron grounds the warm, bright family room, where designer Carey Karlan made use of luxurious fabrics, such as creamy Holly Hunt chenille on the Ralph Lauren sofas, a cotton-mohair blend from Schumacher on the bench, and taupe leather on the Lee Industries armchairs. The midcentury painting by Irene Zevon is one of several in the owners’ collection.

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Like many doting parents, The couple put their Children’s

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here seems to be an unwritten rule in Greenwich that every new house must have a grand facade with a sense of history. The exterior details—shutters, pediments, columns—create a wow factor even when the house is nestled on a quiet road in the backwoods. Houses built on spec don’t always lavish quite so much attention on the interiors, however. The owners of this house knew it had the potential to be as special inside as it was outside. That’s why they called on architect Kelly Faloon and decorator Carey Karlan. The clients—a couple with two school-age children—didn’t feel the need for instant gratification. In fact, they spent four years working with Faloon and Karlan. They wanted to make careful choices so their home would suit their family’s lifestyle. Like many doting parents, they put their children’s needs first and asked the design team to start with their bedrooms. The daughter’s bedroom, an enormous space above the garage, made for a bit of a challenge. “These suites over the garage can be as big as a living room, but funky because of rooflines and dormers,” Karlan says. Faloon gave the space definition by adding window seats and bookshelves. For decorating inspiration, the wife offered up one of her many paintings by Irene Zevon, a midcentury artist who lived in New York City’s legendary Chelsea Hotel. “Her work mixes Cubism and abstraction,” says the client. “I wanted my daughter to grow up with a real work of art.” To complement the purples, blues, and greens of the art, Karlan painted the room’s walls in feminine—but not too girly—Raspberry Ice, from Benjamin Moore. A violet-and-white carpet reflects the tone of the walls, creating a unified backdrop that tames the space. The clients already had a traditional brown four-poster bed, but Karlan gave it a coat of purple lacquer “to make it zippier.” For nightstands, she had a pair of midcentury brown chests lacquered white and topped them with powder-blue Jonathan Adler lamps. The modern floral pattern from Cowtan & Tout used for roman shades dictated the choice of a spring-green settee and aqua chairs for the sitting area, a chic, sophisticated arrangement Karlan

completed by designing a jaunty white patent-leather ottoman trimmed in nailheads. “We used high-quality pieces that would stand the test of time and last until the children go off to college,” she says. The son’s bedroom has an easygoing masculinity, with pale-gray walls and energetic orange accents.

ABOVE RIGHT: Mother and daughter can work and relax

together in the “she cave” outfitted with custom rift-cut oak cabinets and lit by Visual Comfort’s Soleil pendant. RIGHT: In the son’s bedroom, Pottery Barn sheets are a vibrant contrast to the gray headboard and shades in linen from Kravet. FACING PAGE: A grassgreen settee and aqua chairs complement the pale-raspberry walls and violet-and-white rug in the daughter’s bedroom.

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Karlan found a striped carpet (a favorite leitmotif she used in other rooms, too) with orange and grays that are echoed in the upholstered bed and shades. While the nightstands from Hickory Chair are serious pieces of furniture, the wife wanted the room to have a playful aspect; instead of a traditional desk, she chose Ikea’s version of a Saarinen table, then paired it with orange chairs from Crate & Barrel.

Gray tile from Waterworks makes for a sophisticated backsplash below custom cabinets painted in Farrow & Ball’s popular Clunch. A walnut island provides warm contrast with the marble counters. FACING PAGE: The breakfast room is dressed smartly with Guy Chaddock chairs and a Vaughan chandelier.

Once the children were settled, it was time to tackle the kitchen, which opens onto a spacious breakfast room and large family room. The clients also wanted Faloon to add a porch off of the kitchen, and his plan factored in how the indoor and outdoor spaces would relate to ensure the kitchen had plenty of natural light. Instead of attaching a porch to the house, which Faloon saw would block the sunlight that streams through the windows over the kitchen sink, he designed a detached outdoor pavilion. Classically detailed to complement the front of the house, the pavilion is elevated but sits close enough to the ground to avoid having railings. “We wanted it to

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the kitchen can be seen from the front hall and opens onto the family room. “I didn’t want it to look antiseptic or like a hospital,” says the wife.

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Instead of a porch that would block

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float and have a real sense of openness,” the architect explains. The family practically lives in the pavilion in warm weather. With separate dining and lounging areas, Karlan notes, “It’s not a patio or deck, but a real outdoor room. We furnished it with large, sturdy pieces so they can have a proper dinner party.” Since the kitchen can be seen from the front hall and opens onto the family room, the owners wanted it to feel as tailored and warm as the rest of the house. “I didn’t want it to look antiseptic or like a hospital,” says the wife. Faloon faced the marble-topped island in walnut, to give it the formality of a proper piece of furniture. To complement the gray subway-tile backsplash, the design team considered many neutrals to paint the BELOW: The freestanding pavilion was designed to float in the backyard so as not to block the light into the house. LEFT: A Restoration Hardware dining table is surrounded by chairs slipcovered in an all-weather fabric by Lee Industries. FACING PAGE: Chinese garden stools from Dovecote, in Westport, add punch to the pavilion’s sitting area.

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Project Team

Kelly Faloon Carey Karlan, The Last Detail Builder: Bert Keating Landscape design: John D’Urso and Joseph Barrett, Nyconn Landscaping & Design, and Giomy Cambizaca Architecture:

Interior design:

new, custom-made cabinets. “We finally chose Farrow & Ball’s Clunch, which was exactly right,” says the owner. “The whole kitchen is light and updated, while being traditional and classic.” So is the adjacent family room, which has a big stone fireplace, French doors, and views of the pool. “The look we were going for is earthy, muscular, and mellow,” says Karlan, who started with a striped rug in taupes and browns. She upholstered a pair of Ralph Lauren sofas in a creamy chenille and the armchairs in taupe leather. The monochromatic mood is tempered by another Zevon painting, and assorted throw pillows add dashes of color. A second family room acts as a super-sophisticated rec room. “It’s a place for my husband and son to do

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what they like to do best—play video games,” says the wife. Karlan, who has dubbed it the man cave, was asked to incorporate a black upright piano into the room, which prompted her to choose a graphic blackand-white striped carpet along with sofas upholstered in dark gray. Purple side chairs, stools, and throw pillows “add a pop of color that’s good for a nighttime retreat,” say Karlan. There’s also a touch of purple in another Zevon painting that hangs over the games table from Hickory Chair. “That is where my husband hosts his bridge group,” explains the wife. At the end of the day, the couple retires to the master suite, which the wife had painted a soft Donald Kaufman blue before she’d engaged Karlan. “We kept it soothing but not boring,” says Karlan, who

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The “man cave” has a jazzy striped

Missoni carpet and eye-catching purple velvet chairs. An Irene Zevon painting adds a bright note to the game corner. In the master bedroom, chairs upholstered in an iridescent fabric from Highland Court flank an ottoman covered in Tibetan lamb’s wool.

designed ivory wool-blend drapes and upholstered a pair of chairs in a slightly iridescent fabric, then placed a luxurious Tibetan wool ottoman between them. “The room has a glamour that is appropriate to the setting,” she says. At project’s end, all agree, the slowly unfolding process turned out to be the perfect way to turn the house into a place that truly feels like home. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 146. Fall 2014  New England Home Connecticut 67

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COLLECTIVE WISDOM A South Kent home reaps the benefits of its owners’ years of seeking out unique, wonderful pieces for their clients. TEXT BY MEGAN FULWEILER Ç PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN GOULD BESSLER Ç PRODUCED BY KARIN LIDBECK BRENT

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Charming vignettes, like this antique Brazilian Peroba table hosting antique Buddhas and sheltering antique Brazilian pots, abound. The addition of an old Dutch painting further elevates the composition’s eye appeal. FACING PAGE: Largerthan-life butterflies in the foyer are painted on antique sailcloth.

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stone facade links the house to its setting, while the inset entry offers both shelter and a bit of drama. Local stone also sheaths the fireplace in the living room, where linen-clad sofas sit among a trove of antiques. Taxidermied birds perch atop Belgian cupboards filled with treasures, including Joanna’s collection of Palissy majolica.

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Joanna and Bill Seitz share a long history in the design world. She is a former magazine editor, stylist, and public-relations professional for the fashion industry, while he had a successful career as an architectural photographer. For the past twenty-eight years the two have been the proprietors of J. Seitz & Company, a landmark destination for good design. The couple’s equally talented daughter, Amanda, is also a vital part of the team. As fresh today as when it launched, the New Preston shop (which also offers interior design services as well as fashion and jewelry) bears witness to the couple’s approach to life—that nature is to be celebrated, friends and family treasured, and authenticity revered.

No surprise, then, that their South Kent home is a personality-filled treasure trove. Perched on twenty-five bucolic acres teeming with wildlife (a bear in the yard is not unheard of), the stone and shingle house designed by New Haven architect Peter Kurt Woerner nods to the 1950s buildings that stood here when the place was a children’s camp. Too worn to salvage, all but one of the old structures had to go. The owners admired the symmetry of the lone rescued building and enlisted Woerner to bring a similar flavor to their dream home. Woerner, who has designed scores of drop-dead gorgeous houses from Italy to Vermont, is well FALL 2014 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut 71

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schooled in a variety of architectural forms and adept at matchmaking when it comes to marrying a house with its surroundings. What may set him most apart, however, is his hands-on knowledge of construction. He refers to himself as an architect and a builder with an appreciation for natural materials—something his clients clearly share. “Joanna and Bill’s design sensibilities are similar to mine. This project was really a joint effort,” Woerner insists. The drive into the property rises over a small hill. The house is tucked to the right just below but still high above the spectacular lake. A stone path leads to the intimate front entry, which in turn opens to a twostory foyer affording the owners, as Woerner points out, “a pleasing procession of spaces.” To guarantee water views and easy access to the screened porch for both the public

Woerner refers to himself as an architect and a builder with an appreciation for natural materials—something his clients clearly share. and private spaces, Woerner located the living room, kitchen, dining room, and master suite along the back of the house where—icing on the cake— the lush perennial bed can also be spied. “It’s a burst of color,” says landscape designer Bruce Bennett of Kent Greenhouse. “Many flowers are springblooming, most have berries, and all have fantastic fall color.” Two guest rooms on the home’s second level also have screened porches for flower- and water-gazing, thanks to the owners’ input and to Woerner’s channeling of fond childhood memories during the design process. “I recalled this great cabin with a porch and a swing,” he says, thinking back to summers spent at this very lake. “I’d sit and watch the weather move across the water.” The Seitzes’ captivating interiors, where feathers, shells, and animal horns are treated as works of art, will also be memorable to those lucky enough to cross the threshold. Given places of importance, these finds underscore the owners’ affinity for nature. A neutral background provides their eclectic mix—Indian, Brazilian, and American furniture, one-of-a-kind discoveries brought back from their global travels, and products culled from their shop—an ideal backdrop. “A neutral tone is one of our trademarks,” Joanna says. “For me, it equals serenity and quiet, which is what we need when we come home.” Happily, there is no danger of the owner’s interpretation of “quiet” veering anywhere close to boring. There is heady design wizardry at work here. A partial inventory of the porch reveals a zebra rug, 72 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut FALL 2014

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Glass-front cabinets help keep the kitchen feeling airy, while honed granite counters provide a work surface. The apron-front sink is a farmhouse touch. FACING PAGE, TOP: A vase of glass and forged iron by Jan Barboglio serves as a centerpiece for the zinc-top dining table. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Vintage rattan furniture and a vintage surfboard table grace the screen porch.

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A petite John Derian settee and a shaggy lamb’s-wool bench with Lucite legs from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams create an arresting juxtaposition in the master bedroom. FACING PAGE: A handforged chandelier and sconces by Laura Lee Designs and a cache of shapely animal horns bring another layer of interest to the sunny master bath.

a stone Buddha, and a Venetian-glass pendant. In the foyer, hand-painted butterflies mill about behind the orchids. And while tailored sofas from Cisco lend the living room a pleasing traditional note, there’s also a hefty antique coffee table of teak and a gleaming silver skull to interject the unexpected punch. The Seitzes have unleashed their talents to similarly enliven every corner, including the sunny kitchen. Adhering to her preference for mixing styles

and eras, Joanna has teamed the antique Brazilian Peroba-wood table with cool midcentury mesh seats. And in the more formal dining room, classic PROJECT TEAM

Joanna Seitz, J. Seitz & Company Peter Kurt Woerner, Peter Kurt Woerner and Associates LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Bruce Bennett, Kent Greenhouse


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Faux bois furniture and a bevy of flowering plants turn the wisteriadraped pergola into a magical dining spot. Hand-forged exterior lighting is another handsome detail. FACING PAGE: The stately garden bench covered in lichen is really more of an “art piece,” says Joanna. The long screened porch offers endless hours of warm-weather enjoyment.

The couple’s approach to life holds that nature is to be celebrated, friends and family treasured, and authenticity revered. chairs gather around a zinc-topped table. Part of the formula for conjuring a current look—the kind the couple’s shop is renowned for—is to introduce industrial elements, Joanna explains. “Keep the bones of your rooms intact but add something, say, metal and suddenly it’s completely different.” The master suite’s decor is another lesson in marrying disparate objects. A regiment of antlers parades above the mahogany bed, while a Lucite Mr. Brown double-ring lamp casts a beam for nighttime reading. The light shares the Giacometti-like nightstand with another skull, this time sun-bleached. There’s a Mexican serape draped over the John Derian settee and a Lucite-legged stool wearing a Tibetan wool seat. And, really, what else but a hand-carved Italian angel could so perfectly preside over the adjoining bath? “We found the artist in Venice. Seeking

out lovely handmade objects is our great joy,” says Joanna. “We don’t consider it making discoveries; that sounds pretentious. The artists have been there all the time; we just needed to find them.” Manhattan interior designer Abbey Darer is responsible for the clever catch-a-leafy-view floor plan for the bath, which centers the tub at a window flanked by his and her sinks. Occasionally, Joanna and Bill find time to visit their second home, in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, desert. Still, it’s this New England nest that lets them enjoy the changing seasons. Its many layers ground them, and every item, however small, has its story. In sync with the community they’ve served so well and in love with their peaceful lakeside setting, they make sure they’re never gone for long. •

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heated porcelain tile oors are a practical choice for the entry, where casual and elegant go hand in hand. FAcing PAge: Vivacious tones of fuchsia, orange, and chartreuse add excitement to the soothing palette of gray and white in the media room.

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Silver Lining

A post-hurricane cleanup leads to a complete makeover, turning a Saugatuck Island beach house into an elegant year-round home.


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n retrospect, it was one of those blessings that seem to come in disguise. The infamous Superstorm Sandy of 2012 wreaked havoc on the Saugatuck Island house interior designer Olga Adler and her husband had bought just three months earlier. Flooding devastated the first floor. Showing a bit of mercy, the storm spared the second floor, which Adler had just begun remodeling. Not one to dwell on the negative, Adler surveyed the damage and saw the opportunity for a true transformation, one that would turn the 1960s beach house into an all-season home reflecting her signature style, which she calls “global chic with a twist of Bohemia.” The house, she says, “suffered from multiplepersonality disorder. It had walls where there should have been open space, windows in all the wrong places, and was missing light where you would want it most, like in the kitchen.” The designer called on architect Peter Coffin and builder Neal Hicks, two pros she knew from experience could help her achieve her vision. “I know Peter’s work from many amazing projects he’s done,” says Adler. “We also worked together on a project in Westport.” Hicks, her collaborator on several projects in the past, was her choice because, she says, “he’s known for finishing projects on time and for the great quality of his work. He also has the ability to work on a

ABoVe: the simple facade gets interest from a curvy portico, chippendale-style stair rail, and board shutters. right: Built-ins offer storage and display in a sitting room. FAcing PAge: the home’s pale color scheme of grays and whites gives way to

rich, warm blues in the sitting room.

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Project Team

Peter T. Coffin, Doyle Coffin Architecture Olga Adler, Olga Adler Interiors Builder: Neal Hicks, Hicks Construction Architecture:

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clocKWise From ABoVe: A dressy chandelier in the kitchen? Why not? “i’m all

about mixing it up—formal with informal, high with low,” says homeowner/designer olga Adler. A custom-made glass Ping Pong table doubles as the family dining table. Adler in her office, where a saarinen table moves easily to follow the sun in the west-facing room.

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tight site and in a coastal environment, which poses its own unique challenges.” The first of those challenges was ensuring that a future storm doesn’t cause quite so much damage. “The entire house was lifted by five and a half feet, and brought above the FEMA-required level,” Adler explains. In front, a raised terrace bordered by a stone wall gives the impression that the first floor is firmly anchored to the ground. In the rear, the raised part is wrapped with cedar strips painted pale gray to match the shingles that cover the rest of the twostory house. Adler and her family live here year-round, but she

wanted the casual vibe of a summer house. The simple front facade gets subtle interest from board shutters, an understated eyebrow that juts out just a bit above the first-floor windows, and a curved portico with shingled brackets. The classic gray and white of the exterior continues inside, where the laid-back tone is elevated with a layer of elegance. A heated floor of gray porcelain tile—“the most practical choice for a house where there’s tons of sand brought in from the beach,” says Adler—meets an Asianinspired Chippendale-style staircase that echoes the outside stair and deck railings. A gray toneon-tone zebra-print area rug and stair runner are composed of ecofriendly recycled wool. “I love animal prints,” the designer says. “To me, they are a neutral.” Light floods this new first floor from all direc-

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“There are no formal spaces in our house. We are a barefoot kind of family.”

tions. The only interior doors on this level are two wide sets of barn doors that can close off the media room from the foyer on one side and from Adler’s office on the other. Gray also prevails in the media room—an expansive space with two mirror-image seating arrangements that can easily hold as many as twenty people for a movie night. The linen draperies, the two nine-foot-long, single-cushion sofas, a quartet of Asian-inspired armchairs, and the plush carpet are all various shades of gray. Despite the predominance of that serene hue, Adler says the inspiration for the room’s decor actually came from the trellis-pattern cut-velvet fabric in orange, chartreuse, and fuchsia she used for the room’s toss pillows. The vivid pillows, and the bright orange oversize cushions that double as seating, infuse the space with energy. Adler’s office, too, is a study in gray, with a hefty FALL 2014 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut 83

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ABoVe: A ginger jar–shaped Zen fountain is the focal point of the meditation garden. BeloW: A cameroonian juju hat and a raffia-wrapped bed give the master bedroom a tropical resort feel. FAcing PAge: the master bath also

has a tropical feel, thanks to the aqua-and-white palette and a chandelier of indonesian capiz shells.

dose of white in the shelves and trim as well as the few pieces of furniture. “In my work I’m surrounded by pattern and color all day long, so I wanted my studio to be a clean, white canvas,” she says. The round Saarinen table that serves as a desk can be moved around easily to let the designer bask in—or avoid— the sun in the west-facing room. Back across the entry, opposite the media room, the open kitchen and dining area form an airy space outfitted, again, in shades of gray and white, with a cool splash of watery hues in the mosaic glass backsplash behind the stove. “I cook every day,” says Adler, “but only if I work in a well-designed kitchen.” This one meets all her needs, with its caterer’s oven, two sinks (one a forty-eight-inch-wide Kallista prep sink), and plenty of storage. “There are no formal spaces in our house,” the designer says. “We are a barefoot kind of family.” Any doubt that she speaks the truth can be dispelled with one look at the dining table—a glass, 84 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut FALL 2014

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“The thought was to wake up to feel like you’re on a tropical vacation.”

regulation-size Ping Pong table. The dining room leads to a sitting room that looks out across a deck to the backyard and swimming pool. Here, a wall of navy blue makes an easy-on-theeyes backdrop for the TV and, along with a luscious, deep-blue sofa and rug, grounds the sun-washed, white-trimmed space. Adler outfitted the second-floor master bedroom

with a woven raffia bed and a soft carpet of New Zealand wool. A turquoise nightstand cozies up to the bed and an orange Cameroonian juju hat hangs above the headboard. “The thought was to wake up to feel like you’re on a tropical vacation,” Adler says. Given the casual, elegant ease of this home, life here must always feel like a bit of a holiday. • resources For more information about this home, see page 146. FALL 2014 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut 85

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A series of gracefully sloping gables helps bring cottage coziness to an expansive coastal Greenwich home. Written and produced by Stacy Kunstel Photography by Robert Benson Photography

Layers of gables and a strong roofline give this coastal Connecticut home the illusion of being smaller than it actually is.

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rom an egret’s-eye view, this home along the twisting Connecticut coastline presents itself as a sprawling mansion. The long roofline parallels the waterfront, hinging at one point to change direction, as if blown by the wind to follow the meandering edge of Greenwich Cove. Another wing juts off at an angle, ignoring the ocean views completely. But an approach through the low iron gates, past the sweeping lawn and along the hydrangea- and rhododendron-lined driveway, yields a distinctly different picture. Low and grounded by swooping granite fieldstone columns, the house seems smaller than the bird’s-eye view would have it. The impression of a water’s-edge manse shifts quietly to one of a coastal cottage, complete with shingled gables and dormers dotting the roofline. It’s a trick of the eye deftly played by architect Michael McClung of Shope Reno Wharton, employing scale to make sure that this 12,000-square-foot dwelling appears as intimate and inviting as any

bungalow. “There are no two-story walls on the outside,” he says. “The roofline rests on the first floor on the exterior. In doing this, the house doesn’t end up looking like a box.” The curved stone columns, he explains, act as anchors. “They give the sense that the home grew there instead of being placed on the site.” Shingle-clad gables appear as tented sails across the front of the house, which rests on a base of colored granite fieldstone. The gables drape gracefully, trailing long edges that overhang a porch that wraps around to the waterside. For architect McClung and contractors Jim Hoffman and Doron Sabag of Sound Beach Partners, the biggest challenge to creating an outdoor environment was a steep drop-off into the cove. Completing the landscape plan himself, McClung envisioned a trio of terraced levels so that the homeowners could enjoy their views and the building wouldn’t appear to be sitting at the edge of a cliff. Across the back runs a long porch that sits under the roof overhang. A stone terrace off the kitchen

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Defined by sleek interior architecture and a simple palette of black and white, the foyer sets a sophisticated tone. FACING PAGE: Tailored furnishings in quiet hues predominate in the tranquil living room.

and family room has a view across Greenwich Point and leads to a lawn area large enough for a party tent. Stairs to the next level lead to an infinity-edge pool, with the downstairs TV room and bar serving as the de facto pool house. The final flight of stairs takes you to water’s edge. “The curved stone columns weren’t that difficult,” says Sabag, “but they aren’t typical. This is a very distinct home and the detailing is very specific. There

was a lot of blasting to create the levels. That rock was used to build the seawall.” Another challenge was how to capture two gorProject Team

Michael McClung, Shope Reno Wharton Victoria Hagan Builder: Jim Hoffman and Doron Sabag, Sound Beach Partners Architecture:

Interior design:

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geous views in one dwelling. Dividing the structure into two wings set at a twenty-degree angle to one another proved the best solution. “There is a shorter foreground view to the cove and a peninsula and a longer view to Long Island Sound,” says McClung. “The stair tower at the front is the pivot point.” The more formal areas, such as the entry, living room, dining room, and master bedroom have the long view, while the kitchen, family room, and children’s rooms have the shorter view. If you imagine the interiors as the icing on a decorative cake, the crown, base moldings, wainscoting, and beams have been spread smooth. “The focus was on creating an axis from one space to another in the

“The architecture of the rooms is substantial around the ceiling and base, but isn’t overworked,” says McClung. open floor plan,” says McClung. “The architectural details, such as the beams and fireplace mantels, were kept really clean.” The simplification leaves no sense of emptiness, though. The weight of the interior architecture and decor is quietly present, from the swooping lines around the main staircase to arched openings between rooms and over spaces such as the breakfast area.

“We’ve tried to give a hierarchy to the spaces,” says McClung. “They are very clean, restrained, more streamlined, and the interior is a bit transitional. The architecture of the rooms is substantial around the ceiling and base, but isn’t overworked. The same goes for the decorating. Simple linen or

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A window-lined tower holds the secondary stairway. FACING PAGE, TOP: The dining room area bridges the space between the living room and the kitchen. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Large pendant lights loom over the vast kitchen island. The floors throughout the house are white oak with an ebony stain.

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Sheers separate the master bath’s mosaic standing tub from the views of Greenwich cove and Long Island Sound. FACING PAGE, TOP: The water-facing rear of the house cuts an impressive figure with its sloping lawn, stone walls, and multiple rooflines. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Water streams to the edge of the pool, blending in with the natural scenery beyond.

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wool fabrics won out over ornate patterns, and tailored chairs stripped of skirts or extra frills are all part of the signature look of designer Victoria Hagan, who custom-designed a number of furniture pieces and chose all the finishes and lighting fixtures. The living room is a wash of white, with matching sofas centered in front of a columned fireplace and white sheers softening the water view. Black and white dominate throughout (save for an electric-pink little girl’s bedroom), repeating in the lighting and furniture and in the photography and paintings on the walls. The absence of color is a striking contrast with the masses of green grass and blue water and sky outside, but sets a serene tone. From the master bedroom spreads a broad view of the cove and sound. Draperies in the softest lilac

The absence of color is a striking contrast with the masses of green grass and blue water and sky outside, but sets a serene tone. match sunset hues and complement a custom blueand-white rug. In the regal master bath, the softest white sheers hang from floor to ceiling behind a mosaic-covered standing tub. Just off the secondary stairs inside the stair tower, the less formal wing includes a large kitchen with a center island that seats six. Simple white backsplash tile covers the wall behind the range, and refrigerators and freezers hide behind painted cabinetry. An L-shaped butler’s pantry holds a wine bar and joins the spaces between the kitchen and the dining room. The kitchen, breakfast area, and family room all act

as one open space defined by architecture and dictated by use. The family room is the hang-out place for kids and the dog, with bookshelves across one wall and views out the other. The views may play the starring role, but the house is a worthy supporting actor. Says McClung: “It’s actually a very playful building with a strong sense of character.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 146.

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n the 1980s Marianne Donahue started Castles and Cottages, an interior design firm in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. While involved in a design project, she met Joseph Namnoun, owner of an Oriental rug gallery in Hartford. This led to a 20-year partnership in the handmade and antique rug business in which she is still currently active. Drawn to antiques, the fine quality of handmade furniture, and a strong use of color and texture, Marianne likes layering, mixing period design

with modernism, but is always conscious of making each space usable. “A true living room is never off limits” is one of her mantras. “It’s all about comfort, using every room to its best advantage. Curl up on the sofa, put your feet on the coffee table. If you have silver flatware, use it every day.” Marianne is active in the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, is past president of the Costume and Textile Society, and a past board member of the Decorative Arts Council.

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Morgan Harrison Home


he team at Morgan Harrison Home is known for its ability to blend classic and modern inuences to create new spaces with old souls. Our services include interior design, construction oversight, kitchen and bath design, and space planning. The ow of color from room to room is essential for creating a cohesive point of view in any home. Michelle Morgan Harrison, owner and principal designer, carefully layers tones, textures, and ďŹ nishes with unexpected pops of color and distinctive pieces

to create rich, inviting, and highly livable spaces. Morgan Harrison Home puts the individual needs of each homeowner and family at the forefront, and each design is highly tuned to ways in which spaces will actually be used. Morgan Harrison Home often works with homeowners from the conception stage of a construction project. We partner closely with contractors and architects as part of the design team in order to achieve the most cohesive and beautiful end results possible. Clients are ensured a smooth and enjoyable design experience.

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Olga Adler Interiors


ixing European and American influences with touches of Global Chic, Olga Adler creates sophisticated looks that are instant conversation starters—aspirational and unique, luxurious and comfortable. Her stylish and practical designs combine old and new, high and low, classic and “now” to create chic spaces full of personality. Her award-winning and nationally recognized designs span from Connecticut and New York to Florida

and Europe, as her clients are drawn to her cosmopolitan flair. Olga relies on a multitude of resources to create beautiful spaces that seem to have evolved over years. She mixes the finest fabrics and custom furniture with vintage finds, and adds a dash of retail shopping for a welledited and interesting mix. Her ability to blend old with new and simple with refined speaks for her imagination and inventive use of resources to create homes that are both chic and livable. It’s Global Chic by design.

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Rinfret, Ltd. Interior Design & Decoration


indy Rinfret, principal designer of Rinfret, Ltd., has been creating iconic interior design and defining true “Greenwich Style” for more than twenty years. Best known for her roster of high-profi le clients, including Tommy Hilfiger and Regis Philbin, Cindy—a 2013 inductee into the New England Design Hall of Fame—has earned recognition nationwide for the projects she has designed across the country. Rinfret, Ltd. is renowned for creating comfortable yet luxurious interiors that reflect a life well lived. Cindy was educated at the Rhode Island School of Design and the

University of Copenhagen School of Architecture in Denmark. In addition to her interior design firm, Cindy has a shop, Rinfret Home & Garden, on Greenwich Avenue, which is filled with an eclectic mix of English, modern, and transitional accessories, and furniture. Cindy’s work is illustrated in her books, Greenwich Style: Inspired Family Homes and Classic Greenwich Style (Rizzoli), and on the covers and in the pages of numerous magazines including Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors + Design, New England Home Connecticut, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Architectural Digest, the New York Times, and House Beautiful.

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Sharon McCormick Design


haron McCormick is the CEO and principal designer of Sharon McCormick Design, founded in 2002. Sharon’s unique combination of business and design skills is the foundation for award-winning interiors and innovations in project management. Her projects for executives, sports figures, business owners, and homemakers have spanned the East Coast from Vermont to Florida. Sharon is known for her warm, comfortable, and timeless interiors. The company provides a full range of services, from decorating to renovations and new construction.

Each custom design begins with a wide-ranging conversation to discover the client’s style, needs, wishes, and budget. Sharon’s previous career as a CPA and CFO informs her philosophy that thoughtful planning and problemsolving provide the framework for a successful project. Sharon is a national spokesperson for the American Society of Interior Designers, a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Her work has been published in numerous national and international magazines, newspapers, books, and websites.

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Verve Design LLC


erve Design LLC is a client-first design firm that approaches each project with a thorough understanding of the interiors business. With 25 years of experience fostering the aesthetic through manufacturing, corporate buying, product development (domestically and abroad), and luxury spec home interior design, founder Kimberly Levin has developed a keen understanding of the true elements of design: quality, function, form, and

value. It is these principles that she imparts on the work she produces for Verve Design and the client homes entrusted to her service. Kimberly works closely with her clients to extract their aesthetic point of view and thoughtfully refine it into a cohesive living environment that reflects their sensibilities and lifestyle. It is her belief that good room design is a tasteful expression of ideas that have a natural connection to the occupants who bring it its vitality and energy.

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The Elegant Bath Vanity


Kallista’s For Country by Michael S. Smith Console ///

“This console has a classically elegant design but with a modern update of turned, tapered legs. The gorgeous polished nickel and white Thassos marble will never go out of style, and it’s perfect for showcasing a favorite wallpaper or wall tile.” Best Plumbing Tile & Stone, Stamford, (203) 975-9448, LISA HILDERBRAND

Tommi Parzinger Cabinet ///

“One of my favorite things to do is mount an interesting cabinet as a vanity. This white lacquer cabinet from the mid-twentieth century has so much personality! Add a white marble top, a vessel sink, and a wall-mount faucet for a bathroom that’s a knockout.” Machine Age, Boston, (617) 464-0099,


Furniture Guild’s Thomas Vanity ///

“The elegant mirrored door style on this vanity adds style and sparkle, while hiding all your stuff. I love that one mirrored panel pulls out, offering an easy-toaccess drawer.” Klaff’s, South Norwalk and Danbury, (800) 552-3371, FALL 2014 NEW ENGLAND HOME CONNECTICUT 125

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Tabarka Studio’s Petite Alliance 10 ///

“This handmade tile that mixes marble and reclaimed wood is gorgeous in every way—design, materials, color, texture, craftsmanship—and is the perfect balance of modern and traditional. It would be equally at home in a minimalist interior or mixed with classic antiques.” Klaff’s


Walker Zanger’s Jet Set Cabana in Cadet Blue ///

“Blue and white is a classic combination that transcends time, and this geometric pattern has a contemporary flair. I can see using this tile on the floor or on a full wall behind the vanity.” Connecticut Stone, Milford, (203) 882-1000,


Porcelanosa’s Yakarta Tile Christine Griffiths is passionate about creating uniquely personal interiors. “The possibilities are endless in interior design,” she says. “I love working closely with our clients to create a home that is perfectly suited to their particular tastes and requirements.” Granoff Architects, Greenwich, (203) 625-9460,


“Sophisticated grasscloth can dress up your bathroom, too! This textured, tonal tile by Porcelanosa mimics the look of the real thing without the moisture issues.” Porcelanosa Showroom, Greenwich, (203) 698-7618,


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Bostonian Faucet from Watermark Designs ///

“I love a wall-mount faucet because it creates a cleaner countertop surface. The hexagonal shape here is a nice change of pace, and the ebony finish is rich and unique.” Modern Plumbing Supply, New Milford, (860) 354-4448,


Linkasink’s Graphic Mother-of-Pearl Inlay ///

“This sink is simply stunning with the delicate mother-ofpearl inlay in the solid marble form. Paired with ornate or tailored fixtures in either gold or nickel finish, it would provide an unexpected touch of glamour to any bath.” Klaff’s


BETH ROSENFIELD Beth Rosenfield takes a practical approach to design, with function, beauty, and comfort always in mind. Her goal is to achieve that “just right” feeling, keeping things interesting by layering textures, mixing patinas, and adding one-of-a-kind details. Beth Rosenfield Design, Ridgefield, (203) 438-6823,

Phylrich’s Hex Modern Faucet ///

“I love this sleeker version of a classic faucet design. With no extra ridges or grooves, it’s streamlined and brings fresh simplicity to any bathroom design.” Klaff’s


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The Elegant Bath Sconce


French Wall Light ///

“This gilt metal sconce from the 1940s is both elegant and whimsical, and would be equally at home in a traditional, somewhat formal bath or a bold, contemporary space.” David Duncan Antiques, New York City, (212) 688-0666,


Hudson Valley’s Basking Ridge Sconce ///

“The stylish good looks of a drum shade can exist in a moist bathroom when the shade is made of glass. A diffuser plate softly distributes the light. I love the added reflective quality from the polished nickel trim.” F&M Electric Supply, Danbury, (203) 744-7445,

Whether modern or traditional, Lisa Hilderbrand’s interiors are inviting, gracious, and timeless. Hilderbrand worked in several departments at Christie’s before she opened her design firm, along with founding partner Jeanette Weldon, ten years ago. Welhil Interiors, Norwalk, (203) 722-9642,


Urban Electric’s Melissa Quartz Sconce ///

“I will never tire of looking at this light fixture! The simplicity of design and mix of materials is pure perfection. It would be beautiful in a traditional setting as well as a modern one—and everything in between.” Through Granoff Architects


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Alan Barry (image numbers 2,4,5,6,7,8)


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Design professionals and enthusiasts indulged their passion for all things stylish at a Day of Design at Mayflower Grace, in Washington. Noted national and local designers shared their secrets for creating a beautiful home and living well. Attendees also enjoyed a delicious lunch from Muse by ­Jonathan Cartwright. The day wrapped up with a lively cocktail reception that allowed guests and presenters to mix, mingle, and chat some more about design. The event was sponsored by luxury furniture maker John Richard.



(1) The Mayflower Grace (2) Melissa Mittag, Felicity

Hoffenberg, and Brooke Ackerman (3) Ron Norsworthy, Amy Beth Cupp

John Kebabian, the fourth-generation owner of ­Kebabian’s, shared his adventures traveling to rug-producing countries and educated the audience about the history, production, and various design elements of oriental rugs at L ­ earning the Language of Rugs. The event, at the Sarah Blank Design Studio, was as much about socializing as it was about learning, and guests also enjoyed refreshments and networking with others in the Connecticut design community.


Dragoo, and New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel (4) Kathryn McCarver Root, Philip Gorrivan, and Florence de Dampierre (5) Robert Couturier and Susanna Salk (6) CJ Dellatore and Stacey Bewkes (7) Harold Tittman and Darren Wagner (8) Claudia Kalur, Susan Bednar Long, and Suzanne Cassano (9) Richard Lambertson

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Should your party be here? Send photographs or high-resolution images, with i­nformation about the event and the people in the ­photos, to New England Home, 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118, or e-mail images and information to 132  New England Home Connecticut  FALL 2014

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Freddy’s Landscaping and New England Home Connecticut hosted a summer soirée around the first completed all-natural BioNova swimming pool in Fairfield County. The stunning pool and surrounding landscape made a lovely environment for a convivial get-together. Guests were treated to an authentic South American barbecue cooked up by host Freddy Morales, and the raffle continued the South American theme—one lucky winner went home with a case of Uruguayan wine.






(1) Happy partygoers (2) Nicole Charney, Heidi Holzer, New England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso, and Maria Sanders (3) Suzanne Stillwell, Patricia Miller, and Suzanne Thompson (4) Kathy Morrone and Barbara Izzo (5) Alan Weene, Merrilee Ganim DeFarias, Freddy Miraballes, and Tara Vincenta (6) Chris Jones and Merriam Kendall (7) Jeff Kaufman, Roberta Thomas Mancuso, Vinny Vollono, Tara Vincenta, and Burt DeMarche (8) Eva Chiamulera, Merrilee Ganim DeFarias, and Michelle Trainor





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Trade Notes

New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business

by paula M. Bodah

Connecticut Stone isn’t gathering any moss. The Milford company has teamed up with a Texasbased quarry, meeting in the middle of the country to form TexaCon Cut Stone, in Bloomington, Indiana. Indiana limestone is a popular product, says Connecticut Stone CEO Joe Dellacroce. The new venture gives his company greater control in both fabrication and delivery, he says, ensuring greater efficiency for clients. Milford, (203) 882-1000,



Barry A. Hyman

If you’re like us, you can never get enough books about design, especially when they’re as pretty— and inspiring—as Trudy ­Dujardin’s new Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior. The book, from Pointed Leaf Press, makes clear why the LEED-certified designer (who has offices in Westport and in Nantucket, Dujardin Massachusetts) is considered a pioneer in the sustainable-design movement. The 240-page book features Dujardin’s gracious, elegant interiors, and offers plenty of advice about how to combine good looks with environmentally friendly materials and practices.


Landscape architect ­Geoffrey Middeleer has struck out on his own with ­Middeleer Land Design. The Wilton native, who happens to be a grandson of the noted landscape architect Charles Middeleer, has twenty years of experience as a landscape architect, most recently as a partner in the Redding firm of Erskine Middeleer. Ridgefield, (203) 403-0766,


The New Canaan Preservation Alliance, a nonprofit that launched in 2007 to encourage and aid in the preservation of the town’s historic buildings, presented Austin Patterson Disston Architects with a Trustees’ Rehabilitation Award for its restoration work on a 1904 Colonial Revival house. The private home was renovated extensively and given an addition, and the architectural firm was honored for retaining the building’s historic character in the process. Southport, (203) 255-4031,

In Memoriam

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our friend Helen White. Helen was the publisher of HomeResourceGuide. com and a talented web designer who helped market hundreds of members of the Fairfield/Westchester design/build community. She originated the CT Home Design Expo and was the driving force behind the Bartlett Arboretum Showhouse. Generosity, enthusiasm, and cheerfulness were her trademarks, and she will be missed. keep in touch Help us keep our fingers on the pulse of Connecticut’s design community. Send your news to 136  New England Home Connecticut  FALL 2014

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It’s been twenty years since Steven Mueller Architects opened for business, and through all the ups and downs of the economy and the housing market, Mueller and his team have thrived as a boutique architecture firm. Mueller is hardly resting on his laurels as he begins his third decade in business. In the past year he has relocated to a newly renovated Shingle-style office building and hired two new full-time architects. Greenwich, (203) 869-3758,

Nicole and Bill Charney

Home technology seems to improve and change at the speed of light (for the latest in smart tech for the home, see our story “Star Tech” on page 38). Bill and Nicole Charney, the owners of Advanced Home Audio, are making sure their company keeps on top of all the best new things, as they celebrate the tenth anniversary of their business this year. Shelton, (203) 922-0051,

Privet House, the New Preston shop known and loved for its selection of unique items for the home, offers Privet Lives, a pop-up boutique right next door. The new space features a revolving collection of work by designers, artisans, and artists. Co-owners Suzanne Cassano and Richard Lambertson kicked off their new venture by playing host to Madeline Weinrib and her collection of colorful textiles. This fall they welcome Shinola, which is making a splash with its handcrafted watches, leather goods, and more. New Preston, (860) 619-0297,

Keep your eye on the lineup for Glick project HGTV’s House Hunters after Renovations this fall to see the work of two Connecticut designers. One episode will unveil the ­beautiful new kitchen Donna Benedetto, of Easton, created for a couple’s Glick Port Chesproject before ter, New York, home, while Westport designer Susan Glick will be featured in another episode for her renovations that turned a utilitarian bathroom/laundry room and a ho-hum bedroom in a Darien house into a spacious and serene master suite. Donna Benedetto Designs, (203) 556-1705, donnabenedetto. com; Susan Glick Interiors, (203) 556-1705,

Heidi Holzer never tires of experimenting with new finishes. Her latest passion is eglomise, a technique in which the back side of a piece of glass is hand-painted and metalgilded. The process dates back to pre-Roman times, though its name honors the eighteenth-century French decorator Jean-Baptiste Glomy. Holzer sees wonderful possibilities for the technique on walls and furniture. Heidi Holzer Design & Decorative Work, Redding, (203) 544-9471,

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Wright Building Company is on the move. After twenty-six years in Westport, the firm has moved a mere two-and-a-half miles but is now located in the town of Norwalk. The location keeps the company conveniently close to its clients in Westchester and Fairfield counties, and the new building is wired with all the latest computer and communications technology to help the staff offer the most advanced, efficient services. Norwalk, (203) 203-0766,

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Save theNovember Date 13, 2014 New England Home Connecticut and Wakefield Design Center present

To The Trade Only Market Day Featuring the latest trends in home furnishings, new product introductions, book signings, and more including:

Barry Dixon

12:30 – 1:30 pm BARRY DIXON The Mix: Blending the History of Eastern & Western Aesthetics into All-American Design for the 21st Century Barry Dixon takes attendees on a visual tour of the hemispheres as he shares stories of his global inspirations. Presented by: Barry Dixon Followed by book signing of Barry’s most recent book, Barry Dixon Inspirations.

Eddie Lee

2:00 – 2:45 pm THIBAUT PRESENTS Translations in Design – from Inspiration to Production Join Stacy Senior of Thibaut’s design team as she explores the concepts and ideas that inspired Thibaut’s newest coordinating wallpaper and fabric collection, including different printing techniques and concepts. Presented by: Stacy Senior.

Sam Allen

3:00 – 3:45 pm A GUYʼS GUIDE TO DESIGN A Q&A Exploring the Male Designerʼs Point of View Find out what’s next from three fresh-faced young designers who give their thoughts on new trends, products, and style. Panel: Sam Allen, Antonino Buzzetta, and Eddie Lee. Moderator: Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence Blog.

Stacy Senior

4:00 – 4:45 pm ANA HURTADO Hurtado Goes Deep into Design & Finish Evolution, a design philosophy steeped in a passionate regard for freedom of expression through furniture, guides Hurtado’s product development of classic contemporary styles that will last for generations. Presented by: Designer Ana Hurtado.

Trudy Dujardin

5:00 – 5:45pm TRUDY DUJARDIN A Q&A with Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief, New England Home Sustainable design pioneer Trudy Dujardin’s recently published book, Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior, emphasizes beautiful rooms, healthful furnishings and building materials, and extraordinary comfort, while thoughtfully considering the world outside our doors. Book signing and wine reception to follow.

Ana Hurtado

1:00 – 5:00 pm DESIGNER PORTFOLIO REVIEW Bring two of your favorite projects and have a New England Home editor review them for possible consideration in an upcoming issue. Presented by Karin Lidbeck Brent, contributing editor at New England Home.

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New in the Showrooms

Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in Connecticut’s shops and showrooms

Natural Selection Agate slices are illuminated and brought to life in White Birch Studio’s geode chandelier. The seriously striking design is sure to be the focal point in any room it lights up. Westport, (203) 557-9137,

That’s a Wrap Leave it to Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to give the unassuming director’s chair the star treatment. A polished-brass frame is the perfect counterbalance to the lush Tibetanwool shag seat and back. Greenwich, (203) 661-4480,

Tiny Treasures Dress up your nightstand or vanity with these charming gemtopped brass boxes from The Drawing Room. The petite size is perfect for stashing jewelry or keeping your daily dose of vitamins at the ready. Cos Cob, (203) 661-3737,

Super Cool Gaggenau’s new 400 series, available at Aitoro, lets you mix and match the sleek, sculptural refrigeration pieces for a customized, fully integrated cooling system. Who knew refrigeration could be so alluring? Norwalk, (203) 847-2471,

Drinks, Anyone? With its gold-leaf base, Greek-key pattern, and high-gloss lacquer finish, this bar cabinet, available at Cyrilla Home, checks all the style boxes. The mirrored interior is a glam spot to keep essentials in one place so you can whip up a cocktail whenever guests drop in. South Norwalk, (203) 939-9222,

Concrete Form Bring a modern sensibility to your kitchen or bath with these concrete tiles designed by artist Andy Fleishman in collaboration with luxury tile producer Ann Sacks. Rough, smooth, raised, and concave are juxtaposed within these repeating geometric patterns. Find them at Best Plumbing Tile & Stone. Stamford, (203) 975-9448, 142  New England Home Connecticut  FALL 2014

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Fashion Forward Fashionistas, this new fabric line from the iconic Diane von Furstenberg is for you! The bold collection from Kravet reflects the designer’s love of lush color, bold pattern, and animal prints. Stamford, (203) 504-2640,

Go Native Indigenous American prints are the next new wave in tribal patterns, and the Coyote Tale blanket, available at Olley Court, captures the spirit of Native American folklore in an heirloom-worthy Pendleton blanket. Ridgefield, (203) 438-1270,

Sharknado Don’t worry: no marine life was harmed during the creation of Jonathan Charles’s faux-sharkskin shagreen dresser. The vibrant teal color is enhanced with square brass hardware, and the sunburst pattern adds another layer of interest. Find it at the Darien Design Center. Darien, (203) 655-8739,

Entwined Part sconce, part hanging lamp, the Green Oaks wall pendant, designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks for Palacek and available at DesignSourceCT, offers a unique lighting solution. The fixture of interwoven rattan and natural rope will lend a casual, beachy vibe to your home. Hartford, (860) 951-3145,

Design in 3-D Punch up a ho-hum wall with Palasini, the latest wallcovering line from Designers Guild at Design Solutions. The hard-wearing, textural vinyl covering comes in a variety of styles, from bold mosaic florals to glazed metallic tiles. New Canaan, (203) 966-3116,

Luxe Seating Exaggerated curves and plump tufting lend both style and comfort to Lillian August’s Maison sofa. This voluptuous piece will give your living room the feeling of a grand salon. Norwalk, Greenwich, and Stamford, (855) 576-4144,

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Pages 66–67: Master-bedroom curtains from The

Page 74: Hand-forged chandelier and sconces by

Shade Store,, with hardware by

Laura Lee Designs,; antique

Stroheim,; chairs from Hickory Chair,

mirrors, Chinese benches, horn mirror, and tall

with Highland Court fabric from Duralee, duralee.

glass vessels on iron base by Jan Barboglio,


com; Julien game table and game chairs from, all available at J. Seitz &

Hickory Chair; Turin carpet from Missoni Home,

Company.; Foster sofas from Hickory Chair;

Page 75: Matteo linen bedding, matteohome.

Architect: Kelly

purple chairs from Hickory Chair, with fabric by

com, vintage tribal pillows and throw, Dromedary

Faloon, Greenwich,

Osborne & Little,; fabric on

settee by John Derian,, wingback

(203) 661-6284,

stools by Manuel Canovas,;

settees in bleached linen from Cisco Brothers,

Sunray coffee table and Origami table from Global

Tibetan-lamb bench with Lucite legs from Mitchell

Interior designer:


Gold + Bob Williams, iron twig table with glass

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

top by Arteriors,, double-ring

Carey Karlan, Last Detail Interior Design, Stamford, (203) 9215151, Builder: Bert Keating, Pawling, N.Y., (914) 9060272 Cabinetry: Sergio Posada, Golden Hill Custom Cabinetry, Bridgeport, (203) 258-7083 Landscaping: John D’Urso and Joseph Barrett, Nyconn Landscaping and Design, Carmel, N.Y., (203) 312-0037,, and Giomy Cambuzaca, Danbury, (203) 241-5004 Pages 58–59: Temple sofas from Ralph Lauren Home,, with chenille fabric by Holly Hunt,; curtain fabrics from Holly Hunt; leather armchairs from Lee Industries,; Gregorius Pineo Portofino bench from Holly Hunt with mohair/cotton fabric from Schumacher,; carpet from J.D. Staron,; Phillipe round table from Oly,; lamps from Visual Comfort,; drapery hardware from Ona, Page 60: Bed and vintage end tables lacquered at Raphael’s Furniture Restoration, raphaelsantiques. com; ottoman fabricated by Traditional Drapery


Lucite lamp with linen shade from Mr. Brown,

Architect: Peter Kurt Woerner, FAIA, Peter Kurt

Linens, and sisal rugs, all through J. Seitz &

Woerner and Associates, New Haven, (203) 466-1923 Interior designer: Joanna Seitz, J. Seitz & Company, New Preston, (860) 868-0119, Landscape design, planting, and outdoor lighting:, gray linen rug from Libeco Company. Page 77: All faux bois furniture from Curry & Company through J. Seitz & Company; exterior hand-forged light fixtures by Laura Lee Designs.

Bruce Bennett, Kent Greenhouse & Gardens,


Kent, (860) 927-4436,

Architect: Peter T. Coffin, Doyle Coffin

Master-bath floor plan: Abbey Darer, Abbey Darer

Architects, Ridgefield, (203) 431-6001,

Interiors, New York City, (212) 628-5017 Interior designer: Olga Adler, Olga Adler Interiors,

Pages 70–71: Belgian linen sofas by Cisco

Westport, (203) 221-2411,

Brothers,, antique teak coffee

Builder: Neal Hicks, Hicks Construction,

table, double Belgian cupboards, hand-forged iron

Ridgefield, (203)

floor lamps and small iron table by Robert Motes,


Run Run Studio,, pillows and


throws, all through J. Seitz & Company; taxidermy

Advanced Home

from Michael Trapp Antiques, michaeltrapp.

Audio and Video,

com; pear and apple paintings framed in twig

Walcott, (866) 621-

frame by Carol Anthony through McLarry Fine Art,


Drapery workroom:

Page 72: Dining room chairs from Mitchell Gold

Michele Fugazy

+ Bob Williams,, twig branch

Designs For The Home, Ridgefield,

iron chandelier by

and Upholstery,, with patent leather from Kravet,; roman shade fabric from Cowtan & Tout,; aqua chair fabric

Curry & Company,

(203) 438-0882, michelefugazydesignsforthe,

zinc-top table by

from Romo,; settee from Lee Industries;

Kevin Scanlon, Jan

Clermont rug through Ruggles Workroom,

Page 78: Floor tile from Karen Berkemeyer Home,

Barboglio glass and

Westport, (203) 454-0032, karenberkemeyerhome.

Stamford, (203) 357-1928.

forged-iron vase, all

com; zebra-print runner and area rug from

Page 61: Striped desk chair from Lee Industries,

through J. Seitz &

ProSource through Olga Adler Interiors; Anemone

with fabric from Romo, ottoman from Hickory Chair,

Company; screen

light fixture from Jonathan Adler, jonathanadler., with Romo linen upholstery;

porch’s vintage


Soleil pendant from Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.

rattan furniture and

Page 79: Linen drapery fabric by Duralee, duralee.

com; bedroom headboard and roman shade fabric

midcentury metal

com; pillow fabrics by Highland Court, duralee.

from Kravet; shade trim by Romo; bedding from

and wood surfboard table from Dovetail Antiques,

com/highland-court; carpet from ProSource; coffee

Pottery Barn,; table and orange

Westport, (203) 227-3703; linen pillows from

table from West Elm,; chairs from

chairs from Crate & Barrel,;

Libeco Linen,, zebra outdoor rug, Jaipur

Juliska flagship store, Stamford,; sofas

nightstand from Hickory Chair; Northern Lights

rugs, antique Palissy ceramic frog, antique stone

from Restoration Hardware, restorationhardware.

carpet from Couristan’s Patra collection, through

Buddha, and Raj pillow, all through J. Seitz &


Ruggles Workroom.


Pages 80–81: Navy linen drapery fabric by

Page 63: Chandelier from Vaughan,

Page 73: Antique Brazilian Peroba-wood table,

Robert Allen,; sofa from

hand-forged chandelier by Laura Lee Designs,

Restoration Hardware; coffee table/bench from

Pages 64–65: Slipcovered dining chairs from

midcentury mesh chairs, printed linen squirrel

Room & Board,; poufs from

Lee Industries; China Seas pillows by Quadrille,

pillow by Design Legacy,,

Serena & Lily,; ottomans from; Georgian porch lanterns from

pottery by Laura Zindel Design,, all

Juliska, with Kravet fabric,; floor

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My clients’ affinity for French style became the inspiration for this parlor in a new Georgian residence in Greenwich. Subtle variations in the design of the wall panels and decorative flourishes give the room its distinct character, making for an intimate space in which to receive guests. The room’s panels and their moldings vary in both size and detailing. The large panels, with their more-pronounced moldings, shallow arches, and coved tops, are offset by the understated moldings of the thinner panels, along with their wave tops and accent carvings above. These carefully conceived differences between panel types and their layout create a subdued rhythm and give the room a delicate elegance. The parlor’s French ambience provides a pleasant contrast to the home’s other, more forthright, Georgian interiors. Douglas VanderHorn, Douglas VanderHorn Architects, Greenwich, (203) 622-7000,

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