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130 FEATURED HOMES: 120 SIMPLE PLEASURE Wonderful things come in small packages, as this lakefront Litchfield County house proves. | Text by Bob Curley | Photography by Laura Moss  | Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

130 A SUMMER PLACE A designer’s own family getaway is part classic, part contemporary, and completely welcoming. | Text by Debra Judge Silber | Photography by Michael Partenio | Produced by Stacy Kunstel

138 NEW HORIZONS A once-and-again couple faces a sunny future with an equally dazzling view of Long Island Sound from their new Fairfield home. | Text by Susan Kleinman | Photography by John Gould Bessler | Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

148 Special Focus: Kitchen Design SPECIALTY OF THE HOUSE A quartet of Connecticut kitchens proves there’s no one recipe for design success. | Text by Megan Fulweiler ON THE COVER: Bright color and whimsical touches give a small Litchfield County house outsize personality. Photograph by Laura Moss. To see more of this home, turn to page 120. Summer 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  21

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24 From the Editor 32 Artistry: Micro Becomes Macro A devastating personal loss changed Amy Genser’s approach to life—and with it, her artistic career. | By Nathaniel Reade

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38 Outside Interest: Like Mother, Like Son The birds and bees, bugs and butterflies in this eco-friendly Mystic landscape can thank a mom for inspiring the next generation. | Text by Debra Spark  | Photography by Heather Conley 

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

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

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

158 Resources A guide to the professionals and products featured in this issue. 159 Advertiser Index 160 Sketch Pad A custom range hood makes a handsome focal point in an elegant, functional Rhode Island kitchen.

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h-ch-ch-ch changes,” sang David Bowie back in 1971, and continued, “Turn and face the strange.” After fourteen years with New England Home—eleven of those years spent guiding the publication’s course as editor-inchief—my own time to turn and face the strange has arrived. I’ve decided that it feels like the right moment for me to embark on my life’s next chapter. Or, more accurately, to step back, decompress just a bit, and give some serious consideration to what the next chapter of my life ought to be. Needless to say, that’s a bittersweet resolution to make, simultaneously pregnant with possibility and tinged with regret. Since I joined the magazine’s launch team in 2005, New England Home has been the primary focus of my existence. Working with our incredible staff, with an awesome family of freelance photographers and writers, and with the many gifted, warmhearted professionals to be found in our region’s home design and building community has been a privilege and an ongoing delight.

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Still, as one of those motivational posters might ask, almost certainly printed beneath the image of a timid kitten clambering gamely toward the summit of some household obstacle: if not now, when? A later line from Bowie’s song asserts, “Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older,” and I find I can’t argue with that. So I’m off to look for new challenges and search out new opportunities to use some of the knowledge and experience gained during my tenure here. I am deeply proud of the work we have done since New England Home’s founding, including the launch of New England Home Connecticut in 2010, and proud of the way New England residential design itself has progressed over that time. We live in a significantly different world of home style today. Both design projects and the people who imagine and create them have grown in adventurousness and diversity. This magazine’s role as a showcase and advocate for the very best residential work has almost certainly contributed to the industry’s present strength. The next voice you encounter on this editor’s page will belong to Clinton Smith, a friend and colleague of mine over the past decade. You may already be familiar with Clint as the former editor of the design publication Veranda in New York. Clint has a real understanding of great residential design, and long experience doing our kind of journalism. Being able to leave New England Home in such well-informed, capable hands makes it much easier to let go. With one last nod to David Bowie, I predict that time will change me, as it will change all of us. But the time we’ve had together is something I will always treasure. —Kyle Hoepner

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Editorial Submissions Designers, architects, builders, and homeowners are invited to submit projects for editorial consideration. For information about submitting projects, e-mail ­edit@nehomemag.com. Letters to the Editor We’d love to hear from you! Write to us at the above address, fax us at 617-663-6377, or e-mail us at ­letters@nehomemag.com. Upcoming Events Are you planning an event that we can feature in our Calendar of Events? E-mail information to calendar@nehomemag.com, or mail to Calendar Editor, New England Home, 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118. Parties We welcome photographs from design- or architecture-related parties. Send high-resolution photos with information about the party and the people pictured to cmitchell@nehomemag.com. •

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craft business in high school, but she never felt she could be a fine artist because she had “nothing to say.” She graduated from college intending to become a graphic designer, which seemed to her practical and steady. Working at design firms in Boston, however, along with the trauma of her brother’s death, left her feeling unfulfilled. “I dreaded waking up to go to work,” she says. “My universe was spinning.” Thinking that life as a professor of graphic design would fit her better, Genser went to the Rhode Island School of Design for an MFA. She liked the critical thinking her professors taught her, and the way “they

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“WE’RE ONE LITTLE SPECK, ONE LITTLE LIFE COMBINING WITH OTHER LITTLE LIVES, AND THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS,” SAYS AMY GENSER. scramble your brain.” The theory, the computers, and the rigid structure of graphic design, however, also failed to fill the void. Her universe continued to spin. She happened to take a paper-making elective with RISD “guru” Jan Baker, and it felt therapeutic. “I would spend hours in the paper lab. I had been so traumatized by my brother being randomly killed, and using my hands again made my brain quiet. I felt less anxious.” She took the class a second time, and Baker helped her let go of the burden of “saying something.” It felt like taking off a belt that was too small. “I have always loved artwork that was very textural and patterned,” Genser says, “so I began to follow

the patterns and textures of the material and didn’t worry so much about why or what it had to say.” She graduated, got married, and kept playing with paper in new ways. She folded it. She rolled it. She covered acorns with paper, removed the acorns, painted the resulting “weird pods,” and combined them into rainbow-colored masses. One day she rolled up a thick tube of paper and cut it into slices. “When I put the slices next to each other,” she says, “I really liked what it created. Genser had seen microscopic close-ups of blood vessels and organs in her father’s textbooks. She had loved drawing cells in her science classes. Her mother arranged precious stones into intricate patterns. That might be why those paper cells spoke to her. “They felt so organic. I like things on that micro level. I didn’t think about it. I just responded,” she says. She began gluing her paper cells onto painted backgrounds and ended up creating an entirely new art form. Genser brought this new work to a craft show her mother frequented, and it sold well. Today, her much larger compositions hang in homes, museums, and public spaces on every continent except Antarctica. In her Hartford studio, she rolls up sheets of col-

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orful paper made in Japan from mulberry leaves, slices them in an electric cutter she calls Xena (“because she’s a badass”), and glues them to large canvases or flexible sheets of PVC. She is currently working on a series of fourteen five-by-nine-foot pieces that will represent different layers of Earth and its atmosphere. Arranging those paper cells into compositions and gluing them in place, she says, “is meditative. My brain quiets down. I’m just doing.” “Your whole perspective changes when you’ve experienced profound loss,” Genser says. “You realize that in the end all we have is our relationships.” Her little paper cells, when interconnected with other paper cells, make up a flow and a feeling. The micro, when united, becomes something beautifully macro, whether it’s an art work, a person, or a community. “That’s what it’s all about,” the art-

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Essex-based landscape architect, Anne Penniman, the homeowners were already thinking ecologically, planning to save two specimen red oak trees, add native species to the shoreline, minimize lawns, and leave a field strewn with boulders untouched. Why not go even further and make a pollinator habitat?

ABOVE: Much of the backyard is a boulder-strewn glacial moraine that has been left largely untouched. A scree garden and a wildflower meadow are in the distance. The granite paver path to the left leads to the dock. LEFT: At the front of the house is the parking courtyard with a wildflower meadow and a single red cedar, neatly defined by a granite curb.

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the road shows a specimen red oak, native plantings, a granite retaining wall, and granite banding at the driveway’s entrance. Granite steps at the back of the house lead to the seaside gardens. A saltwater marsh lies beyond the wild meadow. A granite paver path connects the main pavilion to the guest pavilion.

With that thought in mind, botanist and landscape designer James Cowen of North Stonington’s Cowen EcoDesign joined the team. He had defined the wetlands prior to the site design. Now, he was going to use his expertise to select plant matter that would attract pollinators and butterflies to an upper meadow at the front of the house and a lower meadow along the shoreline. Some clients, says Penniman, want as much lawn as possible, but not this couple. “They were going to go with meadows and a messier landscape, which is inherent in ecological design.” Messier is relative, however, as the clean lines of the hardscaping and distinct nature of the individual gardens create tidy areas, in which plant matter can go wild. The street side of the lot has a locally quarried granite retaining wall and flush granite banding at the entrance to a gravel parking courtyard. Native trees and shrubs (including bayberry, winterwood, highbush blueberry, and tupelo) further delineate the property from the road and neighboring land. Red

“GRASS IS JUST AN ARTIFICIAL MONOCULTURE. IT’S AN ECOLOGICAL DEAD ZONE. THE CONCEPT OF HAVING A VIBRANT ECOSYSTEM THAT SUPPORTS THE POLLINATORS TOTALLY MAKES SENSE,” SAYS THE HOMEOWNER. cedars dot the front yard, and a wildflower meadow fills the space around both the parking courtyard and the granite paver walkway that links the main pavilion to the guest house. Out back, slabs of granite form a staircase that connects the back porch to the seaside gardens. Here, the different soil conditions as the land slopes toward the water allow for a range of gardens with appealing variety. In descending order is a kidneyshaped rain garden irrigated by roof runoff, an

PROJECT TEAM Landscape design: Anne Penniman, Anne Penniman

Associates, and James Cowen, Cowen EcoDesign Landscape contractor: Landscape Creations

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existing boulder-dotted glacial moraine that was left largely untouched, a mown area, a scree garden with dry-tolerant plants, and finally the coastal meadow, which extends to a neighboring property that the couple also owns. The upper meadow limits itself to white echinacea, butterfly weed, and two varieties of switchgrass.

The coastal meadow is another story, with numerous colorful native and salt-tolerant species including yarrow, lupine, black-eyed Susan, evening primrose, bee balm, seaside goldenrod, false indigo, beardtongue, and beach pea. “Insects evolved with native plants,” says Cowen. Bringing back native insects means bringing back the birds that eat them. “If it’s

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“WHEN YOU WORK AGAINST NATURE BY DOING SOMETHING ARTIFICIAL, THEN YOU’VE GOT TO FIGHT NATURE ALL THE TIME TO KEEP IT FROM COMING BACK,” SAYS THE HUSBAND. not providing habitat value for wildlife, why plant it?” he asks. The homeowners agree. As the husband says, “Grass is just an artificial monoculture. It’s an ecological dead zone. The concept of having a vibrant ecosystem that supports the pollinators totally makes sense.” In other words, “Thanks, Mom.” Conveniently, the meadows are low maintenance, and the coastal meadow (which grows to about three feet) does not obstruct the view, as invasive shoreline grasses once did. “When you work with nature, you realize nature works with you, but when you work against it by doing something artificial, then you’ve got to fight nature all the time to keep it from coming back,” says the husband. Nature’s gifts, in this case, are the butterflies and

blooming wildflowers. But a desire for beauty is only part of what the homeowners are after. “It’s just the right thing to do, to support nature in any way we can,” the husband says. “Hopefully people will replace lawns or parts of lawns with pollinating plants, and we will have lots of places for butterflies.” The mother’s garden inspired the next generation. Perhaps, her son’s will inspire the rest of us.  RESOURCES: For more information about the professionals involved in this project, see page 158.

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4. Throw in the Towel Kick back at the pool or the beach this summer with the Masai Mara beach towel. | Kirby and Company, Darien, kirbyandcompany.com

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5. Mix it Up Dolce & Gabbana has joined with Smeg for a new line of small appliances called Sicily is my Love. The ten-speed mixer has a fivequart high-polish stainless-steel bowl. | Williams Sonoma, Danbury, Westport, South Windsor, williams-sonoma.com

3. Go for the Gold From the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Marco collection comes this arresting geometric chandelier with gold-lined black shades. It would be at home above a dining room table or a kitchen island. | Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Greenwich, mgbwhome.com

6. Playing with Fire GRAFF’s new Vintage Collection is inspired by the Chicago Fire Department logo, making the collection a tribute to firefighters.  | Plimpton & Hills, various Connecticut locations, plimptonhills.com; White’s Plumbing Supplies, West Haven, whitesplumbing.com

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4. Lounging Around French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec designed the Palissade lounge chair for the Danish design collective HAY. The simple form and neutral colorways make the pieces blend with any environment. | Design Within Reach, Stamford, dwr.com

2. Summer Fun Romo’s new Mokolo outdoor weave fabrics make a colorful statement while being breathable, color-fast to light, mold resistant, and oil, water, and soil repellent. | Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, wakefielddesigncenter.com

5. Good as Gold The Cullet collection in brushed golden brass from Belwith Keeler has an imperfect pattern with the perfect amount of geometric detailing. | Sullivan Brothers, Wolcott, sullivan-brothers.com

3. American Graffiti The marbling on the Jonathan Charles Graffiti end table is achieved by running a line through multiple layers of green and aqua glazes. It’s perfect for storing guest towels in a bathroom or cookbooks in a kitchen. | DesignSourceCT, Hartford, designsourcect.com

6. Island Time Designer India Hicks and Oomph have partnered on this tropical-themed Harbour Island backgammon table. The table boasts a custom raffia board by Nine Fair and is available in every color of the rainbow. | Oomph, Greenwich, oomphhome.com

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4. Capri paisley napkins by Karen Lee Ballard  | Hoagland’s 5. Large square woven rattan tray with metal handles | George Home, Washington Depot, georgehomect.com 6. Blomst dinnerware by Royal Copenhagen  | Hoagland’s; Lux Bond & Green, Glastonbury, Mohegan Sun, West Hartford, Westport, lbgreen.com 7. Acrylic Milly large blue tumbler by Mario Luca Giusti | Lux Bond & Green 8. Canyon Drive large wood pedestal | Waterworks, Greenwich, Danbury, waterworks.com

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Alana Irwin creates rooms that emphasize functionality and understated glamour: think clean lines, found objects, and statement art. For this pool house, she was inspired by the laid-back Hamptons lifestyle. “I pictured warm summer nights relaxing with friends in an open, airy pool house,” she says. Soft pastels like those in the Allyson Monson photograph and Juliska’s Floretta plates speak to the essence of summer entertaining. “I love that the overall vibe is relaxed, organic glamour,” the designer says. | Alana Irwin Interiors, New Canaan, 203-536-6216, alanairwin.com

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Design Center, Stamford, wakefielddesigncenter.com | 6. Just One More, photo by Connecticut artist Allyson Monson, Allyson Monson Photography, ­allysonmonsonphotography.com | 7. Amalfi outdoor sofa by Palecek, ­DesignSourceCT, Hartford, designsourcect.com, and Connecticut Home Interiors, West Hartford, cthomeinteriors.com | 8. Dominico outdoor lounge chair by Palecek, DesignSourceCT and Connecticut Home Interiors | 9. Vienne assorted colors small tumbler set, Juliska, Stamford

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How did you come up with the idea of recycling luxury kitchens for charity? After a twenty-year career in radio, mostly in Providence, I wanted to give something back. In 1998, I left my job and began fundraising for an addiction recovery outreach program; I’m a recovered addict of thirty-one years. One day I spotted a mansion that was being demolished in Greenwich, and I had a revelation: instead of sending the remains to a dump, couldn’t parts of it, such as the

kitchen, be removed and sold to help others? My idea was that everyone could win: the homeowner could get a tax deduction, buyers would get a bargain, fewer materials would go to the dump, and charities would benefit from the revenues we earned.

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are a no-no for us, such as the arched oak door look, washed oak that is dated. Certain styles of cabinetry—the classic inset doors, the classic Shakers—retain their value. The people who have traditional kitchens in good condition to donate do well with us. We recently removed a twelve-year-old custombuilt $250,000 kitchen from a home in Greenwich. It included beautiful handcrafted cabinets and Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. The couple who donated this kitchen were able to save about $30,000 between removal costs and their tax deduction. It was a total winwin situation.

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How do I know a pre-owned kitchen will fit into my space? Kitchens are generally modular and easy to retrofit. For example, it’s easy to convert an L-shaped kitchen into a galley design. If you have a smaller space, you can use fewer cabinets. There are a few basic guidelines, however. For example, the ceiling heights have to be comparable. If you have twelve-foot ceilings, you can put almost any kitchen in the world in there. But if you have an eight-foot kitchen

ceiling, you can’t buy a nine-foot-high kitchen. Also, say you need eighteen cabinets in your kitchen; you buy one from us that has twenty or twenty-five cabinets and you can mix and match what you need in the kitchen and use the extra cabinets for your pantry, garage, or somewhere else.

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The Man in the Glass House By Mark Lamster Like so many people with a streak of genius, Philip Johnson was a living paradox. Personally and professionally, he was often generous with his time, money, and influence, but he could also be calculating, callous, and cruel. He was an anti-Semite in the 1930s who later promoted Jewish architects and built a synagogue pro bono. His work could be groundbreaking (his 1949 Glass House in New Canaan), sublime (the 1958 Seagram Building in New York City, designed in collaboration with Mies van der Rohe), or frankly opportunistic (the Crystal Cathedral he built for the televangelist Robert H. Schuller). He was a prolific designer with a surprisingly uneven oeuvre. As architecture professor and critic Mark Lamster says in his engaging and compassionate new biography of Johnson, The Man in the Glass House, “There is hardly a city in America that is not graced— or fouled—by a building with Johnson’s name on it.” While his many buildings are his most visible legacy, Lamster writes, Johnson’s most enduring gift may be his influence on American culture. At the start of his career, in the 1920s, modernism was an esoteric movement. By the time of his death in 2005— thanks in large part to his championing of the style—modernism had become the defining language of American design. | $35, Little, Brown and Company, littlebrown.com

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La Vecchia at Wadsworth Atheneum Through August 4 View La Vecchia (also known as The Old Woman) by Italian painter Giorgione, who is widely considered one of the greatest artists of the Venetian Renaissance. I Museum tickets are $5–$15. Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, 860-2782670, thewadsworth.org

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JULY The Artistry of Jacques Pepin Through July 21 Enjoy original paintings and prints by master chef and longtime Madison resident Jacques Pepin during his first comprehensive exhibition.  I Guilford Art Center, Guilford, 203-453-5947, guilfordartcenter.org Waterworks: A Marine Show and Hudson Valley Art Association Member’s Show Through August 2 Shop for marine-themed artwork by Lyme Art Association members during Waterworks: A Marine Show. Happening simultaneously is Hudson Valley Art Association’s annual member’s show. I A $5 donation is suggested. Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, 860-434-7802, lymeartassociation.org

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How can Connecticut’s design professionals meet the changing expectations of today’s luxury homeowners? That’s the question Debra Judge Silber, New England Home Connecticut contributing editor, will put Greenwald Krupa to a panel of designers, architects, and builders at the summer Luxury Living Talk, presented in partnership with HBRA of Fairfield County and AIA Connecticut. Panelists include Arnold Karp of Karp Associates; Beth Krupa of Beth Krupa Interiors; Rich Granoff of Granoff Architects; and Seth Greenwald of Silver Heights Development. I Connecticut Stone, Milford, connecticutstone.com. For information and to register, email info@nehomemag.com Granoff

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Streamlined: From Hull to Home Through August 25 This exhibit charts the progress of ­streamlining—a 1930s design style that used the curving forms and long horizontal lines inspired by the sleekness of ocean liners and other seagoing vessels—from its naval origins to its use in home and product design. I Museum tickets are $17.06–$26.05. Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, 860-572-0711, mysticseaport.org 12th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition Through September 1 This juried, biennial print competition and exhibition is limited to works that are no more than four square inches. Since its inception, the exhibition has showcased the works of artists worldwide with renowned print curators and collectors serving as jurors. I Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, 203-899-7999, contemprints.org Structures July 4–August 31 Explore 50 years of architect Jay Bright’s favorite paintings, drawings, collages, and pastels. There will be a reception July 9, 5 p.m.–7 p.m. I New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven, 203-777-3494, nhlawnclub.com Open House & Garden Tour July 13 Hosted by the Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic, the event features a one-mile walking tour within the Borough of Litchfield, a National Historic Landmark District. Tour 10 houses and gardens dating from the 17th to 20th centuries. I Tickets are $60 in advance, $65 the day of the event. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 860-567-9423, ctjuniorrepublic.org The Garden Conservancy: Open Days July 14 Explore three gardens in Hartford and Middlesex counties. Flower Power happens in Avon, The Murray Gardens are in Glastonbury, and Our Strolling Garden takes place in Portland. I Admission to each garden is $10. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. gardenconservancy.org Ganim’s Garden Center & Florist’s Eighth Annual Ladies Night July 18 Grab the girls and enjoy a plant sale, shopping, wine tasting, and nosh from area food trucks. A raffle will benefit A Cure for Cam and the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation. Pre-registration is required. I 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Ganim’s Garden Center & Florist, Fairfield, 203-333-5662, ganimsgardencenter.com

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Calendar Craft Expo 2019 July 19–21 More than 180 nationally recognized and emerging craft artists will converge on the historic Guilford Green for this 62nd annual event. Shop for clay, glass, leather, jewelry, fiber, metal, mixed media, paper, painting, photography, printmaking, soap, and wood. I Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free for GAC members, children younger than 12, and active military. Multi-day passes are $15. Friday, noon–8:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday, noon–5 p.m. Guilford Art Center, Guilford, 203-453-5947, guilfordartcenter.org

AUGUST Victorian Secrets: Bustles, Bloomers, and the Women of Roseland Cottage August 22 At this tea party, learn about the undergarments that created the fashionable Victorian silhouette. Stay for a tour of Roseland Cottage from the perspective of the women who lived, worked, and dressed there. I Tickets are $30. 1:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m. Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, 860-928-4074, historicnewengland.org

and fantasy, steampunk is a contemporary take on the steam-powered technology and aesthetics of the Victorian Era. Enjoy live music, roving performances, steampunk wares, tours of Roseland Cottage, and more. I Tickets are $10. 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, 860-928-4074, historicnewengland.org 2nd Annual Compass Rose Steampunk Festival

SEPTEMBER Old-Fashioned Flea Market September 15 Seek out bargains and treasures from more than 80 vendors offering a variety of items including antiques, repurposed furniture, collectibles, jewelry, specialty foods, crafts, clothes, and toys. A classic and antique car show happens at the same time. I 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk, 203-8389799, lockwoodmathewsmansion.com 2nd Annual Compass Rose Steampunk Festival September 21 Inspired by 19th-century science fiction

Dahlias: How to Select and Grow September 21 This master class on dahlias is taught by potter and gardener Frances Palmer. Learn how to divide, plant, fertilize, and stake spring tubers; maintain plants over the growing season; and dig and store plants for the winter. I 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Hollister House Garden, Washington, 860-868-2200, hollisterhousegarden.org Sermons in Stone: The Stone Walls of New England and New York September 28 Discover the enthralling story of the stone walls that are everywhere in New England. You might be surprised to learn that these walls are much more than monuments to the skill of Yankee farmers.  I 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Hollister House Garden, Washington, 860-868-2200, hollisterhousegarden.org  EDITOR’S NOTE: Events are subject to change. Please confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit.

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Weaver and rug designer Jakub Staron, owner of Stamford’s JD Staron, has turned his talents to fabric design, launching Édition 169. The collection made its debut early this year in Paris during the five-day Déco Off 2019. The artisan-crafted line is inspired by haute couture and uses luxurious yarns—angora, mohair, alpaca, linen, silk, and more—from all over the world in its hand- and machine-woven fabrics. | edition169.com

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Trudy Dujardin has long been known for her distinctive, sophisticated interior design. Sustainability, however, has always been equally important to her. Way back in 2014, in fact, she published a book called Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior. In keeping with that passion, she has launched Dujardin Design Green Consulting Service, offering guidance for creating homes that are toxin-free and easy on the environment. “I want to help more people live lightly, not only on the earth, but in their own homes and neighborhoods,” she says.  I Nantucket, Mass., and Westport, dujardindesign.com

BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS

We never need an excuse for a shopping expedition to West Hartford Center, but if we did, the new Blueprint CT is a perfect one. The home decor boutique, which opened in early May, is owner Louis Lemieux’s second location, and like its sister shop in the Litchfield County town of Bantam, offers a colorful and eclectic array of vintage and modern furnishings, textiles, accessories, and objet d’art. I Bantam and West Hartford, shopblueprintct.com

THAT’S HISTORICAL

Shopping online is a convenience we wouldn’t want to give up, but nothing beats browsing a beautiful shop or showroom. Lovers of Diane James Design’s faux florals will be delighted to know Diane and her daughters, Cynthia Matrullo and Carolyn McDonough, have opened their first retail boutique. The shop is part of the company’s new home base, an all-inclusive facility where the floral bouquets are designed and handcrafted and e-commerce operations take place. | Norwalk, dianejameshome.com

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A vote to sell a beloved historical building is the sort of thing that can upset a town’s citizens. The town of New Preston clearly made the right move, though, when it allowed Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry, the owners of Plain Goods, to buy Pavilion Hall, an 1897 building that anchors the historic village. DePerno and Fry restored the structure so carefully, they ended up being honored with the 2019 Award of Merit from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Pavilion Hall is now the new home of the duo’s popular home goods and lifestyle shop. | New Preston, plain-goods.com Pavilion Hall photo by Jessica Lewis

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Classic will meet contemporary in the This Old House 2019 Idea House in New Canaan. Karp Associates and Christopher Hull of CAH Architecture and Design are working a bit of magic, creating a new home behind the restored facade of an 1880s Greek Revival building. The 6,000-squarefoot house will have all the most innovative materials and stateof-the-art technology. Interior design will be by Michelle Hogue, of Hogue Interior Design. | thisoldhouse.com; New Canaan, karpassociatesinc.com; Cos Cob, caharchitecture.com; Westport, hogueid.com

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Time flies when you’re having fun. For architect Marybeth Woods it’s been a quick and gratifying twenty years at the helm of Woods Design. In those two decades, Woods, who specializes in both exterior and interior architecture and millwork design, has created countless custom homes in Fairfield County in styles ranging from classic Shingle-style to sleek modern. I Westport, marybethwoodsarchitect.com

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ON THE MOVE The crew at Daniel Conlon Architects planned to do some spring cleaning, including a bit of renovation, in their Redding offices. “Then we realized we needed a real change,” says Tegan Conlon, who runs the business side of her husband’s architecture firm. That meant a move to Wilton, to an attractive post-and-beam space with floor-toceiling windows and plenty of light. The new office is just fifteen minutes away from the old one, but, says Conlon, it’s a more convenient location for the company’s growing list of clients. | Wilton, dconlonarchitects.com

A PERFECT MATCH

Sometimes the best relationships happen by chance. Greenwich-based interior designer Laura Michaels of Laura Michaels Design found herself collaborating with Jesika Estepanian and Heidi Perham of the Stamford-based architectural firm Aventine. Working together proved so satisfying, the three women decided to make a habit of it. The two firms have united to open an office in Sarasota, Florida. While they will keep their individual company names and identities, they present themselves as a package deal, offering complete architectural and interior design services. So far, Michaels reports, they are exploring projects on both Florida coasts and in South Carolina. I Greenwich and Sarasota, Fla., lauramichaelsdesign.com

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Miraballes, and Freddy Miraballes | 6. Christopher Domagala of Gault Stone and Jennifer LaBollita of InnerSpace Electronics | 7. Alex Goossen of Mark Finlay Architects and Rina DiMarte of Chloe Winston Lighting Design | 8. Dick and Barbara Laughton of Front Row Kitchens and Marcia Noble of New England Home | 9. Dina Spaidal of Dina Spaidal Interiors and Candace Pereira of Chloe Winston Lighting Design | 10. Peggy Kebabian of Kebabian’s Rugs with Toni Sand and Susan Thompson of Hobbs | 11. Debra Judge Silber of New England Home with Robert Tucker and Jennifer Huestis of Huestis Tucker Architects. Photography by Phil Nelson

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Plants and antiques were the focus of Trade Secrets, an annual event benefitting Women’s Support Services. Day one was all about admiring and buying rare plants and garden antiques. On day two, guests participated in self-guided tours of four Falls Village and Ashley Falls gardens.

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Closet & Storage Concepts got the warm season off to a good start with a summer kickoff party at its Norwalk location. Along with hors d’oeuvres and refreshing drinks, attendees networked with each other and explored the various closet lighting displays.

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Playing our part in beautiful gardens. With Walpole’s low maintenance AZEK® you’ll spend more time enjoying your gardens and no time on fence and outdoor structure upkeep. AZEK holds its great looks for years and it looks like natural wood. For a free design consultation, call 800-343-6948.

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Design Life Kebabian’s Rugs and Finished in Fabric Lunch

Kebabian’s Rugs and Finished in Fabric joined forces, inviting a group of like-minded professionals to Artisan in Southport for a meal and a discussion about a variety of topics of interest to the textile industry.

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Design Life Sorelle Gallery

New Canaan’s Sorelle Gallery opened its doors to guests for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a panel discussion titled “Partnering Art with Interior Design.” The panelists included Kyle Hoepner from New England Home, aerial photographer Dinesh Boaz, and interior designer Tina Anastasia.

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“It was important to create a landscape that could be enjoyed not only by our clients as they relaxed on their patio spaces, but also to enhance the neighborhood by bringing the garden to the street for all to enjoy.”

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The Challenge Create a landscape that responds to the needs of multilevel outdoor living spaces, integrating screening from adjacent homes in the distance while enhancing the internal spaces with colorful gardens and framing views. The Elements The overall design can be broken down into five elements: foundation plantings, great lawn, paths, vegetable garden, and layered perimeter screening. Plantings are used to define the spaces and enhance the flow between the elements.

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“Our aesthetic is timeless and sophisticated without pretense. Every client is unique, and every design is, too.” —Amy Zolin

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Clarity Home Interiors 580 Lake Avenue Greenwich, CT 06830 203-340-2468 clarityhomeinteriors.com

The Challenge The challenge for this master bedroom and bathroom suite was to transform the space into a spa-like retreat, where the couple could relax and unwind while enjoying views of the coastal scenery from their deck. The Solution For the bathroom, we selected tiles and stone that were contemporary and juxtaposed them with influences from the 18th-century Japanese wood-burning technique Shou Sugi Ban. The black is in deep contrast to the large-format concrete tiles, rich wood tones, and slatted wood detail. The Must-Haves Must-have features in the master bedroom include a custom JD Staron rug, a Vanguard custom bed, and chairs and focal wallpaper from Zoffany.

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Connecticut Stone “Balance plays an important role in this renovation. The organic stones selected for the project are both stately and warm, elegant and classic.” —Tyra Dellacroce

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The Goals The client wanted to transform this classic ranch-style home into a beautiful, well-built, and unique living space with custom-made features in each room. The Summary Dan DiVitto of DPD Builders collaborated with CT Stone to renovate an existing ranch. The builder wanted quality stone products that fit the property’s natural landscape, so everything was hand-selected to accomplish a simple yet elegant theme. Connecticut Stone 138 Woodmont Road Milford, CT 06460 203-882-1000 tyra@connecticutstone.com connecticutstone.com

TYRA DELLACROCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF INTERIOR SALES & MARKETING

The Elements With the help of DiVitto Design Group, Ltd., and DPD Builders, a custom blend of CT Stone’s natural stone veneer was chosen to adorn the chimney, in addition to slabs of granite to cap the top. The bathroom features Carrara marble flooring in a honed basket weave pattern combined with Carrara subway tile in the shower and bath, while the kitchen utilizes Calacatta honed marble for the countertops and backsplash.

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Domus Constructors, LLC “There’s no place like your home. At Domus Constructors, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and quality through every step of the building process.” —Chris Shea

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The Challenge Outdated interiors and mechanical systems with small rooms and some low ceiling heights. The kitchen was in the original part of the home, and the ceiling was only seven feet, four inches, so that always presents a bit of a challenge when it comes to the upper cabinet proportion and limits the options on the range hood design. The Goal To reconfigure and renovate an old kitchen to make it more functional from a cooking perspective and more open to the adjacent family room. They also wanted to add storage with a butler’s pantry and improve flow between the side entry and the main kitchen/family room space. Domus Constructors, LLC P.O. Box 181 Greens Farms, CT 06838 203-852-6789 DomusLLC.com

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The Backstory It was impossible for our clients to resist purchasing the property on this private road with three acres of land in Darien after spending so many years in NYC. The exterior facade had not been updated since it was built in 1941, and while some interior updates were relatively recent, the quality and styling did not meet their standards. The project included an addition and complete renovation of the kitchen and much of the first floor as well as the existing pool house. Connecticut Summer 2019 | New England Home  99

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The Goal To design a unique organic pool that fits the environment and creates a nautural oasis for the homeowners.

Freddy’s Landscape and BioNova® Natural Swimming Pools 40 Belmont Street Fairfield, CT 06824 203-855-7854 freddyslandscape.com

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The Benefits BioNova® Natural Swimming Pools are completely chemical-free, eco-friendly, and healthful for swimming. Natural swimming pools replicate and optimize the conditions found in naturally occurring bodies of water like ponds and lakes, providing water that is clean, clear, and purified the way nature intended— with aquatic plants, beneficial bacteria, and helpful microbes. The Outcome With a broad range of design options for these natural pools, from traditional rectangular-shaped pools to completely naturalistic swim ponds, the design possibilities are limitless. Natural pools are self-sustaining and require minimal upkeep. This pool was designed in a pond-like style, and attracts wildlife just as fresh water does in nature. Plants filter the water and add a serene quality. The goal was achieved. Connecticut Summer 2019 | New England Home  101

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Front Row Kitchens, Inc.

“Downsizing never looked and felt so good.”

home to a town home, built in 1987. It needed serious updating throughout and had 1980s written all over it. Make the kitchen more functional and feel bigger without expanding the footprint. Also incorporate an island if possible. By opening up the doorways to the foyer and dining room and eliminating two awkward peninsulas the kitchen feels much more spacious. We also were able to include an island which is now the favorite spot in the house to hang out. Downsizing never felt so good.

MATT GIARDINA

Front Row Kitchens, Inc 117 New Canaan Avenue Norwalk, CT 06850 203-849-0302 frontrowkitchens.com

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Jan Hiltz Interiors, LLC

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“Rooms serve many purposes for active families, but that doesn’t mean the overall style has to suffer.” —Jan Hiltz

Jan Hiltz Interiors, LLC 21 Bridge Square Westport, CT 06880 203-331-5578 janhiltzinteriorsllc.com

JAN HILTZ

The Goal (this page) The client wanted a family room that is comfortable but has an impact when you enter the home. Her inspiration picture was very bright drapes that filled the room with happiness. The Challenge (this page) The challenge was making the existing furniture work with a few new pieces, so that the room is livable for the children but stunning to look at every day of the year. The Goal (facing page) This client has lots of friends and family and enjoys entertaining. When they are not hosting guests, they like to know the children can build puzzles or play a board game. Design Summary for Both Clients Rooms serve many purposes for active families, but that doesn’t mean the overall style has to suffer. We are thrilled we met the goals of the happy homeowners. Connecticut Summer 2019 | New England Home  105

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

MATTHEW DOUGHERTY

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Matthew R. Dougherty Architect, LLC

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The Goal (this page) Maintain the footprint of the original house but reimagine the overall style and design. By creating an addition on the side and back of the home, changing the roof line to include new dormers, and adding on to the second floor, the architect was able to transform the outdated house to an updated colonial-style home that is sophisticated and classic. Must-Haves (facing page) The family was looking to add square footage, including a three-car garage and a new open-concept kitchen, family room, and breakfast nook, and to transform the interior layout. The Goal (facing page) The goal was to completely modernize, expand, and raise the structure due to its proximity to Long Island Sound. While having to maintain the original footprint, the architect rearranged the entire first floor, expanded the second floor, and included a third floor with a roof deck to provide views of the water.

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“A project like this is possible only with close teamwork and a shared vision between the architect, designers, and contractors— fortunately, we had that in abundance.” —Beth Whitty, Landscape Designer

O&G Industries Masonry Division Anita Goerig 866-748-5694 MOD, LLC Mitchell Owen 212-242-2868

Beth Whitty Landscape Design

Beth Whitty 203-512-4389

Project Emphasis The owners of the 33-acre “Barn House Estate” doubled the original square footage of the existing home to 10,000 square feet. Upon entering the estate, two stone pillars frame the cobblestone-paved driveway and lush landscaping, setting the stage for an experience that blends traditions of Connecticut building and contemporary ideas of living into a montage of elegance. Home Design Work consists of an exposed hemlock timber frame, reclaimed barn siding, an open sculptural staircase, and an abundance of natural stone. A custom fabricated interior two-story limestone fireplace surround and feature wall accentuate views across the new terraces. Hardscape Meets Landscape Rebuilding of the immediate exterior areas resulted in an additional 7,000 square feet of entertaining space, anchored by an exterior two-story fireplace and bluestone mantel. New bluestone terraces, outdoor kitchen, retaining walls, expansive tennis court encased in stone veneers, pergola, and firepit, pool, patio, and spa with waterfall complete the surroundings.

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Patricia M. Miller Residential Design, LLC

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

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

The Goal The word renovate means to restore to life, vigor, and activity. To renovate a home is to bring it a new life filled with beauty, warmth, activity, function, and love. Here, the goal was to open the floor plan, build a new family room, mud room, and master suite, and bring in as much light and openness as possible while making the final project seem as though it had always been there. The Challenge The challenge of this renovation was to retain the wonderful barn elements that made this house unique, while finding ways to make it more modern and light. Updating the dark and heavy elements was the key to a bright, open, and functional space. The Summary The job—and the joy—is to fulfill the client’s wishes beyond their dreams, by creating unimagined spaces.

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Robert A. Cardello Architects AFTER BEFORE

Robert A. Cardello Architects 97 Washington Street Norwalk, CT 06854 & 6 West Putnam Avenue Greenwich, CT 06830 203-853-2524 cardelloarchitects.com

The Rule of Thumb (facing page, top) When your kitchen sits directly over the water, open it up to the view. This 1906 stone and stucco home remains stately on the outside, but the interior renovation took a transitional turn. The end result is stunning. The Challenge (facing page, bottom) This oceanfront house needed a welcoming entrance as you approach from the long driveway. Due to the narrow lot, the garage doors remained in front, but the side entry was greatly improved. The Backstory (this page) The grounds were beautiful, but the house needed extensive renovation to address problems with proportion and details. Now this award-winning home enjoys more natural light and terrific water views.

ROBERT CARDELLO

DAVID LAPIERRE

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New England Home Connecticut  •  Summer 2019

All About the Outdoors

You don’t want to waste a minute of New England’s short summer. So make sure all the elements are in place for perfect relaxation.

Cheerful flowers enhance summertime lounging at this Lake Waramaug home. See “Simple Pleasure,” page 120.

Photography by Laura Moss

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Modernist pieces, including Italian tulip swivel armchairs, give the living room a stylish but informal look. FACING PAGE: Kenneth Cobonpue’s Bouquet end table pairs with a vintage sofa treated to new chartreuse upholstery to create a playful mood.

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Simple Pleasure

Wonderful things come in small packages, as this lakefront Litchfield County house proves.

Text by Bob Curley Photography by Laura Moss Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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Pine walls and floors provide a clean, light frame for colorful midcentury furnishings, like the orange-shelled Eames chairs in the dining area. FACING PAGE: The standout Tobias brothers painting in the kitchen provided a spectrum of inspiration for the color choices in the cottage.

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PROJECT TEAM

Architecture: Hope Dana, Platt Dana Architects Interior design: Ellen Hamilton, Hamilton Design Associates Builder: Ruscoe Sedito Construction Landscape design: Ben Young Landscape Architects

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have been vacationing at Litchfield County’s Lake Waramaug since the late nineteenth century, and the second-largest lake in Connecticut has seen plenty of changes in that time. Boarding houses and inns once dotted the shoreline, along with cozy cottages owned by New Yorkers fleeing the summer heat of the city. Now, the inns are gone and many of those cottages have been razed and replaced by large homes. But when a couple living on a nearby country estate wanted to build a lake house for family weekends by the water, they opted for a modest footprint while still putting a memorable stamp on the historic waterfront. To win local zoning support, the new construction used an existing septic system and was limited in size to approximately that of the cabin it replaced, about

1,800 square feet. “It took a year of public hearings, and I’m still amazed we got it,” says architect Hope Dana. “They thought it was way too modern; what we did to convince them was to build a model.” The project started with a teardown of an older cottage situated—like many of the homes of the time—right on the edge of Shore Road, which encircles the lake. Dana’s goal was to create separation from the traffic, giving her clients a serene sanctuary. “The original house was only three feet from the road, but the owners wanted to be on the lake,” she says. However, with a sloped lot just thirty feet wide and eighty feet long, she and her clients decided not to try to build farther down the hill, but rather into it. By excavating parallel to the road, they were able to build a thirty-foot-tall retaining wall that serves Summer 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  123

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RIGHT: The “front door” is actually at the back of the house, with stairs running along the massive retaining wall. BELOW: Durable indoor-outdoor furniture from one of the owners’ other homes was covered in new fabric and repurposed for the screen house. FACING PAGE: A shaded, lakeside granite patio sits between the cottage and the screen house.

the dual purpose of expanding the level portion of the lot and acting as the rear wall of the two-story cottage. “There were huge challenges with the hillside, but this was an opportunity to create its own environment for the home even though it was so close to the road,” says landscape architect Ben Young. “Integrated with the architecture we created a little pocket, almost like an urban space, with the retaining wall.” Accessed from the street-level driveway by a rear stairway, the cottage has two bedrooms on the top floor that share a long, covered deck, and an openplan main level with a kitchen, dining area, and living room all looking onto the lake through two walls of black-framed, floor-to-ceiling windows. “Circulation dictated the character of the house,” says Dana. By placing the stairwell at the rear of the building, she notes, all the rooms could have views of the lake. Because the cottage’s only porch is up on the second floor, outside the bedrooms, the homeown-

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“Circulation dictated the character of the house,” says Hope Dana. By placing the stairwell at the rear of the building, all the rooms could have views of the lake. Summer 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  125

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CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: Skylights and tall windows help keep the entry stairs at the rear of the cottage light and bright. The stairs descend first to the bedrooms, then to the ground-floor living area and the patio. The master bedroom opens to a secondfloor porch with lake views. A sheer canopy keeps the master bedroom looking breezy. FACING PAGE: Designed with family and friends in mind, one bedroom includes built-in bunk beds.

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ers asked Dana to design a screen house for enjoying protected outdoor time. The structure, which looks out over the lake, of course, is separated from the main house by a shady courtyard and patio. Young created a lawn by bulkheading the slice of lakefront belonging to the property, using large blocks of local granite reclaimed from old bridge abutments. The focus of the courtyard is an unusual ornamental, a Kentucky coffee tree Young chose both as a conversation piece and for the canopy provided by its broad, shady leaves. Further softening the angularity of the design is a stone walkway alongside the house—a whimsical path through the woods that

provides access down the steep hill to the backyard. Now sitting just four feet above lake level instead of thirty, the compound departs from the rustic norm with a clean, transitional architecture that uses locally sourced pine and granite to harmonize with its surroundings. “We wanted it to still feel like a cabin, so we lined the whole house with wood,” Dana says. With its sharply angled roof, wood walls, and open steel railings, the net effect is “Scandinavia by way of Milan,” says interior designer Ellen Hamilton. It’s an impression enhanced by a design plan that incorporates modernist Italian armchairs in the living room, an Eero Saarinen table in the kitchen, and Summer 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  127

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Svenskt Tenn fabrics in the upstairs bedrooms. The simple interior of light wood accented with black doors and trim gave Hamilton free rein to add splashes of color in the midcentury furnishings, including a vintage sofa re-covered in chartreuse

chenille fabric and Eames plastic chairs with orange shells. “When you’re in the space, it’s extremely comfortable, and it makes a great statement about how modern furniture can be very warm,” Hamilton says. The playful, energetic colors in the cottage were inspired by an eye-catching painting by Gert and Uwe Tobias that hangs beside the kitchen counter. “We wanted the home to have a clean, European look,” the designer says. “We were not particularly interested in an American country vernacular. If we had used traditional beach or lake things, it would have worked— but it wouldn’t have been as much fun.” Much of the furniture was gathered from the owners’ other homes, which included a previous lake house and a beach house as well as their primary residence in the Litchfield Hills. “We just put it all in there and made it work,” Hamilton says. And while the home certainly does have its designer flourishes, “the views are so strong that we wanted the furnishings to fade into the background and not be too prominent,” she explains. Because their year-round home is nearby, the owners rarely sleep at the cottage. Instead, it’s their base for weekend fun with family members, who pull the canoes and kayaks out from under the screen house for a few hours on the water before returning for cookouts and conversation in a lake house that is perfectly proportioned for lazy summer days.  RESOURCES: For more information about this home, see page 158.

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Sparsely developed Lake Waramaug is best viewed from the comfort of an Adirondack chair. FACING PAGE, TOP: The cottage, screen house, and patio are set into a hillside held back by a thirty-foot retaining wall. A granite-block bulkhead frames the lot and lawn, with steps down to a dock. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The cottage roof slopes down from street level to shade the porch outside the secondfloor bedrooms.

The lawn is created by bulkheading the slice of lakefront belonging to the property, using large blocks of local granite reclaimed from old bridge abutments.

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Lofty ceilings give the great room, which is divided into this reading room and a family room/dining area, its airy feeling. FACING PAGE: A set of paintings by Deborah QuinnMunson are a focal point on the divider that separates the reading room from the family room on the opposite side.

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A Summer Place

A designer’s own family getaway is part classic, part contemporary, and completely welcoming.

Text by Debra Judge Silber Photography by Michael Partenio Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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esigning your own home—if you’re a designer—should be the easiest thing in the world. Not so, says Hannah Childs, who discovered the challenge of being her own client when she worked on her family’s summer home on the Connecticut coast. “When you’re a designer, you know there are countless choices,” she says. “So, making a choice and sticking with it is very challenging. What I thought I wanted was not at all close to what I chose when it all came to fruition.”

It’s a surprising admission considering how the finished house, done in collaboration with architect John Allee, appears so self-assured and secure in what it was meant to be: an honest and inviting family retreat that mingles comfortably with its cedarshingled neighbors while asserting an unmistakably contemporary personality. Childs and her husband had purchased the property in the Lyme enclave of Old Black Point shortly after they married, but it was only recently

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The driveway deposits visitors in a rear courtyardlike area where a path leads to the main entrance. A generous sink provides plenty of splash protection in the downstairs bathroom near the boys’ bedrooms. A mudroom wall of pecky cypress with epoxy fillings is beautiful (and dog-friendly). FACING PAGE: The main stairway merges contemporary and traditional elements. The bright orange bench is a momentary departure from the blue tones that dominate the home’s interior.

PROJECT TEAM Architecture: John Allee, Allee Architecture + Design Interior design: Hannah Childs, Hannah Childs Interior Design Builder: United Construction + Engineering

that they decided to improve upon the house and the dilapidated, motel-like guest quarters that stood on the property. With one street separating the site from Long Island Sound, the first item on the designer’s wish list was a south-facing, second-story master bedroom to take in the view. Second was lots of windows and lofty spaces. “I wanted it to be lightfilled, really open,” she says, which meant it would need to depart from the closed-in Shingle-style homes around it. Childs turned to Allee, with whom

she’d just completed a project in the area. “He’s got a much more modern aesthetic than I do,” she says. “I felt I really needed his guidance to push the limit a bit for me.” To help make the roughly 7,000-square-foot house comfortable among its peers, Allee suggested it take the form of several connected structures. From the street it appears as a single, modern-style shingle cottage with two forward-facing gables. Around back, though, it resembles a compound. A large screened Summer 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  133

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pavilion with breezeways on each end links the west wing of the front house to the long side of a guest house, creating a courtyard-like area. It’s here that the home’s primary entry is located, tucked casually inside a breezeway. Situating the “front” door in this unassuming location was driven by practicalities: close setbacks on either side, the need to keep the existing driveway where it was, and the placement of a septic system under the front lawn. But ultimately, the decision matches the intentions that drove the home’s design. To Allee, the meandering route to the house reflects the low-key lifestyle and informality the family sought. “It’s nice to have a progression as you enter any property, but with this one especially it made more sense to come in along the side,” he says, describing the driveway as it curves past a spreading locust tree and ends in the courtyard. The dynamism Allee references comes alive in the timber-frame structure of the screened pavilion with its methodically pegged joints and trusses of Alaskan yellow cedar. “That space is phenomenal,” Childs says of the pavilion, which shelters a Ping-Pong table and dining area and provides a mingling spot between the main and guest houses. The timber framing, not originally part of the plan, evolved naturally as a bridge between the home’s traditional and contemporary

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“I wanted the space to be minimalist, clean, and easy. Inviting but not fussy, for kids and adults alike,” says Hannah Childs.

Homeowner and designer Hannah Childs kept the dining room simple with a whitewashed oak table and Tolix-style chairs made comfortable with cushions. The painting, Fanya, is a beloved piece by Alice Neel, who was a family friend. FACING PAGE, TOP: Vivid blues dominate the palette throughout the house, as in the Madeline Weinrib rug that grounds the family room. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The kitchen’s forty-inch countertops accommodate the tallerthan-average family.

sensibilities, Allee says. Elsewhere he employed postand-beam, structural panels, and conventional framing to create spaces that are by turns lofty or solid, traditional or modern. Other elements that bridge the timeline include the roof—metal on the pavilion and guest house and cedar-shingles on the street-facing side—along with horizontal window grids. The connection to outdoors is enhanced elsewhere with multiple sliding doors and, on the second floor, a sheltered deck off the master bedroom that grants Childs the water view that topped her initial wish list. It’s out there, she says, that she likes to

begin and end each day. Her favorite spot, however, is the great room, a loft-like space with a center partition that separates a comfy TV room and dining area from an equally cozy reading room. Childs is drawn to the scale of the open ceiling, the light that pours in from both sides, and its multiple functions. “I love that it’s all one space. I can sit on one side and my kids can be watching a movie on the other side. We’re all together, but we’re all doing our own thing.” With her own three teenagers—and their friends—frequenting the house, Childs wanted to Summer 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  135

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A sheltered deck off the master bedroom grants Childs the water view that topped her initial wish list. It’s out there, she says, that she likes to begin and end each day.

ABOVE: Eschewing a traditional front door, the front of the house provides multiple opportunities to interact with the outdoors, including the master bedroom’s deck and a dining patio off the kitchen. RIGHT: Bedrooms for the boys are outfitted with furniture and rugs from West Elm and Williams Sonoma. FACING PAGE: In another bedroom, the sweet blue tones get an energetic boost with a framed pareo by Manuel Canovas.

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keep its spaces and furnishings simple. “I wanted it to be minimalist, clean, and easy,” she says. “Inviting but not fussy, for kids and adults alike.” Spontaneous gatherings can assemble in the great room, the pavilion, or, of course, in the kitchen, where sliding doors allow the party to migrate between patios on either side. With an adjacent pantry handling storage, the kitchen itself is simple, with wood shelves against white subway tile and natural wood beams that suggest an open ceiling. The white Caesarstone countertops are forty inches tall to accommodate the family of taller-than-average cooks. Childs surprised herself by choosing a striking Prussian blue from Fine Paints of Europe for the cabinetry, and even more by returning to that color

again and again as she furnished the house. “I’ve never been a blue person,” she says. But she also allowed a bright orange bench in the entryway and a set of colorful prints that splash pink, orange, and green on their way up the stairs. With windows framing landscapes on most exterior walls, there’s little room—or need—for additional art. An exception is the broad side of the partition that faces the reading room. For this space, Childs pulled out a matched set of four large seascape pastels by Chester artist Deborah Quinn-Munson that she’d purchased more than a decade ago. Unable to decide on one, she’d bought all four. They fit the wall as if it were designed just for them.  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 158. Summer 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  137

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NEW HORIZONS

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Exterior walls reinforced with steel meant the first floor could be one wide-open space incorporating the living, dining, and kitchen areas. A reclaimed wood ceiling adds a rustic note. FACING PAGE: Shiplap walls and plenty of rich blue tones, including the royal blue of the banister, nod to the watery location.

A once-and-again couple faces a sunny future with an equally dazzling view of Long Island Sound from their new Fairfield home. |  Text by Susan Kleinman | Photography by John Gould Bessler | Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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The mahogany dining table the husband grew up with is right at home here, illuminated by a wrought iron chandelier with recycled glass drops. FACING PAGE, TOP: Blue accents give the mostly white kitchen continuity with the rest of the space. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: A powder room is shipshape in crisp navy and white.

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They had dated in college, parted as friends, and married other people. Decades later, with their first marriages over, they reconnected at a class reunion and eventually wed.

So it seems only fitting that—like their relationship itself—the home that a sixty-something couple built on Long Island Sound in Fairfield combines the best of old and new. “Our firm tries to mix inspirations from the classic beach house vernacular with more contemporary concepts,” says architect Lucien Vita of Vita Design Group, who was originally hired to design the residence as a builder’s spec house. “So, we’ll use traditional things like shiplap and clapboards. Then, in the same house, we’ll incorporate modern touches such as the large, tan windows we installed here.” Because the builders had not yet broken ground when the couple bought the property, they were able to customize the house to suit their wish list perfectly. Modifications to the original plans included reinforcing the exterior with steel to eliminate the need for interior support walls so that the first floor could be one wide-open room incorporating living, dining, Summer 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  141

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PROJECT TEAM Architecture: Lucien Vita, Vita Design Group Interior design: Tricia Izzo and Carolyn Kron, Shelter Interiors Landscape design: Nancy King, Seventy Acres Builder: Coastal Luxury Homes

and kitchen areas. The spacious feeling that the open plan creates is enhanced by clear sightlines from the front door to the back wall, where large windows afford views of a terraced garden, designed by landscape architect Nancy King, and to Long Island Sound beyond. By necessity, the garden’s hardscaping was not only designed but actually installed before construction on the house began. “I wanted the garden to feel like it flowed right to the seawall,” says the wife, “and I wanted these enormous stone steps going down.” With the lot at just 0.15 acre and with barely eight and a half feet between the planned house and its neighbors to either side, those stairs had to be built before the house, she explains. “Otherwise, there would have been no way to get them out to the back.” The finished garden—“It reminds us of terraced backyards in San Francisco,” the wife says—is exactly what the homeowners had envisioned, rolling gracefully from the house and planted with seagrasses and salt-tolerant roses. And while the couple has a beach only at low tide (high tide flows right up to the seawall), the Sound is visible from both the garden and the house all day long. “When you walk through the front door,” says the wife, “you can see right out to the water.” To connect those water views to the home’s interior, the owners asked designers Tricia Izzo and Carolyn Kron of Shelter Interiors to incorporate plenty of blue into the decor. The duo, whose work the wife had first admired in an online article, were happy to oblige. Shades of cobalt and azure appear throughout the house on upholstery and bedding, on the powder-room wallpaper and kitchen cabinets, and on a central banister painted in a striking royal blue. “I had once seen a picture of a blue banister like this,” says the wife. “I absolutely loved it, and I knew I wanted that exact design.” Her husband was a bit less enthusiastic, at least initially. “He’s very ‘Boston proper,’ ” says the wife, who lived in Colorado and Wyoming before reconnecting with her now-husband, “while I like more vibrant colors and a rustic feel. I remember when we were putting in the reclaimed-wood ceiling, he was looking around, and I could tell he was terrified. But he was so sweet about really wanting this to be my dream home, so he encouraged me to go ahead with it. And now he loves it, too.”

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Classic beach house elements like clapboard get a contemporary update with such features as the tan-trimmed windows and steel cable railings. FACING PAGE: The first-floor porch with its view to Long Island Sound is a perfect spot for a refreshment break.

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He also loves—both spouses do—the way Kron and Izzo incorporated several of his favorite old New England pieces. The mahogany dining table around which he ate as a boy looks just right under a contemporary chandelier with glass drops that evoke Japanese fishing floats. The “Emily Dickinson desk” in his office, built to the exact measurements of the poet’s own writing table, is surprisingly at home amid the more modern furniture here, as well. “Marrying the more rustic feel of the reclaimed wood she wanted with his more formal pieces was

a way for us to help the couple come together,” says Kron. “The design truly marries their personalities.” The home also suits their lifestyle, which—with their respective kids (each has two) now grown— includes a lot of time to themselves. To make their downtime extra comfortable, the couple asked the designers to forgo a third bedroom on the second floor and enlarge their master suite instead. Its private sitting room is their favorite place to hang out when they’re home alone. With space in the 2,800-square-foot home scarce,

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“I wanted the garden to feel like it flowed right to the seawall,” says the wife, “and I wanted these enormous stone steps going down.”

Designers Carolyn Kron and Tricia Izzo (seated) appreciate landscape architect Nancy King’s work. The huge granite steps, installed before the builder broke ground for the house, are flanked by grasses and salt-tolerant plant materials.

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LEFT: The cottage-chic theme continues in the master bedroom, part of the suite that occupies the entire second floor. BELOW: A sliding barn door gives the master bedroom privacy. FACING PAGE: The wife had seen a photo of a blue-painted banister and knew she wanted it replicated for her own home.

“The nice thing about decorating a home that isn’t gigantic, is that you really can pay attention to every corner,” says Carolyn Kron.

the third-floor attic was also transformed into living space. “The town doesn’t care if you finish the top floor out, as long as it conforms to the dimensions required by local zoning laws,” says architect Vita, “but that leaves you with considerably less headroom than normal living space would provide.” To turn the low ceiling from a liability into an asset, the interior designers created a home office that is cozy, rather than cramped. “It feels like a ship’s helm looking out at the water,” says the wife. “It’s a spectacular space to work.” All told, it took about two years from the project’s beginning until every room had been decorated and accessorized with marine-centric art and eye-catching objects. “The nice thing about decorating a home that isn’t gigantic,” says Kron, “is that you really can pay attention to every corner, and make sure that there’s something beautiful every place you look.” And while two years may be a bit longer than it sometimes takes to create a house this small, the homeowners, who rented nearby in the meantime, were willing to be patient. Because more than forty years after their first date, they understand that the best things in life are worth waiting for.  RESOURCES: For more information about this home, see page 158. Summer 2019 | New England Home Connecticut  147

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SPECIALTY OF THE HOUSE

A quartet of Connecticut kitchens proves there’s no one recipe for design success. TEXT BY MEGAN FULWEILER

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COUNTRY LIVING

The airy house architect Jennifer Huestis designed suits its pastoral Fairfield County setting. In keeping with the home’s chic farmhouse style, the kitchen is welcoming but restrained, too. “The owners wanted a natural feeling, not rustic, but not fussy,” she explains. What they envisioned was an open room with defined areas. To that end, when several red oaks on the property were felled, Huestis, along with New Hope Carpentry Services, repurposed the wood to create

legs for the island and for the eye-catching beams that frame the cooking and breakfast areas and the nearby family room’s entry. The island’s limestone top, the Calacatta gold marble countertops, and a reclaimed random-width white oak floor are a companionable mix that furthers the room’s laid-back character. But as seemingly simple as the demeanor is, there’s no stinting on efficiency. Dual fridge/freezers, twin dishwashers stashed in the island, and two farmhouse sinks make light work. Custom cabinets—also crafted by New Hope Carpentry Services—incorporate an old-fashioned grab-and-go plate rack in addition to a

slew of organizational features. There’s even bonus storage under the window seat. Interior designer Barbara ­Varacchi dressed the seat’s cushion in tailored stripes—the ideal choice for a beautifully composed, understated kitchen.

CREDITS Architecture: Huestis Tucker Architects Interior design: Barbara Varacchi Builder: New Hope Carpentry Services Photography: Nancy Elizabeth Hill

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STARTING FROM SCRATCH

Superstorm Sandy damaged scores of homes in the Westport area, some so badly that the only recourse was to rebuild. Fortunately, architect ­Matthew Dougherty helped these owners find a silver lining. Maintaining the home’s original footprint, he designed a new family nest with a super-workable kitchen starring a blue-as-a-summersky La Cornue range. “The range was our starting point, and from there we added lots of features,” Dougherty explains. With windows on three sides, pale Carrara marble counters, and a marble backsplash, the compact 280-square-foot room feels twice its size. A bounty of white cabinets boosts functionality, as does the island that doubles as a place for meals and a serving station for entertaining. Brass hardware and brass fixtures at the farmhouse sink speak to the hood’s distinctive brass detailing and, says Dougherty, “pull everything together.” The herringbone-pattern white oak floor and shiplap ceiling interject texture, while a generous opening to the adjacent family room—flanked by the fridge and freezer, which hide behind handsome paneling—enhances circulation. And for a bit of extra warmth, a wood-burning fireplace with a rustic fieldstone surround casts a glow on every happy gathering.

CREDITS Architecture: Matthew R. Dougherty Architect Builder: Tiefenthaler Photography: Jane Beiles

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GRAPHIC PUNCH

So how does a brick turn-of-the-century carriage house kitchen elevate from staid to cool? With a controlled blackand-white theme that underscores its practicality. Not afraid to go bold, mother and daughter interior designers Brooke and Elise Garden painted the standard, in-stock new cabinets black, giving them a swank edge. Painting the existing window frames black, too, lent the small kitchen instant drama. “We’d call the look industrial modern,” says Brooke. “The client wanted an industrial feel, and black

seemed the way to go.” Elongated white subway tile with a gray grout along with a black range hood and a noir faucet at the farmhouse apron-front sink are right in step, as are the top-notch stainlesssteel appliances. Wall-mounted teak shelves hold everyday cooking supplies, while assorted decorative sundries add interest to the picture. Even the custom poured-concrete counter makes a smart statement, wrapping around the corner and into the adjoining living room. The concrete ribbon (mounted on hefty iron brackets) helps link the two spaces and, teamed with swiveling wood stools from Arteriors, provides a convenient spot for casual dining no one can resist.

CREDITS Interior design: Brooke Garden and Elise Garden, RoomSecret Builder: Huane Carpentry Photography: Scott G. Morris, SGM Photography

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DYNAMIC DO-OVER

For almost two decades, architect Robert Bruce Dean has been tackling projects for this Fairfield County pre-war Georgian-Revival house. When the kitchen, breakfast area, and family room needed what he calls a fresh approach, he was ready. “We didn’t reconfigure the suite of rooms, but we took it down to the studs,

widened the opening to the breakfast area, and updated,” he explains. As he has many times before on this same home, Dean collaborated with interior designers Jim Gauthier and Susan Stacy and builder Mark Olson. Well familiar with the owners, the skilled team sought to deliver a kitchen that would reflect the home’s elegant nature, but also perform. The winning recipe? Luxe materials like a smoky glass tile backsplash and a French fumed oak floor with a European oil fin-

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ish, two dishwashers, an extra oven, and storage galore. Rather than an all-white kitchen, snowy custom cabinets share space with an antique-finished oak island with furniture-like details. The latter complements the sunny breakfast recess (with its refurbished French doors) and the comfortable family room, uniting the three spaces in a manner that does justice to the home’s pedigree.  RESOURCES: For more information about this home,

CREDITS Architecture: Robert Bruce Dean, Robert Dean Architects Interior Design: Jim Gauthier and Susan Stacy, Gauthier-Stacy Builder: Mark Olson, Olson Development, LLC Photography: Michael Partenio Styling: Stacy Kunstel

see page 158.

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Resources

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

OUTSIDE INTEREST: LIKE MOTHER, LIKE SON PAGES 38–43

Landscape design: Anne Penniman, Anne Penniman Associates, Essex, 860-767-7540, annepenniman.com Ecologist: James R. Cowan, Cowen EcoDesign, North Stonington, 860-535-0625 Landscape contractor: Landscape Creations, Saunderstown, R.I., 401-789-7101, landscapecreationsri.com House architecture: James Estes, Estes/ Twombly Architects, Newport, R.I., 401-8463336, estestwombly.com Builder: Steve Ray, Steve Ray Construction, West Greenwich, R.I., 401-440-0631 Stonework: Moyer’s Landscaping Services, Killingworth, 860-663-2759, moyersland.com

SIMPLE PLEASURE PAGES 120–129

Architecture: Hope Dana, Platt Dana Architects, New York City, 646-336-6270, plattdana.com Interior design: Ellen Hamilton, Hamilton Design Associates, New York City 212-620-0800, hamiltondesignassociates.com Builder: Ruscoe Sedito Construction, New Preston, 860-868-1279, ruscoesedito.com Cabinetmaker: Jeffrey Haxo, Jeffrey Haxo Woodworking, Warren, 860-318-5591, jeffreyhaxowoodworking.weebly.com Landscape design: Ben Young Landscape Architect, Ketchum, Ida., 208-726-5907, byla.us Metal fabrication: MetalCraft, Litchfield, 860-361-6767, metalcraftllc.com Pages 120–121: Tulip swivel chairs from B&B Italia, bebitalia.com/en; end table by Kenneth Cobonpue, kennethcobonpue.com, through Voce Di, vocedi.com; area rug by Sandra Figuerola, sandrafiguerola.com, through Gandia Blasco, gandiablasco.com/us. Page 123: Kitchen island Jean stools from Karkula, karkula.com.

Page 124: Rough ’N Rowdy fabric on sofa from Perennials, perennialsfabrics.com. Page 126: Master bed from Poliform, poliform.it/en; drapery fabric from Svenskt Tenn, svenskttenn.se/en. Page 127: Area rug from Gandia Blasco; drapery fabric from Svenskt Tenn.

A SUMMER PLACE PAGES 130–137

Architecture: John Allee, Allee Architecture + Design, Millerton, N.Y., 860-435-0640, alleedesign.com Interior design: Hannah Childs, Hannah Childs Interior Design, Lyme, 860-405-4394, hannahchildsinteriordesign.com Builder: United Construction + Engineering, Litchfield, 860-489-7273, uce-gc.com Pages 130–131: Sofas from Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com; coffee table from Serena & Lily, serenaandlily.com; floor lamp from Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com; ceiling fan from Arteriors, arteriorshome.com; art by Deborah Quinn-Munson, quinnmunson.com; round table from Stray Dog Designs, straydogdesigns.com; pillow fabrics from Quadrille, quadrillefabrics. com, and John Robshaw, johnrobshaw.com. Page 132: Bench from O&G Studio, oandgstudio.com; rug from Serena & Lily; pillow fabric from Quadrille. Page 133: Exterior lighting from Il Fanale, ilfanale.com/en; mudroom bench by United Construction and Engineering; floor tile from The Tile Shop, tileshop.com; bathroom double sink and faucets from Kohler, kohler.com; mirrors from Restoration Hardware, restorationhardware.com; stools and tiger rugs from Urban Outfitters, urbanoutfitters. com; sconces from Visual Comfort. Page 134: Sectional sofa from Restoration Hardware; chairs from Billy Baldwin Studio, billybaldwinstudio.com; side tables from Serena & Lily; coffee table from Brownstone, brownstonefurniture.com; blue table lamps from Visual Comfort; rug from Madeline

Weinrib, madelineweinrib.com; pillow fabrics from Raoul Textiles, raoultextiles.com; kitchen cabinets and range hood by Angel Custom Woodworking, angelcustomwoodworking.com, painted with Fine Paints of Europe #H03330, finepaintsofeurope.com; perimeter counter top from Caesarstone; caesarstoneus.com; stools from Bungalow 5, bungalow5.com; faucet from Rohl, rohlhome.com; pendants from Restoration Hardware; oak floating shelves by United Construction + Engineering; cooktop from Electrolux, electroluxappliances.com; oven from Wolf, subzero-wolf.com. Page 135: Dining table from Ken Petersen Antiques, petersenantiques.com; chair cushions from Lulu DK, duralee.com/Lulu-DK/ Lulu-DK-Fabric.htm; antique chest from Huzza, huzza.net. Page 136: Beds and nightstand from West Elm, westelm.com; bedding from Roller Rabbit, rollerrabbit.com, and John Robshaw; rugs from Williams Sonoma, williams-sonoma.com. Page 137: Beds from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child, rhbabyandchild.com; bedding from Rikshaw Design, rikshawdesign.com; nightstand from Wisteria, wisteria.com; table lamp from West Elm, with custom shade from Shandell’s, shandells.com; seahorse pareo from Manuel Canovas, cowtan.com/ manuel-canovas.

NEW HORIZONS PAGES 138–147

Architecture: Lucien Vita, Vita Design Group, Westport, 203-283-1561, vdarch.com Interior design: Carolyn Kron and Tricia Izzo, Shelter Interiors, Westport, 203-301-4886, shelterinteriorsllc.com Landscape design: Nancy King, Seventy Acres Landscape Architecture and Design, Wilton, 203-470-2742, seventyacres.com Builder: Coastal Luxury Homes, Westport, 203-984-6869, coastal-lux.com Page 138: Area rugs from Redi-Cut Carpets & Rugs, redicarpets.com; cabinet with boat by

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Christopoulos Designs, Bridgeport, 203-576-1110. Page 139: Sofa from E.J. Victor, ejvictor.com, with Mokum fabric, jamesdunloptextiles.com/ brands/mokum, and trim from Kravet, kravet. com; Percheron swivel chairs from Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com, with fabric from Kravet; striped pillows from Details, detailsinteriorsinc.com; piecrust table from Theodore Alexander, theodorealexander.com; table between swivel chairs from Tucker Robbins, tuckerrobbins.com. Page 140: Atelier dining chairs from Baker, bakerfurniture.com; with back fabric from Kravet, and front fabric from Hinson through Donghia, donghia.com; chandelier from Currey & Company, curreyandcompany.com; sconces from ABC Carpet & Home, abchome.com. Page 141: Bar stools from Charles Stewart, charlesstewartcompany.com, with back fabric from Kravet and leather seat fabric from Jerry Pair, jerrypairleather.com; backsplash tile and pendant lights from Waterworks, waterworks.com; bathroom sconces from O’Lampia, olampia.com; Key Largo blue wall covering from Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries. com. Page 142: Directors chairs from Harbour Outdoor, harbouroutdoor.com. Page 146: Stairwell light fixture from Hammerton, hammerton.com. Page 147: Master bed and sofette from New Traditionalists, thenewtraditionalists.com, with headboard and settee fabric from Kravet; pillows from Details; hallway sconces from O’Lampia; wallcovering from Donghia.

SPECIAL FOCUS: KITCHEN DESIGN SPECIALTY OF THE HOUSE PAGES 148–155

Country Living, pages 148–149: Architecture, Jennifer Huestis, Huestis Tucker Architects, Woodbridge, 203-248-1007, and Greenwich, 203-698-1007, huestistucker.com; interior design, Barbara Varacchi, Varacchi Interior Design, Norwalk, 203-354-3600; builder, Juan Carlos Velez, New Hope Carpentry Services, Fairfield, 203-455-7744. Starting From Scratch, pages 150–151: Architecture, Matthew R. Dougherty, Matthew R. Dougherty Architect, New Canaan, 203-296-4669, mrdarchitect.com; builder, Tiefenthaler, Norwalk, 203-857-0055, tiefenthaler.com. Graphic Punch, pages 152–153: Interior design, Brooke Garden and Elise Garden, RoomSecret, Greenwich, 203-832-0185, roomsecret.com; builder, Huane Carpentry, Yonkers, N.Y., 718-944-8830. Dynamic Do-Over, pages 154–155: Architecture: Robert Bruce Dean, Robert Dean Architects, New Canaan, 203-966-8333, robertdeanarchitects.com; interior design, Jim Gauthier and Susan Stacy, Gauthier-Stacy, Boston, 617-422-0001, gauthierstacy.com; builder, Mark Olson, Olson Development, Newtown, olsondevelopmentllc.com.

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