Connecticut Fall 2015

Page 1

Connecticut Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

Delightful Diversity The perfect touches of this and that combine for chic, easygoing looks

Fall 2015

FALL 2015

Display until January 18, 2016


CT-FAL15 Cover with spine.indd 1

9/18/15 11:48 AM

ad - full page.indd 1

3/6/15 12:35 PM

Shope Reno Wharton_CT-FAL15_1.00_v1.indd 1

9/15/15 3:47 PM (203) 609-1373

world-class design...

McCormick-CTSUM15.indd 2 full page.indd 1

6/16/15 2:28 1:28 PM 6/18/15


...eVerYwHere You call Home

McCormick-CTSUM15.indd 3 full page.indd 1

6/16/15 2:29 1:28 PM 6/18/15

spread.indd 2

9/3/15 11:45 AM

spread.indd 3

9/3/15 11:46 AM

spread.indd 2

9/9/15 5:20 PM

spread.indd 3

9/9/15 5:21 PM

Photography: Jane Beiles

spread.indd 2

9/15/15 5:03 PM

Photography: Jane Beiles

InterIors, space plannIng KItchen & Bath DesIgn 70 Main street, suite 210, new canaan, ct t: 203.594.7875 F: 203.966.5514

spread.indd 3

9/15/15 5:04 PM

spread.indd 2

9/15/15 5:05 PM

spread.indd 3

9/15/15 5:05 PM

Building and Restoration

William Pitt Sotheby’s


What does “Green” or “Sustainable” really mean in Home building? “First, the building must be beautiful. If it is, no-one will want to replace it; this is where sustainable buildings must first begin. Second, only if they are durable will they last for many generations and not succumb to a landfill. Design, specify and construct with durability in mind to make costly repairs and maintenance obsolete. Third, if they are thermally comfortable they will be healthy enclosures appreciated forever. Fourth, if they burn little to no fossil fuels and they cost little or nothing to operate, they will be brilliant.” –Salvatore Zarrella (president). Do most buildings today qualify under these criteria? Introduced and built by award winning building firm, Construction Management Group, New Canaan, CT and carefully designed by distinguished Vita Design Group, Westport, CT. First German certified PassivHaus to be built in North Stamford among lush private surroundings. The home is designed to meet the most efficient standard in the

ConstructionMGMT-CTFAL15.indd 2

Architect: Vita Design Group

world certified by the PassivHaus Institute, Darmstadt, Germany. It will operate on the amount of energy required of a blow dryer. Truly unique and among just a small handful certified in the US. This home is not only thoughtfully sculpted and oriented, it will be unmatched in construction quality and efficiency, boasting the highest standard of indoor comfort and air quality. Listed by William Pitt Sotheby’s, Walter Block. Construction Management Group, LLC would like to also thank all the vendors and trade professionals involved with 25 Orchard Lane, New Canaan, CT that won the 2014 Hobi Award for Best New In Town Home and Best New Construction Technology. “A Special thanks to EU Systems (radiant contractor) and Messana Radiant Cooling (panels) for installing and manufacturing what we believe is the greatest heating and cooling system available today both for commercial and residential… Simple, but truly remarkable. Thank You!” - Salvatore Zarrella

9/17/15 11:08 AM


Architect (This Page): Andrew Nuzzi Architects, LLC

® | 1-844-344-8792 Pictured Above: Thermal imaging of radiant cooling and heating technology in cooling mode. This technology eliminates all conventional HVAC duct work, ceiling or floor registers, and radiates chilled and warm water evenly throughout by using invisible radiant panels on the ceiling or walls. It is efficient and environmentally friendly.

“…Overall, we are delighted with the system. The heating and cooling give our home a consistent level of heating or cooling rather than the up and down of forced air, and we love that each room is it’s own zone. These two elements always keep our home comfortable for everyone...” -Carolyn and Peter Ditlevsen, New Canaan, CT

203-966-3388 | 58 Pine Street | New Canaan, CT 06840 W W W . C M G B U I L D E R . C O M

ConstructionMGMT-CTFAL15.indd 3

9/17/15 11:08 AM

• yard to table™ •

It’s never too late to build that vegetable garden you’ve been wanting. In fact, now is the perfect time! Build your garden this fall and next spring there will be no waiting—you will be ready to grow just as soon as the soil thaws. Homefront Farmers builds gardens with craftsmanship, pride, and the knowledge of how to grow food successfully in our area. They are designed for both form and function, enhancing your property as well your life. Whether small or large, traditional or unique, Homefront Farmers can make the garden of your dreams a reality.

Homefront Farmers_CTFAL15.indd 2

9/15/15 4:29 PM

Garden Design & Construction

Garden Renovation  Site evaluation

 Nine-month garden plan

 Hive setup

 Raised beds  Beautiful, sturdy fencing

 Soil testing and amendment

 Spring and succession plantings

 Complete beekeeping services

 Underground pest barriers

 Repair and redesign

 Seedling supply program

 Lessons (children or adult)

 Garden and fruit tree maintenance programs

 Honey extraction

 Automated drip irrigation  Space efficient layout  Rich, fertile soil

Garden Maintenance Beekeeping

 Organic pest controls  Lessons in organic practices

Homefront Farmers, LLC | 203.470.3655 | |

Homefront Farmers_CTFAL15.indd 3

9/15/15 4:29 PM

Creators of fine homes, cabinetry and millwork

Stamford, CT • 203-323-2200 •

Sound Beach_CT-FAL15_1.00_v1.indd 1

9/16/15 11:05 AM

ad - full page.indd 1

12/17/14 4:05 PM


Interior/Exterior Stones | Granites | Fabrication WESTPORT 203.227.5181

full page.indd 1


BETHEL 203.790.9023


9/15/15 2:19 PM

fall 2015 Volume 6, Issue 4




in this issue

featured Homes



A modest 1960s house in Greenwich is reimagined as a grand stone dwelling that would be right at home in the English countryside. TEXT BY MEGAN FULWEILER PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT BENSON PRODUCED BY STACY KUNSTEL



Thanks to neighbors past and present, a Greenwich family finds itself living in the home of its dreams. Now that’s social networking.

Attention to the details gives a brand-new house a sense of history and a comfortable lived-in feel.





On the cover: Accessories in bright orange punch up a soothing neutral palette in a Greenwich living room designed by Peter J. Sinnott IV. Photograph by Michael Partenio. To see more of this home, turn to page 102. fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 19

CT-FAL15 TOC.indd 19

9/17/15 4:41 PM

in this issue


44 Art, Design, History, Landscape

People, Places, Events, Products

24 | From the Editor

115 | Perspectives Area rugs for every taste; Lynn Garelick on the art of displaying favorite treasures; what inspires faux-floral designer Diane James; the eclectic tastes of gallery owner Jens Buettner; the sophisticated design behind a simple-looking room.

32 | Artistry: Underneath It All Mary Jo McGonagle’s lively, expressive art explores the subtle dynamics of everyday human interaction. BY JULIE DUGDALE


38 | In Our Backyard: Living By His Own Lights A designer who saw gaps in the lighting market has filled them with elegance and style. BY MARIA LAPIANA

44 | Special Spaces: Just for Fun Who says playhouses are for kids? Not the family that enjoys this Shingle-style charmer on Long Island Sound.



55 Special Marketing Section: Portfolio of Fine Interiors

50 | “5 Under 40” Wrap-Up Celebrating the young winners of our 2015 “5 Under 40” awards.

124 | Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 130 | Trade Notes New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business. BY PAULA M. BODAH

134 | Calendar of Events BY LYNDA SIMONTON

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

140 | Resources 142 | Advertiser Index 144 | Sketch Pad A minimalist, yet spatially complex, house becomes easy to visualize via a series of renderings.

20  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 TOC.indd 20

9/17/15 4:42 PM


Commissioning Kotz & Leeds to do a renovation or build a marquee home is undoubtedly one of life’s greatest pleasures. The experience revolves around our exclusive Concierge Service, which ensures that every decision, from the smallest detail to the boldest design choice, is truly effortless. DREAM.






full page.indd 1



6/5/15 12:24 PM

full page.indd 1 APOOLneHomeFall8x10.75.indd 1

9/15/15 PM 9/15/151:42 8:46 AM

Global Is The DIfference

GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT Magical Long Island Sound views from this 2009 hi-tech luxury estate on over 4 acres with pool and court sites on the extra building lot in gated Belle Haven “Quarry Farm” area. $9,900,000

WESTPORT, CONNECTICUT Richly designed, modern six-acre estate in the heart of town. True vacation lifestyle of lavish formal areas, comfortable family spaces, pool/spa, courts, golf, hobbies. $7,750,000

GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT Elegant Tudor within Long Island Sound's Belle Haven Land Association featuring high ceilings, seven fireplaces and doors to beautiful gardens and secluded pool/ terrace. $5,950,000

Kaye Lewis, Sales Associate C. 203.249.9603

Karen Scott, KMS Partners, Sales Associate C. 203.613.9200

Virginia Lyddane and Tobey Shaw, Sales Associates V. 203.561.1968 | T. 203.516.9813

STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT Shippan Point Association Colonial with pool/ private beach has a Long Island Sound/harbor view from every room, including newly renovated kitchen, master & guest suites. $5,300,000

RYE, NEW YORK Luxurious Manor home in Flagler Mathews’ Estates on private, gated grounds with pool, elegantly renovated kitchen, covered veranda. Close to Village/ train. $4,995,000

BRANFORD, CONNECTICUT Waterfront. Spectacular Stony Creek gem on .41 acre with private dock! Over five thousand square feet, chef’s kitchen, elevator, outdoor terraces, sunny views of the Thimble Islands! $4,250,000

Tamar Lurie, Sales Associate C. 203.536.6953

Michele C. Flood, Associate Real Estate Broker C. 914.420.6468 | O. 914.967.0059

Joe Piscitelli, Sales Associate C. 203.982.3511

BEDFORD, NEW YORK The epitome of superior craftsmanship & luxury, this custom built home is in mint condition. Sited on over 2 private acres, the Gunite pool and blustone patio complete this special offering. $3,600,000

RYE, NEW YORK Magical winter water views! Nearly one acre in premier Greenhaven area. Twelve rooms beautifully renovated with limestone & marble, custom illumination, sound system. $2,650,000

REDDING, CONNECTICUT Three-plus gorgeous acres with beautifully landscaped pool/poolhouse. Sophisticated & wonderful family friendly great room, theatre, wine room plus first floor master suite! $1,825,000

Candice Stafford, Real Estate Salesperson C. 914.649.3773 | O. 914.234.3647

Hope Hirschhorn, Real Estate Salesperson C. 914.715.5909 | O. 914.967.0059

Lisa Pompeo, Sales Associate C. 203.240.2937

PREVIEWSADVANTAGE.COM | COLDWELLBANKERPREVIEWS.COM Africa North America Central America South America Asia Australia Caribbean Europe Middle East South Pacific ©2015 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Previews International, the Coldwell Banker Previews International logo and “Dedicated to Luxury Real Estate” are registered and unregistered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. 78915 8/15

full page.indd 1

9/15/15 2:17 PM

From the Editor

Hornick/Rivlin Studio

Not so very long ago, it was the staid traditionalists who were stereotypically held to be utterly opposed to having their French Provincial or English Country House interiors sullied by the intrusion of anything foreign. But, generalizing from my own experience, today it’s more likely to be the modernists who are leery of mixing styles— and particularly a small subset of architects. I’ve encountered a few who seem to feel that a Corbusier sofa and chairs or a Mies van der Rohe “Barcelona” daybed are the only appropriate furniture for their interiors. (A small Eileen Gray occasional table might also make the grade, but that’s pushing things.) Happily, most homeowners and interiors folk are less doctrinaire, and in fact seem more content in an environment that isn’t so straitlaced and that includes a variety of looks, feels, and periods. It still takes a trained, or at least naturally gifted, eye to pull off this kind of mixing successfully—not just everything can coexist happily with everything else—but the mix-and-match trend, at this point, appears well-nigh universal. The three Greenwich homes you will see in this issue are a case in point. Each of them has a definite character, and yet each of those “looks” is itself a blend of heterogenous influences: Edwin Lutyensesque country-house architectural massing enclosing a spikier take on Hector Guimard-ish ironwork in one case; in a second instance, an exterior nod to Colonial Revival that reveals comfortable, casual openness when you walk inside; and the third house is a stately manse inside which Art Deco influences keep company with Persian textile patterns and a pair of very traditional antique demilunes. Vive la différence! —Kyle Hoepner

Mix and Match


’ve observed in this space before that we’re living in an eclectic age. As time goes on, the observation seems more and more apt and applies to more and more aspects of our lives and culture. Hair in 2015 is acceptable worn very long, not so long, very short, or nonexistent; the selfsame body may one day sport a Chanel suit and the next day be decked out in motorcyclechic without fear of sartorial censure. When it comes to listening habits, one can legitimately enjoy Taylor Swift, Barbara Cook, and Gustav Mahler without raising too many eyebrows. Words such as multicultural, multimedia, and multidisciplinary are in the ascendant. When it comes to interiors, eclecticism needn’t always show itself in the overt, magpie-collector’s-home sort of way (delightful as that look can be when done by a gifted magpie). More frequently, it is a matter of contemporary interior design having become refreshingly non-rule-bound.

Find more at + Our editors and a fascinating lineup of guest blog­gers share beautiful photography, design ideas, and advice five days a week on the New England Home Design Blog + The site also features ongoing content updates, where you’ll encounter house tours, interviews and commentary, before-and-after stories, and other special items for lovers of great home design + Sign up for our Design Discoveries editorial ­e-newsletter and get weekly updates on luxury home style, including the latest products, upcoming events and green ideas /////

For subscriptions call (800) 765-1225 or visit See additional great content at:

24  New England Home Connecticut  Fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Ed Letter.indd 24

9/17/15 3:45 PM

Comfort. In all the ways you value.

Editor-in-Chief Kyle Hoepner Homes Editor Stacy Kunstel

d e s i g n. r e n o v a t e. b u i l d.

Large or small, or somewhere comfortably in between, an affordable custom home can be yours with Country Club Homes. Expect exceptional quality, designed for your lifestyle, and crafted by people who care. Today, quality also means sustainability. Intelligent use of space. Responsible energy consumption. Geothermal heating and cooling. Imagine, your values reflected in your home. With Country Club Homes it’s comforting to know that’s part of the package.

Senior Editor Paula M. Bodah Creative Director Robert Lesser Online and Market Editor Lynda Simonton Managing and Copy Editor Susan Kron Contributing Editors Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz Karin Lidbeck Brent Louis Postel Contributing Writers Regina Cole, Caroline Cunningham, Megan Fulweiler, Maria LaPiana, Charles Monagan, Allegra Muzzillo, Dan Shaw, Kris Wilton Contributing Photographers Robert Benson, John Gould Bessler, Bruce Buck, Tria Giovan, John Gruen, Laura Moss, Michael Partenio /////

Editorial Submissions  Designers, architects, builders, and homeowners are invited to submit projects for editorial consideration. For information about submitting projects, e-mail ­ 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@ Upcoming Events  Are you planning an event that we can feature in our Calendar of Events? E-mail information to calendar@, or mail to Calendar Editor, New England Home, 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302, Boston, MA 02118. c o u n t r y c lu b h o m e s, I n c., 4 62 D a n b u r y r o a D, W I lt o n, c t 0 6 8 97 203 .762 .0 550 | c o u n t r y c lu b h o m e s I n c .c o m

Parties  We welcome photographs from design- or architecture-related parties. Send high-resolution photos with information about the party and the people pictured to

26  New England Home Connecticut  Fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Masthead.indd 26

9/17/15 5:40 PM

TONY Cappoli I N T E R I O R S

Photo: Keller + Keller


617.464.4700 212.757.3003


TonyCappoli-SPEC.indd 7

9/15/15 4:31 PM

Publisher Kathy Bush-Dutton Associate Publisher, New England Home Connecticut Roberta Thomas Mancuso Executive Sales Manager Jill Korff Sales Managers Kim Sansoucy Robin Schubel David Simone Marketing Designer Jared Ainscough Production Manager Glenn Sadin Sales and Marketing Coordinator/Office Manager Alexandra Corrado /////

r o b e r t

d e a n

a r c h i t e c t s

Robert Bruce Dean, AIA

111 Cherry Street, New Canaan, CT 06840


(203) 966-8333

w w w. ro b e r t d e a n a rch i t e c t s . c o m

Subscriptions  To subscribe to New England Home ($19.95 for one year) or for customer service, call (800) 765-1225 or visit our website, Advertising Information  To receive information about advertising in New England Home, please contact us at (800) 609-5154, ext. 713, or Editorial and Advertising Office 530 Harrison Ave., Suite 302 Boston, MA 02118 (617) 938-3991 (800) 609-5154 /////

New England Home Magazine, LLC Managing Partners Adam Japko, Chris Legg VP Finance/Controller Melissa Rice Circulation Manager Kurt Coey Newsstand Manager Bob Moenster

Find more at See additional great content at:

28  New England Home Connecticut  Fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Masthead.indd 28

9/15/15 9:37 PM

70° 70°


68° 68°

74° 69°

Comfort You Control Master of the House Do you have rooms in your home that never reach or stay at the temperature you want? If so, Emme can help. Emme Room-by-Room is a temperature and control system works with your existing new forced-air HVAC Emme Room-By-Room is designed tomanagement guarantee every room in your home that is amazingly comfortable. Emmeor Room-by-Room works with system and can be easily installed without remodeling. It precisely monitors and controls the temperature in every room any forced-air heating and cooling system and is perfect for new or existing homes. In addition, it provides tools to reduce heating and in your house. No more hot, sunny rooms or cold basements. You can now define comfort to your own standard and cooling actuallyenergy get it. use by up to 40%.

For more information visit or call 1-800-396-0523.

Emme_CT-FAL13_1.00_v4.indd 1

9/17/13 4:47 PM

full page.indd 1

9/17/15 12:54 PM


Linens Exclusively at Linens Exclusively at

Home Boutique Home Boutique of of Greenwich Greenwich

14 Lewis Street, Greenwich • 203.869.2550 14 Lewis Street, Greenwich • 203.869.2550

Home Boutique_CT-SUM15_1.00_v1.indd 1 HomeBoutique-CTFAL15.indd 1

6/15/15 5:35 3:29 PM 9/17/15


Underneath It All Mary Jo McGonagle’s lively, expressive art explores the subtle dynamics of everyday human interaction. ///////////

By Julie Dugdale

Mary Jo McGonagle designs bold, edgy ­wallcoverings like this graphic black-and-white one, which she created in 2013.


ary Jo McGonagle lives with her husband and four children in a suburban Connecticut home surrounded by a lovely lawn. It’s a typical suburb—except, she says, suburbs are anything but. In any suburb, behind the neighbors’ closed doors and neat shutters are unspoken feelings, thoughts, and struggles that the rest of us can’t see, and that’s exactly what inspires McGonagle’s edgy paintings, wall coverings, and installations.

“The idea is, everybody looks perfect from the outside, but family dynamics and relationships might be filled with dysfunction,” she says. “We are all imperfect. That’s what I’m really trying to express.” McGonagle, who trained at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, brings a graphic-design background to her work. With an expressive and distinctly provocative flair, she paints both dreamy abstracts and vibrant text art— phrases hidden in graphic patterns—in

32  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Artistry.indd 32

9/15/15 9:14 PM


“The Path” Oil on Panel 24” x 36”

“Exquisitely rendered” Architectural Digest

“The Covered Bridge” Oil on panel 18” x 36”

Please contact us for inquiries about paintings, commissions, or to be added to the mailing list. W W W. E M I LY B U C H A N A N . C O M

EmilyBuchanan-CTFAL15.indd 1


(917) 225-5548


B U C H A N A N PA I N T I N G S @ G M A I L . C O M

9/15/15 4:28 PM


McGonagle wants her work to be “humorous, but verge on making people uncomfortable, so the viewer isn’t sure how to take it.” acrylic on canvas or board. Her installations are a combination of painting, wallpaper, and video. Project names like Get Out, What Lies Beneath, and Things I Teach My Children represent what you might find within the walls of suburbia. “I feel like the message is more important to me than the medium, as far as what I’m passing along,” McGonagle says. “My titles come from my inner thoughts and what I would imagine others to think. They are based on what happens in our relationships and interactions with others.” In a clever blend of direct expression and shrouded nuance, McGonagle’s

text-art collection captures the undertones of human relationships. The statement pieces showcase words and phrases—what you might think in your head but never say aloud—ensconced in colorful, cheerful patterns. Only when the viewer steps back after the first glance and refocuses on the painting do the words and message emerge. “The idea of making everything look good in our lives is universal,” McGonagle says. “Most people conceal how they truly feel from

those around them; they feel they have to keep up appearances to be accepted. So the statements of our inner thoughts are camouflaged in the patterning to reveal our true feelings.” On the flip side, text art can be just plain fun, and McGonagle embraces the light side of her work. Clients will often commission her to “paint their phrases,” which might become an “Eat it or starve” painting for the kitchen, or a “How much do you love me?” piece to hang in the bedroom. Any of her paintings can also CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Get Out (2011), an

installation at the Provincetown (Massachusetts) Art Association and Museum. Detail from A Time To Talk (2013), acrylic on board, 48″ × 48″. Squall (2014), acrylic on board, 48″ × 48″. Just Stop (2013), a custom-designed wallcovering for a private client. FACING PAGE: Just Pretend (2013), neon, 24″ × 24″.

CT-FAL15 Artistry.indd 34

9/15/15 9:14 PM

be made into wallpaper that will breathe life, whimsy, or a good dose of sass into any room. “No matter what’s going on in my life, I use humor to get through it,” she says, noting that she intends her work to be “humorous, but verge on making people uncomfortable, so the viewer isn’t sure how to take it.” Of all her pieces, McGonagle says she’s partial to the abstracts. Some, entitled with evocative phrases like Solitude and Always in My Head, convey sentiments. Others transport the viewer to an ethereal landscape or moment in time. “Maybe abstracts are my favorite because you can put yourself into that place,” she says. “When I look at Swimming Hole, I’m there swimming, in that dark hole. It’s my interpretation of how things are.” McGonagle’s inspiration comes from

her family, her past, and her place in domestic life—because that’s where she is, she says. But it wasn’t always that way. Before she had children, McGonagle lived in New York City, where her creativity was inspired by the avant-garde pulse of the melting pot. Life changed, and McGonagle’s inspirations changed with it. “So many artists living in New York feel like that’s the only place they can survive,” she says. “They thumb their noses at the suburbs. But if you’re a creative person and you’re open, you can live anywhere. In some ways, I’m more creative than I’ve ever been. You just have to find it.” • editor’s note: Mary Jo McGonagle is represented at

the Sorelle Gallery in New Canaan and in Albany, New York, To see more of her work, visit



Installation throughout New England, the Islands & beyond

800.458.4445 |

fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 35

CT-FAL15 Artistry.indd 35

9/17/15 5:42 PM

wakefield design center

PhOTO: Paul JOhnSOn

To The Trade Only

652 Glenbrook Road, Stamford, CT 06906 T: (203) 358-0818 F: (203) 602-7738 E: Wakefield_CT-FAL15_1.00_v1.indd 1

9/16/15 1:28 PM

r ! ou E 15 t I T er si vi B S mb e E te om W Sep C s E Wn c h e

N La


1 1 7 N EW C A NA A N AV E N U E I N O RWA L K , C T 0 6 8 5 0 I 2 0 3 . 8 4 9 . 0 3 0 2 I W W W. F R O N T R OWK I TC H E N S . C O M

Front Row_CT-FAL15_1.00_v5.indd 1

9/8/15 3:35 PM

LEFT: This modern box lantern from CL Sterling’s

in our backyard

Tiverton exterior lighting collection was designed for both form and function. It comes in brushed nickel, brushed brass, and dark bronze finishes. BELOW, LEFT: The Lancaster sconce from the Archer collection is simple and versatile. BELOW, RIGHT: A detail from the Six Arm Silvered Glass Chandelier.

Living by His Own Lights A designer who saw gaps in the lighting market has filled them with elegance and style. ///////////

By Maria LaPiana


Carlson’s frustration, and together they decided to design and fabricate the kind of lighting that was missing: architectural, unadulterated, and well crafted, of only the finest materials. Carlson launched CL Sterling & Son out of a barn behind his house, but soon outgrew the space. He moved the operation to Niantic, where it remains today. The company is small (Carlson, the CEO and sole designer, has seven employees), but it’s successful by any standard. CL Sterling supplies lighting internationally for discriminating, upscale clients—99.9 percent of them architects and designers—and has showrooms in several major U.S. cities as well as in Canada, Asia, and Australia. The manufacturing process proved challenging, initially. Carlson reached out to regional factories, only to be told the work would be outsourced to China. “I was not interested in that option,” he says. He found his solution in an unlikely place: a small town on the coast of Portugal. There, he connected with two familyrun companies whose owners understood his sensibility. CL Sterling offers fifteen collections, from chandeliers to exterior path lights. All components are cast in brass and welded together with silver solder. They’re then plated in a variety of finishes.

eter Carlson saw the light in 2001, precisely because he didn’t. At the time, he was working as an interior designer, having recently moved from Los Angeles to Lyme with his then-wife and young son. He had plenty of business, working with “very nice clients,” but time and again found himself stymied by lighting—or rather, the dearth of it. “I was frequently frustrated by the lack of simple, practical, well-made light fixtures,” he remembers. “There are many situations where you need a light—not an event or a song and dance—so I found myself designing fixtures for common applications.” One particular client understood 38  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 In Our Backyard.indd 38

9/16/15 8:41 PM

Technolo Simplified! Advanced Home Audio Inc. is the pre-eminent designer of sophisticated music, theater, environment, and lighting systems. We’re known by the area’s best architects, builders, and interior designers for our elegant designs that complement your home and are tailored to your needs.

A D VA N C E D H O M E A U D I O.C O M | 2 0 3 .9 2 2 . 0 0 5 1


full page.indd 1 AdvancedHomeAudio-full-CTSUM14.indd 1





2:00 6/13/14 3:26 9:25 PM AM

In Our Backyard RIGHT: The Arts & Crafts– inspired Hadley table lamp. FAR RIGHT: The Rock Crystal Hanging Bowl is made from recycled glass. FACING PAGE, TOP LEFT: The Round Upright Hanging Sconce from the Brockway collection. TOP RIGHT: Clear cast glass and mercury glass go into the Braga table lamp. BOTTOM: A Six Arm Silvered Glass Chandelier on display at a trade show in Paris.

Carlson says he “works with fundamentals,” that his fixtures aren’t “a reproduction of anything.” That his products have a clean, unfussy look belies the challenge of manufacturing them. “The simplest shapes are difficult to produce because they must be precisely fabricated, and any flaw would be glaring,” he explains. New to Sterling is the Rock Crystal collection, which is in fact made of recycled glass. “This is a case of inspiration from refuse,” Carlson says. He reclaims the glass that drips to the bottom of kilns, tumbles it in sand to ease

“The simplest shapes are difficult to produce because they must be precisely fabricated, and any flaw would be glaring,” says Carlson. the sharp edges, then hand-wires the nuggets to silver-plated glass forms to create fixtures that glow with refracted light. Rock Crystal has proved to be one of the company’s most popular offerings. “It is perhaps a cliché,” says Carlson, “but I firmly believe that less is generally more and

that, on balance, simplicity is elegance.” While Carlson is the creative force behind his company, he values input from his staff. “Although I think I’m pretty good at this, it’s possible to come up with some bad ideas, and the people I work with keep me honest in that regard,” he confesses. At sixty-one, Carlson says he continues to look forward to working with new


Trade Only

Supporting the design community for 70 years. F U R N I T U R E • FA B R I C S • L I G H T I N G • AC C E S S O R I E S 330 Fairfield Avenue • Stamford, CT 06902 • 203.817.0433

40  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 In Our Backyard.indd 40

9/16/15 8:42 PM

CL Sterling & Son

Niantic (860) 739-2720



© BARRY A. HYMAN, 2014

materials and combining things in different ways. “I love designing lights. I love seeing what you can do with the quality of light, how you can change it, through the vessel,” he says. So who is this CL Sterling? The man who never wanted

to see his own name in lights tells the story: “As an interior designer, I never cared to specify furnishings or fixtures named for other designers. It just seemed wrong, like a kind of competition.” Still, he knew he had to call his new company something. Around the time he was pondering this, he was also conducting research on the antique house he’d bought, and found that a man named Sterling had once lived there. Sterling. He liked it. Not long after, while sorting through some of his own family’s vintage papers, he discovered he had a relative by the name of Charlotte Lavinia Sterling. CL Sterling. Even better. Kismet? Perhaps. In any case, it was, to Carlson’s mind, not unlike his work— simple, elegant, and quite perfect. •

fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 41

CT-FAL15 In Our Backyard.indd 41

9/16/15 8:41 PM

Refreshment For Your Rugs J. Namnoun Oriental Rug Gallery S A L E S | C L E A N I N G | R E S T O R AT I O N 92 Weston Street Hartford, CT | (860) 522-6368 |

J Namnoun-CTFAL14.indd 1

9/16/14 8:37 AM


Traditional, Modern and Sustainable Building 980 Boston Post Road, Suite #1 | Darien, CT 203.761.9943 |

Berkshire Wilton_CT-FAL15_1.00_v2.indd 1

9/3/15 4:31 PM

special spaces

Just for Fun Who says playhouses are for kids? Not the family that enjoys this Shingle-style charmer on Long Island Sound. ///////////

Text by Regina Cole Photography by Jim Fiora


oan and John McConville don’t let friends or family sleep in their waterfront pool house. “We have a guest house, as well as extra bedrooms in the main house,” John explains. “The pool house is strictly a place to have fun.” It is also a favorite landmark on Long Island Sound, a 1,200-square-foot Shingle-style pavilion with a fieldstone chimney, a pergola reaching over the ter-

race, and a cupola crowning the gambrel roof. Along one side, an infinity-edge pool mirrors the water of the Sound. There is also a spa, a fire pit, an outdoor shower, and a nearby putting green. Clearly, there are lots of ways to have fun here. The delightful structure, designed by Gregory E. Nucci of Point One Architects in Old Lyme, is the last part of a multistage, multiyear process of transforming a cluster of parcels into an expansive estate that includes a rambling main house, a small marina, and a private dock. “The McConvilles found me through mutual friends,” says Nucci. “They like traditional styling, and we do a lot of Shingle-style projects, so it was a good fit from the start.” It all started when the McConville family vacationed in the area some ten

years ago. While they were there, a small, shingled structure at the water’s edge, originally used to process oysters, came up for sale. “That little place was our first acquisition,” John explains, as he traces the path of purchases that now combine to make a seven-acre waterfront parcel. “That’s where the pool house is now.” Nucci designed the family’s 5,800-square-foot main house in 2007; last year, John and Joan turned to him again. After many years of family use, it was time to transform the oyster-shucking shack into something special. “We A graceful, cedar-shingled gambrel roof, stone sheathing, bracketed eaves, and a cupola give the diminutive structure the hallmarks of the Shingle style. Sitting on Long Island Sound, the pool house is a stylistic echo of the main house, which overlooks it from its uphill location.

44  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Special Spaces.indd 44

9/15/15 9:58 PM

Hot Water (Hydronic)



The Fine Art of Radiators From baseboards to wall panels, to elegant curves and towel radiators, Runtal manufactures the perfect welded steel radiators for hot water (hydronic), electric and steam heating systems. For more information or a dealer near you, please call 1-800-526-2621 or visit us online at:

full page.indd 1 Runtal NEH AD 7.8.15.indd 1

7/8/15 1:57 PM 7/8/15 12:27 PM

special spaces

wanted a pool, a hot tub, a deck, a place to hang out by the water, and we wanted it to tie in architecturally with the main house,” John says.

“This is the ‘Mini Me’ of the main house,” says Nucci, with a laugh. Building at the water’s edge was no easy feat. “We had to meet FEMA regula-

tions,” Nucci says. “There were a lot of structural considerations.” To abide by the regulations, the pool house sits on steel piers that tie into a big concrete slab. The slab, in turn, ties into a series of long wood pilings reaching deep down into the shifting, unstable soil of the area. “The design challenge was getting the house back down to the ground,” the architect continues. He met that challenge with applied stone work that gives

TOP: The pool house sits close to the water and has its own dock; the land side is softened with a lawn and flower beds. ABOVE: Mahogany on the floor and ceiling bring a boathouse sensibility to the one large interior room, which is furnished with comfortable, hard-wearing fabrics in colors that coordinate with the outdoors. ABOVE, RIGHT: The pool house is essentially perched over the water. RIGHT: An infinity-edge pool mirrors the waters of the Sound.

CT-FAL15 Special Spaces.indd 46

9/15/15 9:58 PM

the appearance of a foundation wall while hiding the steel piers. From the water, the house looks like a tiny summer cottage, with its pergolashaded deck, wide-open wall of doors, and seaward-gazing eyebrow window. The land side has a more formal look, with a gambrel-roofed dormer and entry that echo the roofline. A flagstone terrace, fieldstone pillars, and a low fieldstone wall ground the house firmly to the site. Lowmaintenance, sun-loving plantings edge the terrace and provide pops of color. Inside, a kitchen and a sitting area sit on opposite sides of a large, vaulted space with an airy, U-shaped loft. Mahogany floors and ceiling lend a boathouse feel.

From the water, the house looks like a tiny summer cottage, with its pergola-shaded deck and seaward-gazing eyebrow window. The water-facing wall is an eighteen-foot folding-door system that opens to the pergola-shaded deck. Interior designer Jill Rankl of LCR Design in West Hartford created a classic palette of pale neutrals and blues that plays well with the warm wood tones of the ceiling and floor. “We brought in the colors of sand and water,” Rankl says. “The walls are a soft, sun-baked yellow and, around the fireplace, we applied a mica wallcovering that looks like sand.” She chose furnishings with the triple purpose of style, comfort, and durability. The bar stools, for example, wear a fauxcrocodile leather that looks dramatic, feels cushy, and cleans up with a damp cloth. With its impeccable style and many amenities, “entertaining pavilion” would not be too grand a term for this enchanting little structure. When friends and family gather, however, it becomes exactly what it was meant to be—a playhouse. • RESOURCES: For more information about this project,

see page 140. fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 47

CT-FAL15 Special Spaces.indd 47

9/17/15 5:44 PM



DiMeo-CTSUM14.indd 1

6/17/15 9:13 AM


ad - full page.indd 1

8/1/14 11:36 AM

Tara Carvalho

0 5 New England Home’s




Oh, what a night! ➽ On a warm September evening, New ­England Home was proud to welcome colleagues and friends to celebrate the most promising young regional talent in residential architecture and design at the sixth annual “5 Under 40” awards party. The guests of honor for the night were Connecticut’s own Kate Sterling of AKDO Intertrade, in Bridgeport, who was designated a “5 Under 40” winner for specialty design; Josh Linder of Evolve Residential, in Boston, for interior design; Corey P ­ apadopoli of Elliott + Elliott, in Blue Hill, Maine, for architecture; Troy Sober of Gregory Lombardi Design, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for landscape design; and Adam Rogers of Thos. Moser, in Auburn, Maine, for specialty design. A record turnout of nearly 500 people gathered at Landry & Arcari Rugs and

­Carpeting’s Boston showroom and spilled out into The Galleria at 333 Stuart Street to celebrate the winners. Stunning arrangements by Winston Flowers set the stage as guests sipped signature cocktails by Triple Eight Distillery and craft beers from Cisco Brewers, while sampling hors d’oeuvres prepared by Davio’s restaurant. A highlight of the evening was a spirited auction of one-of-a-kind rugs designed by the “5 Under 40” winners and handcrafted by Landry & Arcari’s weavers. Local celebrities Jenny Johnson and Billy Costa, hosts of NESN’s “Dining Playbook,” were emcees for the auction. Guests showed both great support for the honorees and generosity: the evening raised $25,000 to benefit Barakat, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based charity that supports literacy and education for women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. •

50  New England Home Connecticut  Fall 2015

CT-FAL15 5Under40 Party.indd 50

9/17/15 5:01 PM

the living room drapes are droopy.

The 18 th century

and not in a good way. Sussex mirror does not fit

in the door, let alone the entryway.


NO LONGER HUSBAND AND WIFE. But the shutters , the shutters are absolutely perfect.

Back Bay S hutter c o. I nc .

ad - full page.indd 1 BBS_CT-FAL15_1.00.indd 1



•• N NEE W W





2 PR



0 0 55



78i.22i.0i00 Offering Trade Accommodations.


a designer’s best friend.


12/4/14 5:45 8:48 PM 9/17/15

2015 | 5 UNDER 40 | awards 1








➽ Do you know an emerging talent in New England residential design? New England Home is looking for the next generation in great design, so submit your nominations for the 2016 “5 Under 40” awards at nehomemag. com/5under40







Tara Carvalho

(1) 2015 “5 Under 40” winners Corey Papadopoli, Josh Linder, Troy Sober, Kate Sterling, and Adam Rogers (2) Polly Corn of Polly Corn Design, Rachel Gray of Grange, Jim M-Geough of M-Geough, Meg Fontecchio of Grange (3) Gregory Lombardi of Gregory Lombardi Design with Paula Daher and Ryan Donnelly of Daher Interior Design (4) Kevin Vician, Chris Komenda, and Paul Guitard of Woodmeister Master Builders with winner Corey Papadopoli (5) Herrick and White’s Gary Rousseau, Tom Zarr, and Jay Walden flank winner Troy Sober. (6) New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton (7) Joe Combs and 2014 “5 Under 40” winner Greg Ehrman, both of Hutker Architects

(8) Emcees Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson kept the bidding fast and furious. (9) Greg Sweeney and John Trifone of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams with winner Kate Sterling (10) Jim Youngblood of Youngblood Builders with winner Corey Papadopoli (11) Mark and Carla Hutker of Hutker Architects celebrate with winner Adam Rogers (12) Sertac Cakim of Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting, Asli Cakim, and Jerry Arcari of Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting (13) Nancy Sorensen and Bill Morton of Back Bay Shutter with winner Josh Linder (14) New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner with Gregory Sweeney of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

52  New England Home Connecticut  Fall 2015

CT-FAL15 5Under40 Party.indd 52

9/17/15 5:01 PM

Woodmeister_ New England Home 2015 _ Connecticut_ Trim size: 8 x 10.875

Not all builders are the same.

It's amazing what the dierence can be.

35 Reasons to Work with a Master Builder Craftsmanship

Seasonal Care













Inside/Out Mindset

White Glove










Single Source









Neat We love what we do!

Celebrating 35 Years of Extraordinary Homes. BOSTON | NEW YORK | NANTUCKET | STOWE

full page.indd 1


9/15/15 2:44 PM




Master Planning

visit our new website:

JMKA | architects A-List Finalist HOBI Award Winner Innovation and Design Awards Greenwich | 203.698.8888 Westport | 203.222.1222

JMKA_CT-SPR15_1.00_v1.indd 1

3/11/15 1:25 PM

Portfolio of Fine Interiors

Lillian August

Nicoud and Spaidal Interiors

Jan Hiltz Interiors, LLC


CT-Portfolio-COVER.indd 3

9/17/15 11:07 AM

Portfolio of Fine Interiors

Connecticut Stone


onnecticut Stone is your source for innovative ideas for designing with stone. Our knowledgeable staff has more than sixty years of experience collaborating as a trusted partner with architects, builders and landscape designers on large-scale residential and commercial projects. From full-scale custom kitchen and bath designs to fireplace fabrication, our team will work closely with you to ensure a seamless process from materials selection and construction to project completion.

Browse our five-acre showroom and facility for a wide selection of native and imported natural stone, including marble, granite, limestone, building stone, and much more. Our professional and friendly staff will guide you through our luxury product lines of porcelain, ceramic, and glass tile, featuring brands such as Walker Zanger, Artistic Tile, New Ravenna, and more. Let us help you see the full potential of stone, and the unexpected ways it can transform your life.

56  Special Marketing Section

CTStone-Portfolio-2015.indd 56

9/17/15 2:30 PM


Connecticut Stone 138 Woodmont Road Milford, CT 06460 (203) 882-1000 Showroom open to the public

Special Marketing Section 57

CTStone-Portfolio-2015.indd 57

9/17/15 2:30 PM

Portfolio of Fine Interiors

PHOTOS BY Eric Richards

Connie Cooper Designs


onnie Cooper Designs is a full-service interior design firm whose goal is to create a home environment that is tailored to the individual client’s personal style, needs, and budget. Connie Cooper does not impose a signature design style. Instead, she listens to her clients and guides them in expressing their own personal style—whether it’s traditional, transitional, or modern—to create a look that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Connie studied interior design at Michigan State University and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in textile design at Rhode Island School of Design. Her unusual combinations of color, texture, and pattern grew out of her earlier career designing textiles, floor coverings, and wallpaper. She lived in Asia for seven years with her family, traveling and collecting Asian arts and antiques. This experience helped to nurture her eclectic approach.

Connie’s artistic flair and willingness to go the extra mile ensure that she will find a creative solution for any design challenge. Whether it is one room, a whole house, or new construction, Connie Cooper Designs will create a home that looks fresh and new and will be uniquely yours.

58  Special Marketing Section

ConnieCooper-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 58

9/17/15 2:03 PM


Connie Cooper Designs 58 High Point Road Westport, CT 06880 (203) 256-9183

Special Marketing Section 59

ConnieCooper-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 59

9/17/15 2:03 PM

Portfolio of Fine Interiors

Jan Hiltz Interiors, LLC


an Hiltz, principal and owner of Jan Hiltz Interiors, LLC, has more than 25 years of interior design experience. She is known for her ability to weave a palette of comfort, good taste, and a hint of the unexpected into each of her clients’ homes. Jan has designed projects in London, Connecticut, Boston, Manhattan, Long Island, and Westchester. Her client’s lifestyle is foremost in her creation of beautiful spaces. She treats each project as if it were her only one; her personal service and attention to each

client’s needs are paramount to her success. From project management to dealing with a renovation or guiding a client through the decisions associated with building a new home, Jan makes the process seamless. Her company offers a full-service approach, creating floor plans and selecting lighting, bath fixtures, tile, cabinetry, paint colors, custom window treatments, and furnishings. She offers sound advice to meet both lifestyle and budget. The enthusiasm from Jan’s clients at the end of each project, as well as the referrals she garners, says it all.

60  Special Marketing Section

JanHiltz-CT-Portfolio-IntDesign_2015.indd 60

9/17/15 2:04 PM


Jan Hiltz Interiors LLC 21 Bridge Square Westport, CT 06880 (203) 331-5578

Special Marketing Section 61

JanHiltz-CT-Portfolio-IntDesign_2015.indd 61

9/17/15 2:04 PM

Portfolio of Fine Interiors

Jolley Frank Interiors, LLC


reating individualized living spaces that reflect our clients’ desires and lifestyles is our primary mission. Every project, whether small or extensive in scale, presents unique challenges and opportunities. Successful design begins with listening to and observing our clients in their surroundings. Whether the chosen

aesthetic is contemporary, transitional, or traditional, our goal is to produce a comfortable, unique environment with enduring style. Communication, organization, and attention to detail, with utmost respect for budgetary concerns, are our keys to success. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your future plans.

62  Special Marketing Section

JolleyFrank-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 62

9/17/15 2:19 PM


Jolley Frank Interiors, LLC Jolley Frank Interiors, LLC 226 Woodbine Road Stamford, CT 06903 (203) 588-9552

Special Marketing Section 63

JolleyFrank-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 63

9/17/15 2:19 PM

Portfolio of Fine Interiors

photo: Lorin Klaris

Lillian August


ith more than 30 inhouse interior designers, four showrooms, unlimited trade resources, and an unprecedented selection of quality products, as well as licensed furniture collections, Lillian August is the premier one-stop resource for design. This family business has grown thanks to the vision of Lillian and as a result of the entrepreneurial spirit of her sons, Dan and John Weiss, who continue to develop the Lillian August brand by offering an impressive selection of quality products from

around the globe, along with top-notch design services and an unparalleled customer experience. The LA Custom Workroom at the Norwalk Design Center offers everything from window treatments and cushions to upholstery and custom furniture. Lillian August handles all shipping logistics, including package protection and installations. With an expansive rug department, art gallery, and even a cafe at the Norwalk Design Center, Lillian August delivers an enjoyable and rewarding in-store experience. Love How You LiveÂŽ Lillian August Collection for Hickory White

64  Special Marketing Section

LillianAugust-Portfolio-InteriorDesign_2015.indd 64

9/17/15 2:33 PM

photo: Lorin KLaris


Lillian August Design Center 32 Knight Street, Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 847-3314 Lillian August Greenwich Showroom 26 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich, CT 06830 (203) 489-3740 Lillian August Flatiron Showroom 12 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011 (212) 206-1883 Lillian August SONO Outlet 85 Water Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 838-0153 photo: Lorin KLaris

LillianAugust-Portfolio-InteriorDesign_2015.indd 65

Special Marketing Section 65

9/17/15 2:33 PM

Portfolio of Fine Interiors

Linda Ruderman Interiors, Inc.


inda Ruderman, principal and owner of Linda Ruderman Interiors, Inc., has created interior designs for residential and commercial properties throughout the United States for more than 30 years. Linda firmly believes that the journey a homeowner and interior designer embark upon together should be both enjoyable and educational for the client. Linda’s substantial background and the extensive knowledge that she

and her talented design team bring to each project result in a professional yet approachable space where clients feel comfortable, ensuring her success and the client’s satisfaction. While moving through the various phases of design, continuity, circulation, practicality, and suitability remain resounding factors, regardless of variations among projects. These characteristics of design work together in all of Linda’s creations to synthesize her vision of modern-day living.

66  Special Marketing Section

Ruderman-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 66

9/17/15 2:06 PM


Linda Ruderman Interiors, Inc. 74 Greenwich Avenue Greenwich, CT. 06830 (203) 552-9700 (877) 730-8311

Special Marketing Section 67

Ruderman-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 67

9/17/15 2:06 PM

Portfolio of Fine Interiors


McCory Interiors


hen it comes to design, it’s personal. Whether it’s minimal or extravagant, each space has meaning behind it. It provokes emotions. McCory Interiors is a Connecticut-based design firm that specializes in high-end residential and boutique storefront interior design throughout New England, the MidAtlantic (including New York City), and beyond. At McCory Interiors, we are known for our comprehensive palette and our extensive knowledge of the

decorative arts. We push the envelope by incorporating unique textures and an unexpected mix of furniture, while still classically executing each space. McCory Interiors is quirky and unpredictable, yet sophisticated and refined; we can be fearless with color and offer a balanced mix of materials and juxtaposing styles. We design with confidence and intention, listening closely to your individual needs and desires. No matter the challenge, we will take the time to make your home a unique and comfortable space for you, your family, and your guests. ROBERT BENSON

68  Special Marketing Section

McCory-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 68

9/18/15 11:21 AM


McCory Interiors Burlington, CT 06013 (860) 922-8727

Special Marketing Section 69

McCory-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 69

9/18/15 10:36 AM

Portfolio of Fine Interiors

Michael Smith Architects


ounded in 1999 by principal Michael Smith, the firm’s underlying design philosophy centers on the idea that carefully applying the design principles of simplicity, consistency, and authenticity will yield a timeless work of architecture regardless of the style or type of building. Michael and his team have designed a wide range of high-quality projects, including large single-family custom residences, residential renovations, boutique commercial projects, educational facilities, and multi-family

residential projects. Michael Smith Architects (MSA) has more than 17 years of experience in a diverse range of projects in Fairfield County and the New York City metropolitan area. “At MSA we believe that every project deserves its own unique solution that represents a combination of thoughtful design and an understanding of the client’s priorities. We work to create custom solutions that respond to the client’s wishes, the environment, and the historical context of the project,” Michael says. Further, MSA takes a holistic approach

to the design process by considering not just the exterior architecture, but also the design of the interior trim, finishes, and cabinetry to create a consistent overall aesthetic that will stand the test of time. Through its membership in the United States Green Building Council, MSA strives to incorporate many sustainable or green features into its projects wherever possible, and takes great care to integrate these new technologies into each design in a seamless and harmonious way.

70  Special Marketing Section

MichaelSmith-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 70

9/17/15 2:08 PM

462 Danbury Road Wilton, CT 06897 (203) 563-0553 Special Marketing Section 71

MichaelSmith-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 71

9/17/15 2:08 PM

Portfolio of Fine Interiors

Nicoud and Spaidal Interiors


esign team Deb Nicoud and Dina Spaidal are known for their timeless, sophisticated, and fresh style. They are sought after for their approachable personalities and the classically chic interiors they create. Whether you’re bored with your current decor or just purchased a new home, Nicoud and Spaidal will create a vision to bring your design dreams to life. Their expertise is listening to you and then exceeding your expectations with furnishings, fabrics,

and finishing touches to make you say, “Wow, that’s it!” After nearly 10 years in business, they have accumulated a network of talented and reliable resources they collaborate with on custom furniture, contracting work, kitchen and bath design, and more. Nicoud and Spaidal have an unstoppable can-do attitude, and you can count on them to get the design and the details just right while still managing to keep the entire process on budget, collaborative, inspiring, and fun.

72  Special Marketing Section

NicoudandSpaidal-Portfolio-IntDesign_2015.indd 72

9/17/15 2:09 PM


Nicoud and Spaidal Interiors FairďŹ eld, CT (203) 659-0402

Special Marketing Section 73

NicoudandSpaidal-Portfolio-IntDesign_2015.indd 73

9/17/15 2:09 PM

Portfolio of Fine Interiors

Olga Adler Interiors


ixing European and American influences with touches of Global Chic, Olga Adler creates sophisticated looks that are layered, collected, and timeless. Stylish and practical designs combine old and new, high and low, classic and “now” to create chic spaces full of personality. With locations in Connecticut and Florida, Olga Adler Interiors creates residential and commercial spaces that are instant conversation starters— aspirational and unique, luxurious and comfortable.

A four-time winner of a “Best of Houzz” award, Olga Adler has been designing and decorating homes in the United States and Europe for 15 years. “My clients have busy lives and they expect the best,” says Olga Adler. “They want a stylish look that is also realistic and seems effortless. After a long day they want to come home to a private retreat, and when it’s time to party, they want their home to be a public statement, a reflection of who they are. Isn’t that what you want?”

74  Special Marketing Section

OlgaAdler-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 74

9/17/15 2:10 PM


Westport, CT Delray Beach, FL (203) 221.2411

Special Marketing Section 75

OlgaAdler-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 75

9/17/15 2:10 PM

Portfolio of Fine Interiors

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 20 years. Best known for her roster of high-profile clients, including Tommy Hilfiger and Regis Philbin, Cindy—a 2013 inductee into the New England Design Hall of Fame—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, New England Home Connecticut, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Architectural Digest, and House Beautiful.

76  Special Marketing Section

Rinfret-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 76

9/17/15 2:11 PM






W • NE







Rinfret, Ltd. Interior Design & Decoration 354 Greenwich Ave. Greenwich, CT 06830 (203) 622-0000 Special Marketing Section 77

Rinfret-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 77

9/17/15 2:11 PM

Portfolio of Fine Interiors

Stephanie Rapp Interiors, LLC


t is said that style is a way to say who you are without saying a word. Stephanie Rapp, owner and principal designer of Stephanie Rapp Interiors, has an innate ability to translate her clients’ needs and desires into beautifully stylish homes that are relevant to their lives and speak to who they are. Stephanie brings a fresh point of view and a thoughtful use of classic interior design principles to create homes that are both modern and timeless.

Her approachable presence and her role as trusted adviser, creative visionary, and collaborator have served her clients well during her 20-plus years in business. “My vision is to design a home where your life’s moments are created and enjoyed and lived in a more beautifully inviting environment,” says Stephanie. Stephanie Rapp Interiors offers a full range of interior design services for newly constructed, renovated, or existing homes, with a commitment to providing unsurpassed satisfaction.

78  Special Marketing Section

StephanieRapp-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 78

9/17/15 2:12 PM


Stephanie Rapp Interiors, LLC Weston, CT 06883 (203) 216-5835

Special Marketing Section 79

StephanieRapp-CT-Portfolio-2015.indd 79

9/17/15 2:12 PM

To the Manor Reborn

A modest 1960s house in Greenwich is reimagined as a grand stone dwelling that would be right at home in the English countryside.

Text by Megan Fulweiler Photography by Robert Benson Produced by Stacy Kunstel

80  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 JMKA-Greenwich.indd 80

9/14/15 8:37 PM

Architect Jeff Kaufman forged space for a floating staircase that winds its way to the top floor. Its dramatic ascent is accentuated with custom-designed railings by Dave Hind of Hamilton, Ontario. FACING PAGE: The bench at the base of the stairs was discovered by the homeowners, who restored it to its natural state by stripping off coats of old paint.

fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 81

CT-FAL15 JMKA-Greenwich.indd 81

9/14/15 8:37 PM

The stately home, complete with a backdrop of mature trees, looks as though it could have been copied from a photograph

of the English countryside of a century ago. Passersby probably take turns guessing the building’s age. Maybe they conjure images of cricket matches on the generous lawn. Never would they surmise that this glorious Greenwich dwelling is the reincarnation of a 1960s house. That modest structure was clad in ­clapboard and totally of the era. This classic stone manor commands its site, exuding character even from afar. For the young family inside, the house is the epitome of comfort. And, as the best British homes always do, it will only grow better with age. Indeed, architect Jeff Kaufman, who heads a firm with offices in Westport and Greenwich, must have channeled the English architect Edwin Lutyens, a talent he admires, when he accepted the

TOP: A granite exterior with custom limestone detailing gives the house presence. LEFT: The architect enclosed what had been an open connection to the garage, incorporating beams and stones to create a lofty secondary entry the family uses regularly. RIGHT: On the living room wall, an abstract wood sculpture by Jeremy Holmes nods to the fluid movement of the home’s central staircase and railing.

CT-FAL15 JMKA-Greenwich.indd 82

9/14/15 8:37 PM

fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 83

CT-FAL15 JMKA-Greenwich.indd 83

9/14/15 8:37 PM

84  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 JMKA-Greenwich.indd 84

9/14/15 8:37 PM

significant makeover. Restricted from adding onto the back of the house, Kaufman, working with builder Larry Kendall of ACI General Contracting, expanded to the left and forward. By extruding the front facade, they forged space for a grand entry and a bigger living room and library. At the same time, the kitchen was reinvented and the dining room enlarged. Awkward floor levels—leftovers from previous additions—were remedied by minimizing the number of steps, lowering floors, and lifting ceilings. Throughout, scale and proportion were enhanced. All those life-altering moves aside, though, it’s the core Kaufman ingeniously carved for the floating elliptical staircase, with a remarkable custom-designed railing by Canadian David Hind, that’s the showstopper. The stairs spiral from the entry to the new third floor. “It was a cool

commission. Lutyens designed many of Great Britain’s finest country houses, and his influence is evident in Kaufman’s use of materials and close attention to detail. Still, this being the twenty-first century, Kaufman was tasked with building a house that would be gorgeous while meeting all of today’s high standards for convenience and efficiency. Stellar baths, an upscale kitchen, and an exercise room were givens. On top of that, there were also building constraints mandating that the new design adhere to the existing footprint and wetland regulations concerning the rear of the property. Kaufman, though, seems to have been inspired rather than deterred by the challenges. “It’s a magnificent house with a huge amount of quality,” he says with obvious and welldeserved pride. The extensive renovation resulted in a

Mirrored Urban Electric sconces, a sparkly Arctic Pear chandelier by Ochre, and a shimmery Phillip Jeffries wallcovering give the dining room as much appeal by day as by night. FACING PAGE: Nesting tables and versatile animal-hide cubes ensure family-room functionality. Designer Dale Blumberg framed the bookcase “to make it more like a piece of art,” she explains.

Project Team Architect: Jeff Kaufman, JMKA Architects Interior designer: Dale Blumberg, Dale Blumberg Interiors Builder: Larry Kendall, ACI General Contracting

fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 85

CT-FAL15 JMKA-Greenwich.indd 85

9/14/15 8:37 PM

“I used materials that ranged from mohair velvets, linens, and silks to ostrich-leg skin, raw wood, metals, hide, leather, and shagreen,” says Blumberg.

The sunny kitchen serves up a bounty of storage, with upper and lower cabinets and niches in the island. For snacks, the kids belly up to the island; casual meals take place in a breakfast area just off the kitchen. FACING PAGE: Leather chairs and handsome paneling give the billiard room club-like ambience.

CT-FAL15 JMKA-Greenwich.indd 86

9/14/15 8:37 PM

installation and probably one of the most modern railings I’ve ever dealt with,” recalls Kendall. Interior designer Dale Blumberg took one look at the masterful staircase and couldn’t wait to come on board. “I was smitten and excited,” she says. The breathtaking railing became the architectural detail that inspired the rest of the decor. From day one, Blumberg and the homeowners shared a mutual admiration and synergy. They were a team, Blumberg says, with a confident, clean-lined vision

of how the special house should unfold. There was already a sense of history due to the solid chestnut baseboards, doors, and trim Kaufman salvaged from a nearby historic mansion. Blumberg’s neutral palette and textural mix complement the strong architecture and heighten visual interest. “I used materials that ranged from mohair velvets, linens, and silks to ostrich-leg skin, raw wood, metals, hide, leather, and shagreen,” she says. The dining room stands as an example of the designer’s astute juxtapositions. fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 87

CT-FAL15 JMKA-Greenwich.indd 87

9/14/15 8:37 PM

Raw, burlap-like, open-weave window sheers (with just a shot of gold) play off a glossy Phillip Jeffries wallcovering. Above the pale limestone hearth Blumberg devised to take the place of a traditional mantel hover mirrored sconces. In contrast to the stone, the Julian Chichester table is as dark as fine chocolate. The color is so rich it almost looks like it might melt beneath the glow of the dazzling chandelier. The library and family room have a similar elegant ambience. The former sports a Julian Chichester desk of oak and vellum, animal-hide cubes, and linen window shades. The latter contains a vintage kilim along with a custom-designed bookcase as artful as the vases and pictures it holds. Not to be outdone, the bright kitchen—in addition to being super functional for the wife, an accomplished cook—displays its own intriguing blend

ABOVE: The second-floor master suite opens to a terrace providing a heavenly respite for parents. LEFT: A generous bluestone terrace also runs along the kitchen, easily accessible for al fresco dining and entertaining. FACING PAGE: A Bourgeois Bohème chandelier with hand-blown globes—hung at precisely the right point—illuminates the stairwell. The landing’s quiet reading spot includes an Oly Flowerfall chandelier.

CT-FAL15 JMKA-Greenwich.indd 88

9/14/15 8:37 PM

fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 89

CT-FAL15 JMKA-Greenwich.indd 89

9/14/15 8:37 PM

The ornately framed mirror hails from a previous residence. Paired with a graphic Stark carpet and Holly Hunt chairs, it adds an elegant note to the master suite’s sitting area. FACING PAGE, TOP: Gray-blue makes a serene palette for the master bedroom; the tiered chandelier is by Oly. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The master bath incorporates a sculptural tub and limestone floor.

90  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 JMKA-Greenwich.indd 90

9/14/15 8:37 PM

of textures. Marsia Holzer wood bar stools with blackened steel bases line up at the granite-topped island. Overhead, hand-stitched burlap pendants by Bobo dangle from raw-rubbed rope in lieu of chain. Offsetting the warmth of wood and burlap, the countertops are cool marble and the floor is hard-wearing limestone. Understated but stylish is the theme right through to the breakfast room, where a fabulous photograph of French graffiti on a corrugated door, by Nick Microulis, claims the wall. The blond dining table is surrounded with metal chairs by Casamidy. “I absolutely love them,” says Blumberg. “They’re like deconstructed Louis XVI chairs.”

Inspired by the pebbled wall in the couple’s bath, Blumberg found ottomans that reference stones for their sitting room. Back in the day, no self-respecting English house of similar stature would have been without a billiard room. And thanks to Kaufman’s skillful choreography, there’s one of those here, taking over a space that once stood as a sunroom. Complete with coffered ceiling, the paneled room is cozy but also contemporary. Visitors note the floor lamp’s chain-link base and the organic African side table. Most likely, they also observe they’re picking up a somewhat organic leitmotif, from the living room’s amazing wall sculpture to the staircase’s sweeping handrail and right into the master bedroom. Inspired by the pebbled wall in the couple’s bath, Blumberg found ottomans that reference stones for their sitting room. Holly Hunt wool-sateen drapes fall like water alongside their windows. The homeowners have nature on demand with a private terrace just off the master bedroom. It’s just one more perk Kaufman so adroitly integrated into this lovely home—one that, surely, rivals many we might find across the pond. • Resources For more information about this home, see

page 140. fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 91

CT-FAL15 JMKA-Greenwich.indd 91

9/14/15 8:38 PM

CT-FAL15 Wadia-BelleHaven.indd 92

9/17/15 4:50 PM

among friends Thanks to neighbors past and present, a Greenwich family finds itself living in the house of its dreams. Now that’s social networking.

Text by Lisa E. Harrison Photography by Jonathan Wallen Architect and builder: Wadia Associates

✥ Architect Dinyar Wadia designed this stately Colonial Revival home to feel like it’s been here for decades and to blend into its Greenwich neighborhood.

CT-FAL15 Wadia-BelleHaven.indd 93

9/17/15 4:50 PM

✥ The original sandstone walls that

border the property were retained, adding to the sense of history of the home. FACING PAGE: The foyer, which spans two stories, sets an airy, welcoming tone.

tle girl is grown up and living with her husband and children in a small cape in Greenwich. Neighbors approach her with the news that they are selling their house; does she want to see it before it’s listed? The house sits on a one-acre parcel in Greenwich’s coveted Belle Haven, an exclusive coastal community with 112 homes and a private club. She calls on Dinyar Wadia for his opinion. His verdict is swift: get a contract and sign it right away. It’s a big win that can be chalked up to neighbor privileges: current neighbors give her and her husband the early heads-up, and a former neighbor signs on to help the couple make their new home just right for their family. Discussions with Wadia eventually led to the decision to tear down the existing 1960s contemporary structure and start anew. But not to build something that looks new. “Dinyar said to me, ‘I’ll design you a house that looks like it’s always been there,’” remembers the wife. Wadia drew up plans for a white clapboard Colonial Revival house with a Dutch gable

Living next door to good neighbors can come with some great perks. Sometimes it’s instant gratification; other times the payoff comes decades later. Just ask the homeowner who grew up riding her bike past the renowned architect Dinyar Wadia’s New Canaan home. She got to know Wadia and his wife, Gool, as a ten-year-old girl. She remembers playing with her friends out in front of the Wadias’ house, being invited in for homemade Indian food, and touring Dinyar’s design studio filled with drawings of his work. “My dream was to have a house designed by him,” she says. Fast forward some thirty years and that lit94  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Wadia-BelleHaven.indd 94

9/17/15 4:50 PM

fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 95

CT-FAL15 Wadia-BelleHaven.indd 95

9/17/15 4:50 PM

96  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Wadia-BelleHaven.indd 96

9/17/15 4:50 PM

roof with a series of dormers to add a sense of grandeur. The aim was a house that would fit seamlessly with the more traditional aesthetic of the neighborhood, but that would also have a modern feel suitable for a young family. Preserving the beautiful sandstone walls that border the house lent a welcome sense of history to the landscape. Wadia worked hard to maximize the buildable area for the family of six. “The client gives you the program—what they want, what they don’t want,” he says, “and the site tells you from a zoning point of view what you can and can’t do.” In this case, they used every square foot zoning would allow. In order to do so, plans called for the garage to be located under the house, essentially in the basement—a clever solution that not only saves space, but also gives the house a symmetry that provides serious curb appeal.

This space-saving strategy translates indoors as well, where Wadia designed the house on a grid consisting of nine squares on each of the two floors. “It’s a nice condensed, well-thoughtout plan that works,” says the architect. The layout essentially mimics that of an English country house, so there are no hallways. “When you’re in one room, you’re always looking into another room, which makes the house feel bigger,” notes Wadia. There are also no doorknobs downstairs, says the husband. The only door, other than on the powder rooms, is a pocket door between the billiard room/study and the living room. An open floor plan was, in fact, a directive from the owners. “We wanted it to feel like a family home, and we like to entertain,” says the wife. Guests enter into a foyer, which takes up two of the middle squares on that floor. The living and dining rooms flank the foyer to the left

✥ The owner, who oversaw the

interior design process, introduced color throughout. “I wanted it to feel like it’s a warm house,” she says. The living room glows with her choice of a rich palette of golds and yellows highlighted by the geometric-floral wallpaper by Osborne & Little.

There are no hallways. “When you’re in one room, you’re always looking into another room, which makes the house feel bigger,” explains architect Wadia.

fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 97

CT-FAL15 Wadia-BelleHaven.indd 97

9/17/15 4:50 PM

The owner, who studied interior design at P ­ arsons School of Design, took the lead when it came to d ­ ecorating.

✥ The family spends lots of time

in the kitchen, often gathering at the large island with its gleaming mahogany top. FACING PAGE: Perfect for dinner parties, the dining table expands to seat twelve; the antique chairs are a delicate counterpoint to the pedestal table.

and right, respectively. From the living room, the rooms make a clockwise progression to the study, the family room, the kitchen, a mudroom that opens to a side entrance, and then finally the dining room. Taking into consideration lifestyle (with four kids who now range in age from eleven to fifteen, the house is often teeming with friends), the family room was extended over two squares along the back of the house; a patio, also conducive to entertaining, opens off the family room. To maximize light throughout the day, Wadia placed the living room, family room, dining room, and

kitchen in the four corners of the house. Upstairs follows the same grid. Each of the five bedrooms has its own bath, and the master suite, which sits above the family room, has a private porch that overlooks the backyard. When it came to decorating, the wife, who studied interior design at Parsons School of Design, took the lead. Her process was deliberate. “We went room by room, so it took awhile,” she says. The core of the house, she explains, is neutral, with sea-grass wallpaper, sisal carpeting, and window treatments in soft earth tones. But she didn’t shy away from color,

98  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Wadia-BelleHaven.indd 98

9/17/15 4:50 PM

fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 99

CT-FAL15 Wadia-BelleHaven.indd 99

9/17/15 4:50 PM

CT-FAL15 Wadia-BelleHaven.indd 100

9/17/15 4:50 PM

either, using it judiciously to add warmth. The billiard-room ceiling is painted burnt orange to coordinate with the top of the pool table, for instance, while the breakfast room ceiling has a fun lime-green wallpaper treatment. In

the family room, accent pillows with shots of purple and red perk up the neutral sofas. In keeping with the timeless exterior, all of the fixtures are classic. “If I lived here for fifty years, I would never have to change those,” explains the wife. The wallpaper, paint colors, and kids’ rooms, on the other hand, can be altered as trends evolve. The house itself will never go out of vogue. There’s comfort in the classics, and the end result is a house that the owners are extremely happy with. Working with Wadia was exactly as the wife had hoped. “Everything he did,” she says, “was 100 percent correct.” As a bonus, there are many new neighbors that the family can now get to know. If the past is any indicator, those relationships may lead to some interesting opportunities down the road. After all, it pays to be a good neighbor, and, says the wife with a laugh, “I’m a very nice neighbor.” •

✥ ABOVE: The back patio sits off the family room, accessible through French doors, and the master suite is perched above. BELOW: A gazebo with two built-in benches anchors the sandstone wall. FACING PAGE: The family room offers two seating areas; this one, closest to the kitchen, is a popular gathering spot during prep time.

Resources For more information about this home, see page 140. fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 101

CT-FAL15 Wadia-BelleHaven.indd 101

9/17/15 4:51 PM

Designer Peter Sinnott brought interest to the space by adding soft green paint to the stairs’ underside. FACING PAGE: A new door with plenty of windows ushers light into the front foyer. Phillip Jeffries paper creates a golden glow.


102 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut FALL 2015

CT-FAL15 Sinnott-Greenwich.indd 102

9/16/15 7:39 PM


Attention to the details gives a brand-new house a sense of history and a comfortably lived-in feel. FALL 2015 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut 103

CT-FAL15 Sinnott-Greenwich.indd 103

9/16/15 7:39 PM


ome people can’t imagine living in anything but an old house. The thought that generations of families have climbed the same stairs, rocked babies to sleep in the same bedrooms, and celebrated Thanksgiv-

CT-FAL15 Sinnott-Greenwich.indd 104

ing in the same dining room warms them to the soul. Others want a spanking-new house whose clean surfaces and bare rooms sit waiting to be transformed into a unique expression of its occupants. Most people have a clear preference for one or the other, and the woman who shares this Greenwich house with her husband and three children would have put herself in the old-house camp until recently. She had grown up in such a home, and when she and her husband first moved to Greenwich, they chose to buy an old carriage house. As she took her regular walks through her neighborhood, however, she found herself watching the construction of a new house with interest. With its wide front door shaded by a portico, matching bays flanking the entry, and twin chimneys rising from a dormered roof, it had the pleasing proportions and the classic symmetry of the Georgian style. When she noticed the finished house had stood empty for several years, she asked her real estate agent about it. It was on the market, she learned, but her agent didn’t expect her to like it, given her history of living in old homes. Still, she wanted to take a look inside. “The scale of the rooms and the layout of the house were excellent,” she says. “I thought that you

9/16/15 7:39 PM

High-gloss white woodwork pops against walls of two shades of gray in the living room, while accessories in brilliant orange add an energetic vibe. FACING PAGE, TOP: The portico was given a new set of more slender columns and a lighter, Chippendale-inspired railing. Upper windows were elongated, and new shutters added. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The crocodile was a gift from the designer to his clients.

FALL 2015 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut 105

CT-FAL15 Sinnott-Greenwich.indd 105

9/16/15 7:39 PM

106  New England Home Connecticut  FALL 2015

CT-FAL15 Sinnott-Greenwich.indd 106

9/16/15 7:39 PM

“I tell clients, ‘Shop within your own home,’” says Sinnott.

could make it pretty cool with minimal changes.” And so she and her husband became the owners of a brand-new house. Working with builder Larry Kendall, of ACI General Contracting, the couple changed some of the exterior details to play up the home’s graceful qualities. A new front door painted a warm orange replaced a dark, windowless door. The new door has a dozen paned windows, and Kendall added narrow windows to either side and above to help funnel light into the foyer. The thick columns supporting the portico were swapped out for a more slender version, and the heavy railing above was replaced with a lighter, Chippendale-inspired one. Small upper windows were elongated and adorned with new shutters. Meanwhile, Doyle Herman Design Associates reworked the backyard pool area, scaling back the cement surround, eliminating a heavy fence, and adding grass, perennial beds, and a fire pit. Indoors, the attention to detail continued, as Kendall replaced narrow moldings with wider ones that lend a sense of grandeur to the high-ceilinged rooms. Fireplace mantels were all deemed too tall and heavy, so they were replaced with lower mantels that incorporated more refined, graceful

A chandelier brought from the owners’ previous house is the dining room’s focal point. The designer kept the overall palette neutral, adding punches of bright color. FACING PAGE: The rear foyer gets dramatic with a peacock-blue ceiling and Nina Campbell’s Paradiso wallpaper.

lines. Finally, the golden-brown floors were warmed up with a darker stain. The house was new, but the homeowners felt no need to fill the rooms with new things. To help her create the backdrop to her beloved possessions, the wife called on an old friend. She and designer Peter J. Sinnott IV, of Home Works, had known each other since their high school days in Rye, New York. Sinnott embraced his friend’s insistence on filling her house with the things she already owned and loved. “I tell clients, ‘Shop within your own home,’” he says. “You already know the proportion and scale and comfort level of those things. It’s fun for the client, and the home doesn’t end up looking like everything came from a showroom.” Sinnott created a color palette dominated by neutrals accented by high-gloss white trim and the occasional punch of bright color. The new front door opens to a spacious foyer where that punch of color comes in the form of the golden-orange Phillip FALL 2015 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut 107

CT-FAL15 Sinnott-Greenwich.indd 107

9/16/15 7:39 PM

Orange makes its way into the bright kitchen, with bold swipes of the hue on the ceiling. FACING PAGE: The fireplace and window seats were added when the large bedroom was converted to dressing rooms, a bath, a sitting room, and this cozy sleeping area, where pops of blue and purple dress up a background of lilac-tinted pale gray.

Jeffries paper that covers the walls on either side of the door. An octagonal table that sat in the owners’ old living room makes a focal point for the foyer. In classic Georgian fashion, the foyer leads to a center hall that in turns leads to a rear foyer, offering a clear sightline from the front door to the rear door and the terrace beyond. The rear foyer takes a dra-

108 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut FALL 2015

CT-FAL15 Sinnott-Greenwich.indd 108

9/16/15 7:39 PM


INTERIOR DESIGNER: Peter J. Sinnott IV, Home Works BUILDER: Larry Kendall, ACI General Contracting LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Kathryn Herman, Doyle

Herman Design Associates

matic turn with walls covered in paper that sports a lush pattern of fantastical birds and flora. A peacockblue ceiling enhances the effect. “It was a way to bring some of the outside color in,” Sinnott explains. “It’s dramatic, but not overwhelming, and creates a wonderful transition between indoors and out.” Walls in two shades of gray get the living room off

to a quiet start, and accents of orange add warmth and energy. “I love orange,” the wife says. “It looks good in the day and great at night.” A pair of midcentury chairs came over from the old house, their red fabric replaced with neutral upholstery. The dining room, too, reads as neutral on first glance. But a closer look at the Phillip Jeffries wallFALL 2015 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut 109

CT-FAL15 Sinnott-Greenwich.indd 109

9/16/15 7:39 PM

“I love orange,” the owner says. “It looks good in the day and great at night.”

covering reveals subtle shots of oranges and greens. A loveseat the color of freshly mowed grass tucks into the bay window, and toss pillows in a paisley print of oranges and purples add another bright touch. A large mirror from the owners’ previous bedroom now graces the dining room, reflecting the sparkle of the chandelier the homeowners discovered several years ago in a Darien antique shop.

The wife’s favorite color even shows up in the kitchen, where the recessed panels of the coffered ceiling are painted orange. “I always paint ceilings,” Sinnott says. “I consider them a fifth wall.” Upstairs, Kendall took what the wife calls “a football field” of a master bedroom and divided it into his-and-hers dressing rooms, a spacious bath, a sitting room, and a cozier bedroom with a fireplace and

110 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut FALL 2015

CT-FAL15 Sinnott-Greenwich.indd 110

9/16/15 7:39 PM

a sweet window seat. Sinnott painted the walls and ceiling a serene gray with a purplish cast and outfitted the windows and furniture in soft blues and purples. “Spec house,” it turns out, doesn’t have to mean characterless. With attention to the details and a fresh look at old possessions, this new home has the soul of an old house. •

ABOVE: Doyle Herman Design Associates reworked the pool area, reducing the cement around the pool and adding gardens and the fire pit area. TOP: The

pretty outdoor dining area features a zinc-topped table and chairs covered in sturdy outdoor fabric. FACING PAGE: Custom-made ceiling fixtures add a dramatic touch to an outdoor sitting area.

RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 140. FALL 2015 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut 111

CT-FAL15 Sinnott-Greenwich.indd 111

9/16/15 7:39 PM

Save the Date

November 5, 2015

To The Trade Only Day Featuring the latest trends in home furnishings, new product introductions, lectures, CEU’s, book signings, portfolio reviews and more…

12:00– 12:45 pm Eddie Ross Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds Inspired by his hot new book, expert designer Eddie Ross is here to guide our guests on how to create exciting interiors, table settings and party décor with his insider secrets on sourcing chic and accessible finds that celebrate who you are and what you love. Book signing to follow. Eddie Ross

1:15 – 2:00pm Julia Buckingham Modernique: Standing Out from Crowd A lively discussion on how Julia Buckingham has taken her successful Chicago interior design practice to the next level – by not standing still. Says Buckingham, “My journey has become a way of life, and that way of life has become a lifestyle – Modernique.” 2:15 – 3:00 pm Q&A Robert Couturier “Robert Couturier: My Journey to Designing Paradises” In 1987, the relatively inexperienced Robert Couturier was tasked with the reimaging Sir James Goldsmith’s 20,000 acre estate on the Pacific Coast of Mexico; it was the first step on a long journey of designing exquisite paradises for the cultural and intellectual elite. In this Q&A with New England Home Editor-in-Chief Kyle Hoepner, Robert will discuss the creation of a gentleman’s paradise, including his design approach and his insight on a life lived well. Book signing to follow. 3:15 – 4:00 pm A Tête-à-Tête with Thom Come cozy up with Thom Filicia as he discusses what he’s been up to in the worlds of product design, interior design, books and more with Michael Devine, and be front-and-center as he premieres new furniture and artwork from the Thom Filicia Home Collection. Book signing to follow.

Julia Buckingham

Robert Couturier

Thom Filicia

12:30 – 4:00 pm Designer Portfolio Review



Wakefield-TTTD-CTFAL15.indd 2


Wakefield Design Center 652 Glenbrook Road | Stamford, CT 203-358-0818

9/18/15 10:33 AM

Thank you to our presenting sponsors! The Interior Designer’s source for showroom quality custom carpets and rugs at direct prices. Transform your design concept into a custom made carpet or rug at a fraction of the showroom price. L&M works directly with artisans in Nepal and India to bring you Flat Weaves, Kilims, Textures, Soumaks, Hand Knot, Hand Tufted, Hand Loomed Tencel and Hair on Hide Leather construction options. L&M Custom Carpets and Rugs LLC | 201-951-0980

A purveyor of luxury linens and home furnishings since 1974, The Linen Shop offers exceptional quality, unparalleled choice and personalized service. And as specialists in custom linens, The Linen Shop is a destination for a devoted clientele of designers and architects. Join our Designer Trade Program and enjoy the many benefits we offer. We look forward to the opportunity to serve your unique design needs from our vast collection of custom styles, fabrics, embroideries, and finishes. Please contact us at for further information about our To the Trade Program benefits. The Linen Shop | (203) 972-0433 21 Elm Street | New Canaan, CT

Fabricut is one of the largest, most progressive distributors of decorative fabrics in the world; the brand designers depend on for everyday decorating. Fabricut offers five brands which include: Stroheim, Vervain, S. Harris, and Trend. These are an array of traditional, transitional and contemporary styles, patterns and palettes and are the designer’s preference for fabrics, trimmings, decorative drapery hardware and wall coverings . Fabricut Inc. | ( 800) 999-8200 |

Wakefield-TTTD-CTFAL15.indd 3

9/18/15 10:33 AM






Linen Shop_CT-SUM15_1.00_v1.indd 1

6/17/15 12:34 PM

PERSPECTIVES Connecticut design considered from every angle

Surfaces 1






LYING ABOUT: What better way to prep for the cold months ahead than to refresh and warm your home with a new area rug? Here are some to consider. — EDITED BY LYNDA SIMONTON 1. Sugar Wool Flip Flop Carpet from Madeline Weinrib DesignSourceCT, Hartford, (860) 951-3145,

4. Nair Rug Stark Carpet, Stamford, (203) 899-1771,

2. Smudge Multi

3. Tibetan Rug

Lillian August, Norwalk, (203) 847-3314, Greenwich, (203) 489-3740,

Kebabian’s Oriental Rugs, New Haven, (203) 865-0567,

5. CAM718T from The Cambridge Collection

6. Vintage Color-Wash Rug

Safavieh Home Furnishings, Stamford, (203) 327-4800, Danbury, (203) 790-7200,

Restoration Hardware, Greenwich, (203) 552-1040 and Westport, (203) 222-1027,


CT-FAL15 Perspectives.indd 115

10/21/15 2:59 PM



Show off your favorite collections, books, and art with these pieces selected by interior designer Lynn Garelick.

Midcentury Étagère “This gold-burnished iron branch étagère provides a stunning focal point to showcase a variety of its owner’s life-journey collectibles.” CF Modern, Stamford, (203) 588-0567,

Circular Wrought-Iron Display Staircase “The steps of this circa-1950 display piece will accommodate a plethora of items such as books, plants, photos, and objets d’art. It’s an elegant and sculptural item in its own right.”

Sapien Bookcase “This bookcase, designed by Bruno Rinaldi in 2003, allows for organizing books by category, size, color, or texture. Removable shelves make space for a small painting, framed photograph, or even a favorite vase.” Design Within Reach, Stamford, (203) 614-0787,

Harbor View Center for Antiques, Stamford, (203) 325-8070,

George III Two-Part Bookcase “This magnificent piece—a beautiful antique breakfront display case japanned in green and gilt, with an upper section newly lined in suede—makes for an elegant focal point.” Harbor View Center for Antiques

LBG Interior Design, Westport, (203) 629-5072, 116 NEW ENGLAND HOME CONNECTICUT SUMMER 2015

CT-FAL15 Perspectives.indd 116

9/15/15 9:50 PM


Unlimited Solutions Built-to-Spec: Distinctive exterior and interior stile and rail doors Screen and screen/storm doors for entry ways and porches Impact Rated and Impact with water rating for coastal solutions Bifolding and lift and slide doors Flush doors for contemporary solutions Fire rated doors

· · · · · ·

Upstate Door, Inc. 26 Industrial Street • Warsaw, NY 14569 585-786-3880 • fax: 585-786-3888

creating distinctive landscapes ARTEMIS landscape architects, inc. | 203.683.1808 |

page - half horizontals.indd 1

9/15/15 4:46 PM


What I’m Looking At


Designing a beautiful faux bouquet comes down to picking the right colors, textures, shapes, and styles. Floral designer Diane James and her daughters/business partners, Carolyn James McDonough and Cynthia James Matrullo, see these elements in every object.



“Fall is a beautiful time of year in New England, and we are so lucky to live in an area filled with walking trails and scenic parks. Mother Nature graces us with fabulous fall foliage, and there’s no better place to see the range of reds, oranges, and yellows than Kent Falls in Litchfield County.”

“During more than a decade spent in the Belgian countryside, our weekend outings always included a Sunday visit to the outdoor market. There, we chose from a vast array of seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, and breads to create a family dinner worthy of Julia Child, served at a table decorated with fresh flowers. The tradition continues to this day with weekly visits to local farm stands.”

“Our new Modern Barn collection was inspired by the increasingly popular ‘farm to table’ movement. Rustic style has hit a new level of chic! One of our favorite restaurants, The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, serves locally sourced ingredients in a modern barn setting, capturing everything we envisioned for these designs.”

“Whenever we need to get our creative juices flowing, we head to Terrain in Westport for a workshop, or just to browse its wonderful selection of live plants and home decor. Colors and textures abound at this exceptional shop, and we never fail to be inspired by its creative displays.”

Diane James Home, Norwalk, (877) 434-2635, 118 NEW ENGLAND HOME CONNECTICUT SUMMER 2015

CT-FAL15 Perspectives.indd 118

9/15/15 9:51 PM

ad 5 half page FF_ad half page FF 24-08-15 19:06 Pagina 1


Call today (860) 559-1893, or visit web page at

Lisa and Stephen Giarratana


page - half horizontals.indd 1

and. uthern New Engl ew York, and So N , ut ue tic iq ec un nn ry Co Serving otography. Ve ordable aerial ph Easy to order, aff ion guarantee! ct fa tis Sa d friends. gift for family an

9/15/15 4:49 PM

Five Questions


spirit. I look for things that have a soul. I am a fan of the concept of wabi sabi, which says beauty can be found in the irregular and the imperfect. I think I am bringing a more European sensibility to this market.

What makes your vintage and antique pieces relevant to contemporary life?

Many times when you go into houses you encounter an interior design that is “too perfect.” It is missing the personality of the owner because everything is so similar and impersonal. I think a beautiful design incorporates a mixture of contemporary and older pieces. It’s why I buy both kinds of objects. I advise clients to go with their hearts when they buy something. If you find something you love, never mind how it fits into your house. It is pieces you feel so strongly about that help make a house a home. Don’t be a slave to trends. I hate trends. For example, this summer it is blue. Everywhere, everybody has blue; blue paintings to blue pillows. Some day the blue phase will be over. But people are crazy about it because some designer said, “Blue is the new trend this year.” So what? Lance Mald

Gallery owner Jens Buettner explains how his European sensibility informs his furniture, decorative objects, and fine art sales.

How did you transition from being a dealer and photographer in Paris to being a U.S.-based antiques dealer?

After twenty-seven years in Paris, working as a photographer, gallery owner, and curator, I moved to New York City with my wife, Angelika, a fashion photographer, three years ago. We had long been attracted to the city, and once our children were in college we decided to sell our nineteenth-century Napoleon III house in Paris and make the change. After we bought a 1930s house in Weston that had been transformed by architect Peter Cadoux, I began filling it with furniture and art and other objects we bought at local auctions and estate sales. Eventually, we had so many nice pieces that I came up with the idea of selling some of them

Who are your buyers and how do you reach out, especially to younger homeowners and collectors?

at Norwalk’s Fairfield County Antique & Design Center and then at Stamford’s Hamptons Antique Galleries. That’s how my business got going here.

Because I have such a broad mix of objects, I have a very broad audience. This business is moving away from brick and mortar, so doing social marketing and having a presence on the Internet is very, very important. In addition to my website, I also sell on 1stDibs and use Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

How would you define the niche you have carved out in the design market?

I have eclectic tastes. I never want to be put in a box, such as, “He’s an Early American or British or Gustavian furniture specialist.” I don’t want to belong to one movement or one decade or one style. I like to mix things up. Unlike some dealers, who scan the market for certain objects that fit into their thing, I just buy what I see, what I love. A lot of what I buy is a result of a coup de coeur. It’s a very emotional thing! It is important to me that an object tells a story and is rich in

Is there one object you dream of finding and buying?

There is no one dream piece, but if I find a piece I love so much, I may keep it in our house and eventually put it on the market after I find another to replace it. I am always trying to top myself. For example, I had a Jens Risom dining table, but felt we needed something bigger. I found an old farm trestle table, but I couldn’t let go of the beautiful Risom table. I’m now using it as my office table. And I am crazy about chairs. I’m always falling in love with pieces. Too many, really! Ask my wife! INTERVIEW BY ROBERT KIENER

Jens Buettner Design Antiques, 120  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Perspectives.indd 120

9/15/15 9:51 PM

Featuring the Latest Trends TO T H E T R A DE ON LY 24/7 Access to Showroom Designer Carpet Area Rugs— including custom Hardwood Vinyl Tile and Stone Professional Staff

Extensive Product Selection


page - half horizontals.indd 1


25 Harbor View Ave. | Stamford, CT 203.602.0607 |

9/17/15 1:20 PM


What Makes It Work

This seemingly simple composition by designer Alicia Orrick turns out, on examination, to be a web of carefully calculated balances.

1. Sharp contrasts of black and white—in the painted fireplace surround, in the mats and frames of photos on the mantel, and in the stools, table, and pendant light—pull together a graphic assembly uniting both curves and squares against the mellower wood tones of the background.

2. Sculptures by Patricia Udell on the central table are the room’s finishing touch, and provide a perfect threedimensional counterpart to the owners’ notable collection of black-and-white photography.


4. Other repeating shapes operate in a similar fashion: paired Xs in the table base and at the bottom of the hanging light; rhythmic rectangles of nailheads on the stools, which echo the wall paneling and the vertical stitching of the light fixture’s parchment shade.

3. An ensemble of circular forms plays off the rectilinear architecture, beginning with the central table and extending outward via cylindrical Lillian August stools and a hanging iron pendant light from Roman Thomas. Even the terracotta pots flanking the fireplace participate in the harmony.

5. Overall, strong, simple, contemporary furnishings—such as the massive steel X-base table from Holly Hunt—are set in counterpoint to the room’s more detailed, traditional oak paneling.


Interior design: Alicia Orrick, Orrick & Company, Greenwich, (203) 532-1188, 122 NEW ENGLAND HOME CONNECTICUT FALL 2015

CT-FAL15 Perspectives.indd 122

9/15/15 9:51 PM

RLI eleCTriC llC

A full service electrical contractor specializing in landscape lighting design, build, and refinement.

Durham, CT


(860) 349-8855



The Interior Designer’s source for showroom quality custom carpets and rugs at direct prices.

Gary Shafran, Principal | 201-951-0980

page - half horizontals.indd 1

9/15/15 4:50 PM

Design Life

Out and about in celebration of design and architecture in Connecticut




Phil Nelson


Networking Event

Movers and shakers in Connecticut’s design, landscaping, and construction industries enjoyed a delightful summer evening at Freddy’s

Landscape Company’s new

Fairfield location. The group sampled delicious pizza fresh out of the company’s pizza oven. One lucky raffle winner got to take home a case of Uruguayan wine.










(1) Norman Allen of Wright Building Company, New England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso, Erno Basco of Wright Building Company, and Robert Cardello of Robert Cardello Architects (2) Melissa Weyrick and Katie Canfield of Melissa Weyrick, and Peggy Kebabian of Kebabian’s (3) Servando Marrero of Freddy’s Landscape Company manning the pizza oven (4) Bill Charney of Advanced Home Audio, Cate Tiefenthaler of Tiefenthaler, Stuart Juarez of Gault Energy & Stone, and Nicole Charney of Advanced Home Audio (5) Dina Spaidal of Nicoud and Spaidal Interiors with New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner (6) Dave Kneisel of Shorefront Construction and Chris Constand of Compass Real Estate Group (7) Susan Bijleveld of Finished in Fabric and New England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso (8) Nicole Miraballes of Freddy’s Landscape Company, Bill Gallagher of Summer Rain Sprinkler Systems, and Monica Miraballes of Freddy’s Landscape Company (9) John Kebabian of Kebabian’s and Bob Tucker of Huestis Tucker Architects (10) Cory Jorgensen of Wesley Stout Associates and Jim Demetros of Freddy’s Landscape Company (11) Gorden and Jan Hiltz of Jan Hiltz Interiors with Sharon Willis of Country Club Homes (12) Ann Sellars Lathrop and Howard Lathrop of Sellars Lathrop Architects (13) Rob Sherwood of Rob Sherwood Landscape Architect and Freddy Miraballes of Freddy’s Landscape Company 124  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Design Life.indd 124

9/17/15 5:07 PM

203.292.8889 |

203.855.7854 |

full page.indd 1

9/15/15 2:18 PM

Design Life






Alan Barry

The second annual

Day of Design took

place at The Mayflower Grace, in Washington, Connecticut, and featured panel discussions with renowned interior designers, architects, stylists, and industry VIPs. Also included: lunch and a “Meet the Designers” cocktail party. Guests heard expert advice on everything from styling bookcases to creating a sanctuary within your home. 6

(1) Michael Partenio, New England

Home’s Stacy Kunstel, Stacey Bewkes, Kathryn McCarver Root, and Philip Gorrivan (2) Pamela Frisoli, Janet Nelson, Clay Warman, Susan Harrington, and Emily Sapione (3) Kati Curtis and Justin Shaulis (4) New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner and Stacy Kunstel (5) Robert Couturier and Alan Tanksley (6) Kristen McCory, Sharon McCormick, and New England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso

Granoff Architects







Bob Capazzo

celebrated twenty-five years of award-winning design with a party at the J House in Greenwich. Some 200 clients, employees, designers, architects, contractors, and vendors who have contributed to the company’s success joined the fun. Congratulations! Here’s to the next quarter-century!


(1) Jeff Mendell and David Silver (2) Jodi Zambell, Damion Martin, and Gwen Mulcahey (3) George Pusser, Wendy Blume, and Robert Brehm (4) Bruce Berg, Dave Hirsch, and Lee Lasberg (5) Rich and Jill Granoff with Steve Elbaum (6) John Romano with Michael and Shanna Benjamin (7) Steve Archino, Irene Ioffe, and Greg Silver

126  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Design Life.indd 126

9/17/15 5:07 PM

Custom Homes Renovations Estate Care


2 0 3 - 2 2 7- 4 1 3 4 203-637-3210


full page.indd 1

9/16/15 10:59 AM

Design Life


David Sloane

Leaders in the architecture and design fields gathered at the Lillian


August Design Center in Norwalk

for a round-table discussion titled Perfect Inside and Out: Achieving the Best Match of Architecture and Interior Design. The group ­brainstormed ways to create homes whose architecture and interior design blend seamlessly and result in an ideal environment for the client.






(1) Good food and conversation (2) John Weiss (3) Elizabeth McGann and David Cohen (4) Steven Mueller and Jon Brodeur (5) Charles Hilton (6) Dan Weiss and New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner (7) LA Café by

Festivities at Lillian August

Ganim’s Garden Center & Florist in Fairfield hosted its Fourth Annual Ladies Night over the summer. There was a plant sale, shopping with local ­vendors, music, and wine tasting. One highlight of the evening was enjoying some of the area’s most popular food trucks.





(1) Guests mixed, mingled, and browsed (2) Merrilee Ganim-DeFarias, Austin Ganim, and Lee Ganim with Violet and Augie Ganim (3) Susan Maier and Patrick Purcell (4) Randi Slusky, New

England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso, and Eva Chiamulera

128  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Design Life.indd 128

9/17/15 5:07 PM

AUSTIN GANIM LANDSCAPE DESIGN, LLC Confined only by our imagination & your property lines, let us transform your landscape dreams to reality.

Landscape Landscape Architecture Architecture •• Garden Garden Design Design •• Installation Installation •• Maintenance Maintenance •• Site Site Furniture Furniture •• Container Container Plantings Plantings

Eva Eva Chiamulera, Chiamulera, Landscape Landscape Architect Architect •• Austin Austin Ganim, Ganim, Horticulturalist Horticulturalist & & Designer Designer •• 203.333.2003 203.333.2003 Licensed & Insured: B-2036, HIC.0602611, HIC.0602612, S4820, WC-25835-H13

The First Thing We Build Is Trust 1 8 R e y n o l d s s t R e e t | n o Rwa l k , C t | ( 2 0 3 ) 8 3 1 - 8 3 0 0 | w w w. s w b u i l d i n g R e m o d e l i n g . C o m

page - half horizontals.indd 1

9/15/15 4:52 PM

Trade Notes

New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business

Douglas VanderHorn Architects

As usual, the slate of winners of the annual Alice Washburn awards is a stellar one. The 2015 honorees include Douglas VanderHorn Architects, which took home the New Construction award for a Shingle-style house in Greenwich; Charles Hilton Architects, winning the Accessory Building award; Neil Hauck Architects, with an honorable mention for Accessory Building; and Austin Patterson Disston Architects, which took two honorable mentions, for Accessory Building and Addition/Renovation.

Interior design partners Deb Nicoud and Dina Spaidal are celebrating ten years in business together with a name change. The former LaBella Spaidal interiors is now Nicoud and Spaidal Interiors. The name has changed, but the two designers continue to create the classically chic

interiors they’re known for. Fairfield, (203) 659-0402,

Greenwich,; Greenwich, hiltonarchitects. com; Darien,; Southport,

Phillip Ennis Photography

A bit more than a year ago, Gault Energy launched “Dollars for Dreams,” a campaign to raise funds for MakeA-Wish Connecticut. This summer, company president Sam Gault and his staff hosted a barbecue for seven-year-old Connor Armstrong, who is battling a life-threatening leukemia, and his family to celebrate the company’s success in raising the money to send the Armstrongs to Atlantis Resorts in the Bahamas. Connor’s mom, Melanie, says her son—who swam with dolphins, basked in the sun, and got to be just a kid for a change—told her, “It was the best trip ever!” Westport, (203) 227-5181,

This year marks a quarter-century since Rich Granoff started his architectural firm. In its twenty-five years, Granoff Architects has grown to a staff of more than twenty architects, interior designers, and landscape architects who have created scores of gorgeous homes, striking office buildings, welcoming restaurants, and appealing retail spaces. Many of those projects have been award winners, and the company’s work has been featured on television and in dozens of publications. Greenwich, (203) 625-9460,

It’s a new location for Heather Gaudio Fine Art, which has taken up residence at 66 Elm Street in New Canaan. Among the new space’s many benefits, it occupies a prime downtown spot, and is larger, the better to accommodate the gallery’s plans to expand its offerings of new, contemporary artistic talent. (203) 801-9590, ­

130  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Trade Notes.indd 130

9/17/15 3:23 PM


203.838.8100 Westport, CT. 508.228.1120 Nantucket, MA. Trudy Dujardin, FASID, LEED Accredited Professional +ID + C |


Robert Sherwood Landscape Architect

page - half horizontals.indd 1

9/15/15 4:54 PM

Trade Notes


Everybody needs a change now and again, and for Cami Weinstein Designs, that meant moving from ­Westchester County, New York, to Greenwich. The Connecticut location is a bit more central to Weinstein’s clients in the tri-state area, and it has the advantage of being larger, airier, and blessed with lots of natural light. “Greenwich is a perfect fit,” she says. “I enjoy the bustle of nearby Greenwich Avenue and the calmness of my new office space.” (203) 661-4700,


Circa Lighting

Town House Finds + Designs

Lovers of all wonderful things for the home can rejoice in a passel of new places for inspiration. In Darien, Town House Finds + Designs offers vintage and modern furniture and home accessories. Circa Lighting has opened a 2,500-square-foot showroom—the first in New England for the Savannah, Georgia-based firm—in Greenwich. Stamford has a new Dedar showroom, offering the Italian company’s beautiful fabrics, wallcoverings, and trims, along with H ­ ermès fabrics and wallpapers. And in Norwalk, Bender has just completed a 30,000-square-foot building to showcase its wide array of decorative plumbing, lighting, tile, and stone. Darien, (203) 3095012,; Greenwich,; Stamford,; Norwalk, (203) 309-5012, Edited by Paula M. Bodah

DESIGNS Town and Country


We create premium window fashions to the design trade, offering our expertise at every stage from concept to installation. We specialize in motorization, and proudly feature Hunter Douglas window fashions. Put our design team to work for you! 244 MILL STREET GREENWICH, CT | 203.531.0307 | SALES@ALLSYSTEMSGOCT.COM | WWW.ALLSYSTEMSGOCT.COM

132  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Trade Notes.indd 132

9/17/15 3:23 PM

Join us at the design event of the season!



Thursday, November 12, 2015

Buy your tickets now at GOLD SPONSORS

HOF-CTFAL15.indd 98








9/17/15 11:11 AM

calendar 8th Annual Old Fashioned Flea Market September 20

Enjoy the thrill of the hunt at the Lockwood-Mathews Old Fashioned Flea Market. Peruse a range of goodies, from antiques to toys to furniture. You never know what you might find. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. in Mathews Park, Norwalk, (203) 838-9799, ­ Greenwich Choices: 50 Objects That Illustrate Our History September 30, 2015–February 28, 2016

Michael Biondo

Defining moments in the unique history of Greenwich are illustrated through 50 fascinating artifacts, including everything from a congresswoman’s scrapbook about the building of the Merritt Parkway to the bill of sale for a three-year-old slave boy. Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich, (203) 869-6899,

This 1947 house designed by Marcel Breuer is among the New Canaan homes featured in the new book Midcentury Houses Today.

SEPTEMBER Midcentury Houses Today Through October 30

Take in an exhibition of photographs from ­Midcentury Houses Today, a book that features 16 architecturally significant midcentury homes in New Canaan. The photographs, by Michael Biondo, will be on display at the Gores Pavilion. New Canaan, (203) 966-1776, The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger ­Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery Through January 3, 2016

This exhibit features John Mason, X-Pot (1958) more than 80 pieces from Linda Leonard Schlenger’s private collection. Schlenger is considered one of the premier collectors of contemporary ceramics in the country, and the exhibit presents a wonderful opportunity to see the breadth and beauty of the medium. Yale University Art Gallery, (203) 4320600, Donald Blumberg Photographs: Selections from the Master Sets Through November 22

More than 160 photographs by Donald Blumberg spanning a 60-year period are featured in this exhibit. Blumberg’s photographs examined how the media conveyed pivotal political and cultural issues such as the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. His images do not

OCTOBER The Artist in the Connecticut Landscape October 2, 2015– January 31, 2016

represent the events themselves, but the media’s coverage of them, and the influence it had on the American experience. Yale University Art Gallery, (203) 4320600, 20th Anniversary Exhibition: Highlights from the Last 20 Years Through December 13

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking celebrates two decades with an exhibit featuring artists who have shown their work at the center over the years. Norwalk, (203) 899-7999, ArtsFest September 20

The fifth annual ArtsFest will feature a street-style performance by Street Beat. The group plays Parkour Percussion, mixing hip-hop dance and modern street choreography with rhythms performed on found objects. Attendees will also enjoy talks, exhibitions, and hands-on art activities. 1 p.m.–4 p.m., free, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, (203) 9669700,

The influence of Connecticut artists on the history of landscape paintFrederic Edwin Church, ing in the United 1826–1900 States is explored in this exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum. The exhibit will display works from the museum as well as ten partner institutions. Lyme, (860) 434-5542,

November CraftWestport November 7–8

For 39 years, this fine-crafts show has been considered one of the best in the country. The weekend-long event features more than 175 craftspeople. Enjoy this Fairfield County tradition and get a head start on your holiday shopping. Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.;

The New England Design Hall of Fame November 12 This annual gala, hosted by New England Home, honors residential architects, interior designers, and landscape architects across New England whose work, influence, and community involvement set them at the pinnacle of their profession. Attendees at this invariably sold-out event enjoy stellar views of Boston, signature cocktails, fine The 2014 New England Design Hall of Fame Inductees cuisine, and plenty of partying with industry ­insiders. The State Room, Boston, 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7:45 p.m. dinner and awards. Call (617) 938-3991, ext. 713, to order tickets, or purchase them online at

134  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Calendar.indd 134

9/15/15 9:17 PM

one Free adult admission with this ad $10 for adults, $9 for seniors. Westport, Staples High School, (845) 331-7900,

presents the 36thannual Fall

22nd Annual HOBI Awards November 10

The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut’s HOBI Awards celebrates the best in residential and commercial construction, remodeling, and more. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation of winning entries and a four-course dinner. The event will take place at the beautiful Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Tickets are available by calling (860) 216-5858 or e-mailing ­​ ­ Rooms With A View November 13–15

Local in spirit but nationally renowned, the annual Rooms with a View was the innovation Thom Filicia of legendary designer Albert Hadley. Interior designers display their creativity through small room vignettes. This year’s honorary chair is design superstar Thom Filicia. The event launches with a gala on Friday, November 13. Southport, $20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., (203) 255-4538, s­ Setting the Table for the Holidays: Edward’s Table November 15

Tabletop guru Ed Lent offers tips for creating beautiful table settings for the holiday season. Lent has worked for many leading tabletop manufacturers, such as Simon Pearce, Noritake, and Mikasa. He will inspire you to “stop keeping your dinnerware hostage”—that is, pull it out from the cupboards and enjoy it! Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, Norwalk, 2 p.m.; $25 for members, $30 for non-members; (203) 838-9799, ­

Presented by:

The Mark Twain House and Museum, hartford

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum 35th Annual Celebrity Holiday House Tour Guest December 6

Kevin O’CO nn0r

from This Ol d Sunday, 12pmHouse -3pm

Enjoy a favorite Connecticut holiday tradition at this annual holiday house tour. Mark Twain’s 19-room home, along with other Hartford-area historic homes, will be decorated for the season. There will be live music at the houses to further enhance the festive atmosphere. Visit for details

of more than 200 artists. The show features a wide range of types and sizes of artwork specially designed for holiday gift giving. Lyme, (860) 434-7802, ­

December Antiquarius December 3–9

Celebrate the holidays in style with a series of events featuring the Greenwich Winter Antique Show, Holiday House Tour, Holiday Boutique, a luncheon featuring Charlotte Moss, and other social events. Visit the Greenwich Historical Society website for full details, Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival December 3–6

Get a heavy dose of holiday spirit at this annual Christmas tree festival. See how volunteers transform the historic Burr Homestead into a joyous celebra-

October 23rd - 25th

connecticut convention center, hall a 100 Columbus Boulevard • Hartford, CT Exit 29A Off I-91 Hartford

Friday 5pm-9pm • Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 10am-5pm new n ew eengland’s ngland’s llargest argest Fall Fallhome home s show! how! over 300 exhibits in one convenient location!

CelebriTy GueSTS Wayne Carini & Kevin O’Connor RegisteR foR a chance to Win thousands of dollaRs in pRizes!

TICKETS: Adults $10, Seniors $8 12 & Under $5 • (860) 563-2111 NOT TO be COmbiNed wiTH aNy OTHer Offer. NO COpieS. NOT fOr reSale. limiTed ONe per parTy.


one Free adult admission with this ad Jenks productions, inc. presents the 11th annual Fall westchester county

Home SHow

westchester county center 198 Central Ave. • White Plains, New York tH tH

NOvEmbEr 7 -8 , 2015


Painting in Four Takes November 15, 2015–April 3, 2016

The exhibit features the work of Steve DiBenedetto, Hayal Pozanti, Julia ­Rommel, and Ruth Root. A reception celebrating the four exhibitors is scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2 p.m.–5 p.m., and will include family activities, guided museum tours, and food for purchase. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, (203) 438-4519, Deck the Walls November 27, 2015–January 8, 2016

Forget the mall and give the gift of art. The Lyme Art Association’s annual holiday show and sale features the works

tion of the season. Trees, wreaths, and other decorative items are all for sale. Fairfield, Friday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children and seniors; ­ •

register to win thousands oF dollars in priZes! tickets: Adults $8, seniors $7, 12 & under Free • (860) 563-2111 outside ct (800) 955-7469 partiCipatinG spOnsOrs:

Edited by Lynda Simonton Editor’s note: Events are subject to change. Please

confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit.

NOT TO be COmbiNed wiTH aNy OTHer Offer. NO COpieS. NOT fOr reSale. limiTed ONe per parTy.


fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 135

CT-FAL15 Calendar.indd 135

9/15/15 9:18 PM

New in the Showrooms



3 4

6 5 1. Up-Cycling Spokes, the latest lighting addition to the Foscarini lineup, is as light and mobile as a bicycle wheel. NuKitchens, Norwalk, (203) 831-9000,

2. Sitting Pretty Pretty and practical, the Pickford chair by Currey & Company is a piece that will work in just about any room in the house. White Birch Studio, Westport, (203) 557-9137,

Edited by Lynda Simonton

3. Under the Sea Laura Kramer’s glistening pâte de verre bowls are covered with glass canes for a glitzy take on sea urchins. Olley Court, Ridgefield, (203) 438-1270,

4. Snake Charmer Graphic and curvy, this statement lamp from J. Seitz & Company would work with decor modern or traditional. New Preston, (860) 8680119,

5. Golden Anniversary​ On the fiftieth anniversary of its introduction, Warren Platner’s iconic collection for Knoll is now available in an 18K-gold-plated finish. The Glass House Design Store, New Canaan, (203) 594-9884,

6. Singular Sensation Add a grand touch to your home with this stunning Continental walnut secretary bookcase from the turn of the nineteenth century. Greenwich Living Antiques & Design Center, Stamford, (203) 274-5130

136  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 New in the Showrooms.indd 136

9/14/15 8:27 PM

At Maffini Home Improvement we strive for complete customer satisfaction through clear communication and quality of workmanship. We serve Fairfield and New Haven Counties with a full range of services from small improvements to full remodels. We have over 12 years experience and are licensed and fully insured.

(203) 362-5370 |

Shop For a Cause Come tour a beautiful new kitchen in the heart of New Canaan, CT, network, and enjoy refreshments! Front Row Kitchens and New England Home Connecticut invite you to join us in supporting breast cancer awareness and research. Jewelry will be offered by Stella & Dot for purchase. Proceeds from eligible sales will be donated to the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds for women’s cancer research, and to the Bennett Cancer Center in Stamford.

October 28th | 3:00-6:30PM 47 Park Place | New Canaan, CT 06840 All are invited to attend! Please RSVP to Roberta Thomas Mancuso; For more information |

page - half horizontals.indd 1

9/17/15 12:45 PM

New in the Showrooms




4 1. Joie de Vivre Granville et Porquerolles, the latest fabric collection from Etamine, will add some flirty and fanciful notes to your home. Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, (203) 358-0818,

2. Grand Inspiration Raynaud’s elegant new Paradis porcelain collection is based on the legendary, exotic chinoiserie wallpaper from Fromental. LCRwestport, Westport, (203) 221-8131,

5 3. Black Diamond A 1920s-inspired faucet from the For Loft collection by Michael S. Smith brings pure glamour to the powder room. Kallista, available at Klaff’s, klaffs. com, and Plimpton & Hills,, various locations.

4. Buon Appetito! Viking performance meets Italian-chic styling in the new Viking Tuscany range. Aitoro, Westport, (203) 847-2471,

5. Tribal Trend Phillip Jeffries’s new Africana collection marries hand-printed batik design and modern graffiti in the firm’s signature natural wallcoverings. DesignSourceCT, Hartford, (860) 951-3145,

138  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 New in the Showrooms.indd 138

9/14/15 8:27 PM



Celebrating 30 years of fine home Celebrating 30 years restorations of fine home building, additions, building, additions, restorations and renovations in Fairfield County Celebrating 30 years of fineCounty home and renovations in Fairfield building, additions, restorations and renovations in Fairfield County

Additions Additions

Historic Restorations Historic Restorations


Historic Restorations

Guest Cottages Guest Cottages

Pool Houses Pool Houses

Guest Cottages

Pool Houses

House Raising House Raising

Barns Barns

House Raising



Avoid the gap which often occurs between the most beautiful kitchens and the space within which they function. Draw upon an architect’s spatial ability and a kitchen designer’s sensibility to ensure that your kitchen will “fit the space.”

Custom Homes/New Construction Custom Homes/New Construction Custom Homes/New Construction 203-857-0055 203-857-0055 203-857-0055

page - half verts.indd 1

Contact us for an on-site consultation at no charge. Architectural license: NY | NJ | CT | MA | RI |

9/18/15 11:28 AM



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


SUBSCRIBE NOW! AN ENTIRE YEAR OF LUXURY & STYLE FOR ONLY $15.95 Call (800) 765-1225 today and subscribe to New England Home Connecticut with the special promotion code DCON10.


SPECIAL SPACES: JUST FOR FUN PAGES 44–46 Architect: Gregory E. Nucci, Point One Architects + Planners, Old Lyme, (860) 4347707, Interior designer: Jill Rankl, LCR Design, West Hartford, (860) 614-2796, design.lcrcollection. com Builder: Tiezzi Construction, Chester, (860) 526-9139, Landscape designer: Chris Lawrie, Landscape Specialties, Centerbrook, (860) 767-2166, Stonemason: Lenny Calciano, Glastonbury, (860) 633-3774 Metalworker: Grayson Metal, Deep River, (860) 395-7707, TO THE MANOR REBORN PAGES 80–91 Architect: Jeff Kaufman, JMKA Architects, Greenwich, (203) 698-8888, and Westport, (203) 222-1222, Interior Design: Dale Blumberg, Dale Blumberg Interiors, Rye, N.Y., (914) 417-1422, Builder: Larry Kendall, General Contracting, Greenwich, (203) 661-6209, Lighting consultant: Robert Singer and Associates, Aspen, Colo., (970) 963-5692, Stair railing: Dave Hind, Brantford, Ontario, Canada, Page 83: Abstract wood sculpture by Jeremy Homes, Page 84: Shelving designed by Dale Blumberg; animal-hide cubes from Arteriors,

Page 85: Table by Julian Chichester,; dining chairs from Artistic Frame,; Arctic Pear chandelier from Ochre,; sconces from Urban Electric Co,; wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries. com; window-treatment fabric from Donghia, Page 86: Barstools from Marsia Holzer,; island pendants and dining area chandelier from Bobo Intriguing Objects,; dining chairs from Casa Midy,; dining table from Central Station Original Interiors, paul-delaisse.; art in breakfast area by Nick Microulis, Page 87: Carpet from Stark,; floor lamp from Snob,; side table from Arteriors. Page 89: Chandelier with hand-blown glass globes by Bourgeois Bohème, atelier.; Flowerfall chandelier above chaise, from Oly Studio, Page 90: Chairs from Holly Hunt, hollyhunt. com; with fabric by Romo,; side table from Oly Studio; pouf ottomans from Ronel Jordaan,; carpet from Stark; light fixture from Remains Lighting, Page 91: Custom upholstered bed with fabric from Holly Hunt,; chandelier from Oly Studio; night tables from Julian Chichester; wool-sateen drapery panels from Holly Hunt; roman shades and duvet cover fabric from Rogers and Goffigon,; bench from Kravet,; vinyl by Joseph Noble, AMONG FRIENDS PAGES 92–101 Architect: Dinyar Wadia, Wadia Associates, New Canaan, (203) 966-0048, wadiaassociates. com Builder: Wadia Associates Pages 96–97: Coffee table, end tables, and console tables all from Worlds Away,; wallpaper by Osborne & Little, Page 98: Stools from Pottery Barn, Page 100: Sofas and chairs from The Charles Stewart Company, charlesstewartcompany. com; carpet from Stark, OLD AT HEART PAGES 102–111 Interior designer: Peter J. Sinnott IV, Home Works, Rye, N.Y., (914) 934-0907, Builder: Larry Kendall, General Contracting,

140  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Resources.indd 140

9/17/15 10:16 PM

Greenwich, (203) 661-6209, Landscape architect: Kathryn Herman, Doyle Herman Design Associates, Greenwich, (203) 869-2900, Page 102: Cut-velvet ottoman fabric by Larsen,; White Dove wall color by Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore. com; Georgian Green ceiling color by Benjamin Moore; wallpaper by Romo,; stair runner from Masland,; area rug by Kyle Bunting, Page 103: Jackson Square wallpaper in gold from Phillip Jeffries,; Pollack cut-velvet chair fabric,; amber sculpture by Sklo,; Mole’s Breath ceiling color by Farrow & Ball; high-gloss white woodwork color by Benjamin Moore, Page 104: Fall Harvest paint color on front door by Benjamin Moore.

photo: Barry A. Hyman, 2014

photo: David Heald, 2014

Page 105: Chair fabric by Larsen; pillow fabric by Manuel Canovas, manuelcanovas. com; antique wings from Hiden Galleries,; crocodile from Gold Leaf Design,; cowhide area rug from Saddlemans of Santa Fe,; carpet from Antrim, Page 106: Paradiso wallpaper from Nina Campbell,; ceramic stool from Emissary,; demilunes from Antique and Artisan Center,; Slate Teal ceiling paint by Benjamin Moore. Page 107: Chairs from Designmaster Furniture,; loveseat fabric from Robert Allen, robertallendesign. com; pillow fabric from JAB, Page 108: Oakland barstools from Kravet,; with pumpkin vinyl and Ultrasuede trim from Robert Allen; India Yellow ceiling color from Farrow & Ball. Page 109: Duvet, chaise, and pillow fabrics from Kravet; sham, drapery, and roman shade fabrics from Romo; throw and window-seat fabric from Duralee, Page 110: Chairs from CFC/Noir,, with fabric from Robert Allen; loveseat from Lloyd Flanders,; brown-and-white pillows from Clarence House,; orange pillow from Robert Allen; mirror and coffee table from Urbia Imports, Page 111: Dining furniture and fabrics from Restoration Hardware, restorationhardware. com. • fall 2015  New England Home Connecticut 141

CT-FAL15 Resources.indd 141

9/17/15 10:17 PM

Ad Index A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue

29th Annual


Gunn Memorial Library & Museum at

Washington Primary School 11 School Street Washington Depot, CT

Advanced Home Audio  39

Lillian August Furnishings + Design  64–65

Aqua Pool & Patio, Inc.  22

Linda Ruderman Interiors  66–67

Architectural Kitchen Solutions  139

The Linen Shop  113, 114

Artemis Landscape Architects  117

Lynn Garelick  121

Austin Ganim Landscape Design, LLC  129

M DiMeo Construction  48

Back Bay Shutter Co., Inc.  51

Maffini Home Improvement  137

Bender Kitchen & Bath Showrooms  25

McCory Interiors  68–69

Berkshire Wilton Partners, LLC  43 Charles Hilton Architects  6–7 Coldwell Banker Previews International  23 Colony Rug Company, Inc.  35 Connecticut Aerial Photography  119 Connecticut Stone Supplies  56–57 Connie Cooper Designs  58–59 Construction Management Group, LLC  12–13 Country Club Homes, Inc.  26

Friday, October 9 6:30 ~ 9:00pm

Daily Admission $10 Saturday, October 10 10am ~ 5pm Sunday, October 11 10am ~ 4pm For reservations visit or email or call 860.868.7586

Morgan Harrison Home  8–9 Nicoud and Spaidal Interiors  72–73 NuKitchens 4–5 Olga Adler Interiors  74–75 ProSource of Stamford  121 Rachel Volpone  47 Rinfret, Ltd., Interior Design & Decoration  76–77

Dujardin Design Associates, Inc.  131

RLI Electric, LLC  123

Emily Buchanan  33 Emme  29 Erskine Associates, LLC  141

Finished in Fabric, LLC  119 FLC Outdoor Lighting  125 Fletcher Development  30 Front Row Kitchens, Inc.  37, 137 Gault Stone  18

Show Hours

Middeleer Land Design  41

Designs by Town and Country  132

Fabricut  113

Preview Party

Michael Smith Architects  70–71

Granoff Architects  17 Gunn Memorial Library & Museum (Washington CT Antiques Show)  142

Robert Cardello Architects  10–11 Robert Dean Architects  28 Robert Sherwood Landscape Design  131 Runtal North America, Inc.  45 S&W Building and Remodeling  129 Schwartz Design Showroom  40 Sharon McCormick Design, LLC 2–3 Shope Reno Wharton  1 Sound Beach Partners  16 Stephanie Rapp Interiors 78–79 Tiefenthaler, Inc. 139

Home Boutique of Greenwich, LLC  31

Tony Cappoli Interiors  27

Home Builders & Remodelers Association of CT (HOBI awards)  143

Upstate Door, Inc.  117

Homefront Farmers, LLC  14–15 J. Namnoun Oriental Rug Gallery  inside front cover, 42

Valor Fireplaces  49 Wadia Associates  inside back cover Wakefield Design Center  36, 112–113

Jan Hiltz Interiors, LLC  60–61

Woodmeister Master Builders  53

Jenks Productions, Inc.  135

Wright Building Company  127

JMKA | architects  54 Jolley Frank Interiors  62–63 Kebabian’s  back cover Kotz & Leeds  21 L&M Custom Carpets and Rugs, LLC  113, 123

/////// New England Home Connecticut, Fall 2015 © 2015 by New England Home Magazine, LLC. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint or quote excerpts granted by written request only. Editorial and advertising office: New England Home Magazine, LLC, 530 Harrison Ave, Ste 302, Boston, MA 02118, (617) 938-3991.

142  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Ad Index.indd 142

9/18/15 11:45 AM

Save the Date Tuesday, November 10th 2015 HOBI AWARDS

2014 Custom Home of the Year Sound Beach Partners

2014 Remodeled Home of the Year Greenwich Realty Development

You are invited to the Premier Home Building Industry Social Event of the Year

Connecticut’s 22nd Annual HOBI AWARDS GALA Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. Aqua Turf Country Club, Southington, CT

The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut HOBI AWARDS recognizes CT housing industry professionals for excellence in home design and construction. Highlights of the evening include a PowerPoint show of winning homes and communities; announcement of Custom, Spec and Remodeled Homes of the Year, PLUS presentation of the 2015 HOBI Awards.

For HOBI AWARDS dinner registration information call Joanne Hoerrner at (860) 216-5858.

HOBI-full-2015.indd 1

9/15/15 4:28 PM

Sketch Pad

Design ideas in the making




A couple coming from across the Atlantic brought with them a European desire for modern style when it came to building their house in Connecticut. They wanted something minimal in detail, but complex in the arrangement of its volumes and the relationships among its elements. So we developed a scheme of individually simple floating boxes that interlock in various ways. The question then became, how do I best present such a spatially complicated design to my clients? A hand-drawn front elevation (1) successfully shows how the house will look when you walk toward it, but gives no real idea of how the parts project forward and back and connect with one another. So we created an “exploded” diagram (2) to make clear how everything fits together. And, finally, an almost photographic 3-D rendering (3) gives a vivid impression of how occupants can move through the mechanics of the structure and how it will feel to live in. You wouldn’t necessarily know just from looking at it, but the building also incorporates “passive house” strategies that make it surprisingly energy-efficient: most of the large windows face south, and deep overhangs allow plenty of sun to penetrate in the winter while screening the light in summer. The home is currently under construction, and we expect it to be finished in early 2016.

Lucien Vita, Vita Design Group, Westport, (203) 283-1561, 144  New England Home Connecticut  Fall 2015

CT-FAL15 Sketch Pad.indd 144

9/17/15 2:48 PM

“We feel very strongly about Dinyar, his team, and their abilities, and have referred 2 clients who have designed and built with them. Both have had similar experiences.” — ALEX AND DIVIYA MAGARO —



full page.indd 1

9/15/15 2:42 PM

e veryone loves a kebabian rug

S i n c e 18 8 2 A m e r i c a ’s O l d e s t O r i e n t a l R u g I m p o r t e r & D e a l e r s h i p 203.865.0567


15.0821 KebNEhomeFP_FALL_15cx1F.indd 1 full page.indd 1

Downtown New Haven


File may contain shadows and overprinting made with InDesign CS3

8/21/15 4:08:06 9/15/15 2:28 PM PM

Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.