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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

Litchfield County Exploring the design riches of Connecticut’s bucolic west.

FALL 2016

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In This Issue fall 2016 Volume 7, Issue 4




featured Homes


Rural Retreat

A contemporary farmhouse evokes country living without the clichés. Text by Debra Judge Silber Photography by John Gould Bessler Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent



A dark, inward-looking house is opened up and given a colorful makeover to become a fun weekend spot.

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On the cover: For a Washington farmhouse, designer Joanna Seitz evokes a country feel with a modern sensibility. Photograph by John Gould Bessler. To see more of this home, turn to page 56. fall 2016  New England Home Connecticut 15

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In This Issue

134 40 Art, Design, History, Landscape 20 | From the Editor 28 | Artistry: Pattern Play Anoka Faruqee’s psychedelic moiré paintings are at once simple and complex, deliberate and spontaneous. By Allegra Muzzillo

34 | In Our Backyard: Not-So-Secret Treasure R.T. Facts is Kent’s once-hidden gem with a growing and well-deserved reputation for fine antiques and vintage objects. By Louis Postel 40 | Design Destination: Retail Rapture New Preston is a little piece of shopping heaven, as a tour of a handful of our favorite boutiques proves.


Text by Dan Shaw // Photography by Laura Moss

50 | “5 Under 40” Wrap-Up Celebrating the young winners of our 2016 “5 Under 40” awards.

People, Places, Events, Products 109 | Perspectives Mad about plaid; Eva Chiamulera of Austin Ganim Landscape Design on the four-season garden; designer Terri Ricci’s ideas for a luxe lounge; three must-read new design books. 118 | Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 124 | Trade Notes New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business. BY PAULA M. BODAH

130 | Calendar of Events BY LYNDA SIMONTON


134 | New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in Connecticut shops and showrooms. BY LYNDA SIMONTON 138 | Resources A guide to the professionals and products featured in this issue. 143 | Advertiser Index

89 Portfolio of Fine Interior Design

144 | Sketch Pad Metal artist Marie Suri’s signature rosettes find a home on a pair of bold bronze-and-steel sconces.

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From the Editor

Finding The Right Ingredients


e don’t come out with themed issues very frequently here at New England Home Connecticut. Our guiding philosophy has always been to let the design projects and resources we turn up in the field determine the direction our coverage takes, rather than attempting to scout for material that will fit a preconceived plan. But every now and then, when potential themes begin spontaneously to emerge during the process of assembling the raw materials for the magazine, we are more than happy to take the hint. Hence this issue’s focus on Litchfield County—perfectly timed, it seems to me, as we anticipate the beauties of autumn in our local slice of Arcadia, which manages to be simultaneously so bucolically rustic, so comfortable, and so easily accessible. It all started with three lovely, yet quite dissimilar, houses that appeared on our radar

Corrections and Amplifications In a photo caption in the Outside Interest department of our Summer 2016 issue, we referred

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screen. Then we happened to notice the frequency with which R.T. Facts in Kent was being cited by Connecticut designers as a go-to source for gorgeous finds both old and new. And, finally, a passing reminiscence from one of the team about stopping for a quick lunch in the tiny village of New Preston during a fall road trip—a quick lunch that turned into an entire afternoon of mercantile bliss in such a concentrated shopping mecca—convinced us to send a writer and photographer of our own to visit and share the experience with you. The process I’ve just outlined, come to think of it, is really a microcosm of our engagement with home design in general. Unlike many national and international design publications, which must, because they all cover essentially the same territory, define themselves by espousing a particular approach or look, New England Home Connecticut is defined by its geography: the state as a whole, but especially its financially and aesthetically fortunate western and southwestern reaches. This means that we’re free to feature work being done by the top talents in the region simply because we think it’s beautiful, imaginative, and excellently made, regardless of what style or tradition it does or doesn’t adhere to. The living spaces you see in these pages won’t always be places where you personally would want to live. But, if we have done our jobs well, they will always be places with elements that even our many readers in the trade will find intriguing and instructive. We’re practicing an editorial form of Taoist wu wei, perhaps, or maybe a culinary metaphor will better serve: we tirelessly shop the local markets and farm stands in order to dish up the freshest, tastiest menu we can, every time you open our pages. —Kyle Hoepner

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Pattern Play Anoka Faruqee’s psychedelic moiré paintings are at once simple and complex, deliberate and spontaneous. ///////////

By Allegra Muzzillo


n Anoka Faruqee’s childhood home in Bethesda, Maryland, pattern was an ever-present influence. “Our hallway was covered in leopard print and there were butterflies all over the bathroom walls,” she says, recalling the memory fondly. Faruqee’s parents

emigrated from Bangladesh in the 1960s, and, she says, “They just layered their Bangladeshi embroideries and Turkish rugs on top of the already-there psychedelic patterns.” Faruqee, a painter who now lives in New Haven, credits this early exposure

for her love of color and pattern. It’s no coincidence that she references psychedelia; her gyratory, vertiginous works seem well tethered to that aspect of 1960s counterculture. The era’s ubiquitous abstractions and curvilinear graphics were actually influenced by much older South-Asian designs, the artist notes. “In this sense, I come around full-circle in terms of influence.” Her earliest works—completed in the late 1990s, while she was in grad school at The Tyler School of Art at 2015P-08 (2015), acrylic on linen panel, 45″H × 45″W.



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By raking through wet paint with a customized metal trowel, Faruqee says, “in a single gesture, I could cover the whole span of the canvas with lines.” simpler; she traded in her paintbrush for a handheld tile trowel to make evenly spaced moiré striations—a process she developed with her husband, artist David Driscoll, who sometimes helps her to maneuver the larger trowels. It was a breakthrough, she says. “By raking through wet paint in a single gesture, I could cover the whole span of the canvas with lines.” Now, Faruqee uses an array of up to fifty customized metal trowels

that have been specially fabricated for her use. Paint is allowed to dry and gets sanded between applications, after which she lays down another color, and another, until the moirés develop an undulating,

THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: 2013P-82 (2013), acrylic on linen panel, 33¾″H × 33¾″W; 2014P-36 (2014), acrylic on linen panel, 45″ H × 45″ W; the artist in her studio in 2010; 2013P-38 (2013), acrylic on linen panel, 11¼″ H × 11¼″W; Corbelled Arch (2010), acrylic on linen panel, 56¼″ H × 51¼″ W. FACING PAGE: 2013P-07 (2013), acrylic on linen panel, 11¼″ H × 11¼″ W.


Temple ­University in Philadelphia— were informed by her study of pattern, particularly that found in Persian and Indian miniature paintings and Islamic textiles and ceramics. Back then, she tapped into her innate sense of discipline (a skill honed during her undergraduate studies at Yale University) to paint grid-like—and seemingly digitized— repeat patterns completely freehand. “It was a very labor-intensive process,” she concedes. For example, in pieces such as Houndstooth Painting (1996) and Asterisks Painting (1999), Faruqee painted a single shape over and over, moving across the blank canvas. By 2012, Faruqee’s work had become more—and, at once, less—complex as she further explored systems of repetition. Moiré patterns in particular excited her. (A moiré effect is created when two patterns overlap to create a third, new pattern.) Moirés are a by‑product of digital interference that the eye interprets and amplifies as a visual pattern. The patterns are complex, but Faruqee’s execution eventually became

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voluminous, three-dimensional quality that Faruqee amplifies simply by increasing the contrast of light and dark. These moiré patterns might look computer generated except for occasional anomalies (“Glitches,” Faruqee calls them), such as paint slips, shaky lines, and drops of paint leaking over the sides of her canvas. It’s this intersection of human versus machine that’s integral to the understanding of Faruqee’s work. These glitches give the viewer a clue as to how the work is made. Her paintings are largely inspired by the things she observes in her daily life, such as the way light hits certain surfaces, or how it penetrates glass or water. “As an artist, you’re always on the lookout,” she says. “You tune yourself to be aware of odd color moments in the world to revisit later, in a painting.” As for her method, the artist utilizes equal measures of preparation and the willingness to be surprised. It’s “a combination of planning and not planning,” she says. She maps out new designs in Photoshop and has used the software program to create a vast color archive. The acrylic colors are usually chosen beforehand— acrylic, because its viscosity and translucency are easily controlled—but the design and the just-so way the lines snake across her square panels is fairly unpredictable. It’s precisely this unpredictability that excites Faruqee, along with the patterns’ and colors’ self-generating qualities; it’s the ability to see planned combinations of colors and patterns morph into the unexpected. “They’re joyous paintings in many ways,” says Faruqee, “but they also have an edge, which makes them slightly cold. And that edge is something I’m really interested in.” •

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Not-SoSecret Treasure R.T. Facts is Kent’s once-hidden gem with a growing and well-deserved reputation for fine antiques and vintage objects. ///////////

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trusses, skylights, and concrete walls, the super-serious went straight to the stuff on display. Because the stuff is like nowhere else, perhaps in the entire world. An eighteenth-century limestone fireplace surround sets off distressed-leather industrial-chic gymnast benches and a contemporary table with a thick glass top and wrought-iron praying mantis– like legs. Creatively and meticulously

bought, restored, and arranged, the many vignettes the super-serious spent so much time studying represent more than the sum of their primarily neutralcolored parts. Antique plus contemporary plus ­industrial equals the look and feel favored by R.T. Facts’s design clients. Contemporary expresses their optimism, their generation’s moment. Industrial brings in the raw, the sexy, a celebration

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ow do you separate the superserious designer from the merely serious? Had you been at the opening of the R.T. Facts Gallery in Kent on a Saturday night in June, the difference between superserious and serious would have been as clear as the zinc-frame mirrors leaning like louche guests against the walls. While the merely serious held their pale Pamplemousse margaritas to the light, air-kissed such design illuminati as Bunny Williams, Robert Couturier, and John Rosselli, toasted owners Natalie and Greg Randall, and marveled at the 8,000-square-foot barn space with its twenty-foot-high ceilings, beams, 34  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2016

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of everyday life. And antiques lend c­ haracter. Any one look by itself risks coming off as too little or too much. “It’s the balance designers are looking for,” says Natalie. “They don’t want to have just antiques—that would look old fashioned—but a mix. They want to show that they have some knowledge of the arts, that they have traveled, that they have a personality. The key for us is to make sure everything we sell is elegant, beautiful, and of the highest quality.” In addition to the new R.T. Facts Gallery, Greg and Natalie maintain a staging area, workshops, and an office a block and half away where, says Natalie, “you can still see things being made in what was once Kent’s Town Hall, firehouse, and ambulance garage.” A majestic, photoready blacksmith in a leather apron wields his hammer. Another craftsman devotes himself solely to copper weathervanes. Still work on more angular ad 5others half page FF_ad half page FF steel, 24-08-15

making the modern pieces that will join the antiques in the gallery. “We’re committed to supporting the local economy,” says Natalie, who, with Greg, supported three children who have now joined them in the business. “We sell mainly to designers,” she says. “They come in from Pagina New York, 19:06 1 Los Ange-

les, Chicago, Miami, and, increasingly, overseas. We supply homes, of course, and also a lot of common areas in bars, restaurants, and hospitality—the lobbies, not the rooms— and fashion houses looking for props, which they then extend to all their stores.” Greg, who has a background in art history and architecture,


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The Anaconda mirror, made with reclaimed copper skylights, a pair of circa-1900 neoclassical patinated bronze torchieres, and a duo of nineteenth-century carved marble urns. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Modernist wall panels, a vintage Danish sofa and chairs, and an R.T. Facts–designed tri-base sculptural console. A collection of Brutalist limestone sculptures by Steve Karr. The Copper Kent mirror, and a late-1800s cast zinc statue.

and Natalie, who came from the world of fabrics and fashion, arrived in Kent twenty-four years ago from New York City. He was working for an antiques dealer and she worked in clothing. As a side venture they would drive ahead of the city’s trash trucks on bulk-item pickup days, then bring their finds to the now-

defunct 6th Avenue Flea Market Annex on 26th Street. “People would ask, ‘Where’s your shop? We’d like to make an appointment,’” recalls Natalie, “and Greg and I kind of hemmed and hawed. After a while we started doing shows full-time, and we realized that a lot of our deliveries were to Litchfield County. There in Kent, we saw

that the old Town Hall was for sale.” The Randalls often invite guest curators to do their own signature vignettes. The night of the gallery opening, antiques dealer Jeffrey Henkel of Princeton, New Jersey, designed 1,000 square feet that drew the serious as well as the superserious to witness his daredevil imagination, how it pulls back from the brink only at the last moment. The scene: a 1947 Peugeot motorcycle, behind which looms a fully reconstructed cow skeleton painted automotive white, a tufted chesterfield sofa, and a bronzed 1970s table that looks as though it’s growing out of the floor from tree-like roots. Antiques and “R.T. Facts” such as these will never grow old. • R.T. FACTS

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t’s said you can’t buy good taste, but in the northwestern Connecticut village of New Preston, you actually can. The area was established as a railroad stop in the nineteenth century, and its historic clapboard buildings appear like Brigadoon on a narrow, winding road near Lake Waramaug. Over the past thirty years, New Preston has evolved into an incubator for independent retailers with idiosyncratic vision who cater not only to the area’s well-heeled locals (Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, Museum of Modern Art president emerita Agnes Gund), but also day-trippers from ABOVE: East Shore Road is the perfect nearby Fairfield County and starting point for a stroll through the Berkshires. The merchants New Preston’s shopping district, which are unfailingly gracious and offers stops like New Preston Kitchen Goods and Privet House. Right: Dana eager to expound upon their Schulman’s whimsical shop, DK wares, which are flawlessly Schulman, is a great spot for finding displayed in meticulously the perfect hostess gift. 40  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2016

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Baccarat-style goblets, will inspire you to plan a formal dinner party or rethink how you set the breakfast table. The Pedens are fans of the contemporary Connecti-

cut potter Frances Palmer, and a hutch is devoted to her gossamer cream-and-white cake stands and vases with eccentric fluted edges. Upstairs, the Pedens have leased spaces to other antiques dealers where you can find more traditionally New England furnishings: gleaming brass candlesticks and fireplace tools, copper pots, nineteenth-century landscape and still-life paintings, and handcrafted American wicker furniture. Even if you’re just browsing, Dawn Hill offers an edifying crash course in the decorative arts. The moment you walk into Pergola you breathe easier. You don’t have to be a gardener to be seduced by the Zen potting-shed ambience and selection of succulents, orchids, preserved boxwood balls, and wooden troughs planted with moss. Owners David Whitman and Peter Stiglin describe themselves as naturalists, and they are drawn to objects with

composed vignettes—an Instagrammer’s nirvana. Main Street and East Shore Road form a sort of retail row with one charming destination after another. Entering Dawn Hill Antiques is like stepping into a snow globe. Crystal chandeliers sparkle like icicles above a bracing landscape of Swedish tall-case Mora clocks, tables, and cabinets with their original painted surfaces in cool grays, blues, and greens. Owners John and Paulette Peden specialize in furniture from the Rococo through Gustavian periods, presented in airy rooms with the understated elegance of a Swedish manor house. The alluring assortment of English nineteenth-century blue-and-white transferware, vintage French majolica, and ´ PERGOLA: Owners David Whitman (pictured) and

Peter Stiglin have created a seductive, Zen-like space filled with furniture and other home objects of organic beauty.

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organic beauty—a banded chalcedony onyx bowl, stone vases by New Hampshire artist Lee Spiller, a shadow box of planthoppers and oversize dried seedpods that can be used as a centerpiece. On their yearly trip to Japan, they bring back exquisite rustic glazed vases and antique screens with flora and fauna motifs. The terrace behind the shop overlooks the falls of the East Aspetuck River and features outdoor furniture, including the same stackable aluminum chairs that grace the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. Catering to Litchfield County weekenders for three decades, J. Seitz & Co. is a densely layered lifestyle emporium where men’s and women’s apparel is sold side by side with a wide array of home furnishings in a palette of blacks, grays, whites, and creams. As eclectic decorating has

From one end of the village to the other, you enjoy the pleasure of furnishing your home with things of quality and beauty—the ultimate “retail therapy.”

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The utilitarian achieves the level of art in a sublime setting that also offers antique ­furniture, tableware, and decorative objects.

become the new normal, Seitz has added more bohemian pieces to its classic mix of upholstered pieces from Cisco and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, such as oak stools with fuzzy goatskin seats and contemporary punched-tin Moroccan pendant lights. Reclaimed wood-and-steel pieces— a streamlined sofa and a bed layered with sheets by Matteo made in California from Italian linen, for example—epitomize the store’s contemporary, refined take on rustic style. At nearby Privet House, Susanne Cassano and Richard Lambertson have created a sublime, high-ceilinged setting for bold antiques, tableware, decorative objects, and grace notes for the well-lived life. Utilitarian items like wood cutting boards in every shape and size hang from leather straps on a wall, looking like pieces of art. Upstairs, one sun-splashed room is painted a midnight blue with a mix of furniture arranged as if for an oldschool Manhattan cocktail party. Another room is painted a chic gray-green, with vintage collections of Steuben glass and terra cotta pitchers and vases by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. The array of antique and vintage pieces defies categorization, but every item has a distinctive personality: a massive painted nineteenth-century Dutch armoire; 1960s ebonized tall-back dining chairs with patent-leather seats in the style of Gio Ponti; 1920s Regency

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armchairs upholstered in ikat linen. The vintage-book department has gems such as Billy Baldwin Decorates and Diana Vreeland’s Allure, which offer insight into the owners’ cultured cosmopolitan sensibility. Just around the corner, in a cottage on New Preston Hill Road, Plain Goods

reflects the charisma of its owners, interior designer Michael DePerno and fashion veteran Andrew Fry, who treat you like guests in their home. The sunny, whitewashed interior is a backdrop for a curated collection of accessories in a masculine palette of grays, browns, blues, and creams. The assortment of beguiling and esoteric items includes antique birdcages, oversized sweet-grass baskets, Persian kilim rugs, and modernist candlestick

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Fry have created a charismatic boutique that reflects the pair’s passion for beautifully designed objects for the home.

lamps. Like a contemporary curiosity shop, everything demands scrutiny— from a set of teak measuring spoons and a leather-and-brass shoehorn to desk accessories like handsome brass-and-steel scissors and contemporary Italian hand staplers. Old or new, everything at Plain Goods reflects DePerno and Fry’s passion for designs with innate integrity. From one end of the village to the other, the relaxed pace of shopping encourages mindfulness, allowing you to appreciate the pleasure and privilege of furnishing your home with things of quality and beauty—the ultimate “retail therapy.” • The Details:

Dawn Hill Antiques, 11 Main Street, (860) 868-0066, Pergola, 7 East Shore Road, (860) 868-4769, J. Seitz & Co., 9 East Shore Road, (860) 868-0119, Privet House, 13 East Shore Road, (860) 868-1800,

Keeping Up Your Strength For a quick bite, 9 Main Bakery and Deli ( offers healthy salads and creative sandwiches in a country-house setting. If you want a glass of wine or a Bloody Mary after shopping, it’s a three-minute drive to the White Horse Country Pub and Restaurant (, where the menu includes salads, burgers, and such tavern classics as shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. In warm weather, you can dine at umbrella-topped tables on a deck overlooking the river, and on cooler days you can warm yourself by the fireplace in the cozy taproom.

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Celebrating Rising Stars ➽ The design community reconvened after the summer season to celebrate the most promising young regional talent in residential architecture and design at New England Home’s seventh annual “5 Under 40” awards party. The guests of honor for the event were Connecticut’s own specialty tile designers Esther and Paul Halferty of Lilywork Artisan Tile, as well as landscape designer John Haven of LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, interior designer Jayme Kennerknecht of Kenner­knecht Design Group, Benjamin Uyeda, creative director of HomeMade Modern and co-founder of ZeroEnergy Design, and architect Caleb Johnson of Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders. More than 400 people gathered at Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting’s Boston showroom

and spilled out to fill The Galleria at 333 Stuart Street. Fantastical arrangements by The World of Marc Hall delighted guests as they sipped signature cocktails by Dirty Water Distillery, while sampling delicacies prepared by Davio’s restaurant. A photo booth and caricature artists enhanced the convivial atmosphere. 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 media celebrity Jenny Johnson was the emcee for the auction. Guests showed great support for the honorees, and raised a record $33,000 to benefit Barakat, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based charity that supports literacy and education for women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

(1) A crowd favorite: vintage ’70s lunch boxes given away by sponsor Youngblood Builders (2) The crowd gathers inside the Landry & Arcari showroom to watch the rug auction (3) Julie Arcari of Landry & Arcari and local celebrity Jenny Johnson (4) Ekaterina Tsyganova of Casa Design Group, Bobby Ernst of FBN Construction, and Zhanna Drogobetsky, Elydia Riley, Petra Lisova, Yana Lisovskaya, and Monica Mancuso of Casa Design Group (5) Keith LeBlanc of LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects bids on a rug (6) Herrick & White’s sponsor booth featured a caricature artist (7) Local celebrity Jenny Johnson hosts the auction portion of the evening (8) Table decor by The World of Marc Hall (9) The postauction party fills out the Atrium

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A low wing connects the home’s two-story gabled “sisters.” An extra-deep overhang on the southwest-facing deck shades the interior in summer but allows in the winter sun’s warmth. The soaring chimney is an architectural nod to the ruins of past country homes, whose solid chimneys are often all that remains.

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Rural Retreat A contemporary farmhouse evokes . country living without the clichés.

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Simple triangular brackets and a row of rafter tails create rhythm on the deck, which overlooks surrounding meadows and a neighbor’s barn. FACING PAGE, TOP: Rusticity reigns just inside the main entry, where a ship-lapped wall and a hand-painted floor cloth offer a warm welcome. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Inside the connecting wing, structural beams wrapped in reclaimed wood, an industrial-style ceiling fixture, and a portrait of an inquisitive steer offer subtle reminders of life in the country.

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round architect Paul Harris’s office, the house in Washington soon became known as “the three sisters,” a reference to the three simple gabled structures whose relationship would give the contemporary farmhouse its shape. The Westport-based architect hadn’t necessarily intended to create a home out of separate parts, nor had his New York City–based client pushed him in that direction. But the building site, planted at the intersection of three sweeping meadows, dictated otherwise. “The more we began to design it, the more the building became three buildings,” Harris recalls. “We named it The Three Sisters, recognizing that they stand out from each other,

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“I tried to find a regional, recognizable vernacular for that area, and to make it more PROGRESSIVE,” SAYS HARRIS.

each one oriented slightly differently to address each of the three meadows around them.” The larger siblings, both white clapboard rectangles capped with cedar shingles, are attached at the hip by a single-story wing with an angled roof to form the house itself. The smallest, a detached garage, sits across a courtyard from the larger structure to form a close-knit family group. Firmly planted on fourteen acres of farmland, the related structures might appear, at a glance, as an old rural farmhouse and its outbuildings. Except, that is, for the oversized windows and the angular metal roof that link the two traditional structures. “This part of Washington is quintessential old rural Connecticut. Even though it’s become popular, it still looks the way it has for many, many years,” says Har-

ris. “I tried to find a regional, recognizable vernacular for that area, and then push the envelope to make it more progressive.” Harris’s farmhouse expands on tradition, offering a spacious, light-filled interior that reflects the transformation of a country life from one involving dawnto-dusk labor to one promising a respite and renewal from the owner’s high-pressure, urban existence. The master suite and guest bedrooms are located in different sections on the second floor, allowing privacy for both parties. The lower floor, by contrast, is an open plan, with gathering spaces—the kitchen and a living area dominated by a massive stone fireplace— side-by-side in the connecting wing. Tucked under a deep overhang on the house’s southwest face, a long, low deck contemplates a neighbor’s barn—an

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Designer Joanna Seitz chose the dining room’s dimmable glass globe pendants to complement the industrial lighting used elsewhere, but disappear against the backdrop of windows. The custom-made table and stackable, recycled-rubber-slat chairs were among her other finds. LEFT: The kitchen’s broad, granite-topped island provides plenty of space to cook and entertain.

Project Team

Paul Harris, Cole Harris Associates Joanna Seitz, J. Seitz & Co. Builder: Jim Blansfield, Blansfield Builders


Interior Design:

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“The client was looking for a modern country look,” Seitz says, “something simple and somewhat minimalist, but comfortable and livable.”

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authentic marker of an agricultural life—on the other side of the meadow. The barn was a focal point for Harris and for his client. “All of the primary rooms have an opportunity at one place or another to have a view of that barn,” the architect says, rattling off details of the view from each room in the house, including the window in the library, which was positioned to frame the barn as if it were a painting. “We tried to create some very deliberately, and some we just got lucky with.” Ask his client, though, and you’ll hear that the luck really lay in having a thoughtful architect. “He had a fantastic vision for this house,” she says of Harris, whom she met through a college friend. “We started talking, and he just started sketching it out. I probably interfered a couple of times, but I didn’t interfere very much. And I am so pleased with the result.” Using scale and modern materials, Harris, who worked with Danbury-based builder Jim Blansfield, married traditional farmhouse details with the home’s contemporary vibe. “It was important

to understand the traditions, but we wanted to articulate them in a more up-to-date way,” Harris explains. Case in point: the six four-pane windows, all seven feet tall, whose grouping makes one corner The windows that wrap the sitting area reference of the sitting room disaptraditional style, but their oversized proportions offer a view a farmer could only dream of. Belgian-linen pear. “These emulate a upholstery, soft throws, and ample pillows plump mid-nineteenth-century up the comfort. FACING PAGE: The metal serpentinewindow, except they’re so front buffet is one of Seitz’s favorite pieces, followed closely by the two standing lamps and the metal blown out of proportion,” antelope’s-horn stool. The painting of the rabbit Harris says. “We’re pulling in above is by Patrice Lombardi, a longtime friend of on a regional, recognizable the homeowner. window, but making it large enough that it becomes a picture window. By ganging them together, it becomes more about the view than the actual window.” Another vestige of tradition is found upstairs, where the thirteen-foot ceiling in the master bedroom angles down to meet the wall, suggesting a room tucked under the eaves. “It recreates that feeling in an old house where the roofline is visible,

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The open-corner window configuration used in the sitting area is repeated upstairs in the master bedroom. “It feels like a tree house,” says the homeowner. The angled ceiling hints at the eccentricity of a vintage farmhouse. F­ ACING PAGE: The library can be made cozier by closing it off from the adjacent living room via sliding barn doors.

like you would find in an older saltbox or colonial,” Harris explains. Downstairs, the library closes off from the main room with two barn-style doors. Other than their operation, there’s nothing about the doors that suggests a farming connection. “We didn’t go out and search for artifacts or antique pieces from other buildings,” Harris explains. “We tried to let the finishes be a little more up-to-date, and let the furnishings take care of the rest.” Those furnishings, selected by New Preston interior designer Joanna Seitz, communicate country without the clichés. Seitz, whose J. Seitz & Co. has

been a local design resource for thirty-two years, specializes in oneof-a-kind pieces that add personality to classic interiors. “The client was looking for a modern country look,” Seitz says, “something simple and somewhat minimalist, but comfortable and livable.” The designer translated that vision into seating upholstered in Belgian linen, unfussy tables, and oversized but understated vintage industrial lighting from her store’s collection. Among her favorite pieces is a small stool with curled legs that replicate antelope horns—one of several examples of the subtle animal references scattered throughout the house. More prominent examples are the large paintings of rural creatures. Two of these, a hen hanging in the kitchen and a rabbit mounted in the sitting area, were created by the client’s good friend, the artist Patrice Lombardi. A third, in which a steer faces off its observers from over the fireplace, came from Seitz’s shop. Barnyard personalities may be confined to oil-on-canvas, but outside, deer and wild turkey wander by, framed in the windows. So, too, is the daily drama of daylight playing out across the fields, visible from every room of the house. “As the sun passes, the meadows are lit like a stage throughout the day, as if someone were turning the lights on and off. It happens every day, and it evolves with the seasons,” Harris says. At the end of the day, the most important relationship the “sisters” have, he notes, is with the world around them. “The most successful thing about this house is the way you experience that land, those views, and that barn, which always brings you back and anchors you where you are.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 138.

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out of the Shadows

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A dark, inward-looking house is opened up and given a colorful makeover to become a fun weekend spot.

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A love of Moorish and Moroccan design inspired the home’s vivid colors, brilliant patterns, global accents, and eclectic blend of traditional, modern, and midcentury silhouettes. The great room sports a round sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams outfitted in a bold Fabricut fabric. FACING PAGE: Designer Robin Henry added cool blues to lend a soothing counterpoint to the fiery reds and oranges.

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hey say there’s something mystical in the power of three. It’s a symbol of unity, harmony, and completion. In fact, it took the collective talents of three highly creative women to work magic on a nondescript 1980s ranch in Sharon. Together they transformed the ugly duckling into an enchanting family home. It was “all orange and shag carpet, with a bachelorsize kitchen,” remembers Rachael Combe, the home-

owner, who, with her husband, Orlando Knauss, discovered the sleeper in 2004. They were living in New York City at the time and were in the market for a weekend home. The house was dated and gloomy, but they loved that it sat on just over nine acres, snug against a hillside and shaded by tall, sheltering trees. They called on architect Stacey Jacovini Storm to evaluate its potential. “It was solid, but frustratingly introverted,” says Storm, whose firm, ASCAPE, was

Project Team

Stacey Jacovini Storm, ASCAPE Robin Henry, Robin Henry Studio Landscape design: Robin Leigh, Country Gardens & Pools Architecture:

Interior design:

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charcoal-gray barn board and relatively few windows, the simple facade belies the interior’s lively attitude and connection to the outdoors. A Matisse-inspired, handpainted floor adds a whimsical touch to the great room. The ceiling casts a rosy glow, thanks to a coat of Pantone Creole Pink paint.

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Henry punched up the breakfast area with bright fabrics. FACING PAGE, TOP: The modern, streamlined kitchen was designed by architect Stacey Jacovini Storm during the initial renovation in 2007. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The homeowners fell hard for the backyard view when they first spied the fixer-upper in 2004.

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“The house had to suit our family and be inviting to guests. It had to be durable, a place that could stand up to wet bathing suits, muddy feet, and guests who spill red wine.” based in New York at the time. She convinced them a gut renovation was the way to go. The collaboration came naturally. “Stacey is my best friend—and she also happens to be aesthetically astute,” says Combe. The admiration is mutual. “Rachael has a good eye; she knows her likes and dislikes,” says Storm. They reconfigured rooms and added 1,200 square feet of living space, including a modern, family-size kitchen. They brightened every dark corner. “It had such untapped potential,” says Storm. “The Connecticut countryside demanded large openings directed toward the view of the trees and sky. The land was amazing.” New fenestration throughout enhanced the views and reinforced the home’s link to the outdoors. They simplified the interiors in part by painting all of the walls, as well as a wood-paneled ceiling, white. “There’s a brick fireplace. Not really great, not fall 2016  New England Home Connecticut 71

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“My husband spent part of his childhood in North Africa, and his love of Moorish and Moroccan design informed a lot of ­Robin’s and ­Stacey’s choices,” Combe says.

magical,” says Storm, “so we painted it white, too, and now it’s a perfect backdrop.” The renovation was completed in 2007. While it served its purpose as a getaway for the growing family (the couple now has four children), the home remained sparsely furnished and largely undecorated for more than five years. In 2010 Combe and Knauss moved their primary residence from Manhattan to Westchester (“more space, better schools”) and commissioned Robin Henry of Robin Henry Studio in New York City to design the interiors of their new home. Soon after, Combe turned her attention to Connecticut. “Once we finished Larchmont,” she remembers, “I thought ‘Oh, but now Sharon is so sad.’ ” Storm agreed it was “time to polish the edges. Rachael has a look that is very her and very them.” It was time to let it shine through. She also agreed that Henry was the designer for

the job. “It was a good canvas, and Robin is pretty great. She can work with both of our sensibilities,” Storm says. The client’s charge to the designer: “The house had to suit our family and be inviting to guests. It had to be durable, a place that could stand up to wet bathing suits, muddy feet, and guests who spill red wine.” Henry got it. “They had made the house livable,” she says, “and now it had to be family-friendly, with pretty, practical fabrics— and it absolutely had to be colorful. Rachael is very sophisticated about color.” The project swirled around a few quality pieces the couple owned, including an antique Hepplewhite sofa and a collection of gorgeous Moroccan rugs. “My husband spent part of his childhood in North Africa, and his love of Moorish and Moroccan design informed a lot of Robin’s and Stacey’s choices,” Combe says. As the design plan came together, Henry proposed painting the floors in the open living and dining room area. As a practical matter, it would help define the space, and because it’s a high-traffic area, it just made more sense than placing area rugs all around. Her inspiration for the floor-as-canvas came from the lush cutouts of Henry Matisse. “I wanted to use sunrise colors and scatter shapes all over the floor,” she says. When she took the idea to her clients, they laughed. “I guess I thought it was nuts,” says Combe, “but I trusted her.” Henry called in decorative painter

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The master suite reflects the homeowners’ love of color, texture, and Moorish design. The headboard is custom-designed by Robin Henry and upholstered in a wool felt from Holland & Sherry. The chest at the foot of the bed is a family heirloom. FACING PAGE: The master bath is simple and elegant, a vision in white.

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LEFT: “Mix it up and let color rule” is the mantra in all of the bedrooms, including a children’s bedroom that sports blue-striped walls and mismatched bed linens. BELOW: A bathroom was designed for easy care and timeless good looks. FACING PAGE: A William Morris paper creates a traditional backdrop in the nursery, while one of the homeowners’ many Moroccan rugs adds a bold, bright accent.

“The nice thing about a second home is you don’t fret quite as much about everything ‘going together.’”

Jay C. Lohmann of New York City and Milan. She showed him Matisse and he crafted the layout and pattern for the floor. It was a bold move—but a good one, says Combe. “It’s lovely when the sun comes in through the windows. It feels as though a door to the yard was left open, and leaves blew in. I love that.” Color is a constant in both subtle and not-sosubtle ways. The Hepplewhite is covered in electricblue felt. A red chandelier takes center stage in the dining area. Henry played with mixed materials and patterns throughout, choosing silhouettes that echo the colorful curves on the painted floor. The walls in a quirky bedroom are papered in blue stripes; the bedcoverings are mismatched, and a bright red Moroccan rug knits it all together. In the master suite, a custom headboard with arabesque notes, a colorful coverlet, and pillows evoke that Moorish vibe. A baby’s room features red-and-navy patterned William Morris wallpaper and another

bright rug underfoot. “It all works,” says Combe. “The nice thing about a second home is you don’t fret quite as much about everything ‘going together’ . . . it’s fun to have something different and cheerful.” To her mind, busy is good. “Sometimes when I see a home in a magazine that’s all neutral and calm, with everything in its place, I think it would be nice to have that, but I don’t think I ever will,” she says. “I do like a casual home—that’s why the painted floor works. It’s okay to have things around, including toys on the floor, and yet it doesn’t feel like clutter; it’s actually more conducive to using the space.” This colorful home makes the perfect place for the family to chill out on weekends. “We love it here,” says Combe. “You can just feel the temperature go down when we arrive—on all of us.” • Resources For more information about this home, see page 138. fall 2016  New England Home Connecticut 75

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Neoclassical and contemporary meet in a gracious new home that brings together the best of past and present.

Tradition With A Twist

The handsome new house that replaced a nondescript ranch has a time-honored, neoclassical appearance. Homeowner/interior designer Leslie Rylee and builder Dennis Fisher bought many antique elements, such as the front door and its surround, to further an old feel. Details that had to be added were crafted carefully. “Every new window and door we added was custom made,” Fisher says.

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The staircase design mimics one Rylee admired in the headmaster’s house at Connecticut’s Hotchkiss School, which she attended. FACING PAGE, TOP: Chairs in the snug library wear a subdued Fortuny fabric, while pillows are clad in a contemporary Madeline Weinrib pattern. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Thoughtful additions like a game table in the bay window make the family room welcoming for all ages. Even the dogs love the comfortable chairs upholstered in a paisley fabric by Jasper.

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ractice makes perfect. It may be something of a cliché, but it’s also a truism, at least for interior designer Leslie Rylee and designer/builder Dennis Fisher, who have contrived scores of gorgeous homes together. Their collaborations are known for their unique features, many of which consist of salvaged elements the two cull from myriad sources. This particular project was for Rylee and her family, a pastoral retreat that would offer sanctuary from their busy Manhattan lives. And, right from the start, it seemed there could be no better spot to build on in all of Litchfield County. The rolling acreage was so pretty it didn’t matter that the existing house was a dated ranch. Rylee and her husband razed the time-stressed abode and erected their 7,000-square-foot neoclassical-style nest in almost the same spot, far from the road, with unending views. Then, to ensure the cinematic vistas remain unchanged, the couple placed fifty of their sixty-eight acres into a conservation trust. The other building on the property—a 1740 farmhouse—they transformed into inviting guest quarters. Rylee is a longtime admirer of the gracious homes designed by the American architect David Adler, and it’s evident in the design she and Fisher conceived. Grand but not preten-

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A gleaming tortoise shell atop an heirloom chest creates an eye-catching contrast in the dining room. “I love having a chest in the dining room for storing table linens,” says the designer. The silver candlesticks belonged to her grandmother. FACING PAGE: Rylee and Fisher planned two generous entrances to link the kitchen and family room. The industrial-style lights above the island are from Restoration Hardware. The white backdrop makes the room feel “crisp,” Rylee says.

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The appealing kitchen was driven by the steel cabinets Rylee unearthed at R.T. Facts. tious, the layout includes airy rooms with soaring ceilings. The living room commands its own wing. With windows and French doors on three sides, the chic space is never without light. Surprisingly, though, Rylee claims the best time is after dark. “This is a nighttime room,” she says. “That’s why I painted it buttery yellow. When the fire glows, the room feels cozy despite its size.” Of course, the antique Oushak

rug and vivid pillows covered in a favorite Madeline Weinrib ikat heat up the ambience, too. This strategy Rylee has developed for subtly warming the lofty rooms rather than injecting blasts of color nicely emphasizes the architecture. It’s difficult to imagine anything more complementary to the entry hall’s graceful staircase, say, than the Phillip Jeffries maize-hued wallcovering. A birdcage turned into a statement chandelier from the Kent antique

Project Team

Leslie Rylee, Leslie Rylee Decorative Arts & Interiors Dennis Fisher, Amber Construction & Design Landscape design: Elizabeth Halley Landscape Design and Deborah Munson Landscape Design Interior design:

Architectural design and construction:

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A fireplace surround from R.T. Facts in Kent makes a stunning focal point for the living room. FACING PAGE: On a trip to Buenos Aires, Rylee and her husband discovered the living room’s mirror and black benches. The sconces are antique as are the Chinese garden seats, while the delicate chandelier is from Visual Comfort.

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As charming as everything is, it’s Rylee’s dressing table, with its make-believe tusk legs, that steals the show.

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shop R.T. Facts offsets the formality. And beneath the stairs, a tiny space has been carved for a phone room not unlike one Rylee recalls in her grandmother’s home. “Old houses have a kind of quirkiness because they often include these cool extra spaces,” the designer says. These small bonuses, she explains, make a home feel congenial and lived-in. Travel down the hall and there’s another such friendly nook, this one sitting at the far end of the dining room, painted forest green and stocked with china. Too welcoming to be used only for special occasions, the dining room, says Rylee, “is on its second life.” For practicality, she recently swapped out the fragile antique carpet she’d originally installed for a durable Serena & Lily jute rug. The natural fiber is a stellar counterpoint to the walls, which are covered in luminous Gracie wallpaper, and the graphic ceiling. Clad in a Schumacher paper, the ceiling sets off a chandelier that the creative Rylee painted black, the better to show off its catchy silhouette. Both avid cooks, Rylee and her husband—along with their two teenage daughters—spend hours in the kitchen. The appealing space, Rylee explains, was driven by six steel cabinets she unearthed in a crowded garage at R.T. Facts. Newly crowned and bestowed with milk-glass fronts, a pair of them now flank the streamlined hood. Their presence adds character and spice to the pale room, and the glinty steel brings another texture to the room’s mix of materials, which includes a marble island top, zinc counters, and an oak floor as rich as Dutch chocolate. “I like separate spaces, not big endless rooms,” Rylee says. That explains why the wainscoted family room, although easily accessible from the kitchen, is a destination on its own. There’s a fireplace to ward off chills, French doors to cast open to the terrace when

it’s balmy, and enough upholstered seating to make everyone happy. A Portuguese needlepoint rug from the New England Collection lends softness, while favorite art (the large painting is by Gideon Rubin) revs up visual interest. Not to be outdone, the inviting library, with walls painted a warm brown hue and boasting a stunning reclaimed pine and gesso mantel, is also an irresist-

ABOVE: In the master

bedroom, Rylee’s penchant for silver translates into a host of small antique boxes (more treasures via her grandmother) gracing the Lucite top of her faux-tusk­ legged dressing table. The painting is by artist Richard Segalman. RIGHT: The bed wears a crisp taffeta skirt, and the headboard is accented with strips of silk ikat. FACING PAGE: A faux zebra rug by Jonathan Adler warms the classically tiled floor in the master bath. The to-die-for tub has a center drain and a side overflow, which demanded specialized plumbing.

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ible oasis. The painting above the mantel belonged to Rylee’s mother. In fact, many of the antiques scattered throughout are heirlooms. Even the Victorian settee in the master suite has a personal history. “It sat in my grandmother’s bedroom,” Rylee recounts. “It was green then as well, and we were never allowed to sit on it, which I was desperate to do.” To safeguard the memory, Rylee

re-covered it in verdant Carolina Irving linen. Across the way, the bed’s upholstered headboard sports fourteen-inch strips of luscious silk ikat in a similar colorway, which Rylee cleverly scored on e-Bay. The bed skirt is crisp taffeta reminiscent of ball gowns. But as charming as everything is, it’s Rylee’s dressing table, with its make-believe tusk legs (another e-Bay find), that steals the show. The leading role in the owner’s bath goes to the sculptural tub. “It was a great buy, but retrofitting it cost a fortune,” Rylee admits with a chuckle. Never mind, the luxuriously deep tub, plus a Jonathan Adler rug and a fetching chandelier from the Urban Electric Company, enhance bathing tenfold, as does a generous bay of windows. A quick glance through the glass reveals grounds that are in the process of being made as handsome as the house. Initially set in motion by garden designer Deborah Munson, the evolving garden is now overseen by landscape designer Elizabeth Halley, who is busy keeping invasive species at bay and establishing a host of fresh plantings. No doubt each tree and shrub will be as carefully thought out as the lovely house itself. Rylee’s refined vision for this special place wouldn’t have it any other way. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 138.

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Chippendale-style gates bring a traditional touch to the grounds. Under landscape designer Elizabeth Halley’s care, the site is burgeoning with groundcovers, trees, and shrubs that complement the home’s architecture. FACING PAGE, TOP: Rather than the usual terrace off the family room, Rylee and Fisher devised a floating terrace using massive salvaged stone slabs. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Garden designer and horticulturist ­Deborah Munson created the lattice-like Belgian fence of espaliered pears scaling the brick wall that sets off the pool. fall 2016  New England Home Connecticut 87

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loset & Storage Concepts is a Norwalk-based home organization and storage products company that designs, manufactures, and installs custom closet and storage organization systems. We craft space-saving solutions for closets, mudrooms, pantries, laundry rooms, garages, and home offices, and also fabricate wall units and murphy beds. The professionally trained storage-system designers and space-planning consultants at Closet & Storage Concepts will assist you during the entire project— measuring the space, performing a detailed needs-analysis, and making recommendations for maximizing

the use of your space. Our designers will create a custom design using our sophisticated CAD program to illustrate what the finished product will look like through floor plans, elevations, and renderings. We pride ourselves on creating solutions that meet your needs and budget. Our skilled craftsmen will custom manufacture your system in our Norwalk facility, and our team of professional installers will flawlessly construct your closet or storage system at your location.

Closet & Storage Concepts 356 Ely Avenue Norwalk, CT 06854

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he line between fantasy and reality is no longer set in stone. At Connecticut Stone, we constantly strive to help people see the unexpected ways that stone can enhance their homes. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has more than 60 years of experience partnering with architects, developers, builders, and designers to transform lives through the exceptional use of building stone. Custom cuts, innovative applications, and award-winning insight—all at your fingertips.

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onnie Cooper Designs is a fullservice 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.


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

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ujardin Design Associates, Inc. (DDA) creates distinctive interiors for some of the world’s most discerning clientele. From the traditional to the more contemporary, from casual beach houses to chic city apartments, the firm’s clean, refined aesthetic marries the finest antique furniture, original art, sustainable materials, and natural finishes with timeless style. Equally at home in St. Andrews, Scotland, New York City, New England, or on Trudy Dujardin’s beloved Nantucket Island, the awardwinning design firm’s interiors blend color, texture, light, and architecture to create a place of serenity and sanctuary, a signature of their style.

Custom-made furnishings, exquisite attention to architectural details, and one-of-a-kind treasures showcase the unique personalities of the homeowners. Enhancing the quality of life of the homeowner encompasses selecting non-toxic materials, ensuring pristine indoor air quality, and providing an energy-efficient environment. DDA creates a beautiful home designed to blend quietly with nature.

Trudy Dujardin

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Trudy Dujardin, FASID; LEED AP + ID + C Sr. Fellow, Design Futures Council Nantucket, MA • (508) 228-1120 Westport, CT • (203) 838-8100

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hen you place the design of your home or office in the talented hands of interior designer Ellen Hyde Phillips of Fairfield Interiors you will draw upon Ellen’s wealth of design expertise and experience. Owner Ellen Hyde Phillips is a noted interior designer, art consultant, artist, teacher, and mentor. Ellen’s work embraces the importance of aesthetics and function in all of her design visions. For more than 35 years, Fairfield Interiors has been all about the

team. Strong communication with both clients and contractors, vendors and artisans is the hallmark of every project we undertake. Whether it is your first home, your first office, or your forever home, Fairfield Interiors connects with you where you are, when you want, and how you want. With Fairfield Interiors, thoughtful planning, meticulous execution, and an uncompromising standard of excellence are all in a day’s work. We love what we do and you will, too. Let us know how we can help turn your vision into reality.

Fairfield Interiors Stratford, CT 06614 (203) 256-8008

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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, to include all aspects of interior design, i.e., custom window treatments and furnishings, space planning, renovations, project management and contractor administration. 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.


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ith more than 30 in-house 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 onestop resource for design. The Lillian August Design Center in Norwalk boasts 100,000 square feet and showcases all that this unique company has to offer. Other Lillian August showrooms include a multi-level Flatiron store that spans a New York City block, as well as two other Connecticut locations: a boutique in Greenwich and an outlet in South Norwalk. Lillian August has grown thanks to the vision of Lillian, who oversees

the design of all licensed collections, 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 eclectic selection of quality products from around the globe, along with top-notch design and trade services and an unparalleled customer experience. For more than 25 years, Lillian August has been dedicated to helping its clients to Love How You Live.®

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32 Knight Street, Norwalk, CT • (203) 847-3314 26 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT • (203) 489-3740 12 West 20th Street, New York, NY • (212) 206-1883 85 Water Street, South Norwalk, CT • (203) 838-0153

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n the 1980s Marianne Donahue started Castles and Cottages, an interior design firm in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. While involved in a design project she met Joseph Namnoun, owner of the J. Namnoun Rug Gallery. Today, Marianne is the sole owner of the gallery that specializes in the handmade and antique rug business. Drawn to antiques, the fine quality of handmade furniture, and a strong use of color and texture, Marianne likes layering and mixing period

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


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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.

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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




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like daffodils. In summer, grasses have become very popular. They give a beachy feel, and in fall and winter they get beautiful seed heads that attract songbirds. For winter, we add the evergreens, such as hollies and boxwoods, as well as winter-blooming plants such as hellebores, known as the Christmas rose or the Lenten rose. Are there ways for home gardeners to extend the blooming season?


Container gardening is currently very popular, and is a great way to keep color all year long. We’ll do four seasons of containers, starting in the spring with daffodils, tulips, and other bulbs. In summer, we replace the bulbs with colorful annuals. In autumn, we’ll work in chrysanthemums, cabbages, kale, and vegetables like Swiss chard and mustard, which have neat foliage and can take some frost. Around Thanksgiving, we replace the plants with cut greens, birch branches, red twig dogwood, and laurel; they will carry containers from November right into March. We use pots in a variety of sizes, from fifteen inches to four feet. Fiberglass pots weather the temperature changes the best. What recent trends have you identified in landscape and garden design?


People often think of gardens as spring and summer things, but you believe good planning can make a garden look good all year. How is that done?


We think a lot about what the fall and winter interest can be. For example, shrubs and even some of the perennials will give you reds and yellows, oranges and purples in the fall. There are a lot of nice shrubs, such as beautyberry, which produces iridescent, shiny purple berries, or Cardinal Candy viburnum, which will give you a bright red berry in the late summer and into the fall. For winter, barks can add texture and visual interest. There are many more options than just

white birch—red twig dogwood or coral bark Japanese maple, for example. We might use an evergreen tree or shrub as a back layer, then bring plants with colorful bark to the foreground. When you have snow cover, the plants will really pop. Has the trend toward creating “outdoor living spaces” influenced landscape design?


In the past two years we’ve seen a big increase in people inquiring about outdoor kitchens and spaces that incorporate fireplaces or fire pits. People want to be able to use their landscape as early as April and as late as November. So for spring, you want a lot of bulbs,

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Do you see a growing awareness for birds and pollinators in garden design?


Yes, and there is a big discussion among avid gardeners about whether you should cut your grasses and perennials back in the fall or leave them over the winter. A lot of our native bees and other pollinators will overwinter in the stems of those native grasses and some of the perennials. If you want to go the pollinator-friendly route, you leave everything up for the winter and then cut everything back in April. •

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With a little planning, the garden can look beautiful all year long, says landscape architect Eva Chiamulera. INTERVIEW BY ROBERT KIENER

People may be surprised to hear that trends come and go almost as quickly as they do in the fashion and home decor worlds. We have “colors of the year” in gardening; this year the hydrangea tones—pastel pinks and blues—have been popular. For hardscapes, people want alternatives to bluestone, such as orchard stone, sandstone, and quartzite.

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It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments in Your Home Through the Stylish Small Stuff In her newest publishing foray, Litchfield County resident and best-selling design author Susanna Salk—aided by examples drawn from a who’s-who of the world’s top interiors experts—explores the outsize impact that seemingly minor design touches can have on the look and feel of a room. The book’s sections focus on just where and how you will want to create an effect: on horizontal surfaces such as a table or kitchen shelf; on walls; on the often-neglected fireplace mantel; and via what Salk calls “little moments” and “big moments,” which can range from curtain ties and the backing of your bookshelves to the art of evoking a coherent overall visual scheme using rhymed shapes, colors, and patterns. Scores of beautifully photographed vignettes are accompanied by quotes from the designers and incisive suggestions about how to achieve similar results. Are you looking to engineer a compelling collection of family portraits for your family room or add a welcoming arrangement to the console in your foyer? This little volume will offer much food for creative thought. Salk

It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments in Your Home Through the Stylish Small Stuff, $45, Rizzoli,

Sticks and Stones: The Designs of Lew French Martha’s Vineyard stone artist Lew French should be familiar to New England residents, who will have glimpsed his remarkable fireplaces and other structures in any number of magazine french features. Following eleven years after a previous publishing foray, Stone by Design, this new volume shows French’s aesthetic evolving in subtly new directions while remaining instantly recognizable. “I have tried throughout my career to let the natural materials . . . speak for themselves,” he says about his working method, which involves gathering promising chunks of raw material—some of them natural products of geology and weather, some of them leftover artifacts from earlier industry or construction work—and squirreling them away until just the right application comes along. Over time French’s palette has grown to incorporate driftwood, antique timbers, and occasionally stones that have been split with feathers and wedges or otherwise altered. Recent projects include wall sculptures, water features, items of furniture, and a scattering of complete environments, including his own seasonal home in Brazil—all beautifully photographed by fellow Vineyard resident Alison Shaw. Sticks and Stones: The Designs of Lew French, $35, Gibbs Smith,

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The New Shingled House

Over the past twenty-five years, the partners of the architectural firm Ike Kligerman Barkley have played imaginative riffs on older architectural traditions. The subject of their latest book is, therefore, a perfect fit. What we call the Shingle style was from its beginning a flexible, composite method: the application of early New England cedar-shingle cladding to house configurations that had developed later in the nineteenth century. The fourteen houses captured here by photographer William Waldron extend this procedure with shinglewrapped forms that call to mind more recent influences: Sir Edwin Lutyens, Frank Lloyd Wright, even flat-roof modernism. One particularly pleasing example, on Martha’s Vineyard, manages to combine 1950s Wrightian hexagons with echoes of McKim, Mead & White’s former William G. Low house in Bristol, Rhode Island, for a composition of spare, meditative horizontality. Still, these homes wear their historical learning lightly. As spaces for living, they are invariably urbane, comfortable, and altogether lovely. The New Shingled House, $60, The Monacelli Press, 114  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2016

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Out and about in celebration of design and architecture in Connecticut




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networking event of the season. In celebration of the magazine’s summer issue, members of the local design community enjoyed a night of gorgeous patio weather, lawn games, cocktails, and food catered by Rowayton Market.


(1) Maria LaPiana, Debra Judge Silber, and New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner (2) Freddy Miraballes of Freddy’s Landscape Company and Chris Pagliaro of Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects (3) Raffle winner Matt Giardina of Front Row Kitchens shows off two bottles from his case of Uruguayan wine (4) Guests gather around the bar to watch the raffle (5) Jim Demetros of FLC Outdoor Lighting, Tony Aitoro of Aitoro Appliances, and Bill Charney of Advanced Home Audio (6) Stephanie Rapp of Stephanie Rapp Interiors and Heidi Holzer of Heidi Holzer Design & Decorative Work (7) Joe Marotta of Advanced Home Audio, Matt Giardina of Front Row Kitchens, Tony Aitoro of Aitoro Appliances, Karen Bradbury of Closet and Storage Concepts, and Jan and Gorden Hiltz of Jan Hiltz Interiors (8) New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel and Paula M. Bodah (9) Kat Kamen of Huelster Design Studio, New England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso, and Sylvia Erskine of Erskine Associates (10) Jan Hiltz of Jan Hiltz Interiors, Connie Cooper of Connie Cooper Design, and Peggy Kebabian of Kebabian’s (11) Nicole Charney of Advanced Home Audio and Julie Holzman of Holzman Interiors (12) Jose D’Auria, Kristen and Matt Sullivan of Gatehouse Partners, and Marzanna Butryn of BENDER (13) Ann Sellars Lathrop of Sellars Lathrop Architects with Roberta Thomas Mancuso 118  New England Home Connecticut  fall 2016

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New England Home Connecticut partnered with Connecticut Stone to bring a night of cocktails and education to the design community. At Wine with Stone, guests enjoyed cheese and sipped wine while embarking on a tour, watching a presentation, and earning two CEU credits in just a couple of hours.

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(1) Kyle Hoepner, Kathryn McCarver Root, 6 Stacy Kunstel, Michael De Perno, Elizabeth Ralls, Stacey Bewkes, Tyler Hill, Michael Mitchell, and Andrew Fry (2) Fran Keilty and Valerie Lynn (3) Susanna Salk signing copies of her new book, It’s the Little Things (4) Kathryn McCarver Root, Tyler Hill, Elizabeth Ralls, and Michael Mitchell (5) Spencer Gervasoni, Austin Mill, and Robert Couturier (6) Guests enjoy lunch alfresco.



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Interior designers, architects, writers, and design enthusiasts gathered at Washington’s lovely Mayflower Grace hotel to share their inspiration and stories. Day of Design 2016 featured eleven of the industry’s most respected movers and shakers, including New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel and Kyle Hoepner. Guests enjoyed signature cocktails, presentations, and a book signing.





(1) Anthony Gentile, Bevis

Polk, Tyra Dellacroce, Ann Sellars Lathrop, Sara and Bill Senst, Michael Benjamin, Shanna Benjamin, Bill Goromby, and Kenya Davis (2) Joe Marotta, Howard Kelly II, and Kasia Kudrzycka (3) Brenda Edwards presents on the art of specifying natural stone (4) Brenda Edwards and Howard Sellars


Sounds for the Home event. Profession(1) Margaret Price and Lynn 4 Garelick (2) Juanita Strassfield and Beth Cannon (3) Stephanie Koch and Noelle Newell (4) Presenters Frances Ducharme and Bill Charney (5) Dawn Gepfert, Andrea Pilat, Carol Schuler, and Beth Dempsey


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als from Benjamin Moore presented on the power of color, while Advanced Home Audio gave an introduction to smart home control and automation.

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series was added to the books this June. Top-tier design professionals came together to enjoy antipasti, wine, and American bluegrass performed by Billy Voiers & Rick Tiven.

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(1) Joe Marotta, Randy


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New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business

The Summer House

» Kerri Rosenthal’s newest venture is a bold one. The artist and interior designer has just opened a new store, Kerri Rosenthal, a 1,200-square-foot space at 10 Sconset Square in Westport that fuses her stylish, quirky concepts of art, fashion, and interiors under what she calls “one happy roof.” In addition to offering an eclectic collection of art, home decor items, clothing, and accessories, Rosenthal will also debut XOKR, her own line of products inspired by her colorful artwork. The space will also serve as Rosenthal’s art studio and gallery, as well as a base for Space, her interior design business. West-

port, (203) 557-6800, » The newest place for finding beautiful things for the home is The Perfect Provenance, a boutique that celebrates the unique and the luxurious. Owner Lisa Lori opened her shop in a remodeled Victorian home on Greenwich’s Arch

Street, and has filled its rooms with art, furniture, home accessories, and fashion culled from around the world. The store is also home to Cafe 47, offering lunch and afternoon tea as well as Thursday and Friday night dinner. Lori plans to raise the retail experience to a sensory event, creating exhibitions that bring together art, culture, design, food, and music under a theme. Greenwich, (203) 900-1131,

Kopp » Happy anniversary to GWP Contracting, celebrating a decade of fine woodworking and home remodeling. Gary W. Paige Jr., a thirdgeneration cabinet and furniture craftsman, and his wife, Kelly, have worked together since their college years, when they had jobs as painters for a company that created stage sets. Gary eventually moved into carpentry with the company, rediscovering his passion and skill for woodworking. It was only a matter of time before the young couple went off on their own, and the rest, as they say, is history. Trumbull, Gary and kelly Paige

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The Perfect Provenance

» The Summer House has taken up new residence, moving its collection of antique furniture, home decor, jewelry, and accessories to a new spot at 107

» After several years of living and working in Manhattan, designer Caroline Kopp has moved both her family and her business,

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to Westport. Kopp’s background includes past stints with such design icons as Thomas O’Brien, Victoria Hagen, and Foley & Cox, so it’s no wonder she’s making a name for herself in Fairfield County. Westport, (917) 797-9756, » The Gault family has never rested on its laurels. Since Gault Bros., its first business, opened in 1914 as a hauling company with a single horse and wagon, the Gault men and women have consistently diversified and looked forward. Now in its 153rd year and with the fifth-generation of the family at the helm and the sixth generation joining in, the Westport firm most recently known as Gault Energy & Stone has changed its name to Gault Family Companies. The new branding pulls the company’s three diverse services—Energy & Home Solutions, Stone

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Cherry Street in New Canaan. An all-new space means all-new antiques, says owner Margaret Schwartz, with an emphasis on Gustavian, Rococo, and Scandinavian pieces in addition to the classical French antiques customers have long loved. The shop has also begun a partnership with designer Megan Wunderlich of DesignDot, offering interior design expertise and assistance. New Canaan, (203) 594-9550,

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The BohEme Collection by Linherr Hollingsworth

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Hollingsworth debuts her first collection

of fabrics, wallcoverings, and carpet for Kravet this autumn. Bohème evokes the designer’s own free-spirited but refined style with its bold, organic patterns and rich hues. Texture, too, plays an important part, with fabrics ranging from lush velvet to buttery leather to soft linen. And touches of metallic bring a glam accent to the collection. Norwalk, (203) 299-1327,, • By Paula M. Bodah

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Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden at the Glass House in New Canaan

OCTOBER Contemporary Art Influenced by Korea and Japan: An Unexpected Approach Through November 4

The Greenwich Arts Council will present the works of almost two dozen artists from Japan, Korea, and the United States in this exhibit at browngrotta arts. Included are artists who have built on centuries of inherited national aesthetic and technical traditions, as well as artists who have adopted some of the expansive vocabulary of contemporary Asian artistry. browngrotta arts, Wilton, (203) 834-0623, Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden at the Glass House Through November 30

The Philip Johnson Glass House celebrates the late architect’s 110th birthday, and the 10th anniversary of the opening of the house to the public, with Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden. First created 50 years ago, in 1966 for the 33rd Venice Biennale, this iteration of Narcissus Garden will be incorporated into the Glass House’s 49-acre landscape. The art installation comprises 1,300 floating steel spheres, each approximately 12 inches in diameter, which will be installed in the site’s lower meadow and forest, creating a dramatic view to the west of the Glass House. The exhibit will be viewed during Glass House tours. New Canaan, (203) 594-9884, NEW/NOW: Sanford Biggers Through January 23

Artist Sanford Biggers will create a grand, site-specific installation of a rug composed of loose sand poured to the floor in colorful patterns that evoke quilts or prayer rugs. The work is designed to encourage audiences to engage with the art through observance and meditation.

Originally developed in 2002 to help medical students fine-tune their observation skills, this interactive program featuring works of art was created by Amy Herman. The program has since been taught to a variety of professionals, including law enforcement officers, educators, and the finance community. The interactive program will strengthen your observation skills and change how you view the world. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Free with admission but registration is required, (203) 438-4519, Fall Home Show CT October 28–30

Sanford Biggers’s 2001 Prayer Rug, made of colored sand

The museum will also host a series of dance and community events related to the unique installation. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, (860) 229-0257, Washington Connecticut Antiques Show October 7–9

This highly respected antiques show is celebrating 30 years as the primary fund-raiser for Gunn Memorial Library. The event launches with the traditional Preview Night cocktail party on Friday, October 7. Jazz standards will be enjoyed during this opportunity for advance buying. On Saturday evening there will be a Young Collectors Party that will feature curated antiques along with

Homeowners have the opportunity to see the latest home innovations, speak with renovation experts, and get inspired for their next project. A highlight of the weekend will be an appearance by Kevin O’Connor of This Old House on Saturday, 1 p.m.–3 p.m. The show runs Friday 5 p.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $10 for adults, $8 for seniors. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford (860) 365-5678, Wilton Fall Antiques Market October 29

This annual market features more than 30 exceptional and diverse exhibitors showing a wide variety of fine and decorative arts from around the world, including furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, textiles, and more. New this year will be a special event, “Early Perusing and Purchasing, Mimosas and Madeleines,” from 9 a.m.–10 a.m. for those who want to get the opportunity to buy before the crowds arrive. Proceeds from the event support

The New England Design Hall of Fame Awards November 10 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 The 2015 Winners invariably sold-out event enjoy stellar views of Boston, signature cocktails, fine cuisine, and plenty of partying with industry insiders. 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7:45 p.m. dinner and awards. The State Room, Boston. Call (617) 938-3991, ext. 713, to order tickets, or purchase them online at

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NOVEMBER Cultural Landscape Lecture by Marc Peter Keane: Karesansui—Japanese Stone Gardens Old and New November 3

Have you ever wondered about Japanese karesansui gardens? The sand and stone gardens can be enigmatic unless you have a clear understanding of the history of these serene spaces. Internationally known garden designer Marc Peter Keane will share the history of the gardens and how they developed their stylized forms. Marc Peter Keane Light refreshments will be offered. 6:30 p.m.; $15 members, $20 nonmembers. Greenwich Historical Society, Cos Cob, (203) 8696899, 31st Annual American Artisan Show in Wilton November 4–6

Celebrating its 31st year, this nationally recognized show is held on the grounds of the Wilton Historical Society, and features more than 35 American artisans from across the country. Unique handmade rugs, furniture, textiles, baskets, and more will be on display. Preview party Friday, 6 p.m.–9 p.m., $100; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $10. Reservations required for preview party. Wilton Historical Society, Wilton, (203) 762-7257, CraftWestport November 5–6

For 41 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. The event is sponsored by the Westport Young Women’s League, and all proceeds are given to local charity organizations. Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $10 for adults, $9 for seniors. Westport, Staples High School, (845) 331-7900, Westchester Fall Home Show November 5–6

Homeowners have the opportunity to meet directly with renovation experts and get inspired for their next homeimprovement project. Exhibitors include

experts in solar energy, home automation, window coverings, and much more. Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; $8 for adults, $7 for seniors. Westchester County Center, White Plains, N.Y., (860) 365-5678, ­ Deck the Walls November 11–January 6

Forget the mall and give the gift of art. The Lyme Art Association’s annual holiday show and sale features the works of more than 200 artists. The show includes a wide range of types and sizes of artwork specially designed for holiday gift-giving. Lyme, (860) 434-7802, ­

donated works to this one-of-a-kind tradition. There are plenty of special events, including Christmastime teas, hands-on crafts, and other family-oriented activities. Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, (860) 434-5542, Antiquarius December 2–7

Celebrate the holidays in style with a series of events featuring the Greenwich Winter Antique Show, Holiday House Tour, Holiday Boutique, a design lecture and book signing featuring Alessandra Branca, and other social events. Visit the Greenwich Historical Society website for full details, Festival of Trees & Traditions December 2–11

Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art holds its annual holiday event, featuring trees, wreaths, and festive holiday decor. There will be live music and dancing in the galleries. During the festival, a special exhibition, The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, will be on view. Hartford, (860) 278-2670, The 2015 Rooms with a View interior design showcase

Rooms with a View November 11–13

Local in spirit but nationally renowned, the annual Rooms with a View was the innovation of legendary designer Albert Hadley. Interior designers display their creativity through small room vignettes. This year’s honorary chair is Thom Filicia. The event launches with a gala on Friday, November 11. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $20. Southport Congregational Church, Southport, (203) 255-4538, 24th Annual HOBI Awards November 16

The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut’s HOBI Awards celebrate the best in residential and commercial construction, remodeling, and more. The event kicks off with a cocktail hour followed by a presentation of winning entries and dinner. The event will take place at the beautiful Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Details at

DECEMBER Magic of Christmas December 1–January 8

Delight in the holiday season at the Florence Griswold Museum. Visitors of all ages can enjoy Miss Florence’s Artist Trees, designer Fantasy Trees, and the Florence Griswold House decorated for an old fashioned 1910 Christmas. Miss Florence’s Artist Trees features nearly 200 artists from all over the country who have

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum’s 36th Annual Holiday House Tour December 4

Enjoy a favorite Connecticut holiday tradition at this annual holiday house tour. Mark Twain’s 19-room home, along with other unique Hartford-area homes, will be decorated for the season. There will be live music at the houses to further enhance the festive atmosphere. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (860) 2803130, ­ Westport Historical Society Holiday House Tour December 4

Enjoy five beautiful Westport homes decked out in festive holiday decor at this annual event. The self-guided tour is sure to put you in the holiday spirit and inspire you to decorate your own home for the season. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Westport, (203) 222-1424, visit for details. Edited by Lynda Simonton Editor’s note: Events are subject to change. Please

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3. California Dreaming Barbara Barry’s impeccable design sense meets California comfort in McGuire’s Ojai Lounge Chair. DesignSourceCT, Hartford, (860) 951-3145,

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1. Kaleidoscope Saturated colors, raised motifs, and whimsical designs all work together in the characteristically joyful pottery created by South African artisans at Potter’s Workshop. Terston, Kent, (860) 927-1255,

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Page 58: Adirondack chairs from Design Within Reach,; Laura Zindel mug, outdoor pillows, cement-based hurricane lamp, and metal stool from J. Seitz & Co. Page 59: Belgian linen sofa from Cisco Brothers,; standing lamps from Currey & Company,; recycledwood coffee table, vintage metal ceiling pendant, recycled-wood and metal side tables, and woodgrained Lucite cubes from J. Seitz & Co.; entry bench from Cisco Brothers; hand-painted floor cloth, demilune table, table lamp, and vintage mirror from J. Seitz & Co. Pages 60–61: Tree-trunk vase by Michael Aram,; bowls and pendant from J. Seitz & Co.; dining room chandelier, table, chairs, standing lamps, and metal sideboard from J. Seitz & Co; silver deer head from Roost, Page 62: Hand-blown vase by Jan Barboglio,; rabbit oil painting by Patrice Lombardi,; metal sideboard and standing lamps from J. Seitz & Co. Page 63: Sofa and chairs from Cisco Brothers; pillows from John Robshaw,; coffee table, roman shades, and replica horn stool from J. Seitz & Co. Page 64: Bed from Cisco Brothers; chair from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams,; zebra bench and pillow from Oly,; linens from Matteo,, and Libeco, Page 65: Coffee table from Moss Studios,; chairs and sofa from Cisco Brothers; cube ottomans, pillows, and artwork from J. Seitz & Co. OUT OF THE SHADOWS PAGES 66–75 Architect: Stacey Jacovini Storm, ASCAPE, Philadelphia, (212) 255-5250, Interior designer: Robin Henry, Robin Henry Studio, New York City, (646) 409-3099, Decorative painter: Jay C. Lohmann, New York City, (917) 825-3148 Drapery/pillow/upholstery workroom: Leslie Hoss Flood, Leslie Hoss Flood Interiors, Millerton, N.Y.,

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(518) 789-0640, Upholstery workroom: Houston Upholstery, Queens, N.Y., (212) 645-4032 Landscape architect: Robin Leigh, Country Gardens & Pools, Wilton, (860) 307-9499, Swimming pool build/install: Dobson Pools, New Preston, (860) 354-9227, Pages 66–69: Decorator’s White wall color by Benjamin Moore,; Creole Pink ceiling color by Pantone, pantone. com; antique Hepplewhite sofa from Brennan & Mouilleseaux Antiques, david-mouilleseaux., with felted wool fabric by Osborne & Little,; lumbar pillow fabric from Vanderhurd Studio, vanderhurd. com; pink twill pillow fabric from C&C Milano,; coffee table and side tables from Chelsea Textiles,; floor lamps from Serena & Lily,; dining banquette fabric from Lulu DK,; dining table from From The Source,; Xanadu print pillow fabric from Osborne & Little; peach satin pillow fabric from Quadrille, quadrillefabrics. com; Mosaic Paisley pillow fabric from Fabricut, fabricut. com; drapery fabric from Vanderhurd; chandelier from Design Within Reach,; round sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams,, with Mosaic Paisley cushion fabric from Fabricut and body fabric from Designers Guild,; cowhide rug from ABC Carpet & Home, abchome. com; Moroccan inlaid table from auction site; knitted wool throw from Fig Linens, Pages 70–71: Table base from R.T. Facts,; glass vases from Crate & Barrel,; throw pillow by Madeline Weinrib through ABC Carpet & Home; Woodlawn Blue wall color from Benjamin Moore. Page 73: Custom leaf-shaped headboard (designed by Robin Henry), box springs, and mattress fabricated by Charles H. Beckley,; headboard fabric from Holland & Sherry,; Euro pillows from Fig Linens, sheets from Restoration Hardware,; throw pillows from Bungalow,; side tables from Bunny Williams,; sconces from Neo Studio, Sag Harbor, N.Y., (631) 7255632. Page 74: Morris & Company wallpaper through Zoffany,; upholstered chair from Chelsea Textiles; toile patchwork pillow by Richard Saja,

Page 75: Closet Stripes wallpaper from Farrow & Ball,; Muriel Brandolini curtain fabric through Holland & Sherry; bent wood night table from Serena & Lily; ceiling fixture from John Derian,; table lamp from Chameleon Fine Lighting,; Lulworth Blue wall color from Farrow & Ball.

TRADITION WITH A TWIST PAGES 76–87 Interior designer: Leslie Rylee, Leslie Rylee Decorative Arts & Interiors, New York City, (212) 473-6306 Architectural designer/builder: Dennis Fisher, Amber Construction and Design, Collinsville, (860) 6930400, Landscape designer: Elizabeth Halley Landscape Design, Nova Scotia, Canada, (902) 229-3475, Upholstery workroom: Ewald’s Furniture & Upholstery, Torrington, (860) 489-8901, Page 78: Birdcage chandelier from R.T. Facts,; Roger Oates stair runner from Patterson, Flynn Martin, pattersonflynnmartin. com; grasscloth wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries, Page 79: Library chair fabric by Fortuny, fortuny. com; rug from the New England Collection,; pillow fabric from Madeline Weinrib; family room lantern from R.T. Facts; Jasper chair fabric from Michael Smith,; rug from the New England Collection; large painting by Gideon Rubin, Page 80: Wallpaper from Gracie, graciestudio. com; ceiling wallpaper by Schumacher,; chandelier from R.T. Facts; tortoise shell from Gabriel Del Campo San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina,; jute rug from Serena & Lily, Page 81: Metal cabinets from R.T. Facts; island lights from Restoration Hardware,; range from BlueStar,; pot filler and faucet from Rohl,; hood from Vent-A-Hood,; jute runners from Serena & Lily. Pages 82–83: Mirror and black benches from Gabriel Del Campo San Telmo; ikat pillow fabric from Madeline Weinrib; fireplace surround from R.T. Facts; chandelier from Visual Comfort, Page 84: Rug from Jonathan Adler, jonathanadler. com; lantern from The Urban Electric Company, Page 85: Rug from Jonathan Adler; sofa fabric by Carolina Irving,; bed linens by Schweitzer Linen,; bench from Gabriel Del Camp San Telmo; tusk table from eBay, •

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