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In This Issue

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Outdoorsy Adirondack style meets the modern preference for a light, airy feeling in a northern Connecticut getaway.

Tailored, sophisticated, yet cozy and child-friendly, a New Canaan home makes a welcoming nest for a young family.

A humble 1950s ranch gets a makeover that marries classic architecture with casual contemporary interiors for the best of both form and function.







On the cover: The variations of gray in the Osborne & Little ombré fabric of the draperies inspired designer Michelle Morgan Harrison’s palette for the cozy living room in this New Canaan home. Photograph by John Gould Bessler. To see more of this home, turn to page 84. winter 2015  New England Home Connecticut 11

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122 24 Art, Design, History, Landscape

People, Places, Events, Products

16 | From the Editor

103 | Perspectives Vintage-inspired floral wallcoverings; ideas for a sumptuous guest room from designer Lee Ann Thornton; the state of the home-building business according to Kelly Wright; architect Rafe Churchill takes a road trip for inspiration.

24 | Artistry: Scenic Beauty With the eye of an artist and the passion of a techie, Phil Nelson creates luminous, mesmerizing landscape photographs. By Caroline Cunningham


30 | In Our Backyard: Skins in the Game For more than three decades, New Milford’s Edelman Leather has been the go-to source for the exquisite leathers favored by the best interior designers near and far. By John Torsiello

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36 | New England Design Hall of Fame Gala A fond look back at our celebration in honor of those inducted into the 2014 New England Design Hall of Fame.

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40 | The 2014 Home Building Industry (HOBI) Awards A wrap-up of the twenty-first annual program by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut.

110 | Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. 116 | Trade Notes New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business. BY PAULA M. BODAH

118 | Calendar of Events BY LYNDA SIMONTON

122 | New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in Connecticut shops and showrooms. BY LYNDA SIMONTON 126 | Resources A guide to the professionals and products featured in this issue. 127 | Advertiser Index 128 | Sketch Pad Russell Melzer on the art of creating an illustration that brings a designer’s vision of a room to life.

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next, we have gradually become a place where architects, interior designers, custom builders, and the other myriad professionals involved in the creation of high-end homes go to see what their friends and colleagues are up to. And again, thanks to that farreaching network, we can serve as well by connecting Connecticut’s design-savvy public with the people and companies that will best help them realize their dreams for the perfect home environment. This makes us all—magazine, readers, and members of the trade alike—part of a reciprocal circuit. Together we not only monitor, but over time actually influence the course of highend home design—a serious responsibility! As we near our fifth anniversary issue in the spring, therefore, we want to continue honing our approach to covering the residential design world. We will be lengthening and repacing our home features, to let the photography we work so hard to create have greater impact. We have added a calendar of design-related events and gallery shows, and have completely rethought our Perspectives section to incorporate a wider variety of voices and find further angles from which to observe architecture, design, and fine building. Plus, over time, we will be expanding our front-of-book departments, to allow more in-depth coverage of the theory and practice of design and the state of the market. The more we learn about the beautiful, innovative things that are happening around us, the more we strive to find beautiful, innovative ways to share those things with our constituency. And we’re very pleased to have you, as well as Connecticut’s design professionals, be part of that collaborative circle.

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ollowing our most recent gala celebration of the New England Design Hall of Fame (see page 36), thoughts about community, interaction, and influence have been much on my mind. Sometimes, when asked to give a thumbnail résumé of what this publication is about, I will call it “the designer’s design magazine.” Although that’s hardly a complete account, it’s also not an exaggeration. New England Home Connecticut (like the other members of the New England Home family) occupies an interestingly composite niche in our region’s residential design ecology. Our primary purpose, of course, is to act as expert and unbiased proponents of the very best in residential design. At the same time, however, by virtue of our extensive web of connections within the industry, and the synoptic view we get of the work that happens across New England from one year to the

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ture “Collective Wisdom” incorrectly. The vintage rattan furniture and the midcentury metal-and-wood surfboard table shown on page 72 are from Dovetail Furniture through J. Seitz & Company. In a “Trade Notes” piece about Susan Glick, we listed the wrong phone number; her correct number is (203) 984-4112.

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he sun is setting over a cerulean sea, or behind a distant valley that turns rich magenta in the fading light. Autumn leaves transform a hillside into a shimmering blaze of yellow; pink clouds float above a still harbor at dawn. We are surrounded by evanescent beauty, but don’t always stop to appreciate what’s before us. When we do, we often call to others to share in the wonder: “Come here! Look! Look at that!” We may even reach for our camera phones to record the scene, but these images invariably disappoint—we see them and think, “It was better than that.” Nature eludes our attempts to record its transcendent majesty. But not always. Phil Nelson’s remarkable landscapes capture these fleeting moments of unexpected grandeur, and demonstrate both the photographer’s keen creative vision and his grasp of how technology can be utilized to realize that vision. As he says, “What the camera

delivers isn’t what you first saw. But the raw data is in there, and I can pull out the details to make the images that I want.” Nelson is a persuasive advocate for how technology can enhance the artistic process, and dismisses with a cheerful laugh any perception that this represents

a compromise of a “pure” image. “That’s just nonsense,” he says. “Ansel Adams was doing some version of this in his lab decades ago, and he’d be all over Photoshop today, too.” Nelson is an artist first and foremost, but he’s also an expert technician with an

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enduring interest in understanding the way things work. “I was always the kind of kid who took things apart, just so I could put them back together,” he confesses. The parallel inclinations to tinker and create, nurtured in an extended family of artists and art historians, continued through high school, where Nelson took courses in photography and drafting, and into college, where he explored graphic design and filmmaking. He started a company with three friends in New York City, focused on animation and advertising, and was always looking for innovative ways to approach their projects. Enter Apple, and its early Macintosh computers. As Nelson says, “It was very obvious what they were doing, which was

changing the world. I saw the beginning of this huge revolution and thought, ‘I just have to work for them.’” And so he did, leading seminars in desktop publishing and graphic design all over the country for almost a decade. After leaving Apple, Nelson went on to Adobe Systems as a corporate account manager, working with clients across the advertising, publishing, and enter-

tainment industries. He then developed a field of expertise in the area of color management and measurement, and has given hundreds of presentations on how to maintain consistent color throughout the photographic workflow—a process that is even more complex and demanding than it sounds. During these various, but interconnected, careers, Nelson continued to

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Nelson’s extraordinary photographs document scenes that, with their saturated color and pristine detail, seem at once somewhat surreal and absolutely familiar. photography business. Nelson’s extraordinary photographs document scenes that, with their saturated color and pristine detail, seem at once somewhat surreal and absolutely familiar. We’ve stood on that dock at sunrise; we’ve walked along that beach, or wandered up that mountain trail. It is Nelson’s masterful use of natural light, framing, and perspective, along with his technical wizardry in processing his images, that creates this sense of intimacy. We are drawn into the photograph; we can feel the wind in the trees along Lake Tahoe, or hear gentle waves breaking along the shores of Stony Creek. Nelson may capture specific moments in time, but the sentiment behind his luminous work is that beauty in the natural world is both spectacular and timeless. •




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he scent of leather pervades the air, a sensory rush that washes over every part of the company, from headquarters to inspection, from shipping and receiving to the storage quarters. The omnipresent aroma is quite natural, because this is Edelman Leather, a New Milford–headquartered concern that is all about leather—luxury leather for the interior design industry, to be specific. The seeds for today’s company were planted in the late 1940s when Theodora “Teddy” Joffe and Arthur Edelman met and fell in love. As young newlyweds, they joined Teddy’s family’s business,


Fleming Joffe, a small company that specialized in selling exotic leathers to the fashion industry. In the early 1960s, the soon-to-be pop-art icon Andy Warhol answered the company’s ad for a graphic designer. Warhol and Teddy and Arthur became fast friends, and thanks in part to Warhol’s skill and creativity, Fleming Joffe quickly became the fashion industry’s premier leather source. The small company captured the prestigious

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“We source all of our leather from Italy. They don’t use barbed wire, they don’t brand.... This all contributes to the quality of leather,” says Edelman president Amy Darrah.

user is the luxury market,” says Edelman president Amy Darrah. “These are people who want the best of the best.” The 63,000-square-foot New Milford facility employs fifty-six people working on everything from tables and chairs to rugs, all designed and created using the company’s premium bull- and calf-hide leathers from Italy. “Our leather is derived as a by-product of the food industry,” explains Darrah.

“No animals are killed only for their hides. We source all of our leather from Italy. They don’t use barbed wire, they don’t brand, and the animals are kept in with wooden fences and cleaned and put in at night. This all contributes to the quality of leather.” All of the hides are tanned in Italy with centuries-old techniques that use natural tanning agents. So-called vegetable tanning, using plants and tree bark, creates a

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resilient leather with a bit of heft. Chrome tanning, using fluid extracted from minerals, results in a lighter leather with a softer hand. Some hides are dyed in Italy, although coloring and finishing are often done at the company’s upstate New York plant. “Some hides are finished locally, as custom coloring is an Edelman standard,

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The scene at Boston’s State Room was set with sumptuous decor and dramatic views of the Boston skyline as New England’s residential design community came together for the eighth annual New England Design Hall of Fame Gala. Following a spirited cocktail hour, guests settled in for dinner, and the awards ceremony kicked off with a presentation of the 2014 New England Design Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund to the Housing Design Studio at Northeastern University’s School of Architecture. Our homes editor, Stacy Kunstel, was emcee for the night, and the cheers were enthusiastic as she presented awards to the 2014 inductees: architects Douglas Dick, Treffle LaFleche, and Dinyar Wadia; interior designers Jim Gauthier, Susan Stacy, and Christina Oliver; and kitchen designer Rosemary Porto.








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(1) 2014 inductees Treffle LaFleche, Douglas Dick, Christina Oliver, Susan Stacy, Dinyar Wadia, Rosemary Porto, and Jim Gauthier (2) The State Room shone with beautiful decor (3) New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel introduces the 2014 inductees (4) Bob Ernst from FBN Construction gives the closing toast (5) The team from Webster & Company enjoying the evening (6) Sertac Cakim, Vani Sayeed, and Sean Reynolds having fun at the photo booth sponsored by Woodmeister Master Builders (7) The event kicked off with a lively cocktail hour 36  New England Home Connecticut  Winter 2015

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The 2014 Home Building Industry (HOBI) Awards Å

Lofty brick arches, a matching firepit, and a fully equipped kitchen outfit this stately pavilion, which took the award for Best Outdoor Room. Project team: Builder, Significant Homes; Architecture, Douglas VanderHorn Architects; Landscape architecture and construction, Doyle Herman Design Associates; Masonry, N Vona Sons-in-Law

November 18, 2014, saw the presentation of the twentyfirst annual HOBI Awards by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut. As always, the cream of the state’s residential construction community was on hand to celebrate the dozens of beautiful projects that were recognized for excellence. Here are a few of the evening’s highlights—and please join us in congratulating all of the year’s winners.

Best Outdoor Living Environment went to a particularly elegant set of English garden rooms in Westchester. Project team: Landscape architecture, Conte & Conte Landscape Architecture; Landscape construction, Fairfield House & Garden Company; Builder, Murphy Brothers Contracting; Architecture, Mitchell Wilk Architecture; Interior design, Peter S. Balsam Associates and Jayne Goldstein Interior Design; Specialty work, International Architectural Ironworks (fabricated rose iron arches) and Bedford Stone & Masonry Supply (landscape coping & step treads)  È

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The award winner for Best Custom Home 10,000–12,000 SF was designed to look as if it has been there as long as the hundredyear-old tree in the front yard. Project team: Builder, Significant Homes; Architecture, Douglas VanderHorn Architects; Landscape design and construction, Labriola Landscaping; Interior design, Lee Ann Thornton; Millwork, Greenfield Mill and Renaissance Millwork; Kitchen design and cabinetry, Klaff’s  È

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8,000–9,000 SF includes this richly appointed powder room. Project team: Builder, VAS Construction; Architecture, Michael LoBuglio Architects; Interior design, Pear Tree Interiors; Landscape architecture, Wesley Stout Associates; Landscaper, CeCi Brothers

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Ç The winner for Best Custom Home

Clothed in stone and red-cedar shingles, this 18,000-squarefoot Greenwich beauty walked away with the award for Custom Home of the Year. Project team: Architecture and builder, Sound Beach Partners; Interior design, Amy Aidinis Hirsch; Landscape architecture, Eckerson Design Associates  È

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overlooking Long Island Sound garnered an astonishing six awards, including Best Custom Home 12,000–14,000 SF, Best Exterior Home Feature, Best Entry Foyer, Best Kitchen Over $200,000, Best Bath Over $100,000, and Best Home Office. Project team: Builder, Davenport Contracting; Architecture, Charles Hilton Architects; Interior design, Katherine Cowdin, Inc.; Landscape architecture, William Rutherford; Landscape construction, Sanctuary Garden Design

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Out and About

Celebrating Fairfield County’s First BioNova Pool Freddy’s Landscape Company and New England Home Connecticut were pleased to host a soirée celebrating the completion of the first all-natural BioNova swimming pool in Fairfield County. The stunning pool and its surrounding landscape made the perfect environment for a convivial get-together. Guests were treated to an authentic South American barbecue cooked up by Freddy’s Landscape owner Freddy Miraballes, and a special raffle continued the South American theme: one lucky winner went home with a case of Uruguayan wine.








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

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Brooks and Falotico


nspired by the diverse vernacular architecture of New England, Brooks and Falotico Associates, Inc. has developed an architectural practice dedicated to creating elegant residential designs throughout the region and beyond. The firm’s work combines a strong sense of traditional, timehonored design and detailing with a keen understanding of the way contemporary families live. While the majority of our work is in Connecticut and Westchester County, New York, we have completed many projects on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in Massachusetts, on Shelter Island and the North Shore of Long Island, and in Colorado, Florida, Montana, South Carolina, and Rhode Island.

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Charles Hilton Architects


harles Hilton Architects is a 19-person Greenwich, Connecticut-based design firm specializing in the finest quality custom residential architecture, sustainable design, and waterfront projects. Over the past 26 years, Charles Hilton’s name has become synonymous with the highest-quality design and exceptional personal service. The firm has earned a reputation for producing traditionally inspired residences, landscape features, and architectural interiors that are beautiful, practical, and fit harmoniously in their environment. The company has never sought to develop a signature style, choosing rather to pursue a more pluralistic

approach to design. Project designs build on a deep knowledge and appreciation of the traditional architectural principals and the use of well-crafted materials while seamlessly integrating the modern technologies today’s sophisticated clients expect. Charles Hilton Architects’ designs reflect the unique personalities of their owners, the attributes of their specific setting, and the historical context in which they are based. The results are designs that are simultaneously responsive to their place and time and that will serve their inhabitants for generations to come. The firm’s work has been recognized by numerous award committees, peer groups, and both regional and national publications.

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Charles Hilton Architects 170 Mason Street Greenwich, Connecticut 06830 (203) 489-3800

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Daniel Conlon Architects


aniel Conlon Architects takes great pride in creating distinctive homes that reflect the lifestyle of each client and the unique nature of each site. Because every project presents a different set of circumstances, founder Daniel Conlon has consciously avoided the development of a signature style. “What is most important is the relationship of the spaces to one another, and the architecture of the building as a whole to its surroundings,” he explains. The challenges of architecture and construction have never been greater or more exciting. Every day, we work in an increasingly

complex environment requiring navigation through a maze of regulations, building codes, and an ever-expanding palette of materials, systems, and technologies. Dan personally oversees every project from concept to completion, combining fresh ideas, experience, and technical expertise. For more than twenty-five years, Dan and his staff have provided quality architectural services for discriminating clients. The vast majority of their work comes through client referral, with many returning time after time. The firm has undertaken projects ranging from modest additions to new estates with multiple buildings.

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Douglas VanderHorn Architects


ouglas VanderHorn Architects is a classically focused architecture firm whose associates are inspired by the great residential architecture of the past. For more than twenty-seven years Douglas has strived to create buildings of enduring character that accommodate current lifestyles and seamlessly incorporate modern building technologies. Projects range from historically sensitive renovations and additions to traditionally inspired new designs. The office currently consists of ten highly dedicated individuals with experience ranging from historic preservation

to sustainable design to architectural interiors. Although Douglas has been involved with more than 120 successful projects in various parts of the country, his focus continues to be beautifully crafted traditional residences in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut. The firm employs a variety of drawing, rendering, and physical and advanced computer-modeling techniques to assist clients in visualizing designs. A superior understanding allows for informed decisions about the project’s scope, material selections, budgeting, and so on. In addition to an experienced and dedicated in-house staff, the

firm maintains a network of talented landscape architects, interior decorators, engineers, specialized consultants, contractors, craftsmen, and artisans. With decades of experience in a range of historic styles, including Federal, Shingle, Tudor, and French Normandy, Douglas VanderHorn Architects strives to create homes that are architecturally appropriate for the site and surrounding neighborhood. Projects generally have a similar intent: to build a home that looks as if it’s been on the site for decades, while creating a series of interior spaces designed for contemporary living.

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Huestis Tucker Architects


uestis Tucker Architects, LLC, is a full-service firm specializing in custom residential design. The firm was founded in 1998 by Jennifer Huestis and Bob Tucker, a husband and wife team. Together with their staff of experienced and talented architects and designers, Bob and Jennifer create thoughtful, high-quality, timeless designs that express their clients’ sensibilities and embody their dreams while enhancing their quality of life. The principals work closely and collaboratively with every client throughout the process, from initial sketches to final punchlist, to create new homes, renovations, and interiors of timeless beauty with state-of-the-

art functionality. They approach each project with an eye toward aesthetics, an attention to detail, and a wealth of knowledge of the building process. They also bring to the process an understanding of high quality and sustainable materials, methods of construction, and modern energyefficiency technologies. The team at HTA works with contractors and consultants in a collaborative and team-oriented manner to ensure that the process of construction and the final product are the very best for their clients. Huestis Tucker Architects, LLC has completed more than 100 projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Utah.

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JMKA | architects


MKA | architects, an awardwinning firm in lower Fairfield County, has built its reputation working closely with clients to ensure custom projects that integrate the client’s needs and vision within a budget. The firm’s design philosophy draws on the proven lessons of historical, regional, and cultural context. In the design process, JMKA | architects uses an in-depth process to understand and integrate the project requirements and the client’s aspirations. JMKA | architects investigates all aspects of the project’s site, its relation to the program, and its impact on the design. Through this evaluation, the budget is referred to and tested in relation to the design process. JMKA | architects uses a collaborative approach on every project. Our design process includes images and context,

and centers on a team—we work closely with the client, the builder, the interior designer, the millwork shop, and the landscape architect. As a team, we work to understand and address the complexities and then the solution for a successful project. We continue the same high level of detail on the interiors as on the exterior. Our projects reflect our expertise in custom-designed furniture, hardware, and lighting. The firm’s continued relationships with the finest builders, consultants, and craftsmen help ensure the high level of quality and detail required by our clients. JMKA | architects views each project as a new canvas. We integrate the client’s vision and aspirations, work within a budget and provide hands-on management of the details. A unique, personal architectural process is the hallmark of our firm.

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Michael Smith Architects


ounded in 1999 by principal Michael Smith, the firm’s underlying design philosophy centers on the idea that carefully applying the design principles of simplicity, consistency, and authenticity will yield a timeless work of architecture regardless of the style or type of building. Michael and his team have designed a wide range of high-quality projects, including large single-family custom residences, residential renovations, boutique commercial projects, educational facilities, and multi-family residential projects. Michael Smith Architects (MSA) and its current staff have more than seventeen years of experience in a diverse range of projects focusing primarily on highly customized residential architecture in Fairfield County and the New York City metropolitan area.

“At MSA we believe that every project deserves its own unique solution that represents a combination of thoughtful design with an understanding of the client’s priorities. We work to create custom solutions that respond to the client’s wishes, the environment, and the historical context of the project.” Smith says. Further, MSA takes a holistic approach to the design process by considering not just the exterior architecture but also the design of the interior trim, finishes, and cabinetry to create a consistent overall aesthetic that will stand the test of time. Through its membership in the United States Green Building Council, MSA strives to incorporate many sustainable or green features into its projects wherever possible, and takes great care to integrate these new technologies into each design in a seamless and harmonious way.

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Patricia M. Miller Residential Design, LLC


at Miller has created beautiful homes and living spaces in Fairfield County since 1980. Whether new construction, renovations, or interior space planning, her approach to design is to create something special and exciting for each client. In every style home, from traditional, to shingle style, to contemporary, and more, attention to detail and quality of materials is of the utmost importance. Offering a personal touch from designing to overseeing makes sure that every job and every client are special. Pat’s design skills are matched by her sensitivity to each client’s needs and requirements. This has helped established her as one of the most accomplished and sought-after local designers. Her many renovations over the years reflect how small, simple houses can be transformed

into warm, gracious, and inviting homes. Her new homes show how she can take a piece of land and create an exciting new structure from nothing other than the imagination of the client and the designer. The firm specializes in dealing with local regulatory boards, and making presentations before zoning and conservations boards. All projects utilize the services of licensed engineering professionals, established designers, and skilled, reliable local contractors—with all decisions the result of a consensus between the client and designer. Perhaps the greatest sign of her success is what her clients identify as a “Pat Miller House,” a home that combines function and design with that elusive quality that is so rare in many of today’s homes—charm. The final result: the pleasure of walking into one’s own home and saying “Wow!”

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Rob Sanders Architects


ob Sanders Architects is best known for sensitive, responsive designs that engage both architectural and natural context. By carefully listening to client needs and dreams, drawing on experience and a well-honed sense of appropriate scale, the firm creates stylish, elegant spaces that meet—and exceed— the expectations of discerning clients.

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RSA specializes in restoring and adapting buildings from the last three centuries, preserving architectural character and history while accommodating twentyfirst-century needs. New homes and ancillary structures are all treated with the same thoughtful approach. Timber frame structures, including new and antique homes and barns, are a particular specialty. RSA believes that your living spaces should

be infused with the beauty that comes from correct proportions, scale, materials, and the quality of light. In this context, bigger is not always better. Your lifestyle is uplifted by surroundings that make you comfortable and feel “just right.” Beyond fine design, hallmarks of RSA projects are respect for the site and the desire to conserve resources with environmentally responsive designs. We are sensitive to the sun’s seasonal movements around a property and its impact on day lighting and passive heating; to the direction of prevailing winds; and to wetlands, important trees, and other landscape features. Twice honored by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and by AIA/CT, we have established long-term relationships with numerous clients.

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Robert A Cardello Architects, LLC


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obert A. Cardello Architects, LLC has been developing both residential and commercial properties since 1999. The firm specializes in fine home design and has won multiple awards for new custom houses as well as inspired renovation projects. Blending integrity of design with our clients’ visions has been the cornerstone of our success over the past 15 years. Whether designing for a family, couple, or individual, we pride ourselves on truly understanding how our clients engage with their surroundings. It is our goal to exhaust the design process on each and every project to ensure our clients find their ultimate place of comfort and enjoyment.

Cardello Architects always adheres to a strict level of professionalism and strives to build strong, long-term relationships with those who have chosen us as their architect. We take pride in our ability to combine creative spirit with an efficient process, as we develop a plan that exemplifies our passion for exceptional design based on our clients’ wishes. We invite you to peruse our portfolio, follow us on Facebook, Houzz, and Twitter, and consider us for your next project. We offer a full scope of services, including consultation, design development, bidding, and negotiation and construction administration. Our goal is to make the process of building or renovating your dream home fun and rewarding. You should enjoy it as much as we do!

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Robert Dean Architects


obert Dean Architects of New Canaan, Connecticut, is a versatile group of people who have earned a reputation as masters of style and livability in residential architecture. Whether converting an old barn, recalling an apt historical precedent, or conceiving a contemporary glass villa, Mr. Dean and his team combine an intimate knowledge of the history of architecture and a willingness to use style skillfully in the design of each building project. Mr. Dean has led Robert Dean Architects for more than 25 years, and has established credentials that range from historical construction detailing

to large-scale site planning. Mr. Dean also sustains a very active involvement in voluntary and pro-bono services related to town planning and historic preservation. He has been involved in issues of public policy related to historic preservation and community development, as well. He serves as an adviser to preservation groups, and as an active advocate for thorough and thoughtful design as an essential ingredient of community. As “academic architects of the old school,” the firm’s work is unusually varied, and each project represents a considered result from a process that brings together style, history, livability, and joie de vivre.

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Sellars Lathrop Architects


ellars Lathrop Architects, LLC is an award-winning, full-service architectural firm specializing increative and sustainable solutions for new construction and renovation projects. Founded in 1999 and located in Westport, Connecticut, the firm is known for creating solutions that work for a client’s needs, the contextual setting and the budget. For custom new residential projects, they have created unique and timeless structures to meet demanding client requirements and environmental criteria. For renovation and addition projects, they have successfully upgraded scores of twentieth-century structures to meet twenty-first-century energy standards, work requirements and lifestyles. The firm’s ultimate goal is to make spaces and structures that fit into a

setting as if they were always there. They are filled with abundant natural light, natural ventilation, enhanced circulation flow, volume, views to nature, simplicity of detailing, elements of surprise, durable materials, and comfort. Everyday needs are seen as a necessary design challenge and become the focus of each design approach. The firm also focuses on sustainable, energy efficient designs, providing the homeowners improved operating costs and options for renewable energy or green building certification. Sellars Lathrop Architects believes that style, quality, and sustainable results can be achieved in creative ways at all budget levels. Whether building a new structure or transforming an existing one, Sellars Lathrop Architects provides architectural solutions to enrich the daily lives of all users.

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Steven Mueller Architects, LLC


rom the building boom in the late-1990s to the postrecession renaissance, Steven Mueller Architects, LLC has thrived as a boutique architectural firm with a practice centered around the dreams of his clients. Mueller prides himself on his personal commitment to educating his clients on the architectural process to manage expectations and guide them through. Late last year, Mueller relocated his offices to a newly renovated Shinglestyle office building in Greenwich. He also expanded his staff by adding two full-time architects. The firm’s work exemplifies a personal commitment to achieving the finest architectural expression through a cooperative relationship with the client by:

• designing and developing practical, dynamic, and creative solutions to enhance the lives of the occupants. • being a full-service enterprise dedicated to design excellence specializing in architecture, planning, construction, and interior design. • being sincerely committed to work creatively and administratively with maximum efficiency on each project. From estates to cottages, each project begins with a dialogue between Steven Mueller and the client. A design concept, created in response to the client’s ideas and desires, establishes architectural imagery, style, and space. This informed process ultimately results in a residence of distinction. The firm’s influences can be summarized by Mueller. “My architectural inspiration comes

from the rich architectural history and compendium of architects and architectural firms who designed country homes and estates between 1860 and 1940. This fuels my passion for great architecture. Delano & Aldrich, Cass Gilbert, Richard Morris Hunt, and McKim, Mead & White rank among the architects I admire and study.” Steven Mueller received his architectural degree from the Ohio State University. He has been practicing architecture since 1977. In addition, he is a registered interior designer licensed in the state of Connecticut. Professional memberships include the American Institute of Architects, the Connecticut Society of Architects, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Vita Design Group


ita Design Group draws on its members’ individual expertise and vision to foster an atmosphere rich with new and progressive ideas. Harnessing this collaborative dynamic, they form a common lens focused on generating clear and harmonious design solutions as unique as the clients who commission them. As conscientious stewards of our environment, our objective is to leave a lighter footprint on the land through conservation of resources and materials, with an emphasis on energy efficiency. We believe that architecture is an art form that defines a time and place, providing an opportunity for exploration in design, while reflecting and enriching

the way we live and work. VDG’s architectural designs span from Fairfield County to New York. The group sees their role as that of a guide, helping the client successfully navigate the unique programmatic and environmental challenges of the project. From the initial consultation, exploration of spatial needs, zoning, and budget, to the materials selection, detailed technical documents, and construction oversight, client satisfaction is paramount. VDG’s strength is in the working relationship its team members have with their clients, creating a partnership throughout the process that not only results in the most enjoyable experience, but in the most successful project.

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The homeowners wanted an Adirondack-style rustic retreat that would feel welcoming at any time of year, including snowy winter weekends. The warm glow of the wooden exterior promises shelter from the storm. 74 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut winter 2015

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The land fit the profile nearly perfectly: a rocky perch overlooking a pristine lake surrounded by a woodland of oak, laurel, and hemlock, with long western views to distant mountains and sunsets that would be spectacular across all four seasons. Here, in northwest Connecticut, was an ideal site on which to build a dream house from an earlier day—an Adiron-

dack lodge inspired by the rustic retreats of the nineteenth century in nearby upstate New York. The dream became reality following a series of well-choreographed steps. First, the owners worked with Reese Owens of Halper Owens Architects (now Reese Owens Architects) of Washington Depot to arrive at a singular design—a wondrous, open, inviting construct of timber and stone, airy in summer yet cozy in winter, with big visual thrills and numerous small pleasures. Next came the builder, Bob Nicholas of Robert Nicholas Construction in New Preston, and his crew. Their job was to dance on the head of a pin: to make this 5,000-square-foot, exquisitely detailed house unfold from its restricted footprint on a ledge bluff. Their assignments would include everything from digging five geothermal wells (for heating and cooling) beneath the house to carefully placing a 2,600-pound chimney cap at its very top. Finally, designer Karen Davis of Davis Raines Design, also in Washington Depot, was enlisted to help create the inner life of the new home. Her space plan and her decisions about palette, textiles, and other decorative elements would introduce a lighter, brighter tone—a contemporary note, but one that would harmonize with and buttress the classic Adirondack style. Since the new house would be used largely for weekends, vacations, and special family gatherings, Owens and project ABOVE: The house nestles comfortably into its site. LEFT: The warmth of wood carries in architect Daniel Sullivan from the outdoors, enveloping the vestibule. FACING designed it to accommodate PAGE: Several sets of stairs of stone and wood ascend the leisure pursuits of the gradually to the front entrance, building anticipation. winter 2015 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut 77

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owners and their four children and to provide an overall sense of relaxation year-round. Those involved in the project admire the design for both its functionality and beauty. “The house flows between the interior and the outdoors, linked by different porches from which you can walk down to the lake for a swim or snowshoe onto a nearby trail,” says Davis. “Most impressive to me,” adds Nicholas, “is the massive nature of the stone and timber work, and the spectacular craftsmanship at work on the interiors.” The drama begins at the front drive with the pleasing general lines of the house, its sides clad in wavyedged western red cedar from British Columbia and its cascading rooflines finished off BELOW: The great room’s massive hearth with evergreen architect-grade features stone pulled from the property as well asphalt shingles. The entrance as from nearby quarries. ABOVE: Outdoorsy details, comes at the end of a series of such as the custom-made chandelier in the great room and the ornate legs of the dining table, abound stone steps, passing between throughout the house. FACING PAGE: Much of the sturdy, rustic oak railings, custom woodwork, including the dining table, was and then taking a 90-degree crafted by Massachusetts artisan Thomas Sippel.

turn and another rise to the door. Each ascending step builds anticipation for what lofty views must be in store from the house and its several porches. From the entry, where the homeowners can shake off their boots and let the bluestone surface warm their socks with radiant heat, the eye is drawn to the enormous central hearth of the great room, assembled in large part from native fieldstone. High above, a rail of decorative twig work crosses the room’s width and, higher still, diamond-shaped windows set between beams are lined with white birch bark. Along one wall, enormous windows help blur the line between outdoors and in, always a goal of the Adirondack style.

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ABOVE: Large windows, and lots of them, help “Our clients were quite blur the line between indoors and out. LEFT: specific about the style, not The kitchen is outfitted in butternut wood cabinetry meaning that they told us and millwork. FACING PAGE: The bookcase, created by Thomas Sippel, blends perfectly with the homeownwhat to design or how to ers’ collection of Native American objects. detail, but that it had to look and feel like a camp, or lodge,” says Owens. “The interior was to be all wood—walls and ceilings. It is a lot of fun for us when we have a client who is this engaged in the design process and appreciates what we do. As a result, we were able to design some special things like the log details, giant fireplace, white-birch decoration, peeled laurel frieze in the great room, butternut kitchen, ‘cabin’ walls in the children’s bedrooms, handmade cherry doors, and more.” The clients’ dream was also carried out in the


reese Owens and Daniel Sullivan, reese Owens Architects INTERIOR DESIGN: Karen Davis, Davis raines Design BUILDER: Bob nicholas, robert nicholas Construction ARCHITECTURE:

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interior design. “The seating, tables, and window treatments in the great room were custom-designed,” notes Davis. “I incorporated a customized tramp-art side table and hand-fired ceramic lamp, and also used the clients’ existing rug and the antique American flag. The idea here and in the other rooms was to create an uncluttered family space where they can host a large family dinner or retreat to a quiet space to read or work on puzzles, watch a movie, or play a game of Ping-Pong or pool.” Throughout the house, the combination of various woods and stones, always in harmony, is a design key. Many materials came from the site or immediate surroundings, like the ABOVE LEFT: The master bedroom, like the rest fieldstone, Mine Hill granite, of the house, wraps its inhabitants in a warm embrace. ABOVE RIGHT: Even the master bath offers a wane-edge siding, laurel view. FACING PAGE: Architect Reese Owens designed ornament, and the oak the walls of a children’s room to look like the inside and eastern cedar timbers. of a cabin.

Interior materials—the oak floors, pine and hemlock walls, cherry doors, and butternut cabinets—are predominantly clear-finished woods. There is notable custom woodwork in the house as well. Thomas Sippel of Stick and Stone Studio, in Cummington, Massachusetts, provided the Native American–inspired cabinets and carvings, where the motifs, including artifacts from the owners’ collection, are especially attuned to the Mohawk people who once populated these hills. Sippel also crafted the sideboard in the dining area and the extraordinary dining table that playfully incorporates local animals into its design. The local fauna are seen elsewhere in the house, too, including the great room’s chandelier, made by architectural metalworker John Boyd Smith, on which beavers, bears, and a moose come to life as cutouts in the design. “Overall, the space was meant to be light and airy,” says Davis. “While the architecture is classic Adirondack style, the accents and interior design capture a modern sensibility as well. The look is lightened with the modern kitchen and baths; the textiles are lighter and brighter than you found in the old lodges.” Yet the house’s overall impression remains outdoorsy and quite muscular. “We were charged with creating something camp-like in spirit, ‘of the forest,’” says Owens, “with the meandering, built-overtime feel that characterizes the rustic style.” Mission accomplished—with a home that seems the very definition of “relaxing in style.” • RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 126.

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Native American–inspired motifs and

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î soft, earthy tones of mocha, taupe, silver, and ivory

ward off winter’s chill in the living room. FACING PAGE: The New Canaan house, a 1920s colonial, was renovated by previous owners, who kept the simple but lovely architectural details in place.



tailored, sophisticated, yet cozy and child-friendly, a new canaan home makes a welcoming nest for a young family.

î written And Produced By stAcy Kunstel î PhotogrAPhy By John gould Bessler î interior design: michelle morgAn hArrison

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Jane Beiles

After yet another snowfall, you might expect that frigid temperatures and slippery roads would elicit pleas for palm trees and warm sand. That may be true for many Connecticut residents, but not for the family that lives in this 1920s New Canaan home. When the winter sun makes its horizontal pass through the sky, it pours through the windows and glints off walls covered in shimmering paper, matching the sparkle of the snow outside and infusing the house with warmth. From the front door, down the hallway past a trio of colorful James Nares limited-edition prints, the living room beckons. If there’s a fire going, its smoke and embers will reflect the hues in the Claudia Mengel painting that hangs above the lavender-gray velvet sofa. A leather-covered daybed and a pair of tailored slipper chairs, both in a luscious shade of caramel, face off across the glass cocktail table in front of the sofa. Rounding out the seating arrangement is a duo of petite benches upholstered in lavender fabric. In the perfectly tailored space, a lavender-gray

glazed Phillip J­ effries grasscloth gives the walls depth and shine. The house was almost perfect when Kelli and ­Robert Cook decided to move from the city to Connecticut with their three children (they have since added a fourth to the brood). Meticulously restored by New Canaan–based architect James Schettino and the previous owners, it needed no architectural changes. A generous mudroom had been added and the kitchen beautifully updated for family life. The only change neces-

the living room saw the most dramatic makeover. “All of it revolves around the lavender-and-gray-toned sofa, which was my starting point,” says Morgan Harrison. 86  New England Home Connecticut  winter 2015

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î The quiet palette is energized with pieces upholstered

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contemporary touches are a reminder that a young family from the city lives in the old house. “Michelle brought in a more up-to-date, modern feel,” says Kelli. “That’s what we were going for.”

sary was a new interior design to reflect the young, sophisticated new owners. Kelli’s passion for interior design had led her to classes at Fairfield University, and she had started to work on the house, purchasing furniture and installing lighting. “I have a huge interest in interior design,” says Kelli, who has since launched the website Delve Décor, an online marketplace for buying and selling new or nearly new high-end furnishings. “But I just reached a point in the house where I got stuck,” she admits. Hoping to partner with someone who had more experience, Kelli interviewed interior designers. She clicked immediately with Michelle

Morgan Harrison, who understood Kelli’s situation and was happy to help. Morgan Harrison could see exactly in what direction the house should go, and thought the course correction would be an easy one. Overall, she thought, the spaces needed to be softer, earthier, and with fewer color changes from room to room. The living room saw the most dramatic makeover. A custom J.D. Staron carpet in a herringbone weave replaced a yellow-and-white geometric rug. Navy and white ikat-patterned chairs were reupholstered in the caramel-hued fabric, and a chaise was added to help with the furniture layout. “All of it revolves around the lavender-and-gray-toned sofa, which was my starting point,” says Morgan Harrison. “I created a living room that is now a blend of soft lavenders, mochas, taupes, silvers, and ivories.” She added layers with organic-looking crystals and shapely vases and by incorporating Kelli and Robert’s books and family photos. The couple took the design one step further, hiring Heather Gaudio, whose New Canaan gallery works with homeowners and serious collectors to select and place fine art in their homes.

î ABOVE: A bright piece by Darien artist Andrea Bonfils

adds color to the dining room. RIGHT: The classic white kitchen was given contemporary touches such as the cabinet hardware, light fixtures, and bar stools. FACING PAGE: The breakfast area off the kitchen is a study in white and the palest of blues.

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“The artwork can really transform a space,” says ­Gaudio. “It completely makes it a home and brings out the interest in each space. Art has this way of making you want to be in the room.” All the living room’s colors are gathered in the Claudia Mengel oil on paper. From room to room and even in the hallways, bold art pulls out the subtle tones and richness of the interiors. Kelli had already selected the ironbase dining table and upholstered chairs for the dining room. Morgan Harrison added natural hemp wallpaper with thick vertical silver stripes. Art again takes center stage, this time above the sideboard in an encaustic work by Andrea Bonfils, a Darien artist. The hues seem to bubble over the frame’s edge, filling the space with color and movement. “The dining room is very glam, but it’s neutral,” says Gaudio. “I think the art brings it to life.” Throughout the house, Morgan Harrison worked her earthy-refined mix—natural textures, refined finishes, and a bit of glamorous shine. “The Cooks wanted all the rooms to stay familyfriendly, and they wanted to feel casual enough that they could live in each room,” the designer says. “I wanted to make sure that the rooms not only had an earthy texture and pattern but also had warmth.” The family room’s large stone fireplace has a come-hither sizzle, spreading a glow around the tailored space. In this room, with its large print rug in a palette of gray, ivory, and cornhusk, the drapery fabric was the initial inspiration. The Osborne & Little ombré fabric has variations from pale gray to slate blue to charcoal, bringing the whole room together. Just across the hall, past a large-format photo of a Pacific Ocean pier, sits the kitchen, a white-onwhite space with a sun-washed breakfast area. It’s no surprise that such a bright, open space is where the family is most likely to gather. Morgan Harrison added the built-in banquette and a vinyl-covered cushion in a blue so pale it looks like snow in twilight. It surrounds a lacquered white table and white vinyl-covered chairs. Such contemporary touches are a reminder that

î The master bedroom takes a glamorous turn with a

nailhead-studded headboard and a mirrored dresser that acts as a nightstand. FACING PAGE: The ombré drapery panels inspired the choice of the deep silvery-gray furniture and rug for the family room.

“The Cooks wanted all the rooms to stay family-friendly, and they wanted to feel casual enough that they could live in each room,” says Morgan Harrison.

a young family from the city lives in the old house. “Michelle brought in a more up-to-date, modern feel,” says Kelli. “That’s what we were going for.” Upstairs, the master bedroom is a sea of tranquility in what can sometimes be a slightly chaotic household. Chocolate brown walls recall the mocha tones from the living room, and creamy-colored bed linens and pillows echo the ivory tones from the family room. The upholstered headboard’s edge is defined with a tight nailhead trim, and to either side, a mirrored dresser serves as a nightstand. Warm, cozy, and family-friendly never compromise style in this house. In such a spot, who cares if it’s a long winter? • Resources For more information about this home, see page 126. winter 2015  New England Home Connecticut 91

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Boxed panels on the entry’s walls echo the classic rectangular windows at the top of the stairs. A Bernhardt bench shines beneath the edgy lantern fixture from Lillian August. FACING PAGE: A collection of books fills the fireplace, lending a whimsical touch to the living room.

Colonial Revived

A humble 1950s ranch gets a makeover that marries classic Colonial architecture with casual contemporary interiors for the best of both form and function.

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D CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The newly renovated home is unified by a lengthy front porch and features such traditional colonial design elements as a cedar-shingle gabled roof and dormers. Simple draperies let the dining room’s shimmery wallpaper take center stage. The living room was designed on a horizontal plane, with seat heights, side table, and bottom drape panels all on a similar line to give the space a more open feel.

uring last year’s New Canaan Cares Kitchen and Home Tour, hundreds of people filed through Jennifer and Rob Sechan’s house, no doubt surprised to find unexpected twists behind its classic colonial exterior. The coffered ceilings in the kitchen and adjacent family room are a counterpoint to wide whiteoak flooring stained a rich espresso finish. Modern materials, like the easy-to-maintain polished quartz on the perimeter countertops, marry with classics like the Asian statuary marble of the backsplash. Contemporary custom cabinets play off an island topped with honed White Arabesque marble. Down the kitchen staircase lies a newly excavated basement that holds an entertainment room filled with multiple hi-tech screens, scoreboards, and a bar, as well as a fitness room, wine cellar, and bathroom. Half the house was razed to create this little piece of heaven for Rob

and the couple’s sports-minded children. It also serves as a gathering place for members of the New Canaan Youth Basketball teams for which Rob is president. Upstairs, off the well-organized mudroom, is an indoor basketball court that doubles as a three-car garage. The seeds for the renovations that turned this house into the home of the Sechans’ dreams were planted in 2011, five years after the family had moved in. The onetime ranch had already been converted to a colonial-style by a local builder, but the architecture suffered from a bit of schizophrenia, recalls Jennifer. “You walked in the front door and on the right was the new living room, guest bedroom, and office, which we rarely used. On the left was the tighter old ranch portion with low ceilings, a small kitchen, and dark family room.” “It didn’t come together in a very elegant way,” adds Rob, “with no basement, a lot of undulation, and stairs that shouldn’t be there.” Rob showed Jennifer a house that Wilton architect Michael Smith had built,

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Rob’s office has a quiet palette energized by the play of the coffered ceiling off the vertical wall paneling and a mix of textures from plush to glossy. Contemporary hardware and materials update the classic white kitchen. Cozy and intimate as the breakfast nook is, the banquette can accommodate up to twelve people.

hoping she would agree to move. Jennifer, however, was unwilling to give up her home’s prime location—a two-and-a-halfacre lot just a mile from New Canaan’s downtown. Rob moved on to Plan B. Searching the Internet for an interior designer whose work spoke to him, he came across Garrison Hullinger, a designer in Portland, Oregon. Rob invited Hullinger to Connecticut, ostensibly to discuss decorating the couple’s Florida condo. “He must have thought I was a whack job,” says Rob. “What I really wanted was to show Garrison the Mike Smith home and have him convince Jenny to buy it.” “The Smith home was stunning,” recalls Hullinger. He recommended the Sechans buy it and let him decorate it. Jennifer agreed it was a lovely house, but she still didn’t want to move. As the three collaborated on the redecorating of the couple’s condo, a bond of trust began to grow between them. “I just loved the whole family’s energy,” says Hullinger. “They were such fun to work with.” Eventually, Rob and Jennifer reached a compromise. They would stay in their New Canaan home, if Rob could add a basement and if Smith would agree to be their architect. There was no need to compromise on the designer; the couple winter 2015 New eNglaNd Home CoNNeCtiCut 97

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“The house is not stuffy; it’s light, bright, casual, with almost a modern feel to its interiors,” says Smith.


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knew Hullinger would be perfect. “I wanted to marry the traditional elements in Mike’s homes, which have a lot of character—porches, gables, and plenty of architectural details—with the transitional decorating element we were after,” explains Rob. Smith initially approached the project as a remodeling of what already existed, but quickly realized that creating a house with grace, symmetry, and a cohesive design meant the old ranch section had to go. “We tried to work with the original ranch area rather than demolish it, but the results would have been substandard,” he explains. “In the original layout, the kitchen and family room were separate, with no access to the outdoors other

than a small porch. The whole goal was to create a full basement, and an open feel between the kitchen and family room, where the family spends 95 percent of their time.” Smith’s plans included removing a portico that spanned the back of the house, then opening up the family room, utility room, and Jennifer’s new office to the back patio and a new covered porch area. A trio of glass French doors and back-toback fireplaces create the link between indoors and out. On the street side, he unified the two wings with the addition of a long porch that creates perfect visual symmetry. Inside, Smith’s architectural detailing strengthened the classic colonial entry

A photo of a key moment in a Pittsburgh Steelers game was reproduced in large format and installed as a backdrop for the bed in a son’s room. FACING PAGE, TOP: Variations on a Greek key design are found in the master bedroom rug, bedding pillows, and porcelain garden stool. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: A daughter’s bedroom is colorful, yet serene, and a sofa bed chair creates an additional lounging area.

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Restoration Hardware pendant lighting creates a casual ambience over the sports-bar portion of the basement, where brick veneer sets off an electronic scoreboard. RIGHT: A favorite spot for Rob and the kids is the basketball court, which doubles as a three-car garage.

with boxed paneling, additional columns, and the replacement of several half-round windows with a trio of more-suitable rectangular styles. Hullinger struck a modern chord by hanging horizontal artwork across the boxed paneling, adding a stair runner with pewter-hued tread rails, and crowning the space with an edgy lantern fixture with modern geometric style. “There is a certain level of tradition— symmetrical colonial trim profile and moldings—juxtaposed against morecontemporary light fixtures and wall finishes, which works really well,” says Smith. “The house is not stuffy; it’s light, bright, casual, with almost a modern feel to its interiors.” Any worries that a crucial member of the design team lives on the other side of the country were dispelled early in the process. “The Internet makes it easy, with weekly conferences, and someone in Garrison’s office always available,” says Jennifer, who worked hand-in-glove with

Hullinger to add a modern twist to the traditional kitchen design. “When Garrison decorates,” she adds, “he not only makes the room look good, but functional, as well. He listens to how each space is going to be used, and then saves a few surprises for the end.” The biggest and best surprise, of course, was Rob’s long-coveted basement, a space that Hullinger says has a “masculine, rough-hewn feel—yet not too rustic or salvaged. We wanted some sophistication there.” “It’s my husband’s favorite space,” says Jennifer. The Sechans are delighted with the home the talented bicoastal team created. “It makes me happy every day I come home. I think Jenny feels the same way,” says Rob. “Either that,” he adds with a laugh, “or she’s just glad for all the renovations to be done!” •

The basement has a “masculine, rough-hewn feel—yet not too rustic or salvaged. We wanted some sophistication there,” says Hullinger.

RESOURCES For more information about this home, see page 126.

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Wilton. Our clients wanted to find raw land with some privacy. A parcel with those attributes can be hard to come by. We recommended searching for an existing house on a nice piece of land, for a teardown. The couple also liked a house in our portfolio designed by architect George Dumitru, of Westport. We put them in contact with George, and with committed clients and an experienced architect, we’ve been able to move with impressive efficiency. Within three months we found a great property, George went to work, drawings were approved, the existing structure was knocked down, and we started building. The fluidity of this process should be a benchmark for all custom home projects.

Are there particular trends you’ve been seeing, or particular amenities that are becoming more popular?

Julie Bidwell

Norwalk-based Kelly Wright has built or renovated hundreds of homes in Fairfield County over the years. So naturally we asked him to share some thoughts about the current state of the business.

How is the luxury residential building industry in Connecticut doing these days?

We’re seeing a strong rebound in customhome construction. This is welcome, and in sharp contrast to 2008, when the market bottomed out. We still have a ways to go, though: I’d estimate that we’re at about 60 percent to 70 percent of the volume we saw during the boom years. The speculative market is doing even better. We have a thirteen-home subdivision in development in Westport. The last four homes were presold from the blueprints; the two prior homes sold while still under construction.

How do you find new talent, when it comes to the special craftspeople needed for high-end jobs?

The lack of qualified talent has been an issue since the market collapsed. Some people moved into other professions, others moved to more-robust building markets. For one recent hire, I approached a local lumber salesman. He works with hundreds of building professionals— and, sure enough, he knew of someone suitable.

What is the most exciting home Wright Building Company has worked on recently?

The most prevalent trend is energy efficiency. Mechanical systems and appliances are much more efficient than they were just a few years ago. The goal is essentially to seal the house—windows are built tighter, with double or triple panes, and spray foam insulation fills all cracks. Also, two out of our last three clients requested that we not install a tub in their master bathroom. They preferred to have the additional space. In more than thirty years of building, this was a first for me. We’ll see if it is a trend that continues.

If you could work on any building project in the world, what would it be?

I majored in architecture at Arizona State University. During my time there, I spent several weeks volunteering at Arcosanti, a planned community conceptualized by the visionary architect, urban designer, artist, craftsman, and philosopher Paolo Soleri. It was intended to be a community that fostered the idea of arcology (architecture plus ecology). Although the community still thrives as a learning facility, the structure of Arcosanti has never been fully completed. Now that I’m an experienced builder, I would love to complete Arcosanti. Having worked on the project is a special memory for me. —interview by kyle hoepner

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For architect Rafe Churchill, there’s no better inspiration than an autumn road trip to northern New England.

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“We had been to Erin French’s Belfast location a few years ago, but this year The Lost Kitchen has found a home in a restored grist mill in Freedom, Maine. The extremely well done, yet understated restoration was the backdrop for a memorable dining experience.”

“It’s actually a breathtaking experience to pull up to Olson House, the home in the painting Christina’s World. The Cushing, Maine, spot feels like it hasn’t changed much since Andrew Wyeth painted the picture. A visit here is a clear reminder of how simple a house and property can be.”

“Each year I try to take a trip around New England. This year, one stop was the Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, New Hampshire—a very well-maintained example of Shaker architecture and design. The buildings have some of the most interesting spaces and inventive details.”

COurteSY CAnterBurY SHAKer VillAGe

Sketch by George rein; photo by rafe Churchill

“During my undergrad years I rented a place near this Shaftsbury, Vermont, house and always admired it. This year, I photographed it, and now have a project that’s based loosely on it—mainly the gable end pediment and porch details.”

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Design Life

Out and about in celebration of design and architecture in New England David Sloane



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Mar Silver’s Design Lab, in downtown Westport, provided a stunning backdrop for New England Home ­Connecticut’s fall networking event. Provocative art by Grace Roselli captivated the guests as they enjoyed meeting with colleagues while noshing on small bites and sipping cocktails.










(1) Marcia Fingal and Shawn Choy enjoying the artwork (2) Arnold Karp of Karp Associates and Peter Deane of Deane,


Inc., with Susan Thompson and Patricia Miller of Patricia M. Miller, Residential Design (3) Leigh Garrick of Mar Silver Design, Zhanna Drogobetsky and Erik Boyer of Casa Design, and Amanda Amara of Mar Silver Design (4) Lea Shulman of Lea Shulman Interiors with Suzanne Stillwell and Miriam Washington Kendall of Ratio Consulting (5) New England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso with Gordon and Jan Hiltz (6) Dick and Barbara Laughton of Front Row Kitchens (7) Andi Sklar with Cynthia Vengrow of Vita Design Group (8) Mar Silver of Mar Silver Design with artist Grace Roselli (9) John and Joshua Kebabian of Kebabian’s (10) Michael Popowitz of Laura Kaehler Architects and Lucien Vita of Vita Design Group (11) Shahab Navab of Mar Silver Design with Emily Gordon of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (12) Mar Silver Design Lab

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Design Life

The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut’s twenty-first annual HOBI Awards drew more than 775 people to the beautiful Aqua Turf Club, in Stonington. New England Home Connecticut was pleased to be a sponsor of this important event, which celebrates the best in residential and commercial construction, remodeling, and more.






(1) Richard Koch, John Hibbard, and Charles Hilton (2) Douglas VanderHorn and Wendy Blume (3) Jay Ross, Jim Dean, and Steven Mueller (4) Tyra Dellacroce and Justin Chapman (5) Amy Aidinis Hirsch and Julio DiBiase (6) Chip Poehnert and Liz Verna (7) Salvatore Zarrella and Ken Boynton (8) Andrew LaSala






(1) Artist Margaret Bragg flanked by her sons James and Winston (2) The crowd listens to the artist talk (3) Trina Remy, Laird Morgan Tolan, Sandra Morgan, and Michelle Monie (4) Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam (5) Sandra Morgan and Nancy Yates

Jr., Richard Rosano, Doron Sabag, and Ken Boynton (9) New England Home’s Kathy BushDutton and Roberta Thomas Mancuso

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Art aficionados enjoyed the opening of SM Home Gallery’s exhibit “Flower Power” Real or Imagined, featuring paintings by artists Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The exhibit showcased more than forty-five colorful works of art, infusing the Greenwich showroom with energy.

(1) Linda Shockley, Hollie Sutherland, Alix Perrachon, and Noelle Newell (2) Nicole Crosby, Robin Campbell Sykora, and Deborah Rankowitz (3) Karen Berkemeyer, Anne Garland, and Robin McGarry

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Design pros got plenty of ideas at the Wakefield Design Center’s To the Trade Market Day. Celebrity designer Barry Dixon shared his far-flung design inspiration in his talk The Mix: Blending the History of Eastern & Western Aesthetics into All-American Design for the 21st Century. Local designer Trudy Dujardin shared her insights into designing environmentally friendly homes. Guests also enjoyed presentations by fabric and furniture manufacturers and a session ­highlighting the male perspective on design.


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Design enthusiasts descended on Privet House in New Preston when Robert Couturier came to town to sign his book Designing Paradises. The book reflects the designer and architect’s stunning work that expertly meshes Old-World elegance and contemporary style.


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Guests at N ­ uKitchens’s most recent event in its Private Concert Series were treated to a magical evening of music featuring jazz ­pianist and composer Ted Perry and guitarist Billy Voiers. The world-class master players provided the perfect musical background for the recently renovated NuKitchens showroom. Guests also enjoyed delicious antipasti and wine pairings.


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Trade Notes

New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business

The New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art bestowed the 2014 Bulfinch Award for interior design on Connecticut architect Rafe Churchill, honoring a Shingle-style residence his firm designed in Sherborn, Massachusetts. The house, says Churchill, was designed “in the manner of the seaside Newport cottages by such esteemed architects as McKim, Mead & White; John Calvin Stevens; and Peabody & Stearns.” The architect also won a Merit award in interior design for his version of an updated classic farmhouse, in Sharon. Sharon, (860) 364-2288,


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A Westport home designed by Sellars Lathrop Architects took the People’s Choice Award for 2014 from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The design for Hilltop House, an eclectic, Italian-inspired, Energy Star–rated house allowed for a playful combination of forms and rooflines, full southern exposure, and maximum Hilltop House natural daylight throughout the day. The soaring, two-story library, shown here, uses natural wood, curved archways, custom metal railings—and, of course, books—to create a warm and inviting space. Westport, (203) 222-0229, Michael Biondo

Greenwich designer Shelly Linder has been helping clients create beautiful dwellings for more than fifteen years, and now she has expanded her company, opening Shop Shell Décor, an online boutique that offers luxury items for the home. The website is like a “giant mall,” Linder says, with a series of showrooms featuring fabric, furniture, and home accessories from companies such as Schumacher, Duralee, Vaughan Designs, and many more. Linder also plans to introduce an online design service as part of her new venture. Designer Trudy Dujardin, of Westport, has a new online shop, too. Dujardin Home offers a hand-chosen, curated collection of elegant home and personal accessories. Browsers will find one-of-akind and vintage pieces, framed prints, custom pillows, crystal table settings, and more, all reflecting Dujardin’s breezy style. s­ helldecor.

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In the brick-and-mortar world, Connecticut has a brand-new place for finding beautiful things for the home. After twelve years at Juliska, Elaine Kirby McCleary has opened Kirby and Company, a shop filled with colorful, unique items to help customers complete a room or find a special gift. The Darien shop also holds a cafe where shoppers can sit and enjoy a sweet confection made from recipes Kirby collected from the grandmother whose love of sugar and butter she inherited. Darien,

The end of 2014 was a busy—and happy— time for Artemis Landscape ­Architects. The company celebrated its tenth anniversary of Tara creating beautiful yards Vincenta and and gardens around New Elisabeth Lein England, and won two awards from the Connecticut chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Principal Tara Vincenta was presented with an Honor Award for a swimming pool area in Newtown, and a Merit Award for streetscape and planting guidelines for the city of Bridgeport. Bridgeport, (203) 683-1808,

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In The Galleries » Silvermine Arts Center New Members Exhibition January 11–February 15 Eleven new members display their work. Signed, Sealed and Delivered February 22–April 5 Small works at affordable prices will be on exhibit. The art will be available for purchase at a cocktail party on March 13 at 7:30 p.m. New Canaan, (203) 966-9700, ­

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January Northern Baroque Splendor. The Hohenbuchau Collection from: Liechtenstein. The Princely Collections, Vienna Through April 12

Lush baroque art is the perfect antidote to a cold winter day. Spend the afternoon at the Bruce Museum viewing works created by Netherlandish Old Masters. The Hohenbuchau Collection features one of the most extensive collections of Northern Baroque art ever assembled, and will be at the museum before heading off on the next step of its U.S tour. Greenwich, (203) 869-0376,; Tuesday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Atypicalfind Auction Year-round bimonthly on Wednesdays

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Examine the early development of one of America’s most notable artists, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, in this exhibit featuring his early etchings created while traveling in London, Paris, and Venice. The exhibit features more than 100 pieces from the museum’s permanent collection, along with pieces from The Yale

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Center for British Art. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, (203) 432-0600,; Tuesday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. –5 p.m.

february Cherry Cottage: The Story of an American House Film Screening February 8

When Hans and Kate Morris began restoring their 1782 cottage in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, they realized the story of the home and its connection to surprisingly significant moments in American history was one worth sharing. The film has been shown at a variety of major film festivals. The homeowners and film’s director will be on hand to answer questions from the audience after the screening. Greenwich Historical Society, Cos Cob, (203) 869-6899,; 3:30 p.m.–6 p.m.; $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Wine and refreshments will be served. Connecticut Flower & Garden Show February 19–22

» Cavalier Galleries Winter Group Show Through January 31 New paintings by Peter Poskas, Rebecca Kinkead, Yury Darashkevich, and Li Xiao; works by Nina Maguire, Ann Packard, Maarten Platje, Nicholas Berger, William Storck, John Terelak, Scott Duce, Esteban Vicente, George McNeil, and Cleve Gray; sculptures by Jim Rennert, Carole Feuerman, Jane DeDecker, Hans Van de Bovemkamp, and Maurice Blik; and photographs by Robert Farber, Steve McCurry, and Harry Benson. Greenwich, (203) 869-3664, ­ » Heather Gaudio Fine Art Black White & Red All Over Through February 14 Paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures by Paul Bloch, Caio Fonseca, Madeleine Keesing, Raymond Saá, and Donald Sultan. New Canaan, (203) 801-9590, ­ » Lyme Art Association Twenty-Third Annual Associate Artist Exhibition January 16–February 27 Members who have achieved associateartist level recognition are featured. Wonders of Winter 2015 January 16–February 27 Local artists display works that reflect the stoic beauty of winter. Old Lyme, (860) 434-7802, ­ » MIRIAM/LECLERC contemporary Holiday 2014 Through January 31 Artists include Gigi Chen, MP Landis, Stavros Pavlides, Justin Teodoro, Michael Sanzone, Paul Wirhun, and Berlin street artist XOOOOX. Wood & Metal Featuring mixed-media artist Michael Sanzone, graffiti artist Mr. D, and XOOOOX. Norwalk, (203) 826-8575, ­

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Attend Connecticut’s longest-running home and remodeling show for the latest in home improvement and remodeling ideas. The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut produces the show. Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, (860) 563-4565,; Friday 5 p.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 10 p.m.–5 p.m.; $12

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Get ready for upcoming warm-weather remodeling projects at the Spring Home Show. Industry experts in a wide variety of building fields will be on hand to answer your questions and share the latest products, technology, and building techniques. Hartford XL Center, Hartford, (860) 563-2111, ­; Friday 5 p.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $10 The Aldrich at 50 Through April 5

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with a series of overlapping exhibits that celebrate the museum’s legacy and influence on the contemporary art scene. Standing in the Shadows, The Aldrich Collection 1964–1974, Part 2, focuses on Larry Aldrich’s early collection (1964–74), while six contemporary artists whose work is influenced by art and culture from the same era are also featured. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, (203) 438-4519,; Tuesday– Sunday noon–5 p.m., closed Mondays. —Edited by Lynda Simonton

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5. Napping Spot The Maxime Daybed is comfortable enough for a siesta, but it may be hard to snooze surrounded by such vibrant design. Jonathan Adler, Greenwich, (203) 622-1476,

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7. Devilish Details This cheeky devil looks more sprite than Satan—while his pitchfork is a natural for holding candles. Crawford Silver, Fairfield, (203) 2923609, crawfordsilver. com

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10. Old World The Zander Rug evokes a timeworn European fresco, thanks to an undulating, raised silk texture and a special oxidation process that softens the rug’s patterns. J.D. Staron, Stamford, (203) 3511130,

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12. Laid Back Jeffrey Allen Marks’s new fabric collection may be quintessentially California cool, but we think it will be right at home in coastal Connecticut. Kravet, Stamford, (203) 5042640,

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Builder: Jay Pirrone, 5K Development, New Canaan, (203) 943-0257, Page 92: Bench from Bernhardt Furniture,; Middleton lantern from Currey & Co.,, through Lillian August,; artwork by Jennifer Gray,

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Design ideas in the making

It is always a challenging assignment to paint an illustration of a furnished room that doesn’t exist. Often a designer needs a rendering for a client or for a showhouse publication that goes to press before the room is put together. The interior above, called Babe’s Boudoir, was done for the Rooms with a View showhouse in Southport. Designer Jane Ellsworth was inspired by the iconic style maven Babe Paley. Foremost, I think, it is very important to capture the proper mood, so I researched old photos to become familiar with Babe’s “look.” Then, provided with tiny fabric swatches, wallpaper samples, and photos of the furniture that Jane had chosen, I created the room in proper perspective and scale, keeping it all a bit loose and suggestive. I vary my style according to the ambience to be portrayed. Another of my favorites, at right, is the Lady’s Writing Room, done for designer Carey Karlan. Although the room is elegant and feminine, the painting was done in a playful style, capturing movement in the undulating lines of the desk and billowing window treatments. Carey wanted the drapes to have the mood of a swishing evening gown, yet for the room to be light and airy. We added the King Charles spaniel as a touch of whimsy. It’s enjoyable collaborating with the designers, who always seem delighted to see their visions come to life in drawings.

Russell Melzer, B. Russell Art, Westport, (203) 656-2651, 128  New England Home Connecticut  Winter 2015

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