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VOLUME 11, ISSUE NO. 4

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For his own retreat in Litchfield County, designer Jason Puiia leads a sensitive renovation that honors the home’s storied history.

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114 A Higher Place A ridge in western Connecticut inspires a house that revels in its natural surroundings.

124 Forge Ahead

An eighteenth-century blacksmith’s shop forms the heart of a well-loved home in Lyme.

134 Midcentury Marvel A Lakeville homeowner’s unerring eye and solid instincts bring new life to a neglected old classic.

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35 Special Marketing Section 77 Portfolio of Fine Interior Design

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a timber frame absorbs so much light, selecting the right lighting was critical; the goal of incorporating lots of strip and indirect lighting was to see the light but not the source. A statement-making bird’s-nest fixture is the “icing on the cake,” Young says. Douglas fir, stone harvested from the site, and rough-sawn-wood siding comprise the exterior.

couple of hours a week gazing into this,” he says. “I literally find a new discovery in it every night. The joinery is just so amazing, so perfect, so tight. I get lost in it.” No ordinary ceiling, this is a work of art and a feat of craftsmanship. The original idea came to Young when he visited the historic Tabernacle on Martha’s Vineyard; his vision was solidified by a trip to the New Energy Works facility in Farmington, New York. A commercial builder himself, his sights were set on a timber-frame design. “I like to see the function shown—the bones of a building,” he admits. “The function becomes the fashion.” When Young spied the curved beams, he had a thought: “I wanted to see how far we could push this concept of a non-traditional shape: a per-

fect circle made out of wood in an incredible size.” With the expertise of New Energy Works architect Ty Allen, the intricately layered, basket-like “circle in a square” concept was born as the central anchor of the house, soaring above an oversized great room. Allen notes that while the space is grand—rising two-plus stories to the top of the clearstory—the shape brings it down to scale. “It’s a tall and interesting space,” he says, “but when you’re in it, you don’t feel overwhelmed by it.” In fact, the house itself is interesting, with lots of carefully thought-out forms

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A cascading light fixture adds a dose of drama to the helical staircase, which is housed in the stone silo.

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CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: The store features an ever-changing array of new and vintage furnishings and unique decorative accessories, many of which are repurposed and reimagined by Mele’s collaborator, Matthew Tyrrell; shoppers often find Patrick’s mom, Patricia, minding the store while he’s in the studio. Color-field painters inspired Mele’s new ceramics collaboration with Nicholas Newcomb. Boutique fabric lines new to Fairfield County are a recent addition to the store’s mix of offerings.

others; plus, custom-colored ceramics in collaboration with Nicholas Newcomb. “There are so many wonderful boutique makers who are not known here,” Mele says, and he looks forward to giving the artisans a new platform for exposure in Fairfield County. The store is also adding to its list of bespoke design services, looking to become a one-stop-shop for upholstery (and reupholstery), window treatments and hardware, and even custom lampshades and trims. In the three years since the opening, Mele has since decamped his New York City apartment for the Black Rock neighborhood in

Bridgeport, overlooking Long Island Sound, where he has bought a house, established his design studio, and has plans in the works for a second store in the community that may be open just in time for the holidays. “I’ve always wanted to show what I was all about,” says Mele. “How varied my tastes can be, as well as how varied my interests can be, aesthetically.” If history is any indication, there’s no doubt the new space will allow him another platform to channel his hallmark style and inventiveness with aplomb. Patrick Mele, Greenwich, patrickmele.com

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graduated from University of Notre Dame, thus the green (it’s Benjamin Moore Vintage Vogue on the walls), blue, and gold palette. LEFT: From the foyer, it’s possible to see the artwork in the dining room and office. That silver-leaf tree-trunk table comes from Phillips Collection.

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I like to say we brought in a little Jersey glitz to the space.” The other thing the firm brought: art. De Maria and Yanni both collect fine art, and De Maria was an art history major. (Yanni started her career as a producer for Food Network.) When art consultant Lisa Cooper, owner of Elisa Photography by Willie Cole

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Contemporary Art, showed the designers Gold Rush by James Rieck, which Cooper had discovered at Lyons Wier Gallery in New York City, the pair knew the painting was destined for their Fairfield project. “It’s our client,” says De Maria. “It’s her blond hair; it’s how she would have dressed and worn her hair in the ’50s. I knew that by hanging it in the dining room, guests would talk about that art the entire dinner party.” Yanni says the client quickly understood the importance of having fine art in her family’s home, but purchasing the right

ABOVE: Gold Rush, an oil on canvas by James Rieck, was completed in 2015. LEFT: The dining room table, site of many dinner parties, was designed by Moss Design and fabricated by Old Mill Road Company. Moss Design also created the plush chairs, which are covered in upholstery from Schumacher and Kravet. The glam light is from Arteriors.

pieces doesn’t happen overnight. It was seven months later that everyone involved fell under the spell of an abstract painting for the formal living room. Serendipitously, the painting comes from artist Willie Cole, who also works as a photographer and who photographed the home. The painting, Series 1, worked well with the room’s saturated greens, golds, and blues.

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adds interest to the his-and-her office space. LEFT: Will Be Home by 5 P.M., a painting by emerging artist Hiejin Yoo, has already significantly increased in value, says designer Meghan De Maria. “Our financial clients always appreciate that.”

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The final piece to the art puzzle didn’t fall into place for another year. Moss Design reached out to New York-based art advisor Betsy Biscone to help find the perfect piece for the his-and-her office space. Biscone presented Will Be Home By 5 P.M., a semi-figurative Flashe-and-oil painting by emerging artist Hiejin Yoo. “They initially passed on it,” remembers Biscone, “but they kept coming back to it. They loved the story

behind it—the car pulling away from the home, reluctantly waving goodbye to go to work.” Each painting makes an impact in its space, and though two of the three can be seen from the foyer, they don’t compete but rather complete the home. “A space isn’t finished without art,” says De Maria. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home, see

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you’ll see was acquired on family travels. Bolander’s wife, artist Nadine Kalachnikoff, speaks ten languages, allowing the family to cultivate relationships with artists and vendors who the average tourist can’t access. “We always found the back-door guy who had all the cool stuff, like our wooden mushrooms from France or colorful umbrellas from Bali,” shares Chris. Art plays an important role in the shop, from Nadine’s three-dimensional butterfly pieces to elegant watercolors by L. R. Laffitte. Italian artist Vittoro Splendore adds interest to the mix with custom works that have a lush Old

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listen to the spoken and unspoken needs of our clients,” explains Beth. “It really becomes design therapy as we guide them to look ahead and envision their future!” Beth finds that there is a deeper connection to the home than seen in the recent past as families have returned to the two lost luxuries of time and togetherness. Our homes have become a real extension of our

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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 storagesystem 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.

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Closet & Storage Concepts 356 Ely Avenue Norwalk, CT 06854 203-957-3304 – Main Number 203-957-3307 – Fax Number closetandstorageconcepts.com

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Connecticut Stone

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elebrating over 70 years in business, Connecticut Stone is proud of the experience and knowledge built over the years and the relationships we’ve developed with architects, design professionals, builders, and homeowners to help bring projects to life. With over 10,000 different interior and exterior products available, such

as bluestone, granite pavers, ThinStone, porcelain slabs, marble, travertine, and more, our team of expert craftsmen can fabricate, custom cut, and shape stone products for both residential and commercial projects. Whether you’re looking to renovate an existing kitchen with new tile and countertops, or you need a unique stone for your outdoor fireplace,

Connecticut Stone can bring your vision to fruition. It doesn’t matter if you’re down the street or across the country, we take on any size project. If you’re in the area, stop by our 13,000-square-foot showroom or give us a call at 203882-1000. No matter where you are, our team is here to help bring your dream concept to life.

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and builder Hobbs, Inc., countertops paired with 3x6 created a custom blend white glossy subway tiles. of square- and strip-cut ➋ Calacatta Gold Honed Marble building stone veneer for the was used in a herringbone main part of the home. pattern for the floors and slabs ➋ For the fireplace, Beinfield with a decorative edge for the Architecture, Clarity Home Interiors, and Artisan Build-counters. Builder: DPD Builders. ers used a custom blend of➌ This bathroom uses Calacatta square cut veneer. The pav-Honed Waterjet Mosaic for both ing is sandblasted Jerusalem the floors and walls. Architect: Grey Limestone. Mark Finlay Architects, ➌ Created by architect Peter Cadoux and builder Hobbs,Builder: Hobbs Inc., Designer: Inc., this exterior gourmet G2 Interior Design. kitchen combines veneer ➍ A Carrara Honed 3cm marble with two-inch-thick Honed from Italy was used in this Absolute Black countertops. kitchen, along with a 3x6 white ➍ The Jerusalem Grey Sandglossy subway tile on the walls. blasted Limestone that was used for this pool coping and paving creates an anti-slip texture that stays cool in the summer months.

This spring, updating outdoor living spaces will be at the top of a homeowner’s renovation wish list. They will be focusing on expanding to create a luxurious gathering place for guests.

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Dina Spaidal Interiors

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ina Spaidal is dedicated to creating timeless interiors that are sophisticated and fresh while at the same time livable and comfortable. Both muted palettes and bold colors can find their place among the natural materials and textures she integrates into each project. Dina is known for her impeccable attention to detail encompassing not only the creative process, but also

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budgets and deadlines. Dina and her team of expert artisans make each project an enjoyable process with results that you will be thrilled to live with and happy to share with your friends and family. After many years on Wall Street, a lifelong love of design led Dina to embark on a career in the interiors industry. That decision culminated in spending more than a decade at her

previous design partnership prior to launching Dina Spaidal Interiors. Her work has been featured in publications including New England Home Connecticut, East Coast Home & Design, and Fairfield Magazine. A classical pianist and gardening enthusiast, she also loves to walk on the beach with Lulu, her lovable Bernese mountain dog.

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➊ In this Connecticut library and home office painted a deep green we used a rich neutral palette for the furniture and shagreen wallpaper on the ceiling. The camel leather sofa layered with cozy pillows and organic touches in lighting and accessories add warmth to the room. ➋ The gentle lines of this custom bed and bedding take their cue from marbleized wallpaper in this tranquil Connecticut bedroom. ➌ Coastal artwork is flanked by architectural lamps in the family room of this Long Island home. ➍ This bright and airy library on Long Island features clean lines and shapes, subtle curves, and an Andrea Bonfils painting as the focal point.

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Heidi Holzer Design & Decorative

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fter successful careers in custom jewelry and fashion, I discovered my real passion…creating decorative finishes for residential and commercial clients. Utilizing creative custom designs and imaginative applications, my company has transformed client interiors throughout the United States for over two decades.

Each creation is carefully crafted to complement lighting, artwork, fabrics, woods, textures, and light refraction. The result is a look and radiance that richly beautifies the client’s living space as well as addresses their functional requirements. On this project, the client and I both appreciate the expansiveness of life. The love of color, art, handcraft,

and reading inspire living a creative life. References to these abound in this house. We had started work with this client on finishes for a house next door. That job led to a friendship, trust, and understanding that extended into storytelling beyond just the finishes to the furnishings and decorative aspects throughout the home.

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➊ Striaed Venetian and mica walls, iridescent plaster ceiling, hand-painted poem, custom couches, curtains constructed by Finished in Fabric, and layered rugs by Kebabian’s Rugs. ➋ Venetian plaster walls, Venetian and leafed ceiling, custom bed in Boeme fabric constructed by Finished in Fabric, Kelly Wearstler light for Visual Comfort, rugs by Kebabian’s Rugs. ➌ Dark polished Venetian walls, handpainted ceiling based on the Braque ceiling in the Louvre, burled cabinet with marine varnish. ➍ A carpeted wall to rest one’s feet during handstands, Flor carpet squares, hand-painted planetary ceiling, Holland and Sherry wool drapes.

➌ Heidi Holzer Design & Decorative 18 Church Street Redding, CT 06896 203-544-9471 heidiholzer.com

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InnerSpace Electronics, Inc.

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iscover beautiful homeelectronics design and lighting that leverages modern technology while promoting better health. Let InnerSpace Electronics show you how Delos wellness systems and Lutron’s Ketra lighting, facilitated by our experienced team, can put a spotlight on what matters most: your home’s aesthetics and family’s wellness. Delos is the advanced system

that elevates health and well-being throughout the spaces where we live, work, sleep, and play. It applies real science to today’s vital issues, such as abundant fresh air, clean water, thermal comfort, and lighting, in order to help regulate critical body rhythms and processes. In addition, we offer Ketra, which provides natural illumination that’s in harmony with our body for improved energy and living. And, as light-

ing specialists, we offer full-service design, lighting, controls, and installation. Turn your home into an intelligent, extraordinary environment with the ability to control lights from anywhere—even while you’re on vacation. At InnerSpace, we provide technology excellence with emphasis on your family’s home-wellness, décor, and lifestyle.

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➊ Careful and complete design, collaboration, installation, and elegant one-touch controls go into every InnerSpace lighting project. ➋ The leading local technology and smart-home provider, InnerSpace can also deliver motorized window treatments, entertainment systems, home theaters, networking systems, security, and more. ➌ Bring natural light indoors with Lutron’s Ketra, the highest quality and healthiest indoor light that enhances your décor, art, mood, and overall wellness. ➍ For improved health, we can deliver abundant, vital clean air, water, and natural light to your home with Delos wellness technology.

InnerSpace Electronics, Inc. 45 Kensico Drive Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914-937-9700 innerspaceelectronics.com

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Jan Hiltz Interiors, LLC

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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 Lower Fairfield County, Connecticut, Boston, Manhattan, Long Island, Westchester, and the Hamptons. Her client’s lifestyle 94

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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 and includes

all aspects of interior design, including 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. You can see Jan’s work on her website and Instagram: @JanHiltzInteriors.

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Park Avenue chic was the vibe our client was searching for in her family room. The room is basked in beautiful lighting from the large windows draped with sheer white drapes. Textured white fabrics are covering all the upholstery with subtle hints of black—all done in childrenfriendly Crypton fabric. The TV wall was enhanced with shiplap for a modern feel and painted black for drama. The large room has four different seating areas that give the room a cozier feel. Texture was the most important addition to this room. The twig chandelier and cowhide floor-toceiling mirror offer the sensory experience we were looking for.

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

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Karen Wells Design

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aren Wells Design services the tri-state area creating uniquely beautiful spaces via interior design, furniture design, space planning, interior architecture, and curating collections and art. Clients can take a room-by-room approach, undertake a full renovation, or build new. KWD has clients not only in Fairfield County, but also New York City, Upstate New York, New Jersey,

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The Hamptons, Nantucket, and Miami. Karen started out in fashion and eventually led the design and production teams. Traveling overseas frequently to both Europe and Asia has sharpened her eye for the new, and given her an appreciation for the old. Karen’s knowledge of fabrics, proportion, texture, quality control, and

running a business is invaluable to each project. Each project brings a fresh aesthetic based on her trained eye, the client’s tastes, and how they desire to live. Interpreting each space for its functionality and then refining it through the use of color, texture, light, art, and furniture allows KWD to create environments called “home.”

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Karen Wells Design 9 Canaan Close New Canaan, CT 06840 203-273-7897 karenwellsdesign.com

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LDD Interiors

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DD Interiors is an interior design firm specializing in interior design services, bespoke furniture design, and contracting for transformative personal spaces. Our work spans the entire East Coast with studios in Central Connecticut and Naples, Florida. We offer full residential design services, including renovation design for implementation, as well as construc-

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tion assistance and consultation. Lisa believes in creating environments where cherished memories are made, essentially setting the stage for life’s stories. These surroundings must achieve a curated, livable luxury while still reflecting the client’s unique personality. Creating customized spaces offers a world of options. It’s our job to make design fun and easy, to educate and

introduce you to people, products, and places you may not have encountered on your own. With that we begin to cultivate your dream space and take it to perfection by adding our signature style, which is authentic, polished, supple, easy, chic, comfortable, time-honored, and organic. We just say it’s Cashmere & Blue Jeans.®

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➊ Dreams of family and friends gathering around a large island were made a reality after an extensive renovation. A oncedark kitchen explodes into a light, bright dream come true. ➋ There is only one opportunity to make a good first impression. This renovation sweeps guests from the front entry into the main living space with grandeur and grace. ➌ Never underestimate the importance of well-placed details. A gentle pop in a ceiling creates depth and interest. ➍ The details continue to make subtle and room-defining statements. Mirrored panels, arched cabinet panels, and onyx counters…just to name a few.

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The Lewis Design Group

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arbara Lewis, principal and owner of The Lewis Design Group, has more than twentyfive years of interior design experience. With a lifelong passion for design and an education from The New York School of Interior Design, Lewis has cultivated a deep understanding and appreciation for fine interiors. A respected leader among her

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peers, Lewis is recognized for creating timeless design that maintains the delicate balance between current trends and classic style. Although Lewis has been an interior designer for decades, in recent years she has reached new heights in her career. In the past two years alone, The Lewis Design Group earned acclaim for four prestigious showhouse designs, in addition to features in

numerous publications, including Architectural Digest, New England Home Connecticut, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Hamptons Magazine, and Newsday, as well as profiles by brands such as Sotheby’s. The Lewis Design Group offers a boutique, full-service approach that results in beautiful interiors to be enjoyed for years to come.

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➊ The Lewis Design Group created “Her Sanctuary” for Holiday House Hamptons 2019. ➋ A residential project with a classic yet current style by The Lewis Design Group. ➌ The Lewis Design Group created a charming Hamptons bedroom for the first virtual Hampton Designer Showhouse in 2020. ➍ This design for Rooms with a View Southport 2019 by The Lewis Design Group was inspired by design icon and founder Albert Hadley.

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The Lewis Design Group Long Island Design Studio 40 Highland Road Glen Cove, NY 11542 Connecticut Design Studio 66 Pipers Hill Road Wilton, CT 06897 914-227-0016 thelewisdesigngroup.com

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Designer Jason Puiia reimagined the 1970s threecar-garage addition to better suit the eighteenth-century residence, trading in vinyl siding for cedar shingles and adding a porte cochere, carriage doors, gables, and a cupola. RIGHT: Puiia, left, with his partner, Keith Venkiteswaran, and their Coton de Tulear, Ziggy.

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For his own retreat in Litchfield County, designer Jason Puiia leads a sensitive renovation that honors the home’s storied history. Text by ALYSSA BIRD | Photography by JOHN GRUEN | Produced by KARIN LIDBECK BRENT

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inding “The One” can take time. Just ask Jason Puiia, a partner at the Manhattan-based interior design firm Rees Roberts + Partners, and Keith Venkiteswaran, a digital strategist, who looked for a weekend escape in both upstate

New York and the Hamptons before a property in Litchfield County finally won them over. “It was unlike anything else we had seen,” says Puiia of the eighteenth-century brick Colonial, one of sixteen recognized historic listings in the village. “I wanted the challenge of working with an older building, and this one had a sense of familiarity about it.”

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CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT: Puiia sets

the table in the family room, which is used for informal entertaining. The living room’s original woodburning fireplace from 1760 was preserved and repainted. In a corner of the living room, an antique secretary cabinet complements a fretwork chair found at an estate sale in Salisbury. FACING PAGE: Schumacher’s Pyne Hollyhock print—made popular by designer Albert Hadley—enlivens the living room. “This is a masculine way of doing chintz,” says Puiia.

But dated additions flanking the original 1760 residence were masking its potential, so while it may have been love at first sight for Puiia, Venkiteswaran needed some persuading. “I ended up convincing Keith with a napkin sketch,” recalls Puiia, who had scribbled a renovation plan for the 4,100-square-foot property during a postshowing lunch. Venkiteswaran got to play client, with Puiia presenting him with sketches, Pinterest boards, and CAD drawings. “I’d spend weeks developing schemes, and then I’d run them by Keith,” says Puiia. His proposal involved gutting the additions—a 500-squarefoot rec room that was once a screened-in porch, a former doctor’s office (the previous residents were both physicians), and a 1970s vinyl-clad garage—and better integrating them into the original structure, which the couple wanted to preserve as much as possible. Opting to tackle the project without an architect, the interior designer consulted

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“I wanted the challenge of working with an older building, and this one had a sense of familiarity about it.” —DESIGNER AND HOMEOWNER JASON PUIIA

with contractors John Considine and Roger Hedman of Riga Construction along the way to ensure that his vision would be buildable and structurally sound. The doctor’s office is now a spacious main-bedroom wing, and the square rec room—with its low ceiling, peeling parquet floor, wood stove, and aluminum sliding doors—became a multipurpose family room complete with a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, workspace, informal dining area, and doors leading out to a new patio. “This is the room we use the most,” says Puiia. “It works just as well for a large group dinner as it does for two people watching a movie.” The exterior’s most dramatic transformation is the garage, its middle bay replaced with a porte cochere. While one side of the structure still functions as a garage, the other houses storage space and a mud room that serves as a secondary entrance. “It feels

LEFT: A dated 500-square-foot addition became a light-filled family room with a television area, an informal dining area, and a workspace for Venkiteswaran. RIGHT: Puiia’s plan included doubling the size of the kitchen, which he carefully crafted to avoid looking too new. FACING PAGE: In the family room’s dining area, a fixture from Shades of Light hangs above a West Elm table, Pottery Barn side chairs, and armchairs from Mainly Baskets Home; the artwork is by Mark Liebergall.

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“We wanted a comfortable, collected, layered space that felt like it had evolved over time.” —JASON PUIIA

Another addition, which had served as a doctor’s office, morphed into the main suite. The new bath features a Randolph Morris tub, Carrara marble flooring, and a Cheviot sink. FAR RIGHT: In the bedroom, vintage bedside tables flank a bed from Charles P. Rogers, while an Oushak-inspired rug ties everything together.

like an old carriage house that could have always been there,” says Puiia, noting the addition of cedar shingles, a cupola, gables, carriage doors, and Belgian block flooring. In fact, the couple’s goal for the entire home was that the renovation not look too new. To that end, Puiia injected architectural elements such as molding, trim, and beadboard that were in keeping with the space’s eighteenth-century origins. With the shell complete, Puiia could finally get to what he does best. “We took our

time furnishing the house, looking for unique pieces at antiques shops and seeking out local artists,” says the designer. “We wanted a comfortable, collected, layered space that felt like it had evolved over time.” And Puiia’s favorite client couldn’t be happier with the result. “Ultimately, we ended up building exactly what Jason drew on that napkin that day,” says Venkiteswaran. “Jason’s superpower is knowing how people want to live.”

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A HIGHER PLACE

A ridge in western Connecticut inspires a house that revels in its natural surroundings. Text by MEAGHAN O’NEILL Photography by JENNIFER HOLT

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By thoughtfully removing trees from an overgrown four-acre property on a high ridge, architects Angelina and Vincent Falotico revealed stunning views up the Hudson Valley and as far away as Manhattan. They restored the majority of the landscape with native meadows.

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ngelina and Vincent Falotico were at a cocktail party when the beauty of Ridgefield first blew their minds. Ten years later, when a nearby property came on the market, the couple suspected they’d found the spot to build their new home. The husband and wife—who had first met in architecture school—were no strangers to high-end residential design; both worked at architecture firm Brooks & Falotico Associates in New Canaan.

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Situated on four acres of land along a ridge at one of the town’s highest points, the property was entirely wooded. The trees obscured sight lines, and though no other homeowners on the street had cleared their land, “I had this feeling there was a view,” says Vincent, a partner in the firm. “It was an act of faith.” Opening up the steep, wooded area wasn’t easy. “It was like a forest—it took a month to clear the site,” says general contractor Robert Lewandowski of L & L Builders. “No one had lived there for years.” But the Faloticos’s belief paid off. Now, the place claims expansive views west over the Hudson Valley and south to New York City. On the

Fourth of July, the sky lights up with fireworks from dozens of towns along the horizon. The couple updated and transformed an existing, small, stoneand-shingle cottage on the property into an artist’s studio. But they tore down the derelict main house because it ignored its bird’s-eye perch. Sunshine and uninterrupted vistas drove the new schematic design. However, the project’s parallel triumph is its pervasive sense of calmness and contemplation, a notion championed by Angelina, a senior project manager at Brooks & Falotico (and the firm’s first employee in 1990), who was bearing the burden of illness during the twenty months of design and construction.

LEFT: The great room’s glass doors open to a generous covered porch; a painting by Donna von Holdt hangs above the granite fireplace, concealing a television screen. The Oomph backgammon table was a gift from Louise Brooks, partner in Brooks & Falotico and co-founder of the furnishings line. RIGHT: Floor-to-ceiling windows along the western-facing back wall of the house deliver breathtaking views. Custom pillows mimic the vistas, which are three-quarters sky.

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In the kitchen, white plaster frames rift-sawn oak cabinetry panels to create a quiet geometry and tranquil palette, a motif that’s repeated in the kitchen island— which is topped with polished concrete—a nearby built-in desk, and elsewhere. A moveable upholstered banquette allows for flexible seating at the breakfast table. Succulents, panels of dried moss, and plenty of sunshine are purposeful biophilic elements that bring the room to life.

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To achieve desired results, the Faloticos worked to make the house as tall as possible, which required skillfully stacking volumes that negotiate the site’s steep, varying grades. The graceful result also integrates distinct but charming facades, with pretty, traditional windows in front transitioning into walls of floor-to-ceiling darkframed ones at the back. The first floor’s open plan includes a kitchen and great room, where “the view is three-quarters sky,” says Vincent. The second floor accommodates four suites plus the main bedroom, which features wraparound windows that demonstrate an effort to continually extend views across more than one wall. Here, a pocket door— almost never closed—also draws

the eye into the en suite bathroom, past a floating glass shower and Japanese soaking tub, and back to the outdoors. A spiral staircase from the room rises to the thirdfloor office and its spectacular 400-square-foot terrace. Though Angelina recently passed away, the house continues to manifest the couple’s legacy of teamwork in career and marriage. “It’s healing, calm, peaceful, and contemplative,” explains Vincent of the home—exactly how they’d pictured it. Their leap of faith in clearing the site, along with distilling the house down to its most essential components, resulted in a beautiful simplicity that allows for clearing the mind, too. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this

home, see Resources.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A spiral staircase leads to the third-floor office and terrace—Vincent’s favorite room in the house—which is outfitted with furnishings the Faloticos collected over decades, including an Eames lounge chair, Noguchi table, and Tibetan rug, their first purchase as a couple. Windows wrap around the corner of the light-filled main suite, allowing sight lines to move across multiple walls; artwork by Randy Orzano, Vincent’s cousin, hangs above the bed. A pocket door leads to the serene en suite bathroom and a Japanese soaking tub with corner views of Manhattan.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The covered porch is a favorite spot for relaxing. The couple chose a warm, dark tone for the wall of windows along the back elevation to complement the modern farmhouse style; steep grading here meets a stone retaining wall original to the pre-existing house, which was taken down. A bocce court is framed with Corten steel, used throughout the landscape for a clean and simple aesthetic.

ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN, AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Vincent Falotico, Angelina

Falotico, Brooks & Falotico Associates BUILDER: Robert Lewandowski, L & L Builders

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The Faloticos WORKED to make the house as TALL AS POSSIBLE, which required SKILLFULLY stacking volumes that NEGOTIATE the site’s STEEP, varying grades.

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FORGE AHEAD

An eighteenth-century blacksmith’s shop forms the heart of a well-loved home in Lyme. Text by PAULA M. BODAH  |  Photography by JOHN GRUEN

HP Broom Housewright’s Skip Broom found the blacksmith’s shop whose rafters and framing form the great room in the home of Nancy and Paul FitzPatrick. Designer Carol-Ann Speros freshened the home with a neutral palette and a mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings.

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Most mornings, Nancy FitzPatrick pours herself a cup of coffee and settles in by a kitchen window to greet the day. As she looks out over the five-plus acres of lawn and meadow and woods around the house she shares with her husband, Paul, she appreciates the peaceful environment. It’s just her—and the animals. Lots of animals. ABOVE: The great room’s exterior vertical siding suits its eighteenth-century origins. RIGHT: Broom designed the house to look as though it evolved one addition at a time over generations. FACING PAGE: Wherever possible, Broom used materials he salvaged from old buildings around New England, including the floorboards and timbers.

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LEFT: Speros paired a zinc-

topped table from Restoration Hardware with the FitzPatricks’ own antique chairs. The blacksmith shop’s old timbers make a perfect exhibition space for the couple’s art collection. RIGHT: The clean, contemporary kitchen has a touch of industrial style with its subway-tile backsplash wall, galvanizedmetal sconces, and a vintage French Holophane pendant.

“Our yard is filled with wildlife,” she marvels. “We see fox and deer and rabbits and turkeys, and of course, coyotes.” Add to that the hawks that soar above, the butterflies that flit from plant to plant, and the neighbor’s horses grazing nearby, and the whole scene is the very definition of bucolic. While that rural feel is a big part of what the FitzPatricks loved when they were house hunting, they were equally charmed by the neighborhood, an enclave of homes

built by Skip Broom and his crew at HP Broom Housewright. Broom acquired the thirty-five-acre expanse of land in the late 1980s with the goal of saving about-to-berazed eighteenth-century houses around New England. “We’d buy a house for very little money, disassemble it, save everything worth saving, transport the pieces back to the site, and use them to build a new house,” he says. Every one of the half-dozen dwellings

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while being respectful of the history.” In this case, fresher translates to a lighter, brighter palette in shades of soft, warm grays that let the dark reclaimed wood stand out. The great room’s gas fireplace was converted back to wood-burning and reimagined as a clean expanse accented with a new bluestone hearth and a hand-forgediron fire screen crafted by one of Broom’s craftsmen. The FitzPatricks’ collection of art, an eclectic mix of Dutch, French, and American Western art, looks right at home with the blend of antique and contemporary furnishings anchored by a custom Merida

LEFT: Nancy FitzPatrick and Bodie relax in the foyer. BELOW: One of many vintage rugs in the home anchors a cozy sitting area at one end of the kitchen. FACING PAGE: Speros outfitted the library, which connects the great room to the bedroom wing, with horsehair wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries. Skip Broom’s company crafted the built-in bookshelves.

was designed around a historic building that he found and rescued. At the core of the FitzPatrick house is the 1750s New Hampshire blacksmith shop that forms today’s great room. “This is the only home there that came from a commercial, rather than residential, building,” Broom explains. As with the other structures in the enclave, he took the shop apart and brought everything that was salvageable to Lyme. He designed the rest of the house to look as if it was constructed over generations, using varied woods, types of siding, and, in some cases, paint to reflect different periods. And everywhere it was possible, he used salvaged antique materials, from the great room’s old floorboards to the kitchen addition’s ceiling beams. It may sound counterintuitive to talk about updating the decor in a house that’s meant to look old, but that’s exactly what interior designer Carol-Ann Speros was enlisted to do for the FitzPatricks, who are the home’s third owners. “The goal,” says Speros, “was to take it in a fresher direction

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“The goal was to take it in a fresher direction while being respectful of the history.” —INTERIOR DESIGNER CAROL-ANN SPEROS

rug of wool and sisal with linen binding. In the kitchen, Speros painted the cabinetry pale gray and treated the island to a new top of concrete. She replaced the heavily textured tile backsplash with a counter-to-ceiling wall of simple subway tile and wrapped the other three walls in Phillip Jeffries burlap. A vintage French Holophane light fixture adds a stylish twist to the subtly industrial ambience. The FitzPatricks delight in their home, inside and out. “Carol-Ann is incredibly talented, and Skip has a great eye and great vision,” FitzPatrick says. “Together, we brought the house to the level it deserves.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home, see

Resources.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION: Skip Broom, HP Broom

Housewright INTERIOR DESIGN: Carol-Ann Speros, Carol-Ann Speros Design LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Novak Brothers

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CLOCKWISE FROM FACING PAGE, TOP: The bedroom wing’s

exterior sports a barn door that looks authentic but doesn’t actually open. Look carefully: the transom and the small window—one of two in in a guest bedroom—are the reason Broom crafted the exterior’s nonfunctioning barn door. All of the bedrooms, including this sweet room for the grandkids, have wall-to-wall sisal carpeting.

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Local craftsman Gilbert Fitch came out of retirement to fabricate the glass-andmahogany entry. A trio of pieces by artist Gary Passanise inspired the entry’s neutral palette. RIGHT: The living room’s green and gray Finn Juhl chair is a favorite perch for the homeowner. The floor lamp was crafted by Daniel Oates of DBO Home.

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Midcentury Marvel A Lakeville homeowner’s unerring eye and solid instincts bring new life to a neglected old classic. Text by PAULA M. BODAH  |  Photography by JOHN GRUEN  |  Produced by ANNA MOLVIK

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The upper level’s vertical red-cedar siding and the lower level’s stucco are painted a warm, rich gray. “It was on my wish list to have property that didn’t need to be mowed,” says the homeowner about the pachysandra, ferns, and trees that cover the half-acre lot.

he Lakeville house had been wellloved once. When its current owner came across it, however, it had been sitting empty for several years. Most prospective buyers couldn’t see beyond the crumbling walls and moldy carpeting of the 1,900-squarefoot, two-story building. “It was unlivable, really,” agrees today’s homeowner. “But it touched me.” 137

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The dining area’s Nakashimainspired table is one of several pieces by furnituremaker Geoffrey Holmes of Sheffield, Massachusetts. FACING PAGE, TOP: Pottery by Dana Brandwein of DBO Home populates the kitchen’s open shelves. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Zeus the cat approves of the home’s special touches, like the maple wraparound shelves at the kitchen’s entrance.

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She knew it was a 1974-built Deck House—a classic prefab from the firm that has since become the Acton, Massachusetts-based Acorn Deck House Company. What she didn’t know, until she contacted Acorn about replacement windows, is that it was designed by Carl Koch himself. Koch, a Harvard-trained architect, pioneered the modular home, co-founding the original Acorn Structures company in 1947. Builder Christopher Lancto, who helped to bring the decrepit old structure back to good health, explains that Koch’s prefab houses were meant to be a less-expensive alternative to a custom home. That didn’t mean skimping on materials or design, he says. “They were made with a strong structural-beam system and good materials, like mahogany window trim.”

Bamboo flooring gives the space a warm glow, and oversize windows and skylights usher in light dappled by the half-acre property’s many trees.

A typical Koch dwelling has a walkout basement that serves as the main living level and an upper level that holds the bedrooms. This one had been modified by the original owner so that all the living spaces, public and private, were upstairs. The entry was an unceremonious affair, a simple glass slider opening to the unfinished basement and a stairway to the second floor. The basic configuration worked well, but the house had a long way to go to become the pleasing home it is today. Designer Beverly Reich, who had collaborated with the owner on several previous residences, came out of retirement to help her longtime client and friend one more time. Together, the team of three overhauled the house, beginning with that all-too-understated front door. The home now boasts a handsome new entry, a mahoganytrimmed expanse of glass—built by local crafts-

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the Hyde Park, New York, furniture company founded by Eleanor Roosevelt—was redesigned and re-covered to better suit the space. Bamboo flooring gives the space a warm glow, and oversize windows and skylights usher in light dappled by the half-acre property’s many trees. “It’s my birdhouse,” the owner says with obvious delight. “I’m up on a hill, and I can see everything.” Everyone seems to agree that the home exudes a joyful vibe. “There’s a lot of peace,” the owner says. “People are happy to be here. I get calls from friends who ask, ‘Can I come for a cup of tea,’ and you know it just means they want to come sit in your house.” Perhaps she undersells the value of her own company, but the point is well taken: the love and care that went into the home’s rebirth shines from every corner. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home, see

Resources.

INTERIOR DESIGN: Beverly Reich BUILDER: Christopher Lancto, CLC Building

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“I wanted something simple and graphic,” says the homeowner.

man Gilbert Fitch—that opens to a basement level transformed from a raw, empty space to a welcoming entry and a cozy office/den. Inspired by the midcentury French designer Charlotte Perriand, Reich designed the office’s cabinets with their alternating panels of black and white Formica. “I wanted something simple and graphic,” says the homeowner. Upstairs, the home’s midcentury provenance is played up with simple architectural details, streamlined modern furniture, and the owner’s collection of contemporary art. Much of the furniture came from her previous homes, often cleverly made over by Reich. A pair of living room chairs that once had dark mahogany legs and fabric seats now sport sleek leather and wood bleached a honey hue. The sofa, too—a piece originally built at Val-Kill Industries,

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A large piece by Gary Passanise dominates a wall in the main bedroom. The homeowner cherishes her bedspread, the very first quilt ever made by her granddaughter Sarah. FACING PAGE, TOP: The basement’s Formica-paneled cabinets pay homage to midcentury French designer Charlotte Perriand. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: The main bath holds a 1960 cabinet by Paul McCobb, a treasure found at Finch Hudson in Hudson, New York.

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GOOD BONES: SHAPE UP PAGES 35–38 Architecture: Ty Allen, New Energy Works, Farmington, N.Y., 585-924-3860, newenergyworks.com Builder: Silvermine Development, Danbury, 203-797-3005 LIVING ARTFULLY: STATEMENT PIECE(S) PAGES 54–58 Interior design: Meghan De Maria, Courtney Yanni, Moss Design, Southport, 917-292-6153, mdmossdesign.com Builder: Christopher Rosow Art advisory: Lisa Cooper, Elisa Contemporary Art, New York, N.Y., 212-729-4974, elisacontemporary art.com; Betsy Biscone, Betsy Biscone Art Advisory, New York, N.Y., 917-684-4085

SKETCH ARTIST PAGES 106–113 Interior design: Jason Puiia, Sharon, 207-807-7323 Builder: Roger Hedman, John Considine, Riga Construction, Canaan, 860-824-2426, rigaconstruction.com Cabinetry: Barker Cabinets, Tualatin, Ore., 503-476-1060, barkercabinets.com Landscape installation: Matt Schwaikert, Matt’s Landscaping, Falls Village, 860-824-1188, mattslandscapingct.com Upholstery: Interiors by George & Martha, Brooklyn, N.Y., 718-789-3190, interiorsgm.com A HIGHER PLACE PAGES 114–123 Architecture: Angelina Falotico, Vincent Falotico, New Canaan,

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FORGE AHEAD PAGES 124–133 Architectural design and construction: Skip Broom, HP Broom Housewright, Hadlyme, 860-526-9386, hpbroom.com Interior design: Carol-Ann Speros, Carol-Ann Speros Design, Wellesley, Mass., 203-856-5981 Landscape design and installation: Novak Brothers Landscaping, East Haddam, 860-434-5244, novakbrotherslandscaping.com

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MIDCENTURY MARVEL PAGES 134–141 Builder: Christopher Lancto, CLC Building and Design, Sharon, 860-671-9382, lanctocustomhomes.com Upholstery workroom: M Designs, Sheffield, Mass., 413-229-0404, mdesignscustominteriors.com

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