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44 Here & There 35 Good Bones A thoughtful renovation gives a Greenwich home a new lease on life.

44 Smith on Style A Connecticut cottage gets a bold refresh with fearless color and pattern.

54 Shop Visit Old Lyme’s Artemisia weaves together a couple’s passion for textiles, art, and antiques.

62 In the Studio Designer Christina Roughan worked from home long before it was a popular social media hashtag.

70 Things We Love The latest product launches reflect bespoke details, layers, and a smidge of glamour.

76 Artistry Designers and homeowners alike discover contemporary art in a tucked-away Fairfield barn.

82 The Scene A look back at summer’s designrelated events.

54 In Every Issue 26 Editor’s Note 80 Design Dispatches 150 Resources 150 Advertiser Index 152 Last Look

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GOOD BONES TOP TO BOTTOM: The team at Robert Dean Architects pared down any ornate detailing and added new windows and a wood roof; the front door got a welcoming coat of Fine Paints of Europe’s North Sea Blue. A wraparound porch—and a cute pooch—reinforces the house’s storybook charm.

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“TO GIVE THE HOUSE LIVABLE ROOMS AND SOLVE THE TECHNICAL PROBLEMS REQUIRED A GREAT DEAL OF STRUCTURAL WORK.” —Architect Robert Dean

TOP TO BOTTOM: The butler’s pantry, which connects the dining room and kitchen, provides ample storage and a rich pop of high-gloss color. The new kitchen was scaled up to twice its original size; the plain English-style cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray, and the architects added a butcher-block countertop along the far wall to accommodate the homeowner’s affinity for baking.

with its shortcomings. On the to-do list: a larger kitchen and breakfast area, a spacious family room, a new primary suite, and proper guest quarters—all while retaining the architectural integrity of the house. Before Dean and studio director Michele Van Steinburgh could address the floor plan, they, along with the able team at Olson

Development, had to contend with structural issues, including sagging floors, an uninsulated laundry/mudroom built on a slab, and a pesky chimney planted in the middle of the kitchen. “We changed the right side of the house a great deal,” recalls Dean. “To give the house livable rooms and solve the technical problems required a great deal of structural work.”

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Upstairs, some smart rejiggering led to a new primary bedroom and bath, laundry facilities, and a full staircase to the new third-floor guest suite. Cleverly joined dormers above and an elongated porch on the east side below tie in all the renovations. On the exterior, the architects simplified the fussy details added over the years to let the home’s elegant original character shine through. It was all part of the master plan explains Dean: “It’s a combination of paring down and massively reworking—and making it all look simple.” EDITOR'S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

TOP TO BOTTOM: The dining room, left largely intact (the table belonged to the homeowners, and the chandelier is an antique), got a refresh, thanks to recovered chairs and a new wall color (Benjamin Moore Violet Mist). By adding dormers and borrowing space from a former guest room, the architects were able to create a true primary suite; the aesthetic, notes Dean, like the rest of the renovated home, is “modern but simultaneously of its time.”

With everything secured, the architects enlarged the kitchen, simultaneously adding a bright new breakfast nook. The wife, an avid cook and baker, wanted user-friendly and uncluttered. To this end, all the cabinetry in the kitchen and adjacent butler’s pantry is designed in the plain English style, though the latter got a high-gloss dose of Benjamin Moore’s moody Seraphinite. Dean and Van Steinburgh reworked the first-floor layout to create an expanded family room that now fits the whole family.

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wanting a sense of escapism within my own house,” she says. “I started in the rooms that we were using most,” Crater Harris says of the process, beginning with her son’s nursery, then moving on to a tricky dining room that has five doorways (not to mention even more windows) leading in and out of it. “It kind of acts like a hallway,” she says of the now grasscloth-clad space. “It was just really dreary, so I needed to fix this room immediately.” Instead of trying to camouflage all of the passageways,

(1) Farrow & Ball Cook’s Blue covers the ceiling and mantel in the dining room. (2) The valances feature Sister Parish Design’s Serendipity pattern in beige. (3) The company’s Palms Grasscloth in green-gold brings color, pattern, and texture to a formerly dark space. (4) Dining chairs sport slipcovers in Sister Parish Design’s Sister’s Stripes With Lattice Fabric in blue-brown.

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Crater Harris turned her attention to them, bestowing each with its own fanciful fabric-laded valance. “I thought it was better to accentuate rather than to try to disguise them.” A cozy den—with all sorts of creature comforts including plump upholstery for lounging—features the aforementioned new Sister Parish performance fabrics. Their soft hand makes them equally suited

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for indoors or out. “All the fabrics are made out of recycled water bottles,” says Crater Harris. “It feels really good, it’s made in America, and it’s beautiful. We are so proud to sell it.” As for the main bedroom, a striped red-and-white tree-of-life wallpaper in the company’s Sintra pattern envelopes the space. “I kept it to one color scheme, and the pattern does bring this kind of serenity to the room,” Crater Harris explains. The company’s iconic Desmond wallpaper on the ceiling offers a subtle contrast, a pattern one can get lost in. Says Crater Harris: “It looks like a starry night.” Indeed, these are the rooms dreams are made of. sisterparishdesign.com

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Pillow Talk Old Lyme’s Artemisia weaves together a couple’s passion for textiles, art, and antiques. BY MARIA LAPIANA

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ABOVE: Proprietor Rosemarie Padovano arranges an assortment of pillows in the intimate Artemisia studio. The shop’s vintage treasures include a teak midcentury worktable and boucle-upholstered stools atop an early-twentieth-century Heriz rug. BELOW: Embroidered lizards and bees add whimsy to scalloped-edge placemats.

rtist and interior designer Rosemarie Padovano likes to quip that the pillow is a “gateway drug” to redecorating. There’s nothing like a pretty pillow to put you in the mood to refresh a room. Step into Padovano’s shop in Old Lyme and see if you don’t agree.

A treasure trove of textiles, fine antiques, objets d’art—and yes, richly tailored pillows in fabrics that feel as divine as they look—await Artemisia

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Flat file drawers store fabric samples organized by color and pattern. Padovano and her husband and business partner, Marcello Marvelli, in front of an oil painting titled Spring in the Desert by Janine Iversen. An antique oak bookcase stores rare textiles, while rolls of Fortuny fabrics from Venice fill a basket.

visitors. Elegant upholstery, vintage credenzas, and contemporary tables furnish the inviting space, located in a refurbished barn filled with paintings, the designer’s own bronze sculptures, and a flat file overflowing with tempting fabric swatches of all kinds. The shop is also home to Studio Artemisia, the full-service interior design firm Padovano runs with her husband, Marcello Marvelli, an art historian and art/antiques dealer from Florence, Italy. The workroom, where said pillows are meticulously stitched, sits in the back. The couple began their love affair with beautiful things in 2012 in Brooklyn, where they soon garnered attention from prominent designers and discerning clients. They named their company for Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most accomplished female artists of the seventeenth century. The business grew steadily and organically, says Marvelli, but after a few years the couple tired of city life. In 2017, they relocated to the

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THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A PRETTY PILLOW TO PUT YOU IN THE MOOD TO REFRESH A ROOM. CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: A contemporary brass coffee table complements a curvaceous antique Louis XV sofa. In the workroom, stacks of handwoven silk ikat from Uzbekistan line the shelves. After Velazquez, a painting by Juliana Romano, hangs behind an eighteenth-century fluted-column oak bookcase, midcentury steel chair, and slatted teak bench.

Connecticut shoreline so they could spend more time sailing—and living in a 1755 colonial that won their hearts. Padovano’s knowledge of textiles old and new inspires her work. In the beginning, most of her pillows were made from ikats and animal prints; today her repertoire includes everything from printed linens from the U.S., France, England, and India, to Italian silk velvets, to rare and antique fabrics. The craftsmanship is impeccable: picture knife-sharp edges, welting, and Turkish corners. And while the shop reflects a sophisticated sensibility, Padovano, Marvelli, and their team of craftspeople will sew whatever you can imagine. Says Marvelli: “Our customers are looking for

unique, custom, and handmade pieces for their homes…something you cannot find anywhere else.” Artemisia, Old Lyme, artemisiainc.com

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Christina Roughan and her team of four collaborate in Roughan’s Weston studio, located just a stone’s throw from her home. Design boards, like this one pinned with de Gournay wallpaper, offer a glimpse of current projects.

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ABOVE: Roughan and her husband affectionately refer to the studio as the “little red cottage on the hill.” LEFT: A favorite Jason Miller chandelier hangs in the studio’s loft. Roughan confesses that her Boston terrier (and Roughan Interiors mascot), Cookie, frequently naps on the sofa, designed for the 2019 Rooms with a View fundraiser.

“WE WANTED TO CREATE SOMETHING THE ORIGINAL OWNERS WOULD BE PROUD OF IF THEY SAW THE SPACE TODAY.” —Interior designer Christina Roughan During this time of year, flames crackle in the fireplace, coffee percolates in the kitchenette, and everything from French music to rock ’n’ roll plays in the background. (Fitting considering Keith Richards is a part-time neighbor.) Upstairs, a loft acts as a spot to meet with clients and staff, store fabric and

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ABOVE: The stone around the fireplace is original to the late-1700s cottage, though the fireplace itself was refurbished in the 1950s. LEFT: The team works from vintage Eames chairs; faux floral arrangements from Diane James Home keep the studio cheerful, even in winter.

paint books, and showcase a prized possession: a porcelain Jason Miller antler chandelier that Roughan purchased when she was in her twenties and at the beginning of her career. “It’s been with me all these years,” says the designer, who got her start in Manhattan before relocating her firm to Greenwich and now Weston. Much of the studio’s decor is for sale via Roughan Home, which means artwork, lamps, candlesticks, and vases constantly rotate. Roughan, who loves to collect but dislikes clutter, says it’s the ideal arrangement. “I don’t like to hold onto anything too long,” she says. “You have to let go to let new things come in.” Roughan Interiors, Weston, roughaninteriors.com

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converted barn at an 1870s Fairfield farm might not be the first place you’d think to look for contemporary art, but ARC Fine Art isn’t exactly conventional, either.

Gallery owner and curator Adrienne Ruger Conzelman credits her grandfather, firearm designer and art collector William B. Ruger, with her first love: art

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Nearly every inch of Adrienne Ruger Conzelman’s barn serves as ARC Fine Art gallery space, including the loft and beams.

history. With a PhD in American art from 1770 to 1970 from Williams College, Conzelman learned the business side of the art world while working for Christie’s and Sotheby’s. She founded ARC Fine Art in 2009. Conzelman refers to the business as “a hybrid between a gallery and a consulting business.” About thirty works from artists like painter Frances Ashforth, underwater photographer Photography by Jane Beiles

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Chris Leidy, and Gary Komarin, known for his large-format abstract paintings, hang in the barn, located in Conzelman’s backyard. But Conzelman is unafraid to venture further afield in her search for the perfect fit for her clients, who include interior designers as well as homeowners and collectors. “I’ll often bring works to client homes—some of my best clients have

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Conzelman’s house and

gallery/barn share the same circa-1870 homestead in Fairfield, with the residence sometimes serving as additional display space. Orange Fan, archival pigment print by Chris Leidy, various sizes. Still Life with the French Wig, water-based enamel paint, oil crayon, and charcoal on canvas by Gary Komarin, 60"W x 72"H. Bluescape II, unique water-based monotype by Frances Ashforth, 22"W x 22"H.

never been to the gallery,” she says. “In other cases, people pop in and buy randomly, and I’ve never been to their house.” “Some designers hold out their hands and say help me; there are others who are very hands-on,” Conzelman adds. “The best case is when designers come to me before they are done with a project—sometimes it’s hard to plan the art when there’s so much other color and pattern involved. If they reach out early on, it makes it easier in terms of finding the right light and balancing out everything else in the house.” The past decade’s trend toward monochromatic interior design often finds Conzelman searching for works that add a pop of color, but she eschews placing purely decorative art. “I’m interested in artists with an interesting process, an interesting perspective,” she says. “What ties my artists together is an underlying aesthetic that’s not too jarring. It’s art that people want to live with, art that’s soothing or inspiring.”

ARC Fine Art has partnered with Southport’s Rooms with a View fundraiser to help designers choose artwork for their vignettes. The event takes place at the Southport Congregational Church from November 5–7. A portion of the proceeds from artwork sales benefits Rooms with a View’s eighteen charities; roomswithaview.org. ARC Fine Art, Fairfield, arcfineartllc.com.

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Ganim’s 10th Annual Ladies’ Night Ganim’s Garden Center & Florist hosted its annual Ladies’ Night in mid-July. Attendees toured the nursery, sampled wine and light fare, and browsed wares from local vendors and artisans. Proceeds from this year’s raffle benefitted Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer.

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eth Krupa Interiors (BKI) is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in remodeling and renovation. Drawing from Beth’s vast international travel and years of design expertise, BKI creates globally inspired one-of-a-kind interiors that are custom tailored to the individuals who live there. “We pride ourselves on actively

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listening to our clients’ wants and needs and making the design process a collaborative and enjoyable effort. As a result, our clients’ homes are uniquely distinct and personal, and reflect them,” says Beth. There is a deeper connection to the home now than seen in the recent past, and families have returned to the two lost luxuries of time and togetherness. Designing a

home that is beautiful, yet approachable and functional today and in the future, is a mission we stand behind with every project. Beth, alongside her design team, have a Design Studio & Gallery located in the heart of downtown Greenwich, Connecticut, at 19 E Elm Street.

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t California Closets Connecticut, our top priority is focusing on our customers’ needs. We see home as more than a place—it is a source of comfort and refuge, a space for connection and celebration. We’re committed to listening to the needs of every customer, working with them hand in hand, and always recognizing that it’s a true privilege to be invited into their homes and their lives.

A word from top designer Cheryl Amodeo: “As a designer, my ultimate goal is to make my clients’ lives easier by creating functional spaces within their homes. The first step is always sitting down with my clients and determining how they want to use their space. Through a series of strategically planned questions, I learn about my clients’ organizational habits and how they wish to store their belongings. Every client,

space, and project is unique and needs to be approached with an open mind. It’s important to have a full understanding of their lifestyle and daily routine so that we can maximize their storage space and custom design a system that best fits their needs. It is rewarding to see the finished product and know that I have simplified a client’s life and transformed their space into something beautiful and meaningful.”

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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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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

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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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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.

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ments are combined with controls, the result is elevated convenience and beauty. One touch on a stunning keypad, and all lights, shades, and more are set to your mood. Even control them while you’re away. At InnerSpace, we provide technology excellence with an emphasis on your home décor and aesthetics— so you can enjoy your best life.

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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.

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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.

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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-

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 There is a seamless transition from the great room to the pool at this Naples sanctuary. ➋ Your home is your oasis, never compromise; sleeping here is what dreams are made of. ➌ A subtle color palette gets a nice pop of teal to enliven this dining room. ➍ When the view is this amazing, why wouldn’t it be the backdrop for the vanity?

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lson Twombly consists of the husband-and-husband design team of Joe Olson and Clay Twombly. With studios in Connecticut and on Nantucket, their firm specializes in luxury residential interiors. Taking into account architecture, furnishings, color, textiles, lighting, and art, Olson Twombly offers full-service custom design that creates personal narratives expressive

of our clients’ lives and experiences. Our approach to interior design is founded on the belief that a home should be a reflection of our client’s personality and lifestyle. Creating interiors that combine warmth and sophistication, we ensure that every project embraces a client’s spirit. And in collaborating with fine craftsmen, uncovering exceptional pieces, and creating memorable details, our ulti-

mate objective is to make our clients’ lives more beautiful, their homes more comfortable, and their senses more plentiful. After hours, Joe and Clay spend time with their dog Eddy, mostly working on their own homes, both in Essex and on Nantucket.

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➊ The combination of wood and upholstery in this sitting room overlooking Nantucket Harbor has a casual beach-chic vibe. ➋ The drapery in this living room is made from a Cowtan & Tout fabric and complements the custom-designed sectional from Greenwichbased Room. ➌ A modern light fixture captures the playfulness in this dining area that looks out onto the client’s pool and patio. ➍ Peering through a Lindsey Adelman pendant, the warmth of a living room is conveyed through comfy lounge chairs and our custom-designed coffee table.

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Designer Kristen McCory overcame a challenging floor plan in this Farmington home with an arrangement that works for small and large gatherings alike. FACING PAGE: One of a pair of heirloom wing chairs refreshed with a broad blue stripe is joined at the fireplace by other vintage pieces collected at antiques markets around the region.

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rying to fit a square peg into a round hole describes the classic spatial mismatch. But a close second is that bane of homeowners everywhere: the L-shaped living/ dining room where no amount of twisting and turning will produce a furniture arrangement that fits.

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kitchen, an oversized Chaddock sofa offers a judgment-free place to relax within easy reach of a customupholstered ottoman ready to receive tired feet. LEFT: Refreshing a mudroom bath meant swapping out the sink, countertop, faucet, and hardware while retaining the original vanity under a fresh coat of paint. Wallpaper by Thibaut adds new energy.

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It was this puzzle that led Amanda Layden to designer Kristen McCory. Layden and her husband, Mike, had just purchased a home perched atop a ridge in Farmington. With five bedrooms, a pool, and magnificent bird’s-eye views of the surrounding valley, the traditionally styled home was a perfect

fit for the couple, their two teenagers, and two doodle dogs. Except, that is, for the odd-shaped space that took up most of the main floor. Previous owners had treated the space as three distinct areas, arranging seating literally back-to-back in some places.

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“That just isn’t how we live,” Layden says, describing game nights with family and her own book club gatherings. She told McCory, “We’ve got to family-ize this.” McCory summed up the situation. “It was basically about the floor plan,” she says. “She wasn’t sure where to take it.” But the designer was. McCory created a furniture plan that respected traffic patterns and maximized the stunning views from the room’s many windows. It also hinged on

a critical piece—a chaise lounge positioned between what had been two separate seating areas in the longer portion of the room. Open on both sides, it serves to connect—or divide—the space at will. The chaise, from Century Furniture with fabric from Romo, was among new pieces the designer and her client added to a mix that included the family’s antique dining table and a pair of heirloom wing chairs that Layden had already revved up

ABOVE: Bright blue upholstery brings vintage chairs up to date around the family’s heirloom dining table, while a green interior adds depth to built-in cabinets. In the background is the chaise that both divides and connects the long section of the room. FACING PAGE: Framed panels of wallpaper from The Mural Source form a lively backdrop behind a vintage dining hutch; the chandelier overhead is from Visual Comfort with shades from the Newport Lamp & Shade Company.

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“THE SOAKING TUB IS MUCH MORE MODERN THAN THE REST OF THE BATHROOM.” —Interior designer Kristen McCory RIGHT: A built-in dresser between two

closets adds character to the hall that connects the bedroom and bath. BELOW: A deeply veined marble top crowns the custom rift-sawn white-oak vanity in the primary bath. Above, mirrored medicine cabinets add practical eye-level storage. FACING PAGE: “The bathtub was one of the first things we chose,” says the client, who stretched out in several showroom models before deciding on this one from Kohler.

with a broad blue racing stripe. “She really wanted a place where everyone had somewhere to sit,” says McCory, who added two swivel chairs to the mix. “It was about getting as much comfortable seating as would feel intentional,” she says. McCory and her client also seized the opportunity to enrich the space with subtle textures in some places and lively patterns in others. An avowed Instagrammer, Layden deluged McCory with images of vibrant interiors she loved but lacked the confidence to pull off. With the designer’s help, those colors and patterns found a home in two powder rooms on the main floor. The two then shifted focus to the primary bedroom, where McCory tucked a custom window seat between two bookshelves to accommodate Layden’s favorite pastime.

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The vintage bed in the primary bedroom is dressed in Matouk linens; the colorful window treatments are Cowtan & Tout’s Rose and Hydrangea. FACING PAGE: A cozy window seat surrounded by books fulfills the client’s longtime dream of a secluded spot to read—and offers Ivy, the family's dog, a place to nap. Shelves brim with favorite titles and the fruits of many antiquing excursions.

“I’ve always wanted a big window seat where I could sit and read,” Layden says, describing the space as “a reader’s paradise.” In the adjoining bathroom, replacement of an unwieldy deck-mounted tub with a sleek acrylic soaker set the stage for a downto-the-studs makeover. Layden selected the Kohler model after trying out the fit on the showroom floor. “It’s much more

modern than the rest of the bathroom,” says McCory, but its simple shape complements the traditionally styled rift-oak vanity and classic basket weave of the tile floor. Next up, says Layden, is the kitchen. Already she’s sharing images and ideas with McCory. “You just catch your breath and get reinspired,” she says.

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Goodbye to Hollywood In New Canaan, Shelley Morris helps a California couple settle into the tranquil East Coast home of their dreams. TEXT BY

ALYSSA BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY BY

JARED KUZIA

In an effort to add more character to the residence, which was constructed in 2014, designer Shelley Morris suggested adding built-ins to a few of the spaces, including the living room.

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ven Hollywood can lose its allure, and for one entertainment-industry couple—she, an actress, and he, a producer and director—it was time for a new adventure on the East Coast. After a yearlong stint in New York City, the couple found themselves the new owners of a 10,000-square-foot five-bedroom house in New Canaan.

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“My husband is from Darien, and I’m from Toronto, and we missed the seasons,” says the wife. “We always dreamed about Connecticut, so much so that we’d pin up Connecticut real estate listings in our Los Angeles house.” Built in 2014 by the New Canaanbased architecture firm Wadia Associates, the residence was in impeccable condition, but the interiors needed some tweaking for the property to fulfill the

couple’s idyllic Connecticut fantasy. “I love old homes, so I wanted to impart character into this new house,” says the wife. “My husband and I love the Cotswolds and the English sensibility, so the idea was to inject a bit of that vibe.” To assist with this tall task, the couple hired Westport-based interior designer Shelley Morris after scoping her out online. “There were a variety of styles on her website, and that told us

LEFT: In the dining room, a light

fixture from Studio Van den Akker hangs above a vintage Milo Baughman table and vintage chairs upholstered in a Maharam fabric. RIGHT: The existing kitchen was refreshed with Farrow & Ball Lamp Room Gray on the island, a pair of pendants from Obsolete, and Autoban for De La Espada barstools from The Future Perfect.

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Adjacent to the kitchen is the family room, which in turn leads to a covered outdoor dining area. Comfort was key in this room, which features a custom sectional from Montauk Sofa, a cocktail table from Démiurge New York, a Lee Industries armchair upholstered in a Lee Jofa fabric, and a vintage wooden side chair from Avery & Dash Collections.

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that she listens to her clients,” says the wife. “I love design, so I knew I wanted to be heavily involved in the process.” The initial script called for lightening the dark wood flooring throughout, swapping out the stone floors in the kitchen for wood, taking the walls from a cool gray to a warm white, and adding built-in shelving in the living and dining rooms. But perhaps the most dramatic changes took place upstairs, where the primary bedroom and bath were gut-renovated (the bedroom was bumped out ten feet over an existing deck, and a tray ceiling was constructed to make the room feel even more spacious). Furthermore, an expansive bonus room was divided into two new rooms: an office for him, and a studio for her to tape auditions. With the construction behind them, Morris and the homeowners could get to the fun part. “I think of home as a sanctuary and prefer calm, Zen-like spaces,” says Morris. “My client and I were on the same page. She doesn’t like a lot of color

“My husband and I love the Cotswolds and the English sensibility, so the idea was to inject a bit of that vibe,” says the homeowner. The wife’s favorite space in the house, the study, is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Mole’s Breath. A Thayer Coggin sectional is paired with a chair from Holly Hunt, an African table from Westport’s Bungalow, and a handmade Moroccan rug from Palace Oriental Rug of Wilton. The Zito B. Kare artwork was a wedding gift from the wife’s parents.

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The homeowners created a gallery wall in the staircase using a mix of their favorite artworks and personal photographs. FACING PAGE: The walls and ceiling of the husband’s office feature Portola Paints & Glazes’s Roman Clay finish in the shade Meritage; a sofa from the set of the television series Private Practice was reupholstered in a Fabricut fabric.

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INTERIOR DESIGN:

Shelley Morris, Shelley Morris Interiors ARCHITECTURE:

Wadia Associates BUILDER:

Randy Sullivan, Gatehouse Partners

and pattern either. We were going for light, fresh, clean, and cozy.” Between their Los Angeles pad and their modern apartment in the city, the couple had amassed a nice mix of furnishings that they were keen on incorporating. “I believe in repurposing furniture, and she had bought some lovely things,” says Morris of the vintage, antique, and contemporary pieces. “And she unearthed even more great items during this project. I’ve been in the business for thirty years, and she actually introduced me to some new resources on the West Coast.”

Meanwhile, Morris took her client to some local Connecticut shops. “I love the hunt,” says the homeowner. “I could spend days upon days scouring the Internet for the perfect table. Sometimes you have to look at 1,000 wrong items to find the right one. I want to look around my home and see things that make me happy.” Morris couldn’t agree more. “The house should represent the clients, not me,” she says. “When I say goodbye at the end of the project, I want them to feel like it’s their home.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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“I think of home as a sanctuary and prefer calm, Zen-like spaces.” LEFT: The primary bedroom received a gut-renovation that included pushing the exterior wall out ten feet over an existing deck and constructing a tray ceiling to open up the space even further; a vintage bench from Stamford Modern sits at the foot of the bed, and the Murano glass light fixture is from L’Antiquaire in Westport. RIGHT: The primary bath, which was also renovated, is sheathed in porcelain tiles and contains a Kallista tub and a walnut vanity.

—INTERIOR DESIGNER SHELLEY MORRIS

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Designer Joanna Seitz softened the lodge-like ambience by juxtaposing streamlined contemporary furnishings with the log walls and fieldstone fireplace. The homeowners chose the modern Babylon pendant lights from Studio|A Home. FACING PAGE: The living room’s game table and leather-accented wooden chairs have been in the home since its 1934 construction. The new owners kept the original woodwork, including the folk-art-inspired carved stair railing.

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Lake Effect

Text by PAULA M. BODAH

A vintage waterfront lodge becomes a sophisticated year-round residence that pays homage to its rustic origins.

Photography by JOHN GRUEN

Produced by KARIN LIDBECK BRENT

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LONG BEFORE they bought the

stone-and-clapboard house tucked into the craggy hillside of a Litchfield County lake, the couple knew that if they ever needed help with interior design, they would turn to Joanna Seitz. The two had often stopped by J. Seitz & Co.’s New Preston shop and

admired the designer’s style and sensibility. “She sources her items from ethical producers, she supports craftsmanship, and she has fantastic taste in curating a combination of elements that balance the warmth of home with refinement and beauty,” the homeowner says.

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LEFT: The charming stone

turret off the living room holds a reading nook; builder Carl Wise crafted the stair railing from weathered barn board so it would fade into the landscaping. RIGHT: The home’s multiple terraces offer plenty of gathering spots, like this dining area, all with lovely lake views.

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LEFT: Kitchen cabinets wear

“YOU EXPECT AN ANTLER CHANDELIER, RIGHT? INSTEAD, EVERYTHING IS VERY CONTEMPORARY AND UNEXPECTED.” —INTERIOR DESIGNER JOANNA SEITZ

a coat of Benjamin Moore Black Beauty, a rich tone given extra warmth by the brass hardware. Ann Sacks floor tiles with a cement-like look unify the kitchen and dining room. RIGHT: Walls came down to make the open kitchen/dining area, which meant crafting new paneling for ceiling and walls to match the old.

Since its construction, the rustic lodge, designed in 1934 by Danbury architect Robert Charles Kilborn, had been lived in by just two families. It no doubt still held echoes of happy summer vacations and weekend getaways when its current owners bought it in 2018. They envisioned making their own happy memories, but first, a bit of

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renovation was in order. They wanted a place suitable for year-round living, and that meant expanding bedrooms, updating and enlarging baths, and creating a spacious new kitchen and dining area. “The art would be in maintaining the home’s natural beauty and history,” the homeowner explains. “It was very important to us to have our renovation

reflect and keep intact that sense of New England lake house lodge.” Essex-based architect Jennifer Tate teamed up with New Milford carpenter Carl Wise on a renovation so seamless no one would suspect a hammer or saw had ever been wielded. New randomwidth vertical paneling, milled by nearby New England Joinery Works, blends

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The primary bedroom’s ceiling was raised to expose the rafters for an airier, more spacious feel. At the foot of the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams upholstered bed, Seitz placed a bench of recycled rubber and metal. FACING PAGE: In the sunroom, adjacent to the living room, a quiet corner is outfitted with a zinc-topped table and a metal bird’s-nest pendant lamp from Elite to Be. “This is our nest,” the homeowner says about her house. “The lamp reflects that theme.”

with the existing wood on the walls. In the bedrooms, where exposed ceiling rafters lend an airy feel, new panels are an exact match for the old. “We had the original house plans to use as a starting point,” Tate explains, “so we were able to work with what was there and retain the original character.” Seitz and the owners agreed an

earthy palette was key to maintaining authenticity, but they wanted to avoid cliché. “The mission was to keep it simple and sophisticated but not trite in terms of the cabin look,” Seitz says. Against a backdrop of grays and browns, Seitz set comfortable, low-key furniture and accessories. In the logwalled living room, a massive fieldstone

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The sunroom’s low-profile midcentury modern furniture keeps the views on the lake. The homeowners designed the landscaping themselves, opting for a simple, natural look that complements the home’s rustic stone and wavy-edge pine siding. A fireplace on a lower terrace means the outdoors beckon, even on a brisk autumn day.

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ARCHITECTURE:

Jennifer Tate, Tate + Burns Architects INTERIOR DESIGN:

Joanna Seitz, J. Seitz & Co. BUILDER:

Carl Wise, Wise Carpentry

fireplace holds court over twin 100-inchlong sofas and a pair of deep, comfy swivel chairs, all from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Overhead hang modern pendants of black metal from Global Views, pieces chosen by the husband, who selected all the home’s light fixtures. Seitz gives him high praise for his choices. “You expect an antler chandelier, right?” she says. “Instead, everything is very contemporary and unexpected.” The dining room and sunroom take a midcentury modern turn with low-profile

pieces, like the simple dining table and the sunroom’s sleek daybeds, to keep the focus on the lovely views. The couple knew they were onto something good from their first visit to J. Seitz. “We’re a great trio,” the homeowner says. “I found the property and oversaw the construction, my husband chose the colors and lighting that would make the home glow, and Joanna took our vision and put all the pieces in place to make it our home.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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Within These

Walls

A Fairfield home serves a growing family while paying tribute to the friend who inspired it all.

Text by TOVAH MARTIN | Photography by TIM LENZ Styling by JENNIFER OLSEN DESIGN

For quick meals, the Ferraro family sits down at a kitchen island lit by antique brass-and-white-glass fixtures. Homeowner and designer Dana Ferraro had two in storage but could only find a third in chrome—so she painted it to match. FACING PAGE: The front hall features airy Pear Tree wallpaper by Kravet, but Ferraro’s favorite element is the antique gilded mirror: “It brings soul to the space.”

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s soon as she received the news that she was expecting a second child, interior designer Dana Ferraro went looking for a larger home. The five bedrooms tucked into a Fairfield house ticked many boxes, but the home’s sunroom clinched the sale. Ferraro walked into the room, with its greenhouse roof and stone floor, felt the sunbeams on her face, and knew she was home. With just a little tweaking, she determined the house would fit her family like a glove. Ferraro found the space in December

2018, when she was still mourning the loss of Molly Patton, her best friend and partner at Molly Patton Design. From the moment Patton hired Ferraro to work at a New York City magazine, the two bonded. In fact, Ferraro and her husband followed the Pattons from the city to Fairfield where Ferraro ultimately joined her friend’s interior design firm. When Patton passed away in 2015, Ferraro dove into growing the business in Patton’s memory. The skills she acquired in the process would be utilized as she perfected her family’s new home.

Ferraro’s late friend, designer Molly Patton, was fond of Federalstyle mirrors. In her memory, they form a leitmotif throughout the house, including in the sunroom. FACING PAGE: The sunroom that originally sold Ferraro on the house features utilitarian stone floors and walls. To soften the hard surfaces, she chose a floral fabric for two skirted coffee tables positioned in front of a built-in bench covered in Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches fabric.

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Ferraro painted the family room walls Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee, but they were originally gray. The luminous new color accentuates the beams while letting the many textures of upholstery, carpet, and pillows stand out. French doors open to the kitchen.

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From the street, you would never guess that what appears to be a one-story ranch packs 4,000 square feet of spaciousness; due to the property’s sloping grade, the home’s true two-floor colonial character isn’t revealed until viewed from the back. The front entrance opens to the upper bedroom level with a staircase that descends to the family spaces. Part of Ferraro’s challenge was to make the entrance flow gracefully, so visitors are naturally drawn down to the kitchen, sunroom, and family room. She achieved her goal by wrapping both the entry and stairway with Kravet’s Pear Tree wallpaper. Ferraro also kept furniture in the area to a minimum to encourage movement down into the living spaces.

Originally, the lower level also included a formal dining room, but the kitchen needed an update to meet the demands of a growing family, and the dining area felt redundant. That’s where Ferraro’s father came in. Builder Ken DiStefano didn’t think twice before accepting his daughter’s project. “We think alike,” he admits. He agreed with Ferraro’s plan to bump out the space by a foot, installing a wall of windows in the kitchen that allows panoramic views of the backyard’s pool and play area. “The cabinets were the toughest issue,” DiStefano notes. The windows meant forfeiting upper cupboard space, but a thirteen-and-a-halffoot-long quartzite island and a butler’s pantry both provide storage.

LEFT: Bold primary colors dominate Ferraro's son Leo’s room, while a campaign-style bureau echoes his brother’s furniture. The cobalt-colored bed was custom made to complement the sunny Benjamin Moore Showtime walls. ABOVE: Son Frankie’s room is painted a light blue with an Erin Gates by Momeni rug. Wooly textural art hangs above the Pottery Barn crib.

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The children’s rooms are equally vivid, especially four-year-old Leo’s space, which accents his collection of stuffed lions. “I have the zoo room,” he proclaims. 147

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LEFT: To turn the dressing

room alcove into a space where she would lounge, Ferraro added a chaise and installed Katie Ridder shades. RIGHT: The botanical-print duvet in the primary bedroom sparked the custom bed covered in Kravet green velvet. Katie Ridder’s Leaf wallpaper continues the floral theme.

INTERIOR DESIGN:

Dana Ferraro, Molly Patton Design KITCHEN BUILDER:

Ken DiStefano, DiStefano Builders

Meanwhile, Ferraro went to work furnishing the house. She focused on creamy hues on the walls to create continuity in the lower living areas, introducing patterns with cheerful upholstery, rugs, and pillows, while rattan, bamboo, and wicker add texture and a sense of informality. Upstairs, the designer grew adventurous with a primary bedroom clad in Katie Ridder wallpaper and an adjacent dressing room painted aubergine. The children’s rooms are equally vivid, especially four-year-old Leo’s space, which accents his collection of stuffed lions. “I have the zoo

room,” he proclaims. “Leo is already attuned to color and pattern,” Ferraro proudly notes. Clearly her son inherited that penchant from his mom. Or maybe he soaked it up from his surroundings—Ferraro, after all, values intentionality. That’s why round Federal-style mirrors repeat throughout the house: they remind her of a purchase she made with Patton. In fact, every Ferraro project has some Molly Patton sprinkled in. “We shared so much,” she says. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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Take Two Pages 35–40 Architecture: Robert Dean, Michele Van Steinburgh, Robert Dean Architects, New Canaan, 203-966-8333, robertdeanarchitects.com Builder: Mark Olson, Jim DeBeradinis, Olson Development, Newtown, 203-972-7722, olsondevelopmentllc.com Interior design: Erik R. Smith, New York, N.Y., 917-620-3195, erikrsmith.com Cabinetry: Klos Deluxe Custom Millwork, Bridgeport, 203-667-4528, klosdeluxe.com Painting: Pennington Painting & Restoration, Fairfield, 203-319-1800, penningtonpainting.net/home

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LDD Interiors  102–103 Matthew R. Dougherty Architect, LLC  19

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Bespoke Designs  24

Michael Smith Architects  59

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Neil Hauck Architects, LLC  28 New Energy Works Timberframers  52 New England Design Hall of Fame  30

Christopher Pagliaro Architects  23

NuKitchens  10–11

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Say Goodbye to Hollywood Pages 118–129

CORNERSTONE Contracting  14–15

Architecture: Wadia Associates, New Canaan, 203-966-0048, wadiaassociates.com Interior design: Shelley Morris, Shelley Morris Interiors, Westport, 203-801-9911, shelleymorrisinteriors.com Builder: Randy Sullivan, Gatehouse Partners, Greenwich, 203-532-9486, gatehousepartners.com Primary bath design: Karen Berkemeyer Home, Westport, 203-454-0032, karenberkemeyerhome.com Upholstery: Darien Upholstery, Darien, 203-202-9387

Lake Effect Pages 130–139 Architecture: Jennifer Tate, Tate + Burns Architects, Essex, 860-767-2378, tateburnsarch.com Interior design: Joanna Seitz, J. Seitz & Co., New Preston, 860-868-0119, jseitz.com Builder: Carl Wise, Wise Carpentry, New Milford, 203-648-3960 Millwork: New England Joinery Works, Essex, 860-767-3377, newenglandjoineryworks.com Landscape construction: Scott’s Landscaping & Nursery, New Milford, 860-350-8295, scottslandscapingandnursery.com

Within These Walls Pages 140–149 Interior design: Dana Ferraro, Molly Patton Design, Fairfield, 203-520-0598, mollypattondesign.com Kitchen builder: Ken DiStefano, DiStefano Builders, Monroe, 203-520-0597 Cabinetry: Pro Kitchen CT, Ansonia, 917-626-8241

Closet and Storage Concepts  92–93 Connecticut Stone  94–95

Crown Point Cabinetry  51 Crown Select  69

ProSource of Stamford  42 Redwood Construction and Consulting  71 Robert A. Cardello Architects, LLC  8–9

Dan Gordon Landscape Architects  55

Robert Dean Architects  45

Daniel Conlon Architects  75

Rooms with a View  60

Deane Distinctive Design & Cabinetry  4–5

S&W Building Remodeling, Inc.  79

Diane James Home  83

Seventy Acres Landscape Architecture and

Dina Spaidal Interiors  77

Design  37

Domus Constructors, LLC  63

Shope Reno Wharton  1

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Smarthome and Theater Systems  81

Frank Webb Home  49 Freddy & Co.  25 Front Row Kitchens, Inc.  32

Superior Hearth, Spas & Leisure  79 The Linen Shop  81

Garrett Wilson Builders  57

Tidewater Lighting & Design  73

Gatehouse Partners  6–7

Tischler und Sohn Windows and Doors  20

Gault Stone & Landscape Supplies  18 Heidi Holzer Design & Decorative

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UCE Fine Builders  75

Hobbs, Inc.  34

Wakefield Design Center  47

Hogue Interior Design, LLC  31 Home Builders & Remodelers of Fairfield County  151

Yankee Custom Builders  67 Your Lighting Source  77

Homefront Farmers, LLC  16–17 Hometronics Lifestyles  68 InnerSpace Electronics, Inc.  98–99 Ives Fence  84 Jan Hiltz Interiors, LLC  100–101 JMKA | architects  inside back cover Karen Berkemeyer Home  61

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