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Art, Design, History, Landscape 20 | From the Editor 28 | Artistry: Black Magic Charcoal is the medium of choice for Rick Shaefer, whose powerful drawings reflect his fascination with the “integrity of the line.” By Robert Kiener

34 | In Our Backyard: Dream Weaver Fiber artist Rosemary Hallgarten’s organic, hand-woven rugs, fabrics, and other home accessories are a celebration of texture. By Maria LaPiana

40 | Special Spaces: Chill Zone One need not be without a cocktail in hand, a game on the TV, and a breathtaking view when lounging at this renovated haven of entertainment. Text by Julie Dugdale // Photography by Carl Vernlund

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People, Places, Events, Products 113 | Perspectives Dramatic wallcoverings with the look of wood; the proprietors of Eleish Van Breems on the timeless appeal of Scandinavian design; two designers imagine chic office spaces for a stylish power couple; the dining room of a Westport home marries sleek urbanity and a homey, textured casualness.

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

134 | Calendar of Events BY LYNDA SIMONTON

136 | New in the Showrooms Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in Connecticut shops and showrooms. BY LYNDA SIMONTON 57 Special Marketing Section Portfolio of Fine Landscape Design & Outdoor Living

140 | Resources A guide to the professionals and products featured in this issue. 143 | Advertiser Index 144 | Sketch Pad The hand-carved birds and flora in a custom-designed entertainment room offer a Greenwich couple a pleasing reminder of their Ohio roots.

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ent over a waist-high, eightfoot-square table in his airy, light-filled studio, Fairfieldbased artist Rick Shaefer seems lost in thought as he feverishly draws with charcoal on a massive sheet of white vellum. He works quickly but precisely, scratching out crisp black lines. Pausing and standing back to inspect his progress, he explains why he prefers to create works in charcoal rather than paint, pencil, or some other medium. “It’s so primitive,” he says. “Our Paleolithic ancestors were scratching with burnt wood on the walls of caves, and I like to think—at the risk of sounding too romantic—that using charcoal somehow links me to what artists have been doing for thousands of years. I also like the tonality, the rich, crisp blacks on white that I get with charcoal.” A former editorial and fashion photographer, he left photography in 1994 and began painting and experimenting with mixed media during what he terms his “everything goes” period. Five years ago he decided to concentrate on drawing.

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“I’d always loved the power and preciseness of line and enjoyed making etchings, so I decided to try to create drawings that looked like huge etchings,” he says. To prepare himself, he spent months peering through a magnifying glass at drawings by Rembrandt and others, as well as woodcuts by Dürer. “Rembrandt’s drawings fascinated me,” says Shaefer. “I

studied how he laid down each line and marveled at his fussy and finished lines as well as his moments of spontaneity. I suppose I was trying to find out where the genius is.” Shaefer’s work has been widely exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions, and is included in private and corporate collections such as Microsoft, American Express, and Prudential. For the last five years or so he has

focused largely on nature, depicting everything from animals to trees to cloudscapes. He creates large, often life-size drawings because the format gives him the freedom to be more gestural or, as he explains “more calligraphic.” “If I’m in the flow, it’s as if I am writing my way across the surface, like I am capturing thought in a hurried frenzy of note taking.” Also, he says, “I like life-size drawings because there’s something about the weight and size of the subjects I depict that demands contemplation.” His most recent project, Refugee Trilogy, inspired by the ongoing European refugee crisis, echoes Baroque and Romantic paintings of the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries by artists such as Rubens and Géricault. Other works

spring from events closer to home. For example, on a walk after a heavy winter storm, he was saddened to see a massive black oak that he had long admired toppled to the ground in a neighbor’s field. “Although it had fallen, it still had a majesty to it,” he says. “It looked like a beached whale, complete with a giant eye peering up at me.” He photographed it—it was so huge he needed five shots—and made a five-panel, nineteen-foot-long charcoal drawing, Van Breems Oak, of the fallen beast. Regular midafternoon visits by a mad crescendo of squawking crows outside his studio inspired Shaefer to draw an ongoing series of charcoal portraits of the noisy visitors. Because his large-scale drawings can take several months to complete, he describes his crow draw30  New England Home Connecticut  Spring 2017

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BELOW: Dodo (2016), charcoal on vellum, 45″H × 45″W. FACING PAGE, TOP TO BOTTOM: Van Breems Oak (2012), charcoal on vellum, five panels of varying sizes, 60″H × 234″W overall; Spanish Bull (2014), charcoal on vellum mounted on aluminum, 42″H × 60″W; detail from Crows on Wire (2013), charcoal on vellum mounted on nine board panels, 18″H x 148″W overall; the artist in his studio working on his Border Crossing triptych from the Refugee Trilogy (2016), charcoal on vellum mounted on board, 96″H × 165″W.

“If I’m in the flow, it’s as if I am writing my way across the surface, like I am capturing thought in a hurried frenzy of note taking,” says Shaefer. ings as “light relief.” As he explains, “The crows are an interlude to break up the sometimes arduous process of drawing large animals and life-size trees. They are also just fun to draw because they have so much attitude.” From a distance, Shaefer’s drawings may look like the work of a photorealist, but the closer a viewer gets to the work, the more evident is his mastery of line and his spontaneity. There is a richness that invites viewers to move in closer then back away only to return. Shaefer has an interest in helping to spread awareness about endangered species, and he has drawn everything from snow leopards to the long-extinct Dodo bird to the Indian rhinoceros. His massive Indian Rhino, inspired in part by Dürer’s famous sixteenth-century woodcut, covers three panels. Does the triptych hold special meaning for Shaefer? “Well, it is a classical form,” he explains. Then, with a wry smile, adds, “And I wouldn’t be able to get an eight-by-twelvefoot drawing out my studio door!” •

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a year. “Every time I go, I meet with every artisan who works for me, weavers, the people who dye all of my things,” she says. “I’ve come to know them, their family stories. We’re very connected.” She’s vigilant about working conditions and adamantly supports GoodWeave, the nonprofit dedicated to ending child labor in the carpet industry throughout the world. It’s hard to be creative while running an international company, but Hallgarten does her best to stay involved. “Sometimes I just send my ideas over, and suggest playing around with different yarn. Sometimes we’ll sit down and work on some-

thing together,” she explains. “Sometimes I have an idea that’s so exacting, then I see it and it’s not right . . . it just doesn’t have the soul that I want it to have.” In that case, she’ll shelve it for a while. She sells to the trade only, but wants to keep growing, so she’s open to new avenues of business. “I want to make things available online,” she says. “My line is pretty couture, so I’d like to introduce fabrics and rugs that have the same feeling, but are a bit less expensive.” Still, as her company evolves, one thing will always stay the same: “My inspiration hasn’t really changed over the years,” she says. “It will always be about texture and color and light.” • Rosemary Hallgarten Fairfield (203) 259-1003 rosemaryhallgarten.com

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to each other,” says Peter Sciarretta of Hemingway Construction. “It flows. It almost feels like we built a house outside without roofs—outdoor rooms that happened to have a water feature, a dining room, a bar, and you step down into a living room with benches and a fire pit. It all leads to the Barn. I see a lifestyle here. Memories.” The design team was given the task of creating an outdoor space that forms a seamless bridge between the house and the beautiful waterfront setting. Multiple terraces include an ipe deck topped with a contemporary pergola. The built-in metal light cages atop the columns are an element echoed in other metal detailing in the new backyard area.

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and lets the party go on long after sunset. An ipe-clad, granite-topped bar and grill area separates the upper deck from the pool level; the grill’s retractable lid keeps the terrace uncluttered. A fire pit serves as the focal point for a sunken lounge featuring built-in seating. Convenient self-service from the countertop drink trough makes guests happy. FACING PAGE: The fun never ends in a kids’ play area that holds, among other delights, a colorful balance beam and a stationary jet ski. 42  New England Home Connecticut  spring 2017

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The project, which won two 2016 Home Building Industry (HOBI) Awards for best residential remodel and best outdoor living environment, was an extensive collaboration designed and completed in less than six months. When they bought the house, the owners knew they wanted to maximize the property for leisure and entertainment, so they called the home’s original architect, Chris Pagliaro, to explore potential renovations. “They kept the architecture and detailing, but they wanted two new rooms in particular, and they asked me to develop what’s going on around the pool,” says Pagliaro, who designed the residence about ten years ago. “Architecturally, it was a matter of integrating those rooms with the outdoors, but it was very complicated because the house is located in a flood zone.” A dream team came together to work around the restrictive parameters of the marshland property. Tasked with conceiving an outdoor space that was both a natural extension of the waterfront setting and a haven of modern convenience perfect for entertaining, Artemis Landscape Architects designed a multifaceted terrace accented by a stone wall that matches the wall in front of the house for a seamless, unified aesthetic.

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Complete with a media wall (who doesn’t want to watch the game on an eighty-fiveinch smart TV . . . from a raft in the pool?), a stainless-steel spa, a recessed fire pit, a grill and bar nook, and an adjacent kids’ play area, the space preserves a panoramic view and features salt-tolerant plants and grasses for a simple, natural look. “Any time you work on a home that’s close to the water, there are a lot of regulation issues,” says Artemis principal Tara Vincenta, who teamed up with Hemingway and Freddy’s Landscape Company on fea-

The space, known as the Barn, has a “handsome, masculine approach that’s very livable and not pretentious,” says designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch. tures like the custom pergola, cushioned benches, and media wall. “Wetlands, tidal zones, flood zones—you have to take all

of these into consideration when thinking about how to expand. We work with coastal engineers to make sure what we’re

proposing won’t cause wave action or have impact on other properties in big storms.” And when it’s too chilly for pool lounging and patio cocktails? That’s where the Barn comes in. Directly off the pool area, the space is a blend of rustic Western materials—reclaimed timber beams,

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One part rustic, one part sleek, the Barn is anchored by a custom bar topped with Lunar White polished quartzite that waterfalls over two sides into a chiseled finish for a contrasting live-edge look. FACING PAGE: Mixed earthy textures on the floor, walls, and ceiling give the Barn a comfortable, yet sophisticated vibe that showcases a seating arrangement that includes a plush gray sectional, leather swivel chairs, and a shadowbox coffee table on a hide rug.

recycled leather flooring in a chevron design, brindle hide rug—and sleek contemporary lines. It constitutes a “handsome, masculine approach that’s very livable and not pretentious,” says interior designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch, who was inspired by a trip to Montana just before she started the ­project. With a stocked bar, comfortable yet chic seating, and a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall, the hip, relaxed space is the perfect place to gather, unwind, and take in a game. “There are little pockets of things that are really cool novelty elements that happen throughout,” Hirsch says. “It could seem really dark, but it’s not; it’s really textured and luscious. The white quartz material on the bar has a chiseled edge and complements the barn wood; it has a little breath of fresh air to it.”

The trick for both the interior and exterior design teams was figuring out how to get the long wish list of amenities into the relatively limited space in a way that felt organic and reflected the owners’ fun-loving personalities. Pagliaro knew Hemingway was the right choice to meld all the visions seamlessly in execution. “What it took was for everybody to get a lot of small spaces right,” says Pagliaro. “This project packs a lot of punch for its size.” Fire up the barbecue—we’ll be over in ten. • RESOURCES For more information about this project, see page 140.

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here are certain steps worth following to ensure a well-designed home: find yourself a great designer who shares your vision, build a foundation of impeccable furniture, and then add surprise and delight with exquisite accessories. Sconset Square, a neat package of five design destinations tucked alongside the Post Road in Westport, has the potential to turn all of those steps into one very short walk. Design has been part of this small square since Manhattan transplant Wende Cohen opened her bazaarlike shop, Bungalow, here twentyone years ago. But this past year, with the addition of Sue Appleton-

Webster’s midcentury goldmine, Swoon, and designer Kerri Rosenthal’s Concept Gallery, the site achieved critical design mass. Its reputation now firm, the square recently welcomed Bespoke Designs, a couture invitation and stationery studio whose custom-designed products include linens, china, and other home accessories. With each of the shops focusing on a different design niche, the square’s business owners describe an atmosphere of support rather than competition. “At Sconset, everyone stays in their own lane,” says Cohen, emphasizing the distinct perspective each brings to the marketplace.

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When the natural meets the unexpected, the result is something wonderful, as the offerings at HB Home attest. In addition to memorable furniture, the store features lamps, decor, and original fabrics.

At the top of the square, HB Home showcases carefully curated pieces that project contemporary sophistication. Partners Patricia Healing and Daniel Barsanti provide full interior design services to a roster of A-list clients, but the pair’s unique furnishings draw plenty of fellow designers as well. With a focus on larger statement pieces and a few accessories, the Westport store has a slightly more relaxed vibe than HB’s locations in New York City and Greenwich. Pieces on display—from a table featuring a live-edge slab encased in acrylic to lamps with rugged concrete bases—showcase texture rather than fussy details. “We both see things very simplistically,” Barsanti says. “When something is ornate, we like it to have a statement behind it.” While much of the store’s stock is one-of-akind items, the owners tend to settle on a select silhouette for their upholstered pieces, updating that collection periodically. After you’ve run your fingers along the faux-fur covering on a pair of armchairs, take a minute to browse the lineup of HB Luxe custom fabrics that are printed in Brooklyn on imported Belgian linen.

With each of the shops focusing on a different design niche, the square’s business owners describe an atmosphere of support rather than competition.

You can never be sure what surprises lie in store at Bungalow, but the shop’s mélange of global treasures and locally sourced accessories brings browsing to a whole new level.

If there’s any shop that requires a second look—and possibly a third and a fourth—it’s Bungalow. At least three times a year, Cohen upends (or so it would seem) a shipping container full of finds from European markets into her narrow shop. Failing to take that second look means you might miss that the black-and-white frame of an imposing mirror is composed of porcupine quills, or that the delicately etched surface under that candle belongs to an African rain drum. “People say they have to do laps,” says Heather Desmond, who like the rest of the staff is eager to help visitors locate exactly what they’re looking for—or just as likely, something they never dreamed of owning. The store specializes in natural and cultural artifacts, exemplified on this particular day by the African currency bracelets, Moroccan tent poles, and Indonesian oars on display. Not all of

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Bungalow’s offerings come from across the globe, however. Tucked in among the exotic are locally crafted jewelry, scarves, and other personal accessories, including an impressive selection of reading glasses. It seems the shop, whose worldwide wares demand a closer look, has gained a following among those who take that second look seriously. In May 2012, the square’s future as a design hub got a boost when designer Susan Anderson opened White Birch Studio in the corner formed by HB Home and Bungalow. Anderson offers contemporary lighting, furniture, and tabletop accessories along with design services. Her fabric gallery boasts a lineup that includes Thibaut, Holly Hunt, Kravet, and Designers Guild. Stop in for a custom pillow or a complete home concept. “We like to say no project is too big or too small,” says manager Eric Simmons. Just inside the door you get your first hint at a design selection that’s a bit daring: a spiky Lindsey Adelman–inspired chandelier meets a voluptuous, vellum-covered chest by Julian Chichester.

Susan Anderson’s hand-picked collection of furniture, lighting, accessories, and photography complement her design headquarters, White Birch Studio.

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Artist/designer Kerri Rosenthal changes up the theme of The Concept Gallery every few months, but the buoyancy embodied in her art and fabric patterns never goes out of style.

With painted penguins frolicking on the foyer walls and a dining room done up in bright orange and blue, Le Penguin at 7 Sconset Square (lepenguinbistro.com) is a cheerful bistro that offers French classics, fresh salads, and local farm-to-table entrees along with a discerning wine list to fuel that pending design decision. If the sono baking your mood company (or time constraints) demands coffee rather than Chardonnay, a short walk around the back of the square to Church Lane brings you to The SoNo Baking Company (sonobaking.com). Step up to the counter for made-to-order omelets, soups, salads, and panini, or cut to the chase and choose from among the beguiling options in the pastry case.

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Expect a new experience with each visit to The Concept Gallery, located diagonally across the square from White Birch Studio. Designer/artist Kerri Rosenthal opened the shop in September with a plan to switch the design focus five times a year, each new concept highlighting eight of the forty patterns in her XOKR line. The featured patterns make their appearance throughout the store on pillows, wallpaper, comfy floor cushions, and custom upholstered furniture. “The common denominator is that it always has a joie de vivre, a happy sensibility, to it,” says Rosenthal, who stocks the shop with all manner of accoutrements, from perfume to clothing to candles. Midcentury goes glam next door at Swoon, where Appleton-Webster offers a carefully selected cache of vintage furniture, lighting, and decor. Expect bar carts of chrome and glass, brass accents, and animal prints in muted colors, with the occasional anachronism—a nineteenthcentury clock, perhaps—snuck in as if it belongs. And of course it does. AppletonWebster doesn’t think twice about bend-

ing the rules for a great look; she routinely refinishes or rebuilds tired pieces whose virtues have been obscured by worn frames or dated upholstery. A recent visit turned up a settee smartly dressed in gray-and-white zebra print, a wooden console table glossed up with lacquer, and a black metal chandelier recast in white. “It’s a fresh way of looking at vintage,” she explains. About 90 percent of the shop’s wares are one-of-a-kind, making each find at Swoon a fleeting opportunity.

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Down the Road a Piece To say Westport’s design trade is confined to a single square would be a disservice to the many shops and showrooms located a short drive—or in some cases, a manageable walk—away. A stroll of less than a block brings you to Dovecote (56 Post Road East) and its wide selection of eclectic furniture, antiques and accessories, creative lighting, and jewelry. Just next door, Fig Linens (66 Post Road East) is a snug shop filled with alpaca throws, comfy pillows, bedding, and fine linens. Leave the Post Road and head north on Main Street about a quarter mile to reach the showroom of Gilles Clement Designs (181 Main St.), where you’ll find a glamorous collection of designer furniture, lighting, and accessories. If your taste tends more toward tranquil, stay on the Post Road and cross the Saugatuck River to the Mar Silver Design Lab (14 Post Road West, by appointment only) for an array of textiles and decorative objects that reflect the designer’s signature neutral palette. Proceed a bit further and make a left to arrive at Circa Antiques (11 Riverside

Vintage goes vivacious at Swoon, where Sue Appleton-Webster recasts history with her inventive and glamorous resurrections of midcentury furniture and accessories.

Ave.). Despite the name, Circa is less a traditional antique shop than a source of custom furniture and European lighting by Astele, and base camp for Natalie Dunagan’s home staging service. If there’s a kitchen or bath remodel in your future, you’ll want to bring your checklist to Karen Berkemeyer Home (175 Post Road East) for a fine selection of countertops, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry, and tile. Sun worshippers and other optimists will discover much to their liking a bit further up the Post Road at Bel Mondo (222 Post Road East), where Heidi Lyme Thrun offers design services as well as a breezy assortment of furniture, giftware, and accessories in summer whites and tropical blues. • The Details:

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hristensen Landscape Services is a fullservice landscape firm widely recognized for innovative, sustainable design, and quality installations. Their expertise enhances your home with a broad complement of landscape options. Because they offer complete hardscape capabilities, including stone masonry, concrete finishing, and on-site carpentry, there is virtually no limit to what they can create in your landscape. Whether your plan calls for intricate stonework, native plantings, or a luxurious water feature, the professionals at Christensen Landscape Services take pride in providing quality and excellence. The family-owned business has

earned numerous awards for design, installation, and maintenance. Owner David Christensen and lead designer Donna Christensen work with a team of managers, designers, carpenters, masons, and certified landscape gardening professionals who take great pride in upholding their tradition of building and maintaining beautiful, functional, and long-lasting gardens. Their services include full garden and estate maintenance throughout New Haven, Middlesex, and Fairfield counties. They provide custom fertilization and weed control packages, and are a NOFA Certified Organic Landscape Supplier specializing in sustainable and organic landscape design and maintenance.

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Connecticut Stone

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onnecticut Stone is your source for innovative ideas for designing with stone. Our professional and knowledgeable staff collaborates as your trusted partner on every job, from large-scale residential to commercial projects. Whether you are looking to design a full-scale custom kitchen, a new bathroom, or an outdoor kitchen with fireplace, our team will work closely with you to ensure a seamless process from materials selection and construction to your project’s successful completion. We welcome you to browse our

fifteen-acre showroom and facility for a wide selection of native and imported natural stone, including marble, granite, limestone, building stone, and much more. We are happy to guide you through our luxury product lines of porcelain, stone, ceramic, and glass tile, featuring brands such as Walker Zanger, Artistic Tile, and New Ravenna. Let us help you see the full potential of stone, and the unexpected ways it can transform your project. Call us at (203) 882-1000 or visit us online at connecticutstone.com for ideas and inspiration. 

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rskine Associates LLC is an award winning, full-service design firm specializing in architecture, landscape architecture, site planning, and interiors. Principal Silvia Erskine is committed to a holistic approach to design through careful integration of architectural and landscape form. Since starting her firm in 1995, Silvia has completed numerous residential projects, including new homes, additions, and extensive architectural and landscape renovations. Involved from the earliest consultations through the final stages of construction, Erskine Associates creates designs that meld the visions of their clients with the historical, regional, and

natural contexts of each site. The firm’s landscape work includes a wide range of project types, from shoreline sites to eighteenth-century farm properties. Each project, regardless of size, is approached with the same commitment to site stewardship and creative detailing. The natural characteristics of the site and the architecture of the home inform the design of each garden, and particular attention is paid to enhancing a sense of place. Plants, stone, water, and light are combined to create timeless, elegant spaces. There is always a special emphasis on quality materials and yearround interest. Erskine Associates’ landscape portfolio also includes a number of award-winning municipal and institutional projects.

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reddy’s Landscape Company has been making outdoor spaces more beautiful for more than twenty years. The company has earned a reputation throughout Fairfield County for quality landscape installation and maintenance, planting, and tending to the “softscape” around the home. Freddy’s Landscape Company is also known for creating outdoor living spaces complemented with customdesigned fireplaces, cooking, and dining areas. To complete the perfect entertainment setting, they design fences, masonry walls, and driveways; install outdoor lighting; and create arbors, pergolas, and gazebos. Freddy’s Landscape Company’s services also includes traditional

pool design and maintenance, and is the only distributor of BioNova® all-natural swimming pools in Connecticut. These swimming pools are 100 percent organic and have been widely accepted in Europe as the ideal standard. Because the water is filtered using plants and organic filtration systems, not chemicals, these pools are completely safe for the entire family. BioNova® pools can be custom designed to meet any client’s design wishes. Existing pools can also be retrofitted to become chemical free. Freddy’s Landscape Company enhances, maintains, and preserves residences throughout every season. Just last spring, Freddy’s added a seasonal nursery at the Fairfield location to supply clients with

quality trees, shrubs, and plants. Principal Freddy Miraballes has a proven history of working with homeowners and designers to create award-winning gardens and outdoor spaces that are beautiful and timeless.

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OU FIRST. This has been Gault’s philosophy for more than 150 years and is what has made Gault Stone & Landscape Supplies the premier choice for stone in New England. Homeowners and the trade alike choose to partner with Gault for all of their stone needs, thanks to our personalized and consultative service and our wide selection of both natural and manmade stone. And now you can rely on Gault for all of your fabrication projects. From interior and exterior countertops to fireplace surrounds, pool copings and custom veneer stones, our state-of-the-art fabrication facility is where old-world craftsmanship meets modern-day technology. With our high-tech water jet

saws and stone splitter as well as hand carvings done by our stone craftsmen, we are able to bring any project to life. So, whether you know exactly what you need or are looking for professional guidance, we are here to provide you with the perfect stone for your home.

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regory Lombardi Design Incorporated (GLDI) is an awardwinning landscape architecture firm now entering its 25th year of business. As a firm we are skilled in all aspects of landscape architecture, from overall site master planning to the detailed design of landscape structures, landforms, plantings, and custom elements in wood, stone, and metal. Our design philosophy calls for fresh interpretations of classic, timeless principles of order and proportion to create meaningful and memorable spaces for our clients.

Eschewing any particular style, GLDI has elevated the traditional role of landscape architecture to create elegant outdoor spaces that encourage and enhance a layered experience with the landscape and the architecture. Our body of work extends from New England to Florida, and ranges in scale from elegant Boston roof terraces, to traditional Cape Cod vacation compounds, to worldly Florida resorts. On all of our projects our goal is to craft environments that enhance their surroundings, inspire their inhabitants, and awaken the imagination. 2235 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02140 (617) 492-2808 lombardidesign.com Special Marketing Section 75

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our home is likely your biggest investment, and it’s important to have professionals you can count on to preserve your most valued asset. For 30 years, Hoffman Landscapes has created, developed, and maintained a wide range of properties across the region. Their staff is well educated, award winning and highly experienced in landscape design and year-round property maintenance. Hoffman understands that today’s busy homeowners need professionals they can trust to bring their ideas to life, whether creating a beautiful and functional outdoor entertainment space, a pool and spa, inviting gardens, or choosing the right scale for trees and foundation

plants. For complex projects, they can put together the best team of landscape architects, designers, horticulturists, and craftsmen to ensure the highest standards are achieved. Maintaining your investment is a high priority at Hoffman, which is why many of their clients employ the “Hoffman Total Approach” for year-round services such as lawn maintenance, seasonal clean ups, and snow removal. This onesolution approach helps eliminate overlapping costs that occur using multiple suppliers. When it comes to enhancing the all-season beauty of your property, you can count on the professional expertise and creative solutions that Hoffman Landscapes is known for.

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orrison Stone & Garden has been creating stunning yards and gardens with custom stone work and landscaping since 2000. As an award-winning landscape construction company, it specializes in year-round design, installation, repair, and maintenance. Thousands of Connecticut homeowners and building professionals have partnered with Torrison Stone & Garden to realize their inspired visions for their outdoor spaces with stone and retaining walls, patios, walkways, fire pits and fireplaces, poolscapes, custom gardens, and more. Torrison sources the best-quality products in the industry, including bluestone, travertine, and granite, plus a wide

range of pavers and natural stone veneers. Torrison’s team includes a licensed landscape architect for professional design planning, knowledgeable project managers to oversee your project, skilled landscape experts and stonemasons who are the best at what they do, and a friendly office support staff to keep your project on track. Torrison Stone & Garden has built a reputation for exceeding client expectations with affordable, quality work. Before starting your next project, Torrison Stone & Garden invites you to visit its recently renovated and expanded showroom to see dozens of displays and materials—the perfect place to get inspired.

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Landscape designer Jeff Stevens and interior designer Karen Quinn turned what was once a dairy room into an inviting entry space. Urns of geraniums and a crisp hedge of Winter Gem boxwood provide the initial welcome. Inside, a barnboard wall and a stone floor evoke the home’s farm past.

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The Great Escape A busy executive and her design team turn a quirky old barn in Litchfield County into a welcoming weekend sanctuary. spring 2017  New England Home Connecticut 81

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CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW: The homeowner’s beloved owl is always on display. A cowhide rug brings texture to the loft. The living room’s high ceilings hold photosensitive panels that are blue by day and rose-colored at night. A French stool speaks to the owner’s travels. A serene Buddha references the home’s peaceful vibe. FACING PAGE: Designer Karen Quinn discovered the striking fire screen on 1stdibs.

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A mirrored bar and Louis Vuitton trunk make an elegant pair in the dining room. “The trunk holds throws, so it’s also functional,” the designer notes. FACING PAGE: The dining area’s handsome metal-legged table makes room for twelve. The pre-Columbian artifact atop the console hails from the owner’s ­collection.

As the CEO of a Manhattanbased human capital company, Michele James was already busy enough. Then someone made an unexpected offer on her country house, and James found herself with just one week to find a new Litchfield County retreat. Having renovated six homes in the area, ranging from a lakeside cabin to a grand center colonial, James is not one to back off a challenge. So, come the eighth night, she was there with an air mattress in her new getaway—once an old dairy barn—as content as she could be. And content is precisely how she remains. Sure, the burning bush hedges begged for haircuts, and dozens of trees had grown far too close, but James handed over her heart at the threshold. The quirky 1901 structure had witnessed its share of tenants—cows included, of course, and once, the ambassador to Belgium—but its bones were solid. There was plenty of cosmetic revamping to be done,

however, and with summer approaching, James dreaded spending the season engulfed in another makeover. Before signing the deed, she recruited a trusted friend, interior designer Karen Quinn, to determine whether a speedy turnaround was feasible. Quinn, who has worked with James on numerous projects, took one look and fell in love, too. “It’s a jewel-box of a house,” she says of the 3,700-squarefoot structure. “We just needed to fit Michele’s life into it, and fast.” Tucked into a hill, the vertical barn lacked a proper entry. The main access to the building was down the service driveway in back and through, of all places, the laundry room. James enlisted landscape designer Jeff Stevens, owner of New Milford’s Meadowbrook Gardens, to devise a whole new approach to the house. Stevens designed an upper driveway that winds down to a romantic pergola. From there, a path of bluestone leads to a welcoming entry forged from what was once a dairy room. His spectacular solution changed the tenor of the place, giving it a warm, hospitable new feel. Quinn moved at breakneck speed to brighten the spring 2017  New England Home Connecticut 85

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interior. She began by painting most walls her favored formula (a fifty-fifty mix of Benjamin Moore’s Linen White and White) to complement the existing stone floors. Much of the furniture was cherry-picked from the owner’s impressive collection of pieces gathered over the years and stored in an arsenal of sheds. Other pieces came from sources far and near. The deft mix of eras and styles—augmented with the owner’s art and treasures gleaned from all over the globe, including a cache of pre-Columbian artifacts—works like a tonic, enlivening the quirky building to its core with a modern sensibility. “I call it traveled contemporary,” says James. The window-lined dairy-room-turned-entry contains an Ochre chandelier and a vintage mirror from Privet House in nearby New Preston. There’s a Restoration Hardware chaise for lounging and a gleaming table where James can plunk her keys. Paired with an upholstered settee brought north from Tara Shaw Antiques in New Orleans, the table can double as a picturesque spot for dinner. 86  New England Home Connecticut  spring 2017

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JANUS et Cie’s Amalfi collection lounges lend style to the pool. Quinn carries the water’s color into the pool house with a graphic rug and pillows from Colony Rug Company. The homeowner personalizes her garden with a peaceful (no weapon) warrior. An oxidized crane stands nearby. The landscape offers a variety of intimate spaces. The new lattice-framed pergola leads to the dairy room.

Since James enjoys entertaining, there’s also a designated dining room. Quinn found a collection of antique chairs to cluster about a hefty zinctopped table. A vintage console from Converso Modern in Manhattan contains supplies, while an oil painting of a noble-looking George Washington presides above. Cocktails are whipped up at a swanky Parisian bar residing mere steps away. The airy living room is located around the corner. Its stellar thirty-five-foot ceiling incorporates photosensitive panels that change color as the day wanes. An art installation left behind by previ-

As part of his landscape program, Jeff Stevens removed trees and an overgrown hedge along the existing pool to “open things up and let in the light.”

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RIGHT: A cozy guest room is outfitted with furniture from a local

shop. “We did a lot of shopping,” says Quinn with a chuckle. BELOW: A generous swath of pale marble guarantees a pristine look for the owner’s bath. FACING PAGE: Shagreen-clad nightstands,

Frette bedding, a Murano glass chandelier, and a silver-gilt canopy bed give the master bedroom its sense of luxury.

ous owners, the panels appear robin-egg blue when the sun shines then fade to pink, bathing the room in a dreamy glow. As fabulous as it is, such a light show could be potentially problematic for decor. Yet Quinn’s smartly curated, neutral approach welcomes the drama. The twin sofas clad in a pale indoor/outdoor fabric— “again for harmony with the floors,” she says—take everything in stride. A gorgeous marble fireplace dominates one end of the room, while at the other end, a paneled wall conceals the television. Another trip to Privet House yielded the side tables, gilt lamps, and an architectural wooden bench. A personality-filled foot stool and an antique side chair were mined from James’s amazing stash. Perched in the loft above the living room, the owner’s whimsical talisman—a stuffed owl—keeps watch. An additional nook for gathering, the loft is outfitted with a custom twin-bed-sized chaise Quinn fashioned to accommodate extra company should the two guest bedrooms be filled. A giant paper lantern hovers moon-like over the sophisticated setting, which also includes an antique side chair James nabbed at the Clignancourt flea market in Paris. As far as heavenly havens go, however, James’s bedroom wins hands down. Sheathed in a Phillip Jef-

Sheathed in a Phillip Jeffries hemp wallcovering described by Karen Quinn as the color of “warm wheat,” the bedroom is a luxurious cocoon. fries hemp wallcovering described by Quinn as the color of “warm wheat,” the room is a luxurious cocoon. There’s not a whiff of the slightly masculine tone that Quinn remembers permeating the barn. How could there be, with a Murano glass chandelier and a feminine Oly silver-gilt canopy bed? Even the Dorothy Draper benches in the marble master bath are as dainty as can be. From her bedroom, the owner slips out to a meditation garden to decompress. There’s also a graveled terrace with a small table promoting meals or, at least, a glass of wine (the table’s centerpiece is contrived to hold ice and bottles). When James zips up the hill in her golf cart, there sits the pool and the rejuvenated pool house. The latter, with its charming ottoman and carved mirror, is as chic as the renovated barn. As part of his landscape program, Stevens removed trees and an overgrown hedge along the existing pool to “open things up and let in the light.” Now, having beaten the clock, all the hard-working James needs to do is find time to enjoy her new home. Her resounding success with this bespoke property is proof that, with an enthusiastic and able collaborator like Quinn, anything is possible. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 140.

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Saving Grace ★★★

Seeing the potential in a derelict old Colonial-era house, a New Milford couple rescues it and gives it back its dignity and beauty. Text by Joseph Montebello Photography by John Gruen Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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★ In the Americana room, splashes of red, white, and blue complement Deyber’s collection of patriotic objects, including a portrait of George Washington and a trio of carved eagles. The linen-covered chairs and sofa strike just the right balance of comfort and elegance.

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ny other buyer might have taken one look at the old, long-neglected saltbox and declared it a teardown. Robert Graham and Robert Deyber, however, saw past the broken windows, sagging front porch, crumbling ceilings, and peeling paint. The couple, co-owners of Housatonic Trading Company, a Bantam shop that sells furniture, art, and sculpture dating from the seventeenth century to midcentury modern to vintage, bought it instantly, certain they could turn it into their dream house. Situated at the point where New Preston, New Milford, and South Kent converge, the property offers western views of Kent Hollow and West Aspetuck River, as well as Iron Mountain and Bear Hill. “The scenery is incredible and the location is

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visually stunning,” says Deyber. “In addition to the magnificent setting, the house is an important piece of local history and we felt strongly that it needed to be preserved.” Indeed, the house was built in the early 1700s, making it quite possibly the oldest house in New Milford. Additions over the years included the most recent—way back in 1865—which gave a second story to the east end of the house and tacked an enclosed extension onto the original side porch. “In those days, people changed and added on to their houses over the years, as they acquired more money and larger families,” says Deyber. “There was no attempt to mirror what was originally built. The roofline changed to Greek Revival, then it became Queen Anne. The front porch was very Victorian. It

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★ CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Wooden doors between the dining area and family room were removed for a more open feel; the old rustic beams were retained, and a Corinthian column adds a dramatic touch. Owners Bob Deyber and Rob Graham with architect Steven Kalur (center). In the first-floor powder room the original beadboard ceiling contrasts nicely with a vintage mirror and modern sconces.

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was a mashup of so many styles. We decided to revert to Greek Revival.” As soon as the house was theirs, Graham and Deyber hired Steven Kalur, owner of F+H Architectural Design and Consulting in Washington Depot. “The goal was to preserve as much of the original house as possible,” says Kalur. “We did not add any square footage to the existing structure, and we worked within its original footprint.” The kitchen occupied a small room at the back of the house, where the ceiling is at its lowest point. Kalur broke through several adjacent smaller rooms and closets to create an expansive workspace (which includes an eighteen-foot-long island), sitting area, and dining room. Shiplap walls and a beadboard ceiling add the illusion of height, and Kalur installed

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★ ★ ★ “I am hyper-patriotic,” says Robert Deyber.

“I love old portraiture, and I am drawn to eagles and patriotic images. Some of the pieces are important and others are just wacky.”

large windows above the sink for an increased sense of space. A pair of salvaged gableend windows Graham scored from a Westport builder also found a home in the kitchen, ushering in light and framing the lovely views. Deyber was determined to incorporate as much natural light as he could. “I wanted the windows to be as large as possible, and we added a lot throughout the house,” he says. The original house had thirty-two windows. “We added four to the first floor and nine to the second, bringing the total to forty-five.” The floors throughout were four-inch white-pine boards, and over the years, as sections were added or renovated, they varied in color and texture. On the first level, Kalur laid new boards in the kitchen and bathrooms. In other first-floor rooms and in the

★ ABOVE LEFT: A weighty chandelier and German

ostrich lithograph add drama to the dining area, where modern, slipcovered chairs surround an antique pine French Canadian farmhouse table. ABOVE RIGHT: Glass star chandeliers illuminate the long kitchen island, which offers seating for informal meals. FACING PAGE: The large, circular window is the centerpiece of a sitting area off the kitchen, where French bergère chairs mingle with a wingback settee and an array of patterned throw pillows.

bedrooms upstairs, he stripped and re-stained the old boards for a more consistent look. The front door opens into a small entryway and the main staircase. While a sweeping, open stair might have been more typical for the period, this one is tall and narrow. Still, it hardly lacks character, with its brick walls rising to form an arch at the top of the second floor. To the left of the staircase is the entrance to the open kitchen, dining, and sitting area; to the right is the living room, which leads to another parlor that the men have christened the Americana Room. “I am hyper-patriotic,” says Deyber. “I love old portraiture, and I am drawn to eagles and patriotic images. Some of the pieces are important and others are just wacky.” To enhance a sense of openness and create a cohesive flow, all the interior walls and trim are painted in the same white hue. Graham and Deyber outfitted the house in neutral-toned furniture, then added shots Spring 2017  New England Home Connecticut 95

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by the Edwardian era. It was a time when sophistication and elegance were the standards in the finest residences,” says Robert Graham. of color. An oriental rug in a deep red, for example, grounds the Americana room, and the cream-colored sofa and chairs hold a collection of toss pillows in red and blue fabrics. Upstairs, Kalur undertook some significant structural changes. The original layout included five smallish bedrooms, one bath, and an open landing at the top of the rear staircase. Kalur combined two rooms to fashion a large master suite at the front of the house, and removed the back staircase to make space for a second bathroom and laundry room. Both bathrooms are outfitted with fixtures from Perrin & Rowe. “We chose the fixtures because they were inspired by the Edwardian era,” Graham explains. “It was a time when sophistication and elegance were the standards in the finest residences. Yet they are timeless and comple-

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century French gilt-bronze and crystal chandelier adds a bit of whimsy to the sleek marble and polished-nickel fixtures. An original wooden beam highlights the expanse of new windows. ABOVE RIGHT: The staircase offers a dramatic view of the forged and pinned antique wrought-iron balcony. FACING PAGE: A guest room offers a dramatic juxtapositioning of antique Edwardian beds, a Georgian bachelor’s chest, and a massive iron chandelier.

ment the history of an antique New England Home.” Furnishing the house presented no problems, since Graham and Deyber had recently moved from a larger house in Litchfield and had plenty of furniture and decorative objects to spare. Their shop, too, is a constant source of decorating inspiration. “We have a passion for collecting,” says Graham. “We’re constantly bringing things in from the shop.” The mix of antique and modern pieces throughout their house reflects their taste and style, which includes the occasional element of surprise, such as the Corinthian columns in the kitchen and family room. The walls display a number of artworks by Deyber, who is an accomplished painter. Happily ensconced in their new home, Graham and Deyber can take pride in knowing that they’ve not only created the dream home they envisioned, but have, perhaps, added a few more centuries to the life of the old house. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 140.

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“I really love to blend styles,” says designer Kellie Burke, who placed a modern seating group beside a traditional one in the former ballroom of her Hartford home. RIGHT: A chevron paper from Candice Olson animates the entry hall; the compass rose was applied to the floor with stain.

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: An antique chandelier illuminates a group of Theodore Alexander club chairs in the great room, which Burke has dubbed “Club Z” for her husband, Mark Zeytoonjian. Zeytoonjian’s Bahamian roots are reflected in the Amos Ferguson paintings over the bar; elephant heads supporting the brass rail honor the home’s original owner, Republican governor Henry Roberts. The family gathers nightly to watch TV on the custom sectional, which Burke embellished with tufting, pleating, and nailhead trim.

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Growing up as a tomboy in Avon, Kellie Burke was determined to do everything her three brothers did—only better and faster. By the time she got to Skidmore College, though, she’d traded her shredded jeans for red lizard boots and a rhinestone cowboy hat. “I don’t think I’ve ever really blended in my whole life,” confesses the interior designer. “I like to be a little over the top. Maybe a lot over the top.” For confirmation, you needn’t look any further than Burke’s Norman-style manse on Hartford’s Governors Row, on the West End/West Hartford line. Unbridled unconventionality reigns in the 11,000-square-foot home, which overlays Old World elegance with a punk sensibility that’s both cunning and cozy.

From the faux-alligator wallpaper adorning the kitchen to the Don-Drapermeets-Downton-Abbey decor in the family room, this is a house that proclaims its independence at every turn. Burke has dreamed of living in this area since second grade, when she got her first glimpse of the historic neighborhood. “I’m definitely going to live there one day,” she informed her parents (and anyone else who would listen). She made good on that promise seventeen years ago, when she and her husband, entrepreneur Mark Zeytoonjian, purchased their first West End property. When their current house Spring 2017  New England Home Connecticut 101

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Although the house was decorated with entertaining in mind, designer and homeowner Kellie Burke also wanted it to feel cozy and inviting.

A vintage gilded mirror reflects a copy of Édouard Manet’s portrait of Berthe Morisot over the living room fireplace. FACING PAGE: Burke painted the paneling white and dressed the unused fireplace with a screen covered in curtain fabric. The designer refers to the recamier as her “phone booth” because she lounges on it when she makes calls. With a similar palette but a different scale, the patterned upholstery works well with the Christian Lacroix rug.

came on the market in 2006, she snatched it up, beguiled by the 1920s glamour she glimpsed beneath the shag carpeting and floor-to-ceiling florals. “The first thing I did was install the disco ball,” says Burke, referring to the glittering bauble dangling from the ceiling of the ballroom-cum-family room. The fortyfour-by-twenty-one-foot space was Party Central for the home’s first resident, former Republican governor Henry Roberts (whose political affiliation is commemorated in the brass elephant heads adorning the bar). While symphony orchestras no longer serenade

guests as they did in Roberts’s day, Burke and Zeytoonjian have entertained as many as 250 here, and the designer celebrated her fortieth birthday dancing atop the bar—alongside her brothers, of course. Although the house was decorated with entertaining in mind, Burke wanted to make sure it also felt cozy and inviting. “I really wanted to wrap a person in there and make them feel warm,” she says. To that end, she chose pieces that are both big in scale and big in comfort, like the red damask wing chairs with their embracing curved backs, and the uncommonly Spring 2017  New England Home Connecticut 103

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LEFT: Mismatched chairs from Theodore Alexander

surround a David Michael table in the dining room. “I don’t like cookie-cutter chairs,” Burke says. “I like to mix and match.” BELOW: A contemporary copy of a portrait by Modigliani hangs above a vintage Rococo tea cart; walls painted in Expedition from C2 reflect Burke’s love of camouflage.

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LEFT: A Ralph Lauren chandelier fitted with Edison bulbs

illuminates breakfast chairs covered in hand-rubbed silver foil and matching laser-cut leather. BELOW: The commode next to the kitchen banquette doubles as a bed for the owners’ Brussels Griffon. FACING PAGE: After a flood destroyed her new kitchen, Burke worked with Farmington architect Jack Kemper to remake the space, raising the ceiling to twenty-two feet and installing distressed cabinets topped with quartzite.

 deep sectional covered in what Burke calls “Elvis blue velvet,” where she, Zeytoonjian, and their young son, Finley, can sprawl in front of the TV at night. A second seating group beside it is more Mad Men than Masterpiece Theatre, with midcentury modern– style chairs resting atop a round, leopard-patterned rug. “I love anything with an animal print on it,” confides Burke. The Christian Lacroix carpet in the living room is a modern riff on zebra, which Burke paired with an opulent recamier covered in an exuberant fabric that echoes the color of the zebra but not its scale, so the two don’t clash. Zeytoonjian learned long ago not to question his wife’s vision. The year they were married, she painted their foyer in pink and yellow stripes over his objections. When visitors kept marveling at the choice, Zeytoonjian had to admit that his wife was right all along, and has never interfered with her design choices since. So when she decided to paper the entry hall of

their new home in a colorful chevron pattern, he didn’t blink an eye. The adjoining dining room is a bit more subdued, but even here, Burke took some liberties, painting the walls a drab army green—a sober rejoinder to the opulent carved woods populating the space. As in the rest of the house, portraits dot the walls, harkening back to Burke’s collegiate work as a figurative painter. Burke’s early art training influences her decorating in other ways, too. “When you’re painting, you always have to have this pop of color to make the painting sing,” says the designer, whose striped magenta loveseat punctuates the master bedroom like a chromatic exclamation mark. A year and a half ago, the couple completed a total kitchen remodel, then headed to the Bahamas on vacation. They returned two weeks later to find a sheet of ice blanketing the driveway. Puzzled, Burke stepped into the kitchen and looked up. “I could see all the way to the attic,” she says. “There had been

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a flood—a pipe had burst—and all of the ceilings had collapsed. “My husband saw dollar signs,” she adds. “I saw opportunity.” Instead of replicating the kitchen she had just completed, Burke decided to take a whole new approach, expanding the space so it would be more in keeping with the overall scale of the house. By eliminating the old servant’s quarters above, she was able to raise the ceiling to twenty-two feet and install massive floating timbers overhead. “I wanted the rustic beams that you would see in a vintage castle, mixed with ornate, embellished, Gilded Age–style cabinetry,” she says. To achieve that bygone look, voluptuous Haber-

 ABOVE: The house sits on nearly two acres, and came with a pool and tennis court. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Mark Zeytoonjian and Kellie Burke with son Finley. The designer paired a Kelly-green carpet with a magenta loveseat in the master bedroom; fabric panels flanking the headboard suggest a canopy, but without the bulk. In the master bath, Burke installed a sink in a Rococo dressing table and covered the wall behind it with broad stripes. The neighboring hallway was very long, so the designer had painter Elvia Rich apply graphics to one portion to break up the expanse, then furnished it with an eighteenth-century French console table and industrial-style light fixture.

sham cabinets were treated to seventeen coats of paint, which were sanded and distressed to expose the encrusted layers underneath. A large lantern topped with a beaded peacock-feather canopy illuminates the room, which sports faux patent-leather walls in a crocodile pattern and breakfast chairs finished with hand-rubbed silver foil and matching leather. To Burke, it would have been criminal to crown all this elegance with a painted plasterboard ceiling. “One of my biggest nemeses in life is Sheetrock,” she says. “I feel like it’s too new, so I’m always trying to camouflage it.” A Kelly Wearstler paper in a blackand-white crosshatch does the job, adding graphic impact overhead. Burke did a similar thing in the master bath, covering the drywall in broad black-and-white stripes. The bold graphic offers a contemporary counterpoint to the ornate, Rococo-style vanity in front of it. “This house can be taken too seriously if you don’t have a little fun with it,” notes Burke. As long as this unabashedly unrestrained designer remains in charge, solemnity will never be a problem. • Resources For more information about this home, see page 140. Spring 2017  New England Home Connecticut 109

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2. Zebrawood Cole & Son, Ring’s End, various Connecticut locations, ringsend.com

3. Arabesque Kravet, Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, wakefielddesigncenter.com

4. Faux Bois Stroheim, DesignSourceCT, Hartford, designsourcect.com

5. Wood Panel Lichen Mulberry Home, Sheridan Interiors, Wilton, sheridaninteriors.com

6. Wild Woods Phillip Jeffries, Schwartz Design Showroom, Stamford, schwartzdesignshowroom.com

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How applicable is this design to New England homeowners? Eleish: Because Scandinavian design has

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distilled European design to very simple forms, it can look almost contemporary. One of our favorite things is to mix painted Scandinavian antiques from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with contemporary and midcentury furniture. When you put an eighteenth-century Gustavian console table next to a Danish piece from the mid-twentieth century, they have a dialog with each other. They work together because the forms are pure; there is no extraneous detailing. Van Breems: It is always exciting to help clients incorporate elements of Scandinavian design into their American homes. There’s nothing better than an eighteenth-century Swedish chair next to a de Kooning! What might surprise people about Scandinavian design? Eleish: The craftsmen had a great sense

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up with a lot of Scandinavian influences. When we decided we wanted to open an antiques and design business, we hoped to incorporate items from all of northern Europe. However, on our first buying trip we didn’t find anything that really moved us until we got to Stockholm. After two days in Sweden we had found enough antiques to fill a container. Over the years we have extended our range to also include Norway, Finland, and Denmark. Edie Van Breems: We were obsessed with Scandinavian design and still are. The design is transporting. It is simple, yet elegant and of such high quality.

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came from geographic location and were influenced by such things as the minerals available for paint colors. Regions also had distinctive styles of carving and painting. In Sweden, totally different carving or painting styles developed in provinces just twenty miles away from one another. Gustavian furniture, a style influenced by the king of Sweden’s stay at the Court of Louis XVI at Versailles, is typically Swedish but was also made in Finland, Denmark, and Norway.

Eleish Van Breems, Westport, (203) 635-8080, evbantiques.com

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is famous for being multicolored. There are many different hues, layers, and washes used on the furniture. In the past, home interiors were painted by traveling artisans, and by the time they got to the furniture they experimented with different motifs, colors, and decorative elements. Copper, iron, and pink oxide were minerals available in the region and they resulted in strong pigments; a lot of the furniture was painted red or blue. The artisans became so well known that they can still be identified by their motifs. They turned furniture into works of art. •

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of humor; there are political jokes, satire, and comments on human nature in a lot of the folk carvings they created. The elf, goblin, troll, and gnomes are some things they still have fun with. Also, unlike some Northern European design, Scandinavian design is light and airy. They used bold colors to brighten their long, dark winters. Van Breems: The designers have a sweet, whimsical sense of humor, not at all mean-spirited. Modern examples include Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner, who called his famous chair the Ox chair because it looks like a bull’s head, or Eero Saarinen’s 1948 Womb chair.

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Style Scheme Caroline Kopp and Douglas Graneto imagine chic office spaces for a stylish power couple. And, just to shake things up, Kopp created the office for him, while Graneto imagined a feminine space for her.

Lacte by Petros Koublis “A great piece of art ties a room together. The colors and rugged natural forms in this photograph continue the themes used throughout the space.” petroskoublis.com

This page: Caroline Kopp’s masculine office retreat

Albert Sofa “When it comes to upholstery, you can’t go wrong with a classic silhouette like this tight-back sofa with English arms. A traditional upholstered piece grounds the room, allowing you to be more adventurous with other elements in the space.”

Live Edge Desk by Jeff Soderbergh “This handmade desk is fabricated from one bold slab of wood; it is just so masculine and rich but in a rugged, authentic way.” Jeff Soderbergh, Newport,

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Apparatus Tassel Sconces “I love how cool and different these sconces are. They feel vaguely vintage-deco yet totally modern at the same time. The flexibility of LED technology allows for futuristic lighting forms that have not been seen before.”

Knock On Wood Phillip Jeffries Wallpaper,

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Hand-knotted Antique Tabriz Carpet Apadana Fine Rugs, Norwalk, apadanafinerugs.com

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This page: Douglas Graneto’s feminine office retreat

“Art is a fantastic way to add a whimsical element to a room. This painting by David Charles Williams draws you in with a ring of color.” Samuel Owen Gallery, Greenwich, samuelowengallery.com

Dickinson Chandelier “An attractive reproduction of a favorite vintage fixture. This pendant brings a touch of glamour into any room.”

Circa Lighting, Greenwich, circalighting.com

Dumont Sofa “Adding a sofa to your home office can transform the room from a work space to a special escape. Layered with super soft fur pillows, one can cozy up and read for hours.” Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Greenwich, mgbwhome.com

Bernhardt Salon Desk “The delicate base and linear desk top will give any work space a feeling of elegance.” Safavieh, Stamford, safavieh.com

Vintage Books

Haruki Sisal Wallpaper

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Ombre Lilac Curtain Panels Rosemary Hallgarten, Fairfield, rosemaryhallgarten.com

Douglas Graneto Design, Greenwich, (203) 622-8383, douglasgraneto.com

Ikat Rug (#298065C) Stark, Stamford, starkcarpet.com

“A collection of vintage coffee table books is a styling must. Stack them on bookshelves or on a cocktail table with fresh flowers.” The Antique

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What Makes It Work Inspired by the wish of a Manhattan couple to incorporate big-city style into their Westport home, this dining room elegantly marries sleek urbanity and a homey, textured casualness.

3. A nubby jute rug and character-grade white oak floorboards treated with a natural, water-based finish combine to provide an enticingly tactile note underfoot.

2. The subtle abstract landscape painting by local artist Robin Babbin adds just enough visual interest to enliven and humanize the space.

4. Comfy linen-slipcovered chairs from Restoration Hardware encircle and soften the vintage glass-topped dining table.

5. Understated architectural surroundings—simple geometric baseboards, no door casings or crown moldings—create a tranquil frame.

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Architecture: Nicholas Sajda, Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects, South Norwalk, (203) 838-5517, pbs-archs.com Interior design: Calla McNamara, Calla McNamara Interiors, South Norwalk, (203) 810-4632, callamcnamara.com Builder: Able Construction, Norwalk, (203) 849-3083, ableconstruction.com

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1. Black steel-and-glass doors make for a dramatic entrance and transmit light throughout the bright, modern interior. A spidery, midcenturyinspired chandelier furthers the theme of contrasting black and white.

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Connie Cooper Designs of Westport was among fourteen design firms participating in ­Windows by Design, a collaborative effort by Farrow & Ball and Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) to raise awareness of the continuing battle against HIV/AIDS. Fellow designers and friends gathered for prosecco and a close-up look at Cooper’s vignette, staged at Farrow & Ball in Westport.

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Greenwich Historical Society. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, live music, and personalized tours showcasing an array of antiques, jewelry, and art, all set against a ­“ Tyrolean Holiday” backdrop created by honorary chairman and celebrated designer Alessandra Branca. The designer signed copies of her latest book and shared thoughts on what inspires her work.

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What’s up in the design business drawn to his signature “contemporary prep” style. At Lattice House, Philip offers a carefully curated, frequently changing array of barware and other things for the home, as well as men’s accessories. Southport, parkerrogersinteriors.com, facebook.com/latticehousehome » The Westport

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village of Rowayton, owners and longtime friends Lauryn Soden and Zoe Hamann scour local floral markets for the blooms they use to create their beautiful arrangements. The pair offer weekly and monthly floral subscriptions, so your home never has to go without the spark of joy that comes with a fresh, colorful bouquet. The partners recently opened a retail boutique, aptly called The Shop, which features succulent arrangements, handpoured soy candles, and an array of new and antique furnishings for the home. Rowayton, stemsandco.com

the show, which will run April 22 to 30. Wilton, browngrotta.com

» A bed has to be comfy, of course, but » Bigger is better for

Pimlico Interiors,

which recently moved to spacious new digs on New Canaan’s Elm Street. The 1,900-square-foot space (twice the size of the old location) will house the company’s interior design services and its selection of home furnishings, fixtures, and accessories. More room to showcase products is a plus, of course, and owners Jill Saunders and Melissa Lindsay also plan to host special events. The location above Stewart’s Wine & Spirits means there’ll be plenty of parking for special events, and Saunders notes, “we won’t ever have to worry about running out of wine!” New Canaan, pimlicointeriors.com » Westport’s Sconset Square has become

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marking its anniversary of curating and exhibiting fiber artists with a special show called Art in the Barn: Still Crazy After All These Years . . . 30 Years in Art. More than eighty artists from Europe, Asia, North and South America, and the United Kingdom will present wall works, art textiles, and indoor and outdoor sculptures in

Anthropologie is on the

move, setting up shop in a new location in Westport’s Bedford Square. Besides the women’s clothing the store is known for, the new space holds a wide selection of goods for the home, from furniture to art and accessories. There’s even a cafe, so inveterate shoppers can take a break and get right back to it. Westport, anthropologie.com

a design Mecca of sorts (see “Design Destination,” page 48, for more about that), and the newest addition to the mix is Bespoke Designs. As self-identified “paperpreneurs,” Betsy Baron and Shari Lebowitz—a special events expert and a Parsons-trained designer, respectively— offer custom monograms and crests for stationery and invitations, linens, and china that make a luxurious statement. Westport, bespokedesigns.com » Southport welcomes Parker & Company and Lattice House, a one-stop

design destination from designers Parker Rogers and Christopher Philip. The new showroom on Pequot Avenue doubles as Parker & Company’s design studio, where Rogers meets with clients who are

as the centerpiece of the bedroom it should be gorgeous, too. A new headboard company, I.M. Smitten, exists to make sure your bed can stand as a work of art. Owner George Holley and partners

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Phairot Iamnaita and Holly Sutton Darr work with local artists and artisans to craft one-of-a-kind headboards in any style a client or designer can imagine. There’s an old-world quality of craftsmanship, but modern conveniences such as built-in LED lights and charging stations find their way into these unique pieces. Trumbull, imsmittengallery.com » Devotees of

Design Within Reach

will be ecstatic to know that the company has returned to Westport, opening a new showroom in the renovated 1935 Post Office building on Post Road. The 10,000-square-foot space, on two floors, gives browsers plenty to drool over, including twenty room vignettes that integrate iconic classics by designers such as Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson with pieces designed by emerging

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for lovers of beautifully designed things for the home. Togas, a textile company founded in Greece in 1926, has opened a boutique on East Putnam Avenue. In addition to the luxurious bedding and other textiles in silk, cotton, and organic linen Togas is known for, the shop will offer fine tableware, accessories, and gifts. By the end of April, designers Robert P ­ assal and Kim Alessi plan to open Putnam & Mason. The glamorous new atelier, filled with classical antiques and contemporary furniture, accessories, and textiles for the home, will be a multifunctional showroom for both homeowners and design professionals. Greenwich, togas.com; putnamandmason.com » William Trowbridge has opened

Wild Iron Forge and More to showcase the results of many hot, hard hours spent in his Sharon Mountain forge. At the shop, visitors can see samples of his work, from fire screens to wall art to candlesticks. If you think of iron as a sturdy, masculine sort Wild Iron Forge of material and More best used for big projects like stair railings or door hardware, take a look at Trowbridge’s fluid, graceful, sometimes even whimsical products. Sharon, (860) 672-5684 • By Paula M. Bodah

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calendar group show. In an adjacent gallery, the exhibit In the Red will feature works that have red as the primary hue. Old Lyme, (860) 434-7802, lymeartassociation.org Brimfield Antique Show May 9–14

Time to cross the border into Massachusetts for the renowned Brimfield Antique Show. Considered one of the best and biggest antique and flea markets in the country, this show features more than 6,000 dealers selling everything from vintage bric-a-brac to fine antiques. Show hours

Left: Red Cube (1968) by Isamu Noguchi; right: the artist circa 1946. Jenny Dixon, director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, will discuss Noguchi’s influence on modernism at the Greenwich Decorative Arts​Society on April 3.

april Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past Through September 4

Campbell’s first museum exhibit presents three interrelated bodies of her work: the Potential Future Drawings series, Mobiles, and the Future Past Drawings series. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, (203) 438-4519, aldrichart.org Isamu Noguchi: A Modern Moment April 3

Join Jenny Dixon, director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, as she discusses the life and work of Isamu Noguchi, who was a major influencer in the Modern Movement. While Noguchi may be best known for his furniture design, his creative force was also seen in sculpture, set design, playgrounds, parks, and much more. 1:15 p.m.–3 p.m., reservations required, email greenwichdecorativearts@gmail. com, greenwichdecorativearts.org

examine the aesthetics of cabinet making in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore from 1810 to 1840, and the influence these craftsmen had on the history of American furniture design. 1:15 p.m.–3 p.m., reservations required, e-mail greenwichdecorativearts@gmail. com, greenwichdecorativearts.org Garden Education Center of Greenwich Annual May Gardeners Market May 3, 4, and 6

This annual sale at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich offers the opportunity to purchase the plants you’ve been dreaming about all winter. Socialize and get a jump start on the sale at the Kick-off Cocktail Party on May 3, 5 p.m.–7 p.m. On May 4, early birds can enjoy on-site parking and the first chance to pluck the most interesting plants for a fee of $10 for members and $15 for non-members, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. The regular market is free on May 6, with parking at the Cos Cob Elementary School and shuttle bus service, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. (203) 869-9242, gecgreenwich.org

Still Crazy after All These Years . . . 30 Years in Art April 22–30

Browngrotta Arts celebrates its 30th anniversary with an exhibit featuring more than 80 pieces of art from a large number of artists who have exhibited in the gallery. Open April 22, 1 p.m.–6 p.m.; April 23–30, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is also open by appointment. Wilton, (203) 834-0623, browngrotta.com

may Very Rich and Handsome: American Neo-Classical Decorative Arts May 1

This lecture given by Elizabeth Feld, managing director of the Hirschl and Adler Galleries in New York City, will

96th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition and In the Red May 5–June 16

Lyme Art Association’s most respected artists come together for their annual

and admission vary depending on field and venue location. See ­brimfieldshow. com for details. Near and Far Aid House Tour May 12

This has become one of the most anticipated spring house tours in New England. See some of the extraordinary homes in Westport, Southport, and Fairfield. Start the day with a pre-tour breakfast at the Patterson Club in Fairfield, featuring a presentation by renowned interior designers Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier and Company. Breakfast 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m.; $75. Tour 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; tickets are $65 in advance and $75 the day of the tour. (203) 2591710, nearandfaraid.org Trade Secrets May 13–14

Trade Secrets is back for its 17th year with a two-day event geared to gardening enthusiasts. Day one features a sale of rare plants and garden antiques at LionRock Farm in Sharon. Day two offers a tour featuring spectacular gardens in Cornwall, Falls Village, and nearby Ashley Falls, Massachusetts. Proceeds will go to Women’s Support Services of Northwest Connecticut. Admission for plant sale: early buying, 8 a.m., $125 includes breakfast; regular buying, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., $40; late bloomer, 1 p.m.–3 p.m., $25. Garden tour, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $75 advance purchase only, tradesecretsct.com Silvermine Arts Center’s 27th Annual School of Art Students Exhibition May 15–June 17

Enjoy the art work of the students of this cherished local institution. New Canaan, (203) 966-9700, silvermineart.org

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Go back in time to the Mad Men era, when Westporters played a major role in the creative advertising of the 1960s and ’70s, which in turn had a strong influence on contemporary art. Dinner and party tickets (5:30 p.m.–11 p.m.), $500; party-only tickets (8 p.m.–11 p.m.), $250. Fairfield County Hunt Club, Westport, (203) 222-7070, westportartscenter.org

June Annual Grandiflora Garden Tour June 4

For more than 50 years, this annual event has allowed garden enthusiasts to enjoy some of the most magnificent private ­gardens in Greenwich. The gardens are open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $75 in advance and $95 the day of the event; patron tickets $275, benefactor tickets $500. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, (203) 869-9242, ­gecgreenwich.org The Darien House Tour: Homes with Heart June 8

This annual house tour offers the chance to see five of Darien’s beautiful homes. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Open Door Shelter’s Building Lives Initiative as well as other local charities. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $75. Enjoy lunch at the Tokeneke Club in Darien for an additional $25. The First Congregational Church of Darien, (203) 655-0491, ­darienhousetour.org

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Fifteen of Connecticut’s historic gardens will host tours and other special events. Pack a picnic lunch and discover some of the area’s prettiest and most interesting gardens. Noon–4 p.m. See the Connecticut Historic Gardens website for details, cthistoricgardens.org. • Edited by Lynda Simonton Editor’s note: Events are subject to change. Please

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2. It Girl Curvy lines and nailhead trim will make the Emma chair from Julian Chichester the star of any room. Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, wakefielddesigncenter.com

3. To Scale The Latchet mirror from Waterworks is scaled to fit in streamlined spaces— just perfect for a petite powder room. Waterworks, Greenwich and Danbury, waterworks.com

4. Pretty in Pink The Aubrey sofa from Gus Modern has clean lines but plenty of design details with its piped edges, button-tufted seat, and wood sled-style base. Lillian August, Norwalk, lillianaugust.com

5. Style Icons Circa Lighting launches a new collection from Christopher Spitzmiller featuring new takes on the hand-thrown lamps that have made the ceramicist famous. Greenwich, circalighting.com

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Resources A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes SPECIAL SPACES: CHILL ZONE PAGES 40–45 Architect: Christopher Pagliaro, Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects, South Norwalk, (203) 838-5517, pbs-archs.com Interior designer: Amy Aidinis Hirsch, Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design, Greenwich, (203) 661-1266, amyhirsch.com Builder: Peter Sciarretta, Hemingway Construction, Greenwich, (203) 6250566, hemingwayconstruction.com Landscape architect: Tara M. Vincenta, Artemis Landscape Architects, Bridgeport, (203) 6831808, artemisla.com Landscape contractor: Freddy’s Landscape Company, Fairfield, (203) 855-7854, freddyslandscape.net Audio/video: Advanced Home Audio, Shelton, (203) 922-0051, advancedhomeaudio.com Swimming pool refurbishment: Shoreline Pools, Stamford, (203) 967-1203, shorelinepools.com

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Pages 41–42: Tinder Cuboid fire table from Concreteworks, concreteworks.com; custom built-in benches by Freddy’s Landscape Company, freddyslandscape.com; cushion fabric from Perennials, perennialsfabrics.com; concrete table with reclaimed barn wood base from Hartstone Hand Crafted Concrete Tile, hartstonetile.com; grill from Caliber, caliberappliances.com; ice makers by Marvel, agamarvel. com; Venetian granite pavers from O&G Industries, ogind.com; stainless steel drink trough by Ferrocraft, ferrocraft.com; Lucy counter stools from All Modern, allmodern.com; stainless steel spa by Diamond Spas, diamondspas.com; stonework and pergola by Freddy’s Landscape Company with metal light cages by Ferrocraft; Leagrave chaise longues from Restoration Hardware, restorationhardware.com. Page 43: Swing set by Environmental Site Developers, envsite.com; balance beam and Wave Winder Spring Rider jet ski from Playworld, playworld.com. Page 44: Leather chevron floor from EcoDomo, ecodomo.com; sectional sofa by Vanguard,vanguardfurniture. com, with Marvin Alexander fabric from Romo, romo.com, leather swivel chairs from Restoration Hardware; stainless-steel-framed side chair by Loro Piana, loropiana. com, from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com; coffee

table by Michael Graham Designs, michaelgrahamdesigns.com; cowhide area rug by Saddlemans, saddlemans.com; Crabtree chandelier from Currey & Company, curreycodealers.com; Nantucket occasional table from Artifacts International, artifactsinternational. com; Yasmin table lamp from Arteriors, arteriorshome.com. Page 45: Polished quartzite bar top from The Stone Workshop, stoneworkshops.com; wall boards and ceiling wood from Montana Reclaimed Lumber, mtreclaimed. com; architect’s stool from Studio Dunn, studiodunn.com; Stacki Smoke Pendants from Articolo, articoloarchitecturallighting.com.au.

THE GREAT ESCAPE PAGES 80–89 Interior designer: Karen Quinn, Karen Quinn Interior Design, Cornwall, (732) 616-5867 Landscape designer: Jeff Stevens, Meadowbrook Gardens, New Milford, (860) 350-4200, meadowbrookgardens.com Paint and wallpaper: Clem Martin Painting, New Milford, (860) 3540283 Upholstery workroom: The Recovery Room, New Milford, (860) 350-6244 Pages 80–81: Settee from Tara Shaw, tarashawmaison.com; Arctic Pear chandelier from Ochre, ochre.net; chaise from Restoration Hardware, restorationhardware.com; vintage mirror from Privet House, privethouse.com. Page 82–83: Side tables, gilt lamps, and painted wooden bench from Privet House; coffee table from BG Galleries, beyondgorgeosity.com, through 1st Dibs, 1stdibs.com; rug from Colony Rug Company, colonyrug.com; custom sofa, chaise, ottomans, and throw pillows in loft space by The New Upholstery Shop, thenewupholsteryshop.com. Pages 84–85: French mirror bar from Vol. 1 Antiques through 1st Dibs; dining table from Privet House; chairs from Tara Shaw; vintage console from Converso Modern, conversomod.com. Pages 86–87: Gravel garden antique table and chairs from Privet House; poolside furniture from JANUS et Cie, janusetcie.com; tree-trunk ottoman from Period to Mod/Brennan & Mouilleseaux Antiques, david-mouilleseaux. squarespace.com; rattan bench from Privet House; rug and throw pillows from Colony Rug Company; vintage carved wooden mirror from Antique and Artisan gallery, theantiqueandartisangallery.com. Page 88: Dorothy Draper vanity benches from Antique and Artisan Gallery; guest bedroom furniture and bedding from J. Seitz and Company,

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SAVING GRACE PAGES 90–97 Architect: Steven Kalur, F+H Architectural Design & Consulting, Washington Depot, (860) 733-5151, fharchitecture.com Interior designers: Robert Graham & Robert Deyber, Housatonic Trading Company, Bantam, (860) 361-6299, housatonictrading.com Builder: Craig Zenobia, CT Woodwork & Design, Thomaston, (203) 509-7912 Audio/Video design/installation: Derek Westfall, High Wire Electric, Warren, (860) 977-2013, highwireelectric.com Furniture and accessories: Unless otherwise indicated, from Housatonic Trading Company Pages 90–91: Collina club chairs from Classic Home, classichome.com; sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com; wall color throughout Behr Decorator White, behr.com. Pages 92–93: Black metal chandelier from French Chic Garden Collection by A&B Home, abhomeinc.com; Collina club chairs from Classic Home; vanity with Carrera marble top from James Martin Furniture, jamesmartinfurniture.com; polished nickel faucet from Perrin and Rowe, perrinandrowe.co.uk; Monroe polished nickel sconces from Savoy House, savoyhouselights.com.

Page 94: Louis XV-style French bergère chairs from Maison Jansen, galeriexx.com; wingback settee from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; pillows from Zodax, zodax.com. Page 95: Slipcovered dining chairs from Restoration Hardware, restorationhardware.com; metal and glass chandelier from Dark Sky Reverse Collection by World Imports, worldimportsdesigns. com; counter stools from Bernhardt, bernhardt. com; fixtures from Perrin and Rowe. Page 96: Carved marble sink from Stone Forest, stoneforest.com; polished nickel base from Palmer Industries, sinklegs.com; lantern sconce from Restoration Hardware. Page 97: Hand hooked rug by Laura Megroz, lauramegrozdesigner.com, through Housatonic Trading Company.

UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM PAGES 98–109 Architect: Jack Kemper, Kemper Associates Architects, Farmington, (860) 409-7155, kemperarch.com Interior designer: Kellie Burke, Kellie Burke Interiors, West Hartford, (860) 232-9128, kellieburke.com Interior millwork: Romulo Chanduvi, East Hartford, (860) 836-5692 Decorative painter: Elvia Rich, LV Productions, West Hartford, (860) 916-6323, elviarich.com Upholstery workrooms: Mike Remillard, Renaissance Interiors, West Hartford, (860) 819-1944, and Sew-Fine Upholstery, Middletown, (860) 347-2300 Drapery workroom: SBR Designs, Hartford, (860) 951-7121

Curtain installer: Bob Bocchichio, Creative Installations, Unionville, (860) 212-0376, creativeinstallationsbybob.com Page 98: Red velvet damask chair from Barclay Butera, barclaybutera.com; Winterborne club chairs in mustard leather from Theodore Alexander, theodorealexander.com; nineteenthcentury Indonesian roof finials on hearth from Peridot Antiques, Savannah, Ga., (912) 596-1117; sconces from Solária Lighting, solarialighting.com; ottoman from Kravet, kravet. com; round rug from Feizy, feizy.com; rectangular bamboo silk rug from Antique & Design Center of High Point, High Point, N.C., (336) 908-2735. Page 99: Antique French mirror from Revival Home, revivalhomestore.com, through One Kings Lane, onekingslane.com; antique plaster panther from Peridot Antiques; campaign footstools from Theodore Alexander, theodorealexander. com; fireplace andiron finials from Van Thiel & Co., vanthiel.com; Candice Olson Modern Luxe wallpaper from York Wallcoverings, yorkwall.com. Pages 100–101: Nineteenth-century Louis XV-style commode from Antique & Design Center of High Point; coffee table from Theodore Alexander; round rug from Feizy; 1920s gilded lamp on commode from Restoration Lighting Gallery, myrlg.com; striped silk draperies from Ralph Lauren Home, ralphlaurenhome.com; sectional from Marge Carson, margecarson. com, covered in sapphire Palace silk velvet from Ralph Lauren Home; cocktail table from Theodore Alexander; bronze claw-foot storage-trunk cocktail table from Theodore Alexander; bamboo silk rug from Antique & Design Center of High Point; floor

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lamp from John-Richard, johnrichard.com; leather bar stools from Theodore Alexander; vintage green lamps from Restoration Lighting Gallery. Page 102: Bonjour wall color by C2 Paint, c2paint.com; antique chaise covered in Cass | Black Tie by Robert Allen, robertallendesign. com; rug from Christian Lacroix, christian-lacroix. com; ebonized spiral candlesticks from Linley, davidlinley.com; fire screen upholstered in Arles from Maison Lacroix, christian-lacroix.com. Page 103: Mirror from Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery, greatgatsbys.com. Pages 104–105: Dining table from David Michael Furniture, davidmichaelfurniture.com; crystal candle lamps on mantel from Revival Home, revivalhomestore.com, through One Kings Lane; four-arm Candelabra Classique from Dunes and Duchess, dunesandduchess.com; Althorp Collection chairs from Theodore Alexander; rug from J. Namnoun Oriental Rug Gallery, jnamnoun.com; Expedition wall color by C2paint, c2paint.com; bar cart from Franklin Place, High Point, N.C., (336) 887-4471; Kelly Wearstler Halcyon desk lamp from Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com. Page 106: Chandelier above table from Ralph Lauren Home; Draco dining table by Arteriors, arteriorshome.com; faux patent-leather crocodile wallpaper from Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle. com; zebra rug from the African Market’s Trophy Room Collection, trophyroomcollection.com; banquette fabric from Hickory Chair, hickorychair. com; beams from Armster Reclaimed Lumber Company, armster.com; Keno Bros. chandelier from Theodore Alexander; metal crank table from Noir, noirfurniturela.com; studded stool from Arteriors, arteriorshome.com. Page 107: Belvedere quartzite countertops from New England Stone, newenglandstone. com; faucet from Waterstone, waterstoneco. com; custom lantern by Kellie Burke; custom cabinets from Habersham, habershamhome. com; appliances from SK Lavery Appliance, sklaveryappliance.com; Channels wallpaper on ceiling from Kelly Wearstler, kellywearstler.com; Baroque hardwood flooring from ProSource Hartford, prosourcehartford.com; tile from Tile America, tileamerica.com. Page 108: Linen White wall color in bedroom by Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com; loveseat from Barclay Butera; slipcover fabric from Designers Guild, designersguild.com; mahogany leather tufted bed from Ralph Lauren Home; Savigny bed drapery panels and Norfolk ebony pillow shams from Designers Guild; Marrakesh bedside tables from ModShop, modshop1. com; alabaster lamp from John-Richard; side table from Interlude Home, interludehome.com; rococo commode and mirror from Antique & Design Center of High Point; towels from Matouk, matouk.com; eighteenth-century console table and mirror from Revival Home, through One Kings Lane; white lacquer box from JohnRichard; pendant light from Connecticut Lighting, ctlighting.com; crystal daisy gilt floral from Revival Home through One Kings Lane. • ///////

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Design ideas in the making

Leslie-jon Vickory, Hamady Architects, Greenwich, (203) 717-1090, hamadyarchitectsllc.com

As part of a program of renovations and additions Hamady Architects undertook for a Greenwich couple’s 1920s Colonial house, we created an entertainment room with richly patinaed wood interiors and large French doors opening directly onto an outdoor terrace. As we considered designs for the room’s fireplace mantel and bar seating area, we decided to invoke natural elements that spoke of the owners’ roots in their beloved home state of Ohio. The discussions Kahlil Hamady, our colleague Mark Jackson (also an Ohio native), and I had in the office were both verbal and tactile as we sketched, exchanged drawings, reviewed, and edited until we felt we had collected a series of meaningful natural symbols and arranged them into visual compositions. The final results of this collective layering of thoughts and hand drawings were rendered and sent to a gifted North Carolina–based carver, John David Caldwell. The center panel for the fireplace, carved of pear wood, features a pair of cardinals (Ohio’s state bird) surrounded by scarlet carnations and white trillium (the state flowers). The brackets supporting the bar were carved in cherry and feature Ohio’s state tree, the buckeye. In further collaboration with the carver, we asked that he expand on the initial drawing we sent for this element of the bar and create variations for each of the four brackets. Other wood species used in the room, whose millwork was executed by Gaston & Wyatt of Charlottesville, Virginia, were selected for their diversity and richness: reclaimed oak, reclaimed heart pine, and mahogany. Hamady Architects was proud to receive a 2016 Stanford White Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for this project.

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