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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building

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Features 134 Maritime and Again

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144 The Alchemist

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86 Tropical Punch

Exotic plantings and decor conjure the Caribbean, giving a Litchfield County pool house an away-onvacation vibe.

94 E arthly Delights

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104 The Scene

A fond look back at a host of design-related parties in Connecticut.

168 Last Look

Modern architecture and a modern landscape plan make perfect companions in an awardwinning Greenwich property.

Special Marketing Section 111 Portfolio of Fine Landscape Design & Outdoor Living

Departments 45 Shining Bright

66 State of Style

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For our tenth anniversary, ten of Connecticut’s top tastemakers weigh in on what’s timeless, what’s trendy, and how we’ll be living in the future.

52 Nod to Mod Extend your contemporary interior into your backyard with these edgy furnishings and accessories.

58 A Sense of Place Liz Dexheimer’s lush paintings invite the viewer to explore the relationship between the observable and the ethereal.

76 Kitchen Confidential Connecticut design legend Barbara Sallick serves up a new batch of kitchen style secrets.

82 Design Dispatches Design industry news and a roundup of must-attend events.

94 In Every Issue 36 Editor’s Note 166 Resources 166 Advertiser Index

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t’s a gutsy idea, going out on your own, especially in an industry that’s changing at the speed of, well…light. On that, Rina DiMarte and Candace Pereira agree. Still, they say their joint venture—Chloe Winston Lighting Design—always felt like it was meant to be. “We found an investor who believed in us,” says DiMarte, “but mostly, we believed in ourselves.”

They know their stuff. The two women were among the last to leave when Klaffs, the grande dame of lighting showrooms in Connecticut and Westchester, went out of business in 2018. Pereira had worked there for thirty-two years, and DiMarte for twelve. To lay the groundwork for the boutique lighting store they opened in late 2018, they wisely cultivated the relationships they had with manufacturers, buyers, and clients. The 1,400-square-foot corner shop in Norwalk’s SoNo neighborhood brims with lighting of all kinds and styles. The lamps come in every imaginable finish, and a wide variety of price points. Sconces are fixed to panels on exposed brick walls; table lamps sit on glass pedestals in the window; and a stunning array of pendants and chandeliers hangs from the ceiling. The boutique feeling of the shop was absolutely by design, says Pereira. “We show a curated selection from the Exposed brick walls give the space a decidedly industrial vibe. Co-owner Candace Pereira’s cat, Chloe, takes a sentry-like walk around the showroom, where chandeliers and pendants hang from wooden pallets, while wallboards showcase lighting from some of the company’s most popular vendors, including Visual Comfort, Hudson Valley, Crystorama, Quoizel, and Mitzi.

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manufacturers we like and trust. And we have every current catalog so we can walk customers through all the options. “We know you can’t show everything,” she adds. Still, a touch screen from Visual Comfort comes close, allowing customers to see every product in every finish that the company has to offer. The women’s brave gamble is already paying off. They not only got a warm welcome at Lightovation, the Dallas International Lighting Show, last January—they went on to win the Dallas Market Center’s ARTS award for best lighting showroom in the East/Atlantic region, an honor not often bestowed on a company so new to the game.

The owners and their pets (after which the company is named), Candace Pereira and Chloe with Rina DiMarte and Winston. An updated Sputnik by Crystorama, in a two-tone finish with faceted retro bulbs. The Quoizel Ribbons pendant is available in a variety of sizes and finishes. The showroom’s elegant storefront in the shopper-friendly SoNo neighborhood.

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And that’s just how the artist wants it to be. Dexheimer, whose work appears in private collections and on public display in locations such as the Litchfield County courthouse and the flagship Nordstrom store in New York, doesn’t spend much time at an easel staring at marshes and ponds: she’s more likely to gather impressions of lily-pad clusters or sunlight reflecting on water while taking a country drive. Certain forms are suggested—a dark clump of trees, the pale line of a sandy beach, perhaps the red hull of a boat resting quietly at anchor. But Dexheimer says what’s really important to her are patterns, structure, and the qualities of light, reflection, and color. “The interplay of the ephemeral and

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the enduring in the natural world has always served as inspiration.” Working in oil allows Dexheimer to create a sense of “edgelessness” in her work. “I don’t want my paintings to be seen as sequential, but something that has no beginning and no end,” she says. “I want it to look like something that was always there.” The interaction of color, which she says “creates new energy and fullness,” is crucial to Dexheimer’s work. “I do end up using a lot of green; it’s so lush, and the super dark greens are like velvet,” she says. “I guess by default it represents landscape and nature and that draws me in and also makes the paintings landscapes, but I also just like it as a color.”

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Her studio process isn’t completely spontaneous, but Dexheimer’s paintings tend to evolve naturally over days and weeks, which seems entirely appropriate for an artist who treasures timelessness. “I’ll see when, where, and which colors resonate, and eventually the painting will come out,” she says. Editor’s note: Liz Dexheimer is represented by Amy Simon Fine Art, amysimonfineart.com, Argazzi Art, argazziart.com, Claire Carino Contemporary, clairecarino.com, and Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, markelfinearts.com. To see more of her work, go to lizdexheimer.com.

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Janice Parker Janice Parker Landscape Architects, 2017 HOF inductee

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Cindy Rinfret Rinfret, Ltd., 2013 HOF inductee

Kathryn Herman Kathryn Herman Design, 2012 HOF inductee

Douglas VanderHorn Douglas VanderHorn Architects, 2015 HOF inductee

Charles F. Hilton Charles Hilton Architects, 2016 HOF inductee

Tara Vincenta Artemis Landscape Architects, 2019 HOF inductee

Stacy Kunstel New England Home contributing editor and founding homes editor

Dinyar Wadia Wadia Associates, 2014 HOF inductee

››  People are tired of long commutes, craving convenience, and are choosing in-town or close-to-town locations for their new homes. Investments made in houses are starting to be thought of as an investment in quality of life, rather than for a return from an uncertain real estate market.

Where do you see design in New England heading in the next 10 years?

—CHARLES HILTON ››  I feel that designers will continue to integrate contemporary elements with traditional home styles. True modern design has only been fully embraced by a limited number of people willing to invest in it. —DOUGLAS VANDERHORN

New England has always been about the confluence of design and craft. I believe the trend toward comfort and excellent craftsmanship will continue and, if anything, there is a renewed interest in this relationship. —charlotte barnes ››  There’s such a confluence of money, technology, and knowledge in New England that I believe we’ll see more personal and dramatic expression in housing. Not necessarily bigger, but more customized to exactly how the family lives. That can translate into both modern and traditional architecture and interiors, but just really specific to the homeowners’ tastes.

—STACY KUNSTEL

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››  Design for both interiors and the landscape is becoming more pared down to its basic elements. There will be a continued exploration of simplicity and authenticity of materials, both inside and out. There is a growing embrace of more sustainable design and natural environments. —KATHRYN HERMAN ››  Climate change is already having an impact on the development of Connecticut landscapes, especially along our coastline with the increase in super storms and rising sea levels affecting properties. The use of resilient plantings and intelligent approaches to waterfront land development will be key to sustainability in the future. —TARA VINCENTA

How has Connecticut design evolved over the past 10 years?

Design in Connecticut has become more and more transitional. I still think a more modern home needs special collections and a suggestion of the past to keep it from feeling devoid of personality and too extreme.

The kitchen has been embraced over the past decade as an extension of the living space, and it has a more lifestyle aesthetic. Kitchens are less fitted; they have more of a furniture feel, and often incorporate found objects, creating interest. —tom clarke families can kick back and enjoy staycations on a daily basis, are more in demand. —TARA VINCENTA

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—CINDY RINFRET ››  Design in Connecticut has continued to become more transitional. Homes may appear to fit within the traditional context of neighborhoods, but once you go inside or to the rear of the house, all bets are off. We are seeing clients add very contemporary features.

—KATHRYN HERMAN

There has been an increase in designing homes that are casually elegant in lieu of being formal—homes that are rich in material selection and juxtaposition of different materials, while editing out superfluous layers that in the past seemed absolutely necessary. ››

››  People want a natural, relaxed landscape but still desire a sense of exhilaration and magic when they walk out the door. Gardens are evolving into a more flexible space, where the same sense of comfort and grandeur that was traditionally found in rigid formal lines is now being achieved through a softer, more relaxed approach. —JANICE PARKER

What things seem most important to your clients right now?

The dining room is going away; a great room with dining at one end seems more conducive to entertaining. ››

—CINDY RINFRET

››  Our clients are more and more focused on creating a home that is true to the life of their family. They’re very aware that a home is a place to strengthen those bonds. There’s very little concern about showing off to the world.

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››  Our clients want to get it right—they want to take care of their land in a healthy and organic manner. There is more appreciation for the beauty of nature, not just idealized nature.

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››  My clients have been and continue to be interested in beautiful interiors that resonate with the way they live. Generally, they desire a timelessness, not a trendiness, from us. We mix textures and color, layering in beautiful antiques with more contemporary pieces and elements. My hashtag #traditionalbutnot fits the bill.

—CHARLOTTE BARNES

Covered outdoor lounge areas as a direct extension of indoor living spaces, integrated with an outdoor bar and grill or a full kitchen, are high on the list. Paving that is cool underfoot is also important. Fireplaces, fire pits, vegetable gardens, or even small areas for homegrown produce are very popular requests. ››

The heavy, traditional look is a thing of the past. Even when we design traditional homes, they have to be lighter and cleaner with refined details that edit out the many unnecessary layers typically used in classical architecture in the past. —dinyar wadia The all-gray (or all-beige) look is definitely on the wane. —CHARLOTTE BARNES ››

—TARA VINCENTA

Purposeless garden design is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Exterior spaces must be beautiful, but if the garden space serves no purpose—whether a clearly defined garden ‘room’ or providing a meaningful transition to new spaces or focal points—it needs to go! ››

››  Heavy, dark woods. Intricate ornamentation. We’re movWhat trends ing away from both, even in of the past Connecticut homes, which decade do you have long been traditional in design. Health, fitness, family, see us moving and entertaining are becomaway from? ing bigger priorities than ever, and anything that doesn’t support those goals is falling away.

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How do you think social media, especially platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, will continue to influence residential design?

—TOM CLARKE

Venetian plaster walls and fussy curtains are a thing of the past. So are home theaters. And libraries are one of my favorite rooms, but, I’m sad to say, I am not sure people are collecting books anymore. —cindy rinfret ››  Design is moving away from anything heavy looking. In the landscape, this includes bulky outdoor kitchens, fireplaces with chimneys, and lots of hardscape around pools.

—KATHRYN HERMAN

We are all being flooded with too much content that is not necessarily the best in design—just a lot in design. Magazines have a way of keeping us focused a bit more, and there is nothing like a beautiful interior actually in print. ››

—CINDY RINFRET

Social media certainly has changed the way we live and impacted design with its “wish list” immediacy. People spend an extraordinary amount of money on their homes, and they should feel exceedingly confident in what they are selecting before they buy it. Online technology still has a long way to go to offer that experience. —TOM CLARKE

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››  The design enthusiast and consumers appreciate the endless variety of new and novel design ideas, the unfiltered access to designers, and the ability to customize and curate the content to their taste. I can think of lots of pros and cons to this flood of new information, but no matter what the impact, I see it as a strong continuing trend. —CHARLES HILTON

These platforms are having a huge effect on consumers. Trends spread much more rapidly today than in the past. The danger is that this could have a homogenizing effect on home design. The beauty of our large country is its regional differences. I hope that uniqueness doesn’t disappear. —DOUGLAS VANDERHORN ››

Instagram and Pinterest have democratized design in a wonderful way. I have found so many resources that I otherwise may not have, and they have found me. These platforms help clients to hone their own visual language, too. ››

We are seeing everything from robot lawn mowers (think Roomba for your lawn) to ‘smart’ irrigation systems that link to your local weather station for rainfall amounts, or sense exactly when your flower bed is getting too dry. —janice parker ››  Automation isn’t going away, and this includes an extension into the landscape. Outdoor fireplaces can be remotely controlled and phones now control the functionality of swimming pools, irrigation systems, and outdoor lighting.

—KATHRYN HERMAN

—CHARLOTTE BARNES

Mother Nature is the original influencer. That being said, social media platforms have become an incredible tool for our clients to curate their tastes and let us see who they really are and how they will want to use the spaces we create. ››

—JANICE PARKER

What role will technology continue to play in our homes?

››  It’s important for technology to go beyond gimmicks and deliver something of value. Today’s consumer is savvy and wants to understand the benefit before embracing a new technology.

—TOM CLARKE

››  I’m more excited about invisible sound systems, more heating and cooling options, and new exterior materials than I am about whether I can turn my lights on and off with my phone. Exterior roofing and siding materials that can withstand drastic changes in weather and wind will become more important in the coming years. Of course, I wouldn’t be opposed to technology that could help me change my wallpaper or wall color with the touch of a button! —STACY KUNSTEL   ››  Technology has had a kind of reverse influence that affects the aesthetic design as well. As media and computers become more and more prevalent, there is an even greater need for our homes to be beautiful physical presences that anchor and calm and connect us.

—DINYAR WADIA

Today’s houses are increasingly packed with new and innovative technologies. LED lighting is now standard. The newest generations of these can be programmed to change color temperature with the times of the day and seasons to mimic natural daylighting and claim to contribute to healthier physical and mental health. —CHARLES HILTON ››

Our clients want integrated control systems. This could include A/V, temperature control, lighting, window shades, and so on. Tech companies are now pushing Internet-connected appliances and other things, so perhaps we will be asked to include those soon. ››

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GREEN WITH ENVY The all-white kitchen may be perennially popular, but some brave souls defy convention. “This kitchen might make you feel as if you’ve been wrapped in a grape leaf,” says Sallick. “But to me, the bold color statement in a small galley space gives the room a jolt of urbane glamour.”

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A TASTE OF THE TROPICS The view through the windows makes it clear this kitchen is in a city home, but, says Sallick, “with its balmy beach colors, it could just as easily feel at home in the Bahamas.” The striped floor, robins-egg-blue stove, and yellow table and ceiling make the space look “fresh, imaginative, and bold,” Sallick says.

CHEER UP “This very small kitchen is lighthearted and fearless,” Sallick says. “A pink mosaic backsplash, a black-and-white floor, rabbit towels, and a delicate chandelier make a most unexpected combination. Yet the end result is functional, personal, and compelling.”

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METAL WINNER “Copper has long been associated with all things culinary: pots, mixing bowls, and even sinks,” Sallick says. “But in this room, the designers went all in with copper hardware, copper fittings, and even a copper backsplash. This is the only kitchen I have seen that uses copper to make a design statement.” The copper, she says, will patina over time, adding another layer of color that will look attractive with the dark-green cabinetry.

THE ALL-WHITE KITCHEN MAY BE PERENNIALLY POPULAR, BUT SOME BRAVE SOULS DEFY CONVENTION.

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SHIPSHAPE IN BLUE AND WHITE Sallick and her husband, Robert, created their own perfect kitchen when they moved into their Southport house. A new island, narrow in scale to allow for better circulation, holds the sink (which originally sat in the corner by the stove). The refrigerator cabinet’s brass handles have a great hand-feel, she notes, and their abstract resemblance to deck cleats is a nod to the home’s location overlooking Long Island Sound. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about these

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Designers around the state are on the move. New Canaan’s Wadia Associates has so many clients with homes in both Connecticut and Florida that it decided to open a second location in Palm Beach. And guess who else has opened a studio in Palm Beach? New England Design Hall of Famer and Greenwich designer Cindy Rinfret. Meanwhile, Greenwich-based Sandra Morgan Interiors has relocated to East Putnam Avenue after thirteen years on Arch Street. In November, Morgan closed her retail shop and now focuses on interior design projects and her art gallery, Art Privé. Online retailer STOWED, which offers handmade, minimalist, Nordic-meets-California seating and rugs, recently opened its first showroom on Post Road West in Westport. The Connecticut chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects announced the winners of its annual Connecticut Professional Awards. Sandy Hook’s ARTEMIS Landscape Architects received an Honor award. Other residential winners who took home Merit awards include Janice Parker Landscape Architects (Greenwich), Anne Penniman Associates (Essex), and James Doyle Design Associates (Greenwich). Finally, a round of applause for Ben Krupinski Builder, which was honored with a 2019 Home Building Industry Award from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut.

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Earthly Delights A new gardening book offers inspiration for spring. Here, a trio of area professionals share their trade secrets in excerpts from its pages.

IN FINE FORM BY KATHRYN HERMAN Form gives the garden its sense of purpose. Form is what defines space. Form is vital to the landscape. It evolves from the simple line, which, when put together with others or bowed into varying degrees, creates the elements that make up the composition of the landscape. These forms include globes, pyramids, linear hedges, ovals, circles, Roman edges, and sinuous curves. They can be horizontal or vertical. Circular forms can be a wonderful solution to difficult transitions between spaces. All of these are pieces of the puzzle that, when put together, create the picture. My firm uses form to create spaces and enliven them. Contrasting concepts of compression versus expansion, light versus shade, silence versus noise, monochromatic versus colorful, solids versus voids, movement versus stillness, formal versus informal, and dynamic versus static are all contemplated regarding what each brings into the experience of the landscape. The beauty of form is that it can be one thing or many. A singular tree is a specimen, while hundreds of boxwoods are a hedge. Structure created from form allows us to divide the landscape into smaller spaces that are visually greater than the whole. A landscape that is not divided appears smaller than one that is divided. The eye

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A NOTE ABOUT RHYTHM BY JANICE PARKER Think about how a great piece of music and strong choreography work together to create unforgettable rhythm. Rhythm and timing are important components of garden design as well, focusing the eye and keeping it there. Here are four classic ways to work with visual rhythm. First, there is repetition. Using elements that repeat at the same intervals is simple to do and always striking, whether on a large landscape or small garden bed. The unchanging nature of these elements means they cast shadow lines that vary with the rhythm of the seasons and sun. The second way to use rhythm is by alternation. This is a design standard—the every-other rhythm.

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Our eyes understand this alternating rhythm, and it creates constant and steady interest. The third way of working with rhythm is progression, repeating elements changing size and impact, like ripples in water or trees disappearing into the horizon. Fourth is undulation, a musical, natural, and organic way to design plantings. This is about smooth progression. As you work on a design’s visual rhythm, you are supporting the central artistic expression: the garden’s story. This is your vision. Your story can be subtle or obvious, that is your choice. The only imperative: have fun! Janice Parker Landscape Architects, janiceparker.com Photograph by Neil Landino Jr.

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PERFECT PARTNERS BY PHILLIP WATSON Juxtaposition is a dramatic way of getting attention. Some things shine brighter with a perfect companion or counterbalance than they do singularly. Within the garden there are opportunities to create drama by playing opposites off of one another. One of my favorite pairings is light and shadow, which is achieved by using dark-leaved plants next to those with gold or silver leaves, or those with variegated foliage. The “shadow” gives the illusion of depth, and the “light” simply illuminates all of its neighbors, allowing them to be noticed. Clashing colors can become harmonious when handled properly and used in the right proportions. Artist Paul Gauguin knew that, and his experimental use of color liberated me from traditional choices; the color wheel became more like a game of spin the bottle, where any pairing has possibility. The guidelines for beautiful

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1:00 – 1:45pm Carl Dellatore, Janice Parker and Kathryn Herman Incorporating Pattern in Garden Design Noted landscape designer Kathryn Herman and landscape architect Janice Parker engage in a lively conversation on pattern with Carl Dellatore, the editor of the new book Garden Design Master Class from Rizzoli New York. Using noted English garden designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan’s thoughts on Pattern from his essay in the book as a springboard, our panel will discuss how Kathryn’s reflections on Form and Janice’s thoughts on Rhythm can be successfully incorporated for glorious outdoor spaces. Book Signing to follow 2:00 – 2:45pm Emily Evans Eerdmans The Life and Legacy of Mario Buatta Join us as Emily Evans Eerdmans shows us the insider’s look into the life and legacy of interior designer Mario Buatta better known as the Prince of Chintz. Noted design historian and author of Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration, Emily Eerdmans will guide us through what it was like to know and work with the renowned designer. Learn the behind the scenes of what it was like to go through homes, warehouses and collections to catalog 922 items and why it became one of Sotheby’s hottest auctions. Book Signing to follow 3:00 – 3:45pm Lori Weitzner and Lisa Hunt The Marriage of Art + Design Lori Weitzner’s latest fabrics and wallcoverings collection pushes the assumed design expectations even further to reveal a multitude of surprises that are still quintessentially Weitzner. To enhance these effects, Lori invited artist Lisa Hunt to collaborate on five of the new designs as she was drawn to the way Hunt’s work expresses the infinite passing of time through modern interpretations of classic symbols. Enjoy a conversation with design director Lori Weitzner and guest artist Lisa Hunt about their new collaboration and how it taught them both something new, moderated by New England Home. Reception to Follow RSVP to: staff@imagesanddetails.com PRESENTED BY: FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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Chloe Winston Networking Event Chloe Winston Lighting Design’s Norwalk showroom made a bright, cozy setting for New England Home Connecticut’s first networking party of 2020. Guests browsed the pretty space while sipping offerings from TUCK Gin and East Coast Kombucha and nibbling on canapes from Festivities Food and Design.

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Brian MacDonald of Davenport Contracting and Charles Moretz of Seventy Acres Landscape Architecture and Design

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Garrett Wilson of Garrett Wilson Builders, Lisa O’Mara of Smart Home and Theater Systems, and John Eigo of Garrett Wilson Builders

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The Good Life | AIA Holiday Gala and Awards The Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosted its annual awards gala, recognizing the excellence and accomplishments of Connecticut’s top architects and architectural projects. Guests enjoyed merrymaking over cocktails and a delicious four-course meal.

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Tom Arcari, Diana Malik, and Rusty Malik

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Back row: Art Sanders, Peg Sanders, Gina Calabro, George Fellner, Glenn Gollenberg, and Jessica Carrero. Front row: Rowena McGoldrick, George McGoldrick, East Hartford’s Mayor Marcia Leclerc, Eileen Buckheit, and Robert Pasek Sitting: Diana Malik and Rusty Malik. Standing: Angela Cahill, Tyra Dellacroce, Joseph Dellacroce, Kimberly Hawley, Philip Cerrone, and Starr Goldsmith

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There was plenty of laughter and fun at the Home Builders and Remodelers Association Awards Dinner and Holiday Celebration. The festivities were held at the Half Full Brewery Winter Beer Garden, in Mill River Park, where guests enjoyed food and drink in a winter wonderland atmosphere, complete with a holidaythemed photo booth.

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reddy & Co. Fine Landscape Services 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 & Co. Fine Landscape Services is also known for creating outdoor living spaces complemented with custom-designed 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 & Co. Fine Landscape Service’s work also includes traditional pool design and maintenance, and they are the only distributor of BioNova® allnatural 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

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climate conditions, to motorized insect screens that enable an exterior porch to quickly transform into a screened-in porch, InnerSpace will design a system that brings lasting memories to a home. The possibilities are endless. A well-lit landscape creates additional livable square footage, showcases beautifully landscaped properties, and offers an extra layer of home security. A lighting-control system, paired with energy-efficient fixtures, can be programmed to match your

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➋ Outdoor living zones combine natural elements with discreet technologies. ➌ Landscape lighting design and exterior fixtures can transform and enhance a property. ➍ Set and control pool temperature remotely from an app on any smart device.

We believe an exterior space should reflect similar usability as interior spaces.

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tilizing the oldest building material known to mankind is still to this day considered a fashionable selection. Any quantity of stone installed on your project will enhance the value of your home and depict a level of sophistication unparalleled by other products. O & G Industries has been a reliable source for homeowners and professionals for nearly 100 years,

supplying high-quality masonry and stone products throughout the United States and beyond. With seven showrooms and an in-house fabrication facility for custom fabrication requests, O & G Industries has become the provider of choice for discerning buyers. Our showrooms offer professional advice from qualified sales professionals that utilize displays that range from full-scale

home details to the most current trends within the home and landscape design industry. O & G offers full-service delivery of products both palletized and bulk. Our expansive and wide range of on-hand inventory allows clients to select product and receive material in a timely fashion in order to maintain construction schedules.

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Under the leadership of Nancy King and Brook Clark, our first consideration is building collaborative relationships with our clients. Listening to the needs and wishes for each project, we bring together the best possible design solutions through our dynamic approach and refined aesthetics.

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➊ Hand-crafted native fieldstone walls and steps overlook an expansive view in the glow of warm afternoon sun. ➋ Monolithic fieldstone steps lead up to a crisp, geometric lounging area with views of Long Island Sound. ➌ Drifts of Pennisetum, Rudbeckia, Echinacea, Perovskia, and Purple Asters bring vivid interest, color, and texture to the garden. ➍ An artfully designed new pool and stone terrace are perfectly integrated into a steeply sloping Westport residence.

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agner Hodgson is an award-winning professional landscape architecture and design studio with offices in Burlington, Vermont, and Hudson, New York. At Wagner Hodgson we believe that landscapes are a special art form. Our design process seeks to express the inherent beauty of nature through the creation of modern, sculptural

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Hodgson, and Dale Schafer—have amassed a diverse portfolio of projects across New England and New York that spans all scales and phases of work. With Wagner Hodgson’s deep knowledge of project management, natural systems, construction, and horticulture, we are the ideal partner for creating unique, memorable, and lasting landscapes.

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Artfully uniting context, program, form, and materials while maintaining an ecological and sustainable focus. Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture New York Office: 430 Warren St. Hudson NY, 12534 518-567-1791 Vermont Office: 7 Marble Ave. Burlington, VT 05401 802-864-0010 wagnerhodgson.com

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A dash of whimsy and a dose of color bring a sense of playfulness to designer Andrea Sinkin's own elegant, but comfortable, Greenwich home. See page 144.

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Hand-hammered brass sconces add a bright touch above a pair of comfy chairs from The Antique and Artisan Gallery in Stamford. FACING PAGE: Fine art, handcraftsmanship, and treasured finds are in evidence throughout. The client fell in love with the antique rosewood wagon wheel and gave it a place of honor in the entryway.

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MARITIME AND AGAIN A historic home on the Mystic River is revived with respect for the past and an emphasis on the personal. TEXT BY MARIA L A PIANA  PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL PARTENIO

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A cozy corner of the long, narrow living room is furnished for comfort with a sectional from A. Rudin in an inviting shade of blue. Making an appropriately maritime statement is a collection of photographs from the Rosenfeld Collection from the Mystic Seaport.

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any of the sea captain’s homes on the riverfront in Mystic were built, with varying degrees of authenticity, in the Greek Revival style. This circa-1842 home started out that way, but a fire ravaged the structure some time after the Civil War, and it was rebuilt with a mansard roof, giving it a distinctive look. It remains one of the prettiest houses on what was once called Captain’s Row.

The home’s past wasn’t lost on Jenn Orr when she was charged with making over its interiors in 2016, but it was the present that inspired her the most. “My client was recently widowed and was trying to figure out his life after his loss,” remembers the Weston interior designer. “Although he had lived in many beautiful homes, this was the first time all of the decisions were his to make.” The house is in a beautiful spot on the Mystic River, a corner lot within walking distance of downtown. The client has a large family, so he wanted a practical place where they could gather for summer fun. “It needed to work for wet towels, dogs,

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IN A NOD TO THE HOUSE’S RICH HISTORY, SAYS JENN ORR, “WE IMAGINED IT AS A MODERN SEA CAPTAIN’S HOME. THE VIBE IS NAUTICAL.”

Wooden countertops and brass lighting and hardware give the kitchen a nautical feeling without overwhelming. The original cherry cabinets were painted white. FACING PAGE: The custom teak campaign-style dining table was crafted by Kariba Woodworks in Sandy Hook; they worked with the homeowner, who turned the legs.

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A glimpse of the campaign-style desk-and-drawer unit designed by Jenn Orr. The U-shaped piece runs along the perimeter of the office. FACING PAGE: The family room/library is ideal for rest, play, or conversation. The bookshelves hold a collection of hand-turned wooden pieces by the homeowner; he also crafted the backgammon table behind the sofa.

and older kids,” says Orr, “and he wanted a quiet space where he could work.” At 3,800 square feet, with four bedrooms and four full and two half-baths, there was plenty of room. The client bought the house furnished, so he had to choose what to keep and what to buy new. “In the end we decided on a mix of new pieces and antiques,” says the designer. “We started by shopping in the showrooms in the city, where we sat on furniture and homed in on his vision.” In a nod to the house’s rich history,

says Orr, “We imagined it as a modern sea captain’s home. The vibe is nautical: navy, whites, naturals, and warm woods, with brass accents and antique accessories that might’ve belonged to a captain, including Chinese ceramics, African sculptures, and campaign-style furniture.” The decor is very much a reflection of the homeowner and his interests; even his handiwork is on display. “He is a talented woodworker,” says Orr. “He turned the legs on two important furniture pieces, including the dining table.”

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Hinting at the elevated craftsmanship to come, an antique rosewood wheel from Tucker Robbins sits in the entryway. The living room wall holds hand-hammered brass sconces made by a Swedish metalsmith who learned the art from her grandfather. At the heart of the dining room is a teak table made by Kariba Woodworks in Sandy Hook. The office space the client required was furnished with a U-shaped desk-and-drawer piece designed by Orr.

Nautical touches abound throughout, yet there’s no hint of cliché. Orr showed obvious respect for Mystic’s sense of place, but it was her client’s vision that informed her every move. The result is polished and urbane. “It was my job to listen and bring in elements that were meaningful to him,” she says, “and create a space that, most important, felt right.”

The blue-and-white palette continues in the powder room. FACING PAGE: The blue that predominates elsewhere is softened and used as an accent against a neutral backdrop, including a sandy-hued Phillip Jeffries grasscloth, in the master bedroom.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home,

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For continuity, the dining room’s wallpaper, curtains, and chair seats all showcase Thibaut’s Imperial Dragon pattern. FACING PAGE: The family, Harry, six-year-old Aria, and Andrea—looking fabulous at three months pregnant—on their home’s generous porch. New baby Amelia arrived in December to everyone’s delight, including Lola, a Shiba Inu, and Sparky, a hairless rescue who’s become a certified therapy dog.

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A DESIGNER CREATES A HOME FOR HER FAMILY THAT’S A GRACIOUS BLEND OF COMFORT AND ELEGANCE.

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“Rather than making a sexy evening entertainment vibe, we went for something plush, light, and inviting that beckons you to take a seat all hours of the day,� says Sinkin about the living room. Faceted side tables inject an architectural element, while faux palm leaves are reminders of Florida, a favorite vacation destination. The coffered ceiling panels sport a cane-patterned wallpaper to heighten visual interest.

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Above the kitchen sink, the cornice flaunts an embossed design drawn by Sinkin. The backsplash of gray glass subway tiles is in step with the rest of the home’s palette. FACING PAGE: To boost the charm of the cool Sputnik light fixture over the breakfast nook even further, Sinkin added a ceiling medallion. The family-friendly banquette is dressed in a Sunbrella fabric.

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n any given afternoon in this Greenwich home, you might find six-year-old Aria roller skating through the kitchen, two dogs in cheery pursuit. It’s the kind of commotion her parents, Andrea Sinkin and Harry Jaffe, welcome. The couple like a home that feels lived in. “Nothing makes me happier than having the guest rooms filled,” says Sinkin, who hosts an annual sit-down Rosh Hashanah dinner for forty. Unwavering in that conviction (and knowing it means dings and spills are inevitable), Sinkin, an interior designer whose office

is based in Greenwich, has created an irresistibly inviting nest for her family. The house didn’t come by this feeling naturally. When the couple purchased the Dutch Colonial, it was hollering for an update. Nevertheless, Sinkin was smitten with the building’s sprawling silhouette, its nooks and crannies. Deciding on a top-to-bottom cosmetic transformation, she set herself an un-

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forgiving seven-week deadline and went to work. Today’s airy living room is a prime example of the designer’s skill at devising rooms that are polished and livable. There may be embroidered woven linen curtains at the windows and imposing sixty-six-inch-tall mirrors bouncing the light about, but should a pet hop on the crushed-velvet sofa it’s not the end of the world. And that eye-catching assemblage of items on the living room coffee table? Sinkin had a successful career in fashion as a trend forecasting consultant before becoming an interior designer. Accessories matter, she believes, and personal ones are special. The table holds treasured paperweights along with sea glass and shells the family has gathered on summer outings. “Aria loves to show them to visitors,” Sinkin says. The soothing gray and blue palette flows into the adjoining dining room for harmony. To signify more adult dining, though, this space includes a chic Thibaut chinoiserie wallpaper and a flush-mounted Murano glass chandelier. When it came to the kitchen, yesterday’s dark cabinets were an easy fix, thanks to the wonders of paint. The eleven-plus-foot island, however, was a challenge. Determined not to have unsightly seams, Sinkin scoured New

“I wanted a modern headboard to offset the paper’s classic nature,” Sinkin explains.

England to find a solid piece of quartzite for the job. A faux ostrich-leather cornice, easily wiped clean with a sponge, dresses the window above the sink, while the bay window hosts a custom table and an octagonal banquette. A coat of Gray Huskie paint by Benjamin Moore sweeps up the stairway and into the bedrooms, threading the spaces together with the rest of the house. In one guest room, an accent wall signals spring with a smoky-hued paper strewn with yellow flowers. The green of the flowers’ stems is echoed in the upholstered headboard. “I wanted a modern headboard to offset the paper’s classic nature,” Sinkin explains.

Each piece of stairway art has personal meaning. The photo in the upper right, for example, was shot in Montauk, where Harry’s family has a summer home. A Murano glass Jellyfish chandelier enhances the journey up and down the stairs. FACING PAGE: Sinkin nabbed the stylish guestroom bed on Wayfair. Mirrored nightstands heighten the room’s appeal.

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Aria sleeps cocooned in a princesslike bed enhanced with a regal cornice that will also suit a larger bed someday. A collection of heirloom plates floating on her pale pink walls adds a sweet touch of family history. Her adjoining bath sports a dainty vanity and a chic light fixture for girly glamour.

In the end, everything seems right here, especially the warm ambience. Sinkin’s magic is not just her ability to put together a fabulous house but, more important, knowing how to create an overall sense of home. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home,

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The antique plates on Aria’s bedroom wall come from both sides of the family. Some— from Sinkin’s great, great grandmother—are late 1880s Haviland French porcelain. “It’s like her ancestors are watching over her,” Sinkin says. FACING PAGE: In Aria’s dainty bath, a personalized footstool is the perfect accessory.

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A CLASSIC SHINGLE-STYLE HOME SURPRISES WITH A SLEEK, ELEGANT INTERIOR THAT SHOWCASES A STELLAR ART COLLECTION. Text by ROBERT KIENER  Photography by MICHAEL PARTENIO Produced by STACY KUNSTEL

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Flooded with light, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and eleven-foot-high ceilings, the airy living room features a neutral palette of grays and off-whites. The dramatic fireplace surround is Siberian marble.

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The dining room’s white walls, like many throughout the home, were designed to display the family’s growing collection of modern art. The generously proportioned, custom-designed dining table is flanked by chairs that offer bold accents of color.

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A powder room features a simple but elegant design with a sink of statuario gold marble and an embedded mirror flanked by dark gray paneling. FACING PAGE: A lineup of glass pendants in different shapes and sizes lends subtle interest to the streamlined kitchen.

Doron Sabag, founder and partner of SBP

Homes, remembers how his clients envisioned their yet-to-be-designed Riverside dwelling. “They wanted a home that was big enough for their busy family of six and frequent guests and was clean, elegant, and modern—but not too modern.” 159

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An artistic steel, glass, and wood floating staircase keeps things airy and allows light to flood the home.

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A clean, simple design and quiet palette (with just a punch or two of color) turn the master bedroom into a peaceful sanctuary. FACING PAGE: The master bathroom includes his and her vanities as well as a teak-lined sauna that opens to the walk-in steam shower clad in Siberian white marble.

“THEY WANTED A HOME THAT WAS CLEAN, ELEGANT, AND MODERN—BUT NOT TOO MODERN,” SAYS DORON SABAG. 162

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Sabag and his partner, Jim Hoffman, fulfilled their clients’ wishes with a house that has a traditionally inspired exterior—think cedar-shingle siding and classic gables—but boasts a modern interior. From the outside, it blends into its elegant, established neighborhood. At more than 8,000 square feet, the two-story house is sizable, but a series of gables and a low roofline break up the mass for a smaller presence. The contemporary steel-and-glass front doors are the first hint that the inside of the house tells a different story. Here, the tone is modern, sleek, and elegant. Glass, especially the series of nine-and-a-half-foot-high windows with black powder-coated frames, is every-

where, creating generous views that, just as the owners requested, help connect the indoors with the outdoors. Elevenfoot ceilings, something of a Sabag trademark, give the entire first floor a feeling of airiness. A floating staircase of steel, glass, and white oak heightens the drama and enhances the sense of openness. The owners entertain frequently, so the living and dining room are open to allow plenty of space for guests to spread out and mingle. A custom dining table, designed by SBP, as was much of the home’s other furniture, can seat a dozen or so. When the weather permits, the party moves outside, thanks to a covered outdoor kitchen, complete with pizza oven and grill, and a connected

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LEFT: Sloping gables, dormers, and a curving roofline help to break down the mass of the house. BELOW: The first-floor billiard room boasts floor-toceiling windows and a marblefronted fireplace. FACING PAGE: The home’s traditional front portico offers a sheltered spot to relax.

covered porch and pool house. Sabag and Hoffman, in close collaboration with their clients, chose a neutral palette of mostly gray and white for the four-bedroom home’s interior. Clearcoated white oak floors and white walls offer a simple, yet elegant, backdrop for the owners’ art. “They wanted a clean and functional design,” says Sabag, “so we went easy on adding trim and opted for natural materials, such as Siberian white marble in the fireplace, as much as possible.” With a couple of exceptions, like the sunny yellow-gold of the dining chairs and a bedroom’s accent pillow, the designers relied on art to supply the color. Back outside, Sabag designed a yard and gardens that offer privacy as well as variety. “There’s a real benefit to being able to design both the home and the landscaping,” he says. “It’s invaluable to plan them so they coexist perfectly.” The owners agree. Sabag reports that he once received a call from the wife saying, “I am walking in our garden and I just wanted to tell you that I love it as much as we love the house!” Says the designer, “I couldn’t ask for a better compliment.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home,

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KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL PAGES 76–80 Page 76: Green with Envy, interior designer, Tom Scheerer, New York City, 212-529-0744, tomscheerer.com Page 78: A Taste of the Tropics, interior designer, Brian J. McCarthy, New York City, 212-308-7600, bjminc.com; architect, John B. Murray, New York City, 212-242-8600, jbmarchitect.com; Cheer Up, interior designer, Heidi James-Fisher, Studio LXIV, New York City, 917-270-2786, studiolxiv.com Page 80: Metal Winner, designer, Roman and Williams, New York City, 212-625-3808, romanandwilliams.com; Shipshape in Blue and White, designers, Barbara Sallick and Robert Sallick, Waterworks, Danbury, 800-899-6757, waterworks.com

A-List Design  61

JWH Design & Cabinetry  50

Acorn Deck House Company  63

Karen Berkemeyer Home  74

Advanced Home Audio  42

Karen Wells Design  101

AIA Connecticut  100

Kebabian’s  107

Aqua Pool & Patio, Inc.  112–113

Kellie Burke Interiors  91

Artemis Landscape Architects  6–7

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Austin Ganim Landscape Design, LLC  114–115

Laura Michaels Design  26–27

Austin Patterson Disston  131

Laurent Luxury Lighting  34

Bender  39

Legacy Construction Northeast, LLC  59

Beth Krupa Interiors  57

Lillian August Furnishings + Design  65

Brooks and Falotico Associates, LLP  67

The Linen Shop  132

Budget Blinds/Inspired Drapes of Greenwich  107

Luxury Home Design Summit  167

Charles Hilton Architects  12–13

Mar Silver Design  87

Chloe Winston Lighting Design  131

Mark P. Finlay Architects, AIA  95

Architecture and interior design: Haver & Skolnick Architects, Roxbury, 860-354-1031, haverskolnickarchitects.com Builder: Churchill Building Company, curchillbuildingcompany.com, Lakeville, 860-596-4063, churchillbuilding company.com Landscape design: Haver & Skolnick Architects and Wesley Stout Associates, New Canaan, 203-966-3100, wesleystout.com Landscape installation: Hoffman Landscapes, Wilton, 203-834-9656, hoffmanlandscapes.com Audio-visual consultant: Opus Audio / Video / Controls, North Haven, 203-498-0407, opusavc.com Lighting consultant: Kenneth G. Daniel, Westwoods Architectural Lighting Design, Sharon, 203-770-7053, westwoodsdesign. com

Christensen Landscapes Services  116–117

Matthew R. Dougherty Architect, LLC  75

Christopher Pagliaro Architects  33

Michael Smith Architects  51

Clarity Home Interiors  18–19

MoistureShield Composite Decking  77

Closet and Storage Concepts  38

Morgan Harrison Home  10–11

Connecticut Stone  118–119

Neil Hauck Architects, LLC  40

Cornerstone Contracting  14–15

NuKitchens  4–5

MARITIME AND AGAIN 134–143

TROPICAL PUNCH PAGES 86–92

Maine Woodworks  99

County TV & Appliance  16–17

O&G Industries Masonry Division  124–125

Crown Point Cabinetry  44

ProSource of Stamford  97

Crown Select  79

Redwood Consulting  89

Daniel Conlon Architects  105 Davenport Contracting  84

Rinfret, Ltd. Interior Design & Decoration  69

Deane Distinctive Design & Cabinetry  24–25

Robert Dean Architects  81

Diane James Home  131

S&W Building Remodeling, Inc.  109

Digital Home Systems  56

Sellars Lathrop Architects, LLC   99

Dina Spaidal Interiors  105 Domus Constructors, LLC  28–29

Seventy Acres Landscape Architecture  126–127

Douglas VanderHorn Architects  55

Shope Reno Wharton  1

Eleish Van Breems  inside front cover

Shoreline Painting and Drywall  2–3

Finished in Fabric, LLC  84

Smarthome & Theater Systems  101

Fletcher Development  41

Tile America  64

Freddy & Co. Fine Landscape Services  120–121

Torrco  30

Front Row Kitchens, Inc.  108

Interior design: Andrea Sinkin, Andrea Sinkin Design, Greenwich, andreasinkindesign.com Builder: Frank DeNicola, Stone Ridge Developers, Greenwich, 609-687-9470, srbdev.com Interior millwork, flooring, wallpaper hanger, painter: Palette Pro, White Plains, N.Y., 800-687-9470, palette-pro.com Stone for kitchen island: Precision Stone Marble and Granite, Greenwich, 203-769-1231, precision-stone.com

Vandamm Interiors  109

Gatehouse Partners  8–9

Vue New Canaan  83

Gault Stone & Landscape Supplies  35

Wadia Associates  37

Heidi Holzer Design & Decorative Work  71

Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture  128–129

MODERN LOVE PAGES 154–165

InnerSpace Electronics, Inc.  122–123

Interior design: Jenn Orr, Jenn Orr Design/ Aubry Home, Weston, 203-644-4132, jennorr.com Wallpaper hanger/painter: Alix H. Stanley, Mystic River Paintworks, Mystic, 860-867-6435, mysticriverpaintworks.com

THE ALCHEMIST PAGES 144–153

Architecture, interior design, builder, landscape design: SBP Homes, Stamford, 203-323-2200, sbphomes.com

Hobbs, Inc.  43 Home Builders & Remodelers of Fairfield County  130

Robert A. Cardello Architects, LLC  22–23

Tusk Home + Design  93

Wakefield Design Center  49, 102–103 Yankee Custom Builders  53

Homefront Farmers, LLC  20–21 Hometronics Lifestyles  85 Huelster Design Studio, LLC  108 Ives Fence  110 Jan Hiltz Interiors, LLC  73 JMKA | architects  inside back cover

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