New England Home Connecticut Spring 2018

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Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture, and Building


Luscious Looks

Connecticut designers show just how beautiful living can be.

Spring 2018

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In This Issue

Spring 2018 I Volume 9, Issue 2

130 110 120 FEATURED HOMES:


For the owner of a skin-care company, what could be more appropriate than the feminine, pretty results of the facelift on her Greenwich home? Text by Debra Judge Silber I Photography by Jane Beiles I Produced by Stacy Kunstel


A career woman transitions to retirement in a spacious but cozy Shingle-style charmer in Washington Depot. Text by Bob Curley I Photography by Michael Partenio I Produced by Stacy Kunstel


Classic and contemporary form a beautiful bond in a New Canaan house where a young family intends to create a lifetime of happy memories. Text by James McCown I Photography by Michael Partenio I Produced by Stacy Kunstel

ON THE COVER: Michelle Morgan Harrison layered refined, feminine elements atop the classic architecture of a Greenwich townhouse to beautiful effect. Photography by Jane Beiles. To see more of this home, turn to page 110. Spring 2018 | New England Home Connecticut  15

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In This Issue

Spring 2018 I Volume 9, Issue 2


34 68 Calendar


Edited by Lynda Simonton

72 Trade Notes 20 From the Editor 28 Artistry: Controlled Burn

Kathleen Kucka’s passion for her art runs hot—literally.


By Robert Kiener

34 In Our Backyard: Floor Show A sort of creative wanderlust is behind the unique rugs Jakub Staron creates through his Stamford-based company. By Maria LaPiana

40 Outside Interest: Beauty and the Feast

A lush and lively Washington garden that blends classic and rustic elements is a source of sustenance for both body and soul. Text by Megan Fulweiler | Photography by Robert Benson

New and noteworthy happenings in the Connecticut design business. By Paula M. Bodah

78 Design Life Our candid camera snaps recent gatherings that celebrate architecture and design. Edited by Lynda Simonton

142 Resources

A guide to the professionals and products featured in this issue.

143 Advertiser Index 144 Sketch Pad A modern, graphic version of the classic magnolia bloom is the basis for a stunning wallpaper pattern.

48 New in the Showrooms

Unique, beautiful, and now appearing in Connecticut shops and showrooms. Edited by Lynda Simonton

55 Perspectives


Plates and platters for a beautiful table top; Raquel Garcia imagines a chic foyer; Liz King on the joys of fine bed linens; the season’s new mustread design books; an unfinished attic morphs into a spacious dressing room.


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Editor’s Letter

I Collect, Therefore I Am


ne of my Christmas presents this past year was a charming book called Eccentric Homes, by writer Thijs Demeulemeester and photographer Diane Hendrikx. As you might guess from the authors’ names, it’s a Belgian production, with all text (except, for some reason, the title and chapter headings) appearing equitably in English, Dutch, and French. The book documents sixteen homes in buildings old and new that buck the stereotypical Belgian look—so familiar to us all from RH catalogs gone by!—of monumental, neutral-toned rusticity. One of the eccentricities of the book, however, is that these eccentric homes are all eccentric in pretty much the same way. There are various styles of architecture to be seen, but not a lot of engagement with that architecture. The rooms have instead been used, with only a few exceptions, simply as containers to be filled with eclectic stuff—mostly

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antique and vintage furniture, groupings of found objects (leaning heavily toward the quirky), and the occasional piece of contemporary art. I don’t mean to sound snotty. Almost all of the spaces are pleasantly done and fun to see, quite fetching if a bit one-note. But they are essentially cabinets of curiosities, expressing their owners’ sense of individuality and style solely via accumulations of diverse finds. This is a method of assembling residential interiors that is quite different from much of the work designers do. Rooms by gifted professionals are typically more tightly composed; the various items of furniture and lighting, the walls and ceilings and floors, create a web or network of interrelationships in terms of shape, scale, color, texture, or all of the above. However eclectic the assembly may appear at first glance, an underlying logic becomes apparent on further consideration. But still, even in a professionally decorated home, it is the final layers of art and accessories that make the rooms sing. The things we choose to keep and live with over the years are undoubtedly the things that make our dwellings say something about who we are. Interiors with no personal component whatsoever look too much like a hotel or showroom: they lack that idiosyncratic spark that is required for a real sense of warmth and comfort. Personal doesn’t necessarily mean cluttered. The effect might (as you will see later in this issue) come by way of something as simple as a row of crystal decanters lining the mantel, a collection of Nantucket baskets perched on a shelf, or a flaming-red teakettle topping the stove. Have a look around: what are the items that define you in your own personal realm? —Kyle Hoepner

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Controlled Burn

Kathleen Kucka’s passion for her art runs hot—literally.

When I tell Kathleen Kucka that someone • once described her artistic process as “painting

with fire,” she smiles, pauses, and replies, “That’s not far off. I can see what they mean.” Taking a break from a work in progress—a ten-byeight-foot canvas—in her expansive mid-nineteenthcentury barn/studio near the Litchfield County settlement of Falls Village, Kucka explains how she burns a series of semi-solid concentric circles into the canvas. “It’s really pretty basic,” she says as she shows off an electric fire starter with a loop-shaped heating element. “It’s the same thing people use to start their outdoor charcoal grills. I used to use a hotplate, a butane torch, or an iron, but I found this to be much easier— and safer.” She uses water to help control the size and shape of the burn.

After scorching an abstract design into canvas or paper, Kucka often adds paint or colored fabrics, giving her work an extra depth and dimension. Her style has been called “naturalistic,” and she confesses many have compared elements in her intricate designs to amoebas or cells or other forms that appear in nature. “I’ve long been interested in the organic as opposed to the geometric or hard-edged compositions,” she says.

ABOVE, LEFT: Visceral Encounter (2015), burns on canvas with fabric, 101"H × 75"W. ABOVE, RIGHT: Phenomenological #1 (2015), burns and oil stick on paper, 26"H × 20"W. BELOW: Who’s Winning (2016), burns and oil paint on canvas, 32"H × 84"W.

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Phenomenological #6 (2015), burns and oil stick on paper, 26”H × 20”W; Specific Object (2015), burns and oil paint on canvas, 24”H × 19”W; Lost Horizon (2015), burns on canvas with fabric, 85”H × 75”W; the artist’s Litchfield County home and studio. FACING PAGE, TOP:

Irreducible Presence (2016), burns and oil paint on canvas with velvet, 24”H × 19”W. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM:

Kathleen Kucka and Dragon in the studio.

Kucka’s designs may be abstract, but they are not random. As one critic noted, “They instead create patterns organizing the experience of the piece, like lyrical footsteps of a dance.” Says Kucka, “I’ve always been intrigued by mark making, and I have experimented with using thread to make my mark or pouring paint onto the canvas. But I kept going back to burning.” Part of the allure of burning is that each mark is unique. “And because each of these marks grows in its own organic way, they feel more alive to me.” Kucka’s work has been featured in numerous one-woman and group shows and is widely collected. Among the museums that own her work are the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Birmingham (Alabama) Museum of Art, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina. The Cooper Union (B.F.A.) and Hunter College (M.F.A.) graduate admits she has been inspired by twentieth-century artists like Lucio Fontana or the German-based Zero Group, minimalists who

believed they had to destroy the canvas in order to bring it back to life. “Their interest in being destructionist, the way they often slashed or punctured their work, appealed to me,” says Kucka. “By sewing, pouring on, and burning canvas, I was making my mark as well as entering into the discourse of abstraction.” Because a burn cannot be erased or removed, she considers it to be a metaphor for both destruction and change. Kucka splits her time between her Connecticut studio and a space in Brooklyn, New York. “I think of myself as a dual citizen,” says Kucka with a wry smile. “Burning was an issue in Brooklyn. I was always freaking out other artists who would smell the smoke and think I was going to burn down our studios! (She never did.) I’d often resort to doing my burning up on the roof where wind was a constant nightmare. Now,

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with this space in Falls Village, I can burn as much as I want and no one is bothered. Such bliss!” Typically, she will scorch a canvas in her Connecticut studio and bring it to her Brooklyn studio, where she may add paint or layers of fabric to finish it. A work can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to complete. “I like to work on several paintings at the same time,” says Kucka as she points to a just-begun piece in her Falls Village studio. “That one is giving me lots of trouble, and I admit that I’m struggling with it. I hope I can eventually get through it and out the other side. Having a nearly completed painting nearby gives me hope, buoys me up. So I like going from one to the other. Well, it works for me!”

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In Our Backyard

Floor Show


A sort of creative wanderlust is behind the unique rugs Jakub Staron creates through his Stamford-based company.

Jakub Staron is an accidental weaver, an • artist turned businessman who chanced upon a

career path that led to the world of luxury rugs—for reasons that had nothing to do with warp or weft, at least not initially. Staron is the owner and creative force behind J.D. Staron, the custom rug and carpet company headquartered in Stamford’s Waterside Design District. Selling to the trade only, Staron is known for its finely crafted, richly textured rugs and sophisticated, original designs. Established in 2004, the company has grown from one showroom to nine, including locations in Paris and London. “Jakub’s design vernacular was rooted in history from the beginning,” says Judy Zolt, who with her

husband, Rick, is a managing member of the company. “His designs blur the lines between timeless antique carpets and edgy, contemporary weaves.” Rugs are his passion now. But painting was Staron’s first love. He grew up in Poland, where he went to an art school that offered only three areas of concentration: sculpture, ceramics, and weaving. He had no interest in the first two, so he settled on weaving mostly because it seemed like “the closest thing to painting.” After moving to the U.S., he found himself torn between following his art and enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. “Luckily, I heard from Parsons School of Design first,” he says. He worked his way through school by repairing

FAR LEFT: A selection of limited-edition weaves from J.D. Staron’s new fabric collection, set to debut this spring. A rug from the Java collection grounds this showhouse dining room by Southern California designer Beverly Stadler. The man behind the company is Jakub Staron, seen here doing some quality control on rug samples.

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ard collection updates antique designs with a splash. The Aubusson Nouveau collection features a classic Aubusson weave with a whimsical twist. The Onyx collection is inspired by the striking qualities of natural stone. An Aubusson Nouveau collection rug in a muted palette. FACING PAGE, TOP:

Another example from the Tibetan Snow Leopard collection. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM:

Staron choosing colorways for a collection.

antique carpets, so after graduating (and earning an MFA from Hunter College), his résumé was heavy on practical experience and a knowledge of antiques. But he still wanted to paint. What changed? “I finally accepted the fact that no one wanted to buy my paintings,” he says. “That’s when I really started liking weaving.” He began “inventing textures,” experimenting with riffs on classic, dimensional Aubusson carpets— and found success. For years, he sold exclusively to industry leader Stark Carpet. In 2004, he opened a studio in New Canaan, selling on a small scale to established designers. His first client was Cindy Rinfret of Greenwich; his second was Healing Barsanti of Westport—not too shabby. When he outgrew the space, he opened his first showroom in Stamford. The Zolts joined the company a few years later: Judy in 2007, and in 2013, Rick, who was vice president of sales and marketing at Stark. Staron is hands-on in every way—from designing new patterns to designing new showrooms. He trav-

els constantly—to China, India, Nepal, Thailand, Pakistan—to visit the weavers who make his designs a reality. Today, says Judy, “J.D. Staron rugs pay homage to tradition—the Oushaks, Aubussons, Tibetans, and Agras—but with a twist.” Increasingly, clients have been drawn to Staron’s abstract and contemporary designs. But he insists it’s not his designs that make the company unique. Unlike many manufacturers who apply designs onto a carpet (“it’s like taking a painting and throwing it at a rug”), Staron doesn’t separate pattern from texture. “We integrate our designs into the weaves, changing the technique, depending on the texture we want to create,” he says. Staron is determined to offer clients something they can’t find anywhere else, even in the fast-changing world of interior design—or maybe because of it. “You can get anything you want online, but there’s still an acute need for a designer. Someone who really understands interiors, the purpose of interior design.” An independent opinion is invaluable. “If the only point of view delivered to you is your point of view, you’ll never grow,” he says. “And when you have a choice between something of significance and something mass-produced, wouldn’t you rather have something of significance?” While his inspiration comes from all over, “the truth is I am a malcontent,” says Staron. “I’m miserable, never happy with the current state of affairs. I’m bored easily and always on the lookout for a change. Take the trend toward silver and gray. Everywhere

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it’s silver and gray. When 80 percent of what you sell is silver and gray, you might think we’d just make more silver and gray. No. That’s when I know it’s time for a change.” It’s that desire to keep things fresh that’s got him planning to change things up in a big way. “You always have to stay ahead of the curve,” he says. Next up: a collection of lush, luxe, mostly handwoven fabrics from India and Nepal. Samples of the limited-edition textiles, made of alpaca, mohair, and other natural materials, were enthusiastically previewed at a pop-up concept gallery at Maison & Objet in Paris last year. Design consultant Crans Baldwin, who is working on the new venture, says there is keen interest in what he calls “not so much a line as a crazy colJ.D. Staron lection of exotic and Stamford exquisite fabrics” that 203-351-1130 will be available in May or June.

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Outside Interest

Beauty and the Feast

A lush and lively Washington garden that blends classic and rustic elements is a source of sustenance for both body and soul. easy to imagine losing yourself amid • Iat’sprofusion of heady roses or while strolling

a linden allée. But finding such reverie in a garden where flowers and vegetables vie for attention? Not so often. Here in Washington, however, is an exception. Architects Charles Haver and Stewart Skolnick have designed a beautiful 6,000-square-foot hybrid: a country garden embellished with classic elements that have been reinterpreted in rustic materials. Reminiscent of a glorious French potager, it’s a place for contemplation as well as a source for the table. Recruited for a massive project that also included devising a stone farmhouse along with a handful of outbuildings, the architects tackled the garden first. Their goal was to have what they conceived as an exterior room well on its way with mature plantings

ABOVE: The farm’s handsome masonry— executed by Steve Saharek—helps merge the garden with the stone farmhouse while fostering an old-time look. A visual treat, the metal dome protecting the blueberry crop keeps the birds out. LEFT: Pink clematis will eventually cover the stone piers at each of the garden’s four entries.

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billow from the raised beds. Bluestone pavers around an antique millstone set beneath the table elevate the serene gazebo, which is shaded by wisteria sinensis. To fulfill the owner’s request for maximum color and fragrance, the beds are heavily planted. Horizontal iron rods create a clever armature to support the pear trees without allowing them to disrupt the garden fence.

when the owners moved in. A colorful introduction, the garden sits adjacent to the entry courtyard on the site of an old orchard. Such an attention-getting location demanded a fresh approach for keeping marauding animals at bay. And, like the other buildings, says Haver, “the garden had to look like it had been there forever.” To safeguard plants and complement the farmhouse, Haver and Skolnick encircled the rectangular garden—which is organized in a simple cross-axial layout—with a seven-foot wall that marries fieldstone on the bottom with a mahogany rail fence on top. Several varieties of espaliered pear trees parade along the outside, ensuring fruit all summer. Hydrangeas and clematis scramble about the stones. And each of the plot’s four entries sports a handsome gate with a cannon ball closure, native granite piers, an engraved threshold signifying its compass direction, and a custom bracketed iron lantern. The iron brackets conceal the wires. At night, Haver says, “the lights appear to float.” What’s going on inside the fence is equally remarkable. The architects define the garden paths

with raised beds lined with twelve-inch-high bluestone curbing set an equal twelve inches deep. The beds farthest from the house contain vegetables, while those closest to the home brim with flowers. Horticulturist Ronald LeBlanc installed an abundance of perennials and annuals, “so there would be something of interest throughout the growing season,” he explains. Peonies, salvia, baptisia, coreopsis, phlox, nicotiana, anemones, delphiniums, geraniums, iris: a feast for hummingbirds and butterflies as well as more than enough for bouquets. Adding bonus charm, a pair of tepees, or tuteurs, are under-planted with allium and festooned with flowering vines including confederate jasmine, hyacinth bean, and moonflower. The fragile blooms are a perfect counterpoint to the bark-clad cedar twigs

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A bird’s-eye view underscores the sunny garden’s appealing symmetry. FACING PAGE: The handsome, rustic twig arbors are sturdy enough to support a wide roster of vegetables. To ease maintenance, the grassy paths partitioning the garden and running along the garden’s perimeter are wide enough to mow.

arbors flanking the path. Just beyond the wall, even high-bush blueberries are treated royally. Protected by a giant metal dome playfully labeled “the berry bowl,” varieties Berkeley, Darrow, Earliblue, Jersey, and Patriot thrive along with a multitude of strawberries. Hardy kiwi vines wrap around the structure’s outside. Of course, every spring the garden will grow

lusher. French lilacs in each corner will gain another foot, shade-providing wisteria will race over the gazebo and beneath the pear trees, luminous grape hyacinths will spread. Happily, though, balancing the plants’ exuberance will be Haver and Skolnick’s disciplined but thoroughly enchanting design.  RESOURCES: For more information about this project, see

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5. Bedtime Story You will feel like a princess (or prince) lounging on this elegant daybed designed by Darryl Carter for Milling Road. | DesignSourceCT, Hartford,

3. Stand Tall Ian K. Fowler’s Lola pharmacy floor lamp combines a graceful curving line with handsome brass and iron finishes for a piece that beautifully balances form and function. | Circa Lighting, Greenwich,

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Childhood memories can have a strong influence, and Raquel Garcia tapped into hers when we asked her to design a chic foyer. An antique ebony dresser from her childhood home is referenced in a vintage, circa 1940 contemporary-style console. The magnifying glass designed to perch on a stack of yummy design books is a nod to the turtle brooch that Garcia’s father gave her mother after her later-than-anticipated delivery. ¶ Lighting plays a starring role here; the room is crowned with a show-stopping Italian Murano glass chandelier, while an understated glass lamp welcomes guests with a warm glow. Garcia chose to keep things quiet in the background, with walls painted a subtle white—Wevet by Farrow & Ball—and classic herringbone floors in a white wash.  | Raquel Garcia Design, Fairfield,

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Elizabeth King, owner of The Linen Shop in New Canaan, on tips and trends in buying and caring for fine linens.


What contributions do fine linens make to good interior design? The bedroom is a good example. I advise designers and homeowners to pay special attention to the bed. It is the biggest thing in the room and needs to be part of its overall design, not an afterthought. Plain white sheets are fine, but sometimes a bed needs a tone on tone or an ivory color. You can ruin a bedroom by putting the wrong finishes on a bed. It is very important how it is “landscaped,” how the

pillows are arranged, how you can use elegant linens to give a bed lower, more contemporary, cleaner horizontal lines. New bedding can completely update a bedroom.


How has that “landscaping” changed? It used to be that the beds were tall, the pillows were tall, and everything—such as big duvets—was “poofy” and trimmed. But the preferred look is now less frilly, more minimal, with fewer and better-

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quality items. Bed skirts are falling out of fashion. The hotel look is popular. I have customers who say, “I just stayed at the Ritz and I want to duplicate that kind of feeling.” They are shopping for more luxurious linens to give them that quality, tactile experience. A tip: people don’t realize that when you are in a high-end hotel the linen is always pressed. There is nothing to match the experience of getting into crisp sheets! I think they are responding to that as much as they are responding to the fabric. So I tell people if you want that feel, you really have to iron your sheets.


The higher the thread count, the better the sheet. True or false? With a high thread count you will have more threads per square inch in a sheet, but that’s only part of the equation. I would say choose quality first and thread count second. Depending on where you are shopping and where the goods are coming from, the thread count is

going to mean less and the quality of the fabric is going to mean more. Italian or Swiss fabrics, as opposed to fabrics from China, are better. Better fabric trumps higher thread count. Take, for example, Egyptian cotton. An educated consumer will understand that it’s the length and stability of the fiber that contributes to its quality, not just the thread count. For quality linens, you want a long-staple cotton fiber.


What trends are there for linens elsewhere in the home? The same design themes that are happening on the bed are happening on the table. People want a cleaner, less cluttered look to show off a table’s beautiful wood. Placemats have become more popular, along with larger napkins— twenty-two inches instead of eighteen— made with high-quality, luxurious fabrics. Design coordination is now common. If there is a bathroom off of the bedroom or kitchen, the towels are often a little design nod to the nearby space. If homeowners are not going for all white, they might choose a color that matches the color of the tile or finishes in the kitchen

or the colors on the bed. Also, many linen suppliers are changing their lines more frequently, like fashion houses do, hoping to make their products more fashionable, more trendy.


What are common mistakes made in caring for fine linens? Hot water! Many people use water that’s too hot and add too much bleach. If linens are washed in cold water and hung to dry, they will last forever. If you do dry them in a dryer, be sure to pull them out before they are baked dry; letting them get too dry weakens the fibers of the fabrics. Same thing with towels. There are now towels that are treated with colorfast dyes that will counteract ingredients in things like acne drugs and face washes that can bleach out the towels. Look for a cold-water washing product such as Le Blanc linen detergent. Also, fabric softener is not good for towels. It gives them a slickness and interferes with absorbency. If you have hard water, you should have a water softener, because your towels will get rusty or dingy very fast.  | New Canaan, 203-972-0433, ­

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Classical Principles for Modern Design: Lessons from Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s The Decoration of Houses By Thomas Jayne Back in 1897, The Decoration of Houses became one of the founding texts of American interior design. Authors Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman—both with strong New England ties—laid a special emphasis on function and simplicity that continues to guide design thinking today. Contemporary

decorator Thomas Jayne first encountered The Decoration of Houses as a student, and he has revisited Wharton and Codman’s ideas ever since in conceiving his own work. This new volume is a product of that manifestly fertile crosscentury conversation. Chapters focus on both the whole of a space, and on the individual elements—walls, doors, windows, ceilings, floors—that make up that whole. But, to be honest, even on those days when you might not feel up to a history lesson, you’ll still love the book simply for its photographs of Jayne’s own beautifully orchestrated rooms. | $50, The ­Monacelli Press,


New Landscaping Ideas That Work By Julie Moir Messervy Yes, the book presents itself as a how-to tome. But even if you never intend to set hand to spade, it’s well worth perusing. Vermont-based Julie Moir Messervy provides do-it-yourselfers and non-gardeners alike with an education on how landscape designers think, outlining some of the ways they structure our experience of the outdoors. How appealing and functional spaces can be defined, what materials and details will evoke the right mood: all of this is knowledge to enhance your appreciation of any gardens you visit, and it will help assure success when the time comes to create (or recreate) some outdoor scenery of your own. The substantially updated edition of Messervy’s original 2014 book also features plentiful examples from landscape professionals across the U.S. (including glimpses of several projects that have appeared in New England Home.) | $24.95, The Taunton Press,

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Before & After

“It was the kind of space where you throw • your luggage,” remembers designer Pat Miller

of the unfinished attic abutting her client’s walk-in closet. Despite its obvious shortcomings—raw beams, exposed insulation, limited headroom, bad lighting, and no heat—the husband had high hopes that it could be transformed into a dressing room for his wife. Miller replaced the ceiling joists with new ten-foot ones, raised an existing dropped beam for headroom, and elevated the floor system six inches to create space

for a built-in seating area. Contractor Chris O’Day seamlessly executed the build-out. “I designed it so there is no tolerance,” Miller says. “Space is so tight in an area like this.” The 450-square-foot attic was devoid of natural light, so Miller added four operable skylights with motorized shades and venting, as well as two small windows. A

warm glow from three-inch recessed LED lights incorporated throughout replaced two sad exposed bulbs dangling in the center of the ceiling. Miller designed all the perimeter cabinetry as well as the center island, and called in Kathleen Bivona to customize the interiors of the closets. From space to hang clothes to drawers for accessories, Bivona considered the homeowner’s every storage need. As undeniably useful as the room is, it’s also a pleasant place to unwind. A built-in sofa (note another clever Miller touch: the arms lift for additional storage) “is far more comfortable than it looks,” says Bivona. She worked with the owners to choose the fabric for the cushions and the pillows, which plays perfectly with the pale orchid walls and white paneling. Oak flooring and a maple counter lend warmth, while leather closet and drawer pulls—reconfigured key chains from the owners’ handmadeshoe company, Qüero, located in Spain—add personal flair. PROJECT TEAM The end product is inviting, ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: Pat Miller, Patricia M. Miller efficient, and, frankly speaking, Residential Design too nice to keep for oneself. “He CONTRACTOR: was going to give it to his wife,” Chris O’Day, O’Day says Miller of the new dressing Custom Builders room, “but it would be a sin not to CLOSET DESIGN AND DECORATION: share this.”  RESOURCES : For more information about

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1 1) The focus is on gardening at Trade Secrets 2) New ­England Home and ­DesignSourceCT team up to present “Making the Internet and Social Media Your Friend”

2 APRIL Making the Internet and Social Media Your Friend: Challenges and Opportunities for Designers April 19 The web and social media platforms can be great resources for interior designers, but at the same time, universally available information can also have a downside. Join New England Home and D ­ esignSourceCT for a panel of design and online experts to explore the pros, cons, and complications of today’s electronic world. I 10:30 a.m. brunch and snacks, 11 a.m. panel discussion. Town & County Club, Hartford. For details please email Blue/Green: Color/Code/Context April 28–May 6 Blue and green are colors that evoke the natural world—sky, sea, grass, and leaves in an infinite number of beautiful hues. The 2018 Art in the Barn exhibition featuring more than 50 artists will offer blue and green in context. I Artists’ preview and opening Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m.–6 p.m. Wilton, 203-834-0623,

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The Junior League of Hartford 2018 Show House April 27–May 20

Every three years the Junior League of Hartford hosts a designer show house to raise funds for its various charitable initiatives. The 2018 show house, overlooking Woodridge Lake in West Hartford, hosts grand and gracious rooms that will be transformed by some of the area’s leading interior designers. A boutique will feature home decor and gifts as well as the opportunity to purchase some of the furnishings from the show house. I Wednesdays– Fridays 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4 p.m.–8 p.m. (evening only on April 27), Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tickets $25 prior to April 27, $35 April 27–May 20. 126 Waterside Lane, West Hartford,

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From Antiques Roadshow to the Rhode Island Furniture Archive: Identifying Antique Furniture Today May 7 There are more resources than ever for information about antiques, but how do you sift through the clutter to find what is truly credible and valuable? Join Phillip Zimmerman, museum and decorative arts consultant, author, and American antique furniture broker and appraiser, as he guides you through the details available for owning, buying, and selling antique furnishings. I Bruce Museum, Greenwich, 1:15 p.m.–3 p.m., reservations required, email, Near & Far Aid House Tour May 11 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 Champagne Brunch & Designer Presentation at the Patterson Club in Fairfield, featuring renowned architect Greg Tankersley of McAlpine. I Brunch 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., $75; tour 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; $65 in advance, $75 the day of the tour, Trade Secrets May 19–20 Trade Secrets is back for its 18th year with a twoday event geared to gardening enthusiasts. Day one includes a sale of rare plants and garden antiques at LionRock Farm in Sharon. Day two offers a tour showcasing spectacular gardens in Falls Village as well as in Amenia and Millbrook, New York. Proceeds will go to Women’s Support Services of Northwest Connecticut. I 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, The Westport Arts Center Annual Gala May 19 This annual fundraising gala is known for its clever themes and event production. This year’s party, “Hall of Femme,” celebrates the role of female artists throughout history. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite artist, muse, or work of art. I Dinner 5:30 p.m., party 8 p.m. Fairfield County Hunt Club, Westport, 203-222-7070, The Domestic Plane: New Perspectives on Tabletop Art Objects May 20–January 13, 2019 This large group exhibit includes the work of more than 70 artists featuring tabletop art objects from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The experience could be likened to theater as the objects, audience, and the setting all interact and forge Trade Secrets photo by Stephanie Stanton

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Objects of Desire: Style for the Garden and Home June 1–3 This debut show features a carefully curated and eclectic mix of pieces. Midcentury, antique, contemporary, garden accents, fine furniture, found objects, art, and accessories will all be beautifully presented by more than 25 dealers. I Festive preview party for early buying June 1, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., $125; June 2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; June 3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $10. Hosted by the Wilton Historical Society, Wilton, 203-762-7257, The Garden Conservancy Open Days June 2, 3, and 30: Fairfield County. June 2, 16, and 23: Litchfield County Tour some of Connecticut’s most spectacular and charming private gardens through the Garden Conservancy’s special Open Days. I Visit the conservancy’s website for all the details,

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The Darien House Tour: Homes with Heart June 7 This annual house tour offers the chance to see some of Darien’s beautiful homes. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Pacific House homeless shelter in ­Stamford as well as other local charities. I 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $75. Enjoy lunch at The Country Club of Darien for an additional $25. The First Congregational Church

of Darien, 203-655-0491, Annual Grandiflora Garden Tour June 8–9 For more than 50 years, this annual event has allowed garden enthusiasts to enjoy some of the most magnificent private gardens in Greenwich. I Self-guided tours 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $75 in advance and $95 the day of the event. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 203869-9242, Westport Historical Society Hidden Garden Tour June 10 This year’s tour will highlight five beautiful gardens in Westport and one in neighboring Weston. There will be a garden market at the Westport Historical Society selling unique artisan goods as well as a pop-up shop in the barn at one of the gardens. I Please visit the Westport Historical Society website for tour times and ticket information, Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Fairfield County Exclusive Home Tour June 22–24 The 2018 Exclusive Home Tour, presented by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association, showcases homes that represent the vision and craftsmanship of some of the most admired and innovative builders in the lower Fairfield County area. Proceeds from the event will benefit local and national charities. I VIP kick-off party June 22, tour June 23 and 24, noon–4 p.m.,  EDITOR’S NOTE: Events are subject to change. Please confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit.

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1 1) The new Lillian August SoNo Annex. 2) Jean Marie McLaughlin. 3) Pamela Copeman’s painting of her friend Rebecca Reynolds’s new design shop. 4) A room in a HOBI award-winning house designed by Sellars Lathrop Architects and built by Domus Constructors.

4 counties, often working with the area’s top architects. The firm has garnered lots of awards, including three 2017 HOBI awards.  I  Norwalk,



Anyone who loves Lillian August (and who doesn’t?) will be delighted to know about the Lillian August SoNo Annex. What was once the store’s Water Street outlet has been re-imagined as a fresh space offering the latest in furniture, rugs, and accessories. Everything in the large showroom’s inventory is in stock, making it a perfect stop for those of us who hate to delay our design gratification.  I  South Norwalk,


We were saddened to learn of the death, in January, of Jean Marie McLaughlin. The designer, who discovered her passion for interiors after a seventeenyear career as a speech pathologist, operated JMac Interiors in New Canaan. She was a vivacious presence both in her community, where she was often involved in charitable and civic events, and in the Fairfield County design world.


Chris Shea was bent on a career in building from the time he was a kid. He earned his B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology, then worked as a project manager for several firms, learning all the ins and outs of the business. This spring marks twenty years since Shea fulfilled his childhood dream and opened his own company. In its two decades, Domus Constructors has built or renovated countless homes throughout Fairfield and Westchester

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People who remember enjoying dropping by Rebecca Reynolds’s downtown New Canaan showroom will be pleased to know the designer plans an April opening of her new studio and showroom, Rebecca Reynolds Design, in downtown Westport. The sweet cottage she’s taking over will be home to her kitchen and bath design business as well as the Kitchen Design Network, the online resource she and Lori Gilder cofounded. The door will be open both to designers and to homeowners thinking about redoing their kitchens or baths. “It’s kind of a design cafe,” Reynolds says. “People can drop in and have a cup of coffee and play with materials.” A carefully curated collection includes wallpaper, textiles, hardware, and tiles. The designer also plans to hold design workshops and offer consultation services.  I  Westport,


When Freddy Miraballes came to this country from Uruguay, he was, like so many immigrants, determined to build a better life for himself and his family. He got a pickup truck and two mowers and opened a lawn-care service. Twenty years later, Freddy’s Landscape Company is one of Fairfield County’s leading landscape firms. As the family business moves into its third decade, Freddy is still at the helm, and his modest lawn service has grown to a full-service company offering landscape design, stonework and masonry, pool design and installation, lighting, and maintenance.  I  Fairfield and Greenwich, McLaughlin photo courtesy Facebook. Domus Constructors photo by Michael Biondo. Cottage painting by Pamela Copeman

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Trade Notes The Norwalk-based Shoreline Painting is stretching its horizons,

expanding into New York City with a new division, NYC High Gloss by Master Painting. The new branch will work exclusively in Manhattan, specializing in high-gloss paint applications for interiors, exteriors, millwork, cabinetry, and furniture. Shoreline is one of just eight master certified Fine Paints of Europe painters worldwide, and Christopher Polidoro, president of the thirty-fiveyear-old family business, is excited to be able to offer homeowners, designers, and architects the new service.  I  Norwalk,; New York City,


Homeowners hunting for the perfect tile have a bright new place to conduct their search. Tile America recently completed a major redesign of its New Haven showroom (one of the company’s seven showrooms throughout Connecticut). The 6,000-square-foot space has been overhauled, resulting in an open

why he has opened a tiny ( just 500 square feet) jewel box of a shop in downtown Greenwich. It’s a homecoming for the designer, who grew up in Greenwich and has long dreamed of having a storefront there. The space feels bigger than it is, thanks to its high ceilings and a fresh coat of bright white paint. Mele has assembled an eclectic collection that includes antiques and period furniture, The new Bel Mondo boutique and owner Heidi Lyme Thrun contemporary artwork, ceramics, lighting, Turkish and Iranian rugs, and floor plan that lets customers wander more.  I  Greenwich, among twenty vignettes displaying floor and counter surfaces to beautiful advantage. Sixty different tiled floor areas Designer Heidi Lyme Thrun has feature the company’s extensive collecmoved her popular Westport shop, tion of tile from around the world. With Bel Mondo, but she didn’t go far. The all those choices, it’s also nice to know new storefront is just a couple of miles that Tile America’s design consultants away, and still on Post Road. In its latest are always on hand to help with decision incarnation, the boutique is every bit as making.  I  New Haven, magical as the old one was, stamped as it is with Thrun’s unique sensibility. Her colOnline shopping has its place, but lection of furniture and other home goods there’s nothing quite like stepping sports her own unfussy style, with clean into a boutique for an up-close look at lines, organic materials, and soft colors wonderful things for the home. that remind her of her native Australia.  I  Westport,  Patrick Mele knows that, and that’s



Meet and KB Home kitchen and Meet KB Home kitchen bathDeCarlo! designer Angela DeCarlo! bath designer Angela began her career with Angela began her Angela career with a BFAfrom in interior a BFA in interior design the design from the Institute Fashion Institute ofFashion Technology in of Technology in NewaYork. New York. She brings greatShe dealbrings of a great deal of in both residential and experience in bothexperience residential and commercial commercial projects. She has aprojects. strong She has a strong background construction and has background in construction andinhas designed and managed many designed and managed many dollar multi-million dollar multi-million projects across theprojects across the East Coast. East Coast.

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To The Trade Only Market Day Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

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Presenting the latest trends in home furnishings, new product introductions, book signings, and more… 1:00– 1:45pm Charlotte Moss Q&A: Celebrating her new book, Charlotte Moss Entertains An entertaining chat with designer, author, and philanthropist Charlotte Moss and Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence celebrating Charlotte’s new book. Charlotte shares tips and advice to help one transform any gathering into the extraordinary. Discover the unique style that this renowned decorator uses to beautifully set the table for family and friends for every occasion.

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Book signing to follow* 2:00 – 2:45 pm Sarah Ramsey, Lee Cavanaugh, Andrea Ashe Tutt Medina, Paige Gaston Behind the Scenes of a Design Team: Cullman & Kravis Join Cullman & Kravis partners and associates in a dynamic panel discussion showcasing images from their new book From Classic to Contemporary. Enjoy a behind the scenes conversation on how this renowned AD100 firm works to achieve their beautifully finished and nationally-recognized work. 3:15 - 3:45 pm Susan Hable Smith Modernist Interpretation of a Classic Hickory Chair Inspired by pre-modernist designers and minimalistic art, Susan Hable Smith has created a furniture collection with Hickory Chair that is draped in creativity. Explore the combination of domestic luxury production and thoughtful design that makes this an excellent partnership.

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New England Home Connecticut kicked off 2018 with its winter networking event at Aitoro’s state-of-the-art showroom in Norwalk. Guests enjoyed Tony Aitoro’s hospitality along with delicious food catered by Knot Norm’s Catering Company while connecting with friends and colleagues.











1. Aitoro’s Tony Aitoro and Jay LeBlanc of Knot Norm’s Catering Company | 2. Amy Eisenberg and Mary-Beth Oliver from Karen Berkemeyer Home with Connie Cooper of Connie Cooper Designs | 3. Barry and Andrea Reiner of Innerspace Electronics | 4. Christine Donner of Christine Donner Kitchen Design | 5. Christopher and Jessica Quinn and Tara Campanini from Ben Krupinski Builder with Lora Mazurak from Aitoro | 6. Host Tony Aitoro, with raffle winner Burt DeMarche of The LaurelRock Company and New England Home’s Roberta Thomas Mancuso | 7. Ryan Coyle of Tile America with Barbara and Dick Laughton of Front Row Kitchens | 8. Bettyann Peck of Design Consultants and Larry Komisar of Litchfield Hills Kitchen & Bath | 9. Chuck Wheelock of Wheelock Design, Christopher Domagula of Gault Stone, and New England Home’s Kyle Hoepner | 10. Karen and Jim Berkemeyer of Karen Berkemeyer Home | 11. Rob Hughes of Stonebridge Associates and Mark Plonowski of Plonowski Building & Renovation | 12. Scott Evarts, Michael Deering, and Richard Cannale of S&W Building Remodeling

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Good manners were on the agenda as Stacey Bewkes of the Quintessence blog and Heather Wiese Alexander, creative director at Bell’Invito, chatted about all things stationery and etiquette at Bespoke Designs in Westport’s Sconset Square.









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| 1. Endless bespoke stationary options | 2. Lori Castillo, Cohl Katz, and Christina Roughan | 3. New England Home’s Debra Judge Silber with Lisa Cooper | 4. Adrienne Miller, Ruth Ridgeway, and Laina Mills | 5. Learning all about modern etiquette | 6. A pretty corner filled with writing supplies. | 7. Anne Hardy, Beth Dempsey, and Karen Legan  | 8. Shari Lebowitz, Heather Wiese Alexander, and Stacey Bewkes

Molly Hirsch Interiors hosted an annual coffee for clients and friends to celebrate the holidays at the Festive Home event of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Each holiday season the guild is transformed from a gallery to an emporium of goods from local artists and artisans, featuring vignettes by area designers. 2



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Design Life Cindy Rinfret’s Holiday Party

Interior designer Cindy Rinfret celebrated the season with staff, friends, and colleagues at the first holiday fête to be held at the firm’s new Lewis Street studio in Greenwich. European in feel, the space is a perfect home base for client meetings and creative sessions with the team. Guests enjoyed lively conversation, cocktails, and delicious food from Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning.






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| 1. Cindy Rinfret  | 2. Antoine Blech and Claudia Leitenberger with Paul and Sonia Waters | 3. Marissa Ervin, Cindy Rinfret, and Anna Lycouris | 4. Marisa Bistany Perkins, Jo Ann Zawalski, Cindy Rinfret, and Fiona Leonard | 5. Joanna Stohn, Linda Bruno, Cindy Widga, Maureen Hays, and Donna Kozak.

O&G Industries hosted the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for a continuing education presentation called Wetlands, Greenways & Pavements: Connecting Land, Water & People. It wasn’t all work though—attendees enjoyed a post-session cocktail party with a lively raffle of New York Yankees tickets, pallets of stone, gift certificates to local restaurants, and more.



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Fresh, inventive, and timeless architecture Renovations and new building Southport | Quogue |

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Design Life How to Get Published

New England Home’s Stacy Kunstel spoke with interior designers about how to get their work published at a special event hosted by Kebabian’s Rugs. The discussion covered such topics as styling spaces for photography, selecting photographers, and pitching projects to magazines.




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Fairfield County Antique & Design Center Sip & Shop

Christina Roughan of Roughan Interior Design and Carey Karlan from Last Detail Interior Design are the latest designers to work their magic styling spaces in the Fairfield County Antique & Design Center. Guests celebrated the chic style of the designers-in-residence and snagged some special home decor items at a Sip & Shop. 2



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ince 1970, Aqua Pool has been in continuous operation, serving clients in Connecticut with award-winning design, construction, and service. As we enter our 49th year of uninterrupted service, we continue to learn and strive to create more state-of-the-art, technologically advanced, high-quality engineered gunite works of art. Aqua’s dedication to customer service and quality construction techniques has been noticed around the country and within the pool industry. The industry trade magazine Pool & Spa News has ranked Aqua Pool one of the Top 50 Pool Builders in the country, SIX YEARS IN A ROW! The dedication to excellence that’s necessary to

stay on this list requires us to invest heavily in employee education and training. Such dedication is reflected in the quality water sculptures we create at our clients’ homes. With our exclusive Paramount In-Floor Cleaning systems, we can craft a pool that is 99 percent vacuum free! No robots, no annoying cords or transformers: a nearly invisible system that will keep the pool clean 24/7 even without a pool service visit. Now in our second generation of ownership, the Giannamore family invites you to meet with one of our designers and learn why one need not pay more than necessary, yet still get the absolute best. Visit us at to learn more.

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ustin Ganim Landscape Design offers a full range of design, installation, and maintenance services for properties of all sizes and styles. Our staff includes landscape designers, a horticulturalist, and a licensed landscape architect. Influenced by our backgrounds in horticulture, garden design, historic preservation, and landscape architecture, as well as hands-on experience, our designs create a seamless transition between the home and garden. Whether renovating an existing landscape or starting from scratch, our design-build team assists clients through the entire process. After the initial meeting at your property to discuss the scope of work, we

determine the appropriate type of services, develop a landscape plan customized to your needs and site conditions, review material selections, and provide an estimate. We can assist with project phasing and value engineering to help you achieve your desired results. After installation, proper maintenance by trained professionals who understand
not only the appropriate pruning techniques for the specific plant material, but also the desired style, is essential to the garden’s success. We offer both organic and hybrid Austin Ganim Landscape Design, LLC lawn and plant health options for Austin Ganim & Eva Chiamulera, ASLA, PLA our customer’s properties. Our goal 320 Kings Highway Cuto is to create timeless landscapes that Fairfield, CT 06824 our clients are pleased with for years 203-333-2003 to come. Special Marketing Section 91

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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 collaborates with architects, designers, and builders to supply natural stone products for the interior and exterior of a project. We carry a wide selection of
native and imported natural stone products including ThinStone, traditional stone veneer, flagging for patios and pool decks, granite pavers, limestone, wallstone, cobblestone, concrete pavers, and more. In addition, we have a 20,000-squarefoot custom fabrication shop complete with state-of-the-art technology at our Milford facility.

Here we custom cut, shape, finish, and blend our stones to your specifications. When you choose
to partner with Connecticut Stone, design and function possibilities are limitless. For nearly 70 years, Connecticut Stone has focused on American craftsmanship while supporting our domestic market. Let us help you see the full potential of stone, and the unexpected ways it can transform your landscape design. Call us at 203-882-1000, or visit us online at for more information.

Tyra Dellacroce 138 Woodmont Road Milford, CT 06460 203-882-1000

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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 include traditional pool

design and maintenance, and they are 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. Freddy’s also has 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 our 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 us for all of their stone needs, thanks to our personalized and consultative service, and wide selection of both natural and manmade stone. And now you can rely on us 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 high-tech water jet saws and stone splitters, 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 is an award-winning landscape architecture practice celebrating twenty-five years of fostering meaningful connections between people and the places they inhabit. The firm is skilled in all aspects of landscape architecture, from overall site master planning to detailed design of landscape structures, landforms, plantings, outdoor furniture, and custom elements in wood, stone, and metal. Our design philosophy calls upon a fresh interpretation of classic, timeless principles of order and proportion to create memorable landscapes. Known for a bespoke

attention to detail and celebration of craft, Gregory Lombardi Design has elevated the traditional role of landscape architecture to create not only functional spaces but richly layered compositions that elevate the senses. Accomplished at any scale, whether it be urban rooftop, suburban home, vacation compound, country estate, or even exclusive resort, we customize every design detail to fit each unique location, from initial concept through to final completion. The results are both functional and beautiful, well-crafted environments that engage and inspire their inhabitants.

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or more than 40 years, “Making A Positive Difference” has been the foundation upon which The LaurelRock Company has built its reputation. As an award-winning landscape development firm, the company prides itself on creating and maintaining landscapes that reflect each client’s lifestyle, and have lent their design, build, and maintenance expertise to more than 1,000 of the area’s most stunning residential properties in Fairfield County and beyond. The LaurelRock experience is a customized approach along with personalized service. As equal stewards of both site design and project construction, LaurelRock works collaboratively and

responsibly to develop landscapes with care and precision. With the belief that the great outdoors is an extension of a home’s living space, LaurelRock’s team of dedicated professionals, including landscape architects, designers, horticulturists, garden and property managers, and construction and maintenance crews, are committed to enhancing each property’s aesthetic beauty, while keeping an eye on preserving the environment. Committed to environmental sustainability, the firm’s offerings also include green walls and roofs, edible gardening, and “smart” irrigation systems. What’s more, LaurelRock has been nationally recognized for their commitment to safety,

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Life as Art

Birds and blossoms—some real, some the product of a designer’s fancy—welcome spring in a silvery still life.

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Beauty Mark

For the owner of a skin-care company, what could be more appropriate than the feminine, pretty results of the facelift on her Greenwich home?

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PROJECT TEAM Interior design: Michelle Morgan Harrison, Morgan Harrison Home Architecture: Anthony J. Tartaglia, Anthony J. Tartaglia Associates Builder: Belpointe

● ● ● DON’T UNDERESTIMATE PRETTY. The word may have its detractors, but for Marisa Vara Arredondo, there couldn’t be a better description of her new Greenwich townhome—which also happens to be the place where she successfully launched her business: Phace Bioactive, a pH-balanced skin-care line. “There’s nothing wrong with things being pretty,” says Arredondo’s interior designer, Michelle Morgan Harrison. The New Canaan designer harbors no fear about infusing her interiors with delicate charm. “It doesn’t have to be formal, and it doesn’t have to be precious. To me,

‘pretty’ means a lightness of color and a balance of feminine shapes as well as a lot of shine. My work has definitely been tagged as ‘pretty,’ but there are so many levels to what that means.” Arredondo discovered Morgan Harrison in the pages of this magazine and knew immediately that the designer’s style reflected her own. After twelve years as a Wall Street analyst focused on the beauty industry, the Greenwich native purchased the 4,000-square-foot townhouse to serve both as a home base and an incubator in which to develop her skin-care line.

ABOVE: Just off the living room, a staircase winds up all four floors of the home, originally designed by architect Anthony J. Tartaglia. ­FACING PAGE: Designer Michelle Morgan Harrison introduced shine throughout the house, from the living room’s crystal chandelier to the silver-leaf coffee table to the highgloss finish on the home’s moldings, stair balusters, and newel caps. A ceiling painted in Benjamin Moore’s Mineral Ice draws subtle attention to its coffers.

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ABOVE: Only happy birds were allowed to perch on the dining room’s custom Gracie wallpaper. The designer had the bar carts finished in silver to fit in. FACING PAGE: The dining room’s delicate Dennis & Leen chandelier balances the heftiness of the moldings, but both share a sense of shine. In the living room, glistening nailheads and zebra fabrics add interest to the lounge chairs.

From the start, Arredondo was impressed with the downtown development’s traditional Shingle-style exterior and interior details that included classical moldings and coffered ceilings. The cluster of eight homes had been built in 2007 by Belray (now Belpointe) of Greenwich and designed by Westport architect Anthony J. Tartaglia. In his design, Tartaglia incorporated many of the graceful details of the early twentieth-century Shingle-style homes that once occupied the site. In addition to stone chimneys and bracketed eaves, each townhouse has an imposing four-story stair tower. “I wanted to create something as impactful to the street as those old houses were,” he says.

Inside, rich architectural details evoke an elegance Tartaglia describes as “backcountry Greenwich,” particularly on the main floor, which holds a living room, dining room, kitchen, and pantry. A lower level offers a gym, media room, full bath, and laundry room. Two bedrooms reside on the second floor, with a spacious office suite on the floor above. In addition to the stair tower, all floors are connected by an elevator. “It was pretty,” Tartaglia said in describing the interior architecture, unaware of how well that unassuming quality would delight the home’s new owner. The architect’s details were intact when Arredondo purchased her town-

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house in 2013, but the inside had been painted in dark beiges and solemn grays that took little advantage of the wealth of natural light. “It was not friendly; it wasn’t warm, it wasn’t inviting,” Arredondo recalls. “The bones of the house were really good. It was just a matter of making it feel like an expression of me.” To capture that expression, Morgan Harrison needed only to meet her client. As a former fashion editor at Elle magazine and a senior editorial director at Saks Fifth Avenue, Morgan Harrison is particularly attuned to how her clients’ everyday appearance reflects their personal style. “I always take cues from how people dress,” she says. “Marisa has beautiful, excel-

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● ● ● “I ALWAYS TAKE CUES FROM HOW PEOPLE DRESS,” SAYS DESIGNER MICHELLE MORGAN HARRISON. “MARISA HAS BEAUTIFUL, EXCELLENT STYLE—VERY CHIC AND VERY PRETTY.” lent style—very chic and very pretty. You could see from her shoes and her handbag there’s a certain look and feel to how she presents herself. I think we were able to capture that.” Arredondo agrees. “It’s what I dress like—it’s me,” she says of the muted tones, tailored details, and personal touches Morgan Harrison worked into the home. “That’s something Michelle is really great

at. She has a minimalist elegance that’s clean and luxurious, but she really tailors it to her clients.” To anchor the living room, the two women worked together to design a custom Tibetan rug of ivory wool with silk detailing in blue, lavender, and mauve. A baby-blue wing chair and a pair of tufted lounge chairs introduce a feminine mystique with their sinuous curves and nail-

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: The random dots in the Stark stair runner meander from the lower level to the fourth-floor office. A once-dark powder room got a light and bright makeover with Gracie wallpaper, marble floor tile, and a lighter-than-air Lucite vanity from Waterworks. Morgan Harrison gave the kitchen some pop with a globe light fixture from Remains, fresh window treatments, and new hardware. Spring 2018 | New England Home Connecticut  117

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heads that skirt the pieces like a string of silver pearls. On the lounge chairs, Morgan Harrison paired a solid fabric in front with a silvery zebra print on the back for an effect that’s at once tailored and playful. Silver surfaces throughout the room: in the sofa pillows, the silver-leafed legs of the wing chair, and the Chaddock coffee table, also wrapped in silver leaf. A scattering of Lucite accent pieces—including a favorite game table Arredondo brought from her New York apartment—enhances the room’s overall shine. So does the ultrahigh-gloss white paint on the molding and the sparkling crystal chandelier by Aerin Lauder—a piece Arredondo initially resisted as too dressy. “Michelle pushed me a little on that, and I’m glad she did,” she says. Still, Morgan Harrison was careful not to over-glam. She restrained the palette, allowing only subtle shifts in color. “It’s not necessary to have a riot of things attacking you,” she says. “There’s nothing

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wrong with ‘pop’—deepening a color gives you a sense of layering and interest—but I never use color jarringly.” Her soft touch is showcased in the bedrooms, where she radically lightened the blush tones she chose for the walls (Benjamin Moore’s Kitten Whiskers in the guest room and Farrow & Ball’s Calluna in the master). “Pink and lavender are two colors that can be very in-yourface,” Morgan Harrison says. “You sample them and they look fine, but on the walls they can get very bright and candy-like.” The walls of the dining room, on the other hand, are not intended to recede. Here, Morgan Harrison used a custom wallpaper by Gracie that reflects both Arredondo’s memories of her childhood home and the joyful outlook she embraces today. The two settled on a chinoiserie pattern of birds alighting on trees, and then carefully edited out the birds that looked too aggressive. “I only wanted lovebirds,” Arredondo explains. “I wanted

to have that loving energy in my house.” For Arredondo, a positive, stressfree home means more than a pleasant place to eat, sleep, and entertain. It has also to be a place where she can let her entrepreneurial energies take flight. “My surroundings really impact my ability to think clearly and be creative,” she says. “This is a very special home for me. Being in these rooms played an instrumental role in making my dream a reality. It’s a part of my history.”

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: A Barbara Barry chaise offers an alternative lounging spot in the guest room. The room’s quiet palette is brightened by a mirrored chest and a bamboo-framed mirror. Comfortable simplicity reigns in the master bedroom, where delicate night tables from Worlds Away flank the plush upholstered headboard.

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A modest shingled exterior belies the home’s light-filled interior spaces. High-peaked rooflines hint at the multiple vaulted ceilings inside.

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At Home in the Country A career woman transitions to retirement in a spacious but cozy Shingle-style charmer in Washington Depot. 


Every interior designer seeks to make a “house” into a “home,” but the decadeslong relationship between designer Trudy Dujardin and client Jill Jordon is so deep and trusting, it takes that concept to an especially detailed level, right down to selecting the flowers on the table and arranging treasured keepsakes on bookshelves. Spring 2018 | New England Home Connecticut  121

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 The two first met in 1996 at Dujardin’s retail shop in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where Jordon fell in love with the designer’s style and commissioned her to work on her island home. As Jordon moved between New York, Greenwich, and even California over the years, the call always came for Dujardin to craft each space into something that would feel personalized and lived-in from the moment the busy career woman stepped through the door. “I create a little lifestyle for her in each room that says, ‘This is how you are going to live in this place,’ ” Dujardin says. “I’m tapping into who she is and where she is at each point in her life.” As Jordon transitioned into retirement and moved to a new home in rural Washington Depot, the designer was charged with the task of integrating a lifetime’s worth of furnishings and belongings into a Shingle-style farmhouse on eight acres of rolling hills. Jordon’s trust in Dujardin is deep enough to give her a free hand, but the two also have taken shopping trips together to New York and Europe, and Dujardin always shares a linen-bound presentation book with her clients before unveiling the finished product. “I always see everything before she buys it, but never all together until it’s done,” says Jordon. The 4,000-square-foot home was nearly perfect for Jordon, apart from the lack of a master bathroom; fortunately, a spacious master bedroom was easily divided to create a lavish bath and voluminous walk-in closet with plenty of room to spare.

Jordon generally prefers muted tones like saffron and taupe. Over the years, however, her tastes have veered toward more contemporary designs, which Dujardin particularly indulged in the master bathroom. “We were doing that room from scratch, so it was the perfect opportunity to do something new for her,” she says. Other work around the house was more about replacing accents—subbing out some frumpy lighting in the foyer for

The designer’s comprehensive approach extended to the placement of the owner’s Nantucket baskets and boxes on the living room’s étagère. FACING PAGE: The Josephine sofa from J. Robert Scott makes the living room a favorite spot for snuggling up with a book on a sunny afternoon.

PROJECT TEAM Interior design: Trudy Dujardin, Dujardin Design Associates Builder: Chris Washington

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CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW: Typical of the home, the dining room blends the owner’s collected possessions—table, chairs, and artwork—with new lighting, rug, and wallcovering. A few large, simple furnishings, including sofas in muted colors, help scale the great room down to human size, but the custom Holly Hunt chandelier bespeaks rustic grandeur. The kitchen was truly in move-in condition; the only additions were the pots and pans and a pair of Holly Hunt crescent stools.

a Holly Hunt wrought-iron chandelier to welcome guests, for example. “We always have a sense of place, but her taste remains much the same,” Dujardin says, so adjustments that suit both the home’s rustic setting and the client’s preferences show up subtly in the fabrics and textures, which lean toward more plaids and wools and fewer silks and velvets. Dujardin added new lighting and window treatments to the living room, but the J. Robert Scott sofa and John Boone cocktail table both traveled with Jordon from her New York and Greenwich homes. Likewise, the dining room table and chairs are longtime possessions of the owner. “Jill wanted to reuse whatever she could from her other houses,” says Dujardin. The result is a mixed bag of transitional, contemporary, and antique furnishings, enhanced by the owner’s art and craft collections. “Each home becomes richer in a way,” the designer says. There was little need to alter the layout of the barn-like great room, with its towering stone fireplace and acres of windows overlooking an organic farm and the Berkshire Mountains. Doors from the great room lead to a screened porch scattered with black Kingsley Bate woven furniture, and the backyard gardens and pool. “She has all this beautiful landscape to look at when she puts her book down and looks up,” says Dujardin. “The great room is the signature statement of the home.” For the twenty-eight-by-forty-foot space, Dujardin chose wood-frame couches and wool fabrics to create a sense of upscale country style. A palette of gray and taupe helps make the airy room feel cozy at night without detracting from the dramatic setting when the sun is out. “During the day I tend to be in the living room,” says Jordon, “but at night I’ll go in the great room, light a fire, and watch TV.”

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“I create a little lifestyle for her in each room that says, ‘This is how you are going to live in this place,’ ” says Trudy Dujardin.


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The screened porch resembles a small A-frame cabin; breezes can blow right through the latticed wicker furniture. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Views from the great room and master

bedroom include the fields of an organic farm, with the Berkshires beyond. The stone-lined swimming pool, original to the house, is fringed by landscaping and a wildflower garden.

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By reusing furishings and art from the client’s previous houses, “each home becomes richer in a way,” says Dujardin.


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LEFT: The serene master bedroom is a study in quiet neutrals and soft textures. BELOW: Waterworks, in Westport, was the source of the contemporary furnishings in the spacious master bath builder Chris Washington carved out of the original master bedroom. FACING PAGE: In the elegantly appointed study, the owner’s nineteenth-century French cherry desk is paired with a transitional nailhead-trimmed chair.

famous authors, politicians, and diplomats. But now there is time for browsing the local antique shops and meeting the “gentlemen farmers” who populate a town that reputedly inspired the quintessentially American small town of Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls. Or, more frequently these days, curling up with a good book or reruns of The Tonight Show. Confesses Jordon, “I still go into the city a lot, but I can’t wait to get back.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 142.

The adjoining kitchen was largely left untouched apart from some fresh paint and Holly Hunt chairs at the counter. “That wasn’t where she wanted to spend her money,” says Dujardin. More resources were poured into the secondfloor master suite, which echoes the size, high ceilings, and soothing views of the great room. The master bath added by builder Chris Washington has a decidedly contemporary bent and includes a large walk-in shower, soaking tub, and mirrors offering perspectives from every possible angle—befitting a client whose work and social life (including attendance at the recent Grammy Awards with her music industry boyfriend) put a premium on style and appearances. After a go-go and highly successful career, the laid-back country living of northeastern Connecticut suits Jordon perfectly. Her wood-shingled home blends into the landscape, soothing, light-filled rooms are further brightened with fresh floral arrangements, and the backyard is a relaxed and lushly private summer sanctuary. Sure, Jordon’s neighbors include some Spring 2018 | New England Home Connecticut  129

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To add to the living room’s airy feel, designer Christina Sullivan Roughan removed crown molding above the French doors and hung the draperies as high as possible. The neutral palette of pale gray and white gets youthful energy with the occasional shot of sky blue.

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where a young family intends to create a lifetime of happy memories.

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LEFT: The house presents a classic, simple Georgian facade in keeping with its New Canaan location. BELOW: Polished nickel light fixtures sound a contemporary note in the entry. FACING PAGE: The traditional staircase gets a modern boost from the chrome-legged bench.


ith its white clapboard and dark shutters, this Georgian-style house in the picture-perfect town of New Canaan is the quintessence of Yankee rectitude. But some pleasant surprises await inside, in an interior design that reflects the personalities and respective passions of a busy couple and their three children. “They wanted to be surrounded by beauty, and also to fill the house with objects that have meaning to them,” says designer Christina Sullivan Roughan of her clients. “They wanted each room to stand on its own.” The sun-washed double-height entry sets the home’s light, airy tone with pale gray walls and a high-gloss trim. The polished nickel of the ceiling light and sconces has become an element that the Weston-based designer calls one of her trademarks. PROJECT TEAM Interior design: Christina Sullivan Roughan, Roughan Interior Design Remodeling contractor: Marcio Silva, Silva Brothers Carpentry Spring 2018 | New England Home Connecticut  133

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Glossy black paneling brings drama to the library and evokes the feeling of an English men’s club of the 1930s. A collection of crystal decanters on the mantel furthers the Anglophilic feel.

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“The ambience really takes me back to my London years,” says the wife.

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“Over the past twenty years I’ve gravitated to this over brass,” she says. With its wainscoted wall and classic spindles, the staircase is as traditional as one would expect in a Georgian-style house, but Roughan’s contemporary accents give it a more transitional feel. A sleek, chrome-legged bench makes a convenient spot for sitting down to remove boots or shoes. In the formal living room, the light and airy theme continues. Here, the soft gray walls stand as a backdrop to a collection of furniture in pale neutrals. Accent pieces—the upholstered bench that forms one side of the sitting area, the toss pillows that dot the Todd Hase sofa, and the abstract art above—add a shot of bright blue that gives the serene room some youthful energy. Roughan supplied additional interest in the mix of materials and textures, including the dark wood of the Asian-inspired cabinet that accommodates a bar and the aged-silver shagreen top of the cocktail table. A jaunty porcelain Apple Tree vase from the Nimbus collection by KleinReid

ABOVE: The husband’s own abstract painting anchors a bar area in the library. BELOW: The dining room features a round table custom designed by Roughan for the house; a graphic rug adds movement to the serene space. FACING PAGE: A dazzling Ricardo Rumi painting and a Lubomir Tomaszewski sculpture add contemporary flair to the library.

adds a playful note. Roughan’s window treatment enhances the sense of height. “I wanted to make the ceilings appear as high as possible,” she says, “so I removed the crown molding above the French doors and mounted the white drapery almost to the ceiling. It really makes the space.” The wife, a native of Michigan who spent time in London, credits Roughan with envisioning the most surprising space in the house: the library. When the couple bought the house, the room was finished in natural cherry-wood paneling. Roughan had the paneling sanded down then treated with multiple coats of stunning black gloss paint. A starburst lighting fixture on the ceiling, a collection of English crystal decanters on the mantelpiece, and a tufted leather sofa further the impression of a private men’s club in London, perhaps during the 1930s. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor would feel right at home here. “The ambience really takes me back to my London years,” the wife says. Spring 2018 | New England Home Connecticut  137

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Paintings in the room further a between-theWorld-Wars design sensibility. An abstract impressionist canvas by Ricardo Rumi hangs on a wall opposite another abstract work of the husband’s own making. “I studied art from a young age,” he says. “I was originally an art major in college, then I changed to business. But I remain passionate about art and photography.” In fact, in an artistic version of a man cave, he has a painting studio set up in the basement. “Art is a great escape for me.” The couple uses the formal dining room for frequent dinner parties around the glossy dark wood table designed by Roughan. “It was so important that the table could accommodate about a dozen guests who could all talk to each other. That’s why it’s round,” Roughan says. A graphic rug adds movement to the otherwise quiet room, and a lantern-style polished nickel fixture illuminates the scene. Like so many families, this one spends much of its time together in the open kitchen and family room area. A breakfast nook surrounded by windows off the

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: In the family room, hemp wallcovering and wool carpeting enhance the cozy feel. Casual barstools in the kitchen offer an informal contrast to the dining room. Roman shades soften the brightness in the sun-washed breakfast nook.

all-white kitchen is a favorite spot for casual dining. In the family room, the neutral palette moves away from gray toward soft earthy tones. A taupe-colored Bermuda hemp wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries covers the walls, while wing chairs wear caramelhued leather. Both echo the shades in the sturdy stone fireplace that anchors the space. Roughan worked with the contractor, Marcio Silva of Silva Brothers Carpentry, to fashion what she calls a “turnkey experience” for her clients. “As components came in, I stored them in a warehouse until they could all be installed at once, instead of piecemeal,” she says. “So it was sort of voilà, here’s your new house. Marcio was great working with me to do this.” For his part, Silva was very conscious of the fact that he would be doing his part of the project while the family was living in the house. “We cleared the job at the end of every day, like there had been nobody there,” Silva says. “It was also great to have the clients right there, so when Christina was not around I could ask them questions about a particular task. Both the clients and Christina are real ­perfectionists.” The family had lived elsewhere in New Canaan before moving into the larger house, which had amenities they were looking for: a pool, a tennis court, and access to a neighborhood pond. They appreciate that the town has an illustrious design history. “You’ve got the Philip Johnson Glass House and now Grace Farms,” the wife says. “Both of these

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Roughan likes to create a “turnkey experience” for her clients. “So it was sort of voilà, here’s your new house.”

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“As someone who never had an attachment to a house growing up, I’m never going to leave this one,” says the wife.

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have furthered my husband’s and my interests in design.” And she and her family are so pleased with the way it all turned out, they’re not going anywhere soon. “This is our forever house. It’s where we will make our family memories,” she says. She wants her children to remember the

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home fondly, an opportunity she missed as a girl. “When I was growing up, we moved twenty-two times. As someone who’s never had an attachment to a house, I’m never going to leave this one.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see

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The large pool, a tennis court, access to a neighborhood pond, and a big yard for playing attracted the couple, who have three children. An expansive rear porch offers plenty of space for warmweather entertaining.

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A guide to the products and professionals in this issue’s featured homes

OUTSIDE INTEREST: BEAUTY AND THE FEAST PAGES 40–45 Architecture and landscape architecture: Charles M.

Haver and Stewart R. Skolnick, Haver & Skolnick Architects, Roxbury, 860-354-1031, Garden plantings: Ronald LeBlanc, Grass and Gardens, Southbury, 203-264-3778, and Lynn Dzinski, LeJardin, Unionville, 860-550-3386 Masonry: Steve Saharek Masonry, Washington, 860-868-0377 Audio-video consultant: OPUS AVC, North Haven, 203-498-0407, Page 40: Custom lanterns and brackets by Classic Lighting Devices, East Hampton, Page 42: Outdoor furniture from Kingsley Bate,


Architectural design: Pat

Miller, Patricia M. Miller Residential Design, Weston, 203-227-7333, Contractor: Chris O’Day, O’Day Custom Builders, Sandy Hook, 203-426-6007 Closet design and decoration: Kathleen Bivona, Kathleen Bivona Designs, Trumbull, 203-258-3566, Millwork: Fred Kaempfer, FDK Custom Cabinetry, Monroe, 203-260-0456


Interior design: Michelle

Morgan Harrison, Morgan Harrison Home, New Canaan, 203-594-7875, Architecture: Anthony J. Tartaglia, Anthony J. Tartaglia Associates, Westport, 203-341-9330 Builder: Belpointe, Greenwich, 203-622-6000, Page 112: Painting by Kikuo Saito,; drapery fabric from Holly Hunt,; wing chair by Dennis and Leen, dennisandleen. com, through Holly Hunt, with powder-blue leather upholstery from Madison Interiors,; Tibetan rug from Mastour Galleries,; chandelier by Aerin Lauder for Visual Comfort,; high-gloss trim and banister paints from Fine Paints of Europe,; Mineral Ice ceiling panel paint from Benjamin Moore,; wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries, Page 113: Silver leaf coffee table from Chaddock Home,; standing lamp by Aerin Lauder for Visual Comfort; pillow fabric by Ralph Lauren for Kravet,; small Lucite table from Plexi-Craft, Page 114: Custom wallpaper from Gracie,; bar cart from Baker, Page 115: Living room lounge chairs from Baker, with front fabric from Romo,, and back fabric from Zimmer + Rohde,; sofa by Thomas O’Brien for Century Furniture,, with Donghia fabric, donghia. com; toss pillow fabrics from Donghia and Cowtan & Tout,; silver leaf coffee table from Chaddock Home; living room rug from Mastour Galleries; dining room rug from J.D. Staron,; custom wallpaper from Gracie; dining room chandelier by Dennis and Leen through Holly Hunt; dining table from Century Furniture; dining room chairs from Oly,, with front fabric from Pollack,, and back fabric from Kravet. Pages 116–117: Powder room vanity and faucet from Waterworks,; lighting from Visual Comfort; wallpaper from York,; kitchen light fixture from Remains,; window treatment fabric from Lee Jofa, leejofa. com; stair runner from Stark,; stairwell chandelier by Aerin Lauder for Visual Comfort. Pages 118–119: Master bedroom headboard fabric from Duralee,; bedding from Legacy Linens,; bedside table from Worlds Away,; lamps by Larry Laslo for Wildwood,; drapery fabric from Schumacher,; art above bed by Shauna Pickering,; mirrored chest in guest room from Vanguard Furniture,; vintage McCoy pottery from eBay,; mirror from Carvers’ Guild,; chaise by Barbara Barry for Henredon,; carpet from J.D. Staron; standing lamp by Barbara Barry for Visual Comfort.

AT HOME IN THE COUNTRY PAGES 120–129 Interior design: Trudy

Dujardin, Dujardin Design Associates, Westport, 203-838-8100, Builder: Chris Washington, Southbury, 203-788-1442 Lighting design: Patdo Light Studio, Port Chester, N.Y., 914-937-6707, Page 122: Josephine sofa and Bostonian occasional chair from J. Robert Scott,; cocktail table from John Boone, Page 123: Vintage Baldwin étagère from David Duncan Antiques,; area rug from Stark, Pages 124–125: Sofa from Ferrell Mittman, ef-lm. com, with fabric from Kravet,; ottoman from Holly Hunt,; chandelier from Holly Hunt; cocktail table from Matthews & Parker,; sectional sofa from A. Rudin,, with Kravet fabric; log basket from Holly Hunt; Bostonian dining chairs from J. Robert Scott; dining table from Woodbridge Furniture,; painting from Quidley & Company,; wallpaper from Winfield Thybony,; light fixture from Holly Hunt; Crescent kitchen counter stools from Holly Hunt. Page 126: Miami Collection furniture from Kingsley Bate, Page 128: Gabrielle chair from Niermann Weeks,; lamp from John Boone; rug from Stark.

Page 129: Headboard and bedding by Dujardin Design Associates; Garbo settee from J. Robert Scott; night table from John Boone; lamp from Walters Wicker,; bathroom tile, light fixtures, mirrors, and vanity from Waterworks,


Interior design: Christina Sullivan Roughan, Roughan Interior Design, Weston, 203-769-1150, Remodeling contractor: Marcio Silva, Silva Brothers

Carpentry, Port Chester, N.Y., 914-439-4670 Pages 130–131: Drapery fabric from Coraggio Dioni-

sio,; Valmont fabric on sofa and club chairs from Donghia,; Jardin D’Osier bench fabric by Hermes, homefabricshermes.dedar. com; wing chair fabric from Kravet,; Vista cocktail table from Wakefield Design Center,; Addison side table from Made Goods,; Maxim panel bar cabinet from Restoration Hardware,; sofa by Todd Hase,; chairs by Barbara Barry for Baker,; Nimbus Collection Apple Tree vase from KleinReid,; sofa pillows from Dovecote, Westport, 203-222-7500; throw from Fig Linens and Home, Pages 132–133: Ceiling light fixture from Vaughan Designs,; Bentley console from Baker Furniture; Felix X table lamp from Circa Lighting,; custom mirror with ebony and platinum frame by Roughan Interior Design; faux topiary in Selene vase from Silk Touch,; Carlyle Deco chair fabric from Ralph Lauren,; Houles custom stair rods, Pages 134–136: Draperies fabricated by Classic Upholstery,, in Loriano Cirrus fabric by Romo,; Bayonne drapery hardware from Restoration Hardware; Milo area rug from Redi Cut Carpets,; Zebra throw rug from Galart International,; Cabinet Makers picture light from Circa Lighting; mirror from SkyFrame,; Beckford table lamps from Circa Lighting; cocktail table from Century Furniture, Page 137: Custom dining table designed by Roughan Interiors, fabricated by Plantation Design,; chandelier from Urban Electric Company,; sideboard from The New Traditionalists, thenewtraditionalists. com; Roland bar cart in library from Worlds Away, Pages 138–139: Bermuda Hemp wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries,; Stone Harbor linen drapery fabric from Kravet, with embroidered border from Samuel & Sons,; mirror from Mirror Image Home,; Woodville table lamp from Vaughan Designs; Tray Chic ottoman from Bunny Williams, bunnywilliams. com; Kingston wing chair from Wakefield Design Center; Hayes console table from Restoration Hardware; Newton barstools in kitchen from Vanguard Furniture,, with vinyl fabric from Kravet; breakfast room Roman shade fabric from Quadrille,; hexagonal area rug from Patterson Flynn Martin,

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Ad Index

A helpful resource for finding the advertisers featured in this issue

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southern friend and business • My partner, Cooper Collier, and I love to take

a traditional theme and put a spin on it, to add a modern touch to a classic concept, when coming up with additions to our collection of Collier Rose Ink fabrics and wallpapers. Our Magnolia pattern is no exception. The beauty of the magnolia flower has been admired for ages, as you can see in anything from seventeenth-century Japanese screens to traditional chintz upholstery fabrics. For our own design, we stripped the bloom back to its bare outline and created the graphic reinterpretation you see here.

As a Greenwich local, I especially adore working with designers in this area to bring fresh, new elements to their projects. Douglas Graneto, a talented designer and himself a Greenwich native, chose our Magnolia pattern printed on grasscloth for a client’s powder room—and I think the results are dazzling: simultaneously bold, graphic, and feminine.    | Nicki Rose, Collier Rose Ink, Greenwich, and Charleston, South Carolina, 917-689-0314,

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