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VOLUME 12, ISSUE NO. 3

150 Features 138 Life on the Ledge

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Special Marketing Sections 77 Beyond Connecticut 1 07 Portfolio of Inspired Renovations

Spotlight On… 103 The Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Alice Washburn Awards

In Every Issue 24 Editor’s Note 98 Design Dispatches 174 Resources 174 Advertiser Index 176 Last Look

33 Here & There 33 Outside Interest

When Fred Landman let his imagination run wild, his Greenwich landscape grew into something sublime.

42 Smith on Style

Editor at Large Clinton Smith shares the scoop on all things home.

44 Shop Visit

Architect West Chin brings his signature minimalist aesthetic to a storefront in Westport.

52 Special Spaces

59 Kitchens We Love

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90 Artistry

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100 The Scene

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n a recent ninety-degree day, I had the pleasure of touring Greenwich’s Sleepy Cat Farm, thirteen and a half acres of imaginative gardens so lush and verdant that I soon forgot the oppressive heat. Homeowner Fred Landman and renowned landscape architect Charles Stick envisioned the grounds, and though it’s a private residence, the gates open several times a year to share the delight of horticulture and landscape architecture with the public. (See our story on page 33.) Guided by Landman himself and another of his star collaborators, architect Charles Hilton, we ambled through numerous “garden rooms” inspired by Landman’s travels and featuring a variety of plant species and ecosystems. Sleepy Cat Farm carries on a rich and fascinating tradition of lavish Greenwich gardens, many of which were created in the late nineteenth century by some of our country’s most iconic landscape designers. The Greenwich Historical Society’s current exhibit, Beautiful Work: The Art of Greenwich Gardens and Landscapes, explores this history through drawings, photographs, and preserved botanical specimens from its archives. The exhibit, on view through September 5, celebrates everything from the humble backyard vegetable plot to extravagant landscapes that emulate the grand gardens of Europe. Summer in Connecticut is breathlessly beautiful and frustratingly short. As we all strive to make the most of our warmest months, I recommend taking time for a garden stroll. Nature refreshes on even the hottest days.

TOP TO BOTTOM: The sculpted hedges at Sleepy Cat Farm; the farm's owner, Fred Landman; touring the space with (top to bottom) New England Home's Roberta Mancuso and Kathy BushDutton, and architect Charles Hilton.

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Inspired by a trip to Asia, homeowner Fred Landman realized that the koi pond below his guesthouse needed a Chinese-style pavilion. Landscape architect Charles Stick designed this one, fittingly crowned with a gilded pineapple, a symbol of welcome.

COOL CAT When Fred Landman let his imagination run wild, his Greenwich landscape grew into something sublime. BY TOVAH MARTIN

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red Landman wants to captivate all of your senses. At his thirteen-and-a-half-acre Sleepy Cat Farm in Greenwich, you wander through corridors of clipped hedges, zigzags of raised walkways, glades chock-full of irises, and rivers of camassias, with classical statues tucked just

where you might want to gaze upon an Atlas. Muffled in fronds and flowers at every bend, Sleepy Cat Farm is orchestrated for engagement. “To do something on this scale, you must have a passion,” says Landman, a retired corporate CEO who sits on the board of directors for The Garden Conservancy.

When the wisteria sends down its shower of fragrant purple blossoms, Landman favors the curved bench custom designed by Stick. Resting in the shade of the stainless-steel arbor, he can contemplate the view across the boxwood maze to a distant fountain.

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OUTSIDE INTEREST TOP TO BOTTOM: A long, lean reflecting/lap pool surrounded by Stick-designed benches stretches between the wisteria arbor and a fountain. A steep staircase divides the main house from the guesthouse; lion statues are tucked within the clipped evergreens, and the farm’s resident cats can often be found lounging around this area.

“TO DO SOMETHING ON THIS SCALE, YOU MUST HAVE A PASSION.” —Homeowner Fred Landman The outdoor narrative began after Landman finished a revamp with architect Charles Hilton of the 1942 Georgian revival he had purchased in 1994. It occurred to Landman that he might extend the refresh to the outdoors; the landscape suddenly felt lacking in comparison to Hilton’s architectural prowess. That’s when Landman sought out Charles Stick, a Charlottesville, Virginia-based landscape architect with a penchant for dramatic classical design. Outdoor architecture began sedately enough with a parterre beyond the house. But before long, Landman had decided that the surrounding woods could be absorbed into the landscape, and Stick was masterminding rambles with a little grotto here

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and an ode to Mercury there. Well-traveled and well-read, Landman divided the property between Eastern and Western principles of design and symbolism. Classical archways half-hidden in shrubbery, dells teaming in blossoms, and massive mythological characters all populate the Western section. In the Eastern area, pathways take you on a Spirit Walk, and vistas reveal a Chinese-style pavilion wading in lotus flowers. In the vegetable garden, Landman’s wife, former Chez Panisse chef Seen Lippert, harvests from raised beds, vine arbors,

TOP TO BOTTOM: The zigzag bridge in the garden’s Spirit Walk hovers above a glade of irises and ferns; the irregular pathway is meant to avoid evil spirits, which reputedly only travel in a straight line. A visit to Rousham House in Oxfordshire inspired the grottos that are tucked romantically into the woodlands, while azaleas, bulbs, and wildflowers follow a babbling brook.

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and citrus trees. Alan Gorkin, Sleepy Cat Farm’s longtime head gardener, meticulously oversees all of the maintenance. As for the farm’s whimsical name, it was inspired by a cat weather vane perched atop a garden tower, but it’s also an homage to Landman and Lippert’s mutual love of cats: a dozen felines, many rescued

from the local animal shelter, can be found loafing around the property. Landman shares his enchanting world during The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days and in The Monacelli Press’s Sleepy Cat Farm: A Gardener’s Journey, due out in October. EDITOR'S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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PASTORAL PLEASURES In his new book, A Year at Clove Brook Farm: Gardening, Tending Flocks, Keeping Bees, Collecting Antiques, and Entertaining Friends (Rizzoli, 2021), the lauded ceramicist Christopher Spitzmiller rolls out the welcome mat to readers as he shares ideas from his bucolic country property two hours north of Manhattan. The personal passions referenced in the subtitle hint at just a few of the topics covered, and the summer season chapter, in particular, features delightful alfresco entertaining inspiration as well as tips for creating a lush landscape. Spitzmiller’s influence reaches well beyond the farm, however. Sprinkled throughout the book are the bespoke lamps, plates, and other home accessories for which he is best known (and have been placed in the White House in every administration since George W. Bush, hence Spitzmiller’s recognition as the “Potter to the Presidents”). His elegant designs are available at several shops and showrooms throughout New York City and New England, and another collection of lamps and sconces is available through Circa Lighting in Norwalk and Greenwich. Spitzmiller’s six-acre farm will be open for tours on September 12 as part of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. To hear more about the debut book and Spitzmiller’s design process, and to see additional pictures from the farm, visit nehomemag.com for my recent video interview with him. christopher spitzmiller.com; circalighting.com; rizzoliusa.com; gardenconservancy.org

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The 1,200-square-foot showroom, which features original wood flooring, a tin ceiling, and brickwork, carries indoor and outdoor furniture, storage and closet systems, kitchen and bath items, lighting, rugs, and accessories.

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an Adagio swing by Paola Lenti greets you; the planters are from West | Out East’s own line, FTF Design Studio. BELOW: Because the shop offers closet systems, owner West Chin keeps drafting supplies on hand for designers who arrive with clients in tow, looking to draw up plans on the spot.

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Texture plays a key role in West | Out East as evidenced in this outdoor dining chair and portable lamp by Paola Lenti, one of Chin’s favorite brands due to its durability. Living Divani’s Family chairs welcome guests outside the Westport shop, which is made to feel like a cottage or an artist’s studio. Mirrors by Living Divani and a multi-light Bocci pendant hang above a wall-mounted console by Porro.

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: A study in geometry, note how the rafters all die cleanly onto the lintels, and the hip rafters form a perfect triangle at the top and bottom. The exposed rafter tails have profiled ends; the decorative detail was created by the team at Charles Hilton Architects. Interior designer Tim Button chose furnishings that are the same color and period as the pergola; the lantern is a custom Paul Ferrante fixture enlarged for scale.

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At the far end of the kitchen, flanking the whimsical art depicting a six-layer cake, are twin pantries. One holds the family’s less-frequently used dishware, while the other is dedicated to the cookie sheets, muffin tins, and cake pans the homeowner, an avid baker, treasures. Auxiliary spaces mean the kitchen stays tidy and uncluttered while supplies stay close at hand.

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SMALL WONDER The kitchen in this Norwalk house may not be large, but it has an outsize presence, thanks to architectural designer Mary-Beth Oliver’s cunning overhaul. To make space for needed cabinetry, Oliver swapped out glass sliders for a window and set the sink—a bow-front Native Trails sink crafted from a composite that’s a dead ringer for concrete—below it. Oliver then turned her attention to the broad wall under the vaulted ceiling. “I wanted the vaulted ceiling to be a focal point,” she says, “so I created a feature wall there.” She replaced a stainedglass window with a conventional window trimmed in walnut for a contemporary feel. A series of floating walnut shelves above the cooktop give the wall the statementmaking look the designer sought. Oliver chose the walnut, she says, to bring warmth to the space. Textural interest comes from the subtle ribbed surface of the laminate cabinetry in a warm taupe/gray shade. Finally, Oliver outfitted the range wall with hexagonal white tile.

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➊ View of living area with custom furniture, iconic art and vintage pieces. Floor-toceiling drapery highlighting expansive views. Silver creates a monochromatic palette that expresses a feeling of calm and serenity. ➋ Foyer showcases eclectic art as well as vintage lighting. Art and accessories add to the serene setting of this Tribeca loft. ➌ Alternate view of the living room into the kitchen showcasing the majestic four-paneled artwork that adds layers of texture. ➍ Rare outdoor living space in Tribeca. Silver utilizes natural materials to reflect the city’s sunlight. Shown here is the custom solidwood outdoor dining table.

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ongoing study of architecture have provided her with an encyclopedia of knowledge and the unique ability to visualize the final product. This allows her to address potential challenges, find solutions, and beautifully echo the house’s architecture in distinctive design details. Blank founded Sarah Blank Design Studio in Fairfield County in 1981. With her mindset and knowledge,

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Simply Beautiful What some see as rubbish, painter Eric Forstmann sees as inspiration.

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onnecticutborn-and-bred painter Eric Forstmann makes the ordinary extraordinary. Take, for example, one of his most popular—and best-selling— still-life series: a succession of well-worn, rumpled men’s dress shirts suspended on a blank wall. That’s right, shirts. “Well, you can’t get a much more ordinary subject for a painting than a bunch of button-down shirts hanging on wooden and plastic hangers,” admits the sixty-year-old artist with a smile. “But I’ve always believed there is beauty in many ordinary things. And I am always trying to bring out that beauty in these simple, often overlooked images.” The now-iconic shirt paintings, with their finely detailed curves and folds and intriguing shadows, invite viewers to slow down and look more closely. So do Forstmann’s other paintings, which feature more typical still-life subjects, such as fruit, vases, and flowers, as well as more unexpected fodder, like ceiling-high stacks of office furniture and strips of crumpled brown paper. There’s a depth and sense of fun in much of his work. Look closely, and you may spot a reflection of the artist himself in some of his still lifes. Forstmann’s work can be found in the permanent collections of museums

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Two One, 48"H x 36"W, oil on panel, 2021.

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Committee, 44"H x 38"W, oil on panel, 2017.

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“THERE’S A SMALLNESS, AN INTIMACY, AS WELL AS OCCASIONAL GRANDEUR IN THIS PART OF NEW ENGLAND.”

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—Artist Eric Forstmann

including Waterbury’s Mattatuck Museum and Missouri’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Actors Meryl Streep and Warren Beatty and former president Bill Clinton have all purchased pieces. Forstmann, who graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, calls himself an “eyeball realist,” explaining that he prefers to work

from an actual object or scene as opposed to painting from a photograph. He confesses to visiting the Sharon dump to find unusual objects to feature in his still lifes. “And I have gotten the occasional men’s shirt at the Goodwill store,” he admits. But Forstmann’s portfolio isn’t all still lifes. The artist combs the countryside near his home in Sharon to find scenes for his ongoing plein

TOP TO BOTTOM: Upper Pasture, Clark, 13˙"H x 28"W, oil on panel, 2021; Sloane Road, 48"H x 36"W, oil on panel, 2021; The Overripe Peach Looked Wistfully Toward the City and Beyond, Knowing Its Best Days had Passed, 20"H x 22"W, oil on panel, 2020.

air landscape series. “It is so beautiful around here. There’s a smallness, an intimacy, as well as occasional grandeur in this part of New England,” he says. “I feel like it deserves the respect I give it by standing there and studying it and painting it for hours. We are so lucky to live around all this beauty.” EDITOR'S NOTE: Eric Forstmann is represented by Eckert Fine Art Gallery + Consulting at the Mass MoCA campus, North Adams, Mass., janeeckertfineart.com.

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Work: The Art of Greenwich Gardens and Landscapes

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5

Study the history of Greenwich gardens through drawings, photographs, and preserved botanical specimens. greenwichhistory.org

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Ramble through the first artistdesigned garden on the grounds of the historic Glass House in New Canaan.

Enjoy the gardens, landscapes, and vistas at Cobble Pond Farm in Sharon. Pre-registration is required.

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Flower Arranging from the Garden

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Horticulturist and landscape designer Deborah Munson helps you create seasonal floral arrangements foraged from gardens, fields, and woodlands at Hollister House Garden in Washington.

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Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s lively annual event returns. Enjoy the thrill of the hunt while you peruse antiques, collectibles, crafts, jewelry, and more in Norwalk.

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Eleish Van Breems Studio Gathering The Westport interior design community gathered for a midday luncheon at the Lee and Verellen showrooms at Eleish Van Breems Studio. Attendees toured the showrooms and met with New England Home’s editor-in-chief, Jenna Talbott, who spoke about the past year and provided insight into what she considers when reviewing project submissions.

Rhonda Eleish with New England Home’s Roberta Mancuso and Jenna Talbott

Cami Weinstein, Donna Benedetto, and Amy Andrews

Inside the Verellen Showroom

Tori McBrien, Bevan Talbott, Fiona Leonard, Lauren Cuneo, Prudence Bailey, and Andrea Sinkin

Georgia Zikas, Lauren Cuneo, and Elena Phillips Laurie Ferris, Courtney Yanni, and Meghan De Maria

Photography by Karen Sheer

Amy Standish and Colleen Kinyon

James Sweeney and Lisa Pak Sandy Duffy and Nancy Honchen

Taylor LaPointe, Jennifer Dunham, and Kelly Eddinger

John Kebabian, Peggy Kebabian, and Tyler Gerry

HomeTronics Lifestyles + Torrison Stone & Garden: Designed to Disappear HomeTronics Lifestyles and Torrison Stone & Garden hosted a continuing education event that demonstrated how technology can seamlessly integrate into home design, both indoors and out. The evening included a tour of the Torrison outdoor showroom featuring HomeTronics Lifestyles technology. Sonance’s Sandy Duffy also shared his expertise on incorporating technology into residential design.

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Charles Hilton Architects Reception To welcome Editor-in-Chief Jenna Talbott to Connecticut, Charles Hilton and his Charles Hilton Architects team hosted an intimate evening reception at the Greenwich Historical Society in Cos Cob. Guests enjoyed light bites and cocktails while hearing about Talbott’s upcoming plans for New England Home.

New England Home’s Kathy Bush-Dutton and Roberta Mancuso with Sarah Blank

New England Home’s Jenna Talbott with Rob Dean

Jenna Talbott and Charles Hilton

Charles Hilton and Tara Vincenta Tom Robinson, Jose Goncalves, and Michael McClung

Bill Charney and Beth Krupa Austin Lankford and New England Home’s Beth Emerich

The attendees mingled at the Greenwich Historical Society

Photography by Regina Tamburro

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Lighting that complements circadian rhythms. Wall coverings that breathe life into a space. Sinks that fill your water pitcher when asked. Flooring that brings warmth to a room. These elements and others can be built into a home to better suit its occupant’s lifestyle. An exclusive panel of experts discussed the crucial-yet-sometimesoverlooked “supporting cast” of a home’s finishing touches. The panelists shared their unique insight into the latest products and customizable elements that take personalized home design to the next level. Catch up on the discussion on our website at https://www.nehomemag.com/ the-supporting-cast/.

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EXCELLENCE: NEW CONSTRUCTION Lakeside Georgian Estate Alice Washburn was a trailblazer in her time. With no formal training, the twentieth-century residential architect and builder left a lasting legacy. The Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Connecticut) Alice Washburn Awards honor her contributions to the craft by

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celebrating traditional house designs that have been thoughtfully adapted to address contemporary needs. Winners are chosen in three categories: accessory buildings, additions/ renovations, and new construction. Here’s a look at the 2021 award-winning architects and their exceptional work.

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ALICE WASHBURN WINNERS EXCELLENCE: NEW CONSTRUCTION

Lakeside Georgian Estate Architecture: Charles Hilton Architects | Photography: Robert Benson Grand and gracious, this Georgian estate borrows inspiration from the eighteenth-century British Belton House and David Adler’s 1928 Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts, but Charles Hilton Architects has gloriously put its own stamp on the style, reimagining the estate for contemporary living. Comprising a main house, a tennis pavilion/guest house, a lakeside pavilion, and a poolside pergola, it’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite space, but the magnificent living room—with its luxe hotel lobby aesthetic—is certainly a stately contender.

EXCELLENCE: ACCESSORY BUILDINGS

Teak Pool Pergola Architecture: Charles Hilton Architects Photography: Robert Benson The aim of this handsome teak accessory building was threefold: it is at once a pool pavilion, a stylistic complement to the Georgian revival main house, and a garden folly. Charles Hilton Architects achieved all this and more with a design that celebrates traditional craftsmanship but embraces modern conveniences. The complexity of the design and the exacting construction cannot be understated—from the columns, lattice, and brackets to the soft curve in the rafters, this bathing beauty’s allure is in the details.

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Classic Georgian Restoration Architecture: Douglas VanderHorn Architects Photography: Robert Benson Largely untouched for more than a century, this Georgian estate was ripe for a renovation. From the exterior (repointing brickwork, restoring iron balconies, and reopening the sleeping porches) to the interior (rejiggering the floor plan from ten to seven bedrooms, incorporating a new eat-in kitchen and family room, and updating the bathrooms), Douglas VanderHorn Architects did a masterful job all while preserving the 1915 home’s magnificent original character.

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COMMENDATION FOR RESTOR ATION: ADDITIONS/RENOVATIONS Sun Tavern Architecture: David Scott Parker Architects Photography: Durston Saylor Photography and David Scott Parker Architects Fairfield’s Sun Tavern once hosted the Founding Fathers, and today, thanks to a meticulous restoration by David Scott Parker Architects, the public can visit the landmark building, now a living-history museum. It was no small feat: the architects dealt with shaky foundations, lead paint, leaking roofs, and additions that didn’t belong, but the painstakingly rehabbed 1780 structure—a feather in Fairfield’s cap—once again stands tall on the Town Green.

MERIT: ADDITIONS/RENOVATIONS Treetop Architecture: Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects Photography: Robert Benson The sweet summer house built by the current owner’s grandparents was rife with happy memories—and character. Hired to make it suitable for year-round living, Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects gutted and insulated the cottage and tweaked the floor plan, while paying homage to the past by reusing the wood trim, doors, and hardware. A new kitchen and bathrooms, as well as a separate garage/studio, seamlessly retain the circa-1920s cottage’s proud sense of place.

Victorian Cottage & Barn Architecture: David Scott Parker Architects Photography: Durston Saylor Photography and David Scott Parker Architects Built in 1888, the Carpenter Gothic-style barn and cottage, now managed by the Fairfield Museum and History Center, had fallen into deep disrepair. A well-timed grant saved the day, enabling David Scott Parker Architects to restore the modest structures—even matching their original red-and-green paint colors—and preserve a piece of history. Today they are home to a hands-on children’s exhibit and a display of agrarian artifacts. An architectural victory, of course, but also a big win for the community.

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“Utilizing a cool color palette, primarily in shades of blues, purples, and white, for the flowering plants complements the gray and black elements of the hardscape, creating a tranquil environment to relax in.”

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The Goal: Create a design that incorporates a casual take on modern landscapes; integrating linear elements into the property as well as soft, grassy textures that move in the coastal breezes achieves a beachy feel. The Challenge: This hillside property required selective screening in order to maximize the views from the upper stories of the house to the waterfront, while simultaneously creating privacy for the first floor and garden rooms from adjacent homes. The Elements: Meandering bluestone paths lead from the graniteedged motor court to the lawn terrace, where one descends a set of monolithic steps into the center of the pool flanked by a sun shelf and spa.

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AFTER BEFORE

“My clients bought this home over all the others because of the luxurious, cohesive design we accomplished throughout the ground-floor living spaces with the prior homeowners.”

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The Backstory: Same home—two different clients! I renovated and designed the living room and foyer (facing page), then my clients moved, and the new homeowners liked my design so much they asked me to finish the main bedroom (this page). The Result: The living room is a study in understated elegance with face-to-face sofas flanking the marble fireplace. The style is elevated by the judicious use of reflective surfaces. The foyer is now redefined as a beautiful, useable space instead of just being a pass-through. Twenty-four-inch honed travertine stone tile visually connects the spaces. The husband and wife’s juxtaposing styles (he likes modern clean lines; she likes romantic with an edge) make the bedroom design unique and exciting. Although I don’t consider myself a theme designer, this one lends itself to “Fairytale Romance with a Rock ‘n’ Roll Edge.”

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Designers at Christensen enjoy working with many clients to enliven their landscapes by transforming forgotten outdoor areas into meaningful living spaces that invite interaction, nourishment, and reflection. DONNA CHRISTENSEN

Ives Street Summary: This property rests among rolling hills and natural wetlands. The grand scale and architecture of the home dictated a more formal landscape. Wafts of hydrangeas and grasses soften the hardscapes, and native and non-native trees are grouped along the woodland. The outdoor pool, designed by Christensen, has a two-sided vanishing edge. The entertainment-ready outdoor kitchen features stainless cabinetry and a natural green roof. Old Quarry Summary: The primary challenge was creating a unique landscape without detracting focus from the picturesque vistas of Long Island Sound. To accomplish this, a clean style and neutral gray tones were used to frame the view. The water in the vanishing-edge pool blends seamlessly with the sea; this flowing visual is matched in the adjacent blackgranite spa tub. Given its quarry heritage, the property’s existing boulders and ledges were incorporated into the design. Ridge Road Summary: This property offered little to invite the owner, an avid gardener, into the landscape. Natural stone walls, repurposed bluestone patios, and a giant cedar pergola were designed to create a welcoming entrance to a more comfortable outdoor entertainment space. A lovely natural cedar gate and fence top more natural granite walls that surround the homeowners’ playground—a huge vegetable garden.

325 Reeds Gap Road Christensen Landscape Services Northford, 325 Reeds GapCT Road 203-484-0424 P.O. Box 593 christensenlandscape.com Northford, CT 06472 203-484-0424 christensenlandscape.com @DonnaCLS

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Connecticut Stone Supplies AFTER

The Backstory: A new family fell in love with this traditional 1986 colonial home. Over time, the exterior of the home needed significant repair. The owners wanted to rebuild the exterior with low-maintenance products that would last a lifetime and avoid any future renovations.

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The Elements: With help from architect and builder Robert Berger, the owners decided to utilize a combination of Connecticut Stone’s Liberty Hill ThinStone and Full Veneer on this project for its beauty and durability in the harsh New England climate. Due to this project being a renovation, ThinStone was applied to the existing structure. The Full Veneer was custom cut for the arched front door, an area that needed thicker stone. With stone applied, the owners no longer had to worry about water damage from the failed old siding. The outdoor kitchen utilized two different finishes for the counter and base—a polished Liberty Hill was used for the countertop, and Liberty Hill ThinStone for the base. The stone countertop and kitchen blended beautifully into the rest of the natural stone and landscaped space.

Connecticut Stone Supplies 138 Woodmont Road Milford, CT 06460 203-882-1000 connecticutstone.com

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The Outcome: Connecticut Stone helped achieve the homeowners’ goal—create a beautiful and durable home that provides peace of mind, and more functionality for the family. The homeowner took advantage of the space to create an outdoor oasis. The use of Liberty Hill Granite stone completely transformed the home and brought it back to life.

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Our Why: We have been performing incredible, award-winning renovations for decades. It is our mission—we provide our customers with an honest, accountable service experience that leads to an inspired result.

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What: Domus Constructors worked harmoniously with the clients, design professionals, and the skilled craftspeople to complete this whole-house renovation project.

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Domus Constructors, LLC P.O. Box 181 Greens Farms, CT 06838 203-852-6789 DomusLLC.com domusconstruct domusconstructorsllc

The Result: The project consisted of upgrading and expanding interior and exterior spaces to make them more luxurious, inviting, and energy efficient. A breathtaking and welcoming entryway with high ceilings and dramatic lighting leads into the living room, kitchen, and sunroom. The end result was a high-quality residence that met our clients’ every wish and was completed as scheduled.

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The Goal To design a unique organic pool that fits the environment and creates a nautural oasis for the homeowners.

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The Benefits BioNova® Natural Swimming Pools are completely chemical-free, eco-friendly, and healthful for swimming. Natural swimming pools replicate and optimize the conditions found in naturally occurring bodies of water like ponds and lakes, providing water that is clean, clear, and purified the way nature intended— with aquatic plants, beneficial bacteria, and helpful microbes. The Outcome With a broad range of design options for these natural pools, from traditional rectangular-shaped pools to completely naturalistic swim ponds, the design possibilities are limitless. Natural pools are self-sustaining and require minimal upkeep. This pool was designed in a pond-like style, and attracts wildlife just as fresh water does in nature. Plants filter the water and add a serene quality. The goal was achieved.   119

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FRONT ROW KITCHENS SHOWROOM 117 New Canaan Avenue Norwalk, CT 06850 203-849-0302 frontrowkitchens.com

“A New Home for Dory!” MATT GIARDINA

The Backstory: An active family with middle and high school-age children was looking to update a 40-year-old floor plan for daily living and entertaining groups of friends. Included in the design was a new custom-made saltwater fish tank . . . a new home for Dory! The Challenge: Improving the flow of the first-floor living space, which included the kitchen, dining room, family room, and office, was a priority. An additional goal was creating a connection to the outdoor pool deck. The Result: The biggest change was eliminating the wall between the kitchen and dining room, allowing room for a large seated island that the whole family could gather around. Enlarging the openings between the other rooms totally transformed the home, and Dory’s new 250-gallon aquarium can be viewed from anywhere on the first floor.   121

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“Rooms serve many purposes for active families, but that doesn’t mean the overall style has to suffer.” —Jan Hiltz

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JAN HILTZ

The Goal (this page) The client wanted a family room that is comfortable but has an impact when you enter the home. Her inspiration picture was very bright drapes that filled the room with happiness. The Challenge (this page) The challenge was making the existing furniture work with a few new pieces, so that the room is livable for the children but stunning to look at every day of the year. The Goal (facing page) This client has lots of friends and family and enjoys entertaining. When they are not hosting guests, they like to know the children can build puzzles or play a board game. Design Summary for Both Clients Rooms serve many purposes for active families, but that doesn’t mean the overall style has to suffer. We are thrilled we met the goals of the happy homeowners.   123

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The Goal: The goal of this renovation project was to take a 1990s spec house and create a modern, updated, and expanded home for a family with older kids. The owners wanted a cleaner Shingle/farmhouse look on the exterior with an expanded kitchen, sunroom, and fully renovated interior. The owners also wanted to update the outdoor spaces of the home and better connect them to the living areas and existing pool. The Challenge: The challenge was to expand and efficiently renovate an existing home with a very dated overall aesthetic and an existing floor plan that had some major flaws, including lack of overall flow, multiple floor levels, and poor connection to exterior patio areas.

MICHAEL SMITH

Michael Smith Architects, LLC 41 North Main Street Suite 101 Norwalk, Connecticut 06854 203-563-0553 michaelsmitharchitects.com

The Solution: The solution was to expand the house slightly to the rear with a new kitchen and sunroom that open up to the existing sunken living room. The living room floor was raised to be on the same level as the main kitchen and first floor of the house. A large sunroom off the kitchen was created to provide more light and a connection to a new outdoor patio area with outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, and dining area. Above the sunroom, a new deck off the primary suite overlooks the parklike property. Finally, the exterior of the home was completely renovated with a new yellow cedar roof, windows, and trim.

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Olson Twombly Interior Design 860-322-4228 | Essex, CT 508-257-0384 | Nantucket, MA olsontwombly.com

The Backstory: The existing flow of the home’s three floors prevented the rooms from feeling connected. And the family room that opened out onto the back deck, the pool, and a spectacular view of Nantucket Harbor, which should have been the central gathering spot, was never used because it was cut off from the rest of the house. The Challenge: Improving the flow meant changing the location and flow of the staircase. We designed a straight-run stair—running across the house from east to west—which means it is located directly in front of you as you enter through the front door.

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JOSEPH OLSON

The Result: The location of the new stair opened up the first floor and eliminated the maze of rooms. The floating stair with glass rails allows one to see through the stair directly out to Nantucket Harbor. To further capitalize on that view, we replaced the French doors and windows in the family room with a NanaWall that fully opens the room out to the deck and pool.   127

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“Pat’s design skills are matched by her sensitivity to each client’s needs and requirements.”

Patricia M. Miller Residential Design, LLC 318 Good Hill Road Weston, CT 06883 203-227-7333 pmmarch.com

The Wish: To renovate a home is to bring it a new life filled with beauty, warmth, activity, function, and love. The goal was to raise the structure to be FEMA compliant, capture the beautiful views of the Sound, open the floor plan to bring in as much light and openness as possible, and incorporate decks on both the second floor and the roof. Wish Granted: The house fulfilled the client’s every wish, including the rooftop deck, the lookout to the Sound.

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“Designing custom homes is both a privilege and a pleasure. RAC is committed to making the design process an enjoyable collaboration that celebrates the union of form and function.” —Robert Cardello

ROBERT A. CARDELLO & DAVID A. LAPIERRE

Robert A. Cardello Architects 60 Post Road West Westport, CT 06880 & 6 West Putnam Avenue Greenwich, CT 06830 203-853-2524 cardelloarchitects.com

The Rule of Thumb (above): When your kitchen sits directly over the water, open it up to the view. This 1906 stone and stucco home remains stately on the outside, but the interior renovation took a transitional turn. The end result is stunning. The Challenge (facing page, top): Our clients found a waterside stucco mansion with interesting grounds, but it needed extensive renovation to address problematic proportions and detailing. The result is an award-winning home with an updated but classic look. The Starting Point (facing page, bottom): This Shippan project started as a Cape Cod-style house, with segregated rooms and a chimney in the middle of the floor plan. RAC removed the central fireplace, opening up the plan dramatically. Expanses of glass provide gorgeous water views from every living space in the home.

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Robert Dean Architects The Starting Point: We love old houses. They tell their own stories, and we like to respectfully participate in those stories. Sometimes we offer a gentle burnishing, sometimes a major intervention. But always, an interest in the story.

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A Classic Lake House: Sometimes bad things happen to good houses. We enjoy looking past those unfortunate forks in the road and reimagining the beauty of the underlying structure. New Life for an Old Barn: This classic New England connected barn was a forlorn part of a beautiful house. We gave the barn new life, and its expressive timbered interior has since become an integral part of the house. A Shingle-style Tune-up: While adding new space to a classic Shingle-style house, we took the opportunity to simplify the exterior massing and create a more open and generous interior.

ROBERT DEAN

Robert Dean Architects 111 Cherry Street New Canaan, CT 06840 203-966-8333 robertdeanarchitects.com

“Finding those Diamonds in the Rough.”

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Warm summer days make us want to throw open our doors to houseguests, parties that last all weekend, and time spent by the water, whether it's the ocean, pool—or Five Mile River. See story on page 162.

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A geological challenge inspires a Fairfield County home to find its true nature. Text by DEBRA JUDGE SILBER  |  Photography by MICHAEL J. LEE

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Native ledge resting just below the earth’s surface provided both inspiration and building material for this Fairfield County house. Viewed here from the rear, the home’s outdoor kitchen and seating area, saltwater pool, and spa double down on its connection to the outdoors.

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Lots of houses are built from the ground up. Fewer are built from the ground itself. In the case of this Fairfield County home, the rock ledge resting just below the earth’s surface would become more than an obstruction to be removed. It would become a natural choice to adorn the new home’s gables, chimneys, fireplaces, and garden walls. It’s an apt adaptation in a region so rugged that Colonial settlers routinely hiked around the area rather than pass through it, says Thomas McNeill, a principal with Hutker Architects. “We had to deal with all of that stone,”

ABOVE: Inside the front door, walls are clad

with raw steel, with a painted steel panel extending across the ceiling and outside to shelter the threshold. BELOW: Bookended tables and a bench off the kitchen were crafted from an oak tree that once stood in the client’s friend’s yard. FACING PAGE: The home’s front entry resides in a glass-walled connector topped with a light-filled study area for the clients’ children on the level above.

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he explains. “So we started making as much of the house out of the stone as we could. We sort of pulled the house up from the earth.” There was a lot of stone there. “We excavated 5,000 cubic yards of rock,” says builder Paul Fontana, noting that the volume of the ledge effectively expands as it’s pulled from the ground. “When you blast rock, it fluffs up, like when you’re baking muffins,” he says. This isn’t the first house Fontana has

built using native ledge. Nor is it for Tony Pelosi, his head stonecutter, whom Fontana describes as “the world’s last gray-haired Italian mason, right out of central casting.” It was Pelosi, along with three assistants, who created the home’s veneers that read as solid walls and its hand-built fireboxes with herringbone linings. “Many masons aren’t up to the task of doing this,” says Fontana, “this” meaning chipping boulders the size of

In a sitting area off the kitchen, ceilings look as though they’ve been excavated to display hidden beams. Not so: too short to span the rooms, the salvaged beams are embedded in soffits that make them appear structural. FACING PAGE: A dining bar on the kitchen island, held in place with hand-cut dovetails and a single ebony pin, is made from the same tree used for the kitchen tables and bench.

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golf carts into usable blocks. “They don’t get shot out of the ground at a nice six-inch thickness,” he points out. It’s very much a handmade house, with an agrarian edge that sets it apart from the more formal estates in the area. Its roof shingles and siding are Alaskan yellow pine, softening to gray at the edges. The walls inside the entry are clad with raw steel with a swirling milled finish. Ragged wooden beams salvaged from Pennsylvania barns, their hand-cut mortises visible, span plaster ceilings. Reclaimed wood of a later vintage was used to build a section of the kitchen island, along with a pair of tables and a bench in the breakfast nook. All three were crafted by master carpenter John Sweeny from a tree that once stood in the yard of

ABOVE: A steel staircase designed to accommodate the

clients’ chandelier drops to the first floor from one end of the second-floor study area. RIGHT: In the primary bathroom, a built-in bench separates the dual sinks. FACING PAGE: More beams, a fireplace built of ledge, and window benches remove any pretension from the primary bedroom suite.

“We started making as much of the house out of the stone as we could. We sort of pulled the house up from the earth.” —Architect Thomas McNeill

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Dressed in stone chiseled from the ground, the garage serves as a gateway to the property and forms a courtyard with the house. FACING PAGE: On the other side of the courtyard, a library ladder provides access to tall bookshelves in the owner’s home office.

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A pizza oven and wood-fired barbecue grill, or parrilla, fulfill every dining request from the outdoor kitchen. FACING PAGE: At dusk, retractable screens offer insect protection on the poolside patio. The deck of the spa on the left is set about two feet higher than that of the pool, making entrances and exits easier.

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It’s very much a handmade house, with an agrarian edge that sets it apart from the more formal estates in the area.

ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN: Mark Hutker,

Thomas McNeill, Ryan Alcaidinho, Hutker Architects BUILDER:

Paul Fontana, Cum Laude Group LANDSCAPE DESIGN:

Gregory Lombardi, Gregory Lombardi Design

some friends of the homeowners. The house itself is an assemblage: four distinct but conjoined structures contain a garage, a guest/office wing, and, in the two largest sections, family spaces that include a primary bedroom suite, a homework space, and smaller suites for four resident teenagers. A pantry, mudroom, kitchen, and living and dining areas occupy the main floors.

A courtyard in front serves as an extension of the living room and a buffer to the street. In the back, a sheltered patio with a pizza oven and wood-fired grill is poised for poolside entertaining. A few yards away, a hunk of ledge breaks the surface of the lawn. Left in place, says McNeill, as a tribute to all that remains beneath. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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In Season Opposites attract in a new home with an old soul in the Litchfield Hills.

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The inviting library features saturated colors, rich vintage leather, Schumacher wallpaper on the ceiling—and an enticing peek into the dining room. There’s artistry in the details, from the classically styled shelves to a vase that echoes the Greek-key pattern in the Jonathan Adler rug.

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TOP: With its distinctive Greek Revival notes, the main part of the house strikes a classical pose on its pastoral homesite; the simpler, more straightforward structure on the right houses the living room. BOTTOM: Traditional columns define the back porch. FACING PAGE: Wallpaper from Schumacher dresses the foyer, while a star pendant from Vaughan provides illumination.

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hen you picture the Hamptons, you think of summer homes and endless days at the beach. But when the vacation hot spot serves as your residence, where do you go to, well, vacation? That was the question one family asked themselves as they searched for land far from their beloved beach—and contemplated designing a home far different from their minimalist aesthetic. Though originally intended as a fall/ winter getaway, an exquisite homesite in Sharon featuring a deep lot on a rise boasting 360-degree views won a year-round place in the family’s hearts. “We fell in love with the area’s beauty and remoteness,” says the wife, who, with her husband and three daughters, easily embraced “all that space to ourselves.”

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When it comes to design, most homeowners want a cohesive look, especially on the exterior. Not so here. The living room wing, both inside and out, was designed to look as if it was added on long after the main house went up, even though they were built at the same time. The main home’s exterior, clad in limestone-treated bricks, leans toward Greek Revival. In contrast, vertical planks side the exterior of the living room wing. That wing connects to the kitchen and the rest of the house by an airy dining corridor with poured-concrete radiant-heated floors and a showstopping Serena & Lily chandelier hovering above a round six-person table. The surprising design move adds an

ABOVE: The dining room is a study in traditional style—without being too cloying or stuffy. The designer sourced the vintage dining table and chairs, chest, and lantern from Montage Antiques in Millerton, New York. The whimsical hand-painted wall panels are from UK-based Fromental. RIGHT: A high-gloss hallway serves as a moody, sophisticated bar with generous storage space. The pendants come from Millerton Antiques Center.

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THE LIVING ROOM WING, BOTH INSIDE AND OUT, WAS DESIGNED TO LOOK AS IF IT WAS ADDED ON LONG AFTER THE MAIN HOUSE WENT UP. enchanting quirkiness to a home in which every space has intention. “They love the coziness of the smaller rooms in the traditional part of the house, but they also really wanted a big, open family space off of the kitchen,” says Leslie Rylee, who designed the interiors of the three-story home. “The idea of a modern wing sort of came from wanting to have huge windows to frame that view across the property. Also, the husband is a very tall guy, and I think he especially liked the huge volume of that modern wing.” The main level has ten-foot ceilings but oh-so-cozy rooms, including a dining room with hand-painted Fromental wall panels, and a library with sink-in leather chairs and a Greek-key-patterned rug. With its La Cornue range and Urban Archaeology pendants, the kitchen feels classic. In the living room, RH sofas flank the floor-to-ceiling fireplace, while striking rope chairs complete the conversation area. To ensure no transitional space went unused, a high-gloss sapphireblue hallway doubles as a galley-style bar. “The homeowners love the texture and nuance of old houses, so we tried to bring those elements to the forefront in the main part of the house,” says Rylee. “We used all salvaged wood doors and hardware, traditional trim profiles, a mahogany newel post and handrail—and married them with clean

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The modern—compared to the rest of the house—living room acts as the heart of the home for the family of five. A mix of materials and profiles kicks the style quotient up a notch, with a custom Bombay Sprout rug, rope chairs from Mecox Gardens, and floor lamps and a coffee table from RT Facts in Kent.

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In the dining corridor that connects the main house to the living room wing, there’s a pleasing distinction between the playful Oly table and the classic Windsor chairs from Ballard Designs. A wood-grain wallpaper from Nobilis adds interest to the ceiling. FACING PAGE: The bright blue hue of the Glac Seat bistro counter stools coordinates with the backsplash tiles from Country Floors.

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The lower-level guest suite boasts a private entrance—and all the charm of the home’s communal rooms. Serena & Lily bedding warms up the space, while Rejuvenation lighting brightens it, and wallpaper from Aimée Wilder brings the wow factor. RIGHT: A cleverly designed nook sits in a corridor between two of the daughters’ bedrooms. The colors in the Cowtan & Tout wallpaper and Carolina Irving Textiles seat cushion reflect the landscape outside.

INTERIOR DESIGN: Leslie Rylee, Leslie Rylee Decorative Arts and Interiors ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND BUILD: Dennis Fisher,

Amber Construction & Design LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Elizabeth

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lines and proportions so that the more modern ‘addition’ would not feel alien to the house as a whole.” Rylee worked closely with Dennis Fisher of Amber Construction & Design to make the design work. “The clients knew what they wanted but were open to ideas, so working with them was a pleasure,” says Fisher.

The retreat meets the family’s expectations for their home away from home, says the wife, and for a family used to being surrounded by vacationers, their own getaway managed to surprise. “The quiet that descends on you when you arrive is so calming,” she says, “and unbelievably invigorating.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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Visitors enter Connie and Mike Casey’s Rowayton home via a steel-and-glass atrium, which also acts as an entertaining space. Antique brick from Belgium on the walls emphasizes the structure’s industrial vibe. Outside, landscape designer Sidney Marshman planted arborvitae trees for privacy.

A little bit city, a little bit coastal, and a whole lot of glass along Five Mile River. Text by ERIKA AYN FINCH | Photography by JENNIFER HOLT

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LEFT: Opposite the atrium’s front door, a bar

overlooks Five Mile River; the turquoise hair-on-hide barstools are from Holly Hunt. ABOVE: Builder Bo Malpass designed the house as three connected structures; the kids’ wing on the left connects to the chimney-clad living area via the atrium, and the barn on the far right attaches to the main house via a glassed-in walkway.

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hen designing your dream house, it helps to camp out next door, as Connie and Mike Casey soon discovered. The couple was living in the adjacent cottage when they purchased the waterfront property on Rowayton’s Five Mile River with the intent of building a home that would serve as headquarters for their blended family of eight, including six kids scattered along the east and west coasts. Drawn to New York City’s industrial loft aesthetic as well as Connecticut’s casual waterside elegance, the Caseys enlisted Bo Malpass, known for his ingenuity with glass, to design and build a home that captured the spirit of both locales.

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Designer Connie Casey carefully selected each light fixture, including the one attached to the concrete fireplace surround in the family room. Created by artist Jane Hallworth, the fixture is named for and designed to resemble the constellation Aquila. The low-profile sectional is by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia.

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For everyday meals, the family of eight gathers around this BDDW oxidized-maple table with its woven-leather bench and leatherand-vintage-brass chairs, both also from BDDW. Casey’s favorite light fixture, Big Sky by Lianne Gold for Ralph Pucci, hangs above the kitchen island.

A steel-and-glass atrium that does triple duty as an entryway, bar, and entertaining pavilion (the Christmas tree stands tall in the middle for the family’s annual holiday soiree) acts as the heart of the home. It sets the tone for the rest of the seven-bedroom space, designed as three attached structures that each showcase floor-to-ceiling windows and large skylights. Connie Casey, who cofounded now-shuttered design resource site blinkdecor in 2006 and currently consults on interiors projects, works from a glass office snug under the stairs in the main living space. “We call it the ‘Bird Cage,’ ” she says with a laugh. “It’s in the hub of the home, but the windows and doors close for privacy.” Malpass says the office works because Casey keeps things so tidy. “Even her pencils are all the right colors,” he jokes. A glassed-in walkway with polishedconcrete floors connects the main house to the barn, which acts as another entertaining space and contains Mike’s home office. A glass floor—one of Malpass’s signature elements—in the barn’s kitchen reveals a wine cellar in the basement. With so much glass, the home needed an exterior focal point—aside from sweeping river views, of course. Fortunately, a catalpa tree estimated to be more than a century old stood on the property. Numerous windows on the first and second floors frame views of the tree. And like the home itself, the landscape relies on hard surfaces to make a statement. At the back of the house, limestone from Exquisite Surfaces

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Connie Casey with the family’s cockapoo, Charlotte; the wideplank oak floors were sourced from Germany and inspired by the Casey’s favorite NYC retreat, Crosby Street Hotel. Casey’s office, a collaboration between Malpass and Brooklyn-based Face Design, features a piece of reflective glass art by Rob Wynne. The glass floors in the barn’s kitchen offer a glimpse of the basement’s wine cellar.

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E CALL IT THE ‘BIRD CAGE.’ IT’S IN THE HUB OF THE HOME, BUT THE WINDOWS AND DOORS CLOSE FOR PRIVACY.” —Designer and homeowner Connie Casey 171

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The airy and tranquil main bedroom offers the homeowners views of Long Island Sound from a pair of Formations swivel chairs. Lacquered walls in the suite’s hallway amplify the natural light, while the grass-green rug by Diane Von Furstenberg for The Rug Company leads the eye to a view of the property’s catalpa tree. The mirrors in the en suite bathroom slide on tracks to regulate light exposure.

in New York surrounds the infinity-edge pool, while the foundation and the outdoor fireplace and chimney are fronted with fieldstone veneer. Granite clads the foundation in the front of the house. When designing the interiors, Casey sought handcrafted light fixtures from the likes of David Weeks, Lianne Gold for Ralph Pucci, Lindsey Adelman, Gino Sarfatti, and Jane Hallworth to set the tone for each room without detracting from the views. “I was drawn to artisanal glass light fixtures because of their reflective qualities that play off the water and abundance of light,” she explains. Because the Caseys lived next door for the two years their dream home was being built, the project became so collaborative that, when asked who made what design decision, all four players struggle to recall. “Mike and I took an active role from the start and remained very involved throughout the process,” says Casey. “As a result, the house embodies the spirit of our family— it’s a welcoming place full of people, kids, friends, and dogs. And I think that started with the build. Collectively, we pushed each other creatively, and that added up to a magical space.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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