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Winter 2021 |

VOLUME 12, ISSUE NO. 1

112 Features 112 Tradition Reimagined

In Greenwich, interior designer Kathleen Walsh dreams up an energetic mix of color and pattern fit for a young family.

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124 Sitting Pretty

From every angle, a classic Shingle-style home in Riverside presents a lovely face.

132 Alice’s Wonderland

Designer Alice Black’s quirky cottage exudes charm but never feels fusty.

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60 Inspired Interiors

A thoughtful renovation puts functionality (and fun with the grandkids) at the forefront.

66 Shop Visit

A favorite home emporium makes a move to East Norwalk.

74 The Scene

A look back at a host of designrelated events.

Special Marketing Section 81 Portfolio of Fine Architecture

In Every Issue 24 Editor’s Note 72 Design Dispatches 142 Resources 143 Advertiser Index 144 Last Look

Here & There 31 Smith on Style

Editor at Large Clinton Smith explores the enchantingly redesigned Mayflower Inn & Spa.

38 Things We Love

Fluted details and curved lines add texture and warmth to furniture and accessories.

44 Rooms We Love

Four site-specific bathrooms showcase sophisticated details.

54 Artistry

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personal in nature—the appeal to these hotels is in how home-like they are. We used a lot of vintage elements in both, and we used fabrics from to-the-trade resources,” says Kemble of the newly redesigned Washington property, part of the Auberge Resorts Collection. “In using a lot of vintage things, you

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RIGHT: Each of the guest accommodations

features a unique design perspective. A blueand-white Schumacher wallpaper envelops one room. BELOW: In another space, the artwork and curtain fabrics echo the Connecticut countryside just beyond. Throughout, playful paper flower arrangements by Livia Cetti of The Green Vase can be found in each room.

feeling harmonious and not the least bit riotous. “Texture, natural things, and patina are what I hope hold everything together,” says Kemble. “I wanted to strike a delicate juxtaposition of scale, use of organic materials, plenty of linen, a lot of sisal, and objects that have beautifully aged. Nothing is too tidy and intact. Everything has a graceful softness around the edge. Nothing is too high contrast.” Big doses of pattern and whimsy are imbued throughout, as well, with nary a feeling of it being too casual for a famed resort, where seas of beige and greige often run unchecked in newly reconfigured public spaces. “We were designing to have an enduring level of taste that would feel classic, but also fresh for now,” says

Kemble. “I always believe that though not everyone will like your design— whether you play it safe or not—it’s important to at least aim for a strong impact that makes a room memorable. Character and punch can be delivered in so many ways that are still classic but exciting.” How Kemble conveys a joyful, whimsical vibe without being too saccharine is most evident in the garden room, a central gathering spot for meals where guests often start and end their days, and which leaves them smiling from ear to ear. “We covered the walls in brilliant, colorful insects and flowers that are almost bigger than one’s head,” says Kemble of the space. “It’s the irreverence that keeps it casual. We also allowed a lot of air and empty space

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From custom lampshades to one-of-a-kind architectural molding to fanciful upholstery passementerie— the ottoman’s trim is raffia—Kemble rethought every aspect of the new guest rooms. The striped wallcovering is a pattern from Sister Parish Design.

in the design because it allows breathing room and light to fill the space between the design elements.” And lest you think any of the elements are too orchestrated, Kemble leaves plenty of room for serendipity, the art of discovery, and creating one’s own memories. “All of our fabrics are earthy colors of

rusts and mossy greens—your glass of wine and food are the most formally controlled elements in the room,” says Kemble. “Everything else is flickering, sunlit, or breezy and wild.” Under Kemble’s spell, it’s a safe bet that we can leave the rest to chance.

Each issue, Editor at Large Clinton Smith checks out what’s new and what’s next on the Connecticut design scene.

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WONDER WALLS The stylish claw-and-ball-foot bathtub was as essential to this space as running water. The homeowners charged designer Elena Phillips with creating a bath that was gracefully understated— and worthy of the tub’s good looks. As a result, there’s no over-the-top grandeur here, just fine design and a comfortable melding of exquisite materials. The large space features a white-on-white palette—with one statement-making, lighthearted exception: a refreshing Katie Ridder wallcovering that completes the room. “My client’s favorite color is blue, and I think

it’s nice to have a pop of something,” says Phillips. “In a nod to the home’s location on the water, the wallcovering is called Seaweed. It looks lovely in so much natural light, too.” She chose louvered shutters for the lower windows surrounding the tub. The marble floor tile is loosely Moroccaninspired, not too large or overwhelming. Carrara marble tops the custom vanity. And there’s beauty in the subtle details: The sconces, ceiling fixture, faucets, and pulls are all polished nickel, while luminous mother-of-pearl frames the twin mirrors.

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dolomite dominates the main bath, while a dressing-table niche sparkles with Lucite details. The mixed-stone tile—Dune Smoke from Artistic Tile—flanks a floorto-ceiling mirror in the powder room. A simple palette and lots of natural light keep the focus on texture in the primary bath.

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BATHING BEAUTIES Designer Julie Nightingale describes the house overlooking Long Island Sound in Rowayton as all white, glass, silver, and sparkle—and she means that in the best possible way. Its main bath and one of the powder rooms are two of a kind. The homeowners’ desire for a very large shower overlooking the water inspired the main bath, so the his-andher space with wraparound windows dominates, but a sleek soaking tub, set in the middle of the room, comes in a close second. “I believe in taking one or two beautiful materials and using an

abundance of them,” says Nightingale. In this case, Dolomite marble steals the show on the walls, ceiling, floors, and vanities. Downstairs, wave-like concrete tiles by Artistic Tile—and ten-foot-high ceilings—inspired the powder room. Two strips of the two-foot-wide tiles separated by a mirror covers one wall floor to ceiling. Chosen to be unobtrusive, a gray lacquer vanity intersects the wall treatment, while pendants hang from the ceiling to maintain an uninterrupted flow. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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Short Summer, 64"H x 50"W, oil on canvas.

ously seen at the Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, where Dubicki is represented. “I look at commissions as a continuation of works that I already have started,” says Dubicki.

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“I like it when people say, ‘Oh, I see a puppy,’ ” Dubicki says. “I like when people look at a painting and don’t just walk past it. It’s great to see what people gravitate toward because it feels like they are already connected to the work.” Abstract art can sometimes

seem spare, but Dubicki’s work catches the eye right on the border of recognition—even when it’s not based on anything real at all. The artist delights, for example, when a viewer guesses that a painting enigmatically titled Short Summer hints at a sailboat gliding past a glacier,

DUBICKI’S WORK CATCHES THE EYE RIGHT ON THE BORDER OF RECOGNITION— EVEN WHEN IT’S NOT BASED ON ANYTHING REAL AT ALL. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT:

Apollo’s Answer, 66"H x 60"W, oil on canvas; The Springs, 35"H x 35"W, oil on canvas; artist Emilia Dubicki in her Morris Cove studio; Breakwater on the Sound no.2, 52"H x 72"W, acrylic on canvas.

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Four Winds, 36"H x 34"W, oil on canvas.

revealing that the work was a visual manifestation of a W.S. Merwin poem, “Remembering a Boatman.” “I sometimes look at a painting as a poem,” she says. “Sometimes a poem can

be just ten lines but a powerful ten lines.” EDITOR’S NOTE: Emilia Dubicki is represented by the Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, giampietrogallery.com. To see more of her work, visit emiliadubicki.com.

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family and friends. Glass shelves do double duty as a bar, Romo wallpaper panels with a slight shimmer raise the glam factor, and plush Osborne and Little chairs beside a gas fireplace invite lingering long after the dishes are cleared. Rapp then converted the original dining room into an inviting playroom, skillfully blending chic and cheerful, from the pretty window treatments with a Monet waterlily effect, to the modern, low (and easy-to-wipe) Design Within Reach coffee table. Once the grandkids were set, it was

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TOP TO BOTTOM: In the main suite, Rapp chose a large-scale headboard and an aubergine accent wall to anchor the space; a cozy sitting area is defined by soft, organic shapes. In the powder room, a wall-mounted sink allows easy access, and floating shelves in a niche on the wall provide a decorative pop.

MAGENTA, ALBEIT A MUCH SOFTER HUE, REAPPEARS IN THE MAIN BEDROOM, FOR A COOL ART DECO VIBE. time to focus on a thoughtful remodel of the kitchen. Rapp collaborated with kitchen designer Iris Michaels from Karen Berkemeyer Home to devise a universal space that is “clean, light, and bright—with a functional, accessible design.” Generous walkways accommodate a walker or wheelchair, and new white recessed-paneled cabinets can be reached at waist level. At the centerisland workstation—purposely positioned lower to accommodate a chair—a sink, cook-top (there’s even a pot-filler), prep area, and refrigerator drawers are

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all at arm’s length. Nearby, an accessible desk is command central for art projects and laptop work. Pops of magenta—the owner’s favorite color—personalize the space, while lending a cohesive thread to the renovation. Magenta, albeit a much softer hue, reappears in the main bedroom, for a cool Art Deco vibe. It’s a soothing sanctuary, notes Rapp, a place to retreat for some quiet time after a busy day of play with the grandkids—or, perhaps, lounge on the chaise for story time. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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lamp and ornate rococo mirror top an antique French buffet in an example of classic Goss. Every item in the shop has a story, and Goss delights in sharing those with customers. She happily chats about why she chose a specific upholstery for a chair, the history behind vintage barware, or where she discovered a piece of art. While furniture is the focus at The Flat, there are also plenty of accessories at various price points. “I am thrilled when people can take home something they love, the unique piece that makes their home special,” Goss says.

housed a shovel factory in the nineteenth century, are a quick jaunt down Metro North from the shop’s original Westport locale. While the first boutique brought to mind a chic pied-à-terre, the new space exudes a hip downtown-loft vibe, with its exposed brick walls and rustic wood ceiling. The 3,000-plus-

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square-foot space houses an extensive collection of vintage furnishings, original art, lighting, and accessories, all curated by The Flat’s owner, Becky Goss. Known for her creative displays featuring sophisticated vignettes, Goss encourages shoppers to envision how each piece would look in their own home. The expanded store is the latest evolution in Goss’s retail career. “I started my business by selling at a large antique mart, but my dream was always to have a shop of my own,” she says. Her secret weapon is her intuitive design sense. Goss effortlessly achieves the elusive “mix”—much talked about in design circles but often hard to achieve. In one setting, a contemporary Taccia by Flos

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Notebook Goodbye 2020, and hello 2021! We’ve been staying close to home, but the Connecticut design community continues buzzing along. DesignDot expanded its services to provide homeowners with direct access to sourcing and ordering goods via an in-house concierge design service. Monthly subscriptions allow members access to various vendors at advantageous pricing. The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art awarded architecture and interiors firm Hendricks Churchill the 2020 Stanford White Award for Excellence in Classical and New Traditional Design in the interior design category. The award-winning project, named New Farmhouse, is in Sharon. The home features Americana and sustainable design. You can now call Beth Krupa Madam President. Krupa has been named President of the American Society of Interior Designers, Connecticut chapter. The designer plans to focus on education and the exchange of information during her term. “I believe that shared knowledge builds our profession and gives us all a stronger foundation and confidence to service our ever-evolving clientele,” says Krupa. Congratulations to Michael Benjamin and Chuck Willette, who were named partners at the architectural firm Brooks & Falotico. Both men have been part of the firm for a combined thirty-four years, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to their elevated roles. Do you have news to share? Email Lynda Simonton at lsimonton@ nehomemag.com.

REQUIRED READING While away a cold winter afternoon with these new design monographs featuring Connecticut homes.

Like the best design books, Katie Ridder: More Rooms (Vendome Press, $70, 2020), written by Jorge Arango with photography by Eric Piasecki, is equal parts instruction and inspiration. Readers will linger on the pages, mesmerized by Ridder’s exquisite use of color and the beautiful bespoke details that define the designer’s signature look. On the more practical side, Ridder takes us room by room, sharing her advice for creating furniture and lighting plans and layering materials.

The pages of Décors Barbares: The Enchanting Interiors of Nathalie Farman-Farma (Vendome Press, $60, 2020) depict a luxurious world where colors and layers reign supreme. The pattern party won’t surprise the many fans of the designer’s globally influenced textile line, Décors Barbares. And since the book features Farman-Farma’s family homes, including her Greenwich childhood abode, the spaces are delightfully personal. Photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna expertly captures the romance and richness of the properties.

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What’s next for home design? What does 2021 have in store for design professionals in Connecticut? A November webinar hosted by New England Home Connecticut and moderated by Tyra Dellacroce of Connecticut Stone answered these questions and more during an in-depth discussion. The panelists, including Arnold Karp, Robin Kencel, Jeff Kaufman, Beth Krupa (the new president of the Connecticut chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers), Chris Barre, and Tara Vincenta, shared their predictions for the new year. In case you missed the live event, you can catch the full discussion online at nehomemag.com/innovative-trends-forthe-future-of-home-design/.

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Charles Hilton Book Signing In October, Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems hosted an intimate gathering in their Westport shop, Eleish Van Breems Home, to celebrate the launch of architect Charles Hilton’s book, Classic Greenwich Houses. The 240-page book features nine homes designed by Charles Hilton Architects. The book also showcases the work of Connecticut designers Amy Andrews, Isabelle Vanneck, Christina Lake, and the late Jane Gleason as well as celebrated New York designer Miles Redd.

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Meet the 2020 5 Under 40 Winners In lieu of the annual 5 Under 40 Awards celebration, New England Home hosted a virtual event with the 2020 honorees. Moderated by New England Home’s Editor in Chief Jenna Talbott, the event recognized the achievements and talents of New Canaan-based landscape architect Elizabeth Hendrickson along with four other New England professionals. The event also kicked off a week-long virtual auction of rugs designed by the winners and created by Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting. This year, we raised more than $12,000 for Barakat, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based nonprofit that provides education to women and children in south and central Asia. You can watch the entire presentation at nehomemag.com/category/news/design-dialog.

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Lee Industries + Eleish Van Breems Home In September, the Westport location of Eleish Van Breems Home unveiled its new light-and-bright to-the-trade showroom, Eleish Van Breems Studio, which features Lee Industries furniture and fabrics. The space is around the corner from Eleish Van Breems Home, which is open to the public.

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Architects Make WYour Life Impressive! hether you are building, renovating or remodeling your own home or designing a commercial complex, choosing the right architect is vital to a successful project. The architect is the one professional who has the education, training, experience, and vision to guide you through the entire design and construction process, from helping you define what you want to build to helping you get the most for your construction dollar. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) works to advance the quality of life and protect the public’s health, safety and welfare, as it has done for over 160 years.

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Brooks & Falotico Associates, LLP

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with their clients. Brooks & Falotico offers comprehensive architectural services with both partners involved at every stage. The firm creates innovative solutions to design challenges like building regulations and environmental concerns. They design every building with its surroundings in

mind—think waterfront homes built to last while maximizing views; skiin-ski-out lodges; and classic facades in traditional neighborhoods, which give way to contemporary interiors that suit their clients’ modern tastes and lifestyles.

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➊ Newly constructed contemporary home on Long Island Sound designed for a large family.

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Christopher Pagliaro Architects

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hristopher Pagliaro Architects was founded as a designoriented studio that believes architecture is a performing art that leads to client satisfaction. The firm has developed a reputation as the creator of exceptional architecture throughout North America. Its guiding principle is that all projects should enhance the complete context within the environment. Each home is exceptionally functional, applying

key concepts of place, space, light, scale, and material. The hallmark is the marriage of building and site. A well-organized spatial flow provides the primary contribution to our design and maintains the sensibility with which one space relates to the next, creating an elegant and functional plan. Projects are designed to maximize the daylight, enticing you into the space and conveying a sense of opti-

mism and possibility. There is an experience to architecture. It is not simply the location of a window, but the manipulation of the building’s envelope so that space becomes a part of the view. It is not singular, but multiple, experienced from different angles and through multiple spaces simultaneously. A Christopher Pagliaro design is not just a building, but a place at peace with itself.

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➊ The “magic wall” of glass that marries the landscape and living space is embraced by the covered outdoor living space. ➋ The simplicity of form is celebrated by the symmetrical asymmetrical gable forms that are tied together with a transparent link. ➌ The kitchen as central commend of an open interior space that includes cooking, eating, living. ➍ The panoramic curvature of form takes advantage of 270-dgrees of waterfront.

Christopher Pagliaro Architects 320 Post Road, Suite 160 Darien, CT 06820 203-838-5517 christopherpagliaroarchitects.com

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Connecticut Stone

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ith more than 70 years of experience helping builders, homeowners, and design professionals turn their ideas into reality, Connecticut Stone knows what it takes to produce one-of-akind pieces. We have over 10,000 different products available, such as Marble, Quartzite, ThinStone, Bluestone,

and more, and our team of expert craftsmen can fabricate, custom cut, and shape any project to your unique specifications. Whether you’re looking to create a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a pool deck and patio, or clad your home in natural stone, Connecticut Stone has the materials and expertise to bring your visions to fruition.

It doesn’t matter if you’re down the street or across the country, we take on any project, big or small. If you’re in the area, stop by our 13,000-square-foot showroom or give us a call at 203-882-1000 to talk to one of our staff members. No matter where you are, our team is here to help bring any designer or architect’s dream concept to life.

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➊ This kitchen features Calacatta Gold Honed Marble countertops paired with 3x6 white glossy subway tiles. ➋ With the help of architect Peter Cadoux and Builder Hobbs, Inc., CT Stone created a custom blend of three different types of stone in a square-cut pattern. ➌ This bathroom uses Calacatta Honed Waterjet Mosaic for both the floors and walls. Architect: Mark Finlay Architects, Builder: Hobbs Inc., Designer: G2 Interior Design. ➍ Carried over from the outside of the house, the conservatory has the same custom blend of granite and fieldstone in blue and gray tones to create a cooler, calmer look.

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

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Daniel Conlon Architects

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aniel Conlon Architects is dedicated to the creation of distinctive homes inspired by their surroundings and tailored to the lifestyles of our clients. The award-winning firm has been recognized for its practical plan organization, flowing spaces, and crisp details. While of paramount importance, design excellence is one of many skills an architect

must possess to guide a project from the excitement of the initial sketches to the completion of the punch list. Creativity, communication, and technical expertise, along with the effective management of the complex permitting, budgeting, and construction processes, are all essential. The firm takes pride in delivering these services with integrity, professionalism,

and a sense of humor, striving to provide an enjoyable client experience. Whether a modest addition, or a substantial new home, Dan personally oversees every project, delivering fresh ideas backed up with years of experience. The vast majority of the firm’s work comes through client referral, with many returning time after time.

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➊ The street-side elevation of this waterfront home conveys a sense of calm and balance, utilizing terraced landscape walls to transition from the natural grade to the code-required elevated living levels. ➋ The upper-level library looks through the main two-story living space to outdoor decks and water views beyond. ➌ The rounded stair tower is the focal point of the front façade, visually connecting the elevated structure to the ground. ➍ The sculptural main stairway is bathed in natural light, revealing water views as you arrive on each level.

Daniel Conlon Architects 11 Grumman Hill Rd. Wilton, CT 06897 203-544-7988 dconlonarchitects.com

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Douglas VanderHorn Architects

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ouglas VanderHorn Architects specializes in residential design within a diverse collection of traditional and contemporary styles. Douglas and his namesake firm create transformational alterations and distinguished new homes by focusing on the goals and inspirations of each individual client. Founded on careful analysis and planning, each

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design incorporates innovative building technologies, modern conveniences, and tailor-made features into elegant, imaginative, and captivating architectural solutions. DVHA’s dedicated associates’ specialties range from classical architecture and historic preservation, to building science and sustainable design. In addition to in-house staff, a

network of talented landscape architects, interior decorators, engineers, contractors, and artisans are called upon for each project. Our guiding intent: to build a timeless home that complements its surroundings, with gracious interior spaces designed for contemporary living.

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➊ Though the outside of a new seaside Shingle-style home matches the classic styling of neighboring 19th- and early 20th-century estates, the interior is all modern conveniences and technologies. ➋ An airy family room is open to the kitchen and breakfast rooms and maximizes light and water views. Special touches include the v-groove vaulted and cherry-beamed ceiling, and custom wood mantel with tile surround. ➌ Inside, white oak herringbone floors catch the light between a cleanly detailed stair and open-plan living and dining rooms. ➍ An office in an octagonal bay enjoys wrap-around water views.

Douglas VanderHorn Architects 41 West Elm Street Greenwich, CT 06830 203-622-7000 vanderhornarchitects.com

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InnerSpace Electronics, Inc.

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iscover beautiful homeelectronics design and lighting that leverages modern technology while promoting better health. Let InnerSpace Electronics show you how Delos wellness systems and Lutron’s Ketra lighting, facilitated by our experienced team, can put a spotlight on what matters most: your home’s aesthetics and family’s wellness. Delos is the advanced system

that elevates health and well-being throughout the spaces where we live, work, sleep, and play. It applies real science to today’s vital issues, such as abundant fresh air, clean water, thermal comfort, and lighting, in order to help regulate critical body rhythms and processes. In addition, we offer Ketra, which provides natural illumination that’s in harmony with our body for improved energy and living. And, as light-

ing specialists, we offer full-service design, lighting, controls, and installation. Turn your home into an intelligent, extraordinary environment with the ability to control lights from anywhere—even while you’re on vacation. At InnerSpace, we provide technology excellence with emphasis on your family’s home-wellness, décor, and lifestyle.

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➊ Careful and complete design, collaboration, installation, and elegant one-touch controls go into every InnerSpace lighting project. ➋ The leading local technology and smart-home provider, InnerSpace can also deliver motorized window treatments, entertainment systems, home theaters, networking systems, security, and more. ➌ Bring natural light indoors with Lutron’s Ketra, the highest quality and healthiest indoor light that enhances your décor, art, mood, and overall wellness. ➍ For improved health, we can deliver abundant, vital clean air, water, and natural light to your home with Delos wireless technology.

InnerSpace Electronics, Inc. 45 Kensico Drive Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914-937-9700 innerspaceelectronics.com

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n the words of one of our clients “it is awesome…the most amazing thing is how well the architecture, the design, and the furnishings all combine to create exactly what we were hoping for… ”~S.L. JMKA | architects believes in architecture that is grounded in its place, that responds to the natural environment and merges with the landscape. Using regional materials, we design buildings that are environmentally responsible,

authentic, and sustainable. We design for the present but are influenced by the past, and have a vision for timeless solutions. During the process, we consider the natural light, materials, and detail that are specific to each project. Exceptional architecture, we believe, comes from a design solution that responds to the circumstances inherent in each challenge. It is a hallmark of our firm’s design that we continue the same high level of detail on the interior as on

the exterior. Our projects reflect our expertise in custom-designed furniture, hardware, and lighting. JMKA | architects takes a collaborative approach, working closely with the client, the builder, the interior designer, and the landscape architect to address the complexities of each project. This is how we ensure every home is as successful as it can be. A unique, personalized architectural process is the hallmark of our firm.

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JMKA | architects 25 Imperial Ave Westport, CT (203) 222-1222 jmkarchitects.com

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Judith Larson & Associates

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iven our decades of experience, our clients are in good hands. From the smallest renovation to new homes of grand scale, to pool and guest houses, to barns and other outbuildings, Judith Larson and her talented design associates are here to make the backdrop of your life a comfortable and beautiful reflection of you. Regardless of style, all of the homes

we design are full of uplifting natural light and are thoughtfully detailed, warm, and welcoming. We have created award-winning home designs throughout Fairfield County, as well as in Vermont, Westchester County, Long Island, and Kiawah Island, SC. The services we offer include initial design concepts of both house and site, construction and permits, and interior millwork

and finishes—every part of a home. At every step of the way, we are there to help our clients manifest their dream home, and to create a happy memory of bringing it to fruition. We work as part of a design-build team—Gardiner & Larson Homes— as well as with other fine builders in the area.

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Every style of architecture, always unique, always functional, and always beautiful.

Judith Larson & Associates 97 Dan’s Highway New Canaan, CT 06840 203-972-1409 judithlarsonassociates.com gardinerlarsonhomes.com

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Mark P. Finlay Architects

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ark P. Finlay Architects is quietly leaving a significant and lasting mark on the world of architecture. An impressive list of current and past projects is matched only by loyal repeat clients who experience a oneof-a-kind, enjoyable design process with the firm. MPFA is a full-service architectural and interior design firm in Southport, Connecticut. Founded in 1984, 98

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the firm creates high-end designs for residential clients as well as many of the country’s most elite golf clubhouses. The first consideration of any MPFA design is not a specific historic precedent or plan type. Instead, initial planning efforts begin from the inside out, focusing on contemporary standards of comfort and livability. The firm has amassed a diverse international portfolio of

projects that span North America and beyond, exemplifying a wide range of experience and versatility that extends to master planning, historic landmark renovations, and trademark commercial buildings. MPFA maintains a small-firm sensibility, while affording clients the expertise and capabilities of a large firm, which has cultivated lifelong relationships with clients who return for multiple projects. PHOTO CREDIT: DAN CUTRONA

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➊ Library/living room, built of afromosia and plaster, houses client’s extensive travel collection. ➋ Family room seating area defined by built-ins that frame the fireplace. ➌ Built-in library reading nook with inset, illuminated display shelves. ➍ Transparent entrance elevation with black steelframe door and sidelites.

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Mark P. Finlay Architects 96 Old Post Road, Suite 200 Southport, CT 06890 203-254-2388 markfinlay.com

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Michael Smith Architects

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ounded in 1999 by principal Michael Smith, the firm’s underlying design philosophy centers on the idea that carefully applying the design principles of simplicity, consistency, and authenticity will yield a timeless work of architecture, regardless of the style or type of building. Michael and his team have designed a wide range of high-quality projects,

including large single-family custom residences, residential renovations, boutique commercial projects, educational facilities, and multi-family residential projects. Michael Smith Architects (MSA) and its current staff have more than seventeen years of experience in a diverse range of projects, focusing primarily on highly customized residential architecture in Fairfield County and the New York City metropolitan area.

“At MSA we believe that every project deserves a unique solution that represents a combination of thoughtful design with an understanding of the client’s priorities. We work to create custom solutions that respond to the client’s wishes, the environment, and the historical context of the project,” Smith says. Further, MSA takes a holistic approach to the design process by considering not just the exterior architecture, but also the design of the

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interior trim, finishes, and cabinetry to create a consistent overall aesthetic that will stand the test of time. Through its membership in the United States Green Building Council, MSA strives to incorporate many sustainable or green features into its projects wherever possible, and takes great care to integrate these new technologies into each design in a seamless and harmonious way.

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Neil Hauck Architects

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eil Hauck Architects is an award-winning design firm with a distinguished portfolio of new homes, renovations, and historic preservation projects sprinkled throughout the New England landscape. Not tied to any one style or formula, we employ a holistic approach to the design process where each project evolves as a unique response to the client’s hopes and dreams and to the particular 102

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characteristics of the building site. We begin by exploring initial concepts through a series of freehand sketches, and develop the chosen scheme into a finished design that is presented to the client using state-of-the-art computer modeling techniques and/or physical models. From there, detailed construction documents are prepared that incorporate the full range of exterior and interior design elements. We

provide our clients with the highest level of professional service throughout each phase of a project. Our completed projects can be characterized as having clean architectural lines, a rich palette of natural materials, light and airy interiors, and floor plans that provide comfortable circulation between rooms and spaces. We strive to create sustainable designs that will stand the test of time. PHOTO CREDIT: TIM LEE PHOTOGRAPHY; BUILDER: HOBBS INC.

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➊ The main body of this house represents a fresh interpretation of the quintessential New England farmhouse. ➋ The attached garage with game room above is a modern barn constructed with authentic post-and-beam framing. ➌ This cozy nook on the second floor provides a wonderful place to snuggle and read. ➍ Located in the link between house and barn, this stair floats from floor to floor. It is constructed of a powder-coated steel frame with Black American Walnut components.

Neil Hauck Architects 859 Post Road Darien, CT 06820 203-655-9340 neilhauckarchitects.com

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Robert A. Cardello Architecture

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esigning custom homes is both a privilege and a pleasure. At Cardello Architects, we love what we do, and this becomes obvious to anyone who enters our workspace. But more notably, we want the whole design process to be as fun for our clients as it is for our team. Our staff works in a studio environment, where ideas are shared and teamwork is encouraged. Each project is a blend of our clients’ visionary lifestyle and our designers’ ability

to capture the details and nuances that create inspired, custom spaces where people can thrive. We develop both residential and commercial projects, with a specialty in fine custom homes. Our strong commitment to exceptional design stands above everything else. Listening to a client’s vision is the first step, but developing a plan that turns their vision into reality is the most rewarding. A positive and trusting relationship between client and architect is a key component to

the success of a project and, ultimately, to the success of the business. RAC has enjoyed many repeat customers, and word-of-mouth recommendations remain a cornerstone of our firm. Architecture is a profession that allows a lifetime of work to remain even after you are gone, and the structures you’ve created are actually a lasting symbol of your artistic desire. These points should be celebrated by all architects, and at RAC we are reminded of them every day.

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➊ This expansive ten-plus-acre property is fully utilized, offering a beautifully manicured playground outside, a unique courtyard area, and over 14,000 square feet inside with state-of-the-art finishes and open, elegant spaces for all to enjoy. ➋ Bringing the outdoors into the kitchen and family areas with large expanses of glass was an important part of this client’s design. There is plenty of space to cook and gather. ➌ Our client wanted a barn structure designed for their property that could be used for large family gatherings. It is clean and simple with cozy spaces and a loft for overnight visitors. ➍ Easy outdoor living and spectacular views of Long Island Sound are offered up in this Shippan Point dream house. Comfortable and casual, yet timelessly elegant, this house is ready for entertaining.

➌ Robert A. Cardello Architecture 60 Post Road West Westport, CT 06880 Satellite office: 6 West Putman Ave. Greenwich, CT 06830 203-853-2524 cardelloarchitects.com

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Robert Dean Architects

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obert Dean Architects, of New Canaan, has earned a reputation as masters of style and livability in residential architecture. Whether converting an old barn, recalling an apt historical precedent, or conceiving a contemporary glass villa, Mr. Dean and his team combine an intimate knowledge of architectural history and a willingness to use style skillfully in the design of each building project. 106

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As “academic architects of the old school” in an updated form, the firm’s work is unusually varied. Each project represents a considered result from a process that brings together style, history, livability, and joie de vivre. Mr. Dean has led Robert Dean Architects for more than 30 years, and has established credentials that range from historical construction detailing to large-scale site planning.

Mr. Dean also sustains active involvement in voluntary and pro-bono services related to town planning and historic preservation. The firm brings together an experienced team of people with seasoned and complementary talents, who like working together and who know how to listen to others. They enjoy drawing clients, contractors, consultants, and craftsmen into the adventure of creating a beautiful home.

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➊ A grand Belle Haven house, made new without losing its past. ➋ A new room for a century-old house. ➌ Crisp elegance in a primary bath. ➍ A new kitchen for a midcentury modern home.

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

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ogether our dedication to provide superb architectural service extends beyond the last design meeting—we aim to bring you years of living pleasurably within your custom home. When designing a new home or reimagining your existing one, our rigorous design exploration assures your wish list will be fulfilled; our construction experi-

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ence and knowledge assure each detail will be beautifully realized; our transparency with contractor pricing and negotiations assures construction budgets are trustworthy. Thompson Raissis Architects is a full-service residential architecture firm serving Fairfield County and beyond since our start in 1994. Over the years of being entrusted with the

versatility of designing multiple home styles—including Classical, Colonial, Farmhouse, Mediterranean, Modern, Shingle, Tudor, and a Caribbean Vernacular—our greatest satisfaction is helping our clients to achieve a precious finesse—having a uniquely befitting and exemplary home for you and your family.

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➊ Relaxation aplenty under shade or sun, including a balcony and an infinity pool. ➋ White oak beams enhance this Living Room with a custom limestone mantel. ➌ Walnut and white millwork makes for a contemporary kitchen. ➍ Warm limestone for a bespoke arched entry sets the stage for this transitional Mediterranean home.

Thompson Raissis Architects 381 Boston Post Rd. Darien, CT 06820 203-399-0100 tr-architects.com

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In Greenwich, interior designer Kathleen Walsh dreams up an energetic mix of color and pattern fit for a young family. Text by ALYSSA BIRD  |  Photography by JOHN BESSLER

Throughout the residence, architect Judy Larson employed traditional details such as dentil moldings and transom windows. At the request of the clients, who have young children, designer Kathleen Walsh added warmth to the architecture through her bold use of color. A striking chandelier from McLain Wiesand illuminates the living room, which is painted Benjamin Moore Caldwell Green.

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THIS PAGE, TOP TO BOTTOM: Walsh updated the library by painting the existing cherry cabinetry a custom high-gloss blue: “The cherry cabinetry made it feel much too masculine,” she explains. Walsh relaxes in living room chairs by Iatesta Studio. FACING PAGE: A series of enfilades provides sight lines throughout the main floor.

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not often that a client with an insatiable appetite for color comes around, so when one did, Manhattan-based interior designer Kathleen Walsh didn’t hold back. The client, a couple with three children, had recently purchased a 10,000-square-foot, five-bedroom residence

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In the dining room, which is painted Benjamin Moore Ultra Violet, touches of green—in the form of patterned curtains and artwork by Cape Townbased Kurt Pio—tie into the adjacent green living room.

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in Greenwich that was calling out for an infusion of spirit to match that of the young family. Conceived nearly twenty years ago by New Canaan architect Judy Larson, the house recalls an early 1800s New England Greek Revival. “I drew inspiration from historic homes in Litchfield County, Nantucket, and Vermont,” says Larson. “It looks modest from the front, but it’s quite deep. It almost looks as though it’s an old property that has been added

onto over the years.” The structure itself was still in pristine condition and only required a few cosmetic updates, including a kitchen refresh (painting the cherry cabinets and replacing countertops, hardware, sink fittings, and lighting), and a new main bath. “The clients loved the traditional paneling and moldings that were already in place,” says Walsh, who has decorated a handful of properties designed by Larson. “They also appreciated that it’s not an open floor plan.

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casual and comfortable family room are painted in a more subdued shade, Farrow & Ball Cat’s Paw; because the client has young children, Walsh used durable, family-friendly fabrics throughout. A hallway features a Phillip Jeffries wallcovering, light fixtures from Porta Romana, a rug from Stark, and a console from Rose Tarlow Melrose House. A Harlequin wallpaper envelops the powder room, which contains a mirror from J. Pocker, a sconce from Objet Insolite, and Waterworks floor tile.

“I COULDN’T SEEM TO GIVE THEM ENOUGH COLOR. PEOPLE MIGHT WALK IN AND THINK IT’S BOLD, BUT YOUR EYE ADJUSTS TO IT VERY QUICKLY.” —INTERIOR DESIGNER KATHLEEN WALSH 119

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Larson designed the residence nearly two decades ago in the style of an early 1800s New England Greek Revival. A dark and dated cherry kitchen with green marble countertops was refreshed with quartzite surfaces and pendants from The Urban Electric Co. The cheery breakfast room is painted Benjamin Moore Bainbridge Blue, and the Drucker bistro chairs can be easily wiped down after meals.

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There’s an intimacy that four walls can provide, especially with a house of this scale.” And the meandering floor plan is perfectly suited to the couple, who, prepandemic, regularly hosted charity events and large family gatherings. “They would entertain sixty people without thinking twice,” explains Walsh. “This is where Judy’s design works wonderfully for them. The archways signal where the more formal entertaining areas are, and the rooms open up to one another beautifully. So often you

walk into a traditional home and the proportions just don’t feel right, but that’s never the case with Judy’s houses.” As with all of Walsh’s projects, it kicked off with what she calls a “discovery day,” which entails “observing what styles the clients are naturally attracted to, and then pushing their boundaries,” she says. “This couple gravitated toward transitional with a touch of traditional. They wanted a formal house, but without the trappings of their parents’ generation, such as rooms that are

INTERIOR DESIGN: Kathleen Walsh, Kathleen Walsh Interiors ARCHITECTURE: Judy Larson, Judith Larson Associates BUILDER: Bill Gardiner, Gardiner

& Larson Homes

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“I DREW INSPIRATION FROM HISTORIC HOMES IN LITCHFIELD COUNTY, NANTUCKET, AND VERMONT.” —ARCHITECT JUDY LARSON 122

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off limits and never used.” With that in mind, Walsh gave the family some “young moments” through color and pattern. “It was really fun working with them because I couldn’t seem to give them enough color,” says the designer. “People might walk in and think it’s bold, but your eye adjusts to it very quickly.” Tempered jewel tones are used strategically on the main floor, with each room sporting a splash of color from the adjacent room. “It’s a way to prepare people’s eyes for what’s to come without them even realizing it,” says Walsh. Perhaps the most dramatic spin of the color wheel took place in the library, where Walsh painted the existing cherry paneling a vibrant high-gloss blue. Upstairs, the shades become much more soothing. “It’s a softer version of the downstairs palette,” explains the designer. All new lighting throughout and elegant furnishings upholstered in durable, family-friendly fabrics complete the look. “Kathleen’s warm and welcoming style always brings our architecture to life,” says Larson. “It makes me so happy that this house has stood the test of time.”

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: In the main bedroom, artwork by Rebecca Stern hangs above a chair and vanity from Hickory Chair. A neutral Ferrell Mittman bed rounds out the serene room. Walsh reconfigured and updated the existing main bath— which had formal, dated wallpaper and a black-and-white checkered floor—with a tub from MTI Baths and floor tile from Waterworks. FACING PAGE: In the bedroom’s sitting area, a wallcovering from Fabricut plays off the Schumacher curtain fabric. “The drapery drives the color and pattern in each room,” says Walsh.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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FROM EVERY ANGLE, A CLASSIC SHINGLE-STYLE HOME IN RIVERSIDE PRESENTS A LOVELY FACE.

Text by PAUL A M. BODAH | Exterior photography by MICHAEL BIONDO | Interior photography by JANE BEILES  Styled by ANNA MOLVIK

Architect Robert Butscher of Wadia Associates incorporated a wealth of detail to every elevation of the Shingle-style home, even the back and sides. Painting the house white gave the classic design a contemporary feel.

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homeowners’ idea to add the tall, arched window that frames the stairway. The front entrance is warm and welcoming, but understated; Butscher used Alaskan yellow cedar shingles to top the multiple rooflines. Architect Melanie Smith designed the airy, modern, metal stair railing. Super-highgloss paint on walls and ceiling enlarges and brightens the foyer.

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ost of us have a “good” side. When someone pulls out a camera, we jockey for position, turning this way or that so the camera catches our best angle. Then there are those rare individuals who seem to be made up of nothing but good sides. While everyone around them is caught mid-chew or with eyes closed, that one photogenic soul never looks anything but radiant and totally put together. 127

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Designer Susie Earls nudged the interiors toward the modern with clean-lined furniture against a pale gray backdrop.

ABOVE: Modern and traditional

meet in the dining room, where contemporary Jayson Home side chairs in wood and gray leather are paired with the homeowners’ own antique head chairs. RIGHT: The recess above the kitchen island is outfitted with silver Phillip Jeffries wallpaper on the ceiling and mirrors around the sides. “It feels like it’s open to the sky,” Butscher says. Again, the classic and contemporary blend in the Shaker cabinetry and the streamlined waterfall-edge island.

ARCHITECTURE: Robert Butscher and Melanie Smith, Wadia Associates INTERIOR DESIGN: Susie Earls, Susie

Earls Design BUILDER: Wadia Associates LANDSCAPE DESIGN: Wadia Associates

This house is a lot like that camerafriendly acquaintance. Every side of the two-story, 5,800-square-foot dwelling exudes the relaxed charm so characteristic of the Shingle-style. No matter the vantage point, there’s some detail—the multiple gables and sweeping rooflines, the ornamentation around a window, the graceful wraparound porch—that delights the eye. That, of course, is by design, says architect Robert Butscher. He and colleague Melanie Smith, also an architect, tag-teamed on the home; he was responsible for the

exterior, while Smith focused on the interior architecture. Because it would sit on a triangular corner lot, virtually every side of the house would be visible to passersby. “We really had to think about designing in the round,” Butscher says. The clients, active participants in the process, came armed with photos of details they liked, many of which found their way into the final design. On the front of the house, for instance, inspiration for the recessed top-story window with its curved shingles came from the clients’ files. And,

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notes Butscher, the husband suggested the tall arched window that bathes the main stairway in natural light. Early on, the architect and his clients decided the house would be white. “Traditionally a Shingle-style house is left natural to weather over time,” Butscher says. “We chose to paint it white to give it a much fresher, more contemporary look.” Smith’s interior architecture performs the same era-merging balancing act. In the open-plan living and dining room area, for example, she brought in elegant columns to delineate the spaces. The library walls are paneled, as might be expected, but Smith chose a spare, unfussy version to keep the feeling up-to-date. And in the kitchen, Shaker-style cabinetry is paired with a thoroughly modern waterfall-edge island. The stairway, however, may be the best example of Smith’s deft blending of old and new. Here, paneled walls give the stairwell the gravity it deserves, while

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the contemporary metal railing adds an airy touch. “It was a challenge to come up with a railing design that was light and beautiful but met code,” Smith says. “But this really worked out; it’s a fresh, contemporary element just as you walk into the home. It sets the tone.” Designer Susie Earls further nudged the interiors toward the modern by bringing in clean-lined, neutral-toned furniture and setting it all against a quiet backdrop of pale gray walls. “We used variations of soft gray throughout the house,” she says, from the rich pewter hue of the family room rug to the almost-white hide rugs that top the pebble-colored sisal in the library. She and the clients are still working together (“It’s an ongoing process,” she says) on the home’s final touches. But everyone involved in the process agrees, this pretty house is ready for its close-up.

ABOVE: A Palladian window floods the peaceful main bedroom with light. Come nightfall, gray linen blinds by Designer Upholstery of Westport offer cocoon-like warmth. LEFT: The main bathroom’s vanity sports polished nickel hardware. A subtle strié tile from Fordham Marble was used on the floor. FACING PAGE, TOP: A textured collage by artist Joelle Somero hangs above the living room’s fireplace. FACING PAGE, BOTTOM: Designer Susie Earls outfitted the home in shades of gray, from the almost-white walls to the rich pewter of the J.D. Staron rug.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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Painting the wood paneling brightened the entry hall. Alice Black bought the bodhisattva statue for a client at the Connecticut Antiques Center in Stamford, but then couldn’t bear to part with it. The Harry Bertoia sculpture in the corner is from her childhood home. FACING PAGE: Designer Black and the family rescue dog, Lyia.

Alice’s Wonderland

Designer Alice Black’s quirky cottage exudes charm but never feels fusty. Text by MARNI ELYSE KATZ  | Photography by EMILY GILBERT

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It was a storybook romance.

Alice and Dirk Black fell hard for the stone-and-shingle cottage at the end of a shady lane in Redding. The couple entertained visions of not-so-lazy weekends with paintbrushes and hammers in hand.

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The living room occupies the circa-1810 stone section of the house, which was likely an outbuilding for a hunting lodge. Plentiful seating surrounds a coffee table from Lillian August, though Black confides, “When we entertain, people sit on the floor because the sheepskin rug is so soft and inviting.” A resin sculpture by Marianne Lovink stands in the corner.

“The property was overgrown, and the house was in bad shape, but it had tons of charm,” the designer says. “It was exactly the project we were looking for.” At the time, Black, who now heads Alice Black Interiors in Westport, was working at an architectural

firm devoted to classic design principles. “Everything we produced was based on historical precedents,” she says. “This house was the exact opposite; nothing really made sense architecturally, but it was worthy of creating a new history.”

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LEFT: The sunroom is part

Undaunted, the pair chipped away at improvements, attentive to preserving the cottage’s magical essence. For inspiration, Black referenced the book Storybook Style: America’s Whimsical Homes of the Twenties by Arrol Gellner, as well as the architecture of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a historical stone-and-shingle summer home in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She points to Beauport’s complex rooflines and quirky windows as particularly influential when it came to reworking the back addition. “It has the sense of having been added

of the addition that Black designed in 2007 to replace one built in the 1960s. RIGHT: The stone turret, modeled after a Dartmouth College fraternity house, was added to the living room in the 1940s. Black and her daughter made the six-canvas artwork.

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“The raw wood beams bring intimacy.” —HOMEOWNER AND INTERIOR DESIGNER ALICE BLACK

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onto in different time periods, yet feels seamless and intentional,” Black says. Interior renovations further enhanced the cottage’s quaint character. The Blacks salvaged the floors in the part of the house built in the 1940s (entry, dining room, kitchen), installed moldings copied from a brownstone in New York City that Black had worked on, and replicated the cottage’s original clapboard doors when needed, like in the entry hall. That door closes off a powder room that the Blacks

were able to squeeze in. The revision also happened to square off the space. “We were almost creating an architecture that didn’t really exist by embellishing and repeating the positives,” Black says. The couple played up unexpected moments in the living room, which occupies the circa-1810 stone portion of the cottage. They tucked a banquette into the turret, where their teenage daughter likes to study, and exposed the underside of the loft. “The raw wood beams bring intimacy,” Black notes. The

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Black intentionally skipped installing a tile backsplash: “Part of the reason the kitchen still looks great is because there’s no tile,” she asserts. The cane-back dining room chairs were Black’s first-ever eBay purchase, and the artwork is by Nancy Charak. Huge windows turned a nondescript back exit into a sunny breakfast nook that features a ceramic garden table with a dragon design.

INTERIOR DESIGN:

Alice Black, Alice Black Interiors BUILDER: Jason Rodgers,

J. Rodgers Builders LANDSCAPE DESIGN:

Wayne Clark, Wayne Clark Landscape Architecture and Environmental Site Planning

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The laurel

“Mixing things makes a home feel relaxed. That’s what the design is all about.”—ALICE BLACK

branch railings for the primary bedroom’s Juliet balcony were inspired by those in Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden, while ceramic balls from a Copenhagen studio comprise the installation above the bed. Black positioned the soaking tub in the main bath so it is visible from the bed. She modified a trefoilshaped headboard that she had previously designed for a client so it would fit in her daughter’s bedroom. “She picked the fabric and nailheads herself,” Black says.

dining room’s eggplant walls do the same. “People don’t want to leave the table after dinner,” she says. Furnishings infuse a cozy familiarity. In the living room, the sheepskin rug beckons one to stretch out like the reclining woman in the drawing the couple found in the attic. The carved lion’s head entry table, a hand-me-down from a client, has the feel of an oldtime family piece, and the hammered-copper farm sink in the kitchen channels country comfort. Mixing modern with traditional is a guiding principle for the designer. Light-colored upholstery and abstract artwork, from the Harry Bertoia sculpture in the entry to the colorful, oversize canvas in the sunroom that the couple painted à deux when first dating, keep the rooms fresh. The airy white bedrooms are downright serene. “Mixing things makes a home feel relaxed,” Black says. “That’s what the design is all about.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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Resources |

A GUIDE TO THE PROFESSIONALS IN THIS

ISSUE’S FEATURED PROJECTS

BATH BLISS FORMAL DRESS PAGES 44–46 Interior, architectural, and cabinetry design: Christina Roughan, Roughan Interiors, Weston, 203-769-1150, roughaninteriors.com Builder: Marcio Silva, Silva Brothers Carpentry, Greenwich, 914-439-4670 Cabinetry: Greenwich Custom Furniture, Bridgeport, 203-803-8836 Drapery: Connie Guiliani, Roughan Interiors, Weston, 203-769-1150, roughaninteriors.com

ALL ACCESS PAGES 60–64 Interior design: Stephanie Rapp, Stephanie Rapp Interiors, Westport, 203-216-5835, stephanierappinteriors.com Kitchen design: Iris Michaels, Karen Berkemeyer Home, Westport, 203-454-0032, karenberkemeyerhome.com Builder: David Raymond, Raymond Design Builders, Fairfield, 203-275-6543, raymonddesignbuilders.com

WONDER WALLS PAGE 48 Interior design: Elena Phillips, Elena Phillips Interiors, Rowayton, 203-295-8554, elenaphillipsinteriors.com Builder: Homes by David Chute, Rowayton, 203-857-4655 Cabinetry: Chris Wilmot, Crew Millwork & Consulting, Norwalk, 203-515-3049 Decorative painting and wallcoverings: Zibi Painting Co., Old Greenwich, 203-698-6298 Upholstery, curtains, and shutters: Classic Upholstery, Norwalk, 203-845-8776, classicupholsteryct.com

TRADITION REIMAGINED PAGES 112–123 Architecture: Judy Larson, Judith Larson Associates, New Canaan, 203-972-1409, gardinerandlarsonhomes.com Interior design: Kathleen Walsh, Kathleen Walsh Interiors, Brooklyn, N.Y., 212-255-0209, kathleenwalshinteriors.com Builder: Bill Gardiner, Gardiner & Larson Homes, New Canaan, 203-972-1409, gardinerandlarsonhomes.com Interior millwork, cabinetry, and main suite remodel: John Desmond, John Desmond Builders, Southport, 203-259-7323, johndesmondbuilders.com Decorative painting: Heidi Holzer, Redding, 203-544-9471, heidiholzer.com Upholstery and window coverings: Interiors by Royale, 212-753-4600, interiorsbyroyale.com

BATHING BEAUTIES PAGE 50 Architecture: Robert Cardello, Cardello Architects, Westport, 203-853-2524, cardelloarchitects.com Interior design: Julie Nightingale, Nightingale Design, Rowayton, 203-2469235, julienightingaledesign.com Cabinetry: Henry Agudelo, Henry Agudelo Architectural Woodworking, Stamford, 914-804-1920, henryagudelo.vpweb.com Decorative painting: Stephen D’louhy, Floe, Norwalk, 203-829-9271, floepainting.com

SITTING PRETTY PAGES 124–131 Architecture: Robert Butscher and Melanie Smith, Wadia Associates, New Canaan, 203-966-0048, wadiaassociates.com Interior design: Susie Earls, Susie Earls Design, Southport,

203-218-4590, susieearlsdesign.com Builder: Wadia Associates, New Canaan, 203-966-0048, wadiaassociates.com Landscape design: Wadia Associates, New Canaan, 203-966-0048, wadiaassociates.com Stairway fabrication: Richard D Walston Stair Builders, Guilford, 203-453-5929 Decorative painting: Signature Paint & Paper, Greenwich, 203-622-3111 Tile and marble: Fordham Marble, Stamford, 203-348-5088, fordhammarble.com Window treatments: Designer Upholstery, Westport, 203-221-0088

ALICE’S WONDERLAND PAGES 132–141 Interior design: Alice Black, Alice Black Interiors, Greenwich, 203-938-4898, aliceblack.com Builder: Jason Rodgers, J. Rodgers Builders, Southbury, 203-417-3536, jrodgersbuilders.com Landscape design: Wayne Clarke, Wayne Clarke Landscape Architecture and Environmental Site Planning, Monroe, 203-273-6704 Kitchen cabinetry: Nukitchens, South Norwalk, 203-831-9000, nukitchens.com Upholstery and window coverings: Custom Interiors Shop, Stamford, 203-975-9927, custominteriorsshop.com

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS PAGE 144 Architecture: Andre Tchelistcheff Architects, New York, N.Y., 212-431-1503, tchelistcheff.com Interior design: Cindy Rinfret, Rinfret, Ltd. Interior Design & Decoration, Greenwich, 203-622-0000, rinfretltd.com Builder: Xhema Industries, Greenwich, 203-531-6070, xhema.com

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Beth Krupa Interiors  20, 79

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Brooks and Falotico Associates, LLC  82–83

Kebabian’s  43

California Closets  37 Charles Hilton Architects  8–9 Chloe Winston Lighting Design  79

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Christopher Pagliaro Architects  84–85

Legacy Construction Northeast, LLC  35

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Redwood Construction and Consulting  75

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Robert A. Cardello Architects, LLC  104–105 Robert Dean Architects  106–107 S&W Building Remodeling, Inc.  63

Douglas VanderHorn Architects  90–91

Seventy Acres Landscape Architecture  41

Eleish Van Breems  inside front cover

Shope Reno Wharton  1

Elements  52

Smarthome & Theater Systems  77

Elise Denver Interior Design  65

Thompson Raissis Architects  108–109

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Last Look |

BY LYNDA SIMONTON

“WE LOVE WORKING WITH CINDY BECAUSE SHE UNDERSTANDS OLD WORLD CHARM WITH MODERN EASE.” —DEE AND TOMMY HILFIGER

ABOVE: Checkered

black-and-white marble floors, lacquered Benjamin Moore Chrome Green walls, and bespoke cabinetry with furniturelike detailing complete the bathroom. LEFT: Open a disguised bifold door and a television reveals the twenty-first century.

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Behind Closed Doors hen fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and his wife, Dee, decided to renovate their Greville Rickard estate in Greenwich, they turned to a frequent collaborator, designer Cindy Rinfret. “We love working with Cindy because she understands Old World charm with modern ease, matching what people want for today’s lifestyle,” the duo shares. One of the home’s guest suites embodies Rinfret’s touch with an expansive “bookcase” that conceals a door and a closet. The cabinetry solves a common conundrum: unbalanced architecture.

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The bookcase, faced with faux book bindings, makes the wall appear as one unbroken plane. Enchanted house guests step through the secret door into a luxuriously appointed bathroom that evokes an English country club. Creating a bit of surprise is nothing new to Rinfret. “A well-designed house slowly reveals itself to homeowners and guests alike,” she says. “I strive for an element of discovery in a home, so the longer you are there, the more people get it.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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