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120 FEATURED HOMES:

110 ALL ROADS LEAD HOME

In the loving hands of its latest owners, a quaint but careworn Colonial-era house is all prettied up and ready for the making of warm new memories. Text by Megan Fulweiler I Photography by John Gruen I Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

120 MANY HAPPY RETURNS

After years in California, a Connecticut native rediscovers the joys of New England living. Text by Lisa H. Speidel I Photography by Stacy Bass

130 A FINE VINTAGE

A nineteenth-century Wilton home’s makeover restores its Federal-style provenance. Text by Bob Curley I Photography by John Gould Bessler I Produced by Stacy Kunstel

ON THE COVER: Sunlight pours into a playful family room, complete with reading loft, in a Wilton home by architect Kevin Quinlan and designer Gilles Clement. Photograph by John Gould Bessler. To see more of this home, turn to page 130. Winter 2018 | New England Home Connecticut  11

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20 Artistry: Unconventional Wisdom

Printmaker Laurie Sloan’s enigmatic work encourages contemplation about the inherent uncertainties of life. By Maria LaPiana

26 Design Destination: Treasure Hunt

The eighteen shops and showrooms that make up the Greenwich Design District offer an abundance of all things wonderful for the home. Text by Debra Judge Silber I Photography by Laura Moss

36 New in the Showrooms

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

40 New England Design Hall of Fame Gala

60 Trade Notes

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

62 Calendar

Edited by Lynda Simonton

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

142 Resources

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

143 Advertiser Index 144 Sketch Pad An architect takes his talents outside, creating a lovely outdoor living room for a New Canaan house.

A recap of our celebration in honor of the 2017 inductees into the New England Design Hall of Fame.

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47 Perspectives

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ooking over the editorial lineup for this issue of New England Home Connecticut, I wasn’t able immediately to tease out any single underlying thread that ties together most of the stories we have gathered. That is something I typically try to do, in preparation for writing this editor’s note and to help in finding the words that go on our cover. “Living at the intersection of style and comfort” is what you will have seen on the front of the magazine before you opened it to make your way here. Essentially true, as a general description—as well as being, I hope, intriguing enough to catch the interest of other potential readers. But it’s also a bit broad. How many of our issues couldn’t be described that way? Certainly the melding of luxury and livability is a significant concern in current home design. There was a time, not so very long ago, when the quest for extreme elegance could sometimes result in rooms that were anything but laid back, and that, judging from available photos, I can’t imagine were very much fun to spend more than a few minutes inhab-

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iting. Clearly we have little patience for that kind of living situation today. Still, locutions like “cozy chic” and “livable luxe” don’t capture the full essence of what’s going on in the houses you’ll see as you continue reading. “Agreeable spaces that also engage inventively with our past” might come closer (but that’s certainly not punchy enough for cover use). A thoughtful glance at our three featured homes reveals architects and designers sensitive to different ways older structures can be made responsive to contemporary tastes and desires. One residence has a pleasantly Shaker feel, enriched with antiques and folksy found objects in a manner that has a long pedigree in Litchfield County. In a second case, interior designer Gilles Clement has taken a historic shell—lovingly resurrected by his teammates on the project—and infused it with a jolt of Parisian glamour. A third house is actually new, but intentionally harks back to nineteenth-century models. Inside, it’s snug and maybe even a bit grandmotherly, but cosmopolitanized with funky colors and elegant materials like marble and high-gloss paint. Oh . . . it also has chickens (really). Similarly, the foyer analyzed in “What Makes It Work” on page 56 tames the elaborations of late Victorian architecture by pairing them with much simpler contemporary textures and geometries. Or see page 54 for two Connecticut furniture makers who draw on earlier models to very different effect. Now that I think of it, maybe the real delight is in the different games designers will play when presented with a theme. And perhaps that playfulness constitutes another theme in itself. —Kyle Hoepner

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Artistry

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Printmaker Laurie Sloan’s enigmatic work encourages contemplation about the inherent uncertainties of life.

Laurie Sloan is gracious and talkative as she offers a visitor a fresh cup of coffee in her cozy kitchen. “There’s no rush,” she says. She’s always more than happy to talk art. Her art, and art in general. Also, politics—and tangentially, the importance of a social conscience. She leans into the island, cradling her cup and talking fast, even as she keeps apologizing for it. Small and unassuming, she looks as if she could be a student herself, but Sloan is an accomplished printmaker and, for the past twenty-seven years, a professor of art and art history at the University of Connecticut. Her work is admittedly unconventional, blurring the lines between painting, cut-paper collage, and digital printing, now her medium of choice. Sloan’s semi-abstract prints are visually complex: a ballet of shapes, lines, dots, spots, dabs, and fragmented forms. They reflect her fascination with the natural world and the “uncertainties of life science research.” Sloan explains that, as humans, we strive to categorize and compartmentalize information all the time. And yet, she says, “We are ultimately faced with a reality that we can never completely grasp.”

Uncertainty is reflected in her work, as she is continually moving, cropping, and reconfiguring forms “caught up in incomplete or shifting narratives beyond their control.” There’s passion, meaning, and emotion in every iota of ink. Her latest prints are informed by politics, recent events, and the state of the world. “It has been very hard to make work in the current environment,” she

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admits. “It’s been hard to get out of bed. . . .” Sloan doesn’t make “activist art” that tells you what to think, preferring instead, she says, to “bring people in to contemplate,” and decide for themselves what to do. She studied zoology as an undergraduate student, but always had a strong interest in art, so earned her M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art, at Temple University in Philadelphia. She met her husband, Frank Noelker, when he was a student at RISD. They moved to Storrs when Sloan was offered a position at UConn. Noelker is a fine art photographer whose own work is designed to create awareness of the complex issues surrounding

animals in captivity. The couple works together in an open studio at the back of their charming farmhouse. They enjoy views of a pasture across the road, and Sloan says she often takes her kayak down to the nearby river to paddle and commune with wildlife. Her inspiration comes from the natural world, from a menagerie of metal toys sitting next to her home computer, and from the worn, stained pages torn from a book of specimen drawings. She says that everything she does is based on observational drawing, and all of it, past and present, is connected. “There’s no distinct line to be drawn between now and then,” she says. Her current work is more chart-like and less textural than some of her earlier work, but she likens it all to

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“WITH PRINTMAKING, YOU HAVE TO WANT TO BE AROUND PEOPLE,” SAYS LAURIE SLOAN. “IT’S A COMMUNAL ACTIVITY BY ITS NATURE.” a rebus-like puzzle, for which there is no one right answer. Her art has been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad; her prints are in more than twenty important collections, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in California. She has won several grants and honors, among them a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Individual Artist fellowship and numerous juried exhibition awards. While she admits to a luxury not many artists have (as a tenured professor, she doesn’t have to show in commercial galleries to survive), she truly loves to teach. “With printmaking, you have to want to be around people,” says Sloan. “It’s a communal activity by its nature . . . we gather around the press to see how something turns out.” Although her work calls attention to our fragile place in an unpredictable world, the tangible process of printing itself keeps her going. “There’s something very human and physical about using metal and wood. About the art of making an impression so many times over,” she says. “It’s like creating evidence . . . I like to say where there’s metal, there’s hope.”  EDITOR’S NOTE: To see more of Laurie Sloan’s work, visit lauriesloan.com Winter 2018 | New England Home Connecticut  23

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appears, to the occasional visitor, a permanent condition in Greenwich’s bustling business district. Applying a human touch to traffic control may simply be good public safety, but it also strikes me as representative of the personal attention bestowed on even the most casual transactions that take place in this affluent marketplace. This kind of white-glove attention is a hallmark, too, of the design trade that has taken root here, along a stretch of U.S. Route 1 known as East and West Putnam Avenues (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling, here is where the twain do indeed meet). While

Greenwich’s namesake avenue focuses on clothing— Mitchells, Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, and Tory Burch all have stores here—Putnam Avenue has evolved as a home design destination, offering custom furniture and designer lighting, window treatments and wallcoverings, fine art and bathroom fixtures. Its mix of widely recognized brands and local boutiques promises one-stop shopping for designers. Never mind that its refined, small-town architecture, alluring window displays, and wealth of dining options offer multiple excuses to wander its wide sidewalks. None of this was lost on Darien-based marketing strategist Beth Dempsey, who recognized the neighborhood’s potential and, late last year, literally

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wide sidewalks that line Greenwich’s hometown-chic mix of stores and restaurants invite widow shopping at any time of year. At Oomph, finely crafted tables and casework pop with the shop’s signature colors. Small objets d’art— both contemporary and vintage—come together naturally at Putnam & Mason.

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Oomph’s wealth of small delights—from glass match holders to candles to purses— makes it a worthwhile stop when browsing for the perfect gift. RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM: Sales associate

Sue Pinzon helps designers and retail customers alike track down just the right piece from the diverse collection on display at Circa Lighting.

put the Greenwich Design District on the map by convincing eighteen shops to add their names to an illustrated plan highlighting the district. With tangible proof of the area’s design vitality, Dempsey then pulled a dozen of those shops together for a “Taste and Tour” last October in which visitors were treated not only to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, but also book signings, giveaways, and freshly made nosegays from McArdle’s. The district promises more as 2018 unfolds, with Dempsey hoping to solidify the organization, add local design service companies, and launch spring and fall events. In advance of the coming buzz, photographer Laura Moss and I set out to explore some of the stores that make the district unique. We soon learned what designers who frequent the area already know—that the best place to start a tour of Greenwich’s Design District is at Oomph (21 West Putnam Ave.), where an adjacent parking lot was just one of the benefits that New Canaan designers Amy Rice and Louise Brooks found when they established a brick-and-mortar home for their successful online furnishings business. Customers are drawn by Oomph’s signature high-gloss lacquered furniture—

much of it locally crafted. An ever-changing inventory of pillows, tabletop, linens, and other grab-and-go accessories make the shop a sure thing for designers in need of a quick dose of—what else?—oomph to finish off a room. Online sales still dominate, Rice tells me, but the store provides an opportunity to gauge the appeal of new products and for customers to experience Oomph craftsmanship firsthand. “We never pictured ourselves as a store,” she says, “but people like to come in to touch and feel the pieces.” Meg Leo, who is minding the shop when we visit, notes the effect this has on skeptical spouses—usually husbands—who don’t see the appeal of the brightly colored furniture. After they’ve slid their hand across the mirrorlike finish, she says, “They understand what their wives are talking about.” Just steps from Oomph’s door, we slip into Circa Lighting, the well-known supplier whose online

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Mason, designer Kim Alessi partners her aesthetic and sourcing talents with those of co-owner Robert Passal to offer elegant furniture, original art, and vintage finds.

inventory far surpasses the capacity of any store. But that’s okay, explains sales associate Sue Pinzon. “It’s a very well-edited collection, so it’s not overwhelming.” Still, it’s a visual feast: sparkling glass chandeliers, voluptuous ceramic table lamps, and industrial-chic pendants by designers Christopher Spitzmiller, Thomas O’Brien, Alexa Hampton, and E.F. Chapman, among others. Local designers constitute the majority of Circa’s clientele, as they do for most shops on the avenue. Completing the trio of showrooms is Waterworks. The luxury kitchen and bath source just expanded to a full 6,000 square feet of tile, bath fixtures, vanities, mirrors, hardware, and most recently, kitchens. “Everyone was asking, when are you bringing kitchens

to Greenwich?” says general manager Suzanne Blum as she shows off the expanded showroom that includes three kitchen vignettes, a collection of sprawling work tables laden with kitchen accessories, and drawers housing a hefty selection of hardware in leather, wood, and more than a dozen metal finishes. Waterworks and Circa are among the national brands that count downtown Greenwich among their many locations. Others include furniture and accessory source Lillian August (26 East Putnam Ave.) and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (45 East Putnam Ave.). Notable specialty retailers making a home here include The Shade Store (48 West Putnam Ave.), Hästens (23 East Putnam Ave.), Togas (51-53 East Putnam Ave.), and Farrow and Ball (32 East Putnam Ave.). In a clever pairing, Nanz displays its luxury hardware beneath lighting by Remains in a shared space at 44 West Putnam Ave.

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THIS PAGE: Lighting, including designs from Bocci and Lindsey Adelman, is a focus at Room. FACING PAGE: Alex Trimper, son of art dealer Isabella Garrucho, manages the gallery that bears his mother’s name. His own furniture designs, also on display, blend midcentury and Art Deco elements.

A new Greenwich original, Putnam & Mason is located (as its name implies) a few doors down from the intersection of those two streets. The showroom, a partnership between New York designers Kim Alessi and Robert Passal, stands out for its sophisticated urban aesthetic. One of the two is always in the store; today it is Alessi, and she’s with a client—giving us a moment to explore P&M’s mix of vintage objects, contemporary furniture, and fresh artwork arranged casually to evoke a cosmopolitan pied-à-

terre. “The concept is to create a living environment in the space,” Alessi explains. “It’s not just a shop, it’s a lifestyle.” Don’t get too comfortable, though—pieces sell regularly, necessitating frequent restaging. What doesn’t change (at least not yet) is the showroom’s deep-blue walls and its powder room, memorable for its mirrored molding, vintage French mirror, and elegant Schumacher wallpaper. Also in the rear of the store is a “sample bar,” designed by kitchen design partner Chuck Wheelock, where clients can

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spread out wallcoverings, fabric, and floor samples from Brett Designs, Phillip Jeffries, Cowtan and Tout, and others. Lunch at this point seems like a good idea, so we swing by Coffee Café Roasters at 118 Greenwich Ave., a brick-walled bistro that serves an array of coffee beverages, pastries, salads, and panini. Feeling adventurous, we share a beet toast—an open sandwich topped with beets, crumbled goat cheese, lemon pepper, olive oil, and California walnuts.

We arrive restored at Isabella Garrucho Fine Art, where Alex Trimper, Garrucho’s son and the gallery’s managing director, has just hung The Puzzle, a visually perplexing portrait of a zebra by British photographer David Yarrow. It’s not unusual for the gallery to arrange an in-home trial to ensure that a client’s choice is the right one; the perfect pairing of art and owner, whether for investment or pleasure, is Trimper’s goal. Yarrow’s arresting wildlife photographs dominate the narrow gallery, but come next

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Design Destination year, they’ll have more room to roam as the gallery doubles in size to 3,800 square feet of floor space and 6,200 square feet of wall. The expansion will allow more display space for the thirty artists the gallery represents. In addition to artwork, the gallery offers furniture designed by Trimper and Joe Calagna of Anthony Lawrence–Belfair, the manufacturer. The sleek and sinuous sixteen-piece collection is inspired, Trimper explains, by “everything amazing about Art Deco and midcenturymodern style.” For style of a different kind, we drop in at Room at 36 East Putnam Ave., where Amy Crain offers a comfortdriven, casual collection of furniture and lighting she

aptly describes as “organic modern.” A former editor at House & Garden, Crain and husband Shawn Miller launched the Room concept as a catalog in 1998. Two years later, they opened a showroom in Tribeca and in 2008, a second one in Westport. In 2012, she relocated the store to Putnam Ave. It’s a narrow space, but its high ceiling is filled with contemporary lighting from Lindsey Adelman, Bocci, CTO, and others, and its floor with sofas, chairs, tables, and case goods, most of them designed by Crain, and all of them fully customizable. “There’s nothing cookie cutter about it,” she says, a description that’s easily applied as well to the street of shops of which hers is now a part. 

The Greenwich Design District

Carmiña Roth Interiors 219 East Putnam Ave., (203) 987-5961  | carminarothinteriors.com

Christopher Peacock 2 Dearfield Dr., (203) 862-9333 | peacockhome.com Circa Lighting 21 West Putnam Ave., (203) 622-1417 | circalighting.com

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 45 East Putnam Ave., (203) 661-4480 | mgbwhome.com Nanz 44 West Putnam Ave., (203) 987-4403 | nanz.com

Oomph 21 West Putnam Ave., (203) 518-8068 | oomphhome.com

Farrow & Ball 32 East Putnam Ave., (203) 422-0990 | farrow-ball.com

Putnam & Mason 34 East Putnam Ave., (203) 900-1414 | putnammason.com

Hästens 23 East Putnam Ave., (203) 629-8022 | hastens.com

Remains Lighting 44 West Putnam Ave., (203) 629-1000 | remains.com

The Home Boutique of Greenwich 14 Lewis St., (203) 869-2550

Room 36 East Putnam Ave., (203) 557-9066 | roomonline.com

Intérieurs 238 East Putnam Ave., (212) 343-0800, ext. 203

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Isabella Garrucho Fine Art 40 West Putnam Ave., (203) 622-0500 | igifineart.com Lillian August 26 East Putnam Ave., (203) 489-3740 | lillianaugust.com

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4. Unraveled Keep the kitties away from this limitededition sterling silver ball of yarn from Tiffany’s Everyday Objects collection. | Tiffany & Co., Greenwich, Farmington, and Westport, tiffany.com 5. Retro-Chic Get your groove on with this circa-1970 Monumental quartz crystal lamp featuring a rosy quartz crystal and Lucite base. | AWK Design Antiques, Stamford, awkdesignantiques.com 6. A Little Bit Rock & Roll Crafted from concrete, metals, crystals, and wood, boxes from IN.SEK provide a unique spot for stashing treasures. | Axel Interiors, Norwalk, axelinteriors.com

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4. Open and Shut Once again Nanz proves that even the humble doorknob can be elevated, with imaginative detail and design. Shown here, Studio No. 1608. | Nanz, Greenwich, nanz.com

2. Bucolic Beauty Jump on the modern farmhouse bandwagon with Hinkley’s Heywood pendant, made with zinc and weathered wood. | Klaffs, Norwalk and Danbury, klaffs.com

5. Constellation Prize Named after the most recognizable constellation in the sky, New Ravenna’s Orion stone mosaic brings celestial beauty to your bath. | Karen Berkemeyer Home, Westport, karenberkemeyerhome.com

3. Glam Squad The designs in Gessi’s 316 collection are full-throttle glamorous. Imagine this alluring washbasin and faucet combo gracing a chic bar. | Bender, various Connecticut locations, benderplumbing.com

6. Scene Stealer Ogetti’s Hanako console by Vito Selma mixes natural wood and black lacquer in one show-stopping design.  | Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, wakefielddesigncenter.com

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Richly detailed and bursting with color, these embroidered fabrics will add some zip to anything from curtains to cushions. 1. L’Animal Enchanté, Clarence House, Wakefield Design Center, Stamford  | wakefielddesigncenter.com 2. Mardi Gras, Osborne & Little, Tusk Home + Design, Westport  | tuskhomeanddesign.com 3. Delphine Embroidery, Scalamandré, DesignSourceCT, Hartford  | designsourcect.com 4. Sandaga, Zimmer + Rohde, Wakefield Design Center, Stamford  | wakefielddesigncenter.com 5. Banyan, Thibaut, Ring’s End, various locations | ringsend.com

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When we challenged interior designer Emily Fuhrman to imagine a luxurious bathroom retreat, she decided to create the space of her dreams. Selected elements combine to create a spa-like room that has an organic feel elevated with glamorous details. ¶ The design starts with a contemporary gas fireplace topped with a soothing blue painting as the focal point. A classic palette of black and white prevails, featuring a sculptural sink punctuated with a graphite faucet. There is also strong contrast reflected in the petal-like white tile emboldened with black grout. An elegant cluster of hand-blown glass pendants caps off the room and will cast a warm glow when Fuhrman enjoys a bubbly soak and a good book. | Emily Fuhrman, Sage & Ginger Interior Design, New Canaan, (203) 594-9862, sageandginger.com

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1. Human Ecology Blue, original artwork by Sara Cole, Elisa Contemporary Art, Fairfield and Riverdale, N.Y., elisacontemporaryart.com | 2. Cocoon pendant lights, Shakuff, Brooklyn, N.Y., shakuff.com | 3. Marcs chaise lounge, Julian Chichester, Wakefield Design Center, Stamford, wakefielddesigncenter.com | 4. Ortal front-facing gas fireplace, Hearth Products, Southport, ortalheat.com | 5. Artistic Tile Foliage glass mosaic tile in Be Bop White, Paramount Stone, Stamford and Norwalk, paramountstone.com | 6. Clara vessel sink with Flyte wall-mounted faucet in graphite, Waterworks, Greenwich, waterworks.com

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Karen Bradbury, co-owner of Closet & Storage Concepts in Norwalk, on how a well-organized closet or mudroom or garage can make life easier.

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in their closet (“I don’t have anything to wear!”) because items are piled up, shoved close together, or falling off the hangers. A custom closet can hold double the contents of a standard closet. We know how to create an environment that is functional and a pleasant experience to walk into every day.

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A lot of closets are poorly designed from the beginning. Often when houses are being built, it is hard to customize a closet because the builder doesn’t know who will be using it. Some contractors will just put up wire systems or a pole and a shelf, hoping to accommodate all different kinds of hangings. So you inevitably get spaces that are not utilized very effectively. To customize a design, we visit the client’s home and ask a lot of questions. We inventory everything— clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry, scarves— and then put together a custom-tailored solution. For example, we recently put in a pull-out ironing board for a client who is only five-foot-one, so we had to make sure the elevation of it would work for her. We also designed upper clothes rails that sit lower so she could easily reach them.

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do with home organization. Designing storage systems for closets, from small reach-in models to large, sophisticated dressing rooms, is a big part of our business, but we also do mudrooms, laundry rooms, pantries, home offices, wall units, Murphy beds, and garage organizations. Winter is a big time for garage organizing because clients want to fit both cars in a garage that’s been filling up with stuff the rest of the year! The spaces that are the most difficult are the most rewarding to design because you really have to think very creatively about how you can accommodate everything.

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for hanging, some shelving, and shoe storage, but now they are more like dressing rooms, complete with everything from islands with drawers for jewelry, makeup tables, mirrors, and even coffee makers. Lighting has also evolved from basic task lighting to warm mood lighting to LED under-shelf and strip lighting that illuminates clothes.

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Late Victorian charm is drawn ever-so-gently toward the present day in the foyer of this 1896 Shingle-style house.

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WHAT IS THE HBRA? For over 70 years, the Home Builders and Remodeler’s Association of Fairfield County has provided its members opportunities to build their businesses by providing innovative resources, education, legislative advocacy and networking events to keep their businesses ahead of the curve. Our 435+ members consist of builders, remodelers, land developers, suppliers, manufacturers, subcontractors, architects, engineers, attorneys, lenders, real estate brokers and many other professionals that work with or in the building industry. HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 www.buildfairfieldcounty.com

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The HBRA offers educational courses that may qualify for Continuing Education Credits as well as business related courses at discounted prices to members

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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the HBRA work hard at the national and state levels to ensure laws and regulations are favorable for the home building industry

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The HBRA provides numerous networking opportunities throughout the year at membership meetings, showcases, and at annual award events

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The Connecticut design world lost a bright light with the death of interior designer Catherine Cleare last summer. Katy, whose Catherine Cleare Interiors was based in Greenwich, was known not only for her imaginative design work that bridged styles from traditional to contemporary, but also for her artistic talent, her spirited personality, her love of animals, and her efforts to help the homeless. We offer our deepest condolences to her many friends and her large family. 

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For Hoffman Landscapes, service goes well beyond designing beautiful yards. As the recipient of a Decade Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals, the firm proves it offers its clients staying power. Some ten years ago, a landscape the company designed for a Litchfield County home won a Grand Award. This year’s Decade Award was granted for the firm’s sterling maintenance of the thirty-acre-plus property ever since. As the new year begins, company president Mike Hoffman has added four new employees, ensuring the capacity to keep giving its clients top-notch service.  I Wilton, Greenwich, Fairfield, Litchfield, and Westchester, N.Y., ­hoffmanlandscapes.com

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Renovating isn’t for the faint of heart, but the three-year construction project the Ridgefield Supply Company recently completed was well worth the time and effort for CEO and owner Margaret Price and her proud team. Ridgefield Supply, a third-generation family-owned business, began as a lumberyard in 1883. The transformation added a new retail store and product showroom that are open to homeowners as well as design and building professionals and serve up a wide array of windows, architectural hardware, and other home building products.  I Ridgefield, ridgefieldsupply.com

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Clarice “Risa” King grew up in, as she calls it, “the dusty Southwest,” but her design sensibility fits right in here in New England. The New York School of Interior Design grad has opened The C ­ ollected Home, a thoroughly charming home boutique and interior design business on Rowayton’s picturesque harbor. The shop holds a broad selection of art, lighting and other accessories, gifts, and one-of-a-kind pieces of vintage furniture. King also offers a range of design services, from hour-long consultations on wall colors, lighting, and furniture arranging to full project design.  I Rowayton, thecollectedhome.com

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It’s a family affair for interior designer Heide ­Hendricks and architectural designer Rafe Churchill. The couple have pooled their talents in Hendricks Churchill, an architecture and interior design firm, and opened Reservoir, a showroom of antique vegetable-dyed rugs, textiles, and furniture along with a collection of contemporary art. The space, located in a building not too far from the couple’s offices on Main Street in Sharon, offers a cache of one-of-a-kind pieces as well as lines such as ­Marianna Kennedy’s resin lamps. The current art exhibit includes Connecticut artist Brendan O’Connell’s Warhol- and Hopper-inspired images of everyday life and Leora Armstrong’s vivid work that explores light and color.  I Sharon, hendrickschurchill. com and hendrickschurchill.com/reservoir

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Visual Comfort, Made Goods, Holly Hunt, and much more.  I Greenwich, lauramichaelsdesign.com

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JANUARY 26th Annual Associate Artist Show January 19–March 2 Beat the winter blues with a visit to the historic Lyme Art Association, where an exhibit features paintings, sculptures, and works in a variety of other media created by association members. I Old Lyme, (860) 434-7802, lymeartassociation.org

FEBRUARY Connecticut Flower and Garden Show February 22–25 The Connecticut Convention Center will be transformed into a gardener’s paradise, with landscape exhibits spread out over more than an acre within the center’s Exhibit Hall. A program of more than 20 speakers ensures there will be plenty for gardening lovers to learn while they enjoy the scenery. I Thursday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $18, $16 for seniors, $5 for children. Hartford, (860) 844-8461, ctflowershow.com Japan’s Global Baroque, 1550–1650 February 23–May 21 This exhibit explores the critical role that imported goods played in Japanese culture during 16th and 17th centuries. Items in the exhibition include decorative screens, Japanese lacquers, Chinese ceramics, and Persian and Indian trade textiles. I Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, (203) 432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu

MARCH The Great Estates in Greenwich: Then and Now March 5 Explore the history of Greenwich’s venerable estates with Davidde E. Strackbein, who has been actively involved with the Greenwich Historical Society for more than 32 years. The talk is inspired by the book The Great Estates, Greenwich, Connecticut (1880–1930). I Bruce Museum, Greenwich. For information, and to reserve a space, email greenwichdecorativearts@ gmail.com Architectural Digest Design Show March 22–25 Designers and homeowners alike will enjoy this event showcasing more than 400 brands. From well-known manufacturers to independent craftsmen, the show provides plenty of design and renovation inspiration via seminars, vignettes, and more. The keynote of the event will be Architectural Digest editor-in-chief Amy Astley chatting with interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard about his work creating homes for A-List celebrities. I Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Piers 92 & 94, New York City, addesignshow.com Connecticut Spring Antiques Show March 24–25 Antique dealers from across the country will be exhibiting their wares at this annual show celebrating 45 years of presenting the best of American furniture and decorative arts. I Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $15. Hartford Armory, Hartford, ctspringantiquesshow.com  EDITOR’S NOTE: Events are subject to change. Please confirm details with the organizer prior to your visit

Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary: The Art of the Built-in and Custom Detail March 20

Part of New England Home Connecticut’s Luxury Living Talks series, this evening will explore the impact that truly one-of-a-kind design elements can have on the places where you live, work, eat, bathe, and sleep. Be it a spectacular fireplace or feature wall, that all-things-integrated kitchen or dressing room, or a custom “statement piece” of furniture or cabinetry, such uniquely elegant and personal touches make all the difference between a room that’s simply very nice and one that’s showstopping. Top figures in residential design and construction will share standout projects and discuss just what can be achieved with today’s rapidly evolving technology. Speakers include architect Michael McClung of Shope Reno Wharton, interior designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch, Barry Reiner of Innerspace Electronics, custom builder Randy Sullivan of Gatehouse Partners, and George Holley, owner of I.M. Smitten, and New England Home’s editor-in-chief Kyle Hoepner will moderate.  I 6 p.m.–8 p.m. I.M. Smitten, Trumbull, luxurylivingtalk.eventbrite.com

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New England Home Connecticut was thrilled to partner with Tile America and ­Torrco Design Center on our fall networking event for the second year in a row. The food and libations were supplied by area vendors in an effort to support and celebrate all things Connecticut. Two lucky raffle winners took home bottles of spirits from a local distillery.

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Design Life Rooms With A View

Local in origin but nationally renowned, Rooms with a View was the brainchild of legendary designer Albert Hadley, who conceived the idea of creating small room vignettes as a way of showcasing the work of leading designers while supporting the Southport Congregational Church. The beloved tradition has continued for twenty-three years and is celebrated with a gala, champagne tour, and other festive events.

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Design Life Wakefield To the Trade Only ­Market Day 1

Wakefield Design Center hosted its biannual To the Trade Only Market Day this past fall with an exceptional lineup of presentations, including a book signing by Danielle Rollins, tips on creating effective lighting plans from Bunny Williams, and a panel with Robert Passal, Francine Gardner, Melissa Lindsay, and Jill Saunders on why many designers are opening retail spaces. 2

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Sarah Weiland welcomed guests with open arms at the grand opening of her new Tusk Home + Design retail space in Westport. This location has been hosting the design industry for more than thirty years and was most recently occupied by Parc Monceau. The team at Tusk is proud to continue this Westport tradition.

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Design Life Interior Design Society

Members of the Interior Design Society’s (IDS) Connecticut chapter and artisans who work with the I.M. Smitten company came together to raise $8,000 to help build a gathering room for New Reach’s Life Haven Shelter, a homeless center for families. The event, held at I.M. Smitten in Trumbull, featured the work of interior designers and artists who repurposed chairs with their designs for the silent auction.

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More than 850 housing-industry professionals gathered at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington to celebrate the twenty-fourth annual HOBI Awards. The event recognizes the best products and services offered by members of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut. The evening included a presentation of the winning homes and communities by Joanne Carroll, followed by the announcement of the award winners.

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Design Life Westport Historical Society Tomorrow’s History Gala 1

Design Within Reach welcomed the Westport Historical Society and a crowd of happy guests for the “forward-looking event of the season”—the Tomorrow’s History Gala. Guests enjoyed food from local chefs, a prosecco bar, live music, future telling, and a speech by Westport native and celebrity Melissa Joan Hart. 3

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New England Home Connecticut partnered with ProSource of New England to deliver a CEU course about hardwood flooring as a prelude to our autumn networking event. Guests gathered at ProSource’s Stamford location to learn more about wood as a floor covering material compared to all other options, current manufacturing standards, and more.

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From chef’s kitchens and spa-like bathrooms to batting cages, bowling alleys, and basketball courts, no idea is off limits when it comes to designing the homes of their clients’ dreams. The firm is known for creating innovative solutions to site and design challenges. They design every building with its surroundings in mind—think waterfront homes built to last while maximizing water views; ski-in-ski-out mountain-side lodges for every season; and classic facades in traditional neighborhoods, which give way to contemporary interiors. Louise, Vincent, and their collaborative team take great pride in the relationships they build with their clients, learning about their lifestyles in order build their perfect home.

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onnecticut Stone is dedicated to bringing your natural stone designs from concept to completion. We collaborate with architects, designers, builders, and homeowners to create custom interior and exterior products for both residential and commercial applications. This featured project is a collaboration with designer Amy Zolin of Clarity Home Interiors.  With the help of our knowledgeable staff, Amy was able to source and customize products that suited the

homeowner’s design aesthetic.   For nearly 70 years, Connecticut Stone has been a leading American stone supplier and fabricator, manufacturing everything from dimensional building stone to stone countertops. Our philosophy is to put our passion, commitment, and care into each and every CT Stone project.  We are deeply committed to supplying quality natural stone products that will be enjoyed by our clients for generations. Whether your project is residential or commercial, we invite you to visit our 13,000-square-foot showroom and 15-acre facility for a wide selection of native and imported stone.  

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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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Douglas VanderHorn Architects

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ouglas VanderHorn Architects is a classically focused architecture firm whose associates are inspired by the great residential architecture of the past. For thirty years, Douglas has strived to create buildings of enduring character that accommodate current lifestyles and seamlessly incorporate modern building technologies. Projects range from historically sensitive renovations and additions to traditionally inspired new designs. The office currently consists of fourteen highly dedicated individuals with experience ranging

from historic preservation and sustainable design to architectural interiors. The firm employs a variety of drawing, rendering, and physical and advanced computer-modeling techniques to assist clients in visualizing designs. With decades of experience in a range of historic styles, including Federal, Shingle, Tudor, and French Normandy, Douglas VanderHorn Architects strives to create homes that are architecturally appropriate for the site and surrounding neighborhood. Projects generally have a similar intent: to build a home that looks as if it’s been on the site for decades, while creating a series of interior spaces designed for contemporary living.

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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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John R. Mastera + Associates Architects

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he Mastera Studio was founded in 1987, on the principle of seeking design perfection in every project. John R. Mastera crafts intelligent designs for clients who seek architecture that is beautiful in terms of space, materials, and function. Each project is uniquely

conceived for its particular situation and completed with proficient project management. Nothing is too modern, too traditional, or too green to create a space full of beauty and functionality. Through his mastery of modern techniques in construction and materials, John R. Mastera consistently produces exceptional work that is thoughtful, evocative, and captures a vision unique to each client.

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Laura Kaehler Architects, LLC

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e design homes that are places of lived art. We are a small, award-winning boutique firm located in Greenwich. Since 1993, we have been designing residential projects, including new homes, renovations, and additions, as well as interiors. We view each project as a blank canvas and work with you to create a unique home that is an extension of you. You talk. We listen. Together, we discover, distill, and identify your needs and preferences, resulting in a home that reflects who you are, what you do, and how you live—properly

positioned, appropriately scaled, and finely detailed. Firmly committed to the concept of Responsible Luxury®, we use environmentally friendly materials and methods to maximize your quality of life. Over the years, we have developed close working relationships with a team of accomplished builders, consultants, craftsmen, and

Laura Kaehler Architects, LLC Greenwich, CT 06830

landscape architects. Together, we know how to translate your vision into reality effectively and seamlessly. “As the owner and principal of the firm, I remain personally involved in each project from inception to completion and maintain the same high degree of interest and enthusiasm regardless of size and scope.”—Laura Kaehler

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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 singlefamily 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 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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arron Hill house was a unique architectural opportunity to fashion an entire environment, both interior and exterior, while satisfying the owner’s evocative vision of a great turn-of– the-nineteenth-century Connecticut country home. The challenge was to blur the distinction between inside and outside through the careful use of transparency, scale, texture, and color. The gray limestone walls, earth-tone accents, and horizontal flowing lines all serve to give the house a timeless solidity that belies its recent creation.
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limestone, brick accents, and natural wood shingles declares the theme of natural materials that continues within, augmented by hand-finished mahogany cabinetry, vaulted wood ceilings, and extensive use of stone throughout. Accents of natural greens, burnt ochres, and other woodland colors are provided by the architect-selected furniture, carpets, and accessories, echoing the soft color of the hills beyond. At Marron Hill, a true collaboration between the client, architect, and landscape architect has ensured that the design remains true to our conviction that quiet moments and individuated design details are what distinguish significant and satisfying domestic architecture from the merely new and imposing.

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Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects, LLC

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agliaro Bartels Sajda Architects was founded as a design-oriented studio in 1974. The partners believed that practicing architecture as a performing art leads to client satisfaction. Since then, the firm has developed a premier reputation as the creator of exceptional waterfront 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 the 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 a functional and elegant plan. Projects are designed to maximize the daylight and its effect on spatial flow, enticing you into the space, conveying a sense of confidence and optimism—a sense of life’s possibilities. There is an architecture to the waterfront experience. It is not simply the location of a window, but the manipulation of the building’s envelope so that its spaces become a part of the view. It is not singular, but multiple, experienced from different angles and through multiple spaces simultaneously. It is always changing—calm seas,

raging storms, harsh sunshine and soft auras, moody grays and brilliant blues. It is nature’s rare gift, and our responsibility is to marry our buildings into it. A PBS project is not just a building, but a place at peace with itself. A place that imparts a contentment of its own.

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Patricia M. Miller Residential Design

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at Miller has created beautiful homes and living spaces in Fairfield County since 1980. Whether new construction, renovations, or interior space planning, her approach to design is to create something special and exciting for each client. In every style home, from traditional to shingle style to contemporary, and more, attention to detail and quality of materials are of the utmost importance. Offering a personal touch from designing to overseeing, ensures that every job and every client is special. Pat’s design skills are matched by her sensitivity to each client’s needs and requirements. This has helped establish her as one of the most accomplished and sought-after local designers. Her many renovations over the years reflect how small, simple

houses can be transformed into warm, gracious, and inviting homes. Her new homes show how she can take a piece of land and create an exciting new structure from nothing more than the imaginations of the client and the designer. The firm specializes in dealing with local regulatory boards, and making presentations before zoning and conservation boards. All projects utilize the services of licensed engineering professionals, established designers, and skilled, reliable local contractors—with all decisions the result of a consensus between the client and designer. Perhaps the greatest sign of her success is how her clients identify her designs as homes that combine function and design with that elusive quality so rare in many of today’s houses—charm. The result: the pleasure of walking into one’s own home and saying, “Wow!”

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Robert A. Cardello Architects

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esigning is a privilege. Designing custom homes and structures for people to live in and thrive in makes the activity even more enjoyable. At Cardello Architects, we love what we do, and this becomes obvious to anyone who enters our workspace. We want the whole design process to be as fun for our clients as it is for us. We’ll be your ally from start to finish. 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. Robert A. Cardello Architects has enjoyed many repeat customers, and word-of-mouth recommendations remain a cornerstone of our firm. RAC has extensive experience in all aspects of design, from renovations to commercial venues, with our specialty focused on high-end, custom-built homes. We invite you to peruse our website to see the homes we have constructed or renovated since 1999. Creating that place of comfort, unique to the individual family, is what we do best.

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Robert Dean Architects

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obert Dean Architects, of New Canaan, is a versatile group of people who have 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. Mr. Dean has led Robert Dean Architects for more than 25 years, and has established credentials that

range from historical construction detailing to large-scale site planning. Mr. Dean also sustains a very active involvement in voluntary and pro-bono services related to town planning and historic preservation. He has been involved in issues of public policy related to historic preservation and community development, as well. He serves as an adviser to preservation groups and as an active advocate for thorough and thoughtful design as an essential ingredient of community. As “academic architects of the old school,� the firm’s work is unusually varied, and each project represents a considered result from a process that brings together style, history, livability, and joie de vivre.

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Sellars Lathrop Architects

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ellars Lathrop Architects specializes in residential renovations, new construction, and sustainability. We are known for developing stylish, classic, and energy-smart designs, filled with creativity, warmth, and abundant natural light. Everyday needs of a client’s life are seen as a necessary design challenge and become an important focus of our design approach. This approach combines modern amenities with clean lines, low

maintenance materials and energyefficient techniques to reduce a client’s energy use. A well designed, high-performance building envelope—combined with bright and airy rooms connected to outside views and nature—is a goal we set for each project. As experienced architects, we also provide the necessary problem solving skills that can save money and guide clients through the challenging building process. Each project is as varied as the client who hires us. But, for each project, our goal is to enrich lives and enhance the environment.

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•FEATURES

New England Home Connecticut  •  Winter 2018

Bold Impressions

Winter is the season for cocooning—you bet. But even the coziest Connecticut abode, in the right hands, can still be packed with chic.

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Today’s homeowners were enchanted by the peaceful ten-acre property, once an Industrial Revolution–era mill, where Wachocastinook Creek tumbles past the main house’s front door. Winter 2018 | New England Home Connecticut  111

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The refurbished Rumford-style fireplace warms the cozy library. Iconic Eames walnut stools are part of the room’s playful mix of patterns and textures. Favorite finds, like a collection of vintage die-cut children’s books, adorn new shelves crafted with period details.

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ITS VERY AGE—THE HOUSE WAS BUILT IN 1776—GIVES THIS DWELLING ITS PROVENANCE. Imagine the conversations that have taken place in these same rooms, in the glow of the same hearth, to the tune of the same nearby waterfall. Not so long ago, though, the little timeworn dwelling was in need of thoughtful owners who would celebrate its ancestry. Along came Amanda and David Jones and happiness ensued. In their thirty-four years of marriage, the couple have lived all over the world. A list of where these travelers have hung their hats ranges from Cape Town to the Netherlands to Paris to California, with numerous exotic addresses in between. Currently, their winters are spent in Florida, but summer and fall find them in Salisbury. Call it coincidence, if you will: Amanda spotted the home online at just about the same time a dear

friend, who also happens to be a real estate agent, sent her the listing. It was a cold winter day when the couple arrived, and the attraction was immediate. “It was so quaint and peaceful,” remembers Amanda. “We stood on the bridge with the snow all around and we loved it.” Developed as a mill during the Industrial Revolution, the pastoral ten-acre property also includes a mill house (today’s studio, office, and guest quarters), a wonderful old barn, and a second barn David added to store his antique cars. Wachocastinook Creek, full of brown speckled trout, rumbles past the door, and the environment is home to beavers and otters, not to mention birds of all kinds. Still, as idyllic as the location was, a mighty renovation lay ahead. Fortunately, Amanda is an Winter 2018 | New England Home Connecticut  113

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BELOW: The dining room’s plate rack holds a host of beloved treasures, including a circa-1920s elephant teapot. FACING PAGE: Traces of paint purposely left on the hefty beams speak to the home’s age and its long line of inhabitants. Down-filled cushions make the antique French sofa as comfortable as it is chic.

artist and sculptor with an unerring design eye and a knowledge of how things work. “There were a number of small contractors like painters, roofers, electricians, and floor specialists, but I acted as the designer and the main contractor,” she explains. “We had plenty of nuts and bolts to fix.” Of course, so distracting is the home’s charm, no one would stop to consider the extensive labor that brought the storied place to this pretty state. Major excavation was the first step. Along with masonry expert Andy Savage, who is also responsible for the property’s picturesque stone walls, the owners

“EVERYTHING IN THIS HOUSE HAS A HISTORY AND ALMOST EVERYTHING IS ANTIQUE,” SAYS AMANDA JONES. THE DINING ROOM, WITH ITS HEFTY 200-SOME-YEAR-OLD BEAMS, COULDN’T BE A MORE SUITABLE BACKDROP FOR THE COUPLE’S ENGLISH REGENCY TABLE. removed the excess soil that had built up along the back of the building, dug out the foundation, and replaced the failing sills. Inside, aged plaster walls came down and new ones went up. Removing a cache of tiny, awkward rooms led to the creation of the laundry/mud and powder rooms, boosting livability. Amanda also cleverly eliminated several walls separating the kitchen, dining room, and library. This last strategy allows the spaces to flow together in a comfortable L-shaped plan. Existing beams were exposed and new ones (some hollowed out to conceal plumbing pipes) were subtly introduced. Between the beams, the ceilings were gently lifted to enhance the sense of space, and floors were rescued and refurbished, except in the more formal living room where the passing years had taken such a toll only a new surface would do. The new openness allows the owners and their guests to move easily from one space to another, although the library is a favorite gathering spot. Skilled cabinetmaker David Bowen lined the walls with handsomely detailed shelves to display the couple’s books and mementos. Old photos of the house, a host of vintage kids’ books, and even a papery gray wasp’s nest—prized by Amanda for its delicacy—heighten the room’s personality, as does the rejuvenated fireplace. Savage, who insists “old houses are fantastic because they’re more of a challenge,” completely overhauled the shallow firebox, making it as functional as it is beautiful. Twin Chinese millstones and an antique spindle from the long-ago mill dress up the hearth when there are no logs blazing. Amanda’s soft, tonal palette underscores Winter 2018 | New England Home Connecticut  115

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ABOVE LEFT: The sink’s backsplash shape was modeled on Federal-style furniture. ABOVE RIGHT: Yellow River granite gives the streamlined kitchen a rich feel. BELOW: A simple and sunny hall—with a wasp nest vignette—leads to the upstairs. FACING PAGE: In the laundry/mud room, an antique zinc bath commands attention, as does the lovely wide siding the owners uncovered.

yesteryear’s architecture and highlights Bowen’s meticulously crafted cabinetry in the brick-floored laundry room as well as the kitchen. For the latter, she opted for a minimum of cupboards and added open shelving for auxiliary storage. “Amanda has a great deal of artistry and design knowledge,” Bowen says. “She wisely didn’t want to fill the kitchen and make it cramped. Sometimes less really is more.” Painted Benjamin Moore’s Pashmina, the cabinets are a perfect partner to the richly colored Yellow River granite counters. The generous, graceful backsplash guarding the sink, which was inspired by a Federal-style highboy, is almost too artful to be as utilitarian as it is. But then, Amanda sees no reason why any element should be less than lovely. The honed marble-topped vanity with tapering legs that she designed for the powder room is as delicate as the Pembroke table occupying a corner of the cozy dining room.

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RIGHT: The homeowner designed the Chippendalestyle headboard for the master bedroom. BELOW: She also designed the main bathroom’s generous marble-topped vanity, crafted by cabinetmaker David Bowen. FACING PAGE: An Afghani rug inspired the guestroom’s vibrant look.

OF COURSE, SO DISTRACTING IS THE HOME’S CHARM, NO ONE WOULD STOP TO CONSIDER THE EXTENSIVE LABOR THAT BROUGHT THE STORIED PLACE TO THIS PRETTY STATE. “Everything in this house has a history and almost everything is antique,” Amanda says. The dining room, with its hefty 200-some-year-old beams, couldn’t be a more suitable backdrop for the couple’s English Regency table. An expert at mixing and matching eras and styles, Amanda pairs the graceful table with Scottish farmhouse chairs. A French sofa offers additional seating, while an antique Heriz rug lends warmth. A stash of teapots, pottery (including a small jug by the English ceramics designer Charlotte Rhead), and silver—all either family heirlooms or discoveries the owners made on their journeys—fill the old plate rack. The bedrooms upstairs have the same simple but elegant tenor. A soaring headboard clad in a classic embroidered linen Schumacher fabric anchors the couple’s sleeping quarters. The guestroom is “much louder because it’s based on the rug,” Amanda says. Purchased in Scotland, the lively rug depicting a fierce lion was woven in Afghanistan. No doubt, as years pass, the owners’ stories will thread themselves into the narrative of the house. The merging of tales will make for a heartwarming saga of a couple in search of a New England destination—and the old house that really was, it certainly feels now, waiting for them to come home.  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 142. Winter 2018 | New England Home Connecticut  119

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Many Happy Returns Af ter years in California, a Connecticut native rediscovers the joys of New England living.

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pretty palette for the living room includes wall paint of pink-tinged white and salmoncolored curtains. FACING PAGE: The goal was to downplay the home’s neo-Victorian roots in favor of a more transitional aesthetic, a tone Caccoma sets right from the foyer.

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hen the new owner of this Ridgefield house relocated to California after college, her plan was to stay for a year. “Then I met my husband, Eric,” Amy remembers, “and I thought, ‘This could take a little while longer.’” A “little while” turned out to be quite an understatement. Twenty-three years later, and with two of their four kids enrolled in or applying to East Coast private schools, the couple decided to return to her Connecticut hometown. ¶ Their real estate agent sent a link to a 7,800-square-foot pink-and-yellow neo-Victorian farmhouse with a big wraparound porch, but, Amy admits, it was not love at first sight.

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● ABOVE: Built in 2000, the grand neo-Victorian house, with an inviting wraparound porch, sits within walking distance of town. LEFT: Formerly stained wood, the study underwent a bold transformation, with all the cabinetry and millwork getting a high-gloss coat of Farrow & Ball’s Green Smoke. FACING PAGE: Old (a recovered sofa and chairs) meets new (a pink bench with Lucite legs) for a nice mix of periods and styles in the living room.

PROJECT TEAM Architecture: Sean O’Kane Interior design: Allison Caccoma Builder: Joseph Mirra, Pyramid Custom Homes

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● RIGHT: For contrast in the largely white kitchen, Caccoma painted the bases of the double islands a rich blue-black hue. BELOW: The breakfast nook conjures memories of the couple’s California home; the owners chose a table and chairs similar to what they had out West, and repurposed a Pierre Frey rooster-print for the valances. FACING PAGE: A plum-colored sectional invites lounging by the fire in the family room.

Though the couple had their hearts set on a traditional New England aesthetic, their agent insisted they take a look. They agreed it was big enough for their family, and its in-town location was ideal, but it took a visit during Hurricane Sandy to convince them. “All that weather did make me think . . . maybe I don’t want something too small, old, dark,” Amy says. While the pluses certainly outweighed the minuses, the couple knew they would need to make some changes. And as luck would have it, one thing in the plus column was that architect Sean O’Kane’s office was about 100 yards from the house. They enlisted his services for the renovation, and he suggested Allison Caccoma for the interior work. “Sean knew I had just moved to San Francisco, so he connected us, which was a match made in heaven.” says Caccoma. “I am very much a New York/Connecticut decorator who happens to live in California.” Logistically, it was perfect, remembers O’Kane.

“Allison would meet with Amy on the West Coast, and then close the circle with me.” Joe Mirra of Pyramid Custom Homes rounded out the team; his company had built the house back in 2000, so it was a natural fit. “I know the house inside and out,” says the builder. “I had carpenters who worked on it originally that I brought back in, so the style was identical.” The first part of the plan was to finish the detached two-car garage, so the family would have a place to stay when they visited during renovations. The ground floor would still hold cars, but O’Kane drew up plans to add a gabled dormer to create more

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● RIGHT: An elegant sitting room transforms the master suite into a private sanctuary. BELOW: Silver-leaf artwork, a glass chandelier, and a Calacatta marble tub ratchet up the luxe factor in the master bath. FACING PAGE: “I always mix painted pieces with stained pieces,” says Caccoma, who had the bench at the foot of the bed made.

headroom upstairs and incorporate a kitchenette and bathroom. Reclaimed barn wood from Vermont and a sliding barn door separating the living space from the bedroom give the guest quarters a decidedly New England vibe. In fact, this aesthetic is exactly what Amy desired for the main house, too. “Collaborating with her was easy,” says Caccoma. “We both share the same sensibility. She loves the Connecticut/New England concept and decorating with antiques.” The aim was also to skew a bit less Victorian and a bit more clean and contemporary. One of the larger projects was updating the kitchen. Caccoma brightened up the original Clive Christian cabinets with Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White and replaced the countertop with Carrara marble to match the island and the backsplash with slightly oversize white subway tile from Ann Sacks. A double island beloved by Amy, who enjoys cooking and entertaining, would stay. (“Enjoys” may be another understatement—a year after they moved east, the couple bought a bakery, Ross Bread + Coffee, in town.) The designer turned some Pierre Frey fabric adorned with roosters—a touch of New England charm from the owners’ California house—into valences in both the kitchen and breakfast nook. Caccoma replaced all the lighting and cabinet hardware during the renovation, but she says, “We did try to repurpose as much as possible from their previous home.” In the living room, painted a creamy white with a whisper of pink, both the midcentury modern sofa and two wood-framed chairs went under the knife for a fresh look; likewise, a glass coffee table was reborn with a stone top. To offset

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O’Kane morphed the upstairs of an existing two-car garage into inviting guest quarters; the addition of a gabled dormer helped create the necessary space. A sliding door fabricated from reclaimed barn wood cordons off the bedroom from the New England-inspired living room. A petite dining area in the living room makes a perfect spot for a casual bite.

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the traditional with a dose of the contemporary, the designer added a chic pink bench with Lucite legs. The family room, which overlooks a garden and pool, was designed for relaxing. Caccoma had a plum-colored sectional sofa made so the family could unwind together by the fire and watch movies. But if one desires quiet time, the study, just off the foyer, is a rich, dark retreat. Caccoma renewed the space, which, like the kitchen, features millwork and cabinetry designed by Clive Christian, by painting it all a high-gloss Farrow & Ball Green Smoke (“it references a historic color, but it’s updated,” she says) and placing a pair of custom-made, blue mohair chairs by the fireplace. Upstairs, the family converted an office into a fifth bedroom and revamped the master suite. “Our home in California was teeny-tiny,” says the owner. “The kids shared rooms, and all four shared one bathroom that doubled as the laundry room. Now that they were getting older, it was nice to think they could each have their own rooms.”

Amy and Eric got a private sanctuary of their own, too, in the form of an all-new master suite. The team completely redid the master bedroom and bathroom and created a walk-through dressing room. Caccoma furnished it with a mix of antiques, new finds, and repurposed favorites like the bedside table and recovered headboard. The suite’s aesthetic is so elegant and serene that Amy jokes, “My best friend says I am not old enough to have a bedroom that is this fancy.” Architect O’Kane also converted an open-roofed balcony off the bedroom into a lovely enclosed nook to recline and read. The end result is a new house—and community—that brings the family great joy. “It has been transformative,” says Amy. “In weeks, we knew all of our neighbors—the names of their dogs, their kids, their daily routines—in a way that we never did after twenty-three years in California. A successful renovation executed by a talented team proves that you can, in fact, go home again.  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 142. Winter 2018 | New England Home Connecticut  129

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A new tin-roofed wraparound veranda, eyebrow windows, and authentic gaslights from Bevolo of New Orleans add character to the historic home on a hilltop in Wilton.

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A FINE VINTAGE A nineteenth-century Wilton home’s makeover restores its Federal-style provenance.

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RIGHT AND BELOW: The living room’s sofas, custom designed by interior designer Gilles Clement, get extra visual interest with built-in shelves at their backs. The pendulous chandelier is suspended by a cascade of chains. Unfinished ceiling beams are a nod to the home’s Colonial heritage, while the black-and-white palette and graphic fabrics are a modern touch. FACING PAGE: A reclaimed nineteenth-century door opens onto the foyer, construction of which required the removal of an old fireplace and the relocation of a staircase.

LIKE A FINE WINE, SOME HOMES MATURE WITH AGE. AFTER NEARLY TWO CENTURIES, AN IN-TOWN RESIDENCE IN WILTON HAS EVOLVED INTO A THOROUGHLY MODERN DWELLING WHILE RETAINING ITS HISTORIC CHARACTER. Built in 1826 on a four-acre hillside lot with commanding views, the Federal-style house was significantly expanded and made over as a Colonial Revival in the early twentieth century. By 2013, when a friend suggested that Steve and Tamara Kalin take a look at it, the house was beginning to show its age. The Connecticut couple, who own a vineyard in California and travel frequently for work, were looking to downsize to an easy-to-maintain home—essentially the opposite of this house’s attributes. But the Kalins could see potential in the weedy but elegantly terraced gardens, in the weather-beaten exterior, and in the interior with its wide-planked floors. “Two of the rooms were in good shape; the rest of the house made you want to cry,” Tamara recalls. “But we immediately fell in love. The fact that you could walk to town was the cherry on top.” With two of their six children still living at home, diverse interests, and a love of entertaining, the Kalins

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LEFT: Serena & Lily bar stools surround a marble-topped kitchen island; the owners acquired the vintage, orange-lacquered lunch box on a trip to Myanmar. BELOW: Appliances are concealed within a wooden enclosure designed to resemble an old ice box; like much of the interior millwork, it was built by Michael Smith. FACING PAGE: The comfortable everyday dining area just off the kitchen has sunny backyard views on two sides.

“I’ve never believed that the architectural style of a home has to dictate the interior design,” says Gilles Clement. “The design should represent who you are, not what you are.”

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• found ways to utilize every inch of their 6,434-square-foot house. “The project was more about tailoring what was here to fit their needs than expanding the home,” says architect Kevin Quinlan. Stretching over a three-year period, the renovation included adding a columned wraparound porch under the guidance of structural engineer David Seymour and general contractor Jeff Titus. Quinlan took care to honor the original architectural style of the home by incorporating such details as eyebrow dormers on the front and rear roofs. “When we first came upon the house, it was boxylooking, with some odd proportions in certain areas and a plain appearance, stripped of any historically relevant detailing,” he says. “The additions and renovations have bestowed the house with beautiful, refined, proportionally pleasing and historically accurate detailing, and it now appears eminently worthy of its spectacular site.” Cheerful heart-motif shutters found in the barn were recreated and installed on the upstairs windows, and authentic gas lamps at the exterior doors lend an elegant period touch. “We considered ourselves stewards of the property,” Steve explains. “We wanted to keep its character and just update everything.” Quinlan created a greater sense of symmetry in a structure that had become a bit of a jumble over time, removing a two-story column at one corner of the house and enclosing a balcony to create a pair of walk-in closets

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New and old blend in this backyard view of the home: the original 1826 section of the house is in the middle, flanked by the 1916 addition to the right and the new family room to the left, where a carriage house once stood.

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RIGHT: The cheerful upstairs office, with

walls painted in dramatic Charlotte’s Locks from Farrow & Ball, is functional and fun: the owners run their winery from here when they’re not in California. BELOW: The cocktail room’s gold paint and drapes brighten the substantial leather furniture and deep teal shelves. FACING PAGE: Cathedral ceilings and skylights let the light pour into the family room, a gathering space with a quiet nook for reading up in the loft.

“The library is a reminder that I can be serious, and my orange office reminds me to never take myself too seriously,” says Tamara Kalin.

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• for the master bedroom while squaring the exterior proportions of the home. The original main staircase and a fireplace were dismantled to create a new entry off the porch; from the foyer, “view corridors” look past the relocated stairway into the formal living room to the left and through the kitchen to the former carriage house—now a family room—to the right. What’s revealed is a house of distinctive spaces conceived by Tamara and interior designer Gilles Clement. With its inlaid paneling and unfinished open ceiling beams and furnishings, the formal living room effortlessly blends nineteenth- and twentieth-century styles. The black-and-white color scheme and lacquered accents suggest Art Deco, but Clement says his inspiration came from Parisian apartments of the 1970s. “I’ve never believed that the architectural style of a home has to dictate the interior design,” he says. “The design should represent who you are, not what you are.” In a city like Clement’s native Paris, for example, it’s not uncommon to live in a building far older than this one, but that doesn’t compel homeowners to emphasize Baroque or Neoclassical flourishes. “It’s a given in Europe to mix periods and styles,” the designer says. Architect Michael Smith brought his woodworking skills to the project, designing and crafting exterior detailing on the porch as well as the interior trim and the kitchen cabinetry. “The most interesting—and challenging—part of the job was to reconcile the existing older

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construction with the new spaces in a way that was consistent, made sense, and kept the integrity and simplicity of the original house,” he says. “The old home featured low ceilings, while some of the newer spaces have high, vaulted ceilings. The result is a really interesting play between old and new.” The family room—the only new construction—is one of those high-ceilinged areas, a relaxed and playful space that includes a bonus loft that serves as a reading nook. As with most spaces in the home, it can accommodate large numbers of people, from the couple’s children to a gathering of their own friends. In another house, a masculine room with bookshelves painted deep teal, leather furniture, and gold drapes might properly be called a study or library, but

in this case, a hidden wet bar in the corner explains the Kalins’ preferred moniker: the “cocktail room.” Clement employed gold accents, in the drapes and in the paint at the back of the bookshelves, to soften the transition to the adjoining living room. Shades of white and gray predominate throughout the house, but splashes of orange add spark, from the toss pillows in several rooms to the eye-popping walls of Tamara’s second-floor office. In the kitchen, an appliance enclosure Smith designed and built to resemble an antique ice chest similarly enlivens the muted palette. A sleeping porch off the master bedroom was enclosed and repurposed as a sitting room with the addition of a hipped roof with a beamed tray ceiling, which continues into the master bathroom, where a soaking tub provides

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Tamara Kalin’s favorite color makes a bold appearance on pillows, throws, and accent pieces in the couple’s bedroom. A balcony was closed in to create the master suite’s chic sitting area. In the bath, a large soaking tub stands before double windows peering over the gardens.

a relaxed perspective on the manicured yard and gardens through a pair of oversize windows. The grounds were cleared to reveal the original stonework terraces, and Tamara enlisted the help of the Wilton Garden Club to restore the formal gardens and lawns to the rear of the house. A new pool blends easily into the landscape, with a bluestone patio that flows around one of the property’s ancient trees and makes a favorite spot for sipping wine with friends on warm summer evenings. For Tamara, the home’s strength is its effect on her mood. “There’s a space, inside and out, that matches my mental state or can change it,” she says. “For example, the library is a reminder that I can be serious, and my orange office reminds me to never take myself too seriously.”  RESOURCES : For more information about this home, see page 142.

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Resources

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

ALL ROADS LEAD HOME PAGES 110–119

Woodwork and cabinetry: David Bowen, Salisbury Artisans, Salisbury, (860) 435-0344, salisburyartisans.com Stone work and excavation: Andy Savage, Savage Construction, Sharon, (860) 672-2300, savageconstructioninc.com Plumbing and heating: Decker & Beebe, Canaan, (860) 824-5467, deckerandbeebe.com Pages 112–113: White Opulence wall color from Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com; Pashmina bookshelf color from Benjamin Moore; Eames stools and armchair from Hunter Bee, hunterbee. com; draperies fabricated by DrapeStyle, drapestyle.com. Page 117: Storm Cloud Gray cabinetry color from Benjamin Moore; sconces from Authentic Designs, authenticdesigns.com. Page 118: Curtains fabricated by DrapeStyle.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS PAGES 120–129

Architecture: Sean O’Kane, Sean O’Kane Architect, Ridgefield, (203) 438-4208, sokaia.com Interior design: Allison Caccoma, San Francisco, Calif., (415) 678-5449, allisoncaccoma.com Builder: Joseph Mirra, Pyramid Custom Homes, Ridgefield, (203) 438-1166, pyramidcustomhomes.com Cabinetry and millwork: Highland Woodcraft, Prospect, (203) 758-6625, and Zander Woodworks, Ridgefield, (203) 493-5066, zanderwoodworks.com Page 120: Lantern from Urban Electric, urbanelectricco.com; table from Bausman & Company, bausmanandcompany.com; bench from Mecox, mecox.com, with Clarence House fabric, clarencehouse.com; wallcovering from Farrow & Ball, us.farrow-ball.com; runner from Stark, starkcarpet.com. Pages 121–122: Sofa fabric by Peter Fasano, peterfasano.com; armchair fabric by Carlton V., carletonvltd.com; custom bench with Lucite legs by Artistic Upholstery, artisticupholsteryandfabrics. com, with Clarence House fabric; curtain fabric by Nancy Corzine, nancycorzine.com, with trim by Samuel & Sons, samuelandsons.com; sconces from The Federalist, thefederalistonline.com.

Page 123: Light fixture from Urban Electric; Green Smoke wall color from Farrow & Ball; chairs by J&J Upholstery, jandjupholsteryct.com, with mohair fabric from Claremont, claremontfurnishing.com. Page 124: Custom sectional sofa by Artistic Upholstery, with Kravet fabric, kravet.com; pillow fabric from Lee Jofa, leejofa.com, with Samuel & Sons trim; custom rug from Stark; coffee table from Mecox; chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting, hudsonvalleylighting.com; armchair from Avery Boardman, averyboardman.com, with Rose Cumming fabric, rosecummingdesign.com, and Samuel & Sons trim; roman shade fabric from C&C Milano, cec-milano.com, with Samuel & Sons trim. Page 125: Cornforth White wall color from Farrow & Ball; table and chairs from Bausman & Company; chair cushion fabric from Summit, summitfurniture.com; valance fabric by Pierre Frey, pierrefrey.com; valance trim by Rogers & Goffigon, rogersandgoffigon.com; panel fabric by Norbar, norbarfabrics.com; panel trim by Rogers & Goffigon. Pages 126–127: Wallpaper from Farrow & Ball; rug from Stark; headboard fabric from Claremont; bed hanging fabric by Colefax and Fowler, cowtan. com; bench from The Farmhouse Collection, farmhousecollection.com; custom sofa and chairs by J&J Upholstery, with fabric by Marvic, marvictextiles.co.uk; coffee table from Made Goods, madegoods.com; ceiling fixture, sconces, and swing arms from Circa Lighting, circalighting. com; curtains and valances by Artistic Upholstery, with fabric by Colefax and Fowler, and trim by Samuel & Sons; master bath chandelier from Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com. Pages 128–129: Ottoman fabric from Rogers & Goffigon; armchair fabric from Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com; curtain fabric from Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com; chandelier from Currey & Co.; pillow fabric by Classic Cloth from Dessin Fournir, dessinfournir.com; pillow trim by Mariner Pacific, marinerpacificad.com; dining chair fabric by Jane Churchill from Cowtan & Tout; dining table from Bausman & Co.

A FINE VINTAGE PAGES 130–141

Architecture: Kevin Quinlan, Kevin Quinlan Architec-

ture, Wilton, (203) 210-5050, quinlanarchitecture. com, and Michael Smith, Michael Smith Architects, Norwalk, (203) 563-0553, michaelsmitharchitects. com Interior design: Gilles Clement, House of Clement, Westport, (203) 349-5300, hocparis.com Builder and cabinetmaker: Jeffrey A. Titus, Titus Built, West Redding, (203) 834-0275, titusbuilt.com Landscape contractor: Rob Hughes, Stonebridge Associates, West Redding, (203) 544-8376, stonebridgeassociates.com Audio/Video design and installation: Brian Reilly, Acoustic Blueprint, Norwalk, (203) 857-4478, acousticblueprint.com Page 133: Living room chairs from Worlds Away, worlds-away.com, with Osborne & Little fabrics, osborneandlittle.com; drapery fabric from Zimmer and Rohde, zimmer-rohde.com; drapery hardware from JAB USA; jab.us; end tables from Alden Parkes, aldenparkes.com, and Global Views, globalviews.com; sofa fabric from Larsen through Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com; fabric on center sofa from Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com; sofa toss pillow fabrics from Osborne & Little and Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com; table lamps from Eichholtz, eichholtz.com; carpet from L&M Custom Carpets and Rugs, lmcustomcarpets.com; chandelier and sconces from Terzani, terzani.com. Page 138: Rug from L&M Custom Carpets and Rugs; sofa fabric from Bernhardt, bernhardt.com; toss pillow fabrics from Osborne & Little, Kravet, kravet. com, and Stark, starkcarpet.com, with trim by Larsen from Cowtan & Tout and Stark; chrome pendant lights from Tom Dixon, tomdixon.net; cocktail table from Eichholtz. Page 139: Rug from L&M Custom Carpets and Rugs; toss pillow fabrics from Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com, and Zoffany, zoffany.com; wallpaper backing bookshelves from Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries. com; drapery fabric from Zimmer and Rohde; coffee table and desk from Worlds Away; floor lamp from Regina Andrew Design, reginaandrew.com. Pages 140-141: Cowhide rug from Outpost Original, outpostoriginal.com; Lucite-legged chair and benches from H Studio, hstudio.com; pillow fabrics from Stark and Osborne & Little; sofa fabric from Holly Hunt. 

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The hardest part of the process for an architect is creating something out of nothing. You stare at that snow-white page you don’t want to ruin and you fear you won’t have any ideas ever again, and this client who is relying on your talent will be sooo disappointed. At that point, just get some ink onto the paper! I began this design by throwing some “barn” sketches onto the paper. Our clients were a couple with a real sense of humor, so I added an “ill-tempered sea bass” finial onto each end of the roof. They saw this, turned us loose, and the “barn” became a Queen Anne–style gatehouse with a basketball court, bowling alley, classic car storage, home theater, study, exercise room, kitchen, and an outdoor living room overlooking the pool. This latter space originally had a simple, flat arbor roof. Then one day I sketched in a copper barrel vault, which morphed into the domed structure you see here, with sapele framing that allows the underside of the copper to show through. Our clients were perfect. They watched and encouraged us; we thrilled them with a project they absolutely love. Sadly, my sea bass finials didn’t make the final cut. But they served their purpose as the germ for what now is a rather famous design locally. | John Mastera, John R. Mastera + ­Associates Architects, New Canaan, (203) 9666696, masteraarchitects.com

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