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welcome to present this selection of some of the most outstanding homes throughout the Connecticut and Westchester County, New York region. These luxury residences represent the wide range of style and distinction offered along the East Coast. In addition to showcasing these homes in our Previews magazine, you can also tour them online at www. In efforts to provide our clients with maximum exposure for their homes, these properties are also showcased on more than 400 websites. Our global marketing approach is a necessity to meet client goals in the very unique luxury home market. To identify high-end buyers and get their attention requires advanced knowledge and training. That’s why we invest in specialized training for our associates to earn the Previews Property Specialist designation. Previews Property Specialists have received in-depth instruction in luxury home sales, marketing, pricing, home staging and seller/buyer representation. Our Previews Property Specialists know how to get the best market value in the least amount of time. Our clients and customers can rest assured that they have the best luxury market specialist working with them to meet their home buying and selling goals.



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MID-COUNTRY MASTERPIECE Greenwich, CT—Behind stone pillars and a gated entry this 10,000+ square-foot Doron Sabag English manor is bathed in natural light and is arranged with exquisite entertaining venues both inside and out. Lavish living is enhanced by a luxurious pool, brick and stone terraces, a media room, wine cellar, beautiful vistas and heated garaging for 23 cars. Ideal for collectors. Barbara Zaccagnini, 800-767-0078 $14,900,000

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by the sea Classic waterfront living in Madison, Connecticut


this splendid property on coveted Middle Beach West Road has provided coastal living at its best. However, a masterful renovation in 2006 has elevated the home’s charm and appeal from modest to marvelous. Brimming with arresting water views, the ten-room, fivebedroom residence with elevator basks in a stunning ocean panorama. An open, flowing main level accommodates large gatherings with grace and impressive occasions are readily hosted in an expansive formal dining room warmed by a fireplace. The gourmet eat-in country kitchen showcases a center island, butler’s pantry, wet bar, bay window and appliances by SubZero and Wolf. Fluidly designed, the adjacent family room and a second family room/living room each enjoy classic firesides. French doors gracefully lead to a deck gazing over the sparkling pool and sea. A guest/au pair suite is provided with a full bath and deck access. On the second level of the home, the master bedroom suite offers indulgence with its romantic fireplace, private deck, sitting room and exceptional master bath. A coffered ceiling, fireplace,





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and full bath accompany one guest bedroom, another guest bedroom opens to a deck and is served by a full bath in the outside hallway. A second-floor wet bar, additional laundry room, and a marvelous third-floor suite with a private bath and deck complete the seaside home. Atop the attached 3-car garage is a mezzanine suite comprised of a full bath, pantry, large sitting room and porch. Other excellent features include interior and exterior sprinkler systems, nine-foot ceilings, crown moldings, exotic wood floors, electric awnings, a security system and six-zone heating with six air-conditioning compressors. The incomparable, beautifully landscaped .75-acre grounds are uncommonly expansive. This lovely shoreline setting tranquilly captures the essence of waterfront beauty.

Madison, Connecticut Offered at $6,250,000 Joe Piscitelli at 800-767-0078

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Englewood East Hill Estate

Pierson Lakes, NY—This 7,000-sq. ft. estate in a premier gated community features magnificent waterfront property, a guest house and private beach with dock. A mere 28 miles from Manhattan. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $3,500,000

Englewood, NJ—Mediterranean-style Colonial with 6 bedrooms, large dining room, chef ’s kitchen, family room & main-level master suite. The resort setting boasts in-ground pool & spa. For more information, call 973-630-9368


Meticulous Attention to Detail

Equestrian Estate

Upper Saddle River, NJ—Spacious rooms define this 10,000 square-foot estate on over 1.5 acres. Five bedrooms and 5 full- and 2 half-baths. Lower level full bar, theater and billiard room. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $3,099,000

Colts Neck, NJ—Custom Colonial on 12 acres boasts 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, a modern horse barn and riding ring, in-ground pool, 4-car garage and much more. Truly a unique home!. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $2,999,999

made-to-order luxury Bedminster, NJ—Spectacular to-be-built 6-bedroom, 6.5-bath dream home on the finest 10-acre farm assessed lot in Bedminster, just 1 mile east of Trump National Golf Club! For more information, call 973-630-9368 $2,999,000

White Oak Manor Mendham Township, NJ—White Oak Manor, a 6-bedroom Colonial rests on 25 private acres. Elegant with generous rooms, superior architectural embellishments, pool, pool house and 4-car garage. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $2,995,000

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Elegance and Sophistication Colts Neck, NJ—Ideal for entertaining, this magnificent 6-bedroom, 6½-bath, custom Colonial is situated on 2.20 gorgeous acres in Colts Neck’s most desirable neighborhood. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $2,850,000

Gracious Lake Mohawk Lakefront Sparta, NJ—This landmark 5-bedroom and 3 full and 1 half-bath home in Lake Mohawk features stunning woodwork and lower level with bar, wine storage and large stone fireplace. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $2,795,000

A Retreat Beyond Compare Washington Township, NJ—Secluded 2-acre private retreat. Custom 6bedroom multi-level home with a floor plan designed for entertaining. Resort setting boasts pool, putting green and tennis court. Rebecca “Becky” Boomsma, Sales Associate 201-848-3402; 201-286-6097;


Character and Charm Abound Harding Township, NJ—Restored, revitalized and expanded this 17-room, 1800s manor home boasts vintage details, superb recently added kitchen & family room and 5 bucolic acres with pool. Brian Matthews, Sales Associate 908-630-5155; 908-872-7584; 


SPECTACULAR EAST HILL VICTORIAN Englewood, NJ—Beautifully restored Swiss Chalet Victorian offers 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 1 half-baths and spacious new rooms. Grounds feature outdoor fireplace and pool. Sara Lopatin, Broker Sales Associate 201- 567-7788; 201-647-7700;


Resort-Style Living Basking Ridge, NJ—Bocina-built 5-bedroom, 6.2-bath home on 2.7 acres in a coveted neighborhood. With ultimate craftsmanship, resort-style living, pool with waterfall and spa with walk-out lower level. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $2,490,000

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beachfront oasis Pierson Lakes, NY—Gated Pierson Lakes waterfront estate features stunning architectural details. Nestled on 4 breathtaking acres with a private beach & boat dock. Only 28 miles from Manhattan! For more information, call 973-630-9368 $2,350,000

refined city living Jersey City, NJ—Gorgeous water views grace this 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhome with a stunning living room, formal dining room, fabulous gourmet kitchen, 2-car garage and patio. Francesco Mazzaferro, Sales Associate 201-533-3070; 201-410-3020; $2,300,000

Modern Elegance at Every Turn


Kinnelon, NJ—Sophisticated home in Smoke Rise offers wonderful entertaining spaces, 3 fireplaces, sun-drenched rooms, sleek gourmet kitchen & wooded property with in-ground pool. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $2,200,000

Holmdel, NJ—Create the custom home of your dreams in one of the state’s most acclaimed areas by award-winning Pinnacle Custom Builders, or the builder of your choice. For more information, call 973-630-9368  $2,150,000

Stunning Livingston Colonial

Unparalleled Land and Location

Livingston, NJ—European-style Colonial on a beautiful acre is a wonderful home with 9-foot mahogany entry doors, superior gourmet kitchen, fantastic great room and finished lower level.

Holmdel, NJ—A timeless investment, this estate in a prestigious location offers 6+ acres and a custom pool all enclosed in a tree-lined property surrounded by protected land. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $1,999,000

Susan Mazzetta, Broker Sales Associate 973-226-2577; 201-362-7674;


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Peaceful Retreat

Superb Architectural Design

Mendham, NJ—Sun-drenched, 5-bedroom custom home on cul-de-sac. Sweeping views welcome you to this 5-acre professionally landscaped property with lighted Deco Turf tennis court.

Mendham Township, NJ—Custom contemporary with 3 lavish levels boasts gourmet kitchen, flowing floor plan and 3-acre private setting with gated entrance and circular drive. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $1,910,000

Pauline Derrick and Pamela “Pam” Tishman, Broker/Sales Associate 973-543-7458; 973-723-4760 $1,995,000

Smoke Rise Gated Estates

Spectacular Upgrades

Kinnelon, NJ­—This exceptionally crafted Smoke Rise home offers 6 bedrooms and 5 full and 2 half-baths along with theater/game room and private golf green on over 5 acres. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $1,849,000

Bridgewater, NJ—This custom 5,800-sq. ft. Colonial on over 1 acre features 5 bedrooms and 5 full and 2 half-baths as well as grand and glorious main rooms. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $1,590,000

SPECTACULAR SETTING Scotch Plains, NJ—Magnificent, well-designed 4/5 bedroom colonial, with luxurious main-level master suite, offers large entertaining rooms & gourmet kitchen. Gorgeous grounds include pool & spa, gazebo & 2 patios. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $1,449,000

multi-generational jewel Washington Township, NJ­—Mother/daughter home spanning nearly 9,000 sq. ft. with 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath main residence and attached 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home with elevator. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $1,399,000

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Country French Flair in Smoke Rise

Monmouth Beach, NJ—Waterfront living at its best down the Jersey Shore! This 5-bedroom home with pool and private dock is just minutes from beaches, Pier Village and the ferry to NYC. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $1,395,000

Kinnelon, NJ—Captivating 13-room custom stone front boasts great rooms for entertaining and elegant architectural detail. Private, wooded 8-acre property with pool, spa and waterfall. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $1,375,000

Elegant Colonial

Appealing Lake Lifestyle

Randolph Township, NJ—Elegant custom 5-bedroom Colonial in Mendham Lake Estates boasts spacious center island kitchen, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, guest suite and breathtaking property with lake views. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $1,149,000

Randolph Township, NJ— Beautiful, spacious 5-bedroom brick estate nestled in the renowned Shongum Lake community. Enjoy glorious lake views and lake rights with beach, swimming, fishing, and more. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $1,139,000

Park-Like Setting Norwood, NJ­—Classic architectural details, elegant spaces and a park-like setting await in this 4,500-sq. ft. 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath Colonial-style home within an easy commute to New York. For more information, call 973-630-9368 $1,099,000

Spacious countryside retreat Ringwood, NJ—Breathtaking 12-room retreat boasting 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths on 10+ acres. Spacious/luxurious living areas feature the finest appliances, fixtures and amenities. Must see! For more information, call 973-630-9368 $1,000,000

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KINGS POINT ESTATE Great Neck, NY—This unrivaled 20-acre wraparound waterfront Kings Point Estate presents a unique opportunity. With views of the city, this compound is magnificent, affording privacy and is just minutes from Manhattan. Diane Polland, Licensed Salesperson 516-441-3932; 516-606-2344;

Old Westbury, NY—Flawlessly classic, this spectacular 3-acre gated estate in the East Williston school district offers 8,000 sq. ft. of grace, true elegance, a pool, and new exquisite guest house. For more information, call 631-623-5120 $5,800,000





Sands Point, NY—Created by Romantic Modernist architect Norman Jaffe in a magnificent setting with a pool, this 7,000-sq. ft. stone masterpiece beautifully redefines unique custom excellence. For more information, call 631-623-5120 $3,650,000

Manhasset, NY—Exceptional! This 5-bedroom brick colonial in a 24-hour gated community celebrates rare custom style with a 2-story family room, Poggenpohl kitchen, first-floor master suite and views of Stone Hill Pond. For more information, call 631-623-5120 $3,195,000

Elegant 1929 Colonial


Old Westbury, NY—Traditional 10-bedroom, 6.5-bath, 3-story historic Colonial boasts stunning formal rooms. Its 4.8 acres feature pool, tennis court & 2-bedroom cottage. Exceptional East Williston (Wheatley) school district. For more information, call 631-623-5120 $2,998,000

Old Westbury, NY—Elegant 6-bedroom, 5.5-bath Center Hall Colonial situated on breathtaking property with pool, waterfall and spa. Surrounded by horse trails in the heart of Old Westbury in Jericho School District. For more information, call 631-623-5120 $2,798,000

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An Enviable Lifestyle

Manhasset, NY—Spectacularly adjoining the Great Lawn of the splendid Gracewood clubhouse, this supreme 14-room Hamptons-style home is a decorator’s showcase with every imaginable amenity. For more information, call 631-623-5120  $2,695,000

Old Field, NY—Secluded on almost 4 acres, this 5,900-sq. ft. brick Colonial features a tennis court, mineral springs heated pool with expansive bluestone patio, 3-car garage and so much more. For more information, please call 631-623-5120 $2,495,000

Edwardian Elegance


Garden City, NY—This 1910 Edwardian Colonial is the epitome of elegance. Exquisitely updated with every luxury, large formal rooms, fireplaces, a magnificent kitchen, 6 bedrooms & more.

Brookville, NY—Beautiful 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath expanded ranch with floorto-ceiling windows & great entertaining rooms. Jericho School District. Set on 2.3 acres with pool, hot tub & 3-stall barn. For more information, call 631-623-5120  $1,998,000

Elyse Underberg, Associate Broker 561-671-6333; 516-697-7898; $2,000,000



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Lattingtown Harbor Beauty

1910 Charm

Lattingtown, NY—Enjoy this gorgeous waterfront community’s sandy beach and club house. This new center-hall Colonial boasts a 2-story foyer, elegant formal rooms, sumptuous master suite, chef’s kitchen and so much more. For more information, call 631-623-5120  $1,995,000

Dix Hills, NY—Brimming with country charm, this sprawling, circa 1910 French Chateau on 1.67 acres has unique appeal with a sun parlor, fireplaces, both living and family rooms and more. For more information, call 631-623-5120 Price Upon Request

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27+ Acre Estate

World-Class Equestrian Estate

Greenwich, CT—Nestled beside Topping Lake in Round Hill, this estate of more than 27 acres was once part of the Great Estate, Dunellen Hall. This rare, park-like compound includes a main house, tennis court, guest house and many outbuildings. One of Greenwich’s last stately tracts of lands with natural beauty, privacy & lake vistas.

Greenwich, CT—World-class 14+-acre equestrian estate with a Georgian Manor House, 20-stall barn, groomsmen apartments, jumping arena, riding trails, paddle & tennis court, pool/spa, and pavilion.

William M. Burke 800-767-0078 |  


Elegant Waterfront Lifestyle

Tamar Lurie 800-767-0078  


Spectacular European-Style Estate

Westport, CT—New 6-bedroom classic Shingle Style waterfront home features water views from nearly every room. Grand foyer, gourmet kitchen, luxurious master suite, and a deep-water dock.

Guilford, CT— Panoramic Long Island Sound views are the backdrop for this 4-acre Vineyard Point estate with an 8,500-sq. ft. European-style villa, guesthouse, 4-stall barn, and heated pool.

KMS Partners 800-767-0078

Wanda Pellegrino / Ed Pellegrino / Marie Lee 800-767-0078


Timeless Elegance


Belle Haven’s Top Secret

Riverside, CT—Classic 1926 renovated 6-bedroom Colonial on 2+ acres in 1-acre zone. Features exquisite moldings, 3 fireplaces, cherry cabinetry and built-ins. Guest house and English gardens.

Greenwich, CT—This Belle Haven beauty has 8 bedrooms; wide private lawn, high ceilings; new kitchen, pool and a classic wraparound porch. It’s a house full of light, character and fun.

Linda Collins 800-767-0078

Susan Detchon Anderson 800-767-0078



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Remarkable Estate

A World-Class Gated Estate

Old Lyme, CT—This extraordinary 20-acre Connecticut River estate offers 1,200 ft. on Lord’s Cove, grand views, a c.1900 6-bedroom residence, a separate 3-bedroom guest house, and 5-car post-and-beam carriage barn with living quarters. Roger Parkman / Diane Gregory 800-767-0078


Enchanting Estate

Purchase, NY—Gated estate on 2 acres with private gardens & pool featuring a 2-story marble foyer, graciously proportioned rooms, 7 bedrooms, 7 marble baths, & an oak-paneled elevator. Peter Raider 800-767-0078


A Riverfront Sanctuary

Rye, NY—Superb 7,193 sq. ft. Rye estate on pristine 1+ acre in envied country club enclave. Grand entertaining rooms, magnificent chef ’s kitchen, pool and wading pool.

Old Lyme, CT—Offering access to the Connecticut River and beyond, this 13-room home features an eat-in kitchen, spacious first floor master suite and a freeform heated pool.

Michele C. Flood 800-767-0078

Joe Rhodes III 800-767-0078


French Country Château


Stately Fox Meadow Colonial

Harrison, NY—Gated 1.9 acre estate in Sterling Ridge designed by Frank J. Forster features an original stone & brick façade and Ludowici tiled roof, hand-hewn beams, and a free-form pool.

Scarsdale, NY—Brick Georgian Colonial in a premier Fox Meadow neighborhood features magnificent detailing, a grand circular staircase, and 8 bedrooms. Short walk to train and school.  

Michele C. Flood 800-767-0078

Alisa Kaplan 800-767-0078



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New York/Connecticut

Premier Design and Location

Fenwick Waterfront

Westport, CT—New 6,000 sq. ft. Colonial by Coastal Construction on 1.23 landscaped acres in one of Westport’s most venerated enclaves featuring 5 en suite bedrooms and room for pool.

Old Saybrook, CT— Converted oceanfront barn in a historic enclave with glorious beaches and a golf course offers large open spaces, a master suite with private staircase, and seaside patio.

Judy Michaelis     800-767-0078  

Lucretia Bingham 800-767-0078



Estate Living in Lincoln Rise

Gracious Country Estate

Purchase, NY—Custom Colonial with 6,000+ sq. ft., gourmet kitchen, 5 en suite bedrooms and a 3,000 sq. ft. lower level. Multi-tiered terrace, pool, spa, tennis court & 24-hour security.

Darien, CT—English stone estate on 1.5+ acres in the bucolic back country featuring a living room with beamed ceilings and first-floor master suite with fireplace.

Debbie Strati – Padawer 800-767-0078 

Betsy Nolan / Betsy Hulsey 800-767-0078


Architectural Intrigue


Timeless Elegance

Purchase, NY—Impeccable Colonial in a gated community with a marble entry, Christopher Peacock gourmet kitchen, 5 bedrooms with new en suite designer baths. Perfect for entertaining.

Larchmont, NY—Magnificent 1927 Tudor with original details, elegant living and dining rooms, 6 bedrooms, 5 full and 1 half baths, library, sunroom, fabulous kitchen/great room on prime location.

Debbie Strati – Padawer 800-767-0078

Bengen Lee 800-767-0078



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Privacy, Serenity and Creativity

Extraordinary Compound

Canton, CT—Craftsman-style lodge with 10,000 sq. ft. of living space on 33+ acres with pool, pool house, brooks, wooden bridges, meditation areas, a trio of ponds, and a campsite.

South Glastonbury, CT—1.2-acre estate featuring a great room with 2-story fieldstone fireplace, 4 en suite bedrooms, Gunite pool, and 2,500-sq. ft. sports complex as seen on MTV’s Teen Cribs.

Katie French 800-767-0078

Margaret Wilcox 800-767-0078



Picturesque Country Estate

A Mid-Century Sanctuary Irvington, NY—Mid-century home on .83 private acre with a heated pool. A total renovation includes a granite kitchen, marble baths, and master suite with a sitting room and dual baths.

Easton, CT—Picture-perfect country estate encompassing a renovated 10room period Colonial with massive stone fireplaces, French doors and an outdoor stone loggia and guest cottage.

Therese Militana Valvano 800-767-0078

Darlene Letersky 800-767-0078



A Waterfront Haven

Exquisite Residence

Guilford, CT—Recently renovated 1882 waterfront home on Sachem’s Head Harbor with 4 bedrooms, an idyllic seaside deck, and a gourmet’s dream kitchen. Steps to Sachem’s Head Yacht Club.

Briarcliff Manor, NY—Rebuilt in 2006 to an unparalleled caliber showcasing custom gourmet kitchens and baths, limestone floors with inlays, a custom pool and a cabana with kitchen and bath.

Joe Piscitelli     800-767-0078  

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New York/Connecticut

Country Estate

Premier Craftsmanship

Lyme, CT—Federal Colonial 10-acre estate with elegant proportions, 5 fireplaces, and a stone terrace and columned side porches with views of the pastoral landscape and gardens.

Madison, CT—Completely updated Contemporary Cape encompassing a family room with a floor-to-ceiling stone hearth, gourmet kitchen, and 5 bedrooms in an esteemed shoreline enclave.

Roger Parkman 800-767-0078

Lorey Walz / Meig Walz Newcomb 800-767-0078


A Piece of Paradise


Cultivated Architecture

New Rochelle, NY—Updated 1930 Colonial featuring 2 family rooms and 6 en suite bedrooms on 1.84 acres with putting green, sand traps, slate patios, and outdoor “pub,” all minutes to midtown.

Pelham, NY—California Ranch featuring tumbled marble appointments, a gourmet kitchen, finished walk-up attic & lower level, brick terrace, heated pool & pool house with kitchen & bath.

Mary Ellen Brick 800-767-0078

Laura Acocella 800-767-0078


Charming Colonial Residence


Connecticut River Grandeur

Madison, CT— New England Colonial features formal living and dining rooms, a custom kitchen, luxurious master suite, and inground Gunite pool complemented by a cabana with Viking kitchen. 

Cromwell, CT—Custom home with sweeping Connecticut River views featuring a 2-story family room with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, riverside terrace, & 15-acre common area with dock & beach.

Cathy Lynch 800-767-0078

Sara W. Felter 800-767-0078



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landscape architecture by edmund hollander text by jorge s. arango photography by Betsy Pinover Schiff

Stone walkways, which connect this five-acre East Hampton property’s multiple gardens, help create a sense of movement.

The late Washington post garden columnist Henry Mitchell

wrote that nearly any garden, glimpsed just right, “can be confused with paradise.” He might have added that a garden can be heavenly with a bit of devilishness thrown in. Such was the vision landscape architect Edmund Hollander, of Manhattan’s Edmund Hollander Design, had for a five-acre East Hampton property that had to fit both the manicured decorum of Georgica Road—where anything too unruly might raise the eyebrows of property-value-conscious neighbors like Martha Stewart and hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons—and the slightly rambunctious tastes of the wife. “I like an overgrown look,” she says. “A loose and flowing feel.” Hollander created a progression of gardens that gently diminishes in formality. Near the summer home of the wife and her investment banker husband, garden “rooms” are demarcated by fences and walls, as well as such formal plantings as hydrangeas, hollies and boxwoods. Moving toward the property’s edge, the land gracefully reverts to an informal, more natural state. And by summer’s end, this meticulous design is softened throughout, to the wife’s delight, by a vibrant array of blossoming flowers. The couple purposely chose a site that was a few blocks from the water. “I knew I wanted a real garden,” says the wife, noting that her dream would have been difficult to realize amid the constant buffeting of wind, salt and sand closer to shore. Architect Boris Baranovich was commissioned to design the homeowners’ classic-style shingle house; Hollander was brought in to begin work on what was then an almost barren lot. A decision to raze even more trees near the pool worried the husband, who is very sensitive to the sun. “He kept saying, ‘I can’t be in the sun—when will all of this grow out?’” remembers the wife. Now he’s just delighted because there’s so much shade, but my granddaughters complain that they’re freezing out there.” Because the homeowners are parents of two and grandparents of three, Hollander took care to create a landscape suitable for multigenerational use, one that balances active and passive outdoor living. Formal alfresco entertaining rooms abutting the house cater to the wife’s penchant for cocktail parties. A fragrance walk (redolent with daphne and sweet bay magnolia) and rose garden (overflowing with Graham


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An informal bed of Graham Thomas and Heritage English roses frames the pool lawn.

Thomas, Heritage English, David Austin and other roses) encourage the quiet contemplation appreciated by older family members; a tennis court, swimming pool and golf green meet the active needs of the whole tribe. There is even a children’s garden, providing a private world for the family’s youngest members. “There’s a very proprietary feeling to that children’s garden,” says Hollander. “Children always like to say this or that is ‘mine.’ That garden is definitely theirs.” It includes a playhouse, Seven Dwarves statuary and fragrant flowers that “feel good to play in.” Stone walkways connect all of these. “The intricate series of paths and connections,” observes Hollander, “gives the property a great sense of movement that encourages you to stroll from garden to garden to pool to golf green.” All of the rooms, he adds, are planted “with a layered lushness and density that approximates the surrounding landscape.” The driveway, for example, has a canopy of mature sweet gums and oaks with an under-story of dogwood and magnolia. A profusion of daffodils blossoms at ground level. The swimming pool is lined by a fieldstone wall, over which arc yellowwood trees underplanted by oakleaf hydrangeas and Dixie Wood ferns. A poolside pergola draped with wisteria and roses creates a bountifully flowering wall. Such density of flora and fauna is not merely a response to the surrounding landscape. “I don’t like having just one of this and one of that,” says the wife. “I want big masses of things, and I hate to see mulch!” So, instead of one variety of hydrangea, there are 25. Rather than one ubiquitous viburnum, Hollander alternates six. There are also multiple varieties of berry plants and a constantly changing parade of annuals. Come September, all of these plantings blur the lines of the master plan and create a mellow, meandering mood. p re v iews

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The cranberry trim on existing custom window treatments inspired the dining room’s vibrant palette.



in their too-small 1950s Cape Cod in Kinnelon, the homeowners knew it made sense to simply buy a bigger home, rather than embark on an extensive redo. But with 30 years of memories invested in this space—the couple’s first home, which they share with their daughter, a grad student—they found it hard to say goodbye. “So much has happened here—you become attached,” explains the wife. “We didn’t want to give up something we’ve come to love.” Their hearts won. The couple hired Joel E. Jenkins Architect in Sparta to add approximately 1,000 square feet to the home, which is set on 2 wooded acres in the Smoke Rise community. The construction included a complete gutting and expansion of the oncesmall kitchen: A wall dividing the space from the family room was removed and sliding-glass doors were installed, allowing sunlight to pour in and giving the residents a glorious view of the landscaped backyard. New cherry cabinetry brought warmth to the larger space. “Before the room was more enclosed and far less functional,” the homeowner says. “Now it’s open and gives you a feeling of home.” But once construction was complete, another daunting task presented itself: decorating the newly enlarged home. Realizing that they needed professional guidance, the wife began searching for an interior designer who was eclectic, down-to-earth—and local. “As a businessperson myself, I always try to work with members of the community,” she says. And when she met Tamara Dunner of Kinnelon’s Tamara Dunner Interior Design, she recalls, “we had a good connection. She’s very personable, and we clicked.” Dunner’s vision was to draw on some of the home’s existing style elements, but heighten the flair factor. “I tend to work with what my clients have, but use PREVIEWS

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An extensive addition opened up the once-cramped kitchen, below, where rich cherry wood adds instant warmth. “Serene” was the objective in designing the master bedroom, at right.



an approach to make them ‘pop’ more,” the designer explains. Take, for example, the dining room. The inspiration for the space came from the cranberry-hued trim on the room’s existing custom window treatments, which the wife adored. “The previous color scheme was a bit cautious,” Dunner notes. So while she kept the pale-pink wall color for contrast, she updated the homeowners’ once pale-pink chairs with both a rich red, mini-patterned fabric and a coordinating stripe. Formerly white built-in cabinets were transformed with the room’s signature color, while a glass table now provides a clear view of an antique rug that ties it all together. “The cranberry color just livened the space up,” Dunner says. “The room became warm and inviting.” In the adjacent living room, Dunner encouraged the homeowners to display meaningful pieces—family heirlooms, as well as gems from their extensive travels—and then juxtaposed these treasures with interesting patterns. “I love that room because it’s not about decoration, it’s about sharing things that have meaning,” the wife says. Among the eclectic items featured are a trunk from Mexico, a painting from Sicily, an antique lamp from the wife’s mother and a pair of candlesticks (once hidden in a closet) that were a gift from a grandmother. A quirky knickknack—a simple-yet-elegant marionette showcased on a stand—adds interest in the corner. While Dunner kept the bold patterned wallpaper, she replaced floral win-

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Family heirlooms, travel treasures and a host of interesting fabrics imbue the living room with a fun, homey, eclectic quality.



dow treatments with the quieter style of a luxe Pindler & Pindler fabric over just one window. A bevy of textiles gave new life to the homeowners’ original furniture; thus, a Duralee gold-and-green plaid, a vibrant coral with a small print, a bold stripe and an intricate flame stitch by Lee Jofa all peacefully coexist in the space, while a sprawling antique rug anchors the room. Pattern takes center stage again in a petite powder room, where the designer opted for whimsical Thibaut wallpaper that reflects the homeowners’ love of the outdoors with its topiary and avian touches. “Putting a large pattern in a small room is a great way to make a statement,” Dunner notes. A black granite–topped cherry vanity with hand-painted greenery mirrors the look. Upstairs, the master bedroom is a serene retreat. The comforting space features sage walls, silk window treatments, a custom-designed reversible duvet set and an upholstered bench that also provides storage for extra blankets. The en suite master bath has luxurious touches, including his-andher stations and a heated floor. “All these years we’ve worked so hard, and now we splurged on ourselves,” the wife notes. The renovation complete, the family has no doubt that they made the right decision by remaining in their cherished dwelling. “We have deep roots in Smoke Rise, and this is now the perfect home,” says the wife. “Why would I ever want to leave?”

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Both modern and cozy, the once-empty dining room gets pop from a bold light fixture, textured chocolate brown wallpaper and matching curtains that let light dapple in.


“When we started it was really just a blank square,” recallS DESIGNER

Designed by Lara Michelle Feinsod photography by Chuan Ding

Lara Michelle Feinsod, describing the roughly 15-foot by 15-foot room just off the foyer in Melissa and Andrew Kaminsky’s Rye Brook Colonial. The couple had moved into the home a year and a half earlier after relocating from Manhattan with their two young sons, and had tackled a number of other renovations already. “Lara had helped us design our powder room, bedroom and a homework room for the boys,” says Melissa. “But turning this empty space into our dining room would be our biggest project together.” But where to begin? “They told me they wanted something contemporary with blues, beiges and browns,” says the designer, owner of Lara Michelle Beautiful Interiors Inc. in Rye Brook. “But because the home is a Colonial, we decided to mix in some traditional elements. I never like to depart too much from the ‘bones’ of a house.” Adds Melissa: “We’re not real formal, so we liked the idea of something simple yet elegant with a little color and ‘pop.’” Seeking to achieve that perfect blend, Feinsod boldly contrasted colors and styles throughout the space. To enliven the room’s walls, for instance, she juxtaposed traditional white wood paneling with a striking chocolate-brown textured wallpaper from Larsen. The paper’s intricate woven pattern is repeated on the window curtains, also from Larsen, which block an undesired view of the driveway while still allowing sunlight to filter in. Dark and light hues are also contrasted in the room’s key furniture pieces, all from Baker, including a walnut buffet with a limestone top and a large walnut dining-room table with matching chairs that are upholstered in faux crocodile leather from Dedar—a material cleverly chosen for its durability and stain resistance. “Between our kids and golden retriever that sheds all over the house, the faux crocodile is perfect— if there’s a stain I can just wipe it off,” says Melissa with a laugh. Overhead, a bold contemporary-style fabric chandelier from Stonegate Designs adds illumination. “I must have shown Andrew and Melissa 20 different lights before they chose this one; they didn’t want your everyday traditional chandelier,” says Feinsod. Agrees Melissa: “A typical chandelier with crystals just wasn’t us; this just suited our tastes better—we were both instantly drawn to it.” Two fabric-shade sconces with brushed nickel bases add extra light to the walls. Also contributing to the homey feel is a comfy window seat topped with a coffeehued cushion from Glant. A large sequined pillow from Lillian August and smaller throw pillows upholstered in fabrics from Lee Jofa, Kravet and Barbara Barry add extra panache. Finishing touches include artwork from Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Manhattan and a pen shell–framed mirror from Oly on the walls, plus mercury glass candlesticks from Oly and real animal horns from Mariani Gardens in Armonk, all placed atop the dining room table. Now, with ample seating for entertaining, the room has become a lively hub for holiday meals. “We’re very happy with our new dining room,” says Melissa. “Everyone who comes in says they love it, and our friends who saw the room before, when there was nothing in it, are really taken aback by its transformation.”


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A storied Manhattan hotel begins a second golden age, thanks to a meticulous restoration by architect David Rockwell

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If a Manhattan “staycation” sounds tempting, spend a sojourn in the swank Carlton Hotel at Madison and 29th Street in the city’s re-energized NoMad neighborhood. The Beaux-Arts beauty is brimming with ultramodern amenities, while boasting an enchanting history fit for an Edith Wharton novel. Designed by renowned architect Harry Allen Jacobs, The Carlton originally opened as the Seville Hotel in 1904. Built of red brick with white terra-cotta trim on a rusticated limestone base, it featured such sculptural ornaments as rounded copper bays, cartouches and panels with foliage and lion heads. A stunning Tiffany-style glass skylight was also a focal point (later painted over to guard against World War II air raids). Recently, architect David Rockwell completed a multi-million dollar renova30



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tion that has returned the hotel (renamed The Carlton in 1987) to its former grandeur. A fleur-de-lis on the original hotel’s second floor so captivated Rockwell that he made it a design motif. He salvaged an existing antique revolving door and put in herringbone-patterned wood floors, oiled-bronze handrails, distressed paneling and antique mirrors. The skylight made a comeback, all 317 rooms were tastefully transformed and the lobby now features a cascading two-story waterfall. If you stay, you’ll find Herald Square and all of Midtown’s thrills just a few blocks to the north and the year-old, three-story Limelight Marketplace just to the south and west. And after you’ve dined a time or two at the hotel’s own eatery, Millesime, take in a casual-yet-elegant meal at nearby Madison & Vine wine bar or DB Bistro Moderne, a Parisian-style bistro run by famed chef Daniel Boulud that serves contemporary French-American fare. All rooms offer complimentary wireless Internet access, 42-inch LCD TVs, iHome docking stations and electronic safes. Not keen on leaving your pooch behind? For an extra $50 he can come along through the hotel’s “Love Your Pet” package, which includes a doggie welcome treat, bed, blanket, leash and more—just another feature that makes a visit to The Carlton worth staying close by.

FACING PAGE: Behind a soothing waterfall in the lobby of The Carlton Hotel, there’s a vintage photo of the hostelry in its infancy as the Seville more than a century ago. THIS PAGE: Rooms at the reborn Carlton are done in a rich palette of browns, creams and golds; a crystal light fixture adorns the mezzanine level; the acclaimed new 150-seat Millesime (French for “vintage”) opened in The Carlton in November 2010. It’s a “casual seafood brasserie” presided over by chef Laurent Manrique. previews

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restaurant guide If you’ve got a craving, there’s a dining establishment in the area that will satisfy it. Turn to this listing next time you want a wonderful meal out. Azuma Sushi Fresh fish reigns supreme for the sushi purist at this Japanese mecca. Somewhat stark décor lets the authentic preparations shine, and fans say it’s as close to Tokyo as you can get without a plane ticket. 219 East Hartsdale Avenue, Hartsdale, NY; 914-725-0660

farmer’s market ingredients in his comfort creations like pot roast and chicken and dumplings. A fieldstone fireplace and wooden beams add to the country charm. 27 Powers

Luca Ristorante Italiano

Court, Westport, CT; 203-226-1114

as extensive as the menu. 142 Old Ridgefield

Emilio Ristorante Start with a selection from the antipasto cart

Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar Taste the flavors of Spain and Portugal with a sampling of tapas, like warm octopus salad and chorizo with sweet and sour figs. Those with bigger appetites can enjoy entrées such as paella and churrasco. 63 North Main Street,

before enjoying homemade pasta and seasonal

South Norwalk, CT; 203-899-0088

Superb cuisine with an environ to match. New

Blue Hill at Stone Barns Fresh ingredients straight from the former Rockefeller farm are the stars at this New American restaurant. A converted barn is the setting for prix fixe meals that change with the four seasons. 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico

Italian specials from this 30-year-old favorite. The Colonial house setting ensures a romantic dinner. 1 Colonial Place, Harrison, NY; 914835-3100 Equus American and French meet in an 1897 stone castle set on a hill overlooking the Hudson River. Three distinct dining spaces, the Garden Room, Oak Room and Tapestry Room, lend a different feel. 400 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown, NY; 914-631-3646

Hills, NY; 914-366-9600

vindaloo share menu space here with lesserknown southern Indian specialties. Vegetarians and vegans enjoy numerous options as well. 145 East Main Street, Elmsford, NY; 914-3477890 Mulino’s of Westchester Tradition lives on with northern Italian fare served in an old world atmosphere. Offerings include rigatoni in a homemade Bolognese sauce and sautéed veal with porcini mushrooms and white truffle butter. 99 Court Street, White Plains, NY; 914-761-1818

Port Chester, NY; 914-933-0200

are the real draw. 155 Southside Avenue,


Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; 914-478-1671

A wraparound deck of a historic inn overlooking the Saugatuck is the perfect spot to enjoy fresh

Ching’s Table

seafood, including pan-roasted lobster and cevi-

Fare that’s truly fusion is on the menu here,

che three ways. Don’t miss the popular Sunday Jean-Louis

brunch. 260 Compo Road South, Westport, CT;

Referring to his style as “la nouvelle clas-


sique,” chef Jean-Louis Gerin brings a modern eye to French classics. His efforts have won

Sushi Mike’s

him the James Beard Award for Best Chef in

Inventive rolls and imaginative specials spice


the Northeast. 61 Lewis Street, Greenwich,

up the menu at this tiny Japanese spot. From

It may be named after the southeast coast

CT; 203-622-8450

teriyaki to tempura to tekka maki, dishes appeal


of India, but this spot explores cuisine from across that country, showcasing the diverse spices and styles of cooking. Orders are adapted to each diner’s heat tolerance. 30 Division Street, New Rochelle, NY; 914-235-8390 Crabtree’s Kittle House Dine on New American dishes at this longtime favorite that features an award-winning wine list. Décor inspired by the 19th century complements the inn’s beautiful grounds. Enjoy live jazz in the tap room. 11 Kittle Road, Chappaqua, NY; 914-666-8044 Dressing Room, A Homegrown Restaurant Chef Michel Nischan goes organic, using local


Favorites like tandoori chicken and lamb

ened by dulce de leche. 179 Rectory Street,

bar, but the dishes like cassoulet and escargot


Malabar Hill

mojitos to match. Finish with a dessert sweet-

The quaint setting features a 100-year-old oak

disappoint. 64 Main Street, New Canaan, CT;

Road, Wilton, CT; 203-563-9550

this Nuevo Latino spot, with margaritas and

bit of France stateside with classic bistro fare.

several ways, and noodle dishes never

specialties like osso bucco. The wine list is

Ceviche, paella and tapas are all up for order at

Owners Gwenael and Annie Goulet bring a

shiitake mushrooms. Dumplings are served up

and diners delight in homemade pasta and


Buffet de la Gare

where duck fajitas get an Asian twist with

This small space turns out big Italian flavors,

to a variety of palates. Live jazz on Mondays La Cremaillere

adds to the fun. 146 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry,

A converted 1750 farmhouse serves as a

NY; 914-591-0054

backdrop for elegant French country cuisine. A world-class wine cellar pairs perfectly with


the constantly changing menu. Don’t miss the

Southwestern is the name of the game here,

house ice creams and sorbets. 46 Bedford-

and you’ll find offerings fresh from the range,

Banksville Road, Bedford, NY; 914-234-9647

including pork chops and rack of lamb. There are also plenty of salad and pizza options. 245

La Panetiere

Bedford Street, Stamford, CT; 203-357-7679

Jackets are required for this elegant French restaurant in a country inn–type setting.

Tengda Asian Bistro

Prepare for a contemporary take on carefully

Take your pick from the pan-Asian dishes

crafted, classic fare. Owner Jacques Loupiac

inspired by Thailand, China and Japan, with

sets the tone for the gracious service. 530

offerings that include pad thai and sushi. The

Milton Road, Rye, NY; 914-967-8140

trendy scene is fueled by exotic drinks and flights of sake. 286 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY; 914-232-3900

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