January 2015

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Inspired by Styles from Rustic Barn to Classic Colonial, These Homeowners Turned to a Team of Experts to Build a Home That Captures the Best of New Englan's Vernacular

Inspired by Styles from Rustic Barn to Classic Colonial, These Homeowners Turned to a Team of Experts to Build a Home That Captures the Best of New Englan's Vernacular

Cruising through the picturesque countryside of Washington is like taking a journey back in architectural time. The Georgian, Greek Revival and shingle-style homes often paired with 19th-century barns or mill structures that dot the landscape represent the best of New England’s classic vernacular. Not surprisingly, many people who move there feel an obligation to maintain the status quo, and a Manhattan couple looking to set down part-time roots was no exception.
Elegant Yet Playful Details Define This Updated 19th-Century Fairfield County Victorian

Elegant Yet Playful Details Define This Updated 19th-Century Fairfield County Victorian

When it was time for one Fairfield County couple to buy a bigger home to accommodate their growing family, they set their sights on a 19th-century Victorian with good bones. That was important to them, because they were more interested in renovating the existing structure than starting from scratch. We love old houses, says the wife. And we could never imagine tearing one down. Originally built in the 1860s, the house had undergone multiple renovations and expansions over the years--and it showed. It was a shell of its former self, says McKee (Mac) Patterson, whose firm, Austin Patterson Disston Architects spearheaded the transformation.
Step Inside a Family Home Outfitted with Cheerful Pattern

Step Inside a Family Home Outfitted with Cheerful Pattern

“The whole house just has a happy energy to it,” says designer Allison Hennessy.
Cool Whites Begone: This Year's Biggest Trend in Kitchen Design is Heading into the Woods for a Warmer Shade of Pale

Cool Whites Begone: This Year's Biggest Trend in Kitchen Design is Heading into the Woods for a Warmer Shade of Pale

A place for everything and everything in its place was the mantra for this kitchen by Rose Adams of Rose Adams Cabinetry & Design, who loves the challenge of working with an older home. A total redesign of the existing space involved removing everything down to the existing framing, then adding new plumbing, appliances, lighting, windows, venting system, storage and more. “We kept the existing floor,” says Adams. “It’s in keeping with the house and runs in the downstairs mudroom. It’s timeless and looks amazing—a must-keep.”
The Marchetti Family Comes Together Every Sunday to Celebrate Their Love of Food and Each Other!

The Marchetti Family Comes Together Every Sunday to Celebrate Their Love of Food and Each Other!

When famiglia Marchetti—Maria and Antonio, their six children and 16 grandchildren—come together each Sunday for dinner, they need lots of room to prep, cook and sit down together.
Combine These 10 Ingredients for a Hassle-Free Kitchen

Combine These 10 Ingredients for a Hassle-Free Kitchen

Say ciao to your favorite barista with Thermador’s built-in fully automatic coffee machine, kiss cabinet clutter goodbye with Porcelanosa’s plate drawer organizers crafted from wood and stainless steel, and display your fire saftey tools with pride thanks Boffi’s Minimal series domestic extinguisher. Each of these stylish design objects make for a hassle-free kitchen.
Brass Light Fixtures for Every Room

Brass Light Fixtures for Every Room

Add a bit of brass to the living room, dining room, kitchen or bath with one of these 21 brass light fixtures. From the Vivien flush mount comprised of natural brass and frosted glass in a fluted silhouette designer Alexa Hampton created for Circa Lighting to Arteriors' Yale small sconce comprised of hundreds of rows of delicate antique brass chains of staggering lengths are draped over a frame, each fixture adds its own a unique touch.
For High-End White Spirits, the Key is Using Water Straight from the Source

For High-End White Spirits, the Key is Using Water Straight from the Source

For years I’ve journeyed to faraway lands hoping to discover the real essence of things. Recently, in search of some of the best water on earth, I traveled to the North Atlantic’s remote land of fire and ice. I traversed Iceland’s lunar landscape for hours by jeep over winding dirt roads flanked by lava fields, volcanoes and glaciers before reaching the source—a fjord on the island’s west coast. Some of the world’s purest water—that which goes into Martin Miller’s Gin—bubbles up through black lava rocks.
 Parisian Gastronomic Adventures

Parisian Gastronomic Adventures

An unexpected trip to Paris introduces Joanna Pruess a to exotic flavors and quaint brick-and-wood-walled eateries that feature classic French dishes.
Industry Experts Reveal What Goes on Beneath the Surface in Connecticut Design

Industry Experts Reveal What Goes on Beneath the Surface in Connecticut Design

Leading voices in architecture and design gathered recently among the beautiful slabs at AKDO’s Bridgeport showroom to chat with CTC&G about the industry’s state of affairs—particularly in the realm of surface materials. Cottages & Gardens Editorial Director D.J. Carey moderated the discussion and posed questions to the panel.
A Visit With Charlotte Barnes Reveals a Variety of Options Using Her New Line of Furnishings

A Visit With Charlotte Barnes Reveals a Variety of Options Using Her New Line of Furnishings

Stepping into Charlotte Barnes’ Greenwich studio is like entering the home of a good friend who has phenomenal design sense. Barnes has provided ideas on how to use a few select items from her new line of furnishings.
After Thorough Research and Much Deliberation, These Greenwich Homeowners Got The Kitchen of Their Dreams

After Thorough Research and Much Deliberation, These Greenwich Homeowners Got The Kitchen of Their Dreams

After a year of research, interviews with construction and remodeling agencies, then drafting a 20-page document, Beth and Marc Cutler of Greenwich hired Matt Giardana of Front Row Kitchens in Norwalk to design and execute the gut renovation of their dated ’70s kitchen.
Deeds & Don'ts: Homes with Grand Kitchens

Deeds & Don'ts: Homes with Grand Kitchens

Realtors report that the heart of the home has to function as just that: a space to gather for family meals (sorry, dining room), entertain, do homework, watch movies, hang out and, oh yes, prepare food. The most common complaint about the kitchens in older homes is that they were designed as remote rooms for cooks and servants—a la Downton Abbey—with no connection to where family life is lived. So topping the “ideal kitchen” list is an easy flow into a family or great room, a formal dining room, preferably with a butler’s pantry, and doors that open onto a terrace for al fresco dining.
An ASIDCT Holiday Party at Karen Berkemeyer Home

An ASIDCT Holiday Party at Karen Berkemeyer Home

CTC&G sponsored the ASIDCT holiday party at the Karen Berkemeyer Home showroom. Signature drinks were by Greenhook Ginsmiths while guests viewed the beautiful kitchen and bath displays, and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres donated by KB Home and ASIDCT.
The 20th Annual Rooms With a View

The 20th Annual Rooms With a View

CTC&G sponsored the 20th annual Rooms With a View at the Southport Congregational Church along with honorary design chair Thom Filicia. Beautiful vignettes by 12 leading designers were on display.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Annual Black-Tie Gala

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Annual Black-Tie Gala

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum with sponsor CTC&G hosted the museum’s annual black-tie gala. Guest sipped cocktails, enjoyed dinner and listened to keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry.
In the Kitchen

In the Kitchen

Here are some inspiring kitchen designs, accessories and cabinetry from the area’s top dealers.
Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

Cutting Edge Objects to Buy and Love

January's must-haves for the design-obsessed shopper.
Inspired by Styles from Rustic Barn to Classic Colonial, These Homeowners Turned to a Team of Experts to Build a Home That Captures the Best of New England’s Vernacular

Inspired by Styles from Rustic Barn to Classic Colonial, These Homeowners Turned to a Team of Experts to Build a Home That Captures the Best of New England’s Vernacular

Cruising through the picturesque countryside of Washington is like taking a journey back in architectural time. The Georgian, Greek Revival and shingle-style homes often paired with 19th-century barns or mill structures that dot the landscape represent the best of New England’s classic vernacular. Not surprisingly, many people who move there feel an obligation to maintain the status quo, and a Manhattan couple looking to set down part-time roots was no exception.
Elegant Yet Playful Details Define This Updated 19th-Century Fairfield County Victorian

Elegant Yet Playful Details Define This Updated 19th-Century Fairfield County Victorian

When it was time for one Fairfield County couple to buy a bigger home to accommodate their growing family, they set their sights on a 19th-century Victorian with good bones. That was important to them, because they were more interested in renovating the existing structure than starting from scratch. We love old houses, says the wife. And we could never imagine tearing one down. Originally built in the 1860s, the house had undergone multiple renovations and expansions over the years--and it showed. It was a shell of its former self, says McKee (Mac) Patterson, whose firm, Austin Patterson Disston Architects spearheaded the transformation.
Designer Allison Hennessy Infuses an Outdated Colonial with Cheerful Pattern, Joyous Color and Happy Energy

Designer Allison Hennessy Infuses an Outdated Colonial with Cheerful Pattern, Joyous Color and Happy Energy

A 1950s Colonial Revival in Greenwich was too charming to pass up for a young family relocating from New York City. The color palette wasn’t the only historical relic in the house, though, nothing had been touched architecturally since the house was built.
Cool Whites Begone: This Year's Biggest Trend in Kitchen Design is Heading into the Woods for a Warmer Shade of Pale

Cool Whites Begone: This Year's Biggest Trend in Kitchen Design is Heading into the Woods for a Warmer Shade of Pale

A place for everything and everything in its place was the mantra for this kitchen by Rose Adams of Rose Adams Cabinetry & Design, who loves the challenge of working with an older home. A total redesign of the existing space involved removing everything down to the existing framing, then adding new plumbing, appliances, lighting, windows, venting system, storage and more. “We kept the existing floor,” says Adams. “It’s in keeping with the house and runs in the downstairs mudroom. It’s timeless and looks amazing—a must-keep.”
The Marchetti Family Comes Together Every Sunday to Celebrate Their Love of Food and Each Other!

The Marchetti Family Comes Together Every Sunday to Celebrate Their Love of Food and Each Other!

When famiglia Marchetti—Maria and Antonio, their six children and 16 grandchildren—come together each Sunday for dinner, they need lots of room to prep, cook and sit down together.
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