March 2015

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Architect Jonathan Wagner Delivers a Contemporary, Barn-Inspired Home in Darien

Architect Jonathan Wagner Delivers a Contemporary, Barn-Inspired Home in Darien

Aimee Carpenter, a former graphic designer for Martha Stewart and current craftsman and photographer, brought not only her desires for a rural retreat to the architectural table, but also what Wagner calls her “incredibly imaginative” creative spirit.
Living Large in a Guest House That Maximizes the Functionality of a Smaller Space

Living Large in a Guest House That Maximizes the Functionality of a Smaller Space

In the real estate market, square footage reigns supreme. But is it true that bigger is always better? Not necessarily, according to architectural designer Ritch Holben of RH Designs.
Designer Jennifer O'Reilly Restores Her Westport Home While Retaining All Its Charm

Designer Jennifer O'Reilly Restores Her Westport Home While Retaining All Its Charm

Before renovating her Westport antique home (which was showcased in last year’s Near & Far Aid house tour), designer Jennifer O’Reilly followed a time-tested piece of advice: She lived in it for a year.
An Enchanting Wilton Colonial Evolves to Meet Changing Needs and Expanding Passions

An Enchanting Wilton Colonial Evolves to Meet Changing Needs and Expanding Passions

Ask Jane Bescherer why the home she has lived in for 43 years seems to have an enchanted quality and she will tell you it’s about the trees, or the light, or the handcrafted furnishings and antiques hand-picked over decades. What she doesn’t say is that house is really about her—not in a narcissistic sense, but in a way that is so deeply personal that you’d be inclined to describe it as having soul.
C&G Shop the Look: A Contemporary Home Office with Pops of Turquoise and Orange

C&G Shop the Look: A Contemporary Home Office with Pops of Turquoise and Orange

Westport designer Jennifer O’Reilly transforms an out-of-date laundry room into a snug home office. Pops of turquoise and orange work to carry out the home's bright, contemporary feel.
C&G Shop the Look: A Relaxed Three-Season Room

C&G Shop the Look: A Relaxed Three-Season Room

When designer Jennifer O’Reilly restored her antique Westport home, she made a point of creating a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe in every room, including the home's three-season porch, which was outfitted with teak and bamboo furnishings. Here, a collection of inspired items with a similar look and feel.
Ballymaloe Cookery School Offers Peace and Plenty on The Emerald Isle

Ballymaloe Cookery School Offers Peace and Plenty on The Emerald Isle

Ballymaloe’s gardens and greenhouses provide an intensive 12-week certification curriculum is for those interested in pursuing a career in the food industry or anyone who aspires to cook more confidently at home. It focuses on basic culinary principles, professional techniques and exposure to international cuisines.
Unique Building Materials to Inspire Your Next Renovation

Unique Building Materials to Inspire Your Next Renovation

Kickstart your renovation with such luxe elements as jewelry-inspired hardware, trending technology and innovative surfaces from the industry’s most trusted manufacturers.
A Curated Collection of Materials For Floors, Counters and Walls

A Curated Collection of Materials For Floors, Counters and Walls

Color and texture variations add beauty and a sense of history to surfaces. Here, a collection of surface materials to inspire your next design project, including porcelain tile from Nemo Tile, Artistic Tile's Arpell, Aparici's Pashmina textured ceramic wall tile and Thesize's Neolith Iron line.
Deeds & Don'ts: Small Homes with Awesome Amenities

Deeds & Don'ts: Small Homes with Awesome Amenities

It’s not hard to find an impressive big house or a small house with more modest charms. What’s difficult is locating a gem of a home that’s been lavished with fine finishes and awesome amenities but that also clocks in at 3,000 square feet or fewer—or so they say. In actual fact, even in a state known for its grand estates, Connecticut offers a wealth of small wonders, including antique farmhouses, brand-new townhomes and everything in between.
 A Three-Season Porch Is Transformed Into an Informal Family Dining Room

A Three-Season Porch Is Transformed Into an Informal Family Dining Room

When a couple wanted to repurpose a three-season porch into a new family dining room at their Litchfield County home, they turned to New York City–based designer Stephen Saint-Onge. The homeowners were interested in a casual, welcoming space for informal dinners, family game nights, working from home and as a central location for the kids to do homework.
Westport's New 'Pure House' Evolves Out of Thoughtful Attention To Materials

Westport's New 'Pure House' Evolves Out of Thoughtful Attention To Materials

Architect Douglas McDonald constructs "The Pure House" in Westport with the ambition to expand existing sensitivities to issues like pesticides and pollution that have become central to the current food movement to the home.
CTC&G’ Hosts a Designer Luncheon at the Aerin Showroom at the New York Design Center

CTC&G’ Hosts a Designer Luncheon at the Aerin Showroom at the New York Design Center

CTC&G’s Editorial Director D.J. Carey hosted an informative color presentation and luncheon for an exclusive group of designers in the Aerin showroom at the New York Design Center.
CTC&G Hosts a Panel Discussion on the Latest Kitchen Trends and Technology at DEANE

CTC&G Hosts a Panel Discussion on the Latest Kitchen Trends and Technology at DEANE

CTC&G’s Editorial Director D.J. Carey lead a panel discussion on the latest kitchen trends and technology at DEANE’s Stamford showroom.
Connecticut Builders You Should Know

Connecticut Builders You Should Know

Discover why these builders should be considered when building a new — or renovating an existing — home.
Architect Jonathan Wagner Delivers a Contemporary, Barn-Inspired Home in Darien

Architect Jonathan Wagner Delivers a Contemporary, Barn-Inspired Home in Darien

Aimee Carpenter, a former graphic designer for Martha Stewart and current craftsman and photographer, brought not only her desires for a rural retreat to the architectural table, but also what Wagner calls her “incredibly imaginative” creative spirit.
Living Large in a Guest House That Maximizes the Functionality of a Smaller Space

Living Large in a Guest House That Maximizes the Functionality of a Smaller Space

In the real estate market, square footage reigns supreme. But is it true that bigger is always better? Not necessarily, according to architectural designer Ritch Holben of RH Designs.
Designer Jennifer O'Reilly Restores Her Westport Home While Retaining All Its Charm

Designer Jennifer O'Reilly Restores Her Westport Home While Retaining All Its Charm

Before renovating her Westport antique home (which was showcased in last year’s Near & Far Aid house tour), designer Jennifer O’Reilly followed a time-tested piece of advice: She lived in it for a year.
An Enchanting Wilton Colonial Evolves to Meet Changing Needs and Expanding Passions

An Enchanting Wilton Colonial Evolves to Meet Changing Needs and Expanding Passions

Ask Jane Bescherer why the home she has lived in for 43 years seems to have an enchanted quality and she will tell you it’s about the trees, or the light, or the handcrafted furnishings and antiques hand-picked over decades. What she doesn’t say is that house is really about her—not in a narcissistic sense, but in a way that is so deeply personal that you’d be inclined to describe it as having soul.
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