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Innovation In Design Awards Judges Gathered at Stark in Norwalk to Review 2014 Entries

On March 27, CTC&G hosted a judging breakfast for the 8th annual Innovation In Design Awards at Stark in Norwalk. A panel of key influencers in the design community reviewed entries in the following categories: Interior Design, Kitchen, Bath, Landscape and Architecture.

Sneak Peek! SFC&G is proud to present the Collectors Lounge at Art Market San Francisco

SFC&G is proud to present the Collectors Lounge at AArt Market San Francisco, San Francisco’s leading modern and contemporary art fair. Conceived and designed by Arkitektura, the visionary modern furniture and lighting showroom, the Collectors Lounge highlights the inherent crossover between art and design by showcasing each piece as sculpture in its own right.

Andrea Cochran Coaxes the Grounds of an Atherton Property into a Sublime Formal Garden

There’s a historical complexity that underlies Andrea Cochran’s cool modernism. “When I was in my twenties, I toured the Villa Giulia outside of Rome,” says Cochran, “and the principles of its Renaissance garden—beauty derived from order; visual enticements guiding the eye from one space to another; discovery; the notion of surprise—have been foundational to the work I’ve done ever since.”

Designer Benjamin Dhong Marries East-and West-Coast Sensibilities in a Mill Valley Home

When this 1960s Mill Valley bungalow became home to a young couple and their four small children, it was clear that its renovation would require a deft mingling of various influences and styles

Designers Curate Art Market San Francisco

Visual art is at the core of interior design, and SFC&G is proud to be the Design & Media Sponsor for Art Market 2014, San Francisco’s leading modern and contemporary art fair. We asked three of San Francisco's leading designers to curate the Fair and select the pieces that most resonated with them. Over the next few days, please join us as we share Designers Curate Art Market.

Grant Marani of Robert A.M. Stern Designs an Intimate Sonoma Hilltop Retreat

On the hilltop, the couple envisioned a writer’s retreat and a place for al-fresco entertaining, which they named the Ahwahnee after the legendary National Park Service lodge in Yosemite, a favorite of theirs. For inspiration, we drew on the work of California architects Bernard Maybeck and William Wurster, and the vernacular barn and shed buildings found throughout the region.

Announcing the 2014 HC&G Innovation in Design Judges

Presenting the six design leaders who will help decide the winners of the prestigious HC&G 2014 Innovation in Design Awards.

Announcing Madeline Weinrib as the 2014 HC&G IDA Innovator

Designer Madeline Weinrib has shaped a sophisticated signature style that is at once timeless and modern. She brings a layered and luxurious sensibility to the world of contemporary design with her collections of heirloom quality carpets and artfully conceived textiles, accessories and home accents.

Design Discoveries from New York and Beyond: Must-Have Seating Pieces

Some chairs are so well designed you just want to sit there and stay awhile, so put the following on your bucket list of must-have seating pieces.

Floral Designer Olivier Giugni Falls Hard for a Central Park North Apartment

When the native Frenchman spied a glass apartment tower going up at the park’s northern edge, he thought, Why not ask? “The secret is not to be afraid to be adventurous,” he says. “So immediately I put my apartment on 14th Street on the market. It was a fast sell—everything downtown sells like a croissant!”

Architect David Howell Builds a Dream Home for His Family of Four

David Howell had been living in a Union Square loft with his wife, interior designer Steffani Aarons, and their twin daughters and wanted to overcome the somewhat ironic limitations of so much vast, open space. So what’s an architect to do? Find the perfect location, then build a condo to suit his needs.

Designer Mark Epstein’s Eighth Project for Longtime Clients is a Sophisticated Slam-Dunk

With its expansive avenues and proximity to Central Park, the Upper East Side has a cachet that few other Manhattan neighborhoods can rival—especially for New Yorkers looking for a quiet retreat from the more congested parts of the city.

Interior Designer Jamie Drake Perks Up a Central Park Apartment

It’s funny how events can unfold: A decision firmly made can, upon reflection, turn out to be completely wrong. One Manhattan couple made this discovery after interviewing designer Jamie Drake about undertaking the renovations on their apartment on Central Park West. Upon choosing to go with someone else, they found themselves calling Drake one year later to rescue them from what was, at least in the short term, an ill-fated decision.

Fashion Executive Jaqui Lividini Injects a Bit of Europe Into Her Carnegie Hill Apartment

Quaint and quiet aren’t adjectives typically associated with Manhattan apartments—even when they’re located on the sleepier edges of the Upper East Side. “I don’t even feel like we live in the city,” fashion executive Jaqui Lividini says of the Carnegie Hill home she shares with her longtime partner and their young daughter. “Our apartment overlooks a street full of trees, and sunlight streams in all day. It’s something you don’t always find in New York.”

Decorator Jennifer Post Dreams Up a High-in-the-Sky Pied-à-Terre in the Middle of Manhattan

“The objective was to open up everything that faces the park—I wanted to make it very pure, with bursts of color,” says Post.

An 18-Century Farmhouse Gets a New Life in Picturesque Silvermine

Since the late 17th century, historic Silvermine has morphed from a rural farming community into a coveted suburban neighborhood. It was in this quaint corner of Connecticut with its narrow winding roads meandering through thickly wooded homesteads that Lisa and Eric Hilderbrand set their hopes on finding a remodeling project. “It was 2001, and I was casually seeing what was on the market in the antique fixer-upper department,” says Lisa Hilderbrand, an interior designer. “And there it was: 7,200 square feet, seven fireplaces, seven bedrooms, sleeping porches and a ballroom.”

Designer Steven Gambrel Returns a Greenwich Village Row House to Its Historic Roots

Although some people might argue that Greenwich Village has sold its soul to commercial interests—just take a stroll down Bleecker Street—countless artists, writers, and musicians still make their homes in its historic row houses. The four-story redbrick charmer on these pages is a rescue, lifted from years of abuse by loving owners and the talents of designer Steven Gambrel, whose office is only a few blocks away, off Sheridan Square.

O'Neill Rose Architects Revives a Faded Townhouse on the Upper East Side

Sometimes, creating a suitably modern home requires turning back the clock. That’s what O’Neill Rose Architects did when they renovated a landmarked Romanesque Revival townhouse for a couple with three school-aged daughters. Like many city brownstones, the formerly grand five-story structure had suffered the indignities of being chopped up by developers into floor-through apartments over the years. “There were something like 20 different renovations over the course of the building’s life. We wanted to recapture its elegance, but create a totally contemporary home.”

Philip Gorrivan's Treehouse Is a Fantasy Come to Life

A couple of years ago, designer Philip Gorrivan designed a tree house at his Washington, CT, house for his two kids, but admits that having a tree house was always a fantasy of his. Not wanting anything too cutesy, he dreamed up a structure with a sleek Scandinavian-like feel and had a local carpenter bring his vision to life. Standing 40 feet tall, the structure is clearly the work of a designer.

A Style Diva Jazzes up Her Carnegie Hill Digs with All Her Favorite Things

For fashion editor and new-media maven Cricket Burns, life is a mix of color, memories, Mick Jagger, and Chanel.

Lee Ann Thornton Keeps it Fresh and Young for a Family of Five

Interior designer Lee Ann Thornton likes to plan ahead. So much so that when a young couple seeks her expertise for their home, she often begins by envisioning the baby shower, followed by the tenth birthday party, high school graduation, maybe a wedding in the living room. “I think about families being together and being together in every room of the house,” she says. “I think, too, about every joyous celebration that a family could observe over the years. I design with that in mind.”

George Stacey's Women

Though not nearly as well known as his contemporaries, such as Billy Baldwin and Sister Parish, interior designer George Stacey had a lasting impact on 20th-century decorating—in addition to an impressive client list, as Maureen Footer points out in her new biography, just out from Rizzoli

Design Discoveries from New York and Beyond: Not Your Basic Bookcase

Protect your favorite reads with one of these five case goods.

Design Discoveries from New York and Beyond: Florigami

A collection of patterned objects from MissoniHome, Dash & Albert, Chilewich, Donghia, Haus Interior and Roche Bobois

Get to Know Samuel Amoia of Samuel Amoia Associates

Though just 31, Samuel Amoia is practically an industry veteran. His year-old firm, Samuel Amoia Associates, already has a bevy of projects in the works, including a penthouse at the 1 Hotel & Homes in South Beach and a loft on lower Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, among others.

Posh Wallpapers in Haute Hues

Smart, cheerful color schemes make interiors smile for spring. Co-produced by interior designer Patrick Mele and CTC&G editorial director D.J. Carey, browse the latest posh papers in haute hues from the trade’s top fabric houses.

Designer Sherrill Canet Lends a Sophisticated Air to a Tudor-style Beauty in Syosset

Even though there are no dogs or cats on hand in this new-construction, Tudor-style house in Syosset, petting is allowed, if not encouraged. So exquisite and invitingly textured are all the wall surfaces and furnishings that guests feel compelled to reach out and touch them.

Litchfield County Farm Landscape Plum Creek

What happens when two gardeners make too many forays to Britain and return home laden with visions? An estate emerges and rocks roll. But first, they had to find a way in. Instead of a swank house or even a driveway, the stone walls were the deal clincher. And it’s fortunate that the two found the on-site masonry so compelling, because the rocks played a starring role in the taming of Plum Creek Farm.

Andy Glazer Transforms a Historic Rowayton Boarding House

“Everybody thought I was crazy. But in my mind, that ensures it’s a really good project,” says builder and developer Andy Glazer of the Glazer Group about the landmark building that he transformed into private residences. Originally built in 1848 in the heart of Rowayton as a summer hotel, later used as a private residence and then again as a single room occupancy hotel, Winthrop House sat around for years before Glazer got his hands on it. No stranger to buildings with a history, a good bit of Glazer’s work involves those with a storied past.

A Fairfield County Shoreline Home Awash in Blues and Greens

Certain architectural details, like the house’s turret with its copper bell roof, conjure up an image of a formal interior. Custom built by architect Robert Storm and Bluewater Home Builders, the house is anything but. “The clients found a terrific parcel of land, and they wanted to build their dream home,” says Darren Andreoli of Bluewater Home Builders. Bluewater introduced them to Robin Liotta of HB Home Interior Design to help round out their vision for the inside: transitional, not super modern, and anything but boring.

Architect Nancy Thiel Designs a Classic Farm-Style Residence in Fairfield

The property's proximity to protected wetlands provided natural inspiration for the farmhouse concept. “There’s incredible wildlife on the property, including amazing birds,” says Thiel. “No matter where you walk inside, you feel connected to the outdoors.”

A Couple with an Affinity for Modern Design Transform a Traditional Darien Colonial

Longtime Darien residents John and Lulu McPhee were perfectly content with the 1937 center hall Colonial they bought in 2002. The only thing it needed was a new kitchen. But small house projects have a way of taking on a life of their own, and soon the McPhees were sitting down with an architect and drawing up plans for an ambitious renovation. “Once we got started, the question often wasn’t ‘why do something?’ but ‘why not?’”

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Designer Spotlight

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Lovas Architects
Every project is a unique response to each client's lifestyle and programmatic needs as well as site characteristics and surrounding context. We create buildings that harmonize with their environment and dovetail into existing buildings when necessary. Styles are based in classical forms yet designed for a modern lifestyle. We work closely with our clients, to interpret their desires and are committed to providing each project, large or small, with the utmost in personal, specialized attention.

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Ben Krupinski Builder
Ben Krupinski Builder has been building luxury homes of the highest quality for over 30 years. From custom coastal, country and city residences to remodels and historic renovations, they are respected for their integrity and innovation by discerning clients, visionary architects and world-class designers. For projects of both modest and expansive scale, they work to exacting standards delivering consistent excellence through value engineering, deep knowledge and vast resources in the Hamptons, NYC and Connecticut.

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Property of Note

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15 Duck Pond Road, Westport, CT
Welcome to the water’s edge. Poised on Saugatuck Harbor, this gated waterfront oasis boasts open and elegant interiors that take advantage of sweeping views of the marina. Discover a gourmet kosher kitchen, master spa bath with sauna, and home gym. Take in fabulous sunrises, sunsets and rainbows over the water from the inviting balconies and rooftop deck where you have a front row seat for Westport’s Fourth of July fireworks. Minutes from town and train!



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53 Myanos Road, New Canaan, CT
The Gratwick House was designed by Mid Century architect Victor Christ-Janer and further enhanced and improved by important architect/owner Harvey Kaufman. Built in 1953, this 3,696 SF 4-Bedroom, 2.5-Bath home sits on a rise with gorgeous views of a stunning oval swimming pool. Large entertaining spaces with floor to ceiling windows look out to a sweeping lawn in back and manicured courtyard to the side. This house is the perfect culmination of architectural significance & livability.



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