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Decorator Gideon Mendelson transforms a friend's Upper East Side abode

Donna and Yale Fergang called on Mendelson to help rediscover their 3,300-square-foot space. Mendelson filled their home with an array of patterns, textures, styles, and carefully conceived details to keep the couple and their twin daughters delighted for years to come.

CTC&G's Design Salon

The Glass House in New Canaan recently served as a fitting modern-day salon for a panel of experts gathered for CTC&G's design salon. Experts weighed in on the state of interior design in today's industry and guests were able to pose questions to the panel.

Restoration Specialist Jeffrey Morgan Brings History Back to Life

Jeffrey Morgan, a lifelong resident of Litchfield County, specializes in rescuing and renovating historic 18th-century houses. Morgan builds with a goal in mind to keep visual warmth, a sense of history and a particular light present in his finished products.

Berlin's Appeal Lies in a Successful Blend of Past, Present and Future

Once a fiercely divided city, Berlin has emerged as an energetic metropolis that blends art, music, fashion, design and history into one seamless experience. Berlin's cityscape retains its graceful, elegant past amid new architecture and city planning that add vitality and interest.

Get Inspired for Your Next Design Project with These Local Finds

Transform your space with hand-printed wall coverings from Phillip Jeffries Passport Collection and turn the volume up with the musical Moxie shower head by Kohler. Shopping in the neighborhood? Check out luxury imports at KC, a new boutique from Kerry Cassill located in Westport. The shop offers gifts, bedding and clothing made from luxury-weight Indian fabrics in an array of rich colors, patterns and textures.

Royal Flush: Royal Blue Objects to Add Style to Your Home

We took our cues from from royal blue, a favorite color on the spring 2013 runways—from Milly to Herve Leger. Paired with complementary shades in the same color family, it's more stylish than ever.

Yes, it's big. But Total Wine & More offers more than sheer volume

This latest branch of the fine wine and liquor giant, opened up in Norwalk in December, making it the company's 89th superstore across 14 states. Offering 8,000 different wine brands from around the globe, 2,500 beers and 3,000 different spirits. One thing is for certain: This store is not for the indecisive.

The Magic of Mexico: Discovering the Hidden Charms of Puerto Vallarta and the Costa Alegre

See the discoveries of these hidden charms found in Puerto Vallarta and the Costa Alegre. Puerto Vallarta is a bustling mid-size Mexican city with beautiful beaches, glorious mountains that spill into the Bay of Banderas, and wonderfully quirky architecture and fabulous food at every turn.

Designer Tracy Schneider realigns space to match a changing lifestyle

Barbara Wells of Prudential CT Greenwich was looking to transform a space into a yoga studio large enough to have classes with her friends, but little did she know a one room redesign would evolve into a serene and successful renovation.

Michael Bagley Transforms a Manhattan Penthouse into a Modern Abode

High atop New York's legendary police building, Michael Bagley of MB Designers creates an elegant living scheme that works for a busy 21st-century family. Still retaining its original brick walls, the space now acts as a casual family crash pad, complete with a grand piano for impromptu recitals.

Lighten up with our lighting guide with all things bright

From wood fixtures to metals and beyond, reflect the uniqueness of your space with fixtures that add pop, shape or color to any surface.

Antiques Expert Christophe Pourny Brings Everything Back to Life

In his Dumbo studio, Christopher Pourny sticks to old world techniques when cleaning and refinishing antique and vintage furniture. Pourny's work ranges from antique restoration to period finishes and custom reproductions.“Here I am, French, from the other side of the ocean,” recalls Pourny. “I realized I must have done something right to be given this job!” The son of antiques dealers, Pourny was exposed to the world of rarefied furniture early on, while he was growing up in the South of France. “As a kid, I was mesmerized by high-gloss finishes—they would drive me crazy. I always wondered how it was done.”

Blue Bijoux: Go for Understated Jewelry with These Jewels in Heavenly Hues

Exquisite blue bijoux that add just the right amount of pop, such as Bulgari's High Jewelry octagonal cut blue sapphire ring or a pair of divine sapphire and gold drop earrings from Stephen Russell.

Lost and Found: Treasures of the Past

From ancient Greek lekanis to a roaring bronzed-lion motif door handle, these sumptuous antiquities we've discovered have never looked fresher.

A Departure from Cliché to High Design in Cancun

Cancun is more of a general audience type destination than one associated with high design. However, after a recent trip to the Live Aqua resort in Cancun, I can say with conviction that discriminating travelers seeking sleek design might think twice before jetting off to Miami Beach.

Decorator Darren Henault Enjoys the Beauty of His Milbrook Home Both Inside and Out

Henault and his partner Michael Bassett have created a warm, welcoming home for their two daughters and frequent weekend guests. Set in Millbrook, NY their home is surrounded by endless woods and is filled with charming equestrian themed decor throughout. 

Pappas + Miron: A Dynamic Duo Making a Reputation for One-of-a-kind Design

Alexandra Pappas and Tatyana Miron of Pappas + Miron have been best friends since childhood. "We had the good fortune of being exposed to design early on," says Miron, who remembers the girls always tagging along with their mothers on flea market sprees throughout their native Connecticut.

Distilleries are Bubbling Up In and Around New York City

Since Governor Andrew Cuomo's two year reign in office, the number of micro-distilleries in New York has increased more than 200 percent, with 12 of New York's 28 brand-new distilleries based in Brooklyn alone. They join the nearly 400 distilleries nationwide. Check out what they're brewing.

Party Animal: Event Planner David Stark Proves How to Have a Really Good Time

In his new book event planner David Stark proves how to have a really good time.

Manhattan's Battery Gardens is Restored and Rejuvenated

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Warrie Price, Founder and President of the Battery Conservancy helps bring the gardens back on track. This year, visitors can look forward to a new and improved park as well as the opening of Battery Green, a three-acre town green with a quarter-mile walking path.

Celerie Kemble of Kemble Interiors Brings a Gothic NYC Structure Back to Life

Designer Celerie Kemble is known for her independent spirit, whimsical design sensibility, and creative panache. On a tight deadline, Kemble was able to magically transform a Manhattan apartment circa 1927 into a lush and luxurious space using all of her New York resources.

Try this liquid gold

The Balvenie is the only single malt scotch still crafted the traditional. But not much needs to be said for this humble giant, a sip will speak for itself.

Designer Miles Redd brings rooms to life

Miles combines high and low styles with bold, exuberant colors to create his signature brand of cozy glamour. His new tabletop collection will feature an eclectic mix of barware, china, picture frames and other great gifts with whimsical flair.

A winter wonderland

Escape the chill with these activities that make loving winter effortless.

Heat up your winter season

Beat the winter blues with a visit to three luxe waterfront retreats.

These Rugs Put the Fun in Functional

From graphic prints to soft neutrals, and vibrant blues to traditional timeless pieces, we've chosen unique floor coverings that appeal to every style.

Buzz-worthy design discoveries in your town

Time for tea at David's Tea, a new shop in Westport where customers can choose from dozens of loose teas and hot and cold to-go cups. While your at it pop on over to Bel Mondo, a new furniture and accessories shop in Westport offering furnishings and interior design services.

Get a jump on spring with these aquatic shades

Blues and greens are the season's go-to shades. Decorate your space with a chic "Tiffany Blue Console" from Irwin Field Design or lay low in one of Link Outdoor's latest editions, the comfy Echo Low Chaise.

An all-inclusive indulgence at Twin Farms in Vermont

Once owned by author Sinclair Lewis, Twin Farms has now established itself into a five-star Relais & Châteaux Inn renowned for its cuisine and 20 superb rooms, which are uniquely decorated cottages by designer Jed Johnson and Thad Hayes. Come for pure relaxation or embark on the slopes for skiing and snowshoeing.

Don't let these blue beauties out of your sight

Color your jewelry collection with gorgeous blue hues from stunning sapphire and diamond earrings by Simon Teakle to an intricately carved Lapis fish brooch from Sorab & Roshi.

Kitchen designer Chuck Wheelock crafts uniquely personalized kitchens

After joining forces with Mark Maidique in 2006, Chuck and Mark later opened their showroom in Old Greenwich. Wheelock Maidique will be launching new kitchen cabinetry style ranges this new year. Think modern Mediterranean.

Prepare a delicious cheese board paired with the perfect bubbly

Jason Donnelly, fromage expert from Murray's cheese shop, offered valuable insights into different cheeses. He showed us how to create a great board of chèvres.

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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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Builder Spotlight

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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