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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?’”

Michelle Smith Studio MRS Interiors Greenwich Village Apartment Tour

A native of Morgan City, Louisiana, Smith has been collecting antiques and furniture her entire life, and many of her most beloved pieces can be found throughout her new digs. “I was renovating this apartment while working at a big law firm, and after leaving work each night and checking on the status, I realized that my passion for drawing cabinet elevations and choosing bath fixtures surpassed my interest in reviewing litigation documents.”

32 Decorative Rugs in the Season's Coolest Hues

From the deep blue sea to subtle shades, from unique textures to tones from across the neutral palette, these rugs elevate the appeal of any room. Here, 32 of our favorites.

Tilton Fenwick Puts a Fresh Spin on an Artist's Loft in SoHo

With their trademark being a fresh, contemporary take on traditional design, decorators Suysel dePedro Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster made their name by employing bold colors and patterns in even the most mundane spaces. Then came a third leap of faith: a client who had just purchased an artist’s loft downtown and wanted to turn it into a warm, kid-friendly environment for her young family.

Inside Painter Robert Kelly's Bowery Studio

The timeworn but still elegant façade of Beethoven Hall, a circa-1860 meeting hall and community center just off the Bowery, hardly evokes the archetype of the quintessential New York artist’s loft. But once inside the live-work space of abstract painter Robert Kelly, you are suddenly immersed in the now. Or at least that’s how it looks on first glance.

David Oldroyd's Design of a Minimalist Russian Hill Aerie

When you can see four bridges,10 church spires, mountains, ocean and most of San Francisco’s architectural landmarks from your 17th-floor apartment in Russian Hill, the sky’s not the limit—it’s the starting point.

The Bay Area’s Dynamic Yoga Tradition Takes Shape in a Retreat by Aidlin Darling Design

Listen closely at break of day, and you might just hear a collective “Om” as thousands of yogis greet the sun. The Bay Area’s tradition of finding balance in Eastern practices is a vital one, and, rising like a materialized mantra over the Sonoma hills, a recent Aidlin Darling Design project—a private retreat featuring a yoga pavilion—is its latest manifestation.

Interior Designer Elizabeth Martin Designs a Family-Friendly Residence in Silicon Valley

While some designers would consider appointing a home from scratch as the ideal situation, Martin believes that incorporating the homeowners’ existing pieces goes a long way. “You can have the most beautiful new furniture, but without personal effects, something’s missing."

Bernard Trainor Artfully Transforms a Rugged Carmel Property into a Picturesque Landscape

“It is such a crazy, difficult site to grow plants on,” notes Trainor of the inhospitable home site in Carmel. “We had to make things grow in rocky crevices. But, in a very rugged environment, you still have to give the client super-livable, comfortable spaces.”

Interior Designer Angela Free Transforms a 1920s Marina Home

To achieve an interior that was classic and tailored yet modern (a Free signature), the designer relied heavily on subtle colors and textures. Throughout the home, walls and ceilings were treated to soothing, contemporary paint colors; the blue-gray palette evokes the foggy neighborhood. “There’s a seamless flow between the indoors and outdoors,” notes Free.

Introducing SFC&G's Editor in Chief, Alisa Carroll

Editor in Chief, Alisa Carroll. Alisa has lived in San Francisco for a decade and is deeply engaged with the design community. She has written for many publications, and this month, Rizzoli publishes her first book, Jay Jeffers: Collected Cool, a monograph co-written with the celebrated Bay Area interior designer.

Gray and Gold

Two quintessential San Francisco hues segue from the hills to home

Crimson Horticultural Rarities Expands in Temescal Alley

“We wanted to keep the shop as cozy as possible, to keep the same warm and inviting feel,” says Futeral. “In our old space, you could barely shop, but everyone would say, ‘How amazing! It smells so good!’ We still wanted it to feel like you were engulfed in this little world.”

Randy Tuell and Victoria Reynolds Create Works Rooted in Nature

The artists give us insight into their creative process, which, while rooted in nature, always yields something luxurious.

Local Mission Market Combines a Handcrafted Aesthetic with Tech-Savvy Touches

“There’s a real sense of community here,” says a patron who stops in several times a week. “We know the cheesemonger’s name, and he knows our daughter’s favorite cheese.” That’s just the kind of place Milgrom was striving for, one that values transparency, connection and intimacy.

Scribe Winery Marks its Seventh Year with Three New Vintages

After just seven years, owner-vintners Andrew and Adam Mariani have transformed it into an ecologically minded label with a serious following. This year, the brothers continue to craft their story with three carefully cultivated new vintages.

Earthy Hues of Black, Brown and Gray set the Current Palette for Diamonds

Moodier hues give jewelry an edge

9 Top Designers Share Their Share Their Saturday Design Circuits

We asked a smart set of the city’s top designers, and our editor in chief, where they head for design inspiration on lazy Saturday afternoons (and learned design scouting is fueled more often by cocktails than caffeine).

Behind the Scenes with Design Icon Suzanne Tucker

Suzanne Tucker began her career with legendary California designer Michael Taylor before founding her own firm, Tucker & Marks. In addition to her perennial presence on the AD 100 list, her accomplishments include her sumptuous Suzanne Tucker Home textile line, a collection of china for Royal Limoges and, most recently, her second book, Interiors: The Romance of Design

Mixed-Up Mosaics Turns Shattered Glass into Works of Art

In 1995, after discovering their shared passion for mosaics, co-owners Allison Goldenstein and Lesley Provenzano started making flowerpots and picture frames in a small studio the size of a one-car garage. Today their company makes mosaic artwork, glass-coated furniture, murals, and wall finishings for clients ranging from Las Vegas hotels to movie sets (Sex and the City 2) to the L’Oréal headquarters in Manhattan.

One-of-a-Kind Sparkling Sensations

Sparkling sensations from salons privés.

Design Discoveries from New York and Beyond: Striking Pendant Lamps in Metallic Tones

With winter melting into spring, the light’s shining bright at the end of the proverbial tunnel—and peeking through the armatures of these striking pendant lamps.

Design Discoveries from New York and Beyond: Boxed Set

Who needs jewelry when the box alone does the trick?

Black and White Tiles, From Ceramic to Natural Stone

From marble to travertine, granite to porcelain, these nine surfacing materials will leave you wanting more.

Mosaic Tiles in Black and White

A collection of mosaic surfacing materials in black and white that will inspire any project, from floor to walls.

Diana Sawicki Designs a Fairfield County Home in a Broad Palette of Blues

Designer Diana Sawicki composes a magical interior in a broad palette of blues—from azure and indigo to royal and navy

Heidi Holzer Design and Decorative Work Adds the Final Touch

With experience in custom jewelry and fashion, Holzer’s move to home design two decades ago was a natural progression that combined her artistic eye with her love of creating unique interiors.

Sam Allen Designs a Sophisticated Westport Home for a Family of Six

Designer Sam Allen delivers stylish, sophisticated interiors with a child-friendly flair

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Builder Spotlight

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M&M Custom Homes
M&M Custom Homes is recognized as one of the premier home builders in the Hamptons and throughout Nassau County. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, we provide a superior client experience—creating exceptional value with state-of-the-art construction and unsurpassed design.


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Garden Spotlight

HARMONIA INC Creative Landscapes and Fine Stonework
HARMONIA INC was founded out of a profound passion for creating complete landscapes and gardens that co-exist in harmony, with the natural settings that grace each property. Harmonia will design and install a customized landscape complimentary to your visual desires, and your personal lifestyle. “ Our work is a reflection of how you will want to enjoy your property for years to come.” Harmonia Inc is a full service design, installation and maintenance company, beautifying the Hamptons every day. 631-537-9672


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Consiglio Builders
Consiglio Builders is a luxury residential construction company located on the East End of Long Island. We have developed a unique method of residential construction in the Hamptons—we call it "The Considered Approach." It stems from our experience which demonstrates that meticulous planning and transparency throughout the process, combined with our expertise and emphasis on perfection, enable us to deliver consistently the best-constructed homes on time and within budget to our discerning clientele.


 
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Property of Note

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80 Brookwood Drive, Briarcliff Manor, NY
Architecture and setting blend to stunning effect at this sensational Colonial featuring panoramic views of the Hudson River. Convenient to Manhattan, the renovated 5-BR residence offers spectacular living spaces perfectly designed for today’s lifestyle. Expansive formal rooms opening to grand terraces, a sparkling pool, outdoor kitchen and an entire lower level devoted to fun are ideal for entertaining. Especially alluring is the inviting front porch, the perfect spot to enjoy the spectacular sunsets and water views.



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Property of Note

6 Bluewater Lane, Westport, CT
Exquisite Westport Compo Beach residence in the Bluewater Association offers a unique and masterfully executed blend of custom elegance with sophisticated architectural details for an extraordinary LI Sound waterfront experience. Enjoy endless waterviews from the abundance of floor to ceiling windows, French doors and balconies which span the entire length of the house and open to expansive outdoor spaces with terraces, lawns, an al fresco kitchen and a wrap-around infinity pool with spa.



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Property of Note

235 McCagg Road, Kinderhook, NY
Just like a fine Swiss watch, this exceptional property is masterfully designed, precisely constructed, and meticulously cared for. Neatly nestled on 95 acres of rolling fields and woodlands, architect Clark and Green created a structure of glass, stone, and wood, which is elegant, warm, and lighthearted. Absolute privacy, with stunning views and pristine landscaping create a country retreat with a zen like atmosphere. Life will be that much sweeter enjoying the bounty of the Hudson Valley from this extraordinary property.



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12 Sunnyside Lane, Westport, CT
This sublime Colonial captivates with its New England charm and dazzling 2.7-acre setting featuring beautiful plantings, a formal English garden and bluestone pool. Offering approximately 8600fs of living space, the home hosts spectacular formal rooms, a paneled library, recreation room with a projector screen, sunroom, 6 bedrooms and 7.5 baths. Front and back patios add further allure to this ADA-compliant home which also offers double railings on stairs as well as elevator service to all 3 floors.



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