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Mary Stone Reimagines a Historic Home Overlooking Long Island Sound

Whenever Mary Stone is at her century-old home on the peninsula of Old Black Point, she feels blue. But for her, feeling blue has a different meaning. “I love old blue paint, I love indigo, I love any shade of blue that reminds me of the water,” she says. From virtually every room of her house, the wide expanse of Long Island Sound, often complemented in the summer with a blue sky, is in full view. So, when Stone and her family—which includes her husband and three 20-something children-—are there, they are happy.

A Converted Barn Becomes a Home Away from Home for Guests of Bantan Lake

Enter, stage left, a barn; now a two-bedroom, one-sleeping-loft guesthouse with sweeping views overlooking the lake and a striking amount of open space. “They wanted a place where guests would feel comfortable, and not like they had to perform,” Bartle says. “And they wanted to do it economically and in such a way that they could take advantage of the view of the lake.” Because the couple didn’t have a specific look in mind, Bartle and his design partner Ken Lake started from the social and moved toward the aesthetic, keeping in mind both the spoken and unspoken requirements.

Chefs Michael and Lindsay Tusk Dish About Their New Line of Pastas

If you’ve ever longed to tuck into a plate of chef Michael Tusk’s divine tagliatelle at home, then start setting the pot to boil. Tusk and partner Lindsay Tusk, proprietors of the two-Michelin-starred Quince and its little sister, Cotogna, have just launched an eponymous line of dried pastas. Here, the Tusks dish about their tasty new blend of cuisine and design.

Walter Hood Discusses His Telegraph Hill Rooftop Garden

Landscape architect Walter Hood, principal of Oakland-based Hood Design, is a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award winner, a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and former Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, where he is currently a professor. Hood, who is also working on landscapes for a range of institutions—from the nonprofit Kapor Center in Oakland to the Cooper Hewitt in New York to the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, spoke to SFC&G about a more modest, but no less artful, project in Telegraph Hill that features his signature orchestration of conceptualism, landscape and habitation.

Fragrant Spring Cocktails Combine Herbs and Alluring Elixirs

With gardens coming into full flower, aromatic herbs are sprouting up on San Francisco’s artisanal cocktail menus. As we prepare for seasonal cocktail hours at home, we asked local connoisseurs for their recommendations on stocking our bar carts with spring spirits.

Designer Jane Capellini Creates a Dockside Retreat on the Connecticut River

Jane Capellini’s bucket list doesn’t include jumping out of a plane, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or trekking to the South Pole. Her list is all about houses—the ones she dreams about living in some day. She has crossed off a stone farmhouse in New Jersey, a Tudor in Greenwich, a townhouse in Manhattan, a villa in Tuscany, a loft in Dumbo and, now, a river cottage in Connecticut.

Architect Julie Schaffer Builds a Beachfront Getaway in Guilford

Everyone dreams about having a weekend house on the beach. What they don’t dream about is sandblasting bedrock to make way for a foundation or selecting materials that stand up to a constant assault of wind and moisture, or worrying about how to make it attractive enough that your teenage daughters will deign to join you on the weekends. Architect Julie Schaffer thought about all that and then some when she decided to break ground on a 1.4-acre beachfront property in Guilford. But mostly she thought about those girls.

Inside Stories Behind Connecticut Real Estate Deals: New Cannan Summer Stock, The Bard in Rowayton, Shoreline Showstoppers

From alfresco Shakespeare productions to automobile races, Connecticut’s cultural calendar is crowded between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Even the tiniest of towns have summer-fun events, many of which you can walk to. To celebrate them, we’ve chosen six lovely listings that will put you in close proximity to these pleasures and pastimes.

Deeds & Don’ts: Carneros’ Hidden Residential Gems

There is no shortage of multimillion-dollar estates in Napa and Sonoma. But for those of us longing for a sunny wine-country weekend getaway under seven figures, we asked local Realtors where it might still be possible to buy a luxury home in that range.

Handcrafting Textiles In Her Wine-Country Studio, Michelle Pereira Is A Force Of Nature

Anyone who insists that there’s an absence of seasons in the Bay Area should talk to Michelle Pereira. “It’s a myth,” says the textile designer, whose palette is heavily influenced by her pastoral environs and their seasonal imagery. “One of my staple colors is metallic umber, which was inspired by the rolling, grassy hills of late Sonoma summer.”

New and Notable Design Objects from the Hamptons and Beyond: Get Ready for Summer!

Stocking your summer retreat for the season just got a little easier, thanks to this roundup of attractive, practical pieces that will make you feel right at home.

Outdoor Furniture Roundup: Modern Muse

Furnishings inspired by contemporary vision and fresh sensibility, from Philippe Starck's Rayn modular collection for Dedon to a striking Fibonacci Alba lounge chair.

Outdoor Furniture Roundup: Coastal Charm

Classic lines, ship-worthy materials and marine colors combine for coastal charm in these pieces by Oasiq, Janus et Cie, Ethan Allen, Design Within Reach, Giati, Richardson-Allen and Richard Frinier’s collection for Brown Jordan.

Out of the Woods, Into the Sea

Oakland designer Jacob May handcrafts his End-Grain butcher blocks of walnut or white oak while traditional dip-dyeing techniques inspired John Robshaw’s new “Indigo” wall pieces.

Start Summer Cocktail Season in Style With These Relics From the Past

It’s not just about pouring a fine vintage at your summertime soirees.

A Diamond in the Rough Gets a Stylish Second Chance on a Peninsula Overlooking Peconic Bay

Despite having its own private beach and wraparound views of Peconic Bay, the five-bedroom, 8,000-square-foot mid-20th-century home at the edge of a peninsula had been languishing on the market forever. The structure’s slapdash exterior and gloomy interior spaces—heavy mahogany woodwork and crown molding, red wallpaper, brass chandeliers, and view-obscuring mullioned windows—had discouraged buyers for years. Then the recession gave the listing a little nudge forward.

The Inside Scoop on East End Real Estate: Dash, the Napeague Dunes and Barn & Vine

Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian are launching their shop, Dash, this summer on the East End. Perhaps they’ll consider renting Sandcastle in Bridgehampton. The price tag: a mere $1 million a month.

Tour a Fashion Executive's Eclectic Water Mill Home

A Buddha water fountain marks the formal entrance to the house, at the end of a long, winding drive.

Designer Kathy Prounis Infuses a Bridgehampton Cape with Spirited Flair

After 15-plus years of weekending in the Hamptons, Prounis had decided it was time to settle in a permanent home with her family, so she and her husband purchased a traditional Cape Cod in Bridgehampton with the intention of tearing it down. But while waiting for the phone to ring and the sound of her contractor’s voice on the other end of the line, summer was fast approaching. So Prounis did what could be done with the house as it was, at least to get through the season. Much to her surprise, “the place really grew on us,” she recalls.

Anthony Baratta Puts His Trademark Spin On a Classic Hamptons Beach House

When longtime clients of Anthony Baratta purchased property in the Hamptons for a summer vacation home, they immediately contacted the design dynamo to help them create a suitable manor for their large family. Working with architect Ernest Schieferstein, Baratta and his former partner William Diamond concocted an imposing home with two gambrel-roofed wings separated by ample public spaces. This being the East End, cedar shingles were the natural choice for the exterior.

Congratulations to the 2014 CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners

Announcing the winners of the 2014 CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards

Interior Designer Eche Martinez Brings Ethereal Elegance to a Modern SoMa Space

Stepping into the foyer of what one anticipates will be a streamlined white space in a San Francisco high-rise, a violet cowhide runner is the first element that defies expectations. As it leads past a silver-leafed powder room and into a living room with a magenta Art Deco–style armchair and a lilac Donghia sofa, it becomes evident that this will not be your typical “white box.” For interior designer Eche Martinez, the mission was instead to create a suprisingly spirited residence.

Gary Brewer, Partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Designs a Shingle-Style Stunner on Long Island Sound

Ordinarily, when architects discuss contextualism, the conversation focuses on design—that is, how a new building will relate, aesthetically, to its surroundings. Here we concerned ourselves with contextualism of a different sort. As is often the case in highly desirable communities with much sought-after building sites, the project came with challenges.

Landscape Designer Pat Miller Tames Her Greenwich Property with a Series of Garden Rooms and a Small Pool House

When Pat Miller and her husband, Livingston, moved to their 1830s home in Greenwich 25 years ago, the property was so overgrown they could barely get to the front door, much less the swimming pool

Seven Years Later, the Turkey Hill Farm Made Famous by Martha Stewart Is Still Thriving

Seven years ago, Casey and Chuck Berg purchased Turkey Hill in Westport. There are certain specific, unavoidable issues involved with taking ownership of—without a doubt—the most-photographed garden in the universe. Simply put, no one wants to be the person who killed Martha’s garden.

Lauren Geremia Designs a Woodsy Nest for a Bicoastal Couple

Lacing recycled tree bark across the dining room wall and placing a live-edge redwood table at its center, Lauren Geremia claimed the interior of this Hillsborough home for nature. With this arboreal gesture, the designer set the stage for a house that would embody the Bay Area’s indoor/outdoor sensibility for its bicoastal owners who, charmingly, travel with their pet birds.

At Old Farm Nursery, a Husband-Wife Team Created a Lush Landscape with an Inventive Hand

When Judy and Patrick Murphy decided to relocate to New England from West Virginia 25 years ago, they knew exactly where they wanted to live. The couple found a 15-acre farm in Lakeville that was orphaned for 10 years and neglected for many years preceding that. “It was perfect for us,” she says.

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.

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The Tailored Home
Now with shops in Greenwich and Westport, Jhon Ortiz andThe Tailored Home have become the area’s premier furniture design business. All new designs are created by Jhon and manufactured at his atelier in Norwalk. Stop by their latest shop at 2 Greenwich Avenue to see what you’ve been missing!

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Haver & Skolnick Architects
Haver & Skolnick Architects creates award-winning homes of timeless design, providing personal service & impeccable attention to detail. For 22 years, Charles Haver, AIA and Stewart Skolnick, AIA have offered a single source for architecture, interior design and landscape architecture, creating seamless environments which are a reflection of their clients’ personalities. The firm has been nationally recognized for comfortable, classic country homes and elegant apartments which reflect history while responding to a contemporary lifestyle.

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Located close to ocean beaches in a very popular section of Southampton Village, this top-to-bottom thoroughly-renovated, transitional/modern residence is done and move-in ready. Light-toned wide-plank flooring, dark-toned accents, wide horizontal wainscoting, superb modern bathrooms, and a brand new ultra- modern kitchen with top appliances have all been installed. The six-bedroom, six-bath home includes a finished lower level, covered patio, back yard with 30'x12' heated Gunite pool, and pool house with attached garage.

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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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