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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.

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.

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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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