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Cool Whites Begone: This Year's Biggest Trend in Kitchen Design is Heading into the Woods for a Warmer Shade of Pale

A place for everything and everything in its place was the mantra for this kitchen by Rose Adams of Rose Adams Cabinetry & Design, who loves the challenge of working with an older home. A total redesign of the existing space involved removing everything down to the existing framing, then adding new plumbing, appliances, lighting, windows, venting system, storage and more. “We kept the existing floor,” says Adams. “It’s in keeping with the house and runs in the downstairs mudroom. It’s timeless and looks amazing—a must-keep.”

Reflections on Art Basel 2014

Over 73,000 people crowded into Art Basel Miami last month browsing through works displayed in the main show, satellite fairs, museums, gardens all over town. We asked some prominent designers and one of our editors to pick out and describe some items that caught their particular attention.

Elegant Yet Playful Details Define This Updated 19th-Century Fairfield County Victorian

When it was time for one Fairfield County couple to buy a bigger home to accommodate their growing family, they set their sights on a 19th-century Victorian with good bones. That was important to them, because they were more interested in renovating the existing structure than starting from scratch. We love old houses, says the wife. And we could never imagine tearing one down. Originally built in the 1860s, the house had undergone multiple renovations and expansions over the years--and it showed. It was a shell of its former self, says McKee (Mac) Patterson, whose firm, Austin Patterson Disston Architects spearheaded the transformation.

Cut–Out Color Show

Schumacher is going back to its archives and taking a look at a 1966 Matisse-inspired curtain. “The Matisse-inspired curtains that we did for the Met in 1966 speak to Schumacher’s commitment to craftsmanship and the fact that we’ve kept our finger on the pulse since 1889,” explains Dara Caponigro, Schumacher’s creative director. Another tribute to Matisse is now on exhibition at the MoMA through February 8.

Inspired by Styles from Rustic Barn to Classic Colonial, These Homeowners Turned to a Team of Experts to Build a Home That Captures the Best of New Englan's Vernacular

Cruising through the picturesque countryside of Washington is like taking a journey back in architectural time. The Georgian, Greek Revival and shingle-style homes often paired with 19th-century barns or mill structures that dot the landscape represent the best of New England’s classic vernacular. Not surprisingly, many people who move there feel an obligation to maintain the status quo, and a Manhattan couple looking to set down part-time roots was no exception.

Bernt Heiberg and Bill Cummings’s South of France Getaway Is an Understated Tribute to the Past

Bernt Heiberg and Bill Cummings are partners both in work and in real life, and their getaway in the South of France—a pristine, dollhouse-like residence in the medieval hill town of Haut de Cagnes—is an elegant testament to their relationship. Which might make things sound like the home is a showcase of treasures they’ve acquired together over the years. But it’s more complicated than that.

Lexington Company Founders Kristina and Tommy Lindhe Live the Swede Life In a Leafy Suburb of Stockholm

A telling clue to the Swedish mindset is the popular word lagom, which roughly translates to “everything in moderation,” meaning anything flashy or boastful doesn’t fly. Most Swedes would be appalled not only at the American McMansion, but even at the very notion of ensuite bedrooms and baths. For Kristina and Tommy Lindhe, the owners of the home accessories and fashion firm Lexington Company, their house in Bromma, an attractive suburb of Stockholm, might be modest in size, but it’s vastly rich in family history and importance.

In His Native Venice, Donghia CEO Andrea Rubelli and His Family Practice the Art of Living in an Ancient Palazzo Near the Grand Canal

When you descend from a family whose name has been identified with luxury Venetian silks, velvets, and damasks for five generations, where else would you live but in one of the exotic floating city’s most venerable palazzi? And so it is with Andrea Rubelli, who resides with his wife, Sandrina, and their son, Leonardo, in a building near the Grand Canal that was old before Columbus arrived in the Americas.

In Their Home Overlooking Lake Zürich, a Family Savors Modern Living—and Staggering Natural Beauty

Tucked into a hillside with sweeping vistas of Lake Zürich and the Alps of Lucerne, this secluded residence in the tiny village of Erlenbach, Switzerland, literally opens up to the lush outdoors and is a water lover’s paradise. It makes sense, then, that its owner, an international executive whom everyone calls E. T., grew up near Europe’s biggest waterfall, Rhine Falls, about an hour’s drive away. “Once you’ve lived close to water and overlooked a lake, it’s very difficult to move away from it,” E. T. says. “It has a very calming effect.”

This Sky-High Apartment is Completed by a Serious Art Collection

While the clients’ art collection would naturally become the apartment’s chief visual feature, the outside view was as much a work of art.

The 2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

'This the season! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. For the eternal hostess, we found a selection of items guaranteed to secure you a second invite. For the gardener in your life, we found a way for you to encircle them with blossoms year round. Plus, gifts for the traveler, the designers and the philanthropist!

David Garcelon, Culinary Director at the Waldorf Astoria Tells NYC&G What Led Him to Start a Roof Garden

I’ve learned everything I know about gardening right here. We’ve partnered with George Pisegna, the deputy director and chief of horticulture of the Horticultural Society of New York, who gives us planting advice. Anyone can plant herbs, but it’s great to have an expert on hand. It’s like the difference between a cook and a chef!

Celebrating the Holidays at Rebecca Ellsley's Little Cabin in the Woods

'Twas 14 Years ago when Designer Rebecca Ellsley bought a run-down log home in the Old Hill section of Westport. “It was in terrible condition,” she recalls. “The roof leaked—you could see daylight between all the logs.” Though it might have seemed like a huge undertaking for a 30-year-old, Ellsley was up to the task. She grew up in a European-style hunting lodge her mother, Beverly, the founder of Beverly Ellsley Designs, had restored in the mid ’70s. “I love log homes,” she says. “It was a big nut to take, but who else was going to save it?”

Locust Valley- and New York- based Designer Jeff Lincoln Gets Away From It All at a Charming Cottage in Southampton

"When it came to designing the interiors," writes Jeff Lincoln of his Southampton cottage, "I decided to embrace the cottage-y style of my house, rather than try to make it into something it’s not. While I am very decisive about what’s best for my clients, I am less so when it comes to my own place. It’s a fairly common conundrum for interior decorators: Confronted with so much choice for themselves, they often don’t do much in the end.

Cool Blues and Icy White Jewels Are Sure to Dazzle

Baby it's cold outside. As the temperature drops, add one of these icy jewels, including Syna's diamond and blue topaz briolette earrings, Carelle's Florette Bombay ring with diamonds and Chopard's diamond Feather earrings, to your holiday look.

Tag Along with Joe Bastianich for the Perfect Ingredients to Create Your Own Holiday Buffet

Many years ago, while living in Greenwich, we would take our two children to a family-style, Italian-American pizza restaurant in Port Chester, NY, called Tarry Lodge. Fast-forward some 30 years and the Landmark building is still there, but the food scene is considerably different. Worldly and sophisticated palates now enjoy an authentic experience of Italian culture in cuisine, wine and artisanal products at Bastianich and Batali’s Tarry Lodge restaurant and Tarry Market.

Boscobel, an 1805 Beauty Overlooking the Hudson River, Is More Resplendent Than Ever During This Special Time of Year

It’s hard to believe it was almost a teardown. “Boscobel, an early architectural treasure in the Hudson River Valley, is ready for the scrap heap,” read a May 12, 1955, article in The New York Times. The Federal-era jewel had been languishing since 1923, when Westchester County bought the circa-1805 house and land, in the riverside hamlet of Montrose, with the intention of creating a park. But it remained vacant and began to slide into decay, and in 1941, the county’s parks department decided to raze it.

Culinary Culture: Six Stylish Bay Area Kitchens Reflect a Range of Sensibilities, from Glamorous to Traditional

From a meticulously customized family kitchen to a luminous, atmospheric space for an art collector, these six kitchens cater to distinctly different lifestyles.

NYC&G and Kravet Present Phase II of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island's Project Design

For the second year in a row, the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) is style central, as NYC&G and Kravet present Phase II of Project Design, a renovation initiative that brings new life to this haven of hope for critically ill children and their families. Last year, the Phase I designers were tasked with revamping 33 spaces in RMH-LI’s original building in New Hyde Park, New York. This year, we’ve upped the challenge, asking 45 top designers to overhaul 41 rooms in the complex’s adjacent tower building.

With the Help of Designer Larry Laslo, a Lifelong Collector Puts Her Unerring Eye to the Test

For Alice Netter, walking into her new Hamptons beach house in 1977 required vision—as well as a tool belt. “It was pretty bad,” she says. “There was a turquoise floor and metal valances with pompons. For the first two months, I walked around with a screwdriver in my pocket, taking everything down.”

Charmed Life: Four Artists Present Works of Flora and Fauna that Evoke the Enchantment of the Season

From solstice festivals to Victorian tree trimming, the rituals of winter have a long history of drawing on the natural world. Here, four artists present works of flora and fauna that evoke the enchantment of the season.

Designer Robert Couturier Decorates a Brooklyn Brownstone for a Very Important Person--His Own Lawyer

It’s said that word of mouth is the best advertising for any business—whether you’re looking for an attorney or a designer. But for decorator Robert Couturier and his lawyer, David Berger, referrals weren’t even necessary when it came to doing business together. Berger had been looking to upgrade the decor in his four-story Cobble Hill townhouse, so he knew exactly the man to call. “David has been my attorney for a long time, and we are quite close,” says Couturier. “The entire design process was a wonderful experience."

Aristocratic Entertaining: The Legion of Honor Opens its Doors to Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House

As the golden age of aristocratic life in England, the 18th century saw bucolic retreats conceived as extravagant stages for lavish parties and all manner of formal entertaining. Houghton Hall—a superb work of Anglo-Palladian architecture—set the stylistic standard for all country estates that would follow.

Chef Jennifer Puccio of Marlowe on the Delights of Casual Gatherings

Favorite San Francisco bistro Marlowe reopened its doors this past month in a stylish new Ken Fulk—designed space at 500 Brannan. Jennifer Puccio—executive chef and partner at Marlowe, Park Tavern and The Cavalier—has earned acclaim for her creative, unpretentious farm-to-table cooking. Here, she shares her expert recommendations (and menu) for deliciously relaxed holiday entertaining.

Elegant Design Complements Art and Personal Collections to Make This House a Home

A decade ago when a Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum board member went shopping for a weekend getaway, adequate display space for her impressive art collection wasn’t uppermost in her mind. She had a New York apartment for that, so small and cozy was just fine. While the 1920s Colonial Revival she settled on may not have been her dream house (“It had no moldings, no charm, and I really didn’t love it,” she says), she purchased it anyway planning to give it some character and enjoy it as a retreat.

Design Discoveries from New York and Beyond: Whimsical Light Fixtures

As mid-autumn days continue to grow shorter, keep a bright perspective with whimsical light fixtures that send out positive vibes.

In Her Williamsburg Studio, Designer Andreea Avram Rusu Sees the Light

As all creative types know, inspiration can strike almost anywhere. The latest thing to catch lighting designer Andreea Avram Rusu’s eye? The graffiti that adorns New York buildings, which she has captured in photographs over the past several years.

Designer Julie Nightingale Balances a Greenwich Couple's Stand-Out Art Collection with Easy Elegance and Practicality

It’s a common conundrum that most modern-day parents can easily relate to: that moment when a couple realizes that their lives are more about getting their kids to eat their vegetables than getting a table at Per Se.

The Designer Showhouse of New York

What do you get when you take 22 design firms and set them loose on the 55th and 56th floors of the luxury Residences at W New York – Downtown? A showhouse to end all showhouses, full of brilliant decor, amazing ideas, and breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan’s Financial District. NYC&G was proud to sponsor the project, which raised funds for the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex in Greenwich Village and set the bar even higher for great design in New York.

What's New, What's Next Book Signing at 200 Lex

A day of book signings and a bunch of brand-new showrooms at the NYDC.

Deeds & Don'ts: Artful Living

With the opening of the new Anderson collection at Stanford in September, and the highly anticipated new SFMOMA and Berkeley Art Museum buildings set to open in 2016, arts development in the Bay Area is booming. Feeling the zeitgeist, arts districts are coalescing as well, making several Bay Area neighborhoods particularly worthy of the gaze.

An Exclusive First Look Into the Studio of Creative Visionary Stanlee Gatti

Like Vishnu’s dream, there is a realm of San Francisco that emerged from the mind of Stanlee Gatti. In that dimension a hundred thousand peonies grow; light radiates from countless candles; and of course, there is a cosmic DJ. As San Francisco’s leading event guru, Gatti merges art, architecture, interiors, floral design and graphics into stellar happenings. Over the past three decades, he has produced events ranging from Oscar parties and opera galas to VIP weddings and chic soirées for the likes of the Gettys, Trainas, and, recently, someone named Kanye.

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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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Yankee Custom Builder
Yankee Custom Builder’s priority is maintaining your original concept within budget and on schedule. YCB strives to make the process of building a home gratifying rather than overwhelming by providing clear communication and valuable product knowledge. This allows our clients to feel comfortable every step of the way. Because of our excellence in service, the majority of our business comes from architects & designers who feel confident in recommending us to their valued clients.

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Property of Note

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6 Juniper Point Road, Branford, CT
Classic modernism, refined materials and stunning LI Sound views imbue this steel framed waterfront property with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, open floor plan, concrete radiant heated floors, high ceilings, large rooms and walls of glass. The main floor master is nearly 900 square feet with en-suite guest bedrooms, study and private in-law apartment set apart. A zen-like court-yard features a heated Gunite pool. Shoreline living at its architectural best.

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23 Remington Road
23 Remington Road is a 2,759-square-foot home in the River Road neighborhood of Palmetto Bluff. This four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home features a living room that effortlessly flows into the kitchen and back porch. Two gas brick fireplaces, custom molding and ample outdoor living space add a layer of charm. Conveniently located, this home is within walking distance of an amenity center and the River Road Preserve, a 120-acre protected maritime forest.

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Historic Wyndecote
Built in the heyday of 19th century Hamptons summers, Wyndecote has been meticulously renovated for which John David Rose won the 2018 AIA Peconic design award for outstanding achievement in historic preservation. The home offers ten bedrooms, eleven baths, three half-baths, and seven fireplaces. Among the refurbished and reinstalled elements are the 70+ “lead” paned windows. Wyndecote was built originally by noted owner-architect Robert H. Henderson, and hosted the Duke of Windsor and the King of Spain among its guests.

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248 Gay Street, Sharon, CT
Expansive & protected western views from this 5BR, 5BA completely renovated home on 18 acres in Sharon, CT. Kitchen, Dining, and Family Room open to an enclosed porch with distant views. Living Room w/fireplace overlooks pastoral views and pond. First-floor master suite with fireplace. 3 Upper BRs and 2 Full BAs. Guest suite w/ full BA & separate entry. Bonus Room in Basement. Heated Gunite Pool. Privately situated.

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