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Father and Son Charlie and Silas Marder on the Need for Organic Gardening

You start with the basics—looking at the foundation of the garden and the history of the landscape. You can walk on the property and literally feel it with your feet, and then start fixing any problems you’ve found. But if you’re building a house, keep in mind that it’s a very invasive process. A landscape is being completely dug up, driven over, rained on, and so on.

New and Notable Design Objects from the Hamptons and Beyond: Natural Instincts

Feathering your nest this summer? These whimsical design objects, from C. Wonder's Sea Life porcelain coasters to an embroidered natural linen Spider and Ladybug pillow by Klaus Haapaniemi, are hard to resist.

An Award-Winning Landscape in Portola Valley by Stefan Thuilot Unfolds in Sculptural Forms

Principal of Thuilot Associates, an award-winning landscape architecture firm based in Berkeley, Thuilot designed the hard-and-soft-scapes surrounding the new ground-up residence by architect Tom Carrubba of Square Three Design. The site features several distinct areas, including a terrace with custom fire pit, outdoor kitchen and infinity pool, a sunken amphitheater, treehouse (designed by Carrubba) and a meadow overlook that symbolically releases the property back into nature.

San Francisco Architecture Firm Sagan Piechota Designs a Monterey Beach Home Angled to the Sea

Architect Daniel Piechota of San Francisco–based Sagan Piechota Architecture faced exactly that challenge when commissioned to design a Monterey Bay house for a couple who met 29 years ago and knew, from their very first conversation, that one day they would have a house on the beach. “We’d been looking for a property for forever, truly forever, and for some reason nothing ever clicked,” one of the clients says. “And then this little cul-de-sac popped up.”

Summer Design Finds with Ease and Elegance

Summer design finds with ease and elegance. ​

The Hamptons Getaway of Artist Karin Waisman and Architect Carlos Brillembourg

Brillembourg, a Venezuelan-born architect who is an adjunct professor at Columbia, put his skill set to use in planning the house; Waisman, a fine artist who studied architecture as an undergraduate in her native Buenos Aires and later earned an MFA in sculpture from Cornell, took on the role of “editor,” helping her husband shape and hone the design. The collaboration paid off.

A Look Back at Legendary Illustrator Jeremiah Goodman’s East Hampton Carriage House

The legendary interiors illustrator Jeremiah Goodman created window displays and advertisements for Lord & Taylor for more than 30 years, not to mention memorable drawings for decorators such as Billy Baldwin and magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Now, at 91, he reflects on one of his proudest achievements, his beloved East Hampton carriage house, originally built for the J. Harper Poor family in 1917 and now part of the Baker House hotel.

Artist Zoë Pennebaker Finds a Haven of Creativity in East Hampton

Designed in 1913 by J. Curtis Lawrence, the architect of the historic Ring Lardner residence nearby, the home now bears the couple’s stamp, its decor an accumulation of unusual finds and family heirlooms. A lacquer-topped table holding dozens of family photographs anchors the living room, where Breen’s abstract winter landscape The Gloaming hangs above the fireplace. The view through the entryway reveals various seating pieces with mix-and-match upholstery and pink mandevilla vines climbing the trellis on the back patio.

At Their Home in East Hampton, Artist Billy Sullivan and Curator Klaus Kertess Fully Embrace the World That Surrounds Them

At first glance, the East Hampton home and studio of artist Billy Sullivan and his partner, curator and author Klaus Kertess, is really just two boxes with several more rectilinear spaces tucked inside it—just like one of those Russian nesting dolls. That’s all there is, it seems, until one sees the goldfish darting about in the tank garden that separates the living quarters from the newer studio.

Holiday House Hamptons, a Showhouse Presented by HC&G

An exclusive sneak peek of the Second Annual Holiday House Hamptons at Watchcase in Sag Harbor where a stellar list of interior designers, including Ani Antreasyan, Brady Design, Campion Platt, Dale Cohen Design Studio, Elizabeth Dow Home, Elsa Soyars Interior Design, Bjornen Design, Huniford Design, ID Creations, Milly de Cabrol LTD, Tamara Magel Home, Scott Formby, Studio MRS, Vicente Wolf and West Chin Architects & Interior Designers, created original holiday-themed indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Garden Designer Hal Goldberg’s Guide to the East End’s Best Blossoms

It takes about three years to convert a chemically dependent rose garden, after which you should start replacing roses that aren’t recovering from the change that well. Buy own-root, non-grafted roses, which are inherently more disease resistant. Roses Unlimited, Chamblee Rose Nursery, and Palatine Roses are great mail-order sources for own-root roses.

7 Sleek and Modern Bathroom Faucets

Bathroom must-haves, including Moen's 90 Degree roman tub faucet, Kallista's basin faucet with crystal handles, and the long spout wall-mounted faucet available in chrome and gold finishes from Collection O by Studio Putman for THG, sport smooth lines and sleek silhouettes

Peter Fasano Discusses His Artist Process and Inspiration for His New Collection of Handmade Textiles

It is really exciting for us when somebody comes to us with an idea that allows our thinking to go in a different direction. We have a private client that we’ve been doing a lot of work for recently. She had an idea based loosely on a Monet painting and a botanical print that would incorporate flowers and perennials in her garden. The key in cases like this is to get a client to point to a visual realization in some form that will eliminate nine of the 10 possibilities.

The Sumptuous Style of San Francisco's Leading Design Duo

Interiors firm Fisher Weisman is renowned for creating grand, dramatic spaces for clients worldwide. Founders Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman recently debuted two additions to their design domain: a retail showroom, Casa Acanto, named for their vacation home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and a wondrous collection of furniture, lighting and accessories that includes shell-encrusted chairs, fantastical egg boxes, coffee-filter tapestries and twig-legged tables.

The Post Road Welcomes RH Greenwich

Originally built in 1917, Greenwich’s downtown post office has been resurrected as RH’s (née Restoration Hardware) newest location. Opening this month, RH Greenwich: The Gallery at the Historic Post Office follows the success of the transformation of Boston’s Museum of Natural History into the retailer’s 40,000-square-foot design gallery.

San Francisco's Top Design Talents Seed Your Spring Reading List

"Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens by Charlotte Frieze offers so many inspiring spaces where hard and soft, smooth and textured, and organic and architectural elements are juxtaposed to create beautiful compositions that strike a balance.” —Kate Webster, landscape architect

Dive In!

We rounded up six hardworking watches for active lifestyles. Hit the beach with Breitling's Superocean Steelfish chronograph with stainless steel mesh bracelet strap or the Patravi ScubaTec watch from Carl F. Bucherer with 38-hour power reserve. Ralph Lauren's Sporting World Time watch in stainless steel has a 40-hour power reserve, while the BR03–94 by Bell & Ross makes a splash in Carbon Orange.

Poolside Necessities and Sea-inspired Accessories

Plunge into summer with these must-have design finds, from Crate & Barrel's Fish Green plates to the perfect tailgate game by Room & Board.

Announcing the 2014 NYC&G Innovation in Design Judges

Presenting the seven design leaders who will help decide the winners of the prestigious NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards.

Announcing Mario Buatta as NYC&G 2014 IDA Innovator

Mario Buatta is an internationally acclaimed interior designer known for his English Country House style. He has brought the refinement, comfort, and beauty of his designs to a long list of clients from the worlds of entertainment, business, fashion, and high society.

Sheila McCaffery Celebrates the Season with an Annual Crab Feast

For my first crab orgy 10 years ago, I invited restaurateur and chef Michael Tarantino to dinner along with 12 other friends. Michael started the ritual of making a crab sauce with pasta as a first course. (The crab shells give the sauce flavor when cooking. The meat is removed from the shells and added to the sauce.)

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.

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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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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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