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Inside Textile Designer Elizabeth Eakins's 240-Acre Farm

Eakins relies on the land to create her handwoven rugs.

Meet Designer Chuck Comeau of Dessin Fournir

Cofounder and CEO Chuck Comeau is the guiding force behind the 13 furniture, lighting, textile and wallpaper firms of Dessin Fournir. Kansas native Comeau, also the creative director of the firm, came to design from a petrochemical background.

Artist Llane Alexis Puts a New Twist on a Traditional Technique

In the hands of Llane Alexis, the age-old craft of braiding has been reimagined, yielding artful, one-of-a-kind objects. While the method may be familiar, his applications are unexpected and a testament to his ingenuity. Functional art is one category of Alexis’ work.

Designer Showhouse on the Green Designers Share Their Room's Inspirations

See what inspired the Designer Showhouse on the Green Designers with a look at their design boards.

A 19th-Century Carriage House is Transformed into an Artful Setting for Two Young Collectors

We didn’t want a pristine, untouched space,” says Anamarie “Pink” Pasdar of the 2,800-square-foot carriage house in the Mission that she and her husband, former Apple executive Iain Newton, spent more than a year renovating. “The fact that we didn’t need a car to be in the center of the action was another plus. After years spent living in New York and London, this particular house—with its funky ’70s bohemian vibe and great flow—just felt like home.”

A 1920's Garage in Russian Hill Is Transformed into an Artful Abode

The transition from traditional residence to urban dwelling can be jarring for some, but for the owner of a newly converted loft in Russian Hill, it was a revelation. The abundant light, generous volumes and industrial materials of her dramatic new residence, sited in a former mechanic’s stable transformed by San Francisco–based firm Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects (OPA), proved to be the perfect conditions for showcasing her soulful collection of art and objects.

An 1830's Farmhouse Gains a Modern Sensibility Through an Unlikely Blend of Beloved Antiques, Contemporary Furnishings, French Textiles and Bold Color

Badass New England is not the terminology normally associated with the design style for a home, especially one in Cornwall. But it is the oxymoron interior design Fawn Galli conjured when talking about the unlikely blend of antiques, contemporary furnishings, French textiles and a color scheme that boldly pairs salmon walls with eggplant wainscoting that breathed new life into an 1830s farmhouse.

Known for Movie Set Design, Marks & Frantz Mixes High-Voltage Glamour with Functionality in This Greenwich Home

The shoes were fabulous, naturally, but after five years, it’s still the sets of the Sex and the City movie and its sequel—especially that envy-inducing closet Carrie shares with Big in Sex and the City 2—that design lovers covet. The vision behind the set that launched a thousand swoons belongs to Lydia Marks and Lisa Frantz of Marks & Frantz, a New York City–based design firm whose movie sets have residential clients knocking down their door. A Greenwich homeowner approached the pair not just for the closet but also for the designers’ signature high-voltage glamour coupled with functionality.

Sheridan Interiors Gives a Shingle-Style Second Home a Fresh New Look

When designer Beth Schoenherr first met the owners of this New Canaan shingle-style residence built by Country Club Homes, the mandate was clear: “They bought the house in the spring, and they wanted to be in by summer,” she recalls. With just a few clues to work with—some pages from a magazine, for instance—Schoenherr viewed the directive as a challenge and an opportunity.

Designer Marie-Christine McNally Creates a Sleek, Seductive, Utterly Urban Bachelor Pad in NoHo

For a brief time, people priced out of SoHo and Greenwich Village found happy refuge in the former factory and industrial spaces lining NoHo’s somewhat gritty streets, a loose grid that was never really on the map until suddenly it was, marketed heavily by real estate companies and given over, seemingly overnight, to a burgeoning crowd of young professionals looking for a place to call home.

Designer Amy Lau Reinvents a Historic Townhouse in the Heart of Greenwich Village

Maybe it’s the thrice-weekly yoga that helps Amy Lau recharge. Or the twice-daily meditation sessions, or just a fierce love for what she does. In addition to being a top-tier decorator, Lau has created installations for Kohler, Bergdorf Goodman, and Showtime, co-created the Design Miami fair, made appearances on HGTV and LX.TV, acted as a media spokesperson for Benjamin Moore, designed textile collections for numerous companies, and been recognized for her achievements with an honorary doctorate from the New York School of Interior Design.

Top Designers Tell Us the Best Way to Make a Room Look Cozy for Fall

We asked top New York and Hamptons designers, including Amy Lau, Tori Golub, Steven Gambrel, and Gideon Medelson, to tell us the best way to make a room cozy for fall. Find out what they said in this month's Designer Corner.

Ellie Cullman Provides Insights on Honoring the Past and Showcasing the Present

Designer Ellie Cullman, honorary design chair for the Designer Showhouse on the Green (an 1834 Georgian that was remodeled in the mid-1800s into a Greek Revival) in Fairfield, discusses the joys and challenges of working on a showhouse. An enthusiastic advocate of historic homes, the designer also provides insights into the character, elegance and irreplaceable appeal of living in a home with a past.

Shop the Look: A Sophisticated Sitting Room

As part of the first-ever Designer Showhouse on the Green benefitting Operation Hope, designers Angela Camarda and Thom Bellucci of Lillian August created this sophisticated sitting room. Pulling inspiration from the fireplace, the duo selected an eclectic mix of furniture styles, all dressed in merlot and port-colored fabrics that are warmed by the use of mixed metals.

Donna Gorman's Hariri & Hariri-Designed Home Gains a Studio That Delivers Much-needed Work-Home Balance

Much has changed since the early ’90s in terms of flextime, the freelance workforce and working from home (Marissa Mayer’s interventions at Yahoo notwithstanding). And Gorman’s work, much of which she did for Finnish textiles company Marimekko and now does under the name See Design, is an incredible mix of playful, thoughtful and deeply resonant.

The Unveiling of the Designer Showhouse on the Green

Where to go this month for a houseful of design inspiration? Head to Fairfield and explore the first-ever Designer Showhouse on the Green benefitting Operation Hope. Led by design chairman Ellie Cullman and landscape design co-chairs Diane Devore and Tara Vincenta, more than 15 designers turned St. Paul’s Episcopal Church rectory into a showcase of premier talent. Here, you’ll get a glimpse of the spaces inside and out. But there’s nothing like seeing it in person, and it’s open for visits through October 25.

In Chelsea's Walker Tower, Designer David Scott Turns an Art-Filled Apartment into a Showcase of Sumptuous Decor

"When I initially met my client,” decorator David Scott recalls, “he had a loose-leaf file of all his art and furniture. I was deeply impressed and happy to be working for someone who was so organized. The art itself was edgier than I am used to working with, which was another level of excitement for me. It was an opportunity to learn.” Located in Chelsea’s Walker Tower, which was built in 1929 and converted from commercial space to 50 multimillion-dollar lofts in 2013, the apartment not only has considerable art, but also breathtaking views both south and west.

Congratulations to the 2015 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners

Announcing the winners of the 2015 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards

Lighting Designer Nathan Orsman and Television Executive Jose Castro Enjoy the Good Life at Home in Water Mill

Nathan Orsman describes his first house in the Hamptons as a “typical East End beach shack in Noyac,” although his husband, Jose Castro, remembers it a bit differently. “It was such a wreck when we bought it that I cried,” he recalls. “But it turned out to be the cutest cottage ever.”

In Pacific Heights, an Achromatic Palette Strikes the Right Balance

"Beige is Atmosphere. It’s ivory, it’s cream, it’s stone, it’s toast, it’s cappuccino. It’s well, it’s magic.” Though a phrase attributed to the legendary interior designer Albert Hadley, it might well have been said by designer Benjamin Dhong. “I never need a reason to design a neutral room,” says Dhong. “Layered, textural monochromes can be glorious and exciting. And unlike bold color, they’re never disconcerting; they never give me whiplash!”

Designer Matthew Leverone Brings Understated Elegance to a Distinctive Atherton Home

Tucked into a serene, wooded enclave, a quietly grand Atherton residence embodies Coco Chanel’s maxim: “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” The home’s minimal, elegant interiors, created by San Francisco designer Matthew Leverone, unfold in tranquil colors, simple lines and refined details.

Designer James Hunter Achieves Lofty Glamour at the Millennium Tower

The chic, simple and unadorned style of James Hunter’s client, Juli Betwee, inspired his vision for her 2,000-square-foot Millennium Tower apartment. “Her stylishness brought to mind the clean, modern lines and subtle curves in the furniture Jean-Michel Frank and William Haines designed in the 1930s,” says Hunter, a principal designer at the Wiseman Group. “I knew an updated take on that sensibility would soften the space’s strong geometry.”

House Tour: A Family-Friendly Home Overlooking Amagansett's Gardiners Bay

Houses by the water take Robert Young back to his childhood. A native of Boston, the architect grew up near the coast, where sailing was customary, as was owning a boat—particularly in his family, since his father was a boat dealer and built intricate model ships for fun. “The craftsmanship that goes into a boat is a balance between form and function,” Young says. “It’s similar to what I do when I design a house.”

Inside the Airy East Hampton Home of Architect James D’Auria

Architect James D’Auria and his wife, Jennifer, a real estate agent, lived for some 15 years in a home James designed on a bucolic plot of farmland in Amagansett. When he built the house, a shingled but modern-inflected structure that references the East End’s barn vernacular, the couple also had a place in Manhattan. But they were spending so little time in town, they eventually gave it up.

Must-Have Beach Accessories

The dog days of summer call for fewer social engagements and a lot more time lounging at the shore, favorite beach accessories in tow.

Tour the Comfortably Modern Sag Harbor Cove Home of Designer Allison Babcock

Morning runs have a way of clearing the head and exposing people to new possibilities, which is precisely what happened when Luke Babcock took off on an early a.m. jog one day in 2010. The couple—she an interior designer, he a finance professional—had moved to the Hamptons from New York City in 2003 and had been living in a traditional house nearby. But they were eager to find a more expansive home for themselves and their daughters. They also wanted to create a home they could really call their own—built from the ground up.

Step Inside the Masterful Amagansett Retreat of Architect Paul Masi

Harry Bates has been designing houses on Long Island since the early 1960s. Back then, the choice of materials was limited to “whatever you could get at the lumberyard,” says Bates, explaining the modesty of his early dwellings. But he still found ways to give his houses handsomely proportioned spaces, with crisp details that reflected serious architectural ambitions. His goal was always to do more with less.

Christopher Burch’s Southampton Estate is Host to the Cocoon9 House and a Girls’ Get-Together Like No Other

What do you get when you take seven gorgeous women, delectable hors d’oeuvres from the Hamptons Aristocrat, and a state-of-the-art Cocoon9 house, all poolside at Christopher Burch’s Southampton estate? A girls’ get-together like no other.

A Veggie Patch Should Be a Natch For Any Hamptons Green Thumb

With corn as “high as an elephant’s eye,” it’s time to start thinking about cool-weather, edible crops, even if all you can bear to maintain is a beat-up whiskey barrel (perfect for arugula, by the way). “My favorites this time of year are the classics,” says April Gonzales, a Southampton-based garden designer who tends a sizable vegetable patch at her home.

Five Simple Summer Floral Arrangements, as Imagined by Anastasia Casale of Sag Harbor Florist

Anastasia Casale of Sag Harbor Florist elevates rustic chic to a level of sheer elegance through the artistry of flowers in the simplest arrangements possible.

Congratulations to the 2015 HC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners

Announcing the winners of the 2015 HC&G Innovation in Design Awards

The 2015 CTC&G Innovation in Design Winners: Product Design

The winning projects in the 2015 CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards came courtesy of MGS Milano, THS Paris, SieMatic, Kohler, Troy Lighting, Sabi, Hudson Valley Lighting, Edyn, Robern and California Faucets.

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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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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.

6 Juniper Point Road

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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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