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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.

Lee Ann Thornton Keeps it Fresh and Young for a Family of Five

Interior designer Lee Ann Thornton likes to plan ahead. So much so that when a young couple seeks her expertise for their home, she often begins by envisioning the baby shower, followed by the tenth birthday party, high school graduation, maybe a wedding in the living room. “I think about families being together and being together in every room of the house,” she says. “I think, too, about every joyous celebration that a family could observe over the years. I design with that in mind.”

George Stacey's Women

Though not nearly as well known as his contemporaries, such as Billy Baldwin and Sister Parish, interior designer George Stacey had a lasting impact on 20th-century decorating—in addition to an impressive client list, as Maureen Footer points out in her new biography, just out from Rizzoli

Design Discoveries from New York and Beyond: Not Your Basic Bookcase

Protect your favorite reads with one of these five case goods.

Design Discoveries from New York and Beyond: Florigami

A collection of patterned objects from MissoniHome, Dash & Albert, Chilewich, Donghia, Haus Interior and Roche Bobois

Get to Know Samuel Amoia of Samuel Amoia Associates

Though just 31, Samuel Amoia is practically an industry veteran. His year-old firm, Samuel Amoia Associates, already has a bevy of projects in the works, including a penthouse at the 1 Hotel & Homes in South Beach and a loft on lower Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, among others.

Posh Wallpapers in Haute Hues

Smart, cheerful color schemes make interiors smile for spring. Co-produced by interior designer Patrick Mele and CTC&G editorial director D.J. Carey, browse the latest posh papers in haute hues from the trade’s top fabric houses.

Designer Sherrill Canet Lends a Sophisticated Air to a Tudor-style Beauty in Syosset

Even though there are no dogs or cats on hand in this new-construction, Tudor-style house in Syosset, petting is allowed, if not encouraged. So exquisite and invitingly textured are all the wall surfaces and furnishings that guests feel compelled to reach out and touch them.

Litchfield County Farm Landscape Plum Creek

What happens when two gardeners make too many forays to Britain and return home laden with visions? An estate emerges and rocks roll. But first, they had to find a way in. Instead of a swank house or even a driveway, the stone walls were the deal clincher. And it’s fortunate that the two found the on-site masonry so compelling, because the rocks played a starring role in the taming of Plum Creek Farm.

Andy Glazer Transforms a Historic Rowayton Boarding House

“Everybody thought I was crazy. But in my mind, that ensures it’s a really good project,” says builder and developer Andy Glazer of the Glazer Group about the landmark building that he transformed into private residences. Originally built in 1848 in the heart of Rowayton as a summer hotel, later used as a private residence and then again as a single room occupancy hotel, Winthrop House sat around for years before Glazer got his hands on it. No stranger to buildings with a history, a good bit of Glazer’s work involves those with a storied past.

A Fairfield County Shoreline Home Awash in Blues and Greens

Certain architectural details, like the house’s turret with its copper bell roof, conjure up an image of a formal interior. Custom built by architect Robert Storm and Bluewater Home Builders, the house is anything but. “The clients found a terrific parcel of land, and they wanted to build their dream home,” says Darren Andreoli of Bluewater Home Builders. Bluewater introduced them to Robin Liotta of HB Home Interior Design to help round out their vision for the inside: transitional, not super modern, and anything but boring.

Architect Nancy Thiel Designs a Classic Farm-Style Residence in Fairfield

The property's proximity to protected wetlands provided natural inspiration for the farmhouse concept. “There’s incredible wildlife on the property, including amazing birds,” says Thiel. “No matter where you walk inside, you feel connected to the outdoors.”

A Couple with an Affinity for Modern Design Transform a Traditional Darien Colonial

Longtime Darien residents John and Lulu McPhee were perfectly content with the 1937 center hall Colonial they bought in 2002. The only thing it needed was a new kitchen. But small house projects have a way of taking on a life of their own, and soon the McPhees were sitting down with an architect and drawing up plans for an ambitious renovation. “Once we got started, the question often wasn’t ‘why do something?’ but ‘why not?’”

Michelle Smith Studio MRS Interiors Greenwich Village Apartment Tour

A native of Morgan City, Louisiana, Smith has been collecting antiques and furniture her entire life, and many of her most beloved pieces can be found throughout her new digs. “I was renovating this apartment while working at a big law firm, and after leaving work each night and checking on the status, I realized that my passion for drawing cabinet elevations and choosing bath fixtures surpassed my interest in reviewing litigation documents.”

32 Decorative Rugs in the Season's Coolest Hues

From the deep blue sea to subtle shades, from unique textures to tones from across the neutral palette, these rugs elevate the appeal of any room. Here, 32 of our favorites.

Tilton Fenwick Puts a Fresh Spin on an Artist's Loft in SoHo

With their trademark being a fresh, contemporary take on traditional design, decorators Suysel dePedro Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster made their name by employing bold colors and patterns in even the most mundane spaces. Then came a third leap of faith: a client who had just purchased an artist’s loft downtown and wanted to turn it into a warm, kid-friendly environment for her young family.

Inside Painter Robert Kelly's Bowery Studio

The timeworn but still elegant façade of Beethoven Hall, a circa-1860 meeting hall and community center just off the Bowery, hardly evokes the archetype of the quintessential New York artist’s loft. But once inside the live-work space of abstract painter Robert Kelly, you are suddenly immersed in the now. Or at least that’s how it looks on first glance.

David Oldroyd's Design of a Minimalist Russian Hill Aerie

When you can see four bridges,10 church spires, mountains, ocean and most of San Francisco’s architectural landmarks from your 17th-floor apartment in Russian Hill, the sky’s not the limit—it’s the starting point.

The Bay Area’s Dynamic Yoga Tradition Takes Shape in a Retreat by Aidlin Darling Design

Listen closely at break of day, and you might just hear a collective “Om” as thousands of yogis greet the sun. The Bay Area’s tradition of finding balance in Eastern practices is a vital one, and, rising like a materialized mantra over the Sonoma hills, a recent Aidlin Darling Design project—a private retreat featuring a yoga pavilion—is its latest manifestation.

Interior Designer Elizabeth Martin Designs a Family-Friendly Residence in Silicon Valley

While some designers would consider appointing a home from scratch as the ideal situation, Martin believes that incorporating the homeowners’ existing pieces goes a long way. “You can have the most beautiful new furniture, but without personal effects, something’s missing."

Bernard Trainor Artfully Transforms a Rugged Carmel Property into a Picturesque Landscape

“It is such a crazy, difficult site to grow plants on,” notes Trainor of the inhospitable home site in Carmel. “We had to make things grow in rocky crevices. But, in a very rugged environment, you still have to give the client super-livable, comfortable spaces.”

Interior Designer Angela Free Transforms a 1920s Marina Home

To achieve an interior that was classic and tailored yet modern (a Free signature), the designer relied heavily on subtle colors and textures. Throughout the home, walls and ceilings were treated to soothing, contemporary paint colors; the blue-gray palette evokes the foggy neighborhood. “There’s a seamless flow between the indoors and outdoors,” notes Free.

Introducing SFC&G's Editor in Chief, Alisa Carroll

Editor in Chief, Alisa Carroll. Alisa has lived in San Francisco for a decade and is deeply engaged with the design community. She has written for many publications, and this month, Rizzoli publishes her first book, Jay Jeffers: Collected Cool, a monograph co-written with the celebrated Bay Area interior designer.

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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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WORLD CLASS NEW SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE HOME WITH POOL
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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