10 Great Ideas from Connecticut's Top Designers

Innovative home ideas from our 2014 Innovation in Design Award winners

Old World Elegance  Vicente Burin Architects

Old World EleganceContrasting color and materials transform this master bathroom into an Old World sanctuary within a Fairfield home. Bright Arabescato Corchia marble meets warm wood paneling to give the room a comforting, yet refined, feel. Vicente Burin Architects, Fairfield, 203-319-9571.











Grand Simplicity – Saniee Architects

Sainee Architects

Updated with elegant lines and gracious design, this Greenwich home provides a fresh take on the quintessential Connecticut farmhouse. Upscale technology and creative use of light allow the home to transcend the classic concept of a country home to deliver varied views of a pastoral landscape and a smaller carbon footprint. Saniee Architects LLC, Greenwich, 203-625-9308, sanieearchitects.com.

Garden to Table – Devore Associates

This vegetable, herb and bramble garden is the highlight of a 10-year landscape project. Stepping stones surround a grid of nine planting beds, enhancing the Greenfield Hill property’s beauty and geometry while adding function in its inventive design. Ideally situated directly off of the historic farmhouse’s kitchen, the garden provides inspiration for the homeowners inside. Devore Associates, Fairfield, 203-256-8950.

Gray is the New White! – Bonnie Paige Interiors

Gray is the new white

Gray’s gentle hue allows for this kitchen to easily transition into the mudroom and family room, creating a central hub in an open space. The tiniest of details are accounted for, like the dark gray grout in the floor-to-ceiling subway tiles, creating an understated and classic look complemented by Plain & Fancy cabinets through NuKitchens. Bonnie Paige Interiors, Southport, 203-331-7512.

Interior Design
Back in Black (and white) – Patrick Mele Design

Back in BlackOne family’s exuberant personality inspires a complete reinvention of their mid-century modernist home in mid-country Greenwich. Bright white walls with satin black accents create the perfect backdrop to highlight a mixture of pieces from the family’s collection (like a 1930s French deco leather club chair) and new finds. Patrick Mele, NYC, 203-550-2264.










Interior Design
Dynamic Layering – PL Design

Dynamic layering

It’s all about the layers for this New Canaan home. Vibrant orange accents and varied patterns bring life and dynamism to an otherwise neutral palette. Photographs and personal touches make a refined atmosphere comfortable and fun for the entire family. PL Design, LLC, New Canaan, 203-550-5371.

Keep it Classic! – Douglas VanderHorn Architects

Keep it classic!Leaded cabinets and windows nod to tradition in a Tudor revival home. Custom limestone flooring creates a sleek, clean look with functionality. Douglas VanderHorn Architects, Greenwich, 203-622-7000.












Intimate Affair – Jennifer Anderson Design and Development

Intimate affair

Sunken, walled gardens create intimate spaces within a flourishing landscape. Flowering perennials and fragrant shrubs surround a stone fountain, redefining the idea of a private garden. Jennifer Anderson Design and Development, Wilton, 203-834-9666.

On Reflection – Mark P. Finlay Architects & Mark P. Finlay Interiors

On Reflection

Staying true to its existing 1930s architecture, this master bathroom blends classic elegance with updated design. The marble-slab shower and sink and mosaic-tiled floor pick up light, reflecting views of Long Island Sound to illuminate the space. Mark P. Finlay Architects, AIA & Mark P. Finlay Interiors, LLC, Southport, 203-254-2388.

Southern Exposure  Nautilus Architects

Southern ExposureAn opening forges a relationship between a house and its spectacular views, fulfilling a young family’s wish to interact with the outdoors. Nautilus Architects, Old Lyme, 860-227-1169.














A version of this article appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Idea File