Author: Photographs by Eric Richards

The owner of this coastal Connecticut residence has dialogues with her rooms; the conversations direct her interior design.

“My goal was to marry some coastal calm with the craziness of having three kids under the age of three,” says the homeowner.

"Less color means a greater emphasis on texture. Plus, the quality of the furnishings and artwork stands out," says homeowner and project decorator Simon Kneen.

Husband-wife design team Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller were tasked with keeping as much of the twelve current structures intact as possible.

Phoebe Cole-Smith raises chickens, produces maple syrup and hosts farm-to-table dinners at her home in Weston.

For a family that entertains constantly, this transitional space is a perfect fit.

Interior designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch delivers a strong dose of pattern and plenty of color to keep things fun and fresh for a young family.

Architect Cormac Byrne was tasked with making the house look like it was 100 years old while interior designer Eugenie Niven Goodman made things comfy, fresh and fun.

A 1970s Contemporary gets a total redo in the hands of designer Rina Pertusi.

The collaboration between RMHS, San Francisco Design Center and SFC&G was about more than selecting furnishings and finishes. It relied on a sense of community and compassion that manifested itself in the time and talents contributed by four dozen interior designers.

“There’s going to be some trouble if a client were to tell me that I can’t use color," says designer Anthony Baratta.