Great Ideas from IDA winners

Our CTC&G IDA judges handpick 10 design projects from IDA winners that inspire—and that we applaud!

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Alisberg Parker Architects

Who says warmth and functionality are mutually exclusive? This classic kitchen caters to every need—a cozy corner for family meals, French doors leading to the back porch and a large window between the kitchen and family room that has retractable doors to integrate or separate the spaces. Alisberg Parker Architects, LLC, Old Greenwich, 203-637-8730,

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Newick Architects

When a 1980s townhouse with a long, narrow layout posed an awkward design challenge, Craig Newick of Newick Architects used a trick he had up his sleeve. A wall of translucent glass transformed the expansive space into a minimalist bathroom with perfect proportions. Newick Architects, New Haven, 203-777-6928,

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Kat Rosier and Robert A. Cardello Architects, LLC

When an interior designer and architect work seamlessly together, it truly shows. This weekend retreat presents a complete vision of refined yet “unfussy” aesthetics with traditional details, such as tray ceilings and ebony floors, and modern elements like a hand-blown glass chandelier in the dining room. Kat Rosier, Greenwich, 203-869-4549, Robert A. Cardello Architects, LLC, South Norwalk, 203-853-2524,

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Mark P. Finlay Architects

Don’t judge this Darien home by its exterior. From the outside, it remains rooted in the Connecticut vernacular with a red cedar-shingle roof, clapboard siding and a fieldstone base. But one look inside reveals a contemporary, open floor plan— a unique design that blends the old with the new. Mark P. Finlay Architects, Southport, 203-254-2388,

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Rock Spring Design Group

A private country club meets the charm of a beautiful garden. Without skimping on amenities, this renovation features tennis, basketball and bocce courts to keep guests entertained, while maintaining an intimate garden feel with annuals in large containers that add seasonal color and year-round interest. Rock Spring Design Group, Trumbull, 203-268-6979,



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Sage Design

Talented designers know how to borrow square feet to create more space. Katherine Hodge converted a zigzag of closets into a spacious master bathroom with a light, airy feel and simple architecture. Carrara and Thassos marble mosaic tiles on the shower wall and floor echo the subtle color palette. Sage Design, Fairfield, 203-292-9245,

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Nancy Thiel Architecture + Design

Beyond agrarian, this design reinterprets the iconic Connecticut farmhouse as a 21st-century luxury home. The details—inside and out—alternate between classical and modern architecture. Historic references are emphasized in a clean, crisp manner from the barn doors to the clerestory windows. Nancy Thiel Architecture + Design, Weston, 203-349-5774,

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Tina Anastasia of Lillian August

Art leads the way! The homeowner’s dynamic artwork lies at the center of every room with punchy colors and bold patterns. The design represents the perfect fusion between art and furnishings, without one overshadowing the another. Tina Anastasia for Lillian August, Norwalk, 203-847-3314,

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Glen Gate Company

Layers of lushness take “the lay of the land” to a new level with Tillia cordata, Betula nigra and Taxus plants. Walls and staircases mimic the natural progression of the lawn and create several spaces for lounging and entertaining, while this circular overlook terrace connects the outdoor kitchen to the pool area. Glen Gate Company, Wilton, 203-762-2000,

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Veronica Cambell for Deane, Inc.

Sometimes color inspiration can lick a kitchen into shape! The family dog’s unusual shade of “greige” brought this space to life with a palette in warm tones of hand-weathered wood, sandy shades of Caesarstone and a gray and beige collage of natural stone for the backsplash. Veronica Campbell for Deane, Inc., Stamford, 203-327-7008,