Connecticut Cottages & Gardens - April 2015

Deeds & Don'ts: Early Bloomers

One of the snowiest Februarys on record meant the 2015 market got off to a slow start. But come March, brokers noticed a pick up in traffic, thanks, in part, to indications from the Fed that mortgage rates will increase sometime soon. Sellers, too, are starting to list their homes, which is “a wise move,” says Becky Walsh of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. “They’ll have a leg up on sellers who are waiting until the grass is green and their gardens are in full bloom.” Here, a look at six spectacular listings, from a literary landmark in New Canaan to a Greenwich gem with its own three-hole golf course.

Set the Table in a Palette of Indigo & Ivory

Add a touch of indigo & ivory to your tabletop by adding one or more of these crisp accessories, including embroidered indigo hem napkins designed by Bunny Williams for Ballard Designs​ , Juliska​ Country Estate Delft blue cake stand, Ralph Lauren​'s Ronan flatware in polished stainless steel and navy, a Blue Altered bow from WorkOf​ and the Vik 2 dining chair by designer Thibault Desombre through Ligne Roset​.

CTC&G Welcomed Guests for an Inside Look at New Englands First Pure House

CTC&G’s Editorial Director D.J. Carey welcomed guests for an inside look at New England’s first Pure House located in Westport. Guests were invited to tour the home while Douglas Mcdonald, creator of The Pure House educated attendees on the project and how the house was built with recycled materials creating a safe and environmentally clean home.

CTC&G and NuKitchens Present the Latest Trends in Kitchen and Bath

CTC&G’s Editorial Director D.J. Carey presented the latest trends in kitchen and bath design from KBIS at the annual Nukitchens event in South Norwalk. Guests learned about the most innovative kitchen products and technology on the market while enjoying live music, appetizers and cocktails provided by Washington Prime and Organic Vodka.

Tour a Greenwich Dream Home Designed by Mary Foley and Michael Cox

Design partners Mary Foley & Michael Cox and would say they don’t have a signature style, exactly, but if you look closely at any of their projects, you’ll see a common thread: sumptuous, elegant and comfortable interiors. There’s an underlying tone of quiet sophistication, but each project is uniquely its own. For clients who bought a Greenwich property intent on transforming it into their dream home, the designers had no trouble getting to know their tastes and personalities. They brought in architect Cormac Byrne, with Jones Byrne Margeotes Partners, to gut the interior and modernize the exterior by changing the color palette to a more natural shingle color and reconfiguring the entrance.

Tour the Comfortably-Modern Home of a Grammy Award–Winning Rock Guitarist

As a Grammy Award–winning rock guitarist and accompanist to the late Johnny Winter, Paul Nelson is used to striking some pretty soulful notes on stage. The Fairfield County home that he shares with his wife, Marion Amundsen, who is his tour manager and sometimes “moonlighting designer,” the chords struck design-wise are melodic. The interiors of a 4,100-square-foot home was reconstructed and decorated in a single season.

Paper Is Anything But Passé In Chic Shades, New Pairings And Playful Proportions

CTC&G's annual wallpaper feature, curated by Greenwich-based interior designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch, collects the season's hottest color trends. Hirsch influenced our selection of papers with some of her favorite color combinations, ranging in tones of green and blue, orange and metallic and her new favorite color duo of purple and navy.

Step Inside a New England Beach House with a Contemporary Twist

Leslie Cohen, intent on building a waterfront cottage like no other, engaged her architectural and building team in a process that would keep them all seeking the essence of every aspect of the structure throughout the project. After literally purchasing the house next door, her initial intent was to develop and sell the property, but she ended up moving there instead. She then tapped architect Jon Halper and builder Ward French—both known entities from previous projects—to help shape her “New England beach house with a twist.”

GALLERY Step Inside a New England Beach House with a Contemporary Twist

Leslie Cohen, intent on building a waterfront cottage like no other, engaged her architectural and building team in a process that would keep them all seeking the essence of every aspect of the structure throughout the project. After literally purchasing the house next door, her initial intent was to develop and sell the property, but she ended up moving there instead. She then tapped architect Jon Halper and builder Ward French—both known entities from previous projects—to help shape her “New England beach house with a twist.”

GALLERY Tour a Greenwich Dream Home Designed by Mary Foley and Michael Cox

Design partners Mary Foley & Michael Cox and would say they don’t have a signature style, exactly, but if you look closely at any of their projects, you’ll see a common thread: sumptuous, elegant and comfortable interiors. There’s an underlying tone of quiet sophistication, but each project is uniquely its own. For clients who bought a Greenwich property intent on transforming it into their dream home, the designers had no trouble getting to know their tastes and personalities. They brought in architect Cormac Byrne, with Jones Byrne Margeotes Partners, to gut the interior and modernize the exterior by changing the color palette to a more natural shingle color and reconfiguring the entrance.

GALLERY Tour the Comfortably-Modern Home of a Grammy Award–Winning Rock Guitarist

As a Grammy Award–winning rock guitarist and accompanist to the late Johnny Winter, Paul Nelson is used to striking some pretty soulful notes on stage. The Fairfield County home that he shares with his wife, Marion Amundsen, who is his tour manager and sometimes “moonlighting designer,” the chords struck design-wise are melodic. The interiors of a 4,100-square-foot home was reconstructed and decorated in a single season.