Connecticut Cottages & Gardens - June 2015

Own One of Litchfield County's Grander Estates

One of the grander estates on the Litchfield County market is a historic riverfront property first built in 1757. It's located on 22.8 Woodbury acres overlooking the Pomperaug River. The original farmhouse has been restored but still features exposed beams, stone walls and a beehive oven. The now-4,700-square-foot home also offers a loft-like master suite and a new kitchen with a metal ceiling, Viking appliances and an attached breakfast room.

Meet the Designer: Thomas Balsley

In four decades spent creating more than 100 public parks and plazas, Thomas Balsley has received numerous national and international awards for his skill in integrating infrastructure, landscape and architecture. Among his notable designs is colorful Balsley Park in midtown Manhattan, named in his honor.

Here's What $9.9 Million Gets You in Old Saybrook

In the tony Fenwick enclave of Old Saybrook, there's a $9.9 million-property, just listed with Colette Harron of Sotheby's International Realty, the Realtor who sold Katherine Hepburn's Fenwick property. Thanks to its 22-foot-elevation above sea level, this new listing boasts varied views;over Fenwick Golf Course, Long Island Sound, the Connecticut River and its own 130 feet of private waterfront, including a 100-foot dock with an electrical davit.

A Jack Franzen-Designed Home with Sweeping Views of the Sound

A high point on Minute Man Hill, is a new $7,795,000 listing with sweeping views over Compo Beach and Long Island Sound. The stone-and-shingle home was designed by architect Jack Franzen for indoor/outdoor living, best enjoyed this time of year on the terrace, with its saltwater pool with a waterfall spa and gardened lounge area with a handsome stone fireplace.

A Beautifully-Restored Modern in Cozy Village Creek Hits the Market

In nearby Norwalk is a cozy community called Village Creek, located on a peninsula that juts into Long Island Sound. While the circa-1949 planned community is just a 10-minute drive to the South Norwalk train station (and its 60-minute ride into Grand Central), Village Creek feels like—perhaps unsurprisingly, given its name—a waterfront village.

Perfect Synergy Culminates in a New Collection by Elizabeth Eakins for Holland & Sherry

New to Holland & Sherry showrooms worldwide this spring: an exclusive Elizabeth Eakins–designed line of linens in fresh and versatile jacquards, stripes and solids. We discuss this exciting venture with Bryan Dicker, president, Interiors Division, Holland & Sherry, and Elizabeth Eakins, founder/owner of Elizabeth Eakins, Inc.

Miriam Landsman Hosts an Outdoor Tea Party at her Cotswold-Style Manor House in Greenwich

Growing and arranging flowers IS Miriam Landsman’s life-long passion.Every year, inspired by the blooming of her climbing New Dawn roses, she hosts an outdoor tea party for mothers, daughters and granddaughters at her Cotswold-style manor house in Greenwich. In celebration of summer, friends are invited to participate in the art of conversation and the taking of tea. Creating the scene is like setting a stage reminiscent of early 19th-century England.

Enhance Your Summer Experience with 13 Alfresco Amenities

Kickstart your summer with such outdoor amenities as stainless steel cabinetry in outdoor kitchen appliances, outdoor dining elements and recreation accessories. Add products to your shopping list like Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, a Jonathan Adler’s mod Okura planter, Shinola’s new women’s Runwell bike and more!

Tour a Light-Filled Rowayton Home Awash in a Palette of White and Blue

According to interior designer Alicia Orrick, even before they met, her client had very clear parameters about where he wanted to live. This included being on the water in Rowayton in a house that didn’t mandate any renovation. “Houses meeting those requirements are scarce at best,” says Orrick. “But he actually found a classic New England shingle-style home built in 2005 in pristine condition.”

Kerry Delrose Reworks Former Project to Match the Active Lifestyles of a Father and his Three Sons

Raising three teenage boys in a 3,600-square-foot, four-bedroom home isn’t quite close quarters—even less so on four acres in Greenwich’s backcountry. But it isn’t exactly an easy-living ideal, either, especially when Dad describes his sons as "active".

The 2015 CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards Finalist are Revealed at Ethan Allen

CTC&G Editorial Director D.J. Carey announced the CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards finalists at Ethan Allen in Stamford. Guests had the opportunity to mingle with IDA entrants, explore Ethan Allen’s newly renovated showroom and received a copy of Nora Murphy’s new book Muses.

A Series of Terraces and Russell Page-Inspired Landscaping Perform Magic at a Steep One-Acre Property Along the Shepaug River

For Mark Drendel, the ringside seat to a hayfield framing the Shepaug River brought him back to his childhood on his family’s Tennessee farm and he fell for this Litchfield County house. He couldn’t resist the relaxed allure of rocking chairs and a porch swing. The full ambiance of the one-acre property clinched the deal when Drendel and his partner, Chad Conway, bought the Roxbury home in 2002.

Connecticut's Microbreweries Tap into a Growing Thirst for Specialty Brews

While the microbrewery scene has been going strong for decades elsewhere, Connecticut only got into the game in earnest in July 2012, when a new state law permitted breweries to sell direct to consumers. Now there’s a Connecticut Beer Trail and 26 active microbreweries—with 11 more coming this year. Most of these craft brewhouses were founded by bold young men who changed careers to follow their beer-making dreams.

Tour a Light-Filled Rowayton Home Awash in a Palette of White and Blue

According to interior designer Alicia Orrick, even before they met, her client had very clear parameters about where he wanted to live. This included being on the water in Rowayton in a house that didn’t mandate any renovation. “Houses meeting those requirements are scarce at best,” says Orrick. “But he actually found a classic New England shingle-style home built in 2005 in pristine condition.”

Miriam Landsman Hosts an Outdoor Tea Party at her Cotswold-Style Manor House in Greenwich

Growing and arranging flowers IS Miriam Landsman’s life-long passion.Every year, inspired by the blooming of her climbing New Dawn roses, she hosts an outdoor tea party for mothers, daughters and granddaughters at her Cotswold-style manor house in Greenwich. In celebration of summer, friends are invited to participate in the art of conversation and the taking of tea. Creating the scene is like setting a stage reminiscent of early 19th-century England.

A Series of Terraces and Russell Page-Inspired Landscaping Perform Magic at a Steep One-Acre Property Along the Shepaug River

For Mark Drendel, the ringside seat to a hayfield framing the Shepaug River brought him back to his childhood on his family’s Tennessee farm and he fell for this Litchfield County house. He couldn’t resist the relaxed allure of rocking chairs and a porch swing. The full ambiance of the one-acre property clinched the deal when Drendel and his partner, Chad Conway, bought the Roxbury home in 2002.

Kravet’s New E-Commerce Site Enlists the Eyes of HB Home’s Pat Healing and Dan Barsanti

In mid-April, Kravet announced a new to-the-trade only website, curatedkravet.com, that offers designers a hand-picked selection of ready-to-ship home furnishings and accessories. The initiative partners with an array of tastemakers—including Connecticut’s own Pat Healing and Dan Barsatni of HB Home—to create stylized vignettes for an exclusive, shop-the-room experience.