From the classic Colonial to the massive shingle-style manses.
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens - November 2015
Steven Fox, Elizabeth Eakins, and More are Proving That Handmade Items are the New Ultimate in Luxury Goods
These masters of their crafts focus on quality and craftsmanship when it comes to their handmade luxury goods.
One of America’s original birdmen was George Bird Grinnell, an early and ardent environmentalist, a founder of the Audubon Society and the owner of a grand Milford estate that friend and frequent houseguest Theodore Roosevelt called “the farm.”
To really appreciate Brunello di Montalcino, one of the world’s greatest wines, it’s important to understand its terroir—its climate, soil and sun exposure—as well as the spirit of the producer behind it. Under the Tenute Silvio Nardi label, Emilia Nardi makes one of the finest of these celebrated Tuscan reds among the rolling hills just south of Siena. She embodies the region’s la dolce vita, as does her family’s magnificent Casale del Bosco estate, surrounded by cypress trees on the outskirts of the medieval hill town of Montalcino.
CTC&G was the proud sponsor of the Designer Showhouse on the Green in Fairfield, benefitting the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Operation Hope. The showhouse kicked off on September 18 with a gala where guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a tour of the house.
Talented designers created and donated mirrored pieces that were auctioned off with all proceeds to support women in their fight against breast cancer. The pieces reflected on the 5 year anniversary of the 2015 Pink Aid Fashion Show & Luncheon at Mitchells of Westport. Guests were treated to a runway show with an exclusive look at Donna Karan’s final collection.
Living with Elizabeth Eakins rugs and fabrics is an intimate experience. Handmade with a care for natural fibers, each artfully crafted piece is designed to endure. From its origins as a pencil sketch, to the dyeing of fibers by watchful eyes, the human touch is ever present. Beloved for their richness and simplicity, the colors of Elizabeth Eakins rugs and fabrics evoke the phenomena of natural light and organic form.
Every day, SD Showroom inspires designers and architects to create experiences that shine. They help visionaries grow their businesses and build lasting partnerships within the design community. SDS began as a small shop 70 years ago and has transformed into a premier design destination. The showroom features sought-after vendors in fine furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories. SDS combines the personalized service of a family-run business with the innovation and spark of a 21st-century design powerhouse. Today her excitement is contagious, and she’s looking forward to becoming an integral member of the design community.
For more than 75 years, Stark showrooms have been the destination for top designers, making this iconic American company one of the most sought after home brands in the world. Their newest showroom, Stark Home Stamford is now open, and when stepping through the door it presents two unique spaces. On one side is a private “Trade Only” space reserved for design professionals, and on the other, Stark products available to both trade professionals and retail clients alike.
Bender is a fourth generation family-owned and operated company born and raised in Connecticut. Keeping up with the heartbeat of our state, Bender has evolved into a purveyor of attainable luxury in decorative plumbing, kitchen and bath cabinetry, lighting, tile and stone. Design, quality, and distinctiveness have emerged as priorities for Connecticut homeowners and designers, and Bender is constantly evolving to make sure those needs are met.
The local artisans from this month's "Crafting the Heart-to-Hand Connection" are featured in upcoming craft shows in the area showcasing their handmade, luxury goods.
The 70-acre farm was “an architect’s dream.”
This is a garden of motion and light, capable to taking one’s breath away.
Eakins relies on the land to create her handwoven rugs.
Cofounder and CEO Chuck Comeau is the guiding force behind the 13 furniture, lighting, textile and wallpaper firms of Dessin Fournir. Kansas native Comeau, also the creative director of the firm, came to design from a petrochemical background.