Connecticut Cottages & Gardens - October 2015

Get to Know the Craftspeople and Designers Behind the 2015 Designer Showhouse on the Green

Last month’s Designer Showhouse on the Green was filled with innovative room designs and unique decorative pieces—from a living living room clock to hand-cut paper window shades, this showhouse had it all. Recently, we had a chance to talk to a few of the innovators behind the room-stealing items, who shed some light on the inspiration and design process behind these pieces of art.

An 1830's Farmhouse Gains a Modern Sensibility Through an Unlikely Blend of Beloved Antiques, Contemporary Furnishings, French Textiles and Bold Color

Badass New England is not the terminology normally associated with the design style for a home, especially one in Cornwall. But it is the oxymoron interior design Fawn Galli conjured when talking about the unlikely blend of antiques, contemporary furnishings, French textiles and a color scheme that boldly pairs salmon walls with eggplant wainscoting that breathed new life into an 1830s farmhouse.

On the Market: Two Marcel Breuer-Designed Homes

Especially intriguing are the homes built by architects for themselves: Here we see Marcel Breuer’s true genius, uncompromised by pesky client concerns. Designed in 1951 by the man best known for his tubular, steel-and-leather Wassily chair, this low-slung, stone-and-glass dwelling in New Canaan is U-shaped with separate wings for adult and children bedrooms.

On the Market: Classically Connecticut Homes

Designer Katie Brown, host of Katie Brown Workshop on American Public Television, is selling her circa-1900 Ridgefield home. The restoration of the rambling colonial, which Brown calls “a labor of love,” spanned its 7,200 square feet and four floors. There were plenty of original details to lavish love on but standouts include the rustic ceiling beams, antique hearth and sliding barn doors in the dining room and the bar, fireplace, lounge and poker room on the lower level.

Delicious Things are Happening at White Silo Farm & Winery

It’s 6:30 p.m. on a crisp autumn evening, and guests begin to arrive at the Gorman family’s White Silo Farm & Winery for an authentic farm-to-table experience. Nestled in the foothills of Sherman, the original barn and silo are surrounded by 200 acres of farmland. Former dairy-farm pastures are now home to raspberries, rhubarb, blackcurrants, blackberries and grape vines.

Delicious Things are Happening at White Silo Farm & Winery

It’s 6:30 p.m. on a crisp autumn evening, and guests begin to arrive at the Gorman family’s White Silo Farm & Winery for an authentic farm-to-table experience. Nestled in the foothills of Sherman, the original barn and silo are surrounded by 200 acres of farmland. Former dairy-farm pastures are now home to raspberries, rhubarb, blackcurrants, blackberries and grape vines.

Sheridan Interiors Gives a Shingle-Style Second Home a Fresh New Look

When designer Beth Schoenherr first met the owners of this New Canaan shingle-style residence built by Country Club Homes, the mandate was clear: “They bought the house in the spring, and they wanted to be in by summer,” she recalls. With just a few clues to work with—some pages from a magazine, for instance—Schoenherr viewed the directive as a challenge and an opportunity.

Meet the Designer: Glenn Gissler

Creating the original showroom for fledgling designer Michael Kors was the project that launched Glenn Gissler on a career that has included innovative work in lofts, beach houses, Westchester mansions and urban pieds-à-terre. A Greek Revival farmhouse acquired in Connecticut just over a year ago is his latest personal project.

The Napa Valley's Second and Third Generation Vintners are Coming of Age

Just before harvest this year, I attended a wondrous 14-hour-a-day immersion trip to Napa Valley, which, surprisingly, produces only 4 percent of California’s wine. I met with 32 winemakers, tasted close to 200 wines and traversed the region from the valley floor in Calistoga at Davis Estates to the top of Spring Mountain at Cain Vineyard & Winery

Prague's Offerings Include an Enticing Array of Architectural Styles

In the heart of the Czech Republic, a phoenix has risen from the ashes of two catastrophic fires in the 16th and 17th centuries. The city of Prague has become an architectural center filled with a fusion of styles: From Baroque to Postmodern, the diverse buildings spread throughout are sure to pique the curiosity of any traveler. Prague allows you to wander through architectural history in just a short weekend.

The MG + BW Fall Launch Party

Media sponsor CTC&G and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams celebrated the launch of its fall collection at the MG+BW Greenwich showroom. Guests enjoyed cocktails and an exclusive book signing with Jane Schwartzberg, author of Naked Jane Bares All. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Breast Cancer Alliance.

Ellie Cullman Provides Insights on Honoring the Past and Showcasing the Present

Designer Ellie Cullman, honorary design chair for the Designer Showhouse on the Green (an 1834 Georgian that was remodeled in the mid-1800s into a Greek Revival) in Fairfield, discusses the joys and challenges of working on a showhouse. An enthusiastic advocate of historic homes, the designer also provides insights into the character, elegance and irreplaceable appeal of living in a home with a past.

Sheridan Interiors Gives a Shingle-Style Second Home a Fresh New Look

When designer Beth Schoenherr first met the owners of this New Canaan shingle-style residence built by Country Club Homes, the mandate was clear: “They bought the house in the spring, and they wanted to be in by summer,” she recalls. With just a few clues to work with—some pages from a magazine, for instance—Schoenherr viewed the directive as a challenge and an opportunity.

An 1830's Farmhouse Gains a Modern Sensibility Through an Unlikely Blend of Beloved Antiques, Contemporary Furnishings, French Textiles and Bold Color

Badass new england is not the terminology normally associated with the design style for a home, especially one in Cornwall. But it is the oxymoron interior design Fawn Galli conjured when talking about the unlikely blend of antiques, contemporary furnishings, French textiles and a color scheme that boldly pairs salmon walls with eggplant wainscoting that breathed new life into an 1830s farmhouse.