Connecticut Cottages & Gardens - September 2014

GALLERY A Former Working Oyster House Transforms into a Sublime Showstopper on Rowayton's Five Mile River

When Schuyler and Charlie Hinnant were looking for inspiration for their new waterfront home in Rowayton, they didn’t have far to go: The building was once a working oyster house, one of several that lined the Five Mile River. “We wanted to keep it true to itself and focus on the oyster theme,” says Schuyler. Located in the historic Oysterman’s Row, the home sits next to the community dock, where a flotilla of kayaks and paddleboards rests on the rocky beach.

GALLERY Tour a Greenwich Contemporary Where Whimsical Antiques Mix with Serious Furnishings

Most people seek to avoid high drama in life. Michael Tubis, an antiques dealer and interior designer, and his partner, Dr. Stuart Bentley, encourage it. “There’s drama to be found in every room, and we work to foster that,” says Tubis of their 9,000-square-foot contemporary house situated on a private road in Greenwich. “Everyone who comes to one of our huge parties says the same thing upon walking inside, ‘Wow.’ Even I can’t stop saying it every time I come back home.”

GALLERY Taking Cues From Nature, Georgette Farkas Sets a Table on the Connecticut Coast That’s a Treat for All of the Senses

Farkas likes a menu that has a sense of place—for the party at Flying Point, she used vegetables from her mother’s garden to create a colorful spread of crudités and appetizer salads, and flowers for the tables’ centerpieces. Her mother, Francine Farkas Sears, has always enjoyed cooking and imparted the idea to her daughter that taking the time to invite guests to a meal in your home is like offering a gift.

GALLERY Architect McKee Patterson Upgrades a 20th-Century Colonial

When you’ve completed three major interior design projects with the same couple, you might not be able to finish each other’s sentences but you likely know the answer to “chintz or stripes?” without having to ask the question. So when the owners of an early 20th-century Colonial Revival contacted Paul Stuart Rankin for a fourth go around, he knew just what to do.

The CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners’ Circle Luncheon

CTC&G and Klaff’s were proud to host the CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners’ Circle Luncheon at the Rolling Hills Country Club of Wilton. Editorial Director D.J. Carey congratulated finalists and presented them with the CTC&G July/August issue, which featured their projects.

In Rioja, High-Design Wineries Are Producing Even-More-Tempting Tempranillos

There’s a rebellion underway in Rioja, the Spanish wine region famous for its reasonably priced, aged red wines. Classicists—devoted to the old ways of aging Tempranillo (the dominant red grape) into restrictive categories (Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva)—are being challenged by modernists inspired by French techniques. The upstarts are excavating for the best terroir, using pricey French oak barrels, and aging their wines just long enough to express the grapes’ true personality.

The Power of Alchemy Highlights Jewelry Destined to Entrance, Bewitch and Electrify

See how light, smoke and shadows intensify the sparkle of diamonds and other gemstones we've selected for this month's jewelry feature including pieces by Ivanka Trump, Simon Teakle Fine Jewelry, Paolo Costagli , H. Stern and Julieri.

Deeds & Don'ts: The Best Listings, Both Big and Small, In the State of Connecticut

In keeping with the theme of the issue, we bring you the best listings across the state and in several categories, from the best small house (at $479,000) to the best big house (at $65 million) and everything in between. Truth is—and maybe we’re biased—but Connecticut’s residential real estate market has the richest variety in the country from Colonial-era farmhouses to mid-century moderns. Here, eight listings that offer the best of the best.

Necessary Ingredients for a Perfectly Prepared Kitchen

Necessary ingredients, including Hansgrohe’s Metris faucet, ROHL’s Luxury Stainless Copper sink, for a perfectly prepared kitchen, he Victorian faucet by American Standard’s luxury brand, DXV, Blanco's Sonoma pull-down faucet, he Vola faucet designed by Arne Jacobsen for Hastings Tile & Bath, Stone Forest’s Wave Front farmhouse sink, MGS’ Spin DN dual-spray faucet, and more.

A Visit to a Grand Estate from the Birth of French Baroque

Before there was Versailles, there was Vaux le Vicomte. French-lawyer- turned-finance-minister Nicolas Fouquet finished this aesthetically pioneering French Baroque chateau and garden in 1661, several years before Louis XIV would even begin work on his glittering palace at Versailles, which he would go on to build using the same triumvirate of accomplished, forward-thinking design talents first brought together at Vaux—and many of their ideas, too.

A Decade of Design with Dujardin

Trudy Dujardin, ASID, is known for sophisticated style, award-winning interiors and graceful, eco-elegant design. A LEED Accredited Professional and a passionate educator on environmental issues, Ms. Dujardin serves as an adjunct professor at Fairfield University, is an author and promotes beautiful design and holistic living through her blog holistichouse.com. Dujardin Design Associates creates interiors worldwide from offices in Westport and Nantucket.

A Decade of Design with Ring's End

Ring’s End offers customers an unparalleled selection of premium building products, paint and home fashions. Our beautiful showrooms are devoted to windows, doors, moulding, millwork, architectural hardware, kitchens and home fashions. The knowledgeable sales associates at Ring’s End make it easy to select the perfect products for your home. Ring’s End currently operates seven full service lumber and building material locations and eight stand alone paint centers, distinguishing itself as Connecticut’s largest Benjamin Moore retailer.

A Decade of Design with Lillian August

Twenty-five years ago Lillian August launched her home furnishings business along with the help of her sons Dan and John Weiss. Since then, Lillian August has developed a global reputation as a trend-setting resource for interior designers and homeowners, boasting four retail locations, 30 in-house interior designers, a thriving To The Trade program, online store and licensed furniture line with Hickory White. Love How You Live®

A Decade of Design with Best Plumbing

Best Plumbing Tile & Stone's Kohler premier showrooms have been focused on providing a wide selection of choice and unrivaled customer service for over 50 years. With constantly updated showrooms and a tile gallery that makes tile selection a breeze. Best offered the area's most comprehensive selection of high quality plumbing fixtures, tile and stone. Unexpected guests are always welcome. Always the Best price.

A Decade of Design with Duralee

While the past decade is merely a small portion of Duralee's 60+ year history of serving the design community, they have been filled with a series of important advancements and expansion of the fabric and furniture powerhouse. Ten years ago, Duralee was a different brand. The creation of an in-house marketing department in 2004 gave Duralee a fresh, new brand aesthetic. With the redesign of everything from logos to sample books, Duralee took on the colorful, exuberant persona that they are know for today.

A Decade of Design with Bacco, Inc.

Featured in the September 2014 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Bacco, INC. was included in the Decade of Design feature. Bacco, INC. is a full-service general contracting firm with locations in Fairfield and Westchester. They specialize in the high-end residential market, constructing new custom homes and renovations/additions to existing homes.

Decade of Design

To celebrate CTC&G's 10 year anniversary, the following companies reflect back on their own 10 years: Austin Patterson Architects, Bacco, Inc., Best Plumbing Tile & Stone, Christopher Peacock, Dujardin Eco-Elegant Interior Design, Duralee, Lillian August, and Ring's End.

A Decade of Design with Austin Patterson Disston Architects

In the September issue of Connecticut Cottages and Gardens the Decade of Design feature includes the innovative and successful architect company, Austin Patterson Disston. Recently celebrating three decades of business, this company has been featured on five of our covers. The firm is known for its fresh and inventive architecture as it includes both traditional and modern design techniques. The firm now has offices in Connecticut and Long Island.

Taking Cues From Nature, Georgette Farkas Sets a Table on the Connecticut Coast That’s a Treat for All of the Senses

Farkas likes a menu that has a sense of place—for the party at Flying Point, she used vegetables from her mother’s garden to create a colorful spread of crudités and appetizer salads, and flowers for the tables’ centerpieces. Her mother, Francine Farkas Sears, has always enjoyed cooking and imparted the idea to her daughter that taking the time to invite guests to a meal in your home is like offering a gift.

A Former Working Oyster House Transforms into a Sublime Showstopper on Rowayton's Five Mile River

When Schuyler and Charlie Hinnant were looking for inspiration for their new waterfront home in Rowayton, they didn’t have far to go: The building was once a working oyster house, one of several that lined the Five Mile River. “We wanted to keep it true to itself and focus on the oyster theme,” says Schuyler. Located in the historic Oysterman’s Row, the home sits next to the community dock, where a flotilla of kayaks and paddleboards rests on the rocky beach.