Archive for September, 2012

Don’t Call Me Maybe, Call Me Now!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Consignment Girl is here and ready to go! Get busy gals and clean out those rooms, garages, and barns. I want those stylish pieces to light up another’s life. Don’t call me maybe, call me now!

First day on the job, and here’s a great new table to consider for a family room or modern play room. This square and laminated, natural-stone coffee table is chic, sturdy, and stain-resistant, perfect for entertaining and every day living. Dimensions are 3′ length, 3′ width and 16″ height.


Price:   $400 or best offer

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G L A M O R O U S…..oh the flossy flossy

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Its not Malibu, but if you are on the East Coast, it is pretty darn good!

“Flying first class…up in the sky…popping champagne…living the life….in the fast lane””  Remember that song?  Well, you will be humming Fergies catchy tune it as you walk through the SEXIEST house on the market.  Hidden somewhere down at the end of Five Mile River Road, this is a new house that definitely feels as if it were somewhere really cool.  California, maybe. I LOVE FIVE MILE RIVER.  It is such a beautiful place to live.

Private dock.

Almost at the mouth of the river.

Thinking about some of the architectural features we like, SCALE would be one of them. And SO MUCH you can do with this veranda.

Entertain in the entry hall. Why not? Perfect place to start the flow of Champagne.

A LOT of moulding throughout the house. Like that!

A dining room one would use. The color is fabulous. There could be more of it. The room is certainly big enough. Take a look at Katie Ridder’s book called Rooms.  She would be a great choice of decorator for his house.

Love a side by side living room/dining room. Like a good Park Avenue apartment.

The ceiling height in this kitchen is fantastic. It changes the whole vibe in the room. It gives you great options for lighting as well.

Gil Schafer did not design this house, but “oh the GLAMOROUS!”

129 Five Mile River Road has 6 bedrooms/7 1/2 baths (7,757 square feet) pool, spa, out door shower and a dock.  The house is listed by Sheree Frank at Kelly Associates.  New Price as of 2/22/13 $7,195,000.

DON’T MISS the fabulous spread in the March/April (2013) issue of atHOME.  Designer Jennifer Nightingale decorated the home for the owners.  Its Gorgeous.













If you are working with an agent, this is not a solicitation.




The Waterfront…which one would you like?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

86 Delafield Island – 4 bedrooms/3 1/2 baths, asking $5,950,000,  This house really deserves its own “homage”, but since we are talking about The Waterfront, we have to start with this superior new Kelly Associates listing. Really one of the more splendid settings in town, and a house to go with it. The bones, the bones, the bones.  If there is a house on the market with views and great bones, this is the house. It will undoubtedly be renovated by its new owners, but this is one of those houses that brings childhood at Grandmother’s to the front of your mind. Houses like this don’t come on all the time. It is absolutely fabulous.  And ,by the way, it has a terrific pool and jacuzzi with views that might leave you floating for hours!

Love this front door. Welcome Home!

Windows on three sides of the living room make the landscape the focus point.

So old school. So lovely.

Not a bad place to find yourself relaxing.

No, this is not a painting. This is what you look at from almost every room.

22 Searles– Built in 1908!  No wonder I love this house.  I have always said “give me a house built in the early 1900’s and my heart will go pitter-patter”.  High ceilings, thick plaster walls, wide doorways, all pieces to the puzzle of a house with substance.  It shows really well – the interior feels heavily influenced by Michael Smith, it’s all pulled together beautifully.  This impressive Mediterranean house on Scott’s Cove has 5 bedrooms/5 1/2 baths, a pool, a guest house. Asking $4,995,000 through Kelly Associates.

22 Searles

Beautiful terraces and a pool are in place for fabulous outdoor entertaining.

The views are not to shabby either.

The living room, and entertaining spaces, effectively ride the line of gracious formality and easy living.

Love the stone blue kitchen.  Functionality is part of the appeal here. A cook’s kitchen.

Great sitting room off the kitchen wrapped in William Morris wallpaper. LOVE!

The Guest House. I could live here!

Your guests will never leave!

112  Pear Tree Point – 5 bedrooms/4 !/2 baths, a total of 7462 square feet, asking $7,350,000 through Kelly Associates (no longer available).  We talked about this house when it first came on the market.  At the time we thought it was important to point out the special features outside and ALL THE STONE WORK!  But, now it is important to point out that this is a beautifully thought out house built to perfection. Oh, and don’t worry about your golf game, because you will be working on it in the game room where you will have your very own simulated course!  Designed by Mac Patterson, this is one of the more sophisticated houses on the market.  The details – down to the crushed shell drive way – will not be missed by the MOST DISERNING buyer.

112 Pear Tree Point.

Set back off the road enough to ensure total privacy at the house.

Details in the house are fantastic. Note that all the custom Elizabeth Eakins rugs are nailed down and will be sold with the house.

The pool, the pool/guest house, the outdoor kitchen all add up to a fabulous place to host summertime dinner parties.

Living room over looking Noroton Harbor. Very comfortable and unpretentious.

Comfort and luxury in every room.

Yes, that is a golf simulater. You may never play a perfect game, but it won’t be because you don’t have the chance to practice!

I love that the kitchen is not a lot of useless space. The cooking space has everything you need, and lots of pantry storage. And of course a civilized sitting area that has a gorgeous fireplace.

25-27 Brush Island – Think about how nice it is to be out of the fray, then think how nice it would be to experience that in Darien!  That is exactly what life on Brush Island will offer you and this property has several options to consider.  1. Buy the whole thing and work with the two existing houses and the lots to make one fabulous compound. 2. Buy the older house on its lot and either renovate or rebuild.  3.  Do the same with the newer house and its lot. 3. Potential for a subdivided third lot.  There are many possibilities here to consider. Deeded access to Long Island Sound, private beach front and tennis court. Total acreage is 3.27.   What ever it is, you end up with a real gem of a property and a lovely, low key location with beach and privacy. 6 bedrooms/ 3 1/2 baths, asking $7,350,000 through Kelly Associates.

Outlining this specatular opportunity.

The houses are totally different. Something for everyone.

Only 35 miles from mid-town Manhattan. Fabulous!

25 Brush Island

27 Brush Island

Nice red clay.
















If you are currently working with an agent, this is not a solicitation.

Meet Susanna Salk this weekend at the Antique & Artisan Center

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Author and design expert Susanna Salk will share ideas from her new book

Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Confidence and Cues by the World’s Leading Designers

Sunday, September 23 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.

The Antique & Artisan Center 69 Jefferson Street, Stamford

A feature presentation of Destination Home Design: a weekend of fabulous finds, exclusive events and promotions in the South End of Stamford Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23


Out on the trail…

Saturday, September 15, 2012

WOW, what a busy week.  We had a ton of open houses and here are some highlights (there are some that are going to have their own special blog…stay tuned)…..


6 Hummingbird Lane, asking $3,495,000, has a lot of space that works so well. It has several spots off the epicenter of the home, the gorgeous kitchen.  There is room for everything but it feels like a real “family” home. The landscaping is really something special, many original and stunning features to it. Listed by Cathy Lawton at Kelly Associates.

Look at the amazing curb appeal.

LOVE this family room. From the ceiling, the fireplace, to the windows surrounding it. This is off the kitchen and has wonderful outdoor access.

The kitchen is fabulous and is sited so well in this home.

There was a house on Middlesex that caught our eye as something with real potential.  375 Middlesex Road is asking $1,895,000. This house has good scale, ceiling height (even though it was built in 1954), nice wide hallways upstairs, and a ton of space 6 or 7 bedrooms, 5 baths, and 2 acres!. The front hall is large and gracious. The livingroom and the dining room will accomodate any large party comfortably. The house is well maintained, so a good paint job, and some new rugs will go a long way until you have your “fab” plans set.  There have only been two owners since 1954 so I am going to venture to say that it also has good Karma.  I would urge all you buyers looking for a lot of space, a central Darien location, and want to create your own Shanghrila, to look at this house.  This could be exactly what you have been waiting for, and there could be some good value here.  Listed by Gail Ord at Coldwell Banker/Darien.

375 Middlesex Road

Think about your favorite wall paper because this is the front entry has what it takes to handle it! Good size and ceiling height.









If you are currently working with an agent, this is not a solicitation.

Farrow and Ball opens in Westport

Friday, September 14, 2012

And, Real in Darien was there!  We love the colors Farrow and Ball bring to us each season and the colors for 2013 continue to dazzle us.  We came home with a sample of the newest Black Blue which will absolutely transform any space. I am thinking in the dining room, or transforming a Bar area. Gorgeous! In addition, they are thrilled to introduce French grey, Stone Blue, and Cornforth White.  Check out all the color schemes they have to offer, as well as the sensational wallpaper!

What a beautiful arrangement, with colors chosen to show the subtleties of the F&B colors.

The scene last night at Farrow & Ball. Lots of local excitement about the new location at 391 Post Road East in Westport, CT.

The shop is lined with examples of Wallpaper and paint boards demonstrating the range of options you have (can you see the two boards in the background?)

Announcing the key colors for 2013.

Of course we ran into our dear friends from the Antique Center (Stamford) at the opening.

 House Beautiful threw a great event for the store opening!  It is so nice to have this sophisticated and sexy paint line now available in Westport.  Go check out the store.  You will have so much fun developing your new color scheme here.