Archive for March, 2013

Middlesex Stunner… take II NO LONGER ON THE MARKET

Sunday, March 24, 2013
527 Middlesex

527 Middlesex Road

527 Middlesex, a gorgeous house we blogged about a few weeks ago, has a new site that the listing broker, Cathy Lawton, put together.  It is absolutely stunning.  The photography is fantastic; it almost makes you feel as if you are in the house while you look through the site. Rarely do we see a broker bring a property to market with something that will knock a buyers socks off! This just might do the trick. Asking $4,495,000 through Kelly Associates.

There site is fabulous. Check it out at Grim&Boesch Estate Portrayal.

beautiful materials

Beautiful materials

My heart goes pitter patter when I see a house marketed so well….  Love this house.




All photos courtesy of Grim&Boesch Estate Portrayal LLC.

Architectural Digest Home Show from 2012

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Architectural Digest Home Show is upon us again. I went last year but cannot go this time so I decided to repost my blog from last year. This is an awesome event not to be missed!

Last week my friend invited me to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94 in New York City.  I had no idea what to expect but it really exceeded anything I imagined it would be.  I was in love with EVERYTHING!  The only thing I needed was a house to build or renovate.  Doors, lighting fixtures, windows, carpets, bath and kitchen fixtures….you name it and it was there.  Another thing that was there were all the “Bloggers”!  I suddenly realized that I was one of them and let it rip.

We started out by crashing a party and drinking a glass of champagne.  That really got us going.  It was a good thing they did not actually let us buy anything otherwise I would been heard the words “Mrs. Swift, that will be $80,000”.  Had I run into Celerie Kemble they would have had to call security.  We ventured upon the La Cornue exhibit.  What a work of art their ranges are. It was there that I met Joanne Hudson.  I have ordered all my Emma Bridgewater from her at and she was actually hosting the La Cornue exhibit….what a small world.

Love this red phone.

Then we visited the Dining by Design exhibit ( which featured over 40 table settings by various companies and designers.  It was so fun to imagine having a dinner party on almost all of them.  Here are some of my favorites.

The most stunning “real gold” fixtures from Richard Scofield Historic Lighting. I would put these in my dining room.

Audrey Sterk Design, which is based in Nantucket, makes custom wallpaper and fabric. They also cover parson tables with them. So, so fabulous!

Wild Chairy reminds me of Chairloom and takes antique pieces and reupolsters them in beautiful and modern fabrics.

Check out the Studio Bon fabric on this chair.  I also love the chalkboard paint on the back.

I finished off by visiting the Farrow and Ball booth to discuss the Exterior Paint door contest and was given some suggestions for my very own exterior paint makeover.  More to come on this but what do you think?

I had so much fun and cannot wait to go back next year!



Spring is almost here……

Tuesday, March 19, 2013





Saturday, March 16, 2013


I recently headed south and spent a week doing absolutely nothing….it was total heaven!!!!  I stayed at Sunset Key, which is a tiny island off of Duval Street in Key West. The resort was wonderful and the vibe is just what a northerner needs come February.  On the other side of the island (it is small…it takes about 3 minutes to walk from one end to the other) are the most GORG private homes.  There are no cars, only bikes and the occasional golf cart….I could have stayed forever!
















And of course the best Key Lime Pie!

Spring Cleaning

Friday, March 15, 2013

Spring is peaking all around so remember Consignment Girl when doing your spring cleaning. Time to refresh!P1060513

13 Searles Road

Thursday, March 14, 2013

13 Searles is a beauty.


Frazier Peters was an American architect of stone houses between 1920 and 1950. He lived in Westport where most of his houses can be found but Tokeneke hosts several of these beautiful landmarks. One is back on the market after being on for some time last year. It has a new price of $2,775,000 listed through Kelly Associates, 5 bedrooms, 4764 square feet and 1 flat acre. It is empty which really shows off the handsome floors and details that make it a house that you can do something unique with.



The stone, the slate…L-O-V-E!


The living room at the center of the house.


A family room retreat.

I was looking at the work of Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design and thought this look would fit right into this space. What do you think?




Betsy is from the East Coast (can you tell) but now lives in Los Angeles.bh_30



Photos by Burnham Design and Kelly Associates

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

Middlesex Stunner – NO LONGER ON THE MARKET

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Middlesex fabulousness

Middlesex fabulousness

There is a new listing on Middlesex. I saw it a few years ago when the Builder – a guy from Rowayton – was finishing it, and listing it for sale with his wife (a local Darien broker). It was the nicest “new construct” I had seen in a long time. Every detail was so beautiful, the space was big but not like a McMansion; it felt so gracious. I seem to recall that De Terlizzi did some work with the builder adding very beautiful finishes and touches of color that pop even in their subtlety. At the time I was thinking that if I was going to move out of the city, this would be the house!(A girl can dream can’t she!) Of course, someone else bought it, and now it’s on the market again. Offered through Kelly Associates with Cathy Lawton. Asking $4,495,000.

Some highlights:


Beautiful wide front entry

Beautiful wide front entry.  The hall looks through the living room, keeping it only two or two and a half rooms deep.  Very nice scale, and light coming in from all rooms.


Sunroom for all seasons

Sunroom for all seasons.


A Kitchen to die for

A kitchen to die for. Even more so in person. Custom cabinets make all the difference!


Thick carrera marble on the island.  The weight of the materials in this kitchen is marvelous.

Thick (2 inches)  Calcuta marble on the island. The quality of the materials in this kitchen is marvelous.


The bar

The bar.  No, sorry, the Barbies do not come with the house 🙂


The Mudroom.  My favorite room! Great brick floor.  Tons of storage, and cabinetry to keep what you want out of sight!  Accessible to the 3 car garage and a back entrance for packages and little hockey players!

The Mudroom. My favorite room! Great brick floor. Tons of storage, and cabinetry to keep what you want out of sight! Accessible to the 3 car garage and a back entrance for packages and little hockey players!


Its rare to take a peek at the powder room... but this one! Oh the wallpaper possibilities!  This paper is a pretty nice choice.

Its rare to take a peek at the powder room… but this one… Oh! the wallpaper possibilities! (This paper is a pretty nice choice).


A good house has a good upstairs landing.  Case in point...

A good house has a good upstairs landing. Case in point… showcasing beautiful moulding and beautiful paneled walls. Simple yet substantial.


Gorgeous master bath, of course en suite with big walk-in closets and dressing area.

Gorgeous master bath, of course en suite with big walk-in closets and dressing area.


A nice place to watch Downton Abbey! Your friends will love joining you for that.

A nice place to watch Downton Abbey! Your friends will love joining you for that. Three rows of seats assures a place for everyone.


Terrace off the sunroom, lovely for summertime entertaining.

Terrace off the sunroom, lovely for summertime entertaining. (Love the lattice railing above.)


A great house, front and back!

A great house, front and back! Croquet, badminton, bocce, what ever you like.  There is plenty of room on the back lawn for all your favorite outdoor games.


Top of the list for my pick for a decorator for this one? Meg Braff, or Philip Gorrivan would bring great ideas and execute a wonderful fresh, chic yet timeless interior for this house. Check out their sites if you haven’t before. Or, maybe Victoria Hagan, if you want to keep the “biz” local.Take a look at Victoria’s recent book for some inspiration. Great mudroom in that book!

Listing curtesy of Kelly Associates, Darien CT.

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

Middlesex Makeover

Sunday, March 10, 2013


Have you noticed lately what is going on all along Middlesex Road?  Home after new home has been popping up between Noroton Avenue and Leroy Avenue. Just recently a small red house was bought, and just like that, a gorgeous large home has taken its place. I sense another opportunity coming up at 327 Middlesex Road, just across from Leroy Avenue. Yes, someone can buy this cape and live happily ever after but a more realistic scenario is a builder buying it and putting up a $2mm+ home.


1 flat acre

327 Middlesex Road is listed at $849,000 through (who else) Amy Barsanti at Kelly Associates.  We all know that this is one of our favorite locations….close to the Middle and High School, and the center of town so it is a matter of time before this property is snatched up.




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

86 Nearwater Lane

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

If you are a customer who is looking for a truly magical experience, looking for landscaping that goes beyond the classic colonial rose garden, or peony bed, you must see 86 Nearwater Lane. Spring is almost here and gardens are on our minds.  This house will get anyone with or without a “green thumb” in the mood!  Listed by Megan Melhope at Kelly Associates, offered at $2,795,000.


Beautifully laid Belgian Block creates an interesting landscape for the front of the house.

Beautifully laid Belgian Block adds interesting architecture to the landscape in front of the house.


The design of the house takes advantage of every opportunity to bring the outdoors in.


An absolutely beautiful and special property over looking Goodwives River. Although more visible in the winter, there are glimpses of water through the trees. It’s so close!


A lower level terrace offers you the option of being down in the garden.


Another peaceful spot. Maybe this is where you sit in the heat of the summer.  So cool, and shady.


The variety of plants, both shady and for full sun, really create a unique outdoor experience here in Darien.


LOVE garden sculpture, urns, and planters. This place offers a fantastic opportunity to go crazy at a place like Treillage! Or go down to the Stamford Antique and Artisian Center. You will find fabulous pieces for the garden there.


It feels so far removed from the rest of Darien down here. Its so private.


Almost as though you were in another country.


Not a bad rear view!


The house is more than 6000 square feet.  It has 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 3 half baths, and a total of 14 rooms all within a unique floor plan that offers lots of entertaining space. The expected top of the line custom kitchen and finishes throughout the house were not half as impressive as the basement/utility room that is as clean and tidy as battle ship.  Needless to say this house is meticulously maintained.  What agents like to call “move in condition” .  We like to say  “just bring your decorator”!

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

Lynne Byrne Photography Exhibit this Thursday at SBD Kitchens

Monday, March 4, 2013



MARCH 7, 6-9PM


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 Lynne Byrne Fine Art Photography will have an exhibition on Thursday, March 7th from 6-9pm.  She will donate 15% of sales to The Darien Arts Center in honor of their work in fostering a greater appreciation of, and participation in, the visual and performing arts for all members of the Darien Community. SBD Kitchens, LLC is also a proud sponsor of The Darien Arts Center.


Her work is the perfect addition to any room and will surely add that “something” that may be missing.It will be on display now through April 10th at SBD Kitchens, LLC and Sarah A. Blank Designs, 1472 Post Road, Darien CT.  Viewing hours are 9:00 – 5:00 Monday through Friday and 10:00 – 1:00 Saturdays.

Lynne Byrne’s unique photographic imagery celebrates the details in nature that often go unnoticed – – the intricate textures, surfaces, reflections and variations in color.  The photographer uses natural light, and close up photography to share a glimpse of the everyday miracles seen in our natural environment.

The show, which will run for eight weeks through April 10th, will be held at the showroom of SBD Kitchens LLC (Sarah Blank Designs) in Darien, CT.  SBD Kitchen & Design, in business since 1999 and servicing clients in Fairfield Country, Westchester, New York City, the Hamptons and beyond, creates residential interiors that respect the theories of classical proportion and order while reflecting the unique requirements of 21st century living.



Saturday, March 2, 2013

 How time flies when you blog!


It seems like yesterday when we started working together, driving around town looking at real estate for sale, throwing opinions and thoughts around on everything from shutter construction to gravel driveways and the proper stone wall. We are “wanna be” architects, fabric designers and antique dealers. Looking for the perfect house for a customer, or working with a seller is more than the transaction for us.  It’s the love of all things that go along with owning a home.

So we thought it would be a great idea to start a dialogue – a blog – to throw around and share all the ideas and thoughts we pick up out on the trail. Talking about the houses we love and the details we see that make a house someone’s home, both inside and out.

Here are some of the exciting things that happened at Real in Darien this year:

We averaged 2.5 blogs a week!!!

We ventured into Rowayton as an extension of the Darien market.

We added our consignment page for the love of great secondhand finds.

We realized quickly we live in a community filled with dynamic and extremely talented neighbors and friends. We call them our Local Lusts.

We hosted our first trunk show, featuring Sister Parish, at 593 Hollow Tree Ridge Road.

We met Miles Redd and Jeffrey Bilhuber… highlights of our year!

We have grand goals and big ideas for our second year, including more great content and exciting deals on the horizon. We also have big news to announce….stay tuned!

We are passionate about what we LOVE and we hope our blogs reflect that. Thank you for your support, your “likes” and subscriptions, and your constant encouragement. We have made a few mistakes along the way but are not afraid to to learn from them.  More importantly, we will not let a few critics stop us from trying something new.  We are grateful to our firm, Kelly Associates, for their support and abitlity to see the big picture in this business. We are on this ride for the long haul….enjoying every minute!

-Kim & Abigail