Livable Yet Chic Interiors Fill A Connecticut Retreat


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The results are both posh and practical when a designer recasts the interiors of a Connecticut retreat.

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Artistic Frame side chairs covered in Stark fabric with a Kravet piping sit on both sides of a J. Robert Scott console in the foyer of a Connecticut home. A 1940s shadowbox mirror from High Style Deco adds a touch of old Hollywood glamour.

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A curated mix of artwork and a custom tufted banquette from Artistic Frame upholstered in Duralee chenille creates a welcoming space on the second-floor landing. A Ralph Lauren pedestal table encourages family and friends to relax with a cocktail.

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Designer Greg Shano added a glamorous flair to the living room by nestling pale pink Petit Plateau ottomans from Ferrell Mittman beneath a custom-lacquered chinoiserie console. A vintage mirror from CD Interiors completes the vignette.

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The living room pairs a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa with Libby Langdon armchairs in Romo's Milani Ebony fabric. A Julius Shulman photo adorns a wall, just behind one of two vintage table lamps from High Style Deco. Draperies featuring Quadrille Fabrics' Lane Stripe inject pattern. The coffee tables are by Jonathan Adler.

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Tria Giovan The kitchen is infused with subtle details reminiscent of a French bistro, including rattan chairs and a subway tile backsplash with dark gray grout. Pietra Cardosa granite clads the counters; hardy Caesarstone tops the island. Bronze-finished pendants are by Thomas O'Brien.

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Balancing the weight of a Thomas Pheasant table in the dining room are custom Louis XVI-style chairs from Artistic Frame in a combination of durable Designtex faux leather and a Christian Fischbacher print. Crystal decanters are displayed on a mirrored sideboard by Ballard Designs. The chandelier is by Aerin.

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The island-vibe sun room contains rattan seating from Palecek with cushions in Quadrille Fabrics linen. Underfoot is a sisal rug from Patterson Flynn Martin. On the ceiling, Benjamin Moore's Madison Avenue 759 projects an upbeat mood year-round.

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In the master suite, a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams upholstered bed accented with nailhead trim is dressed in linens by Matouk. Set atop a Thomas Pheasant night table is an alabaster-base lamp by Aerin.

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A seating area in the master houses a pair of 1940s scroll armchairs from High Style Deco upholstered in a soft tweed from Hines & Company. Faux- fur pillows are from One Kings Lane. The framed figure drawing is by Jenna Snyder Phillips.

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The master's tufted chaise lounge by Safavieh is covered in Clarence House's Ice Blue Imperial velvet. Walls are clad in Phillip Jeffries' natural grass cloth, serving as a background for a giclee of Babe Paley's bedroom by Jeremiah Goodman. The mirrored-brass accent table is vintage.

When homeowner Debra Goldstein met designer Greg Shano, it was a match made in design heaven. “From the beginning, Greg was my aesthetic soulmate,” Goldstein says. Now, Goldstein and her partner, Paul Brody, look to Shano for the interiors of all their homes, including this 1905 Colonial in New Canaan, Connecticut, which serves as the family’s weekend retreat.

The homeowners requested a palette of black, white, and gray and spaces that would be chic yet livable. Shano answered in spades. To make the limited color scheme work, the designer looked to textured fabrics and unique finishes. “When you work with a limited color palette, it’s important to infuse as much texture and novelty into your fabrics and finishes as possible so a room doesn’t appear too flat,” he explains.

Shano’s textures of choice included grass cloth and hemp, which dress floors and sheathe walls and the backs of bookcases, imparting visual interest, infusing a cozy feel and lessening the formality of spaces. The designer also included high-gloss, lacquered surfaces on walls, cabinetry, floors and furnishings. The library embodies the chic, eye-catching aesthetic.

This house is proof that a moody palette doesn’t have to result in a brooding home.