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Rooms with a View Gala & First Reveal

The Rooms With a View Gala last Thursday was a roaring success. In a festive venue, crowds gathered to see the designers’ inspiration. Many familiar faces perused the rooms. Above designer Leslie Allen with son, Rooms with a View designer Sam Allen and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens editorial director DJ Carey convene outside of Sam’s vignette.…
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The Way Home with Jeffrey Bilhuber

Another reason to visit Rooms with a View this weekend is that distinguished designer and author Jeffrey Bilhuber will be at the show for a seminar and book signing. His recently published book, The Way Home, Reflections on American Beauty has been receiving wonderful accolades.…
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Rooms with a View Inspiration – Part 3

I’m so excited for the Gala Preview of Rooms with a View this evening and, in anticipation, am presenting today the final group of designers. In case you haven’t noticed, they have been listed on the blog in alphabetical order, in groups of four so as not to overwhelm.…
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Rooms with a View Inspiration – Part 2

Today we are continuing to meet the designers who will be presenting their rooms tomorrow night at the Gala Preview for Rooms with a View. After honing his skills with such distinguished designers such as Albert Hadley, Brian McCarthy and Dennis Rolland, John Todd Bishop opened his eponymous firm in 2007.…
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The People’s Project – Pool House & Guest Cottage

The governor’s residence includes two charming outbuildings. Closest to the main residence is a pool house. From the Philip Gorrivan designed sunroom, you can see the pool and garden through the french doors. Designers Tricia Izzo and Carolyn Kron of Shelter Interiors were met with many challenges in renovating the now lovely pool house.…
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The People’s Project: The Main House

Beyond the foyer, which I have shown before, is a reception area, linking both the front and back entrances and the living and dining rooms on either sides. Previously dark and unattended, it is now a cheerful graphic segue between the other spaces.…
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Creative Collaboration: The People’s Project – An Introduction

I recently had the privilege of previewing the spectacular renovation of the historic Connecticut Governor’s Residence in Hartford. What an incredibly generous outpouring of creative collaboration this project is!! As I toured the beautiful home with Connecticut Cottages and Gardens editorial director DJ Carey, I was truly overwhelmed with a sense of pride – not only for our now beautiful state residence but also for the amount of time and effort selflessly devoted to this endeavor.…
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Rooms with a View Inspiration

In anticipation of the Rooms with a View Gala Preview next week, I thought it might be fun to meet each designer, see their original sketches and learn the answer to the question: “In your design, what is it about Mr Albert Hadley that inspires you?” Michael Adams opened his own design firm following a decade of working for some of the most respected designers in New York.…
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Rooms with a View

Rooms with a View is one of my favorite design events in Connecticut. Conceived by iconic designer Albert Hadley 17 years ago, the popular fundraiser transforms the Southport Congregational Church into a showhouse featuring 5′ x8′ mini rooms by today’s top and up and coming designers.…
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Royal Oak Timeless Design

Last week I had the honor of being invited to attend the Timeless Design Gala for the Royal Oak Foundation. I love their mission and have written before about this very worthy organization. In addition to free entry to the over 300 historic houses in England, the Royal Oak also offers wonderful programs in several cities here in the states, which are so popular, many sell out well ahead of time.…
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