On Thursday, May 18, New Canaan CARES will be celebrating a milestone, the silver anniversary of its Kitchen & Home Tour, as generous homeowners open their doors for the 25th year of this Fairfield County tradition. On display are seven exquisitely designed, extensively remodeled and newly constructed homes. And for the first time, patron ticketholders will have the unique opportunity to attend two pre-tour events: a sneak preview of the flagship home and an evening gathering at Heather Gaudio Fine Art.
Ticket guidebooks ($200 for patron level and $80 for standard) may be reserved online at www.newcanaancares.org or purchased from local outlets, including Exclusive Real Estate Sponsor William Raveis Real Estate and Rand Insurance. The tour has sold out each of the past four years, and the guidebook includes a tour map and detailed overview of each home. A limited quantity of gourmet box lunches may be reserved online for $20 before May 16 and picked up on the day of the tour. All proceeds from the 2017 tour support CARES youth leadership initiatives.
Historic New Canaan Estate
Experience a rare piece of New Canaan’s architectural history at Orchard’s End, the iconic Oenoke Ridge Road estate. Designed and built in 1929 by William B. Tubby, the architect who designed Waveny House and Dunnellen Hall, once owned by Leona Helmsley, Orchard’s End is a 17,000-square-foot Elizabethan-style manor house originally used as a summer residence. Premier Sponsor of the CARES Kitchen and House Tour architect Dinyar Wadia, of Wadia Associates in New Canaan, has had the distinction of designing additions for the previous owners and relished the most recent challenge of modifying this historic estate to create a warm and inviting family home.
As the founders of the eponymous Orchard’s End Holistic Health and Wellness Program, the current owners bought the property in 2014, and seeing beyond its neglected state, used architect Wadia’s expertise to renovate the interior and exterior landscape of the home. Craftsman Attila Milak of Milak Design+Cabinetry restored and recreated the extensive interior millwork and cabinetry that is a signature of the Gothic style. Brooks Brothers Construction modernized the manor’s infrastructure, and oversaw the renovation of the house, guest cottage, pool house, and yoga studio. Advanced Home Audio was the mastermind behind the state-of-the-art movie theater, sound system and smart integrated home. Swimm Pools maintains the gorgeous outdoor pool and all water features on the property. True North Cabinets designed and built the cottage kitchen and laundry rooms, and Sorelle Gallery curated several pieces of the exquisite collection of artwork that hangs throughout the house and acts as an integral design element.
The Heart of the Home
The owners of this gracious Nantucket-style home wanted a large kitchen/family room to host large groups as well as intimate family dinners. Deane Inc., along with Home Renovation and Design and Fordham Marble, removed an existing wall to create one large room flooded with light. A new set of French doors and an additional window opened up the front and backyard vistas, and a center island in quartzite adds a wow factor without sacrificing functionality. The family room palette of creams and browns, with accents of aubergine, designed by Parc Home, complements both the stone fireplace and additional masonry in the kitchen. A warm and inviting space that is now the heart of this stunning home.
Same Footprint — Bold New Design
The owners of this 1956 ranch-style home with spectacular valley views wanted a kitchen that complemented the rest of their newly renovated home, without changing the footprint. The architectural firm of Brooks & Falotico Associates raised the ceiling and reconfigured the marble-topped island to make the room appear more open and airy. A barn door and wooden beams were added to give the room a warm, casual feel, and open shelving replaced traditional cabinetry to add a modern touch as well as draw the eye upward. Proof that bigger does not always mean better.
Going to Town!
Preparing to become empty nesters, interior designer Karen Wells and her family made a collective decision to trade their country New Canaan lifestyle for the convenience of in-town living. They bought a traditional, 2005-built, Federal-style house that Wells, along with her builder, Relations Construction, transformed into a chic and sophisticated “townhouse.” The décor effortlessly combines many modern elements with the owners’ extensive art and antiques collection, a real reflection of their passions that creates an aesthetically beautiful and very personal space.
Traditional Connecticut Meets California Modern
The exterior of this white clapboard home, designed by the architectural firm of Brooks & Falotico Associates with art from Heather Gaudio Fine Art, certainly belies the sleek, modern interiors hidden inside. Built on one of New Canaan’s premier streets, the back of the home is dominated by floor-to-ceiling windows, flooding the entire home with light and providing this family of eight with a front-row seat to the changing seasons outside. A palette of whites, creams, blues, and grays adds a touch of sophistication, while the use of fieldstone, stainless steel and high-gloss lacquer offer durability with a modern edge. A home that blends the best of both traditional and modern design.
This meticulously restored, 1931 in-town Colonial with a seamless 5,000-square-foot addition was the perfect choice for a young family moving to New Canaan from New York City. The owners loved the family-friendly and traditional feel of the house but enlisted interior designer Michelle Morgan Harrison, of Morgan Harrison Home, to add her signature sophistication, texture and warmth. The owner’s collection of bold art works symbiotically with the designer’s earthy and refined mix of natural textures, refined finishes and glamorous shine, bringing youthful spirit to this stately home.
Fresh Organic Space
When Iris Michaels of Karen Berkemeyer Home began her kitchen and master bath collaboration with the owner of this gracious Colonial, she was given a clear vision. The homeowner, an interior designer and partner in Spencer Cox Interiors, wanted a tranquil, spa-like oasis in the master bath and an elegant, child-friendly kitchen where their young family could gather. The KBH renovation and owner’s interior design have transformed a traditional house, bought for its potential, into a fresh, colorful and youthful family home.
Additional photos by Jane Beiles
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