Greenwich Bound!

It’s official…I am Greenwich bound!  The moving trucks arrive tomorrow and we will start getting settled hopefully in time for July 4th weekend.    For the past two months, I have been busy selling our current house (it sold in less than two months!) and preparing the next one for our arrival.  We purchased a Mediterranean-style home built in 1912 by Huntington & Treat Architects of New York City that is truly a throw back to a bygone era.  The house has incredible character and detail and so it has been quite an experience to go from a house we built to an almost century-old grand dame.  I have had many productive trips to the D&D in NYC and I am happy to report that Monday the carpets and wallpapers arrived and the house has been transformed this week (after two months of extensive cosmetic work).  My favorite part of the house are the grounds, and since I love gardening, there is plenty to keep me busy.  I love both architectural styles (my brick Georgian and this Mediterranean)  and I am happy to say that our new ‘old’ house has such classic windows, doors and woodwork that the transition from a decor standpoint has been easy.  There will be plenty of fun home improvement projects for us at this house and I look forward to sharing bits and pieces and some “befores” and “afters” with our readers.  I have selected fabulous fabrics and papers from Scalamandre, Colefax & Fowler, Brunschwig & Fils, and Jane Churchill to name just a few.  I am also removing my Gracie wallpaper from my current house and hope to actually move it to a room in the Greenwich house.  I am still contemplating all of that.  The project seems far from finished at this point, but the best part is having projects to look forward to and I definitely have a lot to keep me busy between running The Well Appointed House , setting up my new old home and having a fun-filled summer with my little ones.  My Assistant and fellow blogger, Gabby Katz, stopped by my new home recently and said she felt like she was in the Great Gatsby.  I think you will agree that the home has charm and grace.  Here is a sneak peek of part of the property:

I enjoyed reporting on the Greenwich Garden tour a week and a half ago and with Connecticut on my mind these days, I loved seeing this fabulous Greenwich estate in the latest issue of Architectural Digest. Greenwich is a dream for someone like me who loves architecture and design.  One can just pop in the car and drive around and be completely inspired by a myriad of styles, house paint colors, landscaping creations, fabulous fences, elegant mailboxes, gated entries and more.  I am constantly coming up with new ideas for my website,  The Well Appointed House by simply looking around me.  This one stood out to me because of the interesting combination of contemporary steel and glass with an old, late-19th-century Greek revival with Doric columns and beautiful balconies.

Architecture  by Allan Greenberg, Stephen Stimson Associates; Interior Design by Victoria Hagan and photography by Michael Moran.  If you want to view the complete article by Gerald Clarke, click here.
Here is another fabulous look at a spectacular Greenwich home.  This one was published in the June 2002 issue of Architectural Digest.  The article took a before and after look at redoing an old Normandy style home.  Interior design was by Sandra Nunnerly, ASID and photos were by Sandra and Durston Saylor.  Take a peek:

If you are enjoying the Greenwich homes as much as I am, you can continue reading on and check out this sophisticated Tudor transformed by Peter Marino, FAIA as published in the May 2008 Architectural Digest. The house was built on ten picturesque acres on Long Island Sound in the 1920’s and has been in the same family since the 1980’s, now serving primarily as a summer retreat for the family whose children grew up there.  Photos by Durston Saylor:

I love the bright blue mirror and the tassles on the lampshades.

Lisa Cregan features another traditional Greenwich home filled with lots of patterns in this article in House Beautiful magazine. Photos by Thomas Loof:

This lime green butler’s pantry from another home in Greenwich really pops! 

There are so many fabulous homes in Greenwich, too many to include in this entry, so stay tuned.  I am in great company in a town filled with people who love art, architecture, design and gardening and I look forward to sharing more of what’s there.  I would also like to give a mention to Greenwich’s Serendipity Magazine, which was launched just a few months ago.  I have been reading it since the first issue and am happy to see so many wonderful articles for families living in and around Greenwich, CT.  Check it out!  

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