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The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show Is Not Your Garden-Variety Design Show

The 36th annual San Francisco Fall Art Antiques Show paid homage to another cultural event—the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s iconic Summer of Love—with the theme “Flower Power: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques Design.” Fifty dealers from around the world offered a range of fine and decorative arts, from antiquity to present day, for sale that included furniture, objets d’art, rugs, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, books, and photography—much of which centered around floral imagery and symbolism.

Benefiting Enterprise for Youth, a nonprofit organization supporting underprivileged students through educational programs, the show’s opening night preview gala on October 25 kicked off the four-day exhibition that included a lecture series and book signings with renowned interior designers, authors, photographers, and architects.

The entrance to the show.

The show’s Grand Entry Hall featured four designer vignettes by influential designers, each incorporating pieces lent by exhibitors, along with custom-designed wall coverings developed in collaboration with de Gournay. This year’s participants included Pamela Babey (BAMO), Jay Jeffers, Kendall Wilkinson, and Edward Lobrano.

Referring to the annual design event as “one of the true grande dames in the world of art and antiques,” gala cochair Ken Fulk was delighted with the production’s highly detailed execution. “The show’s designer vignettes were exuberant displays of the rich history of floral motifs and their historic significance in this rarefied world of art and antiques,” he says.

Guests admiring work on display.

Exhibitors included Isaac Ede and Peter Finer, both from London; Belgium’s Patrick Ondine Mestdagh; Montreal’s Milford Antiques; Modernism Inc. from San Francisco; Steinitz Gallery from Paris; Kentucky’s Jayne Thompson Antiques; and Chicago-based Finnegan Gallery, among others.

Internationally recognized interior designer Brian Worthington set his sights on an offering by New York–based vendor Carlton Hobbs, LLC. “Carlton had on display an unusual Lacewood circular center table dating from 1820. For me, the piece was a standout because of the deep-reeded frieze and ebonized edge.”

Although the majority of the event’s highlights were inanimate objects culled from dealer’s collections, the most highly prized offerings were the gems gleaned from industry insiders during the show’s lecture series.

Photographer, author and AD contributor Miguel Flores-Vianna took his audience on an international tour with an engaging talk about his book, Haute Bohemians: At Home with Important Interior Design Trendsetters. Flores-Vianna brought the book’s imagery to life through his perspective on its subjects, including Belgian interior designer Gert Voorjan’s colorful Antwerp home, the Tangier retreat of Pierre Bergé’s widower Madison Cox, Bridget Forbes Elwerthy’s wisteria-covered Wardinton Manor in Oxfordshire, and editor Marian McElvoy’s Hudson River house.

Show Chair Suzanne Tucker moderated a “Mix Masters” design panel that included Los Angeles–based David Phoenix, Atlanta’s Beth Webb, and the cofounder of Manhattan’s interior-design firm Cullman Kravis, Ellie Cullman. The animated discussion was centered on the art of combining different styles, finishes and periods—from classicism to modernism—to create spaces proving opposites can attract.

Gil Schafer signing books.

Award-winning architect and author Gil Schafer celebrated the art of living with a lecture inspired by his book, Creating Places to Call Home: How Tradition, Style, and Memory Can Inspire Ways of Living. Included in the lively session were insights into his firm’s most interesting projects from around the country and his distinctive, intuitive approach to design.

Guests for the preview gala and show included actress Mariel Hemingway, Hannah Cecil Gurney, Aerin Lauder, Nina Campbell, Denise Hale, Adam Lippes and fashion designer Andrew Gn who served as Honorary Chair, as well as event cochairs Ken Fulk, Alexis and Trevor Traina, Diane B. Wilsey, Allison Speer and Dr. Fred Moll, OJ and Gary Shansby, and Laura King Pfaff.

hiroshi sugimoto’s japan society exhibit examines early encounters between east and west

hiroshi sugimoto takes on a two-part project, a photography installation and garden redesign for the interior of new york city’s japan society. the exhibition, titled ‘gates of paradise,’ is on view until january 7th, 2018. it follows the journey of four japanese boys, members of the growing 16th-century jesuit community in japan, who traveled to europe to experience western christianity in 1582. the artist photographs some of the key historical and artistic features throughout italy including pisa’s tilted campanile, the pantheon’s interior, and the panels of ghiberti’s baptistery doors. 

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underwhelmed by the existing, aging bamboo display, hiroshi sugimoto redesigned the interior atrium
image © designboom

 

sugimoto originally traveled to europe in 2011 to photograph theater interiors. in his visit to the teatro olimpico, palladio’s architectural and perspectival masterpiece, the theater director pointed out the inclusion of four japanese men in the foyer’s fresco — potentially the four japanese boys mentioned earlier. the artist was determined to follow in their footsteps and conduct more research to trace their steps. the NYC-based japanese artist also proposed an additional element for the exhibition — a redesign of the japan society’s interior garden. consequently, the artist’s prior experience with architecture and garden design, became an integral tool for this project. 

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the artist included a bonsai tree in both sculptural installations
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the main atrium contains an open double-height space with a small central staircase, and shallow water feature. initially the home of a bamboo garden, the artist stripped the room of the abundant, tall foliage, replacing it with amoeba-shaped rock islands, a bonsai tree, and a metallic sculpture from the artist’s personal collection. sugimoto’s photographic interpretation of da vinci’s last supper was an especially captivating addition to the exhibition. even though the subject matter is easily recognizable, elements of the composition were indiscernible. the artist explained that this visual was caused by the floods of hurricane sandy on october 10th, 2010 in new york city. the photograph, then housed in an underground storage room, was submerged in water — taking three days to pump it out. as a result, the gelatin melted and microorganisms had grown on the damp surface. 

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the garden’s new design embodies the tranquility found in the rest of the exhibition spaces
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the artist described the work’s recovery and natural transformation. ‘throughout the drying process, I took daily enjoyment in seeing how the expressions of the 12 apostles changed. the face of philip stabilized on the brink of deliquescence, like a francis bacon painting. a white haze shrouded the faces of judas and peter. christ’s face was especially badly damaged from the temple downward. leonardo painted the last supper according to the laws of perspective, with christ’s forehead acting as the vanishing point. imagine, then, my amazement when I saw a halo-like pattern of white lines radiating from precisely that point.’

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japan society’s gallery interior —  installation image 
image by richard goodbody | © japan society

hiroshi sugimoto gates paradise
japan society’s gallery interior —  installation image 
image by richard goodbody | © japan society

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hiroshi sugimoto (b. 1948), staircase at villa farnese ii, caprarola, 2016. gelatin silver print
image © hiroshi sugimoto, courtesy of the polo museale del lazio-ministry of cultural heritage and italian tourism

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hiroshi sugimoto (b. 1948), pantheon, rome, 2015. gelatin silver print
image © hiroshi sugimoto

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hiroshi sugimoto (b. 1948), duomo, florence, 2016. gelatin silver print
image © hiroshi sugimoto

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hiroshi sugimoto (b. 1948), pieta by michelangelo, 2016. gelatin silver print
image © hiroshi sugimoto.

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sugimoto discussing the details in his photograph titled ‘mediterranean sea, cassis, 1993’
image © designboom

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hiroshi sugimoto (b. 1948), the last supper: acts of god, 1999–2012. gelatin silver print
image © hiroshi sugimoto

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hiroshi sugimoto (b. 1948), red and white plum blossoms under moonlight (diptych), 2014. 
image © hiroshi sugimoto | courtesy of the odawara art foundation

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japan society’s gallery interior —  installation image 
image by richard goodbody | © japan society

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one of two metal sculptural artworks that stand prominently on both the first and second floor spaces
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Article source: https://www.designboom.com/art/hiroshi-sugimoto-gates-of-paradise-japan-society-10-31-2017/

Acton Garden Club offers floral demonstration – The Beacon

The Acton Garden Club will offer a free floral arrangement demonstration by Anna Holmes, owner of Flowers by Anna located in Cataumet, at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 7 at Acton Town Hall, Room 204, 472 Main St.

Holmes will present elements and principles of design and how to plan one’s design. She will demonstrate five different arrangements: Centerpiece design, Long and Low Design with Candles, Walk in the Woods/Garden Design, Underwater Floral Design and Seasonal Hostess Gift Ideas. She will discuss where to source materials and their care and handling.

Holmes has been in the floral industry since 1973 and she is a certified master floral designer by FTD and a Floral consultant. She is also certified by the Massachusetts Department of Education as a professional development provider to Massachusetts educators.

Article source: http://acton.wickedlocal.com/news/20171031/strongacton-garden-club-offers-floral-demonstrationstrong

Waste not, want not Emmet County makes commercial composting program permanent – Petoskey News

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Article source: https://www.petoskeynews.com/news/local/waste-not-want-not-emmet-county-makes-commercial-composting-program/article_cfc48aad-dbd9-5866-9934-6545a257bab4.html

Letter: Why must we now pursue the Colman Village, indoor market?

I sincerely hope the current Clock Tower Resort investors soon come forward to ask local government taxing bodies to approve incentives/taxpayer cash and guarantees.

The Rockford area needs to make it a top priority to replace that hotel albatross down the road from the January 2019 grand opening of the $500 million Mercy Rockford Hospital (same for the $85 Million OSF expansion and $130 Million UW Health planned expansion).

A Clock Tower do-over is much more important to the Rockford area versus pie-in-the-sky dreaming about an indoor market that is more shopping mall than something new to the community.

I’d further suggest the immediate removement and replacement of the Clock Tower is a much higher priority than $9-plus million (city/county) cash investment (plus loan guarantee risks) dreaming over a $30-plus million Colman Village anchored by a new Rock Valley College manufacturing campus (all grossly oversold as capable of training shovel-ready skilled manufacturing workers.)

Simply compare the community value of spending $9.7 on Colman Village infrastructure “…such as roads, water mains, sanitary sewer lines, storm sewer, landscaping, parking and lighting.”

It should be a no-brainer: The Clock Tower deserves to be a much higher priority because of the obvious real return-on-investment to the community and taxpayers.

Supporting pouring in taxpayers’ scarce resources today (rather than later) on the Colman Village and indoor market demonstrates why we must be careful listening to those well-intentioned folks trumpeting and campaigning for both the Colman Village and indoor market spending.

Personally, I agree they could, in fact, be good ideas. However, I worry too many in the community foolishly ignore the importance of establishing priorities required to make those hard decisions when it comes to which good ideas are the best good ideas!

We must accept not all good ideas are created equal, nor can we afford to pursue all good ideas.

— Denny Wallace, Rockford

Article source: http://www.rrstar.com/opinion/20171030/letter-why-must-we-now-pursue-colman-village-indoor-market

What type of content should landscapers be sharing on social media?

iMac with mock facebook pageThis post is the third of a multi-part series on social media marketing.

First, we covered the mentality business owners must have towards social media, establishing that social media is a long game, and that business owners cannot think of social media in terms of direct sales.

Then, we covered which platforms are available to landscapers, and how business owners should choose just one social platform to focus on.

Today we’re going to give you ideas on what you should be sharing on social media in order to reach and engage your audience.

Jabs and right hooks

Perhaps the best analogy I’ve found for how to think about social media comes from Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary is an entrepreneur, CEO of Vayner Media, a best-selling author and an angel investor in many startups, including LawnStarter.

His philosophy: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook – which also happens to be the title of one of his books.

This mantra refers to the cadence of how you interact with an audience.  To quote Gary, “Jabs are the value you provide your customers with: the content you put out, the good things you do to convey your appreciation. And the right hook is the ask: it’s when you go in for the sale, ask for a subscribe, ask for a donation.”

Most of what you share on social should be ‘jabs,’ giving value to your audience.  Right hooks are what you earn after a series of jabs.  Most of what you share should be jabs; if you only do right hooks (like most small business owners do), your audience will tune out.

What follows is a list of jabs and right hooks that you can use for your business.  These are intended to be inspiration, not prescription.  Pick and choose what you feel you can execute on, and feel free to modify them or come up with your own.

How-to guides

Written how-to guides are a great way to give value, build authority, and educate your customers.

Additionally, there are almost infinite topics you can write about:

  • How to establish a new lawn in your region
  • How to install a French drain
  • How to aerate your lawn
  • How to deal with common lawn pests in your region

And the list goes on.

Some business owners worry about giving away information for free.  After all, the business owner is supposed to be paid to do this, right?  Wrong.  Sure, some may use your guide to do a project themselves, but they were never going to hire you anyway.

Rather, a how-to guide is a chance for you to show your expertise in a given area.  Additionally, the guides give you a chance to educate your customers on what services they need, without appearing salesy.

It’s important to maintain a balance of being authoritative while also writing for your audience’s level of knowledge.  You may have a masters in horticulture, but your reader probably doesn’t know that much about the subject, so keep that in mind. It may help to interview customers or to survey readers to learn about their knowledge level so you can produce content that fits their needs.

You can include subtle call to actions to your services. If you read through LawnStarter’s definitive lawn care guide, you’ll notice that in no place do we tell the reader that they cannot do it themselves.  We do, however, gently remind the reader on the right that we offer services, without detracting from the reading experience.

lawn mowing question and answer content for website

 

Bios of your crew members

People love to get to know other people.

Doing a bio of one of your crew members, their story, their family life, etc., is a way to create a human connection between your business and your customers.  Most of your customers probably don’t get much of a chance to interact with the crew members.

Sharing bios is a way to make customers feel good about the people their money is going to support.  See this example from Brook Lawn Services in Indiana.

employee bio lawnstarter

 

Video questions and answers

Nearly all social media platforms support video natively, meaning users can watch video without leaving the platform.  Facebook, in particular, is known to promote video above other types of content.

While there are a plethora of ways you can leverage video on social media, the question and answer format has a number of advantages.

For one, QA is easy to do and does not require a high level of video production.  You can do it at a worksite, in your truck, or at your office to add a bit of authentic flare.  In fact, the lack of editing shows that you know your subject matter.

Additionally, it engages your audience, as you should be prompting questions when you post.

Finally, this gives your audience a chance to get to know you as a human.

See this video as an example.

Inspirational photos of completed work

Most social media platforms, notably Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, are visually focused, meaning that high quality photos do well.

Showcasing high quality photos of your work is a great way to entertain your audience, while also giving credibility to your business.

Let’s be clear – this one is a ‘jab.’  The best way to ruin a post of high quality work is to caption it with something like ‘Want your home to look like this? Call for an estimate today!’  If the photo is good enough, your audience will think that without you prompting it.

Seasonal discounts

Offering a discount on a seasonal service is a great type of ‘right hook.’

You are offering value in two ways: you’re letting someone know that it’s time for a seasonal service that will benefit them, and also offering them a discount on that service.  All while asking for the sale.

The beauty of the lawn care industry is that upsells, when positioned correctly, are a benefit to your existing customers.  Most customers don’t know what their lawn needs, so it’s up to you, the business owner, to let them know.  In fact, one of the biggest requests we get from our customers at LawnStarter is to tell them what services they need.

Make sure to include a clear call to action, for example filling out a lead form on your website or calling your phone with a discount code.

What types of content have you found to get engagement on social media?  Let us know in the comments below.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written by Ryan Farley, co-founder and head of marketing for LawnStarter Lawn Care, an online and mobile platform that connects homeowners with lawn care professionals for care-free and efficient services!

Article source: http://www.totallandscapecare.com/landscaping-business/feature-article/what-type-of-content-should-landscapers-be-sharing-on-social-media/

Victor Garden Club honors founder Joan Trost

Victor Garden Club recently held a celebration to honor founder Joan Trost, who started the club in 1971.

The party kicked-off with a tour of member Mary Duprey’s flower gardens. Members celebrated and honored Trost by reminiscing about the club’s history over a potluck dinner on the patio, sharing words of appreciation and presenting her with a cake, flower arrangement and tree that will be planted at Victor Municipal Park.

Victor Garden Club is part of the 7th District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State Inc. Trost held several positions within the club, including president, historian and chair delivering patriotic flower pots to military families in Victor for Memorial Day. She started the committee for landscaping and working with the residents at the Individualized Residential Association group home on state Route 96.

Trost was recognized in the 7th District’s Book of Recognition, and is a life member of the Federation.

In its 46 years, the club has been active in the community with civic beautification. The most recent and ongoing project for six years are purple and fuchsia-themed flowers throughout Victor in collaboration with the town and village of Victor, along with donations from community businesses, organizations, grants and community members for 29 large standing street flowerpots, 52 hanging flower baskets and nine large concrete flowerpots along Main Street; flowers in Mead Square Park; flower beds in front of Town Hall; four flower beds and eight hanging baskets at Four Corners by Main Street Fishers and state Route 96; and the town of Victor gateway sign in the Burger King flower bed. This project is in addition to the club’s longstanding beautification sites of the flagpole at Victor Post Office, landscape beds at Victor-Farmington Library, entrance sign at Serenity House, flower bed at Individualized Residential Association and delivery of patriotic flower pots for Memorial Day to local government offices honoring those serving the military.

The club held a fundraiser selling flower pots to community members in 2016, matching the new Victor flower project. Members sold 99 pots, and hope to double that. The club planted 4,000 daffodil bulbs at Dryer Road Park, and planted trees at the Victor Schools campus. Additionally, the club holds a plant sale the first weekend in May to benefit civic beautification and a Department of Environmental Conservation student scholarship.

Since the club started the new project, it has received awards including a certificate of appreciation from the town of Victor in 2016 for the new town of Victor gateway sign, the Maude C. Bogard Landscape Design Achievement Award for civic beautification from the 7th District Federated Garden Clubs of NYS Inc. in 2015 and Victor Ambassador at the Victor Business Luncheon in 2013.

The club meets the second Wednesdays of the month. Email victorgardenclubny2@gmail.com for information.

Article source: http://www.mpnnow.com/news/20171031/victor-garden-club-honors-founder-joan-trost

Garden goes native for Make a Difference Day

Green. Recyclable. Sustainable. Biodiversity. Community. 

All of these are buzzwords in much of today’s environmental gardening news. However, they are buzz “actions” at the Directorate of Public Work’s Natural Resources Management Branch native plant gardens and trails off of Rod and Gun Club Loop.

For Make a Difference Day, Natural Resources staff recruited Airmen from the 3rd Weather Squadron, and the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club to help construct another piece to a native prairie restoration area that covers approximately two acres.

“It will be a tool to show the community aesthetically pleasing and economically beneficial native landscaping. Therefore serving as a demonstration for Soldiers, civilians and contractors … inspiring the use of native plants across the installation and in neighborhoods,” Carla Picinich, DPW agronomist, said. “Native grasslands compared to mowed lawns are more beneficial to wildlife.”

Natives provide food and cover for wild animals that non-natives do not. Natives attract diverse wildlife and can survive solely on rainfall. Using native grasses makes the community more water-sustainable into the future without relying on sprinkler systems, she added.

The nature trail will include a greenhouse and educational garden for school-aged children. The garden’s purpose is monarch butterfly conservation and research. This green space gives researchers an opportunity to compare growing success and pollinator use of varying plant types and sources.

“Monarch populations are in steep decline. We initiated part of our Military Monarch Management Plan this fall and have already tagged and collected data on over 900 monarchs. We will use this garden to show that monarch conservation will help sustain habitats for other important pollinators, animals and plants,” said Jacky Ferrer-Perez, program manager, Natural Resources’ Adaptive Integrative Management program.

The project combines research with outreach.

“It will be a great way to conduct actual research onsite that can be hands-on with children and visitors,” Amber Dankert, supervisory wildlife biologist for Natural Resources, added.

Volunteers, including several Soldiers, hauled piles of mulch and rocks with wheelbarrows and shovels to dump and spread material.

“Sgt. Audie Murphy did a lot for the community and the military,” Sgt. 1st Class Sean Prater, president of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club, said. “For members that are fortunate enough to receive this honorable award to be a part of this club, we make sure to give back through community service and outreach with Soldiers and civilians.”

The long-term plan is to illustrate, over time and seasonally, the beauty and sanctity a wild native landscape provides compared to mowed irrigated lawns. Mowed lawns already border the demonstration site, therefore comparing the two landscape choices is simple and convenient.

“Most people are used to observing wildlife in an urban setting, with this project we aim to show our community the intrinsic connection between pollinators and native grassland prairie habitats,” Ferrer-Perez said.

This event was made possible with grants from the National Environmental Education Foundation and Dominion Energy. Support was also provided by DPW Operations Maintenance Division with equipment and materials.

Soldiers and their Families are encouraged to visit the Natural Resources Management Branch for more information on sustainable landscapes and guided tours. To learn more, call 287-1088 and visit the Facebook page at Bird.Bee.Butterfly.Bat.Garden.

(Editor’s note: Outreach Coordinator Christine Luciano contributed to this story.)

Article source: http://www.forthoodsentinel.com/living/garden-goes-native-for-make-a-difference-day/article_71ce2070-be55-11e7-9436-a7c9c65e0b2a.html

On the Market / Beautiful gardens just the start at Wrenfield Lane house

  • The red brick Tidewater colonial house at 16 Wrenfield Lane sits high on a hill on a property of almost two acres, and features a butterfly staircase on its front facade.

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DARIEN — Summer may be over, despite the unseasonably warm temperatures this region has experienced. Those people who have a chance to walk through the backyard at 16 Wrenfield Lane might not be convinced autumn has arrived because the gorgeous perennial gardens on this nearly two-acre property are brimming with color, especially from its numerous rose bushes.

Then again, these gardens were designed to produce “an ever-changing bounty of color from spring to summer and right into fall,” according to the realtor.


If the gardens and the overall landscaping look this good now imagine how beautiful they will be next spring and summer. Until then, the next owners of the property and the custom red brick Tidewater colonial house will just have to “settle” for spending time indoors. This house has 4,827 square feet of living space with a number of places to sit and relax and to entertain family and friends including the classically elegant formal living room and the casual sun room.

The house is set high on a hill “next to heaven,” the realtor said, well back from the road at the end of a cul-de-sac. It has a distinctive Mansard wood roof. The house was built in 1990 and was influenced by the houses in the Tidewater area typically thought of as southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina but the Tidewater region does not have defined edges. “A historian may consider Tidewater to be the location of early Colonial settlement around the Chesapeake Bay up to the 1730s,” according to the website www.virginiaplaces.org. Colonial Williamsburg lies within that boundary.

The focal point of this home’s front entrance is its butterfly staircase. There is a covered front porch at the far end of one side. Inside, the house is very well thought out and laid out, and it is imbued with warmth, charm, privacy, and quality. It has intimate spaces and places for large scale entertaining. It can accommodate a comfortable, casual backyard picnic or an elegant garden party or wedding.

The two-story foyer provides a center hall reception space. The entryways from one room to the next are arched and topped with keystones and there is entablature above the front door from the interior. That attractive millwork sets the tone for the rest of the house, which has architectural points of interest in almost every one of its 11 rooms. And yet, the realtor said, “The drama is in its simplicity.” The house does evoke thoughts of a simpler time and way of life while it also dovetails nicely into modern living. It has seven bedrooms, an in-ground swimming pool, an office or library, flexible rooms that can be used a number of ways to suit the needs of its occupants, and lots of storage space.

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ABOUT THIS HOUSE

STYLE: Tidewater Colonial

ADDRESS: 16 Wrenfield Lane

PRICE: $2,800,000

ROOMS: 11

FEATURES: 1.975-acre level and sloping property, located on an cul-de-sac, separate buildable 1.387-acre lot available for purchase, in-ground swimming pool, professional landscaping, perennial gardens, patios, pergola, wet bar, generator, two fireplaces, front and rear staircases, proximity to the Country Club of Darien and Ox Ridge School, convenient to the Merritt Parkway, only five minutes to town and train, gas heat, unfinished walk-up attic, partial partially finished basement, three-car garage, seven bedrooms, seven full baths

SCHOOLS: Ox Ridge Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High School

ASSESSMENT: $2,080,610

MILL RATE: 15.77 mills

TAXES: $33,622


In the 20 x 19 formal living room there is a fireplace, a deep tray ceiling with cove lighting, a built-in area with open display shelves and lower cabinets, and three sets of French doors to the yard and gardens. A fourth door near the fireplace exits to a flagstone patio covered by a pergola that is draped with wisteria vines. The second red brick patio is by the pool. It adjoins a sun room, which has four sets of French doors to the yard and pool, a terra cotta tile floor, and a dome through which an abundant amount of light streams.

The formal dining room features chair railing and an attractive floral-themed wallpaper. The butler’s pantry features glass shelving for stemware, a sink/wet bar. The office has a fireplace, built-in bookshelves and cabinetry. The kitchen is divided into a practical, preparation side and an eat-in or breakfast room.

On the opposite end of the house, closer to the sun room, the first floor master suite has a bedroom with a walk-in bay window area, two bathrooms, two walk-in closets, and a dressing room. There are four more bedrooms, all en suite, on the second floor, and on the lower level there are two more rooms, both which could be bedrooms or could function as play or game rooms. One of those rooms has a full bath.

This house is walking distance to Ox Ridge Elementary School. Commuters take note, this house is just over a mile from the Talmadge Hill train station in neighboring New Canaan and only two miles from downtown Darien and its Metro North train station.

Additionally, there is a separate buildable 1.387-acre lot available for purchase at $1,400,000.

For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Mary K. Lopiano of Halstead Property at 203-912-4694 or mlopiano@halstead.com.

Article source: http://www.dariennewsonline.com/realestate/article/On-the-Market-Beautiful-gardens-just-the-start-12317759.php