Dream Home



i first saw the house featuredas this issue’s cover story almost a year ago on a beautifully clear and warm day in late spring. I had seen pictures of the property and heard much about its daring architecture and stylish interiors. Even so, what a statement it made in person, perched high, tucked into two hills, so inviting yet so dramatic. “No doubt this place is a showpiece,” I thought then. In the words of Judy Ostrow, who penned the text, this home “delivers an exemplary taste of what contemporary design philosophy can create.”

But after a short tour with the proud home owner, I realized this house was more than a model for forward-thinking design. “This house is a home,” I wrote in my notes. The vast modern and tribal art collection, warm color schemes, soft textures, crisp lines, natural materials, open-air flow—all of it painted a picture of family life. Each item had a story behind it, often attached to a personal predilection, often a memory.

I would visit several times after that—to tour the property more extensively, to scout it again with Stamford Magazine art director Garvin Burke, and once more for the shoot that produced the images photographer Stacy Bass captured here.

So it was with shock that we recently learned that there was a fire at the house on Christmas Day. At the time the family was enjoying an annual dinner tradition with family and friends. Thankfully, no one was injured, but the structure and some furnishings were damaged.

“Everything was so special to us,” the home owner said with a note of sadness when I called. Still, he assured me, his family was fine, the builder and architect had already been out to begin the rebuilding process and much of the artwork was in the hands of restorers. “We plan on keeping it the same way,” he told me. Changes might result in areas where unique materials or one-of-a-kind pieces had been used, but otherwise, “it will be ninety-five percent the same.”

Indeed, this family is moving forward, and with that in mind, we present to you the story of their home as it was planned originally, not only so you can see what I saw on that first visit, but as a tribute to their creative process and an expression of neighborly solidarity.

Stamford Agenda

  • Foot and Ankle Surgeon and Physiatrist join ONS

    2014.09.02

    We are pleased to announce that orthopedic surgeon Sean Peden, MD and interventional physiatrist Christopher Sahler, MD have joined the ONS...

  • JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Registration

    2014.08.11

    Registration for the 2014/15 school Our Nursery School programs are designed to help children learn in an interactive and playful way while...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

    2014.09.01

    September 1 – December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre...

  • BU8: DJ Trivia | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.05

    Come test your Wit and skills with TRIVIA. The top 3 teams claim prizes. Great specials and a great time for those who...

  • Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk Information Session

    2014.09.04

     Interested in meeting new people while giving back to your community? The Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk is hosting a series of...

  • Let’s Talk

    2014.09.04

    Thursdays, Sept. 4, Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, 1 – 2 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet new people or...

  • Laughtrax Presents: Chicago City Limits

    2014.09.05

    Chicago City Limits also perform Sept. 26, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, & Dec. 12. Chicago City Limits is New York City's longest-running show...

  • French Market (Farmers’ Market) | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.07

    Visit our farmers’ market with vendors offering the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and more! Straight from the farm...

  • French Market (Farmers’ Market)

    2014.06.14

    Visit our farmers’ market with vendors offering the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and more! Straight from the farm and...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Market Madness Sundays

    2014.09.07

    Sundays, September 7 – October 5, 10 am – 3:30 pm Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities...

  • Restaurant: Family Night | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.05

    Every Sunday evening from 5:30PM - 8:30PM Bring the kids to enjoy our Magician, special kids menu, fun for the entire family!

  • Monday Morning Open House

    2014.06.02

    An advanced workspace, COMRADITY is a GOOGLE-style shared workspace with blistering fast Fiber Optic internet in furnished private and open...

  • Placement class-2014 Ballet School of Stamford

    2014.09.09

    Tha Placement class will be held to determine leveling for potential students ages 8 and up.  Please call 203-358-8853 and speak to Renee...

  • Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk Information Session

    2014.09.10

     Interested in meeting new people while giving back to your community? The Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk is hosting a series of...

  • Film: A Summer's Tale | Stamford

    2014.09.11

    Presented by The Avon Theatre and the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich Directed by Eric Rohmer Ticket prices are as follows: Carte Blanche...

  • Concert: An Evening with Amy Grant | Stamford, CT

    2014.09.12

    Amy Grant, winner of 6 Grammy Awards and the best-selling Contemporary Christian artist of all time, has built a long, successful career on...

  • Neshama Yoga

    2014.09.12

    Fridays Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Nov. 28), 9 – 10:30 am Neshama Yoga is a fusion of Kundalini...


Show More...

Most Popular Articles

  1. Stamford Magazine's 2nd Annual Best Bartender Contest
    The Verano Rooftop
  2. Top 8 Beach Essentials
    Suit up and accessorize in style
  3. King Low Heywood Thomas Spring Gala 2014
    The Loading Dock, Stamford
  4. Mayapple Summer Party
    Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities
  5. Eat Street: Stamford Restaurants
    Highlighting two Stamford restaurants