A Couple's Western-Style-Meets-Connecticut-Barn Aesthetic Takes Shape in Sharon, CT

A Couple's Western-Style-Meets-Connecticut-Barn Aesthetic Takes Shape in Sharon, CT

When Henry Smedley and Kathy Chow purchased 40 bucolic acres near Sharon in 2003, rather than rush to build their weekend retreat, the Manhattan-based couple opted to take time to understand their surroundings.

A Behind-the-Seams Look at Fall’s Most Fabulous Fabrics

A Behind-the-Seams Look at Fall’s Most Fabulous Fabrics

Editorial Director D.J Carey and designer Kerry Delrose rounded up the season's most alluring fabrics, including those with gradient hues, a splash of lime and all-over tangerine. Get inspired with selections from top designers including Thibaut, Stark, Pollack, Weitzner, Liora Manné, Scumacher, Fonthill, Black Edition, Designers Guild, Kravet and more.

In Rioja, High-Design Wineries Are Producing Even-More-Tempting Tempranillos

In Rioja, High-Design Wineries Are Producing Even-More-Tempting Tempranillos

There’s a rebellion underway in Rioja, the Spanish wine region famous for its reasonably priced, aged red wines. Classicists—devoted to the old ways of aging Tempranillo (the dominant red grape) into restrictive categories (Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva)—are being challenged by modernists inspired by French techniques. The upstarts are excavating for the best terroir, using pricey French oak barrels, and aging their wines just long enough to express the grapes’ true personality.

A Visit to a Grand Estate from the Birth of French Baroque

A Visit to a Grand Estate from the Birth of French Baroque

Before there was Versailles, there was Vaux le Vicomte. French-lawyer- turned-finance-minister Nicolas Fouquet finished this aesthetically pioneering French Baroque chateau and garden in 1661, several years before Louis XIV would even begin work on his glittering palace at Versailles, which he would go on to build using the same triumvirate of accomplished, forward-thinking design talents first brought together at Vaux—and many of their ideas, too.

Taking Cues From Nature, Georgette Farkas Sets a Table on the Connecticut Coast That’s a Treat for All of the Senses

Taking Cues From Nature, Georgette Farkas Sets a Table on the Connecticut Coast That’s a Treat for All of the Senses

Farkas likes a menu that has a sense of place—for the party at Flying Point, she used vegetables from her mother’s garden to create a colorful spread of crudités and appetizer salads, and flowers for the tables’ centerpieces. Her mother, Francine Farkas Sears, has always enjoyed cooking and imparted the idea to her daughter that taking the time to invite guests to a meal in your home is like offering a gift.

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