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  • Every Day Is Arbor DayOpen Day Garden Tour

    Table TalkAround The World

    Polishing A Small GemMid-Century Modern

    Home of the MonthDistinctive Setting

    New Canaan

    A Hersam Acorn Special Section

    Greenwich Post The Darien TimesNew Canaan Advertiser The Ridgefield Press The Wilton Bulletin The Weston Forum The Redding Pilot The Lewisboro LedgerVo

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    Jeannette Ross

    ReddingGarden Club

    Tour HOMEJune 2009

  • 2 HOME, a Hersam Acorn special section, Ridgefield, Conn. June 2009

    FEATURESA tour of Redding gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5Polishing a small gem to perfection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7Table talk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11Brighten up with color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19Kitchen design from start to finish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23Every day is Arbor Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25A summer cottage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27

    DEPARTMENTSHome Moaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13Into the Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17Home of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21Racking Ones Brain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-35

    Cover: Open Day Garden Tour in Kent.

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  • 4 HOME, a Hersam Acorn special section, Ridgefield, Conn. June 2009

    For The Love of Gardening, a tour sponsored by the Redding Garden Club and New Pond Farm, will take place on Saturday, June 13, rain or shine. Open from 10 to 4:30, the tour of eight gar-dens will begin at four locations.

    The Redding Garden Clubs last garden tour was in 2006, and it has had numerous requests for an encore. The only repeat garden will be that of the Sharon Coates, New Pond Farm board president and garden club member. She said, Many garden club members are also members of New Pond Farm both are about having fun experiences as your time permits so it was natural for the two organizations to co-sponsor the tour.

    Everyone we asked was very enthusiastic, Sharon said, and virtually all of the homeowners will be present. People prefer hands-

    Sharing what welove and enjoy

    A TOUR OF REDDING GARDENSby Janis Gibson

    Clematis vines are a favorite, beautiful flowers in a variety of colors.

    Sharon Coates photo

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    on gardens, and enjoy being able to discuss the gardens with their creators and maintainers.

    Since the 2006 tour, Sharons sunny hillside garden, called Wild Child, has been tamed a bit with a 30-foot stone wall. She will also be offering a small boutique of garden and nature-related items, including fairy dolls and some childrens things. Twenty percent of all sales will be donated to the sponsoring organizations.

    There will be no live plants for sale, although there will be live plants among the raffle prizes available for bidding at New Pond Farm. Also, all garden tour participants are automatically entered in a door-prize drawing for a birdhouse.

    The 102-acre New Pond Farm at the corner of Marchant and Umpawaug roads will be the center of the tour. The environmental center and working farm features rolling pastures and woods, but the focus of the tour will be the perennial, herb and vegetable gardens near the house and barns. An invitational art show, Celebrating the Seasons, featuring the work of 55 artists, will also open at New Ponds Learning Center on June 13, and run through June 27.

    Diversity Of SettingsPlum Row, with stone walls and boxwood-lined beds, features an interesting

    collection of perennials and shrubs, with gravel paths and stone steps leading to a raised-bed herb garden.

    Among Tall Pines is a garden oasis surrounded by a canopy of massive white pines and Norway spruce, with specialty plantings and creative architectural features.

    Ornaments and birdhouses add interest and provide focal points to a garden.

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    amboia photo

    See Redding Gardens page 14

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  • 6 HOME, a Hersam Acorn special section, Ridgefield, Conn. June 2009

    A labor of love is the phrase that springs to mind when viewing the artful and intelligent staging of a Philip Johnson house in New Canaan by interior designer Victoria Lyon of Victoria Lyon Interiors of Old Greenwich.

    The Alice Ball house (so named for the original owner), at 523 Oenoke Ridge Road, is a classic of mid-century modern design by architect Philip Johnson, who was one of a group of architects active in New Canaan after World War II.

    Known as the Harvard Five, Eliot Noyes, Landis Gores, John Johansen, Marcel Breuer, and Mr. Johnson built about 90 New Canaan moderns that showcased their philosophy of design, which included linking the exterior and interior of their houses with floor-to-ceiling windows.

    Victoria, whose firm is known for designing with fine art and collectibles, became involved with the house last fall. The main purpose was to show how mid-century moderns can be adapted for todays lifestyles, Victoria said. I also wanted to show how architecture, art and interiors could be thoughtfully integrated in the design of an 1,800- square-foot modern home.

    Both home and gallery Clockwise from left: floor sculpture, cherry chain, Bryan Nash Gill; painting, Untitled II, Bart Gulley; painting, Untitled 5A, Janet Slom, all courtesy of Art + Interiors.

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    VICTORIA LYON INTERIORS

    Polishing asmall gem

    to perfectionby Jane K. Dove

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    A Lover Of Art And DcorVictoriass roots in interior design and renovation go back 17 years, when she left

    the corporate world to do something she had always loved.I had previously worked for Polaroid, developing brand-new photo technol-

    ogy for art reproduction, she said. One big achievement was, at the request of the Vatican, developing and building a three-story camera to photograph Raphaels The Transfiguration. The result was a totally accurate life-sized reproduction.

    After leaving Polaroid, Victoria decided to follow her heart, and the footsteps of many of her relatives. My mom is a textile designer and my grandfather an architectural historian, she said. Other family members are also involved in the arts and literature. I was an art major in college, and when I left the company, everything kind of jelled. I took a few courses in art and design, and my professors encouraged me to jump right into my own business.

    Today, Victoria is known for her ability to incorporate artwork in a variety of interiors. I work on renovations and also with people who are building new homes, she said. I often act as liaison between client, architect and contractor. In addition, I have a good store of knowledge about landscape design.

    Staging A Johnson ModernVictorias involvement with the Alice Ball house began when she approached the

    New Canaan League of Women Voters with the idea of a lecture and tour about adapting todays lifestyle to that of a mid-century modern.

    The success of that event led to several more. The house was the setting for a William Pitt-Sothebys event; evening parties for guests and friends of Victoria Lyon Interiors, including project participants, architects, builders, designers, and friends of modern architecture; and open-house tours for the benefit of the New Canaan Historical Society.

    On display: painting, Untitled I, by Bart Gulley; TV easel by Gregory Clark, courtesy of Art + Interiors.

    Eric R

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    See Victoria Lyon Interiors page 8

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    To prepare for the series of events, Victoria left no stone unturned. She decided to base her staging on a fictional owner who was both an art collector and lover of mid-century-modern architecture.

    I wanted to capture the soul of the house and do everything I could with the interior dcor to bring the beautiful outside in, she said. Built in 1953 on 2.2 acres, the house was and is relatively small 1,800 square-feet. It has a living room/dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths, and a fully finished lower level. Outside, the home is surrounded by private, serene gardens with an Asian theme. A harmonizing studio/office has a full bath, and there is a two-car garage.

    After studying the house, Victoria decided to keep the decor clean and simple, in keeping with the lines of the house. I wanted to be true to the architects aes-thetic principles and incorporate lots of vivid and unusual art, she said. The idea was to showcase the house while uplifting it. To bring the project to fruition, we teamed up with an array of art galleries, furniture and accessory stores, artisans and craft