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For this project, Petisi favored an open-floor plan and a silvery palette of grey, black and gleaming white. The kitchen and dining space, for instance, features a white enamel Aga stove, a refrigerator fronted by antique-glass panels, a generous island topped with limestone and a wall of French doors that open onto a bluestone terrace. Petisi designed two master suites to choose from: The first-floor option steps out onto a private terrace, while the second-floor suite has separate his-and-hers bathrooms and a balcony with views of the river, the Long Island Sound and the Country Club of Fairfield golf course. In all, the home offers five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one half-bath. The pristinely landscaped third-of-an-acre parcel is right off the breathtakingly affluent Sasco Hill Road. Bonnie Paige of William Raveis Realty in Southport has the listing (203-255-6841).
1721 Block House, Stamford
Farms Road in the lovely Stanwich Parish section of Stamford appears to be more like Greenwich—which is just a stone's throw away—than its own hometown. One of the oldest and finest estates along this road is called Block House, sturdily built in 1721 of native granite with 20-inch-thick plaster walls. Expanded in the 1820s and then again in the 1980s, it's now being sold by State and Elizabeth Lawrence, whose latest enterprise involves the opening of two boutiques in Mystic and Newport featuring clothing from the German designer Oska. The Lawrences' affinity for fashion is apparent in the interiors of their home, which has been featured in House & Garden magazine, among other publications. They have successfully blended the ancient with the avant-garde, outfitting the new half of the house with a state-of-the-art kitchen opening onto a crisply modern family room with a dramatic hearth, which, in turn, flows into a long gallery space showcasing their art collection.