CHARGED WITH UPDATING THE LOOK OF THIS STUNNING WATERFRONT HOME, DESIGNER CINDY RINFRET LOOKED TO NATURE FOR INSPIRATION
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THE SECLUDED 150-ACRE NORWALK ENCLAVE CALLED WILSON POINT,
WHOSE JAGGED SHORELINE FEATURES ROCKY OUTCROPPINGS AND SANDY BEACHES, IS A NATURAL REFUGE FOR BIRDS AND OTHER WILDLIFE. IT PROVED TO BE THE PERFECT SANCTUARY, AS WELL, FOR A COUPLE SEEKING A PLACE WITH PROXIMITY TO THEIR GRANDCHILDREN IN NEW YORK CITY AND AN IDYLLIC SPOT TO HOST CASUAL BUT ELEGANT PARTIES.
They loved the flowing lines and graceful curves of the ten-year-old, 5,400-square-foot house and its two-acre property. But according to interior designer Cindy Rinfret, the post-modern interiors didn't jibe with their aesthetic.
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"They wanted to turn it into a more timeless, transitional home that related to its beautiful natural surroundings," says Rinfret, who worked to marry classic furnishings and accessories with the intricate series of fantasy garden "rooms" created by landscape architect Tara Vincenta. "The client loves the Shakespeare Garden in Central Park so we selected a garden ornament to dictate the gracious but informal tone," she says.
The ornament, an iron and stone armillary sundial assembled from antique architectural and garden fragments, became the focal point of the dining room—and a jumping off spot for the rest of the house. In the entry, the cement console table's branchlike legs are reminiscent of the twig gate in the yard that opens to what Vincenta dubbed "A Midsummer Night's Walk in the Woods." The table is topped with mercury glass candlesticks that sparkle like the nearby water.
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In the living room an oval iron and glass coffee table and two faux bamboo benches keep things open and airy; a pair of wire urns twined with natural moss and filled with silk hydrangeas adds a horticultural accent to either side of the limestone fireplace. "I love mixing iron, wood and stone," says Rinfret.