Newcomers Holiday House Tour

Nov 25, 2022

Author: Sue Dechiara



Entering through the large stone porte cochere, a front-to-back foyer welcomes visitors with expansive views. This gorgeous home is stately and homey at the same time, cozy, and yet classic. Once dubbed ‘Stoneleigh’, this landmarked 1903 massive manor house was carefully renovated and restored by its loving residents with the assistance and expertise of Lisa Hilderbrand. With a signature southern-inspired style, Lisa put her timeless touch on each room in a way that blends old-world charm with the finest modern luxuries. The vintage country estate calls to mind Tudor, Adirondack and Colonial styles – uniquely blended together to create a respite to be enjoyed. 


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The old-world oak paneled wing of the house, where the formal living and dining rooms, entry foyer, and office sit, are connected to the more contemporary mostly-white marble kitchen through a butlers pantry fit for the queen’s staff. Warm original floors and a Persian rug are combined with cool high-gloss lacquered blue cabinets and an expansive marble wet bar; carefully bringing together elements from each sides of the house to melt together in what was many visitors’ favorite space. 

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Leaded glass windows, extensive millwork, coffered ceilings, floor to ceiling paneling, a barn door, and a wrap around back porch are all details that set this home apart. 


This stunning colonial is perched perfectly between two Harvard-five masterpieces. The traditional front exterior is wonderfully juxtaposed by a sophisticated contemporary interior and modern backyard. In addition to a three-car garage, the backyard boasts a second garage space, complete with a car elevator to house the couple’s many collector vehicles. 

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The interiors follow the principles of feng shui to determine the furniture layout and color scheme, and were also inspired by an extensive art collection. 

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The house features a front-to-back entry hall with a massive double story floor- to-ceiling window wall. 

Although everything about the home was first class, it was the owners’ 130lb Great Dane, Bella, that stole the show on tour day! 



Located along the banks of the bucolic Silvermine River, this enchanting home’s soothing aesthetic is pulled together with wide-plank antique Belgian white oak floors and wooden beams throughout. Almost the entire first floor is open-floor plan and each space flows seamlessly into the next while they each have a unique vibe. 

 Unlike the other homes on the tour, visitors were welcomed into the full upstairs of the home as well. Similar to the first floor, the primary suite is filled with neutral, calming tones, while the children’s rooms are curated with bright pops of colors and whimsical details. The baby’s nursery was certainly a highlight. 

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 This modern farmhouse is a tranquil retreat. The neutral palette is intentionally designed to celebrate lots of natural light that creates a clean, fresh, and welcoming ambiance, typical of designer Krista Fox’s style. Luscious fabrics, honed stone finishes, and natural-toned white oak wood floors add texture and warmth that blend seamlessly with the sophisticated furnishings. 

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 Rather than a formal dining room, the owners opted for a billiards room, and added a secret door that leads to the first- floor office. 

The well-appointed outdoor entertaining space boasts a pool, firepit, and bar area, that allowed for visitors on the tour to enjoy smores and some delicious hot chocolate. 

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This elegant five-acre Georgian Colonial estate features grand rooms for entertaining that compliment the stately exterior grounds. Large French doors grace every room of the main floor making the transition from indoor to outdoor living seamless.

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This is the home of New Canaan newcomers who arrived in 2020, and is designed by their also-newcomer sister-in-law, Townsend Lloyd, who is not only an incredibly talented interior designer, but also served as the Chair of the 2021 Tour!

Townsend blended her own unique flair with the owner’s love of modern décor and architecture. It was important to incorporate contemporary design throughout and incorporate color into each room either through fabulous art or punches of color in fabrics, custom carpets, or bold tableware.

The entire estate is powered by solar energy.


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