Christopher Peacock created the first white kitchen.
January 25, 2018

Proud As A…

Last year, we received more than 200 entries for CTC&G’s Innovation in Design Awards (IDAs) in the Kitchen Design category, and the kitchens were all WHITE! The person who is credited with creating the first white kitchen that changed kitchens forever and spawned dozens of imitators is Christopher Peacock. It’s not only because he is…

December 30, 2017

Trend Spotting

This issue gets all of us thinking about how we can have the ultimate kitchen! Our intrepid Editorial Director D.J. Carey attends the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) every January and comes back with the inside scoop. Then she shares her new-found knowledge at CTC&G’s annual Trends in Kitchen design event at NuKitchens…

December 20, 2017

Don’t Leave Home Without It

In this debut edition of the Connecticut Design Guide, “The List” beginning on page 179 is a compilation of architects, builders and interior and garden designers who have been featured in the pages of CTC&G throughout the past 13 years. Selected by our editors because of the caliber of their work, they represent some of…

December 11, 2017

Now That’s Italian!

In addition to trains, planes, taxis, subways, and rental cars, I have visited advertisers by bicycle in Aspen, scooter in Bermuda, chauffeur-driven Nissan in Tokyo, private junk in Hong Kong, and, recently, a vaporetto and a gondola in Venice. Accompanying me on the trip to Venice (in addition to Milan) was NYC&G Account Director Melissa…

Designer Matthew Patrick Smyth shows how to mix antiques with modern furnishings.
December 7, 2017

Mixing Things Up

As an antiques lover and also an enthusiast for clean modern lines, I have often thought that decorating one’s home should not have to be strictly confined to one or the other. With that in mind, under the direction of Editorial Director D.J. Carey, CTC&G has embarked on a four-part program to showcase successful mixes…

November 30, 2017


Launched in January 2015, C&GTV is proving to be a highly effective storyteller, whether it’s covering our company’s recent Innovation in Design Awards ceremonies (featuring Peter Marino and Donna Karan in New York and Deborah Berke and Martha Stewart in the Hamptons) or producing branded content for the world of design. The C&GTV team, along…

November 7, 2017

The Ultimate Resource

After many requests from readers and design professionals to create a comprehensive design guide to Connecticut, we are delighted to announce that the ultimate resource is on its way. The 2018 Connecticut Design Guide is a must-have compendium of building and architectural firms, product listings and design services, as well as tips, trends and ideas from the…

October 7, 2017

Brooklyn Rising

The coverage of Brooklyn in our pages—decidedly evidence of the abundant design activity in the borough and its talented artists,artisans, architects, and decorators—is so important that I recently moderated a panel at What’s New What’s Next, the New YorkDesign Center’s annual industry gathering, with the title “Brooklyn Rising.” The following facts about Brooklyn might surprise…

Cottages & Gardens Celebrates Urban Zen
October 5, 2017

Bella Donna

This year, the CTC&G Innovation in Design Awards (IDAs) honored Elizabeth Eakins “the uber rug lady” and sister publication, HC&G recognized Martha Stewart for forever changing the joy we have in our homes, our gardens and our tables. This month, we will honor Donna Karan at the NYC&G IDAs. I first met Donna in the…

CTC&G September Covers
September 20, 2017

Sheer Abundance

You may have noticed that the cover of this issue is different from your neighbor’s. Our state is so full of wonderful homes and gardens, art and antiques, designers and architects, builders and retailers that when our editors are choosing content for our issues, we often have an embarrassment of riches leading to differing and…

A detail of the Elizabeth Eakins vignette at the CTC&G IDAs.
August 15, 2017

The Best of the Best

On May 23, the 21st innovation in Design Awards (IDAs pronounced I-DAAH-s) took place at the Greenwich Country Club. The 21st, you ask? Yes indeed. From its beginnings 11 years ago in Connecticut, the CTC&G IDAs were joined seven years ago in the Hamptons with the HC&G IDAs and five years ago in New York…

C&G Media Group refreshes their conference room with a stunning remodel
June 10, 2017

Let’s Have A Meeting!

Designers Charles Pavarini III and J. Randall Tarasuk stopped by our Norwalk headquarters a few months ago and noticed the sorry state of our conference room—everyday chairs, obligatory wall-mounted large-screen computer and glaring white walls (yawn). In short order, they put together a plan that reflected the bold theatricality that I love in many of…

Kohler’s Real Rain experience dazzled spectators at the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi in Milan.
May 15, 2017

An American in . . . Milan

For those of you who love design, I heartily recommend a trip to the Salone del Mobile, the cutting-edge home furnishings fair that takes place in Milan every April. The city is chock-full of exhibitions featuring collaborations between furniture manufacturers and today’s greatest designers, displayed against the backdrop of Milan’s most historic buildings. One evening,…

Great British Design on 59
April 10, 2017

Tea and Champers!

It all started with the “Brilliantly British” section in NYC&G’s annual Global Style issue, in which design firms with British heritage showcased their products in the company of beautiful features on homes from the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. A collaboration with the Department for International Trade, British Consulate General New York led…

One King Lane Showhouse
April 7, 2017

It’s Show Time!

CTC&G has a long and delicious history with showhouses—those designer-created homes that we love to visit and swoon over—from our redecoration of the Connecticut Governor’s Residence to the Showhouse on the Green in Fairfield that included the first virtually decorated room. Now here’s something different. New Canaan resident and One Kings Lane President Debbie Propst…

March 10, 2017

Design Connecticut

Our state is fairly bursting with design buildings and design communities these days, which means that you, dear readers, and your designers and architects need not venture beyond our borders for the best in furniture, fabrics, tile or stone. Last year, CTC&G was the presenting partner for the debut of the Stamford Waterside Design District…

March 10, 2017

Bidding on Bailey House

Last year, NYC&G joined the ranks of designers, donors, and friends as the media sponsor of the annual gala and auction for Bailey House, which provides housing programs and supportive services to men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS. NYC&G Editor in Chief Kendell Cronstrom and I were thrilled to see the turnout of design-industry…

March 9, 2017

Circle of Excellence!

All of us at C&G Media Group were surprised and delighted when we were informed by the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) that through its member voting system, we were selected to receive the Circle of Excellence Award for OUTSTANDING MEDIA! This prestigious awards program was created in 1992 and recognizes outstanding leadership, vision…

February 21, 2017

Have It Your Way

In the nine years that I have lived in Silvermine, virtually every neighbor has redone their kitchen. I know the process well: It starts off by noticing what others have done, followed by up to a year of talking and dreaming about it (what they would do and not do, what new products they have…

December 29, 2016

Home Sweet Home

Some of my best friends are builders! That is easy to say in a state like Connecticut where our homes mean everything to us—and it seems that there is a huge number of talented professionals building custom as well as ready-made homes for the most discerning buyers around. Little wonder then that there is a…