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May 29, 2012
$4.5M Home Built by Actors Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn Hits the Market; Nine Garden Tours; Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House
House of the Week: Home that Jessica Tandy & Hume Cronyn Built
Annual property taxes: $60,717
233 Stone Hill Rd, Pound Ridge
It’s the house that Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn custom built as their weekend getaway. Just that fact alone has extra special appeal. Add to that countless one-of-a-kind features of this lakeside retreat and the property is irresistible. Like its original owners, drama runs through the core of this 1971 bright and airy contemporary, starting with the glacial rock purposefully left exposed as an artistic centerpiece in the slate entryway. In addition to the light-filled interior, the distinctive design features walls of glass with serene lake views from nearly all 10 rooms, a terra cotta exterior lined with multiple decking, a sleek minimalist all-cream kitchen with a breakfast nook that opens to an intimate deck, and an innovative L-shaped pool cleverly built out over Mystery Lake creating the illusion of endless water. Listing agent Janice Bergstein explains that the special property could not be built today: “It was built on stilts about ten feet from the water. The code in Pound Ridge today now prevents building within 150 feet of wetlands.” If you’re worried about getting heavy, cumbersome groceries and suitcases up the steep incline from the three-car garage to the front door, no need. Follow the example of current owners Beverly and the late Dan Cannold—load them on the handy and discrete built-in tram. With everything you need at your fingertips, your only challenge will be getting overnight guests to leave. As much as they love the property, what the Cannolds treasured most was the fast friendship they formed with Tandy and Cronyn—Broadway’s queen and king. For more information, contact Houlihan Lawrence listing agent Janice Bergstein at (914) 714-0403 or visit www.janicebergstein.houlihanlawrence.com.
ArtFull Living Show House
Photo by Bryan Barger Photography
Bill Miller Living Room
Mid-Hudson Valley artists and interior designers are coming together to collaborate in a unique, innovative project—creating beautiful high-end home space while helping designers and fine artists understand how to work better together. Following an opening reception on Sunday, June 3, giving the public a chance to mix and mingle with participating designers and artists, the ArtFull Living Show House at Glassbury Court (3370 U.S. Rte. 9, Cold Spring) will remain open Friday through Tuesdays, noon to 4 pm through Sunday, September 9. The brainchild of Cold Spring glass artist Barbara Galazzo, the project was fueled by Galazzo’s “ah-ha” moment when she realized customers were better able to envision and purchase art for their homes when they viewed it within a home setting instead of an art gallery. “That’s how the ArtFull Living project was born: this venue brings art out of the gallery and into a home setting,” Galazzo states. “The setting makes it less intimidating and easier to visualize how this or that piece could actually work in your home.” Among the nearly 30 participating area artists are photographer and digital artist Jaime Martorano, of Elmsford, and sculptor and craft artist Ada Pilar Cruz, of Peekskill. The award-winning participating designers, who will partner with artists in creating themed rooms, include Cortlandt Manor’s Phyllis Harbinger of Design Concepts/Interiors. In addition to the regular tour days, a silent auction of both art and designer show house items and industry networking projects are examples of other special events. All artwork will be available for sale. A $10 show house donation is suggested with a portion of proceeds going to the Born This Way Foundation. Note: children under 10 will not be admitted into the show house, co-sponsored by Cold Spring Arts and Glassbury Court. For more information, call (845) 265-3618 or visit www.coldspringarts.com.
Tour Nine Spectacular Gardens
The Garden Conservancy Open Days Program is in full swing. The next Westchester gardens to open for an up close view (at $5 per garden) are in Briarcliff Manor and Pleasantville on Saturday, June 2, and Bedford Hills, Cortlandt Manor, Katonah, and North Salem, on Sunday, June 3. Below are locations and highlights:
June 2, 10 am to 4 pm
Dr. and Mrs. John Mickel (32 Farm Rd, Briarcliff Manor): an informal garden with 140 different varieties of ferns—native as well as from Europe, Japan, China, and Mexico (some of which will be available for sale)—flowering plants, shade trees, and a two-level pond and rock garden that graces a Japanese-style tea house.
Jean and John Nonna (21 Ashland Ave, Pleasantville): explore 41 different varieties of Japanese maples among other rare trees, including a Zelkova and Japanese Emperor oak.
June 3, 10 am to 2 pm
Photo courtesy of The Garden Conservancy
Vivian and Ed Merrin (2547 Maple Ave, Cortlandt Manor): six-acre garden boasts 500 lotuses, 300 mountain laurels, mixed borders of indigenous plants, and four greenhouses with rare tropical plants.
June 3, 10 am to 4 pm
Artemis Farm—Carol and Jesse Goldberg (22 Wallace Rd, North Salem): multiple gardens, including an eight-bed formal garden surrounded by boxwood and furnished with 19th century antiques in the spot once occupied by the barn of their circa 1869 farmhouse.
Barbara and Tom Israel (296 Mt Holly Rd, Katonah): includes a charming box-hedged perennial border, a retreat garden, a large vegetable garden, and orchard.
Perrin Garden, North Salem: English-style country house surrounded by formal gardens that include mature perennials and a sweet gum tree, a transition garden that leads to a wildflower meadow, and apple orchard.
Phillis Warden (531 Bedford Center Rd, Bedford Hills): multi-faceted garden covering seven acres includes water, wildflower, vegetable, fern, and marsh gardens, along with a formal croquet court.
June 3, 10 am to 6 pm
Keeler Hill Farm (64 Keeler Ln, North Salem): a paddock-lined driveway leads to formal garden “rooms” with visual surprises, a lilac walk, vegetables gardens, and orchard.
Photo courtesy of The Garden Conservancy
Page Dickey and Francis Schell—Duck Hill (23 Baxter Rd, North Salem): a 19th century farmhouse surrounded by a series of gardens, including an herb garden, white garden, and crabapple courtyard. Readers of Page Dickey’s books will find familiar features.
For more information, call (845) 265-5384, or visit www.opendaysprogram.org.
40th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House
Photo by Edgar Pineda
Room by Zoya Bograd
The famed annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House, benefitting the Bronx-based Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, never fails to entertain and inspire. After 40 years, it remains a go-to destination for design enthusiasts, once again transforming a luxury Manhattan residence into an elegant designer showcase. This year’s show house runs through Thursday, June 14, and features a new added attraction—a series of “The Best Of” lectures hosted by Sotheby’s, including an on-site lunch or cocktail reception, along with entry and a shuttle service to the Show House at The Aldyn Residences (60 Riverside Blvd between 62nd and 63rd Streets). Remaining featured lectures (at $75 per lecture or $150 for a package of three) include “Natural Elegance at Moss Mountain Farm” with gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith at 11 am on Wednesday, May 30; “Fashion and Inspiration in Interior Design” with acclaimed interior designer Miles Redd at 11 am on Friday, June 1; and “Addicted to Old Houses: Iconic Rooms and Influential Interiors” with the Winterthur Museum’s director of museum affairs Tom Savage at 11 am on Tuesday, June 5. The show house is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (212) 755-5733 or visit www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org.
Tip of the Week
According to Brian Panessa, owner of Hilltop Farms in Croton-on-Hudson, now is the best time to start planning and planting your summer vegetable garden. Here are his top tips:
1) Finding the right spot is key—an area that provides at least six hours of full sunlight for plants to mature properly.
2) The soil needs to be properly fertilized, have adequate drainage, and be tested, if possible, to determine if it’s ready for planting.
3) Start your own compost by collecting kitchen waste, like egg shells and coffee grinds, to add to leaves, grass clippings—it will add nutrients to both your veggie and flower gardens.
4) Start planting now—early spring vegetables, such as peas, spinach, and lettuce, do well planted early. The beauty of the colors from ripening and “ready to pick” veggies can run from red to purple and green to white.
5) Follow planting instructions on the back of each seed packet to ensure each seed receives the best start. You should be able to reap and eat the rewards of your labor in no time!
Final thoughts: the extra bounty from your garden can go even further by freezing for winter recipes, or by donating any excess to a local food pantry. More helpful tips are available at www.hilltopfarmsmarket.com.
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