A Clean Slate



Daffodils, peepers chorusing in the night, that first day when you throw open every window in your house and let the fresh breezes back in—these are my favorite things about spring. The annual ritual of cleaning? Not so much, yet instinct compels me to root through closets, cupboards, and bookshelves to create a clean canvas for a new season. With all the unnecessary elements pared away, the design takes center stage, which is the focus of this issue celebrating contemporary architecture and decor. Simple, modern, timeless.

We visited homes throughout Westchester and chose to feature three completely different looks from three distinct eras: an award-winning icon from the fifties; a stunning glass aerie built in the eighties; and a recently constructed Italian beauty.

For many of us, spring also brings with it a fresh desire to go out and tinker in the garden. If you are looking for some inspiration, check out our Home Ground feature. Gardening guru Tovah Martin gives you a look over the fence at four of our county’s horticultural hotshots’ own gardens where they have free reign to experiment and indulge in their wildest floral fantasies.

Chazz Palminteri reads Westchester Home at his Westchester home.

Another Westchester passion is real estate: buying, selling, or just plain talking about it. We cover all the bases with Elsa Brenner’s new Castles & Cottages column. Elsa will also be penning our newest blog, Open House, at westchestermagazine.com starting May 1. This twice-monthly column will zero in on the latest listings, gossip, trends, and real estate news in the county. And if you haven’t already done so, visit our other two home-related blogs: We ❤ This, our shopping editor’s favorite finds, and Ask Westchester Home, where we answer our readers’ thorniest home and gardening questions. We hope you enjoy reading this issue and browsing our website.

Nancy L. Claus
Executive Editor