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For anyone who feels as if they’re in a style rut, awe and inspiration await at the September by the Sea house tour in Rowayton. The event, which raises funds for the Rowayton Civic Association, takes place on Friday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and features five gorgeous homes in the Rowayton Beach Association. Here are some of the features to look for in each of the locations.

Bo Malpass of Darien built this home.

1 TURQUOISE ISLAND There are many things to love about a kitchen that showcases a Key Largo green island. Other features to note in this home are the inviting front porch and white shiplap-paneled hallways that give the house a hip, beachy feel. Of particular interest is the clever way that Architect Timothy Peck of Greenwich brings light into the first floor via a gas fireplace and window-backed shelves in the kitchen.

2 REC ROOM WITH A VIEW The owner of this Nantucket-style beach house wants to feel like she’s on vacation every time she walks in the door. Her vision was realized after a post-Hurricane Sandy renovation yielded improvements such as a new pool, outdoor dining area, and third-floor rec room with oversized skylights. Designer Julie Stein of Wilton blends nautical elements with traditional furnishings.

3 DREAM KITCHEN A modern home on Bell Island with views of Farm Creek was renovated in 2015 with help from FigTree Designs in Rowayton and Karen Berkemeyer Home in Westport. Special features include an incredible kitchen with custom gray wood-textured cabinetry, bu the views steal the show.

4 VINTAGE MEETS ECLECTIC Inside the traditional exterior of one home is a surprise around every corner. Built by Bo Malpass of Warrington Homes in Darien and decorated by the owner, the style is eclectic, with artwork of every genre and diamond-in-the-rough flea market finds (vintage sinks and old factory lights). Don’t miss the vintage lead glass windows, which were fashioned as cabinet fronts, or the three-story wall of rough-sawn cedar treated to look like driftwood by Floe painting in Norwalk.

5 COASTAL ESCAPE This cozy cottage is “a total escape from city life,” says the homeowner, who splits time between Manhattan and Rowayton. The 1,900-square-foot home was designed by Caroline Burke of Anna Burke Interiors, and features a beautiful mix of antiques, art and modern lighting.




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