For most city dwellers, having a weekend house traditionally meant getting away from it all—perhaps to a place near the water, or somewhere nestled in the piney woods.
But then came the overdevelopment of many formerly bucolic enclaves, and its ugly twin: the unbearable drudgery of weekend traffic. For one New York-based couple, the three-hour haul from their townhouse on the Upper East Side to the Hamptons each Friday evening became too stressful. So they went where few weekenders had gone before: to Greenwich, Connecticut, the ultimate suburb for city commuters.
Only 40 minutes from Manhattan, the Fairfield County town is widely considered among the area's most luxurious bedroom communities. But to this couple with young children, Greenwich would become a leafy refuge at the end of a hectic week.
The living room of a Greenwich, Connecticut, home designed by includes a 19th-century Italian sofa from Lucca Antiques upholstered in Belgian linen, petrified wood and ceramic stools, a light fixture by the Urban Electric Co., and a Louis XVI armchair; the side table is from Lillian August, and the mirror is by Thom Filicia Home Collection.