Veronica Hamlet Michigan Home Tour

Freda A. Nix

“When we drove up, we said, ‘This house is weird. It must be for us,’” recalls interior designer Veronica Hamlet. The 5,000-square-foot residence was like nothing she had seen before. Built in 1974, it had a hard-to-nail style: a mixture of Italian architecture with mid-century lines, all rendered in stucco. Something you might find in West Palm Beach. But this was the west side of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“It’s strangely like the Holiday Inn,” Veronica admits. There’s an indoor pool, so she and her husband, Jeremiah, a former professional basketball player, can watch their kids swim while they eat breakfast if they so please. The first and second floors form a horseshoe, providing a view of the pool from nearly every room in the house. For some, if might have been too much—but the family loves it. “We are adventurous, out-of-the-box people,” Veronica says. “Everyone who knows us says it.”

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Tour Analisse Taft-Gersten’s Connecticut Home

Freda A. Nix

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William Abranowicz


The game was this: find a house that didn’t “make us feel like we were 150 years old,” says Analisse Taft-Gersten of her family’s search for a home base with more space outside Manhattan. With two growing teenagers, she and her husband, James Gersten, technically just needed more space—but they were particularly picky buyers: He’s a veteran hospitality exec and she is the founder of the furniture and decor showroom ALT for Living. It took some dozen showings to eventually find the winner, a somewhat neglected modern house in the woods of Greenwich, Connecticut.

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The home appears nestled into its surroundings, thanks to extensive landscaping updates.

William Abranowicz

“We opened the doors, and I immediately went, ‘Holy sh*t. This could be perfect,’” Taft-Gersten recalls. Emphasis on could be: The couple then spent four months updating the house. Their goal was twofold: Make it work for both their family

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