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The Modern Estate
Contrib_SallyScott.jpgSally Scott The eponymous firm that Sally Scott founded in 1989, Sally Scott Interior Design, is an accomplished full-service design firm offering a wide variety of expertise and experience. Sally and her dedicated staff of five—proficient in all areas of residential design, but with a particularly extensive background in kitchen and bathroom design—welcome projects ranging from vacation properties to renovation and remodeling to estates decoration. SSI Design has provided innovative design for all areas of the home in projects throughout New England, and Sally’s distinctive, practical, and comfortable designs for residential projects have translated seamlessly to completed aging-in-place and retirement-community projects throughout Connecticut. Sally is a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Her work has been featured in numerous national shelter publications. Her article on page 39 advises readers how to find a designer who can help you define your personal style and who is happy to do things your way.

Contrib_RobBrunetti.jpgRobert G. Brunetti, PE Robert G. Brunetti is a licensed civil engineer and the director of construction services at Pecora Brothers, Inc. Robert, who has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in business administration, spent 13 years working on the Boston Big Dig Project. While in Boston, he became interested in residential construction, and so he implemented a number of residential development projects on his own. In 2003 he joined Pecora Brothers, a Greenwich-based residential and commercial builder that also provides project management and owner’s-representative services. This firm fills a unique niche: It offers both the skills and craftsmanship of a builder of fine custom homes and the commercial management infrastructure that is becoming increasingly critical to the success of today’s complex home-construction process. His background in both residential and commercial construction makes Robert ideally suited to enlighten TME’s readers on the new technologies they should know about when they set out to build an “advanced home” (see page 31).

Contrib_RoseBennettGilbert.jpgRose Bennett Gilbert Rose Bennett Gilbert has covered the police beat and the obit desk during her career as a journalist. She began writing about home design, the decorative arts, and lifestyle after doing interviews for a Richmond newspaper (on the subject of historic houses) in connection with the famed Historic Garden Week that is held every April all across her native Virginia. Rose, who is also the author of seven books on design, writes a weekly syndicated column that appears in some 250 newspapers from coast to coast. She hastens to point out that the showers in her 1920s-vintage home (see her article on “brainy bathrooms,” page 74) meet the 2.5-gallon-per-minute regulation.

Contrib_AllenEdwards.jpgAlan Edwards Alan Edwards, a financial and operating executive with more than 25 years experience is a CPA who also holds an MBA degree in marketing. For the last 15 years, after successfully managing a diverse group of companies, he has specialized within the high-end residential estate swimming pool and landscape property arena. As senior vice president for operations for Shoreline Pools, Alan helps to guide a distinguished company whose size, resources, experience, and expertise are a major resource for both homeowners and professional design groups. (To see how varied and impressive-looking swimming pools are these days, see Alan’s article on page 66.) “We recognize the importance of integrating pool design and construction with landscape architecture,” he notes. “Since 1969, and in over 4,500 premium in-ground pools and spas throughout the tri-state area, we have set the standard of excellence for swimming pool and spa construction, restoration, and service, one valued customer at a time.”

Contrib_PhillipEnnis.jpgPhillip Ennis Born and raised in New York City, Phillip studied chemistry and fine art in Pittsburgh before obtaining a formal education in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He began his career in photography in 1982, shooting extensively for the interior design and architectural community. His striking images have appeared in books (among them, two books on private home theaters) and on the covers of hundreds of magazines internationally, including Architectural Digest, Town & Country, The New York Times Magazine, and Traditional Home. He continues to shoot extensively for hotel and hospitality clients, for the cruise ship industry, for makers of fine home furnishings and accessories, and of course, for many of the world’s finest architects and interior design firms. In the article beginning on page 74, he shoots the “ultimate bathroom”; in the article beginning on page 84, his camera captures the exquisite craftsmanship of a couple who have devoted their life to the repair and restoration of precious things. Phillip can be reached at (914) 234-9574, or visit his site,
Hilton Vanderhorn
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