House of the Week: Waccabuc Wonder, Tour Holiday-Decorated Historic Mansion

PLUS: ABC Carpet & Home’s Annual Winter Sale, the New Member Exhibit at Silvermine Arts Center and Holiday-Decorated Historic Mansion tours.

House of the Week: Waccabuc Wonder
$1.375 million
Annual property taxes: $30,929
209 Mead St., Waccabuc

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After 42 years, the owners who custom built this Waccabuc gem—a 1970 four-bedroom contemporary that blends comfort with dramatic design—are putting it on the market for the first time. Its many cleverly crafted features include a one-with-nature design that takes full advantage of its nearly two and one-half acre natural setting thanks to walls of windows, soaring vaulted ceilings, and generous use of natural materials like stone and wood throughout the 3,713 square-foot interior. “The house truly reflects the ties of the homeowners to Venice and their passion for cooking,” says listing agent Hope Mazzola. “The back of the house is dedicated to cooking and entertaining. They even created a walk-in pantry that fills an entire room. The flow is also wonderful for entertaining and almost every room has access to decks, making it feel like a weekend retreat.” Signs of the Italian influence can be spotted throughout from the rustic chef’s kitchen (“cucina rustica”) where multiple cooks can feel right at home to the palatial master bedroom suite with its luxurious ensuite Palazzo bath. Even the grounds have a retreat-like feel, but don’t look for a traditional flat lawn in the mature, serene pond-side landscape. For more information, contact William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance listing agent Hope Mazzola at (914) 714-0090 or visit

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ABC Carpet & Home Annual Winter Sale
If it’s Dec. 26, it can only mean one thing—SALE! Don’t miss a chance to score major savings on everything on your home’s wish list during the annual ABC Carpet & Home Winter Sale that runs through Jan. 27 at 888 and 881 Broadway at E. 19th St. in Manhattan. With deep discounts (up to 60 percent off) on a slew of great finds from lighting to carpeting and everything in between, you can give your home a new look for the new year. The sale includes select designer products from Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tom Dixon, Dwell, Blu Dot, Cobble Hill, Matteo and Barbara Barry, along with a selection of rugs, sectionals, and sofas. For more information, call (212) 473-3000 or visit

Artwork by (from left) Head, Ivanovic, Green, Houston, Paper. Photo courtesy of Silvermine Arts Center  New Member Exhibit at Silvermine Arts Center
Jan. 6, 2013 to Feb. 17, 2013
Looking to refresh the art in your home? Be inspired by the Silvermine Arts Center’s New Member Exhibition (1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, Conn.) that showcases the works of five new Guild of Artists members who were inducted in 2012. Featured new members who work in a variety of media include Westchester-based Lara Ivanovic from Larchmont (painting/drawing), Mindy Green from Rowayton, Conn. (painting), Shelby Head from Madison, Conn. (sculpture), Heather Houston from New Milford, Conn. (sculpture), and Hank Paper from Hamden, Conn. (photography). Every spring and fall, artists are selected through a peer jury process to become members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists that features more than 300 professional artists, five galleries presenting new exhibits every six weeks, and sponsoring prestigious regional and national competitions. The new members exhibit runs Sunday, Jan. 6, through Sunday, Feb. 17 beginning with an opening reception on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 2-4 p.m., and including a special opportunity to mix and mingle with the artists and experience guided tours on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m. Exhibit hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 pm. Following the opening of the new members exhibit, a dynamic mix of shows continues through the year.  For more information, call (203) 966-9700 or visit

Photo courtesy of Knox’s Headquarters Historic Site  Tour Holiday-Decorated Historic Mansion
Last chance to tour the holiday-decorated historic Ellison mansion at Knox’s Headquarters (289 Forge Hill Road, Vails Gate, NY). This mid-Hudson Valley historic mainstay and state designated historic site opens its doors for a seasonal open house on Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Friday, Dec. 28. According to the story behind the house, the historic mansion of John Ellison served as the military headquarters of Major General Henry Knox during the Revolutionary War and where the army waited for the end of the war. Tours of the elegant 1754 Georgian-style historic house are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. on each of the three days, allowing visitors to experience the holidays in 18th-century style. For more information, call (845) 561-1765, ext 22, or visit  

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