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Open House Recap: Modern Meets Traditional, Victorian Industrial and More




    Known for her sophisticated and soothing interiors, tastemaker Mar Silver brings a similar sensibility to her home in Westport, CT. Silver mixes clean-lined, contemporary furniture, a restrained palette of neutral tones and earthy accessories to produce a peaceful, nature-inspired vibe. She also dresses up outdoor spaces with mini poolside cabanas, which are patterned after teepees. (Published Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011)

    This past weekend's Open House brought you majestic mansions and dazzling decorating tips. We kicked off the show with a lesson on how to mix modern and traditional styles on a budget by partners in business and life, Larry Abel and Raymond McCallister (see below video). Then homeowner Mary Clair Collins showed off her $8.75 million lakefront house while interiors maven Mar Silver's Westport, CT retreat was all about clean-lined, organic living (catch the above video tour). At the Porcupine Creek estate in Rancho Mirage, CA, we checked out the private 19-hole golf course at the stunning $55 million property (see below video). And boutique owner and home accessories designer Michele Varian showed us how to get the Victorian Industrial look at home (see below video).