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Cindy Rinfret's "Classic Greenwich Style"

Cindy Rinfret's "Classic Greenwich Style"

Who would you trust to update your historical (and very impressive!) Tudor mansion?  Cindy Rinfret, iconic interior designer and doyenne of Classic Greenwich Style,would certainly be on our short list, and we were on hers when it came to fabulous faux flowers.

Front Hall with Sweeping Staircase

Front Hall with Sweeping Staircase

Rumored to have been built in 1916 by one of the most influential patrons of the American arts, banker Otto Kahn, for his mistress, the house sits on a peninsula with views of Long Island Sound.  It’s now home to a family with young children, so while grand in stature, the house retains a graceful comfort that is so much a part of the Rinfret Ltd. style.

Delightful Dining Room

Delightful Dining Room

Cindy’s interiors reflect a standard of beauty and luxury and emphasize a life well lived with furnishings that are meant to be lasting and appropriate.  We love the fact that her design philosophy can be summed up in one simple statement:  “Your home should be like your favorite outfit – comfortable, yet luxurious, like the perfect cashmere sweater with your most comfortable and understated, yet elegant jeans.”

Tea Roses Decorate a Side Table

Tea Roses Decorate a Side Table

Graceful Elegance

Graceful Elegance

The cultured and cosmopolitan Kahn would have approved of Cindy’s work given that he surrounded himself with sophisticated beauty yet still remained down-to-earth.  A champion of the civic virtues of art, Kahn once told a New York City mayor that a piano in every apartment would do more to prevent crime than a policeman on every corner!

A Pleasing Piano

A Pleasing Piano

Needless to say, we were thrilled to work with the Rinfret design team on this project and loved being a part of this historical home’s future.

Photos by yours truly and via Amazon and Rinfret Ltd.

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10 Comments

  • Reply pve January 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    luxurious project!~
    pve

  • Reply The Zhush January 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Your bouquets, this home and Cindy’s designs are like a match made in decor heaven!

  • Reply Stitchfork January 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Comfortable, yet luxurious – perfect! Bet there are some interesting stories that come with the house. Have a great weekend Carolyn! xo Cathy

  • Reply quintessence January 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Your flowers are a distinctly lovely addition!! Love the entry bouquet. And I also love Kahn’s comment about pianos!!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips January 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Love this home, Cindy’s amazing design skills. Your flowers added the perfect finishing touch!
    xo Elizabeth

  • Reply hamptontoes January 22, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Rinfret is one of my favorite shops in Greenwich…love walking in there…was just there on Monday! Your flowers are fabulous!

  • Reply The Devoted Classicist January 22, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Those flowers look amazing in the photos!

  • Reply Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi January 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    So gorgeous–the home and the flowers!

  • Reply The English Organizer January 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Beautiful home, and your flowers really make each room look special.

  • Reply Victoria January 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I love the stairway and the dining room!

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