One of us gets to be a guest this Thanksgiving while the other is the “hostess with the mostest” with six family members descending upon her home for the holiday. So when we were asked to provide our tips for making visitors feel welcome for athome in Fairfield County, we knew exactly what we’d recommend (come late and leave early?!) Actually, a bedside bouquet and a winter-scented candle are all you need to make a guestroom comfy and warm; your guests will feel so at home, they may never leave!
Carolyne Roehm likes to keep holiday munchies on hand in a small pantry and refrigerator on the guestroom’s floor…
Drink and Be Merry!
while Cindy Rinfret wants her guests to get the party started with a mini bottle of Patrón Silver on a tray in the guestroom (his and her bottles – what a hoot!)
May We Have Some More?
Local architect Dinyar Wadia is lucky to have married the “best chef around” but he doesn’t let his guests take any turkey home (though she sneaks them some anyway)…
The Perfect Bath
and Barbara Sallick, Co-Founder and SVP of Design of Waterworks, stocks towels and a fragrant bar of soap in baskets for friends and family who spend the night (and makes sure a real clock on the nightstand is set to the right time.)
A spritz of lavender linen spray gives the guestroom a fresh soft scent and New York designer Sara Gilbane swears by scented oval discs in the closet and drawers.
How about you, what do you do to make a guest feel welcomed?
P.S. Thank you, Ann, for including us among such talented tastemakers!
Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
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
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
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
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
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.