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Christmas in Connecticut

Tying One On

Tying One On

Darien designer Beth duPont knows a thing or two about collecting and what better time to display boxes of vintage garlands, ornaments and even brush trees than the holidays.  Starting with the biggest tree she can fit in her Victorian home, Beth decorates every room from wall to wall and from ceiling to floor.  Even her mirrors, art and statues get a festive touch!

Pop of Purple

Pop of Purple

Kitchen Kringle

Kitchen Kringle

Beth’s passion for the holidays was passed down to her by her mother who, as a visual merchandiser for department stores, “could make chocolates on a porcelain plate look beautiful.”  Our mother also has the Christmas decorating gene but sadly she didn’t pass it on to us…   Needless to say, we have a hard enough time tying a ribbon on a wreath or topping a tree with a star.

Bedtime Bliss

Bedtime Bliss

Magnolia Garlands

Magnolia Garlands

Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate festive decking of the halls when we see it and Beth’s home does not disappoint.  Doesn’t this make you want to sing falalalala?

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The Latest Buzz

“Green” Acres

A Grand Colonial

A Grand Colonial

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens celebrates its 10th anniversary this month and we’re thrilled that one of the articles features a project we worked on last year with our client, the talented New York-based interior designer Paul Stuart Rankin. This beautiful home sits on what was once a 14-acre dairy farm and has been in the same family for the past 50 years.  While it was formerly used as a summer house, the clients wanted to convert it to an all season residence where they could entertain family and friends.  Having completed three major design projects with Paul, the couple knew he could bring his elegant touch and create a comfortable and welcoming home.

A Welcoming Entry

A Welcoming Entry

A Lovely Living Room

A Lovely Living Room

Needless to say, the main house needed a bit of updating and with the help of architect McKee Patterson, it was brought into the 21st century.  Interior spaces were altered to create a more open feeling, a rear addition built for a new kitchen, breakfast room, family room and master suite above, and a new screen porch was added to take in the views from on all sides.  The best part is that all of the alterations were done with eye toward sustainability.

A Beautiful Bedroom

A Beautiful Bedroom

A Perfect Porch

A Perfect Porch

Even the land was thoroughly renovated – pesticides were removed, apple orchards restored and a greenhouse built to provide vegetables and herbs year round.  You would think that a 9,000+ square foot home with out buildings and a pool would not fit the definition of “eco-friendly” but in this case, you’d be wrong.  Solar panels heat and cool the fresh-water pool; rain water is collected for irrigation; geothermal wells provide air-conditioning and heating; and a windmill help with electrical usage.  Who knew a property that looks so traditional could be so modern!

A Wonderful Windmill

A Wonderful Windmill

P.S.  Full disclosure – the flowers photographed in the home were all fresh as our designs were a later addition.  If you would like to read more about this project, click here.

Photo: house, entry, living room, bedroom, porch and greenhouse

Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Stylish and Sophisticated

Sleek Style in the Suburbs


Pronunciation: \ˈyüth-fəl\

Having vitality and freshness…  Wunderkind local designer Sam Allen embodies youthful sophistication in this beautiful Westport home (and he came to us for the fiddle leaf fig trees!)

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Personalities, The Latest Buzz

Young Talent


Our adventures in New York on Wednesday led to many encounters with wonderful designers, some established stars and others, rising stars.  Having been fans of Young Huh’s work ever since we saw it in the pages of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, we were so excited to actually meet her in person at the TradHome party.

House Beautiful “Kitchen of the Month”

A local, award-winning, talent with (her Scarsdale, NY home where “Marie Antoinette meets Jean Michel Frank” won her an Innovation in Design Award in 2011), Young’s style of mixing the old with the new allows her to infuse a fresh creative edge to her interiors.  And as a mother of three, Young understands the need to balance chic design with kid-friendly furnishings.

Young’s Home

A Serene Scene

Juggling both career and family life is no small feat for Young, especially since some of her projects take her to places beyond the tri-state area…  We don’t know how she does it all with such grace and humor and perhaps that’s why we connected so well with her!

Crisp and Clean

Whatever her secret is, Young is definitely shooting for the stars and we’ll be looking for more of her divine design…

Fabulous in Florida

Rumor has it Young is designing one of the 18 bedrooms for the Ronald McDonald House in Long Island with good friend Nick Olsen this fall…  Who’s up for a road trip?  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Photos via Young Huh Interior Design, House Beautiful and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens


Color, Inspirations

From Posy to Party

Diane James Home – Wine Country Bouquet

Now that Sandy has passed and the 9″ of snow has melted, we can finally turn our attention to the holidays and with Thanksgiving just a week away, it’s none too soon!  Given that this holiday really centers around food and therefore, the table, we like to go all out…  Thankfully, we’ve got the flowers covered and we’re thinking of a plum and silver theme to coordinate with our Wine Country Bouquet.

Loveramics – A Curious Toile

ABC Home – Mercury Glass Votive

Williams Sonoma – Place Card Holders

Kim Seybert – Silk Organza Napkin

Wisteria – Silvered Glass Gourds

What will inspire your Thanksgiving table this year?

P.S.  Need any ideas?  Join us at Nielsen’s tomorrow in Darien for a Home for the Holidays event, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  (all proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.)

Photos via Diane James Home, Loveramics, ABC Home, Williams Sonoma, Kim Seybert and Wisteria

Inspirations, The Latest Buzz

Doing The Delamar

Lovely Living

One of the winners (in two categories, no less!) at last night’s Innovation in Design Awards hosted by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens was our client, Sage Design.  Needless to say, we’re thrilled for Kathy since we’ve gotten to know her over the past couple of months and love her taste (read our post here.)

Succulent Seating

We’re even more excited to have visited Kathy’s website recently and found new images of the suites she designed for the Delamar Hotel in Southport.  Some of the pictures included the Diane James Home florals she borrowed for the photo shoot.  The Delamar liked what we did so much, the general manager bought two designs!

Bedside Beauty

Blue Hues

Being at the right place, at the right time may not be the most successful business strategy to follow but it has certainly worked for us and for Kathy.  In fact, she was asked to design the two suites at the Delamar when the owner, Charles Mallory, saw a model residence Kathy created for Southport Green.  Don’t you just love serendipity?!

Sitting Pretty

Bathing Beauty

Photos via Sage Design

Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

At Home with Sue (The Zhush)


Pronunciation: /ˈsəkyələnt/

Highly interesting; enjoyable (and here’s to a delectable week!)

P.S.  Congratulations to Karen Ruzicka, the winner of our Joy of Decorating giveaway!

Photo via Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

Inspirations, The Latest Buzz

Magic Carpet Ride

From Concept to Carpet

According to J.D. Staron, “It’s not just a rug, it’s a destination” and we took a trip to Maison et Objet last week, thanks to a wonderful presentation made by Jakub Staron at his Stamford, CT showroom (an event sponsored by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, no less!)  With the help of pictures taken in Paris, as well as examples from his own collection of exquisite handmade rugs, Jakub walked us through some of the more popular trends in design.

Metallics and metals – look for burnished lusters and polished looks.

A Mix with Mylar

Natural motifs and materials – the love affair continues (and these beauties are made with recycled silk saris!)

Saturated with Saris

Bold grains and high-touch texture – the more nubbly, the better.

Bold and Bumpy

Blue and white – need we say more?

Beautiful Blue and White

Jakub travels the globe and translates the world into rugs, bringing us all on a magic carpet ride with his most innovative and inspirational patterns.  Each is truly a work of art – don’t you think?

J.D. Staron in House Beautiful

P.S.  For a great video about Jakub and his work, click here!

Photos via J.D. Staron and Fresh American

Events, The Latest Buzz

Cocktails with the Governor

An Invitation to a Party

Last night, we had the honor of joining Governor and Mrs. Malloy for the private unveiling of The People’s Project, a.k.a. the renovation and refurbishment of the Governor’s residence in Hartford, Connecticut.  To celebrate the house’s 100th anniversary, a non-for-profit organization has been working to give it the ultimate birthday present in the form of some “cosmetic” surgery – not a major overhaul but some interior plumping and primping which was sorely needed.

Paula Perlini - Martha's Vineyard

Who best to gather a group of talented local designers to help with the subtle “touch-ups” but our friends at Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.

Catherine Cleare - Sasco Hill Bedroom

Catherine Cleare - Sasco Hill Dining Room

Sadly, we were told to leave our cameras at home since the entire November issue is dedicated to the project but we can tell you which designers finished their room with our flowers…  Paula Perlini, Sandra Morgan and Catherine Cleare!

Sandra Morgan - Westchester Entry

Sandra Morgan - Darien Living Room

Photos via House Beautiful, Cleare Interiors and Sandra Morgan Interiors