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Events, The Latest Buzz


Thursday, September 12 at The Palace

Now that the boys are back in school and our schedules are back to somewhat normal, we can’t wait to get out and mingle this fall.  First on our list of parties is the athome in Fairfield County 2013 A-List Awards honoring the top projects in design, landscape and architecture by firms in our own backyard.  This is our first time attending the event and we’re excited to see how some of our favorite local designers (and clients!) fair…


Black and White Beauty (Photo by Jane Beiles)

Susan Glick and Tiffany Eastman from Westport are up for two awards – Entryways and Bath…

Elegant Simplicity (photo by Jane Beiles)

and will have to compete with Greenwich’s own Cindy Rinfret of Rinfret Ltd. in the Entryways category.

Blue Hues

We’ll also be cheering on New Canaan designer Michelle Morgan Harrison who submitted a beautiful living room (shot by oh-so talented Jane Beiles) for consideration in the Living Spaces category…

Serene Living

and crossing our fingers for Kathy Hodge of Sage Design.

Picture Perfect

With so many fabulous projects to choose from, we don’t know how the star-studded panel of judges (including Jennifer Post, Katie Ridder, Vincente Wolf, Thom Felicia, and charismatic host Eric Cohler) ever came to a decision.  Regardless of who wins, we know it will be an evening of divine design!

If you want to join us, click here for more information and tickets.  We hope to see you there!

Photos via athome, Susan Glick Interiors, Rinfret Ltd., Morgan Harrison Home and Sage Design



Divine Design: Kerry Hanson

Colorful Kitchen

If you browse through Kerry Hanson’s online portfolio, you can’t help but be enchanted by her light touch and refreshing palette, then fall for her youthful yet elegant aesthetic.

Bright and Beautiful

We first discovered Kerry’s work in the pages of a local magazine – her own home was profiled in an article written by our next door neighbor, Judy Ostrow, and photographed by the super talented Stacy Bass.

Bedroom Blues

Pantry Perfection

We love Kerry’s bold patterns and tailored touches and the fact that each one of her rooms has personality.  From a bright and colorful kitchen to a more refined dining room that mixes the old with the new, Kerry’s interiors are warm and welcoming.  Perhaps that’s because she learned her craft in sunny California at U.C. Berkeley and with Edward Lobrano.

Dining Delight

With four girls of her own, Kerry knows how to decorate for a busy family and create cozy spaces for quiet downtime.  And who wouldn’t want to sleep like a princess in her charming girls’ rooms?

A Princess’ Pad

Now, if only we could channel some of Kerry’s talent and get our own decorating done!

Photos 1, 2, 4 and 5 by Jane Beiles and 3 and 6 by Stacy Bass via Kerry Hanson Design


Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Andrea Brooks’ Divine Dining Room


Pronunciation: /ˈyəmē/

Delicious; highly attractive and desirable

P.S.  A big thank you to the lovely ladies at Design Chic for inspiring our Monday Mood today!

Photo via Design Chic

Inspirations, The Latest Buzz

Sensational Soirées with J + G

Spring Tablescape à la Eddie Ross

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…  and party plannin’ is underway.  On any given Saturday, you’ll find us cooking out with friends on the terrace or packing a picnic for the beach.  While we’re more of the low-key, come as you are types, sometimes it’s nice to plan a more extravagant affair and that’s where the girls from J+G Design come in.

Georgie and Jennifer Style a Table

Jennifer Beek and Georgie Hambright are the beauties and the brains behind this new interior design and event planning firm based in New York.  We met Jennifer when she worked with our adorable friend, Harry Heissmann, and discovered her new venture when we saw our Green and Groovy Bouquet on their blog, The Curatorial (love it when that happens!)

Eclectic and Layered

Not only does this dynamic duo design sleek and elegant interiors, they also create unique events (they see these as “temporary” interiors.)  With services including picking a theme and color scheme, planning a menu, creating a signature drink, arranging flowers and setting a terrific table, who could go wrong?

Winter Blues

And they’re even willing to share a tip or two…  See how they mixed in vintage linens, china and glassware for an eclectic and layered look in their client’s industrial loft…

Rustic Chic

or how they used Christmas ornaments as place card holders and mercury glass balls instead of candles to reflect light in a rustic winter tablescape.

Whimsical Birthday

We know we’ll be visiting their Pinterest boards to be inspired for our next party.  Now if only we could only get the construction finished!

Photos via J+G Design

The Latest Buzz

A Rue with a View

Rue – June 2013

We’re heading to Knoxville, TN this weekend to cheer for our boys’ rowing club at the USRowing Youth National Championships (we have eight boats competing – a club record!) and looking forward to a little downtime by the shores of Melton Lake.  There’s nothing quite like a quick getaway (and a couple of layovers) to catch up on some long neglected reading and we were excited to see an email from the great team at Rue announcing their very first Wedding and Entertainment issue.  From gift guides and bridal showers, to table settings and great interiors (of course!), here’s a sneak peek of what’s inside:

A Shangri La Table Setting

Stephanie Bradshaw at Home

Wedding Gift Guide

Bridal Shower Tips

Rue Mates – Michaela and Alexa

Wherever you are, we hope you’ll be kickin’ back this weekend, too!

P.S.  Speaking of weddings, you still have until tomorrow night to enter our Wedding Bouquet Centerpiece giveaway and you don’t have to be a newlywed!  Click here for the details.

Photos via Rue

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


The Latest Buzz

Designing with Kelly at Home

Living Room Color Palette

The old adage that the cobbler’s children have no shoes is so true!  People ask us all the time whether our homes are fabulous and filled with flowers, and sadly, they aren’t on both counts.  Between running a business, running a household and running around with our boys, we’ve had little time to really focus on renovating our 1920’s farmhouse and decorating…  that is, until now!

Inspiration for Living Room

What seemed like a daunting job (who has time to ponder paint swatches and hardware options?) has just gotten a lot easier thanks to our blogging bestie, Kelly, from Kelly Market.

High – Low

With a background in interior design and incredibly good taste (she loves Kelly bags (naturally!), Quadrille,  peonies, and faux bamboo), Kelly has a beautiful blog.  Her columns and mood boards are always so fresh and fun and we love her many columns.  Even her gift guide has inspired many a present!

Get the Look

Gift Guide for Her

Last fall, Kelly launched Kelly at Home, an e-design service that delivers her fabulous sense of style right to to your inbox (for a small fee, of course!)  and we knew exactly who to turn to for help.  All we needed to do is measure the rooms we wanted to tackle, complete an easy questionnaire and send her some images for inspiration.

Kelly to the Rescue!

Not only has Kelly sent back an ideal floor plan, she’s picking out the materials (paint, fabric, wallpaper, etc.), the furniture and the accessories and will even provide a shopping list and guidelines for implementing the design.  Now that demolition has begun, we’re up to our ears in swatches and samples… The cobbler’s children may not have shoes but we’re finally decorating a house!  We can’t wait to share some pictures once we’re done…

Are you tackling any projects this weekend?

Photos via Pinterest, House Beautiful and Kelly Market

The Latest Buzz

See Jane Snap…

Stephanie and Mimi Horton / Horton Design Associates

a pretty picture, that is!  For some of you who read our local favorites like AtHome, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, New England Home and Serendipity, you’ve probably seen Jane’s work and, like us, had to just sit and admire it for a while.  Or perhaps, you may remember the pictures she took of Pimlico over the holidays which we profiled here…  In any event, if you don’t know Jane Beiles (pronounced BAY-liss), you should!

Rajni Alex / Mantra, Bronxville, NY

Veronica Campbell / Deane, Inc., Stamford, CT

After ten years in the fashion industry where she developed her eye for beauty and sense for business, Jane launched her own endeavor taking beautiful pictures all the while continuing to study the art of photography.  Clients admire her dedicated work ethic, love of the process and sense of humor…  We love her interiors and vignettes!

Julie Nightingale / Nightingale Design, Rowayton, CT

Rebecca Reynolds / New Canaan Kitchens, New Canaan, CT

If you’d like to see more of Jane’s work, her website is chock full of goodies.  Enjoy!

Stephanie Joyce with Jennifer Skyrm (Floral Design)

Photos via Jane Beiles Photography


Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Shine Bright and Have Fun


Pronunciation: /ˈyüth-fəl/

Vigorous and energetic…  “We are young, so let’s set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun.”

Photo via Pimlico Interiors and lyrics by FUN


Coastal Crush

Lakeside Dining

With yet another winter storm brewing today, we thought we’d whisk you away to sunnier climes and extol the virtues of our talented friend, Brielle Ferreira, homes editor at Coastal Living.  We met this stylish young thing when she was at Luxe Interiors + Design and we’re so excited to see her name next to the features in the front-of-book “Havens” section as well as other editorials.

Lakeside Sleeping

According to editor-in-chief Antonia van der Meer, “Brielle has an eye for luxurious, yet approachable home decor” and we couldn’t agree more.

Blue Hued Kitchen

Swinging in Key West

So far, she’s taken us to Key West, Lake Michigan and Winston, Florida and needless to say, we’d trade this winter’s day for any of these locales…

Pretty Pink Twins

Nicely Nautical

Do you have plans to escape the cold this month?  We’d love to hear about them if you do!

Photos via Coastal Living