Posted by: stacystyle | August 10, 2013

Instaweek—Shooting in the Hamptons for BHG

There’s nothing like a big, multi-day photo shoot to kick off your August. I spent this Tuesday-Saturday in the Hamptons not hobnobbing with the stars, but gleefully working my tail off pulling together an entertaining and decorating ideas story for Better Homes & Gardens.

One of the great things about living in Connecticut is that you can actually just hop a ferry to the Hamptons instead of slogging along the LIE.

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Of course once you get there, traffic can be intense! I’m constantly trying to figure out where are all these people going?

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I can’t reveal what our story is about. You’ll actually have to wait until next summer to see it, but I can tell you it involved skills like these.

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Besides being in a beautiful spot I also had the best crew, including the design director of Better Homes & Gardens, Shelley Caldwell, and homes editor Diana Dickinson, who has the unique ability to hypnotize chickens.

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We were all there to shoot Maxwell Gillingham Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy. He found a strategic location under a tree where the wifi was good, making for the perfect outdoor office.

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Even though there were also some famous sitings (Alec Baldwin, Brooke Shields, Steve Kroft, Kenny G.) The real star of the show this week was Lola (check her Instagram hashtag #loladognyc). A natural model, we couldn’t stop cooing over her. There’s just no competing with a French bulldog.

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After the shoot I was thrilled to see the Serena & Lily pop-up store while I was there too. It’s just as good as Instagrammed by Quintessence and so many others!

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Till next week!

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Posted by: stacystyle | August 9, 2013

Shooting July While It Snows

How do you make it look like the middle of July while it’s snowing outside? I share a few tips and talk about shooting on Nantucket in March for the July-August issue of New England Home on their blog here.

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Photo by Michael Partenio

Posted by: stacystyle | August 3, 2013

InstaWeek—Photo Shoot Crazy

This week in Instagram photos says it all (like why I don’t blog everyday—I’m working). Last Friday night it was JFK-SLC.

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I was headed with my partner Michael Partenio to shoot at Mustang Monument, one of the most glorious places on earth you could ever visit. Located 2 1/2 hours outside of Salt Lake City and 25 miles south of Wells, Nevada, Mustang Monument is an eco-resort (opening next summer) and wild mustang refuge.

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Real cowboys are a weakness.

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So is the infinite beauty of the West.

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Coffee in the morning outside the teepee is almost a religious experience. In the distance you can see wild mustangs grazing in front of mountain peaks.

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Here is a luxury tent where you sleep.

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And of course a game tent where a friendly round of cards after dinner is a must.

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Even though it was the end of July, we threw on jackets and gathered around the campfire to hear the wonderfully talented Hunter of Hunter and Avery.

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I even got to ride a little while I wasn’t working.

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A redeye home meant that I could prepare for this week’s three photo shoots for New England Home. I borrowed this great painting by Kerri Rosenthal from Pimlico in New Canaan along with these vases for my first shoot.

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Caught styling.

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More photo shoot scenes from Instagram.

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Loved this backyard.

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This coming week takes me to the Hamptons for most of the week to style a party barn for Better Homes & Gardens. Check out StacyStyle on Instagram for the feed!

Posted by: stacystyle | May 8, 2013

Today I’m at Wakefield Design!

Interior design friends,

If you’re anywhere near Stamford, Connecticut, today please join me and a whole cast of design-lovers at Wakefield Design Center for an afternoon of design insights and presentations by Oly Studio, Vanguard, Farrow & Ball, and Osborne & Little. At 4:30 Cindy Rinfret will be talking about design and signing copies of her new book Greenwich Style-Inspired Family Homes (I have the cover photo and styled much of the book).

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Come for snacks, come for wine, or bring your portfolio for me to see!

Posted by: stacystyle | May 6, 2013

Art the Walls

I cannot stress to you the importance of having some type of art in your decor. It is the ultimate self-expression in your interiors and if you’re looking to have your house published it is a make or break. None of the magazines I work for would publish a home unless there’s art in it.

For more on this and some examples, please see the post on Artistic Expression I did for New England Home last week.

Photo by Joe Keller

Photo by Joe Keller

Posted by: stacystyle | May 5, 2013

#Instagood Friday—The Stars Are Out

Whirlwind week full of people I love and admire. Here are the Instagram moments.

I had my first visit to the offices of Martha Stewart Omnimedia in NYC for Ronda Carman’s book signing of her first (of what I’m sure will be many) book Designers at Home.

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Here Ronda visits with Bunny Williams who was having her copy signed.

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For more photos of the evening there’s an album on my StacyStyle Facebook page.

Some things are timeless. This photo I took at a track meet in Westport, Connecticut, looks so 1970s or even late 1920s to me. Love the retro uniforms.

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Our second book signing was at Rinfret Home in Greenwich to celebrate interior designer Cindy Rinfret’s second book, Greenwich Style—Inspired Family Homes. I styled most of the photos in the book and Michael Partenio photographed it. Here’s Cindy signing, followed by Michel in front of his cover.

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Friday brought a talk by interior designer and Million Dollar Decorators television star Mary McDonald at the Near and Far Aid breakfast. She was an inspiration and a riot. I’ve never laughed so hard during a talk about beautiful interiors.

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Saturday I did a little tour of a few of my favorite Litchfield County design stores. I got my fashion fix at B. Johnstone in Kent, picked up some jewelry at the Satya trunk show at J. Seitz in New Preston, and got to see the new Privet House store in New Preston (a full post on that later).

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Menswear at B. Johnstone

In the homes section of J. Seitz

In the homes section of J. Seitz

Posted by: stacystyle | April 27, 2013

Style Archive—New Urban Cool in Boston

In the dozen years I’ve been working as a stylist in New England I have to say the biggest change has been the embrace of contemporary design. This has been a huge movement among all ages of homeowners and types of architects and designers. Kristine Irving, a designer in Boston, was one of the first to pick up on this and deliver what I would call contemporary living with a warm personality. In this particular project shot by Laura Moss for New England Home and styled by me, she took a classic Beacon Hill townhouse gave it a sleek look for a young family.

Here’s the entry way.

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And the mudroom. I loved having the round tires of the bike in here to offset all the straight lines

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The living room.

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The living and dining are open to one another.

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There’s a kitchenette on the same level.

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On the upper floors are the master bedroom and bath. I loved adding the flokati to the bathroom to add softness and a sense of warmth.

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Even though this appeared in the magazine almost four years ago it still has a freshness that holds your interest.

Posted by: stacystyle | April 24, 2013

Cindy Rinfret Knows Greenwich Style

In my line of work I come in contact with a lot of interior designers. There’s no one quite like Cindy Rinfret though. Gorgeous, talented beyond description, funny, nice and despite the jaw-dropping homes she decorates, incredibly down-to-earth. I’ve gotten to know Cindy better over the past few years as I worked with photographer Michael Partenio to style her new book Greenwich Style—Inspired Family Homes published by Rizzoli.

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With the exception of a few pages, Michael and I worked on the entire book and have the cover image. Here are a few of the photos you’ll see inside. I really have to say it’s all Cindy though. She creates such elegant, layered and gorgeous homes.

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Her interiors are often on an entirely different scale than most have the opportunity to work.

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On May 8 at 4:30 at Wakefield Design in Stamford Cindy will be talking about the new book, showing some images of her work and talking about design. Please join Cindy, me, and Michael as we raise a glass to toast Greenwich style. Comment here or tweet me at @stacystyle if you can make it!

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Posted by: stacystyle | April 17, 2013

No More Naked Windows!

When I’m scouting a house for one of the various magazines I work for it’s always disheartening to see a beautiful room with wide, gaping windows devoid of any decoration. Sometimes a house doesn’t get chosen for this very reason. On the New England Home blog today I gather some of my favorite drapery moments that I’ve styled. You can check it out here.

Design by Cindy Rinfret. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Design by Cindy Rinfret. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Posted by: stacystyle | April 13, 2013

#Instagood Friday—Amanda Nisbet, Merida Meridian, & More

It was definitely an #instagood week! Here’s a snapshot of what was going on.

I did some scouting with Connecticut-based interior designer Susan Glick. In her master bedroom was this fantastic mirrored chest, which started out as a painted floral bureau she bought a dozen years ago when her style was in a different phase. She had it repainted and added the mirrors—#instaupdate!

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Those of you who follow me on Instagram know I love dogs and never pass up the chance to share one. Meet Dolly, the gorgeous standard poodle of interior designer Catherine Cleare.

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One night I helped Michael recreate an advertising image from the 1970s for a middle school film class. It was interesting to see how he set it up. Because we don’t own a gun Michael cut one out of cardboard. Because we don’t smoke, we chopped up a white pencil and wrapped the tip with brown paper. Turned out pretty smokin’.

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Now to the big stuff. I was asked to help Merida Meridian, an amazing New England-based rug company that makes all of their rugs in Massachusetts, to help with an event honoring interior designer Amanda Nisbet. The beautiful event was held at The Taj, an historic hotel on Newbury Street in Boston.

Here is Amanda at their factory.

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Here is a custom tufted rug being made.

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That night there was a fantastic party and Amanda signed copies of her book Dazzling Design. (Yes, that’s a Dunes and Duchess Moderne candelabra next to her!)

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