The list is so long and so diverse, but of course there’s only so much time in the day to talk about these great spaces. Here are two, but head over to the full post here.
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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.
Of course once you get there, traffic can be intense! I’m constantly trying to figure out where are all these people going?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Till next week!
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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.
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.
Real cowboys are a weakness.
So is the infinite beauty of the West.
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.
Here is a luxury tent where you sleep.
And of course a game tent where a friendly round of cards after dinner is a must.
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.
I even got to ride a little while I wasn’t working.
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.
More photo shoot scenes from Instagram.
Loved this backyard.
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!
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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).
Come for snacks, come for wine, or bring your portfolio for me to see!
Whirlwind week full of people I love and admire. Here are the Instagram moments.
Here Ronda visits with Bunny Williams who was having her copy signed.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
And the mudroom. I loved having the round tires of the bike in here to offset all the straight lines
The living room.
The living and dining are open to one another.
There’s a kitchenette on the same level.
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.
Even though this appeared in the magazine almost four years ago it still has a freshness that holds your interest.
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