Posted by: stacystyle | December 16, 2011

5 Best Things—New England Design Stores, Holiday Preparations

It is the most wonderful time in the year because my world of work goes hand-in-hand with my favorite pastime—shopping! Saw some stores beautifully decorated for the holidays this week and worked on getting our own home Santa-ready.

1. I finally got to stop at Germain in Great Barrington, which the amazing design eyes Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz had profiled in New England Home a year ago. It did not disappoint. Simple and sublime, the store combines the every day and agrarian with beautiful furnishings and paper goods.

2. Next door to Germain I found a new favorite store—Dabney McAvoy Home, which opened a year ago. Dabney, a former fashion and furniture designer for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Eddie Bauer Home, constructs gorgeous vignettes mixing new with vintage. Antique furniture, wool blankets, and a fantastic collection of barware and art make her store along Route 7 feel like you’re walking into someone’s stylish home.

3. This week we headed to Maple Row Farm in Easton, Connecticut, to cut down our Christmas tree. We got such a beautiful tree there last year that we kept it up through February, turning it into a Valentine’s Day tree with heart ornaments.

4. Christmastime in Greenwich has all the sophistication and decor of cities three times its size. One peek into Rinfret Home & Garden and one is immediately transported into the most glamourous holiday scene. Simply magic.

Just down the road in Cos Cob, Kenleigh and Mike Larock have created their own colorful winter wonderland at their store The Drawing Room. After browsing her incredible collection of pillows, art and accessories, order an organic chocolate cafe mocha from their attached restaurant.

5. The last stop on my shopping tour was at Spruce in New Milford, Connecticut, where I picked up an amazing black candle for my Secret Santa gift.

Have you ever seen a bigger ornament?

I can’t wait till the final week before Christmas to see what wonderful finds it will bring! Have a happy weekend!



  1. How cute you left your tree up until February love the idea but ours would be toast! Great shops and I’m heading down to Great Barriington this weekend and can’t wait!

  2. Cutting your own tree brought back wonderful memories of growing up in upstate New York. We used to go into the woods behind our house, find a small spruce or hemlock, brush the snow off, cut it down and drag it home….
    (Not sure you could get away with that today…)

    I’m always interested (and sometimes surprised) in what my eye falls on/or picks out in a photo. For instance, in Germain, I was delighted to see the long tapered white and purple candles. SO graceful and delicate.

    Happy Holidays Stacy!

    John and Sally

  3. Thank you Stacy for your kind words. We are grateful for all that you are and all that you share! We wish you health, happiness and peace this holiday season. XO Mike and Kenleigh

  4. Dabney’s store looks sooo chic – what a great addition to Great Barrington and will have to stop by over the holidays! She should carry your beautiful product… 😉 Have a wonderful, magical weekend, Stacy!

  5. There are many great places in Great Barrington!!!

  6. These look like some wonderful new places to explore. Thank you for sharing!

  7. lovely places! happy weekend

  8. I went to summer camp in Great Barrington in the late 60s-early 70s when it didn’t have the cachet it has today. Still very nostalgic for me and I try to get back every couple of years. Next time you’re there, visit Karen Allen Fiber Arts on Railroad Street. (Yes, the actress.) As someone who loves unique and interesting clothing, you’ll love it.

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