Author: Ann Loynd Burton

In 1994, lighting designer Arturo Álvarez founded his eponymous company to bring together ideas and innovations of the industry’s top talents. In the past 20 years, the brand has recieved numerous industry awards. Continuing to rethink the role of lighting, Álvarez lets us peek behind the curtain to his process and inspiration.

Invented by DuPont in 1931, Lucite has had a lasting presence in the design world due to its durability and versatility. With the resurgence of ’70s style—the materials’ heyday—vintage Lucite is more prevalent than ever. Purchase College’s Neuberger Museum of Art is currently exhibiting “Plastic: Art in an Era of Material Innovation,” exploring the uses and artistic applications for this synthetic medium. I hit the Stamford antiques trail in search of a Lucite piece to refresh my entry hall for fall.

Kickstart your summer with such outdoor amenities as stainless steel cabinetry in outdoor kitchen appliances, outdoor dining elements and recreation accessories. Add products to your shopping list like Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, a Jonathan Adler’s mod Okura planter, Shinola’s new women’s Runwell bike and more!

In mid-April, Kravet announced a new to-the-trade only website,, that offers designers a hand-picked selection of ready-to-ship home furnishings and accessories. The initiative partners with an array of tastemakers—including Connecticut’s own Pat Healing and Dan Barsatni of HB Home—to create stylized vignettes for an exclusive, shop-the-room experience.

That time of year is finally here—that time when every woman in Fairfield County has burned her tights, buried her snow boots and broken out the sandals. Life’s soundtrack now includes the melodies of chirping birds and roaring lawnmowers. And the best part of it all? Warm-weather shopping! New Englanders only get a brief, fleeting window to enjoy life outdoors so we have to stock up the best accessories for plein air enjoyment. I headed to the sweet enclave of shops in Darien to check off my list.

From Kate Spade’s Glass water pitcher to Elaine Smith’s sartorial pillows and Merritt’s Artisan tile plates, we bring you the a list of luxury tabletop decor and backyard essentials. Here are ten essential outdoor accessories we love.

Add the finishing touches for a perfect patio with the latest trends in outdoor furniture. From Tuuci, Dedar, Opiary, Lisgne Roset, Renson, Santa Barbara Umbrella, Century Furniture, Flos, and Pennoyer Newman.

Check out latest trends in outdoor furniture. Classic Cut-Out Silhouettes from Grange, Ligne Roset, Brown Jordan, Munder-Skiles, McKinnon and Harris, Weatherend, Barlow Tyrie and Safavieh

A fusion of silver and gold, add these metallic home accessories to your collection. Including Oscar de la Renta candlestick holders in a pineapple motif, Michael Aram's Art Deco Rock Ice Bucket, Kim Seybert's metal Timber placemats, Jardin d'Eden stainless steel chair, Michael Wainwright dinnerware, and Baccarat's Heritage scented candle.

Add a touch of indigo & ivory to your tabletop by adding one or more of these crisp accessories, including embroidered indigo hem napkins designed by Bunny Williams for Ballard Designs​ , Juliska​ Country Estate Delft blue cake stand, Ralph Lauren​'s Ronan flatware in polished stainless steel and navy, a Blue Altered bow from WorkOf​ and the Vik 2 dining chair by designer Thibault Desombre through Ligne Roset​.

Bring the outdoors in with the blooming home accents, including the Flora plate in Magnolia by Allan Therkelsen for Royal Copenhagen, Design Guild's Shanghai Garden wallpaper, Missoni Home's Flowers teacup, Gien's Bagatelle flora teapot and Villeroy & Boch's Spring Awakening collection.

CTC&G's annual wallpaper feature, curated by Greenwich-based interior designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch, collects the season's hottest color trends. Hirsch influenced our selection of papers with some of her favorite color combinations, ranging in tones of green and blue, orange and metallic and her new favorite color duo of purple and navy.

Noted architects and designers—Michael Merrill, Geoffry De Sousa, Alden Miller, ODADA, Nicole Hollis and Decorist—transform six bay area bathrooms from ho-hum spaces into innovative spa retreats. Awash in modern style, palettes of white, black, gray and beige create seamless connections to San Francisco’s foggy skyline. Marked by craftsmanship, the spaces include materials by such manufacturers as Caesarstone, Waterworks, Kohler, Hansgrohe and Duravit.

Our guide to the best new products and pursuits from the cultural landscape, including Tom Dixon’s Pylon dining table, the handmade Light Ring by Italian manufacturer Henge for Nido Living and the Element table by Tokujin Yoshioka for Desalto.

The glamour of the New Year has faded (most likely, along with our resolutions), but the cold and snow remains. What better way to bring a little glitz to the last of these dark days than with statement jewelry?

The glamour of the New Year has faded (most likely, along with our resolutions), but the cold and snow remains. What better way to bring a little glitz to the last of these dark days than with statement jewelry?

23 rugs, including selections from Edelman Leather, Stark, Tai Ping, Fort Street Studio, Patterson, Flynn & Martin, Dash and Albert, Aimee Wilder, Elizabeth Eakins, Nanimarquina, The Rug Company, Doris Leslie Blau, Mitchell, Gold + Bob Williams, Orley Shabahang, Ethan Allen, WorkOf and more, to give your interior shape.

Leading voices in architecture and design gathered recently among the beautiful slabs at AKDO’s Bridgeport showroom to chat with CTC&G about the industry’s state of affairs—particularly in the realm of surface materials. Cottages & Gardens Editorial Director D.J. Carey moderated the discussion and posed questions to the panel.

Now that the bustling days of holiday shopping have passed, every Santa deserves a carefree shopping spree. How about some indulgences that will battle January’s frosty chill? Our Girl About Town, Ann Loynd, took a day in Westport’s downtown retail wonderland and hand picked five toasty-warm necessities.

Editorial Director D.J Carey and designer Kerry Delrose rounded up the season's most alluring fabrics, including those with gradient hues, a splash of lime and all-over tangerine. Get inspired with selections from top designers including Thibaut, Stark, Pollack, Weitzner, Liora Manné, Scumacher, Fonthill, Black Edition, Designers Guild, Kravet and more.

With 15 years in the design business and one successful showroom already under his belt, Cardenio Petrucci set out to create a new San Francisco design destination. His endeavor, Dsegnare (from the Italian word disegnare, meaning to design), is a 10,000-square-foot showroom in the heart of the design district that aims, Petrucci says, to “blur the line between work and home.”

Plunge into summer with these must-have design finds, from Crate & Barrel's Fish Green plates to the perfect tailgate game by Room & Board.

Interior designers Kerry Delrose and Jennifer Gresinger brought a unique spin to CTC&G ’s tablescapes for the 2014 Red & White Ball, benefitting the Metro New York North Chapter of the American Red Cross. Here, we ask the designers to share their inspiration and design process.

Smart, cheerful color schemes make interiors smile for spring. Co-produced by interior designer Patrick Mele and CTC&G editorial director D.J. Carey, browse the latest posh papers in haute hues from the trade’s top fabric houses.

CTC&G enlisted interior designer Patrick Mele to co-produce its April wallpaper feature, “Express Yourself.” Here, he dishes on his creative process, new company (Sauvage/Savant) and love for patterned papers.

Time for tea at David's Tea, a new shop in Westport where customers can choose from dozens of loose teas and hot and cold to-go cups. While your at it pop on over to Bel Mondo, a new furniture and accessories shop in Westport offering furnishings and interior design services.

Blues and greens are the season's go-to shades. Decorate your space with a chic "Tiffany Blue Console" from Irwin Field Design or lay low in one of Link Outdoor's latest editions, the comfy Echo Low Chaise.

Sparkle and pizzazz and bright hues make your kitchen more lively and sleek. Try a spout of color with Jonathan Adler’s cast-iron sinks in bold colors and shapes or top your counters with KitchenAid’s Artisan series 5-quart stand mixer.