Connecticut’s December Design Notes

A peek inside the latest buzz-worthy design news happening in the area.

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Nora Murphy, author of Nora Murphy’s Country House Style, collector and purveyor of all things vintage for the home and garden, has opened her own country shop in Chester. Murphy has an existing online shopping outlet called the Hunt Club, but felt the timing was right to create a brick-and-mortar space. The Little Shop, nestled in a circa 1800 building on Main Street in Chester, is filled with items to create a welcoming home. Its location is just a four-minute ferry ride across the Connecticut River from Murphy’s historic home in Hadlyme. “It’s the shortest commute of my life,” jokes Murphy. The Little Shop—opened in September—is a natural extension of the NMCH brand, filled with Murphy’s favorite heirloom and one-of-a-kind finds.

BeehiveThe Buzz
The Beehive in Fairfield has been busy, growing from its original 900-square-foot shop to its newest 5,000-square-foot residence in downtown Fairfield Center. The latest iteration occupies the prime corner that was once home to Victoria’s Secret. The store is chock full of home furnishings, accessories, jewelry, baby gifts, fragrance and spa products and women’s clothing. In addition, the store offers a full-service design program for small or large projects, including wallpaper and fabric samples and custom window treatments made in the Beehive’s own workroom. The shop also maintains a trade program for designers. To meet the needs of clientele and promote shopping local, owners Sandra Halstead and Lesley Collins note, “We look to provide clients with the curated products they cannot find online.” The Beehive is a great source for decorating and accessorizing a home, or purchasing a hostess gift.

Ss App5Pocket Passementerie
Looking for trim, tape, fringe, tassel, braid or cord for a project? Grab your phone and open the Samuel & Sons easy-to-use app to search, browse and order from more than 10,000 different trims. Quickly filter through products, styles and colors to discover selections of fine passementerie on your iOS device. S&S’s cutting-edge augmented reality feature, available exclusively in the iOS app, lets you scheme with your own in-hand fabric swatches in real time to coordinate the perfect trim from the latest collections. Download the Samuel & Sons app at the App Store.

Mclaurinpiercy Maluku Grass WallpaperSpice It Up
McLaurin & Piercy recently released a wallcovering compendium filled with the rich colors, fauna and history of the Indonesian Islands. “Our Spice Market wallpaper collection draws inspiration from crafts of the hand, such as etchings, paintings and embroidery, that remind us of ancient techniques rich to the history of the Indonesian islands,” says Todd Piercy. There are six patterns—Maluku, Batak, Balinese, Dash, Oasis and Meadow—and 18 colorways to choose from. “Each pattern was carefully designed in the studio by either hand painting or drawing,” says Clay McLaurin. “We then thoughtfully chose how to execute each design onto paper using various techniques such as block printing, screen printing and digital printing. Available through Studio Four NYC.

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