Safavieh, Bender & More

The latest buzz-worthy design news happenings in Connecticut.
living room with mirrors, rug, chairs and soft lighting


From NYC to SoNo
Over the past 40 years, the Safavieh brand has grown from one rug showroom on Madison Avenue in NYC to 13 stores in the tristate area. In December, Safavieh Home Furnishings unveiled its newest location in Norwalk, located in the former home of Klaffs. The gallery boasts 40,000 square feet, offering premium brands like Baker, Ralph Lauren, Visual Comfort and an exclusive signature line, Safavieh Couture, of furniture, upholstery, lighting, accessories and rugs. “This new location is a dedication of Safavieh to provide the best and most beautiful furniture, rugs and accessories for homes all over the state,” notes Michael Yaraghi, president of Safavieh Home Furnishings. 28 Washington St., Norwalk, 203-327-4800,

Wicker chair


Going Coastal
Interior and home furnishings designer Thomas O’Brien’s Great South Bay collection for Century created quite a buzz at the fall High Point Market. The grouping of more than 100 pieces is O’Brien’s tribute to the relaxed coastal lifestyle, inspired by his home on Long Island’s Great South Bay and his travels to exotic seaside locales around the world. “Coastal living has a graceful ease that I’ve long been drawn to,” says O’Brien. “The collection is centered around essential beach house materials in custom finishes—wicker and cane, wood, and a special, unique new variation of pressed bamboo.” Available through Wakefield Design Center, Stamford,,

sleek and modern bathtub with hanging plant


Four Score
Bender introduces four newcomers to its lineup of kitchen and bath products. Already touting an extensive selection of decorative plumbing, kitchen cabinetry, lighting, tile and stone, the retailer has added the following new brands: The Galley kitchen-sink workstations; Tonino Lamborghini Tiles and Style; Future Classics bathtubs and basins; and Crosswater London decorative bath products. “We’re excited to broaden our selections to ensure that we have the products that create each customer’s ideal aesthetic,” says Bender VP of showrooms James Narduzzo. Norwalk, 203-847-3865,


On the Hunt
Nora Murphy knows a thing or two about decorating a country house. In fact, she wrote the book on it, sharing her secrets in Nora Murphy’s Country House Style. The lifestyle maven has added a new online shop, Hunt Club, to her website. It is stocked with her collected treasures, both old and new. Selections vary from week to week, but you’ll find country house favorites like baskets, crockery and artwork. “I’d love to say it’s all in the thrill of the hunt,” says Murphy. “But it’s much more than that. Keeping an eye out for great things; it’s what I do.” In addition, Murphy has paired up with Autentico Paints to curate the Nora Murphy Country House Paint Palette of chalk paint hues, available through Foxtrot Home in Ridgefield.,

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