The California Collection by Kelly Wearstler Is A Summer Dream and More!
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PAINT COLORS FOR SUMMER 2021
Farrow & Ball and MasterClass designer Kelly Wearstler have teamed up to introduce the California Collection, a palette of eight sun-soaked hues. This partnership is Farrow & Ball’s first color collection created by an outside designer. “Color is the spirit of a room and provides expressive power to transform a space with your personal voice, whether you’re painting all of your walls, or just one,” says Wearstler. The California collection is rooted in Wearstler’s belief that colors found in nature provide a sense of serenity and a feeling of belonging in the surrounding environment. In crafting the palette, she was inspired by the light of the Pacific and the landscape of California. The paint shades coordinate with the brand’s existing core of 132 curated colors.
LAURENT LIGHITNG AND DESIGN NEW OPENING
Laurent Lighting and Design has opened a second location in Darien, following the success of its existing Ridgefield store. Catering to homeowners and the trade, the boutique lighting shop is housed in the former Darien playhouse. Led by owner Nancy Dichiora, the team of lighting specialists provides a wealth of product knowledge with more than 30 years’ experience in the lighting industry and interior design fields and offers in-home consultations.
The 1,100-square-foot showroom carries 50 plus lighting brands—including upscale brands like Fine Art Handcrafted Lighting, Palecek, Hubbardton Forge, Simon Pearce and Laurent’s signature lighting line—along with hardware, rugs and exclusive Italian hardwood flooring. Dichiora thinks of lighting and flooring as the bookends of a room, bringing the design story together, and notes, “Lighting can draw attention to artwork, highlight a home’s architectural features and enhance a beautiful design—adding atmosphere and ambience to a space.”
THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS
Actress, philanthropist and hostess Marlo Thomas has partnered with Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn to present a curated tabletop collection. Her pieces are inspired by her personal finds acquired over decades of world travel. Thomas notes, “I am thrilled Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn asked me to bring my love of entertaining to their customers. To see my very favorite pieces brought to life is a dream come true; I can’t wait to see how customers use these versatile, classic items in their homes, and I hope they have as much joy sharing them with their friends as I have with mine.” The home entertaining collection is comprised of more than 10 items, including serving pieces, cheese boards and barware, perfecting for hosting a party.
AUTHENTIC ANTIQUE FURNITURE
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Fleur De Lis Antiques and Design in West Redding’s historic center is one of Fairfield County’s hidden gems. It’s worth the trip to explore the 3,500-square-foot showroom packed with antiques, midcentury modern furniture, artwork, lighting, jewelry and decorative accessories. Not surprisingly, the shop is a favorite haunt of set designers looking for period furnishings, and many of Fleur De Lis’ pieces have been featured in film, stage and television productions, including hits like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Owner Dottie Earle-DeLuca has been buying and selling antiques for 35 years and is happy to share her expertise. If you can’t make it to Redding, Fleur De Lis’s selections are sold through the marketplace platforms of 1stdibs, Chairish and Etsy.
The print version of this article appears with the headline: Design Notes.
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