Connecticut Event & A Fab Local Home!

I wanted to let any Connecticut and New York based designers to know that I’ll be doing a fun talk next week on Thursday May 7th at the Wakefield Design Center for their To the Trade Market Day! We’ll be chatting with the amazing Stacy Kunstel about using social media, blogging and the interwebs to grow your brand and my little story behind taking EOS from a little journal to a best-selling book! Click here for the whole itinerary and RSVP to the address below to attend! I’ll also be doing a book signing afterwards too!
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And while we’re speaking about Connecticut and design I wanted to share these images of the work (and homes) of Lyme, CT based designer Gretchen Mann. Sadly, Gretchen passed away this year, but her work shows such a timeless, enduring quality.  I adore how she modernized her historic cottage home and grew it into a family compound that both respects it’s roots and celebrates modernity too. Take a peek…

The all white palette lets the antiques really shine…


I love how you see the reflection of the stone wall in the large mirror above the sofa- genius placement…



The orange accents in this gorgeous stone walled room really warm things up…


I just LOVE all the texture in here…


Adorable little vignette…


A great example of combining modern, sleek furnishings with rustic elements to create a perfect harmony and dichotomy…


The small stone cottage is the original part of the house and they added on in order to make it livable (it was a one bedroom, one bath residence at the start!)


A great, cozy patio for entertaining and relaxing…


GAH! This space! It’s so good! The beams, the antiques but then the modern chair and kitchen… it all just works beautifully…


I ache to have a home with details like this someday!


The color palette she used in here is so perfect and yet not one I would have thought of initially. Olive green plus seaglass blue and white really works perfectly with raw wood.


An example of why a collected and curated home is SO much better than one that looks like it was bought straight from a catalog (and yet, that buffet is IKEA!!!! Genius!)


What a lovely spot for a glass of wine and a deep breath.


Photos via Architectural Digest and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.




  1. Thank you so much for highlighting Gretchen Mann! I’ve loved her ever since seeing her perfectly-mixed style on the pages of AD over a decade ago (maybe two now?!); her work had a huge impact on me and it was when I first saw her spaces that I realized that I *had* to go back to school for design. Her interiors always felt so fresh though they were filled with antiques and her use of utilitarian pieces as art really influenced my own style (says the woman with an antique zinc bath tub in her living room).

    She was, in my opinion, one of the best and most unique designers out there and her death is a huge loss to the community as a whole.

  2. Hearing of her death has made me so sad. I have followed her for at least 20 years. I have several magazine tear sheets of her work that I cannot bear to throw away. I would love to know what happened? The home you featured is just amazing and I spot many pieces from her past homes. I feel like an old friend has passed. can you tell me more? Thank you for sharing.

    1. I don’t know unfortunately. In searching for more images of her work I came across her obituary which said she passed from a brief illness in January 2015. Very sad. Such a talent.

  3. What a beautiful home – curated but lived in. I love your website – I don’t usually comment but I love checking it out each morning. Keep on doing you!

  4. I’m SO sad this talk is in the middle of the day, I work in Stamford and would have LOVED to hear you speak and had you sign my book! Have a great time in CT!!

  5. You are so right…the mix of old and new, modern and traditional and “cheap” and expensive is done perfectly to create a true home, not just a showpiece.

  6. Hi Erin,
    Sorry to miss your event, but alas, I’m far from Connecticut! The home is perfect, those rustic ceiling beams and floorboards are so dramatic with the blue and green palette. What a talent!

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