A sweet confection for a young girl’s room we designed.
This collection is an eclectic mix of beautiful living room items, all available for purchase through The Local Vault.
You can see the full collection and shop online here.
I recently sat down with Local Vault for an interview and as a guest curator.
The Local Vault is a really cool marketplace in Greenwich that buys and sells pre-owned local decor while also showcasing the talent of area artists and vendors. They specialize in bespoke furniture as well as unique vintage finds, all of which is carefully curated by an expert staff. I recently sat down with Local Vault for an interview and as a guest curator. Here is that interview along with my curated product choices. Hope you enjoy!
Here at the Local Vault we have been so inspired by the surge of fabulous items we have in stock this Summer, that to showcase them, we have a brand new website we couldn’t be more excited to share!
To celebrate the launch of our new site, we sat down with one of our all time favorite interior designers, Amy Hirsh, to talk personal style, the zen element of her office that she can’t live without and find out her must have item this Summer.
But we couldn’t just stick to talking when we could be shopping with Amy! We invited her to shop our current collection and here she shares her top picks. From chic silver modern lamps in the Bauhaus style to a stunning rare pair of vintage Edward Wormley for Drexel Lounge Chairs circa 1947, we think you will love Amy’s selections as much as we do.
TLV: What is the best piece of advice that has impacted your life as a designer?
AH: Total communication and transparency with a client. It’s important to have a healthy understanding between the two parties. The more information a client can convey allows for a better design journey. As well for myself and my team to be realistic with the expectations of the client. You never want to kill the spirit of design, it’s an intimate process so the more open and as much information provided is best.
TLV: What architect or style of architecture are you most drawn to?
AH: Lately, I find myself looking at Australian architecture – the architecture is more modern, streamlined yet still holding core traditional roots. Urban, open spacial plans connecting the land to the interior of the house.
TLV: What is the essential element of any room?
AH: The foundation of a room – especially with well executed architecture, even in the simplest form. The backdrop is so critical for making a room work properly. We provide so many layers to a room it is important to understand scale, proportion and circulation of the spaces.
TLV: What are some ways people can quickly update their houses for summer?
AH: I love inserting light cashmere throws – they are great for cool nights. Plus, it is a good way to add color without feeling as if you have to keep it. Pillows are the other easy fix – a light weight linen for the summer can change the mood completely. For the kitchen, new table settings, wine glass or pool bar ware – let me tell you the things you will find at home goods! I absolutely love my new lavender wine glasses!
TLV: What item or element of design in your home makes you most happy?
AH: At this moment I am in a temporary situation so the thought of a new home makes me happy. When I am at my studio, I have a beautiful accent wall of 10” wide walnut planks. They are bare with a hint of stain applied and nothing is hung on top of them, they are a true form of art and always bring me peace.
TLV: How would you describe your personal style?
AH: I like to think that I am very simple, tailored but with a bit of an edge. Personally, I am influenced by Alexander McQueen and Helmut Lang on the fashion front.
TLV: Do you have any design rules you follow?
AH: There is no true formula or rule I follow. To be honest, I always follow my intuition and gut instinct – it never fails. When something is unsettling with in, it just means I have to keep working on the space or selections.
Greenwich based Amy Hirsch of Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design is known for her innovative take on furnishings and materials and her understanding and expert execution of architectural detail.
I am very happy to support the Breast Cancer Alliance by participating in this year’s silent auction.
I am very happy to support the Breast Cancer Alliance by participating in this year’s silent auction. I’ve partnered with Hoagland’s in Greenwich to offer a unique shopping experience available for bidding. The winning bidder of this item will receive a $2000 credit at Hoagland’s with the added bonus of shopping for home accessories with my advice and assistance.
Online bidding for this unique shopping experience as well as a range of other incredible items is now open and will run through noon on October 21. Any unsold items will be available for bidding at the BCA Luncheon and Fashion Show on October 22. The Luncheon will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Breast Cancer Alliance is an extremely worthy cause, working to improve survival rates and quality of life for those living with a breast cancer diagnosis. They invest in research, surgery fellowships, education, support, and screening to promote prevention, early detection, treatment, and cure. In 2015 alone, the BCA awarded nearly $1.6 million in grants to dozens of institutions and fellowships. By supporting the BCA through their silent auction and Luncheon, you are helping to make a difference in the lives those affected by breast cancer.
To learn more about the BCA, visit their website. You can view the online auction here and sign up to place a bid. I look forward to shopping with the lucky winner of the Hoagland’s Shopping Spree auction!
This past weekend, I took a stroll through the Antique and Artisan Gallery and Hiden Galleries in Stamford.
This past weekend, I took a stroll through the Antique and Artisan Gallery and Hiden Galleries in Stamford. With over 20,000 square feet and dozens of prominent dealers, the Antique and Artisan Gallery is a treasure trove of incredible antiques. I could spend days browsing the various vignettes and never get tired of finding new items to love. Here are some of my favorite finds:
I also enjoyed a stop at Hiden Galleries, although covering 48,000 square feet and 250 dealers takes more than just a stop! Hiden Galleries features constantly changing collections of vintage finds and antiques. From furnishings to accessories and lighting to rugs, there are just so many incredible pieces to explore. I found a lot to love at Hiden Galleries!
One of my favorite shops to visit and explore is Bungalow in Westport, CT.
One of my favorite shops to visit and explore is Bungalow in Westport, CT. As soon as I step into Bungalow, I find myself wandering throughout the shop, visually devouring all of the beautiful items. From furnishings to jewelry, Bungalow has a wonderfully curated collection of pieces. Owner Wende Cohen launched Bungalow after moving from Manhattan to Westport and wanting to pursue a business that would incorporate her passion for travel, antiques, and decor. With sources ranging from local artisans to European craftsmen, it’s no wonder she has turned Bungalow into a vibrant success.
Bunglaow is one of the places I love to shop for furniture, accessories, and lighting for clients. I can find true one of a kind pieces here. Bungalow is a real gold mine! It’s one of the first places that comes to mind when I want to accessorize an interior.
Sometimes while shopping for clients, I discover other things to fall in love with. One of my favorite finds at Bungalow is the jewelry line JL Rocks. Featuring artisanal and designer jewelry, JL Rocks has a modern, but sophisticated, approach to jewelry design that is so appealing. Here are some of the pieces that really caught my eye.