INNOVATION IN DESIGN AWARDS 2010
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FUSING A HUSBAND’S LOVE OF TRADITIONAL DESIGN AND ASIAN ANTIQUES WITH A WIFE’S PENCHANT FOR THE CLEAN AND MODERN YIELDS A SOPHISTICATED FAMILY HOME IN GREENWICH
WHEN A YOUNG COUPLE FIRST MET Cindy Rinfret, they were breaking ground on their dream house in back-country Greenwich; the site was a patch of land adjacent to their former home. When Rinfret learned how different the husband's tastes were from the wife's, she didn't ask that either quiet their design preferences. Instead, she embraced the union of the husband's inclination toward traditional furnishings and Asian antiques and the wife's love of modern, transitional pieces.
The interiors had to be durable enough for two grade school–age children, yet sophisticated and luxurious: think Rinfret's "classic Greenwich style" with an innovative twist. Blues, browns and ivory sets the palette apace; patterns and textures are layered to sumptuous effect. In the dining room, a Holly Hunt chandelier glitters besides a hand-painted wall covering by De Gournay; wing chairs upholstered in a blue/brown stripe by Kravet form a stately element in the living room. For the master bedroom, Rinfret turned a maze-like piece of antique wood from Asia into a headboard by backing it with celadon-colored velvet and nail head detail. And Asian pottery in the breakfast room table plays off modern dining chairs and geometric Schumacher upholstery.