C&G: What first piqued your interest in design?
DJ Carey, editor, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens: As a child I was surrounded by a very creative father who loved to paint, take photographs—often with me in tow—and design and build furniture. He loved color and was not afraid to use it in our home, much to Mom's horror!
Barbara Dixon, editor, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens: I grew up in an extremely visual environment. Even when very young I would often go with my parents when they met with our interior designer or visited showrooms. To this day, I love textiles and color, and I always loved architecture and spatial flow.
C&G: What are you reading now?
DJC: Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner—truly thought provoking and hilarious.
BD: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I love biographies.
C&G: What object, artwork or piece of furniture in your own home do you most adore?
DJC: A pine cupboard my mother bought from the Tinkers while living in Ireland. It is weathered and warped, but still beautiful in its simplicity. It connects me to her and my heritage.
BD: I love photography, especially images that depict nature or the ocean. They are limitless and have a great life force. Also trees: They have strength and are grounded.
C&G: Complete this sentence: The home is where...
DJC: You should be happiest. My house is a reflection of everything that I hold dear.
BD: I go to rest and recharge.
C&G: What is your must-give hostess gift during the holidays?
DJC: Anything homemade, especially a beautiful handmade ornament. Last year I gave hand-blown ornaments made by Connecticut glass artisan Mundy Hepburn.
BD: I don't have a standard "must-give" hostess gift because I do not give something that I love; rather, I try to give something that is appropriate for the hostess. Something I think they would love, dependent upon their tastes. It is geared to them and who they are.
D.J. Carey, Barbara Dixon
Cottages & Gardens
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