THE MOST INTRIGUING PART ABOUT TRENDS IN LIFESTYLE AND DESIGN IS THE INCREDIBLY DIVERSE PEOPLE BEHIND THEM. MEET A SELECTION OF THE LATEST CROP OF CONNECTICUT'S INDEFATIGABLE ARBITERS OF STYLE
John & Dan Weiss
"With big-box retail shopping dominating, people are craving their own identity now."
Who: John Weiss, COO, and brother Dan Weiss, president, of Lillian August
Known For: A one-stop emporium for exquisite upholstered pieces, antiques, reproductions and one-of-kind decorative accessories. You'll often find a designer or stylist here finalizing a project.
Up Next: Trends toward the natural with either natural material or product inspired by nature.
"Right now there is a big trend in green. Well, that's who we are and that's who we've always been."
Who: Elizabeth Eakins, founder, and partner Scott Lethbridge, of Elizabeth Eakins, Inc.
Known for: Handmade, high quality rugs geared towards active households—each rug is as low maintenance as it is gorgeous—with Eakins' smart color sense and excellent customer service. "We make it very clear this is a service industry," says Eakins.
Up Next: "Customers are becoming more aware of how things are made and what goes into a product," Eakins says. "They want healthy and natural fibers."
"I'm a frustrated artist; buying was a natural path."
Who: Sheryl Green of Lux Bond & Green
Known For: As one of the company's premier tabletop buyers, Green's mission is to teach people how to mix existing pieces with newer ones to create an entirely different look. With the vast and various selection at Lux Bond & Green—pieces from local artist Frances Palmer to Saint Louis Crystal—Green is spreading her gospel one piece at a time.