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May 2006


MEET THE DESIGNER

Stephanie Insolia
by Alexa Stevenson

What do you love about Connecticut? Its variety of neighborhoods and eclectic groups of people. You can have a bite of the city and a morsel of the country, all within moments of each other. Where else can you obtain that luxury? [Image]Do you have a favorite place in Connecticut? Terra on Greenwich Avenue. I meet there twice weekly to discuss projects. Describe your home: I have lived in Bedford, N.Y., a very enchanting town, for three years now. I live on a lovely piece of land in a white colonial in great need of a major overhaul. I look forward to finally breaking ground and having some fun! Name a source of inspiration: Downtown New York is an infinite source of inspiration for me, both for its architecture and endless resources for interior design. I strongly believe: That a home should flow architecturally as well as have a color palette that takes your eye from one space to the next. Rooms should melt into each other creating a sense of balance and openness. Who has had a profound impact on your work? Mariette Himes Gomez and Christian Liaigre, the two most influential designers of our time. I always cringe when I see: Overdecorated, dark rooms with no harmonious flow. A minimalist at heart, I feel at peace in light, airy, open spaces. What are your favorite materials? Fine fabrics and leathers, wenge and ebony woods, natural stones and birch.

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