Exclusive deGournay Design Weekend in England

An Enchanting Mother/Daughter Design Weekend

Some parties are worth remembering for a lifetime. The elegant dinner party at Houghton Hall in Norfolk is one such party.


Cindy Rinfret and her daughter, Taylor Stebbins, who works for the esteemed wall covering brand de Gournay (well regarded amognst design aficionados for their hand painted papers) were invited to a dreamy candlelit dinner that would make Downton Abbey look shabby.

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A guest list of celebrity editors and designers from across the globe added to the allure of the evening. The party included design luminaries, including Amy Astley of Architectural Digest, as well as top designers like Sasha Bikoff and Kathryn Ireland, not to mention fashionable royals and socialites. Of course, everyone was dressed to the nines. This might be the design world’s Met Gala.

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This spectacular event was de Gournay’s fabulous way of announcing the launch of a new hand painted wallpaper design called ‘Houghton’ that is inspired by the 18th century wallpaper at Houghton Hall, one of England’s most beautiful and stately homes.


Cindy Rinfret has long credited travel with inspiring her designs. This remarkable de Gournay experience most certainly got her creative juices flowing. Thank you de Gournay for an enchanting celebration — and for documenting it with these gorgeous images, so we can all feel some of that magic.