The classic allure of Blue & White

Pantone and Benjamin Moore are always coming out with color forecasts and we love to stay on top of what is current in the design world, but when it comes to color the classic mix of blue and white will always be a favorite. This color combo has been a hit pretty much since pigment existed and blue and white designs span all continents. There is a reason for this — blue is a calming color that boosts creativity and happiness and white brings out the very best in blue —and of course, it just looks fresh and crisp and beautiful.

A blue and white bedroom designed by Cindy Rinfret at the Ocean House Tower Suite in Watch Hill.

A blue and white bedroom designed by Cindy Rinfret at the Ocean House Tower Suite in Watch Hill.

Rinfret Home & Garden is always well-stocked with blue and white accessories, as it works in almost any design scheme, and is the most effective and easiest way to add interest and style to a space.

That’s not to say that working with the many hues of blue is easy. It takes a trained eye to understand how to pair varying shades of blue but when done well it is absolutely beautiful.

The living room at the Ocean House Tower Suite in Watch Hill, designed by Cindy Rinfret.

The living room at the Ocean House Tower Suite in Watch Hill, designed by Cindy Rinfret.

Cindy Rinfret is known for her Classic Greenwich Style and blue is a color that is often requested by clients with homes in Greenwich. It checks off a lot of boxes: it makes a space feel welcoming and peaceful (key for so many Rinfret clients who need a retreat from their high powered careers in frenetic Manhattan), it is a color that is not pretentious and lends itself well to family-oriented homes (and what town could be better for families than Greenwich, with its incredible schools and endless amenities), and it’s a go-to choice for homes with views of the Long Island Sound as it continues that mesmerizing, watery palette from the outdoors into the home.

A hallway designed by Cindy Rinfret for a client's home in Greenwich, CT.

A hallway designed by Cindy Rinfret for a client's home in Greenwich, CT.

Blue and white abounds in a Greenwich family room designed by Cindy Rinfret.

Blue and white abounds in a Greenwich family room designed by Cindy Rinfret.

Rinfret, Wadia and Sabag: A Great Design Collaboration

The process of pulling off a high-end interior design and construction project can feel as intimidating as producing a Hollywood movie. There are a lot of creative professionals involved in a complex undertaking. 

The above room took a lot of creative work: Interior design by Rinfret, Ltd., architecture by Wadia Associates and building by Sound Beach Partners. Photo by Michael Partenio.

The above room took a lot of creative work: Interior design by Rinfret, Ltd., architecture by Wadia Associates and building by Sound Beach Partners. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Kyle Hoepner, Editor in Chief of New England Home Connecticut advocates the importance of communication between design professionals and has found that the most beautiful and intriguing homes are the ones that were envisioned and created not by one person but by a team of architect, interior designer and builder. Hoepner has long been a fan of Rinfret’s work (in fact, the first issue of New England Home Connecticut was graced with a cover of a Rinfret project) so when he decided to showcase a successful collaboration between design professionals, he immediately thought of Cindy Rinfret and a gorgeous project that she created with Dinyar Wadia/Wadia Associates and Doron Sabag/Sound Beach Partners. 

New England Home Connecticut  profiled the Roundtable Luncheon, featuring a panel discussion with Cindy Rinfret, Dinyar Wadia and Doron Sabag at the LA Cafe at the Lillian August Design Center, in their Spring 2016 issue.

New England Home Connecticut profiled the Roundtable Luncheon, featuring a panel discussion with Cindy Rinfret, Dinyar Wadia and Doron Sabag at the LA Cafe at the Lillian August Design Center, in their Spring 2016 issue.

Rinfret, Wadia and Sabag spoke with Hoepner as part of an intimate luncheon for design professionals held at the Lillian August Design Center this past February where they discussed how they used best practices to create a stunning Greenwich project. The project posed a significant challenge as they were tasked with designing, building, landscaping, decorating, accessorizing and installing an expansive limestone estate with a pool and a seemingly countless number of rooms from start to finish within eighteen months. 

The beautiful home they created was a result of working together from the very beginning. By virtue of being on the job before breaking ground, Rinfret could incorporate details into the interiors that highlighted the architecture. For example, in the dining room Rinfret created a beautiful Chippendale chair rail that played off the Chippendale railing that Wadia designed in the entry. Sabag’s team brilliantly brought the vision to reality by expertly installing mirror behind the wainscoting. 

The entry with Chippendale entry railing was an inspiration point for Cindy Rinfret's design. Photo by Michael Partenio.

The entry with Chippendale entry railing was an inspiration point for Cindy Rinfret's design. Photo by Michael Partenio.

They were able to adhere to the ambitious timeline and keep the client happy by making it a priority to stay in constant communication with each other. There can be a lot of grey areas and Rinfret, Wadia and Sabag made sure that their roles were clearly delineated to ensure that they could all efficiently work together. Judging from these gorgeous images, we think it’s pretty clear that this was a dream team project for all, especially the lucky homeowner.

Cindy Rinfret lets the architecture shine in the living room by keeping the furniture understated and by highlighting the beautifully detailed plaster ceiling by painting it cream and blue, with those colors reflected in the luxurious rugs that ground the room. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Cindy Rinfret lets the architecture shine in the living room by keeping the furniture understated and by highlighting the beautifully detailed plaster ceiling by painting it cream and blue, with those colors reflected in the luxurious rugs that ground the room. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Two chandeliers help to fill the grand size of the dining room and are more relaxed than one very dominant light fixture. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Two chandeliers help to fill the grand size of the dining room and are more relaxed than one very dominant light fixture. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Rinfret installed motorized sheers around the bath for privacy and to add an ethereal romance to the space. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Rinfret installed motorized sheers around the bath for privacy and to add an ethereal romance to the space. Photo by Michael Partenio.

Want to know more about this project? Cindy Rinfret devotes an entire chapter to this home in her book, Greenwich Style: Inspired Family Living.

A Look Back at Summer Fun with Phillip Watson

Summer is officially coming to a close so before the season is but a distant memory we invite you take a look back with us.

A highlight of the summer was a visit with our friend (and garden designer to the stars), Phillip Watson.



Phillip and Cindy had a blast on a photo shoot at Mead Point in Long Island. For more photos, see our facebook page.

We are lucky to share some fabulous clients with Phillip Watson and are a huge fan of his stellar gardens.


Above, Phillip Watson in one of his incredible gardens (image from http://www.phillipwatsondesigns.net).

And if you are not lucky enough to have hundreds of acres to devote to peonies, you can still enjoy Phillip's green thumb. Watch out for him on QVC. We think you'll agree that he is one talented (and charming ) guy!

As with any good summer, there were lots of fabulous parties. We already showed you photos from lots of them on our earlier blog post on  Cindy Rinfret's second book with Rizzoli, Greenwich Style: Inspired Family Homes. The last party of the summer was fittingly at the Ocean  House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. A more perfect summer escape is hard to come by.


It's always sad to say good bye to summer (especially when you look at dreamy photos like this one of Cindy below, taken on a fun day trip with Phillip) but we are already excited for a fantastic fall. Stay tuned for some very exciting news from us!

 


Celebrating Greenwich Style!

This spring may have been full of showers but the sun always came out to shine at our book events for Greenwich Style: Inspired Family Homes (Rizzoli). Take a look back with us at this party-studded month...

The party month kicked off on May 1st with a book signing at Rinfret Home and Garden, co-hosted with Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine and Christopher Noland Salon and Beauty Spa.  

 

Next stop on the book tour was the Wakefield Design Center in Stamford where Cindy headlined New England Home's Connecticut To the Trade Day with  a special talk  on the making of her book and what "Greenwich Style" means to her. 

 

We took the party into Manhattan on May 16th for another book signing, this time at the new Christopher Peacock Showroom. Cindy and Christopher go way back (when they were both starting off they shared a space in Greenwich) so it was a homecoming of sorts to do a party together. In true city style, the food and drinks (and waiters) were all delicious. Thanks to NYC&G and CTC&G for a fab night!

 

For close friends and clients (many of whose homes were featured in the book) Cindy Rinfret hosted a party with Serendipity Magazine at her favorite restaurant, Polpo. As with all the previous events, the sun was out and made for a perfectly balmy evening. 

  
 

Last stop on the book tour (for now!) was the Westchester Showhouse in Scarsdale, where Cindy signed books for visitors on June 1st.

We're taking a break from book events (after all, Cindy needs to rest her hand from all those signatures). In August we'll be back with another party - this one at the gorgeous Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI - which is featured in a chapter in the Greenwich Style. After all, Greenwich Style is a state of mind, not a place. Stay tuned for more details!



May Madness: Mark your calendars!

Get ready to book up your calendar - May is a busy one for us!

Here's what we have on tap:

Wednesday, May 1st
Book Party with Cindy Rinfret
Rinfret Home and Garden
354 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT
6:00 - 8:00pm
The first book party of the season is not to be missed! Join us at Rinfret Home and Garden for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and be the first to get a signed copy of Greenwich Style: Inspired Family Homes. We have partnered with Christopher Noland Salon and Beauty Spa, as well as Equinox Greenwich and Luxe Interiors + Design to give you fab goodie bags stuffed with lots of treats, not to mention a raffle with some seriously amazing prizes. We can't wait to celebrate Greenwich Style with you!
RSVP

Wednesday, May 8th
New England Home's "To the Trade" Book Signing with Cindy RinfretWakefield Design Center
652 Glenbrook Road Stamford, CT  
4:30 - 5:15 pm
Industry friends, come out to the Wakefield Design Center for a "To the Trade" event organized by New England Home's Connecticut. The day starts at 12:30 pm and offers an impressive lineup of presentations by industry leaders including Oly Studio, Farrow and Ball, Vanguard and Osborne and Little, and last but not least, from 4:30 - 5:15 pm Cindy Rinfret will give a presentation about the making of her latest book.
Click here for more info

Thursday, May 16th
NYC&G Book Party with Cindy Rinfret
Christopher Peacock
222 East 59th Street, New York, NY
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Greenwich Style comes to NYC for a fun evening hosted by New York Cottages & Gardens and Christopher Peacock to honor Cindy Rinfret and her new book. Cindy and Christopher go way back so we're looking forward to some great stories at what is sure to be a fab night out in the city.
RSVP to nycgevents@cottagesandgardens.com

Thursday, May 16th - Saturday, May 18th
7th Annual Warehouse Sale
Morgan Manhattan
16 Bruce Park Avenue, Greenwich, CT
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The sale of the year is back and promises to be better than ever! Save the date for this epic sale where you can score the best deals possible on furniture, accessories, artwork, mirrors, you name it! There is so much stuff that we open up the doors of Morgan Manhattan (at the bottom of Greenwich Ave) so you can check it all out. 
Click here for more info

Tuesday, May 21st
Innovation in Design Awards
The Stamford Hilton
1 1st Stamford Place, Stamford, CT
6:00 pm cocktails, 7:00 pm Dinner & Awards Presentation
Rinfret, Ltd. is a finalist (for the third time) for the Connecticut Cottages and Gardens IDA. Come down to the Stamford Hilton and cheer us on in the Best Bath category. We're also excited to see the entertaining Jonathan Adler on stage as he'll be honored as the Innovator of the Year.
RSVP

Saturday, June 1st
Westchester Showhouse
2 Cooper Road, Scarsdale, NY
12:00 - 3:00 pm
Come meet Cindy Rinfret and get a signed copy of Greenwich Style: Inspired Family Homes as you visit the Westchester Showhouse and tour its impressive rooms.
For hours and directions call 914-937-3800, ext. 209.


With all of these events, we hope to see your smiling face this month. Let's all spread the Greenwich Style!


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