Art Southampton & Luxe Hamptons Launch

At the end of last month, we attended a launch party for one of our favorite magazines, Luxe Interiors + Design, to introduce their new Hamptons edition. The magazine launch was hosted at the Maserati Lounge at Art Southampton, directly in the center of one of the most incredible art shows around. We began working closely with Luxe several years ago, after we were featured on their April 2012 cover, and since then, we have partnered with them for multiple events and have maintained a close relationship. To show our support and help Luxe celebrate this milestone, we sent our own Taylor Lagerloef to check out the action:

Art Southampton, the “sister” show of Art Miami, is an art show that runs each summer for a period of about 4 days. This year’s venue entailed an extensive 100,000 square foot space and hosted work from over 660 artists ranging from 43 different countries. Upon my arrival, I walked past a graffiti-ed Ferrari and an iridescent taxidermy elk…clearly I wasn't at your typical local art show. I then passed by aisle after aisle of cool, contemporary artists – many of which exhibited very avant-garde and one-of-a-kind pieces. One piece utilized paper-thin fragments of glass laid out in a circular pattern, creating a shimmery, three-dimensional effect. Another piece was an over-sized oil painting of a beach scene, which would be just superb for a beachfront abode. Other pieces at the show included an avant-garde life-size spray can of Campbell’s tomato soup, surfboards plastered with Andy Warhol prints (perfect for those Montauk surfers!), and a gorgeous oil and pastel piece from Abby M. Taylor Fine Art. This was truly one of the best art shows I had attended. What added to the excitement was walking amongst some of this century’s most renowned talents: Warhol, Lichtenstein, Calder, Frankenthaler…all on a simple Friday evening in Southampton.

The excitement continued once I reached the Maserati Lounge. Curated by Luxe Interiors + Design and designed by Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, the space was located directly in the center of the venue and allowed guests and collectors alike to mingle with a panoramic view of the entire pavilion.  Launching a Hamptons edition of Luxe is a great move for the magazine, and what better way to break into the market than with a fabulous art show?!

Lautaro Cuttica "Beach Scene"

An oil and pastel painting from Greenwich's own
Abby M. Taylor Fine Art
Taylor Lagerloef with Janice Browne of Luxe Interiors + Design

Being an interior designer, I enjoy attending these types of shows and events so that I can shop for clients (and because it is great to see what direction the art world is going in!). Art can be the final element to truly complete a room and a home. Many people overlook the importance of this, and see art as something that only serves a decorative purpose. Your home should reflect your personality and lifestyle, and art is the last component to really make it personal and your own. Some people opt for prints and posters, which can be reproductions, while others might opt for one-of-a-kind pieces that have history and tell a story. Either way, artwork can fill the void in a home and will brighten up any room.

On a final note, thank you to Luxe Interiors + Design for including us in the celebration! We can’t wait to see what you do with the magazine – we are certain it will be great!

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!

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.

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.

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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The Gold List

Michael Phelps isn't the only one who has earned golds this summer -- we are excited to say that Rinfret, Ltd. is one of just two interior design firms (and a handful of architecture and building firms) to make the Gold List of this summer's Luxe Interiors + Design issue.

It feels good to earn gold!

We also have recently learned that we have won some prestigious design competitions. Stay tuned for the details on that in the fall. We're working hard to keep this winning streak going strong!

Go team Rinfret!

The secrets to a cover worthy living room

Cindy Rinfret's interior design for a Greenwich family's stunning Jacobean estate is the cover girl for this month's issue of the fabulous magazine, Luxe Interior + Design. Are you drooling over this luxe look? Read on and we'll show you how to get a living room that has cover girl cred.

There is so much to love in this living room. It's subtly luxurious and touches like glam mirrored end tables give a great transitional edge to an otherwise traditional design.

This side table from Rinfret Home & Garden offers the perfect touch of eye candy to frame a sofa. The transitional design can make a traditional room feel fresh and now.

Cindy Rinfret is a big believer in eclectic design. Using an antique style chinoiserie table with contemporary side tables brings an unexpected and "collected" feel to a room. Perfectly matched furniture can feel stale and uninspired so don't be afraid to mix different styles in a room.

It's just as important to have elements that pull a room together. Throw pillows are the most powerful accessories in a living room and can totally bring together a color scheme.
This throw pillow has a fabulous luxe look. If you can't splurge for the new sofa now, you can give your living room a face lift with a throw pillow that looks and feels expensive.

What's great about throw pillows is that they can lend a formal or more casual vibe to a room and are so easy to switch out. This same room could get a more relaxed summer look with linen throw pillows like the ones below.
To fill a room that is as grand as this one, you need a lot of accessories. Even the most beautifully designed room is not complete until is is filled with accessories.

The blue and white porcelain urn is a timeless choice. Not only does it lend a well-traveled and inherited flair to a living room, but in this room it beautifully continues the blue and cream color scheme.
Chances are, a cover room for a shelter magazine will have some flowers in the mix. There is a reason why stylists are always arranging flowers for photo shoots, they make a room welcoming and more beautiful. Even if you're not prepping your living room for a photo shoot, a well placed flower arrangement should always have a place in your home. If you're not a green thumb or hate how cut flowers die, then just grab a faux flower arrangement like this one. Trust us, no one will know the difference.

So now you know the secrets of a cover-worthy room. The best part? All of the above items are sold at Rinfret Home & Garden. So your luxe look is just a shopping spree away...