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.

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!



Spring Cleaning

It is officially Spring and in the spirit of "Spring Cleaning" we thought we would share with you some of our favorite baths. Perhaps these may inspire you to update a bath in your own home, after all, Spring is a time for new beginnings.

The gorgeous bath above is from Tommy Hilfiger's former home in Greenwich and it epitomizes the luxurious yet light and open bath that pretty much everyone loves.


This bath is from Cindy Rinfret's home, Laurel Hill. Cindy ends each day with a peaceful bubble bath so when she designed her home she made sure that this space was beautiful and calming. To achieve this look she used hand-painted paper from Gracie. The shelves next to the bath feature photos of loved ones and coral collected on travels. It's no wonder that this is one of Cindy's favorite places in her home.

This powder room is also from Cindy's home. Powder Rooms are such fun because these jewel box spaces offer the perfect opportunity to take risks.

We love the Greek Key detail on the sink that is again mirrored in the tape along the chair rail.

This bath is simple and preppy, and fittingly so as it's in the Ocean House in the exclusive blue blood vacation spot, Watch Hill, RI. Monogrammed towels don't just have to be initials, if you have a summer cottage with a cute name, put it on the towels. Design is truly in the details.


As we noted before, powder rooms offer a space to have fun and take risks. Cindy did just that with this Western Ranch's powder room.

Believe it or not, but the bath below belongs to the same owner. The house is different (located in Greenwich instead of Wyoming):

This is one of our ultimate favorite baths. It is feminine without being froufrou, and stylish without being trendy. Check out more photos of this bath in a gorgeous spread from the latest issue of Beautiful Kitchens & Baths.