Our picks from the Gift Show

The New York International Gift Fair is always an exhilarating, yet overwhelming experience. For those of you that have never been, it takes place at Piers 92 and 94 at the Passenger Ship Terminal, in addition to The Javits Convention Center. There are countless vendors and items that can appeal to a vast array of tastes and styles. To say that there is a lot to see would be an understatement. We like to head over to the gift show to find new and exciting items for the Rinfret Home & Garden showroom, as well as unique items for our Rinfret design clients. Check out what we saw and loved below:
Intricate pillow accents were ubiquitous at this year’s show. From beading to applied velvets and silks, there certainly was no shortage of amazing detail. We were particularly drawn to steel blues and grays, mixed with cream colors. A stunning pair of throw pillows can give any piece of furniture a quick “facelift.”
We immediately stopped when we came across this vendor. They had truly unique pieces, with gorgeous wood detailing. The interesting thing about this vendor is that the wood detail (as seen above, with the Greek Key pattern) was not applied, but rather molded directly from the wood base. Not to mention, they offer a variety of 47 finishes that are all environmentally-friendly.

Shagreen was everywhere. We are constantly looking for interesting accessorizing pieces, and we really loved these trays as a finishing piece for a coffee table or ottoman. We also ordered tons of shagreen mirrors and boxes, as exotic skins are always a good way to add a unique touch to any room.
  This vendor really blew us away with their gorgeous ceramic and glass products. Their ceramic line is made in an “old-fashioned” tradition”, using a potter’s wheel. They also develop their colors in house, therefore the colors can be customized to suit any project or client’s needs. We were completely obsessed and ordered a variety of trays, vases, and planters, all of which are due to arrive just in time for the holidays!

We're Hiring!

Do you love the Rinfret look? Then we have exciting news for you!

Rinfret Home & Garden is looking for a new retail sales person, after our beloved Hilary (whom so many of you know) retired. Being part of the Rinfret, Ltd. team is great fun (and not just because we love to celebrate birthdays with delicious cake). Join a creative group of people who share a love for design. Plus, the shop is smack dab in the midst of fashionable Greenwich Avenue.

This role is a very important one and we are looking for a retail salesperson with knowledge of upscale home furnishings and accessories. A minimum of four years retail experience is mandatory.

The ideal candidate will be customer oriented, computer literate, organized, flexible, personable, able to multi-task, and work independently and part of a team.

This position is immediately available. If interested, please submit resume and cover letter, including salary requirements to jmz@rinfretltd.com.

We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Who knows? You might be the newest member of the Rinfret team!

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...

Holiday Decorating, Part II: Creative Christmas Trees

Last week we talked about "mantel mania" and this week it's time to go inside the holiday home and take a look at the Christmas tree. After all, it's the most important decorative element this time of year. If you know Cindy Rinfret, you know that she decorates with a "more is more" philosophy, so it's no surprise that she doesn't limit herself to one tree. Each of her children have their own trees, her dogs have their own doggie tree, and sparkling trees brighten up her halls and entry.

The mother of all trees in Cindy's home is without a doubt the monumental tree in her Great Room, below:

A tree like this one demands a lot of ornaments. Luckily for Cindy she has a great selection of ornaments at her own shop, Rinfret Home & Garden, that she can choose from. (If you're close to Greenwich Avenue then lucky you too!)

Here are some of our favorite ornaments right now (all available at Rinfret Home & Garden):

Doesn't this charming ornament remind you of those fantastic, super preppy Tommy Hilfiger ads?

We also love these lifelike red cardinals that you can affix to your tree, wreath, or anything else you can imagine for a festive pop of red that feels fresher than just a glitzy red ball.
If you're more into bling than birds, you'll want these luxe crystal ornaments that will make your chandelier jealous of your Christmas tree.

Cindy's Marketing Director, Elizabeth, loves this doggie ornamanet because it looks just like her Korean Jindo dog. If she could get a Korean Jindo ornament at Rinfret Home & Garden, then we're willing to bet they can get you whatever breed you can think of!

Speaking of dogs, how cute do Cindy's goldens look in her hallway, framed by these simply elegant trees?

Cindy not only has special dog ornaments for her goldens but a whole Christmas tree dedicated to the four legged family members. Check it out:

If you like the idea of a special little tree but aren't a dog person, you should check out the famous Rinfret Teddy Bear Tree:

This is sure to please family members young in age and young at heart.

We could go on and on about all the great ornaments and decorative accessories for Christmas trees but you'll have a lot more fun if you simply come down to Rinfret Home & Garden and check out what we have first hand! While you're at it, you can count how many trees we have (there are a lot).

We hope to see you soon!

How to get your home ready for the holidays

The holiday season is upon us, Halloween has come and gone, and in our part of New England, we've even already had our first blizzard. It's time to start thinking about holiday entertaining and decorating. Cindy has some great tips for taking the stress out of making your home festive and inviting to guests (and you!)...

Think outside the box
Don't rely on Pottery Barn for all of your holiday decorating inspiration - do something personal that you have never seen before. Cindy is a dog lover and has the golden retrievers to prove it, so each year she dedicates a special Christmas tree to her dogs. It's decorated in adorable dog-themed ornaments and setup in the mud room, which is the stomping ground for the pooches. The tree is a great conversation starter at parties and more importantly, brings a smile to Cindy's face every time she sees it.

Make your home cozy and inviting
This is something that you should want for your home year round, but it is especially important around the holidays when you want to make your family and friends feel immediately comfortable at your house.

Faux fur throws are the perfect accessory to cozy up a room. They feel absolutely luxurious but are most of all comfortable. It's just the trick to add both style and comfort to a room. Another tip for fab parties is to make sure that there's plenty of comfy seating for your guests and that the furniture is arranged to make it easy to chat while simultaneously drinking and eating.

Entertain in style!

Take a tip from Mad Men, and whip up an old school cocktail with a fancy shaker (and yes, that means make cocktails - it's much more interesting than the standard white wine that everyone is sick of by their 5th holiday party).

Your guests will notice your extra effort and creativity and you'll find yourself energized by the excitement of using and trying new things.

The best part? You can get all this great stuff (from fur throws and ornaments, to the serving trays and cocktail shakers) at Rinfret Home & Garden. So go ahead and make your home cozy and your parties fabulous! It's easy and fun!

Tricks of the trade

To say that Cindy Rinfret has a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to creating gorgeous interiors would be the ultimate understatement. A design education at RISD and the University of Copenhagen School of Architecture will give you that, not to mention over twenty years working in the trade with the best architects, upholsterers and stylists.

Here are six of Cindy's best tricks for creating an inviting space.

Got a limited budget? Instead of going broke on an expensive new sofa splurge instead on fabulous throw pillows. Luxurious pillows will bring new life to your sofa and make it look expensive.

We have the most amazing selection of throw pillows in Rinfret Home & Garden right now (as seen above in cheery, spring colors) plus more to be found in our online shop.

If you have low ceilings there is something you can do to give the appearance of height. Never leave your ceiling white. This is a huge pet peeve of Cindy's. Too often people will put time and energy into decorating a room and then stop short with the ceiling. You can choose a complimentary color to your walls but that may be better left to a professional, so to play it safe you can also simply use the same color as your walls but 50% lighter for the ceiling.

In the above dining room the blue ceiling perfectly compliments the hand-painted wall covering.

Be brave in design and think outside the box. Try something new and find inspiration in the unexpected. Cindy often incorporates unusual finds from her travels into her interior design.

In Cindy's master bedroom at Laurel Hill, above, she used an unusual piece that she found in Thailand for her headboard.

Think BIG when it comes to lighting. A common mistake is going too small with light fixtures. It can be hard to visualize how a lantern in a crowded showroom will look in your open entryway. So many times our clients will see the enormous box containing their new light fixture and worry that the scale will be too way big - but once they see it installed they immediately recognize why Cindy chose that size. You want people to notice your beautiful light fixtures (especially since these pieces are often pricey) so don't be afraid to make an impact.

See what we mean?

The beauty is in the details. The fun part of design is in adding the personal touch that says something about you and your family. Whether that be a gorgeous coffee table book that shows off your love of fashion, a map from a favorite city, or a monogrammed pillow, details add personality. Plus, people will notice (and even if they don't, we guarantee that you will, and that's what it's all about).

Even for a decorator show house, Cindy made the extra effort to bring in pieces that referenced the environment of the show house (in this case, the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI).

Last but not least: accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! Much like the ceiling that is left white, too many projects are left unaccessorized. It's not uncommon to lose steam after spending so much time (and money) finding the perfect rug, furniture and fabrics for your room -- but don't! Accessories are the jewelry of a room. The power of a well placed throw, vase, book or chic tray is not to be underestimated.

The above vignette would be far less interesting without the urn, lantern, frames, art and mirror.

Still feeling greedy for more insider tips? Check out this fantastic interview on the Asmara website (where you will also find the most gorgeous rugs) and hear Cindy describe her process in creating the beautiful design of the Tower Suite at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI. (We encourage you to also check out our blog post on this project as well.)

A Gift Guide for your Valentine

This Winter has been a tough here in Connecticut so all the more reason to curl up inside with your Valentine and get cozy on the most romantic of holidays. What better way to show your love than with a gift for your beloved. We take the stress out of finding the perfect present....

Here are some great ideas so you don't have to show up empty handed on Monday, February 14th.

A picture tells a thousand words so frame you and the one you love than in a stylish red frame. This is just one of many options we have to display your beloved. Click here for more ideas.

There's no better way to ignite some romance than with some cocktail action by a chic bar. If you come home with this complete vignette you can expect a very happy Valentine.

Not up to making such a grand gesture? Check out this set below. Pair it with your amour's favorite libation and you've got yourself the perfect gift.

Red Croc Shaker paired with matching ice bucket? It's a perfect pair....

just like you and your Valentine.

We hope that we have inspired you with some gifts worthy of your true love. If you need more encouragement browse our online shop. We have a special section where you can shop for your gal or guy. Or, come into Rinfret Home & Garden at 354 Greenwich Avenue and let Jim or Hilary help you pick the perfect present. Happy Valentine's!