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.

What's Hot & What's Not: Cindy's Design Philosophy

This past weekend Cindy gave a presentation to the Junior League of Greenwich on "What's Hot & What's Not" in interior design. Her talk was so well received that we thought we should share it with all of you here.

The main takeaway from the lecture was that homes are meant to be lived in and should be luxurious yet comfortable and reflect your personality and your family's lifestyle. The days of living and dining rooms that are only used for guests are over. As Cindy loves to say, "life is too short to put your jewelry in the vault -- wear it!" Here are some photos that Cindy showed in her presentation as examples of how her own home reflects her philosophy of comfortable luxury and the importance of making your home work for your lifestyle.

Cindy's dining room is intimate in scale and that's how she likes it. The space is perfect for dinners at home with her family.

Cindy loves to throw big dinner parties, and when she does (like the time she had over forty guests at her house for Thanksgiving) she clears out the furniture and makes a grand statement with a long table.

In addition to entertaining, Cindy loves the outdoors. Her "outdoor dining room," complete with a pizza oven, is picture-perfect for a baby shower.

A favorite place in Cindy's home is her outdoor living room. Some might think that Connecticut is not an ideal place for outdoor living but Cindy and her family have been known to linger by the fire in this "room" as they cuddle under blankets while holding hot drinks.

Many of you have seen Cindy's designs in gorgeous magazine spreads, or in her book, but have you ever wondered what these rooms looked like before Cindy blessed them with her magic touch? Cindy brought the JL ladies behind the scenes into some of her most fabulous projects and let's just say that there were lots of oohs and ahhs in the room. See for yourself:

Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee look fabulous in their ultra-luxe penthouse duplex in the iconic Plaza Hotel. But what this spread doesn't reveal is that this super chic apartment had to be totally gut-renovated before it could achieve the aura of timeless elegance. This photo of the same staircase shows just how much work went into creating it:

Here's another gorgeous spread:

Take a look at the same master bedroom during construction and before the addition of the glamorous headboard and chic bedding from Leotine Linens.

As you can see, the Plaza project for Tommy was a total renovation. Interior design doesn't always have be about gut renovation to achieve dramatic results. Accessories can result in a dramatic transformation, without the headache of painting or construction. The difference that some accessories can make is evident in a project that Cindy did for a Greenwich family that won Connecticut Cottages & Gardens' Innovation in Design Awards in 2010. The magazine had to shoot the home for their IDA issue but the client had not yet accessorized so we had to bring over items from Rinfret Home & Garden to get the client's dining room, below, photo shoot ready.

Here's the magazine-worthy result:

Well, we hope you enjoyed this little teaser on Cindy's presentation for the Junior League. It goes to show that you don't have to do a total gut renovation to achieve dramatic results. And when decorating, always remember that your home should make you feel comfortable so stay away from anything that doesn't suit your lifestyle because this is YOUR home. Now go decorate!

Palm Beach Fantasy

Spring may be a ways off here in Greenwich but in Palm Beach it is all sunny skies and warm breezes. We could use some of that about now so this post takes its inspiration from the style of this society resort destination. Here are some goodies that are just the thing to brighten up your home and your body. Perfect for a Palm Beach abode but also a welcome splash of sun for us New England girls.

Of course we have to start off with Lily Pulitzer, as what could be more iconic of Palm Beach than a Lily tunic in electric lime and blue:

Obviously, any Palm Beach wardrobe would not be complete without a pair of Jack Rodgers:
And lest we forget, a Palm Beach ensemble must always include a chic straw bag. Kate Spade may be a New Yorker, but she definitely gets resort style with this coral and straw confection of a purse.
Now that we have you outfitted let's focus on the main task at hand, shopping for the perfect Palm Beach home decor. Of course seashells are in order. We LOVE this seashell mirror. What could make you feel more Palm Beach chic than gorgeous shells framing your sun-kissed face?

But why stop there with the shell decor? This console is befitting of the most marvelous mermaid.

For those who love shells but want a more minimalist take on this ocean treasure, this simple piece transforms the shell into a work of art:

Color is also in order. Throw pillows are the best for adding a fun punch of color to a room without the commitment of say, a tangerine sectional. At Rinfret Home & Garden we have an amazing batch of brand-new throw pillows. Here are some of our favorites for creating that chic but care-free Palm Beach ambiance.

Another fun way to add a pop of color without blowing your budget is with a candy-colored garden stool. We love this lemon bright stool that is sure to put a smile on your face.

Speaking of color, this unique lime green chair would be the perfect place to perch yourself with a fresh margarita. Yum.

Green's not your thing? Keep the mood light and fun and of course ultra-chic with this chair, inspired by another of the ocean's natural beauties, coral.

These stylish chairs just beg for fabulous cocktail party guests. At our fantasy Palm Beach soiree the guest list would include C.Z. Guest, Babe Paley and Truman Capote. Don't they just look like fun (Bill and Babe Paley with Truman Capote, below):

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!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Earlier this month Rinfret Home & Garden hosted its first Private Holiday Shopping Event, which was a huge hit. The shop was packed the entire evening with shoppers enjoying cocktails and yummy hors d'oeuvres (our personal favorite were the crab cakes). There was also plenty of shopping to be had, with gorgeous Christmas decorations ranging from ornaments to Santas to Christmas trees embraced by furry teddy bears. As if that were not enough, everyone left with a goodie bag, featuring a very cool candle shaped like a pinecone.

Here are some photos from the evening...

The front window of the shop offers some serious eye candy. It's no wonder that Greenwich Green & Clean recognizes Rinfret Home & Garden for their incredible holiday decorations year after year and the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce awarded us FIRST PLACE in their Winterwonderland Contest this year (see the end of this post for details on that).

Rinfret staff help to spread the cheer with festive accessories. Monika Walker, intern at Rinfret Home & Garden, is the resident Elf, while Ricky Spears, Senior Designer at Rinfret, Ltd. plays Rudolph.

Red was the color of the evening, as Cindy Rinfret and her friend, Jackie Ekholm show.

Gift wrapping is a Rinfret Home & Garden specialty. Chelsea Garber, assistant to Cindy Rinfret, puts the finishing touches on a Christmas gift. We love the idea of using Christmas ornaments as part of your wrapping. There's nothing like getting a present that already has a gift on view before you even un-tie the ribbon!

Our signature Christmas trees with teddy bears were a big hit at the party. Another popular item were our Hermes accessories. Who wouldn't love a hand-painted tray with the iconic Hermes logo? Throw in an Hermes bucket and you are sure to be considered a Christmas angel. For more Christmas ideas go to www.rinfrethomeandgarden.com and shop online or head to the shop at 354 Greenwich Avenue.

This was our first holiday party at the shop (and we will definitely make this an annual event from now on) but Rinfret, Ltd. is no stranger to holiday parties. Our staff love to have a good time and we do just that at our Christmas parties. We are looking forward to our upcoming soiree at Cindy Rinfret's house (if ever there was an amazing spot for entertaining, this is it).

In the meantime, here's a look back at last year's Rinfret Christmas fete:

Cindy Rinfret and Ricky Spears are all laughs. Notice the tartan blanket on Cindy's lap. Cindy loves to use tartan for Christmas parties -- from tablecloths, to napkins to clothing, nothing says Christmas like a red tartan fabric.

All the guests at the party got a gag gift. Here's Kristen Farrington Dawson, Senior Designer, holding her engagement ring mug, in honor of her recent engagement. (She is now married.) Fred Flare and Urban Outfitters have lots of fun gag gifts that are sure to put a smile on anyone's face. Notice the deluxe fur throw to Kristen's right? You can get one too at Rinfret Home & Garden. These are so luxurious and cozy that everyone who works at Rinfret, Ltd. has one of their very own. Click here to get yours!

Desserts are key component of any party. These taste just as fantastic as they look. And note the tartan again, isn't it festive?

We hope that this post puts you in a festive mood.

Merry Christmas to you all!


As we were posting this we received word that Rinfret Home & Garden had won first place in the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce's Winter Wonderland contest for most festive shop.

Check it out:

Nothing like a blue ribbon to make hanging hundreds of ornaments worth the effort!

Decorate for Thanksgiving!

The shops on Greenwich Avenue, including Rinfret Home & Garden, may be decked out for Christmas but let's not forget about our more humble holiday, Thanksgiving, which is in just a few days. We love Thanksgiving and not just because it gives us a free pass to indulge in food for hours but it's also a great excuse to decorate. Check out Cindy Rinfret's decorations for her Thanksgiving dinner party last year. We'll show you how to achieve the same look at home.

Don't be afraid to move your furniture out of the way if you are having a large number of guests for the holiday. Having dinner in the living room really makes the occasion feel festive and special. Cindy brought long tables into her Great Room for a really dramatic effect:

Use urns and flowers to create gorgeous centerpieces. Branches and leaves add the perfect seasonal touch.

Candles are a must at any party. It's best not to have scented candles at the table, so as not to disrupt the aroma of the food, but use your entry to set out scented candles to immediately create an inviting atmosphere. Cindy's signature Greenwich Candle has a delicate scent that we love. Click here to buy it online or get it at Rinfret Home & Garden.

Scatter Fall leaves along the table to bring the outdoors in. You can find these at Michael's Arts & Crafts. Bring the leaf motive to the dinnerware with plates shaped as leaves.

Birds and animals make great decorations (and not just turkeys). Below Cindy used a pheasant for the table.

This Stag Punch Bowl is perfect for a Thanksgiving fete. Click here to get it at Rinfret Home & Garden.
Even with this gorgeous decor, food should still be the main attraction at any Thanksgiving dinner. Use the food to compliment the decor. These cookies are adorable and are just as pretty as they are delicious. Cindy's go-to caterer, Jon Cutler custom-made these cookies for her. You can also use "food" as pure decoration and bring in cranberries and acorns to fill vases. After all, the whole point of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for the harvest.

Make the most of your mantel for Thanksgiving with flowers and candles.

Cindy loves these glass hurricanes for the mantel or dining table and she uses them in all of her clients' homes. Click here to see a selection of glass cut hurricanes.
We hope that we have inspired you to decorate for Thanksgiving and not to wait until Christmas to accessorize. Best wishes to all our readers for a happy and healthy holiday (filled with lots of turkey, of course) and we'll see you out shopping this weekend!

2010 Home Of The Year!

Mountaing Living Magazine's November/December issue honors Rinfret Ltd. with the '2010 Home Of The Year Award'. Cindy whom is best known for her Classic Greenwich style proves once again her eye for design has no limits. This masterpiece tucked in the mountains of Vail, Colorado is the perfect blend of rustic luxury and modern style. Together, Cindy and Vail based architect Kyle Webb of K.H. Webb Architects transformed an original 1962 house into your not so typical mountain home. The 10,000sqft, seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom slopeside retreat is a new stepping stone in history. Discover the secrets behind the design, challenges faced and tricks of the trade.

As Published in Mountain Living

Rinfret is recognized as one of the Top Mountain Interior Designers of 2010. The editors of Mountain Living selected the most talented Architects & Interior Designers at work in the West today. Even when she steps outside of her Classic Greenwich Style, Cindy proves she can do it all!

Rinfret is "On Point"

Featured in the September 2010 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens is a Norwalk waterfront jewel designed by Rinfret and her team. Cindy transformed a post modern space into a timeless traditional home inspired by the natural surroundings. Take a peek inside (and out) of another Rinfret masterpiece!

Click to enlarge each page, or stop by Rinfret Home & Garden to pick up your own copy!

Innovation In Design Awards 2010

The results are in! Connecticut Cottages & Garden Annual Innovation in Design Awards for 2010 are featured in the July/August issue. The areas most talented designers competed for a spot in Landscape, Kitchen, Interior Design, Bath and Architecture. See for yourself why Cindy placed second within her category.

Click to enlarge each image, and/or pick up a copy to see all the winners!

The Tower Suite at the Ocean House

If you have not already heard about the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI then you need to pay attention, as you definitely want to know about this place (trust us).

The Ocean House opened in 1868 and was THE place to spend the summer, especially during the Gilded Age. In 2004 the resort closed in neglect and need of repair. This June the Ocean House opened after a $140 million rebuild and restoration. The 152,660-square-foot property features 49 guestrooms and 23 private residences, farm-to-table cuisine, the 12,000-square-foot OH! Spa and more than 10,000 square feet of event space -- not to mention incredible panoramic views of Long Island, a pristine beach and all the luxuries that any modern resort could claim.

This past Fall Cindy Rinfret was asked to design the Tower Suite of the Ocean House for the resort's Decorator Show House Benefit, "Show Your Cause" which has 100% of proceeds donated to 27 different charities. The Tower Suite is the defining architectural element of the Ocean House and offers the most extraordinary views of Montauk, Block Island, Fisher's Island and Stonington, CT.

The Designer Show House Benefit runs through June 22nd and more information on it and the Ocean House can be found at http://www.oceanhouseri.com/

Here are photos to show you Cindy's journey designing this very special space:This model was our first introduction to the Ocean House (the Tower Suite is the tallest point, right above the sign for the Ocean House). Jeff Riley of Centerbrook Architects did an amazing job of restoring this landmark building with thoughtful touches that add luxury and interest.
The Tower Suite layout is true to its name, with a very vertical orientation, consisting of three floors plus a Widow's Walk.Cindy was immediately inspired by the views of the Tower Suite and chose a scheme of blues and creams, which she carried through all three floors so as to bring continuity to the suite and to better compliment, rather than fight, the impressive architecture of this space.

Before this scheme could come to be the construction had to be completed -- here are some behind the scenes looks at the construction from months in advance to hours before the Show House opening...but everything was finished beautifully (and in time) thanks to hard work from everyone involved in the project.
The Tower Suite living room this past Winter.

Here is the living room again, in April.

And now for the photo we've all been waiting for....the Living Room installed for the opening of the Designer Show House on June 7th:Don't worry, we'll show you more photos of the Tower Suite....here are some more, and if you can get to Watch Hill this month you can see the suite for yourself at the Show House....and if you really love it, the Tower Suite could be yours to own, complete with these interiors designed by Cindy.

The window seat offers a prime spot for a bird's eye view of croquet.

If you prefer surfing to croquet, just sit on the window seat on the other side of the mantel.

The Master Suite on the first level is a calming retreat.

An inviting bath awaits in the master bath....just be warned that the bubbles are glass (a trick of the trade for show houses or photo shoots).

A table set for a seafood feast, complete with a faux ivory lobster, sea shells and oyster platters to create the perfect mood.

This Asmara rug's rope-inspired design literally ties this dining area together.
On the upper level one is greeted by a charming day bed, perfect for enjoying with a cocktail.

A couple cocktails might be necessary to get the courage up to brave the steps to the Widow's Walk, where the most remarkable views await.

The views from the Widow's Walk:

The interior views are also pretty fantastic from this vantage point:

And finally, a look at the exterior of the Ocean House as we waved goodbye (for now)...

A look back at the creation of the Premiere Issue of New England Home's Connecticut

We have an advance copy of the Premiere Issue of New England Home's Connecticut, with a fabulous cover story on a project that Cindy Rinfret did for a Greenwich family. This cover and the gorgeous spread in the magazine made us nostalgic for the photo shoot that made this feature story possible. Come back in time with us to Summer 2009 for the behind the scenes look at how we styled these rooms for this incredible result (which I originally wrote about in June 2009).

For this photo shoot, we brought in the incredible photographer, Michael Partenio and his assistant David, along with stylist extraordinaire, Stacy Kunstel, to photograph this gorgeous home, which Cindy Rinfret had recently completed but which had yet to be finished off with accessories.

Check out these behind the scenes pics to see how we transformed these rooms into sumptuous spaces brimming with interest and color.

Every photo shoot needs lots and lots of flowers. (Think about it, how many photos of beautiful rooms in magazines have you seen that do not have flowers?)

It took five fully packed SUVs to bring over accessories from Rinfret Home & Garden. We took over the kitchen and used it as our staging ground. Whole Foods also turned out to be a great resource for food to brighten up the breakfast room (and also fuel us through the day). We just may have nibbled on some of those muffins that are on the cover of the magazine...

Here is the picture perfect result, as seen in the pages of New England Home's Connecticut.

As you can see from the scouting shot below, the entry needed some serious accessories to focus the space.

Voila -- below is the perfect entry photo, as seen in the pages of New England Home's Connecticut.

The dining room was another space that desperately needed some TLC!

We decorate the table with flowers and place settings. The lights are turned off to avoid any bright spots. What you see with your eye is always different than what the camera sees so we position the "center" arrangement off-center so that it looks better in the shot. Everyone checks out the various shots in Michael's laptop.

After a lot of fussing we get the perfect shot, which looks beautiful in the magazine spread.

Thank you to everyone at New England Home's Connecticut for making this project come to life in the magazine!

Who designed the head table at the New York Botanical Garden's Orchid Dinner?

Cindy Rinfret and her good friend, Priscilla Schaefer of Glorimundi Floral, designed the head table for the New York Botanical Garden's Orchid Dinner at The Mandarin Oriental on February 9th.

The theme of this elegant dinner was Cuba in Flowers, but the table designers were encouraged to do whatever their creative hearts desired to make their tables sing. Cindy and Priscilla were in the good company of other notable designers, including David Easton, Tiffany & Co., and Stephen Elrod for Lee Jofa.

The head table, which Cindy and Priscilla had the honor of decorating, was the talk of the event.

You can see why, with place settings like this!

Yes, those placemats are made from PEACOCK feathers!

For more photos of the tables and all the glamorous people (including Cindy, who was wearing a deep blue shimmery dress, which all us Rinfret ladies are lining up to borrow) check out these links:




Local Love

Cindy Rinfret is definitely a Greenwich girl at heart (in case you couldn't tell by the title of her book, Classic Greenwich Style) and this past week has made all of us at Rinfret, Ltd. love Greenwich even more.

Cindy and her Rinfret Home & Garden team went to the Byram Library last week for the 17th Annual Greenwich Green & Clean Beautification Awards. Deborah Higgins, their vivacious treasurer, is a loyal customer at Rinfret Home & Garden and she has always complimented us on our holiday decorations and our festive flowerbed on Greenwich Avenue (we have McArdle's to thank for making that green patch so beautiful). Even so, we were happily surprised to learn that Rinfret Home & Garden had won the Albert E. Betteridge Beautification Award for Sterling Service.
The Betteridge Award is so meaningful to us, as it is in memory of Albert E. Betteridge, who, as his grandson told us, was dedicated to keeping Greenwich clean and beautiful -- to the point of embarrassing his grandchildren by walking down Greenwich Avenue picking up trash in his hands as he went! Greenwich Avenue is one of the most beautiful shopping destinations in this country and the well-tended flower patches and hanging flower baskets help to make it so. Greenwich Green & Clean works to make all of this possible.

Rinfret Home & Garden was awarded with a stunning silver bowl from Betteridge (currently being inscribed with our name). Wish I had thought to take a photo of it at the time because it really is quite chic -- although we do admit to being just a tad bit jealous of the champagne bucket. We also received a gorgeous book called Gates of Greenwich, which showcases all of the remarkable gates, fences, and ancient stone walls that make Greenwich so uniquely beautiful and enchanting. Soon the shop will sell this delightful book, with all proceeds going to Greenwich Green & Clean.

Here's a sneak peek of the book:
If you recognize the stone wall on the left, you are a true Greenwich local!

In addition to the Greenwich Green & Clean Beautification Award, Cindy Rinfret also got some pretty great praise from Greenwich Time last week. Here is a copy of the article, which was on the front page of the Business Section:

Thanks for all the support, Greenwich -- we love you too!

Happy New Year! Happy Sale Shopping!

Here at Rinfret, Ltd. we all have high hopes for 2010 -- lots of exciting projects that we can't wait to share with you as they unfold. More immediately though, we have some retail therapy to send your way. Rinfret Home & Garden is having a massive sale with almost everything discounted 25% percent!

After months of shopping for others it's time to spoil yourself (and without guilt since the prices are as low as they get). Check out the goods:

We LOVE this chic bar with game table. Doesn't this piece just conjure up images of cozy nights at home with friends tucked away from the bitter cold?

There are so many goodies on this bar that I just had to peek in to show you. What could be a more perfect Valentine's Day gift than this red croc barware set? Pair it with The Bubbly Cocktails book and Greek Key tumblers and we'll bet you'll be luckier in love than Cupid himself.

Gorgeous lamps, stunning art, splashes of red and Cindy's absolute favorite hand-painted urns (they are in her own living room) create an elegant yet warm vignette. Have I mentioned yet that all this stuff is on sale?
There is so much to love here. Ultra chic mirrored and gilt tray, stylish throw pillows, and grand pillar holders that look as if they could have been found in a European market.

It's just the beginning of Winter and it looks to be a cold one, so why not liven up the landscape with some popping green urns and a little Hollywood glam, care of Joan Crawford.

As with most good things, this sale won't last forever. So come in and visit us, get your design fix, and find the perfect excuse to treat yourself.