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Privet House Inspiration

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I go to the two-day Trade Secrets show in Sharon, Connecticut every year. They showcase rare plants and garden antiques, and it’s a great place to find new inspiration and catch up on my favorite booths from past years. This year, I was excited to see Privet House back at the show, because I’ve always admired their eclectic collection of antiques, home goods, and other beautiful things. The owners, Richard Lambertson and Suzanne Cassano, are both intuitive design thinkers, and they have curated an imaginative mix of things in their shops in both Greenwich and New Preston, Connecticut. Their collection is unexpected, playful, stylish, and creative, and I love browsing through it.

The goods at Privet House run the gamut from rare books to vintage finds, decorative wares, and kitchen and housekeeping brooms and brushes, but I was particularly struck by the collection of boxes and baskets that they brought to Trade Secrets this year.

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Privet House's owner, Richard Lambertson, whose curated offerings I have always admired.

1 Privet House's owner, Richard Lambertson, whose curated offerings I have always admired.

This Swedish settee with homespun linen pillows and antique paper-covered box was one of the best vignettes at the show.

2 This Swedish settee with homespun linen pillows and antique paper-covered box was one of the best vignettes at the show.

Upon closer inspection, I could see the stripes themselves contained lovely miniature designs.

3 Upon closer inspection, I could see the stripes themselves contained lovely miniature designs.

This collection of boxes was encrusted with a variety of seashells.

4 This collection of boxes was encrusted with a variety of seashells.

This tin picnic basket was one of a pair.

5 This tin picnic basket was one of a pair.

The faux-bois technique was fantastic.

6 The faux-bois technique was fantastic.

This box had both beautiful floral and handsome geometric designs going for it.

7 This box had both beautiful floral and handsome geometric designs going for it.

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