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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.

Obsessed: Thomas Paul

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Nautical colors and imagery are so inspiring and there's something about them that just screams summer: waves, sunshine, sand between your toes and fresh seafood. Although this sunshine-y season is still a ways away, I'm already dreaming of summer vacation thanks to these designs from native New Yorker Thomas Paul. He has a degree in textiles from FIT and an incredible eye for design.

Starting with his own line of neckwear in the 1990s, his brand launched a collection of pillowcases in 2001. The collection has steadily expanded since then and now offers a number of home goods, including tablewear, stationery, and lamp shades.

Known for his bold colors and his enlarged animal graphic patterns, his work is incredibly eye-catching. I love these sea-creature-covered tea towels, bags, and pillows. Decisions, decisions!

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Wall Clocks Worth a Look

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No matter whether you're a watch-wearer or gave one up long ago in favor of your cell phone, there's no denying the usefulness -- and charm -- of a substantial wall clock. They're a witty way to make a statement in any room, and it's easy to find options that aren't crazy expensive. (And, if you're creative, you can always make your own -- try one of my favorite tutorials). Here are a few I've got my eye on right now:

_75757471. Dae Runn by Magenta Chalkboard Wall Clock, $64.

 12-3-6-9-24-wall-clock2.12-3-6-9-24" Wall Clock, $79.95.


modern-clocks3. Nomon Sunset Clock, $390.

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4. Opal Clocks Clock , $115.

pr_1155_37_48555. Firenze Wall Clock , $84.