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50  |  Diving In After a family tragedy, a mom seeks a cheerful refuge for her three small children.

58  |  Full House

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departments Family Friendly

21  |  Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine A thoughtful kitchen renovation cleverly connects past and present.

24  |  Tough Mudders Two mudrooms balance form and function with bold design moves and clever storage ideas.

26  |  Pantry Power Stylish storage solutions for the family.

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30  |  A Little Bit Country The Cotswolds meet Connecticut in designer Becca Casey’s retail and lifestyle site Ayr Barns. Where Next?

36  |  Living Large Seeking space and a simpler lifestyle, New Yorkers find havens in Connecticut. Last Look

72  |  In Fashion Roche Bobois and Christian Lacroix Maison collaborate for a second time.

Designer Angela Belt transforms a home from an empty box to fashion-forward fun.

64  |  The Art of Family Fiona Leonard helps a couple relocating from London create a functional home replete with memories.

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Design of the Times In 2019, the team at New England Home conceived of next to champion the “next” wave of residential design professionals. Not in our wildest dreams could we have imagined how intensely important our homes would become in 2020. And life at home has taken dramatic turns: Zoom is now a household word, our kitchen islands and dining tables host temporary classrooms and offices, and our outdoor spaces are treasured sanctuaries more than ever before. Many of us took advantage of prolonged periods at home to pull the trigger on renovations delayed by time and indecision, or to reconsider our location altogether. For those of you new to Connecticut— welcome! And for those firmly rooted here but who are now dreaming of a sparkling new kitchen or home office—nice to see you! The projects we’re sharing in this issue were curated with an eye toward how we’re living now. We hope you find inspiration and resources in the following pages. —JENNA TALBOTT @jennatalbott

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The kitchen island is topped with leathered Nero Mist granite and painted Farrow & Ball Hague Blue. To seamlessly tie together the home, all the walls in the public spaces got a coat of Benjamin Moore Light Pewter paint.

A thoughtful kitchen renovation cleverly connects past and present.  by LISA H. SPEIDEL

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When your youngest son is relegated to sleeping in a closet and both boys crave a backyard to run around in, it might just be time to trade the city for the suburbs. The 1920s Tudor the family found in West Hartford had the space they sought and the character they loved. A little tweaking would bring the three-story home to perfection.

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Like downsizing, upsizing brings its own set of challenges, as the owner can attest: “We had only lived in one- and two-bedroom apartments until we lived in this house,” she says. “That’s why we needed Georgia. We had no furniture.” Georgia, the namesake of West Hartford-based Georgia Zikas Design, is who the owners tapped to execute a whole-house reno that was family friendly at its core. As with any modernday update, the kitchen area was key. CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: A custom ottoman that rivals the size of a twin bed in the living room is a perfect perch for parents to rest feet (or little boys to use as a springboard to jump to the sectional). In the foyer, designer Georgia Zikas (pictured) alternated new two-by-two spindles with the original turned ones for a stylish—and safe—update. Down came two walls to create an open-plan kitchen, breakfast area, and family room.

“Because the kitchen was quite new, it pained us to tear it out,” says the owner. “So we were insistent on repurposing.” To minimize what was destined for the landfill, Zikas reused the Carrera marble from the original kitchen island, transforming it into the living room hearth and surround. “It wasn’t cheaper because we still had to fabricate it,” she says. “It was really about upcycling, in an effort not to be wasteful.” Likewise, they saved the handmade tiles and the fumed oak floor. “They didn’t want to replace life’s scars; that was a theme throughout,” says Zikas—“not erasing the past.” 22  next  | 2020

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The showstopping new island is “Frankensteined,” as Zikas calls it, completely from old cabinets. It meshes seamlessly with the family’s midcenturymodern aesthetic and the overarching premise of merging old and new. And speaking of new, both boys now have their own spacious rooms. One even has a desktop made from a reclaimed walnut countertop. Behold, his first lesson in upcycling.  n

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For a family with six children and two dogs, the mudroom is the hardest working room in the house. Interior designer Tori Legge made sure this room checked all the organization boxes and reflected the homeowner’s sophisticated design aesthetic. While the rest of the home features bright white walls, here, high-gloss navy blue sets a stylish tone—and it’s impervious to dirty hands and wagging tails. Architecture: Louise Brooks, Brooks & Falotico, brooksandfalotico.com Interior design: Tori Legge, Stirling Mills Interior Design, stirlingmills.com

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A BRIGHT SPOT It was a daring move, but painting cabinetry a sunny yellow pushed this mudroom into the fun zone—and don’t we all need more of that? Thanks to designer Emily Fuhrman’s creativity, this room is more than just a pretty space. Family-friendly design packs every inch including a bench upholstered in highperformance fabric from Perennials, porcelain flooring that mimics parquet, and surprisingly washable vinyl wallpaper.

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Vanity Fair called it a buying frenzy, and real estate professionals in Connecticut wholeheartedly agree. The market for single-family homes (and condos) in the Constitution State is downright feverish; New Yorkers, in particular, are relocating here in droves. Since the COVID-19 shutdown in March, the United States Postal Service reported that some 10,000 New York City residents have completed Connecticut change-of-address requests and are taking up residence throughout the state—from greater Hartford to the Connecticut River Valley. During the same period in 2019, only 1,200 requests had been completed. 36  next  | 2020

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It’s really about rethinking where people want to bring up their families. “It really was the perfect storm,” says Jonathan Miller, president and CEO of Miller Samuel, a real estate appraisal and consulting firm. “The lockdown. No spring [real estate] market. The usual urban-to-suburban narrative.” Because of such a pent-up demand, says Miller, the summer-into-fall market swelled. Activity is still as high as inventory will allow in Fairfield and Litchfield counties, where many younger, first-time buyers are house hunting.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Families are flocking to Litchfield County for many reasons, including the town of Litchfield’s antique shops. Wayne Mattox Antiques in Woodbury is housed in a circa 1835 Greek Revival home. In the fall, apple pickers flock to Silverman’s Farm in Easton.

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Litchfield towns offer homebuyers something quite different, says Elyse Harney Morris, owner of Elyse Harney Real Estate in Salisbury. “They want space. They want land, a rural environment, a complete lifestyle change,” she says. And many are on the younger side. “It used to be our average buyer was forty to forty-five, but that has dropped to the late twenties and thirties,” says Morris. There’s been a lot of activity in her northwestern neck of the woods: Salisbury, Lakeville, Sharon, and Cornwall. But more populated towns like Litchfield, Washington, and Roxbury are drawing buyers as well. “The beauty of Litchfield County is that it’s naturally socially distanced,” says Graham Klemm, president of Klemm Real Estate in Washington Depot. Also, the public schools rank high—and there’s no shortage of prestigious private schools. “In-town homes are popular because some just don’t want to give up walkability to restaurants, the coffee shop, the library,” says Morris. At the end of the day it’s really about rethinking where people want to bring up their families. “I had a New York buyer take note of apple trees in the backyard,” she says. “Delighted, they remarked, ‘You know, I’m not sure my kids know where apples come from.’ Imagine.”  n

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diving in After a family tragedy, a mom seeks a cheerful refuge for her three small children.

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t’s safe to say that every homeowner wants a design that’s conducive to happy memories, especially when growing children are in the picture. But for one mom in suburban Connecticut, building a cheerful environment took on a whole new meaning after the sudden death of her thirty-something husband. Instead of relocating her three children—all under the age of six—to a different home, she decided to continue building a foundation in the space she and her late husband had moved into only a few months before he passed. “It was the home he and I wanted, in the town we wanted Text by ERIKA AYN FINCH | Photography by JANE BEILES

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Marcie 1, a photograph of a rescued alpaca by Joel Anderson, hangs above the living room fireplace. The animal theme continues with the cowhide under the Creative Metal & Wood coffee table, a Precedent sheepskin ottoman, and an accent chair covered in a blue zebra print from Thibaut.

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to be in,” she says. “I wanted to stay here and make it a happy place for our children.” That meant turning to Christin Engh, owner of Greenwich-based Mare Design. The homeowners had first enlisted Engh’s help while remodeling the existing kitchen before even moving into their ranch-style 1960s-built home. Engh had also applied her deft touch to the family room, which the husband insisted have a neutral gray palette—and incredibly soft rugs. (He may or may not have trod across several rug-and-rugpad combinations before finding one that met his standards.) The homeowner

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A pair of playful vintage monkeys from Trovare Home keep the formal dining room, with its Visual Comfort chandelier, from looking too serious. A neighbor with a penchant for antiquing sourced the dining room sideboard— Christin Engh painted it high-gloss orange to tie in with the painting by Reagan Geschardt. The homeowner calls her late husband “the ultimate entertainer;” the kitchen was the first remodeled room in the house. FACING PAGE: The kids work on art projects at the banquette and custom SDS Design zinc-topped table that divides the kitchen and family room.

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laughs when she recalls their obsession with neutrals. “I’m in finance—I think my brain just functions in a quantitative way,” she says. “Christin had to teach me that everything didn’t have to match perfectly.” When Engh returned to the home four months after the husband had passed away in 2017, it was because the homeowner’s friends and family nudged her to turn her bedroom into a sanctuary. Since the couple had only recently moved in, the room was a blank canvas with very little furniture. “I didn’t want it to be feminine necessarily, but I was looking for a serene retreat,” says the homeowner. But when it came time to move on to the living room, dining room, and powder room, Engh convinced her client to take a chance with some color, Hermés orange to be exact. The unmistakable hue shows up in the form of pillows, accessories, and one sideboard discovered in a neighbor’s collection and reimagined with a high-gloss lacquer. The buffet brings color to the formal dining room, which boasts a showstopping Visual Comfort chandelier that hangs above the Baker table like an eye-catching cocktail ring. (A smaller version of the chandelier illuminates the adjacent butler’s pantry.) Playful touches appear around every corner, even in the more formal rooms. Witness Marcie 1, a black-and-white photograph of an alpaca that hangs above the fireplace in the living room and elicits greetings from the kids each time they pass by. An accent chair that was in the homeowner’s previous space was reupholstered in a blue Thibaut zebra print, and the family plays games and browses picture books on top of the Creative Metal & Wood coffee table.

The family room was designed before the homeowner’s husband passed away, and he played a big role in choosing the Lee Industries sofa and Vanguard Furniture chairs. “His touch is on this home, but we only had one holiday here, so it isn’t filled with a lot of memories, which I think would have made it a challenge to stay,” reflects the homeowner. 2020 | next   55

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The homeowner says her favorite spot in the house is the banquette that separates the kitchen from the family room. Her children eat all their meals and finish their homework at the custom zinc-topped table, and from the kitchen, she can see the kids playing on the patio outside. But it’s a piece of artwork depicting a diver that hangs in the office nook of the main bedroom that seems to sum up this moment in time. “I found that at One Kings Lane and immediately thought of my client,” says Engh. “I told her, This is you, bravely diving into the future.”  n EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

LEFT: The homeowner (left) with designer Christin Engh. BELOW: The mother of three takes advantage of rare moments of quiet time in the main bedroom, which includes a LexMod desk, RH chair, and artwork from One Kings Lane. FACING PAGE: Engh designed the room to be spa-like and soothing with Bungalow 5 nightstands, a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams bed, and linens from Serena & Lily.

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PROJECT TEAM Interior design: Christin Engh, Mare Design Renovation: Joe Thomas, JT Construction

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A trio of black-and-white prints featuring Elle Fanning, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Vanessa Paradis from Chanel’s Little Black Jacket exhibit bring a timeless and chic vibe to the dining room. The homeowner was happy to incorporate her fashion career into the home’s decor.

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Designer Angela Belt transforms a home from an empty box to fashion-forward fun. Text by JENNIFER CARMICHAEL  | Photography by CHINASA COOPER

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ometimes a blank slate is intimidating—or just what’s needed to bring a vision to life. A young couple, new homeowners who moved from a two-bedroom apartment in New York City to a four-bedroom home in Westport, furnished as many rooms as possible with what they already owned, but the living and dining rooms remained empty for more than a year after moving in. Between hectic work schedules and parenting a toddler, they were crunched for time.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Michael Anastassiades floor lamps and contemporary, colorful art add verve to the minimalist aesthetic. In the entryway, one of the husband’s favorite artists, Gerhard Richter, references the Lincoln Center and the couple’s many years living in New York City. An oversized Bottega Veneta fashion book takes center stage on the coffee table alongside a pair of Eva Zeisel vases. Block-print linens layered with gold flatware add glam to the table while a single thistle stem gives it a foraged feel.

“I definitely had an idea of what I wanted but wasn’t sure how to implement it,” says the wife, who works in the fashion industry and had been commuting into New York City and travelling internationally pre-COVID. A stark entry and empty rooms surprised West Hartford-based interior designer and stylist Angela Belt. First, she listened to her clients, wanting to understand their tastes. The husband, who had been reverse commuting from New York to Westport for fifteen years, worked in finance yet appreciated abstract art. That’s where he expressed his opinions; otherwise, he opted to stay on the sidelines. So, Belt

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focused on translating the wife’s fashion style to the interior, while also striving to achieve a minimalist, clean design. Knowing that her clients hadn’t been entertaining yet love to host friends, Belt aimed to make the spaces party friendly. In the living room, she sought to maximize seating without overcrowding the space. Sourcing Danish-modern styles, she selected two white sofas from Design Within Reach, one a settee and one full scale, both of which pair nicely with two wood-frame, midcentury, black leather accent chairs. A bar cabinet allows the budding entertainers to easily serve drinks without leaving the room. 2020 | next   61

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Belt had the owners’ collection of abstract artwork, previously tucked away in a closet, framed, and added plants to make the room feel fresh. “She had beautiful fashion books and magazines in drawers,” remembers the designer, who couldn’t wait to comb through the collections and give them center stage on the bookcases and accent tables. Also in storage were three large prints of actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Elle Fanning and French singer Vanessa Paradis that the homeowner had procured from an art exhibit years prior. Perfect conversation for the dining room, the prints complement the original Serge Mouille ceiling lamp—a must-have for the wife due to the fixture’s unfussy lines and big impact. The aesthetic leans Danish again in the selection of the Sami Kallio table and chairs. To highlight the curvature of the 62  next  | 2020

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Interior designer Angela Belt focused on translating the wife’s fashion style to the interior, while also striving to achieve a minimalist, clean design.

lines of the accent chairs, emphasize the taper of the legs on the table, and allow the Serge Mouille fixture to shine, Belt purposely kept the walls light with no foliage or window treatments. The scope of work expanded to the entryway and an empty guest room, which the wife wanted serene and white. In the latter, Belt mixes styles—a Hans Wegner wishbone chair paired with a sleek, modern desk—to lend interest. The project required careful curation with an eye toward pieces that would make the biggest impact in order to achieve the homeowners’ vision, says Belt. Ironically, all of the editing led to a welcomed addition: The couple had their second child the following year, making their home and family truly complete.  n EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A print from a Louis Vuitton exhibit in Los Angeles adds a splash of color to the guest bedroom’s white backdrop. Designer Angela Belt used the homeowner’s collection of fashion magazines and books for inspiration. With its upholstered headboard and yellow-green blanket, this bed both softens and energizes the bedroom. Photos from a fashion campaign offer pops of pink and personality. A white leather chair from CB2 and floor lamp from West Elm sit in the corner in that same room.

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the art of family Fiona Leonard helps a couple relocating from London create a functional home replete with memories. Text by MARNI ELYSE KATZ   Photography by JANE BEILES Styled by SUSIE CATLIN

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An abstract print by Mary Gaspar shares the living room mantel with Seaglass Compo, an original painting by Weston artist Lisa Kennedy. “Bringing in the artwork so they can see it in the space makes all the difference,” says Fiona Leonard about her process of finding pieces that resonate with clients.

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relocating from a modestly sized terraced Victorian on the outskirts of London to a fivebedroom home in Fairfield County, one freshly minted East Coast family arrived at their new home with few worldly possessions. Over time, interior designer Fiona Leonard helped them transform it into a comfortable home with furnishings that can withstand life with four kids and artwork that infuses personality and meaning. Leonard’s clientele routinely lists durable materials and rounded corners as priorities, but not everyone wants to incorporate art into their homes. “Young couples tend to put family photos everywhere,” the designer says. “[This particular couple has] a nice assortment of original paintings and photos, vintage posters, and prints.” Phase one was about acquiring the basics. A hand-knotted wool rug set the stage in the family room for an indestructible ottoman and sofas that Leonard pulled 2020 | next   65

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LEFT: Photographer Mark MacKinnon custom sized the image of Herne Bay beach huts for the mantel in the family room. The Lee Industries sofa is upholstered in performance fabric, which has become more important since the arrival of Teddy, a bernedoodle puppy. BELOW: Like the house, the breakfast nook table seemed large at first but now feels just right. “We came with two kids and now there are four; we’ve definitely grown into it,” the homeowner says. FACING PAGE: Over the island, Leonard replaced traditional light fixtures with acorn-shaped pendants from Circa Lighting.

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“We’ve learned that art is about the emotions it evokes,” the wife says. “It helps us achieve comfort for our family.” away from the wall to create paths for little people to run around. The photograph of English bathing huts, a later addition, makes the mantel feel more integrated with the chimney and reminds the homeowners of a cherished holiday. “It gives the room’s coastal feel an English spin and is very calming because it triggers memories of home,” the husband says. The adjoining eat-in kitchen, which Leonard freshened with dust-camouflaging seeded-glass pendants and peppy geometric window treatments, boasts newly

framed photographs of London landmarks hung gallery style opposite the breakfast table. The images were table markers at the couple’s wedding and as such invoke demands for stories from the kids. “Fiona taught us that art should be personal,” the husband says. Leonard leaned into abstracts for adult-oriented areas. While performance fabrics ensure that the living room is not off-limits, black-and-white prints and a painting by a local artist imbue the room with sophistication. She followed a similar 2020 | next   67

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LEFT: Embroidered drapery adorns the Palladian window in one of the girls’ bedrooms, while the walls are painted Benjamin Moore Marshmallow Bunny cut with 50 percent white. BELOW: Leonard added a built-in window seat to the eldest daughter’s bedroom and painted the space Benjamin Moore Spring Iris. The couple purchased the colorful abstract painting by Westport artist Yvonne Claveloux at a local fundraiser last year. FACING PAGE: A tufted bed from RH was the starting point in the couple’s bedroom, which now boasts a silky custom-fit rug. “The mottled design is a nice contrast to the linear patterns in the public spaces,” Leonard says.

formula in the couple’s bedroom suite, where an abstract canvas in the sitting area coaxes blush tones from the handpressed botanical prints above the bed. “Clients have design fatigue by the time they get to their own room,” Leonard says. “We chose neutral furnishings that didn’t dictate a direction, then added pieces with color and character later.” Pleas for pink and purple drove the schemes in the older girls’ rooms, though a few years in, the eldest is on to turquoise. The couple, who have started browsing for art on their own, recently hung a vibrant abstract scored at a charity auction in her bedroom; the piece introduces new hues without the application of a fresh coat of paint. Having assembled the goods needed for a well-functioning household, collecting art has reinforced the idea of home, past and present. Art not only instills a sense of place but sets the tone. “We’ve learned that art is about the emotions it evokes,” the wife says. “It helps us achieve comfort for our family.”  n EDITOR’S NOTE: For details, see Resources.

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furnishings that didn’t dictate a direction, then added pieces with color and character later.”

—INTERIOR DESIGNER FIONA LEONARD

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resources A guide to the professionals in this issue’s featured homes

Family Friendly: Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine Pages 21–22

Interior design: Georgia Zikas, Georgia Zikas Design, West Hartford, 860-904-5902, georgiazikasdesign.com Builder: Jason E. Levesque Construction, Simsbury, 860-724-6925, jelbuild.com Cabinetry: Dean Cabinetry, Bolton, 860-643-1501, deancabinetry.com

Diving In Pages 50–57

Interior design: Christin Engh, Mare Design,

Greenwich, 203-984-2230, maredesigngreenwich.com

smarthome Kitchen renovation, dining room and living room millwork, and living room fireplace: Joe Thomas,

JT Construction, Wilton, 203-515-1658 Kitchen architecture: Lynne Persan, Building Designs, Ridgefield, 203-457-6230, lynnepersandesigns.com Cabinetry: Henry Agudelo, Henry Agudelo Architectural Woodworking, Stamford, 914-804-1920, henryagudelo.vpweb.com Family room millwork and fireplace:

Jose Scarceno, Northwood Construction,

Stamford, 203-536-3804, northwoodconstructionllc.com Window coverings: Paul Guzzetta and Philip Short, Interiors Haberdashery, Stamford, 203-969-7227, interiorshaberdashery.com; The Shade Store, Greenwich, 203-987-3080, theshadestore.com

Full House Pages 58–63

Interior design: Angela Belt, Angela Belt Art &

Style, West Hartford, 202-422-2142, angelabelt.com

The Art of Family Pages 64–69

Interior design: Fiona Leonard, Fiona Leonard

Interiors, Darien, 203-662-0857, fionaleonardinteriors.com

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Roche Bobois continues its tradition of collaborating with luxury fashion houses (think Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo Takada, and Missoni Home) for its third collection with Christian Lacroix Maison. Bois Paradis includes furniture and accessories featuring three striking prints: Bois Paradis, Cueillette, and Eden. You’ll find the patterns printed on upholstery used to cover sofas and armchairs; digitally lacquered

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