Claire Maestroni christened her new Greenwich, Connecticut, design shop Mis en Scene, French for “setting the stage.” The aptly named boutique-style shop sets the stage for a variety of collections, blending traditional and modern, old and new. “Excellent design is timeless,” says the Paris-raised designer, now a Rye resident.
Mis en Scene takes over where the designer’s previous eponymous Greenwich shop left off, with a larger space featuring a wide range of semi-custom and pre-designed curtains and window treatments, fabric, furniture, lighting (particularly bronze lamps, sconces, and chandeliers by French designer Augustin Granet), hardware, and art. Her interior-design team works in tandem with the retail side of the business.
Mis En Scene
34 East Putnam Avenue
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The U.K.’s highly regarded kitchen and bath cabinet makers, Smallbone of Devizes, just set up shop here: a Greenwich, Connecticut, showroom, which opened in June, joins the Manhattan showroom launched last year. Housed in a 1,325-square-foot space near Greenwich Avenue, Smallbone of Devizes, known for its English craftsmanship, recently branched out from the more traditional, farmhouse-style kitchen so popular in the 1970s to more contemporary collections, such as the Metropolitan (a maple kitchen with bow-front cabinetry and detailing of masur birch inlay), the Arts & Crafts-influenced Mandarin, and Walnut & Silver (black walnut contrasted with beaten silver handles, glass, and mirror, shown here).
The Greenwich showroom showcases five of its kitchen collections and shares its space with Paris Ceramics, which specializes in antique, limestone, mosaic, terracotta, and decorative tiles.
Smallbone of Devizes
19 West Elm Street
Casa Linda Interiors’ exotic new showroom in Mount Kisco transports visitors to far-flung parts of the world. Glamorous window treatments and pillows in vivid shades and globally inspired home accents showcase owner Ana Civita’s finds from her travels, as well as her penchant for dramatic design.
The store is the merger of Civita’s Casa Rustica Bonita (Westchester Magazine’s Best of Westchester pick in 2005 for Best Mexican Home Accessories and in 2004 for Best Mexican Giftware) and Casa Linda Interiors, her window-treatment and design studio. Joined together under one roof, the petite showroom is brimming with unusual handcrafts, art, Oriental tea sets, tableware, and jewelry handpicked by Civita in India, Morocco, and other countries. If the candles or incense spark your mood, Civita specializes in creating meditation rooms.
Casa Linda Interiors
237 East Main Street
Want to know where the heck that leak comes from? Where mold will grow after the great flood of June 2007? According to William Jacobson of Castle Thermal Imaging in Pleasantville, you don’t need a crystal ball, just some state-of-the-art thermal imaging. The technology, once the domain of the military and medical centers, can detect a leak in a steam pipe, a faulty electrical connection, or an in-ground malfunction of a radiant heating system, eliminating the need to blindly dig around in hopes of finding the problem.
“Thermal imaging can show every part of a house where homeowners are losing warm air,” says Jacobson, who comes to homes with his $30,000 thermal-imaging camera (prices for the service start at $450). “And the same principle can be applied to retaining air conditioning.”
Castle Driveway & Thermal Imaging
When two well-established Greenwich designers join together, you’re bound to come up with a tour de force. Christopher Peacock of Christopher Peacock Cabinetry (known for its elegant high-end products) and Connie Beale of Button LLC (celebrated for its one-of-a-kind gifts and furnishings) have joined forces to create Peacock & Beale, which opened the 21st of September. The new Greenwich shop, expanding Button’s 1,000-square-foot boutique at 125 East Putnam Avenue to 3,500 square feet, has already filled its showroom with an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary items, including exclusive furniture and a wide range of accessories such as tabletop, lighting, mirrors, garden ornamentals, glassware, decorative art, and fashion and shelter books, as well as Christopher Peacock Paint, Peacock’s custom paint collection.
“Connie was about to expand the Button store and I have been developing a furniture, paint, and wall-covering line to capitalize on the Peacock brand recognition,” Peacock says. “We thought, Why compete?”
Beale, whose interior-design work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, Veranda, and House Beautiful, among others, has relocated her interior-design business, Connie Beale Inc., to 30 Millbank Road in Greenwich. Says the designer: “We’re creating the store we’d like to shop in.”
PEACOCK & BEALE
125 East Putnam Avenue