KLAFFSTORIES – Winter
Come to KLAFFS 2017 Designer Holiday Showcase; In Norwalk Thru First Week of January
By KLAFFStyle Editorial Staff
Seasonal Spectacular Features Inspired Decorations by Design Professionals
The KLAFFS Norwalk showroom sparkles year-round, and at holiday time we really ramp it up! The 2017 holiday season marks the second year we’re presenting The KLAFFS Designer Holiday Showcase. Once again, we’ve invited our design firm friends to apply their seasonal decor talents to various areas of our flagship showroom. The idea is to shine a spotlight on the creative professionals we work with — while enchanting all of our customers and providing them with some great holiday decorating ideas.
Six designers took on the challenge. The KLAFFS 2017 Designer Holiday Showcase will be on display now through the first week of January. We celebrated their work on December 14 with a Cocktails and Conversation reception for the entire designer, architect, builder community, featuring a tasting of Local, Craft and non-GMO spirits by Bridgeport’s Asylum Distillery. Chef Clyde Ripka of Bull’s Head Catering and Ripkas’ Beach Cafe and Catering is preparing refreshments.
Following are photos of the designers’ vignettes along with a few words about what inspired their creations and brief bios.
Christopher Cintron – Christmas Tree, Main Staircase
“Christmas holds a special place in the heart of Christopher Cintron Designs, and what is Christmas without a beautifully decorated tree! For my contribution to the holiday decor at KLAFFS, I wanted to add the feeling that only a real tree full of lights and that touch of your own gives to the holiday. The tree is surrounded by KLAFFS luminescent lighting displays. It seemed only right to keep tradition alive with lush greenery and beautiful ornaments — with a touch of spice!”
About Christopher: Christopher Cintron has been helping clients update and remodel their homes in the Connecticut and New York City area for more than a decade. Carefully cultivating clients’ needs with his own style and giving to each a one-of-a-kind look. His passion for design is infectious. His clients not only love the spaces he designs for them but also fall in love with his energy!
Pamela Stanley Dix, Partners By Design — Rear main entrance; vestibule before Bath Accessories
“My wish was to create a holiday space that is a whimsical, winter wonderland filled with peace, joy and laughter. The intent is to have the observer reflect on what makes us happy and the things that will inspire us to be kind and to spread the joy of the season all throughout the year. While the outside world may feel unsettled to us at times, we should be able to find a sense of pure happiness in our homes. Here’s hoping that the festive feeling of the season continues for one and all throughout the upcoming year.”
About Pamela: Pamela Stanley Dix, principal of Partners By Design, takes great pride in bringing to life her client’s vision of their dream home. Her greatest gift comes from her ability to listen and interpret the homeowner’s personality and lifestyle needs, while simultaneously bringing to the table an incredible arsenal of 30 years of experience. Having worked on a wide range of projects, from renovations to new construction, Pamela has developed a tremendous relationship with both her vendors and her craftsman, making for an unbeatable team. When you enlist the talents of Partners By Design, you are hiring not just an interior designer, but rather a partnership of seasoned artisans that will collaborate with you to create a design that goes beyond your expectations.
Houzz: Partners By Design Inc
Caroline Kopp, Caroline Kopp Interior Design – Fireplace room near Decorative Hardware
“KLAFFS has a great selection of free-standing bathtubs and this was the starting point for my holiday design scheme. Children and their love of celebration and holidays are on my mind this year as my 3-year-old daughter has taken up holiday decorating with a passion. She also loves gifts and toys, so I ran with this for my theme, creating a bathtub full of presents – a fun and child-like fantasy.
I like to use non-traditional color schemes for the holidays so here I went with a pop palette of green, blue and pink. Neon signage is a trend in both art and décor that I incorporated to remind us of the feeling and motivation behind our holiday generosity and gift giving: LOVE. Designers love the holidays because it gives us the perfect excuse to go a little over the top, which I did here with lots of colorful cellophane wrapping, reflective surfaces, and rainbow ribbons.
KLAFFS has a fantastic collection of bath hardware, which I used here to suggest toys pouring into this luxurious tub. The holidays offer the perfect excuse to indulge, enjoy, and go a little bit crazy, bringing fun and festive décor into our spaces.”
About Caroline: Caroline Kopp Interior Design is based in Westport, Connecticut. With a background working under design icons Thomas O’Brien, Victoria Hagan and Foley & Cox, Kopp is gaining attention in Connecticut for her discerning taste and timeless style. The young designer was recently a finalist for the athome A-List awards, and her work has appeared New England Home Connecticut. Kopp’s design background and collaborative working style is appreciated by her clients. She is dedicated to creating a caring and honest client relationship that honors efficiency and value with a beautiful home and happy client as the top priority.
Tori McBrien, McBrien Interiors — Lighting Atrium by outside doors plus incidental decorations throughout the showroom
“For the atrium that houses the exterior lighting, I envisioned a winter wonderland filled with freshly fallen snow. Outdoor lighting requires an outdoor-like environment. Various lanterns are adorned with garlands and swags while little woodland “friends” peek through the fixtures to get a glimpse of the decorated Christmas Tree in the center of the room. The tree decor leans towards the traditional with accents of tartan ribbon, glittery stars and classic red, green, gold, and silver ornaments. Iced pinecones and berry sprigs are interspersed amongst the bobbles to continue the outdoor wonderland theme throughout the space.”
About Tori: Tori McBrien is the principal designer of McBrien Interiors, a boutique design firm specializing in distinctive projects that reflect her client’s unique tastes. Tori’s keen sense of style, passion for interiors and level of personal service helps to provide her clients with the beauty and function they desire in their homes. Having worked on projects from coast to coast, she is comfortable working with a variety of styles and tackling her client’s design challenges to help them achieve their vision.
Beth Sheridan Schoenherr, Sheridan Interiors — Fine Arts Area next to Hudson Valley Room
The inspiration for Sheridan Interiors’ vignette – including a rug graciously provided by Palace Carpets — is the warm and time-honored concept of “Home for the Holidays”. Come see their wonderful work!
About Beth: Along with Kerry Sheridan and Tom Sheridan, Beth Sheridan Schoenherr is a partner in the family design firm of Sheridan Interiors, a Fairfield County fixture for the past 40 years. She is an accomplished and published designer whose love of bold and innovative color is a trademark in a career that spans 30 years. Beth and the firm have designed homes all over the world, from Bermuda to Italy. Their work has been featured in numerous publications. Beth’s latest published work can be seen in the October issue of Connecticut Cottages and Gardens.
Facebook: Sheridan Interiors Wilton, CT
Victoria Vandamm, Vandamm Interiors – Lighting Department
“I had fun with this vignette. A chandelier by Currey & Company inspired me and created the theme. I draped the area around it to create a separate space within the incredible KLAFFS lighting department. The chandelier is a great combination of dressy and casual. It has gilded branches with rock crystals dropping from them. So, in our scene, the crystals (ornaments) dropped from the tree limbs — and then gathered feathers to create a bit of movement! The drapes are the epitome of dressy with their wonderfully creamy, moiree silk and crystal fringe with tassel tiebacks. I always love contrast!
The bathtub and the tub filler I selected for it provide the perfect place for Rudolph to suds up before his big night. Note that his “bubbles” are ornaments and light bulbs.
Happy holidays everyone! Hope my holiday decor gives you a fun, sophisticated smile.”
About Victoria: Victoria Vandamm, known as Vikki to her friends, is passionate about design! She works on residential and commercial projects, as well as yacht interiors, throughout the US and internationally. Her work has been described as “down to earth, with an edgy European chic.” She brings a love of texture and color to her work. Her goal is to create a refreshing arrangement that works with the needs, lifestyle, and budget of the client. Vikki considers herself the “glue” between her clients and the various contractors needed to create a masterfully finished interior space. This quality truly sets her apart.
Editor’s Note: While you’re visiting KLAFFS flagship Norwalk Showroom to see the Designer Holiday Showcase, check out the Accessories Department for some unique and unexpected holiday gifts!
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