How 13 Interior Designer’s Picked Their Color Scheme for the CT Governor’s Residence

13 may be an unlucky number to some, but not if you are one of the 13 lucky designers, as I was, on the “People’s Project.” Designer’s were chosen “by invitation only” to renovate the historic Connecticut Governor’s Residence. The effort was organized and led by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine. This select group of Interior Designers included: Jamie Drake, Sandra Morgan, Carey Karlan, Susan Bednar Long, Philip Gorrivan, Catherine Cleare, Paula Perlini, Polly Denham, Glenda Moralee, Tricia Izzo, Carolyn Kron, LouAnn Torres and Nick Geragi. In this exclusive video from Connecticut Cottage & Gardens, Jamie Drake, yours truly, Polly Denham and Glenda Moralee share our inspirations for transforming rooms in the Governor’s Residence. What is common to each of our inspirations is the role color plays when you are renovating a room. Take a look: Although the renovation of a Governor’s Residence is bigger and more complex than many homes, every home has it challenges. Take it from me; what inspires Interior Designer’s is a challenge. Other Interior Designers in the “People’s Project” also have blogged about the renovation of the Governor’s Residence. Here’s a great post on renovation from Glenda Moralee’s blog. I am proud to say I have met every challenge presented to me as an Interior Designer; the Governor’s Residence was just one of the more historic ones. Here are some of the ways I have met challenges in homes like...
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How Interior Designers Got Together to Renovate the CT Governor’s Mansion

You might think when a group of Interior Designers from Connecticut get together; they are in competition with one another. Actually, the opposite is true. They work in collaboration with one another. Called the “The People’s Project,” the most distinguished Interior Designer’s in Connecticut recently assembled “by invitation only” to renovate the historic Connecticut Governor’s Residence. The effort was organized and led by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine. This select group of Interior Designers and firms were vetted through the Conservancy and included: Jamie Drake, Sandra Morgan, Carey Karlan, Susan Bednar Long, Philip Gorrivan, Catherine Cleare, Paula Perlini, Polly Denham, Glenda Moralee, Tricia Izzo, Carolyn Kron, LouAnn Torres and Nick Geragi. We updated and refreshed eight of the Residences public rooms including the main foyer, dining room, living room, library, sun room, and powder rooms, as well as the pool house and guest cottage. I worked in the guest cottage where I renovated and redesigned the powder room, living room, hall and study. “For the past seven years, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens has celebrated the best design in the state, and to have the opportunity to work in such an iconic house with talented designers and craftsmen is a tremendous honor.” Award winning magazine, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, is known for presenting beautifully designed homes and superior photography. The Governors Residence is featured in their November 2011 issue.  It includes an insider’s first look of the Residences public rooms, with stunning photography, interviews and information from the participating designers and vendors. Take an in depth look with me into the rooms in the guest cottage that I had the pleasure to renovate and design: From Connecticut’s top Interior Designers to manufacturers, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine was able to enlist these talents to donate their skills, time, services and beautiful furnishings and decorations in order to make the home more accessible to the public for years to come. “The People’s Project” was made possible by the generous product donations of gold sponsors: Bender Plumbing, Christopher Peacock, Duralee, Elizabeth Eakins, Fovama Rugs, Home Boutique of Greenwich, Klaff’s, NuKitchens, Paris Ceramics, Ring’s End, Rogers & Goffigon and Schumacher as well as many other supporting vendors who have contributed their services and product. Does it impress you what Interior Designers can do when we get together and collaborate? For me what this project underscores working with such talented people is, as far as Interior Design is concerned, “it’s all in the details.” Related site Connecticut Cottages &...
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