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Designer Spotlight–Eight Designers Show Off a Favorite Space

From reimagined game rooms, cozy bedrooms, and elegant living rooms to hip outdoor living spaces and even a sleekly designed commercial waiting room—these talented people showcase how they translate a client’s wish into a design dream-come-true. Whether you love traditional or contemporary, beachy or casual chic–you never have to leave Fairfield to find the right designer for you.

By Robin H. Phillips & Camille Giacomazza
Photography by Emily Sidoti
Hair and Makeup by Salon Paul Michael
and Marsona Horan Salon

Behind the Scenes: Our designers were glammed up by two talented hair and makeup teams: Dorothy & Ernie Addario (front), Shane Christopher, and Crystal Wells from Salon Paul Michael (salonpaulmichael.com) in Westport, and by Bridget Barbosa and Marsona Horan of Marsona Horan Salon (marsonahoransalon.com) in Fairfield.

Betsy Ryan
Betsy Ryan Interiors
betsyryaninteriors.com

Betsy started out as a stager for a Southport Raveis office—a position that offered her the flexibility she needed as a mom to five children. “The before and after is still as satisfying every single time. I love people and their stories, their reasons for holding onto sentimental pieces,” says Betsy. People saw her work, one thing led to another, and soon she found herself with decorating clients. Betsy also works on commercial properties and enjoys this fast-paced deadline-driven work with its instant gratification. Her signature approach is mixing old with new, and adding some trendy pieces. She loves navy blue, and you will always find it in some aspect of her projects. “I am one part decorator, one part shrink, and one part comedy!” she says. Betsy was recently chosen as one of the HGTV’s “The Property Brothers” scouts and you can follow her on casaza.com.

Marcie Grenier
Drift Interior Design
driftinteriordesign.com

Drift Interior Design is a local interior design firm that specializes in both residential and commercial design. The focus is on creating beautiful, functional spaces that are a true reflection of the personalities and lifestyles of the individuals that live, work, and play in the environment. Each project is personalized—from intense collaborations with architects and builders on new builds to re-inventing an interior space, no matter the size. The beauty is in every detail—right down to bookshelf styling and pillow arrangements. Marcie Grenier is the Founder and Principal Designer who is skilled at discovering a client’s needs and is passionately involved and executes on all layers of a project. Drift Interior Design is devoted to sharing their passion and simplistic design approach to create a stunning environment inspired by you. See more on Instagram @driftinteriordesign

Kelly Anne Sohigian
kellydesigns
kellydesignsofct.com

kellydesigns, located in Fairfield, specializes in interior design, decorating, and the redesign of spaces and dwellings. Founder Kelly Sohigian brings 15 years of fashion industry experience, 15 plus years of residential real estate experience, and over 20 years of assisting friends and family with
décor decisions to her clients’ homes. She’s also a certified RESAPro (Real Estate Staging Association) and has a robust clientele for staging projects. Kelly has a strong track record in fashion design and development and technical expertise on fabrics and color. An award-winning interior designer with an impeccable record in customer service, Kelly strives to meet her clients needs and beyond. “Your home should always reflect your personality and/or that of your family. I like to keep things simple and uncluttered and let the important pieces do the work!” says Kelly.

Tori McBrien, Allied ASID
McBrien Interiors, LLC
mcbrieninteriors.com

Tori McBrien brings a breadth of fashion-industry experience and a passion for beautiful yet functional design to her work with every client. After spending seven years on both the business and design sides at a local fashion label, Tori moved over to the interior design side. Having traveled the world to source materials, she always came home full of inspired ideas and soon found herself applying aesthetic updates to her own home, and increasingly becoming a resource for others looking to refresh their homes. “We all live differently so our homes should feel, look and function differently,” says Tori. She believes in the importance of such design principles as perfect space planning, a well-balanced room and pops of color but ultimately that a client’s home should be first and foremost functional and that the design should tell the story of the family that lives there.

Keri McKay, Allied ASID
Keri McKay Interiors
kerimckayinteriors.com

Keri McKay launched Keri McKay Interiors in 2013 with design services ranging from hourly consultations to full-service interior design. Rather than focusing on a particular style, Keri enjoys creating thoughtful and livable interiors that feel personal to each client and always have a touch of the unexpected. She takes great care in allowing clients to fully express their story while ensuring a functional, comfortable, and richly layered space. Keri is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and holds a Professional Certificate of Interior Design from Fairfield University. With a CPA license and business degree from Bryant University, she spent the first ten years of her professional career in the finance industry. “I find it only natural to implement designs that make the most of each client’s budget and professionally manage the entire design process,” says Keri.

Stephanie Purzycki
Drive Hospitality
drivehospitality.com

Stephanie Purzycki is the owner and creative principal of Drive Hospitality, an experiential hospitality and commercial-design firm based in Southport. It provides interior-design, project-management, graphic-design, and brand-development services to clients in house. “We analyze every detail in the interior to create engaging and emotionally powerful environments. We turn interior experiences into brands that connect with guests and clients,” says Stephanie. Recent projects include the Greenwich Medical Spa (above), The Shot Shop Medical Spa, Seven Woks Restaurant, and Blue Park Kitchen. Her portfolio also includes work for Westin Hotels, Tishman Hotels, James Hotels, and more. Stephanie gained invaluable experience in design at top design firms: ICRAVE, Mark Hampton LLC, and Mark P. Finlay Interiors. Follow her blog: ongardendrive.com

Maggie Walowitz
Windows by Maggie
wfmaggie.com

With her many years of experience, Maggie Walowitz of Window Fashions by Maggie has been providing Fairfield County and beyond with professional window treatment, design, and installation services. Maggie and her team focus on timeless yet energetic design. In addition to providing beautifully curated window treatments, they offer full design support for new builds and renovations, and so much more. Their attention to detail in custom upholstery, flooring, wall coverings etc. brings their full game to the table. From the initial consultation to expert installation, they aim to make decorating dreams come true. Whether it’s creating a new look or freshening up existing decor Maggie would love to tell your story.“An unwavering commitment to beauty and comfort guides us through all our projects.” Contact Maggie at 203-459-0714.

Chris Palmer
Outdoor Design and Living
outdoordesign.com

In 1988, Chris Palmer founded Outdoor Design with just a truck and an old Locke brand lawnmower. Through the years, Chris’ love of the outdoors combined with his creative vision and entrepreneurial spirit have produced a thriving landscape design and maintenance business with a strong team of employees and a new full-service nursery and design center at 1301 Bronson Road in Fairfield. A lifelong resident of Fairfield, Chris developed an interest in the outdoors at an early age through scouting (achieving the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout) and by earning spending money
on weekends mowing neighborhood lawns and helping to maintain various family-owned rental properties. Nowadays, working with his expert design team at Outdoor Design, he helps people make the most of their gardens, backyards, and landscapes.

 

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