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Holiday window displays on Greenwich Avenue
Ralph Lauren wows with its glamorous window display
David Glucksman for Lux Bond & Green
What is your favorite thing to give? Jewelry for my wife and daughters; painted glassware for my friends.
What do you hope to receive this year? I hope to receive the new Datejust II Rolex watch. I also love to receive ties for gifts!
Favorite place to shop in Fairfield County? Other than Lux Bond & Green, all the boutiques on Greenwich Avenue and Main Street in Westport.
Favorite holiday travel destination? The Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island, Florida.
Hottest gift this year? Baroque Pearls—the bigger the better, and lots of colors!
Favorite holiday event in Connecticut? Christmas at Gillette Castle.
Favorite holiday traditions? Thanksgiving Dinner with friends and family, trimming a friend’s Christmas tree and ending with Chinese food and a great movie!
Must have item for a great holiday party? That’s easy…Champagne!
Go-to gift for the host? Any MacKenzie-Childs giftware.
What's your favorite holiday dish? Eggnog French toast, peppermint stick ice cream with (with hot fudge), and of course latkes!
What's your favorite thing about the holidays? Spending time with family and friends.
Giftware pieces from MacKenzie-Childs' Picadilly line, available at Lux Bond & Green | Photograph by Garvin Burke
Melissa Joan Hart
What are you most thankful for this year? Our new baby boy Tucker who arrived Sept 18th. Our family waited and planned for this little bean all of 2012 and we are so happy he is here in our arms now.
What’s next for you in 2013? I will be heading back to Los Angeles in the new year to start Season 3 of our ABC Family show Melissa and Joey, and in the fall I will have my first book launch, a memoir titled “Melissa Explains it All.” Plus lots of firsts for our little Tucker.
What’s the best gift you ever received? My engagement ring definitely takes the cake. My husband proposed on Christmas in 2002.
What are you giving this year? I work hard to make sure I give gifts that are personal and also wanted by the recipient so they don't disappoint. For my husband it's usually some great sports tickets or vintage music equipment. This is really the first year our older boys Mason and Brady know what they like and want, so it will be exciting to see them do tear-outs in a catalogue and hope that Santa gets the list like I used to as a child.
Any special holiday memories? Santa ran through our backyard one year. That was awesome!
What is your favorite thing about the holiday season? The gathering of loved ones for all the special events and occasions, and the atmosphere of peace that you feel all around
Where are your favorite places to shop in Connecticut? In New Canaan, I love to shop on Elm Street. Pimlico has chic home accessories and I've scored beautiful Christmas decorations and last-minute hostess gifts there. Francos Wine Merchants are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. They once helped me put together a 50th birthday gift where the total age of the bottles added up to 50. It was a hit. Nearby, Elm Street books is fun to browse through, has great children's books and Rosie's cafe is attached. It reminds me of my favorite shop in New Haven, Atticus bookstore and café, where you have to try the famous black bean soup. Also, Design Solutions has modern gifts for both adults and children, so it’s great for one-stop shopping.
In Greenwich, Betteridge Jewelers will always have a special place in my heart. My husband bought my vintage engagement ring there and has followed up with a few special occasion gifts that I'll hand down to my girls one day. Across the street is Putnam shoes where my mom bought my new Wallabees before school started each year. Of course I'd pair them with a pleated kilt and knee socks to be ontrend for junior high school.
What are your plans for the holidays this year? I'll join my parents and my sisters’ families for some fun cousin chaos in New Canaan.
Are you a last-minute shopper, or do you have it locked up by Halloween? Let's just say, the winter solstice feels like the longest day of the year to me.
What’s the must-have gift for kids this year? I love giving books. I just discovered the books Why? and How? by Catherine Ripley, which are perfect for my curious 5-year-old. I also love Magna-Tiles: You can never have too many and they are fun for both boys and girls.
What do you look forward to most about the holidays? Reuniting with my sisters and watching our kids enjoy each other. I also love to decorate the Christmas tree with my daughter. I've been collecting ornaments my whole life, and each one has a story.
Can you give us any hints as to what’s happening next on Suits? Spoiler alert: Donna tries to convince Harvey to swap out his Tom Ford suit for a Christmas sweater at the Pearson Hardman holiday party. Tune in to see if she's successful, and if Harvey can rock a fair isle.
Favorite places in Connecticut? Tod's Point. At Christmastime my mom and I would visit the holly grove. We'd abscond with a few of the sprigs that had fallen to the ground and she'd artfully work them into the centerpiece.
You grew up with three sisters and now have two daughters. Does having an almost all-female house change the holidays? Well I know it has changed things for my dad. We used to find it hilarious to gift him all sorts of feminine products. One Christmas he gifted himself a male hunting dog who was trained to live in a kennel outside. Within three days he was in our beds with pink bows tied around his collar. Much to my dad’s dismay, the dog was more of a cuddler than a hunter, but certainly the best Christmas present ever.
How do you decorate for the holidays? We have a Jewish Christmas at our house. We use our Brad Ascalon Menorah and also have a Christmas tree filled with ornaments that were handmade by my wife’s family in Germany.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? My favorite tradition is playing charades on Christmas Eve. From grandparents to grandchildren, everyone plays along and has a great time.
Where are you celebrating the holidays this year? We’ll start off the holiday season at our home in Connecticut with the entire family, and then my wife, my kids and I will head to the Caribbean together.
Where do you see DWR going in the New Year? We will continue to grow and expand. We’re opening new and larger studios across the country this year including Miami, New York City and Costa Mesa in Orange County, Calif. We’ll continue to educate the public about modern design and its ability to adapt to any lifestyle.
Does being part of design-minded family make holiday decorating difficult? Not at all. In fact, it probably makes it easier because design comes naturally. The modern furniture in our home adds warmth, and we can easily distinguish which decorations fit the aesthetic of our home and look great.
You moved from San Francisco a few years ago. How do you like getting snow for the holidays? My family and I were already living in Connecticut, when my business partner and I bought Design Within Reach and decided to move the headquarters from San Francisco to Stamford. I promised the employees that we had mild winters on the East Coast, and of course that winter it seemed like we had a blizzard about once a week.
Favorite holiday decoration? You just can’t go wrong with a piece like the Ascalon Menorah.
Is there a way to do modern holiday decor? Modern design is timeless, and you want timeless pieces when selecting décor that you’ll be using every year. In my experience, those are also the pieces that many people have the most personal connection to. Modern decor is warm and appealing, which makes it simple to decorate for the holidays.
What do you love most about this time of year? I love seeing all of the holiday shoppers discovering our Studios for the first time, and I love talking to them about the warmth that modern design can bring to their home. It’s a season about others and not yourself.
What gift do you hope to receive? Hoping for a 70’s vintage watch or an amazing photograph.
What’s the gift from DWR? One of my favorite pieces is Dorothee Becker’s Uten.Silo. There’s a fantastic story behind its design, and I have fond memories of having one hanging next to my bed as a kid.
So what are you doing this New Year's Eve? I’ll be celebrating with my wife and two children and appreciating everything we have, especially each other.