COS COB, Conn. -- Francine Gardner has long been a master at balancing architectural details, natural elements and comfort for her interior design clients.
For more than 20 years she ran the design shop Intérieurs in New York City, first in SoHo, then in the heart of the Design District on East 59th Street. Now, Cos Cob has the same design aesthetic with the opening of Intérieurs .
In 800 square feet, Gardner manages to juxtapose lifestyle vignettes with lighting displays to create a space that makes you want to linger. Expect lighting and fabric lines as Tekna, Jose Esteves, Simon and Salazar, Shakuff, Pouenat, and more..
What separates her work from others, said Gardner, is that her work uses cues from the organic paths that exist in both the exotic and the everyday to promote a sense of serenity.
"My style combines an explorer’s wanderlust, a curator’s connoisseurship, a historian’s quest for knowledge, and a yogi’s graceful harmony," she said.
"The resulting spaces, whether they are selections for her showroom or clients home, are calm and elegantly reflect the individuals who live, work and play in them. The tones, textures and volumes evoke a natural grace and the furnishings and art provide comfort and peak visitor’s interest."
She's also in the midst of putting together interior design services for Millennials called ‘Design In A Box’ which will be multi-tiered to allow people to be introduced to design in way that is palatable. "I have two sons in their 20’s and see how their friends are struggling with their first homes and apartments," said Gardner.
As for why she moved from NYC? Gardner said her business expanded to clients that were based nationally and internationally, making a storefront in New York no longer a "must."
The Stamford resident said the opportunity offered the perfect chance to finally work where she lived. Said Gardner: "The space is great, close to home, an hour away from the City, and in a real neighborhood."
Intérieurs is at 238 East Putnam Ave.; www.interieurs.com/ .