“We have a wide variety of clients with many different tastes and styles coming through our doors at English Country Home,” said Zoe Hoare of English Country Antiques in Bridgehampton. “In the last year or so we have made a conscious move into the contemporary furniture world, as we are seeing many of our clientele wanting a more eclectic look, mixing their antiques with midcentury and modern pieces more and more. Individualism is coming back, I think as a backlash to the plague of Restoration Hardware style decorating. Our customers are well travelled and well versed in the latest trends, their home reflects their own tastes now, rather than the the taste of one company or designer.”
Our lighting department is a good example of on-trend details. Popular now in new and old homes, are fixtures in two tones of metal, like bronze with antique brass, or polished nickel with Plexiglas, and even metal with marble. Copper is also coming back in a big way. We sell these superb lights for over kitchen counters, etc.
Our design department has noticed an increase in customers wanting high end fabric on their upholstered pieces. Mohair armchairs, wool and silk mix headboards, soft lambskin stools. Luxury is definitely coming back, and luxury at home, not just in your car or as a handbag, is big business for us. We even had a request for cashmere curtains recently!
Our luxury linen department has grown this year, too. Perhaps in light of all thepressures of today, where and who you sleep on has become so much more important. It’s not unusual for us to sell a sheet set for $1,000 or more. Sleeping on 100% cotton, 1,000 thread count sheets can make any New Yorker feel like royalty. The bed is another place to have a design scheme, when you spend so much of your time in bed, why not make it special and luxurious!?