STYLISH SHOPPING IN CT: MONTAGE MODERN VINTAGE OF WESTPORT

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Montage
 The catchy sign 


When I was in Fairfield one weekend over the summer, a friend of mine said I really needed to check out Montage Modern Vintage in Westport, Connecticut. I had passed it many times while running errands on the Post Road, and really wanted to stop in. The catchy striped sign out front of 1276 Post Road East and fresh colorful assortment paired with a modern chandelier in the window looked great. I had always wanted to go in, so I took my friend Kim's advice and went over to the pale yellow building with tailored boxwoods out front.  From the minute I walked in, I was taken with the amazing merchandising, a cross-over between vintage finds and great new stuff.  Owners Robin Babbin and Tom Roth, both longtime Westport residents, hunt for unique finds that are special and have a story to tell.  Some pieces have an amazing historic provenance, like turquoise glass starburst mirrors by Paul Lazlo for the Algonquin. Other newer pieces, just mix really well with the mid-century modern, 1960's and 1970's designs by iconic designers. Their inventory of lighting, upholstery, tables, storage, accessories and original artwork by local artists is updated regularly, so check their website or visit for new additions.  There is just something really refreshing in the mix they have culled, and it is nice to know there is someone with a great eye out there finding design classics and bringing them back to life. Connecticut shopping for home furnishings has always been good, and with the addition of Montage, it is even better.

Vignettes like this are displayed around the shop, making "I'll take the whole thing, as is" an easy thing to say.

Bright pops of color, fresh accessories and a brass and chrome mix integrate seamlessly.

Glitzy bar accessories are ready for holiday entertaining and gifts.

A collection of modern artwork provides an energized, dynamic backdrop for pieces with interesting silhouettes.

A nice mix of prices and pieces mean there is something for design fans looking to redo everything in their home, and those looking for a hostess gift.

Mixing styles of varying periods works with pieces that have great lines.


NEW TERRAIN: A GARDEN EMPORIUM FOR WESTPORT

by Marisa Marcantonio

Sometimes you hear about a store that changes the retail landscape. By raising the bar with surprise and delight at every turn, this kind of store provides an inspiring escape, elevating the every day.  This is the case with Terrain, the rural Pennsylvania garden mecca created by the folks from Anthropologie.  The mix of artfully aged furniture and accessories, gardening objects and plants with a rustic yet residential vibe was innovative and exciting. It made the farm to table crowd as well as gardeners heart's skip a beat.  After hearing how fabulous Terrain at Styers was, imagine my delight when I heard that Westport, Connecticut was the location for the next Terrain garden emporium. While visiting my Mom on Mother's Day, I  encouraged her to take a little detour up the Post Road to number 561 so I could check it out. Gorgeous weather on opening day made for a packed parking lot, where there was even valet (how LA) as an option for those that wanted to get inside in a hurry. Here is a sampling what we enjoyed that beautiful spring day. This is not your average garden center or nursery, this is a destination. From the reclaimed rustic garden pieces and beautifully merchandised gifts to the rows and rows of growing greenery all around, I would say Terrain is going to draw garden enthusiasts from miles around.  Get out your wheelbarrow and get your summer gardening going!

The location was a Cadillac dealership. Talk about trading spaces.

A wall of pocket planters at the entrance has a wall garden effect and I like the way it is hung on the concrete wall.

Everywhere you look there are great rustic zinc topped tables with tree bases filled with a plethora of potted plants and terrariums.

Succulents and trees displayed in every type of container imaginable.

The spaces are staged as separate environments to use the space effectively. Here, a dining set up.

This place is HUGE.

Bright hydrangeas in a variety of hues.

Not so subliminal messaging on a linen napkin.

Their tabletop selection has just the right amount of rustic to real living. Aged wood, porcelain and glass do the perfect farmhouse table setting make.

I was totally taken with there large paper flowers in glass vases. They looked adorable.

The collection of aged furniture pieces will go right away since they are special one of a kind finds.

Giant arched windows from a 1920's greenhouse tie display areas together.

In case you hadn't noticed, we are going through a big terrarium moment.

The notion of abundance makes the tea towels, pots and framed art look great together.

 The fern wall.

A natural apothecary area towards the bag has all the hot beauty brands and accoutrements.

 Every gardener needs a little shade from time to time. Here, some quirky toppers.

Steel girders enhance the industrial chic vibe.

And how smart is this? Put a coffee bar in it and they will come. And stay awhile. And shop.

Books range from gardening, to keeping house. I have a feeling this will become a book singing venue extroardinaire.

Ah! A gorgeous arrangement.

 A kitchen table and chairs can be yours.

Rolling baskets dipped in white paint are so chic. I will be surprised if these are still there.

Garden ornaments and antique statuary allow your garden can reflect your individual style.

The cafe combines garden elements in an airy setting with the view of the nursery beyond.

What a day it was- people were preparing their landscaping plans.

From concrete to composite, there are planters for most any style.

A garden shed with flowering potted plants beside it.

A well-stocked greenhouse.