Elaine came for a visit this summer and enjoyed the company of Daisy and Tulip, my mom's Westies
Just in time for the holiday season, a new home decor and gift store has come to suburban Fairfield County with a unique flair all its own. With a background in creative retail and product design, Elaine Kirby McCleary has recently opened Kirby and Company, a new concept store in Darien, Connecticut. Filled with the latest home goods and decorative accessories creatively arranged by color palette, the shop unfolds through beautifully layered and styled vignettes. Mixing vintage and modern finds collected over time, McCleary has culled an edited assortment rich on brilliant color, useful objects and delightful finds, such as vintage jewelry, decorative blue and white vases, eclectic pillows, key entertaining items and sweet treats. Revealing her merchandising genius (you may remember a shop she owned in Watch Hill, Rhode Island years back), this joyful collection of pretty, old-school preppy and ethnically varied finds will make home decor and lifestyle shopping a fun exploration, with new things at every turn. McCleary encourages you to explore the world she has created-- to discover, covet, decorate, adorn, and charm. As the Kirby and Company Manifesto states, "We Obsess over Color." If you do too, you will adore it even more after stepping into this delightful new emporium.
My favorite vignette in the store combines red, white and blue with fresh variety of lively lighting, indigo and white pillows trays and more, in a retro preppy throwback vibe
Catchy color combinations will lure you from one section of the shop to another, depending which color draws you in
Cafe tables with fresh arrangements lead towards the cafe. No detail has been overlooked, with Kirby elephant logo pillows--
Vintage chairs compliment the black, white and pink color scheme
At the back of the store you will find the Confection Cafe, where a range of specially selected family recipes, including the house specialty- petite filled cookie sandwiches-- sit alongside granolas and easy to give gourmet gifts. Then grab a coffee and stay awhile.
Exuberant oranges, pinks and blues often found in India in a moment filled with tons of pillows, mohair throws and entertaining essentials
Need gifts to satisfy friends that already possess enormous style? Cocktail napkins, matches, vintage barware and the latest design books are there to explore
Even the bathroom is filled with tempting things to buy. These adorable framed pieces of art would look great in a child's bedroom. McCleary has been on the hunt for unique pieces like these to fill the shop and will replenish them on a constant basis.
Another featured color story is green and purple, featuring tiny boxwood wreaths, patterned melamine plates and tasty treats
Prepare for an evening of entertaining or a day at the beach
Paper goods, candles, interesting cachepots and coffee table books greet visitors on long tables by the entrance
Everyone loves black, white and gray with natural it is such a Parisian moment. Need gifts for the fellas? Games and men's accessories this way.
Get the bar ready for holiday soirees with a nautical touch
Details! Find Kirby and Company in Darien at 1029 Post Road and on social media channels listed above. Be sure to check her website for e-commerce, coming soon!