Spring is a time to change up the house, but knowing where to start isn’t always crystal clear. Fresh ideas, though, are as close as a shopping stroll among your favorite Westport stores and boutiques. Shopping is about more than great finds, it’s also about the presentation. Whether they’re selling home decor or cosmetics, the store’s displays are as creative and inspiring as the selections for sale. The arrangements show those of us who aren’t professional interior designers how a look is pulled together. With all of the new spring items filling the stores, be sure to take note of the clever displays.
A BRIGHTER VIEW
Like to embrace Mother Nature? Stop into Alex and Ani, which offers meaningful charms, including a new floral line for Mother’s Day. This huge mirror (right) lets in natural light yet with a reflection-obscuring translucent script. Also broaden your view at Jonathan Adler. Embrace the world of wildlife—animal figures and animal-print carpets—but in abstractions, so nothing suggests that you’ve stumbled onto a nature preserve. Wild here means imagination.
COLOR MY WORLD When color retreats, shapes and textures complement each other, as seen in this arrangement at White Birch Studio
LESS IS MORE
Have an eye for collecting? Here’s a secret for making an arrangement of different shapes, styles and textures work together: keep the color uniform. It’s pleasing to the eye. Find proof inside the serenely ordered world of White Birch Studio (right). While the Westport store has everything for home, from oil paintings to statues to pillows and candles, the key is how they are displayed.
FIND YOUR CENTER
In a chaotic world, order is universally calming. Be inspired by the pleasing symmetrical displays at Dovecote. Check out its orderly coffee table arrangement (l.)—stack books, top with glass globes and center with a statue; even the pillows, with a pop of color and pattern, frame up. Ordered arrangements like this one are soothing, easy and a great conversation starter.
A MIXED GROUP Find harmony among mixed items with simple yet soothing symmetry