As principal designer of Rinfret Ltd., Cindy Rinfret runs one of the leading design firms on the East Coast along with her home furnishings and accessories shop, Rinfret Home & Garden. Cindy’s style can be identified by the perfect combination of beauty and luxury with comfort and family life. She achieves this by blending classic antiques with transitional pieces. Cindy has also authored a book, Classic Greenwich Style, and won numerous awards from the Andrew Martin Interior Design Review to the Connecticut Cottages Innovation in Design Award, and more. Join us today as we feature this outstanding Greenwich Interior Designer.
1. What informs your design aesthetic the most?
Traveling is a great influence for me, inspiration from great architecture, gardens and the colors in different locations. My clients also inspire most of my designs by the way they live. For example, are they casual or formal? My client’s lifestyle inspires all my work.
2. Share with us what you LOVE right now….what do you consider hot?
I always love transitional interiors with mixes of old and new pieces. Most of all I am loving Holland and Sherry’s fabulous embroidery for window treatments! That’s my very favorite thing right now!
3. Transitional is so popular! In that case, what do you consider not hot?
I am very tired of seeing Venetian plaster everywhere – restaurants, homes, etc. It is overused on wall surfaces and usually not a complete thought. By that I mean someone spends all the time and money to do their walls and then leaves the ceiling or trims plain. Leave Venetian Plaster in Venice where it belongs!
4. Good tip for our design enthusiasts. What is important to you as a professional when selecting your designs? The designer, look, style, or substance?
Getting the “shell” of the house right. By that I mean the bones, the walls, lighting, hardware, paint and flooring. If you have a great backdrop the rest of the decorating stands the test of time. The scale and understanding how to mix different pieces, collections and styles, is what makes a room interesting and not just like a staged “show house”.
5. Stick to the basics, then start mixing- got it! Who is a mentor of design to you personally?
John Rosselli who has a fabulous showroom and shop. He has had a lifelong influence on my decorating. He has such a great eye and his pieces always have variety and timeless style.
Thanks for joining us this month Cindy! Your work continues to stand out, and we’re glad to have you as a member.
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