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Stamford, CT (September 7, 2016) – Interior designer Elizabeth Brosnan Hourihan is the winner of a new contest that earned her a full-page advertisement of her work in the September 2016 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine.
The competition, announced as part of a celebration aimed to help inaugurate the Stamford Waterside Design District drew hundreds of people from the local design community. Designers were asked to submit pictures of their work that best represented their favorite design project and present it at the J.D. Staron showroom. The winner received a full page ad in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens showcasing the designer stylizing a vignette using Staron’s newest carpets and Dedar textiles from their latest collections.
The contest partners were Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine and J.D. Staron Galleries, one of eleven companies in the Design District, an exclusive to-the-trade group of offices and showrooms on Fairfield Avenue. Hourihan, owner/principal of the Weston, Connecticut firm EBH Interiors, was chosen from more than two-hundred other design professionals for the chance to be published in the September issue of the magazine.
“Elizabeth Brosnan Hourihan’s work represents the international flair and connoisseurship that directly enhance the value of brands like Dedar and J.D. Staron,” says Katharina Platt, one of the competition judges. “Her fine work shows a depth of materials and color which made it easy to select her out of so many other entries.”
Hourihan is equally enthusiastic about the spirit of the Design District and the opportunity that resulted. “When I attended the special day for architects and designers that the showrooms hosted, I was thrilled by the warmth and enthusiasm of so many people that make up our community,” she says. “I went there to pick out rugs and fabrics for a client, and the people at J.D. Staron asked me if I’d like to submit an entry to their contest. I had a brochure of my work with me, and entered the competition. A few weeks later, I learned that I won!”
Hourihan was asked to style a vignette of a room that conveyed her personal vision. She had the run of the Staron and Dedar showrooms. “I was told that I could do anything I wanted in creating a room,” Hourihan recalls, “as long as I used a carpet from J.D. Staron and fabrics from Dedar, the Italian textile company in the Design District, and from Hermès, which Dedar also distributes. What came to mind was to use as the backdrop for these glorious fabrics and rugs my own living room, which has never been photographed and is very neutral in tone. Then I could highlight the vibrant colors and patterns that these companies are known for.”
After the editor of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens approved the idea of having Hourihan’s residence as a showcase for pieces by Staron, Dedar, and Hermès, the designer’s choices fell into place. She selected a sophisticated black and white wool carpet for the floor and chose silks and velvets for the pillows in a warm and shimmery palette of dusty pink, salmon, and coral – all of which played fluidly against a Edward Wormley sofa from the 1960s upholstered in a creamy chenille. But perhaps Hourihan most enjoyed the decorative fugue that patterns make. “I loved how the letter ‘H’ was repeated through many of the fabrics, which stands for Hermès and, in my case, Hourihan. Another pillow had was covered in a fabric that was like an M.C. Escher – it had a large horse that looked one way from one side and another completely different way from the other.”
“This was a wonderful experience for me,” Hourihan notes. “I hope that that Staron, Dedar, and other companies in the Stamford Waterside Design District will make this competition an annual tradition.”
About Elizabeth Brosnan Hourihan Interiors
Elizabeth Brosnan Hourihan Interiors creates elegant residential interiors that respect the integrity of tradition yet reflect the way we live today. Integrating architecture, interior design, and works of art from around the world, Elizabeth is at home with every style from the classical to the contemporary. Her designs offer an understated use of color, texture, and materials, plus a flair for the unique piece that sets off a room and becomes a treasured possession. Elizabeth’s interiors have appeared in Architectural Digest, The New York Times Magazine, Veranda, Traditional Home, Design New England, and New England Home.
67 Pheasant Hill Rd.
Weston, CT 06883
About J.D. Staron
J.D. Staron is comprised of artists and designers who travel the globe, and translate the world into rugs. Their inspiration is the journey of design, from the early traditions of rug making, to the end result, the finished product. J.D. Staron specializes in crafting and producing unique floor coverings for all types of design projects. Established leaders and innovators in the field, the company takes special pride in its creative designs and qualities. The end result: Staron’s styles and textures are both luxurious and sophisticated, with a fresh twist on old traditions.
330 Fairfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06902
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