Clarice King—known as Risa—has a passion for history. Her local story began with her New Canaan home, a 1920s polo pony stable turned guest house, now completely refreshed since she moved there with her family eight years ago. While she refurbished that home, she scoured Fairfield County for a spot to showcase and sell a barn full of treasures she had collected. She settled on a building beside the Five Mile River in Rowayton, now a go-to spot for home décor pieces and inspiration. 161 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton; 203-956-0990; thecollectedhome.com
FROM THE HEART
King has filled her store with eye-catching objects from near and far that speak to the heart with their form and feel. “I’ve set up a network with the people I’ve met over the years while collecting for my home and design clients. My things come from many places—Texas, Georgia, Germany as well as from antiques shows and fairs.”
“My work is blending pieces—theirs and mine, new and vintage—to create artful interiors for my clients. I treat my design work as a partnership. I want to give clients what they want.” King started her design business working for friends and family; the shop is an extension of that. “It satisfies my need to connect people to the furnishings I’ve found and to pass on the stories and histories of the objects.”
HOME + MORE
Browse at The Collected Home and you’ll find vintage jewelry, gifts for holidays, weddings, and birthdays, and much more. King set up the store like a comfy home, and she encourages customers to take a seat, thumb through books and have a cup of tea while they shop.