Photograph by Nicole Stevens
Above: Kerri Rosenthal’s bright and open new stduio
While some of us resist change, interior designers chase it. So when Sconset Square, an unofficial home design corner of Westport, was sold in 2017 to David Waldman (David Adam Realty) and Roger Leifer (Leifer Properties), fans of its home shops wondered if they would remain. Coming into spring, it’s clear that they are staying and even made the best of change. “We are currently working on new plans for both the White Birch building and Kerri’s old space,” says Waldman, referencing Kerri Rosenthal’s studio (above), which moved into the space previously occupied by HB Home. While close to a deal for Kerri’s space—pending design considerations—he adds that it’s premature to market the former White Birch location. “We may do pop-up stores in both spaces while we obtain approvals.”
1 KERRI ROSENTHAL
An award-winning artist and interior designer, Kerri Rosenthal is known for her love of bright pops of color within a clean, white environment—as well as a sense of fun. Her new studio is a perfect reflection of that style. It’s crisp and tidy, yet organic and joyful.
The style pours into her own artwork, with its bold color strokes and signature hearts (a look now layered on top of her photography), as well as in her line XOKR, a collection of fabrics and home accessories inspired by her art.
“I can breathe more in this space. It’s much larger, and it’s allowing me to show my true colors in lots of different ways,” she says. “I think with color, and I love color. You always need the yin and the yang. It’s all about the balance for me. The organic, natural textures and wood in the space allows my art and wallpapers to just shine.” The new studio is a natural fit.
A Westporter, Kerri adds that it’s “sort of like a reboot in that we have taken a space that is four times the size of our previous shop. There is now room for our growing team, for the colors in the artwork to shine along with the home collection and apparel. All of these elements can now breathe amongst the bleached plywood barn floors and the reclaimed wooden tables. It’s a fresh backdrop to my story.” At work on new concepts and product categories, she says she’s inspired. 1 Sconset Sq., Westport. kerrirosenthal.com and krinteriors.co.
2 WHITE BIRCH STUDIO
After years in the corner of Sconset Square, White Birch Studio branched out. This past season, owner Susan Anderson pulled up roots and replanted her studio around the corner from the former location. In its new spot, with plenty of pedestrian traffic, it continues to offer stylish home furnishings and award-winning accessories along with interior design services. Anderson and her team take on complete interior design transformations as well as small projects—like those custom built-ins you’ve been dreaming about. 15 Myrtle Ave.; whitebirchstudio.com
“Chalky whites, pearl grays, natural stone all feel fresh when accented with colors from nature, like spring green, pale blue, lilac and blush pink,” says Sue Appleton-Webster, predicting soothing neutrals. Her bright personality complements her shop, Swoon. It’s carefully arranged with vintage home furnishings that assert commanding presence in contemporary arrangements. It also offers new art, custom pillows and furniture and design services. 9 Sconset Sq.; swoonwestport.com
As adorable as its name, Bungalow was founded by Wende Cohen in 1996. The home shop is always brimming with chic furnishings, from creative lighting to candles, throw pillows and jewelry. It’s a lot, in a good way, because of the owner’s good taste. As a result, the shop’s vibe is of an upscale global bazaar, making it fun to explore when you’re hunting for something new. 4 Sconset Sq.; bungalowdecor.com