Friday Favorites 9/6/2013

September 6, 2013

Kaitlin Madden, Managing and Online Editor

Trends in fashion and interior design never seem to be too far behind one another. So, yesterday, I went down to New York fashion week to attend a couple of the shows and stop by the IMG Lounge (which was designed by Farrow & Ball), to start to get a feel for the sensibilities of next spring (from what I saw, the looks were less daring than in years passed. Maybe a return to the traditional will be in our future?).

Anyway, while I was walking around the city, I spotted the Missoni Home store and had to go in. I’m always surprised with the brand’s ability to be distinctly recognizable, but fresh and intriguing at the same time. I never get bored of their iconic zig-zags or bold use of color. One of my favorite things in the store was definitely the Jacaranda collection, pillows and poufs wearing ombre velvet corduroy…sounds crazy, but works perfectly.

Photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

Missoni Home is available at The Morson Collection in Boston, as well as through Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Stacy Kunstel, Homes Editor

It is the busiest time of the year for me right now. We’re finishing up summer shoots and planning fall ones. The weather and conditions are changing rapidly and it would help if I could be everywhere at once or at least get there faster. Short of cloning myself, life would be much easier if I could get to my photoshoots on Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Watch Hill quickly and in style. A mid-size jet would make life so much easier! I’m even being economical and selecting this used 1997 Citation.
With a few modifications (like ripping out most of the seats so I have room for props, flowers and photo equipment) a machine like this could save me a lot of time and travel headaches (no more ferries!). Anyone out there a pilot?
Maria LaPiana, Contributing Writer

Jack McConnell is a professional photographer whose diverse corporate client list includes GE, Chase, JP Morgan, Apple, Hartford Hospital and Lego. But there’s another side to McConnell, a softer side if you will. Hailing from Wethersfield, McConnell has traversed Connecticut’s highways, byways and leaf-canopied country roads, capturing the state’s iconic beauty, for more than 20 years.

A one-man tourism campaign, McConnell was awarded the Connecticut Ambassador Award for his work that has helped bring visitors to the state. Prolific doesn’t begin to describe him; over the years, he has archived more than 250,000 images. His work is for sale on his website … but this month you can see it for yourself at two galleries. McConnell’s pastoral scenes of “Connecticut Stone Walls and Farms” are on exhibit at Hartford Fine Art and Framing from Sept. 11 through Oct. 24. And through September 30, you can see his works taken “At Water’s Edge” at the Blue Oak Gallery in The Nathan Hale Inn in Storrs. For more information, or to schedule a visit to his studio, contact McConnell at

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