Indulge in a Day of Design

June 3, 2016

Text by Lynda Simonton

mayflower grace hotel

Litchfield County, Connecticut is a magnet for interior designers, and the design-savvy, so it seems only natural that it is the location for the chic design summit called “Day of Design.” The event takes place at the luxurious Mayflower Grace in Washington, Connecticut. This year’s Day of Design will take place on Saturday, June 18 and features both local and nationally renowned designers and editors. While the roster of top-talent is — numbers of attendees is kept small— to create a wonderful boutique-style event.

Here are just a few of the great discussions planned for the day.

The event kicks off with New England Home’s editor-in-chief Kyle Hoepner hosting a panel discussion called “The Beauty of the Undone: Discovering Simplicity in Design’ with interior designer Michael De Perno and Andrew Fry. De Perno and Fry are the owners of Plain Goods in New Preston, CT. Both De Perno’s portfolio of work and the interior of Plain Goods are perfect examples of this aesthetic.


Next up is a group of savvy southern style-arbiters who will discuss southern design and the narrative it tells. Find out how our southern counterparts approach designing their homes, and creating a lifestyle filled with enviable southern charm. Elizabeth Ralls, Editor in Chief of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles as well as designer-duo Michael Mitchell and Tyler Hill who hail from Charleston, SC. will be on hand to share their ideas.


After an al fresco lunch, the group will reconvene with a talk by author and design expert Susanna Salk sharing ideas from her latest book It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments in Your Home with the Stylish Small Stuff. Joining her will be New England Home’s homes editor Stacy Kunstel, and interior designer Kati Curtis. This will be followed by a panel moderated by Stacey Bewkes of the popular design blog Quintessence. Joining her will be the world renowned architect and interior designer, Robert Couturier and the talented Washington, Connecticut-based architect Harold Tittmann. This panel, Architecture: Connecting Interiors with the Landscape, is certainly an apropos subject for elegantly bucolic Litchfield County.

The day wraps-up with a ‘Meet the Designer’ cocktail party on the porch of the Mayflower Grace’s Tap Room where attendees can chat with their favorite designers and editors.

If you’re ready to indulge your passion for design at this event please contact Sarah Parker Young at (203) 982-3403, or

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