You can not open an issue of Town and Country, House Beautiful or Architectural Digest without seeing at least one home in Litchfield County, CT. With the large number of celebrities, designers, artists and business moguls that have homes in the area, it is not exactly a well kept secret. Our family has been fortunate to have a home here for more than thirty years.
With house guests in town for the holiday weekend, we hit the shops on Black Friday. I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite shops in Kent and Warren, CT for holiday entertaining items.
If I had to pick one store in Kent that I always make a point of visiting when I am home for a visit, it is TERSTON. I love the owner's eye for gifts, house items, clothing and jewelry. I always come out with at least one item (often more).
Some shots of their festive store
All of the shops in Kent are participating in a gingerbread house festival - so fun! Each store has created their own and the one in Terston is modeled after the store. The houses are on display until December 31st. So take a day trip, bring the kids and do some shopping. You can read more about the festival HERE.
Check out the gingerbread house at LYME REGIS. Leave it to style maven (and shop owner) Elaine to put a hip (and mini) twist on the traditional. I didn't get any shots of the interior (too crowded), but it is well worth a visit.
I also love the FIFE AND DRUM GIFT SHOP - they have everything you need for the home or entertaining. The Traymons run the shop (along with the charming restaurant and adjacent guest rooms) and are beloved in town. Visit their shop or their restaurant and you will see why...
The gingerbread house at the Fife and Drum Gift Shop
We then ventured on to Warren to see the newly opened PRIVET (the sister shop to the Greenwich location) that has been receiving quite a bit of hype. It did not disappoint!
I love this dog carrier for the most stylish of pooches. I was tempted, but was quite sure that my Jack Russell would jump right out when given the chance. What a great gift for the dog lover in your life.
Want to come visit, but don't live in the area? I would suggest the INN AT KENT FALLS. It is the most beautiful lodging in the area and numerous friends and family have stayed there with rave reviews.
Time to plan a visit!