On a recent road trip to the quintessential New England town of Washington, I came upon a chic little shop that is, to me, complete aesthetic perfection. Set within a traditional white clapboard building in this bucolic corner of northwest Connecticut, George Home is a boutique brimming with antique and contemporary furniture, decorative objects and home accessories – all centred around natural materials in a muted palette. I was won over instantly; the overall effect is one of spare, Zen brilliance.
Meandering among the shop’s three rooms, I admired myriad tactile ceramic vessels (from $175), simple accent candles ($55) by English makers Plum & Ashby, as well as a stunning set of eight c1950 Mies van der Rohe rattan dining chairs ($7,200). Midcentury pieces are, I discover, a speciality of co-owners Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley, the dealers behind erstwhile New York store Duane, who created George Home with local dealer Betsey Nestler. Glickman and Henley’s own line of midcentury-inspired furniture, Duane Modern, is also available, including the sleek cream-coloured Centre lounge chairs ($3,500) that are offset in the light, bright Living Room space with myriad mirrors (from $475).
Next up is the darker Library, where sumptuous sofas (price on request) rub shoulders with ceramic Blanc de Chine lamps ($1,600) and earthy 18th-century Japanese Bizen pots ($975). But my favourite room was The Marketplace featuring a dark wood Chinese breakfront cabinet ($11,000), though it is generally devoted to smaller items such as hand-carved wooden spoons (from $32), seagrass placemats ($20 each) and a couple of things I bought for myself – a delightfully simple antique basket ($250) and a salad serving set ($75), in black horn and red wood, which I use almost daily. I also came away with design inspiration aplenty from each carefully conceived vignette in this laid-back-yet-luxurious locale.