A Gem of a Home



bob capazzo

The fun thing about publishing is that you never know where you’re going to find a story. Leads come from everywhere—an introduction at a cocktail party, pitches from our creative stable of writers, and even, occasionally, a public relations person.

This month’s cover story came from a chance run-in at l’escale and was ten years in the making.

A little over a year ago Ali Nichols, our associate editor in charge of the social pages, ran into her former intern from Glamour magazine, Merritt Schlanger. It turns out that Merritt had moved to Greenwich with her husband Carl (Ali coincidently had gone to college with him) and started a jewelry company, Classic Rocks. A few months after their meeting, Merritt sent Ali an e-mail asking if she wanted to stop by her house for a trunk show. Our resident fashionista didn’t need to be asked twice. The next thing I knew, Ali and I were headed up Stanwich Road.

Merritt’s jewelry is gorgeous for sure (think lemon jade, pearl and opal wrap necklaces, and chunky gem-encrusted rings). But it was her home that stole the show. Having moved out from the city, Merritt and Carl were determined to bring their urban-chic style to the burbs—and it showed.

I am a believer that the mark of great interior design becomes obvious when the old and new can coexist in the same space and not make the place look like a schizophrenic consignment shop. In this home, Lucite chairs covered in bright pink velvet sit just down the hall from a nineteenth-century dining room set. Turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau mixes with ultra-contemporary commissioned paintings. And somehow it all works beautifully.

We think it’s rather fitting that Glamour magazine is what brought us to Merritt—a glamour girl in every sense of the word. Not to mention, the story is a good reminder to be nice to your interns. These gofers might lead you to great things.

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