Susanna Salk’s ‘Little Things’ Come To Life In New Preston
By Lisa Green
As far as we’re concerned, New Preston, Conn. is already a destination. The cluster of high-end antiques and specialty stores and markets are unparalleled in their quality and picturesque setting, even among our region’s justifiably famed claim to “charm.” How many village shopping districts do you know that back onto their own waterfall?
But just in case you needed a reason to explore New Preston, here’s one. On Saturday, April 23, the village will take part in a “Designathon,” which will demonstrate the design philosophy of Susanna Salk. Taking a page out of her newest book, It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments in Your Home Through the Stylish Small Stuff (published by Rizzoli), Salk will create vignettes in seven of the stores that will exemplify the idea of designing small spaces in interesting and textured ways.
Salk, a bestselling writer, stylist and stager, lives in New Preston, and is excited to work with the stores where she is, she says, a regular shopper.
“New Preston is a special town with unique shops in a row,” she says. “I love and support these shops very much. Even if I lived in Paris, I would appreciate their distinctness.”
And that’s saying something, coming from Salk, whose first book, Privileged Life: Celebrating WASP Style was followed by Weekend Retreats, Be Your Own Decorator and Decorate Fearlessly, among others. She also hosts a monthly “At Home With” video series on the Quintessence design blog, and has a business as a designer and stager.
Salk’s style vignettes will be composed with merchandise from each of the shops: Pergola, Dawn Hill Antiques, J. Seitz, Privet House, DK Schulman Design, New Preston Kitchen Goods and Plain Goods. She will find items in each of them that, put together, will demonstrate that successful decorating is in the details.
“All of the stores are very different,” she says. “I’m hoping if people have never been to the town before, they will revel in how unique each store is.”
The vignette event was organized on behalf of the village by David Whitman, owner of Pergola. “Susanna lives just down the road and fills her house with things from our shops,” he says. “When I heard she was going to be doing a book signing, it seemed like a great thing for the village to get involved in.”
Salk will be signing books at J. Seitz from 3-5 p.m. but the book will be available throughout the village, and every purchaser will be entered into a drawing for a design consult with Salk. That alone might be enough to get you into the car and headed to New Preston.
“This is especially meaningful for me since I live here,” Salk says. “It’s a fun way to help the town.”
Susanna Salk’s New Preston Designathon
Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Book signing at J. Seitz, 3-5 p.m.