Home Improvement: A Day of High-End Show and Tell
No question, the internet simplifies shopping. You hear about a product, and within a click or two, you know exactly where you can get it, how much it costs, and what it looks like…on a computer screen. But for certain kinds of purchases—custom work, expensive things, technically complicated systems—nothing will ever replace a face-to-face encounter with an expert. Which is why the annual Fine Home Source Show in Millbrook this Saturday is such a boon. Forty exhibitors, some local, others from farther afield, display, explain, answer questions and demonstrate the sort of luxury goods and services that design professionals, such as the show’s organizer, architect James Crisp, routinely specify on their clients’ behalf.
Many of the forty vendors at this year’s show have exhibited here before—purveyors of stylish screen and garage doors, the latest in green solutions such as geo-thermal systems, solar alternatives and eco-friendly building products. There are also artisans and designers of every stripe—furniture makers, faux finishers, landscape-design and installation specialists. Others vendors are new to the Millbrook event. “One new exhibitor this year is Metrograss,” says Crisp. “They do backyard putting greens. Another is King Stone Fabrication. Their headquarters is buried deep in the New Canaan woods, and they don’t have a website.” In other words, there is no way anyone is going to just trip over this resource. Yet, for those in the market for stone countertops, they are, apparently, the folks to know. “They have everything,” says Crisp.
Artist-craftsmen also are present in greater numbers this year. Conrad Levenson, a retired New York City architect, uses old farm equipment to create what he calls “scrapdaptations.” Clint Thorn of The Open Talon is a fine furniture maker from Goshen, who makes (photo above), according to Crisp, “beautiful, hand-carved, talon-footed furniture.” Another furniture-maker, Jessica Wickham, makes modern tables and benches from carefully selected slabs of wood. The Golden Horn, a company out of Port Chester, NY will also be a first-time exhibitor. “They sell Persian rugs, but the thing they are really famous for is restoration,” says Crisp. “They can take an old worn rug that looks completely hopeless and bring it back to life.” There’s even something for kids: Merritt Books will be there with their exceptional range of building-related children’s toys.
In short, Fine Home Source is a great way to get a lot done fast. It’s as painless as using the internet, plus you get to kick the tires.
Fine Home Source
Saturday, September 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.