The designer showcase is a space in Fairfield County Antique and Design Center transformed by distinguished interior designers into an exhibition of antiques, fine furnishings, and exquisite décor. These select designers utilize all that Fairfield County Antique and Design Center and its dealers have to offer, allowing their vignette to come to life. The showcase of each designer's take on a room allows us to appreciate their unique vision and taste, offering varied perspectives and a fresh take on the art of staging interior spaces.
Current Designers: Christina Roughan of Roughan Interiors & Carey Karlan of Last Detail Interior Design
Christina's Notable Past Work
Award winning interior designer Carey Karlan is the principal of interior design firm Last Detail located in Darien, CT.
Since founding her firm 20 years ago Carey has been creating timeless interiors throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties extending to Manhattan, San Francisco, Florida, the Cape, Nantucket and the Hamptons.
Carey’s approach to design embraces the concept of flexibility. She listens intently to her clients and prides herself on having the ability to envision and create interiors to suit any size of style of home and any lifestyle. By understanding and translating her clients’ personal desires into stunning interiors this has enabled her to have a portfolio of loyal and repeat clients. Her projects have ranged from sprawling estates to Pied a terre’s to in city apartments and vacation homes.
Her work is frequently featured in athome, Greenwich Magazine, Cottages and Gardens, New England Home Connecticut, Serendipity as well as Open House NY. Carey is a two-time winner and finalist of the A-List Awards as well as a finalist for Cottages and Gardens Innovation in Design Award and speaks frequently about decorating and interior design.
Originally from Oklahoma, from a line of southern women who loved to decorate and always had fresh flowers on the table, Carey developed an enduring love for decorating at young age. A graduate of Trinity College, Carey’ s background includes a decade of being an executive in the advertising world. After raising five children, she completed studies at the New York School of Interior Design and worked in Fairfield County before opening her own firm.
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Carey's Notable Past Work
Previous Showcase: Michael Whaley of Michael Whaley Interiors, Inc.
A graduate of Columbia University, Michael Whaley first studied 18th Century design while living in France, where he developed a strong foundation in the luxurious design that is his signature. Before founding his own firm in 1987, Michael worked at Parish-Hadley Associates, a defining experience that not only informed his vision and capacity for large, complex projects, but also exposed him to some of the finest homes and apartments in the United States.
Since then, Michael has been a prolific designer. His fluency with custom furnishings and antiques has made him the choice of homeowners from Chicago to the Caribbean, with many loyal and repeat clients from Manhattan and Fairfield County using his talents for second homes in the Hamptons, Florida, and out West. His projects reflect the kind of original design produced by the icons who inspire him: Renzo Mongiardino and Madeleine Castaing.
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Michael's Notable Past Work
Previous Showcase - Collin Robison of Hound House
Collin Robison designs to tell a story through texture, color, and form. His extensive background in both the design and beauty
industries are reflected in all that he does. “I love juxtaposition--opposites bring one another out: industrial-artisan, antique-modern, and, most importantly, black-white.” Never one to be caged in
by a specific style, Collin pulls from all that has made an impression on him, most of all nature.
Collin and his partner, Trent DeBerry, recently launched a new brand inspired by their 1790 Connecticut farmhouse and their love for their greyhounds. Hound House is a venue where their curious collections and lush ornamental gardens can be used for intimate social events, photo shoots, and film location. The essence of Hound House is captured in their new Olfactory Collection. Hound House Signature and Holiday are the first two scents to debut.
Collin’s work has been featured in Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, Nora Murphy Country House, Decor Arts Now, and was recently shot for Country Home magazine.
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Collin's Notable Past Work
Corey began his professional career working in the field of fashion and photography in the very beginning of 1970's Paris and NYC. He was fortunate to have had the most prominent leaders of Art, Fashion, Design, and Style as mentors.
The palpable shift to an expanding intreset in what became known as "lifestyle" publications allowed Corey to broaden his talents. Again the rare experiance of learning from and working with the visionaries of the pre digital age gave Corey the opportunity of styling for magazine editorials, books, television and film.
Today's market has allowed Corey, as a Stylist and Art Director, to work closely with Interior Designers, Photographers, Commerical Brands, Retail Stores, Film Makers and Authors. The collaboration of image making is Coreys ultimate passion.
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Recognized by Vogue, Departures, Sotheby’s and New York Magazine for his unique approach
to the worlds of decoration and design, Patrick Mele culls the best from the past and present in an effort to create environments that feel timeless. With a passion for wide ranging style, Mele cultivates dynamic rooms, that tell a layered story based on their architecture, location and the people inhabiting them.
With a degree in Art History and Cultural Studies from New York University’s Gallatin School, his aesthetic has been informed by the evolution and interplay between art, architecture, decorative-arts and fashion throughout history.
Professional experience with some of America’s most iconic retails brands, including Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, Brand No. 9, J. Crew, Schumacher, and David Yurman, has given Patrick the expertise to create a seamless identity. Established in 2011 Patrick’s name sake firm has worked on projects in a variety of locations including New York, Connecticut, Washington D.C, London and St. Barths.
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Conveniently locatted off of the Post Road (RTE 1) on the Norwalk/ Westport line, with ample parking.
19 Willard Road
Norwalk, CT 06851
Fairfield Co. Antique and Design Center is a 20,000 square foot design center which showcases the finest dealers in antique, modern and vintage furnishings, art, and accessories.
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