Mother/daughter design duo's are always fun to cover, given their influence on one another and design dialog that becomes second nature. The New Canaan, Connecticut - based mother-daughter interior design firm and retail design shop Boxwood Home & Interiors, brings a fresh traditional- with - a - little - contemporary design perspective to New Canaan. After opening September 2009, Petra and Whitney Roberts have been the go-to source for hostess gifts and decorating with flair for the picturesque town. Petra has been designing for years, and Whitney joined her 8 years ago after working for Ralph Lauren. With over 25 years experience , they design projects from gracious formal homes in Connecticut, country retreats in Kiawah, ski houses and beach resort homes in Nantucket and Florida. The end result is modern functionality and comfort with style and sophistication. Visit them at 44 East Avenue as you go down the hill from the center of town.
Photos courtesy of Boxwood
The ladies: Whitney and Petra Roberts
The facade with striped awnings in New Canaan, where cute awnings are de rigeur
Fresh watermelon mohair throws and crisp white upholstery in the store, that has a fresh take on traditional style with a wide selection of fabulous accessories and gifts, including a lamp from Bee Line Home.
The shop, filled with spring shades of turquoise and lime.
The pillow library where a sofa can get a second life. Petra and Whitney draw their inspiration from travel and fashion as well as magazines. "All these elements reinvigorate you! They get your creative juices flowing and get you excited! This is so important as a designer because it keeps you growing, current and even in some cases ahead of the times," says Petra.
The pillows go on forever...
Nautical napkins to grab for summer entertaining.
Blue and white china and napkins are always great for summer parties.
Rustic hand painted tabletop in chocolate with pastels from Bulgaria mixes with linen napkins.
A Florida dining room
A cheerful peach and blue living room
Zebra at the windows and neutral sofa's punched up with lively peach and blue throw pillows
A dining room with Gustavian chairs and Chinoiserie chandeliers
A relaxed library with a slip covered sofa
A warm living room with taupe upholstery and sofas face en face
A round dining table encourages conversation and high backed chairs add comfort
A guest room with twin beds in blue and white
An entry hall with rustic touches and hanging lanterns
A Connecticut living room with neutral and zebra upholstery
Wide plank floors and light wood complement the white stucco
An entry brightened with pops of yellow in the striped rug and gilded console
The breakfast table of salvaged wood matches the antique shutters
A Swedish bench with bolsters and throw pillows in Connecticut