This January instead of trying to predict the latest trends for 2018, I decided to focus on “anti-trends”… timelessly classic rooms that will stand the test of time. It struck a chord, and I have been blown away by the encouraging comments, emails, and page views The Glam Pad has received this month! (Thank you, thank you, thank you for each and every one!!!) In December, I posted a timelessly elegant 1930s home decorated for Christmas and featured in the November-December 1995 issue of Southern Accents (RIP). It received such a positive response that it helped make my decision for this month’s theme an easy one.
Today, I am featuring another blast from the past… Suzy Hilfiger’s former children’s shop, Best & Co., which was located in Greenwich, Connecticut and featured in the September 1999 issue of House & Garden. I found these scrumptious images via Kay at the fabulous blog Hydrangea Hill. Kay has graciously permitted me to share her scanned images here today, and I will also include the original captions from the magazine (which I purchased on eBay promptly after discovering Kay’s post!)
Hilfiger’s vision for Best & Co. was to create a timeless, classic children’s store that would serve as “a kind of hometown department store with everything from clothes to furnishings, so that parents needn’t shop at five different locations,” she said. The result was an English country paradise complete with traditional wallpaper and carpeting, chintz, and antique English cabinets to display infant and toddler wear, hairbrushes, and layettes. Also included were early 19th century floral prints and needlepoint samplers, antique high chairs, and hand-painted furniture from Dragons of Walton Street in London.
A second store was eventually opened on Nantucket. But alas, Best & Co. closed in 2007, and the Hilfiger’s marriage soon followed suit (tour Susie’s incredible Nantucket home here). I am delighted that Hydrangea Hill documented these pictures of another time and another place.
Thank you, Kay, for the beautiful inspiration! It is time for shelter magazines, designers, and antique dealers to get the memo that “traditional” and “pretty” interiors are desperately missed…. and slowly but surely they seem to be getting on board. My mother’s generation loves this style because it is how they decorated their homes back in the “good old days.” My generation loves this style because it is nostalgic of what we grew up with. And for the younger generation, 30-year-old trend setter Alice Naylor-Leyland summed it up best when she said, “I like using chintz and florals because they haven’t been seen for a while so, ironically, they look fresh and new.” We will talk more about chintz on Monday. 🙂
Photography by Fernando Bengochea and copy by Tom Connor for the September 1999 issue of House & Garden.