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Seana Bill, Cabinetmaker

A female wood-worker, practically in my own back yard? So intriguing and unusual! I made an appointment and wound my way up to the tip of Sterling Hill Road.

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French Hen

They’ve expanded their collection to include coasters, placecards and coated serving papers (perfect for cheese). Find new designs by artist Vicki Sawyer and plenty more ideas for the Fall table at The French Hen in Essex. $25 - $29.

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Local Resources

The Blocks suggested Williamsburg Blacksmiths wrought-iron barn hardware purchased at Saybrook Country Barn, and I was thrilled to find a relatively inexpensive version of sandcast bronze black doorknobs by Emtek there, too.

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Elle Design Studio

Erica is an interior designer slash freshly minted retailer, who has filled her sweet shop in Chester with a variety of unusual items.

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Sosse Baker’s Baskets

Sosse Baker started out crafting traditional Shaker reproduction baskets with neutral colors and intricate weaves. But boredom set in. She started thinking about colorful Native American baskets, and as she says, "everything changed after that."

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David Brown’s Hay House

David Brown has a way with organic, local blooms. His studied but casual arrangements of annuals, perennials and wildflowers have stolen the show at my summer parties for years.

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