As more folks escape the city for the delights of the CT Shoreline, we benefit from the talent and sophisticated taste they’re bringing with them. Latest in the string of happy transplants (from Brooklyn), is this married couple who, between them, are a talented mashup of interior designer, antique seller, and art gallerist. Like many of us, they fell head over heels with an antique house with historic Olmsted Brothers gardens and moved their various businesses to Old Lyme.
Artemisia is their charming shop tucked behind Cooley Gallery on Lyme Street. If you’re anything like me, you’ll swoon over the hand-printed Fortuny fabrics, the swatches of real silk velvet, and selection of pillows stitched up from the above. Rosemarie handles all the interior design and has a team of talented upholsters and furniture makers who can whip up your wildest dreams, while Marcello is off on the hunt for antiques and objects to fill the airy space. While there are plenty of pillows that have on my name on them, I was struck by Rosemarie’s expansive inventory of printed and plain indoor/outdoor materials (no blah Sunbrella here!). She suggests putting these bulletproof fabrics to work indoors. Love the idea of a white velvet sofa, but kids, dogs, and other messy obstacles prevent you from diving in? Here it’s a no-brainer, as these indestructible fabrics can take on any abuse you can throw at them. Genius. Check out their website for plenty of interior inspiration, and stop in to browse the fabric library and say hi.
23 Lyme Street (behind Cooley Gallery), Old Lyme