The New Eclecticism at Ethan Allen

I grew up in a family that cared a lot about our home. My father, a corporate CEO, could have been an architect in another life, but instead he satisfied his passion for interior design by collaborating with builders–designing and personalizing the homes we lived in. But he didn’t stop there. He was also passionate about furnishing them. He and my mom would look forward to their trips to the local Ethan Allen Store on weekends, just to browse, or to pick up that special piece that caught their eye. One of five siblings, I would sometimes tag along. Maybe this is where the seed of my passion for interior design germinated. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when Lauren and I were asked to participate in a Hearst sponsored event celebrating the Grand re-opening of the Ethan Allen Flagship Store at 1010 3rd Avenue @ 60th Street. We were thrilled! Ethan Allen is celebrating their brand relaunch, showcasing a broad collection of eclectic pieces meant to appeal to everyone from fashionistas to home decor enthusiasts. Along with fellow bloggers, Nicole Gibbons and Christine Cameron, we were asked to choose and showcase our “selects” from the new collection. Here we are with a few of our favorites…ea1We tagged many of the pieces we loved throughout the showroom. There were so many pieces to choose from. Lauren loved the romanticism of this chandelier.ea3The event was a partnership between Hearst Magazine titles Elle Decor, House Beautiful and HGTV magazine and Ethan Allen.  Fellow bloggers, Christine Cameron (below right) and Nicole Gibbons (below left).1010_EVENT_200In addition to picking our favorite pieces for the event, we were asked to design the windows facing Third Avenue. Here is the space the morning we arrived:photo-10We stood on the sidewalk and watched as this beautiful love seat was loaded off the truck.  Clearly, Ethan Allen’s new eclecticism is about COLOR, and taking chances. We loved this piece and hand-picked it from the showroom in Danbury, modern take on a classic American chair form caught our eye. It appeals to both Lauren and me–which is usually a sign of great design for’s how the inside of the window looked as we were about half way through decorating.  We decided to showcase our books on the side table. More color. Yay!photo-8Here’s the finished product. If you’re in the neighborhood, please walk by and if you can go inside the newly designed store. We’re sure you’ll find it inspiring, and you’re very likely to find something to love.ea2
Have a great day. And special thanks to everyone at Hearst Design Group and to our friends at Ethan Allen.