With the world expected to remain socially distanced for a little while longer, we look forward to the warm welcome of a quiet summer filled with small gatherings and nights by the fire. Although we may miss attending larger events this season, we have the opportunity to redefine our outdoor living spaces and how we use them. Longer days allow more time to spend outdoors and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us. As we reminisce on some of our best summer moments, we especially appreciate those spent on the porch for a breezy afternoon or a late summer's night. In this coastal New England property, the goal was to transform the original pared-down screened porch into a summer oasis, serving as an extension of the layered interiors. We paired an inviting outdoor sofa and swivel loungers with vintage wicker chairs and an organic wood coffee table to create a sculptural, yet cozy seating group. We then layered in a pendant light for warm glow and succulents to pull the outdoors in. An outdoor-quality rug was the perfect way to unite the room and add softness. We love the carefully considered layers and mixture of materials making this space a family favorite. Creating a rustic exterior dining enclosure (below) was the next opportunity on this property. This al fresco refuge has comfort, interest and incorporates nature's elements, opening onto a beautiful courtyard with native plantings. It provides shelter from the sun and wind while blending in with the natural surroundings for a unique dining experience.
Terri Ricci Interiors
When the world feels unsafe, we have a natural craving to retreat towards comfort. In our chaotic world, home has become our sanctuary during the pandemic. As we’ve spent these last couple of months social distancing and isolating at home, we look forward to the return of sun-kissed days and the new possibilities of summer’s embrace. As the chill of late spring dwindles and the quietude of lock down beckons to break free, we use this time as an opportunity to seek beauty in the unexpected. We wholeheartedly believe in the power of transformation, and nothing supports a healthy shift like clearing space and redefining our nesting habits. Since home wellness is a reflection of our lifestyles practices, we work towards shifting the mood from feeling stuck at home to feeling safe at home with the addition of some simple home comforts. Our design process at Terri Ricci Interiors reveals the softer side of your home with cozy furnishings, textiles, and creative lighting to engage the senses. Layered and light, we harmonize the elements in your space to achieve functional beauty designed to increase your focus, creativity and reduce stress levels. It has always been my ultimate goal to create an emotion in my interiors that encompasses all the elements of good design to make your home feel like an oasis from the outside world. Visit our portfolio page for more design inspiration or contact us to learn more about our interior design services.
When on a couple’s Greenwich property proved absolutely inadequate for any kind of living, the owners had one thing in mind: Rebuild it as barnlike as possible, but make it an entertainment destination. They enlisted architectural firm Ike Kligerman Barkley, who then brought Connecticut designer Terri Ricci on board to make this dream a reality. “The barn was from the early 1800s. The beams were termite infested, and it was not worth saving any of it, not even the horse stall doors. It was dangerous to have the structure there, so we had to do something,” says Ricci. With the structure demo’ed, the clients and their four children wanted a place where both kids and adults could hang out. From the existing footprint, the architects and designer carved out an open living space (with room above for the husband, a musician, and his band to practice), game room, caterer’s kitchen, dining area, private quarters for bedrooms, and a yoga studio. “The back of the yoga studio is a full wall of glass and overlooks a meadow,” says Ricci. Outside, there is an indoor/outdoor fireplace and a pizza oven. “They really wanted a destination on their property that was an escape,” explains Ricci. Written by Alexa Stevenson | Photography by Jane Beiles
DESIGNER TERRI RICCI'S BOSTON DESIGN CENTER FAVORITES Known for customizing comfortable yet sophisticated interiors, Connecticut-based designer Terri Ricci has an aesthetic that marries organic materials with unique surfaces and textures in an unexpected way. When asked to select some of her favorite products from brands at the Boston Design Center, Ricci chose pieces that run the gamut, from heathered wool fabrics to horn pulls to a side table wrapped entirely in an intricately woven braided seagrass. Browse through her chic favorites and source your own picks from the BDC. https://www.chairish.com/collection/new-arrivals