DARIEN, Conn. -- Award-winning Darien designer Carey Karlan has been selected as one of the featured designers at the Designer Showhouse on the Green in Fairfield.
The event will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church from Sept. 19 through Oct. 25, in Fairfield.
It will benefit Operation Hope of Fairfield, a nonprofit organization that strives to improve local hunger and homelessness.
The opening gala is set to take place Sept. 20 and will feature 18 designed spaces by Karlan and the other top designers chosen.
Karlan’s inspiration for her design was the historical rectory, which was originally built in 1834, and other historically interesting buildings in the neighborhood.
“I wanted to do something fresh and current but also show respect for and appreciation of the rich history of the area,” Karlan said.
As part of her design, Karlan has commissioned Newtown artist Joan Cone to create six original, one-of-a-kind ink sketches of the historical buildings on the green – the Old Academy, the Sun Tavern, the Burr Manson, the Victorian Cottage, the Old Town Hall and the church itself.
Adhering to the theme of old-meets-new, the sketches were drawn in a primitive style but framed with a modern aesthetic, with large white mats and frameless glass frames.
“The nod to history brings interest and depth to a room otherwise furnished with modern selections,” Karlan said.
“I imagined my room to be the guest bedroom: adult and comfortable, dignified but not boring, neither strongly masculine nor feminine and with a sense of place," she said.
"After all, the bishop could be visiting!” she added.
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