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Beautiful River in Essex, Conn.

December 2, 2008

Joe Marini and John Simoudis are the proprietors of River, a home and garden store in the historic village of Essex, Connecticut.
The Minimalist in me is constantly fighting the other half of my inner aesthete who wants me to surround myself with a profusion of beautiful rustic objets, such things as antique Japanese teapots and hand-woven baskets from Appalachia. I don’t have to tell you there aren’t many die-hard minimalists with a penchant for wicker baskets, so I live in this in-between world and neither of my decorator selves gets full run of the house. It’s not a very committed approach to personal flair and, needless to say, the features editors over at ‘Met Home’ aren’t knocking on my door.

 

Of course there are people who don’t suffer design schizophrenia. Two such individuals are featured by Retail Editor Susan Dickenson in our latest edition of ‘Garden Decor.’ Joe Marini and John Simoudis are the proprietors of River, a home and garden store in the historic village of Essex, Connecticut. In a recent press release they explained, “We like anything that has a useful function and only grows more attractive with age,” such as the rustic finishes and aged patinas of the decorative and personal accessories that fill the shop and garden courtyard.

 

Beautiful. The photos here are ones I wasn’t able to use in the print edition due to space limitations. Enjoy!