At Dwelling in Connecticut with Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry

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Michael DePerno has a long history in the world of design and retail, designing spaces and owning prestigious stores on both coasts. When he lived in Northern California in 2013, he longed for the east coast again. He settled in Litchfield County and found the perfect old house to renovate and make his own. It was then that he met Andrew Fry, whose background in fashion reflected the same aesthetic qualities that Michael valued in interiors – quality, craftsmanship and a restrained sophistication. Together they have created a home of simple, heightened rural elegance. Please join Susanna and me at home in Connecticut with Michael and Andrew in their charming country house.

With a love for collecting, for nature and for clean lines, Michael and Andrew have filled their highly worked house with vintage and modern pieces that share an honest timelessness and handcrafted authenticity.

And while Michael and Andrew share similar aesthetics, their visions differ when it comes to Michael’s penchant for maximalist collections when compared to Andrew’s pared-down minimalism. Still, they’ve tied their preferences with a perfectly crafted mix of clean and refined country chic.

Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry's Connecticut Home on QuintessencePutting collections together on shelves and cabinets helps tell their story while the living spaces feel open and celebrate the purity of the architecture, materials, and clean lines that they admire.

Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry Connecticut Kitchen via Quintessence-1

And maybe the piece of resistance is the shielded house in the middle of their lush summer garden.

Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry Connecticut screened the house through Quintessence

Nearby, Michael and Andrew continue their passion for retail with their lifestyle shop PLAIN GOODS. Originally in a small space in the popular shopping mecca of New Preston, they recently moved to the legendary Pavillion Hall from 1897, proudly located in the center of town. They received an award from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation for their extensive and sensitive renovation of the property.

SIMPLE GOODS in New Preston, CT via QuintessenceThe history and restoration of the building reflects Michael’s and Andrew’s interest in fine craftsmanship and quality craftsmanship, which is also reflected in their carefully crafted wares.

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Shopping at PLAIN GOODS is a zen-like experience as you explore the beautiful, airy space that has everything from Japanese fashion to children’s clothing.

Children's clothing at PLAIN GOODS via QuintessenceVintage and new furnishings and provisions,

Blue and white at PLAIN GOODS via Quintessence-1

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as well as carefully selected antiques.

Antiques at PLAIN GOODS via QuintessenceAll photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

Here, the interface between timeless and contemporary shows a soulful and classic style that fits our modern times. Thank you Michael and Andrew – we loved visiting your Connecticut home!

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