Clean lines and vintage finds.
2011 – From Downtown chic to French Country flair, The Summer House offers an eclectic collection of high-end furniture, stylish home accessories, one-of-a-kind antiques, and exquisite gifts. Margaret Schwartz, the creative force behind The Summer House, combines her signature style and passion for antiques and home design to hand pick today’s best finds: upholstered furniture, fashionable jewelry, eye-catching lighting, exquisite rugs, contemporary fine art, and more. The Summer House inspires customers to activate their inner-designer and create environments reflective of their own distinctive lifestyles and tastes, ranging from traditional, modern, romantic, and vintage. Guiding customers through their creative journey, Margaret provides the utmost customer care, offering design expertise and catering to customers’ personalized decorating needs.
With new arrivals each week, be sure to stop by The Summer House today for a fun-filled stylish escape.
Margaret Schwartz, Owner – Margaret began her career working at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which played a key role in inspiring and developing her excitement for the home decor business. After four years she left the company and acquired The Summer House, an antiques and home design store located in New Canaan, CT. Having her own brick and mortar store, Schwartz is able to apply her signature style and passion for home design to hand pick her favorite finds, including furniture, fine art, lighting, rugs, and antiques.
Schwartz travels overseas several times a year to handpick and source decorative antiques from some of the finest and most well respected dealers in Europe. Nicknamed the “Modern Antiquarian,” Schwartz believes in mixing the old with the new to create a curated and edited home tailored to the client’s specific taste. Schwartz has a vast network overseas and specializes in sourcing prized pieces for clients with exceptional requests, particularly Swedish pieces.
Schwartz received the inaugural Young Gun of the Year award for 2016 from the Antiques Young Guns USA organization. The award celebrated the hard work, dedication, and excellence displayed through a young gun’s work in the antiques industry. Schwartz also joined LAPADA in 2016. LAPADA is an international organization representing over 550 antiques dealers in the UK, across Europe, and a select few in the USA.
Kelly Maguire – Style and design have always played an important role in all facets of Kelly’s life. Soon after learning to walk, she started picking out her own outfits and changing them (multiple times) daily– a very early sign of Kelly’s deep reverence for style, design, and the arts. This artistic energy quickly evolved into an interest for interior design, as she began accompanying her mother, also a designer, to buying trips and meetings with clients.
Kelly’s time at college was also a formative time in her journey. She attended Gettysburg College and studied at IAU College in Aix en Provence, France where she attended The Marchutz School of Fine Arts. Her deep focus on art history helped refine her eye and strengthen her appreciation for the different aesthetics and their reverberations in everyday life. Kelly interned with Marion Parsons the DIY blogger of Miss Mustard Seed as well as with The Summer House and DesignDot in New Canaan Connecticut, solidifying her future in Interiors.
As a designer, Kelly brings a unique passion for art and is a devotee of William Morris’ aesthetic but more importantly his philosophical teachings. Morris espoused the importance of meaning and intention behind the creation and placement of material goods. He believed that they add another layer of meaning to a home. And Kelly strives to bring his philosophy to the 21st Century by creating spaces that clients personally enjoy being in. She believes in the judicious use of bold fabrics, textures and colors to bring her designs to life without overpowering a space. Nothing to overcomplicated or unnecessary, just intention, meaningful design.