At Home in Connecticut with Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry

With a long history in the world of design and retail, Michael DePerno has been designing spaces and owned well regarded shops on both coasts. But it was in 2013, when living in northern California, that he longed for the east coast again. Settling in Litchfield County, he found the perfect old house to renovate and make his own. It was then that he met Andrew Fry, whose background in fashion echoed the same aesthetic qualities Michael cherished in interiors – quality, craftsmanship and an understated refinement. Together they have created a home of simple, elevated country elegance. Please join Susanna and me at home in Connecticut with Michael with Andrew at their charming country home.

With a love of collecting, nature and clean lines, Michael and Andrew have filled their supremely edited house with vintage and modern pieces that share an honest timelessness and artisanal authenticity.

At Home in Connecticut with Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry via Quintessence

And while Michael and Andrew have similar aesthetics, their visions diverge when it comes to Michael’s penchant for maximalist collections versus Andrew’s pared down minimalism. Yet they have married their preferences with a perfectly edited mix of clean and sophisticated country chic.

Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry's Connecticut home via QuintessenceCoralling collections onto shelves and in cabinets helps tell their story while still allowing the living spaces to feel open, celebrating purity of architecture, materials and the clean lines they admire.

Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry Connecticut kitchen via Quintessence-1

And perhaps the pièce de resistance is their screened house set amid their lush summer garden.

Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry Connecticut screened house via 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 more recently moved into the iconic 1897 Pavillion Hall, which sits proudly in the center of town. Their extensive and sensitive renovation of the property earned them an award from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

PLAIN GOODS in New Preston, CT via QuintessenceThe history and restoration of the building echoes Michael’s and Andrew’s interest in fine craftsmanship and artisanal quality that is also reflected in their thoughtfully edited merchandise.

PLAIN GOODS via Quintessence-1

Shopping at PLAIN GOODS is a zen-like experience, exploring the beautiful airy space filled with everything from Japanese fashion to children’s clothes,

Children's clothes at PLAIN GOODS via Quintessencevintage and new home furnishings and provisions,

Blue and white at PLAIN GOODS via Quintessence-1

PLAIN GOODS Provisions via Quintessence

as well as carefully selected antiques.

antiques at PLAIN GOODS via Quintessenceall photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

Here the intersection of timeless and contemporary exemplifies a soulful and classic style that suits our modern times. So thank you Michael and Andrew – we loved visiting you at home in Connecticut!


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4 Responses to At Home in Connecticut with Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry

  1. What a lovely tour. Michael has such a great eye. Thank you for sharing!

  2. JoAnna says:

    I loved every inch of their warm and thoughtfully appointed home. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Brigitte Robeis says:

    Schließe mich gerne an, traumhaft !
    Alles Gute für die beiden kreativen Menschen nebst ihren Hunden !

  4. Jeanine Scott says:

    As always you have taken us with you to tour a lovely home and beautiful shop. Thanks so much!

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