Holiday Shopping in New Preston

As seems to happens ever year, the Christmas weekend has arrived sooner than somehow anticipated. I did, however, manage to meet up recently with video partner Susanna Salk for a morning of shopping in New Preston, Connecticut, a favorite destination where Susanna is lucky enough to live. This little hamlet may be tiny but is big on style. If any of you have time, I highly recommend the trip where you’ll find a plethora of options for last minute gifting. I first stopped in neighboring town Washington, where George Home was looking fresh with their signature mix of vintage, select new and bespoke offerings.

George Home vignette

George Home 1

George Home

I especially liked these monoprint woodcuts by John Thompson

Monoprint Woodcuts by John Thompson at George Home

as well as the selection of Dumais Made ceramics.

Dumais Made at George Home

George Home tabletop

And I wish I had a spot for the pair of these fabulous faux bois mirrors!

faux bois mirror at George Home

For you last minute shoppers, there are tons of great stocking stuffers.

gifts at George HomeWe starting our shopping in New Preston at perennial favorite Pergola, a shop that truly melds inside and out.

Shopping in New Preston - Pergola

From unusual plants and pots, to eastern antiques like the Japanese late Edo period bronze altar set below,

Japanese altar set at Pergolato books and scents, to home accessories, an entire nature inspired world awaits your perusal.

Shopping in New Preston - Pergola 1

Pergola in New Preston, CT

Pergola vignette

I can’t think of anyplace outside of John’s own shop where John Derian products are so beautifully displayed.

John Derian at Pergola

John Derian at Pergola in New Preston, CT

Several doors down is the chic home emporium Privet House where everything from tabletop and furniture, to vintage books and antique accessories, to apothecary and stylish housekeeping picks sit harmoniously together.

Shopping in New Preston - Privet House

tabletop at Privet House

Vintage glass at Privet House

Furniture at Privet House

Holiday shopping at Privet House

vintage vignette at Privet House

Jewelry at Privet House

Our final stop for our shopping morning was at Plain Goods, the most recent addition to shopping in New Preston. Named for the owners’ predilection for tonal, simple, classic goods.

Plain Goods

Here the focus is on the intersection of timeless and contemporary – classic style that suits our modern times.

Plain Goods in New Preston

Whether fashion or furniture, for the bath or for the pantry,

Plain Goods vignette

New Preston shop Plain Goodsthere is an understated style and artisanal bent that infuses every item.

Plain Goods shopping in New Preston

jewelry at Plain Goodsjewelry at Plain Goods

Plain Goods New Preston, CTall photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

If you’d like to tag along live, you can take a peek at our little video tours on Facebook here and here. Happy shopping and wishing everyone a wonderful holiday weekend. I’ll be back to hopefully share my Christmas table on Monday.

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8 Responses to Holiday Shopping in New Preston

  1. Donna M. Chappel says:


  2. I love it all. The highly patinated tables, ceramics, art, tableware, colors, brass candlesticks–it’s all just my taste. Thank you!! Merry Christmas to you and Susanna. xoxo Mary

  3. franki parde says:

    You are killing me….I can just FEEL the creativity coming through this screen…oh, my…gorgeousness!!! That window with glass, etc. etc. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! franki

  4. Sara coax says:

    That is a lovely town with great shopping!

  5. Steve says:

    Love all of these shops! Don’t forget about Byrde + the b at 10 Titus Rd a few doors down from Georgehome for fun global finds and art Happy Holidays to all!

  6. Alan Karlin says:

    This is shopping and visual beauty HEAVEN!

  7. Preston says:

    I need to get back up there, this post has inspired me!

  8. Jennifer Dengel says:

    Loved the tour! It makes me want to point the car(which I will at some point) in the direction of New Preston…

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