In a picture perfect vintage building overlooking a waterfall in the historic village of New Preston, Connecticut, J. Seitz is a specialty store of distinctive design. From a carefully edited selection of furniture, antiques and home design as well as fashion, jewelry, accessories and gifts for babies and pets, this all encompassing emporium is an irresistible shopping mecca.
Founded over twenty-five years ago by Joanna Seitz, an ex-magazine editor and fashion PR guru, the store later welcomed her photographer husband Bill. Together they built a business based on a unique and authentic aesthetic. Focussed on a modern country lifestyle of rustic elegance, sophisticated shoppers, designers and celebrities from near and far have been making the trip to J. Seitz for years to find that special something.
In recent years, Bill and Joanna have been joined by daughter Amanda, who collaborates with her mother on most all of the buying and merchandising, bringing a fresh, modern and organic eye to the mix. When I visited last month, the store was decked out for Halloween. It is now bedazzled for the holidays with something for everyone on your list.
Mother and daughter travel extensively, focussed on bringing unusual and particularly artisanal products to the store you won’t see everywhere. Within the two floor, 5,000 square foot shop, every inch is stylishly presented.
I asked Joanna to share her thoughts on what makes the store so special.
“Why bother if it is pedestrian. We shop the world, constantly editing the marketplace — then curate our discoveries into collections throughout our shop. We gravitate toward hand produced, artisanal work that has authenticity & heritage — we stay away from mass produced.
Our travels take us from Brooklyn studios to Paris ateliers where we discover real working artists who create objects of beauty, form and function. If it gets our blood rushing, we know it will thrill our clients.
We crave the hunt because there is always something wonderful and new out there to be found. We have clients who are very discerning and who have seen it all already — so our challenge is to unearth the next best thing for them. When we hear a client shopping in our store say –“Wow, this is fabulous.” — we know we have satisfied our goal.”
And there is a lot of fabulous! From fun animal themed accessories
to choices for channeling your inner Buddha
to great finds for those hard-to-buy-for guys
or for spoiling your favorite four legged friend
or little princess, there is truly something for everyone.
And that’s just the beginning. J. Seitz has helped decorate and furnish two decades worth of homes both locally and afar. While upstairs there are several vignettes with inspirational ideas for home decor,
downstairs features a full floor of furniture and complete interior design department. Whether you are looking for a single piece or furnishing an entire house, J. Seitz can help with any and all your decorating needs.
One of the many advantages of a family owned business is the flexibility and J. Seitz is happy to arrange either in-store consultations or at-home visits to determine the full extent of your needs. From stock furniture to custom designs, every aspect of furnishing a home is at their disposal, down to setting the table
and ensuring an aromatic ambiance!
If you are within driving distance, a trip through picturesque Litchfield County to the store is highly recommended. You could always combine it with a stop at the nearby Mayflower Inn! But if not, a phone call to the friendly staff at J. Seitz might just be a boon to many of your holiday shopping needs!
14 thoughts on “J. Seitz | Connecticut Country Chic”
Yep, I could be very happy shopping here…a lot!
Oooh my, I would be far too tempted by too many of these items. Although I am curious as to why my Ben wasn’t contacted to be in “The French Dog”… ;)
I would love to shop there, everything so nice. Far , far away from home.
I love spots like this. I think I need to grab a dear friend and plan a road trip.
Lots of lovely things there. Thanks for sharing.
Amazing. Only on the East Coast. Do they have a website? I think that I could do all of my Christmas shopping here.
Hi Mary – yes,there is a link to their site in the first sentence – just click on their name. But here it is as well: http://www.jseitz.com/home.html There are a gazillion gift ideas!!
My sister just moved to CT….now…do I visit her or J. Seitz?!?! A treasure chest of surprises it seems! Off to the website (you are so thorough in this regard – thanks!) franki
What a wonderful shop – I think that I could take care of all my Christmas shopping in one shop there – with, of course, a little something for me, too! Glad that they have a website, too.
Have a lovely week!
Stacey, rarely do I find a store that I could spend the day in, but this is it! Oh goodness, could I have a great time?!
Thank you for sharing.
What a fantastic shop!!! I love how she said “why bother if it is pedestrian”. So true….and what makes this a place I will happily drive to!!
So good to be back and so sorry I missed your panel at the CC&G!!!
Stacey, this store looks fabulous. And it is in one of my favorite parts of the country, Litchfield County. I would gladly combine a stop there with a stay at the Mayflower Inn. I hope you are enjoying the fall season.
Wow guys. The shop looks amazing! Thanks for featuring us so prominently. Looks like I will be needing to make a trip up to CT soon.
This store visit is the perfect mini trip out of NewYork City! It’s a gorgeous drive, a wonderful find… and the store itself is perfect. Everything is Unique…. miss my time there.