Local Style: Chip Stinchfield


For some, personal style comes in the form of perfectly hung designer confections. For Chip, it comes by way of antiques, interesting décor, and a store filled with treasures. We sat down with the owner of the The Whitney Shop in New Canaan, Connecticut, to learn his styling tricks for seasonal settings and for always looking polished. (Added Father’s Day bonus: Chip just happens to be the dad of our very own copywriter, Katie.)

Rue La La: We’re firm believers in an all-encompassing life of style – what does that mean to you?
Chip: Good food and good friends. That’s why I love cocktail hour – it’s about gathering your friends and family together and relaxing. Your environment and surroundings really matter, but you don’t need anything fancy. One of my favorite places is a simple deck overlooking an ocean.

Rue La La: Do you have a guiding philosophy on home decorating?
Chip: Comfort and casual elegance. I like rooms that are transitional and can be changed from season to season. Low-maintenance and neat, rooms that flow well together. I use different areas of my home at different times of year. In the winter, I spend evenings in the kitchen and family room where things are more cozy. Once the weather warms up, you’ll find me in the sunroom or on the deck.
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June 16, 2011