Oct 9, 2013
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Interior Design Talk at New Britain Museum: The Pretty and Proper Living Room

Interior Design Talk at New Britain Museum: The Pretty and Proper Living Room

Dean Greenblatt

Holly Holden in a pretty and proper living room.

Holly Holden is an estimable force in the world of interior design. Through her firm, Holly Holden & Company, Ltd., the ASID Allied Member from Farmington serves clients across the U.S. and internationally, bringing them a graceful, genteel style that bespeaks timless understatement—rooms that feel comfortable even as they are anchored by a formal gravity. And then, too, there’s a sense of ebullience, in a classical mode, in part given that Holden’s favorite color is pink.

All of this is made obvious in her new book—with its bright pink cover—entitled The Pretty and Proper Living Room, which offers readers “Old-school secrets for timeless elegance and … the no-no’s to know!”

It’s the type of design intelligence that has such figures as Leonard Lauder, chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies declare, “For those who admire taste and style, Holly Holden has it all. I would follow her advice every time.”

And advice is what Holden gives in The Pretty and Proper Living Room. Rather than presenting  a collection of photographs of gorgeous rooms that you want, but don’t know how to attain or assemble, the book eloquently provides a design and acquisition roadmap. So it’s pretty and practical at the same time.

The genesis is described in the introduction, written from her home, Fox Hall, this past summer, in which Holden explained that her eldest daughter, Alexandra, had married and was moving to Germany, which prompted a question about how to get a home that “looked formal, elegant, timeless and charming.” The Pretty and Proper Living Room answers the call, fully and, of course, with style.

Those answers and more will be at the forefront Thursday (Oct. 10), when Holden signs copies of the book and gives a talk as part of an Art Happy Hour event, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the New Britain Museum of American Art. The Art Happy Hour, with its wine-and-cheese reception, is free with general admission ($12/adults; $10/seniors) and free for museum members.

Holden, as gracious and lovely on the phone as her rooms and designs are in the book, will talk about her journey in writing the book, copies of which will be available at the museum gift shop. She is expected to speak for approximately an hour, beginning at 6 p.m., and will offer an illustrated presentation.

“On a mission to spread the secret code of classic interior design it took nearly three years of work to release her first book, The Pretty and Proper Living Room, this past summer,” a release on the event explains, noting that  Holden's work has been presented on the HGTV network, in national magazines, and in several prestigious Show Houses. 

For more information, see Holden’s design firm website, the book’s website or that of the museum.


Interior Design Talk at New Britain Museum: The Pretty and Proper Living Room

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