Design Detour: Lynn Morgan
Originally from Savannah, Lynn Morgan launched her namesake firm three decades ago after working as a decorating editor at iconic shelter magazine House & Garden. Morgan’s playful sense of scale and keen eye for strong color where it counts elevate her crisp, clean and coastal aesthetic.
While her rooms are no doubt informed by her well-traveled clients and cultured environs (“Greenwich has some of the most sophisticated, worldly people,” she says) they’re equally grounded in mainstays of classic American design, from quilts on beds to oversized glass hurricanes on tables to natural fiber rugs underfoot.
“We love having dinner at Le Fat Poodle in Old Greenwich (designed by our firm) with the restaurant’s owners, Antoine Blech and his wife Suzanne. To make it a party, we’d invite Louise Brooks, architect at Brooks & Falotico and co-founder of Oomph furniture in Greenwich, Tory Burch, David Hockney, Aerin Lauder and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens editor DJ Carey—we started our careers together back at House & Garden in New York, and she’s a huge promoter of Connecticut designers.”
“I adore Patrick Mele and his eponymous store—it’s a jewel box and an amazing addition to the city of Greenwich. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind shop with unique artisans, vintage furniture, and great accessories, like Nicholas Newcomb pottery and beautiful decorative drapery rods and finials.”
“We recently used two overhead Liscia Chandeliers over a long dining table, and Hampton Wall Lights throughout the room. We love how these lights and the lacquered walls work together to create a shiny, glam vibe in a traditional New England house. It makes entertaining so fun for the client and is a real statement room showcasing their love for color!”
“I love using local artisans, and there are so many in Greenwich and throughout Connecticut. One of my favorites is Anne Jayson from Rowayton. She makes one-of-a-kind mirrors, sailor’s valentines and boxes from collected shells. She’ll even cover fireplaces! Another local vendor we love is furniture maker Tom Dwyer of Old Mill Road, who creates the most beautiful custom dining tables, side tables and consoles. If you can dream it up, he can create it, and his pieces are heirlooms.”
“China Seas Zig Zag in French Blue is a classic that never goes out of style. It can be used in both formal and casual spaces and looks great upholstered on anything from a chair to a window seat cushion.”
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“The Mill Globe Lantern adds a touch of whimsy and glamour wherever we use it, from a Connecticut dining room to Le Fat Poodle Restaurant to a Nantucket guest bedroom to a powder room.”
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“I love the white plaster finish of the Benit Sculpted Chandelier, and the way it illuminates a lacquer ceiling.”
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“The classic Cabinet Makers Picture Light adds a beautiful glow and almost functions as jewelry in any room. We’ve used it in a South Carolina powder room, a Nantucket office and a library area with built-ins.”