John Robshaw’s Colorful Connecticut Home

… is my kind of home! Colorful and filled to the brim with worldly patterns, it is exactly what you’d expect from the designer whose vast textile empire is inspired and produced by skilled workshops around the globe.

Robshaw’s country house is set in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut and is an early 19th-century cottage surrounded by eight acres of land. With the help of decorator friend Sara Bengur, the same designer he’d collaborated with in decorating his Manhattan apartment, Robshaw filled his home with an abundance of color and textiles that are either his own designs or treasured travel finds. “ She (Sara) reminds me that you have to have some negative space’’ he says. ‘’ You can’t endlessly layer!’’

As a result, Byzantine details, Indian influences and furniture pieces made to Robshaw’s exact specifications are expertly layered to create an exotic home in the heart of one of the most traditional parts of Connecticut. Such a fun and beautiful counterpoint! Bellow are some of my favorite rooms from this tour, starting with this side entrance that makes me feel all sorts of happy! Let me know what you think!

Cafe Design | John Robshaw | Entrance

Cafe Design | John Robshaw | Living Room Desk

Cafe Design | John Robshaw | Living Room

Cafe Design | John Robshaw | Kitchen desk

Cafe Design | John Robshaw | Kitchen

Cafe Design | John Robshaw | Bedroom

Cafe Design | John Robshaw | Bath

For more about this colorful home, you can find the original story in the July/August issue of Elle Decor. The stunning photography is by Richard Powers.



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  1. July 13, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Wow! I’m more of a neutral gal but I can appreciate color when it’s done with this much flair!

    • Eva Contreras
      July 13, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      Thank you, Elizabeth! I agree, it is so difficult to make this much color & pattern look great!