Get the Look with Grace Rosenstein and Dário Félix

A Westport Interior Designer and a Master Painter Bring Clean Lines to Classic Styles

Article by Jen Berniker and Anna Barnes

Photography by Mindy Briar Photography

Originally published in Westport Lifestyle

A Chicago native, Grace Rosenstein studied journalism as an undergrad, then got her masters in interior design and never looked back. After learning the ropes from pros and building up her own business in Manhattan, she and her husband have made the leap to Westport, lured by the water, the history of the town and the great food. 

Her design philosophy is as uncomplicated as her style: simplify and beautify. She has a knack for mixing classic silhouettes with antiques and rich textiles, then streamlining the look with modern elements. The results are uncluttered, airy spaces that inspire ease and energy at once. 

Grace believes that when someone’s home truly reflects their lifestyle they can live more productive, energized and content lives.

“Everything should have a place and a purpose. Whether that purpose is the family dining table or a piece of art that makes you smile, when a space is laid out properly and is full of beautiful fabrics and objects, it’s going to be a success."

She values creative storage solutions as much as carefully considered furniture.

"Good design is smart design. It can help you solve little and big life problems.”

Grace’s Design Tips

1. Live with what you love. Hang that piece of art you’ve been wanting to frame, pick up your favorite flowers, and light your fancy candles on a random Tuesday. These joyful moments can make a meaningful difference in the daily hustle. 

2. Every item in a room should serve a purpose, big or small. If space allows, try not to blur the lines by having a dining room also function as an office. Be thoughtful about how you live, and simplify the furnishings to reflect the room's main purpose.

3. Designate a play space. Don't let toys creep into every room. It’s better for everyone in the family and will limit anxiety. 

4. Take your time finding things you love, and focus on quality.  If you can, hire a professional. Doing it right from the beginning will definitely end up saving you from making costly mistakes.

For more information and inspiration, visit GraceRosenstein

Room 1: Master Bedroom

1. Custom metal bed with Jim Thompson fabric. Get the look: 19th-century French iron bed, $2,095 | Restoration Hardware

2. Provence end tables from Rose Tarlow 

3. Custom rug from Crosby Street Studio Rug. Get the look: Lucent Rug, $499 | West Elm

4. Antique pottery bowl, $278 | Bungalow, Westport 

5. Brompton swing-arm sconces, $829 each | Circa Lighting

6. Artwork, Reproduction, Jess Engle, Tusk Home. Get the look: Similar artwork from One Kings Lane

7. Coverlet, $359 | Restoration Hardware

8. Accessories box, Bel Mondo, Westport 

9. Vase, Dovecote, Westport 

Room 2: Entryway

1. Acrylic desk, $1,099 | CB2

2. Bayliss lamp, $889 | Circa Lighting

3. Desk chair, A. Rudin fabric from Rogers & Goffigan

4. Round mirror, source unknown. Get the look: 48-inch round mirror, $499 | West Elm

5. Mango wood stool, $898 | Bungalow

6. Bone box, Bel Mondo, Westport 

Paint Your Dreams to Life

Spring is on the horizon, and if you’re looking to refresh your home, look no further than Dário Félix of Regal Line Painting. Whether you're focused on the interior or exterior of your home, Dário’s precision and dedication to his craft is unparalleled. Dário opened Regal Line Painting 13 years ago. For him, the work is personal.

“My favorite part of a new job is when I start seeing colors. That’s when everything starts coming together for me. I get excited to see the client’s reaction—the satisfaction and pride on their face when they see their vision brought to life. It becomes personal to me. There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you’ve met your client’s expectations,” he says.

It doesn’t take much more than a quick scroll through Regal Line Painting’s reviews to know he’s not one to only meet expectations but greatly exceed them. If painting homes weren’t enough, Dário is also an acclaimed artist. His artwork has been featured in New York, San Fransisco and at Art Basel in Miami.

When he finishes a home painting job, he gifts each client with a custom work of art utilizing the project’s unique color palette; his own personal "thank-you" or as Dário would say, “the cherry on top!”

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