Ridgefield Guild of Artists holds 13th annual Festive Home

Designer Rachel Belden, of Rachel Belden Interior Design, Ridgefield. — Mary Harold photos
Artist Allyson Monson and designer Molly Hirsch, left to right, of Molly Hirsch Interiors, Ridgefield.

The holiday season is here, and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists gets into the spirit with its 13th annual Festive Home fund-raiser. Running now through Saturday, Dec. 23, this year the gallery-turned-holiday showcase brings “Holiday Blues” to area shoppers. The guild is brimming with shades of blue and metallics, giving this year’s event a magical winter-wonderland effect.

Seven Ridgefield designer teams came together to bring their creativity to the event. Rachel Belden, Amanda Dranow, Josh Fischer, Julia Frossell, Molly Hirsch, and the teams of Andrea Romeo and Rebecca Baglio and Leslie Toran and Kimberly Harper generously contributed their time and talents to the guild’s biggest fund-raiser of the year. Paired up with member artists, they created holiday-inspired vignettes as the beautiful backdrops for the merchandise all around the antique gallery barn.

Passing through the tree-lined entry, Amanda Dranow Decoration, Design and Staging takes you to the warm and distant Caribbean. Inspired by Rachel Volpone’s abstract painting, Amanda’s vignette offers vivid color, white lines and a simple arrangement.

Artist Rachel Volpone and designer Amanda Dranow, left to right, of Amanda Dranow Decoration, Design and Staging, Ridgefield.

Leslie Toran and Kimberly Harper of Toran Harper Interiors were inspired by “the idea of holiday drinks with close friends.” Their vignette features Darlene Keefe’s work over a decked-out bar console. To one side of the table, a slender tree with festive trimmings, on the other, perched on an elegant chair, gifts in festive paper bound with shimmering ribbons, ready to be unwrapped.  

Josh, of Josh Fischer Design, “likes to incorporate natural elements and materials and pair them with more industrial pieces and textures.” He features artwork by Michelle Fisher. With its strong, bold blue shapes, it effectively contrasts with the gray linen textured wall.

The middle gallery showcases Rachel Belden Interior Design and her Manhattan-inspired space “designed for those who have left the hectic pace of city living without leaving the love of the big city aesthetic behind.” She combines both by incorporating a brick wall, industrial lighting and a variety of vintage accents. To this multi-purpose “hub” for today’s busy family, Erin Nazzaro’s artwork adds a whimsical flair with her bold colors and graphics.

Designer Julia Frossell, designer/owner of Tweak Interiors, Ridgefield.

Julia Frossell is the designer/owner of Tweak Interiors. She is “passionate about combining antique and chic vintage finds, global and modern pieces by melding the old with the new and creating crisp, classically inspired transitional interiors with a twist.” Her vignette is all about festive fun. The jewel-toned metallic wall is the perfect backdrop for Allyson Meyler’s contemporary abstract painting.

Romeo + Baglio Design is excited to participate for the third year in Festive Home’s annual designer vignette series. With their dramatic black-and-white theme, Andrea Romeo and Rebecca Baglio have teamed up with member artist Antonio Munoz for a striking fresh and modern take on holiday décor.

Artist Michelle Fisher and designer Josh Fischer, of Josh Fischer Design, Ridgefield.

Blurred Lines is a snapshot of a foyer designed by Molly Hirsch Interiors using a combination of strong statement pieces and bold colors. She creates high impact with one of Allyson Monson’s BLUR photo series works, using a telephoto lens to render out-of-focus points of light.

The galleries are filled with holiday inspiration, hand-selected and handmade gift items, holiday décor, and loads of member artwork at reasonable prices. All proceeds help to keep the guild doors open, providing exhibitions, education, and inspiration to artists and art lovers alike.

The Guild of Artists is located at 34 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield. Holiday shopping hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 to 5. Visit rgoa.org or call 203-438-8863 for more information. RGOA is an IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and all contributions are greatly appreciated.  


Designers Andrea Romeo and Rebecca Baglio, left to right, of Romeo + Baglio Design, Ridgefield.


Designers Kimberly Harper and Leslie Toran, left to right, of Toran Harper Interiors.










Merchandise and artwork on display at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists 13th annual Festive Home.

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