Connected Design

Marianne Howaston, CEO Letter SFCandGI was in Westport, Connecticut, in November 2014 when the historic Kemper-Gunn house was moved in its entirety from Church Lane to a new location just across the road on Elm Street. Such a big move for a little old house, and what would become of it?

Fast forward to early summer 2016 when sister publication CTC&G celebrated the opening of San Francisco’s own Serena & Lily’s new design shop located in that same Kemper-Gunn House. There it was: shining and pristine, with four floors of home décor, rugs, bedding, nursery and outdoor furniture, plus fabulous art lining the walls. The gala opening was attended by le tout Westport, including brand ambassador D2 Interieurs, who featured Serena & Lily products in a newly decorated Westchester home and appeared on our own C&G TV to take us all on a tour of the fabulous design store. To see it for yourself, go to

Giving new life to a historic house is all part of a burgeoning movement to feel more connected to our environment, and there are examples all around us. Being connected really does make a difference. I encourage you to send us your examples on Instagram—tag us


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