Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design

ABCD (yes, those are her real initials!) is an artist, designer and stylist who splits her time between New York City and the hills of Litchfield County. ABCD’s motto is simple: Life is short, eat off the good china! “Milestones in life set the tone,” exclaims Amy. ABCDDesign.com is a personal site where she writes about how design fits into her day-to-day life. Each change in season and the roller coaster that life’s important moments bring (milestones, both happy and sad – large and small) provide inspiration for her posts.

Check out Amy’s recommend picks from GO Home Ltd’s catalog on her Pinterest board.abcd headshotTell us a little about what you do? 

I write a lifestyle blog called ABCDDesign.com. I share tips on floral design, my favorite recipes, as well as my thoughts on decorating, antiques, art, and shopping spots that suit my aesthetic.

It is a personal blog, so I take the readers through my thought process on making the selections that I choose for us to live with on a day to day basis. The things make our house a home.

chicken cacciatore(Check out Amy’s Chicken Cacciatore recipe).

In addition to home styling, letterpress stationery design and floral design, I add value to our homes by renovating them in a way that is tasteful, timeless, and on budget. I enjoy selling a home once I feel I am finished with the project. I’ve found the key item that sells a property is a curated lifestyle that the buyer aspires to. It is not the four walls that matter, it’s how you live in a home and what you choose to decorate with that tells your story. From my experience, buyers want to imagine themselves living in the scene I have created.wedding_2 wedding_1

What’s a hot décor trend you’re excited about?

Saturated, watery, dark blues and deep greens being used as a neutral color on walls, millwork, and painted cabinetry.blue and green roomsWhat item would people be surprised to find in your home?

My collection of tourist trap bronze Statue of Liberty Figurines. It is completely cheesy to have just one, but as a collection they are a knock out.

If you could live in another decade, which would it be and why?

The roaring 20’s. In my opinion, there is nothing as interesting happening in art and design right now. The Machine Age had such a huge impact on the design aesthetic of the time. I want to wear the hats and drop waisted dresses, while surrounding myself in all those luxurious fabrics. I’d be soaking in everything from Surrealism, to the Bauhaus movement – in real time. I’d run in the same circles as Elsie de Wolfe and Oscar Wilde. I resonate with the design philosophy that Svenskt Tenn (founded in Sweden, 1925) coined “Accidentism.”1920s

“There’s nothing wrong with mixing old and new, with combining different furniture styles, colours and patterns. Anything that is in your taste will automatically fuse to form an entire relaxing environment. A home does not need to be planned down to the smallest detail or contrived; it should be an amalgamation of the things that the owner loves and feels at home with.”

What’s your favorite thing to go home to?

A clean, (scented by Ginger Palmelo, Caldrea) well-edited house that has fresh flowers on the tabletops.

I like to see similar objects grouped together as collections – I’m known to have organized everything from pantry items to precious family heirlooms.

Thanks for the visit Amy! We loved every minute.

(photo credits: ABCD Design, Elle Decor)

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