Trained chef, floral designer, fine artist, and general lover of the domestic arts, Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Designs is a woman of many talents. Having settled into a career as the author of her lifestyle site, as well as being an interior stylist and floral designer, Dragoo and her husband decided to leave the hustle and bustle of big city life in 2009, when they sold their SoHo loft with ideas of the easy living that a country house could provide.
The couple purchased a property in the hills of Litchfield, Connecticut, for weekends away and rented a small postage stamp-sized apartment in New York City for the workweek. Dragoo quickly adapted to country living: space, sunrises and sunsets, and the passing of seasons—something she never saw as a Manhattan resident—and has preferred to reside in the country ever since. A mix of vintage (hers) and contemporary (his)—“I refer to my husband as Mr. Design Within Reach”—pieces harmonize in the Shaker-style home, creating a relaxing retreat that’s not totally devoid of big city sensibilities.
Design Within Reach Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp (from $229)
Restoration Hardware Mayfair Steamer Trunk ($895)
Wholesale Living White Leather Chesterfield Sofa ($1400)
Restoration Hardware Adler Tufted Platform Bed (from $1595)