Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
Betsy: Born and raised in Bronxville, NY.
Patricia: I grew up in the Bay Area, just outside of San Francisco.
Describe your personal style?
Betsy: Casual Elegance, I love a home that is both beautiful and welcoming. Warm colors and fabrics with texture that allow for a busy house with boys, dogs and lots of friends. As I get older I trend a little more transitional wanting cleaner lines, but never at the expense of comfort.
Patricia: Classic with an edge. Whether it’s a gorgeous antique or a mid-century piece, I’m drawn to clean lines. It may be the OCD in me, but I love symmetry and balance.
When did you start collecting?
Betsy: I never have really considered myself a collector—but as of late I have been collecting drawings of female figures—caught at candid moments. I have a few that I have gathered at estate sales and small art galleries (even a few here from The Collective!)
Patricia: I started to collect when I moved to Los Angeles after college. I cut my teeth at the Rose Bowl swap meets and Long Beach flea markets. To this day, the thrill of the hunt has never left me.
What might we find at your booth in The Collective in Stamford?
Betsy: Personally, I am currently obsessed with a gorgeous Barovier & Toso Murano Glass floor lamp which is as beautiful as a fine piece of jewelry!
Patricia: Everything in our booth is a treasure in its own right. Whether it’s an antique table from a Jeffrey Bilhuber interior or a Fritz Hansen mid-century glass coffee table from a Greenwich Hedgefund office, each piece is unique, luxurious and beautiful!
Have your life experiences affected how and what you collect?
Betsy: Not sure except that I was one of four girls and now have a house full of boys, so maybe that is why I want the female form around me?
Patricia: It feels cliche to say I’ve been inspired by travel but for me, it’s actually been more about the placed I’ve lived. From San Francisco and Los Angeles to Rome, NYC and Greenwich—these very different places have influenced my personal eclectic collection.
If you won the lottery, how would you go about enhancing your collection?
Betsy: Buy a Picasso (just a small one). I would also get all my furniture covered in mohair and textured leather so it would last a lifetime.
Patricia: If I won the lottery, I think I’d keep some of these pieces for myself. And I would definitely scoop up more art.
What are the pros and cons in your business that people don’t realize?
Betsy: Pros are without a doubt having access to some of the most beautiful homes in Fairfield and Westchester County. Also having the opportunity to meet and work with so many wonderful people. Cons…we are a start up, so we are always working…
Patricia: Since we represent sellers at The Local Vault, what’s difficult is selecting which items to showcase at The Collective since we have access to so many beautiful things. Without a doubt, the best part of my job is going into our client’s homes and seeing the most fantastic interiors from celebrated designers. It makes me feel like a kid in a candy store.
Name a character in fiction or reality who would feel most at home with your personal style/collection?
Betsy: I would love to think that Goldie Hawn would be happy in my house, I adore her infectious energy and how approachable she seems. I remember seeing her in Seems Like Old Times with all her dogs following her around the house—reminds me of my life, but without Kurt Russel.
Patricia: I would like to think actresses Cate Blanchet and Natalie Portman would feel comfortable in my home. They both seem to possess a classic and modern quality.
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