Blog :: 12-2014

Stacey' Holiday Gift Guide for Women

Remember to shop locally this holiday seadon at the wonderful stores in our neighborhood. I have found gifts with a touch of luxury, whimsy, comfort and chicness, which are perfect for your wife, sister, daughter, co-worker or friend.

For the woman who loves art, this glorious photograph by Sandi Fellman is a wonderful gift. The artist transforms singular flowers and insects into abstract studies of shape, color and form. Edition of 11 $3,500. (Frame:$400)

KMR Arts- 2 Titus Road, Washington Depot- 860-868-7533

Who would not love these luxe clutches from Lambertson Truex? Perfect as a makeup bag or evening accessory, they are available in black, teal, camel and leopard or camel python. $225

Privet House -13 East Shore Road, New Preston-860.868.1800

All that glitters with geodes and crystals will delight the woman who loves statement necklaces and accessories.
Raw pyrite and crystal necklaces $148- $188;
The Geode Slab, slicked agate on geode cheese board with a silver rim. $350

J. Seitz & Co. -9 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860-868-0119

You can choose a unique scent that she will love; lemongrass & ginger or orange blossom & grapefruit are two of my favorites. $42 to $48
Huntington & Hope- 2 Green Hill Rd- Washington Depot- 860-868-2424

Shower her in fresh water pearls! Here is a delightful selection of necklaces, bracelets and chokers from DK Schulman. Lariat Necklace $390; Bracelet $300; Choker $250
D.K. Schulman- 15 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860-868-4300

These Giraffe at Home blankets are sooo soft and warm. They come in baby to twin size. $99- $279

Best Monogram Fine Linens & Gifts- 1 Titus Road, Washington Depot - (860) 868-7707

If she loves to sit in front of a roaring fire with her favorite book, here is a selection of the best on interior design, travel and photography.
Robert Couturier 'Designing Paradises' by Robert Couturier $60;100 Places in France Every Women Should Go by Marcia DeSanctis $19.95;
Chasing Beauty in the Litchfield Hills by Lesley Meyer $35
Hickory Stick Bookshop - 2 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot- 860-868-0525

Keep her warm and looking stylish in these lovely cashmere and lamb's wool gloves and scarves. Scarves from $75 to $278; Gloves from $45 to $95
J.McLaughlin - 6 Bee Brook Road, Washington Depot- 203-557-9275

Love these Simon Pearce pitchers myself and I sure she will too! The Irish-born designer makes the most unique glassware and is carried locally in New Preston. $130- $150
New Preston Kitchen GoodsNew Preston- 11 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860-868-1264

She might not buy cashmere lounge wear for herself but you could! Here is a luxurious jacket and pants for her to wear around town or while she travels.

Jacket $428; Pant $378
Nusport - Green Hill Road, Washington Depot- 860-868-3776

For the woman who loves a touch of green, here are some selections from Pergola: 
Handblown green glass vases with bulbs, for forcing paper whites $24; Mountain pine zinc lined tray $165; 

John Derian green lacquered wood tray. $495

Pergola - 7 East. Shore Road, New Preston. 860-868-4769

These pretty eucalyptus stoneware baskets are ideal gifts for the chic hostess who likes to keep her bread and fruit looking good! From $39.95 - $49.95
The Pantry- 5 Titus Road, Washington Depot- 860-868-0258

Party at Stacey's: A Holiday Feature in Litchfield Magazine

Photo:Wendy Carlson

I was excited to see the holiday issue of Litchfield magazine and the story on my ladies holiday party with good friends Susanna Salk, Marcia DeSanctis, Jessica Travelstead, Karen Davis and Cara Hodges of Oliphant Design. I had a great evening discussing our memorable holiday stories with the writer Wendy Carlson.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

'One afternoon just weeks before the Christmas season, Stacey Matthews invited professional women of every ilk- designers, writers, and retailers- to her Roxbury home to clink champagne flutes and kick off the holidays. Well, sort of.

"Actually, we do this all the time," says Matthews, of the impromptu soiree. The holiday season, however, can be an especially hectic time for Stacey, who with husband Pels is co-principal of The Matthews Group, part of William Raveis. "It's a total myth that the market is not busy here in the winter. I think a lot of agents like to spend the winter in Florida and perpetuate that myth," says Matthews. "But our weekend buyers tend to get their bonuses in December and January, so they want to buy then," she adds.

To read the entire story, please click here.

Stacey's Holiday Gift Guide for Men

You're making your list, and checking it twice; gonna find out if he's naughty OR nice. I wanted to select some great local holiday gift ideas for all the men in your life whether they have been naughty or not. Here you will find my twelve fun ideas for the perfect gift for your husband, son, brother or friend. Best of all, they come from wonderful local stores with on-site owners who bring innovative product offerings to our area every holiday season


Men who like performance cars will LOVE the ultimate performance Bixby Bicycle from Shinola. The Bixby is Shinola's "cruiser" bike with a Shimano 3-speed internal hub. The American-made steel frame and fork are designed for comfort, utility and smooth riding, in dry or wet conditions. Style, Smooth and. Efficient; the Bixby has it all. $1,950.

Privet House 13 East Shore Road, New Preston-860.868.1800


For the avid reader, here are three book choices that run the gamut from humorous memories, salacious storytelling and intrigue. Give to your husband or boyfriend or husband to bring on vacation or read by the fireplace at home: Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers & Swells by Graydon Carter features the best of early Vanity Fair. $29.95; So Anyway by John Cleese. This hilarious biography, from the Englishman who brought us Monty Python, is a must-read. $28.00;The Map Thief by Michael Blanding is the gripping story of an esteemed rare map dealer. $27.50. The Hickory Stick Bookshop - 2 Green Hill Road, Washington- 860-868-0525


Bon Voyage! Travel in the ultimate style with these silk and leather toiletry cases in a variety of patterns. Perfect for trips to Palm Beach or Palm Springs and all the places in between. $68. J. McLaughlin - 6 Bee Brook Road, Washington- 203-557-9275


Get Buggy with it. For the Outdoor enthusiast, the 'Cicadas' are framed specimens by Christopher Marley. There are four different specimens, one for each season- spring,summer, fall, winter- and they are prices at $275 each. Pergola. 7 East. Shore Road, New Preston. 860-868-4769



Cheers!For the bon vivant and wine enthusiast, what could be better than this chic, rustic Nantucket Wine Bucket in wicker with a plastic liner $98. New Preston Kitchen Goods - 11 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860-868-1264


Got wood? If you guy is an antique lover or a furniture geek, this ultimate reference book will make him deliriously happy! The Furniture Bible celebrates Christophe Pourny's two decades of experience as a master furniture restorer. $35. The natural furniture tonics from Christophe Pourny are a love potion for all things wood. Made in Brooklyn.Tonic $20 Reviver $22 Privet House 13 East Shore Road, New Preston 860.868.1800




Baby it's cold outside. Keep him warm and stylish this season, this Orange Primaloft Men's Coat at J. Seitz is the perfect 'husband present and a great buy at $148. J. Seitz & Co - 9 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860-868-0119




Here is gift that will be a welcome sweet treat for a holiday host, male coworker or friend. These unique Toffee boxes from Sweeets come in milk, dark or white chocolate, all of which coat almond squares. $19 Sweeets - 13 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860-868-3388






Master Chef. Do you have a guy in the family who won't get out of the kitchen? These cutting boards are made exclusively for Privet House to our specifications by a family-owned and operated lumber mill located in the rolling hills of Litchfield County in Connecticut. Wood grain and color will vary slightly due to the reclaimed nature of the wood. .Assorted Sizes Made in America $95 - $175. Privet House. 13 East Shore Road, New Preston-860.868.1800


If the man in your life has a passion for art, this photograph by Kim Keever is a lush gorgeous landscape. Thisunique artist creates an enormous aquarium by arranging objects and materials (branches, moss, plants, etc.) to create fantastical topographies.Edition of six, price upon requestKMR Arts - 2 Titus Road, Washington- 860-868-7533




I love these classic, preppy and country chic style selections from J. McLauglin. You can find the perfect belt for your man from these choices of canvas embroidered or leather belts ranging from $58 to $95. J. McLauglhin - 6 Bee Brook Road, Washington- 203-557-9275


Baby, what time is it? Men will love the Shinola Runwell Chronograph 41mm, which is the only chronograph watch that tracks the return of American watchmaking with split second precision.$750. Privet House - 13 East Shore Road, New Preston- 860.868.1800