Martha Stewart and Interior Designer Stephen Sills Discuss Great Homes & Style at Historical Society Spring Fete

The historic barn at back country’s Highland Farm bustled with over 200 enthusiastic guests as Martha Stewart and Stephen Sills discussed their favorite homes, gardens and interiors at Greenwich Historical Society’s annual Spring Fete.

Spring Fete Committee with Martha Stewart and Stephen Sills, from left: Lauren duPont, Martha Stewart, Stephen Sills, Catherine Tompkins, Susannah Heyworth, Erica Maher Silverman, Alexandra Kittle. Photo: Elaine Ubina

Conducted in a casual and engaging ‘fireside-chat’ manner, Stewart and Sills spoke endearingly about their shared love of historic properties, including Stewart’s restored home ‘Skylands’ in Seal Harbor, Maine, originally built for Edsel Ford, her majestic Bedford N.Y. farm, and those of several of Sills’ clients and friends whose interiors evoke his masterful synthesis of classic and modern style.

Tori Mellott, Style Director of Frederick Magazine, introduced the Stewart and Sills, and moderated a spirited audience Q&A following their presentation.

Spring Fete event Co-Chairs Susannah Heyworth, Alexandra Kittle and Erica Maher Silverman made welcome remarks followed by Vice-Chairs Lauren duPont and Catherine Tompkins, who emphasized the importance of the event to raise critical funds for the Historical Society’s art and education programs, as well as expanding its Education Garden, where local students, campers and families can explore the history and uses of Colonial-era plants and American Impressionist perennial flowers.

Martha Stewart, Lauren duPont, Stephen Sills. Photo: Elaine Ubina

Funds raised from the May 16 event also support educational programs and resources accessible to all students and teachers in Greenwich schools; stewardship of the National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House, landscape and gardens; and award-winning American art and history exhibitions.

Presenting Sponsor VanderHorn Architects completed a recent renovation of the deck stairs and windows on the southern facing side of the historic barn.

Catering for the prior evening’s festive Patron Party, also held at the barn, as well as the Designer Breakfast, was provided by Marcia Selden.

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