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Good style is in Annabel Inganni’s blood. “My mother was quite the hostess and set a beautiful table, always with cloth napkins,” she recalls. Growing up exposed to an eclectic spread of awesomeness presented by her mom and her cohorts—“from very classic, old-school New England prep to the more bohemian eighties flair”—Annabel really embraced this idea of creating a home that’s always ready for a party. And, in August 2011, she started a killer line of housewares—from bookends and pillows to coasters and drinking glasses—to bring her entertaining mantra to people who use the term crazy-busy all too often.
But how did she develop her now-signature light-hearted (but grown-up) vibe? “I accidentally stumbled onto the unique print technique that I use in my designs today. Once we saw how beautiful that was, we were done,” she explains. With the help of her husband’s woodshop, she took her bold motifs to FSC-certified wood, recycled polyester, and organic cotton twill—all eco-friendly. Her line’s biggest inspiration: “My daughter Birdie—I want her to remember her childhood filled with color and mommy’s crazy patterns.” —carly pifer
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