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Personal Inventory: Barbara Sallick

Co-Founder and Senior Vice President Design, Waterworks



What is your background?

My husband Robert and I developed collectors’ obsession when we started furnishing our first apartment. We started at W.J. Sloane and quickly graduated to antiques. Good books and a knowledgeable group of dealers became our tutors. After identifying a void in the market, we acted on our instincts and founded Waterworks in 1977. Of course, we did not imagine that we would develop such an enduring, iconic brand. The best part is that our passion for visually inspiring interiors continues to drive our business today.

Who are designers you admire?

Frances Elkins, Albert Hadley and Elise De Wolfe are three of my favorites.

What passions do you have outside of design?

Everything I do—from photography and shopping to travel—is done through the lens of design.

Describe your style in three words?

Simple, classic and not fussy; you’ll never find me in a ruffle.

What was the first piece you ever bought?

We bought a Chippendale drop-front desk made in Boston around 1760. It is a wonderful experience to sit at it and compose a handwritten note. It has lived in the same place in our living room for 43 years.

What are you reading right now?

The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duff. It offers a look at life after the presidency . . . political insight without being about current politics.

What was your first car?

A 1961 Studebaker in a lovely shade of taupe.

Name three things that are always in style.

Good manners. Good conversation. Good friends.

What was your first job?

I was a first grade teacher for three years. And that was enough!

What makes a home stylish?

The most stylish homes are well-edited reflections of the personal tastes and lifestyles of the owners.

What is your favorite restaurant in CT?

Luc’s in Ridgefield.  It has a great energy (created by its French owner) and the food is always good.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I have a really wonderful family. My sons are loving, productive and caring people. My grandchildren are absolutely delightful.

Favorite indulgence?

A facial.

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