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Personal Inventory: Pauline Dora

Owner of Design Solutions

Pauline Dora

Owner, Design Solutions, New Canaan

Where are you from?
New York City.

What were you doing before this?
I was CEO of Conran’s USA.

Who are designers you admire?
Terence Conran, Philip Stark, Jonathan Ive.

Who is your favorite writer?
William Styron.

What is your favorite piece in your shop right now?
An Old Wood Sunfish Dining Table made in the USA.

What is your favorite piece in your home?
My Haitian paintings.

Describe your style in three words.
Simple, clean and warm.

What was the first piece you ever bought?
An oak spindle bed.

What are you reading right now?
Mortality by Christopher Hitchens.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Glenn Close.

What is your most prized possession?
My house.

What was your first car?
An Alfa Romeo.

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Scarlett O’Hara.

Years in the biz?
A lot.

Who is the most stylish person you know?
My mother.

What is your favorite song?
Currently it’s “Empire State of Mind,” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.

What makes a home stylish?
One’s own point of view, what you like and personal conviction.

What is your favorite beauty product?
You’re asking the wrong person.

What are your favorite restaurants in Connecticut?
Elm and Tarry Lodge.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Getting this far.

What makes you happy?
Waking up in the morning.

What town do you live in?
New Canaan. It’s small, charming and low key.

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My family.

What is your motto?
KISS: keep it simple stupid.

Design Solutions

146 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT 06840