The three Connecticut women behind Oomph home furnishings offer some decorating tips to use right now.
A few years back, longtime friends and Fairfield County residents Louise Brooks (Rowayton), Patty Hopple (New Canaan) and Amy Rice (Wilton) began brainstorming ideas for a home furnishings-centered business that they could start together. They reached an early conclusion: every space needs a bit of perking up from time to time. It needs a little…oomph! From this inspiration a venture was born, bravely taking its first baby steps into the economic doldrums of 2008.
Using local Connecticut craftsmen to custom-build their occasional pieces, Oomph made its debut with small lacquered tables and a line of pillows in a range of brilliant hues. Their first little tables, Tini Tables I-IV, are perfect expressions of oomph, and create an attractive small landing space to settle a glass next to a favorite chair. The Tini line now has five different styles, in sixteen colors, with a choice of ten table surfaces; Oomph also welcomes orders in custom hues.
Since then, business has grown, and the three partners continue to expand their product lines. New releases earlier this year include raffia upholstery: cubes, headboards, and slipper chairs. All look great in a summertime setting.
With all Oomph offerings custom made to order, and color a big part of the product story, Oomph’s website is compelling eye candy. The company keeps a display inventory in its New Canaan showroom and in a second space, new this year, in High Point, North Carolina, but most business is done online. Oomph fans love the website’s Thursday “Sample Room on Elm” sales, which start at noon on the Sample Room page with some tasty bargains that usually sell out within the sale’s 24-hour window. For Fairfield County and metro area clients, the partners note that customers are always welcome to the Elm Street showroom by appointment.
We asked Louise, who is locally recognized for her work as an architect of classic homes and elegant landscapes, as well as Amy and Patty, to pick their favorite bit of Oomph. As one can surmise from their beach photo above, they love summer and the style that goes with it.
Among the new pieces, Louise favors the Tini X Bench, shown below in custom fabric:
Amy likes the Newport lamps, shown here in the hue that Oomph calls Fireworks, artfully displayed outside the New Canaan showroom.
“They have a curvaceous tall profile, in rich, shiny ceramic colors,” she notes.
And Patty appreciates the versatility of the raffia Cubes.
“They are a terrific add-on to any room,” says Hopple. “They go with everything!”
For the summer sailors in Fairfield County—and there are plenty—here’s one final tip:
Oomph’s Fenwick Chart Table, its top lined with a navigational chart of local waters, so, as Amy says, you can sit around with your cocktails and plan the next sailing adventure!
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