In 1979, after visiting New England, I came back to live in Chichester, England, and set up an American Restaurant with a New England style interior. We were one of the first restaurants in West Sussex to serve American burgers, ribs, Southern fried chicken, steaks and barbeque chicken, American cocktails and beers, chocolate brownies, apple-pie and American style ice-cream. And my love of New England food is everlasting.
What I love about the New England cuisine is that is very much based on meat, seafood, salad and vegetables, which is my kind of diet. And the great thing about visiting New England is that it doesn’t matter where you go, whether it’s say Highway Café or a Seafood Restaurant, there’s always an abundance of great cooking styles. And there can be nothing better than eating seafood of your barbeque grill on one of New England’s amazing beaches. And I would once again love to open an American style restaurant or an American style hotel using all of our furniture and designs within.
So New England Fashion has really turned into the great New England prep look, which to me is a cross between a classic English style with a mixture of boating, seaside and country, all mixed into one. So for example, navy blazers with stripe shirts, grey flannel trousers, no socks and loafers. And ladies fashion can also be grey jumpers, denim jeans, All Star trainers, handbags, sunglasses, necklaces, boat shoes and polka dot dresses. So I feel the main colors are navy blue, grey, denim, pinks, blues and white.
Also New England has a strong recognition of designer brands. For example, Tiffany for rings, bracelets and earrings. Who wouldn’t want to receive an engagement ring from Tiffany or Cartier’s tank watch? Here is a list of typical world famous New England style brands for clothing and accessories: Luis Vuitton, Gucci, Vineyard Vines, Burberry, Vivien Frank, Kiel James Patrick, J Crew, Ray Ban. I have to say that here at New England Lifestyle we all love finding fashion photographs to pin to our New England Lifestyle Pinterest board for fashion.
I’m amazed how similar New England in America is to certain parts of England and how the design in England has influenced the design on the East Coast of America. And you see the similarities running through Interior Design and Furniture, Cuisine and in particular Men and Ladies Fashion. So the New England preppy style really comes from the English traditional look but with a twist as they have added in more color and more flamboyancy. Here at New England Lifestyle we draw on a lot of inspiration from looking at architectural designs and interior design companies from the New England area.
A lot of people say that our furniture reminds them of a holiday home that they would have visited in their childhood and the great thing about white furniture is that it gives you an uplifting feeling and unconsciously somehow reminds you of the beach and of that feeling of weathered wood and white sand. When people visit my house they are always completely wowed, as everything in my house is white. So I have white wooden floor boards, white walls, white canvas curtains, white sofas, white bed linen, and then the only real color I add is through using cushions and soft furnishings, bringing in navy blues, reds…
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