The Drawing Room Design Boutique, Café and Art Gallery was first founded as a design boutique in Cos Cob in 2004. Design students together at Syracuse, Michael and Kenleigh Larock both entered Manhattan's advertising world on graduation. Kenleigh soon began pursuing her passion for food and design, and trained in decorative painting and faux finishing, while Michael became fascinated with web design. In 1999 they founded Larock Studios, a decorative painting business, and began working as design consultants for their clients, "trans- forming the ordinary in to the extraordinary." In 2004, their dreams came true with the opening of The Drawing Boutique, which they filled with home accessories, ranging from luxurious pillows, to antique furniture, jewelry and gifts. The Drawing Room Café followed in 2005 - a European style eatery, which has developed its own coffee and espresso blends, roasted specifically for the café, as well as offering a wide variety of high quality loose tea.
With their growing interest in opening a gallery, Michael and Kenleigh then moved their design boutique into a new, larger space in a bordering property, and the Gallery was created in 2012, occupying the space adjoining the café.
The gallery typically features bi-monthly exhibits from local, national and international artists, and regularly hosts Opening Receptions, Artist Talks, and occasional Artists’ Table Dinners. The dinners are a collaboration between two chefs who choose one work of art from each exhibiting artist in the current show, and then create a culinary interpretation of that work on the plate. They are inspired by color, shape, texture and concept, in each of their courses, and the result is always stunning. Artists frequently shown include CAFC members David Dunlop and Lori Glavin whose sampling of work remain on display in the showroom between shows. Artists are invited to submit their work for consideration (see form here). Fo More information, see The Drawing Room website, Facebook page, Instagram, and Pinterest pages.
The Drawing Room
220 East Putnam Avenue
Cos Cob, CT 06807