Ethan Allen hits the beach

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WAG had the chance to spend an afternoon with Farooq Kathwari for our December issue, with the longtime Ethan Allen Global Inc. president and CEO touring us through the Danbury headquarters.

The visit gave us not only a glimpse into Ethan Allen and how it operates – on a very literal basis – but also the way it keeps its furniture and decorative accessories on target with what today’s consumers are seeking.

Now Ethan Allen has shared with us that it’s been tapped once again as the primary source of furniture and décor for the HGTV Dream Home 2015.

This will mark the ninth consecutive year of this partnership between Ethan Allen and the signature design showcase of the shelter network.

The HGTV Dream Home 2015 is a custom-built, approximately 3,200-square-foot vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, a one-story Cape Cod-style home featuring an open floor plan and sweeping views.

Designed by architect Patrick Ahearn, the home features dormer windows, twin chimneys, a cupola for light, white cedar shingles and shutters. A 23-foot vaulted great room centers the house, while an entire wing is dedicated to the master suite.

Its expansive layout serves as an ideal showcase for Ethan Allen’s designs, many of which are still crafted by hand in the company’s North American workshops.

Things got under way last June when the project’s interior designer, Linda Woodrum, visited the Ethan Allen headquarters to choose furniture, upholstery, window treatments and accessories.

As Kathwari, a New Rochelle resident, says in the press release, “This is a great partnership for us. The HGTV Dream Home 2015 is about bringing design dreams to life, and that is our mission as a brand as well.”

For a virtual tour of the home and to see all of Ethan Allen’s styles, visit HGTV.com/HGTVDreamHome. For details on a related HGTV giveaway, in which the home is the prize, visit hgtv.com, while more on the “Ethan Allen Dreamstakes,” which awards a $5,000 Ethan Allen gift certificate, is on ethanallen.com.

And design enthusiasts, get set: March WAG will be devoted to our “Passion for Design.”

For more, visit ethanallen.com.

– Mary Shustack

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