You’ve heard us talking about Blueprint CT Home before on the blog. We love owner Louis Lemieux’s aesthetic flair (and name). We especially love his new home for his store and even bigger collection of global treasures! Located in beautiful Bantam, we traveled one of our favorite routes in CT (Route 202) to pay a visit. Here’s what’s new at Blueprint CT Home!
Post sponsored by Blueprint CT Home
The place: Blueprint CT Home, Bantam
Whether you want to update your living room with extraordinary glass objects, new pillows, a vintage chair, or to buy a stunning gift for that impossible-to-buy-for person, you can find it all in Blueprint’s thoughtfully curated, dazzling former 19th-century carriage factory space. With high ceilings, an abundance of natural light, and a global-meets-local environment, you’re in for a unique shopping experience.
We took a wander through the collection of extraordinary products organized and presented by room: kitchen, living, dining, cocktail & entertaining (our favorite), and library. All with a sprinkling of specialty curiosities & gifts throughout.
Blueprint CTHome carries both modern and vintage furniture, textiles, ceramics, glass, art objets and more. Everything is unique, interesting, and high quality…but not necessarily high priced. Louis believes in pricing products fairly on a daily basis.
A Q or 2 with Louis Lemieux
When not at Blueprint, where can we find you?
Working on client projects at home! Or hunting for extraordinary things all over the world….
Favorite day off thing to do in CT?
Day Off? Rarely. But I love to drive through the Litchfield Hills and get lost in the beauty of our area of the world – I always find a vista more gorgeous than the last.
What restaurant do you frequent the most?
The bar at the Mockingbird in Bantam. I love Sam and her extra hard effort. It’s a great neighborhood “Cheers” for many.
What was your first job?
I launched a mailbox painting business when I was 10. I made fliers that I put in all the mailboxes in the community offering inventive and creative ways to add style to their boring black boxes on stilts. Charging $10 a box, the word spread to neighboring communities, so I hired my two best friends to help me meet the demand. I designed, they helped me execute. We all made enough money to start our first investments!
What’s a past job/career you’ve had that might be surprising?
Aside from spending 25 years in corporate America working for consulting firms and large businesses – mostly in mergers and acquisitions, downsizing and rapid growth, I spent a summer internship in the Middle East during Operation Desert Shield and then Desert Storm, building an evacuation plan for American citizens. I even got to land on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Later, I had crazy opportunities such as helicoptering on to an oil rig in the North Sea off Scotland in the middle of a storm, navigating dark alleys on a Scooter on the Bund in Shanghai and a few others…
Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to take the plunge and open your own store?
I worked for a private equity company based in London and was back-and-forth across the Atlantic twice a month. I had teams in Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, and the U.K. Working 24/7, my life was living me versus me living my life. We sold the company on the London Stock Exchange and I took the leap. A big one! You have to have a large dose of faith in your vision and be committed to constantly learning and bettering yourself which helps you be the best for your clients and your business. Being true to myself and my creativity while providing the best service I can to my customers, moving from NYC up here full time, and changing my life in every way has been invigorating – to say the least!
The design studio has even more fabrics, wallpaper samples, and custom furniture design than before and can provide on-site consultations and more full-scale services!
They can help with the acquisition of a single piece to accessorizing multiple rooms. Allow Blueprint to assist you with picking out draperies, wallpaper, color and paint, woodwork and trims, to large-scale projects such as kitchen and baths, home staging, and home purchasing.
Louis’ 3 simple ways to Shazam a room!
#1 DIMMERS – Install dimmers on every light.
#2 PAINT – Paint walls, trim, ceilings, and furniture.
#3 PILLOWS – Change pillows with the season.
And on that note…perk up your pillows! Unlocking Connecticut reader deal!
Blueprint Home has the most interesting and creative pillows to spice up your rooms. For clients mentioning Unlocking Connecticut during the month of September through Columbus Day (2018), buy one pillow, the get the second one 50% off!
Coming soon…classes & lectures in design!
In the fall, Blueprint CT Home will be offering design classes for free – How to style your car cart, as an example. They’ll also offer trunk shows with world-renown artisans and guest lectures with designers known for their work in areas such as “country homes” and “using color.”
Sign us up!
920 Bantam Road, Bantam, CT
Pics: Lora / Words: Bev