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A New Chapter for Treillage

The drive from New York City to the Northwestern corner of Connecticut, where Bunny and her husband John Rosselli have their country house, is about two and a half hours. In mid-October of last year, Kyle Marshall (Creative Director of Bunny Williams Home), Howard Christian (a sought-after Stylist, and a dear friend of Bunny and John’s), and myself (BWH’s Marketing Manager) piled into a car early on a Tuesday morning to make the drive up. With Kyle at the wheel, and Howard drifting in and out of sleep in the back seat, we embarked on the trip to shoot Treillage, a new collection of furniture, art, and accessories for Bunny Williams Home.

The outside of the original Treillage shop on East 75th Street, which was located in an old blacksmith’s shop that Bunny and John converted into a store.

Treillage takes its name from the storied home and garden antiques shop of the same name run by Bunny and John from 1991 to 2015 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The idea for the original Treillage (which means “trellis” in French) came about after Bunny and John made a joint trip to the Chelsea Flower Show in London in 1991. While there, having come across beautiful garden antiques, Bunny posed a simple question to John: Why isn’t there a store in the United States where these items are readily available? His reply: Let’s open one. 

Bunny and John outside the original Treillage shop with their dogs Carson and Brewster, and some of their finds.

And they did, later that year, and their store was open for 25 years. Though just friends when they initially embarked on the trip to London, opening Treillage brought them closer together, and so the story of the shop is, in many ways, inextricably linked to one of a budding romance between the two.

In this video, Bunny reminisces on the original Treillage shop and the inspiration behind the new BWH collection of the same name.

The idea to pay homage to Treillage with a new collection for Bunny Williams Home began to take form almost two years ago. Bunny took refuge in her gardens during the pandemic, and having all spent more time living outdoors, it felt like a natural next step to design a collection geared towards porches, terraces, verandas, and the like. The collection introduces the use of natural materials like rattan and teak wood to the line, along with stone and metal furniture that keeps indoor-outdoor living top of mind. 

By the time we’d entered Litchfield County, the terrain had changed from cityscapes to rolling hills. It’s easy to see why this corner of Connecticut reminds Bunny of the landscape of her youth in Charlottesville, Virginia. Small red barns came in and out of sight as we sped closer to our destination, and the last of the hydrangeas, faded to a dusty pink, lined front lawns. 

Decorations for the Gatsby’s birthday soiree, after an attendee ran off with the missing “O” in “W-O-O-F.” 

After arriving and settling in, we were graciously invited up to the pool house for the first birthday celebration of a corgi named Gatsby. 

A rustic temple of reclaimed wood, the pool house was a charming and appropriately extravagant party setting for a dog of that name.

As our canine companions ate some version of cake, we learned that the previous evening, a bear had terrorized the nearby chicken coop and gorged on fresh vegetables from the potager–confirming any doubts about the distance we’d just put between ourselves and city life. 

Somehow, I’d been awarded the honor of sleeping in the coveted guest bedroom in a studio space in Bunny and John’s barn. It’s nine-foot-tall, antique four poster bed is said to grant a good night’s sleep. An infamous insomniac, I was secretly skeptical. 

As I climbed into bed, I noticed a small ladybug in its classic polka-dot get-up traversing the pink-and-white-gingham fabric folds of the canopy above me. I took it as a harbinger of good luck for a successful shoot ahead, and slipped into the best night of sleep I’d had in weeks. 

Howard (left), raking yellowed leaves to give the appearance of Spring. Having run the original Treillage shop, Howard had a key hand in reviving its magic for our new imagery and showroom space. Reid (right) stands by ready to capture the perfect shot.

The next morning, we arose early to tackle the first of two days of shooting with Photographer Reid Rolls and Videographer Justin Fischer. At Bunny’s house, like many houses, people congregate in the kitchen, so I beelined there in search of coffee and located the rest of the crew. Visible through a window over the kitchen sink, a spider had meticulously crafted its web in one of the panes. “It knows Halloween is coming,” Kyle observed. 

A curious Annabelle, one of Bunny’s rescue dogs, checks in to see that things are running smoothly. 

“What news of the bear?” I asked the group, surprised at my own ability to craft such a sentence, before biting into a breakfast pastry. There had been no further bear sightings, and it was time to get to work, but over that morning’s cup of coffee I paused to consider something I often hear Bunny say of her interiors: I want things to blend, not match. 

It’s not until you’ve spent time at her house, or in a space she’s designed, that you truly experience and understand what this means. Her home is a place where everything blends and everything exists in harmony because it is well-loved and well lived-in. Even the ladybug knows how to pattern mix and the spider where to add its occasional decorative flourish. Nothing is trying too hard, and as a result, being there puts you instantly at ease.  

A photo featured on the cover of our new catalog. Photo by Reid Rolls, styling by Howard Christian, and creative direction by Kyle Marshall.

At its heart, this is what the new Treillage collection is about: The art of living well. Each of the materials Bunny has carefully chosen invites use, and the pieces are designed for the spaces in our homes where we feel the most relaxed, where the indoor is in harmony with the outdoor, and where the lines are blissfully blurred. 

To explore the new Treillage collection, visit our website here.

You can view the new Treillage catalog here. 

To watch more Treillage videos, visit our YouTube channel here.

Posted to Collection on June 15, 2022

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