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From antique furntiture to vintage-inspired finds, this shop has something for everyone.

Country Living, April 2004 - "It's not just country, and not modern," says Sarah Kaplan of her shop, Dovecote, in Westport, Conn. "I think a store – or a house – is more exciting if it's about more than one thing." Kaplan, the former owner of Great Jones Home, in Seattle, Wash., sold that shop and move East in 2001.

Inset In a store alcove, Jack Russell terrier Dexter relaxes on a Shabby Chic love seat beneath a 1920s French chandelier and framed photographs dating to the same era.

She soon found a 120-year-old buidling that had once been home to the Westport Opera, and there, in 2002, opened Dovecote (she came across the word "dovecote" – a structure for keeping doves – while reading a gardening book and was drawn to the poetry of it).

A Dovecote works with Westport's Botanica Floral Design Studio (203-226-0202), whose weekly fresh arrangements for the shop complement the Cath Kidston floral wallpaper.

Dovecote also stocks small items perfect for gifts or keepsakes – or well-deserved personal indulgences.
B Jewelry by Stranded, including these pastel-colored necklaces made with polished semiprecious stones and 18-karat gold, ranges from $125 to $1,500.
C For a small remembrance or party favor, try Cath Kidston's floral-patterned oilcloth coin purses ($25) or linen-covered notebooks ($12).
D Address your presents with gift tags resembling old-fashioned shippings labels (set of five, $10).

"The shop offers a lot of things," says Kaplan. You can outfit your whole house here." Among Dovecote's specialties is 19th- and 20th-century French furniture, but it carries everything from vintage lighting to modern furnichings, reproduction bedding, contemporary artwork, and gifts. "We have something for everyone, at every price point," she says, "whether you're a modernist or more traditional." by MATTHEW HOLM

Right A vintage daybed pairs with a reproduction Louis XVI settee.
Below A 1920s French vanity displays vintage alabaster lamps and an array of lilac-scented French perfumes, candles and bath oils.