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Home Sweet Home

Westport Magazine, April 2003 -
Sarah Kaplan, proprietor of a new home furnishings store called DOVECOTE, has the most stylish resume imaginable. The former buyer for Barney's new York, together with her husband, Robert Aldrich (who is executive vice president for Giorgio Armani Menswear), once owned Great Jones Home, an acclaimed design shop in Seattle. When the couple moved back East, Sarah settled her stylish eye on Westport -- specifically, on a 120-year-old landmark building that was once the Westport Opera House on Post Road near Main Street.


Since opening last September, Dovcote represents not so much a store as a parallel universe, filled with sumptuous linens and quilts, vintage furniture and other treasures for the home, many of which cannot be found elsewhere. On any given day, an antique French chandelier might cast its light on a mid-century Knoll chair and coffee table. One-of-a-kind lampshades are crafted from monogrammed tea towels. Her apothecary is fragrant with bath and skin products form Santa Maria Novella, handmade by Italian friars.

Elsewhere, an etagere vibrates with cheery textiles -- cotton towels, oilcloth bags -- by London designer Cath Kidston, for which Sarah has an East Coast exclusive. Another glass cabinet glows with gorgeous pendants and bracelets made of semi-precious stones. The walls are hung with Fred Stein photography, paintings by Anne Siems and Lauren Allard, to name just a few of the artists Sarah represnts. Dovecote also offers custom upholstery by Mike, slipcovered furniture by Shabby Chic and an extensive collection of bedding from Bella Notte, Elsa C. and others.

written by DIANE DI COSTANZO