Fairfield County, CT, Trendsetting Bon Vivant
Jessica Gordon Ryan is a lifestyle writer, photographer and memoirist with a stellar reputation as a trendsetting bon vivant. The stylish and vivacious owner/creative director of The Entertaining House—a website that has become synonymous with poise and luxury—has garnered attention from top brands, designers and celebrities from around the world. The connoisseur looks back to early summers and later years spent in Europe for much of her inspiration. For her design prowess, she draws upon the influence of her maternal grandmother, a published designer, who told her that all (decorating) rules were meant to be broken. She took these words to heart, and you can bet when Gordon Ryan breaks them, the style map leads you right into tastemaking territory. Her flair for elegance, grace and sophistication is gleaned from the classics but never in a predictable way, as it is her bent to infuse timeless sensibilities with bright, bold colors and patterns. She believes that all style should have a sense of playfulness and whimsy, and she very much favors the unexpected.
Gordon Ryan writes dexterously about culture across the board—from lifestyle and food to fashion and décor. One look at her ebullient blog proves this point, with posts ranging from stylish notes on travel featuring a review of The St. Regis in New York City to celebrations of National Creamsicle Day (which she turns into assorted mixology and dessert ideas—coconut Creamsicle margaritas and orange Creamsicle truffles? You bet!). Of her visit to the St. Regis, she notes, “I fell in love with the charming, warm and animated Old King Cole bar—perhaps for the spectacular original mural by artist and illustrator Maxfield Parrish. In fact, there are several Parrish pieces in the hotel lobby. Combine the art and architecture with the overall splendor of the building and one may indeed wonder whether they’ve stepped inside a museum.” Given the polished confidence she achieves with her voice, it is no wonder Gordon Ryan is a noted contributor to a number of national and international websites. We at Global Lighting were beyond gleeful when she agreed to be one of our tastemakers. Not surprisingly, she chose a whimsical nod to classical proportions by tapping Jacco Maris’s Ruban Plié Oval chandelier. All we can say about this selection and the enchanting review she wrote is, “how utterly divine!”