Designer Friday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Cindy Rinfret

Designer Cindy Rinfret is known to put her passion for life in her work, following a personal mantra of “live, laugh, design.” This mantra has followed her through three decades of design work, and catapulted her to her most recent project with dream client, Tommy Hilfiger. Rinfret’s timeless style – “think extravagant drapery, hand painted silk wallcoverings and sumptuous, handsome upholstery” – can only be described as ‘Classic Greenwich’. Take a look at some of her most iconic designs in this week’s Designer Friday.

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Traditional design elements like the armchairs and paneled wood tables in warm hues are accented by the cool blue and gray tones of the ceiling and carpet in this space.

Traditional design elements like the armchairs and paneled wood tables in warm hues are accented by the cool blue and gray tones of the ceiling and carpet in this space.

Andrew Joseph: If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Cindy Rinfret: My golden retriever “Cupid” as she has the most wonderful life and is so well loved and adored.

AJ: What makes you angry?
CR: Clients that do not have fun, faith, trust & vision. (or realistic budgets)

AJ: What are three words to describe where you live?
CR: Three beaches, Connecticut, Palm Beach and Greece.

AJ: Who is your dream date (alive or dead) and what would you do?
CR: Casanova, I love Venice and men, need I say more?

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Elements of wood, stone, and textured neutral fabrics are complementary to the mountain landscapes outside this cozy bedroom.

Elements of wood, stone, and textured neutral fabrics are complementary to the mountain landscapes outside this cozy bedroom.

AJ: What would your dream project or dream client be right now?
CR: The one I am working on currently in Palm Beach for Tommy Hilfiger .

AJ: What are you most proud of?
CR: The love of my business, family and great friends.

AJ: Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
CR: Travel, work hard and be loyal…. And always wear sunscreen!

AJ: What would you like to be remembered for?
CR: Living everyday like it is my last… Life is not a dress rehearsal, live and love and design!

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Lavender accents relax the mind and body, upholstered chairs circled around an exquisite art deco coffee table in this soothing sitting room.

Lavender accents relax the mind and body, upholstered chairs circled around an exquisite art deco coffee table in this soothing sitting room.

AJ: How do you define beauty?
CR: Style to me is better than beauty… It shows your soul.

AJ: Has there been a shift in what clients are requesting post-covid?
CR: I love the fact that covid has taught clients patience because of the new normal delivery timetables. Things that are wonderful are worth the wait.


About The Designer | Cindy Rinfret – IE Greenwich’s Designer – is best known for her mastery of the luxurious with the comfortable in a way that can only be described as Classic Greenwich Style. As the principal designer of Rinfret, LTD., Cindy Rinfret has been creating iconic interiors for over 30 years, attracting clients-turned-friends like Tommy Hilfiger and the late Regis Philbin. Cindy’s signature and highly desirable aesthetic is illustrated in her two books: Classic Greenwich Style (Rizzoli 2006) and Greenwich Style: Inspired Family Homes (Rizzoli 2013), and in the top design titles that have featured her, from Architectural Digest to Elle Decor.

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