What the Experts Say about Holly

Holly has a deep and genuine understanding of how and what contributes to creating an interior that is refined yet inviting — full of beauty and joy... a place you won’t want to leave.
— Michael E. Scully, President, Scully & Scully on Park Avenue

For those who admire taste and style, Holly Holden has it all. I would follow her advice every time.
— Leonard Lauder, Chairman Emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

It is a pleasure to enter a welcoming environment designed by Holly Holden. Her use of cheerful colors is harmonious and seductively soothing. She possesses a thorough understanding of the achievements of such illustrious decorators as Colefax and Fowler and Sister Parish, among other geniuses. Her decors envelop you in a world of timeless beauty, creating an ambiance of exquisite good taste. Holly is particularly sensitive to sumptuous fabrics and precious objects, while at the same time her interiors exude comfort and warmth. Holly Holden’s unique gift is to immerse us in a world of immense luxury.
— Douglas Hyland, Director, New Britain Museum of American Art

What makes Holly Holden unique as a designer is so much more than a pretty room; her eye to detail and scale along with a wonderful sense of color help her create environments that are truly timeless. I have known Holly for so many years in my past position as Regional Manager of Brunschwig and Fils and luckily had the privilege of seeing her work on many occasions and most importantly, understanding her design philosophy. Simply put, she has a wonderful sense of style and grace in everything she does or touches, even beyond Interior Design.
— Mr. Martin J. Cody Consultant to the Design Industry Chelsea, Massachusetts

I have known Holly Holden for over 35 years… where we met at graduate courses at Michigan State University. I’ve been following her career as an Interior Designer and I have one word that embodies her work, Classic Style, in every sense. Besides visiting many houses and apartments that she has decorated in the United States, I have read stories and seen many pictures about her work in books and specialized magazines that I have in Brazil. I am happy to say that I have a touch of Holly’s style in my apartment in Rio de Janeiro, where I live. As I like classic style, she has assisted me in securing beautiful fabrics and many other wonderful ideas for my living room. I strongly recommend Holly as an expert in classic, timeless, old-school Interior Design.”

Holly Holden sets a singular standard in all that she represents. She is the quintessential embodiment of classic style, savvy and supreme graciousness. Holly’s personal style is her brand, appearing always ladylike and impeccably turned-out in classic, chic couture suits, exquisitely accessorized. Holly’s beauty is further amplified by her ever-cheerful and energetic countenance. Her Virginia pedigree and international childhood imbued her with strong sensibilities in cultural tradition, historic preservation and classic design. Holly and her husband, Stuart, own a historic house with formal gardens and are masterful hosts. Their generosity is boundless, as they entertain friends and business associates in formal fashion with great frequency, yet seeming ease. They are good stewards of their community and serve various organizations. Their three adult children are lovely and refined, a credit to their parents.
Holly’s 22 years of experience as an Interior Designer, has contributed to her considerable depth of interior design knowledge and keen attention to detail. Much like her person, Holly’s interiors are designed with exquisite care and attention to detail, in classic English style and traditional good taste. She is a delight to work with, an inspiration to all who know her.
— Nancy Zwiener (Mrs. David Zwiener) Co-founder of Design Source CT LLC, a To-The-Trade Interior Design Showroom

Holly Holden exemplifies all that is classic in the best sense of the word. I have gratefully used her expertise and knowledge to help make choices for our new product line, “The Hill-Stead Collection.” She is always on target with simple, creative approaches to what is timeless, elegant and in good taste. Holly is a designer to be trusted; she will listen to your needs, carefully assess your home environment and give extremely good advice. She has been a valuable asset, through the years, serving the Hill-Stead Museum on the Board of Governors and as the Head of the Collection and Interpretation Committee!
— Sue Sturtevant, Ed.D. Director & CEO, Hill-Stead Museum

Holly Holden is a superb Interior Designer. It was a pleasure working with her on renovations and interior design projects undertaken at The Country Club of Farmington, CT. Her vision and classic style transformed the Club in an exemplary way with a finished look that was current and fresh yet consistent with the historic century old clubhouse. For more than three years she was a master of her craft and a true joy to work with. The membership of the Club has resoundingly applauded her timeless and tailored touch, making the clubhouse at the Country Club of Farmington a beacon for gracious hospitality.
— Reginald Briggs, CCM Club Manager (2007-2010) The Country Club of Farmington

We have been privileged to benefit from Holly’s design expertise on numerous projects, ranging from simple refreshers to complete redecorating. What has impressed me most is her classic sense of style and elegance. In addition, her attention to the details further distinguishes her work and accentuates her classic design. These little embellishments, which are so very subtle but add tremendous depth to the work, make all the difference in elevating the design from “lovely” to “exquisite”. The final result never looks “decorated”, but looks refined, elegant, and above all, tasteful.
Holly is unflappable and is always most professional from inception to the final installation. Her approach is never overbearing, yet she is clear with her guidance. Perhaps the best example of how fortunate I have been to have Holly’s expertise, comes from the fact that when we are redecorating, my husband always asks, “What does Holly think?”
— Ann Louise Price (Mrs. Robert J. Price) Past President of The Junior League of Hartford Co-Chair of The Junior League of Hartford 1993 Show House Past President of The Hill-Stead Museum