Seaside Style: Gather Brings Elegant Beach-Inspired Home Goods to Katonah | Design & Decor | Hudson Valley

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“My inspiration is villages by the sea,” says Suzanne Martin of the concept for her home goods boutique Gather, which opened in Katonah last October. “Montauk, Malibu, seaside Italy, or Portugal.”

Martin isn’t new to retail, or to Katonah. She has owned Rubysue, a women’s clothing boutique right next door to Gather, for 22 years, and she’s also on the board of the Katonah Chamber of Commerce. “This spot came available, and I’ve always wanted to get into more of a lifestyle shop / home decor, but more item-driven rather than a whole interior design,” she says. “Beautiful objects and pottery — things you want to give as gifts or just have around in your own home.”

In a stroke of serendipity, the retail space that opened up fit Martin’s vision perfectly with terracotta floor tiles and stucco walls. “It reminded me of being by the beach, so I brought that vibe here,” she says. “It’s like a little studio. The door is on the side, down a little alley. Entering it feels like you’re being transported to a small village by the sea, it’s so special. ”

Martin’s breezy, beachy, modern style is a change-up from the big, dark wooden furniture and formal New England horse farm stylings found in much of Westchester. “Everything is very fair in color or white and ethereal,” she says. “A lot of people have moved here from the city and they decorate in more minimal style. It’s a nice addition to Katonah without overlapping with anyone else that is in town. ”

Martin carries handblown glassware, ceramics, candles, straw baskets from Africa, stonewashed linens — all with a focus on sustainability and ethical working conditions. “I am sourcing a lot of things from the Hudson Valley as well as from all over the world,” Martin says. “I look for things that resonate with me and match the vibe of the shop from companies whose ethics I believe in. I definitely want to work with more handmade, small-batch products, not mass-produced things that you could get on Amazon or in bigger box stores. ”

Some of the local artisanal products Gather stocks include hand-dipped beeswax candles from Newburgh-based Alysia Mazzella, cutting boards from Hudson-based KHEM Studios, and ceramics from Erica Recto. Martin also carries carafes, cocktail glasses, and furniture from Danish company Ferm Living; runners, napkins, and dish towels from Lithuanian brand Linen Tales; dinnerware, glasses, and linen sheets from Hawkins New York; and vegan, botanical skincare products from Palermo Body. And she is always on the lookout for new products and local artisans.

Martin does all the buying for both Gather and Rubysue, as well as the photography and social media, and running the home goods store. “Even when I’m not at work, I’m working,” she says. “It’s a lot, but I love it. I love having a business in Katonah. The town is very vibrant. I am very lucky to be here and on the board helping to plan events. ”

Come spring, the Chamber’s monthly Katonah Art Walks will resume, which Martin is looking forward to. In the meantime, she’ll keep busy stocking shelves, sourcing products, and developing a combined Rubysue / Gather online store. Stay tuned for details.

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