Get to know Christa Carr, Communications Director for The Philip Johnson Glass House

As Communications Director for The Glass House, Christa Carr ensures that Philip Johnson’s architectural works and a rotation of on-site exhibitions provide inspiration and an artful education for visitors. Let her guide you on your next walking tour of the idyllic grounds, or take her recommendations for exploring her native New Canaan.

Meet Christa Carr

The one thing that makes me feel at home is … a home-cooked meal sitting around a table with friends and family.

My guilty pleasures are … getting massages. Restore Massage Studio in New Canaan is my go-to. I also love grabbing Veuve Cliquot from Franco’s Wines in New Canaan and always have a stash of chocolate from Sweet Pierre’s in Wilton.

left: The New Canaan Toy Store has been a local institution for decades. right: One of Carr’s indulgences: Champagne from Franco’s Wines.

My favorite place in the world is … Provence, France.

My favorite thing about living here is … experiencing the seasons.

You can find me shopping at … Togs, for a quick fun dress or top for a last-minute event; Groove, for clothes for my teen, tween and kid; New Canaan Toy Store for kids’ gifts—they wrap them beautifully; The Whitney Shop, for the most beautiful gifts.

Art is important because … it inspires, gives joy, and connects us with our humanity.

My latest local obsession is … Mercantile at GrayBarns.

My own design style is … modern chic. My mother is from Paris, so I grew up around her eclectic style of mixing 18th-century finds with modern elements.

On the weekends, I love to … do anything with my kids, especially outdoor sports or a trip to NYC.

Provence—and her Parisian mother—provide inspiration for Carr.

Five of my favorite things in my house are …
1. Sweet pottery objects and drawings made by kids over the years. (I keep them all).

2. My Iittala Aalto vase and Klong tableware, bought at the Glass House Design Store.

The vase is named for Alvar Aalto, regarded as Finland’s most famous architect.

3. A Frans Lanting photograph of a tropical jungle in Malaysia, where we went on vacation after my brother’s wedding in Bangkok.

4. A blue and white handmade porcelain bowl from a Japanese artist.

5. My lavender oils and soap collection that I pick up every time I’m in Provence in the summer.

Photographs: Carr by Neil Landino; Brut by brand; New Canaan Toy Store by Garvin Burke; Vase courtesy Brand; Provence © Konstiantyn – stock.adobe.com; lavender © nito – stock.adobe.com

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