After an opening weekend that drew between 250 and 300 people on Friday night, The Collected Home opened in a sizable refurbished storefront along Rowayton’s waterfront in Norwalk.

Created by interior designer and New Canaan resident Clarice King, The Collected Home sells an extensive collection of items for both the home and the individual, from jewelry to art and fixtures to furniture.

A rancher’s daughter who moved to southwestern Connecticut in 1989, King said the store is the product of what became a passion for her as she raised her eight children: remodeling the homes her family has lived in, and helping friends and acquaintances do the same with their own.

“It was my outlet, it was my passion; it was a thing I did to create,” King said. “If I am not creating, I feel stagnant. I love taking something that has lost its purpose, and finding purpose for it.”

King has honed her eye and craft at the New York School for Interior Design. She is continuing her work as an interior designer, but as she expanded her own collection of objects and artifacts, the possibility crystallized of opening her own store.

Visitors are greeted by larger furnishings, early on to include a pair of Czech Republic chairs from the 1930s; a white sofa set from a historic Houston home; and a Spanish chest from the 19th century.

Thousands more items surface upon a deeper exploration of the store, from a carved rhinoceros that doubles as a footrest; to colorful throws and clothes; to a vinyl record jukebox that found a buyer in the opening weekend. Prices range anywhere from $20 for leather bracelets to works of art in the neighborhood of $20,000.

And at the back looking out on the waterfront, a small children’s section has unusual items that might catch the attention of kids at the holidays, including books, aerial mobiles of sailing ships and other whimsical playthings.

As The Collected Home opens heading into the holiday season of 2017, King said she considered locations in New Canaan, South Norwalk and elsewhere before discovering the building at 161 Rowayton Ave. along the Five Mile River estuary.

“This gives me the opportunity ... to inspire people to use things from the past, that (do not) necessarily have to be brand new,” King said. “The space, the size, the lighting ... like walking into my home, there’s a feeling, and this was it.”

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