Name: Danielle Zinn
Where do you live? Montclair, New Jersey.
When did you move there? Spring of 2004.
Where did you grow up? Mostly in Sussex County, NJ but I spent my younger years in CO and IL.
How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? My everyday passion is design and textiles, interior finishes and objects. I can’t get enough of it! I’ve been interested in art and design from a very young age and have been working in the NYC interior and textile industry since my early 20s. I am living my passions now through my lifestyle shop, Curated Home & Living.
Coffee, tea, or…? Coffee. La Colombe is a favorite and I’m not sure I could live without my Nespresso.
What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? Relaxing at home with the pets and kids coming and going, a little gardening, organizing, and late afternoon wine & cheese with the husband… Or lunch and a museum: Dia, Storm King, MoMA, Whitney, The Met. I love how museums inspire and challenge us to look deeper at life and experiences.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? I’d have to say Giotto. Debora and Luca really know how to pull it all together. And I am so lucky to have my shop in between Sal’s and Cucina 98. Healthy salads on one side and delectable desserts on the other.
What’s on your nightstand? My Toyo Sasaki night carafe, a Bellevue table lamp and a design magazine or two – Dwell, AD, Aspire, Elle Decor.
What are you listening to? Right now, I am enjoying Brittany Howard and Alabama Shakes. In the shop we have our Sonos Radio plugged in to Mozart, Goetz & Gilberto, Spanish Guitar, Nina Simone, or French Café. I like for people to have a full sensory experience when they shop.
What are your current indulgences? I can’t resist a good Burgundy (thank you Amanti Vino) or chocolate. Right now, I am enjoying way too many Lakrids (exquisite chocolate covered Danish liquorice).
What talent would you most like to have? Oh, I wish I could sing. Really sing.
What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair? There are a lot of creatives in Montclair. I love how the shop gets people to open up about their own talents or design. And I think Walnut Street is still a bit of a secret. There are so many excellent eateries from Egan’s to The Corner, and smart retail including Willow, Velvet Lush and Jones Road. And of course, there is the Saturday Farmers Market. A stroll down Walnut Street is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon.
What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? She lived her dream.