About

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Amy Beth is an artist, designer and stylist who splits her time between New York City and Litchfield County. In her free time she makes collages, knits, loves homemaking, and adores spending her time with her husband, Mr. D. Believe it or not, Amy’s initials are ABCD!

ABC first studied fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She completed a six-month chef-training program in NYC at the Natural Gourmet Institute and earned a Certificate in Floral Design from Parsons School of Art and Design.

Since college, ABCD’s thirst for knowledge and different design mediums has led her to continue to seek out educational opportunities in classes such as home styling, interior design, antiques appraisal, machine knitting, and welding.

ABCD’s career has been a mélange of creative endeavors. She has worked in event planning, window display, photo styling, floral, stationery, and interior design.

Amy’s interior design aesthetic all about transitionalism. She doesn’t want to walk in a room and be able to pinpoint when it was decorated. ABCD believes that the home should be an amalgamation of the items that the owner loves and when you layer in pieces from different eras (that fit your taste) they will fuse to form a relaxing environment that reflects your personality. ABCD is particularly drawn to vintage pieces that are difficult to place in history. They are the perfect bridge between rustic and modern, traditional and today.

ABCD believes no matter what design medium you are working with – a painting or sculpture, design of an interior space, an arrangement of flowers, or when styling a beautiful plate of food – one must always follow the same elements of design. In order to create a beautiful end product there must be unity, flow, texture, harmonizing color, balance and a focal point to please the eye. This is the design philosophy that drives the inspiration behind everything Amy creates.

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…features, guest posts, and mentions…

New England Home Magazine – A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi: ABCDDesigns’ home in Sharon, Connecticut

(Her home is also featured in the January/Feburary 2014 print edition of NE Home Mag)

The Good Home Co. – 5 Tips for Designing a Successful Tablescape

The Decor Lounge – an interview with ABC Dragoo at ABCD Design

The Art of Doing Stuff – Show Me Your Coop

Cloth and Kind – Show and Tell

Interior Connector – Designer Dish: Our favorite designers share their choice of blue ribbon benches

Heart Home Magazine Blog – Heart Home Meets Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo

Ashley Brook Designs – Desk Obsessed

New England Home Magazine – Interior Design Color Palettes inspired by New England

HGTV Canada Style Sheet - DesignTV chat featured ‘Trends in the Twitter Trenches’

Elle Decor Favorite Room of 2011

Love Feast Table – Rum Cookie Recipe

The Grommet – Holiday Tabletop and Entertaining Ideas

Passport Magazine, Covering Litchfield County – Designing Polymath

Canadian House and Home – Design Sites We Like

Wonderwall Home – Not your every day A.B.C.D.

Modern Bird Studios – weekly blogger interview

NY Curbed – ABCD Design styles an apartment on HGTV’s Selling NY

Martha Stewart Radio – ABCD interviewed by Brian Kelsey about Social Media and Design Blogs

House of Brinson – Cooking out of the Can: ABCD makes Chicken Scallop with Pimento Mushroom Sauce

Design DNA – HGTV Canada – Pyrex Baking Dish Edition

Chic Modern Vintage – Moonlite Monday

Houzz.com – Warm side of Modern

Nate Berkus Show – ABCD Designs Bespoke Stationery featured

Remote Stylist – 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Real Simple – Pop-Up Shop Guest Blogger

Russian Tea Cakes

Santa DOES Exist!

Holiday Decor Ideas

Marcy Blum + Prizes

5th Joy – Interview featuring ABCD’s Holiday Decor

Nest by Tamara – Holiday Recipe Exchange

Inglenook Decor Blog – The ABCD’s of Wedding Planning

Merriment Blog – Recipes for a Happy Marriage

Ice Milk Aprons – Heirloom Recipe Series

Brooklyn Limestone – Interior Design feature

All The Best Blog – two part designer profile

part one

part two

Desire to Inspire – Interior Design feature

Apartment Tour

DIY Mirrored Wall

La Dolce Vita Blog

Style Files

ABCD’s 10 Things

Poppytalk – Loft Tour

Pepper Design Blog – Interview

Kelley Moore – Ramblings Series

From the Right Bank – Guest Post

Sacramento Street – ABCD’s 10 Things

Belly’s Button – Outfit with a past

Storytellers Series - Make Love Real

Tobi Fairley – “camping” series

Plush Palate – Guest Post

Blu Label Bungalow – Guest Post

A diary of lovely – Guest Post

Create Girl – Guest Post

Queen of Cashmere – ABCD Designs Cyber Sunshine

Camille Maurice – Creatives Cook

Sage Wedding Pros – Profile

Dawn Easter Events – Stationery Profile

Globetrotting Bride – Stationery Profile

ABCD on EAD Living – Regular Contributor

Kelly Hoppen – Social Media Mention

Alluminaire – Slow Home Mention

Department of the Interior – Slow Home Movement

Examiner.com – Design TV

Freckled Citizen – Floral Design Mention

Dwelling Gawker – Loft Feature

Imperfect Nest – Design TV

Shelter Pop – Rue Magazine Mention

Apartment Therapy – Loft images featured

Nesting Newbies – ABCD Design named a blog to watch

Room Remix – Interior Design Mention

High-Heeled Foot – Interior Design Mention

Everything Fab – Room of the Day

In The Studio – Bespoke Stationery

NBC New York – 2009 Sucked A$$ Holiday Cards Featured

Planning Forever – Holiday Cards Featured