Foyer by Lee W. Robinson

Immediately setting the tone for pattern play is the foyer decorated by Kentucky-based designer Lee W. Robinson. Here, bluegrass meets coastal serenity. Large-scale horizontal stripes in the hues of the Hamptons coastline set the palette, while fabrics and accessories give an unequivocal nod to Kentucky’s equestrian influence. A framed Hermès scarf hangs as art over the stairwell. An upholstered bench with equine legs adds whimsy.

See more of the foyer on the following slide.

Interior designer: Lee W. Robinson, The Lee W. Robinson Co., 211 Clover Lane, Lousiville, KY 40207; 502/895-1401 and 917/224-7785, leewrobinson.com

Foyer by Lee W. Robinson

Says Robinson of his studied mix, “All of these elements allow one to transition from those things steeped in tradition to those associated with the insouciant life of the Hamptons.”

Living Room by Patrik Lönn

In the adjoining living room, designer Patrik Lönn expands on the equestrian motif. A warm-hued horsehair wall covering enfolds the space, establishing a subtly textured backdrop for Lönn’s signature mix of sophisticated elements. Custom panels inspired by an Hermès scarf from the 1950s grace the ceiling. Leather club chairs with saddle stitching face handsome horse photographs by Bob Tabor. Low-hanging lights illuminate a custom-made coffee table with a back-painted glass top, a collaboration with artist Vesna Bricelj. All shine against a determinedly subtle palette.

See more of the living room on the following slide.

Interior designer: Patrik Lönn, Patrik Lönn Design Inc., 12 Desbrosses St., New York, NY 10013; 212/400-4841, patriklonn.com. 

Living Room by Patrik Lönn

“The colors are derived from the equestrian world—the color of the horses and the leather goods,” explains Lönn. “I prefer rooms in neutral palettes so that the art and people can shine in the space. Cream, brown, gray, dark ebony, black, taupe, and mocha were used with blood-red accents for the coffee table, leather-topped table, and bookcases. The crisp white ceiling, moldings, and doors provide a stark contrast to the neutral palette.”

Great Room by Skye Kirby Westcott and Nancy Galasso

Spirited yet restful, welcoming yet grand, Skye Kirby Westcott and Nancy Galasso’s great room for Lillian August is a study in contrasts. With its grand proportions, scale and warmth are key elements. A prodigious, clean-lined sectional sofa anchors the space, softened by plum-hued upholstery, a smattering of pillows, and an impactful fabric with pretty details used for window treatments. “We decided to use blues, grays, and purples as our colors,” says Westcott. “We found the perfect fabric for the windows and pillows for the sofa, which is the hero in the room.”

See more of the great room on the following slide.

Interior designers: Skye Kirby Westcott and Nancy Galasso, Lillian August, 32 Knight St., Norwalk, CT, 06851; 203/847-1596, lillianaugust.com

Great Room by Skye Kirby Westcott and Nancy Galasso

Large-scale furnishings from Lillian August help to balance the proportions of this lofty space. In a corner, a regal hand-painted peacock holds court, its discerning eye surveying the well-appointed scene.

Dining Room by Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler

Vibrant somehow seems an inadequate word to describe the dining room designed by the husband-and-wife design duo of Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler. With its two-toned blue palette and lively mix of pattern, it became the showhouse’s upbeat epicenter.

To encourage engagement, Mabley and Handler chose a peacock blue grass cloth wallpaper that makes a statement but remains casual enough for the beach. Mixed with white woodwork and aqua accents—on the dining chairs, the embellished drum-shade light fixture, the wainscoting, and the ceiling’s coffered panels—“the color scheme is unexpected and fun,” says Mabley. “It’s a dining room worthy of a luxurious Hamptons beach house.”

See more of the dining room on the following slides.

Interior designers: Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler, Mabley Handler Interior Design, 34 Head of Pond Road, Water Mill, NY 11976; 631/726-7300, mableyhandler.com. 

Dining Room by Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler

“Dining rooms are usually the most formal room in a house and often the least used,” says Handler. “We wanted to create a beach house dining room that was not only sophisticated but playful and punchy—a room that entices you to entertain by drawing you in rather than making you feel as though you need to keep out.” Dishes and flatware are from Juliska.

Dining Room by Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler

A multihued chevron fabric by Jonathan Adler for Kravet adds a touch of lively pattern to the space.

Kitchen by Bob Bakes

A singularly color-free zone in a multihued house, the kitchen created by Hamptons-based designer Bob Bakes has no fear of standing on its own—vivid color or not. The little black dress of the house, its simple elegance is bejeweled with stainless steel appliances, nickel fixtures, a luminous mosaic backsplash, and Carrara Bianca marble. (“It’s a slightly whiter type of Carrara marble,” notes Bakes.)

A double island with curved walnut-veneered columns makes the large space feel surprisingly cozy. “It’s unusual, in my experience, that a double island can really make a kitchen flow, but this was a rare exception,” says Bakes. “And the curved ends really help to carve the two pieces into the overall fabric of the design.”

See more of this kitchen on the following slide.

Interior designer: Robert Bakes, Bakes & Co., 106 Wildwood Road, Sag Harbor, NY 11963; 631/725-1010, bakesandcompany.com.

Kitchen by Bob Bakes

The elaborate custom-designed backsplash becomes the centerpiece of the otherwise uncomplicated space—playing off the gray and white of the marble and drawing the eye to its intricate sunburst pattern. “This is a classic example of the phrase, ‘Don’t be afraid to mix it up,’” says Bakes. “I’m a big fan of accents and pleasant distractions in a room—whether through the subtle injection of color or shape or the drama of something like a custom-designed backsplash. Design should be fun and energetic.”

Conservatory by Judy Hadlock and Sean Bruns

In the adjoining conservatory for Old Town Crossing, Judy Hadlock and Sean Bruns used a mix of intriguing patterns in black and white—flame-stitch upholstery on a tub chair and geometric throw pillows—to create a restful albeit visually striking room perfect for lounging. A weighty black-lacquered coffee table with chow legs anchors the room, crowned by a shapely chandelier—feminine and flowery yet substantial.

See more of the conservatory on the following slide.

Interior designer: Judy Hadlock, Old Town Crossing, 46 Main St., Southampton, NY 11958; 631/283-7740, oldtowncrossing.com.

Conservatory by Judy Hadlock and Sean Bruns

An updated faux bois fabric covers an antique armchair echo the room’s contemporary aesthetic and stark color scheme.

Den by Kate Singer

Sand, sea, and sky—the Hamptons triumvirate—were the inspirations for the quietly confident den designed by Kate Singer. “I’m always inspired by nature,” says Singer. “The Hamptons landscape is among the most beautiful and inspirational of all. I wanted this room to feel directly connected to that.”

See more of the den on the following slide.

Interior designer: Kate Singer, Kate Singer Home, 1 Huntington Bay Road, Huntington, NY 11743; 631/261-8376, katesingerhome.com.

Den by Kate Singer

The updated ikat fabric used on the windows was the room’s impetus, sparking a selection of elements with Hamptons appeal—sand-hued linens, a gallery of azure paintings, and diminutive skirted ottomans in the perfect shade of blue. “I was directly inspired by the beautiful blues of the ocean and the sky and the sandy beiges of the shore,” notes Singer. “Each element is represented.”

Lounge by Greg McKenzie

Turning the lower-level lounge’s biggest challenge—its lack of natural light—into its strongest asset, Greg McKenzie embraced the room’s windowless status and created a cozy retreat made for relaxing. Instead of shunning dynamic pattern and color, the designer saturated the space, installing a burnt-orange embroidered grass cloth on the walls and contrasting it with turquoise accents and dramatic chevron throw pillows.

See more of the lounge on the following slides.

Interior designer: Greg McKenzie, Greg McKenzie Design, 65 Montauk Hwy., Suite D, East Hampton, NY 11937; 516/819-1554, gregmckenziedesign.com

Lounge by Greg McKenzie

Tucked into a corner next to the sideboard, a unique zebra-and-glass chair adds an artistic note of contemporary fusion.

Lounge by Greg McKenzie

And don’t forget the art, advises McKenzie. “A room with art is a room that has life,” he says. “Here, the wallpaper just enhances the art and adds a punch to a room without natural light.”

Game Room by Lee Najman

Billed simply as “Her Space,” Lee Najman’s game room on the lower level had just one thing in mind: utter relaxation. To that end, he used a serene white-on-white cloud-inspired palette and a cocoon-like structure that acts as a comforting room-within-a-room.

See more of the game room on the following slide.

Interior designer: Lee Najman, Lee Najman Designs, 55 Channel Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050; 516/944-7740, leenajman.com

Game Room by Lee Najman

“The intention was to create a fantasy space for the woman of the house so that she instantly feels as if she’s in a remote location,” explains the designer. “It’s the shortest trip one can take—to a vacation spot without ever leaving the house.”

Fun Room by Libby Langdon

For designer Libby Langdon, the goal in the fun room was “to create a relaxed retreat reminiscent of an English club room, with a modern, sexy twist,” she says. “I wanted it to be an inviting space as ideal for cocktails and billiards with friends as it is for quiet moments reading a good book.”

See more of the fun room on the following slide.

Interior designer: Libby Langdon, Libby Interiors Inc., 50 W. 57th St., Suite 1209, New York, NY 10023; 212/501-0785, libbylangdon.com

Fun Room by Libby Langdon

At almost 1,200 square feet, the room’s plan was a challenge. To humanize the space, Langdon used multiple seating and gathering areas and delineated the spaces with sculptural light fixtures and creative furniture placement.

Fun Room by Libby Langdon

Noteworthy accessories—antique boat replicas, globes, maps, and old books from English Country Antiques—entice interest. “I wanted to visually draw you in as you enter the space,” says Langdon. “I thought of the homeowner as a world traveler who loved collecting lots of beautiful objects. They truly became a focal point of the space.”

Playroom by Diane Guariglia

The focal point in the playroom by Diane Guariglia was a bit more theatrical. “I designed a room where I envisioned Christian Grey [the main character in the Fifty Shades trilogy] would reside,” notes Guariglia. “I wanted the room to be edgy and sexy, dark and complicated.”

See more of the playroom on the following slides.

Interior designer: Diane Guariglia, Dyfari Interiors, 50 N. New York Ave., Suite 10, Huntington, NY 11743; 631/659-3539, dyfariinteriors.com

Playroom by Diane Guariglia

She created contrast by pairing rough-hewn barn-wood wainscoting with a sleek wall covering—both in (you guessed it) shades of gray—and layered in masculine materials—dark faux fur, patent leather, and nickel—to expand on the uniform scheme.

Playroom by Diane Guariglia

“Honestly, the monotone color palette was solely used as a reference to the novel,” laughs Guariglia. “I happen to love color!”

Guest Suite by Jennifer McConnell

Playing off the cool blues of the showhouse pool, designer Jennifer McConnell chose a water-inspired scheme for the guest suite she created for Pearson Furniture. A blue-and-white palette (with accents of bright coral) and an undulating pattern on the room’s dominant fabric set the watery tone, accented by watercolor pillows and shots of gilded iron.

See more of the guest suite on the following slides.

Interior designer: Jennifer McConnell, Pearson Furniture, 1420 Progress Ave., High Point, NC 27260; 336/819-7723, pearsonco.com

Guest Suite by Jennifer McConnell

“I wanted this room to be a comfortable oasis, reflecting the idyllic views of the pool,” says McConnell. “I love layering bold patterns, and I think as long as you have a theme tying your patterns together, you can’t go wrong. In this case, the unifying theme is playfulness and whimsy.”

Guest Suite by Jennifer McConnell

Contrasting patterns–the tie-dye fabric from Pearson and the striped rug from Karastan–work together swimmingly in the suite, which overlooks the swimming pool. Punchy corals and a gilded light fixture from Circa Lighting offset the cool blue palette. Furniture is from Pearson. Flowers are from Natural Decorations, Inc.

Powder Room by Timothy Brown

Known for the warm, edited, part-vintage, and part-modern spaces that he creates for clients, Timothy Brown went for full-on color in the beach ball-inspired powder room. “I wanted something that said beach and summer fun,” he says. “I think powder rooms are places that can be unexpected and a little crazy, so I chose high-gloss blue and yellow wallpaper with a red-orange light fixture.”

Interior designer: Timothy Brown, Timothy Brown Studio, 1133 Broadway, Suite 616, New York, NY 10011; 212/255-4895, timothybrownstudio.com.

Master Bedroom by Robert Passal

A feminine palette fills the master bedroom designed by Robert Passal. Various tones of apricot keep the eye moving throughout the space—from the watercolor mural Passal designed with Black Crow Studios to the throw pillows and lampshades. For contrast, a large tufted bed custom-designed by Passal was upholstered in a plush citrus-green cotton velvet. “The concept is that your bed should be as comfortable as your sofa,” says Passal, “and multifunctional.”

See more of the master bedroom on the following slides.

Interior designer: Robert Passal, Robert Passal Interior & Architectural Design, 36 W. 22nd St., New York, NY 10010; 212/242-5508, and 6580 Indian Creek Drive, Suite 207, Miami, FL 33141; robertpassal.com.

Master Bedroom by Robert Passal

The room’s lively, spring-like palette was inspired by a bouquet of flowers spotted at a farmer’s market. “I was having difficulty in conceptualizing a color scheme for the room,” says Passal. “Once I saw this bouquet of flowers in citrusy apricot, yellow, and green, I knew that was it.”

Master Bedroom by Robert Passal

A brass side table by Stephanie Odegard sits next to the bed for a touch of metallic shine. The sea urchin-shaped piece in the corner adds textural interest in an unimposing white.

Master Sitting Room by Stephen Mooney

In the intimate master sitting room created by Stephen Mooney, the mix of patterns and jewel tones was inspired not by a floral bouquet but by an equally kaleidoscopic source. Used as draperies, the striking chinoiserie fabric becomes the room’s touchstone. “It’s full of vibrant, rich colors,” says Mooney.

See more of the master sitting room on the following slides.

Interior designer: Stephen Mooney, Stephen Mooney Interiors, 6 Via Parigi, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/659-1862, stephenmooneyinteriors.com. 

Master Sitting Room by Stephen Mooney

Colors—amethyst, citrine, and jade—were sprinkled throughout the space, mingling with moody animal prints to create what the designer refers to as “an intimate space to retire.”

Master Sitting Room by Stephen Mooney

Small details–like a gilded walnut from Stephen Mooney Interiors–add metallic interest to the space. Floral arrangements are from Natural Decorations, Inc.

 

Master Bath by Mercedes Courland

The gray-and-magenta master bath designed by Mercedes Courland is all about glamour. “I wanted to maximize the look of the marble,” says Courland. “I envisioned a rich charcoal wallpaper with a transitional pattern, but it had to be the appropriate scale for this huge space, unifying the traditional builder details such as the coffers in the ceiling and the crown molding with the more modern details.”

See more of the master bath on the following slide.

Interior designer: Mercedes Courland, Mercedes Courland Design Inc., 44 Glenwood Road, Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576; 516/759-4802, and Naples, FL; 239/595-5900, mercedescourlandinteriors.com

Master Bath by Mercedes Courland

A hot pink chaise longue provides a burst of color in the center of the master bath. The throw pillows are covered in a gray-and-magenta fabric from Schumacher that marry the room’s two featured colors.

Guest Bedroom by Katie Leede

Both bohemian and traditional, the guest bedroom designed by Katie Leede is pure granny-chic. “My imagined ideal guest for this room is a super-cool grandma who loves art and texture and all things wild and wonderful,” effuses Leede.

See more of the guest bedroom on the following slides.

Interior designer: Katie Leede, Katie Leede & Co., and Digs By Katie, 1324 Lexington Ave., Suite 273, New York, NY 10128; 646/707-3569, and Los Angeles, 310/394-7524, katieleede.com

Guest Bedroom by Katie Leede

While the palette was relatively quiet—watery blue and soft creams—the punch comes from the pattern. Leede used a fabric of her own design to upholster the walls above a soft blue wainscoting. “The wallpaper is definitely the star here in terms of color and intensity,” notes Leede.

Guest Bedroom by Katie Leede

To balance that intensity, other elements were kept somewhat simple. An alpaca rug creates a blank but textural slate. The upholstered headboard, glass-top trestle desk, and slipper chairs offer traditional forms with a twist, providing respite in the complex scheme. “My favorite thing about the room is how harmoniously everything works together,” says Leede. “The overall effect is actually quite serene and artful.”

Nursery by Tamara Kaye-Honey

In the dramatic nursery by Tamara Kaye-Honey, audacious pattern plays graciously with classic forms. Chosen for its “graphic punch and youthfulness,” says Honey, a coral-and-white fabric by textile designer Lulu deKwiatkowski envelops one wall, coyly coordinating with a large-scale wallpaper used from chair rail to lacquered ceiling. “The bright coral and turquoise along with the pattern were the perfect complement to the dark, moody walls,” says Honey. “The coffered ceiling and wainscot had more impact when painted a glossy, darker shade.”

See more of the nursery on the following slides.

Interior designer: Tamara Kaye-Honey, House of Honey, 1518A Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030; 626/441-2454, houseofhoney.la.

Nursery by Tamara Kaye-Honey

Nursery furnishings from Honey’s new collection for Nurseryworks add a classic appeal—inspired by both legendary decorator Dorothy Draper and fashion designer Coco Chanel.

Nursery by Tamara Kaye-Honey

“My theory is that by mixing old and new with whimsical pieces, patterns, shapes, and colors, the outcome is fresh, playful, full of personality!” the designer explains. Patterns in the nursery are anchored with the nubby and durable “Shaggy Kasbah” carpet from Stanton.

Guest Bedroom by Tammy Connor

In the guest bedroom designed by Birmingham, Alabama-based designer Tammy Connor, serenity takes a layered approach. “The wallpaper was my starting point,” says Connor. “And while the palette was a natural fit for the coastal setting, changing the direction of the stripe on the walls resulted in a playful design element. We then layered contrasting textures, patterns, and antique furniture, and suspended trouble lights to add some quirkiness to the room—creating a collected-over-time feel.”

See more of the guest bedroom on the following slides.

Interior designer: Tammy Connor, Tammy Connor Interior Design, 1809 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL 35209; 205/871-9797, tammyconnorid.com.
 

Guest Bedroom by Tammy Connor

To keep the layers from overwhelming the small room, Connor ensured that the striated wallpaper was the main event. Texture played a role in playing up the room’s more subtle patterns.

Guest Bedroom by Tammy Connor

“The heavy surface of Serena & Lily’s caned beds layered with their crisp percale bed linens and a raffia woven tray table introduce texture to the room,” says designer Tammy Connor. The bedside table and bobbin corner chair are from English Country Antiques.

Exterior by Steven Graziano and Thomas Graziano

The home’s exterior features traditional East Coast design elements.

Builder: Steven and Thomas Graziano, Grande Design Residential, 3 Oceanview Pkwy., Southampton, NY 11968; 631/384-8781.

Deck by Jeff Lincoln

Jeff Lincoln mixes textures—woven rattan, teak, and stainless steel—in his arrangement of furnishings from Gloster for the back deck. Outdoor area rug is from Stanton Carpet; lantern by Hinkley Lighting.

Pool Pavilion by Tara Seawright

Positioned at poolside, Tara Seawright’s pavilion is protected from the sun with draperies of Trina Turk’s fabric for Schumacher. “I wanted it to feel like a living room outdoors, cozy but big enough to seat a large group.” The deep armchair and ottoman are by Laura Kirar for Barlow Tyrie.

Meet the sponsors of the 2013 Hamptons Designer Showhouse

Barlow Tyrie
Circa Lighting
Dacor 
Gloster
Hinkley Lighting
Juliska
Karastan
Lillian August
Natural Decorations, Inc.
Pearson
Pratt & Lambert
Raymond Vineyards
The Rug Company
Schumacher
Serena & Lily
Stanton Carpet
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Dazzling Hamptons Showhouse

The 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse highlighted bold pattern and color

Written by Jenny Bradley
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Nursery by Tamara Kaye-Honey

“My theory is that by mixing old and new with whimsical pieces, patterns, shapes, and colors, the outcome is fresh, playful, full of personality!” the designer explains. Patterns in the nursery are anchored with the nubby and durable “Shaggy Kasbah” carpet from Stanton.

Rocker (“Vetro Rocker” #S1020CA): Nurseryworks, nurseryworks.net.
Tier table: House of Honey, 626/441-2454, houseofhoney.la.
Poodle lamp (vintage, Italian porcelain): House of Honey, houseofhoney.1stdibs.com.
Accessories; art: House of Honey, 626/441-2454, houseofhoney.la.