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Hampton Designer Showhouse 2010
A no-holds-barred showhouse chock-full of color, pattern, and innovative design ideas
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Consider it a combination made in design heaven: 20-plus designers at the top of their game, a 10,000-square-foot Hampton retreat, six weeks, and zero design restrictions. The result: a no-holds-barred showhouse in Sag Harbor, New York chock-full of color, pattern, and innovative design ideas. Meet the designers who made it happen and take a peek inside their inspiring showhouse spaces.
Photography: Jonny Valiant, John Bessler and Tria Giovan
Entry and living room by Patricia Healing & Dan Barsanti
Not many designers know the Hamptons like Dan Barsanti & Patricia Healing, founders of HB Home. Based in East Hampton, this is their design stomping ground. Their interpretation of summer in the Hamptons? A subtle base of grass cloth, sisal, and white linen upholstery ("all inspirational because they are natural and used in bold strokes," says Barsanti) mixed with a bit of swagger--wide stripes on the walls, navy blue-and-white accents, and clean-lined overscale furnishings.
Design: HB Home, 83 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937; 631/608-4321, hbhomedesign.com
Colossal proportions in their spaces were a challenge, to say the least. "The enormous windows were almost a deal breaker," laughs Barsanti. The solution? Neutral shutters to camouflage the windows, large-scale furnishings from the designers' HB Home collection for Kindel, and a combination of plain wallpaper above and wide stripes below. "It gives the room a more natural scale by lowering the sight line," explains Barsanti.
Entry wallpaper above wainscoting (grasscloth): Phillip Jeffries, 800/576-5455, phillipjeffries.com.
Entry paint ("Dove White"): Benjamin Moore, 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Area rug in entry: New River Artisans, 336/841-7613, newriverartisans.com.
Shutters; hanging light; vase on entry table: HB Home, hbhomedesign.com.
Pedestal table in entry ("Shetland Library Table" #20-012, HB Home Collection); planter ("Crackle Planter" #10-910): Kindel Furniture, 877/546-3351, kindelfurniture.com.
Sofas ("Zoya Wedge Sofa" #1520); cabinets flanking fireplace ("Hazel Cabinet" #20-090); coffee table ("Axel Trestle Table" #20-800): HB Home Collection for Kindel Furniture, 877/546-3351, kindelfurniture.com.
Sofa fabric (linen); throw; pillows (custom) Lucite table; floor lamps; mirror; accessories; drapery ("Bars"): HB Home, hbhomedesign.com.
Drapery hardware: Morgik Metal Designs, 800/354-5252, morgik.com.
Area rug: abaca.
Windows: Pella, 800/288-7281, pella.com
Dining room by Richard Keith Langham
If there's such a thing as restrained opulence, Manhattan-based designer Richard Keith Langham hit the mark with his dining room. Deep Irish blue walls set off crisp white wainscoting. Lavish citron silk curtains are updated with contrasting trim. A tasseled silk orb floats above the antique Regency table.
Design: Richard Keith Langham Inc., 245 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022; 212/759-1212
"I've always been inspired by the casual glamour of old Southampton," says Langham. "My fantasy for this dining room was a client who had grown up in one of the grand 'cottages' of the estate section, but has scaled down with just a few good pieces."
While rooted in the past, the room is anything but dated. Modern elements punctuate the space--lacquered console tables designed by Langham flank the door and shots of hot pink update the painted Georgian-style chairs. "A room can be traditional, yet modern," notes Langham. "I like to create rooms that are rooted in the past--classic, timeless, familiar--just reinterpreted to make them suit today."
Pedestal table: Langham & Co. LLC, 212/759-2633. Dining chairs (by Langham & Co): available through Todd Tomano, 212/421-7722, toddalexanderromano.com.
Shade for hanging light ("Orb"): Trans.Luxe, 212/925-5863, trans-luxe.com.
Shade fabric ("Allepey Silk"): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777, robertallendesign.com.
Wine caddy: Vedura, vedura.com.
Chargers ("Saturne Gold"): Bernardaud, 800/884-7775, bernardaud.fr.
China plates (antique, French, c.1890): Seidenberg Galleries, 212/260-2810, seidenbergantiques.com.
Goblets ("Flavia"); flutes ("Beatrice"): William Yeoward Crystal, 800/818-8484, williamyeowardcrystal.com.
Flatware ("Bamboo Gold Plate:): Ricci Argentieri, 718/ 418-1000 x 245, ricciargentieri.com.
Placemats and napkins (custom): Leontine Linens, 800/876-4799, leontinelinens.com.
Sterling salt-and-pepper set: Scully & Scully, 800/223-3717, scullyandscully.com.
Coral centerpiece: Langham & Co. LLC, 212/759-2633.
Wall paint ("Emperor" #VM126); ceiling paint (discontinued, but for similar, "Basalt" #VM121): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Drapery: Pindler & Pindler, 805/531-9090, pindler.com.
Consoles (custom design by Richard Keith Langham): fabricated by Newday Woodwork Inc., 718/275-1721 X 221, newdaywoodwork.com.
Tiles on consoles ("Mother of Pearl"): Maya Romanoff, 773/465-6909, mayaromanoff.com.
Mirrors (antique): Gerald Bland Inc., 212/987-8505, geraldblandinc.com.
Ginger jar on console: Rafael Gallery, 212/744-8988, rafaelgallery.com.
Candles ("Elegant Tapers"): Creative Candles, 800/237-9711, creativecandles.com.
Candlesticks (gold-plated bronze candlesticks, by Galant Sarl): Bergdorf Goodman, 800/558-1855, bergdorfgoodman.com.
Decanters: William Yeoward Crystal, 800/818-8484, williamyeowardcrystal.com.
Basket holding decanters; cordial glasses on console (antique): William-Wayne & Co., 800/318-3435, william-wayne.com.
Art: James Graham and Sons Inc., 212/535-5767, jamesgrahamandsons.com.
Rug (cotton Agra rug, c. 1900): Marvin Kagan Inc., 212/535-9000, marvinkagan.com.
Den by Patrik Lönn
Bold in its neutrality, the serene den by Patrik Lönn was inspired by what he calls "the dry beach" concept. "I was propelled by the water, sand, and driftwood on the beaches of Long Island, the majestic sailboats with their canvas sails, and Montauk Point's grand lighthouse with its bold horizontal-striped tower," says Lönn.
Design: Patrik Lönn Design, 12 Debrosses Street, New York, NY 10013; 212/400-4841, patricklonn.com
For intimacy, the large space was divided into two distinct seating areas, separated by a large console table on which Lönn displayed his "water feature"--a fish bowl designed by Michele Oka Doner for Steuben Glass.
Lönn's choice of materials instilled a measured cadence that prevails throughout. A custom-made wallpaper sets a graphic tone that Lönn explored further with wide horizontal stripes at the windows and on a geometric rug. "Rhythm and repetition are important in my designs," Lönn notes, "and can be subtly achieved by repeating patterns, textures, and items."
Wallpaper (custom, squares): Elizabeth Dow Ltd., 631/267-3401, elizabethdow.com.
Paint (custom): Patrik Lönn Design, 212/400-4841, patriklonn.com.
Drapery ("Merazzi"/Flax #1153): Romo Fabrics, 212/319-7666, romo.com.
Drapery hardware: Morgik Metal Designs, 800/354-5252, morgik.com.
Coffee table (custom); bench (custom): Patrik Lönn Design, 212/400-4841, patriklonn.com.
Bench fabric ("Haiti"/Mica #F2303004): Pierre Frey, 866/707-1524, pierrefrey.com.
Club chairs (custom): Patrik Lönn Design, 212/400-4841, patriklonn.com.
Chair fabric ("Colorado"/Talc #4625-01, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com.
Chair trim ("Jute Braid" #18278-31): Samuel & Sons, 212/704-8000, samuelandsons.com.
Desk behind club chairs ("Frank X-base Desk"/cerused oak, by Mattaliano); desk chair ("Saddle Chair"/cerused oak, by Mattaliano): Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, hollyhunt.com.
Desk-chair leather ("Ashbury Hides Silk"/Espresso): Ashbury Hides, 310/360-1520, ashburyhides.com.
Desk lamp (vintage): designer's collection.
Side table ("Orbit table"): Roman Thomas, 212/473-6774, romanthomas.com.
Throw (linen): Bruno Cucinelli, 212/627-9202.
Throw pillows (vintage Swedish, c, 1940s Marta Maas Fjetterstrom); patchwork rug (vintage 1940s Turkish kilim): F.J. Hakimian, 212/371-6900, fjhakimian.com.
Table lamp (lamp with blue-green-gray glaze, by Svend Hammershøi): Gallery Bac, 212/431-6151, gallerybac.com.
Side table (in metal and silver travertine, custom): Patrik Lönn Design, 212/400-4841, patriklonn.com.
Vases; flowers: L'Olivier Studio, 212/255-2828.
Silver frames: Tiffany, 800/843-3269, tiffany.com. Silver frames: Asprey, 212/688-1811, asprey.com.
Geometric Rug (vintage, Swedish, c. 1930s): F.J. Hakimian, 212/371-6900, fjhakimian.com.
Console ("Hawthorne Cabinet"); chandelier ("Zurich Gran"): Roman Thomas, 212/473-6774, romanthomas.com.
Round coffee table (vintage, France, c. 1950, by R. Capron): Bernd Goeckler Antiques, 212/777-8209, bgoecklerantiques.com.
Pull-up chair ("Frank Armchair," by Mattaliano): Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, hollyhunt.com.
Chair fabric ("Braque Chenille"/Iridescent White #10520): Calvin Fabrics, 888/732-1996, calvinfabrics.com.
Lamp on console (vintage, Danish c. 19402, Nordstrom for Royal Copenhagen): Bernd Goeckler Antiques, 212/777-8209, bgoecklerantiques.com.
Painting (by Johnnie Winona Ross): Stephen Haller Gallery, 212/741-7777, stephenhallergallery.com.
Kitchen by Bob Bakes
"The classic white kitchen," says designer Bob Bakes of Bakes and Company, "is an enduring testament to style--as current today as it will be in ten years." Subtle yet striking, bright white yet inviting, the kitchen Bakes designed is as classic as it is functional, as interesting in its mix of materials as it is as a whole.
Design: Bakes and Company, 3253 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor, NY 11963; 631/725-1010, bakesandcompany.com
Nestled between the family room and dining room, the space was designed to play nice--taking center stage, so to speak, while simultaneously shunning the spotlight. "This kitchen is clean, unassuming, and perfectly balanced, both within itself and within its environment," says Bakes. "It flows effortlessly into the adjoining breakfast area--designed as a complement to the complete project."
Cabinetry ("Colonial"); cabinetry hardware: Bakes and Co., 631/725-1010, bakesandcompany.com. Cabinetry paint (#01 white): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Wall paint: Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Sink ("Custom Nickel Silver Smooth Apron Front Farmhouse Sink"): Texas Lightsmith, 877/268-2266, texaslightsmith.com.
Faucets ("Bridge Faucet with Sidespray"/Polished Chrome #U.4719L, by Perrin & Rowe): Rohl, 800/777-9762, rohlhome.com. Available through Davis & Warchow, 718/937-9500, daviswarshow.com.
Countertop and backsplash (2-inch solid Calacatta marble): Alan Court & Assoc., 631/324-7497.
Pendant lights ("Hanging Cargo Light" #T4): Shiplights, 781/631-3864, shiplights.com.
Refrigerator (#736 with custom panels): Sub-Zero Inc., 800/222-7820, subzero.com.
Microwave; range (48-inch): Viking, 888/845-4641, vikingrange.com.
Bar stools: Sylvester & Co., 631/725-5012, returntomainstreet.com.
Accessories (topiaries, pitcher, bowl, Italian white china pewter dinnerware): designed by Susanne Kelley for English Country Antiques, 631/537-0606, ecantiques.com.
Butler's pantry by Judy Hadlock for Old Town Crossing
If there's a lesson to be learned from the butler's pantry designed by Judy Hadlock for the Southampton-based firm Old Town Crossing, it's that sometimes more is more.
"We used a textured and monochromatic scheme to create a rich environment within a very small space," notes Hadlock. A textured Phillip Jeffries covering on the walls and ceiling envelops the room. Reflective surfaces--cabinet doors are faux mirrored with mylar--visually enlarge the diminutive pantry.
Design: Old Town Crossing, 46 Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968; 631/283-7740, oldtowncrossing.com
An 1880s French crystal chandelier is an unexpected touch in a butler's pantry, "both beautiful and surprising in such a small space," adds Hadlock.
Wallpaper ("Granite Stone"/Platino #1869): Phillip Jeffries Ltd., 800/576-5455, phillipjeffries.com.
Benches (antique): Old Town Crossing, 631/283-7740, oldtowncrossing.com.
Bench fabric ("Romandie"/Mica); window treatment ("Metallic Jute"/Nickel): Beacon Hill, 800/333-3777, beaconhilldesign.com.
Area rug: Antique Rug Galleria, 631/287-4877.
Chandelier; mirrored cabinet doors; silver martini set; silver wine bucket; silver tray; silver serving dish: Old Town Crossing, 631/283-7740, oldtowncrossing.com
Family room by Mary Foley & Michael Cox
When creating the family room, designers Mary Foley and Michael Cox of New York-based Foley & Cox took the assignment quite literally. The room truly is all about family.
"We imagined that a young family had inherited the property from an elderly aunt," explains Cox. "The furnishings represent a nostalgic blend of some of her favorite antiques mixed with more modern pieces."
Design: Foley & Cox, 135 West 29th Street, Suite 900, New York, NY 10001; 212/529-5800, foleyandcox.com
The result is a sink-right-in-and-put-your-feet-up space where everyday items are reinterpreted in new ways. Men's vintage collars are piled high and enclosed in a glass cloche.
Foley and Cox suspended orchids from fishing line so that they would appear to hover magically in front of windows. A "sea-soaked, sun-bleached" palette inspired by the pale hues of sea glass was thrown in for good measure--this being the Hamptons, after all.
Sofa; deco chairs by sofa: Foley & Cox Home, 518/828-3210, foleyandcoxhome.
Sofa fabric ("Corsica Weave"/Mist #51340); chair fabric ("Baker Cotton Stripe"/Ivory, Aqua, Mocha #63000): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Pillow ("Swedish Cushion" #22-042): F.J. Hakimian, 212/371-6900, fjhakimian.com.
Pillow ("African Raffia Throw Pillow," triangle pattern/Tan, Black): VW Home be Vicente Wolf, 212/244-5008, vicentewolf.com.
Polka dot pillow (Ikat): L'Aviva Home, 212/625-9605, lavivahome.com.
Seaglass embroidered pillow fabric ("Hawthorn Embroidery"/Spa #63473); conundrum pillow fabric ("Conundrum"/Ice Milk #174170): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Seaglass pillow available as #PILL099; conundrum pillow available as #PILL100): through Foley & Cox Home, 518/828-3210, foleyandcoxhome.com.
Coffee table (antique, ebony with marble top): Anglo-Raj Antiques, 212/689-3437, anglorajantiques.com.
Jewelry box (Anglo-Indian Rossewood/Ivory box #09LON1644): VW Home by Vicente Wolf, 212/244-5008, vicentewolf.com.
Boat (antique, #ACC0125): Foley & Cox Home, 518/828-3210, foleyandcoxhome.com.
Table lamp (large wrought-iron lamp with turned walnut sphere accent and oatmeal-colored shade, designed by Harry Lawenda c. 1955, #TL166): R20th Century, 212/343-7979, r20thcentury.com.
Side table with leather tray; butterfly chair (with leather seat and back, chrome frame, by Pierre Paulin #SEAT0063); ottoman; large clock hands (antique, #ACC0045); table lamp ("Bleached Oak Table Lamp" #TLIG0015); oval bowl (Frances P almer Pottery): Foley & Cox Home, 518/828-3210, foleyandcoxhome.com.
Ebony box: Anglo-Raj Antiques, 212/689-3437, anglorajantiques.com. Rug (Kilim #23-136, vintage kilim composition): F.J. Hakimian, 212/371-6900, fjhakimian.com.
Console ("German Silver Table"): Anglo-Raj Antiques, 212/689-3437, anglorajantiques.com.
Painting (Untitled #5, by Victor Mirabelli); coral cup: Foley & Cox Home, 518/828-3210, foleyandcoxhome.com.
Photograph (Wrinkled Underware, by Andrea Gentl): Robin Rice Gallery, 212/366-6660, robinricegallery.com. Lace wirework platter: L'Aviva Home, 212/625-9605, lavivahome.com.
Sculptural table lamp ("Sculptural Vintage Collar Table Lamp" #FLIG0001); mirror ("Ebonized Mirror" #Mirr0005); table ("Folding Table with Painted Top" #STAB0019): Foley & Cox Home, 518/828-3210, foleyandcoxhome.com.
Ceramic wine bottles (#SC484, designed by Kenji Fujita for Freeman Lederman): R20th Century, 212/343-7979, r20thcentury.com.
Ceramic tray (Rectangular Diamond Ceramic Tray"/Opal #3138): Ochre, 212/414-4332, ochre.net.
Sheers ("Scandinavia"/Ecru #1543021): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Wood chandelier (antique, #P3223): Sentimento Antiques, 212/750-3111, sentimentoantiques.com.
Dining table (antique wine-tasting table, oak #DTAB007); side chairs (antique, Gothic Revival side chairs); metal wings on side chair (antique): Foley & Cox Home, 518/828-3210, foleyandcoxhome.com.
Host chairs ("Chair No. One Five"): The New Traditionalists, 212/226-1868, thenewtraditionalists.com.
Chair fabric ("Jamestown Stripe"/Aqua #62562): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Settee: Foley & Cox Home, 518/828-3210, foleyandcoxhome.com.
Settee fabric ("Gweneth Linen"/Mist #79783); trim ("Leeds Braid"/Mineral #63222): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Pillows (hand-made pillows from Zanzibar, assorted colors #09ZANZ3700): VW Home by Vicente Wolf, 212/244-5008, vicentewolf.com.
Pillow (charcoal zigzag ikat pillow): L'Aviva Home, 212/625-9605, lavivahome.com.
Silk pillow ("Sellarsbrook" by Suzanne Sharp): The Rug Company, 212/274-0444, therugcompany.info.
Seaglass embroidered pillow ("Hawthorn Embroidery"/Spa #63473): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Available from Foley & Cox Home, 518/828-3210, foleyandcoxhome.com.
Vase with flower motif; white buffet plate ("Scallop Buffet Plates" #F198168); beige salad plate ("4 Dot Salad"): Frances Palmer Pottery through Foley & Cox Home, 518/828-3210, francespalmerpottery.com.
Glass goblets ("Canvas Glass Goblet" #2530); placemat (canvas round cotton placemat/blue #2621): Ochre, 212/414-4332, ochre.net.
Sea urchin tea lights (#RO-CO-811); glasses with mesh holders (#RO-TG-601): Treillage, 212/535-2288.
Placecard holders: VSF, 212/206-7236.
Artist's studio by Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat
Assigned a rather bland, "boxy" room just off the kitchen, Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat immediately took advantage of its saving grace--a wall of French doors onto a sunlit patio. "The room wasn't large, essentially just a box," says Chilcoat "but it had these fabulous French doors, so we were able to use a powerful color scheme thanks to the abundance of natural light."
Design: Lucas Studio Inc., 636-A North Almont Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90069; 310/858-6884, lucasstudioinc.com
Powerful, indeed. Walls were covered in a kaleidoscopic, large-scale patterned wallpaper from Idarica Gazzoni that somehow managed to be simultaneously dramatic and ethereal. "We felt that blurring the lines with an incredible wallpaper and a grayish-lavender ceiling color would help balance out the entire room so that no one specific element would become the star," notes Chilcoat.
To go head-to-head with such a spirited wallpaper, furnishings and artwork had to have a little attitude all their own. Shapely case goods--the coffee table and bar, for example--add sculptural appeal while the large-scale black-and-white photography and shell mirror from Mecox Gardens hold their own when paired with the bold pattern.
While the design duo highly recommends similar wall treatments at home, they have one word of warning. "Wallpapers with this level of intensity and overall scale are usually best kept in rooms that have few breaks in the walls," advises Chilcoat. "Too many openings can ruin the effect and make the space visually confusing."
Wall covering ("Gauhara Begum" #01W, by Idarica Gazzoni): Harbinger, 310/858-6884, harbingerla.com.
Installation: Off the Wallcoverings, 917/626-3258, offthewallcoverings.com.
Ceiling paint ("Silver Chiffon" #VM158): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Sofa ("Sag Harbor Button Sofa"); coffee table ("Oyster Bay Coffee Table"): Harbinger, 310/858-6884, harbingerla.com.
Sofa fabric ("Aqua Velvet"/Rock Garden #200/10): Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, hollyhunt.com.
Copper-colored pillows on sofa ("Como"/Apricot): The Silk Trading Co., 323/954-9280, silktrading.com.
Patterned pillow on sofa ("Warfield"/Lavender): Ferrick Mason, 323/382-3611, ferrickmason.com.
Paintings over sofa (by Alex K. Mason): Alex K. Mason, 011 61 45 159 8623, alexkmason.com.
Sofa side table: Mecox Gardens, 800/487-4854, mecoxgardens.com.
Table lamp ("Gregory Lamp" by Christopher Spitzmiller): Mecox Gardens, 800/487-4854, mecoxgardens.com.
Wood-framed chair ("Burlingame Chair," by Thom Felicia): Vanguard Furniture, 828/328-5631, vanguardfurniture.com.
Chair fabric ("Kala"/Desert Sand): Jim Thompson, 800/262-0336, jimthompson.com.
Pillow on chair ("GSD Strié"/Lilac): Claremont Furnishing Fabrics Co., 212/486-1252, claremontfurnishing.com.
Throw on chair: Harbinger, 310/858-6884, harbingerla.com.
Table under horse photo ("Mayfair Nightstand," discontinued): Thomasville Furniture Industries Inc., 800/225-0265, thomasville.com.
Horse photo ("Bob Tabor Horse Print #73): Mecox Gardens, 800/487-4854, mecoxgardens.com.
Art supplies: Golden Eagle Artist Supply, 631/324-0603.
Ottoman ("Cast Stone Tufted Ottoman"); lantern sconces ("The Tole Tent lantern Sconce:): Coleen & Co., 310/606-2050, coleenandcompany.com.
Metal-framed chair ("Forged Iron Chair," by Raoul Guy): Mary Ann Lembo, 631/537-9062, maryannlemboantiques.com.
Chair fabric ("Link"/Alchemy, by Hugh St. Clair):through George Smith, 212/226-4747, hughstclair.com.
Area rug: F.J. Hakimian, 212/371-6900, fjhakimian.com.
Drafting table: Urban Archaeology, 631/537-0124, urbanarchaeology.com.
Bar stool; accessories: Mary Ann Lembo, 631/537-9062, maryannlemboantiques.com.
Light over drafting table ("Double-Arm Wall Light"): Harbinger, 310/858-6884, harbingerla.com.
Drapery ("Willow"/Lavender): Ferrick Mason, 323/382-3611, ferrickmason.com.
Drapery fabrication: Susan Portera, Just Sewing, 732/758-8949.
Shell mirror ("Oyster Shell Mirror"): Mecox Gardens, 800/487-4854, mecoxgardens.com.
Table under shell mirror ("Bay Head Serving Bar"): Harbinger, 310/858-6884, harbingerla.com.
Accessories: General Home Store, 631/324-9400, generalhomestore.com
Guest suite by Brian P. Brady and Franco Biscardi
"Calm" and "serenity." These are the two words most often used by visitors to the guest suite designed by Brian Brady and Franco Biscardi of Southampton's Brady Design. Not at all surprising considering the soothing palette of ivory and sand mixed effortlessly with vibrant orange and blue. "Superimposing bright cool colors on a neutral canvas is one of the hallmarks of our firm," says Brady. "It's a natural way to decorate at the beach."
Design: Brady Design Inc., 129 Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968; 631/283-3111, bbradydesign.com
As for the all-important guest suite furnishings, a few well-curated pieces are all that's needed. A British West Indies-inspired bed, 1930s commode topped with a pair of wood column lamps, and a leather-clad desk and klismos chair add an air of sophistication.
The indisputable focal point however, is an underwater photograph by Hamptons-based photographer Eric Striffler. "It's the quintessence of why people come here," says Brady. "The crystal clear blue ocean!"
Bed ("Lyngaard Bed," Croydon Collection); bedside tables ("Brighton Bedside Tables"): Robert Lighton, 212/343-2299, robertlighton.com.
Nightstand lamps ("Straight Side 18-Inch Lamps," by Roy Hamilton): Christopher Spitzmiller, 212/563-1144, christopherspitzmiller.com.
Bed linens ("Milos"); blanket ("Savoy"): Sferra, 877/336-2003, sferra.com.
Patterned pillows on bed: HB Home, 631/608-4321.
Rugs (custom, "Sunpat"): Beauvais Caprpets, 212/688-2265, beauvaiscarpets.com.
Drapery (linen): Brady Design Private Label, 631/283-3111.
Fabrication: Artful Windows, 631/204-0130.
Sofa ("Somerset"); chairs ("Lennegan"); coffee table (vintage, Scandinavian design teak and cane bench): Lennegan & Marantz, 631/899-4535, lenneganandmarantz.com.
Pillows on sofa ("Tuckernuck"/Ivory, linen): Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
Commode (satinwood and mahogany, American 1940s); pine column lamps (antique, France); wood mirror (Italy, c. 1920): Sentimento Antiques, 212/750-3111, sentimentoanatiques.com.
Side tables with tapered legs and stone tops (France, c. 1930); bronze standing lamps: Laurin Copen Antiques, 631/537-2802, laurincopenantiques.com.
Desk (France); Klismos-style desk chair (American 1960s); desk lamp (Tizio, Italy, c. 1960s); wood floor lamp (French 1940s): RE Steele Antiques, 631/324-7812, resteele.com.
Art above desk (by Jeri Eisenberg); art on bedside wall (by Julian Jackson): Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, 212/366-5368, markelfinearts.com.
Underwater photo (by Eric Striffler): Eric Striffler Photography, 516/220-6707, striffler.com.
Wall paint ("Throne" #WW24): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Back hall decorative painting by Boris Abromovich
Leading off the Brady Design's guest suite, the back hall was a gloomy, narrow space begging for some drama. The solution? A high gloss, glamorous wall treatment by decorative painter Boris Abromovich. With a mirror-like sheen of self-polished Venetian plaster (three layers in all) and checkerboard pattern of intersecting squares, the hallway needs no further embellishment. "It's almost as if it's a work of art on its own," says Abromovich.
Design: Couture Interiors, 107 Byron Road, Merrick, NY 11566; 516/623-5335, coutureinteriorscorp.com
Wall treatment: Venetian plaster
Wallpaper on ceiling: Phillip Jeffries Ltd., 973/575-5414, phillipjeffries.com.
Loft by Lisa Sternfeld
Tucked above the garage, the loft space by Lisa Sternfeld is one she describes as "the hidden jewel of the house." The designer's favorite shades of blue dominate the space, warmed by neutrals and sparks of orange, green, and gold. Inspired by a similar treatment spotted in a photo of Christian La Croix's Paris studio, distressed walls ("a labor of love!" says Sternfeld) set the tone for the space.
Design: LSID Inc., 153 West 27th Street, Suite 705, New York, NY 10001; 212/675-5007, studiolsid.com
"Part library, part artist's studio," the scheme was inspired by Sternfeld's appreciation for the process behind design. "The concept was to deconstruct design and show the process of how things are made," she explains.
A deconstructed (and un-upholstered) Jonas sofa reveals construction webbing, horsehair batting, and hand-stitching. Curtains and Roman shades are made from raw burlap. The rug is hand-made from salvaged strands of vintage wool, goat hair, hemp, and linen. "There's perfection in imperfection," muses Sternfeld."
Wall paint ("Vermeer" #VM130 and "Polaris" #TH03): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Wall treatment (specially distressed hand-painted wall finish): JJ Snyder Studio, 347/678-5009, jjsnyderstudio.com.
Rug (Turkish kilim rug c. 1940): F.J. Hakimian, 212/371-6900, fjhakimian.com.
Unupholstered sofa ("English Splay Sofa"): Jonas Workroom, 212/691-2777, jonasworkroom.com.
Side table at sofa (antique round wood side table): Etós, 212/673-3056, etosnyc.com.
Dining table ("Kinderhook Dining Table"): John Boone Inc., 212/758-0012, johnbooneinc.com.
Fretwork chair at table ("Brighton Open Armchair"); upholstered chair at table ("Shaped Back Regence Chair"): Jonas Workroom, 212/691-2777, jonasworkroom.com.
Seat-cushion fabric on Brighton chair ("Boucherin"/Ice #NC0609-295): Nancy Corzine, 212/223-8340, nancycorzine.com.
Fabric on Regence chair ("Nympheus Print"/Natural): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, leejofa.com.
Throw pillow on Regence chair (cotton velvet #E22204): Savel Inc., 212/473-2669, savelinc.com.
Rattan chest on floor by hexagonal table; basket on table (light coastal weave round cachepot): Aero Studios, 212/966-4700, aerostudios.com.
Pair of geometric glass domes; antique mortar against side wall: Etós, 212/673-3056, etosnyc.com.
Antique mirror on top of mortar; antique writing desk: Old Town Crossing, 631/283-7740, oldtowncrossing.com.
Chest of drawers ("Taylor Chest #2889-10 by Thomas O'Brien): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579, hickorychair.com.
Lamp on chest ("Dana Table Lamp"/Bronze); lamp on writing desk ("Jacqueline Lamp"/Alabaster); zinc vase on desk (zinc, pine and koi vase); floor lamp at screen ("Surveyor Floor Lamp"); rattan chest at arched window: Aero Studios, 212/966-4700, aerostudios.com.
Folding screen (custom): Hallmark Woodworkers, 203/743-3223, hallmarkwoodworkers.com.
Screen paint ("Willow Creek" #1468): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Merite bird painting on screen: Etós, 212/673-3056, etosnyc.com.
Blue chair at screen ("Irish Chair" with antique nickel nailheads); drapery (raw burlap): Jonas Workroom, 212/691-2777, jonasworkroom.com.
Fabric on blue chair ("Velours Olympia"/Admiral Blue): Clarence House, 800/803-2850, clarencehouse.com.
Hourglass chair at wall ("Hourglass Chair"): Jonas Workroom, 212/691-2777, jonasworkroom.com.
Chair fabric (cotton velvet #22204): Savel Inc., 212/473-2669, savelinc.com.
Pen-and-ink drawing over hourglass chair: found item.
Roman shade (raw burlap): Jonas Workroom, 212/691-2777, jonasworkroom.com.
Master bedroom by Skye Kirby and Diane Karmen for Lillian August
With its soft lilac palette, mirrored surfaces, and elegant accessories, the master bedroom Skye Kirby and Diane Karmen designed for Lillian August took its inspiration as much from fashion magazines as interior design books. Taking their cue from some of their favorite tattered fashion tomes, the design team started with an elegant base--lilac to be exact--and then sprinkled a smattering of accessories and jewel-like accents throughout.
Design: Lillian August, 32 Knight Street, Norwalk, CT 06851; 203/847-3314, lillianaugust.com
In the adjoining sitting area, a turreted, silver-leafed ceiling crowns the space, bejeweled by a glimmering gold chandelier. Windows are dressed in folds of lilac. "I was inspired by Paris and fashion," notes Kirby, "and by the Lillian August mirrored bed. I knew I wanted to use it as the hero in the room. It really epitomizes glamour."
Bed ("Arlington Bed" #LA82511-01); bedside tables ("Blackwell Chest" #LA82062-01); accessories; table lamps on bedside tables ("Arteri" #49858-893); table lamp on mirrored dresser ("Julisk" #B219F/SI): Lillian August, 203/847-1596, lillianaugust.com.
Bedding: Ann Gish, anngish.com.
Double dresser ("Regency Long Wave Cabinet"/Silver Leaf): Julian Chichester, 336/886-2454, julianchichester.co.uk.
Art over dresser (by Claudia Mengel): Claudia Mengel Art, 203/807-1611, claudiamengelart.com.
Bench (custom): Lillian August, 203/847-1596, lillianaugust.com.
Bench fabric ("Lenire"/Iris): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777, robertallendesign.com.
Rugs: J.D. Staron, 203/351-1130, jdstaron.com.
Wall paint ("Cape Cod" #VM161, 25 percent): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Armchairs (vintage): Lillian August, 203/847-1596, lillianaugust.com.
Chair fabric ("Water Meadow"/Lilac): Beacon Hill, 800/333-3777, robertallendesign.com.
Drapery ("Karzvin"/Iced Lilac): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777, robertallendesign.com.
Silver leaf on ceiling: Morgan Tallman and Megan Lindsey, Deux Femmes Decorative Art + Design, 203/545-1995, dfemmes.com.
Chandelier (antique); accessories on coffee table; throw pillows (custom): Lillian August, 203/847-1596, lillianaugust.com.
Settees (#1331-03): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150, leeindustries.com.
Settee fabric ("Milo"/Moon Beam): Romo, 212/319-7666, romo.com.
Coffee table (#1206799): Lillian August, 203/847-1596, lillianaugust.com
Master bathroom by Susanne Kelley
Taking its cue from the adjoining bedroom, the master bathroom is full-on glamour. Says Susanne Kelley, who designed the space for Bakes and Company, "This space was my dream come true. The blue-and-white palette reflects the environment here--the ocean, the sky. It's beachy, yet serene."
Design: Susanne Kelley Design; 631/356-3253, susannekelleydesign.com
Shimmering tiled surfaces (and there are lots of them) reflect the radiant Hamptons sun. For a feeling more living room than master bath, Kelley incorporated more freestanding pieces and fewer built-ins. "It's less institutional," says Kelley. "Cozier."
Tub ("Restoration 4" #AlY6717TO): Aquatic, 800/877-2005, aquaticbath.com. Available through Blackman, 631/283-1500, blackman.com.
Faucet ("Faubourg" by Pierre Yves Rochon, Classical Collection): THG Paris, 954/425-8225, thgusa.com. Available at Davis & Warchow, 212/680-9000, daviswarshow.com.
Roman blind (silk dupioni): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com.
Wall paint (custom mix by Susanne Kelley): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Faux painting: Gerri Wilson, Faux Real, 631/786-4204.
Cabinets flanking tub (French-style painted single door armoire in Louis XV style); round table (1920s, french cast iron, nickel plated); Chinese garden stool; pendant light ("Quatrefoil Chandelier" with interior shade); vanity chair ("Clover Chair"); vanity sconces (reproduction, English/polished nickel); upholstered chair (Louis XV-style wing chair in Ivory linen); pillow on chair: English Country Antiques, 631/537-0606, ecantiques.com.
Vanity-chair fabric ("Silk Dyasty"): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com.
Photo behind chair (Swimming, by Linda K. Alpern): Tripoli Gallery, 631/903-9220, tripoligallery.com.
Vanity and mirrors (traditional style): Bakes & Co., 631/725-1010, bakesandcompany.com.
Glass floor tile (white recrystalized glass floor tile): Nemo Tile, 212/505-0009, nemotile.com.
Mosaic border (white thassos marble from Greece): Thasssos.Com, 866/887-8663, thassos.com.
Mosaic floor under tub ("Eternal"/blue celeste, ming green, white thassos marble): Alan Court & Assoc., 631/324-7497, alancourt.com.
Master sitting room by Kevin Isbell
Enveloped in warm colors, textures, and fabrics, the master sitting room by Kevin Isbell was created as "a place in which the owners could take refuge from the never-ending parade of Hampton houseguests or simply curl up with a good book," says Isbell.
Design: Kevin Isbell Interiors, 20 Pine Street, Suite 1101, New York, NY 10005; 646/678-5421, kevinisbell.com
Instead of trying to remedy the room's challenging aspects--its small scale and somewhat awkward layout--Isbell embraced its idiosyncrasies. He created a small vestibule by installing a portiere curtain--punctuating the sitting room and revealing it more dramatically.
Artwork was installed gallery-style, and furnishings were carefully edited to ensure that each piece has a story. A small-scale, crescent-shaped sofa holds court in a corner, and a pair of kitschy vintage lobster lamps top an antique mirrored console table. A plaster-dipped chandelier crowns the space. "The seemingly disparate mix of things evokes the feeling of being collected over time rather than decorated," notes Isbell.
Wall covering (burlap): designer's collection.
Installation: Off The Wallcoverings, 917/626-3258, offthewallcoverings.com.
Ceiling paint ("Prussian Blue" #VM123): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Area carpet ("San Remo"/Bark #175-6019): Paul H. Lee Carpets & Rugs, 212/656-9995.
Sofa ("Crescent"); club chair ("Bridgewater"); chair by mirrored console ("Carrie Desk Chair"): Luther Quintana Upholstery Studio, 212/319-5814, lqupholstery.com.
Sofa fabric (#32032-36 in Orange); Bridgewater-chair fabric (#32024-220 in Oatmeal); Carrie-chair fabric (#15229-614 in Brushed Lagoon); drapery (#20772-178 in Driftwood): Duralee Fabrics, 800/275-3872, duralee.com.
Drapery workroom: J. Edlin Interiors, 212/243-2111.
Throw (custom): Rosemary Hallgarten for Alt for Living, 212/431-1000, altforliving.com.
Mirrored console: Rosselli & Assoc., 212/593-2060, johnrosselliassociates.com.
Lobster lamp on console; desk: Knollwood Antiques, 212/308-6590, knollwoodantiques.com.
Lampshades (custom): Blanche P. Field, 800/895-0714, blanchefield.com.
Mirrored screen; side tables: Kevin Isbell Interiors, 646/678-5421, kevinisbell.com.
Chandelier (plaster); twig lamp: Sentimento Antiques, 212/750-3111, sentimentoantiques.com.
Art (Whitestone Bridge, New York 2004-05, by Jonathan Smith); art (Suite of 7 Botanical Prints, by Adrienne Veninger); art (Untitled, oil on linen, by Mark Saltz): Jayne H. Baum Gallery, 212/255-9286, jhbgallery.com.
Abstract landscape paintings (by Michelle D'ermo): through Kevin Isbell Interiors, 646/678-5421.
Interior drapery (Ivory burlap): ATS Acoustics, atsacoustics.com.
Guest bedroom by Arden Stephenson
If her guest bedroom at the Hampton showhouse is any indication, designer Arden Stephenson whole-heartedly embraces color. Her happy, welcoming (and, yes, vibrant) bedroom put a bold spin on the typical Hampton sun- and sea-inspired scheme. Lacquered yellow walls ("beach retreat with a punch!" laughs Stephenson) wow the senses, and cool turquoise blue cools things down a bit.
Design: Arden Interior Architecture & Design, 40 East 89th Street, Suite 6B, New York, NY 10128; 917/447-4012, ardenstephenson.com
While bold color might be the star here, Stephenson considered every element before committing to any. For cohesiveness, the design incorporates circular forms--some sculptural and dramatic, some subtle. The sunburst mirror, artichoke lamps, and cylindrical antler chandelier grab attention, and the circular details in the custom headboards continue the theme. "Every element needs to be carefully thought out so that it works with an overall scheme," she says, "but not every item should make a statement. Pieces have to work together, not compete."
Headboards (custom): Arden Interior Architecture & Design, 917/447-4012, ardenstephenson.com.
Headboard and bedskirt fabric ("Astrid"): Kamofleur Kollection, kamofleur.com.
Bed throws ("Orbison Stripe," Selvedge Handwovens)
Bench fabric ("Small Key"/custom color, Prints Etc.): Studio Four NYC, 212/475-4414, studiofournyc.com.
Benches (Italian, 1930s): Lee Calicchio Ltd., 212/588-0841, leecalicchioltd.com.
Embroidered bed linens (custom): Julia B, 203/329-8248, juliab.com.
Bedside table (silver-leaf quatrefoil tables):Two Worlds Arts, 212/929-2210, twoworldsarts.com.
Table lamp ("Penzance Crystal Column Lamp" #GL51): Vaughan, 212/319-7070, vaughandesigns.com.
Mirror (antique pewter): Linda Horn Antiques, 212/772-1122, lindahorn.com.
Paint (custom mix of "Goldfinch" # VM30 and "Ginger" #ML04 mixed with "Brilliant White," with a coat of polyurethane over it): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Area rug ("Turnabout"/Citron, by Florence Broadhurst): Studio Four NYC, 212/475-4414, studiofournyc.com.
Vase: HB Home, 631/608-4321, hbhomedesign.com.
Chandelier ("Bleached Antler Chandelier"): Linda Horn Antiques, 212/772-1122, lindahorn.com.
Sofa (vintage, 1940s curved sofa): Arden Interior Architecture & Design, 917/447-4012, ardenstephenson.com.
Sofa fabric ("Aquarius" #26754); tape trim; linen zebra pillows: Scalamandré, 800/932-4361, scalamandre.com.
Pillows with Greek key pattern ("Mango Wood"/pale blue on white): Gracious Home, 800/338-7809, gracioushome.com.
Cashmere throw: Nancy Koltes, 800/643-1755, nancykoltes.com.
End tables ("Francis 2-Drawer Table"/White #FRA-30-09): Bungalow 5, 212/947-1500, bungalow5.com.
Table lamps ("Artichoke Lamps," papier mache): Stray Dog Designs, 866/478-7297, straydogdesigns.com.
Coffee table (painted steel): Gerald Bland, 212/987-8505, geraldblandinc.com.
Crystal ball: Linda Horn Antiques, 212/772-1122, lindahorn.com.
Caned club chair (1960s): Flessas Design, 212/289-8484. flessasdesign.com.
Club-chair fabric: Scalamandré, 800/932-4361, scalamandre.com.
Drapery ("Quatrefoil"/Blanc): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777, robertallendesign.com.
Drapery fabrication, drapery hardware: Versailles Upholstery, 212/533-2059.
Chandelier ("Bleached Antler Chandelier"): Linda Horn Antiques, 212/772-1122, lindahorn.com.
Desk ("Maison Jansen Writing table"): David Duncan Antiques, 212/688-0666, davidduncanantiques.com.
Desk chair (cerused oak): Bungalow 5, 212/947-1500, bungalow5.com.
Desk Lamp ("Horn Block Desk Lamp"): Gracious Home, 800/338-7809, gracioushome.com.
Guest bedroom by Jack Levy
"A wonderful guest room should be a cocoon from the rest of the home, a place where your guests can close the door and be in their own little world," says Jack Levy. Audacious in its palette (a dazzling purple grass cloth envelops the space), Levy's guest bedroom could be described as cocoon-like.
Design: Jack Levy Design, 134 West 29th Street, #904, New York, NY 10001; 212/980-8900, jacklevydesign.com
Hints of buttery yellow on the bed linens and an antique rug (the impetus for the scheme) soften the effect of the bold wall color. A single fabric--an embroidered linen with a delicate organic pattern--provides a sense of harmony. "Whenever you can be adventurous, you should saturate a small room with deep color," advises Levy. "A jewel-box approach always works well. And using one fabric throughout is a great way to make a room look large and luxurious without appearing busy or exhausting to the eye."
Bed ("DeRothschild Bed"/Patinated Bronze, by Carole Gratale): Edward Ferrell, 336/841-3028, ef-lm.com.
Drapery, valance, bed valance fabric ("Foxwood"/Opal, Sage #PF50276-2): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, leejofa.com.
Wall covering ("Juicy Jute Grasscloth"/Purple Passion #4824): Phillip Jeffries Ltd., 973/575-5414, phillipjeffries.com.
Rug (antique): Beauvais Carpets, 212/688-2265, beauvaiscarpets.com.
Bedding; throw: Sferra, 877/336-2003, sferra.com.
Sofa ("Wentworth" #H4330-5): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, leejofa.com.
Sofa side table ("Meri Side Table"): Oly, 775/336-2100, olystudio.com.
Yellow sculpture on side table: Buck House, 212/828-3123, buckhouse.com.
Art over sofa (Reveille, 2010 by James Lecce): McKenzie Fine Art, 212/989-5467, mckenziefineart.com.
Bedside tables ("Campaign Style 3-Tier Étagère #R341): Objets Plus, 212/832-3386, objetsplus.com.
Lamps (pair of goatskin lamps by Aldo Tura #211L2854): John Salibello Antiques, 631/537-1484, johnsalibelloantiques.com.
Ceiling and trim paint: Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656, ralphlalurenhome.com.
Sitting room by Irwin Weiner
With no client restrictions, Irwin Weiner saw the showhouse as an opportunity to create a space that was, well, all about him. "Typically, I design rooms to reflect my client's taste and style," says Weiner. "As my own client, this one reflects my taste, and by extension it's a somewhat intimate picture of me. The room is mostly a mix of different items I own, purchased over many years. The quirkiness of some of the items relates to my sense of humor. Items unusual and with strong shapes reflect my appreciation of sculpture and shape, in their purest form."
Design: Irwin Weiner Interiors, 767 Lexington Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10065; 212/308-2235, irwinweiner.com
Quirkiness doesn't apply to furnishings alone. Weiner added several unique treatments as well. To add architectural interest to the space, he installed a fabric wainscoting, applied with large nail heads. A half-round window was camouflaged with a large piece of art painted by Weiner himself, so that it wouldn't overpower the room. Walls were painted in different hues--various shades of amethyst and stone. In need of a large-scale hanging light fixture, Weiner created one himself--white craft paper surrounding a simple pendant fixture from Home Depot.
"One's interior should reflect one's self, one's taste, and one's personality," says Weiner. "There is no single answer as to how a space should be. Live in an environment filled with people and items you love. And be bold about it!"
Fabric wainscoting; drapery (mohair): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Drapery workroom: Yes Dear Inc., 914/946-2219, yesdearinc.com.
Vesta Drapery Hardware, 800/638-3782, ivesta.com.
Paint (shades of amethyst and stone): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Sofa ("Dunbar," by Edward Wormley): David Rago Auctions, 866/724-6278, ragoarts.com.
Rug (mohair): Sacco Carpet, 212/226-4344, saccocarpet.com.
Ceiling light (white craft paper surrounding pendant fixture from Home Depot); sketches ( by Irwin Weiner): Irwin Weiner Interiors Ltd., 212/308-2235, irwinweiner.com.
Tree trunk end table (by Pablo Pardo): G. Evans Ltd. Antiques, 609/397-4411, gevansltdantiques.com.
Retro table lamp on end table; snails (Venetian glass); butterfly magazine rack; conical leather table with stainless steel balls at base; sculpture on leather table; sculpture on wall above leather table; coffee table (semi-precious stones set in resin): designer's collection.
Stool under coffee table: antique.
Game room by Bradley Stephens
If James Bond is ever in need of a man cave, Bradley Stephens might just be the man to call. Confronted with a large, windowless space on the lower level, Stephens created a smart, tailored game room fit for any self-respecting international man of mystery. "The room had no windows," explains Stephens "so I decided to design the space as a modern speakeasy: a game room that inspires adventurous mixology and friendly competition."
Design: Bradley Stephens, 601 West 26th Street, Suite 308, New York, NY 10001; 212/929-5100, bradleystephens.com
With a generous floor plan, space was no issue. Stephens divided the room (already visually separated by recessed paneled columns) into five distinct areas--a billiards room, an elegant (and expansive) bar, a lounge area, a wine cellar, and a cozy nook with game table. An octagonal room adjacent to the space was transformed into an "archive"--finished with gray oak cabinetry lined with gold-painted books and a collection of decanters and barware.
Embracing the room's dark side, Stephens dressed walls in a high-gloss navy strie wallpaper--a dramatic contrast to the white coffered ceiling--and punctuated them with an eclectic mix of art to "add warmth and humor to the space."
Stephens' parting words of wisdom? "Don't be afraid of making an investment in the quirkier areas of your home--basements, back hallways, walk-in closets, and pantries. Dressed up, these can become favorite spaces."
Wall covering ("Lacquer Strié"/Navy): Phillip Jeffries Ltd., 973/575-5414, phillipjeffries.com. Through Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, hollyhunt.com.
Area rug (vintage): F. J. Hakimian, 212/371-6900, fjhakimian.com. Lucite bar table: Lorin Marsh, 212/759-8700, lorinmarsh.com.
Bar stools ("Square Guest Counter Stool"): BDDW Handmade American Furniture, 212/625-1230, bddw.com.
Photographs: Robin Rice Gallery, 212/366-6660, robinricegallery.com.
Lounge chairs (vintage)
Chair fabric (pony hide)
Cocktail table (rosewood): Bardin Palomo Antiques, 212/989-6113, bardinpalomo.com.
Wood-framed chairs: Lee Calicchio Ltd., 212/588-0841, leecalicchioltd.com.
Chair fabric: lilac mohair.
Cashmere throw blankets: Casa Del Bianco Fine Linens, 866/249-9224, casadelbianco.com.
Throw pillows: cashmere.
Round ceiling fixture (leaded glass): Carlos de la Puente Antiques, 212/751-4228, delapuenteantiques.com.
Backgammon set; poker chips: Blatt Billiards, 800/252-8855, blattbilliards.com.
Area rug (vintage): F. J. Hakimian, 212/371-6900, fjhakimian.com.
Game table (tessellated): Lobel Modern, 212/242-9075, lobelmodern.com.
Game-table chairs ("Promenade Caned Armchair"): Lorin Marsh, 212/759-8700, lorinmarsh.com.
Countertop and backsplash: butcher block.
Faucet ("Bridgeford"): Grohe, 630/582-7711, grheamerica.com. Sink: Franke KSD, 800/626-5771, frankeksd.com.
Billiard table (antique): Blatt Billiards, 800/252-8855, blattbilliards.com.
Pendant lights over billiard table (French vintage); nickel floor lamp (antique): 145 Antiques, 212/807-1149, 145antiques.com.
Upholstered bench: Niedermaier, 212/888-8680, niedermaier.com.
Throw blanket over bench: Casa Del Bianco Fine Linens, 866/249-9224, casadelbianco.com.
Bronze bar cart between columns ("Mesta Bar Cart"): Lorin Marsh, 212/759-8700, lorinmarsh.com.
Ceramic table lamps: 145 Antiques, 212/807-1149, 145antiques.com.
Fabric on ceiling ("Woven Leather"/Camel #4611): Phillip Jeffries, 973/575-5414, phillipjeffries.com.
Pool lounge by Jennifer Mabley & Austin Handler
Known more for a more reserved, soothing aesthetic, design duo Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler tackled the pool lounge with a surprisingly vibrant, pattern-filled scheme. "Maybe it was because the new season of Mad Men was about to premiere," says Handler, "but all of a sudden, we imagined Betty and Don Draper coming in from the pool in their vintage-era bathing suits, mixing themselves a vodka gimlet and an old-fashioned and lounging in this space until sunset."
Inspired by the orange-and-white chain-link grass cloth wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries, the scheme took on a life of its own--powerfully combining a graphic window treatment and patterned rug with the already visually-audacious grass cloth.
Design: Mabley Handler Interior Design, 34 Head of Pond Road, Water Mill, NY 11976; 631/726-7300
What's a pool lounge without a splash of water-inspired blue? Aqua accessories dot the vintage console, adding cool contrast to the room's energetic orange palette.
"Even if your design aesthetic is typically more reserved (as ours usually is), there are certain rooms in a house where you can have some decorating fun," advises Mabley. "Pool houses, powder rooms, even media rooms are great opportunities to make a design punch in a smaller, stand-alone space."
Wallpaper ("Chain Link"/Orange on Ivory Manilla Hemp #5136): Phillip Jeffries, 800/576-5455, phillipjeffries.com. Through Holly Hunt, 212/755-6555.
Pair of chairs (vintage, mid-century modern): 20th Century Gallery, 518/822-8907, 20thcenturygallery.net.
Embroidered pillows on chairs ("Edinburgh"/Papaya, embellished with silver nailheads): Michelle Hatch New York, 917/977-1293, michellehatchny.com.
Table between chairs ("Fairfield Lacquer Coffee Table"/Knockout Orange with Grasscloth top): Oomph, 203/216-9848, oomphonline.com.
Sisal rug (cream): The Carpet Man, 631/283-0885.
Orange geometric rug ("Brooke Rug"/Orange): Madeline Weinrib Atelier, 212/473-3000 x 3780, madelineweinrib.com.
Drapery ("City Square"/Terratone, by Thom Filicia): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com.
Fabrication: Verduno Collection, 631/899-3190, verduno.com.
Bar/console table (vintage): Triangle Studio, 631/591-2195.
Table lamps (hand-painted porcelain Cordova lamps in Orange): Bungalow 5, 212/947-1500, bungalow5.com.
Geometric mirror ("Pierre"): Z Gallerie, 800/908-6748, zgallerie.com.
Decorative accessories: Mecox Gardens, 800/487-4854, mecoxgardens.com.
Orange planters for topiaries (custom): Mabley Handler Interior Design, 631/726-7300, mableyhandler.com.
Blue porcelain vases: English Country Antiques, 631/537-0606, ecantiques.com.
Art on wall behind chairs (Slim Aarons photos scanned and output onto canvas): Mabley Handler Interior Design, 631/726-7300, mableyhandler.com.
Wine Room by Carol Egan & Wayne Nathan
Powerful, daring, graphic--the wine room created by Wayne Nathan and Carol Egan for Paris Ceramic and Decorati.com isn't for the design faint of heart. "We thought, what if Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton had a wine room in their flat in London in the 60s and had Twiggy over for cocktails," muses Nathan. "What might that look like, only updated?"
Custom-made wine cabinets from Christopher Peacock were painted electric blue as a brilliant partner to the graphic black-and-white scheme. The Union Jack backsplash (a shout out to London) is constructed from Irish blue limestone--honed, polished, and distressed to create a subtle image of the British flag.
Design: Nathan Egan Interiors, 270 Lafayette Street, Suite 904, New York, NY 10012; 212/414-1313, nathanegan.com
Graphic high-gloss, black-and-white floor and wall treatments appear somehow balanced yet erratic, eye-popping yet hypnotic.
Side porch by Rosemarie diSalvo, Annemarie diSalvo, & Keith Mazzei
Designers Rosemarie and Annemarie diSalvo, along with Keith Mazzei, solved the challenge of a deep but narrow porch by clearly delineating the seating areas while maintaining a cozy feeling. Vibrant fabrics by Trina Turk for Schumacher read as elegant and fun. Lending a South Beach feeling are shells and bamboo elements. Outdoor furniture by McGuire is both sleek and transitional. The designers created a vibrant color scheme they followed right down to the vase of tulips from NDI.
Design: diSalvo Interiors, 275 Madison Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10016; 212/878-8808, disalvointeriors.com
Sectional sofa ("Outdoor Sectional Corner Chairs" #JG-11 and "Outdoor Sectional Slipper Chair" #JG-12, by Jacques Garcia): McGuire Furniture, 415/241-1228, mcguirefurniture.com.
Sofa-cushion fabric; orange pencil welting ("Beacon Cotton Stripe"/Red, Java, Beige #62994); patterned pillow on sofa ("Super Paradise Print"/Punch #174321, by Trina Turk); wall hanging and drapery ("Peacock Print"/Punch #174281, by Trina Turk): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Drapery hardware (white PVC pipes): Home Depot, homedepot.com.
Coffee table ("Chi Chi 'C' table" #JG-109): Jacques Garcia for McGuire Furniture, 415/241-1228, mcguirefurniture.com.
Studio porch by Elsa Soyars
Situated outside the artist's studio, the porch that Elsa Soyars designed is a mix of textures and colors--a coffee table of woven recycled aluminum and teak; a handsome, washable plastic rug; and pillows in bright retro prints.
Design: Elsa Soyars, 300 North Sea Mecox Road, Southampton, NY 11968; 631/875-1694, elsasoyars.com
Upholstered sofa ("Oleander Outdoor Sofa with Canopy" #U101-03); upholstered ottomans ("Drum Outdoor Ottoman" #U108-00): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150, leeindustries.com.
Lime green pillows ("Bamboo Forest Print"/Parrot #174250); blue-and-green pillow ("Peacock Print"/Pool #174280): Trina Turk for Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Raffia pillows (natural Madagascar raffia custom colored with solver leaf and treated to be outdoors): Crezana Design, 631/283-3101.
Coffee table (sustainable, with recycled aluminum and recycled wood): Calypso Home East Hampton, 631/324-8146.
Chair by sofa ("Woodland Arm Chair" #2706): Currey & Co., 877/768-6428, curreyco.com. Available from English Country Antiques, 631/537-0606, ecantiques.com.
Tree stump (petrified wood): The Furniture Garden, 631/726-4647, the furnituregardens.com.
Silver lanterns: designer's collection.
Kitchen porch by Nancy Pearson
Nancy Pearson wanted something unexpected for the kitchen porch, so instead of lanterns, she opted for new but classic Visual Comfort fixtures to echo the lattice windows. She contrasted the formality of topiary with the informality of accents in island colors. The coffee table's top is taken from a cross-section of a tropical tree.
Design: Nancy Pearson Ltd., 215 East 68th Street, Suite 12U, New York, NY 10065; 212/213-3133, nancypearsonltd.com
Sofa ("Armless Chair" #D26-11-1 with zip cover, and "Corner Chair #D26-41-1 with zip cover); sofa fabric ("Sailcloth"/Salt #17000-11): Richard Frinier for Century Furniture, 828/328-1851, centuryfurniture.com.
Red pillow ("Kazak" #302830C); purple pillow ("Nomad"/Purple #303033F): Quadrille Wallpapers & Fabrics, 212/753-2995, quadrillefabrics.com.
Magenta pillow ("Coy Fish"/Fuchsia #4647-02, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com.
Cocktail table ("Organic Teak Cocktail Table with Ebony Legs"): The Furniture Garden, 631/726-4647.
Mirror (shell and antique fragment mirror); shells on cocktail table; accessories: Century Furniture, 212/479-0107.
Vases beside shell (tall vase #7040775, short vase #7040770, Bali Collection by Kosta Bode): Orrefors Kosta Boda, 212/684-5455, kostaboda.us.
Gold fretwork stool by sofa ("Porcelain Spider's Nest Stool"/Matte Gold): Tucker Robbins, 212/355-3383, tuckerrobbins.com.
Garden stool as stand for topiary ("Chinese Garden Stool"): Donna Parker Habitat Ltd. Antiques, 631/726-9311. Topiary: Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restorationhardware.com.
Area rug ("Margolin"/Gold Mahogany): Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com.
Hanging lanterns (Morris Lantern" #SK5009AZ, by Suzanne Kasler for Visual Comfort): Suffolk Designer Lighting, 631/283-4800, visualcomfortlightingstore.com.
Dining table ("Chatsworth Cobweb Dining Table," by Oscar de la Renta, discontinued); dining chairs (#D26-51-1 in Cloud finish with zip cover, by Richard Frinier); table centerpiece (Italian porcelain hurricane): Century Furniture, 212/479-0107, centuryfurniture.com.
Den porch by Christina Murphy Interiors
Christina Murphy settled on grays and ivories as the palette for this small, private spot because they remind her of the soft driftwood found on Long Island beaches. The large wicker chair with circular legs gives the space character.
Design: Christina Murphy Interiors, 120 East 62nd Street, Suite 4D, New York, NY 10065; 212/842-0773, christinamurphyinteriors.com
Wicker sofa ("Kubu Sofa" #89007); sofa cushions: Walters Wicker, 201/567-2000, walterswicker.com.
Polka-dot throw pillow on sofa ("Monique"/Gray #60): Les Indiennes, 518/537-3735, lesindiennesshop.com.
Yellow floral pillow ("Kimura"/Turmeric #7253/01): Romo, 212/319-7666, romo.com.
Mirror above sofa: Summer Hill Ltd., 212/935-6376, summerhill.com.
Side tables; lantern on side table: Mecox Gardens, 800/487-4854, mecoxgardens.com.
Wire chairs ("Crinoline Arm Chair"): B&B Italia, 212/758-4046.
Throw pillows on wire chairs ("Maybrook"/Ivory #9827): Pindler & Pindler, 805/531-9090, pindler.com.
Pillow trim ("Honeycomb"/Saffron #TL10098-6416): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, leejofa.com.
Coffee table: Old Town Crossing, 631/283-7740, oldtowncrossing.com.
Children's wicker chairs; rocker: found on eBay.
Polka-dot throw pillow on child's chair ("Monique"/Gray #60): Les Indiennes, 518/537-3735, lesindiennesshop.com.
Area rug ("Moro Sisal"): Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com.
Greek key border on area rug (handpainted by Christopher Rollinson): Christopher Rollinson Design, 212/841-0260, christopherrollinson.com.
Yellow ceiling paint ("Mango Gold" #VM34, eggshell finish): Ralph Lauren Paint, 800/379-7656, ralphlaurenhome.com
Fire pit by Chip Wade
It's difficult to find a designer able to manipulate the elements of nature. Luckily, HGTV's Chip Wade happens to be part of that rare breed. Recruited to create a backyard oasis, Wade put his fire-taming skills to good use. "With outdoor living destinations, it's fun to play with natural elements," he notes. "Because the area is next to a lavish pool, it was intuitive to bring in fire as the focal point."
Belgard pavers are used for walking and entertaining surfaces ("They're preferred for their regularity," explains Wade), and organic elements were added when possible. "The space is grounded in bluestone native to the region," he notes. A sprinkling of moss and Australian ferns mimics the green of the surrounding forest.
"I had never seen a fire pit that was done this way," says Wade, "and I love unique!"
Design: Chip Wade, chipwade.com
Furniture: Lee Industries, 800/892-7150, leeindustries.com. Pillows: Pier 1 Imports, 800/245-4595, pier1.com. Lanterns ("Avignon Round Lanterns"): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restorationhardware.com.
Accessories: West Elm, 866/428-6468, westelm.com. Paving stones: Belgard Hardscapes, 877/235-4273, belgard.biz.