Ashley Whittaker Does Pretty Perfectly in House Beautiful

Ashley Whittaker Does Pretty Perfectly in House Beautiful

September is House Beautiful‘s fall color issue and I was thrilled to see the cover features a spectacular project in nearby Greenwich, CT by designer Ashley Whittaker .

In a beautiful new house designed by Judith Larson with stunning architectural details, Whittaker shows that pretty can be sophisticated and modern with a serene refreshing palette of blues and greens. The gray lacquered walls in the living room set a neutral background for the elegant cool tones.

I love the contrast of the glamorous gilt of Currey & Company’s Circe bench against my favorite sisal pattern – this one from Mansour Modern.…

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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Study

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Study

Equestrian chic may be a popular theme these days, but it doesn’t get any more authentic or elegant than Patrick Lönn‘s luxurious understated study at the Hampton Designer Showhouse.

A rider himself, the uber chic designer, dapper in a Brunello Cucinelli suit, was inspired to create the room by the recent move of his horse to Lionshare Farm in Greenwich, CT.

Every detail references an equestrian lifestyle. The ceiling paper, for example, was patterned after an Hermes scarf. Lönn created a pattern and had artist Vesna Bricelj paint parts of it. After making further modifications in photoshop, it was transformed into the stunning wallpaper.…

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House Beautiful Instant Room with Tilton Fenwick

House Beautiful Instant Room with Tilton Fenwick

Many times, especially for city dwellers, it is difficult to devote an entire room to a dedicated work space. And then there are those of us who have managed to carve out an actual space but haven’t had the time or opportunity to make it into the creative haven we desire. So I was thrilled to get a peek at September’s House Beautiful Instant Room feature where the Tilton Fenwick girls, Anne Foster and Suysel Cunningham, presented a chic home office that hit the spot!! With their signature love of color, they created an inviting versatile room that can do double duty for fashionable work or play.…

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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Kitchen

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Kitchen

As you would expect, the showhouse included a large bright modern kitchen with tons of storage, tailored Caged Lanterns from Circa lighting, top end Dacor appliances and several work and entertaining stations. Designed by Robert Bakes for his Hamptons based Bakes and Company, the room “marries the rich traditions of English cabinet making with a truly American sensibility.”

Classic white cabinetry above is combined with what looks like walnut drawers below enhanced with nickel hardware and a nice detail of stainless between the drawers.

The classic combination of carrera counters and nickel bridge faucet on the working island is updated with a nickel silver apron sink.…

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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Guest Suite

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Guest Suite

Clearly the Hamptons’ natural environment made an impression on all the designers. What is so interesting is how each interpreted it to make their room unique. As VP of Design at Pearson, Jennifer McConnell oversees both the furniture and textiles divisions. In her lovely guest suite, she assembled a wonderful collection of Pearson upholstery, case pieces and fabrics to reference the view of the yard and pool in blues and natural colors, accented with bright pops of coral that I loved!

The sofa, upholstered in a super soft Belgian linen chenille is the perfect foil for the pillows, accessories and nautical Karastan rug.…

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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Den

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Den

Tucked between two larger rooms on the main floor is a lovely den. While most of us envision such rooms as secluded enclaves, designer Kate Singer rose to the challenging task of decorating the open space, visible from both adjoining rooms and overlooking the terrace, pool and backyard beyond. Inspired by the beauty of the Hamptons landscape, Kate wanted to connect to the natural outdoor surroundings, choosing a soothing palette derived straight from the ocean, sky and sand.

As it turned out, her choices flows seamlessly to the soft neutrals of the great room and kitchen on either side. It was the beautiful blues in the Kelly Wearstler’s Bengal Bazaar for Groundworks/Lee Jofa draperies, above, that set the tone for the room.…

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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Dining Room

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Dining Room

Through the elegant entry to the right you can glimpse a sea of color. Segueing from the refined aqua of Robinson’s room, we enter a bold ode to the oceanic hue. Local design team Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler of Mabley Handler, focussing on projects in the Hamptons and North Fork, wanted to create a dining room for the Hampton Designer Showhouse that was fresh and fun, all about the relaxed yet stylish entertaining that is so ubiquitous in these parts.

Inspired by the Jonathan Adler for Kravet Wabash fabric in Aquamarine they had seen in the spring but was not set to debut until fall, they convinced the manufacturer to get them enough for the room.…

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2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse First Look

2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse First Look

Saturday evening, Traditional Home magazine hosted several bloggers to get a sneak peek at their Hampton Designer Showhouse. What a treat! This marked the twelfth year of this wonderful event benefitting the local Southampton Hospital and we were graced with a gorgeous evening to stroll through the house, meet the designers and celebrate at the festive preview party. This year’s subject is a new 8,500 square foot, shingle style house in Water Mill built by Grande Design Residential.

Upon entering, you are greeted by a handsome double story entry designed by Kentucky designer Lee W. Robinson. With a soothing color scheme referencing the coastline location, Robinson took full advantage of the height of the space with a fabulous Osborne & Little stripe wallpaper, the horizontal direction effectively enhancing the soaring ceiling.…

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House Beautiful 2012 Kitchen of the Year Finale

House Beautiful 2012 Kitchen of the Year Finale

One of the most important considerations in any kitchen is storage and Mick De Giulio offered some beautiful solutions in his Kitchen of the Year for House Beautiful. Taking a look at the island from the living side, you can see how he divided the large mass.

Cleverly coordinated, the visually heavier wenge wood insert on top has open area below for the beautiful Hickory Chair Madigan stools, while the lighter Caeserstone Supremo counter handled the bulk of the closed white cabinetry. And De Giulio added a little surprise under the counter to further lighten the look, relating it as well to the stools’ nail head trim.…

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House Beautiful Mick De Giulio Kitchen of the Year

House Beautiful Mick De Giulio Kitchen of the Year

Mick De Giulio has been designing kitchens for over 40 years and his wealth of experience shows in his Kitchen of the Year. As De Giulio says, “I may call myself a kitchen designer, but what I really do is orchestrate and conduct the dreaming process.” And there are so many dream-worthy ideas to be gleaned from this space.

Upon entering, the immediate impression was of a bright and cheerful room, enhanced by a fabulous conservatory style skylight. And while essentially a white kitchen, there was a multitude of subtle color and material combinations at play.

Even within the white palette were many variations, from the Glidden White on White walls to the KraftMaid Sedona Maple Dove White cabinetry to the Caesarstone Fair Lady Supremo countertop, all in tonal shades that De Giulio explained add layers and textures to the space.…

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