Rooms with a View Finale

Rooms with a View Finale

Featured today are the last 4 vignettes from the wonderful Rooms with a View show house. For those of you who haven’t been following, these rooms are last merely because the designers’ names fall at the end of the alphabet!

George Marshall Peters‘ refined vignette was inspired by a trip to Asia he took last year.

photograph by MANUFOTO

Peters worked the vignette around the spectacular piece of art which is part of his personal collection. The space included a sophisticated eclectic mix of Asian pieces mixed with American 20th century interwar period table and chairs. The fabulous architectonic ceiling also reflects this sensibility.…

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Rooms with a View – Reveal continued

Rooms with a View – Reveal continued

Connie Cooper‘s elegant vignette was intended as a media free space for the next generation.

Bombarded by electronics all day long, Connie felt it was important for these young adults to have somewhere to relax and connect as people in real life without texting, emailing or talking on Facebook.

Connie felt, as many of us do, that it was important to express the personality of the owner in the space. Obviously a girl who loves a good martini, Connie had a charming drinks tray ready for guests.

The eclectic yet glamorous touches, such as the vintage Murano lamps and distinctive bookcase expressed Connie’s love of travel.…

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Rooms with a View – Reveal #2

Rooms with a View – Reveal #2

I had intended to share 4 rooms a day as I did for the previews, but due to technological issues (leaving my charger at the Apple store), there will be only one room today – that of John Todd Bishop, who is next in line.

Viewing Bishop’s room was a bit like like being on Freud’s couch (in a beautiful Viennese office of course). A handsome and intellectual vignette, Bishop’s space, entitled The Room Beyond, made you think as well as see. It was almost like being inside the head of the occupant. It reminded me of a Hitchcock film, with multiple layers of mystery veiled in beautiful veneers, challenging you to look beyond the surface.…

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Rooms with a View Gala & First Reveal

Rooms with a View Gala & First Reveal

The Rooms With a View Gala last Thursday was a roaring success. In a festive venue, crowds gathered to see the designers’ inspiration. Many familiar faces perused the rooms.

Above designer Leslie Allen with son, Rooms with a View designer Sam Allen and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens editorial director DJ Carey convene outside of Sam’s vignette.

Ceramic lamp designer Christopher Spitzmiller, Rooms with a View designer Olga Adler and past Rooms with a View interior designer Harry Heissmann.

Rooms with a View designer James Andrew, marketing executive Janice Langrall and Scalamandré president Steven Stolman.

Connecticut photographer Ben Larrabee with wife Trudy.…

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The Way Home with Jeffrey Bilhuber

The Way Home with Jeffrey Bilhuber

Another reason to visit Rooms with a View this weekend is that distinguished designer and author Jeffrey Bilhuber will be at the show for a seminar and book signing.

His recently published book, The Way Home, Reflections on American Beauty has been receiving wonderful accolades. With over two hundred beautiful photographs by William Abranowicz, this volume walks us through twelve of Bilhuber’s recent projects. What makes this book unique in the crowded category of design books is that each home is presented as a story, relating the way in which the families live within the spaces and Bilhuber’s process of creating these environs.…

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Rooms with a View Inspiration – Part 3

Rooms with a View Inspiration – Part 3

I’m so excited for the Gala Preview of Rooms with a View this evening and, in anticipation, am presenting today the final group of designers. In case you haven’t noticed, they have been listed on the blog in alphabetical order, in groups of four so as not to overwhelm.

George Marshall Peters came to interior design in a less than conventional route. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Art History from NYU, he spent several years working on archeological digs in Cyprus. During the off-seasons he dealt in 20th century design and the decorative arts, ultimately leading to a BFA from the New York School of Interior Design where he was the recipient of several prestigious awards.…

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Rooms with a View Inspiration – Part 2

Rooms with a View Inspiration – Part 2

Today we are continuing to meet the designers who will be presenting their rooms tomorrow night at the Gala Preview for Rooms with a View.

After honing his skills with such distinguished designers such as Albert Hadley, Brian McCarthy and Dennis Rolland, John Todd Bishop opened his eponymous firm in 2007. Focusing on mostly residential projects, Bishop’s wide ranging aesthetic sensibilities allow him to design across a variety of styles. Recent projects include a townhouse in Georgia, a craftsman style house in New Jersey and an apartment in Brooklyn Heights.

“Albert Hadley opened my eyes to the importance of architectural order and that the logical arrangement of furniture to respect that order as well as supply comfort in our day-to-day lives is the ultimate luxury.”

Connie Cooper has a background that informs almost all areas of the design experience – education in both interior and textile design, designing floor covering, textiles, wall covering and hand screened wallpaper books, color advising, collecting Asian arts and antiques and most recently receiving her “green designer” certification.…

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The People’s Project – Pool House & Guest Cottage

The People’s Project – Pool House & Guest Cottage

The governor’s residence includes two charming outbuildings. Closest to the main residence is a pool house. From the Philip Gorrivan designed sunroom, you can see the pool and garden through the french doors.

Designers Tricia Izzo and Carolyn Kron of Shelter Interiors were met with many challenges in renovating the now lovely pool house. The two room structure didn’t exude the same charm as the classic pool. But by combining sleek NuKitchens cabinetry with a jazzy Artistic Tile backsplash and glamorous Thibaut pattern on the ceiling, the modest kitchen is now a chic and usable space. Another wonderful Currey & Company light illuminates the room.…

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The People’s Project: The Main House

The People’s Project: The Main House

Beyond the foyer, which I have shown before, is a reception area, linking both the front and back entrances and the living and dining rooms on either sides. Previously dark and unattended, it is now a cheerful graphic segue between the other spaces. Jamie Drake, in a somewhat toned down palette from his signature exuberance, achieves this successfully by combining the Vallier Vine table skirt from his collection for Schumacher with a Safavieh rug and elegant platinum walls.

The living room is a classically elegant space and yet Susan Bednar Long has infused it with youthful touches reflecting the current residents.…

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Creative Collaboration: The People’s Project – An Introduction

Creative Collaboration: The People’s Project – An Introduction

I recently had the privilege of previewing the spectacular renovation of the historic Connecticut Governor’s Residence in Hartford. What an incredibly generous outpouring of creative collaboration this project is!! As I toured the beautiful home with Connecticut Cottages and Gardens editorial director DJ Carey, I was truly overwhelmed with a sense of pride – not only for our now beautiful state residence but also for the amount of time and effort selflessly devoted to this endeavor. All of the Connecticut based or related designers, manufactures and artisans donated their talent and wares to create an impressive home for our governor and showplace for both the public and visiting dignitaries.…

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