Rooms with a View 2013

This year’s Rooms with a View 2013 was the 19th year of one of my favorite design events in Connecticut. Originally conceived by Albert Hadley, the popular fundraiser transforms the Southport Congregational Church into a showhouse featuring twelve tiny 5′ x8′  rooms created by local and NYC designers. This year’s version, again under the directorship of Honorary Chairman and Parish Hadley alumnus Thom Filicia celebrated  Americanism: Timely and Timeless Design. With a fresh crop of contributing designers, the vignettes were creative, fun and fresh.

Rooms with a View 2013

Thom Filicia‘s particular brand of Americanism is a casual eclectic chic as expressed in his room, featuring pieces from his collections as well as his new Sedgewick and Brattle space.

Rooms with a View 2013

Westport designer Lynne Scalo‘s room was an art-filled dark and glamorous space. Glossy Farrow & Ball Pitch Black walls were the perfect foil for the dramatic paintings by Jeannie Motherwell.

Rooms with a View 2013

A study in contrasts, a Serge Mouille light hangs with Scalo’s Louie the XV Mirror for a thoroughly modern mix.

Rooms with a View 2013

Next door, an elegant approach to vintage glamour was stylishly executed by the mother and daughter design team behind Ruger Interiors. An ode to Francis Elkins included an original pair of her iconic Loop Chairs and console in a foyer reminiscent of her classic early 20th century designs. A 1940’s Stanley Hura Hollywood Regency mirror and French sconces from the 30s added reflective allure.

Rooms with a View 2013

Feminine accoutrements varied from a classic vintage Chanel bag and fur

Rooms with a View 2013

to the work of multimedia artist Nancy Lorenz

Rooms with a View 2013

Designer Bryant Keller created a timeless room of classic American appeal.

Rooms with a View 2013

A small yet stylish space, it would be perfect for cozy holiday entertaining.

Rooms with a View 2013

I was excited to meet Nancy Corbett and learn about her new company Corbett Wright. In a simple but charming trellis-roofed space, she exhibited her line of customizable furniture. Nancy’s pieces are chic and practical solutions to contemporary design challenges. As she says, “We believe in timeless design with modern purpose.” The signature piece shown at the show was her Pagoda, below.

Rooms with a View 2013Perfectly suited to home office, but beautiful enough for anywhere in the home, it is an organizational dream. Including hidden surge protectors for up to 10 devices, all electrical cords are hidden for a totally clutter free appearance. The designs are proprietary and this Blue Chinoiserie pattern is hand painted for the company in a lacquer-type finish that is not only durable and washable but completely magnetic inside and out.

Rooms with a View 2013I knew it was a good sign when I noticed that one of my all time favorite movies was looping on the laptop.

Rooms with a View 2013

Nancy also brought two different configurations of side table/file cabinets in the same design that included thoughtful touches such as pretty lucite and brass hardware.

Rooms with a View 2013

Other designs include the handsome Gilded Koi available in a grey, show below, or darker charcoal finish. Of course many aspects of customization are available

Rooms with a View 2013

including more storage such as cubbies or drawers, or additional shelving.

Rooms with a View 2013last two photos courtesy of Corbett Wright

I look forward revisiting this company at a future date. In the meantime, do stop by next time as we visit more rooms from Rooms with a View 2013.


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6 Responses to Rooms with a View 2013

  1. Always a treat to see these small spaces. Adore Nancy Corbet’s Gilded Koi Pagoda. Fabulous!! ox

  2. franki says:

    OMG!!! That Koi cabinet is….gorgeous. These vignettes are outstanding….one CAN be creative in such small spaces and beautiful to boot!! franki

  3. Axel Interiors says:

    One of the most beautiful and elegant Rooms in years! Andrea

  4. TrimQueen says:

    Each tiny room like a jewel box, inspiring me to get my work space in shape! Jana

  5. pretty pink tulips says:

    Wow….this year was filled with incredible talent!!! Love every room, but must say the Nancy Corbett room really made an impression!

    Hope all is well. Stay warm today!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  6. tania vartan says:

    The Nancy Corbett room gets my vote too! Oi Koi!

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