One of the amazing aspects of the Hampton Designer Showhouse is how so many of the rooms flow successfully together. Nowhere is this more evident than in Lillian August‘s Great Room. Open to both Lee W. Robinson’s entry and Kate Singer’s den, Skye Kirby’s and Nancy Galasso’s design merges seamlessly with a cool laid back yet sophisticated beach-appropriate style.
In typical Lillian August fashion, an effortless mix of contemporary and traditional elements results in an eclectic and collected look. The double height space demanded large pieces and the low profiles and clean geometric lines of the Lange sectional and Gavin Coffee Table, anchored by The Rug Company’s graphic Sentinel carpet, fill the room amply without overwhelming.
The textural quality of the faux shagreen is the perfect background for any accoutrements although I can tell you that the Leo Fuchs portrait of Paul Newman seemed to be the hit of the vignette!
The soothing subtlety of Scalamandré Caserta Floral curtains, created in the Lillian August workroom, soften the effect of the double story windows, tempering the abundant light streaming in. And I love that they made designer Skye Kirby a skirt to match (publisher Beth Brenner had one as well)!! The whimsical peacock looks like he approves!
One of the challenges of working with such a large and imposing room is what to do with the walls. Kirby said she considered wallpaper but decided on framed panels of Phillip Jeffries wallcovering – a clever and effect solution that adds interest and dimension!!
The designers’ vision for the space was a family room for a couple from the city, a place to relax after a day at the beach, golf or tennis. “We have multiple extra chairs and a bench for extra guests as they come and go through out the summer…a bar – and many books to be inspired.” Don’t you just love this bar cart? We’ll be seeing a lot more of warm brass tonalities come fall.
Lillian August’s stores are always filled with marvelously styled vignettes and this room was no exception. Bookcases flanking the fireplace are filled with an airy accumulation of accoutrements.
One of the highlights of the room is the antique desk, with accompanying chair, that the Lillian August antique department refinished, raised and inlaid with Edelman leather.
The lovely pale finish works beautifully with the more modern pieces and adds a bit of gravitas and warmth to the room. Here you can see the fabulous ostrich-like texture of the leather and eclectic accessories that tell the story of our fictional family.
That completes our look at the main floor of the showhouse. Join me next time as we move upstairs to explore the bedrooms!
13 thoughts on “2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Great Room”
Hoping the showhouse is still open when we hit the Hamptons at the end of the month. We love Skye’s eye for detail and the great room is lovely. Happy weekend, Q!
C + C
Another beautiful room, and you take such great photos Stacey! I love the simplicity and elegance of the framed wall covering. The curtain fabric is perfection!
My favorite, so far. Love the Scalamandre Caserta Floral fabric for the drapes. Looking forward to going upstairs! Enjoy your weekend.
Lillian August…there are SO MANY times I’ve exclaimed, “look at that”…and it turns out to be..Lillian August. Your commentary just “carries me away.” Thanks for this treat. franki
Love this room! Spunk + sophistication. Have loved every post you have done on HDS 2012. Well done!
Not my favorite of these gorgeous rooms. The large framed bits of wallpaper seem a fill in as though she couldn’t find or use owner’s art? Reminds me of why artists often don’t like designers to frame their work! Too interested in the look vs. the art – this is all look. The bar cart is cute, but least worthy of comment amongst such pieces as the desk, chairs, fabrics, floors! Draperies beautiful as is the skit, but why the logs stacked on the floor – I’m looking for bugs! Sorry to be critical, but the showcase has been glorious and somehow this was less so.
Gorgeous! Love this room and it vignettes are perfect. The bar cart is fabulous.
Happy Friday, Stacey.
Love, love, love parts of these rooms!! Great ideas.. want to see more!
I agree with Donna wholeheartedly. You sure do know your way around a camera and have a lively way of communicating the all- important details. Thanks for sharing!
Is this bar cart for sale?
They have this bar cart available for sale at Lillian August in both silver and this rubbed brass finish. Looks MUCH better in brass…price point is about $1200.00
Where could I find a Peacock statue ? I love the one in Traditional Home mag. Hampton Designer Showhouse.
Gorgeous room. I liked the Pale finish with the more modern pieces and these add a bit of gravitas and warmth to the room :)