Rooms with a View Inspiration

In anticipation of the Rooms with a View Gala Preview next week, I thought it might be fun to meet each designer, see their original sketches and learn the answer to the question: “In your design, what is it about Mr Albert Hadley that inspires you?”

Michael Adams opened his own design firm following a decade of working for some of the most respected designers in New York. His specialty are “warm, livable, modern spaces that are personal to their owners. Recent projects have ranged from a large traditional upper East Side brownstone to three loft renovations, to a modern Palm Beach home and a residence in the Hollywood Hills.

“I think Mr. Hadley’s respect and knowledge for the arts is reflected in every one of his interiors, never a gimmick or shallow design statement to be found. He inspires me to never stop learning and to always be original without being ridiculous!”

Born and educated in Europe, Olga Adler’s original career was as a media and lifestyle consultant, creating high-profile events featuring American celebrities on their European tours.  With a lifelong love of art and fashion, the segue to interiors with a focus on individual clients was not a difficult one. Known for her fresh take on classic design, Olga Adler Interiors loves simple forms, color and unique accessories.

“To me, the most inspiring aspect of Mr. Hadley’s designs is the masterful layering of textures. It is that exquisite mix that makes spaces comfortable regardless of how precious the furnishings and finishes.”

Sam Allen is the wunderkind of the group. Having begun his design career at the age of 12, he landed his first client while still in high school. The son of interior designer and former magazine editor, Leslie Allen, Sam’s mentor was Sarah Kaplan at Dovecote in Westport. He also interned at Martha Stewart Living. With mostly Connecticut and New York City clients, Sam Allen Interiors‘ style ranges from Parisian Hollywood glamour to classic Americana.

“When I am frustrated that my clients sometimes seem to be stuck and are not ready to commit, I try to remind myself that even Mr. Hadley found this to be true sometimes,  it’s not just because I am young. It’s the designers job to  push the client and help them visualize their dream…  sometimes it’s not an easy job . . .”

Although starting his career in the world of banking and commodities trading, James Andrew soon found his calling in design working for Ralph Lauren’s Home Collection. After eight years with the company, he launched his own business designing interiors around the world, soon following mentor Albert Hadley to Parish-Hadley. After two years under Hadley’s tutelage, Andrew started James Andrew Interior Design, Inc. and continues to travel the globe “making the world a prettier place, one room at a a time.” With work published in Elle Decor,Russian Elle Decor, House and Garden, The New York Times and The London Daily Telegraph’s Stella Magazine, you may recognize the dapper James from his entertaining style and fashion blog What is James Wearing?


“While working with Albert Hadley at Parish-Hadley I learned the importance of preserving the architectural integrity of the structure and then proceeding with a clear, clean purposeful point of view to create a backdrop to enjoy the good life. A canvas to nourish and soothe the soul, making life just a little more beautiful for my clients.”

Stay tuned for more designer profiles, sketches and inspiration!

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19 Responses to Rooms with a View Inspiration

  1. How exciting! I love the range of designers! Hello from India dear!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  2. My goodness, some of them seem sooo young and have already accomplished so much. Inspiring.

  3. Thank you for sharing these great designers, q!
    I hope that your weekend is off to a great start.

  4. What fun!!! Have a great weekend! xx

  5. Elle says:

    I love this! It is wonderful to know more about each designer to understand what is behind their vision. It is easy to forget that there is a strategy and a philosphy for each not simply an assembly of appealing colors and objects. Thank you!

  6. Great post leading up to Rooms with a View! I love the Michael Adams sketch but how do you get into his website? Clever but I could not figure it out!! And of course, I’m a James Andrew fan! It looks as though this will be a good year in Southport… look forward to seeing more. ox

  7. pretty pink tulips says:

    Such a great event and I love that they have invited the “next generation” of designers. You know I’m a huge fan of Sam Allen’s…can’t wait to see his room in living color. And, all the others, too!!

  8. I love that they all draw and you’ve shown their sketches! Hand drawings are the signature of a real designer. If a designer doesn’t draw, they can’t visualize. Great post as usual!

  9. So inspiring to see such talent and meet this “next generation” of talent. I love that Andrew James started in banking and then found his way to his to his passion!

  10. Fun to see the faces behind the rooms and to learn something about them. I love reading about what inspires people too.

    Enjoy your weekend Stacey!

  11. mary jo says:

    This is going to be so fun! Can’t wait to read this! Wishing you a very happy halloween {a bit early}!

    xo Mary Jo

  12. This is so informative for someone like myself, I love learning more about people like this, especially when pared down to byte-sized morsel my addled brain might actually retain!

    Happy weekend to you,

  13. looking forward to the event and discovering fabulous designs and great to see a little close up of the designers…

  14. designchic says:

    What a wonderful and informative post. Love reading a little about all of these young designers and hearing about their inspiration. Happy weekend!!

  15. This was so great last year. I hope I can go again. If not I know where to read about it! :-)

  16. Can’t wait for the event…so much fun discovering the person behind the talent. You have such a way with words…Will you write my blog? Sorry I’ve been absent, sometimes life just gets in the way. Happy weekend. Mona

  17. Hi Stacey: Here is the link to that fantastic French key desk with Orange on the inside: It was in Lonny last month. Rooms with a view looks fantastic. I must be getting old, the designers look like they are in High School!

  18. Kelly Market says:

    Love this post Q!!! What a great range of designers – super excited for the event! xKelly

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