Saturday, March 2, 2013

Exclusive: We find the Hamptons Showhouse!

After a little sleuthing, we have discovered exactly where the 2013 Hampton Designer Showhouse will be held this summer! While the Hampton Designer Showhouse website only reveals a digital architectural rendering of a gorgeous shingle-style house in Bridgehampton, we were able to uncover the actual address of the house, and we're sharing it here with you exclusively, even before it is officially announced to the public. This year's Hampton Designer Showhouse is at 990 Brick Kiln Road, right on the Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor border.

Architectural Rendering by Revel Inspired, via Saunders Real Estate

According to the listing on mega-Hamptons real estate firm Saunders' website, it's an 11,600 square foot post-modern shingle-style house that sits on just over 5 acres, and has 7 bedrooms, 7 1/2 bathrooms, and all of the mega-Hamptons manse must haves: First- and second-floor master bedrooms, a Bakes & Co. custom kitchen and butler's pantry, remote-control air conditioning in every room, a fully-furnished lower level replete with sauna, steam room, media room, wine cellar, solar and geothermal heating, and outdoors, a 50' x 20' gunite pool with a water sunbed and elevated 10-person spa, a two-tier fire pit, and a tennis court. You know, the basics...

Architectural Rendering by Revel Inspired, via Saunders Real Estate

The house is built by Frank Bodenchak who is the founder of Edge Capital hedge fund, as well as Bodenchak Design & Build. Bodenchak was also the builder of the 2010 Hampton Designer Showhouse located just up the street on Stony Hill Road on the outskirts of Sag Harbor. In fact, the real estate listing for this year's Showhouse features photos of the 2010 Showhouse as "Proposed Rooms." Although, we like to think that the participating designers (yet to be announced) in this year's Showhouse might have a little something to say about that!

Architectural Rendering by Revel Inspired, via Saunders Real Estate

So, what's it going to take to get you into this house? The asking price is a respectable $5,750,000 (or, best offer, of course!). But if that's a little too steep for you, then you'll just have to buy a ticket to the Gala Preview Party. As in previous years, the Hampton Designer Showhouse is a benefit for Southampton Hospital, and is sponsored by Traditional Home Magazine. The opening Preview Gala will take place at the house at 990 Brick Kiln Road on Saturday, July 20th, from 6:00-8:30pm, and tickets are $225 per person. The house will then be open to the public with a $30 donation from Sunday, July 21st through Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day).

Architectural Rendering by Revel Inspired, via Saunders Real Estate

And bear in mind...This won't be the only Designer Showhouse to come to town this year...We have the inside scoop on the rebirth of another Hamptons Showhouse, so stay tuned for details...Coming sooner rather than later!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Beach House Dining Room by Mabley Handler

We are honored to participate in the Hampton Designer Showhouse again this year for the third time in four years. For our room at the Showhouse this year, we returned to our signature color: Blue. We were two years ahead of the Tangerine Tango curve with our retro chic Pool Lounge at the Showhouse in 2010, but we are all about blue this year. We normally use softer shades of blue, but this time we punched it up a bit: Hello, Aqua and Peacock. Pow-Pow!

Our inspiration for the room came from a brand new multi-colored blue flame-pattern printed linen designed by Jonathan Adler for his forthcoming Utopia fabric collection with Kravet (Pattern: Wabash, Color: Aquamarine, pictured above). We were fortunate to get a private preview of the line while at Kravet's BlogFest on Design this past May, and even though we didn't know at that time which room we would be designing at the Showhouse yet, we knew we had to use that fabric!

When we found out that we would be designing the dining room at the Showhouse, we were thrilled...It's a beautiful, open room that faces the front of the house and features a lovely coffered ceiling. With our fabric already selected, we decided that we were going to put a Hamptons spin on our dining room. When you look at dining rooms, they are usually the darkest, most formal and often the least-used room in the house. We wanted our dining room to be bold and fresh, fun and enticing. We wanted to design a dining room that would draw you in to entertain in it, rather than feel like a museum room that says "Keep out." Most of all, we wanted our room to be referential to the beach, the ocean, the sky. We're in the Hamptons, so the room should look like it belongs in the Hamptons!

Fortunately, we knew just where to start: Kravet's new Modern Dining collection. We love Kravet's fabrics and furnitre, we've been working with them since we launched Mabley Handler Interior Design in the Hamptons almost ten years ago. We selected our favorite pieces from their new collection: The Vase dining table, the Gentil dining chairs, the Remy buffet, and the Parsons bench, which we upholstered in another new Jonathan Adler for Kravet linen, Super Nova in Teal. For our room to have the fresh, beachy, Hamptons feel we were trying to achieve, we ordered all of the pieces in Kravet's gorgeous Blanc white finish. Our Beach House Dining Room was starting to take shape, and we liked the direction it was headed!

We featured our inspirational Jonathan Adler/Kravet Wabash linen fabric on the drapes, but we also wanted to pull the fabric into the room in another way. It would have been overkill to fully upholster the Gentil dining chairs in the same fabric, so we decided to use it just on the seat-back, and then upholstered the remainder of the chair in a coordinating aqua linen. This highlights the Wabash fabric in a clean, fresh way, without making them too busy. We also used silver nailheads on the chairs to add a little bit of bling, and to tie them in with the other silver accents in the room, like the beautiful Lamar silver leafed etageres from Worlds Away that flank the Remy buffet.

To surround our room, we turned to Phillip Jeffries, our go-to source for grasscloth wallpaper. We chose their Juicy Jute grasscloth paper to provide a bold Peacock punch around the room, and it coordinated wonderfully with the darker blue hues in the Jonathan Adler/Kravet Wabash fabric. We love using grasscloth wallpapers in our projects in the Hamptons...It's a great way to bring color and pattern into a room, as well as adding a wonderful texture that works perfectly in beach houses. To compliment the deep blue tones on the wall, we featured two amazing paintings by Paton Miller, one of our favorite Hamptons artists. The icebergs in his "Shackleton's Sea" painting provide a nice contrast to the blue and green hues that are seen in his paintings and throughout our room.

To counter those darker tones on the walls, we selected Pratt & Lambert's luscious aqua blue Azurean paint. We originally planned to paint all of the trim in Azurean, but we were afraid that would make the room feel too heavy. Instead, we decided to just paint the interior flat panels inside the room's moldings and the flat areas on the ceiling between the coffers. The resulting pops of aqua tempered with the remaining white trim helps keep the room light and fresh. We added a Madeline Weinrib  turquoise Haveli rug to help ground the aqua elements and keep the room from feeling too serious. Her cotton flatweave rugs are perfect for the Hamptons, they have great style, but still feel beachy and fun. Sticking with the beach theme, a pacific blue seeded glass table lamp from Rumrunner Home provides additional light on the buffet/bar area.

For our tabletop, we were fortunate to be able to work with Showhouse sponsors Juliska to use their Berry & Thread whitewash stoneware and Villandry stainless flatware, as well as Serena & Lily's Corsica placemats, which coordinated perfectly with our color scheme. Jonathan Adler was generous in providing a selection of his menagerie of ceramic animal accessories...We selected our favorite seaside creatures and placed them in key locations around the room. We featured Sharky as our table's centerpiece, and Mr. Seahorse attempted to refresh himself at our impromptu color-coordinated martini bar on the buffet. Rounding out the details in the room are accessories from Rumrunner Home and Mecox Gardens, including a fantastic turquoise ceramic garden stool to hold the beautiful white silk Hydrangeas from Natural Decorations.

One of the things we love the most about participating in the Hampton Designer Showhouse is that it provides the perfect opportunity for us to work with our favorite vendors...And one of our favorites is the duo of Stacy Kunstal & Michael Partenio, the creative geniuses behind Dunes & Duchess. Their range of turned maple candelabras and lighting fixtures has taken the design world by storm, and they are constantly expanding with new pieces and new colors...They are even branching out into furniture (We are currently coveting their Lake House Chair!). But for the Showhouse we just had to have a pair of their four-candle candelabras to set our table off. They are so sexy and add amazing drama to any tabletop...And in the aptly-named Admiral of the Yacht Club blue, they fit into our room perfectly.

Another exciting aspect of participating in this year's Showhouse is that we were able to debut a brand new product in our room, an absolutely stunning linen drum shade light fixture embellished with silver nailheads and Swarowski crystals. People that have seen it at the Showhouse are raving about it, so we wanted to give you the back story on how this amazing creation came to be. The fixture is a brilliant collaboration between the lovely Michelle Hatch of Michelle Hatch New York, and the very talented Chad Jacobs of Bone Simple Design Michelle Hatch New York designs beautiful nailhead and crystal-embellished pillows and home furnishings, and Bone Simple Design manufactures amazing drum shade light fixtures.

We have worked with both of them previously on several client projects, and when Michelle mentioned that she was looking to expand her line into light fixtures, we instantly thought of Chad and Bone Simple, and arranged an introduction. They met and felt an instant synergy, and the result of their collaboration is the show-stopping light fixture that now hangs in our dining room. This fixture marks the official launch of a new collection called Michelle Hatch for Bone Simple, and we are so proud to premiere their first-ever creation in our room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse!

Talk about the icing on the cake! Just look at that frosty aqua linen drum shad with silver nailheads and crystals...I think someone may have been channeling Magnolia Bakery cupcakes (or Billy's Bakery, depending on what team you're on ;) Either way, it's delicious...Good enough to eat!

And that's our take on a Hamptons Beach House Dining Room! We hope you enjoyed it, and we encourage you to come out this summer and visit the the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home Magazine, to benefit Southampton Hospital. 80 Flying Point Road, Water Mill, NY. Open daily, Monday-Sunday, 11am-5pm. More Info Here.

And, for all of you Pinners out there, you can check out our Beach House Dining Room Pinterest board, which has the resource links and vendor information for every single item that we used in our dining  room at the Showhouse!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy July 4th, from the Hamptons!

It's a wonderful experience to be in the Hamptons for the Fourth of July...The weather is usually perfect, and there are amazing Independence Day parades to partake in (the Southampton Village parade is especially noteworthy, it's the largest on Long Island, and it's filled with all of the imagery that you would expect from an old fashioned town parade. And firetrucks...LOTS of firetrucks!). 

Another thing we love about July 4th in the Hamptons is seeing all of the houses decked out in patriotic displays with flags, bunting, and red-white-and-blue details. We took a tour around the Hamptons and photographed some of the most charming houses and cottages ready to celebrate the Independence Day. We hope you enjoy...Happy July 4th, from the Hamptons!


Friday, June 1, 2012

Hampton Designer Showhouse Announced

The 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse will be held in Water Mill this year at 80 Flying Point Road, and we are honored that Mabley Handler Interior Design has been asked to design the Dining Room in this year's Showhouse.


This 6 bedroom 5 1/2 bathroom home is built by Grande Design Residential Inc. and sits on 2+ acres just south of the highway on the Water Mill/Southampton border, minutes from Flying Point Beach. The property is listed for $5.3 million by the Corcoran real estate firm, and Vice President Emily Demone is the listing agent.

The Hampton Designer Showhouse is a benefit for Southampton Hospital, and each year 20-30 top designers each decorate a room in a house offered for sale in the Hamptons. This year's Showhouse opens with a gala preview party on Saturday, July 21st, and will be open for viewing from Sunday, July 22nd through Labor Day, 11am to 5pm.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mabley Handler Tangos with Tangerine

Since 2000, Pantone has selected a Color of the Year, which is in turn used by the interior design and fashion industries as inspiration for their furniture and fashion lines for the upcoming year. For 2012, Pantone named Tangerine Tango as this year's selection. Citing its ability to "provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward," Pantone has forecast a bold color statement for the year. To celebrate this, we've put together a sampling of some of our favorite home accessories and design elements that are available in Tangerine Tango-esque hues.

And, it just so happens that we have Tangoed with Tangerine ourselves, in client projects, and designer showhouses:

Our Dining Terrace at the 2005 HC&G Idea House

Our Grassy Holly Drive, East Hampton Project

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dana Volkert Art Exhibition in the Hamptons

We were very excited to attend the opening of our dear friend Dana Volkert's Hamptons art exhibition at MaD Gallery in Wainscott this past Saturday evening. Dana's work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows, but this is her first exhibit in the Hamptons. The title of her show is "Atmospheres," which is appropriate since elements of nature appear as common threads throughout the entire collection.

Dana's fascination with the natural world is translated onto her square, rectangular and circular creations as swirls of color that, on a grand scale are reminiscent of imaginary yet familiar planetary bodies, and on a smaller scale, are evocative of the whorls found within the natural variations of marble and granite. "I have always been inspired by the natural world and its colors and complexity," Dana said. "This new body of work has elements of sea, sky, stone and earth."

Atmospheric circles

The show is curated by Carole Reed, a former art curator for the House of Blues. Carole, who has put together many art exhibitions throughout the Hamptons said, "Dana's work embodies a fully modern and ethereal aesthetic that shows us a macrocosmic world that is both elegant and sublime."

Exhibition curator Carole Reed talks to some of the guests

Dana created the pieces for "Atmosphere" using a proprietary technique that she has developed over the years...It's part art, and part chemistry, and the results are pieces of art that look as though they have been carved directly from nature. Yet, in an artistic sense, Dana's creations transcend nature and posses a modern abstract element to them. They compliment each other when grouped together, and become a featured centerpiece when hung alone.

Atmospheric 12" Squares

Dana grew up in Middleburg, Virginia and, after living and painting in New York for several years, she has returned to her Middleburg roots where she lives with her husband, the noted sculptor Eric Goulder, and their daughter Eva.

Jennifer Mabley, artist Dana Volkert & curator Carole Reed

Michelle Hatch, Jackie McKay and Jennifer Mabley

We have used several of Dana's art pieces in our design projects, most notably in our Parsonage Pond Road project in Sagaponack where we used four of her paintings. Her artwork works so well in conjunction with our Hamptons design aesthetic...Sophisticated collectors appreciate the artistry of her work, and the colors and patterns are evocative of the natural elements without felling overtly beachy. And having said that, our favorite piece from the show is called "Oceanic Blue Atmosphere." It would look wonderful in any number of our Hamptons projects, and even better in our house!

Oceanic Blue Atmosphere 2011

Amazing detail photos of  Oceanic Blue Atmosphere

The colors and patterns that Dana is able to achieve through her complex (and highly secretive) process are unbelievably intricate and stunningly beautiful. We've included several detail photos above, make sure you click on them to enlarge them. But to truly appreciate the subtle beauty and artistry of these paintings, you will have to see them in person.

Dana with Jennifer and Austin

"Atmospheres" is at MaD Gallery in Wainscott, NY through October 2nd. Appointments begin this Saturday, September 24th at noon...If you're interested in seeing Dana's artwork, contact Carole Reed at (631) 875-7366, or just ask us!

Non-art highlight of the evening: Montaco (the Taco truck from Montauk) provided the delicious food at the event!