AN INSIDE LOOK INTO THE WORLD OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND DECORATING IN THE HAMPTONS
BY JENNIFER MABLEY AND AUSTIN HANDLER OF MABLEY HANDLER INTERIOR DESIGN

Monday, August 10, 2009

Hampton Designer Showhouse - Top 5 Rooms

We enjoyed visiting the 2009 Hampton Designer Showhouse, and we wanted to share our favorite rooms with you and recognize the very talented group of designers behind them. Here are our Top 5 Favorite Rooms, plus an Honorable Mention. Speaking of which...


Honorable Mention: Lower Level Bedroom

We liked Elizabeth Bailey's lower level bedroom right away, with it's eclectic mix of furniture and art, subtle grayish blue hues and bright pops of pink. And then we learned that the designer, a former protégé of noted designer Amanda Nesbit, had been selected to decorate this room by winning a design competition held by Traditional Home magazine (the sponsor of the 2009 Hampton Designer Showhouse). And on top of that, Elizabeth used environmentally products, such as organically produced bedding, to low-VOC paints. Well done!


Fifth Place - Master Bathroom

In our opinion, this room by Brian Brady and Franco Biscardi does exactly what a master bathroom should do...Relax you from the moment you walk into the room. The chaise invites you to come in and lounge, and the soothing blue tones of the room evoke a feeling of being surrounded by water. We loved that they incorporated something alive in the room by placing a small tree in the corner by the bathtub. The highlight for us was their use of our favorite Holland & Sherry wallpaper: Mosaic - Glacier. We can't help but say "Ahhhh...."


Fourth Place: Guest Bedroom III

One of our favorite rooms in last year's Hampton Designer Showhouse was Kate Singer's lower level sitting room, so we were looking forward to see what she would do with the bedroom she designed this year. She didn't disappoint: The bedroom featured a great selection of furnishings, and her signature balance of color, in this case lilac on the bedding and accessories, and chartreuse on the pillows, lampshades and decorative prints above the bed. And the mirrored bedside tables put the perfect exclamation point on the room!


Third Place: Library Hallway

Southampton designer Carole Reed certainly makes a wallop of a statement in the small library hallway. With just a few carefully selected pieces, she makes the space come together, and her ability to edit the area allows you to focus on each important piece of the puzzle. But this comes as no surprise, given that Carole is the former curator for the House of Blues. The rich reds, creams, browns and blacks balance out perfectly between the stunning Paton Miller painting and the Odegard rug, which is so spot on that looks as though it was custom-colored to match the painting. Yes, this space definitely has a designer's eye and a curator's touch.


Second Place: Upstairs Hallway

We have to admit that we felt a tiny pang of jealousy when we saw Victoria Stuart Burke's upstairs hallway (which is probably the biggest compliment one designer can pay another!). Whoever said you can't make a statement in a hallway was clearly dead wrong: Here, with no furniture and just wallpaper, paint, some decorative shelves and coral pieces, this hallway makes a concise and stunningly beautiful design statement, more so than a lot of the other rooms in the house. We shouldn't say "just wallpaper," because Victoria's organically-shaped geometric wall covering is gorgeous. We need to have it in our life! If we were going to hire someone to design our house, we would pick Victoria based on this hallway alone.


First Place: Screened Porch

Brad Ford's screened porch may use very quiet neutral tones, but what it lacks in color, it more than makes up for with the subtle yet strong elements in the room. The dual suspended love seats that face each other in the center of the room are an architectural masterpiece, perfectly crafted and visually stunning. And if Brad's modern answer to the tired porch swing is the centerpiece of the room, Jennifer Prichard's porcelain chime installation on the inside wall is an equally striking backdrop. She created hundreds of hand-formed conical chimes that are also suspended from the ceiling, are are truly magical to hear when the wind blows through. This amazing collaboration resulted in our favorite room.


So there you have it, our top five rooms in the 2009 Hampton Designer Showhouse. And, as much as we enjoyed taking a break from designing a room in the showhouse this year, seeing these beautifully designed spaces is getting us excited about getting back on the horse next year!

Monday, August 3, 2009

2009 Hampton Designer Showhouse - Photos


We finally made our way over to the Hampton Designer Showhouse on David's Lane in Water Mill on Thursday to see the house and support our friends that participated in the event. We designed a room in the Showhouse last year, but we decided to give ourselves a much needed break this summer...So this year, we enjoyed it from the other side, as a spectator (and a blogger!).

We were out of town last weekend, so we missed the opening gala (which is always great people watching)...But fortunately it was a quiet day on Thursday, so we got to walk around and take in the rooms in relative peace and quiet. We met one of our clients there, so we got to dish about what we liked (and what we didn't)...We'll be posting our Top 5 later in the week, so be sure to check back for that.

We were able to take photos of just about every room in the house, which you will see below. If we missed anything, don't fret: Traditional Home Magazine, the sponsor of the event, will be publishing the showhouse in a future issue.




House - Farrell Building Company



Foyer - Greg Lanza Interior Design



Library - Kristen McGinnis Design



Library Hallway - Carole Reed Interior Design



Living Room - Robert Stilin



Great Room - KA Design Group



Breakfast Room - Rinfret Interiors



Screened Porch - Brad Ford I.D.



Dining Room - Marshall Watson Interiors



Master Bedroom - Jennifer Garrigues



Dressing Room - Kat Burki



Master Bathroom - Brady Design

Bedroom I - Jeff Lincoln Interiors

Bedroom II - Bradley Thiergartner Interiors



Bedroom III - Kate Singer Home



Bedroom IV - Nathan Egan Interiors



Upstairs Hallway - Victoria Stuart-Burke



Lower Level Game Room - Kwinter & Company



Lower Level Sitting Room - Janna Bullock



Lower Level Bedroom - Elizabeth Bailey

Lower Level Home Office - Sy Interior Designs



Lower Level Den - Carrier and Company Interiors

Pool House - Lillian August



Back Terrace - Just Terraces


The Hampton Designer Showhouse is located at 179 David's Lane in Water Mill, and is open from July 26th - September 6th, 11am - 5pm. Click here for more information.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Hampton Designer Showhouse Opens

Tomorrow night is the opening
gala for the Hampton Designer Showhouse in Water Mill. The Showhouse, which benefits Southampton Hospital, features the work of approximately 30 interior designers, each designing a room of the house to their own
whim. This is an opportunity for designers to make their own creative statement, unencumbered by a client's direction or restriction, so naturally the results are eye-catching, often stunning, and occasionally beyond belief. We
participated in the Showhouse last year, and we were looking forward to returning this year as guests, without the pressure of designingand installing a room in what is always a very tight time frame!

The opening gala benefit is probably one of the biggest events of the summer in the Hamptons, and sadly we are not going to be here this weekend to attend. And that's not the only thing we're missing...There's also the New York Stem Cell Foundation's Architect & Designer Tag Sale, the James Beard Chef's & Champagne event, Rock the Farm, the Itzhak Perlman Music Program Concert Series, the Hamptons Pursuit Car Rallye to benefit The Retreat...and the Hamptons Magazine Clambake, at the Montauk Yacht Club, no less! This weekend is a veritable perfect storm of great events and benefits in the Hamptons, and we're missing them all!

But it's the Hampton Designer Showhouse opening gala that we will miss the most. Aside from the amazing rooms (and great people watching, of course!), we wanted to be the to support our friends in the industry, especially Carole Reed, Brian Brady, Jeff Lincoln, and Co-Chair Jamie Drake.

For those of you in the area, we hope you will get the chance to visit the Showhouse this summer. We had planned to preview the house this week and take photographs to include in this post...Unfortunately the timing did not work out, but rest assured, we will be there early next week to see the house and take photographs to share with you here soon. In the meantime, we have included some photos of the room we designed at the Hamptons Designer Showhouse last year. Enjoy the weekend!

The Hampton Designer Showhouse is located at 179 David's Lane in Water Mill, and is open from July 26th - September 6th, 11am - 5pm. Click here for more information.



Monday, July 13, 2009

A Man's Home is His Sandcastle

We were invited to a cocktail party last Saturday evening hosted by Joe & Kristen Farrell at their new home in Bridgehampton to welcome the interior designers participating in the 2009 Hampton Designer Showhouse. The Showhouse opens Saturday, July 25th with a lavish preview gala benefiting Southampton Hospital, and was built by Farrell Building Company.

But this party was to premier the Farrell's own personal show house, their brand new estate dubbed "Sandcastle," a 31,000 square foot, 9 bedroom 11.5 bathroom compound on 12 acres on Halsey Lane. Farrell Building is already known throughout the Hamptons for their traditional shingle-styled mega-mansions, and this house does more than just raise that bar...It moves it into a whole new stratosphere, prompting many people to wonder what place a house like this has in today's uncertain economic times with changing attitudes towards luxury.

Sandcastle is the Farrell's personal home - They moved in Memorial Day after an unprecedented 18-month build time that saw 100 tradesman working six days a week, practically around the clock towards the end of the project. The house has just about anything anyone could ever want in a house (and several things you wouldn't even think possible and/or practical). Along with the usual bells and whistles of a Hamptons mega-mansion, this luxury manor features a 2,800 square foot master bedroom suite with dressing area, walk-in-closets and sitting areas, a huge professional chef's kitchen with walk-in fridge, a walnut-paneled study, a spare bedroom bunk room that sleeps eight, a movie theater with a planetarium ceiling, a kids lower-level media room with 5 flat screen tv's, a virtual golf simulator, a model train room (one of the trains has a video camera mounted to the front, broadcasting onto a wall-mounted flat screen tv), a two-lane bowling alley with digital scoring machines, an indoor skateboarding half-pipe, a karaoke room with performance stage and changing room, a disco with full bar, a spa & sauna room with heated massage tables and a fireplace, a professional gym and racquetball/squash/basketball court, a 60' x 20' heated gunite pool with electric cover and underwater stereo system, a sunken tennis court, a soccer/lacrosse field, and last but not least, a two-floor, four bedroom pool house. I'm sure I'm leaving something out, and no, I'm not making any of this up!

We spoke with Joe and Kristen (who we met originally at last year's Hamptons Designer Showhouse), and they really seemed thrilled to be settled into their new home. Kristen spoke lovingly of all the special features they included for their three children, and Joe talked about how much work it was to coordinate all of the furnishings, design elements, and systems throughout the house. And, although they did work with noted decorator Kenneth Alpert, Joe picked out many of the furnishings himself.

Sandcastle is listed for sale at $59.5 million through Corcoran SVP Gary DePersia. But at a time when there is a glut of houses on the market in the Hamptons, and developers are having a hard time selling high-end spec houses, that price tag seems more than just a tad unrealistic. But then again, maybe that's the Farrells' intention...If they love their new house so much, perhaps they've priced it so that if actually does sell, it will be well worth their while to move, presumably onto something even bigger and better (if that's possible).

Is Sandcastle the ultimate Hamptons Dream House? Is it an extravagant example of real estate excess at a time when flagrant displays of wealth are being frowned upon? We'll leave that up for you to decide. Love it or hate it, we can practically guarantee that most people have never seen anything like it. And, P.S. - We are totally stealing the kids bunk room idea!


(Pictured below: House exterior front, house exterior back, main staircase, formal living room, dining room, study, master bedroom, master dressing room, girl's bedroom, girl's sitting room, boy's bedroom, kids bunk room, laundry room, skate ramp, bowling alley, model train room, spa & sauna, racquetball court, pool house, pool house interior)



UPDATE: Curbed Hamptons is reporting that the Farrell's have agreed to rent Sandcastle for two weeks in August at a price of $425,000, down from the original rental price of $500,000. I guess it's true, there really are bargains to be found in the Hamptons these days ;) http://bit.ly/BYwT1