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!