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, October 4, 2010

The Pool Lounge by Mabley Handler

Another summer, and another designer showhouse has come and gone...We always enjoy participating in the design showhouses in the Hamptons, it's an opportunity for us to be whimsical, to let our creativity run wild, and for once, we are our own client! At this year's Hampton Designer Showhouse we decided to have some fun and play outside of our comfort zone a little. If you are familiar with our work you will no doubt notice that we love using soft colors and cool tones in our design, grayish hues of mineral blues and green. So for our room at this showhouse, we switched things up a bit color-wise and made a splash by using tangerine orange with bold aqua accents. Not your typical Mabley Handler palate at all!

The inspiration for our room came to us when we received a sample card of a new wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries, which featured a stunning orange geometric chain link pattern printed on a grasscloth wallpaper (Voyage Collection - Chain Link 5136 Orange on Ivory Manila Hemp). We fell in love with it on the spot, and even though we didn't know what room we would be designing at that point, we knew we were going to use this great new Phillip Jeffries wallpaper.

After checking out the house, we thought that the Pool Lounge would be the perfect place to utilize this retro-chic geometric grasscloth, so we built our room around it. The concept: A Mad Men-era space designed for pre- or post-pool lounging and cocktailing. If Betty & Don Draper had a pool, they would definitely spend their time out of the pool lounging in this room!

To accommodate the lounging aspect of our Pool Lounge, we used a pair of vintage mid-century modern arm chairs that we had in our collection, and paired them with a smashing orange lacquer cocktail table (the color of this Fairfield table is literally called Knockout Orange!) with a grasscloth top, from a relatively new home furnishings vendor called Oomph, which has become one of our recent favs. And flanking the chairs, we have a pair of topiary trees in Mabley Handler custom-designed orange lacquer geometric planter boxes that play off the pattern in the wallpaper.

To add some pop to to our lounge chairs, we used a stunning pair of orange linen pillows embellished with silver nailheads from the newly-launched Michelle Hatch NY collection (Edinburgh pillow in color Papaya). These pillows are worth a closer look...What is difficult to see is the beautifully intricate geometric pattern of the nailheads. You will definitely want to check out the Michelle Hatch NY pillow collection, it's unlike anything we've ever seen before (And when a designer says that, that's saying something!).

Providing the cocktails in this lounge is this great vintage console table/bar that we found at Triangle Studio in Water Mill. If you squint, you practically can see Don Draper mixing an Old Fashioned for himself, and a Vodka Gimlet for Betty ;) We dressed the top of the console with lamps from Bungalow 5 (Cordova lamp in orange) and an amazing interlocking geometric mirror from Z Gallerie (Pierre mirror) that looks way more expensive that it actually was (and one guest at the opening gala was convinced that it was vintage!).

We framed the entrance into our room and the glass doors that lead out to the pool with drapes made from a brand new Kravet fabric designed by Queer Eye's Thom Filicia that features an orange geometric pattern on ivory linen (Pattern: CitySquare in color 12-Terratone). On the floor, we used one of our trademark Madeline Weinrib rugs (Brooke rug in color Orange) over a basketweave sisal rug from the Carpetman in Southampton. And providing the accessories, as well as the outdoor furniture that we used were our good friends at Mecox Gardens, also in Southampton.

So, there it is...The Phillip Jeffries-inspired, Betty & Don Draper-approved Mabley Handler Pool Lounge at the 2010 Hampton Designer Showhouse: The inspiration, the resources, and the photos! And speaking of photos, we've added a couple of photos below from the showhouse opening gala.

The Mabley Handler design team (l-r):
Renata Kiszkova, Jennifer Mabley, Austin Handler, Sara Bosworth

Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler with Philip Bershad, the president of Phillip Jeffries Ltd.

20 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Love the retro vibe, feels so fresh. Wish I had been there in person to see it!

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  2. Your work is stunning!! I just found you guys through House of Turquoise. (we're side by side today:) I'll be following your blog. I'll also join you on fb and twitter. Gorgeous.

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  3. Absolutely amazing room. I love the colors and patterns and the way those giant topiaries ground the space. Well Done!

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  4. I loved this space...I am partial to orange! I love your work. Do you live in the Hamptons full time? Perhaps we could grab lunch?

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  5. I adore this room. You nailed it. The inspiration was perfect! I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog today. I thought you were local at first when you recognized the Sutro Baths :)
    Being a passionate treasure huntress, my goal is to work with Interior Designers like yourselves. I want to provide what I call the jewelry of the room, the unique & unusual vintage treasures that busy designers usually don't have the time to dig for like I do. Being on opposite coasts, I might find things that are harder to find out your way. I'm hoping to get an online prop shop up and running in the near future but I have a physical prop shop currently where I have lots of fabulous finds. I'd love to work with you. For now, if there is anything you are looking/searching for please don't hesitate to email me. If I don't have it, well... I love a challenge. It's the thrill of the hunt that I live for.
    It was a pleasure to meet you. Thanks again for stopping by my blog!!!!
    Have a wonderful week

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  6. Jennifer - We're sorry you missed it...You'll have to come for the next showhouse.

    Alexandra - Thanks for the kind words...And now we've found you :) We love the project that was featured on HoT...Very Hamptons! Was it in LA?

    Stacy - Thanks :) We actually wanted orange trees (with actual orange fruit on them), but apparently the Florida winter was harsh last year, and we couldn't find any with fruit up here...So the topiaries were a last-minute substitution that ended up working even better.

    Lisa - Thanks so much...We do live in the Hamptons full time, since 2002. We'd love to meet for lunch sometime. How often are you out here? We'll E-mail you and see what we can work out :)

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  7. Therese - Thanks! And just so you know, we found your blog through Alexandra's Pink Sketchbook blog (you were on the list of her 10 favorite blogs :)
    We are not local, but we are very familiar with the Sutro Baths...Jennifer's father has that lithograph, which is how we became familiar with it...And I went and visited the ruins when I was in the area for a wedding a few years ago. How we wish it was still around to see, it was an architectural wonder.
    We're glad that we found your blog, and we'll keep our eyes on it for anything that might work for our clients!

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  8. Oh no I forgot to comment on this post, even though I read it many weeks ago.

    I have to say, this chic design of yours has been popping into my head over and over. It's just so perfect! I love the chain link wallpaper, and the color palette is fantastic! Love the white/orange turquoise combination.

    What really caught my attention is that despite all the retro 70's colors, furnishings and decor you used your classic, clean and luxurious style shines right through. I’m convinced it’s due to the perfect symmetry everywhere.

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  9. Hi Jennifer,
    I saw this at the Showcase!
    I just saw your comment on Hampton Toes blog from Oct. You don't have an email so, I ans there, and here.

    I am surprised The Halseys spray nasty stuff. I know they are closely affiliated with the Cornell Co op, and are always written up for their excellent farm practices. I am fwding your comment to John to see what he says. I have been going there for 20 yrs and longer to Hank Sr. Are you sure the spray they use is harmful?

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  10. I lived in Port Jefferson for 28 years.The Hamptons was the place! Glad I found your blog.

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  11. I'm an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia - I loved your blog, I found it very inspiring. This is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
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    You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it.
    Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!
    Cheers
    Melissah

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  12. Amazing room! I love the combination of the Orange and the Blue. You really did a splendid job joining the two colors of 2012!

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