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.