Second, unlike other showhouses where the designers seem to strive to shock you with the art, or really push the limits of design, this showhouse is pretty.
Yep, I like pretty, and I am not ashamed to admit it.
The house and grounds are so large that I will cover the showhouse in several posts. It is a BIG house.
So we will start at the very beginning (always a good place to start.) Unfortunately, while I found lots to love in the showhouse, the entry was not my favorite spot .
Haus Interiors painted a flame stitch up the staircase. I feel like this trend has been beaten to death. Mary McDonald did the flame stitch floor on Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators (did you see it ? Jenny’s recap on My Favorite and My Best is hilarious, click here) , plus she did a dressing room with flame stitch walls that you can see right here. So I am bored. Nonetheless, here it is. What do you think of it?
Rob Stilin designed the dining room. He is really developing a “cool guy, bachelor look.” I felt that the space had the same feel as his room in this spring’s Kips Bay Showhouse, click here. The chairs were chunky in a manly way, and even the objects on the table had a masculine air. And, although my snaps don’t show the art well, there was lots of it (you will have to go in person to see that).
The designer used one of the bird cage floor lamps that I told you about here. I knew they would be popular with designers, and I predict that we will be seeing a lot of them.
Meg Braff designed the butler’s pantry and powder room. Both spaces featured lighting shaped like a pagoda (love me pagodas, click here to learn more about their history in design). I also liked Meg’s wallpaper choices. Additionally, don’t miss the fact that these designers never forget that 4th wall, the ceiling. Note that the breakfast room’s ceiling was painted sky blue and the powder room’s, orange.
Tomorrow, come back for rooms by Tobi Fairley, Tilton Fenwick, the master bedroom and more!
All photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.