“Her voice is full of money….that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it.”
F. Scott Fitzegerald, The Great Gatsby
Dying to see The Great Gatsby? Can a house be like Daisy?
Look at these images of the Designer Showhouse of Westchester and see if you agree that it makes you feel like you could host Daisy and Jay there for drinks.
Yesterday I was fortunate to receive a private press preview of the the Designer Showhouse of Westchester and I left ready to shop vintage couture. The Showhouse, which benefits Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, is held in a gorgeous pile in the estate section of Scarsdale, just around the corner from where Beyonce has a place. It is the sort of home that comes with custom de Gournay wallpaper lining the foyer and stairhall, and gorgeous windows and moldings throughout.
Take the stunning space in the first photo. It is right off the foyer, and you can catch another glimpse of the beautiful wallpaper. Gideon Mendelson of the Mendelson Group envisoned the space as the perfect location to sip your evening cocktail or enjoy tea in the morning sunshine. All of the built-in furniture, including the gorgeous bars are custom. Here are a few more views.
I even want the accessories.
French Art Deco Tea Service
I own a collection of decanters that I am ready to bring out.
Naturally this is the type of home that has a conservatory. I knew as soon as I walked up to the outside of the house that this room would be special, and Lillian August did not let me down. Black, white and emerald? Greek Key? So classic. So perfect.
A Chanel lamp? Yes please.
A better look at the art
There also is a paneled library. Of course. I love how the floral pillow fabric adds a hint of femininity to the room. Plus the portrait of a lady above the sofa certainly has attitude. I think Daisy would like what Karen Houghton Interiors has done with the space.
As you might expect, the living room here is so large that a grand piano is a mere trifle in the corner. Designer Ken Gemes really warms up the cavernous space with multiple seating areas, making it gracious and somehow cozy. Don’t miss the incredible moldings.
Designer Ken Gemes looking appropriately dapper for his room
And these are just a few of the rooms on the first floor (there are 3). I will be back with more coverage of the Designer Show House of Westchester. The Showhouse opens to the public on May 2 and is well worth a visit. Click here for details.
Front facade of the Showhouse
In addition, today I am attending the press preview for the Kips Bay Showhouse in Manhattan. You can expect extensive coverage of that showhouse as well.
So do visit again. Things are always lively around here during showhouse season.
All photos my own, except for the last exterior shot of the house from cottages-gardens.com.