Hamptons Designer Showhouse
78 and 82 Rosko Lane Southampton, New York
July 23, 2017 – Sept 4, 2017
Open Monday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
Benefits Southampton Hospital
I am so honored to have been asked by Woodard Furniture
and Traditional Home Magazine
to design an outdoor porch at the Hampton Designer Showhouse in Southampton, NY. When I was asked to create a porch, I decided I wanted it to be a dining porch which would combine the casualness of the North Carolina coast with the chic high style of the Hamptons. As with all my projects, the initial design consideration was function and flow. Once I had my beautiful Woodard furniture chosen, the next step was to address the aesthetic design of the porch. That is where I really have fun but before I talk about that, let’s address the items I chose from Woodard Furniture. Are you familiar with Woodard?
Woodard is so great because they offer custom options that we designers love. I chose the Bay shore wicker dining chairs
with cushions in sea salt and the Glade Isle dining table
but I chose to use a custom hammered top
in Aztec Bronze. To finish the space I added a pair of Van Dyke side chairs
but opted to remove the large back cushion and replaced with a lumbar pillow from Woodard so the handsome mid-century back is revealed. Last but certainly not least, I chose to include a Woodard tea cart
in a white lacquer which I set up as a bar cart.
The only hard surface in the space to consider was the fireplace which is a peach colored brick, so the jumping off point of the color scheme began with choosing colors that would work back with the brick. Everything else was white which I chose to keep, so the porch felt light and fresh. I honestly wanted to paint the ceiling aqua but then it would need to be repainted after the showhouse closed so I decided to keep it white but if I had been designing a porch that would remain I would definitely have painted the porch ceiling aqua or haint blue. It is the southern thing to do, right? Old wives tales maintain the porch ceilings in the south were painted blue for two conflicting reasons. One tale is they were painted blue to ward off evil spirits but honestly people are as superstitious today so that doesn’t hold credit. The other tale was the blue paint was done to ward off mosquitos, which could be more likely since paint back then was made from lye and once lick resulted in death. Today, it is more likely we paint our ceilings blue as homage to our southern past and also because blue feels like the sky and expands the ceiling to feel more expansive. I paint ceilings blue because I like adding accent colors.
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My friend and lighting designer, Louise Gaskill
sent me a picture of a pair of blue alabaster vintage lamps she was considering purchasing and I immediately said buy them! I want them for the Hamptons! Louise buys vintage parts and uses them as the base to create amazing lighting with new components and adds hand gilded objects and lucite to design updated chic lighting. Check out her website here
. Next Louise and I brain stormed on a custom chandelier of vintage Murano glass and sea shells. The result was one of my favorite chandeliers ever! Both the lamps and the chandelier are for sale, so if interested in purchasing, let Louise or me know!