Archive | Showhouses

Reports and photos of designer show houses

Saffron Yellow Master Bath

showhouse saffron yellow master bath detail by Raymond Goins

A designer’s commitment and persistence to beautify is reflected in a showhouse bath.

Designers are known to take risks when given a show house opportunity – which is exactly what I thought happened in this bold master bath.  But that was before I delved into the bio of artist, sculptor and furniture designer Raymond Goins.  His application of unanticipated color palettes, high design and artistic ability make appearances in all of his projects.  For his showhouse debut (2010 Atlanta Symphony), Goins referenced Etruscan influences.  The original horse artwork, an encaustic painting, commands attention.  Also known as wax painting, the technique involves heated beeswax mixed with tree resin or linseed oil and the addition of powdered color pigments. … Continue Reading

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Kitchen of the Year Butler’s Pantry

Apollo light fixture from Circa Lighting in the butler's pantry of Mick De Giulio's kitchen of the year for House Beautiful

Join me for the designer’s take on this gemlike space in House Beautiful’s show kitchen. Plus even more details!

Yesterday we met Mick De Giulio, one of the most influential American kitchen designers working today, when we toured the urbane Kitchen of the Year he designed for House Beautiful’s annual showcase.  One of my favorite areas of the kitchen was the diminutive butler’s pantry – a mere 100 square feet. I love butler’s pantries because they are intimate spaces that house the best stuff, i.e. the “good dishes” and serving pieces.  Turns out, Mick De Giulio loves them, too.

A few additional notes.… Continue Reading

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Kitchen of the Year

butler's pantry in Mick De Giulio's Kitchen of the Year for House Beautiful

House Beautiful’s annual NYC show house reveals Mick De Giulio’s brand of exquisite kitchen design.

Each July for the past five years, Rockefeller Plaza becomes a mecca for the kitchen obsessed during the five days that House Beautiful hosts their Kitchen of the Year show house. Predictably, it’s a steamy 90-degree opening day but this year’s featured designer, Mick De Giulio, is wearing a sport jacket as he gives about 100 members of the press a detailed walk-through. De Giulio sets out the basic idea underlying this mostly white space: the kitchen is no longer simply a place to prepare meals — it has become the multi-purpose living hub of our homes.… Continue Reading

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More Modern Life Show House

Elle Decor Modern Life Concept Show House study by Oliver M. Furth

Part two of our virtual tour continues here, in Apt. 10B

Ten young “Designers to Watch,” have decorated rooms in Elle Decor magazine’s first Modern Life Concept House. Apartments are on the tenth floor of a new condominium in Manhattan’s trendy Chelsea neighborhood. The elegantly minimalistic flats have wide-plank floors, window walls, and economies of space that are well served by leading edge ideas. Up-and-coming designers have furnished their rooms with products from name-brand home design partners.

Begin the tour here, or take the first half of the tour in Apt. 10C – no matter. Both spaces have a similar modern sensibility focused around bold colors, dark rooms, natural woods, embellishment,  texture, and stylish accessories.… Continue Reading

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Modern Life Show House

Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House study by Sara Story

Tour the first of two Manhattan apartments decorated to highlight new ideas.

Ten young “Designers to Watch,” chosen by Elle Décor, have decorated rooms in the magazine’s first Modern Life Concept House — two apartments joined by an expansive terrace on the tenth floor of a new condominium in Manhattan’s trendy Chelsea neighborhood. In a bold move characteristic of the magazine’s continued emphasis on quality and innovation, the work of emerging designers — each paired with name-brand home furnishing sources — is presented.

The elegantly minimalistic apartments, on the 10th floor of an apartment building, have wide-plank floors, window walls, and economies of space that are well served by leading edge design.… Continue Reading

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Hamptons Game Room

bradley stephens billard room Hamptons showhouse

The latest from Bradley Stephens: a super-sophisticated game room

I met designer Bradley Stephens last year, when I toured a NYC showhouse where he created a sensational bedroom inspired by Annie Lennox. I was making a video of his room when my camera battery died (every blogger’s nightmare). Bradley graciously let me return to and complete my post and I’ve been following his work ever since, including the informal table at the DIFFA/NY benefit last spring.

In the summer, New York decamps to the Hamptons for the hot social scene there. The Hamptons Designer Showhouse opened in Sag Harbor recently and it’s no surprise to find Bradley there, creating a game room and connoisseur’s bar packed with great ideas.… Continue Reading

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