today's views of the Hampton Designer Showhouse
completes my week-long sneak peeks.
I hope you get a chance to stop into the showhouse and
walk the rooms for yourself,
which is open until Labor Day in Watermill, Long Island.
If you live too far away to attend,
please enjoy my glimpses at these rooms up close while hearing about the designer's inspirations.
I liked many vignettes and spaces in this showhouse, but the upstairs nursery caught my attention. It is an unexpected, rather dramatic space with darker colors then what is typical for a baby's nursery, however, Tamara captures the whimsy and awe with a child-like view, yet infusing a sophisticated color and pattern palette. I like the dark ceiling, trim and the dramatic vintage looking walls. The crib linens are a show stopper. The art work reminds me of a Tim Burton movie. Tamara is located in Pasadena, California. Originally hailing from Canada, she is an FIT graduate and recently named
NewTrad's top 10 new designers for 2012
Tamara made a point to tell me that many of the accessories were purchased locally at antique shops. She custom designed the lacquered dresser and crib.
a combination of DK Lulu for Schumacher fabrics and vintage finds in the crib.
I like the dramatic Pratt & Lambert ceiling in a sheen, plus the cute sitting area for play, all grounded by a very pretty trellis rug.
Pratt & Lambert paint on ceiling is an oil base sheen, color Anthracite (25-19). It is a cross between a plum and grey.
a playful poodle sculpture lamp adds character
pinch pleat curtain panels
Lulu DK for Schumacher, a new children collection
my thoughts on showhouse spaces:
I expect a little drama in a showhouse space where we can see all the ranges of possibilities when creativity, talent and quality products are put together well - to me, it's okay to be a little over the top and push the envelope, and it's a balance between enticing and showing the consumer great quality design. This nursery walks that tight rope very well while still giving us a beautiful livable space. I like the unexpected details at every turn, and this bronze butterfly sculpture caught my eye. As a designer, a showhouse is the ultimate in creativity -- I truly hope very much to be designing my very own showhouse space in the future.