Monday, July 22, 2013


 Here it is! Designing a room for a Showhouse is a little like having a baby and today I'm a proud mama! The room was inspired by my daughter CeCe who is heading to St. Andrews University in Scotland this Fall. I wanted to create a stylish guest bedroom suite for her, a spirited NYC girl with a penchant for exotic travel.  The suite is opulent yet casual, featuring an eclectic mix of bold hues and luxurious textures creating a uniquely Hamptons retreat. 

The grasscloth "Moroccan" wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries is a unifying element to the room bringing the 8'-13' walls together into one cohesive space. The fabrics were all Duralee, a playful yet sophisticated mix of greys, lavender and honeydew green in luxurious silks and velvets.  The carpet, Peony from The Rug Company,  is sculptural and feminine, the perfect compliment to the dark wood floors and wallcovering.  Modern black and white photography gives the room a young, edgy feel.

 Feminine Touches
Because the room was designed for a young woman, I added decidedly feminine touches with a modern twist.  The black and white photo is fun and slightly sexy and the lavender Kelli hide lamp from Arteriors adds a glamorous note.
Adding Vintage Pieces To The Mix
I found the pair of vintage Mid-Century chairs which are attributed to Vladimir Kagan C. 1950's on Ebay. They were in great condition-I had them reupholstered in a soft Duralee Oyster velvet and had nailhead trim added. A classic Bamboo garden stool is used as a table between the two chairs. Behind the chairs, a Vintage Hendredon Console C. 1970's sits below a whimsical Orbit mirror from Mecox Gardens. The sculptural and really fun Ion pendant from Hinkley dangles above the room.
 Consoling Thoughts
The Alexander Console from Clearly Classic at Donghia is the perfect addition to a side wall. The Moorish design echos the wallpaper but the lucite makes it a subtle statement. Personal pieces were added to the vignette-a shell collected and brought home from Santorini and a beautiful black and white photo complimented the Cig Harvey print and tropical coconut plant. Beneath the console I repurposed a pair of Bubble garden vases from Mecox Gardens and filled them with magazines bringing a pop of unexpected color.
Last minute touches-
The boudoir pillows are in a great zig zag silk fabric from Duralee. It's the first fabric I found for the room and really the starting point for the color and fabric selection for the room. The final finishing touch was the addition of a pair of plaster elephant sconces that I found at a thrift shop just days before. I think they look great resting on the Grace and Blake lucite X-bench!
The Result
CeCe loved the room and of course is hoping to see some of the pieces in her room sometime soon!


The enchanted home said...

How could she not love the room. Its fabulous. Congrats on a job well done love the bed and paper choices, makes me want to jump in for a snooze:)

I Dream Of said...

Wow, Barbara. It's gorgeous. Congratulations! I especially love all the textures and the little bits of pink here and there. Fabulous job! XO

Karen Albert said...

Hi Barbara, Bravo I love the subtle elegance and yet youthful vibe to this room! I tried to find the Lucite console, it is not on Donghia's site though.

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zanetastyle said...

Incredible work Barbara! I adore the Colour scheme... Touch of purple or pink with grays and beiges is my favorite one.... Congrats! Ciao z

miss b said...

What a fabulous room with so many intersting little design details. The 50s chairs look perfect in the neutral fabric and the light fittings are so feminine. I could quite happily move in!

Vannessa@Luxuria said...

Absolutely gorgeous B.
So your baby is coming to our little island. Will that mean you will be visiting more often?

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

You have done an outstanding job on this room! I LOVE everything about it! I love seeing the linens you designed too.

pretty pink tulips said...

Incredible, Barbara!!!!! I'm sure CeCe would love to see the entire room relocated to your home! The peony rug is just to- die-for!!! And of course, I adore Phillip Jeffries grasscloth...this one gives the walls oomph and the lucite console so versatile!

St Andrews.....isn't that where Will and Kate met and went to school? Hmmmm.....I'll be CeCe has the time of her life. Lucky girl!

xoxo Elizabeth

michele said...

gorgeous! that chunky knit blanket on the bed wants to come live with me. best to cece as she embarks on a new adventure!



stephanie said...

looks amazing. I love that round gold mirror. absurdly beautiful congreats.

Leslie said...

Hi Barbara, Congratulations on your new baby;).. well done! The bedroom and all the fabric is gorgeous. Great colors too!


Taylor Greenwalt said...

Barbara...I love the rug you used..its gorgeous...the Lucite bench is a fun element in the room...great job!

kansasgirl1 said...

Wow, Wow, WOW! Beautiful room! Those linens turned out so nice, and that rug is Wonderful! Congratulations on a beautiful creation.

therelishedroost said...

Great job I love it!! Your room could have been part of my post today with unexpected color!! really wonderful!!
xo Karolyn

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Absolutely fantastic the colors and sophisticated, comfortable feel.

Anonymous said...

Very clean crisp and hip- to often show houses like a size o couture dress are not practical.



Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Beautiful job! Love the neutrals with bold pops of color. Great choices and materials.
xo Nancy

Punctuation Mark said...

congrats... love all the decorative details and the neutral color palette!

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