by Marisa Marcantonio

The Hampton's Designer Showhouse in Sag Harbor looks pretty, pretty, pretty good (to borrow Larry David's favorite quote). The stable of designers is solid, and the spaces are livable and chic. The 11,200-square-foot postmodern house was built on spec by Frank Bodenchak and spans five acres. This can be something of a rarity in a showhouse, since they are used to break new ground and sometimes get a little off the wall! Sponsored by Decorati, One Kings Lane and Traditional Home, this year's showhouse is on until September 5th. The layout includes a line up of good design, and rooms that are cozy and full of life, created by Lucas Studio, Arden Interiors, Bradley Stephens, Nathan Egan, Foley and Cox and others. It is on the market with Edge Real Estate for $5.25 million. Are you game?

Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas make up Lucas Studio, the firm they began in 2005. They are LA based but have hit the showhouse scene, also doing New Jersey showhouses.

An artist's studio came together with a rug from F.J. Hakimian, fabrics from Hugh St. Clair, Holly Hunt, Jim Thompson, Claremont Furnishings, Fabrics Co and Ferrick Mason. Elizabeth Eckhardt did the flowers and the walls are done in an amazing paper from Italian Idarica Gazzoni, available through Harbinger, Joe and Parrish's LA shop. The Oyster Bay Coffee Table is part of their line, and the sconces and stone ottoman are Colleen and Company, all from Harbinger.

The room's design was inspired by artist and fabric designer Alex K Mason, part of Ferrick Mason. A vintage chair from Mary Ann Lembo in Bridgehampton is upholstered in a Hugh St Clair fabric through Kathryn M. Ireland. The wonderful horse print is by Bob Taylor through Mecox Gardens. An acrylic and nickel drafting table was used as an updated easel for her work.

The space, they imagined, was for "woman of the house" was an artist and this was her haven....a place to work and relax in the country.

Photo by Antony Todd
Lisa Sternfeld created The Loft.

Photos by Peter Margonelli
Lisa Sternfeld founded her firm, LSID, in 2006 to focus on developing high-end residential and hospitality projects. After learning the trade working for Thomas O’Brien and Adam Tihany, she set out on her own. What sets her apart is her interest in hand made and designed items she uses, and the process of how things are made. She created a space she calls The Loft space. The artistic feel was created with a distressed wall treatment done by JJ Snyder Studio. The upholstered sofa and tailored raw burlap curtains appeal to her appreciation of craftsmanship.

A screen cordons off a seating nook.

She sourced lighting, accessories and artwork from Etos, Aero and Old Town Crossing. A soft blue wash of paint makes the walls ethereal.

She used an F.J. Hakimian rug, and John Boone, Aero and OId Town Crossing for furniture, and Lee Jofa and Clarence House fabrics for upholstery done by Jonas.

Christina Murphy of Christina Murphy Interiors had a big feature story with a lot of spring green schemes in the newest issue of House Beautiful, congratulations, it looks terrific!

She created an outdoor room with a sun porch. The area included a sofa and two chairs from Walter's Wickers, a coffee table from Old Town Crossing and end tables from one of my fave shops, Mecox Gardens. The lumbar pillow is made from a Romo fabric.

Antique children's chairs add character to the space. The mirror over the sofa is from Summer Hill and a Stark Carpet sisal border was painted by Christopher Rollinson with his Rollinson Hues custom paints.

Arden Stephenson and her firm Arden Interior Architecture and Design designed the master bedroom. Arden spent years with Cullman and Kravis and has a lovely take on tradition. She created a sunny yellow sanctuary and sits near Greek Key/Mamgo Wood Pillows from Gracious Home.

Two twin beds made up in custom linens from Julia B. with custom designed headboards together have been pushed together and are upholstered in a fun modern fabric Kamofleur Kollection from her sister's fantastic new showroom Studio Four NYC. Silver-leaf Quatrefoil Tables from Two World Arts are a charming detail.

A great turquoise painted hall chair sits beside a cerused oak console table from HB Home, a retail store and design firm that also created a room in the showhouse.

An antler chandelier from Linda Horn makes the eaved ceiling appear even higher. She designed a comfortable Vintage 40's Curved Sofa covered in a Scalamandre fabric filled with bold pillows and flanked by white end tables and a beautiful Florence Broadhurst Area Rug from Studio Four NYC.

A paper mache artichoke lamp from Stray Dog Designs sits on the matching linen wrapped end tables from Bungalow 5. Fun!

Patrik Lonn Design created a room inspired by the beach.

Patrik Lonn's theme was dry beach, creating a beachy atmosphere inside, with neutral tones. An antique low side table in ceramic with leaf inlay from Bernd Goeckler Antiques and a 1940s Vintage Kilm Rug from Hakamian with a painting by Johnnie Winona Ross from Jayne H. Baume Gallery.

A sculptural drift wood centerpiece and white coral accessories from L'Olivier sit near a Walnut Console from Roman Thomas. Great linear striped curtains running horizontally create a relaxed feeling in the space.

Metal Sculptures by Joel Perlman from Jayne H. Baume Gallery and Ellen Carey's Black and White Polaroid Pieces are hung above a Patrik Lonn - designed custom natural Walnut bookcases.

Photo by Peter Murdock
Bradley Stephens created a vast gameroom and bar area.

Photos by Nick Johnson
Bradley shared, "When we first visited our room in the Hamptons Showhouse, we were intrigued by the coffered ceiling, extensive trim detail, and recessed paneled columns that divide the space. Located in the basement, the space has no windows, so lighting was key to setting the loungy mood of my space." The generous floor plan includes a billiard table, an expansive bar, a game table, a lounge area, a wine cellar, and an adjacent octagonal room he calls "the archive". A cluster of vintage glass pendants from 145 Antiques hang over the pool table as a glittering focal point. Vintage Swedish area rugs are from Hakimian, and n the far wall.

He created a three-dimensional art piece incorporating a grid of vintage Charlotte Perriand sconces and a hand-carved antique frame from Sebastian and Barquet.

He lined the walls with gray oak cabinetry, filled the shelves with gold painted books and a collection of antique and modern decanters and barware from Thomas O'Brien and High Style Deco. "I envision the space as a library and tasting room for a client that collects rare vintage spirits. The "client" could lounge on one of the exquisitely detailed Bugatti side chairs, on loan from Sebastian and Barquet."

The tessellated coral game table from Lobel Modern is surrounded by sleek cane-backed promenade armchairs from Lorin Marsh.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Christina Murphy
Christina Murphy, the New York interior designer loves color. She uses it in unexpected ways, taking classic and traditional elements and kicking them up a notch. Let's call it the happy factor. Many of her clients at Christina Murphy Interiors are young urbanites with children, and her spaces take that into account with kid-friendly upholstery. She went to Georgetown and after going to the New York School of Interior Design she began with Kemble Interiors in 1999. She often works with my friend Christopher Rollinson the decorative painter who has his own custom paint line, Rollinson Hues. Together, they collaborate on design elements to make surfaces gleam. From walls in teal high gloss lacquer to decorative floors in creative patterns, the results are fantastic.

The gals of the office looking at some accessories.

A sleek entry with chocolate brown lacquer walls and high shine ebony floors.

A funky modern starburst mirror above the fireplace in a NY apartment library. Upholstered chairs with tufting are covered in a Quadrille zig zag print, and a Stark diamond sisal keep the space young.

The rest of the library with a traditional bobbin chairs and bold striped Bridgewater chair. A game table sits in the corner with the Backgammon urge strikes.

In another city project, simple parson cubes are pushed together for an insta- coffee table, and hits of solid color work with a subtly patterned rug. One bold print on a cozy chair adds a pattern play.

A soft and serene pale blue color dons the walls for a classic bedroom with a cut corner custom headboard and traditional nightstands. Gourd lamps, a now classic shape, add a shape to the nightstands.

A quirky vintage silver wallpaper makes an unexpected appearance in a clean all white bathroom. A Capiz pendant lamp is another touch of whimsy.

I recently caught up with Christina on what she is up to now.

How did you learn the trade?

I learned the trade partly in design school but mostly on the job working for Kemble Interiors.

When did you know this was your calling in life?

When I was in boarding school I loved re-arranging everyone's rooms and had the only bedroom with curtains and an upholstered headboard. But I always thought I would be a bank teller at the drive-up window, it looked peaceful in there

What other designer and or architect do you most admire (living or not) and wish to meet or collaborate with?

Oh wow, I love so many: Tom Scheerer, Naomi Leff, Mark Hampton, Alberto Pinto, Jesse Carrier, Thomas O'brien. Is this too many?!

What is your favorite go to fabric house/collection or singular fabric?

Holland & Sherry for Muriel Brandolini and/or Madeline Weinrib's fabrics I'm in love with.

What material do you love? What is your favorite part of designing a room?

I love ikats. My favorite part of designing a room is making the clients happy. Honestly. I love getting Christmas cards with a picture of a family in a living room we designed. It's an honor being invited into someones home and helping create their visual memories of home.

What is your favorite antique you own and reproduction collection you constantly use as a resource?

My very beaten up old 17th century farm table is my favorite (and maybe only true) antique.Neirmann Weeks has great reproductions.

What trade or retail store inspires you most?

Wyeth or Aero are favorites.

What is your favorite new and old interior book?

Celerie Kemble To Your Taste (of course!)
House & Garden's Best In Decoration from the late '80s is a classic old favorite. The old David Hicks books are classics too.

What does summer mean in interiors you design interiors in resort locations?

Relaxation. Lots of places to curl up with books, everything has to be super comfortable and inviting.

If you were not doing this what would you do?

I always thought designing sets for Broadway would be fun.

What city besides NYC do you visit to inspire you?

Marrakesh, London, Paris. Not very original, sorry! I also find lots of NYC very inspiring.

What are your trade secrets?

My sister-in-law, Cristi Conaway is a fashion designer and has Christi Conaway Design in LA. She's my secret weapon, always finding me cool stuff on the west coast! I also love Dixie Hwy which I visit nearly every trip home.