by Marisa Marcantonio

After visiting the Veranda sponsored House of Windsor showhouse while in LA recently, I got to see decorative details and architectural aspects up close that my initial showhouse post images were not able to convey. One of the reasons I love this showhouse is because the architectural details are beautifully executed. After seeing several showhouses in newly constructed modern apartment buildings recently, the classical details Windsor used feel much warmer and more to my taste.

Double height ceilings and high mahogany doors create the feeling of being in a french chateau.

The center hall, with a grey painted chair rail, runs straight through the house from the front door to the back. Rooms are accessed off this hall, done in a limestone and marble diamond pattern with a wide border.

A marble surround makes a place to hang plates and platters stand out. Wainscotting painted grey makes the back pop, adding a nice contrast to the white china. Wide reclaimed oak floorboards give the kitchen a "been there forever" look.

Windsor took an old cabinet and built it into the wall. The cabinet fits a washer and dryer below with practical shelving above.

The bath that connects the children's room and the nursery has inexpensive materials mixed with Ikea sinks and pull out baskets for laundry. This way of using space creatively and functionally is what makes a good showhouse room really stand out.

Old and new materials came together throughout the house. Here, old wood beams define the ceiling, the contrast and pattern make it more interesting.

In the nursery, built in book cases surround a double door closet. The wallpaper backed shelves are a great way to add color and take advantage of every surface.


by Marisa Marcantonio

What is the best in design that will stand the test of time? With so few magazines doing designer lists it is nice when creatives get honored through other platforms. One such way to award industry luminaries as Veranda Magazine is doing. Honoring design industry trailblazers whose work is both "innovative and timeless", Veranda and their new editor in chief Dara Caponigro selected and recently announced the winners of their second annual Art of Design Awards. Categories considered were fabric design, architecture, accessories/furniture, garden design, and jewelry design.

A vast group of more than 100 candidates were nominated by leaders in the worlds of decoration and design. The judging panel included fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, designers Rose Tarlow and Holly Hunt, architect Peter Pennoyer, author Carolyne Roehm, and David McFadden, chief curator of the Museum of Arts and Design.

And the winners are:

Photo courtesy of The Wiseman Group
Interior Design: Paul Wiseman – An ingenious sense of balance and a yen for luxurious custom work runs throughout Paul Wiseman’s projects, but what also sets him apart is how attuned he is to his clients.

Photo couresy of de Le Cuona
Fabric Design: Bernie de Le Cuona – Bernie de Le Cuona is obsessive about quality. Her quest to create the perfect cloth has taken her to India and Europe in search of traditional weavers.

Photo courtesy of Gil Schafer
Architecture: Gil Schafer – Gil Schafer designs the kinds of houses that appear to have been handed down for generations, though they are often new and adapted to modern life.

Photo courtesy of The Rug Company
Accessories/Furniture: Suzanne & Christopher Sharp – Christopher and Suzanne Sharp started The Rug Company in London to create innovative rugs that break boundaries. They continue to produce iconic pieces and bring a diverse approach to the field.

Photo by Timothy Greenfield Sanders
Garden Design: Nancy Goslee Power – Nancy Goslee Power’s gardens were sustainable long before the term became popular, yet her work has a lushness often not associated with drought-resistant plants.

Photo courtesy of CIJ International Jewelry Trends
Jewelry Design: Alessio Boschi for Autore – Together with Rosario Autore, founder of the Sydney-based company, Alessio Boschi has redefined pearls by pairing them with gemstones in dynamic forms.

This terrific group will be honored at an awards gala on Wednesday, September 29 at Hearst Tower. A portion of ticket sales and silent auction donations will benefit The Alpha Workshops, started by Ken Wampler in 1995 to train and employ creative people living with HIV.