THE 2006 HC&G IDEA HOUSE
August 1, 2006
HOT DESIGN TIPS FROM HC&G'S IDEA HOUSE DESIGNERS
A team of top designers was invited to showcase their talents throughout the interior and exterior of the 2006 HC&G Idea House. Led by Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler of Mabley Handler Interior Design in Water Mill, they have been challenged to blend traditional Hamptons style with the classic British Arts and Crafts architecture of the house while retaining their own distinctive styles. Here our talented designers share tips that we hope will spark ideas for your own home. We also give you glimpses of some of the rooms in this year's Idea House, which is open to the public from August 4-September 4, 2006. (For admission information, visit our website at www.hcandg.com.) In the September 1 issue, we will feature an in-depth look at each of the rooms.
Kyle Blood, Guest Bathrooms, Home-Office Bathroom
"Designing a bathroom is like assembling a puzzle: all the parts and pieces have to fit together. Choose your plumbing fixtures first, as your plumber will need these before the walls can be closed. If you're using a handmade ceramic tile, always ask the vendor for a production sample, as glazes differ. When selecting stone for vanity tops and shower/tub enclosures, go to the stone yard accompanied by your designer whenever possible; the showroom sample never shows the natural movement found in every slab. And when it comes to vanities, think storage, storage, storage."
Roxine Brown, Landscape
"Plan and budget your landscape up front. It is an important living space and should reflect the total needs of your home and property. To be safe, reserve 10 percent of your total building expenses for a landscape budget. If you have budgetary constraints, landscape can be staged by priority/areas. In doing this, you will have a solid, all-inclusive design plan to work from."
Karen Comerford and Michael Hennessy, Foyer
"The most interesting homes have very personal collections—art, sculpture, vintage furniture and unusual objects—pieces that have a story but not necessarily a provenance. Individuality is alluring and compelling."
Sheila Delaney, Media Room
"When designing a media room, it's important not to have everything revolve around a flat-screen because you'll lose the utility of the space as an entertaining area. In addition to a comfortable sofa for viewing, include a separate seating group for card games or relaxing with a cocktail. Also, choose appropriate art. For the Idea House, I included posters of Marilyn Monroe."