My Summer Show House : A Seaside Haven

I promised to deliver and here it is: the post many of you have been waiting for!

As you may recall, earlier this year, I had the huge honor of being selected to design a space for the Museums of Old York 24th Annual Decorator Show House. So many of you have been asking to see photos. I wanted to wait till I had professional photos of the space before sharing these with my readers. I also needed to check with magazine editors that I know were planning on featuring my space to make sure they would be okay with my publishing some photographs.

I finally have a GREEN light!

So, without any further ado, please join me for a tour:

View from the inside of the porch to a peaceful landscaped haven. Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch

View from the inside of the porch to a peaceful landscaped haven. Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch

Upon entering, a full view of my Cove Porch Show house space. Designer:  Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

Upon entering, a full view of my Cove Porch Show house space. Designer:  Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

A detail of the teak sofa vignette with a Water and Main compass under a glass dome and cactus branch. Vintage French binoculars, teak and electroplated steel side table. Designer : Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc Photo Credit:  Greg PremruA detail of the teak sofa vignette with a Water and Main compass under a glass dome and cactus branch. Vintage French binoculars, teak and electroplated steel side table. Designer : Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc Photo Credit:  Greg Premru

Detail of weather resistant armchairs with custom outdoor pillows and custom outdoor sheers. Ceramic garden stool, seagrass basket with Moroccan glasses and French decanter. Stark Carpet custom outdoor rug. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. Photo: Greg PremruDetail of weather resistant armchairs with custom outdoor pillows and custom outdoor sheers. Ceramic garden stool, seagrass basket with Moroccan glasses and French decanter. Stark Carpet custom outdoor rug. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. Photo: Greg Premru

Custom console painted in Hague blue by Farrow and Ball, Water and Main green stool and paddles, Philippe Starck Kartell chairs.Planter arrangements by designer, succulents on loan courtesy Churchill Gardens in NH. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin SerranoCustom console painted in Hague blue by Farrow and Ball, Water and Main green stool and paddles, Philippe Starck Kartell chairs.Planter arrangements by designer, succulents on loan courtesy Churchill Gardens in NH. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Greg PremruDesigner: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Greg Premru

The dining area. Kingsley Bate teak table and Starck chairs. Darby Road Antiques antique wood leg candlestick holders, custom runner and terrarium adorn the table. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin SerranoThe dining area. Kingsley Bate teak table and Starck chairs. Darby Road Antiques antique wood leg candlestick holders, custom runner and terrarium adorn the table. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

Custom console table with vintage paddles, oil painting by my mother, artist Ghetta Hirsch, authentic coral specimen, Mexican glasses, French 1940's Sarreguemines Majolica gravy boat. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Greg PremruCustom console table with vintage paddles, oil painting by my mother, artist Ghetta Hirsch, authentic coral specimen, Mexican glasses, French 1940’s Sarreguemines Majolica gravy boat. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Greg Premru

Photo Credit: Irvin SerranoAnother view with bench at left and mosaic art by Ariel Shoemaker. Designer: Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design. Photo Credit: Irvin Serrano

Photo: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaArt I had commissioned for my show house space to mimic the underwater and above ground vegetation . Beautiful mosaic work by artist Ariel Shoemaker. Ariel uses a menagerie of glass mixed in with semi precious stones such as turquoise or chalcedony. This piece is currently for sale and is part of a pair (can be sold separately). Photo : Barbara Elza Hirsch

 And memories:Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaAbove, photos acting as memories of the construction and planning behind the show house. I love the photo of my son sitting on a Philippe Starck chair, taking a break from helping his dad and I on location :-) All photos Barbara Elza Hirsch.

Chez ElzaChez ElzaI accumulated over 6000 miles this spring and summer to prepare for and oversee my show house. I drove to and back from Kittery Point, Maine so many times I knew the Beach Pea menu by heart. And what a menu!!! 

It was all worth it! If you are interested in purchasing some of the items from the show house, please contact me. I will be posting a link to the items very soon.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my porch. Of course, the best is to walk in a space, but this is the closest I could get you, and the professional photographers who took the shots did a wonderful job :-)

A bientôt!

This Interior Designer Catches Up, Phew! (Well, She Tries)

I have not fallen off the face of the earth. It may seem like it, but no! I took a little break from blogging here to resource and work on all the good things happening to me and my design firm.

After my wonderful trip to New York with Brizo, I was invited to guest post for New England Home Magazine. I was inspired to write about hotel design : and tile. I invite you to go read those posts and let me know what you think!

I prepared a post on Spring Fabrics for Houzz :

 

And then was given the most amazing news:
I had been selected to participate in a Show House! As some of you may know, participating in a show house is a huge deal and tremendous pressure. Designers decorate rooms in a house at their own cost, and then the show house sells tickets and is open to visitors for viewing. Items in the rooms are for sale and proceeds from the show house benefit a charity or a cause. In this instance, the Show House is organized by the Museums of Old York, Maine, and will benefit the museums as well as their education programs. This is their 24th Annual Decorator Show House and Maine Home + Design is the media sponsor. The property we are decorating this year is on the waterfront in Kittery Point. You can read about it here: http://www.oldyork.org/Visit/decorators.html

I am honored to have been selected to decorate a very large space which is a a double L shaped screened porch just under 500 square feet. Imagine the possibilities!
I share with you a photo of the lovely home here:
01mainehousePhoto courtesy Ann Erwin via Sotheby’s Properties.

This water front home is currently on sale with Sotheby’s through Ann Erwin and offers landscaped gardens and a salt water pool!

My space prior to its make-over :

And another view:

Prepare to be floored! I am working nights and weekends on this!

I cannot wait to share with all of you and hope you will attend the Show House which will open from July 13th through August 16th.

A bientôt!

 

 

Boston’s Very Own Junior League Show House

I recently had the opportunity to visit  the Junior League of Boston Show House in Newton, MA.

A bit of history: the JLB was created in 1906 by women wanting to make a social difference in the Boston Metro community. They built their structure on the model of New York’s Junior League and went on to create diverse committees of interest (help to the poor and sick, entertainment for children, etc) and raise funding to assist charities and people in need. The Junior League has aligned itself with women’s changing roles over the years. It is composed of modern women who work but also want to volunteer and show initiative in diverse areas: education initiative, wellness, diet, etc.

The Show House runs from October 16th till November 18th at the Potter Estate, an 1867 property located on the grounds of the Jackson-Walnut Park Schools in Newton. The estate grounds and interiors have been updated and completely re-designed by 35 prominent local design firms who have donated their time and materials. The proceeds from the Show House will go towards the mission of the Junior League.

Potter Estate in Newton, home of the Junior League Show House 2012

Getting through Newton is always tricky for me: all that meandering, u-turning to get on the right direction of traffic, I just can’t seem to orient myself! I have to tell you, this Show House was well worth the detour! I was simply amazed at the hard work and creative genius and variety on display. I am proud of my Boston design peers!

Let me share a few photos I took of designs from local designer friends:

Elizabeth Benedict of Elizabeth Home created The Green Room, “a behind -the -scenes space for a mother to decompress…and recharge between tasks”. Creating a very organic feminine decor with soothing harmonies of greens and mauve, Elizabeth nailed the space, making it inviting and cozy.

Elizabeth Benedict‘s Green Room with framed Manuel Canovas fabric (doubles as a headboard if needed!), Stray Dog fixtures, custom paneled walls and ottoman.

More detail from the Green Room with beautiful rug by Landry and Arcari and chair upholstered in one of my personal favorite fabrics by Brunschwig & Fils.

Designer Kristen Rivoli, owner of Kristen Rivoli Interior Design smartly decided to create a romantic bedroom for an imaginary client: a well traveled couple that wishes to bring into their home design aspects from their travels to Paris and Morocco. A sumptuous canopy was created over the bed with a Moroccan lantern hanging from its heart.

Master bedroom by Kristen Rivoli with Poliform Arca Bed.

Facing the bed, was an inviting daybed with an array of pillows covered in Mally Skok textiles, and gorgeous side tables from Montage:

 Note the wallpaper with “hammered nails” effect by Phillip Jeffries, the soft grey purple velvet covering on the French bed by Charles Spada and the fabulous blue hide rug by Kyle Bunting.

Speaking of Mally Skok, she created a spunky and lively Young Woman’s Bedroom using a plethora of her very own gorgeous line of fabrics Mally Skok Design:

Mally shows her sense of humor with this warm and colorful interior. Love that window treatment! Wallpaper and all fabric on the bed are by Mally Skok.

Laurie Gorelick of Laurie Gorelick Interiors created a little jewel box she called “Inner Sanctum”. A “restorative space” for busy women, where one can meditate, refresh and enjoy. A earthy palette of greens and oranges grounds this small room and makes it extremely inviting:

I loved the Raoul Textiles lambrequin adorning the window as well as the built-ins and the desk area. Indirect lighting from a dropped ceiling creates softness throughout the space.

Another angle of the room with a custom daybed and lovely Schumacher and Seema Krish fabrics. The grasscloth wallpaper is by Schumacher. The rug is by Landry and Arcari.

Cecilia Walker of Cecilia Walker Design dressed up a very challenging back entrance and hallway with lovely little vignettes, bold wallpaper and light fixtures:

On site, I had the pleasure of meeting a few designers I did not know and who gracefully allowed me to photograph their work:

Janet S. Gaffey of Santini & Co created with the help of muralist Natalie Gardener a lovely tree-lined wall with accents of gold, copper and silver to showcase the very high second floor stairway. Note the incredible marbled like design she installed in the diamond shaped window:

Here is Janet in her space:

Frank D. Hodge of F.D. Hodge Interiors created a calming room he called Frank’s Study. I enjoyed the layering process he used, mixing both antique and modern furnishings:

Venetian plaster walls contribute to the taupe color scheme derived from the damask fabric.

Finally, Gerald Pomeroy of the Gerald Pomeroy Design Group designed a Conservatory in collaboration with Dessin Fournir, which gave him access to furniture pieces and fabrics from the same showroom:

I enjoyed the classic composition of this console table skirted by Gerarld in a Rose Cummings fabric:

This Show House opportunity should make Newton and Boston very proud!

Congratulations to my Boston Designer Colleagues!

 

 

 

Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, Savant and what a Show!-Blogfest 2012

When:  Day 1 of Blogfest 2012, Monday May 21st

Where: Kips Bay Decorator Show House, The Aldyn Residences, 60 Riverside Blvd, New York

After the ICFF, Blogfest 2012 attendees were whisked off in buses to Kips Bay for the grand Kickoff of the tour, hosted by the lovely Margaret Russell, Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest.

What is a Show House, you ask? Simply put, a designer show house is a space in which  different rooms are decorated by a few select and talented Interior Designers or Decorators, who are usually given a very short time frame to do their magic. The amount of hair pulling to meet deadlines must be tremendous, but the interiors created are superb and offer a wonderful venue for designers to showcase their talent. Show Houses benefit a charity: they are typically associated with a fundraising event, and can be visited for a fee. Kips Bay is famous for its extraordinary show of designer rooms and benefits the Kips Boys & Girls Club located in the Bronx.

The Show House celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.

If you can imagine more than 160 bloggers/interior designers squeezing themselves through the penthouse rooms, you will understand why I have a limited amount of quality wide angle photos to show :-) I concentrated on selecting  mini vignettes to share with my readers.

Entering the Aldyn Lobby.
The massive and sculptural ceiling lighting in the Aldyn lobby was not to miss.
“In Memoriam of Albert Hadley” By Bunny Williams, David Kleinberg, and Brian McCarthy. I love this wood mirror above the console table. Of course the branches contribute to giving this vignette grandeur and an organic feel.
“The Cabana” by Scott Sanders. Scott was in the room himself and kindly answered my questions. His room was bubbling with good humor. I loved the yellow grasscloth covering the walls, against this white lacquered desk by Lorin Marsh.
Another vignette in Scott Sanders’ Room. Gorgeous alabaster lamp by Lorin Marsh.
“The Conservatory” by Neal Beckstedt Studio. Le Corbusier Chaise.

 

Lovely, stylish vignette by Neal Beckstedt. Italian 1950s Bar Cart.
Neal Beckstedt. Neal and I exchanged a few words on the importance of texture, and I feel he does a superb job of layering and telling a story. Chevron Gear Table Lamp by Robert Altman. Blue sculptural bowl by Martin Kline.
“Foyer” by Timothy Miller of Timothy and Associates. Timothy was very excited to be invited to decorate the Kips Bay for the first time! His use of two Daum Tulip vases-including an ultraviolet one- with discreet back lighting was spectacular on the Rosewood Saarinen table. I had never seen one with a rosewood pedestal but Timothy informed me it was a unique piece.
“Kidz Rule” by Laura Bohn Design Associates. This bedroom was just fantastic, a little green and red fuzzy and textured cave for little ones. Cabrio In Space saving unit with desk/integrated bed, Edward Fields round spiral shag rug, M2L, Inc Tatino and Tatone red ottoman and seat.

“The Writing Room” by Chuck Fischer Studio. Chuck was happy to take questions and explained he created and hand painted the Chinoiserie Mural, as well as the Lee Jofa desk chair. I liked the pale and soothing melons and roses in this room, mixed with browns and blues.
Another view of a spectacular retro two arm floor lamp Chuck found at  Alan Moss Antiques.
“Gentleman’s Study” by David Scott Interiors. David (shown seated here) had created a very layered, masculine and glamorous study which I really enjoyed.
Here he is pictured in front of the most striking Larry Zox painting, a lesser known but rising artist who found success during the Color Field Movement of the 60’s.  The painting did a lot to the room, creating a wow effect.
Sculpted Bronze étagère by Paul Evans in this David Scott study, George III writing table, Jacques Adnet floor lamp.
Custom Omnibus Chaise Lounge by Vladimir Kagan Couture across from the desk.
“Le Bureau Privé (The Private Office)” by the very talented Raji Radhakrishnan (Raji RM & Associates). Sebastian Ezzaruiz Tilt Bookcase and Ralph Lauren Collector Desk.
Another view of Raji’s Room with Christophe Côme Loukoum Lamps.

 

Margaret Russell, editor of Architectural Digest, is shown here just before kicking off the event with Beth Greene, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Branding for Kravet, and the mastermind behind Blogfest 2012
Kravet is a 4th Generation family owned company and the organizer of Blogfest 2012. Here pictured are Lisa Kravet (her back is towards the camera), Thom Filicia on her right, and directly across from Lisa, is her husband, Cary Kravet, head of the company. My apologizes for the awkward angle, but I was stuck in a crowd, and my small stature never helps in these situations :-)

After champagne and this extraordinary tour,  we were off to Savant to learn about automation systems for residential and commercial applications.

Floating TV screen projected behind this bathroom mirror. Note, reflected in mirror is the wall control panel, allowing for control of lights and TV in the room. All Savant interiors in the NY showroom are decorated by Thom Filicia.
Great shower tiling detail in the same bathroom.

After this, some of us continued on to the next venue, Savoir Beds, to try out luxury mattresses and nibble on lemon and chocolate cakes. Savoir is a line Savoy Hotel created back in 1905 to keep their guests comfortably tucked in!

It was a fabulous day filled with intensive learning and discovery. Thank you, Kravet and thank you, Blogfest 2012!