Monday, November 5, 2012


 Southport Congregational Church was generator run post Sandy.

 Programs at the ready for guests in signature Albert Hadley print.

When 12 interior designers create vignettes in spaces the size of a parking spot, things get interesting. Rooms With A View, Design on a Shoestring, occurred in Southport, Connecticut this past weekend, and designers channeled their small space talents to create a variety of interesting spaces that revealed the only limitation was three walls. This year, designers had to scramble to install their areas before and after Hurricane Sandy touched down. It's just amazing what people can do when they come together for a cause, and the opening evening was pulled together beautifully. Food was prepared by Paci, the local Italian gem, and the party went on. The design event, started by Southport resident the late Albert Hadley, has drawn talent from the surrounding areas since its inception 18 years ago. Check out the results, which are a real lesson in layout, spacial use and ingenuity.

 New York-based interior designer Lynde Easterlin Interiors worked with navy, white ad touches of green creating a fresh and traditional sitting area. Lynde is really good at trying spaces together with accessories. You should see her table settings. A pair of Oomph Slipper Chairs flanked a Newport Console with a Tini Tufted Ottoman in between.

A blue and white wavy print tied the pops of navy together.

Pretty brass sconces brightened the space.

Large branches in a blue and white vase added greenery. A Kathryn Ireland paisley wallpaper is above the chair rail, Ralph Lauren's Club Navy was used on the chair rail, and a Philip Jeffries paper was used below.

A sweet diminutive Hunt Slonem Bunny painting sat on an easel on the console adding a smile worthy element.

A gilded mirror hanging above the console made the space appear larger, and pretty silver accessories and books kept the surface lively.

Jennifer Rimkus Gresinger, a Rowayton, Connecticut-based designer had a scheme fitting a space a few blocks from the water. Blue, white and the palest yellow made the library she created perfect for the locale. With the help of her family post-hurricane, the floors and ceiling were painted and the built-in bookcases created.

There is a lot in the space yet it doesn't feel cramped.

Albert Hadley's Fireworks fabric on a custom chaise added a personality print as does a white ceramic camel end table.

A faux Pug kept man's best friend in the picture.

A Colleen and Company custom scalloped lantern provided overhead light.

A pretty white wavy-edge mirror introduced an interesting shape to the wall.

Blue and yellow accessories tied the colors together.

Artist Barbara Erdman's photograph of a seaside scene was just the thing.

A perpetual issue that plaques most of us is book storage. A wall like this a room feel  so much more organized.

Westchester-based designer and blogger Lisa Ehrlich created a young lady's first New York apartment with pops of hot pink. Paradiso,  a bold bird and flower printed Nina Campbell for Osborne and Little wallpaper added impact, and picked up on the pink cut-corner daybed.

Society Social's faux python table with a lower shelf makes a good nightstand while providing additional storage.

Lisa found these fantastic little octagonal lamps from The Land of Nod, proving style does not need to come with a big price tag.

Benjamin Moore Paint #1349 made the ceiling exciting with a see through brass orb fixture from Ro Sham Beaux.

Incorporating antique pieces add a sense of history so this antique white and gold chair does just that. A small Made Goods table provides a spot for books.

A fabulous fringe throw is another way to add color, along with a Greek key tape trim on the bottom of the upholstery.

Jack Franzen, Ann Franzen, Katrina Franzen, and Jody Foote of J.P. Franzen Architects did a wonderful job bringing the outside in with a screened in porch. What a nice spot to spend time in, even if it is inside. Now imagine this space in July.

Primary colors play well against the knotty Pine walls and natural colored accessories.

A Josef Albers print in sunset colors and kelly green metal chairs.

Focusing on another area of organizational importance, New York-based designer Paola Salinas of Style Never Sleeps  created a dressing room. The all-white space included built-in cabinets, drawers and overhead shelving as well as upholstery with girly flair.

Oh what I would do for this amount of well-organized space.

A custom hooded chair in a Donghia fabric in the softest aqua sits below a glowing Vaughan nickel sconce and a wall in faux-bois Nobilis wallpaper.

Sean Michael Waters space, with flocked swag wallpaper that set a dark, moody tone.

Ryan Humphries homage to the 80's, including fuzzy pink detailing.

Kelley Schutte kept things rich with burgundy walls in a dining spot for two.

A Hadley favorite, the sunburst, was  painted around a mirror.

Rebecca Soskin created a vivid play of color with decorative painter Topher Carnes.

Black and white positive and negative round geometric forms on wall murals created by Finishing Impressions combine with zesty celadon and eggplant.

With a desk to work at and a storage cabinet in the same color, the art-filled space is a creative paradise.

A bin of sample fabrics, wallpaper books and framed art are ready for a designer to get started.

An abstract work by Danny Geschardt.

Brass bird bookends add a bit of the living world.

A Dunes and Duchess lamp in pale blue ties the color plethora together.

A really cool pale green hue in Kravet velvet is on the front of the desk chair; a Brunschwig and Fils classic is on the back.

An abstract canvas in pinks greens and pale blue from artist Reagan Geschardt

A blue and white Water Painting by Alex Schuchard

Bachman Clem of New York's Bachman Brown Design thought small with a punchy playroom.

Mixing vintage pieces and graphic elements like a bulls eye, Brown stuck to a clean primary palette. A blue dresser with red pulls from the 1930's sits under a wall filled with cool art and a vintage yellow round mirror.

A round curved pendant light with blue interior lights up the play table.

A cork wall trimmed in bright red paint provides a place to show off JR art creations.

A mini art gallery.

A graphic geo print in orange grounds the adjoining wall where a classic camp blanket sits at the ready next to blocks.

A darling mini vintage chair upholstered in a Lulu DK bird print on a stripey Stark Carpet.

 Allison Caccoma of San Francisco and New York-based Allison Caccoma Interiors created an homage to Mr. Hadley. A modern St. Thomas sofa by A. Schneller and Sons grounds a creative sitting area.

 An arching nickel Mid Century Triple Floor Lamp illuminates the seating area.

Christian Brechneff Passion Flowers paintings hung in a pair pick up on the pale blue walls. A gold bunny adds a glistening golden glow placed on a pedestal.

A slipper chair that belonged to Mr. Hadley is a spot for books and business cards.

A hand-painted black and white knotty wood floor by Art Groove Decorative Painting.

A wooden carved deer from the 1950's brings a common Connecticut sight inside.

John Murphy of Tracker Home, the Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard-based design shop and firm.

A game room plus bar was created by Tracker, with ample room for poker with seating for four.

Glossy black walls add dark glamour to a masculine space. A fully stocked bar was utilized during the opening party, and guests played cards at will.

The game is on!


Hamptontoes said...

Thanks Marisa for this wonderful post! I appreciate being a part of the coverage. Looking forward to getting together.

Paola Salinas Interiors said...

Thanks for the wonderful post Marisa! We're all very lucky that members of the community & bloggers like you came out to support the Church & our event despite the aftermath of the storm! I'm glad you enjoyed the show & shared your experience! Wasn't the food by Paci just amazing? I loved everythingggg!!