Beach House Dining Room by Mabley Handler

Beach House Dining Room by Mabley Handler
We are honored to participate in theHampton Designer Showhouse again this year for the third time in four years. For our room at the Showhouse this year, we returned to our signature color: Blue. We were two years ahead of the Tangerine Tango curve with our retro chic Pool Lounge at the Showhouse in 2010, but we are all about blue this year. We normally use softer shades of blue, but this time we punched it up a bit: Hello, Aqua and Peacock. Pow-Pow!
Our inspiration for the room came from a brand new multi-colored blue flame-pattern printed linen designed by Jonathan Adler for his forthcoming Utopia fabric collection with Kravet(Pattern: Wabash, Color: Aquamarine, pictured above). We were fortunate to get a private preview of the line while at Kravet’s BlogFest on Design this past May, and even though we didn’t know at that time which room we would be designing at the Showhouse yet, we knew we had to use that fabric!


When we found out that we would be designing the dining room at the Showhouse, we were thrilled…It’s a beautiful, open room that faces the front of the house and features a lovely coffered ceiling. With our fabric already selected, we decided that we were going to put a Hamptons spin on our dining room. When you look at dining rooms, they are usually the darkest, most formal and often the least-used room in the house. We wanted our dining room to be bold and fresh, fun and enticing. We wanted to design a dining room that would draw you in to entertain in it, rather than feel like a museum room that says “Keep out.” Most of all, we wanted our room to be referential to the beach, the ocean, the sky. We’re in the Hamptons, so the room should look like it belongs in the Hamptons!
Fortunately, we knew just where to start: Kravet’s new Modern Dining collection. We love Kravet’s fabrics and furnitre, we’ve been working with them since we launched Mabley Handler Interior Design in the Hamptons almost ten years ago. We selected our favorite pieces from their new collection: TheVase dining table, the Gentil dining chairs, the Remy buffet, and the Parsons bench, which we upholstered in another new Jonathan Adler for Kravet linen, Super Nova in Teal. For our room to have the fresh, beachy, Hamptons feel we were trying to achieve, we ordered all of the pieces in Kravet’s gorgeous Blanc white finish. Our Beach House Dining Room was starting to take shape, and we liked the direction it was headed!
We featured our inspirational Jonathan Adler/Kravet Wabash linen fabric on the drapes, but we also wanted to pull the fabric into the room in another way. It would have been overkill to fully upholster the Gentil dining chairs in the same fabric, so we decided to use it just on the seat-back, and then upholstered the remainder of the chair in a coordinating aqua linen. This highlights the Wabash fabric in a clean, fresh way, without making them too busy. We also used silver nailheads on the chairs to add a little bit of bling, and to tie them in with the other silver accents in the room, like the beautiful Lamar silver leafed etageres from Worlds Away that flank the Remy buffet.


To surround our room, we turned to Phillip Jeffries, our go-to source for grasscloth wallpaper. We chose their Juicy Jutegrasscloth paper to provide a bold Peacock punch around the room, and it coordinated wonderfully with the darker blue hues in the Jonathan Adler/Kravet Wabash fabric. We love using grasscloth wallpapers in our projects in the Hamptons…It’s a great way to bring color and pattern into a room, as well as adding a wonderful texture that works perfectly in beach houses. To compliment the deep blue tones on the wall, we featured two amazing paintings by Paton Miller, one of our favorite Hamptons artists. The icebergs in his “Shackleton’s Sea” painting provide a nice contrast to the blue and green hues that are seen in his paintings and throughout our room.


To counter those darker tones on the walls, we selected Pratt & Lambert’s luscious aqua blue Azurean paint. We originally planned to paint all of the trim in Azurean, but we were afraid that would make the room feel too heavy. Instead, we decided to just paint the interior flat panels inside the room’s moldings and the flat areas on the ceiling between the coffers. The resulting pops of aqua tempered with the remaining white trim helps keep the room light and fresh. We added a Madeline Weinrib  turquoise Haveli rug to help ground the aqua elements and keep the room from feeling too serious. Her cotton flatweave rugs are perfect for the Hamptons, they have great style, but still feel beachy and fun. Sticking with the beach theme, a pacific blue seeded glass table lamp from Rumrunner Home provides additional light on the buffet/bar area.
For our tabletop, we were fortunate to be able to work with Showhouse sponsors Juliska to use their Berry & Thread whitewash stoneware and Villandry stainless flatware, as well as Serena & Lily’s Corsica placemats, which coordinated perfectly with our color scheme. Jonathan Adler was generous in providing a selection of his menagerie of ceramic animal accessories…We selected our favorite seaside creatures and placed them in key locations around the room. We featuredSharky as our table’s centerpiece, and Mr. Seahorse attempted to refresh himself at our impromptu color-coordinated martini bar on the buffet. Rounding out the details in the room are accessories from Rumrunner Home and Mecox Gardens, including a fantastic turquoise ceramic garden stool to hold the beautiful white silk Hydrangeas from Natural Decorations.



One of the things we love the most about participating in the Hampton Designer Showhouse is that it provides the perfect opportunity for us to work with our favorite vendors…And one of our favorites is the duo of Stacy Kunstal & Michael Partenio, the creative geniuses behind Dunes & Duchess. Their range ofturned maple candelabras and lighting fixtures has taken the design world by storm, and they are constantly expanding with new pieces and new colors…They are even branching out into furniture (We are currently coveting their Lake House Chair!). But for the Showhouse we just had to have a pair of their four-candle candelabras to set our table off. They are so sexy and add amazing drama to any tabletop…And in the aptly-namedAdmiral of the Yacht Club blue, they fit into our room perfectly.


Another exciting aspect of participating in this year’s Showhouse is that we were able to debut a brand new product in our room, an absolutely stunning linen drum shade light fixture embellished with silver nailheads and Swarowski crystals. People that have seen it at the Showhouse are raving about it, so we wanted to give you the back story on how this amazing creation came to be. The fixture is a brilliant collaboration between the lovely Michelle Hatch of Michelle Hatch New York, and the very talented Chad Jacobs of Bone Simple Design.  Michelle Hatch New York designs beautifulnailhead and crystal-embellished pillows and home furnishings, and Bone Simple Design manufactures amazingdrum shade light fixtures.


We have worked with both of them previously on several client projects, and when Michelle mentioned that she was looking to expand her line into light fixtures, we instantly thought of Chad and Bone Simple, and arranged an introduction. They met and felt an instant synergy, and the result of their collaboration is the show-stopping light fixture that now hangs in our dining room. This fixture marks the official launch of a new collection called Michelle Hatch for Bone Simple, and we are so proud to premiere their first-ever creation in our room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse!

Talk about the icing on the cake! Just look at that frosty aqua linen drum shad with silver nailheads and crystals…I think someone may have been channeling Magnolia Bakery cupcakes (or Billy’s Bakery, depending on what team you’re on ;) Either way, it’s delicious…Good enough to eat!

And that’s our take on a Hamptons Beach House Dining Room! We hope you enjoyed it, and we encourage you to come out this summer and visit the the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home Magazine, to benefit Southampton Hospital. 80 Flying Point Road, Water Mill, NY. Open daily, Monday-Sunday, 11am-5pm. More Info Here.

And, for all of you Pinners out there, you can check out ourBeach House Dining Room Pinterest board, which has the resource links and vendor information for every single item that we used in our dining  room at the Showhouse!

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