When this Hampton Bays property came up for sale, these homeowners could not resist! They purchased the view with its golden sunsets and the ordinary house that came with it. Renovation proved cost ineffective so a majestic new home was conceived on this prime quarter acre. I was chosen to decorate the house and coordinate the intricate design requirements from its inception working alongside their architect. The first thing I always do is lay out the space to create a floor plan with area rugs serving as an island on which to position furniture. Then I choose the fabrics for the seating and the window treatments. Last is the paint color, although it is first to be applied. Of course, along the way there are hundreds of decisions made before the plan is complete.
This home with light streaming through the huge windows and killer view, I chose the clients favorite colors - orange, cranberry, beiges and greens - warm, vibrant colors that they will enjoy living with for a long time, yet are pleasing contrast to the blue of the sea and sky outside. Working with clients like these who trust you to guide them is a total pleasure. All of us were on the same page. We were a great combination. The entry foyer dazzles. Its dimensions, 23' x 23' allow for a trio of giant bronze cranes plus a baby grand piano with the unique ability to play itself as well as be played. The piano invites guests to wander from the great room to cluster around it for a sing-a-long and with still more room for dancing, this area expands into a fun party space.
Much attention is given to scale since the great room spans 42 feet, from the custom wall unit and over-sized fireplace mantle guarded by dolphins to kitchen cabinetry cloaked in complementing wood paneling. Area rugs from my favorite source prevail throughout the house creating rooms that resonate with ease. The sofas covered in a variety of fabrics and flanked by a pair of leather chairs in caramel are warm and inviting, even in this room with a 24-foot ceiling. Wall to wall window treatments with solar shades which remotely control the light is just one of the challenging window treatments that were artfully fabricated. The kitchen and pantry boast everything from built-in coffee machine to two dishwashers, a wine cooler, an induction stove and spectacular island, its lower level curved to allow five to be seated in comfort at its granite expanse.
A step into the dining room area reveals a finely tooled leather top table with add-on wedges to seat twelve or more people. Just as spectacular is the Tiffany inspired stained glass dome overhead, its circumference almost as large as the table with faux painting surrounding it. This is but one example of the extraordinary contributions of my favorite artist who executed faux painting, mural and trompe l'oeil art throughout the house starting with the "wainscoting" in the entry, a trompe l'oeil triumph.
The tiling on walls and floors is extraordinary. The solid honey onyx floor in the master bath is but one example of this. The main area floor is covered with a porcelain tile that gives the effect of limestone but is more practical and durable. The center mosaic and the border surrounding it and around the island done my master tile installer, who easily met the challenge of intricate layouts in a variety of tile products for six bathrooms.
The couple who own this house thrilled over every detail. It was up to me to find and bring sources with the unique talents to the table, for example, the shower doors in each bathroom are etched glass. The result of this intensive two year collaboration is a 6000 sq. ft. five bedroom, six bathroom house to replete with custom details in all the decor and intricate high tech infrastructure. This Smart House® with a central computer system, radiant heat flooring throughout and a salt-water pool that uses bromide instead of chlorine. The outdoor spa has lights that change color and music (of course). The windows are strong enough to resist a hurricane so that boarding up will never be necessary. The three car heating garage has car lifts for stacking.
With all the bells and whistles from the dock with boats, kayaks and jet skis to the huge media room that boasts two televisions, one enclosed in a unique and spectacular wall unit and throughout this outstanding home, a timeless retreat for a truly appreciative couple.