Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Shippan Show House

Last week's fun included a visit to the Ship­pan Designer Show House in Stam­ford CT. The show house, ben­e­fit­ing Stam­ford Museum and Nature Cen­ter, is located in a circa 1922 French/Tuscan stucco man­sion in the gra­cious Ship­pan sec­tion of Stam­ford. I will show you only a few of the rooms — you really need to attend for the full effect and sup­port a good cause at the same time.

view of Long Island Sound from upper veranda

Almost the entire first floor fea­tured blue rooms — so much so we thought it was stip­u­lated by the com­mit­tee for the house. So many blues, all dif­fer­ent. The draw­ing room from Jack Fhillips Design fea­tured this linen-wrapped cock­tail table with a python look.

The soft blues gave way to my favorite space in the house: an elec­tric blue din­ing room. Lev­ened with plenty of white, and ener­gized with orange accents, the room was fun and fresh from the orchid chandelier…

to the vibrant tablescape. I truly love an exu­ber­ant room!

Tucked away in the cor­ner, but mak­ing it's pres­ence felt, is the amaz­ing can­de­labra from Dunes & Duchess.

It was space #12 before we found a non-blue room. The fam­ily room by Jen­nifer Owens was a spicy salsa of reds, oranges and yellows.

Once the show house is over, a fam­ily with four chil­dren will be mov­ing in. The design­ers were asked to make the children's rooms age-appropriate. The son's room by Holly Sutton-Darr fea­tured a sea coast theme — with the murals painted by her own 15 year old daughter.

The mas­ter bed­room by Bev­erly Balk is quiet and lux. The par­ents may need a "no chil­dren allowed" sign on their door!

This light fix­ture is a whim­si­cal touch in the mas­ter sit­ting area.

Another beau­ti­ful bed­room for the nine year old daugh­ter, by Bartony Designs, show­cased Zof­fany & Sander­son fab­rics in a blue and green palette. Note the table wears shoes…

There are many more beau­ti­ful rooms to see. Please stop by and sup­port the Stam­ford Museum and Nature Center.

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