As the sports world gears up for the U.S. Open beginning August 31 in New York, 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal joined us for a tony table tennis tuneup.
At a cocktail event Aug. 27 in the courtyard of the posh New York Palace Hotel, Nadal entertained fans and reporters as he played on our midcentury modern Outdoor Table Tennis Table. Frontgate, an outdoor furniture partner of the New York Palace Hotel, has outfitted the courtyard to rave reviews, and the table tennis table was dressed to the nines for the event with Frontgate and Palace Hotel logos.
The event, leading up to America’s premier tennis tournament, allowed guests to mingle with the sporting great as they noshed on appetizers served on tennis rackets. Nadal played against his uncle/coach Toni Nadal Homar and then against a few other attendees. The social hashtag #NadalXPalace filtered content from the scene on Instagram and Twitter, including Nadal posting video on his Instagram account.
View all the outdoor furniture and decor Frontgate used in furnishing the courtyard.
With the Hamptons long serving as America’s seaside retreat, a designer’s compass there often points seaward. And so Rachel Florez took a contemporary tack with her nautical-themed approach to the master bedroom balcony at the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse.
Creating an intimate exterior space ideal for morning coffee or evening sunsets, the Long Island-based designer infused modern accents and maritime flair into her design. The crisp blue-and-white palette and polished metal touches atop the wooden deck all associate with sailing, and the Ravello Daybed’s canopy approximates a ship’s sail.
The space serves as an extension of the bedroom, making it a haven for carefree interludes of bliss. Florez says, “You want it to feel a little sexy,” which led her to design the balcony around the daybed. An angular sectional and rectangular planters frame the space, creating geometric accents and contemporary cool while providing a sense of sanctuary. The lightness of color makes it a retreat for the senses, inviting barefoot forays and tête-à-têtes.
View all the outdoor furniture and decor pieces Florez used in furnishing the balcony.
The Hampton Designer Showhouse in Bridgehampton, New York, runs through Sept. 7. If you’re vacationing or attending the Hampton Classic nearby, stop by the Showhouse to see the balcony – and a host of other top designers’ work – in person.
See more inspirational spaces from the Showhouse. on Houzz.
Long Island. Renowned for the glamorous Hamptons, New York’s iconic summer destination is not the first place that comes to mind for world-class wine. Yet in recent years, as potato farms have been converted into vineyards and barns into tasting rooms, Long Island has emerged as a noteworthy wine region.
The island’s grape-growing areas begin 85 miles east of and a world away from Manhattan … at the point where the expressway ends and the island splits into the South Fork and the North Fork. Along the bucolic northern route is Mattituck, a charming hamlet dotted with picturesque churches and burgeoning farm-to-table restaurants. Nestled on one of the most rural roads here is the acclaimed Lieb Cellars.
|The Wine:||Lieb Cellars Bridge Lane Dry Rose, 2014|
|The Maker:||Russell Hearn|
Our wine of the month hails from Lieb, whose wines are enjoyed at Tom Colicchio’s top-rated restaurants and highly rated by The New York Times. Factor in the year – the locals are already calling 2014 one of Long Island’s best-ever vintages – and you’ve got something really special.
Lieb’s longstanding winemaker, Russell Hearn, is an Aussie native who’s been instrumental in putting Long Island on the fine wine map. He has a particularly deft touch with rosé, with a past vintage of his pink being named one of the “Top 14 Rosés in America” (Chicago Tribune). Bridge Lane rosé is a tiny-batch wine … and when we say tiny, we mean it – there are just 500 cases to go around. Russell is a big fan of Cabernet Franc, which makes up the majority of the blend (68 percent) and lends floral notes and bright, red-berry crispness. It’s complemented by splashes of Merlot (for a rounded, juicy fruit character) plus Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Riesling (which together add an aromatic lift).
This light-bodied, fully dry rosé sports real freshness, with floral, fresh strawberry and ripe peach notes. At only 11.9% ABV, it’s a great low-alcohol pink to enjoy all summer long and into the warm days of fall. In addition to making a fantastic aperitif, it also pairs extremely well with a variety of food. The folks at Lieb like sipping it alongside flavorful curries from India and Southeast Asia. We think it’s also brilliant with roasted white meat … so if you happen to have any bottles left over, it would be a great match for Thanksgiving turkey too.
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We caught up with noted HGTV designer Vern Yip on our trip to the 2015 Decorators Show House & Gardens in Atlanta.
Both the honorary chairman of the event and a participant, Vern featured several Frontgate pieces in the stunning, light-filled family room he created. As a foundation, he embraced the hues that are emerging as the big trend colors – inky blues and warm oranges.
According to Vern, when it comes to making a house a home, nothing is more important than texture. His tip? Make your use of texture both tactile and visual. Layer patterns, but also finishes – like the cool metals juxtaposed with burnished wood in the room’s bamboo bar cabinet.
If you love the style, take a look at all of the home decor pieces Vern used in furnishing the family room.
Timeless lines take on a West Indies vibe in this beautifully efficient Preston Bar Cabinet.
Dynamic pieces like this Swordfish Cocktail Shaker inject texture into your decor.
Chinoiserie Vases are classic accents that have reemerged as a hot item.
See more inspirational spaces from the Show House on Houzz.