Fashion-forward furniture designs are looking more like far-flung resorts. Or as Katharine Posillico McGowan puts it, “Everyone wants to feel their home is a vacation now.”
So McGowan, owner of Long Island-based Katharine Jessica Interior Design, brought the Mediterranean home to the Hamptons. In outfitting a patio at the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse, she channeled the glossy vibe of a jet-set getaway.
The Côte d’Azur’s terra-cotta roofs, white-sand beaches and gorgeous water inspired the patio’s palette of orange, white and blue. The sculptural dining table, high-gloss side table and steel accents evoked the polished yachts dotting the Riviera. Two streamlined daybeds provided balance, and contemporary planters delineated the space.
Then there’s the dramatic Frou Frou Parasol, which McGowan called “the diamond of the entire space.” Dancing in the breeze, the raffia-like fringe created a visual spectacle, providing kinetic energy. In fact, McGowan chose the umbrella first and built the look from there. “One little item can inspire you to create a whole concept,” she said.
McGowan encourages experimentation. The daybeds, dining table and chairs she chose come from different collections. Pick key items to anchor your space, and then add accents. She designed the patio with some formality, but the daybeds encourage lounging.