Done well, eclectic furniture collections create texture and warmth. And intrigue. To Jack Ovadia, there’s beauty in being bold. “Never be afraid to try,” the New York-based designer said. “The harder you try, the better the results.”
And so Ovadia balanced glistening metallic pieces with expressive textural works in designing the poolside seating area at the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse.
Mixing two collections, he set a foundation in hard metals. Then he softened the scene with texture, using woven wicker seating, sphere-shaped and shaggy pillows, and dimensional table accents.
Within that framework, balance perpetuated. Glamorous gold accent pieces offset clean, white leather seating. Matte finishes juxtaposed with shiny ones. Pillows ranged from sharp geometric patterns to soft floral prints, from fluffy feathers to Pollock-esque paint splatters.
Working exclusively with our contemporary Porta Forma line, Ovadia placed artful accents everywhere. Dramatic, angular Pascal Tables made a riveting statement poolside.
“They’re the piece that people say, ‘Wow, what is that?’ ” Ovadia said of the Pascal Tables. “That’s what I love about the space. We used really unique pieces that we don’t think you’re going to be able to see anywhere else.”
Artful elements aside, the goal was warmth – figurative and literal. Seated round the hammered copper firepit, as the sun sets poolside, there’s plenty to admire. “When people use this space,” Ovadia said, “I want them to feel like they never have to leave.”
“That’s what I love about the space. We used really unique pieces that we don’t think you’re going to be able to see anywhere else.”
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 associated with sailing, and the Ravello Daybed’s canopy approximated a ship’s sail.
The space served 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 framed the space, creating geometric accents and contemporary cool while providing a sense of sanctuary. The lightness of color made 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.
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This guest post comes from interior designer, author and Pure Style Home blogger Lauren Liess.
I’m always drawn to a Natural Modern space, which is comfortable and relaxed but with a chic, contemporary aesthetic. The juxtaposition of natural elements with clean-lined modern furniture is unexpected. It brings a sense of excitement to a room or outdoor area.
The key to designing a Natural Modern space is the interplay of materials and shapes. Organic elements like wood, woven textiles and plants help create an inviting living area. Richly patinated accents infuse warmth. And comfortable, strong-form furnishings incorporate the central elements of modern design.
You can find inspiration for your Natural Modern space in the textures and finishes you love. Think of the elements that intrigue you, and find clever ways to incorporate them into your space. And don’t be afraid to try a variety of accents and accessories. The give and take of organic textures mixed with modern furnishings makes a bold statement.
Natural Modern is as much about comfort as it is aesthetics. Look for cool, contemporary furnishings that are equally inviting and stylish – like Frontgate’s generously sized, sink-in Palisades Modular Collection. It’s your base to build upon, and once you choose the right seating, you can begin to accessorize with organic textures.
Woven rugs, accent pillows and throws add a pop of color and pattern, without overwhelming the calm, clean aesthetic. Curvy, sculptural pieces – like the Batik Console Table – provide a striking counterpoint to more modern furniture. And accessories like lanterns, planters and petrified wood tables incorporate beautiful natural elements into your design.
Shop Frontgate’s exclusive Natural Modern collection, and get inspired to create your own comfortable, contemporary space.
Frances Bailey knows great design. As a stylist and creative consultant, she works with some of the industry’s biggest names and publications to create stunning rooms, both indoors and out. You’ll see her work in Southern Living and HGTV Magazine, among others. In this guest blog post, she shares quick and easy tips to update your outdoor space for summer entertaining.
It’s high time to head outside. The warm weather is here to stay, and alfresco celebrations – from dinner parties to cocktail hours – are in order. But before you move the party outdoors, take stock of your outdoor area. The start of summer is the perfect excuse to spruce up your space.
It’s easy to do. In fact, with just a few helpful tips, you can create the ultimate entertaining area. And when friends and family stop in for a summer soiree, you’ll be ready. Armed with a signature cocktail, a good playlist and your newly updated outdoor oasis, this season will be one for the ages.
Furniture placement is as important outdoors as it is inside. Set cocktail and side tables within easy reach so everyone has a place to rest their drink. Encourage good conversation with plenty of seating. And have an ottoman or two that pull double-duty as overflow seating for late-arriving guests.
Most importantly, capitalize on the natural beauty of your outdoor area and create a layout that showcases your space. Arrange your seating so guests get the best views while sitting.
Designer tip: If you have the space, create a few different outdoor entertaining areas for guests to roam. It spreads out the party with more places to gather.
Create a color scheme and stick with it – from the cushions to the rug to the tableware. Choose a base (neutrals work great for this), and add pops of complementary color through accents and accessories. Work within your palette, and limit the spectrum to make the biggest impact.
Designer tip: Create a focal point by anchoring your area with a decorative outdoor rug. Find one that is large enough to position your furniture’s front legs on.
Add comfort to your outdoor seating with accent pillows so chic, your friends won’t believe they were made to stay outside. Plus, if you’ve already invested in outdoor furniture, new pillows are a quick way to refresh the pieces you have.
Designer tip: Mix patterns, shapes and different-sized pillows for a sophisticated, eclectic look.
Create instant ambience in your outdoor space with an arrangement of hurricanes and lanterns. The soft glow of candlelight is warm and inviting, encouraging guests to gather closer and making for a more intimate evening.
Designer tip: Make sure to stock up on unscented pillar candles so you won’t run out mid-party.
No alfresco affair would be complete without a refreshing summer cocktail. So serve up a new recipe (like a Fresh Juice Gin Cocktail) with all new outdoor entertaining pieces. And whether you set up the spirits on a bar cart or side table, make sure you have ice and extra glasses at the ready.
Designer tip: If you serve a signature drink, label it so your guests know what they’re sipping.
Courtesy of The Entertainologist, Lulu Powers
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce rosemary and mint simple syrup
4 ounces gin
Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker or ball jar with ice. Shake and pour over ice cubes with rose petals frozen inside them. Add a sprinkle of julienned mint.
That’s it. Five simple steps, and you’re ready for a summer spent outdoors, joined by good friends and family. If you want some more design inspiration, check out Frontgate’s Entertaining Alfresco Pinterest board for this season’s top trends in outdoor living.