The 2014 HC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners: Interior Design
INTERIOR DESIGN WINNER: JAMES MICHAEL HOWARD, INC.
Designer Jim Howard of James Michael Howard, Inc., says of his interior design projects, “I always consider the way each space opens to the next, and the overall experience of approaching, entering, and living within the walls.” This deeply detailed house in Water Mill is “lush and layered,” says judge Robert Passal, who describes the rooms as a “fantastic mix of traditional and modern.” Judge Alison Spear cites the project’s “beautiful combination of art, architecture, materials, furnishings, and unique millwork details. The house is skillfully proportioned, and the fabrics and textiles are masterfully integrated.
INTERIOR DESIGN RUNNER-UP: NINA CARTER DESIGN
Decorating a “newly built home in Westhampton Beach was a dream come true,” says designer Nina Carter, who adds that “my imagination was limitless, but my budget wasn’t.” Carter started with a soothing, calming palette of creams and white—along with complementary hues of gray, navy, and lavender—and used gray oak flooring throughout, keeping the rooms from looking neither too formal nor informal. “This is what everyone imagines when they think of a house in the Hamptons,” says Austin Handler. “A stylish white kitchen to cook in, an elegant living room to entertain in, and a palatial bedroom to retire in.”
INTERIOR DESIGN FINALIST: HAMPTONS INTERIOR DESIGN
For this house in Hampton Bays, the goal was to create a new great room from a not-great budget. The Hamptons Interior Design team dove right in, redesigning the kitchen and living, dining, and sun rooms to function as inviting spaces for entertaining guests and family. A grouping of boldly striped chairs defines a seating area, a breakfast table doubles as an informal dining table, and a small sectional and media cabinet form an entertainment area. “Well done, on a minimal budget,” comments Robert Passal, adding that “the project is clean and tailored.”
INTERIOR DESIGN FINALIST: OLD TOWN CROSSING
Much of what exists outside this 19th-century home in Southampton Village now also resides inside. In keeping with the natural flora and fauna found on the property, the team of designers at Old Town Crossing commissioned decorative painter James Alan Smith to render pastoral scenes of indigenous foliage along with depictions of local birds and waterfowl. The living room’s walls feature a panorama of bird life and foliage, while the curving wall of a staircase is adorned with canvas panels of birds as well. “This project is a celebration of surface decoration and faux paint,” says Alison Spear, while judge Austin Handler describes it as “a well-executed blend of design and art.”