Sunday, January 24, 2010

Better Late than Never!

One of my absolute favorite rooms at the Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse last summer was the masculine bedroom suite designed by Bradley Thiergartner Interiors that I never actually posted! Sometimes as a blogger you get sidetracked or another event happens soon after one you are covering or you have paying clients that require your attention! So I'm going back through my files to bring you some of stories that I never got to post. Hope you enjoy them!

When I first heard the name Bradley Thiergartner I thought it was one person but the firm is actually made up of Benjamin Bradley and David Thiergartner. They describer their style as Tailored Traditional and that could also describe their room at the Hampton Designer Showhouse.

Clearly the man who inspired the room design is a world traveler who's collected items from around the globe including globes!

The room was filled with great art that was hung in unexpected places like beside the bedside table.

There are certain pieces in the space like the zebra on the wall and animal print pillow that add that feeling that the room has traveled to Africa and make me think of Hemingway.

The gallery wall mixes styles and mediums to reflect a very personal collection of art.

One of the things that I really loved about the room was the great attention to detail. I appreciate when designers of Show House rooms take the time to add in items that are used by the mysterious owner like the Mrs. John L. Strong stationery and pencils seen on the desk.

Wouldn't you love sitting at the desk writing letters while you gazed at the beautiful landscape painting hung at sitting eye level?!

The seating area at the end of the bed works for reading a book or watching the television that is housed in the shelving across from it. I also love that the two chairs don't match and the casual feeling of the straw trunk.

Yes, we all know that smoking is bad but I am sure the world traveler who owns this room doesn't care. The carefully places cigar and ashtray make it feel like he just stepped out of the room!

I loved the little Chinoiserie box sitting on the trunk and when I took a closer look, I realized that it held little treasures such as a bunny and a love note! Not sure if this was taken from one of the designer's homes directly with the contents or if was created purposely for the room but again, the little details were what made me fall in love with this room!

Not sure if you can tell in this photo but the chair has a wonderful ring and ribbon trim from Samuel & Sons. You can also see how the beautiful antique rug sits over a sisal rug from Stark.

I also loved the contrast of the warm wood and metal on the shelving unit with the ticking stripe covering. The rope and wall that it rolls up reminds me of a tent and how the owner probably stayed in tents during his travels around the world.

Many of the objects displayed look like they could have picked up around the world as well!

And what man's room could be complete without a bar, even if it consists of whiskey and Coca-Cola!

Even the vintage metal hand weights are a perfect touch!

Bradley Thiergartner also designed the small adjoining bathroom which was an added bonus!

The warm slate grey color warms up the white bathroom and continues the masculine feel.

The natural elements also relate back to the natural elements in the bedroom.

There is nothing I love more than hanging art in bathrooms. Of course, you need a good fan and even then, you may not want to hang anything too expensive that will get ruined by the steam!

The lamp cords on the sink make me a little nervous but the lighting here look much chicer than your standard chrome or nickel fixtures! Even the shower stall was accessories perfectly! I really loved this room and as I mentioned, all the thoughtful details that really do make it seem like a real person lives in this room and it wasn't just another show house room!

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

29 comments:

Town and Country Mom said...

Great post. I think I have the inspiration I need for my younger son's room, which is due a make-over. Thanks for pulling this from your files!

Simply Luxurious said...

Very unique room. As I scrolled through each picture I began to appreciate the room even more (all of the details - Wow!). I especially like the semi-circle floating shelf in the bathroom.

Habitually Chic said...

Town & Country Mom - that would be a very chic young man's room! You'll have to send photos when it's finished!

Simply Luxurious - Did you notice the shelf is one of a pair? I was going to make you go back and look for it like Where's Waldo but that didn't seem very nice so I will tell you that it's next to the door to the room!

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

Is that a garden seat in the shower? What an interesting and clever idea!

I have to say, though, that I'm getting really tired of the Hermes blankets. They're starting to look a little gaudy to me. Of course, I'm not a fan of distracting labels in the first place, so maybe I'm just overly sensitive.

Ms Smart said...

excellent! that's my kind of bedroom - could be a studio. globes, art, desk, bed, seating, ahhhhhhh

Simply Luxurious said...

Thanks for pointing out the matching second shelf! I hadn't seen it originally!

stylecurator said...

very cool! thanks for sharing

Sallie Ann said...

There are a lot of interesting elements here. It's kind of a lot for my taste, but there are definitely bits and pieces I find really clever. Thanks for sharing.

alanna said...

the zebra head is definitely the coolest part :)

The Countess of Nassau County said...

Funny that there are elements I love while overall it doesn't do it for me.

Hermes blanket - yawn

Zebra head - vile

Karena said...

Very manly, great details of the traveling guy's adventures!

Tasha said...

What a sexy beast of a room. I'm glad you posted it~

style chronicle said...

It is all in the details and this design duo knows how to do them right! This space is exploding with creative design! Thanks for sharing!!

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

I love the antique rug and the shower are my faves. Thanks for the great post.

Cherish said...

I absolutely love the warmth of the grey paint used on the walls of the bathroom. Very chic indeed!!

Brittany Stiles said...

I dig it! I'm glad you decided to post this. I especially loved the bed and the mixture of artwork. Thanks!

The Antiques Diva™ said...

Its funny I'm doing the same thing at my blog - trying to get caught up on all those great posts I meant to write, but didn't!

Love the room & the Hermes influence!

Sherri Blum, CID said...

Bachelor pads were always some of my favorite rooms to decorate. I love this room! Thanks for sharing!

Dandy said...

I love all the details in this room, too. It makes it feel like a real room and not just an ad for the designers. Really wonderful. Thank you for posting this.

TracyStages said...

Love the bath!!! Very timely for me. Now I know what paint I will choose for my current rehab.
Fondly,
Tracy

Riviera Boardwalk said...

How did you find so many pictures of just one room? When I look at the pics where a designer takes one room to re-do, I am lucky to see 2 or max 3 pictures of the room. So how did you get pictures of the little close up tiny decorating items used in this room?
Great post!
nancy

Habitually Chic said...

Jeannine - The garden seat was one of my favorite elements. Modern showers never have enough room for all your stuff!

Ms. Smart - You're right, it could be a chic studio or inspiration for one!

Simply Luxurious - you're welcome!

Style Curator - glad you liked it too!

Sallie Ann - well, it is for a showhouse and for a man so I don't think it will appeal to everyone but I still thought it was creative and interesting.

Alanna - not everyone would agree with you but I liked it too! I thought it was a good use of the wall space!

The Countess of Nassau County - to each, his own.

Karena - I thought so too!

Tasha - great desciption!

Style Chronicle - It is a lot of elements but I thought it was right for this type of "client"!

Gwen - I am dying for that rug and I'm sure it's not in my price range!

Cherish - I am going to find out the exact name and brand because I love that color!

Brittany - welome! Glad you enjoyed it!

Toma - I can't believe how many I have! Good luck with yours!

Sherri - I know! I want to design more!

Dandy - great observation. It's a subtle ad, not an in your face, over the top ad!

Tracey - You'll have to send photos of your finished bath!

Riviera Boardwalk/Nancy - I took them! When I tour a showhouse or other event, I always take my own photos! And I really appreciate that the Hampton Designer Showhouse allowed me to take so many photos!

Cyn said...

Thanks for showing us these photos - Love the close ups! It is a great follow up from their profile on All The Best...

Jodi said...

I adore the "collecions"/jumble: my kind of room.

I have gone back to the photos a couple of times. I am especially happy that they enlarge when clicked on.

Thanks for this post

CARY said...

Once again, this hypothetical person living in the space has STUFF ... I love it!

Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors said...

Wonderful post. Terribly chic and fun!!

La Dolfina said...

Love this room so much.
So glad you found it and shared it!!

honey living said...

i totally agree with you about the details - this room has just the kind of style that makes you wonder about the man who lives there - specifically, whether he has a true sense of design and style to make it look the way it does, or whether its just that his belongings collide and come together in a way that makes it seem that way...either option is very sexy.

bluehydrangea said...

Loving it!! Would love to see a feminine version of this!

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