Show-Stopping Show House
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, and designing for the Holiday House Showhouse was one of the most wonderful opportunities! I had just launched my eponymous Robin Baron Collection of home furnishings, offering hardware, casegoods, upholstery and rugs I’d designed over many months and years. Here, for the first time, I saw it all come together in one cohesive, fabulous look.
This showhouse event, located in the famed Academy Mansion in NYC, invited the public to experience the talent of prestigious interior designers while benefiting important breast cancer research. I was honored to be selected as one of the designers, with the task of transforming the Grand Salon and the small-but-intriguing ante-foyer approaching the salon.
I started by looking at my new collection: what pieces held the most opportunity for high drama? What would wow guests touring the home and leave them wanting more? The result was a feast for the eyes. To see my pieces all together, creating impact in those two extraordinary spaces, was such a thrill, as was working alongside my peers and colleagues while giving back to an important cause.
The grand living room in this gracious Manhattan mansion features traditional panel molding. Robin installed mirrors inside the molding on the fireplace wall, giving the room a modern-meets-traditional look. Robin placed a large-scale painting over the Old World-style fireplace to make the room come alive with a dramatic focal point.
The living room’s soft-yet-rich jewel tone palette—in window treatments, fabrics, and art—keeps the eye moving through the space. The Luna Closed Back Sofa and a pair of Luna Open Back Chairs are exclusive upholstery pieces from the Robin Baron Collection.
Here, beautiful vintage hand-blown glass sconces flank the living room fireplace in scintillating glory. The fireplace screen perfectly balances the painting above it.
For a sophisticated-yet-casual look, Robin loves using two coordinating fabrics on one piece of upholstery. These gorgeous Luna Open Back Chairs from Robin’s collection are a prime example. The Tibetan-weave wool-and-silk Shimmer Rug in Orchid , also from Robin’s collection, continues the room’s color story.
To add a reflective quality to the living room, Robin used a mica wallcovering inside the panel molding coupled with a stunning vintage rose quartz mirror over Robin’s Rochelle Console in Blush Sand, which wears her Fleur Hardware .
Robin’s Simon Credenza dressed in her Comb Large [link] cabinet pulls anchors the living room and adds a cool, contemporary look.
The mica wall covering inside the panel molding sets off original paintings in their best light and adds another dimension to the living room.
Talk about drama! Robin was influenced by the trend in biophilic design and chose this dramatic over-scaled wall covering for the ante-foyer. The bold colors give contrast to the subtle color palette used in the living room.
Smaller spaces, like this ante-foyer, are places to show some personality and think big. It’s fun to mix looks, try new styles, and incorporate vintage finds (like these large candlesticks).
Our homes are a reflection of who we are…they also help us become who we want to be.
Place objects that inspire and uplift you in key locations throughout your home. Also...a little Feng Shui goes a long way!