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In November, at the second annual Design Showhouse at the historic Hempstead House at the Sands Point Preserve, five designers -- Gabrielle Knable, Silvana Loccisano, a team including Joseph Murphy, Karin Krinsky and Keith Murphy of Safavieh Home Furnishings, Nadia Vee and Catherine Weinstock -- received awards from event sponsor Shawn Elliott. Their charge was to reinterpret how the fabulously wealthy Guggenheims would live in the 40-room, 50,000-square-foot stone mansion today. When Daniel and Florence Guggenheim moved into Hempstead House in 1917, the estate overlooking the Long Island Sound became their family home for nearly three decades. Following the show’s “Home of an American Renaissance Family” theme, the designers incorporated 21st-century style into a celebration of the Guggenheims’ lifestyle and achievements. Shades of blue reigned in the Grand Salon -- sky blue; ocean blue, indigo. Using furnishings from Safavieh’s exclusive Couture Collection, designers Joseph Murphy, Karin Krinsky and Keith Murphy of Safavieh Home Furnishings titled their space, “The Grand Salon: Exulting in the Gloriousness of Blue.” The expansive space, with 15-foot high

coffered ceiling, a massive crystal chandelier and windows overlooking the ocean was decked out in blues from designer striped and patterned rugs on the floor to a blue window seat beneath two-tier Gothic windows with leaded glass. The walls were glazed in shades of indigo topping wainscoting painted blue. A blue wing chair, a blue sofa and other upholstered pieces in rich velvets, crisp linens, zebra accents created the patina. On one wall, a huge mirror composed of dozens of smaller odd shaped frames fitted together like a puzzle. Glass tables helped define casual seating clusters in this warm, stylish living space. Designed for guys who want to “play like a king,” Silvana Loccisano’s game room was a deluxe man cave. The space was inspired by Harry Guggenheim’s race horse, Dark Star, the winner of the 1953 Kentucky Derby. Dark Star beat the favored horse, Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr.’s Native Dancer. The horse theme included a framed painting of a horse on one wall. The centerpiece of the gold-hued room was a poker table with leather chairs with nailhead trim. Each back had a card suit cutout -- diamond, heart, spade and club. The green wall around the fireplace was faux painted with an alligator skin-like texture by decorative artist Arlene McLoughlin. A closet door was painted with

a “spade” and other playing card paintings hang on the walls. Silvana, owner of Glen Cove-based Bella Home, established her interior design business after graduating from the Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design. She works one-on-one with clients to help them make the decisions that work for their home. Manhattan-based interior designer Catherine Weinstock of CW Design outfitted “Peggy’s Room” with personality. Her eclectic collection of contemporary art and unique furnishings -- some her own belongings and others from friends -- was a perfect fit for the room at Hempstead House where Daniel Guggenheim’s free-spirited niece often stayed when she visited from Paris. “She didn’t hire a designer to do her place,” Catherine said. “She lived in different places and collected art. Her place was a reflection of her.” This smaller room, with built-in shelves and a fireplace fronted by an artsy metal screen, demonstrated a “relaxed elegance” and emphasized the intersection of art and design and was a perfect fit for Catherine, who designs on an “intuitive level,” has a strong knowledge of history and art and has also had an “interesting life that brought me many places,” she said. The neutral space was emboldened by

splashes of color and pattern. Pale yellow floor-to-ceiling curtains framed the windows, but came alive with a funky cloudlike sofa made by a French furniture maker as homage to Jean Cocteau and a dresser with a muted rainbow of glass drawers that Catherine described as “a contemporary interpretation of Bauhaus style.” Among the art is a mushroom wall installation and a tall sculpture of a man with no head and four feet, created from plastic bags and two pairs of shoes. The inviting, informal gathering space was well suited for lively conversation. “I love what I do,” Catherine explained. “Each project is a new journey and a discovery process.” Using a multi-disciplinary approach to her work , Catherine feels she has done well when she creates “a space that looks like someone really lives there, not a stage set.” In designing Florence Guggenheim’s honey yellow master bedroom, Nadia Vee of GNR Designs in Great Neck tried to “bring out her feminine playful side” in a room blending neoclassical style, bold gilded furniture and gothic architecture. “I designed the room especially for Florence Guggenheim,” who had a simple childhood in Pennsylvania and “became one of the wealthiest women in the SHAWN ELLIOTT LUXURY 21

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