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CASUAL LUXURY LIVING with Designer Joshua Ingraham MARK THOMPSON

Every year in New York, more than fifty of the world’s top interior designers create dazzling rooms with donated designer merchandise for “Design on a Dime,” a three-day charitable design event that benefits Housing Works and its programs for individuals living with HIV and AIDS. Designers include highprofile talents such as Nate Berkus and Bravo’s Andy Cohen, as well as Charlotte Moss, Robert Verdi, and numerous recent winners of Top Design. One of New York’s most popular benefit events, “Design on a Dime,” is also an opportunity for a new generation of designers to turn it out while waiting for their television contract. For the


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“WHEN YOU LOOK YOUR BEST, PEOPLE NOTICE — AND YOU CAN FEEL IT. THE SAME HOLDS TRUE FOR YOUR HOME.” past three years, one of “Design on a Dime’s” brightest design stars has been Tulsa-born interior designer Joshua Ingraham who has created rooms for the Housing Works benefit that have been as big and bold as Ingraham’s personality. “Apartment Therapy,” the leading online source for home design, placed Ingraham’s “Design on a Dime” room from 2009 on its Top Ten list. Ingraham was offered the room five days before the show’s opening and he spent the bulk of that time running around the city gathering pieces. “This room is one of my all-time favs,” says Ingraham. “I covered the floor in angora rugs and I had a fantastic console table made out of white plaster, with legs in the shape of deer legs, complete with hooves.” On the walls were photographs from that year’s Pride festivities at the Eagle and

as Ingraham says, “The space was sexy and edgy while still being chic.” As a teenager back in Oklahoma, Ingraham painted his bedroom a brilliant blue, an homage to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s bedroom in the film Cruel Intentions. Ingraham and his mother had just moved into a new home and, as Ingraham recalls, “I painted all the walls, ceiling, doors — and even my laundry hamper the same deep, dark blue, with baby blue trim — and then topped it all off with a metallic silver to outline the architectural details.” Ingraham grins. “I was sixteen.” While a student of architecture and design at Tulsa University, Ingraham discovered that “walls are meant to be broken down,” a lesson that he practiced in his recent holiday redesign of Tiffany & Co.’s fourth-floor men’s home collection at their Fifth Avenue flagship store. Today, Ingraham defines his style as “casual luxury.” As the boyish designer explains, “It’s fancy,


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1 2 but never stuffy. It feels luxurious and rich, but it’s still attainable.” For Ingraham, “casual luxury” might mean mixing Biedermeier with West Elm, so long as the result is “timeless, sexy, and comfortable.” During an era when more and more people conduct business meetings in public spaces and when a home office is the coffee shop on the corner, it’s interesting to discuss with a design professional what people want from their homes today. “Style and comfort, at the same time,” declares Ingraham emphatically. “People want a fabulous home to entertain and impress their friends, while still being able to relax and be comfortable.”

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Start with one inspirational piece then build your space around it. To achieve Joshua’s casual luxury style, go for a look that is timeless, sexy and comfortable - Fancy but never stuffy. Dress your home as you would dress yourself – at its best. Try darker wall colors. They help achieve a sexy edge while creating an intimate feel for your space. Hire a designer!


<3AB7<5 Ingraham contends that how we decorate our homes is as important as what we wear. “When you look your best, people notice — and you can feel it,” he states. “The same holds true for your home. Your home is a reflection of you and your personality.”

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According to Ingraham (and perhaps not surprisingly), the most common design mistake that people make is not hiring a designer. There’s also the matter of scale. “A lot of people don’t pay enough attention to balance,” Ingraham warns. “Make sure you look at your space as a whole to make sure [everything] is in proper proportion.” So what does Ingraham recommend as a starting point for a refreshing of one’s home? “I start all my designs with an inspiration piece,” Ingraham confides. “For this year’s ‘Design on a Dime,’ it was the fabulous handscreened wallpaper by Mark Fox.” The California-born graffiti artist Fox, whose work has been shown at the Whitney as well as the Museum of Modern Art, was commissioned by Studio PrintWorks to launch a special edition wallpaper. “We used my room this year as the wallpaper’s debut,” says Ingraham, proudly. Whether working on a 200-year-old Tudor mansion in the outskirts of Buffalo, New York, or a 200-square-foot office in Manhattan, Ingraham believes that how we live in our spaces determines how well we live life. “You don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy luxurious things,” Ingraham declares. “I want my designs to reach out to everyone.”

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Superior Interior: Designer Joshua Ingraham Shows You How By: Travis Laborn/Special for TRT Joshua Ingraham holds himself to the same standard he does his designs—with class, integrity and always a surprise element of fun. He defines his style as 'Casual Luxury,' utilizing dark colors over light; classic, bold patterns rather than the safe and subtle; and strong fabrics with unusual textures. Counted among New York City’s top fifty designers by HousingWorks Design on a Dime for three years in a row, Ingraham encourages clients to make a statement with their surroundings. Nothing is impossible or ever too big. He believes even the budget conscious should crave rich, lush, fabulous things. “You do not have to be wealthy to enjoy the luxurious things the world has to offer, as long as you follow my lead,” he says. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the out designer realized a knack for design at 14 when his mother allowed him to select his own bedroom paint colors. “I mean, every boy’s dream, right?” he laughs. Ingraham modeled his room after Sarah Michelle Gellar's bedroom in Cruel Intentions, painting the walls, doors and ceiling a deep navy blue, and adding a trim of baby blue with silver highlights. “I probably thought if I painted my room the same as hers it would make me more like her. Sadly, my high school experience did not include summer romances with Ryan Phillippe.” He studied Architecture and Design at Tulsa University where he discovered he appreciated the creative freedom of interior design more. “Once I understood the only limitation I had in interior design were my own ideas, the possibilities became endless for me,” he explains. Ingraham says walls are meant to be broken down. “Open up your spaces up as much as possible. It will give you more options as to what you can do with your floor plans and furniture.”

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He eschews the current trend of stainless steel kitchens with granite countertops. “Alone, each material is fine but putting them together could leave your space feeling more outdated than when you began.” He also shuns the trend of master bathrooms with double sinks. “There is never a need for two sinks,” he argues. “That second sink rarely gets used. If you truly require two sinks, for design sake, use a deep trough sink with two separate but matching faucets.” The same goes for separating showers and bath tubs. “Unless it is a true glass shower and soaking tub, please don't split these two up. It’s a waste of space.” How you decorate your home is as important as what you wear, he says. “When a person looks good, they exude a confidence that inspires others. The same holds true for the home. When the place where you rest your head and entertain your friends reflects you and your personality, it projects power.” “If everyone hired an interior designer, the world would be a better place,” he laughs.


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By Mike Nelson Dane Steele Green is the gay-cation guru behind Steele Luxury Travel. Joshua Ingraham is a leading interior designer in New York. Together, they are “Joshy and Dane,” a power couple among the international gay social set. The pair trot the globe, attending all the most fabulous gay events including Sydney’s Mardi Gras, Vienna’s Life Ball, and Tel Aviv’s Pride. Their next stop is Miami’s White Party where they will turn Steele to Platinum at South Beach’s Z Hotel.

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How did you meet? Joshua: We met on Fire Island, August 30th at 6:48pm. Dane loves to remember the exact time. Dane: We were standing across from each other and locked eyes. There was a pull that drew us together. We’ve been driving each other happily crazy ever since. What makes your relationship work? Dane: We share an obsession of airports, airplanes, and hotels; basically all things travel and design related. Joshua: We tend to fight like cats and dogs but also love each other immensely. What’s the best thing about dating an interior designer, Dane? Dane: When I go away on a business trip, I come home to find my apartment organized, painted, and adorned with fantastic design trinkets. The worst thing is that he tries to make me throw away the stuffed animals on my bed. What’s the best thing about dating a world traveler, Joshua? Joshua: Before I met Dane, I had never left the country! Dane has shown me the world in ways that I could not have dreamed of before. The experiences I’ve enjoyed from our many trips have brought my design to a whole new level. Is there a downside? Joshua: It can be hard to keep up with him. Dane is constantly on the go. A lot of our down time together is on an airplane, where cell phones don’t work and Dane is forced to sit in his assigned seat. Dane, as someone who’s been around the world, what do you love most about South Beach/Ft Lauderdale?

Dane: I love the relaxed vibe and culture; also, their proximity to New York. Joshua, from a design perspective, what are some of the most attractive locations in Miami? Joshua: The W South Beach and The Mondrian Hotel are two of my favorite chill out spots in Miami. I love their modern and timeless design. Now that NY has passed gay marriage, will any wedding bells be ringing soon? Dane: I don’t want to spoil any future surprises but Dane and I have always loved the idea of marriage and we are both anticipating our futures together. It would likely be one spectacular wedding! Joshua: It’s extremely top secret but it will include dance troops, gift bags, popular performers and many other surprises for our guests. Cross your fingers you make the guest list. Have you thought about joining forces to create destination gay weddings where Dane arranges the trip and Joshua designs the ceremony? Dane: The thought of working together makes us want to pull each other’s facial hair out. (Laughs) But, who knows what the future holds for us? We’ve always been able to spark creativity in each other and destination events could be a great new project for us. Thanksgiving weekend is this week, what are you most thankful for? Joshua: I’m thankful for the beautiful life I get to live, filled with love, good health, travel and of course, design. Dane: I am thankful I get the opportunity to discover the world we live in. Have you decided your New Years plans yet? Dane: Steele Luxury Travel is hosting our annual New Year’s trip to Rio and we’ll be there! Learn more about the guys online at joshuaingraham.com and steeletravel.com. jumponmarkslist.com

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Joshua Ingraham holds himself to the same standard he does his designs - with class, integrity and always a surprise element of fun. He defines his style as 'Casual Luxury', utilizing dark colors over light; classic, bold patterns rather than the safe and subtle; and strong fabrics with unusual textures. He encourages clients to make a statement with their surroundings. Nothing is impossible or ever too big. He believes even the budget conscious should crave rich, fabulous things. “You do not have to be wealthy to enjoy the luxurious things the world has to offer, as long as you follow my lead,” he says. 28

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Ingraham says walls are meant to be broken down. “Open up your spaces up as much as possible. It will give you more options as to what you can do with your floor plans and furniture.” He eschews the current trend of stainless steel kitchens with granite countertops. “Alone, each material is fine but putting them together could leave your space feeling more outdated than when you began.” He also shuns the trend of master bathrooms with double sinks. “There is never a need for two sinks,” he argues. “That second sink rarely gets used. If you have so much business that you both require your own sink then for design sake, use a deep trough sink with two

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separate but matching chic faucets.” The same goes for separating showers and bath tubs. “Unless it is a true glass shower and soaking tub, please don't split these two up. It’s a waste of space.” How you decorate your home is as important as what you wear, he says. “When a person looks good, they exude a confidence that inspires others. The same holds true for the home. When the place where you rest your head and entertain your friends reflects you and your personality, it projects power. “If everyone hired an interior designer, the world would be a better place,” he laughs.


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In the Boudoir with Joshua Ingraham Casual Luxury is the term Joshua Ingraham uses to describe his aesthetic and for this up-and-coming interior designer, it’s anything but a contradiction-in-terms. Of course, Ingraham is no stranger to a luxurious aesthetic; at the age of fourteen he painted his bedroom to match the deep blue of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s © Joshua Ingraham Design

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instincts. Though born in Oklahoma, the young designer was already decorating with taste befitting a New York penthouse!

Fortunately for the rest of us, Ingraham has maintained his artistic ambition and parlayed it into a successful career as one of New York’s most exciting—not to mention handsome—young interior designers. His work is eclectic while maintaining a stately sophistication and sense of warmth. Marked by dark colors and unique textures, Ingraham’s style is almost as seductive as the designer himself.

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