Mansion in May: Men in Kilts

Our Mansion in May showroom is finally ready for its big reveal, so here it is, our slightly scandalous, entirely cheeky and super fun Scottish Highland Lasses Loo!

Every great showroom starts with a great design concept, but when the space is a small powder room in a mansion that boasts 20,000 square feet as The Abbey does, we knew we needed more than a great concept—we needed a show-stopper. The Highland Lasses Loo was designed to elicit surprise, joy, curiosity, and most of all giggles, all simultaneously.

Over 20,000 visitors experienced the hilarity and fun of our Highland Lasses Loo design, and it ranked among the most talked about spaces. We hear from a reliable source that that visitors were literally taking out their reading glasses in order to garner a better appreciation for the “art” that decked the walls, specifically lots of near-naked men in kilts. The show house has been closed for over two weeks now and people are still calling and emailing us every day asking to purchase the images. And sorry, they still are not for sale.

The entire showhouse experience was amazing. After years of shying away from them and visiting many—we are thrilled that Mansion in May was The Red Shutter’s debut showhouse. The WAMMC group is a fierce team that few corporations could even match; they are organized, efficient and kind all at once. The pristine efficiency with which they ran Mansion in May truly allowed for us to be fully immersed in the experience and discover, to our own surprise, just how much we actually love doing a showhouse! We would also like to take a moment and offer our sincerest gratitude to Barbara Ostrom, the Showhouse Queen and author of the book, “Curtains Up!”, for her gentle encouragement for us to participate in the showhouse—without it, the Scottish Lasses Loo may have missed its day.

 A special thank you to Lefroy Brooks, Benjamin Moore and F. Schumacher; Alessandra Branca for their sponsorship!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Houzz Features The Red Shutters in Botanical Bathrooms to Suit 9 Personality Types

Houzz features The Red Shutters bathroom design in the Houzz Editorial, “Botanical Bathrooms to Suit 9 Personality Types

As we reach the pinnacle of the spring season, there is no better time of year to highlight the wonderful resurgence of botanical decor motifs sprouting all about—especially in the bath. These on-trend organic, botanical and floral designs create a lush, verdant statement, shining in shades of green and yellow, but also equally stunning in ocean blues and sandy tans—as evident in our Houzz feature!

There are several ways you can introduce the fresh green garden themes of botanicals into your own bathroom. Boxwood topiaries offer a classic look for surfaces and framed botanical prints for your walls. However, as the Houzz feature notes, nothing beats big, beautiful, bold botanical wallpapers. Whimsical and sophisticated, there is a botanical wall covering to satisfy all decor tastes and dreams!

Due to their size, bathrooms are the perfect contained spaces to experiment with styles, colors, and patterns—with even small accent pieces having the opportunity to shine and take center stage.

Here are a few Pro-tips to get you started:

Botanical Bathrooms Boxwood Topiaries

Boxwood Topiaries

Miniature boxwood topiaries are a perfect addition for spacious vanity countertops and bare windowsills. Going faux with your greenery? Opt for a preserved boxwood so the natural evergreen foliage preserved while freshly picked, looks and feels like living boxwood. Check our Pinterest Board Boxwood, Bust and Topiaries for more design inspiration.

Botanical Prints

When it comes to decorative botanical paintings, nothing is more classic than the iconic  “Twelve Months of the Year in Flowers” by Robert Furber. More than 400 species of flowers are represented in his best known works along with the first plant and seed catalog ever published.

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Mansion in May: Marina’s Debut Showhouse

Mansion in May The Abbey Lion

There are less than two weeks left to view one of the most successful designer showhouses in the country, the Mansion in May Designer Showhouse and Gardens. Presented by the Woman’s Association for Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC) Mansion in May is the Association’s signature fundraising event—bringing in over $10 million dollars for worthwhile causes at Morristown Medical Center since 1974.

WAMMC’s 18th Mansion in May features Alnwick Hall “The Abbey” in Morris Township New Jersey and highlights the work of over 50 designers from the Metropolitan area, including Marina Case, Barbara Ostrom, Jess Riley and Katja van der Loo.

Marina was selected from 270 of designers and received the Association’s attention for her creativity and fun approach in designing a Scottish Lasses Loo featuring funny photos and whimsical touches which have many people laughing.

Marina’s interpretation of classic symbols of Scottish tradition most notably stands out in her design elements highlighting the unique wool and kilt fashion culture of Scotland. The Lasses Loo is garnering notable attention for its striking walls covered floor to ceiling in Alessandra Branca’s fuchsia Alexander Tartan fabric for Schumacher. The ceiling and trim all done in the rich, deep and luxurious tones of Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal stand to further compliment and enhance these show stopping walls.  Known as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of plumbing fixtures, Lefroy Brooks’ Classic Lever Faucet sits as the crown jewel of the Loo.

Mansion in May Lasses Loo

This year with over 5,000 pre-sale tickets sold before the doors even opened, the Showcase expects to attract over 33,000 visitors during its month-long run. Mansion in May is open every day to the public for daily tours from May 1st through 31st between the hours of 10AM and 3PM. Tickets for self-guided tours are available for purchase online or at the door for $50.00. We suggest visiting on a weekday to avoid the lines often encountered on the weekends.

Most items in the design spaces are available for purchase at the Mansion, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Morristown Medical Center. Come, not only to admire the designs but to purchase the pieces you love and take them home after Mansion in May!

And don’t forget to vote for The Lasses Loo as your favorite Interior and Landscape Design Space! Cast your ballot on the iPads in the Welcome Center at the entrance of the Canfield Café.

We truly encourage you not to miss this golden event. Mansion in May is a bi-annual event, only open for less than two weeks. Don’t delay! Your next opportunity may not be until May 2019.

Mansion in May Lasses Loo Flowers

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A Well-Designed Business Podcast with LuAnn Nigara

A Well Designed Podcast

Our Principal Designer Marina Case sat down with LuAnn Nigara an Award-winning window treatment authority, author, and host of one of the most popular podcasts for the design industry, A Well-Designed Business.  This candid interview is about Marina’s passionate career going from Hobby Decorator to Interior Designer.

A Well-Designed Business, features in-depth conversations with interior designers and industry professionals on just about every subject on the business of interior design, from “Branding for Designers,” “How to Get PR,” and “How to Structure Your Fees.”

Click below or visit LuAnn’s blog and download her interview take-away “Things I Learned from Marina Case.”

Download Things I Learned from Marina Case

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Budding Client: Botanical Williamsburg Wallpaper

We loved seeing this Garden Image paper from York Wallcoverings go up at our client’s home. Inspired by Georg Ehret’s magnificent watercolor from 1737, Garden Image is one of our favorite designs from the WILLIAMSBURG Collection. The botanical design captures the natural ambience of gardens in Colonial Williamsburg and transformed our clients sitting room into a lovely garden respite. Our client gasped and smiled when she saw it being installed! We live for those moments and take the time to listen carefully to our client’s to bring them great choices.

Marina has worked with me on two styles of homes. She has an easygoing way of knowing exactly what I want even when I thought I wanted something else. She works well with contractors while being firm about what is needed.

—Home Owner

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The Red Shutters is a full-service interior design firm with a retail location in popular Warwick, NY. By drawing upon Marina’s unique fluency in all four iconic decorating styles: traditional, modern, tribal and fun, The Red Shutters is able to tell each of their clients’ unique stories in great taste. We also offer a lively education program for clients and aspiring decorators, so we encourage you to sign up for The Red List to learn more about our programs, workshops, courses, inspirations and specials.

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