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2/18/21

The Ultimate Seaside Retreat

Masters of coastal style, Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler of Mabley Handler Interior Design draw on life by the sea to create the primary bedroom at the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Jennifer shares how they transformed the space into a calming retreat.

Masters of coastal style, Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler of Mabley Handler Interior Design draw on life by the sea to create the primary bedroom at the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Jennifer shares how they transformed the space into a calming retreat.

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The bedroom is the haven. It’s the escape. It’s the place where we turn off our brains. 

What excited you about this project?


We were excited to get a bedroom this year for many reasons. First of all, the bedroom is the haven. It’s the escape. It’s the place where we turn off our brains. We relax, we read, we take in the day and hopefully get a good night’s sleep and hit the ground running the next day. 


What’s the inspiration behind it?


We wanted to make sure we paid homage to our Hamptons location. This particular room has a lot of inspiration that came from Serena & Lily. The collection has such a calming, beautiful palette of blues, which happens to be one of our favorite colors that we use in many of our projects. 


Did you have a specific starting point?


The Granada Wallpaper was the first item we picked for the room and it just set off a beachy, calm vibe – a place to feel restful. Even though it's a really vibrant blue, it has a washed effect to it, so it's very serene.


Tell us a bit about the material mix.


The dresser vignette has some great products that really feel beachy and fun. This is a raffia and white lacquer dresser with brass pulls, paired with this coco leaf mirror, which brings a lot of texture and the bohemian aspect of Serena & Lily’s collection, which I love. And these washed wood lamps add just the right amount of beach.


What did you bring to the bedside?


The rounded shell lamps with the white linen shade is the perfect final touch on the lacquer nightstands. And I don't know if people know this, but the Serena & Lily Design Shop in the Hamptons has an incredible library of fun, retro books. They look great in rooms, but I also want to read them all. So I'm going to keep them all for myself.

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You can’t go anywhere in the world and find pillows like Serena & Lily’s.

The bed is amazing. Walk us through the details.


The Fillmore Bed has these gorgeous platinum nailheads, and the bedding – so soft and beautiful. You can’t go anywhere in the world and find pillows like Serena & Lily’s. They're truly unique and artistic, like the Granada Pillow with a little gold threaded detail. So we had a lot of fun playing with the pillows, with all the complementing blues. It was so easy to shop here.


Favorite product, if you had to choose? 


These Venice Rattan Chairs are my fave. In fact, we bought these for our house in Lake George. It's the perfect faded indigo finish, so it's like a throwback to California beach but also feels very current. We just love these with the faux wood side tables, which are awesome. And my favorite, maidenhair fern – not by Serena & Lily, but it made me think of them when I found it.

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Photography courtesy of Eric Striffler Photography.