All photos in this post by Coco of COCOCOZY
So just Wednesday night I ended up at another posh design event. This one was a party thrown by Veranda Magazine in honor of mega interior designer Windsor Smith and the unveiling of The House of Windsor.
Wasn't quite clear what House of Windsor was when I RSVPd for the event. I had run into Windsor a few months back at another event where she had mentioned this concept house she was working on but really didn't understand the magnitude of what she was doing.
It turns out Windsor Smith has conceptualized and built a gorgeous 8,000 square foot house from the ground up and then asked her chic designer friends like Candace Barnes, Kathryn M. Ireland, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Peter Dunham, Richard Shapiro and many others to design the rooms. The luxury home was designed for a modern family. Windsor had a specific type of family in mind when designing the house...a family that likes luxury but wants their home to be warm and inviting and functional.
I am in awe of what Windsor has done here. She is amazing. If I had a stunning home, I would want Windsor to have her hand in making it a gorgeously livable space. Am always debating who my design idols are...usually it is just Jonathan Adler...lately my best friend AM and I have decided we love Mary McDonald (had a quick hello with her at the party too)...but today, because she pulled off this amazing home with great style and aplomb, Windsor Smith wins hands down as my design idol! (not that Windsor would care what I think...but I care what I think...and I think she is FANTASTIC...also very nice....she spent a good bit of time chatting with me and my little group...she is oh so friendly, personable and clearly very talented)
Anyhoooo...I arrived (late of course) (was stuck at home debating between a tight blue sophisticated dress and a classic little black dress with peep toe heels...went with the LBD as usual). We were told to park in some remote location and then were shuttled up to a house right off of Mandeville Canyon Road here in Los Angeles. When I walked into the courtyard...a crushed gravel courtyard (my dream), I knew this house was going to be spectacular.
JD and EJJ came with me - nice to have two very cute guys escorting me to the event. When I arrived it seemed that JD only wanted to socialize, I was twitching and itching and smiling nervously at the people we were talking to...all I could think was "I have to walk around this house...I can't wait to see the room....arrrghhhhh...I don't want to meet another person...no I don't want a glass of champagne (wait something is wrong here...I always want a glass of champagne...I must be in a design delirium...I've got to see this house)". Finally, without saying a word to JD and the people we were talking to, I just took off...teetering across the green lawn in my heels, practically running, clutching my camera and heading full steam ahead...practically salivating in anticipation of seeing some amazing interior design.
I actually started in a barn area...a stable behind the house which was furnished. Well a bunch of television "personalities" from Bravo were blocking my view of the room while they were taking pictures there so I huffed off from the stable and then headed into the side of the house.
This was the first room I saw...the family room and den...I don't know which designer did the room...because I was so excited just to be in the house...but I love this den. The large fireplace, the neatly arranged built in book shelves with so many interesting books, accessories and collectibles, and the modern white sofas and the leather Barcelona-like club chairs.
Then it was onto the rest of the house...down a hallway with a checkerboard black and white marble floor - a classic.
This show house is open from July 1-17. You should go. I tell you. You should go if you are in Los Angeles.
For those of you not in L.A., I'll show off a few more rooms here on COCOCOZY!
Congratulations Windsor! What a spectacular home. Wow is all I can say.
Happy Friday! Hope you have fun plans for the long weekend!
P.S. You can see more of the House of Windsor in the rest of my series on this fabulous showhouse including: Part 2 - on an elegant little white bathroom; Part 3 - about the sitting room/study with animal print walls; and, Part 4 - features a fabulous gold baby room!
All photos in this post by Coco of COCOCOZY