Designers, design lovers, and Long Island locals have been recently traveling to the quiet village of Bridgehampton, NY. Why? Well besides the beautiful beaches, comely countryside, and sun-drenched skies, everyone has been checking out The Hampton Designer Showhouse, a 6,500 sq ft modern barn house home designed by 25 top interior designers presented by Traditional Home. This year, the Kuotes has been fortunate enough to speak with several of these designers (so keep a look out on our Friends of the Kuotes page).
This week, we’d like to introduce our new friend, Melanie Roy.
Like many, Melanie has journeyed long and far to get where she is today. After spending 15 successful years in the television industry, Melanie went back to school at the New York School of Interior Design, making a big and exciting career leap. It was soon after that she founded Melanie Roy Design. Today, she continues her creative passions by building family-friendly spaces that are sophisticated, elegant, and timeless. This is certainly true of the luxury recreation room Melanie crafted for The Hampton Designer Showhouse, featuring a palatial pool table straight from Paris! Check out what Melanie has to say in our interview below:
Q. Can you share five words that describe your design style?
A. Creative, sophisticated, inventive, brilliant, and decisive.
Q. What unique design elements will we find in your recreation room?
A. There are some unique art pieces, including a melting lollipop sculpture by Desiree Obtain Cherish.
The Kuotes loves the fun, vintage vibe of Melanie’s rec room—from the nostalgic Guy Stanley Monopoly board painting hanging above the game table, to the comfy velvet sofas, to the contemporary whimsical statues (one named “Road Runner,” a cartoonish blast from the past) flanking the abstract diptych that seamlessly ties together the room’s color palette. Also, note the grass cloth wallpaper (so warm and textured!) and how the ceiling is hand-painted in a metallic finish that makes the room glimmer. This is the perfect space for families that like to have their fun in style.
“Rarely does a piece of furniture move and inspire me as much as [this pool table] did.”
Q. What was your inspiration for this room?
A. My inspiration for the room came from a spectacular lemon tree wood pool table by Tresserra Furniture of Barcelona [featured above]. I saw the pool table for the first time in December while I was in Paris with my husband. We were walking near the Louvre and happened upon Tresserra’s Paris showroom. We were lured into the showroom by the most unique, magnificent pool table. Rarely does a piece of furniture move and inspire me as much as this did. I created a modern, high-style recreation space for family and friends to relax and spend time together in an elegant, comfortable space that complements the chic Hamptons lifestyle.
Q. What was it like getting the pool table to the Hamptons?
A. The pool table was installed by two men from Barcelona. It actually got delayed in customs on its way from Spain and took 48 hours to assemble!
Q. What do you do best as a designer?
A. Family-friendly design that addresses my client’s needs.
Q. Did you have a favorite room other than your own?
A. The mud room. I love well-designed mud rooms, and I designed the mud room for the 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse.
Q. What design trends do you see happening right now?
A. A growing trend in design is comfortable, durable spaces that are also beautiful.
Q. What is your favorite thing about the Hamptons?
A. The beautiful beaches!
Melanie Roy is the Owner and Principal of Melanie Roy Design, an interior design firm of New York City and the Hamptons. The Kuotes would like to thank Melanie for sharing with us.
The Hampton Designer Showhouse is open daily Sunday, July 26th to Monday, September 7. For tickets or more information, check out their website here.