Focus on Mabley Handler Interior Design
Jennifer Mabley, originally from Washington, D.C., has worked in the field of interior design for over 15 years. Her design projects range from high-end Manhattan apartments to estate homes and cottages in the Hamptons. She has previously designed her own furniture line, and has owned and operated furniture, fabric and drapery stores in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut.
Hamptons Magazine - My Blue Heaven
This Sagaponack oasis uses cerulean hues and silver accents as liberally as a sunny summer afternoon. Mixing up the textures, shapes and patterns gave the home an extraordinary level of dimension: Square tables and ottomans complement the square frames on the sofa, love seat and chairs; circles on the silver tables reflect those of the large Dana Volkert painting in the living room.
Each room blends seamlessly into the next thanks to a soothing blue-grey colour scheme paired with contemporary silver accents. A collection of Dana Volkert paintings brings a Hamptons-appropriate natural element to the décor, but its abstract influences make the ambiance more original than ordinary.
Several Karen Robinson pieces, particularly in the upstairs guest suites, add an ocean element without succumbing to cliché. The couple chose white furniture for an elegant living room but added colour-cohesive throw pillows in a variety of patterns for a bit of whimsy.
The Amagansett house is the primary residence of a couple with three grown children. When it came time to furnish, they made things very clear: they wanted the interiors to say 'beach house,' but not 'casual beach house.' "So 'sophisticated beach' became our mantra," Mabley recalls. "The rule was nothing gold, nothing yellow."
Anything rustic was out, as were warm tones. The clients, pointed in their preferences, favoured a cool palette — pale oyster grey with a hint of blue — that for them recalls the ocean and sandy beaches on a misty day. "The serene palette was a parameter that helped us zero in on a look and style," Mabley says.
Hampton Cottages and Gardens
The husband-and-wife design team Mabley Handler upgraded the house with changes to the interior architecture, a new kitchen and baths (in collaboration with Hampton Design) and a cohesive decorating treatment that reflects the colours and feel of the nearby beach. Raw poplar adds interest to the living room's fireplace wall and ribbed, vaulted ceiling. A controlled palette of pale, cool tones prevails among the clean-lined furnishings, which are enhanced by silvery metallic details.