I met Nadine in the spring of 1994. She came into my Locust Valley shop, chatted and dropped off her keys to her oceanfront house and asked me to go to make suggestions to make it incredible for the summer season. The Hampton house in the movie where Jordan meets Nadine is similar to this first house I worked in. Nadine and I had decorated it in a whimsical beach house style readying it for a growing family.
The house was sold and I had the honor of redoing it for the new homeowners in a style reminiscent of a South Beach Hotel with white billowing sheers and oversized plantation shutters throughout.
Projects included four locations- Westhampton, Brookville, Southampton, and the Yacht Nadine.
The yacht Nadine was originally built in 1961 for fashion icon Coco Chanel with a length of 121'. She was lengthened to 167' which gave her a second salon midship in addition to the more typical aft one and allowed her to accommodate an incredible number of toys Two large remote controlled bench cushion platforms that revealed windows
I was back in Italy the following summer and was shocked to watch the breaking news story: "Nadine" sinks during storm off the east coast of Sardinia. Americans on board saved by the Italian coast guard!
Aerial shot of the yacht and toys including a seaplane, a helicopter, 8 jet skis, and 4 tenders.
Design features: high gloss lacquered burled walnut, hand woven reed shades, ultrasuede custom seating.
The Dining Room featured glass atop to pickled wood seashell bases, chairs in the same finish with upholstered in Scalamandre fabric.
The Main Salon featured ultrasuede walls, a Karl Springer goat skin game table, custom Summer Hill-style sofas with interior wine storage, antique framed fish studies from Lorin Marsh and antiques from Italy and France, from Epel & Co. The interior was completely climate controlled. The tapestry is a european antique.
The Bar in the main salon was an impressive mix of marbles. Barstools upholstered in Scalamandre fabric.
Various marble baths throughout featured linens by Cittadini, New York, embroidered with the "N" rope Nadine logo designed by a friend of the client.
One of the secondary staterooms shown here. Inspired custom "Chanel" diamond quilting.
Media room with Bausman and Guy Chaddock Furniture, Glant and Hinson fabrics. Custom upholstery by Alfino Fine Arts. Lamps by Chapman throughout.
The second floor billiard room shown in the movie was actually a feature in this home, but was used as a room for a scene in the first home.
The formal Dining Area with wine bins as a focal point. Custom bleached alder table by Bausman, chairs and upholstered end settees by Alfino Fine Arts.
Diamond Sisal by Merida Meridian.
Living Area custom sofa upholstery in Glant fabrics; club chairs in embossed Edelman Leather. Furniture by Melrose House Rose Tarlow, Bausman, and Holly Hunt. Rug by F.Schumacher in a tonal tahitian floral design by Greg Lanza.
The Master Suite canopy bed in Gretchen Bellinger and Glant fabrics, Pratesi Linens, Furniture by Country Designs. Carpet by F.Schumacher.
BROOKVILLEThe French Normandy style home depicted in the movie showed shots of the exterior, foyer and kitchen that were very close to the original home which had an amazing add on room called the Sun Room. We designed it in a West Indies Plantation chic that was hot in the day. Furniture by British Khaki.
The movie featured the Master Bedroom in cool icy blues that speak more of today's style than they did in the mid 90's. The master bedroom was in pale taupes, with contemporary side chests, a golden brass bed.
Chaise and mirrored side table by Nancy Corzine. The Edward Fields wool/silk rug [fabricated in one piece included the bedroom, dressing area and walk in-closets] was hoisted by crane and entered the room through a second floor double window.
The Guest Bedroom had pleated silk taffeta walls applied to the upper walls and the dado was treated with a hand-painted parchment finish. Cotton print fabrics from England.
The Playroom was a huge 23' x 26' room that had custom storage in wenge stained oak to match the interior trim. Wallpaper from Osborne & Little, Jane Churchill fabrics, and a custom rug from Country Carpet.
The Dining Room and Gallery were not yet professionally photographed.
The gallery was inspired by the trompe l'oeil work of Renzo Mongiardino and featured burled walnut and oak wood effects and ornate antique vases painted in perspective as if they were sitting on a shelf below a muted italian sky accented with birds in flight.
Painting and snapshots by Loraine Volz.
LIVING ROOMThe Living Room was an immense tray ceilinged space in stenciled cream damask with dark walnut paneling and upholstery in spinach green, apricot and cream. A 6' high iron and rock crystal chandelier was centered in the room. Accent furniture and mirrors were in gold tones and tortoise shell. A few modernist Barbara Barry pieces offset the regal feeling.
The axminster rug design in wool and silk in over 30 colors [more muted than shown] was designed in 1998 for the ongoing design of the Living Room and was never realized. The rendering is hand-painted in gouache [by E. Kolligs] and shows a one-quarter section to scale. Size: 22'6" x 28'6"
The projects came to an end, but a great portfolio and experience were gained.