The Good Deed House

Palm Beach Daily News January 15, 2006

Written by Susan Green

Photographed by Greer Gattuso

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This year’s American Red Cross Designers’ Show House will not only reprise its ongoing tradition of bringing together prominent interior designers to redecorate a home room by room, but also will repeat the event in a home that was donated by Steve Mayans and his wife, Terry Resk, in 1992.

To build on the already-successful formula, a lecture series was added, featuring high- profile personalities from the interior design world.

“The lecture series will make this year’s event multi-faceted,” said Manalapan resident Desmond Keogh, president of Haifa Inc. and chairman of this year’s event, which runs through Feb. 4. “It adds another element of education that will increase interest and round out the whole experience, add to what people will walk away with.” The honorary chairman is nationally known interior designer and Show House veteran Mario Buatta, and the design chairmen are Bill Kopp and Stephen Mooney.

The guest lecturers for the series, which ended Saturday, came from a cross-section of the design world. They included Miguel Flores-Vianna, editor-at-large of Veranda magazine; interior designer Ann Getty, of San Francisco-based Ann Getty & Associates; and textile designer Sabina Fay Braxton.

“To be able to bring in people like Ann Getty and Miguel Flores-Vianna is a great opportunity,” said Keogh. “And Sabina—she’s designed for all the major clothing designers, as well as for the Harry Potter movie.”

The show home, at 1201 N. Flagler Drive, is a five-bedroom, two-story residence designed by architects Harvey & Clark, also credited with the Palm Beach Town Hall, Holy Trinity Church and the Comeau Building. Built in 1925 by South Florida pioneer Spencer Lainhart, the home has 5,400 square feet.

“The house is great because it has great bones,” said Keogh. “It gave the designers great big rooms, high ceilings, a lot to work with.”

Twelve designers participated, remodeling and redecorating bedrooms, two bathrooms, the living room, dining room, kitchen, loggia and outside areas. While some areas retained their original function, some designers redefined their space for different uses.

John Nelson and Michael Kirkland of Halleon saw the small south bedroom as a gentleman’s reading room.

“This room was quite a design challenge with its four doors,” said Kirkland. “We covered one wall with silk moire panels.”

The deep green walls, green fabric panels and rich brown relief silk couch indeed make the doors a moot point. To further define the room as a “getaway,” the duo included Moliere art, piles of pillows in silk velvet and gilt pillows by Braxton, and 17th- century antiques.

Toby Zack decided to change the northwest bedroom into a sitting room/library. She capitalized on the north light by using white on the walls, bookcase and furnishings, as well as sunshades on the windows.

“It’s light and airy, like Florida should be,” she said.

The master bedroom gave Lisa Kanning of Worth Interiors the space to express her inspiration from a recent trip to Greece. She chose warm shades and contrasting matte and metallic finishes. A bookcase on the north wall was transformed with a glowing copper mother-of-pearl finish, pale parquet cabinets and a small window seat. Antiques mixed with a sleek mirrored vanity and pendant globe lighting keep the room modern.

“I like to mix the old with contemporary,” Kanning said.

The first floor gave the designers of the dining room, kitchen and loggia generous space. A 17th-century Flemish tapestry in an explosion of colors dominates the living room, by William R. Eubanks and Mitch Brown of William R. Eubanks Inc. Eubanks and Brown revel in mixing fabric patterns and textile textures, as well as furniture styles.

“It’s sort of a layering; we put it together like a puzzle,” Eubanks said. “It’s important to understand the different elements. Mixing creates more interest.” They design the furniture frames, then have them upholstered by outside vendors. “The different shapes of the furniture all speak to you as to what the pattern should be,” he said.

The “layering” process also is a concept used by Lee Bierly and Christopher Drake of Bierly-Drake Associates. In the dining room, they began with white and tan and put a shot of red into the window treatments. The generously sized round dining table and leaf-encrusted chandelier aren’t the only furnishings in this atypical dining room.

“It’s nice to bring other furniture into the dining room,” Bierly explained. The other pieces include a 17th-century Gustavian settee and tall case clock. The table also is layered, mixing the styles of place settings and placing a Buccellati bird on top of each for a whimsical touch.

“Show houses are theater,” Bierly said. “They have to capture the eye and the imagination. When we do a room, we like to take something expensive and give it humor.”

The other rooms in the house include a Moroccan-themed loggia by Jennifer Garrigues Interior Designs, a vintage-style kitchen with a French country breakfast room by Richard Plumer Design, a sea-green bedroom with 1930s French deco furniture by Allison Paladino Interior Designs, and a “morning room” by Clara Hayes Barrett Designs. Pauline Elias of October Design created the “modern vintage” bathroom, and Leslie Schlesinger put together the deck, a space for “relaxed seclusion.” Decorative painter Scott Robertson’s Italianate arabesque pattern is the showpiece of the powder room.

Homeowners Mayans and Resk relocated to the nearby garage apartment for the duration of the event.

“You do have the aggravations of moving in and out,” Mayans said. “My wife, 10-year- old son and Great Dane are in our garage apartment. And it does get crazy during the height of it. But it’s a lot of fun, too. You get a lot of good ideas from it.”

In fact, Mayans and Resk often keep the palettes of the rooms and try to emulate the style in the furnishings when they move back in.

“There were a couple of rooms back in 1992 we would have vetoed if we could have, but they ended up being our favorites,” he said.

Mayans was not involved in the Red Cross before the 1992 Show House, but since then has been a chapter chairman for two years.

“This is a great cause and fund-raiser,” he said.

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization with a mission to provide relief to victims of disaster and to help prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies. All proceeds from this event will go to the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Chapter, which has been, for the past 80 years, providing shelter for families during hurricanes, floods or fires. The organization also teaches first aid, CPR, AIDS prevention and water safety.
Palm Beach Daily News, Sunday, January 15, 2006
by Susan Green
photos by Greer Gattuso
Wow House
Once again, the Red Cross Show House brings together interior designers to redecorate a home room by room.

For this year’s American Red Cross Designers’ Show House event, 12 designers helped remodel and redecorate bedrooms, bathrooms, the living room, dining room, kitchen, loggia and outside areas of 1201 N. Flagler Drive, a five-bedroom, two-story home designed by architects Harvey & Clark.

The architects also are credited with the design of Palm Beach Town Hall and Holy Trinity Church. Built in 1925 by South Florida pioneer Spencer Lainhart, the Flagler residence has 5,400 square feet of living space.

In some areas, designers retained the original function of the house; in others, the designers redefined their space for different uses.

All proceeds from the event will go to the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Chapter. The 30th annual Designers’ Show House will be open to the public through Feb. 4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door or in advance by calling 833-7711.
Palm Beach Daily News, Sunday, January 22, 2006
It’s Show Time
Gathering to benefit Red Cross celebrates designers of Providencia Park home.

Palm Beach’s resident rocker and his bride-to-be were just another Palm Beach couple as they made the trek across the bridge for the Red Cross Designer Showhouse.

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster left the wee bairn at home to attend the preview party, which took place Jan. 11 at the Providencia Park home of Terry Resk and her husband, Steve Mayans, an attorney and former Red Cross chapter chairman.

The home was designed by architects Harvey & Clark—who also designed the Palm Beach Town Hall, Holy Trinity Church, the Seaboard train station and the Comeau Building—and built in 1925 by South Florida pioneer Spencer Lainhart.

The party had a Moroccan theme, in keeping with the Mediterranean style of the house. The evening included cocktails, belly dancers, traditional music, pillowed seating, orange trees and a Middle Eastern menu from Christafaros and Leila.

Stewart and Lancaster are clients of designer William R. Eubanks, who designed the living room. Other participating designers included Worth Interiors, Clara Hayes Barrett Designs, Jennifer Garrigues Interior Designs, Knapp Kitchens & More, Halleon, Mario Nievera Design, October Design, Richard Plumer Design, Scott Robertson Decorative Painting, Allison Paladino, Inc. Interior Designs, Leslie Schlesinger Interiors, Toby Zack Designs and Bierly- Drake Associates.

Desmond Keogh is chairman of the showhouse, which continues through Feb. 4. Bill Kopp is design chairman and Stephen Mooney is design co-chairman. Victoria Amory was preview party chairwoman.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Palm Beach County chapter of the American Red Cross, which operates in Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties. Its services include providing shelter for families during a hurricane, flood or fire, and teaching first aid, CPR, AIDS prevention and water safety.

For information, call 833-7711.