Who knew that Irwin didn't like his 2010 Hamptons Designer Showhouse upstairs bedroom assignment? Well, at first he thought it would be no fun. After all, a bed takes up all the attention and space, and he wanted to show something more original. The result: IWI's upstairs sitting room, a redesigned bedroom/bathroom space that featured a faux fireplace (surround from Chesney's UK) topped off with a wire sculpture by Rodger Stevens and an eclectic mix of furniture ranging from a mid-century modern orange sofa by Dunbar to folk art antiques.
And lots of art and sculpture, a layered trademark of IWI. Other layering came from the F. Schumacher cream mohair blend sheer drapes and the printed white-on-tan patterned linen wainscoting held up with overscaled hammered nailheads from Houles.
And even the color scheme approached the traditional new construction space in a fresh way. The sitting room's walls were two-tone: ligher and darker lilac-grays (from Ralph Lauren paints). Gray-mauve mohair South African rug from Sacco Carpet.
The creative touch, however, was the origami paper chandelier that Irwin created from $15 in craft materials, lots of staples, and an $80 pendant fixture from Home Depot.