Veranda ‘House of Windsor’ showhouse
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The Veranda ‘House of Windsor’ showhouse

Windsor Smith designed the entry hall, which runs from the front entrance to the backyard. It’s wide enough to serve as a dining room for entertaining on the grand scale -- for those “six days of a year when you actually throw a huge dinner party,” she said. The floor is from Exquisite Surfaces, which sourced the stones from a Peruvian schoolhouse. Smith painted the walls with Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter gray. (Veranda)
Martyn Lawrence-Bullard used his own fabric design to upholster the walls and ceiling. He added de Sede sofas from the 1970s. “I think of this space as Halston meets Studio 54,” the designer said. “It’s for teenagers to hang out and watch a movie, or it’s a man cave for the man who never grew up.” (Veranda)
Bold pattern dominates the office designed by Peter Dunham. He upholstered the walls with a fabric of his own creation called Snow Leopard. (Veranda)
Designed by Richard Shapiro, the great room features two sitting areas divided by a console table piled with books and a 19th century white marble urn from Italy. A sculpture made out of plywood and shipping blankets by artist Justin Beal hangs on the wall. (Veranda)
“Kitchens are the new living rooms,” Windsor Smith said. The trunks of sycamore trees in the garden inspired the color for the cabinetry, she said. Calacatta marble was used for vertical and horizontal surfaces, including the dining table, the corner of which can be seen at right. The dining table is huge, set in the middle of the oversized room with mismatched chairs. (Veranda)
A small dining room has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, which designer Richard Hallberg filled with objects from all over the world. Hallberg had a tablecloth made out of hand-stitched pieces of leather for “a new take on an old tradition.” (Veranda)
Rather than have dual bathrooms in the master suite, as is increasingly popular, Smith designed a series of well-connected rooms. “As soon as you divide up the bathrooms, couples start living separate lives,” Smith said. The suite includes the bedroom, a space with two sinks, a room (with door) that has the shower and toilet, and a huge dressing room with a bathtub and TV in center. The dressing area pictured here was designed by Candace Barnes. It has enough seating for a not-so-small cocktail party; the bathtub is reflected in the mirror, at left. (Veranda)
The “House of Windsor” may not have a kids’ play structure in the backyard, but it certainly has one tricked-out stable. Smith says that she wanted to give the property an equestrian influence to reflect its setting in horse-proud Mandeville Canyon. Designer Kathryn Ireland created sitting and dining areas filled with throw pillows, framed paintings and, yes, horse blankets made from her textile collection.

The Veranda showhouse will be open Thursdays through Sundays, through July 17. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. For hours, which vary daily, and a schedule of seminars to be held at the house:

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