I have been shopping at Gracious Home as long as I can recall. Over the years they’ve expanded to include many of the items we need to complete a residential project, so it’s often like one-stop shopping for us.
The lighting fixtures I design for Visual Comfort are sold at Gracious Home, and mine is the first design firm asked to create a window for them. The assignment was a vitrine at their Manhattan Third Avenue store on 70th Street dedicated to the Bath.
It was challenge as the dimensions are 3 feet wide by 16 feet long, and I wanted to make the maximum impact from the street.
My concept was to angle the walls, creating separate areas for the sink/bath and the toilet, and showing off the elements to their best effect.
I wanted to do something big, graphic, and colorful to draw in the passers-by. I chose Union Square in our signature orange color from Phillip Jeffries wallcoverings, and combined it with a solid tangerine hemp for the center wall.
The floor is a purple linoleum from Aronson’s Floor Covering.
I’m very happy with the outcome and we hope that Gracious Home sells a lot of the featured products — especially mine, of course.
When Rob Morrison, the CEO of Gracious Home, asked me to be the first designer to create a window for the store, I didn’t hesitate to sign on. They have a wonderful selection in many categories, and I knew we could do something that would be memorable.
Working with the Gracious Home team was great. Rob was supportive of all my concepts and choices. The very knowledgeable Raymond Tulsie helped me cull through all the plumbing fixtures, Julia was very helpful coordinating the visual aspects, and Steve and his team were troopers. They said they would build anything I came up with, and they did a perfect job.
My team and I had no problem finding all the small accessories to give it the final touches. The selection of everything was vast. I am looking forward to Phase 2 of our partnership–designing the window of the Chelsea store.