Chad Dorsey of Dallas, Texas-based Chad Dorsey Design was hoping to make a splash on the East Coast when he signed on to this year’s 2019 Hampton Designer Showhouse. He did just that, through a relaxed bedroom design for the Southampton, New York home charity showcase.
“The idea is you are in the Hamptons to relax and have fun, so I wanted a space that felt soothing,” Dorsey told the House Tipster Industry team about his latest design. “I like rooms that feel as if they were collected over time, not purchased all at once.”
The streamlined and minimalistic bedroom certainly brings together a beautiful collection of curated pieces that make the room feel custom-tailored to a modern, well-traveled client.
“There are seven key pieces—the wallpaper, the Amy Opsal art collage, the vintage-inspired bench, the bamboo silk rug, the handmade alpaca headboard and the custom bed,” Dorsey explained.
“Each one has its own voice in the room. If I had to select one source that made the serene beach feel come together, it would be the wallpapers because of their earthen like qualities and their combined textures, especially the Treviso Marble for the bedroom walls. It really drove the feel of the design. Additionally, the Iris Cactus Silk bedding is an unexpected, elevated touch. It’s bespoke but the pattern draws you in and makes you feel at home.”
The designer’s impressive personal work experience and refined aesthetic are what influence this space’s architectural details and natural color palette.
“Trained as an architect, my approach to every space is characterized by a fluid relationship to the architecture, where proportion, light, and scale are as essential as taste and lifestyle,” Dorsey said.
“My aesthetic is best described as ‘relaxed luxury,’ which is defined by a quiet palette, custom furnishings with handcrafted details, meaningful objects, and a true sense of the people who live there,” he said. “I believe furnishings should be impactful without being overwhelming, and rooms should flow and transition seamlessly. [I take] textural and tonal colors and combines them in an interesting way without over complicating the design. It’s about allowing the essence of the room to come through.”
“My favorite part of the room is how all of the different textures are combined in a subtle way,” he said. “The wallcoverings, the bamboo silk rug, and the pattern on the coverlet … each have different patterns and textures that add interest.’
“I enjoy revisiting ideas of luxury and creating experiences in the design that are special and personal—whether a bespoke fixture, a space for reading or for an intimate music room,” Dorsey added.
To bring this captivating room to life, Chad Dorsey credits the artists and vendors he worked with, including collage artwork from Amy Opsal, Harbinger, The Rug Company, Thibaut, Christian Liagre, Tom Faulkner, Jean de Merry, Fuse Lighting, Forbes & Lomax, Ciuffo Cabinetry, The Shade Store, Circa Lighting, Homelosophy, Kohler Co., Kufri, Society, Supply Showroom, Thomas Lavin, St. Frank, and Top Knobs.
To see more from the designer’s space, be sure to catch our exclusive video interview with Chad Dorsey in the player below.
Stay tuned for more designer spotlights and exclusive interviews from the 2019 Hampton Designer Showhouse, coming soon to House Tipster Industry. To take a sneak peek into the whole home, be sure to catch up with our introductory video here.