Philip Gorrivan with his daughter Isabelle and son Charlie.
“My ideal Father’s Day is spending the day with my kids on the beautiful New England coast, whether in Maine or on the north shore of Massachusetts. I used to take my children—Isabelle, 20, and Charlie, 18—on design excursions regularly. Although they challenge me (frequently!), they are also my best friends in life, and we still share a lot of the same passions and interests, including an eye for design!
“As inspiration for my dream family-room scheme, I picked a house that I’ve always loved that has a spectacular coastal view—Beauport, which was designed in 1910 by Henry Sleeper. I often visited this house as a kid, and still do as an adult, as it’s full of timeless decorating ideas. I’ve been in its famed octagon room many times and gazed through the window out to Gloucester Harbor. I love the contrast of the sparkling blue harbor against the room’s dark cool textures. It’s a special space, steeped in history. For my version of it, I selected Nanjing in the black-and-white colorway for the walls, and then the fabric of Nanjing in a coral hue for the curtains, with Chang Mai Dragon fabric for pillows, all against a backdrop of coral and black high-gloss paint.
“During these crazy times, I’ve found my design sensibilities gravitating toward more traditional elements, including chinoiserie and 18th-century European furniture and decorative arts. I suppose it’s the familiarity and comfort that the past can offer.”
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