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Spring Awakening

Last week, we attended the press event (along with Sue from The Zhush!) for Spring Awakening, a Broadway inspired table top show benefiting The Summer Theater of New Canaan.  Over twenty designers were invited to create beautiful settings based on Broadway shows, all under the roof of a spectacular 1937 home called Le Beau Chateau.

Spring Awakening at Le Beau Chateau

Spring Awakening at Le Beau Chateau

While each and every designer deserves his or her due (and many are profiled on The Zhush today), we wanted to share our dear friend Harry Heissmann‘s table with you – floral fantasy at its best!

Harry's "Spring Awakening" Table

Harry's "Spring Awakening" Table

If you want to replicate Harry’s look for yourselves, here are some of his fabulous sources:

Custom "Glinka" Overlay Fabric by Jakob Schlaepfer

Custom "Glinka" Overlay Fabric by Jakob Schlaepfer

"Ophelia" Rug by Alice Temperley

"Ophelia" Rug by Alice Temperley

Liberty Dunclare Plate for Target

Liberty Dunclare Plate for Target

Gunmetal and Porcelain Led Hurricanes by F.P. Victoria & Son

Gunmetal and Porcelain Led Hurricanes by F.P. Victoria & Son

Other (not readily available!) accessories included a Victorian shell basket under glass dome, vintage flatware and Vera napkins, and a Tony Duquette “Ghost Snail Lamp”.

Thank you, Harry, for awakening our imagination with this gorgeous table!

Photos from yours truly, Jakob Schlaepfer, The Rug Company, Target and The New York Times

Q & A

Q & A with Harry Heissmann

Anyone who has met Harry Heissmann is enchanted by his ready smile, European charm and sparkling wit.  And anyone who has seen his work loves him for his warm and inviting interiors which combine elegance and practicality with a sense of joie de vivre.


For over a decade, Harry has been developing his unique style with some of the best designers in New York including Jeffrey Bilhuber, Juan Pablo Molyneux and of course, Albert Hadley.  His rooms have graced the pages of The New York Times, Metropolitan Home and most recently, House Beautiful





When we decided to write a monthly column featuring some of our favorite designers, Harry immediately came to mind (and he was a willing subject, no less!)  We hope you enjoy this first of many installments!

1.  What did you want to be when you were a child?
      A marine biologist

2.  What is your necessary luxury?
      Quiet and peace

3.  What is your favorite decorating accessory?

4.  Where do you window shop?

5.  What makes a house a home?
      The people in it

6.  What is the most enjoyable part of your day?
      5:15 am at the gym

7.  What is you favorite flower?
      Pink lily of the valley

8.  If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
      A Negroni

9.  If your life were made into a movie, what would be the title and who would play your part?
     “Selling Smiles, Beauty and Positive Energy” and my clone would play me

10.  Name one thing from your “Bucket List”
        Owning a cottage by the sea

Thank you, Harry, for your inspirational designs and wonderful sense of humor!

Photos from Harry Heissmann and Christopher Baker for House Beautiful.