Elizabeth Brosnan Hourihan is a passionate supporter of the Folly Cove Designers (1938-1969), a group of 45 fabric designers who lived and worked around the Cape Ann, Massachusetts area.
Elizabeth’s interest in the Folly Cove Designers’ work dates back to when she lived in the Cape Ann area herself. She discovered the group’s work and was fascinated. Being an architect and an interior designer has allowed her to view the guild’s work from a designer’s perspective. “Their pieces are truly timeless, “ notes Elizabeth. “The design process and techniques that the group followed are flawless and unique because each designer drew from their own surroundings and interests to create a design. The final product feels so comforting and soothing to me because it is so simple, but yet the actual design itself is so intricate as well as the process involved to even create the linoleum block.”
Elizabeth’s expertise in the history and artwork of the Folly Cove Designers was highlighted in a feature article in New England Home magazine, “Building Blocks of Design.” Recently, Elizabeth was approached by PBS Executive Producer, Christine Lundberg, to talk about her own Folly Design collection and Elizabeth will soon be featured on an upcoming PBS documentary about the Folly Cove Designers.
Stay tuned as we explore this phenomenal group of designers and their fabrics.
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Elizabeth Brosnan Hourihan recently spent the day in New York City and visited the Holiday House NY on the Upper East Side. Each year the Holiday House NY, held in a historic mansion, showcases top interior designers in the industry as they decorate the mansion’s four floors of rooms, hallways, and even bathrooms.
Hourihan at the Holiday House NY
The chairs of the Holiday House are Iris Dankner, interior designer and philanthropist, and Hourihan’s good friend Christopher Hyland of Christopher Hyland Inc. Dankner and Hyland challenge interior designers to innovatively decorate their spaces as if they were celebrating a holiday or a special life moment. The Holiday House NY is surely becoming a major event in the interior design world and a must see designer showcase. Besides showcasing designers and their creative ideas, the Holiday House NY is also a wonderful charity event. The founder of the Holiday House is a breast cancer survivor and the proceeds go to breast cancer research to help women fighting the disease.
During her visit to the showhouse, Elizabeth Brosnan Hourihan was able to speak with many designers about their individual rooms and from where they drew their inspiration. “I believe that it is always great for interior designers to support one another by attending their events and it’s a way for us to see how other interior designers convey their ideas of celebration through their design,” says Hourihan.
Elizabeth Brosnan Hourihan, of EBH Interiors LLC, entering the Holiday House NY
One of the most stunning rooms was the “Winter Wonderland Celebration: Baccarat’s 250th Anniversary” by Amy Lau Design.
These lucite stools by Lee Industries used by Lillian August blend in nicely in the space.
I love the shape of this sofa!
How innovative was Gary McBournie Inc.? Clever using conch shells in the fireplace for a Caribbean Island Holiday.