Dissection of a Designer Dining Room: Austin Handler & Jennifer Mabley Break it Down!



“Every dining room in the Hamptons should be so fun!” Austin Handler tells KDHamptons



At the recent Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse, everybody was buzzing about the gaspworthy Dining Room designed by Mabley Handler Interior Design!

Austin Handler & Jennifer Mabley tell KDH, “Dining rooms are usually the most formal room in a house, and often the least-used, so we wanted to create a Hamptons dining room that was both sophisticated and playful, a room that entices you to entertain by drawing you in rather than making you feel like you need to keep out…





KDHamptons loves the Mabley Handler team, not only because they live up the street from Doc & me, but also because I love their fresh take on haute Hamptons style. I asked the married design duo to share their design inspiration for the showhouse dining room with KDH readers:



Jennifer & Austin share, “Our clients always ask us how we describe our style…Some of the terms we’ve come up with to try and describe our design point of view are ‘Beach Chic,’ ‘Modern Beach,’ and ‘New Hamptons.’ Our design style is fresh and relaxing, and very comfortable.”



Mabley Handler Dining Room Sketch



“Our inspiration for the room was the multi-color blue chevron fabric by Jonathan Adler for Kravet [below] Pattern: Wabash, Color Aquamarine, used on the drapery and back-seat panels in the dining chairs.”



“We saw the fabric at Kravet earlier this spring, and even though the collection won’t be released until the fall, Kravet was able to get us some of the fabric for us to use at the Showhouse this summer. We loved the combination of peacock blues and aqua tones, it really set the color scheme for the whole room. The aqua and peacock blue tones in the room are bold and fun, yet still relaxing…They are referential to the ocean and to the Hamptons in a fresh and current way.”





“By combining the fun, fresh Jonathan Adler/Kravet fabrics with high-quality Kravet furniture in white that had the weight of a formal dining room yet the light, airy feel of a Hamptons summer house.” And since Mabley Handler Interior Design works exclusively in the Hamptons, we wanted to create a room that was representative of our vision for the direction of design in the Hamptons.


The Mabley Handler Team shares the Dining Room Highlights below:


1.  Furniture: Dining table, dining chairs, buffet and bench are from Kravet (to the trade only).






2. Fabrics: All fabrics are from Jonathan Adler’s brand new Utopia collection for Kravet, available in the fall. Note: This is the premier of these fabrics.




3.  Light Fixture: This linen drum light fixture with silver nail heads and Swarovski crystals is a collaboration between Michelle Hatch New York (Nail head-embellished home furnishings) and Bone Simple Design (Drum shade light fixtures). Note: This is the premier of this product.






4.  Artwork: All paintings are by noted local Hamptons artist Paton Miller.




5.  Candelabras: One of our most favorite objects ever are these gorgeous lacquer painted turned maple wood candelabras, from Dunes & Duchess.







A final note from Jennifer & Austin~ “We often use shades of soft blue, green, beige and grey because they are very soothing…Many of our clients live in New York City, and when they come out to their house in the Hamptons for the weekend, they want to leave the stress of the city behind them. Our intention is to create spaces that literally make our clients exhale the moment they walk through the door….”



Well guys~ KDH is sure your next clients will be asking you to recreate this dining room!

To contact Mabley Handler Interior Design & Decoration in the Hamptons:
34 Head of Pond Road
Water Mill
631.726.7300 t


Plus, read their Hamptons design blog:


[photo of Jennifer & Austin by Eric Stiffler]